The 20 Silver Linings of 2020

We have never been so eager to say goodbye to a year, especially when we know the new year ahead will be another year of trying. Don’t judge me for not being optimistic. I’m simply making a statement based on science and data, a lesson learned in 2020 (from Dr. Fauci). What a year, we…

Avignon, France

One thing that I love to do in France is my solo trips to a city or a town via TGV. It’s a perfect time to read my books, to appreciate the long history, to experience the culture, and to taste the authentic French cuisine. Rain or shine, I pack my day- bag and step…

A Weekend In Provence

It’s an unexpected weekend – condensed, artistic, and with an extra dose of friendship. In my memory, Provence is a synonym of lavender. The town is purple-coloured, romantic and remote. After all, my life has been rooted in Asia and North America, and neither place has many commonalities as Provence… just saying this word loud…

Charge Up with Your AAA Battery

In life, we have different roles to play and we’re proud of them. We are fathers, mothers, professionals, executives, healthcare workers, etc. It’s re-assuring when we can pin-point our position in a complex world. The responsibilities we take on perfectly justify our existence, and indirectly acknowledge our accomplishments.  Furthermore, all kinds of self-help books remind…

The Beginning After The End

It’s a SPECIAL day today. It’s the last day of confinement in France. Starting tomorrow, we will be able to embrace the social connection and vibrant life again – to a certain degree – and in a semi-confined manner. Life will never be normal again; but who defines what’s normal and what’s not. After all,…

Living Through a Pandemic Alone

Since we entered into the Year of Rat, we have only encountered one word #COVID19 – the hottest topic, the frightening battle and the single focus in the entire world. It’s on TV, on social media, on newspaper, in magazines, and in conversations and debates. It is everywhere, and it’s everything. Anything else becomes irrelevant….

We’ve moved: Q&A with the Hubby

Bonjour!! One layover at the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, 10 hours later, we finally arrived in the city of Lyon this Tuesday. Our new apartment is located at the center of the city, an area called Bellecour. It’s a refurbished high-ceiling flat in a historical residential building that has three beautiful big windows…

10 Emojis … 10 Years

We blinked our eyes once and it’s already the LAST day of this decade. @ 12.31.2019 This is a snowy and beautiful day in Toronto. I sat down at our dining table with a cup of pomegranate green tea in one hand, and a piece of home-made shortbread cookie in the other hand, asking myself…

Next stop: Lyon, France

After spending a decade in Corporate China, and another decade in Corporate Canada, I’m going to pack my bag and move on to the next stop in Jan, 2020: FRANCE. 🇫🇷 Life is a journey, not a destination. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Last month the hubby and I conducted a pre-assignment trip to Lyon (the…

The Million Dollar Question

I’m in the middle of reading James Clear’s book Atomic Habits. The book is about how tiny changes can lead to remarkable results. The author outlines a solid and systemic approach in the book to help people break old habits and build new and good ones. Changing a habit sounds easy, right? We’ve all been…

Summer a la carte

Toronto is an absolutely gorgeous lady in Summer. Her beauty shines through the waving lakes at the sunset and is celebrated by the chirping birds when the sun rises. She is a strong force to be reckoned with as everything good about her gets amped up. Most importantly, she offers a little bit everything to…

Leadership through the lens of … ducks

Part of the Canadians’ identity is to own a cottage up north (or down south). I’m more of a city type and never have an attempt to live in a cottage for more than three days, let alone to own one. But, this doesn’t prevent us from enjoying all the beauties that the Canadian Mother…

Be the Ball

Grass turns green. Sun is out. Birds are singing. It’s time to pull out my somewhat rusted golf clubs, put on my adidas golf shoes, take out all my favorite hot pink golf balls, and have a round of golf with the hubby. I don’t love golf. Part of the reason is because the hubby…

Book Review | No Happy Endings

Yellow has been one of my favourite colours since I was a child. This bright and intense colour creates a strong visual impact. Colour psychology suggests that key characteristics that are often associated with yellow include: warmth, hope and energy. If there is nothing else to it, at least this colour can immediately grab your…

On Happiness

Happiness is the courage to live, embrace, fight, stand up and move forward. I have not done a good job in updating my blog over the past couple of months, but I have done a decent job in living a happy life. – I was travelling to Paris to get a global award; – I…

What’s your story?

In a modern world, it’s hard to slow down. Let alone to stop. We’re addicted to being busy. Busy means we’re important. We matter. We control. Have you heard the phrase “stop and smell the roses”? We shake our heads and find all kinds of excuses of not doing so. Who has the time? Who…

#Respect

It’s no longer a new concept when we tell others not to judge a book by its cover because by doing so one may miss an entire amazing story inside. What’s new is in this modern and developed 21st century, we are still trying so hard on every occasion (such as International Women’s Day, Pride…

Shopping & Me

Shopping and me have a lifelong love affair. “There is you, there is me, and then, there is the craving in between.” Part 1 – The History I was born in Beijing and raised in a family of four – Mom, Dad, Sister and me. Dad is a professor and mom is a teacher &…

A Year Filled with Gratitude

Generally speaking I’m a happy person. Not many things in life can upset me. In other words, I consider myself as a glass half full kind of person. It doesn’t take long time for me to bounce back from bad news or negative comments. However, there is one exception. On this day, I’m not as…

Warm Up with Cool Books

January was a brutally cold month in Toronto. We dealt with blizzards, snowstorms and the -30C degree temperature. With all these winter wonders comes the reading pleasures. If you are like me who has no desire to brave the cold to go skating or skiing, a book in hand with a glass of wine is…