Plenty of fruit for thought.
Sport: The NYC marathon was a great experience, not just the event itself but also the training process and the feeling that some part of me has changed. I continue to practice Muay Thai but plan to start Wing Chun or Tai Chi in the coming year to focus more on the meditative side. Also plan to play more basketball going forward.
Travel: Iceland is a beautiful place, and its 18+ daylight during summer is fantastic; also did my first ice-climbing there. Tokyo remains my perennial favorite city, and this year I happened to be there during the Sakura season. With the yen at current level it makes sense to visit more often. It’s also nice to catch up with friends in Singapore, Xiamen, and London, and I hope to do more joint trips with friends next year.
Moving: I moved to a new apartment on the HK Island side. Walking/Jogging was a great way to explore a new neighborhood. I’m happy to be around a public library and a big park (with many basketball courts), not to mention the cafe and eateries.
Book: Highlights include The Power of Glamour, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, The Art of Stillness, and On the Shortness of Life.
Movie & series: Movies I watched recently and like include Lee Ang’s Pushing Hands (old movie) and Intersteller, which prompted me to watch the 2001: A Space Odyssey. Other movies I like include Her, Begin Again, Boyhood, The Great Beauty, The Wind Rises, and The Lunchbox. The Americans is good (watched the first season). I also like this short sci-fi Numbers. There are probably many others that I like but had forgotten because I didn’t record them. Maybe I should keep a comprehensive list of all the movies I watched. For now this blog helps.
Article & Podcast: I find it useful to review the articles that I like and excerpted. The recurring themes include mindfulness, creativity, ageing, education, parenting, and life design. Since walking has become a more important part of my daily life, I’m also listening to more podcasts. The Tim Ferriss Show is a recent addition that I listen to regularly.
Learning: I learn a lot about the HK property market, although prices are moving in the opposite direction from what I want. Also learn about HK’s education system. I plan to spend more time next year to brush up on my Japanese. One easy way to start is by watching more Japanese drama.
December is a good time to slowdown and reflect. And three short books – Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life, Pico Lyer’s The Art of Stillness, and Henry David Thoreau’s Walking – helped put me in a good mindset. In 2015, I hope to develop routines that would give me more time to walk, meditate, and pay more attention to the little beauty in life.
Despite the strong wind and cold weather, my first marathon was overall a great experience. I was surprised by the number of people cheering throughout the five boroughs. The city is beautiful. If timing’s not a concern, it’d be nice to stop and take photos along the way (like what some participants did).
I didn’t come across any celebrities during the run, but managed to beat economist Justin Wolfers.
Training matters. I suffered much less from this marathon than any of my previous 10K runs.