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2014 Review

Baby Sky: This little chap is a wonderful addition to the family, who brings me many first-time experience and an additional reason to draw.

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.

Hong Kong: I like many aspects of the city, past and present, but this year’s protests make me more pessimistic of its long term outlook.

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.

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New habits I like: blogging; Thai boxing; swimming

Travel to over 20 cities. The more memorable ones are places where I get to know new people, learn/try something new, or catch-up with existing friends.  

Highlights: property tour in Chengdu, Chongqing, and Sanya; business trip in Columbo, Mumbai, and Delhi; vacation in Rome and Florence; backpacking in Kunming, Lijiang, and Dali; guy trip to macau; catching up with friends in Singapore, Shanghai, and London; attending my best friend’s wedding in Maldives.

Reflect more on books I read. My favorites (in no particular order):

Other activities I enjoy: windsurfing, squid fishing, watch live soccer and rugby games (my takeaway: trying thing for the first time is often enjoyable, especially activities that involve learning new skills or something about yourself); hiking; snorkeling; basketball; coming up with names 

Relationship goes well. Traveling to another city just to catch up with good friends is definitely worth it; steady and peaceful family life with plenty of home cooked food and a nice Christmas dinner.

Finance also goes well. I like Jacob’s Early Retirement Extreme philosophy. Todd’s How Much Money Do I Need to Retire? is a good short guide on retirement planning.

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