Choice Theory: The Key To Improving Relationships

A well known psychologist, the late Dr. William Glasser, thinks we’re dealing with human relationship problems the wrong way. His book, Choice Theory, gives us an alternative on how to improve the way we interact with one another to produce a happier life.  Continue reading

Book Review: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie Kondo is a neat freak. Better still, she’s an excellent writer and can teach you a thing or two about tidying up your home. And tidying up doesn’t mean putting things where they usually belong or sticking them into cupboards where they’re no longer visible – it’s about letting go of every item in your home that doesn’t bring you “joy”. Continue reading

Serenity

Candle

Every year on the same day in June, tens of thousands of us gather at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to commemorate June 4, 1989. Tiananmen Square. We each light a candle, just like this one, and unite in silence.

Remembering matters. While we should celebrate economic prosperity and societal development, we must not forget events that brought us to where we are today. I can only speak for my own city, or country, I guess. But past atrocities committed everywhere in the world, especially atrocities at the hands the same country’s very own government since those are often the histories suppressed, need to be documented, learned, pondered upon as cautionary tales. Let history not repeat.

When this candle is lit, the crowd usually looks down into the flame, the heaviness of events 25 years prior weighing on its collective psyche. No one speaks. If you were among us, you’d notice the silence, dots of flames forming a sea of light. You might likewise be lost in contemplation of history, and succumb to the serene calm.

In response to Serenity | Weekly Photo Challenge

Waiting

Do you feel like your life is sometimes all about waiting? Waiting for that someone, that text message, that phone call, that person to come home. Or for the government cheque to come in, that social worker to respond to your request. Rarely the wait is pleasant. Often it’s painful.

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A new year: hope in a very messed up world

Happy New Year dear Bloggers. I wish you a year of health, happiness and peace.

I’d have liked to announce that 2014 was a fabulous year, but I can’t honestly say that with a straight face. Much of 2014 news was tough to stomach. Continue reading

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Beyond the seas and skies – by Beyond

I grew up not appreciating Cantonese pop (Canto pop). Lyrics were cheesy, melodies repetitive, MTVs tacky.

Not Beyond’s songs. They’re timeless. The content dreamy, encouraging, brave. 海闊天空 (Beyond the seas and skies) is a song played often during the protests. I’m filled with an equal rush of hope, sadness and energy when I hear it. If you grew up in Hong Kong, if you know this song, upon hearing 海闊天空 you too may uncontrollably mumble along.

 

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International journalist Paula Bronstein of Getty taken away by Hong Kong Police

FCC issues notices expressing concern over tampering of press freedom in Hong Kong.

HK news footage shows Paula Bronstein, Getty Images award winning journalist, taking photos atop a private car in Mong Kok. Police officers approach her, ask her to come down from the car, and take her away. She voiced out her press identity to the police before she was taken away.

Foreign Correspondents’ Club FCC notices:

http://fcchk.org/article/protest-mongkok

http://fcchk.org/article/fcc-condemns-attacks-journalists-covering-h-k-protests

Paula Bronstein:
http://awards.gettyimages.com/awards.cfm?display=photographer&photographerID=60