Countdown to 2018 – Gratitude Doodles – #1 Grad to Pro

Less than 50 days.


Before make resolutions and celebrate the new year, let’s make a gratitude list of 2017.

Top of my list.

My daughter will finish university this year and step into a new phase of her life.

I am thankful that her hard work has been rewarded.

That she is a down to earth young woman.

That she has found new passions and overcome challenges in this past year.

That she has emerged a champion and a young Wonder Woman.

I drew a doodle of how I imagine her as a YO-PRO!


Day 304 – April 4, 2013

Happy Children’s Day!

It’s a holiday here in Hong Kong today – Ching Ming Festival.
My daughter felt ill at 4:00 and none of us got much sleep, so it was a quiet stay at home day.

Today I am thankful for…

1. Finally getting my daughter to sleep so she could rest and get well.

2. My daughter waking up later on feeling much improved.

3. Grocery shopping and saving money by being smart!

4. My neighborhood green grocer’s for all the fresh vegetables and fruit.

5. Cooking a yummy meal at home and enough to pack for lunches tomorrow!

6. Deciding to go to bed super early to pay back my sleep deficit.

7. Going back to work tomorrow for one more day before the weekend again!

8. Your sweet reply.

9. My daydreams and my nightmares.

10. Possibilities.

Sleep is the best meditation.
Dalai Lama.


Day 265 & 266 – February 24 & 25, 2013

I was in Zhuhai, China yesterday.
No access to WordPress, hence couldn’t post.

Here is a combined list from two days, and I am thankful for…

1. Smooth ferry rides to and back from Zhuhai.

2. Excellent service and coordination with the staff of Shangri La Academy – I feel special and looked after.

3. A nice meal at the hotel that I stayed in.

4. Yet another wonderful day of workshop – training the duty managers of the Shangri La Hotels.

5. Working with enthusiastic people who also love what they do.

6. Getting an earlier ferry home!

7. Having a home cooked meal waiting for me.

8. Sweet messages from people.

9. A great conversation with a friend I have missed talking to.

10. My own bed.


Day 251 ~ Day 260 – February 10 ~ 19, 2013

In the last 10 days, I have been enjoying a lovely time in Taiwan with my family for Chinese New Year.

So I am back again, with a condensed list for the past 10 days.

I am thankful for…

1. My family members’ health and happiness.

2. My mother’s cooking – how I have missed it.

3. Happy Birthday celebrations for my father (78 years young) and my niece (5 years old).

4. My brother – my one and only sibling – he makes me laugh, cry and realize that sharing DNA goes a lot further than just looking like each other.

5. My stepfather Hilton – the quiet steady rock.

6. Fun times – amusement parks, roller coasters, shopping, games…

7. Taiwanese food – spicy hot pots, bubble tea and street side snacks.

8. Unexpected sweetness in the form of a simple question.

9. My daughter and her boyfriend – just so easy to be with.

10. Time to stop, time to think and time to just be.

I have missed making my lists.
It feels good to be back!


Blues skies of the eternally sunny Taichung city of Taiwan.


Blossoms – Spring in Taiwan – taken at West Lake Park in Taichung.


Day 214 ~ Day 220 – January 4 ~ 10, 2013

First of all, I don’t know what got into me but I needed a little blogging break to focus on rearranging the home in the past week.

I am back to normal now, I think.

The new bed has arrived for my daughter Nadia.
The house is 95% decluttered.

In Nadia’s words, our home looks spiffin’. (A bit of Kiwi slang I think.)

So here is my condensed gratitude list for the past week.
I am thankful for…

1. Finding an inexpensive but perfect bed for Nadia’s room.

2. The fun times we had at IKEA and MUJI looking for items we needed.

3. The hilarious noodle shop conversation with the chef and the waitresses who were fascinated by Nadia and I.

4. The smooth transition of schedule changes at work.

5. The operation that my dear friend had to go through was a success and she is slowly recovering.

6. My Singapore work trip will also be a special trip with Nadia tagging along!

7. The movie night with Beatrice, Veanne, Alex and Nadia – watching The Grand Master – still and always a fan of Wong Kar Wai.

8. The opportunity to turn an adverse situation around into a winning situation!

9. Your messages that made me feel loved.

10. Your presence – it’s all contained in what is unspoken. I love you.

Day 211 – January 1, 2013

1. I am thankful for the most hilarious countdown to the new year of 2013.

2. I am grateful that Nadia and Bronte enjoyed themselves so much!

3. I am thankful that the new year is filled with hopes and promises.

4. I am grateful I can always make my mother smile or laugh.

5. I am thankful that my daughter can always make me smile or laugh.

6. I am thankful for fresh vegetables.

7. I am grateful for the honest conversation.

8. I am thankful that I have such a cozy warm home to spend my time in.

9. I am grateful that I have evolved in the past year.

10. I am thankful for new habits.


Day 202 – December 23, 2012

1. I am thankful for the long chat till 5am with my mother.

2. I am grateful that I can talk to my mother about so many things.

3. I am thankful that my mother is such a great listener.

4. I am thankful for the happy day spent with my family in Taichung.

5. I am thankful for quiet cafés that serve great food.

6. I am thankful for the Taiwan High Speed Rail service.

7. I am grateful to arrive at the airport safely and on time.

8. I am thankful for the smooth flight back to Hong Kong.

9. I am grateful for arriving back home to my daughter.

10. I am thankful for the amazing new pillow that I bought in Taiwan.

Day 195 – December 16, 2012

1. I am thankful for the 12 hours of sleep I got.

2. I am thankful that I am healthy and well.

3. I am thankful for the lovely day spent with my daughter and her friend.

4. I am grateful that I have the freedom of choice.

5. I am grateful that I can look forward to a new year filled with hopes and aspirations.

6. I am thankful that I have meaningful pastimes and interests.

7. I am thankful that I have such lovely friends who add substance to my life.

8. I am grateful that I can laugh – and have lots to laugh about.

9. I am thankful that I can have an early restful height before the start of another busy week.

10. I am grateful that I have some level of self awareness.

Day 194 – December 15, 2012

1. I am thankful that I did not oversleep because I went to bed at 3:30am.

2. I am grateful for catching a taxi instantly when I walked out onto the street.

3. I am thankful that I got a young taxi driver who drove fast and knew where he was going.

4. I am grateful that I caught the 8:00 Narita Express which got me there at perfect timing.

5. I am thankful that I got one of the seats with a functioning personal entertainment system.

6. I am grateful that I had three lovely ladies meet me at the other end when I arrived back in Hong Kong.

7. I am thankful to be home again – I missed my bed.

8. I am grateful that Nadia and Bronte had a safe and happy week in Hong Kong when I was not around.

9. I am thankful that international airports are run so efficiently and safely.

10. I am grateful that I will have the chance to see my dear friends in various cities again very soon.

Day 187 – December 8, 2012

1. I am thankful that I could sleep till I naturally wanted to wake up – what bliss.

2. I am grateful that both Nadia and her friend Bronte are such easy going young people to spend time with.

3. I am thankful for the convenience of Hong Kong – we could eat, shop and play all in one day!

4. I am thankful that the world and my experiences in it each day provides me with numerous inspirations.

5. I am grateful that my daughter is such a voice of reasoning – stopping me from buying things I do not need.

6. I am thankful for cute and beautiful things – they are so lovely to look at and admire.

7. I am grateful that we could find Taiwanese food in Hong Kong – so Bronte had a chance to try some of the things that Nadia loves so much.

8. I am thankful for buses – especially the ones that stop at my front door.

9. I am grateful for silly Internet memes that made the three of us laugh too much tonight.

10. I am thankful for creative people who share they ideas and creative work so generously.