Monday, May 11, 2015

A good short break at Nanjing

Went on a Recee trip to Nanjing. A great trip, because it is paid for. LOL.

More importantly, it provided time off and pockets of reflection time. 

I read 3 books, of course I did not completely read them, but I did get some ideas of what the author is trying to say. 

The book on value investing by Brandes is really boring and repetitive of past concepts. 

The book on mindfulness serve as a great reminder to practice mindfulness but the content is uninspiring 

It was the third book, given free by the principal of the school that really touches my heart.

It was written by a pupil who has become a well known author, talking about the school 30 years ago.

How the principal came from
The city to teach in the village. How also by interacting with the principal, I felt how he is really passionate about education. It is not just about academic or character building, but really Eco awareness, etc. 

Lastly, I get to take it slower and no longer suffered from chest tightness and shaking hands. I even finsihed my exam scripts marking on the plane. 

A fruitful trip. Touching base with the corners of the heart. Feel
More "love" in heart than before I left.

Some photos taken:

The pottery clay was made by me. The swan artistic right? LOL


  1. last photo very funny. lol

    1. Lol,

      Thanks Yeh. I did not want to take the photo actually ...

  2. Sillyinvestor,

    Happy for you!

    Good to reset our hearts from time to time :)

    By the way, I think you know already, but don't take too lightly symptoms of tightness in chest and shaking hands...

    Always listen to what our body is trying to tell us.

    P.S. Can see you know your arts and crafts ;)

    1. Ya.. Think my thyroid might be back.

      Will do a Heath check during the holiday.

      The clay mounding is "discovered" when I play with my son years ago. Lol.

      Pendulum swinging a little to joy, and will swing back... Lol

  3. Hi SI,

    Change of environment is always a good trigger for a change of mindset. I think our minds also needs to take a break by giving them a holiday. Combined with good food (i.e. books), a rest from normal routine (change location), you should end up super refreshed and ready to tackle what the world throws at you ;)

    May I recommend a book to you: Mindfulness in plain English - Ven. Henepola Gunaratana?

    I found it enlightening. You might find it too.

    1. Great, I will see if I can get that book before I go for the real trip with pupils ...

      The real trip because of flying SQ, will have even more waiting time since there is no direct flight

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  5. Replies
    1. Yup, that's your truly.

      Do we know each other?

  6. like that photo of the treasure junk built in the mighty shipyards of Nanjing. Do read on Admiral Cheng Ho's voyages to the East. Equally inspiring

    1. Great! Victor, another history fan. I am not particularly Interested in Ming Dynasty thou.. Hehe

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