School of Thought

Compared with many Asians a generation ahead of me, my generation was the lucky one.  We had a minimum of 9 years of compulsory school education in Hong Kong.  It was ‘compulsory’ because parents could go behind bars if they failed to send their kids to school. I was born in the 1960s. The generation…

Special Day Again

We have our annual ‘Specialist Dental Group’ gathering at the end of every year. November 29 is the date for this year’s dinner celebration. This is just one of the little traditions that we have at our company. What is the soul of a community? What is the soul of a football team? What is…

Incredible Taiwan – Part 1 of 2

It has been a rather busy few weeks. I was an external examiner for the National University of Singapore during the last week of October. The first part of the examination was officially completed on Friday afternoon, October 31, 2014. A few hours later, I was ferried to Johor Bahru, Malaysia to attend a dinner…

Home Run

I am getting some home run(s). I am visiting my parents in Hong Kong this weekend. So I call it a home run weekend. I will be running with my high school classmate KC, a seasoned marathon runner, early on Sunday morning before sunrise, followed by another run with my high school cross-country team boys…

Rank Humbly

As of September, 2014, the National University of Singapore (NUS) was ranked 22nd among all the universities in this world – this places NUS as the number one university in Asia. My alma mater, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has been moved down a bit to 28th ranking, making it the number 3 university…

A Special Commonwealth Games

2014 is the year of World Cup soccer and the year of the Commonwealth Games. I did not watch the World Cup this year for various reasons but I managed to catch a little bit of the Commonwealth Games on TV from time to time. My little girls at home love it as they are…