“There is a strength of character in the people who have, by and large, never experienced comfort.” Sean Penn

We have entered the season of comfort and joy. Over the coming weeks, we will seek comfort in our friends, food, fashion and furnishings. The joy of a (more…)


“The further one goes, the less one knows.” Lao Tzu

It’s the time of year when we are urged to shop. We can shop online. We can place orders by phone. We might even go old school and (more…)


“Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.” Robert Louis Stevenson

We’re always facing failure. If my relationship hadn’t failed three months after my arrival here in 1992, you would likely not be reading this note. Some of us (more…)


“What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” William Shakespeare

It’s time to decompress. We had another big weekend that was much different from a lot of big weekends so far this year. Our community is finding its (more…)


“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain

Listen to the sunrise. Listen to a crying child. Listen to the birdsong. Listen to another. Listen to silence. Listen to pain. Listen to love. Listen to the (more…)

Be kind

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” Henry James

Be kind to an animal. Be kind to strangers. Be kind to each other. Be kind to a troll. Be kind to a shopkeeper. Be kind to an (more…)


“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” Winston Churchill

Freedom means different things to different people. I find comfort in knowing that we all love and cherish our Hong Kong freedoms. Beneath the divisions and the vandalism (more…)


“Happiness is just another of the tricks that our genetic system plays on us to carry out its only role, which is the survival of the species.” Paulo Coelho

The masks are coming out in force this weekend. Modern Halloween is not connected to pagan folk customs or Christian practices but it is picking up in consumption-led (more…)