Things I found interesting in February

Sitting still – The art of stillness

I travelled to Da Lat for the 2nd time in 2015, yet the purpose of the trip is utterly different from that of the first. The trip is about giving myself proper space and ample time to be of stillness, by not planning for days in days out, going nowhere in my expectation and just being with me myself comfortably. It turned out like stepping back, further back, holding still, and having a look of a larger picture. I then realized that I had been racing around so much and never caught up with my life over the past years. This reminded me of the life story of Steve Jobs and Einstein (whose autobiography I read last year), both shared the practice of sitting still some moments a day, or some days in a month, some months in a year, or even some years out of their life. I also got this idea from a TED talk, it would be worth your time thoroughly listening to it.

TET

At first I intended not to come back home during Tet holidays since I was so afraid of bursting into tears day after day when thinking of my lost love. Yet I, eventually, did come home suddenly in the last day of the year. Tet preparation activities moved me. I miss things that I used to ‘hate’ doing at Tet, cleaning every single corner of house, doing house decoration, shopping for flowers, food & drinks, clothes, etc. in wet market in the spring atmosphere, preparing distinct Tet dishes, visiting relatives or joining year end party or presenting year end gifts, and so on.

All those memories reminded me the true meaning of Tet. Tet is about family members gathering to share moments of a new year coming with others in happiness or even in sorrow.

Blessed me I did it, thank God I have never missed any Tet with my family so far and will not.

Teacher of business-life lessons

It’s years I had not visited him until this Tet. I’ve never been his favorite or good student up to now. I could not understand his lifestyle and the way he does business, or said I used to know almost nothing about him except some basic facts. Yet after watching a movie ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’, I decided to give me a chance to re-visit him. This turned out an awesome thing I did this month. Just like Mitch with Morrie, I learned worthy life lessons, particularly a new view when encountering obstacles.

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Things I found interesting in January

Canyoning

The term “canyoning” might sound unfamiliar to you at first (to me as well 🙂 ). When a friend of mine invited me joining her trip to Da Lat (specifically Datanla descent) for canyoning, I thought ‘why not’ though I had knew nothing about it. (yet my 2015 has been set to be the year of experiencing (new) things with whole heart and soul). I looked up ‘canyoning’ as self-preparation for the trip, and it did scare me, indeed! I’ve never been sort of handy, or brave, or active girl who could manage to do jumping, abseiling, or even trekking for hours. I, however, said to myself that I would do it at any cost, no matter what it took (I made up my mind, thank God, this leads to so much worth experience. To name a few, facing the fear when being hung in the middle of the cliff, believing in oneself to continue rappelling till the end of the cliff, joyfulness of surpassing one’s limit, etc.) It’s truly eye-opening experience for the start of 2015 🙂

[here’s useful info on canyoning

Canyoning (known as ‘canyoneering’ in the U.S.) is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include other outdoor activities such as walkingscramblingclimbingjumpingabseiling (rappelling), and swimming.  Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canyoning

& from my experience, I highly recommend the tour agent, Phat Tire ventures, for this type of service thanks to its great service and safety guaranteed http://www.ptv-vietnam.com/product.php?rid=5 ]

Jimmy Liao and his picture books

A picture book, The Blue Stone, caught my attention while looking for a book to kill time and relax after a long run around Ho Xuan Huong lake. It was, by chance, truly a bonanza to me. Jimmy’s picture books broadened my mind to a new genre of artwork and surrounded my utterly broken-heart with peace. I could feel how much love and profound thoughts he poured into every single book.

[Worth giving a try, you then fall into it 110% 🙂  http://gocnhocuacome.tumblr.com/ ]

Tomago Education

I knew it by chance when talking to a friend of mine on his new project. Tomago education is a non-profit organization aiming to flourish children’ minds with the beauty of applied knowledge. Children enrolling in courses will have a chance to be introduced, trained and equipped with fundamental knowledge and basic skills useful for their personal growth in life and their career at their early stage, such as programming, economics, financials, philosophy, mind mapping, drawing, etc. Though the idea is common in some developed countries, seems not popular in mine. Excited by the idea, I joined in as a trainer of a course. Teaching kids at age of 10+ is quite challenging yet so much much fun thanks to their tons of queries and unexpected reactions in class.

[Wanna give it a visit, here you are https://www.facebook.com/tomago.education ]