Fo Guang Shan Kaohsiung Taiwan

Birthday wishes: Goals before I turn 30

A year is a long time, yet the first 29 years of my life seem to have flown by so fast. I feel like 30 is just around the corner (and, it pretty much is), so I wanted to do something significant for my 29th birthday.

A celebration didn’t seem fitting. Instead I took the day to reflect on the things I have and haven’t accomplished thus far. It occurred to me right away that I haven’t done anything like this in years, and as such, it seems long over due.

So, without further ado, here is a brief list of some of the things I’m going to accomplish before turning thirty.

Long Dong Rock Climbing Taiwan Scenery

Finding Rock Climbing

Ben showed me the ropes, literally

I started climbing in San Francisco after a pretty awesome coworker showed me the ropes at Mission Cliffs. Despite the many dedicated climbers here, the gym always felt like a really laid back place to me and I never really took the sport too seriously. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and continued to climb once a week or so.

Koblenz Germany, German Corner Statue

Koblenz, Germany in a day

Koblenz is a small, historic city along the Rhine river in Germany. There is a lot to see and do here, and one day is not enough time to really appreciate everything Koblenz has to offer. That being said, the city is very walk-able and you can still see and do a lot in a single day.

Driving through a house, Koblenz, Germany

Driving through houses in Koblenz, Germany

That’s right, holey houses. The only ones I’ve ever driven through. And, the only ones I’ve ever seen for that matter.

Over the past week or so, I was visiting a family friend in a small town in Germany called Koblenz. He is a genuinely good person and was probably the best host I’ve ever had. He showed my girlfriend and I all the highlights in the area known as the Middle Rhein, a ridiculously beautiful part of the country. So much so that during our visit we took over 2000 pictures! I’ll be posting more about some of the more impressive sites we saw and rewarding hikes we did in the next few days, but in the meantime I wanted to share this picture of the only houses I’ve ever driven through.

Making chicken satay

Malaysian food you must try: mamak food

If you travel to Malaysia, it would be a shame if you left without trying mamak food. You can get it almost anywhere in Malaysia from stalls on the street, in food courts, or at restaurants like Bestari. And, mamak food selling establishments are generally open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so there is really no excuse for having been to Malaysia without having tried it.

Opportunity costs

Wishes cost nothing unless you want them to come true.
– Frank Tyger

One of the most challenging things I face on a daily basis is making decisions. Not because every decision I make is some sort of grave or life-changing decision. Nor is it because I’m of indecisive nature. Rather, the more I delve deeper into my own business and products, the more opportunities seem to present themselves.

Congee Zhou Chinese Porridge Breakfast Porridge

Traditional Chinese breakfast in Hong Kong at Wai Kee Congee Shop

One of my favorite things to do while in Hong Kong (or anywhere with southern Chinese food) is to eat traditional Chinese breakfast. This usually consists of some sort of rice porridge called jook (Cantonese) or zhou 粥 (Mandarin). And the most common accompaniment is a fried Chinese donut called You Tiao 油條. Together they form an irresistible combination.

Ray of Light

Integrity: The importance of being on time

Being on time is more than just getting to some designated place at some designated time. It’s about having integrity. And, its essential for living a fulfilling life.

Egg Puff Production 做雞蛋仔

Best Egg Puffs in Hong Kong

Egg puffs (also known as eggettes, egg waffles, chinese waffles, bubble waffles, gai daan jai, ji dan zai, 雞蛋仔, and a number of other names) are a simple, yet ridiculously good southern Chinese (Cantonese) dessert. But, even though the ingredients are simple, it takes the right tools and a great deal of practice to make them right.

Dragon Back Hong Kong Trail

Dragon’s Back Hong Kong Trail Hike to Big Wave Bay

While in Hong Kong 香港, we spend most of our time in the city. That is, until our friend invited to do some hiking. She took us to Dragon’s Back Hong Kong Trail 龍脊, which is one of many smaller trails along the greater Hong Kong Trail 港島徑. The trail is suitable for beginners, but offers some very rewarding views. It’s also conveniently located just outside the city and easily accessible via the MTR 港鐵.