New Year Update

2020 seems to be off to a pretty good start. In the first 20 days of the year, I have accomplished the following:

  • Finally met up with the girl-I-like. Saw an exhibition together and had dinner afterwards with happy conversations.
  • Visited 3 exhibitions.
  • Kept up with my marathon training, can now run up to ~12k non-stop.
  • Finished painting my new home, but decided to delay moving in until after the marathon (early Feb.) so as not to interrupt my running practice.
  • Joined a Farm Ecosystem x Art Education volunteering programme by HKBWS and had completed 2 of 4 training sessions.
  • Got invited to a consignment project, designed and handed over some calligraphy postcards to be sold at an upcoming mini exhibition.
  • Reconnected with a few friends, hope to start a synergistic furniture design project with them this year.
  • Started a new annual daily devotion programme to read the entire bible chronologically.

It has been a little tiring in the first few weeks of the year. In this last week before CNY, I hope to slow down my pace a little to cleanup my studio and home and write faichuns to infuse some much needed positive energy to our city…

Oh God, thank you for a good start of 2020, please continue to bless and guide me to follow You this year. 🙏🏻

Sketch… Sunday Service

Sketch… Sunday Service

New Year Resolutions

Took me awhile, finally made time to sit down and come up with my list of resolutions for the new year 2020.

Looking back at my 2019 resolutions, I only managed to check off 2 or 3 resolutions and the rest were either still in progress or left untouched.  Nonetheless, 2019 had been an unexpectedly amazing year!  Near the second half of the year, a good friend invited me to do a mini exhibition of my ink art, that was totally unexpected as I never really thought of myself as an artist (although I enjoy doing it).  The debut exhibition led to some more art opportunities with WWF and a fruitful ink booth at JCCAC’s Handicraft Fair near the end of the year!  Besides art, the exhibition also indirectly helped me reconnect with the girl-I-like and led to a few happy and memorable dates (I hope she felt the same).

The second half of 2019 is also characterized by constant and lingering protests in our city.  Despite the violence and chaos, the prolonged protests had helped me reconnect with my birth city, never before had I felt such a strong sense of belonging and wishing to offer my minuscule help.

Looking ahead into 2020, I have great expectations, but I also believe that “in his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

Oh God, if my plans are good in your eyes, please guide my steps into fulfilling them.  More importantly, please help me see you more clearly and follow you more closely in 2020. 🙏🏼

Sketch… (early) Sunday Service

Holiday Season

The atmosphere in the city this holiday season seems to be the worst one for the past 10 years since I returned from Canada – Silent Night not so silent and Christmas Day seeing more chaotic protest news than about the birth of baby Jesus.

There are a few things that lifted up my Christmas spirit nonetheless:

  • The barista at the coffee stand near my studio gave me a chocolate when I went for my weekly coffee break
  • Met and caught up with an old neighbor, probably the friend I know for the longest. She gave me some cookies while I offered to pay for dinner
  • A very sweet friend mailed me some home roasted nuts from Canada and successfully cleared custom and arrived the day before Christmas

Really need to be grateful for the little things, especially in these chaotic times.

Counting down, 2 or so days left before the end of 2019 and the beginning of seemingly to be a significant year 2020. Started painting the rooms of my new home, should be on track to move in before CNY. Have a date with the girl-I-like in early Jan. Many things to look forward to in the coming year.

Really need to keep up hope, especially in these chaotic times.

Sketch… Sunday Service

Sketch… Sunday Service

Starting Things New

Life seems to be getting a bit stagnant and not going anywhere, I felt the urge to make changes last week:

  • Got a haircut, it has been months since my last cut
  • Picked up regular running practice again, hope it’s not too late to train for the marathon in early Feb.
  • Started renovating my new place, hope to move in before CNY
  • Started cleaning up the studio

Ended up the week with a couple of social meetups with old Canadian friends over the weekend. It’s truly a pleasure to meet and catch up with friends during these months of social unrest. I’ll probably try to meet and catch up with more friends in the last weeks of 2019 now that I’m unofficially starting my vacation to focus on renovating the new home…

Oh God, please continue to lead and guide me in the remaining days of 2019. Please bless me to see a good end of 2019 and prepare myself for a new year 2020 that seems to be ramping up to be a significant year of change. 🙏🏼

Sketch… Sunday Service