2016 – Training ground for the next 6 years

On the last day of 2016, I’d like to say “thank you” to all who have followed my journey since 2011. As another Year closes, here is a select reflection of the last twelve months. To summarize in one word, this was a training Year. Training in my strength of character, technical skills, leadership ability, patience, communications, and much much more. New challenges appeared for me to overcome; depending on how I handled it, God allows an open and flexible ending. 

This was also an understanding Year. Understanding our Lord and how he operates and loves us all. The role at large finance firm is building up my strength and resolve to face larger challenges up ahead. 

I’m humbled and incredibly blessed to have a great life; living close to God. Due to privacy concerns, key accomplishments within the company cannot be shared here. But I will say, 2017 will be the best year yet! Stay tuned…God is working his magic. 

❀️ love



The Chamber of Secrets has been opened….(at work)

It will be 2 years at (unnamed financial services company) next week, the 28th of October to be exact. Too many developments to name but one stands out and that is metaphorically speaking, the Chamber of Secrets has been opened.

Colleagues now know my true reasons for being there; to make the world a better place, starting with the financial services industry and serving God. I’ve seen many become better people with their priorities in the right order, God and character above everything else (I.e. Money, power, status, looks, etc. All shallow things). 

The reveal was done in a similar manner as prior large change initiatives–making things go viral. Disruptions are happening at a faster pace with technology becoming better and better and God allows it to. 

Haters have almost if not all disappeared. It’s as if people know that my true intentions are pure and not at all self serving. I’m glad because it is a much better work environment for everyone.

More to come ✌🏼️😊❀️


Dealing with Haters in 2016

There are firsts for everything in 2016, one of these is that I’m starting to have haters at ‘work’…Haters in the plural!

At first it was a shock, why would people talk &$@8 behind my back? They have no idea what the truth of the matter is but assume the worst. Trying to destroy your reputation for things that you are doing with great intentions…After some reflection, I had to take a step back and deal with this new state of life.

If you try to do anything of significance, you are naturally bound to run into people who don’t agree, that’s life. I need to get used to this new ‘normal’ and rise above this firestorm of negativity…I can’t please everyone, someone will be upset. That’s too bad. The best thing I can do is to ignore and keep on marching. 

Defending myself while keeping peace will be my approach to maneuver this new found normal. Big things to come at big finance firm this year! πŸ˜€ super excited, you should all see the results by next year. God and my work….stay tuned!

p.s I foresee much more haters before our work is done. 



Brand New Day; New Beginnings in 2016

First day of 2016! I write this blog post in a Taiwan Cafe; surrounded by the busy traffic of Taipei. 

How did another year go by so fast?? The speed of the world’s development is moving faster and faster. 2015 is a year of evolution and personal growth for allofasuddenpartJew. I’ve committed to this for four years now….proud of my own fortune and fortitude. 😜 There has been ups and downs but only noise on the grander scale of world’s evolution. I’m glad I’ve stayed the course as my faith in God is growing stronger day by day. 

A recap of key events and happenings below:

  • Going through training at a big finance firm to practice for the next chapter
  • Getting closer to God ever and ever
  • Understanding God better and better and his/her direction…it is an art all in itself
  • Continuing my journey of “never stop learning”
  • We are closer and closer to the ultimate redemption

2016 will be a year of seeing the past four years coming together. God’s always close to us and guiding us in his ways. We’ve all got to pay closer attention to his direction for us. As I set my new year resolutions, I urge you all to do the same. 

Let’s be better in 2016: 

  • Love thy neighbour. 
  • Be less materialistic. 
  • Nurture and take care of the earth and the vast resources God has created for us. 
  • Do not waste food, products, anything that is produced from the earth. 
  • Reuse, Recycle, Reduce
  • Last but not least, wait on God’s timing. That’s when the best things happen

See you in 2016! ❀️❀️



Weekend in Tokyo – Costumes and Delectable Bites


Greetings from Tokyo! I was there for Halloween and saw the madness of Japanese gouls, rainbow coloured costumes and ant-liked crowded streets. 

There is a new Chabad-Lubavich in Tokyo. Planned to attend a Saturday Kiddish service. 

I stayed in Chuo-Ku, near the Tsukiji Fish Market. There is a brand new luxury apartment building called ‘The Tokyo Towers’, the home for the past weekend. It’s been awhile since I visited Tokyo and the yearning came up so just had to do something about it….

Took lots of time to explore the food culture. The above bowl of ramen was from a shop outside the JR Yoyogi Train Station. The eggs were perfectly cooked with the yolk still watery….. Yum. OK, so I broke kosher rules and had pork ramen in pork broth. The seaweed was crispy and the ‘healthy’ portion of the meal. This was so yummy my taste buds were thanking me afterwards, maybe not my muscles.

Over the course of the semi-long weekend, I walked over 25 KM, a first for me in Tokyo! Walking is so healthy and a conscious activity for your mind, body and soul. I highly recommend walking more if you could! 

Thanks to the Higher Being, what was forecasted as a raining and gloomy weekend turned out to be sunny with clear skies. Thank you from the bottom of my human heart!  

This here is the Rokuien Gardens in northern Tokyo. I took a morning walking and relaxing here. It was such a relaxing trip. Saw many ducks and giant goldfish!

Massive gold or grey fish galore. I wonder what and how much they eat to get this big!  

Last but not least, a trip to Japan would not be  complete without sushi!

Halloween Flavor from  Baskin Robbins 
Oh…and Halloween-flavoured ice cream from Baskin Robbins Japan. πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ™Š

It was a great weekend getaway! πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅


Memories of my Gifted Grandmother-Father’s Side of the Family

At the beginning of this Chinese and Jewish journey, I introduced everyone to my maternal heritage. That’s just half of the ancestry puzzle. What about my paternal lineage?  

The above beautiful woman is my paternal grandmother during her youth. She is originally from Sichuan province, the Chinese province famous for its spicy hot pot cuisine and pretty girls. I have limited memories of her; mainly she used to pick me up from school and walk me back home. She was in her 70s when I knew of her closely. She was a very patient and caring woman. During the Cultural Revolution, my grandfather could not find work for a long period of time, it drove my grandmother insane and much more after his death. I like to equate the Chinese Cultural Revolution to the Jewish Holocaust–so many innocent lives lost in a few years. It was the greatest traumatic event in both cultures’ history. 

My grandmother was a gifted musician, she attended the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and lived composing new tunes. Wish there was iPhones during her lifetime so we could enjoy some of her classics. πŸ’ƒβ˜ΊοΈ My father’s side is a large family of 5 brothers and sisters. Most of the aunts and uncles live in Shanghai with one living in Xi’an. Grandfather came from Shangdong province, known for noodles and tall handsome men. He passed away when my mom was pregnant with me so I never had a chance to meet him in person. 

Our surname is very unique and rare in China and the Chinese language; it is 矯 pronounced Jiao (third tone) in Mandarin Chinese. It has a special meaning of rectify and fix or ‘tikkun’ in Hebrew. What a match! 😜 The Creator is so smart!

Until next time



Beware of: Fake ‘high status’ People

The world is overrun with a ‘certain’ breed of people. I’ll refer to them as ‘fake high status people’. These mostly exist in large metropolitan areas with a high per capital income or they can exist in smaller towns and neighbourhoods. If they are the way they are because of lack of direction and leadership, I am here to set the record straight. God and I don’t like these type of people because they are all smoke and mirrors. Exception is in the workplace where we must be our professional fake selfs. Materialistic cities like Hong Kong are overrun with them.

Fake high status people have the following characteristics:

  • Masters at setting perceptions of how they will appear to others
  • Obesessed with social status or anything similar that reeks of materialism
  • Will say their schedule is booked full when in reality it is not 
  • Leads self with pride and greed instead of serving God
  • Not afraid to call other people out but shocked when others call them out
  • Obsessed with showing up as high value in the “physical world” where it doesn’t matter and truly low value in God’s eyes
  • Key is this: high status in the human world is all fake. You’ve got to work on your souls.

Society is exacerbated when they exhibit the additional following traits:

  • Act and think like they are better than others
  • Expects you to serve them or do things for them when they haven’t much to offer 
  • Like to ‘use’ other people 
  • Exploit others’ vulnerabilities and weaknesses for their own selfish gains

Granted, no one is perfect. We all exhibit some of these from time to time. If any of these sounds BAU, I urge you to confess and ask God for forgiveness! Work on your souls; rather than material possessions and power.

Remember: soul excellence over material excellence.   

Throwback to Chabad House of Tokyo Japan in 2013. What a great trip!

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