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!😀 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. 

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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! ❤️❤️

 

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Weekend in Tokyo – Costumes and Delectable Bites

Hello!!

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. 😋😋🙊

It was a great weekend getaway! 🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵

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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. 💃☺️ 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
❤️Xiaoming

 

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Guardian Angels and Dreamers

Has anyone ever experienced having a guardian angel? I will share my experience. 

Recently God sent me a Guardian Angel. His appearance has made me very grateful and happy. He has great qualities. Namely a sense of urgency and detail-oriented(ness). Qualities that I admire because I don’t have them.😔

Guardian angels are helping you in the background. Please note that God has perfect timing–when things are slow and when they are fast. We should respect God’s timing and not push too hard too soon — when it’s not the right time yet.🙏 

These recent events in life has conjured up memories of a beloved cartoon of my adolescence. I was addicted to a certain Japanese animated TV show called ‘Sailor Moon’. The main character was a clumsy school girl named Serena (Usagi meaning bunny in Japanese). She was reincarnated again on earth to save the world. Anyway, long plot short; it was a good training/preview video for me as a young girl. Everyone should check it out–recently it has been remade in computer CG. Super exciting for the hard core fans!

Until next time,

❤️

  

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Yom Tov – Tu B’Shvat

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Thanks to Chabad’s creative photo, I like to wish everyone a Yom Tov Tu B’Shvat.

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Moller Villa — A Small Piece of Jewish Shanghai

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A quick greeting from Shanghai, China! I’m checking out the Moller Villa part of Jewish Shanghai.

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