All in Life

The Resolution to Your Problems? – Goal Setting With the GoMoTo- Framework

Despite knowing that you actually could change your life on any given day, I am a committed practitioner of New Year’s resolutions. The change of the year has this magical aura that calls for big changes, even if we then often fall back to our old ways.

The Quantified Self Hong Kong meet-up discussed in December about “How to Quantify Your 2018 Goals”. One of my contributions to the debate was the idea of a little 3-step framework to put self-tracking into a larger context of self-improvement.

While the framework is actually quite simple, I thought it might be worth to write the idea out in full, give it a funky name and open it for a broader discussion. So, without further ado, let me introduce the GoMoTo-Framework.

Soul-Searching Above Rainy Clouds – A Journey to Bhutan: Part II

Already vacation deprived, a particularly stressful summer at work added to my chronic wanderlust. It is fair to say, that I barely ever felt so in need of a vacation. Looking for the perfect destination for an adventure holiday, we settled for the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, the self-proclaimed happiest place on earth. As our visit in August fell in the middle of the Monsoon season, would rain clouds get in the way of our soul search?

Soul-Searching Above Rainy Clouds – A Journey to Bhutan: Part I

Already vacation deprived, a particularly stressful summer at work added to my chronic wanderlust. It is fair to say, that I barely ever felt so in need of a vacation. Looking for the perfect destination for an adventure holiday, we settled for the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, the self-proclaimed happiest place on earth. As our visit in August fell in the middle of the Monsoon season, would rain clouds get in the way of our soul search?

More Than Book Learning - Five Novels that Shaped my Love for East Asia

While in recent years I mostly read nonfiction, I strongly believe that novels can be just as powerful when it comes to broadening the horizon and understanding the big picture. 

I think that to understand the world, our history, even contemporary and future developments, it takes both, reading history books for a factual framework and reading novels to get a feeling for the zeitgeist.

While the origin of my life-long interest in Asia will likely stay a mystery forever, I know for sure that there are a few brilliant books that shaped this interest. Among the many I want to highlight five that stood out in particular.

Angry Cards and Vocabulary Crush – Playing Games You Can’t Lose

About four years ago I started to show severe signs of getting addicted to a popular mobile phone game. After reaching a point where playing the game began to disrupt parts of my life, I made a rather radical decision: I deleted all games from my phone and decided to get my fix from something much more productive, a flashcard game to learn Chinese. Interested to hear how that worked out?