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Humanity

As I was paddleboarding yesterday at the north coast beach of Taiwan, I encountered a situation. Just when I was about to start my journey on my paddleboard, a life guard driving ATV came towards me and started whistling. At first, I thought he was attempting to stop me but then I thought why would he because I had all the proper gears and it was a pretty calm day. Then I saw there are two teenagers behind me standing in the ocean with half of the body in the water. I didn’t think much of it because they weren’t too far out in the ocean but as the life guard ordered them to come back and then they couldn’t. That was when I realized they were trapped. I observed the current a bit and came to the conclusion that there was a strong undertone current pulling outwards because it was changing from high tide to low and small waves were forming right around their position.

I didn’t think much about it after the realization what was happening and paddle straight towards the girl who was further out and looking scared. I instructed her to get on the board and that was when I understood that they were standing on rocks but couldn’t move because current were too strong and other than where they were standing, it was too deep. I could tell she was almost in tears but still very concerned about her friend. She asked me, “what about my friend?” I reassured her, “don’t worry, you are safe now and I will come back to get him once I drop you off.”

I went back for the 2nd time to get the boy, he was in somewhat of a shock as well. After I dropped him off, I went ahead with my journey since the life guard started talking to them. I told the story to a friend who is a life guard and he posted online. Some people are calling me hero but I think I just did something that anyone would have done in the situation.

I believe it is in our nature to help others. The news nowadays might not reflect that but we should have faith, at least in our friends, but a total stranger could have been that helping hand you needed right then.

The true giving is asking nothing in return, I am glad I did what I did.

You Never Know…

At times, we feel our decision don’t matter at all so we choose what is the most convenient to us. 8 years ago, I learned how untrue that is, the hard way. Until this very day, I still can’t help but blame myself for what happened. I have told the story to a few close friends and most attempted to convince me that it really wasn’t me that caused it. However, I knew it would be a totally different story if I had gotten up that morning.

You never know… The littlest thing could be the difference between life and death. Life is really just too short to wait. Live, Love, Laugh… Carry on the torch. I have pushed myself hard to be a righteous and compassionate person. Sometimes I came really close on giving up, lose faith in humanity, and I know the little angel in heaven had helped regain my faith.

I will end this entry with this quote “Ask not what others have done for you but what you have done for others.”

Wind

4 Black Coffee, 3 Days, 2 Cold Showers Later

I was in Guangzhou, China, for work in the past 3 days. I knew I wouldn’t enjoy the trip but it was a great wake up call for me.

People who knows me well would know that I barely drink latte and I had 4 black coffee this trip, needless to say, it was very exhausting and I needed that much coffee to keep me going. Shower and heater weren’t quite working properly in the hotel… I was totally fooled by the look of the hotel though, definitely reminded me why I shouldn’t judge the book by its cover.

Friends asked me why I was so bugged by this trip since I enjoy traveling so much. I said “people.” I really have nothing against Chinese because I know there are great people in China. However, being there, I just feel people have so little respect for each other. Smoking in a non-smoking area, speaking loudly disregard the rest, or cutting in line to get on the train. These might be very small things but devil hides in details.

As much as I did not enjoy the trip, it served a great purpose. I showed me how lost I am and what I am doing with my life. I was reminded what I am truly passionate about and I need to start pursuing my dream again. I came up with a 3-year-plan while slowly making my way home. The goal is to enter a graduate program by Fall 2016 and in order to do that, GRE, searching for the right program all needs to be done step by step. I will do it but I can use all the help and support I can get.

Wind

When Thing Gone South

Life is unpredictable and regardless how well you plan, things can still go south at any given moment. When it does, the more important part is asking the question “what now?”

There were lots of “what now?” asked during last snowboard instructor job. 3 levels of students, one instructor; huge snow storm in Tokyo and highway shut down, etc. I am glad that I had to face many of these last minute problem in the past so I didn’t break down. Certainly, I was stressed, lack of sleep, and completely out of energy at some point. One step at the time is all I tell myself.

Challenge is often given to us for us to see what we are made of and how we can be more. While in the midst of hardship, I can’t say I am thrilled about it but often times, we gain valuable experiences and stories from it, regardless the outcome.

I am happy to say the things turned out to be in our favor at the end of the day and everyone made it home rather smoothly.

Wind

Steps

I posted a few things I want to do in the year 2014 at the beginning of the year. The next part is actually taking steps to accomplish them. A few days ago I signed up for my 2nd official Spanish classes at a language center and it will start soon after I get back from Japan this time. I also went on a 40 km bike ride today and it was good for me since I want to do an overnight biking trip and hopefully lead to a biking trip around Taiwan. It is important for me to really get those legs working.

Although today didn’t go as smoothly as I wished, a little bumps on the road here and there. However, it was nice to spend some alone time and sort out some thoughts and feelings. It was a beautiful day so I feel great about how it ended. 

Wind

Further Myself

People said when you teach others, you understand the subject even better. For me, it’s even more than that. The experience often leads me to put more effort into the subject, to want to know more and want to teach better. I totally believe the saying of “There is no student who couldn’t learn; there is only teachers who couldn’t teach.” As someone who work in the field of education, I feel it is important for me to find the best way to convey myself to the learners.

My first snowboarding coaching experience (in Mandarin) was very valuable. I think I made up what I lack of with effort. I found it difficult to paint a clear picture for my students when explaining in Mandarin.  Even though I have taught a full season in Switzerland.

I think if a job made you want to improve yourself more, then it is not a bad job at all. I certainly want to do better for the times to come.

Wind

Griefing

People grief differently, some very obvious while some choose to deal with it alone, in their very own way. Just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean one is not impacted by the tragedy.

Memories of the times we spent come often to my mind these days.  I read the last conversations we had over and over again. We were making plans to meet up again. You told me that it’s a shame that I was living with you at your worst but I rather treasure the experience and you still was able to show your big heart in the moment that matters.

I can’t live to replace your place in the world. Your faith, your heart, and your royalty to friends are unrivaled. However, I would like to make a run for it. To be more open-minded, to help regardless my own bias and personal preference when others need. May you watch over me and be my witness.

On another note, additional personal goal for the year, I want to have better posture. The slouching needs go.