First time to Guam

The past weekend I had a brief getaway with families and friends attending a wedding ceremony at the heavenly Guam, a US island to the west of Pacific Ocean, somewhere between the Philippines and Hawaii. As you can imagine, like Hawaii, Guam is known for its beautiful weather, tropical beaches and an indigenous culture.   Please do expect occasional showers, though.


As we made our booking separately and had different preferences, the gang was not staying in the same hotel.  We were staying in:

They are all nice and beautiful.

Mobility on the island is easy and convenient.  We were glad that we rented a car that made shopping easy, and allowed us to survive from the occasional yet heavy rain showers.


In fact, as we’d decided to rent a car before our trip, we started researching which car rental companies had their counters inside the airport. But we could not find too much information about it.  I thus purposely took some photos while I was there and would like to share them here.  They have Hertz, Budget, Avis, National, Nissan and Dollar Rent-a-Car counters plus some others located inside the terminal.

At night we saw a nice performance with brisky music played with the guitar and ukulele. I enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and nice songs sung by a sonorous voice.










A memorable name card of Mr Po Chung

Along my entrepreneurial journey there are moments I reflect upon the work I do and the people I meet. And I think about the values I uphold in getting along with different people, like business partners, friends, colleagues, clients, competitors and so on. There are still a lot of things to learn.

The other day I met Mr Po Chung, co-founder of DHL. We had a nice gathering with other friends. Mr Chung truly is a role model to learn from. And on his name card I came across this uplifting message:

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Mr Chung has retired and is still passing on his belief. It bears 3 essential values in conducting oneself and one’s business that can be summarised with 3Cs: competencies, character and caring. It’s always something to remember.




內裏說到的正是鍾先生從事服務業多年所堅持的3C信念,即competency(才能), character(品格), care(關懷),值得深思、銘記。


Some thoughts on the movie “Downsizing”

Recently I watched the movie “Downsizing” starring Matt Damon, Hong Chau and Christoph Waltz. Though the movie is a box office flop, it presents the fascinating idea of “downsizing” human to several inches high to solve overpopulation. I’ve talked about the movie with some friends already. That’s why I think I may put a post here for more discussions.

It all starts with a scientist inventing this magic process of “downsizing”: shrinking human to several inches high, which is presented to the world to attract people to downsize themselves. Then they build a smaller world for the “downsized”, where they enjoy more paying less as they consume less due to their size. Paul the protagonist (played by Matt Damon) is amazed by the idea and undergoes downsizing. But when he begins his new life in the downsized world, he suffers an identity crisis: dumped by his wife and lost his job as an occupational therapist. Later he meets Ngoc Lan, a Vietnamese political activist and joins her in helping the poor in the slums. When he slowly comes to terms with his new life, the world is about to end because of global warming. The scientist who invented “downsizing” finds a way to sustain humanity — protecting a community of people in a vault created in a mountain. Will Paul join the scientist community in the vault and restart yet another life? Or will he carry on with his newly built life in the downsized world?

I think the movie delivers 2 main messages.

First, most people don’t know what they’re doing with their life until they find their meaning. Paul is an average guy. From his decisions like undergoing downsizing to escape the reality, getting into a random job of a hotline service representative, accepting a new friend’s suggestion to go to Norway, and struggling whether to enter the vault toward the end, we can tell he doesn’t know what he’s doing in life until he meets Ngoc Lan and starts helping in the slums. He finds himself in serving the poor.

Second, even in the utopia slums exist. When you come to think of it, it’s really ridiculous that even in such a tailor-made utopia as the downsized world, there are slums. Paul is first brought there by Ngoc Lan to treat a dying woman. They use expired medication because that’s all they have. The woman dies the next day. Not to mention the food distributed there is collected from around the downsized world by Paul and Ngoc Lan. Life in the slums is cheap. So the enormous gap between the rich and poor may be the second message delivered in the movie.

I see the downsized world as a modern Lilliput or a seeming utopia. As the plot unfolds, there can be a lot of interpretations. And here’s my take and what’s yours? 


最近看了由麥 · 迪文、周洪和基斯托夫 · 華薩主演的《縮水人間》,我和許多朋友分享過,在此記下所思所感。電影講述一個科學家發明可把人縮小到五英寸的技術,讓縮小的人類住在一個新的社區,解決人口過多資源不足的問題。

科學家在發明了縮小技術後,積極向人類推廣,隨着愈來愈多人縮小自己,縮小的社群搬進了一個縮小社區,因為體型驟減的關係,他們可用小量資源享受奢華的生活。主角保羅(由麥 · 迪文飾演)也打算與妻子一起縮小自己搬進新社區,可是妻子最後反悔,只有保羅一人進行了手術並在縮小世界開始新生活。此時,保羅不僅被妻子拋棄,在新社區中亦不能繼續他職業治療師的舊業。他其後認識了越南政治活動活躍人士玉蘭,並與其在貧民窟中做義工分發食物給窮人,當他逐漸適應新生活,人類亦因全球暖化而面對滅亡,發明縮小技術的科學家打算在山中建立大型保險庫作為下一個新世界保存一批人。保羅陷入跟隨科學家到新世界抑或留在縮小社區繼續生活的掙扎中。





How to charge a smartphone to optimise the battery life

I’ve been wondering why my iPhone battery drains so fast as It dies on me quite often. My friend said it had to do with my incorrect charging patterns. My friend said I should charge my phone when the battery’s about 20% rather than when it’s almost empty or rather full at 80 or 90%. And a battery needs to be fully charged to 100%. This sounds plausible and may be the common practice of most people. But a little research on the Internet just revealed that most of us, or at least my friend and I, do charge our phones wrong.

According to several websites, charging a phone from a low battery level (under 20%) to 100% in one go is one of the practices that shorten the battery lifespan because “a high voltage stresses the battery”. It turns out that charging a phone battery several times throughout the day from around 30~50% to 80% is most desirable. That means several short charging sessions a day rather than a long heavy one optimises the battery performance. So should I start charging my phone bit by bit whenever I can? Let me try and see how it goes.