Finding gratitude in plants

Not just “don’t sweat the small stuff,” but treasure the small stuff!

In the recent rainy days of San Francisco, I particularly enjoy seeing the flowers and trees – they are extremely lush, colorful, and useful.

Beautiful peach blossoms in front of the Ferry Building in San Francisco


Trees lining the pavement acting as rain shelter!


Lovely idea for your balcony – taken from a page in a book (sorry can’t remember the title)


Arranging Flowers Like a Pro

To all flowers lovers including yours truly, here is a short and sweet video to how to arrange flowers like a pro from Food52 for your parties and just pure bliss at home.  Play around with your glass containers, bud vase, egg vase, canning jars, etc. for beautiful arrangements on your tabletops, shelves, and fireplaces!

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A Formula for Success – Depends on What You Do After Work

I went to my usual beauty parlour last week and was lucky to have the owner, a friend, to do the facial for me.  What she then told and showed me really amazed and inspired me.  Her story reminded me of yet another inspiring blog who quoted Anthony Robbins, saying that:

If you spend 1 hour a day learning about a particular topic, you’d know more about that subject than 99.999% of the world within a year.

None better manifested than by my beauty parlour friend.  She came from China, studied cosmetology there, practiced in San Francisco, and eventually opened her own beauty salon.  What I did not know is that at night after work, she would be designing and remodelling homes for friends to prep them before sales. Her best friends are at Home Depot.  A knack for beauty and details certainly helps – whether faces or homes.  Here is one of her recent remodelling work, turning a home into a beauty and made the seller very happy.  Now, she is contemplating making this a real business. But she is still going to keep her beauty salon, which according to her, is a relaxing place for her to recouperate – good for the clients.

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So it is not what you do at work determines your future success but what you do after work (i.e. self-learning, reading, volunteering, building up networks, working on real-life projects, realizing your passion) – often things other than your day-time work – that determines your future path.

Turning the Corners

As I walked to my breakfast meeting at Union Square (downtown shopping district) via the financial district during one beautiful morning in San Francisco, I began to take notice of the different colours, architecture, and shapes of the buildings around me. What a mishmash of colours and styles. The camera in the phone is one of the best mobile ideas. You can’t help but notice more beauty (and carry them always with you) with the help of the lenses.  Walking also makes you to slow down and notice things.

The corners of these buildings fascinate me. They are not the end but an invitation for the passerby to notice their beauties!












Thinking of You – East and West

(photo courtesy of aannuuss)

…which reminds me of a poem by one of the most famous ancient Chinese poets ever who lived during the Tang Dynasty, Li Bai:

In the Quiet Night – Li Bai

So bright a gleam on the foot of my bed –
Could there have been a frost already?
Lifting myself to look, I found that it was moonlight.
Sinking back again, I thought suddenly of home.

 (translation courtesy of Tang Shi 300)