half man half shark

half man half shark     

Life as a carbon-based life form; a journey of building on success and learning from mistakes.

Holiday season

This holiday season surrounded by friends and loved ones, a time reflect on all the meaningful things in your life.

In the bottle

Renewed my interests in capturing places I have traveled into liquor bottle. So when I'm old these empty bottles will be hold priceless memories.

Homesick

It'd been almost three months away from home, the girls are homesick, I understand. I'm contempted with life at the moment and seeking for the next level of discovery and adventure. But the missus constant wanting luxury and more is pulling me back into the rat race.

Each morning

Apart from the cold and high taxes, Netherlands is actually have good work-life balance. However, life in Australia is still better.

Christmas market in Haarlem

Christmas traditions in Europe.

Parenting #31

Don't ever grow up.

White Christmas

In search of a white Christmas.

Ticket to travel the world

This is what my ticket to travel the world look like.

Credentials

I'm happy with myself today, I've proven my director credentials in front of over 300 global IT staffs.

Vintage

Vintage is the new cool, I'm tempted for a vintage medium film camera, but the cost and inconvenience of film processing is holding me back. I'm reminded that memories is the photography captured, the camera is just a tool.

Parenting #30

The best things in life are the people you love, the places you've seen, and the memories you've made along the way.

Grand

People of the past build grand monument that become a timeless reminder of civilization. What we build today with technology won't last for a decade until the next wave of technology arrive.

De facto relationship

There are many Dutch colleagues who have kids and still living in a de facto relationship. It seemed marriage not a key ingredient for a healthy relationship.

Entire city on water

Everywhere you look there's water. It seemed the people are also flow like water too, everything is orderly and methodically. Most people see the glass as half empty.

Crossing path

Always good to catching up with a friend I haven't seen in many years. She said, 'I love beer and beer loves me.'

Parenting #29

Having children means cleaning up after a party you never attended.

Parenting #28

Finding friends.

Directorship

Being the youngest amongst the director level, responsible for strategic IT function, driving the company into the future, increase revenue from $8 billions to double digits. This is going to give me a few grey hair.

Solidarity

Sometimes, I need to walk alone. I'm not sad. I'm not angry. I'm just recharging my batteries.

Rain by night

It rains often here and there is something really special about rain, particularly at night. It fascinates me.

Parenting #27

You are not rich until you have something money can't buy...

Hydronic

The Dutch uses hydronic system to keep home heating constant.

Live like a local

This is how I spent quality time after work.

Dutch resident

Officially Dutch resident.

Parenting #26

Traveling the world is tough on the little one. She has less friends, loss weight, fewer favourite food.

Guidelines on travel

My guidelines on travel is do as the local do. Therefore you must lived in the country for at least 3-months to appreciate the local culture. Otherwise, you're just another tourist.

Gracht (city-canal) lifestyle

This is the Dutch lifestyle.

By Night

Inspired by Brassai and Vincent van Gogh for their night masterpieces. I started a photography project of my own, main theme is capturing the atmosphere after the rain by night.

Five senses

I'm going to miss the sight, sound, taste, smell and atmosphere of my hometown, Cabramatta.

Taking a stroll

Enjoying the quite stroll to the train station through my neighbourhood.

Photographs

They say; birth certificates show you were born, death certificates show you died. Photographs show you really lived.

If what they say is true

Someone once said; the pinnacle of one's career begins at age 35. I decided to stop contracting for 1-3 years to take on a corporate career with a title of Director Enterprise Integration Architecture, as part of a $8 billion global empire.

Don't give up

We know how you feel, we've been there. Don't give up.

The System

I made the follow observation about the System in which we live in; its the fundamentals of economics that school don't teach. I'm continuously learning to mentor children of the next generation. Teaching Ella that Money is equal to Debt and Value is created from Productivity. I hope that one day she takes an interest in reading my diaries.

Parenting #25

Do as you wish. Be as you are.

Butterfly feeling

By instinct, I stopped in the middle of the road in peak hour traffic to help a woman with her car problem. It feels great to successfully help an anonymous person and not asking for anything in return.

Parenting #24

Teaching is the most exciting form of rewards.

Lao Tzu teachings

Like Confucius during his living lifetime considered himself as a failure. Lao Tzu also judged by many philosophers at his time as idle and do nothing. Teaching of both of these most two influencers are mostly written by his followers who credits to their master. There are some of their quotes: 'By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.' 'Therefore the Master acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything. Things arise and she lets them come; things disappear and she lets them go. She has but doesn’t possess, acts but doesn’t expect. When her work is done, she forgets it. That is why it lasts forever.' 'He who clings to his work will create nothing that endures.' 'When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.' 'If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial. If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked. If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. If you want to be reborn, let yourself die. If you want to be given everything, give everything up.' 'Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.' 'If you realise that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.' 'He who rushes ahead doesn’t go far.' 'He who tries to shine dims his own light.' 'He who defines himself can’t know who he really is.' 'He who has power over others can’t empower himself.' 'Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself.' 'At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.' 'The soft overcomes the hard. The slow overcomes the fast.' 'In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.' 'Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?' 'If you want to shrink something, you must first allow it to expand. If you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish. If you want to take something, you must first allow it to be given. This is called the subtle perception of the way things are.' 'New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.' 'Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.' 'All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power.' 'The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.' 'The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.' 'If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.' 'If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.' 'Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.' 'Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window one can see the way of heaven. The further one goes the less one knows.' 'Silence is a source of great strength.' 'Express yourself completely, then keep quiet. Be like the forces of nature: when it blows, there is only wind; when it rains, there is only rain; when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.' 'Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.' 'When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.' 'What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher? What is a bad man but a good man’s job? If you don’t understand this, you will get lost, however intelligent you are. It is the great secret.' 'The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.' 'Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.' 'Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.' 'If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.' 'When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.' 'Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.'

Create moments

Life is about moments; don't wait for them, create them.

Diverse

The events of past week make me realised that my professional skills is highly sort after. I'd rejected leads from North America and Netherlands, and pick up the work locally. Mostly because Australian still pays alot more. I still have ambition to work abroad for 1-2 years, but no more than 3.

FG

She was intelligent, creative, girly-girl and much loved by many. The truth is, I didn't take it to the next level because I was scared of girl with hairy arms. Based on my observation; the attributes one inspired for their son/daughter to become are based on past love experience. It was meaningless when you first experience it, in your teens, then it became your moral compass as an adult.

Addicted to risk

What would life be without a challenge.

Parenting #23

Teaching her to eat spicy food like a real Asian. Drawings to express emotion and creativity.

The States or The Netherlands

Two opportunities awaits, none met all of my criteria. Comparing rates, Australia is second highest net take-home paid amongst all the Developed countries. Economy is small, but lifestyle is great here. Hard to turn back from Australia.

Farewell friends of Asciano

'Two roads diverged in the yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler.' - Robert Frost

You are what you eat

The first food you taste when arrived to a country will be your favourite. This is my first taste after 2-days voyager at sea on the refugee boat.

Parenting #22

The kind of haircut I want for Ella.

Going abroad

At the end of this customer project I'm planning to travel abroad for work and travel. While launching my startup project worldwide at the same time.

Charities

Giving to charities:UNHCR's Nepal Earthquake, $600.Vietnam Foundation's recycled bicycles, $500.

Market worth

I don't know how my home is worth but already the property two doors down was sold for $1.6Mil

Character

Living room is the meeting point with guests. Not every guest will notices the details, for those who inquire about the painting in the center piece I would ask them a question - Which character from this painting you caused the first impression? Their response will reveal their inner personality. In Ella's view, she points to the girl just arrived in the city.

Cloud Atlas

Add this film to my favourite. 'Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.' - David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Carrying

I felt a sensation when I heard the news, not sure if I should feel happy, worried or clarify move forward.

Parenting #21

At this age they will learn truth and lies. Viewing self as a whole person involving body, mind and feelings. Perhaps realising a bit of spiritual and fantasy even.

1000 Steps

They say it takes 1000 steps to reach happiness.

Berrima

Weekend trip to Berrima NSW to discover country senses.

Old photograph

Met an old friend on my way home today. We talked about memories of highschool years and my highschool sweetheart.

Parenting #20

Curiosity is just as important as intelligence.

Haunted pathway

These beautiful gumtree line is my pathway to the office every morning. There is still blood stain on the concrete because a life has been loss recently. Now and forever it has become a haunted pathway. I dislike the fact that news reporters are every where with their lighting and camera equipments covering the story for the mainstream media. Worst of all are the readers who loves to subscribe to tragic news locally and abroad.

Games

I'm playing games with somebody's wife. There is no chemistry, but I'm pretty sure about the body language.

Sharing prosperity with others

Lately I have focus on my own goals. Haven't share with those in needs, like charity and community projects. I find these unbalance in my principle most concerning. Too much selfish make a person greedy.

Old school

Old school erotic fun.

Year of the Goat

Happy wife, happy life. This year both of us are on the zodiac age. It's a common believes that it's the year where unexpected things will occur. If we can weather this storm, the rest will be sunshine.

23 Bell

It's a start of an interesting project. Update: Project has failed even before launch.

Parenting #19

At the age of 2.5-year-old she’s discovering the world, as she smiling, bouncing and spinning in her pink frilly skirt sing You Are My Sunshine lullaby. I sat watching and figuring out my actions that will have an impact on her for the years to come.Confide in me if someone hurt you.Laugh, smile and talk often.I’ll teach you a love of art, science, nature and animals.We all get hurt by love.What others think is not important. How you feel about yourself is all what matters.Cause and effect; treat others how you wanted to be treated.The best way to learn to play, solve problems and discover it for yourself.There are more good people than bad people in the world. Time and environment changes people.Praise in public, reprehend in private.