“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
– Albert Einstein Continue reading
“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
– Albert Einstein Continue reading
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I am a lover of hiking.
I have always loved nature and looking at beautiful sceneries. Though I didn’t pay much attention to this activity before, since I had always been busy with school work and all the yada yada, it was only since last year that I started picking this habit up.
Something so unique and different about hiking, is that this is essentially just taking long walks on a trail or up a mountain, yet people from all over the world just love it! And studies have shown that hiking or all forms of walking have health benefits too! So what makes it so compelling?
I enjoy hiking because I learn lessons from it that I can never learn from anywhere else. Seriously. I learn worldliness from hiking. It really is that big of a deal for me (what can I say, I’m a drama queen). The nature is just so good. When I come to think of it, this world is all that we have, all the life source and beauty come from this thing around us – the nature! When you’re walking on a trail and you get to really see, sniff, touch and be intimate with the plants and bushes and flowers and trees and birds and dirt, it just takes away all the worries and stress from you. It takes away the entire world for you even, and puts you into a universe where there’s no limit – where we are back to the most basic, the most primitive, the most innocent; where everything is organic and raw, non-judgemental and simply, breathtakingly generous. What better world than a world like this? The view and rewards after the long hike is definitely worth all those hours of hard walk.
And due to my inner philosophical nerd, I love a constant reminder of the vastness of the world, of the universe, so that I get to learn and try to be more humble and appreciative at all time.
Everyone knows the health benefit of hiking or any other activities that require you going outside and moving your muscles, (whether people actually attempt those is a matter of an entire different blog post) so I don’t need to bore you with these facts and advice.
But hiking is just so addictive. You go there once and you would long to go again! It is that magical. I think the core of it is that you just don’t realise that you’ve been exercising and it really helps the whole thing. We all know exercising helps to boost your mood along with all the hundreds of positive effects; plus having buddies and friends going hiking with you, talking and having fun, it is just a walking picnic!
That feeling when you’ve reached the top of the mountain with your buddies by your side, at that moment it’s as if you guys can really take over the world and are ready for another exciting adventure. It is as if all the opportunities and blessings are within the grasp of your fingertips, it is as if all the bad days and the snarky bosses are just static noises that are as minimal as the spot in which you guys started your hike.
And all of a sudden everything seems to be okay. All of a sudden you know that everything is going to work out fine. And this is definitely not the end of the world – because the world is too beautiful to quit just yet.
Hike away, my friends.
Let’s continue our discussion for a special music lifestyle in the street of Hong Kong! Take a closer look into the busking culture!!
Music industry has been vibrant in Hong Kong. Music in Hong Kong has always been a mainstream entertainment, it gains its popularity and appreciation essentially through a very commercialized system – such as signing to a big music company like Sony and then the musicians will receive appropriate exposure, while contributing to the economy. However, for industries like Busking, it produces fewer output in the creative economy. Busking itself cannot be categorized as a very mainstream or commercial practice of music, their nature is more similar to independent musicians or just the general public with a big dream. Some buskers including the band that I interviewed have tried only a few times to earn money from their performance, and they actually have received money from their street performances, yet ultimately they have decided against the idea, they felt happier when they performed purely for entertainment and they do not want money involved, as making money is not their incentive. Nonetheless, there are limited spaces for busking in Hong Kong, finding a perfect spot for them to perform is an ongoing challenge. All these factors aside, some buskers are Indie pop singers and they could choose to sell their CDs during the busking.
The main reason that my interviewee chose ‘busking’ in the first place, is that it is just happy. It is happy for the band, and it brings happiness to the crowd. It is a very virtuous reason, somehow it is what artistic pursuit is all about. They can get immediate reactions from audience and they love to interact with them. During the whole process of busking, they met a lot of friends and great people. The atmosphere is incredible and buskers want to bring up this culture in Hong Kong as well as to promote their music.
So, is it just a dream that people fantasize often about? Are these musicians just chasing a phantom? Or there is much more going on in the culture of busking?
Hong Kong simply should not and could not be a cultural desert – there are literally countless of extremely talented people just hanging around in every street, they just need an opportunity for their long-time preparation. Busking is a very special industry, it is a liberation of talent in the the most common way; it is a reflection of creativity in Hong Kong people. It is a reachable dream and a passionate lifestyle. I would love and hope that this music scene can flourish and that Hong Kong can be a true creative city in the future.
Until next time!
Lots of love,
Music has long been regarded as a means of communication for people from very different social or cultural backgrounds, according to a study by Laiho S. in 2004. For the performers, music is also a manifestation of “the self”. What’s more hip for me to share with you then the current music lifestyle in Hong Kong!
In the field of music, there is a particular lifestyle known as “Busking” in Hong Kong, they are groups of music performers going street to street and provide musical performances in Hong Kong. It is interesting looking into the local busking performances and the mentality of the people who perform on the street. I’m very grateful to have interviewed a local busking band a while ago and therefore studied the current situation of busking bands in Hong Kong.
Busking has a long history but they are largely undocumented before 20th century. Yet, it can still be dated back to antiquity when it is a very common means of employment before recording appeared. Now, busking is a vibrant street culture that is practised and welcomed all over the world. It is a highly engaging music that buskers can get the immediate and spontaneous reactions from audience and their music actually influences people. It is down-to-earth and authentic, at the same time one will experience a thrill no matter one is from the member of audience or performer. A shared experience and a unique bond are also formed through the busking performances.
In Hong Kong, busking is blooming. With the rise of indie bands joining the showbiz, such as Mr., Rubber Band and Kolor, more people start to discover and pay attention to indie bands and their music in Hong Kong. Yet, not many people in Hong Kong really appreciate busking bands which are not in showbiz and popular by now.
Nevertheless, when it comes to busking, it is interesting to note that this creative art is very different from the rest of the creative industries in terms of the nature of the performance. Usually for a form of industry, it often requires a certain qualification to be deemed worthy or suitable for a certain industry, and it usually generates revenues. ‘Busking’, however, has no limitation – it is an act that is practiced all over the world by men, women and children. Whist it may not even be considered to be an industry or taken seriously by some in the society – this industry has much potential to develop and there are a lot of things going on behind the door, from what people know and talk about they are just touching upon the surface. For instance, we learned from the band that I interviewed that there is actually an organized community that supports people who practise busking in Hong Kong; and there are social workers dedicating their time and effort to help these people, they would organize events for the performers so they get the opportunities to engage and enjoy their dreams; practically they will provide supports such as studio booking and professional guidance for people who are interested in busking.
It’s a lovely sight to know of such a supportive community, knowing that there really are people working so hard for their dreams, and people taking their time to help each other on the way. This is what Hong Kong is supposed to be like, this is what the world is supposed to be like.
Check out Part 2, it’s coming soon!
Hiya you lovelies! Today I want to bring some heartful advice and motivations to everyone, for no other reasons than your well-being! I know we are sometimes just so fed up with the good old inspirational speeches and slogans, something that we all wish that we can do and once determined that we can do, but turned out still sitting at home everyday eating chips as we browse Netflix for the next film to watch.
Well, these motivations that I give you today are not those cheesy old-school motivations. What I am sharing with you are words that are a little mind boggling, something that may or may not change your life. *dramatic sound effect* Haha, but for real, I love these advice and motivations (that I gathered through hardcore interneting and late night researching) that’s why I want to share with you all. So buckle up and let’s begin 😉
No man steps in the same river twice, for he is not the same man and it is not the same river.
When it is most difficult to say the word no, it is usually the most important time to say it.
People seldom judge you as harshly as you are judging yourself. Remember a while back, when you saw that lady on the bus who said something really stupid? When was the last time you thought of her? ’Cause that’s about as often as people think of or judge you.
Don’t promise when you’re happy. Don’t reply when you’re angry. Don’t decide when you’re sad.
Fake it til you make it.
No one is keeping track of the mistakes you make.
when you do good deeds you shouldn’t brag about it.
Don’t waste your time on work that you don’t enjoy. It is obvious that you cannot succeed in something that you don’t like. Patience, passion, and dedication come easily only when you love what you do.
Next year, you’ll wish you had started today.
It’s about being afraid and doing it anyway.
Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.
– A Game of Thrones, by George R R Martin
Oh and my personal favourite:
11. If you’re ever caught with your eyes closed at work, the FIRST thing you need to say is “Amen”.
Time to put them into practice, shall we?
Lots of love,
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Today I have a rather important subject, I want to talk about choices in life. Better yet, the choices to a life that you well deserve.
I was always a bit of a nerd about anything philosophical, and I always love inspirational things – not the cheesy type, the groovy type. Yeah. And the other day I came across this quote in Reddit and showed below that I resonate so much with, like in a really deep personal level – and I even think that this is actually what most people in this world should read and take note of. WARMING: The quote requires a bit of a brain exercise before reading. Viewer discretion is advised. (hahah)
So here it is:
“I refuse to tiptoe through life and arrive quietly at my death. I decided a long time ago that I would not be one of those guys. No matter how much effort or pain or sacrifice it took, I refuse to settle. I refuse to not actively take part in my life, instead of just going with the flow and finding myself in a place where I looked up and thought “I am so unhappy with my life. How did I get here?” But here’s the thing: It is very easy to get there without realizing how you got there. Maybe our culture does a poor job of making its youth understand that getting life right is very hard. It requires a lot of skills to be a success, more than anything, it demands that you be two things: determined to find a path to your personal success, and courageous enough to take it, despite the consequences. Think to yourself: How many people do you know that you can really describe that way? Not many. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s a choice. Success truly is a choice. Every single day, with every single action and every single decision, you pick your own path. Do you read something that educates you instead of watching your tenth Seinfeld run-run? That’s a choice. Do you go to the gym like you want to, or do you just drink a Diet Coke and sit on the sofa? That’s a choice. Do you go start cooking like you’ve always said you wanted to, or do you just put it off for another day? That is a choice. Every day you make hundreds of these choices, and when you are 40 and look up to find yourself in a shitty life that you don’t like, you have no one to blame but yourself.”
Nothing is fresher to read in the morning than some quality quotes telling me to start making the right choice, am I right?
Here is another short one:
“It’s the internal dialogue. Until you figure out what it is that you want out of life and begin taking the serious, and sometimes risky, steps to make those things happen, you’re just chasing phantoms.”
And with that, I will leave you here to ponder.
Lots of love,
How often do we miss certain opportunities in life and recall events just to mentally hissed “stupid!” to ourselves? Well, at least that happened to me more than I care to admit.
I try not to put my sob story out here since this is supposed to be a positive blog (duh); but i will, however, share the conclusion that i came up with after missing all those amazing opportunities and is now trying to participate and live a full life as much as possible with the best of my ability.
So many times i turned down invitations and events just because i was scared. Yes. i admit it. And I’m not ashamed of saying that, acknowledging your mistake is the first step to preventing it from happening again in the future. Being an anxious kid for most of my life (still am, but getting better), I just didn’t think that i would be happy or comfortable in those situations nor could i handle myself justly. It took many years and hindsight for me to realize how much memories and experience i had wasted away just because i was scared to say “yes”. Other times i back out due to having low confidence in myself, essentially. I always felt like i didn’t deserve to go to those events or accept the invitation, that i didn’t think i would be a good company for the person who invited me, that it felt like the end of the world if it didn’t turn out a perfect event for a perfectionist like me – and i can tell you right now, it is NOT the end of the world even you didn’t enjoy that event. I repeat, it is NOT. And now that i’m older and (hopefully) wiser, and i know that i should embrace my ignorance and inexperience; and mostly, to embrace the imperfection. ‘Cause being perfect is boring, am i right? 😉 that is precisely why i need to experience more, otherwise 40 years from now i will still be pondering about the “what ifs” or “could haves”. Never over think or let the false imagination get the better of you, And never let fears make your decision. As cheesy as it sounds, you really only live once. So, go for it.
Now i am not about to ask you to blatantly say yes to literally anything and everything including a suspicious guy handing you a drink – what i am saying is, whenever there is an opportunity, take it. Don’t second guess yourself, don’t stress over it and be anxious about it, chances are, a year from now, you will be glad that you took it and you will be thanking yourself for seizing the opportunities as opposed to banging your head against the wall and cursing for letting the opportunity slip away. Regret truly is the most dreadful thing.
If you are still not convinced, here is a little quote:
“Although humans are said to be the most intelligent species, we’re the only ones who are so darn self conscious that we sacrifice what we want because we’re afraid we won’t get it.”
Lots of love,
Hi everyone! 🙂 You are probably wondering why I’m talking about a film today! Well, as it turns out that Heartful Twist is quite similar with The Intern in a very strange and spiritual way …
The story in the The Intern is set in Brooklyn, New York; it is a startup fashion E-commerce with a very industrial and chic style office and a cool and smart CEO … that sounds just like Heartful Twist! Haha!
In all seriousness, it really resembles Heartful Twist in quite a lot of ways. In today’s world with such an advance of technology, we rarely put down our phones anymore and we read the news on tablets instead of papers. We can now do basically anything and everything digitally and online. E-Commerce is growing more and more popular and demanding; in 2015, Amazon.com accounts for more than half of all E-Commerce growth, and it’s getting bigger and bigger.
But hold on a second, you may wonder, what is an E-Commerce?
E-Commerce, according to good ol’ Wikipedia, is the trading or facilitation of trading in products or services using computer networks, such as the Internet. In other words, an online store. (Yay!)
E-Commerce is just so convenient and full of possibilities. There are endless designs and style for an E-Commerce business; we can feature various products of different sorts; there is no physical restraint of an actual store nor the trouble of travelling back and forth just to buy a single product – we have them all packed nicely and deliver them to your doorstep. Like Heartful Twist, we have established warehouses overseas with an excellent efficiency of logistic system, it just makes online shopping that much better. Another one of the main concerns with online shopping is the authenticity of the products. Wouldn’t you hate it when you ordered a M sized t-shirt but what arrived is a ragdoll wrapped in some sort of cloth that looks like your ordered t-shirt. Yeah, that.
That’s why Heartful Twist promises you and guarantees you the legitimacy and credibility of all of our products. We will give you what you ordered in exactly how you ordered it.
I am no entrepreneur or businessman, but I surely am one of those that frequent online stores and ethical brands. We just want to give you something so good that we desire them too. Happy sharing, right? 😉
I suppose this is it for today! I had so much fun exploring the nature of E-Commerce, I hope you had fun browsing our website too!
Until next time!
Lots of love,
(photo from the internet)