Courses at the swimming pool

I have recently joined a gym in my neighborhood. I go there primarily to swim almost every day. Before signing up, I visited the gym and the staff pointed out to me that there is only a steam room for ladies, but not for men. I thought it was not a big deal. After a […]

A 111-euro lesson

Last Saturday, I missed my train from Paris to Bergerac due to a problem with my phone. I could not retrieve my train ticket from my phone. Consequently, I paid 111 euros for a new ticket for another train 30 minutes later. Upon reflection, I have learned a few lessons. #1) Don’t ignore warning signs […]

Wait for the right moment

Last week, I went to the post office to pick up a parcel from AliExpress with a notice left by the postman. It had my English name Raymond on it; however, it was Kin-shing on my i.d. card. Due to this difference, the post office staff refused to give me the parcel even though it […]

Physical space vs. Mental space

Recently I have realized the importance of personal space in particular during the lockdown when the social activities are limited during this crisis. As our personal space becomes limited, our “universe” (mental space) and perspective may be reduced as a consequence. Psychologically, our problems sometimes become much “closer” and more urgent than they actually are […]

Prepare for a Rebound

During the current health crisis, how can we prepare for a personal rebound in particular those who are looking for a job? 1) Above all, be patient: As the crisis is unprecedent, no one can predict exactly what its economic, social and health impacts will be. In parallel, we don’t know when the world will […]

In Crisis (What to do)?

Like many people in the world, I am also affected in Paris by the Coronavirus crisis. The French government has imposed strict confinement in France. How should we do this in this unusual and extreme situation on top of respecting the advice and regulations given by the government? #1) Don’t panic. If you are in […]

Job Search (#10: Before success)

As an ancient Chinese proverb says, “Failure is the mother of success”, failures in life are inevitable (Yes – it is true fortunately or unfortunately). Even if we did our best, there are occasions that we still did not succeed. How should we react in those situations? First of all, we should remind ourselves that […]

Job Search (#9: Create Synergies)

Besides searching for a new job in Paris, one of my main reasons moving here is to improve my French. On top of that, my level of French is an obstacle in my job search. However, I found conventional French courses in a classroom too expensive and boring for me. Instead, I prefer exploring other […]