Bob's Bubble Tea Cafe

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Hong Kong 2018

Hello my readers (all zero of you!) I have been offline for awhile because I couldn’t figure out my password for the longest time. You know when you change your password and then you think you remember it then you actually don’t? And then you just try several times and then give up? That’s what happened here. It was actually pretty easy to reset and get back online.

I’ve been using the WordPress app on my iPhone which is brilliant by the way, to update my blog. I also started another blog called

Please take a look when you have a chance. The goal of that blog is to provide short advice or thoughts that come to my mind. Or things I’ve heard or quotes that I’ve come across that I’d like to share or actually remember. The reason it’s called life as an enigma is because I was called a enigma by my boss when I was working at Linklaters in London. We were having a performance review and he he had an issue with my timeliness. Not with my work product or the value I’ve been adding to his team and to the organization. But rather the time I was getting in to the office and the time I was leaving.

I just asked him if any of my internal stakeholders had mentioned anything or had there been a decline in my work product. And he said no. And then we started to discuss, more like debate or argue if you like, about my timeliness into and out of the office. He then went on to mention that I’m an enigma. To be honest at the time I didn’t know what that meant as I knew the word only as a name of a band. I just nodded and to it as an insult. Definitely not a complement. After looking up the word online, here’s the official definition from google:

  1. a person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand.
I thought to myself, that’s pretty cool. I suppose it’s almost an advantage in my opinion. The art of surprise. Unpredictable.
However, I would say this means inconsistent or incoherent. I would say that if someone is calling someone else an enigma then the person that is trying to understand that other person just doesn’t understand him/her self. Or at least is trying to understand. Given many factors. For example, age, background, skill sets, interests, ethnicity, weaknesses, strengths, etc. As a manager of people, he was poor, very poor. I wish he would just pick up a book and read a bit on management, such as the classic book by Peter Drucker – The Effective Executive.
He did have one thing going for him though – it’s called white British privilege. I even told him this. That when he and I go to a meeting, he can say the exact same thing I say and all heads will nod yes. I will say the same thing and try my best to imitate his speech and I get questions or ‘what does Steve think?’. It was a very interesting conversation. One that I’m glad I had because he was actually open about this and said he wasn’t aware of this. It actually never dawned on him that he had this to his advantage. Interesting. So I suggested that the way we play this is that I feed him the information and he just says what I think is best to implement for our team. Unfortunately, I didn’t stay long enough to see if this tactic would work. Also, I didn’t want to be in someone’s shadow when I had an opportunity to run my own show.
And now I’m in Hong Kong. You see how this blog entry opened and closed out? Brilliant. I gotta go now. More to come later on.

I Just Sent You an Email

How often do you send an email and then shortly after (less then 5 seconds) you pick up the phone and call the person? I admit that I will do that sometimes but when I see others doing it, I notice that this is actually an in effective way of communicating. It almost negates your email, as you are essentially trying to clarify what you just wrote – meaning you didn’t think about what you wrote and you just pressed send.

Perhaps the better approach would be to follow up your call with an email to summarize what has just need discussed and the next steps or outcomes of your conversation.

Give it a try next time you plan on writing an email then calling the person.

Just pick up the phone or walk over and talk to the person!

[Ms. Yang Xiangwenxi line speed] lady wife Yang Xiangrong, Miss Wenxiu as a lady, the Department of well-known door. Born in Jiangyin County, Jiangsu Province, China in 1910. Since childhood search quality blue heart, smart Wan Shu. Early completion of the county primary school, spin in 1925 to enter the first Shanghai San Yu secondary school study; after graduation was hired in Haidong Ningguo Road primary school. During his tenure, he has participated in the summer school organized by the three clubs of the Chinese Communist Party. 1931 and Xiangzhi have years of students Zhongpei Yang Xiong love situation, together with the heart, together into. Jia coupling, decided to even the management. But in June 24th in Shanghai Hudong Church, the conclusion of marriage. From Zifu sing with women, fish and water harmony; excellent love deep, willing and together. Appropriate value this year, a Jiazi, have both celebrated diamond wedding carry on. Her husband married a son of four children and one woman, but still re-teach the whip, stick to their posts; accompanied by the husband-in-law service unit, continue to engage in teaching work. In July 1937, the wife and her husband and the Zhong Pei-hsiang should be hired by the West China Association of Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou, and traveled from afar, And went to Guizhou Bijie, where the founder of the three research institute, designed for training Miao Ya youth, and then transferred to Chongqing Fortress Huaxi three education research institute to teach, when the war during the war, the Japanese crazy bombing wartime capital. Yu Yu died in the agency, only three years old, the beginning of the pain of the bereavement. And then in the compliance with the Chinese three education research service, until the victory of the war, was transferred back to Shanghai. Not long to hire to Taipei with the husband prepared to start the work of Taiwan San Yu Shinto College year. And then was hired in Singapore, to help husband Zhongpei brother out of the long three-year high school in Singapore, for ten years. And returned to the island of Taiwan and Hong Kong services; until 1974, the wife and the Chung-pei brothers began to retreat, immigrants to Canada, settled in Vancouver. For many years, the wife and her husband and zhongpei brother and his wife, physical fitness, the spirit of ginger shine, at least once a year together. In 1984, both together as a trip to the seven countries of Europe, during which two times in 1988 Trent to the motherland, strong tour of China, to visit relatives and friends old, lasted 24 days through the eight provinces and cities, Actually younger than the younger generation, no less, Sang Yu evening scene, it is admirable, honest is also valuable also. But since last March from Hong Kong and Japan roaming return, her husband suddenly swallowed thrombosis; this year suffering from stomach bleeding, frequent hospitalization. In the evening of October 19, 1991, the lady was born at 2:50 am on September 19, 1991. He was born in 1910, Shou eighty, there are three sons (tin Yu, Enyu, breeding) – female (aesthetic education), male and grandchildren, female Sun five, husband Zhongpei brother is still alive. Husband husband Habitat Habitat cautious, knowledgeable. Su good sewing, more refined cooking. In 1934, he stayed at work in Shanghai for the first time, and had been enjoying the gourmet cuisine. In the past half century, the area was old and decreed, No teeth “memorable Yan. Looking at her husband married sixty years later, its human women also, the husband is virtuous, its mother also, teachers have side. In the Zhongpei brother really can be said to be good luck, God gave good luck; both by the help of the Yin, but also enjoy the blessing of his wife. Juhong case to Xiangzhuang, deer car gripping it; unique, people envy. Sister wife life and morality without loss, body wisdom group ready. Day to God to the sincerity, the Lord to loyalty, self-discipline, to hold a house to thrifty, child care to Ci, others to love; called the mother of a total of Yang, Kun Fan Tong drink. Xun is a typical wife and wife, loved by friends and relatives, and the younger generation of Yang Jian. Although this is not sleepy, Hou main complex, but the sound Wan Wan, forever remember. Especially in the age of Deng Mao Mao, Fu Hui Xiu Xiu; more husband Jun Zhong-cheng and Zhu Zi-sun with the paternity in the side, looked at the burial funeral, the so-called Shengrong death, longevity all go. I hope that my Lord in the big day Huan Xing wake up, with the tattoo, eternal reunion, is the prayer, sincerely wish! Brother in the United States and the United States