Leglessbird Newsletter Dec 2019

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Dear Family and Friends,

Dec 2019 (Click for larger image)

Happy New Year!

2019 is coming to an end and time seems to pass even faster than 2018. In 2019, to say Hong Kong went through some very turbulent time would be a serious understatement, it is unprecedented for our generation. We have been staying safe, and I wish my home city where Jin, Irene and myself were born will eventually emerge better and stronger. I wish those with a strong sense of duty (使命感) also at the same time possess true wisdom (智慧) , because only wisdom can lead us to light, hatred will lead to a very dark path of no return.

We moved in March 2018 to Tai Po, the rural part of Hong Kong, after months of adjustments both physically and mentally, we have settled down and we are loving it. The desire of living a secluded (隱居) life is stronger than ever. As I really wish I can 不問世事,與世無爭 (be carefree of world affairs and desire nothing from the world).

It is a blessing for Jin to be able to grow up in an environment where he can catch frogs, fish, shrimps and bugs; climb trees; feed farm animals; plant and pick rice, fruits, flowers and vegetables. I enjoy cycling and swimming with Jin right in our neighbourhood, I have not cycled much since I left Cambridge more than 20 years ago, Jin was so happy when he got his own bicycle and helmet. Jin is certainly having a very different childhood from Irene's and mine. In Oct, Jin kept a caterpillar at home for 2.5 weeks and it turned into a beautiful butterfly and flew away, our turtle probably enjoyed the companionship of the caterpillar too. Jin said his highlight of the year was to spend his 5th birthday in Tai Chung, Taiwan where we stayed in an isolated part of a mountain, went to a sheep farm, enjoyed a horse riding show and visited a paper church.

Major changes for me in 2019 (1) I started to drive on a regular basis in Lam Tsuen area (I didn't need to drive before in HK nor in UK); (2) I have stopped using Facebook since 6 Dec 2018 and it has been so great. Sure, I had enjoyed in the past posting events photos, family photos and also my 給晉晉的家書 "Home letters to Jin" as well as reading many updates from friends and family. But these benefits do not out-weight the wrongs that this platform is conducting behind our backs. I feel in some way, I have freed myself from social media to regain my precise time and sanity from being manipulated by some algorithms attempting to persuade me to buy things or to vote one way or another, or to lock myself into a cocoon of confirmation bias, though at the same time I wish I could continue to be someone who contributes positive energy into that very same platform. Again this reinforces the idea of living a secluded life not only offline but online also. For my friends who have been enjoying my "Home letters to Jin", I am still writing and as of the time of this newsletter, I have written 194 letters.

This year, I continued to travel and brought my various groups of CUHK students to Cambridge, 2 x Berlin and Silicon Valley, I enjoyed the companion as well as the lessons during these trips, and often incorporate new ideas into my own teaching and corporate training.We also enjoy leisure trips to Taiwan. Irene is glad to be travelling again!

I want to share a Mandarin song that Jin recently loves to sing (often with other kids):
「世上光」(Light of the world)
我是世上光, 純淨又明亮!(I'm the light of the world, pure and bright!)
像一枝小蠟燭, 在夜裡發光!(Like a little candle, shinging in the dark!)
要將黑暗世界照耀輝煌!(Gloriously light up the dark world!)
我是世上明光, 純淨明亮!(I'm the wise light of the world, pure and bright!)

With the current HK situation and looking at Jin singing this song with an innocent voice, Irene and I cannot hold back our tears. We must continue to move forward in 2020.

We wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2020! Please drop us a few lines to share how you are getting on!

Jin, Irene and Dominic

December 2019

The combination of teaching at CUHK, overseas study trips and outside practice of consulting projects as well as corporate training is keeping me happily occupied.

We welcome Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope visiting Hong Kong in April. In addition to visiting Cambridge in May, there had been a number of alumni events. and the Trinity College alumni group has become more active.

Favourite quotes this year
Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace - Nelson Mandela

Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities. - Voltaire

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. - Mark Twain

I took 4 different groups of students to Cambridge, 2 x Berlin and Silicon Valley, we visited Taiwan 4 times this year (5 for Irene).

These days I enjoy listening to audio book rather than reading books.I have subscribed to audio book club to listen to at least one book a month.
"Start with why", "David vs Goliath", "Time energy and talent", "Algorithm to live by", "Sapiens", "Why we sleep", "21 lessons for 21st century", "The selfish gene", "Conspiracies & Conspiracy Theories: What We Should and Shouldn't Believe - and Why". "You, your child and school", "Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction"

炸雞特攻隊, "Official Secrets", 

Some photo highlights:

Atitude determins altitude

遇見巨人 ("I am strong, when I am on your shoulder. You raise me up: to more than I can be " - Lyric from the song "You raise me up!")

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Jin the painter

Eat your veg, Jin!

Happy Birthday Jin!

Leglessbird Newsletter Dec 2018

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Dear Family and Friends,

Dec 2018 (Click for larger image)

Happy New Year! Another year passes so quickly. It has been a very eventful year for us, for a start, we made a very bold MOVE (literally) - We moved from a building in Pokfulam, South of Hong Kong to a village house in Lam Tsuen, Tai Po. We now fully indulge in nature, being very close to a Waldorf school for Jin and CUHK where I work part-time since 2016. Moving to the country side is not without challenges, we managed to overcome them all and I'll start driving soon. Our life style has changed dramatically as a result: More meals at home, fewer visits to the "city", Jin enjoys picking fruits from trees, playing with shrimp and fish at a river in the neighbourhood, eating cheese cake at a cafe where he can climb trees, turning our roof top into his playground. We found a few farmers nearby to buy fresh vegetables.

I asked Irene what was her personal reflection of the year, she said she was surprised that she was in Hong Kong everyday this year.

I continue to enjoy writing "letters to Jin Jin" (給晉晉的家書). As of today, I have written 165 letters to Jin (since new year day 2015). I hope to find time to publish it as my 3rd book. Thank you to everyone who expressed how much you like these letters and those who provided valuable feedback, your words are very encouraging to me, especially those who came talking to me at various events.

Another big change of the year is that I have been contemplating to quit some of the social media platforms, namely, Facebook and Instagram, even though I am a very heavy user of social media and it has been a very useful medium to connect to friends and family, and express my thoughts. However, I detest the way it makes money by using our private data in such an abusive manner and constantly violating our privacy. I cannot be a willing accomplice in the crime against myself. I have decided to significantly reduce my time spent on these social media, I challenged myself to stop using Facebook and Instagram, and have not checked in since 6 Dec 2018. The day I stopped using it, I started to draw a list of friends who I want to see in person and can enjoy a coffee together. I would like to share this article to everyone who are thinking about abandoning some of the social networks - "The year social networks were no longer social " https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/23/the-year-social-networks-were-no-longer-social/

We wish you and your family a healthy, happy and prosperous 2019.

Jin, Irene and Dominic

Jin is now 4 years old, fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Growing up so fast and healthily. Teacher says he provides a lot of "entertainment" to the class (whatever that means!). Fire engine is still Jin's favourite, so is using Lego and other wooden building blocks to make his own structures/toys which shows a lot of creativity, especially the stories that he makes up while creating the structures. Reading books and/or telling stories every night before going to bed. He often turns himself into a cat which makes communicating with him a lot of fun. His ability to reason and making logical argument/ conclusion has surprised as well as amused us on numerous occasions. His career aspirations has changed from (1) A firefighter (2) An engineer (3) A Chef and (4) A pilot to (a) A scientist (b) An engineer (c) An archaeologist and (d) A Professor.


Jin was very happy to see his aunt Agnes (Canada) + uncle Richard, aunt Bibiana (Australia) and his cousin Janet (Canada) + Brain + Jin's little 2nd cousin (表外甥) baby Everett in Hong Kong and stayed with us. Jin's another cousin Jonathan becomes father in Dec, that makes Jin a 表叔 and me a 舅公 again. Jin also enjoys talking to Grandma (Canada) through video conference. 

In 2018, I have only done a few trips along with EMBA and MBA students to Taipei, Berlin, Cambridge and Beijing.

Entering 3rd year of teaching at the Business School of CUHK covering courses such as entrepreneurship, management consulting, venture investment, from startup to reality. I have taken one of the EMBA courses on I-ching (易經). To refresh as well as learn something new, I took a number of courses on the Coursera platform including Blockchain, "Machine Learning", Cryptography. I appreciate the learning opportunities from the 4 study trips with the EMBA and MBA groups covering social innovation, Industry 4.0, Hidden Champions, Stakeholder leadership and China Economy & Finance. It was fun making various public speaking including one on the topic of "To P[hD] or not to P[hD]", "Nurturing young children to speak multi-language", "Introduction of consulting industry" and "Entrepreneurship"

Consulting and angel investment
Due to my other commitments, I am doing less consulting engagements, typically conducting strategic planning meeting, and more corporate training and coaching. Innovation, entrepreneurship, strategic thinking and critical thinking are the most in demand topics. For Dark Horse angel investment, this year we sold back our shares in one of the companies to the founder and had an IPO for another.

We had numerous formal halls in Hong Kong, a Biennial dinner and Cambridge Campaign Event hosted by the Vice Chancellor of Cambridge. Established a Trinity in Hong Kong group; The visit in July included a surprise visit to the Trinity college clock tower.

Books I read/ am still reading: "Brief answers to the big questions", "AI Super-powers", "讀易經,通管理", "Mindfulness", "Parenting for a peaceful world", "Mistakes were me, but not by me", "Give and Take", "Misbehaving", "Thinking fast and slow", "The art of strategy", "How to raise an adult", "Black Swan", "The billionaire who wasn't".

Movies/ Shows that I enjoyed: "Black mirror"(Season 4), Bodyguard" (2018 netflix)

Favourite quotes heard in 2018 that I find inspiring: "It is not how well you can fight, it is what you fight for!" "別活得太舒服" (this one is a self-realization)

December 2018

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Jin's 4th Birthday 201808

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Starhill Walk 201810

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Leglessbird Newsletter Dec 2017

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Dear Family and Friends,

On Jin's 3rd birthday (Click for larger image)

Happy New Year! Time flies when you're having fun. 2017 has been another good year for us. Hope this greeting finds you and your family well and that year 2017 has been kind to you.

Watching Jin growing up is the biggest highlight and blessing of 2017. There have been many enlightened moments for me in terms of parenting and principle finding, and I have put my realisations into my "letters to Jin" (給晉晉的家書). Writing to Jin about my values, my view of the world and his growing up is now my favourite hobby. The world in 2017 as we observed had taken so many wrong turns, events unfolding in Hong Kong are simply worrying, to say the least. At times like this, it is especially important for us to guard and defend our values. I can only hope things in the world in 2018 will be better.

2017 is the beginning of the boom of Artificial Intelligent, while we are enjoying the benefits of technology advancement that brings ever higher efficiency and effectiveness, we are losing the very precious human touch, my biggest concern is that the future generations without having what we experienced cannot even comprehend what is lost. I had engaging conversations with a new friend who is going to launch a global forum on world issues in Cambridge.

In order to be closer to nature and better education choices for Jin, we have decided to move to Tai Po in March 2018. You are most welcome to visit us.

We wish you and your family a healthy, happy and prosperous 2018.

Jin, Irene and Dominic

Jin is now 3 years old. He can speak Cantonese, Mandarin and English confidently and fluently, he is much more able than papa at the same age. I still find it rather amusing (and amazing) that I can have a proper conversation with this little guy. I am responsible for nurturing his Mandarin speaking ability, the methodology is known as "one parent one language". His current career aspirations include becoming (1) A firefighter (2) An engineer (3) A Chef and (4) A pilot. He has already been to 6 countries spanning 3 continents, again beating papa at the same age hands down! Some of Jin's favourite songs include "錫灑你","男兒當自強", "Canoe Song"

In 2017, I have done a fair bit of travelling for work: Myanmar, Israel, Taipei, Shenzhen and Shanghai, and for leisure: Cambridge, Phuket, Penang, and Kazakhstan,

This year, I think I have confirmed my ikigai*, namely, "Education and Training" / "Transforming others" (* ikigai = "What you love" + "What you are good at" + "What the world needs" + "What you can get paid")

On the education side: CUHK has been keeping me very busy, apparently, despite my part-time arrangement, I have exceeded the teaching load of full time academic. I do enjoy very much teaching various courses, in particular a new course on "Entrepreneurship", also "Management consulting" and "From idea to reality". Also launched a MOOC course titled "Doing business in China". I have also taken up a new challenge, that is to teach and supervise two groups of DBA students with HKMA.

On my private practice: I have been serving more clients than any previous years. I created a new programme on data analysis and decision making. Also enhanced many existing programmes, such as change management, strategic thinking, incorporated many new things that I learned during my trip to Tel Aviv University. And conducting strategic workshops for some clients.

Cambridge University:
In July, I had my last meeting as the board member of the Alumni Advisory Board, having served the maximum of 6 years. I have been returning to Cambridge at least once a year, I am glad that I will be there again in July, taking a group of EMBA students for a 1-week study tour.

As of today, , I have written 128 letters to Jin (since new year day 2015). I hope to share my views, my values and how we can make sense of this world with others through my letters to my son Jin. It is my wish that the letters will be published into a book. I hope together with many able and like-minded people we can somehow transform the world into a better place one step at a time. Quoting Jin's favouite song 男兒當自強:用我百點熱,耀出千分光!

Books I read/ am still reading: "Mistakes were me, but not by me", "Give and Take", "Nudge", "Misbehaving", "The invisible gorilla", "Thinking fast and slow", "The art of strategy", "How to raise an adult", "Black Swan", "The billionaire who wasn't". Movies that I enjoyed (wish I watched more): "Gifted", "Ghost in the shell"

Quotes heard in 2017 that I find inspiring: "I don't have to is the reason I do it", "Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm", "腹有詩書氣自華", "世界是自己的,與他人毫無關係".


To come soon!

December 2017 (Follow us "@About.Me" Dominic Chan, Irene Sin)

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Leglessbird Newsletter Dec 2016

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Dear Family and Friends,

Happy New Year (Click for larger image)

Our travel book 夢想"侶"遊  (Dream Journey For 2) published in June 2014 (click to order

Hope this greeting finds you and your family well and that year 2016 has been kind to you. If "Time passes quickly when you're having fun!", then for the leglessbirds, 2016 has been a quick year. It's that time of the year to count our blessings and reflect on our lessons learned. We have included a summary of our 2016 below. For Irene and I, 2016 marks the 10th year into our journey of becoming our own boss as independent professional, there are no shortage of realisations. (Link to "10 years and another 10 years") The new year is just around the corner, we shall plan and prepare ourselves, and look forward to new excitements and challenges 2017 has in-store for us.

We wish you and your family a healthy, happy and prosperous 2017.

Jin, Irene and Dominic
Dec 2016

Summary of 2016

Jin Jin
In Sep, Jin started attending pre-school unaccompanied, he did cry a little at first, soon he likes the school very much where he is encouraged to explore and be creative. He can converse confidently in Cantonese, Mandarin and English; asking all sorts of funny questions; he enjoys eating, gardening, farming, fixing things (that don't need fixing), cooking and making drinks for papa/mama; observing and mimicking any sorts of worker in action. he loves running and climbing but often asks mama/papa to carry him. He can name all sorts of cars and enjoying making them with papa out of paper packages.

Jin has done a bit of travelling to meet papa's side of the family in Canada and Australia. Grandma in Ottawa was especially pleased to see Jin, and Jin was very excited to attend his cousin Janet's wedding in Toronto.

Enjoys taking care of Jin, learning about parenting, and plenty of family time. Although travelling excessively, family reunions are always time well spent, including seeing my mother (Dec 2015) and celebrating her mother's 81st birthday (March), attending niece's wedding in Canada (Sep) and visiting sister in Australia (Dec 2015). I was also glad to have visited Cambridge twice in July as board member of University of Cambridge Alumni Advisory Board member and professor/group leader for CUHK EMBA Cambridge study tour. While I would like to reduce my travel, I do look forward to at least two EMBA study trips in 2017, revisiting Myanmar and Israel.

In addition to taking care of Jin, one of my favourite activities is writing 給晉晉的家書 (Home letters to Jin Jin), since 1 Jan 2015, I have written 70 letters to Jin, I hope to pass on my values through these letters with examples spanning from Jin's and Papa's encounters, local affairs to world affairs.

Irene and I also kept some much needed Jin-free time to enjoy ourselves as a couple and took some short holidays, I am sure other parents would understand and appreciate this. On Irene's suggestion, I started practising yoga and liked it very much, we often attend the classes together. "It's so good that your husband practices yoga with you" was the most common comments received, I wonder why it is not the other way round...

The biggest change for me in 2016 is joining the Business School of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as an Associate Professor, and the Associate Director of EMBA Programme, spending more time in education while maintaining some consultancy as well as corporate training work. My main teaching duty at CUHK includes a course on consulting (MBA), "From idea to reality" (MSc), "Entrepreneurship in China as part of Doing business in China" (MOOC, Coursera platform), Anatomy of Entrepreneurs (Undergraduates Minor).

The books that I enjoy reading in 2016 include "Give and Take", "Thinking Fast and Slow", "Mistakes were made - but not by me", "The rule of law", "How to raise an adult", "Black Swan". For TV and movies: West World, The man who knew infinity, Star Wars (The force awaken), 45 years, Right between your ears, Planet Earth II, The Mask you live in, Mis-representation, Who should we invade next.

Jin is growing up fast, taking care of him requires Irene to constantly adjusting many aspects of her life. Here are the goals that she set for herself.
- transform myself, connect more with nature
- relationship with family, more fun and love
- hope to take care of Jin different from the conventional way, considering home school or not
- farm to supply some of the veggies to my family
- cook more together as family
- exercise to build up core and muscle strengths. Each week: 1 to 2 hr yoga, 1 fitness coach session, 3 hikes in Chi Fu trails
- meditation everyday: familiar with pointing finger exercise, heart centre meditation

Per month: cycle, countryside travel

December 2016 (Follow us "@About.Me" Dominic Chan, Irene Sin)

10 years and another 10 years (Dominic)

十年盼十年 - 陳志邦 (Dominic)

2016年標致着我和Irene成為獨立專業人士(Independent Professional) 已經超過十年,2006年4月3日從法國三個月的學法文之旅後回到香港,生活從此不再一樣,因為我們嚐過真正的「自由」!即時間自由(time freedom)、地域自由(location freedom)、精神自由(spiritual freedom)和一丁點的財政自由(financial freedom),或許這便是逍遙。



其實我做獨立專業人士的種子早在於2004年7月時為a-connect顧問公司開設及營運大中華分公司時種下。a-connect的老闆是兩位麥肯錫顧問公司(McKinsey & Co) 的瑞士前合夥人,它是一家為獨立顧問配對客戶項目的公司,我因此對於獨立專業人士的工作和運作已經有相當的認識,奠定了日後的基礎,加上幸運地在法國遊歷期間已經接獲第一個國際客戶,很快地第二,第三個客戶接踵而來,對於當獨立專業人士的信心大大增強了。

然而自由意味著不跟從「標準人生程序」❨standard life procedure❩,是會帶來非常多的「不確定」「不明朗」因素,而且不跟從大眾的公式是會有不安和壓力,必須應付及享受那「不確定」的挑戰。也因此我們明白了大多數人寧可選擇「確定」也不要「不確定」,寧可選擇「確定的苦難」而捨去「不確定性的苦惱」。("certainty of misery instead of misery of uncertainty")


在這十七年裡(特別是最近的十年) ,我們一起遊歷了六十多個國家,走遍了七大洲,遊歷加上隨着歲月我們成熟了很多,領悟了很多,也刻意去找尋人生的意義,一起去上了許多關於「身」「心」「靈」的課,如「圓桌教育」及「和諧生命」,我近年更愛上了看人生哲學的著作,如「公義」(Justice, what's the right thing to do? ), 「你會如何評審你的生命?」(how will you measure your life) 「多少才算足夠?」 (how much is enough?) 「甚麼是金錢所買不到的?」等等(what money can't buy? ),獲益良多,對認為正確的原則多了一分不能妥協的堅持。


現在對我來說生活的意義有三點,(1) 追求真正持久的快樂,(2) 世界沒有因我而變差了(I didn't make the world a worse place) 或許奢望世界因我稍為變得好了 (I made the world just a little better) ,(3) 好好去培育我的下一代,做對社會有貢獻的人。



未來十年的重大變化之一是我將會更深入投身學術界,加入大學的商學院,同時依然繼續做自己管理顧問和企業培訓的工作。這絕對是一個新的挑戰,同時也許是我生命裡的真正呼召(True Calling)。


PS 如何追求真正持久的快樂?珍惜健康treasure health,體驗人生experience life, 追求知識pursue knowledge, 幫助別人help others, 這便是停不鳥(leglessbird) 的精神。





Leglessbird Newsletter Dec 2015

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Dear Family and Friends,

Happy New Year (Click for larger image)

Our travel book 夢想"侶"遊  (Dream Journey For 2) published in June 2014 (click to order)

Greetings! Hope this sharing finds you and your family well.

Time passes so quickly, especially when you are watching your young baby growing up. In January 2015, Jin was still feeling excited about simply able to roll over while laying on his back, now he is able to walk the stairs unaided and even run. He has since outgrown his baby crib and moved into a much bigger "bed" for his size. We are glad that we have been there at every little milestones he passes: smiling, rolling over, crawling, standing, walking, saying "papa", "mama", mimicking our sounds and actions, drinking from a straw, feeding himself, first playgroup visit, first overseas trip and more. Glad to say that we are very much into our new roles without much issues. We have Irene's parents to thank and also our new helper who arrived in March, we cannot imagine how we will survive without them. We have been taking advantages of working from home since 2006, it would have been impossible to continue to do so with a baby in the same flat. We are fortunate to have a home-office flat and a family flat that are just a staircase away and within 30 seconds from each other.

One of Dominic's 2015 achievements is that he started writing "給晉晉的家書" "Home letters to Jin" since 1 Jan 2015. He certainly enjoys writing them, sharing his views of life, current affairs, the world and little stories around Jin's world, and more importantly, communicating his values to Jin. Although Jin is a bit young to be able to read them yet, but we hope someday he will appreciate this is the best gift from us! Our friends seem to enjoy reading these letters too! Some have even caught on the idea of writing to their kid(s), others like to show these letters to their kid(s). One of the best/ funniest comments received from a friend, while he loves the letters, he said he wouldn't be able to write such open and "肉麻" (translation: corny) letter to his own son. :-) Dominic hopes to publish these letters as a book in the future.

While Dominic made a number of appearances on TV this year, he never thought he would be on a weekday's afternoon live show targeting mainly housewives, and actually being interviewed together with a famous alumna, such is fate.

Work-wise, Dominic has been busier than ever, apart from consulting, he is engaging in more corporate trainings, and more involvement in technology startups and angel investments, mainly through CUHK, PolyU, Science Park and Cyberport. In May, he made a very interesting trip to Israel to visit startups, VC, Co-working spaces, angel conference and government officials. In Oct, the Google CUHK EYE Programme brought him to Taipei together with 10 startup teams. He also seems to be more involved on the education front: teaching a Bachelor course in Entrepreneurship, Masters course in Leadership, and next year an elective for EMBA and another business course.

From the time of expecting Jin to Jin's arrival, we inevitably spent less time travelling. Nonetheless, between us we will make a total of 7 short trips in 2015 (including destinations like USA, Israel, Canada and Australia), and we postponed and cancelled a trip. Jin enjoyed his first aeroplane experience in June, he loved teasing the air hostresses. We are brave enough to be bringing him to Sydney for a hot December week! In December last year (2014), Dominic was saying how we have always travelled somewhere during December since we first got together, and 2014 we took a break of that tradition because Jin was only 4-months old, but the travel bug has bitten us once again, so Australia, here we go!

On the Cambridge front, Dominic enjoys co-running events such as formal halls, mentorship programme, and the biennial dinner celebrating upcoming 35th anniversary of The Friends of Cambridge University in Hong Kong and Prince Philip Scholarship (Founded by Dr David Li in 1981).

Please drop us a few lines when you have time, we would like to hear how you are getting on.

We wish you and your family happiness, good health and a prosperous year ahead!


Jin, Irene and Dominic

December 2015 (Follow us "@About.Me" Dominic Chan, Irene Sin)

Leglessbird Newsletter Dec 2014

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Dear Family and Friends,

Happy New Year (Click for larger image)

Meet Jin, our first child
Our travel book 夢想"侶"遊  (Dream Journey For 2) published in June 2014 (click to order)

2014 has been the most exciting year (yet) for the Leglessbirds,  we welcome a new addition to the family, our son Jin was born in August 2014. We finally published our travel book in June. Also we bought a second flat anitcipating an expanding family. We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in July, and we couldn't ask for a better gift than "Jin". 

We have always maintained a free and caring lifestyle, we enjoy our freedom in terms of time, location and spirit. We seem to have surprised many of our friends because during the past 24 months,  we bought two flats and decided it was time to have a baby. Life certainly won't be the same again, we now enjoy very much spending our time at home with Jin. We are blessed with a healthy and happy child. We are constantly thinking how we can continue to explore the world and bring Jin with us.  

We published our travel book 夢想"侶"遊(Dream Journey For 2)  in June,  it was really great to see so many friends at the book launch party. Dominic is already working on his third book.

Since our Leglessbird Sharing 2013, we have only travelled to South Korea, South Africa, Macau, Singapore and UK as we were expecting our baby. 

To earn some money for baby's diaper, formula, clothes, toys and future education (because we already spent all his education fund on our exotic trips, it is called SKI Spending Kids Inheritance. So happy skiing, parents! ) , Dominic continues to work hard on business consulting projects, corporate training and also various programmes related to entrepreneurship with CUHK, PolyU, Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, Cyberport and Hong Kong Design Centre.

During 2014, Dominic is reading Full Spectrum Dominance, Nudge, The invisible gorilla, How to think like a freak,  The Art of Strategy, Thinking fast and slow,  and of course plenty of parenting books  Dominic made a number of appearance on a TV show "I am Boss",  he was covered in the press as the acting centre manager of Pre-incubation centre of CUHK, and spoke at various conferences.

Jin is enjoying his first Christmas while Irene and Dominic enjoys their first Christmas in Hong Kong since they became a couple in 1999. 

(Irene's update to come soon...watch this space)

Please drop us a few lines when you have time, we would like to hear how you are getting on. We wish you and your family happiness, good health and a prosperous year ahead!


Jin, Irene and Dominic

December 2014 (Follow us "@About.Me" Dominic Chan, Irene Sin)





Travel (Dec 2013 - Dec 2014) For list of albums, click here

Cambridge, UK




South Africa

Cape Town, Johannesberg, etc

Seoul, South Korea


Cambridge related (Dec 2013 - Dec 2014) For list of albums, click here

20140104 Class 1988 Reunion
20140104 Class 1988 Reunion"
20140319 Cambridge Formal Hall at Agnes b
20140319 Cambridge Formal Hall at Agnes b

20140410 Vice Chancellor's Dinner Reception

20141217 Cambridge Christmas Hall


Prince Philip Scholarship Award

20140410 Vice Chancellor's Afternoon Reception

Mentorship Programme 2014

Other Fun Events 

20140531 Party at Ho Sir's Studio

20140622 Book Launch Event

10th Wedding Anniversary
20141123 FAA Picnic

20141213 Jin's 100 day party
20140307 My Birthday Dinner

Public engagements

TV Show "I am Boss"

Internet Society Startup Lab Sharing 

20140217 ICT Award Judge Panel

20140223 EYE Google Programme

20140302 EYE Google Programme

20140407 ICT Awards and Dinner

20140410 IT FEST Internet, the next big thing

20140423 Asia Innovation Forum

Ask me anything

20140510 Macau JCI talk

20140614 Charity Dinner

20140704 EYE program phase 2

20140820 JA Asia Pacific Fedex Express Int'l Trade Challenge
20141011 Wow-X Judge
20141017 Lions Club Host and Kowloon joint dinner
Pi Centre Interview


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作者:陳志邦博士 Dr Dominic Chan

香港本地郵寄地址 Hong Kong postal address

書籍:夢想"侶"遊 (原價每本HK$98)

"The Dream Journey" (RRP HK$98) Ship to outside Hong Kong


在旅遊的時候,離開我們熟悉的環境,體驗其他國家的風土人情入鄉隨俗做自己不習慣的事情時,最能反映我們的性格,無論是好或壞的性格。最好是懂得學習他鄉的好傳統。喜歡旅行的原因主要是那無限的好奇心,天大地大,世界有七大洲,兩百多個國家,每天在陽光下,月亮下太多新鮮事物發生,許多天然的景物和人類文化不斷在演變,一輩子都看不完遊不盡,每次接觸新事物,學習新知識,品嚐新美食,觀看新風景,心情自然而然地非常愉快,喜歡那種求知的感覺,在一個陌生的城市,簡單如乘車,到超市購物,從東到西都不熟識,都須重頭認知,與當地人交談事事新奇,眼界大開。在大自然中感受一下環境及萬物的互動及互相倚賴總有意外的驚喜,同時也滿足那純真的好奇心。 在這個新書介紹會中,陳志邦博士將會跟大家分享一些與太太一同遊歷七大洲時所遇到有啟發性的故事。


陳志邦博士生於香港,長於香港,非常熱愛旅遊和戶外活動,十四歲時到英國過了非常愉快的四年中學寄宿生活。畢業於英國劍橋大學獲頒學士、碩士及博士學位。曾經在剛滿十七歲時和一位同齡的朋友二人踏上第一個真正的自助旅程,手持一個月有效的歐洲火車通行証,不知天高地厚、沒有信用卡、沒有手提電話、沒有駕駛執照、身懷少量現金,抱著初生之犢不畏虎的心情往歐洲大陸闖盪數周,奠定日後要環遊世界的宏願,足跡遍及七大洲,近七十個國家,超過四百個城市。喜歡旅行的原因是那一顆無限的好奇心。 陳博士是一名管理顧問,技術初創公司投資者,企業培訓師,以及客座講師。他是《八載劍橋》一書的作者,寫他在劍橋大學讀書生活八年來的點滴與所見所聞;他也是休閒網站 '停不鳥Leglessbird' 的創建者。

八載劍橋 http://MyCambridgeDays.com 停不鳥 http://Leglessbird.com 

"八載劍橋" "My Cambridge Days"
陳志邦 博士 Dr Dominic Chan, PhD MA BA (Cantab.)
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