Reflections on 2015
Looking back at 2015, God’s grace was sufficient for me, and He made life good – more than I could ever dream or imagine. 2015 was a year of ups and downs, and was quite an exciting adventure.
January 2015: I studied at at China’s top university – Peking University in Beijing, China
For the first 6 months of 2015 I was living and studying my MBA in Beijing, the capital of China. For those of you that aren’t aware, I was studying my Double MBA degree program on full scholarship at Peking University in Beijing, China for a year from September 2014 to June 2015 after completing my MBA degree at York University in Toronto from 2013-2014. Peking University is ranked the #1 university in China, sometimes called “The Harvard of China”. The current Premier of China, Li Keqiang, is a graduate of Peking University.
Every Chinese student dreams of getting into Peking University, and I was very grateful to be able to experience studying there among China’s most elite students.
January-February 2015: I worked at a Big 4 accounting firm in Beijing, China
I was very fortunate to be able to work at Ernst & Young, a Big 4 international accounting firm when I was in China. The experience was valuable and I got a taste of what it’s like to work in China. Chinese people are extremely smart. I was amazed at the quality of work my team produced for our clients.
March 2015: Peking University MBA Ambassadors make history
I served as the President of the Peking University MBA Ambassadors from 2014-2015. On March 28, 2015, we organized a history-making Welcome Party that included 3 generations of International MBA classes (’13 MBA, ’14 MBA, ’15 MBA). Over 45 MBA students registered for the party. Thanks to all the MBA Ambassadors for your hard work: Marvin Gunawan, Eason Xu, Jing Shen, Yang Yu-Chun Andrew, Jiyea Park, Nick Cheng, Sophie Mannai, Sae Jun Kim, Tae Hong Kim, Jean Ong, Vivian Wu, Ammar Masood, Amy Huang, Andrew Weekes, Nana Su, Jaehun Lee.
April 2015-June 2015: I travelled to nearly 20 cities all over China
On April 2, I took the high speed rail from Beijing to 天津Tianjin.
On April 8, I took the train from Beijing to 青岛Qingdao (山东省Shandong Province) in eastern China.
On April 21, I went to 南京Nanjing (江苏省Jiangsu Province), 苏州SuZhou, 杭州Hangzhou (浙江省Zhejiang Province) in eastern China
On May 9, I flew to 成都Chengdu (四川省Sichuan Province) and 重庆Chongqing in western China
On May 20, I went to 昆明Kunming, 大理Dali, 丽江Lijiang in 云南省Yunnan Province in south-western China.
On May 26, I went to 广州Guangzhou and 深圳Shenzhen in 广东省Guangdong Province in south-eastern China.
On June 23, I went to 桂林Guilin in 广西省Guangxi Province in southern China.
On June 26, I went to 大连Dalian in 辽宁省Liaoning Province in north-eastern China.
On June 30, I went to 武汉Wuhan (河北省Hebei Province), and 长沙Changsha (河南省Henan Province) in central China.
May 2015: I ran the Great Wall Marathon!
This was one of the craziest things I’ve ever done. I’ve ran the 10-kilometre Vancouver Sun Run 3 times, but I never imagined I’d be running on the Great Wall of China as part of a marathon. This was one of the coolest things I did in China. Thanks Sophie Mannaï for organizing.
July 2015: Travelling to Singapore, Brunei, and Hong Kong
Lots of fun travelling!
August 2015: Returned to Vancouver for good
Home sweet home!
August-December 2015: Meeting and catching up with friends
Having been away from Vancouver for 2 years, it was great to catch up with my friends in Vancouver.
November-December 2015: Wrote and published 10 books
Writing books is fun. A couple of them made it to the #1 Best Seller position on Amazon.com. I hope to continue writing books in 2016!
Thank you God for your provisions throughout 2015. I look forward to continue walking with You in greater things in 2016!