December 25, 2019
'TIS the season to be...
All of us here at
wish you a
a time of
happiness and caring for all of good cheer.
Ce n'est qu'un aurevoir.
be seeing you... later.
As my favourite motto says, "When
pieces of the puzzle of life keep falling in
front of you, you know that you are on the
right path to your... destiny."
...and so it is that now
is the time for me to follow my
path's new twists and turns, which
are leading me back to Canada.
I will never forget my friends here in China.
Stay healthy, safe and above all... curious
about things that wake you in the night.
See you when I see you... eh.
September 1, 2019
Round-Up of 2019
The year as been a busy one since the beginning,
so please forgive our delay in updating this
saw a lecture on
continuing our previous
presentation on Life Quotes, this time
specializing on phrases from "fictional"
characters found in movies, modern or classic,
and whether they be drama, science fiction,
mystery, horror, detective, adventure,
romantic, comedy, musical, or other genre
gracing us with wonderful memorable
had a presentation on
Study in Canada, making a case for
choosing Canada as the best destination for
your continuing education... and graduated
life. We started with a look at why
people study abroad and then the important
criteria to consider. And of course
comparisons were made with the USA, a favourite
destination, even in 2020's (?), followed by
Canada as a destination when compared to other
with a discussion on whether to live on campus
in alternative housing such as our Homestay
option at the
saw a lecture on
that visited the evolution
of money as an improvement on "barter" and its
changes throughout history. From that
perspective, we looked at whether "money
matters" too much
in our societies and looked at "money matters"
to determine how best to add to, and use, our
We also examined the use of debt, the
advantages of leveraging and the need to
diversify our savings and investment
portfolios, as well as blockchains
(cryptocurrenvy) and fintech tools.
had a lecture on
showing us that people like
quotes from "important" people or events as a
way to motivate themselves, and even others, in
times of stress. We also learned that
their are many categories of quotes, from VIPs
to life itself, to business and society, and
numerous other sectors of our eclectic
saw a lecture on
looking at whether being shy and reserved was
better than being outgoing and outspoken, and
eventually showing us that we are both,
fluctuating between both "extrements" depending
on circumstances and our instinctive reaction
to same. We even discovered that some
call this personality trait as being an
Who knew, eh.
presentation on SelfwỖrth
societies' over-reliance on a person's level of
wealth to determine their worth to society,
that is, how much they contribute to society's
growth. As indicated, it is a falicy that
is ruining these societies, leading to
selfishness and greed as well as "unbalanced
lifestyles" devoid of compassion and empathy
for others, to such an extent that the rich get
richer while the poor get poorer and the middle-class
social "engine" gets more and more diminished
in size and impact. Welcome to the "brave
new world order".
January 1, 2019
Happy New Year
of us here at
S.E.I wish you
the best for
Warmth of love
Comfort of home
Joy for your children
Company and support of
family and friends
A caring heart that
accepts and treats all
human beings equally
Enrichment of knowledge
and richness of
Courage to seek and
speak the truth, even
if it means standing
Hopes and dreams of a
just world and the
desire to make it
A light to guide your
Helping hands to
Serenity and peace
within your mind, heart
Food for thought and
A hand to hold
A path to follow
A goal to achieve
For expanded or previous years' news items,
out our "News Archives"
at the top of the
page on the left-hand side
under the NEWS title.