If it’s Friday I must be in Nanjing, literally the southern capital of China. A hipsterish boutique hotel called the Metropolo with self-described “sassy” rooms was my home from home here. At only CNY280 per night, it was quite a steal. Despite a distinct lack of sass, the room’s excellent facilities provided plenty of comfort for my aching back.
It’s a pity I won’t have any time to poke around the cultural delights of Ningbo during my flying visit here. This ancient port city 220km from Shanghai has a history that dates back nearly 5,000 years and features the oldest private library in China and a rather magnificent drum tower.
How will the home security camera market develop over the next few years? This is a question I’ve been thinking about a lot during the preparations for the launch of our new VPai Home turnkey platforms at the Hong Kong Consumer Electronics and Mobile Electronics shows. Here are some thoughts on this topic.
We have an extended five-day break here in Taiwan to mark the Tomb-Sweeping Festival. A wonderful time indeed, particularly given the glorious spring-time weather.
My I Ching reading this morning was highly apposite given that I had a dental appointment scheduled for this afternoon. Hexagram 32 (恆/héng), consisting of thunder over wind, signifies endurance and resilience – two qualities that are definitely required for having a root canal taken care of.
I can’t believe that the first quarter of 2018 is already over. Perhaps it’s true that the older you get, the faster the time flies by you.
Starting a new venture is a messy business. No matter how carefully you lay your plans, problems are sure to appear in the most unexpected of places. This is the warning given by Hexagram 34 (屯/zhūn), signifying a difficult birth of a baby from her mother or sprouting of a plant from below the ground.
Water over lake: I’ve been here before with Hexagram 60 (節/jié). Signifying a notch on a bamboo pole for measuring water levels on a stream or river, it calls for regulation, moderation, or limitation of your behavior. In other words, stick to a middle path rather than go to extremes.
Earth over quake: Hexagram 24 (復/fù) marks a turning point. The cold and darkness of winter is nearly over. The solstice is here. You can begin to prepare for the approaching spring. Best not to push too hard, though. Make sure that you get plenty of rest so that you have plenty of strength for the hard labor of planting that lies ahead.
Line 6, the changing line, warns that you’re still not on the right track with your preparations. Take time to reflect once again so that you can get back in sync with the rhythm of the seasons. Any attempt you make to force the pace of things will inevitably fail.
Mountain over quake: Hexagram 27 (頤/yí) looks like the four corners of a mouth with its four broken lines capped by two firm lines at the bottom and top. Make sure that you’re getting the right nourishment of both the physical and spiritual kinds to build up your strength.
Eat healthy foods in moderation. Don’t eat or drink to excess. Clear the crap out of your mind through deep self-reflection, and remain calm in your thoughts, speech, and actions. When the right time comes, you’ll be ready to make your move.