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Charles
Hong Kong
Life, living in Hong Kong (originally from Canada) being a husband, dad to four kids (including triplets) and HR Director for a large Hong Kong educational institution... things are a little surreal around here.
Interests: The views expressed in my blog(s) are my personal opinions, have not been reviewed or authorised by my employer and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer.
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In addition to breaking a 43-year habit, here is how #Applewatch has impacted my life six weeks into settling onto my left wrist. Let's put one thing to rest straight off: the battery. I use the Applewatch from roughly 7... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at The Searchlight of Insight
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At 22, I was on the front cover of Canadian Business magazine. The story of how I landed there is awesome and I am grateful to the magazine. (And that's another post.) The 30th anniversary of the issue passed uneventfully... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at The Searchlight of Insight
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The #applewatch went on sale at 3:00 PM in Hong Kong a few Fridays ago. I purchased it at 3:01 PM. The device arrived on 24 April, just as Apple promised. The set-up process was divine and super-fast. I felt... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at The Searchlight of Insight
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Watch this sequence of videos from the Volvo Ocean Race currently taking place deep in the southern ocean and hear simple Leadership In Action. The six racing yachts are roughly 5 - 6 days from Auckland on Leg 5 of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at The Searchlight of Insight
Sticking with the wave theme from my last post, I've been following the Volvo Ocean Race. Leg 5 is underway, and the six boats headed out from New Zealand a few days ago for the most dangerous part of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at The Searchlight of Insight
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The triplets were born eleven years ago today at 10:41 AM (Jasper), 10:43 AM (Sela) and 10:44 AM (Carys). You all know the story and if you don't, here is the summary: 14 weeks premature, 3+ months in the NICU... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at The Searchlight of Insight
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Today, 6 September, marks an 18th anniversary for Tess and I: September 6th is the day we first met and chatted on the Internet. At the time it was with #apmcp's online First Class Client (which amazingly is still in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at The Searchlight of Insight
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Welcome to the Year of the Horse. I am not one to typically set New Year Resolutions. This year, however, I have a Year of the Horse resolution. A couple of weeks ago I asked Tess if we should just... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at The Searchlight of Insight
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Last June on the last day of Union Church Youth Group, we had all the youth write messages of affirmation to each other. Each sheet had a collection of Youth Group pictures from activities throughout the year. The rules of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at The Searchlight of Insight
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What Tess wrote is all correct. The events of last term were striking: there was a line of demarcation mid-term when Sebastian's world burst and the dam holding him together gave way. I sometimes wonder "to what degree?" Looking down... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at The Searchlight of Insight
I guess Matt and I did a random act of kindness when we gave away our 4th Jesus Culture ticket to a stranger and wouldn't let her pay! #JCEncounter
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Wow, I thought sitting on a long haul plane made me stop and think. I had no idea what sitting on the overnight train from Beijing to Harbin would do to me. Our trip is about ten hours long. We... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight
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I wrote in my last post that Sela had a surprise... Sela has written a book: Summer Stories. The project began in August just after returning from Canada. I noticed Sela spending a lot of time at the computer but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight
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Forrest Gump said, “I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.” Do you think those who visited Jesus on the night of His birth knew Love? Do you think that they had within them a bright light... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight
This Westjet Christmas Story is amazing. It's one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments. The video speaks for itself but here is some additional information... Westjet predicted they'd receive a maximum 800,000 hits and that didn't happen.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight
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After Sebastian hung-up his rugby boots in the Spring, he continued to hound us that he wanted opportunities to act. During the October mid-term break Sebastian participated in two very short acting courses. One of the organisations invited Sebastian to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight
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I've had the busiest weekend I could imagine. Tess is off in the Philippines with ICM and I'm coming to the end of a four day long weekend with Sebastian and the triplets, which started Friday night with Union Church... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight
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I've had the busiest weekend I could imagine. Tess is off in the Philippines with ICM and I'm coming to the end of a four day long weekend with Sebastian and the triplets, which started Friday night with Union Church... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight
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The kids had a terrific summer and tomorrow it is back to school. The triplets will start their second last year of primary school while Sebastian takes his first step into secondary school. The last several days Tess has done... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight
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via masarang.hk Thanks to Sela, Jasper, Carys and Ella who have been raising money for Masarang and an orangutang. Click through to read the endearing story! Masarang wrote on their web site, "Kennedy School recently raised more than HK$15,000 for... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 16, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight
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Recently we watched the movie Soul Surfer as a family. The film is about a Christian surfer (Bethany Hamilton) who lost her arm from a shark attack, while surfing. Against a variety of odds she made a surfing comeback and... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight
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Today Sela proudly made the piece of artwork below in honour of Earth Day. It will give you an idea of how she's writing and creating these days... Quite good thank you very much and I am completely unbiased in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight
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Today was the last day for Sandy Bay mini-rugby, and the last day of Sebastian's rugby career. Sebastian has decided he will not move up ito Youth rugby next year. The game has too much contact for his liking, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight
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We started early again this morning with a majority of us coming to the "field" to till and turn soil to prepare it for planting / farming. A few of the group stayed behind at the center to finish up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight
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Today is our last day in Jinan and it truly feels as if the time has flown by. Tomorrow we fly back to HK and by mid-afternoon the Missions Trip will be over and you will all have your wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at The Searchlight of Insight