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Words of wisdom: How wealthy are you?

What is wealthiness? Shan’s perspective on wealth in the new year

The real measure of your wealth is how much you would be worth if you lost all your money. – Unknown

This is indeed food for thought.  At this special point in time with the old year moving on and the new year moving in, it is an ideal time for self reflection and setting new goals for the new year.   In our digi-consumer society, money may have become one of the yardsticks to judge who we really are.

I like the implications behind this quote.  How much are you worth in terms besides money?  What sort of terms are you worth in?  How wealthy are you?

Money may be an important commodity, however, it is not the end-all.  Wealth comprises not only money, but also happiness.  What is happiness to you?  Love?  Recognition?  Doing the things you love?  Looking good?  Fulfillment?  Fame?   Courage?  Confidence?  How wealthy are you, really?

Wishing you a Shanshiney New Year, and every happiness!

December 30, 2008   2 Comments

Smiles and hearts: Mr. exceptional extraordinaire

A smile is a heart-to-heart communication: it emanates from your heart, radiates on your face, and lights up the hearts of others – Yip Pei Shan

The best things happen when you least expect it! I was attending a party at Gallery Hotel and was lured by the pretty flutist playing beautiful music at the restaurant on the second level. Mr. exceptional extraordinaire, Caron Ong, appeared immediately with a shanshiney smile and asked if I would like to dine.  I declined while expressing my wish to listen to the flutist.  Unperturbed, Caron invited us to take a seat to listen.  This was the first time I went to a restaurant without ordering anything, and had the brightest smiles given generously and willingly!  Not only from Caron, but from the other service crew as well as the pretty flutist!

Having listened to a couple of pieces played by the flutist, we ventured to leave.  However, Mr. exceptional extraordinaire, Caron, not only bade us farewell with another shanshine smile, he gave us beautiful calendars on the house!  Exceptional service from this Shanshine Smiler indeed!

Shan and Caron Ong at Gallery hotel along Nanson road Copyright Yip Pei Shan 2009

Generous bright shanshine smiles, beautiful flutist, gorgeous calendars, I’m going back there next time not just to have an audio and visual feast, but to have a gastronomic delight!  I am psychosomatically convinced the food there is great already, thanks to Caron and his wonderful team at Gallery Hotel, 1 Nanson Road, Robertson Quay.

I salute you, Caron, Mr. exceptional extraordinaire!

PS.  More Shanshine Smilers here!

December 17, 2008   No Comments