There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” Jiddu Krishnamurti



Mid-Career to Senior Mgt

  1. Bo Le:

Mobile Recruiting (end to end)

2. Ajinga is in English for MNEs companies looking for Chinese undergraduates. It was founded by Foreigners with years of consulting experience in US and Asia. The technology boasts AI powered, cloud based recruitment tools, and works seamlessly with WeChat, Facebook, Linkedin. Many MNEs in China, including Apple, Nielsen and Henkel are its clients.

3. Zhaopin

Zhaopin which means recruitment in mandarin is a job posting site started by executive recruitment firm Alliance Consulting. Today, it posts jobs for Chinese companies as well as those targeting campus recruitment for undergrads in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

4. 51 Job

51job is a leading human resource solutions provider in China, offering a broad array of services in campus recruitment, training and assessment, and HR outsourcing.

5. Campus China

CAMPUS CHINA was founded by Forum China to assist European companies in industries such as automobile, electronics, machine engineering in the Chinese market. (from website)

6. ChinaHR

ChinaHR was founded in 1997 and is one of the first online recruitment websites in China, including a site for Campus Recruitment. In Feb. 2013, ChinaHR was acquired by global online recruitment network of Saongroup, with HQ in Ireland. (Linkedin profile)


Close to my Chinese roots, my mother put in a lot of effort to find my Chinese name, it means the bell that rings at dawn because I was born pre-dawn. Embeded in my name is my mother’s hope for me. Wisdom, riches, beauty, fame, peace are the typical aspirations. Every Chinese knows this tradition, and in some families, we even choose characters that reveal your position in the family tree.

Yet when it comes to getting an English name, many Chinese/ Taiwanese / Hong Kong Chinese would choose names like Noodle, Rock etc and we puzzle at the quirkiness.

Not so, a young British girl. Beau Jessup. She is making more than $300,000 and funding her way through college by naming Chinese babies. As founder and CEO of Special Name, a website designed to provide Chinese parents with culturally appropriate English names for their babies.

How did she come up with the idea?

Jessup was inspired to start the business in 2015, when she was just 15. She has since named a total of 677,900.

Empathise- A chance encounter

Jessup was traveling with her father in China, when a business contact, a Mrs. Wang, asked for help in naming her three-year-old daughter.

Where are the pain-points?Constraints can be opportunities

“Due to language barriers and internet censorship in China, the ability to research English names can be limited, often resulting in unfortunate and sometimes comical selections”, Jessup noted.(Source:

Prototype: A minimally viable Idea

Back home, Jessup hired a freelance web developer to build a Chinese language website for the Chinese community. Meanwhile, in her spare time, she filled a database with more than 4,000 boys and girls names, attributing five characteristics that best represented that name, such as honesty and optimistism.

Ideate – create choices

The website uses algorithm to generate the names. It also allows collective decision making by encouraging users to share the three name suggestions with their friends and family via a direct link to Chinese messaging app WeChat on the site — to help them settle on their favorite and avoid any “cultural mistakes.”

Travel, Empathise, Talk to locals

Beau Jessup’s idea came about because she is a bridge to a diverse network. How many English speaking Chinese can do what she did? Many.

Sometimes, a simple idea is waiting to be discovered.

Go out and talk to people. Empathise with their constraints and see if you can help solve their problems in a win-win way.

Network for ideas

University of Chicago sociologist Ron Burt has referred to this sort of networking as bridging a gap between different social networks.

Burt studied 673 managers in a large U.S. electronics firm and found that those managers who had a broader network of contacts were consistently rated as generating more highly valued ideas.

Their access to diverse, often contradictory information and interpretations gives them an edge when it comes to spotting and developing good ideas.

















猪笼入水 means money come in all 4 directions. 猪笼 refers to the cyclindral basket. (Also refers to the Nepenthes plant).

Pig cage in water

“Pig cages inwater” is a metaphor for wealth. Because the pig cage is empty and submerged in water, water enters cage. “water” refers to finance. “Pig cage in water” is a wish for good luck.

A pig cage is made to conveniently transport pigs. Made of bamboo rafts, it has a cylindrical shape, and is mesh shaped. The mesh opening is quite large with one end open. 

When the cages are submerged in water, water is poured into the cages. Because Cantonese people like to use water to describe fortune, “pig cages in water” is often used to describe a person’s wealth, and wealth comes from all directions. 

Used often by Hong Kong media to describe an artist, in film, advertising, best-selling albums, and concerts, it is really a “pig cage into the water.”

Not very kosher, but we are celebrating the year of the pig in 2019.

Words to greet someone this Chinese New Year –


Western (Germany) house/ castle, roof slopes down


Below: Hangzhou garden. In Chinese architecture with roof turned up curved ends.

Notice that rivers or passage ways in Chinese gardens, do not follow a straight path but are meandering. One is blocked from the view of what’s in front. Alluding to the philosophy of being indirect and allowing privacy to those who are on the same path


Photo credit: Himself

摸着石头过河 (Mōzhe shítouguò hé)

Cross the river by feeling the stones

Are you feeling anxious doing something new?

When I first learnt to ride a bicycle in my forties, I bought one whose height allowed my feet to be planted on the floor. My fear  was to prevent that I will not actually fall. Balance.

In attempting something new, taking small steps is more assuring for some, than falling head on. And that’s ok.

Without an instruction manual, the assurance of safety

If I stumble into the river and its too deep, I can always grope my way back. Throw one in the deep to sink or swim does not work for all.

Start today

Feel the rocks as you cross the river.

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Apple dessert with cream coated with chocalate served on crushed chocolate with dried apple shavings. Photo by SN.



Excellent, seafood freshly flown in from Japan atest to the chef’s connections with suppliers.


Seafood served on a boat with dried ice effect.

What it takes to create a sensory experience. At 980RMB a head, majority of the 46 diners are millennials = power of a growing consumer class in Shanghai.


6 projectors on a semi-circle theatre seating 46 diners.


A Kabuki theatrical experience with waitresses in cat like masks and kimono.



Screen filled with environmental messages, and stories about the ingredients you are partaking. A multi-sensory experience, people coming together to celebrate wedding anniversaries. A Japanese expat spending the last night of his Shanghai posting alone at the restaurant – friendships.

A thoughtful gesture at the end when the chef bid each of us goodbye with a warm heat pack for your fingers 暖宝宝。

Address: China, Shanghai Shi, Changning Qu, Panyu Rd, 381号Rm 105-107, Bldg 6 (交通大学 metro station)

Alibaba Hema Supermarket eating live seafood cooked on the spot

Starbucks Reserve


Getting your portraits done in Lego blocks for 999RMB only. ONLY?


In Shanghai, brands are fighting online consumption by creating experiences for their customers.

Whether it is your own portraits done in Lego bricks, or creating your unique Nike designer shoes, to creating mini stadiums to cheer your favourite team in the Adidas concept stores. Everything is created for instammgramable moments.