Inspiration

Kung Fu and Cultivation

Some things come to us in a flash, but most things take time and effort before great results are revealed.  In Chinese, they use the word “kung fu” to refer to this slow dedicated practice. For example, if you’ve been…

Life

Formosa: How Did I End Up Here?

It’s been a crazy year for Tiny Pinecone. For so long, I had been asking myself if I wanted to pursue a brick and mortar shop, or maybe just do catering, or possibly events, and what about just a series…

Life

My Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a kind of second home for me. For some strange reason, I am always there when my life is in transition. Perhaps I am always transitioning, always in flux, and it is just a coincidence that I…

Inspiration

A Tale Of Two Trees

  ***** Dharma Distilled ***** The Tsz Shan Monastery in Hong Kong looks like a Tang Dynasty era monastery, but was actually built  just recently, and opened to the public in 2015. Funded by Li Ka-Shing, Asia’s richest man, the…

Travel

Running Nude Through The Forest

There’s nothing better than a day of lounging around at a spa, feeling clean and happy, like a well-fed an well-groomed cat. I had been wanting to visit Japan’s hotsprings for a while, and had my sights set on Kurokawa.  Japan’s…