2014 Blogging Review

Dear Readers:

Happy New Year!

Each year WordPress did a very impressive job of giving each active blog an annual report for the performance last year.  As I only posted on 4 of my 6 Blogs in 2014, I got 4 reports this time.  As the reports are quite comprehensive, but then I might be the only one who would read it, I determined to summarize and compare the four blogs instead of making the WordPress reports public.  The results are a big surprise for me, but will help me in crafting the future directions of these four blogs.

Healthy and Happy

My Notebook

Falling in love…with Arts

Food for Thought

I will give you a snapshot from WordPress’ report first, and then write my analysis at the end.  Thank you for reading and your continuous support.  I am posting this post on all my four blogs.




Summary by

Author of the Blogs 





Healthy and Happy


“A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 580 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 10 trips to carry that many people.

There were 6 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1 MB.

The busiest day of the year was September 9th with 17 views. The most popular post that day was Happy 90th Birthday! Mr. Low!.”




 My Notebook


“A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

There were 231 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 94 MB. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 29th views. The most popular post that day was My fourth book has just been published: Turkey and Greece Delights.”




Falling in love…with arts


A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.

There were 8 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5 MB.

The busiest day of the year was March 29th with 41 views. The most popular post that day was Violin Concerto Butterfly Lovers, and Erhu Concerto Butterfly


Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto

Food for thought


“The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

There were 28 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per month. The busiest day of the year was December 17th with 154 views. The most popular post that day was Easy Abalone Recipe Braised Abalone in Original Sauce



My Analysis

As I was extremely busy at work in 2014, I did not do as much as 2013 in terms of blogging.  Overall, I consider My Notebook as my primary Blog.  It is a travel blog and my primary interest in blogging is to share my travel pictures and experience.  Although I spent most of my time on this blog, the result was not outstanding.

Last year I hardly wrote any new posts on my Food Blog, except a few reviews of restaurants, but the results were exceptional.  Many readers came to look for stuff on this blog, primarily on my posts in 2013.

My passion is on Art but again like the other blo, the posting was infrequent and only had limited visits and comments. Whenever I wrote about art, I devoted my heart and soul on it. Although not too many visitors had visited this blog, I am glad there were quite a few post that stimulated some interesting discussion, like the post on David Hockney.

The biggest surprise which warmed my heart was the Healthy and Happy Blog.  I only posted a few posts in the last 2 years.  The results were unexpectedly good. The only explanation was that this is a hot topic.  Who would not want to be healthy and happy?

I understand the importance of marketing and the use of social media.  But i don’t have time!  With such a limited time I have, I think I have to thank myself for having a diverse “portfolio”.  My goal is just to learn and share.  I did have limited success last year.  It was not too bad for a full-time management person.

Well, what do all these mean to me? What is my 2015 blogging plan?

With the above ideas in mind, I think I will concentrate more time in writing about healthy cooking, conduct some marketing work on my cookbook, and to find out more resources on health and wellness subjects.  I will continue to travel, take pictures and post but will not spend too much time on my travel blog.  I will continue to appreciate art and culture, visit museums, attend concerts, opera and ballet.  Writing will be limited but I will continue writing about subjects of my passion.

That’s all for now.  I hope this is a good start on the New Year Night!  Hope to see you again soon!

Sincerely yours,



Happy 90th Birthday! Mr. Low!

Happy Birthday to you!  Mr. Low.   Happy 90th Birthday!

Wow!  What do most people look like if they live up to the age of 80 or 90?  But Mr. Low is not like any 90-year-old man!  He walks briskly , his back is as straight as the wall.  His mind is as sharp as a fifty year old.   His wife who is 82-year-old, looks like  a pretty lady in the fifties. Both go to the gym daily, and exercise for at least an hour or so. Both go to the senior center to enjoy a nutritious lunch. Both enjoy every minute of their lives with their children and grand-daughter.   This is the most loving family I ever met.

Today, Mr. Low celebrated his 90th birthday.  His children gave him a very nice party with the best Chinese food in San Francisco Bay Area.

His children prepared a beautiful  slide show and video showing all his travels in the last 90 years of his life! Most trips were taken with the whole family.  Mr. Low once traveled with my brother to Huang Shan, China.  He was over 70 , the oldest person in that group. Yet, he was the first to reach the top of one of the peaks of Huang Shan.

How can all these happen?  Exercise is the key.  Positive thinking is the ingredient.  A loving family is the nutrient as well as the product.

Dear friends:  if you want to be as young as Mr.  Low,  and to be happy and healthy like him, follow his healthy life style:  exercise regularly, eat well, sleep well, think well, and enjoy life!

There were lots of food tonight but I only posted this dish of Longevity Buns.  Enjoy! ( I may post the full menu on my .food blog.  Please stay tuned.)



Longevity – What does it take to have a long and good life?

When I decided to write about healthy living that day (August 18, 2012), I heard about the news that Hong Kong women now outlast Japanese women in the life expectancy in the world.  I was shocked! I wouldn’t believe that Hong Kong which is so crowded and polluted, can be a place where people would be expected to have a long life.

Today I  found this post from CBS with a documentary of interviewing seniors living in the community. I would like to share this with you.

Women of Hong Kong outliving us all

“As one of the most densely populated cities in the world, it’s hard to imagine how Hong Kong with its high intensity, stress and pollution could possibly add years to your life.

But it just so happens that its female residents have not only learned, but mastered the secret to aging.

At one of the city’s elderly community centers, 89 year old Lee Wai Fong defies age and gravity at a daily dance class. “From exercise and a healthy body,” she says.  “It should be this way”.

Mrs. Lee is not the exception, but the rule. A study by the Japanese government has found women in Hong Kong live the longest in the world with an average life expectancy of 86.7 years, overtaking japan which held the title for 25 years.

“That is good news for Hong Kong people! I think my observation is that female members are quite active,” Daisy Li, YWCA Supervisor.  “I think this is an important factor.”

Lee Suk Ching is testament to that.  At 101, she walks with a cane unaided, reads the newspaper with a magnifying glass and visits the center each day to catch up with friends and share a meal. “I’m healthy because I exercise”, she explains.  “it makes me happy!”

Dr. Bernard Kong, President of the Hong Kong Geriatric Society, is not surprised by the results, citing a good public health system that looks after its senior citizens. “For the last few decades we have very good scientific and medical advances in Hong Kong and also we are keeping our tradition as basic Chinese culture.”

But, Hong Kong men lag behind their women, with a life expectancy of 80 and this gap doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon.  “We depend on people who look after us, women! They are the ones who take care of us and when they disappear our chances of mortality are much higher,” says Dr. Kong.

Most of these women have outlived their husbands and for 94-year-old Yeung Wai Hing, the past is painful.  She lived through war and has loved and lost more times than she’d care to remember, but her positive attitude has gotten her through it.  “I live happy no matter what” she says.  “You will live each day, why not be happy?”

Whether it be diet, genetics or medical advances health professionals agree that one key factor that sets Hong Kong’s elderly apart is the importance of family within the Chinese culture.

An overwhelming majority live with their children or grandchildren, with only around 10% living on their own.”


It is nice to know that family is so important to our lives.  However, I believe apart from genetic factors, the lifestyle and diet of individuals are the most important factors that affect longevity.  My next post will be my encounter with two Japanese American elderly ladies last weekend and the Okinawa studies that I am very interested in.

Meanwhile, please enjoy these two pictures that my friends took during our trips to China.  The first one is a picture of seniors doing Tai Chi in a park in Shanghai.  The second one shows seniors hiking at Huang Shan.   We all should realize that exercises are very important to our health.