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August 1, 2019

Gems of Life Series


I met Chef Alan Wong at an event nearly two years ago, and ever since then, whenever I see him, he offers numerous "gems of life," whether it be words of wisdom or stories of roots and resilience. 

Yes, he is a world-renowned chef, with numerous awards and accolades, and although some do find him intimidating, he is truly a kind, warm, and funny person with immense passion and a desire to better our community.

He continues to learn, evolve, and share his knowledge.  His teachings reach far beyond the culinary industry, as they can be applied to everyday life.

The very first story he told me revolved around the expression Okage Sama De, or "I am what I am because of you."  I had never heard of that expression before, but in explaining the term, he told of stories of individuals in interment camps, as well as stories of people in the culinary industry, and how what they went through had an effect on so many others, including ourselves, in one way or another.

Several months later, here I am, with a new blog series, Gems of Life, inspired by Chef Alan's many stories.

In the "Gems of Life" series, I will be periodically sharing stories of passion and perseverance, and the lessons learned, from individuals in all walks of life, and hopefully these stories will resonate with others, as they have with me.

Everyone has a story to tell. I'm one of those that truly believes that everything happens for a reason, and that every hardship we endure helps us to evolve into the person that we are today.

As the saying goes - "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."

Thank you, Chef Alan, for the encouragement and guidance!

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