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Leisure Plus: Eyes and ears

10/30/2019

Institute members on what music they are currently listening to and what books are worth reading



What I’m listening to

- Clinton Yau, APAC Trade Compliance Manager at Google

“I’m currently listening to eletronic music from Norwegian house artist, Kygo. I’m deeply inspired by his musical talent and how he popularized tropical house music. His songs give me a nostalgic feeling as we step into autumn – and makes me not want to let summer go so soon! Some of my favourites are Stargazing, It Ain’t Me and ID - Ultra Music Festival Anthem. His remixes of some classics are also pretty awesome, such as Sexual Healing, originally by Marvin Gaye. There are few things you cannot miss in life, and Kygo is definitely one!”



Besides books about wine, World War II-related books are also my all-time favourite, and All Hell Let Loose: The World At War 1939-1945 by Max Hastings is the one I always recommend. It describes the military developments during that period, but also focuses a lot on the everyday life of individuals in societies of the different nations involved. It really helps readers to understand the misery and bravery of men and women of that time, and thus to cherish peace, which is not always guaranteed.

- Charles Cheng, Assistant Financial Controller at Furrion Limited


I recommend Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. The book is interesting, as it is about the rise and fall of Theranos, a blood-testing company that claimed it could accurately run a wide range of tests with just a pinprick of blood, founded by Elizabeth Holmes when she was only 19 years old. She truly believed her company would benefit the community, but in fact, it achieved the opposite. This book really shows the dark side of human nature. It won the 2018 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.

- Jacqueline Hsui, Assistant Manager in Risk Management and Financial Analysis at Soundwill Holdings


I have been reading The Overstory by Richard Powers which won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The novel follows nine characters who develop a very close connection with trees. You almost begin to see the trees as individual characters. It is a fascinating book, and has made me appreciate the science of trees and how they relate to human beings.

- Kane Wu, Co-founder at ThinkCol