WINE tasting and story telling

On my birthday, I was taken for a surprise ride. We arrived at the Panton Hill Winery. It was a boutique winery just 38km from the Melbourne CBD and 30 minutes from my home. It was an excellent choice for our family quick getaway.

I had a wine tasting and was happy that I brought my new toy with me. If you know me well, I treat everything, everyone and everyday as an important learning opportunity.

When Dorothy, the director of Panton Hill Winery, started the wine tasting, I thought I cannot let this great opportunity of learning from the Master slipped away. I asked for her permission to film with my action camera.

Next week, I will talk to my capstone project students about preparing their business presentation. I have prepared a previous short clip about story telling technique as part of our workshops next week about using story telling to engage our audience and present our project journey.

When Dorothy started talking, I saw a master presenter in front of me. I can’t wait to show my students her presentation next week. You can tell the depth and breadth of her knowledge and skills, not just about her own business, but her focus on her customer experience at the wine tasting with everyone in front of her.

First of all, she kept the order in a very simple way that will take us on a learning journey. What she did extra was combining our neurological and biological reactions towards the chemistry that takes place between wine and food. She teaches us with technical terms without making us feel like we are sitting in a science lecture.

She built a journey for the wine to dance on our tastes buds while guiding us with clear positive expectations after each tasting.

When one of us choke on the wine, she quickly got some feedback and offered a second try with encouragement without being pushy. Just like how we should feel when we are learning something new.

My words do not justify and showcase how well Dorothy works her magic at the wine tasting table. Please watch the clip and see it yourself.

Thank you very much, Dorothy. I had a pleasant and happy experience (especially with my Verdelho coming home with me) on my birthday.

SKIP to the Career that I want

I love watching movies.

Sometimes, in a movie, I see a girl who knows from a very young age what she wants to be when she grows up. And the movie will go on to show how successful she becomes in her career. I envy her.

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I have written many essays about my ambitions in primary schools. I had many ambitions. I wanted to grow up to be a soldier, teacher, scientist, artist, actress and movie director. But definitely not a dancer, this I knew for sure.

I have considered many options when I was choosing my college major – Japanese language, Mass Communication, Interior Designer and Advertising. The first major that I got accepted for enrolment at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Syracuse University was Architecture. I was taking science subjects including Physics, Chemistry and Biology in my secondary school. I was a science-stream student.

Yes – Architecture. I wanted to be an architect.

Then, the Asian Financial Crisis hit. My mum told me to pick a program that I can finish as fast as I can in case my family ran into financial problems.

At the end, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Financial and Economic Studies at the University of Western Ontario.

That’s the journey I took that shapes my career and where I am today.

Looking back, I can see there were four things that influenced my decision.


We are always encouraged to do well when we can feel a sense of achievement, no matter how big or small it is.

When I see a student who is confused with choosing the major that she wants these days, I always ask her to look at her strength. Try something that you are good at. At least, you will be motivated to grow in a field that you are good at, which in turn helps build your confidence to explore further and develop more.


Ask around and find out as much as you can about the career that you are interested in.

Ask your parents, school career adviser, friends, cousins, neighbours or anyone who is working in the fields of your interest. Find out not just about the salary level, but the nature of the work, including the tough and not so pleasant bits. Choose something that you will feel proud to tell others about what you do as well as something that you don’t mind putting in the hard work to achieve. Do as much research as you can and visit the workplaces and see your future career with your own eyes.


Don’t be afraid to be who you are and who you want to be.

Remember, choosing a major is your individual choice. Many people will tell you their opinions and whether they like or hate your choice. Ultimately, it is your decision. Therefore, you must own your choice and walk the journey ahead by doing your best. Be ready to face any challenges and changes as career pathways evolve rapidly, especially in the digital age. The career that you see when you start your tertiary study or vocational training may not be the same when you complete it.


Only passion can sustain your interests in your career in the long journey ahead.

You will struggle to develop a successful career in the long run if you do not have passion in what you do. Choose a pathway that you are passionate about. You will always strive to do well in what you like, no matter how tough the process is.

Perhaps one day when I make a movie about my journey, I will show how I SKIP to the career that I have today.