Curriculum

Like many of you, I aspire to be a lifelong learner, student, trainee who also simultaneously serves as a mentor to others.
"Learn as if you were to live forever." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
On an early morning in Beijing, I was greeted with one of the most inspiring sights. Primary school students - lovely children - were studying together with great concentrations. They were surrounding a table, and the sunlight penetrated through the window illuminated them, just like how knowledge has illuminated us, especially if we wholeheartedly digest it into wisdom.



Reflecting on the past decade of my life, I have been very fortunate. People who have generously share their knowledge, inspirations, ideas and skills to me. Kind and generous teachers and peers have crossed my formative life path and molded me into a more hardworking person that I was.

My gratitude goes to them and you, who is reading this page right now right here. Please feel free to ask questions, leave suggestions or say Hi. I strongly believe in "三人行,必有我师", which literally means that among three travelers, there must be a guide / mentor / teacher for me.

I also fondly remember how happy and grateful I was when someone - a junior of mine - wanted my study notes. I spent energy and time digesting the study materials and creating simple notes that summarized what I have learned. Other notes recorded the process of delivering assignments or projects that I, solely or as a team member, endeavored.

Herein, I document a  list of useful topics and courses - that I want to learn or have learned, recommended references and some notes and tangible creations resulting from my pursuit of knowledge.

My sincere hope is that they are useful to you. You are free to use them to enjoy the process of learning, to learn faster and more efficiently, to make your own notes (that are better than mine) and ultimately to design, build, and create more useful and inspiring things for yourself and others.

  1. Creativity 101 offers tips on how to be more creative and transform creativity into fruition. Implementation and execution are as important as ideation.  
  2. Gratitude
  3. Storytelling for Change by Acumen & NovoEd has driven me to draw my life map.
  4. English through BBC. 
  5. Chinese Mandarin. While a teen, I fell in love with beautiful Chinese calligraphy, Chinese idioms (成语), poems of Tang Dynasty (notes from 2014, 2002).
  6. Bahasa Indonesia.
  7. Arabic.
  8. Spanish.
  9. Writing.
  10. Speaking. Presentation.
  11. Bible. Please feel free to use a note that I kept in an attempt to learn the Bible New Testament. 
  12. Quran.  
  13. Photography. Unless otherwise stated, all photographs published in this blog have been collaborative efforts by the trio of Jing Ren Hui @ServicefromHeart.
    Composition tips from Steve McCurry:
  14. Videography.
  15. Cinematography.
  16. Mathematics : abacus 算盤 / soroban そろばん | calculus | resources
  17. LaTeX: document preparation system (excellent for formatting equations)
  18. Machine learning: summary notes from a self-learner.
  19. Computer languages / programming: C/C++, Java, Python (for bioinformatics), Cocoa (tutorials by Scott Stevenson, for scientists by Drew McCormack), R (for beginners by Emmanuel Paradis), PhoneGap (Java Framework for writing cross platform mobile applications)
  20. Computational tools: LIBSVM (Support Vector Machines library by National Taiwan University) | Natural Language Toolkit or NLTK (Python module for Natural Language Processing or NLP) | Octave (open source Matlab-like tool for numerical computing) | Pencil (open source GUI prototyping software) | Scikit-learn (Python module for machine learning) | WEKA (Data mining / machine learning software, University of Waikato) 
  21. Unix (EMBnet guide) and Linux
  22. Science through listening to 60-second Science, reading scientific publications. Thank you Google Scholar and open-access journals! Biomolecules
  23. Chemistrydata book | Periodic Table song | How to memorize the elements of Periodic Table effortlessly | Everyday compounds (with beautiful infographics) | chemical reactivity, atomic structure, molecular structure 
  24. Neuroscience. Brain regions.
  25. Bioinformatics.
  26. Engineering. Mathematica | MATLAB | Laboratory Virtual Instrument Engineering Workbench (LabVIEW) | Fluent (for computational fluid dynamics) by Ansys.
  27. Gymnastics: "Gymnastics taught me everything - life lessons, responsibility and discipline and respect." ~ Shawn Johnson
  28. Yoga. "All I'm saying is that to liberate the potential of your mind, body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality. I call this process 'blueprinting' because anything you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world." ~ Robin Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
  29. Cycling. "My happiest cycling moments were in the springs and autumns of Cambridge, England, UK." ~ Jing@ServiceFromHeart
  30. Swimming. It is important to learn to swim in a pool, in the sea and with the sharks. 
  31. Driving.
  32. Business / entrepreneurship. Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum.
  33. Personal MBA list of business books by Josh Kaufman | my DIY MBA notes
  34. Marketing. A list of female mentors | 20141102: I started to served as a Chief Marketing Officer for a start-up | my note based on Marketing Insights from A to Z by Philip Kotler
With love
ServicefromHeart
201406

Last updated 20150105