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Not all that glitters is gold, not all who wander are lost

Month

November 2011

Phuket, Similans Island, MV Phoenix

Can’t believe a year has past since my first LOB at Similans island aboard MV Phoenix.

It was then I truly fell in love with diving. Where I realized I loved the deep blue, floating amidst without the need to see any creatures, and not the usual reef dives.

It wasn’t a luxurious LOB, just simple and clean where great memories were created.

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MV Phoenix

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Dive schedule for the next four days.

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The first day after our second dive, we sat against our cabins looking at the sea, wondering how were we going to survive 4 days aboard when there was really nothing much to do. We soon found out that four days were actually way too short.

Where we all gathered the first night we boarded the boat for our briefing and where we would be spending most of our time for the rest of the trip aboard, in between dives, meal times and movie screenings during dinner.

Accompanied by this amazing collection of songs the dive crew would play at different times of the day that seem to suit our mood all the time.

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Second fav hangout.

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Dive briefings where we terrorized our guides with our expectations of the dive.

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Took photos.

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Read.

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Ate. The amazing food the chef prepared on board.

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Stoned.

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Slept.

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Watched sunsets.

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Jumped off the deck.

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Exhilarated and dripping wet after.

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Sunset yoga.

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Watched the captain fish.

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Drew on each other backs.

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When we finally docked and stepped on land 4 days later, we actually almost forgot about our slippers and were about to head off barefooted. Hurhur.

Awesome dive trip with awesome company. =D

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The Hunger Games trilogy

The Hunger Games (#1) was pretty interesting. Written in a way that I was so easily absorbed and lost in their world. That I almost missed my stop and took great efforts to put down the book and get on with my daily life.

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2), on its own, wouldn’t really make much sense but still a page turner if you had read #1.

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3), awesome.

All three together, absolutely brilliant. If I didn’t get all three books at one go, it is pretty unlikely that I’ll read the second one and then of course the third. The first book set the foundation of the trilogy right, made you glad that she got throught it.The second book, like reality, seeks to tell you that everything is inter linked and not on its own. As life would have it, happy endings do happen, just for that moment, before you realize that there’s more too come. Catching Fire also thickens the plot ensuring that you do read the third. And the third delivered an ending as most would expected but in a riveting way. Again, didn’t quite like the endings. There’s just something about endings that bug me.

I had initially expected each book to tell a story on its own but the three books make up, actually, just one story. Its really more like Harry Potter, The Deathly Hallows being split into 2 movies rather than each telling a story on its own.

Really, worth reading. Our society is very much alike theirs, in a different and more subtle context.

The games are of course barbaric, just like the gladiators whom are being force to kill or be killed for the entertainment of the King in ancient Rome. Have we evolved to become a civilized society like we claim to be? Are we really?

Or are we still barbaric in our ways? Only this time, we put our education to good use and with decorated words, we disguise our barbaric acts and claim to be civilize.

And I should really be doing my French homework now =P

Looking forward to the movie which will be out in March 2012! Okay. Just watched the trailer. I think I like it better in my head, but still, am gonna watch the movie when its out! =D

“If I’m gonna die, I wanna still be me”

Seasons in the sun

We had joy we had fun we had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed were just seasons out of time

 

To the best team I’ve ever worked with. Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Trying to keep our pillar of strength when she was at her weakest.

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Super sweet birthday card from the team

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Where else would you get to do this to your boss table while she was away in Qatar. And the absurd lie we came up with about construction.

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Blue nose family from Hoon.

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By the artist in the team, skillfully depicting us as we are.

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My all time fav team photo.

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Silly notes through the partitions when we were first separated.

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In meetings. WTH. So much for having encouraging team mates.

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Thank you for worrying about me and being unable to enjoy your Jam Hsiao concert.

Thank you for listening and not judging me.

Thank you for being the only one still around, my only comfort left at work.

Thank you for the laughter your silliness has brought to us.

Thank you for your guidance.

Thank you beautifying our place with your talents.

All good things come to an end eventually. Thanks for the laughter and the friendship. While I doubt that I will ever encounter what we had as a team before, thanks for bringing me hope in the corporate world and letting me see that friendships do exist in a place where everyone is for themselves.

May these memories get me through the coming years in such a society.

We had joy we had fun we had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song like the seasons have all gone 

Dream apartment – Fraser Suites

Got to stay at Fraser Suites in Doha on my previous trip to Qatar. Bosses weren’t too happy with the service at Holiday Villa and thus wanted to try out another place. And so, I got to stay there for a night and I totally loved the place!

Loved the full length windows and the simplicity of the place. Small but cosy. Comes with a fully equipped kitchen; toaster, oven, stainless steel pots and pans, baking equipment, basically everything! And a rectangular dining table which is nicely set, with water glasses, plates and napkins, for four.

Nothing scary about staying alone but instead felt very much at home slacking on the sofa and reading in bed (with a reading light!) and iPhone dock by the bed.

What I loved most, was waking up when the room was completely bright even though it was only 6am. Made waking up a lot easier unlike in Singapore where I’ve to wake up when the sky is dark.

Breakfast was filled with all kinds of pastries and cake, strawberries, bananas, yoghurt, personal pots of coffee and bottles of Evian. I don’t usually drink Evian since I really can’t justify paying that much for a bottle of water. Anyway, best stay ever!

Maybe cause it was newly open and there were road construction going on everywhere, directions to the place on google was wrong and I almost missed my flight! Was going round in circles for almost an hour being unable to locate the place. Super thankful for KY’s intuition and getting us safely back where I showered in record time while they packed for me and I left for the airport with water dripping from my hair. Hurhur.

Some other photos taken in Qatar:

One of the “streets” in Souk selling tons of shawls.

Coffee @ Second Cup.

Mcdees for lunch every alternate day. No complains though. =P

Skyline of Doha

Locals at Starbucks. =P

FTS

Classic example of condoning the wrong and penalizing the innocent.

Why do I have to bear it then? You know what, I’m sick of it.

Common scenario at work, you’ve a colleague who is less competent, prone to mistakes and unable to manage deadlines. What happens? Soon you’ll find yourself not only clearing her shit, but taking on more projects because your boss doesn’t trust her to do it. And so, she gets paid the same amount for doing less work because she sucks while you, on the other hand, gets paid the same amount for twice the work because you’re good.

Is it just about being hung up on unfairness or is this a flaw in our society?

Why so? Because we’re being taught to sympathize with the weak. We have to be nice. We should help one another. But at the expense of what?

Survival of the fittest? Wrong. Survival of the weakest, at the expense of the fittest. Till the fittest realizes this flaw, gets sick of it, throws in the towel and in turn becomes one of the weak leeching on the fit.

And there you have it, the society you’ve created with your bloody moral values and public good.

I used to think that this world is unfair. I was wrong.

And no, nothing happened at work.

Germany – Berlin

15 hour flight to Berlin from Singapore, transiting at Turkey. Really not a fan of long flights.

The highlight of the day for me was actually finding a bubbletea shop right beside this Chinese restaurant that we were gonna have lunch at.

Bobo Q! There’s this poster that says bubbletea is good for you! I concur! Hurhur. Apparently Germans queue for bubbletea too! =P

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Grocery shopping just before lunch to get water supplies, cleared out the Hanuta on the shelves. Paid for the yellow bag, I do think its a good idea to make people pay for the bags. If 10 cents doesn’t make a difference, charge 50 cents instead.

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Stopped by the Victory Column (Berlin’s Siegessäule) for some quick shots. As with all guided tours, quick shots then off to the next destination.

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Atlas. Happened to be reading Atlas Shrugged on that trip. Recently named my department’s meeting room Atlas as well. Since our department provide services to support the organization, thought it was rather apt. Hurhur.

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Pretty autumn colours.

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Berlin Wall, painted on the western side.

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Memorial to the Berlin Wall victims.

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The holocaust memorial in Berlin. “A memorial in the abstract, yet very much concrete.”

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Mcdees! One step closer to my goal of eating at Mcdees in every country =P

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Life is like a box of chocolates

Life is full of surprises.

I didn’t expect to still keep in contact with my friends from uni but I did. Truth be told, I don’t really know them very well ,we hardly talk in school since we’re usually late for classes with only 15 mins break in between and well, I don’t really attend classes. But since we graduated, we’ve all been making an effort to meet up at least once a quarter, most of the time, with full attendance and no one pulling out at the last minute.

No one knows how long this will last but meanwhile, I’m grateful for it.

The people who took attendance for me, collected notes, brought me endless laughter and guided me through my 2 years in uni.

Thank you. You guys are the mint chocolates in the box. =)

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Awesome dim sum brunch @ Royal China.

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Personalized gifts from Ai Ling, made during her tai tai life in Aussie. =D

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The usual toilet shot.

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Our other halves waiting outside the ladies.

Looking forward to Shan’s ROM and our mismatch Christmas! =D

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Love how this photo turned out unexpectedly. =D

And we wonder why

Question: If evolution is real, why are there still monkeys?

Answer: If Australians/Americans came from Europe, why are there still Europeans?

Well said. Though not the answer.

Truly inspired by Steve Jobs in so many ways.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Kudos to Walter Issacson for writing such an awesome biography and for not portraying Steve as a saint.

And to Steve Jobs for allowing the truth to be told.

Then again, the truth being subjective.

Knowing he was imperfect made me look up to him even more. Both books changed my perspective of the behavior of our society, Steve Jobs and Atlas Shrugged.

Education has it’s way of molding us to the society’s standards. Standards set by whom? We think rationally instead of following our intuition. Yet whose rationales are we following. Sympathizing with the weak while penalizing the strong. Condoning the guilty and sacrificing the innocent. All in the name of the greater good and public welfare. For whose sake really?

All it has achieved is mediocrity across societies. Where it is against the norm to excel. Where rules & regulations, morals and values are placed to hinder and obstruct excellence. Where an act of goodness penalizes oneself such that people think twice about lending a helping hand. We’ve created such a self centered and mediocre society stewing in our own filth.

And we wonder why..

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