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The small things in life in a few paragraphs and snapshots

Monkeys and Memories

on February 16, 2013

Hello there.

How have you been? Has life been what you planned it to be or have you bumped into the unexpected? I hope all is well and as you wanted things to be. However, if you got surprises or things weren’t going as planned, then welcome to my world 🙂

In my line of work, we cannot plan beyond 48 hours. And when we say that “nothing is constant except change”, we mean it, like, literally. Sometimes it gets to me as I have to cancel things, miss gatherings with friends and family, cannot say goodbye in person to a special someone, miss a football match I was hoping to see, sell my concert ticket and many other fun stuffs. But, yesterday, I read an interesting quote that says: “If God asks you to bend, bend and do not complain. He is making you more flexible and for this be grateful.” I felt that probably that is what I am supposed to learn at this stage in my life. To be more flexible. Embrace the fact that life is full of surprises. Expect the unexpected. Because that’s just how life is.

Anyways, I was on a tour of duty earlier this week. I went to an onshore oil company base in Matak Island. It is one of the Anambas Islands somewhere south of South China Sea. So, it’s basically like the middle of…nowhere. Internet is, like, a luxury because it is THE link to the world as I know it (where we have my fav coffee shop, book stores, my friends and family and you guys). But, only a few hours after I landed, the mobile network died….until the morning of the day when I was leaving for home. So, it was “How To Kill Boredom in 3 Days” trip. And my Xperia V became my best friend as it helped me captured some interesting snapshots on the island. It’s got nice editing software and made my shots look like fun. And I am sharing them with you here. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I do.

To end this note, I am quoting a famous man: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” And that’s the quiz for this week. Who said that? Write to me! 😀

Have a great week(end or week) ahead. Keep making plans, but be flexible and expect the unexpected! 🙂

#1: The Anambas Islands as the plane was about to land.


#2: The Monkeys. There are wild monkeys in Matak. Unlike their friends in Bali, these monkeys are shy and they do not steal. They quickly climb the nearest tree if we come too close.



#3: The view through the fence at the jetty area. It is quite nice to look on.



#4: Reflection. I like the Lomo filter on my Xperia V!


#5: The Veteran. This man is over 60 and still actively working at the base after 20 years or so. He reminds me of my late father and brought back memories of him…




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