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The small things in life in a few paragraphs and snapshots

Monkeys and Memories

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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How are you? I sincerely hope that you are all well and healthy and happy. If you’ve had a tough week, you may want to have a look at this: It helped me put my life in the right perspective. Not to say that our problem is nothing, it’s just…maybe there are still things to be grateful for regardless. For my part, I am happy I have you all to write to. Otherwise, I’d probably have been depressed and pay good money for some psychiatrist who wouldn’t have been half as fun as friends like you 🙂

I recently decided to join an interesting stress-avoidance activity on WordPress. It’s the Weekly Photo Challenge. The people at WordPress give us a theme every Friday for us to interpret into photograph. It is really fun for me. This week the theme is HOME. It was rather surprising for me that when I asked myself what is ‘home’ to me, I could not give a straight answer. I have been what one of my aunts called ‘long footed’. It means that I have restless feet and spend the bigger portion of my time outside the house. So, I concluded that ‘home’ to me could not be a building or even a city. When I gave it some more thoughts, I realised that what is home to me is people. People that I enjoy spending time with doing various stuffs from going to concerts, eating, drinking, laughing, crying, talking, playing or even just sitting together in silence. And to me, those people are basically family. So, home is family. And in line with that, the snapshot for this week is a photo of a family of three: Father, Mother, and Daughter. I took this picture when I went to Bali last year. I think it is one of the most beautiful moments I have ever witnessed.

So, what about you? What is your stress-avoidance activity? And what is home to you? You know you can always write to me and tell me all about it 🙂

Have a great weekend (or a great week ahead if you read this on Monday) and happy Chinese New Year to my Chinese friends.



Dusk at Stanley Bay


How are you doing? I hope all is well with you and you have had a great couple of weeks. I missed last week’s note as I had quite a number of things to do and complete before this Monday. My world is still sort of upside down, but the thing about life is…as Robert Frost said: It goes on. So, I am (learning and) trying to make the most of the circumstances and carry on. And at times like these, I truly appreciate being blessed with great friends and family.

On another note, I got several emails who asked to see me in a photo. Well, you can say I am a bit shy and never confident being photographed. I prefer to be the eye behind the camera most of the time. But, I’m gonna try it. I managed to do one self-portrait, which is decent. So, I’m gonna do this magazine column style. So, you see my photo in thumbnail size at the top of the email before the photo story. Fair enough, right? 🙂

So. This week’s photo is one of my favorite place and view in Hong Kong: Stanley Bay. I just so love this sunset view…It’s mind soothing to me.

Alright, so, enjoy your weekend. I hope it’s a great one and you get to spend time with your beloved.

Dusk at Stanley Bay


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