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The small things in life in a few paragraphs and snapshots

Sri Lanka Series: Colombo

Hello! Hello! πŸ˜€ 

Since I haven’t written for a while, just in case some of you have forgotten who I am, likely you were my ex-colleague at AIG or Allianz, or you were introduced to me by my ex colleagues there. If you’re still unsure, I am on LinkedIn, look for Grace Claudia, or if you prefer to see pictures, my Instagram is Gracietifully. If you do remember me, thank you! πŸ˜€

Btw, I am currently in Galle, Sri Lanka. This is my first ever trip to this part of the world. I arrived in Colombo last Tuesday and although Colombo has no unique landmark, it is still interesting for first timers like me to learn and see the city and people of Sri Lanka. The buses remind me of Indonesia in the 80s, while the trains remind me of the 90s. We don’t have buses and trains like those anymore now. The motor rickshaw or tuk-tuk though is almost identical with what we have in Jakarta. Even how they operate is the same! If they’re parked at certain places, they will charge you more than if you flag one down by the side of the road. They don’t always know the place we want to go to, but will pretend they do. But, so far from my experience, I can conclude that at major tourist sites, the ratio of good honest tuk-tuk drivers versus the not so honest ones are 1 to 3. Outside the tourist areas is the other way around. But, generally people in Sri Lanka are nice and friendly. Although I learnt the hard way that although they are friendly, the good Sri Lanka people will not start a conversation and give help without being asked. The ones that do 99% want money in the end.

As always, children move me everywhere I go. And Sri Lankan children are friendly and will say hello to tourists innocently. They don’t even mind getting their picture taken. Families in Colombo take their children to Galle Face Green in the afternoon, where the boys will play kites as they wait for the sunset.

What impressed me is Colombo is relatively clean and it has parks for people to cool down from the heat. One big park that I visited is Viharamahadevi (used to be called Victoria Park), where courting couples spend time. I hope Jakarta will have more and more public parks too in the near future!

Majority of Sri Lankans are Buddhist, although there are Hindus, Muslims and Christian populations as well. What surprised me was the existence of Indonesian and Malaysian communities in country. I found out about this when visiting the National Museum and saw Keris (Javanese daggers) on display. With Google magic, I learnt the story that when Sri Lanka was a Dutch colony, rebels and convicts from Indonesia were exiled here. Some never returned and their descendants are now a unique cultural group here. 

I took an express train from Colombo to Galle on Good Friday and found many more things to share as it has a UNESCO world heritage site here. I will write more on my next email. 

Here are the photos from my Colombo visit. Happy Easter to my fellow Christians and have a great Sunday and week ahead to all!
 Seema Malaka Temple

Buddha statue at Gangaramaya Temple

Statues at the Sri Kaileswaram Temple, outer side
Viharamahadevi Park

Boys playing kites at Galle Face Green

Isn’t she lovely!!

Swords and daggers on display at the National Museum; Javanese keris on the right, upper side

 Sunset at Galle Face Green



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The Quote

Hello πŸ™‚

How is everyone doing? I hope you are all well and happy.

I am currently away for an assignment in Yogyakarta, a region on the south coast of Central Java. Life is still a swinging pendulum and I have decisions to make. It has been quite tough for me dealing with some challenging people. But it made me learn one important thing, which Benjamin Franklin said perfectly and I quote:

β€œTell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

It has inspired me to be a leader that always keeps that in mind. I have made a promise, and you are all my witnesses, that I will never leave out anyone who works with and for me in any team. I will definitely give anybody a chance to try and make mistakes along the way. I can deal with mistakes, but not with fear of trying. On the other hand, I can deal with discipline, corrective feedback or even negative feedback, but not with being left out of a team. It is really not a nice feeling.

Anyway, this morning I woke up early to catch sunrise on top of Borobudur temple. Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperative and it was a cloudy morning. But, I still took a few snapshots to share with you. They’re okay, not as glorious as a perfect sunrise, but okay.

So, here are the photos. Have a great week ahead and the term “a team player” means you get involved and get people involved. This age is the era of collaboration. Superheros only exist in comics and even they collaborate. Remember The Avengers and X-Men?




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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

I think South East Asia is one of the richest regions when it comes to patterns. I took this photo of pillars at Cao Dai temple, in Vietnam.