Monday, October 31, 2011

Home Sweet Home

My oh my, it does feel GOOD to be home...!

It is nice to travel, but it is nice to be home too.. :)))


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Greetings from Hanoi!

(Latest up-date : Thurs ~ 27th Oct, 2011)


Tues ~ 25th Oct, 2011
Today is our 3rd day in Vietnam. So far the weather has been superb and cooperative. Bright sunshine yet it's not too hot.

In Halong Bay, the sun was weaving in and out between the clouds, giving us an apportunity to take pictures of the breathtaking limestone rocks in various lights and shades. My only hope is that the pictures turn out well.

We will be heading to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) tomorrow afternoon, catching a late afternoon flight. On day 1, we explored the old quarters of Hanoi. Tomorrow morning, I hope to cover a bit of the high end and new areas of Hanoi.

Oooops.. rushing out for dinner now. Gotta go! Stay tuned!

Wed ~ 26 Oct, 2011
Did I mention that the hotel's FREE wifi is SUPER fast and good? It's available throughout the entire hotel, no wifi key required. Even an English tourist that we met in Halong Bay onboard the cruise also couldn't help but praise the wifi super highway that is available in Hanoi & HB. I was able to up-load pictures onboard the cruise just before hitting the bed!! No congestion encountered whatsoever!

The water puppet show was superb! It is a must watch! Wish we have time to watch it again, coz last night, we were rather busy trying to capture bits and pieces of it on our camera. It wasn't easy due to the poor lighting.

I had 2 cups of coffee this morning during breakfast. Couldn't help it! It's so good!

We walked around the Hoan Kiem Lake this morning and today's weather signals the slow forthcoming winter in Hanoi. The sun was hidden, and it felt a little chilly even around 11 am on a busy Wednesday.

Thursday ~ 27th Oct, 2011

Nothing much to up-date except that we had a long and tiring day at the training. Drank 2 cups of tea and 2 cups of coffee today, to keep awake. Training was not too bad, except that tomorrow they would require us to apply what we have learned in group exercise session. So gotta do some homework tonight, but we decided to get it done in the function room just now before leaving, coz we know that once we walk out of the room, our memory would have been erased clean.. :-D

There will be a cock-tail party tomorrow evening, after the training at the hotel. Can't really recall if I brought any appropriate clothing for that.

Right now, I just wanna get back to the room and hit the sack.


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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Vietnam, here I come..!!!

I will be leaving tomorrow for work and vacation in Vietnam. The blog won't be idle in my absence though. Follow my journey up-dates on Twitter.

So looking forward to enjoying lots and lots of pho noodle.

                                                    Famous Vietnamese beef noodle

and..... good coffee....!

                                                             Picture taken from here


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Submitted my CFM assignments today! Yeeehaaa...!!!

I'm done with Corporate Finance Management for now, wooohooo......!!! and hope that I pass! Don't think I ever want to take another look at the book ever again!

For now, it's time to freak out.....!!!


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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Strike a balance

                         Stay grounded when life is a whirlwind

                                    Picture taken from Yoga Journal, Aug 2011 Ed

Learn to stand steady when life feels out of control.

                             Stay in action when life is stagnant

I decided to drop everything, and blog instead, on the very topic that is pulling me in all directions.  

I am also learning to love what is. To look at all the goodness in life that I have right now.

1) Find the elusive work-life balance
2) Is your life stagnant?
3) Step out of your comfort zone
4) 3 Things that limit your potential and how to overcome them

Why do we need to do that? Here, learn from countries that has been there and done that. Read about the slow movement.


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So much to do. So little time!


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Burning the mid-night oil

I am so lagging behind with my CFM assignments. On top of that, I haven't really started reading up and researching on my ODC.

In less than 2 weeks time, I am supposed to be travelling for an entire week (now it is a bit uncertain).

The up-coming deadlines for both modules and the recent turn of event at the family front are really pushing my stress level to the max. The thought of being in such an out of control situation is sufficient to freak me out to the point of confusion, frequent reflections, numbness and further stagnancy. 

I am trying my utmost in taking it one little step at a time, doing one tiny task at a time and hope that by the next day, I will at least be in a slightly better position than the day before.


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The following sites has helped me tremendously in attempting to pick myself up again.
1) Ways to get motivated when you're in a slump
2) The zen of doing

The Climb

The Climb - Miley Cyrus
(Click above link for video clip)

I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there’s a voice inside my head saying
“You’ll never reach it”

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I’m not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on


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Saturday, October 8, 2011

In loving memory

Of my father-in-law who passed away on the night of 5th Oct, 2011.

We will all miss you, Pa! Rest in peace.


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What I feel like doing right now

                                               Picture taken from InMagine


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Monday, October 3, 2011

Hang in there

When you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot and hang on - Franklin D. Roosevelt


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