Vietnam Trip

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Notre Dame Cathedral Ho Chi Minh

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Hand Painted key chain and photo frame at flea

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Decoration plants in awesome shapes. Couldn’t buy them due to import restrictions

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A couple in rain on the bikes. Haven’t seen so many bikes anywhere together.

No better way to start a travel post than by pictures. I had an absolutely memorable trip to Vietnam with Jessie. Totally last minute and abrupt.

Ho Chi Minh is a beautiful city. More vivid and developed than I thought and far less crowded than I was told. People are friendly except for some flea shop girls 🙂

Its a mecca of cheap and good quality stuff. The make authentic duplicate items at throw away prices. Tommy Hilfiger T-shirts for $10! Crumpler bags at $25 all with 100% authentic material at Saigon Square.

Papillon – definite endurance and will power

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Do not give up and settle for anything less than you deserve. Sometimes, the society with kick you in the groins and throw you in the gutter. Fight back. If you feel society is selling shit to you, don’t buy it. Fight as hard as you can. Fight till you succeeded or die trying with your head held high. It’s a far better end than rotting yourself to death while cursing the whole society.

Papillon had to withstand very harsh circumstances to even have a chance of getting his freedom. Papillon had a rage of punishing the ones who sent him down the drain. That rage kept him going. He was ready to face the consequence of trying and failing rather than succumb to the fear of failure.

He tried, failed and suffered, tried again, failed again and suffered again, yet again and again until he succeeded.

There is something very important to be learned from this story that applies to even out daily lives in the current advanced society. Do not settle for anything less than you deserve or doing anything other than your hearts Desire. Don’t follow to herd. Don’t listen to your parents, peers, teachers, if they don’t listen to you. Define your motive and chase it with all the rage that you have. Don’t be afraid of failing. By not doing what you want you have already failed. There is only success in your way. You have to find your peace, and it doesn’t necessarily come with wealth.

It’s very important to be able to respect yourself and the only way of doing it is to achieve what you truly desire.

Chinese new year eve and morning

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After 5 rounds of brewing 🙂

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Jessie put it correctly – literally squeezed the last bit of tea juice from the leaves. In the end it was barely leaving any color at all.

This is my way of making most out of coffee bean and tea leaf or any other joint charging 4 bucks for a tea bag 🙂

The best work I do, I do it in Cafe’s. With just a laptop, a notebook(paper one) and a pen. Anything more is just a distraction 🙂

The CBTL at Forum mall is one of the absolute best place I had discovered. The location is nice. A lot of outdoor tables with good low seating cushion chairs. Cosy enough for working, but not too comfortable that I sleep off 🙂

The place has absolutely largest variety of tea flavors to choose from and all actually available! The staff is very friendly and fun. The wifi connection is solid.

I spent around 5 hours working and managed to do quite a good heap of it. I was quite please by the time I finished and was not feeling guilty of watching movie last night 🙂 I refilled the cup with hot water once every hour and checked if I was making any progress.

Just as a note to self – always start work first with a pen and paper before touching the laptop. Specially for presentation. I feel stuck when staring at a screen fiddling with keyboard. The ideas start flowing as soon as I take a pen and start scribbling. From there the job is easy 🙂

PS – the day started with a good 2+5 rounds of jogging and long catch up session with rahul at bukit gombak stadium. We discussed a wide range of topics like how different type of employers manage their team and keep them together while others just let it wither away, pride and respect of engineers, true engineers vs copying machines, and finally salary and increments 🙂 according to me 10% increment is bullshit while rahul feels its good enough. My logic asks what is the net after inflation!! We Couldn’t discuss the last point further.

Simply Happy :)

What will make me really happy right now?

I don’t really recall asking this question to myself.  Sometimes the answer is right there in the moment.Image

I am sitting in a McDonalds on the orchard road of Singapore. Jessie and I love the twister fries served at McD only twice a year.  It’s a majestic location.  The whole place is decorated like a bride with beautiful blue and white lights hanging all along the road. It feels like the wallpapers have suddenly come alive and the sunlight is shining through snowflakes making them sparkle in the brightest colors.

There is another beautiful thing about this location, the chirp of birds. Leaving the bird park aside this is the only place I know where one can find the birds making this cacophony.  The only troubling part is that there is not a single drop of bird poop on the road underneath! It took me a few trips of the place to realize that there are no birds on the trees. Just some really well located speakers. But the effect is same. It makes me feel happy. Instantly.  I like to come here as often as I can afford to.

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It’s a unique combination. Singapore is full of such details. They like to bring the world to the people. Just a while ago, I saw kids playing in artificial snow at Tanglin Mall. It was beautiful to see the smiles on the faces of parents there.  Tanglin is also one of my and Jessie’s favourite weekend breakfast locations. We like to go there for an early breakfast and enjoy their splendid Hummingbird cake along with classy scrambles eggs and delicious coffee served at Beviamo (An Australian restaurant in Brazilian flavour).

The kids do adorable things. There is a little girl trying to climb on the chair at the table next to me.  There is a tiny little fellow on the roadside taking his first step holding his dad’s fingers. Poor guy keeps falling and getting up again. Then there is the few year old who is having hard time understanding why mum doesn’t allow him to just Dig-in with all fingers in the ice-cream and use a Poke stick(spoon) instead! Kids are kids but one striking difference between the kids here and other places is that they are too damn silent. They don’t cry on the bus and trains which is in striking contrast from what I am used to from India! They just sit happily and quietly next to their mum playing with whatever they have (mostly an iPhone :D).  The European kids are a livewire and like to talk and have fun. Not crying either. The parents don’t stop them from feeling the freedom and let them have their way (as long as it’s not reallllyy getting out of hands). The Indian and chinese kids cry. After observing it for so long I had to ask why?  I feel it’s all in the upbringing and culture. More on it in some future post.

Photo Credits : Jessie 🙂 She loves taking pictures of everything she eats 😀