We should thank facebook for this fabulous little gadget. You keep on adding the cities that you've been to so far, and it will map it all out for you.
Been to 118 cities in 26 countries so far! :D
In case you haven't noticed, Bangkok's weather in January was pretty cool. It could drop to about 18 C (or possibly lower) at night. No need use fan or aircon while sleeping.
It was also a great time to have a picnic in the park. Sitting under the shade was quite nice and cooling. Though the grass (and some trees) in the park look kinda brown and dead.
Going to the park is easy. Its just beside Chatuchak weekend market (no, not Chatuchak Park, but the one further accross it). Its called Rot Fai park or Queen Sirikit Park (maybe its different, but who cares). When you're there, its can be pretty confusing for the first time - try telling your friend to find you behind the tree, beside that big patch of green grass.
Anyway, miraculously, we found each other. And we actually had healthy food for the picnic!
It was also kitty's first outing.
(no, not advisable to bring a kitty out just like that, it has to be trained or at least leash-trained. Otherwise you run the risk of losing kitty)
If you have a helicopter, you can fly it in the park - provided its not too windy, and you don't mind breaking the tail off.
There's small bodies of water everywhere. Some places you can row boats, I think. Otherwise, there's always dragonflies to chase after.
The best part is that, with all the pollution in the skies, the sunsets are always nice :)
Fish and pineapple soup! Not bad, if you can put away the idea of drinking a fruity fishy soup.
Yummy fruit shake!! All fruits mixed together and blended with some ice... yumm...
Stuff in the fridge for barbeque... including some dried stuff at the bottom.
Spring rolls and happy pizzas... :)
Amok curry... cant go wrong with this in Cambodia! Yumm...
This is the usual route I take while walking home (from the subway station, of course). Taken in 'time-lapse' photography - a small digital Canon camera can do this! :D
By the way - its been exactly 1 year from today that I've been working with this organisation.
What have I achieved in 2008? A lot!
Here are 8 things I achieved in 2008:
1. Working and living in a foreign country on my own
Yes, I did it. I finally experienced working in a foreign country (although its just our 'neighbour'). And more, I managed to live on my own for a whole year (the quick trips back home doesn't count). I love it! Freedom! No one to nag me on anything. I can do anything I want! Yay! And, no, it doesn't feel as lonely as you think it is. One would think so, but I actually feel lonelier back home, when you have friends not willing to go that extra 5 minutes to meet up.
2. Started a blog, and stuck to it
If anyone really know me, I hardly stick to something in the long term. For me to actually start a blog was a big step in itself, and for me to stick to it, updating frequently has to be a miracle! Well, ok. So it isn't such a miracle. And there's hidden agenda here. Partly its because I don't have to keep on updating family and friends on my whereabouts or how I'm doing away from them (just need to tell them to visit this blog). Partly its also to show off my pictures, so enjoy them while you can. And the last bit is to try earning some money from the Internet, since I do spend so many hours online (so, go on... click on the above Google ads!! ). Heh - I'm not rich, my account only have about $5 in it, which I cant cash until it reaches $50.
3. Learn about project management and planning
I've just completed a workshop on "Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation" as I write this blog. Boy, it doesn't get any easier! The level of complication just get horribly complex. But this is what many international organisations use, i.e. the UN. Lots more to learn...
4. Travelled to 9 different countries
And that's excluding Thailand or Malaysia. This also includes 4 new countries I've never been before: China, India, Nepal and Bhutan. Some travels are for holiday, some for work. And no, I'm not tired of travelling yet - just that I do get a little less insistent on visiting all touristy spots in the area. One surprising thing is that travelling back to KL is exhausting! So many people meet, catch up and things to do, no time to relax. (ok, dont worry, you'll all get plenty of me when I'm back for 3 weeks during Chinese New Year).
Anyway, here's the list of travels done in 2008:
Conclusion: Most expensive country to travel to = Bhutan. Most interesting place to visit = Japan. Most sucky place to go = India.
5. Moved on from learning photography to teaching it
I must say that I'm not a professional photographer. I still cant get my photos on stockphoto sites. I didn't win any competition (ok, so I've only tried once). But, the bottom line is that I'm still learning. However, when I saw the SLR camera being underused in the office (well, nobody had any clue whatsoever!) - so I knew I had to do something. I ended up teaching everyone in office how use the camera and how to take better pictures. Then ended up teaching more than just people in the office too (I just finished one in Sri Lanka). Maybe I should start charging for a course. Hehe - anyone wanna learn photography?
6. Took an online course
Took an online course in the last 4 months - and I got 4.0 (that's an A for all you normal folks out there). What's amazing, is that I had to do this while my peak travel period. Yes, it was non-stop travelling the last 4 months. As a result of that, I still have a couple of reports pending. But I knew I had to do it, next year would be very busy too. And maybe I'll take another course then... hehehe...
7. Got all my wisdom out
WISDOM TOOTH, that is. Yes, I've put it off for a long time. So I finally found courage to get it done - I've got my last wisdom tooth removed! Now I feel so relieved that I don't have to suffer another horrible toothache.
8. Survived 2 state of emergencies in Bangkok
Ok, so this is not much of an accomplishment, and I wasn't in Bangkok for the second one (cant get in, they took over the airport!). But it was all hoo-haa and blown way out of proportion anyway. Life continues as usual in Bangkok, with or without the state of emergency. In fact, it was just a fancy pansy name - nothing much was done anyway.
Happy New Year!