2007 : Wish it will never end
My career path took me accross the South China Sea, when I got accepted to work for Sarawak Shell Berhad. It took me by surprise when I got the news. As far as i know, I did not do really well during the interview. I was only trying my luck. I was more than happy with my old job at MMHE. I finally got along really really well with my ex boss, Mr.J.. He was always angry and mad at me, often without any valid reasons for six months when I first joined the project. Maybe he got tired of screaming and shouting at my face and I was still keeping my cool. I was then became his most trusted person, his right hand man. He even told everyone, even our client Petronas, that I was his nephew (He was as small as me and we look alike.. funny). He was dissapointed and angry when I handed in my resignation. He said that I betrayed his friendship. He wanted to assign me to our site in Kiyanly, Turkmenistan. My 1 year with Turkmenistan project team was a memorable one. The company provided me with an apartment at The Forum Condominium, which is just across the street from Wisma Technip where the office is. Then there were Kak Norah, a kaypoh makcik with a motherly heart, Ila, Tuah, KY Lee, Kak Yati, Rashid among others. Thank you...
I have been travelling quite a lot this year. Went to Hanoi, Vietnam in March. Halong Bay was a marvel. The boat ride, cave, kayak and the food was fantastic. The scenery was as beautiful as postcards pictures. I also bought a lot of lacquered wares in Hanoi, only to find most of them broken when i got back in KL. Well, now at least I have a reason to go there again.
I also first set my foot in Europe in 2007. Together with 5 of my close friends we travelled to London, Barcelona, Granada, Madrid and Toledo in August. It was great, but could have been better if Sam, my buddy did not lost his wallet at Parque Guelle, Barcelona and if everybody have the same cool attitude. Some of the best experience during the trip are:
1. The visit to Alhambra, Granada
2. The tour of Toledo, Castilla La Mancha
3. The beach at Barcelona
4. My solo pilgrimage to Arsenal's fortress, The Emirates (the only time i was by myself)
5. Walk around The City of London ( and meeting Michelle, my ex flatmate when we studied in Brisbane, Australia 1999-2000)
I have make quite a number of new friends this year, otherwise I would have died of boredom in Miri, when I first came. First there were Ninut and Da'a. I am glad I met them. I could not ask for better friends. Then there were Niza, Shikin, Wan, Yus, Dedek, Mildred and Amie along with Said and Chell (old friends from JB). Life in Miri is merrier now and weekends seems so short.
I hope 2008 will be even better... amin