Sunday, July 17, 2016

Monologue: The Moment of New Assignment

Assalamua'laikum wbt and good day,

Today mark another milestone in my career Journey. I has been assigned to be apart of new team for the new business entity of my current company. I still remember the day I received the appointment later, it was on Friday morning and I will be heading to Kuching to spend my weekend with my family. It is not easy to accept the fact that I have to leave the current city that I am currently residing but after all life is about being dynamics and open to changes.

Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka.

And it has come to the third week I have been assigned to this task. Thank God  everything went very well despite I have to catch up everything quite far since this new organization doesn't have any solid ground yet. I wish I am strong enough to adapt to these changes since I have been quite idle fore almost 3 months before being assigned to this post.

Krabi, Thailand.
I do not know why I am quite positive about my next assignment in the new city. Today I have decided tho visit my future location in order to get the feel. To my surprise  the house there is quite expensive. I still in the middle of doing further analysis in order to access the relevancy of buying the house in that city.

Doing my self introspection, I realize that to always look on the bright side is actually a choice. From the moment I accept the letter of assignment, I think I am know more positive towards this transfer. After all we cannot deny the fact that everything happen to us is actually the best blessing given by Allah to his servants.

Sultan Mosque, Singapore.

Lets spread the positivity all around. I believe, there's lots of hikmah behind this.

Have a nice day :)


Trip to Sri Lanka (Overview)

Assalamua'laikum wbt and Good Day,

Alhamdulillah, done with my 9th trip and this was the 12th countries I've visited. Singlehood KPI almost achieved! *yeay*

View of Colombo Harbour at dusk.
After visiting Taiwan last December, one thought comes to my mind; if I have visited Chinese majority country, I must visit Indian majority country too! And I started searched about Southern Asean countries.

Knowing myself, I start to search about India but based on few reviews, I can feel India does not suit my characters. However, upon heard from my Quebec's friend who have visited Sri Lanka, I think this country could be the right choice.

I bought the ticket with less than 400 MYR for returns trip from Kuala Lumpur. To be frank, I never know that Malaysians require visa to visit Sri Lanka. Just few months before the trip and upon checking with few websites, it was confirmed that I need to apply for visa prior to arrive at Sri Lanka. 

View of Colombo from the sky prior to landing.
The visa cost me 35 USD. Although I am not that sincere to pay for the cost, I just proceed since the ticket is already bought. In addition, there's a lot of uncertainties and this trip may change my perspective about life right? 

Below is the summary of my 9th trip:

1) Beware of the tuk tuk driver. They may charge you too much for a very short distance. Not all are dishonest, but there is. 

2) The accommodation price in Sri Lanka is very expensive. That is why I opted for AirBnb instead of hotel. Unless you don't mind to pay for 4 stars price with a standard of 1 star, then please proceed.

3) Back to point #1, the charge for every kilometer using tuk tuk should be 40 LKR. However, please expect the price is high for tourist. *I hate this*

4) Halal food is easily available in Sri Lanka with a very reasonable price. I have been to Colombo, Kandy, Galle and Negombo; and Kandy is very expensive. Please expect to pay for Arab Rice price for Chicken Rice.

5) During my visit, 1 MYR is equivalent to 35 LKR.

6) Although the visa cost for kids is 0 USD, we still have to apply. Please check the website on the age range of kids.

7) Communication is easy as most of Sri Lankans can converse in English very well.

On the way to Colombo City from Bandaranaike International Airport.
I will share more on my Sri Lanka trips in next entry; if I still have the courage to write :P

Have a nice day :)