My First Bite of the Big Apple ( 3 – 7 Jul 2015)

Statue of Liberty

Long overdue.

4th July fireworks display, Central Park, High Line Park, Broadway, Staten Island, Empire State Building, Met Museum. Quite a lot of tourist sites jammed into 3 days. I had to constantly remind myself to take it slow and relax.

I had the best time in Central Park and High Line Park, jogging and strolling around,  with the burden of work lifted from my shoulders. Broadway musicals were the perfect companions when I just want to have an easy evening. I caught the Jersey Boys and The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on 2 days, and happiness was chancing upon a restaurant that sells $2 pizza one evening after the musical.

The Staten Island tour was more than just seeing the Statue of Liberty. The change in the symbolism the statue represents over the years, the engineering breakthrough to piece the statue together, etc were inspiring stories.

Would I visit NY again? I don’t know. It was a little bit of a let down actually. Somehow, the trip didn’t quite live up to the pre-holiday expectations I had. Maybe it was just not the right holiday destination immediately after an exhausting work trip.


Still so juvenile

Do you still quarrel with your friends at ripe old age of 38?

Do you give in and make up first?

Do friends who quarrel stay together longer?

Short fuse and hot weather are a lethal combination.

I know it does not justify for my quick temper but I just had to retort and bitched about E. This my way to manage my anger and frustration. Keeping it pent-up within me will just cause me to resent him no matter how far our friendship went.

Time for more 凉茶 to keep my temper in check.

Virginia and Washington D.C. Revisited (24 June – 2 Jul 2015)


A busy work trip. Each day starts at 7am and ends at 10pm plus, with more work to be done in the hotel. This was the first work trip I found myself dozing off on my laptop in the hotel and not turning on the TV in my hotel throughout the entire length of stay in Virginia.

Such is my sad life.

There was no room for respite. We only had time to drive to D.C. on the last night to visit the major sites. Not that I want to but my 2 other colleagues needed to do this badly as it was their first time in USA and the only sights they had seen was our hotel, WalMart, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, WPFG competition venues. Definitely not something they can brag about when they return to Singapore. For me, to see the major monuments illuminated by artificial lights and natural moon light was the only thing that could entice me to make that long drive to D.C. And they were indeed breathtaking at night.

Maldives (1 to 10 May 2015)


I took a dive trip to the Maldives in May with 3 colleagues. Maldives is truly a fantastic dive destination. Reef fish that had to be searched for in other dive destination are in abundance here. Whale shark chasing and really close encounter with reef sharks and manta rays. My ultimate dive dream came through on this trip. As usual, good company prevails and MV Princess Audrey was worth all the cents spent.

This dive trip would go down as one of my most memorable holiday because of 2 other things: 1) Labour Day Protest and 2) Villingili Island. We are so used to a peaceful Labour Day in Singapore that we forgot that Labour Day in other countries usually see violent protests being held. We unwittingly walked into a Labour Day protest on Male. The protest started peacefully in the day and we were actually enjoying our afternoon tea next to the protest site as the protest started. However, the situation quickly deteriorated at night when we discovered a lot of streets were barricaded when we went out for dinner. We were watching the mass gathering outside our hotel after dinner and our work instinct immediately kicked in when we saw many protestors running towards us. We returned to our hotel immediately and watched from our balcony the police fired tear gas into the crowd to disperse the protestors. Sirens were heard throughout the night and fortunately peace returned when morning came and we were able to get to our boat safely.

Villingili Island was the result of a mistake in our hotel reservation. A mistake that we were glad we made as we had the authentic experience of taking the local ferry service and stay on this tranquil island, away from the crowded Male. We stood out like a sore thumb on the local ferry but we relished every moments. The seats on the ferry are make shift chairs and the life jackets are tied below the chairs. This was truly an eye opener for us. The island offered us a glimpse into the local life. There were very few tourists on the island and the life on the island was idyllic. Children were playing football in the field and jumping over rubbish bins for fun. The adults were just contented sitting in the swings under the trees and swaying along with the soft breeze. It was truly blissful on the island after our tumultuous stay on Male.