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Cruise Dining in Bangkok

From the previous post, I wrote about belated dining with friends at the rooftop bar in Bangkok. That was one day after my BD. On my BD I arranged to dine with my family on the cruise in Bangkok along Chaophraya River. First of all, I did a lot of research where I can book the journey, how much the price, what kind of food, how many types of cruise they have.

I checked on the internet, called agencies to compare prices and promotions. I decided to go with a small cruise called Wanfah with the reason that bigger cruise, more crowded but the smaller boat we have more privacy. Apologies for the photo of the ship where we boarded is not available, I was not able to take a photo of my own boat in that time. I took a picture of the big cruise where we passed instead then the blog readers will have an idea of how it looks like.

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We have to choose the menu, whether seafood or traditional Thai food once we book the table with the agency. The money we paid for the reservation is non-refundable. So make sure first if you are not going to cancel later.

We went to the pier at Bangkok River City, the boat will depart on time at 7 pm and will return at 9 pm. There was a photographer who took our photo before we were on board (we have to pay later, it’s not free 🙁 )

The entry started with spring rolls and deep-fried noodle. For Thai menu, you will have Tom Yum soup, stirred mix vegetable, Chicken red curry, steamed jasmine rice, Thai dessert and fruits.

The Seafood menu will go with Grilled salmon dish and seafood basket then Thai dessert and fruits. Drinking water is free and refillable, but soft drink and alcohol.

The boat cruised along the river, passing many significant landmarks such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho etc. The sightseeing at night makes them look mysterious beautiful.

There is a trip guide on the boat who will explain the stories of historical landmarks where we passed. The weather was good, no rain as we were afraid, just only humid in the air.

There was live Hammered dulcimer music and Thai traditional dance performance to entertain the tourist until we returned to the pier.

We returned to the pier on time at 9 pm, enjoyed and had a good time with family. I’m now thinking about what the next creative birthday celebration will be.

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My living – Chapter 3

I just gained another new experience; lately, I broke my foot; hehe 🙂 I just finished the last physio session this week, and still not allowed to walk a lot, required to wear ankle support for three more weeks. Anyway, this is not an excuse to leave the blog deserted. On the way to work, I notice the bright beautiful blue sky which is not commonly happening in Qatar. This country has a pale grey sky most of the time.

The other day the sky changed again, the tale has never been the same. Anything could happen as I am told by nature. Life is life, things come and go. What has passed called experience, unfolded upcoming circumstance called the adventure. So our life is rock and roll. The World rapidly changes. 

I spent most of my free time reading books to complete at least 10 books target this year. Recently I read about psychological and mindset relevant to how we adapt life in the social media world.

Nowadays there is a lot of free none proven information floating in social networks that can easily be acquired by a fingertip. Some are wrong, some are the truth. Most of the junk information has been forwarded million times and may be distorted from the original to the endless downstream. Some information has been misused. While liberty is wide open in the internet world, people become lost into regular communication, believing that they can vehemently comment, respond, react, and bully on any post,  media etc. Without knowing that some area is so sensitive to the aggressive response which strongly impacts and leads them to unexpected desperation.

People enjoy playing the role of anonymous which can be anyone, say anything that they can’t in the real world. And my question is how we can protect ourselves from social media abuse? My personal opinion on reporting the found social media abuse is not applicable for all the cases and just in time. 

What if we get abused on social media and what are we going to react? Shall we angry? Shall we respond rapidly with the same or more aggressive level? 

Of course, we can’t control people called external factors, but our mindset and perspective are controllable. 

I think we should adhere to positive mindset and ignorance on some troll bullies, the abusive reaction is similar to spilling gasoline on the burning fire. It wouldn’t cease.

Why would we get angry if it is true?
Just let it go and consider what only useful.

Why would we get angry if it is untrue?
Just ignore it because it is not the truth.

I smiled to myself once I heard this. Yes, it’s right. Just let oneself on, lay it down and feel more relaxing. The positive energy starts from your positive mind. Whenever you look up to the Sky, they are always beautiful as if in the different drawings.

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My living – Chapter 2

Aftermath has been through circumstances in life, I have widened mindset and admitted the differences and changeable. I’ve been working with a global organisation contains multi-nationalities since I first had graduated. It was not easy to live oversea meanwhile adapting to new various cultures. Yes, the culture shock hit without alerting to me. It left me with an excellent lesson to learn and accept things that there are hundreds of nationalities, thousands of cultures, billions of differences.

My first living alone in oversea worried me, I felt the World was quite big. I didn’t know what and how to start to manage things.

When I lived with the family in my homeland, fed the yummy Thai food served by the excellent grandma cook, supported by the parent for everything I did. Not odd that I didn’t know how to cook especially Thai food. (I am told by all my colleagues here that I disappointed them as they expect to have some Thai dish from me). I still remember the time I made a video call to my family and asked them how to cook Thai Jasmine Rice with a rice cooker. 

There is a Thai proverb states “To survive, you need to bend like a bamboo through the wind” similar meaning to “When in Rome, do as Romans do”. 

The bamboos stand tall because they rooted long deep and know how to bend and float with the wind, although through a storm.

I come from a country where having a kind of very natural and humble modest expression. We don’t directly express our emotion or what we want. We don’t speak what our mind wants. We always are aware of other people’s feeling. When we say things, you will have to figure out what we are trying to tell you. For example, if we need to leave or cut the conversation, we will glimpse at a clock to indirectly express that we no longer want to continue. Our tone of language is like music (some said like Chinese), and sound whispering, therefore, I wasn’t used with a noisy talk like Arabic. They are not fighting, it’s a usual polite talk, but the loud due to their language tone. My first line manager here said to me that I will need to stiffen my tone; otherwise, people here will eat me. Neither shouting or yelling but just bolden my voice. 

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The difference creates various frequencies of colourful, beautiful. 

The difference makes a better understanding of living.

The difference creates the right combination of life.

The difference widens attitude.

The difference softens my arrogance.

I like a statement once I was in biological class: 

‘It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives, but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment.’

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My living – Chapter 1

I am back on duty, and while driving home one evening, the dusk scene laid above the sky, the combination of various colour spectrum shone at the horizon. Having this sky in Qatar is rare. It flashbacked my memories for the first time I came here. Something that helps me have a worthy life. 

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Last 12 years I was unhappy and unsatisfied of work welfare and life balance until one day our CFO said something to me that totally change my entire attitude. She said “It’s not others that unsatisfied you, but it’s the way you see things. If you compare yourself with others, then you won’t be satisfied, but if you compare yourself with your own desire and meet self-sufficiently, then you will find happiness.” Just only that word like a finger snapped changing my thought. 

Since that I don’t care what people have and get, I look at myself and satisfy if it meets my demand. 

But it doesn’t mean that we will stop improving or challenging to the higher hierarchy. I still set my new goals every time once the previous one was accomplished. I did as we were advised to set up the goal at the beginning of each year and try to make them real. Have you ever notice that what kind of those new tasks stand for? To fulfil your materialistic target? You may want a new car, so you get it. Then what? A new house, new job, promotion etc. Those are taking and will never fulfil the hole of self-demanding, once you achieve this goal, you will crave another one and maybe more robust and endless. 

In a competitive society nowadays, people become more selfish and aim for taking to achieve their targets. I am one in this cycle, but I discover a new goal that makes me happier and feels the value of living. It’s giving. I was bored to chase my same goals to complete. I fed up to set the new goals but never fill the hole in my mind until I discover the giving. I started with the small donation that I was able to supply such blood giving, clothes donation, being consultant and volunteer. I felt happy differently but real. If I compare myself with wealthier people, I will feel down and unsatisfied. If I look down on people is lower than me I will arrogant and never had self-improvement. But when I give from what I have, I feel more valuable and need to do it again and again. The easiest giving is forgiveness.

Giving is also good therapy for mentality sickness and psychological disorder. Now I write down at least one of my goals to do a thing for other people who lack the opportunity to have a life as I have. What is your goal?

 

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Thankfulness

Thanks to the shortfall, to make us learn to survive.

Thanks to the rivals, to make us learn to make friends.

Thanks to the mistakes, to make us learn to improve.

Thanks to the guilt, to make us learn to forgive.

Thanks the hatred, to make us know what love is.

Thanks the emptiness, to make us know what existence is.

Thanks to the darkness, to make us see the light.

Thanks to the lies, to make us understand the truth.

Thanks to the failure, to make us learn to achieve.

Thanks to the illness, to making us know how vital health is.

Thanks the difficulty, to make us know to overcome.

Thanks the sadness, to make us know how happiness feels.

Thanks the covetousness, to make us know what satisfaction is.

Thanks the distance, to make us thinking of each other.

Thanks the calamities, to make us precautionary.

Thanks to the time, to make us patient.

Million thanks to millions of things, to make us having today.

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