Friday, April 30, 2010

Bowling Madness

Alright, we had this bowling game last April 17 and I was such a loser. The last time I played this sport was almost four years ago. Still, I know how to handle and throw the ball but the results were always "canal" and I was devastated. But it was just for fun and no competition at all. I thought there will be a winner or something that will recognize the best gamers. Anyway, it was held in Safra Yishun and twas four blocks away from my previous home. The atmosphere was fun and the foods were extravagant (should I really say that?). Can you believe that the foods I brought here in Singapore from Macau were part of the "buffet"?

Seriously, it was fun seeing these people performing and exhibiting their other sides whether competitively or comically. I was kinda surprised as I saw new faces but it wasn't that hard to contemplate and have small talks with them. But hey, I only scored 60! Grrr... kidding...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Forgetting About Work

I had this bonding with my new officemates for the first time. Yes, it was almost three months since I started working to this new employer and alas, a wild experience (should I really say that?) with them happened. Only Ann and I were Filipinos and the remaining six were Indians. At first, I was very hesitant to attend this small party as I was new to the team. Actually twas a farewell party for Bhupesh as he will be transferring to New York office. Back to the event, it was in this Bayshore condominium located in Bedok. I bought some fruits and chips, we had chicken and fish barbecue.

We also had some drinks but of course, no alcohol for me and Ram. Ann brought some fishes that were very delicious and ultimate in taste. While Sandeep made these chicken with sauce (I don't know how to call it exactly) that superb in flavor. After few hours, whew! Bimlesh became kinda wild, hahaha... I think he put an extra joy to the event. He was very loud, making "kulit" to all of us and suddenly, he was very quiet and started puking! I think he just enjoyed the night. We transferred to ECP to stay for a while before going home.
It was a nice experience seeing the different sides of my new teammates. Can you also believe that they think me as a very nice and very quiet person (somebody to object?). We have differences in culture and race but the most important thing is that we know how to respect each other and entitle everyone to their own opinion.

My India Trip

Alright, I know this blog post is 6 months overdue. Been busy for the last few months and I promise that I will ensure to update my blog regularly. Anyway, this post is about my trip in India, the last stop of my 2009 backpack series. I arrived in Kolkata on the 1st of October 2009 at around 6pm via flight from Bangkok. After that, there was a connecting flight going to the capital New Delhi. From there, I was expecting for a long hours of train ride but everything changed and I'll put that into history. I'll discuss more on the wonderful spots I saw in this big country, specifically in Agra.

I first visited the famous Agra Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most important fort in India. This place contains almost 20 sites/mosques/structures and is awarded several architecture recognition. There was an entrance fee but can't remember how much it was. The place was really nice and very refreshing on the eyes even if it was really hot that day. You will experience the wonderful architecture of India and their artistry really showed on this tourist spot.

Next stop is this Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb which is often described as 'jewel box' that was built between 1622 and 1628. Seems like the main building is surrounded by numerous gardens and outbuildings. It is also regarded as draft version of Taj Mahal and known as 'baby taj'. The place was quite nice and very peaceful.

The main reason why I wanted to visit India is because of Taj Mahal. I really want to see this another UNESCO World Heritage site that is cited as the jewel of Muslim art in India. The central focus of the complex is the tomb and I got the chance to see it by myself. I was really amazed by the beauty of this site. The marbles were artistically crafted to build this very famous landmark. Taj Mahal is also included in the New Seven Wonders of the world list that was announced last 2007. I felt ultimate happiness as I reached this very far place.
On the other side, I was able to take a closer look on the streets of Agra, India. Twas very hot and you can see many people around the city. I also noticed that most of the cars don't have right side mirror and the drivers seem to be very aggressive in driving but still they are observing safety. I also tried authentic Indian foods and I can say that I really enjoyed it.

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