Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Workation Trip

I was away again for several days for a Workation trip. The last one I had was in Manila when my wife had to work & conduct training in Makati for 2 weeks in 2015. I stayed at the hotel there for a week in Makati for free & explored all corners of Manila. 



I went to nearby Port Dickson for 3 days!




We stayed at this resort for just 3 days. This resort hotel is very dated
but popular for its location for Jungle and Outdoor Training Camps.
This trip gave me ample time to drive the whole stretch
of Port Dickson to admire the scenic ocean views.
There are so many holiday apartments and hotels lining the beach.
Most of them looked so dated and empty now.




My wife was invited to conduct a private training by a division of the conglomerate
Khazanah Nasional Berhad. Her specialized topic is Computational Thinking
which our MOE is gearing towards, to bring up our standard level
of education. It is very important that we all need to know that our
country is now heading towards this trend which has been implemented
in USA, Europe and Australia. Malaysia is the first ASEAN country
to have piloted this curriculum in our education system.
My wife is the first Master Trainer in Asia for Computational Thinking
who was certified by the Carnegie Mellon University in US.
This has brought her to conduct many training sessions 
around Malaysia, Manila, Jakarta, Taipei and others. 
You might want to read what our PM said HERE



While the wifey was busy in her workshops inside the hotel,
the hubby went ronda-ronda alone to drink kopi and lepak.
I stumbled upon the newly opened Starbucks which has
the most beautiful panoramic view of the entire ocean.
I wish I could sit there forever & even toyed about
buying a retirement home nearby that Starbucks.
Life is blissful sometimes like the waves of the ocean.
My life is no bed of roses! I do have my worries,
pain, sadness, sickness and happiness too.


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45 comments:

  1. I wish to go on a break on my own, but I guess no chance at the moment, clingy kids, hur hur! T_T
    Well, that's life la! Sure got ups and downs, but most important is, we must think positive!

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    1. I think you have been having some breaks regularly in Malaysia and Europe. Your life is good and very blessed with all ups only. HaHa!

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  2. This husband is sure one lucky fella lah. Hihihi

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    1. Oh yes I admit I am. I am always tagging along my wife's aprons. HiHiHiHi...

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    2. Ya lo! I was reading the post and I was so envy of Anay, but suddenly Anay things like

      "Life is blissful sometimes like the waves of the ocean.
      My life is no bed of roses! I do have my worries,
      pain, sadness, sickness and happiness too."

      Anay you are so lucky, wifey was working and you were enjoying the breeze, shiokalingam!

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  3. so nice of the hubby to tag along with the wifey wherever she goes! 3 days in PD is sure enuff to relax off the mind from all the worries & miseries!

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    1. Yes 3 days was more than enough. I would not specially go there if the hotel was not free. Penang would be more fun.

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  4. wah you are so lucky that your wife brings you along so you can relax and enjoy the resort while she works.

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    1. It was a nice change to relax and do self reflects while she was at work.

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  5. Port Dickson beach looks okay now compared to many years back. I agree that most of their hotel resort looks very dated. Probably no big hotel company is dumping money there anymore...

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    1. It would be good if the Seremban town is just beside Port Dickson. By then that would be more happening like Penang where they have nice hawker food and sightseeing.

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  6. wah ... that could be the starbucks with the best view in the whole of the country! a nice glimpse of port dickson from a slightly different perspective ... and definitely makes me wanna go out to the beach! :D

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    1. I would say that is is probably the best Starbucks in the world with such a full panoramic ocean view!!

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    1. I am always amazed by her intelligence and thoughts which is often out of this world.

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  8. In a nutshell, what's computational thinking?

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    1. It is a different way of thinking that could improve our education's level. You can read up some facts here:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computational_thinking

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  9. A beautiful place to retreat and relax by the pool and sea… and wonderful architectures to watch! Glad u enjoyed trip. Thank your wifey for this opportunity

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    1. It is always nice to relax and watch the rolling waves of the ocean. I wish my wife would always be invited for such training sessions.

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  10. When I went Pork Dickson in 2013, I stayed at Avillion. PD is a nice place with resorts where one can just relax and "nua", in SG "nua" means just relax and do nothing

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    1. So nice that you can tag along and relax while your wifey works

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    2. I always like to hear the Singaporean slangs like Kiasu etc. Today I learn what is Nua. I agree that PD is good to nua as it has not changed much after 10 years!! LOL

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  11. Oh dear, that first photo...the initials is a nice touch but it also showed the 'ugly' side of our beach...dirty and littered! O_o Luckily, you can swim in a clean and nice pool in your hotel and just admire the beach from afar! Did you get any 'ilham' from sitting and relaxing at Starbucks? ;)

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    1. I could not find much clean spots on the beach outside the hotel. So much filth & rubbish! At least the Penang govt takes great pains to scoop out the rubbish everyday which drifted from as far as Indonesia too! HaHa..

      I got ilham from the Starbucks! I am thankful to both my late parents and wife for shaping my life today. So I ought to live meaningfully.

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  12. The outlook of the hotel looks good but too bad its interior is dated >_< Perhaps a refurbishment is needed to restore back its glory :P

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    1. Now that you have visited so many good class hotel chains, you could see that those franchise hotel chains have a branding and image to uphold by constantly keeping them in good class & shape. Well, some individual hotels often have stale and stagnant management which needs to go for courses in hotel management!! HaHa!

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  13. Haiz...tell me who has no worries, pain, sadness and sickness? We all have our own ups and downs. Getting a workation like that is so nice lah...

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    1. Hey your life is so good and all ups with so many happy makan with your lahling! Your only pain and problem was the food was not cooked to your liking lah. Muahahaha

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  14. Wonderful photos. Thank you so much for sharing. And I love the word workation!

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    1. Thank you for visiting. I hope to enjoy more Workations.

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  15. Hi TM. Even with the worries,pain, sadness, and sickness. There is also bliss, so let's keep on swimming. :D

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    1. I agree that bliss comes after all the sadness and pain. Life is like a roller coaster and waves of the oceans. Everything is just an illusion in this life.

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  16. Always nice to relax in a place with a fantastic view. Lucky you, TM! :)

    I wonder if you have heard of this song - (Ai Piah Cia Eh Yia). The lyrics have often encouraged me when life hands me a lemon.

    "But life really is just like the tide of the sea.
    They rise and fall by turn..Goodluck, Badluck
    Really, you just have to wake up and get to work, do it." Wesbite with full lyrics and video : http://jakochin.blogspot.my/2009/01/ai-piah-cia-eh-yia.html

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    1. LOL I have heard of this famous song. Thanks for sharing this link so that I could sing this now. I read the lyrics and realised how bad & rojak my Hokkien is.

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  17. Both you and your wife are really very capable and high achiever people. I am always amazed at what you both can do.

    I've never been to this resort but from your pictures, I love their Jungle and Outdoor training camps.

    I have to agree that Starbucks outlet has the most wonderful panoramic view. I wish I have lots of money to be able to afford a resort home for retirement but that remain a wishful thinking. Haha.

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    1. The houses and apartments are very cheap around Port Dickson for the average class properties. Make a visit and drink coffee at the Starbucks there.

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  18. Congratulation to your wife and she is so capable and competent... of course you too.. a prefect couple!

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind wishes. More to come!

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  19. I've yet to visit Port Dickson but it's sure in my bucket list!

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    1. I would not highly recommend you to visit PD unless you are passing thriugh from Melaka. Better visit the East Coast for better beaches like in Cherating.

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  20. Hi! Nothing is perfect. I can no t believe that I have worries.

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    1. It is true that life is not perfect for everyone. There are obstacles that comes after success and happiness that comes after sadness.

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  21. Too sad, port Dickson is no longer a favourite beach resort for the locals, let alone the foreigners, no thanks to the corruptive NS BN government.

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