The Necessary Philosopher

Month: November, 2003

I’m back! I’m back! I’m back…

… in Kathmandu that is. In a nutshell, it’s been a majorly exciting trip with lots to see and learn, and lots of surprises too. I was supposed to go to Langtang originally but due to Maoist activity in the area, it was closed by the army. We ended up going to Manang instead. The […]

Honk if you want to say…

Made it to Nepal safe and sound, will begin the trek tomorrow. Have some preparation to do before the trek, so no time to do a long update, but there’s so much to see and do in Kathmandu… so many photo opportunities. But I’m still shy of flashing my camera around cos’ there are also […]

See ya later alligator :)

Well, this is it. I’m as packed and ready as I’ll ever be and I’m off to bed now. Somehow I’ve still not quite come to terms with the fact that I’m actually leaving for Nepal tomorrow morning… although I am looking forward to it, somehow I’m not as excited as I thought I would […]

Hard to Imagine

This is the second time I’m typing out this entry >:( I switched to another window to check something just before finishing the entry and when I switched back, all my text had mysteriously disappeared! Doh! I’m now trying to pack all my newly acquired gear into my 65 litre pack. I always thought that […]

A question of obligation

Would you tell your boss in advance if you were intending to leave the company in a couple of months time, or would you only tell him on the day you gave your one month’s notice? If you answered “it depends on the circumstances” then there’s still hope for you yetÖ I was facing this […]


Went for my stairclimbing training yesterday and as usual you meet really amazing people there. There was Francis, a 40+ year old guy who was on my Rinjani trek in June, and he’s taking part in the marathon in Dec and then going to do Mt Kilimanjaro in Jan. Then there was this other person […]


Recently, I was asked to review one of our staff benefits aimed at promoting empowerment. The current policy is such that staff are given a sum of cash, and they make decisions on the kind of learning activity that the dept participates in. The catch is that the approving authority for claiming the benefit is […]

Tick Tock Tick Tock

There are 2 dates that I am anticipating with a mix of eagerness and fear… Nov 14 and Jan 30. Each date in it’s own way represents my departure into the unknown, and a step in a new direction. Meanwhile, back on earth, I got my typhoid vaccination today, and I found out too late […]

Osim Singapore Triathlon 2003

Woke up at an unearthly hour this morning to catch my cousin Arthur’s triathlon attempt at East Coast Park. Quite glad I did it, cos’ I got some interesting shots with my new 70-200 lens. I must say I’m very impressed by the colour and sharpness of this lens 🙂 Go Go GO!!! Last one […]

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