Towards the end of the presentation, I turned to the empty seat on my left and notice a small plaque. Under dim light conditions, I could still make up the name “Lee Kuan Yew”. Instinctively, I shifted my butt, turn around to read whose seat I took. It read Toh Chin Chye. So I turn to this gentleman on my right and said “LKY seat is empty blah, blah”. He shot back readily: “why do you think it’s empty?” Trust an auditor to ask you a question when you needed an answer. To read on, click on:
Take the road less travelled
Enrico (a member of HP Alumni), having stayed in Singapore for number of years, decided to time-out, take a boat, travel around South East Asia with his family of 3 girls and his wife. With his permission, I include this email and his adventures are documented at www.svolivia.blogspot.com
I hope you are well.
Just a quick note to say hi. Our boating trip around South East Asia has ended in August. Overall it has been a very intense but also very rewarding experience.
The main learning for the adults (me and my wife) has been to be more resilient: if you have a problem in the middle of nowhere, be it a broken alternator or a deep cut in a kid’s foot, you need to find a solution by yourself there and then and get on with it.
The lesson for the children (I think) has been that many things we take for granted in city life are to be conserved: fresh water, fruits, foods, stationery for homework, toys and so on cannot easily be replaced on a boat if you have wasted them carelessly. Without boasting I feel the trip has made us all stronger.
Now we are in Kenya. My wife Cara grew up here and her father still lives here and runs a small business. Cara and our three daughters will spend the next 12 months here while I look for a job in Europe. Kenya has changed so much in the last 5 years; the economy is booming with all the messy pro’s and con’s of a developing country (horrible traffic, plenty of opportunity, land prices soaring).