Sunday, January 03, 2016


Another year whizzed away like a breeze and a new year made a silence but elegant entrance.

Like any other year, I had my moments of laughter, tears, lessons, mistakes, achievements and changes. I went to places, met people and made things happened.

In retrospect, things went better than I thought. In a way, I managed to strike off all my new year resolutions of 2015. Here are the highlights.

I traveled to places

I hiked a mountain in a foreign land

I got my diving license

I participated in a triathlon for the very first time (and accidentally won a prize! :P) 

I bid farewell to National Instruments which I have worked for 4 years and 11 months.

I did a PB for half marathon

I have gained new friends and lost some old ones. I regretted some mistakes that cost me some friendship. I have learnt and grown. I have grasped some understanding about myself and about others that I have not known before. I have stumbled and fallen and I picked myself up again. I have taken risks and it paid off. I have seen aspects and facets of life that I have never experienced before. I have become more conscious and mindful about things, people and surroundings.

All in all, two thousand fifteen was a good year and I wish the better for two thousand sixteen.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


I realized how much I have changed, when I read posts that I wrote 10 years ago.

Time does best of what it is doing to everybody to me - it pushes me to change, to adapt, to learn and to transform.

Life took away things that I thought would last for a longer time in minutes and taught me a lesson of never taking things for granted.

Questions arise. Do I swim with the flow of the current of life or I push against it? Do I walk the path that most people have taken or I go for the road not taken? Do I still care about what people think of me? What is the anchor of my life? Who can I look up to and tell myself - hey, this is the kind of person that I want to be in 10 years time?

Or, who cares? Just live it and focus on the present? Stop pondering and just do it? Live in the moment? After all, what's the worst it can be?

It's my 28th year of existence and I think I owe myself an explanation.

Sunday, February 08, 2015


This is a long overdue post. After all, I have left this blog un-updated for a year. Perhaps, the instant gratification of getting likes and comments on a Facebook post replaced a long write-up that felt like no one would read. Perhaps, life's packed with so many things that updating blog is de-prioritised. Anyway, here are some snippets of my trip to Myanmar in November 2014. A mysterious nation with some out of the world beauty.

A bro. A friend. A colleague. A travel mate.


A little monk crossing U-bein Bridge

I guess, I am updating this blog for myself. If you still read my blog, please leave a comment here. I might be surprised :)

Tuesday, April 01, 2014


Hospital is a depressing place. Perhaps it is the seemingly endless corridor; or the constant beeping of life monitoring equipments. It might also be the eerily well-lit intensive care units; or how the smell of antiseptic lingering in the air.

And I hate how it reminds us that we are but mortal beings. I hate how helpless and useless I am when the life of someone I care so much about is on the thin ice. I hate how human beings have the technology to destroy the whole world yet do not have a faintest idea on how to fix our own injured brain.

And I pray. With the kind of conviction that miracles will happen. That's the best I can do.

Fragile. We are indeed.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Volcano

Lombok is an island located at the east of the all time famous island Bali in Indonesia. Though it did not get the limelight that Bali enjoys, it has a lot to offer.

My mind was set on hiking Gunung Rinjani when I bought the flight ticket to Lombok.

Gunung Rinjani is an volcano formation that stands at a height of 3726m above sea level on the island. There is a crater lake known as Segara Anak surrounded located in the caldera and there is another small newly formed volcano known as Gunung Baru in the middle of the lake.

See this picture to know what I was talking about.

By the way, I took this picture :) Well, I guess I should not bore you with a lot of details but honestly, Rinjani is one of the most majestic, magnificent and other-worldly places that I have ever been to.

The savannah terrain at the beginning of the hike

The sunset at the camp site

The Milky Way

The sunrise near the peak.

Taken at 3500m

Going down

See the red and yellow dots? Those were our tents!

The hot spring on the way down.

All in all, it was a great hike!