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The Sabahsightseeing staff had a FAREWELL dinner for their boss Ambrose Obon  and I too was invited. It was like one last dinner with Ambrose as  he will be leaving  us to start his own Tourism company, a direct friendly competitor to TATT in the making.  So toasts were made, some good-byes were said, and accolades for the session were given, before all return as competitors.

Ambrose, my good friend from the Pasok days will be leaving us immediately. Ambrose did a good job as Manager of Sabahsightseeing as he had turn around the branch which was year marked to be closed down before he took over due to low sales.

I want to thank Ambrose for opening up opportunity for me to learn so much about tourism and its products by allowing me to hang out in the Wisma Sabah office, and I want to thank also the staff of Sabahsightseeing for allowing me a chance to share one of my passions with people who were interested in my topic while I was hanging out with them.

Anyway, the dinner itself started quite normally, we ate, drank some beers and just had fun talking about anything and everything. Overall it was a great dinner, and I really enjoyed myself that night and so was everyone. Thank you Emily for organising this in such a short notice.

To Ambrose, if you ever read this, I’ll pray for your success. I hope our paths cross again, but if they don’t…please know that you’re been a wonderful part of my life during my 9 months in Sabah. I’ll take what you said to heart, that friends should always bring out the best in each other. And remember, it is said that the only thing you can count on to remain the same is the very concept of change. Life moves on, and hopefully we grow and move along with life. See you !! Read my blog often so that I’ll have motivation to update it on your behalf : I’ll try to visit you sometimes in your new outfit.

Thank you. Wish you luck my friend.

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Wishing all my Muslim friends a Selamat Hari Raya Haji specially to you BABY, SHYAM and your PARENTS wherever you all are. Also to MY BUDDY RAJA PETRA & MARINA wherever you two are my heart will always be there. Also not forgetting my good UMNO BUDDIES in Penang.

And also not forgetting all the MUSLIM staff of Tanjung Aru Tours And Travel Sdn Bhd…Rosdiana Wasimin, where is my rendang and ketupat?

Hari Raya Haji, as I know, marks the Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice even his own son, Isaac/Ismail, on the orders of God. Prophet Abraham had to show his commitment and obedience to God, as a final act to make the blessings of the covenant between him and God. With faith Prophet Abraham executed the request, with exactness, thus demonstrating his willingness to trust in the word of God and in his ability to do all that he had promised.To me, this is the true meaning of sacrifice.

Selamat Aidil Adha dan Selamat pulang ke kampung masing-masing dan semoga berhati-hati di jalan raya.

Sorry folks for the long drought. Really busy the past week preparing for my pilgrimage to Mount Kinabalu.

Yes, I made it to the Rooftop Of South East Asia, the summit, Low’s Peak 13345 feet above sea, at exactly 5.12 am on the 28th of October 2009. What an INCREDIBLE experience…I never felt so much emotion in my life…

Mount Kinabalu –ah! anything more beautiful, taking it altogether, I have never seen. Even the geology in me was put into good use, Mt Kinabalu in geological terms is a young mountain, a massive granodiorite with much sedimentary and ultrabasic and basic igneous rocks seen everywhere.The peak of the most varied form rose high into the air, partly covered with driving clouds. It was sharp and it glittered — a glorious spectacle. There could only be one such mountain in the world, and as a landmark it was priceless. I knew that I could not mistake that.

In conclusion… INCREDIBLE, FANTASTIC, MAGIC… and hard but manageable… but you need to be prepared when you are over 50.

Strange, even after 3 days my heart is still calling for the mountain! It’s an energy of many dimensions.

Anyway, I will like to take this opportunity to thank the one person who made this pilgrimage possible – Rosdiana Wasimin of Tanjung Aru Tours And Travel, Sabah, thank you Rose!

I shall blog about my journey another time but for now I want you to listen to this song “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay