Miss many and more …

December this year is quite strange for me. Unlike last year, I missed many big events, loss of interest to catch them, and have a big feeling of ‘it’s okay to miss them’.

Overwhelming workload (being alone in the Section for others out of the office) during the period of World Petroleum Congress forced me to skip it, though I had one ticket already. Then, next big thing is Arab Games Opening Ceremony. I’ve bought tickets long days before the D-Day, then an offer I couldn’t resist: outing to Fuwairit for fishing and camping, with all best friends. And again I more gravitated towards friends than ceremony. I knew Arab Games might be a rare opportunity while I am here, but.

Arab Games in itself is becoming unreachable for me. My kids love to see gymnastic but we can’t simply afford to do this.

To add to the list is Doha International Book Fair. Skipped.

And now with my mind already gone to Indonesia, as we’ll have vacation backhome this weekend, Qatar National Day 2011 celebration is an easy skip. Not a single event was attended nor plan to be attended. We missed Darb Al Sai, we will miss National Parade, we will miss Fire Works.

Winter has brought bad things. Seems all good events dumped into very narrow time slot that you’ll need to carefully schedule or miss entirely, like myself.

The only guilty feeling reliever of December is that I can attend a gathering in Dukhan Beach for alumni association of ITB (Bandung Institute Of Technology), this Friday afternoon.

However, the real reliever comes about a day from now when Qatar Airways flight to Jakarta touch down Soekarno-Hatta Airport. Welcome to Indonesia. *Yipee*

Happy National Day, Qatar!

Happy New Year 2012 to all of you! See you in 2012….you’ll see me quite off until then


Once Upon a Time: “Indonesian Transformers”

Just want to share an awesome animation video by Lakon Animasi. Titled “Pada Suatu Ketika” (means Once Upon a Time), the video features Transformer ala Indonesia. This is when Bajaj (rickshaw) and motorcycle transform into Transformers. Happy watching! Can’t wait the second edition.


Prague – Czech Republic

Vltava River with Prague Castle and Government Office as backgrounds
Some  memories from recent visit to Prague, Czech Republic, 19-21 Nov 2011. Enjoy!
Ask pancakes for breakfast at Miss Sophie Hotel - hotel with a soul!
Dancing Building
At Wenceslas Square with National Museum as a background.
View to Prague Castle and Vltava River from Petrin Tower
Five of many bridges crossing Vltava River
View to Strahov Monastery from Petrin Tower. Also seen here The Hunger Wall
Petrin Tower
Wahyu, the traveller, admiring Prague Castle
At Petrin Hill
Strahov Monastery complex
A road leading to Strahov Monastery
Prague Castle
St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle
At Prague Castle
Guards of the Prague Castle (during guard change)
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge in the morning
Charles Bridge from Old Town Bridge Tower
Florentina Boat Hotel (Botel) where I stayed for the second night
Room with a view. Woke up in the morning by ducks
Old Town Square with Astronomical Clock
It's 11.17am. Can you figure out how astronomical clock work?
Hard Rock Cafe Prague
Old Town Square
Entrance to Old Jewish Cemetery in Old Jewish Quarter
Kafka statue and Spanish Synagogue
Powder Gate and Municipal House
Havelska Market - vegetables and fruits mix with souvenirs
Horse, David Cerny's sculpture at Lucerna Passage
Narodni Museum
Parizska Street in Old Town - high end shopping street
Kampa Square
At Lennon Wall - Kampa Island
Devil Stream at Kampa Island
At Kampa Museum

Poster boards in Mala Strana
Kafka Museum and Piss Sculpture
Wallenstein Palace
Church of SS Peter and Paul at Vyserhad
View from Vyserhad
At Vyserhad
Tram crossing over Vltava River
Wenceslas Square
Fantova Kavarna at Prague Main Train Station