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

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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