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Archive for the month “March, 2011”

Ready, set and almost ready to go

Just two more sleeps to go before I set off on another trip. Over the last week, I have been running errands to make sure my check list is being met. My itinerary is finalized and this mini adventure will last just under 3 weeks. What are the final three destinations you might ask. The are Israel, Jordan and Switzerland. If you’re wondering how did Switzerland get into the mix, there are no direct flights to Israel from Singapore. Hence, I have to transit in Zurich to reach Tel Aviv.

Israel is a destination very few Asians will choose to have a vacation. Unless the primary reason is religious. The immediate reaction when I do mention Israel is ” Is it safe to go there?” or “Why Israel?”. The answer is “Yes, Israel is very safe place to visit” and “Why not Israel? It is has so much to offer and beautiful mediterranean coast lines”. Many always associate Israel as the ongoing war with Palestine as reported on the news. I don’t blame everyone for seeing Israel just for that. If one dares to step outside of the image and research what the country has to offer, you might just like it. And very few media will show the beauty of this place.

So, I am very eager to explore the place and excited to catch up with friends and ex-colleagues while I am there.

It would be a wasted opportunity if I don’t spend a few days in Jordan since it is next door to Israel. Petra is on the list of must see. That will be covered in the short visit.

I should stop here and save the details for another day.

Project Comeback

It has been a while since my last post – naughty me! Well I have been keeping myself busy researching for my upcoming travels. Yep, I am going travelling once again. There are so many places I have yet to leave my footprint. I even thought of blindfolding myself and throw a dart at a world map and see where I hit. I didn’t want to go back to Europe since I spent 4 months there. Gave some thought to Asian countries like Japan. It would be timely as a friend recently moved to Tokyo for work. Middle East was also considered. I was eyeing on going back to Israel and visit neigbouring countries such as Jordan and Egypt. But with the political unrest that was stretching for several weeks, I quickly strike Egypt off the list. I have visited Israel twice back in 2008 and 2009 for work. As with business trips, I only managed to see a small part of the country and haven’t completely soaked the flavour of the place. Morocco is another country on my bucket list that I would love to visit. So I included in the list to see if I can squeeze in some time there.

Ok, after much thought and research, the countries who is lucky enough to have my presence are Israel, Jordan and Switzerland. Switzerland is my transit hub to reach Tel Aviv. I am excited because I want to do and see places in the Israel. And I will also have the opportunity to catch up with ex colleagues cum friends. Since I am in Israel, it would be shame not to pop over to Jordan. I will be spending a very short time to see the 2 key highlights – Petra and Wadi Rum. While Zurich is my transit hub, I may just spend a few days in Lucerne to wind down before I fly back home. It’s only one week to go before I embark on my trip.

The travel plans is part of what I call “Project Comeback”. This trip is to reward myself for completing chemotherapy session and a good opportunity to do some travel before I start work. It was one month ago that I had my chemo and I had to wait before I could find out if treatment worked. On Tuesday, 8 March I had to do another round of blood test and PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scan. I couldn’t sleep very well the night before the tests plus I had to wait for another day before I knew the results. I visited my oncologist Wednesday morning. I have to share the FANTASTIC news. The scan showed that tumor is gone in my body. I am very happy. The treatment has worked. I was silently confident that it did (grin). Why would I make travel plans ahead if I didn’t..haha!

Project Comeback:

1. Plan a holiday and make sure I enjoy my reward.

See the world

2. Look for work upon return from the holiday. Unless someone has a magical formula to turn my bank account to a bottomless pit. Anybody has a spare magic wand I can borrow???

3. Continue to work on my inspirational list.

4. Formally create a bucket list. We all have some form of bucket list floating in our heads but how many crossing off the list?

Bucket list

5. Get my health back into shape: Chemotherapy kills all the good and bad cells in the body. Even though I am physically ok, I am working on getting my internal back on track especially on my immune system. My doctors’ has advised that it will take several months for my immunity to return to “normal” – mind you I don’t think I can be “normal” like an average healthy person. I am still trying to understand what my body can cope with. I have incorporated some light exercises such as swimming, brisk walking and pilates.

I am delighted to report that Project Comeback is underway and shall be a work in progress.

Signing out for tonight.

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