The grass is rarely greener, but it's always different

Sabbatical five months update

Wow time flies! Three months since the last review of my time spent during sabbatical have gone by. I thought it would be useful to take a whole afternoon to reflect on the steps I've taken and also think about the direction I want to take.

Things I've done & learnt so far

  • I got my A2 motorbike permit :D
  • I learnt to make a couple new recipes with toasts.
  • I finally threw in the beach a couple Chinese lanterns with a friend in our hometown holiday, we used to forget every year!
  • I completed the PADI Open Water Diver Course, it is the first begginer's certification in scuba diving. There are some others worldwide recognized as SSI. It was also the first time I did scuba diving and I loved it.
  • I tried Surf for the first time but it was not the most pleasant experience. I have been snowboarding for years and thought I could transfer some knowledge but they turn to be two quite different worlds.
  • I have done Yoga for the first time. I really enjoyed it!
  • I learnt how to say "Rock, Paper, Scissors" in Chinese and I am quite proud of it.
  • I learnt how Singapore went for a fisherman's village to the technological & economical hub it is today.
  • I learnt about the arrival of Islam to Malaysia.
  • I learnt about the history of Bali and it's colonization past with the Dutch.
  • I started a small programming project involving MindMaps, but don't really devote much time to it.

Things I would like to do

I think it is better to keep this to myself, there are so many things that I am afraid that if I share all them and don't do at least the majority, I come out as a failure. Better this way.


This months have given me quite a good perspective about life, myself and traveling. I've come to realize that success means different things to different people and that traveling as a means to achieve some kind of inner peace is often irrevelant, as that peace must come from whithin. I am definitely still working on that.

Have fun!

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