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Thursday, 25 May 2017

BEING AWAY FROM HOME

The last time I went  overseas was five years ago and the recent one was a week ago when I travelled to foreign lands without my wife.Immediately, I realised that I was being pampered and taken care by my dearest and beloved wife, which I had taken for granted for the last four decades!.Thank you Allah  and to my wife. Allah knows best!

Everything changes when I landed in Amsterdam- the weather, the people and the currency that gave their first impacts.And I love them except when it comes to currency exchange.My two thousand ringgits pocket money have shrunk to 400 euros!



This trip is not an oversea holiday per se.It is a very special trip for me.It also may be the last time for me to do a cycling tour of Netherlands. About 50% of my time was about cycling.In five years time(if I am still around), I would be too old to push and cycle my bike across Europe.Thank You The  Most Merciful Lord Allahu Akhbar for giving me the time, the health and the energy to cycle 4 days in Holland with one day visit to my favourite garden- Keukenhof.After a week in Holland, I took my usual detour to Londre, Old blighty.



In the old days- about a decade ago, being away from home means almost being disconnected from our homes and family and friends.But nowadays, we can be almost anywhere in the world and yet stay connected through social media like facebook,Whatsapp and skype.


One of the management and business lessons of being away is we must adopt and adapt to a new environment.We need to change to fit into the new landscape and ecosystem.We have to operate within the system in order to survive.If we keep our eyes, ears and minds open, we can learn a lot during our travel especially about ourselves.