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Here’s two from visiting the Angkor Wat temples at sunrise, while I’m sorting out the rest of the photos and trying to distill down my thoughts and reflections from the trip.

The Cambodian Itinerary

July 10 - 21 

Hong Kong to Guangzhou. 
Guangzhou to Siem Reap.
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville.
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong, and back again.
Sihanoukville to Siem Reap.
Siem Reap to Guangzhou.
Guangzhou to Hong Kong.

…. and it was all so incredible! 

LIFE UPDATE

Let me take a moment to reflect as it has already been six months into 2014. Where did the time go? Things have been happening so fast and so quickly. June was a big month. We had been working on a lot of things at work that were leading up to big deadlines in June. Here is a recap of the last month in particular:

Kicking off the month with the 3-day offsite with Ralph Lauren’s APAC Merchandising team was incredible. I’ve learnt that I love getting familiar with the behind-the-scenes part of organising a big event as it really gives you a sense of how much work and dedication is required to pull it all off. Beyond being creative and producing something that’s visually stunning, there was so much thought given to creating an experience that leaves a mark with all the attendants and encourages as well empowers them to improve in some way. From all the conversations and comments on the final evening event, I felt that this was definitely achieved. All in all, a massive thanks to the e3 team as always for being the brilliant people they are. I learn so much from them. And a big thanks for Ralph Lauren for letting us into their world.

Playing a part in Cathay Pacific Engineering’s latest 20/20 vision work was a huge learning experience. The essence of the work was about clearly communicating a very big and complex change around how the department is structured overall. I am so inspired by everything the 20/20 vision has achieved so far in leading the right kind of change and therefore it was fantastic to be a part of something that I know is going to go a long way and will really shake up the department (in a good way!). Again, this wouldn’t have been possible without the guidance of the my team and I am so thankful that they trusted me to run with this! We also cannot mention CX Engineering without giving a shout out to Tony for being so awesome to work with.

The latter part of June slowed down ever so slightly. We’re back to the drawing board and working away on things that have deadlines coming up later in July.

It’s been one whole year since I’ve graduated and this is the first summer without a 3-month holiday pre-determined in advance. However, I am going to Cambodia in precisely four days and am so excited to see the temples of Angkor Wat and enjoy the serenity of Sihanoukville.

I was really intrigued by the idea of a transport issue. What does that even mean? I don’t know if I’ve ever really stopped to think about transport - the actual thing that gets me from one place to another, although I think about the feeling of being in transit a lot. There is something still so magical and indescribable about being on a flight and realising that you’re flying above lands you may have never set foot in before. And that down below are people, families, friends and simply just other human beings going about their lives - most likely in a very different way to my own life. I find that so fascinating and humbling. 
In the last month, I’ve dipping in and out of Monocle’s transport issue, and unintentionally, I’ve mostly read it when I’m on my way somewhere. It’s been a great read and I loved learning about the little details and the grand projects that make our world move. Being the sort of person that gets lost in existential stuff as noted above, I would say that beyond mobility, transport also indirectly contributes to some of our deepest reflections for there is nothing that compares to the thoughts one has on the train, plane or even while riding a bike. It’s eye-opening therefore to realise that setting aside budgets for infrastructure improvements, picking the materials for the seats, and even determining which book shops and coffee stands get a place in our transport hubs all contribute to the overall passenger experience.

I was really intrigued by the idea of a transport issue. What does that even mean? I don’t know if I’ve ever really stopped to think about transport - the actual thing that gets me from one place to another, although I think about the feeling of being in transit a lot. There is something still so magical and indescribable about being on a flight and realising that you’re flying above lands you may have never set foot in before. And that down below are people, families, friends and simply just other human beings going about their lives - most likely in a very different way to my own life. I find that so fascinating and humbling. 

In the last month, I’ve dipping in and out of Monocle’s transport issue, and unintentionally, I’ve mostly read it when I’m on my way somewhere. It’s been a great read and I loved learning about the little details and the grand projects that make our world move. Being the sort of person that gets lost in existential stuff as noted above, I would say that beyond mobility, transport also indirectly contributes to some of our deepest reflections for there is nothing that compares to the thoughts one has on the train, plane or even while riding a bike. It’s eye-opening therefore to realise that setting aside budgets for infrastructure improvements, picking the materials for the seats, and even determining which book shops and coffee stands get a place in our transport hubs all contribute to the overall passenger experience.

For all those that search #sleep playlists, here you go. It may be a while till we discover another song that’s nicer than this one to fall asleep to.

I love taking the tram. There used to be a time when taking the tram during rush hour meant getting stuck in the traffic, but not anymore. Inter-city commute has never been easier, or so scenic for that matter!

love taking the tram. There used to be a time when taking the tram during rush hour meant getting stuck in the traffic, but not anymore. Inter-city commute has never been easier, or so scenic for that matter!

Spotted: IFC and ICC at the same time. Not an everyday sight to be sure. 

Spotted: IFC and ICC at the same time. Not an everyday sight to be sure. 

So very good.

This is only the beginning of what I imagine to be a month full of visits to Cathay City. 

This is only the beginning of what I imagine to be a month full of visits to Cathay City. 

Coffee - Sylvan Esso

Swoooooooooon. 

Forever fascinated with details and elements that make a city what it is. 

Forever fascinated with details and elements that make a city what it is. 

I never really had much of an opinion for street art until I went to Berlin and fell in love (I know, so typical). This was done as part of the HKWalls series if I am not mistaken, and I love it. 

I never really had much of an opinion for street art until I went to Berlin and fell in love (I know, so typical). This was done as part of the HKWalls series if I am not mistaken, and I love it. 

Rainbow in my hood today. Double if you look closely.
I caught myself reacting like all the little children who live in our apartment block, “WOOOOW THAT’S AMAZING!!!!” Seriously though, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rainbow so clearly and up close. It was so, so pretty.

Rainbow in my hood today. Double if you look closely.

I caught myself reacting like all the little children who live in our apartment block, “WOOOOW THAT’S AMAZING!!!!” Seriously though, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rainbow so clearly and up close. It was so, so pretty.

After writing about not spending enough time in TST, I’ve been there almost every week for workshops with Ralph Lauren. We had the last of those workshops this week, and on the ferry back to the island, I engaged in a seriously touristy activity, namely taking photos - that too, Panoramas - of this view. It was difficult to resist the sun peeking through after having rain storms for the past month. 
*It looks better in full view!

After writing about not spending enough time in TST, I’ve been there almost every week for workshops with Ralph Lauren. We had the last of those workshops this week, and on the ferry back to the island, I engaged in a seriously touristy activity, namely taking photos - that too, Panoramas - of this view. It was difficult to resist the sun peeking through after having rain storms for the past month. 

*It looks better in full view!