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Great Inspiration for Me and Rani

After thinking hard enough, ocean cruise sailing is the kind of lifestyle Rani and I will adopt over a course of 5 years. Out of a hectic life exists a simple and joyful life propelled by the natural force of wind. And this video is just one of many inspiring stories we have discovered.

By watching this video: "Sailing on a 42' catamaran through the Bay of Islands of New Zealand", we hope you will understand what we mean by it.

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From Vladivostok with Sail

We are enjoying long weekend here in Singapore with 4 days off until Tuesday.

While Rani took her regular French lesson I brought Noe to visit Carpe Diem Kidz on Alexandra. We will enroll Noe there in March after Rani's business trip to Aceh starting next week.

Later we went to a simple wedding celebration of Harris and Neng in Lakeside. Good food and good company, that's almost always guaranteed when you are with IndoSingMum folks.

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Sailing Lesson Day 3: I am a Sailor now

Finally, I can call myself a Competent Crew for Keelboat! From now, I can legally offer my skills and expertise to any sailboat owner who needs a crew.

Technically, this means I've learned the basics of boat handling. I can be a useful member of a yacht crew rather than just another body for the skipper to worry about.

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I Cannot Stop Reading Sailing Books

Thanks to Singapore National Library! I have been bombarding myself with a wealth of sailing knowledge that I could hardly absorb in such a short time (but persistently and curiously asking for more!). It is such a blessing to be able to access great books at no cost if you are a Singapore Resident.

Here is a list of books that I have been reading for the past 2 weeks:

  • This is Sailing : a complete course / edited by Jim Saltonstall
  • This book begins with advanced techniques for racing types. Not very useful for my limited skills but the pictures really make you understand how cool it is to gybe and tack in harmony!

  • Living afloat by Clare Allcard
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Sailing Lesson Day 1 and 2

I got bitten by sailing bug!

Last Saturday and Sunday I took my first sailing class at Republic of Singapore Yacht Club instructed by Derek Mazzone, a UK citizen who has been living here for the past 25 years. He has sailed to Malaysia and Thailand and even as far as Jakarta on his 37-foot Blue Eagle, currently berthed at Changi Sailing Club. He had interesting stories to tell from his sailing trip and one of the most notable ones is when he had a Close Call with the Tsunami.

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Sailing on My Mind

Boy oh boy, I cannot get my mind off sailing especially after reading about the Hacking family, whose 45 catamaran cruiser sailboat have taken them on a series of adventure.

To tell you the truth, since last week I have read 4 books related to sailing, from "hitchhike in the oceans" to "sailing on a budget".

Luckily, my friend Akhmad Faqih and I have secured two seats in the Keelboat Competent Crew course starting this weekend.

They say that once you have caught the sailing bug, you may never be able to cure it.

We'll see :)

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Friends on Land, Friends on Water

Yesterday was a busy Sunday for our family.

At 8:45am Noe took his regular lesson at Marsden Swim School. Unlike him, he was not too happy in the water yesterday. Maybe because he did not have enough breakfast and there was no sunshine to cheer him up?

Later at 11:00am we had brunch at Breko in Holland Village with Clemens and Olin. Immediately after brunch, we went to Jurong East MRT to catch a 1:10pm shuttle bus to Tuas for something interesting. Now what did we have to go all the way to Tuas for?

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14 December: Los Angeles to Mexico City

Our Impression of Mexico Megacity

When descending to Mexico City, a land at 2500m above sea level, we saw the city light from above, which was very very very beautiful. Too bad we didn’t have camera ready. We won’t be seeing this beautiful sight again. Such glitters are unique to this city of 23 million!

We arrived at dawn in Mexico City. The immigration officer talked really fast, somehow I felt that the effort I made in learning Spanish has been futile.

When we took our luggage we found out that Noe’s pack of diapers was torn up. But amazingly the officer returned the scattered diapers into the conveyor belt.

After clearing out the Douana we met Carlos Peralta! He is such a crazy gringo loco who is very skinny and eccentric. He told us a lot of story about when he was in Indonesia and traveling around the world learning arts, including glass blowing art. Carlos stayed with Indi’s family in Jakarta from 1992 to 1993 and has kept his Indonesian lingo polished since then.

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13 December: Singapore to Manila to Los Angeles

Ready

Everything was set by 10 am and we called taxi to go to the airport. Noe was really excited about going and he kept saying "wee wee wee", which means, airplane (and cars, and boats).

In Changi

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Borat Sagdiyev - Борат Сагдиев

My brother Yodhi introduced me to Borat. I wished I had known him earlier as he embodies the aura of most decent men on earth. Borat Sagdiyev (Cyrillic: Борат Сагдиев) ("born" July 30, 1979) is a Kazakh journalist that you should pay attention to.

To start with, you may view this video at your own will. Try to refrain from laughing, especially if you are watching this in a mosque, synagogue, public library, goat farm or mental institution:

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