Making friends

One of the skills you need to master to survive in a hospital ward is about “Making friends” (the others are “Swallowing junk food”, and “Be extremely positive” etc.).

For example, be a friend to the doctors, nurses and ward assistants will make your life a bit easier – i.e. they will spend more time to take care of you and you have someone to chit chat when they are not that busy.

And of course you need to make friends with other patients, those just sleep next to you. The only trouble for me is I have to make new friends every few days, since othe patients will be transferred or discharged – while I am still staying …

So what’s the usual ice-breaker ? “Why are you here ?”, “How long you will stay ?” and “You look terrific !” are the usual ones.

I have repeated the same three questions a dozen times in the past 7 weeks !! How boring ?!

We Are Sailing, Home Again Cross the Sea

We gather only once every one or two years, but really have not much to say every time. I reckon it’s like what George Ebers quoted …

Friendship is genuine when two friends can enjoy each others company without speaking a word to one another.

Indeed, instead of speaking, I played a few CDs that evening … “When I Dream”, “What a Wonderful World”, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”, and of course “Sailing”.

Ontario – Niagara Fall

Clearly it is one of the most visted places in Canada (the view is good only from the Canada side …) and the first thing come to the visitors’ mind after seeing the fall should be “how insignificant am I ?”

My last visit there was with an one very good old friend. He is simply one of the few brightest guys I ever met … but since he decided to work in Canada, we have one less great CTO in town.

Niagara Fall

Close-to-Perfect Ending …

Hundreds of nights and weekends’ hard-work … it all ended today … in a close-to-perfect way. That will be even better if …

… all my friends could join me in the ceremony. Two and a half years of study is a long long time for us with a full-time job, especially one works in IT industry, and needs to support multiple 24×7 systems. Anyhow, we DID it.

Hats off

Lesson Learnt: Go for it !!