Christmas days in Hong Kong are jam-packed with productive meetings, delicious luncheons and copious dinners on North-side of Hong Kong Island in and around Central and Causeway Bay. Obviously this city never sleeps or even takes a holiday. The food itself ranges from dim-sum in the morning, Sichuan spicy dishes, Korean fondue and of course Cantonese stir-fried. Luckily a little time remained to enjoy some great scenery of this vibrant Asian metropolis.
Saturday 9th July 2011
Southbound to the Côte d'Azur
My very first in a personal series of "Brabant minus 1 day micro-treks" documenting short walks in the surrounding region of the low lands. Unfortunately I am living far away from Ontario's magnificent Algonquin or Alaska's wild open Danali Natural Park - where it would be tricky to pursue a career in IT anyway - but tiny green patches persist in Belgium's urban sprawl.
My recent career-shift to TOBIUS as Enterprise Architect for the PERFORM Team (Project & Portfolio Management) meant that I had to tune down my holiday ambitions, but still we had a really great time at our coastal studio in September 2010. Almost full-time at Sea with a regatta of the WSKLUM - during which we ruined an entire spinnaker sail - and skippering practice with the Flemish Sea Sailing School.
The WPC 2010 (World Partner Conference) held July 11-15 in Washington, was the first global opportunity, offered by TOBIUS N.V. as my new employer, to actively network again within the Microsoft Community and its Partners, after 3 years hard work in the background on alternative markets (Telco) & technologies (Sun/Java).
On some occasions throughout the digitalized life of an Information Technology Consultant, you've got to drag yourself away from behind your computer screen, and scout beyond new horizons. When you're deep into Microsoft, the WPC (a.k.a. World Partner Conference) is one of those events on everyone's radar, as the Microsoft corporation announces new product launches at the beginning of their new fiscal year.
On Thursday 13th May 2010 at 5 o'clock in the morning, the Nictea - a Wauquiez Pretorien of 36 foot (10.80 metres) registered with the S.R.N.A. ("Koninklijke Antwerpse Watersportvereniging" or "Royal Antwerp Watersport Guild") - left the port of Nieuwpoort for Ramsgate in the UK (Kent) across the North sea Channel, with Michael Van Schoor as skipper/owner, and me as 1 out a crew of 3.
Doing a fair amount of ice & inline skating - respectively during Winter and Summer - but so far I've only gone rogue over frozen water in Harbin (Songhua river), the Summer Palace in Beijing (Kunming lake see last photo below from 1992) and as a teenager at Boekenbergpark in Antwerp (bit less exotic location).