A cyber friend, Kiky lent me this book. Well...actually we exchanged our favorite stuffs, I lent her Muallaf DVD and got this book in return. it turned out that this book is so engaging. Once I read it, I just couldn't put it down.
Imagine, a family of 3 children (8,7, and 2 yrs old) made a very big decision. They left their usual life behind and planned to travel around the globe within unlimited time, what do you think, is it a brilliant idea or the stupidest that you've ever heard?
This experience exactly what happened to David Elliot Cohen. After celebrating his 40th birthday, he suddenly felt uncomfortable with his life. He thought he needed to purify his life by leaving it all behind (selling his house, his cars and most of his possession, closing his business and pulling their children out of school) and began the journey with the whole family with just a suitcase, a backpack and a passport each.
In my opinion, it is a very brave decision. I can't imagine having a long traveling with 3 small kiddos. So many things to consider. But The Cohen family did it. They made it within 13 months and 16 countries. Started from California and ended in Luang Prabang, Laos.
Reading their heartfelt experience is really enjoyable. A lot of exciting yet touching moments there. David told their stories in e-mails form to their family and best friends in his humorous and simple way. It made me laughed a lot and too curious to know the ending. From their experiences, I just learn that traveling with kiddos is different, tourist spots that in our point of view is a must-see-item, not for them, for kids, it's just ordinary thing. Just like Cohen kiddos, after spending some time in France and exploring all the museums and churches there, they obviously didn't want to visit any other churches in Rome. According to them museums and churches are similar, where ever they are. For them, the best place to visit was Africa, where they could observe wild animals almost everywhere and enjoyed the Safari tour. Ah...kiddos, they're cute with their own simple thoughts.
A very recommended book. Thank you Kiky for your great book :)
True, life is hard, especially after a transition from a lifelong scientist to a rookie taxi driver. But life is like this highway: sometimes smooth, sometimes rough; sometimes you go slow, sometimes you go fast; sometimes it frustrates you, sometimes it pleases you. As long as you know where you are going and never quit halfway, you will get there sooner or later.
This diary is special since it's written down by the most educated cabdriver in Singapore, Cai Mingjie, PhD, he is a scientist, university professor, having published numerous papers and a Stanford PhD.
Due to global financial crisis, on May 2008, his job at a leading institute in Singapore was terminated. He felt shocked at first but life had to go on. He sent application letters to various organizations, including universities, government agencies and private companies and heard nothing from them.
Finally on November 2008, he decided to become a taxi driver, the Singaporean job of last resort. By the end of February 2009, he received his taxi driver's license and began his new career. This book originated from his blog he created to record the stories he experienced during his 6 months contract period with a taxi operating company as a hirer. Since his blog is getting more and more popular, he finally received several job opportunities from his blog readers. That's end of his career as a taxi driver.
But, he said that his taxi driving experience has certainly change his perspectives on life. He learned many things on the road as a taxi driver that he never learned before as a scientist. Couldn't agree more. Learning can be done from anyone, anywhere.
The movie's directed and written by Guilermo Arriaga. He is the screenwriter of Amores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003) and Babel (2006). I love most of his works.
Typical of Arriaga's work, this movie is told in a non-linear narrative, where events are revealed out of sequence. Jump from the past to the present and vice versa and its effect to several people separated by time and space. There are 5 characters in the movie, Mariana, a 16-yr-old-girl trying to put together the shattered life of her parents, Sylvia, a woman in Portland who is still haunted by her horrible past experience, Gina & Nick, a couple who must deal with an intense affair, and Maria, a young girl who helps her parents find redemption, forgiveness and love.
A truly breathtaking movie.
I remember the first time we met
You said, "It's 2 days after my birthday, you suppose to be my birthday present"
I was flatterred at the moment
2 weeks later, you proposed me
7 months later, we declared our vows to share life in good and bad time
3 years later, our love blessing,
Najlanandari Anugrah Cinta was born
5 years later, our Renggali Flower,
Nayzea Renggali Mewangi came to complete our package of happiness
It has been 8 years now
I just want to say thank you for being here
You make me feel loved, secured, peaceful and happy
No one can make me feel the way I feel about you
Love you more and more each day
(celebrated on April 5, 2010)
Welcoming April with a big smile, great happiness and blessed feeling. So many things have happened. Some big decisions have been made. Now, I am ready to face a totally new life.
Yes, after 14 years experiencing the status as a career woman and in the past 9 years spent my time in a Japanese company, finally I made up my mind to leave it all behind and started a new career at home. Of course, this is not a kind-of-one-night-made-decision. This decision was made after passing a lot of deep thoughts, discussions again and again with my hubby, and the most important things were asking my self, what's exactly my goals in life and was this career my real dream?
At the end of the long thinking process, I came out with the facts that I didn't enjoy my job anymore, I felt trapped with this strict working hours and all the meetings, reporting, deadline, etc. I just couldn't stand it anymore. I want to do things that I like. Spend quality time with my family. To reach those goals means I have to resign from my current job and then I can be a stay-at-home-mom aka a full-time-mom. What a beautiful dream.
I remember a line that said, "If you want to start a totally new thing in life, do it before you get 40, get out of what you do now, otherwise you will drown with it and feel sorry for the rest of your life."
I am 37 now (tssahhh, I'm old), therefore I decide to do it now. Okay, my original plan's been set at last.
Out of the blue, an old friend who owns a small law firm asked me to assist him in completing a project. While finishing the assigned job, he furthermore offered me to join his firm with flexible working hours. Unbelievable. Now, I do things that I enjoy, manage my time on my own and last but not least, I get paid for that. What more could I ask? It's true, good things come to those who wait. I am really grateful with all these sudden occasions. I feel as the luckiest person in the whole world. Thank you, Lord.
PS: I am ready for my special me-time. I'll have first vacation without my hubby and little girls. Just a short trip, but I feel soooooo excited. First experience is always a magical moment.