Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A blessed 2016

First half of the year was pretty slow in terms of works. Plenty of days off.

Did a hitch onboard NB2 drillship working for SHELL. Finished job and rigged down equipment.

Did a solo trip to Vietnam traveling from South to North. Simply amazing trip.

Spent some time working down in Labuan. Went KK - Kundasang in conjunction with Keamatan festival with a Rayner, my technician and is a Dusun.

Went Singapore a week for job training. Had a superstar Katong Laksa. A pleasant discovery.

Brexit took place. Market crashed momentarily.

Sent off sister to UK for furthering her studies in Edinburgh.

First time working down in Brunei. Was surprised at the sight of rigs and production donkeys in the middle of town. At the workshop, someone stopped me from continuing to work at mid-day on Friday. Worked on an average of 15hrs a day everyday onboard SKD Pelaut Tender rig. Pretty worn out. Surprisingly I had quite some porky meals there, thanks to the Chinese and the Philippine restaurants. Lol....

Trump won the US presidential election. Huge uncertainty thus arise on geo-politic, economy, trade deal, climate policy and etc.

Mila has repatriated back to town. In an unexplained odds, our path has crossed again. Wish her the very best of her future endeavors.

Went back onboard NB 2 drillship. It's drilling in such remote location, that we rode the crew boat for more than 15 hours. It's a pain in the ass! While being onboard, I was notified that my dad was in hospital. Requested for emergency leave. When I arrived in hospital to visit my dad, his vital signs had been stabilized. However, his recovery was excruciatingly slow, perhaps due to old age. Anyway, Count it a huge blessing that it's no chronic illness nor any complicated medical complications. Fortunately enough that he received the medical attention timely. It could easily be a life threatening case.

Dad's condition has improved enough and he was discharged from hospital. A planned family trip to Seoul and Jeju island went scrapped.

Market was still flooding with crude inventory. Finally, OPEC and Non OPEC have come together with deal whereby each will cut production in an attempt to push up oil price which I hope will go as far as 65 USD / bbl and sustain thereafter. We are so deprived of the well-deserved benefits and opportunities to make changes as we wish for. Anyway, we should expect significant recovery of oil price.

More investments down the pipeline and moving. Could only have faith they will work out alright in time to come. Hope things come to fruition and life will be great.

In a hindsight, it is a blessed year.