Today when I woke up, I realised that I was at home and not outside in the forest. That is not unusual.

In my dream, I had a nice nap on a hammock at a beautiful tropical beach, and it had to be a “super white beach,” not some average beaches I can easily find in peninsula Malaysia! Coconut trees surrounded the pondok (hut) where I stayed, and beyond the secluded beach zone, there was a vast tropical forest with beautiful humming voices of birds and insects.

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About two weeks ago, I presented a paper to “a curious group of students” who wanted to know about the oil and gas industry. The presentation was made online, live via google hangout and a youtube channel. I think that the event went well, and so was my performance!

This unforgettable incident had happened to me 15 years ago but I never thought it could change my life forever.

Let me go back down the memory lane and recall what really happened back in early May 2002. Just like any other freshly hired employees, I had to participate in the compulsory orientation program at the training center. It is normal for big companies to conduct a similar program for their new employees.