apart from the 'duty' and side shopping after working hours,
I don't feel much like a traveler or even a tourist,
for the fact that the objective is the work (and nearby shopping).
The places I went mostly are not the tourist spots
therefore no such thing as sight-seeing (unless we have a rented car or weekend to go a bit far). But again, most of the time, we prefer to get things done and return home as quickly as we could.
That means we would avoid weekends at all cost (unless the place
is really worth going) and spend time home recovering from jet-lags.
Or perhaps it's not everybody, but us mostly.
But it would be sad not documenting the travels for I learnt a lot in most of them be it the places I went, people I met or people I worked with.
And so I decided to write the experience in a whole different form
and it is not totally about the travels because again,
I am not a traveler/tourist.
My recent travel was to Detroit, Michigan for a technical meeting
with a jet engine manufacturer, Williams International.
Detroit is an industrial automotive district having the Ford, Chrysler
and a lot other. And we had never heard of Williams engines before.
Our outbound ride was on ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Being in the industry, there are a lot of things that impressed me on daily basis. I was trying to pull down the window shade when I realized the windows don't come with a pull-down shade but a button to darken/lighten the window visibility and boy, I was impressed! And ANA has bidet for the toilet bowl (even MAS doesn't), how cool is that.
Hilton Garden Inn, Novi, Detroit.
'twas nearby a shopping area that is 30 minutes walking distance (because we didn't have our own transportation)
and I think it's a love-hate situation for I love US big stores
and compound, but only if you have car to move around. I spent
bunch of hours walking that few days more than I did in months.
And despite our currency plunge, things are still cheaper there.
Back to business.
It turns out that Williams is a leading engine manufacturer for most private jets beating the major ones like GE, Pratt & Whitney etc.
And oohhh it feels like home going through their facility because it is similar to Honeywell site (not ours, but the parent company in Singapore) in much detailed scale and that is partly the reason why
I was tasked for the job with my superior.
These are my takes during the travel.
Williams Wisdoms :
1. Dr Williams was a mechanical engineer for the Chrysler Corporation before starting his own company to develop and build small gas turbine engines.
2. He believed the large turbine engine on passenger aircraft can be scaled down to reduce the size, power-rating and cost where it will create the demand from smaller aircraft manufacturers which were on piston engine technology.
3. He believed it is easier to design and develop something small and have them scaled up. Rather than having technologies for large equipments and scaling it down.
4. Large engine manufacturers still struggle scaling down their engines and Williams has successfully scaling up theirs.
5. He believed they should do everything in-house and minimize outsourcing for they can manipulate the design to the smallest of parts for cost-design effective and efficiency, therefore maintain the product exclusivity.
6. Williams philosophy is to have the design engineers working in production area for a great design may be impossible to be produced. Limitation in technologies and materials are keys for innovation.
7. People in Williams has a long retention of average 39 years of experience for the top management. It is an indication of people staying for a good working environment.
Start small, scale up, develop inhouse capabilities to futher manipulate the idea, designers work together with the executors and
stay together for us to know it inside out and be distinctive.
the animosity I’m feeling towards our current environmental condition (and
political and economical and … the list goes on)
with regards to the ones
accountable and the ones effected,
I was finding ways to let things go as
(to be grateful with what is and to be more appreciative when
better – which I totally believe in). Having said that,
I’d like to emphasis that feelings and actions are fully autonomous.
this is how winter looks like. I sometimes intentionally
turn on my car air-condition
to the max and pretend it is so
(though I despise low temperature).
I know it
is a topic very sensitive to some
especially those with health conditions, but anyways…
to sincerely thank Indonesia.
No, not for
this haze. You as a country - should not be hold accountable for the action of
few unscrupulous people or corporations. You as a country - should not be blame
for the misconduct of your citizen.
I know how
it feels because we hate it just as much when the global community blame our
nation for some foolish individuals.
your second man.
I'd like to thank Indonesia for reminding us how we love
our hot scorching sun and heavy downpour and clean air.
I'd like to thank you for reminding us how luxurious
we have been living in this piece of land full of bliss.
Screw all the deceptions of our living condition.
We had it all and we surely will have it all again.
And I'd like to thank you for this lovely vid and wonderful hearty song.
I've fallen in love.
Float - Songs of Seasons
We belong, we belong, we belong here
where the vibes from our old songs returning
With the force of a longing heart we’re here again
Timeless seasons calling
Rain of reasons falling
We belong, we belong, we belong to you
And the memories yet to come soon
will lead us back to you again
Songs of seasons calling Good job Tourism Indonesia. p/s: Noticed a sweet shortest love story unfolds in merely one minute? Watch again.
So, the last book I've read recently was Catatan Mat Lutfi.
Itu pon masa I was on home-quarantine for conjunctivitis
I don't know whether it can be considered as reading a book because
it feels like reading his blog anyway. Some articles are actually excerpt
from his blog but some seemed to be taken direct from his own diary.
After all, of late, it's been how most freelance authors produce books.
Bottom-line, it is interesting. Something I'd definitely suggest to others. I've always love his work, by the way. There are parts that move you
to tears and there are parts that burst you out ROTFL.
But this one part just got stuck in my brain.
*bisur'ah - gesaan "Cepat! Cepat!"
Considering the hadith making comparison of Sirat-al-Mustaqim
to 'lebih halus daripada rambut dan lebih tajam daripada mata pedang' (Hadith Riwayat Muslim),
I'd assumed it will definitely not visible to our naked eyes.
I really hope and prayed that when the time comes,
I'd remember to read Al-Fatihah.
I should have always read it consciously especially in my solat
(you know how we always get on auto-pilot mode).
 Dengan nama Allah, Yang Maha Pemurah,
lagi Maha Mengasihani.
 Segala puji & syukur bagi Allah, Tuhan yang memelihara & mentadbirkan sekalian alam.
 Yang Maha Pemurah, lagi Maha Mengasihani.
 Yang Menguasai pemerintahan hari Pembalasan (hari Akhirat).
 Engkaulah sahaja (Ya Allah) Yang Kami berserah, dan kepada Engkaulah sahaja
kami memohon pertolongan.
 Tunjukilah kami Sirat-al-Mustaqim.
 Iaitu jalan orang-orang yang Engkau telah kurniakan nikmat kepada mereka,
bukan (jalan) orang-orang yang dimurkai, dan bukan pula (jalan)
orang-orang yang sesat.