Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak is the most popular floating market in Thailand, great for photo opportunities, food, and for giving you an insight into a bygone way of life. An early morning start is worth it to avoid the heat and catch Damnoen Saduak at its liveliest. The market is over an hour outside Bangkok, and the easiest way to get there is to join a tour.

 

Once there stepping off the boat, you find yourself amongst the busy stalls selling a variety of products small toy elephants, tiger balm and the compulsory ‘I was here’ T-shirts. It’s not surprising to find this at the most famous floating market in Thailand and it can feel a little commercialised but you you will also find the food-sellers, who not only look more photogenic, but also have some far tastier goods. Damnoen Saduak attracts many fruit sellers rowing their boats along the narrow canals, offering plenty of tasty food to try from freshly-made mini coconut pancakes to boat noodles in their rich meaty broth.

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By Jojo Wang

Big Data

According to IBM’s website, we create 2.5 quintillion (1018) bytes of data everyday. So much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the past few years alone. This data comes from everywhere: from sensors used to gather climate information, posts to social media sites, digital pictures and videos posted online, transaction records of online purchases, and from cell phone GPS signals to name a few. This data is big data. Data have swept into every industry and business function and are now an important factor of production, alongside labor and capital.

Most common sources use Gartner’s definition (the 3Vs) to describe Big data. They are Variety, Velocity and Volume.

  • Variety – Big data extends beyond structured data, including unstructured data of all varieties: text, audio, video, click streams, log files and more.
  • Velocity – Often time-sensitive, big data must be used as it is streaming in to the enterprise in order to maximise its value to the business.
  • Volume – Big data comes in one size: large. Enterprises are awash with data, easily amassing terabytes and even petabytes of information.

Big data is more than a challenge; it is an opportunity to find insight in new and emerging types of data, to make your business more agile, and to answer questions that, in the past, were beyond reach. Currently there are a few platforms to harvest and analysis these data. These platforms are developed by Software AG, Oracle Corporation, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, EMC, HP and Dell. IBM’s product InfoSphere and Microsoft’s Windows Azure HDInsight are the popular ones in the market. They both use Hadoop based analysis and support data warehousing, which bring the topic of my next blog – Why Hadoop? What’s data ware housing?.

By Jojo Wang

Trip to Thailand

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Ladyboy

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The Grand Palace

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Another temple, really steep stairs

Phuket

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Really nice elephant driver let us drive the elephant

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Flying Hanuman – Phuket’s ultimate jungle experience

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Fish Massage

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Similan Island for snorkeling

By Jojo Wang

I’m So Poisoned

This blog is about the list of thing I would like to share around when I get a chance, or more like share my experience and ask advice from my dearest and smartest friends.

1. Create a website for my wedding photo and video.

2. Career path development. (To find a suitable job that help with personal development, slightly better, but still quite impeded at the moment X_x )

3. How to improve English (Vocabulary/Speed reading)

4. Being more socialised (organise time better, so can be more socialised)

5. Interpersonal skills.

Ok, here is my quick antidote. I can relief now. Back to my painful bug *_* now.

By Jojo Wang

My Wedding Speech

Friends and colleagues – I’d like to thank all of you for being here today. Many of you are just like us; living in another country which makes friends and colleagues the closest persons we see in our daily life. It’s very touching that you all made it today.

When I first meet Henry, I’m attracted by his warm-hearted, drive and determination. We spent a lot of time chatting in the student lounge. Time seems to fly by so fast when I spent time with him. I’m usually not very talkative, but when I meet Henry, I found myself talk a lot. I love to share my happiness and sorrow with him. But at that time, I never thought we would stand here today to share the rest of our lives together.

Slowly after 7 years of spending time together, he become the men that I cannot live without. He is always there when I needed support, accompany me through difficult time. Whenever there is a something good or bad happen, he is the first person I would like to share the news with. They say that you don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person who you cannot live without. This is certainly true with Henry, I simply couldn’t live without him and I look forward to growing old and grey with him at my side.

Today would not have gone nearly so well without the generous help of so many people. And whilst my husband has already taken care of the ‘thank yous’, I would like to single out a few of you for my own praise.

Firstly, to my wonderful colleagues, David, Jamie and JD. Thanks for your continuous support during work and life. Sometimes, just a few words, some eye contacts, a few greetings give me a lot of encouragement. Specially thanks David to let me borrow his lovely children Amy and Daniel.

Secondly, to my greatest bridal party. Jessie and Shan, you are like my sisters. We grow up together, we lived together for 3 years, and we support each other along the way. Scott and David, thanks for doing the pre-wedding photo shoot for us. Brian, thank for designing the signing picture. Liang, thanks for being our videographer of the day. Ming, thanks for your prompt support and being the MC of our wedding.

Thirdly, to the girl geeks, Peggy, Mel and Marty. Thanks for organising the girls geek nights, share the thoughts with me. When I’m down and lost, you girls are always there to provide ideas and encouragement. You girls are my idol and role models.

Last but not the least, Henry, thank you for being a perfect husband. Look how well you did today saying, ‘I do’ at the right place in the ceremony. As long as he keeps saying ‘Yes dear’ we’ll have a wonderful marriage. 😉

Finally, let me end as I began, by thanking you all once again for coming today. I can honestly say that today would not have been the same if we had not been in the company of our dear friends and colleagues. At wedding’s it is the guests that create the party atmosphere and you have certainly done that for us. May I propose a toast to love, laughter and friendship? Cheers!

By Jojo Wang

Debris of Memory

In1995, a sudden splash of glasses disturb a quiet peaceful night. The whole house was filled with shouting and anger. Then hysterical crying from a woman reached a little girl’s ear. She wake up from bed, and opened the door slightly. She saw a wide back of a man. He was shouting at the woman. Then sound of slapping followed. The girl shivered in shock. The man noticed the girl and dragged her out of the room. He made her stand still. Then the fight continued. The girl’s crying is swallowed up by the shouting and slapping. The next morning, bright sunshine shone into the girl’s room. The house was so quiet, everything was like a dream. She got up, didn’t find her mom and then went to school. The whole day in school, she felt exhausted. When she went back home, she saw her mom. She looked pale and sad. “Are you alright?” the girl asked. The woman nodded, hiding her tears. The girl felt something burning in her chest, hatred stirred up. “I hate him.”, “But he is your Dad. Everything will be fine.” That night, the girl made a promised to herself “I have to be strong; I need to become strong to protect my mom……”

On a storming night in 2003, 1st of January, the girl was packing up luggage with her mom, since she was going overseas to study. She was excited, but anxious as the same time. It’s her first trip overseas. Her mom was reminding her how to get along with the homestay, where the school was, try to mingle with the local students, find a part-time job if possible, how to use the new lunch box…… But suddenly, her mom suddenly felt dizzy and short of breath. She slowly moved to the bed, and started trembling. Her Dad called Ambulance. The girl was staring at her mom and didn’t know what to do. Her Dad lay her Mom down on the bed, asked the girl to look after her mom, and dashed out for medicine and sphygmomanometer. Clock ticked second by second. The girl stood beside the bed, shocked. Her hands are cold. She cannot move her feet at all. She kept asking herself “Mom, what can I do to help you feel better?” Her mom looked at her, trying to hold still, so she wouldn’t scare the poor girl. But as time pass by, her breath got shallower, her body went into convulsions. The girl felt so useless. She didn’t know how the night was ended, but she heard ambulance sirens, she saw a lot of people ran in and out, she was left alone in the apartment……

She reached Australia, a strange country to her. Everyone spoke a different language, and many more languages, everyone greeting in a different manner. She didn’t know how to talk to others, how to make friends. She thought she would be living in an Australian family; chatting with their kids; learning how to cut steak using fork and knife. Unfortunately, the homestay family is a single mom with a five-year old son. The homestay mother had six overseas students living at her place, she hardly have time to do all the cook, washing, and shopping. The students took turn to cook, wash and shop. The amount of food was limited, meat wasn’t allow in the house, the amount of fruit the students can have is one tenth the potion the son has in the fruits bowl. She often felt hungry at night. She drank some milk to fill the hunger at night. But she was blamed to drink too much milk. Her heart went cold and filled with fears. But she kept telling herself that she needs to be strong and optimistic with life.

A year passed after a year, she grew up and she became stronger. She went to university and chose to do the most challenging course she thought at the time, computer engineering combined with biomedical engineering. She learned about maths, physics, programming, health, diseases, and artificial organs. She made friends in uni, joined various student organisations, and she learned how to help others. She studied hard and did numerous part-time jobs, from waitress to cashier, from restaurant to super market, from IT support to data entry, from tutor to developer. She graduated in 2009 and found her first professional job. She rang her mom and proudly told her mom that she had succeeded and she could protect her. She told her mom how she felt about her dad when she was little. Her mom was surprised that she remembered so much. Her mom told her that her dad had improved a lot all these years that she had been away, they both loved her a lot and put a lot of effort working to support her expensive tuition fee. From the way her mom describe her dad, she can feel that even though she complained her dad a lot, her mom still love her dad deeply in her heart. She suddenly felt emptiness in her chest. All these years of hard working to protect her mom was unnecessary. She felt she lost her goal.

It’s not hard for the reader to guess who the girl is. Yes it’s me. Dad and Mom came to Sydney to visit me. Dad cooked a lot of nice food including the famous food from my hometown Doupi (豆皮). I never saw how he carefully made breakfast, how much love he put into each dish. There are a lot of life lessons I learned. One of the big lesson I learnt was everything is dynamic, people do change, learn to be optimistic, learn to forgive.

By Jojo Wang