Saturday, September 30, 2017

Expat News, Articles of Interest and Diary Events #14

After any length of time away from the island, I usually get this gentle sense of calmness enveloping me upon landing back in Sri Lanka. It's definitely a welcoming feeling of coming home, though I find it so much more than just the literal sense of coming home to the place where I live. And this feeling happens pretty much every time I return to the island after being away for business or pleasure. Although I do get excited at times to be departing to visit new places and to create opportunities, I most often tire of of it and look forward to returning home. Oftentimes, being away reminds me to be grateful for what I have discovered and nurtured in Sri Lanka.

What has always attracted me about Sri Lankan life is its simplicity. If you don't complicate it, life on the island can be pretty darn good in its simplicity. And simplicity equates to the mundane stuff of life - eating, drinking, working, playing, engaging and sleeping, then repeat. With simplicity comes a certain level of ease and I think this is what contributes to the essence of Sri Lanka assuming that you don't complicate it unnecessarily (which is actually easier to do than one would think).

Friday, September 1, 2017

Expat News, Articles of Interest and Diary Events #13

It feels like it's been yet another tough month for the teardrop island with plenty of challenges and not much respite. From monsoon woes to the persistent drought, bond scam, tax issues, ongoing dengue scare, cricket nightmares, plastic woes, and all round dramas. Personally, things have been pretty good though a little hectic. It's good to be too busy to worry about all the noise around you. Plus, I'm looking forward to some close friends coming to stay next month, which will be lovely. It's always nice to share your home with others and to help them explore the island as well. There's one or two places on their itinerary that I'm keen to tag-a-long.

September is looking like a super crazy month for me with plenty of movement for work and play. I guess it helps that there will never be a dull moment. Though, it makes blog updates a little more challenging. If only all the blog posts that I have stored in my head could auto-translate onto the web with words and pictures, formatting and the whole kit-and-kaboodle. Alsas, it's not to be (yet). But I'll try my best to fit a few blog posts in amidst the busyness that is my life next month.

Wishing you a safe and happy September...