"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
All right, how long was that when I last blogged? Anyway, I had just went for a stocktake in Batam last friday. Sure it was an eye opener. The road is dirty, the traffic is not in order, the buildings are numerous and identically flat and scattering all over, and the lunch I took costs 75,000 rupiah!! What's more shocking is to hear the news that someone died in the factory last night, and that most of the staff are out to attend the funeral when I first arrived at the main office.

Nevertheless, what's amusing is to have the Finance Controller (an expatriate) , driving us all over the district to lay hold of a working ATM, and frequently shouting out at the local drivers, calling them lady drivers. No wonder there is always the tension of the local and the expatriate. The ferry and the car ride to the main office wasted two good hours in one way, and that made up of four merry hours for two ways, and why is it that I can't claim any of the traveling time??

At the minimal least, the 75,000 rupiah salmon steak plus a deluxe glass of ordinary orange juice, expensed by the Finance Controller is a rewarding comfort for the day. I wish I have ordered more. And on the way to another site to conduct the stocktake, the local staff was commenting on the night life of Batam, and how many singaporean males have came over to enjoy the cheaper rates and be happier. No prize for guessing what they meant, and I think the impression they had for the singaporean males should shame all singaporeans, males and female alike. I would hesitate twice to bring my family there for holiday in future, if that is possible.

All in all, it's still an enjoyable trip despite the fatigue Afterall, it's the first job sub-contracted by an associate of the firm since she joined an international network of auditing firms.