Sunday, April 09, 2006

re:Where do you see yourself in ten years time?

Talking about ambitions and future goal, I think it will be a good thing to share with you guys a few lessons learnt by our friend Adrian recently in Paris. One day before the closing ceremony we went to the Sacre Coeur, Anvers. (The Sacre-Coeur Catholic was built at the end of the 19th century at the top of Montmarte hill in Paris. Its famous white architecture dominates the city, and offers a wonderful view. The nearby streets of Montmarte are full of artists and restaurants.

At the base of Sacre Coeur, there are a group of Africans who aggressively sells their merchandise, their modus operandi: offering to loop your finger around a harmless bracelet (while telling you that you should not worry)...with some massage thingy going on and surprise, the bracelet is stuck at your hand at the end. You would have no choise but to pay them 5 euros for that. Heeding my seniors' advice, I tried my best to ignore them but this Adrian somehow accepted their offer. I give him credit for the intense negociation he made which resulted in him paying only 1.20 euro.

Moral of the story? Never agree to do something you don't like even if other people tell you that everything's ok coz at the end of the day, its you who will be responsible.


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