I remembered vividly , just a couple of days after Boxing Day year 2004, i was part of a medical volunteer team to lend a helping hand to those in need after the tsunami hit Sri Lanka..
Years later, i am back there, doing a travel segment of New Citybeat…Interestingly, the camerman who went on this trip was the same one that went along with me yrs ago..speaking of coincidences:) i guess..we were in a way, rewarded for our work years ago..and given the chance to see the beauty of Sri lanka in its natural form…
As this was a really short trip, we covered only GAlle and Columbo and here are some pics before u watch it on the tele:)
Arriving at the heart of the city of colombo, kym and i were treated to a spectacle of interesting buildings that were left behind by the Dutch and the English..It is a city bustling with life with a tinge of nostalgia..
We took the coastal drive and arrived in Galle, where we stayed in this beautiful hotel Jetwing Lighthouse which has simply breathtaking views..Interestingly, on my last mission here, they held a thank you tea reception at this very hotel for us and i remembered telling myself that one day, i will come back and stay here and amazingly..here i am:)
The waters , the Indian Ocean,at this part is not for swimming..but, we couldn’t resist the idea of a shot..can we?
Nestled at a corner of the hotel is their spa..and we definitely have to showcase massage unique to this region..
Most of the time, when i have a massage, it would be hands that are kneading the knots at my shoulders or some other aching parts of my body but, this time round..hmm…the masseur stepped all over…
One of the highlights of Galle would be the Dutch fort, a UNESCO heritage site that showcases the early settlements…
Our team went on to another fishing village Negombo, where due to the rain that went on for that week, there are no fresh catch for us to see but,
we get to see how the salted fishes are made..
Its a really short trip and we were commuting long hrs each day..i really had a superb time as the team were really nice
and it is a real pleasure to go on a trip with kym..
its been many yrs since we last filmed together in Hong kong..which would be during the original City beat era..
how time flies…but somehow, amist all the changes that is on going ,
its heartening to know that some of us…
remains the same.