It's been a long day so far, after attending the ANZAC day dawn service, we got bussed back to the convention centre.
Cally Ko (Regional Director) opened the Summit, followed by Sean O'Driscoll (Global Director). So far everything has been top notch. The organisation has been done very well. The venues are cool and the hotel is lovely. Singapore is a steamy place, the temprature stays between 28-33 and it is always humid as hell. Luckily everything is air conditioned.
Today was the executive overview stuff. Lori Brownell gave a good talk on the direction of the MS Platform. Next up was a developer briefing which I have bailed out on as I am not a Dev.
Going back over shortly for the IT Pro briefing. After that its a trip to the Singapore Zoo for the night tour and some dinner. Sounds good, everyone whos ever been there says it is awesome.
I let you know how it went tomorrow. It 's been good to catch up with all the old faces and to meet the new ones. Now I think its time for some lubrication ....Thats beer drinking....if you were thinking something else.....you have a dirty mind
I was up 4.45am and on a bus at 5.30am. It was 30C with 90% humidity, very steamy. There was an excellent turn out, with representatives from Australia, New Zealand, England, India, Singapore, Germany, Japan and Turkey and others that I can't recall now.
I must admit to getting a tear in the eye, actually quite emotional, during the service. The Turkish representative read out the words of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
"Those heroes that shed their blood And lost their lives….You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours….You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well." Ataturk 1934
Just thinking about what the poor buggers had to go through, both here, in Gallipoli and in all wars, was nearly to much to handle.
The utter stupidity of fighting each other was very apparent.
I laid a poppy on the grave of an unknown Australian soldier, one among many. Then imbibed a gunfire breakfast (shot of rum).
In case you don't know ANZAC day commemorates all those who have fallen in service of Australia and New Zealand. It is not a glorification of war, but a reminder not to forget the sacrifices some have laid down for our freedom.
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
Lest we forget
We just had the opening evening's drinks. Sean is here from Seattle, and Cally and Rose. It's good to see some of the old faces, and the new. The weather is hot and steamy. I find it an incredible place, not like anything I have previously expereienced. There is the ultra modern and the very old, all within a few metres of each other.
A bunch of us Australian and New Zealand MVP's are going to an ANZAC day ceremony at Kranji War Memorial tomorrow, leaving at 5 am. This is personally significant to me as my father fought in the last world war and he has now passed on. It gives me a moment to pause and be thankful for the sacrifices laid down by so many, to give me the freedoms I enjoy.
I am heading over to Singapore for this in late April.
Should be interesting and different. The first one held by this region