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A Crew member's Life At Sea
Cruise Ship Eaters
Ever wondered if people eat to live or live to eat? It's natural that we need to eat to live. But what about those who live to eat?try spending a few days with such people and you wouldn't believe what you see. One of the best places to experience this is on a cruise ship. People start in the morning and go on untill after midnight.
After having breakfast 2 times finishing at 11am they are ready for lunch at 11.30 am. You will see them having plates after plates. Soups, salads, roasts and cuts, seafood, fruits desserts, ice-cream everything. They can have it all.
Unbelievable but it's true. Then soon its tea time at 3.30pm to 5.00pm which is never missed. Dinner was served from 5.00 to 10.00pm which is the main course of the day. How could one digest or even be able to eat so much is really hard to understand . Food zombies is what I call them.
I used to think that after the first 2or 3days of the cruise that they would go easy on the food, but no. It gets even worse. It's also funny when they start to complain about the food. The food is too salty, too rich, spicy, oily, are some of the most common complaints. What's more amusing is that when they have eaten everything from their plate they say that the food wasn't good at all.
Are people really that hungry? Do they never get to eat enough in everyday life? Is it that they eat for the later days to come? Or is it just a mission that needs to be accomplished? Food is good. It taste good when it's cooked, boiled, grilled, baked, steamed, or sometimes just raw. My conclusion enjoy it sensibly.
The Lady At The Well
We may have come across many man of God in the Bible, but women of God not that many. This is a story of a woman who was not know for her past good deeds or choices, but the circumstances that she faced during her life didn't stop her from living a life filled with love for God.
This is a fascinating story and in fact one of the longest conversations ever recorded that Jesus had with a woman. (JN: 4). The gospel of John gives a brief discription about her past and present life. But in this, questions arise, weather she was really a sinner? Or Why did she have so many divorces (if she really did) or why did she have more than one husband.
Back in the days Samaritans had a levirate marriage law, so it might have been possible that her husbands did not survive long enough. Also Samaritan women were betrothed in infancy which makes it another possibility that she might have married older men and outlived them. And for her to live and be supported in her everyday life she would have had to have a man to be looked after considering the fact if she had no one else. With a life like this, in society, she would definitely be looked down upon. It is highly unlikely that she had so many divorces because divorces back then were not encouraged and that too five times. But she did live a sinful life.
On her daily routine to get water from a well she meets a complete stranger. Being asked for water by him she surprisingly asked 'how is it that you being a jew ask a Samaritan for a drink.'. Little did she know that she was going to draw living water (salvation) from this man Jesus.
Jesus, knowing her current situation uses it to build a conversation with her. He wanted to use this same woman who was not looked up in society to be His messenger. As soon as she learns who Jesus was, leaves everything and runs to her town telling everyone who Jesus really was knowing everything about her life. Without a doubt people believed her and her testimony. Jesus uses her as a key to enter her town so as to many could believed in Him.
No matter what your life's situation was or even is at the moment, Jesus sees you differently and if you humbly accept Him just like the Samaritan woman things will change drastically for you.
The woman's name nor her life soon after that was not really known. But early records state, the Orthodox believe that she was baptized by the apostles during the Pentecost and took the name Photini meaning the "enlightened one" and also being equal-to-the apostles. She is believed to have converted many people including her five sisters and two sons and journeyed as a missionary to Carthage in North Africa. She later proclaimed of having a vision of Jesus telling her to go to Rome and minister to the emperor.
Nero was emperor of Rome and the most cruel of a person to Christians. Having heard of Photini, he had her arrested and tortured. Including her family and followers. The tortures were too horrifying and graphic. Nero ordered to be brought to him and asked her to bow down to his idols. Refusing give up Christ and obey him, Photini was then martyred by her being thrown into a dry well after her skin was flayed.
In this true story we see that after that day when she met Jesus at the well her life changed. She became devoted to God and served His purpose. In the world's eyes she might not have had an happy ending but she counted it all joy to live for Christ for a heavy reward awaits her in Haven.
Jesus said (Mathew 10:39) "whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it."
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is located in northeastern Goa, India in Ponda taluka. The total area of the park is 8 km². It is a popular destination for both tourists and schoolchildren. Although it is the smallest of all the wildlife sanctuaries in Goa, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is also the most popular with children, families and eco-tourist.
The Bondla Wildlife park is open to visitors every day except Monday throughout the year from 9.00am to 5.00pm. The cost of admission for adults is Rs 5 and children Rs 2. Extra charges include Parking (Rs 10 for a two wheeler and Rs 50 for a four wheeler), Cameras (Rs 25) and video cameras (Rs 100).
There are a few number of animals that make their home in this place. They include the Gaur, Goa’s state animal, Sambhar deer, jungle cat, leopard, toddy cat, wild boar, porcupine, scaly anteater, and the Malabar giant squirrel. There are watchtowers set up at strategic locations where one can observe the animals in their natural habitats.
The park also houses a number of birds. The most common amongst these include Ruby throated yellow bulbul, which is the state bird, the common grey hornbill and golden backed woodpecker.
Besides the plant and animal life that abounds within the safety of the sanctuary, there also a number of other popular activities that one can indulge in during a visit to the natural park.
To many a Waiter may seem like a not so skilled kind of a job. Taking food and drink orders and serving is all that it is.
Well let me tell you that it's a lot more than that or what it seems to be. Being in the job on a cruise ship for more than a decade I'm proud and happy to be a Waiter. One of the most important things is organizing and discipline. The way you carry and present yourself makes a huge difference at the restaurant you work and even for the guests at your table. I personally wouldn't like a sloppy Waiter to serve me in whichever restaurant I'm in. Being a Waiter is basically being a salesperson and besides food, a good knowledge on drinks(all beverages) is whats needed.
Talking about food knowledge, it's a huge topic. Most importantly knowing the ingredients in the dishes and how each dish is prepared really helps in assisting many guests with different types of diets and allergies. Comparing and suggesting drinks with food is where your beverage knowledge comes in. Especially wines. In fine dining every course would accompany a perfect wine.
The real challenge is on those busy days when the restaurant is full with large number reservations and sometimes even a long line by the doors. With 5 to 6 tables (22 to 24 guest) alloted to each Waiter it does get crazy. At these times organizing your self is the key. You might ask how do you organize yourself. Well let me tell you that not all guests dine the same. Some eat fast, some slow, some want speedy service , some special diets etc. You must be able to make quick decisions, be consistent and swift. Being a Waiter on a cruise ship, I have experienced and encountered every situation.
This is only a glimpse of what happens front of the house. Back of the house is a whole different story. Working with colleagues from different nationalities is not easy. There is a lot of stress in dealing with all of this especially when trying to get the food out on time. With all of this you need to have a smiling body language and dazzle your guest making them feel special. (I guess everyone of us would want to be treated well in a restaurant).
Being a Waiter is no easy task. You up on your feet for as long as 6hrs just for dinner only. It's not a regular 9 to 5 job. You work on mostly and nearly all holidays and celebrations with many hours of overtime. These are just a few major cons like any other jobs would have their own. It may seem sad or a turn down, but it definitely pays off with the tips, smiles and experience you deliver to every guest. One thing the Waiter would lie about is when you ask him how was his day. The answer, always good.
At the end of the day you are with a job that makes you happy. Well as for me it has been an exciting journey and I love it. I guess every professional Waiter would do too.
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