Kurau Field Trip – First Week of 2007 – Day 9 & 10

Oh, the perils one young onsite engineer must face.


It’s the trials and tribulations of high spectrum of difficulty levels and the suddenness of their presence that could break the mentality of a young engineer, not the mention his health. They can be as subtle as the late coming of breakfast that needs to be brought by boat and then presented as plastic soup with a mess of meats and compacted rice in it that really shut his hunger.  They can be as cruel as having to deal with three night jobs at once that each of them so much different that apparently the only ties that bind them are the fact that they are hydrocarbon wells. His physical and mental state must be at prime in facing these hardening situations. His senses must be alert at all times. Being a leader, he must balance between giving disciplined orders and taking care of his personnel. And being a living entity, he must endure the physical tests that assault all living beings pushed to their physical limits.


In short: Onsite Engineer must become a superman when facing ongoing jobs.


But as always, if one can persist to finish the job as soon as possible, his rewards are waiting. The first award is the fact that the jobs are finished. What evaluations his supervisor will give is another different matter entirely, but at least he can reap the second award: long delayed rest.


So here I am, resting from those trials and tribulations. Resting, but knowing that tomorrow and the days that follow it will bring more trials and tribulations.  


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