Rafael

Imara & Rafael

It turned out to be a wonderful coincidence that our second son Rafael decided to be born on our second wedding anniversary!

The little fella has a loud voice and wakes his older brother up at night, but we all love him so much.

Having a baby so many miles away from family and friends should have been a very difficult experience. On the contrary the midwives who delivered Rafael were so friendly and motherly that Imara, Joshua and I never felt any stress.

I’m even more impressed by the fact that the midwives visit our house to check on the mother and baby and the constant care given. The Australian medical system by far would have to be one of the best in the world.

Anyway’s my mother in law just flew in from Sri Lanka today so that’s going to make it a little more easier for Imara.

Rafael

It’s good to be a consultant

I’m working as a consultant for the first time in my ten year career and I’m loving every minute of it.

In the last couple of months I’ve worked in three very diverse teams, in three different offices and three different technology areas ranging from VB6 Interop + ASP.NET at Kelloggs, WinForms + EntLib + Oracle + Mainframe integration at Microsoft and now SharePoint (MOSS 2007) at Lend Lease.

The quantity & quality of things that you learn from interacting with such diverse people is mind blowing. For now, I’m going to sit back and enjoy the ride!

It’s good to be a consultant

Playing the currency game

If like me you frequently send money back to Sri Lanka, it’s important to know how to play the game.

You can save yourself some dollars or rupees by knowing if things are going up or down, here’s where x-rates.com comes to help.

Pick the two currencies from where your sending and receiving and hey presto you have a graph.

LKRAUD-conversion

I for one will be waiting a couple more days before my next transfer.

Oh and I nearly forgot, the guys at Ceylinco Fast Cash give a really good service when sending money home. My last transfer went through like a breeze, in less than one hour, I deposited some money in Sydney and my brother withdrew from Colombo. Both of us were SMS’d every step of the way by their automated system.

Plus if you use there service about 6 times they provide a number of free benefits including a “doctor on call and other medical services for your loved ones in Sri Lanka”.

Playing the currency game

Tomorrow

tigerwoods “I view my life in a way … I’ll explain it to you, OK? The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today. And that’s how I look at my life. I will be better as a golfer, I will be better as a person, I will be better as a father, I will be a better husband, I will be better as a friend. That’s the beauty of tomorrow. There is no such thing as a setback. The lessons I learn today I will apply tomorrow, and I will be better.”

Tiger Woods

Tomorrow