Part-time: Work-Studies-Home

The past experience of juggling work and studies from research days at IIT Delhi keeps reminding me of the struggle. Working on the weekdays and visiting the laboratory on weekends for research. By the time I get to second gear and do something meaningful, I realize that it is already Sunday evening and I have to get back home and reset my mind for the office tasks. It feels like we dont have enough time for either and end up sacrificing one for the other.

The thoughts of studying in college were shelved in 2011, yet they resurface once in a while during me and my wife's late night chitchat. One such idea was to do an MBA. The inspiration for an MBA came from a visit to a relative, Vice President of Sales. A chauffeur driven Mercedes Benz, full time maid at home, posh apartment in South Bombay and high-flying executive travelling all over the world. Getting to similar position starting as an engineer is a distant dream. We thought an MBA would give me the required skillsets to ju…

What do you do to entertain yourself?

I am a kid and I am staying in my house due to corona virus. I am a bit bored of staying at home so I am writing this blog so you won't be bored. 

"What do you do to entertain yourself?"
You can ask your friend to come and play with you.With your friend you can play games such as snake and ladder, ludo, zenga blocks etc.
You can do craft, you can draw and paint pictures, watch TV and do many other things. It is fun to do these things. If you get bored of doing the same thing again and again you can invent your own games.

These are the things I did today: at the morning I did some worksheets which are sent from school. Then I called my friend to play with me. We played a new game called "Complete the picture by closing your eyes". 

Bye Bye. See you next time when I write another blog. Till then, Stay Safe, STAY HOME.

-- Real Little VG

Bercuti pertama saya

Saya pergi ke Pulau langkawi pada hujung minggu  lalu dengan keluarga kawan saya. Kami memandu kereta saya selepas kerja pada pukul empat setengah pada hari jumaat ke Kuala perlis. Kemudian kami ambil feri ke langkawi. Kapal kami bagus. Tambang kapal RM 30 untuk satu orang. Kami tinggal di hotel holiday inn di pantai cenang. Pantai cenang cantik.

Saya pergi beli belah di pasar malam. Saya beli baju untuk anak lelaki saya. Kawan saya beli baju renang.

Saya tidak suka makan makan laut. Jadi saya jalan lama masa ke cari kedai makanan India.

Penang Onam celebration

It is not Onam season now! But getting close to a year in Penang, I am reminded of our first Mallu get together in Penang.

No it was not Onam celebration. It was in fact the Expats Mallu group's Vishu celebration. A nice gentleman, Shajil chettan, introduced himself to us at Sunshine supermarket and told us about the Expats group and invited us for the celebrations. It was a first-of-its-kind for us. No membership fees, no "pirivu", no charges for self and invitees for organizing such an event!

The venue was a Chinese school, near the Penang airport. It was pretty close to our place and we were there pretty much on time. As crowd trickled in, we walked around meeting new faces, exchanging pleasantries, knowing about their backgrounds. We found that there were folks who were in Penang for the past 35 years! And this was not the real Kerala Samajam. The North Malaysia Malayalee Samajam is a registered organization with members who are actually Malaysians - born and brough…

My first school

Dad and mom took me to a place called Apple Kids last week. I was super excited in the morning, seeing my new bag, water bottle, lunch box etc. I had been revising whole night about all these things that I would take to school. I got up early - well I should say earlier than usual, got ready without any fuss.

Yippeeeee.. I am going to school. That was my reaction when I said good bye to mom and accompanied dad to the parking downstairs.

On the way to school on my dad's scooter, the excitement level was slowly going down. I dont know why but I started feeling sad. The thought of being in a new place without my parents around. May be it is the strangers with whom I dont know what to talk. I know there is a play area there in school and it should be fun. Oh God! I am unable to control myself.

As we turned the corner and my school came in sight, my eyes burst and tears started rolling down. A smiley to a criley!!!

Kavitha teacher, my class teacher, who would soon become my…

Singapore 2017

RM 119 per person Penang to Singapore non stop flight!!!

That too in the Chinese new year weekend, an extra long weekend this year!

Cheap flight tickets is so luring. I wonder whether the airlines get some kickback from the city administration/government when they carry passengers on discounted tickets. After all these airlines play their part in promoting tourism, especially in a place like Singapore.

But the trick about cheap flights is they will always be on days that you may not like. For us, it was for arriving late Thursday night in Singapore and leaving Tuesday early morning. It means two extra nights stay. Nevertheless we decided to take it as we would get to spend 4 full days.

Next is visa. Unfortunately, Indians do not have visa on arrival in Singapore. Moreover, there are only 3 authorized agents, all in KL, who can submit visa application in Malaysia. Local agents in Penang charge RM 100 per application as processing charges for just collecting the documents and courier i…