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I was plesently surprised this week. The reason for this surprise relates to my YouTube account. Yes, I have a YouTube account which contains a great number of videos. A great number that totals upto three that is. These videos have been up there for a while and have not garnered much attention.

Then suddenly this week I got some notification about a few comments on one of the videos. The first comment said: “Vsauce 4 life”. I assumed it was a spam message, but didn’t bother deleting it as I was at work. Then there were a couple more, both mentioning ‘Vsauce’. So, I did a bit of seraching and found Vsauce. It seems that he makes all these very interesting vids and had linked to my video in question in one of his videos. Specifically, this one.

So, thanks Vsauce for the traffic.  🙂

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This year went by pretty quickly. This was a very active year for me. First and foremost, child rearing was a whole new challenge and a huge change of lifestyle. Nevertheless, this year I got up to more new things that I had in quite a while.

At the start of the year, a few enthusiasts from my old Alma-mater started up a alumni branch here in Perth. So, there was a lot of rounding up fellow members followed by a few activities.

The weekly social touch rugby meetup that we had going strong for the past few years slowly dissolved away. The most enthusiastic members had all become dads, therefore getting out of the house became a challenge that cannot be overcome. So, I had to look for alternative ways to expend my excess energy. First, I started playing touch rugby on a regular basis again by joining a league competition. Next, I started riding my bike to work once a week.

This biking exercise, which worked out to more than 30km a day once a week, proved to be quite agreeable with me. This sparked off a search for other tracks that I could ride on, and ultimately resulted in the formation of a small biking group. Turns out that I was not the only one looking for ways to expend some energy.

So, here is a pictorial look back at what happened with my life in 2011:
I went to Melbourne for work in February.

In March, it was a full house as my parents AND my bro, sis-in-law and niece visited!!
We made a trip down to Busselton. The Busselton jetty stretches out 3km into the sea.

After, the bro’s family left, took my parents to see some sights around Perth. We also went to Mandura and saw dolphins among other things.

Went to the Aquarium of WA and the zoo, both of which surpassed my expectations. My parents went back mid April.

Played some Cricket with the Trinians in Perth on a perfect autumn day in May

In June, went to see Lesmurdie Falls. Now, when people say, ‘falls’ in Australia, it doesn’t quite mean the same thing as ‘falls’ in Sri Lanka.

Rounded up the Trinitians to watch the Brady on a big screen. Full post here
Following the biggest comeback in the history of the Bradby we were ecstatic and to our luck had a Royalist in our midst. No points for guessing which one the Royalist is.

The first group biking event took place in July. We completed about 40km on the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail – a great ride through what used to be the train track.

I couldn’t quite stick to riding to work on a weekly basis, but when I did manage to do it, it was good fun. The ride is along the Swan river until I get to the city. I snapped this pic on the way home from work.

Heirisson Island is a small island just outside Perth city. Not many people go there or even know that you can get onto it’s the mid point of a bridge to the city. Went there in August after seeing it on the Amazing Race.

In September, we had planed to go out biking again. But, there was a thunderstorm in the area we were planning to go. So we changed plans and went in a different direction and ended up riding around in Swan Valley.

Snapped this pic of wifey and kid with sunset in Background in October.

Went up to an iorn ore mine called Cloudbreak, about 1000km from Perth, a couple of times for work.

A very good friend got ordained as a samaneri. Full post here

In November, went biking again. Mountain biking this time. A 10km easy track in Marrinup.

My cousin got married. When I say cousin, I mean my mothers brothers wifes sisters son. 🙂 The cake was awesome.

The wedding meant that more relatives visited Perth, which led to more sightseeing. We took the visitors to the usual spots like King’s Park, Perth city, Bell Tower. Tried something new in Woodman point beach and was a bit let down by it. There’s nothing wrong with the beach itself, but it wasn’t par with Cottesloe or Scarborough beaches. Nevertheless, it seems like a popular place for kite surfing.

December brought about another mountain biking event. This time, wanting to try something more challenging, we chose the 22km intermediately difficult Kalamunda mountain biking circuit. Intermediate difficulty for mountain bikers works out to almost dying of exhaustion for me. Here’s a pic of me contemplating running a log ride, which I eventually decided against for the sake of keeping my limbs intact.

Went to the man made Lake Leschenaultia to spend the day. It’s a great place that offers camping, BBQ, boating, biking, swimming etc.

To finish off, visited some friends in Kalgoorlie for the X’mas holidays.

So, there you go. My highlights for 2011. More pics on Flickr here

I’ll sign off now, while wishing everyone a happy 2012. Cheers

I know it’s been a long while since I’ve written anything. I’ve been really really busy with work and some other personal stuff.

I have an announcement: my blog is moving!!

I’ve had my own domain, www.neelaka.info, for a while now. I bought a hosting plan with the hope that I would get some web design jobs though which I could possibly make some money. However, I got busy with work and also got lazy complacent. The hosting plan is up for renewal and the cost for it  cannot be justified any longer.

Since, the only thing I use is this blog, I decided to move it to wordpress itself. The new URL is: https://neeworld.wordpress.com/

 

Yesterday was a happy day. A very happy day.

One of my best friends, Kemanthi, renounced all worldly things and took a huge step in becoming a Buddhist bhikshuni. As part of the renunciation, she gave up her lay name and going forth will be known as Karunika. A name befitting her in any day.

It was a really a joyous occasion and I was elated to be there. Words can’t express how happy I am about the journey samaneri Karunika is embarking on. We don’t always agree on religion and philosophy, but her bravery in doing this is remarkable. I wish her full speed ahead toward finding true liberation of nirvana.

 

Pic: Samaneri Karunika gets blessings from Ajan Braham as her mom looks on proudly…

Note on pic: I wanted a bit more depth of field in this pic, but unfortunately this was the best I could do. Well, next time…. Oh wait, I don’t think anyone else I know will be getting ordained anytime soon.

I’m  suffering from withdrawal right now. Facebook withdrawal that is.

Yes! I quit Facebook. Hopefully for good.

I have been considering it for quite a while now. Why? Well, it’s a combination of many factors. The constant and unwanted changes to the layout, the ever changing security policies, the repetitive copy paste status updates, everything Sayy talks about here, most of my friends slowly retracting from using it, people trying to enforce artificial rules on it, et cetera.

Last week it all came to a head. The final straw was when photo security was changed overnight. I had always restricted my albums to be viewable only to my ‘friends’ – people I had added. But, FB suddenly decided that any picture will be viewable to all the ‘friends’ of anyone who is tagged in that picture. If I wanted to change that, I had to go in and manually change the privacy for each photo/album.

I had over a 1000 photos on fb with plenty of ‘friends’ and even ‘friends of friends’ tagged in them. The fact that some people add just anyone and everyone to their friend list coupled with the new privacy setting meant that those pics would be visible to a whole bunch of people I didn’t even know about. The photos themselves were harmless, but it’s the principle that mattered. Where does FB get off just changing stuff up like that? Not just for new content, but for existing content. Content I had added over the past four years. There was no way in hell I was gonna sit there and go through each album and change privacy settings. And to what end? So, FB can change things up in three months or so? I had had enough.

Facebook had stopped being fun and started being work. Either FB had to change, or I had to change. I decided to go with the one party that I could control.

So, that’s it. The end of an Era. Also, the official start to me being full time on Google+. This time I’m wiser and so is social networking. So, hopefully we won’t make the same mistakes again.

Well my little blog celebrated its first birthday last month. I couldn’t really write something acknowledging that fact as I was a bit preoccupied with celebrating the birth of my son. 🙂
Anyway, in order to celebrate I am giving the blog a bit of an overhaul – which is currently work in progress. Hopefully, I can get something sorted out while dealing with a screaming baby and all that.

I also started a companion blog. Why another blog? It is for quick jokes, one liners, et cetera. It’ll be called Quickie. Hope you enjoy.