Three things I miss about the US

Its been 9 months since I left United States and I should say that while I am happy here, some part of me still wants to be there. Here are three things that I miss the most about the US..

1. New York City: I have been here quite a few times and to be honest every single trip has been awesome. I have enjoyed a lot whenever I have been to New York, be it just for enjoyment with friends or serious job interviews. I like the pace of the city, the wealth, the power, the night lights.. everything associated with NY.

2. Starbucks coffee: I am not a huge fan of coffee, but I really liked the atmosphere at Starbucks. I would usually just go there after work in the evening with a novel or my laptop, order a frappuccino and sit there for hours without being bothered. The other reason I like this place is I interviewed for my current job here.. hehe

3. Chiptole: The most satisfying burrito for $5.95. I was introduced to it by my roomies and since then it has been one of my favorite places to grab a bite. The food is not only good but extremely filling also. The good part for me was a buddy of mine was a manager at one of the Chipotle outlets and he would get me free burrito coupons and when he moved he would even send me those coupons via mail. I wish they had a Chipotle here.. man would it make some awesome business.


So yes, the weekend was not so fun. I had a tough time handling the lizards but the good news is most of them are gone (I think so). I also sealed up most of the places from where they might be entering the room/house. Lets see how long the peace lasts.

On the other hand, I did enjoy the rest of my day yesterday, watching movies. I watched Superman Returns and American Desi. I remember watching the latter when I was in my university. It is one of my favorite movies. It is about an Indian-American kid who hates everything Indian. He leaves his house hoping he wouldn’t be facing anymore Indian things in his life, but to his bad luck all his roommates are Indian and he falls in love with an Indian girl. The movie shows how the guy starts warming up to his roomies and how they help him get the girl. The movie is extremely funny.. I would recommend everyone to see it.

Oh well, the weekend is over and it is back to work week. I have too much pending to finish this week. Next week, we have a new guy starting and I will be caught up in training him. I am just hoping things go well and I am able to finish everything on time.

Attack of the Lizards

Help!!! Help!!! Help!! My bedroom has been attacked by lizards. I came home from work last night and saw three lizards in my room. I also think I saw a couple of them copulate. It seems that they have broken the silent pact between me and them and now it is time for war. I have already starting collecting my weapons, which include bug sprays, more powerful bug sprays, broom and a stick. This weekend is going to the most brutal weekend ever in the history of lizard and human conflict. In case any of you have suggestions please do tell me. And yes wish me luck.

Update: One down two more to go.

Update #2:Three down and I found 2 more

News from my life

I have taken up French training which is being offered at work, so now I am usually at office from 9:30am in the morning until 10:30-11:00pm Mon, Wed and Friday. The course is going to last until July, after which I will be able to give A level exams in French. The exams are conducted by the Ministry of Education in France and the classes are conducted by Alliance Francaise. The reason I decided to go ahead with French was because I thought it will be kewl learn a new language. And it will also probably help me find a job later on in EU. I am hoping that I will get good enough to write a post in French pretty soon (obviously with translation).

The other news is that I am also now learning to play the guitar. I brought myself an acoustic guitar this past weekend. (Photo will uploaded soon). This also removes one item from my wishlist. Now, I am an absolute newbie when it comes to playing the guitar, but I am learning. I have a couple of e-books to start with, though I dont know what would be better; to learn via an instructor or via books. The aim is to learn to play something by the end of April. Lets see how it goes..

Restroom ettiquette

The last few weeks I have been observing that some of my colleagues dont wash their hands after taking a leak. Now seriously guys how much time does it take to wash your hands? I am sure their mommies must have taught them “Son, when you take a leak, wash your hands”. I wonder how can some people forget or ignore such things. The good part is that once I see someone not wash their hands after finishing their business, I make it a point to not have a handshake with them. You never know where last their hands might be. I know ewwww.. right!!!

The other thing I have observed is people talking on their cell phones while minding their business in the restroom.. I can understand some calls are very important.. but still I find it extremely gross to pick up my phone, while I am busy..Hmm some people do have some really weird habits. Ohh I have also heard some people playing games on their mobile phones.. Talk about some pressure to perform. There is one more thing that I dont like about some of my colleagues here is that they tend to sing in the restroom, which can get really annoying.. Anyways I am going to end this post here before it gets too gross..

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Some Quotes from Fortune

I recently installed this program called Fortune. This is a simple program that displays a random message from a database of quotations. Most distributions of fortune are bundled with files of quotations from famous people, sayings like those found on fortune cookies (hence the name), and other humorous items. Here are some of the good ones that I found today.

On Thanksgiving Day all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment — halftime.

Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.

Life is like an onion: you peel off layer after layer and then you find there is nothing in it.
–James Huneker

How long a minute is depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on.

It’s amazing how many people you could be friends with if only they’d make the first approach.

Marriage is a romance in which the hero dies in the first chapter.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Knowledge is power — knowledge shared is power lost.
–Aleister Crowley

Business is a good game — lots of competition and minimum of rules. You keep score with money.
–Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari

If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
— Earl Wilson

New Blogger Template

Just updated to the new Blogger and I should say it does do a better job when it comes to organizing stuff in a easier manner. For the time being I have decided to not play with the template section, but I will make some changes in the near future. In the mean time I have added a books section. These are books that are currently in my library. I know it is very minimal, but I am expanding. I am thinking of adding the DVD collection also.. but not so sure about it. I also think the page needs some more visuals, so I might be adding a few things in the background. Until then.. enjoy this new look 🙂