Two Day Sick Leave

I was lucky not to have taken any sick leaves in the past 3 months but that luck died out this week. I am not sure if that was the reason but we had heavy rainfall on Monday and I got wet on my way to work. At night I also made the mistake of drinking some cold drinks as I was tired and wanted a pick-me-up at 1:30 am. Tuesday I was ok but by evening I started to have the sniffles. I started sneezing and I got a blocked nose and a nasty head cold. The terrible smell of the industrial strength carpet shampoo next door was also making things worse.

I managed to eat a hot meal at 8:30 pm but by 10 pm I was suffering a lot. I still had to work and support a new set of employees for 2 hours before I could take my second break. I then rested and did some work till 3 am when I give up and sat with some colleagues and rested my head against the wall as I crashed on a chair. I knew that I wouldn’t be well enough to come to work the next day so I unformed my manager that I might need a leave.

Yesterday I slept a lot and drank a bunch of coffee. Barely ate much other than dinner and some snack in the evening. Same thing today – lots of coffee, some rice and fish at lunch and watched two movies post lunch. By 7 pm my blocked nose was unblocked and I felt better. I felt like eating fried chicken for dinner and ordered some for dad, mom and myself (coleslaw, garlic sauce and a bit of French fries on the side with a tortilla). Now I can relax a bit more and watch a movie or maybe Stargate Atlantis episodes and then sleep.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix (also marketed as X-Men: Dark Phoenix) is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics X-Men characters. It is the twelfth installment of the X-Men film series, and the sequel to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The film is written and directed by Simon Kinberg (in his feature directorial debut) and stars an ensemble cast featuring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, and Jessica Chastain. In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men are forced to face the full power of the Phoenix after a mission in space goes wrong.

We see back in 1975, an 8 year old  Jean Grey and her parents get into a car accident that kills her mother. She is led to believe that her father too died in the crash. Shortly afterwards, Professor Charles Xavier takes her to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. We move forwards to 1992 some of the X-Men are sent respond to a distress signal from the space shuttle Endeavour, which is critically damaged by a solar flare-like energy during the STS-49 mission. While the astronauts are saved, Jean is the last one in and she struck by the energy which she absorbs into her body to save her team’s aircraft from destruction. She is brought back to earth but recovers quickly. However psychic powers are greatly amplified as a result, but they become uncontrollable and she accidentally unleashes her power on mutants celebrating the victory at Xavier’s school.

Xavier had placed mental walls in Jean’s mind as a girl to protect her psychic mind from experiencing trauma; these are destroyed by Jean’s enhanced power and the trauma slowly returns, resulting in her being full of rage and pain. She travels to her hometown and finds out that her father is still alive and had infact abandoned her. . Jean recovers her complete memory of the car accident and remembers that she had inadvertently caused it rendering her mother unconscious at the wheel with her telepathy, which causes her to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. The X-Men arrive and attempt to take Jean home but she injures Quicksilver and accidentally kills Mystique before fleeing. Jean travels to the mutant refugee island of Genosha to seek assistance from Magneto in controlling her rage, but is turned away after she engages in combat with U.S. military forces tasked with her arrest. Jean meets Vuk, the leader of a shape-shifting alien race known as the D’Bari, who explains to her that she has been possessed by a force of cosmic power which wiped out the D’Bari home planet long ago.

The power had consumed all those it came across until it was drawn to Jean. Meanwhile, Hank McCoy (Beast), mad with grief by Raven’s death, allies with Erik and the mutant refugees in an attempt to kill Jean in New York City. Upon learning of Erik’s plan, the X-Men try to stop him and his faction of mutants. As they battle, Erik manages to enter the building and confront Jean, only to fall to her amplified powers. Xavier then enters the building with Nightcrawler. Jean attacks them until Xavier convinces her to read his memories—allowing her personality to resurface. Feeling remorseful, Jean offers to let Vuk take the force from her; however, it is revealed that doing so would kill Jean, as well as revealing that Vuk also intends to use the force to conquer Earth. Xavier and Scott are able to prevent Vuk from fully absorbing the force from Jean, though Jean loses consciousness from the ordeal. Troops sent by the U.S. government, who use stun weapons and power-inhibiting collars, attack and subdue both mutant factions, who are placed on a train headed towards a containment facility.

The train is attacked by Vuk and her D’Bari forces. When the soldiers are overpowered by the shape-shifters, the mutants are freed from their restraints to combat the threat. The mutants deal with most of the D’Bari attackers, but Vuk arrives and heads for Jean. Xavier confers with Jean within his mind, allowing Jean to gain control of her power. After forgiving Xavier, Jean saves the mutants from Vuk’s attacks and the ensuing train wreck before proceeding to easily disintegrate the remaining D’Bari when they attack her. Vuk once again attempts to drain Jean of the force, but Jean takes Vuk into outer space, retakes the power that Vuk had received earlier, and then kills her. Jean then disappears in a burst of energy in the form of a phoenix. In the aftermath of the incident, Xavier’s school is renamed the “Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters”, and Hank becomes their new dean with Xavier having retired. While settling himself in Paris, Xavier is reunited with Erik and agrees to play a game of chess with him. As they start playing, a flaming phoenix appears in the sky.

While I love the special effects and the cast, the story is a mess. Such a big cast tends to get lost in the melee. The actors even seem bored at times with little to work with. Depth of character is not there, except forced on some of the characters. I didn’t feel the movie connected with audiences, certainly not with me. They missed another chance to make Whiplash a major character and the rest is forgettable. Too much of the powers is like “magic” that it becomes so cliched and boring. Villain(s) aren’t fleshed out enough. Were they even needed in this film? Anyways, I did enjoy parts of the film, enough to give it a 6 outta 10!

RIP DC Fontana

Dorothy Catherine Fontana or DC Fontana was an American television script writer and story editor, best known for her work on the original Star Trek franchise and several Western television series.

After purchase cialis a short period working for Samuel A. Peeples as a secretary, she moved to work for Del Reisman, a producer on The Lieutenant, whose creator was Gene Roddenberry. Though The Lieutenant was soon cancelled, Roddenberry began working on Star Trek, and Fontana was appointed as the series’ story editor but left after the second season to pursue freelance work. She later worked with Roddenberry again on Genesis II and then as story editor and associate producer on Star Trek: The Animated Series. During the 1970s and early 1980s, she worked on Logan’s RunThe Six Million Dollar Man, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Roddenberry hired her to work on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but, while she was given an associate producer credit, the experience soured their relationship and resulted in a claim put to the Writers Guild of America. She later wrote an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and an episode of the Star Trek fan-made series Star Trek: New Voyages. Leonard Nimoy credited her for expanding Vulcan culture within Star Trek. He was unsure when “This Side of Paradise” was proposed, as Fontana had changed the romantic lead from Hikaru Sulu to Spock but he enjoyed being able to act out emotions with the character, and also praised her work on “Journey to Babel” and “The Enterprise Incident”. Nimoy also felt that unusually among Star Trek‘s writers, Fontana was able to write believable female characters who were fully developed in the screenplay.

She also sold stories to several more science fiction series, including The Six Million Dollar Man, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Automan, although the latter never became an episode due to the cancellation of the show. Fontana wrote scripts with her brother for The Waltons and under her own name again for The Streets of San Francisco. Fontana married cinematographer Dennis Skotak. She died on December 2, 2019, following a short illness.

Ranking The 4 Stargate Live Action Series

Here is my ranking of the 4 Stargate Live action series, which includes the webseries Stargate Origins.

  1. Stargate Atlantis
  2. Stargate SG-1
  3. Stargate Universe
  4. Stargate Origins

While SG-1 is awesome and most people’s introduction to the franchise (despite it coming 3 years after the original movie) and is most people’s favourite, mine is Atlantis. That has to do with the fact that I feel that the Wraith are so much more awesome as a villain as I found the Go’auld very boring. Also when they focussed on the Jaffa I found it boring as well. The Wraith always appealed to me and they look awesome and dangerous. The action, the humour, the chemistry between the cast

Now if you were to include the original 1994 movie, I guess that list would be like this

  1. Stargate Atlantis
  2. Stargate SG-1
  3. Stargate
  4. Stargate Universe
  5. Stargate Origins

Origins is really bad. Badly acted, very low budget, badly written and there was no need to do the show in the end. It doesn’t make sense other than they were testing the waters to get interest in a new series for the franchise going. Yes, us fans love more Stargate but no, Origins wasn’t what we wanted.

Do You Dread Mondays?

Well not dread but I loath Mondays but just because it’s the first day of the working week. When I worked for Idea during the years 2004 to 2007 I had rotational offs so sometimes I got Mondays off and worked on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Ever since 2007 I have worked Monday to Saturday and then Monday to Friday. So I usually start my work week on a Monday and that is why I loath Mondays.

I sometimes feel that we need a 3 day weekend. A day in between Sunday and Monday to prepare us for the working week ahead of us. Saturday to go out and enjoy, Sunday to sleep in and rest and then the third day to gear up for the work week. I just read today that Microsoft tested out a four-day work week in its Japan offices and found as a result employees were not only happier – but significantly more productive. For the month of August, Microsoft Japan experimented with a new project called Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019, giving its entire 2,300-person workforce five Fridays off in a row without decreasing pay.

The shortened weeks led to more efficient meetings, happier workers and boosted productivity by a staggering 40%, the company concluded at the end of the trial. As part of the program, the company had also planned to subsidize family vacations for employees up to ¥100,000 or $920. In addition to the increased productivity, employees took 25% less time off during the trial and electricity use was down 23% in the office with the additional day off per week. Employees printed 59% fewer pages of paper during the trial. The vast majority of employees – 92% – said they liked the shorter week.

Something to think about.

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Norwich City 2 Arsenal 2

Arsenal’s winless run continued with Freddie Ljungberg’s first Premier League game as boss ending in a draw against struggling Norwich. The Gunners, with Ljungberg at the helm on an interim basis after Unai Emery was sacked on Friday, have not won for eight games. The result leaves Arsenal eighth in the Premier League, seven points off a place in the top four, while Norwich remain 19th, three points from safety. While Arsenal started brightly, familiar defensive failings resurfaced as Teemu Pukki ended his eight-game goal drought with a shot that deflected off Shkodran Mustafi. The hosts’ lead only lasted eight minutes though, with Christoph Zimmermann penalised for handball and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelling for the visitors with a retaken penalty, after four Norwich players had encroached when his original effort was saved by Tim Krul.

More calamitous defending allowed Todd Cantwell to re-establish Norwich’s lead, with the midfielder slicing through the Gunners defence and placing an effort into the bottom corner on the stroke of half-time. However, Aubameyang again drew the visitors level, turning in a loose ball from a corner to ensure Arsenal gained a share of the points. Arsenal have a number of issues that they will need to resolve before they can hope to compete for a Premier League title again, and the most pressing remains in defence. The Gunners arrived in Norfolk having kept just two clean sheets in the league all season and left with the joint worst defensive record of any club in the top half of the table. An absence of leadership or quality in central defensive areas appears a fundamental flaw and not one easily addressed in the short term by Ljungberg.

Arsenal have bought defenders in recent years, but none fit the mould of a Tony Adams, Sol Campbell or Martin Keown, who were known for being commanding and who seemed to enjoy nullifying their direct opponents. For both Norwich goals, Arsenal’s current central defenders played a passive role. With the opener, David Luiz was not tight enough to prevent Pukki from turning once he had reached Kenny McLean’s ball forward. The Brazilian and his defensive partner Mustafi compounded matters by standing off and inviting the Finland forward to shoot. For Norwich’s second, Cantwell was allowed to run towards the Arsenal goal and Mustafi remained stationary as the England Under-21 international placed his effort into the far right corner from the left of the area. On a trying afternoon for Luiz and Mustafi, Pukki was unfortunate not to add to his tally after turning the German inside out. The duo were also thankful to goalkeeper Bernd Leno for pushing McLean’s effort on to the post after he had run through the centre of the Arsenal defence unchecked.

Party At Mezzo

So as it my friend & now ex-colleague Yashila’s last day at work on Friday, she invited some of us for drinks and snacks at Mezzo, a lounge bar on MG Road. I had never been there before as I knew it was expensive and usually very crowded and they don’t have much room and tables. We met by 8:30 pm and has beers, cocktails, some spicy potato wedges and cornflakes fried chicken with a delicious spicy mayo.

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After the party ended at around midnite, 3 of us wanted more food so we went to the cafe in the same building and had chicken wings which were good.

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47 Meters Down: Uncaged

47 Meters Down: Uncaged is a 2019 survival horror film directed by Johannes Roberts and written by Roberts and Ernest Riera. The sequel to 47 Meters Down (2017), the film stars Sophie Nélisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju, Sistine Stallone, Davi Santos, Khylin Rhambo, Brec Bassinger, and John Corbett. The plot follows a group of girls who scuba dive to a sunken Mayan city, only to be trapped by a group of sharks that are swimming in it.

Teenagers Mia & Sasha are part of a mixed race family and now step-sisters after Sasha’s mom (Nia Long) married Mia’s dad Grant (John Corbett). They move to an iron bridge lending international school in coastal Mexico. After Mia is bullied by some mean girls in school gives Mia a tooth of a great white shark he found and recounts that Mia used to like scuba diving with him and arranges for the girls to see the great white sharks in order for them to bond. The next day as Mia and Sasha sees the mean bullies are on the same boat ride, they instead ditch the ride when Sasha is invited by her friends Alexa & Nicole to instead go for a fun time together at the secret lagoon.

At the lagoon they see a floating deck at the lagoon which leads into an entrance to a submerged Mayan city, where Mia’s dad, who runs a scuba diving company, and his consolidated loan calculator assistants Ben & Carl,  are working in to prepare for a visit from a group of archaeologists the following week. They find scuba diving gears and decided to check out the entrance to the underground city as Alexa has already been in there due to her dating Ben.  reaching an ancient sacrificial chamber. They encounter a cave fish who has no eyes but it scared Nicole, who accidentally knocks over a stone column causing a chain reaction, the girls get separated in the silt. Mia and Alexa find Ben, who is suddenly devoured by a shark thus dropping the guideline. The girls get reunited are chased by a shark into a tunnel causing a cave in to the lagoon’s entrance. The girls decide to go back for the guideline but encounter a shark forcing the girls to swim deeper into the city until they reach an air pocket. Mia leaves the girls behind in an attempt to find her father but finds Carl’s body instead. Grant saves her from the shark and reunites her with the other girls who came looking for her.

They realize the shark is blind, having evolved within the caves, and they are able to distract the shark with sounds and make their escape. The group surfaces at a clearing where a pulley system ascender is set in place. However, two sharks come to the surface, and Nicole panics. She attempts to climb up the rope as Alexa is going up, inadvertently causing the rope, and both of them to fall back into the water, where Nicole is eaten by the sharks. Grant tries to calm the remaining 3 girls and get them to swim deeper but he is attacked and killed by a shark. Mia, Sasha and Alexa swim into the caves alone, eventually coming upon a strong current which separates Sasha from the others. Alexa makes it to the other entrance but is attacked by one of the sharks and Mia is dragged into the current. Alexa escapes by taking off her oxygen tank, and drowns. Mia reunites with Sasha at the lower current and they swim into a newly discovered cave. At the end of the cave they find a crevice that leads to the surface but a shark appears and attacks them. Climbing up the narrow crevice they abandon their oxygen tanks to make the escape.

As they reach the surface they see the boat with their classmates are on and the staff are throwing chunks of meat to attract the sharks.Mia and Sasha get the tourists’ attention as they are attacked by the sharks. While Mia makes it onto the boat Sasha is grabbed by a shark. Mia jumps back into the water with a flare gun, and shoots the shark, freeing Sasha. Sasha reaches the boat, but Mia is grabbed by another shark, she escapes by stabbing it’s eye with the shark tooth given by Grant. Mia swims to the boat, and reunites with Sasha as the boat’s staff tend to their wounds.

It’s different enough from the first film to make it interesting. I love the concept but the CGI is poor and the scenes in darkness is hard to see properly. Yet there are some good tension filled moments and the girls are pretty.We have Stallone’s daughter & Jamie Foxx’s daughter in it as well! 6.5 outta 10!

Unai Emery Sacked As Arsenal Manager

Unai Emery has been sacked as Arsenal manager after 18 months in charge. The Spaniard, who previously led Paris St-Germain to the French league title and won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla, was appointed Gunners boss in May 2018, succeeding Arsene Wenger. He has been replaced on a temporary basis by assistant and former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg. Arsenal said the decision had been “taken due to results and performances not being at the level required”. The Gunners have not won in seven games and lost 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday. It is their worst run personal loan rate uk without a victory since February 1992, which was eight games under George Graham. They are without a Premier League victory since 6 October and eight points off the top four.

Ljungberg took training on Friday and the Arsenal statement added: “We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward. “The search for a new head coach is under way and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”  Ljungberg posted on social media: “However long I oversee Arsenal for I will give everything I have to put smiles on faces again. We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support. Let’s get to work.” Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu informed Emery at about 09:00 on Friday and the players were told at 10:00 as they arrived for a recovery session. Ljungberg addressed the players and Emery also had the chance to say goodbye. Other names linked with the post include former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta, ex-Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.

The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust (AST) said Emery’s dismissal was “unfortunate but inevitable” and the “more difficult challenge is to recruit a suitable successor”. Arsenal finished fifth in 48-year-old Emery’s first season in charge at Emirates Stadium after he replaced Wenger. They went into this season having spent more than £130m in the summer after signing winger Nicolas Pepe, centre-back David Luiz, left-back Kieran Tierney, striker Gabriel Martinelli and defender William Saliba, who will join next summer. The club also brought in midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid. They started this season with back-to-back victories against Newcastle and Burnley, but that run ended with defeat by Liverpool, before draws with north London rivals Tottenham and Watford followed. Their last Premier League victory was a 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

Gorgeous Gift Ideas For The Spiritual People In Your Life

While you can’t buy a stairway to heaven, it is sometimes helpful to acknowledge the faith of those we love by getting them gifts relevant to their beliefs. In fact, there is a wide selection of items available for folks from a whole range of belief systems and spiritual practices. Some of which you can discover in the post below.

Buddhists/Meditators – Zafu and Zabuton 

You are probably already aware that those practicing forms of Buddhism and even the agnostic version Mindfulness, spend a fair bit of time meditating. Much of which is done crossed legged while sitting on the ground.

Of course, if they are enlightened master level, then the discomfort of this position will barely register in their consciousness. However, if they are still tentatively beginning their walk on the 8 fold path, a meditation mat and cushion can be an excellent gift.

In fact, these items, known as a Zafu and Zubuton, respectively, come from the Japanese tradition of Zen. The advantage of using them being that they can not only help cushion the ankles during meditation, and also help to get your spine in the right position as well. This being likely to make them a welcome addition to any mediator’s life.

Christians – Cross Jewelry 

You may think that buying gifts for Christian friends and loved ones is easy. After all, there is that really important key text they talk about a lot, and they have a pretty prominent symbol too. However, it’s not just about finding something that appeals to their religious beliefs but also matches the type of person they are as well.

With that greenwoods personal credit in mind, opting for a piece of jewelry from providers like Holy Grace can be an excellent choice. In fact, there you can find a whole range of crosses and crucifixes as well as holy medals in many different metals and designs. Something that should make it so much easier to pick an item that you know the person you are gifting it to are sure to love and wear.

Yogis – Yoga Mat

The most obvious gift for those people in your life that are practicing Yogis is a mat on which they can conduct their asanas. However, just Googling the term Yoga mat will have you inundated with different types, materials, colors, and designs.

What this means is picking the right one can be something of a headache. Fortunately, you can navigate this issue by examining the type of practice your yoga-loving pal does. Now, I’m not talking about Iyengar, Ashtanga, or Bikram here. Instead, look for whether they head to a sports center or practice in their own home.

The reason being that those heading to the gym for their yoga class are likely to be more interested in the muscle training aspect of yoga, and so may appreciate a mat design will excellent grip. However, those for whom yoga is more of a lifestyle may prefer a mat with some more environmentally friendly qualities like the ones discussed here.

I Need My Coffee

This week and the last week, I have been waking up by 5:30 or 6 am and getting to work by 8:30 am. And other than the Monday last week, I have been waking up with a bad headache. This headache usually lasts for the most part of the morning, even past my coffee, shave and shower. After I change and get ready to go to work it still persists and doesn’t go away for a while.

It wasn’t there during the weekend or this Monday but again it comes up on Tuesday and I suffered from it on Wednesday and yesterday. And it only hits me today as to what is happening. I have been getting caffeine withdrawals! I have only been drinking the cup of joe in the morning and not having another cup at all during the day. This isn’t normal for a guy like me who usually drinks 3-4 cups a day.

That’s why I have been craving Coke/Pepsi these days and drinking a small bottle of either cola once or twice a day. I just had a second cup sometime back and I will drink another one a bit later in the afternoon/evening. Man, I need my coffee.

In The Face Of Death, We Are All A Little Awkward

Nobody sold death better than Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse. Wouldn’t we all love to own the handbook for the recently deceased that’s pictured in the movie? At least, some might argue, we would know what there is to come.

Death, despite having been part of human history for as long as we’ve been on the planet, remains a mystery that we can’t crack. More importantly, it is a mystery that makes us feel uncomfortable. Not only don’t you know what might come after, but you are none the wiser as to what to tell the grieving family. In the face of death, we are all desperately awkward – and that’s nothing Betelgeuse could help manage.

Sending flowers is an art

There is no funeral without flowers. However, sending flowers is an art that is more difficult to master than it seems. Indeed, the flowers serve a double purpose. They offer you the opportunity to be present even if you can’t come, and they give the grieving family some sense of comfort. As such, you can’t pick the first flower bouquet you find. If you’re unsure of which colours are best suited for the occasion, most florists will offer a standard range of funeral bouquets. Additionally, one last flower tip: Leave a card. The last thing you want is for the family to try to guess who the secret admirer is.

Saying the right words

Offering your condolences is an awkward moment for anybody who wants to say something kind and ends up lost in an elaborate metaphor about the magical beauty of life in heaven. Sure, you want to tell them that life goes on, but you should leave the typical “they’re watching us from up there now” off the conversation. Ultimately, you can’t force religious snippets of wisdom onto people, especially if you’re not sure there’s into that kind of stuff. However, if you know and understand their beliefs, well-chosen words from the Bible for Christians or from the Qu’ran for Muslims – if you’re unfamiliar with the Qu’ran verses, you can find some tips on Muslim Moons – can be a source of comfort. Ultimately, it’s about saying what the family expects you to say.

Is there a dress code?

Funnily enough, there is no typical dress code for funerals. Jazz funerals in New Orleans are filled with vibrant colours. As a symbol of rebirth, you’re expected to wear your brightest suit. However, more traditional ceremonies prefer neutral, dark shades. While nobody expects you to buy a new outfit to attend the service, the family prefers a strictly formal outfit whenever possible.

How long should I stay?

Finding the right moment to leave is a delicate balancing act. If you’re talking to the family, it can be difficult to say your goodbyes. Ideally, the softest and most effective way to leave the ceremony is with a comforting gesture. A simple hug can say all you need to say and offer you a short window of time to leave. You don’t want to be stuck in an awkward position where you’re not sure how to tell your host that you have to go home.

Funerals make us feel awkward because nothing in life prepares us to deal with death. However, keeping to simple rules can save you many uncomfortable moments, without mentioning that it’ll keep the grieving family happy too.

What To Consider When Moving Overseas

Moving to another country may be something that is necessary for many people for any number of reasons. The political landscape may be pretty dire in their country of origin, and whether or not persecution is something that action occurs there, very often a draconian policy can be prohibitive to many groups of people to work or maintain any quality of life.

There are of course other reasons that people move, it could be for a job,  to get closer to family, or it may be for reasons of pure wanderlust. Being close to friends and loved ones is vital for our health and happiness, and seeing and experiencing the world may be help many people to become much more rounded individuals.

If you are thinking of moving to another country then here are some pointers to consider before you take the plunge.

The Legalities

The fact of the matter is that family immigration is a complicated legal matter and is not something that can be done lightly. You will need to understand the immigration policy of the country that you are looking to move to. There may be requirements for you to hold a certain profession, or to be able to prove you have access to a specific amount of money.

Do plenty of research into the current requirements for an entry visa in the country you plan to move to. Find out if they are for an indefinite amount of time, and work out a plan for when that ends. You should also look into the countries relationship with immigration. It can be a hotly debated topic across the globe and the rights of migrants are in a state of flux in many countries. It is also worth trying to get a good understanding of the possible changes that may occur in the future of that country too.

Leaving Home Is Not Easy

You will have to leave a great deal behind you when you move to another country. This may include material possessions, but it will almost certainly mean leaving friends and family members too. Being homesick can be quite hard to deal with, and being thousands of miles from home may leave you feeling isolated. Think about how you will deal with this when you move. You will need to find new friends, but in a new place, this can be harder than you may imagine. This means putting yourself out there and trying to look for opportunities to meet with as many people as possible.

The Practicalities

Once you have arrived in your new country there will be a lot of things that you will need to do straight away. Obviously, finding somewhere to live is a priority. Get yourself a bank account set up so that you can start working and earning as soon as possible. Get a phone with a number that belongs in that country too.  Begin looking for work. Competition can be tough so you will need to put your all into making sure your applications stand out.

Early Meals

Skipping dinner is actually quite easier than I though it would be. As long as I go to bed at the relatively early hours of 11:30 pm and I have a nice evening glass or two of juice (litchi as it was for yesterday evening and today), a heavy lunch by 12:30 pm or 1pm and biscuits or something along with the juice at 7:30 at home and I can avoid a proper dinner.

What;s good is that I get the digestion done better and it is also makes me feel lighter, especially when I go to bed. I do not know how long I can keep this going and it is also only possible if I do a general shift (meaning starting at 8:30 am or 9:30 pm). The later I am at the office I will need solid food to keep me going. But I prefer this. I might try it again tomorrow night and anytime that I am doing a general shift.

Feels good, feels lighter and it’s not too bad as I do not feel hungry at all.

What Is Your Morning Routine?

My morning routine for those days or weeks that I do work a morning shift – like currently for the last week and this one I am working from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm – is very simple.

I wake up by the sound of my alarm, which is the Star Trek The Original Series Theme music by the way, and I try to wipe the tiredness from my eyes and then grimace as I get up outta my bed. Since I sleep in the nude I then get my undershirt and lungi from the chair where I sling it on before I lie on my bed. I switch on the light and then take s swig of water from the bottle that I keep nearby.

I then walk to my bathroom and wash my face and then take a piss. I then brush my teeth and switch my laptop on before I go get a cup of coffee. I then sit at my desk and drink my coffee while watching something on Youtube and/or doing a blog post until it’s time to take a shower and a shave. Then I get breakfast and change and then off I go.

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