What’s Your New Experience for Today?

Everyone is busy. So we tend to always follow our usual route when we go about doing things. Why? Because we’re familiar with the route and maybe its the fastest route between point A and point B. So we see the same things daily.

But what if we changed our route for today? Let’s say we change our lunch route today. Would you be exposed to new things?

Last summer I took a bus trip from one town to another. I would usually have a book with me to read on the bus. It was a small bus with about 20 people, most of them tourists. But for some reason, I refrained from closing myself to the world and started a conversation with the bloke sitting beside me. This is something I never do. I would rather be left alone in my little world. But for some unknown reason, I decided to open my mouth and talk, knowing very well that I could be rejected.

That was what I was afraid of – being rejected. We fear the other person would just shut us off. It happens. But another thing could also happen – they could respond in kind. Which is what my neighbour did – he talked back. Turns out he is a freelance programmer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was in Perth for a non-profit charity event for kids.  He reminds me of Men at Work’s, Down Under song lyric of a 6-foot man full of muscles. And yes this giant does non-profit work. I wonder how he codes with his large stubby fingers. He started doing charity work when his girlfriend left him for a richer man. His only skill was programming. So he did what most of us would do – he applied to all the firms that paid their IT people decent salaries. But no one responded. And with unemployment being quite high in Brazil, the only companies or organizations that responded to him were the non-profit organization. Initially he rejected them and persevered with applying to other companies before his mother suggested he start with the non-profit companies and the rest is history.

He finally answered one of my question about non-profit organizations. I always thought that you worked in a non-profit organization for free. Turns out that I was wrong. You do get paid. You just don’t get paid high enough to buy a nice car. But they pay you enough to get something with 4 wheels.

He started out as their website programmer and soon became their IT guy and then became the person in charge of marketing and now he’s the vice-president! Can you imagine that – a vice president and he hardly looks a day above 30! And now he’s being courted by other companies in Rio to work for them.

I guess we will never know where the road less travelled will take us to.


Organize Your Mobile and Web Reading with Pocket

I’m a voracious reader. I have more books than I can read. I have more ebooks that I can possibly find the time to read. And yet I scour the web for interesting snippets to keep my mind happy.

And it irritates me when I don’t have a pen and paper to bookmark interesting sites on my phone. I used to use Evernote to keep track of interesting web sites until I bumped into Pocket!

Pocket lets you easily save articles, videos, and other web content for later. All your items go to one place, so you can view, organize and share them anytime, on any device, even offline

Pocket - Save for Later


You can save articles, news stories, blog posts, videos, recipes, and any web links that you find online or from your favourite apps and view them on your tablet, smart phone or computer (everything synchronised).


Pocket -Read Anywhere


Pocket even works when you’re offline. Access links and articles you’ve saved even without an Internet connection. You can also set Pocket to only download when connected to Wi-Fi to reduce data usage.


Pocket - Organise


Archive or Favorite links you’ve read or watched. Add Tags to organize related content into topics or categories and stay in sync across all your devices.

Whether you’re browsing online or on-the-go with apps like Flipboard and Feedly, you can easily save interesting articles to Pocket that lets you access them whenever you want.

After you’re done reading or watching, send the articles and videos you enjoyed to another friend’s Pocket, or share to Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, or email.

Pocket’s available on Android and iOS.

This is one tool you’ll be glad to have on your mobile.