Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Myrtle Beach

Its been very long since myself and my wife went on a vacation together - alone, it doesnt meant we havent been touring. Yes we did, but with other family members too. Longing for an opportunity since she landed in US to go out, one more reason is there too. I bought a BMW car and wanted to take it for a longer ride. It took almost a month's time before we could travel because of the project schedules and late hours working.

As usual, asked friends who have been to Myrtle beach, and did a blogsearch for "Myrtle Beach" "Stayed In" "Photography" related terms and got a idea of what I wanted to do for two days and kind of came up with a plan.

Wanted to start from Raleigh around 5 in the morning so that I could reach the beach by 8.00 or 9.00 in the morning, after spending a while in the beach wanted to can check in to the hotel by 11.00. But we have started around 8.30 from house and we reached there by 11:30 in between we had some brunch in KFC, near Myrtle Beach.

When we reached there it was really very hot out there in the beach, my wife said lets go to the hotel. But that was my first beach in US, kind of a dream come true - after watching so many Hollywood movies. I dont want to go to hotel then, I wanted to photos - you know what kind - convinced my wife spending half an hour before checking in. But as the day progressed the climate became very good and we stayed there in the beach upto 3.00 in the afternoon. Then we checked in to the hotel, we stayed in Quality Inn, decent hotel. Its not on the shore - still we could easily see the sea from the the room balcony.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Living THE dream life

I should have never written this.

But this is how it works out every time, where we know we are making a mistake but still we do it. So who cares, let it show how I transformed from something to something else.

I do not remember from when I want to come to US, but I am pretty sure that would be from my very young age, I wanted to become a Software Engineer, and come to US. Both my maternal uncles were working in software industries and were there in US for at least some time. Now after analyzing things/times/prespectives I could say that, the respect what they got from my locality, relations - especially my mom and dad - made me think like, I should better be a software guy who works in US.

History is a very bad teacher. I had enough reasons to suspect my own predetermination's about being a software guy and working in US. But I saw the same thing, US dream, in all of my colleagues dreamy eyes, I cant even remember a single Software Engineer who don't want to go to US. Not even one. I had only one difference, I was never so pushy for US opportunities there were two reason 1) I know I will be coming to US one day, so why hurry 2) I do not have 12+4 years of education. So I was gathering more and more experience in my own field. So that I can satisfy my first reason.

Life was never easy with that choice of not pushing for US Visa, I know people with little experience or little knowledge or know little stuff been able to pursue their US dreams and I have to wait for the right time. In between I tried once, when I thought I had enough experience - obviously I was wrong in that - and it failed miserably, with me losing a good mentor and friend. 'Never mind moved on' - Adele. Now I can definitely say that was a very premature attempt or actually it was not at all an attempt.

I tried to get a US offer, and got one for 60K I guess if I am not wrong, and I was asking for 10K more. But the thing what I learned was - I was correct, and my Mentor-friend was wrong. I made my decisions well with respect to not continue with the offer. After 3-4 years of my first offer, I am here in US with the salary most of my 'Alien' friends are not earning. I know I might be over-boarding by saying that, it just for the reference that I have made few GOOD decisions in the end.

I am not sure how long this is going to last, but I know one thing. This is the life I dreamt of living, and I know I am living the same. I heard people said that, while they lived their dream life they didnt realize that they are living one. But I guess I know I do. I am not saying this is THE best one, I could have dreamt for and I could have achieved. But I am saying I dreamt of this and at least I achieved this.