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In the recent past, I’ve been thinking a lot about, my being obsessed with too much of a stuctured & perfection - both in personal life and in the day job. I’ve always liked to plan things in advance and complete my tasks to perfection. Being organized and attention to detail has always been priority for me. I suspect whether I had acquired this nature of mine since the childhood, inspired by my father and also from being a very active Boy Scout. My father being a very dedicated government servant in his entire career, has always served any organization he worked in a well planned & organized manner and completed his duties to *perfection. Similarly, he maintained the same high standards for anything and everything he did at home also. Being on time for any appointments and finishing any tasks on time has always been an important thing for him. In scouting, I learnt to *Be Prepared all the time. I was heavily invloved in planning & orgnizing both indoor and outdoor activities in the Scout Troop.

I believe, my obsession of being too structured & perfection has most part has helped me in maintaining my high standards, specially in the day job with increased depenability, which is a good thing overall. However, on the flip side, it has also contributed significantly bringing frequent anxieties, unfortunately. Lately, as a workaround to over come frequent anxiety, I’ve been trying a few things like, keeping a control over checking emails when not at work, spending more time under the neem tree, starting to read & keep a Bullet Journal and spend time in coinversation with my favorite 10C community. Though, I haven’t experienced remarkable improvement just yet, I expect to see even little improvement to the current status.

Reflection

Earlier this month we had staff forum for the 1st time in a long time, since the prideccssor of the Divisional Head had retired.
After a slide presentation giving a business update on financials and customer feedback ratings, the Divisional Head addressed the forum. At the out set, he mentioned that it was the first & last time that he was going to talk at the entire session and in the future, it would be respective departmental heads must give an update of each of their business units' initiatives to the audience.

Addressing the audience, the Divisional Head emphasised mainly on cost efficiency, process efficiency and improving product & service. The Key themes were:

  • Quality is all about customer expectations and constant change in expectations,
  • Being able to meet customers' changing needs of expectations,
  • Speed to market - Being able to work smarter & faster with a flexible approach,
  • Make things happen - to design a product & service, that will enable crew to deliver efficiently,
  • The product & service must be faster, more modern & more efficient,
  • Sustainability - more environmental friendly products

All in all his message was very clear that we need to change the way we work. No nonsense with him - he wants us to make things simpler, deliver results faster with cost & efficiency in focus and ultimately support to create stress-free cabin crew, so that they can engage with customers to improve overall customer experience.

Two Months

I completely had forgotten that it has been two months, since mother passed away to this past November, the 7th. There hasn't been a single day passed though, that I did not think about her. Unfortunately, every time I think of her and all the love & care that she gave to me, the more sad, I have been. I missed her lots. I miss calling her to ask about her and to enquire about what's going on SL, I miss her queries about how our daughter is doing etc.
I'd like to think she is still thinking of me and looking after me from the heaven. I know, she will continue to love, care and protect me from danger for ever. I love you mum! May you attain supreme bliss of nirvana

A couple of days back, my niece sent the photo below, which was taken in December, 2017 at our home in SL. She knew one of my all time favorite dishes is srilankan rotti and she never missed to make them all by her self whenever I visit there.

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From Byword to 10C

Oh, well… that the other day I asked Jason, whether 10C retains any post that we compose elsewhere in Markdown 1 and copy + paste in 10C admin panel. The answer was affirmative. Here is the test post I’m composing on Byword app on my iPad to send to 10C. Let’s see how it goes… Nothing much else interesting to say.


  1. In this instance on Byword

Notion App

Writing this post in Notion app on iPad. They have a separate area that one can use to write blog posts if they so wish. In fact there is a template for writing blog posts. In the recent past, it appears that Notion app has got some traction among tech community. Quite a few people on the inter webs believe Notion is a reliable candidate for Evernote replacement. Notion’s concept of wiki is intersting. I haven’t used Notion much except just playing with it a few months back with their web app on Mac. One reason for my seldom use, perhaps becuase I don’t like it much on any of my iDevices. That said, I might give it another try to see whether it’s of any good use for me in the coming weeks

Another Friday

Since I lost my mother, I haven't been look forward to Fridays. Come Friday, Feel lots of emptyness inside thinking about mother.
There have been some times, I used to call her on Friday around noon time. She used to tell me that she feels lonely not anyone around home as everyone has gone to work.

Memories

I haven't got many photos taken with mother in the recent past. But when all the family met in Sri Lanka in December last year, we captured a few pictures. Most of them were taken by my sisters and I never even got to see them until recently, when they were sent via WhatsApp. Am posting a couple of them here for preservation for next ten centuries for many more generations to see. 1 IMG-20180922-WA0001.jpg IMG-20180922-WA0000.jpg 20171218_180653.jpg


  1. Yes, you read it right. That's the goal of this site

Back to walking

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Inspired and accompanied by Lasantha 1 I resumed the good old habit of walking earlier this evening. Achievement unlocked 4. 3 kilometres in about 48 minutes. !


  1. Brother in law

In Tribute to My Mother

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It has just been 10 days, since my mother passed away. It was Friday, September 7th,2018. Even though, I wake up early at about 6.00 a.m. during weekends; on that Friday I woke up for a bit to go to the bathroom. The wall clock in the bathroom showed 04:15 1 As it was still too early to be up on a weekend, I decided to go back to sleep. I don't bring my cell phone with me to sleep. But, the wife does. Still in half a sleep, at around 05:30 in the morning, I heard Wife's cell phone rang and she was talking with my niece from Canada. In the 1st instance, I thought, it must have been an emergency at her home. In the end of the phone conversation, Mrs. asked me to check my cell phone, in which case I had to get up and walked downstairs. As I was picking up the phone, my brother-in-law was calling me and conveyed the sad news of mum's passing early hours in the morning. For 1st time in long time, I was speechless and broke down with tears! I just could not believe it. That was so unexpected and unrealistic for me. She was considerably in good health. I even had called her twice a few days before in that week. About 3 years ago though, she had to under go a complex surgery and was under intensive care for about 3 weeks or so and fully recovered. It was a miracle ! Since then, she has generally been an active person in the age of 85. She looked after her self, with some support from a part-time lady house-help. some times, she even walked to the near by small town for groceries & cooked authentic Sri Lankan dishes, whenever I visited her.

Mum was a school teacher through out her working career and had a natural talent of Excellent teaching skills and guiding not only her students; but also her children at home 2 Maintaining high standards of discipilne and education has always been high priority in her list.. She, together with our father, provided the guidance and environment for that. Beside, she has always been a devoted follower of Lord Buddha's teachings and until her last day, she served both buddhist temple and the needy with good deeds. She did not miss to offer Dhane 3 every month.

With her continuous love, affection, kindness & guidance, mum kept us glued together in unity, since our dad passed away 8 years ago. 4. Mother provided us parental guidance and support whenever needed. The love and affection she gave us through out our lives is irreplaceable.

Since mother's passing, close friends & family who had an insight about her death has told me that her death was a peaceful one in her sleep and according to buddhist beliefs, her soul is in a much better place. I have no doubt on that. That’s said, I find it rather difficult and hard to come to terms with her sudden departure from my world.

My loving mother, may you attain supreme bliss of nirvana!


  1. It was 05:45 in Sri Lanka and later I found out that was about the time my mum seemed to have passed away in her sleep

  2. Four girls and a boy

  3. Alms offered to the monks

  4. Coincidently dad's death also occurred in the month of September on 14th day

Mother

It has been 10 days, since my mother passed away. It was Friday, September 7th,2018. Even though, I wake up early at about 6.00 a.m. during weekends; on that Friday I woke up for a bit to go to the bathroom. The wall clock in the bathroom showed 04:15 1 As it was still too early to be up on a weekend, I decided to go back to sleep. I don't bring my cell phone with me to sleep. But, the wife does. Still in half a sleep, at around 05:30 in the morning, I heard Wife's cell phone rang and she was talking with my niece from Canada. In the 1st instance, I thought, it must have been an emergency at her home. In the end of the phone conversation, Mrs. asked me to check my cell phone, in which case I had to get up and walked downstairs. As I was picking up the phone, my brother-in-law was calling me and conveyed the sad news of mum's passing early hours in the morning. For 1st time in long time, I was speechless and broke down with tears! I just could not believe it. That was so unexpected and unrealistic for me. She was considerably in good health. I even had called her twice a few days before. About 3 years ago though, she had to under go a complex surgery and was under intensive care for about 3 weeks or so and fully recovered. It was a miracle ! Since then, she has generally been an active person in the age of 85. She looked after her self, some times, she even walked to the near by small town for groceries & cooked authentic Sri Lankan dishes, whenever I visit her.

Mum was school teacher through out her working career and had a natural talent of teaching the curriculum and guiding not only her students; but also her children at home 2 Maintaining high standards of discipilne and education has always been high priority for her. She, together with our father, provided the guidance and environment for that. Beside, she has always been a devoted follower of Lord Buddha's teachings and until her last day she served both buddhist temple and the needy with good deeds. She did not miss to offer Dhane 3 every month.

With her continuous love, affection & guidance, mum kept us glued together in unity, since our dad passed away 8 years ago. 4.

Since mother's passing, close friends & family who learnt about her death has told me that her death was a peaceful death in her sleep and according to buddhist beliefs, her soul is in a much better place. Even better, May my mother attain supreme bliss of nirvana"


  1. It was 05:45 in Sri Lanka and later I found out that was about the time my mum seemed to have passed away in a sleep

  2. Three girls and the boy

  3. Alms offered to the monks

  4. Coincidently dad's death also occurred in the month of September on 14th day