Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Our New Family Member And The Trip We Wish To Take To Celebrate

About a week ago, on Monday, March 30th, I received probably the best piece of news of my life. Shalom fell pregnant :)

She came home from the gynaecologist's office with a huge smile on her face...  Gasping for breath, she broke the news to me. We hugged, kissed and cried for about 30 minutes. This was something we had been trying for for a very long time indeed, so for our dreams to be realised finally is both an enormous joy and an enormous sigh of relief for us. What can I say - I'm going to be a father and I'm the happiest man in the world as I write this :)

We spoke about how the next few months would pan out and things we might wish to get done before the big day. As the owner of a record company that runs almost completely on technology, I do want to go on a trip before Shalom's no longer in a good condition to travel. So does she. So we talked it over and decided we would both like to spend another week in Paris, as we both agreed that our last trip there was much shorter than either of us had wished, once we got to know the city!

Ever since we visited in January, Shalom has been dying to go back again, and I would personally like to visit several sights and restaurants that we unfortunately missed the first time around. We both want to be able to enjoy all the sightseeing opportunities... It's a very romantic city, as we discovered before, and we think this would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the first new member to our family.

In order to have that happen, however, I have to make sure that my recording studio is relocated to a different part of London. Due to some very complex planning permission issues that I won't go into here, this has to happen sooner rather than later, so I really need to take care of it, or the City of London won't be happy with me!

Before we can take our trip, I must figure out how all my computers and related equipment - very heavy stuff indeed - will be moved to the new address. But worst of all, I need to set up my Internet related equipment, and all associated phones, from the building I am in in to our new building in Shoreditch, where we are moving. That all has to be taken care of before my move. I have been informed that my five employees and I must vacate the building by close of business on 8 May. My wife has bought plane tickets for us to leave on Monday, 4 May, so I'd really rather deal with this ASAP. The other annoying this is that we will only have one source of income - Shalom's, who is a beautician - until the move is complete, so the sooner I can be up and running again, the better.

I'm now really looking forward to this trip, but stressed that I won't make the move happen in time. So yesterday I did a Google search for companies who could help with office moves, and I came across this company who offer to help businesses to move their IT. I checked out the website and said to Shalom, "Maybe we can try these guys. What do you think?" She read it herself, then I saw a "thumbs up," and that big, beautiful smile that I'll never get bored of :)

I thought it was worth a try, especially if they would oversee the entire process of relocation, and do it in a way that would result in minimal downtime. They reassured me that they would handle all aspects of the move I had to make, and would ensure that everything arrived - including the new Internet and phone service - in a timely fashion. Over the phone, their IT consultants walked us through the whole process from start to finish. They also said they would send their engineers to supervise the entire technological side of our transition, so that the business is ready to roll the Monday after the move. So our appointment is now set for 10 April, so that by 13 April we will be up and running again.

Fingers crossed, this will all run smoothly, and Shalom and I will be able to take the trip we are now
longing for to celebrate the new love in our live... :)

Saturday, 10 January 2015

The Day We Almost Missed Our Best Friends' Wedding

There are so many interesting things that happen in our lifetime and this is one of those that we just cannot forget. A good friend of us was getting married in Chicago and he had invited us personally to attend the same. Both of us were very excited as this gave us an opportunity to get to see Chicago and the surrounding places. We planned out travel well in advance and just couldn’t control the excitement. We landed in Chicago a week before the wedding as we had planned to make a tour around the place before the wedding date and be back in town on that day.
As per our plan, we started visiting places in Chicago. First, we went to the Chicago cultural centre, then to the pulmonary point, Osaka Garden, Montrose Harbour, The Art Institute, Garfield Park Conservatory, saw Miro’s sculpture, Harold Washington Library, Caldwell Lily Pool, North Park Nature Centre, Contemporary art museum, Lincoln Park, Osterman Beach and the Mexican Art Museum. This took us five days to complete the schedule. The only thing to be experienced was the Chicago water taxi which we decided to take on the morning of the wedding.
The D day arrived. We got ready by about 10 am and were prepared to go for the water taxi ride. We got into the cab and only then found out that I had missed my wallet in the guest house and went to pick it up. This was when I realised that we had left the keys inside and locked the door. I did not panic and went into the reception to ask them for the spare key. 
To my amusement they did not have any spare and told me that they had only one key and that was the one inside the house. I started to panic as we had to leave immediately and also have to come back and get ready for the wedding. The receptionist calmed me down and told me that she would have a locksmith to help. The locksmith arrived within an hour and the door was open. Thanks to the experience and the efficiency of your locksmith that we were able to attend the wedding on time.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Our Trip To France

France is one of the most beautiful countries that we have visited and the sheer beauty of the place should not be missed. There are so many wonderful and must see places in France and here are the top three from the places that we have seen.

The capital of France is home to the magnificent Eiffel Tower that stands tall and well lit in the centre of the city of Paris. Once should not miss being here as you would wonder how to go around this romantic city that has a mix of both tradition and modern day glamour. Paris neighbourhoods are also filled with lovely places that you can see when you visit France. Finding your feet in France can be quite a challenge and it is here that an amazing app called Smarter Paris helped us. We were able to travel to all places without having to stop by to ask for directions.

French Riviera

This is the place that is located in the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Cote d’Azur is home to many tourists who come here to mainly admire the exquisiteness of the place. Though many of you may be aware of the Cannes Festival that is held here, St. Tropez, Villages of Eze and St. Paul de Vence are the other attractions that should not be missed.

Mount St. Michel

The tidal island of Mount St. Michel is a majestic place that has to be seen in order to believe. The surroundings are completely flat and you can see the island alone as a tall tower which looks like someone has stacked one floor on the other just like how you would do the building blocks. This island is something that you have to see to believe in the magnificence of nature and the talent of the people who built this in an era that did not have any of the modern day equipments.

There are many other places in France that you must see like Bordeaux, Loire Valley and Biarritz which you may like but these three were the top of the list for me and my spouse and hence I have recommended them here.