Birthday Breakfast At Milano’s

A full cooked breakfast on my birthday. 2 poached eggs, sausages, hashbrowns, grilled mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, bacon and a sprig of fresh parsley to complete the delicious ensemble. One word from me - yumsko!

No, I did not eat everything on the plate incase you are wondering. I really didn’t plan to have a full cooked breakfast but the idea was there. It was a lovely sunny day, not hot or muggy so a cooked breakfast at Milano’s on Queen Street, Brisbane City seemed like a natural choice that morning. 

As you can see, I was going to have a King’s breakfast. I did wait a little while for the breakfast to arrive at my table but realised that there were more people here than perhaps on a weekday. When the plate was infront of me, it was, let’s say, a breakfast worth waiting for.

The 'silver ware' and the nice fresh clean surroundings...waiting for my green tea to arrive.

 The only bit of excitement or rather the interruption of my thoughts, was when a couple sitting next to me, obviously, very much fascinated with eachother, asked me to take their photo. I quickly obliged. I tried to capture their moment so I made sure I framed the photo properly and did not disappoint them.

After a few minutes of trying to figure out the best angle, voila! click went the camera, photo taken and handed back their camera. They were quite pleased with the result and complimented me for my photographic skills obviously they may have noticed my Nikon D90 parked next to me.  Well, that is neither here nor there. The important thing for me was that their special moment was well-captured and I got a compliment for a photo well-taken. It was not bad for someone who could not remember their own birthday even if it were staring them in the face.

Green tea finally arrived to a very warm welcome from my stomach...

I tried to think of all the birthdays I’ve celebrated, well, the ones that I can remember but not chronologically, are you kidding?

I couldn’t even remember how I celebrated my birthday last year. In fact come to think of it, I celebrated it in Alotau – a quiet affair but then a few days later I was singing with my ex-Salima members – it was a great bung as we sang some of our memorable numbers for the relatives and friends who gathered to celebrate another birthday in Alotau on 19th March, 2010.

After my King’s breakfast, I took my time walking around the Mall and shopping arcades and taking  in the sights and sounds of the city and thinking about the afternoon at JKL’s place at Bellbowrie.

Using The Blackberry: Knowledge-Sharing

Don't leave home without your Blackberry...

Sometimes one doesn’t have to keep on going back to the user manuals  of a new IT gadget such as a Blackberry – an advanced step-up from an ordinary mobile phone.

In my humble opinion, I think the Blackberry has revolutionised the options of mobile phone users – which is just about everyone I know.

The mobile phone is still expanding and improving in design and utility. It’s amazing how fast new ones are entering the market. In fact we are really spoilt for choice.

Some people are fast learners and keen users of the Blackberry and some are slow learners, and perhaps are  intimidated by mobile phones.

I am a real rookie when it comes to using the Blackberry however,  I am slowly but surely learning how to find my way around all the applications and commands. It remains a thing of delightful discovery!

Yesterday afternoon a kind lady showed me how to use the MemoPad on my Blackberry. I was absolutely taken by how simple the steps were. Now that I know how to use the MemoPad I don’t have to carry around so many pieces of paper just to jot down the outcomes of my aha! moments…

She shared with me her step-by-step process of writing notes and important stuff/informaton she needs to remember for which the MemoPad is a handy tool. She told me that a close friend of hers showed her the use of the MemoPad. This was absolutely wonderful. I now know how to use this application. I can email notes to myself…yippeee!

I realised with a smile that not only are people so willing to share their knowledge but such kind people could be someone you hardly know or who you do not suspect would share their knowledge and experiences so readily and eagerly. Such kind people enjoy mentoring others wherever and under whatever circumstances they find them. I feel so blessed.

If everyone were to share their knowledge of the Blackberry and how to use it properly, we would have established a Blackberry knowledge-sharing network.

Use Innovation To Empower Not To Overpower! Say What?

PopTech: popcasts.

This inspiring reminder comes from one Alec Ross. Who is he? His short bio says that he is the Senior Adviser on Innovation to the US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton and was a force behind US President Obama’s campaign and now the new US  Administration. In his own right, I guess amongst other brilliant stuff, he is co-founder of One Economy a non-profit organization ‘devoted to closing the digital divide’.

I came across this video presentation, ” 21st Century Statecraft” via Twitter, on 17 November.  The link is: http://tinyurl.com/ycaxns2#poptech.

Watching this video, I was really amazed not only at the frankness of his presentation but also of his ideas of innovation as a catalyst for change and development everywhere. Bridging the digital divide is a topical issue for many organizations engaged in development work – development partners. It is a also topical issue for development practicioners around the world. Ross cited and showed examples of the positive results of technological innovation in Togo, the Congo and others. However, I think what made an impact on me was his candid challenge to American policymakers and politicians alike and the brains behind US foreign policy to use technological innovation as tool for ’empowering not overpowering’.

He said that America’s foreign policy must focus on empowering rather than overpowering via techonology. This is powerful! This is the bomb! He poses the challenge, more like throwing down the gauntlet, for re-imagining America’s engagement of the wider world – its relationship and role. His invites people to think seriously about  “How innovation can be applied in America’s foreign policy…”.  Music to the ears of many likeminded people I s’ppose.

What, who by the way is PopTech? it’s brief intro says that it “… is a unique innovation network – a global community of cutting-edge leaders, thinkers, and doers from many different disciplines, who come together to explore the social impact of new technologies, the forces of change shaping our future, and new approaches to solving the world’s most significant challenges. We are known for our thriving community of thought-leaders, breakthrough innovation programs, visionary annual conferences and deep media and storytelling capabilities”.

Their mission is “…to accelerate the positive impact of world changing people, projects and ideas. We do this by creating transformational experiences that showcase the ideas, trends, challenges and opportunities that are shaping the future”. For more information on PopTech visit their website: http://www.poptech.org

The video is a must see and a must hear! Thanks Alec for an inspiring presentation!

Information Technology Affects Us All: It Starts With One Great Idea

As someone interested in information technology and living in London, this is an interesting development. New information on what is out there. Hats off to people who are involved in making IT accessible and enjoyable. Most welcomed and appreciated. It only takes one idea, a small spark to bring change. Power to them! Have a read of this…

Europe to get a London TechHub for startups to meet and work in

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Bush Techie

At the office sometime in 2005

The idea of blogging is absolutely mindblowing and mindboggling! Mindblowing because of the possibilities and opportunities it represents. Mindboggling because it can be frustrating navigating on a website and at the sametime trying to use a computer as effectively as you can. Sometimes it feels like driving on a highway without a map or a sat nav. Last year about this time I did not know what a blog was or what twitter was all about. Well this year I’ve decided to participate in the 21st Century. Participate being the operative word! For me it was like, well if this is the way of the future, then fine. But on my own I did not have the motivation nor the inspiration to embark on this track to the unknown – and to do it willingly, hah! Well, meanwhile at my workplace the real techies were advancing towards cutting edge technological applications that I found absolutely amazing. But being true to myself as an adventurous island meri, I decided to find out more about what blogging was all about. My first and only office blog took the ‘top blog for the week’ title. Well from there my enterprising spirit took over I suppose and ”My Magic Moments’ was  born. From this experience I could perhaps safely say that if you are no techie like me it does help to know how to use a computer – a little more than one finger typing.