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The Family Guy Version of Mine

Backed when I was still working in NHRC, I was the manager of outreach and marketing. I have a loyal fellow colleagues and subbordinates, who I deeply appreciate for whatever stuff they have done for me, both personally and professionally. Now I’m retired, I become a family guy my wife always wants me to be. I rolled up my sleeves, go to the garden, ventured into the garage, picked up the tool and fixed things around the house. My wife was so prooud of me. After all these years, this was the very rare time where I do not have to reach out for the neighbors, or call the plumbers to fix these. I should have made you retire earlier – She exclaimed!

Well, I could do lots of stuff when I was in power at NHRC, but when it comes to housework and family handmand, I still have a lot to learn. First, I have to buy an air compressor, and all-round tools that could help me fix lots of stuffs in the house, from filling up air tires, to inflate the pool for my boys, and power a lot of my air tools. I looked around for good air compressor reviews, and end up choosing the Viair 00073 70P heavy duty portable compressor for my next family road trip (a very compact tire inflator for tire emergency). For the home use, I picked the DWFP55130 for its quietness. So far, both of them never failed me once, and I hope they will be good support for me in the future.

Viair 0073 70P Heavy Duty Portable Compressor

I also take a look at some lawn mowner, but could not find any good one. One thing is that I prefer the brand that is not exist in the US, only in the UK, and …

BBQ Party – A long forgotten experience

I was invited for a BBQ party this afternoon. It was such a long time, since I got to a BBQ party. However, the feeling is still so surreal, mixed with excitement. I’ve always wanted to organize a BBQ, and invite all my friends over. However, my apartment is not that big, and also, I was busy all the time, that chance did not happen. Still, I love BBQ and enjoy every single moment there.

The BBQ is organized near the beach area. The place was a very big park at the east end of the city, with greeneries stretch across multiple districts. It provides a very fresh air getaway for all the residents here. You can bike, walk and have a casual run in this park. If you are sporty, you’ll enjoy your time playing volleyball on the beach, or beach football. There’s also a separated area for skating, skate boarding and frisbee. Simply sum up, you can find a lot of sports you love to play in this park area.

Thee BBQ pit is nicely organized with a booking form on the website. It’s always packed, and you must book 2 – 3 weeks in advance to get a spot. I love how it organizes the booking system, just fair and very transparent. You could not get into the BBQ pit if someone had booked it, and if you are seriously about breaking the rules, there will be police around askinng you questions.

So I come to the BBQ bringing some snack, drinks and food for contribution. I’d love this kind of potluck sharing, as it’s easy to organize a big party with everyone’s helping. It’s a great way to crowdsource people. It’s always great to do something big with lots of people contributing.

So yeah, I’m …

What is my current plan?

Well, that is an interesting question.

First, I’m gonna set up a blog, and share what I’ve learn so far. The blog you are reading now. Yes, that’s it. You have any idea to improve it? Is there any topic you wanna know more about, buzz me! If it’s a good idea, I’ll totally go for it.

Travel More

Second: Travel more. As you read my previous post, I made up the decision to quite job after traveling. And I will continue doing so. My travel bug has hit me, a bit late though. Damn! But yeah, time doesn’t matter. My wife has waited long enough. My kids are now grown up. One is in the US, and one is becoming an engineer in India (I do not force him to become one!).

Three: Publish a book. I have a wealth of knowledge, gather through my work in the field. I would try to consolidate my learning to one book, so that the next generation can learn from my mistakes and my achievements to further improve the NHRC organization.

That’s it!

James…

Why do I retire early?

There are some readers who contacted me and ask how old I was when I retired. Well, I was 50. They said: “That’ early retirement” is it? Yes it is. And they all ask me the same return question, inevitably: “Why so?”

Well, let me tell you my story. And to answer once and for all for the curious readers :)

I was traveling with my wife to Nepal. We went for a hiking trail on the side of the Himalaya range. We were not young at the time, but still, we keep fit and could go on hike like that, no problem. We finally reach our destination, and it was time to go home. Then suddenly, my wife told me: “Hey, let’s not go back. Continue the journey. I still wanna go… I simply don’t want to come to the empty house, where our kids are gone”.

Well, I know it’s simply cannot. I have work to do. I have important meetings to make. I have vendors to call, boss to appease, and my own employees to run. I cannot abandon work. That’s all my life until now.

My life so far

“Then who am I in your life?” – She questioned.

It stunned me. She was always besides me for all this years. Ups and downs. She took care of me, and my children. She handles everything at home when I was at work. She was the superman. I took her for granted sometimes …

Well, you are still in my heard. And always will be – I replied.

Then choose me. For once, choose me, and spend more time with me. I know you are devoted to your work, but well, be selfish at time, and choose your loved one. Your wife in this case.

The conversation dropped there. We returned home, …

A less serious not about my life after work

My first post was way too complicated with lots of jargon to understand about human rights. To lighten the load, here’s a less serious note on my life after my service at NHRC-Nepal. I will also touch a bit on how is it like to work at an NGO (Non-profit Organization), and the challenge that comes with it. Hope my writing hasn’t bored you until now.

Well, let’s talk about the NOW. After work, I just return home in my little town in India. You do not even know the name of this town, a very small town near West India. It’s not a very busy lifestyle, and suitable to the older generation (like me). I also stay here to take care of my parents (who are very old now), so I do not consider big city but living far away from the family.

At home, I am a very responsible father man. I take care of everything in the house, from fixing stuffs, to playing with kids, and taking care of the parents. I love this peaceful lifestyle here, something which I cannot enjoy since my full-time job at NGO. Some youngsters think that working at an NGO is leisure, and do not require much effort. Totally wrong story. It’s the same as corporate job, less the money. You will have to constantly source for money to fund your projects. Sometimes, you have a great idea, but without money, your idea is always on paper. Hard truth.

Compare to private work, NGO job could be considered less heavy. However, the things you cover will be as much challenging too (of course depends on the position you join, but speaking for my own experience, it is very challenging). You have to deal with the government (some could be …