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Back to school is almost here...

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In spite of all the social distancing and limiting human contact, to avoid the spread of the pandemic, there is one element of this pandemic that I am thankful about. And that is the enormous amount of quality time (even in small micro-moments), which we were able to spend with our children.  As a father, who did not take the opportunity to take paternity leave which was available through my employer at the time, I always felt that I should've taken it when I had the chance. However, the pandemic gave me that opportunity, which I am grateful and thankful to have.During this time, we (all four of us!) got to spend a lot of time entertaining our kids, and being entertained by them. We explored new board games, learned to build circuits, do small projects around the house together and spend quality time, together, as a family!Soon they will be headed back to school, in a very different environment, and they will need the support structure at home to help them cope with changes they wi…

Certifications - PSM

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My personal belief has always been that mastery and credibility comes from actions, not from a piece of paper. I've always felt that getting "certifications" is not the best way to learn and achieve excellence. That all changed over the last 10 years that I've been involved in delivery of Agile projects, both as a Technical Lead as well an Architect.
Scrum, and more specifically, the principles defined by the manifesto, have given me a really good perspective. Having practiced in over the last 7 out of 10 years, I finally decided to take the plunge and secure the PSM 1 certification. I plan on continuing to gain practical experience, followed by certification as a way to verify and validate for myself the practical learning and mastery achieved through continuous improvement and growth.

Ontario's beautiful wine country

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The year 2020 marks our 10-year wedding anniversary. Like all of you, we had great plans for this summer to celebrate this milestone in a memorable way. That plan changed and was postponed. Instead, we decided to venture out on a mini-vacation of ours in the beautiful Niagara Wine Country, to spend a few days away from kids, work and generally any grown-up responsibility. Keeping physical distancing and recommended precautions in mind, the six of us ventured out with a set itinerary which took us on a self-guided bike tour of three wineries (Marynissen, Lailey and ReviewView), a picnic lunch of our own at one of the wineries, mixed with some quality time with friends who have been our small close group that have maintained isolation during this pandemic.
The bike's we rented were provided by Tour de Vine, who have a pre-arranged package that includes bike rentals and the wine tasting costs and reservations at each of the three wineries. Out of the three wineries, both Marynissen and…

Longrow Single Malt Whisky

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Whisky (Scotch) has been a beverage I've come to appreciate a lot over the last 10 years and I've always made an effort to try new ones. As recent  as last week, Longrow has become my new favourite peaty scotch.

Morning starts are best when paired with...

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This pandemic is here to stay, for a while. For as long as it is here, there are a lot of lessons and learning which we can take away from it. Being prepared as a society, nation and economy, to being prepared physically, mentally and emotionally as individuals, to muster up the necessary strength to push through each day; Support our family, loved one's and friends. And to play our part in insuring that we are not passing the contagion along to others.
I have to admit that the past few months have been a bit of a challenge. Who am I kidding, they aren't a challenge, they've been the toughest to endure. The months of March and April, were the easing in phase of the pandemic. May and June, for me were the toughest. It was not until July and now August, that I have come to adjust to this situation.
The biggest adjustment that I've had to make is to give myself permission to start the day with the two most important things. First, is being grateful to have a great wife, and…

The defending NBA champions are back!

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Those of you know me, know that I am a die hard Raptors fan. And I am super stoked to have the Raptors, our 2019 Defending Champions, back in action in Orlando (bubble or not). Doing what they do best. Proving themselves, despite the challenges, they are out there to make believers out of the same nay-sayers who ruled them out in 2019.





The unofficial end of summer?

Today being August 1st, it feels like the unofficial end of summer is almost here. The summer came and passed by, and even with this pandemic around us, I hope that most of you out there made the best use of the warm (and often wet) weather.For me, the start of August, is a trigger point to make the most out of the next 30 days, before it's time for kids to get back to school. With the pandemic, it will be a very different back-to-school experience, with a lot of nervous parents (and kids) out there. Don't stress, we will all get through this. But for now, I would like to remind you all to make the most out of the next 30 days. Go outside, enjoy the long weekend (for Canadians). Even with the thunderstorm in forecast for Sunday (August 2nd), go out there and get wet in the rain, with your kids, or without them. Be thankful and grateful, that your family, and loved ones are safe and sound. For those of you who are nervous, it's ok to be nervous. Just step out and relax and e…