Thought of The Night- Introversion

10/31/2016

8:26 PM

Happy Halloween guys! Who stays at home during a Halloween night? I do. I am not into Halloween. I am not into crowds. In fact, I have started tonight’s blog a bit early so that I can watch a classic movie like, “Forest Gump”. I know it sounds crazy! I am an introvert and as an excuse I can say I have work tomorrow, so I don’t wanna stay up late partying.

By the way, if you are like me as well and want to read a short story to kill a bit of time, then check this out: A Paranormal Halloween

Tonight’s topic is “Introversion”. What does being an introvert mean to you? Well, there are ten other definitions online and you probably have your own. But according to me, I enjoy spending some lone time with myself most of the time- that does not mean I am awkward or shy actually, or I lack communication skill. In fact I am quite honest and straightforward. Neither do I lack confidence. I just have an independent mind of my own. That’s it! But if you find my rare hidden buttons (my favorite topics) I can go on and on talking and giggling endlessly.

I have always avoided crowds since childhood. In school, all kids would scream and hustle down through the stairs. I would patiently wait until it gets quiet, then I would come down to go home.

According to the Myers & Briggs test, I am usually an INTJ. Pretty common personality type among engineers and scientists. I said “usually” because I took this test like 5 times. 3 times in recent past I got INTJ and couple of times recently got INFJ. Now when I looked at the spectrum of T-F, both time it showed 49% thinking and 51% feeling, which means I am still a borderline INFJ. Probably now-a-days, I am sub-consciously leaning more towards feeling, becoming more humanitarian!

It says that, INTJs are common among technical professionals but INFJs are rare individuals. Am I on my way to become a rare one? LOL. I do not know. People go through some period of transitions throughout their lives. I am probably no exception.

Anyway, I won’t make tonight’s post long. What type of personality are you? Does your personality type suit what you do? Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Photo Blog: Cal Poly Pomona-My Alma Mater

What’s up Broncos? Anyone out there…?

Cal Poly Pomona is a school which I wanted to attend to get a “hands on” education in engineering. And long story short, I did. Now I am getting the benefit of my hard work, career wise.

This is me. I currently work as an Electronics Engineer for US NAVY-Space & Naval Warfare Command ( SPAWAR SSC PAC).

 

When I moved to Cal Poly Pomona to study a few years ago, I spent about 4 months in the University Village. Then I moved to a place of my own, just within 2 miles of the campus.

Each and everyday that I had attended, I felt grateful for the opportunity that I got. This school is like a hidden gem in the desert. The Cal Poly Pomona Career fairs specially for engineering majors are great resources. I think the Career Office, MEP, SWE, IEEE along with many other student organizations do a great job providing opportunities for networking and employment. I learned it early to organize and promptly respond to school emails which lead me into projects outside classroom experience.

I probably will write more about my experience in future but here are some snaps that I had taken from the campus-

Cal Poly Pomona Zen Garden (was my favorite spot to relax on Campus)

Cal Poly Pomona Bronco Statue

Horses grazing at Cal Poly Pomona

Our iconic CLA building from far at Cal Poly Pomona. The sky is always clear and blue here…

University Plaza at CPP campus

Cal Poly Pomona Rose Garden (another of my favorite spot on campus)

Cal Poly Pomona Kellogg Farm, ready for Fall Pumpkin Patch Festival 2014. This time around the year the field turns orange with pumpkins.

I have many photographs taken on Campus. If you liked what you saw I will post more later.

 

Thought of The Night- Parallel Reality

9:06 PM

10/26/2016

If you are not familiar with the concept of Parallel Reality, read that post and also check Cynthia Sue Larson‘s page. The reason why I am sharing her link is that so far I have found her way of describing parallel reality somewhat convincing. I am not getting paid to endorse her or anything.

I was watching one of her interviews on YouTube one day where she talked about small anomalies in our daily lives which are probably the result of parallel shifting or reality jumping. For example, suppose you firmly believe you must have placed your matching socks at the same place. But you end up finding them in different places. Or you did not find your car keys where you usually keep them etc. You later think you might just have forgotten or were not paying enough attention. But you might have made reality jumps! Sounds fascinating. Isn’t it?

About a couple of months ago. One day I lost my locker key at work. We are not allowed to bring personal devices inside the lab. We have to put our phones outside in lockers. Each locker has a key to it. So we keep the key until we get out of the workspace and take our private belongings back from the locker. I am one of those people who have great memories and I usually do not forget any details. It is very unlikely of me to lose focus and forget what I was doing. Just like the other days, I had put the key in my pocket after putting my purse in the locker. Then when I came back I didn’t find my key in my pocket and just to be sure I went back to the bathroom, cafeteria, office desk, lab, etc. I thoroughly checked but nope, just didn’t find it. The manager opened the locker with his common key, so it was resolved. But I cannot forget, where did the key go? This is a small incident but it bothers me.

On September 7, I wished my co-worker a happy birthday and he said his birthday was a few weeks ago. But one day at lunch I remember he mentioned his birthday was on September 7.

Now probably I forget things way too often then I think. Probably we are not shifting between parallel realities. But what if we are actually? The reason why this concept bothers me is the word “parallel”. Way too many physicists are now claiming that parallel universes exist.

My point is that even if they do, they cannot collide because they are parallel to each other like layers unless there is some sort of wormhole.

So in order to physically move from one parallel universe to another, you must go through a wormhole. It also does make sense that our doppelgangers might be simultaneously existing in all these different universes and only our current state of awareness can move from one parallel universe to another without physically making that shift. But the question is how?

Cynthia Sue Larson claims that just by having an open mind and imagining a doorway to another parallel universe one can shift through time and space. If you need another new age life hack positivity trick, this might work for you. But there is a difference between imagining yourself to be the best of “you” from another parallel reality than jumping to a reality where everything has slightly changed including you.

Now I am watching this video which explains everything better:

Science has not proven this theory yet. What is your take on this topic? Have you ever experienced slight shifts in your realities?


Also Read:

Timeline Travelers: A bizarre journey of two alien contactees (Inter-Galactic Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition

San Diego, CA-Mission Beach and La Jolla Cove

Yesterday I posted about San Diego, CA- Ocean Beach. There are many beaches in San Diego. One needs to tour all of them in order to figure out the characteristics and vibe that each one of them poses. If Ocean Beach is touristy and hippy, then Mission Beach is more local. If La Jolla has this posh, uptown college vibe, then Coronado Beach has a private island atmosphere. I will write about Coronado Island another day.

But today I will write about Mission Beach and La Jolla Cove. I am a San Diego local now. So I hit the nearby destinations quite frequently and at my own pace. But at the same time, I want to see everything from a tourist’s perspective. Imagine those of us who are living in California close to the ocean and all these awesome destinations, paying the high cost of living and always thinking-“well, I am a local. I can visit this place another day.” But that other day does not come very often. I have changed that approach. I think life is too short and I don’t know how long we will live. So let’s enjoy it while this experience lasts.

Mission Beach –

Just like I said, Mission Beach has a very local atmosphere. So let’s look at some snaps I have taken at Mission Beach.

Some more from my Instagram

La Jolla Cove-

The La Jolla area has a lot of tourist attractions. There are some real hidden gems: from private beaches to awe-inspiring visuals, to seal beaches, downtown shopping/restaurants/hotels and many more. Quite frankly, I am still exploring this area. I go there quite often. If I have to compare La Jolla’s atmosphere to Ocean Beach and Mission and Pacific beach, I would say it is more sophisticated, yet has this young college vibe due to its proximity to UCSD.

Some pictures from my Instagram and camera-

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I will come with more San Diego posts later.


Cabrillo National Monument & The Rosecrans National Cemetery (San Diego, CA)

San Diego, CA- Ocean Beach

San Diego, CA- Ocean Beach

Okay, so it has been a while since I moved to San Diego permanently from LA for my current job. I have been to San Diego a few times in the past. Now that I am a local, I still take the time to tour around this vibrant place like a tourist. I have also briefly lived and traveled to northern California. The first thing everyone asks me is how do I like it here so far, especially compared to L.A.? My answer is, I freaking love it here. There is no place like San Diego for me in the US, hands down. I still get to enjoy the crisp So. Cal weather, while it is not too extreme because of the proximity to the pacific ocean. The traffic is way better compared to LA and San Francisco. The whole environment is a lot more relaxed than L.A. And should I mention that the San Diegans are a lot more chill as people. It perhaps has to do with the nice view and environment.

Whether you are taking a trip here or a local, there are always some hidden gems even in the most visited destinations. So I will share my San Diego (as well as other places) tour experience in series. I love taking snaps and I always try to hit some nearby places to check out the food. So if you are like me, this post is for you.

When I first moved to San Diego permanently, the first local places that I checked out was the ocean beach area. It has this nice, touristy and hippy vibe. There are few tourist hostels and it is always hustling and bustling with foreigners and Americans traveling from other states.

When I was taking a walk to the beach, one day I noticed a sand merman made by an artist. The next day he made a mermaid for the merman (in a photo below you can see the artist working on them). I did not continue there for the rest of the week, so I don’t know if he added some babies for the couple, LOL.

Some more pictures-

I went to the Ocean Beach Pier Cafe to try some seafood. This is a no-frills place. But the view and food are amazing. I usually share my travel and food pictures on my Instagram

I loved this ice-cream waffle sandwich place so much. It is called Lighthouse Ice Cream.

I went to a cafe nearby, with a nice view. This place is called Shades Oceanfront Bistro-

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They also have great lobster soup.

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Another place I did try to go is called Hodads. This place is really popular at Ocean Beach for its burgers. I went on Sunday and I found a long line waiting outside of that place.

There are many other food places including gourmet seafood to local Asian food. I have not tried them all yet.

Forgot the name of this place but it is in Ocean Beach, on the same left lane that Lighthouse Ice Cream shop is. This place has some really good Asian plate combos.

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I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. I will come with more posts later.


Check out my other posts in San Diego:

San Diego, CA-Mission Beach and La Jolla Cove

Cabrillo National Monument & The Rosecrans National Cemetery (San Diego, CA)

Thought of The Night- Law of Attraction

10/20/2016

8:56 PM

I’m writing another weird post before going to bed today. Two days ago, I was expressing my opinion about reincarnation. If you have not read it yet, then read it here: Reincarnation

Today I want to talk about the Law of attraction. No, I am not giving tips on how to attract people to make romantic relationships. I am going to emphasize how, with our positive thoughts, we attract more positivity in our lives and with negativity we do the complete opposites. Although, that goes for relationships as well.

One day I was going to my work, it was a perfect sunny morning in San Diego and the view was amazing. I was thinking about a personal problem that I was facing at that time. Then I realized, the state of well-being is generated through our mind. And if you are unhappy, it doesn’t matter whether the surrounding area is like a paradise, you still don’t enjoy it. It becomes really important at that point to shift all your energy to a positive state. Life is too short and everything is temporary. I asked myself, why am I not enjoying the morning with this great weather and ocean view on my way to work? I should be rather grateful that I am alive and well.

When I go through some stress nowadays, I tell myself that it is nothing and I have had tougher times in my life before. With patience comes ease. During my dark times, when I was not finding any hope and I was almost losing my confidence in me, there is one verse from Al-Quran that changed my whole outlook towards life. There is no bigger truth than this for me.

“…..And whosoever fears Allah(God) and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out of all hardships.
And he will provide him from sources unimaginable to him. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him.” (65: 2-3)

At the core of my concept of the law of attraction is thanking God almighty and asking him for help to make positive changes in my life.

Kora-The Heavenly Cat

Kora was my brother’s cat. She was adopted when she was a few months old. She is a very sweet and shy cat. You probably have seen countless mischievous cat videos online. But she is an exception. She does not give a hard time to anyone, stays mostly indoors, she has a few favorite spots around the house to sit and scratch. Her favorite list keeps changing but her all-time favorite space is always next to the windows.

She hides underneath the bed or sofa when she sees a stranger. She does not mingle with everyone but if she picks you then that means you are special. I’ve always loved cats but never had one of my own. So whenever I would go to visit my sister’s place (my brother lived in my sister’s home), I would spend time with Kora. My sister has two very sweet dogs as well. I am not a very big fan of big pets. All three of them (cat: Kora, dogs: Cheeky & Woofy) are small and very sweet animals. Spending time with Kora means basically watching TV or doing something on the laptop while she very cozily sits next to me slowly wagging her furry tail. But I never have seen her asking for attention, well, she did occasionally from my brother but not from the rest of us.

I would only see her occasionally and hear stories about her from my brother. Then a lot of things happened in my life. I finished my electrical engineering degree and went through a lot of job interviews. That time of job seeking and unemployment (or I should say underemployment) was rough. No, it was not like a fairy tale as everyone believes, you don’t always land a decent engineering job right away even if you are the best of students, come from a well-known school, have many “relevant” experience under your belt. That is a whole different story of how I overcame that short dark period and landed in something that was beyond my expectations at that time. So fast forward to everything that happened, let’s assume I got two job offers: Job A & B around the same time.  While I was at job A, I figured out in a few days that I am in a wrong place, got an offer from job B and was going through the employment process of Job B. Job A is not what was promised, career-wise not very fulfilling, pays a low salary and makes people work for an insane amount of hours without overtime pay (on exempt salary). Job B is a dream job for many to start their career in my field, it pays according to industry standard, great work-life balance, career-wise provides meaningful work and is located in a ridiculously gorgeous area. Job B takes time to process due to security clearance requirements. I was tired and fed up of being at A, it was sucking the life out of me and I was praying to God almighty to get me out of here ASAP. Finally, I could not take it anymore and decided to quit A and spend the remaining time of the job B process at my sister’s place.

My brother had moved to his college dorm, so I was staying in his room with his cat Kora. I did not inform anyone in detail except my mom about the job B offer. Because of the things that I have been through, it was hard to grasp at that time that this was happening to me, that I got an offer from them and it is just a matter of time to finish the clearance process. I have a clean slate so passing the extensive background check was not an issue for me. But I was still going through a mild depression because I did not know how much longer the process would take. There is a general time frame but because it defers for each individual, the officials would never say anything specific in an email or on the phone. There was another prospect of job C but they would only go forward if for some reason I would not finally go with job B.

So when I came to my sister’s place, I was an apparent idiot in my siblings’ eyes who quit her only job at that time. I said there is a possibility of job B but did not reveal yet that I got it and just waited for the process to be over.

The first day when I entered into my brother’s room I turned the light on and I saw Kora continuously meowing. I closed the door, sat on the bed and she is asking for attention, which is very unlikely of her. I texted my brother and he replied how Kora misses his company because my brother is not home anymore except for the weekend. Kora does not mingle with other family members. I think cats have this strong sense about who loves them and they would only seek those people. I took her in my lap and rubbed her belly and as she was purring, I was crying. I knew deep down that I did not do anything wrong by quitting that job but I was stressing on the fact that “what if” something goes wrong and I don’t get a start date from job B? Vacationing in a relative’s house is different than living in there during your hard time.

In the middle of the night, Kora would wake me up, tap my hands asking to pet her, kiss my nose with her nose and rub her scent on me with her head. I would gently pet her and calm her down. I would imagine if I die now I can go to heaven with this cat, I would contemplate she and I are sitting next to a heavenly tropical waterfall. Then I discovered, whenever I was depressed, she would ask me to pet her. As if she is trying to divert my attention from negative thoughts. Animals do have telepathy. I believe that.

That evening was her playtime. I would point laser light on the floor, on the wall and she would try to catch it. There were other cat toys too, to play with her. Every day she would very promptly during that time ask me to play with her. At first, I did not understand, why all of a sudden it seemed like she was trying to verbally communicate through her meowing. My brother said she is asking for something. She does not do that to everyone but asks me because she knows how I was taking care of her. I thought that was very adorable.

Then finally that day came when I heard the good news of getting a start date from job B. Thank goodness it was only a few weeks and my prayers were answered. It was time for me to move on. I was supposed to adopt Kora in my brother’s absence. That seemed most appropriate. But renting in San Diego is a whole different story. I live in northern California. While San Diego is not San Francisco, I know, it is still very expensive, especially the main San Diego county area. And why wouldn’t it be, it is the happiest and the most vibrant place in the United States. The beauty, the beaches, the Pacific ocean, the crisp and wonderful weather, so many things to do here. But bringing your own pet is a special struggle for a renter, most properties don’t allow pets if they do they must be cats or small dogs but with a high deposit and monthly extra fees. I could not afford it at that time. One of my co-workers suggested that I could adopt her as an assistive animal. And why not, she is a very therapeutic cat. But I thought about that and figured out, I am very busy and I don’t have much time to look after her. She would have to spend all day in a tiny apartment that I am currently in. It won’t be much different than her current situation in my brother’s absence. I want her to stay in a better place where she is better-taken care of.

So we decided to give her up for adoption. She is in a different place now. Wherever she is, I hope she is having a great time, getting all the love and care that she deserves. Thanks, Kora for giving me company during a tough time!