Friday, February 29, 2008

An email I sent to Minigate Folks

Today is the last day in my first office in Korea. Before going out I wanted to write a good long email but I din't do that. I just wrote a small note to everybody. I wrote the email below.

Subject: How lucky I am to have something that makes saying Goodbye so hard.

Dear Minigate Folks,

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I am leaving my position at Minigate. I will be starting my PhD study next month.

I have enjoyed my tenure here and I appreciate having had the opportunity to work with you. Thank you for the support, guidance, and encouragement you have provided me during my time at Minigate. Even though I will miss my colleagues and the company, I am looking forward to this new challenge and to starting a new phase of my career.

Please keep in touch; I can be reached at my personal email address (joshi*****@* or at Cell number, 010-2***-7901.

Thanks again for everything.

Yours truly,

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Visiting Nepali Embassy in Korea

Today I visited Nepali Embassy in Korea. Before arriving there, I was thinking about general layout of the embassy. I thought that it's one/two room office with 2-3 staffs. Surprised, it's a building seems like some small foreign diplomatic mission in Nepal. It's a 2 story building with 2-3 rooms in each floor. Well furnished and having few staffs including Koreans.

I found the staffs were co-operative. I visited embassy to extend Srijana's visa, as her professor denied to extend it. Mr. Khanal, chief of the embassy (I don't know what's his post), I found him very generous person. He called to Srijan's advisor professor and requested to extend her visa.

I talked to Mr. Khannal for 20 minutes. He asked me, my experience in Korean companies, payments and benifits. He talked about his relatives who wanna come to Korea. It was a nice talk.

Srijana finally called her professor, he agreed to extend her visa. We thanked staffs of the embassy and came back.

A nice experience.

* Above picture is the map of the embassy to get there.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

My Bagalamukhi

Bagalamukhi is one of the Ten mahavidyas. Bagalamukhi Devi smashes the devotee's misconceptions and delusions by her cudgel. Baglamukhi literally means “crane faced,” though this is a misnomer. The name 'Bagla' is a distortion of the original Sanskrit root 'ValgA'. Baglamukhi has a golden complexion and her cloth is yellow. She sits in a golden throne in the midst of an ocean of nectar full of yellow lotuses. A crescent moon adorns her head.
The Bagalamukhi Mantra as per Mantra Mahodadhi:
"Om Hleem Sarva Dusthaanaam Vaacham Mukham Paadam stambhaya jihvyamkilaya buddhim vinaashaya Hleem Om Swaha"

Minigate's Staffs

My first company in Korea - Minigate. I worked in this company for around 5 monhts. This is the picture of few of Minigate's employees.

Few guys in the picture already left the company. Some of them are still in thouch with me. Few of Minigate's staffs- Serena, Haejin, Douglas, Chan 대리, HangDeok, Eric, 이대리, 천대리 and Shannon 윤 has given me unforgetable memories in Minigate.
It is a trend in Korean IT companies to change company very frequently.
I loved to wrok in Minigate. I miss you guys.
Enjoy your life and keep in touch friends.
- 조쉬

Roadmap for PhD

1. First Semester:
a. Take all theory subject, take few undergraduate subject
b. Make sure the PhD student can take undergraduate courses
c. Learn Matlab
d. Expertise in C++
e. Read 20 papers
f. Select 4 good journal papers
g. Write 10 pages summary
h. After final exam – make 2 pages report of 10 pages summary
i. Simulate idea
j. Expand 2 pages report and turn it as a IEEE format
k. Send it to International conference or Local Journal
2. Second Semester
a. Learn VC++
b. Expertise in Matlab and C++
c. Elaborate the idea and make more sophisticated algorithm and send it to International Journal/Local Journal/International Conference
d. Make concrete idea about the future research
e. Master in NS-2
3. Third Semester
a. Master in NS-2
b. Master in VC++
c. Master in Matlab
d. Find 20 papers related to the area of interest developed in 2nd semester
e. Read all 20 papers and select 4 again
f. Make 10 pages summary
g. Make 2 pages report
h. Simulate the idea
i. Write a good paper and send to International Journal/International Conference
j. Change something in second semester’s paper and submit in Local Journal/International Conference
4. 4th semester
a. Try to do something extra than previous semesters
5. 5th semester
a. Try to do something extra than previous semesters
6. 6th semester
a. Try to do something extra than previous semesters
7. 7th semester
a. Try to do something extra than previous semesters
8. 8th semester
a. Try to do something extra than previous semesters
b. Write awesome Thesis
c. Graduate

Other Activities:
9. Write down one paragraph blog everyday.
10. Join Health Club
11. Join some social organization/NGO
12. Make good friends and spend some time in socializing
13. Learn Skating and Skiing
14. Learn Swimming
15. Make a Baby
16. Call mom once to travel around Korea

Hello world.

I created this blog to write a diary of my new journey of undefined destination. I am going to the university for my PhD after few days. I have little excitement, more worries. My professor, colleagues, lab mates and of course of study all are new for me. Many of my friends adviced me not to go to the university in country side. But it’s my own willingness to go there. Hope god will give me courage to fulfill my dream. My father always wanted me to study hard and become a good guy. If he is looking from haven, I would like to say him, father I am trying hard for being good.

Gyanendra Joshi