Recent Life Changes: New Career and I’m Going To Be A Daddy


I know it has been a while since I’ve continually updated my blog let alone upload new photos but life has been a bit busy lately. As many of you know I recently graduated from BCIT’s diploma program Computer System Technology (CST). Since our 2 month journey was coming up shortly afterwards, I went back to work with my Co-op employer for 3 months to save up some money for the 2 months that we would be gone.

On the work front

Now that we have come back from our adventures over seas it was time for me to look for a career. I managed to find a great place to work and I am employed now as a Firmware Engineer. For those who don’t know what firmware is, essentially it is the software that talks to electronic devices’ hardware. This is one reason why I haven’t been able to update my blog as much as I’ve been learning their internal systems and getting a better understanding of their code. I’ll be dabbling with their devices’ user interface as well as getting down into the nitty gritty of it with C/C++.

The more I become comfortable at this new job the more time I can set aside (of course outside of work hours) to getting back into writing more blog posts and uploading new photos on a more timely basis. I still have to write a couple posts about our experiences in Cambodia too!

On the family front

Some people have wondered why we came back from our trip a bit earlier than we planned. We did plan to spend about 10 weeks on our over seas adventure but had to call it off short due (about 2 weeks short)  to something we didn’t quite expect would happen so quickly. It seems that Robyn and I will have a new addition to our family! Poor Robyn had to deal with nausea from the beginning of Vietnam down through into Cambodia and back to Thailand. The 14 hour flight home wasn’t very fun for her either.

As of this post, Robyn is currently 22 weeks along in her pregnancy. Last week we had an ultrasound done and this was the result of it:

Our family is now of size 3

We’re both really excited about this. The baby is healthy and moving around (making Robyn more and more uncomfortable). We’re past the half-way mark too. Robyn will be a bit more relieved once she’s past the 24 week period though, but hopes the weeks past buy quicker.

So not only is my new career have great timing, our lives are going to change a little bit. There is so much to do in order to prepare for the arrival of our first child and then so much to do from that point onward.

Things we’ll be looking into:

  • Baby Furniture
  • Strollers + Car seats
  • Carriers (such as ErgoBaby)
  • Diapers
  • Infant clothing (though people say you tend to get them from other people etc)
  • Toys (what I am most looking forward too haha)
  • and more

I doubt I’ll personally talk about baby stuff here, but perhaps I can talk about enjoying photography if I have a baby strapped to me. Who knows! Though I will continue to write about my experiences with photography as well as any travels we get up to.

That is what has been going on, we both are looking forward to what the future has in store too!

On the blog front itself

I noticed a few things I need to take care of here on my blog. Firstly, my contact form was not working and I have no idea for how long it was not working for. It seems my webhost changed something and I wasn’t informed. Though, I wouldn’t expect them to notify me of it either. Anyway, the script I wrote for dealing with my Contact page was making use of the PHP mail() function. I wrote a custom class that would allow me to send mail with HTML and attachments etc. Though, with the way it was sending these messages, PHP would say it was sent, but the webhost was configured to not relay the message properly and throw it away without notifying me or PHP. I fixed this by using a PHP class that utilizes SMTP and now I can receive messages properly. Who knows how many missed messages I failed to receive.

Another item I just noticed is that I need to set up a proper WordPress category page. That way I can link to the category of Travel and it would show any posts that are categorized under travel. I would hope this might make it easier to find more posts of various topics. Mainly, might help people see all of our SE Asia travel posts.

I’m sure there are other little things I need to clean up and add but I’ll eventually find time for that too. I really enjoy working with the backend code as well as WordPress.


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  • Gus
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 12:48:39

    Congrats to you and Robyn. It’s great to see you both doing well and enjoying the journey.

  • Karl
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 13:34:41

    Congrats on the baby, and all the recent news. Exciting times!

  • Sean
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 13:48:41

    Congratulations, dude!

  • Rod
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 16:04:58

    Congratulations! Great to hear!