Office – OBT

Last couple of month I couldn’t gather myself to write something here, and now I regret it a little. Anyway, it was a busy couple of months with work and assignments. As usual, little bit of a breathing time at the end of the year, and almost all of us have lighter schedules toward the end of the year, mostly preparing plans for the next year.

Anyway, this is about the three-day OBT and annual trip from the office. We thought of changing the traditional way of going on the annual trip from the office, and added some adventure this time. Pushing ourselves to extremes in life is something I believe a lot, and this time we tried some of that, which we haven’t done or have happened to be forgotten for a long time. As kids we loved adventures, and we used to see some exciting things more regularly with the curious minds. But with time, we embrace quite a lot of responsibilities and bundle our lives with work and hardly find to time to explore the world, more importantly, explore ourselves.

 

 

So, first we head up to the mountains, for canoeing and then 3-hour trekking through the jungle. That sounded amazing, and we all were eager for the whole programme. Even though it got half an hour later to get there, we managed to get everything in order not to skip anything from the schedule. Since some rain was expected in the evening, we decided to do canoeing first and then the hike, as it would be even more interesting and challenging in a wet weather.

It was not an usual rowing exercise,  the canoe itself was so narrow that we could hardly fit into it. After a little bit of struggle, we managed to row in to the reservoir. It was pretty exhausting after an hour of fun in the lake, and by the time we came to the shore, a lot of energy has been drawn out from ourselves. But that couldn’t stop us from the next adventure.

It was the most thrilling experience I would say. Creeping through jungle bushes, and to make it more interesting, the beautiful Belihuloya stream crossed our path several times. We dipped our feet in icy cold water a few times, and felt the energy rising back up inside us again to head toward the end. The scenery was breathtaking as well, as most of the central hills were visible through the mist which covered most of the peaks of them.

After a hectic three hour journey through the jungle, we settled for a late lunch and relaxed ourselves in the tents in the evening. Dinner was a BBQ night with a campfire, and we had a pretty joyful time doing games and sharing funny stories.

The rest of the trip was to relax ourselves a bit in Udawalawa, where we stayed in Grand Udawalawa Safari resort. We played some cricket in a local school playground and in the next morning went to safari in the national park. On the way back home, we couldn’t miss out one of our favourite sports, which was carting. The track looked the same and the feeling was the same. Even though the ten minutes of speed and twisting our bodies with sharp turns made the body-pains even worse, the pure thrill of the event could soak up all of that at the end.

After three days of adventure, we managed to arrive at homes before the sunset, and it was something I would definitely try again next time, and may be, add a little bit of more time to spend in the wilderness.

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Google Loon – Balloon powered Internet

Well that’s a whole new idea. As always, the guys in Google have come up with another new technology to expand the use of Internet throughout the globe.

So, what is this Loon? And what’s that got to do with balloons?

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The method is rather simple and really innovative. Those high-altitude balloons are placed high up in the air (in stratosphere, which is about 30km/20 mil above sea level) and create a wireless network with high speed capabilities. So it won’t create any disturbances to the regular airline traffic.

Another problem is how they are going to position the balloons? Well, again a nice idea. They are going to maneuver the balloons by adjusting their altitude to float in different layers which have correct speed and direction – cool isn’t it?

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So with all that fancy technology, who is going to be beneficial?

They have already tested the project in New Zealand with successful results and now going to test a full coverage in a country. It was somewhat lucky to be in Sri Lanka, as they have selected it to be the first country in the world to provide the full coverage through the project Loon.

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So with this technology, they believe it would be possible to provide Internet access to the far corners of the world, whether you are in a bustling city or in an uninhabited rain forest.

Read more about it:

Google Loon

Project Loon – Wiki