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Student Story: A SUSE Scholarship in Cloud-Native Application Architecture

I was recently selected to compete in another Udacity scholarship challenge this time with SUSE to learn all about Cloud-Native microservices. As part of the challenge, we had to answer a few questions as part of the Student Story Program Yearbook. It's a requirement to be active in these community initiatives in order to be selected to proceed to phase 2 of the nanodegree program, so I gladly answered the questions below. In one or two sentences give us a BRIEF introduction of yourself. My name is Chromilo Amin and I'm from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I am a lifelong learner and believe that continuous training and re-training is the key to being relevant at your job in technology. I am disciplined enough having passed some certifications via self-study and have even loaded up on 15-credit semesters during University. I have taken many vendor certifications and many University or College degrees to further my career. There is an insatiable itch that comes with continu
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Student Story: A Bertelsmann Technology Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence

As part of the Udacity Bertelsmann Technology scholarship, I was asked to write a student story to provide feedback on the overall experience. There were 3 questions on a Google form and these were my answers to those questions below.   Fast forward to July 2021, I was selected into phase 2 scholarship and have submitted all 3 projects for grading. I even submitted all the career services projects including Resume review, LinkedIn review, Cover-letter review, and GitHub review.  Make sure you don't click "Graduate" yet until you are ready because you will be kicked out of classroom chats so make sure you have said your farewells in advance.  What do you want the world to know about you?   Loving husband and father to two wonderful kids. My passion is academia and enjoy the journey of learning. I have accumulated many certificates, diplomas, and degrees over the years. Some from self-study, some from traditional brick-and-mortar schools, and more recently from online/dista

Tong Louie Family YMCA gym opens this Friday

My neighborhood gym is finally opening its doors at the end of the week. I am so excited because other fitness centers like Club16, Fit4Less, and AnytimeFitness have already opened their facilities. I can't wait to get back to my regular fitness routine and pick-up where I left off on my strength training regime. I received the welcome news via email last week with this statement and was asked to reactivate my membership which was put on pause from March to June. "We are excited to announce that we are reopening the Tong Louie Family YMCA on Friday, June 26th at 2:30 p.m." I filled in the reactivation web form on Friday and received confirmation today with details on what to expect. Gym visits are staggered to ensure physical distancing and only possible with advanced registration through the MindBody scheduling website . I didn't want to be the first at the door at 2:30pm and appear to be too eager so I booked a 3:30pm Fitness Flo

Home for sale in a culdesac at Sullivan Heights

I just noticed a for-sale sign today on the front yard of my neighbour's house. We live in a very nice culdesac so whoever snaps this up will have hit the jackpot. I looked at the BC Assessment for 15053 61B Avenue and saw that the realtor is selling it for less than that. I think that the COVID-19 pandemic has relaxed home sales which is a great opportunity for buyers. It’s a 4 bed, 4 bath, 3044 square feet property and we both moved in to the area in 2006 to a brand new development by a respected builder.  My brother also mentioned that there was another house for sale in the same culdesac at 15009 61B Avenue. This one is a 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 3659 square feet property and am saddened to also hear about this because I have attended some neighborhood block parties with them in the early years when we first moved in to the area. I have known both these home owners for 14 years and will surely miss them when they move. 

A Nightmare on 56 Avenue & 152 Street

I had a very bad and stressful experience at the TD Canada Trust branch Sullivan Square plaza in Surrey, BC. I was working on renewing my mortgage with a refinancing agreement with a mortgage broker in early March 2020. The incident really started Tuesday April 7 when I had to step into the branch to meet with an incompetent personal banking associate to sign the paperwork for my mortgage renewal which would sit inside a new home equity line of credit (HELOC). Part of the application required closing a few credit cards by having the branch pay for them on my behalf and then writing each merchant an account closure letter. I said that the balances recorded on the paperwork were from beginning of March 2020 and therefore inaccurate. She asked for an updated outstanding balance from each credit card to be emailed to her the next day and she would pay those latest outstanding balance instead. I also said that the paperwork didn’t have the correct bank information to withdraw my future bi-w

Nuisance Bylaw prohibits feeding of peafowl

A resident on 62nd Avenue said that a couple of RCMP officers came knocking on his door last weekend. They handed him a business card and said that someone had intentionally reported to the city that he was feeding peafowls in the area even though he was not doing that. At first I wondered why that was an offence but thought about bears, cayotes, and other wild animals. Although beautiful creatures, peafowls can be a pest, scratching up cars and windows, and making god-awful noise at 4am. I looked up the fine for feeding a peafowl and it’s $250 from a “nuisance bylaw” instituted back in 2018. It started that year when another neighbor cut down a tree in his yard where the peafowl supposedly were nesting. I didn’t know about this bylaw until my neighbor mentioned the visit from bylaw officers. If you didn’t know before, DO NOT FEED and DO NOT KEEP the peafowls if you see any of them around the neighborhood. You are welcome.

Suspicious characters dump unwanted clothes at curbside

There were two suspicious characters on Saturday May 30, 2020 at 4:30am in the morning who left a few clothes on the curb side of 150th Street & 62nd Avenue. They sorted through three bag of clothes they carried with them in the dark and sorted through the bag under the street lamp to lighten their load. They left with two smaller bags and left what presumably didn't fit them. They were captured on cam but can't quite make out their faces. If you recognize the clothes in the picture or in the cam, please comment here. Be alert too if you see these two around the neighborhood and report them to the authorities. They were seen headed south on 62nd Avenue after this, presumably to take transit.