Off to Africa – a life long dream

Hi Everyone!

It has been a while since I last posted any cool technical articles and so on. Well I am off to Africa!

I was surfing in Indonesia in April this year and that is when the penny dropped for me.

Romiko surfing indonesia

I realised that:

We make a Living
by what we Get
We make a Life
by what we Give

This was my answer. I realised that, I need to follow my passions, and it is possible to work and live life, in harmony!

This is where Ranger Rom was born.

Romiko thinking about Ranger Rom

I love technology. I take pride in the work that I believe in. Ranger Rom is proof of this. It uses state of the art technology from Amazon EC2, S3, CloudFront, Ruby On Rails, ImageMagick, Jekyll and all sort of cool stuff that could take 10 blogs to write on, seriously! Since working on Ranger Rom, I enjoy developing products, because it enriches peoples lives, but most of all, it’s fun.

I realised that I had a choice in life, and now is the time for change. Now is the time to step out from the sheep, pull the wool over the eyes of the wolf; and make a stab at something new and creative.

I might fail, I might fall hard, but at least I will have no regrets when I am 113 years of age, sitting on my bed, going – I wish I did that when I was young.

I encourage you all to live simple, keep the luxuries in life low. A lower carbon footprint and more money to go travel. You do not need to work 9 to 5, year in and year out. You can make a CHANGE and still WORK. You can do the same job but only for half the year, instead of the entire year. There is a will, there is a way!

But this has now changed, and I encourage you all to follow my New Adventures, but more important to follow your dreams and your heart. Today I have posted the first chapter, and yes, it is based on a true story. I am going to the bush for a long time. In between breaks, I will be doing crazy things to, like Paragliding from Mozambique to Madagascar and surfing enormous waves. However, my primary goal is to give back to nature. There will be breaks in between, to earn an income, but ultimately my goals is a balance between my career and what I do outside of it. I believe I can do both a 50/50 split.

Below is Ranger Rom’s first news report to read, so please feel free to join the world of Ranger Rom!

Ranger Rom – Off to Africa

Romiko and Ranger Rom in nature

Ranger Rom is all about promoting wildlife awareness by creating cool games for kids and adults to play. Scheduled for release on the IPhone and Android at the end of this month! IPad and Tablets will soon follow over the next couple of months.

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Chile Surf Yoga Trip April 2012

Just bought my tickets for a trip to remember, surfing big lefts in Chile, I am so excited to go and learn about the country, people and explore the places. Will be travelling with Maurice/Julie and some local surfers here in Sydney.

You can check out their website here: Chile Retreat 2012

I always wanted to check out South America, and no better way than to travel with people who are from Chile. I am really appreciative that my work, Readify,  has let me take unpaid leave.

Waters in Chile are freezing, and I don’t have a 4/.3 wetty, Maurice has been kind enough to offer one of his to use, so that puts me to just buy a hoody, booties and some gloves.

The average swell height is 4-6ft, perfect, I am a bit concerned that I might fall in love and stay there and just become a surf bum, ha ha!

Another place that I am definitely keen to surf will be Chicama in Peru, I guess I will plan this for 2013.

Well, I am hoping to survive the PNG trip, which is now only 2 weeks away, we changed the plans and will be travelling from Vanimo To Madang, and have cut out the mountain climbing, mainly due to timing, we would rather be surfing or diving instead.

Here are some picks of the last trip the guys had in Chile.

I am, well….Excited! Peace….