Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I would like to take a chance and wish Merry Christmas to my reader who celebrate it. MERRY CHRISTMAS ladies and gentlemen!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Trip to wonderland or Christmas Lights in Spruce Medows

Couple days ago I read that Spruce Medows has Christmas Lights over its territory. It is free-of-charge and available from 5-10 pm during November 28 -January 6. So why not to visit if it is free and should be interesting for my kids. Therefore, we visited it last evening. It is amazing... My kids were so interested. They believe that we have visited territory where Santa lives.)))

Below are some pictures from there:

Santa's house )))
Frozen kids...
Road to/from the Wonderland
P.S. Take your kids there! They will love it!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Yashar Nuri left us... RIP

My childhood was affected by Azerbaijani movies of 1980s. Slogans, words and citations from this movies is part of my behavior, my daily life. And one of the my most favorite actors Yashar Nuri left us on November 22, 2012. He was star of 1980s. Actors of this period differs from actors we see now. They were more wisdom. His each word was source of wisdom. He will remain in my memory as a good actor and wise person! He will remain in my memory like this:

From movie "Theft of a fiance"

From movie "The road story"
From movie "All for the best"

Rest In Peace Yashar!!!
Allah Rehmet Elesin!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Working close to the nature or just a deer

Just captured a deer walking at the parking lot of our office building. Here he or she is:

Just a deer, but emotions were amazing. Added some positive to our working day. Take care!

Monday, November 12, 2012

11111 visits...

Just noticed that number of visits to my blog reached 11111. Looks cool! Being honest when I started blogging I never thought that my posts will be interesting for 11111 visits. My blogging history starts from August 08, 2010. So in 827 days my blog was visited 11111 times, which makes 13.5 visits per day. Would like to thank everybody who reads me. It pushes me to write more and more. Last weeks I am tied up at the work, which makes me to hate watching at the PC during rest of the day. Have lots of ideas for new posts. Will realize them as soon as get time. For now some statistics:

Total visits

By audience

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Back to swimming

So today I started swimming again. To be honest was not sure that my shoulder will allow me to enjoy swimming. I have pain in my left shoulder from E&Y. An air conditioner was just on my head which resulted in problems with my left shoulder muscle. That is why I usually can not swim long distances. It showed up in Edmonton when I reached swimming 1.5 km per day. I had to reduce the distance to 400 m. And in last May I stopped swimming at all. As I love swimming, I was missing it a lot. But my shoulder....

However, I decided to start swimming again. I can not stand... And one more reason was recommendation of our family doctor to have more active lifestyle. So that was a good reason to push me toward swimming again! Swam 300 m today morning. Shoulder tried to interrupt me. But by changing my swimming style I managed it. 

Below is almost perfect technique of freestyle swimming. I adore his style! He does not spend too much energy, which is good for swimming long distances. And I tried it today, which helped me to swim without my shoulder pain. And the amazing part is that this style looks slow, but actually you swim faster. Unbelievable...!!!! But it is a fact!

P.S. My boss also promised to join me. Let's see...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New product from Apple - iPad mini

Yesterday Apple introduced its new product - iPad mini. The commercial says that it is the same with iPad 3, but smaller and lighter. To be honest I am skeptic regarding this product. iPad is very useful and well sized product. Why to produce smaller size of the same product. I know that they are trying to handle the market occupied bu Kindle and Nexus 7. But they are cheaper than iPad mini. The latter will be sold starting from $329, but price of Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7 start from $200.  Looks like Apple made its first marketing mistake... The time will show the results. Below is the commercial of Mini iPad.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Last debate between Obama and Romney

So, I am still enjoying with presidential debates in the US. Yesterday there was a last debate between Obama and Romney. I believe that this debate is one of the must seen. Again Obama smashed and crashed Romney. Obama is my most favorite orator and politician. I adore this guy! 

And here is the video of the debate. Please watch and enjoy!

P.S. I started believing that all republicans a mentally retarded like George W. Bush... It is my opinion and this may not reflect the reality...))))

Snowy, icy and cold Calgary

As you understood from the heading of the post winter came to Calgary. This week gonna snow almost everyday. Today was peak of the snowfall around 15 cm. Here is a picture from today's traffic jam:

To be honest I was really surprised when stuck in the traffic today morning. The roads are snowy and slippy, but it is not a reason for Canadians drive slower. Last winter I spent in Edmonton and I have never stuck in a traffic because of snowfall. Hope after couple of days people start driving faster...

As you noticed from the picture above I started using Instagram. It is very helpful for a person who has an iphone. And the soft allows you to edit pictures. Just switch on your fantasy. Below I am sharing some winter pictures from Calgary.

Last week-end
Last week-end

Last night
Last night, snow covered my BBQ
Our parking lot at the office
In the last picture my car is in left corner after Nissan Pathfinder. To be honest Venza pleasantly surprised me with its behavior on ice. AWD switches on when the car starts slipping. And it's easy to control it on snowy road.

By the way snow is still falling and is going to snow until this afternoon. God bless us in this cold country!

Friday, October 19, 2012

I got CGMA designation

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants have joined together to form a joint venture which powers a new designation for management accountants, the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). The CGMA is designed to elevate management accountingIt sets a new standard for global recognition of management accounting by building on the longstanding foundations and thought leadership of the AICPA and CIMA. So, in a short word two giants of accounting industry created a designation which allows CIMA to enter to the US market. Currently CGMA eliminates examination for AICPA members. To qualify, members must meet one of the CGMA experience requirement options below:

  • Three years of financial (including internal audit)  or management accounting experience in business, industry, or government, or
  • Two years of financial or management accounting experience plus one year in public accounting, or
  • Three years of financial/management accounting experience on a consulting basis, or
  • Three years in a management accounting role focused on the management and operation of an accounting firm
However, beginning January, 2015, a qualifying examination will also be required. Designation fee is $150.

Taking into account such easy requirements for the AICPA members and my wide experience in corporate accounting I decided to apply for this new designation. I filled an online application and paid the fee. By filling the application you allow them to access your information at the AICPA. So, after background check they sent me an e-mail where stated that I am eligible for the designation as I my experience and AICPA membership meets the actual requirements. So I am now CPA and CGMA...

Again anniversary 5 years passed from wedding party

As you already noticed October is full of holidays for our family. 18th is the date when we first met with my wife, 20th is the date of our wedding party with her, and 28th is birthday of my son. So last half of October we have lots of reasons to celebrate.

So, today is fifth year as we are family. I will say happy family. What we need else from our Lord for happiness?! We have love in our hearts, two brilliant kids, ceiling over our heads, eating in our kitchen and we are living in a normal country. We are thankful to the God for everything.

And here is a picture from our wedding party:

Second debate between Obama and Romney

As I already noticed before I became fun of the US presidential debates. And here is second debate between Obama and Romney.

Analysts say that Obama was the winner in this debate. And I completely agree with this statement. Obama crashed Romney like potato... WELL DONE!!!

2012: Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year

After moving to Canada I started interesting with quality of pictures/video of the nature, some kind of illusion. As I adore drawing, I never accepted capturing and film making as an art. I used to believe that an art should be created by hands and your fantasy, but not by machine like camera. My ideas not applicable to movie making. It is a different story. I am talking about photographs and documentary films. However, last year I recognized that I was wrong, may be because I was way from photographs and documentary films. Now I watch documentary films on a daily basis. The quality of the films is astonishing me...

And couple of days ago I read in my boss's blog about winner of Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of 2012 Paul Nicklen, who is CanadianVeolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Below his talk in TED:

He is amazing man and his talk touched my heart. I always highly respected people who tries and keeps high standard in their profession. In addition of this he cares about wildlife and their our future.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

11 years together

Today 11 years passed from my first meeting with my spouse Esmira. We first met on October 18, 2001 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Now we celebrate 11th anniversary in Calgary, Canada. After 11 years we have happy family with two kids. Together we passed from lots of things. The final hard decision was when we decided to move to Canada. It was a serious decision, which changed all our life. I always feel her support and breath in my back. Thanks to her for everything.

Here is a picture taken in December 2005 during boat tour in Baku. I have edited it a little bit.

Dec, 2005
And here is a picture taken almost 7 years after:

Sep, 2012
Now I recognized that we have changed a lot... Hope we will notice lots of such changes together!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Where we live or incredible Canada

For the people who are interested where we live here is the video showing the closest mountains to us. 

It takes me an hour driving to arrive to this heaven... Yes, HEAVEN. I have no other word to describe this beauty... And for me as a person who spent plenty of time during my childhood in a very close village to  Caucasus mountains it is vital. this village called Alpan which is located in Guba, Azerbaijan. Therefore, I love mountains and it makes me happy each time when I drive to them. What do you think it is HEAVEN, isn't?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Balaban music or hunger for native music

Last days whole day I am listening Alihan Samedov, a balaban player. Balaban is double-reed wind instrument about 35 cm long with seven finger holes and one thumb hole. It look like as following:

It is very cultural and very native for me. I grew up listening such music and actually I miss it now. To be honest when I was in Azerbaijan my national music was never such important for me. It was just usual. I used to hear it in TV, radio, restaurants, and almost everywhere .. But after the immigration I started feeling some kind of emptiness, hunger for my national music. Now mugham, balaban has an importance in my life. I do not believe that I can live without them. Mugham is one of the folk musical composition mainly sang in Azerbaijan and not only. My most favorite mugham singer is Mansum Ibrahimov. He also plays Majnun in "Leyli and Majnun" opera of Uzeyir Hajibeyov. This opera was unique for its time by combining Western and Eastern cultures.

Alihan Samedov has his personal website where you can listen him. Just click on the music section in the website. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Living in English speaking country

How is the life in the environment where people do not speak in your native language? It is one of the most popular question prospective immigrants ask themselves. Usually for families with kids it is more important. I believe that after living almost a year in Canada I can answer to this question. It is really easy! So, take it easy! I will try to go into details and prove my conclusion. Of course all conclusions are based on my own experience. Therefore, each person may have own experience which is different.

First of all when you move to a new country you try to find  people who are familiar with your culture, or came from the same country you did. After having some community who speaks same language, you almost loose the need speaking in English with them at all. What happened with me, when I moved to Canada my friend from university met us at the airport. And then he introduced us to other Azerbaijani Turks living in Edmonton. So daily use of English was limited to my work and shopping in Edmonton. Taking into account that most people prefer sending e-mails instead of discussing personally, so I was not using English too much at work. As regard the shopping the only words you need to say is type of the payment card when you are paying for the goods purchased. So, does not look like you are ling in English speaking environment, 90% of your talks are in you native language. I mean in your family, with local friends. 

At some point I started feeling that I am not using English in my daily life anymore. It happened after I moved to Calgary. As you aware my boss mmw is Russian. Taking into account that I am almost fluent in Russian we use Russian in our communication. So, what is the picture at the end, I am speaking Azeri Turkish at home and friends, Russian with my boss... Where is English? Rare use of English weakens my speaking. And how I can say that I am living in English speaking country?! Looks like some actions should be taken to prevent degradation of my English.

I remember couple years ago when I watched a documentary about Chinese people living in NYC without understanding English I was really surprised. Now I am completely sure that without having English you may survive in English speaking country!

P.S. One of guys who moved to Toronto 4 months ago also said that he almost forgot English... 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Crazy project in Baku, Azerbaijan - Khazar Islands

A year ago when I first heard about Khazar Islands project I thought that it is one of the crazy ideas which will be a project forever. However, they started it... Based on the information released by different news agencies they already invested 1 billion US dollars to this project and planning to finish it in 2019. Actually they are creating a new city in the sea. They plan to built tallest building in the world. here is the video presenting the project:

A guy appeared at the end is the "businessman" from Azerbaijan and author of the project.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fights for US presidency...

My interest in US presidents started after listening Obama's speech at the previous campaign. To be honest not all of the US presidents was such smart in my opinion. Therefore, listening such a smart guy who was in that campaign was surprise for me. And next surprise was his election. He is very good public orator and he is smart. Having two abilities makes him best US president I have ever seen. And yesterday he had a debate with Romney. Most of the analysts wrote that Romney left as a winner from the debate. For me he was not self-confident at all. But Obama he was very relaxed and confident what he was saying. You can watch at this debate in video below. Enjoy! I did!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Living with the nature or fighting against mice

Today I am going to write down about some new issues we have faced after moving to Calgary which caused changing our lifestyle. In Edmonton we were living in a condo apartment, where we had an access to the backyard and to the underground garage. However, in Calgary we are renting a townhouse which has a double car garage and small basement room. It has no backyard which we are missing. 

When we moved to the townhouse we noticed differences living in apartment and townhouse. First of all it has stairs, I mean lots of stairs. So my kids started learning how to climb the stairs. Of course not all attempts were successful. The other difference is heating, water supply and so on. All of them are separate from others. You need to take care of it. 

But most surprising one was mice. First we noticed  excrement of mice in the kitchen, basement and storage room. Then once late evening my wife met "face-to-face" with a small mouse. I am not aware who was most scared.:)) When we first noticed the signs, I started googling and found that Calgary has no rats. So we were sure that it is a mouse. We started a fight against them... First I tried mint oil. In the internet most of people writing that it helps. But not always. So, noticing effective-less of the oil I decided to take more serious actions. I visited Home Depot and purchased gun mouse traps. It is strange but mice can not avoid peanut butter. So, I installed the traps with peanut butter over the house and caught two mice. Below is a picture one of them:

So, For the people who faced with the same issue I will advice using the traps. There are different form of them. I cannot say that wooden snap traps is the most efficient one. But they are very helpful. They cost $1-2 each. So you can trash them after successful usage. The was some cases when we noticed empty traps without mouse. But currently we do not have any mice at home.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I am regular employee or end of the probation period

As I wrote before I was hired by Rigstar Communication Inc three months ago as an accountant. I started with three months probation period which ended this Monday. So, I am full time usual Canadian employee starting September 18, 2012. I would like to write down how end of the probation period was declared to me. 

So my boss mmw called me to his office and asked to have a sit. Then he gave me an evaluation paper where he evaluated my performance. Based on his word I am doing great job. But as a person who used to pass evaluation twice per year last six years it was unclear. The sheet I was holding was telling me "different things". However, the result was more important. I have passed the probation period and I am full time employee. He shook my hand and congratulated me with the successfully passing the probation.

Below I am posting two picture taken when started and after the probation period. It is good to compare how I change. Looks like I became more hairy...

And after
P.S. I will write down a separate post about my job and what I am doing here. Most interesting part of it is feelings after switching from adviser to the client side of the table...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cooking quails in BBQ or Azerbaijani delicious bildirchin kabab

Today I would like to write down about a specific food we used to cook/grill in Azerbaijan. As you may be aware Azerbaijan is very famous with its cuisine, especially kababs. Kabab is not our national food, it is very popular in all countries of Caucasus and Middle East, but each nation has it is own tastes which affected kababs too. One of the famous kababs in Azerbaijan is bildirchin kabab. Bildirchin is translation of quail into Azerbaijani Turkish. To be honest I was surprised when I first saw quails in Super Store. Then Rovshan cooked my first bildirchin kabab in Canada. It has very tasty meat and it is very good food to have along with beer. So, at that time almost 10 quails was successfully eaten with lots of beer. 

After moving to Calgary I decided to grill these birds myself. You can easily find quails in Super Store where they sell poultry. Each package contains 6 frozen quails. In order to cook it you need to unfreeze them, add salt and pepper and keep some time in fridge for being marinated. You may BBQ it after salting and peppering, but I usually like keeping meat/poultry before grilling couple hours at least. Then they should be grilled in BBQ until they are ready. I prefer charcoal BBQ as it is very close to our cuisine. In pictures they look like followings:

Drying after unfreezing
Getting bronze

Some mushrooms for the taste
Grilling every part of them


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Canadian geese leaving us

After getting a student driving license my wife started pushing me to train her how to drive. Taking into account that she has never drove before I decided to explain her basic of the driving in farm roadways. So last months we are periodically visiting closest farm roads to gain driving experience. This area are full of birds, animals and shortly we are very close to the nature when she drives. So, As usually yesterday we decided to continue our training and drove to the closest farms. Last days I have noticed geese in the air of Calgary flying to the southward. And when we we passing next farm field I have noticed geese resting there, lot of geese... I asked my wife to stop and I tried to capture them with my iphone. They did not let me to come close, but I was able to capture some picture. Sorry for the quality, looks like it is a time to buy more serious camera... So, Canadian geese leave us for this winter...

Monday, September 17, 2012

How to get a credit report for free

After moving to Canada I have faced with a new lifestyle requirement called credit history. Why lifestyle? Because your credit report reflects how you live, how you pay your debts, how reliable you are. Credit report includes your credit score, which represents your creditworthiness. In easy language based on this score financial institutions decide to provide you a loan/mortgage/credit card or not... The credit history is recorded and maintained by credit bureaus. To be honest in Azerbaijan no one does this records and there is no credit bureau in Azerbaijan. Therefore, for people who immigrated to Canada from Azerbaijan is very difficult to get first credit card or a loan. I faced with the same issue when applied for my first credit card here. The only way of getting a credit card was depositing an amount of the credit line to a restricted deposit account.  But obtaining a credit card was an only way for me to start my credit history in Canada. There are also options to obtain a small loan in order to start the history. However, without having a credit history it is almost impossible to receive a loan. 

In Canada there are two major credit-reporting agencies: Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada. If you visit their websites by clicking of the names, you can see that they offer your credit report by paying $15. And usually people are paying it to get the report. However, if you read all page with more attention you can see that in "Other Credit Services" box it says that "You can receive a free credit file disclosure from Equifax Canada Inc. via Canada Post". And this message has a link to an application form. You just need to fill it out and fax or mail it to them along with the required documents. The report will not show your credit score, but will show your credit history. If you want to see your credit score you can fill you credit card details bottom of the application which will cost you $12, $3 less than if you apply online. Please note that this requests is noted in your credit report, but it has no effect on your credit score. I believe that getting free reports and maintaining your credit history is very good tool for getting financing/mortgage approvals easily. Paper copy of the reports should be received within 5-10 days. If you decide to order a report with the score you should be able to read the report. Here is some information about how to understand your report and score.  

Thursday, September 6, 2012

How I purchased my second car in Canada or fighting against Toyota dealership in Calgary

As you already understood I purchased a new car. My first car in Canada was Nissan Xterra of 2002. I bought it from a young Canadian family in Edmonton. It was lady driven and therefore mechanically was OK. However, as usually it happens with lady's cars interior of it was awful. I spend lots of hours to clean it out. Nissan Xterra is very reliable and strong car. For Canadian winters and off-road it is awesome. But it is not comfortable to drive long distance in highway. It also drinks too much gas. Summer times usual fuel consumption is 14-15 liters per 100km and in winter it rises almost to 20... So, my gas expenses was never down from $300. Additionally, taking into account "old ages" of the car, it started requesting more spending on mechanical side. It never left me half way, but last months I was unsure on reliability of it and was spending at least $100 to maintain it. Therefore, finally as a usual accountant I decided to renew my car. 

Choosing a producer

Most of car producers started promotional actions from August'12 to clear out 2012 models. I reviewed almost all car producers' websites and compared their prices, promotions and other factors. I stopped on Toyota as their offers was more attractive. Toyota provides 0% financing and 0.9% leasing options. Additional factor was reliability of Toyota. I used to think that Toyota always has issues with its cars and therefore recalls them very often. However, after moving to Canada I noticed that Toyota is the most reliable car here... Therefore, I applied online to test drive Toyota's Venza and RAV4 of 2012. Then I have been contacted by salesperson of Toyota and invited for the test drives. After driving both cars I was sure in my choice, it was Toyota Venza AWD 2012. 

Financing or Leasing

One more thing I was considering was purchasing or leasing a car. Lease is very famous here in Canada, but cultural point was not letting me to pay for a car which I do not own. Mostly there is no difference between financing and leasing. But when you lease a car your monthly payment are less than when financing. After long thinking I finally won cultural ideology in my brain and decided that it will be more financially convenient for me to lease a car.  

Fighting against Toyota dealership

After making my choice regarding car and purchasing options I visited Toyota dealership closest to us again. I have been requested to provide my latest pay slip, copy of my driving license and copy of my SIN. Afterward a sales person filled out an application for leasing. I decided to lease basic model of Toyota Venza AWD 2012 and added a leather seating package on it. As a promotional action I have been provided with lifetime oil and filter change, flour mats, cargo liner and remote starter. 

The next step was waiting for approval of my application. And after couple of days they called me and said that my application was approved and I need to pay a deposit for the car. 

Trick #1
When I was paying a deposit I have been told that I need to provide a co-signer for the agreement. And co-signer can be my wife. After paying the deposit Financial Services Manager of the dealership, Charles Enns told me that my co-signer should be a person who lived in Canada more than three years. I caught the trick but it was late, I already paid the deposit. Therefore, I decided to keep silence and look for a co-signer. Thanks to my old friend Ali who agreed to apply as a co-signer for my application. 

Trick #2
After me and Ali signed the application allowing Toyota to run a credit check for us the same manager Charles Enns called to Ali. He called him and asked him to be reflected as a primary applicant on the application. Ali rejected his offer and thanks to him for it. I was not aware of this call at all. When I called to Ali to ask about application he friendly informed me about the call. It drove me crazy. It was next unethical action from Toyota side. I called to the dealership and requested a meeting with supervisor of Charles. After long discussion with the Senior Finance Manager, they apologized and offered me cover with protection bottom of the car for free. I accepted the offer and decided to continue the documentation process with my primary application.

Trick #3
After couple of days Charles sent me an e-mail where indicated that my application was finally approved and in his e-mail provided information for insurance of the car. Meanwhile they will deal with the installation of the all options we agreed. When I called to insurance company to transfer my old car's insurance to the new car I was informed that financial institution, RBC (which name I have been provided) does not provide leasing of cars and most probably it is financing of the car. However, I did the insurance and left my Nissan Xterra without insurance. I decided that lady from the insurance has no enough experience as I applied for a leasing. However, when I called to Charles he notified that actually they are going to sign a financing agreement with me. I decided to discuss this issue face-to-face with him and visited the dealership after my working hours. I was not able to drive my car and thanks to Adil who provided me his car for a day. When I came to the dealership I informed them that I am going to request return of my deposit and cancellation of the agreement as without my consent Charles applied for a financing to RBC. He did it on my behalf. Taking into account that we already discussed the situation over the phone he decided to apply for a leasing to Toyota Financing before our meeting. The result was approval of leasing application with $3,000 down payment. It was third and fourth unethical action from his side. He did all this application without my approval. However, he rudely insisted that all his actions are correct, he did not any fault and that is the way how the dealership works... But he avoided to respond my question "Does Toyota knows what you are doing to customers here?". It drove me more crazy and I decided to continue my discussion with the store manager, Dan. I insisted in returning my deposit and cancellation of the transaction. However, the manager apologized for the Charles's actions and made me very attractive offer. We agreed on details and here we gooo... I drive a new Toyota Venza.... It uses maximum 10 liters per 100km ;))) Now I am looking to sell my Nissan Xterra 2002. Here is some pictures of my new car:

P.S. If you decide to purchase a car from South Point Toyota dealership I will strongly advice you to avoid meeting with Charles Enns, Financial Services Manager there. He is most incompetent service person I have ever seen!!! Better contact to Ryan Boydell, another finance manager who is professional of his job. All other guys there are also really very pleasant. Exceptional thanks to Mike Nguyen who helped me in my choice.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mint.com smart toy for finance people

Today I would like to introduce application called Mint.com. My boss, mmw first introduced it to me couple of months ago. And I loved it. It is an apple application which helps you to understand periodical spendings. You just need to enter your credit card and bank account details into the database. And the app synchronizes and organizes your spending. Before I used to record my spending in excel sheet and analyse it after month-end. But this app is awesome! It does everything for you. 

You may also budget expenses for the upcoming month and control your expenses when they are higher than you expected. All information also can be accessed in their website. For people who has no apple device it can be a choice, too. As I am aware android also has an app for Mint.com. Visit www.mint.com and you will love it. Based on the information they provided I have changed my credit card to more favorable one. This app is from categories "most advisable" for me. 

Today I am 30...

So, today I am 30. I have mixed feelings last 2 days. I was getting congrats from yesterday. So, I am in birthday mood for two days. There is 11 hours time difference between Calgary and Baku. Therefore my friends from Baku started sending my congrats from yesterday afternoon.

I remember couple of years ago I promised myself that when I am 30 I am going to be CPA and leave Azerbaijan. So, I reached both of my aims, I am CPA and I left Azerbaijan for Canada. But it is natural and at the same time strange for me that after reaching my aims I am looking for the new one. It always wonder me when they stop...

As I told my family, friends was sending me congrats today and yesterday. But most unexpected, but most pleasant message I got from Ernst&Young. It is not secret that I fun of this company. And last six years I used to get automatic messages from E&Y on my birthdays. You know that no one sends them, but it is pleasant... Unfortunately, here in Calgary, Canada it is not accepted sending such kind of messages. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I got an e-mail from E&Y today morning. Seventh time... I was full of happy feelings... Great thanks to them for such a small but very pleasant message.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Incredible Calgary...

I would like to write down about weather conditions we face here in Calgary. The weather is very colorful here. I do not remember that we have had a stable condition for several days continuously. During a week we may see the sun, clouds, rain, hail, thunderstorm. All of them can be seen in summer time. Now is middle of August and yesterday afternoon there was a storm in Calgary. To honest it was a first storm I have seen in my life, but looks like not last. I was so astonished that forgot about taking any pictures or video. However, people posted some pictures and videos in Calgary Herald's website.

First it started getting dark. And the downtown was invisible. 

Then I noticed that clouds are moving very close to the earth surface. I told to my boss (you know him as mmw) that it is storm. He did not believe first. But when we saw how the traffic sighs are moving there was no doubt that that was a storm...

Here is a video taken by student traveling at that time. You can see how the sign moves...