My Experiences At WordCamp Nashik 2016

This Sunday, I and 13.5 other rtCampers attended the WordCamp Nashik. Why 13.5, you may ask. See the pic below ??

Reaching Nashik

Since I had some personal commitments on Saturday evening so I left for Nashik late in the night. I reached Nashik in just 4 hours.

I met Radhe at the alighting point and we reached the venue together. We had quick breakfast near the venue itself.

The WordCamp

I am short of words for the selection of the venue. It was absolutely perfect in terms of the arrangements and accessibility. The auditorium for the talks was really nice and it was fit for the number of WordCampers.

I can’t appreciate the organizers enough for getting so many things right. Apart from the basics, they did few thoughtful things to encourage other meetup groups.

They did face the dreaded “projector problem” for a brief moment but that was not a show-stopper. You could feel the harmony when Nirav from Appsmagnet patiently handled it while his talk started.

I didn’t get a chance to attend all the sessions as I spent most of my day meeting my WordCamp friends and other attendees. I attended a panel discussion that was very well moderated and hence gave a good perspective of the panelists about building businesses on WordPress.

The other aspect that I liked was the food. The catering was professionally managed by the catering vendor. This was my first WordCamp where I didn’t find any queue for lunch food counters.

I left for Pune early so couldn’t attend the after-party. My other colleagues attended it and they did have great fun.

Overall, it was a great time spent with the community friends. Plus I now have more expectations from upcoming WordCamps. ?

See you Soon

WordCamp Udaipur 2017 is next on the calendar (as it seems).  Udaipur is my hometown and I can’t wait to meet you all there.

Update – I am also attending WordCamp US in December. Drop me a message to connect there. 🙂

WordCamp Singapore 2016

Last month I visited Singapore with Rahul to attend the WordCamp Singapore and meet few of our clients there.

We had to take a flight from Mumbai at 1: 15 AM Saturday, so we started early on Friday evening from Pune. Traveling to Mumbai by road is always exciting as we get to eat vada-pav (Indian Burger) at a foot joint on the highway. Joel also accompanied us till Mumbai as he had a flight to catch on Saturday evening.

Day 1

We reached Singapore on Saturday morning. First thing Rahul suggested was to get SIM cards. We also bought the NETS card that we used in to use local transport.

We took a Uber to the hotel, freshened up and headed straight to Little India to have lunch and meet some friends. Being a vegetarian, I had to settle down for whatever options I had. Rahul did a quick search and suggested Murugan Idli  for trying South Indian food.  Excellent it was! Though I had to spend SG$ 11 for a dosa and a pair of Idlis, it was worth every penny. ?

In the evening we went to Marina Bay to see the Laser show and explore the areas around it.

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Day 2 – Free Day

I and Rahul went to Maxwell food centre. Rahul had this delicious chicken dish and I had a fruit platter.

Rahul's and my lunch

Rahul’s and my lunch

We then went to Sentosa Island as our Hotel receptionist told that it was a good place to explore.  A local lady was kind enough to suggest us to take the bus to Sentosa instead of the monorail. It saved us 4 SG$. This left a great impression of the local people in Singapore. I found them very warm and helping.

At Sentosa, we settled down at a restaurant right at the beach. While returning we went to a Casino. I earned SG$ 16 on a bet of SG$ 2 card game. I cashed out right after, hence proving house doesn’t win always ?

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DAY 3

We went to meet a client in the morning. After the meeting, we went to a temple nearby and then went to Orchard street for some shopping.

By evening we headed for Azucar bar for the Speaker dinner. It was a great feeling to finally meet people from the community.

Day 4 – WordCamp Singapore day

Excellent venue with superb connectivity. The Microsoft facility was great and I was really impressed with the WordCamp organisers to put up such a great venue.

WordCamp was a two-track event. I was able to attend a couple of sessions only as I spent time talking to other WordCampers there.

After the WordCamp, we all had to meet at Azucar for the Afterparty. Rahul headed to meet Mahaghu at Maxwell Food Center. I went for a stroll towards the Merlion Park. I spent almost an hour there. Since the afterparty venue was only a mile away so I decided to take a walk till there. The route was same where the F1 race was scheduled the very next week, so took the chance to see the track.

Day 5 – Client Visit & Shopping

We went to meet one of the oldest clients of rtCamp – Rotimatic. I finally got a chance to see the machine in action. They were gracious and made some great dishes out of the Rotis. ?

After the meeting, Rahul headed for the Airport for his further travel to attend a meetup in Bangkok. I had a half-day to myself that I decided to use to explore the local market. I inquired with the receptionist and some local people.

After some hard work, I found Bugis street. I shopped clothes and accessories for my wife and other family members. In the evening I met few friends that I made at the WordCamp.

Day 6 – Back Home

After a great breakfast at the Hotel, I headed for the airport. I reached very early so explored the Singapore airport and bought a bottle of wine. I spent almost 30 minutes at the auto foot massager.

The airport authority kept my perfume bottle as its quantity was more that 100 ml. A really bad feeling to lose your stuff like that.

I reached India and this signboard at the custom liquor shop cheered me up. It is from a famous Bollywood song that celebrates drinking. It reads “I have not committed a theft by drinking a little”. ?

We are now planning our trip for WordCamp USA. Looking forward to meeting many new people there.