In a few words:
Unique opportunity to walk through magnificent trees from different parts of the world with the breathtaking Koolau Mountains range in the background.

Highlights:
Hard not to imagine dinosaurs walking around.

Good to know:
There is no food/beverages inside the garden

In a few images:
Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden

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Sunrise Waimanalo

In a few words: Driving around making stops along the way absorbing all the beauty this place has to offer. Surprisingly enough some beaches are almost empty during week days, it feels like a private paradise.

The highlights:

In a few images:
Around Oahu, Hawaii

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Nature Connects Art with Lego bricks by Sean Kenney is at the Morton Arboretum through November. Kenney and team spent more than 4,170 hours building 13 amazing displays using 464,770 lego bricks.

I grabbed my camera and spent the day walking through the beautiful paths of the Morton Arboretum admiring these impressive displays and taking some notes:

Bonsai: 9,143 LEGO bricks and 90 build hours

Bonsai: 9,143 LEGO bricks and 90 build hours

 

 Ant Hill: 12,990 LEGO bricks and 105 build hours

Ant Hill: 12,990 LEGO bricks and 105 build hours

Violet Pansy and Bee: 29,314 LEGO bricks and 240 build hours

Violet Pansy and Bee: 29,314 LEGO bricks and 240 build hours

Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly: 27,788 LEGO bricks and 515 build hours

Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly: 27,788 LEGO bricks and 515 build hours

Peacock: 68,827 LEGO bricks and 625 build hours

Peacock: 68,827 LEGO bricks and 625 build hours

Monarch on Milkweed: 39,708LEGO bricks and 425 build hours

Monarch on Milkweed: 39,708LEGO bricks and 425 build hours

Herd of Deer: 84,442 LEGO bricks and 540 build hours

Herd of Deer: 84,442 LEGO bricks and 540 build hours

Wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow

Galapagos Tortoise and Finch: 23,317LEGO bricks and 290 build hours

Galapagos Tortoise and Finch: 23,317LEGO bricks and 290 build hours

Grandfather and Granddaughter Gardening: 46,940 LEGO bricks and 535 build hours

Grandfather and Granddaughter Gardening: 46,940 LEGO bricks and 535 build hours

Birdbath: 14,802LEGO bricks and 200 build hours

Birdbath: 14,802LEGO bricks and 200 build hours

Hummingbird: 31,565 LEGO bricks and 550 build hours

Hummingbird: 31,565 LEGO bricks and 550 build hours

Corn Spider: 16,492 LEGO bricks and 135 build hours

Corn Spider: 16,492 LEGO bricks and 135 build hours

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The Corazon Tour - Ravinia

Carlos Santana – The Corazon Tour at Ravinia

In a few words: The feelings awaken listening to this musician playing his guitar with so much heart and soul. Carlos played over two hours without an intermission. He is without a doubt one of the greatest!

The highlights:
Europa

In a few images:
Carlos Santana

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During my career as a Software Engineer I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the in-person interviewing team a few times. Going from interviewee to interviewer has given me an entire different perspective of how to approach this process.

Here is a list of things you may want to think about on your next in person interview. Disclaimer: the list is purely based on my experiences!

  • They want you! If you made it to the in-person interview chances are they really  like you,  for most companies the interview is the last step in the hiring process, so if you are sitting there you are already ahead of most. Use this info as a confidence boost but don’t let it get to your head. Be prepared.
  • They want you to succeed . Some people think the goal of the interview is to set you up for failure but in my experience it is not the case at all. Finding a good candidate is difficult: working with recruiters, going through resumes and screen interviews  takes a lot of time and effort. If you don’t do good during the interview it means starting the process all over again with a different candidate. Nobody wants you to fail, they want you to succeed!
  • Do your homework. Be prepared, know the company for which you are interviewing.
  • Be on time. There is no need to arrive to the interview super early, more often than not it’s kind of inconvenient. Never be late, if an emergency comes up be honest and communicate in a timely manner.
  • It’s ok to say you don’t know. Nobody knows it all, thanks ok! If you don’t know something simply be honest and talk about how much you would like to learn it.
  • Ask questions. If you are really interested in the job you have to have questions. Ask about company culture,  technology,  people, processes, software, hardware, industry and anything else you want to know about. Remember, you are also trying to determine if the company/culture/work are a good fit for you.
  • Show your passion. Are you passionate about what you do? Then, don’t be afraid to show it.
  • Avoid the uncomfortable silence. If you get stuck with a white board or coding exercise talk it through. It is important for the people who interview you to understand how you go about solving problems, listen to their feedback and don’t give up. Seeing you work through the problem and interacting with the team is sometimes more important than the answer itself.
  • Relax and enjoy. Regardless of the outcome, every interview offers a unique opportunity to learn something. The more you do it the more comfortable you will get so relax, ask questions and enjoy.
  • Ask for feedback.  If the company decides not to move forward don’t let it affect you too much.  Ask for feedback. Be willing and ready to offer feedback as well. Take the lessons learned, recharg and move on!
In person interviews can be fun!

In person interviews can be fun!

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I’ve been playing with the idea of a blog for a long time. A blog with no agenda, no theme, simply a place to capture experiences for my future self and anybody else who happens to read it.

So.. What will I write about? Not sure yet. I guess a little bit of everything. Maybe I’ll write about my experiences as a Software Engineer, or being born and raised in Mexico, or  the homeless guy with a jar asking people to smile or the amazing people who have touched my life in one way or another.

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Every journey starts with a first single step.

Lao-Tzu

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