Just wanted to say that I’ve updated my business website www.benrei.com today. It now has a Services and a Work section and also a simple slideshow on the front page.
In addition to that I’ve already started working on the next update with a design student. So stay tuned! 🙂
Finally I managed to get business cards for my freelance web development work printed and I also to have a basic business website up and running. 🙂
Please have a look and let me know what you think, any feedback is much appreciated!
The business cards are designed by DesignGel and me.
The website is running on SilverStripe, designed by me based on the Pixelgreen template and using the glyphish icons.
P.S.: I am still working on the website so expect more content and a slightly tweaked design soon.
The All Blacks did it again. After 24 years New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup by beating France in the final!
Rugby World Cup: All Blacks are 2011 Rugby World champions
After I haven’t published a single blog post for over one and a half years now I guess I’ve proved it again that I’m not able to maintain a blog.
So I’ll just publish some pictures on my website from time to time and use this blog for just posting some news I feel needs sharing (like my next post).
P.S.: I might publish one or two of my draft posts from the last 19 months though.
Three weeks after I moved into Naoko’s place, Sam and Himani, the owner of the house who we live with, came back from their holiday in India. I stayed about two months in their house together with Naoko. It was very nice and I had a good time with our “flatmates”.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to enjoy Queenstown as I had to manage things for getting a Job Offer from WebSeason (Wellington) and get all the paperwork done to be able to apply for a Work Permit.
As I am going to apply for Permanent Residence as well I started working with Peter Hahn, an Immigration Advisor, who helps me to do the right steps.
I already sent an Expression of Interest (the first step to get Permanent Residence) to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) on 16 December and applied for a Work Permit on 24 December.
But of course I didn’t do only that. I could spend some time for other things as well like relaxing at Earnslaw Park or spending a few hours on Queenstown’s ‘beach’ with Naoko.
On Christmas day Naoko and I went to a really good French Restaurant called Solera Vino and we spent the rest of the evening by ourselves at home.
On New Year’s Eve we went to Earnslaw Park where two stages with live music and a DJ were set up and we watched the fireworks at midnight on Lake Wakatipu.
A few days later Philipp from Germany came to Queenstown before exploring the Fiordlands and we went up to the Gondola and walked around town.
Even though I haven’t got my Work Permit yet I am going to leave Queenstown for Wellington tomorrow. I hope I can start working in February and I will try to find a place to live for Naoko and me.
I had a really nice time in Queenstown and I’m sure I will miss this town.
First of all the most important thing: Finally Naoko and I could meet us again on Saturday 31. October! 🙂
It was very good to see her and so far we spent two very nice weeks together here in Queenstown.
Last Sunday I went playing volleyball at the Wakatipu High School gym which is organised by some Japanese and mainly foreign people are playing there. It was good to see that I still know some of them from my last stay in Queenstown.
In the next few weeks I am going to meet some more old friends here as well!
I am not sure how long I will be in Queenstown for but I am thinking to spend Christmas with Naoko here and after that going to Wellington. But it all depends on the job.
As regards to my job search it looks quite good that I can start as a software / web developer at WebSeason next year. If everything goes well they are going to hire me and I will base myself in Wellington. You’ll find more detailed information about that in my next article.
Anyway from now on I am going to write a bit less but I hope I can manage to write a short summary of what I am doing every one or two months.
Now I’ve already spent 3 days in Christchurch and, as you might guess, can’t wait to see my girlfriend Naoko again after 7 months apart!
But before we can meet tomorrow morning I will let you know what I’ve been up to in Christchurch.
Actually I was supposed to meet Steve from Synapsys at my second day here but he was too busy. So I used my spare time to go to the Botanic Garden and the Art Gallery.
On my third day I joint a meeting of IT guys called CloudCamp. It was organised as an “unconference”, means the participants decide what kind of topics are most interesting for them and talks about it. It was very good and I really enjoyed the free pizza, potato chips and beer with the other geeks after that! 🙂
So far I met a lot of old friends in my first 2 weeks and came in touch with many IT people in NZ. And it looks like I might be able to get a job here. So keep the fingers cross!
As I mentioned before, I spent totally one week in Wellington.
After one hour flight from Auckland in the morning of 21 October I could take a rest for a while. In the evening I met Elke from WebSeason who I know from my last time in New Zealand. We were talking about the opportunity for me to work for their company and she seemed to be interested.
The next day I visited my old language school WBS in Lower Hutt. I met Birte, Tomas, Mieko and Denis there – all WBS staff. Later I talked to Mieko, General Manager of WBS, and she was interested in hiring me as well. So after not even a week in New Zealand I already had two chances to get a job offer. 🙂
On the same day I met my former homestay family for dinner and one day later Bianka, who I came with to NZ the last time. I spent Saturday afternoon at Birtes and Allisters house and we had a nice dinner together.
After 2 days without meeting anyone I went to WBS and my homestay family again.
The week in Wellington finished way too quick as I am going to Christchurch tomorrow. Let’s see what that brings up.
Even I’ve just had 4 days in Auckland I could manage to meet lots of people here.
The second day I met Leonie and Julia from the University of Applied Sciences Westcoast in Germany who are studying for one semester at the Auckland Uiversity of Technology (AUT). We went to the Skytower to have lunch there and enjoy the beautiful view over Auckland.
I had lunch with Jochen from Automatem Ltd. on my third day and had a nice chat with him. After that I went up to Mt. Eden which gives you a good view over Auckland as well.
I spent my last day in Auckland to go to a PHP User Group meetup which was organised by Jochen. His speech about Debugging was quite interesting and I could talk to some IT guys while eating pizza and drinking beer! 🙂
Now I look forward to being in Wellington for the next week and meeting some old friends there.
Still can’t believe it – I am back! 🙂
After 35 hours of travelling from Vechelde in Germany to Auckland I am in NZ again! Now it’s just 2 more weeks until I can see Naoko after 7 months apart. So I am really looking forward to it!
After a very short rest, I met Prof. Michael Lück from the Auckland University of Technology tonight* and had a good chat with him. Within the next two weeks I am going to meet lots of other people to hopefully get a job offer.
Anyway I am quite tired now and will go to bed! 😉
*because he is flying to South Africa tomorrow