Trials & Tribulations; One Man's Journey to Get a Seat Aboard That Train!


By Paul at 1:46 pm on Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Very Happy belated New Year to you and yours…. 

I am celebrating my New Year Back home in Canada!! and I can’t be happier to be back from India once again…. look forward to visiting….  but can’t wait to leave once I am there….. go figure eh?? So once again HAPPY NEW YEAR!! lets make 2008 a year to remember!!

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Final Stretch!!

By Paul at 5:33 pm on Thursday, August 30, 2007

Yes the time has finally come….  just last week my wife had her Medical report done (for the second time) and the doctor has sent off the paper work to the Canadian Consulate in New Delhi. Now we will await a reply for them to request her Passport, and finally get her Visa Stamp for Entry into Canada and her permanent Residence papers she will require to STAY in Canada.

As many of you know (you all know now) I was married back in December 22, 2004. We applied for my wife to immigrate and thought it would take about 3-6 months for her to be approved and arrive in Canada. No such result, as luck would have it, She was denied immigration based on some VERY Superficial criteria that we here in Canada do not take into consideration for a couple to marry, in fact we (Canadians) don’t even think about the particular criteria that my wife was denied entry.

There was only one fact that I could not deny and if they had based everything on this, I wouldn’t be so upset as I am, on what we went through, to get to this point. That fact being I have been married twice before, but even that in Canadian eyes is not a huge factor at all. The apparent “officer” that dealt with my wife’s application initially had raised a few issues and they ended up contradicting themselves in later updates to the computer system they use to document everything during the application process. 

I should scan and post some of the excerpts from it (Maybe later). some of the things they denied her was our age difference. the fact that I have been in Canada since age 5 and she had never been here, I was educated here with some post secondary education and she only has a grade 12 graduation from India. and I suppose the biggest one was that I had been married before and she never married. At first they noted that our Wedding had a good gathering..  later to say there wasn’t very many present for a normal Indian wedding. 

What did they expect that I would pay for and fly all our friends and family from Canada to attend and be present at the wedding too.?? Anyway as you can see their points were very unfounded and not a huge deal to deny someone to get a visa.  They should allow all Married partners to come back home to Canada after their marriage and if needed deport them after the application process is completed and not satisfactory. almost 3 years….  I could have had 2-3 Children by now and those are 3 years I will never get to spend with my wife again.

I think I am starting to ramble now so i will close these thoughts and start another one later when we have some more concrete dates of when she will be here… but we are finally in the Final Stretch

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By Paul at 6:41 pm on Friday, August 10, 2007

Yep..  OMG!  I just hit the BIG “4-0″….  but as they say now…  40 is the new 20…. So just to let you all know I feel great even at the age of 40… Even though Mark Philippoussis chose Amanda the 25 year old…  Who wouldn’t.???

My wife is 13 years younger than me, and that was not out of fluke either…. My parents want grand-kids…  So to accommodate that I needed a younger wife that could deliver (at least Basketball team) and keep up with the stress of having kids… I have no real limit on how many children I want the more the merrier is the attitude I will be going forward with. My wife also has no problems (yet) I mean we talk about it all the time and she even had some palmist tell her how she will have as many kids as she wants. 

It was back in early 2004 that my parents started bugging me about getting married again (Yes again, long story tell you another time if you don’t already know the details)  anyhow they asked me if I was ready..  I replied you want to have Grandchildren??  Then you might want to find someone young enough to have them and also willing to get to know me and marry me before we talk about any children. My god we went through quite a few girls in that time..  hell I even had a choice of hooking up with a woman that was STILL married with a child already too, apparently her husband was a bad ass that beat her and had a drinking problem…She wanted me to SAVE HER!!  I was like WTF!!??  I’m looking for my future wife, not to SAVE” someone from their current marriage, needless to say that conversation didn’t last long. As did many of the others because all they seemed to want to know was if and when I wanted to marry their daughters… and I was like Hold on a minute…  if I agree to anything! it will be to get to know them more first…  perhaps for a year or two even..  and they wanted to have grandchildren by that time not just to be getting into a marriage.

After many women and girls, Oh and who can forget the “PAT” my brother-in-law came back with pictures of, I swear the pictures were not of any female that i could see.. but after those bad episodes of meeting and greeting I finally did come across my wife Kamaljit (Mira as she is known at home now) She and her family were the first to agree in allowing she and I to communicate for as long as we wanted to see how we got along…  little did Mira and I know how well we would connect and well…..  the rest as they say is history, but I will tell you the full story sometime later too maybe you can remind me. right now it creeping up to the 3rd year and we are still awaiting for some papers from Immigration Canada’s New Delhi office for her to obtain her Permanent Status Visa to Land in Canada.

So where was I.??  Oh Yeah!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!!

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made a June entry

By Paul at 12:27 pm on Saturday, June 30, 2007

HAHA!  yeah well you can say what you will…..  But I have been working 6 days a week….  and sometimes 10 hours per day. John Chow will have you believe I am wasting my time and I should get out of the rat race and do what he does. Well I have only a few things to say about that, one main thing is, if we ALL did what John Chow does….  there would be No John Chow “Internet Mogul”  to speak of. If we all did what he does there would be no home for John to buy or the new car he wants to buy because there would be no one building houses or making cars, there would be no grocery stores for him to go and buy food from, and god forbid no more restaurants for him to go have his $400+ meals at.

We all do what we do, and THAT is what makes the world go round, that is what allows us to have a LIFE! sitting at home on your computer and earning advertisement dollars is a GREAT thing for a few…..  but we need all the rest of us doing our part to make the JOHN CHOWS of this world be able to spend their millions…..  Now don’t get me wrong….  John Chow is actually a personal friend of mine I have nothing against him at all….  I applaud him on his success and what he does (and he does it very well I might add). but we can’t all do it…. or the world as we know it would come to a grinding halt and so would all those millions he enjoys if we “ALL” did what he does.

Need I say more.??  pfft…..

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American Idol??

By Paul at 6:07 pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2007

I’ve been watching American idol all season….  I usually get hooked to the auditions part…..  and then just want to see how it unfolds till the top 10… by then I’m usually hooked enough to watch every week even thought this season I have promised to boycott it if a certain someone continues to be safe. You all know who I am talking about. I was hoping to keep some eye candy around for us men to look at, and poof!! we lose Sabrina Sloan …  sure we still have Haley Scarnato still.. but with all the reviews she gets from the “Judges” how long will we have her to look at?

I suppose I am just venting, god knows how Sanjaya Malakar keeps making it through each week.. we all know it’s not for his singing talent. Doesn’t this fact alone show how you can’t really trust any so-called “Reality” shows anymore. Does he really make it through each week with public votes.? or do the producers of the show just decide who they want to keep for a while longer to make it more controversial or whatever you want to call it, if enough people talk about it, the more $$$ they make.

But how fair is that, if that’s what’s actually going on? Was the only true winner the first Idol, Kelly Clarkson.? ok now I’m getting a little more pissed off so….. I will leave it for now and see what happens on tomorrows results show.

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Trigonomety for Dummies

By Paul at 6:22 pm on Saturday, March 24, 2007

I’m a Steel Fabricator (a dummy), and god knows I need to know Trigonometry.  As a Steel Fabricator I need to utilize some basic Trigonometry ratio’s (or functions) to help in some everyday fitting to very complicated fitting which have multiple angles involved to create the finished fabricated product.

I use the Tangent of a rise to run ratio to get angles for cuts I burn on a beam , to bends to be made on a plate and the angle to which I fit a plate to a beam. That is the BASIC trig I would use at work during the fitting process, should an angle or dimension not be provided and I have only the working bevel to get the desired angle. A framing square doesn’t always work for all fitting applications. So we have to fall back to our days in class during level 3 and 4 to help us recall how we figured out these angles.

While in school, (the 5 week in-class portion of my Apprenticeship program) I need to combine all 3 basic Trigonometry rules for the questions and exercises and eventual test we are given. While in high school we were taught the old trusty mnemonicSOH-CAH-TOA (pronounced “so – ka – toe – ah”) to allow us to remember these functions of the SINE, COSINE and TANGENT, of an angle.


Using the above picture we come up with the following.

The SOH stands for “Sine of an angle is Opposite over Hypotenuse.”


The CAH stands for “Cosine of an angle is Adjacent over Hypotenuse.”


The TOA stands for “Tangent of an angle is Opposite over Adjacent.”


I came up with my own version of these that apply a little bit better for the math for a Steel fabricator, which brings us to my Sac(k) of Tab (cola) on the CBC. “Canadian Broadcasting Corporation” you say? well no not quite ‘that” CBC, but I figure if I was going to make up some sort of mnemonic of my own, CBC will have to do. I hope my own version will help out future Apprentices to come. So here we go.

My version also uses the right angle triangle and “always” works off of angle (A).


I just drop the old Hypotnuse, Adjacent, and Opposite tags to form my own, which uses the letters of the sides “a”, “b” and “c’.

Along came my SAC(K) of TAB (cola) on the CBC.

The SAC stands for Sine of angle (A) is side “a” over side “c”.


The TAB stands for Tangent of angle (A) is side “a” over side “b”.


The CBC stands for Cosine of angle (A) is side “b” over side “c”.


I hope you are with me so far. These are the only equations you need to remember for the problems we encounter in class and I suppose if we really need, to apply to our problems in the shop too. The other thing that I found which was confusing some of my fellow class mates was when do we use the 2nd Function and when do we use the first functions of these SIN, TAN, and COS buttons on the calculator. Yet again there was a simple thing to remember, to help you when to use which button. As a rule remember that the 2nd function button is used when finding Angle (A), and the first function used when finding the length of an unknown side. The last item I will leave you with to think about and apply in your calculations is a simple little visual that should leave no questions of when to Multiply and when to Divide by the SIN. TAN or COS of Angle (A). I leave you with the following.


Using the grade 3 math, that 6 divided by 3 equals 2. Just change the numbers around to know that 2 multiplied by 3 equals 6 and also 6 divided by 2 equals 3. I know some of you are probably laughing at this and I understand why, but not everyone was or is a math Whiz-kid. That simple little visual at the top of your questions paper allows you to exchange the numbers for the letters in the Trig equations and solve for each unknown a little easier because of the relative easy math involved with 6/3=2. I Hope this helps some of youthat are struggling with the basics of the Trig we used in the class portion of the Steel Fabrication Apprenticeship program and I wish you all luck with your time with Trigonometry.

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Mind Farts!

By Paul at 5:44 pm on Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Why does the mind fart now and then.?  Here I am in the 2nd week of my 5 week Level 3 Apprenticeship at B.C.I.T. and we had our first test.  We worked on plate layout and we basically draw out the project we are working on, be it a cone with a square bottom with a round top or both top and bottom are round,  to an offset opening from top to bottom. I know not a lot of you have a clue as to what I am talking about, but I’m sure some of you do. Anyway why do our minds fart??

I have done countless drawings since my first level class in Spring of 2005.  I understand them, and then I stop practicing them. I was so confident going into my test this morning and then I get to the last of the 4 drawings we had to do. and My mind goes FART!!!  I must have tried the same part like 4 times all to no avail. I forgot one small element of the drawing and the shape I should have had was just not coming out in the drawing.

So I ask, Why do minds fart when you least expect it? This whole week we’re working on Trigonometry. I hope my mind doesn’t fart when I recall my Sack of Tab Cola on the CBC when I have my Trig test. I have to save that for another days Post, but I’m happy to say, even though the Mind can FART!!! they are odorless and not quite as noisy as those from the exhaust end of the human body. 

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What Timming!

By Paul at 10:41 pm on Friday, March 9, 2007

I hurt my thumb just days before I start my Level 3 Classes which I mentioned in the previous Post. I was actually looking forward to going to class again this year and learn something new. I will find out Monday March 12th, 2007 if I can actually attend classes or have to wait till the next Level 3 Class. I figure it shoudn’t be a problem as I am in a classroom more than I am in the shop at B.C.I.T. . I will have to update you all if all will be ok with my classes or not on Monday. My bandages also Open up on Monday so I will take some more pics of my thumb too… 

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Out of Respect…

By Paul at 9:16 am on Saturday, November 4, 2006

I have held off on posting anything new out of respect to the loss of Manjit Panghali.  Today is the funeral date and I hope to get back to posting more random thoughts after today. 

It was not my intent to indtroduce this site to my family and friends with the story of Manjit Panghali.  I was compelled by my having known her, to post something in her Memory. 

I hope her family will be able to move on from this as I am sure this is what Manjit would want.  That said, I hope the athourities will be able to bring to justice, the cowards involved in this tragic loss, closure is the key to healing.

Rest in Peace Manjit.

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Post your Condolences

By Paul at 3:30 pm on Monday, October 30, 2006

Found a place for everyone to post their Condolences to the Panghali and Basra families.  All words will be a comfort to read for the families. You can find that link Here

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Manjit Panghali’s Funeral Service

By Paul at 12:02 pm on Monday, October 30, 2006

Just had a confirmation from a family friend….

(Click Here For Map)
Funeral Services will be held Nov 4th, 2006 12:30PM at
Five Rivers Funeral Home
7410 Hopcott Road
Delta, BC V4G 1B6, Canada

(604) 940-1313

And Prayers (Sehaj Paath) I have two locations…
we should get some updates on that at the funeral.
I’m just guessing, but there could be two separate prayers,
because of the two families doing them separately

So far I know…..

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Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar
115-12885 85 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3W 0K8, Canada

(604) 594-2544


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Canadian Singh Sabha Gurvwara
more info »
8115 132 Street
Surrey, BC V3W 4N5, Canada

(604) 590-3232

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Speculation.?? or.. More Questions for Husband.???

By Paul at 10:03 am on Monday, October 30, 2006

Best friend wasn’t called
Manjit Panghali: Murder victim’s husband claimed he phoned all…


Laura Hunger (left) and Manjit Panghali smile upon graduating from the University of B.C. with education degrees in 1998. Both became teachers and remained lifelong friends.

Salim Jiwa, The Province
Published: Monday, October 30, 2006
Manjit Panghali’s best friend says the murdered woman’s husband never phoned her looking for his wife, despite his claim that he called all her friends in the hours after she disappeared.

–Now the facts will emerge I guess, Who are the first people You would call when a loved one goes missing.??

“I reported her missing after 26, 27 hours,” Mukhtiar Panghali said last week.

–Wow talk about something just not sounding right about that…. How many people can you call in 26 hours??

Manjit Panghali’s brother, sister and parents have told The Province Mukhtiar Panghali called them about 7 a.m. on Oct. 19.

–Would you not call her parents house “FIRST”.?? I know when my Brother-in-Law calls my Mom first if he can’t locate my sister Rosy.

Radio India host Sukhminder Singh Cheema said the Surrey station has promised to pay a $50,000 reward for information leading police to the killer.

– I hope they catch the cowardly bastard and throw the book at him… You can read the Full Story here at The Province.

Read The Full Story Here

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Manjit Rest In Peace…..

By Paul at 8:59 am on Monday, October 30, 2006

I received an Anonymous Comment that Manjit’s Funeral services.
Is set for Nov 4th 12:30PM at Five Rivers Funeral Home

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Five Rivers Funeral Home
7410 Hopcott Road, Delta, BC V4G 1B6, Canada
(604) 940-1313

Thousands of mourners are expected to attend a public funeral being organized for slain mother and teacher Manjit Panghali, says the Surrey, B.C. woman’s grieving family. The funeral is tentatively planned for next weekend in Delta, B.C.

Police in Delta confirmed Thursday that a body disfigured by fire found earlier in the week was that of the 30-year-old. Delta Police said updates on the investigation may be days or weeks away. 

As police probe the murder, a criminal harassment case against Mukhtiar’s brother Sukhvinder Panghali, 26, has been fast-tracked through Richmond, B.C., court. The charge against the aircraft mechanic was laid in September. The woman he allegedly harassed has since moved from her Richmond home.

Read The Full Story Here

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Six Degrees of Separation.??

By Paul at 10:34 pm on Thursday, October 26, 2006

I don’t know how many of you have been following the story of the pregnant woman that went missing last Wednesday Oct 18th.She was on her way to a Yoga prenatal class. Mother, to a 3 ½ year old daughter, excited to be 4 months pregnant with her second child. Well today police finally released information, that the charred remains found Monday, are that of the above mentioned woman.
Her name… Manjit Panghali. Manjit was 30 years old, a grade one school teacher at a local Elementary.

Now you may be wondering why I of all people have brought this up in my blog. Manjit (Bubbs or Bubbli or Bubbles as I used to know her) I knew her between the ages of 12-16. She is my Ex-Wife’s Sister, my Sister-In-Law. It was a Long time ago that I was a part of that family 1987-1991. I feel horrible I am not able to console the family I once called my own.  I don’t know how they would take my calling or visiting them at probably the lowest moment of their entire lives. I want them to know how sad I am for their loss.  How sorry my whole family is for their loss. Please say a little prayer for Manjit, and her family. I can’t imagine how much they must be hurting right now. I hope they can catch and bring those responsible to justice as quickly as possible. I will try to get in touch with her family to pay my respects.  Until then, Manjit Rest In Peace…

View More when reported missing  HERE… 

View More when confirmed dead HERE…

View Latest update HERE…

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To PHO or Not to PHO!! damn!!! another question…..

By Paul at 10:28 am on Saturday, September 30, 2006

was a time that you couldn’t keep me away from our Saturday PHO outings….. and that was when I wasn’t making much money at my Job.  but it was a Steady Job…  So what is it I need…  a WHOLE Lot of money.?  or just a steady job to make me happy……  seems a steady and Stable incoem is what I need/want

Knowing bills are paid and I can still go out and spend $25 on PHO (for two people) is the life eh.?  LOL….  PHO now who the hell came up with that word…… is it pronounced as it is spelled.?  FOE.?  or is it FUR.??  or is it more like FER….??  perhaps FIR.?  or.???  anyway  PHO is good food……. now the delema of not having a vehichle to get there……  Hmmmmmmm…..  To PHO or NOT to PHO….  it’s still the question at this moment in time…..

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Lazy or Not Lazy… seems THAT is the question here….

By Paul at 10:12 am on Saturday, September 30, 2006

So now here I am Pondering if I am indeed lazy or just not quite ready to hop on that train…. now should it leave have I missed anything in the short term.? or is it the fact that I need to have my bills paid first. taking precedence over my being able to BLOG like the rest of you ….  You are all already on that Train… probably with your own cabins on board…..  I’d merely be just getting any available seat…. assuming there are any open. I am not giving up…..  I am just too busy with my current J.O.B. and I am just trying to now spread myself too thin on this or that J.O.B and not get ahead….. 

Falling behind is the worst part of not having the financial freedom we ALL Strive for……… You all just hopped on that train a lot sooner than I did….. Some have struggled and stuck it out (As will I) others were just at the right place at the right time….  (FOR THAT TRAIN) but as all types of transportation…  you get from point A to B and then to C but you always come back to Point A at some time……. I am not going anywhere……  and I will just hop on as soon as I can…… 

I too will get my own cabin and join you all in this “way of life’  who wouldn’t want to…? 9 hour days at The Vancouver Dry-dock Company and my commute to and from takes 12 hours out of my day….  Does that make me LAZY.??  My reply….. HELL NO!!  not lazy at all……  😛    Just bare with me Damn it……  So I missed the train when you all hopped on….  I haven’t gone anywhere YET!


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Hello world!

By Paul at 2:54 pm on Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Hello People!!  today is My first post on My blog….

hopefully the first of many to come……..

Now I need to figure what I am passionate about other than girls  LOL!

So back to the drawing board for now.

Thank you for visiting

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