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Monday, June 26, 2017

Trip to Bali - and Qlik for Scuba

Over the Winter period (which here in Chicago really is a lot of "fun"), due to timing, it was necessary to really dig-in and study-up on Qlik and other BI technology.  In fact, it was actually a rather arduous process, due to having a touch of the flu(?) in January, a record-setting overall lack of sunlight, and the nature of my goal, which was nothing less than the Qlik Sense Data Architect certification.

Frankly, doing all of this on your own is probably not the recommended way.  But, I felt that it was necessary and thankfully, due to having a sizable amount of experience already, albeit in SAP BPC, etc., there really weren't any barriers except time & energy to pursue studying.

At any rate, my poor wife had to endure putting up with me during this whole intense period and so, I promised that (budget permitting), if the exam could be passed, we'd take a trip.  ...Well, without hesitation, she announced that she'd been working on a little program, this time to Bangkok, Thailand, then Cambodia for the ruins at Angkor Wat, following-up with 6 nights in Bali, and concluding with one last night in Tokyo on the way back. Great photos below.

Bonus:  During the flight, I was able to transfer the data from my scuba dive computer to Qlik Sense for a series of these charts (they're included in my Resume App, if interested on www.QlikCloud.com):

Data from first dive -- USS Liberty Wreck at Tulamben

Example of other data loaded to app - This from 2013 dive at Pearl Lake, IL

Why not?  ...From Bali - Manta Point, Nusa Penida

Please pardon the photo-slide show here, but all of this is pretty fantastic stuff to see:

Standing Watch with the "Demon Guardians" of the Buddha at Grand Palace, Bangkok

South entrance to Angkor Wat (yes, it was at hot as it looks)

Deep Relief Carvings at the Elephants Terrace 

At Ta Prohm Temple (Featured in "Tomb Raider" movies)

Last night in Tokyo

Last night in Tokyo

At the Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) -- Bangkok


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