Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Sri lanka

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage(PEO)

PEO, a place we really enjoyed and never forget. PEO is situated in the Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka, which is about 87km away from Colombo. Pinnawala is about 3 km from Rambukkana junction on Colombo-Kandy road.

Elephants are so fascinating. There are elephants with babies, two pregnant elephants, a humongous Bull. These are all Asian elephants. The orphanage starts at 8:30am daily for the visitors. At about 10am this bunch of elephants starts walking towards Ma-Oya where they refresh with their daily bathing. Ma-Oya provides the water for drinking and bathing for these elephants. The elephant bathing at Ma-Oya provides a picturesque scene every morning and evening. Most of the visitors enjoy this scene every day while 84 elephants have their bath in this picturesque river according to their own rhythm.
There are loads of tourists here, rightfully so. The official tourist shop sells paper items made from Elephant Dung - one of the more unusual souvenirs we've seen in our travels.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Sri Lanka University Games

9th Sri Lanka University Games 2007
2nd Nov 2007 to 11th Nov 2007, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
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More than 5,000 participants from 13 universities will take part in the 9th University Games Festival, starting 2nd November at University of Kelaniya.Around 28 events under 19 different categories of sports and the events will be held at 10 different places, including the University of Kelaniya, Sugathadasa Stadium, Royal College and the sports grounds of the National Youth Centre.

The logo of the SLUG is in the shape of the letter “U”. It was selected from a competition. The letter “U” was selected, because the Kelani River flows in the shape of the letter “U” when it passes Kelaniya. And the letter “U” symbolizes the whole university system. It is green, to represent the greenish lawns of the grounds and the 13 balls represent the 13 universities who take part in the SLUG.

Oriole is the mascot of this year’s sports festival. It was in the Olympic Games in 1968, in Mexico that a pet was used as a mascot and it was used to control anti-Olympic ideas stirred up by student revolts and to spread good will among people.

It is for the first time that a mascot is being used in a SLUG. Oriole was chosen as the mascot because it is familiar to all Sri Lankans and also because of the close affinity it has with the area of Kelaniya in the Selalihini Sandeshaya.

Oriole is an eye catching bird because of its shining body and golden neck and legs. It was selected as the mascot of the year because the oriole is the ideal pet which represents the ethics and principles of the university games.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Kukuleganga & Makeliya Ella

KKG Holiday Resort is a very pleasant and recently constructed complex with nicely built one, two and three bedroomed cabins, along with amenities such as Club House, Swimming Pool, Play Area,Tennis Court, Squash Court Gymnasium walking trails etc. It is considered a highly desirable weekend retreat site patronized by locals as well as foreigners.
Kukule Ganga Resort

Makeliya Water Fall and Natural Pool is a very interesting place. It's just 15 kms away from the Resort.

Crazy Ruki

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Konnichiwa - My Japan Visit for ITHET July2007


Travelling to Japan was an amazing experience that I will always cherish. Ever since I was a youngster, I had always aspired to travel to Japan. I finally did it. The plane trip to Narita
Airport was so exhausting.

During our stay in Japan, we visited many places. Our first stop was Hitachi, and it is a stunning city that I will always remember. Flashing billboards, massive buildings nearly touching the sky and swarms of young people frantically hurrying through the streets.

Travelling to Kyushu via Hiroshima by Car was absolutely wonderful. over 1600 Km from Ibaraki to Kumamoto. It just went too hideously fast. Visiting Hiroshima was a monumental highlight for me. We went to the Hiroshima Dorm and that brought tears to my eyes. It was sad to see how such a horrific tragedy could cause so many deaths.

In this Journey I travel with my Sir, Professor and Samoa guy name Vaise Patu. We listen to the Sri Lankan songs & he like the song "Ran Tikiri Sina" very much. That was his first time that he listen to this song. After our journey he search this song vis YouTube & compose this song @ very good level. Wow creative work by Samoa Guy.

Kumamoto is the traditional city of Japan. During our time there, we viewed Kumamoto Castle, Suizenji Park and many old places. We took loads of photos and you can see it from my Flickr site.

Shopping was a major feature of Japan. We went crazy and did masses of shopping at Hitachi, Mito and Akihabara. I purchases i-pod at a very cheap price. Akihabara is a great place, & had awesome times.

A Japanese home is a wooden building that is raised slightly above the ground. Most Japanese homes are small, and the rooms are usually separated by moveable paper partitions called fusama that can be rearranged to change the size or shape of the room. When the outside screens are open, the gardens can be seen from every room in the house. Customs and traditions are very important in Japan. Upon entering a house or apartment it is customary to take off your shoes. At dinner families often kneel on cushions surrounding a low table. Most Japanese food is cooked on a small grill called a hibachi. The food is usually broiled, steamed, or fried. The basic Japanese menu consists of soup and three dishes, each cooked by a different method. Dessert is usually artistically cut fresh fruit. Chopsticks are used for picking up all food.

The homestay families and Youth hostels treated us well. We experienced exotic Japanese food. I ate the Raw Fish, Raw Horse,Wasabi and the mountains of White Rice offered to me. Singing ballads at the Karaoke was utterly bliss. I was so surprised at the singing talent within our group.

Japan is a truly special country. The people are affectionate, it is particularly clean and the transport system is efficient.

Thank you to Sri Lankan Airline for delaying flight, then we shifted to Hotel Nikko Narita for 12 hours, they provide Lunch & Dinner with classical music.


Thursday, February 22, 2007

Develop of a Job Control System to optimize web traffic

My First Research paper for The 8th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training (ITHET2007), which will be held in KKR Hotel Kumamoto, Japan, in July 2007

Full paper Download:

In Sri Lanka, limited bandwidth of Internet connection during day time gives slower performance for sound, video and intensive graphics, resulting in long waiting time for downloads that can adversely affect the efficiency of the teaching/learning process. It is therefore extremely useful optimizing the Web traffics in order to have better response during daytimes.

We have frequently experienced in Sri Lanka when downloading a large file, or running a peer-to-peer file sharing program, Web pages start to load very slowly, or fail to load due to the problem of limited bandwidth resulting in virtual traffic jams. Controlling or managing traffic reduces bandwidth use, and is often described as bandwidth management, traffic control, congestion control, traffic shaping or traffic management. The challenge before us now is to implement the proposed e-learning activities with limited bandwidth under the current circumstances.

As mentioned earlier, downloading the learning resources available on the Web takes a longer period of time under the present circumstances. The speed depends on the transmission method and bandwidth which is a common problem in most of the developing countries. According to a recent survey conducted in Sri Lanka, it has been found that most of the people access the Internet during day time resulting in a very slow speed. However, during after office hours, mid night and on public holidays, it is very fast. To overcome this problem, we propose a solution to develop a job control system to minimize this factor.
Using the above job control system, both teachers and students should be able to save their time and will get the maximum benefit from their limited bandwidth. We must also control Web site blocking, restrict music and video downloading, content caching and filtering for students. It would also be an encouraging solution for the reluctance and hesitation of some sections of students and teachers in many South Asian countries to the introduction of e-learning.