I design and code intelligent digital experiences inspired by your dreams and vision.
Specialising in WordPress development and management, decades of coding experience power my ability to create functional and practical sites, leveraging the latest technologies and trends, supplemented by punchy content creation, strategic coaching and guidance. Let’s take your service and business to the next level together.
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// WHAT I DO?
Functional and modern websites from scratch. Whether an online shop or a simple business card page.
I have over 30 years of technical experience, have programmed in a multitude of languages since the age of ten, from desktop apps to internet sites to some minor mobile stuff.
I marry sound code to formative front-ends. Over the past 2 decades, I have created my own websites, blogs and CMSes, and built four large-scale applications, namely a data management and monitoring tool called Pivot (for IBIS Technologies, used in the mining industry in the early 2000s), a team management system called IOSS (for Integro Learning), a web-based billing system called Easibill, and an online photographer marketplace called Tapsnapp (of which I was CTO).
Armed with a range of programming languages and technical know-how gained over a lifetime, I am continually learning and upgrading my skills as technology rapidly and continually evolves into the world-dominating behemoth that it is. My ability to speak both geek and business makes me an asset in the industry, and I have often interfaced between client and coding team, offering far more than simple coding. Having consulting, coaching and business advice on my repertoire of offerings ensures a more secure and complete project.
Bug Free Existence!
Having a fair bit of creative flair and a thirst for knowledge, I grow from strength to strength in all my skills, from development to communication. I am meticulous in my work, reviewing and editing far longer than I should be. I offer an ongoing maintenance service to ensure that your website is updated, backed up, and continues to run smoothly as technology and software and trends continue to evolve around us at an impressive rate.
The Internet has made ease of access even, well, easier. We can collaborate from any location and work remotely. I am a huge lover of freedom and independence, and these fundamentals are infused into our relationship. Through chat apps and video calls, we can collaborate and communicate from opposite sides of the globe. Your websites can be accessed and updated from anywhere as well, giving you more freedom over your business management.
// MY HISTORY
Code and structure combined with artistry and flexibility create functional beauty.
I am an engaging, jovial, fun-seeking, young man who works well both by myself and with other people. Having a healthy balance of logic and creativity, my ideas and thoughts are generally very diverse. In addition, my interests are rather varied and plentiful, and I spend a lot of time doing such activities as martial arts, climbing, hiking, designing, programming, poetry, writing and massage. I am also naturally very energetic and flexible, traits that lend themselves well to the world of dance and performance.
Some know me as a geek. Some as a nerd. Some as a rather intelligent, exceptionally handsome coding chimp (cos Chimps know what they’re doing, yo!).
My love for computers and coding began early in my childhood, as I recall memories of constructing a laptop out of cardboard on which I pretended to write Logo operations (that’s the programing language made famous for its little graphic creating turtle). This was around about the same time I learned chess.
By the age of nine, my dad got us a state of the art IBM XT-PC, a champion machine which ran at a blazing 8MHZ on 640 kilobytes of RAM, displaying a whopping 16 unique colours when everyone else ran monochrome devices. I immediately got busy figuring out how this piece of machinery worked, breaking it many times before I began programming it myself.
Over the years, in an era without Internet, I taught myself a range of programming languages and gained technical know-how of personal computer systems, continually learning and upgrading my skills as technology rapidly evolved into the world-dominating behemoth that it is today. Having a fair bit of creative flair and a thirst for knowledge, I grew from strength to strength as a developer, eventually working for a variety of companies creating web-based applications that, for several organisations, became flag-ship products.
Of course, as life transforms and becomes more, my career in the IT world waned somewhat, but I still mash on some code occasionally, continually enjoying creative problem-solving. I can’t let it go completely. Afterall, with my Indian heritage, I only need an abacus to take over the world. Mwuhuhuhuhu! 😛
My freelancing adventure began in 2001, as an absolute noob. I landed a well paying contract job for a company I’d worked closely with at my first job, and realised the beauty of working for one’s self.
However, not having much in the way of business acumen, even as I grew, shifting through technologies as necessary, I desperately failed at turning my businesses into insanely profitable ventures.
Over the years that followed, I jumping in and out of the corporate rat race, trying out different tricks and tactics and learning a lot along the way. I didn’t experience any sort of tremendous or even mundane success but my understanding of the business world grew, and I grew as a person, and I steadily figured things out through trial and error, and the occasional gems of wisdom gleaned from mentors and teachers began to make sense.
After several rebrandings, I settled on Creation.begins for a long time as my freelance development monika. You can read more about this journey here.
After hanging up my coding cap in exchange for my consulting cap, Creation.begins evolved, at first, into my public speaking/strategy coaching/course facilitation platform, a far cry from the technical and geeky vibes that spawned it.
From there, my experience in the corporate coaching world became the content for the book, Creation begins with you.
More about me
Programming has certainly not been my only interest and, in my lifetime thus far, I’ve engaged in other successful careers as an actor, dancer, voice artist, writer, body therapist, lecturer, strategic coach, designer, and counsellor. I’ve even plied my trade as a cook for a time or two.
Life, I find, is an ongoing journey of expression and exploration, and I have spent the last decade bringing together many of my passions into a more holistic package. The past decades have seen me master a variety of talents, create a collection of successful careers, and gain a whack ton of life experience, such as: land prominent roles in local TV and movie productions; publish a couple of my books; run retreats and workshops; and bring more of my fullest self into this overall experience.
While my involvement directly in the IT world has petered, with technology and the Internet as ubiquitous as it is, I continue to blend my skills into many industries. My Holistic Homie package actively brings together my various skills in combination with mentorship, coaching, and deliberate empowerment.
I am living as fully as I am able, using my analytic side to structure the path, while my creative mind fleshes out the details.