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Chit Sabesh Asokan (chitsabesh)

From: Singapore (South East Asia)

I am 15 years old and am currently studying at St. Gabriel's Secondary School. I'm a Singaporean of Indian ethnicity. English is my first language and I study Mandarin in school as a second language.

I have two major afflictions that begin with “R”. The first is Reading and the second is Rhinitis.

I enjoy reading Science Fiction novels from authors such as Robert A. Heinlein and Stephen R. Donaldson. I am currently revisiting a classic dystopian sci-fi novel - “1984” by George Orwell.

My other affliction, Rhinitis has been both a boon and a bane. The allergy “attacks” have kept me indoors (bane). This has allowed me to explore the Internet as source of entertainment and information. This spawned my interest in web development (boon).

In 2007, I was appointed the President of my School's Infocomm Club (an amalgamation of the AVA and Web Clubs).

I spearheaded the migration of my School's website from a static HMTL webpage to one powered by an open-source content management system – Joomla!

Beyond the above, I enjoy visiting other countries. It gives me the chance to learn about other cultures and, their food!

Why I joined the contest and why I chose Joomla.

This contest provides an opportunity for me to learn,interact and contribute to the open-source community.

Joomla was my choice because I had already gained some experience working with it and I wanted to help contribute to its development.

Some thoughts on my experience in the GHOP.

It is wonderful to see forum members and other contestants helping each other on various tasks – Its truly exciting!

Ideas on how we might make this better in the future.

The contest has been amazing thus far. Questions have been met with quick responses on the forums and help is always there if I need it. I can undertake the tasks at my own pace, within the overall time-limit.

Perhaps an IRC Channel could be set up to allow for real-time communication. As for further ideas, I'd like to give it more thought before getting back to you.