About Louis Sylvio Belcourt

 

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My life has been a roller coaster with many traumatic times. Fortunately, the traumas were microscopic compared to the Titanic of beautiful moments of happiness.

I can't erase, edit or replace my past. I'm here and determined to make the rest of my life the very best of my life.

I was born in Mauritius on the 11th Dec 1946.

 

I left the island in 1967 to migrate to New Zealand and after one year moved to Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My parents are late Roland,     late Lyda  

and my siblings are late Paul, Monique, late Roland(Jr), Sylvio, Ginette, Robert and Brigitte.

   

     

I speak three languages, namely French, English and Creole (The native language of Mauritius).

I retired on my 65th birthday, 11 December 2011 and never looked back. Up to now, I've had a very busy life, never a dull moment.

Sadly, marriage has been my life's biggest failure, but I've learned so much. I'm resilient and very determined to never let the past affect my future.

Quote: "We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.” Steve Maraboli.

I'm currently writing my autobiography.

Who am I?

 

 

From the Collège du St. Esprit

"He is quite gifted intellectually although he has not been a particularly hard working pupil"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am very proud of my life's achievements. I'm a hard working person.

I'm also an artist, a creator, an inventor, a pilot, a sailor,

   

a musician, a writer, a painter,

    

a philosopher, a photographer, an entertainer,

    

a dancer, a movie maker,

         

a computer programmer, a music lover,

a DIY enthusiast,

  

a mechanic, an electrician, a plumber,

     

a social and friendly person,

     

     

    

I designed and made these Audio systems. I moulded the plastic using a standard heater element. The wooden speaker boxes are my own design and fabrication. All the electronic motherboards are made by hand.

   

    

Quote: "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough". Mae West

I'm not good at cooking but I enjoy going out to restaurants and tasting succulent dishes from all cultures.

Although I have a large garden at the front and rear of my house, I don't like gardening.

I do not have the patience for fishing. I prefer to do something that keeps me active.

I do not follow cricket. I have no idea of the rules.

Footy is not for me. When it comes to sports, I play tennis, I swim, I sail, I walk.

Be Inspired.

I hope that I inspire others to be creative, positive and always happy.

I have been criticised all my life. I hope they never stop because I always learn from them.

Quote: “You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.” Winston Churchill

Career.

Setting up my various websites was interesting and challenging. No doubt that the knowledge I acquired over the years about software development along with PHP, Java and MySQL helped.

My professional career is one of my greatest achievements. I started work as a draftsman at Building and Engineering in Port Louis, Mauritius before living in Auckland NZ and later Wellington. There I studied and did many manual jobs such as factory work, cleaning parks, waiter and singing/playing the guitar and piano in restaurants to earn a student income. A year later I moved to Melbourne and studied Cobol and RPG programming at IBM. From there, I worked in many industries and eventually move to System Analyst. My career went from strength to strength and eventually, I achieved the position of IT Manager.

I then took on the challenge of leaving the workforce to run my own business Microprogramming, which was about importing components from Taiwan and assembling PCs. Software development became a major asset to the business and I spend three years developing my own Accounting Software MPS (MicroProgramming Software), a complete package consisting of General Ledger, Debtors, Creditors, Inventory Control. Purchasing, Payroll and Job Costing. Many small to medium size organisations used the software which kept me very busy with support and custom modifications.

My then company Artificial Intelligence Pty Ltd was involved in voice recognition systems and I was the first even organisation in Australia to demonstrate a computer performing commands by voice at a Technology Exhibition in 1980.

I also write an article, "Man Machine and Voice" in 1975 in a PC magazine predicting that one day machines will be able to listen and talk like humans. Little did I know then....

Artificial Intelligence System Pty Ltd and Louis Sylvio Belcourt were recognised in Debrett's Handbook of Australia Fourth Edition in 1989.

In 1992, I was the Chairperson of the organisation that developed the computer protocol in Australia to interface bank communication with companies to process electronic money transactions. I was directly involved in the recommendation of the structure of the digital record format. Today, internet online banking transactions worldwide are using the same basic protocol with major improvements and much added security.

I contributed to programming major changes to computer software at the end of 1999 to 2000 related to the 2 digit year 99 which was predicted to create crashes around the world. My experience in Cobol, Fortran and IBM Assembly programming languages gave me competitive advantages in winning highly paid contracts.

Difficult and stressful times along with "The recession we had to have" eventually forced me back into the workforce. Project Manager, Crystal Report Writing, Book Keeping and many other small jobs kept me active for years and my last one before retiring was working as IT Manager/Financial Controller for a manufacturing company. 

Over the years, I obtained many additional certificates from various colleges to enhance my knowledge and I’m still learning new skills.

Description of some of the certificates:

My Hobbies are:

I've also done Scuba Diving, Hot Air Balloon and free fall jumping from 15,000ft to 10,000ft, then parachute open before landing. 

Latest adventure was Combat Flight Wild Aeros Acrobatic on 10 December 2023

  

I'm well travelled.

I have over 50,000 photos of all the travels I have done. Too many to publish here.

Overseas Countries I visited:

1972: Italy, France, England, Germany, Holland, Norway

1978: Tasmania

1988: New Zealand

1990: Bali, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan

2000: Malaysia, Singapore, Jakarta

2001: Thailand. New Caledonia

2003: California, New York, Canada, Nova Scotia, Vancouver.

2009: France, Spain, England, Dubai

2012: California, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, 

2013: Norfolk Islands.

2015: China.

2016: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand

2017: Mauritius, Reunion, Rodrigues.

2018: Japan, New Zealand.

2019: New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand, New Caledonia, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles.

2021: New Zealand

Travel OZ

 

2014: From Mornington, Adelaide, across the Nullabor, Western Australia Albany, Perth, Broome, The Kimberleys, NT Darwin, Alice Springs, Uluru down the Stewart highway to Coober Pedy, Port Augusta, SA and then back home.

2017: From Mornington, Mildura, Bourke, Charleville, Longreach, Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Normanton, Mt Surprise, Ravenshoe, Atherton, Mareeba, Yorkeys  Knob, Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Cooktown, Laura, Coen, Archer River, Mapoon, Somerset, Seisia, Thursday Island, and Punsa to the Tip, the northernmost point of the Australian Continent.

Return: From the "Tip", Laura, Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Mackay, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Eden, Orbost, Bairnsdale and back to Mornington.

2022: From Bairnsdale, Mildura, Broken Hill, Peterborough, Port Augusta, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Uluru and return down the Stewart Highway to eventually reach home.

2023: Tasmania

Cruise:

2014: Departing Sydney, the ship stopped at New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga, Auckland, Wellington and returned to Sydney.

Relocating.

On July 2018, I moved from Mornington VIC to Bairnsdale, Gippsland, VIC.

I love the country lifestyle, the lakes, and the people.

That's all folks! 

Oh, I forgot, my friends say that I am a caring person with a heart of gold. I always give more than I take.