Tuesday, March 01, 2005

updates

Hey there!  Suprise, surprise, I'm still around! 
 
Apologies to anyone who still reads this blog...I know I haven't done much updates lately...but that's because....
 
I've been on an incredible emotional rollercoaster for the past few months.  Yes, it's to do with my "new colleague"/"old friend".  We're doing that dance of "do we/don't we" thing...when one person takes one step forward and the other takes two steps back, and vice versa.  Confusions reign, my emotions drained.
 
So I distract myself by religiously mountainbiking on weekends.  Got to let out some steam, and the best way is to exhaust myself silly.  I mean, even bad weather can't stop me.
 
The only thing I look forward to now is my spring break!  I'll be vacationing in Spain in a few weeks....and am frantically trying to revise for my Spanish.  My Spanish class ended last September and still hasn't resumed this year.   That's the laid back attitude of my coordinator (she's native Spanish). 
 
Chao for now!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

happy new year!

The new year is almost here, and time for new beginnings. 
 
First of all, let me say that at this point in time, I can no longer pursue my dream of an mba at a reputable institution.  The financing that I had hoped for did not materialise for me, and when I have a brother to put through college, I guess, I have to reprioritise my goals.
 
Best of luck to those who are still applying!  Congratulations to those who have been admitted!
 
And yes, my blog is now listed under 'defunct' in the League. It is my own doing.  Since I am no longer pursuing my mba education, at least for the time being, I say that it is only appropriate that this blog is no longer listed there.
 
Secondly, w.r.t my 'new' colleague/'old' friend, we are comfortable around each other, as comfortable as an old shoe.   I know that doesn't sound romantic at all, but after all, we first met when in college, I had just turned 18, and he, a few years older.   Of course, college had plenty of distractions , and we didn't last long.  We met again at a reunion when I was 24/5, and again, we didn't last v. long since I had a commitment issue.  Now that I'm 30, we meet again, and thrown into the deep end together.   I don't know what else to call this but fate, so I'm thinking I should resign myself to fate, and not run away from fate.   Yet, I am breaking my own rules, and getting myself involved with a colleague, which I had never done in the past.    But this is different right?
 
I don't know.  I've never been so confused before. 
 
Come what may, I look forward to new beginnings.
 
Happy new year!
 

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Sunday, November 07, 2004

stranger things have happened

When blogging via email, expect that neither the post will appear when it's supposed to.  I blogged on Sunday about the interview on Monday, but my post didn't appear until Tuesday.  So by the time I wished for luck, it was already over.  How did the interview go?  Pretty well, nothing extensive, and I'm recommended to meet the client.
 
But the cream of all things strange must have been this week, when ......I entered a meeting and found out that the in-house legal counsel head has hired a new member to his team and he is..... an old "friend", who was a little more than a friend, if you catch my meaning. Is fate playing a cruel joke on me?
 
Especially since I have to work v. closely with the in-house legal counsel.  For the past few days, I, my staff, and he had to work late together.  Its a good thing its the three of us, instead of just me and him.  It was slightly awkward at first, but our professional instincts got the better of us.   
 
I hate the awkward-ness of it.  That's why I have never dated anyone I work with and I don't want to start now. 


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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

an interview with the headhunter

I have an interview with the headhunter tomorrow.  I have no idea what to expect, whether it would be a rigorous session or just a simple less than an hour deal.   The earlier session didn't pan out, since their client found a candidate from within the organisation.  Now they have another client they think I may be suitable for.  We'll see.  Not too sure about their client though, i.e. not too sure whether I am keen for it. 
 
Just as well.  I am exasperated with my colleagues, at how they are not taking this task seriously enough.  Hence, the buck is passed on to me, with a huge responsibility to shoulder, and tonnes of workloads to finish on time.   I don't like freeriders, that's all, especially when I have to take on their responsibilities.  Sometimes I wonder why I didn't go for investment banking job when I should've.  I've been practically working with i-bankers for a really long while, from equity & debt fund raising, acquisitions, etc.  At least, I could've had an i-banker's pay. 
 
Then again, I know I don't want to be an i-banker.  One of the reasons why I want an MBA is that my skills will widen beyond finance, and maybe into general management.  Anyway, I think I'll save that discussion for my essay, why an mba now topic.
 
Wish me luck for tomorrow!     


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Saturday, October 16, 2004

no spanish

no spanish, no insead.....

I was supposed to sit for the DELE Initial Level this coming november, so that by May, I can sit for the 2nd Level. Insead has a 3 languages requirement. Having sat for the mock test last week, I thought I was doing pretty well, having answered most of the multiple choice questions correctly. Well, it turned out that my class weren't taught the past tense yet, which is one of the test items in the exam. Why was my Spanish class so damn slow? We started the class in May, on a once-a-week basis, but I guess no one took to study as seriously as I did...:-( Of course, no one else had the motive I had. So, bye bye Insead, at least for the Sep 05 entry. I'll still strive for the May exam...

To avoid any further language hiccups from affecting my appication, I will have to concentrate on my UK applications only.

On another note, I am sorry to hear about 3app being dinged, again. There's always that emba to go for, once you have accumulated enough work experience. Check out his entry on the different types of applicant-bloggers, its extremely funny.



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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

no progress

I am still swamped with work, working a 12-hour day every day...so by the time I get home, I just vegitate in front of the t.v.  Lame excuse, I know, and it pretty much sounds like a procrastinator talking.   I am ashamed of myself, especially when all other applicant bloggers blog ceaselessly about how many essays have been completed.   Well, good on them! 
 
The Forte Foundation sounds wonderful! See brit-chick's blog.   I never realise so many women had mental barriers of going to business school.  I guess, I was lucky enough to be brought up without the constricted notions of what women can and can't do.   Not that I am butch, or tomboyish.  Nor do I use my feminine wiles to charm my way up the corporate ladder.   The point I am trying to make is, never judge a book by its cover.   
 
Oh yeah, I seem to have lost touch with my ex-supervisor.  Help!  How am I suppose to polish my application to Said B-school?  Well, hopefully, my old friend, the LBS grad (Sloan programme nonetheless), might be able to help me out a little.   We shall see. 
 
Oh, and I apologise for my last entry.  The spanish squiggly n (an-yo) doesn't seem to come out properly.  And thanks ms. reflections, for your comforting words.:-)
 
 


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Friday, October 01, 2004

(public) embarrassment

The thing about blogging is that your foibles are for all to see, so to speak. And what better place to embarrass oneself than on the Wharton site!

That was when I found out that my blog was listed on Wharton. The post about my birthday....yes, I mentioned that I turned 30....except that I wrote it in Spanish...trying to be clever, a feat I obviously didn't achieve!

Nonetheless, a mistake commonly made by a newbie in Spanish....

errata: I have 30 years....NOT 30 @$$e$

So why didn't anyone alert me of my error? ano = @$$, and año=year

Not even señor suerte (the famous former blogger) alerted me, the blogger whom I place on a pedestal.... Ah well, it just goes to show you....



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