Wednesday, November 30, 2005

GLC is on...

Ok, I've got a lot of tiny bones to pick today. Kinda behind schedule on maaaannnyyy things(including reading my favorite blogs)after the long weekend. Hopefully things will get better by tomorrow.

Anyway, after much thoughtful consideration, I've decided to begin the 1st of a 4-part(even better than Lord of the Rings trilogy haha minus the dough) Global Live Chat sessions on 12/2. Since we'll be wrapping this year up in about 32 days, I want to take some time "off" to "meet" up with worldwide fellow bloggers before the famous Times Square New Year's Eve ball drops :P . So mark your calender and hope to see everyone on 12/2.

Countdown to GLC... for more info, please refer to sidebar

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Turkey day weekend

Hey, I am baccccck! Thank you all for stopping by my blog and leaving encouraging comments.

Well, Thanksgiving day came and flew past. Had plenty of turkey (some still in my stomach due to leftovers), wide variety of foods(out of my system ummm... I believe 24 hours ago :P ) , and fun over the past 4 days. And, the weather was just absolutely wonderful, in the 80's (24-27C). Some people thought that it was a little too warm for late November but not me. It was just perfect weather for driving from one place to another to visit friends. Oh yes, I also went running after the ball with a bunch of football fanatics for about an hour and 45 mins and that was yesterday.

As I'm typing this post, I am bundled up to 3 layers. I kid you not! It has been a cold day and it's going to be even colder tonight(down to -2C). Can't do nothing except to brave the brutal cold *sigh*. I guess I'm going out to collect some firewood once I am done here.

One last thing, back by popular demand(hahaha), I am considering doing a few more sessions of "Global Live Chat"(probably once per week Asia night time) all the way to Christmas. I promise I'll plan it better this time :)

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you "Be of good cheer"
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
It's the hap -happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap - happiest season of all ...

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Global live chat

Allright, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Starting from tomorrow all the way to Sunday, it's just going to be lots of food and fun =) . So I won't be blogging for a couple of days.

On the Eve of Thanksgiving, I have decided to do something different. On Nov 23rd 05 from 10:30pm - 12:00am strictly according to the digital clock on the sidebar(pls scroll down to see the clock), I'll do a 90-minute Thanksgiving special of live chat(even emails will be replied instantly) with fellow bloggers. Anything you want to discuss/share/complain etc, just bring them on. And by the way, I don't plan to sell you anything and there's absolutely no catch or whatsoever. Please no worries! Here are the details:

Email or Instant Messenger:

Have a happy Thanksgiving and I'll talk to you later!

My equation

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A worker's life can sometimes be that simple and straightforward. Just be ready to handle what's coming his/her way.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Memory loss vs. Being pretentious

A table for:3 (me, and the couple)
New friend: J's newfound lover
Time: 2 Saturdays ago
Location: Authentic Mexican food restaurant
Meal: Lunch
Duration: An hour and a half
1)Ate tortillas with salsa, beef & chicken fajitas and enchiladas.
2)3 of us discussed about life, work and office politics.

fastforward to...11/20
Time: Around 2pm
Location: A publicly traded electronics retailer
Section: Cameras & Camcorders
What happened : I saw him(J's newfound lover) checking out one of those digital cameras. He was alone. So I went over to say hello. Couldn't believe it. He had totally forgotten about me. His facial expression and body language showed as if he was going to be mugged or something.

Bad Short/longterm memory or he was trying to say"I was just putting up a good show 2 Saturdays ago, now leave me alone"????

Saturday, November 19, 2005

My nickname is...

I suspect we all have real(given) names and nicknames(nasty and pleasant ones), seriously! I have heard people say "My name is Samatha, but please call me Sam!" or " I'm Raymond, but I go by Ray."

So what is a nickname? A nickname is usually a short substitute name for a person's real name. Often if a nickname is mentioned, you can pretty much guess the real name. Here are some examples:
Nicknames Given Names
Cindy ===== Cynthia
Jim ====== James
Tina ====== Christina
Frankie ==== Francis
Rob ====== Robert

For some people nicknames are usually "cool" to have and sweet to the ears, but others just hate them. Well, I have no problem with nicknames. It's just that sometimes there are way too many nicknames to one given name. There are even nicknames out there that don't make any sense to me.

You see, how did "Dick" become a nickname for "Richard"? How in the world did "Daisy" become a nickname for "Margaret"? And if your name is Catherine, why do you want people to call you Cathy, Karen, Katie, Kathleen, Kay, Kit, Kati, Kate, or Kitty?

Huh? Actor Dick Dreyfuss? Former prime minister Daisy Thatcher ? The Legend of Zorro star Kitty Zeta-Jones?

Friday, November 18, 2005

All things are possible

In my opinion, the word "negotiation" is a BIG word. Many times it goes beyond what you can imagine. It's about one willing to offer and the other willing to accept. And most people often view it as a win-win-situation. "This story" will prove to you that it's possible to achieve and get what you wish if you believe in negotiation.

So do remember this story next time if you need say...lifetime supply of Colgate toothpaste, Tropicana orange juice, Ralph Lauren T-Shirt or even Purina Dog & Cat food...etc.

By the way, if you wish for an unlimited cash cow, sorry to burst your bubble that you still have to work hard and smart. =)

Thursday, November 17, 2005

My Taiwanese connection?

Did my summer internship as a tourism sales associate/translator with a German company in Titisee, Germany. I was treated as if a star when Taiwanese tour groups on daily basis requested to take pictures with me.

Countless direct or indirect comments from my Taiwanese friends about my looks and how I would make it big if I were to live in Taiwan.

Yesterday, 2005
Heard another compliment from one acquaintance about the same subject.

Just exactly what could I do in Taiwan?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Pardon, madame

I accidentally "witnessed" the following incident over the weekend when I was out shopping for a dark green wool sweater. You can call me whatever names you want, I just didn't do anything about it because

a) she was a stranger(so don't know how she would react to the news and she would probably think that I am a pervert or something)
b) i didn't want to embarrass her (sometimes some occurrences in life are better left untold. Let her discover it later...say when she is home :P)

Just exactly what am I talking about? Here it goes...
Imagine you are shopping in a local mall. As you are busy searching for the things you want, you suddenly notice a stranger's zipper that's wide open. Would you say something?

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Keyboard & Balls

Something funny for your weekend :B

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Resume writing 201

Writing a resume is not an easy thing to do. Check it out...

Resume Mistakes (Robin Stevens)
How bad a mistake can you make on your resume? Here are some real-life examples:

"My intensity and focus are at inordinately high levels, and my ability to complete projects on time is unspeakable."

"Education: Curses in liberal arts, curses in computer science, curses in accounting."

"Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store."

"Personal: Married, 1992 Chevrolet."

"I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse."

"I am a rabid typist."

"Created a new market for pigs by processing, advertising and selling
a gourmet pig mail order service on the side."

"Exposure to German for two years, but many words are not appropriate for business."

"Proven ability to trak down and correct erors."

"Personal interests: Donating blood. 15 gallons so far."

"I have become completely paranoid, trusting
completely nothing and absolutely no one."

"References: None, I've left a path of destruction behind me."

"Strengths: Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining composer."

"Don't take the comments of my former employer too seriously, they were unappreciative beggars and slave drivers."

"My goal is to be a meteorologist. But since I possess no training in meteroology, I suppose I should try stock brokerage."

"I procrastinate - especially when the task is unpleasant."

"I am loyal to my employer at all costs ... Please feel free to resond to my resume on my office voicemanil."

"Disposed of $2.5 billion in assets."

"Accomplishments: Oversight of entire department."

"Extensive background in accounting. I can also stand on my head!"

Cover letter: "Thank you for your consideration. Hope to hear from you shorty!"

Friday, November 11, 2005

More chic than sheep, really?

Many people are aware of the dangers of global warming. We often hear terms like climate change, greenhouse effect, pollution, rising oceans and carbon dioxide being used whenever scientists and researchers discuss about this issue.

Relax, I am not writing to ask for donations for saving some people/animals. Nor am I here to criticize anyone. You see, I actually came across this short report about global warming on BBC during lunch break and thought of sharing with you now. This is a very serious report and I strongly encourage you to read it. You'll soon find out how "some" of you can save the world. :-)))

"Please tell me what I can do to help!"?
GUYS, we have got to put on our thinking cap and see how we can contribute too !!!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

you're on your own?

As I opened the glass door with steel frame about to enter a fine restaurant, I noticed there were 2 extremely well dressed middle aged women right behind me. Being a mature gentleman(ya-di-ya-di-yada...), I held the door open for them.

Seconds later they entered and walked past me without acknowledging the kindness which I just showed them. No eye contact, no "Thank you" and no nothing. And I was like...

What's up with that? Was I expecting too much???

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

My homework

Well well well, I was tagged by the hardworking Dreamer on the day before Halloween. I actually wanted to write the whole thing up over the past weekend but just didn't have the time. So in order to drop the guilt, I have finally decided to put aside all the important things and write it now. Here are my real AND illusory answers. :P

Seven things I plan to do before I die...
* Find the rest of my 6 lookalikes
* See that my blog goes IPO
* Experience futuristic teletransporting ala Star-Trek
* Make sure that humblewarrior becomes a legend blogger
* Climb Mount Everest
* Walk in the REAL winter wonderland
* Perform open surgery on the knee

Seven things that I can do...
* Channel-flipping (flipping 30 channels in 10 seconds)
* Skydiving without opening the chute
* Outrun Thumper the Rabbit
* Sleep with one eye wide open (spooooooky)
* Drive around town ignoring all traffic rules
* Move both my ears with my mind
* No bathing for a full week

Seven celebrity crushes

Seven current/recent books
* Made in America - Sam Walton
* Fast Food Nation - Eric Schlosser
* The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren
* One Billion Customers : Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China - James McGregor
* The Dollar Crisis - Richard Duncan
* When God is Silent - Charles Swindoll
* Newsweek - Nov 7

Seven favourite foods
* Korean bulgogi
* German gulasch
* Chinese food (buffet style)
* Tiramisu cheesecake
* Liquor filled chocolates =)
* Celery with peanut butter
* Anything with cinnamon on it

Seven random facts about me
* My nickname is Dude!
* I've got six toes on one side of my foot.(hahaha, not giving it away)
* I once appeared as a guest on Jerry Springer Show.
* Was a 2nd lieutenant with the Air Force for a very short period of time
* Years ago persuaded a cat named Oscar to come down from the tree
* I see things perfectly without my glasses
* I am getting older everyday

Seven poeple I want to tag
Who wants to be tagged? Any takers?

Sunday, November 06, 2005

A good worker

Don't ever let this happen to you ok. Have a fun weekend!

Job Review(Richard Walters)
One day, a project leader was asked to submit a review of one of his employees. He wrote the following:

"Bob Smith, my assistant programmer, can always be found

hard at work in his cubicle. Bob works independently, without

wasting company time talking to colleagues. Bob never

thinks twice about assisting fellow employees, and he always

finishes given assignments on time. Often, Bob takes extended

measures to complete his work, sometimes skipping coffee

breaks. Bob is a dedicated individual who has absolutely no

vanity in spite of his high accomplishments and profound

knowledge in his field. I firmly believe that Bob can be

classed as a high-caliber employee, the type which cannot be

dispensed with. Consequently, I duly recommend that Bob be

promoted to executive management, and a proposal will be

executed as soon as possible."

Regards - Project Leader

Shortly thereafter, the HR department received the following memo from the project leader:

"Sorry, but that idiot was reading over my shoulder while I
wrote the report sent to you earlier today. Kindly read only
the odd numbered lines for my true assessment of him."

Regards - Project Leader

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Total Fat 7g

The yellow Casio G-shock on your wrist shows 1:32pm. You still have not had lunch. Just wanna grab a quick bite before heading back to your office by 2:05. You spot a fast food chain 1 block away and walk straight towards it. Look around and you notice that the happy place is packed with school kids and office workers. Minutes later is your turn to place an order.

Cashier: Sir, how can I help you?
You: Yes, I would like to have a Meal #2 please.
Cashier: Do you want cheese on it?
You: Yes, and can you please super size it please.
Cashier: Alrightt! Anything else?
You: Nope
Cashier: For here or to go?
You: To go.
Cashier: Ok. Your total is $4.86

So you walk out with a huge burger, a bag of supersize fries and a drink thinking that you've just paid less than 5 bucks for lunch. Sitting under a tree, you open up the bag and swallow the whole meal in about 15 mins. Look at your wrist watch again, it's about time to get back to your office.

Here are my questions to you:
Do you care about the nutritional facts of fast food? Will consumers(children or adults) eat less because of those facts? Do you know that McDonald's will soon be printing nutritional facts?

PS: I have nothing against Mickey D =)

Friday, November 04, 2005

not in the eye of the beholder...

Do people repeatedly peek or stare at you when you are out at the mall, school, work etc? And often you just know that there's nothing wrong with you. You walk like a fine gentleman/lady, dress appropriately, hair is nicely done, not shouting on your cellphone, and of course you have got no BO that can be detected miles away. You think and think and think why... why do people stare at you?

Forget about asking your psychic friends or seeking professional medical help. Turn to newborn babies. Yes, they'll be able to "help" and here's how and why .

So, if babies prefer your face over someone else's, good for you. If they look at you and start crying, tough luck =)

Thursday, November 03, 2005

putting up signs

We should be very careful when it comes to writing our thoughts on paper. See for yourself...

Badly Worded Signs (Erion Cano)

Outside a jeweller's shop:
Ears pierced while you wait

Outside an electrical store:
Why go elsewhere to be cheated when you can come in here!

Sign in a laundromat:
Automatic washing machines: please remove all your clothes when the light goes out

In a dress shop window:
Don't stand outside and faint - come in and have a fit

Sign in a London department store:
Bargain basement upstairs

In an office:
Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday please bring it back or further steps will be taken

Outside a farm:
Horse manure: 50p per pre-packed bag, 20p do-it-yourself

In the window of a dry cleaner's:
Same day dry cleaning - all garments ready in 48 hours

At the zoo:
Please do not feed the elephants. If you have any peanuts or buns give them to the keeper on duty

In an office:
After teabreak staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board

Outside a furniture shop:
Our motto: We promise you the lowest prices and workmanship

Outside a photographer's studio:
Out to lunch: if not back by five, out for dinner also

Sign on a farm gate:
Dogs found worrying will be shot

In a restaurant:
Customers who find our waiting staff rude should see the manager

Outside a smart shop:
No children aloud

Seen outside a travel agency:
Why don't you go away?

Sign in a picture shop:
Let us put you in the picture and frame you

In an electrical shop:
Why smash your plates washing up? Let one of our dishwashers do it for you

In a cafe window:
Waitresses required for breakfast

Seen in a shop selling calculators and computers:
You can always count on us

Seen at an American undertaker's:
Oscar's Funeral Parlour - where you'll always find a smile

Notice in a London park:
No walking, sitting or playing on the grass in this pleasure park

Sign warning of quicksand:
Quicksand. Any person passing this point will be drowned. By order of the District Council

Sign on a newly painted bench:
Wet paint. Watch it or wear it

Sign outside pet shop:
No dogs allowed

Sign on motorway garage:
Please do not smoke near our petrol pumps. Your life may not be worth much but our petrol is

Spotted in a toilet in a London office block:
Toilet out of order. Please use floor below

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

how so?

Last weekend was alright. Just couldn't believe that the weather was so pleasant(high in the low 80s). Did the usual stuff and also met with friends. Also experienced some "incidents" if you will and wanted to sum them up.

1. Cars in the next lane do not go faster. So, stay in mine own lane.
2. Traffic lights are always red when I'm in hurry.
3. When I don't need something, that something is always around. But
when I need it, it is nowhere to be found.

As always, 1st day of the month is time to do a little advertising... So if you see this dude please let me know =) .