Friday, June 29, 2007

Steve Jobs' speech at Stanford

Bluetulip had just posted steve jobs' speech during Stanford's commencement in 2005.

It's both sad and inspiring to read that speech for a second time, especially in this time of changes where I often ask myself am I following the right path or questioning God/Whoever why I meet that person and there has got to be a reason for everything..

I will try to follow this words:

Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I got an internship

at a start-up microfinance bank in Indonesia.. HOHOHO SO I'm pretty excited.. Going to start work tomorrow. And my visa interview is tomorrow too so wish me luck. You'll have a report of me crying tomorrow if my visa application is rejected..

arniway.. more on the internship : it's an institution that wants to acquire another bank and wants to inject more capital to the bank. It aims to be the first microfinance bank in Indonesia. So I'm gonna be this person (who will head the bank) 's personal assistant.. haha okay not a very glamorous job. but hey i'll take whatever I can get to learn bout microfinance in Indonesia. It's been pretty good since the past week I've been beefing up on my readings bout microfinance. Had finished reading "Banker to the Poor" by Muhammad Yunus, and a few other articles on microfinance in Indonesia.

Now this internship didn't really come smoothly.. I was actually interviewing with another XXX bank in Jakarta and was offered a position in marketing but then this microfinance offer came up and I couldn't let it go.. Funny thing is I actually got this MFI internship through this blog's reader.. Now wow.. who knows blogging could help me this way :) Thank you btw :)

Okay so I have no idea what my hours are like at this new job but I imagine it should be pretty hectic. Wish me luck :)

Other than this internship, I've been meeting with old and new friends in Indonesia. It's great to be back and socialize in Jakarta from a vaccuum of almost 3 years. I'm really excited about the opportunities available in Indonesia and will definitely return back to Indo in the LR.

On the down side, I actually have not been travelling much.. Haven't gone to Bali yet and I've also promised to visit a friend in HK.. Will update you guys and do share of your experience in waiting to start for B School..

Friday, June 8, 2007

In Memory of an Anderson MBA '07

I never know Carl Peter Odebjer but I'm sure he will be missed by the Anderson family, his family and friends.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

ASEAN Scholarships for Indonesia

Click HERE for more info

The ASEAN Scholarships for Indonesia is tenable for 4 years leading to the
award of the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education 'Advanced'
(GCE 'A') Level (or equivalent) certificate.

The Scholarship is for studies in selected Singapore schools from Secondary
Three to Pre-University Two and is renewed annually, subject to the satisfactory
performance of the scholar.

Students from Indonesia are welcome to apply for the ASEAN Scholarships for
Indonesia to enter Singapore schools at the Secondary Three level. Candidates
who are not short-listed for the scholarships will be considered for the Merit Awards.

Students who meet the following criteria are invited to apply for the scholarship.
1 Nationals of Indonesia
2 Between 14+ to 16+ years old
3 Sat for SMP 3 National Final Evaluation Examination (EBTANAS/UAN) and
have done consistently well in school

Any dates given below are tentative and are subject to changes.
1 Application period - 2 June to 20 July
2 Selection test dates - mid August
3 Selection interview dates - late September
Candidates short-listed for the selection test/interview will be notified a week
before the selection test/interview dates
4 Award of scholarship - early to mid October
5 Arrival of scholar in Singapore - late October

1 Singapore Consulate in Pekanbaru
2 Singapore Embassy in Jakarta
(Address: Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
Gedung Graha Surya Internusa
19th Flr
Jln HR Rasuna Said Kav X-0
Jakarta 12950 Indonesia)
3 Singapore Ministry of Education

Please click here to download the application form

The selection tests and interviews will be conducted in the following cities:
1 Medan
2 Jakarta
3 Surabaya (if there are sufficient candidates)

1 Allowance of S$2,200 (Secondary) / S$2,400 (Pre-University) per annum
with hostel accommodation
2 S$400 settling-in allowance (once only)
3 Economy class air passage to Singapore and back to home country upon
completion of course
4 Waiver of school fees and donation to the Education Fund
5 Waiver of GCE 'O' and 'A' Level examination fees (once only, if applicable)
6 Subsidised medical benefits and accident insurance cover
7 Bridging courses (if applicable, in Singapore before start of course)

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Update on Books

So I've done some book reviews in the past. Just to close the Monkey Business review : IB doesn't suit me..

Now on other books :
I just finished reading Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends & Influence People.. Great book!!! Wow.. It's definitely a must read. He proposes communication principles with real live examples from his classes and that really convinces me of his principles. It definitely has helped to me revamp how I deal with people : to see from the other person's perspective.

Just an example : I was in the doctor's office a few days ago. The doctor was supposed to be in at 9am and I was his first patient. 9am he's not there.. I waited.. 9.15am.. still not there I'm getting irritated.. 9.20am still no sign of him. The ipoel in the past would have gone to the nurse/receptionist and asked irritatedly what time the doctor would come and could she please contact the doctor to come ASAP..

Now having read the book and it said that the other person(the nurse) doesn't give a damn if I'm irritated of waiting etc.. and I should try to be friendly in communicating my needs as to make the other person WANTS to help me. So that's just what I did. Gulping down my irritation of the late doctor, I came over and greeted the nurse nicely and asked if she knew what time the doctor would come and if she could possibly inform the doctor that I was waiting and not to forget to thank her...

Welll she did help me call the doc and said that the doc is nearby.. Did it help make the doctor come earlier? NO.... but at least it leaves me in a better mood while waiting in that room..

So yeah good read!

Now I'm moving on to the "Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman" book after I had read the "Nice Girls don't Get the Corner Office" just a few weeks earlier.. Pretty similar advices...

Next I'm gonna read the "Rich Dad Poor Dad" book.. boy I really have nothing to do eh?

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Summer is Coming and I have Nothing to do

CFA has come and gone.......

IT WAS BAD........................... OMG... I have to guess my answers like 50% of the time................. It was like....... now let's see... which one sounds right? which one looks right?

oh well.. now that CFA is over.. I found myself... listless... ( okay fine fine i know i've been waiting to get it over with) but I now have nothing to do.. I have this stupid sore throat as a reason for me to rest and lay low, but once this illness is gone, I have to plan something.)

Few choices :
1. try to get internship
2. join chinese class + painting class + go travelling with family

HAHAHA which one should I pickk??

oh btw, my I-20 is on the way... YAI......................................

Saturday, June 2, 2007

About CFA from MaybeMBA

SO longgggg time agoooo I said I would write a post on CFA.. but I never did.. Luckily, maybeMBA has posted a very thorough post on CFA.

So enjoy :)