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Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

-William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)

Studying so far...

Just took a sample online test on the verbal secton of GMAT, completed 50 questions and got about 45 of them right.... that is very encouraging indeed.

Math section I don't do too well on, mainly because of a lack of math classes taken during college. I imagine that's where I'll need to spend the most time on.

I read through some of the tips regarding the essay section. Essectially as long as I have an "accepted" format layout and the reasoning behind my points "not too shabby", that part shouldn't be too challenging since it is open-ended.

I think I can do well on the GMAT

More Education

So I've been looking up materials online regarding various programs, and I've decided to take the GMAT and see if I'm good enough for a master at a traditional college. I got my MBA at U of P and the only (real) requirement for admission was working experience, and the level of education there, while some of the instructors were quite brillant, was less than steller. It was convenient for meat the timesoI went ahead with it. Now that I have more work experienceunder my belt and a bit more financial power and a clearer career goal in the finace field, I think it is time for me to pursue this worthwhile goal.

I was going to attain a CFA first, but I came acrosssome programsthat offer course specifically deal with theCFA examination.So for someone who doesn't have a lot of finance/investment related education and experience such as myself, enrolling in such a program seem a logical step for me to take. I would be able to attend a traditional college with a traditional MBA orMaster inFinance,and prepare myself for the CFA exam.

So for this reason, I will start to hit the book and prepare myself from now on, which means I'll probably come on here less often in what little time I already spend on here. I'll still pop in every once in awhile

Til then,

Vegas Trip

Just came back last night. Here's what I thought about the trip:

-I don't remember Vegas being this hot. Its even worst than Phoenix

-The stay at New York New York was very nice, much much better than I had anticipated

-Caesar Palace is way bigger than I remember

-Took a walk in Aria and Wynn, they weren't built yet last time I was there several years ago. Those places are grand

-Casinos have fewer patrons than I remember, probably the reason why the penny slots are brought back

-Outside of the strip Las Vegas is a very barren land, even more so than Arizona

-There is a sizable Chinatown not too far from the strip, food is very good there

-We saw the show "Jubilee". Had quite a bit of topless dance in it, but I still couldn't figure out why they were topless... really had nothing to do with the overall theme of the show. And I still couldn't figure out what the theme of the show was.

-Todai is surprisingly good. Its a Japanese buffet located at Planet Hollywood. Way better than the one in Phoenix (which closed several years ago) and the one in San Diego. We ate there twice because we probably won't be able to find another joint like that in Phoenix in terms of quality at that price range

-It is a place we consider relocating to previously because we had favorable impression of the city from previous visit... that sentiment changed completely this time. It feels inferior to Phoenix this times around.... have a lot to do with the heat and the subpar environment off the strip

-With the economic still deep in doo doo, now is a good time to visit Vegas. Not only things are cheaper, the traffic is a lot less congested than before on the strip. Now I can just drive around in our rental on the strip and its not bumper to bumper

-Our rental car, a Toyota Yaris, drives a lot better than I expected. I might look into buying one when my Corolla, being at 100K miles, finally calls it quit

Phoenix Suns

Though I still don't consider myself a die-hard Suns fan, I am pumped up about their upcoming game 5 tonight at Staple Center against the Lakers. They got me believing in them. If they are to beat the Lakers, tonight's game is pivotal

I'll be glue to the TV tonight

Another Quick Update

We got back from San Diego couple weeks ago, had a smashing time but, still no photo because my wife didn't like the way she look on them...

Anyhoo, we'll be leaving for Florida tomorrow for a week. First off to Orlando to check out Disney World and the surrounding area... we heard they got some other attractions in the area beside DW, which is exciting for me since I have never been to Disneyland or Disney World before. Then we'll head off to Miami, stay another couple days and finally to Key West. We'll drive back to Ft. Lauderdale and flyhome from there. Hopefully my wife will like the way she look and I might have some pics

Cheers

Quick Update

Been extremely busy lately. My in-laws are here from China and we've been busy getting things ready for their arrival. Because it's only me and my lady living at the house so we've only had enough just to get by, now that they are here we have to get everything's set up and ready to go. They buy stocks in China so I pretty much yield my online access to them, which is why I'm rarely online lately.

We'll be taking plenty of trips later: to San Diego in two weeks, Florida and Washington D.C. at the end of April, and Yellow Stone Park later in June. We wanted to do more but since I don't have much vacation time from work, this is all I can manage to do.

Anyhoo, I'm off now since it's trading time for my in-law

Have a good one everyone!

Good Day

Just had my performance review today at work. Not only did I do great, I am being promoted to a manager position, taking on more responsibilities and, of course, more pay!! :D

I was fairly worry about my appraisal this year, because the COO of the company, out of nowhere, decided to sit in on my performance review with my manager. That either is a really good sign, or really bad. And in this economy, my bet was on the not so good side...

Anyway, I went in today pretty much expecting the worst. Then, boom, out came their decision to promote me to a manager role, essentially my new responsibility would be to learn everything in the operation dept and be the utility guy to fill in whenever one of the dept get hit with extra load of work or if someone call in/on vacation. I was totally elated!!

This is the first time I get a promotion at work... besides the monetary gain, being recognize for good performance is a very rewarding experience in and of itself.

Now I can sleep well tonight :)

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