09:00AM - Woke up, went out for breakfast with a friend, i ordered "Ngau Ping" - a Chinese delicacy consists of bull testicles and Chinese herbs (they say its an aphrodisiac, will turn you into a sex machine.. hmm.. delicious).
01:00PM - I went to a community seminar, the topic was about SARS. I met afew interesting new people, amongst them are two very smart and charming twin girls (see photos) both doing medical science.
02:30PM - After the seminar i took a brief browse through the Cabramatta market (this is the real image of Cabramatta, not the ones you see on the news).
03:00PM - Then over a friend house playing sport.
06:45PM - Went to see a movie with another group of friends, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
Charlie's Angels 2 Movie Review - Another crappy movie getting rave reviews. Unbelievable. I feel like im watching a long 106mins marketing campaign, lots of nonsense. The action scenes are a total rip off from the Naked Weapon, with added Hollywood try-hard flavour. By the way, Naked Weapon rocks. If you are a shallow person; living a boring life; having nothing better to do than clinging onto celebrities, then this is the kind of movie for you.
10:00AM - Gave dog a trim.
01:30PM - Heading out to the local recreational center for a game of squash with a couple of friends.
...Due to confidentiality reason names of subjects are omitted. Major issue discussed in the meeting today was how we can improve on the deliverables and timeliness for the Client. Due to lack of effort the current deadline on a Client has been extended, this is not a positive image to our business. However, the experience we learning from this Client will be a learning curve for future Clients.
Among issues discussed during the meeting are communication between team members, so far we found that sending meno via email has proven unsuccessful, next step we will trying is using a groupware.
Objective for the next meeting is for each team member to write up a proposal/plan for the operation which they are responsible for - namely to do with internal administration procedure.
...Life always has its ups and downs. I got my exam results back today, I passed everything but failed the Project Management and Practice exam. Look like I have to do this subject again next semester since it is a core subject for my Business Management major.
I guess I couldnt fully concentrate on my studies because I have other commitments such as work and purchasing of the townhouse.
Being an eldest member of the family can be quite demanding, because you have always have to be a role model for your siblings. On top of that, being Asian means you have your parents on your back nagging you to get at least a bachelor degree. Luckily im still single, otherwise i wouldnt know how to cope with all these pressures.
...Fredrika or better known as Fred, we are friends from years at university until now. I think she's cool, very artistic and active in the community. She is one of the main supporter/webmaster of the The Assyrian Australian Academic Society.
I went over to Fred's place to do some website design for one of the client, her mum is cool, she gave me lots of sweets to eat. Assyrians' food is yummy.
Due to confidentiality reason the client's name is omitted. The client requested that we use red blue in our design, any designer know red blue are two primary colour contrasted with each others. But its the client's requirement, after they are paying us. So we sketch afew concept designs, see below.
Fred and I have good chemistry, we brings creativity.
...Yup, im still single.. guess im not made of boyfriend material.
There are alot of things happening in my life now. Life on the fast lane isnt what it hype up to be.
What friends are for? I have a friend who i known for about 2 years now, at first i was just trying to being a nice guy and helping out this person financially. But lately i notice this person only call me once in awhile only when they needed to borrow money. First few times was okay, it's understandable that this person have a mortgage to pay and all. But it has becomes a monthly thing, i think this person is taking advantage of my good deeds. I received a call again 1-2 days ago, i had said no.. lets see whats their excuses for next month. The sooner i can get this person off my back the sooner i can go back to sponsoring Free The Children Int.
My home is an Asset? Buying a first home is alot of hassle and heachache. I would recommend you do your homework well and shop around for at least 6 months before purchasing your dreamhome. Only fools rush in - I'm a fool. I realised now buying this property is my biggest liability. After including all the overhead cost and expenditure I will make a loss of at least $5,000 annual.
There is a saying - failure is just one more step that you have to complete before you get successful. Lets hope the saying is right. As soon as the property market pick up again i'll sell this property to make a loss or break even.
The girl next door. While having Thai food yesterday i had a chance to talk to Huynh Anh, the girl with the hat in the photo. We hang out together before, but never had a chance to talk. While driving her home we had great time talking to each others, we talk about daily life issues such as strategy on paying a mortgage; to issues of love and friendship. I feel really comfortable when im around her, like i can share everything on my mind.
I goes: Would you marry the person she love or would she marry a person who love her? Her response were: She rather marry someone who loves her more than she love him. Because that man will always love her and be on her side.
I find Huynh Anh extraordinary interesting and talented. They say - Dont look too far for a soulmate, she could be right in front and you dont even know it. Sometimes a long and lasting marriage startout with a friendship.
...Slurpee fever had hit my workplace, or at least it made an impact on my daily life. 8 out of 10 guys at work have a cup of slurpy on their desk every night (reminds me of those sweet highschool years) - must be the sugar rush.
Some day i just drink slurpies in replace of water. Everyday i would have one on my hand on the way home; its becoming a habit. My favourite is the Moutain Dew flavour - cause it gives you the buzzy after taste.
...This year National Investment Institute Education Event is called invest4wealth. Location; Epping RSL Club.
This is rather an interesting little seminar, the first half was relatively revision, nothing i didnt know before - residential property, commercial property, type of investment, loan, agent, capital gain, tax, market value, whole sale price, retail price, etc etc..
The second half of the seminar is where all the interesting bits get glued together. He talks about bank guarantee, deposit bond and equity lease. Which were all new and interesting concepts for me.
I dont believe he's trying to sell me something, at least i hope not. He was talking about his own failure experiences with inveting on property and how from his mistake he becomes a sucessful investor, or so he claimed. For most of the second half he talked to us about his different strategies from buying a single home to multiple appartments. His view was objective, similar to a commentator.
The valuable lesson i take from the seminar is how some people paying upfront for their financial education, ie. going to college or university to get a professional degree.. however, a professional doesnt necessary equal a wealthy life. Because the more that earn, the more they spent, and the more tax dollar they pay (and the Australian goverment say they are giving us a "fair go"). The other group is learn their investing skills through trial-n-error, which method works best is still debatable. Reflecting on myself i falls into both categories, i studied financial subjects to grab the concepts and then go out to the real world and buy a little property to understand the market reactions - it's not easy being in my shoe.
After the seminar its time for work, yes, i still work on graveyard shift. Had myself a cup of 2 minutes instant noddle and a slurpee for dinner.
The photos below are taken from the seminar room and from my workplace.