Thursday, October 4, 2007

You'll think that I dropped off the face of the planet. :)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

What is Art?

Value.......will have to has not been kind to moi.

But the good news is that I am building (or rather, trying to load) a website with a blog in my own domain. I spend 30 minutes trying to fix the technical errors in previous posts and gave up.

And I am learning coding from the fundamentals...was into photography and art in High School because well, these are acquired tastes, and coding can be learned later. Plus, if you are interested in something, you'll learn it anyway.

And to Tim who introduced Miro.

Ah yes, miro and existentialism.

If you are really hard core, try

Kasimir Malevich (Suprematism)

Art, or what is accepted as Art can get pretty abstract

some people draw the line, others

Embrace this. (Dada movement)

Some artists try to push the envelope and see exactly how much the general public can take, and I admire them for that, but personally I am fascinated by the brush strokes and the soul of the artist.

Doesn't mean that I don't like existentialism, but I would rather take Van Gogh any day.

But then, what is art?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

will be the prime reason for me to fly to NY.


There are depths of emotion in even the mildest man or women that would, if the universe worked as it ought, set the skies on fire and boil the oceans until the sand beneath them turned to glass.

Klimt is the one for me.

For now.

(I know that this blog looks bleak and unloved. No I am not dead. Expect a post that contains value sometime this week)

And someone needs to tell Cal's Japanese professors that stuffing chapters in our throats isn't going to work.

I didn't learn English that way.

(at least they're nice, but not enough to justify 5 hours of Japanese everyday)

Friday, September 14, 2007

The ability to say NO

is crucial

Because when your schedule is packed, it is okay to admit that your ability is limited.

But leave the door open for good relations, burning bridges is good for neither party.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Is a College Degree Really Necessary?

A: "Why are you a die-hard Haas fanatic? If you are that good, you don't need it! Look at Gates and Jobs! They didn't have a degree!"

B: "Google up the salary compensation chart, having a degree makes all the difference."

What do you think?

Mull over it for a few days, I'll insert my two cents soon.


Have a nice one!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Does anybody else out here cooks?

Main Course

Because I too, pretend that I can

Green Tea Tiramisu

If anyone else is interested...

jaunty off to:

1001 ways to gain back that 300 calories I just lost doing Pilates!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Why I Do the Things that I Do

I don't think that I am narcissistic, but it might be fun to know that the person who is writing this is not a total psycho.

However boring I am

Why Berkeley?

I can afford it.

This is critical, because I haven’t seen an Ivy that is worth
its ticket-price. I would feel guilty studying there, I would
have no life as I would feel obliged to pay my parents back;
I would constantly be haunting Mckinsey’s or Goldman Sach’s
recruiters because I need to pay off this debt.

Cal has the best value for its money.

Did you know that 36 our departments (undergrad and grad) are ranked
#1 in the nation?

Tied with Harvard

Better Football

Some people go to Yale to meet interesting new people; I can
do it just fine.

* I was an international student, not qualified for scholarship+aid.


Decisions Headache


Grandpa was an architect/civil engineer/inventor/linguist/physics
Do I sound jealous? Why yes I do….

We used to build little trebuchets when I was little, 3 feet tall

Can fling a stone 50 yards long

Cal’s wonderful program was more technical than creative

I should have known something when the ugliest building in
Cal is the Architecture Building

They have NO reason.

Molecular and Cellular Biology

So naturally I gravitated to the major with the prettiest building

Liked it. That is the problem.

I didn’t love it.

I liked serving people and interacting with them but....

Did a Surgery Internship, saw A LOT of surgeries in 2 weeks
and decided that I liked talking to the people more than going
to Med School.

Can’t justify the residency, no matter how much they pay me.

Oh, try not to motorbike, one patient was carted in with her
leg bone splintered into 5 pieces.


Because I love people

And in almost 20 years, haven’t got sick of them yet.

Am fascinated by Private Equities, Venture Capitals, Consulting,
M&A, IPOs, Startups, Accounting, Finance, Web 2.0, stock
investing, brokerage services, hotel management and
in general anything goes!

But most of all, I am fascinated by people. Everyone has so much
to offer, and I love listening to them.

The janitor in Golden Bear Café who has a four year old daughter
and is bussing tables 20 hours a week while trying to get that psychology
degree so he can be a professor.

The gung ho investment banker who entered because he accrued too

much debt during his highflying college years and need that 6 digit salary

The Iowa-born African American who is absolutely fascinated by Chinese
culture and longs to teach in Tibet

The linguistic professor who translates an archaic Turkish dead language

for a living while saving up money for that Romanian Trip

The Debate Champion and influential lawyer who quit because
his conscious can’t take it anymore and now happily wakes up
at 5am in the every morning for 20 years, enlightening
High School students on the finer points of Art History.

Who did you miss while you're grocery shopping today?

When not in school?

I inhale books


I hit the gym everyday for at most an hour

I don’t do this


Leadership Symposium, Eggster.Org, Freshman Sophomore
Business Club, Circle K (Kiwanis), Koinonia


Trivial: I spend more on my friends and family than I do on myself.
Not necessary a bad thing, but sometimes I need to learn that my
paycheck should go towards something that I wanted.

Serious: I often take on more than I can handle; fleeting
interest in mundane things, impatience (HUGE problem).

And oh, I loathe quitting. And yes, that is a problem.

And many many more that I am not aware of. It is out
there, people just need to tell me that.

I’ll bribe you...or bake you cookies!

Pieces of me

Made in China, Property of Singapore, Inherently curious, Babbles 2.5
languages (Spanish…it’s embarrassing), Art History Buff, Techie Nerd,

Two Instruments, Food Network, Yo Yo Ma Fanatic,

Klimt devotee, Dad’s family = Engineering, Mom’s =
lawyers and politicians

Don’t you just love family gatherings?

Future Ambitions?

I am not in debt, so I don’t feel obliged to haunt down Bain or Google's


Makes me open to more ideas….was thinking of Private Equity
and Venture Capital because it is people oriented and you build
relationships with successful people.

But web 2.0 and startups draws me in like a kid to candy.

I also like accounting and finance because they are the
backbone to business.

And Sales because it is one of the hardest fields and I
have so much respect for them (not the dishonest ones).

Marketing lets me into the minds of people.

And Consulting lets you in on the inner-working of every field.

You see where I am going with this?

I don’t know

what i am going to do for life.

All I know is that I will try everything because
20 years from now I will regret the things I've
never done more than the things I have.

I want to live a life with no regrets

I’ll be doing something that I love

And that I’ll be good at it.