A guy who was born in Canada, grew up in Indonesia, went to high school in Australia, spent half a year in Hawaii, and ended up back in Canada.
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Friday, April 01, 2005

Stabbing in my building

Whoa... I just got news this morning that there was a stabbing in my building last night about 10 pm. The building was apparently sealed off so nobody could get in or out.

Scary thought (no this is not an April's fool joke)
Thursday, March 31, 2005

Yahoo 360 invites available

I've got Yahoo 360 invites available. If you want one, just post a comment (include a valid email address pls) and I'll send it to you.

Information about Yahoo 360.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Argh, what should I work as next?

I'm almost at the end of my 1st year rotation in the OIP, so I have to submit my preferences for my next position. I really wanted to stay at my current position because my skillset is a perfect match in this position (C#, ASP.NET, web, database, business analysis), but apparently we're not allowed to choose the same assignment for our second assignment.

So right now I'm kinda confused as to where I want to go next. What I prefer is to get into project management to expand my skills portfolio, but the only PM related position is a coordinator, which I assume means lots of administrative and paperwork. Dunno if I wanna get into that; I've emailed some people to ask for more details about the position. There are many positions to choose from, none related to what I want to do: .NET Web Development (the only one being the one I'm currently in, and I can't choose this one grrrr....).

Here's the list that I've narrowed down to, some are good because of the work, and some because of the location (Eaton Centre baby!!!), any comments and input welcome (I've asked 2 of my good buddies to eliminate some of these based on how cool they sound... what a way to select my next job eh? :) )

- Knowledge Management
- Project Management Office Co-ordinator
- Methodology and Architecture
- IT-SM Analyst
- Application Architect
- IT Security Architect
- Business / IT Performance Framework
- IT-IL Implementation

Well, at the end of my next assignment, I'll have 5 years total experience mixed with so many different things, I won't know if I'm an expert at anything at all. I guess being a jack of all trades and ace of none is my career path :)

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The joys of budgeting

I've known about budgeting for quite awhile, and yet for the past few years I've been working, never really implemented a budgeting plan for the family. But at the beginning of this month, we started keeping track of all our expenses, personal and family, to see where all the money was going. I just created a simple Excel spreadsheet with a main form that gave a general overview of income and total expenditures for each month, as well as other worksheets for details of spending in each individual month.

It's quite interesting to see that we're way overbudget on dinner and others (including entertainment) and under budget on certain items like gas and medicine (good thing :) ). Whereas before this budget came into play we had no clue where all the cash was going (we even thought we didn't spend much on dining out ... well there goes that theory), now everything becomes more clear.

I really find out a lot about my spending habits (including newfound addicting habits like coffee), as well as my wife's and as a family. I would really recommend having a budget in place, even though it's quite painstaking at first to keep track of all the receipts and bills; in the end, it's quite worth it as you'd be able to determine where to cut back, and where you're progressing. It'll help plan and keep finances in track.

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