Tuesday, April 22, 2008

New Job

I have change to another post within my company.

The reason. To make sure my career path does not quickly comes to an abrupt end. So I requested for a transfer.

This time it involve talking to many people. Asking them to do something for a different set of people. It is some sort like becoming a computer speaker. Making sure the other side really hear what another side is saying.

Sometime I would wonder why couldn't just the other person by-pass me and talk direct to the next person to do their job...?

And my wondering became heightened when today the person heading the division I'm in announce that recently an award was presented us due to the good job done.

Maybe our job is important in the sense that we will discuss, ask, e-mails, follow-up, push, find ways and etc to make sure things keeps moving even in the most complicated situation.

Also I've seen things get delayed if I stay tight.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Using My Newly GMS Acquired Skills

Last week I was summoned by my superior to explain on something. I was particularly happy with my ability to answer most of the questions coming from her.

Before that meeting I actually practised memorizing a few topics relating to something new that I was working on (I'm in the IP technology world). It is not unexpected someone would want to know more from me about it and I am just trying to prepare for that kind situation.

For those who are interested, I'm listing down what I have memorized. They may not make sense to you.

1st group - SDP, BPM, Portal, SCE, BRAS, Metro-E, Video Server, DSL Router, LAN Switch

2nd group - BPS, Subscribers, Content, Service Provider, Deliver Content, Qos Profile, Network Interface, Activate/Deactivate Qos Profile

3rd group - Qos Profile, Definition, Classes, Web Traffic, Network Administrator, Input, Minimum Bandwidth, Maximum Bandwidth, Priority, Buffer

4th group - CDR, usage, source, destination, duration, amount

5th group - SDP, End Customer, capability, freedom, application, services, service providers, IP network

I used Giordano Memorizing System (GMS) which is taught by Ruslans from Phenomenal Memory School. I combined the Free Association Technique and also the Chain Method for each group.

So every day for 5 days (actually I should be able to memorize all the groups in lesser time, but the problem is I have to spend more time choosing the right items for memorizing) I will memorize one group and the next day recalled back what I have memorized previously.

I also found out that it helps to excercise weaving a full story or full explanation for each group. People wouldn't want to hear me uttering individual memorized items.

They would sure want to hear things like (using items from group 4);

"OK now, CDR is actually Call Data Record and it contains information related to the usage of a resource in the network for a call which includes source, then the destination of the call, how long is the call duration and also how much amount should be charged to that call."

So GMS gives me a foundation to remember individual items which I can recall anywhere reasonable and at anytime reasonable to be weaved into full explanation and to make it stick into my memory that may be of some use to me.

My only complain about GMS is that it is hard work. I have to set time everyday and practise it to make it part of me.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Phenomenal Memory School and Others

I am still busy reading news, articles, reports on stock investment. It seems that everyday I would be spending hours to sift through all the datas and information.

Luckily, reading and analysing is something that I like to do. I come to realised this when I saw my wife getting sleepy during reading a book that I find really interesting. I asked her how can she go to sleep with all those interesting facts in the book, then we got into a discussion which concluded that each human is different (as we all have already known, nothing sort of a breakthrough here).

She loves to cook which I do not find indulging but actually her passion is to the family advantage. Sometimes I think I should be the one cooking because she said my cooking taste better. But then again she is suppose to say that when eating my cooking and vice-versa.

Better Cooking
OK now, I will give out the secret to better cooking. Use your nose intensively. When you came across a delicious gourmet remember its smell, next, you will never go wrong when the correct smell emanates from the sizzling hot ingredients your conjure in the cooking pan or pot. You don't even have to taste it. It will be so right. But before dishing it out take a small bit to ensure the amount of sweetness, sourness and saltiness makes the dish pleasurable to the taste buds.

In my last post on 3rd August I mentioned of stock markets across the world are becoming jittery and may drop more in the weeks to come, on 17 August the KLSE really tanked and what did I do. Jump into the market and bought some shares. A few days after that the market recovers bringing along the shares I bought.

Next, about my latest indulgement.

Phenomenal Memory School
Early this month I joined School of Phenomenal Memory School which was founded by Ruslan M. Here he sought to teach GMS (Giordano Memorizing System) which I believed based on the method used by Giordano Bruno. It is long distance learning class and students receive the materials by e-mails.

The lessons are well thought and three weeks later after going finishing 3 out of 59 lessons I find it has improved my memorization skill. Somehow my time is strecthed thin because I'm spending something like 2 to 3hours daily reading business news and now I need to slot in another 1 to 2 hours of memory training. So I just go slow on the training and some of the skills I've gathered I put to immediate use in work or at home. One of the skill I use extensively is the Chain Method technique which is very adaptable and expandable.

If you are interested to know more visit Phenomenal Memory School.

Before I stumbled upon Ruslan's School I tried learning O'Brien method but it lacked interaction as I'm learning from book, so there is no coach/teacher and people to ask from when I'm stuck with something. Phenomenal Memory School is better because I can learn from other students and post any questions to them and also Ruslan.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Why KLSE Dropped?

That is too drastic. A company that reported it is making money in the first quarter of this year is now closing doors and it is not even giving out subprime loan.

The latest bad news is that American Home Mortgage will file for bankruptcy and will no longer give out loan to applicants. The surprising news is that it only deals with high credit borrower.

Well, actually I'm not that surprised because from this March some people with insight into loan giving practise in the US speculated Alt-A loan may become the next crisis story. The people taking this loan don't have back-up their income with prove. So just fill on the dotted line what you number want to put. One can only wonder how many more will spill their beans in the coming 1st half reporting season

Seems to me the situation which happened during the internet crunch in 2000 is happening again, but now in a different sector.

All over the world, stock markets are becoming jittery and may drop more in the weeks to come and tagging along with them a small market named KLSE.

That's nearly happening even without factoring the Yen carry trade unwinding.

Monday, July 30, 2007

More Bad News On Subprime

Today, news about subprime is getting grimmer.

For example I saw these headlines, "Signs of US subprime crisis spreading" reported by Financial Times, "HSBC hit by sharp rise in bad debts in US" from Guardian, "Corporate Bond Risk Surges by Record as Subprime Losses Spread" reported by Bloomberg.

As far as I know and have experienced problem related to debt don't go away quickly, it will stay there for a few years and you have to really, really hope it can be contained and not spread out, which I don't see happenning, it has spread to UK, Australia, Japan and recently I saw a story about a Germany's based bank taking the hit.

Why? Because the subprime loan gets packaged and sold of to, who knows whom from anywhere in the world.