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Cost saving?

I’m going to talk about the cost saving measures in the company that I’m currently working for. Since it’s sensitive to discuss publicly about your company on the open web, I’ll not spell out the name of my company.

This is a period of fierce competition, and also the downturn of some industries. Thus, saving as much as possible within a company becomes an essential part of business strategy. It had to be company-wide, with closed cooperation and good information sharing between departments of one company. Without cooperation and sharing, everyone will only focus on their field, with tunnel vision for every decisions, cost saving will turn out to be very costly instead.

Once, the personnel and head of a department only focus on their respective definition of saving, the money that was saved in one will be spend on the others, often in greater amount. Because they simply don’t know and understand what is going on in the other rooms. You save one penny today, you’ll lose a pound tomorrow.

I’m tired

I’m tired, I want to rest. I want a peaceful life. I don’t want to be back to work. I’m exhausted. But I need money to spend for my daily life.

Oh, what a life!

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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The reasons why I do not need love.

In our life, we have heard a lot of songs, poems and stories about how beautiful the love is. Those are the works of many writers, poets, and composers… from the famous one to the unknown authors. All of them always worship what they call the gift from God. However, I do not think love is good. In addition, in my opinion, love is a harsh test of God that anyone who falls in it will fail everything. Here are my reasons for it.

Firstly, love is a waste of time in any way from young love to old love. You may love your family; you miss them when you are apart. In order to cure that homesickness, you may call them every week, or even everyday; you spend hours on talking on the phone with them. It is the same with your love to your girlfriend/boyfriend. You spend a lot of time on talking with her/him to maintain your love. You need time to find out what to buy for a gift in some occasions. You spend time on worrying about some bullshit problems of each other. I cannot see any benefit of doing all that. Time is invaluable. With that precious time, you should do something more useful like reading a good book, review your work or do some outside activities. That is a better way on using time.

Secondly, love only brings sadness to human. You may have watched many movies, read many stories about a love with happy-ending but have you ever thought those were just the creation of fabulous dreams that will never come true? Have you ever thought that they only create the things that we lack of the most? You may think you are happy right now. Will that happiness last long? Every party has an end because nothing will last forever. The end of happiness is definitely the sadness. Therefore, do not love if you do not want to be hurt.

Thirdly, love is a resistant force of your career. It may prevent you from further promotion. What will you do if your boss suggests you to become a leader of a branch but that branch is far away from home? You will move entire your family there, won’t you? If you have to go abroad for few months for business but your lover always complain about being apart. Will you accept the challenges and get the promotion or obey the order of your lover and let that chance slips out of your hand? Without any one to love or worry about, you can accept any chance of promotion or establish some operations that will bring you what you always dream of. All I want to say is to put aside all of those mess, be wise, be motivated, be ambitious, and go ahead to your success.

Love is barrier to your desire career goal. You have to overcome it to get to the victory. Don’t ever stop in front of that barrier. It’s really pity if you are as normal as the others. Forget it and try your best, you will have what you deserve to have.

Three wishes.

When we were children, we used to listen to many fairy tales, and a lot of them were about three wishes that were given by the angels. Surely, those stories helped to build up our hearts and souls. And have you ever wished to have those three wishes? I have. And if there were angels, and they could possibly give us three wishes, what would you tell them? Well then, these are my wishes:

The first wish, I would wish for intelligence. I want to be more intelligent, cleverer, and more creative. I put it in the first place because I love knowledge, I am always curious about the world, how it works, how it changes, how it ends… I also like to read news and books about new technologies, new materials, new inventions… I want to create new things and to be good at my professional. I need to be intelligent to do all of them.

The second wish is about ability. In order to make the first wish become realizable in real life, I need the ability that help me to  make my ideas come true. I heard many stories about very clever people but they’re not successful because they can’t achieve their potentials to get what they want. I definitely don’t want to be like them. I know a brilliant brain requires outstanding skills to make everything I think come true.

The third wish is for language ability. I want to be able to use English as naturally as native speakers are. Perhaps you may think that with intelligence I will be able to use English as well as I want. However, in my opinion, even in that case, English is only a foreign language to me; it cannot be my second language. Therefore, if it is possible, I want it to become my second language besides my mother tongue. With it, I may have a wide entrance to the human knowledge, and be able to satisfy my hunger for it. I have already had materials, now I just need English for the glue to mix them up.

Everyone has his own desires he would wish. Those above are wishes that I always wish that one day they would come true.

I wish you well with your life and career. Thank you and goodbye.

My favorite type of coffee shops.

One of my favorite drinks is coffee, or more precisely it is white coffee. It’s a very popular drink nowadays in my country and in the world. That sweet brown tasty liquid helps me start a new day with a good mood and high concentration on working. Slowly enjoying it without thinking of anything is also one of my habits.

So, what type of coffee shop do you like to go to? Every of you may have many choices but now I’m going to tell you about my favorite one. I’m not going to tell exactly its name because every coffee shop that meets my requirements can be in my favorite list.

First, at that coffee shop, I must be able to access the Internet through Wi-Fi. I often go there with my laptop alone so I usually do not have anyone to talk with (actually, I don’t like to talk with anyone there). Also, seating there without doing anything or having no means of entertainment is very boring. With my computer, I can visit many websites, read some books or newspapers, listen to some pieces of music, or watch some short movies or video clips. That’s how I entertain with my laptop.

Second, that coffee shop should play smooth jazz or classical instead of modern pop. I really love classical and jazz. Listening to them make me feel relaxed. They also help me focus while doing my job. Talking about pop music, I like Westlife, Backstreet Boys or Michael Learns to Rock so it’s no problem if a coffee shop plays their songs. But I really hate the generation of singers or bands from last 5 years till now. The rhythms, the lyrics and their voice are awful. So, it’d better to not to listen to them.

Third, that coffee shop should be a quiet place. I love quiet atmosphere and I go there to relax, enjoy my life and sometime work, not to hear the gossips or the grumbles from the others. That’s the reason why I do like go there alone in order to make no noise, and I expect the others keep silence so as not to bother me. If one of my favorite coffee shop becomes noisy, I will definitely abandon it.

Well, there are some more factors that affect my choice of favorite coffee shop but three requirements that I’ve just mentioned are in the first priority of choosing. The others just act as a minor part of it and there is no need to tell it here.

Hope you enjoy reading my post.

Thank you and goodbye!

I want to be creative.

As a student, I always want to create new ideas, make new things, or invent some cool stuffs. I love the feeling of successful solving problem. It’s the satisfaction, the release from burdens, a comfortable relief. Thinking of a new idea, finding a solution for it, achieving it, getting the result make me feel alive.

But, now, I have to face that my creation ability is decreasing a little by the time. I have very few new goals, I found a lot of trouble in a contest requiring the creation. Even my ability of imagination is getting worse. I can’t draw a picture of a complicated objects inside my mind like before.

I don’t really know the causes of all those handicaps. I read a lot, from newspapers, magazines, novels to science books, I read much more than before. However, it was difficult for me to think of a topic to write this post. My university requires us to make a practical idea that can be useful for our major and be executed in real life. Unfortunately, after over a half day, I haven’t still had any ideas yet.

I hope you understand my circumstance by now. I don’t really know where this obstacle originates in, so I’m not sure on how to get rid off this problem. I’ll try finding a method to be more creative on the web. To be honest, do all of their advice is impossible but I can’t think of any reasons why I shouldn’t listen to them. I hope I can find a suitable method for myself.

Thank you for reading. Goodbye!

Some thoughts at the beginning of the year.

At first, happy new year!

When I was a child, my parents never taught me directly about the importance of a successful career, but during the childhood, I recognized that all of our family’s conflicts were caused by the disappointments of my father in his life. These originated from his lack of ability to bring wealthy to his family.

At the moment, the more books I read, the clearer I see about this problem.

First, from ancient age, men were the forces who bring income in. So are they nowadays. Although men and women are more equal than the past, the perspective about the pocket of a man still remains the same. The thicker and deeper pocket he has, the more successful and respectful he is. For example, you can see the way everyone looks at a man when he spends a large amount of money on buying a luxurious car is much different when they see a man who is bargaining to buy a shirt. Or giving a lot of money to a charity organization can give them some honor that normal people can’t have. Of course, I only mention about the money that’s earned legally.

Second, I want to mention about knowledge. A rich man without knowledge is just like a fool whom other people laugh at and always try to take his property. Knowledge I meant here is about general knowledge and professional knowledge. General knowledge helps you talk and discuss about daily topic. Professional knowledge helps you let the others know not to mess with you with your major.

Third, I’d like to talk about the social rank. It’s not necessary to be president to gain a high social rank. What I mean here is about people’s respect for you. Your colleagues, your neighbors, your friends – their admire is enough. Your opinion can earn much more weight than the others’.

Well, maybe you have recognized this post looks like a mess with no clear purpose of posting. I think so, too. I’ll try not to create any post like this anymore.

Thanks for reading. Goodbye!