Category Archives: Entertainment

“You’re Fired!”

I am finally back after one and a half month; many things happen during this period. Firstly, I managed to clear this semester exams although my grades were not exactly fantastic. Next would be my involvement in Spirit of Enterprise project in which I would have to interview entrepreneurs about their success stories. Last but not least, I commenced my real estate courses and formally enter the property market. I would elaborate about these interesting events later.

The few interesting things that happened to me, between my 8th April post and last paper on 9th May.

 

Part 3: The Apprentice

 

Meanwhile, I am addicted on the Apprentice; namely the first, fifth, sixth and seventh seasons.

 

What I really like about the Apprentice are the different colorful characters, clash in personalities between projects and the board with Mr Trump and Ivanka in it.

 

Season one apprentice Bill Ranric has very good business acumen, quick mental reflexes and often thinks out of the box. These qualities were expressed when forming a formidable team for the final showdown against Kwame, locating the lost advertisement when all hope seems lost and putting advertisements on the rickshaws for additional revenue. However, I would have to give credit to Omarossa as she left a deeper impression on me due to her devious nature and caustic personality.

 

Season five apprentice Sean is a ladies man and someone who had excellent EQ in additional to his great sense of fashion. However, Lee really impressed me because he had customized and employed marketing strategies which flustered their opponents and lead his team to victory in several episodes. He seemed like a master strategist and is the underdog, taking into account his young age.

 

Season six apprentice is really someone I would love to take EQ lessons from. Stefanie managed to win this game without being project manager or being invited to the board room. She is also capable of making very good presentation which I believed brought her team to victory more than once.

 

Celebrity Apprentice is extremely entertaining compared to its’ predecessors. From the Piers-Omarossa feud to the Piers-Steven vendetta, its entertainment value is immense; not to mention 13 full board room session of Ivanka.

 

After writing this blog a month after watching this show, I have the irresistible urge to go through it once again- that is if I can make the time. There are many thing that I had learnt from the various apprentices in this show like handling interpersonal conflicts, utilizing team mates forte, thinking creatively and perhaps use them in similar situations. The corporate world is indeed full of surprises and i cannot wait to make my mark there. 

 

 

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The Woodstock of Capitalist: Berkshire Hathaway AGM

The few interesting things that happened to me, between my 8th April post and last paper on 9th May.

 

Part 3, and also the last :

For the uninformed, the Woodstock festival exemplified the counterculture of the late 1960s – early 1970s and the “hippie era.” Many famous musicians of the day appeared during the period. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history according to wikipedia and my dad.

So, for an event to be considered to be the Woodstock of capitalism, it has got to be pretty defining right?

 

I am very interested in Warren Buffett, and have been reading up on his books about his investing philosphy  (keenly anticipating his bio on the 29th September). I am very inspired about how he improvised Benjamin Graham and came up with his success investing style, his thoughts on being frugal(relatively) and his laconic humor( go read his annual reports). So I had to know whats going on in Omaha that weekend and it was especially helpful that I suscribed to The Motley Fool.  

 

The event was from 3rd to 5th May at the qwest center in Nebraska. Hotel rooms and flights were packed by the sheer volume of Berkshire( or Buffettologists). There was a  Q&A session between shareholder and Buffett and Munger that day and question raised were related to their Bershire Hathaway subsidiaries. Some touched on environmental issues, others on the current recession and Buffett’s investment decision, and the replies were pretty funny most of the times. The entertaining videos on CNBC is pretty cool and helped supplement the experience of the event. I will want to own Bershire Hathaway shares sometime in the future, beginning with the b-shares for the AGM tickets and it’s fantastic compounding value.  

 

Something I thought was very interesting was that the many millionaire in town were borned by owning Berkshire Hathaway shares in the early days, he has helped these people attain financial freedon and will be donating a large sum of his fortune to charity posthumously. What a great guy!

 

                                                          

 

 

 

Booklist

Few gems i had came across through this course: 

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7 habits of highly successful person – Stephen Covey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Habits_of_Highly_Effective_People

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Psycho-Cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho-Cybernetics

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How to win friends & influence people – Dale Carnegie

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Win_Friends_and_Influence_People

楊宗緯 aka Aska Yang

i spent the whole night watching 超级星光大道 because i was so mesmerised by his vocals.  By the way, and it was the the night before my MP class test. Damn you 楊宗緯 ! it will be all your fault if i screwed up my test.

楊宗緯’s rendition of 新不了情 

楊宗緯’s rendition of 背叛

on an unrelated note, a spoof of 背叛