This is not a good sign. I’m currently waiting for my last connecting flight to Taipei at the Hong Kong airport. When I got off the plane from Munich, the humid and warm breeze blew right into my face. Dios Mios. And I’m not even home yet. I know it will be hot, humid and unbearable. But, feeling it firsthand is different. The plane nearby that is boarding right now is heading to LA. Maybe I should hop onto that plane instead.
Another not-too-good sign. I cannot hold a conversation in total Mandarin. Seriously, I left Taiwan almost for a year and a half, hardly been speaking Mandarin. It’s going to be worse then when I was working. Great. Maybe now I can say that my English is better than my Mandarin. (Originally, my Mandarin is as bad as my English.) What can I do in work. Before at Deloitte, it was okay, we use English quite often. But, I don’t think that is going to be the same case with my summer job. I hope they forgive my Chinglish.
Yet, and another not-too-good sign recently discovered. While typing this blog right now, I can see my reflection on my monitor… and… I gained weight. I was suppose to loose weight during the past two weeks so I can pig out in Taipei for two weeks. I actually had a plan, to cook extremely healthy meals, which is not so hard for me. But, I had not considered the fact that we are all (almost all are) leaving, that means, a lot of farewell dinners. Mismanagement, failed projections, wrong model, inadequate analysis… I did better on my strategy midterm than this.
Didn’t I say before that I love Lufthansa. (Remember the incident where Lufthansa moved me to a private jet flying business class?) Add one more too it. Determined to eat as healthy as possible when possible, I ordered a special meal from Lufthansa, a low-sodium diet meal. And my god, wasn’t that good. Either my tongue has changed, or chefs nowadays can cook very delicious diet meals. I couldn’t even tell I was eating a special meal. (And yes, it was low in sodium and low in fat.) They actually have more than a dozen special meals that you can choose from 24 hours before the flight. They even have Indian vegetarian meals. I should try a different one on my return flight. Okay, one draw back of a diet meal on the plane. I AM HUNGRY NOW!!! I got a Twix bar I sneaked off the plane to Munich. Eat or not to eat. I’m not a sweets person.
Hey, I’m so old. My two connecting flight (BCN-MUN-HKG-TPE) is about the same as it was back in college (BOS-DET-OSK-TPE). But it wasn’t this long. I mean, it didn’t feel that long. But just now, on the longest leg (MUN-HKG), I felt so restless. Maybe I didn’t plan well. I didn’t even have a book. Well, I did. I had my Spanish book. But didn’t feel like reading it while LEAVING Spain. When I was in college, I used to fly to Taipei with a friend. Guess that time flies when you are entertaining someone (or being entertained).
Got my 3rd term results back, better than the second term. Well, up ‘till now, it’s the best term, especially considering that I really, really, REALLY thought that I was going to flunk corporate finance. Hehe, I got a solid B for that course. The only upset was macroeconomics. I was aiming for an A, but a B+ instead. But, considering how bad I was in econ back at Wellesley (despite it being my major), I should be happy. Happy, but not proud. Only thing to be proud of is corp finance. Well, one more thing to be proud of, my first year performance as a whole, even practically all individual courses (except for, hehe, managerial accounting). Sorry daddy, guess after all these years of trying (and working at TNS/Deloitte), I’m not really made for accounting. (Inside joke, ignore it if you want.)
Hey, there is free Wifi here. I’m going to post this blog now.