London calling...

A Taiwanese woman's journal of her pursuit of an MBA, a meaningful life, love and her observations of the world along the way! Blogger based in Taipei.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

London Calling featured on MBA Buzz

The following posting will look self-promoting but I just can't help feeling proud about this - MBA Buzz has featured my blog on their front page. Thanks to the folks at MBA Buzz! You guys made a very wise choice indeed. ;-)

By the way, this reminds me of Al Pacino's famous last word in "The Devil's Advocate" when he played the role of Satan himself...

Monday, April 17, 2006

MBA resources via Podcasting

In the comment section under one of my previous postings, I mentioned a lesson learned at the cost of NTD 6,000 plus a shitty bad weekend. Well, it's a long story. A shorter version was that I lost this babe, after being with it for only 3 days, in a house warming party (or the after-party, ugh whatever *sobbing*). A couple of weeks later I got over my loss and once again contributed to that fruit company's annual turnover. I'm feeling slightly guilty of the money spent but I simply couldn't resist the charm of this beautiful little gadget....

As I was busy figuring out what I can do with my new pal, I began to explore the blogsphere of podcasting. I discovered that my iPod not only can keep me entertained during the mundane daily commute but also get me well prepared for my application to the top-tier b-schools. It's very convenient. For those who already has an iPod, just go to Podcast Alley, type in the key word "business school" and you can find relevant podcasts contributed to that topic. Cut and paste the Podcast Feed URL to your iTune, update the feed, connect your iPod and it's done. Then, you can listen to various topics on MBA application wherever you want!

Another note on the discovery of podcasting, I found this interesting blog site "What's up in Taiwan" by accident. Check it out if you are interested in getting up close and personal on westerner's advetures and life in Taiwan.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

The wandering KMT

The ex-chairman of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), Lien Chan, is scheduled to enjoy his red carpet treatment (again) surrounded by huge, cheering crowds during his third visit to China. Prior to his departure, Lien specifically announced that he is not a messenger of the Taiwan president. In return, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader, Hu Jintao, has prepared a luxurious banquet tonight to shower Lien with China's warm welcome. The main purpose of Lien's visit to China is to sign a “cross-Strait peace agreement.” Well, it sounds like a trimphant move for the KMT, isn't it? Hang on a sec before telling me what you think. I have a couple of questions to ask.

First of all, although Bush administration's popularity keeps dropping in the US, I'd like to know whether the American readers think that it can be justified if Howard Dean goes on a high-profile parade in Iran or Libya and unilaterally sign a "peace treaty" or memorandum on behalf of the US government? Secondly, despite of the frictions between S. Korea and N. Korea, does the opposition party in S. Korea bypass their democratically elected president to produce agreement with the dictatorship in Pyongyang?

I hope the above two questions help you understand how bizarre the KMT-CCP hand-shaking scene looks to me. If Lien is a politician with integrity, he needs to be very very careful with his move as anything the KMT signs unilaterally does not represent the people of Taiwan. In addition, if the CCP wants to talk to Taiwan, they are apparently talking to the wrong guy.

As for the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) which is constantly brown-nosing the CCP now, it looks to me that this wandering, homeless political party has gone to the status that it's willing to sleep with anyone in exchange of some political power, even if the other party was their worst enemy.

Monday, April 10, 2006

International Democracy Forum in Taipei

In my perspective, democracy is one of the most powerful cards that people of Taiwan can play in the game of Taiwan-China controversy. I'm delighted to know that the Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation is going to hold an International Democracy Forum on April 29 to 30 in Taipei to openly analyze whether the young, budding Taiwanese-style democracy can survive against various adversity and continue to thrive.

Free entrance to the forum but only 400 seats are availavle. For those who are interested, take a look at this introduction and forum schedule prior to signing up. Tel: +886 2 3322-4907 (Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation)

To those who truly care about the democracy in Taiwan, see you there! ;-)

Cheers - Jen

Disclaimer: the author is not an employee of that foundation and not in any format affiliated with it either.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

You go Walter!

Well, I don't know this guy in person but I think he's pretty cool with regard to this brilliant letter to the editor in Taipei Times: Taiwan needs marketing plan, a refreshing perspective with a business mind. Nice work, Walter Chung!

Friday, April 07, 2006

More women should study for an MBA

I spotted a good article when I was surfing online for ideas for a marketing plan this morning. I especially like the following quotes which you may find in the original article.

"Women should lose any pre-conceived ideas they may have, give themselves an equal footing with their male counterparts and go for their own goals."

"Destiny is not a matter of chance it is a matter of choice. It's not a thing to be waited for, it's something to be achieved."

To share with you, More women should study for an MBA.

Cheers - Jen