Tuesday, 18 January 2011

2011 updates

It's time for an overdue blog post.  Let me just give an update on my current living situation:

I am now staying with my wife and child in a rented condo in Makati.  We transferred here a little over a week ago and we'll be staying here for a year while I pursue my Masters degree in Development Management.  We've adjusted pretty well this past week, all things considered.

I've learned some new things about myself.  For one thing, I no longer find accounting and finance that bad - at least not compared to many of my classmates.  Maybe this is because I've had real world experience working with accountants and accountant-types in the corporate environment where I came from.  Back where I came from, any time someone would bring out the financial statements I'd groan inwardly because I knew it was time for yet another discussion in which a lot of the terms would go sailing over my head.  But here, it's not so bad.  Turns out most development managers who take up the course don't have a clue when it comes to finance (with the exception of one guy who got a perfect score during a diagnostic quiz at the beginning).

Our class is the most diverse one in the school, with about fourteen different nationalities.  We can all speak English with varying degrees of fluency.  Some, like the Indians, are really fluent - but their accents take getting used to.  (And that's what I get for always trying to mimic their accent!)  Others, like this one Nepalese guy are practically incomprehensible - I find that I have to listen VERY carefully, and even then sometimes I still can't understand what is being said.  Still, the diversity of nationality and culture was one of the reasons I chose to pursue an MDM instead of the more-expected MBA.  I just never felt interested in getting an MBA.

Anyway, it's almost time for class so I will have to stop.

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