Monday, January 3, 2005

What 2004 Hit Song are You?

Got it from a post in my Friendster Bulletin Board.

100 Years by Five for Fighting
"Every day's a new day...
15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose
Hey 15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live"

2004 was about thinking and reflecting - but isn't every year?

Saturday, January 1, 2005

Wanted: The Perfect Job

I thought I wouldn't hate it. Initially, I liked the idea of having an office job as my first job after two years of full-time study.

By the way, I work for a company that specializes in converting litigation/legal documents (paper) into CD-ROM files for easier usage in legal proceedings (e.g. litigation, mergers, acquisitions, etc). Imagine scanning litigation/legal documents, coding them in Summation (sometimes), converting them to PDF, hyperlinking the PDFs to the index (if it's a closing book). Also, removing staple wires, paper clips, bulldog clips, and other fasteners, and then putting them back afterwards are not bad. The worst that I have done was numberstamp documents, because it hurts my arms - both of them! I actually suck at numberstamping.

The job isn't that physically demanding. But it's not intellectually challenging. Except when I see real (though not always original) financial statements, prospectus, auditor's report. But, you know, when I scan them, I can't analyze them because I have to be fast in scanning documents! So I can barely read them and compare them to the "theoretical" accounting and finance documents I studied in college.

Also, I want to experience working in my field (accounting). I may forget what I learned in college if I don't apply my knowledge.

I work in downtown Vancouver, though I live far away from the City of Vancouver. And I take public transportation to get to work and back home. It wasn't so bad in 2004, but the cost of the three-zone transit pass increased by $10 Canadian. So if I get fired this month, my January 2005 transit pass would be useless, unless I get hired by a new company immediately. Though I still take part-time courses in Accounting in my college, I only have classes on Saturdays (until April 2nd).

OK. So what is the "perfect" job for me? Here are my "criteria":

  • accounting-related
  • closer to home
  • employers and colleagues as nice as the ones I currently deal with everyday
  • accessible by bus and/or SkyTrain
  • my own office space
  • eligible bachelors (haha!)

Happy new year?

First of all, happy new year to you - whoever you are.

For me, 2004 ended with a disappointing thud. Things have been very crappy lately in many (if not all) aspects of my life. Academically, I had to take two courses to complete my requirements, so I can get my diploma. As I said in my latest short story, damn Canadian income taxation! [Excuse my French, by the way.] Spiritually, my growth has been stunted by the things that keep me busy (e.g. school, work). Professionally - well, not exactly - I hate my current job! I can't wait to get a new job. Financially, my student loan repayments will keep me from spending on stuff that I like (e.g. CDs, fiction, shoes, chocolates), actually even on things that I need (e.g. new clothes, PC stuff). Romantically - if such word to describe love life exists - I'm still single. While most of my girl friends and guy friends have dated at least one person - like my best friend - I remain boyfriendless. I'm not complaining all the time, actually. It's just that I learned that my best friend "got herself" a boyfriend recently. There's also a certain guy I've been thinking about lately in the most peculiar way (to quote a Mariah Carey song). Not to mention that my brother asked me if I have a boyfriend earlier last night (as in, early evening of December 31st). Those things triggered me to ask when my time will come. It will pass, I know. But since it hasn't, I will drive myself insane associating the boyfriend question to the guy that I was talking about while listening to Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, JC Chasez, etc., writing fiction, or watching films on DVD.

I wonder if 2005 will be a better year. Hopefully better than 2003, which was a very eventful year? Hopefully much better than 2004, which brought major changes in my life, most of which I wouldn't even think about if I had my way?

New year's resolutions? Nah. When I can think about chocolates without wanting to eat it, I would be ready to make new year's resolutions and keep them.