stuff i see and like...and then usually eat

stuff i see and like...and then usually eat

Two years at MIT Sloan. A lot is going to happen and I want to remember as much of it as possible - this blog will house some of my thoughts on the MBA process, different career paths, and activities I participate in.
~ Sunday, October 25 ~
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I wonder if I’ll ever have enough money to afford a car which has a really limited world production.  For example, this Lexus LFA goes for $375,000 and it’s production is limited to 500 in the world.  It’s being built in 2010 and has sweet specs:
http://www.lexus.com/LFA/

I wonder if I’ll ever have enough money to afford a car which has a really limited world production.  For example, this Lexus LFA goes for $375,000 and it’s production is limited to 500 in the world.  It’s being built in 2010 and has sweet specs:

http://www.lexus.com/LFA/


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~ Friday, October 23 ~
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I’m at Sloan!  Haha funny how they captured so many aspects of the program with this video!


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~ Tuesday, October 20 ~
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Went to Cape Cod over the long weekend!  Having that extra day off school really makes it an easier decision to take a short trip (even though we only went from Friday to Sunday and could have done it any other weekend haha).  It was great to have just a relaxing few days and not worry about school, homework, exams.  It was probably also crucial, since we had exams a few days later, and if we hadn’t gone to Cape Cod we would have studied our brains out and been miserable.
The house we stayed at was also amazing: complete with 7 bedrooms and only a few minutes walk from the water (more like marshland).  And not to mention cheap, the price we paid for the residence was sweet!
I ended up taking a ton of pictures of the beach, water, and also clouds.  The clear skies were amazing, and everything just felt very fresh and nature-y.  The picture above is one of my favorite ones - just a normal shot on a digicam…but the colors seem really vivid.
Probably the most exciting part of the trip was visiting one of the lighthouses.  Although there are a few different lighthouses, we pretended that the one we went to see was the one on the Cape Cod chip bags.  Haha.  It’s great to have Cape Cod so close by (only 1.5 hours drive away).   While I don’t think I’ll be heading back there anytime soon (since it’ll be cold) I can definitely imagine making some weekend trips there and to Martha’s Vineyard in the spring.

Went to Cape Cod over the long weekend!  Having that extra day off school really makes it an easier decision to take a short trip (even though we only went from Friday to Sunday and could have done it any other weekend haha).  It was great to have just a relaxing few days and not worry about school, homework, exams.  It was probably also crucial, since we had exams a few days later, and if we hadn’t gone to Cape Cod we would have studied our brains out and been miserable.

The house we stayed at was also amazing: complete with 7 bedrooms and only a few minutes walk from the water (more like marshland).  And not to mention cheap, the price we paid for the residence was sweet!

I ended up taking a ton of pictures of the beach, water, and also clouds.  The clear skies were amazing, and everything just felt very fresh and nature-y.  The picture above is one of my favorite ones - just a normal shot on a digicam…but the colors seem really vivid.

Probably the most exciting part of the trip was visiting one of the lighthouses.  Although there are a few different lighthouses, we pretended that the one we went to see was the one on the Cape Cod chip bags.  Haha.  It’s great to have Cape Cod so close by (only 1.5 hours drive away).   While I don’t think I’ll be heading back there anytime soon (since it’ll be cold) I can definitely imagine making some weekend trips there and to Martha’s Vineyard in the spring.


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~ Wednesday, September 16 ~
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Speaker: Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint.com
During lunch, I listened in on one of the first speakers to visit MIT Sloan this school year.  With all of the events happening everyday and every night (for example, I have to choose between 3 lunch events tomorrow) it’s sometimes hard to figure out what to see and what to skip.  However, because I stupidly forgot to register for the event last night (founders of Monster, Kayak, and Facebook listened to pitch ideas), I made sure not to miss today’s event.
I valued a lot of the points that Aaron Patzer made during his presentation - he really told it how it is - and he provided information that would really help someone in the midst of entrepreneurship right now.  Unfortunately, right now I am just a “value-sucking MBA” (not his exact terms), which makes me really want to find my niche or industry and just go for it with my all now.
Also, Mint.com just finished wrapping up a deal with Intuit to be bought for $170M (higher than their valuation at $140M).  As a very substantial shareholder, I’m sure he must be super happy - and the fact that he still made time to talk to us deserves many thanks.  From launch to $170M in 3 years…congratulations!

Speaker: Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint.com

During lunch, I listened in on one of the first speakers to visit MIT Sloan this school year.  With all of the events happening everyday and every night (for example, I have to choose between 3 lunch events tomorrow) it’s sometimes hard to figure out what to see and what to skip.  However, because I stupidly forgot to register for the event last night (founders of Monster, Kayak, and Facebook listened to pitch ideas), I made sure not to miss today’s event.

I valued a lot of the points that Aaron Patzer made during his presentation - he really told it how it is - and he provided information that would really help someone in the midst of entrepreneurship right now.  Unfortunately, right now I am just a “value-sucking MBA” (not his exact terms), which makes me really want to find my niche or industry and just go for it with my all now.

Also, Mint.com just finished wrapping up a deal with Intuit to be bought for $170M (higher than their valuation at $140M).  As a very substantial shareholder, I’m sure he must be super happy - and the fact that he still made time to talk to us deserves many thanks.  From launch to $170M in 3 years…congratulations!

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M.I.T. students launch $150 space camera
I swear…these students…but it’s something I want to try as well now :)
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10354588-1.html

M.I.T. students launch $150 space camera

I swear…these students…but it’s something I want to try as well now :)

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10354588-1.html

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~ Friday, September 11 ~
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MIT Sloan: Goals and Career Paths

In order to keep myself on track at school (there is usually someone that wants to go party or go out somewhere) I created a list of some of the goals I hope to accomplish as well as some of the current career paths I want to explore. They’re vague and few in number for right now, but I am sure the list will grow in the future.

Goals:
- Find myself.  To really, truly discover what I want to do this summer and the rest of my career, or at least as close to it as possible.
- Improve myself.  There are so many ways in which I can learn from the resources around me.
- Step away from my comfort zone.  During my core semester (and working with the same core team for each group project) I will take on tasks that I am probably least apt to tackle.
- Organize something to be proud of.  I have a few ideas of conferences, panels, or events that I want to plan.  While it’s in the early stages, I really hope to get to them sometime this year.
- Meet someone new everyday.  There are 396 MBAs in the class of 2011.  A large enough number to intimidate me - but few enough to make knowing each one of them a possibility.  I was told we could know ~all 2010, 2011, and 2012 MBAs by the time we graduate, but it will be a hard task.

Career Paths:
- Management consulting - the most probable but also the most typical
- High Tech - product management of a “light” software company would be both fun and rewarding
- Supply-Chain - would defintely let MIT Sloan’s true strengths shine 
- Media - not likely but something I want to explore
- Entrepreneurship - something I will reserve for later in my career even though I am starting the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track.

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MIT.  Cambridge.  Boston.  I love it.  Exploring the area for the past month has been a blast.  I feel extremely lucky to have gone to school in an area that is so rich in entertainment, food, and culture.  This has also been a very crucial time because these memories are what will get me through the long and cold winter - knowing that this is available for me again on the other side of it.  I’m sure I will be turtling myself in my apartment and school December through February.  I’ll never be a true “east coast person” but I will consider Boston as “home” for the next two years.
Here are some of the local areas and attractions which I have explored so far.  I look forward to showing visitors around!
Kendall-Square: MIT, Legal Seafoods (with the $6 for 6 oysters deal), nothing much else is around.Central-Square: Tavern, Toscanini’s ice cream.Harvard-Square: duh, Harvard.  So many more stores around than my school that I am jealous.Porter-Square: Japanese food court. Beacon Hill: Nice brick buildings! Not so fun to walk…Back Bay/Newbury: Lots of nice shops.  Newbury comics of course :) Free bowling on Tuesday night (including free shoes!)South End: Looking forward to some good restaurants here.Boston Common: Beautiful.Chinatown: Not big but it has decent food!  Two lobsters (chinese style) for $16.  Late night food.North End: Amazing italian stuff (food, pastries, gelato, etc…)Waterfront: Fun to walk and CHEAP farmer’s market.Other: Sailing Pavilion, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Gypsys, Limelight.
Next post will have to be more serious/housekeeping matters…

MIT.  Cambridge.  Boston.  I love it.  Exploring the area for the past month has been a blast.  I feel extremely lucky to have gone to school in an area that is so rich in entertainment, food, and culture.  This has also been a very crucial time because these memories are what will get me through the long and cold winter - knowing that this is available for me again on the other side of it.  I’m sure I will be turtling myself in my apartment and school December through February.  I’ll never be a true “east coast person” but I will consider Boston as “home” for the next two years.

Here are some of the local areas and attractions which I have explored so far.  I look forward to showing visitors around!

Kendall-Square: MIT, Legal Seafoods (with the $6 for 6 oysters deal), nothing much else is around.
Central-Square: Tavern, Toscanini’s ice cream.
Harvard-Square: duh, Harvard.  So many more stores around than my school that I am jealous.
Porter-Square: Japanese food court. 
Beacon Hill: Nice brick buildings! Not so fun to walk…
Back Bay/Newbury: Lots of nice shops.  Newbury comics of course :) Free bowling on Tuesday night (including free shoes!)
South End: Looking forward to some good restaurants here.
Boston Common: Beautiful.
Chinatown: Not big but it has decent food!  Two lobsters (chinese style) for $16.  Late night food.
North End: Amazing italian stuff (food, pastries, gelato, etc…)
Waterfront: Fun to walk and CHEAP farmer’s market.
Other: Sailing Pavilion, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Gypsys, Limelight.

Next post will have to be more serious/housekeeping matters…

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~ Tuesday, August 11 ~
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Hello world! Well, I stopped posting because I couldn’t remember my password, e-mail address, or both for the longest time…but finally succumbed and emailed Marc of Tumblr.  He helped me instantly and now I’m backlogged by all the things I wanted to post about!
First off (of course) is San Diego Comicon 2009 which was held between July 23-26 this year.  I am a HUGE comic fan and love checking out new movie trailers, seeing celebrities, browsing prints & statues, equally much.  It was fun to see a lot of the new products that are to be released soon (and sucking all my money dry).  I think highlights of the day included the Iron Man 2 panel (and amazing clips of the movie) as well as getting one of my statues signed by a sculptor (tho i didn’t know who he was haha).
Thought I could capture the craziness of the day best by uploading this collage of it.  Make sure to click it to see a larger version of it!

Hello world! Well, I stopped posting because I couldn’t remember my password, e-mail address, or both for the longest time…but finally succumbed and emailed Marc of Tumblr.  He helped me instantly and now I’m backlogged by all the things I wanted to post about!

First off (of course) is San Diego Comicon 2009 which was held between July 23-26 this year.  I am a HUGE comic fan and love checking out new movie trailers, seeing celebrities, browsing prints & statues, equally much.  It was fun to see a lot of the new products that are to be released soon (and sucking all my money dry).  I think highlights of the day included the Iron Man 2 panel (and amazing clips of the movie) as well as getting one of my statues signed by a sculptor (tho i didn’t know who he was haha).

Thought I could capture the craziness of the day best by uploading this collage of it.  Make sure to click it to see a larger version of it!

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~ Monday, June 22 ~
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Here are some pic from our Father’s Day dinner at Fleming’s in Palo Alto.  Being the prime-rib lovers that we are, all four of us couldn’t refuse ordering the prime-rib dinner ($36) which includes a salad, side, 12 oz. prime-rib, and dessert - which is only available on Sunday.  That’s an amazing deal!!!  Considering the salad, side, and dessert are each $8-$10 individually, you’re practically getting your prime-rib for $5!.  I’ve also read Yelp reviews saying the steaks are just so-so and I’m not ordering a $40 ribeye (with no sides) to get mediocre taste.
Along the top are: Bread with a) tomato butter spread and b) champagne-infused brie, the “wedge” salad, and caesar salad.  Second row: sauteed mushrooms, Fleming’s potatoes (scalloped with jalapenos and and cheddar), and chipotle mac n’ cheese.  Last row: prime-rib with three dipping sauces, creme brulee, and cheesecake.  Forgot to take a picture of the baked potato, lava cake, and berries n’ cream….berries and cream! berries and cream! haha.
The final touch was a Father’s day present: two gift cards delivered to both my Dad and brother for $25 off our next visit.  Apparently I don’t look old enough.

Here are some pic from our Father’s Day dinner at Fleming’s in Palo Alto.  Being the prime-rib lovers that we are, all four of us couldn’t refuse ordering the prime-rib dinner ($36) which includes a salad, side, 12 oz. prime-rib, and dessert - which is only available on Sunday.  That’s an amazing deal!!!  Considering the salad, side, and dessert are each $8-$10 individually, you’re practically getting your prime-rib for $5!.  I’ve also read Yelp reviews saying the steaks are just so-so and I’m not ordering a $40 ribeye (with no sides) to get mediocre taste.

Along the top are: Bread with a) tomato butter spread and b) champagne-infused brie, the “wedge” salad, and caesar salad.  Second row: sauteed mushrooms, Fleming’s potatoes (scalloped with jalapenos and and cheddar), and chipotle mac n’ cheese.  Last row: prime-rib with three dipping sauces, creme brulee, and cheesecake.  Forgot to take a picture of the baked potato, lava cake, and berries n’ cream….berries and cream! berries and cream! haha.

The final touch was a Father’s day present: two gift cards delivered to both my Dad and brother for $25 off our next visit.  Apparently I don’t look old enough.

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~ Thursday, June 18 ~
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A picture of the first spaceport being built (construction starts tomorrow, June 19).

What I find more interesting though is this well-written article about the why and how of space exploration:
http://gizmodo.com/5247705/why-we-need-to-reach-the-stars-and-we-will

A picture of the first spaceport being built (construction starts tomorrow, June 19).

What I find more interesting though is this well-written article about the why and how of space exploration:
http://gizmodo.com/5247705/why-we-need-to-reach-the-stars-and-we-will

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