Category Archives: Updates

Back in Vancouver for Christmas

1461428_10153590540515541_969093531_nJust to update: after a very long commute and two layovers in Beijing and Hong Kong, I am back in Vancouver for the Christmas holiday. I will still be working, and I expect to be on Skype daily to keep updated on what’s happening at UB. I think that this is much needed time away for me to unwind and relax for a bit. I’m here in Vancouver for three weeks, and will be flying back to UB right after New Year’s Day.

Jobs and School

It’s been a pretty busy month for me. I’ve been applying for co-op jobs and unpaid internships everywhere in Vancouver. I’ve had six interviews, and sent out 23 e-mail resume and cover letter packages throughout the city. After weeks of job searching, resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing, I’m pleased to say that I have managed to secure a position.

From October to November, I will be the Marketing Assistant Intern at Canada Wide Media. It’s four days a week, 9 to 5. While it’s unpaid, I think that this is an excellent opportunity for me to learn more about the marketing and publishing industries, and to learn more about marketing in an off-campus setting. I’m definitely looking forward to blogging about the work I do and the things I learn in the office! Speaking of which – this will be my first official “office” job! All the other jobs I’ve had were either on-campus or didn’t have an office, so this should be really exciting!

I’m also very pleased to say that I have secured a co-op position in Singapore. I will be a Research Intern at the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute. This co-op position takes place next semester, from January to April. This internship will be the first I’ll ever get that’s directly related to my major, so I’m definitely looking forward to it too.

Aside from the job hunt, I’ve also been doing online courses. I actually have two papers due tomorrow… so I better get back to writing them!

New Header Image

I made some aesthetic changes to the blog. The theme is still the same (Twenty Eleven), I changed the colors from black to white, which is a lot nicer, I think.

Also, I got tired of using the random stock photos associated with Twenty Eleven, so I decided to use one of the photos from my iPad. It’s not SLR quality, but it’ll do for now.

Here’s the full, non-cropped photo:

One World International Scholarship

Earlier today (should I say yesterday as its now 3.20am, Saturday), I received an e-mail confirming that I had been awarded the One World International Scholarship by the Irving K Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society and UBC!

The scholarship is awarded to support BC students in embarking on international exchange. The financial aspect of this scholarship will certainly help when I start my year-long work term with AIESEC in Spain, but I’m even more excited at the fact that my work with AIESEC at UBC has been recognized in this way by both the Irving K Barber Society and the university itself!

I want to give a big thank you to Professor Raul Pacheco (@raulpacheco, attended his Poli 375 Global Environmental Politics class in third year – you might want to sign up for it!) and Deb Browne (President of Entrepreneurial Success Network and member of AIESEC UBC Board of Advisors) for helping me out with the application!

April so far

It’s been a while since I posted, so I thought I’d post a quick update:

  1. Turned 23 on Tuesday! Nothing big, just went to dinner with the family and then went back to studying. Dad’s visiting from Indonesia and will be returning tomorrow.
  2. Big Skype meeting with the incoming and outgoing AIESEC national team in Spain! The Achieve 2012 Conference will be taking place in Malaga next week, and I will be participating virtually via Skype in parts of the conference. It sucks that I won’t be able to be there in person, but showing up via Skype is better than nothing.
  3. Finished my International Political Economy exam and term paper. I have my Arab Politics exam on Wednesday and my Terrorism Studies exam and term paper on Friday. Can’t wait to be done!
  4. Haven’t really been following the Canucks’ progress during the playoffs – hope they succeed!

And that’s it – hope to resume blog activity after exams finish!


In my effort to blog on a regular basis, I’ve decided to give just a brief update on what’s happening with me:

  • Still waiting on my police certificates for my Spanish visa application
  • Now looking into flights to Spain for next month
  • Finalizing stuff for the upcoming AIESEC UBC Board of Advisors meeting this coming Tuesday
  • Submitting scholarship application tomorrow


Life update

So it’s been a while since I blogged . Apologies for that, the last few weeks have been really intense and busy!

Here’s an update on what’s going on with my life so far:


So last December I applied for a position with the AIESEC national team in Spain. Two weeks ago, I found out that I got selected for the role of VP Outgoing Exchange! I’m going to be in Malaga for an AIESEC national conference in April, and will be moving to Madrid for real this coming June. So excited!


Kinda hard to focus on school, especially with AIESEC competing for my attention! As a result of my having to be in Malaga this April, I have to move two of my exams to accommodate my trip to Spain.

That’s about it I guess!

New Years Resolution

Hi there!

So it’s been a while, but I hope you had an awesome Christmas and New Year holiday!

I just got back from AIESEC Canada‘s National Congress in Montreal – and I must say I had an epic time! I got to see a bit of Montreal after the conference, and it was a great experience overall.

Anyways, I know everyone makes New Year Resolutions at the beginning of the year and ends up forgetting about the goals they set for themselves, so I’ve decided to stick to just one resolution: blog everyday… starting tomorrow. I’ll be getting inspiration from The Daily Post when I run out of ideas. I like blogging, but there are times when I just get bored or forget about it, so I think that doing one blog post a day would be a fun and exciting challenge.

Well, that’s all from me!


Christmas in my household is all about relaxing and enjoying each other’s company — today we watched movies and had a traditional Filipino noche buena. If I had pictures I’d post them =P

Merry Christmas!

The rest of 2011

OK, so its 2.12 AM in the morning, I have my exam at 8.30AM, and I can’t sleep 🙁 Hopefully writing this will tire me out somewhat.

Anyways, aside from my statistics exam in a few hours, I have the annual AIESEC UBC year-end/Christmas party event happening tomorrow night, and then on Tuesday next week I have my last final exam for this semester (Poli 333A: American Political Institutions).

After exams, my dad will be coming home from Indonesia and will be spending the Christmas holidays here in Vancouver with the rest of the family. Towards the last few days of December, I’ll be heading over to Montreal to attend the AIESEC Canada National Congress in Montreal.

Needless to say, I can’t wait till finals are over!