So, my sisters went to a shoe sale just this weekend and this was what they have witnessed. I did not join them as I knew it there would be an enormous crowd. What I did not predict though was this behavior. I bet these people are not short of lessons of etiquette. And if we are to take a survey of the profile of these people, you might be surprised that they have similar profile as you do or as one of your friends.
I never thought that art can be a mind-blowing experience since I usually associate art with the fluid expression of emotions; one that should be taken as it is rather than analyzing. Tucked away from the business of the city, Pinto Art Museum offers their visitors a relaxing day appreciating both nature and art in the hills of Antipolo. I have already been to the museum twice and both were equally enjoyable.
Have you recently watched ballet? Or went to a museum and get a glimpse of a great painting? Or listen to Vivaldi’s Four Season? Do you also feel like stretching your arms as the ballerina gracefully extends her arms? Or Want to start painting as you appreciate the masterful strokes of the artists? Or perhaps playing an imaginary violin whenever you hear Vivaldi’s Summer? In all these art forms, I am always amazed on how elegant these artists can make it seems so natural.
Follow your bliss. Take the leap of faith. These are some of the one-liner quotes with a beautiful background photo that may have once graced your social media feed. You then think about that one hobby of yours you are very passionate about. You have been thinking on being full time on your art or music. You calculated that you will survive a year without a job at your current monthly expenses. You may be able to stretch it as you can definitely downgrade your lifestyle. So, you become serious about quitting your job and work on the one-year schedule. One year would be enough leeway to make your passion a business, right?
Around the world, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. That is per World Health Organization’s statistics based on its website as of writing. But that is not what I would like to discuss in this article. Every day I see tens of people committing suicide without them knowing it. You may be one of them. Who am I referring to? These are the people who are risking their lives just to cross the street. Yes, I am talking about the jaywalkers.
In finance, there is a concept that “High levels of risk is typically associated with high potential returns.” (Investopedia) , usually shortened by many as “The higher the risk, the higher the return.” Let us breakdown the risk and returns (or loss) of jaywalking if indeed we have much to gain or determine if doing it on a continuous basis is a good idea.
Credits to UP Photographers' Society for photo above
Congratulations for obtaining the 8th highest score in the recent Registered Electrical Engineer Board Exam. As you know our whole family, friends and community celebrate with you on this great accomplishment. You have achieved what others could only dream of. Topping the board exam gives you a great leverage and a number of company choices to work for. Or you could also just sit back, relax and wait for companies to call you as they try to recruit and convince you to work for them. (Just update your Linkedin so that they will know your number. 😊) I am extremely proud of what you have achieved.
During World War II, one of the things which puzzled US Military was how to increase the odds of a bomber plane making it back to the base by sustaining the attacks coming from enemy’s ground. The military observed from the returning bombers that bullet holes were concentrated along the wings, around the tail gunner, and down the center of the body. (Pause for 3 seconds before proceeding.) If you were consulted, where would you put a thicker armor? (Proceed only if you already have an answer.) If you were consulted, where would you put a thicker armor? (Proceed only if you already have an answer.) Seeing the concentration of the damage, the commanders’ solution was to put added protection on the most damage areas – along the wings, around the tail gunner, and down the center of the body. But Abraham Wald, a statistician part of the Statistical Research Group, stated that such would be a mistake.
A fair share of sunshine, and a lot of rainy days
So much uncertainty, so much possibility
I learned to live one day at a time
I listen to the wind, taste the lime
Quite content, quite pleased
I retire with a smile, for a day’s mile
How do you usually decide whether to bet on something? Do you rely on intuition? Perhaps past experiences, or on pure luck? People usually place their bets according to their perceived probability of a favorable result. If someone were to bet on a toss coin, one will automatically compute a fifty percent probability of picking up the resulting side. The probability being computed as one divided by two; one – being the total number of favorable outcomes and two – all the possible outcomes.
Were you one of the BPI’s patrons when the bank had a system glitch? How were you affected? How much of an inconvenience was it for you?
I was made aware early in the morning on the day of the glitch while I was scanning my social media feed. As a Black Swan (by Nassim Taleb) reader, I learned that in black swan cases you should aim to either to profit or survive. Nassim Taleb defines a black swan as an an event that is highly improbable and therefore is extremely difficult to predict. In this case I aimed to survive; so, I immediately withdrew cash from my account and only left a certain amount I can afford to lose. I likewise informed my circle of family and friends regarding the issue. Quite pleased with myself knowing about black swan and being able to identify it when it happens; I enthusiastically monitored the glitch through social media. Understandably, some were frustrated or felt betrayed for the trust they have in the bank. Angry posts regarding the glitch caught my eye which made me ponder. (How many of these customers have read the terms and conditions? Can they pinpoint on something in the terms what the process or procedure is when a glitch happens? Clients heavily blamed the bank for their inconvenience but only few acknowledge their ownership (responsibility) over their fragility (risk) exposure.
Life is full of bets and our choices are the way to cast our bets.What do I mean by this? Let me give you examples.
If you go to school, your bet is that you will learn faster and better under a guided program rather than studying by yourself.
If you ride a train, your bet may be being that the train is the fastest and most convenient way to travel compared to getting a cab or riding a bus.
If you eat in a restaurant, your bet may be being that they offer better food or experience compared to other food shops or your own cooking.
I love learning a wide array of topics. I love reading books, listening to lectures and attending seminars or study groups. Dopamine generation for me is witnessing or applying concepts I learned in my studies.