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Mary's new suitor [Oct. 14th, 2013|02:47 pm]
How swoony is Mary's new suitor, Lord Gillingham, Anthony Foyle! Well done, Tom Cullen! You had pulled off quite a feat in just two episodes!
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IFR time. Hello, sailor [Oct. 5th, 2013|11:29 pm]
Watching Australian sailors in the Rocks in uniform just stand on the street or at the bar, and pick up women. Cherry picking for hot women, because on tonight of all nights, any attractive single lady would stop for a conversation with them. It's like Anzac Day, except less messy, less matey, and without army and air force to compete with their masculinity. Let's face it, they're the heros of this weekend. The whole party the city is throwing this long weekend is to celebrate them.

8000 sailors were said to pour into Sydney this long weekend, most of which international. But where were they? All over city, George St, and the Cross, I see Aussie sailors in uniform. Occasionally, you come across a smattering of foreign sailors - like US, Spanish and French. Otherwise, just Australian navy personnel, in uniform, on the pull.

It's gross!

I think the sailors who just wanted a quiet few drinks with friends hit the town incognito.
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How to live a miserable life [Aug. 7th, 2013|03:56 pm]
By nature, I'm a happy person. By a stroke of genetic lottery, I happened to be incredibly resilient, optimistic and hopeful. Over the past year, I've been reading a lot of blogs, books and articles on productivity, leadership, and how to live a happier life. Not that I am unhappy with my life, but like my skincare and makeup regime, I'm always looking out for new ways to improve it, to supercharge it. On the 'how to be happy' stories, I find I'm already doing the majority of the things they suggest - eating healthy, exercise, 8hrs of sleep, have friends, learn new things etc - so it's just an exercise of affirming what I, by sheer luck, happen to practice anyway. I'm just a happy-go-lucky person who's willing to try anything and have insatiable curiosity for everything.

So it upsets me when I meet people who are depressed, who hate their life, and is knowingly walking down a self-destructive path. Why can't they pick their life up, as I do myself. Why do they give up so easily in the face of defeat? Why do they accept their life the way fate has dealt them in this fatalistic existentialism?

I have a number of people in my life that way - luckily no one in my immediate family - and have this pathological attraction towards men who are self-destructive. Last night's encounter with BM confirmed it again.

To me, practicing 'self love' is a no-brainer - like wailing and flapping furiously when drowning - and it frustrates me when people I care about, who have so much potential, go through life loathing themselves. And it's not even because they're closet homosexuals either.

This article comes close to giving an explanation: http://howtosuckatlife.quora.com/10-Habits-of-Unhappiness
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How to pass CFA level 3 - my advice [Aug. 7th, 2013|01:59 pm]
It is with relief to discover last night, at 3am, that I finally passed the CFA level 3 exam.

At first glance, my result seems worse than last year (for which I got band 10) - especially in Ethics which I thought you MUST pass. As you can see, you can do absolutely badly in AM and still salvage the situation if you smash PM.

Q# Topic Max Pts <=50% 51%-70% >70%
1 Portfolio Management - Individual 20 * - -
2 Portfolio Management - Individual 15 - * -
3 Portfolio Management - Individual 16 * - -
4 Equity Investments 17 * - -
5 Economics 20 * - -
6 Portfolio Management - Institutional 18 - * -
7 Portfolio Management - Institutional 14 - - *
8 Fixed Income Investments 17 * - -
9 Fixed Income Investments 9 * - -
10 Portfolio Management - Risk Management 18 - * -
11 Portfolio Management - Performance Eval. 16 - * -
Item Set
Q# Topic Max Pts <=50% 51%-70% >70%
- Alternative Investments 36 - - *
- Economics 18 - * -
- Equity Investments 18 - - *
- Ethical & Professional Standards 36 * - -
- Fixed Income Investments 18 - - *
- Portfolio Management 18 - * -
- Portfolio Management - Asset Allocation 18 - - *
- Portfolio Management - Risk Management 18 - - *

But a PASS is a PASS, and reason enough to do a dance and celebrate. However, I will also spend a moment to give my two cents to those endeavouring do level 3 next year, or who weren't quite so successful at level 3 this year.

First, level 3 is a different kettle of fish in terms of studying tactic compared to levels 1 and 2. Whilst I didn't touch the CFAI curriculum for levels 1&2, using the CFAI Curriculum is CRITICAL to passing level 3. Happily, it's not as volumous and more interesting to read.

So what do you focus on in the CFAI textbooks?
1. Blue box examples
2. End of chapter questions.
3. white text examples.

The reason for doing all of these questions/examples at least once is because the actual AM portion of the exam comes straight from those Blue Box and EOC examples.

Also, the CFAI has a tendency to test topic areas that are listed fairly late in the textbook chapter. They know that most people don't read right to the end of the textbook chapter - so that's where they pull out the people who didn't put in the slog.

As usual, I got the Schweser secret sauce and critical concepts quicksheet. They were my crib notes.

Also, invest in the $500 odd dollars for the Schweser online classes if Marc LeFebvre is teaching it again next year. If you are lucky enough to live in the US of A, also get yourself to the live CFA prep lectures Marc does around the country come April/May. He truly sets you up for success - provided you heed to his instruction ie. by doing lots of Blue Box and practice questions/papers.

Other than that, just don't give up! As with every CFA level exam, it's not particularly hard, but there is SO MUCH to learn, memorise, and then regurgitate and apply on the day which is taxing on the stamina too. Don't allow fatigue to let you down. Train for the event, like a mental marathon, build your mental endurance by doing practice papers in 3 hr sittings in the last week. The day before the exam, REST. Rest your energy and brain power for the big slog on exam day.

Advice for passing level 2
Level 2 is the crucible that separates those who are strong at numbers/finance from those who are so-so.

My advice for passing level 2 - apart from doing practice multiple choice problems (Schweser) is to hit the big ticket items. I think the biggest one on level 2 was financial statement analysis. Make sure you do really really well in those heavy weight topic areas. It will carry you across the pass line if you get <50% in less important, lighter weight areas.

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link of the day [Jul. 12th, 2013|01:49 pm]
I'm reading Generation Kill on my kindle at the moment.

This is Afghanistan: http://au.businessinsider.com/follow-the-us-marines-as-they-assault-taliban-territory-in-afghanistan-2012-9?op=1#the-day-is-hot-around-120-degrees-but-the-night-is-frigid-down-to-around-40-degrees-marines-sweat-soaked-from-the-7-kilometer-click-night-patrol-crawl-deep-into-sleeping-bags-trying-to-keep-out-the-cold-and-the-critters-9
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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2013|09:48 pm]
Seeing my compatriots from school get married/ engaged really confirms the view that there is someone for everyone.

But why won't anyone pick me?

I am heaps funkier, spunkier and easy going than that lot! A lot of these girls are really crazy (and not in a manic pixie dream girl kind of way).

Bitches be crazy.
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(no subject) [Mar. 31st, 2013|12:59 pm]
With a few exceptions, men are, overall, better listeners than women.

It took me 28 years, and a Tennessee Williams play to realise this.
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Ask a grown man - with Judd Apatow [Mar. 23rd, 2013|12:12 am]
More pearls of wisdom from my favourite series on Youtube.


Key takeaways are these girls:
1. never change yourself for another person
2. aim high... raise your standards
3. If you ain't feeling it, you ain't feeling it
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personality quiz [Mar. 5th, 2013|03:09 pm]
It's been years since I did this Jung Personality Quiz.

This is my latest results:

Introverted (I) 57.14% Extroverted (E) 42.86%
Intuitive (N) 54.76% Sensing (S) 45.24%
Feeling (F) 51.22% Thinking (T) 48.78%
Perceiving (P) 55% Judging (J) 45%

INFP - "Questor". High capacity for caring. Emotional face to the world. High sense of honor derived from internal values. 4.4% of total population.
Take Free Jung Personality Test
Personality Test by SimilarMinds.com

I think I was INTJ last time.
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(no subject) [Feb. 25th, 2013|05:08 pm]
I was right, mum was wrong. I never had the chicken pox. But as of today, I'm vaccinated.

Thank god I didn't catch dad's shingles!
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