Continuing With My Break

November 23, 2014

Today was more or less a continuation from yesterday, which is to say mostly just me relaxing, and even catching up with anime-watching.  Nothing particularly noteworthy, though my mother (during her morning video-conference with us) that she’s concerned that her grandson isn’t talking (in coherent sentences) yet, compared to his barely same-age aunt (the second kid of my mom’s youngest sibling) who’s apparently quite a motormouth.  I’m a bit worried to, especially since me and my sister were both early talkers, but my sister for some reason is just brushing this all aside.

Anyway, just continuing with the rest of my watching, then maybe bed once the last of my Kancolle expeditions arrive (so I could reconfigure them for 4-5 hour expeds while I sleep).

Anime Watched: Futsu no Joshikousei Locodol wa Yatemita (episode 12 and special), Amagi Brilliant Park, Log Horizon S2, Ore Twintail ni Narimasu! 

Not Spending My Weekends On Review For A Change

November 22, 2014

With series 6 and series 63 done with, I can finally spend the weekend relaxing.  And while I didn’t watch any anime (because I’m waiting for the subs to Amagi Brilliant Park to show up first), I did spend most of it on gaming.

As for what we ate for the day, it’s no surprise that we ate what father brought home for takeout last night.  This meant fish tausi for lunch, and when my sister arrived from work in the afternoon, it was the family-sized mushroom and anchovy pizza from Shakeys that was next.  The latter was so filling, that I pretty much swore off dinner.

Hopefully the subs for Amagi show up later, but if not, I’ll just do my anime binge tomorrow.

That Passed Quickly Enough

November 21, 2014

So, series 63 exam day. I woke up early (five in the morning), got prepared, and was off to the MRT station (beating out the usual crowds) and Makati soon enough. I got to the Prometric testing center (at Ateneo Business School, right beside the Saudi Embassy) a little too early though, so I had to wait a bit at the parking lot with other test-takers (for other exams), though we were eventually called in, one at a time, presenting our IDs before the guard allowed us upstairs.  There each of us signed in, wherein we were assigned a locker to put our stuff in.  

Knowing what to expect, I emptied my pockets, took off my belt and jewelry, put them all in my bag, then put that into the locker, and then settled in for the wait.  

The waiting area was filled soon enough, with my classmates from the series 63 class (at least, those who were scheduled for eight in the morning) joining me in the wait. I quickly learned that a good chunk of the other folk there were taking qualification exams for the Middle East (specifically Quatar and Saudi Arabia).

I found it funny how the exam we were about to take was apparently the shortest with regards to the time allotted to finish — an hour and fifteen minutes — especially compared to all the other exams (which I gleaned via listening in to the pre-exam briefing the proctor was giving to each segment of people sitting at the waiting room.  For example, the Middle East-going folk’s exam was four hours long, while there were two there taking eight hour-long exams. Yikes.

In any case, we were shuffled into the testing room two at a time (after having our credentials checked and recorded, and our pictures taken). Once we sat down though, we were expected to begin as soon as we were done with the tutorial.

In all, I think I used up about an hour and seven minutes of the total time allowed for the exam, and this after going back and double-checking fourteen flagged questions. In the end though, I passed: 83%, in all.  Boy, was I relieved when I was done, let me tell you.

So I raised my hand, and was ushered out to the waiting area again by the test proctor, where I received the printout of my final results. I gathered my things from the locker, and with the printout in hand, went downstairs, left the testing center, and crossed over to the other side of the road, where our instructor Mike and some of my other classmates were waiting.

In the end, all four of us who had the eight-o’clock schedule passed,which was probably a big off our instructor’s shoulders.  With the results in hand, the lot of us started walking in the direction of RCBC, where those about to take the next scheduled exams were waiting at the Starbucks branch on the second floor. We escorted them to the entrance of the other testing center (Pearsons, by Buendia), then it was back to RCBC Starbucks to settle and wait.  We stayed like that for maybe an hour and a half.

The third batch had all arrived by then, at which we all went out again to Pearsons. We met the second batch, there by the entrance, but this time around the results weren’t as sunny: two passes, two fails. After wishing the last batch good luck, it was back to RCBC Starbucks again for the wait.  

This time around, we didn’t have to meet up with the last batch; they came to Starbucks, but the news wasn’t rosy at all.  Of the four who took the exam this time, only one passed, while the other three failed.  Ouch.

Despite this, Mike held up his promise to treat us, regardless of the results. Not all of us took him up with his offer though, but seven of us still went with him back to Glorietta, where we all had a big feast at Bacolod’s Chicken Inasal (at the second floor of Glorietta). After that, we all parted ways, though I had to give Mike by password so he could fix my HR submission (I had mistakenly set yesterday as “Official Business”, when it should have been for today).

When I got home, I was so full, that I had to eventually had to beg off the dinner that my aunt and her husband (who had just come from Davao) were supposed to treat us to. In the end, only my father (and Ate Grace next door, now seven months pregnant) joined them in the evening (and he later arrived with a whole lot of Shakeys take-out).

Well, that was quite an exciting day.  From this Monday onward, it’s product training, so I won’t be seeing most of the people from the class anymore… Not until we all bump into each other on the work floor, but that’s still at least two or three months away. 

Yet Again, A Familiar Situation

November 20, 2014

So, here I am again, on the eve of yet another registration examination, specifically series 63.  I’ve set my alarm for early tomorrow, downloaded the directions to the Prometric testing center, prepared the necessary IDs that might be asked of me.  All I need to do now is do some last-minute reviews (for chapter 1 especially), and then it’s off to bed.

Hopefully the preparations that all led to this will be enough, because my Practice Exam was barely passing (exactly 72% ) while my Mastery Exam was adequate (80%). At this point, I’ll be happy for a passing score.

That aside, I was finally able to drop by the family dentist to have my teeth cleaned, and my retainers adjusted. I mean, I have money now, so might as well use it for maintenance.  

And if I pass tomorrow?  I think a whole body massage will be in order.

On The Lip Of The Precipice Once Again

November 19, 2014

Well here I am, about two days away from the series 63 exam, and still not feeling altogether confident at my chances.  I seem to be doing better with regards to the practice exams, but as was evidenced by the performance of my classmates during the previous series 6 exam, doing good on the practice exams doesn’t necessarily carry over to the actual test.  Which is why I’m going to have to continue focusing on building up my core knowledge until the very last moment.

That said, for those taking the exam on Friday, we have tomorrow off to relax a bit, so I suppose I can review for the first half, then just rest during the second half.  No sense stressing myself out even more than I already am, ahaha.

In any case, the itinerary for us will be more comprehensive exams, and maybe mastery exams if possible.  It’s going to be also technically the last time the class will be together, as from Monday onward we mutual fund folk will be engrossed in Product Training. Buh.

First thing’s first though: passing the exam on Friday. Yeah.

Oh, and since I had money again, I tried giving my dentist a visit… only to find that she wasn’t in. At least I was able to get her phone number, and hopefully I can get an appointment tomorrow to not only have my teeth cleaned (after months!) as well as have my retainers adjusted again.


Not So Blue Sky, At All

November 18, 2014

I’m finding it increasingly annoying how I’m having difficulty with the series 63 review, even more so than the series 6 review I’d already experienced. I suppose the legal language involved plays a part in it, but it’s telling how my scores in the practice exams I’d been taking over the course of the day fluctuate between 69% to 83%. Ugh.  At this point, I’m going to have to fall back on strengthening my core information again.  Common sense can only get me so far after all.

Didn’t get much sleep, as even though I went to bed at around ten, I woke up close to two in the afternoon.  Since I couldn’t go back to bed, I spent time since then taking practice test after practice test. Interestingly enough, I spent most of that time alone; my father had went someplace, and only came back very late in the afternoon.

Speaking of afternoons, my word, did it turn dark at around four-thirty or so.  I was actually worried it was going to rain torrents, so dark it was.  No rain came of course, but there was a drop in temperature.  It’s actually getting kind of chilly, which is funny, given how our home is located smack drab in the capital.

Anyway, going to continue with the test drilling, with core knowledge review on the side (specifically chapter 1 and 4, which make the bulk of the exam).

Nothing To Do But Hit The Binder

November 17, 2014

I certainly didn’t plan on waking up early today, as the start of the week is always schedule readjustment period for me. Unfortunately though, I had trouble actually getting back to sleep, so instead I spent the morning chipping away at the reset weekly and daily quests in Kantai Collection that I could.

After that was done though?  Back to Series 63.  I blitzed through chapter 3, but I’ve barely started on chapter 4… Which isn’t good, as there’s going to be at least 24 questions devoted to it in the actual examination. Buh.

Anyway, maybe I can catch a short 2+hour nap.  It won’t be much, but every bit helps as far as rest is concerned.


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