Oh It’s Close Now, Close Enough To Touch

October 31, 2014

It turned out, the lone member of our series 6 class who took the exam on the 30th passed his exam.  As a reward, our instructor bought everyone (all 19 of us) bought us venti-sized Starbucks drinks of our own choosing (I went with Coffee Jelly myself) from his own pocket.  So it was the first class in a while where everyone was fully awake for the first half of the session, due to all that caffeine running in our systems.

Still, this all underscores how close the exam was for the rest of us.  My own schedule was on Tuesday morning, so it’s hard not to get a wee bit nervous about it.

But what can I do?  I’m going to have to make the most of the weekend studying the chapters I’m weak at again…

And then there’s the mastery exam tonight, which will be a good measure of how we’d perform for the actual exam, given how our classmate eventually scored 86% on the actual FINRA exam, after scoring 89% in the Mastery exam.  That’s as close a correlation as we could get anyway, and luck as well as our own individual preparedness will still play a factor…

Ah the pressure.

Anime Watched: Shirobako, Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen, Ore Twintail ni Narimasu!, Amagi Brilliant Park.


When You Feel Like You’re Running On Fumes Again

October 30, 2014

Suffice to say, that rather than sleep, I’ve spent the day doing anything but.  When I got home, I didn’t go to bed, and instead waited until the bank opened so I could deposit my pay into my savings account.  Kancolle and Kansen x Shoujo were helpful in that regard, for sure.

Then I waited a few hours more until around ten, then it was off to the Mall of Asia to do some printer shopping.  Managed to find a 3-in-1 HP Deskjet 1515 that was sold somewhat cheaper compared to the other shops (3200+ pesos compared to the 3600+ it was priced in the neighboring computer stores). Then it was back home, to install the new printer to the desktop, and move the old 2060 downstairs.

After that, it was back to the bank again so I could submit the form I needed to complete to reactivate my online banking account, as well as drop an application to invest in one of the Balanced Funds that my bank was offering.  Finally I had a talk with the branch manager at how it’s becoming increasingly unfeasible to maintain the joint account I had with my mom, especially when she’s stuck in the US (meaning that our bank simply can’t update her information).  The solution seems to be for me to open up my own account, and then migrate the funds there, but I’ll see if I can have something like what my sister and father did with their accounts with nanay instead.

Oh, and its the test schedule of one our classmates in the Series 6 class.  I wonder if he passed?  Well, I’ll find out later on when I go to work.

For now though, sleep

Anime Watched: Coffin Princess Chaika ~ Avenging Battle.

Why Back Out At The Last Moment?

October 28, 2014

And all of a sudden, our class was down by one member, a mere two days before the first of us takes the exam, and barely a week before the rest of our turns come too.  It’s a bit of a shock, particularly to his other companions (from the MetLife batch), to come so far only to quit now, but apparently the guy had confidence issues — he felt that he couldn’t catch up to the rest of us, and even when given the opportunity for a refresher (with the next class after ours), it didn’t work either.  

So, his papers have been forwarded to HR for re-profiling.  It’s kind of a waste, but what can you do?  He’d made his decision already.

As for the rest of us?  Yeah, you can feel the pressure mounting.  While we haven’t taken the preliminary test yet, the guy scheduled for Thursday did, and while he passed, it doesn’t give the rest of us comfort.  I mean, he was the top-scorer of the class after all.

In any case, for me, it’s back to working on my “opportunities”, specifically Mutual Funds and Retirement Planning.  Yay.

Anime Watched: Girlfriend Beta, Bahamut Genesis, Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de.

So Very Close Now

October 27, 2014

I actually woke up early today, the end result of going back to a daytime schedule for the weekend.  I had actually gone down at around five, fully prepared to do the laundry… only to find that my father had already finished the rinsing, and had actually hung the clothes to dry.

With nothing else to do, I tried to busy myself with review, in the hope that it would tire me out, and drive me to sleep, which is required to adjust my sleep schedule again for my nighttime work.  It didn’t quite work out, as by noontime I was still wide awake.  And this was after I had already gone to the grocery to buy superglue, which my father and I used to fix the two trays inside our fridge (via reinforcement with pastic tubing).

Heck, I was still  awake during the midafternoon, long enough for me to witness the sky darken, hear the rumble of thunder in the distance, and watch my father hurriedly bring in the laundry to hang in my room as well as my sister’s.  It was around that point that I started to get drowsy though, and once I lay down on my bed, it was straight on until my phone’s alarm rang around seven in the evening.

It’s barely a week away from the scheduled series 6 exam for the rest of us, so the pressure to pass in a single go is mounting.  That said, there’s even more pressure on the one guy who’s scheduled for the 30th… Don’t want to be in his shoes at the end of Wednesday’s shift, as it’s straight to the testing center.

As for the rest of us, we’re likely going to take the preliminary test tonight.  Given the nature of the questions (they’re not from the same source where we’ve been taking our nightly exams from), the memorization factor is taken out of the equation at least.

Anime Watched: Girlfriend Beta.

Nothing But A Whole Lot Of Catching Up

October 26, 2014

Unsurprisingly, I spent a good chunk of the day in idleness, after changing the sheets to my pillows and bed, as well as figuring out the issue with my father’s laptop (turns out that its auto-backup function was out of control, essentially eating up all the available HD space of the second hard drive).  Oh, and there’s also the fact that I had to open up my PC again to connect the DVD drive that had writing capability, so I could burn a DVD copy of all those pictures he had of his beloved grandson, that he thought he’d have to delete because of the backup function eating up all the space on the second HD…

Suffice to say, that got sorted out fine. Too bad whatever rosy feelings I had from helping out my father quickly got erased when, later on, my father chose yet again to snipe at me (while I was catching up on the anime backlog I’d built up from past seasons due to getting hired again), “to make money out of my hobbies”. Shut up dad, they’re hobbies for a reason.

Oddly enough, there was a whole tub of laundry waiting outside.  I think he expected me to wash it. Yet I didn’t. So I suppose I’ll have to see about that in the morning if I could.

As for the rest of my day? Spent catching up on backlog, and continuing to try and get Akashi from 1-5.

All that work...

Suffice to say I got her, but boy, 100+ sorties is brutal.

The factory

That said, thanks to that, I now have access to her factory.  Don’t you hate it when game devs introduce a new system to the game, then bind it to a specific unit?

Anyway, sleepy, so I’m turning in as soon as the last expeditions come in.

Anime Watched: Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii (backlog), Sabagebu (backlog), Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (backlog).

Making It Hard To Grind To A Halt

October 25, 2014

It wouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that I just spent most of the day sleeping, and the rest of the time after waking up catching up on Kancolle and Anime, and not necessarily in that order.  Now if I could have a massage done, then I’d probably be good for next week.

I just want to get as much relaxation in as I can at this point.

Anime Watched: Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen, Ore Twintails ni Narimasu, Amagi Brilliant Park, Shirobako, Tamako’s Love Story, Log Horizon.

Unlooked Connection Migrations

October 24, 2014

Our area’s phone lines went down the other day, apparently due to our system being migrated, whatever that meant.  The consequences were immediate however — our home phone registered nothing but a busy signal, and the modem’s third light, which showed the DSL connection, wasn’t on. 

It was annoying for sure. And by the time I got home from the office earlier this morning, it still hadn’t been resolved.  Annoyed, I went to bed, but not before stressing to my father to contact my sister, as her last text message was about how he planned to work from the house during the weekend.  Will with the internet down, fat chance of that happening.

My sleep was rudely interrupted by a call around eleven in the morning from the land line.  Apparently, they restored the phone service, though there was no word on when the internet service would be back.  Wasn’t quite able to go back to sleep after that, which kind of explains my grumpiness right now.

Tatay kept on coming in and pestering me about the internet connection.  I told him, no, under no uncertain terms, that we would be able to do anything about it.  It’ll get fixed when PLDT decides it’ll get fixed, though I suppose he had reason to be miffed, as he was forced to pay the phone bill early (we’re usually charged on the 5th, but for some reason the bill arrived for the 24th).

I am so looking forward to sleeping in this weekend.  Truly.