April 30, 2012

Its orange and the whole days smells of BBQ and beer.

My fellow man, woman and children it's QUEENS DAY! But what are we celebrating actually? Her birthday, other past dutch royalties' birthday? If you were to ask the latest generation Dutchman he/she nowadays would hardly know what it is even about. Apart from the fact that most of us hit the streets dressed or some not even dressed at all in orange or walk around as orange sumo wrestlers, being drunkards in the middle of the day and sell your old stuff legally, there is not much else we relate this day with.

So how did my Queens night go, queens night was party till ya drop literally! That is not because we went dancing for hours and hours but from waiting for the night bus! Can you believe that?! At 03:00 me and my best friends left the club to go home. After walking  all the way through a massive throng of late night party goers and the puking masses we reached our destination to catch the night buses. So there we were waiting, waiting and some more waiting, we did so much intensive waiting that we looked like pro's. Looked at the watch and thought it strange that the bus did not move an inch from the stop it dropped its passengers. The departure stop was a stone throw away from it and the bloody bus never showed up there. Then after having enough of useless, unproductive hanging around the bus stop we decided to look whats wrong and just when we were about to do so it drove away going past us like we were not even there. That such a thing ruined the night was not pleasant to say the least.. In the end we spent 2 hours of our life waiting for it to come. By the time the two hours passed the early trains already started running.

In conclusion we did a respective 4/6 party and 2/6 waiting.

And now the Queens day.

To start with the weather was and still is wonderful and can be called a true summer day! But it didn't start so well though. Me and two others planned on selling our products for the YEN project at 10:00 but as usual I overslept big time and made them wait so long. IF YOU ARE READING THIS HERE IS MY WRITTEN APOLOGY: SSSOOOOOORRRYY! But to get even with me they forgot their stuff to sell. XD LOOL
But no biggie, we managed to at least sell the stuff we had at hand. Funny thing is though, as we were selling our stuff, the people who bought our stuff always wanted to walk away after only hearing the price and its function but as soon as I mentioned that it was sold in order to raise money for charity they had a change of heart and bought it. Why is charity such a big thing I asked myself. Is it that the purchase is more meaningful when helping others is involved, is it out of feeling sorry for the ones we are helping or is it a sense of satisfaction you get when giving a helping hand or is it dajk35ad gdi$@gd akjgd agdf#$k@sgdau. There or millions of reasons one can thing of but lets stick to the most apparent ones for simplicities sake. I am not capable of giving you there reason why people buy our stuff faster when charity is involved, cuz my brainzzellzz are swimming in alcohol now. #hick#

Well thats all for now, chuck yu. lat...zz!

April 29, 2012

Creating tomorrow

Well, I used to work in Marketing. And I know that part of marketing work involves designing new marketing material and coming up with new brochures etc that will help the brand become more visible and more accessible... but sorry, I just don't get it.
And no offense to our marketing department, but really I just don't quite understand what the new purple triangles have to do with 'Creating Tomorrow' - our new mission statement. So, I have added a slogan under our Creating Tomorrow logo - which says - One Purple Triangle at a Time.
And if you happen to know what it means, then please tell me.
I mean, what are we doing here?
Is the HvA - Hes/Sem/Dem, whatever we're called these days - is it a design school? Or architecture? 

I had the feeling, that we were a school... and that we taught students who were going into the business world. International Business... But of course, we are not allowed to be our own special school anymore, are we? No, we are now part of one ginormous organisation - HvA. Which, by the way, is somehow connected to UvA. (Note they both have a small v in their names!) So, the logo has to fit all of the HvA. Or wait, are the Triangles only ours? So, if so, I'm confused. Because if I were to think of what our key success factors are - I would think of the people... The students, firstly, and then, ok, our lecturers - and what about the entire globe? I have students now in China, in South America, in NY. They really are creating tomorrow. I learn from my students every day! 

But what in the world do purple triangles have to do with it? Oh wait - triangle is like the Greek letter Delta - right? (never mind that most of our students can't read any Greek letters...) - Delta is change.. or something like that... and purple? Well, that is like one of the chakras - must have to do with creativity or innovation or wisdom. Ok, now it all makes sense to me and to the rest of the world! Wow, what an amazing logo! I'm so impressed!

ps. I just discovered something new while downloading the logo from our HvA website... actually each dept (International, Society and Law etc) has a different color triangle!!! So, actually, the School of Economics is PURPLE, while the International Business School is BLUE... so, hmmm. The blue chakra definitely stands for communication. So, once again, I'm blown away with awe! (By the way, the School of Law is various shades of red?)

April 22, 2012

Students discount

I would like to write on m own previous comment about students discounts. Everyone knows that students have a very hard, financial life. Therefore, the government invented the students discount we students all love. In cinema's (now not anymore..), in cinema's, theatres, etc. But I never experienced such a generosity as in Paris about students or should I say, "youngsters" discount.

Everyone untill the age of 26 will profit from a discount rate. And this is almost everywhere (90%) applicable. I will give you an example. First time sightseeing in Paris with some Parisian friends and every happening we went, my Parisian friends always ask or mentioned the students discount and funny enough there is usually always a discount. It was very shocking to me, first of all embarrasing to see my friends ask for discount all the time. They looked so pityfull and I was just not use to this kind of behaviour.
As I spent many more days I got to understand the reasons and WONDERFUL benefits for this. It is really a help to profit from these discounts. Also for EU citizens there are discounts. In the Netherlands I never experienced so much supply of discount for students.

In Paris this discount rate is for people till the age of 26. For cinema's with the students discount you  pay only 4 euro and 20 cents (dated 31 dec.2011), all museums are free entrance for EU citizens, quite a few restaurants have students prices, bars/theatres as well. My point is that Paris helps students very well. I am not sure about the other parts in France, but in Paris this is sure. Now, I do not want to bash my own country. I do believe that there must be some legit, political reasons why we do not have that much discounts for students. At the moment I cannot think of any reasons why, so I leave it up to you to argue about this. Do you feel like we should also havemore students or maybe youngsters discounts, or is it unnecessary? Or if you have any disagreements, let me know.

April 15, 2012

Comedy =)

This weeks blog is a bit off topic from business. I have been to a stand-up comedy show this friday to celebrate a friend's birthday. Well, I LOVE comedy so much that even words cannot express. There were 4 stand up comedians, and a host. I liked out of the four only one comedian, he made me continuously laugh. The others also made me laugh, but occasionally.. so that is why I gave them minus points. But overall it was funny, especially the host.

The price was a disappointment.. 17,50 .. which is not expensive.. for working people, but for students it is. If I had the money I would go every week to a comedy show for sure! I remember that when I was doing my internship in Paris (full-time job, got well-paid) I would easily spend money. Because I can afford it. I must say that THAT lifestyle was the highlight in my life. The experience of working 5 days in a week does not motivate anyone perhaps, but it is a really pay-off. Especially when going out ( and no not only clubs, but having drinks at a bar, visit museums/places, etc.) every weekend (and weekdays as well), you always have the money to spend for. (i miss this lifestyle, I will tell more on the next blog about this lifestyle, it is quite interesting)

Anyways, where I wanted to go is that now with the crisis, cut off and savings everywhere, I have to turn every coin 10 times before I want to spend it.. And now also for comedy =( It is not the first time I have been to a comedy show. I went with a big group with Groupon discount (cost 5 euros) to Boom Chicago. That was really a night full of laughter, this I definitely recommend to go (@Leidseplein), but without the Groupon discount, it is also pricy =( For me (and students) a reasonable price could be maximum 10 euro's. I hope coming months the crisis will soon be over, because I am graduating and I hope to find a good job. The motivation for doing a master I just do not have yet.

April 11, 2012

Small advice

I would like to give a small advice to students who haven’t done their internship yet. Choosing the right internship is really important, not only according to our university’s requirements, but also later in life. No, I am not talking about when applying for a job or have a good CV reference, but more about your dissertation.

Thinking back, I wish I had more time to search for a better company to do my internship. Nonetheless, I certainly do not regret my past internship. Not at all!

It all happened just way too quick and only, wish I’d had some extra time to make a decision.

Just came back from my exchange, had a blast! But then, it was back being serious for university, and time to search for internship. Well, I did start since I left for my exchange. But because there were other fun stuff to do, I neglected it a bit and was more enjoying the “good” life.

Once being back I had like a month or so until the deadline and I literally got approached by a company with an internship offer. But then this has to get accepted by university too, and the deadline was 5 days later. Stress! Thank god the internship coordinator was very cooperative and quick in his replies. And that same weekend I was in Paris, homeless :P

Luckily after 2 weeks I settled down, found a nice cozy place and actually enjoyed working fulltime (10-6PM). Then after internship it was straight chaos to dissertation topic and company and the deadlines were killing. Because of that I was left with no other choice than to pick my internship company to assign me a dissertation project.

Thinking back I wish I had given some more time to search for a dissertation company or a better internship. So even though you are still a second or first year student, and you think internship is still far away... you're wrong! (well at least in my case). Just want to remind all the students that haven't reached that stage yet, to already "look out" for internship possibilities. It's never wrong with being early instead of being late right?!

April 9, 2012

Controversy? Blasphemy?! Nope just another way of looking at it.

So how is Easter? Any luck finding a rabbit which poops eggs in bushes or anywhere in or around your house for you to find? Well I did not. So instead I have had another wonderful thinking session during work and i have gotten myself something to write about, perhaps slightly controversial or it is even considered to be blasphemy! Please do leave some comments after reading this, I would love to have discussions regarding the topics I wrote and am writing now.

Hell - Why is hell considered to be evil or frightening if those (humans mostly I think) who committed "crimes" pay for it there? Look at it this way, hell is equivalent to a prison in our realm of existence so to say. Those convicted for their wrongdoings are "the evil element" so would you not think, hell as a kind of prison, should be the "good element". In this light hell itself could be thought of as something good right? Now that you have caught my drift the same can be said about the demons/Satan residing there. Demons/Satan in this way can be considered the prison guards, keepers of the damned.

Supernaturalism/Religion - Take the gods of the ancient Greeks/romans for example. Roughly 1500-1700 years ago everything that could not be explained or controlled by man themselves was believed to be caused by something supernatural. Because mankind at that time could not comprehend that what occurred around them; violent storms at sea, volcanic eruptions, drought etc. They imagined a multiple gods were the ones responsible. A higher being or form of existence and these beings always had to be an embodiment of man or had to look like one. This type of god is similar to other western style religions. The reason therefor that I can think of is that it is the only thing humans can relate to and if it looked like a human then it would be more believable in converting the populace for example. A god that looks like us surely is capable to feel, care and punish us would it not? But to get back to my point, nowadays people still believe that which has been explained/scientifically proven by humans themselves, is still the work of a god or gods. Does that make sense? Or is religion only used as a tool to bring people together for a common cause?
Oh funny think BTW, a preacher walked up on me a couple of weeks ago and started her wonderful story why I should believe in it. While she was at it I contradicted her on everything she said, simply because it did not make sense at all. I even wonder how many of them have actually read the bible in its entirety. She said one thing that was very interesting; in a 1000 years time everything on the planet will be peaceful. So I said to her why did this not happen a 1000 years ago from beginning of their religions existence so we do not have to live in this war torn world. She just stared at me and moved on to another topic and eventually got so stressed and possibly even mad with me she just left. At a certain point she even started to doubt herself.

Death - That what happens to us emotionally when death or the passing of something occurs is quite fascinating. Why? Because it always involves the amount of value you give for a person or natural, supernatural or metaphysical form of existence. That which each individual hold dear or is close with it; pets, friends, the Eiffel tower etc. have such a great impact on them upon its passing. However when someone, a beggar for example or something an individual feels no attachment towards dies or passes in time, they could feel sorry or sad and that would only be temporarily that it.
Speaking about death, I do not understand the fear most of us have for it. Death in itself is painless, it is only an instant and after that the physical body is not capable of feeling a thing after being declared death. Instant death is a very good example or decapitation. On the contrary it is life itself that makes you experience pain, both physical and emotional. It is then the fear of knowing that something could happen to you what might get you killed and/or the possibility that it may be so that is painful or to any other living creature.
To make the concept of death more bearable, if you were to look out for any dangers that might come across you, you will not be living your life to the fullest and that would be a damn shame. Instead come to accept it, or do not to think of it at all. Word of caution; just don't be reckless.

Here is some food for thought for yah and happy Easter!