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John Brennan, The Next Three Days (2010)

Our Lives are defined by moments, 
especially the ones we never see coming.

-- John Brennan, The Next Three Days (2010)

Alex Hitchens, Hitch (2005)

Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.

-- Alex Hitchens, Hitch (2005)

Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady (2011)

"It used to be about trying to do something. Now it's about trying to be someone." 
-- Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady (2011)

My wish for you

I went to Idaho for Thanksgiving weekend (Nov 29 - Dec 1 2013), and on my way back, I found a coffee cup that I really liked because of the words written on it. I almost bought it for someone who loves coffee and drinks coffee every morning, but decided not to. I took a picture of it, and thought I would build something creative with the same words to give to that person. I have been holding back on a lot of things for this person, so I wanted to give them at least this:

This is my wish for you:  Smiles when sadness intrudes Comfort on difficult days Rainbows to follow the clouds Hugs when spirits sag Sunsets to warm your heart Laughter to kiss your lips Friendships to brighten your being Beauty for your eyes to see Faith so that you can believe Confidence for when you doubt Patience to accept the truth Courage to know yourself  Love to complete your life

Why Complicate Life?

Missing somebody? ...Call 
Wanna meet up? ... Invite
Wanna be understood? ...Explain 
Have questions? ...Ask 
Don't like something? ...Say it 
Like something? ...State it 
Want something? ...Ask for it 
Love someone? ...Tell it 

We just have one life, keep it simple!

Dance Performance: Latin Hip Hop Fusion & Belly Dance Hip Hop Fusion (Dance Videos from College)

I try not to have too many regrets, but I regret not doing all the dance courses to fulfill a dance minor during my undergraduate. I am still proud of doing my Bachelor's degree in only two years, but some extra hours with dance courses could have led to a dance minor. 

However, I did take a few classes, and of the classes was very interesting. You learn dance technique and movements, and theory, but most of the class is every student choreographing a song, and then we had a student show at the end of semester to showcase all the student dances. It was free for all on type of dance, song, costume, etc. It was a full stage production that included lighting and doing the show three times between Friday night and Saturday. 

For my piece, I did a combination of salsa and hip hop with 6 people. The song kept going back and forth from salsa and hip hop and I called it 'Mosaic'. Check it out below. 

My classmate did something similar with it starting with hip hop, and then leading i…

I Have A Dream...

Today's is the 50 years anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Here is the complete speech that was given by him on August 28, 1963 (script and video):

Quotes by him
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Top 10 Management Tools by Bain & Company

I learned about a lot of business tools in MBA school that I am always trying to apply in real life. Also, I always am looking for creative ways to utilize the tools, and searching for more. I came across this great tool by Bain & Company that lists Top 10 Management Tools by year. I believe these are ranked based on surveys performed with organizations about top priorities of the year. It's very interesting to see trends in these tools, along with how new ones are added, and old ones eliminated from top priorities. For example, Employee Engagement and Supply Chain Management emerged in 2012, while all others have been present since 2000. Each tool also provides some great resourceful information. 

Top 10 Management Tools:
2012 Top 10 Management Tools by Ranking: 1) Strategic Planning 2) CRM
3) Employee Engagement Survey  4) Benchmarking 5) Balanced Scorecard 6) Core Competencies 7) Outsourcing 8) Change Management  9) Suppl…

15 Timeless Work Habits for Career Success

Great blog post by Dan McCarthy on 15 Timeless Work Habits for Career Success.

15 Habits 
1. Be on time. While it may sounds pretty basic (like don’t chew gum during an interview), I was in my 40s before I finally learned the importance of this work habit the hard way. Being on time isn’t just for important clients or your boss – it’s a way to show respect (or disrespect) for everyone2. Be nice to people. Or, at least just don’t be a jerk. Not selectively nice, but consistently nice to everyone. Working with jerks is probably the thing that people hate about their jobs the most. Don’t be one of those people, and you’ll have a long and satisfying career. Being easy to work with can make up for a lot of other shortcomings. 
3. Don’t trash your boss or co-workers. Always assume whatever you say about someone will get back to them at some point. See #2 – say nice things behind their backs. When someone is gossiping about someone else, assume they are gossiping about you too. 4. Relationship…

Learn from Dogs

I use to see Qtip and Tikal only on weekends before, and now I see them everyday, and it's amazing that I failed to express my appreciation until today. I recognize how amazing they are, but have and will always find a stronger appreciation for little things they do. 

Normal routine is I come home, and the dogs spend 5 mins barking at me, smelling me, licking me, asking me to pet them, etc. A lot of times, I brush it off and it's over after 5 mins. What's amazing is that you come home after a crazy day at work, or a bad day, or whatever, and these dogs welcome you with so much love, excitement, appreciation, you name it! 
They have so much energy, and it's like they love you so much and haven't seen you in years and are so excited that you have come home to them. It's the same genuine and amazing feeling everyday - it never gets old! Qtip specially does  this, where she will keep asking you to pet her, she will play with you, come sit in your lap, and pour out al…

Quit Early, Quit Often

Great speech by Professor Deepak Malhotra to Harvard 2012 MBA Graduates about Quiting Early and Quiting Often.

Ted Talk: Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of Awesome

Created a blog/site called 1,000 awesome things to talk about simple universal pleasures that we love, but don't talk about in response to going through hard time in life. 

3 A's of Awesome
1) Attitude: always have two choices: 1) whirl, twirl, gloom and feel bad 2) grief, and look towards future with sober eyes
2) Awareness: seeing the world for 1st time like a kid, who are fascinated with everything they see
3) Authenticity: being you and being cool with that; following your heart, doing stuff you enjoy, talking to people you like talking to; feeling fulfilled 

Book by him: The Book of Awesome

Bane, The Dark Knight (2012)

"Oh, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man; by then it was nothing to me, but blinding!" 
-- Bane, The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo (2011)

All you need is twenty seconds of insane courage and I promise you something great will come of it.
-- Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo (2011)


Writing objective statements is very critical in business. For most projects and tasks I work on, I always start with one of the following: 
1) Overview 
2) Summary 
3) Objective 
4) Goal 

This helps me set an outlook for the project or task, and makes it easier to be strategic and develop a plan. Here are some key things I researched about writing objective statements: 

Goal: A statement that describes in broad terms what you are going to achieve 

Objective: A statement in specific and measurable terms that describes what you intend to achieve 

Objective Elements: 
1) statement of conditions 
2) designation of who is performing the activity 
 3) use action verbs that indicate observable activity 
4) specification of deliverable (outcome) 
5) specification of standard or criterion for expected and acceptable performance 

Time Bound 

KISS - Keep it simple, specific 

Who? What? Under what circumstance? How will it be measured? 

Purpose: scope and quality …

Mindset and Constant Reinvention

1) Mindset - you have to have the mindset to believe that you can do something 
2) Constant Reinvention - companies and individuals go through constant reinvention to stay competitive

New Chapter in Career - Safeway

One of my goals for my career was to work for a large (Fortune 100) corporation in Bay Area. As I was leaving Evolve, I decided to look for positions at large corporations, and I landed a position at Safeway. 

Safeway is headquartered in Pleasanton, CA (where I work) and is a Fortune 100 retail company -- ranked #62 in the 2013 Fortune 100 list. I never thought I would work for a retail company, I am into technology based venues. Fortunately, my role is dedicated to the IT department at Safeway (+1400 strong), which covers my technology requirement. 

Every other person I meet at Safeway has been working there for 10,20,30.. years at all levels. A lot of senior management / leaders started off as clerks in the store and moved their way up. It's very comforting to know that people love the company so much to stay there for a long time. 

I joined as part of the Corporate Communications group. The Corporate Communications consists of of multiple teams, and I am the dedicated IT Communica…

Evolve Discovery 2010 - 2013

This month, I ended my journey with Evolve Discovery. I started working as the Associate Director of Marketing in 2010, and left as the Director of Corporate Development in 2013. It has been an amazing experience. I have been very fortunate to be part of the Evolve Discovery team and will miss it very much!

My glassdoor review of Evolve Discovery (pending post):

Evolve Discovery is great company to work for. I worked there for 3 years, and it has been a very pleasant experience. When I first started, I was just responsible for managing the marketing department, but was quickly immersed into the culture and given the opportunity to work directly with executives on global business needs and requirements.   Even though it is an intense environment, I see myself and lot of other people thrive in it. There is very close knit culture amongst people. 

When I started, there were only less than 50 people. The Evolve team is now 150+ strong in about 3 years.  The team is composed of a lot of diffe…

Quotes / Saying - Comforting

Again, as I am going through the anxiety of this thing I really want, I keep reminding myself of all the quotes, sayings, etc. I have learned to keep myself grounded:
Another one to remember as I am going through this phase of really wanting something and getting close to it: Expect the best, Prepare for the worst.
One of the best books I have read is The Alchemist  by Paulo Coelho. I also read Eleven Minutes by him. I came across a lot of good quotes from him:
When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.
The wise are wise only because they love.
When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide wh…


In the past weeks2 , I have been really wanting something. I got 2 steps close  to it. I have been disparately  hoping for the next step with the following quote in mind. 

These are the different version I have heard it in:

"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." - Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist) 

"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen" - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Agar tum kisi cheez ko sacchay dill se chaaho toh saari kaainaat tumhein usse milaane ke liye jutt jaati hai.... when u dearly love someone or u just want something to happen the whole universe comes together for it to happen the way u want" - Om Shanti Om 

Today, I got the good news that I have moved on to the next step as I was writing this. I strongly want this with all my heart and I hope that I achieve this one.

House Offer

Today is a very important day. I put an offer on a condo in San Bruno. I hope my offer gets accepted at list price.


There is a new trend for infographics. I find the idea of infographics very fascinating. 

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of informationdata or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.[1][2] They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends.[3][4] The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualizationinformation design, or information architecture.[2]
I have always enjoyed graphic design and learned so much of it myself because of the passion I have for it. I have also always been gravitated towards education and learning. Infographics combines these two items. As a new hobby, I am going to start creating infographics on things I have learned and things I want to learn. 


Music has always been a big part of my life. I always enjoyed listening to music, dancing, enjoying dance / singing shows, and playing an instrument. 

I played the violin for many many years, and I regret not continuing to play it and keeping up with knowing how to read music notes, understanding notes and playing an instrument. 
In effort to pick up on my hobby again, and continuing my passion for music, I bought a keyboard and I am learning how to play the keyboard. I am very excited to re-learn the amazing skill and look very forward to being able learn how to read and play music and two instruments: keyboard and violin.
Now, I just have to figure out a plan on how to start dancing again. 

Music's the medicine of the mind.  ~John A. Logan 
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.  ~Victor Hugo

Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year - 2013 

I gave my self a gift for New Years 2013:

Beautiful and colorful inspire calendar with wisdom and inspiration quote for each month Book: What I Know Now About Success: Letters from Extraordinary Women to Their Younger SelvesGreeting Card: Life is full of little moments, enjoy them. For the new years resolution, I wrote a letter to myself in the greeting card to read throughout the year.