Friday, March 10, 2006

Return of le blogger

I haven't blogged in a long time. I've been very busy studying for the GMAT and finishing my MBA applications. Ok, not really. So what have I been doing during the past three months?

In December, I tried to enjoy Paris as much as I could. Although I had a nice spacious appartment in the 14th near Denfert Rochereau, the hectic workload in the fall term prevented me from fully appreciating the Parisian life. So with the free time, I scoured the city looking for cool shops, bars and restaurants, and threw a couple house parties.

The first one was to celebrate the end of our term. About 50 of our classmates showed up, fortunately coming and leaving at different times. By the end of the night, my roommate and I had so much leftover food that the last twelve people remaining parted with a baguette. I guess I should've paid more attention to my supply chain management class. But in fairness to me, this party was organized in less than 24 hours as the class reps were unable to book a good and affordable restaurant for all of us.

For the second party, my friend Christine and I hosted a Christmas potluck dinner for the 20 people who didn't go home for the holidays. I prepared the roast beef (turkey was too expensive), while Christine handled the rest. In other words, she did practically everything, including baking a delightful pumpkin pie.

After celebrating a rather uneventful New Year's in Paris, I spent the first week of January moving for the fifth time in two years. It was such a long and an unpleasant experience. I made at least 6 trips on the subway lugging my stuff all over Paris.

Once that was done, I managed to squeeze in a trip to London to see my newborn niece, Sara, before my flight to Japan. She's gonna be a cutie - half Taiwanese, half Mexican. Too bad my brother is moving to Abu Dhabi. I would've loved bringing Sara around London. At least I'll be spared the hassle of responding to all the flattering remarks from British women. Can you imagine the number of times I would have to point out, for factual purposes, that I'm her single uncle?

As I mentioned a few months ago, I'm now in Japan as an exchange student at Keio Business School. Life in Japan has been phenomenal. More on that later. In the meantime, I'll have to decide in the next few hours whether I go all out with the boys again taking the first subway train back the next morning, or join them for a few drinks and hop on the last train. Yet another stressful and difficult situation. Fortunately my MBA education has trained me very well.