I went to Career Conference last month (Sept 24) because my class was cancelled. Lol! Why it has been canceled? Cuz almost 90% of my classmates were going to the conference as some of them are graduating in this December. I am not a degree seeker here and I can't get a job here. I didn't bring my resume as I know it would be useless because I can't work in my period of staying in the US. However, I have thought of getting a job here in the future. I was wondering if Deloitte and Touche were there, it would be great! As I used to work in Deloitte Malaysia for about 4months before I came to USA!!

Career Conference here is just like Career Fair in TARC. After a glance in Zorn Arena. There are only 2 companies that I know! The first one that I talked with was Allianz, an insurance company. My car insurance and life insurance are from Allianz. So I know about it pretty well. They are hiring people from UWEC and there are a lot of UWEC students who work there for internships and permanent jobs.

I went to Ernst and Young (EY) booth and asked them about job opportunity for me, a Malaysian who wants to work in USA. Well, in order to work in EY USA, I have 3 options. The first one is going to EY Malaysia and apply for Global Exchange Program in EY. The second one is getting a degree from UWEC and joining the alumni program. The third option is go through the interviews in EY and if you got accepted, they will prepare all the Working Permit and stuff for you. Well, the next day I told that to one of my classmates. He used to work in EY Minneapolis this summer. I just realized that I was talking to EY Partner in the career fair.

I got some souvenir from EY booth. A highlighter and a pen. Guess what?! I didn't know until last week.... the pen is actually from EY Malaysia. Picture will be attached!! Perhaps the labor cost in Malaysia is cheaper and they imported the stationery from Malaysia.


Please refer to my website. These are all my favorite bars in Eau Claire. It's actually pretty near to UWEC. I have to walk down the hill, cross over the footbridge, and 2 blocks away it is Water Street. Why Water? Cuz here is Eau Claire!! Eau Claire means clear water in French!!

Frankly speaking, I am not a big fan of clubbing when I was in Malaysia. However, I go to the bars here almost every week since the Fall semester starts. Cuz... I love dancing!! There is no cover fees charge in the bars on Water Street. That's the reason I go there often!

At the first few weeks, I used to go to Aaron's house for house party on every Friday night. Aaron is a Malaysian... a "karat kaki"... Anyway, there is no more party in his house recently cuz last month he got a big ticket as having a party to underage students. A lot of students got underage drinking tickets too. Underage drinking ticket in Wisconsin costs $260, and for the owner of the house party, it is $460. That's a lot!!!!

Someone might say going to the bars is not a good habit! For me, Hanging out with friends in the bars is actually the best way to socialize and make more friends. She-Nans is one of the bars that I go almost every weekend. I like the dance floor!! It's better than the Brats as they have stages where you can dance on it!

I have been really busy in enjoying everything right here until I got no time to update my blog.
I have tons of pictures in my laptop until its memory is full and I got a brand new 640GB external hard drive here, can you imagine that? Also, I got a new Macbook here too!

LOL... at the first few weeks here, some people called me CREEPER as I took a lot of pictures.
Recently, I seldom take pictures as everything is not really new to me now. I got used to everything here and I started to miss my home in Malaysia!! Especially Malaysian Foods and of course my mom's food.

Everything goes fine right here and I am taking 4 classes with 13 credits here.

1. ACCT 425 Ethics in Accounting
2. MKTG 338 Marketing Analytics and Technology
3. US Culture and Institutions
4. Basic Japanese 101

For the 1st subject, my classmates are all senior or supersenior, it is a level four class. We sit in a group at Hormel Lab room. The room is freaking advance with technology. Every table has a big LCD screen sticked on the wall. 43inches LCD Flat screen. Our professor, Dr. Miller (CPA) conducts a lecture with his powerpoint slides up in the screens. It is a every nice way to teach! The class is not so big and we have 23 students. The course talks about Ethics!! I will take ACCA P1 paper when I got back to Malaysia. So, this is the reason I choose for this subject. Integrity is all about doing something right even nobody is watching. I learned about Kohlberg's, Rest's, DIT, DIRR so far. Hopefully it is same as the syllabus in ACCA P1 Professional Accountant.

For the 2nd subject, it is really a fantastic subject that I couldn't find in Malaysia. The subject is for Marketing Major. I am actually Accounting major but I am really interested in this subject!!! It is all about how a marketer runs his analytics with the aid of technology! It is undeniable that the United States is a developed country and it's well-known with its high tech system! Bill Gates is from USA... At the first weeks, I learned about Adobe Photoshop!! I am really happy with that because I still remember my friend refused to teach me how to use Photoshop in college. And now, I know how to use it but not really pro as I just have one week lesson. Next assignment was Dreamweaver! Dreamweaver is all about Webpage development. I struggled badly for my dreamweaver assignment! I asked my friends in TARC who are marketing major, they had dreamweaver assignment before but it was a semester project. They have 3 months time to complete it. For me, I have only a week!! The lesson was ended at Friday and I have to turn it in on next Monday, not really a week actually! I tried my best and used some flash knowledge that I learned when I was a beginner blogger. I made it perfect and I got 50/50 for the assignment.

The webpage is http://people.uwec.edu/taneh (My initial= TanEH)

For the third subject, it is US Culture and I gotta learn about the ways US people do and their histories, their attitudes, values and so on. It is a great class which I don't have pressure at all.

For the forth subject, Japanese 101. I am a newbie for Japanese Language now. Just for now, I know how to write Hiragana and Katakana. I have some Japanese friends here and I am an officer in Japanese Culture Society. (http://www.jcsec.org/) I am treasurer in JCS!!
Recently, we had an International Folk Fair right in UWEC. I was treated as a traitor! OMG! A lot of Malaysians called me so. WTF!! I am not! I love Malaysia.. I am treasurer in JCS and I have to take care of the money and stuff in JCS. So I was the one who takes order and collect money as a cashier in Japan Group during the International Folk Fair. I was the cashier for the first two hours in Japan Group. After that, someone took over my place and I was able to join the Malaysian Traditional Dance in Malaysia's booth downstair. Luckily I went there on time and the traditional dance was published as the headline in the local University press. I am not a traitor as I went to all the meetings in Malaysian group and I helped them up in decoration and stuff. I was one of the representatives in Malaysia group. My name was written in the folk fair application form too and I got the email from the key personnel in regard of any updates and claims. So, I am not country traitor!! lol... (why need to explain so much... if I am not means I am not... do come clean as what I learned in Ethics in Accounting)

Well, being an officer in Japanese Culture Society is so fun!! It would be great if I could have a job on campus. I can't have a job though, because of the rules restricted as a UGRADer. Having a job here would be nice and I am sure it can improve my English and make more friends....

Time does fly, doesn't it?

I am in the United States for almost 4 months for Summer and Fall semesters.
I did a lot of travel in Summer and prior of the Fall semester.
I went to a couple of places in USA.
In July, I went to Minnesota, Illinois (Chicago) and of course the nice places around in Wisconsin. I would say the country name instead of the city name because they are a lot of cities that I have been to.

In August, our summer program has ended but UGRAD students had to go for a bridging course before Fall semester starts. However, I proposed a plan to everyone, just 5 of us (Plus a China girl), to travel to California. We did a great job in discussing the learning hours with our Professor and made this plan to a success. 2hours class per day became 3hours. We managed to stay in Los Angeles for a week!!

In Los Angeles, it was the best trip that I ever had. Before we went there, I was expecting to make the trip perfect as we got the break from Professor and we have to attend the class a little bit longer each day. I was crazy in searching for places, looking for recommendations online. I borrowed Los Angeles Travel Guide from my University library for that. I was pretty serious about it, wasn't I?

We met great people in Los Angeles and it made our trip cost much cheaper that it was. They are Saintsan's Uncle, Saintsan's Uncle's friend (Mr. Cornel), and their family.

We went to Anaheim Disneyland and California Adventure Park at the first day. We booked two nights in a hotel in Anaheim, Orange County. The interest thing part was I got premium Disneyland and Hopper park tickets for only 50bucks!! I got it from eBay. The ticket was great as we can use it to reserve a ride.

Besides Disneyland and California Adventure Park, we went to Universal Studios Hollywood on the second day. We spent our whole day there. I bought a discount coupon from eBay too! I got 18bucks off from each tickets. We paid for 51bucks instead of 69bucks. The best thing was the coupon can be used by anyone, you need not to be a Californian in order to use the ticket! It was great!! That was my little intelligence!! We saved a lot!!

The third day, we went to Downtown Los Angeles! That day was a free day! We planned it ourselves and I made my step to Staples Center, LA (Lakers Home Stadium). It was a great timing!! We reach there about 10am and there was an event there. I joined the 3points shoot-out competition and I got a new nickname called TOKYO GUY there. I made a great first shot and the DJ kept praising on me. It made everyone knows who is TOKYO GUY and after the game, a lot of people called me TOKYO GUY when I was walking around in Staples Center.

After Staples Center, we went to Hall of Fame, Hollywood, ThaiTown, ChinaTown, MexicanTown, Disney theatre, and other places that we could reach by Subway.

We went to Getty Museum and Santa Monica Beach on the next day. We walked around Santa Monica beach and did some shopping at Third Street Promenade. Thanks so much to Uncle Cornel who brought us to all those places. In LA, you need a car in order to go to such fantastic places. To get there by bus, you will spend half of you day in LA!! By cab, it will be freaking expensive!!

A brainwave was suggested by Uncle Cornel. "I would strongly recommend you guys to go to Las Vegas while you are in Los Angeles! It was just 4hours drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by car." If we were unable to book a bus ticket, Uncle Cornel would drive us there, he said! We booked our hotel the day before and the bus tickets 2days before. (When we were in Universal Studios)

It was totally exceeded my expectations and my desires. My utilities have been fulfilled freakingly!! I didn't expect we would happen stepping in Las Vegas! By taking the bus to Vegas, it was a bus company operated by Chinese. 90% of the passengers are Chinese. I was just like in Hong Kong or a bus to Genting in Kuala Lumpur. What the heck... everyone was talking in Cantonese!! Some old folks, aunties and uncles were gossiping about the latest entertainment news in HongKong. I couldn't believe my eyes!! I sat with a chinese girl, named Lisa and we talked with each other in Chinese too. We have had a fun time in Vegas.

Accidentally, some unexpected incident happened in Vegas. The personnel in the bus told us that if we happened in The Venetian Las Vegas, we would get a 50USD gambling voucher, provided that you are 21 years and above. Without hesitation, I raised my hand and we were gonna hit The Venetian as our first station!! Why I said it was unexpected incident? It was really great to me as my favorite place in Macao is The Venetian!! I have been to Macao 2 years ago with my parents and my brother. I like that place very much!! It is so beautiful!! The Venetian Vegas is the same as Macao, just Macao is the newest one.

To be frank, I know how to gamble and I sneaked into the casino in Genting Highlands, Malaysia a couple of times. I went to the casinos in Macao too. Sneaking into casinos in Malaysia because I was not at legal age yet!! I turned 21years old in the United States and I made my visit to Vegas when I was 21years old and 1 month!!! It would be a fantastic memory for me forever!!!

I like to play baccarat and blackjack in Malaysia. Anyway, in Las Vegas, you would hardly find a small table with trends and records computer board in Baccarat. So, I made up my mind and decided to play just blackjack!! They have a lot of blackjack tables as compared to Genting Highlands and Macao. I won about 300+ USD around 2-3am in the morning. It was a lot!!! But my friend and I decided to keep gambling and visiting all the casinos in Vegas. We gambled till 5am in the morning and we got nothing left!! We didn't lose nor win!! We bought ourselves some drink in casinos with the winnings.

The next day, my hands were so "itchy" and my greedy devil told me to play before heading back to Los Angeles. I lost 100bucks in just 30minutes. I was so depressed and felt so blue. An hour before the bus came, I was trying to fight back and yes I made it! I turned 100usd to 300usd in just 15minutes in a blackjack table. My stakes were higher than everyone in the table. My highest stake was 60usd and I got a blackjack! That was why the turnover was so fast!! I won back my capital and the another 100bucks was my friend because we were sharing 50-50 of the capital.

Forget to talk about the hotel. The hotel rate in Vegas is freaking cheap! 70usd a night and I could get a double bedroom in Flamingo Hotel Casino. I paid for the freaking retarded hotel at Anaheim for 60bucks per night! I am willing to pay extra 10bucks for a higher class hotel in Vegas.

After we went back to Los Angeles, we had a great dinner (well, actually we did almost everyday in LA) with Uncle Cornel. The last dinner was our turn to treat Uncle Cornel as he treated us to lunch/dinner/supper and be our tour guide for those few days. He is really a great tour guide, if he were not a CAD designer, he would be the best tour guide in the States and Thailand too. (He likes to go to Thailand, he visits there almost twice a year)

3 and half hours flight from CA to WI. Say bye to California!! I like California so much!! If I would have to choose where to migrate to (in USA), my first choice will be in California. They have 6-8 Chinatowns (HongKong, Taiwan, China) and my mom is able to communicate with them!! She can speak Taiwanese with them too!!!

To all my fellow friends and my lovely blog visitors from all around the World,

Time does fly, doesn't it? I am in the United States for almost 4 months already.

Just so you know, UGRAD is up for applying!!

Does anyone want a paid vacation or paid learning opportunity in the United States? It's the time to apply now.

You guys will be in the third batch!! The program is still new... Don't forgo this golden opportunity!

The due date is November 30, 2009. Still one and half months to go... pretty long!! You guys can write a better Personal Statement than I did last year.

If my memory serves me well.... Last year the due date was on December 26.
I got to know the application 3days prior to the dateline. So, I only have 3 days to complete my application forms and stuff.

There you go....

(same procedures same questions as last year!! you guys will know how amazing I was in completing all those in 3days time. I still managed to celebrate Christmas in Genting Highlands with friends.. )

No.NameHost InstitutionsFieldDuration
Ms. Ooi Li HsienMinnesota State UniversityTESL1 year (Fall intake)
Mr. Wong Yeong RuJackson State UniversityPsychology1 year (Fall intake)
Mr. Chong Tze LunUniversity of Alabama in HuntsvilleMarketing1 year (Fall intake)
Mr. Yeong Song BorNorth Central UniversityActuarial Science6 months (Fall intake)
Mr. Tan Eng HwaUniversity of Wisconsin, Eau ClaireAccounting and Finance6 months (Fall intake)
Mr. Thamilarasan RamalingamMontana State UniversityElectronics Engineering6 months (Fall intake)
Ms. Lim Keng LiSt. Cloud State UniversityInternational Business6 months (Spring intake)
Mr. Lim Gin SengUniversity of Southern IndianaAccounting6 months (Spring intake)
Mr. Tan Poh SuanNazareth CollegeInternational Business6 months (Spring intake)

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A Chinese-Malaysian who knows how to speak 6 languages. He went to Las Vegas when he turned 21 years old in the United States. Eau Claire Wisconsin is his another home in the USA. He looks forward to knowing more people and making more friends from all around the world!!!

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