Meeting and Finding My Unofficial Mentor

“If there was one thing you could walk away with from this presentation, it is to get a mentor. If you’re a woman, I encourage you to get a female mentor because she will have a better understanding what you’d have to go through,” he said.

N. Holt stood 6 feet tall, about 160 pounds (I think) and probably in his early 50s or late 40s. He had dashes of grey hair and wore a pair of thinly framed eyeglasses. He wore a black suit with a white shirt and a tie. His voice was low pitched and he had no apparent accent.

We clapped. A lot of people raised their hands to ask questions. I wanted to ask one too so I could impress him.

“Are you single?”

No, I did not ask that. I asked another one which was probably the stupidest question I ever asked. There was that saying “There is no such thing as a stupid question,” and whoever said it needs to hear my question.

After N. Holt, one of the leaders of the Sales Department at Viacom ended his presentation, I skipped back to my Director’s office to tell him how amazing it was. I immediately took Mr. Holt advice and attempted to get a mentor. It was hard. I was 25 years old. I didn’t even think I really needed an official mentor. Don’t we just work hard at our job, be likeable, learn on the job, reflect on what we’ve learned, have a pool of relationships, apply to higher position or higher paid jobs and call it a life?

Later, I learned, through another Viacom hosted career presentation, that it is best Continue reading…

Update – Soft launch of TIFFYUN.COM

After several years of being content with tiffyun.wordpress.com, I finally re-purchased the domain of tiffyun.com. My excuse for not renewing the domain when it was expiring was that I couldn’t justify the payment without any revenue from my blog. Excuses, excuses.

This time, I set up Google Ad Sense, waiting to get approved.

I am committed to regularly writing posts and posting them on the World Wide Web. Hold on tight because you will experience a handful of bizarre, outrageous, entertaining and socially responsible posts.

Fighting AMEX’s Refusal for Credit

AMEX refused to issue a credit for one of their promotions. I refused to take no for an answer.

A while ago, American Express was doing a promotion on their Twitter account to influence people to make purchases at Best Buy with their AMEX credit card. The promotion value was a $25 credit. My sweet, hard-working, college student, brother was saving up his money to purchase a new laptop to replace his ancient one. Naturally, he decided to take up this promotional offer. All he had to do was tweet to the American Express twitter account and link his credit card when making the purchase at Best Buy. A few days later, he received a message from American Express telling him that they cannot honor the promotion because they have exceeded the offer limit. However, this was not mentioned in the promotion rules. I told him to make a phone call to American Express’s customer service whom I believed would graciously give him the promotion offer.

Fighting through Phone Calls to AMEX

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Advice To 31 Year Old Self

About 4 years ago, I wrote my advice to my 27 year old self.  The other day, I was reviewing it to see if there was anything I disagreed with my 27 year old self and concluded with “No.” For fun, and because I recently turned 31, I wrote a piece on to 31 Year Old Self.

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  1. Girl, get real.  You cannot drink as much as you did compared to your early 20s, nor can you stay up too late too many nights in a row. Enjoy the routine life, enjoy getting up early in the morning and going to sleep before midnight or even 11 p.m., or maybe even 10 p.m.
  2. There are assholes in this world. You really don’t need to be kind to them. What you do is take a brick and throw it at them. Ok, fine, be kind to them. Ugh.
  3. You cannot control everything so relax, enjoy every moment, especially the present.
  4. Life is way, way, way too short. Do you know exactly when you are going to die? Do you know exactly when your closed ones are going to die? No.  Continue reading…

Disappointed at Jackie (2016 Film)

Recently, I re-visited my adolescence obsession over the JFK assassination. Maybe it was because in high school, I had written a thesis paper on who I thought had killed President Kennedy. Maybe it was because of my mother’s fond comments of JFK Jr., who at the age of only 3, saluted his deceased father as his casket passed by him. Maybe it was the strong sympathy I felt for the Kennedy family when I learned of their subsequent tragedies: that his brother, “Bobby” Kennedy was later also assassinated, that his son, JFK Jr., and his wife died in a plane crash, and that widow, Jackie, died of cancer at the age of 64. When the movie, Jackie was released, I was reading two books written by Clint Hill, the secret service agent assigned to protect Jackie and the agent who threw himself over President Kennedy and Jackie after the first gunshot was fired. After watching the film, I was incredibly disappointed because of the horrible job it did. It failed to portray the charming, elegant yet strong Jackie; it had a list of historic inaccuracies which didn’t even enhance the movie; and it made a poor decision by not including scenes of emotional significance.

For those of you who want to learn more about Mrs. Kennedy, and I call her Mrs. Kennedy instead of Mrs. Onassis because the stories were when she was JFK’s wife, I encourage you to read Mrs. Kennedy and Me as well as Five Days in November, both written by Agent Clint Hill.

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The movie, Jackie sucked. Jackie, played by Natalie Portman, was not Jackie. She had little charisma, First Lady presence, and strength. This was the First Lady who managed to charm the President of France, President de Gaulle, the leader who was notoriously known for being not so easy-going. Jackie used her fluency in French and her deep knowledge of the country (she had studied there during college) that helped build a positive relationship between President Kennedy and President de Gaulle. She was the woman whom JFK had joked in speeches that he was honored to be accompanying her on trips.

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China’s One Child Policy and JFK’s Death

One decision cost a country its leader’s life. One decision left a country with damages that will take decades to undo.

“It’s unsafe. It’s open space.”

“It’ll be good for publicity.”

“We won’t be able to adequately protect him.”

“We’ll have motorcades. We’ll have patrolmen in the front and back.”

“Someone can still shoot in this open space.”

“The limousine has no top.”

“He and the Governor will be closer to the crowd. Political overtone.”

He was the first Chairman of the Communist Party of China, Chairman Mao. Continue reading…