2015年11月7日星期六

加州一周游记

2015年7月15到21日,我在加州正好待了一周时间。今天已经是24日,回到多伦多已经三天了,心好像还留在加州,或许是时候写点心得,作为对这段难忘旅程的一点回忆吧。

其实1998年我就已经去过加州洛杉矶,见过父亲很久前介绍过的一位朋友(应该算是我的阿姨辈),那时候她好像在一间大学的药剂实验室工作,谈过什么都忘记了。唯一的印象就是飞机从海上进入洛杉矶机场的过程中,晚霞下洛杉矶的万家灯火,从飞机的窗口望出去,布满了全部的天际线,从未感觉城市可以如此无边无际,从空中俯览那辉煌的灯光,竟有太空归来的感觉。

这次从多伦多飞到洛杉矶,由于时差的关系,早上6点多起飞,8点多抵达,感觉竟然像去一个新单位上班的第一天,起了个大早,吃完早点就开车准备去单位报到了。车是从THRIFTY公司预订的,打开GPS,设好目的地-钻石吧,显示一个小时的路程,上路了。汽车一上路,明显感觉车流的速度和路网的密度比多伦多快了很多,整个城市随着太阳的升起已经完全苏醒过来,一切都进入了高速运转之中。

我在洛杉矶住的地方-钻石吧华人比较多,其实旁边临近的另外一个城市更加有名-罗兰岗,也就10多分钟车程。洛杉矶严格上讲由许多小城镇组成,并不是其他大城市的中心-边缘结构。在这里我见到了大学睡在我上铺的兄弟,自然而亲切,大家一起聊了很多,天南海北,还一起去尔湾-充满魅力的海边小镇去逛了逛,本来想在new beach海边游泳,但是真的没有找到停车位,海边密密麻麻的车和人让我们这些异乡人感受到了无比的热浪,但是他们玩的实在是太开心了,都忘记欢迎我们这些远道而来的游客,哈哈。

两天后趁着尚未褪去的晨雾,驱车北上,直奔圣何塞,五个半小时的高速路程,把我烤了个外焦里嫩。车外是艳阳高照,车内是空调冷气,本想凉快一点,可是穿条短裤的我毫无疑问的中招了,到达圣何塞的当晚就倒下了,忽冷忽热,折腾了整整一晚,好在休息得不错,大量的喝水加上表姐送来的姜汤,终于坚持了下来。在圣何塞住的酒店位置非常有特点,就在苹果公司在建的巨型飞碟办公室-Cupertino一街之隔. 

接下来我们经过了斯坦福大学,拜访了以前的同学和好友,游览了旧金山标志性的金门大桥。 顺道在附近的小镇吃了美味的墨西哥美食,也就是传说中Steve Jobs经常去吃饭的小镇。小镇不大,但是时尚和典雅,的确是我非常喜欢的气质,充满活力和科技的味道。流连在斯坦福附近的小镇上,竟有一种时光倒流的感觉,觉得自己在这里生活工作过,一切是如此的熟悉和陌生。

应该说这些都是很好的感受,真是让我感到意外的是另外一个城市-Santa Barbara的热带湿润气候和加州其他地方的干旱,两者之间的反差实在太大,让人难以相信这种差异竟然同时存在洛杉矶到旧金山将近600公里的太平洋西海岸线上。我从北加州回洛杉矶的途中,经过Santa Barbara,住了一晚。老天好像要弥补前几天的酷热,或是想展示加州的美好与对我的挽留,竟然一路风雨,将我从圣何塞送到了Santa Barbara。我真的好感动,可谓心随我愿,让我在这个美丽的渡假胜地享受到了加州温婉柔情的一面。

平心而论,7月的加州和多伦多比起来,就天气环境而言,多伦多要好太多。 温度,湿度和水土资源,真的要好很多。加州高速公路上平均几公里就有一个路牌,写着"No water,no job!", 可见加州现在缺水到什么程度。加州的植被除了北加州湾区好点,南加州整个山基本上光秃秃的沙砾,大量的自然植被是半沙漠话的仙人掌和白化的抗旱植物。可是就是在这样的自然资源条件下,加州成为了美国最具活力,经济最为发达的地区,硅谷和好莱坞引领着全球的科技和娱乐业,人的因素才是最关键的。在如此条件下建成了花团锦簇的美丽家园真是体现了美国西部开发的勇气和精神,这才是让我们尊敬的美国精神。

一周时间,浮光掠影,都是一些个人肤浅的认识,写下来留作纪念,或许5年,10年后再次看到,能够让我再次回忆起这次美好的加州之旅。每一次旅程,都不是结束,而是新的开始。再见加州,我会回来的。

Rogers Colleagues in 2013

It was taken on Brampton,Ontario, Canada in 2013

2011年8月15日星期一

bell mobility

The colleagues in Bell Mobility

2010年1月21日星期四

What Employers Want to Hear at a Job Interview - Tips for Successful Job Interviews

For most employers the most important objective of an interview is to
verify that you are who you say you are in your resume. After all, if
they invited you for an interview – this means they like your resume.
Now it is your turn to show that you are the worker described in the
resume – the qualities, the experience, and accomplishments must all
match the face the employer sees. As Marjorie Kavanagh, president of
Panoramic Resumes has described: "I've had candidates whose faces have
gone blank when asked a question about something on their resume. When
I reference the information from their resumes, their responses have
been, "Oh, my girlfriend (insert anyone else here) wrote my resume."
Most employers don't really care who wrote the resume but if your name
is on it and you can't back it up – this may be it for you.


2.Interview is all about presentation and you are on the spot.
Interviewers will look at how you are dressed, your manners, how
confident your handshake is, eye contact, etc. Their job is to
evaluate you from a professional standpoint but also understand that
the personal impression has a huge influence. If they don't like
something about you personally, chances are they will not like you
professionally either.


3.Many employers look for signs and qualities during the interview
that cannot be put in a resume. They will analyze your critical
thinking ability, thought process, ability to handle difficult
situations, communications skills, work ethic, etc. Keep that in mind
throughout the interview.


4.There are also things that could negatively influence employer's
decision right way. If they catch you lying – you are out. Some things
may work against you in the longer run when compared to other
candidates: poor listener, inability to convey understanding of the
job, unfamiliar with the company culture, had not questions about the
job, does not fully understand the responsibilities, etc.


5.If an interviewer has specific concerns they will most likely focus
on that issue. Chances are if they like the answer, they will move on
but if they don't they will "dig deeper". Repetitive questions may
mean that they haven't received the answer they wanted to hear and
this should be a red flag that you haven't given the "right" answer.


6.Don't be nervous. It is easier said than done but it is very
important. If you are nervous, some interviewers will look for a
reason to why and their conclusions may be unfavorable to you. If you
are nervous and you are having a hard time, it is best to admit to it
and explain why you are nervous. Many professional interviewers will
relate to that and will try to help you by adjusting the atmosphere to
more casual and relaxed. Turning an interview into a conversation
(rather than question-answer session) always help. Regardless of how
nervous you are, always try to be your best professional, well
mannered, polite and communicative.


7.Always come prepared. Make sure you understand the job and the
company to the best of your ability. Do research on the Internet. Read
things like corporate mission statements and messages from the
CEO/President. This will help you understand the company culture
better. Also, come prepared with questions about the job and
responsibilities. Finally, prepare a list of things that you want the
employer to know about you and gently weave them into the
conversation.


8.For most employers it comes down to two questions: A) do you have
the skills/experience required for job? B) Will you fit into the
existing team/structure? During your interview they must have a solid
"Yes" answer for both of these questions. It is your job to convince
them of that. You should actually bring this up if the employer
doesn't explicitly cover it. Employers will listen carefully to you
explaining why you think you have the skills for the job or how you
would fit in. These are two questions that ALL interviewers are
guaranteed to have on their mind.


9.Don't expect all interviews to be the same. Keep in mind that each
job has different requirements, each company's culture is different
and finally, interviewers are different people, too. It is impossible
to foresee all possible questions but the best way to prepare is
always by researching the position. "What are the requirements? Do you
have the technical, transferable, and adaptive skills required?
Research the company. Is it a company for which you'd like to work?
Are you motivated to do the job? And know yourself. What are your
strengths and weaknesses?" –Having answers in mind to these questions,
as recommended by Bob McIntosh - an experienced innovative career
trainer, is the best way to prepare.


10.Listen carefully to questions asked and respond accordingly. Many
employers rate job candidates on their ability to listen. "Too many
candidates have their own agendas. They barely listen to what's being
said, don't answer the question, then go back to their own agenda -
what they want from the position. Individuals who have a sense of
entitlement, either to the job or perks, don't go far. I'm interested
in what the candidate can bring to the position." Says Darlene
Zambruski, Managing Editor at ResumeEdge.com.

2010年1月14日星期四

Where Is The Love

"Where Is The Love?"

What's wrong with the world, mama
People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

It just ain't the same, always unchanged
New days are strange, is the world insane
If love and peace is so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations droppin' bombs
Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones
With ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone
So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin'
in
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover
The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the love, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love, the love, the love?

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' our wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead of spreading love we're spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found
Now ask yourself

Where is the love?
Where is the love?
Where is the love?
Where is the love?

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love?

Sing wit me y'all:
One world, one world (We only got)
One world, one world (That's all we got)
One world, one world
And something's wrong wit it (Yeah)
Something's wrong wit it (Yeah)
Something's wrong wit the wo-wo-world, yeah
We only got
(One world, one world)
That's all we got
(One world, one world)

[Thanks to princessa_2006@yahoo.com for these lyrics]
[Thanks to Joel_1617@hotmail.com, beadazzleu92@hotmail.com,
br3akm3anddie4it@aol.com, 200608991@wsu.ac.za for correcting these
lyrics]

2009年12月4日星期五

weekned lecture in financial issues

Canada Welfare and Tax Policy
 
1:The rental fee can be deducted to the Cost in Tax;
2:Capital overseas must be evaluated by local financial department;
3:GST+PST=13%
4:The start point of free tax is 10,000 in 2009;
5:Final Tax is very expensive than any other tax on you;
6:Everyone can leave one house free of tax to offspring;
 
KIDS Welfare
CCTB--RC66 SHEET--287/M
UCCB--100
OCB---1100/YEAR
OCCS--109/M
RESP--EDUCATION FOUNDS

2009年11月27日星期五

Market Research Report for Matrix Research Ltd

Market Research Report for Matrix Research Ltd

------about the telemarketing Survey in Mandarin Populations in Canada

 

I am pleased to take the temporary assignment with Matrix Research for Mandarin Market Research these days. According to my Internet Service Consultanting and telecom call centre experiences in  in China.I am willing to give some my personal opinions about the telemarketing service.

 

The following statements are based on my own experience in Metrix Research office, including:

1: The telephone numbers collected in your database should be as accurate as possible, at least 30% number is wrong, out of service or cell phone numbers at present;

 

2: The supervisors in the call centre are very responsible and kindness, but all information in the CATI is English, this decrease the efficiency seriously and sometimes make some ladies misunderstood. In my opinion it is better that many technical languages in CATI are translated into Mandarin. I am professional in telemarketing and completely understand most of the parameters, but many temporary employees always misunderstood some command in such short time.

 

3: Short time discussion every night should be helpful to temporary employees in small groups, because many useful skills in survey can be shared by team members. This is not break, it is absolutely deserve for the continue success of market research company.

 

4: There's a difference of 3 hours between west coast and east coast in Canada, so the time difference should get more attentions to us. Not only change saying hello from "good night" to "good afternoon", but also pay more attention to the normal habit of respondents. For example people always won't be bored from 5 to 8 o'clock in the afternoon in terms of driving on the way or dinner time. Avoiding the rush hour will reinforce the successful rates of the survey absolutely.

 

Jiang Long

Nov-2009

----Willing to provide the best Telecom and Internet consulting service to you--------