Roy Tang

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  • Last Tuesday, I got a very rare treat (?). I was invited (under false pretenses I might add) to a seminar trying to sell me to the concept of network markets. It was by a group of people called “Network 21” who supposedly have a corporate partner in Amway. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against these people, I’m sure they’re enjoying themselves looking for sucke-I mean clients, and convincing them to buy Amway toothpaste and shampoo and vitamins and god-knows-what. I wish them well. What I’m particularly annoyed at is the guy who invited me there, a guy from my university who I don’t even know, supposedly to talk about a “career opportunity.” Hello!!! I’m an engineer, why the hell would I want to sell toothpaste! “Oh no,” he says, “That was my mistake at first. I thought they were going to tell me to sell door-to-door. All you¬†have to do is refer people to our products.” “Excrement!” I wanted to shout in his face, “You get paid if you convince people to buy your products? I think that’s why it’s called selling!” “Here, why don’t you take this tape before you decide?”, he goes on. “After all, as an engineer, you can’t make a decision without information!” Yeah right, and let you waste another hour-and-a-half of my life?¬†(In addition to the two hours I had to listen to the talk that is.) “It’s not for me,” I tell him, not wanting to be rude. “Why not?” he persists, “How can you know if you don’t listen to the tape?” I wanted to smack him around a bit right there and then.

    _“Hello! There’s a part of my brain that goes screaming¬†‘Nooooo!!!!’ if I don’t wanna do something, that’s how I know! If¬†I was the type of person who enjoys gathering people and¬†convincing them to buy expensive toothpaste, then that’s what I’d¬†be doing.“¬†_Grrr. I left Megamall quite riled up after that. I had lost two¬†hours, possibly of sleep, and I still had work the next day.

    They’re lucky I didn’t have homicidal tendencies and a gun.

    • Yesterday was the anniversary of Philippines Independence. On¬†June 12 1898, Emilio Aguinaldo first raised the Philippine flag¬†at his home in Malolos, Cavite, officially declaring independence¬†from Spain. At that time the Republic of the Philippines, the¬†first such government in Asia, was born. And today is a legal¬†holiday ^_^
    • Random linkage: Click here¬†if you enjoy being tortured by puzzles. I’m currently at the¬†second gate. It has annoying BGM though.
    • I got a pleasant surprise yesterday. Former members of the FFF,¬†disgusted by the tyrannical ways of a mad dictator banded¬†together to form a new mailing list, inconveniently named the AntiFFF. (Inconvenient¬†because, well, the group would be stuck with that name forever,¬†always living under the shadow of needing to be better than the¬†FFF was. Well, maybe that’s a good thing in some ways.) Anyway,¬†they’re a fine bunch of guys, the same people who came together¬†at the FFF’s peak.

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