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Steve from WISE LLC called this morning and was asking me for my credit card number. I thought it was unusual to ask an employee's credit card number to refund customers so I said what he's asking is problematic. I may have given them a bad impression on the get go, but it doesn't make sense to use someone else's credit card to reimburse refunds to customers. This company is an online shop, but they're only asking for my credit card number -- still I'm very wary of this request since I haven't seen him in the flesh and I haven't really heard this company before. What concerns me is that I've sent my profile and ID to them via email. We spent talking over the phone for a while of how I think it's dangerous to tell them my credit card number since it may lead to fraudulent activities. Then he's revealed the INTERAC method where the money can be transmitted from a link via email and a secret question/answer. I better consult this with someone else and I admit that it's making me anxious.
I have an interview at the UWinnipeg this 2pm. It's on the Rice building and it's supposed to be the Student Experience Assistant position. It deals with the communication, marketing and PR of the Business / Economics department. To do this, they need an assistant that will collaborate with Dean and the DOC to boost the faculty's image. I'll be working with student groups as well to coordinate events and publish weekly newsletters. It has a lot of responsibilities, but it's mainly maintaining the image and public relations of the department and the faculty. The position would have to use social media, their Graduway program and the TV monitors in the campus. Yet, it's part-time. Anyway, I think I'll be fine either way. I just don't want to make a fool out of myself from this interview and it'll be conducted by two-panels.
The search for my stable job continues.
Photobucket changed their TOS in June 28 without prior announcement of this drastic measure to forbid hosting images to 3rd party. This affected free accounts regardless of bandwidth consumption nor storage consumption. In order for Photobucket to host your images to 3rd parties, one must subscribe to their P500 (Plus 500) plan for unlimited bandwidth, storage, and direct linking. It costs $400 annually and the lower tiered plans also won't host to 3rd parties. This is the biggest issue with PB in my opinion. I mean, why can't paying subscribers of cheaper plans get the hotlinking service? $39.99 monthly seems too expensive for me, and this TOS change occurred a few days when I'm about to subscribe to their paid plans. The decision is in the dust now. Their drastic change ruined my website and other websites too (such as eBay sellers and those bloggers who have been using PB for at least 9 years). Other users have remarked PB's moves as holding users images for ransom.
So I've just finished my university life. Which means -- I'm working for unemployed(TM). I'm still waiting for my grades, but when I heard that my church friends had received theirs already (they study in a different school), it spilled fuel to the fire of my nervous anticipation. I still have to wait for 1-2 weeks without a clear date, not knowing whether I'll graduate or not. Oh, and I've applied for grad two weeks ago. But I discovered that I'm receiving my diploma on October -- not June (fun times). And then I'll start paying off my student loan on November (good). This means my job-hunting would be a little bit difficult without proof of my degrees (yaas!). Anyway, I'm sure the employer trusts their applicants that they've finished post-secondary education, because it's written on their resume. And don't even get me started with our Premier Brian Pallister and the Tax Rebate cuts for university grads.
Six year of university, working and then after my last class, I get this news about taking the Tax Rebate off from the budget. There was screaming, there was sobbing, there was laughing in disbelief in my mind. It literally happened after the very last lecture of the last term of my university life. I'm past that, reports are saying that they're not going to completely eliminate this rebate, but if I'm talking about tax rebates *gasp* have I become an adult? What I want in life are eBay sellers like harukashimon77 who taught me a thing or two in business transactions.
I bought a KonoSuba Aqua figure, because of an eBay flash coupon. Four of them (Aqua, two Hatsune Miku figs and Saber from Fate). I prefer to open them on another day. I had to borrow my cousin's account to redeem another transaction with the coupon [insert smart meme]. I see all my friends traveling and posting their photos on social media. I think it's fun. They travel and take something from someplace and store it in their collection (whether by memory or your photo album). I don't travel. I let my parcels do the traveling for me.
So speaking of traveling, where do I go from here. There's a Spongecola concert in Winnipeg this May 28 at Philippine-Canada Centre of Manitoba. Ai-Kon will be hosted in the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg on July 21-23 (I'm going). Winter Olympics on South Korea next year (or Japan!). But I'm thinking Philippines on 2019. For now, we need to send as many resumes as possible.
I have to admit that I feel a little bit depressed right now. First, my reading week is at its end. And second, it's hard to look at my Facebook feed right now. It's not like I'm happy for the person, when I really am. But it brings out those bitter memories more than the sweet ones. After the end of reading week, I'm looking at three days of busy-ness, because of a presentation for Wednesday. I don't know why I have this chronic sadness during this period of the year when I loathe on myself for lagging behind. I see my friends starting their families, when I'm still presenting slides in the classroom for a course. I also am having a difficult time this term with a particular course; I fear that I maybe failing it. I pray to God I would not. I sigh. It just goes to show perhaps that one week of break really wouldn't satisfy me right now when I look at this week. God, I still can't get over thinking of how much I may have wasted during that time. Was it really a waste? What does it mean? Like what is my consolation? I ponder at that saying and what its real worth. Because it really still hurt. I should probably go to sleep now before it snowballs into something big and pointless.
Well, folks. We're at the last day of the year again. And I just like to thank God for helping me survive the waves of challenges until now. I wouldn't have survived the year without Him. I'm ever grateful and thankful for the opportunities, the people and resources that offered me the leverage for hurdle along the way. If I could sum up 2016 with one word, I would say it was a 'stepladder' of a year. A lot of good things have been achieved this year, mostly toward graduating. Indeed it was tough, but I'm relieved of being able to wrap everything properly -- more or less.
Winter, Spring and Fall terms of 2016 were eventful, and I admit that I almost decided to drop one subject this fall. Almost. I have been thinking of a plan B if things went sour, but I shook my head at myself for thinking of such a thing. It is time for my best to shine and accept the blessing - that is my graduation. The truth is I almost gave up on some assignments and academic research papers. But I made it. Thank you, Jesus. I made it. One more term left 'til graduating (and of course one more term 'til I reach repayment status on my student loan). But it doesn't make sense to graduate just to end up bankrupt, so I'm sure it'll work out afterward. That's not really the first thing to think about when graduating. The first thing to think about is a life filled with dreams having received my diploma (diplomas in this case). Those diplomas in Business Administration, Computer Science and Religion and Culture Studies will be mine!
What are the plans for 2017? Well, I can't really say. But I have some ideas. First thing is to graduate, then find a stable job. Then I'm off to pursue my other passion such as writing and creating my own video game. Other things include... well... let me say that those other things will surely follow. Let me just savour and enjoy this moment of respite (since the university re-opens this January 3). As usual, just as I'm getting used to lazying around, busy-ness rears its ugly head again.
More importantly, I sincerely hope that peace and prosperity find you this 2017. Have a blessed new year too. Cheers.
And as 12:00am passes through, the October 29, I pray Lord of my 2016-2017 career in life yet again, and claim of your blessing and grace, my portion, that You have for me. Teach me, lead me, and mold me further, Lord. I shall pray my three wishes to You later. Keep me and family safe, Lord, is my prayer, and the person's prayer as well who is reading this. I depend and rely on Your provision, protection and providence. Continue to move in my life, Lord, in the midst of my tribulation, and I will be still - in awe of You.
My brain is passing gas. I've been mostly focused on finishing papers, leading seminars and writing midterms. I have one more to go and it's obvious that my priorities have shifted. That's right. I actually have to be more responsible this time - which is unheard of. What have I been doing all this time? Well, university stuff and work stuff. It's the same cycle. And no. Nope. I don't want to think about any love life. I've really no time for that and I'd just be blamed for missing out on the 'relationship' if I did. For the meantime, I have to focus on graduating this year. And saving money. So I can go places. And amount to something. And not feel like a stagnating piece of crap in one corner.
Oh yeah, I totally forgot my two online projects that I've finished. They'll be utilizing HTML5, so they're coded with my up-to-date web design layout. I just need to find time and create interesting favicons and affiliate icons to place all over my boards. I'm also working on other computer projects based on my novels, but my progress is still at bare bones at the moment. I don't want to spoil anything, but I'm keeping my hopes up, because I'm kind of satisfied with the plot of the stories.
I've kind of lost count on how old this site is. I think I started to create this fansite back in 2006? If that's true then it has been 10 years? Wow. Wow! I just realized. Wouldn't that be kind of a big deal? 10 years. Where did time fly? Anyway, I just like to thank those who have stuck it out with me and made this fansite a part of their lives one way or another. Realistically speaking, I don't have time to write these days, because we all know life has circumstances - not excuses - that need attention. But I'm not really going to put down anything. I refuse. It's just a humbling experience that... wow... it has been 10 years. My silly wish would be that Natsuki Takaya would somehow notice and give me an email or a letter saying hello. *laughs*
3:50AM and I'm still writing myself to sleep. Sigh. I'm exhausted. I really want to travel someday or achieve something invaluable.
Everyone! Meet my nephew!
I felt a surge of emotions when I finally met my nephew that I've never felt before. It's awesome. Not to mention, my mom and dad are now officially grandparents. I am at a loss for words of how happy I am, everyone is. I'm going to have to prove and remove any doubt that I am one absolutely cool uncle!
Oh and speaking of additions, there will be two new fansites soon. The front pages have already been published. The links, logos, and favicons will be posted. They just need to be polished out of bug hunting.