New York City weekend

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I left last Thursday for my interview with Goldman Sachs in New York City on Friday. However, my flight arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport and as a result, my hotel was the Double Tree hotel in Elizabeth, NJ, with which I was informed by friends and fellow airplane passengers to not roam around outside or else… I may be on the headline next day.

On Friday monring, I had to get up at 6am to get ready to catch my taxi to the city for interview at 8am. Actually, I had a hard time sleeping in the extravagant king size bed. On to the taxi, I soon came to the realization that my driver speaks little to no English, and on top of it, he does not know the way to where I need to go! (Am I glad I allocated enough time buffer for these situations or what…) To make it easy, I basically told him, “Go New York City!” first. After we arrive into the city, I held my laptop right next to him with the map to guide him to my destination. In the end I arrived on time, but it was still quite a fright, especially since I had to sit in traffic a long time wondering if we’ll ever find our way.

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The GS interview process was quite interesting TOO, as we’re given the destinations/buildings of where we will have interviews with the different groups, and we have to get ourselves there. So I had 3 rounds: NYC –> Jersey City –> NYC. Quite an experience. Before the interview, I wasn’t sure what would be the characteristics of these interviews, therefore I did not prepare/study, except read up on the 3 groups of my interviews. They turned out to be mostly technical. Despite that, I was quite pleased with my performance. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for an offer. *Contemplation about moving to New York* Hmmm…

I stayed the weekend with my friend Mengmeng in New Jersey, and we toured parts of New York City. Please see gallery. We took the bus to the city, walked around a bit, and then took the ferry near Battery Park to visit the Statue of Liberty. But liberty, do we really have liberty in this country anyways. And “Liberty”, it’s so subjective anyways… just as “faireness”, just as “justice”

After that, we traveled on foot from the pier at Battery Park to 48th street, where we had dinner of Szechuan food. During the walking expenditure, we hit many of the small towns, like Chinatown, little Italy, K-town… it was quite a bit of distance that we walked, haha.

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NYC is a big city…to travel on foot :P I find the subway a bit confusing based on my one time experience of using it. The bus routes also, because they changed/mixed up the bus’ arrival gates at different times of days. Maybe I just have to get used to it, if I live there… which is a possibility now… It’s funny, I was saying things like maybe I’ll go work in Chicago or New York before, and how it’s becoming more concrete.. We do become what we say and think ourselves

NYC, I don’t like it, I don’t hate. It bears some resemblance to Hong Kong, the people, the style.

For now, I have to say I’m glad to be home, in Mountain View. Got some HW to catch up on now. Oh yeah, I’m glad my niece waited for me to be around for her coming :P

My Experience with E-LOAN Online Saving

I received my first statement on my E-LOAN saving account that I opened 2 weeks ago, which has the highest APY of 5.50% for a online saving account . A few comments about what I like, based on my experience switching from HSBC (and ING preveriously):

  • The opening process is quick and clean, and unlike HSBC, no need to wait couple weeks for confirmations.
  • The login process is easier. You create your own username, as opposed to HSBC’s use of account number, which means you most likely save it in a file somewhere and then copy and paste, which doesn’t make it any safer in my humble opinion.
  • The interface is cleaner, more please to the eyes :) From a web design perspective.
  • Transaction from external checking account is quicker, unlike HSBC that takes 3+ days.
  • And of course, 5.50% vs. 5.05% APY

So far, I’m pleased with E-LOAN. However, we’ll have to pay attention if they will change the rate in the near future.

Other choices for online savings account, besides E-LOAN, HSBC, and ING with decent rate are:

Having saving!

I Am Not Settling for Less

Many points in life we just arrive at situation where there are so many things going on and you don’t know which to deal with. Stress, frustration, exhaustion… that make us very uncomfortable. Do you choose to deal with it or simply find an easy way out. In the end, it comes down to the question of whether you are willing to do things that you are uncomfortable with. I ask myself that…

Aye, yes, I’m willing.

I may have this lazy side of me, but I will not settle for less.

(I’m self-hypnotizing myself with this: to hang on for a little bit, with work, school, and a whole bunch of interviews these days, while keeping up w/ my weight training and piano practice.)

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