Tuesday, December 20, 2016

UB Post - Prime Interview


A lot of people contacted me after my interview on ikon.mn's #EarlyBirds #ӨглөөнийХүн series in October. My LinkedIn, Gmail and Facebook exploded with emails and message requests. 

Mostly fresh college graduates and ladies in maternity leave asking for some career advise, mothers asking about schools to send their kids to, people abroad who are thinking of moving back to Mongolia, people asking how I learnt my English, and some men who clearly didn't read my interview (especially the part that I am engaged) and asking me out for a coffee. Anyways, till this date, I still haven't finished replying back. I only managed to finish replying on LinkedIn and Gmail, but still working on my Facebook messages. 

These messages were from Mongolians only, but all of a sudden, foreigners and the expat community started congratulating me in mid November. I didn't understand why till my friend from ING bank told me that my interview was on the UB POST as the Prime Interview (full page!?!). I couldn't believe it, so I asked my friend to take a photo and send it to me, and to my surprise this photo came:

G. BATZUL: FOREIGN INVESTORS WANT STABILITY, CREDIBILITY AND TRANSPARENCY OF INFORMATION


Truthfully speaking, I do not think I deserve this much attention and exposure. I am just a hard working lady, minding my own business. Definitely not running for any politics and I am genuinely surprised at why my interview is getting so much attention. 

Till this date, I still get surprised when ladies stop me in the bathroom or at restaurants, tell me that they have read my interview, also experienced "women do not support women" situation, and start talking about their life, basically. [I am a complete stranger to you! I could be a psychopathic killer. Why are you talking to me?] Anyways, one of the most funny and common comments would be the fact that I gained weight and they always ask if I am pregnant. 

Finally, I should note that one of the best things that happened, after this interview, is that my client base expanded exponentially - locally and internationally. People started asking me to rent their apartments here and there, asking me to valuate their apartments, etc. It definitely gave a positive impact to my career. However, I understand that it comes with huuuuuuge responsibilities and expectations, so I will do my best to be the best I can be and excel at work, but I really wish people stop asking if I am pregnant though. 

Anyways, bye for now. Hope you are all enjoying your New Year parties :)
Cheers,
B.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My personal interview on "EarlyBirds" series on ikon.mn

I had the honor and pleasure of giving my very first personal interview on ikon.mn #EarlyBirds #ӨглөөнийХүн series. It was an absolute pleasure to speak with Bolortuya Ch., the Editor-in-Chief of the ikon.mn news web portal for two days. Please, check it out and let me know your thoughts :)

I talked about my family, school, studying abroad in University of Copenhagen in Denmark and working in PwC, SkyPath Partners and APIP in Hong Kong. Also talked about investment, what investors always ask me and finally the real estate sector of Mongolia. Only in Mongolian though.

Г.Батзул: Олон улсад өөрийгөө сорих боломжтой учир Хонг Конгт ажиллах саналыг хүлээж авсан.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

How To Live In UB in Winter (-30C)?

  1. If you can afford it, you need a Canada Goose or a fur coat, "over the knee" high boots or UGG boots, lots of cashmere (sweater, hat, scarf and gloves), double woollen pants to wear under your pants, and a shot of vodka.
  2. Stay indoors.
  3. Do not breath the air in the city, especially in the night.
  4. If you do not want to slip, break a bone or die on the street, do not walk confident! Walk like a penguin, because the pedestrian streets are full of lethal frozen ice, and the only way to walk on it is to slide or walk like a penguin.
  5. UB is small, so if you want to reach a destination, you'd better walk. Walking is faster than driving your car, because with a car you will be stuck in a traffic you cannot control and you will have the parking problem. Plus, you will be stressed out and you will age faster.
  6. Always carry a book or a Kindle with you, because people will be late. 
  7. Do not expect anything from anyone and anything. This is the only way you do not over stress yourself or feel disappointed. Plus, you will be super happy if something or someone does something right :) This is something I have learnt in Denmark - the big secret why Danes are the happiest people on Earth - LOWER YOUR EXPECTATION.
  8. Drink. Eat. Sleep well. There is no other way to survive in UB in winter.
  9. At the new year's parties, expect women to be dressed like they are going to the World Miss Competition or as if it is a summer - boobs and legs will be out, big hair, painted/tattooed eyebrows, fake eyelashes, etc. Men just get a shower, shave, put a suit on and gel their hair - lucky bastards.
  10. Get ready for new year parties with your family, friends and other friends, high school classmates, college classmates, former work colleagues, current work colleagues, and other corporate parties. Apologise to your liver in advance. 
  11. Do not look too pretty and stay away from drunk and handsy men or women.
  12. Do not quit or get fired from your job. You need it to pay for all the party expenses.
  13. Thank god you have parents and relatives to invite you for homemade dinner and lunch. Screw the healthy eating rules. You need a real Mongolian hot milk tea and lots of meat/fat to survive in this winter.
  14. Winter is coming. No, winter has come. Avoid being single, because you need someone to cuddle with and stay warm in the dark times. The night is dark and full of terrors!
  15. Use a body cream after you shower. You do not want the "Gobi Desert" situation on your skin!
  16. If you are a smoker, you need an extra smoke on top of this smog. The air pollution is just not enough for you.
  17. It doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman, you need a lip balm. Otherwise, a) you will have the "Apocalypse" lip, b) you will not be able to smile/laugh or it will hurt/crack/bleed when you do, and c) nobody will kiss you. 
  18. I cannot think of anything else right now, so please, let me know how you survive in winter in UB! May the force be with you.