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.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Facebook Purge

I have recently deleted over 800 people on Facebook after realizing that I was Facebook friends with 1160 people – insane numbers! I only add people that I know, but obviously I do not have 1k friends in real life. So, I started deleting people that basically ghost follows me, i.e.: doesn’t interract with me, doesn’t share, etc. Later, I deleted the first time met people. Then, I deleted old high school classmates, university classmates, former colleagues and even current colleagues that are not particularly close to me.

How the hell did I get here? I wanted to just delete my Facebook really, but then, since I am working abroad I really needed it to stay in touch with my family and friends. So, it had to be done. I am not proud of this decision, but I hope people will understand it eventually.

Here are cons and pros of deleting people:

  1. People will be upset. Even if you think the friendship is not close, the other party might think otherwise.
  2. Some people will start despising or worse start hating you.
  3. People will not understand that you want a privacy.
  4. They will start adding you back and some will get even angrier if you do not accept.
  5. Your networking access will shrink. Before, it was just easy to Facebook and ask someone something, but now that you deleted them, what will you do?

    1. People will not even notice that you deleted them. That’s great! You did the right thing to delete those people.
    2. Your Facebook feed will only show the news from you close friends.
    3. You will actually start using Facebook as you should by focusing more on your family and close friends, rather than acquantances.
    4. You no longer need to filter your updates
    5. You will have some control over your social media
    6. You’ll be happier :D

    I did the same on my Instagram, too, but I am not asking you to follow me and mass delete many people from your Facebook. This was my personal choice and it helped me have a little more control over my social media, which eventually triggered a positive effect on my time, family, friendship and happiness. 

    Whatever works for you, do it. Whatever makes you happy, do it.

    No judging,