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Monday Morning Consultant – Singapore Edition and Starwood Kudos!!!

It’s Sunday night and usually I’m dreading the commute to work., the commute to the client and the commute to some random god awful city in the US. Not in that order, but work is work and nothing can really take away that fact. Tomorrow morning, I’m off to Jakarta and that sense of dread isn’t there, simply because I’m …

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Monday Morning Consultant – Promos, Status and FourSquare – Part Deux

Like most commutes in the morning, there are only really two realities : really shitty or really good. This morning happened to be one of those dream commute mornings : Traffic getting to the airport was awesome Air Canada Super Elite line didn’t have any snarky agents (Then again, they are usually pretty good) Short line up for US Customs …

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Monday Morning Consultant – Osama Bin Laden edition

So if you didn’t hear … Obama took out Osama. Rhymes doesn’t it? Mission Accomplished and now time for a lot of happy backslapping in the US Government. Good stuff, now the war on “terror” is over and we can go back to our lives. Here is the official Star post and obit : http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/983926–obituary-osama-bin-laden-was-the-face-of-terrorism?bn=1 I’m relieved and all will …

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Monday Morning Consultant – Montreal Hockey Edition

When flying back home, you never want a delay or a terrible connection unless you’re going to Montreal from Toronto during hockey playoff season. You get into the Air Canada lounge and everything seems to go right, if you’re a Montreal Canadiens fan in Toronto – since the Maple Leafs will never actually play in the playoffs in my lifetime. …

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Jeepneys, Tricycles, Buses and Car Rental breakdowns in Cabanach

Today was definitely an exercise in attrition. Getting to Banaue (pronounced banaaa-way) from Manila is a task itself. This trip can take between 8-12 hours depending on your mode of transport. If you looking for “how tos” in getting from Manila to Banaue – these are three links that explain the process and steps in logical detail – I would …

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Monday Morning Consultant … Feb 28th, 2011 (Pins and Needles Edition)

In conversations, people ask what I do for a living. As a consultant, people think that we sometimes get to travel to far off locations to enjoy sun, sand and sea, while working from a laptop connected to the hotel wireless and knocking back a single malt scotch. The standard response to this line of questioning is We never ever fly …

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Monday Morning Consultant – Last minute Philippine edition

It is official … for the first time in my traveling life, I am a little overwhelmed by options and hazards in a traveling destination – just because I have NOT fully scoped out the following: Taxis/Scams/Danger : After 60+ countries of bouncing around, and not taking heed to obvious dangers, I have to say that the couple weeks that I have …

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Monday Morning Consultant … Feb 14th, 2011 (Valentines Day Edition)

Generally Valentines Day for consultants is a sucky day … thankfully with our seclusion from the rest of the human race, we generally don’t have to be subjected to the comments and pawing from the rest of the world.  Consulting Valentines Day sucks for many reasons and it doesn’t matter whether you’re single or have a significant other for the …

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Monday Morning Consultant … Feb 7th, 2011 (TN-1 Edition)

As a “visible minority” North American tech consultant, there is almost nothing as nerve racking as going to the border to apply for a work permit (TN-1/L or H1-B visa). At least, if you’re applying for the L and H1-B, you have fair warning whether you will get through or not, however with the TN-1 visa, there is no guarantee …

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