food has been pretty alright so far, except for the lack of meat on the dishes. seems like the bulk of the dishes are made up of either flour or beans. i've only had chicken twice since coming over on sunday.
but that being said, its great to have all our meals taken care of.
here's an example of the rates that get charged for employees:
SMS: 30 pesa (~S$0.01)
Local calls: 50 pesa/min (~S$0.02/min)
Int'l calls: 8 rupee/min (~S$0.33/min)
good stuff right. lol. and best of all, its free incoming, regardless of local or international, so feel free to call me anytime.
p.s. mobile numbers here are 10-digits long.. doubt i'll be able to remember my own number
Today’s my official first day of work after the last 2 days of Orientation. I’ve been posted to the Finance department (once again, the last time being Amex) to do strategy. Met up with my boss, the vice CFO who briefed me on the scope of my project over the next 3 months.
I’ll be joining the C*APEX Committee, which currently comprises of 5 members, including the Airte*l’s CEO, CFO and other directors. This committee oversees the capital expenditure of the company. Every business unit that requires funds (from US$50mn to US$500mn per project) for capital expansion/renewal will have to send their proposals/requests through to this committee, complete with the capex requirements, return on investment etc. The committee will then analyze the request, and decide if this particular project should be given approval. The committee convenes once a month to listen to the various requests from the business units and decides on the outcome. My job’s to go through each proposal and give my recommendations base on the case presented. I am also to work on a common structure and put into place a capex evaluation model to be used to assess future capex projects, putting them through parameters and guidelines.
I’m extremely excited with the scope of the project! It’s like doing case all over again. Evaluating the feasibility and finances for each project, just that it’s for real this time. Through this, I get to see all the upcoming projects, sit in with the CEO and CFO, and get a chance to present my views on the situation at hand.
It’s a great opportunity to learn and delve into the telecoms sector. Indeed a great high-level project that marries both strategy and finance.
everything's hazy and extremely dusty.. things just look bleak, and across the vast land space, things look really sparse. and yes, everything looks like its in the midst of construction, kind of.. streets dug up, cows roaming about, constant honking from the vehicles on the roads.
here's celine and i at this temple-like structure taken jus outside our boarding gate. she gets a free orchid pin after every thai airways flight! not fair.. lol
notice the mural/painting behind the man.. many of these artworks adorn the walkways of the airport. pretty nice touch.