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Bay Area living & restaurants February 12, 2006

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Jun (hair stylist) – JAPAN CENTER BEAUTY STORE, 1825 Post Street (415-921-0135)

I think you may like window shopping at Fillmore (beginning from Japan town) towards the Cow Hollow (district) direction. They have some restaurants too. But I like restaurants on Steiner. That’s the Marina area. They have nice bistros (good food and fair price).

for food, you can always go to http://www.citysearch7.com/ or http://www.opentable.com/
opentable.com has a list of restaurants with websites
and you can book online and get a certificate at participating restaurants after you reach a certain times

Great Thai Restaurant at 2nd street. However, they don’t open on Sunday lunch time on the location I like.
Osha Thai – They have three locations in SF. However, 149 2nd St’s one is the best for the decoration and atmosphere.

Cat and Tina like this Italian place and it is a chained restaurant that doesn’t use oven or microwave to hear up food.
300 W. El Camino Real at Mathilda
Sunnyvale, CA 94087


Arthur Murray Franchise Dance Studio February 10, 2006

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They are an international ballroom dance franchise studio. Their dictionary is quite nice to know different dances.

San Jose (this one is quite near home and a free introductory private lesson for new students!)
1035 South De Anza Boulevard Suite #3
San Jose, CA 95129
phone: (408) 873-0369

Redwood City (about 20 minutes drive away from home)
2065 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
phone: (650) 216-7501 fax: (650) 216-7504

America’s Ballroom Challenge February 9, 2006

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Amercia’s Ballroom Challenge is a great ballroom dance competition in USA. It features four major styles of competitive ballroom dancing: America Smooth, America Rhythm, International Standard, and International Latin. Six top finale dancers in each category competed to enter the “finals” – only the top three couples can perform a solo showdance. Each couple vyes to be named champion of their dance style and four champions of each style will compete across dance styles for “America’s Best Ballroom Dance Couples.”

International Standard and American Smooth both feature the “traveling dances,” in which the couples travel counterwise around the floor (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese waltz, and with quickstep only for International Standard). The International Latin and American Rhythm, with two exceptions, are “spot dances.” International Latin includes Cha-cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso doble, Jive, while Amercian Rhythm has Cha-cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, and Mambo.Onthefringe

To know more about each finalist, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/ballroomchallenge/competition-finalists.html

It was so pretty and exciting! Great competition! Now I know why mom likes dancing competition so much. Although I still feel that sometimes it is really hard to say how the judges come up with the results, the show dance is definitely entertaining and worth watching.

I love to see those creative costumes and choreography from each couple. They are truely amazing and innovative. Love them! Now I want to dance too!

It is also fun to see the costume and I saw this http://dreamgowns.dancepages.info/ website that sells costume design.

Project Management February 8, 2006

Posted by MM in Mind Boggling Thoughts.
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Project Management Institute
Detail see its website: http://www.pmi.org
Certification Resource Materials

PMP Resource Pack
We suggest, but not require, that candidates begin exam preparation by purchasing the PMP Resource Pack available through the PMI bookstore. These publications provide more information on how the exam was developed, project management knowledge domains, and PMP application requirements.

PMI Materials:
·1 PMBOK® Guide – 2000 Edition
·2 PMP Role Delineation Study
·3 PMP Certification Handbook (Adobe PDF 371KB) (It is printed out in the folder)
·4 Code of Professional Conduct (Adobe PDF 34KB)

Other Suggested Readings:
These materials were compiled by conducting a poll from a small sample of candidates who took the exam in 2003. It contains materials selected by this group and it does not imply endorsement by PMI or that these materials will be helpful in your study plan.
·1 Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling (9th edition) by Harold Kerzner (Borders: San Jose- Santana Row; Palo Alto; SF)
·2 PMP Exam Practice Test and Study Guide (4th edition) by J. LeRoy Ward
·3 PMP Exam Prep (3rd edition) by Rita Mulcahy

The PMP exam is not as hard as you think; yes it is high pressure, time wise. It has primarily 2 types of questions. 1 is memory recall. 2. Is testing your experience, that is to say how do you respond to a given situation, what is your rational or judgment? And every question is tied directly or indirectly to the PMBOOK. Read it Twice. I used The PMBOOK with a book written in narrative style chapter for chapter against the PMBOOK. It’s called “Information Technology Project Management” by Kathy Schwalbe. It has some simple IT examples that most business people can understand after all Project Management is irrelevant to industry. And The Project Manager (person) is not. Also Parts of the book “Project Management: The Managerial Process” by Clifford F. Gray. For Scope, Time, Cost, and Risk. The cheapest and “good” situational questioner (with explanations and references to the PMBOOK) and memory jogger (two products) come from ESI international, do a search on the web for company info; the author is J. Leroy Ward. These two books again are mapped directly to the PMBOOK. Use your experience, Intuition and smarts to answer the questions. Memories all economic formulas.

CAPM Resource Pack

We suggest, but not require, that candidates begin exam preparation by obtaining the CAPM Resource Pack available through the PMI bookstore. These publications provide more information on how the exam was developed, project management knowledge domains, and CAPM application requirements.

PMI Materials:
·1 A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 2000 Edition
·2 CAPM Role Delineation Study
·3 CAPM Certification Handbook (Adobe PDF 487KB)
·4 Code of Professional Conduct (Adobe PDF 34KB)

Other Suggested Readings:This is a list of suggested materials, which depending on your needs may compliment an overall study plan.
·1 Project Management: A Managerial Approach, 4th Edition by Jack Meredith and Samuel Mantel John (Wiley & Sons) (LINK/ SDPL)
·2 The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management by Eric Verzuh (John Wiley & Sons) (LINK/ SDPL)
·3 The New Project Management by J. Davidson Frame (Jossey-Bass) (LINK/ SDPL)
Professional Responsibility Reference List:
This is a list of suggested materials, which depending on your needs may compliment an overall study plan.
·1 Blake, T., Walker, D., and Walker, T. Doing business internationally: The guide to cross-cultural success. MacGraw-Hill Professional Book Group (2003). (LINK)
·2 Ferraro, G. The cultural dimension of international business. Prentice Hall, 1997. (LINK)
h3 Rosen, R., Digh, P. and Phillips, C. Global literacies: lessons on business leadership and national cultures. Simon & Schuster, 2000. (LINK)

Text Book used by USCD Extension 047572 Project Management Essential
Lewis (author) Project Planning, Scheduling, & Control, 3 Edition
UCSD Extension 047585 Project Management Simulation
UCSD Extension 047582 Project Management Planning and Scheduling