Cost and Benefit Analysis of Life Decisions

One of my regrets to date was not continuing my Mandarin studies during my childhood. The environment then is not conducive for progression. While I know enough Chinese to get through with everyday life, I harbored some hint of envy when my friends could read out those poems of ancient Chinese philosophers. Surprisingly, I was adept at hiding my inept mastery to a level that people assumed that I’m educated from a Chinese literate school until I revealed otherwise. Still, it is always better to be truly fluent at any language than to just scratch its surface. The benefits of being able to speak and write in Mandarin nowadays seemed so much larger than it was a decade ago, with the attraction that China had now.

On the other hand, I’m swaying away from my decision to go to graduate school. Using US graduate education cost (that might appeals to me, ie a MBA etc) as a basis, I find the price tag of $100,000 not to be worth it. Although I might bite my own words in the next few years, is the additional $100,000 student debt be worth the degree? It will take some time for the graduate to repay the debt and it’s evident that there is a higher education bubble going on right now. The US government been pushing credits for its citizens to attend college and college tuition are rising as well.

Right now, looking at the prospect of losing 2 years of wage to attend graduate school and the further year(s) of wage lost to repay student loans, it is unlikely for me to opt for graduate studies unless I received any scholarship or sponsorship to cover my studies. I suggest learning a new skill as a better solution to overcome the additional degree advantage. It’s quicker to learn and often allow quick adaptation to in demand skills the market needed.

Dissappearing and Reappearing

I had been neglecting this journal for quite some time. An initial plan for renovating this domain into something more lost its steam. I will start the ball rolling again with another story on my flight experiences.

My recent flight from Detroit to Kota Kinabalu involved transiting over several terminals. I tried to purchase my tickets with minimal transiting time to cut down on the idle time, often with different airlines.

The first start of the leg began on a shaky ground when I checked in my luggage and the airline refused to perform behind the door luggage transit so that I can cut off the waiting time to retrieve the luggage and checked them in again, due to company policy.

I was still fine with it despite my repeated failed attempts to convince the officers otherwise. Then the worse happened when a sudden thunderstorm developed minutes before I board my flight. I was still hoping I made it in time to board my international flight to Hong Kong in Los Angeles.

I arrived in LAX minutes after the check in counter closed. Running to the luggage claim, I tried seeking an airline officer to inform my flight that my previous flight was delayed but alas, he lost the number for my intended airline and cannot make that call.

I retrieved my luggage and ran all the way from the domestic terminal to the international terminal (not an easy feat with two heavy bags) and promptly convinced the nice lady at the counter to check in my (very late) luggage.

I hurried through the customs and straight into the plane. As I sat down on my seat, dripping wet with sweat, I told the friendly Caucasian next to me that less than an hour ago, I was still in another plane about to reach LA.