Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Only GMAT Course That Lets You Meet Rotman Admissions Staff - University of Toronto GMAT Course

During the course, Rotman's Admissions Director will give a guest lecture on how to apply for MBA programs. You can meet her and ask questions. This is enough reason to enroll!

But hurry, the next course starts on January 23, 2016. Registration will close soon. Click this link to register:

Course Details

Improve your chances of getting the GMAT score you want and gaining admission to the MBA program of your choice with our comprehensive, 30-hour course covering every area of this challenging exam: mathematics, reading comprehension, grammar, critical reasoning, and essay writing.

It is important to note that the GMAT tests not only your mathematical and verbal skills but also your ability to effectively answer GMAT-specific, multiple-choice questions under severe time constraints. Our highly qualified instructors will help you develop a GMAT-specific understanding of every concept tested, and you will learn efficient strategies for maximizing your score under severe time constraints. Test-taking strategies are further reinforced by tackling hundreds of questions and simulating test situations. As a result, you will emerge with the skills, strategies, and confidence needed to tackle all GMAT questions, from the basic to the most advanced. Course fee includes a custom-designed workbook.

Learner Outcomes

o A GMAT-specific understanding of every concept tested
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o Refinement of examination writing skills under severe time constraints

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Looking for a job?

My favorite place to look for a job is careerbuilder.com. It is really the place to build your career.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

January 2007 Promotion Codes Within

Think you can find no more good bargains once it's past the holidays? Well think again, because I just found a whole bunch of deals. Remember, as always, pay special attention to the expiration dates of these deals and the "terms & conditions" in fine print. Listing them below does not mean I endorse any product or service, nor do I get paid directly by any of these companies.

  • Westin Detroit: Weekend rates from $99 (promo code JANNW). You need to be a member of Northwest Airlines' WorldPerks program.
  • Barnes & Noble: Save $10 on your next online purchase of $40 or more if you pay with any MasterCard card. Code: L3D4H9G.
  • Banana Republic: Get free shipping on your online purchase of $50 or more if you pay with the Bananacard (Banana Republic's credit card). Code: BRCARD.
  • Discover Card: Get $20 back when you spend $200 at select malls. No promotion code required.
  • United Airlines: Fly 3 and get 1 award ticket. No promotion code required.
  • Target: Get your Target credit card, and you will get 10% off one-day in-store or one online order. No promotion code required.

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Orbitz.com: My Review

An update in September 2013: The following original post was published in December 2006. Years later, the information is still relevant. I have personally booked many travels with Orbitz and am quite happy. One promise I do intend to keep is to write reviews on other travel websites. So please keep an eye on my blog and come back often!

Original Post:

Starting with this post, I will review some websites where I usually book my travel. These reviews are completely based on my past experiences as a customer, and I do NOT endorse any merchant being reviewed, nor do I get paid directly by any merchant.
Orbitz is the website I use the most to find and/or book travel. Its strengths include:
  • It is versatile: Besides plane tickets, it lets you book hotels, cars, activities, or any combination of those. When booking flights, you can have the choice of booking round-trip, one-way or multi-city tickets. On its homepage, you can find some specially targeted deals, like "students going on spring break", "fun family getaways", "gay & lesbian travel deals", etc.
  • Flexibility: If your travel dates are flexible, it will show you the lowest price in the 3-day window (requested date, the day before, and the day after). When booking a package (flight + hotel), it will let you choose a combination of the flight and the hotel, based on flight schedule, hotel location, hotel rating and amenities.
  • Ticket protector: We know the lowest priced deals are often non-refundable deals, meaning if you change or cancel your travel, you have to pay a fee (often $100, sometimes $50). With Orbitz's ticket protector, however, you can rest assured that your change/cancellation penalty is covered, provided you change/cancel your travel due to medical emergencies.
  • Flight status alert: You can set up flight status alert to be sent to your mobile phone or via email. If for some reason your flight is delayed or cancelled (we have had some pretty serious snow storms so far this winter), you will get a message on your phone.
Areas for improvements:
  • The toll-free customer service number has long wait time.
  • You pay Orbitz some commission if you book via them.
Check my other tips for booking flights and hotel. Also check out some recent news on United Airlines, JetBlue and Las Vegas.
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FREE Samples from Wal-Mart

You can get a variety of free samples from the online store of Wal-Mart. Here's a list of the current offerings:
Offerings change from time to time.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Las Vegas Pictures

This post is a photo-only post. For tips on how to get the most fun out of your next Las Vegas trip, click here.

FREE Museums / Zoos / Aquariums


Museums, zoos and aquariums keep calling themselves "not-for-profit organizations", but we still have to pay a huge admission fee. If you want to have a family day, then be prepared to spend a lot of money: 2 adults and several kids mean costs over $100.

Luckily, you can get into many museums for literally FREE. They have a "free day" - typically a weekday - when you don't have to buy the ticket. Instead, donation in any amount is welcome. So as long as you know what day it is, it's really up to you how much you want to pay.

Not all museums broadcast this policy, as they try to maximize their admission revenue. So let me do the job. Here's an unfinished list of free days of select meseums / zoos / aquariums. This list is growing, so check back often.

New York


  • Brookfield Zoo: Tuesdays and Thursdays in January, February, October, November, and December. Additionally, Saturdays and Sundays are free in January and February.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo: Free every day!

Los Angeles

More to come! Check back soon.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Use Credit Card Wisely

Credit is a good tool if you need short-term financing. However, without sufficient self-control and budget managing skills, you are likely to fall victim of overwhelming debt. So learn how to use credit wisely below.


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Sunday, December 17, 2006

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

I dedicate this post to my fellow bloggers - we are a group with aspirations, and we are willing to work hard and sacrifice for our dreams.

This is where it all started: I subscribe to the Business 2.0 magazine, and got inspired by the cover story of the September 2006 issue - Blogging For Dollars. Really good article with success stories and detailed how-to.

Also in the September issue you can find this article called "
The 7 habits of highly effective bloggers". If you want success, read it now.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

JetBlue: Big Promotions Going On

One-way ticket from New York, JFK to Pittsburgh is only selling for $29.

Go get the deal!

Book Flight
United Airlines Vacations Promotion Code
Book Hotel
Book Las Vegas Vacation

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Friday, December 15, 2006

JetBlue: More Leg Room


JetBlue just announced plan to renovate part of the fleet. Leg room in the first 9 rows in the coach cabin will be increased by as much as 4 inches. So next time when you fly JetBlue, remember to request a seat in the first 9 rows!

Book Flight
United Airlines Vacations Promotion Code
Book Hotel
Book Las Vegas Vacation

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Holiday Shopping Bargain List (#2)


Take advantage of this list and save big bucks!
  • Walgreens: $10 off select Calvin Klein perfume. Expires 12/16.
  • Target: 10% off 1-day order after you get a Target credit card.
  • JC Penney: Free shipping on orders of $49 or more.
  • Home Depot: Free shipping on orders of $49 or more.
  • Barnes & Noble: Free shipping on orders of $25 or more.
  • Walgreens: Only $0.19 each if you develop 4x6 photo prints online.

Pay special attention to the expiration dates of the above bargains and the fine print "terms and conditions" for these offers. They may change or expire.

Help me help yourself! I am compiling this list, and if you know a good deal, please submit through the comments.

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Holiday Shopping Bargain List (List Growing)


Take advantage of this list and save big bucks!
  • Discover Card: Get $20 back when you spend $200 at select malls.
  • Macy's: Save an extra 20% or 15% when you use your Macy's card online at the Gift List Sale. www.macys.com
  • Best Buy: The online store is selling iPod at the lowest price ever. iPod with video sells for $237.49 (regular price $249.99), and the most affordable iPod is the iPod Shuffle with 1GB, which currently sells for $75.99 (reg. price $79.99). www.bestbuy.com
  • United Airlines: Fly 3 and get 1 award ticket. www.united.com
  • United Airlines: More vacation discounts. Click here for promotion codes required for reservation.
  • Barnes & Noble: $5 off your online order of $50 or more when you pay with PayPal. Promotion code: N8D7V4A. Details here.
  • mags4cheap: Best place to get magazine subscriptions for the biggest discounts. Cosmopolitan: $18. National Geographic: $19. Newsweek: $20. You get the idea. www.mags4cheap.com
  • Circuit City: Free shipping on online orders of $24 or more. http://www.circuitcity.com/

Pay special attention to the expiration dates of the above bargains and the fine print "terms and conditions" for these offers.

Help me help yourself! I am compiling this list, and if you know a good deal, please submit through the comments.

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United Airlines Vacations: Promotion Codes Within

United Airlines offers a variety of vacation packages besides flights. Current promotions include:
  1. $75 off packages priced above $1,500. Promotion code is EARLYBIRD.
  2. $50 off 2 nights at Las Vegas MGM hotel plus round trip flights. Promotion code is MGM50.
  3. Free 5-day rental car with the purchase of a Hawaii package. No promotion code required.
  4. Mexican City, Asia, Australia packages. No promotion code required.

Making reservation is easy at united.com. Please pay special attention to the expiration date of these promotions and the "terms and conditions" in fine print .

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

You Can Still Get Las Vegas Packages

Wondering where to spend your vacation before Christmas while tied by a budget? Then Las Vegas is probably one of the few places that can still offer good packages at affordable prices.

You can book flights and hotel separately, and hotels.com is a good place to book cheap hotel rooms. For example, I stayed at Las Vegas Hilton in June for 2 nights, and the room rate was $65 per night. Not bad for a Hilton, huh?

However, I strongly recommend booking flights and hotel (and maybe car) as one package on Orbitz or Expedia. If you book early, you can get a round trip flight + hotel for 2 adults for 3 nights for around $250 per person. Plane tickets themselves would cost about the same money.

The secret lies in gambling. Las Vegas casino-hotels want you to gamble, and gamble big time, so room rate is relatively low compared to hotels in other big cities. Then why not take advantage of the low rates and have some fun besides gambling? Some fun activities include:

  • Shows: Some of the best shows include The Blue Man Group. This is a must-see eye opener!
  • Helicopter ride: For only $70 you can take the helicopter night flight and see what the Las Vegas Strip looks like at night.
  • Hoover Dam: No trip to Las Vegas is complete until you see the mighty Hoover Dam.
  • Grand Canyon: Unless you want to make it a separate trip later, you should take a bus tour (departing 6 am, returning 9 pm) to see this place that you must see in your life.
  • Buffet: The three best buffet restaurants are in the hotels of Wynn's, Bellagio and Aladdin, all around $30 per person. I think Aladdin is the best for its unique Mid-Eastern and Mediterranean flavor.

Where can you get all these? Start with Orbitz or Expedia, and seach for "activities", to get a list of the activities. But remember to do comparison shopping before you make a reservation. For example, Blue Man show sells for $98.50 on Orbitz, but blueman.com (Blue Man Group's official website) only sells for $71.50. Here's another $27 saved - treat yourself a buffet dinner with this money!

More on Las Vegas coming soon.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Where to Book Your Flight


Some simple rules to follow to ensure you get good deals:

(1) Find a bargain: Online travel agencies like Orbitz, Expedia, etc. They serve as a good placeholder for all flights and hotels, so you should do your comparison shopping here. If you have a flexible travel date, tell the website so it can quote you the lowest price during the 3-day window (the date you requested, the day before, and the day after).

(2) Get the bargain: When you find your best deal (e.g. United Airlines has a flight with a good price and your preferred departing schedule), go to the website of the airline company to save about $5 more. In this case, you will go to united.com and book your ticket from there. After all the taxes and charges, you still end up paying less than you would pay on the online travel agency. Why? There's no middle-man commission here if the third-party website is not involved.

In my next post, I'll talk about additional beneifts of booking flights directly from the airlines' websites, as well as some caveats of booking the ticket too cheap. You can check my earlier posts here for advice on negotiating with the hotel.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Rule #2: Bluff Whenever You Can!

Readers are recommended to read the prior post first, "Rule #1: Any Quote Is Negotiable!"

Continued conversation between me and the hotel reservation desk.
He asked what rate "my friend" (which is really me) saw on the hotel's website, and I took some courage and decided to bluff a little. I said, "$130."
OK, if you want to bluff, make it look real. The lowest rate I saw on the website was $145, and me uttering any amount much lower than this would sound very suspicious. I thought $130 was a good balance between saving extra money and sounding serious, and I was right. He bought it.
He said, "Hold on sir, let me check again."
After 20 seconds he came back and told me they did have one last room at the rate of $130 and I must pay with my credit card so they could reserve it for me right away. I didn't believe they only had one room left at this rate, but I didn't care, as long as I saved an extra $15. I called it a "win-win" - They got my business, and I got a good bargain at this decent hotel.
By they way, this is a hotel near the LaGuardia airport of New York City. For those of you who know anything about New York, $130 is heck of a bargain!
I love New York, and I always feel emotionally attached to the city. I'm posting a picture that I took from the top of the World Trade Center. This view only lives in my memories now.

Rule #1: Any Quote Is Negotiable!

The other day I was booking a hotel, so naturally I first went online to see what room rates were available. The lowest rate available was $145. Then I called the reservation desk of the hotel and asked for rates. The guy quoted $255!

I asked, "Is this the lowest rate at your hotel?"

He said, " Yes sir, this is what we can offer your right now. We're actually running a promotion so this is already after a 15% discount."

I said, "Do you want to double check because my friend checked out your website and said the rate is much lower than what you just quoted me."

He asked, "What rate did your friend see on our website?"

Take this as a sign - he's WILLING to negotiate!

I'll finish the story a little later, because that's going to be Lesson

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It's All About Bargains!

So here I am. Blogging is a wonderful tool that enables people, mostly complete strangers on the Web, to share what they have.

Then what do I have to share? Bargains! Bargains for common people like you and me: hot travel deals, hot cell phone deals, cheap textbooks, affordable designer clothing, etc. You name it.

I'll show you the "what", the "where", and more importantly, the "how". I'll show you how you can search for great bargains yourself.

So check back often, and I do mean often, for everything you need to know about bargains.

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