I hate how things are handled in Vietnam. They never really keep the customers in mind when making decisions. It’s all about making profits and making profits! What kind of doing business is this? Vietnam Airlines and their monopoly status really pisses me off… Here’s the story:
I got accepted to a cultural exchange program to spend a semester in Taiwan. The gap between two academic calendars allows me to come home for about two months before departing for Taiwan. Common sense: I would fly out of Saigon! However, since I haven’t figured out where I’m going to be in the summer, I want to book a one-way flight only. I guess there’s this issue in Vietnam where people are trying to leave the country for good, especially farmer girls are being married off to Taiwanese husbands; so Vietnam Airline made up this rule that people can’t book one-way flight. Fine! I sent in all the documents proving that I’m attending a college in America until at least 2013. They still don’t accept that! WTF… Yep, I really want to stay in Taiwan to become a freaking household wife who gets beaten to death while I’m paying to study in America. Don’t you get common sense? In addition, they decided not to give me a student discount anymore because my Taiwan visa is only valid for 2 months. Okay, listen up, GENIUS, the Taiwan Cultural and Economic Center doesn’t give out a legit student student VISA. Everyone in my program needs to renew our visas once the time is up in Taiwan. I’ve sent in all the acceptance letters, proving that I’m part of this program. WHY DON’T YOU FUCKING SEE THAT?
I love how the booking a flight ticket to Taiwan is actually harder than attaining a Taiwan Visa. Good job! Fucking Vietnam Airlines. I suggest you actually learn how to probably handle a situation where your customer obviously DOES NOT aspire to be locked in a Taiwanese household with a psycho beating his wife to death by any mean!
I’ve never liked so many ads coming out of one agency! Damn Leo Burnett… They’re socially responsible; they place the idea of people and purpose before selling products. At the same time, still manage to be very creative with those purposeful objectives and humankind visions!
Quite a few of their campaigns deal with disabled people, parents of autistic children, etc. but still this agency is just THE BOMB! I haven’t felt this way since the first time I learned about CPB’s Burger King Subservient Chicken…
Oh I can feel every single blood cell in my veins pumping towards my heart right now. So much motivation and inspiration… and hey aren’t those all we need in life?
I finished Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons a few days ago. Exhilarating. Breathless. I can sit here all days and throw countless positive book-describing adjectives at you but I won’t. What it did invoke within me is the question/comparison/relationship between science and religion. There are quite a few memorable quotes that I might take the time to sit down and probably post it up here for future reference.
I guess I miss having some sort of intellectual stimulation in my life. During academic semester, I would be a lazy-ass when it comes to reading… Gotta hate reading when you come home (aka colonial 403B single room) everyday to around 100-complicated-reading assignment. Drowned. That’s how I felt about these two past semesters.
But now,since facebook is ridiculously slow to work. (Thanks Government) I turn to other stuff. Been navigating around big agency work a lot. Checked out BBDO Pacific Asia yesterday. Seem pretty cool. Found TBWA VN blog as well as George’s… basically the same thing since he probably writes both of them himself
this guy sure has some interesting thoughts to share. I love hearing opinions from people, widen my perspective as well as get me exposed to more reading style. I’ve never really been a good writer myself; thus I admire people with writing skills. Words just seem to come so naturally and easily. I can never really put my thoughts into complete sentences. That’s probably how I came to love copywriting for ads. Visual + Succinct words = Message. Simple and to-the-point.
Although George did bring up a few interesting points. I don’t necessarily agree with him all the time. According to him, the fundamental difference between a more developed market like Hongkong, China, or even the US and a less developed one like Vietnam lies in the ability to take risks. He mentioned how VN people are afraid to take risks because they fail to see the rewards of those actions down the road. He gave an example of me and how people argue against going to study abroad because they can’t see the rewards/benefits of going to study abroad weighing against the GIANT bill that it comes with. Oh well, I don’t think that is right. Everyone probably wants their kids to broaden their academic horizon but doesn’t have the financial capability. They simply can’t afford. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be given this kind of opportunity. and that’s why I’m working hard to not any opportunity slide away… yea, of course I’m gonna go wherever the opportunity lies but maybe… I need to create those opportunities first! fight fight fight
k, red light battery is on! later alligator. tennis early tomorrow. yay