Like I’ve mentioned before, I was given an opportunity to fly to Malaysia to participate in a one-of-a-kind business case competition – and they weren’t just saying that – it was seriously something that was just unforgettable. This was the Maybank Go Ahead Challenge Competition 2012 and I am very honored to have been part of the very first of its kind!
From the national eliminations, to the announcement of the Philippine representatives to every minute spent awake in Malaysia (which was around 90% of the time), I was able to learn so so many things: about business and banking, about diversity and about myself. It’s amazing how much I’ve discovered in such a short span of time. I guess this is the type of experience that has always fed my dream to travel to every place unfamiliar. And so I am extremely thankful for this opportunity, it was awesome. I really liked analyzing the case, defending our choice and implementing our strategy; well, of course, also everything in between. This includes running down ten floors of the Menara Tower, talks from the great leaders of Maybank, great great food, auctions, forex, interviews and video takes for the webisodes (like this) and my personal favorite – the finale dance presentation (with full costumes down to the wigs)!
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Thank you again to everyone who made this possible. All of those involved obviously put their hearts and souls into it. Everyone saw it and everyone felt it. Thank you! And congratulations to my friend Franz for winning gold and Zack for winning bronze. Represent! Special shoutout to Team Avengers too! I still believe that we have the coolest team name and I am proud to have been your Hulk. It was great sharing the stress, the sleepless nights but also the successes and sales with you guys. I know we’ll see each other soon – the future is in Asia!
Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know. – Pema Chodron
P.S. I super loved the teh tarik or pulled tea in a mamak we ate in at 2 am of our last day in Kuala Lumpur! I really wanna find something like that here. If you know of any place, let me know!