Condensed Tips for CPA Board Exam (Inspirational Message)

Hindi ko maiwasang isipin kung ano ang lagay ng 12,417 examinees na hindi nakapasa sa CPA Board Exam nitong October 2019. Ito ay dahil sa sobrang baba ng national passing percentage (14.32%).

As promised, sinulat ko ulit ang tips regarding sa CPA Board Exam. May mga tips din na tinipon ko from netizens sa Accounting Coach PH. Pero ito ay specific sa mga bumagsak nitong May at October 2019 exam, na kukuha ulit next time. Sana makatulong din kahit paano.

  1. Assess yourself. Ano ba ang strengths at weakness mo? Ano ba ang mga opportunities at threats na available para sa iyo? Importante ito dahil doon ka didiskarte sa board exam. Ididiscuss ko sa isa pang artikulo kung ano ang mga iyan using SWOT analysis.
  2. Be always prepared. Aminin din natin na hindi talaga masusunod ang nasa TOS, dahil ito ay guide at overview lamang kung ano ang magiging laman ng exam. Isa pa, computer din ang pumipili ng mga tanong out of thousand questions na inilalagay sa test bank. Which is a technological limitation. Tinetest din ng ganitong sistema kung gaano tayo ka-prepared sa exam.

So, treat every subjects equally. Mag-focus sa mga mahihirap na lessons, at pasadahan na lamang ang mga madadali.

For instance, sa AFAR. Madali lang ang Partnership at Corpo Liquidation, so iyon ang pinasadahan ko. Focused lang ako noon sa Conso problems at Forex. Sa lahat ng subjects, madali ang theories since plain common sense lang naman iyan. Doon na ako nag-focus sa problems.

  1. Analyze, analyze, analyze. Paulit-ulit kong ineemphasize ito, since malaking factor ang analysis sa passing/failing score sa board exam. More on memorization, kailangang intindihin din kung paano gumagana ang mga accounting topics. Learn the “hows” and “whys” of most concepts sa accounting subjects.

Nang nagrereview ako, pumupunta muna ako sa basic concepts ng isang topic, let’s say PPE o intangibles. Saka na nakikinig maigi sa mga specifics like cash-generating unit o PPE swap. At that point inaalam namin kung bakit iyon ang tamang sagot, at kung anong specifics ang ginamit.

  1. Take notes and listen. Malaking tulong din ito lalo na sa mga working reviewees, granted na lagi tayong naghahabol ng oras. Eat full breakfast, and have snacks kung alam mong aantukin ka.

Consider also having index cards, lalo na sa mga complex topics. Ilista kung ano ang summary ng understanding mo sa isang topic. Depende na sa iyo kung ilang index cards ang gagamitin.

  1. Be creative. You are free to make up your own understanding of concepts. Or take weird concept form your reviewers/teachers. Nung time na nahihirapan ako sa interpretation ng Currency Translation sa AFAR, tinake-up ko ang concept ni Sir Ngina. Na pag Peso to Peso, ito ang gagamitin. Pero pag Peso to Oppa (meaning other currency), ibang method naman.
  1. Have fun. Marami sa mga reviewers ang makuwela at palabiro. Malaking tulong din ito upang mabawasan ang stress. Kung tumawa ang buong batch, kailangang tumawa ka rin.

Kung ikaw ay nasa ReSA, sagana diyan si Sir Gor. May inside joke nga na inabot ng 5-10 minutes ang tawanan. Sabi niya (non-verbatim):

“FLO (Financial Lease Obligation) ang gagamitin natin. Kay Chris, anong ginamit? Fl…Flower?”

Matindi ang itinawa namin, to the point na lumuha ako sa katatawa. Kahit paano, nabawasan ang stress na dala-dala namin.

  1. Do what you love and relax. Nalulungkot din ako sa isang examinee na sinakripisyo lahat, pati ang oras para sa good time, para lang maipasa ito. Tumanda na siya sa pag-aaral. Pero di pa rin pasado hanggang ngayon.

Darating din sa punto na hindi kailangang sobrang seryoso habang pinaghahandaan ang CPA Board Exam. No need na ikulong ang sarili o itigil ang lahat ng mga bagay na gusto mo. Dahil tuloy pa rin ang buhay.

Sa kaso ko, as usual pa rin ang ginagawa ko kahit nagrereview pa, tulad ng paglalaro ng computer games, Candy Crush, o blogging sa site. Nanood pa nga ako ng Jang Geum, Team Yey, Peppa Pig, at Pleasant Goat. The point is: Iisa lang ang buhay na meron tayo.

  1. Always pray. Nung mga time na nahihirapan ako sa review at sa paghahanap ng trabaho, wala akong makapitan. Doon ko na-realize na dapat laging humingi ng tulong sa Diyos. From that point, nagdadasal na ako. Hanggang ngayon.

Darating din sa punto na ipagkakaloob ng Panginoon ang matagal na hinihiling. Basta laging kumatok sa Kanya.

Yun lang ang mga simpleng tips para maipasa ito. Maikli ito dahil alam ko na iyon ang mas nakatatak sa marami sa atin. Good luck and God bless sa lahat ng kukuha ng board exam!

Heize (헤이즈) – Falling Leaves Are Beautiful: MV Review

Due to IZ*ONE suspending their comeback, we will not review them. Instead, an essay to improve Produce series will be published some time.

Stay tuned also for reviews of Hinapia, GOT7, Victon, and BVNDIT.


For the first time, we will review Heize in her song Falling Leaves Are Beautiful. For brevity, we will name this as Leaves.

I only knew of Heize through Goblin OST (Round and Round). These kinds, like that of Ailee, have a special place in my heart. Till now I cry everytime I hear this. Round and Round also reminds me how hard it is for me to pass the exam. That’s why I wanted to review her work.

As much as I wanted to review her works (No Reason/We Don’t Talk Together), I failed to do so. On first vid, it was too late. Second vid was full of horror, and I dislike that. No choice then but to wait for another.

Now that Heize is releasing another work this year, this time we will prioritize it. Let’s start!

Storyline

Leaves best describes the girl’s sojourn and the random event of finding a man. They were lost in the midst of fields, and later on she builds a mound. In the midst of nowhere, she later knew that she fell in love with the man beside her.

Viewers will find it beneficial travelling to other places. Nowadays many people have done this, as they don’t want to confine in a room or in offices. There one can feel refreshed and relaxed at the same time.

Review as whole

For comparison’s sake, we will use Round and Round as reference, since that was her only work I knew very well.

The music was plainly calm, and that allows her voice to stand out. She just uses her voice, which I also find it raspy. Although surprised that her voice wasn’t hollow enough, I still enjoyed how she played her voice. This can be deemed as a lesser version of her OST.

For some improvements, that would be on adding description on what the MV of Leaves is all about. How could we relate the title to what they are doing? That’s the thing they have to answer by providing description in YouTube page. Another thing would be on adding moral lesson aside from love.

Review by others

TheBiasList commented that Leaves might be helpful for people who hate K-Pop. This is not to mention that her vocals make the song go up. And perfect timing for the autumn solidifies the need for comeback like this.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 82.35%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners
Dance 12 Not too sensual
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 3
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19

 

Stray Kids (스트레이 키즈) – Double Knot: MV Review

Reviews for November releases will be continued next week.


For the second time, we will review Stray Kids, in their song Double Knot.

Their performances proved to be different from the rest of other boy groups, by providing its own sense of identity and approach. We reviewed their previous performance, where we are quite ambivalent on it due to chaotic nature of the song. This time, will they return with an outstanding performance for us? Let’s see.

(Side Note: Sad to see Woojin leaving due to personal reasons. As such, the album release will be moved a month later.)

Storyline as whole

The storyline was quite confusing. The story starts with members always running. The final story features a member picking the key to the door, which he opens.

Stray Kids made the performance less fearful as compared with Side Effects, and with that I am very pleased.

Double Knot’s special kind of EDM impressed me the most. The buzzing, looping sound is heard in most parts of the video, and the build-up of music was becoming tense at the final chorus.

Let’s look on the visuals. The settings are American, and may be mistaken for ordinary American MV if not rendered in Korean. Special effects are fully used at 1:35 – 1:38, where they made duplicates of themselves. Key symbolizes authority, and unlocking possibilities.

The concept of featuring the moon is still present at 0:07, which reminds me of Special Effects, which in turn, copies from GOT7’s Eclipse.

Review by others

KPopReviewed noted that Double Knot combines the energy of Miroh and intensity of Side Effects, yet being toned down. It also posed a different side of them being more masculine. The raps, dances, and vocals are nice. However, it held itself back on its potentials.

TheBiasList noted that this is a pre-release track, and so it being toned down is justifiable. Deep inside, it borrows concepts from Monsta X and adds every autotune available. Aside from that, it benefits from learned experiences on music experiments. Raps are arranged closer to pop than hip-hop. While this was not quite outstanding, hope this be their prelude to upcoming track.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 85.00%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 3
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 4
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 4
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Recalls previous songs 5