Monday, December 11, 2006

To Each Their Own

Came into the office today and realized that I am finally getting into the rhythm of things. Audit here at Altria is different from that of Tyco. Tyco was learning the process through testing, which I found effective; however it could lead to over testing with inexperience. Altria is the understanding the process then testing, with the reverse of effect of under testing. With a little more time and training things will workout just fine. I got into the most interesting conversation about whatnots with Justyna our new member to the Kraft-London-Team. She’s midway through a PhD of Internal Audit, Mr. Termine would be most jealous. Now only if I could find a place to live.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Not Homeless Yet

For being a techie to people. I have never posted to Craigslist. That has changed today I posted a request for a roommate in the Chicago area. After realizing that buying a house is does not have a financial benefit. See post below:

What I am Looking for:

I am looking to rent a spacious room; enough to fit a queen size bed and other personal belongings. I would also like garage parking or secure parking and in-unit laundry in the following locations, Evanston, Lakeview, Glenview, and Chicago.

I am in early 20's, I have master's degree, speak Spanish, Colombian, travel for work, new to Chicago, born in Miami, studied in Boston, lived in Princeton,NJ for a while and my favorite city is Barcelona, Spain.

Other: http:///


(1) One Room
(2) Parking
(3) In-Unit Laundry
(4) Other things a plus :o)

Friday, October 27, 2006

Good Times....

---My Good Bye @ Tyco---
This team is one of a kind, such amazing people, with great leadership, you will be missed. I appreciate the good times, the learning experience, the late nights in Rio, and the beaches in Barcelona. Thank you to those that have made the last 18 months at Audit a memorable experience.

Today is my last day at Tyco. I will be starting a similar job in Chicago, IL next Tuesday. If you’re in Chicago contact me.

Keep In Touch:

Michael Giraldo
Michael.Giraldo@gmail (personal) (site) (linkedin)

Friday, July 07, 2006

Long Night...Early Start

So first time in long time I pulled an all nighters. I made the best of the time updated this blog, performed maintenance on server and some reading. On the 4 th the IPOD broke luckily I was in the New York City and went to Apple Store (59th and 5 Ave). The ipod was still covered that under extend warranty for another 20 days, good buy on the extend warranty :o) Apple Genius (that’s what they call their tech support) gave me a new 4G IPOD. Lost all the song rating so the shuffle is playing most random songs another 18 months to reprogram. The 4 th in the city was pretty cool see the pictures (link: ) it was Catherine first Independence Day in the States, Rachna the girl can talk and Joe rush across the city to get trained almost killed him.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

BA, Argentina

I am currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s an impressive city with European feeling and walking friendly. One of the top city is south America. Last night I went to this great sushi restaurant Sushi Club amazing 3 rolls with a glass of wine and desert for 40 USD dollars with tip. It was midnight when I was done with my meal so I went to a nearby club which came highly recommend. However at midnight the club is vacant not a soul insight. Talk about starting late I check around the clubs don’t getting going until you 2:00 AM. Talk about culture clash in most places in the USA clubs are closing or close to last call. To end the story I left the club at 1:00 AM still mostly empty and in bed long before the party got started.

Saturday, April 22, 2006


So after what seems to be months (a long time in audit years) I am finally starting an audit in about a week. I have also got the opportunity to Brazil. Hopefully this time the Brazil consultant will hopefully finally issue me a 5 year visa. This might not seem like a big deal; however this is the third time applying for a visa in the last 6 months.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Digital Magic…

This picture is the first from my new PowerShot S80 camera. The 8.0 mega pixels might come in handy some day. I am not sure what I will be doing with my new “shine toy” but hopefully I will be traveling soon. My recent audit got canceled so no California. Posted by Picasa

Monday, April 10, 2006

What’s my future?

Well recently I was asked to determine what my future career plans. Since, as long I can remember I want to do great things with Information Technology & Business. I never imagined that would have been IT Auditor traveling world, which is where I am today and grateful for it. So what’s next?