• Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe (Part 2)

    Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe (Part 2)

    Personal cultural highlights from our trip:

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  • Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe (Part 1)

    Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe (Part 1)

    In between transitioning jobs, I asked C to go with me to Osaka (and tour the nearby prefectures) since it seemed like the perfect time for vacation for both of us. It was the first time I’ve visited Japan in summer (an earlier trip with family happened in May, just as spring was ending, where…

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  • Building confidence while traveling

    Building confidence while traveling

    It’s been a while since I traveled ‘alone’. When I studied for a semester at NUS, living alone abroad was a very liberating experience that pushed me to become more independent and I missed it. Since then though, I’ve mostly traveled with friends and family. When I had to fly to Hong Kong alone for…

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  • Going out of town and re-energizing for the week

    Going out of town and re-energizing for the week

    Last weekend, C and I went with our friends to Tagaytay and did nothing but eat, drink some good wine and beer and alcohol, play The Resistance (which messed with our friendship so bad), and meet some work deadlines. The weather was so cold (Manila standard of measurement) and the place was so very beautiful.…

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  • Lumia 520

    Lumia 520

    I want to get a Windows 8 Phone. I really do. C just bought the cheap Lumia 520 (it cost 7k in Greenhills) and it’s really cute (the plastic looks better than Samsung’s stupid silver borders on the S4). I used the phone for a bit and decided that like the Windows UI more than Android’s…

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  • Chinese class, last day

    Chinese class, last day

    Today is my last day of Chinese 1 class at the Ateneo Confucius school. Even if my team epically failed the final activity this afternoon, it was still fun. I think I’ve learned a lot: I just need to practice more. I’m not so sure yet if I’m going to enrol in Chinese 2 in…

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  • Manila sidewalks

    Manila sidewalks

    Walking from my office to C’s — sidewalks are narrow and everything is not very pedestrian-friendly. But like Ron says, you get used to the concrete, the smells, the puddles, the urban decay. First is the odd smell of the creek. There is a tiny karenderia right beside the creek (is it a creek, really? There’s…

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  • Lumix LX7

    Lumix LX7

    Yesterday I bought a Lumix LX7 (thanks to Peter) after hours of looking for one at Hidalgo. All the shops have run out of stock, save for a White one that they were selling at P16k (the black one was available for P14.5k in one store but like I said, they were already out of…

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  • Dashboards


    I’ve been working on dashboards. Not very often, but I’ve had a few projects, and I usually start out feeling lost and confused about where to start. I recently signed up at to check out their responsive-making tools and was greeted with this pretty simple dashboard. Damn, I really need to work on my…

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