An Uber-tastic Experience Riding With Uber That Almost Gave Me A Heart Attack

This morning, I decided to bring my car to the repair shop to have the carburetor checked. The car had been hard-starting recently and dies every now and then. It was a public holiday and so I thought it’d be the perfect time to cruise along EDSA. At 8:00 AM, I started the car (still hard-starting) and tried to kick the gas pedal back and forth. Another car inside our village passed through me and said there was white smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe.… Continue reading →

How We Got Zero Eggs But Still Came Home Happy

Last Sunday, through the generosity of a family friend, we joined an Easter Sunday program for kids held at one of the malls in town. A fee of Php300 was asked from would-be participants prior to the event. It boasted of a pirate show, face painting, snow cones, cotton candy, pop corn, and a 15-minute use of a “bouncy pirate ship.” The main activity though would be an easter egg hunt throughout the entire mall. This included establishments wherein you go in and search through their entire catalog (hopefully no one took anything besides the eggs).… Continue reading →

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. Both Are Irrational.

I started off writing an entry on general human irrationality but one Guy up there somehow wanted me to write about this instead.

Well, here goes nothing.

I usually shy away from writing things where I feel vulnerable or at a disadvantage but I’m going out on a limb here and actually give it a try.

I’ve been reading a lot lately and one of the books I’ve stumbled upon is Dr. Emerson Eggerichs’ “Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs” which basically deals with marriage but more importantly, the differences between men and women and why they are not able to get along.… Continue reading →

Don’t Work For A Startup

Two years ago, I was unemployed, delusional, drowning in debt, and drunk every single night in front of the computer after days and days of endless coding (and, well, drinking). I was trying to build something visionary, something that would catapult me into stardom, something that would let me cash in millions. None of these things happened. As Daniel Kahneman discussed in Thinking, Fast and Slow, it was a clear case of affective forecasting.

Fast forward two years, here I am, mulling over the remaining days I have left in what seemed to be a roller coaster ride of endless, rigorous days of scaling up, never ending ad-hoc tasks, and ever-switching job descriptions.… Continue reading →

Anilao

The alarm was set to five o’ clock in the morning after half-wittedly deciding to stay up so late the night before—well, couldn’t really say “the night before” ’cause we slept at around 12 midnight—watching Anthony Bourdain material from 13 years ago and snacking on purely unhealthy junk food. But amazingly, I woke up not feeling like a grumpy 60-year old widower who would rather let the time pass him by.

We were going to our ninang‘s house in Anilao, Batangas—a trip planned by Nouelle back from I-can’t-remember-when.… Continue reading →

Walter Mitty And The Secrets Behind Oversharing

As I stare blankly at the blinking cursor, I’m thinking of what I should write about. It should be something informative, educating, or witty at the very least. But I can’t think of anything.

Today went by so fast. I disassembled our bed—old, fucking noisy bed—had the car washed and got a fade.. all in the morning. Me and my wife, Nouelle, had plans to watch a movie in the afternoon and after doing the requisite chore or task given by either my mom or dad whenever we go out, we headed to the mall.… Continue reading →

Hearsay, hearsay! The Gullibles Travel

If there’s one thing social media did, it’s to make the world we all know smaller. Never did we have to wait for a newspaper to be negligently thrown at our lawn or TV static to end at 5am for our favorite morning news program to begin. At our fingertips, everything is available.

We all know how rumors, when combined with human’s ever growing need to be listened to, can spread easily. Back then though, we could easily determine if these were basically hearsay—unverified information usually heard from another person.… Continue reading →

In a Child’s Eyes

I think as [young] parents, we often forget that our kids are growing up every second. Yes, we say “Daddy just needs to work” and be gone 9 hours every day (more if work is far from home) thinking it’s the norm and the kid forced to understand the context as an adult. But they are not adults. Let’s admit, it’s a compromise that takes a lot of toll on our kid’s growing up years and we know it. I often think that because my wife is a stay-at-home mom, she can pretty much cover for whenever I’m not around.… Continue reading →

The Flyer That Remain Unchanged: A Boracay Experience

Real Coffee claims establishment in 1996. The last time I’ve been in Boracay was the early 90’s when there were hardly any businesses occupying the beach front of the beautiful island. It was way back before I was even a teenager so I’m not really sure if either we went there earlier or none of my “titas” noticed Real Coffee.

Fast forward 20 years (give or take), married; with one kid and another on the way, I got the chance to go back to the place dubbed as “the best beach destination in the world” by Travel+Leisure Magazine.… Continue reading →

The Nitty Gritty of a Startup

When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you..

Amazon.com, Facebook, and Twitter. I guess it’s safe to say that all of these were once startups—garage mockups. Although boldly used these days, everything had to start from something.

I have a passion for startups. I wouldn’t say I’ve had it forever but after joining one (and a few book recommendations by mentors) I’ve slowly built a huge appreciation and excitement for it. It’s an easy way to get your name into history books—if the startup succeeds, that is.… Continue reading →