2017, here we go.

As I unconsciously drove myself with robotic consistency to work today, I was thinking of things to do or change this year. I don’t do new year resolutions. Frankly because I’m afraid I won’t get to actually doing them — especially with the pressure of a non-existent clock ticking away every second.

This year, I’m changing that. I’m going to write down a couple of things that I think I should be able to accomplish — or at least try … Continue reading →

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

In War’s Why Can’t We Be Friends?, the line “why can’t we be friends?” is repeated 44 times and makes up 94% of the entire song. I’ve asked myself this question hundreds of times. Why can’t people seem to agree on anything?

One guy says something, another guy comes back with something else. A woman posts something nice on Facebook and people can’t wait to give it a piece of their mind.

Are people hardwired to argue? Were we Continue reading →

The Culture Hype

Almost anything passes as definition of culture these days — more so in tech startups.

So, what’s the culture like in your company?

Oh, we have espresso machines, unlimited candy, free lunches, a couple of masseuse on standby — you name it! We embrace working remotely, enjoy unlimited vacations, and are entitled to 8-hours of sleep every night.

Oh, man. How I wish.

Silicon Valley has everyone talking a great deal about culture but do we really know what we’re … Continue reading →

How to Eliminate Your Short Temper and Avoid Completely Ruining Your Kids’ Lives

am a father to two kids; one six-year old and a toddler. Both highly energetic and can easily wreak havoc while requiring the smallest amount of time. I love them both dearly but there are times when I want to crumple them into a ball and hurl them into the trash bin while yelling “Kobe!”

Parenting is tough—and I don’t think an aphorism would help in any way. In today’s technology-driven world, everyone is under constant pressure to deliver,

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Moving along.

I started this blog 4 years ago as a way for me to record my thoughts. 25 thousand hits later, there’s a hint of melancholy as I’m finally parting ways with it — or WordPress to be perfectly accurate. There was a time when you felt like everyone else was on WordPress (emphasis on “was”). Although, I just felt like whenever I log onto WordPress, I always get lost into its different components and entirely miss the point of writing. … Continue reading →

But You’ve Got To Love Failure!

I love building things.

Notice how I said “building?” I don’t consider myself creative, I’m not an innovator and I’m nowhere near being a visionary. But I LOVE building things.

4 years ago, me, my brother, and a friend of ours thought of an idea. We were fed up with how bad traffic was in Metro. We thought, what if we could build a service that encourages ride-sharing, or more commonly known as carpooling.

We scoured the web for local … Continue reading →

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading →