What We Were Fighting For

The last couple of days, since Tuesday, have been difficult for me – emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Though we are yet far from an official proclamation, so far reported partial counts from both the COMELEC Transparency Server and the PPCRV Parallel Counts are inching towards a Marcos-Duterte win. And you know what? I can accept …

How to study Math while the world teeters on the brink of war

The following blog post was inspired by two things: first, by a Youtube video by the author John Green craftily titled “How to Make Potatoes While Dread Presses In from Every Direction”, and second, by a fifteen minute ordeal I’ve only just now had with a particularly challenging notation from a textbook I’m reading on …

The Trappings of Wealth

I cannot care less about wealthy people. Which is probably why I’ve put off seeing Succession until only recently. I’ve heard great stuff about it. I am constantly exposed to media (for instance, the Tiny Meat Gang podcast hosted by Youtube comedians Noel Miller and Cody Ko) by people who are in awe of it. …

The smell of wood and pages

The following post is a recollection of my visit to Baguio, which concluded a two-week business trip in Northern Luzon. I have a very predictable personality: I love cats, books, and rustic sceneries. So, when the opportunity of coming to Baguio arose back in 2019 after a two-week sprint visiting Jollibee stores across Northern Luzon …

NFT Who?

I was watching a Coffeezilla video recently, one among many already uploaded not just by him regarding the spate of NFTs that have taken over the cryptocurrency space. In the video, Coffeezilla touches on a few very important points about NFTs that I couldn’t help agree with. Not being entirely caught up in the cyptocurrency …

Don Quixote, Japanese Mobsters

Every time I sit down to watch a movie, I am reminded of how much Youtube and Tiktok have absolutely trashed my attention span. All the hard work I’d put in during college reading long winded classics and watching marathons of the likes of The Godfather put to waste. Now I can’t even follow half …

Ebbs of Nostalgia

I am a sucker for movies about loneliness, especially when that loneliness is set against the backdrop of the looming metropolis. This is probably a result of my having grown up on the novels of Bret Easton Ellis and and Jay MacInerney, paired with the cinema of Wong Kar Wai and Lino Brocka. It’s an …

Vertigo

I’m writing this a third of the way through my last month as knowledge management head, in-house data science and visualization expert, and all-around clown for the Quality Management division of Jollibee Worldwide Services (the services arm of the much bigger, much more delicious-sounding Jollibee Foods Corporation). It’s crazy to think that I’ve spent, as …

Human Nightmares, Capitalist Dreams

Amid the confusion of last year, with the pandemic taking hold of the world like a baby gender reveal-caused forest fire, and the sudden shift to work from home (for some of us, at least) amid quarantine measures being passed down by governments, I was actually able to write two stories of some publishable merit. …