Quarantine Journals: My Work From Home Setup

When quarantine kicked in, for some reason I had the vague notion we’d be back on the streets by August. I had no idea how terribly I’d underestimated the virus, and how confidently I’d overestimated my government’s willingness to address it. Now we’re well into August, and things still don’t bode well for us. Right […]

COMMAND LINE: My Journey Into Coding – Part 1

Command Line is an ongoing blog series where I write about technology, data science, and software engineering. To read more posts in this series, click here. In a recent video call with my closest friends from college, I mentioned that I’ve lately been gravitating away from data analysis and into software engineering. While I remember […]

Quarantine Journals: A Requiem For Caecilia

Our first computer was a desktop that my father and I bought piecemeal from various hardware stores around Baclaran back when I was seven or eight. This was in the early 2000’s, when we still bought those ISP cards to connect to the internet, and connection was nowhere near decent until around midnight – and […]

A Cinema of Melancholy: Prime Cruz and Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B

When I first saw Sleepless (2015) back in college, I thought it was a revelation. Telling the story of two call center agents working the graveyard shift finding themselves no longer able to sleep through the night, Prime Cruz delivered what we’d long accepted Filipino cinema couldn’t: a confidently-paced storyline that’s willing to dictate its […]

Kay Tagal Din Kitang Minahal: A Review of “I’m Drunk, I Love You” (2017)

As a sort of penance for not having been on here for a while – and for not having been watching much the past couple of weeks – I’ll indulge in some personal details which I associate with this film. The film was released in 2017. Back then I was still in college, nearly out of […]

Quarantine Journals: The Unbearable Silence of Quarantine

The original deadline for the first instituted lockdown has passed, and when I’m writing this we are already on the second day of extended quarantine.  And yet mass testing has only started – or is about to start – for several cities around the country. The quarantine may have bought us some time, but we’ve […]

Quarantine Journals: Thinking About Trolls

Who has a troll farm? I’m not pointing fingers. But the global consensus seems to be that they do exist, and they’re making significant waves politically in a world that’s becoming increasingly dependent on the internet. It’s only a matter of time before the concept enters our lexicon. The troll farms have come, and it […]

Quarantine Journals: Reading Albert Camus’s “The Plague” (Part 2)

Some dispatches from quarantine: it appears that countries around the world have taken note of China’s draconian measures towards containing the virus from its hotspot in Wuhan. Borders are closing. Communities are locked down. This quarantine has made hermits of us all. Unless, of course, we’re talking about the Philippines, whose politicians have so far […]

Quarantine Journals: Reading Albert Camus’s “The Plague”

With Manila entering a rather militaristic community quarantine, I find my Saturday morning suddenly freed up. Naturally my first instinct is to pick up a book from my personal library and while away the hours perched on the bed with a hot cup of coffee. And to think we’re supposed to be in a state […]