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 …

Getting It Out There

Today, the preprint for my thesis finally goes live on arXiv. The paper is a condensed version of the original, hundred-or-so page manuscript that now sits in hardback in my shelf among my prized collections of textbooks and monographs. My initiation, so to speak, into the world of academia. My adviser and examiners had the …

A Random Walk Through Kyoto

Although our visas indicated that our official reason for visiting Japan was to attend a conference, in truth we were hardly ever spotted at the conference site. Except for maybe the first half of the first day, during the opening ceremonies (for the free dinner), and the day of our presentation, the rest of our …

My Favorite Books From 2020

It’s been a very non-eventful year, a reflection that I recognize is coming from a privileged position when I think back at the millions or so of people that contracted the virus, the significant portion of those that ultimately didn’t get out alive, and, speaking about local matters, all the people that lost their jobs …

Burning Through P500,000 In A Year

Time is fickle. One moment you’re sitting in front of the television, hearing for the first time about the oncoming lockdown, thinking about all the money you could save and invest while you work from home in your boxers not worrying about bus fares and office dinners. With hardly a snap of a finger, it’s …

Quarantine Journals: Another Drug Case Botched

I have to hand it to the people in charge, they never seem to run out of things to say or do to completely baffle the entire nation. Today, I woke up to the following news on the DZMM TeleRadyo’s official twitter page: Reading this is just absolutely painful for me. The rider is clearly …

Quarantine Journals: WFH Fatigue

In the middle of mindlessly scrolling through my facebook news feed, I found this interesting article on the Wall Street Journal about the downsides of working from home. It feels almost like it was only a week ago that we had come home from our offices after the announcement of lockdown measures, shaken by fears …

Quarantine Journals: Frayed Nerves (Part 2)

This is part two of a two-part opinion piece on current events in the Philippines. While based on news taken from trusted sources, I make the disclaimer that this blog is NOT a news channel. Content on this blog (this article included) should be taken with a grain of salt. I do not intend to …

Quarantine Journals: Frayed Nerves (Part 1)

This is part one of a two-part opinion piece on current events in the Philippines. While based on news taken from trusted sources, I make the disclaimer that this blog is NOT a news channel. Content on this blog (this article included) should be taken with a grain of salt. I do not intend to …

Quarantine Journals: If Cats Disappeared From The World

The day Fully Booked announced that they would be open for deliveries within Metro Manila amid the community quarantine, I was already on their online store browsing for books. That’s how much I missed being inside a book store. Looking at book covers through a screen didn’t quite emulate the experience, especially when half the …