A Late Father’s Day Post

There are a number of things my dad and I don’t necessarily agree on. The older I get, the more I come to accept that’s only natural. But one thing has always been clear for me all through my life: everything I’ve become, everything I’ve achieved, I owe to him. Once he told me, after …

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 …

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 …