Recovery from LPA

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 17:26 Sweetest Downfalls 1 Comment

As you grow older, the way I see it, it’s either: matters that need your equal attention naturally pile up, or your attention span simply diminishes. It could also be that you just don’t know your priorities. Yet. Blink, and another year has transpired. Do half of that blink and days after that year have already been lost. Clichéd as it may be as evident to the absence of posts (not that it’s new), 2017 was slammed. That aside (and enough of that), I shall play the rewind button further as that’s what this is about.

Towards the end of 2016 I found myself in a melancholic state. (Enter background music here.) It could’ve actually been depression if I were to describe it straightforwardly. Now, I’m not getting into the drama here, but it did happen. For months I had nothing to do for our team; I was instead tasked to assist someone from another team on a minimal scale and study an ITSM tool which I believe won’t be used by the organization anytime soon. Things got worse when our boss left and our team was dissolved, leaving everyone “floating” (well, that’s what I felt). Even worse was around that time, my college folks, who were my regulars, moved back to the province or started working overseas for good. (I know, I’m in no position to complain because of the mere fact that I have a job. But it just gets frustrating when you go to work everyday doing almost nothing. Where’s the sense and fulfillment in that.) The death of a college roommate also added fuel to the fire. Such dark times. (Yeah, like when Voldemort came back.)

Come 2017 and I found myself in the company of a new team. (Aww, did you hear a whimper there?) That’s after pursuing vacancies in other teams before going home for the holidays. From then on things actually started sailing smoothly; my plate was hardly ever empty. And the best part was that in spite of all the distress the previous year served, I was lucky with seat sales, and was still granted to go to places even if I just got on the team.

Thailand Kalanggaman
Malapascua Korea
Singapore Bucas Grande
Australia Japan
Dubai Abu Dhabi

Life, as the tagline of this blog goes, is not all beer and skittles. One moment you’re happy and the next you’re devastated. That was a nasty period and it could happen again, and no one can tell when. The important thing is that you shouldn’t shy away from people when it happens. And above all, win any battle against your olden attention span.

Claiming the Philippines’ TLD

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 23:22 Site Updates 2 Comments

It’s been a little over two years since I bought this domain and thanks to that malicious script attack four days ago I’m finally gonna talk a little about it. Who knows? The end might be near.

It was when I was contacted by a former colleague about a volunteerism-related website that they needed to finish because the web developer who started it could no longer see it to its completion. Of course, they had to ask me to show them something as proof that I can actually do the job. With most of my websites from way back when being outdated, I showed them my blog, which is this. I was, however, very reluctant to give them the URL because it was still in back then. It may have been the coolest to my ears ten years ago but at this age? Not anymore. Especially if I intend to expose it more to people I personally know. The moment I gave in was also the exact same moment that I decided to finally make the move to If I were to give it a tag line that’d be:

I’m the Nelson of the Philippines and this is my blog.

As for finishing that website, I decided to bail out because they were using Laravel, a PHP framework that I’m not familiar with, and I realized (even after looking it up and realizing that it looks promising) that the time I would spend learning it could be more than the time I would spend using it. And with me doing things left and right on weeknights and going here and there on weekends, it was simply impossible. I advised their team to find someone who’s actually using it and eventually they did. I basically have never been a part of the endeavor but I’m glad to see that the iVolunteer Philippines website has been serving its purpose smoothly since then.

Speaking of ten years… By some twist of fate, this stumbled on my doorstep tonight. Oh, the good old days… 🙂