• new bedsheets
  • macbook pro 2018
  • samsung galaxy s9
  • darling upgrade (omd em1 mark 2 silver or omd em5 mark 3)
  • new job (HAHAHAHA!)
nov 28 2017 ∞
sep 6 2018 +

turning 30 is damn difficult - mentally, emotionally, a little physically. it is the earliest in-my-face reminder of the reality that i am going to die dunno when. or worse, get married.


so i had to get shit done. and i mean a lot of shit. and i have figured that to get shit done it has to be done quietly.

  • had the family travel abroad
  • became good at snow boarding
  • bought my first gibson
  • wrestled with an asshole white guy lol
  • visited the large hadron collider
  • relaxed with a draft stout in chamonix alps
  • vanquished my hungarian inner demons
  • "amsterdam"
  • drank the world's best belgian beers in belgium
  • had "4 shots" in one day hahahahaha
dec 1 2014 ∞
dec 2 2014 +

arranged in chronological order

  • Manama, Bahrain
  • Dubai, UAE
  • Karachi, Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Ratchaburi, Thailand
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Blue Mountains, Australia
  • Hunter Region, Australia
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Great Ocean Road, Australia
  • Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Matamata, New Zealand
  • Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Hamilton, New Zealand
jul 14 2014 ∞
jan 6 2016 +


  • Monday Banana. Strength Training*. Wheat Bread + Peanut Butter.
  • Tuesday Nasi Lemak. Noon Swim. Shih Lin Chicken. Banana. Evening Run.
  • Wednesday Rest. Must fold clothes.
  • Thursday Nasi Lemak. Noon Swim. Shih Lin Chicken. Banana. Strength Training*. Wheat Bread + Peanut Butter.
  • Friday Run. then Beer!

Strength Training*

  • planks
  • dips
  • curls
  • leg raise
  • inclined press
  • lunges
  • squats


mar 18 2013 ∞
jun 11 2014 +

when i was a kid, my classmates got the latest airmax shoes, pencil cases, slam books, NBA cards, gameboys, superNES games...

i never had any one of those. my parents couldnt afford em.

you can say i grew up surrounded by everyone having everything while i have nothing but what was required to have. or less even.

as an adult, i am glad that i can now afford to get myself the latest and greatest consumerist shit.

but i am glad even more that ive learned as a kid i dont need the latest and greatest consumerist shit.

that i need nothing else but only what is required to have. saves me a lot of money, time, stress, and living space you know.

  • my laptop (macbook pro 13in, late 2011)
jan 15 2014 ∞
jan 16 2014 +

early 2013 i lost my cool. i got so pissed off at many things, especially at shitty people saying stupid crap. why are they like that? and why so many of them?

so i decided to stop giving a fuck. because, you know, fuck this shit.

as soon as i stopped giving a fuck i made the following shit happen:

jan 28 2014 ∞
jan 29 2014 +

Should Be Can

  • dental appointment
  • credit card renew
  • opportunity to renew OWWA
  • fishball squidball kikiam isaw
  • pakbet binagoongan dinuguan hotsilog
  • friends. perhaps some badminton and basketball games
  • buy UP shirts. i like UP shirts.
  • send back old shoes, shirts, and stuff
  • buy new shoes, shirts, and stuff
  • drink gilbeys premium and mojito and coffee and stuff with the Daddy
  • handover Barney (Canon G12) to the Mommy

Should be Dont Want

  • minus 1 leave credit
  • swimmers build delay dont want
  • too lazy to renew OWWA
  • too lazy to get OEC
  • why the fck is the PH embassy so far away...
jun 5 2013 ∞
jun 11 2013 +

i was 27 years old when i left the Philippines for good last Aug 2011. my weight was 75kg. my systolic BP reached 140. i was fat, angry, and simply unhealthy. for a long time i took care of other people that i forgot to take care of myself, which i deeply regret among other related things.

so i had to get back to shape. below is the list of what i did to get back to shape without salads. i hate salads.

  • reduced coke from 3 cans/day to 1 can/day. i am a coke addict so i still can not give up coke completely.
  • reduced beer from 1 can/weekday (5 cans per week) to 1 can/week. i used to buy 6-packs of heinekens every weekend, and consume every weekday.
  • reduced 5 sticks of sugar in my mcdonalds coffee to 1 stick
  • limited rice to 1 cup per day.
feb 14 2013 ∞
feb 14 2013 +
  • learned the 1st octave, 1st position of the D Major scale in the violin
  • had my Baby Taylor guitar finally repaired
  • finished an expensive SAP training (TADM10)
  • got invitation to go to HK
  • got invitation to climb KK
  • bought a premium basketball shoe (Nike Kobe 8)
  • bought a premium running shoe (Nike Lunarglide 4)
  • lost 3 kg of fat from the holidays
  • booked the family their roundtrip flights to Singapore
  • got confirmation im gonna reach a financial milestone on April

and yet, i feel bored. what the fck is wrong with me

feb 3 2013 ∞
feb 3 2013 +

ok. im drunk as of writing this list. here's a few of the things that i would have to do (and have already done) in this lifetime of mine before i kill myself.

  • create a listography account
  • be fuckin awesome
  • get the family out of the shanty life
  • have the siblings finish college
  • get the parents drunk
  • make music videos
  • make a mockumentary comedy video ala The Office
  • organize a party. or parties.
  • learn to improvise on the guitar
  • jam with the violin and piano
  • learn to play Pachelbel's Canon
  • own a Taylor/Martin
  • learn to play the cello
  • perform and improvise on Harrison/Clapton's While My Guitar Gently Weeps with a Gibson
may 20 2011 ∞
may 21 2011 +
  • gopro
  • macbook refresh
  • Darling body upgrade
  • note 6
  • bigger backpack
jan 6 2016 ∞
may 30 2016 +

i have already learned a lot halfway through my set of SAP HANA trainings, not only about HANA itself.

  • these young trainers from SAP Labs love their work so much. i can see why they end up being highly paid.
  • i do not know shit when i was their age. such waste of years.
  • i might get a SAP C_HANATEC_1 certification and explore HANA opportunities if i pass. in-memory databases are indeed the future, and ultra-fast databases are really sexy.
  • my SAP classroom trainings cost as much as an HDB downpayment. yep, expensive!
  • my office desk is the worst place in my world right now. must be burnout. i feel better being here in a classroom far away from my office desk. i want to be far away from my office desk.
  • ive been thinking about taking up **MSCS ...
mar 31 2014 ∞
mar 31 2014 +

half a month late post

the first five are unaccomplished 2013 top-must-dos because i was too busy being awesome and pissed-off and trying to calm myself down.

  • upgrade certification to OCP
  • watch an orchestra
  • learn jazz
  • dive the sea
  • learn aikido
  • learn piano
  • learn bicycle tinkering
  • trim my fckin muffin
  • perfect smoke circles
  • secure wealth and power lol

nope. aint gonna get married yet. maybe ill never get married. lol

jan 19 2014 ∞
jun 5 2014 +

i can recall that my parents had bought me a total of 6 LEGO SETS in my entire childhood! as always, the sets bought for me were the cheapest available ones at the time of purchase. haha

and this!!! --> a Badass Lego Pirate Fkcin Ship !! this was my dream set because mommy and daddy can not afford it.

dammit. i want lego. but it will just consume space so ill probably pass.

jan 22 2014 ∞
jan 22 2014 +

i no longer take pictures with an SLR. i gave Sirius (my good ol' Canon EOS 450D) to my Dad last Christmas. i found everything that i need in a neat, little, awesome photography machine called the Olympus OM-D. it is of micro 4/3s format, and i named mine Darling.

and alec being alec i am going to complain about it after travelling with it for the first time.

  • takes 2 secs to startup. quite slow for me. missed a few moments because of this.
  • EVF (electronic view finder) is slow to show up too.
  • battery life sucks. i need 2 batteries for a day's shoot without even using a flash.
  • speaking of flash, i miss the flash sometimes. it does not have a built-in one.
  • took me a while to understand the menus. so complicated!
  • the buttons and controls are still confus...
jul 8 2013 ∞
jul 8 2013 +
  • my freedom
  • ice cold heineken
  • singles badminton
  • singles pingpong
  • mcdonalds coffee black
  • beaches
  • pretty girls on bikinis. or tanktops. lol
  • chicken biryani
  • a hot plain prata
  • annual bonuses
  • solving technical problems with big positive impact
  • a very fast oracle database. seriously
  • a nice swim
  • witty replies. whether on twitter, plurk, fb, kakao talk, or in person.
  • jamming with me on the lead guitar
  • taking photos of jump shots
  • a backbreaking thai massage
  • when people behave the way i expect them ...
apr 6 2013 ∞
apr 6 2013 +

Below are my food choices for every meal of the day.


  • fried rice
  • coffee with 1 tsp sugar
  • egg
  • nugget (fish or chicken)
  • bread
  • bee hoon


  • half spring chicken
  • cold green tea
  • chicken rice
  • beef bbq
  • mcspicy
  • soursop blend with jelly


  • banana
  • tuna sandwich
mar 18 2013 ∞
mar 18 2013 +

one of the best things I've ever learned while being alone is how to learn alone. yup. found out I can learn how to learn. alone.

exhibit A. they say you should take swimming lessons to learn the difficult butterfly stroke. well, it is like doing push ups, pull ups, core exercises, leg lifts, sit ups, squats, and macho dancing all at once while holding your breath. it is that difficult. seriously.

but I like challenges so I say nah. i broke down the butterfly stroke into smaller stuffs, figured out each smaller stuff, and put them all together. here are the smaller stuffs:

  • learn the breast stroke. specifically, the breathing part.
  • learn the dolphin kick. if you are a horny guy, this should be easy lol
  • build triceps and chest strength with pus...
feb 7 2013 ∞
feb 7 2013 +
  • when i screamed at a lousy cadet "dont stand on one FEET!". the whole battalion heard me.
  • when i accidentally "free-fell" to the ground ASS-FIRST during a rappelling/rope-transfer competition practice. had chronic lower back pains since then
  • when a certain army general announced my name to the whole UP corps of cadets because i WON that same rappelling/rope-transfer competition
  • when i went out on a date with some chinita girl instead of studying for a finals exam that same day. i flunked the exam. my scholarship got SUSPENDED for 1 semester. girls are really…………
  • then again, i remember ALL the R18 stuff HAHA
dec 30 2012 ∞
dec 30 2012 +
  • Dec 22. Haircut. BFFs. Eat.
  • Dec 23. Greenhills. Buy family PC. Panic Shopping. Eat.
  • Dec 24. Christmas. Eat. and Drink!
  • Dec 25. Christmas. Eat.
  • Dec 26. Eat.
  • Dec 27. Eat.
  • Dec 28. Went to Quiapo to buy Glasses. Eat.
  • Dec 29. Badminton for 4 hours. Taco Bell. UP Diliman. Seoul Garden.
  • Dec 30. Shopping. Packup. Eat.
  • Dec 31. New year. Eat.
  • Jan 1. Back to SG and lose the holiday weight i gained. Holyshet. So fast!

I did not go for the driving classes. I ate instead.

dec 21 2012 ∞
jan 7 2013 +
  • upgrade certification to OCP
  • learn a bowed instrument (in progress)
  • watch an orchestra
  • learn a martial art
  • climb a mountain
  • see the snow
  • dive the sea
  • dive the sky
dec 17 2012 ∞
jun 27 2013 +
  • Company accepted a lot of interns after I said that this company needs the perspective of the young.
  • Company made a giant poster of the ugliest female i openly hate and posted at the cafeteria
  • Company organized a talent show with first price $1000 after my band performance
  • Company sends out company-wide email banning my Note 7. The person who sent it was sitting behind me.
  • Company sets annual big company event same day as my birthday
  • Company sets big project date same day as my annual leave

Of course i see this shit. And it feels like they are playing me.

oct 12 2016 ∞
oct 12 2016 +
  • Bahrain
  • UAE
  • Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Japan
  • Indonesia
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Hungary
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Vietnam
may 13 2014 ∞
may 31 2020 +

i am not materialistic. i dont like too much stuff. too much stuff is difficult to manage.

much of my stuff go to my dad anyway lol

  • a yellow nike dri-fit shirt
  • a gibson SG
  • a guitar usb interface
  • a voxamplug twin
  • CPL filter for my PanaLeica 25mm 1.4
  • a Panasonic 12mm F2
  • new formal attire
  • a new jacket (mom told me to buy new one)

yep. thats it! its for the whole year. such a cheapskate i am

jan 2 2014 ∞
jun 9 2014 +

I have learned the hard way how important it is to wear the right shoe for a certain activity. Badminton shoes should be for badminton, basketball shoes for basketball, running shoes for running.. If you mix them up, something somewhere will be hurt - could be your foot, your ankle, your toe, your heel, your knee, or even your shoes. I know because I used to mix them up and have been injured many times!

So I decided to stop being cheapskates on shoes and started investing on them now that I'm playing and running and working out regularly (and can afford haha). I didn't mind spending because I found out I love collecting shoes! Below is my current collection:

  • Nike Free TR Red got from a warehouse sale. cheapskate moment. murdered my foot even when used casually due to wrong size. gave to my dad . his foot size is smaller than mine. foot injury took a few months to heal.
mar 15 2013 ∞
jan 17 2014 +

at this age and type of work, i find that 13 countries before 30 is relatively lame.

  • Bahrain. 2005. work. i was 21. i was alone. how eye-opening is that.
  • Pakistan. 2006. work. i spent my 23rd birthday here alone. hotel gave me birthday cake. i ate it alone. how fcked up is that.
  • UAE. 2006. work. one day stopover. back when everything we know about dubai was under construction.
  • Singapore. 2007. first travel abroad for pleasure.
  • Hongkong. 2008. first time to experience leading the way for a group. confirmed to myself im good at designing itineraries. but not at being patient with nagiinarteng people.
  • Macau. 2008. i wanna come back here to bungee jump. couldnt afford it before.
feb 15 2013 ∞
nov 20 2013 +

to ignore is a practical and critical life skill. ignoring a lot of things makes my life simpler and more peaceful. and blissful, so they say.

here are some of the things that when i ignore, i am at peace:

  • my boss
  • my boss's boss
  • the alarm. especially on mondays.
  • "WARNING:Could not lower the asynch I/O" messages in the alert log of a database
  • those tablespaces marked YELLOW in my daily DB utilization report
  • attention-seekers. i just love ignoring them!
  • my attention-seeking seatmate in TADM10 and TADM12. he's so annoying, out-of-context, and inappropriately chatty.
  • my seatmate at work to my west. the korean refers to him as curly-curly lol.
feb 6 2013 ∞
feb 14 2013 +
  • Davao. simply because i feel like a loser for not having been here yet.
  • Cagayan de Oro. reserved to be visited with the BFFs (batch five friends).
  • Bukidnon. my mom's father died and was buried here when she was 3 years old. she has never seen his resting place.
  • Batanes. the place just looks so lovely, so photogenic..
  • Amanpulo. of course. and why not?
dec 27 2012 ∞
dec 27 2012 +
  • late-comers and those who don't show up
  • pakialameros, back-stabbers, tsismosos and inggiteros
  • people who take advantage of what i have and what i can do
  • stupidity. this brain can not tolerate that.
  • noise. I MAKE THE NOISE!
  • Manila Metro Star Express
  • SOX audits
  • the fact that i dont have the privilege to travel around the world without the need of visas
  • the fact that i can no longer reclaim 6 useless years of my life back
dec 11 2012 ∞
dec 18 2012 +