Skip to main content

New Career Options

I just finished watching legally blonde 1 (where Elle Woods becomes a lawyer), and I suddenly got some insipration to try my hand at going to law school after my BS Computer Science degree. I'm not sure though how I would be faring in the US, once I get there. Or I might consider studying law here in the Philippines, and then try my hand at politics.

These are options I could take, but I'm not losing sight of the goals I have set for myself. I'm still eyeing that 1 million pesos by 25, 1 million dollars by 35, and a Ph.D. by 45 -- then teaching at UPLB after all has been said and done. I might even consider politics by then, but right now I'm still working towards my goal of graduating and making money for myself then my family.

It seems to me that most people my age aren't too hard on themselves when it comes to goals and visions of the future. Maybe it's because of my early exposure to leadership training and stuff regarding personal development and idealism which causes me to conform to my image of myself in the future. I tend to try becoming myself in the future now, which makes it quite hard and frankly quite daunting.

I know a lot of people who just take the wave as it crashes -- take their lives day by day and not have a semblance of a plan. I also know of other people who have a clear idea of where they want to be at some point int the future, but seem to not take steps going towards that goal. I also know people who don't give a damn about what they're doing or going to do. But that's them, and I'm me. However sometimes, I wonder why I can't be like them -- or why can't they be like me.

I am not perfect by any means -- I also make mistakes even if I try very hard not to make them. I follow my insticts too, take risks, and live life day by day. I just wish that all the people around me got exposed to what I was exposed to in my childhood -- education, leadership training, and personality development. Not that it would make me or other people better, but as a collective whole the Philippines and the whole world could use people who had a sense of idealism and vision.

I read the news almost everyday and read about corruption, apalling behaviour, and even plain stupidity. I always say to myself -- "Thank God, I'm not yet part of the news...". However, there's something in me which itches to be part of the news, and the good news to be more precise.

I've been telling my friends -- or those that would be around me long enough to know me -- that I could be a better Filipino smoehwere else other than the Philippines. I believe this because I have seen how Filipinos behave and conduct themselves abroad. I've seen hard working Filipinos in Hong Kong and well-off yet still hardworking Filipinos in the USA. However, I am still dumbfounded as to why Filipinos in the Philippines couldn't care less about the country -- or at least fail to show that they do care for the country through their actions.

I've also been watching how people move around and conduct themselves in public -- the marketplace, the MRT, the busses, the jeepneys, the public male urinal, etc. -- and I could never seem to know why nobody could care less about other people. It's good to have everybody mind their own business, but it's something else to get in the way of other people and still mind your own business. Just look around here in the Philippines: you see jeepney/taxi/private drivers who couldn't care less if they're causing the traffic tie ups. Or the street vendor who couldn't care less if he/she's blocking the way. Or the man passing bye who couldn't care less about everybody else and spits right in front of you -- much worse, take a leak where eveybody could see him doing so.

I mean come on, would proud civilized people do this? It boggles the mind. And unless someone (or everyone) comes up with a solution, then the Philippines as we know it would be doomed forever. Don't take my word for it, look around and open your eyes -- you could see a lot of bad things that it doesn't matter if there ever was a good thing happening. Either that or I'm just a hopeless pessimist regarding the future of this country.

That, or the next president's not going to do any better than the past presidents -- but that's a whole other thing.



Popular posts from this blog

Writing Again

It's 2019 and I just realised that I've not written on this blog for a long while. I feel a little bad about this so I'm picking it back up again. More importantly, I've limited my social media to just Twitter (I've deleted all my Facebook-related accounts) and will be writing more on the blog instead of engaging in other social media sites. If you want to reach me directly, you can also reach me through my account for encrypted communication. If you have my phone number, you can also contact me through Signal. Quite a number of things have happened in the past few years and here's a quick update on things that I can share:

I've been working on XRay, a function call tracing system now part of the LLVM project. This took a good two and some years of my time at Google.Most recently I've moved to the Chrome Operations Team still here in Google Sydney. I can't give specifics yet of what I'll be working on, so stay tuned.There've been c…

A Passion Project

I was so moved today by the prospect of a passion project that I took some time on a Friday night to get it done. Let me present the #RedJeans project over at I've found myself wanting to work on a project that came purely from the heart and one that was very dear to me, something that is personal, and connects with a larger community of people in the world.
The idea for came to me as a hint when I was writing up my reflection for 2018. I realised that I didn't spend quite as much time identifying with and working with a community. I did a bit of soul-searching and found that one of the activities I really enjoyed and cherished in years past is donating blood -- and I keep wondering why not more people do it. It was an idle thought but then a conversation with someone where I described why I wrote down "donate blood more often" in 2019 became an idea where instead of just me doing it, how about if I get my friends to do it too?

I left it a…


Until very recently I believed that I needed to be on top of the latest news and happenings not only in my field (computer science and software engineering) but also in as many things as I can be on top of. This meant subscribing to all sorts of magazines, newsletters, YouTube channels, Twitch streamers, watching TV and live sport events, etc. — I was on top of a lot of the latest happenings, trends, news, interesting developments. I was having fun and I felt busy. What I did not feel was particularly effective nor productive. I felt like I was consuming so much information with the thought that it might be useful someday. When I was younger this wouldn’t have been an issue but I realised that ever since I’ve started taking stock of what I’ve been spending my time on, that a lot of it I’ve been spending just staying on top of things that I really didn’t need to be on top of. This article is about some of the realisations I’ve made in the course of exploring this issue of “FOMO” or th…