Oh wow. Hello there, it’s been a long time. I’ve been busy, and haven’t really found any time to write. But now is the new year and I feel obligated to write something that would make me feel learned, at least for a while (lol). I came up with a very short list of things that I learned in the past year, that hopefully made be a better person. Of course this kind of post just had to be late, again. Anyway, here they are:

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The Unfamiliar

I lay on my bed looking up at the ceiling with wide open eyes, my head resting on my hands. It was already late, or should I say really early in the morning, and I couldn’t sleep. Not a moment later, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a figure suddenly forming by my bedside. As I propped myself up to sit on the bed, I asked the silhouette “Who are you?” it was the most appropriate question I could ask.

“Oh, you know who I am.” the shadow replied. I was at-a-loss by what he said, but somehow he was right. I did recognize him, vaguely; he’s someone I haven’t seen for a very, very long time.

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Trekking Pinatubo

A long overdue post about our trek in Pinatubo..

January 30, 2011

Junel arrived at our house, wearing a red long-sleeved shirt, and bringing a black backpack, which at first I thought was our food; too bad. We had some breakfast first and talked for a while about how excited we both were for the trip. We then played Bad Company 2 on my PC to pass time while waiting for the others to arrive.

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Before anything else, I’d like to point out that I am no saint. I have probably broken most of what I’ve written down in this post, so save your hypocritical remarks.

If you’re a game developer like me, or any professional for that matter, then read on. This post is for you guys. Bato-bato sa langit, tamaan huwag magagalit.

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The Scorpion and the Frog

One day, a scorpion stood on the side of a stream and asked a frog to carry it to the other side. “How would I know you won’t sting me?” asked the frog. “Because if I sting you, I’ll drown.” the scorpion said.

The frog thought about it and realized the scorpion was right. So he put the scorpion on his back and started ferrying him. But midway across the stream, the scorpion plunged its stinger on the frog’s back. As they both began to drown, the frog gasped “Why?”. The scorpion replied “Because it is my nature.”

Goodbye, See You Later

It’s hard to say goodbye (a real goodbye, not just something that you say everyday), even if we have to, and specially when we have no choice. Last night, I bid farewell to my sisters, bound for the U.S., where they’ll stay for 5 years.

The thought of them leaving was slow to sink in. Reality only hit me when me and my dad were already on our way home from the airport. I watched these two grow, and it’s all still a bit surreal for me – I’ll miss five years of their lives.

My Own Essential Apps

I’ve had an iPod Touch since 2009. I don’t buy a lot of apps except those needed for work/research. But I did buy some select apps that I use on a regular basis. If I were to choose my top 3 apps for my device, these would be my picks:

On my iPod Touch (iOS)

iBear Money
This app is an really useful expense tracker app. I bought this app on sale at $4.99, if I remember correctly. It’s quite handy for tracking all of my income and expenditures. It has a lot of nifty features like reports and charts. It’s also a bit easy to know what you’re looking for because of all the icons that you can use for every category.

The only downside of iBear Money is the cluttered interface. And there’s just too many layers of information before you can get to where you want to go. I guess that’s what you get for a comprehensive expense tracker software. But nonetheless, I was happy with this app.

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How a Dream Came True

Back in 1997, on a hot sunny afternoon in school, me and my friend were talking about an awesome game called Diablo.

Alan: Dude, ang ganda ng Diablo!
Carl: Syempre, Blizzard yan eh.
Alan: Hmm. Tingin mo, possible tayong makagawa ng game in the future?
Carl: Sige, mangarap ka lang.
Alan: Aba, malay mo.

Nine years later, I became a game designer.

That’s the great thing about dreams; the ones that you want the most tend to become reality.

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Working From Home

I’ve been working from home since our company started last year. I’ve only been familiar with this kind of setup for about a month when I worked as a freelance game designer three years ago. Almost a year in at staying at home, I’ve come to realize that though the setup might sound “nice” at first, it’s not really all that wonderful, mostly because I’m not really employed or working freelance and have a salary, but rather handling a business – which makes all the difference, believe me.

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