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Thirteen Cheers for 2013!

By on Jan 1, 2014 in Family, Featured, My Work at Digit, News | 1 comment

We’re barely just a few days away from 2014 and I just wanted to take a quick look back at the year that was. 2013 was an amazing year filled with a lot of challenges, blessings, and losses. To celebrate the last 12 months, I compiled thirteen major blessings and milestones that I’d like to call “13 Cheers for 2013” (lol). It was actually a surreal experience compiling these moments and looking for photos to visualize them. Writing this post was an enriching activity in itself and I’d recommend it all of you guys (if you can find the time to do it, hehe). Okay so in no particular order, here my the 13 Cheers for 2013! Making the Big Leap to Advertising — Joining Di9it-DM9 Leaving TV5 was a very difficult decision but it turned out to be a wise one! With Digit I’ve been able to learn so much at such a short amount of time. I’ve only been here a year but it actually feels I’ve been doing this for much more than that, hehe. Anyway, thank you to Merlee, Alex, Bonat, GGC, and Eugene for the trust. 2014 will be much bigger and better for all of us! Here’s the write-up that Adobo Magazine made about my career switch (thanks Angel, Apple, and Janelle for the feature). Goodbye Tiffany Mansions, Hello One Beverly Place! One of the biggest literal “moves” for 2013 was when we left our condo in Tiffany Mansions and moved to a bigger 3BR unit in One Beverly Place (still along Annapolis Greenhills area). The unit was actually the condo that Pastor Dennis’ family used to stay in! 3BR set-up is awesome — Masters, Home Office, and Guest Room. Hopefully we convert that Guest Room into a Baby Room this year! RAWR! Building the Team — Di9it Growing and building the team was just as exciting as changing jobs, hehe! We’re still a pretty lean and small group but I’m very happy and proud of the people in Di9it! We’ve done so much in just 1 year and I strongly believe that we’ve set ourselves up for a superb 2014. Thank you Eugene, Buboy, Peepo, Leng, Belle, Bea, Carlos, Archie, Max, Alex, Rogin, Ila, and Nike! Mobile World Congress at Barcelona, Spain Earlier this trip we went on our first Europe trip! We went to Barcelona, Spain so I could attend the Mobile World Congress. Other than tech stuff, this was also the first time I had a long vacation with just my wife in a far-away land (lol). I was also able to meet Mich’s half-sister, Chrissy (currently studying in Spain). Definitely one of the best weeks in 2013. Rumfold the Scottish Fold Around October we bought and brought home a new member to our family — Rumfold! Rumfold is a male Scottish Fold with a pedigree and official papers. Ridiculously sweet and loving cat! Got him from Bonnevie Cattery. So I rode an Elephant in Thailand Company outing was in Bangkok, Thailand! Great bonding time with DM9 peeps especially since I just joined the company. Highlight of the trip? Riding an elephant. That was a crazy experience. Momo As luck would have it we found a really good deal for a Honda Accord. Since the tires read “Momo”, Mich and I decided to name the car… “Momo”! Lol. Anyway, always been a fan of Honda and one of the cars that I drove that I loved the most was the Honda SIR way back in college. Cheers to Momo! 😛 Winning an Award! Winning an award from Globe even if our podcast and our tech site was sponsored by their competitor, Smart! Awesomeeeeee! Kulala Lumpur, Malaysia Got invited by the awesome folks from Sony to cover the regional launch of the Sony Xperia Z1 in KL, Malaysia. Had an awesome time there! Played with new gadgets, met with the Sony regional team, and had some free time to go around KL and see the sights. Two thumbs up Sony! 🙂 The Day I Did 16,899 Steps Mich and I went to Hong Kong and one of my goals was to go around the shopping centers in Mongkok. Earlier that day I bought a Fitbit Flex, a gadget that tracked the number of steps I took. After a grueling day in roaming the streets of Mongkok (and getting lost twice), I checked the number of steps for the day — a whopping 16,899. My Wife is Hotter than a Supermodel Went to Singapore to cover the Singapore Digital Fashion Week courtesy of Opera. Met and had a conversation with supermodel Naomi Campbell. She was definitely beautiful but my wife’s hotness is beyond words, hehe. It was my first time covering a fashion event. Felt sooooo out-of-place but fortunately I was able to find an angle for it that was related to tech and gadgets, hehe. Awesome moment of the trip — we met with one of our friends, Mavie, and she treated us to a superb crab dinner at a restaurant called Crab Party. Arguably the highlight of the whole trip! Celebrating in Singapore Went to Singapore again in December but this time with officemates from DM9 for our annual planning session. There we received the bestest news ever — DM9 won as the Campaign Brief Asia Creative Agency of the Year for the Philippines and our Chairmom, Merlee, won as...

For Reporters and Journalists during Floods

By on Aug 11, 2012 in Family, Honoring | 1 comment

The country is still reeling from the devastation brought about by the recent storm that I’ve come to call “Voldemort” (He-who-cannot-be-named). Just like in previous disasters, social media played a major role in information dissemination and spreading hope. Of course netizens are quick to point out how invaluable technology and the Internet is during times like this (I’m one of them), but if you think about it more than 70% of the population don’t have regular access to the Internet. In crisis situations it’s much less since majority of Filipinos still get their Internet fix from school, office, or internet cafes, all of which are inaccessible during floods. At times like this TV and radio play a crucial role in delivering information to the whole country, but more than that, they’re also a beacon of hope for a lot of our kababayans. The stories of heroism and bayanihan that are shown during the news not only inspires, it also prompts people into action. Most of the time we give honors and tributes to the heroes shown in the news. For this blog entry I’d like to shine the spotlight on the people who bring you the news. Note: If you guys don’t know, I’m married to a reporter. More after the break If there’s one thing that struck me hard during the last flood, it’s that reporters and their crew (including the camera man and the driver) share the dangers of the subjects they’re covering in their work. When storm signals hit level three, people don’t go to work anymore and just stay at home. That’s not the case for reporters. Regardless of how strong the winds are or how high the floods reach, they have to put on their boots, wear their jackets, whip out their umbrellas, and go out to get the news. It’s literally like a soldier going to war, except that instead of guns they have cameras and microphones. The reason I’m writing this is because I think a lot of people don’t appreciate how hard these guys work. We take them for granted because we see them everyday on TV delivering the news in an effortless manner. Heck, they make it look ridiculously easy. However believe me when I say that they make a lot of sacrifices. I know this since I’m married to one. From what I observed with my wife, journalism is a calling and not just a profession. This is because reporters give much more than what they receive. I am very proud of my wife but at the same time I can’t help but be worried when she goes out during calamity situations. And I’m sure the spouses of all journalists feel the same way as I do. There’s some sort of helplessness. I almost threw a fit when I found out that the boat my wife was riding to cover a flood in San Juan almost capsized, lol. Despite what I feel though I still firmly believe that it is God’s calling for my wife to be a reporter. Ever since she was in High School she already knew that she wanted to be one. God planted that seed in her heart and now it has blossomed into a thriving career. And what tells me that it is her annointing is that she does it for a higher calling than just appearing on TV or making a living. I remember talking to her when she was still working for another station about what’s so interesting about business news. She told me then that it’s her responsibility to dissect and break down all the numbers so that people understand why the GDP matters or why gas prices are going up/down. Let me repeat that… she feels and knows she has a responsibility to the people who watch the news. Amazing. When you see a reporter and his/her crew doing their work on the field, I humbly ask that you approach them and just say “thank you”. If you can, include them in your prayers, especially when calamity strikes. As for me, I take comfort and joy in the fact that my wife is doing what God wants her to do. Of course I’ll still be worried but I will always pray for her and make sure that when she comes home, she will feel that she IS home. That, I think, is one of the best gifts a spouse can give to a reporter. To make her forget about the day and just give her love and energy for tomorrow. And maybe some corny jokes like the one below, hehe. To end, let me just share two bible verses that I think reporters can pray and hold on to. This are the verses I turn to when I pray for my wife. For strength, courage, and protection: The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7 For when you’re tired, sad, and almost on the verge of giving up: My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Psalm...

Snoopy’s Street Fair Vision Casting

By on Feb 26, 2012 in Family | 0 comments

Last night we had dinner with several good friends hosted by Jun and Kourtney. One of the topics we discussed was “Vision Casting”. It’s basically a way of goal-setting. You visualize your goals through photos and post it somewhere to always remind you and motivate you. I was planning on doing something like this together with my wife but I ended up doing it in the weirdest of all platforms — Snoopy’s Street Fair on my iPad 2, lol. Snoopy’s Street Fair is an iOS game that’s similar to Farmville wherein you collect coins from your “investments”. Collection is set at various time intervals per character and item. Initially I was my typical gamer self, trying to figure out the best way to earn revenue and not really caring for the over-all design of my fair. Eventually though I found this corner that I wanted to turn into a place where my wife and I would hang-out (she also plays the game). So I bought two chairs, a nice table, put a kitty basket with Tiffy and Phoebe, put a tree to act like a shade, and got Schroeder to provide the background music. That’s what I want in life. To be able to just live peacefully with the one I...

Late Night Kowloon House Trips

By on May 20, 2011 in Family | 0 comments

While buying Siomai at Kowloon House along White Plains this morning I suddenly remembered my Dad. When I was a kid I would pester him to bring me to Kowloon House in Visayas Avenue to buy Sharksfin Siomai. Good...

Destress

By on May 20, 2011 in Family, Tiffy and Phoebe Files | 0 comments

It’s amazing how fast stress and frustration can get drained from your body when you see bright, innocent, and clueless (lol) eyes look at you when you get home. Cats...

Tiffy “Pacman” Ople, the Cat Boxer

By on May 15, 2011 in Family | 0 comments

So Mich and I bought a new cat. Her name is Tiffy, she’s two months old, persian, and she can throw a mean right hook. Check out her boxing training video after the...

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