Monday, April 15, 2019

recuperating after 10years of not blogging..

wheeewww!!! March 2009 was my last blog post, and since then haven't writtent anything.

If I remember it right, I was still based in Belem, Brasil during the time when I post an entry on my blog. So many things happened already after that.

From Belem, Brasil, I got a project to be based at Sao Paulo together with JM and Mark Lee. After 3 months, I moved to Rio de Janeiro for a different project, where I had the best stay of my life in Brasil. Being in Rio de Janeiro, where the party place capital of Brasil has a lot to offer especially come the Carnaval Festival during the Lent Season (too bad as I don't have any pic with me right now showing what's best in Rio de Janeiro).

From Brasil (2009) then I moved to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for a 3 months project.

After HCMC, Vietnam, then moved to Jakarta, Indonesia for 6 months.

Come 2010, I got a new project to work with Digicel but this time to be based in Papua New Guinea. I've been on this country before but only for 2 months if I remember it right. That's the time when they needed more resource and we were pulled out from my project in Digicel Vanuatu.

From PNG (2010) where I stayed for almost 2 years, then I moved to Digicel Samoa (2012). Samoa has been great to me where I stayed the longest time of my career for 4 years (2016).

After Samoa (2016), I need to use my H1B Visa from the US so I decided to resign from Digicel Samoa and moved to the States.

United States (2016), first stop was at Houston, Texas where I stayed for almost a month together with my cousin and Uncle. Then moved to Orlando, Florida where I explored the East Coast. From Miami, Florida - North Carolina, Virginia Beach, Washington DC, Maryland, and lastly NEW YORK!

After exploring the East Coast, decided to moved on the West Coast at San Francisco, California where I stayed for almost a month too with my former colleague Eaian :)

I got a job offer at Guam in 2016, then I decided to work where I am currently staying now. Guam has  alot to offer and so far I am enjoying my journey here.

Hopefully, on my next post, I can share some of my stories in between what happened to me from Brasil - Vietnam - Indonesia - Papua New Guinea - Samoa - United States - and lastly Guam.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

25 random things about me..

1. When I was a kid, I was dreaming of going to Canada. I don’t know the reason behind. I just keep on telling myself that time that I want to go to Canada.

2. As most of my friends would know, I don’t eat vegetables and beef. PERIOD. No more discussions.. hahaha

3. I really like to learn to play a guitar, but if I have the guitar already, I am losing my patience maybe because it hurts the tip of my fingers.. hehehe

4. I am desperate to gain weight, I have tried several times to enrol in the gym, take vitamins, eat so many foods, but still with no effect.. grrrrhhh.. maybe my metabolism is still fast for my age and I am still gaining height.

5. If I talk to you a lot, you might notice that I have this “one” letter deficiency.

6. I really love to travel. Whether it is a local or international destination. I almost travel most part of the Northern Philippines and I’m planning to visit more places in Visayas region.

7. Expect during late November you can see most of the time in Starbucks to complete the stickers for the starbucks’ planner.

8. When I was in elementary, I am always in front when our teacher says to fall in line. Just imagine how too short I was during that time.. hehehe

9. My all time favourite family computer is Super Mario, when I was a kid, I always wear my super Mario sando every day (ofcourse I have many sets of super mario sandos that time) hehehe..

10. I keep on experimenting colors to my hair when I was in college. I have tried to color my hair with blue, red, green, brown, and gold.. hahaha..

11. I love to wear hip hop dress during my high school and college. When I see my photos way back then, I just smiled and sometimes laugh hard.. :D

12. I have been so much conscious with my hair during college, I had this super hard gel that I put on my hair so that it will be in style for the whole day.

13. There was a time that my dad enrolled me in a mechanical workshop during college summer that was good for 3 months, but it end up only for 3 days because I did not enjoy the workshop because its too gross that I need to take a bath more than an hour because of the stain of the engine oil in my body. Hehehe..

14. I remember the last tooth fall was when I had a P.E. in elementary and we play “tiyakad”, the tip of the bamboo smacked on my mouth after I bumped to my classmate.

15. I had a small fight when I was in a kinder with my classmate that’s why I get a small scar on my face.

16. When I was in Vanuatu, I almost lost my right thumb for being drunk. I accidentally raised my hand in a metal ceiling wall then boom, my hand was bleeding and they almost stitch my right thumb.

17. I discover that I have an eye problem when I was in 1st year college, I was seated at the back during an exam in Algebra, and I cannot believe that I did not perfect the exam, and I just notice that the negative (-) sign in the board, I thought that it was positive (+). From then, I had my eye check up and learned that I was already 100/100 by that time..

18. I made a speech over 100,000++ of people in Luneta, Grandstand during the campaign of MAKE PEACE, NO WAR! and I was very nervous facing the whole crowd.

19. I always put a coin underneath my foot every time I am nervous especially in facing a huge crowd.

20. I have been in a pageant once in Antipolo, due to one official in our place forced me to join the pageant and have no choice because they have submitted my name already. I had an overnight preparation for this and it brought me so much stress. From talent, sports wear, casual wear, evening wear, and of course to gather so much guts. Luckily, I have so many friends who are in a group of “Fashionistas” and voila, I am wearing the best barong of Ginoong Pilipinas during 2003. hehehe..

21. I have been actively participating in socio-political organization when I was in college, and I was once a contributor of a so-called “Magna Carta for Student Rights”.

22. I have attended so many sessions in the congress and in the senate, and I am proud to say that I have been part of making a “bill” in the senate.23. I am looking forward by the age of 35 that I might join myself in the political arena.

24. I was once stranded in an island in Vanuatu for 1 week because of the large typhoon and it destroys all the bridges in that island and our vehicle cannot pass the river because of strong water current. There was no electricity and good food in that island except the coconut and papaya that I ate during my stay there.. I was totally sick after I returned in the city.

25. I am happy go lucky person, if I think the problem will have no solution, then so be it.. move forward.. Life is too short to focus on so much problems.. I really enjoying life to the fullest..

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Travelling Asia..

Below are some of the countries I've been in Asia, and I can say travelling is really a passion and a sense of fulfillment:

December 18-24, 2008 - Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia
January 2 - 6, 2009 - Hongkong and Macau.

Below are some pictures taken during these trips:

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Island

Disneyland Hong Kong

Batam, Indonesia

JB, Malaysia

Sentosa Island, Singapore

Merlion Park, Singapore

Good to be back in Rio...

January 15, 2009 11PM - (GMT-3, Rio Time)
January 16, 2009 9AM - (GMT+8, Manila Time)

It was great being back again here in Rio, the second time I saw the praia of Copacabana, felt like I havent been here for long, in fact I just left Rio last December 2, 2008. There was something that touches my heart and for no reason a tear just fell down on my eyes.

Is it I just really missed Rio or being miles away again from my home? Nevertheless, I know this is what He wants me to direct.

Travelling for almost 2 days of circumnavigating half the world, my life has been very tired. But I am not complaining for this journey, because I chose and decided for this. Now its me being alone again, away from my loved ones and dearest friends. Fighting again for survival and struggles leading my journey here with the land of the Brasileiros. This place is not new to me anymore, being here for 9 months, maybe I can say somehow I know the "ins" and "outs" of this country, hopefully I may bring back again the energy I have as I struggled and survived for the last 9 months Ive been here in Brasil.

It will be a long journery again Rio, hopefully you will bear with me as always...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Recuperating from a 3-day sickness

I admit that it’s a general rule once you are outside your country “Bawal Magkasakit”.. in fact even I was in my home country, I often times heard this statement. Because being sick is very expensive. Reality bites. From the medicines, fruits, and the days you will be on leave and not be able to go to work…

Though bad but still good having a sick in your country is you know that there will be someone to take good care of you. Not unlike being away from your home. It’s the most difficult situation one can experience if you will be sick.. As what I experienced last week. Too bad that I was bed-laid for 3 consecutive days, just imagine the scenario, can’t get up just to cook for my own food. I can’t go out of my room to buy for some medicines and fruits.. who else can do this for me but no one except for my own SELF.. I need to even if I can’t. As if you are helpless and want to give up, but you thought that you’ll end up as a loser. Being brave and being strong is entirely different. I may not be brave in nature, but I show a lot of strength I need to survive and cope up on this situation. Having the motivation and will to surpass these trials, and believing in my self that there will be a clear sky ahead of this dilemma. Days have passed, and now I am fully charged and brought back again the energy in me.

It will be my 7th week tomorrow here in Rio after coming back from pinas.. Time to enjoy again the beach of Copacabana at its best..

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Life @ 26 and Belo Horizonte experience…


2 years in a row celebrating my birthday far away from home is really a no joke.. You might say that I should get used to it, but it’s really a different feeling not celebrating it in your home together with your loved ones and dearest friends.

But as I always said, happiness is always a choice. There are so many ways to become happy amidst the situation you are in now. And I think I am right to decide that I should be happy on my very special day..

Traveling by bus for almost 7 hours going to Belo Horizonte from Rio de Janeiro is really tiring if you think of it. But traveling with a reason makes the long travel worthy.

I decided to celebrate my birthday in the state of Minais Girais in the City of Belo Horizonte, there is no regret that I made the right decision. Belo Horizonte is really an amazing city. Below is the itinerary we had during our stay in Belo Horizonte:

09/26/2008 11:30pm – Departure @ Rodoviaria, Rio de Janeiro

09/27/2008 6:30am – Arrival @ Rodoviaria, Belo Horizonte
09/27/2008 9am – Igreja 09/27/2008 10am – Mineirao Stadium
09/27/2008 11am – Zoological
09/27/2008 1pm – Lunch @ Mangabeiras, courtesy of tukayo (despedida party)
09/27/2008 4pm – Praca do Papa
09/27/2008 6pm – Alta Vila tower
09/27/2008 9pm – Hard rock shopping, dinner, and party

09/28/2008 12MN – Velvet Disco Bar
09/28/2008 10am – Free Market
09/28/2008 11am – carnival and boat rides @ Centro Park
09/28/2008 1pm – Lunch
09/28/2008 6pm – Mass
09/28/2008 11pm – Departure @ Rodoviaria, Belo Horizonte

09/29/2008 6am – Arrival @ Rodoviaria, Rio de Janerio..

Though schedules are too hectic, but we managed to do all of these activities. As of this writing (09/29 4pm) I still have not enough rest. Tired but I can I say I’m happy celebrating my 26th year here on Earth :)

Sharing some photos below:

The cast..
one of my fave shot ;)
overlooking the city of Belo Horizonte
Hard Rock Belo Horizonte, Brasil
Alta Vila Tower

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Making Risky Decisions..

As of this writing, I may be too drunk or just being bored in my room.. Not a too typical Saturday for me staying the whole day in my room.. I might be too tired from a long stressed week in the office doing the thing that I haven’t done before in my career life..

This is how my blog entry will flow…

Having an “Oplan: Alis Belem” as my motivation during the first 3 months of my stay here in Brazil makes my worth staying here in Brazil that I know there is somewhere a better place for me to work with.. And that “oplan” makes it a reality, by moving from Belem to Sao Paulo and Nokia to Ericsson after 3 months…

And here the story goes.. a plan with don’t have concrete views on what life will gonna be ahead is like driving in a road at night with no headlights, like a blind that doesn’t see the real colors, and a depth that doesn’t hear the whole story.. Life has been too rapid for me.. making tough decisions that doesn’t consider what the consequences might be ahead..

Karma might they say but it is exactly the same with the principle of Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion, that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.. I might not be aware of what life will be taking me through after taking decisions I’ve done.. Maybe this is really me, I am really a RISK TAKER!!!

During 1st week of stay in my new environment, there is something in me that is different, there is a feeling of being “not-thrusting-myself”.. first time in my life that I’ve felt giving up.. there is always a worry what will happen every hour of the morning I wake up.. there is always WHAT IF’S.. what if I will not meet their expectation because I’m a newbie with this kind of career.. what if I cannot perform the function that I should do.. what if I have run out of resources that I need to do to perform such tasks.. what if.. what if… ***sigh…

As time goes by, I just proved to myself that these are only WHAT IF’s… plans without actions is forever be a plan.. and having a visions that soon you will be able to make it by striving harder and making it through, I confidently say, it will be POSSIBLE!!

A month passed maybe too tiring for me, but I am happy to say I was able to surpassed most of the challenges, and little by little I know I will overcome it through…

As they say, success is sweeter if you’ve done it on the hard way.. and making such risky decision makes it more challenging and add colors in my life..

I chose my decision.. I chose my life.. It’s probably encrypted in my palm.. It’s probably my destiny..

I am just expressing my thoughts.. Life has been too good for me to be true.. These are all the blessings I need to ponder, and make it grower and richer..

See you Rio next week… atleast I have another week to be waited for…