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I started a Youtube Channel

I wish I started sooner.

Since 2018, I’m having thoughts of creating a Youtube channel.

It gets delayed because of my busy schedule. I’ve been working like 10 to 12 hours or sometimes stretching to 14 hours a day and I don’t know if I can manage my time to do the video process.

Having multiple freelance side clients and a full-time job, I burned out. I have more money but I can’t do what I want to do.

Talking to the camera feels kinda awkward. Hindi naman ako pinanganak na artista. So the way I talk in a video is something that I’m still working to improve.

I want to create videos for Filipino developers na nahihirapan on where to start or don’t know how they increase their value as a Web Developer.

Another kind of content that I want to create is about Personal Development. Improving someone else life is a great accomplishment. I worked so hard to be where I am today and I want to share it.

“Subscribe to my channel, give a thumbs up, leave a comment, hit the notification bell, para updated ka sa aking new videos.

And that’s it. See you in the next video. Cheers!”

My wife knows me better than I know myself

When I don’t know what to do, I let my wife decide for me. Because I know she knows better. Most of the time, the decisions she’s making turn out to be great.

She has a perspective that sometimes I can’t see because I’m looking in the wrong direction. A perspective for the better in everything. Maybe it’s a mother’s instinct.

We’ve been together for almost 9 years now and in a few weeks, it’s our wedding anniversary. I don’t know where I am today without her.

She is the woman behind my every success. The woman who changed me for good, the woman who gave me reasons to be better. She is my comfort. I feel safe with her.

To you mom, I love you. I’m loving you more each and every day.

Why Dropping Out of My Bachelor’s Degree Was The Best Decision I Ever Made.

I did not finish my bachelor’s degree.

Yes, I’m a college dropout. Do I have regrets? None. I did not regret being an undergraduate.

In fact, I’m glad I did not waste my time in school.

I graduated from a computer science course with 2 years holding an associate degree. My mother would like me to pursue a bachelor’s degree so I did. I still tried to pursue my bachelor’s (4-year course) until I lost interest.

It’s just that I know to myself that there is a big opportunity ahead of me outside of school.

I’m just 18 years old back then. I took the risk. Fast forward today I’m 27 years old and I’m earning a good living. We are able to live the lifestyle we want.

I learned through different people, through the company culture, and through my failures.

I’m not chasing the money. I’m chasing the journey and experience that I will earn after all these years of grinding and hustling.

Hey, I’m not telling students to quit school. It depends. If you know you have the skills, determination, perseverance, and willingness to sacrifice and can accept failure multiple times, then go ahead.

The world is yours to conquer.

Yakitate Japan

1 year ago we discovered that someone uploaded a Yakitate Japan anime in full episodes on Youtube and it’s in tagalog.

If I didn’t become a developer, maybe I’m an entrepreneur. If I didn’t become an entrepreneur, maybe I’m a baker now.

When I was a kid, I got interested in baking because of Yakitate Japan.

Since then I tried so hard to learn anything about baking bread. I once dream to have my own bakery.

But, I’m an elementary student back then, and buying ingredients isn’t cheap. Most of my finished bread ended up in the trash because well, it tastes like trash.

I couldn’t afford to buy the ingredients kasi sa baon ko nanggagaling yung pinangbibili ng flour, yeast, and other required ingredients.

So I decided to stop. But if I will get a second chance, I want to pursue baking. It relates to business naman so that’s a win-win which I want to go to.

Anyways, my kids are having a good time watching it. One of the best anime.

It influenced me well.

Why I disabled my Facebook’s Newsfeed

A few months ago I decided to stop using Facebook for good. I mean, I reduce the amount of time using it significantly. Unfortunately, I still need to connect with my friends in FB Groups so I find a way to access my account without the newsfeed.

Facebook’s becoming too toxic year by year. I can’t stress this enough. There is so much garbage on Facebook. And maybe that includes me. That is one of the reasons why I reduced my time using it. I did a social media detox if you will.

Most of my connections or “Friends” became “Influencers” and “Experts” overnight. Bragging about their new car, new Air Fryers (what the fuck), and showing off their authority. Even the smallest thing that you can imagine, they need to post it and show it to other people.

I’m not saying that I am not doing the same thing and I must admit, I am guilty of the same acts before. Until I noticed that something is not right. It felt like something needs to change. Now, I see Facebook as a source of negativity.

Everyone is begging for attention. Everyone is a “celebrity” of their own. Everyone is an “Influencer”. Cringe.

One reason my wife and I using Facebook in our early days is to document our life events and collecting photos that we can revisit. Until I used Google Photos to back up all of our photos. There’s no reason for us to use Facebook anymore.

Instead of connecting people, Facebook makes us more disconnected. Disconnected from our true self and reality.

I wish I can delete my Facebook account.

It’s okay if you don’t know what to do with your life right now.

I know people who still don’t know what to do with their life. And I think that’s totally okay.

If you know what you want since when you were young, chances are you already made a plan and set your goals to reach what you desire to be. That’s good! I’m happy for you.

But most people are not like that. Most of the time, they just sailing with what opportunities they have or they’re just really confused and can’t find what their passions and “calling”.

No pressure on you. Time will tell. It’s just that, I would like to remind you that please, don’t compare yourself to the accomplishments of others. Our life has many factors that somewhat affecting our decisions.

Accepting the reality and focusing on what we can control is I think the best way to find your “Why”.

Luck defeat hard work (most of the time)

Each of us has our own heads start. We have some kind of advantage since birth. Maybe some of you born in a rich family and some are born in the poorest of the poor. You get the idea.

I think most of the time, luck beats hard work. Yes – you can be successful and get what you desire by doing hard work but having a ton amount of luck can get you there, quickly.

Your own success have different factors. The thing that worked for him might not work for you.

Honestly, I don’t believe in luck before. I actually write something about it. But sometimes I ask myself: “Why is it that some people are ahead of their life? Well, maybe because they are lucky that they already have the means and resources. Don’t need to work hard for it.”

But still, I strongly believe that you can use hard work to attract luck because the harder you work, the luckier you get.

Unmotivated

Fuck. I’ve been unmotivated these past couple of weeks. I don’t have productive activity outside of work because I don’t feel like doing it.

I know to myself that I need to do something and take action to my short-term goals but fuck man, I’m not in the mood to work on it. My screen time increased tremendously watching Youtube videos and reading Medium articles. And guess what, the content that I’m consuming is about “Productivity”.

I consume too much and did not take any action to accomplish any of my set goals this final quarter of 2020.

The Rock Dwayne Johnson said:

“Don’t Work 8 Hours For A Company Then Go Home & Not Work On Your Own Goals. You’re Not Tired, You’re Uninspired.”

And yes, I’m Uninspired. These are those times that you just want to go with the flow and waste your valuable time. And it’s very dangerous if you just let it be.

Until I remembered Jim Rohn said:

“We all have the same amount of time. Killing time isn’t murder, it’s suicide. The real secret of the rich is not brilliance, it’s the management of time”

Writing this note maybe the start of actually taking actions. I’m tired of not doing anything at all.

I did what I need to be done a long time ago, I should reaping what I sow by now.

Analysis Paralysis

Again, I’m in a situation that I’m being paralyzed to make a decision. I can’t pull the fucking trigger.

Sometimes we get so meticulous about the things we’re going to make to prevent regrets at the end. But because of that, we try to analyze every perspective and we want to see every outcome.

We overthink that we don’t want to make a decision at all.

I hate It when I’m like this. Well, not like it’s happening every day that I’m having this dilemma but being in this mental state is a waste of time, to be honest. Need to improve my decision making even in small things.

“Just do it!” my heart says but my mind says, “Well, I dunno. Are you sure about this?” Fuck me right?.

Google Search

If we want answers to our questions we often say, “Just Google it!”. But at the back of it, providing the information we need is a tremendous task. Seeing these engineers solving problems to give us the most accurate, right, and precise answers are just inspiring.

They literally change the world.