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It was a fun long weekend but it ended pretty sad due to facts about my current state. Not really sad but it got me thinking if I am making the right decisions and if I am on the right path. 🙁 Damn you condescending people. Maybe this is just the PMS doing its job.

Well, I guess let us just focus on the fun things that happened this weekend.

Fall Out Boy concert
It was the first concert I attended that I really had a blast in every second of the hour and a half the band was on stage. It was my first time paying for a concert really, as I am not a hardcore fan of any band except FOB, the music of which has been the theme song of half of my life that I can remember. I started listening to them in high school so all of their songs before Folie a Deux have a high school feel to me. A memory flashes on every song. ;_; With me at the concert are two of my greatest high school buddies. Imagine the feels. I was just so happy.

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MozPH Core Meeting
A lot of things were discussed and clarified in this meeting. We also had a fun dinner and the first time I saw the team had alcohol, haha. Well of course, I had buko juice. :p

Mirror Selfie~ HAHA

 

Can’t help feeling awesome with this Firefox Flicks shades!

 

Duck face selfie, in front of a mirror~ LOL

Errands Day
Nothing much happened, but I finally accomplished the freaking Unionbank EON application after so much inconvenience and I had my 2nd recommendation letter from a college prof.

Sunday with CK
CK’s pug died yesterday 🙁 She was so cute and cuddly baaaawwww. As a suicidal act he get in the car with me driving hahaha. Kidding. We went around our village to hone my driving skills. I hope I get better at it. In driving school I have already gained confidence and has managed to drive on highways but then my mother isn’t convinced, prohibiting me from driving far. :/

We then played the usuals on the PS3. It was a rainy day, perfect for bumming. Thanks CK for visiting me in our house!

Baaawww I wanna sleep.

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Maker Party Alphaland + PIIE-NSC Turnover + Web Chixies Meet-up

While I’m downloading the 2nd episode of Free!…Since I have some overdue blog posts, I’mma combine these two related events in one.

6/29/13 Maker Party 2013 Alphaland

Mozilla’s summer (in the west, lol) season of coding has begun and the MozPH team started it with an all-girl Webmaking session! Of course, since I am the one who organized it, it should be all-girl! Kidding. This is in support of the Women and Mozilla initiative of Mozilla PH. I have an official blog post here and here are some awkward pics of myself.

OH SUP

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TW Induction 2013

After a sort-of rigorous application process, we have a new TomasinoWeb core group for 2013-14 which was announced in this year’s induction ceremonies!

We had our induction at the gorgeous Villa Infant Jesus in Marikina (as usual)! Many thanks to the family of our orgmate who owns the lovely place! (And lives just in front of it hahaha)

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Graduation Day! +College Story

After 5 academic years, I have finally been conferred with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering! For 10 years I’ve been in public non-sectarian schools and it is only in college where I experienced to be in a private Catholic one. I have to be honest that I chose UST because of my friends, as I got a bad experience as a high school freshman when I don’t know anyone in my new school.

Well, I took 4 college entrance exams. And basically in only two of those did I pass the usual way. In the two schools I failed, I didn’t get the required grades to get into my choices but my overall averages can be ground to receive consideration to enter the school. The two schools I passed were really tempting, as in the other one I got my REAL first choice of program (computer engineering) and the other I got a grade of 97, enough to be admitted to the program with the highest quota (COMPUTER ENGINEERING.). It’s like computer engineering is getting slapped on my face. It’s what I really wanted anyway. But then, I digress.

Bacon.

Anyway, I chose to pursue my academic placement status in UST where I can only get slots if there are still available. I was given a list of choices which depended on my exam grade (funny enough, I didn’t have AB programs in the list, I found out afterwards that my lowest exam grade was in the English subset, the hell, I remember the exam being extremely easy, shit really happens sometimes) After enlisting myself to BS Biology and BS Industrial Engineering (which I have to admit were random choices, I have computer studies on the list but my mother won’t allow it, meh), I was nervous if I could get in, I was eyeing Biology and then plot twist: industrial engineering that back then I really have no idea what it is about. My mother tells me it used to be her dream course though.

I have to be honest that until now I still have this not-going-for-computer-engineering sickness. For two years I’ve dealt with that feeling and I was always emo and alone until…I have met people who mean a lot to me. I have made a lot of friends inside and outside the university had it not been with the opportunities studying in UST gave me. I met my org, TomasinoWeb and it paved the way. I must admit that sometimes, I got to study and I am motivated not to fail because I have to stay in the org.

By joining TomWeb, I have learned how to choose orgs which are actually productive, lol. Before, I just joined whatever interests me, from a Japanese culture org to a robotics one, I didn’t feel being productive there as they were merely social groups with the same interests and in some I felt that the officers run the orgs because of the credits to their resume. :/ That was when I stopped having faith on college-based orgs. I felt they don’t have the heart for their work. So I met TomWeb, AIESEC and PIIE-NSC. I also got involved in Mozilla through an orgmate who asked me to try out and apply to their sort-of volunteer program.

I hated Math in high school. I was into Asian history and science back then but I started liking it from the very first sem of my engineering adventure. When I was in 3rd year and was already active in my org, I realized that industrial engineering was the best path for me. This program helped me discover my strengths and it made me realize how perfect it is for me.

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I have to confess that religion freaks me out.
Isn’t it weird that people are claiming different names of gods, with different rules and different scriptures? There are even religious leaders who claim to be incarnates of some random guy from a religion (funny that they created their own religion).
What’s even worse is that people shove their beliefs on others’ faces “Respect other religions” my foot.

Well anyway, the same way I believe that mango ice cream is the best ice cream in the world and it will make everyone happy, all I have to do (and actually all that I have been doing) is let them believe what they want to. Just don’t burn me alive when I say that for me, religion is some sort of a psychological medicine. The way I see it, it is something that bring ease and hope to people. It is also a good excuse to discipline people (“Junjun wag mong kainin ang lupa magagalit si Lord”).

Touche, whoever invented religion. An intricate touch.

And yes, I still can’t think of things to write for a marketing letter I’m assigned to work on.

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Busy having fun

A month ago I have no idea how to handle the last and the hardest wave of my acad life considering I have loads of org commitments. Now that I have totally abandoned acads (for now), the only dilemma is managing my time with my family, my friends and my orgs.

My father is having his vacation here in the PH so I make it a point to prioritize our family adventures. I might have hit the jackpot on absences in org events and being unresponsive. Gah, we are out of the house, testing the accurateness of Google Maps the whole day, almost everyday (we just took days off to rest). Other than not having a PC at home to use, I can’t find the time to focus on my org stuff as I usually go mobile, with limited applications and unstable Internet connection. Gah.

I promise to properly catch up on my PIIE, RNSHSAA and Mozilla stuff when my father leaves for work. I just want to make up for all the time I didn’t give my family to survive this acad year.

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Imagine me saying this really really fast.

We have a defense tom at 6pm and we are not done with the paper as of now. The SOP is to give the panelists the paper 5days before the defense. Due to some stuff, our group have to start over with this study. And we did that 5days before the defense. A sem’s worth of paper, done it 5days.

So we will probably cram the defense preparations the whole day. After the defense we have to work on take home quizzes due on Sunday and oh, we have to submit another sem project on Monday, and we have to take 2 final exams.

On Tuesday, we have another final exam in SCL9, the subject I am in the verge of failing. Not to mention that we have to pass our seminar reaction papers on the same day.

We have to submit our revised papers by March 7 to graduate.

From a scale of 1 to 10, how screwed am I?

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Let me tell you a story of how screwed I am.

We have 3 thesis-equivalent papers that must be accomplished this sem to graduate.

The project feasibility study, in which we have a certain product, we are going to start a business and we will determine its feasibility from the marketing down to the finances. This is the heaviest project that we have as we have to research about the industry and its associated costs. EVERY cost. From the posters to the machines to the land to the salaries. We have to determine the needed machines, how to manufacture the product, taxes, employee benefits— it is just one hell of a mess. Not to mention that our very first task in this project last sem was to conduct a survey to 400 persons around Metro Manila.

The systems engineering study that we have to conduct in a company to document their processes in a certain aspect and suggest improvements to it. As of now, we are close to zero progress due to problems on our arrangement in the company.

The information systems study where we have to improve or design an information system of a company.

Also, we have pretty demanding elective courses and a general course which is demanding for me (read: SCL9. I just hate the required courses of the Institute of Religion).

AND, I have lots of orgs and other social responsibilities I have to maintain.

So here’s how messed up my month will be:

Feb. 10 I set this date to finish the IS study but then it turns out we have a pretty heavy report tomorrow in an elective course. So I have no choice but to work on that report.

I also have to polish the year-end recruitment, which I plan to be a strictly referral basis only, that is, only for people referred by TomWebbers.

Feb. 11-15 JFFC hell week.

My target week for  year-end recruitment sign-ups

Feb. 11 Report on service systems and design

Feb. 12 Must go to the company for our systems study

Must study for IS quiz

Feb. 13 Deadliest deadline for the JFFC team to complete briefing the speakers, which I shall facilitate. The briefings occur usually in Makati as most of them work there. After class, I have to run from Manila to Makati.

IS quiz, tentative date

Feb. 14 IS quiz another tentative date

Feb. 15 SSD quiz

Feb. 16-17 JFFC

Feb. 18-22 PFS hell week and PIIE congress hell week

My target week for the TW year-end recruitment interview

Feb. 23 PFS defense

Feb. 24-25 PIIE Congress in Cagayan de Oro

Feb. 25-March 1 SE hell week

My target week for the TW  year-end application

March 2 SE defense

March 3-7 Revision hell week

March 8- deadline of grades submission of graduating students.

March 9- PARTY FREAKING ROCK.

March 9-April 3 nganga month/ find a job month

April 4- Graduation!

I am so screwed.

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Lol, I haven’t really entered the ‘real world’ yet but I have experienced this at some point of my life. -_- It sort of sucked.

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Leader Problems 01

You’re going to push your members to their limits for the success of the project. You will become stressed as their performance is unsatisfactory (to your standards). You will feel disappointed. You will point that out to them. They will become unmotivated. They will hate you. Pressure of making the event a success and keeping the team intact is on you. You will sacrifice and at least make them realize that you are already carrying an extra load. They will hate you even more, justifying that “it’s your job”.

And the worst part…

you will not show them any of that weakness because the team and the project will fall apart. You still have to show your strong demeanor and show them that you are still happy.

*le sigh*

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