Reflections on MozFest 2014

This was written starting on my flight home to MNL then continued at different places (i.e. public transpo, on my table etc. lol)

I am writing this while on the plane and sort of experiencing a turbulent flight but interestingly the seatbelt sign is still not on. And at last, I had a meal that actually has taste (very tasty roast beef, bell pepper, sauce, onions and more pepper comparable to our local beef steak) after four days of eating bland food.

The topic of how I developed a picky attitude over British food though is not what I intend to write in this 15-hr trip, because hey, the fish and chips I had was nice.

I am flying back home from the city that has a special place in my heart (nope that is not because of my MozFest crush but well, ok yes it is a factor lol) because it is the venue of my awesome weekend with people that I admire and most importantly, people that keep on inspiring me. The wonderful, most anticipated Mozilla event every year that is MozFest.

Last year I came to this event to participate. My goal was to learn from people globally and bring home with me ideas (and community gossip, yes) that our community can make use of. Most importantly, it gave me an idea that served as the opportunity to make a dream of mine come true. That dream was to spearhead the first, biggest public-facing event for the Mozilla Philippines Community. It is a little dream, yes. But at least it is a dream that actually happened, all because of how this event showed me that it can.

This year I challenged myself. I want to be part of the group that leads the generation of new ideas at MozFest. Wow much high level such words wow.

I am now here at MozFest as a community builder. I used to be a student leader back in college and I still have this liking for it (guess it is really hard to get over this student-to-workforce transition) so I proposed a session at MozFest where we talk about how students can get into this opportunity to become young leaders of Mozilla communities. And because I am part of the FSA Eboard lol I am biased! :-p

Student Involvement in Mozilla Communities Session. Photo by Christos.
Student Involvement in Mozilla Communities Session. Photo by Christos.

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Oh, hey.

I usually say that declaring yourself as ‘busy’ means you are not accomplishing anything and is not very good at managing your time. But well, I’ve been doing a lot of things that I can’t find the peace of mind to blog about what’s been happening!

We have finished the MCC Web Design Workshop Series last May which I blogged about here and things got pretty crazy since then.  We are preparing for our biggest event yet which I am leading, I am now actually going to start pursuing my master’s degree starting this August, I am going to talk before some thousand  audience  at the biggest IT students gathering in our country on September and I suddenly become the Community Manager of the Mozilla Philippines Community.

What the hell just happened in the past month?

 

Updates

It’s been a while since I last had something here! Just a quick rundown of what I’ve been doing  since I last posted:

MozPH Community Meet-up in Cebu

Sir Bob, Ryan and I went to Cebu to meet-up with potential community members there. We met a lot of new people and we sure had lots of fun. Cebu is a rising tech city in the south and it is awesome that we have Mozillians over there. As a follow-up on the event, the team went back last May 17 to have a MozTour with the college that houses the largest computer lab in the Philippines.

MozPH Women’s Month Celebration

From March 15 to March 29 we had a series of all-girl events all held at Palet Express. I have blogged about these events on the Mozilla PH website. It is my first time to organize an event series for consecutive weeks and I enjoyed the pressure of it.

April is the Holy Week and graduation season in the Philippines so we deemed it is pretty hard to organize an event, especially for me as I have to make myself available  for possible weekend work in preparation for our company’s ISO audit by our certifying body. Also, as the MozCamp season becomes near, I was very lucky to get invited to attend the MozCamp Design Session in San Francisco last April 23-25. Unfortunately due to some personal commitments I made on the 26th, I have to leave by April 24 (US time) to be in the Philippines by 4AM on Saturday, as I have to attend an officemate’s 10AM wedding and a 4PM graduation ceremony of a loved one. That day was kinda dreamy because I spent a lot of it sleeping while on the way to the venues and while not actively participating. I coped with the jetlag fast, apparently.

We started this May with the launch of the beautiful Firefox 29 and we are now off to our last day of our first month-long web design workshop series on Saturday. May is good. I have learned more about teaching the Web and I hope to improve my skills on that. Other than that, I believe the facilitators discovered a lot about themselves too in terms of teaching and we really hope to improve our workshop series program in the future. We received one hell of a huge good news and I am looking forward to take advantage of that opportunity in accomplishing my goal in improving how we teach the Web. Good luck to me!

2014!

If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.

2013 was a huge transition period for me. People and habits had to be let go, people who stayed with you got to be appreciated, a lot of realizations came and acceptance was made. 2014 is the time to move on.

Hence, I started the year with a very productive community planning with the awesome Mozilla Philippines community leaders! It will be my 3rd year as a Mozilla Rep now and I am looking forward to spending more time with them this year, especially because I have graduated from college. We have defined our goals for this year and we got so many plans about how we can further improve the community’s awesome performance last year. I am so excited to execute our plans especially on our education and women empowerment aspects that I am directly part of. Plans include getting more involved not only with tech communities but also social groups as well, to aid in our goal to teach the web to more web and non-web users.

And after my 6-month experiment of handling my own money by reading a lot of finance tips, trying a lot of expense manager apps and computing all there is about income, I have finally devised my financial system that fits my lifestyle, thanks Expense Manager app!

On the day job side, we have set our projects for this year, which made me more excited about the job than I used to last year because at last, I grasped the basics of how the company works and how my job is done. Also, I have an outlook of what to expect unlike last year where I aimlessly do tasks assigned to me that I don’t really understand the rationale of. Now, I just have to get my PC reformatted from Windows XP to something not phased-out and has drag window functions useful to my job. Windows 7 will do, please. Haha. Seriously, I can’t get anything much done when I have a lot of loading and freezing times. Those waiting times induce procrastination. 🙁 Windows XP is like, wow I can’t even remember the last time I used it before I got this job.

So yeah, cheers for 2014!

Birthday Week

My birthday was kinda sad because I didn’t receive a birthday surprise that I have been wishing for (haha). But my birthday week was a blast! We played laser tag and had a generous serving of katsu on a Friday night and I had a fun weekend with the MozPH team in Laguna. Since I think I am not in-charge of creating an official blog report on the website regarding these events, I’m going to blog about my personal accounts! HAHA.

Maker Party U-belt

The birthday week started with a MozPH event, originally set on August 21 but moved due to the typhoon. I made a blog post about it here. Here’s my fave shots from that event:

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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.

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.

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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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Sigh. When will I achieve my peace of mind. I have so many things to do and so many things to think about. This dilemma is making me unproductive as I try to deal with all of it simultneously. My term has ended in TomWeb and that org took a month of my bum life. I am so glad I’m done with my tasks there, I thought it will never end. My term for PIIE is about to end and I have a few tasks to do. I have three pending events for Risci AA and MozPH. The career orientation for HS students which should happen really soon (and I didn’t have the time to think about speakers to invite), the alumni homecoming on October and a kick-off event on the 25th.

And come on, I am running out of resources. I don’t get paid for what I do in my orgs and I’m in the phase of life where your parents see you as an unemployed individual who needs to be kicked out of this house really soon, lol.

I joined orgs because it’s fun to do your passion and I don’t wanna get bored, but too much of it can really be deadly. Sometimes I feel that I am not having fun anymore and I am losing at this game. If my parents were naggers about me doing volunteer work, I would have probably quit all of them.

Oh, the things I do for love.

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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.