Junior Form Function and Class! Finally!

After months of having a super sabog mind (heck, there were nights that I can’t even sleep thinking about it) here it is, the first web design student conference in the Philippines! Other than Physics (and well, uhm, THY101 lol) this was the most difficult thing I got myself into. There were so many flaws but well, who cares? WE DID IT! Thank you so much to our very kind and amazing speakers, the supportive ates and kuyas from the Philippine Web Designers Organization and of course, the TomWeb JFFC Organizing Team! I didn’t have proper sleep on that day so everything was just like a dream.

The call time was 7AM and people have started to arrive at 7:30 and heck, the caterer people is still nowhere to be found, and they are the most important people at that time because the tables were not arranged yet! And it’s because they also arrived late the previous day so we didn’t have the time to set-up the day before! DX Also, the one who holding the nametags woke up late. DX Imagine the rush before 9AM. Well anyway, we started at 9AM so yeah, so it’s still cool. Somehow.

There are so many imperfections that well, maybe I was just too sabog to comprehend and go zetsuboushita over it. From post-eval we had and from the feedbacks so far, here are some lessons that I learned.

1.) MORE MANPOWER.

I knew it. I should have outsourced volunteers.

2.) LARGER VENUE

That I have no idea where in UST yet. The AMV Hall is the largest activity hall that I know. I heard that the function rooms in the new UST gym will be good candidates for this. Well to start with, I was just expecting around 60 people, lol.

3.) IMPROVEMENT ON THE WORKSHOP!

Well I have to be honest with what very first problem in the workshop was. The speaker thought the audience were beginners. OMG PANIC! In the first 30 mins of the conference we were like, wut the hell is this HTML basics. I was already asking the PWDO people who get him to speak in the conference if he really know we’re gonna talk about HTML5 and CSS3. So with the help of Ate Sarah in front, we showed him a board with a “HTML5, CSS3 BASICS” in it. And he was like, “Oh okay, chapter 2!”. Gah. Also, I scheduled two hours of workshop but well, it didn’t turn out to be that way and just became an hour, which I thought was still fine because in FFC, they were given like, just 30 minutes. My proposed solution for this: just two workshops in the conference. Or maybe lots of mini JFFCs dedicated to workshops or maybe a JFFC Camp, LOL.

4.) FINALIZE TALKS FROM SPONSORS!

Well wow, our sponsor who talked to me the night before about reserving them a 30-min slot to give a talk about SEO backed-out at the last minute. With all due respect and sarcasm, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. That sponsor was all over our pubmats, and we didn’t get ANY in return. That’s why I had problems with the sudden changes which included a shotgun talk from a sponsor who is not yet prepared so I shotgun’d- asked the other if she’s ready. Oh well.

5.) THERE IS AN EXTENSION CORD RENTAL SHOP IN STA. MESA

Take note of that. Reserve extension cords early.

6.) DON’T DENY THE FACT THAT YOU MUST GIVE THE CLOSING REMARKS.

Yeah.

7.) FOOD! SEARCH FOR FOOD SPONSORS!

;_;

8.) SCREEN THE QUESTIONS!

That guy who asked too much, you’re going down. Haha jk. BUT WELL, I am definitely unhappy on what you did.

9.) MORE TIME FOR SOCIALIZATION!

More time for workshop will solve this.

10.) MORE SYSTEMATIC STUFF!

It’s such a shame. As an IE, I’m OC over this stuff but because of my mismanagement of people, I still failed. HUMAN FACTOR is still number one, Faye.

11.) MORE TIME! 5 MONTHS ARE NOT ENOUGH!

I think what ate most of my time here is the processing of papers. It took me months to figure out what letter to give to who and what stuff do I need and where to get it and to whom will I send a letter for it. At least now, I know how this works.

12.) CLEAR THINGS WITH THE SPEAKERS MINUTES BEFORE!

Brief the speaker about the status, the demographics and stuff.

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Another important factor that I failed to focus on is the price. If you’ll think about it, the price is pretty cheap and it is NOT ENOUGH. We hope to get excellent sponsors next time so we can cover the financial matters. Also, now that I know the prices of stuff, maybe I can do better forecasts and quotations next time. Industrial engineering, stop haunting me.

One of the really major problems that I encountered is the thing about the audience. I don’t know (well, not yet) to make it perfect for them, because of varying levels of knowledge, varying tastes and varying interests.

The aura that I want JFFC to have is dynamic and youthful, hence the friendly hosts, the colorful graphics and the LOL speak feedback form. However, I must keep in mind that not everyone like and get that idea, because they’re still expecting a rather formal type of conference that I would like to deviate from. It’s also hard to make the balance between, let’s face it, social classes and taste in entertainment. I think Ate Bianca and Ate Sarah mixed well, being Ate Bianca the comic relief from the serious lectures and Ate Sarah the technical one who’s more into the content of the conference. However, there are still people who would like to focus on the serious side and stuff. Well, as a student myself, I personally want a good laugh anywhere because it sucks to get sleepy in a middle of a lecture. And for God’s love this is web design! It should be FUN! (Unlike my lectures on six sigma, operations management and finance, zzzzzz snort)

Regarding the varying levels of knowledge, we have some who find the basic stuff useful but there are some “Gahd you should have told us you’re just going to cover the basics because we’re done with that already.” Well that was my big dillema before. HTML5 and CSS3 were pretty fast in FFC that I didn’t understand much stuff, even some PWDO people says so. I decided that we’ll just cover the basics of JS as per the advice of the PWDO people, being JS impossible to learn in just 3 hours.

Well anyway, for the record we followed the schedule, we started at 9AM and ended at 5PM. Forget 8AM haha.

On a rather personal note, my friends still noted my ‘taga-salo’ or ‘solo flight’ sickness. Gah, I still can’t stress the importance of task delegations to my members. Well anyway, most of them are still in their 1st and 2nd years so its pretty understandable. I just have to TRUST them.

Well, I really feel sad about the negative feedback but well, those are just few so it’s fine. There can NEVER be a perfect conference Faye and there is a LEARNING CURVE. Doing it COMPLETELY right the first time is IMPOSSIBLE. Come to think of it, we did great, for a group who never had physical meetings with all the important people and who just talk to each other online. XD This is just the start of the spark. This is just a legacy I’ll leave to the future generation of TomWebbers.

THERE IS NO GLORY WITHOUT TEARS! Only that, I didn’t actually cry, lol.

The only thing that will make me feel that everything was worth it is the St. Dominic Award for Outstanding Teamwork this year. Oh pretty please?

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Epic Week

While waiting for The Big Bang Theory to finish loading, I’m going to blog about how my week went. (Wow.)

Last Sunday was the RNSHS Alumni Convention, in which the formation of the alumni association was discussed. And yay, we now formally have an alumni association! Had a great reunion with my batchmates and schoolmates. It felt so much like high school again.

So, I was elected to be part of the board of trustees and I was like,
“Okay, what did I put myself into again.” and the term is for two years. Madre de dios.

Anyway, the board is dominated by my batchmates, haha. Batch 7 is so bibbo in that convention.

We also had the Velada Tomasina last Wednesday.

It was not a pleasant day, as we had a surprise quiz in Strength of Materials (though you cannot consider it as one) and the results of our prelim exam and second quiz on EE were returned. It was a horrible day, academic standing-wise. My raw average got so low because of the results of my stuff, especially the second quiz. Well, I wanna explain. On that day we had the second quiz, I also had three quizzes on other subjects (one is a surprise quiz, wth), one of which was a hardcore one which we have to memorize  3.freakin.chapters of things the prof didn’t teach, so I spent the weekend focusing on that subject due to the added pressure of the facepalm-inducing consequence of failing that I would not like to elaborate. And lol, literally immediately after that hour-long quiz that induced a mild headache and the feeling that your brain has just been squeezed to its limits, digging for every bit of information in that freakin 3 chapters (the hell, the quiz was like, whoa, EVERY little bit of information from our lecture were included), I took that quiz on EE. I didn’t study much for EE because I have to redeem points for the aforementioned hardcore subject and I got a perfect score on the previous quiz on EE. And then came the epic quiz score of 18/100. A standing ovation of my middle finger to the perfect score.

Moving on to the Velada day, as usual, I crammed what I wore for this day. I searched for a dress just the day before and well, it was pretty uneasy. I searched in Antipolo, expecting that people in my school, mostly based in Manila, will be searching in Divisoria or other marketplaces in the Metro. Turned out I was wrong. Thomasians were hoarding Filipiniana dresses as far as Antipolo.

Almost all of my blockmates dressed as a person from the 1890s, well basically because of the incentives in some of our subjects. It was fun walking around the campus with everyone wearing their costumes. My orgmates and my block buddies shooted some lulz for my orgmate’s commitment to this certain video site. We walked along Espana Blvd wearing our dresses and I filmed the people’s reaction. We also rode a jeep back to our school. We had lots of time to kill before the re-enactment of the La Naval procession so I dressed normally and started working on papers and legal technicalities of the web design conference project I am currently heading. Immediately after, I have to dress again to join the La Naval procession. It was goosebump-inducing. Ladies in black veils walking with Spanish prayers being played on the background. Well, how do you explain that? Uhm, there seems to be a digital prayer leader and, yeah.

And yes, it was a very tiring day. Good thing I don’t have classes the day after.

Next was the Neocentennial Celebration, the highlight of which is the grandest pyromusical display UST had (yet? lol).

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Also, there’s a grand fiesta again! Hooray lechon! HOORAY FREAKIN LECHON!

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4 years ago

I was in the stage of deciding the next big step in life I’m going to take. College.

For some reason I still have a separation anxiety over this certain school where I passed my real dream academic program— computer engineering. I didn’t attend that school because our family can’t afford it. It’s too late when I discovered that there are scholarships like being student assistants and stuff. I should have pursued what I really wanted, so I’ll not be having this I’m-enjoying-my-course-right-now-but-I-know-there’s-always-a-better-one-for-me-so-I-guess-I’ll-just-take-graduate-studies-for-it thing.

The real problem for me that time was that, I don’t really know what I wanted and I don’t know how to fight for it.

In a year, I’ll be taking another big leap in my life. I must make sure I’ll not mess up this time.

In other news…

I’m so freakin hungry I’m starting to think about shitty ‘What is the meaning of life’ things again.

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I’ll be taking my last prelim exam in a few hours

And here I am, blogging and reading random lulzy things on Cracked. Gah, Chinese new year is coming and I can’t help thinking about eating in Manila Chinatown. =_=

Okay so here’s my plan for my little food getaway. I’ll ride the jeep to Divisoria, go down at Benavidez st. and let all hell break loose.

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The first new (to me) song I listened to in 2012. THANK YOU 9GAG, LOL.

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Christmas Break To-do List Results

Personal stuff

  • Bloody Monday season 1-done
  • Season 2- done
  • Game of Thrones season 1-done
  • The Walking Dead season 1-ditched. boring haha
  • Saigo no Bansan- in progress
  • Superfreakomics- in progress
  • Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin- done
  • Bought Tweak mag- done
  • Experiment with Dolphin- 🙁 tinamad na.
  • Anniversary date- 😀
  • FF13- 🙁
  • Guilty Crown- 🙁
  • Gintama- still updated
  • Other anime series on my MAL- 🙁

Acad stuff

  • SCL reaction paper- done
  • Marketing proj 2- done
  • OPS reaction paper 1- done
  • Comp App part 2 (my part)- done
  • Fin Eng report powerpoint- done
  • Financial statement analysis- hahahahahahaha lollipop. This can be delayed.
  • Review for SMAT- hahahahaha
  • Review for EE- hahahaha
  • Review of Marketing- hahaha
  • Review for OPS- hahahaha
  • Review for Comp App- hahahaha

Org stuff

  • Org-related letters to be submitted on Tuesday- done
  • TW branding guidelines and consti proposals- 🙁

JFFC Stuff

  • JFFC promotional spam
  • Letter to the sec gen re: e-board
  • Letter to the department head of ICS about JFFC
  • Letter to OPA for press release
  • Letter to TOMCAT for promotion
  • Letter to sec gen for UST QUADRI
  • Submit to vivasantotomas and universityofsantotomas Tumblr pages
  • University of Santo Tomas page promotion

JFFC STUFF ALL DONE!

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I’ll rant about these when I finish my acad stuff

  • Why the hell we enjoy a holiday on the death day of our national hero
  • My ultimate leadership weakness
  • Why making the Filipinos the boss of their own country will not work
  • The pressure of finding a freaking job
  • Making the members of an org to be part of it, not just a member of it
  • My very own economics ofpiracypracticality, inspired by Freakonomics and its sequel, Superfreakonomics which has a topic about the economics of prostitution
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My Very Honest Christmas Wishlist

This Christmas, all I’m asking for are my basic necessities.

And I’m not really expecting to get all of this, but it would really be great if any gets fulfilled.

  • Finish all my projects early, so that I’ll have time to finish FF13, Guilty Crown and Horizon. I also wanna catch-up with The Big Bang Theory.
  • 16GB USB flash disk. Or just a USB that I can put bootable OS installers in.
  • A new EHD and new HD for my sister’s laptop. Heck, the HD in here is supposedly for the Xbox, but because her HD died, stuff happened to this Western Digital Caviar Blue.
  • Rotring 0.5 HB leads. My mech pencil is rusty because I’m too stingy to buy my own lead.
  • Blank DVDs and CDs!
  • JFFC participants please! More JFFC partner orgs please! More JFFC publicity please!
  • Finish org commitments like putting on paper my proposals for the constitution etc.
  • Anniversary date. My ultimate stress reliever.
  • Again, FINISH MY PROJECTS. So that I can finally study for the exams and quizzes in peace.
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