The ‘J’ is what they call silent, yet funnily enough, it is replaced with the sound of the letter ‘h’ instead. Both the ‘o’ and the ‘e’ are short, as if you were exhaling. There are no diacritics on any letter as well. This is the normal Filipino pronunciation of my name which has Spanish origins.
🌏 </places> I’ve lived in
My home town 🏡 💙. Cagayan de Oro (CDO) is one of the more peaceful + prosperous cities in the Philippines. This place is fondly called the City of Golden Friendship. She sits in the northern part of Mindanao, and acts as a hub linking other surrounding smaller cities and towns.
What to do in CDO? Well, for starters I’d highly recommend you to try out the rapids of the Cagayan De Oro river 🌊🌊🌊. Yes, whitewater rafting is fun and something that should be in your bucket list. Take it from a Kagay-anon.
The kinilaw (a ceviche-like dish) 🐟 is also one thing you might want to whet your palates in. CDO’s take on this traditional Filipino food is very unique but does not get the popularity it deserves.
A.k.a the Queen City of the South. This city is famous for a lot of things. It is rich in history and culture, beach resorts 🤽 🏊, scuba diving, and lechon 🐖 to name a few. Before I forget, Cebuanos are also known for not pronouncing the letter ‘L’.
The second largest city in the Philippines. I cozied there for about 6 years. Among the more memorable moments of my life have been had here. Oh, but the insane drinking sessions 🍻 🍺 on the weekends where I’d get home not remembering how I even got out of my pants and on my bed the following morning.
One of the fondest and most unforgettable 🏆 7 years of my life so far. first times, parties, new friends, and other happy adventures. This city-state is like a utopia. Living there is like you’re in one big, wonderful theme park. You feel safe. It is clean. There are myriad things to enjoy. Your taxes are really at work! 🏅
This Lion City is beautiful as it is expensive. A diverse culture. A mix of both the east and the west. A jewel both literally and figuratively. 💎
But where there is light, there is also darkness. While at some point my stay here was marred by tragedy of my own choosing in what would have been otherwise very good years of my life, the important thing is that I survived, I learned, I got back up on my feet. There is a rainbow after the rain after all. 🌄
Currently my home sweet home 💓. This bustling metropolis is the beating heart of the Philippines. Many Filipinos come here to live their dreams. Others simply because there are more opportunities than anywhere else.
I’m still considered a neophyte in this concrete and steel jungle that is home to over 12 million people. Having finally decided to stay here at the start of 2019.
I look forward to great years ahead. 🌇
💻 </work> experience highlights
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Singapore Self-Order Kiosk/Beat The Queue Mobile Application
A cashless in-store self-service ordering and payment system. Customers order and customize their choices at the kiosks or from the companion mobile app. The system allows for menu customisations, per store configurations, deploying kiosk software updates, supports coupon / discount promotions, back-end sales summary and EOD reports to store 3P POS / inventory system.
M1 eDAS Windows 8 Application / M1 eDAS Web Application Porting
DAS (Dealer Activation System), is a front-end user application specifically designed to run on Windows 8 tablets. The application’s purpose is to improve services and lessen paperworks of M1 (Singapore telco) store staff when assisting walk-in customers on transactions such as creating new or modifying existing accounts, inquries and other add-ons or services on offer. Later it was entirely ported into a fully web-based Java application.
Philips PEAC (Promoter Excellence by Data Automation and Communication)
Developed for the use of Philips sales staff / promoters. The system, as a whole, allows data automation, report simplification, online training through downloadable content, user notifications, sales and inventory updates, as well as staff attendance logging and location tracking. It has been deployed in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Philippines.
NETS Maintenance Engineer Tracking and Digital Job Dispatch
Fault Call Management Solution. The objectives were to integrate into NETS (Singapore payment processor) back-end system, process and ready the retrieved data to be passed down to any of the maintenance engineers via an Android mobile tablet application. This also included updates of work order states, data collection, and tracking personnel locations using Google Maps.
Java | MySQL | Red Hat JBoss EAP
🛫 </travels> and events
Wanderlust. I love to travel. One of my main life goals is to go to as many places all over the world as much as I can afford. I have made it an objective to travel to a different country at least once in a year. It is an irony though that I am scared of flying.
🎮 </play> books and games
Love to read books. When I was still in Primary and Secondary I must’ve read every one of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series that the school libraries had in its catalogue. Later I would go on to read titles from big authors like Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, John Grisham, and Dan Brown to name a few. One of the longest reads I’ve had was the Wheel of Time. A 14-book saga by Robert Jordan, although the last 3 books were completed by Brandon Sanderson. Reading has taken a back seat lately. I haven’t had the pleasure of turning the pages of a good novel since 2019. If I am not mistaken, I think my last good read was Jonathan Stroud‘s – Bartimaeus: The Ring Of Solomon. This is a prequel to a 3-part series about Bartimaeus, a sarcastic and mischievous djinni (genie). Need to hunt those 3 books when time permits.
While I spend most of my time in front of a computer, what with the job and everything connected over the Internet nowadays, I have gotten past the addiction of games out of my system that I don’t even have a single game on my Android Nokia smartphone.
However, at one point I was a serious World of Warcraft (WOW) raider. This massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) was my life for roughly 3 years. This was during the Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King expansions. I have lead 20-man and 10-man dungeon raids. QQed incessantly. Topped the DPS charts easily. Played countless battlegrounds and arenas too.
Then there was the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) phase, namely, Defense of the Ancients (DOTA). Played dusk until dawn with friends for numerous nights for I don’t know how long in the original incarnation of this game. Wasted hours battling bots in AI maps, even at thousands of feet above ground. The Internet was still in its infancy that time. Online games were not much heard of yet. LAN games were the norm. What I thought was the end of it after I discovered WOW, only resurfaced years later when DOTA 2 came out. Valve’s Steam revolutionized online gaming sort of. Not only was this sequel free to play, with very improved graphics and design, it was also now easier to play with just about anyone as long as you had an Internet connection. I played hundreds of hours with friends in other countries, or random faceless dozens in 5 vs 5 match-ups. Those were fun days.
In the action role-playing game genre (ARPG), my most-played title would be Diablo 3. I still play it every now and then up to the present. Its addicting to collect pets, wings and other achievements. Not to mention, trying to get as high up as I can in Greater Rifts for the challenge. My highest is GRift 122 on a Solo Barbarian in Season 20. There were other games in between. Both on PC and Android. Neverwinter Nights, Diablo 2, Dragon Age, Plants vs Zombies, and Angry Birds to name a few. Heck, even Flash-based games on Facebook when that was still a thing!
My latest fascination so far is with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on the Nintendo Switch console. Down on the 2nd and last expansion pack. I still have to defeat the final boss, Dettlaff.
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