Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Philippine Noms

One of the few things I was really excited about on the trip to the Philippines was the food.

Balut is a Filipino delicacy that has spread to other Asian countries. I've been told they're available in Asian supermarkets in Canada but those are not as good as the ones from the Philippines. Balut vendors roam the residential streets at night shouting "balut" in a deep voice with the "u" extended, similar to the familiar sound of an incoming ice cream truck. Except of course, instead of ice cream, it's fertilized duck embryo. I ate about 3 of these every night while I was there. Yes, I ate an unborn baby duck. It was delicious and I'd do it again!
Fun fact: seems to think it's one of The 6 Most Terrifying Foods in the World

Friday, May 11, 2012

Touchdown Philippines

Garage and garden
As our plane reaches the Philippine airport I remember the day we left, thinking to myself it will be a long time before I see this airport again. Today is "10 years from now."

There seemed an excessive amount of security for the duty free shops. Who knew liquor was such a high risk commodity. We cleared customs and suddenly: people. Thousands of them. Every time someone brushed up to me I checked my pockets. Through the hordes of people, we managed to pick up our 6 bags of luggage, 3 of which were filled with gifts, toiletries, and canned goods for relatives. We finally stepped out of the airport doors and into the pickup area.

Welcome to the Philippines. I was greeted with the uncomfortably humid, barely tolerable heat. I felt like I was burning. I was burning.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Back From the Frying Pan

Achievement Unlocked: 12 hours of driving while running on 2 hours of sleep.

After 8 months of laboring away and finishing off University, I am back at party house Vancouver, en route to the Philippines. It's good to be back in beautiful British Columbia!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

In The Warehouse

After much deliberation I've decided to split my website-in-the-making into two parts. will be my personal website, with things that I do for fun, such as this blog and my YouTube vlog. Later on I'll add a section for photography, travel, or any other hobby or interest I pick up. on May 8, 2012 will be my professional portfolio, where I'll have my resume and list of major projects I've worked on. Once finished, this website will generally be static and will simply serve as more of an information website. on May 8, 2012
(for those who aren't familiar, the background is Engineering paper)

As I mentioned in beeJ After University?, I'll be in the Philippines until the end of May. I'm bringing my laptop with me to work on this if I get any downtime but I don't expect to be working on it fully until mid-July. On the bright side, that gives me plenty of idea-generation time, though I already have plenty and can't wait until it's all complete!

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Back in Business

Having recently completed all the requirements for my Software Engineering degree, I'm at the lull in between school and the beginning of my career. Being in the cooperative program, I have consistently been on either a school or a work term. Come to think of it, I haven't had a break longer than a couple weeks since 2008!

Many people are out of town and StarCraft II, Modern Warfare 3, and the television have failed to keep me occupied in the mornings so my plans of restoring my blog and creating a personal website when I'm all settled into the beautiful British Columbia have been moved up to yesterday.

(After a couple hours of research) I registered with GoDaddy, purchased web hosting from HostGator, installed WampServer among other things and I've turned the lights back on on this old thing.

If you dig deep you'll find that this blog was started in 2007, when I was in Grade 12, which meant plenty of posts with terrible grammar (albeit intentional), stupidity, and possibly a dash of ignorance. That said, I've un-published all old posts and will be re-publishing any that I find Internet worthy.

New posts will hopefully be more (but not completely) objective and concise.