Sunday, November 18, 2012

Time for a Quick Release

It's back. I felt if before in my previous job, and I feel it again.

What am I talking about? You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and you know you have work, but you don't want to go? It's back. It comes and goes, and I can still force myself to go and work. But it's there.

It is not a coincidence that this started happening once a certain turn-of-events at work happened. I do not wish to elaborate, partly because I still respect my employers, and mostly because this is the internet.

It's nothing serious. Everyone goes through this. Some people ignore it, I choose to take it as a warning. Perhaps it is time to start considering my options. Time to start looking around, making some connections, and asking some friends for some favors.

It's pretty obvious what I'm hinting at. In fact, I'll even go so far as to put it in writing. I've updated my resume and am in the process of updating my demo reel and portfolio. Meaning that the horn to signal the hunt for new employment opportunities is about to be sounded.

Why now, why so sudden, and why so serious? Simple. I've got a daughter who will turn two in less than a month. Education, medicine, food, clothing, etc. are not cheap in the Philippines. At least, the good quality kind are not cheap. And I have no plan of skimping on my daughter, nor my wife.

And so I offer this quick release. It is time. Time to start looking. Who knows, perhaps I might end up starting my own business. We shall see.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

My Latest Dream Car Garage

And here we go again, another edition of "My Dream Two-Car Garage" is up and posted. My category this time is vehicles available on the Philippine market. No budget, but keep in mind I always remain realistic about costs. So I guess no cars at all for my fantasy two-car garage.

Just kidding.

Right now I'm currently obsessing over two vehicles that I wouldn't mind having for a two-car garage, the Kia Sportage, and the Subaru Impreza WRX STi hatchback. Here's why I want these two right now. Let's start with the more practical one.

The Kia Sportage. It may not seat as many people as my previous family car ideal, the Toyota Innova. But it looks better, and it can still fit five adults easily. Now, which Sportage am I drooling over? Either the diesel or the top-of-the-line version. The diesel because of the amazing torque figures, and the top-of-the-line because it's the top-of-the-line. I've been seeing a couple of these on the road, and they all look nice. They even have daytime running LED lights, and a back-up camera you can view from the rear-view mirror. Two features a dad like me really likes.

Now for the Subaru Impreza. Why the WRX STi hatch? Because it's got automatic transmission. Why in the hell would someone like me want a supercar level car with automatic transmission? Because I want it for my daily driver. I need the comfort of the automatic transmission for the stop and go traffic of everyday life. The only time I would not drive this would be when it's number-coding or when I have to bring my family to my in-laws. Oh, and if the rain's are bad and flooding could possibly happen.

And that's it. Two cars I'm obsessing on right now, two cars I'd want to have in my dream two-car garage.