Sunday, May 31, 2015

End of May Report

It's the end of May. I've been working in my new job for a week. How has it been?

It's been good, to be honest. Personally I'm feeling really challenged to succeed, which isn't a bad thing. I'm undergoing training as a 3D Animator, and that alone is good. What concerns me is the upcoming exams during training. But I won't discuss my new job yet. I'll be as vague as I can for now.

Aside from this, things have been okay. I finally have my Saturdays back, and I'm still adjusting to that extra day of rest.

On the physical standpoint, I've decided to try to build my stamina via biking. I will be trying to bike every Saturday and Sunday early morning, taking the walking route I take inside the village. I'm starting out doing two kilometers every trip, and every month I'll add one more kilometer. So this whole June I have to do 2km. This morning I started and did it in 11 minutes and 45 seconds.

I'm not going to focus on improving my time to complete the trip. I'm going after stamina. Right now my @ss is sore because I haven't ridden a bike in a while. Plus my arms are sore because I'm so damn fat I have a hard time supporting my upper body weight while biking.

Speaking of weight, I'm hoping I can drop a few pounds because of one of the perks in my new job: Free breakfast and lunch. What does this have to do with losing weight? Well, the meals are pre-packed so I can only eat that. Hopefully I can control my appetite and not have to buy more food outside of work, because I really need to lose weight.

Anyway, that's it for now. Life's been generally good and happy, and I'm still adjusting to my weekends. I need a hobby, and I need to practice my animation skills.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Thanks for Everything, BB King

Yesterday night, local time, I was browsing Facebook when I saw a post mentioning BB King's passing. As I usually do when I read about something big on Facebook, I quickly search the internet to confirm if it is true or not.

Sadly it was true.

Now, I'm not a hardcore blues fan. I do know some blues artist, mostly because of stuff I used to read in Guitar World. I did keep reading about this amazing blues guitarist who had an iconic guitar. His name was BB King. I was fascinated enough about his music I actually bought a "best of" CD when I was in high school.

Believe it or not, I actually listened to that CD. Quite a number of times, to be honest. I did enjoy his music, and I found my share of personal favorite songs on that CD. My top three BB King favorites were "Caldonia," "The Thrill is Gone," and "Lucille."

Thanks for the music, Mr. Riley B. King. Thank you for all the contributions you gave this world, and thank you for opening my mind to another type of music. May you keep on jamming up there in heaven.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

On Road Trips, A Big Announcement, and Reminiscing

It's that time of the year again for my parents' (not-quite) annual Northern Road Trip. This time though I was a bit concerned since their route will make them chase after Typhoon Dodong (internation name: Noul).

Fortunately they've arrived at their first stop-off point and will spend the night there, as they usually do. Tomorrow they continue their northern road trip and hopefully by the time they head off tomorrow the typhoon will have left the islands of the Philippines.

I must admit that I am quite jealous I was not able to go with them this year. Recent events caused me to miss my chance. What event? I accepted a job offer from a multinational game development company and I filed my resignation.

What this means is I'm basically finishing my tasks at my current employer and training my replacement. So I can't really take a week off to go with my folks, as much as I would like to. I'll be finishing my term with AutoPerformance Ph near the end of May, so I have little time to finish everything.

The impending career change is basically what I was getting at in my previous blog but at the time I felt I should not announce it publicly.

Now, however, the die hast been cast. The deed (resignation) has been done.

I had a blast with my current company, AutoPerformance Ph Inc. I still am having a blast, actually. My passion and knowledge for cars grew by leaps and bounds, as well as my attitude and maturity. I learned a lot about life aside from new skills I learned as a sales coordinator then supply chain officer.

Unfortunately I am a 3D artist, and the call of going back to creatives was too great to ignore. I had an opportunity to return and had to take it, for reasons greater than just quenching my creative thirst.