The Genuine Goatee

I had a chance to browse through a book we gave our workmate as a birthday gift entitled The Man's Book: The Indispensable Guide for the Modern Man by Thomas Fink. I managed to notice the section on beard types. Fink's source for the beards was the Yale University November Beard Club and it doesn't mention the year of release.

Video Conference Training

This is another one of these experiences that I didn't dream of before. Video conefence training is an example of how the world is becoming smaller. As Thomas Friedman would say it the technologies, like the Internet and fiber optics that serves as the foundation for video conferencing, makes the world flatter.

Training on Regional Economic and Financial Monitoring

When I graduated from college, I never imagined I was going to be training in an environment like this. You have LCD laptops, projector, foreign participants, and a world-class auditorium. It is light years away from the chalk, blackboard, undergraduates and an arcane wooden classroom that was available from my alma mater, where I wanted to start my teaching profession. That is why I call myself a trainer and not a teacher.

Lunch Break Nap

Here I am taking a nap during lunch. Thirty minutes is needed to recharge myself for the last four hours of my work day.

Gift Appreciation

After you come back from a leave, you are expected to bring gifts to your workmates. After all, they did cover for you in some way. It is challenging to find gifts for them. I'm not the person who brings something like a fridge magnet or a key chain. I want something unique from the place that I came from.

Goodbye, Ton Areopagita

After nine years of service, Ernesto "Ton" Areopagita has left the Informatics team of Asian Development Bank (ADB) . I must say that nine years in Informatics is an achievement itself. I cannot imagine staying in a division or a work area for nine years. I will get bored to death with a constant like that.

ADB One Year Anniversary

I am very grateful to celebrate my first year anniversary of being an I.T. Training Consultant at Asian Development Bank. This has been the greatest consolation that my former boss has given after he left the Philippines.

Tummy Tuck Teaching

A unusual observation that my officemate mentioned while I was doing my presentation... My stomach is very slim while I present... I wish I could present more often, though it scares me that someone is making observations on my lower extremities during my presentation instead of my upper regions...

For the Love of the Game

People have their opinions. They have the freedom to express them. The problem is that some opinions are baseless and serve as a scapegoat for their inadequacies. It's a cover-up of what the true story is. It is criminal to broadcast it to others who shouldn't need to hear it. Speaking with true conviction is very different from saying things that are harsh, unfair and without proper evidence.