A Developer’s Dilemma

Five years ago when I was a graduating student , this question was asked in my first job interview at NEC.

What would you do if you have a conflict with another employee or if you can’t stand someone’s attitude and behavior?

I still remember my answer quite clearly. And right now, I think I’m being put to the test.

I don’t know exactly how to start this post – I just found myself wanting to write things down. There’s no one to talk to, aside from our teammates, that is; because confiding in an officemate, who’s not part of our team, is not a good  idea; telling a friend ain’t any better – all would be considered badmouthing even if that’s not our intention. Perhaps that’s the reason why I’m letting it all out in this blog-post-turned-diary-entry. LOL.

We had raised our concerns to our SM, but the only thing she told us was that we need to adjust. Thinking back, we never had this issue before. And in fact, some people commended our great teamwork. If I were to argue, I’d say things won’t work if we are always the only ones who adjust; I believe there should be some sort of a compromise. But I just let it rest, see how things turn out, and hope it’s for the better.

So what issue am I referring to, really? Working with someone who is NOT a team player.

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I’m Sorry, Mr. Yellow Eagle

While we were discussing about some things last Tuesday,  I addressed my office mate, Mr. Yellow Eagle, in a rather impolite manner, as if I was talking to a close friend. Seriously, I mean no disrespect, whatsoever. That’s just the way our team members talk among ourselves.

Mr. Yellow Eagle is technically not part of our team, but I’d say he had become an integral part of it and without a doubt deserves this code name we came up with. (My team mate first thought of Yellow Bird but I wanted something to represent his strong character so I chose Eagle; he also has a bird’s eye view of things. Yellow would stand for being a symbol of hope. When all else fails, we run to him and soon after, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. He was also wearing a yellow polo shirt at the time I decided this code name. Haha. Yes, I love giving names to people I either feel close to or those who’ve earned my highest respects.)

Now going back to that recent incident. I was too late to realize I haven’t known him well enough to understand what could possibly be a big no-no to him, things that he might find offensive, and when he is actually hurt or just feigning it. I could not say for sure. And that’s what bothered me a little. I apologized right then and there, he said he won’t accept it but he was smiling all the same. Though if he is who I think he is, then just as he is kind and generous,  he’s also compassionate and understanding – this I am sure of.

And today (Friday), after a little more teasing and/or bullying, I guess I was forgiven. With that signature sinister smile of his, he said we’re quits. And in that moment I was happy.

I’m sorry, Mr. Yellow Eagle. I’ll try my best never to tease you from now on.

But then again, just as my team mate said, Canoes’ love language is teasing a.k.a bullying. 🙂


All In

In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable.
So I’m stepping out of my comfort zone, trusting my gut instincts and going all in.

The stakes are high,  and though I’m not sure if this “project” succeeds, I have a feeling that it will, so I’m financing it anyway. The higher the risks, the higher the return.

A total leap of faith.

So help me God. :))

Exploring Typography

Inspired by Jim Carrey’s painting and a friend’s calligraphy posts on Instagram, I started creating this last night.

I don’t paint but I do best in drawing straight lines and symmetrical objects including, but not limited to, stick figures. Haha! When I was in high school, I always get a flat 1.0 grade in my technical drawing projects. I loved the feeling of “getting in the zone” when I’m using rulers, protractors, a compass or a mechanical pencil. Most, if not all, of my doodles back then were parallel and perpendicular lines together with shapes of squares and diamonds, forming a large non-existent object with symmetry in design, and one that can be likened to an abstract painting.

A senpai once told me I have a pretty good handwriting, too. When I write in all capital letters, people say that it almost looks as if it were typewritten, and not handwritten. I have always preferred writing this way, and in fact, back in the fifth grade wherein we were supposed to write in cursive, I wrote my name in all caps. I was warned by my teacher for not following instructions, but that didn’t stop me anyway. (Yes, I was kind of stubborn. Haha)

So here it is, my first attempt at typography. Far from perfect, but it’s a start. 🙂

original design © behance.net

Painful Friday :(

Having a meeting scheduled at 9AM, I woke up early with a nagging headache. I thought it will be gone after an hour or so but that wasn’t the case. Coupled with menstrual cramps, I certainly wasn’t in my best shape today. My officemate told me she experiences headaches every time she had her period. I don’t recall having these in the past though, so I did a little bit of searching  to check if they are indeed related. Here’s what I found:

Many women suffer from headaches at the beginning of a period. They are thought to be caused by a combination of the plummeting levels of hormones that occurs in the day or so before bleeding starts, combined with the release of prostaglandins from the womb that occurs with the onset of bleeding.

You can help to prevent the effects of prostaglandins (which can include period pains, and also digestive upsets) by taking drugs that block their action, such as ibuprofen (available from chemists) or mefenamic acid (available on prescription).

Ugh, so it was all because of hormones! I really thought I was going to faint so I rushed to the clinic right after our training. The nurse gave me two capsules of Medicol (Ibuprofen) and after taking one, I felt relatively better.

Something tells me I need to get back on track and start running again.