It’s been more than two weeks since Supertyphoon Yolanda (aka Haiyan) hit central Philippines. As I am not in a position to dive into the trenches, I am so thankful for the ones who are, doing what they can under arduous conditions in an effort to help our countrymen that fell victim to what may as well be the greatest natural disaster seen by this generation. Unfortunately, at the same time, I am saddened by two things. First is our group of leaders who keep shooting themselves in their collective feet. I can understand the mistakes stemming from the fact that the typhoon changed the rules of the game and ruined whatever plans were formulated to mitigate the eventual disaster. But what I find unacceptable is how our leaders repeatedly make fools of themselves at both at a national and a global scale (the latest at the time of this posting is the absolutely horrible timing of filing a tax evasion case against Manny Pacquiao, on the heels of a much needed morale boost of a national scale stemming from his victory over Brandon Rios). The second thing I find saddening is all the bickering that has been going on among Filipinos outside the disaster areas. This, by itself, is another story. But as I grew tired of all that, I found myself revisiting an old idea I played around with.
As the weather mercifully cleared up after a stormy day, it would seem that things were looking up for the conference. The Boracay trip I wrote about in a previous blog was actually NOT a vacation. Me and my colleagues were scheduled to attend Geeks on a Beach (GoaB).
For the uninitiated, I’ll just quote their website on this:
GEEKS ON A BEACH is a brand new conference for everyone who is passionate about startups, technology, design, and making the world a better place. Featuring presentations from hand-picked experts from all across the world. GOAB is the perfect place to come and share learnings and stories with new friends in a two day get-together by the shores of splendid Boracay island in the Philippines.
The following is an assignment submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements in Introduction to Music Production, a massively open online course by the Berklee College of Music in Coursera, supervised by Loudon Stearns this September 2, 2013.
Assignment #6 Topic:
Explain the usage of the 5 most important synthesis modules: Oscillator, Filter, Amplifier, Envelope, and LFO.
San Francisco is a beautiful city to visit. My five day stay there is definitely right up there among my favorites. That is why I had second thoughts about my first blog about my stay shedding a rather negative light. On the other hand, I’d rather get this out first and conclude everything in a much more positive light, just the way I feel. I also think this is important because
I would like to believe that I am fairly street smart. Or at least, whenever I’m in doubt, I keep a low profile (not easy for someone like me, I know) and be wary of people you don’t know. That is why I also write this blog post with strong feelings of not just disappointment, but more so of embarassment.
That Fisherman’s Wharf can be something else.
I became a Mono convert instantly after I got a Betty Strap for my guitars. That one came in Sharkskin black. I wanted another one in Duraweave Ash and had the chance to buy one in my recent Singapore trip. Unfortunately, seeing one in pictures was a different experience from actually holding one in your hands, seeing and feeling the material up close. I didn't like it. But that long walk to the store wasn't a complete waste, as I found the second item on my list sitting in a glass case: a Mono wallet.
I regret never even wanting to go with my mom to Boracay back in the early 1990's, when it was still in pristine condition, hardly touched by development. It had become a very different place by the time I finally made the trip in 2009. Still, even though it was crowded and loud with all the parties happening around the clock, I could still appreciate the beauty and appeal of one of the hottest tourist spots in the Philippines.
However, little did I know that the same beauty and appeal would diminish in my eyes within the relatively short period of time (or so, I believe) between visits. A conference gave me the chance to return to the island along with my co-faculty from the UP Open University. My jadedness prevented me from being too excited about the whole trip. Still, I certainly did not expect the little adventure I unknowingly embarked upon with my colleagues.