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Living a calm and productive life in the Philippines since October 2018. Prior to that, I was based in New York for almost a decade.

I still think about the city everyday. I miss it a lot. I’d love to visit soon.
 
After doing product work for media companies in the past six years with News Deeply and Cignal TV, I’m currently doing innovation and product work for the Palawan Pawnshop Group, the Philippines’ leading non-bank financial services provider. Fintech is fun.

As for my side projects, Slavatar remains. It will actually end up paying for all of my failed (but worth it) experiments. Not bad for a thousand dollar investment I made all the way back in 2015. Still thinking of what to experiment on next. Digital Media is still a fun sector, so I might do something fun there in the future.

I still maintain a nano-consulting practice with Southpaw Labs LLC. I still have a few clients on retainer. It’s pretty much on autopilot these days. With the advent of web3 (especially DAOs), I might expand this practice soon.
 
In lockdown mode since March 12, 2020. It’s been almost two years. I’m thankful to spend a lot of quality time with my family (and we remain COVID-free + with the adults fully vaccinated + boosted). Homeschooling is hard. Dealing with the new normal is hard. I have a feeling reacquainting ourselves with the “normal” is going to be just as hard.

I can’t wait for this whole thing be truly over (Hiya, Omicron). I’d love to travel again. At least we don’t have to wear a face shield anymore.

I currently do an average of 25 kilometers of running and a hundred kilometers of of cycling week (up until I fell off the bike, forcing me to go on an indefinite hiatus back in July). I love my bikes (and All-City Space Horse and a Serotta Coeur D’Acier). I’m also planning to turn the Serotta Tri-Colorado frame I got on eBay as my day-to-day commuter bike. Zwift is also fun.

I’m currently obsessed with the following: 

  • Digital Gardens – I’ve been doing a considerable bit of (private) digital gardening the moment I transitioned to Notion (from Evernote) back in 2017. I do all sorts of stuff in Notion, ranging from my yearly dashboard, hobby logs(!), a system to process loose paper notes, weekly meal plans, shopping trackers and all sorts of stuff. I’ve performed way too many garden “remodelings” through the years.
  • Gunpla – This has proved to be such a great quarantine hobby. After spending enough time on High Grade kits with my son, I’ve recently graduated to Real Grade and Master Grade ones. It’s so nice to do things with your hands again. I’ve also watched hundreds(!) of hours of Gundam content. I love it.
  • Revenue Exploration Studios – I like the idea of institutionalized innovation. I read Prehype’s “Acorn Method” book and loved it so much. It’s so good to see my current job through these lens.  
  • Range-free cooking – I’ve made so many meals using an instant pot and finishing them off in an oven toaster. This has been such a game-changer for me. I love pressurecookrecipes.com’s recipe for Siu Yuk and Pork Ribs.
  • DAOs, DeFI NFTs, and Discords – Basically the current crypto zeitgeist. I’ve been generally skeptical of web3 in the past two years but an exploratory exercise in buying an NFT and joining a DAO just opened my eyes to how 1. amazing and 2. scary this “scene” is. It’s inspiring but I’m still generally wary of the overfinancialization of things. At this point, I’ve gotten my feet wet again. I’m excited and inspired at the same time.

I still do the following: 

Record all my exercises in Strava, log food in MyFitnessPal, scrobble music in Last.FM, track app usage in Rescuetime, checkin in Foursquare and tally finances in Moneywell. I review most of my data in Gyroscope. I also push the limits of “al dente” in our weeknight dinners. I recently cracked the secret to crispy pork belly skin (baking powder and an over toaster – see above).

Keeping up with my Goodreads reading quota. I recently enjoyed Rob Penn’s “It’s All About The Bike”, Tamara Shopsin’s “Arbitrary Stupid Goal” and Michelle Zauner’s “Crying in H Mart”, Morgan Housel’s “The Psychology of Money” and Matt Alt’s “Pure Invention”.

Writing at least 1000 words a day on the DayOne app. 

I’m curious about:

Trade, central bank digital currencies, mirrorless cameras, DAOs, streaming money.


Updated December 30, 2021.