Living a calm and productive life in the Philippines since October 2018. Prior to that, we were based in New York for almost a decade.
After working 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. Our flagship service, PalawanPay, launched in April of 2022 (now with over 3.6 million users).
Fintech is a lot of fun. I’m learning a lot.
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 will always be a thing in my world so I might do something fun there in the future.
I still maintain a nano-consulting practice with Southpaw Labs LLC, with a few clients on retainer. It’s pretty much on autopilot these days.
The pandemic has changed us in a lot of ways. I’m just happy that we managed to survive all of that (we all got it back in January of 2022). Our lives have permanently changed. I don’t see us living like it was 2019. It’s not necessarily a bad place.
I currently do an average of twenty five kilometers of running and a hundred kilometers of of cycling a week. 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 a day-to-day commuter bike. I recently “inherited” a Colnago C60. 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 and these continue to evolve.
- 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.
- “The Paradoxical Present” – A concept mentioned in W. David Marx’s book “Status & Culture” which accurately describes the appeal of nostalgia, how it fits in the whole culture continuum and in the end, inhibiting new ideas. While the world has given us access to generative things like artificial intelligence, humanity still clings to the past. Or maybe we’ve reached peak innovation already.
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 “Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste” by Carl Wilson, “Building the Cycling City: A Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality” by Melissa and Chris Bruntlett and “Status & Culture” by W. David Marx.
Writing at least 800 words a day on the DayOne app.
I’m curious about:
E-bikes. Fish sauce. Rooftop Gardens. Sustainable second brain systems. The right amount of exercise. Doing things because of vibes.