School parking

It’s my 2nd term already in Ateneo Rockwell but it is just lately that I decided to avail of the school’s parking mainly because of one thing – avoid the Powerplant Mall or the nearby Starbucks. No, there’s neither a threat of the dreaded AH1N1 nor an occurrence of carnapping incidents. It’s just because I’m trying to save. Period.

Despite still having a parking fee just as much as in this classy mall, parking in Ateneo have kept me for two weeks already from frequenting the Dunkin Donut shop inside the mall or the more pricey Starbucks just across the street. Now I’ve been going to school with a mug (bearing my ex-employers logo) filled with home-brewed Peets coffee and sandwiches or any other bread to go along with it – in short and in plain Filipino, “nagbabaon na ako.”

My Ateneo parking experience though have been quite funny and scary. On my first day, as I reach the first basement level, I was so glad when I saw the area with about 3-4 more vacant spaces. I was thinking, “this isn’t bad…so only few people do bring their cars to school.” And so I hurriedly maneuvered myself to a spot near the elevator (access to the building) where the vacant slot is between two SUVs. Perfect. But just I was about to turn my engine off, I saw this bold sign on the wall: Dean. Law. My goodness, I’ve just occupied the spot reserved for a Dean. Of course, if that title isn’t as intimidating, the next word below it made me scram out of the area and into the crammed third basement parking.

Today is another story. Every Saturday I have a morning class and so this morning, just like the past 2 weeks, I was already in Rockwell, Makati before 7 am. This time though, I drove directly to Ateneo instead of the usual parking in front of the restos. I was the first student to be inside the parking basement. And upon reaching the student’s parking area I was surprised to see myself in a dimly lit and almost deserted area where if I could have been on an MTV, I would have seen Jacko and his posse jumping out of each column ready to start the video of “Bad” – well, good thing I wasn’t. And as if the thought of Jacko dancing around isn’t scary enough, the way to the elevator puts me this time into a Dawn of the Dead scene. Imagine this: I can barely see my way thru and what guided me, and what are just visible, were just my cellphone’s screen illumination and the flickering red push button of the elevator still a few meters ahead. Next time, if get to school this early, I might have to park back in front of the restos and see if I can resist the temptation of the coffee with the green round logo. Ti abi.

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My recent parking experience made me think, “Is it only Intel that doesn’t have a reserved parking space?” If yes, I’m now missing it more this time.

 

 

Mood: 3/10 Honks!

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Creative Commons photos

 

Recently, I’ve been using photos by other people for my blogs. These are photos filed under Flickr’s Creative Commons (or CC) and have been allowed by its owners to be used by other people for free depending on some conditions.

Creative Commons uses the following symbols:

  1. Attribution means:
    You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if they give you credit.
  2. Noncommercial means:
    You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work – and derivative works based upon it – but for noncommercial purposes only.
  3. No Derivative Works means:
    You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.
  4. Share Alike means:
    You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

The creation of Creative Commons is very useful. At least this time, someone like me won’t feel guilty about grabbing someone else’s photo and use it for whatever purpose just as long as it is within the aforementioned conditions. I can’t remember exactly how many photos I’ve used but it occurred to me anyway (while reading a blog comment from Dencio, a very good photographer as well), why not use photos coming from my multiply.com friends/contacts instead. This way the exchange will be (or could be) win-win: I use their photo. I give them credit (and exposure) in my post. I just don’t know though if multiply has a way of tagging photos under CC.

By the way, just in case you wonder, I still make it a habit to contact the owners of the pictures first before I use it in my post to avoid any surprises. Besides, it’s just the right thing to do out of respect to the photographer and his intellectual rights. So far, I haven’t got any rejection. Nice, huh.

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Hopefully, I’ll have more Filipino contacts who’d file their photos under Creative Commons. If I remember it right, I’ve only used one CC photo coming from a Filipino – Michael Gomez. It was a shot of Ateneo Rockwell’s chapel.

I now wonder if I can find something in Flickr that will show an ecstatic person, walking with a cellphone to his hear while trying hard to hold an outburst to shout in celebration. If yes, I can use that. It will perfectly match my mood yesterday afternoon after I learned that I pass the Ateneo entrance exam. Hahaha. MBA world, I come.

 

 

Mood: 1/10 Honks!

From resignation letters, Ateneo to Typepad

 

I’m all mixed up once again. It’s just more than 24 hours and I’ve already done several things not so related to each other but has nevertheless kept myself busy, frustrated, confused, and excited – may not be in proper order but may apply all at one point. Yes. I’m once again having that chopsuey day. Well, just to remain optimistic there’s always a good thing about bad, or let’s just say confusing, things – at least it doesn’t make my day SSDD.

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After a meeting with the rest of our village’s board of directors yesterday and with our treasurer walking out of the meeting, I finally filed my formal resignation this morning as well. It’s not because I’m fed up at any of them but it’s because of the troubling effect that goes along with the treasurer walking out – and her probable termination.

So this morning while trying to decide between eating proper breakfast or leaving on time for one of the most important things I’ll be doing in the next few months to come, with fingers tightly crossed, I hurriedly typed what has been going on inside my mind for weeks – my resignation letter. It’s about time.

I miss the days when this is a common sight.

I miss the days when this is a common sight.

I really hated doing it but I did the best that I could to explain the reasons why I’m leaving this time. I’ve got several compelling reasons and one of which is living a quiet life away from the baseless accusations, gossips and intrigues which are sadly done by elders who are supposed act as well-meaning advisers in the community. Although these may not be directly addressed to me I can’t bear hearing it anymore and this isn’t the environment that I want our baby boy to witness – this is one major reason.

Now I’m back, hopefully, to living as a private individual. Next time, I’ll share some of the homeowners association woos and woes.

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Other than filing my resignation which I just realize was actually my first as I never had the chance to make one since I joined a team, organization or even a company (incidentally, I’ll be leaving my current job without it again), I started the first step to another milestone in my life.

This morning, I went to Ateneo Rockwell to register for their MBA Regis program course entrance exam. Although, their building wasn’t exactly as vivid as what they have on their website’s header, I was still thrilled and excited the moment I saw it from afar and it got even more intense when I came inside. The place itself had this professional feel and the surrounding appears to be a very conducive place to learn. What especially caught my attention though was the solemn chapel inside the campus. I’m wondering now if this is filled to its capacity during exams with most of the students asking for divine intervention. Anyway, just in case it is, I’ll just bear kneeling outside. Hmm.

Lawyers do pray here. Photo by: Michael Gomez

Law students do pray here. Photo by: Michael Gomez

The whole registration process went very orderly. I don’t know if this is always the case but when I arrived at the registrar’s counter, there were only four other people transacting and even if I had to go down to the cashier’s office to pay for the exam fee everything was still a breeze. When I left home this morning, I was prepared to be in a long line of students and have asked myself for extra patience. But then Ateneo’s automated system changed my perception of a traditional registration flow – it took me just about 10 minutes to finish the whole transaction and I was happily on my way home just in time for a late lunch and a well-deserved siesta – considering that it’s from Cavite to and from Makati being completed all in the morning wasn’t bad at all.

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My blogging addiction (and to mention financial desperation) has stepped up. In my desire to monetize my blog, I’ve been searching for days already on how to do it properly. I’ve also researched on what free or paid blog providers will cater monetization. Somehow, I discover that in this case the best things aren’t free. And this led me back to Typepad.com.

I actually have made the first steps in signing up with Typepad a couple of weeks ago but I was taken aback when I saw that its 14-day trial period would require me to enter my credit card number. Yesterday, as I run out of choice and with my eagerness to sign back I read and re-read the trial period conditions which to my relief say that I won’t be charge if I cancel before the 14-day period. And so I proceeded.

Sadly, my first impression about this paid blogging site isn’t good. For one, my expectation of Typepad being better than WordPress faded soon enough as I had a hard time using its dashboard. I find its features falling short of WordPress’ and just a bit better than Blogger.com. I still have 13 days to exploit it, but as of now I’m already revisiting my Blogger account and have done some re-layouts and modifications. I can see that it’s starting to look a lot like Typepad now. It’s a shame. But of course, I’m not quitting on Typepad yet. In the next days to come, I’ll spend some time using it and will give it another chance to prove its worth. Hopefully, at the end of the trial period is a win-win situation.

This is Typepads dashboard.

This is Typepad’s dash….

This is WordPress dashboard.

And this is WordPress’ dash…now take your pick.

 

 

Photo credit: Michael Gomez

 

 

 

Moood: 4/10 Honks!