Workout More, Sleep More

I may have bitten on more than I can chew this time around. Aside from the day job (I manage three Creative Studios for a multinational company), I am actually taking three subjects as part of my course work for my MBA and producing content for ScreenCrit on a daily basis. I was doing fine…

Just a Little Bit More, We’re Almost at the Finish Line

This term aside, I’m only two terms away from finishing my MBA program. I’m currently at the half-way point for this term, enjoying a short breather after midterms. I’m currently taking online classes, part of the new normal in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Truth be told, I’m missing real-world interaction especially in the classroom…

Where it all Began

The first studio I ever managed was Interactive Art Services (IAS) Manila, Inc. IAS, Inc. was, back then, the leading provider of pre-visualization services for the US and UK advertising industry. It had offices and studios in Florida and Los Angeles in the US, a sales office in London in the UK, and a production…

Attrition Rate: Letting People Go

Businesses and companies lose people. Whether it is because they have been offered a much more attractive career opportunity in another company or have grown dissatisfied with their lot over time within the business, people leaving their employers is an accepted part of running a company. The common business parlance for this is Attrition. Galleto…

New Start, New Blog

I’ve decided to take blogging seriously. I know it sounds weird coming from someone who has been blogging since 2003 but I’ve never really applied myself to blogging, at least not like my contemporaries who has plunged headfirst in both the creative and technical aspects of content creation. Blogging for me has always been a…

The Great Escape from Poverty

I recently came across an infographic from the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) Facebook Page (time stamp: February 27, 2019) that classifies anyone who earns less than Php 9,520 per month (based on 2017 prices) as poor. INDICATIVE RANGE OF MONTHLY FAMILY INCOME (FOR A FAMILY OF FIVE) IN THE PHILIPPINES, 2015 and 2017…

On Flying Business and Economy

Last year, several of my Team Leaders and I went to the UK for a business trip. As is company policy, when the trip is expected to last longer than 3 hours, colleagues must travel Business Class. Those of you who’ve had the pleasure of flying business class or first class know what a treat…

Mentorship

A former colleague who used to work under me as a Team Leader recently touched base. He has moved on to a new role in another company, his first managerial post, and wanted to chat for a bit. He gave me a quick idea of what he was doing now and described some of the…

Lessons from the First Spartan Race of 2020

Equipment-wise, there’s a few things I’m going to change in the next Spartan Race. Gloves I picked up from Decathlon. It was designed specifically for handling rope and cables so I was thinking it would be useful since a lot of the obstacles required some rope handling. Unfortunately, it proved slippery when handling bare smooth…

The Woes of the First Spartan Race of 2020

The first Spartan Race of the year was off to an unsure start (because of circumstances beyond their control, I might add) but push through it did, in true Spartan Race fashion! The original venue was to be in Balete, Batangas but the Taal Volcano Eruption put a dampener on that plan as the location…

The Last of us

It’s weird, being the last left. Gerry, Johnny, and I have always done comic book projects together. Whether it’s the San Pablo Comics Festival, the Komikero Anthologies, or the various little projects we did in between we’ve always worked in concert, each one with a part to play. And we all knew our parts well….