money & freedom

This is inspired by the exchange of tweets I had with T, regarding money and freedom and happiness, adult stuff.

Let’s just say I’ve been and is still in financially deep shit. Finances been pushing me to the wall, bullying me too many times, that I need to push back.

If I can no longer pay for my mortgage, I don’t care. Take our house. If we were able to get it before, there’s no reason why I can not get it the 2nd time, 3rd time, or 4th time.

money & freedom

This is inspired by the exchange of tweets I had with T, regarding money and freedom and happiness, adult stuff.

Let’s just say I’ve been and is still in financially deep shit. Finances been pushing me to the wall, bullying me too many times, that I need to push back.

If I can no longer pay for my mortgage, I don’t care. Take our house. If we were able to get it before, there’s no reason why I can not get it the 2nd time, 3rd time, or 4th time.

small talk

I love small talks.
But I struggle at it. I guess, for one, I am shy.
But I realize because I don’t have much stocked ‘small talk’ ammunition
And, this is probably because I don’t watch TV or movies, to which small talks usually revolve around.

I am no anti-TV extremist.
I love slapstick / no-brainer TV shows — the Palibhasa Lalake, Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata, the Buddy & Soul, the latest I can remember was that of Dennis PAdilla as Wacky. I’m even the most happiest with Jopopayans of Ogie Diaz.
It got me thinking — what happen with our local TV networks that they can no longer attract me to watch their shows?

small talk

I love small talks.
But I struggle at it. I guess, for one, I am shy.
But I realize because I don’t have much stocked ‘small talk’ ammunition
And, this is probably because I don’t watch TV or movies, to which small talks usually revolve around.

I am no anti-TV extremist.
I love slapstick / no-brainer TV shows — the Palibhasa Lalake, Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata, the Buddy & Soul, the latest I can remember was that of Dennis PAdilla as Wacky. I’m even the most happiest with Jopopayans of Ogie Diaz.
It got me thinking — what happen with our local TV networks that they can no longer attract me to watch their shows?

Rizal Tablet – e-book readers

These concerns are expected to be addressed as the provincial government streamlines the pilot testing in public high schools of the e-book readers, which will be locally branded as Rizal Tablets after the national hero Jose Rizal, who hailed from Calamba.

Virtual library

Some 1,000 tablets will be tried next school year among freshman students of LSNHS, University of the Philippines Rural High School and one public high school from each of the four congressional districts in Laguna. Data on the definite number of tablets to be distributed per school were not yet available.

Laguna has about 100,000 students in high school.

Twenty to 30 teachers will also be trained for the test run.

???It will be like a virtual library,??? said Neil Nocon, provincial board member and education committee chair.

The Rizal Tablet, which Nocon likened to Apple???s iPad or Amazon Kindle, could be pre-loaded with ???hundreds??? of electronic textbook copies and reference materials for the high school curriculum.

I quite could not grasp from the news as to who develops this Rizal tablet, and how it come into fruition.

Anyhoo, this is interesting.

The Middle Class Culture in Start-ups

If you read books or stories about Start-up founders, it’s a common factor that most of them belong to the middle class or above family.  And, so is the case here in Philippines. I’m not discriminating. But it’s just a fact of life. Middle class can afford to not have stable income, which you cannot find in start-up.

Looking at a few local web start-up projects, it made me think that maybe that’s why they are having a hard time to get a foothold in our local market is because if you look at the demographics of Philippines in terms of household income, majority belongs to the not-middle class or the lower income families. Implications are:

* Middle class culture is different from the lower class. So the rich kids creating start-up projects may only appeal to the people who somehow have the same taste and culture with them. As such, you already lose 80% of the population.

* Of course, web / mobile apps require gadgets and internet. And, though more families now have computer and internet connection, we still cannot deny the fact that these families are the ‘privileged’ families, which still do not compromise the majority of the Philippine population.

* This is probably the same to my point #1 — middle class has that certain elitism, and somehow shows in their project or application created. We cannot deny that we want to maintain the ‘coolness’ factor in our product. And, if we maintain this kind of attitude, you just lose the 80% of Philippine population.

* There’s a great divide of the rich and poor. We might be unconsciously unaware of it. Therefore, how can the rich kids provide a suitable product that will also appeal to the lower middle income if they haven’t mingle much with these group of people. Middle class kids go to private schools, lived in a gated community — what’s the chance they ever get to mingle with the other side of the fence. So they only get to share and get ideas from the people that has the same life with them, and as I said, will produce a product that will also only appeal to them.

Probably, one of the reasons why start-ups are easier to do in Silicon Valley or in other parts of the world because majority of their population somehow belongs in the middle class strata.

I don’t mean that we are not capable of creating software / hardware applications. The thing is after a team has produced a product, it cannot much go further or move forward locally because it lacks users (customers), it simply just not fit to the general lifestyle of the people. But of course, Philippines is not the only market as long as you have the stamina and the capital.

 

State of the Mind


* 3 kids in riot, twitter app acting up, mark troubleshooting the livelihood program — It’s such a mess. Don’t ever get near me at this kind of moment because I bite.

* I thought I master the act of numbness when things can get sh*tty but not yet. Practise more.

* On the brighter side, field research postponed to november. So I’m happy. =)

* Car-less for days. I’m enjoying it. I enjoy looking at Mark kind of don’t-know-what-to-do-without-car acts. Haha.

Me. I will never ever own a car in this life time. For one, I cannot afford it. Two, it’s my little way of saving the earth from global warming. And, most of all, I don’t want to be a family driver – ‘pagjeep kuno mo’. And, the heck, I survive 29 years of my life without a car. So just let me ride in your car.

State of the Mind


* 3 kids in riot, twitter app acting up, mark troubleshooting the livelihood program — It’s such a mess. Don’t ever get near me at this kind of moment because I bite.

* I thought I master the act of numbness when things can get sh*tty but not yet. Practise more.

* On the brighter side, field research postponed to november. So I’m happy. =)

* Car-less for days. I’m enjoying it. I enjoy looking at Mark kind of don’t-know-what-to-do-without-car acts. Haha.

Me. I will never ever own a car in this life time. For one, I cannot afford it. Two, it’s my little way of saving the earth from global warming. And, most of all, I don’t want to be a family driver – ‘pagjeep kuno mo’. And, the heck, I survive 29 years of my life without a car. So just let me ride in your car.

Using Mobile Phones As “Teachers” in The Philippines

With the partnership of Ayala Foundation, Nokia, Department of Education, Globe Telecom, and SEAMEO-INNOTECH, Text2Teach now begins to reach more schools in the country, with the Municipality of Ilagan, Isabela as one of the recipients of the second phase of the project.

“We salute our partners from the private sector and the local government units who together with DepEd are exhausting all means to make education inclusive and accessible to as many learners,” Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said.

Using a Nokia N95 8GB mobile phone, 387 interactive, educational videos in math, science, and English are pre-loaded into the phones for the teachers to choose from. A teacher simply plugs the phone into a TV and plays the video lesson for the day in the classroom for the students to enjoy and learn from.

I’m thinking how about an Android phone. Cherry Mobile care to sponsor? =)