Adventures · Wanderlust

Pseudo-Break

Everyone’s having their vacation already but since there was a shift in UP’s academic calendar, we have no choice but to endure hot noons in the classroom and not on the beach. And the next thing we know, our vacation will be on June – rainy season. Hahaha

But thanks God we were given a pseudo-sembreak, a time where academics are on pause and we were finally given a time to binge-watch movies, unwind, and go home to our respective provinces where we can spend the Lenten Season with our family.

Unfortunately, our home is miles away and booking a flight is not much of a choice since it’s very expensive.. so I don’t have a choice but to stay at the dorm. With the other Mindanao-based dormers. ❤

Wednesday Night

We had a movie marathon at the dining area – mattresses were spread and free food and drinks were given. Plus we get to enjoy horror movies until 4AM. Hurrah ❤

Thursday

The whole spirit of the holiday was to reflect so we decided to go to Balaan Bukid, Guimaras where a big cross was located on the mountaintop.

Guide: For Php 15 pesos we rode a boat from Iloilo-Jordan Wharf. For Php 10 you can get to Balaan Bukid riding a tricycle. See? For less than a hundred, you get to reflect and enjoy.

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The walk was very far but you don’t need to worry since a lot of the residents sell food and souvenirs from station 1 to the church. 🙂

 

After 45 minutes hiking, we were already on top. And guess what, the view was so picturesque.. and mesmerizing.

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Iloilo City from afar.

 

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And who wouldn’t resist for instagrammable pictures when you’re already here? Brace yourselves to more Dexieeeel.

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Will definitely go back here, when I have time.

 

BA 183.1 · SchoolStuff

World War III: Web Browser Wars

What were man’s greatest discovery and invention? Was it when he discovered the use of fire, or when he was able to communicate people from afar by the use of telephone? Or when he invented a thing called the computer?

The emergence and development of the age of the Internet– a revolution which changed and continues to change the way our world “works, plays, communicates, shops and even falls in love” (John Heilemann)

Like any success, everything has a story. Behind the things we have today on the internet, there was a story about David and Goliath (modern version).

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Image source: wisewordsfrom.wordpress.com

It was 1993 when a group of nerds coded a software called Mosaic, Mosaic was a gift to humanity which enables the ordinary people to use the Internet other than the geeks and scientists. This software shows a lot of potential in dominating the market but they don’t have the resources (eg. money). This is when Jim Clark came into action and invested a lot of money for Netscape Communications Corporation. By 1995, Netscape’s Navigator was the popular choice of browser in the marketplace.

Sensing how David (Netscape) climbed its way up and dominated all the platforms, there usage share increased, but that success threatened Bill Gates’ Microsoft.This is when Microsoft created the Internet Explorer 1.0, a pity moment for Andreessen, Clark, and the engineers because Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer 1.0 to the public. This is a huge U-turn to the competition where the “giant” gets up and reclaim the throne. (It’s difficult to compete against the monopoly giant considering Netscape’s limited resources.) Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) lagged Netscape’s Navigator for their browser was bundled to their Windows Operating System.

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By 1998, Netscape lost the battle of browser wars. Microsoft won for their pricing strategy and Netscape was left with no remaining serious competition to its market share.

Today, Internet Explorer’s market share has been eroded by other competitors who are much equipped to match the “giant”. The emergence of new browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari took place.

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This 45-minute minute video is an eye-opener to everyone of us – that despite the success of the web business today, we faced a lot of challenges including competitors. We learned also how to cope up with competition  and be resilient and flexible when the situation arises.

 

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Technology and Me

When we wake up, we immediately check our phones for messages; before we eat, we take pictures of the food and post it to Instagram; and when we are with our friends, we take “selfies” and upload it. Technology is a luxury nowadays, all thanks to the brilliant minds of people like Charles Babbage and Alan Turing who invented computers and contributed to this great milestone.

Our generation is the luckiest being on Earth! Why? It is because when our Professors ask us to make a two-page essay about bacteria, we just go to a nearby computer shop and search for the topic on Google. After that, millions of results are piled in front of us, we just need to read it and make the essay on Microsoft Word. Unlike before, where everyone needs to go to the library and search for that topic and use a typewriter which takes a lot of time.

Computers are indeed a friend because they helped me connect with the people that I love who are far from where I am. They became a portal to connect with my family and friends in Mindanao. I can now also enjoy the perks of paperless transactions through online services and emails. Moreover, it also help me enjoy my free time through games, movies, music and E-books.

Adventures · experiences

Jane’s Debut & Ati-Atihan 2017

One thing that made me excited about 2017 is because of debuts.Well, two of my friends are having their parties this month. ❤ Looking for a dress that suited for their parties gave me a hard time but it was all worth it when the main event gave us many memories to remember.

(Me with the debutant,Jane😊) I was choosen to be part of the 18 candles.

The venue of the debut was at Aroma Beach,Batad,Aklan. The place was so serene but during the event we didn’t get to enjoy the beach because it was raining real hard in the evening. (The waves were so strong I was very afraid there might be storm surge.)

In the morning (Jan 15), before we depart from the venue.. we had a little luxury to stroll the beach. (Too bad I didn’t have time to swim and it’s really cold,haha 😂)

*Ati-Atihan 2017*

Who wouldn’t want to celebrate the annual Sinulog-counterpart in Aklan? Celebrating Ati-Atihan has been a goal for me every year (started it last 2016).The streets of  Kalibo,Aklan is once again paraded with Atis and people are on a festive mood.🎉

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2017.

The previous year has been one hell of a ride. I learned a lot of lessons not just inside the four corners of the classroom.

I learned to value friendship more and to gave importance to my family (because no matter what happens they’re always here for me). I became someone I never expected to be me a year ago. Someone who’s more responsible and sensitive to the people around her. Someone who’s dauntless and strong and independent but still fragile. Someone who knew how to take risks not just in jumping high cliffs but also in love. 💖

This 2017, I hope the best are yet to come. I just hope that God would guide me to this journey.

To more life lessons and spontaneous trips. Cheers!🎉🍻🍻

DexielgetsSerious · Diary

E.

X,

I know what we had was over  but I still couldn’t fathom how your presence can still have an effect in my life.

We became friends again for a year now and I thought everything would be so easy for I know in myself that I totally got over you. I moved on ftom my first elementary puppy love and I think it would be so childish not to be friendly towards you especially now that we’re “grown-ups”. So I mustered all my courage,supressed a smile and welcomed you in my life (again).

I admit it 2016 would have been plain and boring to some of its days without you. You became somewhat part of my routine– after dinner we would then have our chat; we even came to the point wherein we called 24/7. We would even attend the mass together. I treated you as my friend, I know that, nothing more and nothing less.

But there were those days when you just became extra-everything- sweet,caring,loving. And I must admit, I almost fell again.

But this time,I realized my worth:
*That you were just being flirty with me because Im around but when your first love came back, she’s what you’re after.
*That all those calls where just there to entertain you when you’re alone and bored while I have to stop reading my favorite book because you’re there nagging.
*That all those sweet messages were nothing to you
*That all of them were just normal stuff, an act of friendship.

Srsly the blame’s not on you but I also realized that the kind of people like you are not good to me. One moment you’re here, the next time you’re already there and broke my heart. And to avoid that,I realized that maybe I should get rid of you.

It’s time for me to start 2017 and let go of those negativity in life. Yes you brightened my life but you brought too much storm with you which I know I cant handle. So I left.

Sorry.

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Poetry · scribbles

L O V E ❤💕

Since I was young I dreamt of you
Daydreams of princes and love that’s true
Hopeless may it seem
It has always been a dream.

He’s charming and sweet
When with him my heart skips a beat
I was sixteen when I gave it a try
And all I got were puffy eyes.

Foolish heart you fell to the trap
And no one’s there to pull you back.
Now your heart’s been ripped open
Pieces shattered and broken.

Pick it up
Don’t give up
Someone’s coming
Just wait for the perfect timing.

(Im always a sucker for true loves and happy endings so I guess this poem goes to me. That despite hurting a lot of times, we should never give up and take risks to love and trust someone again- because when we finally find that someone? He will really be worth the pain.)