City Pop & Learning Nihongo


For the past two months, I’ve been taking online Nihongo classes by the UP Department of Linguistics. Thanks to Alvarez-sensei and my classmates, I passed Japanese 1. I had a lot of fun and I’m excited about Japanese 2 next year. 🎉

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Traveling to Egypt

It still feels surreal that I was able to travel to Egypt early this year, considering what’s happening now. One time, it dawned on me that we could have been stuck there for months, but luckily we were able to go home before travel bans happened. I was supposed to blog this experience right after the trip, but it just didn’t feel right, might be insensitive and all. But considering we won’t know when we will be traveling again, I might as well write my experiences here, at least those I can still remember.

We scored piso seats to Dubai back on March 3, 2019. Travel bloggers attested that it’s the cheapest way to go to Europe/Africa. I agree, but I wouldn’t mind paying extra for comfort next time. It was my first time riding a long-haul flight with a low-cost airline, and hopefully, I’ll have enough money next time for it to be the last. We also didn’t buy in-flight meals and instead bought from Kenny Rogers right before boarding.

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Egypt Tourist Visa Application for Filipinos (2019)

Ever since I found out that I was born in Egypt, it has been my lifelong dream to go back and get to know the country. Forward to 25 years after, I am finally closer to that dream!

I looked everywhere to research for this trip, and sadly, there is only a handful of Egypt experiences by Filipinos online. (I usually refer to Julio’s blog in planning this trip.) Because of this, I am documenting my own experience so that travelers after me can have more resources to rely on.

In this post, I’ll walk you through how I applied for our tourist visas (Yes, I am not exempted, unfortunately. 😂).

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Ang Aking #Kwentubig (My Water Story)

I have been asked how I got into data science, considering my previous field of expertise in the water industry. I was a regulatory and compliance officer. Based on the job description, I should have dealt with mostly words—from laws, regulations, filing of permits and petitions, hearing transcripts, and other documentation. But as an engineer, a job title couldn’t stop me from working with numbers.

Last September 26, 2019, I spoke in the first-ever Kwentubig, a storytelling event about water and the environment. The event was organized by the Philippine Young Water Professionals (PYWP) and the 2030 Youth Force in the Philippines.

That night, I told the story of how the water industry led me to data science.

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