January 1, 2017

2016 in Numbers

At the end of each year or at the start of the new year, I have traditionally published year-ender blog posts to look back on the past twelve months of my life. As I reflect on how 2016 has been for me, I was reminded that not much happened this year. There were some gains but there were more losses. It would be hard for me to enumerate the top things that happened or to summarize the highlights for the year so I would just list down some of the relevant numbers.

3 runs (two 16k runs and a 10k run)
1 Chrome Extension (Android Gradle Extension)

0 new Android Apps published (though I'm stil working on at least two apps)
2 Android Study Jams facilitated in 2 Schools
1 Android App Development Competition Judged (STI App and Running 2016)
8 Android Workshops
9 Android Talks

1 local event attended (PWA Roadshow Manila)
1 international event attended (Google I/O 2016)
4 new local places (Palawan, Bohol, Dipolog, Dapitan) visited for the first time
5: Fifth US State (Washington) when we visited Seattle

I am praying 2017 will be a lot better than 2016. I'll do my best to do more stuff and accomplish more.


December 23, 2016

Seattle Weekend

Last weekend, Celine and I went to Seattle for a quick trip in the area.

We took an early morning Greyhound bus from Vancouver. At the US Customs and Border Protection, we alighted the bus with our stuff and went for the usual inspection before going back to the bus to continue our travel. We arrived in Seattle at around ten in the morning and went straight to Best Western Plus Pioneer Square Hotel. The room was already available so we rested for a while before starting our tours.

Our first stop was at the nearby Ivar's Seafood Bar where we had chowder and fish and chips. We became curious of the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop so we went inside and had a look.



We walked towards the Pike Public Market Center. There were a lot of stores there. We bought some food and souvenirs like keychains and magnets. We also went to the Pike Place Starbucks, their first store.



The next day, we woke up early and walked to St. James Cathedral for Sunday Mass. After mass, we took the monorail to Seattle Center and went up the Space Needle. Celine wanted to go to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center but it was closed that day. We instead went to Pacific Science Center. There was a Sherlock Holmes Exhibition there.



That night, we rode a bus to Westfield Southcenter to go to Jollibee for dinner.



The third day was our last day there. We walked around to nearby places before leaving. Some of the places we visited include Waterfall Garden Park and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. We had lunch at Uwajimaya Deli and cookies at Cow Chips before going back to hotel and the bus terminal.

It was a very short trip and we were only able to visit some places (and others were closed). Hopefully, we could be back soon. More pictures of our trip are available in this album.


December 1, 2016

Zamboanga Peninsula Weekend

Last weekend, we went to Zamboanga Peninsula for GDG DevFest ZamPen 2016. The event was held at Dapitan City Cultural and Sports Center on November 25-26. We were there for the DevFest on the second day. We also visited some nearby places in Dipolog and Dapitan.

Dipolog


Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral

Dapitan


Gloria de Dapitan


Fantasyland, Gloria de Dapitan


St. James Parish


Rizal Shrine


Punto De Disembargo De Rizal En Dapitan

More photos are available in this album.