October 22, 2022

Half Marathon at Great Trek 2022

After my first half marathon at BMO Vancouver Marathon 2022, I was looking for another run for the year. I was originally looking for only 10k but then I found out that the Great Trek will have its 100th anniversary. Since I ran in the Vancouver Marathon's 50th, I decided to run another half marathon instead in the Great Trek.

Great Treak (formerly The Fall Classic) pays homage to the Great Trek of 1922 in the University of British Columbia. It is a jaunt through Musqueam Territory.

Great Trek was was my first run in the UBC Campus.I woke up early on October 22 to go there for the event. It wasn't raining (the day before and the next few days have rain in the forecasts) but it's still a little cold. The first few kilometers of the run was fine but I started feeling tired after the 16th/17th kilometer so I was mostly walking. Near the finish line, however, I did find some more strength to run towards it.

I finished the 21.1 km run in 2:27:25 (21.59 km in 2:27:30 on Strava). It was a few seconds slower than my finish at the Vancouver Marathon last May but I was a bit surprised because I thought it would take me longer.

Overall, Great Trek 2022 was a good experience for me. I am not sure though if I can do it again soon. October is a little too cold for me and the chance of rain is high.

July 30, 2022

New Book: Simplifying Android Development with Coroutines and Flows

The new book I have written, Simplifying Android Development with Coroutines and Flows, has now been published. This is my first book after last year's How to Build Android Apps with Kotlin that I co-authored.

The book begins by showing you how to create and handle Kotlin Coroutines on Android. You'll explore asynchronous programming in Kotlin, and understand how to test Kotlin Coroutines. Next, you'll learn about Kotlin Flows on Android, and have a closer look at using Kotlin Flows by getting to grips with handling Flow cancellations and exceptions and testing the Flows.

You can check out the book on Packt and on Amazon.

May 7, 2022

Boto Ko at Youth for Truth

Boto Ko was featured in Youth for Truth, a youth-oriented program of the Presidential Communications Operations Office which airs on Radyo Pilipinas 738 AM and the Facebook Pages of PCOO, Youth for Truth, and National Youth Commission every Friday. Replays are aired Saturdays on IBC TV.

The interview was part of their election episode for May 6 and 7. Because of a breaking news, the episode did not air on May 6. It was aired live on May 07 on IBC and on their Facebook page.

You can also watch the video from their YouTube channel:

Boto Ko is an application for Philippine elections where you can list, update, and share the candidates you want to vote for. With Boto Ko, you can input your vote from President to City/Municipal Councilor. You can also choose the candidate for the President, Vice-President, Senators, and Party-List Representatives from the official list of candidates.