July 29, 2011

RunFest 2011

After successfully finishing my 10k run last April, I registered in Takbpo.ph's RunFest 2011 last July 24. Run Fest 2011 is Takbo.ph's third anniversary run. There were three categories: 5k, 10k and 16k. I challenged myself and chose to have my first 16k run.
RunFest 2011 was my first running event at Bonfacio Global City. It was also the first time for me to use a race tag. Before the run, I tried my best to run and train. But due to the bad weather in the past weeks, I only had a few runs. I feel nervous.
I enjoyed the run; it was a great experience for me. There were enough hydration (even a choice of sports drink or water). The volunteer marshals were so energetic; some even greet you by name (The race bibs were personalized so they can see your name, if you put in a real nickname). The route, with some uphill climb, was challenging too. Due to some irrepairable technical problems on the side of the run's timing partner, the official results of the run won't be released. However, I was able to measure my time using the clock at the finish line and on the tracking app on my phone. It was less than one hour and fourty six minutes. Below is my 16k Finisher's medal:

After this run, I am thinking of having one or two more runs before the year ends.

July 22, 2011

First Talk: Chrome Extensions

Last July 20, Google Technology User Groups Philippines (GTUGPH) held its meetup at the CodeFlux office (RCI Building, 105 Rada Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City). The first topic was HTML 5 which was presented by Brian Tan Seng and his teammates from 98 Labs, Inc. I was the second speaker and I presented Introduction to Google Chrome Extensions Development. Paolo Melendres also talk about KKB, an Android app from CodeFlux.
I talked about Google Chrome Extensions and also demonstrated the GTUG Philippines Chrome Extension. Now at Version 1.5, the extension gives users updates in the group blog, mailing list, calendar of activities, as well as links and the latest tweets.
Below is the presentation I used during my talk:

You can also view the slides here. The event was also streamed live using UStream. here is a recorded video of my talk (I still haven't watched it yet).

I met fellow members of the group, friends, and former officemates. It was also my first time to give a talk so I was a little bit nervous. My talk and the event turned out to be a success. I also received a lot of positive, inspirational and motivational comments about me and the talk. I would like to thank my officemates for the support, especially Celine for giving me encouragement and inspiration. I am hoping I can have more talks in the future.
To view more details about the meetup, visit the official blog of GTUGPH.

July 9, 2011


Last June 29, I bought the domain name tigcal.com. Until today, it redirects to my about.me page. I still haven't done most things with my new domain name because I have been busy with work the past days. Just now, I had created a subdomain, jomar.tigcal.com, which redirects to this blog. Some of my plans include adding more subdomains and registering the domain Google Apps.