Peer-to-Peer Psychological Easing

If you follow my sister’s blog, you’ll sort of glean that we have this family problem. (Which family doesn’t, right?)

Oh, didn’t catch that? Or don’t read my sister’s blog?
Oh well, cat’s out of the bag. *shrug*

Anyway, everything that’s going on with my family is actually the least of my concerns at the moment. I’m emotionally distancing myself from the issue, because the situation really needs someone level-headed and impartial.

This is not to say I don’t have emotions – I do. I’m not bottling it up. On the contrary, I just say it to everyone I know that cares, reputation be damned. The more I tell it to other people, the less intense it becomes.

I think “peer-to-peer psychological easing” should be a thing. You heard it first here!

Unproductive June

So, I’ve gone off my rails in the past month when it comes to managing my time.
I feel like I’ve not been contributing as well and as much as I should be.

Everything was moving and I had to settle down before I started any routines again.
So, after a month of moving around, I think I’m finally ready to fire off and pick up my speed again (which is funny, because we’re watching The Flash lately.)

Things that I want to get back on track again:
1. Timeboxing
2. Budgeting
3. Gym
4. Diet

Hmm. That sounds like everything. Looks like I have a lot of things to catch up on.

Building and installing Apache Flood (or at least as far as I got)

A more complete installation of Apache Flood (

svn co flood
cd flood/
svn co apr
apt-get update && apt-get install autoconf libtool libxml2-dev make libapr1-dev libaprutil1-dev
./configure --disable-shared --with-libxml2
make all

Stopped here, as I get errors when trying to compile.
I hope this helps someone.

Globe’s GoSurf Plans Analysis

Pesos Mb Mb per peso Peso per Mb Days Mb per Day
10 40 4.000 0.250 1 40
15 40 2.667 0.375 2 20
30 100 3.333 0.300 1 100
50 350 7.000 0.143 3 117
50* 700 14.000 0.071 3 233
50* 350 7.000 0.143 7 50
99 200 2.020 0.495 30 7
199 500 2.513 0.398 30 17
299 1500 5.017 0.199 30 50
499 3000 6.012 0.166 30 100
999 5000 5.005 0.200 30 167
1799 10000 5.559 0.180 30 333
2499 15000 6.002 0.167 30 500

* Prepaid only

Some observations:

  • Prepaid have the best deal in terms of cost per MB with the newest GoSURF 50 promo. Useful if you need to upload/download in a pinch.
  • GoSURF 499 is best value for money for 30 day plans.
  • Because there’s a No bill shock protection cap on Php 1,500, it’s almost never worth getting the 1799 and 2499 plans.

Rails Generator Gotcha

Note to self:

Remove devise_for in routes.rb if you’re trying to generate a scaffold of an already existing model.

Steps to replicate:

  1. rails g model Foo name
  2. rails g devise Foo
  3. rails g scaffold Foo –skip
    1. This would result with the error: The name ‘Foo’ is either already used in your application or reserved by Ruby on Rails. Please choose an alternative and run this generator again.

Commenting the devise_for line in routes.rb will allow you to proceed with the scaffold.

ER, Confinement and HMO Plans

My 1 year old nephew got sick recently and it was an instant Php 10,000 ER trip. As I build my emergency fund, I sometimes get scared that I’m just 1 hospital trip away from starting back from scratch (or worse.) *knocks on wood*

So, I asked Uniguarantee (one of our clients, an insurance brokerage firm, no website yet :(, here’s a reference ) on what my options were.

I had 3 levels that I can cover: ER, Confinement and Health Maintenance.

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Fear of rejection

I remember the last time I’ve had panic attacks. We were new to the work, and I knew about it in theory, but did not have first-hand experience with it. This was the first time, but I gave my 100% and researched the heck out of it but the client rejected our work.

I was devastated. As a result, I kept putting off having them check our work again. The project dragged on, and as a result, is delayed by a long time.

Oddly enough, I know that it’s all in my head. That failure in one thing isn’t really a failure if I learn from it and turn it into a success.

I know that. In theory.

I’ve tried to acknowledge the fear. Many times. By calling it out.

Nobody is perfect. You can make mistakes. You’re just scared.

But I guess I still need lots of practice.