The past 30 days has been quite an experience that I thought we’d never have. We’ve been struck by 3 big earthquakes last month. These happened on Oct. 16, 29, and 31. Prior to that we have a big one back in July but it was nothing compared to the ones that happened last month.

It was really traumatic. There’s this nagging feeling that it’s still shaking even though there’s no earthquake. There are a lot of aftershocks as well and it didn’t look like it would stop. I never thought we’d be able to experience intensity 7 earthquakes and intensity 6 or 5 aftershocks.

The saddest part of it all are the victims of this calamity. A lot of people are homeless in Makilala and Kidapawan. One hotel in Kidapawan had its first floor collapsed and the whole building will be demolished. Several buildings in my son’s school need to be repaired that’s why they’ve started doing modular classes this week. They only need to go to school once a week because other students from other year levels will be using the same rooms for the rest of the week. The most heart-wrenching of all is that some barangays in Makilala and Kidapawan have become no build zones so the residents in those areas can’t even go back to repair their houses.

With my birthday around the corner, my only wish and prayer is that there’ll be no more big quakes to come.

Kids, Life, Work

What is Life?; Part-time work

I and my colleague at work have this running joke between us that one way to know if you’re so stressed and exhausted with work is if you reach a point where you get to ask yourself “what is life?”¬†Followed by the question, “why did I become a programmer/software developer?”

It has been a really exhausting 2018 so far that resigning from work has crossed my mind although it’s never going to be an option, at least not yet.

I realized that even though solving problems is hard, being a dev team lead is more stressful. It’s even more stressful when I need to do some small coding work on the side because I can’t really focus on coding when I still have to think about other dev admin work like merging code of my teammates to a release/hotfix branch. After which, I have to test them and to report bugs.

And too many times this year beyond my fingers can count have I found myself asking what life is all about. It pops out more frequently when I have headaches. Not sure what that really means but I know it means I already need to stop working and have a break. The problem is that I’m having a hard time sleeping lately, thus the running joke I told my wife that “Sagittarians would sleep when they’re dead.” LOL

So back to the question, what is life? There are two ways to answer this question. One is to answer it by being really specific to your personal experience. Second is by giving a general answer that applies to everyone, like saying “life is what you make it.”

I prefer a general answer to questions like these. Personal experiences are well and good, but I think a general answer is harder to find, thus, it allows one to think really deep.

What is life? Life is about living. It is moving. Naturally, it can have different phases that can differ from one person to another. How people react to what happens in their lives also differ. It’s easier to deal with things that people have planned or started. However, how people choose to face things beyond their control is another significant part of life. More often than not, one’s life is shaped by how a person reacts to these situations.

It’s easy to point out how one should really react, but it’s part of human nature that emotions would dictate how one reacts. Some people easily react, but others have an internal struggle on how to react. One special group of people though can easily adjust their reaction. They only think about on how they can properly and rightly deal with the situation, no matter how difficult it is.

After realizing how extra income really comes in handy, I’ve started doing part-time work again since June. It’s also beneficial as I can code again even for a few hours each day.

So with more than 12 hours of work I’m doing each weekday, weekends seem like long weekends to me. I always try to find time to play PS4 with my kids and I really prefer going out at least once with my family, which I rarely wanted to do before.

After all, life isn’t just about work, it’s about living with my loved ones.