Monday, October 02, 2006

October, and the midway mark

Like, whoa! It's October already. Now where did THAT come from?

I've been in Manila three weeks already. I'm past the halfway mark of my intended stay. If the time whizzes by the way it has, it won't be long until I find myself back in Dumaguete.

Right now, I'm half-and-half about the prospect. The time has gone by so quickly because of the friends I've been meeting and activities I've been going to. It's such a temptation to send out my resume to a few IT companies, if only for the excitement that the big city has to offer.

On the other hand, the little inconveniences of Metro Manila are starting to creep in. The daily sardine ride from Ortigas to Makati has totally demolished my personal space. My money has never disappeared so quickly, thanks in no small part to the lure of books and toys on sale. And there are also the little surprises, like the mini-flood that invaded the sanctuary of SM Megamall (see above. In case you're wondering, yes, that was taken tonight.)

That said, class is proceeding apace. Sometimes I feel so stupid because I just Don't Get It. At the same time, I'm thankful for the opportunity. There's material here that I never took up in college but which could have been useful for my career in IBM. Today, for example, we started on data warehouse design. Not being a database fellow, it's all new and exciting to me. It's given me a renewed interest in IT.

On the other side, my social calendar is still packed. I plan catch a Wednesday night Star Trek at Brash Young Cinema, tag along with the New Worlds Alliance people on Friday evening, and catch up with as many old friends as I can. And there's also the SciFi Philippines 'thon and the Komikon. Busy, busy, busy...

And happy, too.

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