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Firebase as Image Host

Google Drive announced last year that it will be deprecating the web hosting feature by August 31, 2016. That’s a few days from now. It means that the once very useful URL, googledrive.com/host/[id], will cease to exist. And it also means that I’ll lose my blog’s image host. 🙁

As you may remember, sometime ago, I decided to move my blog’s images to a Google Drive for several reasons – it’s easier to manage the images, and it’s less likely to lose the images from jumping from one hosts ti another, since it’s in a cloud storage. So now that GD is shutting down the web hosting feature, I wont have anyway to hotlink to my images. But the other day, as I received an email reminder of the same content from the Google Apps Team, I read somewhere there about Firebase Hosting.

So I went and checked around Firebase. Firebase is a cloud service provider that software developers can use to create their web applications to. In short, it’s like Google App Engine, but better. I tried playing around with it yesterday morning before I went to sleep. It’s pretty straightforward and easy to use.

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Morong, Bataan

We went to Morong, Bataan, last Friday, for our long overdue company outing. We stayed in a beautiful resort called Bataan White Corals. (More of my photos can be found here.)

When we arrived, we were awed by how the beautiful the beach is, and how the water is very clear. Like every company outings, there was a program planned and we played an extremely tiring game with the rest of the company people. And after that, we’re left to do whatever we want.

The point of going to the beach is to be able to actually swim and play in the beach. So later that day, we went back to the beach to play. But as we approach the beach, we were appalled by the amount of trash floating on the beach. The water was indeed very clear, and because it’s very clear, we can also see the pile of scattered plastic bags, plastic cups, and tetra packs of juices, among other things. As we walk further down the beach, hoping to find a better place with less trash, we found a used condom, a used diaper, a glass bottle, and more plastic bags scattered in the sands and water. We were terribly dismayed and just decided to swim in the pool.

More than being dismayed, I was sad. I despair that people don’t give enough care for our environment. People go to these places to appreciate the beauty of it, to relax and have fun. But vacationing, relaxing and having fun does not include you leaving all your garbage behind. Will it kill your fun if you properly throw your goddamn garbage properly in the trash bins after yourselves? No. Will it kill you to walk a few steps to go to the trash bins to throw your garbage instead of throwing them in the water? Definitely, no.

I hope someone or some group would start telling on people to keep the beach clean. The Philippines is a beautiful country, full of beautiful places to visit – beautiful beaches, lush forests, etc. I think we should start learning to take care of our own environment. I hope people would learn to discipline themselves without having the need to force them to do so.

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”
–Mahatma Gandhi

Because if one changes himself, he could change the world.

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Traveler’s Notebook Standard Weekly Printable

So, I made this months ago. I was suppose to post it last month, but I got lazy.

Anyway, This is how my current Traveler’s Notebook standard size weekly insert look like. I tried several version of weekly designs until I ended up with this, at the end. I made more spaces for the weekdays and smaller spaces for the weekends because I mainly use this for work and I don’t normally work during weekends unless there are urgent things that needs to be done, or my shift ended up in the weekends.

Again, I’m putting this up here for sharing, in case anyone would be interested in printing it.

You can get the printables here:

If you’re looking for the monthly version, it’s here.

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Drugs and Killings

The recent happenings in my country is like something out of a shounen manga arc, or an RPG game. It’s like I’m living in the Holy Britannian Empire or Dressrosa or something.

So, if I wanted someone dead, I can just kill him, insert drugs within his body (to frame him for it), and then later, claim that he’s a pusher. And NOBODY would think I’m wrong. Because as far as people are concerned, the person I killed is just some random drug pusher and IT’S TOTALLY OKAY to kill drug pushers. Never mind that killing people is a heinous crime, never mind that that person who got killed might just be some poor guy who was framed, and never mind that we have actual functional laws for these kind of things, but are being ignored.

It’s so barbaric that I feel like I’m living in the Bronze Age. I seriously do not know what to think of it. Even Game of Thrones have proper trials and, at times, trial by combat. But in this country, if you’re a suspect, people could kill you randomly without remorse. And worse, they even jeer on you and tell you that you deserve to die without trial or even the right to defend yourself, if these accusations are even true.

This is what’s happening to a totally religious and Catholic-centered country — one of the two countries left in the entirety of Asia.

Good going, dear President. I blame you for all of this because you started it. People are mimicking you and think that these things are okay, and that they are right and just. I believe in the change that you were campaigning for when you were running. The kind of change that will bring us all in a downward spiral to hell.

PS: The second coming of Jesus Christ is upon us.

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