A photo of a sunset in a beach in San Fernando, La Union, Philippines

Things we can do on a holiday vacation

It’s the end of the year again and many of us are enjoying our holiday vacation from work, school, or business. Short or long, we want to make the most out of our vacation. We made plans yet it seems that we still have a lot of time to spare. This is probably the best time for us to:

  1. Rest, Relax. This season is the perfect opportunity for us to relax and enjoy the good weather. Many of us lack sleep during regular work and school days and we can get those additional sleep hours and nap times without the repetitive snoozing of our alarms.
  2. Organize. “Where did I put that accessory my friend gave?”, we ask ourselves. Organizing helps us to sort our stuff and to find them easily whenever needed. There are lot of organizing guides over the internet but I find this guide by Marie Kondo particularly useful. We may also want to clean and organize our closet too. I did this 2 years ago. You’ll be surprised how much stuff you have and how many of them you only used!
  3. Meet friends. There are friends we wanted to meet but we were not able meet during busy days. This season, I’m planning to reconnect with my friends and enjoy the stories and laughter each one of us has to share. We may also want to meet the friends you truly miss. Invite them over a cup of coffee. 🍵
  4. Learn something new. Like what I always say, learning doesn’t stop! I made some art boards on Pinterest that you might be interested in. As for me, I’m planning to learn TypeScript – a new way of coding JavaScript.
  5. Clear an item or two in your bucket list. Can you remember the last time you tick off something from your bucket list? Whether it’s starting a blog or planning for an investment, you now have the leisure time to do it.
  6. Travel, Explore. It doesn’t have to be far away. There might be places in your area that are new or old but you haven’t visited yet worth exploring. Go to the country side or to the suburbs. Buy food or souvenirs from the locals.
  7. Read. Since you have a lot of time in transit while travelling, it will be smart to bring a book or two along with you. We can start reading a new book or finishing the books that already acquired dust in our bookshelves. I’m planning to finish this book I bought 2 years ago:

  8. Upload photos you haven’t. I usually upload photos I took from my digital camera at the end of the year. This is a good timing because social media sites are already doing their year-in-reviews. Our friends might have been looking for that photo of them that you took! Tag them along! 📷
  9. Spend quality time with your family. Go out with them. Share stories you haven’t told. Ask questions you haven’t asked. Show photos you haven’t showed. Share quality time with them in simple ways.
  10. Meditate, Pray. Let’s reflect on the things that we did and the things we thankful for this year. What does God telling us to do for the upcoming year? Let’s ask God for wisdom that He will guide us in every step.


We have a lot of time to redeem this season. There are things we planned yet we weren’t able to do. Don’t worry if you won’t be able to do them again. There’s always a next holiday vacation waiting.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecc 3:1

How about you? What are you planning to do this holiday break?

University notebook

10 things IT students should do in college

I have been a college student myself and I there were some things I wish I did during my college years. So, I made a list of things that I did and should have done when I was still in college. Here are some tips to that better prepare you on your current and future IT face-offs.

  1. Work Smart. Working hard is good, but working smart is better. It lets you do more tasks in an efficient manner. The way you think and the gadgets you use are enablers for working smart. I don’t recommend you to buy expensive gadgets though. There are free apps and software that you could download that would help you to work or study smart. On the technical side,
  2. Explore technologies by yourselves. You should be able to master the art of self-learning in college. Some technologies that would be useful to explore are Google APIs, Git, and Bootstrap. A great resource is to sign-up for Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) like coursera.org or Udacity. Yet still, don’t rush on learning all these things. Learn at your own phase or most probably…
  3. Have buddies in everything. You should always remember the acronym HSH or Help and Seek Help. You should always have a buddy in everything you do – a buddy whom you could work together with. He or she could be a review buddy, Bible study buddy, or lunch buddy. In fact, there is no limitation on this. You could also be in trio! Just choose people whom you are comfortable sharing the experience with. With this, you learn together. I could be your out-of-school buddy too! A good way to gain more buddies is to…
  4. Create a “baby” app or “baby” blog – when I say “baby”, this doesn’t technically mean you have to create an app or blog for babies. Create an app that you could publicly claim and maintain your own. This is something done not only for academic requirements sake but for a specific purpose of helping you or any other person. You could create an app that would help you on your studies or on your everyday routine. Guide questions include:
    • What sort of tasks do you do regularly? (Side note: Google uses the toothbrush test for their apps and acquisitions)
    • Will this help me or other people thus creating value in them?
    • Will this, in the future, be profitable?

    It’s also a good motivation to align your apps to what Google believes in – creating cool stuffs that matter! So, try to…

  5. Discover something non-IT. This could be a hobby or any field you are interested in including activities like hiking, reading books, and sketching. This would refuel your studying habit. Have you tried watching TED Talks? If something is really new to you…
  6. Fail, fail, and fail. This does not apply in your academic standing though. People would better appreciate you if you’re honest with your mistakes. Still, be humble enough to learn that you commit a mistake. Share them with others, so that they won’t commit the same mistake again. And…
  7. If you have an idea, share them with others. This would cultivate a culture of sharing within your pool of friends. You might want to share your app idea and who knows they might be able to help you put your ideas into action. It’s also a good practice to take note of your ideas. Most of the times, they quickly pass your minds that you won’t be able to remember them when you need them most. Sharing ideas would enable you to…
  8. Get to know people. I have observed so many students who are often constrained on their core set of friends especially most programmers who are, according to several studies, often considered as introverts. As you get to know people, they would also be looking forward to follow-ups. The conversation could be very beneficial to you. So…
  9. Be someone reachable. Be participative in social media. In fact, there’s no bad thing when you share something noteworthy on the internet. In offline scenarios, be warm to talk with people – your classmates or even your instructors. And lastly,
  10. Enjoy. This is as the most important. Though there would be times that you have to be serious, all the nine suggestions above could be accomplished better by enjoying.

Your college life would be fast. You’ll surely miss bits of it when you graduate.

What do you think should be included in the list? Comment below.

This article was also published in UB-SIT Router

Image from FreeImages

The lanky me jumping

Those were twenty-two years! Part 2

A continuation of the self autobiography part 1.

Read More

The boxes of Guhit Kwadrado

Starting @GuhitKwadrado

A little bit of background

It’s been months since the last time I thought of creating a comic strip. I even asked my friends  about the idea and I got interesting feedbacks!

Read More

Those were twenty-two years! Part 1

Year 0: The Start

22 years ago, on this same month and day, a baby boy was born in a simple shack in Bugallon, Pangasinan. Adhering to his immediate family’s tradition of having similar name letter beginnings for siblings of the same gender, his uncle gave him a name that starts with letter ‘R’.

Read More