Pokemon Influenced my Life as a Coder, Developer, and Designer

Surprised to know Pokemon’s already turned onto its 20th anniversary this February 2016! Makes you feel old. But one’s never too old to have fun and love anime. Go to Japan and you’ll see.

Many people know me as the creative guy. The one who knows how to edit this and that, draw, illustrate, and so on. What most people don’t know is that all this technical know-how started because of Pokemon.

It was summer of ’99 when I got hooked onto Pokemon. It started showing on GMA7 and needless to say, like many of you, I fell in love with the concept of the whole series and having my own Mew. The internet was peaking then as Yahoo and Altavista made it as the primary search engines or “web crawlers” of that time. My instinct as a kid? Find po…kemon!

I looked through the web and found AniPike “Anime Web Turnpike” which was a very known database of anime back then. It had a Pokemon section which housed every single website dedicated to the series and I loved visiting every single one. It was then I noticed how this specific site was giving away “Pokemon Awards” to good-looking websites. Many sites housed and showed off being a Bronze, Silver, or Gold medalist. Twas then I decided I wanted an award. And so the research begins.

Homestead is where I realized I could make websites by simple drag and drop. I got a free hosting account there because Geocities, Tripod, and Angelfire needed some complicated code I didn’t understand. So I dragged and dropped photos, and voila! A website of my own with all unoriginal content I found online.

The school year of my 6th grade started with me frustrated. Something must be wrong, I can’t get any Pokemon awards online! My website must suck. It does, actually, after comparing it to a couple other known ones online. So what do I do? I started learning basic HTML online. I hated to be the mediocre Pokemon website afterall. And so, I found myself learning about the HELLO WORLD code through a very HTML-noob friendly website – LissaExplains.com

First few months in and I started making those heavy tables which are dreaded nowadays by clean coders of HTML5. I don’t quite recall ever receiving a Gold. But hey, those table widths did the proper divisions I liked, and I distinctly remember receiving a lot of Bronze awards and posting them in my sidebar.

Remember the age of webrings, affiliate buttons at 468×60 and 88×31 pixels? Yup! Surely, it was an addicting phase of learning through HTML, CSS, affiliate marketing, domaining, and eventually making a bit of earning online. IT and coding through highschool and college was cake. It’s worth nothing I also made animations and graphics at 6th grade using Jasc’s Paint Shop Pro. No idea what Adobe Photoshop was back then too, although I distinctly remember encountering its icon – the one with the magnifying glass and an eye. But yes, everything I do now, it all roots back to those pocket monsters! Those damn awards I wanted and the curiosity that tailed it all.

Happy 20, Pokemon!

I just discovered Rory Kramer

So I’ve been busy recently editing a personal travel video and realized the original music video of the soundtrack I was using is actually a travel video.

Stunned. It was an awesome travel video, it made me rethink if I should even bother with mine. But I love the song and I’m in the zone and decided – Roses by The Chainsmokers will be the soundtrack despite the awesomeness done by Rory Kramer.

Rory Kramer came into focus because of the OBB “A Rory Kramer Vision”. It was after that when I realized he seemed familiar. I looked back and figured he was the same guy in Avicii’s “The Nights”. And apparently he made Justin Bieber’s “I’ll Show You”.

I wondered who the f*ck is this guy he seems to be living it and making such great videos with a natural feel like nothing’s scripted?

Contrary to ‘oh he made connections and that’s why he succeeded,’ he describes his journey as not so ideal. He made videos for 15 years because it was simply something he loved doing. For that long, he did videos without much comeback nor recognition. If you look at his Youtube videos, it’s mostly personal work. He worked on a regular job for many years and did things he didn’t like at all until he decided to quit, start fresh, and bungee jump into rebirth.

It was his affiliation and video work with 3LAU that he got noticed by other people in the same industry. Eventually by Krewella, The Chainsmokers, and Justin Bieber to name a few. Now he’s one of the most sought after visual artists when it comes to video composition.

Aside from doing videos, he runs his own clothing company called Sapsimmeyun, which is defined as the struggle in one’s life and how they overcome that struggle to become the person they are suppose to be.

From here, let me just leave a couple of links and I hope you get inspired by this guy as I have been. After all, that’s what he lives for. To live life, be inspired, and inspire. Now RUNIT.

How to Go Pro Doing What You Love by Mark Shapiro (original post)

Done watching? Here’s something else – our travel video edited by yours truly :)


Heroes with a Big Bang

I LOVE the Big Bang Theory! All these nerdy complications and experiences are pretty much relatable one way or another.

My latest trip with Bianca to Hong Kong meant not much of English channels the moment we settle in our accommodation ready to rest and doze off. Lucky enough, the internet is pretty much equipped and we practically made it through two (2) seasons in our downtime.

Back in Manila, I decided to meld the BBT Characters with their hero counterparts. All based on that one episode where they figured they all went in as The Flash, then decided to go each their own way, with Sheldon as the Flash, Howard as Batman, Leonard as the Green Lantern, and finally Raj as the ever-so-loved Indian Aquaman.

Big Bang Theory Sheldon as the Flash
Sheldon as “Bazinga” (The Flash)

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Instantly add more items with every sale

If you’re trying to get more items in a sale, remember one of the most basic of things to consider for your customer – the ease of the shopping experience. This is where the magic of a shopping cart (or a basket) comes into play.

Magic of a Shopping Cart - Instant;y Add More Sales

Simply put, “you need to fill it up” – that’s just how the brain works as discussed in one of my favorite books – Why We Buy (The Science of Shopping) by Paco Underhill. Continue reading

Malaysia Airlines Tragedies and Brand Association Effects

We’re all aware of how Malaysia Airlines had so much bad rep in the first half of the year covering two (2) unfortunate events tied up to its name. The first being the loss of Flight MH370, which up to now is still unsolved, and the shooting of Flight 17 in Ukrainian airspace – both costing more than 500 lives in total. Now it’s taking its toll.

Recent photos being tweeted shows the lack of heads in its flights, let alone the loss of lines in its check-in counters. People have also been tweeting how the airline has been bumping up their passengers to a free upgrade to business class, simply to keep their remaining passengers and invest more in terms of loyalty to the brand.

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Why Removing the Yellow Ribbon will do our Country Good

Let’s admit it, and he has to as well, that he’s been wearing that yellow ribbon around ever since the beginning of time. Aren’t you just fuckin tired of seeing it? I know I am.

The colors game became such a hit during last election and candidates started owning colors for people to wear. Obviously the Aquinos wore yellow and that’s great and all for the sake of identity. But when it comes to ruling the people of the Philippines, is it really something you’d want to do? Continue reading

You Say Hello I Say Dubai!

Opportunity for the Graphic Eye in Dubai


I managed to take a trip to Dubai the 2nd day of 2014 and stayed there for a little over a week and wow I’m just at awe at how heavy traffic is practically non-existent in that place – or at least during my stay.

But as I come across a lot of interesting architecture, engineering, and industrial design which was booming all over the place, I can’t help but wonder how graphic and multimedia designers in Dubai are. By that, I simply mean how they work, what’s the going rate, how challenging it is. Continue reading