Wrong Ramen made it Wronger

With so much Japanese influence taking part in our choice of food in the Philippines, we can’t help but crave for their special noodle dish once in a while – the ramen. Out of all the brands of ramen in Manila, I favor one the most… well, used to.

Wrong Ramen in BGC probably my favorite stop for ramen. I used to love the wrong type of ramen. Been there since it opened, seeing my friend’s artwork hung by the stairs (Dan Matutina). But if you wrong a wrong, you’re not wrong anymore, are you? This was how I felt a couple of minutes ago as I sipped through my favorite Tantanmen by Wrong Ramen. It’s different now. From the type of broth, which looks creamier, to the pork added on top of it – from ground to diced. It just wasn’t the same. I felt sad, not to mention bloated without any sense of “sugoi oishi” delight at the end of my meal.

This is something I don’t understand, how such brands just suddenly decide to surprise its patrons with a change so drastic that changes the overall impression it was built for so long. I’m not sure which one, but I know I read it in one of Martin Lindstrom’s book – the element of surprise can either make or break a brand just like that. Maybe it’s a different supplier, maybe it’s a different chef. I don’t know. I’m just hoping the brand didn’t do it for the sake of changing suppliers and saving on ingredients. At most, they owe their customers nothing but high quality ingredients, that any real Japanese establishment would. For others, this kind of change might have changed their perspective to liking the brand more. To each his/her own. Me? I’ll probably go find a new ramen place to broth around the next time I get the cravings. Unless of course Bianca loves to go here then I’d have no choice. #happywifehappylife

Faster Business Registration with DTI and SEC Philippines

I love the way Business Registration is becoming easier by the year. While it might not be still a smooth-sailing experience, the seas are getting calmer. If there’s anything I could possibly suggest, it’s to make both DTI and SEC start accepting online payments via Credit Card Transactions, or partner them up with every Online Banking Service available to the public.

DTI, for example, will either have you pay personally at one of their offices or Negosyo centers, or you’ll have to pay via Bancnet, or GCash. While Bancnet is already somewhat there, I don’t understand why it should be Bancnet exclusively. Seems more like a logical option to go for the major card brands. And yes, GCash is currently on its road to evolve and be more publicly used, but to even start funding your GCash wallet is a pain considering they removed the option to fund it directly from your postpaid or prepaid load.

The same thing goes for SEC. Basically you need to go the SEC offices to process it there, despite having had the chance to already submit or process the documents necessary online as one of its recent upgrades. On top of that, the website is slow AF. Plus c’mon. Both DTI and SEC should at least secure proper SSL certificates. Majority of the public won’t probably take note of it, but with online privacy and security being more of an issue as days pass by, this should be mandatory.

Just today, I was struggling to register a partnership via SEC, with the website crashing continuously. For some reason, the developer behind the SEC forms online thinks it must be dynamic and cool to have every drop down linked to each other. By this I mean the Province drop down options won’t be visible until you choose you Region drop down choice. But all of this requires a good server response! Given that the website was lagging so bad, it took a couple of hours just to fill out the multipage forms, not to mention wait for every dropdown to load for every option linked to it. Make it a one-pager!

Business registration should be a walk in the park. According to the World Bank, from 2003, we’ve cut the days it takes from 49 to 28 now in 2017, which is awesome! But I think we can do better and cut it to less fewer days standing alongside UK with 5, Singapore with 3, and New Zealand with 1.

Especially given the traffic on our roads nowadays, I think it’s only fair to make the process as remote as possible. Sure, the satellite offices can still tend to people who feel the need to personally process their papers and ask for assistance. But what if the government can initiate and encourage a faster transaction for those willing to take the next step. This all equates to faster mobilization and payments!

Our countrymen deserve the chance to start fresh and be their own bosses. Many Filipinos have proven themselves to be on top of the game, managing businesses of foreign people, even standing out as a nationality known to provide great labor force abroad. I believe, given the chance, we can stand to be one of the most entrepreneurial nations and citizens of this world.

For DTI Sole Proprietorship Registrations, go to business.gov.ph
For SEC Partnerships and Incorporations, go to iregister.sec.gov.ph

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

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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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