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Just Another New Year's Eve

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Saturday Stories December 30, 2017

There is something about New Year that makes my heart sing. I love my life, yet I feel the thrill of each new chapter. 'Tis when my mind plays the Barry Manilow classic "It's Just Another New Year's Eve."

"We're not alone,
we got the world, you know,
and it won't let us down,
just wait and see..."

I love the music of Barry Manilow. "If You Were Here With Me Tonight" was my LSS on the day I turned thirteen. My uncle Freddie gave me some money and it was my first time to watch a movie alone. I strolled the grounds of Alabang Twin Cinema after the last show, marveling at the Christmas lights decorating the trees. I was then living in Las PiƱas, my first year in the city. When I got home, I found that my Aunt Sion had cooked a large, whole chicken in a Turbo Broiler for my birthday. My "Papa Freddie" and my "Mama Sion" have, in the words of a friend, "joined the Lord," yet I still r…

This Is The Sound of My Soul

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Saturday Stories December 23, 2017

I.
"Some people are so poor, all they have is money." My childhood friend and fellow author Elizabeth Castillo shared that passage in her Timeline a few days ago. I find it very meaningful, and I wrote back.

I tend to feel more contemplative during Christmas and New Year, and since I have a compulsion to record my thoughts, I'm collecting here some of my letters in our correspondence. Here I'm finally able to articulate some of my deepest thoughts on human nature.

II.
I once left a company because it has become too bureaucratic, and I found it interesting when somebody there thought I was envious because he got promoted in a place that was too toxic for me. I know he is using his bigger paycheck to feel superior, but I don't understand why there are people like him who bring others down so they can boost their own egos. It can be very illuminating when you contemplate human nature.

Perhaps it's built-in in us human beings to …

Across The Universe

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Saturday Stories December 16, 2017

Superman goes to his Fortress of Solitude when he feels the pressure of too many people depending on him. 
Even superheroes need to get away from the world once in a while.
Even the strongest among us needs time to be alone.
My refuge is the sea. Last Tuesday was the last day of my first leave after a year – and I'm still on vacation-mode.
I stood on the bayside promenade, the waves splashing on the rocks below and flowing back to the unseen horizon. 
I looked up and gazed at the infinite stars reaching across the universe.
I was alone, yet I felt, more keenly than ever, that I am not. In a higher sense, I never was – and I never will be. 

Six Degrees From Aga Muhlach

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Saturday Stories December 9, 2017

I love the cartoon series The Batman, and the Batman films by Christopher Nolan, who also directed The Prestige where there is a scene with Nikola Tesla, who is also featured in The Master Key by Charles Haanel which I'm reading now. 
I love the genius of Tesla and Nolan, and, using this is an example, I love even more how everything is connected.
A friend and I were chatting about it a couple of days ago. I began to write a reply, and it tickled my imagination, so I wrote something else so I'll have more fun with the first draft.
It's about "Six degrees of separation," the idea that a person can be linked to anybody in six steps.
So, I'm only six jumps from my idol Aga Muchlach.
1. My LSS at the moment is Johnny Gill's "Half Crazy."
2. "Half Crazy" was revived by Freestyle.
3. Freestyle also sang "Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang" with Pops Fernandez.
4. Pops was married to Martin Nievera who sang &…

What Happens During VoIP Calls

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Saturday Stories December 2, 2017


The work I'm currently doing is about VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), which basically means phone service using the Internet.
When a call is made, it sends an invite to the recipient, which sends an invite response to confirm a connection and a second invite response once the call is picked up. A final acknowledgment is sent by the caller and the connection is complete. All of this happens in just seconds.
A VoIP call goes out in the form of an IP Packet. It comes from the internal IP address to the outside and to the public IP, and travels through the Internet until it reaches the SIP server.
Then the SIP server creates its own IP Packet as a response.
The router settings, specifically the SIP-ALG (Session Initiation Protocol, Application Layer Gateway), can modify the SIP packets which affects the connection, resulting in various issues such calls dropping, calls getting rejected and loss of audio.
In a training presentation, I had visua…