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It’s not you… It’s me… Maybe? : Complaints about information unavailability

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(Beginning of Rant)

Life is so hectic as usual, now that I’m in my junior year of college. At first, I didn’t really feel the whole “junior year is the worst year” thing because I’m not really in management or those usual courses so I thought it didn’t apply to us, but yeah — I haven’t really had a weekend or a night wherein I just bummed around for the past 3 weeks… or more… I no longer recall for my nights have turned to day, and the days have turned into endless nights of staying up late to work on my project which seems to take forever to finish.

I’m ranting, but there really isn’t much hatred in my words because I like my course. Really, I do, although it is a love-hate relationship thing. On one hand, its fun doing these things at first, although after working on a project for a long time, you tend to get bored with it. On the other hand, it gets really frustrating when you can make it look the way you want it to because of your lack of skill. I’m really confused with my course right now because I don’t think I’m doing too well, and I’m not really as skilled as my classmates although I’m trying to work as hard as I can, albeit I’m not doing my best. I also get really frustrated when I like a design I’ve made, and I’m satisfied with it, but everyone else thinks it suxs. I can’t seem to move forward from this point unless I start from scratch with a totally new idea.

(End of Rant)

(Start of actual reason why I made this post but still with a bit of ranting. Sorry bout that.)

So I’ve been working on redesigning a brand for my Visual Communication class. I picked my philosophy teacher’s home-based business, wherein she bakes and sells cupcakes, because her logo is horrible. (Sorry, Ma’am >.<, her cupcakes a really good though! Or so I’ve heard because I haven’t had the chance to order from her yet.) We’ve been assigned to redesign the logo, make a letterhead, business card, and place all of the above in a folder.

Now, I like making my life miserable and thinking of fun yet hard to do designs that involve things outside of my reach but within the bounds of reality. Like for example, when I redesigned my current business card for this same class, I wanted to have the letters of the text die-cut. Printers don’t die-cut for a single card, so I had to manually do it. Fee cut out one card, and I did the other, but I passed his since the cut was cleaner. It took a really long time since I chose a thick paper, and because the letters were small and were all curved. Damn my lack of foresight.

So once again, I have decided to make my life miserable by choosing a weird folder. I was looking for a folder die-line on the net and I found one and fell in love with it. It met my needs very well, but the problem is it was more complicated than a normal folder, and it had a lot of pockets. Long story short, I’ll need to print on a 27×26 inch sheet of paper, or something close to those dimensions. Now, I think it should be possible since the site where I downloaded the die-line was a printing press site, but I’m not so sure if they have it here in Manila, specifically, the printing press I go to which is Freeform Katipunan. (I should be given some kind of loyal customer discount along with the rest of my classmates since we seem to be going there every other week or something.)

(Here comes the actual topic)

Now, being the web-obsessed person that I am, I went to check online if they have a site wherein I can check what services they offer — I end up with nothing. Actually, I knew they didn’t have a website, but I was hoping nonetheless that I would find some information somewhere that would help me.

After this little bit of shallow inconvenience on my part, I realized how annoyed I was at businesses that do not have websites, or the information I’m looking for online. Maybe it’s just me being totally dependent on the world wide web for even the tiniest problem, but I really believe that all businesses should post all important information about themselves online for transparency and convenience. It’s not so hard really, and I don’t want to believe that I am the only person who thinks like this. I know the Philippines, is no U.S.A. but I think we’re advanced enough for the things I’m looking for. There are a lot of free website makers out there and even if the site is ugly, what’s more important is the information. (Although I’ll mind if the website is ugly :p)

Taking freeform for example, they’re supposed to be this good digital printing press which also offer graphic service, so I figured they would be just as technologically advanced as everyone else if not more, but they don’t have a website. Most Filipinos would create a multiply site, but freeform has nothing but some descriptions and a landline that no one was picking up when I called. I mean, I think that Freeform is more advanced than my teacher whom I’m making designs for, but even my teacher has a multiply site and a “i.ph” site! (Whatever thats for…) And it’s not only freeform I’m annoyed with but also other printing presses. I was looking for printing presses closer to home because it’s more convenient and I did find one along Wilson street which is very close to my home. However, I do not recall a printing press there because the shops along this road keep changing constantly and a lot of shops are not as prominent as others. They too did not have a website, but I was more forgiving since I figured I could just go there and ask them because it was near. I looked for an address, and I even found a google map locator for it, but I didn’t find what I was looking for which I don’t think was a lot to ask… All I was looking for was a picture of their store. I don’t think it’s that hard to take a picture of your store, and in a busy, and crowded place like Wilson street where there are a lot of buildings whose names we do not know, it would be more practical to post an image along with that locator instead of just telling us it’s located at whathisorhername building.

I don’t really know if I was asking too much, but I don’t think I was. Even with restaurants, it’s not so much of  a hassle to post your menu AND prices online right? I mean… I think there was a site for restaurants in the philippines to post their menu on…so what’s so hard about doing it right? I mean, I’ll bet that most Filipinos who have easy access to internet go online at least once a week, and I bet that these people I’ve mentioned go online at least once a week.

So now, I’m stuck with a semi-big problem because I’ll be going to freeform to have some of my stuff printed, but I’ll have to stay a bit longer than necessary as usual because I will probably need to do some last minute editing again because I’m not sure if they’ll be able to print my folder. If this is the case, I’ll probably ask them to print stickers which I will just stick to cartolina which will be what my folder will made of bec it’s the only semi-hard piece of paper I can think of which is large enough to find my folder (which even then I had to shrink).

The Ateneo

I just need to rant a bit. I know it’s bad to think this way since I am paying a whole lot of money for this education, but Ateneo (University) is really harsh sometimes.

1. I think we’re the only school who did not have classes suspended during the A H1N1 outbreak because we were able to control it.
2. We also did not have a holiday when it was supposed to be the Jesuit’s anniversary. My brothers did not have classes that day to celebrate 150 years of Jesuit education, but the school where it started still continued class.
3. I am hoping there won’t be classes on monday, but apparently there is. My brothers once again do not have classes, and my friends from DLSU apparently don’t have class either.

I’m just quite upset since I have a lot of work to do for school, and it would be nice to have a break during those times when all the projects seem to pile up but no matter how I wish it so, it never comes. :(

Edit: Oh yey! No classes tom! No more emo. :D

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One by One

Ahh! Sophomore is almost over! I just had a hell day! It seemed like all the harder exams (except Psych101) was done today. I have been so overwhelmed by exams these past 3 days!

I can’t do anything about my economics class anymore, now that finals is over, except pray.

I’ve been telling myself these past few days to just take it slow and do things a little at a time, finishing projects and classes on at a time with the mantra “Tick Things Off Your Checklist, One by One”.

It was actually very helpful. It’s kind of weird hypnotizing myself to become a bit calmer. I’m relaxing a bit before the last stretch.

I’ve been getting myself addicted to Pet Society in Facebook. (I revived my Facebook due to peer pressure and sheer boredom) I’m hoping to make a porch/garden room, a living room, a kitchen/dining room, a bedroom, a tech room, a bathroom, a 2nd living room/library, a 2nd bedroom, and perhaps another bathroom. It’s quite hard considering my earnings to be about 1.5k per day, which won’t even cover the wallpaper I want. I needz more moolahz!

I’m less active in Plurk, although I try to plurk at least once or twice a day.

I’m also addicted to Vocaloids and am planning to make a vocaloid blog/mp3 and video database because I’m OC like that. XD If you’re interested in helping me, please check out Bel Canto Vocaloids.

I am getting interested in PVC figurines as well. I don’t have the money to immerse myself in the hobby, but they look really nice to collect don’t they. <3 Maybe a blogger can make a post like ‘Introduction to PVC figurine collecting’ or something. I’d really like that. :3

I’ve also been reading blogs, and design blogs/feeds as well. I’m really trying to improve my creativity although I haven’t had the time to put my ‘research’ into practice yet. Soon. Because of a school project. :)

Christmas Break

Wah! I haven’t been able to post since the start of the 2nd semester. We had so much work~ x.x;;; And now…  it’s Christmas break! Although I haven’t been able to do shopping since we were working until the 2nd to the last day of class, thus I wasn’t able to give gifts to my friends :(. But work isn’t over yet… I still have to study Katakana because I feel like I’m lagging behind in class because Rudy-Sensei expects us to be familiar with it already. Then we have to work on our Psychology presentation… Then I have to study Eco since I don’t understand my prof. Not at all.

So my TTD for the Christmas Break would be: 1. Rest 2. Study Jap 3. Study Psych 4. Study Eco 5. Buy late gifts for people 6. Shop after the Christmas Rush because they usually have sales :D hahaha!

I’ve been thinking about what planner to get next year. I think I’ll be going with the Belle de Jour Planner because of the coupons.

Oh! And I might be selling ‘designer tumblers’ next year so what out for that! :D

I can’t think straight… Sleepy… Bye Bye for now. :)

My 2nd Sem Schedule

 

Sophomore 2nd Sem Schedule

Sophomore 2nd Sem Schedule

 

 

I’m quite happy with my schedule when it comes to the fact that I have blockmate-classmates at last. I wasn’t able to coordinate with them last semester so I had my Hi18 class by myself. This semester, the only class I don’t have a blockmate in is NSTP.

I’m sad with the timing of my classes though. I don’t know if I can manage to wake up in time for PE every MW. Perhaps I could have gotten a better PE time but I didn’t want to take up sports and I was really aiming for Taichi and that coincidentally happened to be the only time that fit my schedule since I have an 8.30 class. 

I’m really excited about JSP 1 though. I hope out teacher is good and hopefully he likes anime so we can have some anime projects :3 I can write AIUEO in Hirigana as of the moment. ?????

Sophomore Year, First Semester

 

Screenshot of Apple Numbers file

Screenshot of Apple Numbers file

Wow! I really didn’t think my grades would be this good this semester. First of all, I failed most of my first long exams and did really bad on some midterms like SA21. In the end, I got better grades with the subjects I thought I’d do really poorly in like Th121. I thought I’d do better in Hi18 but I guess history really isn’t my forte. Especially since I’m really bad at memorization.

This is really good news for me bec I’m really hoping to be able to go to Japan to study for a short while. The JTA for Humanities has a minimum grade of a 3, but I think if I maintain this QPI or do better I’d still make it somehow. Except JTA is really expensive since it’s one semester. I’m actually hoping for a summer tour or something like that. The only problem is Japan’s summer coincides with the first semester here. I’ve been checking out schools that offer summer tours in Japan but they’re too expensive and usually it only covers the schooling and w/o plane fare, boarding, and living expenses.

So if anyone knows of a summer tour in Japan that lands on April-May or even until early June? Hopefully one that isn’t too expensive and comes w/ lodging and living expenses. Even if it doesn’t include plane fare yet.

AdMU Random Number

Ugh. My Random Number for the 2nd Sem is absolutely horrible. I wanted a good RN pa naman sana so I could get a good Foreign Lang subject, teacher, and time slot. Well, to be fair… I’ve gotten a fair deal when it comes to RNs so far. 1st sem of both this year, and last year, my freshman year, I was in the first batch. 2nd sem of my freshman year I was in the 3rd batch. Although I missed my RN during the first sem of freshman year bec I got confused with the ETAs (Expected time of arrival).

This sem, the 2nd sem of my sophomore year, my random number is… DUN DUN DUN!!! 178!

School of Management (SOM): Wow! Ganda! First Batch Ka!

SOSocialScience (SOSS) & SOScience and Engineering (SOSE): Ok pa! Second Batch! Pag 3rd Batch kasi pangit nah.

Guys… SOHumanities (SOH) po ako. Yes, there is a Fine Arts Program in Ateneo. And no… ID does not stand for Interpretive Dance or Industrial Design or Intelligent Design or Bachelor of Foreign Affairs Majoring in I Don’t know or Bachelor of Future Apparitions Majoring in Impending Doom (I made that up :D ). I am a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Majoring in INFORMATION DESIGN student.

And going back to the topic… SOH has the least number of students…therefore 178 in SOH means… I’m in the last batch. T_T nuuu~ We all know what being in the last batch means. You get all the terror teachers, in horrible time slots, with looong breaks, with having to either wake up super early in the morning or going home late at night and perhaps even both. Good bye basic Japanese with a nice sensei. :( Good bye last chance to get a good and easy PE. And good bye other subjects I might have to choose time slots for. Say hello to early mornings, late nights, and scary teachers. T_T

Sem Break is Finally Here

OMGosh. I’m so relieved. My sem break is finally here. Well, I still have a paper and a presentation but I think I’m okay with those two already. Now I just have to wait for the grades of doom.

  • I wish I could get a B for Theology… It’s really funny that the difference between a C+ and a B as my final grade was like… a 3 letter grade difference in the finals. I needed an A in the finals to get a B, and a C+ to remain a C+. I think… 
  • In SA21, I got an A in my finals. Nerd. Haha! But I think I’ll still get a C+ in my final marks… possibly a B. I’m hoping it’s a B also. 
  • I can’t determine my standing in my FA classes but I’m hoping for a good grade like B to B+.
  • I’m hoping to get a C+/B in History class as well. Although I’m okay with just a C+ since my pre-finals was only a C. 
  • I’m hoping to get a C+ in Fil although I really don’t know what my current standing is. 
  • And then I’m hoping for a B+ to an A in my PE and NSTP. 

I’m aiming higher this year than my last. One of the reasons is that I think the subjects this sem are relatively easier than last year and also because the QPI requirement is higher now but that never was a problem for me and I’m hopeful it still wouldn’t be. I’m hoping to get a decent QPI though… I really want to go to Japan to study for a few weeks, maybe as a summer study program or as a study tour or something. All my siblings have gone to China for summer study/ a term and I’m the only one left who hasn’t had that kind of experience. I don’t want to study in China though so I’m hoping to get into Japan somehow. Problem is money. Japan is freakin expensive. I’m also a bit regretful I didn’t take Asian History. Maybe I would be eligible for a minor in Japanese Studies if I somehow get into a Jap language/culture program. I didn’t choose Asian History bec I knew it was harder especially those names. I’m really poor in memorizing so I opted for the easier history rather than pick the one that interests me. Maybe I’ll take Asian History some other time. Maybe.

Sembreak. First thing I’m going to do is sleep for a whole day or something. Then I need to get my license. I’m not confident in my driving skills. I don’t want a license. But I really need to get one bec my dad’s kinda old and so is my driver… I sense that in the future… I’ll be driving my family around all the time. I guess it’s not too bad but I also sense that I’d be really irritable in the future. I don’t enjoy driving.

I’m turning 19 this sem break too. My last teen year… it makes me sad. I hate my birthdays. In fact, the only thing I like about it is eating out, having cake, and getting money. But it makes me sad. I don’t want to grow up. I wish I could have stayed 16 forever.

I also need to polish up on my design skills and catch up on gaming time. I haven’t been able to touch my Spore account since…well…for a few weeks now. I also need to finish my FF8 game and start on FF9 and hopefully finish it. I also want to play a new MMORPG and I think I might play Atlantica Online Beta. I’m still downloading the client though.

Hopefully, I may also go out of town like abroad perhaps. Dad was inviting me to go to Xiamen with him. I want to take up on that offer… except my chinese is really bad. I don’t remember anything anymore.