30 September 2011

'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says

A commencement speech given by Steve Jobs to the 2005 graduates of Stanford. It talks about making sense of our lives, following our heart, and finding out what we love.

Enjoy and share the inspiration.



P.S. Transcript attached.

'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says

This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.
I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.
The first story is about connecting the dots.
I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?
It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.
And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.
It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:
Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.
None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.
Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
My second story is about love and loss.
I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.
I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.
I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.
I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.
My third story is about death.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.
I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.
This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope it's the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
Thank you all very much.

Source: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

28 September 2011

Happy Birthday Sweet Pea's Shopping Spree

Happy Birthday Sweet Pea!

Every year, at 25th of September we splurge shop somewhere. It has been a tradition. This year, we burned our allowances in a Divi shopping spree and a cruise ship dinner.

Thank God the "boyfriend chair" was invented. It is where boyfriends sit while waiting for their girlfriends shop around the mall or boutique. You can find it at the center of the shop or near changing rooms. And why do boyfriends have to sit and wait? Well, it's because girlfriends take a lot of time making up their mind. Most boyfriends can't stand the wait. Thank God I was gifted with extreme patience, plus, I really enjoy accompanying gf shop. I learn a lot from her on the subject of fashion.

A "boyfriend chair" is where boyfriends sit while waiting for their girlfriends shopping.

Shopping makes you thirsty, so we tried BubbaTea Licious Milk Tea. We ordered Taro Milk Tea. It's cheaper than the more popular brands of milk tea.  It tastes like a reincarnation of the of Quickly's Taro Ice which was popular sometime ago.

It's a reincarnation of Quickly™'s Taro Ice.

Shopping can also make you hungry, but we didn't want to eat a full meal because we made dinner plans. So we tried this Sin Yi Long egg tart. It's not as fresh and as soft as Lord Stow's egg tart, it's just "ok." Nothing special, puwede na pang mirienda.

Puwede nang pang mirienda.

Katas ng shopping: Wallet, bag, blouses, hats, stockings, dresses, pants, shorts, cardigans, etc. :)
Ubos na pera, ipon nanaman ulit :D 

Come night time, dinner for two on  the deck of the Prestige Cruise Ship

Docking at the back of the Folk Arts Theater, a cruise ship was waiting for us.

Multiple choice. Which of the following is/are true while I was on board the Prestige?

a)"hindi ako na-sea sick" 
b)"hindi ko naubos ang napaka-sarap na dinner" 
      c)"hindi ako nagsuka sa CR"
d)"hindi ako kumanta, nakakahiya!"
e) None of the above

Good Luck!

First to get the correct answer gets 20 Peso load. hehe

We felt like king and queen of the world for one night.

Happy Birthday Boo, 'till next year's birthday shopping spree! :)

27 September 2011

Wish Granted: Asics Cumulus Running Shoes

September 26. Happy Debut my new Asics GEL Cumulus Running Shoes. The universe has a special way of granting what we ask for. Sometime ago, I wished I had an Asics Running shoes to relieve my NB running shoes. I posted that wish on my side bar without expecting anything, to my surprise, someone sold me his Asics for a steal. Masaya lang talaga ako 'cuz I wasn't expecting it. I promised not to buy another new running shoes this year. I hope I haven't broken that promise yet considering I bought a "used" shoes, not "brand new." Hehe excuses. But it's a bargain talaga. Believe me you'll never get a deal better than what I was offered. 

I took it for a run this afternoon and I wasn't disappointed. It offers more cushioning while retaining its responsiveness (compared with my New Balance 563). The shoes was said to be made for people who are prone to injury because of a particular gait of running. It may take a little while before I can get to know its benefits. I haven't taken it for long runs yet. It has been raining hard lately because of Bagyong Pedring which gets into the way of running safely (Signal no. 2 in NCR today, classes in all levels are suspended).

Loving my almost new Asics Cumulus Running Shoes

If you wish for something,  just try writing it down and putting it up. Sometimes "the law of attraction" works. Try it even if it's just a small thing that will make you happy, even if you hardly have an idea how you will get it.  Sometimes small wishes do come true. And if doesn't come true? Ok lang. Sabi nga ng nanay ko nung bata pa ako, "Anak, libre mangarap." Positive thinking lang. "Positive is possible!" - that's my motto. (It's also a spelling trick to help me remember that the word "positive" has (1) one "s" and that the word "possible" has (2) two "s") ;-)

Have a great day. Ingat po tayo sa bagyo.

24 September 2011

Product Review: Moon Leaf Tea Shop

Tea fever.
Yes it's here and it's viral. If you haven't tried milk tea, you don't know what you are missing.

There are a lot of tea shops opening lately, each of them racing towards tea supremacy. There's Happy Fanshu Japanese milk tea with pudding, Moon Leaf, Bubble Tea, ChaTime, Loose Leaf, Tea Bucks, The Tea Shop, Happy Lemon,  just to name a few. Not to mention, you can also still order tea from old coffee shops we've known like Starbucks, CBTL, and Seattle's Best. Tea is everywhere and is here to stay.

The first ever milk tea introduced to me was Nai Cha from ChowKing. I really liked Nai Cha, but I wonder why Nai Cha is now only being offered in a small boring size. It used to be sold in varying sizes. But no worries, milk tea is now more exciting because there's just so many tea shops to choose from, like Moon Leaf!

We have been long time fans of Moon Leaf, but getting to the nearest Moon Leaf from our house is out of the way going to school. So when news came out that Moon Leaf (Tolentino Street near UST) was opening, we went there soon as we had our free time. 

What to Get.
If it's your first time to order from Moon Leaf, I suggest you try first their Wintermelon Milk Tea with pearls. That's like their standard "bang for your buck" product. More or less you will like it. On your next visit, try Hakka with nata. You may also want to try their other products, like my personal favorite Yogurt Milk Tea or Jasmine Tea with Yakult. After that, you are on your own! 

How Much.
The prices range around 70 to 100 Pesos depending on the type of tea. Add ons like pearls, nata, aloe vera will cost you 10 Pesos more. It's recommended that you add nata or pearl to your milk tea. It just adds more character to your tea and makes your tea more special.

How it tastes.
Light and refreshing. Not too sweet and not bitter at all.  The black pearl is chewy chewy, and the nata is chunky and fruity. 

We were excited to visit the newly opened Moon Leaf Tea Shop near UST.
We are a big fan of Moon Leaf Teacher's Village Diliman which was first
discovered by my bro.


Tea or me?


Punch it.

Yogurt Milk Tea with black pearls for me,
Jasmine Tea Yakult and nata crystals for Sweet Pea.

It's the unique experience that keeps us coming back for more.

22 September 2011

Treachery: A Reaction to the Mayweather vs. Ortiz Fight

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.: Ako ang nagwagi Larry!
Larry Merchant: Meganon!?
I watched this fight expecting the highest level of boxing skills. I was surprised when the fight ended because of some headbutt, terrible piece of refereeing, and some sick cheap sucker punch. (not to mention, the prima donna verbal exchanges from Mayweather and Merchant.)

While it is true that Ortiz did not protect himself while still saying sorry, Mayweather should have refrained form making a cheap shot like that.

You don't attack a guy who's still saying sorry, that's treachery! It is morally wrong anyway you look at it.  "Sportsmanship," which refers to virtues such as fairness, self-control, courage, and persistence, doesn't mean anything to Mayweather. The commonsense of "defending one's self at ALL TIMES (not  just most of the times)" is obviously not important to Ortiz. Cortes the referee on the other hand is showing signs of aging. His tagline, "I'm firm but fair." may have lost its credibility. Even referees have to retire too when age is catching up.

Mayweather may have won the fight at least according to the official rules of boxing, but he has done so unethically. I can't stomach this. Hindi ma-fathom ng utak ko kung gaano kadisgusting yuck kadirs ang fight na to. They are disgusting - Mayweather, Ortiz, and Cortes -- The Three Stooges of the a circus-like fight. What a waste.

Rematch? Nah. It will be difficult for Mayweather to sell his fights ever again. We all had enough.

14 September 2011

Running Katipunan

The time has come to wake up,
lace my shoes, and run.

I love how the sun rises in Katipunan.

Stopping to smell the flowers, too.

Sharing with you the joy of running. 

Stopping for a while to pray...

...and look at others pray. I can almost hear what they are asking from God.

Nun sense.

Dapat maingat sa pagjog sa part na ito ng katipunan. Ang daming
sasakyan a labas-masok sa loob ng Ateneo. Ang hirap tumawid.


The morning Katipunan traffic.

UP College of Science Amphitheater 

Fibonacci and the golden curve.

Slowly but surely. This snail was moving as fast as he could. You can do it
Mr. Snail. Tara jog/ run tayo, whatever!

Me and my trustworthy New Balance 563

Old school, the mother who loves me so dear, I hug you so tenderly, mother. All my love
goes to you.

The garden that sinks

Enjoying my UP taho with a view of the
Sunken Garden

Around the oval as fast as I can.  

Bird's eye view.

Oble: Honor and Excellence.

10 September 2011

Marikina Sports Park

One fine Friday morning, we woke up early...
to run..

at Marikina Sports Park track oval :)

09 September 2011

Bubba Gump Date

Rah, Sweetpea, Anton, Queenie, Jasy, Bry meet up at Red Mango Green Belt 3
After meeting with friends, sweet pea and I decided to try Bubba Gump.
There's no place like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Running with Forrest Gump. See that bucket at the back of the sign? It has more than
meets the eye :D

"Jenny Curran: Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you're gonna be?
Forrest Gump: Who I'm gonna be?
Jenny Curran: Yeah.
Forrest Gump: Aren't-aren't I going to be me?"
While waiting for the food
Dynamite Shrimp - Recommended.
Fries on the side - Recommended
Run, Forrest, run! Run, Forrest!
My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.

05 September 2011

Pulubi Running After Me

I arrived early at school today, but there was no class. Our prof. Justice Sempio-Diy decided it's "yoga day." (yon naman ang advocacy niya. She wishes everyone discovers the wonders of Yoga)

Tapos na kami (me, ange, avril, bimby, and klowee) mag-Yoga nung Saturday. Today is running day for me. I went home to get my shoes and went straight to UP. I think I'll be running frequently in UP from now on. Running in Katipunan is dangerous, unless you are running very early in the morning.

In UP, before I can even warm up for my jog, I felt the need to pee. Naghanap lang ako ng madilim na lugar, then jumingel ako (ewww).

Anyway, after two rounds at the Acad Oval, I was already tired.

I messaged my tatay. I asked him if he can pick me up on his way home. He said he'll pick me up in McDo Katipunan. I said ok, that's a good place to wait. At least makakabili ako ng Moonleaf Hakka nearby while waiting for him in McDo. At Mcdo, I bought fries.

While eating my fries sa outdoor tables ng Mcdo, merong pulubi na lumapit, asking for spare change. Fine, binigyan ko naman. Pang apat na siyang pulubi na binigyan ko this day. Basta may tumapat na kamay sa'kin, binibigyan ko kahit ano, kahit magkano. Ang philosophy ko kasi, isipin mo nalang kung ikaw ang nasa shoes niya. Isipin mo, ikaw yung pulubi tas wala kang nalimos (kinita) for the day? Ang sad non. Besides, I always believe, every time I give to the needy, positive vibes yon. Anyway, kung wala naman talaga akong mabibigay, or risky maglabas ng pera, hindi rin ako nagbibigay. Hindi ko ineencourage ang pamamalimos, pero kung nakikita ko naman na needy talaga, hindi din naman ako nagdadamot.

After waiting for a while, ayan na dumating na yung tatay ko, so pinutahan ko na siya.

This pulubi, ran after me, shouting!!

Lumingon ako.

"Hoy koya may naiwan ka!" Inabot niya sakin yung Angry Birds na lalagyan ko ng pera.

Wow. Natouch naman ako. Hindi niya dinekwat yung kaperahan ko, instead - binalik niya.

I guess, sometimes, it pays to give.

Pulubi man, may kabutihan din sila sa puso.

04 September 2011

Takbo Turned Tsibog

jogging with avril cartoon
We were ready to run. At 4:30pm we decided to go to UP, hear mass, and then hit the road.

 At 5:30, after the mass ended,  the sky was so dark, the rain poured so hard
that running became impossible.

We wouldn't have mind getting wet, except for the fact that our bag wasn't waterproof and that
we couldn't leave it anywhere.

Running for fitness, instead, turned into food trip. We went to UP Shopping Center to buy
every food that our hearts desired:  manga, mais, bitcho bitcho, fruits in ice cream, fruit shake, etc.

It was too late when we realized that we didn't have money to commute back home anymore.
We spent all our money on food. :(

We called home para magpasundo.