And I never even touched this blog for over a month. I still keep up with the site updates and such, but I’ve been spending over a month trying to figure out what I need to do for my new goals of 2019.
For instance, I have been searching around and plan to enroll in a coding bootcamp. I think it’s about time that I should. I wrote a bit about my bootcamp hunting on my tech blog instead of this blog. However, serious things happened that prompted me to halt my search because of…
… a car accident.
A week after I began writing this entry, I got involved in a car accident. What it cost me is one possession that I have: my car.
But otherwise, no one was hurt, the other party’s vehicle had small scratches but still intact. However, I’m not going to write about the details of the accident. But it did make me reflect on a lot of things, especially when it comes to death.
Last November, my aunt succumbed to breast cancer after almost 20-something years of remission. It decided to come back and decided to battle her strong will. However, whatever my aunt decided that day, she decided it was time. We all knew she lived a fulfilling life, with successful children and grown grandchildren on top of that, and apparently, as a widow for many years now, she finally heard her calling. Dad planned to visit the Philippines for her funeral, but, his current condition has set him back from taking long flights. He is another matter, but…
Death. I don’t know what happened, why it happened, but it happened. I felt blessed that it was in a very slow stop and go traffic, blessed that the other party, both the driver and the vehicle, are alright. However, my carelessness after hearing such a loud honk from behind got me to press the accelerator pedal by accident and the half front of my car completely smashed. The car can be replaced, although it will be difficult, but the driver behind its wheel can’t.
I felt blessed that I was given another chance to live. Somehow, God decided that it wasn’t my time yet. I had a dream a day after that I heard a voice. It was some heavenly voice, whispering to me that I still have a lot of important things to do, not just for myself, but also to make a difference with others. I don’t know the exact details, as everything was vague, but it did give me some time to reflect about what happened.
On the 18th of December, a new member of the family will arrive. My brother will be having a son very soon, and the family and I are so excited to meet him. I still haven’t figured out what to give my brother and his wife (baby stuff obviously) because according to him, they have gotten a lot of baby things from the baby shower and gifts from his co-workers. My parents got him a crib and a mattress, my sister got him a baby bottle and pacifier set, my other sister got him a diaper bag, and they have plenty of diapers and wipes. Maybe an Amazon gift card and maybe buy some baby toys.
Earlier this week, I also shipped out another gift (Christmas gift) to Shin. Since he hasn’t been on livestream for months now, I thought that an English language learning book would help him out with his self-learning. He’s got the basics down, but the type of English language book that I sent him is a little over a level up.
Late September, I sent him my custom keychain for his birthday present and he received it really fast! I was really happy that he liked it because he seriously showed it off to everyone on livestream and how he considered it as his treasure. Since one of his (and MADKID’s) goals is to aim worldwide, might as well be prepared for it. And because Shin and his fellow members are also active on social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, they should learn how to read fangirl comments and fangirl tweets using the type of slang most fangirls have been using (like the photo on the right).
Even though this is a published in Japan book,1 I stuck in some post-it notes on the usage and other notes regarding some phrases. He’s already familiar with a few of the English slang (swag being one of them), but you know what, why not level up a little?
But, to think about the ones I mentioned, my new nephew and my favorite MADKID member and such, I thought about how much I would miss if the accident was a lot worse. I kept thinking about it at that time and sometimes I have a hard time focusing on the present. Rather than dwelling on the “what if,” I decided to backtrack a little and see what I’ve missed that I should be doing on a daily basis.
Since I recently got a new phone,2 I’ve forgotten to re-download my Holy Bible apps and the plans I’ve set up to keep up my Bible readings. I’m not an overly religious person, but there’s something about the Bible that gives me a lot of comforts and a sense of confidence in any situation I may end up. The day after the accident, I called in sick, because I still felt that sudden shock that was going through my entire body and I gained my temporary fear of driving. I was scared to drive the day after the accident and my parents refused to drive me to work. I ended up calling in sick and was told that it was better to get some rest and forget about what happened.3
My mom handed me her keys to her SUV as my temporary vehicle to drive. She barely drives the SUV anyway, and when she goes grocery shopping, she was always with my dad (who drives a larger SUV). Somehow, I felt a lot safer driving an SUV than driving a compact car like my crashed one. I drove to work last Tuesday and back with no problems, however, the common (but aggressive) cold and cough suddenly struck me and then I fell ill the next day.
As I’m writing this, I’m close to finally closing my claim. My car is so old, it’s definitely non-repairable because of its age, that we decided to go for a cash settlement. While waiting until Monday to finish up things, I started to search for a decent used car.
An SUV, perhaps?
Bootcamps & GDI Oakland on Hiatus
Because of the car accident and my current illness, I haven’t had the time to shop for Christmas gifts and I haven’t had the time to simply do anything. Because of the car accident, I had to drop my bootcamp hunting and focus on getting a new car. Therefore, I decided to go back to FCC, which I started years ago but never really gotten through the entire curriculum. Hopefully this time, I can finally earn one of its certificates that would mark my progress to being a full-stack (?) developer.
But, aside from that, I was saddened that GDI Oakland was put on hiatus because of recent events that completely violated what GDI truly stands for. A lot of us throughout the entire GDI network recently learned of a couple of racial discrimination issues within a few chapters located in the East Coast and possibly the South. GDI Oakland barely begun its activities and I was looking forward to be a TA (and possibly an instructor later on) and serious issues such as discrimination had to happen.
What was also worse is that the GDI HQ board were somewhat nonchalant (well, I wouldn’t really call that but still) to respond to these types of discriminatory cases. GDI’s purpose was to spread tech and coding education to all women, minorities, and other non-binary individuals without any type of judgment or discrimination, and I’ve always believed in that mission statement.
Still, we (GDI Oakland) have to prioritize our mission statement first, and our chapter leaders responded by putting our chapter on hiatus until action is made regarding the GDI Board.4 I wish there is something I could do to remedy this situation, but I’m still new and I still don’t know the entire story just yet for me to find a solution to continue our purpose. Other chapters across the country have been doing the same.
The Rising of the Shield Hero
The Rising of the Shield Hero a light novel series that I begun reading back in 2015, the year that the English version first released in the U.S. Around 2013-2016, I was seriously into reading them, such as Sword Art Online and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Code Geass, and I started reading Shield Hero when it came out in Kindle format. I read its first four volumes of the light novel (and there is a lot to read) and somehow I ended up losing touch with it. It was probably because I started getting into video games again.
So, several years fast forward and here we are near the end of 2018. My favorite J-Pop group MADKID is releasing their third single RISE, and it also turns out that it will be the opening theme to a new anime series called, you guessed it, The Rising of the Shield Hero. When I read about it on Twitter, I was like “Where have I heard that title before?” Then moments later, when I was trying to read one of my mini-Japanese language textbooks on Kindle, I found my first four volumes of the light novel.
I got super-excited because this would mean that MADKID will be having worldwide exposure throughout anime/manga otaku. I also got excited because the light novel that I was enjoying reading (though abandoned years ago) was finally becoming to be an anime series that it prompted me to go back to catching up and reading the light novels again.
The story kind of reminds me of Sword Art Online, but a little different. And because this is a seinen story,5 you can expect the things that you would imagine in a typical seinen-themed story: one troubled male hero, usually a
The series isn’t finished yet. So far, 19 volumes were released (and translated), and I recently purchased three more volumes after the fourth one. I started re-reading from the first book again, just to refresh my memory on what the story is about, the premise, and so on.
When do I write another post again?
I wish I could say that I would write more often, but with all of these things piling up, I have to prioritize on my reality. Who knows when I’ll be blogging in here again? We shall see when. Probably in January.
Till next time!