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About Me

Hello, I’m Raymond! Over the years people have come to call me a lot of things—some unmentionable in polite company. Why don’t we just stick to the following: Raymond, Ray, Mond, bro, dude, and pare. Call me anything out of the norm and you run the risk of not being responded to.

Can I show you a few things?

Okay, let’s start off with a few things I’d like to address before I proceed:

  • I am not antisocial. Far from it, I’m quite friendly. Ask any of my friends. I admit that it takes a while for me to warm up to new people. That’s just me being cautious. So say “hi” with a smile! ☺
  • I am not a snob. I do not turn up my nose at anybody or at least try not to. I might not have seen you passing by because of my poor eyesight, tunnel vision, or I am distracted by something else at that particular moment.
  • I do like going out. While I can and occasionally do go to clubs, I prefer less low-key environments with just a touch of mood background music. I’d rather have a good conversation with whoever I’m with than rubbing up against strangers to loud EDM. One does not exclude the other; I just prefer the latter.
  • I am not an overconfident and self-assured. If anything, I am normally confident; no more, no less. Maybe sometimes, less. But never over-. I am most definitely not self-assured. I have, I imagine, practically the same insecurities and fears as the majority of the population. Maybe some outliers are different but I’d probably still fit within a single standard deviation.
  • I am not eccentric. I just have a wide range of interests and hobbies that don’t necessarily complement each other. That doesn’t make me too different from any ordinary guy. I’m just more open about sharing the things I like than closeted pop song lovers or drama show enthusiasts.
  • I am not a nerd. Yes, I like some areas of study that are not particularly within the norm. Some people think this because of my interest in mathematics, science, and technology. However, I believe this to be a failure of your own teachers in showing you the beauty of these subjects. In my opinion, they are no more difficult or less interesting as literature, history, medicine, or sports. I just found an affinity for them on my own or through the right professor (and for that I shall be eternally grateful).
  • I am not lazy. You may occasionally see me dozing off or getting easily distracted. Trust me, it’s not for lack of motivation. Procrastinators like myself are a misunderstood sector of society. It’s not that we don’t care. Quite the opposite, we care a lot; we’re very passionate about the work we do; we often strive for perfection. We want to do things in an awesome manner. And it may be in that regard that we oftentimes lose sight of the goal of finishing something.

With that out of the way, let’s get on with the show!

I’m Mr. Brightside

I was born on September 29 on a year I’d rather keep to myself for now. I was born at home, my mother’s labor came too quickly for any opportunity to deliver me at a hospital. I spent a few of my earlier years in, I guess you could call it our ancestral home, in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

We moved to the US where my parents worked and where I eventually grew up. Like most kids, mom was my first teacher. She was concerned for a bit because it took quite a bit of effort for me to read and write. However, I took to numbers at quite a young age, learning numbers and simple addition and subtraction before my ABCs.

I grew up in the US and we stayed there for several years, starting school there as well. We moved back to the Philippines several years later and I studied at CSA from the 4th grade onwards. I knew some Filipino, but not enough to make proper conversation and I had an accent that I wish I had held onto if only I knew it would make me sound conyo and thus cool in my teenage years.

I graduated from Ateneo de Manila with a degree in Legal Management and then got my law degree from San Beda College.

I like a lot of stuff. On top of the list: girls that smell good, hugs, sinigang na baboy, mathematics (π, infinite series, and probability), the law, music (an eclectic, genre-spanning collection), books (and the intoxicating odor of old ones), Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Søren Kierkegaard’s leap of faith, Dag Hammarskjöld’s Markings, Chuck Taylors, silk ties, The Godfather part II, sudoku, origami, Cerveza Negra, Javascript, and jeans that I wore the night before.

Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans

At any one time I might be working on a number of things. I start a personal project, work on it, and stall sometime in the middle. I’ve already addressed this issue above. I’m thinking of adding some progress bars here for the different projects I’m currently working on. For now, I’ll leave them as tabular data.

Current Projects
Project Status
Refactor site code Complete
Review section redesign Ongoing - priority
Complete this site’s copy text Ongoing - priority
Inventory content for portfolio section Queued
Post portfolio content Queued - waiting on above prerequisite tasks
Import old journal entries to blog Stalled indefinitely - source material still missing
Figure out a use for santosestrella.net Ongoing - any suggestions?

In a champagne supernova in the sky

The concept of a list of things to do before you die is probably an old one. I’m definitely sure it predates the 2007 film The Bucket List which is why I absolutely refuse to call it that. In any case, here’s mine:

  • Celebrate my 100th birthday
  • Witness the birth of my grandchildren
  • Go to outer space
  • Visit: St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, Great Pyramids of Giza, Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, the Parthenon, the Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, Cristo Redentor, Lincoln Memorial, Hagia Sophia, Burj Khalifa, Castle Neuschwanstein, Walt Disney World Resort, UN Headquarters, Taj Mahal, Petra, the Great Barrier Reef, Grand Canyon, Everest, and the Potala Palace.
  • Learn to sail
  • Learn to surf
  • Learn to play another instrument at least to intermediate level
  • Learn at least two more languages. Not sure yet which two.
  • Overcome my lactose intolerance (medical professionals, is this possible?)
  • Establish a foundation to fund the education of gifted children (hopefully find the next Srinivasa Ramanujan!)
  • Find the meaning to life (seriously, what is it? This probably requires a whole lifetime to figure out)
This is a work in progress. I’ll get it done eventually and then remove this.

Last update: I’ve moved some things around and stalled some projects. It looks like I need some more free time and a bunch of weekends.

Last edited: 27 March 2014

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