Day Trading!

I've been into stock market for some years but only this year have I finally decided to actively trade. Don't get me wrong I love my bluechips (I have two that I've got majority of money on and are left on it's own) but now I wanted to test myself in earning via day trading. I was inspired by my officemates mostly, although I don't talk to them or anyone for that matter on what I'm currently doing. I see this as a challenge if I could earn a bit more than just doing long term.

Rules I live by:

+ In choosing companies +

I am at my core classify myself as an investor. This is why my initial picks when I started are those companies I believe would have the most potential to grow as the years go by. Going by this, my risk factor is not really high. Whenever I pick a company to trade for my experiments I am still careful in which I actually buy and I actively avoid companies that have a reputation of being too attractive to players with so much cash and are extremely risky. This is also the reason why I do not read forums. I don't want my picks to be affected by other people no matter how good they are. The last time I did that I lost money even if it's against my indicators. My logic is this: The time they share with you their picks, they've already executed the trade. You are basically late to the party. They're just waiting for others to follow suit.

+ In setting aside cash +

Since I'm a bit risk averse and I am technically a baby in day trading, I've only set aside a modest 100k in my portfolio and is also the maximum I trade with fees included for my tests. As I've mentioned earlier, I do not want to touch the money I have in my bluechips, so I'm stuck with that amount for a while until of course all my planned trades do well for me to double it via what I'm doing now (no adding of funds yet because I still have plans to increase my available cash for a secret project). This means that my earnings are not as mind blowing as you might expect. I am good with a 5%-8% win and then I'm out. Two mottos to live by:

1. Do not be greedy
2. Make the plan, execute the plan.

#2 is extremely difficult. This is why I've chosen to do a GTC to prevent me from awaiting my SELL whenever the stock I'm trading currently shoots up. I know I'm not realizing the full potential price of the stock I bought, but I really want to honor my plan. After all, I've already got what I expected to get. On a sinking ship, the rats are first to leave. I want to be that rat and cash in and not be the captain who is last to leave.

+ In making plans +

I've prepared a spreadsheet on how much I'm willing to buy and sell a stock complete with the fees that accompanies it. This is why I already know how much I'm risking and getting in return or lose in case it lowers by some points. This is helpful to check along with the charts if the value I wanted the stock to earn is feasible. If let's say the only way for me to earn from the stock with my 100k is an increase in 10 points WHICH is a price that was never reached in 52 weeks, I say no way. I'd go back picking another company instead.

+ In executing plans +

I have an expiration of two weeks for the stock I'm holding to reach the price I want or I sell a loss. The reason for this is so I could move on and find another company that would let me regain what I've lost. Two weeks is quite long if you think about it so it's either that or my loss has already surpassed the gain I'm hoping for. My logic for this is if I could not get that gain, I am not doing myself any favor by losing more than what I planned it for. Mottos:

1. Do not fall in love with any stock.
2. (Again) Make the plan, execute the plan.

If you are doing an ELI5 with anyone, stock trading for me is just buy and sell. What makes it hard is the psychology of the players involved. It also gives me a lot of comfort that not one person can predict the market 100% of the time. Another motto to live by that was told to me by an online friend: Stocks is not rocket science.  So yeah. Let's do this!

Huawei P20 Pro

I have extremely gone overboard with this purchase but does it really live up to the hype all of the countless videos I have watched? Here's what I've experienced so far.

So What's in the box?

Phone itself
Type C Cable and Charger
Adapter for non type C earphones
Earphones with Type C cable
Sim Card poke thing (no idea the proper name for that) 
Phone Case (Some videos don't have this so I was a bit worried. Thankfully the one I got have one)

Also, the phone comes with two plastics on screen, first is the the sticker you really remove and the other one you can leave off for use. I didn't realize this at first, only after I was sold a different case and screen protector. I should have checked what's in the box before I agreed in the additional purchase.

First things first

The most painful thing whenever you change phones is redownloading all apps you used to have and saying goodbye with the messages and calls you've accummulated. Granted I don't have that much important SMS anymore but I really liked to see the history of messages I had especially with banks. But as I've opened the phone, I was given an option to transfer. IT WAS SEAMLESS. This is the least effort I've exerted into moving my stuff from the old phone to this. They have an exclusive app that you can install from your old phone to which it will automatically transfer everything you have! Yes, EVERYTHING. Even the messages and phone calls get saved. Obviously logins have to be redone but it's easier than manually downloading all of the apps I had on the old phone. I was also surprised to see the last photos I had there were also moved.

Ease of Use

The UI of Huawei is fantastic. My nitpick would have to be how I need to adjust my eyes on how large the notifications would get. I hope I could get it to be much much smaller but I couldn't see any setting to do so. I also had to relearn how to clear apps from the tray when you swipe down and up that unlike in Moto where I had 
to scroll further up or down to see where the Clear All option is. Here in P20 I just need to click on the garbage icon that is always at the bottom. 

There are also a few tricks I've learnt in the few days I've acquainted with EMUI and here are some I have learned so far (will be updated if I discover some more):

1. Double clicking the down volume rocker while locked will automatically take a snapshot. This is handy when there is something you need to document at the spur of the moment. *

2. Swiping up from the edge of your phone while locked will reveal reveal a few useful icons: Play, Gallery, Recorder, Flashlight, Calculator, Timer and QR Code Scanner. This would allow anyone instant access when you just need a utility ready and no need to unlock the phone. *

3. Always Information On is really good to keep track of time, charge and date. It's simplistic and you wouldn't need to unlock just to get said details. There's also additional info when you click on the lock button, pedometer, time and date and an additional line of text you could modify. As I've done with other phones that is capable of this, I've added my email and landline in case of emergency.

4. Do not disturb in Huawei has additional option to be scheduled on specific day. Helpful to lessen distraction. 

5. Huawei have it's own cleaner (Although I still have Files Go by Google)

Battery Life

Yes, It seems there is no need for me to charge until I get home even with my usage: all day mobile data, a few games and even video streaming. I hope it stays the same until I am ready to give it up.


Surprisingly loud and clear. For control I always check my uploaded videos on any phone I currently own and this takes the cake. 


Ok so before I give it high praises, let's take a moment and do not appreciate how the front camera sucks big time. I know I wanted clear skin but I don't want it to look liquified. Even my sister who's peppered with moles in her face have no traces of it when taken a photo of. I tried doing a portrait at the rear but who are we kidding here? Aren't we done with that kind of selfie where you have to take it multiple times from the rear and check if YOU ARE on the photo? I have already disabled beautify and yet my photos still look fake. If you are a selfie person, I HIGHLY DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU TO BUY THIS PHONE. I rarely do selfies anyway so it is easier for me to overlook it. 

Sample Shots:

I am loving this phone so far and I do hope it would last me a long time. I can't wait to test it's capabilities the next time an opportunity arises.

Purposely no watermark / filters / editing were used on sample shots.
Night Shots to follow.
*Features are also available on other Huawei models. 


Sa Wakas (05.26.2018)

When I heard that this would be the last run of the musical based on Sugarfree's songs, I thought it would be nice to support a local production. We were able to get the 2nd to the last day of the show on an most opportune day (Sat). Too bad Ebe didn't show up  (we were expecting him on the last shows but oh well).

Sa Wakas revolved on the love life of Topper and recalls the story of the two women he fell in love with, Lexi and Gabbie that unfortunately was an overlap. He recalls the important events, how they met, the beautiful moments in between and how it have become sour. The audience are tossed in varying situations that more or less we have experienced alike sometime in our lives. They didn't set us up for outrageous meetups which I truly like. No one dances that stupid rain song in real life you know.

Although the story is simple, I liked the portrayal of scenes. On the top of my head I was impressed with the phone call where both girls were talking to a friend of theirs, moving back and forth on the contrast of how they view their shared lover. There's also a pinch of spontaniety at times that would not surprise us if it were truly adlibbed. It's very effective in fact that you could hear the sighs, laughs and disappointment awws of the audience.

The ending could be a deal breaker to other patrons, but leaving it open ended was smart. The musical ended on the first scene we started and we are all left with Topper closing the box of the engagement ring he found while cleaning his room. Whether you believe in the love that both Popoy and Basha have (it did have that vibes so when they started mimicking scenes**) or a chance for a new love, it's left up to the viewer.

**There's this scene when they are screaming their heads off it reminded me of the trailer of the last movie of One More Chance. It was the only reason I wanted to see the film and we didn't get it there. This though, had what I missed from said sequel.


Thank you Sense 8!

I have just finished the Finale. It was an amazing episode, all the cast were there (LIKE ALL!!), their loved ones are there, everything that would we imagine to happen on a 2hr 31mins finale was there. I was happy the entire episode albeit there are times that I was scared and shocked but over all the closure we've hoped for was wonderfully delivered by the Wachowskis. I started crying when the credits rolled in and how we were acknowledged with big white letters: FOR THE FANS. 

It was a roller coaster of a ride with Sense 8. I remembered stumbling on finishing the first episode. But after I powered through it I started to be amazed at the universe of Sense 8. It was refreshing and one of a kind. It's a series I could not compare with anything else and I kicked myself multiple times why I haven't seen it much sooner. Everything about it works. The chemistry of the actors, the amazing shots and how they were able to pull it off, having all 8 being in different countries all at the same time. 

When I was done with the series I can't stop talking about it, encouraging people to watch it too. So far no one who I've recommended it to disliked it. I mean how could you? All of the 8: Wolfgang, Kala, Riley, Will, Capheus, Sun, Lito and Nomi are all charming in their own ways. All of them couldn't even be different in backgrounds and nationalities even, but that didn't stop them in cooperating and finding families with each other. Every time they found one of them in danger they pool all of their resources to aid their co-sensates. The whole series was a journey where everyone of them were able to rise up to any situation you put them through. I rarely wish I live in a fictional world but watching them made me feel like I'm the ninth sensate of the cluster. Happy when they are, sad when they are. Their parties are truly one of a kind and I love repeating them over and over. That is why when the cancellation happened out of nowhere, I was devastated. 

I remembered it was a Friday here in Manila and I can't properly work. Those were agonizing days.  There were so many things left undone, most especially after a dreadful cliffhanger. Netflix is not budging too and we all felt helpless. They were saying that no one was watching it to merit such a budget. Obviously it would be, THEY ARE NOT MARKETING IT!! Add to that the logistics of moving so many people around the globe that is not only daunting but extremely expensive. And hearing all those OTHER series that we wonder why in heaven's name get renewed (I am looking at you 13 Reasons Why) I could say in full confidence that the fans were all pissed off. What's worse is they've bumped it off the main list! 

And then, a miracle happened. We were given a Finale. It wasn't the ALLEGEDLY last 3 seasons, but this was all the closure we need (for the meantime perhaps?). I know it would have been better but this is what it is. It's bittersweet of course but who knows? With what I've just seen, my sensates found their happy endings. The journey was terribly short but I'm glad to be on a time to have seen it. 

Thank you Wachowskis and all the crew!

Thank you Wolfgang, Kala, Riley, Will, Capheus, Sun, Lito and Nomi! 

Thank you for a beautiful story about love and all forms of it. Amor Vincit Omnia!

Devious Maids

I've spent hours in Netflix for the past few weeks and I feel like I've been neglecting my Iflix subscription lately. After Family Guy expired I would like to check titles that I don't see in Netflix. I would love to get back to watching Once Upon A Time but I don't feel like diving into another long one. So I momentarily stopped watching Money Heist in favor of another light hearted comedy ala The Good Place and tried Devious Maids.

The first episode like everything else made the distinction of the characters which to love and hate. Eventually I ended up loving the characters I didn't much like before. By the end of the series, I find myself already missing a part of me that I would never have anymore: watching Evelyn and Adrian Powell together again. Another why-do-they-have-to-cancel-this-show moment.

Devious Maids has Desperate Housewives feels only with maids and lead by Latina actresses. I haven't finished DH but I remembered it going a bit dark as the series progressed while Devious Maids remained their tone all throughout the 4 seasons of being light even if we see characters, even major ones, dying.

Every season of DM starts with a murder mystery that our maid protagonists have to solve being involved in it one way or another. The entire plot is resolved each season. We also get different sub plots on every characters' lives to which by season 4 we are left with the 4 maids and their personal lives and the 3 rich people left: Evelyn, Adrian and Genevieve (not including Gail even if she pops up from time to time).

The charm of the series is how it  has included most soap opera tropes and comes out fine. They have amnesia, someone ran over by a car, extremely rich men, extremely handsome men, maid and boss love affair, secret kid, love triangles, the list is endless. Also a shout out for S4 that even though it felt rushed by the end, that mystery of why one of the mains from S1 was killed was timely to recent sexual allegations IRL in Hollywood. While it's just fictional, seeing some type of justice on screen really felt good.

I will surely miss this show even if I wasn't there when it was at it's "peak". Only a miracle could merit a 5th season and I doubt we'd be getting anymore. All I know is that even if they ended with a major cliffhanger, I am more than glad that *SPOILERS* the Powells still ended up together.

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A dystopian TV series from Brazil, this is another take on the recurring theme where impoverished citizens are pitted with each other to alleviate their status. In this case it's a series of tests (it took an entire season even) that assess their merit on whether they deserve to reach the Offshore (the utopian society counterpart).

We start with a handful of primary characters who are of varying personalities and intentions. Initially we already get our stereotype favorites only to hate them later on and vice versa. This is one of the best character developlment I have ever seen on a TV series that I already finished Season 2 and I still could not decide whose side who I'm on and if it matters at all. It's as if all of the main 5 characters (Michelle, Fernando, Rafael, Marco and Joana) are their own protagonist and antagonist of each other at the same time.

Season 1 involved different tests and their backstories. We see them breakdown and rise to the occasion. We learn how each and one of them deal with the situation they are thrown to and how those decisions change them in the process. Season 2 was filled with revelations, deaths and a character I never expected to be back. Their allegiances also change erratically here. It ended on a positive note and we could either see how it would come to fruition or probably fast forward to when the foundations are already set.

There are so many options for Season 3 and I hope the momentum they've set on S2 would not falter. While there are not much questions left to be answered, there are still a lot of stories to tell based on what was already revealed so far. My forecast range from the downfall of the Offshore to a better Inland which would result to bigger stakes and bigger gaps between the two. Who knows, maybe we'd get more "cities" involved if they even still exist in this world.

Image: From The Verge


Staycation: EDSA Shangri-La

My pick this year is at EDSA Shang. I've been once and didn't like it because it seems old. But as our list this year wasn't really what I hoped for (ahem, Okada) I just chose this so I wouldn't repeat my choices. 

The room I booked was triple sharing and based on the room I got can fit 4 but you have to compromise on the size of who actually sleeps there. I requested for an additional person but they didn't allow me which is probably because the room itself could not fit an extra bed anymore. The view is just OK but there's an eyesore beam that blocks the pool from our window at the bottom. I don't know why they didn't just remove it.

The bath have no tub, but we liked that they have a bench for sitting inside the shower. I enjoyed the smell of the toiletries (probably aloe vera) and they are decent on the hair and body. The rain shower I am not sure if it's just ours but it was disappointing, it barely dripped water. The handheld had really good pressure so I don't know why that is. One cool feature I haven't seen anywhere else is how you can control the sound of the TV from the room to the bath. And what maybe cool was actually weird too because we could barely hear the TV from the beds. We had to put it in full volume from the bath so we could decently hear it. I also discovered on my morning shower that when the TV is off there's a sweet melody on the speakers. 

The famous buffet at Heat was our breakfast. Choices are really good although my mom and sisters find the pancit canton too salty. I liked the crispy bacon, their danish pastry and their omelette. Unfortunately I was too full to even try the choco chip ice cream. It's too early too. The line was already long when we left around 8 am. It was a good two hours. All my disappointments on our room was totally forgiven by the breakfast alone. Now I know why my officemates kept on choosing this every year.