Jam-packed train or traffic jam?

I’d rather be on a jam-packed train…

…than get stuck in a traffic jam

Songwriting certificate from Coursera

This is my certificate for Coursera’s Songwriting massive open online course (MOOC) offered by the Berklee College of Music and taught by musician Pat Pattison:


The Songwriting online course is my first course that involved peer reviews. Meaning, your final grade doesn’t just depend on quizzes and exams, which are checked by the system. Your classmates also grade a part of your work.

Certificates for Agriculture, Art and Negotiation online courses

Three new certificates from the massive open online course (MOOC) platform Open2Study.com:

Agriculture and the World We Live In


The Art of Drawing and Painting


Negotiation and Conflict Resolution


PBA: Rain or Shine rains on San Mig’s parade


San Mig Coffee was prepared to celebrate, but Rain or Shine didn’t want the confetti to fall.

The Elastopainters ripped the Mixers, 81-74, in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series at the Araneta Coliseum.

San Mig Coffee still leads the series, 3-2, and is just a victory away from capturing the 2014 PBA Philippine Cup championship.

The Future Of Storytelling MOOC certificate and postcard: My own story

Two months after the end of the iversity.org massive open online course (MOOC) “The Future Of Storytelling” offered by Fachhochschule Potsdam, I finally received my certificate or “Statement of Participation.”


The course dealt with writing stories of fiction. The most interesting topics were location-based storytelling/location-based games and transmedia storytelling.


With location-based storytelling, you can only find out what happens next if you’re physically present in a specific place on Earth (longitude and latitude) using a GPS-ready device. Cool stuff, indeed.

Transmedia storytelling, on the other hand, makes use of various platforms such as traditional TV and radio, as well as Internet sites Facebook and Twitter, to tell a story. My understanding is that, you may start your storytelling on TV, then tell what happens next on Facebook, then on radio, and so on.

However, the course taught me that these new ways of telling stories should enhance the experience for the audience, and should not be used just for the sake of using them to show off your techie skills. Bottomline: it’s not about being flashy and glitzy; it’s still about telling a story.


At the end of the course, students were asked to send postcards to three of their classmates. I won’t discuss the mechanics of that activity because this blog post is getting long. I would just like to say that I did send a postcard each to a classmate from Brazil, China and Sri Lanka.

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I don’t know if they’ve received it. But I’ve received one from a classmate from the United Kingdom.

To the people behind this MOOC: Danke schoen!

Song lyrics: I want to go back


A decade with you
Taken for granted
Now I’m feeling blue
Everything’s wasted
Why did I ever leave you?

I want to go back
To those happy days
I want to go back
To my happy place

I’m suffocating
In this horrid place
I’m just surviving
Want to see your face
Why did I ever leave you?

I want to go back
To those happy days
I want to go back
To my happy place

These are the lyrics of the song that I’ve written for Coursera’s Songwriting massive open online course (MOOC) taught by Pat Pattison of the Berklee College of Music.

We were asked to write an unstable verse and a stable chorus. I did a good job, based on the score (29/30) that I received from my classmates.

My peers’ comments:

Peer 1: Very strong work! I feel like you really thought about line length when you wrote this.

Peer 2: [This area was left blank by the evaluator.]

Peer 3: Nice work! I look forward to hearing how this sounds put to music.

Peer 4: Try to find a stronger way to say “happy place”, the despair in the verse demands it.

The comments of Peers 1 and 3 were all positive, but I liked the comment of Peer 4 the most because s/he recognized the point of the song: desperation.

This was Peer Review Assignment Number 2. I hope my Peer Review Assignment Number 3 score will be as good as the second one. Or even better.

I’m not particularly interested in a high score though. It’s great, but what’s really important is that I’m learning how to write a song.

Giving free books


The International Book Giving Day was celebrated two days ago, but it doesn’t mean that people should give books only on that particular day.

The photo above shows the books and magazines that I’m giving to anyone who’s interested.

A number of the books are about the mass media and journalists. There are also some self-help books and a few copies of Reader’s Digest.