Anderson’s 2018

Starting at 35,000 feet. Roger.

Heyyy there, thank you for making me alive in the year 2018! I still have the chance to write this annual blog 🙏

So yep, we’re starting at 35,000 feet in the air just because airports and planes took over my life this year, and because of those 70 flights (more or less), most of them were isolation.

I felt like I’m in a cocoon, metamorphosing. Don’t worry, I’m not gonna turn into a cheesy beautiful butterfly anytime soon. I’d better be more than that, like a three-headed dragon.

(I took this photo above the black sea at around 5am)

Just some intro.

Surely this world has a lot to offer nowadays. From social media likes and stories, games, to night out parties.

There is nothing wrong with all of these, but be sure to have the time to pull yourself away from everything every once in awhile.

Disconnect and reconnect with what matters in your life.

And that’s you. Your consciousness.

Reconnect with the people that matters, or the simple things like walking in the park while your hand is holding a cup of coffee and the other is inside your pocket, or get bored with the love of your life while just listening to the waves crashing to the sand, and talk about how the crabs dig around.

Bore yourself and ideas will pop out.

If you’re lucky, a life purpose will be created out of that boredom.

It gets lonely but don’t always follow the crowd they say, go somewhere south when everyone is going north — even if it’s lonesome. But don’t worry, cause the people who truly cares for you will always be on your side.

And tada! You know who are the ones worth keeping.

Malaysia

My second time here in Kuala Lumpur.

It’s always good to see my fellow data driven startups here from ASEAN startup community.

London

I was invited to go to the other side of the world. Farthest I have been from my home.

It was all about data structure, open data and the startup ecosystem. This open data world is set for connected intelligence. By then, this will drive humanity further in becoming a multiplanetary species while being masters of sustainable development.

With Open Data Institute London and my co ASEAN startups.

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Philippines

My motherland.

As usual, I accidentally wandered and got quite lost some time ago this year.

But I somehow managed to find a calm lake.

Then there was this wise old man sitting on a big magical-looking rock.

He — out of nowhere offered me a cup of pure black coffee.

After awhile of our life driven talk, he told me.

“We get lost because we are set to find something new. It may not be for the world. It may not be for the people around us.

But simply just for ourselves.”

Then He added, “And don’t you belittle yourself. You are the universe.”

He was right.

So I sipped and finish the coffee he gave, I thanked him and we waved our goodbyes.

Just some ending.

Because of the tech startup that I founded after leaving college, I was able to travel way more than I expected this 2018 and learned an unusual way — I guess. Anywho, this is the most challenging year I have ever experienced in my life. But you ended it with your plan just as you have let me started this path.

For I know the plans I have for you, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

I am writing my annual blogs to share my experiences, lessons and unusual encounters!

Let me know if you like it!

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Your warmth will embrace me.

There I saw a tiny void, beneath the actuality.
I was taught that black holes were huge, they weren’t.

I was looking for you, I was looking for you the whole time.
I was a child, but I felt your voice all the way into the tiny bits of my tiny head.
I recognized you — until that time was trembling.

You were unfair.
You’re not logical.
Time did not stand still for us.

I hate you.

You see, this tiny head is full of dreams.
I care a lot than most people do.
I throw my candy wrappers in the bin.
Even put them in my pocket.
I could have been like you — or better.

But, in this world of noise, you are somehow my silence.
And in that silence is peace.

In those skies full of storms, you will be somehow my sun — my star that will eventually rise before me.
And that the certainty of your warmth; will embrace me.

Year 2017

Hello there.

I guess I’m back here every once in awhile, well, I’ve been trying to write but I’m just stuck at staring the cursor sometimes — I have just been dealing with a lot of stuff, more stuff since I left college that words wouldn’t bump on me.

I just want you to know that I am still here. Perplexed. We were on a trek last summer and had a chance to meet a black panther. It was near this photo they say. 😤

To the left there’s Haimi (he’s a really sincere guy), then Rizky (a bright young fellow), behind him is EJ (very dedicated to his work), then our two guides (Raj and Ahn), then there’s me and Tom.

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So yeah, I am still here. Even if I’m losing my sight, the vision will never fade. I’ve got faith, and so do you. That’s what connects us, and that will keep us connected even through the event horizon.

Faith = ( Belief + Action + Confidence )

The worldly things are ambiguous. Perhaps because I was really not made for this world. I was made for you.

We made great milestones this year 2017, and it wouldn’t be that great without you.

I also have made decisions I totally never expected this year, and I have pushed things to overdo — I have hurt some people’s feeling and I have made myself numb.

But I am still here. I’m gonna do what I must do, in your name.

 

 

 

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“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for – and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool – for love – for your dreams – for the adventure of being alive.” – Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Live it.

I’ve come to the realization that no matter how life seems to be so utterly ridiculous, it always puts you on the right path or perhaps the right destination, as long as you do your best — with all of your days.

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I’ve had a wonderful start this year, and whatever decisions I may make in the succeeding months may end old adventures and begin new ones.

Don’t ever be afraid to walk away from old adventures.

Old adventures may end, but it will move you away from the wrong people, and if you’re lucky enough, you might have that one true person who will always find a way to fit into your life, who would rather choose to sacrifice and stay in your world than live without you in theirs, who would go on a new adventure with you, don’t lose that person.

They come not very often. I haven’t met mine yet.

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So at this point in my life, I am waking up after a very long sleep, and that is why I am writing.

I will leave this blog behind. 

This has been a detour which I am really proud of. 

And I know when I look back maybe 4 years from now or who knows when I will still be proud of who I was.

Looking back doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not moving on from the past or from the old you.

It could just also mean you’re courageous enough to look back and see things the way you see them before and will remind you of the life learning lessons you have learned.

But let’s not worry too much about life, let’s just do the best we can of every day.

As I’ve said, life will always put us on the right path or destination.

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Go out and see the world, see the moments around you, see the little things, the caterpillar and the butterfly wings.
Dream big, dream small, dream as if it was meant to be at all.
Love like how the sun loves the earth.
Say what you want to say to the one you love, don’t waste time.
Do what you think you need to do and what you think you want to do.

Life is a do-it-yourself project, draw and erase.

One last thing, the most important relationship in your life is your relationship with God.
Learn to nurture that relationship, take care of your faith and appreciate your life and God.

I’ll be on my way, heading towards my simple goal — to settle down someday and have a simple life.
I hope I would meet that one true person, then we would both choose to sacrifice and stay in each other’s world rather than living without each other’s shoulder.

There’s no biggest adventure than life itself and the most rewarding feeling is the gift of love!

But don’t seek out for love, seek the barriers you’ve built against it. It’s from my favorite poet — Rumi.

I’ll be leaving a video in this post, hope the aliens like it.

Signing off,

Andy

If you are kind, people will accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you find happiness, people maybe jealous.
Be happy anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.

It was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa