Not all those who wander are lost.

- J. R. R. Tolkien

You cannot do superior work
if you're indifferent

Los Angeles, CA

About Me

I was born in Manila, Philippines during the martial law era of Marcos' regime. After I finished highschool at St. Joseph's Academy, my family moved to Orange County, California. Then, I went to college at UC Berkeley and resided at the International House. To me, the San Francisco Bay Area is the most livable metropolitan center in the world. So, I happily stayed and worked there for several years after graduation. I also lived in Barcelona to study Castillian Spanish intensively. Prior to that, I backpacked by myself across Europe and North Africa for six months. But, Spain is still my favorite country. Several years ago, I moved to Amsterdam for graduate studies in International Development. My fieldwork was in the northern province of Cebu island where I conducted research for four months. I started my own company a few years ago. Avatrian is a full-service metaverse development shop which created content for virtual worlds. At present, I am working on a project with House Research in Los Angeles developing clinical tests and online games, primarily for hearing impaired kids.

Written Works

Examples of my academic and professional writing can be downloaded in full for each of the articles below:
The Constant Poor
Assessing the Real Impacts of Micro-finance in the Rural Philippines: From Capability Approach to Multivariate Analysis
Purchasing Power Parity, The Big Mac Index, and Wages
A look into the issue of purchasing power parity (PPP) and the debate surrounding its existence in the short run
Beyond Coconuts
The Quest for Informationalization in the Philippines
Of Fish and Men
An Analysis on Aquaculture’s Future Promise
Invader or Liberator?
A Case Study of Two Photo Journals on the Iraq War
Economic Analysis on the Use of Digital Sound Samples
Weighing the costs and benefits of sampling methods in the music industry

General Interests

Cactus and succulents, microfinance, snowboarding, tea, computers & software, Filipino food, machinima, general gardening, Starcraft, todo sobre España, the web, wine tasting, gay rights, mythology of all sorts, staying in quirky hostels, economics, Second Life, world travel, used books, modern art, backpacking & hiking, Facebook, sushi

Favorite Books

Three Cups of Tea, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, Fastfood Nation, The Kite Runner, Amador, The Lexus and The Olive Tree, Sex Drugs & Cocoa Puffs, Cien Años de Soledad, The Alchemist, Andromeda Strain, The Iliad, Harry Potter, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Sophie's World, Ender's Game, The Sheltering Sky, Where the Wild Things Are, Different Seasons, How to Lie with Statistics, Alfred Hitchcock: The Three Investigators, Dragon Prince, The Name of the Rose.

Favorite Movies

The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire, Requiem for a Dream, Kathmandu, Leon, Pride and Prejudice (BBC version), Kungfu Hustle, Como Agua Para Chocolate, The Princess Bride, Serenity, Casablanca, City of God, Star Wars, Les Feluettes, Chungking Express, Empire of the Sun, Kill Bill, Toto the Hero, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Planet Terror, Gone with the Wind, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Closer, Star Dust.