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A Life Less Analog, Entertainment

iQIYI Chinese streaming service truly going global

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For some time now, I’ve been consuming more Asian content, which led me to discovering the iQIYI Chinese streaming service owned by Baidu.

It was my love for BLACKPINK that put iQIYI on my radar, because my bias Lisa joined China’s idol survival program “Youth With You” as dance mentor during the second season of this iQIYI original series. With its treasure trove of Korean and Chinese dramas, movies, variety shows, and anime, the streaming site quickly became a favorite of mine.

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My favorite things: What made 2020 bearable for me

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Happy New Year, everyone! I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, or that everything will suddenly be better just because 2020 is finally over. I do believe, however, that many of us have changed a lot in 2020, and that the lessons we learned in that challenging year will help us in 2021. So I’m sharing a list of my favorite things that made 2020 more bearable for me and kept me (mostly) sane.

2020 has taught me that I don’t need a lot of people or things to make me happy. In fact, it made me realize that I should focus my energy on the people who really matter, and the things I truly value and spark joy in my life. Here are a few of my favorite things.

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A Life Less Analog, Technology

FLEXWORK: Why the future of work is employee-centric

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Working from home isn’t for everyone. Some people love it. Some people don’t. But whether it’s due to resistance to change, fear of technology, or generational differences, those who hate working from home should not get in the way of those who love it. That’s why the future of work is FLEXWORK, with companies adopting employee-centric practices that emphasize flexibility and choice.

“The world that we’re moving forward to right now is one where companies are able to provide flexibility to their workers. I think in some instances, we’ve seen that people commute to work for an hour, an hour-and-a-half. Some people have an extremely long commute up and back each way. And some people feel that if they work from home, they would actually be more than happy to give that two hours each way back to the organization for time to work. Some people love the idea that they can be a little bit more flexible around their routine. Maybe they don’t start at 9 o’clock on the dot. They can do their shopping in the morning, but they’re actually managing their day accordingly,” said Sean Duca, Vice President and Regional Chief Security Officer, Asia Pacific and Japan of Palo Alto Networks.

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A Life Less Analog, Technology

Digital dinosaurs: IBM PH head on how to deal with them

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Some dinosaurs evolved into birds, but human dinosaurs are unwilling or unable to embrace digital. So how do we deal with digital dinosaurs?

“First of all, I think we shouldn’t force them. They will move when they see others move. In the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was almost a freeze for the dinosaurs. But they will realize that if you go on your current course, then it will not be sustainable,” said IBM Philippines President and Country General Manager Aileen Judan-Jiao in response to my question.

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‘Start-Up’: Samsan Tech, Sherpas, society, sustainability

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While the quality of the show has dipped in the past few episodes, I’m still addicted to watching the tvN K-drama “Start-Up” on Netflix with my wife and daughter. As I said in my review of “Start-Up” Episode 1, this K-drama had one of the most beautiful, charming, and heartbreaking first episodes I have ever seen. Maybe, like the 15-year-old letters Seo Dal Mi received from “Nam Do San”, the awesome writing in the earlier episodes still makes me hopeful that this show will redeem itself as we head to the finale on Dec. 6.

Dal Mi’s choice, whether it will be Do San or Han Jip Yeong, doesn’t really interest me as much as the other fascinating issues tackled by this K-drama, which depicts the world of tech startups where I once belonged. Sure, I’m #TeamJipyeong in the sense that I like him more than Do San and think he deserves to be loved more. But I honestly think he deserves someone a lot better than Dal Mi, and that Do San and Dal Mi are more suited to each other. Jip Yeong will forever be the Good Boy who helps others despite his insistence that he’s not a good person, and who has become the Sherpa to both Dal Mi and Do San in their personal and professional lives — despite not even knowing what a Sherpa was at the start of the show.

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A Life Less Analog, Gaming, Technology

2021 social media trends: Remixing, gaming and more

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world almost overnight — and that includes the digital landscape and online behavior of consumers. So it’s great that Talkwalker and HubSpot have shared the 2021 social media trends tech brands should watch out for in their latest Social Media Trends Report.

What are the 2021 social media trends? How about remixing as the new user-generated content? Also, during the COVID-19 lockdown, more people embraced gaming as a distraction — in fact, a form of community entertainment. These and other changes caused or catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic will transform our digital landscape even more in 2021.

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Our world has changed forever. Live with it

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Months after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our way of life, forced most of us to stay home, and finally made more people embrace digital, many of us are still in denial. Our world has changed forever. Yet you still hear people talking about returning to normal.

Which is why I’m happy to talk to people who can see the big picture, like VMware COO Sanjay Poonen, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at VMworld, which, like many events, was held virtually this year. Someone who understands that our world has changed, because everyone and everything is connected. And that all these changes happening to the way we work will also have a profound impact on the way we live, transforming human society and changing the course of history for the years and maybe even decades to come.

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Zoho offers tech to help schools embrace e-learning

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Technology has transformed the workplace, with the process accelerating in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. So why not classrooms? This is why Zoho is offering its digital tools and expertise to help schools truly embrace e-learning.

“One methodology for education is providing online videos. Second is about making sure that the tools they use are familiar and intuitive. One of the problems with different solutions is the options in the tools may not be so intuitive. So it’s important to have the right intuitive tools and provide options. Some schools, some teachers, some students may not have a laptop, so make sure these tools are available on both the phone as well as on the laptop… One important thing to keep in mind is that unless we take that first step, students and teachers may not be able to solve the problem. My experience shows that within a few days, within a week, most of the children will pick it up and get onboarded online,” said Zoho Corporation VP and GM for Asia Pacific Gibu Mathew in response to my question at the virtual media session.

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A Life Less Analog, Geek Culture

Godzilla Day: 66 years of Gojira, King of the Monsters

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Nov. 3 is Godzilla Day. Believe it or not, it has been 66 years since Toho Studios released Honda Ishirō’s “Gojira” in Japan on Nov. 3, 1954.

“Gojira” was the first kaiju (“strange beast”) film, introducing a new subgenre under tokusatsu (“special filming”) entertainment. Kaiju films deal with giant monsters, while tokusatsu refers to Japanese live action movies or TV dramas that make heavy use of special effects, such as mecha (giant robots) and superhero shows. More important, this first Godzilla film was not only a cinematic classic, but also gave birth to an international pop culture icon and the longest continuously running film franchise, as officially recognized by Guinness World Records.

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Asia is the revolution, and Filipinos should embrace it

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Asia is the revolution. Nowadays it’s most obvious in the music industry. As an Asian and a K-pop fan, I’m so happy and proud that K-pop has truly become global. That the biggest girl group in the world, BLACKPINK, and the biggest boy band in the world, BTS, are conquering the West.

This is all part of a cultural shift. Asia is not just a consumer of Western pop culture. Asia is creating global pop culture, and this is just the beginning. I’m looking forward to other Asian countries dominating global pop culture as well. In fact, even before the hallyu or Korean wave, Japan basically defined geek culture. Every otaku is grateful to Japan for blessing the world with manga, anime, video games, and cosplay. Japan even uses the Cool Japan (Kūru Japan) strategy as a form of soft power, just as South Korea does with hallyu.

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‘BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky’ review: You never know

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Even if you don’t know anything about BLACKPINK or K-pop, the Netflix documentary “BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky” would still be worth watching because it’s a well-made film about four articulate female artists with compelling stories to tell.

For those of us who are BLINKS, however, watching “BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky” is a very emotional experience. Even those who were BLACKPINK fans from the very beginning of their journey will still feel awed and grateful. Our idols truly opened up to Korean American documentary director Caroline Suh and made themselves vulnerable. Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa spoke with so much insight and candor because they wanted to tell their story to the whole world. And it turns out that what they said in their song was true: you never know.

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