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About mashleyuy

An ambiverted geek community organizer.

Ashley Uy at Startup Weekend Brunei 2018

I fought for the future while ignoring the present

Politics and local news have never interested me while growing up because they’re often relayed in either really deep Bisaya or Tagalog. I mean, I can speak fluent conversational Bisaya and a some Tagalog to survive travelling around Luzon but for the life of me, I cannot fully understand what’s written in publications and spoken by news stations. Given this, it’s pretty hard to get into something you don’t understand or not have reliable subtitles for – but recent events have proven to me that this shouldn’t have stopped me from making an effort.

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Processing Worry Featured Image Ashley Uy

Processing Worry

I never thought of myself as an overly-anxious person but as I reached adulthood, I started experiencing short bursts of anxiety when I wake up in the morning. It’s not too bad, but I do end up taking fifteen or more minutes just face-down on the bed while grasping my chest to wait for my heartbeat to even out before getting up.

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Ashley and Goldy hugging at Techstars APAC Summit 2017

Dealing with negativity when volunteering

“You should’ve done it this way.” or “This event sucks. What I would’ve done is…”

These comments sound familiar? There’s always this one guy/gal who stands in the corner of the room with a “high-and-mighty” glare, telling everyone but you about what he/she “would’ve done differently” and walks away without ever actually trying to do something.

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TLC v3 in Singapore

Hanging out with old guys in Singapore

I used to think that I worked well under pressure given my background in organizing events but when I started work at an IT services company as a Project Manager, I found that I apparently don’t respond too well to it especially when it comes in the form of an angry client screaming at me through the phone.

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How To Ask For Philippine Government Support For Tech Events

The Assistant Regional Directress of DTI Region VII reached out to me a few months back to talk about better engaging the local startup community and working together on planning government programs that more effectively assists the growth of tech startup entrepreneurs. This gave rise to the Community+ Government monthly meetup – an open discussion between grassroots tech and startup community leaders and their government counterparts on how to better work together to further enrich our local tech startup ecosystem.

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