Category Archives: Personal Development

Ashley in blue flower field in Hitachi Seaside Park

MEXT-YLP 2020 MBA: Preparing for Post-MBA life while in Japan

If you’re sure you want to stay in Japan after your post-grad studies, then aspire to be a fluent Japanese speaker by graduation day if you’re not already. I’ll touch on this in the succeeding paragraph but I thought to get this out as early as possible in this write-up to emphasize how important language is in the job hunt. But for people like me who don’t feel strongly about staying in Japan after graduation or for those who aren’t sure about what they want to do yet, then this blogpost offers that perspective.

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Ashley and other YLP scholars in Tokyo International Exchange Center

MEXT-YLP 2020 MBA: Preparing to move-in to Tokyo International Exchange Center (TIEC)

Clarification: This blogpost is written in the perspective of a Filipino YLP scholar studying in Japan in 2020 when COVID-19 restrictions and preparations for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 was at its peak. The situation of the area around TIEC might have changed since then but this hopefully can give new scholars an idea of what to expect.

Tokyo International Exchange Center (TIEC) or “tee-yek“, as the dorm residents lovingly call it, is home to many international students in Tokyo. The compound is government-funded and is located in Odaiba. As a MEXT-YLP scholar in the Business track, you have the option to either look for your own housing or choose to stay at TIEC where the rent is subsidized and the environment is relatively foreigner-friendly.

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Ashley holding up her covid-negative certificate at Narita Airport

MEXT-YLP 2020 MBA: What happens after acceptance?

Clarification: While this blogpost was written during the COVID-19 crisis and mentions the anomalies in the process we experienced, the intent of the blogpost is to cover the base steps that I believe is consistent regardless of economic conditions. Hopefully, my batch is the edge case and future scholars can enjoy this experience more fully in the future.

I’m probably one of the lucky few who received some good news after the COVID-19 crisis hit last March 2020 when I received my acceptance e-mail into the Hitotsubashi ICS MBA program as a fully-funded scholar through MEXT-YLP.

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Ashley speaking at a tech event in 2018

Starting to pay attention to Philippine news

General events happening in my country have never interested me in the past because it was difficult for me to see how these policy changes and executive orders could affect my everyday life. But due to recent developments, and now that I’ve been in the workforce for long enough, I’m starting to see the importance of educating myself on the actions of our government so that I may have a more holistic view of the world around me and know how to help change it, if need be.

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Ashley Uy in Startup Weekend Bohol 2016 Cringe Interview

Overcommitting: My Worst Habit That Needs Fixing

I’ve always been the type of person who wants to do everything that excites me because it brings me fulfillment and joy; but because of that, I often find myself in situations that I’m not truly excited about because I didn’t think hard enough before committing to them. Even though these instances burn me out, I keep finding myself repeating the same cycle of mistakes over and over again and it frustrates me that I still can’t crack the code of balance and contentment.

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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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Ashley Uy pushing her sister into the ocean

Baby Steps to Stress Management

Becoming aware of my workaholic tendencies really took some time. I’ve always considered myself to be someone industrious and that it was a trait to be proud of; but one day two years ago when I came home from work, I immediately took a bath and headed to bed exhausted and just before I dozed of to sleep I heard my sister say “yeesh” as if she was scared of what she was seeing, did I realize that I needed to slow down. This blogpost was requested by one of my ko-fi donors and is something I’m excited to finally start writing about.

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Ashley Uy volunteering at a GDG Design Sprint event

Bringing out “The State of Flow”

“Well, when you are really involved in this completely engaging process of creating something new, as this man is, he doesn’t have enough attention left over to monitor how his body feels, or his problems at home. He can’t feel event that he is hungry or tired. His body disappears, like none of us do, to really do well something that requires a lot of concentration, and at the same time to feel that he exists.”
– Excerpt from transcript of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s TED Talk

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Ashley Uy Calling her mom in TS APAC Summit 2016

Getting to β€œWork-Life Balance”

I didn’t find much value in this phrase when I was younger. Maybe it was because I was that much of a workaholic (my sister calls it “being extra”) that I thought the way that I lived back then was the balance because of all that I expected of myself. If I wasn’t doing schoolwork, I’d beΒ  doing volunteer work, or taking freelance projects, or doing work for my part-time job. There wasn’t much room for anything else and I kept that momentum up until a year or two after I started working.

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