Category Archives: Thoughts in the Shower

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 Uy in Startup Weekend Bohol Tourism 2018

An Adage Worth Remembering

The idea for this blogpost came from missing a call with Michael Ong, lead organizer and founder of #ProductBeer, because of a careless mistake on my part ending with me only getting back to him five hours after our supposed meeting time. I apologized profusely, making him say something that ended up being my takeaway from this experience: “Stuff sometimes just comes up… Murphy’s Law!”

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Ashley Uy at the Symph Christmas Party

Failure is like gaining EXP

I’ve been fucking up a lot lately. Well, that’s an overstatement but I’ve been thinking a lot about failure and how I’ve been handling it these past few days and I realized I haven’t been so gracious about it. Ironic, because the last blogpost I published talked about accepting slip-ups and doing better tomorrow. Maybe that was just me talking to myself, giving myself reassurances that I know I believe in but have found it harder to put into practice for some reason.

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Me realizing Chai and Amali Roslin of SW Brunei were twins

Done Is Better Than Perfect

The blogpost before this one was the first in many months. In the intro of said blogpost, it said that I made a resolution to be more consistent with my blogging starting… a year ago. Ironically, that article was supposed to come out a month earlier than it eventually did. I finished writing the content for it in a day and thought that it’d be up for the internet to see in the next – but it wasn’t.

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ashley uy with bohol waves

It’s Okay to Take a Break from Community Building

I just want to be clear(er) and say that these are my thoughts and my opinions on how I, as a volunteer community builder, consider taking a break from volunteer work to avoid a burnout. Other volunteers might have their own methods, preferences, and opinions but I hope to create a discussion on how our communities here in the Philippines see volunteering and how inactivity doesn’t necessarily mean the loss of passion.
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Ashley Uy

Curiosity in Communities

Yes, this is a new blog; and yes, it’s title isn’t something as corny as Ashlinspiraiton.

I’ve been gone from the blogosphere for quite some time now. A year, give or take. And disconnecting myself from my obligations to churn out blogposts experience after experience made me reflect on what type of content I wanted to create compared to what I was currently serving. I wanted a space where I could share what I’ve learned, that challenges me to delve deeper than what was revealed – not a documentation of the mundane blow-by-blow program flow I seemed to be stuck in as of late.

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