Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Chuo-ku Tennis Association

The Chuo-ku Tennis Association is an association of people who play tennis and either work or live in Chuo-ku. I became a member of the Chuo-ku Tennis Association a few years ago to be able to join tournaments hosted by the association. They usually have singles, doubles, and mixed tournaments at the Ariake Tennis Forest Park.

If you can read Japanese, here is a link to their website: http://www.cta-tokyo.jp

Tokyo's Most Famous Sisig

Over the weekend, the Filipino community of Tokyo converged at Yoyogi Park to celebrate the yearly Philippine Festival in Tokyo. Advertised highlights of the festival were Manny Pacquiao, Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, among others. We didn't see any of them so we just settled for the food and the refreshing Filipino fiesta atmosphere.

We arrived around noontime just in time for lunch. One of the bigger food shops near the entrance was Pangaea, which we remember as a restaurant featured in a popular Japanese show Sekai Banzuke (世界番付) a few years back. The sisig from this restaurant won first place in one segment of the show listing the top B-class dishes (B級グルメ) besting dishes from other countries.

After seeing the show, my wife and I even went to their Ueno restaurant to have a taste of this sisig. The restaurant doesn't get plus points for location as it is located smack in the middle of Ueno's red light district, but good thing the sisig was good. The egg topping was a pleasant addition and it really bring back good old memories of feasting on sisig while drinking San Miguel beer with your friends.

Unfortunately for us during the Philippine Festival, the sisig was a little too popular, and it looks like they don't have it ready at the time we wanted to have lunch.

One hour waiting for sisig at the Philippine Festival in Tokyo 2015.

We eventually settled for their other offerings. I had pork BBQ, while my wife had Chicken Adobo. We didn't feel as bad as we know we can easily go to their Ueno restaurant whenever we do get the urge to have good old sisig.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Where I Stand Now Religion Wise

I have written several blogs about my beliefs, and you could see some of them if you actually search through this blog site. I am writing this blog now as a milestone to where I stand now religion wise, so that years from now, I can look back and see how I have evolved from this point on.

To start, let me first give a quick background so that readers would know where I'm coming from.

Yeah, where are you coming from?

I was born in the Philippines into a Catholic family, and was raised in Catholic schools until highschool. I went to a government-run secular university in Metro Manila, and after graduation, I flew to Japan for work, where I still work for about fifteen years now.

As such, I was a devout Catholic for most of my early years until I went to university, where I was transformed into an atheist and stayed that way for more than a decade. I have experienced being a Catholic, defending my religion against non-Catholics. I have also experienced being an Atheist, defending my belief against non-Atheists. As many of you know, religious debates usually lead nowhere as seldom would participants back down in these kind of debates, and in the best case scenario, would just end up agreeing to disagree.

In the past few years though, I was seeing a refreshing evolution in my personal philosophy. Some people would describe it as "Buddhism", others would call it "New Age", and still others might call it "Spiritualism". I would rather not give it a label, as doing so would only evoke pre-conceived biases among different groups of people.

What I do find interesting is that now, I see no need to defend this newfound philosophy.

No need to defend this philosophy?

Based on what I believe now, there is no right or wrong. Everything is as it should be. Of course, this is not an original idea as many other philosophers, including Buddhists, have been talking about this for the longest time.

For emphasis, there is no need to defend this philosophy against Catholics as Catholics are neither right nor wrong. They are as they should be. There is also no need to defend this philosophy against Atheists as Atheists, like Catholics, are neither right nor wrong. As you can guess by now, they are as they should be.

They are but different ways of experiencing life, and neither is better or worse than the other.

I am having a hard time digesting this!

I would have thought the same had I looked at this philosophy from the perspective of my former Catholic or Atheist self. However, looking at it from my current perspective, it all makes sense.

By default, reality is neutral and all positivity/negativity in this reality are just subjectively assigned by man, based on their particular history or culture. What is positive relative to a particular group, can be negative relative to another, and vice versa.

While you might think eating dogs is the most horrible thing in the world, it is a perfectly acceptable practice in some parts of the world. While you might think eating beef is perfectly normal, it is the most horrible thing in some parts of the world, where cows are considered sacred.

The more we understand and accept these differences, the more everything becomes neutral, without any associated positivity or negativity assigned by man.

Are you becoming the enlightened one?

I am not saying that I have reached full enlightenment and I have gotten rid of all my earthly biases and desires -- far from it. Neither am I saying I am better or worse than everybody else -- I am not. Like everybody else in their unique situations, I am currently experiencing this philosophy, hoping I can learn something from the experience.

This is no different from how I experienced Catholicism, and Atheism before it. I have learned many things from those experiences.

So, do you believe in God?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question largely depends on the definition of "God", and whether my definition is exactly the same as yours.

"God" is a term used by many religions, and many cultures to refer to a certain Being, as in the case of monotheistic religions, or beings, as in the case of polytheistic religions. Some religions believe God is a perfect being residing in heaven watching over us. Others believe gods are imperfect beings like us living their own lives working on their own problems, but have supernatural powers that make them superior to us. Still others believe god is everything around us including us, so we are God and God is us.

In the end, the existence of God, however "God" may be defined, does not depend on whether I believe Him/Her/them or not.

How do you define God then?

In religious discussions, I prefer not to use the term "God" because different people have different definitions, and using such terms would inevitably only cause confusion and disagreement.

I will leave that to another future blog entry.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Shioiri Waterfront Festival 2014

Shioiri Park will be hosting the Shioiri Waterfront Festival on the 13th of October 2014. See the poster below.

Poster found at Shioiri Pari
Poster found at Shioiri Pari

Should be a great way for families to spend a day off from work. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Too many symbol files

Just submitted my first Swift application to iTunes Connect. Xcode says it's successful but after the build is automatically processed by iTunes Connect, I got an email from iTunes Connect saying I have "Too many symbol files".

Here's the email I got from iTunes Connect.

Dear developer,

We have discovered one or more issues with your recent delivery for "<removed>". Your delivery was successful, but you may wish to correct the following issues in your next delivery:

Too many symbol files - These symbols have no corresponding slice in any binary [1431D977-72BC-308F-AB71-71529F25400B.symbols, 158C72A7-98AC-3F07-B2BE-88427591B413.symbols, 44973EAC-563E-340C-B549-55A5014A68BA.symbols, 678BF06F-0C3D-3A09-BFBF-699C7079FECD.symbols, 90907DDB-0400-38ED-BB5F-0C12333C0624.symbols, 93B79949-5757-374A-97B9-825AE1A61B7D.symbols, ABA05220-4FB0-397F-AFBB-08774A82F4CA.symbols, AD70F02A-4422-32B8-8C40-CF9B45A2CCC6.symbols, B0CC9F7D-C542-3E18-A518-B28B7ECABE80.symbols, BF6A4C3B-6FA5-3C51-8404-19C2F132458D.symbols, C9D6E078-8E2A-39D9-8DEE-476916A69CEE.symbols, CF5320DF-AB31-3845-BAD5-F6E51045D396.symbols, D4967AA3-8FB0-3712-B0DE-7F4144AF8F4B.symbols, D813B314-AD37-31D4-B675-442052994495.symbols, DF42A13F-08D8-3E71-B221-FC357E0B60F5.symbols, F5F636C2-F0E0-3CA7-8F7D-C49A36CD5C65.symbols]

After you’ve corrected the issues, you can use Xcode or Application Loader to upload a new binary to iTunes Connect.

The App Store team

I checked both Stack Overflow and the Apple Developer Forums and looks like it's pretty common for developers submitting their Swift application to Apple. Doesn't look like a show stopper, but it is indeed causing a lot of concern for developers like me, excitedly submitting our first Swift apps to the App Store.
I tried doing a fresh clean, and rebuilt my app. But after I submitted my fresh build, I got the same email with basically the same errors. 

I still do not know the fix to this issue, and my app is currently in "Waiting For Review" state.