Automattic Grand Meetup 2018: Sunshine State

Sun. Food. Drinks. Entertainment. And meeting hundreds of highly talented, creative, and lovable humans wrangled from all over the world to work, collaborate, and just have a grand old time at a single location β€” what more could I ask for in a company meetup. This is a snapshot of my experience at my first Grand Meetup!Β πŸ“Έ

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Journey Back To America: First Contact

Since coming to Japan, I’ve only gone back to the US once, and that was nearly five years ago in 2013.

This year will be the first time coming back since then, and I have this opportunity because my company’s Grand Meetup is taking place in America this year. Granted, the meetup is in Orlando, Florida β€” the opposite end of San Diego (my hometown) β€” I still feel at home.


Leaving Sapporo


Upon Arrival

Immigration Officer: You currently live in Japan, but you’re here on business?

Me: That’s correct, sir.

Immigration Officer: And what field of work is this in?

Me: Web development.

Immigration Officer: Ah, so I.T. then.

*stamp, stamp, stamp*

Immigration Officer: *hands me back my passport* You have a good day. Welcome home.

Me: Thank you, glad to be back, sir.


Hotel Hilton Orlando Buena Vista


Mandatory Family FaceTime


I’ll be in Orlando for a whole week until October 6th, spending time with the entire Automattic crew! I’ll try to make a daily post of my experience if I can. Otherwise, if not, expect a long epic one at the very end πŸ™‚

Brown Rice Diet: Apparently It’s A Thing

I don’t usually do diets, but on a rather spontaneous decision, the other day I decided I’d try this brown rice diet my wife maybe half-jokingly suggest we try. I was intrigued because on the pamphlet she showed me, the catchline went somewhere along the lines of the following:Β What!? Lose 5KG in 10 days!? Continue reading “Brown Rice Diet: Apparently It’s A Thing”

Team Patronus Meetup #15

Meetup End. (another late post β€” last one!)

Goodbyes aren’t always easy, and the week sped by to an end before we knew it. Rest assured, we’ll all be seeing each other again soon in few months time at our company’s Grand Meetup, which will be held in Florida this year πŸ™‚

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