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Automattic Grand Meetup 2018: Sunshine State

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

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

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”

There’s No ‘I’ In Team

There’s No ‘I’ In Team

I’m grateful to have a joined a company that is built on remote work culture, as I quite enjoy having the autonomy and freedom to work on what, when, and where I want, but more than that, it’s the folks working behind the curtains that make all the difference, at least for me.

As of this writing, there areΒ 751 Automatticians in 66 countries speaking 81 different languages distributed across the globe, all working remotely on different teams.

I work alone, but never have I felt lonely. For me, opening up Slack on my computer is sort of like the equivalent of walking into an office. Certainly, that’s a major difference between working remotely on your own, versus working remotely with a team.

The ‘who’ is really what ties my Automattic work experience all together in this type of remote environment. I’m part of a small team that spans across the APAC region of the world, and we’re known as Team Patronus πŸ™‚ Continue reading “There’s No ‘I’ In Team”

Home Office, Cafe, Coworking Space, Oh My

Home Office, Cafe, Coworking Space, Oh My

Nearly four months ago, it took me almost an hour to go from door-to-door for my commute to work.

I’d wake up at 6am, fix breakfast for myself and my son, get dressed, drop my son off at daycare at around 7am-ish, hop on the morning train, get off at my station and walk another 10 minutes to reach my workplace, then another 10 minutes to get settled down and find myself actually in my seat at 7:50am. So in total, it took almost 2 hours between waking up and getting to my desk, ready to work.

Fast forward to present day β€” I wake up, take about 5-10 seconds to walk over to my computer, and I’m hereΒ at my office ready to work πŸ™‚ Continue reading “Home Office, Cafe, Coworking Space, Oh My”