Hello There!

I'm Mark a.k.a. "Mac", husband to Bev, son of Tony and Lerma and the youngest of their children. My wife and I love to travel. We've seen the best white sand beaches of the Philippines, to the beautiful islands of Maldives, From the futuristic cities of Japan, to the towering Sky Scrappers of New York (trip canceled due to COVID-19). We love to explore, chill with nature, marvel at cities architecture, learn other cultures and taste the exotic flavor of their cuisine, meet different kinds of people and make new friends.

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” ― Hemmingway

I love playing basketball (I'm a huge NBA fan), reading manga, watching anime, Friends, The Big Bang Theory and Dota 2 tournament.

I also like Ancient History, Astronomy and Physics. From the mystery of building the Great Pyramid Giza to the countless posibility of another civilization million miles away, to the question of the discovery of parallel universe. (I just hope I'm tall, rich and good looking man somewhere there. 😂) Those are the questions that makes me wonder at night.

“In this bright future you can't forget your past.” ― Bob Marley

Career

I've been web developing for 8+ years now. Time does indeed fly when you're having fun. It seems only yesterday when I started converting PSD's to HTML as my first web developer job. Then I became a Software Engineer in the BPO industry. That's where I got expose with various companies big companies. Like Globe and TV5 Network. I work mostly on front-end development because that's where I found my passion. I love seeing fast, creative and intuitive websites. Google lighthouse is my friend.

“Creating a website is a process of setting the right colors to define mood and apply the right contrast to emphasize an element, implementing the right font sizes to define hierarchy, adding animations to symbolize interaction and activity, intuitive enough so that visitors understands the flow of the website and faster than the speed of light.“ ― Mark Anthony Uy

I'm very passionate at what I do, even though it's not easy keeping up with the technologies. It feels impossible to learn everything but if there's one thing I learn from using Linux, it's Do one thing and do it really good. That's the reason I focus on the front-end side.

In the near future, I plan to learn Gatsby, GraphQL, Typscript, Strapijs, Redwoodjs, Sveltejs and Figma. This goes with the quote that I really love.

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.“ ― Benjamin Franklin

Wish me luck.

Uses

Big fan of open source. I try to use them all the time with my projects. It first happened when I was forced to develop in a Linux machine. Ubuntu to be precise. It was daunting at first, Setting up virtual host, Editing files using nano or vim, Just using terminal/command line is very intimidating for a noob like myself. I remember when I was stuck inside VIM for almost an hour. LOL (damn :q!) It took me quite a while to adjust from using Windows to Linux. But once you put your foot on that water there is no turning back. To be honest, I can't see myself developing on a Windows machine again. Not that I have anything against Windows. It's just that I'm so comfortable with Linux right now I'm just look for the best distro's to try out there.

The following are languages, libraries, frameworks and tools that I use when creating a website.

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • React
  • Node.js
  • PHP
  • Typescript
  • Firebase
  • Git
  • Sass
  • jQuery
  • Next.js
  • GNU Bash
  • Linux
  • Framer
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Bootstrap
  • Material-UI
  • Tailwind CSS

My Website

This new design is inspired by my favorite websites. I often got my ideas from looking at other people work, then I add my own flavor and style to the mix. For example, the colored border that wrapped the quotes is inspired by Codepen's button, Big fonts and spacious elements are from Smashing magazine and Design course website. I feel really good and proud of the outcome. It's way far from my previous design.

Here is the link if you want a peek.

“Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest form of learning.” ― George Bernard Shaw

I follow a lot of awesome people in the industry, listen to web development podcasts and read blogs. If you want to check them out here are some.