About Haifa Carina

Hi! I'm Haifa Carina

from the Philippines.


iOS developer. Events Organizer.

Adventurer. Ponderer. Dreamer.


I am real.
I like green!
I give hugs!
I love challenge.
I hate leeches.
I want to travel the world!
I wish I could teleport.
I need you to be real.
I will build my underground house.
I was always impulsive.
I feel restless inside.
I think I can do anything.
I say "Life is short, enjoy all the way!"


Email Me: haifa@baluyos.net
Facebook: haifacarina
Twitter: @haifacarina
Instagram: @haifacarina



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No Fun = Success Trash
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:52


I was told that I should rethink my life because I won't be successful if I'm always spending my time on having fun. TRASH. I'll do whatever I want. I'll go wherever I want. Hang our with whoever I want. Chill. Party. Even at work, I am having so much fun with programming. Life is short and I want to have fun every second of it.


But one thing I know and is proud of is that I know exactly what I want to be and where I'm going for the long run. What I do is enjoy all the way! XD


Extra Event of the Day: Mobile Monday Manila
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 07:57

Ms. Eiko Raquel, Business Development Manager of Yahoo Philippines



Mobile Monday Manila happened the same day with Google DevFest - Manila (19 September). But it was 7PM so we were able to reach the venue (Microsoft Office) just in time. So the night's theme was Mobile Internet and speakers were Ms. Eiko Raquel, Business Development Manager of  Yahoo Philippines who presented her insights on mobile surfing behavior around apps and browser and Ms. Edna Belleza, CIO of GMA NMI,  gave an update on the latest developments on online and mobile reach measurement, driven by a consortium of local publishers.


There were also free pizza, soft drinks and beer. I was surprised. People there were already adults on their 30s and above. I think Josan, Hans and I were the only guys who were on our early 20s in the room. Oh well, the statistics were surprising but interesting.

Night Out With My Dear Covachos: Happy Birthday Julian!
Thursday, 15 September 2011 03:26

At Greenbelt Park [Julian, Kim, Haifa, Josan and Hans]


I power walked to Giligan's Island Restaurant at Glorietta 5 from a Toastmasters meeting at Makati Stock Exchange just so that I wouldn't miss half of my life by not being with these crazy people. The stories and laughter I get with these college friends are always more than I could ask for. But more importantly, it was Julian's 21st birthday.


After dinner at Giligans', we walked to Greenbelt Park. I love the lights there. We sat near the pond, listen to a band playing Mexican music, observed the people, talked about random things and challenged Lolong* into anything stupid. The park was like a drinking hub and meeting hub of foreigners and girls/gays. If you know Lolong*, you could probably imagine what kind of challenge we gave him in that kind of scenario. >:D


Then we decided to go to Top Grill in Jupiter Street, Makati to booze. We got a nice table location on the veranda. We ordered Tanduay Ice tower, ham&cheese, calamares and pizzas. The rest of the night was spent in teasing, laughter and techie and nonsense stories.


We left the place past 12midnight with an unforgettable night experience for Julian's birthday who was all red the last time I saw him on our way home. haha. Happy Birthday again Jul! I hope you had a great one.

Photo before going home. Sorry Kim this is the only image we are complete. XD


*name cannot be mentioned. XD

Toastmasters Club Table Topic: Solve the Murder Mystery
Thursday, 15 September 2011 02:06


Group 3 deliberating on their story


The theme of TOPS Toastmasters Meeting last September 14, 2011 was "TOPS Day In Court" with the Toastmaster of the Night, Atty. Abet Talampas. I volunteered for the role of the Table Topics Master. The best role title for me should be Table Topics Newbie considering it was my first time.


In relation to the theme, I've decided to have a table topic activity called Solve the Murder Mystery. I found the idea online and improvised the mechanics.



The idea is to try to solve (or fabricate) the murder mystery by having witnesses deliver their statements. Crime scene facts will be provided.



Everyone will be grouped into 3 teams. Each team will have one representative to act as a witness. The 2nd and 3rd team may or may not agree to what the previous witness has said.



- state the name of witness (self) and how he/she became a witness

- state how the murder happened

- who is the murderer and his/her motive



- a dead man, who was a famous lawyer, was found dead in their home kitchen in the morning

- a knife with blood was found in the backyard with the gardening tools


I would like to share what were the witnesses' statements for this meeting. The first team's witness (TM Len) said she was having an affair with the lawyer and she believes the murderer is his wife. The second team's witness (TM Nonie) said the murderer was the chef, whose wife was the woman the lawyer was having an affair with. He killed the lawyer as he learned about their affair. haha. Amazing how fast they were able to come up with their story. Then, the third team's witness (TM Edison) said the murderer was the gardener because he was underpaid.


I was pretty excited as to what kind of stories I'd be hearing. Gee. Those guys were impressive. But the best thing was I had so much fun and I don't mind doing another table topics activity like that.


Haifa's Speech Project #1: Do What You Love
Thursday, 01 September 2011 12:07


'Find something you love to do and you will never work a day in your life.' I found that statement in a fashion magazine read days ago. It made me smile. I am so much thankful to be doing the things I love.


Now, I want to share with you the three major things I know about myself. First, I love to write. Second, I love computer programming. And third, I love to work with people.


I was in grade school when I started to love writing. I wrote stories and poems. I remember back then, when I give greeting cards I'd prefer to write a poem dedicated to the person than write a regular straightforward letter. When I entered high school, I joined our school publication and eventually become the editor-in-chief in my senior year. The school publication offered a great deal of knowledge, skills and fun on journalism.


Aside from writing, I discovered another thing I love in high school. And that would be computer programming. In our computer classes, we would create simple HTML websites and solve logic problems using Turbo Pascal and JavaScript. I found it really interesting and fun. Excelling in the field, I was awarded with the Computer Wizard of the Year during graduation.


Let's Play
Thursday, 25 August 2011 16:46

I heard you’re a player, so lets play a game.

Let’s sweet talk.

Let’s play fight.

Let’s talk 24/7.

Let’s tell each other good morning and good night every day.

Let’s take walks together.

Let’s give each other nicknames.

Let’s hang out with each other’s friends.

Let’s go on dates.

Let’s talk on the phone all night long.

Let’s hold each other.

Let’s kiss and hug.

And whoever falls in love first? Loses.


Source: http://www.bakzap.com/2063/


Talk of Being Young and Idealistic
Thursday, 25 August 2011 03:32



Image from circuitmag.netI was with PHP User Groups Philippines (PHPUGPH) guys last night on a Beer, Booze and Blackboarding session. Sir Jonathan invited me over. So there I was, the only girl, with seven guy developers. It was my first time to join such gathering. Overwhelming night. I didn't expect to learn so much in less than two and a half hours of plain chitchat.


There was this guy named Chris (IT solutions company owner) whose ideas I find very interesting and are in line with my current beliefs.



He said that when you have an idea and believes in it, go for it. While others argue that its not how Filipino brain works with the general assumption that Filipinos usually would choose financial security over the risk of going for an idea. He chose not to accept the idea. So do I! All success in this country started with an idea that went materialized.



He said that when developing something, he would share the code. That would be his way of helping others improve by sharing his source code. I currently do the same thing while i'm developing Objective C projects. I want to help others improve by sharing my code that's why I'm so diligent with posting my tutorials and sharing my source code.



Not a new idea but how he said it was funny. 'I don't talk with old people. They're not COOL.' HAHAHAHAHAHA. With this, he shared the best people to talk with to close a deal are project managers because they're young (like us) and loves to party.


There were more topics discussed on the table like e-commerce, porn and Filipino culture. I had a great time talking and listening to them. Then 12 midnight arrived, the Cinderella must go home as Sir Jonathan put it. So Sir Jonathan and I left the group and he drove me home.


They say when you're young, you're very idealistic and anything is possible. When you grow older, you learn to be realistic. It may or may not be the case. I love being young and idealistic. It's all that matters to me.


Do What You Love
Saturday, 20 August 2011 01:13

Toastmasters Speech Project #1 (First Draft)

I've read days ago in a fashion magazine something that I find very striking. It says 'Find something you love to do and you will never work a day in your life.' It made me smile. I am so much privileged to be doing the things I love.


In my twenty years of existence, there are three major things I know about myself. Number one, I love to write. Number two, I love computer programming. And number three, I love to work with people.


I was in grade school when I started to love writing. I wrote stories and poems. I remember back then (actually, even until now), when I give greeting cards I'd prefer to write a poem dedicated to the person than write a regular straightforward letter. When I entered high school, I joined our school publication and eventually became the editor-in-chief in my senior year. The school publication offered a great deal of knowledge, skills and fun on journalism. Lucky we had an awesome and very skillful moderator.


Happy to Delay My Dream of Independence
Friday, 19 August 2011 12:30



It has been my long dream since high school to move out and live on my own.


It would be the kind of life where I pay for my house/apartment/pad, buy or cook my own food and go home late whenever I want. The picture seemed so perfect to me who dreamed of independence most of her life until I realized someone else must be dreaming of my place right now.


Currently at 20 years old, I live in Metro Manila and works in Makati as a software developer. I stay in an average-sized apartment with my father and two big brothers. I couldn't be that much independent with my decisions and actions as I wanted to while with them but there's one thing I know.. I'm happy living with them.


During weekdays, I usually arrive home between 8PM and 10PM. Most of the time, I cook our dinner. We have our nightly chitchat while I cook, my father watching tv, my big brother play with his cats and my big big brother sitting in the dining table talking about any kind of investments or make fun of anything he could think of. My father would give comments or advice according to his 60 years experience in life. My big brother would usually comment with 'very nonsense' and a very animated facial expression.


After dinner and washing the dishes, I would go upstairs to our room (I share room with big brother and my big big brother is at the other room) and find my two brothers talking about 'Ikariam (game)' , 'Kororo', 'war' and 'alliance'. I hear those four words like every night. While they were talking about the game and the cats chasing each other in the room, I'd be either surfing the net or reading a book. When they've finished their war discussion, they'd eventually tell me to join them in their game so that I can relate. And every night I ignore their invitation. I don't find it interesting. That's just about it at home.


It's fun at home because I have three guys to talk to about anything sensible or nonsense. It's fun at home because I have three guys to laugh at or with. It's fun at home because I have three thoughtful guys who cares for me.  I'm happy at home because I won't get that when I move out and live on my own.


First Timer at TOPS Toastmasters Club
Thursday, 11 August 2011 00:07

I sure am having serious fun at TOPS Toastmasters Club.


It was my third meeting when I got my first role at TOPS - time keeper. Every speech has time allotment and it is the duty of the time keeper to inform the speaker about it. So I was given a box with green, yellow and red light bulb. I light up GREEN to inform the speaker he's achieved the minimum time; YELLOW means he has 30seconds/1minute left; and RED when the speaker has consumed the maximum time.


Being the first timer on the task, it went.. quite good? Joke! haha. I messed up more than a couple of times. I can't help but get absorbed to the speaker and forget about the time. Good thing, Emerson was beside me the whole duration. He taught and guided me all the way. Then at the near end of the meeting, I was to report about the speakers who were in time, under time or overtime.


At first, I was scared to go upfront not knowing what to say. "I'll just read some names and numbers and I'm done", I thought. Then there goes the evaluation part.. evaluator after evaluator say how important or powerful introduction is. Then I remembered TM Jenny said earlier in her presentation, "Time is money." So I decided to use it for my introduction. After all, what was there to lose? I fairly knew I'm not a good speaker but I was confident enough that I could do better than reading my records.


How did it go? Uhmmm.. it was perfect! haha. PERFECTLY ME, that is. I'm happy for that experience. When I came back to my seat, Mr. Abet told me I should give my IceBreaker (Project 1) Speech. Without second thoughts, I said YES. And yes, I am giving my speech next meeting. I'm excited and more excited what to share. Now I'm enjoying speaking in front of a crowd more than ever.

My First PUA Beginner's Night
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 14:41


Last July 18 (Monday), I attended the Philippine Ultimate Association (PUA) Beginner's Night together with college friends Kim, Julian and Lope. The PUA Beginner's Night is scheduled every Monday, 8PM - 10PM at Meralco baseball field, Ortigas.


I was surprised to see a lot of players and beginners too! There were at least 15 beginners with us. So I assume Ultimate's becoming a hit sport.


At one side of the field, all beginners were gathered and each was provided with a disc. Towie (maybe the coach superior), started with the teaching of the backhand and forehand grips and stances. Towie also taught  us how to throw the disc which requires a lot of flicking of the wrist. He said the disc must be thrown horizontally.


After the orientation, we were grouped into five teams. Each team has an assigned coach. As for my team, our coach was named Sugar. Sugar was a guy. My other three team members were Shandel, Elric and Kyle.We passed around the disc as Sugar compliments if we did good and shares suggestions on what to improve. Then he told us to play with the disc as we try to get used on throwing and catching.


Sugar asked if it was my first time. I told him it was my 2nd. The first time I played Ultimate was back in Cagayan de Oro with Kim and other wall climbing friends (all guys). These guys had incredible stamina and I had to struggle for air most of the time to keep up and finish the game.


Back to Sugar. He said I don't seem like a beginner. (Woot! haha) While playing throw and catch with Shandel and Elric, Kim's team was busy listening to their coach who was explaining to them the rules of the game. After their discussion, I invited Kim to join us.


Overall, it was one heaven of fun and calorie-burning night! I felt good after producing so much sweat. But I felt great when I could chase and catch the disc above my head! I feel so tall! Now, I have something to look forward to on my Monday nights!




PUA Website: http://www.philippineultimate.org


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