Looking Back at 2018

Looking Back at 2018

I didn’t publish any post in 2018 and it’s not for lack of trying. I just couldn’t get myself to write something meaningful. So to start the new year, I thought it might be interesting to look back at last year, write about things where I succeeded and where I fell short.


After putting whatoplay online, we started looking at how to further develop it. Then came that big technical hurdle. We’ve been using Material Design Lite, an older design library, based on Google’s Material Design principle, that’s slowly getting outdated. The new, shiny library is Material Design Components, a more robust implementation of the principles.

As the stand-in frontend developer, I had to learn MDC. It took me a couple of weeks just to get the gist of it. I had to learn webpack, get better at CSS, and improve on what little JavaScript I know. It was hard but also really fun. After months of toiling, we got a sloppy new UI running. This 2019, the goal is to finally start developing components with MDC and React.

I enjoy frontend development but as the cofounder of whatoplay, I have other tasks. 2018 made me feel inadequate. There were just so much things to take care of that I felt lost sometimes. There were even moments where I just stare into the screen blankly, not knowing where to start. As the end of the year draws closer, I found myself spacing out more. The worst part is the guilt of being unproductive that follows. It haunts you.

This January, I plan on taking a week off. Unplugging from all the responsibilities and giving me enough distance to reorganize and think of better ways to manage my time.

Books and Games

I tried reading a lot of books this year but could only finish 2.

And the books (already bought) that I will read this year...

You know why I had so few hours reading books? What free time I had was spent playing video games, specifically Dota 2, Civilization 6 and Divinity: Original Sin 2. For the year, I have two new games to look forward to Celeste, which I already purchased, and Gathering Storms, a Civ 6 expansion.