About This Blog

This WordPress blog is a (hopefully not feeble) attempt to write down what I want to share over the Internet: my passion for technology and the Web, the tinkering of computers, myself as a life-long Mac lover, love for food, my fascination of the world, and my thirst for knowledge (I leave that up to you to what ‘knowledge’ is).

And if you’ve noticed the title of this blog, it’s a combination/amalgamation and whatnot of Paulo Coelho’s two stories: The Pilgrimage and The Alchemist.

Why the Alchemist, and why is it The Agchemist? First of all, the college degree I’ve graduated with was Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Chemistry in the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and people from the academe fondly calls us the “BS AgChem” people, hence the name. And from the story of the Alchemist, I fancy myself as sort of though a knowledgeable person, still seeking that “gold” that my heart dreams of.

But why The Pilgrimage? From the word “pilgrimage”, which means “a long journey or search, especially one of exalted purpose or moral significance“, it is similar to Paulo Coelho’s own recollection of his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella, though not much in the spiritual sense, but that the journey itself is a learning experience. I may pick some moral and spiritual lessons from these, but I think it’s best that I not much delve into it. Unless it becomes a topic of my own.

And in my case, it is my journey to understanding more about my hobbies. The “shrines” I visit are homepages of computer-related stuff, programming, gaming, cooking and literature. The knowledge I gain from interacting with people from forums, other blogs, and real-life friends over the Internet. But it is also the capability to sort out these knowledge and not believing that “everything in the internet is true”.

And I find it nice when using quotes from Paulo Coelho’s stories or other quotes from other stories, as most of the time, it’s the perfect theme when I write down what’s  in my head.


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