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Starting as a Grasshopper
August 22, 2015


Learning on the job can be quite adventurous; especially if you’re determined with very little background knowledge along with a moderate amount of pressure. However, I am always thankful for any bits of new experience I gain. Even if the experience doesn’t directly impact me, it’s good to learn new things to be more alert of my surroundings and how it operates.

Starting as a Grasshopper

PLC stands for “programmable logic controller”, which is used to control automation, switches, processes, and a whole bunch of physical functions. The PLC is similar to a computer but in a compact size while the HMI (human user interface) acts as a monitor to display what the PLC is programmed to do. The harder part comes in where you’re supposed to know what the physical product is supposed to do in order to properly program the PLC. Until earlier this week, I only knew about the general idea of the type of products my company produce but not the mechanics behind it. Thankfully, Boss Man had enough patience to teach me about it.

As far as software programming goes, I’m pretty much learning on my own with a little guidance here and there from the engineers at work. The structured text language is somewhat different than the languages I’m used to; but after staring at the code from our previous projects, I think I’m starting to understand how the logic flow works. I printed the code to annotate my guess on what the line of code does. I’m basically trying to learn what an computer/electrical engineer does in this position. Long story short, this is not easy and hardware background knowledge is required (that’s why software engineers are paid handsomely).

Adding to the Floral Collection

I think my addiction to dresses came from watching too much Arrow…

Some Foodie Things

I’ve been craving for amaebi (sweet shrimp) and settled for a pair the other day during lunch. The crunchy texture and sweet taste practically won my heart.

There was a grand opening promotion going on where specialty rolls are 50% off. This is the blossom roll and it was tasty! The presentation was pretty awesome considering how I’m used to rolls plainly sitting on a plate.

13 Responses

  1. Michelle ☆ August 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    One thing to know, is you can never have too many dresses! Never ever! I know, because I’m a big lover of dresses and their different styles and different everything. Not to mention they are comfortable as heck.

    You look beautiful <3

    Good luck with starting to learn PLC and that new language. That's how knowledge is gained, through hard work and studying. I'm glad that your boss man guided you and you found something new to learn.

  2. Tara ☆ August 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Holy moly. Those computer languages just made my head hurt LOL. This is far too advanced and confusing for me! Kudos to you for learning them and figuring out! I’m glad you’re understanding them, because I certainly am not! XD On a side note, I love your handwriting! So nice and neat 😀

    Your floral pattern dresses are super nice! I’m a bit picky with floral patterns myself, but when I do find a nice one, I stick onto it XD

    Mmmmm at the food photos. The amaebi and the blossom rolls look so delicious. In fact, the photos are making me hungry! Woot for getting the rolls 50% off! Discounts are always nice! ^^

    • Nancy ☆ August 28, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      This structured text is too advanced for me too but I’m trying to break the glacier with a small ice pick, slooooowwwwly. Eventually, I hope I’ll break it.

  3. Maroon Caludin ☆ August 22, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Man that stuff sounds confusing…x_x

    And you always get such pretty dresses! And yummy food!

  4. ariane ☆ August 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I am not really the techy type, but I do agree that learning is a continuous process. Education is a priviledge and I’m glad you value additional knowledge. Two thumbs up for that :>

    Again, love the dress and most especially, the food. Have a nice day

  5. Cat ☆ August 22, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Good luck on learning PLC! Work is the harsh reality that school doesn’t teach everything we need to know when we get into the industry. I had to learn Ruby on Rails for my job, and I had never used it in school. Learning on the job is a great experience though!

    Floral dresses are cute! Yum, amaebi is tasty, and I think it’s interesting that each piece of the blossom roll is wrapped individually with a different fish. Looks good!

  6. Chynna ☆ August 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    It’s amazing how much you’re learning at your job. It’s so cool – lots of skillz to add to your CV 🙂

    OH HAI, FELICITY 2.0

    I have that heart eye emoji face on right now. GADDAMN, all the food looks so good. Please, Nancy, you make me hungry all the time.

  7. Raisa ☆ August 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    What you’re learning sounds super exciting! It never ends too. I always feel like I’m learning something new at my job. Definitely keeps me on my toes. 😀

    Your dresses are always so cute! Collection post please! XD

  8. Holland ☆ August 25, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Your handwriting is RIDICULOUS. I’ve never figured out how some people managed to develop such cute writing! Mine is relatively neat and very legible but it’s definitely NOT adorable!

    • Nancy ☆ August 28, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      My handwriting is cute 2% of the time XD. The other 98% of the time makes me consider pursuing the life of a doctor because of prescription handwriting ;P.

  9. Georgie ☆ August 27, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    There is a lot of stuff I know about web development but there is also a lot of stuff I don’t know. I am only a front-end developer which means I have zero knowledge of the backend or ‘how stuff works’ – as you put, the ‘mechanics behind it’. While I don’t mind writing stuff on paper sometimes it’s good to write in-code comments before each line so that you can more easily see what each line does. I do the same with front-end, but I was learning some PHP recently so it came in handy to have the file and write all these notes and annotations in the code. :3

    I am not really a big fan of floral prints as they look horrid on me, your dress looks lovely though. I think floral prints look much better in black. Light coloured ones tend to look cheaper, in my opinion.

    Love the look of the blossom rolls! 😀

    • Nancy ☆ August 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      The thing I like about coding/development/techy stuff is that the possibilities are endless and there are a lot to learn. It’s good to never settle because you’re always on the quest to look for ways to better yourself and/or knowledge :). I would’ve highly appreciate the in-code comments, except I guess the software engineers don’t think anyone else would be looking at the code besides themselves.

      I had too much plain dresses that I needed some pattern in my life XD. Apparently floral is the big thing in the shop; except it’s either a hit or miss. I don’t like how some of them are like “granny floral patterns” @____@.

      • Georgie ☆ August 28, 2015 at 7:53 pm

        That’s understandable about the code. xD

        I don’t like those “granny” florals either! Good to know someone knows how to differentiate them from other floral prints – and that we both have a sense of style. 😉

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