Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Who is the bigger problem, Kris Aquino-Yap or James Yap?

James on Kris: It's up to her

Just this once, I want to dive into this latest Kris Aquino controversy. I wonder why Kris Aquino left their home so hurriedly and at the same time announced so early her troubled relationship with basketball sport star, James Yap.

Almost immediately, you can place the blame on the man for such problems in relationships but in their case, It's worth taking a second look. To open up this situation, you want to ask these questions to give everything a better perspective - since this case is already very public.

First, why would James say, "It's up to her," when asked if there were more reasons why Kris broke up with him? Is he saying this out of frustration? Is this out of resignation? The public knows how Kris Aquino operate. She's very candid to the point of being tactless at times. Second, why would James be involved with other women when he knows very well the consequences of such actions? Third, why is there no buzz of what exactly went wrong with the two knowing the public have all the access they need to know the personal lives of these two celebrities? You become suspicious already.

As much as I want to give Mrs. Aquino-Yap the upper hand here, unless there's more proof of James infidelity (again!), then surely this is fast becoming a one-sided contest seeing the latter losing by a mile.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Scary Flash Rain Preview of 2010

Minutes before 6 PM, rain poured as the sun sets and the effect was reminiscent of Ondoy.

My family went for a short ride to San Juan to look for a restaurant where we will celebrate Father's Day. As we head off north on EDSA, rain started to pour: frist drizzle-then came the rain.

I read stories of flashfloods in the city of Nashville, Tennessee, USA, Europe, and India early this year and seeing how water was pouring hard gave me chilling thoughts of what Philippines was up to this year since we just experienced El Niño over the hottest-dry season on record. I'm also scared because our nation is still preparing for the new president's oath-taking by the end of this month. You also have President Arroyo winding down her work as Administrator and Commander-In-Chief and preparing her exit.

While driving around for ten minutes, I said "Let's go home." The hard rain reminded me of Ondoy and all I could think about was getting home. Big puddles of rain water started to form at the two outer lanes of EDSA causing more traffic as cars and buses alike drive at a snail's pace to avoid more accidents. I turned on my hazard lights (and so did others) to help others see me.

"This is a perfect disaster forming." I thought. With everyone turning their attention on other government matters, the residents are about to get hit by this storm system that not even the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)  was able to warn us. I documented the experience and posted it on CNN's iReport so netizens can help me warn others about this potential disaster.

I'm not being pessimistic but for all intents and purposes, I just want this to be something that the Philippine government (outgoing and incoming) should focus on more this year. I am sure that flood-control, environment protection and its awareness, and disaster management will be one of President-elect Noynoy Aquino's acid tests of his job in the first 100 days in office. As they prepare for the party, I hope this government and the incoming one should be talking to avert any further loss of lives as we brace for La Niña. Let's wait and see as I pray for our people and the government to act decisively and fast.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fail: This Bishop thinks public schools can harm children

Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) president Msgr. Gerardo Santos said such transfers may hurt the students’ “psychological and emotional" side.

I think we're sending the wrong signal to our children and creating a bigger divide by saying this. I was private school educated from Don Bosco Makati and University of Sto. Tomas and I think people who got their schooling from cities with Integrated Schools and City Universities ('Pamantasan') have same - if not better - qualifications to lead after they graduate.

We're forgetting that education is the same and culture is what you make out of it. I think the bishop should address the concern of parents who are not instilling values to their children. How are they handling their values system and what is feeding the minds of parents that nurtures the minds of the children? The Bishop forgets that education starts from the home. I think that's where the psychological and emotional fears that should be addressed immediately.

Besides, our kids should be taught how to relate to any kid no matter what status they have in their lives. And if we do that then we're teaching our kids right.

Posted via web from Bad Politics

Binay, President-elect Aquino's first test

But pressed about Binay's preference for the DILG portfolio, Aquino said, "That's his right as a citizen, to express his opinion.

More and more it is becoming apparent that Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay will be President-elect Aquino's first acid test in his job as president. Binay made it clear after congress confirmed his election win that he wants the Interior and Local Government portfolio. Personally, I wonder why he wants that post so badly. I also think it was in bad taste for him to voice his preference when Aquino hasn't vetted any candidate yet for most of the cabinet positions in government.

Will Aquino give way to Binay? Will Binay become Aquino's thorn and be the opposition? More importantly, how will the nation react?

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Steve Jobs to crowd: 'We're having a little problem here'

"Well, I'm sorry, guys, I don't know what's going on,. . ."

Stever Jobs always wows the crowd with his remarkable presentations. I haven't been to one (and I wish I could see him do product launches in Manila - dream on) but you can just imagine how he weaves his magic and uses such tools like iPhones and iPads to push his product. This time, though, he was lost for words and couldn't get the wifi network to get back one. The whole thing happened - for what seemed to be for Jobs like an eternity - during his iPhone 4 product launch but the audience were forgiving. But they weren't as nice to AT&T who provided the wifi network to this event. Nonetheless, it was a welcome not that such an iconic person like Jobs is human afterall and that no matter how un-stellar the presentation was, people love Mac right now - no matter what.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Obama and BP

A variety of critics have accused Obama of being too cerebral in his reaction to the undersea gusher now fouling the Gulf of Mexico . . .

"Too cerebral?" I think President Obama deserves more respect than that. These critics, which the media overstates further, that we either have a leader who doesn't think or one that thinks deliberately before he acts. None of them makes anyone happy.

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Filipino recorded asteroid impact on Jupiter

This is my third blog post something about Filipinos. This time, it's something to be proud about.

If you have not caught the news yet, a Cebuano-based astronomer named Christopher Go was one of only two people in the world to catch the rare asteroid impact on the gaseous planet, Jupiter, last June 3.

The fireball was as big as planet earth, Go said, and it only lasted for two seconds. Catch it here.

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What's so funny about Filipino Time?

It's almost like a joke to a lot of my countrymen when they mention "Filipino Time" like it's the best thing that our culture has to offer the world.

Filipinos are so much into humor and mentioning this seems like it's always said in jest. But who's laughing when you think that "Filipino Time" actually means being late. The challenge with our modern culture is to actually kill this notion and have everyone start on time.

I remembered posting a meeting announcement recently for residents where I live. In big bold letters, I wrote the phrase - "We'll start on time." - at the bottom. I posted the announcement six days before the date and visible enough because it's right in front of the elevator doors. I started on time without waiting for other people to come in. We started on the dot. Late residents probably didn't like what I did but the five of those who came early appreciated that I took my words seriously. Everyone's time is valuable. You set a time - you mean it.

To help our nation BE ON TIME, I posted the link where everyone can sync their watches with the World Time Server. I guess this is the start to make Filipino Time means ON TIME.

Jesus said, "Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one." (Matthew 5:37)

Imagine that.

WORLD TIME SERVER - click here to see what time it is REALLY in Manila.

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Can someone help me with Nearbytweets.com?

I don't know what's going on but this has got to be fixed. Nearby Tweets is a place where you can connect from anyone near where you live. However, I don't know what's going on with my account after signing in because its not giving me the results that I want. However, I'm almost sure there's a browser problem because I used my other computer (PC) and it worked fine there. I'm using a Mac here and Mozilla Firefox v. 3.6.3 to browse the site. It's just giving me this "refreshing tweets" sign and it's not doing anything.

I hope someone can give me answers fast because it's a great application but it's not working on my 'top.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

14th Congress shackles Freedom of Information Bill (HB 3732)

Because of the House's failure to ratify the bill, the credibility of Nograles and the 14th Congress was effectively buried, said Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism executive director Malou Mangahas.

It's ironic that the very people who were supposed to protect its citizens couldn't even pass a simple measure that will ensure that every Juan and Maria will get access to right, accurate, and unadulterated information when they need it as they need it. When they did their sine die or closing of the congress, didn't they think that they would need the help of this bill in the future? It's information that you and I need and this will help everyone.

It's ironic that House Bill 3732 had 180 sponsors (congressmen) when it was tabled in the congress halls. When it was time to ratify it only 128 showed up. What happened to the fifty-two other congressmen who were supposed to ratify the bill. Did they get bribed? Did Malacañang offered another deal before the president steps down this month? Whatever happened, it can only be concluded that our congressmen are proving the world right that Filipinos don't know how to vote their congressmen and we're just being toyed by them.

The Senate passed it's own measure four months ago with Senate Bill 3308. Until then, we will just have to wait.

Posted via web from Bad Politics

CONSUMER ALERT! McDo in US pulls back toxic tainted glasses

This news just popped out of my Tweetdeck minutes ago and we, Filipino consumers, should beware. The said glasses' painted designs were tainted with cadmium - a metallic element - that could cause bone softening and kidney problems. It's good that these drinking glasses are found in the United States but you wonder if such products end up in the Philippines — and aghast! What if these products are sent to the Philippines to be sold to us? Who's regulating these from our local government? Who's protecting us? If you know anyone from the health department, customs, or anybody that could alarm the nation about these — please help. Shrek is about to be shown in the Philippines soon. Who knows where these products will end up.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

SHOCKING PHOTO: 50 Cent Loses 50 Lbs.

Whoa! Playing a cancer-stricken role in his upcoming movie, 50 Cent went on a strict liquid diet and exercise for two months. This is how he looks like now. Read his story.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Facebook facing privacy crisis?

The biggest message we have heard recently is that people want easier control over their information," Zuckerberg said. "Simply put, many of you thought our controls were too complex.

You may not know it but Facebook is violating your privacy. No, they're not selling your information but they "missed the mark" by not making their interface controls simple enough for people to set their privacy controls better. The 26-year-old CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, admitted with these flaws and they'll be launching simpler control features soon. That's a relief because I'm sure majority of the 400 Million Facebook users don't even know that their names, faces, and status appear in places you don't even want it to show.

Better late than never.

Posted via web from Everything Customers

Bishop views 'Born Again' a sin

Marquez noted that Nantes’ death was sudden and unexpected and there was no way for the Church to determine his repentance from his being a “born again Christian” and a “Freemason.

Is this the official statement of the Roman Catholic faith or just the bishop's? I was saddened how the bishop of Lucena, Quezon termed - in effect - that being an Evangelical Christian (born again) is a sin. I'm also in disbelief how Bishop Marquez is so insensitive to the families and the bereaved of the late Governor Rafael Nantes. If the priests are the equivalent of the Apostle Peter, and each one aims to be like Jesus - I'm just sad that this church head is going the opposite direction.

"There is no politics in the decision of the Church. I just implemented the Church laws," he said. Bishop Marquez, there's no such thing as Church laws - the church embodies Jesus and Jesus wouldn't refer to a book and say, "I wouldn't be compassionate to this one because he's a sinner." How can you invite and promote change in society if all you can think of are the "clean" people going to your church? Jesus was with the despised tax collectors, the prostitutes, etc. He did it because he was reaching out and wanting them to see a better life - you Bishop Marquez just did the opposite thing. It's a shame we're better off following laws than following and doing the example Jesus did.

You may say there's no politics involved in your decision but you're out to please man (Vatican) - that's politics.

Posted via web from Bad Politics

20 Worst Drinks in America 2010

Choose your poison, a popular saying goes and I wonder if choosing these kinds of drink would be like taking arsenic little by little until you die completely. Your arteries will get clogged and you die happy - i guess.

These drinks are what you should avoid if you ever get to America. Now, while in Manila, I suggest you heed the call and run away from such concoctions.

By the way, you won't believe what's on Number 1 on the list.

Posted via web from Cooling Station Beverage Store

Sunday, May 23, 2010

NOW READING: The Dip by Seth Godin

You can never go wrong reading Seth Godin's books. It's small, handy, and yes - insightful. I held the book at a popular bookstore in Bonifacio Global City and started chomping on it like there's no tomorrow. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish it because it's not right reading it without actually buying it. "What really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape dead ends quickly, while staying focused and motivated when it really counts." - there are those options we can do in life but there's only one thing that we should be doing in life. This is really intriguing and I can't wait to go back and...er... buy the book. It's Php550 and it's worth being in my virtual shelf. Yep, I'm praying for one. Read on.

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The Dip by Seth Godin

Ernie really comes up with some winners here: Dips, Dead Ends, Joyrides, Lotteries, and Quests � iHack, therefore iBlog.

Here's a taste:

Joyrides are things you do just for the fun of it, without caring if you’re getting anywhere. Seth himself said (roughly) that “if you play the flute just because you enjoy it, not because you’re trying to make a living as a flautist, then The Dip doesn’t matter.” It is worth noting that for some people college is Joyride, not a Dip!

Lotteries are a particularly seductive variant of Dead End that looks like a Dip, in that we periodically see people who do make it out into the Good Life.  Unlike a Dip, though, there is nothing we can do to ensure we make it through to the other side; we are at the mercy of external forces. Thus, even thought there is a non-zero chance we might win the Lottery, for most of us it really is a Dead End, and a complete waste of our potential for greatness. This is particularly true for Talent- (rather than Skill-) based disciplines, where the Lottery took place before we were born.

Quests, on the other hand, are Dips that look like Dead Ends. Seth encourages us to pursue Dips where we can make measurable progress towards a well-defined goal. However, he admits that this doesn’t apply to things like cutting-edge scientific research, where there there are no guarantees or guidelines; fortunately, he says people like that won’t be discouraged by anything he says in his book.  :-)

However, I think he overstates the case when he says Quests (like Crick & Watson’s search for DNA) don’t have measurable progress.  They do, but it is a matter of personal growth and accumulated wisdom, not the usual business metrics.  Even though we may not reach what we thought we were aiming for, a worthy Quest enobles us and ends up benefiting humanity.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Willie: Resignation, Wowowee, and playing god?

It is no secret that the program "Wowowee," for almost five and a half years, has been the core of my existence. The program gives me a sense of purpose because I make people happy and I give them hope that, despite their difficulties, they can make things happen for themselves.
via pep.ph

Wowowee host, Willie Revillame, is seen to be exiting the popular noontime show of network giant, ABS-CBN. It will be remembered that the host put ABS-CBN in the spot by asking the management to choose between a radio entertainment host and him. The sadder part though is not his exit but his thought that he could play god to the people joining the show by giving "them hope." I wonder what person like this think by giving less privileged citizens of this nation money and making people rely on them instead of filling people with value like dignity, respect, and honor? Money will indeed blind you and it's sad that he already professed that his life revolving on a temporal matter instead of something that will give him more in life - say, The Bible. Move on, Mr. Revillame. There's more to life than material things and money. I hope you will be able to see joy beyond the money you enjoy.

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One of the reasons why I voted for Enrile

It’s a matter of principle. I cannot join a Manny Villar-led Senate,” Enrile said.

During Marcos time, he lost a lotta love from people. After EDSA Revolution in 1986, I loved the guy. During Cory's time, he was a jerk. During Ramos' time he became more of a jerk. During ERAP's time, he started lying low and during Arroyo's time - he made up for lost time. Sen. Enrile is not perfect but over the years, his bills and his stand makes a lot of sense. No one likes him because he's called an opportunist but years after I noticed a lot of changes and since then he's been consistent with this new found change. Sen. Enrile may be old and my contemporaries may not like him but if it wasn't for him - our mobile phone companies would've been abusing us right now. He led the inquiry against phone giants SMART, Globe, and Sun. Now, you're enjoying more talk time because of the bill he authored.

I may not understand him a lot but we need his wisdom and he is standing by his principles. I can't wait to see what 2016 will be like after his term.

Senator Enrile, you got my vote in the last election because we need your wisdom and you continue to contribute to this senate and in my eyes - so far - you've been fair. Please continue to be an example to all and I am glad you are an independent and I hope to hear more of your plans and bills soon. Mabuhay ka, Manong Johnny. Dahil gusto mo happy kami.

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Congress delays proclamation to June 30

Speaker Prospero Nograles has moved back the proclamation timetable by more than three weeks, from June 4 to June 30

Not proclaiming president-elect Aquino earlier than expected will push back any plans a president can do to form a new government that still has to transition from the outgoing one. What is GMA doing? This is not right and it defeats the purpose of even having an automated polls that makes everything faster. Why make it hard for the incoming president? Why make it difficult for the incoming government? Is something being cooked? This just brings more questions about Pres. Arroyo's government.

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Congress delays proclamation to June 30

Speaker Prospero Nograles has moved back the proclamation timetable by more than three weeks, from June 4 to June 30

Not proclaiming president-elect Aquino earlier than expected will push back any plans a president can do to form a new government that still has to transition from the outgoing one. What is GMA doing? This is not right and it defeats the purpose of even having an automated polls that makes everything faster. Why make it hard for the incoming president? Why make it difficult for the incoming government? Is something being cooked? This just brings more questions about Pres. Arroyo's government.

Posted via web from Born 1973

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Seattle's Best but not the logo

It was called names like Seattle's blood bank but Starbucks - owner of Seattle's Best (Whoa! That's also a surprise) - wouldn't budge. It still thinks that it has the best logo that will merge and meld well as time goes by. Will it grow on me? I don't feel it yet but the only justice this logo will ever get is when it proves to be better than Starbucks - the other Seattle's best coffee of the state of Washington.

Posted via web from Bad Media

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Do we have a minority president?

With 109 members in the House and about a dozen more likely to be added after the winners of the party-list votes have been proclaimed, Suarez said the Lakas-Kampi-CMD coalition could remain dominant with an ability to impeach the President to counter the Chief Executive’s power over pork barrel releases.

With a lot of Arroyo allies in congress, are we seeing a minority president coming on board on June 30th? This is a scary thing to see cause as it is right now, president-elect Aquino seems to be waging a war already with the incumbent president who just got elected as a member of congress who has the potential to be the House Speaker. She wields more than 100 plus house representatives while Aquino's liege only has fifty congressmen to speak of. I just hope and pray that we will not have a divided congress, otherwise, the people will eventually be the loser. For more of the story, click on the newsinfo.inquirer.net link above.

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Did Facebook violate you?

Did you notice someone commenting on your post who is a complete stranger and you wondered how they got hold of your Facebook account? That is what a growing number of Facebook users have been up in arms about. If you read the CNN article, you will understand take a snap shot of how important your privacy is. The statusphere has 400 million users and so many are against what Facebook is doing. Now is privacy is your concern? Yes, you may get new friends here and there but in a world where people hide their true identities, you can never be sure how protected you are when fraud happens because of personal matters that is made public because of this "flaw" in the programming of the said social media.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Why romanticize what Cory did?

Why romanticize Cory? I pray that we don't pin our hopes on something that God gave us a long time ago. Cory was a great person and she is blessed but why are we so worried about filling her shoes when we should be thinking how we can improve ourselves. If there's something Cory could do that we should improve on is sticking to God's word and making sure this is lived out. And then there's grace. God is faithful to give something we don't have and if it is lacking in skills, patience, talent, and perseverance then we should ask for it. Let's not fill Cory's shoes. Let's fill our own shoes so we can lead our lives and then our family. This piece was picked up here at the Philippine Daily Inquirer today, May 16, 2010 (Sunday).

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:33-34

". . .like the Sidonians, unsuspecting and secure. And since their land lacked nothing, they were prosperous. . ." Judges 18:7

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Lakas support of Villar's party confirmed?

At least 107 of Lakas-Kampi-CMD’s 169 congressional candidates won in the May 10 elections. But the party is confident of getting the support of more than 20 lawmakers from other mainstream parties such as the Nationalist People’s Coalition and Nacionalista Party, as well as party-list groups.

Does this statement picked up from the Inquirer's story (May 16) today just confirms the collusion happening between Arroyo and erstwhile presidential candidate Sen. Manny Villar? It seems so. The administration party is mustering enough votes to catapult Pres. Arroyo as speaker of the house. And if you read the story further (click newsinfo.inquirer.net link above), you will see that party vice president for membership, Prospero Pichay, is "confident" to get the support of Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) and Sen. Villar's Nacionalista Party (NP). Should we be wary? The campaign doesn't stop here. Let's call our congressmen and get more explanation out of this declaration made by Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

Posted via web from Bad Politics

Friday, May 14, 2010

Is HAPPY HORSE a Red Horse product?

Every time I have a customer looking for a 'Happy Horse' I couldn't help but laugh thinking people had to one too much Red Horse drinks until I saw this blog about the "legendary" beverage. Looking at the picture, you could definitely see why it's called a 'happy horse.' But take a second look, it looks nowhere near its original counter part: the horse image, the circular mark around the horse, the "Red Horse Beer" logo - it looks more and more like a fake beer. It begs the question now, "Doe San Miguel know about this and if so, are they authorizing it?" People swear that there's one happy horse bottle in a case of Red Horse Mucho (6 bottles) and they say this is 'special' because its alcohol content is higher. An urban legend that is shrouded by a mystery. I haven't seen one myself.

Posted via web from Cooling Station Beverage Store

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Facebook, Twitter, and Parents versus Kids

Parents need to learn about the sites and devices their kids want to use, and then set strong boundaries. If you don’t know what something is or what it’s about, dive in and start using it.

I remember what Paul said to Timothy (1 Timothy 4:12) and what the definition is of being young back then was (It was age 40 and below!) when he was given that advice. I think age is nothing but a number and that parents are never too old to learn stuff this age is throwing at us. I always wonder what type of music my kid would like and if I would like it as well and learning from this piece, I really believe that we should be adventurous in learning new technology. It's fun and remember the lola in the 'Bayantel' commercial playing online games on her PC? I thought that was cool. Hip-ness has no age written on it and I can't wait my son to call me 'cool' 'cause by then I know we speak the same language and our relationship will grow stronger.

Posted via web from Born 1973

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Angara: Next president won’t get decisive majority

Angara felt the presidential candidates who were in the margins, like Sen. Richard Gordon and Nicanor Perlas, had the more “exciting” and “sound” ideas on how to move the country.

Even Sen. Angara (Pres. Arroyo's ally) thinks Sen. Gordon had more exciting ideas to propel the nation to progress in this next decade. We hope for the best for Sen. Gordon.

Posted via web from Mabuhay

May 10 Philippines Election (in pictures) - CNN iReport

My wife, my co-worker, and I went to the polling place early to make sure we avoid monstrous lines. I was very excited to see the Precinct Count Optical Scan or PCOS machine and how to fill up the ballot. Voting started pass 7:10 AM and I was impressed by the order the teachers and volunteers implemented to make sure voting is as easy and pain-free as possible. After I voted these are my observations:

Precinct numbers changed
I was assigned precinct number 0481-A when I registered in January 2009 but "accidentally" I found my name in another precinct (0454-A). This will be a horrible experience for voters who do not even know their precinct location.

Ballot shading area
The shading area is no bigger than 2mm x 3mm. And it was hard for me to train my felt tip marker and contain the shading within the area.

No privacy
The classroom tables were small and cramped and I could hardly fit myself (185lbs 5'8") with the ballot. It was tough voting and being careful in shading the tiny oval shaped area. Preferrably, the voting area should be arms length wide and option to stand.

I don't know how sensitive the ballot was so thinking about it was an additional stress but I think that's okay. I was sweating and I was afraid I could ruin the ballot just by moistening it.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience and I can't wait to see the result later. After voting, I now leave everything up to God. God bless the Philippines.

Posted via web from Born 1973

Saturday, May 8, 2010

If Noynoy gets elected: What role would Chiz play?

After knowing what Noynoy plans to do if he wins the election, I wonder what role Chiz will play if Mayor Jejomar Binay wins the Vice Presidential spot. Does he know what will happen if an Aquino-Binay administration becomes a reality? I feel that if Binay wins, he will put Noynoy to the corner and compromise him and his administration.

Posted via web from Bad Politics

Aquino: I will share 80% of my powers with Roxas

A party insider said the new offer of power-sharing was Aquino’s way of appeasing his running mate, who was surprised at the offer he had made to Binay.

As if the news that Aquino will share 80% of his powers with Mar is not bad enough, out comes this news that cracks are showing between the much vaunted team tandem of Noynoy and Mar.

Aquino will share most of his powers as president to Mar making it a first in any politics. If that was an irresponsible statement, then it would only mean that this is a preview of what Noynoy can say during his term, which will be refuted by his cabinet - especially his powerful VP.

The National election is a day away and Noynoy-Mar voters don't know about this. They wouldn't know that they've been had should this happen because they're hoping for a leader that turned out to be a figurine, a statue, a front. (To read the article in full, click on manilastandardtoday.com link above.)

Posted via web from Bad Politics

What?!! Noynoy said this?

I am sharing 50 percent to 80 percent of the job (of the presidency) with my one and only partner Mar Roxas, and I am offering him not just one, but several portfolios in an oversight capacity.

I can't believe Noynoy Aquino is already saying that he will share fifty to eighty percent of his presidential power once elected. What kind of presidency would we have? What's left of the twenty percent of his duties? The parties? The state dinners? The laborious detail of signing documents (laws)? Pardon my statement but we would be a fool to vote for a president who is not only delegating power but have plans to actually hand it over to Sen. Mar Roxas.

What if Binay wins? Will he share? God forbid. That's so irresponsible. Read more by clicking the link of tribuneonline.org.

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Who are not my senators and why

There are candidates and re-electionists I feel should not even be considered in this coming fifteenth congress. These are:

1. Bong Revilla, Ramon Bautista Jr. - You read that right. He recently changed his last name to, perhaps, give him that name recognition edge on the ballot. But what is a name recognition when you can't even pass a bill in the senate? See his un-accomplishments.
2. Lapid, Manuel 'Lito' - His bio reads, "His proven track record as a champion of the masses"  , it makes you wonder what track record they speak of. They forget that this actor-senator is a contemporary of Pres. Joseph Estrada in the movies, which makes him the "champion of the masses." Look at his accomplishment and see if our tax money is worth his time in that legislative floor.
3. De Venecia, Joey - He is part of the ZTE scandal and continues to lie that he meant to expose the anomalies of the ZTE-Abalos-Arroyo scandal whereas he exposed it because he lost the bid. You ask me, he has vendetta written all over his campaign.
4. Lim, Danilo and Ariel Querubin - I question their eligibility. The Senate is a law body and I don't see the Sen. Raffy Biazon in them. The outgoing senator has done his homework and I just don't see what they will be doing on the floor. What would make them fight for my children's cause if the very first thing they embodied was rebellion? They went against the administration but that does not make them my leader in the senate.
5. Satur Ocampo and Lisa Maza - Progressive militant candidates that coalesced with the Bongbong Marcos in the Villar senate line up. What's up with that? They're a sell-out. They don't stand up for they are fighting for. Boo.

The other senatorial candidates did not make my list because they're not known and I don't feel that they stand for something. If you want to read who I will vote for and would be planning to vote for, click here.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

How would you vote? Here are my senators.

These are my candidates and would-be candidates in the national election:

Because of accomplishments:
1. Ralph Recto - no one love his eVAT but it helped the nation avoid recession.
2. Sen. Johnny Enrile - if it weren't for him, mobile phone companies wouldn't be giving users longer talk time and phone usage values.
3. Serge Osmeña - Should I say more? Read here his accomplishments: http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/sosmena_bio.asp
4. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago - My president before; brilliant woman; a statesman and we need her wisdom. These are her accomplishments
5. Tito Sotto III - You might I'm joining the showbiz bandwagon but when you ask me what politician is effective in dealing with drugs, Sen. Tito Sotto III comes to mind. His accomplishments.

Because we need them
1. Ruffy Biazon - His character, impeccable; His work is admirable
2. Riza Honitveros - She opens her mouth and she makes sense.
3. Alex Lacson - Authored a book; he embodies my dreams for a progressive and righteous living Filipino.
4. Nereus Acosta - A come-backing politician (congressman) of Bukidnon and will represent the teachers and the improvement of our education (at least that's what his political ads say of him). A well respected academician. His profile.

Candidates I'm still praying for - I need three more to complete my senate list:
1. Sonia Roco - Does being the wife of a great statesman enough for you to be on the senate floor?
2. Jinggoy Estrada - I observed his work and when he speaks, he makes sense. His bio reads, "he introduced 289 bills and resolutions, two hundred forty-nine (249) of which were primarily authored by him. He took law at the Lyceum University while serving as Vice Mayor back then. He deserves a second look. We'll see. His work.
3. Kata Inocencio - I know she's an Evangelical Christian like me but I'm still assessing whether she'll be effective in the senate. I'm 80% convinced she's worth given a chance. Her short bio says she will be focusing her strength in passing laws that will protect women and children further. An attention that should never wane. Her biography.
4. Bongbong Marcos Jr. - Is he an effective politician much like his dad? Is he effective in his work? I read his accomplishments and he seems to focus in making the Philippines a proud nation in the eyes of the world. Let his work/s speak about it.
5. Adel Tamano - Promising at best but he gained prominence by being the spokesperson of the United Opposition, which was headed by VP Candidate Binay. He belongs to another team, Villar-Legarda. His youth may prove to be his strength and he may be given that chance. We'll see. His biography
6. Pia Cayetano - Synonymous to triathlon races and biking but I never heard of her accomplishments until I got to read her senate bio. I almost placed her in the "People that should not be back in the senate" list because she seemed to be doing more outdoor activities than staying put in the senate floor doing the work of a senator. I'll be praying if she should be in my list of twelve senators. Her work.
7. Gwendolyn Pimental - Daughter of senate's old man, Nene Pimentel. She took law and public administration courses. It makes you wonder if Sen. Pimentel was really prepping her to replace him during this time. She seems capable and reading her biography, she will be specializing in uplifting children's welfare.
8. Franklin Drilon - The former Senate President of the 12th Congress that was touted to be the action senate that passed a lot of bills under his watch. Praised by many fellow senators. I may need another elder statesman in the list. We'll see. His biography.
9. Yasmin Busrao Lao - Of the three muslim candidates I read, she is the one that makes more sense. She's an accomplished public servant and she will champion the cause of our brothers in Mindanao. Her biography.

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Fully Booked overlooked this one

I called the attention of one store clerk at Fully Booked in Bonifacio Global City (BGC). I said that there's a product that should not be in a place where kids are.

He followed me and led him to a section where this book, "Tweak" by Nic Sheff rests. It's by the children's books where my kid hangs out with his nannie every time we visit the place.

"It's a Young Adults book, sir." the clerk politely answered.

The well-meaning clerk probably answered me according to what his superiors ordered him to do and he stacked it himself but this is where Fully Booked erred big time. The whole area is for kids and majority of the people visiting the place are kids and their parents. If the clerk answered me that the books is geared towards parents, I would've shut up but since the book was geared towards young adults then this critically claimed book has no business being in the children's section.

This is where context is important and Fully Booked staff should apply that rule - all the time.

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Jollibee's New Sausage & Egg Pandesal

Warning: This review may be a spoiler. Do not read if you want to try the new product yourself. This product was bought via Drive-thru at Jollibee C-5 at a Shell Gas Station before the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig on-ramp. Picture was take using a Nokia 3110c Blue phone.

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Shine when no one is looking

What would you do if you found Php14,720,000.00 in a box lying around near a money-teller machine with no one looking? Tempting right? One man from Jeddah exactly did what was the right thing to do - return it. He found US$320,000.00 in cold cash and returned it immediately. This story speaks volumes about Lark Michael B. Colegado's character. He did the right thing even when no one was looking. This story may be old but the quality this story possess is timeless. Like many Filipinos, we applaud this kind of quality for a Better Filipino in us.

IT'S IN THE BIBLE! Check this out. Mr. Colegado didn't just learn the honesty trait from his parents. There's a huge possibility that his parents got it from scriptural words like these that just helps them from their day-to-day life. Like Lark Michael, Job is living in adversity but despite poor odds they both chose to do the right thing.
I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live. (Job 27:6)

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Environment-friendly drinks

If you're into environment-interested consumer, like we are, check out these new sodas that have not reached Philippine shores. It would be good to have this done locally and it is our hope that creative and aspiring business-minded Filipinos will help make this kind of cola possible in this country. Cooling Station will be the first one to make this kind of product available to consumers in our neighborhood.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Like UK, RP should reject voting 'tactically'

Citizens of the United Kingdom will be voting hours from now and the parliamentary leaders they will bring to power will decide who will be the next Prime Minister.

I agree to former Prime Minister Blair's assertion that voters should not vote tactically just because the other options are not 'popular.' That is exactly what is happening now as voters I talked to will prefer Noynoy because their candidate will not win the elections. Blair said that voters should go for what they "believe in." He added, "If you think their policies are good, vote for them, but if you don't, don't." It's that simple.

Voters who believe in their candidates should stick to their candidates if they believe in them. I said it in my posts that you should vote because you know, NOT because you think you know. If you vote for the other candidate because of survey results and the bandwagon effect, then you don't even know why you should be voting for to begin with. And if you don't even know why and who you should be voting to begin with then you need to pray. Because as citizens, it is our right and responsibility every six years to voice our gripes and opinions and this can be heard through the ballot. Please don't waste your vote. Please don't vote tactically.

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RP gets int'l award for ‘Ondoy’ efforts

It's good to be a Filipino when you read matters like this and it would be good for all of us to reflect the same spirit in the face of challenges our COMELEC is facing if we help them make their job work better despite setbacks and challenges. Let's bring out the BAYANIHAN and MABUHAY spirit now. (to read the story, click on the gmanews.tv link below the image)

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Still undecided on May 10? Let this help.

According to the 7-Election website sponsored by 7-Eleven (duh) there's still a lot of undecided voters in the upcoming May 10 elections. If you happen to be one of 'em then let the Movement for Good Governance help you decide. They have this template with three questions only to help you make that decision who to vote for. Check it out that template and their website here.

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GORDON For President FB/Twitter Profile Pics

We have one week to go and I'm stepping up my personal campaign. Let the whole nation know that Sen. Gordon is an excellent choice to be the Philippines' next president. Six years is a no joke matter when it comes to the nation's progress. Kritikal ang susunod na mga taon at hindi lamang kalinisan ng gobyerno ang kailangan natin. We need someone who knows how to lead and is a visionary that will catapult this nation to the next ten years. We need the likes of Sen. Gordon who never faced any corruption scandal in his life and has proven what leadership can do in the face of crisis and we're in a crisis situation.

Choose your avatar for your Facebook and let the whole Philippines know who should they be voting for.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Coping with our May 2010 Meralco Bill

Meralco just sent our store's electric bill the other day and it was shocking - Php9,783.30 for the month of April! Can you believe that? So the very first thing I told my crew was to control the use of the ice cream freezer.

I studied what was going on and this is what I found out. First, I realized that my average usage per month since late last year was 663 Kilowatt hour (Kwh). The store maintains an ice cream freezer, a tall two-door soda cooler, a shorter beverage cooler and a decent amount of lights. This was enough, I thought. However, we used 738 Kwh this month or 75 Kwh more than the average. I calculated the amount per Kwh this month and I realized it was Php13.26/Kwh. That's high I thought.

Out of curiosity, I computed how much per Kwh last month was and found out it was Php11.20/Kwh only. What shocked me though was when I found out that our October 2009 bill was only Php9.01/Kwh. Since I could not do anything much to control what Meralco is charging right now so I thought I should be changing things within my control. So the wisest thing to do right now is to set aside an amount from daily sales so I can be best prepared for these type of things.

The bill says that my store is consuming an amount of Php163 per day on electricity. I think it will be wiser to set aside an amount of Php200/day just to be sure. Overkill? Just being wiser for the rainy season (no pun intended).

Having cost-cutting measures in place and setting aside a budget, the only one thing left to do is to make promotions that would increase sales volume of Cooling Station. We'll just hope that the rate of electricity will go down next month. For now, I control what I can control to make sure my budget doesn't bleed.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fast forward twenty years later: Meralco

If you recall the days when the government controlled the land’s utility companies, it was one of the toughest times. I remember how it was tough to get phones connected at our location or how hard it was to pay bills conveniently.


Not anymore to this day.


I took a picture of the Meralco payment center (electricity distributor), which were located minutes away where I live.  The utilities company, which was used to be controlled and managed by the Marcos Administration is operating far better now. Meralco is now run by the Lopezes who owns the biggest television network in the country, ABS-CBN. The Lopezes happen to be one of the staunchest enemies of the Marcoses. It’s a bitter-sweet justice for the Lopez family if you ask me.


They run the business professionally as you can see here in the pictures and accountability is realistic because complaints are heard and improvements are periodically done to ensure quality of services it offers.

Acknowledgement: (meralco building photo) http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=627616&page=37

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Simple instructions we can't even follow

 “Please park facing the wall.”

It’s clear right? The instructions were written for a good reason and these instructions were written at a posh parking lot underneath Serendra mall in Taguig City. But lo and behold, drivers don’t follow simple and clear instructions. If we want a better nation why not start following instructions. It goes well with respect.

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Wow. The new Coke 'Litro' bottle?

Probably but it’s not. It’s the new Coca Cola 1-Liter bottle that Coke Philippines released recently. It’s the famous classic design that brings to mind the nostalgia that made the Coke bottle shape culturally popular.

If you’re a Coke aficionado, a collector, an interior designer who fancies retro design, then you can grab this Coke bottle from our store at The Cooling Station. It’s a great memento for those who appreciate this cultural icon.

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Why some people are voting for Noynoy

“Who are you going to vote on May 10?”






“I don’t want to waste my vote.”


This is the common phrase I hear now. I dug deeper and got these answers (you are probably one of either two profiles): they have a “losing” candidate who never topped a survey or they don’t want Sen. Villar to win.


I wrote in earlier blogs that people seem to choose Noynoy because of he’s an “Aquino.” He is the son of the well-loved former president Cory Aquino and assassinated Sen. Ninoy Aquino. So what? We don’t seem to know the consequences of our actions? To many, it’s like a pageant where you bet for the more popular candidate. But will popularity put food on our table?


Others will vote “Aquino” because they don’t want Sen. Villar to win. The latter has unanswered allegations of corrupt practices reminiscent of President Marcos and President Arroyo.


Seriously, isn’t our family’s interest more important? Which of the nine candidates want a better health care system, or one who cares for the environment? Which of them wants to strengthen food security and promote free education?


Don’t vote for Sen. Villar – good! Why Sen. Aquino? What has he done as a senator? Check the Senate website and look for bills he authored. And people who will vote for him said they don’t want to waste their vote. It’s already wasted the moment they vote for him for the wrong reasons.




Sen. Aquino’s accomplishment record: http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/aquino_noynoy_bio.asp#iframe_height=300

His campaign platform of governance: http://www.noynoy.ph/v3/platform.php


Sen. Villar's accomplishment record: http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/villar_bio.asp

Sen. Villar’s unanswered allegations in congress: C-5 road scandal and Vista Land scandal

His campaign platform of governance: found on Philippine Online Chronicle, but not in his campaign website

Acknowledgement: Noynoy photo

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Sen. Aquino's senate biography sounds more like a PR piece

If you read Senator Aquino's biography, a good fifty percent talks about his parents, their legacy, and their vision. If you read Senator Aquino's biography, you will think that you're reading his campaign website - not his resume. Where's his accomplishments? I don't understand why this website's administrators allow this material to be published here in this context? (click link above to read his biography)

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Philippine Star: 20,800 soldiers, cops vote manually today

Does the Philippines, which has a 90M population (2008), have 19,000 soldiers only? That's what this news is trying to reflect in today's issue of the Philippine Star. That's only .02 of 1% or 1 soldier per 4,736 people if you think about it. That's crazy. If that's not reflective of the total number of soldiers this country has then what is? Also, if that is the case, then how come there's not a lot of soldiers voting?

This number is not encouraging and it's just reflecting how bad our national security is. There should be more respect in this type of profession and we should give more premium in our personal security in this season of terrorism and extremism.

Source: Philippine population: http://www.google.com/publicdata?ds=wb-wdi&met=sp_pop_totl&idim=country:PHL&dl=en&hl=en&q=philippines+population

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Philippine Star: 20,800 soldiers, cops vote manually today

Does the Philippines, which has a 90M population (2008), have 19,000 soldiers only? That's what this news is trying to reflect in today's issue of the Philippine Star. That's only .02 of 1% or 1 soldier per 4,736 people if you think about it. That's crazy. If that's not reflective of the total number of soldiers this country has then what is? Also, if that is the case, then how come there's not a lot of soldiers voting?

This number is not encouraging and it's just reflecting how bad our national security is. There should be more respect in this type of profession and we should give more premium in our personal security in this season of terrorism and extremism.

Source: Philippine population: http://www.google.com/publicdata?ds=wb-wdi&met=sp_pop_totl&idim=country:PHL&dl=en&hl=en&q=philippines+population

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Showing you care for your child

"Obey, Kye." I made a boo-boo not understanding what Kye was saying after I took him to our bedroom and into his crib as I asked him to apologizes for his misbehavior...

Side note
Kye, in his very young age of one year and four months, understands relationships to a lot of things and how some things work. My wife and I demonstrate things we want him to understand almost everyday and he surprises us his keen understanding of so many things. This instance of not following my words is something that happened before and he immediately apologizes and/or nods or turns his head to things he agrees, disagrees, etc.

... No answer. He looks away from me and seems to ignore. This charade lasted for more than ten minutes until I asked my wife to take over as he cries and cries.

I realized later from my wife that he got poop in his diaper and he wanted it changed but his dad didn't understand what was going on.

In short he went to sleep upset so after he woke up with me staring at him with regret and apology - he started to cry.

I had to make him understand that I'm sorry and with his mom's suggestion to play with his favorite toy - our red 2005 Kia Picanto - he obliged immediately and clung to me wearing only his diapers. (See pictures)

It was a hard lesson for me to understand with what my son was trying to say but like a child's heart - he forgave me - not because of favorite red car toy - but because he was willing to let go of what's hindering us and find a common ground to enjoy the time and bond all the more for the interest of this family relationship. It was a good day like any other day.

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