Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Jonas Tag

I usually do not respond to tags but since I started responding to some so here’s another tag from my friend and fellow Komikero Jonas.

Instructions

Each player starts with 7 random habits/facts about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!

Seven Random Things

I am an engineer. I am a blogger. I am an artist. I am a programmer. I am a businessman. I am a choir member. I am a leader.

Age: 27 years old
Band you’re listening to right now: Maroon 5
Career: Engineer, Programmer. Artist, Writer, Businessman, Blogger
Drink or smoke: Drink but don’t smoke
Easiest friends to talk to: Pao and Butch
Favorite food: Fried Chicken
Gummy bears or gummy worms: Gummy worms
Have a girlfriend: None
In love: Yup, still can't let go after the break-up
Junk food you like: Choko-choko
Kids: Not sure
Longest ride ever: Davao to Manila
My nicknames: Henry, Butsoy, Butch, Tsoy, Baki
Name for your next kid: No plans yet
One wish you have now: Strength from God
Phobias: Afraid of roaches
Quote: Therefore I am
Reason to smile: Smile from a love one
Sleeping time: Anytime from 12 MN to 3 AM
Time you wake up: Anytime from 5 to 6 AM
Unknown fact about you: I collect powders
Vegetable you hate: Ampalaya
Worst habit: Staring at people’s faces
X-rays you’ve had: Chest x-rays
Yummy food: Any type of chicken food
Zodiac sign: Taurus

I tag the following people: Gerry, Ymon, Aryo, Ham, Ayel, Icka and Edwin.

AquaDom in Berlin

I’d like to share to you an e-mail I received from my officemate Charlene. This is about an aquarium, a very special aquarium that can only be seen in Berlin, Germany. Hotels in Berlin are aplenty but it doesn’t stop them in creating another one and place a gigantic aquarium right in the heart of Radisson SAS Hotel. The aquarium is called the AquaDom.

Here are the pictures that accompany the e-mail:

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AquaDom is the largest cylindrical aquarium ever built and it is about 25 meters high, has a diameter over 11 meters, built on 9 meters high foundation and filled with about 900,000 liters of seawater and it contains some 2,600 fishes of 56 species. If you are a hotel guest you can see through the aquarium because of its sandblasted glass which gives you a transparent like feeling. There’s more, you can travel through the middle of the aquarium because of its glass-enclosed elevator. Beneath is a restaurant under the aquarium’s glass floor and some rooms look over the atrium to have an ocean feel kind of look at the aquarium. The aquarium has two full-time divers that clean the aquarium interior and feed the fishes. This sight is really breathtaking even in the pictures, how much more if you are really there.

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The AquaDom costs about 12.8 million euros and Reynolds Polymer Technology built it. It was open last December 2003.

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If given the chance I’d like to visit Berlin, even if you won’t stay at this particular hotel you can still drop by and see the AquaDom. Hotels in Berlin are abundant and you can even have a much cheaper hotel that fits your budget over the net than getting one direct from your local travel agent. You may also visit Vienna if you have extra time and hotels in Vienna are also easy to find over the internet. And mind you, you can save more if you book online and there are a lot of different kinds of hotels in Vienna. Happy trip everyone.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Constant Traveling

I can say that somehow am very fortunate to be able to travel a lot of places here in my own country. I came from Kidapawan and was able to work all the way up to Baguio City. Though we don’t have enough (financially) I am privilege to be able to travel to different locations in the Philippines because I was a school varsity. When ever there are games and inter-school sports competition the school sends me to wherever the event is because I am an athlete and I bring honor to the school every time we won in a competition. I graduated in Davao, took my ECE licensure exam in Cebu, and took my oath as an engineer in Manila. I was able to visit the pineapple plantation in Polomoloc, travel the beaches of Bohol and spend months as an apprentice in Baguio. No matter how many places I already visited there are still more place that I have to visit, more places to explore and more treasure to find.


Traveling here and abroad can be a very good experience but can also turn out to be your worst nightmare if you are not ready. When I was about 6 years old, it was my first trip to Mt. Apo and I was so excited. I didn’t plan that much because my dad took care of (almost) everything. Everything went smoothly until the day we must go back from the trip. My dad didn’t expect it to rain that hard and it’s already getting dark. It is impossible to cross the river because the rocks that we are supposed to use as a bridge are already under the water. Then we decided to stay at the riverbanks because it is much difficult to go climb back to the nearest camp site. The area that we are in is so small that we all decided to stay really close to each other and hugged each other and place the tent all over our head. It was a very cold night but it was ok because that moment I felt how much my mom and dad love and care for me. They hugged me and place me in the middle so I’ll get most of the heat even though part of their bodies are still soaking wet. Then at first light we continued our journey back home. It was both a very hard experience for me but also one of the best memories that I shared with my parents.


When we travel, especially to a place that we are not familiar it really pays to have a travel guide. Just to make sure that you have someone who knows the place well. Travel guides help you lessen your worries and just focus on enjoying your trip. The reason, in the first place, why you travel is to enjoy and relax and if you are lost in an unfamiliar place then how can you enjoy your vacation right? Aside from a travel guide you must also have enough and extra money in case a need arises, after all, you are not really sure what going to expect when you are there. You must also inform someone about your trip and how to contact you, again if something wrong happens different from your plans. Bring medicines and extra clothing and also try to search information about the place to visit just to be sure. Traveling really is one thing that I love to do and I’m sure most if you too.


If given the chance (and more resources at hand), I’d love to explore more places here in my country and of course places abroad that I’d love to go to and share my experience. Traveling can be fun, exciting but most important educating. By traveling you’ll be able to learn and understand why people do what they do and be able to understand cultural differences. Someday, I’ll know I’ll add another place on my list of places that I’ve been and I’ll share it with you guys here in my blog.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Credit Cards

I am currently looking for the best available credit cards today. I’d like to have one because I’m definitely going to use it in times that I don’t have enough cash in case I am in need of it like emergencies. You’ll never know what’s going to happen so it would be better to be prepared even if you don’t need it at time that you have none when the need arises. There are a lot of banks offering credit cards out there and what I’ll have to do is to pick one which I think would suit me the best.

My friends often told me that there are a lot of cases wherein they face a lot of problems because they are not able to pay their credit card debts. I ask them how come they aren’t able to pay it on time. There are a lot of reasons. Some used their credit cards on things that they don’t really need and (often times) ending up on regretting of using it to purchase those items. I have this one friend who had to go to abroad to earn a much greater income to pay for his credit card debt. He sacrifices a lot and he even ended breaking up with his girlfriend because both of them can’t stand the long distance relationship thing. Imagine, he has to go through all that just to pay for his debts. Well, good move for him because he was able to pay all his debts and was able to go back here in the Philippines but the bad news is that he was not able to win back his ex-girlfriend’s heart. Well, I think one should use their credit card wisely to avoid these kinds of problems, right?

In US alone there a number of bad credit consumers, how much more in the rest of the world. Now BadCreditOffers.com are opening their doors to help people who are in this kind of situation to get back on their feet again, financially. These people don’t need to follow my friend’s footsteps in working abroad anymore. This site can be a great help to people with bad credit because instead of grabbing the first opportunity of having a credit card again they can still look for a better one because BadCreditOffers.com offers them a wide range of credit cards to choose from. Then you can compare which you think the type of card that suites you. Aside from helping bad credit consumers in choosing the right credit card, they also have home loans, auto loans, and personal loans in case you need any one of them. Probably the best this site can offer is the credit repair - list of other sites which can help you depending on your needs like improving your credit score or consolidating your debt or online debt counseling. Now that the list of bad credit consumers are on the rise, BadCreditOffers.com is the right place to go to when you need help on your debt.

As for me, I’ll have to set my mind that I must only use my credit card (if I get one) on things that I need the most and not spend it on all the things that I want. Maybe, this will help me to avoid ending up having a huge debt and not able to pay for it. But for now, I will concentrate first on getting my own credit card.

Dreaming Of London

Dreaming of London, yes, I am dreaming of London and I really want to visit the place. I think it is the one of the best places in the world. The mix of ancient and modern eras is very visible in the streets and architecture around the area. The people can express themselves in any way they want (as long as they’re not hurting themselves and others) and are not bounded by undeclared rules and critical eyes of very suspicious people like in most places here in my country. London also homes some of the great people in the world (some are locals and some migrated to the place). I really want to have it check by my own eyes if the place really is what I envisioned it to be.


If you want to visit London,
London accommodation is not a problem as it is available all year round. If you are too busy and always on the go, and find no time to book yourself you can always log online to search for the best London accommodation available. You could even get a much better and cheaper price over the internet as to go to travel agencies. London accommodation is plenty, so it is not a worry.


If I’ll be in London, the places that I wouldn’t want to miss are the following: National Portrait Gallery, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London on Thames River, Science Museum, London Eye, National Gallery, British Museum, Tate Modern, Westminster Abbey and of course I’d like to take a peek at the famous London Bridge. If that day will come that I’ll be in London, I’ll definitely makes the most of my stay there.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Desktop Tagged By Gerry

Here's my desktop.


Yup, shown are my drawings and covers of our indie komics. I am going to tag Cheryl, Meryl, Reigh, Andy and Pao as the tag requires to tag other 5 people. Here are the rules:

1.Upon receiving this tag, immediately perform a screen capture of your desktop. It is best that no icons be deleted before the screen capture so as to add to the element of fun.

2.Post the picture in your blog. You can also give a short explanation on the look of your desktop just below it if you want. You can explain why you preferred such look or why is it full of Icons, things like that.

3.Tag five of your friends and ask them to give you a Free View of their desktop as well.

Dream Tour

If given the chance I’d like to travel around the world and European trip would be the highlight of that dream tour. There is something about Europe that excites me – its culture, tradition and history. Places like London, Dublin, Rome, Barcelona, Prague and some other places in Europe that seems so old and full of mystery. Ancient Europe really intrigues me. When you are there you can day dream all day of being a prince or a chevalier on a mission and you’ll search the whole of Europe just to rescue your princess in distress. Isn’t that exciting?

My aunt Even before moving to the US is fortunate enough to tour some parts of Europe. She said she did have a lot of fun and most people she meet (whether tourists or locals) are really nice to her.
Accommodation was not an issue for they are plenty and so easy to book especially online. She even met another Filipina who now live in Poland and stayed there for a couple of days. It is true that most of Europe is able to preserve their architectures, cultures and traditions but it is now very modern. People there love to party, shop and stroll. Whatever you might need could be found there easily. You name it they got it. She told me that her European tour was a “dream come” true.

Lucky for her she was able to fulfill one of her dreams, as for me I have to be patient. Who knows this dream of mine might come true too.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Hide And Seek

One of my major problem (actually all of us housemates) with renting and living in a boarding house is not having our very own mailboxes. Imagine I have to ask everyone every time if there’s a mail for me and sometimes I got tired of asking and assume that there’ll be no letter for me when actually there’s one. You follow me? It is really hard for all of us not to have our very own residential mailboxes.

There was one time when I am applying for a certain job and they told me that they’ll let me know if I am able to get the job or not through letter or a phone call. Weeks went by and I still haven’t heard anything from them yet so I assume that they’re not interested to hire me. Only to find out after two months that I actually got a letter from that company and apparently my new board mate didn’t know what my real name was and assume that no one in our boarding house with that name lives there. Isn’t that frustrating?

There was also an incident with one of my housemate, he was expecting to receive a letter from one of his clients and weeks also went by and no letter came from his client. Then after a month or so he saw the letter in the rubbish bin outside the boarding house. No one in the house bothered to check the letter if who it was addressed to.

These incidents lead all of us staying in the boarding house to look for commercial mailboxes that we could purchase to resolve our current issue. This is a serious problem for us and we must address it accordingly the soonest. Actually even in the internet you could find high quality mailboxes that fit you. Some even offers affiliate programs which pays you $20.00 just by signing up so how come mailboxes are everywhere except in our boarding house?

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Yahoo! Gerry? Is that you? Yohoo?


I am about to check my e-mail on
Yahoo! when I noticed on the Video portion of the page is a photo of my friend and fellow Komikero Gerry. What?! What is he doing there? Hahaha. Sikat na talaga kaibigan ko. Pati sa Yahoo! nakapaskil na photo niya. Congrats!? Oo naman, sikat ka na kaya pwede na kita batiin ng: Congratulations!

Glorietta Tragedy

Last Friday I was e-mailed by Andy (a classmate in college and friend) who works in Makati Center and I was told about a blast in Glorietta. The first thing that pops my head is “Not Again.” Yes, because earlier this year or late last year, I can’t recall the exact date, however, I was inside Glorietta going to Park Square to go to Jac Ting Lim’s office to bring my Emma Frost comics that she decided to buy from me, when I’ve noticed there was smoke everywhere and it’s really hard to breath. Then we were told that something happened to one of the kitchens of some restaurant and we must evacuate the site immediately to the nearest exit. Then when I am near the exit, a lot of people outside are trying to check what happened inside because apparently they are wondering why we were rushing out away from the mall and how come they weren’t allowed to enter. Luckily for me that incident wasn’t as big as what happened last Friday. Luckily for me, I was in the office busy debugging my program for errors. Luckily for me, me and my family were safe. I can say I was lucky because I am a mall rat and usually Glorietta is one mall I can’t resist not to go to. Life would never be the same for those people and their family who, unlucky and unfortunate, were killed and injured during the blasts. I am so shocked upon hearing the news that I stared at my computer for quite a while. It could have been me. It could have been one of my family members. It could have been any one of use safe who loves to stroll about the mall.

The reason for the blast could have been the leaked LPG as what they are saying. We must check and re-check everything; especially those which we think are dangerous -safety first. It is really unfortunate that lives must be lost in such a horrible way. Imagine you go to the mall by yourself or with your friends and love ones to get together and have an enjoyable moment that you want to remember for the rest of your life and in an instant it will all end up as your worst nightmare. Life really can be lost in an instant.

Most of us are angered by these tragedies yet when a certain strict rule or law is being passed on us we get irritated because somehow it delays us like inspection of belongings and stuff. I think that it is best to undergo the inspections to be sure that to be sorry later on.

I hope that all families you have been victims to the tragedy will be ok even if nothing will be the same again. I ask God and pray that they will be guided and will be given strength to be able to accept things that they can no longer change. I pray for all our safety. I plea to those people out there to pray with me and give more time to their family because we never know what a second will bring to us all.

Online Poker With Mac

Many of us who are able to log online (whether in our own house or in some internet cafes) like to play online games too, right? Either just to entertain ourselves, just to relax, or we play because we have a certain passion for a particular online game. Sometimes it is hard to find a safe and reliable game over the internet, especially for the Mac users. One might spend hours just to search for one and might just end up disappointed because a certain online game failed to satisfy what you look for.

Internet, indeed, is a very powerful way of searching thousands and millions of information readily for the world to know in just a click or two of your handy mouse. Well, there is this certain website over the net that offers Mac users a safe and reliable online poker game. It is the Mac Poker. Mac Poker offers a lot of information about online poker - about its legality, security, and software that you could use to play the game. This is really great news for those who love the game. Imagine you could play your favorite online poker game on your own Mac computer. This is really a brilliant idea. I must comment the creator of this great innovation. Some types online poker games are Pacific Poker, FullTilt Poker, and the PokerStars. You could even have Poker Bonus if you register. If you browse through the website and try some of its links you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for and you could even discuss and exchange information or ideas through the forums. The site also offers recommendations, blogs and news all about Mac Poker online. If you want to look for an online poker game that you can trusts and has a very outstanding reputation then Mac Poker is the place for you.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Family Members Under One Light

I can still remember during my elementary days that we always experience brown outs. I think during that time in Kidapawan we have a short supply of electricity. There are times when I got home and we don’t have electricity or there are times the electricity suddenly cuts out while we were eating or when I am about to study my lessons for the exams the next day the lights suddenly turns off because there were no electricity supply. Then me and my brothers and sister would play hide and seek and try to scare each other out of our wits. My most favorite moment perhaps is when we are about to watch TV and it’s raining and suddenly there’s a brown out. It’s my favorite because every member of the family were there and we end up talking and telling stories together illuminated by a candle until we were tired or the candle burned out and will decide to go back to sleep. Those times were the some of the best times of my life.

Now that electricity seems to be abundant in Kidapawan, we tend to see each other less. My parents would spend most of the nights taking care of our resto-bar, my brother Myking and his wife Rachel take care of the 24-hr convenient store. I am here working in Manila, miles away from them. My sister Labing is in Davao attending college. Only my little brothers (Epoy and Spike) get to spend much time with each other. They are very close with each other. As much as I’d like to thank electricity for man’s advancement (we are now not short of
light during the night), I couldn’t help myself of reminiscing the good old days when we were spending the night together with just a candle light.

Imagine, before if we have no electricity I only used a candle to study. Now since electricity seems to be abundant we were no longer use candles for
lighting. There are different kinds of lamps available almost everywhere. You could get lamp shades, reading lamps, desk lamps, etc. You could even easily find affordable lamps over the internet like Farreys.com wherein almost all kinds of lamps and lightings you could find there. There is a wide range of choices. Unlike before, we don’t have any other choice but to use candles and gas powered lamps. Don’t you miss those times? How about you guys who grew up here in Manila, have you ever got to experience those moments like I did? I really think that I am lucky enough to experience those moments. Those moments make me think of how important it is to spend time with your family. Even though you don’t do anything special but by just being there is already enough to make your day or night. I really missed those moments.

Well, now that I am far and quite busy working away from my family, I treasure them more. We even get much closer because I tried to communicate with them as often as I can. Thanks to mobile phones and prepaid SIMs, calling and talking with your family is affordable now as compared to long distance calls. Guys make sure that you spend more time with your family. They are your treasure. Like God, even if everyone will turn their backs on you, you can be assured that family will always be there no matter what.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

My Presentation Went Very Well

Yesterday, I had a technical presentation from the 3 different departments here in BIR. I did a technical briefing and testing of the program. Before I started my boss gave the introduction and small information on what the system is all about. There are three parts of my presentation: the introduction; the technical briefing and testing of program; and the last part is the question and answer portion. If I may assess, overall the presentation went very well. There were a lot of questions and clarifications but most of the issues they raised are not part of my presentation and I no longer have the burden in solving some of those issues. Some are internal issues of their respective departments so I am not part of it already and since they asked for my opinion on some of those issues, I shared my thoughts.

After the presentation, I instructed them to try and check the program themselves using the generic username and password so that they will have the “feel” of how to use the system. If they see any errors or if they have suggestions then they could always tell me so that I could make some changes of the program.

I am very much happy of the result of my presentation because I am very excited to do it. To be able to discuss to them what I’ve created makes me forget all the hardships and all what I’ve been through just to be able to learn the programming language and finish the program.

Thank you God for helping me and giving me strength when I am about to give up and thanks for the people you send to help me with my job. I owe it all to You.

Next Destination: Amsterdam

If given the chance I would like to visit Amsterdam. I am quite intrigue what’s the city is like. I always here artists love to perform in Amsterdam so I’d like to see for myself the reason why people go there.

I looked up the internet some information about the largest city in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam is known for its canal system. I’d like to ride a boat and roam all over the city through its canal. I can imagine myself in a boat ride in these canals with my love one while listening to a sweet melody. How romantic.


I learned that Amsterdam is the central business district of the Netherlands so this is a very rich city. Not to mention that the city’s stock exchange is part of the world’s oldest stock exchange – the Euronext. I think I am going to enjoy the city if I am going to visit it. It has a very rich culture. And if you are into music, poetry, and plays this city is a must visit for you. Imagine in this city you’ll find the famous work of Rembrandt displayed at the Rijksmuseum. You could also found a museaun there that is dedicated for Van Gogh’s work (Van Gogh stayed at Amsterdam for a while) and in fact it houses the biggest collections of his work. Perhaps, the place that I would really love to visit there is the famous Anne Frank House which you could see stuff dedicated for her and her story. I’d really like to visit Amsterdam someday.


A place to stay or
Amsterdam accomodation is not hard to look for too. In fact, from my research, cheap hotels are just a click of your mouse away. There are lots of discount hotels that gives you the best hotel deals. Well, we can say that if hotels in Amsterdam is out of the budget then a place to stay and much cheaper is not a problem for Amsterdam lodging is abundant in the city. Thanks to the internet.


It’s also not hard to roam arround the city because it is a bicycle-friendly place and you could even rent one. The government also discourages the use of vehicles so it is really safe to use bikes and you won’t fear of accidents that much caused by cars or the like. So without worrying too much about it you could enjoy better your visit to the place. Trip to
Amsterdam would also be a great bonding idea for the entire family.

Light My World

Aside from being an engineer, a programmer and an indie comic artist, I also work in 2D animation and some of the projects that I am part of are “I Got A Rocket,” “Land Before Time,” and “Fantastic Four.” One thing that is most important for us artists is light. Yes, the light. Without it, it would be hard, if not impossible, for us to draw. There are two basic lights that we use that without it we’re in big trouble. The first is the light under the table or the table lamp or what is commonly known is the light box. The second is the overhead lamp, the kid of lamps that you use when you are studying or lamps that you use on your bed side table or much commonly known as desk lamps. These two types or lighting or lamps are very important to us artists.

There are times that you have a lot of pages of drawings to create and you must go home to bath or eat, or whatever important reason why you must go home, you bring your drawings at home. Below this paragraph is a photo of mine, showing how I draw at home. Yes, I am having a very difficult time finishing all the drawings and not to mention that I must produced the best quality of drawing or else my drawing will all be rejected. Consequently, all my effort will end just for naught. The area where I draw is a big issue, though it would be great if I can have a drawing table of my own. But my problem is with the
lighting. You see I am using two colors of light - the orange and the white colored lights. It sores my eyes and stressed my eyes so much that I am usually having migraines in between and after work. The result is that I won’t be able to work the next day.

There are actually a lot of lamps or lighting available on the store but it’s hard for me to look for the best quality at an affordable price that fits a small time artist like me. So I log online and search the web for advice on what light works best for me. I came across Farreys.com page on the net offers a wide range of type of lamps and lightings of almost all brands at a very affordable prices. You could simply pick and choose what you want. If that’s not enough there was a search bar there where you could type what kind of lamps you are looking for. Yes, very convenient indeed. It helps me a lot in finding the suitable lighting for me. The next time I might need a lamp or lighting like lamp shades perhaps, I will just visit Farreys.com for advice and inspiration on what to choose.

Calling Home From Abroad

Aunt Even is currently in the US now and she spends a lot in calling us here in the Philippines. Being alone in the land of milk and honey, she gets lonely at times so she calls us here to somehow ease the loneliness she’s feeling. On one occasion when she called me we discuss how much she spends in a single call and I was shocked on how much it actually costs and she’s having a hard time looking for a phone card that fits her budget.. I told my aunt that I am going to search the internet to help her find a much cheap phone card to call us here from the US.

While surfing the internet, I came across
Pingo. For those who haven’t heard about Pingo, it is a global brand of virtual calling cards at a very low and affordable cost. If you visit their site (www.pingo.com) and sign up you will receive $5 worth of free calls. Pingo assures you that there will be no hidden fees. They also offer special phone card blog discount coupon: “ppp3” valid for $3 off Pingo. Isn’t it great? I think this is really a big help for our relatives who are calling us here from abroad.

There’s more! Aside from what I mentioned earlier, Pingo offers Business and Family plan, Rate Watcher, Pingo Mobiles (which helps you save as much as to 90% on your international phone calls), calling card affiliate program, and Pingo’s network is said to be reliable which delivers over 1.1 billion international cards in just one month. If that’s how many cards they deliver, it simply means that many people trust Pingo and they are enjoying the benefits they get from both of their international calling cards and prepaid calling cards.

I am definitely telling my aunt regarding this discovery I make. By using Pingo she will be able to call us more often because it will definitely be in her budget. The more she’s going to save, the more calls she’s going to make. She won’t be that much lonely out there and we won’t miss a single adventure she made in her stay in the US.



Disclosure: This post is made possible by
Pingo.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Away From Home in Christmas?

Christmas is just around the corner and I am not yet sure if I am able to go home during the holidays. Not to mention the other upcoming events like Halloween and other celebrations. You see I am now assigned in BIR and they have work in between Christmas and New Year Celebration. I really want to go home but my schedule does not permit me. I do have the same situation when I used to work at the call center before. But I went home to the province (Kidapawan) a day before Christmas Day and went back here in Manila two days after the Christmas Day celebration. As much as I’d like to stay longer, I can’t. There’s work waiting for me in Manila. I miss a lot of birthdays and celebrations. That’s the price I always pay for working away from my family to give them a better future in return. How I wish I could go home during the holidays.

Unlike the Call Center, I could go home if I want to but the problem is I don’t have leaves. If I decide to go back, BIR won’t pay for the days that I am going to spend in Kidapawan. Yes, I am not a regular employee in BIR so I don’t have the same privilege and benefits like the regular employees are enjoying. This means that no work, no pay. Sigh.

I am now thinking if I should go home or just buy my parents, brothers, and sister
gifts. I would be able to save more if I would just buy them gifts. I know it would be much better that I am there during these celebrations but if I can’t help it, giving them gifts would somehow suffice for my absence.

What do you think the best gifts I could give my family this year? Hmmm. Maybe I’ll buy my mom
shoes for she likes shoes (I can check ShoeMall for the type of shoes my mom would like to have) or perhaps I’ll check Fashion Bug for they always have the latest on fashion. My dad, on the other hand, likes car accessories and basic needs of a man on the go. Perhaps I could check Buy.com for some ideas. As for my brothers, Myking and Epoy love computers while Spike loves mobile games. Since there’s only one PC in the provice I could check HP and Fujitsu and try to decide which of the two brands that might fit my budget. Aside from the mobile games that Spike loves, I could buy him costume instead for the Halloween. As for my sister Labing, she loves music and mobile phone accessories. I could buy her favorite CD. That would be the best gift for her or I could always check eBags for ideas. If that’s not enough then I could always visit couponchief.com for more and great ideas, for they are a one stop coupon deal and discount store for those who loves to shop over the web. Coupon Chief, Inc has a lot of discounts and promotional deals in store for us. Well, I hope I still have time to save money in order for me to buy them gifts.

How about you guys? What do you think is the best give you could give your love ones this upcoming seasons?

Trip Down Under

The last time my mom went to Australia, I should have accompanied her but my work, that time, makes it impossible for me to join her on her trip to Australia. After she came back from her trip to Australia she gave me a lot of information about the country and her experiences during her stay there.

I’ve heard a lot about
Australia. Aside from the fact that Australia is the smallest continent, you could find the “The Great Barrier Reef” – the world’s largest coral reef! You could also find the world’s largest monolith in Australia, Mount Augustus. I am also envious of my mom’s photos from her trip to the Land Down Under. She had photos of kangaroos and koalas. She sure had the best time during her stay there.

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There are 3 cities that she mentioned worth visiting. Namely
Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Sydney, as my mom told me, has so many people. It is in fact the most populous city in Australia. So you could expect that it is fun to stroll around the city. She also had a photo of her with the famous Sydney Opera House on the background. You cold also find here the oldest university in Australia, the University of Sydney. It is also not hard to find the best place to stay in Sydney. In fact aside from Sydney hotels, there are ranges of different types of place to stay like apartments, condos, and the like. You could even book yourself online. Knowing that we Filipinos like extras, freebies, and free meals, booking online gives you more of these and their prices (accommodation) are even much lower as you book yourself on a hotel directly.

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Melbourne, on the other hand, is Australia’s cultural and sporting capital. If you like flowers then Melbourne is the place for you. You could find a lot of parks and gardens in this part of Australia. You could also find here Australia’s largest university – Monash University. Where to stay in Melbourne is not hard to find and in fact if you are in a budget, booking online gives you a wide range of choices, from apartments to 5 star Melbourne hotels. And it is not hard to travel around the city because of its wide network of buses, trams, taxis and trains.

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Last city not to forget to visit in Australia is
Brisbane, the third largest city in Australia! This city is for people who love arts and music. In fact, it is one of the best music hotspots in the world. Brisbane hotels are not really hard to look for. You could find the cheapest price of accommodation online. You could also find in Melbourne the famous “The Windmill” which is the oldest building in Queensland. This building is originally intended for grinding grains and punishment for convicts that operated the windmill manually.

If you are planning to go to Australia, try to visit these cities and I’m sure you’ll have the time of your life while exploring these areas like my mom did during her visit.

Everything Online Even Tutoring

When I was little and it is exam week, my parents try to help me with studying so I could understand my lessons well and get good grades. However, as I grow old, my parents have to work triple times in order to cope up with our financial needs. Consequently, after work, they get too tired already and won’t be able to assist me with reviewing my lessons. I had to do the studying myself to get good grades. I understand my parents so I had to study triple times too to make my parents proud of me when I get high grades.

In my time, there is no available computer yet. My parents can’t afford to buy one. We were very poor when I was little. That’s why I try harder even more with my studies. I graduated college without my own computer and I had to go to my classmates’ houses just to use their computers. In fact, almost all my classmates’ parents know me because of that.

Nowadays, students, young and young at heart alike, are very lucky as computers are much cheaper and you could almost see internet cafĂ©’s in every corner. You could easily research more about your lessons over the internet. You could even study in advance in the internet as it offers a wide range of information readily for you. Information is just a click away.

There is a website that offers
online tutoring and that is called TutorVista.com. Had I known or if it’s available during my time, I would have subscribed to this. Why? Simply because the tutors that will assist you undergone a rigorous training to be a certified TutorVista tutor and these tutors are available 24X7! And you could get unlimited monthly tutoring package for only $99.9 a month. Great news!

TutorVista, the leading online tutorial in the world offers a wide range of subjects to choose from. Imagine learning in advance or studying your lessons is jus a click away whenever you need it. I can still recall when I was in sixth grade, I had a trouble coping up with my algebra class. If TutorVista is available to help me with algebra I would have better grades. Luckily when I’m in high school I get better grades in math, I am actually good with math now as compared to my elementary days. You could even get homework help with TutorVista. I believe that TutorVista really is a big help to all students either to become a better student or those who want to have a supplementary education to be the best student in his/her class.

Here in the Philippines, Call Center industry is booming. If you want to be the best there is and land a job immediately, you must learn
English well. Well, you could learn English with TutorVista.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Facts of Life

Life might be so sad for some sometimes.
But sadness makes us know who we really are.
Life might be hard for some sometines.
But hardness makes us strong when we overcome it.
Life might be fearsome for some sometimes.
But fear makes us courageous after we're able to face it.
Life might be very confusing for some sometimes.
But confusion will help us see the light much clearly.
Life is not only about you and me.
But it is all about all of us and everything.
Life is truly a blessing from God.
But we must do our own little part of it.
Life is beautiful.
But we must experience ugliness to see the beauty in it.

P.S. This poem is actually part of an entry in my
other (older) blog. I just would like to share it this one to you here.

Program Test

Finally the data entry program that I created in oracle will be put to test by the users and the quality assurance division. It's been quite a while already before I finally finished the program. It took me a while because I need to verify and validate a lot of things first before a certain data in a certain field is allowed to be entered. I am very excited and very nervous because this is my baby in the company that I am currently part of.

One thing more is that it took me a lot before I am able to get this opportunity because there were a lot of programmers who would want to be in my position now. Luckily for me, they were rejected by the company so I got the liberty in having my current position as a Wed Developer and Programmer.

You see, I have been working for about more than 3 years now since I graduated college and this position has been the most challenging by far. In fact, there is almost no one I could turn to in case I don't know certain commands or issues in the program. I don't even have an internet connection in the office wherein I could use in my research. If not for my two officemates of different positions, I wouldn't be able to finish my program. So thank to you two (you know who you are).

I am currently enjoying the challenges that my work is offering me and there are times that I thought i couldn't make it but because of God's guidance and enlightenment I am able to go on. Without God, I wouldn't have make it. Even though, that my program is on the test stage and not yet approved for production, I am already happy and content with it. Should there be any problems with my program, I am sure I will be anle to fix it. I am hoping that it will pass the test and be approved for production.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Into the Bahamas!

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Whenever I see a foreign film and whenever they talk about vacation, I hear
Bahamas almost always. They are always looking forward to visit the place and rave so much on how they could relax and have a perfect vacation. I myself got curious as to why and I wish someday I could visit Bahamas too.

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This curiosity leads me in searching the net for more information about
Bahamas. According to my research that it has the clearest water in the world. Hmm this is really something to look forward to. Not to mention that it has the third longest barrier reef in the world and the entire island is made up of calcium carbonade. Wow! I have to go there to know what calcium carbonade looks like. What makes Bahamas famous is not only about the beach but the rich culture of diverse people inhabiting the island and the different resorts and events you could see there. If you are also a beach person like me then this place is a must visit for us. I can now imagine myself strolling about the beaches and swimming into its clear water, then partying with different people from different places and cultures.

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Speaking of going to the
Bahamas, have you heard of the Flamingo Bay Yacht Club and Marina? Well, they offer one of the best package for us to stay in the Bahamas for 3 days and 2 nights. What’s good about the place is that it is just 5 minute away from the beach! And when you want a vacation that still feels like home, this is the place to stay. Well, they almost have what you need and more. Plus, you can book online and inquire for the best price that fits your budget. Oh how I wish I could be there now. This could be the perfect vacation for me. Now, I must go back to work and save. Who knows, I might be able to save fast and be able to visit the Bahamas in no time.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Next Destination: Spain

I’ve already told you from my previous entries that my mom and my aunt love to travel. They’ve been to a lot of other countries already but they haven’t been to Spain yet. My mom and aunt wanted to travel there in the future but they need to save some more to prepare for their trip considering that my mom recently been to Canada while my aunt recently spend a wonderful trip with his beau in the US.

Spain overview



Among the things that need to consider is the
hotel they wanted to stay in. Well that won’t be much of a problem anymore because they can find the best and cheapest deals there is over the internet.

Madrid



The best two places that they want to stay when they are in Spain are
Madrid and Barcelona. Madrid, the capital of Spain, is one of the top European destination. It is home to Prado Museum – where you could find one of the world’s finest collections of European art from the 12th century to the early 19th century. You could learn a lot from visiting the museum. You could also find the Thyssen Bornemisza Museaun and the Reina Sofia Museum (where the painting Guernica by Pablo Picasso can be found). Madrid also has a rich nightlife for people who are into that lifestyle.

Barcelona



Barcelona, on the other hand, is the second largest city in Spain. My aunt Even wanted to go there because she told me that Barcelona offers a lot of venues for people who loves music and theatre. It is home of the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera theatre! She also told me that you could find very old and very beautiful buildings in Barcelona. Well if I will go to Barcelona I would definitely visit the Barcelona Cathedral, Sagrada Familia, Torre Agbar, and other great architectural sites I could find there.

Here are some very useful links that migth be useful (they have the last minute and all year round accomodations at hotels, hostels and even apartments at a cheaper deals) if you want to look for a place to stay when you are in Spain:
Hotels in Madrid, Hotels in Barcelona, and Hoteles en Barcelona.

Where's My Car?

When we have company visitors we use our company vehicle to fetch them from the airport to where ever they needed to be for a meeting or some other occasions that they have to attend. Of course we want our visitors’ safety and of course our own. And not to forget about the car, we must have it's own protection too. We make sure that we are ready in case something unexpected happens. That’s why most of us are looking for the best insurance available in the market to give us that one feeling of assurance.

The problem is, there are a lot of insurance companies everywhere and it’s hard to choose what company to pick. And which among them gives you the best deals, is something that is not really easy to know. Well there’s one page in the internet about car insurance that you might want to look at or even consider. It is called
”Advantage Auto Quotes” and you can check its link here: http://www.advantageautoquotes.com/

According to
”Advantage Auto Quotes” that they are selling all types of car insurance. This includes liability insurance, commercial policies, student policies (Teen Driver Auto Policy), bad record (Poor Driver Insurance Rates), and good record. They also say that they offer the best rates and the cheapest and the most affordable auto insurance policies anywhere for all types of drivers including teenage drivers. And if you have an excellent driving record with no accidents or points, you will qualify for the lowest and most affordable plans. There’s more, they can quote you right in front of your eyes via the internet. Worth a click, right? So check it out now. Who knows, ”Advantage Auto Quotes” is the one you are looking for.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Thank You

You'll never be mine no matter what
That's why I'm giving my all while you're still here
Your hugs won't last a lifetime
It's just a borrowed moment
But you warmth embraces me for a lifetime

You hurt me but I still hold on
Because only you makes me happy
Only you brings out the best and worst of me
When I am with you that's when I am most me
I can be me when you're with me

You don't have to choose
I will let you go when it's time for you to fly
Don't ever look back because I might change my mind
Holding you back will only hurt us both in the end
Spending a moment with you is worth it all

Friday, October 05, 2007

Operation Trim Down (1st Month Result)

Below is the result I got from that measuring instrument you find at Mercury Drug:

Weight: 188 lb 5 oz
Height: 5 ft 9.7 in / 177cm
Blood Pressure:
Max Systolic 117 mmHg
Max Diastolic 77 mmHg
Pulse/minute 96
Body Fat Estimation:
Fat Index 22.1%
Fat Mass 41 lb 6 oz / 18.8 kg
Free F. Mass 146lb 14 oz / 66.7 kg
Age and Gender: 27 male

Here is the link to the measurements I got before I headed the gym. Click me.

After one month, it seems that there's no significant change in me. Sigh. I enjoyed it though. I will show a picture of me before and after the "Operation Trim Down" soon so that you could decide if there is some change or not at all.

I would like to go on a diet. Do you have any suggestions?