Sunday, December 21, 2008

Life in MRT - Barney girl

Can't help but notice this girl beside me inside the MRT(Metro Rail Transit - one of the major transportation vehicle here in the Philippines), im not so good in descriptive writing but lemme try this one.

She is wearing a high cut, PURPLE, Converse - Chuck Taylor shoes; checkered pants in PURPLE and white; cool, white teen shirt; glossy PURPLE backpack and lastly a trendy, chic, dark shades(for disguise so people won't recognize her)... lol

Dressed to kill :P

Mommy ni Inday :P

If Inday's text messages are no doubt famous jokes, may it be in cellphone or in comedy bars... Well me and my colleagues have our own encounter of Inday's mom(which I just coined)

Saturday, December 20, 2008 - On our way to a friend's wedding, having her location map as a tool, we managed to get kinda lost(lol) thanks to her high level map where landmarks includes "church," "mall," and "barangay hall" as to what church, mall and barangay hall is that, that's for us to find out... hehehe... Anyways after almost 3 hours of land travel southbound, we reached a not so remote barangay and decided to ask anyone we'll find along the way... Then we saw an old woman carrying her two grand children; clothed in white long sleeves and classic skirt for oldies; with long, wavy hair pony tailed and was heading on our way... Our conversation goes:

Me: Excuse me po, Saan po ung Residencia del Rio Resort?
Old Lady: Ohh, you just follow through and you'll see a platinum sign there. (While we're in shocked, she continued) Okay so you just follow through and you'll see Residencia del Rio in the end...
Me: (Speechless but managed to utter a word, of course I don't want to look doomed in front of my colleagues) Thank you po!

Only then, all 4 of us in the car, we're back in our senses... with this unexpected moment with the old lady we started laughing and making fun of ourselves... hehehe

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Unique for my Eyewear

Finding the right pair of eyeglasses has been a frustration to me... not to mention the rising trend of my eye grade (which I wish I could stop)

But to maximize my yearly optical allowance of Php 3,000.00 (not bad huh) I manage to bump into a less than perfect but unique eyeglasses for me... Thanks to Unique Vision... Aside from the 20% discount on the frame that I chose, I also got to work with their accommodating sales staff and very understanding optometrist (Dr Me-Ann)...

And here's the final catch... each eyeglasses on this shop is uniquely made and distributed... which means you will never find the same pair of eyeglasses in other stores... well makes sense why their store is "Unique"


Unique Vision Center
Located at 2nd level Bldg A, SM Megamall
Edsa cor. Julia Vargas Ave.
Mandaluyong City
Tel. 633-4980

Products/services include Michel Rene, C. P. Company, Puma, Village, bossinim, Gucci, New Collection, Lacoste, Killer Loop, Esprit, Guess, Giordano, Calvin Klein and Nontorio Eyeglasses.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Unit versus Acceptance Test

Unit test - done to verify the quality of the code in the developer's perspective
Acceptance test - done to verify the quality of the application in user's perspective

OR simply:

Unit - tests that the code was built right
Acceptance - tests that the right code was built

Click here and dig in more to Acceptance testing..

Monday, November 24, 2008

My Epitaph :D

I remember during our Halloween in Exist last year 2007, we had a “Spook your Spot” activity in the office wherein all groups should be able to make their areas in their creepiest and scariest look. And so our group decided to make the QA room a mausoleum like and post our personal epitaphs there. Though it’s all just for fun… making my epitaph makes me reevaluate my life. After some time I came up with the following short list:

1. I wandered in this so called earth for years, Now I’m going home for eternity.

2. I was born to search my destiny; I lived to make it happen; I die to fulfill it. My destiny -- is with God.

3. A woman, a child, a sister, a wife, a mother (hopefully before I die). Prepared to meet the Maker.

4. God created death, to celebrate life.

How about you buddy? Have you ever thought of the appropriate epitaph that would describe your life? As Socrates quoted, “An unexamined life is not worth living for” Plus 1 to that Soc! What is life anyway if we don’t really know why we are here…

So lemme end this post with another quote saying, “Evaluation is the mother of improvement.”

Great is the Lord... my new lifesong :D

Great is the Lord (Hillsong)

From the moment I opened my heart
You gave me Your love from heaven above
King of Glory, Jesus You'll always be mine

Lord I love You, it's all I can say
You amaze me every moment, every day
My creator, Jesus my Lord, always

CHORUS:
From the depths of my heart to the heaven above
There I feel Your embrace and the warmth of Your love
I'm not afraid 'cause Jesus I know You are here
You are here...

You're my Saviour, redeeming grace
Generations will sing of Your praise
Be exalted forever and ever more

Back to CHORUS
*Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise
Great is the Lord, glorified
* ---- repeated
(glorified....)

Back to CHORUS (2x)
You are here...
From the depths of my heart and to the heaven above
You are here
There I feel Your embrace and the warmth of Your love
You are here
Na na na na..... na na na na na...... (repeated)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Uniquely Singapore

Why Singapore is Singapore today? We did not wake up and find Singapore a bustling Asian country just like today... they too started from crap...

More than 60 years ago after the WWII, Singapore did struggle to live ... those were the days where electricity, gas and water are in serious demand... when they could not even provide clean drinking water for their people so they import it from neighboring countries... when population and food shortage was a persistent problem...

But where is Singapore now? You can hardly trace they have gone through all this turmoil... Well, I guess the following statements of the Singaporean youth which you can find posted in one of their many museum answers this:
  • We are Asian and International
  • Think global, stay local
  • We work hard for an easy life
  • We have limited resources but unlimited dreams
Uniquely Historical Singapore

Gloomy week for us

Probably last week, 2nd week of November was a gloomy week for me and my family...
To start, Genesis got sick, Godwin was hospitalized, aizel and ramaya got fever and to close(hopefully) nanay and tatay got the virus too. As of now Genesis and Godwin have gone better and the rest are still recovering...
It's a torment to have someone sick in the family moreso if children who can't communicate well and will just break down and cry...
I badly missed times when I came home and all my pamangkins are so excited to see me and get their pasalubongs... Very much looking forward to it as soon as they all get well...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Will Philippines be part of the Asian century?

If the 19th century belongs to Britain, and the 20th century make wave for Americans... who will be making noise in this 21st century... the answer is obvious - it belongs to us, Asians...

With the consecutive bankruptcy filing by Lehman's Brothers and American International Group (AIG)... the wave is really turning from the West to the East... and more Asian countries are dominating the planet...
China - the dragon has awaken and back on its feet;
India - incredibly growing;
Japan - rising with the sun; and
Singapore - uniquely small but terrible.

Yes you heard it right, but the big question is will Philippines be part of this wave of change? Well the answer greatly depends on us... simple things like
- how each Filipino student does his homework
- how each Filipino professional improve their skills and excel
- how each Filipino family nurture and support each family members
- how each Filipino citizen respects the traffic and street rules
- how each Filipino show love for the country and to our God

In short, how Filipinos are willing to sacrifice for the country... And how do we prepare for it? not tomorrow or next year or next presidential election... but preparation starts now... Today is the best time to be the best and be part of the Asian Century... :D

Related articles:

Welcome to the Asian century...
Ringing in the Asian century

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

D Secret of Lance Armstrong


America will never have a Lance Armstrong - who dazzled the whole world for winning 6 times in the Tour de France and until now continue to inspire and support cancer victims - without the encouragement and support brought to him by his mom Linda.

I read her book "No Mountain Too High" where she feature how she raised Lance and more importantly raised herself. Yes she may started  badly in life(when she got pregnant at 17 and had an unhealthy relationship with her husband) but because of her love for her child and her growing relationship with the Lord, she managed to slowly and carefully fix their lives. And Lance Armstrong is a living testimony of her efforts...

There are so many enlightening quotes which she shared in the book like, "Loving somebody is about what flows out of your heart, not what comes back." This could be a busted cliche all of us may know already, but hearing it from a person like Linda - daughter, sister, wife, mom, friend, employee - who may be just an ordinary person but is giving her extraordinary effort to love and care for her family and friends is indeed a statement. I also agree when she said, "Your job is what you do. Your career is who you are."

Lemme end with this quote i read somewhere that in every success of a man is woman. :D

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rain + bow = Amazing!

Some amazing facts I learned about rainbows:

- a rainbow is sunlight spread out into its spectrum of colors and diverted to the eye of the observer by water droplets. When the white sunlight is intercepted by a drop of water in the atmosphere, some of the light refracts into the drop, reflects from the drop's inner surface and then refracts out of the drops.
- The colors can be seen only when the angle of reflection between the sun, the drop of water, and the observer's line of vision is between 40° and 42°.
- to see a rainbow, one has to have rain and sunshine
- two observers do not, and cannot, see the same rainbow. In fact, each eye sees its own rainbow(Your rainbow is for your eyes only! Amazing isn't it?)
- the sun is always behind you when you face a rainbow from the ground
- the center of the circular arc of the rainbow is in the direction opposite to that of the sun
- the rain is always in the direction of the rainbow
- you will only be able to find rainbow at ground if the sun is less than 42 degree above the ground (early morning or before sun set)
- primary rainbow is always brighter than the secondary rainbow
- primary rainbows have red on the outside arc
- the colors of the secondary rainbows are reversed

I once saw a primary and secondary rainbow near our house in QC just before the rain pours... I was so fascinated by its beauty and fell in love with it...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Experience McDonald's EL Pueblo :)

Frankly, eating at fast food chains would be last on my options. I've worked on a well-known food chain during my college days and I saw how it works - yes its yummy but its not so healthy. I would even agree on the statement of one mother asking her child, "I don't understand why you're so used in eating this crap(fast food products)?"

But here comes however thing, McDonald's El Pueblo makes a difference... its not because of the food though... Aside from the cozy place + they're one of the few McDonald's outlets that serves milk shakes(yum yum...) + their wifi facility which will make you hang out often at their store, I'm very impressed by their guard... The man in his late 40's (i guess) would courteously greet you with an all-out smile - very convincing... and accommodates you all through out. I would never forget his words to us, "Good afternoon mam, welcome to McDonald's, good choice ma'am, good choice." :D See how convince this man is, thinking he's working on the best fast food chain in the country. And on our way out, he never missed to thanked us... His perky and welcoming spirit makes us enjoy the food more than its taste...

And just lately I've been hearing same feedback from my colleagues and friends who also tried McDonald's El Pueblo... Makes me more convinced that he's more than just a guard, i think he ownes the business. (lol)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

RA9504

RA9504 - This new law will exempt minimum wage earners from paying income tax, increasing tax exemption for all earners and additional exemptions for individuals with dependents/children.

Important things you need to know:

1. Anyone earning at least the minimum wage in his/her region will not pay income tax

2. Exemption extends to overtime pay, holiday pay, night shift differential and hazard pay of minimum wage earners only

3. RA 9504 grants a P50,000 tax exemption regardless of status. (Single/Married/Head of the family)

"Sec 4. Section 35 (A) and (B) of Republic Act 8424, as amended otherwise known as the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, is hereby amended to read as follows:
SEC 35. Allowance of Personal Exemption
(A) In General - For purposes of determining the tax provided in Section 24 (A) of this Title, there should be allowed a basic personal exemption [as follows:] AMOUNTING TO FIFTY THOUSAND PESOS (50,000) FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYER. "

4. The new law increases the exception to P25,000 per child maximum of 4 children.

" (B) Additional Exemption for Dependents - There shall be allowed an additional exemption of [Eight Thousand Pesos(8,000)] TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND PESOS (25,000) for each dependent not exceeding four(4). "

5. RA8424 Chapter 3 Section 24:

“The tax shall be computed in accordance with and at the rates established in the following schedule:

“Not over P10,000 –> 5%

“Over P10,000 but not over P30,000 –> P500+10% of the excess over P10,000

“Over P30,000 but not over P70,000 –> P2,500+15% of the excess over P30,000

“Over P70,000 but not over P140,000 –> P8,500+20% of the excess over P70,000

“Over P140,000 but not over P250,000 –> P22,500+25% of the excess over P140,000

“Over P250,000 but not over P500,000 –> P50,000+30% of the excess over P250,000

“Over P500,000 –> P125,000+34% of the excess over P500,000 in 1998

Dig in and download the draft here (via Scribd)

You can also check this links:
Arroyo signs law on tax exemption for minimum wage earners
Arroyo signs tax exemption measure for minimum wage earner (1:43 pm)
Arroyo signs tax exemption bill into law Tuesday

Monday, September 29, 2008

MyDreams: OMG the house is burning!!!

This one is very clear and recurring to me... I had once dreamt of it last July, 2008 and recently yesterday September 28, 2008...

Our neighbor's house is burning... although they were able to control the fire there was a sudden fear I felt... And because this is one of the dream that is crystal clear to me when I woke up, I can still remember the details of it, I decided to find its meaning:

FIRE

Depending on the context of your dream, to see fire in your dream can symbolizes destruction, passion, desire, illumination, transformation, enlightenment, or anger. It may suggest that something old is passing and something new is entering your life. Your thoughts and views are changing. In particular, if the fire is under control or contained in one area, it is a metaphor of your own internal fire and inner transformation. It also represents your drive and motivation.


To dream that a house is on fire, indicates that you need to undergo some transformation. If you have recurring dreams of your family house on fire, then it suggests that you are still not ready for the change or that you are fighting against the change. Alternatively, it
highlights passion and the love of those around you.

Transformation and change... Everything makes sense now...


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

MyDreams: Giving birth to a child < worried :-S >

Have you ever had a dream which felt real after you woke up...

i had this weird dream of giving birth to a child and i'm on my way to the hospital... unfortunately i didn't make it and deliver the child on the street... funny thing is i'm wearing a big pajama and the baby just slipped out between my legs, passing through one side of the pajama... i can feel his warm body touching my right leg... i felt like gasping for breath while laboring and was very relieved after i deliver... when i woke up i felt my body is still into it and not in the real world... honestly im not sure if its because of my frequent watching of "3 dads with one mom" koreanovela... however when i checked the internet for its meaning, here's what i found out which makes me ponder....

If you dream that you are on your way to the hospital to have a baby, then it signifies your issues of dependency and your desire to be completely care for. Perhaps you are trying to get out of some responsibility. If you are pregnant, then a more direct interpretation may simply mean that you are experiencing some anxieties of making it to the hospital when the time comes.

from >>> Dream moods Dictionary

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

3 Dads with 1 Mom


A refreshing way to understand woman's gift of pregnancy and the joy of having a baby... the cast is very entertaining and comic... the scenes are realities made fun... plus to think its an Asian novela, makes me proud I'm an Asian... :D

Jayden, Jake and Ariel - peculiar characters, no reason to get bored.

Lizette - one tough, cute and loving mom but vulnerable inside.

I'm so lucky I found this site where you can watch its episodes online with English sub titles... now pass the popcorn please!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Life in MRT - interesting bag tagline

MRT Quezon Avenue >> I found this not so interesting girl standing in front of me holding a not so interesting bag with a very interesting tagline display... the line says something like this "Ang gumawa ng disenyong ito ay patay na, nauna na siya bago pa makilala at sumikat ang bag na ito."

Very sad truth... it just reflects the reality that is happening in many Filipino innovators and scientiest who are not given the right opportunities to showcase their creations ...

Life in MRT - conio girls

09-04-2008, 7:30am - MRT Quezon Avenue Station, >> as usual jam-packed ulit... but to make it more miserable - super sikip + this 2 conio girls who worked in call centers(based on their conversations) na walang ginawa kundi magreklamo ng magreklamo during the entire trip... its like they have a "say" to everything... comment to death...

"ang sikip... its like my bones are super squeeze,"
"someone's pushing me hard until I get inside without even walking on my own, grabeh!"
"Urong!? cno may sabi nun? bakit ikaw ba ang presidente ng Pilipinas"
Blah blah blah...

And once there was this irritated girl(well I can't blame her) who tried to stop their nonsense chat sighed,
"Ano ba miss, ang sikip sikip n nga ang ingay ingay nyo pa,"
One of the girl shouted, "Shut up! I'm not talking to you... Better find a friend so my kausap ka!"
Unbelivable... mean... immature... self-centered... b*?@%

I pity this 2 girls its like they have so many insecurities and hang ups in life... I'm so thankful when I reach Ortigas... end of misery...

Excuse me... :D

I loved the preaching of Coach Noel Tan during midweek service last Sept 17 in Crossroad 77, according to him there are 3 kinds of people on earth:

1. accusers - one who accuses others for his failures
2. excusers - one who always finds excuses on his failures
3. choosers - one who chooses to make his failures as opportunity to learn and grow

You can blame whoever you like for whatever reason you want ... fabricate all the excuses you can think of... but does that solve the real issue? If you still don't get it, listen to this:

"Bury a person in snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington. Raise him in abject poverty, and you have an Abraham Lincoln. Strike him down with infantile paralysis, and he becomes a Franklin D. Roosevelt. Burn him so severely that the doctors say he will never walk again, and you have Glenn Cunningham, who set the world’s one-mile record in 1934. Have him or her born black in a society filled with racial discrimination, and you have Washington Carver, or a Martin Luther King, Jr. Call him a slow learner and retarded-writing him off as uneducable, and you have an Albert Einstein.”
(Quoted in "Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell, 1993)

Reading this quote doesn't give you any right to make an excuse, but if you still have one... look around you and I'm sure you'll find a person more miserable than you...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Obama on White House ...

Barack Obama - 47 year old, incumbent junior senator from Illinois, who graduated at Columbia University and Harvard Law School was tagged by Time Magazine as "Americas hottest political phenomenon" and now one of the leading contender of the Democratic Party for the US 2008 Presidency...

As impressive as his credentials, Obama is the first African American to be nominated for presidency by a major political party. Kudos to all respected black American, he is indeed one of the epiphany of people who strives to excel...

I've heard this funny chat about him which I want to share, if Obama wins the US 2008 Presidential election, America is in big trouble... why? they'll need to change the White House to Black House... lolz

Sunday, September 14, 2008

"out-of-this-world" recipes

Here are some recipes I've never really heard of and were never promoted... Wanna know why? Read on...

Just to emphasize these are true-to-life stories of newbie wives who prepared and cooked these recipes for their poor husbands. True identities will not be disclosed to protect the ownership of the recipes... hehehe...

1. Sauteed Mongo (Ginisang munggo)

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups dried mungo beans; 1 cup pork, sliced thinkly; 5 cups water; 1 medium tomato, sliced; 1 garlic clove, crushed; 1 small onion, sliced; 2-1/2 teaspoons salt;1/2 bunch amplaya leaves or substitute watercress; 1 tablespoon oil

Procedure:
1. In a pan, heat oil. Cook pork until it turns slightly brown
2. Add garlic, onions and tomatoes. Saute for few seconds until tomatoes wilted
3. Pour in water or broth and add mungo beans
4. Season with patis and salt to taste. Bring to boil and let it simmer until thick.
5. Add amplaya leaves or substitute. Cover and remove from heat. Serve hot.

What so special about this recipe? well the mungo beans were NOT boiled in water until soft...

Tips: be sure you contact your dentist after eating...

2. Nilagang Baboy and Isda

Ingredients:
1 Kilo Pork (cut into chunk cubes); 1/2 Kilo Bangus(cut into servings); 12 pcs Tamarind (Sampaloc) or sampaloc mixed; 1 big Onion (diced); 6 big tomatoes (quartered); 2 pcs Radish (sliced); 1 bundle Sitaw Stringbeans (cut into 2" long); 1 bundle Kangkong (cut into 2" long); Salt and Patis to taste; 6 cups water

Procedure:
1. Boil Tamarind to soften or boil the mixed sampaloc. Pound and strain all juicesand set aside.
2. In a casserole, bring pork and fish to a boil, lower fire and simmer until pork is tender.
3. Add onions, tomatoes and Tamarind juice.
4. Add in all the vegetables.
5. Season with salt and Patis to taste.
6. Serve hot.


Tuddah.. Sinigang na baboy at isda "ALL-IN", just imagine... according to the owner of this recipe... Since there is a sinigang na isda and sinigang na baboy naman, why not mixed it... makes sense?!

Welcome to married life .... :D

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

"National Humiliation Day" for China ?

National People’s Congress passed a law proclaiming an official "National Humiliation Day" for China. They’re looking at July 7 or September 18 but no official date was designated yet. This is to rekindle the Chinese nationalism especially among the youth - to remind them of the devastating foreign attacks in the early 19th century by Japan which is one of the darkest hours of China.

I like what lawmaker Jiang Jian said, “An outstanding nation is one that will always keep its history firmly in mind. We should never forget our compatriots who lost their lives in the war… Remembering this humiliating part of history will help Chinese people feel urged to safeguard peace and work hard for the rejuvenation of the nation”

Very well said… no wonder where the Chinese people are finding their moral values and determination to excel in everything.

And if China was described as the “sick man of east asia” way back in the early19th and late 20th century to belittle the Chinese people by the Japanese invaders during the World War II, I don’t think you’ll have the nerve to call them that way now, definitely no… not after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

How can I keep from singing - my new favorite song...

A humble expression of a grateful heart assured by the love of our saviour Jesus Christ. This is how i describe this song which I greatly loved... so much...
I realized singing does not require a good vocal power, it's the heart power coming from within us that makes the song powerful...

Click here to experience this heart warming song.

+++ How can I keep from singing
+++
Sung by Daniel Choo (original: Chris Tomlin)

There is an endless song
Echoes in my soul
I hear the music ring

And though the storms may come
I am holding on
To the rock I cling

How can I keep from singing Your praise
How can I ever say enough
How amazing is Your love
How can I keep from shouting Your name
I know I am loved by the King
And it makes my heart want to sing

I will lift my eyes
In the darkest night
For I know my Savior lives

And I will walk with You
Knowing You'll see me through
And sing the songs You give

I can sing in the troubled times
Sing when I win
I can sing when I lose my step
And fall down again
I can sing 'cause You pick me up
Sing 'cause You're there
I can sing 'cause You hear me, Lord
When I call to You in prayer
I can sing with my last breath
Sing for I know
That I'll sing with the angels
And the saints around the throne

Hats off to Willy Wang - Filipino who won gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics for Wushu


Make wave to the Philippine Wushu national team for bringing home not only medals but pride to the Filipino people.

Though wushu is a demonstration sport and not included in the official events tally in the Olympics - well a gold is still a gold especially from Olympics.

Willy Wang won the gold medal in the combined events of men’s nanquan and nangun (bare fists). Together with Benjie Rivera and Mary Jane Estimar, who won bronze medals in the demonstration sport after they defeated their opening-phase opponents in men’s 56kg sanshou (combat) and 52kg sanshou events respectively.

Wang will receive P500,000 cash incentive from the First Gentleman Foundation on top of the cash incentive approved by the Philippines Sports Commision board. Which these guys greatly deserve...

By the way, if the Philippines Gold Medal was won in a regular Olympic event, the gold medalist would have received as much as P15 million approved by the PSC board. FYI.

Yes wushu is not an official Olympics event YET...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Record Jmeter scripts through Badboy software

I've tried using the HTTP proxy server from the Jmeter GUI to record scripts of the web based application that I'm trying to load test. After setting the LAN configuration to my localhost and inputting the port, my application doesn't even launch in IE7 browser. At first I thought it was the end of it - I'm doomed... until I found some forum talking about recording scripts with the use of Badboy software.

And here's how I did it:

1. download Badboy software from http://www.badboy.com.au/
- another catch is this is FREE, latest release as of today is 2.0.5

2. open Badboy application

3. create a thread in 2 ways:
From the toolbox - right click a "Thread Control" icon then Add to Script OR drag the item to the Script tree
From the script tree - right click a step and convert to thread item

Using tread control you can specify the maximum number of threads and the number of threads per seconds depending on the load test that you want.

4. enter URL of the application you are about to test then start recording (By the way, recording is ON by default)
Now you can navigate on your application on the right side pane and Badboy will automatically record all your actions. You will notice that your actions creates respective nodes in the script tree which is the HTTP request counterpart in Jmeter.

5. stop recording when your done. Click File and select "Export to Jmeter" option, save the script in your Jmeter distribution folder, which is by default in Jmeter file (*.jmx) type.

Now this file can be opened using the Jmeter GUI and whalla!!! you have your scripts/HTTP request all you need to do some final touches like adding timers and some listeners for your result evaluation. :D

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Your money is in good hands with ?@%^&**?

One of the record breaking experiences that I had so far... I hate to say this but just in case the management of ?@%^&**? are not aware, your service is a bum.

Yesterday, I came to ?@%^&**? 12pm to make transactions, at that time they are serving client #90 while I got a #28(which means there are 37 clients ahead of me) well not considering this issue, coz I thought the bank will serve me better this time, I still came in and wait for my turn (which i regret i did). Based on my observations - for every 10 minutes they can serve 2 clients (take note there are 4 tellers working or should i say not working). With this stats I figured out I will have to wait for 3 hours and 10 minutes(wheww), but thank God cause after 2 hours of waiting i'm already the lucky client being served.. haha.. well this happen faster because almost 10 clients ahead of me already leaved the bank.. (define faster?!)

If you think this is fair, think again.. waiting for 2 hours just for a less than 2 minute transaction.. big wow... and what did the bank people have to say about this.. #1 Reason, yes we were advised that there are many people (mahaba daw ang pila) but i think that's not the main issue here.. assess why there are many people.. its mainly because the service is sluggish thats why the pile of people accumulates #2 Reason, BIR payment schedule.. come on, is this your first time for this? Certainly not, you've been doing this over and over again, you definitely know of this dilemma but what are your actions to resolve it.. ahh i got it - let your clients wait :|

"You're good in hands with ?@%^&**?"... hmmm lemme rephrase that for a more fitting tagline in terms of their service... "Your money is in good hands with ?@%^&**?, but not YOU."

Monday, August 18, 2008

Keep the bell ringing...

Yesterday I attended a wedding ceremony of a good friend(Grace & Ramil)... Indeed, it's good to see old faces especially high school friends...

Starting last year 2007 as of this date I witnessed 4 weddings of my HS batch not including some invites I was not able to come... Well I could say that our batch is starting to enter the couple's world and saying goodbye to single's life... Though this is an expected and inevitable truth, I can't help but realize that I'm getting old :( ... hehehe... But its okay, as the saying goes, "With age comes wisdom," wheww...

Seriously, some of the things I would never forget on this event would be the class and elegant white long gown of Grace, never-ending chikahan, the cozy restaurant plus the appetizing food served to us... Certified del.icio.us :D... Makes me wish, more weddings to come ...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

TestComplete Demo

An interesting demo of TestComplete - an automated tool for developers and testers which I want to post and share with you guys... Eventually we'll be using this tool to automate our testing with the Think Passenger application...

Kind of advertisement... hehe... but I found it helpful though!

click here to start -> AutomatedQA

Thursday, August 7, 2008

08.08.08 post

I have this feeling that I should post something, anything today... relevant or irrelevant, it doesn't matter... not only because today is a special once in a lifetime date - 08/08/08 (swerte daw sabi nila) but also because of some changes that I'll have starting today...

We are now in our new office in Orient Square, new building, new ambiance, new cube, new area, new seatmates, new office guidelines... and i'm sure a lot of new things to come...

On top of all these, I'll be doing a major decision... which will change, not only my life but my future...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Isip-Bata: Tsinelas
















one saturday, while playing with my niece aizel (2 years old, picture above), i tried to tease her by asking to give me her new pair of sandals... the footwear is kinda big for her so i told her it will perfectly fit me then it would be mine... (but obviously it's too small for me) however i insisted that it will fit me... our conversation goes like this:

tita girlie: di kasya sayo... anlaki... akin na kasya sakin yan... akin na lang yan...
aizel: ( hesitant to show the sandals ) di kasya sayo... maliit pa sayo toh (take note maliit pa daw sakin... :D)
tita girlie: hindi... kasya na sakin yan... akin na lang yan... bagay sakin yan eh...
aizel: maliit pa yan... pag natulog na to lalaki n siya tapos kasya n siya sayo di bah (pertaining to the sandals and convinced that it will eventually grow to fit me... hehehe)

well don't get shocked that's what her mom always tell her to convince her to sleep...... :P

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

@ the crossroad...

we make decisions every day...

we may choose to be miserable or be happy
we may choose to be single or be with somebody

we may choose to smile or frown
we may choose to stop or move on

we may choose to bid goodbye or say hi
we may choose to live or die

we may choose to embrace change or avoid it
we may choose to accept challenges or discard it

we may choose to dream or be content
we may choose to leave or stay

well at this point i'm in the middle of it.... :(

Monday, July 7, 2008

Seriously speaking...

thursday last week, I was so lucky to have been invited by a girlfriend to attend a talk regarding "Things we need to ask before we say 'I don't' to marriage" Honestly, when I first heard about the topic, I was really skeptic, because I thought that this talk was for singles who want to say goodbye to relationships... in the back of my mind i want to say to my friend, hey you can't be serious, i may not be in a relationship right now, but i'm not closing doors for it and i'm anticipating to have my own family in the future...

well thank God i never found the courage to say that to my friend.. and just found myself attending the talk... there i was reminded of how blessed i am for being a single person... the speaker highlighted answers to questions Where, When and How to find the right person God prepared for you... another thing that struck me was a comment from a guy, he says, "It is better for a man to remain single, than be married with the wrong girl." Plus 1 for that... don't worry guys cause we're on the same wavelength... :D

and if others find it too complicated to find their partners in life... i think the best preparation you could do before going to a relationship is just simple - just take care and preserve yourself as a gift for your husband or wife to be... :D

shake it on ...

approximately 9:40am today, its just so cool to experience the quake by myself... and not because someone told you that there was a quake and you even hardly noticed it... well the shake lasted for i think 5-7 seconds too short to noticed for others... but sitting on my chair in my cube gosh it's as if someone is rocking my chair moderately... just enough to make me realize that there's something going on... some shake that is kinda alarming but i don't regret experiencing it...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Basic Mandarin - Lesson 2

Build up your vocabulary.......................... :D

mi ren - charming
piao liang - beautiful
shuai - handsome
mi - attract
vi qi - together
peng liao - friends
lai - came
zou kai - go away/get lost
fen gou - bad smell/smog
chou - stinky
wei - can
shuo - to speak
pu tong - common
hua - dialect/language
pu tong hua - common language/Mandarin
yi dian - a little
yi dian dian - just a little bit
ying yu - English

Country - Guó
England - Yīngguó
France - Fàguó
China - Zhōngguó
Germany - Déguó
America - Měiguó
American - Měiguó rén
No - Bù
Not good - Bù hǎo
Busy - Máng
Tired - Lèi

Phrases:
Is he American? - Tā shì Měiguó rén ma
He is English - Tā shì Ingguó rén
Is he busy? - Tā hěn máng ma
I'm busy - Wǒ máng
He's busy - Tā máng
I'm very busy - Wǒ hěn máng
He's very busy - Tā hěn máng
I'm tired - Wǒ lèi
He's very tired - Tā hěn lèi
Are you tired? - Ni lèi ma
Are you busy? - Ni máng ma

Thursday, June 26, 2008

No care day ......... :|

i woke up extremely late this morning... 8:39am to be exact ... last night, i intentionally didn't set my alarm and planned to wake up whatever time I will... for some reason, i just don't care... i left at 9:30am, i know i could have made it earlier but who cares... though time is not with me, i still took a leisure walk from mrt-ortigas going to prestige tower... so i reached the office at 10:30am... i really don't care at all...

reaching the office, we had a GA meeting and the management just announced that our performance bonus will be postponed until sometime... some date which we still don't know... again i want to say i don't care... at least this "no care day" feeling pays off... i just don't want to stressed myself out for this one sucking news...

well maybe, just maybe we experience such feelings in preparation for something big thing to happen... :|

Thursday, June 19, 2008

My bucket list, before I kick it out :D

If you've watched "The Bucket List"(2007) movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman I'm sure you can relate to this.

This post is a testament of God's grace and faithfulness in my transitory pilgrimage here on earth. Before you continue reading, I just want to share this two potent quotes:
"An unexamined life is not worth living" by Socrates
"Evaluation is the mother of improvement" Anonymous
Pondering more here's a shortlist of my "to-do-things" hopefully I can accomplish by God's grace before I expire:

1. Have a deeper relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ
- Every year this has a been a prayer item for me because I have the tendency to be complacent with my faith and get distracted easily. I believe I'm still a work in progress.

2. Experience Christ with my family
- I dreamt of a Christian family ever since... I long to see all of us, my nanay and tatay together with my 3 siblings go to church, surrender our lives to God, learn to wholly depend on Him and grow to be the person God wants us to be. My nanay and I are entrusting all these to God, just like how He showed His favor to us, we pray that our family will know Him personally and allow Him to move in each ones lives.

3. Build my own family and have kids
- Though I enjoy the freedom of singlehood (in fact I celebrated more than a decade of singleness) I do desire to settle with the person God has destined for me, have kids and build a home. But you don't just want to be married, you want to be happily married. So even if it takes a while I'm positive it's all gonna be worth the wait...

4. Buy my own house and furnitures
- By God's grace I got one in Marilao, Bulacan where I let my folks stay. Now it's saving time for the furniture :D .

5. Put up a business
- Real state, clothing or food business maybe, still haven't decided for the details yet.

6. Write a book
- Writing has been a frustration to me, I have so many thoughts in mind which I can't put into words, that's the reason I have this blog ;)

7. Teach
- I love kids (they're like stimulants to me)... I love Sundays... I love to observe and talk to our sunday schoolers... Though I'm not an academe teacher I can see myself fulfilling this passion in the future, and eventually tutor my own children(sounds fun to me:D)

8. Travel ^_^

** Explore Philippines!
     a. Luzon
        - Ilocos
        - Baguio
        - Sagada
        - Batanes
     b. Visayas
        - Cebu
        - Bohol
        - Palawan
     c. Mindanao
        - Davao

** Explore Asia
     - Hongkong (February, 2010)
     - Macau (February, 2010)
     - Singapore (August, 2012)
     - Cambodia (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh) (May, 2015)
     - Thailand (Bangkok) (April, 2015)
     - Malaysia (November, 2013)
     - Indonesia (August, 2014)
     - Vietnam (March, 2016)
     - South Korea
     - China
     - Japan
     - Taiwan

** Holy Land tour (May, 2016)
     - Israel
     - Egypt
     - Jordan

** Explore America
     - San Francisco
     - Las Vegas
     - New York

** Explore Europe
     - Portugal
     - France
     - Spain
     - Germany
     - Italy
     - UK

** Explore other parts of the world
     - Australia (May, 2017)
     - Dubai (May, 2016)
     - New Zealand

9. Cruise vacation

10. Bring mom to an out-of-the-country vacation :) all expense paid trip! She haven't been outside Philippines ever, so it'd be a great experience for her. She deserves it. Love you nay! (August 2013)

11. Learn 2 new languages
- I have Mandarin and Spanish in mind...

12. Buy my own car and learn to drive
- I'd love to drive for my family going to places where we can bond and enjoy... During my youthful days, my parents tried their best to bring us to parks and zoos but in the expense of riding public vehicles. And believe me it's not easy commuting with 4 kids at hand, but they still did it.. I would love to return the favor to them now that I'm a young adult.

13. Learn to swim

14. Try scuba diving  (Tioman Island, Malaysia - May, 2016)

15. Sing and record an album

16. Try extreme sports
- water rafting (September, 2016 @Ayung River, Indonesia)
- bungee jump
- skydive

17. Run full marathon
(Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore - December 4, 2016)

18. Be part of short-term missions abroad

I consider this a "live" post, I'll be updating this once in a while and highlight the items that I considered DONE all by God's grace.

My Grown-up Christmas List

The chorus of this song absolutely describes the dream of each human being... ohh life... how we all wish it well and ideal...

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Every man would have a friend
That right would always win
And love would never end

This is my grown-up Christmas list...

:D HAVE A MEANINGFUL everyDAY!!!

Monday, June 16, 2008

wu chun[proper noun] - HOT







| hottie | dashing | cute | sexy | rugged | gorgeous | charming | witty | good looking | attractive | adorable | funny | fresh | playful | delicious | heartthrob | pleasing | cool | nerd |

Friday, June 13, 2008

John Q - you're the man!

a story of a struggling father(Denzel Washington) who in desperation find himself hostaging the emergency room staff and some patients of one hospital.

why did he do this? out of caring and selfless love... don't get me wrong i can see your eyebrows raised with a blurting question, "what's wrong with this man, and what the hell are you saying he's doing it out of love." We'll you heard me right... he did it in his desperation to save his dying son who needed a heart transplant... but because his insurance wont cover the charges and he was not able to raise enough money the doctors does not agree to operate... and this was the only hope he had...

he did not fear the police and the consequences of his actions... he did not fear even death because he was willing to die and give his own heart for his son...

just take it from the movie's tagline, "Give a father no options and you leave him no choice."

John Q - this really moved me... just in time for our celebration with Father's day... so to all the father, dad, daddy, papa, paps, pappy, tatang, itay, tay, tatay in the world... whatever we call him... you're the man dude!!! live on!!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

-1 for Mr Brooks

Beware of your current emotional state before watching this film... believe me if you're not in great shape and then happen to watch this movie... probably you'll kill yourself after :( Of course that's hyperbole :P

Seriously, this is a practical example of a film that will depress you... A story of a respected businessman(played by Kevin Costner) even awarded as "Man of the Year"; a passionate husband; a loving father - but an addict who cannot escape from his alter ego urging him to kill... yes he's addicted to killing...

While watching this kind of film you may be physically relax, but after that watching you'll be emotionally restless...

Include the following in my "No no" list:
Into the Wild(2007) Emile Hirsh - for the gloomy ending of the story
Wicker Man(2006) Nicholas Cage - for the morbid experiences and sufferings of Edward :( plus the terrible ending
300(2006) Gerard Butler - only for the barbaric killings but other than that the film is excellent... AHOO! AHOO!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Basic Mandarin 101

some of the mandarin words and their translation which i learn this week:

wa - i, me, myself
ni - you
pa - he, she, it
bu - no, not
hen - very
hao - good
mang - busy
lei - tired
dui - yes
chung - china
mei - america
ing - england
fa - france
gwa - country
ren - people
xian sheng - mister
xiao jie - miss
ye - also
na li - where
xue xiao - school
xue - go

but wait you can learn more of mandarin on the following links...
http://chinesepod.com/
http://www.chinese-tools.com/

learn on...

Monday, May 26, 2008

still standing...

Verse 1
You gave me courage to believe,

That all Your goodness I would see.

And if it had not been for You, standing on my side

Where would I be?


Chorus
If not for your goodness, If not for your grace,

I don’t know where I would be today.

If not for your kindness, I never could say I’m still standing.

If not for your mercy, If not for your Love,

I most likely would have given up.

If not for your favour, I never could say I’m still standing,

But by the grace of God


Verse 2
To You I lift my offering, And set my heart on higher things.

For if it had not been for You, Standing on my side,

Where would I be?



** Who says christian music is dull and outdated... well try to listen to this song by clicking HERE and you'll have a brainwash... I first heard this song in our church and instantly i fell in love with it... it's my heart's song... the message of a grateful and humble heart in a fast and upbeat rhythm... indeed whatever we have, whoever we are now - we all owe it to God :D

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Becoming Jane ... i just love it


i love anne hathaway... i love James McAvoy... i love the cast ... i love the setting... i love the plot... i love their british accent...

some mushy lines in the movie which I absolutely love...

TOM: Jane, I am yours.. God I am yours.. I am yours heart and soul...

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TOM: No! No, Jane! I will never give you up.
JANE: Tom...
TOM: Don't speak, or think, or... Just love me. Do you love me?
JANE: Yes.

ohh I admire Jane's bravery to walk away from the man he loved so much... i know it had been so hard for her :(

this movie made me cry a lot... it moved me... my heart and soul

Monday, May 5, 2008

Father - imprison and raped her daughter for 24 years :(

“How could a father imprisoned and raped her own daughter in their cellar for 24 years?” This is the question that first hit me when I heard this chilling story.

Josef F(left picture), 73 years old admits he hostaged his daughter Elizabeth F, now 42 years old in the cellar of their house in Amstetten, Austria - the same house where he and his wife lived. The vicious father starts molesting Elizabeth F when she was 11 years old. At the age of 18 she was reported missing with letters to her parents that she run away and not to look for her – this is a story enforced by Josef F who imprisoned her.

And imagine for 24 horrible years her father kept her in their windowless cellar(side picture) where her father repeatedly raped her resulting to 7 children, one of them died after birth. Josef burned the baby’s body in the oven and then threw it. Among the 6 kids, 3 of them was able to see the light of day and lived normally after Josef schemed out a plan to take and leave them in their doorsteps while their still babies with a letter from Elizabeth begging her parents to take care of them. These kids grew not having any clue that their mother and other siblings – Kerstin, 19; Stefan, 18 and Felix, 5 were held in the dungeon basement of the same house. For 24 years their father/grandfather brought the victims food, clothing and other necessities they need.

My next question then was how could the mother/Josef’s wife did not even notice all this? Policemen explained that the cellar where Josef kept her daughter was a basement constructed in 1960’s – entrance was via narrow and hidden door, controlled by electronic system and even soundproofed.

The crime was discovered when Elizabeth’s eldest – Kerstin, got very ill and needs to be brought to the hospital. With the doctors asking so many questions, Fritz was forced to bring out Elizabeth from their basement, took him to the hospital to answer questions on Kerstin’s condition. And at this point the authorities find out about her situation.

For Elizabeth who has been enslaved and abused for almost half of her life, I just hope and pray that she’ll get the right medical, psychological treatment and support she can have… and also for her children.

For more details, see related videos of this news by clicking >>HERE<<.

Magpakatotoo ka, sister!

I have always respected people who are brave enough to tell their thoughts and people who are never afraid to say what they feel and fight for it. Some even considered them as more genuine and braver than others, because they don’t care what people will think of them as long as they are being true to themselves. I guess this is the reason why “Magpakatotoo ka” tag line became legendary.
However, this notion is being manipulated by people who want to make it as an excuse for their insecurities, undeveloped disciplined and stunted temper. Others would say, it’s just okay to show cold behavior to a person because you don’t FEEL like him, and carelessly say whatever you thought about him, whether good or bad. Justifying yourself -> “At least hindi ka plastic!” We’ll no one is exempted in this case cause I’m sure that in any ways each of us have some people whom we don’t really like, isn’t it?

I don’t have anything against people being true to themselves as long as this would settle for what’s best and this would improve their being. If “pagpakatotoo” would improve your relationship to others and elevate your self worth and confidence then I think there’s nothing wrong with it.

Because for me, a real authentic and brave person as quoted(which I greatly commend) is someone who can control his emotions, rather than his emotions controlling him.

It’s not always about us... our feelings… our rights. I’m sure we’ll still be meeting more people whom we don’t like or agree with. In our workplaces – they may be our bosses whom we think are not good enough or employees whom we don’t feel like working with; In schools – they can be our teacher who regard themselves as a-know-it all but is actually not and worse is… it can be in our own home. We cannot change people, but we can always change our attitude in dealing with them.

Lao-tzu was a real life guru as he quoted, “He who gains victory over other men is strong but he who gains victory over himself is all powerful.” J

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Kid's Camp 2008 .. AHA!


Wow! I had a fun summer this April… I thanked God for the opportunity of making me a part of our church Kid's Camp this year… I did learned a lot… to be honest, I had some regrets… cause I feel that I could have done better as a volunteer… I felt that I never gave my best, but still the Lord was very gracious for giving me this experience which really moved me…


At first I thought that I’ll be there to teach and assist the kids but eventually what happen was, the kids did taught me a LOT… I observed kids who are at their young age were very independent and responsible – with their things and how they manage themselves… I saw kids who easily mingle with others and are very friendly – no insecurities, no pretentions, only genuine friendship… which is a hard stuff for adults like us… we’re hard to trust others, we don’t easily open up… we make a lot of reservations and as much as possible keep everything to ourselves…There are also kids who are not afraid to eat or do their stuff alone without any companion… Which is an anxiety for me, I was never used to eat alone or go to the mall alone, I always find someone(a friend or a family) to be with me…


I realize that the Lord has His amazing ways of opening our eyes on the stuffs that already blinded us… on evaluating ourselves through others... and most of the times we just need to be sensitive enough to see it and respond to it…

Where are you going?

Success has little to do with speed but much to do with direction. 

Many times in my life I was occupied with the things I thought that would make me great and successful. I want everything in order, I plan most of the time, I set short-term and long-term goals, I give myself deadlines and engage with many organizations and activities. I always thought that smart and active living belongs to those whose schedules are hectic, have many acquaintances, and those who have jam-packed planners. But overtime I came to value that it is not what you accomplish that really matters rather where do these accomplishments lead you. 

You maybe achieving many things right now but in the end you’ll realize that everything you had was meaningless. And you’ll begin to ask yourself, “Is this everything I dreamt of?” or “Am I really happy?” Then soon be eaten up by frustrations and disappointments ... Reason? Simply because we never know where we are heading to. I believe that a person who doesn't know his destination in life is the most miserable human being on earth and someone who will never reach the finish line.

Ask yourself friend, “Where do I really wanna go?“ only then you’ll know the necessary steps to make.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Angel singin...


Such a sweet, innocent and angelic voice and face... I'm sure you've watched her famous homemade music video in youtube... cause if not, click here

Well this vid made this girl popular.. in spite of all its controversies i still believe in Marie's (pronounced as Mari-eh) talent... Aja! Girl power!

Btw, some of my favorites are "Stupid for you" which is an original and her rendition of "Say it right" by Nelly Furtado. Hope you enjoy her vid's :)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

BC like a B

Whew!! I had a very busy and tiring weekend last week… while some are looking forward to it to unwind and get some rest... well I had an occupied one…a trip from East to North…

Saturday – Wake up 5am... Went to TGPM, Antipolo with my church colleagues in preparation to our 2 major events this summer – Vacation Bible Experience and the Summer Kid's Camp. This was a comforting experience for me - spiritually. I got to escape from the hassle of work and the city… was able to ponder… and spend time with myself and the Lord…

Though the experience was awesome... the trip was drawn out and tiring...

Sunday – Wake up 6am... Went to Marilao, Bulacan to attend the briefing in Deca Homes and do the nitty gritty of the moving in procedure. Girl, this was really exhausting… Briefing ended at 12pm, which means we are starving to death for food and office is closed for lunch… but first things first... need to feed my stomach before I can feed my mind in planning what to do next… we ate our lunch and proceed to checking the units and processing our papers... we end up at 3:30pm to be exact... I was really uneasy at this time coz I’m very very late for the 3pm ministry in Bread... I have no choice but to text Teacher Rose and tell her I couldn’t make it… We leave Marilao at 4pm and reach QC by 5:30pm… im physically and emotionally drained mainly because of the commitment in Bread that I was not able to make…

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Single and Gay


Where in the world do people get the idea that single peeps are miserable? That you need someone who understands and loves you to make you a complete person… 

Well if getting married is the true essence of life and the secret formula to happiness, I wonder why there are growing numbers of broken families… why there are husbands cheating on their wives and vice versa… why divorce/separation is gradually accepted by our society… And surely there’s a lot I missed to mention - problems that married people exclusively deals with.

One thing I know, it’s not getting married that will make you live happily ever after just like how fairy tales end it…Happiness comes from within… Starts from you and me... You can be happy with or without a partner… It all boils down as to how you appreciate yourself…

So the next time your married friends ask you, “What’s wrong with you, why are you still single?” just throw the question back to him, “What’s wrong with you, why did you marry?” I bet its gonna be worth the try… lol

Funny UST scandal virus hits me… :(

Feb 18, “Funny UST scandal” virus attacks… Well believe me it’s not funny… What the virus did was automatically sends the users who I’m chatting with a YM message saying, “Buksan mo ito nakakatawa” with Funny UST scandal.avi.exe attachment. Then changed my YM status to “sino ang may gusto ng scandal… blah blah blah nye nye nye” And the moment the user opens the attachment, he will also experience the same. It was really embarrassing, since all Exist employees can see your new status, how much more if it’s your client who pings you and then the virus hits. So I decided not to use my YM before it spreads.

Unfortunately, Evan a friend of mine, already opened the attachment, and both of us were mucked up. I killed the virus by following this thread:

http://www.pcx.com.ph/forum/display_topic_threads.asp?ForumID=3&TopicID=28487&PagePosition=1

However, some issues still persists, like after reinstalling YM application, everytime my computer restarts I can’t use my YM anymore, unless I reinstall it again. Finally we killed the virus using the Noob killer, thanks to Agila’s advice. However again, now we cannot see the YM messages that we sent as well as the ones that we are receiving. We can see that the other user is typing a message but we cannot see his message to us. Hmmmm… Im not sure if this was some effect of the registry items that we deleted as we followed the thread above.

Also after installing Kaspersky in my machine, I noticed that it literally hangs all the application… it’s like my machine was in coma. So I disabled all the application that exhausts it. So I could at least use my machine and continue with my testing.

Finally to repair it, we reinstalled the operating system.. After less than an hour of setting up… Whoala it was fixed!

As to how I got the virus, some discussion thread says that it can be passed through USB which was also infected… makes sense… cause after scanning my USB I saw the culprit and now he’s a dead meat!

Monday, February 11, 2008

HaPpy tRiP !

I remember one pastor compared “choosing our mate” in “riding public buses”. Hmmm… at first I find it weird and peculiar to associate two completely different activities, but as I continue to listen, it makes more sense to me.


In our country, most of us have tried riding public buses or jeepneys going to work or whatever destination it may be. For those who haven’t tried one, here are some of my personal tips in making your first trip valuable:


First we need to choose a bus that leads to our destination. No matter how nice and how cool one bus is it won’t matter to us unless it would take us to our goal. Waiting for the right bus is cheaper than riding the first bus we see that would take us to a different place. This is also the basic prerequisite in choosing your mate, know your purpose first and make sure that the person you’ll settle with has the same purpose. As one author quoted, love is not just looking in the eyes face to face, it’s more of holding hands side by side and looking in the same direction. I cannot imagine couple going different direction in their married life.

Then we could consider buses that have exceptional reputation in service to their passengers – may it be in the quality of the bus itself or in the service of the bus employees. I think you’ll agree with me if I say choose a companion with noble character and good reputation.

Lastly, we can now take into account the look and feel of the bus we will be riding. Is it pleasing to ride? Will you be comfortable in it? Will it take you faster to your destination? Likewise with our partners, physical attraction also counts. It’s always better to walk down the aisle with a fine-looking young man waiting for us. But remember friends, this would only be true if the first two requirements were already satisfied.
It may require us some patience and waiting for the right person to come into our life but believe me it’s gonna be worth the wait.

Happy trip!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Fly Light ...


I remember creating this simple poem while riding in the MRT, sometime August, 2006. Just reminded by it today. As usual its one of the most appalling morning that I experienced in MRT – crowd control, endless pile of people heading towards the entrance, tough push from other passengers as if it’s the last train to ride, a step on your foot by the person beside you, grudges by some pesky passengers, jam-packed commuters inside the train all struggling for some space and air to breathe.


What a dreadful day to start the week, not to mention the bunch of work waiting for you in the office.
With all these cynical-MRT things happening around me… thank God I was able to find my own little space near the window of the next train heading south. And outside the window I saw the different facet of MRT …

Just beneath the clear, blue sky
I can see the clouds fly up high
I can’t help but wonder and be amazed
Of this great creation which now I gazed.


This fluffy, cottony and soft-like thing
Reminds me to stop
And appreciate what this day may bring
Its bright and luminous color
Is impossible to ignore
Brought peace and tranquility to my weary soul.


Gracefully as it vanished above
I remove all the burdens, I kept and had
So in my journey I can travel light
And fly like the clouds, near to my God

--Author: Girlie Mangalo

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Ironically Funny...

Just listing some of my observations I find strange and funny:

  1. Why do you call it rush hour, when people are inside PUVs havin' nothing to do but to wait dreadfully inside these vehicles that are hardly moving and are all piled up in the streets?
  2. In MRT especially during peak hours, and the train was kinda empty, people rushed and pushed each other carelessly knowing there’s enough space for everyone?
  3. In MRT people prefer to stay near the sliding doors, though center aisle are vacant and knowing it would cause them more trouble and stress staying there?
  4. Why do men drink excessively as if there’s no tomorrow just to blow it out?
  5. Some part of this item can be best said in Tagalog: Before, parents would ask, “Bakit di pa kayo magpakasal para magkaanak na kayo?” Today, parents would ask, “Bakit kayo magpapakasal? Buntis ka na ba?”
More to come…

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bata, bata paano ka ginawa?


I can’t hide my delight, whenever I got the chance to observe kids. I don’t know what’s running on their little heads, but they don’t need to speak or throw a joke to entertain me, I already am. Amazingly they already knew one of the greatest lesson in life, adult like us should learn - to live one day at a time.

No regrets on the past, no pressure about the present, no worries for the future. They are basically there just to enjoy, play, laugh and have fun.

They were not afraid to fall and get hurt, maybe that’s why they learn faster than us. 
They were not afraid to get messed and dirty, that’s why they are more creative. 
They don’t hold grudges with their playmates, that’s why they have more friends than enemies. 
They easily forgive, maybe that’s why they are happier than us. 
They laugh out loud, smile often, excited to eat, eager to learn, easy to please and sleeps evenly… 

How I wish we older people can be like kids who takes pleasure in each day that God gave us. Ohh, maybe we will justify ourselves by saying, “Come on! Who would want to be like them, they're just kids who knew nothing about the real life.”  Well, I'd rather be like this “just” kids who understand nothing about life but knows how to appreciate it than to be a “know-it-all” adult who pretends to comprehend everything about life yet remain hollow and discontent.