Saturday, May 31, 2008

Free Wi-Fi Connection at the Centennial Airport

I was waiting for my flight to Cebu when I decided to boot up my lappy since I saw other users fiddling with their laptops. I thought that there was a free Wi-Fi connection so I booted up as well. Well I did manage to find several Wi-Fi connections but some were free yes but no wonder they are free because the connection was slow and unstable. I had to reconnect every 5 minutes or so and it took several minutes for a page to load. Well my time and effort in booting up my laptop was sure wasted since I couldn’t connect to the internet anyway.

But at least I had the time to write this entry so by the time I arrive home I have more entries that I could post because it would be another several weeks until I am able to connect to the internet when I travel to Canada.

But really, airports should really provide free Wi-Fi connections because we do pay airport fees or whatever aside from the airplane tickets we buy. I swear, that the internet is a valuable utility since it could help you in booking hotels and renting cars because searching the phonebook and calling each establishment one by one is surely a waste of time.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Look of the Year


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And joining this contest is quite easy! All you have to do is be your beautiful self and snap a picture and send it to Look of the Year!

This is not any beauty contest people! This is the real thing! The contestants are from all over the world and they are all beautiful and glamorous and they have their eyes set on that price so join now and show the world how beautiful you are!


Speed Packing

What is speed packing anyway? Well it's a new word I coined (well I claim it's new but I guess it's not, Lol!) after experiencing (still experiencinAg) the stress and headaches of packing all your life in one medium-sized bag.

I know that we should have packed and sorted all our stuff a few months ago but we were complacent and thought that our departure date is still far away. And after a few days, we then realize that we only have today (since we're leaving tomorrow) as our last packing day and guess what? We're still half-way through!

Oh well, charge it to experience as usual.

The Next Dockers Commercial

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I have always been a great fan of Dockers. I just loved how comfortable I am when I wear them and I like the way it makes me look mature and sophisticated. That is why I am so delighted to find out the Dockers contest!

Yup you get to make your very own Dockers commercial and if you're lucky enough you might just win and get your few minutes of fame as your Docker commercial will have it's own airtime at NBC!

Who knows, you might have a future in the advertisement business after all! So get up from that chair and start shooting your Docker's commercial now! Or you might as well check out the competition in the Dockers contest . I have watched the submitted videos and I have to say that some people are really very creative and wacky! I just love the way that this contest is bringing out the talent and creativity out of people!

The video that I really like is called Versatile. Just look for it at the Dockers contest page. You'd be amaze how the videos are. Some are so-so but the others are exceptional!

So check out for yourself what I am babbling about and show off your talent and creativity by joining the contest. No purchases are necessary for the contest. All you need is a camera, a good script, and your computer.

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The Flippox Dynasty


SM Pictorials - Flippox Dynasty

Let me introduce to you guys the Flippox Dynasty! These are my crazy weird friends from high school and I am surely going to miss them when I leave for Canada. The pictures you see were taken from SM Cagayan de Oro. What can I say? The people at Flippox Dynasty are very smart, beautiful, handsome, creative, artistic, and perverted (well some members at least) hahaha! That is why that even at a Despedida gathering we can't help but make art through our pictorials. I too was excited at the idea of a pictorial (I'm a frustrated model hahaha) and you can check me out here:
SM Pictorials

So what is the Flippox Dynasty? Well there is already a Flippox Dynasty Bibliography created by the wacky Glenn and it goes like this:
Before I reveal to you this very sacred and important text it is necessary that you observe all proper decorum in an act of respect and devotion to our beloved group and cause. None of the information you are about to read today must leave knowledge of yourself and must be upheld with deep security. Will you now please stand up, raise your right hand properly in the air, and place your left hand on the right side of your chest, and read loudly the following words:

"I (state your full name, vital statistics, and age), properly oblige to the group's foundations and observes sincerely the laws and regulations passed down unto us by our very hot and all-knowing super-founder, the Super Overlord God-Emperor Glenus Paolus Tulos, and the less great and powerful founder, Empress Snow Queen, the queen of the ice cubes. Any violation or revelation of Flip D. secrets to citizens outside the sophistication of this membership, I shall willfully inherit the punishment of castration (for men) and/or death by stoning or mutilation (women)."

After reading the first paragraph, will you now please place your left hand on the top of your head, your right hand on your butt, lift your right leg parallel to your waist and sing the first phrase of the Macarena. After which you then say these words aloud.

"My mama is so fat, when she farted she launched herself into space!"

You now take a brief pause and make a gentlemanly bow. You may now take your seat.

You are now officially granted access to the secrets of the Flip D. at the price of your dignity and intelligence. You may now continue.

HISTORY OF Flip D.
- This text was found in a pink journal of the Super Overlord God-Emperor during the early foundation of the Flip D.

Text No. 1. It said the following:

Flip D., or more "popularly" known as the Flipox Dynasty, is a worldwide organization that was founded in the land of Lumbia, in an open space of the XUHS campus, called the-covered-used-to-be-an-open-space-court. It was a time of chaos and war.

Amidst this, I, the Super Overlord God-Emperor, in an amazing and rare act of super heroics that only super overlord god-emperors like me could ever perform, decided to lead the Flip D. freedom force to overthrow the evil tyrant named the Snow Queen and her army of hypnotized
mushu dragon clones. Together with my right-hand general, Major Minor Lieutenant General Captain Peperus Villiarus Peperonicus, then known as the abominable eggnok, made an initial strike to the heart of the Snow Queen's capital, the Loyola fortress.

Our attempt was futile. The Snow Queen's mushu dragon clones proved more powerful and outranked us five trillion to zero point one.

But then, when we thought all hope was lost, came hope (duh!). Kit the mother superior, Abbie the anime fanatic, Edgar the pinya-man, and Eurie the sports girl/guy-who's-also-good-in-her-studies, all came in a resounding clap of thunder. Together they smote the mushu dragons with unbelievable strength!

The battle was bloody! The pinya-man used his razor-sharp pinya leaves that seemed to have mutated on the top of his head and cut off the limbs of the enemy. Kit the mother superior called forth her ability to talk things out and well she talked things out!! Maj. Min. Lt. Gen. Cpt. Peperonicus transformed himself into a tank and drove through enemy defenses easily. Eurie hit everyone in the face, including me. And I, the most powerful of all, used my exotic Korean catfight moves which I learned from the monks of Mt. Kitanglad who happened to be Koreans, who happened to have escaped from the mental institution, who happened to be cold-hearted serial killers, who happened to be just reflections of myself in a mirror due to an impaired mental judgment of reality caused by weeks of extreme dehydration. How I or the mirror got to Mt. Kitanglad is none of your business. NONETHELESS my impressive skills decimated nearly eighty percent of the enemy, rendering the actions of my comrades completely irrelevant and useless.

It was then when the Snow Queen finally emerged from the horizon in her pajamas and in blinding radiance. Our advance was halted immediately! She had emerged from her sleep and her hair looked like crazy! It was then when we realized that the Snow Queen had recruited help as well. Our greatest fear had become reality! Daphne was revived from her "hibernation", and Princes Mimi, the Snow Queen's sister, had begun her transduction, otherwise known as puberty, and thus making her considerably powerful, and not to mention "grown".

ANYWAY! As if our situation wasn't bad enough, the Snow Queen also biologically enhanced five mushu dragon clones she now calls The Elite Mushu Dragon Rangers Squad, otherwise the TEMDRASQUA! Each one has the fighting potential equivalent to seven hundred billion normal mushu dragon clones.

We all paused ourselves in deep silence as somebody blew his fart and also because none know the actual outcome of the battle. Both sides are now equally matched. But then... a glimmer of hope... in a situation of hopelessness and smelly gas, a brave warrior came to our aid...

Optimus Prime had come!

(By the way JM, Yoojin, Kris, and the rest will be appearing later on in the story! So don't complain!! Hehehehe.)
So much for that... here is my version. And I am not Pinya Man, I am Pine Edgar, a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom... Anyway I will now tell you the history of the Flippox Dynasty...
The Flippox Dynasty was originally formed at Xavier University High School during the freshmen years of the founders, me (Edgar aka Pinya Man since I live in Pineapple Country and I had spiky hair then), Glenn aka Confused Dick Overlord (because he is very smart and talented, a writer and artist, a philosopher of Confusedcianism, but a perve), Pepper aka General Egghead (see for yourself, joke) and Kevin aka Pretty Boy (because he left the group to pursue girls hahaha).

I don't know why the three of us banded but maybe this is because of the horror and shock that we had encountered during the War of the Lunch Tables during lunch time. You must be in a group in order to have a proper seat and table during lunch time. I remember that if the lunch bell rings a representative of the group must dash down the stairs to the Open Shed to secure a territory for eating hehehe.

Because the three of us were very powerful since we have our own lunch area, many less fortunate beings came to us for shelter (hehehe). And these beings were Angela aka Snowqueen (since she is as white as snow, a singer, artist, model, host, and she overthrew the three founders and proclaimed herself empress), Kit aka Mother Superior (for her motherly charms), Eureka aka ??? (she doesn't have a nickname except that she is another philosopher and she founded the Shanidarism).

We were a very happy group and we then had new additions to our Dynasty:
  • Mimi - the Snowqueen's Sister
  • Abi - the Anime Fanatic
  • Mik aka Mushu the Dragon (cause he looks like one? not sure hehehe) oh yes, another perve hahaha!
  • JM aka Abi-Look-a-Like! Hahaha! She's also called Innocent JM because she doesn't want to hear words like panty, boobs, ****, and you get the point. She is the complete opposite of Glenn!
  • Eliza the Smily Girl (she's always beaming... and happy!)
  • YooJin the Korean (hehehe don't know here that well)
  • Manong Eugene - The personal servant of the Snowqueen. Before Pepper was the servant but he quit hehehe
  • Actually there are two or more other Flippox Dynasty people but I haven't been around with the Flippox during college because I can't deprive the other people from me hehehe.
But whatever! I'll miss these guys so much! Take care ok? ^_^

SocialSpark is Here!


We all know that the blogosphere is already thriving with so many bloggers and I am happy that our numbers are getting larger and larger!

It's great that there are people out there who are open and willing to share their thoughts, learnings, and knowledge. And some of these bloggers are really really interesting just like mlizcochico who is a WAHM (that's Work At Home Home Mom) and what's great about these mommies is that they can really plan their days taking care of their little ones while they bring order to the house, plus they even get to blog! I just love her recipes and some tips about health, it's really helpful and interesting. Just check out her profile at SocialSpark.

Yup SocialSpark is the hangout of incredible bloggers and this is a great place to show-off your beloved blogs and at the same time earn money through blog sponsorships and sponsored reviews. It's quite easy to get sponsored reviews at SocialSpark too and it's quite easy to move around once you got the hang of it.

Check out my profile too vincentb88! So if you're a blogger and who is into socializing and meeting other people who share the same passion as you, Blogging, then this place is for you! Don't forget to add me as your friend once you sign-up ok? ^_^

Delayed Tag

I've been receiving a lot of messages and I've been so busy these weeks (busy daw hehehe) that's why I may have forgotten to do some tags and I'm sorry for that. Just remembered that I haven't done this tag that RNFreebies has sent me and I thank RNFreebies for this tag and sorry for doing it so late.

You can check out the original tag HERE. I decided to just post part of it since I have done this tag before HERE and this tag is soooo long hehehe. So here it is:

The rules are:

1. Mention the person who tagged you and create a link back to them.
2. Copy-paste the traits for all the twelve months (see below).
3. Pick your month of birth.
4. Highlight the traits that apply to you.
5. Tag 12 people and let them know by visiting their blogs and leaving a comment for them.
6. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve done it!

AUGUST: Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.

To all those who want to do this tag then by all means just do it hehehe. ^_^

Q & A Tag


Participants: Tere-Blessing in Life 2. Yen- Me and Mine 3. Aggie - Pink and Brown Diaries. 4. Mich - Random Thoughts 5. Vannie - FunFierceFab 6. Jane - My Charmed Life. 7. Abie – Women Xplore 8. Princess Vien 9. cookie jar of entertainment 10. Edz - This is everyone's journey 11. Renz- Live the Life of ADreamer 12. Edgar - Angel in the Sickroom 13. Your blog here

I've got this tag from Edz and Renz!

1. What do you want for your birthday?
Don't really expect anything. I also don't want any material thing as of now.

2. Who will be your next kiss?
The love of my life? Or my future wife? hahaha!

3. When was the last time you went to the mall?
Last week I guess.

4. Are you wearing socks right now?
Nope because I'm at home.

5. How did you spend your summer?
Staying at home blogging and some traveling around the Philippines. It was fun!

6. Have you been to the cinema in the last 5 days?
Why would I go to the cinema when I could watch video in the comfort of my home? But I haven't watch anything really. Not time.

7. What was the last thing you had to drink?
Water I guess. I don't really remember if I drank anything this morning...

8. What are you wearing right now?
Nothing. Joke! ^_^ Pants and shirt.

9. What was your last purchase?
Is fare from a public transpo fit this criteria? If not, food!

10. What was the last food you ate?
ICE CREAM! Chocolate and peanut. Don't like the combination though but loved the chocolate.

11. Who would be the person you would call if you were up in the middle of the night and couldn’t sleep?
I don't disturb anyone when I can't sleep. I'm not rude hahaha!

12. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?
Nope. Just a Genuine Windows XP Home for my lappy (so Microsoft my OS is legite ok?).

13. Do you have a pet?
I had... huhuhu... but my Missy the Doggie is with her original owner right now.

14. What made you laugh in the last 5 days?
Watching funny shows like Scrubs, Friends, and Ellen Degeneres.

15. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
My new home in Canada ^_^

16. What is the last thing you purchased online?
An workout video for $6 which I haven't used yet hehehe. Lazy me.

17. One thing you hate about yourself?
I have a lots of downsides but my worst would be my inability to open up with new people but I'm learning to cope and fix this if I want to meet new friends in Canada.

18. Do you miss anyone?
My friends? But i don't miss them yet hehehe. We just had get togethers... ok fine I'm missing them already huhuhu...

19. What are your plans for the day?
Uh pack my stuff? hehehe.

20. Last person you msg’d?
I think it was Edz.

21. Ever went to a camp?
You mean like a camping camp? Yeah I did when I was a kid.

22. Are you a good student in school?
Maybe... never failed anything hehehe. ^_^

23. What do you know about the (your) future?
The future is vague. But I want to stir my own path into becoming a successful nurse practitioner.

24. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne?
Yup I am. Bench Wired.

25. Where is/are your best friend/s right now?
In the Philippines. In Bukidnon to be specific.

Oh yeah I'm tagging everyone who wants to be tagged Lol! ^_^

Thank you again Renz and Edz!

On Flying

I just love flying! I had ridden an airplane at least 5 times but I never get over the thought that I am actually flying above the clouds like I have always dreamed as a kid. I was carefree and for a short while everything else didn’t seem to matter, all my worries and things on my mind disappeared. I was lost in my own imaginations as I stared at the mountains and the sea. The flying experience was amazing.

I could just imagine myself having super powers and that I would soar high into the skies with my black wings and I know that I would love the way the cool wind would blow into my face.

I just hope that my 12 hour flight to Canada will be as equally enjoyable but I bet it will! As long as the in-flight entertainment is good, hahaha! ^_^


Photo Credits:

Blue blue sky by ~Eevee90

Thursday, May 29, 2008

So What?

I had to remove my old chatbox and replace it with a new one because I wanted a chatbox where I could delete, ban, and report IP addresses of users who are just plain nuisance.

Get off your back you say? I don't even know who you are for God's sake because you spineless wimpy coward don't even leave any information as to who you are. I am not stupid or blind, I know that my stomach is big and that's none of your business. If you don't want to look at my picture then don't. That's not my problem, just don't be arrogant enough to place your stupid and uncalled-for comments like "deal with the fact that you're fat".

Because you know what? I don't care if I'm fat or ugly. Because I don't exist in this world to satisfy you or anyone else. I have a family that loves me, I have friends who adore me, and a few days from now I will be moving to a first world country where we will be spending our hard earned millions living a life of luxury and ease and where I will earn my professional license as a nurse practitioner and I will continue to live life as content and as happy as I am now while you people continue to waste your time trying to put me down.

I DON'T CARE IF I'M FAT OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU SAY TO ME FOR THAT MATTER BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY... YOU PEOPLE WHO TRY TO RUIN MY DAY... ARE JUST WORTHLESS BEINGS WHO ARE DISCONTENTED WITH THEIR SELVES AND LIFE... and you people would be NOTHING to me after posting this.

Don't you have anything better to do than criticize other people (pitiful losers)? Are you PERFECT then and that gives you the RIGHT to CRITICIZE other people?

Don't HATE me because I am HAPPY with my life and we are successful...

Angel the Miniature Pinscher


Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you Angel the Miniature Pinscher! Nope she’s not a replacement for Missy (because there would only be one dog in my life and that’s my Missy). Angel belongs to my mom’s cousin and we’re staying with her in Makati at her place while we wait for our seminar. What I find cute with Angel is that she can really bark loud for a small toy dog. This dog could be mistaken for a toy indeed as she was very small! This has been my first time to actually see a toy dog, the toy dog I could see on TV was Paris Hilton’s dog. But Angel is quite fashionable don’t you think wearing that pink dress and a gold necklace.

My Tita Marlyn (Angel’s owner) said that dogs were not allowed in their building but she could easily pass through the lobby without Angel being noticed. She just had to place Angel in her handbag, Lol!




Angel is the perfect Toy Dog to put in your bag and tag along while you walk and buy stuff at the local designer stores like Paris Hilton hahaha!
Awe... I miss my own angel, Missy the Doggie...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

On Traveling

Traveling may be the best source of great blog ideas ever! While traveling to Manila and Cebu I had encountered frustrations, amazement, and just the unexpected. I had brought with me my laptop during my travels but I don’t seem to have any luck finding a Wi-Fi hotspot so that I could update my blog. I’ll just have to post my updates when I get to connect to the internet. In the meantime I just have to be contented typing down my thoughts and daily experiences on Microsoft Word and just publish it later. I still do have “future-dated posts” ready so that my blog could be updated even when I’m not connected to the internet.

So please accompany me as I share my travels… “sakay na” (hop on aboard)! ^_^





Finally! It has Arrived!

I have always been a huge fan of 5.11 Tactical Shirts and some may have known me for always loving collared-polo shirts. That is why I am so happy that my two kinds of outfits has finally merged into one. I love wearing uniforms (who wouldn't love men in uniforms?) and at the same time I want to be formal in a way and with 5.11 Tactical Shirts that has come true!

Don't you just love the way this shirt have lots of hidden pockets?! It's perfect for stashing important documents like your passports and stuff when you're traveling. And that's not all, the 5.11 Tactical Shirts are not only comfortable but as usual resistant to wear-and-tear. It has great features like the Dri-X-Treme® Mesh Liner which keeps your body dry by moving moisture from the body to outside the shirt!

Guess your ordinary designer shirts doesn't have these features right? 5.11 Tactical Shirts are not only fashionable they are also very practical.


Slave: The Cat Star Chronicles Review

Finally, after waiting for just a few days, I received my own copy of Cheryl Brook's very first supernatural-romantic novel, Slave: The Cat Star Chronicles.

I thank Danielle, Ms. Brook's lead publicist, for sending me a copy of Slave and I apologize that it took me a while before I could make my review. But here it goes.

I received my copy just before the day that I was scheduled to go to Manila and I have to say that it was great timing indeed because I now know that I have a great book to read whenever I'm bored or have nothing else to do.

Slave is nothing like the books that I have read before and this is very true indeed. Sure I am fond of reading supernatural stories but I have never encountered a work such as Slave that is very descriptive that I could actually see, feel, taste, smell, and hear what the protagonist of the novel, Jacinth, is experiencing!

The words used in this novel are so stimulating and so descriptive that it actually keeps you up all night and you are addicted to it and I find it hard to drop and leave the book because the urgency to know what happens next is so strong!

I also showed my friend the book and just by looking at the cover she knew immediately that the content is hot and spicy but as the saying goes, "Don't judge a book by it's cover!" She just read the first line and she was already hooked to it! No kidding! She has my book right now because she practically loved it and thanked me for lending it to her.

The novel is romantic in nature but I loved the way Ms. Brook's incorporated witty jokes into it. The plot is very easy to understand and follow and Ms. Brooks makes it a point to discuss how things in the story came to be.

I am looking forward to reading the next installment of the Cat Star Chronicles: Warrior which I heard is going to be released this October 2008.

If you want to know more about Ms. Cheryl Brooks please check out my entry about her: A few Minutes with Cheryl Brooks.


Monday, May 26, 2008

On Searching For Lost Items

One thing that frustrates me the most is when I lose my stuff. I get really stressed out when any of my belongings get lost may it be a measly pen or worst, my Citizen watch (my most valuable accessory)!

Yup I was preparing the items that I was going to wear for tomorrow when tada! My watch was missing! I was thinking that I may have dropped it when I placed it in my pocket the last time I used it, but then I remember that I didn’t remove my watch at all. So I searched the whole freaking house which by the way is a huge mess! My house felt like an abandoned warehouse because all our furniture were already sold and the remaining stuff where literally littered everywhere.

It was 12:00 AM and I was already getting so drowsy and I had to get up early tomorrow. I felt like I just have to give up as looking for that darn watch is already a lost cause… but I didn’t give up and thankful that I didn’t.

I was thinking that I may have been looking for my watch at the places where it might be. Why not look for it in places where it normally shouldn’t be in. And the first thing that came to my mind was, “Why not try the trashcan?” And guess what? I found my prized possession with all the junk I threw. Good thing my dad didn’t throw away the trash or my watch would have been long gone.

So next time you look for a lost item… look for it somewhere unexpected!

Creative Regeneration


After 10 years (well not really, just an expression) I've finally logged in back to my blog and updated it with this entry. I've already been home for a week now but for that one whole week I felt really lazy and I didn't want to do anything but just sit back and relax and watch TV (which I never do when I was busy blogging) or something.

But again after having some thoughts on my 1 week (or more) absence from the blogosphere maybe it was a productive thing to do. Let's just call my absence for one week as creative regeneration. The more rest I got, the more ideas I get back for blogging.

Or... you could just call me plain Mr. Lazy hahaha!

I plan to take advantage of Blogger's future-dated posts feature because once again I'm going to travel and this time I'm already moving to Canada. I'm once again bringing my lappy along but as by experience, never expect for a free Wi-Fi connection.

Plus with my future-dated posts I can be assured that my blog will be updated even if I don't log-on. Ha! Call that emergency blogging hehehe.


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Picture Credits:
Regeneration
by ~tjernstrom

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Perfect Gift for Dad

Father's Day is fast approaching so one is quite pressured to think of a great Father's Day gift for his/her dad. Our dads have been our strong pillar who was always there to support us and make us feel safe and strong that is why it is just right that we show our gratitude and love with something very extraordinary that he would like.

So what do fathers like? Well we all know that they love to sit and relax every Sunday, sipping their beer while watching their favorite game on the television. So why not make his relaxation time more enjoyable by getting him a huge HDTV with the best HD service (of course provided by Charter Communications)! I say get and not buy because you only need to enter in the contest, Father's Day in HD and you could win that giant HDTV! Just send a brief essay saying why your dad deserves a giant 65” LCD HDTV Flat Panel with the best Charter HD service and The Charter Bundle™ FREE for a year!

Wow! Any dad would really be extremely happy with a gift like that! And to think that joining is so easy! You just have to make sure that your dad lives in an area that is serviceable by Charter Communications and one is of legal age residing in the US.

So what are you waiting for? There are no entry fees and the contest ends at June 6, 2008 so write that essay and submit your entry for that awesome Father's Day in HD!

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

In a Bag

After packing all my bags I suddenly felt a chill down my spine. I can't help but ask, "Is this it? Is this all that belong to me?"

I suddenly realize that my material possessions really didn't matter at all. Because if ever I was gone and my possessions also disappeared then there was nothing that could ever prove that I ever existed (well there are my records at school and at the government registrars and this blog).

My possessions could all disappear (in fires, thefts, and other natural disasters) and then what would happen to me? What would happen to my life?

I felt uneasy as I felt that all that was me was crammed into just one large bag... it really is weird.

I then became afraid of what might come. Am I ready? Are we ready to live a new life in a distant and foreign land? But I do have my family to rely on so I guess that everything will be ok.




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Photo Credits:
Leaving by ~cmos-retina

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Car Rentals

I just recently went on a vacation with my family so naturally we don't have our car with us and I tell you... traveling without a car is frustrating and scary! In our vacation it was very hard to catch a taxi and if you did manage to get a taxi they will try to charge you at very high rates especially if you're going to far away places.

So if you're traveling it's best to rent a car! And if you're going to rent a car it would be best if you go with Advantage for your rental needs! Imagine, they offer the best rates for brand new vehicles like SUV's, cars, vans, trucks, and more with several brands and types of vehicles to choose from starting from a very low price of $19.99!

With Advantage you are sure that your car rental is always less than what you expect and you don't only get comfort and ease-of-mind you also get something else... luxury as Advantage has great cars to choose from!

People Who Curse and Say Bad Words

I really hate people who says bad words and curse! I hate it when I hear them cursing by themselves because it just makes the air so negative and I don't like it and I get in a bad mood.

I wonder why some people love having a foul mouth. Maybe they think that it's so cool and that they are so amazing if they had a wide vocabulary when it deals with ill and bad words.

Here are other terms for bad words: A curse word. A swear word. A malediction, malison, imprecation, denunciation, execration, anathema, proscription, commination, expletive, disparagement, vilification, or vituperation. Bad language, strong language, foul language, colorful language, blue language, unparliamentary language, profane language, or harsh language.

As Dr. Kate said:
"Swearing in public upsets many people. It is really verbal harassment if other people can hear it.

It is good manners to remember where you are and think about other people's rights and feelings. Everyone has the right to feel safe and having to hear loud nasty words can make people feel unsafe. If people are annoying you by using bad language move away from them and don't use it yourself."
If you grew up swearing all the time then you should really stop it because it is very offensive and rude. If you can't help it and have to say something then make it creative like saying Holy Cow instead of Holy Sh*t or "Bark" it instead of the F word.

And if anyone uses these foul words at you remember that there are more words in the vocabulary than the known foul words. Example:

Foul Mouth: Hey you [censored]! What are you doing here [censored]? [censored] off!
You: Excuse me is it me or do I smell a foul wind slightly blowing?
Foul Mouth: Why don't you [censored] me instead you [censored].
You: Oh please my dear fellow, you are nothing but a minute particle slowly drifting to a dark lonely abyss... I pity you.
Foul Mouth: Oh come on you [censored]. You think that I [censored] care about what the [censored] you're talking about?!

<<<>>>

Foul Mouth: Hey you [censored]! What are you doing here [censored]? [censored] off!
You: (not minding that pitiful creature)

Planning the Ultimate Vacation

I just arrived home today after traveling from Manila (and the surrounding provinces) and Cebu in the Philippines and yet my mom and I are already planning and thinking about our next big trip in the future. Our destination? No other than the United States of America. Sure it's just at the bottom from us (Canada) but it has always been a Filipino's dream to set foot in USA. And the city that we're going to visit? No other than the home of the Hollywood Stars, Los Angeles! The City of Angels is sure the best place to be because it's a place filled with entertainment and great shopping centers. And who knows you might just be lucky enough to bump into Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in a shop somewhere.

I have a friend who saw Elijah Wood in a video store and she immediately bought a Lord of the Rings DVD to have Elijah sign it. She approached him and asked him for an autograph. For a while Elijah stared at her with a sort of curious expression. But he did sign it and when my friend read the autograph it was signed: Daniel Radcliffe! hahaha! What a blooper but they do somehow look a like right? So if you plan to visit Hollywood be sure that you got their (Hollywood Stars) names right.

Another city I would sure like to visit is Las Vegas so I could try my luck at those slots and maybe visit the Grand Canyon afterwards. There are so many places in the US that I sure would like to visit and since I'm not good with directions and all I would have to rely on the services of Trusted Tours & Attractions to help us plan our vacation and not to mention that they offer discounted tickets to 23 cities in the US.

So if you're interested in sightseeing tours it's best to check out Trusted Tours & Attractions for ideas on what to do like Things to do in Boston and the like.

So if you're still planning your vacation then you should sign up for the Trusted Tours & Attractions Newsletter so that you could get new ideas for your planning and you might as well win a $150 itunes gift card just for signing up! I sure did sign up and it just took less than a minute to complete. No credit cards or anything was needed.

All that's left for me to do is save up for that trip!

The Stench of Death

I could not be mistaken. I know that smell very well and I know that life must have just been taken from some poor creature.

When I was at our living room I sensed this strong pungent smell and I wanted to get rid of it immediately. I asked my father if he smelled but he said no.

Was I hallucinating? Was I the only one who smelled death in the air? I knew that it must be a rat or something but then why don't they smell it? This must be an omen I thought... a bad one.

I feared the most for my family and my safety because if this was an omen... well you get the point.

But a few days later the smell was gone and I was right as my father discovered the carcass of a dead rat (probably killed by Missy the Doggie).

After that happening, I started to fear death as I still don't want to die. Not yet. We're this close to fulfilling my mom's dreams so not yet...

I used to want to die before when I didn't have any dreams at all. But now that I have some purpose in my life, I don't want to die yet until I have the sense of fulfillment that my life was actually worthwhile. I still want to know my potentials...





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Photo Credits:XIII: Death by *SilentReaper

Friday, May 16, 2008

I Hate Computers!

I don't actually hate computers. I just hate it when they break down! Our PC which we were supposed to sell wouldn't boot and keeps on restarting after the Windows XP logo appears. Grr! I have to do something about it when we return from Manila and Cebu. I have already contacted someone about it but that someone hasn't replied yet but I'm sure that there are several computer repair shops down town.

I could try fixing it myself but guess what? My darn Windows XP installer CD is missing! I hate it when some stupid people come meddling with my belongings and then fail to return it as it was. I was really stressed out when I couldn't find that darn CD.

What added to my stress was my loud-mouth father who has no knowledge about computers (he doesn't even know how to save for crying out loud!) and then here he goes why this happened bla bla bla. I wished that he would just shut up because it was my mom who I was speaking to as she practically owned almost everything in his old crummy house. He did not even own the computer so he had no right to lecture me about it.

God! Why don't they realize that sooner or later the computer does break down even if that darn computer cost a lot! Like relax people, all I need is another installer and that software problem will be as good as new ok? Or I could just send it to a computer repair shop and for Php 600 ($15) problem solved! So back off my case!

Grrr!

I swear I wouldn't meddle with computer system settings again!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I Love You Jollibee

If you ask any Filipino what fast food chain they love, the majority would perhaps say Jollibee. Jollibee has a long history and it has already been part of the Filipino culture. You wouldn't be in a mall in the Philippines that wouldn't have Jollibee in it.

So why would people love Jollibee? Here are some reasons I came up with:
  1. The prices are very reasonable and affordable. For as low as Php 39 you could already have a decent meal. The meal does not have any drinks but you could always request for free water (a healthy choice too!).
  2. Wide menu selection. One has a variety of food to choose from from pasta, chicken, steaks, and not to mention their yummy desserts! And guess what? They still are innovating and adding more selections to their products!
  3. It's a trusted brand. What began as a modest start-up in 1978 is now one of the most remarkable success stories in local business. What is now known as Jollibee started out as an ice cream parlor founded by the Tan family, led by Tony Tan Caktiong. However, the company knows how to adjust to its customers' tastes, and soon it was serving more of the hamburgers and spaghetti that were added to the menu. It eventually incorporated even more food items into the menu, including everyone's favorite Chicken Joy, the chain’s #1 selling product to this day.
  4. Great Customer Service. The store team are very friendly and accommodating. I am going to share a personal story that proves the great customer service of Jollibee.
So here is the story. I was waiting for my mom at a Jollibee in Divisoria (Cagayan de Oro) because that's where we always met before Jollibee-XU opened up. I ordered a chocolate sundae and as I was carrying my order to my table on the second floor I dropped it and it fell to the ground making such a mess. Of course I was quite conscious with what happened and quickly escaped. Some Jollibee crew members saw this and cleaned my mess up. A little later I was amazed because they gave me another chocolate sundae to replace the one I dropped! It was my fault that the sundae fell but they replaced it anyway! This is why I love Jollibee so much. Every time I have to eat out or have an early breakfast (before 6 am) I always go to Jollibee because never have I been disappointed with them.

I told myself that if ever I would set up a business in the future I would like to franchise a Jollibee food chain, well that is if I have 15M to 30M (USD266,445.00 to USD532,890.00) in the future.

I Want Eyeglasses!

Yup I sure do want eyeglasses! Yeah that's me but those glasses aren't mine, they belong to KC, the one you see at the back hehehe.

We actually went to an optometrist to have a check up to see if I need glasses and to my dismay I had a perfect 20/20 vision. Darn perfect eyes hehehe.

Yeah I actually want to have eyeglasses becuase of the following reasons:
  • people with eyeglasses look smart and sophisticated
  • I think it's fashionable
  • I don't want anyone to see my eyes (but I'm not talking about sunglasses already, Lol!)
Oh well sooner or later I will have to get glasses since I'm always in front of the computer (I'll just cross my fingers hehehe). Other people who have eyeglasses don't really like wearing them and some kids think that it's nerdy and geeky looking, but for me I'd rather be a nerd hehehe.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Fashion Schools

Nobody knows this but I am into fashion and studying this art in a fashion school has been one of my dreams. Well I may not become a famous fashion designer in the future but at least learning how to mix and match colors and decide what looks best for me is one good reason why I should enroll in a fashion design school. Not only will I save a ton of money for image consultations I will also save my self from frustrations of not being able to find the clothes that matches my style and personality.


I really love clothes and I love to look good so that I could also somehow feel good. They say that first impressions are important and wearing the right kind of clothes may attract new friends to you or repel them away. Fashion is one good way to express one's personality. "What you wear is who you are," as one saying goes. And what's the best place to learn about what's new and what's hot and be a professional fashion designer? No other than fashion schools!

Monday, May 12, 2008

WiFi Detectors

My friend and I always get fed up whenever we have to boot up our laptop just to check if there is a WiFi connection or not. It's quite tiring really and a complete waste of time when there is no WiFi network available.

So I searched the WWW and guess what I found. Check these amazing gadgets out! These babies are truly lifesavers and very valuable to on-the-go netizens like me:

But be warned when buying a Kensington WiFi detector!

It may look good but several people who bought it thought that it was crappy because it doesn't work.

If you really want a WiFi detector that is good please make sure that your WiFi detector has these features:
  • Backlight LCD screen shows signal strength, network ID (SSID), encryption status and channel
  • Provides specific information about each network when multiple networks are present
  • Detects Encryption (WEP and WPA)
  • Shows channel used (1-14)
  • Coverage: Up to 200 feet (60m) open environment
  • Identifies 802.11b and 802.11g networks
  • Dimensions: 2.5" x 2.75" x 1" thick (65mm x 70mm x 24mm)
  • Batteries: 2 x AAA (included)
  • CE approved and FCC compliant
  • Auto power off
And what WiFi detector has that? No other than DigiWifi:

Like it? Then buy it! lol! ^_^ Check it out at Amazon.com.

Midnight Snacks Won't Pack Fat

Ok I have been guilty of sneaking into the kitchen to grab a midnight snack (but only once, I'm so defensive hehehe). What can I do? I was going to bed and my stomach was begging me to eat something. So I did grab something from the refrigerator a Del Monte made recipe "Pizzarap (coined from the words pizza and masarap (yummy)". It was really yummy, it was made from cheese and ham rolled into a pan de sal (a type of bread) but it was more of a taco looking than a sandwhich... I actually had two slices...

Anyway I was guilty and all saying that I'm trying to loose weight but all I do is eat and eat and I ate at midnight when my metabolism is lower. But! Hear me out peepz! I have a scientific research to back me up!

According to Daniel J. Denoon, Midnight Snacks Won't Pack Fat! Activity and not meal timing is the key to weight control. You see they did these experiments with monkeys (since they are very similar to us) and they compared if nighttime meals made the monkeys heavier as compared to monkeys who have midday snacks.

Guess what? No change at all. Both monkeys still became fat. But some stayed lean because they were more active (monkey exercise, Lol!). And for those who believes that eating late at night makes you fat, that is a myth!

"If it were true that nighttime eating made you fat, everyone in Spain would be obese -- because they don't eat dinner until 10 p.m." as said by Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD
So hurray for me! A scientific study saved me from my "lapse of judgement" hehehe. Anyway I still have to look at what I eat though... I just hope there's an easier way to loose weight.

Update: Anyway, although you can have that midnight snack, please do try to sit awhile and don't go to bed directly as you might have another problem and it's not gaining weight... it's gastric reflux. It's when what you ate goes back to your esophagus because gastric acid (which is stronger when there is food) burns the esophageal sphincters which then leads to our heartburn. Also try sleeping lying at your left side so that the normal anatomical position of the stomach would help prevent the sphincter from being burned.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

I'm Loving Natasha Bedingfield

The first time I have heard Natasha Bedingfield sing was on a Pantene commercial were Ruffa Gutierrez was saying she was beautiful and glamorous (which she really is) and the song was "Unwritten" by Natasha and the song was perfect for the commercial. It showed beauty and it really sets the mood.

But recently I have discovered another Natasha Bedingfield song that I have fallen in love with. Listen to this song and guess what song this is (oh you can click in the pause button at the upper left corner of my blog to hush little David Archuleta for a while hehehe):







If you haven't guessed what that song is then here's the lyrics:

I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine.
I got a love, and I know that it's all mine.
Oh.

Do what you want, but you're never gonna break me.
Sticks and stones are never gonna shake me.
No.

Take me away: A secret place.
A sweet escape: Take me away.

Take me away to better days.
Take me away: A hiding place.

I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine.
I got a love, and I know that it's all mine.
Oh.

Do what you want, but you're never gonna break me.
Sticks and stones are never gonna shake me.
No.

I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine.
I got a love, and I know that it's all mine.
Oh.

Wish that you could, but you ain't gonna own me.
Do anything you can to control me.
Oh, no.

Take me away: A secret place.
A sweet escape: Take me away.

Take me away to better days.
Take me away: A hiding place.


There's a place that I go,
But nobody knows.
Where the rivers flow,
And I call it home.

And there's no more lies.
In the darkness, there's light.
And nobody cries.
There's only butterflies.

Take me away: A secret place.
A sweet escape: Take me away.

Take me away to better days.
Take me away: A hiding place.

Take me away: A secret place.
A sweet escape: Take me away.

Take me away to better days.
Take me away: A hiding place.

Take me away: A secret place.
To better days take me away.

Take me away to better days.
Take me away: A hiding place.

The sun is on my side.
Take me for a ride.
I smile up to the sky.
I know I'll be all right.

The sun is on my side.
Take me for a ride.
I smile up to the sky.
I know I'll be all right.

I love it! It really sets the mood, it's so empowering. I love the way she mixes soul, R&B, and Pop just like little David Archuleta. I can't wait for their duet!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Don't Fear Your Problems

Fairy tale endings where the princess and the prince charming live happily ever after will never happen in real life. Why? Because what would they be doing when they’re just happy? What would they do if everything just works out for them? The answer? They would get bored to death! As one friend of mine said, she wants to look for problems because life with out problems would be plain repetitive! At first I thought that she was out of her mind and she probably needs to talk with a psychologist quick! Why would anyone look for problems? But after thinking over what she said I suddenly realized that she was such a genius!

As one very smart friend of mine wrote, people nowadays are getting more indolent. It’s a known fact that we only use a few percentage of our maximum brain capacities. Our desire and motivations to learn and gain more knowledge is put to halt because we find no use to think at all. Our scientists do all the thinking and we just sit around and just enjoy life. What’s the use of trying to learn something new when it’s all just prepared for us? Everything now happens so quickly and we can satisfy our wants just like that! We love the convenience that’s why we are so addicted to it. We become so attached with our gadgets and lifestyle that we sometimes have great difficulties living without them. But this is not the point I want to discuss about. I don’t want to talk about the fact that we should be careful and not to allow technology to take over our lives and how we should learn to manage even in its absence. I also don’t want to talk about how we should invest in our minds so that we can actually have the chance to evolve into a more sophisticated and superior specie.

What I really want to talk about is that we shouldn’t blow a fuse when problems and hardships come our way. We should learn to take charge of the situation and actually create something positive out of it. Let’s not be afraid to make mistakes and take chances because if we do we may never learn anything. Let us not allow one failure to delay us on our way to success.

A utopian world is impossible because problems exist so that we could apply all the things that we learned in our experiences. Having problems can also spice up our boring lives.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Down the Road Song

Here is a song that I composed. It doesn't have any accompanying music since I don't know how to play any musical instrument (Lol!):
      
Down the Road
by Edgar Bautista

I'm walking down the road
This cold and rainy evening
Haven't got a clue
To where I should Be Going
This wind upon my face
And the rain that's pouring down
Is washing all the pain
That's driving me insane

How can I go through
A life without you near me
I don't know what to do
Cause every thing's beyond me
Why'd you have to go
And leave me here alone
With only the memories
Of you and me together?
It hurts me so
This pain is unbearable
I cried out loud
And went down on my knees
I looked up at the sky and said a prayer loud
That you'll come back to me one day
And say you love me.

I'm Not Here

I have a confession to make. My last posts about my doggie, Missy, and even this one are all "future-dated posts" meaning they were made in the past but only published now. You see I'm currently offline right now and I am somewhere in the middle of nowhere with no internet connection. But don't worry I'm not stranded or anything just happens that WiFi hotspots are not that hot in the Philippines (lol!).

Anyway I'll be gone for two weeks I guess. My family and I flew to Manila last May 7, 2008 and it's the 10th now so were still in Manila somewhere attending some seminar as a prerequisite to our flight to Canada then at May 16 we're going to fly to Cebu for another seminar. Wow what a week this would be. Plus we have to visit our cousins in the provinces who we haven't seen for a long time and we won't be seeing them again for another long time. But the best part of moving is buying new clothes (lol!). I just hope that all my clothes stays at my baggage limit.

Oh well. You'll hear from me soon guys and in the mean time I bring to you more of my "future-dated posts" hehehe.

To My Beloved Readers


Hi guys! If you're reading this then I might be away right now and have no access to the internet... NO! I'm not stranded on a deserted island nor am I dying at some hospital bed (lol!). I'm currently in Manila or Cebu depending on what day you're reading this (but most probably Manila).

Well as you may have guessed, this is a post that I've written way ahead a few days ago and just published today (as I have written here). Well I have already written some posts before hand so that my blog will still be updated even when I'm away. I'll try to be online though, I'll bring my laptop alone but i don't know if I'll get a WiFi connection (not all hotels in the Philippines have a WiFi hotspot).

So to people who leaves a message here, a million thanks! I promise to get back to you guys when i get back home. But until then, I'm off to vacation (hehehe).

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Reunion

Here are the three special doggies that I have been talking about in my precious posts:

This one is Puppy. She's the mother of all doggies (joke ^_^). She's Missy's and Polly's Mom:

And here is Polly, Missy's Sister:

And of course my beloved angel: MISSY!
The three doggies were just like people when they met each other. I don't know why but it seems that they had forgotten that they once played with each other. Maybe their scents already changed or what. But anyway just like humans, they were checking each other out and trying to size each other. Puppy, Missy's mom was very aggressive towards Missy but a little later Missy barked back at Puppy and that instant Puppy knew that Missy is not to be belittled. She may be the skinniest but she's the most experience d fighter (joke! Missy is a lover not a fighter, Lol!).

But unlike people who talk behind each others backs and back bite each other, dogs tend to express what they truly feel. Missy does not want to be sniffed around and licked so she tends to bark out if she's irritated. But they don't bite each other, so that's good.

So my beloved Missy... hope you have fun in your new home. Don't worry about us ok? I love you my Missy pooh! ^_^

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Love of a Dog Part 2

Just recently the new owner of Missy sent my mom a text message and told her that Missy was ok. She was eating well and she was getting along well with her mom and sister. But there are times when she gets lonely and she sits in front of the door crying and sniffing expecting that my mom and me would return and pick her up.

It's really sad to know that Missy is lonely but I know that in time she will slowly adjust to her current situation. And she has her mom and sister to play with so she will never be lonely plus her new owner (also her original owner, took care of her as a puppy) loves her so much and will take care of her well.


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