Friday, March 30, 2007

"Race to a Free Review" Contest

Okay, here goes....

Since there have been comments already given to some of my post (thank you all so much), I also visited their sites, and now have finally decided to run this "Race to a Free Review" Contest here in Freshly Baked...

The mechanics is simple: just go ahead and visit my blog, read some posts and be kind enough to leave comments, I'm monitoring the comments thru Commentful and co.comment so don't you worry. Each person that reaches at least 10 comments in my blog will be given a surprise!

Hehe, not really a surprise... I will of course return the favor by reviewing your site/blog and of course including you to my Commentors' Hall of Fame - my blogroll for the people who left lots of comments in my site and whose blogs/sites I have reviewed in return.

Hope you'll find time to try it!

55 Ways to Be an Annoying Officemate

When you're especially bored like me, you tend to find ways to entertain yourself.

Here are 55 Ways to Be an Annoying Officemate

1. “Hi-lite” your shoes. Tell people that you haven’t lost your shoes since you did this.

2. Agree to organize the company Christmas party. Hold it at McDonald’s Playland. Charge everyone $15 each.

3. Arrive at a meeting late, say you’re sorry, but you didn’t have time for lunch, and you’re going to be nibbling during the meeting. During the meeting eat entire raw potatoes.

4. Attach a sign that says "FAX" to the paper shredder. Sit and watch to see how many people fall for it.

5. Bring in dishes that you tried to cook but didn’t turn out quite right as special treats for your co-workers.

6. Build models of the Seven Wonders of the World using empty soda cans.

7. Change the message on the company voice mail system. Get “Creative”.

8. Compose all your e-mail in rhyming couplets.

9. Decorate your office with pictures of Cindy Brady and Danny Partridge. Try to pass them off as your children.

10. Determine how many cups of coffee is “too many.”

11. Develop an unnatural fear of staplers.

12. Develop an unnatural fear of staplers.

13. Email your boss the message: I know what you did last vacation.

14. Encourage your colleagues to join you in a little synchronized chair dancing.

15. Erect a shrine to your favorite sports team, holding candlelight vigils at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily.

16. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask them if they want fries with that.

17. Find out where your boss shops and buy exactly the same outfits. Always wear them one day after your boss does. (This is especially effective if your boss is a different gender than you are.)

18. For a relaxing break, get away from it all with a mask and snorkel in the fish tank. If no one notices, take out your snorkel and see how many you can catch in your mouth.

19. Grow mold in your coffee cup.

20. Hang mistletoe over your desk.

21. Hide a rubber cockroach in inventive places.

22. Include a piece of your children’s artwork as a cover page for all reports that you write. (If you don’t have children, draw stick figures yourself.)

23. Insist that your e-mail address be: “” (or “”)

24. Install a set of buttons and lights in the arm of your chair. Talk into your daytimer.

25. Make a roof over your cubical out of old soda cans.

26. Make up nicknames for all your coworkers and refer to them only by these names. “That’s a good point Sparky.” “No I’m sorry I’m going to have to disagree with you there, Chachi.”

27. Name all your pens and insist that meetings can’t begin until they’re all present.

28. Come to work in your pajamas.

29. No matter what anyone asks you, reply “Okay.”

30. Page your co-workers to call their extensions so they call themselves.

31. Page yourself over the intercom. (Don't disguise your voice.)

32. Put a chair facing a printer, sit there all day and tell people you’re waiting for your document.

33. Put a picture of your mother on your business card.

34. Put decaf in the coffeemaker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.

35. Put on your headphones on whenever the boss comes into the office. Talk in a loud voice. Remove your headphones when he or she leaves.

36. Put shaving cream on your boss’s telephone earpiece. Dial the number. When he/she answers, say “Sqwish.”

37. Put those hole reinforcing circles on the center of you eyeglasses. Now go to that executive meeting.

38. Put up mosquito netting around your cubicle. Play a tape of jungle sounds all day.

39. Put your garbage can on your desk. Label it “IN.”

40. Schedule meetings for 4:14 pm.

41. Send e-mail messages saying free pizza, free donuts etc... in the lunchroom, when people complain that there was none... Just lean back, pat your stomach, and say, “Oh you’ve got to be faster than that.”

42. Send email to the rest of the company telling them what you're doing. For example "If anyone needs me, I'll be in the bathroom."

43. Send email to yourself engaging yourself in an intelligent debate about the direction of one of your company’s products. Forward the mail to a co-worker and ask her to settle the disagreement.

44. Send emails one word (or a few) at a time. end each one wth something like, "more to come tuned to your inbox for further developments..."

45. Sing “It’s a Small World After All” really loud in your cubical.

46. Subscribe your coworkers to those free trade journals. Give them wacky middle names. Example: Bobby “Pud” McNeel.

47. Suggest that beer be put in the soda machine.

48. Talk to your mouse as if it is a C.B. radio.

49. Wait until a co-worker goes on vacation, then relocate everything they have in their office, and move someone else in their place. When they get back act like nothing has changed since they left.

50. When an a person tells you that they'll be there shortly, reply in a scathing tone of voice: "And just how many weeks do you mean by shortly?"

51. When in conversation, no matter where you are in the office, mutter, “I think my phone is ringing” and leave. Go get a coffee.

52. When IT support sends you an e-mail with high importance, delete it at once.

53. Whenever anyone comes in your cubicle insist they knock or don’t speak with them.

54. When they knock, ignore them.

55. While making presentations, occasionally bob your head like a parakeet.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Wash Your Garments Email Urban Legend

Wow, for the nth time, I've received an email like this, although with varying subjects, they still spawn the same idea... Hmmm, interestingly enough, the people who decided to start this urban legend did not seem to know how to edit pictures well, notice how the outline of the circles don't blend well with the main object...(so I won't clue you in on what's on the picture.. hehe!)

So continue reading to discover what's in your undergarments! But let me tell you, I still have freakin' goosebumps crawling up the back of my neck when I see that picture... Grrrhhh! Morbid!

Please share with as many women and men that you know.


Please make it a habit to wash your just purchased undergarments before wearing them. This is sensitive.


Our undergarments are made in different parts of the world, sit in boxes and go through many hands and exchanges before we purchase them for ourselves.


Read the article first before looking at the picture and film. This looks horrible.

After anthropologist Susan McKinley came back home from an expedition in South America, she noticed a very strange rash on her left breast. Nobody knew what it was and she quickly dismissed it believing that the holes would leave in time.

Upon her return she decided to see a doctor after she started developing int
ense pains. The doctor, not knowing the exact severity of the disease, gave her antibiotics and special creams. As time lapsed the pain did not subside and her left breast became more inflamed and started to bleed.

She decided to bandage her sores however as Susan's pain grew more intense she decided to seek help from a more certified doctor. Dr. Lynch could not diagnose the infection and told Susan to seek the aid of one of his colleagues who specialized in dermatology whom was sadly on vacation. She waited for two weeks and finally was able to react the dermatologist.

Sadly, a life-changing event was about to unfold during her appointment.

To Miss McKinley's surprise, after she removed the bandages, they found larva growing and squirming within the pores and sores of her breast.

Sometimes these wicked creatures would all together simultaneously move around into different crevices. What she didn't know was that the holes were in fact, deeper than she had originally thought for these larvae were feeding off the fat, tissue, and even milk canals of her bosom.

the Jane Taylor Email Scam

I have received emails like this before, and if it's your first time to receive such emails, you may probably think they're real. Unfortunately, they're not. And fortunately, we have the internet now, where we can try to track down if there are similar emails that have circulated before... Here is the email I received recently, which, good enough, went straight to my spam folder.


jane taylor

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Mar 27 (2 days ago)



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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

love.. actually.. is a decision..

"I guarantee there'll be tough times. I guarantee there'll be one day when one or both of us would want to get out. But I also guarantee that if I do not ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life 'coz I know in my heart, you're the only one. "

Everybody was sighing as we watched Julia Roberts say these lines to Richard Gere in an unromantic setting-the balcony of a building in bustling New York City-in the movie Runaway Bride. A few scenes before that, it was Richard who said the same lines to Julia, likewise in an unromantic scenario, as they were talking about how people propose marriage. True enough, when we were teenagers it was a question which we loved to answer in slumbooks.

It remains a topic that creates giggles and shrieks whenever friends talk about it. But does one really know what love is?

We often mistake it for a crush, an infatuation or sometimes, even for the sheer joy in companionship. Sometimes, we think it's a feeling that we have when our hearts continue throbbing hard when we see that special person. Or when our knees start to shake and begin to weaken. But can anyone really define love? I don't think so, not even the ones who think they have felt it, or those who are feeling it, or those who hope they will feel it. Not even my philosophy teacher.

Because love is not something that you define... it's a decision.

Because love is not something that you define... it's a decision.

When you feel that you love one person, how can you tell that he or she won't feel the same way for the next person who comes along? Love is not a feeling, it's a decision. 'Coz, when it's a feeling, it is something that floats in the air, something you cannot touch or dare to comprehend.

Love, when it's a decision, makes it solid, makes it a commitment, makes it more lasting and more real. You can feel that you can be in love 20 million times in a day, but when you decide to be in love, you can only decide to be in love with one person once in your lifetime. You commit and you hold on to that decision. And when you turn your back on that decision, it means you were never in love in the first place.

Love should never fade. Because when it does, it means it's just an emotion. Love will never fade because a decision, once done, is something you stand up for and fight for-no matter what. What does "I love you" mean? Some people find it easy to say the words but what really matter is being ready to stand up for it when you say those words. Are you ready to face all the consequences after saying those magical words?

If you can say "I love you" long after all the tough times, all the good times and after all the words that come hurting you, then the meaning of those words becomes real.

Those words should be sacred, should be kept in your heart until you are ready to commit, to fight for that feeling and to stand by those words. Is love a product of destiny? No, I believe there's no such thing as destiny. Thus, if love is a product of destiny, then you choose to love, you decide to love.

Your destiny is the path that you choose to take.

Your destiny is the path that you choose to take.

I guarantee that there will be tough times. Going back to the movieline that made everyone sigh: Yes, it is a decision to commit, it is a decision to love.

And when you decide to love, you should realize that there will be tough times and there will come a time when you would want to get out. And when you realize that love comes with all things good or bad, then you know what love really is.

But there is love...
In the end, only three things matter, how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.


When a Person You Love Lets You Down

My heart is feeling really heavy today. And I don't really wanna delve into the nasty details, but let me just clue you in that it's not my bf that I'm talking about here.

I didn't really expect it to happen, or maybe I had an idea that it was possible but not that it was at all probable. I hardly ever thought that a principled man like him who is known to be such a stubbornly determined person can ever stoop that low. I never, ever thought it was possible until I was given the gross details of the corroborating evidence. But I just couldn't hate him (there, it's a guy alright...).

By now you might be so curious as to who this person is, but I'm obliged not to say or to give a specific name or standing or whatever detail to protect his identity. There may be readers of this blog that may have an idea who I'm talking about. And for those of you who now do, please, please, please keep it to yourselves. Just let me vent out my feelings thru this post.

I was 'awakened' by a rather desperate plea for someone to listen. To scrutinize the 'evidence' as it is termed. So I did, I listened, went through all that was available at that time, all the while trying to be as objective as possible, because if I get tainted by my emotions, or that familiarity, then my judgment will not at all be fair.

I listened, it took a while for this person to dole it all out. And I was getting a little frantic to finish it already. It was hurting me. I didn't want to believe, because it's not believable, mind you, but the information just keeps on flowing. Details upon details upon details, of the messages sent and received between these people, there are three actually, including the guy involved, but excluding this person who has found it on herself to let me know. All may have started several months back, and the talebearer has had hunches about this ever since. Just didn't wanna think that it could somehow be true. I am not actually saying it's true, but its rather possible.

I find it annoying that I should be involved in this, it should be domestic, locked between the persons first-handedly involved, but as I thought about it, hey, it's good that I was told.

I really am not sure how I feel about all of it now, but I surely am not happy about it. I'm disappointed and at the same time, a little pissed. The guy just couldn't be selfish enough - if it was true - because he didn't think of how it will all affect everybody. Didn't even think whose reputations will be affected. Or maybe he did think, but didn't think about it a little bit more.

Grrrhhh... I don't want to talk about it, don't wanna talk to the people involved, certainly don't wanna be the one to decide on what should be done. I have had enough. I've been through something like this before, and I don't want to go through it all over again. As much as I thought it couldn't happen, well, it certainly may have. It's possible - everything's possible.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Our Dream House

Here are some pictures of the real life miniature of the residential building (in other words, a house) that Tom (my bf) designed from scratch to this miniature... I haven't seen it personally (remember, i'm still in Manila...) but hopefully next week i'll be able to see it...

(a picture was taken of the real-life miniature of our dream house and then it's background was altered to show clouds!)

(the inside view... :))

(another top view... )

Another Favorite Super Heroine

I just remembered another heroine last night, it's Xena the Warrior Princess. I found a nice quote from one of the characters of the series Autolycus...

Autolycus: Distracts me? A beautiful woman lying naked in a bathtub?
Autolycus: ... Where was I?

According to Wikipedia,
Xena first appeared on the Hercules: The Legendary Journeys television series (in the episode The Warrior Princess airing in March 1995), as a seductive but treacherous warlord.[4] Two more episodes during May sweeps chronicled her evolution from a villain[5] to a friend and ally of Hercules.[6] Interest in her was so strong that shortly afterwards she became the main character of the spin-off series Xena: Warrior Princess. Ironically, although her character was originally obsessed with defeating Hercules and obtaining his title as the greatest living warrior, she never defeated "Zeus' Favorite Son". In fact, Hercules is the one credited with pointing her down the path of redemption when he beats her in combat and shows her that selfishness and greed are not the way to live.[6] In her own series, Xena sets out to redeem her murderous past by fighting against tyranny and evil and protecting the innocent and weak. Many of her adventures prior to the televised stories are subsequently revealed in flashback episodes (although much remained obscure).

Xena performs many feats that are considered outside the normal human range and border on that of a demigoddess. She may have been the mightiest purely mortal being ever to live (however, there are occasional hints that her true father is Ares.[8][9][30] This thread was generally dropped because of her romantic connection to Ares, which would then have been incest). While Xena does not possess the brute strength of her friend and ally Hercules, she can arm-wrestle warlords, punch through solid ice,[24] kick down doors, and knock out opponents with a single punch. Her greatest feat of strength to this day occurrs when she allows herself to be arrested for a crime she didn't commit.[31] Several men of that town come into her cell, where her hands and feet are chained, and began to beat her. The beating, combined with Ares urging and goading her on, sends Xena into a rage of pure adrenaline. She tears her chains out from where they are rooted and then kicks the thick prison door completely off of its hinges.[31] This is the only time where Xena shows that magnitude of strength, so it can be safely assumed that this is caused by a "fight or flight" like response.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Photo Sharing

I was surfing and stumbled upon a nice photo sharing site, it's nice also because you can have blogs here too... It's Fotki... You can join for free, if you like... :)


I have been going thru my contacts in MyBlogLog, and saw a link to these really amazing pictures! Why don't you visit it also and see if you like 'em...

HRD Photography!!!

Sleeping Naked

The Benefits

Comfort and health

Not only is sleeping naked more comfortable, but it's good for your health too. Increasing your level of comfort makes it easier for you to relax and sleep, so you get a better night's kip. The resulting deeper, longer sleep makes it easier for your body to regenerate and repair itself, and build up your energy for the day ahead.

Sexual benefits

If you sleep with a partner, being naked heightens the level of intimacy between you, and you are likely to have sex more often. You may also feel closer to your partner as a result of sleeping naked with them. There is also evidence of improved fertility in men as a result of being in cooler conditions thanks to wearing less clothing.

Work and lifestyle benefits

If you find yourself tired in the morning or during the day even though you've had at-least eight hours sleep, you may only be sleeping lightly for that period of time. As mentioned earlier, sleeping naked allows your body to relax more immediately, and you are more likely to fall into a deeper sleep more quickly and wake up refreshed.

Most common reasons 'not to sleep naked'

"What if someone walks in on me?"

Of course, whether or not you can sleep naked depends on the circumstances in which you live. For example: you may share a flat with others. Probably the best way to avoid this happening is to tell them you sleep naked. At worst, they will giggle, and you can refer them to

Being too cold at night

You should consider upping the amount of blankets you are using to keep you warm. You should remember that being too cold causes your body to restrict your blood flow, and sleeping in these conditions too regularly will hinder your ability to self-repair, stay healthy and may ultimately speed up the aging process.

Your partner doesn't like it

If your partner isn't comfortable with you being naked, you may want to speak to them about why this is. Ask yourself - do you have a healthy sex life? If not, then sleeping naked may be the least of your problems and you should speak to your partner.

"What if there is a fire/emergency?"

Keep a dressing gown next to your bed that you can wear, this will also be handy if you want to use the bathroom and it's a little cold. It won't take long to put on a dressing gown in an emergency, and you can do it while 'on the move' if you need to.

Other questions

"Does it matter if I wear boxer shorts instead of sleeping naked?"

Wearing any clothing could potentially cause discomfort while you sleep, as fabrics press against the skin and elastics cause tightness around the waist. You are more likely to roll around to alleviate the discomfort, potentially causing restless sleep.

Send in your questions, go to .

Saturday, March 24, 2007

An Open Letter to Chief Justice Puno

I'm publishing here an open letter I found in the online version of a national newspaper, I hope this somewhat helps a little in trying to circulate this.

The Philippine STAR 03/17/2007

Chief Justice
Supreme Court

(National and Local Levels)

M a b u h a y:


As part of your efforts to reform the Bar, may I humbly submit some suggestions based on my past 12-year pro bono service and experience as a director and officer of the IBP PPLM Chapter from 1995 to 2007 and as the Founder in 2001 of the Las Pinas City Bar Association (LPBA), Inc.:

Sec. 5, Art. I (pro bono/honorary service) of the IBP By-Laws should be religiously observed by all IBP chapter officers and directors and by the IBP national-level officers and governors.

Some local chapters were reportedly using a part of their local chapter funds to finance the IBP-related traveling, hotel, meals and representation expenses of their officers and directors, e.g. national conventions, regional conventions, and the like.

The above issue is worth serious study and research by your planning staff and/or by the proper working committee/s of the Supreme Court with jurisdiction over Bar to preserve the letter and spirit of the IBP By-Laws on the matter and to avoid the unnecessary dissipation of IBP national and chapter funds, which funds should be judiciously used to implement truly meaningful IBP national and local programs and projects for the good of the Filipino lawyers and the Philippine Justice System.

The Commission on Audit (COA) should annually audit not only the IBP national office but also all the local IBP chapters nationwide.

If I am not mistaken, at present, the audit focus of COA seems to be limited to the national legal aid fund remittances of the Supreme Court to the IBP national office.

If to audit the local chapters would be an impossible task due to the lack of COA field auditors, it may conduct selective sample audits of local chapters, per province and region, whose assets amount to at least P100,000.00.

(Note: The COA should examine the unliquidated cash advances at the IBP national and local levels).

The local chapter treasurers and auditors should submit to the local chapter boards, the IBP national board, the Office of the Chief Justice, and the COA regional offices copies of their internally audited annual financial statements to insure the judicious utilization of chapter assets and to detect early signs of financial abuse, anomalies, and corruption.

The audited annual financial statements of the IBP national board should be published not only in the IBP Newsletter, whose internal circulation is very limited, but also in at least two (2) national newspapers.

In my 12-year pro bono service in the IBP, I recall that the IBP audited annual financial statements were published in the IBP Newsletter only twice, and that was many years ago yet.

The Supreme Court should create a special and permanent office within its structure to supervise, monitor and guide the operations, funds, reports, activities, and plans of the IBP national board and the IBP local chapters, pursuant to the express constitutional duty of the Supreme Court to control, supervise, regulate, and discipline the Philippine Bar.

Further, the audited annual financial statements of the IBP national board and the IBP local chapters should be posted on the IBP website (

The Supreme Court website should contain a link to the IBP website for the said purpose and in relation to other Bar-related matters.

The powers, capacities, and significance of the IBP House of Delegates should be developed, strengthened, and respected by the IBP national board.

I reiterate my past letter, dated December 4, 2006, to the IBP national president, Atty. Jose Victor Salazar, on the above topic, a copy of which I had previously furnished your good office. Nonetheless, I quote the same extensively hereinbelow, for reference: x x x
May I suggest the following in re: the holding and management of future annual sessions of the august IBP House of Delegates:

After the evening opening ceremonies on the 1st day, the entirety of the next day (2nd day) and of the 3rd day of the House of Delegates should be focused on pure DELIBERATIONS, not lectures and speeches.

The 17th House spent only 2 hours on deliberations (10 AM to 12 PM on the 3rd day). By then, many had gone home early to their respective chapters, trying to beat their plane schedules in Manila.

Only one keynote speech should be allowed during the opening ceremonies.

The entire event should be devoted to pure and focused deliberations of the resolutions, motions and ideas of the delegates from the chapters throughout the country.

The House is not an MCLE venue or a class seminar but a full-blown DELIBERATIVE BODY of the IBP as enunciated in its By-Laws.

We should grasp the rare opportunity of full and open deliberations by the House of all issues raised by the delegates that affect the IBP, the legal profession, the rule of law, the justice system, the legal education, and the state of the nation and of the world.

The House is the Congress of the 40,000-strong IBP lawyer population.

Let its DELIBERATIVE NATURE be optimized to the fullest for the good of the IBP and the legal profession.

It is best to conduct a professional pre-House SURVEY among the chapters and regions to identify the vital issues the chapters might wish to raise in the next House and to measure the degree of their knowledge and attitudes towards such vital issues.

From among the many vital issues, the Board should focus on the top five (5) vital issues for plenary workshop and deliberation purposes.

Let us professionalize the preparation, planning and management of the House, especially in re: its substantive, qualitative and deliberative content.

The report of the House should be published in two (2) national dailies and circulated among the mass media nationwide.

The Board should budget funds for the purpose.

Let the general public know our vital resolutions and ideas.

It is not enough to publish the abstract of the House in the IBP Newsletter, whose internal circulation is very limited.

The IBP should sponsor the law deans in the country, the presidents of the law student councils in the country, the heads of selected top law NGOs in the country, and the presidents of the judges associations, court personnel associations, a representative each from the National Press Club, the JUCRA and the JUROR (judicial mass media), a JBC representative, a CA and a SC representative, a representative from the law and justice committees of both houses of Congress, a representative from the DOJ, a representative from the Ombudsman, and a representative from Malacanang Palace to attend the House as non-delegates and observers, free of charge, with the power to participate in the deliberations but without the power to vote.

We need their academic and objective feedback and ideas to protect the House from the genetic danger of intellectual inbreeding, so to speak.

The delegates should be asked to evaluate (using a professionally prepared form) the House proceedings before each adjournment.

The goal is to improve future House sessions.

Let us avoid unwholesome official nocturnal activities, which border on sexual misconduct and alcoholism, just as what had happened on the 2nd night of the 17th House, as reported to me by some delegates who were present during the Viewsite nocturnal activities on the 2nd night. (I left after dinner to rest early and avoid such things).

Let us behave, as members of the noblest profession, with dignity, maturity, seriousness, deep and analytical thoughts, and wisdom.

The aforementioned actions of the delegates of the 17th House in the said restaurant in Tagaytay City I am sure have and would spread among the people of Cavite, thru the waiters and personnel of the restaurant and other non-IBP guests then present at the site who had observed the behavior and sex and booze-oriented nocturnal activities the 17th House during the 2nd night thereof.

I suggest you refer this letter to the IBP Board and national secretariat officers for their consideration.

I hope you and the IBP Board will not mind if I fax a copy hereof to the SC Chief Justice, for his information.

All of the foregoing suggestions are being made in good faith for the good of the IBP and all its chapters nationwide, as well to truly serve the general good of the legal profession and of the justice system in the country. I have no intention of offending the feelings and dignity of the IBP Board and Secretariat.

May your day be blessed, enlightened and liberated. Thank you. x x x
The Supreme Court should task its existing working committee with jurisdiction over Bar matters or create an ad hoc committee to study and propose amendments and revisions to the current circa-1970s IBP By-Laws and to Rule 139-A (IBP).

The local chapters, interested law NGOs and prominent law schools nationwide should be consulted thereon.

You will recall that in a letter, dated February 28, 2007, I informed you that my office was initiating a mass petition (signature campaign) to amend the IBP By-Laws and Rule 139. May I quote my said letter to you in full: x x x


The undersigned members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) respectfully petition your good offices to effect certain proposed amendments to the Rule 139-A of the Rules of Court ("Integrated Bar of the Philippines") and the By-Laws of the IBP as enumerated hereinbelow and to create the appropriate working Committee on Amendments of Rule 139-A and the IBP By-Laws to study the amendments proposed hereinbelow and such other additional amendments that the said Committee may deem proper and necessary to recommend to your good offices, for the good of the Philippine legal profession, to wit:

To constitute all cities within the National Capital Region (NCR) as separate local IBP chapters, regardless of the number of lawyers residing and/or working therein.

For cities with huge lawyer population (such as Quezon City, with a membership of approximately 20,000 lawyers), to constitute each congressional district in such cities as separate local IBP chapters, regardless of the number of lawyers residing and/or working therein.

To transfer the following local IBP Chapters from Southern

Luzon to the NCR:

IBP-Pasay Paranaque Las Pinas Muntinlupa (PPLM) Chapter;

IBP Makati Chapter;

IBP – Caloocan Malabon Navotas (CALMANA) Chapter;

IBP Pasig City Chapter;

Such other local chapters located in the NCR but included in the Southern Luzon Region; and

Such other local chapters (component cities and/or highly urbanized cities) located in other provinces/regions similarly situated above, e.g. Valenzuela City (a component city of the NCR but presently categorized under IBP Central Luzon Region).

To institutionalize at the local chapter level the "automatic assumption rule" provided in the existing IBP By-Laws at the national level, whereby the National IBP Executive Vice-President assumes the National IBP Presidency in the next term.

To adopt the amendments to Rule 139-A and the IBP By-Laws proposed by Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco in his Keynote Speech delivered before the 17th House of Delegates of the IBP on November 30, 2006, a copy of which is already on record at the IBP National Office and the Supreme Court.

It is respectfully suggested that chapter representatives from the different IBP Regions and external consultants from active law NGO’s and prominent law schools in the country be invited to participate in the deliberations of the proposed Committee on Amendments of Rule 139-A and IBP By-Laws.

We respectfully request a feedback from your good offices within a reasonable time from date of receipt hereof for our information and follow-up action. x x x
Knowing your open mind and sincere heart, In the future, I shall regularly communicate with your office to submit further proposals for the good of the Bar and the Justice System, for your study and/or referral to the proper SC working committee/s and the concerned SC research and planning staff.

I shall appreciate it if your good office would refer this letter to the Supreme Court En Banc, for its study and appropriate collegial action.

In closing, if we do not continuously reform and improve the IBP, which is a pillar in the national justice system, the quality and professionalism of the administration of justice in the country would ultimately suffer.

May your day be blessed, happy, and liberated. Thank you.

Founder, Las Pinas City Bar Association, 2001
Director, Las Pinas City Bar Association, 2001-07
Vice Pres., IBP PPLM Chapter, 2005-07
Member, Board of Directors, IBP PPLM Chapter, 1995-2007
Professor of Law, FEU, 1985-2006 (ret.)
3rd Place, 1984 Bar Exams, 90.95%
Meralco Scholar, AB Journalism, UP Diliman, 1979
Cocofed Law Scholar, LLB, FEU, cum laude, 1980-84
FEU Law Scholar, LLM, UST GS, 1998-2000


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The Differences Between Men and Women

SECOND WIND By Barbara C. Gonzalez
The Philippine STAR 03/24/2007

There are many differences between men and women. First, the way they look. Men are generally taller while women are smaller and rounder. Ooops, what am I saying? As I write this the names of tall, big women quickly pop into my head. Then I remember running into an old tall friend of mine while she was walking around with her significant other who was shorter than she.

"Are you taller than he?" I asked mischievously, as he walked away. I remember earlier years when she swore she would never go out with anyone shorter.

"No, no," she said, smiling. "Actually if you see us in the mirror, barefoot, we are as tall as each other but after I get my slippers on I look taller. I even feel taller because I look down into his eyes."

"How does that make you feel?" I asked.

"Fine," she said, shrugging her shoulders. "He likes it," she added, amazement sparkling in her eyes. "He said he liked being with someone taller."

Okay, so my original theory doesn’t count. Let’s go farther down the anatomy. He grows a moustache but she doesn’t, though more and more women actually have their moustaches threaded or waxed off. They both have breasts but he cannot breastfeed. As we travel downwards, the difference becomes stronger. She has something that needs to be filled and he has a filler.

They get married. He wants her to be fully faithful to him but he knows he will not be faithful to her. He cannot help it, he says. He is a man, attractive to other women. When a woman walks by, he cannot help but say yes. But women, they can and should always say no.

"Why?" she asks. This is when logic kicks in and the left brain works overtime.

"Because we have children," he says. "Your children have to be mine because they will inherit all my property."

"What about your son by her and your daughter by the other one?" she asks, suppressing her rage.

"Ooops, they are entitled, too, but they are mine, I made them. I know that so I will be responsible for them. But don’t worry. You are my wife. I will never leave you."

She sits with her pain for days, weeks, months, years. She doesn’t know what to do. Inside her anger brews, stews, boils brisker by the day. On the surface she is at worst, civil; at best, friendly, sweet, laughing even. She adores her children but finds herself getting slightly short-tempered with them.

Then one day she runs into an old male friend at the supermarket. "Why don’t we have coffee, just for old times? I want to know what happened to your friends. Remember when we last saw each other. . ." he says.

So they sit at a nearby café and have a cup of coffee, then another, a lot of laughter in between. She feels good. He gives her his calling card. "Feel free to call. . ." She does. They enjoy that, too, and agree to meet for more coffee.

In the beginning her husband doesn’t notice. She seems happier. She’s even looking better. Doesn’t seem so angry any more when he comes home late, though she doesn’t speak to him for days, he notices fewer wrinkles on her face, a prettier pout, like her mind is elsewhere. Come to think of it, she hasn’t asked for intimacy lately.

Occasional coffee has moved up to regular drinks. They think they are in love. They text 76 times a day. One of those texts arrives when she is in the shower and has forgotten her cell on her night table. Her husband comes home late from the office just as the text rings. Curious, he reaches for her cell phone and reads, "I miss you terribly. I smell your perfume and lose my mind." He loses his mind.

Now he is angry. He confronts her and she, feeling caught and feeling guilty, admits to it. "Are you having an affair?" her husband asks.

"Yes," she says, "I’m sorry but I can’t stop it either. I think I’m in love with him."

He packs up his bags and leaves.

He, the man who had so many women since their marriage, is livid with rage. She was his wife. How dare she do this? She feels guilty that he caught her. Why? Why do you feel guilty that you got caught? He should not have read your text. He violated your privacy. But who cares? It’s over anyway. The man will never forgive a woman who has been with another man. I think he hates the thought that she now knows someone else and has a basis for comparison. I really and truly think it’s as simple as that.

Why did she do it? Out of rage and anger. That’s where the new love, if that’s what it is, came from. That’s why she fooled around after he fooled around. And why did he fool around? Because he was a man, that’s all. That’s the big difference between men and women.

8 Types Of Guys Women Avoid

Have you ever wondered if the way you act makes women cringe? Have you ever worried that your behavior might be making them run in the other direction?

Just as women are attracted to certain archetypal men, there are other types of men that women go out of their way to avoid. And this is especially true during the early stages of a relationship, when a woman is trying to gauge a man's personality.

Below are eight types of guys that women consistently stay away from. I have compiled this list from conversations I've had with numerous women regarding the behaviors they dislike in men.

But don't worry if you recognize some of the following traits in yourself -- most of them aren't deal-breakers. The idea here is not to change your personality, but rather to keep certain female-unfriendly behaviors in check. Read on to find out what women dislike, so you'll be able to make a better impression next time around.

1. The Needy Guy
He is overly emotional and shares all his feelings with her right away. The Needy Guy also doubts himself and needs constant reassurance about his relationship, work and friendships.

Why he is so unappealing: Confidence and independence are very sexy traits in a man -- insecurity and dependence are not. Most women look for a strong partner they can lean on. So if you are always leaning on her -- especially in the early stages of a relationship -- she might doubt your ability to do this. And since women tend to come into relationships with all sorts of insecurities, she won't want to deal with yours as well as her own.

What to do if you're that guy: Timing is everything, so you just need to keep your feelings in check at the beginning of the relationship. Try to hold off on sharing all your feelings or divulging your insecurities. Once you are far enough along in the relationship, you can share as much as you want. By that point, she'll appreciate knowing what's on your mind.

2. The Predictable Guy
Women don't like the Predictable Guy because they know exactly how he'll react to everything. He follows formulas and never wants to do anything differently. For example, he'd never surprise a woman by spontaneously taking her out for the night.

Why he is so unappealing: Women look for a certain amount of unpredictability in a man -- they want a free spirit. This is why some women seem to be drawn to the notorious "bad boy." It's not that they are drawn to his badness exactly, but rather to his unpredictability.

How to avoid being predictable, arrogant, boorish, and more...

What to do if you're that guy: You don't have to be "bad" or a completely free spirit to win her over. But try to mix things up -- particularly at the beginning of a relationship. Call her and tell her you want to go to the countryside for the day, or for an impromptu meal. After she gets to know you, she won't mind as much if you slip back into your routine a bit. But don't forget to continue to surprise her once in a while -- doing so will keep the relationship fresh.

3. The Arrogant Guy
He has a huge ego and he's condescending. He is also rude -- not necessarily to her, but to anyone he perceives as beneath him. And that's just as bad as being rude directly to her.

Why he is so unappealing: A woman often looks at how a man treats other people to assess his personality. So even though you might be nice to her on a date, she'll be paying attention to how you act with other people too.

What to do if you're that guy: No woman wants to be talked down to, so I shouldn't have to tell you to shed the ego when you are dealing with her directly. But in order to really impress her, you need to treat everyone around you with a certain amount of respect -- because she'll be watching.

4. The Boorish Guy
The Boorish Guy doesn't try to hide the fact that he's checking out other women while in her presence; he flirts with the waitress and he even goes as far as to brag about his past conquests. Overall, he lacks respect for women.

Why he is so unappealing: Not only is this type of behavior infuriating, it can also be bad for a woman's self-esteem. If you act like this when you are first getting to know a woman, you won't stand a chance.

What to do if you're that guy: If you can't curb this kind of behavior permanently, then you at least have to keep it in check when making a first impression. Keep your flirting and wandering eyes at bay -- and maybe eventually it'll become a habit. Because, truthfully, if you introduce this kind of behavior into a relationship at any point, she won't be pleased.

5. The Cheap Guy
He invites a woman to dinner and then subtly suggests they go Dutch. He never splurges to buy her flowers and he always opts for the cheapest wine. He makes her feel like they're on a tight budget from the very first date.

Why he is so unappealing: Your first few dates should always be carefree; the words "saving" and "budget" shouldn't come up. If she spends the first date picturing a lifetime of penny-pinching with you, you're out of luck.

What to do if you're that guy: Loosen up the purse strings a little when you're courting a woman. You don't need to spend a fortune to make a good impression, but you do need to make her feel like she's special. Flowers are a nice touch once in a while.

Don't argue all the time, act holier-than-thou or talk trash about women if you want a second date...

6. The Arguer
This type of guy turns every conversation into an argument. When he takes a woman out, he makes her feel like she's in debate class rather than on a date. And in doing so, he makes her feel defensive and self-conscious.

Why he is so unappealing: A date should be a pleasant experience, but if she's on the defensive the whole time, she will not be enjoying herself. Remember this: Constant arguing and debating is a stress -- and you certainly don't want her to associate you with a stressful experience.

What to do if you're that guy: Most importantly, relax. If you are this type of guy, you probably revert to debating because you are nervous or unsure of what to say. So before the date, brainstorm conversation topics and questions you can ask her. That way, you won't be as likely to revert to arguing during lulls in the conversation.

7. The Self-Righteous Guy
This guy is very judgmental of others. He probably doesn't drink or smoke, and he doesn't hesitate to tell others to follow suit. From the very first date, he'll preach to a woman, telling her she shouldn't drink wine or get dessert.

Why he is so unappealing: No one wants to be judged, especially on a date. She'll just find it annoying and rude.

What to do if you're that guy: You can preach a little once you are actually in a relationship. But until that point, her drinking, smoking and dessert-eating habits are none of your business.

8. The Misogynist
This guy makes no secret of his bitterness toward women. On a date, he can't help but exude negativity toward his companion and the entire female gender by making rude and insulting comments.

Why he is so unappealing: This is the only type of behavior on this list that is, in fact, a total deal-breaker. And it's not surprising. What woman do you know that would like to be in a relationship with a man like this?

What to do if you're that guy: You need to reconsider your attitude if you are this type of guy. This type of behavior is not only rude and nasty, it is often the last straw in breaking up a relationship.

be the amazing guy

Don't stress out too much if you see yourself on the list above. But do remember this: These are behaviors that women look out for at the beginning of a relationship. So if you want to put your best foot forward and make a good impression, study the list and make sure to keep these female-unfriendly behaviors to a minimum.

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50 Things Guys Wished Girls Knew

I found some of the things listed here as funny. And that some, if not all, in my own opinion, may have come from a jerk... sorry... but i do think that the guy who wrote this may prove to be a real jerk after all.

In this day and age, there are so many things that guys do that annoy their female counterparts. The scratching of privates, wearing the same outfit twice in one week, the grunting, the drinking until passing out in the kiddie pool on a hot summer day. Hey, we've all been there, am I right? Ok, maybe not. However, women are not without their faults. While admittedly I do my share of things that piss people off, I cannot be held accountable for the entire male species, just as no single woman is responsible for their species either. While it may be easy and convenient to generalize based on a single incident from the opposite sex, it’s just not fair. In the interest of equality, I have created a list of things that women should know about the male species. I have read several articles across the internet that includes a list of 50 things women feel men should know. There have also been attempted rebuttal articles, but I feel they fell short of what we ultimately think women should know. Thus, I present “50 Things Guys Wished Girls Knew.”

1 – We are not mind readers. If you don't tell us you want, you're not getting it.

2 – If you don't stop kissing your girlfriends like that, we're going to expect threesomes.

3 - You are held responsible for everything you say/do during that “time of the month.”

4 - I hereby proclaim that “time of the month” as blowjob week.

5 - When there's red tide in the ocean we may exercise the right to go out back and play in the mud.

6 - Smoking isn't as cool as you and your friends make it out to be.

7 - You forfeit all rights to control who we sleep with if we are only friends.

8 - Don't ask questions you aren't prepared to hear the answer to.

9 - We're going to look. It’s inevitable.

10 - We don’t want to hear how much you want to fuck (insert hot male celebrity here) as much as you don’t want to hear us say how much we want to fuck (insert hot female celebrity here). If you stop, we'll stop.

11 - We don't care what you say; white cotton panties and spaghetti string tops are the sexiest thing ever.

12 - We touch ourselves. It’s ok to admit you do the same.

13 - More swallows means fewer storks.

14 - Using your teeth may result in you not having them when you come back up. Keep that in mind.

15 - Its not the dress/jeans/pants that make your ass look fat. It’s your fat ass that makes your ass look fat. Don't blame it on Levis.

16 - If you have to ask, maybe you should go to the gym.

17 - We don't think about you all the time. Get over yourselves.

18 – Face it, you can’t drive. Even if you think you can drive, you can't drive... catch our drift?

19 - Should you show up and interrupt an evening with the guys, don't expect our attention to be diverted to you.

20 - Sundays are reserved for football, not mall shopping.

21 - We'll take things at face value just to spite you. You say you only want a card, that’s what you'll get.

22 - Most of us will never think before we speak. Just accept this.

23 - If we ask you to dance, don't act shocked and amazed. We frighten easily and may become skittish to the idea if you hesitate. If you choose not to dance, expect us to go find the trashiest girl available to dance with.

24 - Just because you can admit you are wrong, does not mean we will.

25 - The age old rivalry of boys vs. girls and who is smarter ends here. We leave you with Stephen Hawking. Rebut that.

26 - We own, on average, 3 pairs of shoes, 2 of which are falling apart. We are not the best people to seek advice from when deciding which shoes go with your dress.

27 - Taken from another list by some chick: "I bet if every gas station attendant looked like Cindy Crawford, you wouldn't have such an issue with asking for directions.” Incorrect. Women have no sense of direction. If you did, we wouldn't have to stop and ask someone else... we could ask you.

28 - In regards to laundry, there are 3 piles: Good to wear, one last hurrah, and past its prime. Learn it, live it, love it.

29 - We don't care if your outfit doesn't look right; just don't make us late for dinner with our parents.

30 - If we've done something wrong, tell us. Be a big girl and use your words. Crying, shoulder shrugs, yelling, nasty looks and the silent treatment all translate into us going to play video games.

31 - We don't care how supermodels get/keep their bodies. We do, however, appreciate that you do not jam your fingers down your throat or not eat on purpose.

32 - Insecurity is not as attractive as you think it may be.

33 - If it has 2 or 4 wheels and rumbling exhaust, it gets our undivided attention.

34 - While drinking at the bar, we reserve the right to kick any guy’s ass that looks at you. It’s instinctive.

35 - Chick flicks: Once a year, on your birthday, non-negotiable.

36 - Having cute outfits to wear to bed will get you further than cute outfits that you wear in public.

37 - Yes, we've thought about your sister/best friend that way.

38 - Sex in public does not count as a PDA.

39 - We don't drag you out to go tool shopping; don't drag us out shopping period.

40 - Marriage is not a license to get fat.

41 - Opening up to us in no way guarantees reciprocity.

42 - Most of the time we don't remember what he had for dinner last night. How can you expect us to notice when you trim your hair a bit.

43 - We are not pawns in whatever evil plot you have to piss off friends/relatives.

44 - Failure to provide sexual gratification may cause us to look elsewhere for said gratification. You've been put on notice.

45 - Blue balls are not the ones you use for racquet ball. If you cause this condition, be prepared to remedy it or suffer the consequences. [See # 44]

46 - We need sleep. If for some reason you feel the need to interrupt sleep, here are acceptable methods 1) you naked on top of us 2) giving head 3) a meal of some sort that coincides with the time of day you wake us up.

47 - Porn. If you don't like it, you know where the door is.

48 - Say whatever needs to be said during commercials, not during the game.

49 - Welcome to the 21st century, open your own goddamn door.

50 - Anniversaries are a yearly thing, not a weekly thing.

50 Facts About Women

I hope my readers will not generalize all of the women... This list was taken from

1. Women love to shop. It is the one area of the world where they feel like they're actually in control.

2. Women especially love a bargain. The question of "need" is irrelevant, so don't bother pointing it out. Anything on sale is fair game.

3. Women never have anything to wear. Don't question the racks of clothes in the closet; you "just don't understand".

4. Women need to cry. And they won't do it alone unless they know you can hear them.

5. Women will always ask questions that have no right answer, in an effort to trap you into feeling guilty.

6. Women love to talk. Silence intimidates them and they feel a need to fill it, even if they have nothing to say.

7. Women need to feel like there are people worse off than they are. That's why soap operas and Oprah Winfrey-type shows are so successful.

8. Women don't need sex as often as men do. This is because sex is more physical for men and more emotional for women. Just knowing that the man wants to have sex with them fulfills the emotional need.

9. Women hate bugs. Even the strong-willed ones need a man around when there's a spider or a wasp involved.10. Women can't keep secrets. They eat away at them from the inside. And they don't view it as being untrustworthy, providing they only tell two or three people.

11. Women always go to public restrooms in groups. It gives them a chance to gossip.

12. Women can't refuse to answer a ringing phone, no matter what she's doing. It might be the lottery calling.

13. Women never understand why men love toys. Men understand that they wouldn't need toys if women had an "on/off" switch.

14. Women think all beer is the same.

15. Women keep three different shampoos and two different conditioners in the shower. After a woman showers, the bathroom will smell like a tropical rain forest.

16. Women don't understand the appeal of sports. Men seek entertainment that allows them to escape reality. Women seek entertainment that reminds them of how horrible things could be.

17. If a man goes on a seven-day trip, he'll pack five days worth of clothes and will wear some things twice; if a woman goes on a seven-day trip she'll pack 21 outfits because she doesn't know what she'll feel like wearing each day.

18. Women brush their hair before bed.

19. Watch a woman eat an ice cream cone and you'll have a pretty good idea about how she'll be in bed.

20. Women are paid less than men, except for one field: Modeling.

21. Women are never wrong. Apologizing is the man's responsibility, "It's there in the Bible". Hmmm, who was it that gave Adam the apple?

22. Women do not know anything about cars. "Oil- stick, oil doesn't stick?"

23. Women have better restrooms. They get the nice chairs and red carpet. Men just get a large bowl to share.

24. The average number of items in a typical woman's bathroom is 437. A man would not be able to identify most of these items.

25. Women love cats. Men say they love cats, but when women aren't looking, men kick cats.

26. Women love to talk on the phone. A woman can visit her girlfriend for two weeks, and upon returning home, she will call the same friend and they will talk for three hours.

27. A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the garbage, answer the phone, read a book, or get the mail.

28. Women will drive miles out of their way to avoid the possibility of getting lost using a shortcut.

29. Women don't try as hard as men during sex; after all, they don't fall asleep afterwards.

30. Women do NOT want an honest answer to the question, 'How do I look?'

31. PMS stands for: Permissible Man-Slaughter. (Or at least men think it means that. PMS also stands for Preposterous Mood Swings and Punish My Spouse.

32. The first naked man a women see is "Ken".

33. Women are insecure about their weight, butt, and breast sizes.

34. Women will make three right-hand turns to avoid making one left-hand turn.

35. "Oh, nothing," has an entirely different meaning in woman-language than it does in man-language.

36. Lewis Carroll's Caterpillar had nothing on women.

37. Women cannot use a map without turning the map to correspond to the direction that they are heading.

38. All women are overweight by definition; don't agree with them about it. Women always have 5 pounds to lose, but don't bring this up unless they really have 5 pounds to gain.

39. If it is not Valentines day and you see a man in a flower shop, you can probably start up a conversation by asking, "What did you do?"

40. Only women understand the reason for "guest towels" and the "good china".

41. Women want equal rights, but you rarely hear them clamoring to be let into the draft to cover the responsibilities that go with those rights. All women seek equality with men until it comes to sharing the closet, taking out the trash, and picking up the check.

42. Origin of the word "woman" is: woo-man.

43. If a man ticks off a woman she will often respond by getting a fuzzy toilet cover which warms their rear, but makes it impossible for the lid to stay up thus it constantly gets peed on by the guys. (which gets them in more trouble)

44. Women never check to see if the lid is up. They seem to prefer taking a flying butt leap towards the bowl and then chewing men out because they "left the seat up" instead of taking two seconds and lowering it themselves.

45. Women can get out of speeding tickets by pouting. This will get men arrested.

46. Women don't really care about a sense of humor in a guy despite claims to the contrary. You don't see women trampling over Tom Cruise to get to Gilbert Gottfried, do you?

47. Women fake orgasm because men fake foreplay.

48. It's okay for women to dance with each other and not be gay. You don't see straight men dancing together.

49. Women will spend hours dressing up to go out, and then they'll go out and spend more time checking out other women. Men can never catch women checking out other men; women will always catch men checking out other women.

50. The most embarrassing thing for women is to find another woman wearing the same dress at a formal party. You don't hear men say, "Oh-my-GOD, there's another man wearing a black tux, get me outta here!"

It's Graduation Day

I feel really happy and proud because the love of my life is graduating today. After several years and two other different courses that he chose to leave behind, he's finally graduating and succeeded in this chapter of his life. The hard part is, I cannot be there to celebrate with him. I'm stuck here in Manila until the end of this month. Grrrhhh!

I feel so annoyed right now because I just can't do anything about it! I don't have enough money to get a plane ticket to go there and back again in Manila on Monday, I so miss him so much and I really wanted to see him get his diploma and just be there with him on such a momentous time of his life... I'm starting to hate my company... Hehehe! Not!

Anyway, for all the world to know, I just had my lunch and feeling a little full right now, but I can handle it.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Update on PSHS-SMC Graduates Travel Ban

Here are links to the following pertinent documents that relate to that travel hold thing imposed against the Philippine Science High School graduates of Davao City.

PSHS-SMC Sample Contract

Bureau of Immmigration Watchlist for Batches 1992-1996

PSHS Main Memo # 4

PSHS-SMC Letter to Bureau of Immigration

PSHS-SMC Reply to the Petition Letter

And again, here is the link to the online protest letter made by the alumni together with the signature form for the signature campaign....

10 Steps to a Killer Resume

You know the feeling. You spend hours, or even days, creating a résumé. You pore over every word of your cover letter and agonize over what to say in your email. Then you hit ‘send’ and wait. And wait. And wait. No one calls. No one writes. You don’t know if anyone even saw your résumé.

When this happens, it’s easy to get dejected and worry that employers are not interested in you. Don’t! Remember, they haven’t met you. They have only seen your résumé and that may be the problem.

An overwhelming majority of job seekers make basic mistakes with their résumés - mistakes that ensure that they will not get the interviews they deserve. If you feel as though you’re sending your résumé into a black hole, try this ‘Ten Step Program’ to diagnose problems and get your résumé working for you.

1. Is your résumé the right length?

You may have heard that your résumé should fit on one page. This is nonsense. Recruiter or hiring managers don’t care if your résumé is one or two pages long. But they do care whether it is easy to read and gives key information upfront. Your résumé can be one, two, or (occasionally) even three pages. The only rule is that the length should be appropriate for you. If in doubt follow the (very general) rule of thumb that less than 5 years experience probably only requires one page and more than that may need two.

2. Does your résumé clearly position you as someone who can meet the needs of the employer?

Think of a résumé as an advertisement for a product, only this time the product is you. Just like any other advertisement, positioning is everything. The person who receives your résumé will scan it quickly perhaps for no more than 20 seconds to determine whether you can help her company. Your job is to say quickly, clearly and loudly that you can!

Don’t just launch into a chronology of your career history. Instead, determine your own positioning by spelling out your message at the start of the résumé and giving the reader your version of events upfront. For this reason, you should use the first 1/3 of your résumé to create a compelling personal profile which highlights your key strengths in an attractive, easy-to-read format.

3. Does your résumé begin with an objective?

Don’t start with an objective. Recruiters and hiring managers don’t like them because they focus on the needs of the job seeker rather than the needs of the potential employer. Consider this objective statement: “Seeking a software engineer position with a progressive employer where I can contribute to the development of new technologies and work with bright, committed people.”

This may be very honest but it is irrelevant to the reader, who does not care what you want and only cares what you have to offer. Instead of an objective, try using a positioning statement that clearly and concisely explains what you have to offer.

“Senior Software Engineer with 10 years experience developing leading-edge technologies.”
Now the reader can immediately see your value to the company. (For even greater impact, tailor this statement for each position so that the reader immediately sees a match between his/her needs and your skills.)

4. Does your résumé contain specifics?

You must place your achievements in context by providing specifics. For example, don’t say something vague like “contributed to product design.” This tells the employer nothing about your actual contribution. Instead be specific about what you did: “Conducted market analysis for (name of product) to determine design and mechanics. Led changes to original design spec. despite initial developer objections. Received critical acclaim and sold over 4 million units.” See how being specific makes a difference? This level of detail shows the reader the contributions you have made in the past (and therefore the contributions you can be expected to make in the future.)

5. Have you outlined achievements as well as responsibilities?

Don’t provide a laundry list of responsibilities without showing what results you achieved. Most employers already know what the main responsibilities of your job were. They want to know what makes you different from all the other applicants. An effective résumé summarizes job responsibilities in a few sentences and then provides details of quantifiable achievements.
Focus most of your résumé on the results you accomplished, not the regular duties of your job.

6. Are there any typos?

Your résumé has to be perfect. Proofread it over and over again. When you are sure it’s perfect, have other people proof it! If even one word is misspelled the reader will assume that you didn’t know how to spell the word (this is bad) or that you didn’t care (this is even worse!) Nothing puts the reader off more quickly than misspellings or typos.

7. Is the résumé easy to read?

At least 50% of the impact of your résumé derives from design. A strong résumé design will pull the eye through the document, making it easy to keep reading and will highlight your key strengths clearly. But if your résumé is badly laid out, disorganized or hard to read, it will be discarded before the reader knows how qualified you are.

To see examples of how to lay out your résumé, go to the library or bookstore and look in the career section. You will find collections of sample résumés. Take time to understand how the page has been laid out and then apply what you’ve learned to your résumé.

8. Have you listed irrelevant information?

Don’t list your hobbies unless they directly support your qualifications for the position. Don’t detail your marital status or the number of children you have. Don’t mention non-professional affiliations such as political or religious volunteer work unless it directly relates to the position you are applying for. Any personal information runs the risk of turning the reader off. However proud you are of personal achievements, you should not run the risk of alienating someone before you even have your foot in the door.

9. Are you too modest?

Don’t be uncomfortable about blowing your own trumpet. Too many people play down their achievements. While you should never exaggerate on a résumé, you should definitely take credit for the things you’ve accomplished. Some people feel uncomfortable boasting on paper preferring to explain in an interview. But if your résumé doesn’t spark interest, you may never get that opportunity, so don’t be modest!

10. Have you created an internet-ready version of résumé?

If you have to post your résumé online, or apply to a job via an online system, you will need to convert your résumé to a text-only format. If you don’t do this, your résumé will be almost impossible to read because most online systems cannot support the type of formatting used in a résumé (bold, italics, bullet points, lines etc.)


When you send your résumé out, it must speak articulately for you. You can’t explain inconsistencies, clear up confusion or fill in things that are missing. Your résumé has to make your sales pitch in a clear and compelling manner within 20 seconds. Invest the time to make it exceptional and you will see an immediate increase in the response rate.

From Louise Fletcher

Tips and Suggestions for Writing a Resume

Handsome resumes are back. Thanks to new technology which retains the original document, formatted resumes with embellishments like boldface, italics, fancy fonts and bullets are back in style.

It's important to note that the use of online screening before your resume is rated is growing. Applicants are flooding mail boxes whether or not their resume bears any resemblance to the job's requirements, so, companies are increasingly using automated systems to screen resumes prior to sending them to recruiters and hiring managers.

It's helpful to take a few tests on company career portals where you don't want to work to gain experience taking tests and increasing your comfort level.

Choose your resume format wisely. Use a format that highlights your strengths and hides your shortcomings. If you use the format provided by the job search sites, then you don’t need so much editing and rearranging the elements of your resume. It also helps because as long as your resume complies with the standard format, the automated search system used by employers will not rule your resume out. And if you choose to make a separate resume for your personal face-to-face job applications, write it until it's right. Think, write, think some more, rewrite, proofread, get feedback and rewrite.

Market your resume by targeting a job market, making a list of job leads, creating mix and match resumes and cover letters and determining your online resume strategy. This is one trick that so many have found useful which some say is cheating – it’s dressing up your resume, meaning, once you have found a potential job to apply for, then make your resume and put on your strengths that will match the qualifications required by the job, just about 100%. Simple, right?

Another tip I found is to send your resume so it arrives on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Monday's are busy and Friday's are termination days. But if the job listing says it’s urgent then maybe you should send your application as early as you can so that the HR officer can review it as soon as possible.

Post on specialty web sites also because these sites will have more focused job listings.

Cartoon-themed Templates

I’m really fascinated by these templates and I actually found myself envying the people who use them. Samples are posted in splat designs and I absolutely adore them! I really like the cartoon looking representation of most authors and also the colors used in these characters which also matches all the colors in their blogs, and I admire it, really!

If anyone is kind enough to make me one, could you please, please, pretty please leave a comment in this post or maybe in the chat box found in the right most sidebar of my blog. Thanks!

No Connection – Seriously.

I am so annoyed right no because I am now composing a post that I can only upload the next day! Why? Because I have my internet connection in my office but not in my room! Grrrrhhh!

Hmm, anyway, while writing this I’m watching a local soap opera. I have continually wondering from which foreign movie or story did the makers of it base their story – it’s more like the movie If Only, the twist is, the guy really goes back in time because he was given the chance by Destiny to go over everything again and try to save his girlfriend from death by getting run over by a bus. Sounds drastic, but that’s how she died.

Ummm, getting back on the story of my friend and her break up - there’s actually no update. She continues to contact me and still, she continues also to give the cold shoulder to the guy. They hardly ever talk now, even see each other. And the guy right now is enjoying his new found attention from a younger girl, about 9 or 10 years younger. She’s a college student right now. And he’s employed. Well, God bless them.

Oh, and I just had this food pang I just felt. I don’t call it a hunger pang because I’m not hungry. The feeling is more like I can either vividly picture out the food or even sometimes smell it as if it was just in front of me. And guess what I just thought of? Eggplants. Thinly sliced eggplants fried on a low fire and with a little bagoong. I don’t have a better known word yet for bagoong, but I can tell you it smells like hell. Ahahaha! But it’s good, it’s salty actually, but it’s not fish sauce also. It’s especially good with unripe green crunchy mangoes. Yumyum! This eggplant combo is best eaten with a lot of rice which I cannot really have because I’m trying to go on a diet. Booohhhoooo…. Poor me… I’m blaming it all on my genes.

And another thing? I’m really supposed to be working on a report right now, but I’d rather write down my thoughts. I feel better when I write (or type, in this case). It’s like I have my own little planet of ideas all of which when I try to put down into writing all vanishes into the millions and millions of vaults in my brain and doesn’t wanna come out unless it’s really time to work. Absolutely hateful… But I should really be working harder so I can save enough money to look for a new apartment where I can bring in a computer and have my own internet connection. Then I would be more fulfilled as a professional by day and a blogger by night. Sound good huh? And I’m also planning to buy a digital camera so I can learn to take pictures, then study Photoshop so I can teach myself to manipulate the pictures to make it look like something I’ve conjured from the depths of my hypothalamus, and set up a photoblog, maybe co-author it with my boyfriend. Sounds good again. And also when I have saved enough again, take some units in business school so I can have my masters degree, then maybe take on law school… Arrrgghhhh! I’m insane!

Anyway, I’m totally out of my topic. Maybe I’ll continue this later. Hehehe!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Is it Time to Dump Him?

This won't come as news to women: Men aren't all that good about breaking up. Sometimes a man will half-heartedly try ("things just aren't clicking"). Sometimes a man will force you to make the first move ("well, if you think things aren't working out then"). Sometimes a man will stew in a bad relationship for years before actually having the guts to break it off. Why? For lots of reasons -- one of them being that many men, even if they don't like the relationship anymore, don't want to be immortalized (to you and all your friends) as The Bad Guy. Not an excuse, but it's what men tend to do. When you consider a recent national survey showing 21 percent of men say they're on the lookout for a better relationship while they're in a relationship -- then it's all the more important that women know the signs of a guy who's looking for the exit before he's even in the room.

Dump-worthy: He ignores
Not dump-worthy
: He doesn't listen

There is a difference. The way I see it, the guy who doesn't listen is the guy who spaces out on TV when a woman is asking if he liked that night's chili. A guy who doesn't listen is a guy who forgets to cap the toothpaste despite the fact he's been told 12 times in the last six days. Annoying? Sure. Deal-breakers? No. On the other hand, a guy who ignores is the kind of guy who always puts himself first by ignoring the things that are important to you-like chronically forgetting an anniversary or birthday, or not asking how a doctor's appointment went, or choosing his golf game over her family get-together. Once in a while may be fine, but when it happens all the time, it means that his priorities don't include you.

Dump-worthy: He has two cell phones (one of which you didn't know about)
Not dump-worthy: He won't tell you his password

Oh, if I had the surefire formula for catching a cheater, I'd be using 100-dollar bills as napkins. While cheating is, in many cases, the obvious relationship-ender, the trickier issue is gathering up the signs that a guy is indeed borrowing sugar from the neighbor. I will tell you this: A guy who's protecting his e-mail password isn't necessarily cheating; he just thinks that there still should be some semblance of his privacy (plus, he's not too keen on you seeing the internet photos his co-worker buddy may have sent over). But when a guy hasn't told you about an extra cell phone, it's a pretty likely sign that there's somebody calling it who darn well shouldn't be.

Dump-worthy: He won't apologize
Not dump-worthy: He goes silent

A man who clams up during a fight or a discussion isn't necessarily just trying to make you mad (though some are). He's thinking, he's debating, and he's being cautious about what he says -- because he knows you're listening (and perhaps ready to pounce on his arguments). A guy will eventually open up, if you can give the issue some time to settle down, or even approach him in a setting where he's more comfortable talking (like the car). The real power play comes not from the silent treatment, but from a man who can't utter a "sorry"; that's not only a sign of stubbornness, but a sign he's not ready to give any ground. If he's not willing to show a little weakness early in the relationship, chances are it'll only grow worse as the relationship grows -- if it even gets that far.

-- as posted David Zinczenko
on Tue, Mar 20, 2007, 11:39 am PDT

Being a Fairy

In my curiosity with the way how fairies looked and are designed I happen to come across a very childish yet cool Disney site, the Disney Fairies... I really found it cute the way you can create your own fairy, I mean you can decide how she'll look like, what kinda powers she'll have, the clothes that your fairy will wear, even the colors will be to your discretion!

It's a nice way to encourage the artistic side of kids if you already have one (or more...), just make sure that if you allow them to use the internet, you are around to supervise them. And after designing your fairy, you can also decide what to call her, and later on, even design her home! Now that's quite cool, even for a yuppy like me...

Here are screen shots of how my fairies (I have two, Alexia, a water fairy and Heather, the light fairy) and their homes look like.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Link Fest

Links to some sites that I stumbled upon while surfing the net!

Great Landscape Photos
The Lost Cities
The Cool Hunter - Architecture at it's Best!

Irene Suchoki Photography

One Picture a Day
Photographs by David Earl
a thousand and one - a freelance web developer
Filipino Jokes - a website with genuine Filipino Jokes

It's Time to Break it Off

Have you seen an episode of House lately? Where the only solution to prevent death is just to cut off a body part like a finger, a hand or a foot? This situation of cutting off or breaking off is not only applicable to medical situations, but also to a person's personal life.

Sometimes, we tend to be so involved in something, a hobby or a vice, that we are blinded by how we feel or how we would want to see the situation and not how it really is. There are times when the only way to know what's really happening is to ask somebody else. We may have those gut feelings, hunches if I may say so, especially for us women where our instincts play such a vital role. But what if it involves ourself and the person we love most?

Hanging on to a person just because is not such a good idea. Sure, you may have shared more than first love, or more than 5 or 6 years, but I really don't think that is reason enough, especially if it's already hurting you. Sometimes, a little pain helps us to wake up, sudden jolts of reality are helpful, especially if we have already been eaten up by emotions that we now think are quite "hazy". Talking to someone else helps, someone that is not biased and can maintain an objective view of the situation even if you're close friends or if she's your mother who would most likely say, "I told you so."

There are no easy ways to solve the puzzle but a little help won't hurt. These people, who sometimes are the ones we did not expect at all to be of any help, are often times the key to opening another door. And at one time or another, letting go is the only way to do it.

Take for example a friend of mine. She and her boyfriend have been steady for what, 7 years or more, but hell, the guy started acting weird lately. I myself have been a witness. He started being a little playful with my friend, coy, annoying, later on a little cold. A few weeks later, they started seeing less of each other, lesser calls, lesser messages. Aside from that I started noticing that the usual playfulness of the guy with other women started growing stronger. At one time or another there will be this one girl who'd stay in their apartment for several hours at a time. Yeah right, watching tv, using the computer, using the phone, eating, fooling around. Yep, that's the right word - fooling around. To make things short, it happened. One day, my friend asked me what I knew, so I told her in the most factual way the facts that I knew. It turns out she has already have had hunches for several months already but just ignored it, telling herself that her boyfriend is just super "friendly". Friendly he is.

Now, she's trying her best to maintain a whole world of distance from the guy, but she still maintained contact with his family with who she has been close with ever since. She still talks to me, even confides a little. And I know she's hurting. Screw the guy - and the other girl too. It's not because my friend is my friend, but because looking at the situation from my point of view is not pretty at all. Sure, my friend may have lots of her own screw-ups which I may not be aware of, maybe she was just tame enough or trying to be a very formal kill-joy girlfriend, or she may be a tinge more un-funny and tries too much to make her ex-boyfriend grow-up (Which is sometimes the usual case for us, we try to make our guys grow up. Relax girl, they really are late-bloomers! They have a study on this! But they'll grow up you know, they're not Peter Pan.). But heck, he could have at least been not-stupid-enough to just telll her he doesn't wanna be with her anymore and that along the way he found someone else to pick on, and that all the years they have been together is now a different story!

Oh, well, I can't do anything about it, can I? At the end of the day, it's their situation, and I can only hope that every goes ok...
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