Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bastusan

O ayan neng, bastusan ang show.. Maglandian ba naman kasi eh?

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Names beside their respective profile pics are, I think, real. You can even search them out in facebook.


Note: This is an offbeat post written in Filipino. 
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Numb and Indifferent

"You're acting like you're not my sister."

Have you ever been told something like this by your sibling? I have. Just yesterday - and it feels like nothing.

A few months back I would have shed a lot of tears thinking that I'm actually eating a decent dinner while my brother was stuck in Iligan, amidst the rebels and their guns. A few more months back, I would have been stressed out because he just got held up by armed men and I was in my room, safe and sound. A few months back, I would have pleaded with him, crying with my heart, for him to please stop all his nonsense and start living a better life.

My brother is actually not stupid by definition. In fact, he has quite an intellectual head on his shoulders. He was almost always an achiever in elementary school; we just couldn't figure out why it all changed.

Now it just pains me to think and see how he's wasting everything, all the sacrifices my parents are going through, his time and his life. He actually knows how hard it is to make money, but instead of taking advantage of some skills he managed to scour during high school, like his ability to play really good billiards, or his know-how with computers, networking and the like, plus his keen strategies with online multiplayer games, all from which he makes a decent amount of money, he just takes them lightly, takes all his “earnings” for granted, uses them up for non-sensible things like roaming around the mall doing nothing, or eating his heart out not with real meals but tiny snacks whole day long. He doesn’t care that my parents sometimes goes berserk looking for someone who can lend them any amount just to send it to him because he says “he’s not eating anything anymore” when in fact he just replied to my SMS saying he can’t go to our house to eat or stay for the night because he’s busy with a Dota or counterstrike tournament they joined with his “guild”. He couldn’t care less that mom and dad are actually also just swallowing their pride asking for loans or just drinking instant coffee instead of enjoying meals together, considering they’re no longer supporting me financially, because he told them he already needs food allowance and doesn’t want to eat in their dorm’s cafeteria where he can just list down his consumption because he’s stricken with pride or shame if you allow the term, when in fact he just turned down an invitation from us to just go to the house so he can finish off all the contents of our refrigerator at about midnight (thinking I don’t know what he’s doing) because he’d rather sleep and wait for one of his friends to come over so they can go to the mall and cool themselves with the airconditioning and later go off to another computer tournament thing. He isn't bothered by one bit that my mom almost went crazy trying to look for money to send to him to pay for his tuition fee, while he on the other hand, after learning that the money was already sent, took his sweet time withdrawing and lining up in the school tellers, and later telling my worried mom that he didn't pay his tuition yet because he didn't make it with the priority number and that it's really quite tiring to wait in line.

It pains me that when I was in college, I’d rather bang my head onto the wall for not understanding our lessons and striving to really get my brain working properly and fend off that 2.0 grade for fear of seeing that famous daddy’s facial expression that says “You could’ve done better. Is it really that hard?” While my brother lauds himself for just passing a major subject and dropping PE or Filipino.

It pains me how I was raised to be so responsible I’d pass as a guy. So independent it sometimes annoys my husband so much because it seems as if I really don’t need anyone at all to survive. While he, on the other hand, still asks stupid questions like, “If today’s voyage is already fully-booked, what will I do next?”

It pains me how I put too much value to my parents’ financial woes, emotional and psychological stress because they want to give my brother a decent education, a convenient way of life and even a few pleasures here and there, yet he instead has reversed that order of priority into having a more than convenient life - too much fashion-related purchases, extravagant gifts for a girlfriend I don't really know for sure and surely don't care anymore if he cheats on or not, too much time in internet cafes, too much strolling in the mall with a friend, too much sleeping, and just very few hours with classes, a few projects or maybe even none, a few texts to his sister asking for load because he had a quarrel with his girlfriend and his 100 peso prepaid load has already been zeroed-out, a nonexistent “achiever”-looking list of grades which translates to more dropped and flunked classes than passed, and even showing himself to his sister and his brother-in-law only twice this semester and expecting to get a belated-birthday gift or a “despedida” when he hasn’t even bought a ticket to go home yet, considering he was already sent the money the previous day.

It pains me now that before I even exerted effort on pleading with him to get his life straight, that even up to this day, my parents think that it just goes natural for me to casually ask my brother how he’s doing. It pains me now, that my only brother doesn’t pay any kind of respect to me, even just for the sake of birthright, because it has gotten to him how my grandfather seduces him into thinking they should be very close because he’s going to inherit almost everything, which is absolutely not true at all. It has gotten to him how the phrase “you’re even brighter than all your cousins” sounds so endearing when in fact he has wasted all his abilities with games, lies and living a mediocre life.

It pains me that my parents cannot even exert some form of authority over him or instill fear nor demand respect from him, when I used to cringe on even the thought of dad or mom being even the least bit angry with me about anything at all.

It pains me that my parents beg me to talk sense into my brother thinking he’s actually going to listen, not understanding how, for so many years in the making, I have grown fed up, tired, angry, frustrated, dismayed, and now, indifferent to my very own brother.

As a Christian, it pains me, that I cannot be one to my own blood brother. I just cannot forgive and reach out to an unbelieving brother. Not now. Not tomorrow nor the next month. It pains me that no matter how tempting it is to curse someone, I most certainly cannot do so, for the fear of God and because he still is my brother. But I have stopped being a sister. I have even stopped “acting” like one.

It pained me before. But now I’m numb. Numb and indifferent.



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Friday, December 18, 2009

Gold is Always Shiny

I don't know if you have tried it, but a lot of people say it's a good thing.


Gold seems to be a one of the most coveted investment tools nowdays and a lot have been thinking about starting an investment portfolio including gold coins and bullions. Since gold doesn't seem to have fluctuating prices, gold is one of the "safest" investments you can go to given you have enough information and are guided by superb advisors and co-investors.

Like, have you tried pawning your gold rings? I have tried it, and so far I haven't had any experience with the rate going down, the pawn value of gold always goes up which means that investing in gold is quite a wise thing to do. So how about it? Want gold coins?

 

Or try these for size...
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Need Farmville Help?

UPDATE:
Just in! The latest version of Farmville Magic Tools (v1.4) can now be downloaded HERE.


A lot of us, and I do emphasize the words A LOT, play farmville in facebook and somehow we always try to find ways on how to level up easier and faster.

Aside from the already published hacks and tricks and cheats, like using cheat engine and trying to understand gibberish on how to tweak your browser codes just to make harvesting easier, there are still those good souls who chose to develop applications or bots which are more easy to use and won't cost you anything.

Just like what I'm using now - Farmville Magic Tool. Sorry I just forgot where I downloaded it from, but to make all your lives easier, I've uploaded my copy so you can use it too. It's a .zip file so you have to extract it first.


You can click on the image to enlarge it or just adjust your vision to finish reading my post... *giggles*

Farmville Magic Tools has an actual tab for instructions, and bot where you click on what to do. Just take note that, for the bot to recognize your farm, make sure that the small area where the tabs for Free Gifts, Neighbors, etc. is visible before dragging that cow into the game window.

I also included another of these clickers in my files so you can have a choice between the two. But I'm currently using Farmville Magic Tools, not that you'd prefer what I'm using, right?

So here are the links again, just in case you missed them.

I hope this made your Farmville life a little easier. And oh, add me as a neighbor. *wink wink*







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Martial Law Madness!

3 Days and counting. Too much buzz over that famous Martial law declaration in Maguindanao. I'm getting bored with it already. What's new? They called in a recess - they're not having a session today. Sige go. Matapos n'yo kaya yan or mauuna yung 60 days? Hay nako... [Go ahead. Will you finish that or the 60-day implementation time frame with end first? *Sigh*]

Note: Bear with me on the translations. lol!

Anyway. I just happened to see this floating around in my tweetdeck thingy through @kingdelrosario, my high school friend I referred to in this post, and it said,
"Twit tweets from Professional Heckler. Funny. http://bit.ly/8rLh6J"...
 And as curious as my braincells can go, I immediately clicked on the link and this is what came out.







Okay, I'd have to re-direct you to his page, 'coz I don't want to be cited for stealing content via copy-paste!

Did you enjoy it? It was really amusing and fascinating how he could have thought about that kind of thing. He must have so much time to spare! lol!



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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Top 5 Posts in the last 7 days

Just in case you're interested, here are my TOP 5 posts for last week...  :)


No Need to Resign 
Robert Kiyosaki's Cashflow 101, 202 
Wishful Thinking 
Food is a Basic Need 
The Real Britney Voice


If you want to share this list, go ahead, I won't mind.

Comments, suggestions, whatnots, just go to the post a comment link way below this post.

And for anything else, email me or talk to yourself if it serves you right.  :)

{Just kidding.}


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Getting Married? Where's the RING?




One of Tom's (and now mine too) close family friends is getting married this December 17. Good for them I should say. So far I believe all the preparations have gone good and we have even received their very classy chocolate brown invitation, which was very nice.


This gets me to think and now makes me itching to ask some of my "older" friends when the heck their getting hitched. It's not like I'm hurrying them up or something, but they really should think about it soon enough. And one thing they should prepare for are the rings, don't you agree?


First, there's the engagement ring. Mine was not so surprising. Tom and I were together when he got it. I even chose the design. Anyway.


Then there's the wedding ring or band itself. Hmm. What design would you like? Or your soon-to-be-bride? Has it occurred to you that maybe your tastes are not that similar? How about the material? Will you settle for just white gold, or yellow gold? How about platinum? titanium? or tungsten?



Apparently, tungsten wedding bands or rings are also very well preferred nowadays, aside from the conventional gold or silver bands, since tungsten wedding rings are almost virtually scratch resistant - resistant, meaning it CAN be scratched but only under extreme pressures and using harder materials like diamonds - these rings are most likely to stay with you forever. 


Convinced now? Try "window" shopping.  :)



















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Are you an Internal Auditor?

If you are an Internal Auditor here in the Philippines, whether you currently are, or previously was, you are invited to join this group in Facebook:


Internal Auditors in the Philippines.



Don't worry, it's not something you will regret in the nearest future.







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Feng Shui Master Says


"Elections in 2010 will be violent."




yeah right.


Do we need a feng shui "master" to tell us that?!


How convenient.







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Monday, December 7, 2009

PGMA's Report on Martial Law

As we all know by now, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared Martial Law on the province of Maguindanao while we all are hoping that her father's soul, former President Diosdado Macapagal, is not turning on his grave nor wishing to be dead once again.

Straight from Inquirer.net is the full text of PGMA's report on the declaration of Martial Law, sent thru her secretary Eduardo Ermita - same as what she did on the proclamation, she sent Ermita to do the dirty work, so it will not be herself on the history books nor on the file videos of new networks. Duh.

To download or see the said report, click on this link.  LINK.
(Too literal, huh? lol!)

Anyway, on other issues aside from Martial Law, the government has issued some guidelines on the implementation or enforcement of the said thing, as can be seen here, and Manuel Quezon III said they may have just taken those from old files way back 1972. So resourceful, don't you think?

Just for fun, here are the videos of both declarations:

Marcos:


Arroyo through the kindness of Ermita:




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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Anthrax in Isabela!!!

Wait!!! Everybody's too busy with Martial Law, they didn't even notice that  

Anthrax is in the country!!! 




For details, go to http://www.philstar.com.




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On the Martial Law in Maguindanao

Because we haven't watched the news and I haven't seen the papers lately, I did not know that Martial Law was at last declared in Maguindanao.


And the current buzz in the world wide web right now is this: announcement to the whole world that the President just declared martial law in one of the provinces of the whole country, and that before, there was this statement of "Never again Martial Law", some tweets ask if it's lawful, some say that it's not because of this and that... here's a snapshot of the current twitter trend (click on the image to enlarge):




Atty. Marvic Leonen, Dean of UP Law, has published his statement already, see it here.
Senator Francis Pangilinan has also blogged about it here, saying (quoting directly from his post)

"Under Section 18 Article VII, Martial Law can only be declared if there is an invasion or rebellion. Neither is existing in the case of the Maguindanao massacre. The massacre is neither a rebellion nor an invasion but a case of multiple murders involving government officials loyal to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The truth is all key personalities are now under police custody. The factual basis for a Martial Law declaration therefore appears to be inexistent."

I tell you, if your name is Martial Law, you just got famous! World renowned! Everybody, EVERYBODY is now talking about you in twitter!


Nie, should be name our child, when he/she comes, Martial Law?! 
{Or maybe not, the child might think of cursing me for the rest of his/her blessed life.}






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Friday, December 4, 2009

Friendster Revamped - Facebook Clone?



Have you visited your Friendster account lately?

Friendster now has a new homepage! It basically looks more funky with all the graphics and stuff, and GREEN-er... It also changed it's logo into something more creative and new, still with the smiley though; and the favicon? New too! Correct. It's green.

New features have also been added, like a virtual wallet, where you get virtual money to use in its virtual giftshop. They now also have a lot of games - even farming ones like farmtown and farmville - and in interactive shoutout stream, which looks more and more like the Facebook wall! New and improved photo uploading and viewing, and of course, a faster and better way to share your photos.

Sound like a clone yet? For your curiosity's sake, if you haven't logged into your Friendster.com account, here's how it looks like when you click on the HOME tab.





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GIBO - Still in Cebu City

Apparently, it's not only Gibo's survey numbers that went up - so did the number of my blog's subscribers! Yipee!!!

The post was about Gibo being here in Cebu City to attend the Vice Mayor's league of the Philippines' fellowship night. Guess a lot of people are following Gibo Teodoro's whereabouts. So to not keep you waiting,


Gibo is still in Cebu City making his rounds, he's visiting Cebu Institute of Technology and the University of the Visayas.




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A BLESSED Morning, thanks Sponsoredreviews.com!

It's really nice to start your day looking at a very lovely email that says, I've been paid! harhar!



That's not so passive of an income, but didn't take much time, but murdered a handful of braincells though. But at least, it really made me happy. Especially upon seeing this:




Heaven. or at least the tip of it.. This isn't such a big sum yet, but with more entries... Well, Sponsored Reviews is such an angel. Got all of that from just 2 posts in two weeks. Nice, huh?

Why don't you join too? Or even ask for a review from me? Hehe.



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Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Real Britney Voice

Do you really wanna know how Britney Spears sounds in real life, during her concerts when she thinks her mike is muted, and she's thinking that she's just lip synching? (If this is a word...)

Here it is. Sorry if you actually bought an original britney spears album.





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Gibo in Cebu City


Heads' up for the supporters of Gibo here in Cebu City. He's gonna be here to attend the Vice Mayors' League of the Philippines Fellowship Night.


*wala lang,...*



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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Robert Kiyosaki's Cashflow 101, 102


Tom and I have been spending a rather sizable chunk of our free time playing Cashflow 202. We have both Cashflow 101 and 202, but I'm speaking for the both of us when I say I like 202 better. It's more "challenging".

You can see Tom's evident like of the game since he refers to commonplace expenses such as taxi fare, green mangoes, movies, and even an ice cream stick as "Doodads".

Anyway, did you know that there's also a website called Rich Woman? It's more tailored for women and our needs. To visit the site, go to www.richwoman.com.



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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

No Need to Resign

Alliances are strong, huh?


It says in this news bit that the SC justices in an en banc session today with an 8-6 vote said that encumbent government officials need not resign from their posts upon filing of COCs (Certificate of Candidacy) for next year's election.



I never really understood why they needed to resign in the first place. At least this goes with the earlier ruling that actors and actresses filing their COCs need not stop their projects since it's their profession. Hmm. Consistent? Or scheming?

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Wishful Thinking

This --> here <-- is wishful thinking.






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Food is a Basic Need

If you're a new-hire, haven't received any pay yet and all employees are privileged to have free lunch, will it not bother you that you're ID (used to certify that you can avail of the free lunch) is NOT working at all?!



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