Saturday, April 30, 2011

Goodbye Friendster! It's Facebook Time

Social network, Friendster will be shutting down on May 31st. Members of the social network, Friendster received letters from the network asking members to export profiles, pictures, blogs in Friendster as these will be deleted after May 31st to pave way to a new Friendster. 

It is reported that the new Friendster will complement popular social network, Facebook. It will offer games and music to Facebook users.

Friendster members can export their pictures in Friendster through Flicker or Multiply. The blogs can be exported to Blogger or Wordpress, and the comments, testimonials, messages, shoutouts and treasure chests can be saved in a PDF form. Most Filipinos have Friendster profiles before Facebook become popular, so many are not happy that Friendster is closing.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding: Kate's Dress, Pictures


The ceremony for the royal wedding has just finished and officially Prince William and Princess Catherine are now husband and wife!

The bride, Catherine "Kate" Middleton looks so stunning in her bridal gown. check the royal wedding pictures below. Prince William looks so handsome in his military uniform. The couple are lovely. We wish you a happy and life-long marriage. For sure, Princess Diana is smiling right now.

Where to Watch Royal Wedding Live

The wedding of Prince William of Wales to Miss Catherine "Kate" Middleton is on, today, April 29th at the Westminister Abbey, and the world is expected to watch. For us here in the Philippines, we can catch the Royal wedding live either on the net or for those who do not have internet connection, on TV. 

Google's YouTube and the Royal Household ( will live stream the Royal Wedding  from 5pm Manila time from the wedding procession, marriage ceremony and the traditional balcony kiss.

The Royal Wedding can be watched live also on television as the ABS-CBN network with BBC will air live coverage. It will be aired on Studio 23, ANC, and DZMM Radio.

So, invited or not, don't miss the Royal wedding fever, it's today! ;)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

International Music Artists Invade Manila

Filipinos won't be deprived of international singers as Justin Bieber, American rock band Switchfoot, Korean boy band 2AM, Maroon 5, Hannah Montana star, Miley Cyrus and Kylie Minoguewill take Philippines into storm this year.

On April 28, 2AM band will perform at the Newport Resorts World, then on April 30, Switchfoot will take the stage at Philsports Arena.

After committing a boo-boo act in his Malaysia concert by greeting his Malaysian audience with "Hello, Manila!" Justin Bieber will greet his Filipino fans on May at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. Maroon 5 will also hold its concert this May.

On June, Miley Cyrus will perform in Manila, followed by Kylie Minogue and Incubus in July.

Fan of any of those singers? Buy concert tickets now before they're sold out. Don't miss the international concert fever :p

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Charice to sing in Pacquaio-Mosley Match

Charice will be singing the Philippines national anthem in the upcoming bout of Manny Pacquiao against Shane Mosley on May 7. Manny personally chose Charice to sing in his fight, just like he did in his past fights.

It will be a great day for Filipinos to have two of the national pride perform in one day. We hope that the Charice's voice, singing the national anthem will add strength to the muscles of Manny. May 7 will definitely a day to remember for Filipinos around the world. I bet that there will be no traffic jam on the street and crime rate will be low on that day. :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

I AM for the RH BILL

Reading Ces Drilon's article posted in ABS-CBN portal site made me realize that I must also express my opinion and stand for my belief about the Reproductive Health Bill. RH Bill has become one of the major issues in the Philippines due to the opposition of the church against it. The RH Bill aims to protect the women from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies, and poverty by putting into laws the rights of the women to choose the appropriate family planning method for themselves.

I AM for the RH BILL. The bill does not support abortion, instead it would help reduce if not eliminate abortion cases as women will now have access to contraceptives. 

I AM for the RH BILL The bill is not anti-life instead it is pro-life. Every year, many women die because of abortion, miscarriage, and pregnancy complication because of lack of knowledge about pregnancy. Each year, many infants die because of abortion due to unplanned and unwanted pregnancy.

I AM for the RH BILL The bill is for anti-poverty. If RH Bill will be passed as a law, people will be educated and have rights to choose the size of his/her family. Many families are in poverty because of having more members in the family than they can support. Many children are out-of-school because their parents cannot send them to school. Many cannot finish their degree because they have other siblings to support. 

I AM for the RH BILL. RH BILL gives the right to every Filipinos to live decently and value life.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Reasons Why Many Hate Rebecca Black's Friday

There has been a frenzy over this formerly unknown-middleschool-student Rebecca Black, who shot to overnight stardom over her music video entitled, Friday, which is posted in YouTube. However, this frenzy is not too positive for this young lady, in fact, she has been receiving death threats, and although there has been over 112 million views on her video, but there are also more than 2 million dislikes against 300,000+ likes.

When I heard about Rebecca Black, I checked out her video, out of curiosity, and although there is nothing offensive on the music video and the lyrics, I agree to the people to clicked dislike button. So, let me list the reasons why many hate Rebecca Black's Friday.
1. Her voice! Her voice in the song was digitally edited to sound like an alien hehehe...
2. The lyrics. Just search for the lyrics of Friday, and you know what I mean.
3. The video itself. Although as I said, there is no offensive scene in the video, but the concept of the video itself is offensive.
4. Waste of time. Since this frenzy caught my attention, and my curious cat inside me kicked in, then I just wasted 4 minutes of my time. (Though I turned this wasted time into fruitful one, by blogging it. I'm positive thinker, right?!)
5. Well, if you have anything to add, just put it in the comment form. _______
Haven't watched it? Curious? Check the video below:

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Passion of the Christ: It is Done

In observance of the Lent, and in the celebration of Jesus Christ sacrifice and resurrection, I would like to share to the OST of the movie "The Passion of the Christ".

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Observing Holy Week

 The Philippines, having most of its population as Catholics, religiously observe Lent season. Although some companies ask  their workers to stay until at least Thursday noon, most of the Filipinos, do not work from Thursday until the Eastern Sunday. Many who are from the cities go to their hometown to observe Lent. 

In different parts of the country, there are many Filipinos who are actively participating the acts of the last days of Jesus. There are procession with men carrying cross and whipping their backs till blood ooze from their skin. There are also some willing men who penitent by crucifying themselves after the cross procession. Some of them do these yearly to follow the tradition. 

In my place, we do not have such intense re-enactment of the last days of Jesus. My family usually goes to the church at noon of Friday and hear the bible being read and sang. Sometimes, one of my neighbors would sponsor a "pasyon", it's a two-day reading and chanting the bible without pause. During this time, volunteers would help the sponsor family to prepare food for "chanters" who will be holding vigil. My family once sponsored a "pasyon". At 3 in the afternoon, there will be a procession of patrons from different parts of the town. The town plaza will be full of people from different villages to witness the procession of different patrons and saints, and of course, of  Jesus and Mary. After the procession ends, the church will be closed until the first mass on Eastern Sunday. We wake up as early as 4 am to attend the first mass in Eastern Sunday. On Thursday until Saturday, we do not eat meat, but on Sunday, the meal should be festive in celebration of the Lord's resurrection.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mc Do Ad Ban in Philippines, Not in India

Recently, the Church in the Philippines asked Mc Donalds to withdraw the TV ad that it recently launched. The Church said that the ad is not family friendly. Yesterday, I found a Mc Donalds ad which is the same concept as shown in the Philippines, but this time it's shown in India. Both ads featured two grade school kids. The young girl asked the young boy is she can be her girlfriend but the boy refuses giving reasons that girlfriends are demanding. So, the young girl said that all she wants is a ( french fries : in Philippine ad) (burger : India ad). The message of the ad is basically, Mc Donalds food is so cheap that even kids can afford to buy.

What I don't understand is that why the Philippines' priests make so much fuss about it. In my observation, Filipinos are more modern, open-minded, and westernized than Indians. Indians are also too family-oriented people. However, with this kind of ad, we reacted so much, but the Indians do not. So, who's more open-minded now? Check out the two ads below:
 Mc Donald Ad (Philippine version)

Mc Donald Ad (India version)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Charice Back on Glee this Tuesday!

Charice is back on Glee! After the long wait, Sunshine Corazon is back on this Tuesday (U.S. time) in the episode entitled,  "A Night of Neglect". In this upcoming episode, Sunshine will attempt to save the day by offering her singing services to help to the glee club to raise the money they need to attend Nationals. Sunshine tries to convince Rachel and the gang that her intentions are pure. She's ready to belt "All By Myself" to prove it.

After 8 months of waiting, I am ready for a little more of Sunshine and Charice again :) Welcome back, Sunshine!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Google Doodle: 50th Anniversary of the First Human Spaceflight

We, as human beings, have definitely improved so much in terms of technology. In fact, in Google Doodle today is the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight. We did not only conquer the earth but the space and the universe as well. We really have something to celebrate however, we must not forget that as we explore the space, we must still have to take care of our home, the Earth.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Filipino Dish: Adobong Pusit

A neighbor caught some really good squid yesterday and for a hundred pesos,  I thought of making some calamari but I decided to make some healthier dish with little less oil. I turned them to a really good squid adobo. I used some of its ink to make the gravy a little darker. It was gone just few minutes after its served. I also gave some of them to the workers who did our home flooring, I hope they liked it too.  I'll share the recipe next time. Have a nice day!

Monday, April 4, 2011

For the Love of Pig

Yesterday, I don't know what just got into me that I had this urge to buy different kinds of pork cold cuts. I bought 4 different kinds of pork from ham to chorizo in the supermarket deli. I just love this pink meat staring at me as if they are whispering to me to have a piece of them. I ended up with a rimless ham, smoked bacon, sweet chorizo, and pancetta. Oh, they are heaven!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Girl Bonding

My sister came to visit and we decided to have a girl bonding. It's been long time that we didn't spend time together, so we went to the mall. We watched a Tagalog movie, I didn't like it but my sister always like to watch local movies. Then after coming out from the movie, we were starved so we went to the food court. I had my usual donuts and she had dumplings. After I saw her food, I also ordered for the same but was disappointed because my dumplings are tasteless. I should have just stick on my donuts. 

While eating, my sister and I catch things up and talked about our children like the lovelife of her older daughter, her son's worry of food that causes of bad breath as he is planning to get his first kiss, and my kids school problems and other stuff. I realized that we haven't talked for long time until that day. It was a good feeling to spend time again with my sister. I hope to visit her next time for another girl bonding.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Catching Up with Friends Online

My day has just passed like any other day,  but since kids are now on vacation, I got more time to spend online. I am quite busy with my online money-making rackets, and also catching up with some friends. I haven't been really friendly with my online friends lately since I've been really busy.

I was actually quite happy to chat with a high school friend who updated me with our high school class mates' lives, you know, the usual gossiping time LOL. And since I gave her my email address, I was quite not surprised to see my inbox flooded with emails.  I am glad that I have some knowledge on email list management so I am able to manage my email accounts and not to mix up my classmates emails and marketing emails. I still have lots of friends whom I haven't had heard of and I think I will be busy searching them on Facebook and Friendster. It really feels good to talk to old friends again.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Market Your Blog

Blogging has turned from blogging-for-leisure to blogging-for-profit. We cannot deny that even those who originally blog just for fun have discovered the opportunity of making money out of their blogs. Now, most of the bloggers turn their blogs into money-making machine and sometimes earn without doing anything.

Truthfully, blogging is not really earning without doing anything because not all blogs are successful in bringing in money. If the blogger's intention is to monetize his blog, he needs to optimize it. Usually, one of the best solutions in making your blog profitable is to search marketing company that will help you to optimize your blog. Before pushing your blog to advertising, make sure that it has good Alexa and PR ratings. These are important and as a blogger, I know the difficulty of getting good ratings. Leaving comments, linking to related site, joining to blog communities, not everyone has the time to do it.So, what's the use of writing posts if nobody reads and the blog is in isolation. Optimizing the blog does not only bring good income but also good readers.

Blog Overhauling? Maybe

I have been thinking and considering of moving my blog to self host and own domain. After my other blog was affected with spam bot error and had been offline for almost a week, I am also afraid that this one will be affected next time. So, while looking for good and reliable host and cheap domain, I am also thinking of changing the layout and logo. Right now, my logo is kind of a joke because it does not match to my layout. Actually, my current logo matched the original layout of my blog, but since my previous layout was hacked with pop ups, I changed it, so it is not matching now. 

The problem with overhauling my blog is that I need a logo designer because I am not talented when it comes to this stuff. I can do some tweaking with the layout of my blog but when it comes to creating a logo, I am not that creative. But, for now, I'm back to domain and host searching. I hope that my budget will fit in to these new changes. Haaaayyzzz...


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