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3/15/2011

For the Victims of Japan Tsunami


One Saturday morning, I learned the news that alarmed my curiousity. A co-worker of mine suddenly came in to work and spilled the news directly out of his mouth. "Have you heard the news?", he said. He was talking about the great tidal wave that hit Japan around 2:46PM on March 11, 2011 (Japan Standard Time.) A massive earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean in a magnitude of 8.9 to 9.0. This caused the waters to climb up a height and make a huge Tsunami that wiped the Northeastern part of Japan.

It was sad to learn about the news just by merely hearing what happened, but to see how it all happened was even more terrifying. It was horror how a part of the Land of the Rising Sun was swept by the sea waters. While I was watching the first part of the video, where the waves coming from the ocean rushed to the shores of Japan, I was amazed by what nature looks like from a bird's eye view. But when it hit ground zero and flushed everything in its path, i felt shiver all over my body. I couldn't imagine how tragic it was. Until now I can still feel the shivering of my bones. Those poor people down there were powerless against the gigantic force of the angry nature.

It reminded me of how the Philippines was once soaked in rainwater with continuous pouring of rain that lasted for 9 hours. This was even more alarming than Typhoon Ondoy. The event just happened in minutes and didn't even lasted for an hour and yet the effect was more devastating than the great flood that hit the Philippines.

What's more alarming is that some people are so insensitive of this tragic incident. They are trying to think of it as a joke, karma, or a hilarious event. It's sad how the world turns into a monster and yet people in it grow sharper horns and longer tails instead of extending their hands to help each other in times of crisis. We are not talking politics anymore. These are lives that have been drowned to waste. How I wish I can wish it back that you people should be the ones who drowned in that terrible tragedy. But doing that will only make me paint an uglier picture of me than you guys do.

I just want to pray for the welfare of what's left of Japan now. It's really sad how it all had to happen but I just want to say this:

I don't see the point where we are so furious about what the world has done to us. We don't own the earth and yet look at what we've done to her. And now we have the gutts to ask her how she could do these things to man? We were adopted by the earth. She provided us food and shelter. Yet we tried to destroy her piece by piece and now we are asking why all these things happen? Where is the justice in that? She has all the right to take what came from her. Stop asking what she had done to man and instead keep thinking of what we could have done and what we can still do to correct what we haven't done right.

I pray for the victims of this tragedy. We are all victims of this disaster. I know it's too late to think of it now but nothing's really too late. I pray that we, the people, would know what to do best. I pray that the world unite for the common good and not for their own selfish reasons. Peace on Earth.
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Napeke ni Coco Martin!

Galing akong Puregold kahapon upang mamili ng mangilan-ngilang mga grocery items para sa aking pang-araw-araw na pamumuhay. At akalain mong nakalimutan ko pa nga kung ano ang pinakaimportanteng bibilhin ko nung araw na yun, "KAPE!"

Anyway, napadaan ako sa section ng mga canned goods. I was hoping to buy tuna in can again but I saw this "wOw ulam" thing on the racks eh. (TagLish?) Nakita kong marami nga itong flavor tulad ng nasasaad sa commercial ni Coco Martin. May Adobo, Caldereta, Mechado (Yan yung mga binili ko), at kung ano-ano pang mga tipikal na lutuing pinoy. Nagdadalawang isip pa ako noon kung bibilhin ko na nga ito dahil hindi ako sure kung kelangan pa itong lutuin o parang 555 Tuna na ready-to-eat na siya. Sinubukan ko ring i-text ang malapit kong kapitbahay at kaibigan upang tanungin kung ready-to-eat na nga ang nasabing produkto, ngunit di ko pa man natatapos ang aking tina-type ay tumambad na sa aking hubad na paningin ang maliwanag na nakasulat sa kanyang pabalat... ("READY-TO-EAT")

Sa kasamaang palad dahil nagmamadali ako, wala pang tulog, at mukha namang credible si Coco Martin, ay pinatulan ko na ang kanyang ini-endorse na "wOw Ulam!"

Kaninang pagkagising ko ay lubhang gutom na gutom na ako kung kaya't hindi na rin ako nakapagpigil at naisipan ko nang gusto ko na atang masubukan ang tatag ng bagong ulam na aking na diskubre. (Pasensya na, mag-isa lang kasi ako sa bahay kaya puro instant lang ang mga ulam ko)

Bumangon ako mula sa kinahihigaan at nagsaing ng mahigit dalawang takal ng bigas gamit ang aking Dowell na rice cooker. Pagkaluto ay binuksan ko na ang inaabangang WOW ULAM. Matapos ko itong mabuksan ay hindi naman ako napa-wow. Pinagmasdan ko ito na may halong pagtataka. Nung natikman ko ito ay lalo akong nadismaya. Kung bakit naman kasi hindi ko kaagad nabasa ang nakasulat na ingredients sa likod ng lata.

Ingredient ng WOW ULAM (Adobo):

  • Luncheon Meat & Sausages (processed beef and chicken)
  • Water
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Starches
  • Iodized Salt
  • MSG and Spices


In bold letters, LUNCHEON MEAT AND SAUSAGES! Mga pagkain na kinakain ko naman pero di ko nakahiligang kainin. Di ko to nakahiligang kainin dahil parang dumadaan lang to sa lalamunan ko at hindi nararamdaman ng aking bituka. Mas meaty pa talaga yung 555 Tuna. Sana yun na lang ulit binili ko kahit nakakasawa na mag Tuna. At least marami pang flavor yun at nandun pa yung paborito kong Bicol Express na hindi ko naman nakita sa wOw Ulam na to.

Anim na lata pa mandin ang binili ko na tigdadalawa ng bawat flavor na nabanggit ko kanina sa simula. Yun pala, ikadidismaya ko lang ang pagkain nito. I-donate ko na lang kaya sa mga nasalanta ng kalamidad. Mabuti na lamang at mayroon akong nabiling Maggi Savor, Hot Chili Liquid Seasoning. (At talagang kanina pa ko nag aadvertise ng produkto. Kung binabayaran lang sana yung kakaganyan ko)

Hays, makainom na nga lang ng malamig na tubig mula sa aking Hanabishi water dispenser.





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3/10/2011

Which Internet Provider has the better service?

I am at Mandaluyong area now. I'm using GPRS connection through my 3G N70. Of course it's not high-speed. More like, dial-up connection. Although my Smart GPRS is faster than Globe's. Yes! I even bought a Globe sim just to try it out. I did this to compare reliability if I'm going to buy the plug-it USB dongle from SMART Bro or from GLOBE Tattoo. Definitely not Globe anymore. I've tried it.

Now I'm thinking if 4G would be a better choice. I just hate to learn about the low thresholds and the 24 month contract. But I think I would be willing to go that far if they would offer me better connectivity; nevertheless, maybe I'll just go back to my Smart Bro Canope.

If you have experience 4G internet from the 3 popular providers: Globe, Smart, Wi-Tribe, please answer the poll to your upper right to help me decide on which one would be a better choice.

What's the best mobile internet service provider for

  • blogger
  • p2p user
  • youtube streamer
  • online gamer
*note: I know that mobile connectivity is not the best solution for this type of activities but if you were given this limited choice, what will you choose?
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