11/05/2012

The Road to Happiness

| #acceptance > #love > #happiness |
..Let me quote myself from a drinking session with my friends...

If you love what you love doing then stop complaining. If love is never enough, then what could be the missing puzzle piece? ...acceptance!

If you learn to accept yourself and others for what it is or for who they are, you will gain respect and you will start respecting them. You will begin to trust them no matter when, and no matter what. You will find yourself in-love with which or with whom you accept. If you share this same understanding, then a relationship is not impossible. And I believe this is what will truly make us happy.  All the other good things we expect should follow.

The first time I opened myself to the word "acceptance" is with this very own statement I used as my principle in life, "The first step to moving on is acceptance." But only just a couple of days ago did I realize that this should actually be the first step before anything else. I was so focused on how to cope up with broken things and broken relationships that I tried to find the right words to help me move forward after it. I didn't know that had it been the case first hand, then it shouldn't have come a long way just to end up wasted.

When you accept something in your life, it becomes a part of you. Time may change everything but the fact still remains that this is what you have accepted in the past. If it has gone too far out from what you have expected it to be and don't know anymore of what it had become, when you feel that things are no longer acceptable and everything is just so out of hand, then you can probably start entertaining the act of letting go.

Acceptance applies to a lot of things, probably everything that I know of, career, love, personal and non-personal matters. When you accept something, it means that you very well understand everything that comes along with it. You trust it in every situation. You will love loving it and will never feel complaining of any sort. Because you are happy and will be happy with it in any experiences you'd have with it. You sacrifice yourself. You become selfless and you can give everything you are. There will be times of troubles and sadness but at the end of the day, you will still go back to it and it will still come back to you and happiness is just all around the corner.

Love - I thought this was everything we would ever need. When I was told by someone that love was not enough and I asked what was lacking, neither of us was able to pull the answer. But now I understand. In order for us to be happy, we should be able to love. In order for us to love truly, we should be able to trust at any cost. Before we could trust, there comes respect and understanding. But in order for us to truly feel this, we first need to accept. Then we can all live freely with no worries nor regrets.

Like a relationship of a mother to its child, nothing feels more greater than the bond created by their acceptance, trust, deep understanding, and love for each other. That, my friends, is true happiness...

10/06/2012

Spolarium - Eraserheads

May nabasa ako kani-kanina lang sa news feed ng Facebook ko tungkol sa kantang ito. Matagal ko ng gusto at isa sa mga paboritong obra ng Eraserheads and Spolarium, pero ngayon lang nabuksan ang isip ko sa mga lirikong binibigkas ko sa tuwing sasabayan ko ang nasabing kanta. Habang binabaybay ko ang bawat salita, talata, pangungusap at ang mensahe nito ay tumitindig ang mga balahibo ko at wari bang may naririnig na sigaw mula sa aking kalooban. Habang kinakanta ko ito kahit sa isip lang or pinapakinggan ko ito ay unti-unting nabubuo sa aking isipan ang larawan na binibigkas ng may akda.

Nakakalungkot na may ganitong mga pangyayari. Nakakalungkot din na sa tinagal-tagal na nitong nakabaon ay naglalabasan pa ito ngayon - na parang nananadya.

Hindi ko masabing fan ako ng TVJ pero natutuwa ako at nakahiligan ko ng pakinggan ang mga comedic albums nila simula ng ipakilala ito sa akin ng mga kapatid, pinsan, at tiyuhin ko. Mas nakasanayan ko ng mapanuod sa telebisyon ang dalawa sa tatlong premyadong kumedyante ng Dekada Ochenta, sina Vic at Joey. Aaminin ko na hindi ko masyadong gusto si Tito Sotto.

Sa kabila nito, ngayon ko lang napag-alaman ang dati at matagal na palang kaso na kanilang kinasangkutan. Ito ay ang rape case ni Pepsi Paloma. Nalaman ko ito ng may mabasa akong post sa Facebook sa kung anong tunay na mensahe ng kantang Spolarium ng Eraserheads. Isa akong batang 90's at Eraserheads ang naging institusyon ng bandang Pinoy, para sa akin, noong kabataan ko. Kaya naman naging interesado ako sa kwentong ito nung una ko itong mabasa.

Ang sabi sa mga pahayag ay may nakatago daw na mensahe ang kantang ito na nagkekwento kung ano ang naganap sa kasong ipinaglalaban noon ni Pepsi Paloma. Pero kung tutuusin, habang pinapakinggan ko ang kanta sa loob ng aking isipan ay parang napaka-straightforward nito. Literal nitong inilalahad kung ano ang mga kaganapan noong panahong iyon, ayon sa aking mga nabasa at nasaliksik.

Ayon sa aking mga nabasa ay tungkol ang Spolarium ng Eraserheads kay Pepsi Paloma na bago ang tangka o naganap na panggagahasa ay nagkaroon muna ng inuman. Waring nilasing ng tatlong sangkot na sikat na sina Vic, Joey, at Richie ang modelo o aktres na si Pepsi hanggang sa mawalan ito ng malay at hindi na makapanlaban. Saka naman siya hinalay at pinag samantalahan ng tatlong akusado. Hindi na napatunayan o natuloy matapos ang naisampang kaso ng mabalitaang isang araw ay nakitang nakabikti si Pepsi Paloma sa tangkang pagpapakamatay.

Kung babaybayin ko ngayon ang lyrics ng kantang Spolarium ay parang hindi na nga kailangan pang ipaliwanag ang mensahe nito na kahit sino ay kayang idetalye ang mga pangyayari. Nagmistulang boses ng yumaong si Pepsi Paloma (na sinasabing biktima ng panggagahasa) ang mismong awitin na nilikha ng aking idolo na si Ely. Para itong nagsilbing testigo na hindi na maaaring mabura o mamatay sa isipan ng mga taong nakarinig na nito.

Susubukan kong ipaliwanag ang bawat linya ng kantang ito ayon sa aking pagkakaunawa ukol sa nasabing insidente.

Dumidilim ang paligid - (siguro gabi na o nasa madalim na lugar o di kaya naman ay medyo nakainom na at hindi na malinaw ang paningin)May tumawag sa pangalan ko - (biglang tinawag ang kanyang pangalan)Labing isang palapag - (sa isang gusaling may labing isang palapag o nasa ikalabing isang palapag sila ng gusali ng mga panahong iyon)Tinanong kung okey lang ako - (nung pagkatawag sa pangalan nya ay tinatanong pa sya kung okay lang ba sya, isang normal na tanong sa inuman na tatanungin ka kung "okay ka pa ba?")Sabay abot ng baso - (sabay inabot ang baso ng alak - karaniwan, okay ka man o hindi eh dadaan at dadaan sayo ang baso ng alak kahit di mo na kaya)May naghihintay - (sasabihin pang may naghihintay sa ikot ng baso)At bakit ba'pag nagsawa na akoBigla na lang ayoko na - (may mga oras na pag sobrang wasak at basag ka na sa inuman, alam mong ayaw mo na)
At ngayon Di pa rin alamKung bat' tayo nandito - (mapapaisip ka bigla kung bakit ka ba nandun sa lugar at sitwasyon na yun)Puwede bang itigil munaAng pag-ikot ng mundo - (habang lasing at bangag na bangag ka sa tindi ng tama ng alak ay umiikot ang mundo mo at nananalangin ka na sana ay huminto ito)
Lumiwanag ang buwan - (mukhang malalim na ang gabi)San Juan - (waring naganap ito sa bayan ng San Juan)Di ko na nasasakyan Ang lahat ng bagay ay Gumuguhit na lang Sa 'king lalamunan - (kapag sobrang lasing ka na, madalas ay di ka na makasakay sa mga pinag uusapan o sa mga mismong nagaganap. Tanging ang pagguhit na lamang ng alak na mainit na dumadaloy sa iyong lalamunan ang iyong nararamdaman)
Ewan mo at ewan natinSinong may pakana?- (sino nga ba?)[ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/spolarium-lyrics-eraserheads.html ]At bakit ba Tumilapon angGintong alak diyan sa paligid mo? - (waring natapik ang isang bote ng alak at natapon ito sa sahig sa sobrang kalasingan)
At ngayon Di pa rin alamKung ba't tayo nandito - (habang naiisip mo at di maalala kung bakit ka nga ba nandoon)Puwede bang itigil munaAng pag-ikot ng mundo - (masyado ng mabilis ang mga pangyayari pwede bang itigil muna kahit isang saglit lang, makapag isip man lang, masyado ng masakit ang ulo na parang sasabog, umiikot ang paningin, wala ng naiintindihan, maaaring may masama ng nagaganap ngunit di mapaghusay ang isip at ang tanging magagawa ay umiyak na lamang)
Umiyak ang umaga (hmm) - (maaaring literal na umiyak o umulan kinaumagahan)Anong sinulat ni Enteng at Joey diyan - (maaaring literal o matalinhagang paglalarawan ng kaganapan matapos lumipas ang magdamag... literal bang may sinulat si Enteng at Joey sa isang gintong salamin?)Sa gintong salamin Di ko na mabasaPagkat merong nagbura - (o isa ba itong pagpapahayag ng buong pangyayare ng mga sandaling iyon ngunit unti-unting binubura ang lahat ng bakas at ebidensya o hindi na nya maalala ang mga eksaktong naganap dala ng kalasingan)
Ewan mo at ewan natinSinong nagpakana?- (nandoroon pa rin ang iyong pag-aagam-agam)At bakit ba tumilapon ang spolariumDiyan sa paligid mo? - (at ang tanging bakas na lamang na naiwan ay ang natapong beer sa iyong kinalalagyan)
At ngayon Di pa rin alamKung ba't tayo nandito - (hanggang pag-gising mo ay hindi mo alam kung anong ngyare at kung anong ginagawa o ginawa mo)Puwede bang itigil munaAng pag-ikot ng mundo - (masakit pa rin ang ulo at nagsusumamong sana'y huminto na ito)
(maaari ring gulong-gulo na ang utak ng biktima.. kung isa akong babae at nabiktima ako ng gang rape, hanggang sa pag sasampa siguro ng kaso at habang nililitis ito ay umiikot pa rin paningin ko sa mundo na para bang masusuka ako at hihilingin ko ang pag hinto nito)

Read more: ERASERHEADS - SPOLARIUM LYRICS 



Ito ang painting ng Spoliarium ni Juan Luna. Kung ito ang gagamitin kong basehan ng paglalarawan sa binabanggit na naganap sa kanta na ginawa ng Eraserheads na Spoliarium ay kikilabutan ako sa mga binubuo ng aking imahinasyon.
Photo Credits to Wikipedia

Nakakalungkot lang na dahil sa tagal na nitong nangyari ay nagmimistula ito ngayong paninira na lamang sa ngayon ay mga institusyon na ng industriya ng pelikula, pagkanta, pagpapatawa, at ngayon ay marami ng natutulungang kapwa. Saludo ako sa mga napagtagumpayan na ng mabuti ng mga taong nabanggit. Kay na Joey, Vic, at ganon din at lalong-lalo na sa tanyag na nakamit ni Ely Buendia at ng dati niyang banda na Eraserheads.

Ngunit ganoon na nga ba katagal ang 1982? Dapat na nga bang talikuran ang nakaraan at tumulak na lamang sa kasalukuyan patungong hinaharap? May katotohanan ba na ang awiting ito ay ginawa para tukuyin ang mga naganap at tukuyin ang mga mismong salarin sa kasong ito? Kakantahin na lang ba natin sa tuwi-tuwina ang Spolarium ng walang bahala?

Para sa akin, ngayon ay tumatak na ang tunay na kulay ng awiting ito at sa tuwing kakantahin ko ito ay makakaramdam ako ng pagkalungkot, kilabot, at marami pang hindi maipaliwanag na saloobin. Lalo akong humanga kay Ely Buendia sa mga ganitong paraan ng paglikha ng kanta - isang tunay na obra.


9/27/2012

Anonymous Hackers hits Philippines Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas or BSP and MWSS


I just woke up to this message from my friend asking me to check out http://www.bsp.gov.ph/

Apparently, the government site has been down for a while now as the suspected famous anonymous hackers hit the Philippines' Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas or BSP. This has also just been recently put in the news in major Philippine networks, roughly 1 hour from this made post.

It hasn't been back up until now. One of my friend's parent work for BSP and I just felt sorry for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilinas to be targeted by the said organization. However, I've read quite a few about these anonymous "hacktivists" and they simply don't attack without reason. It normally delivers a message to support a drive against government malpractice, in public opinion, if I'm not mistaken. There's probably more.

Along with its message is a site background music (BGM) integrated once you load the page. The music in this attack by Anonymous hacktivists, I believe, was "Freedom" by Rage Against the Machine.

This is my snapshot from the website of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)
Their drive against the infamous bill of Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012
Snapshot from MWSS.GOV.PH
According to online news, this happened Wednesday, probably not far from me seeing it tonight. The news are just 1 hour old.

This message of the anonymous Philippine hackers reveal a drive to protect our rights to freedom of expression. I would most likely want to agree to this; however, just by merely typing sensitive opinion on this blog right now, I may get thrown into jail. I would rather choose not.

Nevertheless, I believe the group aimed to speak for the people with regards to our rights to freedom of expression in the cyber world. The government needs to turn their heads to this simple message and this is one reason why I see them targeting one of the most critical government websites of the Philipines, BSP.

After checking back at 00:37 Thursday morning of September 27, 2012, I saw the server has been put back up.

*In addition, MWSS government site has also been attacked bringing up the same message. Apparently, I also know people who work for this government unit :/. I am just surprised that they have been chosen by Anon as hosts for their message to be seen.

*Posted at 1:30 AM DZMM page posted several other list of government sites that have been hacked by Anon. Following Anon's twitter (not sure if official), they have claimed that the PH hackers are indeed members of the organization as they call them "Philippine Brothers and Sisters"

"The threat of the new Cyber Security Act will not slow our Philippine brothers and sisters. Three sites defaced so far. Expect us."
-posted 1 hour ago by @YourAnonNews via TweetDeck

 Here's a list of several sites affected by the attack, so far, by DZMM

  • bsp.gov.ph
  • mwss.gov.ph
  • amchamphilippines.com
  • papt.org.ph
  • smokefree.doh.gov.ph
  • r3denr.com
  • IDEA.org.ph


9/02/2012

Psy - Oppa Gangnam Style

Psy - Oppa Gangnam Style
(it's funny because it's annoying)

I was eating crackers alongside with pineapple juice when two of my friends twitted and posted about this on Facebook. And I was like, "man! this gangnam style stuff is trending".
Nope, I didn't know anything about it until my curiosity struck me and whispered behind my head to push that play button and see for myself. I was left with no choice. I played it.
I first saw this thumbnail in Youtube where its title was "Dougie VS Gangnam", and I thought that it's probably another psycho-craze in Youtube. I didn't mind about it last night until earlier this morning, my friend from Australia twitted about it. She stated that her friends kept on saying gangnam. And then finally she realized what it was.
I felt a little bit curious as this gangnam thing hit her somewhere but I've managed to flee from checking it out. Then suddenly, my very own friend, from our bond of brothers, posted this in our Facebook group and invited us to create a video of it. I know that the craziest ideas coming out from this circle never fails. So I checked it out.
Bam! I'll leave it to you... I dare you to push that "play" button and see for yourself what GANGNAM is!
Additional INFO:

According to the urban dictionary, Gangnam is supposed to be a highly thought of city in Seoul, South Korea where the trendsetters and fashion fancies are. It became a colloquial term that mainly emphasizes a trendy fashion or style, like "swag" and "yolo", and the freakin' "dougie" dance.

As usual, downtrenders or normally, haters gonna hate. Like I always say, "...because mainstream is too mainstream." But if you're gonna ask me, I'll hate dougie and swag more than this one. 

Confessions of a Social Media Site Addict

Hi! I'm Lazy Blogger and I'm a SMS addict...

I can't even remember when exactly I started with social networking sites. As far as I can recall, it all started with Friendster. It was really trending that time and everything trendy will most likely be addicting, especially to the new age. Well, I happen to be in the new age at that time. And when your peers start to tell you stories, you just don't wanna be left behind. So I joined the trend and signed up to my first social networking site, Friendster.

With the lack of interesting factors provided by Friendster, I kind of lost the touch with it. I seldom use it for personal and entertainment purposes until my girlfriend introduced me to a new social site that was called Facebook. At that time, Facebook was just starting steady. I didn't really find interest in it at first since my girlfriend just asked me to create a profile so we could play one of its game applications. But for maintaining friends and other relative connections, I still stayed with Friendster.

And then my eyes got opened to a new trend that was brought to me by my "barkada". They influenced me with another social tool that ought to be a micro-blogging site. It was called Plurk. I'd say, I got addicted to this more than I was with Friendster and Facebook. Since it was a micro-blogging site, which is more like Twitter in a sense, I was able to update my status almost every hour and every minute I have. I started to post all my activities as my status even if it's not really that necessary anymore. Things like going to the bathroom, taking a shower, taking a dump, eating dinner, and all the tiny details that nobody really needs to know, I post it on Plurk.

Since I got a little bit more intimate with Plurk, I started to abandon my Friendster profile. I didn't cancel or delete my account, though. But I could not abandon Facebook in the same way because my girlfriend would get mad at me. Getting tired of checking both accounts, I figured out a way to connect the two social sites. Everything that I post on Plurk automatically updates my Facebook status. "That will let me hit two birds with one stone", I said. Getting so fired up with Plurk statuses, I didn't realize I've already flooded Facebook with nonsense posts. Even if you check my Facebook timeline now, you'll get disappointed with how I started it.

After some time, Facebook was getting more and more interesting and I lost my appetite with Plurk. With Facebook we had more options to share thoughts through text, photos, and videos. Most of my friends have also left Plurk one by one. That's when I decided to shut it down as well and just stick to Facebook where my girlfriend was undyingly active.

According to my timeline, I joined Facebook last October of 2008 when on the same date I set my relationship status with my girlfriend. In a Relationship! She'd get mad if I didn't do so. From then on, my Facebook journey began. I started to add all of my known friends and some of my known friends started to add me as well. The most interesting part is that we get to add friends whom we totally do not even know; friends that are added due to a bonus we could get on game applications that we play.

I could not deny the fact that my life dwelled on Facebook by just updating status, playing games, and checking the status of my online friends. That weird feeling when you realize that you sit in front of the computer to wait for status updates of people who are not even online anymore. I eat my meal in front of the computer. I even sleep in front of my computer. I have a girlfriend but because we were both so addicted to Facebook, even when we were together, that's just what we do! I barely see my friends in the flesh. We would only see each other in class and the famous topics would be, just like when "texting" became a trend, "Have you seen this post?"

Going back to those days and seeing myself then before I am now, I get so annoyed! I barely lived a life, a real life! I speak to friends on post status, comments, messages, and chat. I only see their faces on their profile pictures and the pictures they post update. I can only see them moving and hear their voices with videos tagged to their names. It was completely a horrible experience. In my school days, that was labelled as being a "Dead Kid" (patay na bata), no life at all...

No physical games to play with aside from our fingers and eyes coordinating with each other so not to fail a certain video game that doesn't even live up to the major console and RPG games brought to us by Family Computer to PlayStation series. There were no concrete communications, often, only misunderstood chat and private messages that leads to damaged friendships.

I connect to the internet almost the whole day. It wasn't really productive at all. I even experienced being online for more than 18 hours straight, 6 hours were for sleeping. When I was a student, my routine was waking up, going to school, going back home, logging online, sleeping, repeat every day. When I got hold of a job, my routine was the same. Just change "going to school" with "going to work"; and that's when I finally realized that my life was leading nowhere at all.

I began to question myself of what I was doing. When I broke up with my girlfriend, I started seeing things more clearly. I had nothing left but my desktop and an internet connection. When I have no internet connection, I was more like sleeping in a coffin. I began to feel how much I miss my youth. I started missing my friends, my family, everyone. What was I doing in the past 10 years of my life? I could not believe that I wasted 10 precious years of my life. That's 120 months. 3600 days. 86400 hours. 518400 minutes.  Or 311040000 precious seconds, converted! I can't bear to imagine what I could have done in those every second to replace those wasted moments of my life. What's done is done and cannot be undone. I've thrown my life into some petty activity that didn't really give me anything in return except for gaining 749 friends where I believe 85% of those I don't personally know and that 10% of which are pure acquaintances.
*and note that 749 contacts is already less the friends I added because of game bonuses...

I have 2 great parents, 2 cool brothers, 4 of my bestest friends, and a huge family of relatives and real friends who are real people I can interact with. Why did I trade them to 749 online connections? This is why I posted a blog article on why I started to stay away from Facebook as much as possible. I don't really intend to completely detach myself from it. But being the person who got addicted to it like drugs will not be any better. So I've decided to lie low on using my social network accounts.

I don't just have Facebook. I have a lot. I have Twitter, Multiply and MySpace. I even have Hi5, Google +, Yahoo 360, Netflix, Flickr, Picasa, Tumblr, Molome, and a dozen more I don't intend to enumerate, anymore. I've deactivated them one by one in the past but it didn't stop me from using my main account which was Facebook. It really is hard to get away from them.

These social tools, there's no doubt, they really are powerful. However, when you use them in the wrong sense, you'll get yourself dig up a hole you'll regret you ever did. Their primary purpose is to connect people. And it's all thanks to the internet, all the people in the world can reach each other with just one touch of their fingertips. But abusive use of these tools which would probably be out of your own context of life will dilute your connection with your real self and with the real world.

It was a big mistake to have dwelled on it for such a very long time. 10 years is not a joke! I could have been more productive. Look at me now! I have a flappy belly and I can't tuck it in. Had I used all the time to spend on sports, hobbies, friends, families and all of my dreams, I probably wouldn't feel so down right now. I am not a failure, but in my own perspective of how I should have lived the life that I wanted, I think I am.

Right now, I will not deny it. I still have my Facebook account active. I've always wanted to delete the friends who have added me but don't really know me as much as I don't know them. But to keep them on my friends' list would keep on reminding me how I SHOULD NOT waste 10 more years of my life being flashy online just to attract friends I barely know nor see. I am currently just using Facebook to check my closest "friends" every once in a while since I can't be with them for most of the time. I also look up to it for some current events like how they did in the recent flooding. It's also a source of personal news feed since I don't have TV in my apartment. I barely post a status update. If ever I will, I make sure that it makes sense or just to occasionally entertain the friends I miss being with who are far out of reach.

Before, I manage to post 7-10 updates every day, and sometimes more. Now I'm trying to keep it down to two posts a week. I spend more time with family and friends more personally than before. And I'm planning to bring back my hobbies and sports into play.

I think I've made the right decision. Getting out of this fake social life should have been done a long, long time ago. But it's never too late. It's just sad that I've already spent my 10 years and I could not claim it back anymore. I do not discourage the use of social media sites. I just want to reach out to those who are being blinded on the proper use of it.

Manage your time wisely. In a cliché world, Time is Gold. But that saying will never fade as it tells a long story. As long as the one I did now. Do not dwell on the internet. It's meant for good and not to let you down in the end. In the end it will all come down to you, on how you approached life. You have a choice, I had it, too. But the choice I made wasn't the right one for me. Make the right decisions and do the right thing!

9/01/2012

"BER" Months - The Christmas Countdown

The countdown to Christmas has officially started. During the "BER" months, or months literally ending in B-E-R, we start to hear Christmas carols. Different TV shows, radio stations, websites, and other forms of media then start their countdown to one of the most awaited event.

This marks the end of the third quarter of the year going to it's final quarter where the season gets colder and you start feeling the spirit of Christmas. Come to think of it, I'm also counting down to getting my Christmas bonus. Superb!

BER months seem to make up the whole Christmas season. When I was young, I knew that Christmas is on December. But it cannot be denied that starting September, you will already see Christmas lanterns, and Christmas carols can be heard all through out until January of the succeeding year. The church starts to decorate and their homilies are getting relative to this event. Families start to decorate their houses, too. This is the time when you will see Christmas trees, Christmas lights, mistletoe, and garlands on every living room you visit. Three more months and you start to see Santa Claus in various forms and uniforms together with his set of reindeer, riding on a flying sleigh, and planning to fit himself in your chimneys just to deliver the gifts you wished for as you have deposited in your red socks.

In the Philippines, all the popular "kakanins" or rice cakes are brought to the streets of every town and city during the series of December evening mass or "Simbang Gabi". But in most places, as early as the BER months, you can already lustfully enjoy these food trips. One of the most popular kakanins we have is the "puto bungbong". That and together with the regular puto't cuchinta, kalamay, suman, bibingka, espasol, sapin-sapin, and a whole lot of rice cakes that's probably found only in the Philippines.

And it's also the time to start listing down the names of your godsons and goddaughters (mga inaanak) because your most awaited Christmas bonus may probably just go directly to their wallets. Think of the next best thing you can give as gift to your loved ones and also start writing down your wishlist. But most of all, never forget that the spirit of Christmas is to love and to give, to forgive and to accept.

Happy BER months everyone. :)

8/13/2012

Sumo Sam: Seafood Ramen

I went out with my friends last night to catch up with some unfolding details from our best friend's love life. I didn't know we were gonna eat. I thought we were just gonna hang out at a coffee shop and talk about how everyone's life was. Unfortunately, Mr. Lover Boy was hungry, we weren't...

We first sent ourselves out to Kimono Ken. Seems like, Japanese style cooking is what's in store for us that day. Getting there, we took a facepalm to ourselves seeing the queue of people outside the restaurant. On the brighter side, there was another Japanese fine dining place just 6 floors above our current location. We went up to what was called, Sumo Sam. I think my friend said it was owned by Marvin Agustin (Philippine Actor). Who cares? Bring us food!

Aside from the yummy looking servings, viewed from afar on the dining tables, the attractive ladies serving the food seem also yummy... Just saying...

Well, we sat down and menu was on the table. Choose, choose, choose. I was surprised to see that the price of their Ramen noodles soup were twice the price of Kimono Ken's. Though I wasn't very hungry, I decided to order the almost 400 Peso-bucks Seafood Ramen which looks like half the common serving on the picture. I didn't order our favorite Salmon Sashimi anymore because like I said I wasn't very hungry. And besides, my friend already ordered it so we just planned out an attack to take down the raw fish.

And then... Tadah!! Here it is!
Sumo Sam Gigantic Seafood Ramen @Shangri La

After 10-15 or 15-20 minutes of waiting, it has finally arrived. Surprised once again, the reason why the price was twice that of Kimono Ken's is because the size has been doubled as well! The bowl was really big as if it was a 2-person serving.

The noodles were very firm! I like it very much. The soup was tasty as expected from a seafood noodle soup. You can taste the colliding flavors of the shrimp, squid, and other seafood ingredients I don't even know what to call. I really don't know how to describe food and most of the time, I don't know what it's called, but when I say it's good, I mean it!

I like Ramen Noodles a lot. I have not tried Shinjuku Ramen yet and another restaurant that my friend told me about. I'm hoping that someday I'll chance upon those diners and lustfully enjoy the joyful feeling of eating Ramen Ramen Ramen!

8/10/2012

Sungha Jung inspired my father to buy Ukulele?

I thought I heard a ukulele nearby. But it seems that I wasn't just imagining what I heard...

I saw this piece of paper on top of my desktop. There were some absurd guitar tabs and keywords pertaining to... yes, ukulele. So that's what the tabs were for!


It seems that my father, who recently got hooked up to the internet after I brought home my desktop, has been surfing youtube for Ukulele prodigies... And then the name of Sungja Jung popped from the bottom of this piece of paper so I immediately googled it.


After a few minutes of reviewing these videos... (I actually paused writing this blog after the last statement above to search for this kid)

This amazing kid, whom I realized to have started when he was just very little, is really deadly when it comes to finger style guitar play. I had a lot of stupid comments after knowing that my father actually bought a ukulele because he probably got inspired by this, but then after watching the super freaking show - I had not much to say.

I had discovered finger-style in playing guitars when I was in college. I didn't know that was the term for it. Never really gotten good at it. My first finger-style piece was a christian song. And then, lazy me, no more guitar after school life. But seeing such an amazing kid play finger-style like Tuck Andres is really giving me the goosebumps. I now also look up to his guitar inspiration who is Ulli Boegershausen (a very difficult name indeed).

Superb!

*I just learned 2 days after that the ukulele was a gift from by brother

8/09/2012

The Story of Mang Roldan

This is to share the humbling story of Mang Roldan. This has been re-posted several times, probably hundreds or thousands of times in facebook and it has appeared too many times on my news feed. It was only now that I had this opportunity to check it out.

*I do not claim ownership of this story. I just wanted to share this on my online journal as I, too, have experienced such an opportunity to help, in a very simple way, people like Mang Roldan. And to share what you have, to people who need, really gives the feeling of joy in your heart. I've done it once or probably twice, but the awesome feeling cannot be denied.

One does not need to be a millionaire-billionaire philanthropist to help those who are in need. I thought the author of this story was already generous enough to have helped the man in need, but there is more to life than what it seems.

As the meme goes... "faith in humanity, restored..."
Enjoy reading Mang Roldan's story :)

Photo of Mang Roldan taken by author
and posted in facebook together with his story

I almost cried reading this. :) Don't be lazy, this is worth reading and sharing. Godbless him!

[REPOST]

I am just sharing this picture of a very humble guy named ROLDAN JIMENEZ PINEDA, 63yrs old, from Kawayan, Isabela. You don’t need to 
read everything if you feel lazy, but all I need to ask you is pray for his safety. I am not a writer, but I will try to tell you the story.

Here's what happened:
Just this windy and rainy morning, I was in my friend's canteen. It is just beside the subdivision where I live. I was chatting with my friend's dad about some business. This humble guy came in front caught my attention. He was not asking for money nor anything. Instead, he ordered P5 worth of rice. He cannot even look directly because he feels so shy.He said, "Maaari po bang bumili ng limang pisong kanin?" His hair is so wet that's why he covered it with a small towel. His clothes are kinda wet too. When I heard his shaking voice, I can feel that he is tired, cold, and starving. He has a green backpack and a sack with old boxes and plastic bottles. I suddenly felt sorry about him, that my heart was telling me that I need to do something. Instead of me just sitting on my chair, I decided to stand up and tried talking to him. I asked him if that small amount of rice would satisfy him. He said that he was planning to eat some of it and save some, then continue walking til he reach Nueva Ecija which is more than a hundred miles I think. His destination would be Kawayan, Isabela, where he lives. He asked if he can fill his bottle with some water. I said, sure. While I was putting water in his used old bottle, I told him to order some more food so he can eat. Told him not to worry because I will pay it for him. Mang Roldan never asks for money. He earns his own by selling bottles at the junk shops. His eyes turned red, while he was trying to hold his tears. He said that he can’t thank me enough.

MANG ROLDAN: Nahihiya po ako kasi ganito lang suot ko.(- I feel shy because of what I am wearing.)
ME: Akong bahala po sainyo. Ano pong gusto nyong kainin? (- That is ok. Do not worry. What do you wanna eat?)
MANG ROLDAN: Wala po ako sa posisyon para pumili. Kahit gulay lang po o yung pinakamura. (- I am not in the position to choose. I can have vegetables or the cheapest food would be fine.)
ME: Kailangan nyo pong kumain. Order po kayo kahit ano, yung siguradong mabubusog kayo. (- You need to eat, and make sure to satisfy yourself.)

I took his hand so he can walk beside the stand where he can choose. While they were giving him his food, I told him that I need to go home and get some money so I can pay his bill. At home, I grabbed my old camouflage jacket which I gave him.
We talked about his tragic story and his plans. Years ago, he needed to sell their house and lot because his wife had a bone disease. Sadly, everything was spent but his wife didn’t make it. He had 3 children. The first born were twins, died because of bronchopneumonia. While the youngest was ran over by a bus. He tried putting a small business by selling fishballs in Manila, but in the time of Bayani Fernando, MMDA took his carts and destroyed them. Mang Roldan and his family are church people. You can tell with the way he speaks. He visited Pampanga to see his sister/brother. Too bad he wasn’t able to meet the only family that he knows. Hearing his story broke my heart.

I also noticed that he cannot walk straight because of his swollen left leg. “Lumipad yung bato na nadaanan nung gulong ng jeep, tumama sa paa ko” he said. (A rock smaller than my fist was the reason) He thanked me for the food and jacket. I handed him some money so he can ride the bus and buy food. He said that he cannot give me anything in return. Seeing him wipe his tears made me feel super sad that it made me cry too. I was speechless. I shaked his hand and told him that his story was enough for me to learn things, and I was happy that I was able to help him. I gave him my umbrella so he will not get wet on his journey. He didn’t want to take it, but I insisted. (I hope my mom won’t notice that her umbrella is missing)

While Mang Roldan was crossing the street I was looking at him. I noticed that he was walking towards a corner. He saw a beggar on the side. You know what he did? He did not share the food that he had, HE GAVE EVERYTHING! Rice, bread, and water. That’s it! That was priceless! I knew that this man is special. He touched my heart. I realized that what I gave him is not even enough. Salt water fell from my eyes. (even while I’m typing now). I decided to go to him when I noticed that busses and jeepneys were not stopping because of discrimination. So we waited for a bus and I took his picture. He smiled and said, “half-body lang ha, nakakahiya may dala akong sako. Hehehe!” What a guy! He can still smile after all the things that he went through. Finally, a bus stopped. I told him to act as if he is my uncle. Before he stepped on the bus, he thanked me again. I waved goodbye and said “Ingat Tito, text mo ko kaagad.” I said it loud so the conductor will hear me and pretend that Mang Roldan has a cellphone.
I don’t know, but he was like an angel that was sent to teach me and realize lots of things. That is why I decided to put it on FB, hoping that you will learn from it. If only I am wealthy enough, I would love to do more things just to help more needy, homeless, poor, deserving people. I have been planning to create my own Foundation since I was young. Well, God has plans for all of us. Maybe someday I will. I also hope I could meet Mang Roldan again, and give him a fishball business or have him help me helping others.

I remember a book written by Father Jerry Orbos, that we should not be just good Samaritans but we need to be Better Samaritans.

You can share this if you want. If not, just please pray that God bless the people like Mang Roldan. May God Bless you too =)

8/08/2012

MOLOME updates with more sharing options

MOLOME recently updated their version by adding more sharing options and fixing some known bugs. For the longest time I have been waiting for that update where they promised to include Tumblr on the list of sharing apps. Before it only used to have Facebook and Twitter, if my memory serves me right. Now it includes Tumblr, Flickr, Weibo, VK, and Dropbox as well.






The update took place sometime in July of this year 2012. The latest version for Symbian users would be MOLOME v2.1.11. If you haven't been following their blog, like me, then you also wouldn't notice about this update.

For those of you who do not know, MOLOME is a mobile photo sharing tool for Symbian and other mobile devices like Blackberry. It's commonly known as molo.me which is the counterpart of instagr.am. Of course, like Instagram, you can easily visit their official website at http://molo.me


8/07/2012

My Photoblog

Finally! Now that MOLO.ME adopted Tumblr.com, I can now blog the photos I shoot, with my Nokia N8, anywhere and anytime I have internet connection of course. For the longest time, my camera phone has been idle since I can't share my photos the way I want them to be shared.

I'm not really a photographer. Don't even consider me as an amateur. Probably just a hobbyist who also dreams to get a hold of a good enough SLR camera someday to exercise the nothingness of my creativity through the photos I take.

Thanks to molome, I was able to reopen my Tumblr account, hoping to share vague and insignificant ideas, events and what the hell subjects. I also thank my Nokia N8 for being steady on me no matter how many times I accidentally drop it from 2 to 5 feet high and doesn't break. Yep, still working fine.

Thanks to all mobile devices and means that I may be able to continue blogging as a form of relief and self-gratification though I am always lazy to do it.

You may visit my nonsense photoblog at http://spoiledmangoes.tumblr.com/

Sincerely yours,
Lazy Blogger

8/06/2012

Please Like my Post - Post


http://theoatmeal.com/comics/facebook_likes - this link was twitted to me by my friend right after I placed back a facebook floating like button in a trending fashion (despite the fact that I just recently blogged about getting off the hook with facebook for some time due to its negative effects on my real social life).

http://freshtips.blogspot.com/2012/05/add-floating-1-tweet-and-facebook-like.html 
But I would like to thank Fresh Tips blogs first for giving me an idea on how to create such a trendy floating like button for facebook, and twitter, and google+ as well. These all contradicts my previous post.

Now regarding the original story of this post. It tackles about how you should avoid getting people to like your posts or page in a very annoying manner. So annoying, you start to look like the annoying orange.

Do you remember the facebook posts that says "like and share if...", "like if...", "share if...", if if if fucking ifsss... What if I don't like? Well, those are just a few samples of what is being discussed from that link I just posted above. It makes a lot of sense, really. Asking people you know or people you don't really even know to like your post or like your page so that it would turn viral and you can become famous in your own pesky little way is so damn fucking irritating. (I'm still learning to get the curse words out of my system)

I am now starting to get consciously affected if I might have done the same thing in the past. If that ever happened, I will punch myself in the face. And if you have done it or is still doing it, you should also do the same. That's just the lamest thing to do.

The author is absolutely right. You can't do it in real life! Asking anyone to like your facebook post is like telling your friends, in real life, to let the whole world know of what you want to say, in your behalf. "Hey! I've been going to the gym and the effect is really good. Please like if you think this is true." is the same as, "Hey! I think I'm sexy, can you tell your friends how sexy I am?" - if you tell me that, I will poke your face until it bleeds like apple juice.

Really now? Cut the crap and like this post if you agree...

Twister Fries is Back!

After a very long while, the McDonalds Twister Fries is back!

First tasted it way back in college where my "long time crush" (well at least that's the best word to describe her) introduced this to me. Ever since then, I longed for it like the way she did. Not the most fantastic cravings I had in my youthful days, but one that's enough to excite me and bring back some college memories as well.

McDonalds Twister Fries with Double Cheese Burger and Monster Float Combo

Top it up with a double cheeseburger and a monster float. Nomnomnom... more than 200 peso-bucks for this order made my day. I can now lay down on my bed and have a good night sleep, or noon rather.

Call Me Maybe/Payphone Mashup


Saw this post from one of my friends in twitter. And when I logged in today on facebook (which I said I'd kick myself out for the mean time), this video popped into my monitor and I watched it. And it's cool.

This this this Call Me Maybe song has gone viral for some time now and I've heard this Payphone song all over different radio stations without ever knowing what the title was. Though, of course, Maroon 5 made a better impression on people, being it viral than the Carly Rae Jepsen girl.

Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, being one of the most viral song/video in the history of pop music really kicked in and made a lot of people create their very own versions of it. However, due to the ironic effect of this viral song, a lot of people have also started despising the song since you can hear and watch it almost everywhere and almost all sorts of people from different parts of the world began shooting annoying videos of themselves, most often than not. I, too, have been a victim of it and had hoped to create our own version of that stupid love song. Fortunately, I was saved.

It became so annoying that people would consider it as the new "My Way" song by Frank Sinatra where the people who try to sing it in every karaoke bar gets salvaged by the mafia or any drunk men inside the room. Mashing it up with Payphone, though it also seems to be all too famous, made it a good break - for me.

8/05/2012

Facebook is becoming anti-social

I'm kicking myself out facebook for the mean time. I'm beginning to realize what facebook and the internet has done to me in the past few years of my life... Wasted social life!

Most of us who probably started in Friendster and other websites like My Space, Plurk, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, and many other more, don't seem to realize that reality is sinking down in tiny pieces of copper wires. The world is slowly becoming the Internet and the Internet is hastily becoming our world.

We socialize in front of the computer, and tiny devices like smart phones and tablets. We hardly get to see the real people behind these profile pictures. Reality has become digital and if God does not forbid, we will all be cyborgs. @.@

Have you ever look at yourself in front of the mirror and ask yourself who your real friends are, where they are, and what might they be doing at this very moment you are reading this stupid blog? You'd probably just wanna stay home for a couple more minutes and just check your facebook account, see who's online, update some status, and laugh your ass out on 9Gag.

The internet is slowly killing my real social life. This is what I realized some days, weeks, or months ago which I would've wished I had realized long before I got freaking addicted to these fake social tools. Yeah sure, they connect people all around the world. I have hundreds of friends in facebook I don't even know.

I looked at myself from a very far perspective and I see that I am what the internet has always been commercializing... "Forever Alone"

I became a dead kid. When I was in college, I go to school, go back home alone in my little apartment and start checking out on my stupid facebook account that all it really has to offer were some toilet humor and an acquaintance trying to rant about her stupid boyfriend 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. I, too, became a victim of this prison. I started voicing out all my opinions, feelings, emo emo emo onto the status update section. When I got my timeline, I looked back into my life and saw that it was crap.

Now that I have work, all I do is go to work, go back home and facebook and twitter and tumblr and 9Gag and fuck myself  every night. Where is the fucking life in that? I know that not all of us or all of you treat these social websites like pets, or more like their gods. But most of the time, I'm guessing a 7 out of 10 is facing a "social life" crisis because of this madness.

I do not discourage the use of these tools and applications. I am still using them. But as a member of humanity, I encourage all stupid people like me to stay away from these junks every once in a while, look out the window and throw some dog shit on your neighbor's lawn. That is more exciting than watching Jack Ass do all the fun.

Do not let the meme's steal away your happiness. Those meme's represent you assholes! You keep on posting and laughing about these meme's and the next thing you know, it's all about you. You you you!

"Facebook is becoming anti-social" - I do not mean this in a very literal way, but yes! It is, for me. I hope it don't take long before you realize the same thing. If you are part of the 30% who do not use social websites like freaks, 25% of which do not actually know about what it is, then lucky you!

If you are part of the fraction that puts a brand on your forehead that says (bah), start ranting on the comments bar now like you own this place because we don't even know each other and yet you are free to leave your "forever alone" comments.

Imma start ranting on blog posts now rather than on facebook where a few people know me and most of them only started following because of God knows why. Most people on your friends' list don't even give a fuck dude! So I'll just post my stupidity here where no one is obliged to check it out. I'll probably still post some catchy nonsense posts on facebook since I know they like it, still. But now, I think twitter made more sense since it's gonna be my mini-blog where I can say whatever I want, knowing that nobody is following :p bleh.

Go out with real friends, people! Step out of your house and meet your neighbors  whom you thought never ever existed. Bring back reality to your lives, damn it! LOL just sharing everything IMO.

Thanks :)

A Storm Coming

There is a storm coming. And it's bigger than the Philippines!

I saw this on Facebook once, heard it on the radio, and just earlier today I Googled it and a government website seems to be putting sense in all of this fuzz. After Typhoon Gener, here comes another. When will they ever end? I can't get my bike out into action.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/

Is this for real or am I just seeing things? I probably don't know how to interpret these things. Let's leave it to the experts and just be safe.

8/03/2012

Where is he?

I was listening to the radio last night, FM station @99.5 RT and the segment was the Disenchanted Kingdom with Maui, Marf and King DJ Logan. They suddenly brought up a topic regarding the whereabouts of the Philippine President in this time of need.

The Philippines just got hit by Typhoon Gener in this season of storms and major calamities. But the big noticeable question remains... Where is the President?

It's been a concern that I had ever since that calamity in CDO happened where his whereabouts have also been questioned by the people who have suffered the catastrophic event.

I got paralyzed when they mentioned one of the reasons that was allegedly said by the President that he was just trying to avoid political publicity in these times of disaster. I think it was dumb to use that excuse on not to look out and reach out to your people in the time they need their leader the most. These people did not elect you to just sit by and watch them suffer while you sip coffee inside your palace. If you are not the type of guy who don't want his his hands and feet get dirty and face some danger outside of your comfort zone, at least get in front of the camera and make a national statement that would boost the morale of your people.

It gives me a fix notion that you're not just lazy, but useless. I don't know what you have accomplished so far. I probably don't care anymore. I'm not even interested in your SONA. I can't feel nor see any improvement in the system. It never hit me once, since you sat down your throne, that "hey! what the hell with all this great changes? who made it?" Sadly, none. If that happens, I may just have to change the way I think about you. Please make yourself be felt. You were elected by the people because of your parents' legacy, not because you're good. We all know that you are lazy and you haven't done anything really significant during your stay in the senate. I didn't even know you ever existed until your mother died. Please, at least, make the death of your parents count. And for the record, I never voted for you. But I placed my trust in you just as everyone did. I'm probably as lazy as you are. But you are a country leader of more than 90 million people. Please function as you are expected.

The DJ is probably right. If you feel like you are wasting away 6 years of your life to some job that you never really dreamed of having and is not really making you happy at all, I say waste it! There is no more going back. Instead of wasting the rest of your 6 years hiding inside your closet and whining like a little kid, just waste it by fulfilling your duty to the people. A lot of people are counting on you. I don't. But at least don't let the hope of the rest of the people die. God bless the Philippines.

5/14/2012

Mind in Chaos

The least that I want to be is to be emo. I'm trying to understand what's going on. I thought I was okay until one night, a friend who I consider as my second mom started up a conversation in facebook chat.

It was a few days away from mother's day so I greeted her. We exchanged our hello's and started reminiscing. Then when she asked how I was, i just said I was fine and that I was okay. But right there she sensed that something wasn't right. I began to tell her how i sometimes feel uneasy.

I'm a very jolly person and maybe that's one reason why even I can't see that there might be something burdening me for the longest time. She said that sometimes it really is like that. There's probably something wrong and I just don't know it. Or in my case I'm just starting to realize now that there really is, I know it, and I'm just really good at denying feelings.

One by one, day after another, I started to uncover those hiding thoughts that probably keeps me burdened. I think sharing them here wouldn't be enough to actually lift the weight of how grave it is. Each and one of these I consider just thoughts and not problems, but when I stop and really think deep about it, they're one hell of a mess.

At this point I've already uncovered four. Four concerns that leave me weak inside. I realized them one by one after I bumped into them day by day. These are things that I get to see, hear, and feel everyday of my life. After my mind was opened up during that conversation with my so called second mom, things started to clear up and I understood that I needed to face each and evryone of it and I just don't know how and where to start.

My mind is in chaos. It is in complete turmoil. Right now I've just uncovered four and there must be something more. I'm scared. I'm totally afraid. How do you deal with feelings and emotions? I think that's one of my expertise that I lost during my journey to a place I don't know. Completely blinded by everything, I've lost my own direction. GPS won't be of use this time. My map is full of road blocks. There's a fork on every turn. I'm lost in space. A vast, dark, and endless location. Every step is a beginning. I'm confused, disturbed, and scared. I knew that I needed to be saved.

Right now, I think i'll just write down those four that left me hanging by a thread.

One. To confront someone
Two. Father and son
Three. Is work still fun?
Four. Lost connection to the guy above

5/06/2012

Blob: Only Blogger App for Symbian

Hey lookey here. Guess what I'm doing? I'm mobile blogging! I'm blogging right now using this Symbian Blogger app called Blob.

Hi guys. You know, I really have a lot of things and thoughts to share with you but i just don't have the full time to do this. Then I finally found something that could probably help me more on this.

I came by my post that says, "The Blogger is Back". But where was I really after hitting that post? I realized that I can't always be with my desktop and some internet connection to write some blogs and publish right away. That's why I've decided to search for a blogger app for the nth time in the history of ovi store.

I'm a Nokia phone user -- (N8) to be specific, and this camera phone proves to be a really good photo sharing tool on-the-go. But sometimes, pictures go better with words to describe the whole story. So while searching Google for a fine app that can help me blog on-the-go (which hopefully existed), I found this app called "Blob".

Blob is a mobile phone application created for symbian phone users. Blob is the only blogger app for Google blogger, according to the app itself and as far as I know as well, that's created for symbian. For me, it's already a pretty decent program which enables me to do my thing, not to mention that it does the job amazingly.

It's the only blogger app available for symbian, so it would really be hard to compare. I hardly used the wordpress app i downloaded last time 'cause I thought I'd just stick to blogger. So i really can't compare the features and all that.

Though it's quick and the right functions do the job, we would all agree that it still lacks some features that would really be helpful to its users in publishing blog posts. I bought it for the price of half of a Marlboro cigarette pack, so I'd say that it's not so bad.

The basic features are here. You can read, edit, create, and delete posts and comments. You can save a draft both online and offline. So if you worry about not being able to publish your work for the time being, you can work offline and save it to offline drafts. Open it and publish it as soon as you get a hold of an internet connection. You can actually set the date and time which means you can schedule your posts. There is an option to preview your blog while you create or edit your post. It's equipped with HTML5 and with a cool rich text editor as if you're blogging on a PC. You can blog in pure text or hard-code those HTML tags along with it.

It has a smooth, fast, and clean interface. I don't really mind if it only has two themes, the black and white. It may probably offer some variety of designs and colors, but that's just probably gonna cause the UI to slow down and crash.

The rich text editor has basic HTML formatting buttons. Hey, let me try it.

bold, italic, underline, strikethrough,sample link,
paragraph




Btw, that image above is inserted thru a link via the img tag.
________
Okay, so it works.

If only there's an option to upload photos directly from the phone's directory, it could have been the perfect start-up kit. I'm hoping this to be worked on and be released right away. It's really gonna be a big help for blogger users.

Suggestions:

There should be a photo uploader. It's a must! It's great if the editor has two views, html and rich text when editing the post to eliminate the html tags but the properties are still there. Also hoping that like other text editors, we can also highlight text entries and delete, cut, copy and paste throughout the document. I hope that by adding the tags or labels, we can retrieve a list of tags from our original blog. At least just an option. How about encorporating the blog reader as well so this can be used to see other blogs. And last but not the least, I noticed that the list of blogs that can be edited extends only upto 24 posts or so. It's not such a big deal breaker for me but it would be nice to have an option to load more.

If there are more updates to make this app be at its finest, then by all means please share it with us :)

I am encouraging all bloggers especially those who want or need to blog on-the-go. Please support Blob, the only blogger app for Symbian. I recommend this app for its ease of use, clean and fast UI, and a remarkable functionality from its list of features.

To its creator,

Thank you for putting this app online :)

5/03/2012

No Blog for my Nokia N8 (and some random naive thoughts)

The reason why I can't or don't blog about my Nokia N8 camera phone yet is because...

...it's the best camera i have yet in possession and I can't take pictures of it. Just the box! Although honestly, the first time I got a hold of it last November of 2011, I couldn't make up my mind if I should draft my review already or just simply blog about it. Maybe I was just lazy. I still am.

But the camera is really amazing for a smart phone. Even up to now, I think I'll be sticking with this phone for a much longer time than expected. Most people are so gadget conscious, they tend to replace their gadgets regularly. Regularly as in like yearly, every 6 months, monthly?? or the worse that you could ever imagine.



Well, I'm not that kind of person and I wouldn't wanna be one. Before I actually decided on buying this phone, it took me a year to deliver the final verdict. So much cautious, I wanted to make sure that I will be making use of every bit of it. I mean, not just for fancy. I'm not the type who goes out on the streets and say, "hey! I have a new gadget and these are the cool features..." That's just lame.

I studied my own needs and wants. I've read different review sites, watched tens of video reviews, compared to different phones of various types. And of course, I had to review every single phone that's comparable to Nokia N8. Well, in terms of how I needed and wanted it, that is.

Choosing a phone really depends on how you plan to use it. If you just wanna look cool, buy an Apple product (or iProduct, "duh duh duh"). That will surely hype your friends' interest. Those products are totally unreasonably expensive. It will probably make you look gay as well. If you wanna look techie, buy a Samsung. If you wanna look like a professional, most of the professionals I know have Blackberry. If you're just simply looking for the best... NO, I'm not plugging in the Nokia brand. In my case, I bought the Nokia N8, though. Ask yourself why?

I NEED IT * I'LL MAKE USE OF IT * I WANT IT

That's probably the answer to that question.

If you needed to be flashy and stylish, why didn't you just buy a jewelry? If you needed to play games, buy a PS3, or a DS, or a Brick Game. 

This is also the reason why I'm not buying a Tab. What good will I make use of it for? To play Temple Run? Are you crazy? I'd add up some dollars to that price and buy myself a useful laptop where I can play real games and do lots of useful stuffs, as well. Not unless it's really gonna have some purpose for me, I wouldn't spend a dime on something just so people would say I have the money to pay for it. Lame. Or I'd probably buy myself a big HDTV with the same price range as that.

5/02/2012

Random Trip to Pangasinan: Day 1 at San Fabian Beach Resort



Ang itenerary?? Ayon sa host ng lakad, beach tapos falls. Hinahanap ko sa itenerary kung nasaan ang lunch, dinner, at breakfast, pero tila mas exciting ang trip kung ang lahat ay secret... este, random! 


San Fabian Beach Resort, Pangasinan

Nagsimula ang trip mula sa magulong usapan na meet-up at 5. Take note! 5am sa may Farmers, Cubao. Dun daw sa number one fastfood restaurant in the world... maliban sa Pilipinas. -"McDonalds".

As useless, 5am ako gumising at ang hula ko ay ganun din sila. Kung hindi man, mas-late pa siguro. Nakaalis ako ng Mandaluyong at dumating sa tagpuang lugar sa loob ng 15 hanggang 20 minuto sa pamamagitan ng tricycle at Don Mariano na bus sa may EDSA. Hindi na ito iba kundi isang pangkaraniwang lakad ng grupong nabuo sa sangkatutak na random trip kung saan-saan.

Pagdating sa dako-paroon ay nagkita-kita ang mga late, na pare-parehong naghihintayan ng text kung sino ang mauuna, para malaman kung susunod na ba. At tulad ng inaasahan, hindi ako ang nakatanggap ng early bird award. Clap your hands everybody!

Habang hinihintay ang isa pa ring late na kasama, dahil hindi daw sya pinalabas ng bahay hangga't hindi pumuputok ang araw bilang excuse, ay kumain muna kami ng agahan sa world's #1 kainan except in the Philippine area of responsibility.

Matapos ang nakakaumay na paghihintay, na pinagdaraanan din ng bawat mamamayang Pilipino, ay dumating rin ang winner ng pa-importante award. Clap your hands ebribadeh! Pinakain muna namin sya ng breakfast kahit di naman ata sya nagugutom.

Hala sige! Impake! Larga! Sibat!

Bus papuntang terminal na mukhang isang kanto lang ang layo mula sa meeting place. Limang tumbling lang, nakatipid pa sana ng sampung pisong pamasahe. Sa terminal ay muling magulo kaming naghanap ng masasakyan patungo sa itinext na destinasyon... Pit stop? Jollibee, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan. Ito pala ang pinakasikat na landmark doon. Tinalo pa yung katapat na mall.


Up (L-R): Istin, Rose
Bottom (L-R): Abe, Joby

Sa tulong ng magulong ruta ng bus ay mahigit limampung beses nag reroute ang aking GPS. Akala ko nga ay nasira na ito dahil parang baliw na inuulit-ulit ni Martin ang mga katagang 'route recalculation'. Masaya naman ang trip dahil sa tatlong daang piso mo ay may sukli ka pang viente pesos. Hindi ko rin alam na ang ticket pala namin, na hindi ko man lang nasilayan, ay may kalakip palang free movie pass - matapos ang mga magabagdamdaming awitin sa radio na mukhang niluma na ng panhon.

Astig yung free movie! MI4 - Ghost protocol. Showing pa rin ito sa sinehan, pero swerteng sa bus ko ito napanuod. Hindi na naman talaga alintana yung mga dumadaang tao sa screen dahil maya't maya rin naman ang panhik-panaog ng kundoktor sa harap ng kanilang LCD TV. Ang siste? Para lang akong nanunuod ng trailer.

Sulit na rin ang 280 pesos one way ticket sa byahe na binuno namin sa loob ng mahigit-kumulang apat na oras. May dalawang stop over yung bus sa mga lugar na hindi ko na piniling tandaan dahil hindi naman namin trip kumain sa mga ganon (based from experience). Nasulit ko naman yung comfort room nila. Yung nauna ay may 5 pesos na maintenance fee, pero walang alkohol o lotion sa counter (di tulad sa Shangri-la mall). Yung sumunod na stop over naman ay libre na ang entrance.

Malapit na raw kami sa aming destinasyon. Tatlong kilometro na lang, hirit ng GPS ko. Nagtanong si manong kundoktor kung saan ang aming sadya. Ang sabi lang kasi namin ay Urdaneta. Kailangan mo pa palang sabihin yung magic word - "Sa Jollibee po?"... At alam na agad nila kung saan kayo ibababa.

"ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...", sabi ng kundoktor.

Hindi ito exagerated. Ganyan nya talaga sinabi.

"Welcome to Jollibee!", bati ng guard... Hindi ko ito naranasan sa McDo dahil wala nama silang guard.

Tumuloy pumasok at nagtingin-tingin sa nakapaskil na menu... Syempre kumain ulit kami. Tinawagan ang host ng trip upang magpasundo... Sinabing 15 minutes lang daw pero humingi pa sya ng extrang 5-10 minutes dahil pag hindi pa sya dumating ay dadaan muna kami ng Baguio, at mamimili ng longganisa sa Vigan.

Dumating ang host na parang isang ninja. Hindi ko sya namalayan. Nagsiksikan kami sa kotse na parang limang taong pumara at pinasakay ng taxi sa kalakhang Maynila. Buti nalang legal ito sa probinsya... O baka sadyang mga ninja lang kami.

Pagdating sa bahay ng host ay shoshort-cuttin ko na ang kwento dahil bukod sa kumain muli at nagpalit ng swimming get up ay wala na kaming ibang ginawa kundi pag-usapan ang bagong tripod ng D90 ni host at pag pyestahan ang nakakatuwang mukha ng romantikong manliligaw ni early bird awardee. 



Ang pinagmamalaking TRIPOD




Test group shot gamit ang TRIPOD

Next stop? Beach! Matapos ang mahigit dalawang oras na pang-ookray sa hearthrob ng Convergys ay naisipan na rin naming sumibat sa dagat... Sa AWA ng Dios! Ang plano ay daytrip lamang kung kaya't iniwan namen ang aming mga bagahe sa bahay ng host. Ang pinaka-late sa amin na hindi pinalabas ng nanay bago lumabas ang sikat ng araw - ay nagpalit sa loob ng kwarto kung kaya't nahiwalay ang gamit niya sa amin.

Para kaming dinikdik na sardinas sa loob ng kotse dahil sa hindi magkasundong mga balakang. Nagkastiff-neck pa ata ako sa hips. Stiff-hips?

Ayon sa GPS ay malapit na kami sa dagat. At yun! I saw a body of water - big enough to call it the beach. Hindi ito white sand at kaya ding daanan ng kotse ng hindi lumulubog ang gulong. Mas firm pa ang soil-like, fine sands dito kesa sa mga baku-bakong kalsada sa EDSA.

May entrance fee pala ang kotse. Twenty petot. Pero tulad ng tamang hinala ko ay hindi ako nagkamali. Kasi tamang hinala yun! Trip lang ang car entrance fee. Para ito sa mga dayuhang mukhang madaling mauto, tulad namin.

Sa tabing-dagat ay maraming cottage. Iba-iba ang may-ari nito. Pero ang tawag sa buong lugar ay 'San Fabian Beach Resort'. Ang daming cottage owners na nakikipagbargain habang tinatahak namin ang shoreline while on wheels. Marami ring cottage owners ang nadismaya dahil mas makunat pa sa tinubigang chicharon ang aming kasama. Sa galing makipag baratan ay nakakuha kami ng cottage at unlimited videoke sa halagang 350 petot pero dapat ay 450.










Ngunit dahil babae ang host ay nagbago na naman ang kanyang isip at nabalewala ang binarat nyang deal dahil gusto na pala nyang mag overnight sa beach. 800 petot na ngayon ang aming bill. At dahil random nga ang trip, kinailangan nyang bumalik ng bahay para kunin ang mga bagahe namin dahil biglang nagswitch to overnight. Ang bilin namen sa host? Kunin ang mga gamit namen na magkakatabi lang.

Naiwan kaming apat na nakaharap sa videoke at animoy nagkakahiyaan pa. Pero dahil wala naman talaga kaming hiya ay nagsimula na akong bumanat. Kanta dito, awit doon, sigaw, birit, piyok, lunok laway, birit ulit... Habang si host ay kasalukuyang naglalakbay upang iretrieve ang aming mga bagahe ay pinag-uusapan pa rin namin ang masugid na manliligaw ng aming early bird. Hanggang sa kantahan ay mayroon din syang espeysyal dedication.

Hindi ko na mapigilan ang aking sarili kapag naririnig ang daluyong ng tubig at hampas ng alon sa dalampasigan, sigaw ng mga batang nagtatakbuhan, huni ng mga manok na hindi marunong tumilaok, at mga asong nagkakaskas ng likod sa malapad na buhanginan. Dali-dali akong naghubad ng pang-itaas at humarurot sa malawak na tubig ng dagat. Tumakbo, tumalon, nagtampisaw, gumulong, lumangoy, sumisid, sabay ahon pagkalipas ng sampung minuto. Sila naman daw, kasi mga inggitero sila. Ako ang ginawang look-out ng mga walang hiya. Kanta-kanta, awit-awit, sulyap-sulyap... Repeat until mapagod ang lahat at pumirmi sa kubo.

6:30pm at gutom na ang lahat, pero wala pa rin ang host. Bored na ang lahat kaya kumanta muna ng istyupid lab. Makalipas ang ilang sandali ay napagpasyahan na nga naming bumili ng alak. Hindi pala uso dito ang Gin. Red Horse na Stallion at Empoy Light lang ang available. Hindi ko alam kung nag didiliryo na ba kami pero wala pang laman ang aming mga tyan ay nagsimula na ang tagayan. Saktong dumating ang host na dala ang sangkatutak na pagkain. May GSM Blue, Softdrinks, at Gonggogong din bilang dagdag inumin. Ahhhhh! ang sarap ng isaw! Meron ding Dinuguan at parang sisig na hindi ko maintindihan, pero masarap. May Chicharon, puto’t kutsinta, at kung ano-ano pa.

Tuloy ang kantahan, kainan, inuman, at kasiyahan. Sabay takbo sa beach kahit madilim at halos wala ka ng makita. Maswerteng inilawan kami ng headlights ng kotse na aming ginamit habang naliligo sa may hindi kalayuang bahagi ng beach. Hindi naman nakakatakot dahil mababaw lang naman yung beach. Hindi na rin ako nag-atubiling magpasikat pa at magpalaot dahil hindi na rin iyon abot ng headlights ng sasakyan.

Sari-saring trip, tampisaw, basaan, kwentuhang walang katuturan, tawanan, at picture-picture sa aplaya ang aming napagtripan. Sa galing at lupit ng Nikkon D90 na DSLR camera ng aming host ay walang napalampas na sandali. Capture every moment, ika-nga.

Makati na ang mga pwet at singit ng bawat isa kung kaya’t napagpasyahan na ngang magbanlaw. Buhos dito, buhos doon. Hugas dito, hugas doon. Nanindigang buraot queen ay hindi nakuntento sa paghiram ng sipilyo, nakuha pang mambasa ng tuwalya gayung pinahiram mo na nga ng shampoo at inofferan ng brief ang babae sa dilim.

Natapos ang gabi sa nakakaantok na kantahan sa videoke. Kanya-kanyang pwesto na. Mga kumot at una’y naburaot na. Pagpatay ng ilaw, ang mga lamok ay nag-fiesta na. Nagising pa at nagulantang ang lahat ng biglang bumusina ng tuloy-tuloy ang aming sasakyan. Si uncle, sa sobrang sarap ng tulog, napatungan ng paa ang manubela ng sasakyan.

Pagdating ng umaga ay ginising ako ng torotot na pisil-pisil ng maglalako ng pandesal sa may baybayin ng dagat. Sakay siya ng mountain bike na walang gear shifters. Sa likod ng bike ay nakasabit ang isang malaking basket na yari sa yantok. Dito nakaimbak ang tumpok ng mainit na pandesal. Mayroong tatlumpiso at mayroong apat na piso. Hindi ko naman nakita ang deperensya, na ayon sa maglalako nito ay mas malaki daw yung tig-aapat na piso. Binili ko na lamang yung tig-aapat na piso dahil napaniwala nya rin akong mas malaki nga ito ng bahagya.

Pagbalik sa kubo ay sinaluhan ako ni Uncle at binigyan pa ng kape na hindi ko talaga alam kung saan nya nakuha. Nagising na rin ang iba at nag-almusal ng hanging amihan. Habang nag-iisip kung magsisipilyo ng hiram na tootbrush ang buraot queen ay tumakbo sa swimming beach si Uncle dahil hindi nya raw ito na-enjoy kagabi. Okay na! set na ang lahat. Tapos nang mag tampisaw si Uncle at handa ng pumunta sa susunod na lokasyon ang barkada.

Next stop? Manaoag-to-Antong-Falls! Day 2 Expedition…