PINAYKEYPOINT TEAM’S YEARLY PROGRAM OF GIFT GIVING, TREE PLANTING AND MOUNT PINATUBO TREKKING ACTIVITY JANUARY 6, 2013

PINAYKEYPOINT TEAM’S YEARLY PROGRAM OF GIFT GIVING, TREE PLANTING AND MOUNT PINATUBO TREKKING ACTIVITY

JANUARY 6, 2013

THIS IS ONE OF OUR ADVOCACIES. COME AND JOIN US! LET’S GIVE BACK TO OUR MOTHER NATURE BY PLANTING TREES AND SHARE OUR BLESSINGS TO OUR LESS FORTUNATE  AETA COMMUNITIES AT THE GROUNDS OF MOUNT PINATUBO

REGISTRATION FEE: 1,500php

INCLUSIONS:

4WD Jeep ride (rental, driver, gas & trip dues), Evironmental fees & clearance, Snack after the trip

MODE OF PAYMENT:

FULL PAYMENT VIA BDO, PNB, WESTERN UNION, CEBUANA OR ML LHUILLIER

WHAT TO BRING:

Any gift that you want to share to the Aeta community, adults or kids

Clothings or Toys (used or new), groceries, rice etc..

Bring your own Lunch, Trail Snack & water

Tree seedlings (fruit bearing or not)

WHAT TO WEAR:

PREFERABLY RED SHIRT OR ANY COLOR, PANTS OR SHORTS, DURABLE FOOTWEAR

ITINERARY:

5:00 or earlier: MEET-UP @ PINAYKEYPOINT’S OFFICE, CAPAS TARLAC/ BRIEFING & PREPARATION
5:30 Take off to final dispatching Area
6:00 Off Road Ride
8:00 ETA Lipit Station – 4WD jump off point/Distribution of Gifts

9:00 Trekking to Mount Pinatubo Crater Lake
11:00 ETA Crater Lake
1:00 Pack-up time
1:30 Tree Planting Activity
3:00 4WD Parking @ Lipit station
5:00 ETA Pinaykeypoint Office/ Distribution of snacks

END OF THE TRIP

HOW TO REGISTER:

Send your complete names, age, address, contact number, nationality and person to notify in case of emergency. Assign your own team leader if you are 5pax & up.

Send it to pinaykeypoint.team@gmail.com

Registration & payment will close on January 4, 2013
THIS IS A FIRST-COME-FIRST SERVED ACTIVITY
Registration may close earlier if we reached the maximum number of participants.

HOW TO REACH OUR OFFICE:

VIA PRIVATE CAR:

We will provide maps & direction through e-mail

2 hours travel time from Manila, 1 hour from Angeles/Clark

VIA PUBLIC BUS

Ride a 3:00 am trip to any bus bound to Dagupan or Pangasinan

Estimated fare: 200php or less

Estimated travel time: More than 2 hours

You may contact us @ these numbers: 

0917 477 9156
0930 508 8494
0920 585 7239
0923 626 9088
(045) 324-0928

Contact Persons:

JULIET CORPUZ
JANE CASTANEDA
ROBIN CORPUZ
ERIC MANANSALA
JESSICA CORPUZ
EARL CORNISTA
ELIZA TAM
ARIS BRIONES SANTOS
SHIO BILONO
JR CABRERA GARCIA

www.pinaykeypoint.org
pinaykeypoint.team@gmail.com


 

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JUNE 2011 TREK SCHEDULES

TREK SCHEDULES

We are dispatching trips everyday (whole year round) except when there is a threat of weather disturbance such as typhoons, tropical depression, low pressure & rains. You  have to keep track of the weather condition prior to booking. You may check this link from our local weather bureau PAGASA.DOST.GOV.PH
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Capas Tourism Advisory: 

Long Trek is the only route to Pinatubo (more or less 2 hours walk)
June – July 2011


June 1  – 2pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour (Jeremiah)
June 2  – 2pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour (May)
June 2  – 2pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour (Beth)
June 3  – 6pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour (Luz)
June 3  – 3pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour (Sunny)
June 4  – 8pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour (Liza)
June 4  – 3pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour (Agnes)
June 5 – 3pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour (Nel)
June 9  – 2pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour (Pamela)
June 11- 2pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour (Marjorie)

June 12- 6pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour (Beverly)
June 13- 4pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour (Alexey)

June 15- 15pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour(group trip-Ardel)
June 15- 2pax – confirmed & paid – Pinatubo Day Tour(group trip-Haydn)
June 18- 2pax – confirmed & paid trip – day tour (Bill)
June 18- 4pax – for final confirmation & payment (Jack)
June 18- 4 to 5pax – for final confirmation & payment (Ashley)
June 18- 7 to 8pax – for final confirmation & payment (Lea)
June 25- 7pax – for final confirmation & payment (Anthony)
July 2- 8pax – for final confirmation & payment (Kris)
July 26 to Aug 2 – 3 to 4pax – for final confirmation & payment (Merlyn)
PARTICIPANTS LOOKING FOR A SHARED TOUR (Day Tour)
June 18, 2011 – 2pax  (Bill)

Any day from July 26 to 29 – 2pax (Yan)
Any Weekend – 1pax (Thea)
Any Sunday – 1pax (Cecilia)
Oct 22, 2011 – 2pax (Aleli)
PARTICIPANTS LOOKING FOR A SHARED TOUR (Overnight)
Any day from October 29 to Nov 1, 2011- 2pax  (Eric)

Please email/contact us if you want to join these dates. Only emails with contact numbers shall be entertained Thanks!

Note: These are just tentative reservation dates. We don’t consider these as reserved and confirmed until we receive the registration forms and partial payments. Please fill up an online registration form at the bottom of this blog just beneath the weather forecast widget
Click here for Mount Pinatubo Day Tour Package
For inquiries, send your email to julietcorpuz@gmail.com
or text/call
Globe:  (+63)917.477.2206
Smart:  (+63)930.508.8494
Sun:      (+63)923.626.9088
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Mount Pinatubo Trek: Feb 6 & 7, 2009

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Yours truly at Mount Pinatubo Crater

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Bryan's Team

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Aaron's Team

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Sanjev's Team

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My niece Jane

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Meet Dodong the Monkey (Spa Town)

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Liza with Bryan's Team Feb 6, 2009

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Mt. Pinatubo Spring Water

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Bryan's Team at Aeta Village

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My eldest daughter Jessica

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Jessica & Bryan

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Mount Pinatubo Trek 2-6-2009

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Liza & Bryan's Team

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Juliet with Sanjev's Team

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Mt. Pinatubo Trek 2-7-2009

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Tom - Mt. Pinatubo Trek 2-7-2009

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Juliet - Mount Pinatubo Trek 2-7-2009

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Sanjev Team - 2-7-2009

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Start of difficult Terrain

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Passing big boulders & streams

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Starting today I am declaring this spot as the "Wow Point"!!

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Stairway to Heaven....ahhhh... am too tired here...but i have to smile 🙂

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Finally, we conquered Mount Pinatubo!

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What a tiring yet fulfilling day 🙂

I had a busy week preparing for this 2 days trek. Have to do Hotel bookings, arrange transport service, meet Sanjev’s team at Clark Airport a day before the trek. Have to meet Bryan’s Team and Aaron’s team at Microtel. 

This is a very tiring yet fulfilling week for me 🙂

Please email me at pinaykeypoint@yahoo.com for your  inquiries & reservations…

For trekking schedules, reminders & itineraries, please click here

Posted by Juliet Corpuz

Heats School of Welding Technology

Philippines is now facing an increasing rate of unemployment everyday. It is a fact announced daily on TVs and printed media which is a result of Economic downturn worldwide. But despite the hardships, Filipinos’ character of patience and hardwork will always emerge because Pinoys are natural survivors. There maybe a decreasing demand on wirings, computers, electronic and other related industries but a number of identified skills are still in demand.

One of thriving opportunity for Filipinos abroad is the Welding Industry. The Demand for this specific skill is increasing recently. Surprisingly, this is not just a man’s job anymore as for the latest development, women are already starting to try this area.

The Philippine Government has encouraged Filipino entrepreneurs to open up welding training centers to cope up with the increasing demands for Filipino welders. In my area in particular, there are newly opened technical school offering welding related courses. Heats School of Welding Technology is one good example. Heats started to hold trainings in 2008 by renting private rooms. Most of the participants are now working abroad.

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Engr. Pedro Jose Jr.

The good man behind this project is Engr. Pedro Jose Jr. He is a native of Kapanikian, Lapaz, Tarlac. He has been in the field of Welding, QA/QC and Inspection for the past 14 years in the Philippines, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Indonesia and Brunei.

His Noble Mission for the School is to produce World Class Pinoy Welders, Welding Inspectors & other skilled workers. To realize this mission, he turned his home into a Technical School to help not only his fellow Tarlaqueño but his fellow Pinoys from adjacent areas as well.

Heats School of Welding Technology is now in the process of TESDA Accreditation and according to TESDA personnel, their accreditation documents will be released this February 2009. HEATS’ building, classrooms, facilities (such as Welding booths, working table and grinding table), welding machines, tools and materials are now in place and ready.

Pictures below are the proof of Mr. Jose’s humble attempt to turn this project into reality.

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Heats School of Weding Technology

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Heats Lobby

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Heats Classroom

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Heats Lecture Room

Heats will offer the following Courses:

SMAW Plate, SMAW Pipe, GTAW Pipe and welding Inspector’s Course. They also plan to offer NDT Courses such as Utrasonic Testing, Penetrant Testing and Magnetic Particle Testing. Internal Quality Auditor’s course and ISO 9000 Awareness Seminars and other related skills are also in included in their line of courses that will be offered in the future.

They will be accepting enrollees in February and plan to start classes on March 2009. For inquiries and detailed information, you can visit their website at http://heatsschoolofweldingtechnology.wordpress.com/ or you can email them at pwtc_luzon_@yahoo.com . You can also reach them through mobile phone: +639054104465 or you can also personally visit their School at Romulo Highway, #4 Joanne Subd., Canrangian, Tarlac City. Staffs are available for inquiries during office hours.

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Click the image location map for larger view

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Heats Contact Info

For detailed description of Welding principles, Welding Trainings & courses, terminologies and job opportunities,  please visit Heats website by clicking here.

By Juliet B. Corpuz

Pinaykeypoint Tags & Awards for January 2009

These are the tags and awards received by Pinaykeypoint Blog. This maybe late, sorry guys January is a busy month for us but from the bottom of my heart, I want to extend my sincere thanks to my blogger friends who never fail to tag me, I love you guys!

Prayer Tag from Mel Alarilla

Prayer Tag And Link For The Philippines And The Filipinos


Instructions This is a prayer tag and link for the Philippines and the Filipinos. You are enjoined to utter this prayer for nine (9) consecutive days and to tag as many bloggers as you can with preference for Filipinos. But only bona fide Filipinos shall be included in the official registry of Filipino bloggers in this blog. Each time a new blogger makes a link, be sure to send me an email of the entire link through melalarilla@gmail.com so that the official list will be consolidated in a master list in this blog. For our Muslim brothers, you may make your own special prayer formula but you must never deviate from the formula of this entire post.  

Prayer


Dear heavenly Father, we consecrate to you our beloved country- the Philippines and all the Filipinos around the world. We acknowledge Father that apart from You, we can do nothing and it is only your divine providence and grace that can unite all Filipinos as one nation. We therefore humble ourselves before your throne. We confess all our sins to you individually and collectively as a nation. Forgive us our sins Father and wash us clean by the precious blood of Your beloved Son- Jesus Christ. Mend our wicked ways and let us experience a strong and genuine spiritual revival for ourselves and for our country. Let the Holy Spirit imbibe us with power, love and wisdom to return to Your path of holiness and righteousness. Bless our country, heavenly father. Bless all Filipinos wherever they maybe. Let progress, unity, harmony, stability, justice, peace and prosperity reign in our country. Bless our leaders, from the President down to the lowest Barangay official. Touch their hearts that they may serve our country with all honesty and with love and integrity. Bless our children and our future generation. And bless us all Father in all aspects of our lives. This we pray to You heavenly Father, in the mighty name of Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen. Name Address Name of Blog URL
1. Mel Alarilla Bulacan, Philippines
2. Angel Cuala Batangas, Philippines Father Blogger dot com 
3. Lavern Tan Las Pinas City, Philippines Pinoy Ambisyoso 
url- http://pinoyambisyoso.com
4. Francis Daniel Maning Cebu, Philippines Istayl Sugbo 
5. Snow Philippines Dear Bloggery  url- http://dearbloggery.com/
6. Bloggista – Marikina, Philippines – Bloggista  
url- http://www.bloggista.com/
7. Chris A. – Cavite, Philippines – CMAQuest
url- http://cmaquest.blogspot.com/
8. Aisha – Eugene, Oregon, USA – The Holley Herald
url – http://www.theholleyherald.com/
9. Rowena – Davao City, Philippines – All Out My Naked Truth- Rowena 
url – http://rowenabongabong.blogspot.com/
10. Icymar Tagimacruz – Cebu, Philippines – Kreative Myndz  
url- http://www.icymartagimacruz.blogspot.com/
11. Pat Mangubat – Philippines – New Philippine Revolution 
url- http://newphilrevolution.blogspot.com/
12. Empress – Cebu, Philippines – Empress of Drac.Com
url- http://www.empressofdrac.com/
13. Marilou Domingo – Philippines – Ibanag in the City 
url- http://ibanaginthecity.blogspot.com/
14. Ester Besmonde – Canada – Walk Through Money Online Journal 
url- http://www.teyonlinejournal.com/
15. Ramon Paulino – Quezon City, Philippines – FatherlYours.com 
url- http://www.fatherlyours.com/
16. Mindanaoan – Mindanao, Philippines – Mindanaoan 
url- http://www.maindaoan.com/
17. Bloggie – Davao City, Philippines – Davao Bloggers Network 
url- http://www.davaoblogs.net/
18. Xerendipity – Dumaguete City, Philippines – Obnoxious Queer 
url- http://obnoxiousqueer.com/
19. Viviene C. (Bingkee) – Connecticut, USA – I Love/Hate America 
url- http://www.fliploveusa.typepad.com/
20. Roy – Angeles City, Philippines – The Struggling Blogger 
url- http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
21. Janette Toral (Ada) – Marikina City, Philippines – Blogging From Home
url- http://www.bloggingfromhome.com/
22. Milton Coyne III (Bluedreamer27) Cavite Phils Bluedreamer’s Top Five
url- http://bluedreamer27.blogspot.com/
23. Marites dlR – Davao City, Philippines – Me, the islands and the world
url- http://www.pinaylighterside.com/
24. Mauie Flores – Cainta, Rizal, Philippines – Living a Sugar-free Sweet Life!
url- http://www.maureenflores.com/
25. MsRay – Bacolod City, Philippines – Woman on a Journey 
url- http://www.msray2008.com/
26. Pia Go Olano – Philippines – My Life’s Journey 
url- http://myblog2002.blogspot.com/
27. Jena Isle – Pampanga, Philippines – Random Thoughts 
url- http://jenaisle-candidthoughts.blogspot.com/
28. Caca – Mindanao, Philippines – Mood Swings 
url- http://blogecca.blogspot.com/
29. Pinoy Apache – Cebu City, Philippines – Pinoy Apache 
url- http://pinoyapache.blogspot.com/
30. Jessie Simbulan – Philippines – The Reporter 
url- http://www.jessie-simbulan.com/
31. Tony Roda – Manila, Philippines – MENstream 
url- http://www.menstream.blogspot.com/
32. Fingertalks – Philippines – Fingertalks – url- http://www.fingetalks.com/
33. Wendy Lopez-Redaon – QC Philippines – From The Eyes of My Heart 
url – http://wenlopred.blogspot.com/
34. Marlene – Davao City, Philippines – Potpourri of Ramblings 
url – http://www.lemback.com/
35. Liza Cochico – Quezon City, Philippines – A Simple Life 
url – http://mlizcochico.com/
36. Tricia Mazo-Galvez – Las Pinas City, Philippines – Proud Mommy 
url- http://monliam.blogspot.com/
37. Wayne – New Zealand – Affiliate Crunch 
url- http://www.affiliatecrunch.com/
38. Shiera Delusa – Osaka, Japan – Bisdak Babbles 
url – http://bisdakbabbles.com/
39. Madz – Lunda Norte, Angola – Things I Did Not Know Before 
url – http://madzlifesknowledge.blogspot.com/
40. Kcee – Makati City, Philippines – Barefooted Me 
url – http://www.barefootedme.com/
41. Yani – Davao City, Philippines – Banicmanic 
url- http://www.banicmanic.blogspot.com/
42. Rodaflip – Ontario, Canada – FlipAntasticWeb 
url- http://flipantasticweb.blogspot.com/
43. Ramvie Santiago – Philippines – Philippine Blog For All 
url – http://pinoyblogko.wordpress.com/
44. Russell Bravo – Caloocan City, Philippines – Russell Dot Com 
url – http://www.russelldotcom.com/
45. Michelle Valenzuela – San Francisco, CA USA – Tumawa K Kabayan 
url – http://twangpinoy.blogspot.com/
46. Pinay Wife – Cambodia – Pinay Wife Speaks 
url – http://pinaywifespeaks.com/
47. Lei – Pasig City, Philippines – Moon Goddess Lae 
url – http://moongoddesslae.com/
48. Shawie Gick – Orange County, California, USA – A Grateful Heart 
url – http://anemptycup.blogspot.com/
49. Hariette Wendam – Iloilo City, Philippines – Praning’s Shoutout 
url – http://www.praningshoutout.com/
50. Joan Joyce Absalon – Navotas City, Philippines – Joan Joyce dot com 
url – http://joanjoyce.com/blog/
51. Rashieka Estelle Absalon – Navotas Philippines – My Name Is Rashieka 
url – http://rashieka.com/
52. Darlyn – Gen. Santos City, Philippines – Touched By An Angel With Love 
url – http://darlyngemwords.blogs.com/
53. Kate Cancio – Marikina City, Philippines – Becoming Kate Cancio 
url – http://katecancio.blogspot.com/
54. Ria – United Kingdom – Continental Fairy 
url – http://www.continentalfairy.com/
55. Ginoray – Cainta, Rizal, Philippines – Profound Matters 
url – http://profoundmatters.wordpress.com/
56. Penlighted – New York, USA – Light It Up (Blogging for Jesus) 
url – http://lightedpen.blogspot.com/
57. Lyn (Moccalyn) – Manila, Philippines – Life Spices 
url – http//moccalyn.blogspot.com/
58. Ana Lindenhann – Denmark – The Filipina Mom in Denmark 
url – http://www.filipinamom.com/
59. Chris Red – Philippines – Christinchen’s Soapbox 
url – http://christinchen184.blogspot.com/
60. Richies 2Ts Inspires – Stockholm, Sweden – Richies Inspirational Designs
url – http://simchieinspires.blogspot.com/
61. Island Angel – Davao City, Philippines – Seashells Of Island Angel 
url – http://seashellsofislandangel.blogspot.com/
62. Manilyn Tingcang – Iligan City, Philippines – LinGZ.spot 
url – http://lingzspot.blogspot.com/
63. Joyoz Obsioma – Melbourne, Au – Everyday Life…Generally Speaking 
url – http://www.joydob.com/
64. Gladita – Bacolod City, Philippines – PromdiLiving 
url – http://promdiliving.com/
65. Lesley Cucal – Tarlac City, Philippines – Bottomless Coffee 
url – http://men-tality.blogspot.com/
66. Rose Cottrill – West Virginia, USA – Rose’s Obstacles and Glory 
url – http://www.obstaclesandglories.com/
67. Mys Lyke Meeh – Toronto, Canada – Mys Lyke Meeh 
url – http://myslykemeeh.blogspot.com/
68. Gloria (Goyz) – Calamba City, Philippines – Good Health 
url – http://goyz-greenapple.blogspot.com/
69. Mitch (Annay Butakal) – Cebu, Philippines – Ramble Baboy 
url – http://annaybutakal.blogspot.com/
70. Ria Coleto – Cervantes – Dubai, UAE – It’s My Party 
url – http://www.riablahgs.com/
71. Luna Miranda – Makati City, Philippines – Miranda 
url – http://bilogangbuwanniluna.blogspot.com/
72. Kit (Suplado) – Makati City, Philippines – Suplado Reviews 
url – http://supladoonline.blogspot.com/
73. Rachel – Philippines – Heart of Rachel 
url – http://mysoulfulthoughts.blogspot.com/
74. Josie Santos – Sydney, Australia – Fragments of My Soul 
url – http://josie-santos.blogspot.com/
75. Wella Jane – Misamis Occ, Phils – Thinking Pen- Blogging For A Cause 
url – http://thinkingpen.freeo.net/
76. Kelvin Requiroso (Kebelle) – QC, Philippines – Spirituality Page 
url – http://spirituality-page.blogspot.com/
77. Pusang Gala – Mandaluyong City, Philippines – Pusang – Gala 
url – http://pakaleklalawak.blogspot.com/
78. Jason – Paranaque, Philippines – Pinoy Updates 
url – http://www.pinoyupdates.com/
79. Onatdonuts – Taguig City, Philippines – OnatDonuts 
url – http://www.onatdonuts.blogspot.com/
80. Ibyang – NSW, Australia – A Wife’s Charmed Life 
url – http://awifescharmedlife.blogspot.com/
81. Mike Avenue – Philippines – Mga Tagalog Na Tula Sa Filipinas 
url – http://tagalog-tula-pilipinas.blogspot.com/
82.Jhay Gamba – Cainta, Rizal, Philippines – I Blog Mo! 
url -http://jdesignzwww.jdesignz.blogspot.com/
83. Carla Farnesyl Fundales Idago – Malabon City, Philippines
Heterotripper: Anong Maskara Mo Today 
url – http://lacarotica.blogspot.com/
84. Tet Garchitorena – Naga City, Phils – The Life Of An Oregano Addict 
url – http://www.piebuko.blogspot.com/
85. Rael Denoman – Imus, Cavite, Philippines – Manikang Papel 
url – http://myblogjazzryl.blogspot.com/
86. Liezl F. – Valenzuela City, Philippines – Breezing My Confined Emotions 
url – http://microporetape.blogspot.com/
87. Kengkay – Germany – Kwentong Kengkay 
url – http://kengkay.wordpress.com/
88. Earthlingorgeous – Manila, Philippines – Earthlingorgeous.com 
url – http://www.earthlingorgeous.com/
89. Pinay Key Point – Tarlac City, Philippines – PinayKeyPoint 
url – https://pinaykeypoint.wordpress.com/
90. Ria Stevenson – Texas, USA – Live Love Laugh 
url – http://www.riastevenson.com/
91. Pajay – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Klasrum Ni Pajay 
url – http://propesorpa-jay.blogspot.com/
92. Texas Sweetie – Texas, USA – My Virtual Diary 
url – http://www.texas-sweetie.blogspot.com/
93. Aquamarine – Hongkong – Aquamarine 
url – http://jhole22.blogspot.com/
94. Shemistry – Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Foolishly Overacting – url- http://shemshemistry.blogspot.com/
95. Dines – Winona, Minnesotta, USA – Kalei Dines Scope 
url – http://paul-dina-kaleidoscope.blogspot.com/
96. Che (Chorva) – Philippines – Chorva Entertainment Blog 
url – http://www.chorva.net/
97. Arnel Gara Artes – Cebu City, Philippines – A Hunter 
url – http://www.arnelgaraartes.blogspot.com/
98. Donald Pal (Dhon) – Cebu, Philippines – Life Love Lust 
url – http://dhonpal.blogspot.com/
99. Fermin Absalon – Navotas, Metro Manila, Philippines
Beyond Feron Dot Com – url – http://www.beyondferon.com/
100. Dzerom – Calamba, Laguna, Philippines – Blogging Without A Cause
url – http://blogging-without-a-cause.blogspot.com/
101. K (Knoizki) – Hongkong – A Dialogue With K 
url – http://www.knoizki.net/
102 Orville Hitadle – Cebu Phils – Downloader’s Stuffs and Freebies for All 
url – http://www.iamdownloader.com/
103. Cindyrella – Hongkong – Cindyrella From Hongkong 
url – http://cindyrella-stories.blogspot.com/
104. Rimewire – Cavite, Philippines – Disproving the Genius 
url – http://rimewire.wordpress.com/
105. Edelweiza Mabalay – Manila, Philippines – The Life of a Breadwinner
url – http://www.edelweiza.com/
106. Manolito Montala – Philippines – The Filipino Enterpreneur 
url – http://www.thefilipinoenterpreneur.com/
107. Leona Khan – Pasig City, Philippines – Vanidosang Panda 
url – http://ms-panda.blogspot.com/
108. Pepe Mckunat – Philippines – Life is Tough, but prove You are Tougher 
url – http://katchupoy.wordpress.com/
109. Batopik – Taguig City, Philippines – Batopik 
url – http://batopik.wordpress.com/
110. Gin E – Manila, Philippines – Mommy in Manila 
url – http://mommyinmanila.blogspot.com/
111. B’ley Villones (Dyosa) – Paranaque City, Philippines – Blagalag 
url – http://www.bl;agalag.com/
112. Donald Serrano (don_ser) – Philippines – don_ser The Feeling ProBlogger
url – http://www.doanldserrano.com/donser/
113. Love Lot – San Francisco, California, USA – Lov-A-Lot 
url – http://lov-a-lot.blogspot.com/
114. Enchie – Manila, Philippines – Sweet Nothings 
url – http//xtraordinarymom.blogspot.com/
115. Iceah Marie – Gen. Santos City, Philippines – Chicken Heart 
url – http://www.pinay-chicken-heart.com/
116. Mee*I Velasco – Antipolo Rizal Phils – Waiting On The World To Change 
url – http://mekinudolsoup.blogspot.com/
117. Kuyanin – Philippines – Kuyanin: Starting Afresh 
url – http://www.kuyanin.com/
118. Chyng Reyes – Manila, Philippines – No Spam, No Virus, No Kiddin’!
url – http://riandrew.blogspot.com/
119. JuanDerPul – Philippines – JuanDerPul Pinoy 
url – http://juanderpulpinoy.com/
120. Kenneth Mendoza – Laguna, Philippines – Kenneth Mendoza- Speaking Out, Blogging, Ranting and Fooling Around 
url – http://www.kmendoza.net/
121. Grace – Michigan, USA – We Live To Tell God’s “Amazing Grace” 
url – http://grace1331.blogspot.com/
122. Carnation – Antique, Philippines – Carnation 
url – http://sweetcarnation.blogspot.com/
123. Jed Chua – Mandaluyong City, Philippines – Reel Advice 
url – http://reeladvice.blogspot.com/
124. Pammyboo83 – Dumaguete City, Philippines – Filipino Lifestyle 
url – http://filipinotaste.blogspot.com/
125. Sagada Igorot Mountain Province, Philippines/Chicago, USA –Blog of The Sagada- Igorot – url – http://blog.sagada-igorot.com/
126. Bai Maleiha Candao – Cotabato City, Philippines – Soulful Images 
url – http://princessmaleiha.blogspot.com/
127. Jehzeel Laurente – Philippines – Jehzlau Concepts 
url – http://www.jehzlau-concepts.com/%5D
128. Poohgahk – Philippines – Shout Out 
Url – http://poohgahk.blogspot.com/
129. Norman Novio – Occidental Mindoro, Philippines – Pamatok 
url – http:///nanovio.blogspot.com/
130. Bien Nillos – Negros Occidental, Philippines – The Freudian Slip 
url – http://bayenn.blogspot.com/
131. Madelyn Basalo-Sells – Cafunfo, Lunda Norte, Angola – “The Pride of Hingotanan, Bohol”- My Life’s Journey To Success 
url – http://madzlifesdiary.blogspot.com/
132. Jannesse – Las Pinas City, Philippines – The Wifey Diaries 
url – http://thewifeydiaries.blogspot.com/
133. Willa Stock – Ontario, Canada – Fickle Minded- A Life That Is Less Ordinary
url – http://fickleminded.net/
134. Aihara (Tessah) Ramintessah Sanchez – Japan – The Economics of Life 
url – http://lifesmatterandeconomics.blogspot.com/
135. Ron Albert – Quezon City, Philippines – A Slice of Turon 
url – http://ron-turon.blogspot.com/
136. Elyong – Davao City, Philippines – Elyong 
url – http://elyong.blogspot.com/
137. Kokoi – Baguio City, Philippines – Blog ni Kokoi 
url – http://blognikokoi.blogspot.com/
138. Fat – Japan – Anything Goes – url – http://247diary.blogspot.com/
139. Mye De Leon – Rizal, Philippines – Blog Appetite 
url – http://blogappetite.blogspot.com/
140. Jan Geronimo – Oriental Mindoro, Philippines –salabasngmandaluyong (Rx For A Better Life) – url – http://salabasngmandaluyong.blogspot.com/
141. Chuva – Philippines – Chizmizan With Chuva 
url – http://chuvachienes.com/
142. E. J. Bautista – Quezon City, Philippines – Bogcess 
url – http://bogcess.blogspot.com/
143. Maree Tee – Philippines – I Am Mrs. Tee 
url – http://mareetee.blogspot.com/
144. Alma Cafe – Davao oriental, Philippines – Reach Beyond Your Limits
url – http://luponfirehouse.blogspot.com/
145. Arlene Collado – Philippines – Joys in Life 
url – http://sunshineleneforlife.com/
146. Juvy – Philippines – Pinoy Portals 
url – http://pinoyportals.blogspot.com/
147. Jan Mckingley Hilado – Cebu Phils – The Ultralife of Student Nurses 
url – http://nursester.blogspot.com/
148. Carlos – Davao City, Philippines – Carlos Ideas 
url – http://carlos-ideas.blogspot.com/
149. Mentor – Cebu, Philippines – The Image of Cebu 
url – http://cebuimage.blogspot.com/
150. Emma Ballada – Laguna, Philippines – Life Momento 
url – http://lifemomento.blogspot.com/
151. Darkspark – Philippines – Papermills 
url – http://papermills.blogspot.com/
152. Jes – Philippines – My Little Angels 
url – http://ishiethan.blogspot.com/
153. Mike Pamero – Laguna, Philippines – Such were some of you 
url – http://www.mikepamero.blogspot.com/
154. Jerome – Calamba, Laguna, Philippines – Pinoy Blogger Online 
url – http://blogging-without-a-cause.blogspot.com/
155. Mary Grace – Tennessee, USA – My World is My Family 
url – http://graceodraper.blogspot.com/
156. Luzviminda Gadon (Vhing F) – Israel – Survivor: the Reality of my Life 
url – http://vhing4all-il-ph.blogspot.com/
157. Marlon Celso – Manila, Philippines – Marlon of Manila 
url – http://marlonofmanila.blogspot.com/
158. Richard Roxas – Valenzuela City, Philippines – Dreamworks 
url – http://dreamworksorg.blogspot.com/
159. Political Jaywalker – USA – Pedestrian Observer 
url – http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/
160. Your Sassy Reporter – Philippines – Mother Thoughts 
url – http://mymotherthoughts.blogspot.com/
161. Juliet corpuz – Tarlac City Phils – Mount Pinatubo Tour
URL – http://pinatubotrek.blogspot.com/
You’re Next! Insert your name, address, name of blog and its url
1. http://honeywfb.blogspot.com/
2. http://www.alegreascrib.blogspot.com/
3. http://mhaileon.blogspot.com/
4. http://withonespast.wordpress.com/
5. http://islandhopper.blogspot.com/
6. http://ideasloading.blogspot.com/
7. http://www.d3marketers.blogspot.com/
8. http://abbysmusings.blogspot.com/
9. http://blogappetite.blogspot.com/
10. http://www.rklivengood.blogspot.com/

Fun Google Tag from Erato

Thank you for this sis! Sorry for the delay 😉

“The rules are simple. Use Google Images to search for the answers to the questions below. Then you must choose a picture from the first page of the results and post it as your answer. After that tag 7 people.”

1. Age on my next birthday

a place id like to travel to

2. A place i'd like to travel to

3. My favorite place

3. My favorite place

4. My favorite thing

4. My favorite thing

5. my favourite food

5. My favorite food (Kaldereta)

6. my favourite color

6. My favourite color

7. the city i live in

7. The city i live in

 

8. the city i was born in

8. The city i was born in

9. My nickname

9. My nickname

10. My college major

10. My college major

11. Name of my love

11. Name of my love

12. My bad habbit

12. My bad habbit

13. My hobby

13. My hobby

 14. My wish list (max of 3)

Decent House for my family

Decent House for my family

Trip to disneyland for my family

Trip to disneyland for my family

Education for my kids

Education for my kids

the seven people i wish to tag are:

Warshock, Wolfwood, Mel Alarilla, Bhang, Grace, Honey, Hornetlover

Tag from Stilettoed Praline

Stilettoed Praline tagged me with something that asks you to list your 4 answers. I had so many list of answers in my mind but I had to stick to the rule of 4 😉 Thank you for this girl! Sorry I posted it late…

PLACES I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT AND WHY

Tokyo Disneyland

1. Tokyo Disneyland – I’ve been in this place when I was sent to Japan twice for company training. I really enjoyed the place and I wish I could take my kids to visit this place.

2. Paris – it’s one of the most romantic place in the world

3. The Holy Land – I wanna feel the serenity of this place where the Lord had walked

4. Italy – I heard so many good things about this place and it’s also in my wish list

FAVORITE THINGS TO MUNCH ON

pringles

1. Pringles

 

 

 

Pili Nuts

2. Pili Nuts

Chicharong baboy

3. Chicharong baboy

4. Peanuts

4. Peanuts

FAVORITE SITES FOR ONLINE SHOPPING

Sorry guys, I don’t shop online 😉

4 THINGS YOU HAVE TO GET DONE THIS WEEKEND

1. I need to submit my online quizzes

2. I need to finish 1 logo design (for ID card)

3. Cook something for my mother-in-law 7th death anniversary

4. Settle my Electric & water bills

4 THINGS THAT POP UP WHEN YOU GOOGLE MY NAME

If you google my name, Juliet Corpuz, you will see my accounts from different websites, 

1. Hubpages

2. Linkedin

3. WordPress

4. Cybercircle

Now I’m passing this tag to 4 people:

1. Misdemeanor.net

2. Erato’s Blog: The Third Muse

3. http://maalamat.blogspot.com/

4. http://warmapplepie3.wordpress.com/

…and finally a Butterfly award from 

Maalamat blog

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Butterfly Award

 

 

 

Thank you very much for this 🙂

Now I would like to pass this award to the following 10 coolest blogs:

1. http://pizzatherapy.blogspot.com/

2. http://olddigger.blogspot.com/

3. http://korbelfinearts.blogspot.com/

4. http://hyderabadiz.blogspot.com/

5. http://movingtophilippines.com/

6. http://herby-mysecondtrial.blogspot.com/

7. http://danielngsh.blogspot.com/

8. http://www.filipinamom.com/

9. http://bunkabun.blogspot.com/

10. http://www.aglaonemaku.blogspot.com/

This another long post but bear with me guys coz I really need to post this tags and awards and you need to pass it on 🙂

Juliet Corpuz

 

Pasko at New Year sa Pinas 2008

JANUARY 8, 2009

I had a long break before and after Christmas season and I never had the chance to post our Christmas celebration. My kids and nieces are rallying and demanding me to post the Christmas photos and other activities so this would be a long post guys 🙂

Filipinos usually starts welcoming Christmas at the knock of “Ber” months. As early as September, you will hear Christmas songs played on the radios and I myself started to decorate our house with Christmas Tree last October.

Of course my daughters did all the decorating stuff while I was pre-occupied with a lot of work and issues here and now as am staring at my blog, I realized that I never post a single article about Christmas [sigh 😦 ]

But it’s better late than never, so I have to post all the activities we had before Christmas time and after New year.

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My youngest and only son Robin Jr. (Nonoy)

My third daughter Rajisha

My third daughter Rajisha

My 2nd daughter Sabrina

My 2nd daughter Sabrina

My eldest daughter Jessica & Nonoy

Jessica & Nonoy

...and my niece Jane

My niece Jane

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Yours Truly 🙂

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Simbang Gabi at San Sebastian Cathedral, Tarlac City

Dec 16 – Misa de Gallo

We’re off to church for the Misa de Gallo where we have to attend the early mass at 4am. Morning masses lasted for 9 days and it is believed and also part of Filipino traditions that a person who completed 9 days mass will have their wishes.

Some church celebrates mass before the break of dawn at 4 o’ clock in the morning while other celebrates mass at 7, 8 or 9 o’ clock in the evening.

It is also a common tradition for Pinoys to buy native Filipino foods such as malagkit, suman, bibingka, ibos, puto etc… after the morning mass.

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Native Filipino Foods

Belenismo – The art of making Belen

It’s one of the project of our present local officials. This was conceptualized by Tarlac Heritage Foundation President Isabel Cojuangco-Suntay aiming to make the province of Tarlac as  “Belen capital” of the Philippines. It was launched in 2007 and since then, it becomes a yearly activity for Tarlaquenos which is actively participated by different Barangays, municipalities, institutions and local organization from different sectors and local businesess of Tarlac.

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ASIATEN

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Max’s Luisita

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San Sebastian Cathedral inspired Belen

16 Belens won from different categories out of 78 entries. Categories includes personal, grand, monumental, municipal and diorama.

Tarlac Police Office Belen of Barangay Salapungan received the first award followed by Asiaten Hotel and Coconut Grill as third. Winners were personally awarded by Senator Loren Legarda

Zone ABC DEMOLITION CAMPAIGN

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Demolition Poster at Barangay Entrance

The Nolcom authorities temporarily stopped their daily demolition rounds campaign, maybe for the sake of Christmas but nailed this poster at our Barangay main entrance. At present, they never resume the usual rounds of military jeep anouncing demolition. The last update was prior to Christmas, Zone President announced that we will expect the release of Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on January 27, 2009 and we are hopeful that it would be released earlier.

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Inter Barangay Basketball League

There were many activities in the city. Barangay Basketball league, was participated by different basketball teams from different Barangays. Hub coaches one of the basketball team. The overall winner was Barangay Texas.

Carolers were everywhere, kids, teens, adults & beggars. Some houses who don’t have an extra money for carolers will just put off their lights early. But since I am running a gaming homebiz (PC & Video), and most of my customers are children and teens, I have to allocate coins for them but the good thing about it is that it would go back in my pocket as they would be back playing the next day.

Prior to Christmas time, my kids were busy preparing for their school Christmas party and exchange gifts so as a mom, I have so many things to do which makes me so busy such as buying clothes, gifts, school projects etc… etc… not to mention my printing jobs which requires most of my time.

Dec 24, 2008 – Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas!!

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Noche Buena

My day starts and ends at the kitchen lolz!

I have to cook for our Noche Buena. Macaroni Salad, Spaghetti, Crispy Pata, hotdogs, pan bread with cheese and a lot of candies for the kids. Gift giving… And a lot of Christmas Photos …

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Mommy and Rajisha

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Daddy and Sabrina

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Juliet and Hub

December 25

Mano po Ninong/Ninang!!

Kids visited their Ninongs & Ninangs (Godparents) to ask for blessings and gifts. We call it “pagmamano”, another Filipino tradition where kids and teens are visiting their Godparents, these were the people who sponsored our children during baptism and acts as second parents to our kids. They usually prepare gifts or money for their Godchildren. My kids want to extend their sincere thanks to Ninong Atty. Jojo Batalla, Ninang Ressie Reyes, Ninang Myrna Sapasap, Ninong Edgar Uy, Ninong Bong Gallo, Ninang Luz Corpuz, Tita Sally & Ate Cherry for the money and gifts. And I also want to thank my daughters for their gifts for us. I love  you Jek, Sab, Ish, nonoy & ate den…

Dec 27, 2008 – Happy Christening Baby Jed!!

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Jed’s clothing and accesories

Jed’s Christening

Location: San Miguel Church Time: 11:00 a.m. Reception: Max’s Restaurant

Cherry’s firstborn was finally baptized before new year. We were all invited at the reception but we can’t leave the house so I stayed home to entertain some expected visitors while my entire family attended baby Jed’s christening. Welcome to the Christian World baby Jed 🙂 I hope you grow up to be a God-fearing boy with wisdom and kindness 🙂

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Baby Jed’s cake

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Reception: Max’s Restaurant – Luisita

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Baby Jed’s Candles, Token & invitation

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Mommy Che & Baby Jed

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My kids; Jessica, Sabrina, Rajisha, Nonoy and my niece Jane

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Corpuz Family

December 31 – New Year Celebration 🙂

Once again, our day starts and ends at the kitchen but this time Hub did most of the cooking 🙂 Another Filipino tradition, we have to prepare 12 fruits on our table, 1 bowl of rice, salt and water and malagkit with egg on top. My mother in-law is doing this yearly and now that she’s gone, we decided to follow her tradition. We were roaming the market to complete the list of fruits. We had grapes, apple, watermelon, melon fruit, oranges, kaimito, pineapple, banana, pears, chico, ponkan and buko (young coconut). Hub added garlic and onions this time.

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Media Noche

) Kainan na!!

Yummy desserts 🙂 Kainan na!!

For safety, we never use any firecracker this year. It’s also part of saving our budget so instead of firecrackers, we played Christmas songs and videoke. Childrens are playing videos till dawn and we gave it for free until the next day.

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Happy New Year!! it’s chow time 🙂

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We’re all full lolz!! 🙂 look at the tummy haha!!

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Final Pose 🙂 Happy New Year to all of you!!

The magic of “Ber” has passed and now we’re welcoming the New year with hope & gladness in our hearts. Happy New Year to all of you guys. May this year brings more blessings to all of us. Cheers!!

Juliet & Family 🙂

Mount Pinatubo Trek

Due to overwhelming response of my readers to my Mt. Pinatubo Post, which also becomes my no. 1 post since I started blogging, we added another service in our homebase business. This is Tour Guiding Services

My hub and I has particular task in running the business. With IT related works, I am in-charge of the internet, design and documentations while hub is doing the field work. But when the need arises, I also assist hub with field work activities.

Recently, I have many inquiries in my inbox particularly Mount Pinatubo Trek. I used to have a computer shop at Capas Tarlac and Tarlac Municipal Tourism had been one of our clients. I designed and created the Identification cards for Mt. Pinatubo Tour guides and most of them are Aetas. I also designed banners, flyers and brochures.

Last week, 2 clients from the internet hired our service thru this blog, Greg and Wisnu. Greg arrived last week but he went to Puerto Galera first and he scheduled trekking on Saturday, Dec. 13. Wisnu Wijaya, an Indonesian based in Malaysia arrived last Dec. 9 at 5:30pm. Hub meet him at the airport. They arrived home at almost 10pm. Although we had an agreement that we will book him in a hotel but because we were so excited sharing each others’ experiences, he decided to stay with us. Our house suddenly turned into a transient home.

The next day hub included Wisnu in the group of trekkers bound to Mount. Pinatubo.

Hub (in white shirt) with Wisnu and Mt. Pinatubo trekkers

Hub (in white shirt) with Wisnu and Mt. Pinatubo trekkers

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Hub during the actual trek

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Weee! Samson or Hercules?

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Natural and Fresh Spring Water from Mt. Pinatubo

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Mt. Pinatubo Crater

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Mt. Pinatubo Crater Boating

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Have fun, experience swimming at Mt. Pinatubo crater

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4 x 4 wheel drive, the only transport system that would survive rocks and boulders

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After a tiring day, sooth your muscles and enjoy full massage spa

Spa comes in different packages; mud spa, volcanic ash spa and many more.

What are you waiting for? experience a once in a lifetime trekking adventure at Mt. Pinatubo Philippines. You can come in group or you can trek alone with native tour guide.

For more inquiries, leave your comment here or email me pinaykeypoint@yahoo.com

Update 2/8/2009

Please click the link to see our recent Mount Pinatubo Trek last February 6 & 7, 2009

For further inquiries, detailed info, trek schedules and itineraries please visit my other blog:

HTTP://PINATUBOTREK.BLOGSPOT.COM/

POST UPDATE AS OF AUGUST 14, 2012

WE ARE NOW ONE OF THE MOST TRUSTED TEAM IN THIS FIELD.

THANKS GOD FOR MY BLOG AND FOR THIS POST;)

I Need Your Strength

Two top media company has already come in our place to look at the matter but we never see any light at the end of the tunnel. Days passed by swiftly and the thoughts of losing the roof on our heads beyond January 30, 2009 makes me weaker each day. I can’t even feel the Christmas in the air, although cold wind is already embracing me… I guess it just makes me numb each passing day. The show of force is so demoralizing, watching the regular round of soldiers in our neighborhood is creating fear and confusion among the children. I already written our cause to some top leaders of our society but it seem our issue had just fallen in deaf ears…

 

I NEED YOUR STRENGTH

 

I started blogging to ease my pains

To ease my feelings and gain some friends

To voice out my opinions and ravings

and to pacify the anger in my surging veins

 

The journey to blogging seems interesting

It lessen the worries that makes me lame

It makes me feel alive once again

From more than 3 years of silence

 

I was silenced by the forces of evil

Who threaten to take my life If I never refrain

Refrain from what? You may ask me that

From being radical which narrowed my path

 

But I can’t live in silence for many years

It makes me crazy and will paralyze my brains

Now I need to go out once again

Maybe not in the street but in the field of blogging

 

 I love my kids, I don’t want to endanger them

That’s why I shut my mouth off and quit from work

But how long shall I stop and just stare at them?

While they are crashing our rights and our home


We were all strangers in this land

Which created by God for every man

But some men are greedy and cruel

They draw the boundaries and created their titles

 

But how dare you claim you own the land created by God?

You just draw the line and claimed it’s yours?

And for that claim you’re ready to harm and maybe kill

Whoever blocks your plans and claims?

 

Fights and wars has just one cause

The greed in every man’s heart to rise in power

By trampling the rights and freedom of other men

Just to place themselves in the pedestal of fame

 

The journey to freedom maybe long and hard

Millions of men had already sacrificed their lives

For the call of justice, equality and sovereignty

Despite all these, we still have to take our steps in this journey

 

I am drawing my strength from God and friends

And I am calling you to internalize the cause

The fight will be stronger if you joined mine

I need your strength in the darkest time…

 

~by: Juliet B. Corpuz ~

12-8-2008 4:00am

Poetry is my healing balm… I need to put into words all the bad feelings I have in my heart…

Related posts of our issue:

Demolition Issue

Demolition update

Eviction notice

Jan 1, 2009

I would like to thank all my readers and blogger friends who extend their hands and support to our demolition issue. The good words coming from you guys is very important to me as this keeps me going and stand on my feet each day.

I also want to give my sincere thanks to SSNUFY for a wonderful poem he composed for this post.

POEM FROM SSNUFFY

Be still my friend have you not forgot
that an awesome God Controls the lot
His word is law and very true
and you know the depth of His love for you

So Stand in faith and and trust His Word
to doubt His power is quit absurd
For He is God and on His Throne
and your promise is your not alone

In His good time this storm will pass
and you will stand at peace alas
and the threat so bold that held you there
will disappear in the morning air,,,,,,

Gods very best >>>SSNUFFY

Thank you very much….

Here is my response for this poem…

Thank you very much SSNUFFY
For this sincere poem you created for me
The thoughts made its way to my heart
Which adds to my strength and made me glad

Never will I forget I have a Big God
Who always leads my path
In him I draw my strength
To face all my struggles and pains

I always thank him for all the friends
That He sent my way as an instrument
Who cheers me up when I’m in vain
Which cushion the blows and ease the pains

I stand still and keep my faith
To trust His word is my shield
This storm will go and never win
Cause I have a God who never fail

<<<<Juliet >>> [January 1, 2009     7:30 a.m.]

Pinoy Entrepreneurs

Everyday we hear different stories about Economic problems. Oil price hikes, recession, depression, business foreclosure and now the flight of our fellow Pinoy OFWs coming home in batches because they lost their jobs due to economic turmoil.

The magnet of poverty line is getting stronger everyday pulling so many people down. Government is very diligent to sustain and increase the magnitude of the magnet energy reserve to further attract more people and so far, they are successful. And now they are keeping up with the latest trend in entertainment and fashion. They are on their feet practicing the latest step of Latin American dance of Cuban origin, Cha-Cha. Wow, this government just can’t get enough of us. They are like blood sucking creatures that will not stop until the last drop of our blood.

Thanks God, He give us beautiful minds to survive the cold. Despite the economic glitch, Pinoys are surviving within the underground economy wherein the circulating currency is by bulk of coins. The government, despite dancing to the tune of cha-cha is crippled in terms of providing employment and health care for the common “tao”. But my fellow Pinoys are innovative. They are embracing the beauty of Entrepreneurism. Despite the lack of capital, they are still coping up to run their business to support their daily needs. And I believe that these are the real entrepreneurs. The real survivors.

This is the clear picture of Pinoy Entrepreneurs and often times they are dislocated by dispersal because of “illegal operation” which according to the authority, they are hampering the traffic flow. During dispersal, their goods are sequestered by the police and because they have no money for fines, oftentimes, recovery of their products is impossible and of course their products would fall “in good hands”.

Masyadong brutal kahit maliliit walang patawad.

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Mobile Refreshment

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Mobile Barbeque

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Mobile Smoked Fish

 

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Refreshment Stand

sweets

Hand Carried Delicacies

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Mobile "Tinapa"

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Mobile Banana Industry

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Banana Stand

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Mobile Botique

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Mobile Natural Coconut Juice

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Mobile Dried Squid with Vinegar

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Snacks and junkies

mani-industry

Mobile "Mani" Store

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Mobile Corn Store

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Pinoy Chicken Barbeque

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in short, Lechong Manok

ice-candy

Ice Candy for Sale

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Mobile Fast Food Chain

fruitstand

Mobile Fruit Store

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Mobile Quick Meals

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Mobile Burger Machine

assorted

Mobile Token Store

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Mobile Rice Cake Store

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in short Bibingka

Online Earnings

I have many inquiries here about online earnings. I reviewed my posts and I noticed that I don’t really have detailed information about making money online aside from the post for oDesk. As promised to Chelle and my other readers who were asking me bout this topic.

Here is the common question I got from my readers:

  • Do you really earn from this affiliate and all this writing stuffs?
  • How much range of income do u get from this?
  • Is working online really true?
  • Are they not scams?
  • Can I see your proof of payment? You don’t have one in your blog…
  • Can you recommend some reliable site?
  • I am working at home, I hope you can share some link which can help me earn…

I assure you guys, earning online is real. I am earning decent money which keep me get going, in fact almost 50% of our income comes from my work online and 50% from my home based business. Of course these earnings doesn’t make me rich yet but it sustain our expenses, at least my phone bills, ISP, electric, water, mobile and other household bills and expenses are covered with my earnings. Although we still have to work hard because we have a big family. I have 4 kids, my eldest daughter is a junior high, 2 grade school, 1 niece in college and my youngest son. That makes us 7 members of the family including 2 dogs and 1 guinea pig.

Okay let me give you a detailed info about my earnings:

1. I am a verified oDesk provider

oDesk is a website both for hiring companies and job providers. As a company, you can hire freelancers or even companies who are providing this kind of service. It can be fixed job or hourly work. Payment is escrowed for hourly job, meaning the hiring company has to pay oDesk and after work completion, oDesk will pay the work provider. oDesk has tools to measure hourly work. A special program has to be installed in your PC. On the other hand, fixed job is different. The money is not escrowed and it depends on the hiring company and the work provider’s agreement how they will settle for the payment. It must me through oDesk or Paypal.

How to register:

  • You can click here
  • Fill up the necessary information. Make your profile 100% finished.
  • Create a good resume
  • Link your online Portfolio and other related online experience
  • Take and pass oDesk readiness Test (90% passing). Just review the TOS & FAQ.
  • Take English proficiency exam at oDesk and other website which offer this type of service. I took my English Proficiency exam here.
  • Take other tests at oDesk, this will add to your profile and a plus also
  • Link your blog. Companies are looking for real writers and your blog will be the most effective sample of your work.

After passing the exam, you will be notified that you’re already a verified oDesk provider. You are now ready to bid for jobs. Just click, find job tab and you will be presented with many job opportunities. Select a category at the left side bar. Choose jobs which suits your skills then click apply. The company usually asks you to send your CV and link to your portfolio.

Orie has some detailed suggestion in my comment box. Click here.

After your first project with oDesk, share your experience by posting it in your blog. Don’t forget to link that blog at oDesk by tagging it. You know why, they are looking for those posts and once you are selected, you will receive an oDesk Tshirt. I received mine last September and oDesk featured my blog on their September Newsletter.

2. I became a regular quiz writer of Devbook.com through oDesk.

I am writing quizzes for devbook using Redwarrior as my pen name. That is why I have a fun quiz page. These quizzes are posted at boredquiz.com. One of my quiz which is a naruto quiz is now an all-time top quiz taken by more than 150 thousand quiz takers. You can see the link here.

Devbook is paying me through oDesk and PayPal.

3. MyLot – I am also earning from this website. This is a social networking site which will pay you by posting and replying to discussions. If you spend long hours online, you can allocate sometime here and you will earn although don’t expect high earnings because it will be based on the quality content of your posts. Minimum pay out is $10 through PayPal. You will earn through referral and posting. Please click here to register under me.

 

4. Commission Junction – you can get advertisement offers through this site. They will pay you through check.

5. Yuwie.com – Just like adgitize, yuwie will also pay you through referrals, viewing and clicking ads

6. Helium – This will pay you everytime you create and post article on their site

7. PayPerPost – This is also a good site for paid blogging.

I also tried joining PTCs but the earnings is so slow and it eats my time so I won’t recommend it. Paid blogging and article writing is still the best way to earn online.

How to start:

  • Create an online profile
  • Create your portfolio. If you are a writer, post your samples. If you are a web designer, post the links to your finished works. If you’re a graphic designer, upload and post your sample designs, layout or Logos and it would be best if you post a link to your past projects.
  • Create a blog where you can show your writing expertise.
  • Post your ads. Remember every click on your ads will earn you a dollar.
  • Post your referral links. Note that every person who click your referral link and sign up under you will be added to your earnings. AW Surveys.com pays $1.25 for every referral. Just imagine, if 100 people signed up under you, that would be $125. But take note, those must be active members.

So guys that’s my tips on how to start working online. Regarding the proof of payment, ok, this is a screenshot of my PayPal and oDesk transactions. Just click the pics to enlarge images.

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My PayPal Transactions

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My oDesk Transactions

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MyLot Earnings

And another thing, you must sign up for a PayPal account, I have post here about that topic. Click here to read.

Remember also that you have to work on your traffic by joining social community sites like MyBlogLog, BlogCatalog, Facebook, Orkut, Friendster and MySpace. Check what will work for you. Add friends and visit and comment on their blogs and you will see that they will do the same. Add widgets and post your banners.

I hope this post will help you on how to start earning online. These earnings doesn’t make me rich yet but with strategies and the will to find other reliable earning opportunities, I know it will paid off. If you can recommend moneymaking sites, please post it. If you have questions, please feel free to post your comments.

Lastly, if you plan to register in these sites, please sign up under me by clicking the links. I will really appreciate it. Thank you very much! Good luck! 🙂

BONIFACIO DAY

Let’s talk about our National History. I know many of you has no detailed knowledge about this so I did some research para naman medyo maka relate tayo ngayong araw na to… baka sakali… makita natin ang kahalagahan ng mga ipinaglaban nya… na sana lang ay hindi nga nasayang ang mga iyon… yung reference books ko ay hinalukay ko pa sa Baul ng tatay ko 🙂

Today is November 30, we are commemorating one of the important person in the Philippine history, Andres Bonifacio.

Who is the guy? ( He’s my Hero 🙂 )

Bonifacio came out after the failure of the reform movement headed by Rizal and M. Del Pilar. This paved way for a more radical and more active lines. He formed the Katipunan, a secret society which was founded at Tondo Manila, in a house on Azcarraga street then numbered 314, on July 7, 1892, the same date on which Rizal was decreed to be banished to Dapitan.

The secret society was popularly known as KKK which means “kataastaasan Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga anak ng Bayan” (The Highest and the most respectable Association of the Son’s of the People).

The two principal aims of the KKK as gathered from the writings of Bonifacio:

  1. Unity of the Filipino people
  2. Separation from Spain by means of Revolution

Rizal doubtless approved the first aim but refused to accept the second and this was the reason that he refused to go along with the “Katipuneros” (soldiers’ of the Katipunan) and voluntarily surrendered that leads him to prison and death.

To achieve unity of the Filipinos, propaganda work must be done and this was through massive education and civic trainings of the Katipuneros. To that end, Bonifacio prepared his now well-known Decalogue, and Jacinto his famous “Kartilya ng Katipunan” (Primer of the Katipunan)

Here is an excerpt from the second paragraph of the Kartilya which states that;

“The object pursued by this association is great and precious: to unite in ideas and purposes all Filipinos by means of a strong oath and from union derive force with which to tear the veil that obscures intelligence and thus find the true path of Reason and Light”

The strong oath was documented and signed with the blood of the “Katipuneros” (blood compact). They swore at the Katipunan creed; To defend the oppressed, fight the oppressor even to the extent of supreme self- sacrifice.

Organization of the Katipunan

The Katipunan has 3 levels of authority:

Kataastaasang Sanggunian (The Supreme Council)
Sangguniang Bayan (The Provincial Council)
Sangguniang Barangay (Town Council)

It was founded in 1892 but Andre4s Bonifacio assumed the presidency in 1894

Table of Organization

President – Andres Bonifacio
Secretary – Jose Turiano Santiago
Fiscal – Emilio Jacinto
Treasurer – Vicente Molina

Executive Department (1896)

President – Andres Bonifacio
Secretary of State- Emilio Jacinto
Secretary of War – Teodoro Plata
Secretary of Justice – Briccio Pantas
Secretary of the Interior – Aguedo del Rosario
Secretary of Finance – Enrique Pacheco

Membership of the Katipunan

With Bonifacio as the Supreme leader, the society gains active followers in the provinces of Morong (Rizal), Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and Tayabas. The number of Katipuneros has been estimated at 123, 000 in Manila and the surrounding provinces. Women also organized themselves into an Auxiliary of the Katipunan including the 29 relatives of the Katipuneros.

Ritual of the Katipunan

Katipunan also adopted some of the features and practices of the Masonry, such as conferring of degrees, secret ceremonies and symbolic names.

A first degree of the Katipunan was called “Katipun” meaning an associate and the sacred word was “Anak ng Bayan”. A second degree member was called “Kawal”, a soldier and the sacred word was “Gom-Bur-Za” which stand for Father Gomez, Burgos and Zamora. A member of the third degree was called “Bayani”, a hero and the sacred word was “Rizal”.

The symbolic name of Bonifacio was “May Pag-asa (There is hope), Emilio Aguinaldo as Magdalo and Emilio Jacinto as Pingkian.

The call to Arms

It was a lieutenant of the civil guard stationed in Pasig, who in July 5, 1896, reported in confidential writing to the Governor of Manila that persons coming from the capital and neighboring towns were enlisting men for an “unknown purpose” and that they were making recruits sign wit their blood a pledge not to reveal, even under threat or death the purpose of the association and its intentions.

On August 19, 1896, the offices of the “El Diario de Manila was forcibly searched by the “guardia civil” and lithographic stone with 2 blank receipts of the Katipunan was found including the By-Laws and other incriminating documents. This leads to multiple arrests of many suspects that ends up in their tortures and death.

The First Cry of Balintawak – The first cry of revolution

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On August 20, at the last series of meetings held in Kangkong, a barrio in Caloocan, Bonifacio and his followers plan and agreed to attack Manila on August 29, 1896. That decision marked the triumph of the radicals under the leadership of Bonifacio and Jacinto. Resolved not to return home, the Katipuneros, as proof of their determination to break off their allegiance to Spain, tore up their “cedulas” (certificate of residence), shouting “Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!” (Long live the Philippine Republic)

That was the start of the Philippine revolution which took place in many parts of the land. Many Katipuneros had died in the battle for the sake of freedom and liberty. Bonifacio has fought for this purpose until the last breath of his life.

300 years of Bondage. Millions of Filipinos had lost their lives fighting for independence.

The Spanish is too proud to surrender to what they call idiots and stupid Filipinos. They rather surrender to Americans. And so it was done.

The history tells us who the real heroes are. ..who fought to liberate this land. It was clearly written but Bonifacio, was denied the title of a National Hero. My daughter asked me that same question. I said, maybe because Bonifacio is a radical person and must not be idolized by future generation. They want us to be meek and just pray and ask for God’s mercy. Not fight and bear the unbearable… and whoever raised his voice against the government must be silenced… legally…brutally.

The Cry of Balintawak still echoes in the wind. For every life that is wasted, for every leader who dies because of a word called “principle”. I wonder if independence was really achieved because until this day, the Spanish styles of killings and tortures is still existing. Activists are killed. Organizations are busted. Workers are displaced. Unions are abolished.

The journey to freedom is long and hard. The price of bravery and principle is high.

The day of real freedom and independence still remains a dream…

 

References: History of the Philippines by Conrado Benitez

The Philippine Islands – by Dr. James A. Robertson, Blair and Robertson

>>> My dad’s books from his very old collections…

VIOLATION OF PRIVACY POLICY

Just Like blogging, Forums are one of the most visited sites in the internet. I usually visit forum sites and read threads and discussions of my desired topics.

Sometimes in the past, I need an immediate fund, I want to withdraw money from my PayPal account without having to wait for 5 to 7 working days. I Google the keyword Paypal to Gcash or PayPal to Smart Money and a thread from Pinoymoneytalk forum leads me to a thread about PayManila and so my problem was immediately solved.

This is one of the positive effects of forums.

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This is a screenshot of the original thread. Click this for larger view.

But the other day, one of my community member from MyBlogLog left a comment in my blog. He raised his concerns about a certain forum site, Pinoyden.com. I clicked the link and read the thread and this is what I found

A newbie member under an alias of shiangtao posted a new topic. He quoted Edz comment at yugatech blog. Included in that topic was Edz name and private information, his emails and blogs. He purposely search for Edz information and posted it at the forum area. He was successful in this thread as he gains a lot of responses which is negative for Edz reputation. I know right there and then that this is a clear violation of privacy policy and I look for the moderator of the site. He was there participating at the forum under the name of AED.

I immediately signed up and posted my comment. You can read my comment here under my alias Red, I reminded them of the sites rules and privacy policy. After posting a comment, I wrote to the admin/moderator to raise my concern. Here is the screenshot of the message.

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This is the screenshot of the message I sent to the moderator. Click this for a larger view.

I knew that Edz was taking this matter seriously and to pacify him, I informed him that I already send a complaint letter to the moderator to clear the matter.

The following day, I checked the site and noticed that they already removed Edz private information. I also received a message of apology from the Admin/moderator. 

If you will notice, he has quoted a red line which states that they cannot monitor the forum. This is a clear alibi. Hey Mr. AED, if you will notice the screenshot of the post, it says 2 thanks from Reuben and AED. And look after you removed Edz site info, the 2 thanks turn into 1 thanks and your name is gone? What happen? You also participated in that thread and you just removed your comments, may I know for what reason? To make your excuse real? that you are not participating in that thread? I won’t buy your alibi mister because I click your name in your comment that’s why I get to your profile to send you a private message. Masyado ka tuloy obvious. You yourself enjoyed the thread and maybe very happy for the active response and traffics and remember you’re doing that at the expense of Edz reputation. And to you Mr. Shiangtao, be man or woman enough to reveal your own info before posting other people’s info and don’t be so lame pathetic. Try to post some decent topic out from your own brains and stop quoting from other people’s comments. It makes you a stupid, talkative nonsense poster who wants to be famous by degrading others. Wag kang intrimitido!

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This is the message of apology from the moderator. Click this for larger view

At yung isa pa under an alias of weibkreuz who is claiming that he’s from tarlac said “guys tga tarlac din ako at ung school ni edizon tongol n yan dun ako graduate, patay sakin yang edizon tongol n yan pag nkita, bubugbugin k yan, he3 pag nduty sa hospital nmin yan teterminate k na agad”

haha! talaga lang ha? sure ka kaya mong gawin yan? Sige uwi ka dito sa Tarlac sabihin mo address mo at pupuntahan ka namin ni Edz. Subukan nga namin kong kaya mo nga syang bugbugin. Pare yung yabang ginagawa yan di sinasabi. Dahan dahan lang tau sa pagsasalita kc di naman natin kilala yung mga taong pinagsasabihan natin eh.

This is really a gross stupidity on the rise 🙂 nakakahiya.

(sigh…deep breathing…my nebulizer please…)

Pautot ni Buraot

This is a funny title and I know that only my Filipino readers would understand this. Sorry guys spare me this post but this post is intended for my Fellow Pinoys and I have to use Tagalog language for this post. Bear with me, thank you!

O ayan, nakapagpaalam nako sa mga blogistang di natin kalahi at di nakakaintindi ng tagalog 🙂

Siguro magtataka yung mga readers ko kung anong kaguluhan ire at bakit kelangan kong mag powst ng tagalog e samantalang madami akong readers na di ito maiintindihan. Pasensya na kayo mga ripapips at kelangan ko munang mag jeproks sa post na ito bunga ng matinding pangangailangan hehe 🙂

Meron kasi akong natisod na kakilala sa pamamasyal ko sa blogosper at itong tao na ito ay di na rin naman iba sa akin. Ito ay walang iba kundi si Buraot. Hanep ano, sa pangalan pa lang ang lakas na ng dating. Ei ibang klase din naman ang mga powst nya at minsang bumisita ako sa blag nya, akalain mo halos nabasa ko lahat ang powst sa blag nya sa loob ng isang araw at akoy halos kabagan sa katatawa. Abay malayo sa pangalan nya ang laman ng blag dahil talaga namang hindi ka mabuburaot na magbasa ng mga powst nya. O sige, e sya, bakit kailangan pa kong magtagalog?

Ei kasi nga me pautot itong si Buraot at ako naman ay naanyayahang sumali sa pautot na ito. Abay sayang din at mejo malaki rin naman ang premyo na aabot ng $550 at katakot-takot na entrecard kaya naman kinasahan ko na din total perst taym ko lang din sasali sa ganito.

Simple lang ang rules, kailaangan lang na kalampagin ang madlang blogistang pinoy na marunong managalog tungkol sa pautot nyang ito. Kailangan ding mamili kung anong powst nya ang halos magpautot sau sa katatawa at lagyan ito ng link.

Buweno, mejo mahaba na itong powst at baka hulihin na tayo ng blogger pulis at wla pa atang DTI permit etong pautot ni Buraot kaya bibilisan ko na. 

Ang nagustuhan kong blog nya ay tungkol sa latest nyang cellphone. Bukod sa haytek talaga to abay napakagandang dalhin. tyak na hindi makakatawag ng pansin ng mga agaw-celpon. Oii! sa mga interesado sa celpon na ito klik mo to.

O ayan ‘d end na. naway manalo ako sa pautot mo bro 🙂

Sa mga blogistang pinoy at pinay na nabuburaot sa buhay pwede nyong silipin ang blag ng kolokoy na to klik mo lang to

In fairness nag enjoy ako sa paggawa ng powst na to. di ko na kailangan ng nebulizer pagkatapos mag blog di tulad ng english kelangan ko pa bumili ng ventolin nyahahaha 🙂 pasensya na guys! paminsan minsan lang mawala sa sarili ang lola nyo. 

O panu Buraot, bago pa mawalan ng respeto sa akin ang mga readers ko ay wawakasan ko na to at baka di lang sa hitlist malagay ang pangalan ko, baka pati yung PEDEA ay hulihin ako haha!

Sa mga nais sumali pwede pang humabol hanggang Bonifacio Day. Bisitahin nyo lang si Buraot 🙂

2 Blogger Awards for PinayKeyPoint

1. The Power Blog Award

 My warmest thanks to Ria Stevenson for giving me this award 🙂 

the-power-blog-award-from-riaThe Rules:

1. Each blogger must post these rules.

2. You need to choose up to ten people to be awarded and list and tag their names.
3. Don’t forget to leave them comment telling them they’ve been tagged and to read your blog (soon).

Now I want to pass this award to the following blogger friends:

Red, Margaret, Grace, Liza, Rizaasaygur and babywener

2. The Lemonade Award

My warmest thanks to my dear friend Red for giving me this cool award 

lemonadeawardRules for the Lemonade award:

Put the logo on your blog or post.

• Nominate up to 10 blogger friends’ blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
• Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
• Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
• Share the love and link to this post to the person from whom you received your award.

Now I want to pass this Lemonade award to my coolest friends who read and post comments untiringly:

Edz, Spiky, Warshock, Dede, Wolfwood16, Hammed, ShowStalker and Gabriel

Again my big thanks to Ria and Red for thinking of me and for giving me these awards. I really appreciate it girls. Hugz to both of you! 🙂

PinayKeyPoint Link Page

I just finished modifying my link page. If you are looking for my blogroll, you wont see it in my side bar because I already transferred it in my link page. I created that page 2 months ago and I left “This page is under construction” note but I noticed that it has already comments so I decided to update it.

My link page has a list of MyBlogLog Community members and I posted their profiles and avatars.

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MyBlogLog is a yahoo service which provides a venue for bloggers and website owners to communicate. You don’t have to sign up if you already have a yahoo account. Just log-in using your yahoo account. This is the account you used when you are chatting thru Yahoo Messenger and your e-mail address as well. Your yahoo account is a central account which you can use for opening all yahoo service such as YM, Ymail, Yahoo 360, Flicker, Geocities, Yahoo Answers, Yahoo Groups, Yahoo Games , MyBlogLog and many more… You can find all yahoo services by going to yahoo homepage and clicking more yahoo services.

I created my first email address in 1999 and internet during that time is very rare. I just have to create an email address because I have nephews in US and we have to communicate. I am using AOL mail and AOL Messenger then. My browser then was Netscape Navigator.

My link page shall contain my blogroll, my most visited links and resources, my community, my portfolio and contacts from different social communities. I just finished uploading my blogroll and MyBlogLog Community members. Other links will be included soon.

If you’re a MyBlogLog member and you want your profile to be included in my link page and blogroll, just add me, join my community and add my link in your blogroll and inform me by leaving a comment in my link page. Please remember that you must add me first. I have requests of link exchange but after I added their links in my blog, I visited their blogs and noticed that I was not included in their blogroll so I removed them.

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I never noticed it in the past but my fellow bloggers told me about it. Well yes, it’s unfair and a one way ticket. Being a blogger, we have to know the basic rules. If we want to have a thriving community, it must be a mutual effort. I make it a point to drop a regular visits and comments to my community members and blogger friends in my blogroll. By doing such, you will see that you are not just adding friends but creating a community as well. When somebody joins your community, we take responsibility to keep in touch with our members. We must send them at least a community message to make them feel that they are important.

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My stay in the blogging world was no different when I was a union organizer. We can only create active members and leaders thru constant follow up and meetings. I have requests here to organize a blogger’s community here in Tarlac and I am really taking into consideration if I will push it. My resignation from work was triggered when I was included in the hitlist released by NOLCOM in 2004. Most of the names in the list are now gone and tagged as “Victims of Political Killings” I am a mommy of 4 kids and to slowdown from labor struggles is not cowardice in lieu of life’s preservation. It really breaks my heart to abandon my members especially now that they are facing many labor union issues. These are the reason why I am still hesitant but maybe I will have to start again.

Visits, Moves and Transfers to New Locations

NOVEMBER 16, 2008

I have many blogger friends here who are blogging about their adjustments in the Philippines. They are sharing their experiences both good and bad to warn their fellow citizen just in case they want to visit, move or settle here. According to them, they feel that they have to share what they have gone through because it’s something they don’t have when they move here. Nobody warn them about the consequences and because of these, they never enjoy their stay.

Moving to a new place is not easy. It would take a lot of adjustment. I personally experienced this because my dad was in the army and he used to move from one place to another and sometime, we have to go with him. It was only when I started studying that he decided to retire so we can settle in one place. He preferred to settle in a little Barrio along the bayside at the foot of the mountain. That was his dream place. He had motorboats which he used for fishing. The sea has been an extension of my playground. Every Saturday, we usually hike to visit his coconut farm at the middle of the mountain called “Balanga” and “Sarimao”. We would hike at least 4 to 5 hours before we reach the place. I used to climb trees to get my favorite fruits; mango, dalanghita, guyabano, santol, guava etc… Dad has a green thumb and he can grow any tree 🙂 I grew up with abundant fruits and fish. I also help drying coffee beans both “barako” and the regular ones. Life was simpler then until Martial Law has been declared.

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My Hometown: Caranan, Pasacao Camarines Sur

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My eldest daughter Jessica (4 yrs old)

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This was taken on 1998

I won’t elaborate Martial Law because it’s for another post but as far as I can remember, it was a chaos. Many of my dad’s comrades has been killed so we decided to leave the place and moved in the city. I lost my childhood. At grade 4 I had to transfer and leave my friends. It was a painful experience.

After high school, we moved to Manila and it was another adjustment. But these moving and transfers made me flexible. When I have my first regular job at Kawasaki Motors Philippines, I was selected for company training abroad. I had been to Japan twice for 6 months, first in 1990 and 1992. That was a great experience. I had my trainings at Sumitomo Wiring Systems (SWS), Yokkaichi City, one of the biggest corporations in Japan.

Dad like a typical army is always ready. He helped me with my preparations. He gave me a checklist of important things that I have to prepare. Because Japan is not an English speaking country, he advised me to enroll Nippongo. I learned my basics at Pros International, it’s a language school located at the second floor of Manila Hotel Nikko then. It’s not a very difficult language since I learned my basics in just 1 month. Dad gave me books and magazines to read about the culture and ways of the Japanese people so I can easily get along with them.

He told me that I must bring the following to make my life easier:

  • Biscuits good for at least 3 days just in case I don’t like the food and grocery is not scheduled yet.
  • Pack of my soap, shampoo and toiletries including pads for my period.
  • Medicine kit with cotton, band-aid and basic meds for first aid.
  • Sewing kit with needles, thread of different colors and scissors
  • Manicure set. Complete with nipper, nail cutter, pusher, brush, acetone and nail polish
  • Beauty products. My face powder, make ups, lotion, cologne etc…
  • Drawing tools. I have a complete set of water color, brush, colored pens, pentel pens etc…
  • I also have a complete set of hair cutting materials. Yes, I can cut my own hair lolz!
  • Writing tools. Stationeries, envelopes, pad papers and notebook. PC and mobile phones are not yet popular that time so post mail and long distance call were our means of communication.
  • My Bible & rosary, magazine, a Japanese-english and English-japanese dictionary, and Japanese grammar book and recipe book.
  • Camera and films, my favorite cassette tapes and CDs and of course my walkman (No iPod yet then)
  • My little scrabble set and playing cards
  • He told me not to bring many clothes and footwear since I can buy those things at the mall. He just told me to bring formal clothing for important events.
  • Of course I also brought a frame of our family picture so I can still see them while I’m away.
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Sumitomo Wiring Systems Japanese Management and Staff

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Makiyama Factory Management and Staff

Those things are not too bulky so I just have 1 big bag and a hand carry bag. We were leaving on the month of May so dad asked me to bring a warm jacket and insisted that I wear a type of dress that would fit for cold season. He told me to bring an extra sandwich in my bag just in case I don’t like the food so I won’t get starved.

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Me and my close friend Roselle Sandejas (Nasaan ka na ngaun?)

Before leaving, we still have to go at the company for further orientation, they were surprised because I had the smallest bag while my other officemates has bulky bags like a cabinet 🙂 They were making fun of me because I am wearing winter clothes and summer was at its peak then. But daddy knows best. He saw my ticket and we will be stopping at Korea, and he told me that Korea is a very cold country.

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Having fun with Tuchinaga San (I wish I can communicate with you…)

I really have a smart dad. He was so right. My officemates who were wearing sexy clothes and thin blouses were swearing when we had our stopover. Icy cold wind touched our skins when we walked at the tarmac to take a Cathay domestic plane to Japan. They can’t even walk and they were all trembling. Since our baggages were in the compartment, they cannot get their jackets. I was so thankful that my dad told me to wear proper clothes and keep a jacket in my hand carried bag.

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Fall kaya walang dahon pero madaming bunga 🙂

We arrived at Osaka airport at 12pm. We were all starving and we have to wait for our guide. Thanks to dad, I have 3 sandwiches which made me full. Of course I’m not greedy so I shared it with them. We were 10 trainees then and they were apologetic for teasing me and very thankful for that sandwich.

Indeed, I had an easier life than my officemates. I have a complete supply of my basic needs while they have so many clothes in their baggage. It was after a week that we were allowed to go at the grocery but since most of the products were labeled with Japanese characters, they don’t know which is which. And because they never give time to learn the basic Japanese language, they can’t communicate with the Japanese sales persons. I had a month supply of my personal needs so I already knew the labels before my supply runs out.

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Tuchinanga san’s kids. Naomi San yung panganay. Nakalimutan ko na yung bunso 🙂

Of course they forgot to bring the lists I had above, they borrowed my scissors, my nail cutter, my nail polish, my needles etc… They told me it would be too costly if they would buy those things in Japan. Those were just one of the reasons why I adore dad 🙂

Because I knew the basic language, I had the easiest task and most of the time, I just have to translate their concepts from Japanese to English and let me do the explaining for my group. I was also assigned to do a lot of Kaizen. Kaizen is a Japanese concept of making suggestions that will improve production operation. First, I have to observe the old method making a time study then I have to introduce a new method which is more effective, speedy and will save cost and time.

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Inaba San and Yoko tsan (Yoko, musta na kaya kau ni kuya Jun? I hope we can still communicate )

If my new method is proven to be effective; of course I have to implement it for at least a week and if it brings positive result then, I have to document it and submit it to the management. The great thing is that, they would pay you for that. From the simplest to complex suggestions and implementations that you imparted, it will be paid accordingly and take note, I earned a lot from that and that’s my edge because I knew the basic language. I can explain and defend my suggestion kahit pa nga barok niponggo lang haha.

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My bestfriend Dhey (sobrang miss na kita friend, diko na maalala kung kelan tau last na nagkita) Behind us was Edzel, isa pa yan, nasa US kna daw… sana maka pag chat naman tau)

Japan, is a very clean country. If you throw something on the road, say it’s a candy wrapper, a Japanese walking behind you will stop, will pick it and throw it in a trash can. I swear, you will be very embarrassed if you do that.

They are very honest. I accidentally left my wallet at the counter and the cashier was running after me to return my wallet. They also follow traffic rules strictly. I remember when we spend the night at the city, then we have to go home at dawn, we hired a taxi. Stopping at the junction, we noticed that there was no car because it’s too early then but he was patiently waiting for the green light. My officemate who was sitting at the front seat teased him and asked him to go on red light anyway there’s no car and no cop around. He sternly said: “No! That’s why there are so many accidents in the Philippines” and we all laugh and marvel at his good attitude.

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Dabarkads sa Tokyo Disneyland. Hay naku miss ko na kau lahat. Gusto ko na atang maiyak jabang pino post ko to 🙂

We had funny moments though. Like for example when we were at the park, and we really have to use the toilet, we have to wait for somebody who will walk in or go out because we don’t understand the signage and we have to endure what we feel.

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Narra Park, one of the oldest park in Japan. Mountain peak ito. They considered these deers holy. I’m feeding them with biscuit

And the first time that we used the vending machine hahaha! 🙂 It’s terrible. So embarrassing, we dropped the wrong amount of coin and it was stuck and we have to ask for an assistance to fix it. We also meet a Pinoy friend who want to make fun of us. He told us seriously that every bottle has a deposit, all we have to do is to return it inside the vending machine so we can get the coin deposit.

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Selle, sobrang miss na kita, 1993 pa ng last tau nagkita… saan nb kau friend?

I didn’t took it seriously but one of my officemate did! (siguro matinding pangangailangan) She was trying to return the bottle inside the vending machine and pressing the button hoping that she can get the coin when a Japanese asked her why she’s doing it. She was crying when she went home because of that incident.

Those were part of great experiences. I made a lot of friends and they even go to the Philippines to visit us. 4 of my officemates married a Japanese, Teresa Lontok Watanabe, Lynette Garcia Kawakami, Fides Cardenas and Goy but sadly I lost communication with them when I was transferred in Tarlac. More than a decade had passed before the mobile phones and Internet arrives and I can’t trace their locations anymore.

I wish to meet them one day in the internet like my childhood friends from Bicol who found me through my “Promdi from Pasacao Post” .

Welcome to the Christian World Baby Jed

NOVEMBER 14, 2008

First week of November was a busy week for us, after the preparation and celebration of Undas (All Saint’s Day), our niece Cherry delivered her first born, a handsome baby boy at 2:30pm of Friday, November 7, 2008.

Cherry is very dear to us as she’s almost my eldest daughter. I’m very fond of her, I helped her with her assignments, I turned her hate for Algebra into love and explained to her the basics so she can cope up with her mathematics.

I watched her growing from her teens to a full grown woman. I laugh with her, cried with her and I had been a listener to her laughter and sobs. She almost acquired my activist’s point of views and had been a very idealistic person.

Born to a military family, she had taken the same path. At 26, she’s now a chief investigator of CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group), Camp Macabulos, Tarlac City. I am closely following her career and hoping the best of everything for her and her family.

Welcome to the Christian World Baby Jed 🙂

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Baby Jed

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Baby Jed

The new member of the family

See how cute he is… hmmm, she looks like her mommy che 🙂

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The tired mommy Cherry… sleeping beauty 🙂

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…and the visitors Ate Evelyn (Che’s mom), Ate Luz & Beth and yours truly in the red shirt 🙂

Veterans Day

NOVEMBER 11, 2008

Today, Americans are celebrating Veterans Day. This occasion is celebrated annually every 11th day of November in honor of military veterans. If it falls on a Sunday then the following Monday is designated for holiday leave. This practice is similar to Philippines because any legal holiday which falls on a Sunday, Monday will be a holiday leave, and for regular workers working on a holiday, it will be a double pay on their pay slip.

Why I am discussing this?

My Dad is a US army, a World War II Veteran. Col. Aureo B. Bustinera, my dad is one of the thousand Filipino Soldiers who fought hand in hand with the US military soldiers to liberate the Philippines from Japanese forces during war time. I grew up with stories of war and battles. I can’t count the times how my dad untiringly narrated his experiences in the battle field. The scars on his face, the traces of tortures and marks all over his body are the silent witness of his great bravery.

I was breed to be tough to all sorts of battle. The big D which stands for discipline was deeply marked on my forehead. I learned the essence of discipline through constant lecture and spanking but I do love my dad. I owe him what I am today. My battle of life has been easier compared to what he had been through during those crucial times. Living in the midst of tanks, firing guns and grenades is no joke. To survive from that battle is indeed a big miracle and I thank God that I was born to a brave man like my dad. I’m very proud of him.

Sometime in September 1992, Dad availed and filed for US Naturalization Process. This is one of the benefits extended to USAFFE (United States Army Forces in the Far East) and Philippine Scouts. Dad is a Philippine Scout (PS).  PS is a military organization of the United States Army from 1901 to World War II. Made up of native Filipinos assigned to the US Army’s Philippine Department, these troops were generally enlisted and under the command of American officers, however, a handful of Filipinos received commissions from the United States Military Academy. Philippine Scout units are given a suffix of (PS), to distinguish them from other US Army units.

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One of my Dad’s Certificate. Click for larger view.

I assisted my dad during his review. He has to familiarize all the questions and corresponding answers provided in his reviewer. I even memorized the 50 states; American flag color, presidents and other related questions because Dad was reading that everyday, I used to mock him for that because for me, it’s odd why he has to memorize all that stuff. Then I go with him at the US embassy and you know what happen. Our efforts were wasted because the interviewer just asked him to narrate his experiences during the war and he listened tearfully. Whew! That’s what I get with days of review lol!

Dad has been naturalized after a year and awarded a multiple entry and exit to US. He petitioned us after but I told him I prefer to stay here in the Philippines. The irony of this naturalization is that Dad will only receive his pension if he would live in the US territory. Many of my dad’s comrades went abroad to taste the life of Milk and Honey but unfortunately most of them returned resting on their coffins accompanied by their mourning families.

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Dad’s US Certificate of Naturalization. click for larger image.

My Dad is already past his 80s and one of an estimated 18,000 surviving World War II Filipino veterans, 13,000 in the Philippines and 5,000 in the U.S. struggling to survive without adequate veteran’s benefits which the U.S. government promised nearly six decades ago. Instead he has been living meagerly on his old age pension from PVAO (Philippine Veterans Affairs Office).

Reading the news, the bill which will allow the US veterans residing in the Philippines to receive part of the compensation that the US veterans residing in US is receiving which is called Veterans’ Equity Act of 2007 has been set for floor debates both in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

I saw the faint smile from my dad’s tired old face. Finally, after more than half of the century fighting for their rights, they’re almost at the finished line and I hope my dad can still raise his hands for that day that he will receive his $ pension which he long for many years.

Dad and thousand of men like him were victims of wars and conflict. They served hand in hand with the government but been abandoned afterwards. They’re no different from many Philippine soldiers who were pushed out from their hard-earned home like what is happening to us now here in Camp Aquino where we are facing demolition issue.

The irony of war… The irony of Governance…

…and yet we are wondering why resistance movements exist?

The existence of resistance movement in any country is a result of discontentment and poverty. They choose to die fighting rather than die waiting…

I hope that the leaders will comprehend the essence of this truth…

PinayKeyPoint has been tagged: Blogger Buddy Award

Spiky Tagged me with Blogger Buddy Award and I would like to express my warm appreciation for this wonderful thought. Spiky is a fellow-bikolano blogger from Bikolano community. I am glad to meet blogger friends like him who gave me a chance to use and practice my local bikol dialect whenever i post a comment and this really give me a warm feeling of being home 🙂

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What is a blogger buddy?

(IMAO) Blogger Buddy is anyone who is keeping in touch virtually and expressing warm friendship through frequent blog visit, reading blog posts and comments.

I am very pleased to receive this award and as a sign of appreciation, I would like to share this award to the following Blogger friends;

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That’s all for today guys, please pass this to your fav blogger friends including me of course 🙂

US Presidential Race

NOVEMBER 5, 2008

Before I proceed with my new post, I want you to know that this post is beyond my tag and my theme. “A glimpse to the Pearl” as my tag line reflects my opinions and reactions about diversified issues on parenting, poverty, governance and a lot more but in the context of Philippine setting.  I created this blog on purpose that I want to give you a glimpse of the view point of an ordinary Filipina from ordinary family. I know that we came from different countries, beliefs, traditions and culture and knowing each others differences through personal blogging and updates creates a new community and a new world united by one concept: Friendship and sharing regardless of race, language and religion.

obamaThe presidential race of the United States of America has been the center of attention of any media, be it print, radio, TV and the World Wide Web. It’s a constant topic on many class debate, talk show and even a mockery on TV sit coms and editorial cartoons. Maybe, I was the last person in the blogging world who never lifts a finger to discuss this topic. It’s not because I’m not interested but because I want to stick to my tag line and the US presidency is something beyond my tag line.

But the race was over now and the champion had raised his hands at the finished line with flying colors. In this very important occasion, I want to give you a glimpse of my opinion but of course it’s still in the context of Philippine setting.

America, for many is a promised land with greener pasture and vast opportunities. For this reason, many Filipinos left the Philippine soil to taste the milk and honey and to have a glimpse of snow and Hollywood as well. Some had realized their dreams but to some, America has been a big hell and nightmare. These were the people who were abused and had been a victim of crimes and accidents.

America is a strong nation which has a strong clout in all aspect of governance not only in the 50 states but in the whole world as well. We are all a living witness of how America had risen itself to pedestal of fame and power but we also see how it began its journey to financial drought. Many of my American friends had been angered by political stigma which slowly shattered the American dreams.

In the midst of political and economic struggle, the birth of a new fighter emerged in the arena which threatens many big and powerful Americans. It was almost a racial fight but in the end, Americans had proven once again how they loved their homeland and the hope of a new promise shines vividly in the horizon.

The Clout of American control is very eminent in the Philippine government, education, culture and ways. Many Radical Filipinos had sacrificed their lives fighting for genuine freedom and democracy. I don’t know how many more lives will be wasted until such time that we are able to fill the government seat with true political leaders who will serve the Filipino people with all their mind, heart and might. I know this will still a long way out but in the meantime, I will extend my hand to all Americans and congratulate them for winning this fight. I will keep my fingers crossed and hope with them that those promises we heard will came into reality. I hope that Philippines, though millions miles away, will be able to feel the drastic change that will be executed by President Obama. God Bless our country & the whole world.

Undas sa Pinas 2008

 NOVEMBER 1, 2008

Filipinos are celebrating All Saints Day and All Souls Day every 1st and 2nd day of November. It’s one of the most celebrated traditions in our country. We call it “Undas” or “Fiesta ng mga Patay” in Tagalog and because I’m a Bicolana, we call it “Fiesta ng mga Kalag” in Bicol Term.

Fiesta, yes this is almost a festivity as families are going to cemeteries to pray and celebrate. It’s a whole day activity and to some, they even spend it overnight. It’s like a party or reunion as we are also bringing foods aside from flower and candles.

Yesterday, Hub and Jane went at Eternal Memorial Park at 7am to prepare our place. They brought some chairs and light candles while I prepared some food for our lunch and snacks. Every year, I usually cook “pancit” and “malagkit” for this occasion. This is a native Filipino food. We also put “atang” or food offerings in our altars. It’s a traditional food offering for the souls of our departed loved ones.

Some communities are also holding Halloween Party and “Trick or Treat” but in our Barangay (Pinoy Term for Community), families are spending the day at the cemetery. We prepare flowers, candles and my son even bought his pet Meme to spend the day with us.

My kids enjoyed the day playing, eating and running around. It’s also a time to meet old friends as many of our friends who are staying at other towns and provinces are going home to visit their loved ones. This is also a nice time for family reunions so it’s almost a dual celebration both for the departed loved ones and the family as a whole.

These are some of the pictures of the Undas

In loving memory of Inang, Tatay Pedro and Kuya FrancingMy eldest daughter Jesicca >>> pa cute  🙂Yours truly and my kids- Jek, Sab, Isha, Nonoy, my niece Jane and KBHub & the kidsMy youngest son, NonoyJane, Isha & KB >>> hala kain ng kain 🙂Hub’s niece Marilyn A.K.A. “Basisang” and her BF Aldrin>>> Oiii, sweet nila 🙂Sabrina>>> Pa cute din  🙂Inabot na kami ng gabi

My sis in-law, Ate Luz and niece Cherry

E2 c Hub dapat daw me solo pic sya 🙂 (talo pa ko- ako wala 🙂 )

at syempre only in the Philippines: Negosyo kahit araw ng patay 🙂

Okay, til here folks, that’s our yearly celebration of UNDAS SA PILIPINAS. Til next post 🙂 Ingat!

Note: ingat means take care

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My New Blog

OCTOBER 29, 2008

I have a new blog in the making, it’s a Literary Blog.

As I mentioned in my author page, I am a poet in my own right and I want to share my poems and my writings to you guys. I just finished writing the introduction for each category and uploaded few poems. I hope to finish it in a week since it’s semestral break, I have some free time to do it.

I hope to meet some blogger friends here who also have an interest in this field. I hope you have find some time to read my poems and please leave your comment. Thank you 🙂

It’s still under construction but if you want to have a peep just click here

Semestral Break

OCTOBER 29, 2008

It’s my Kids’ semestral break so I’m a bit rested this week without having to worry with their early breakfast meals, snacks and packed lunch.

Our days typically starts at 4:30a.m. That is from Monday to Friday. I have 4 students here, 1 college, Junior high and 2 grade school and every morning, my house is busy and noisy as my kids are arguing who will use the bathroom first. Each of them has a morning task, they have to arrange their beddings, sweep the floor, feed their pets, clean their shoes and iron their uniforms. I use to do these things but as they grow up, I begin to distribute the tasks to train them juts like how my day trained me.

After all the fuss, I would send them off to school at 6:30am. Classes starts at 7am but they should allocate a 30 minutes travel time. I will be left with all the mess, dishes on the sink and kitchen stuffs used in preparing their breakfast and packed lunch. But this is already a minimal task since they already do the rest. I don’t have to worry about their beds because they already finished cleaning their rooms.

Motherhood is really a tough job. No vacation and no rest days lol! When I was still working at a private firm, I used to leave early with them and the mess are are left to my 2 maids. After the birth of my son, I decided to stay home to personally attend to my kid’s needs.

Everyday, after they all left, I will quickly clean the mess and would sit in my desk to start working. I am running a homebase business and working online as well. Before I left my job, I really have fear if we will survive if I will stay home but hub insisted that I should personally attend my kids since they are growing and maids cannot replace my role.

I really enjoy staying with them and I realized that after I sent them all to school, I still have all the time to myself, so to maximize my idle time, we decided to open a homebase business. I manage to help hub earn a fair amount to sustain our financial needs. I also found online writing jobs which really fills my idle time.

I guess this is just a matter of initiative and resourcefulness, so to all mommies out there na maraming idle time pero meron namang talent, you can consider working online, yung fit lang sa oras mo at di ka naman ma pe pressure.

Another occasion that will make us busy this week is All Saints’ Day. We have to go to cemetery to clean my in-laws tomb. This is a yearly event celebrated by the Catholic Community all over the world. I’ll tackle that topic in my future post

Til here guys, sa susunod uli 🙂

Robinson and Demolition

OCTOBER 27, 2008

Okay sa title rhyme diba? 🙂

Robinson Supermarket’s Opening

To my fellow Tarlaqueños and Tarlaqueñas, opening of Robinson Supermarket will be on October 30, 2008 kaya mejo ihanda nyo na yang mga budget nyo for grocery.

Hay naku maganda lang to sa maraming pera hehehe…

I mean this is good to those who have extra budget but to us, who are living each day at a time and sometimes can’t even make both ends meet, maybe we’ll just walk in for window shopping lol! 🙂

Zone ABC Demolition Issue: Updates

Robinson’s opening will not stop my fellow barangays from worrying with the serious threat of demolition. I wrote this issue in my previous post and the last time that NOLCOM officers attended a dialogue with us last week, they lay down a “Take it or Leave it” offer. It means, we signed the MOA or not, its up to us. But one thing is clear, they will pursue with their plan.

What ironic in this meeting is that, our association’s officers are speaking in behalf of the officers when in fact, the NOLCOM officers are there and they should be the one answering the questions raised by the membership.

Leadership means leading and representing your people and members, and for this clear definition, we were expecting that our association officers shall mediate and collect the questions and raised it during the meeting, giving the opportunity to NOLCOM officers to explain their side but it’s the other way around.

This is indeed a serious threat to our property and security. The content of the MOA clearly defines a voluntary turn-over of your property, not only the lot per se where our house were erected but our house itself. The MOA also stated that they can conduct an inspection anytime they pleases which is a clear manifestation of harassment. They think we are all idiots and stupids and with an armed men around, threatening us with this “Take it or Leave it” connotation.

It’s really sad to see these people going beyond the rights of many people. This is one of the reason why GMA’s strong republic is never realized and will remain a dream until the end of her administration.

They are all like wolves under the mask of a lamb.

Happy Birthday Nonoy!

October 26, 2008  –  My son’s Birthday

Today I get up early to finish my online tasks. I have to finish uploading my articles for my employers so I can prepare for my son’s birthday.

Nonoy is my youngest son. His full name is Robin Corpuz Jr., we named him after my hub and he’s our only son. He’s 4 years old today and I cooked his favorite food, spaghetti. We attended mass and went at downtown area to buy his birthday cake. He picked his own choice of cake at Butterworld with spiderman theme. Thank you Isabel, for a very warm accommodation, she is the cashier of Butterworld Tarlac, Tańedo branch.

It’s a family affair with my friend Liza of course. It was like a balloon party and the kids really enjoyed playing around and creating different styles. Thanks to my niece Cherry for the balloons.

Nonoy came to us after 5 years of waiting since the birth of my youngest girl Rajisha who was born on August 16, 1999. I thought we’d never had a baby boy. I knew hub wants a boy who would carry his name so when the doctor said I was positive, he simply uttered “I wish it’s a baby boy while rubbing my womb gently. Finally, when my OB-Gyne scheduled me for ultrasound on my 8th month of pregnancy, she informed us that it was indeed a baby boy. Hub can’t express how he felt that time, we went to church to say thank you and it was really a call for a celebration. We were still working at IWS then and he invited his friends for a simple party.

Some of my friends told me that I will have a hard time and hard labor since its a baby boy but fortunately, it was the easiest delivery I ever had among my first 3 daughters. Nonoy’s scheduled date of delivery was on the first week of November but he arrived earlier. Hub went to work then, he’s on a night shift schedule which starts from 10pm to 6am. My kids were already fast asleep while I was busy on my PC when I felt water in my legs. I thought it was just a pee but I can’t control it. When I went to the bathroom I saw my blood stained undies. I am not the type who easily panics so I called my niece Jane and asked her to call hub at the Plant. My things are already prepared in one corner ready for pick up anytime so I just sit and wait for hub who arrived after 30 minutes. I was rushed to the hospital and the nurse hurriedly prepared me. It was almost midnight then and they asked me to relax and not to push too much because the baby is already coming and my OB was still on her way to the hospital. A few minutes later, I saw Dr. Fredeswinda Santos, my OB-gyne hurriedly wearing her gloves and in 10 minutes, I heard Nonoy crying. She put the bloody little figure in my chest and I had managed to gently rub his hair before I lost my consciousness. According to the nurses assigned, that was one of the fastest and easiest delivery they had 😉 Thanks to you and to Dr. Santos who is my OB with all my pregnancies.

After a year, I decided to file for an early retirement to take care of my kids personally. After 4 years, my son turned to a sweet little boy, who love to mess around, kiss me and cuddle in my lap. He’s a little brat, spoiled by her sisters, dad and aunts.

He’s a monster at times so we bought his pet Meme(guinea pig) to help him control his temper and it was really effective. He’s very fond of Meme and his excitement was added by the birth of Kikay’s 4 cute puppies. My kids named them after their favorite animes; sakichi, ino, jamaxie and hinata.

It was a happy and noisy party with the kids shouting, singing and running around our small house.

Happy Birthday Nonoy!!

Nonoy’s birthday cake from Butterworld Bakeshop

The birhday celebrant: Robin Corpuz Jr. aka “Nonoy”

The proud mommy at your service 🙂 oii, kararating lang ng oDesk t-shirt ko, suot ko na 🙂

The proud daddy

Makukulit na ate

Tita Liza – present sa lahat ng okasyon 🙂

Cute ba ha? 🙂

Kainan na!!

Sarrrap!! cake time na!!!

Ang makulit na tropa! KB and CJ with tita Sabrie

Syempre di mawawala ang paboritong Ate Che, Salamat sa lobo 🙂

at si kuya Czar, papa ni KB

At ang bagong pinsan at miyembro ng pamilya… si Julian 🙂

Andito si Charis, o diba kumpleto ang Tolenada Family 🙂

at syempre at Mama ng Tolenada family, Ate Evelyn 🙂

O, balloon time na haha! 🙂

At syempre di mawawala ang mahabang kantahan sa videoke. Nabusog kami at malalim na ang gabi ng matulog. Sulit ang araw ng linggo 🙂

That’s all for now readers 🙂 til next post!

Brgy. Maliwalo, Tarlac City, Philippines

Hello Janet, This post is for you 🙂

I had a request from my regular reader who used to live in Tarlac but relocated now in Davao City. She want me to post pictures of Barangay Maliwalo and Maliwalo High School. Her last look on this place was in 1989, whoa! Almost 2 decades!

I was relocated in Tarlac in May 1991 prior to the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. So you’re already gone before I even set my foot in this place Janet. Well, there were big changes from then on. I still remember the first time I saw this place, OMG, I whispered to myself, I don’t think I will survive here… lol! I just arrived from Japan then, from a company training at Sumitomo Wiring Systems, one of the biggest company in Japan. We were sent by Kawasaki Company for further training and in return, I need to be transferred here so I can also share my knowledge to newly hired workers of IWSPC- International Wiring Systems Philippines Corp. – the company where I used to work)

Can you imagine, I am a party goer, we were spending nights in bars and discos and suddenly I will live in a barrio lol! The only recreation I can find here then was the old bowling lane at Jecson (It’s a Hospital now). I remember the first time I tried to watch movie here, I was not able to finish the film because I can’t take it anymore, the movie theater was so mapanghe haha 🙂 and that was my first and last visit to that theater, and The Mandarin and Marco Polo. Those where the places where we used to spend our Saturday night after 5 days of tiring work at IWS but those are all gone now. Tarlac is already invaded by Mc dos, Jollibees, Max’s, Chowkings, Malls etc…

So as promised, because I will be paying my water bill at Tarlac Water District, I brought my cam to give you a shot of the place.Eto na yung junction na papasok sa Maliwalo, yung way sa left, palabas yan ng Metro Town, yung sa rignt, palabas ng Osias College.Eto naman yung pinaka downtown ng Maliwalo ngayun, Maayos na syaTarlac Water District Building. O, say mo, sosyal yung building ng TWD ngayun 🙂

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish ChurchMaliwalo Barangay Hall Globe Telecom – Tarlac Maliwalo Elementary School Eto na ang Maliwalo High Shool ngayun, donated ng Japan Gov yang building na yan kaya me flag ng Japan

At siyempre sinama ko na din to. Alangan namng puro new buildings lang ang makita mo 🙂

Ayan yung Post office. Antique na ha 🙂 Sana mapalitan na din ito

So that’s Maliwalo now. Parang Nostalgia trip ha, madami ka sigurong naalala ano? Pareho lang tayo. Na mi miss ko na din ang aking homeland Bikolandia. Pero talagang ganun, maraming reason kung bakit nandito tayo sa lugar kung saan tayo nakatira ngayun.

In my case, I’m just making the most out of it. I had my share of struggles and happy moments here and there but I always bear in mind that wherever we live, we’re just underneath the grace of God. Just pause, look up and feel His presence no matter where you are 🙂

The Entrepreneur

OCTOBER 23, 2008

I received an email from WAYN regarding Global Entrepreneurship Week. In response to this letter, I wrote an article about Entrepreneurship in my own views.

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Money, Fame, Freedom and Power – 4 major aspirations of every breathing individual in this planet. Are you one of them? If we you will be honest and true to yourself, then the answer would simply be YES.

Who wouldn’t want money anyway? In fact money alone can give you freedom, fame and power. These needs and wants are traces and manifestations of entrepreneurial spirit in us. The drive to make it happen is a clear instinct of an Entrepreneur. The definition per se may vary but I am digging deeper into the essence of the word.

Class Struggle

The dream of every man to have money, fame, freedom and power in his possession gave birth to a society divided by class struggles. Prior to this, we were living in a classless society with equal opportunity to all resources around us. But man is a born warrior and so his whims and caprices brought him to pedestal, wars & chaos and the rest is history.

The era of classifying people by what he is through what is in his mind and in his pocket opened us to the world of governance and economy. Every people have been classified as worker, farmer, businessman, artist, politician and so on. The name is vast and broad but one thing is definite, in every man’s heart dwells the aspirations for Money, Fame, Freedom and Power. Politics has been a swift way to achieve these dream. Politicians have easy access to many businesses, news and justice.

The Birth of the Entrepreneurs

For a common man who has the same dream but has no chance to walk in the arena of governance and politics made his way to the business world. They started out as simple merchants in early times and now tagged a new name; “The Entrepreneur “

We are all entrepreneur. Each and everyone of us has been an entrepreneur in our own odd ways. The drive to have that money land in our hand and to have a decent living is entrepreneurial. When a common factory worker allocates a little amount of money and capitalizes it to sell something so he can extend his budget is doing an entrepreneurial stuff thus making him an entrepreneur.

Classifications of Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs can be classified as small time, big time, successful, risk taker or even a loser.

Of course this is how we handle our entrepreneurial skill. Business is a vast world of competition and only the mighty and the wise will reign. This arena has put many entrepreneurs in fame, freedom and power. Some even made it bigger than the government itself. They are the fulfilled and powerful entrepreneurs and we start to call them as Businessman to give distinction from the rest.

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Yes. As I said earlier, we are all entrepreneur. But we are differed by our drives and performance. Put out 100 dollar from your pocket and buy a pack of onion. Repack it into 5 packs and start selling it at $25 per pack, at the end of the day, you are $25 dollar richer than when you are starting. Duplicate this process everyday, add some lists, targets or buy a cart as your first asset and Bingo! You are now a certified entrepreneur. The key to be a successful entrepreneur is simple. Be consistent and innovative. These two powerful characters have lead many people to success.

Okay, now you know that you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, so what’s your plan now?

Of course you don’t have to rush to the department of trade to register your business. What will you do? For a positive start, go to a high location, maybe a second floor of a building, a field or any place where you could see the ground and the buildings around you. Look down, smile, stand firm and tell yourself: “Yes I have the Potential!” No, I’m not kidding, this is developing self confidence. You have to arm yourself with confidence so you will have the drive and strength to go beyond.

When you think you are ready to start, define what’s on your mind.

What do you want to do?

What do you want to sell?

What do you want to share?

Of course business and entrepreneurship is not all product selling. Look at yourself.

What are your skills?

Your strengths?

Your talents?

You can offer these as services without monetary capitalization. Yes, we can always be entrepreneurs minus the financial capital. I am writing and earning decent money from thinking and writing and sharing these secrets to you. I may not be a powerful entrepreneur but I have the freedom to work and earn in my pajamas.

My objective in writing this article is to waken your entrepreneurial being which maybe drowning from a lot of frustrations and disappointments.

Com’on, you’re an entrepreneur man! Go find the right product and services for you and start earning. There simply no boundary for the word called: Success.

That’s all for now readers, I hope my writing has awaken your entrepreneurial spirit 🙂

For further info about Global Entrepreneurship Week click here or google it 🙂

Til my next post! Kita-kits! 🙂

Blogging, PageRank and PageViews

OCTOBER 22, 2008

This is my second month here at WordPress.

Before i moved my blog from blogspot, I have fear if I will gain readership here. I’ve stayed with yahoo and google services for many years and I never really engage myself from blogging. But in my short stay here, the response of my readers is amazing. I only plan to write at least one post per week but the active participation of my readers urge me to write more. I even find myself scooping events, taking pics and videos so I can cope up with friends and reader’s request. Private inquiries find its way to my inbox and most of all, writing jobs flourished and filled my idle time. When I finished installing google toolbar yesterday, I was even more surprised seeing a google rank of 1 considering that the birth of my blog has just arrived in a short period of time. I also have seen many sites linked to me. And for this, I want to give my sincere thanks and appreciation to my regular readers and friends who added me in their contact list and included me in their bloghopping schedules. These are the faces you often see in my widgets in my sidebar and some who requested for a link, I put their link in my side bar as well.

These developments taught me how to love my blog and find ways on how to improve my page views.

Years ago, I put my mind in learning many programs so I can start a homebase business. I learned all the programs needed to create company and student identification cards, business cards, tarpaulin, stickers and many printing related projects. I also learned installing biometric and school management system to some of my client who required me to setup and install those services.

I learned the basics of adobe dreamweaver and flash and started designing static webpages for my clients as early as 2002. At first, I set my mind in developing my skills in web development but the fact that I’m a mommy working homebase, I can’t deal with the huge demand of my service. I can’t cope up since I don’t have employees to work with me. It’s been my dream to put up and establish an IT company but the struggle for capitalization is always there. I can’t resort to financial sharks here since I know I’ll just end up drowning with debts.

But blogging find its ways to my blood. Another source of income have flowed in our hands and I am very thankful to God that in the midst of our crisis, He bestowed a fine blessings to us.

I always want to share these good things to you readers so join with me as I discover ways on how to improve our blogging activities. We’re all in this together and I want you to know some of the things I did to improve our blogging skill.

I created some KeyPoints for you:

1. Improve the look of your site. Make it relevant to your content. Since I am from the Philippines, I used a picture of our park, The Luisita Park in my header to conform with my title, “A Glimpse to the Pearl”. I’ve chosen this title because I want other people from other countries to have a glimpse  to a Filipino way of life, not only the bad side of politics but the good heart of its citizen as a whole and the abundance that  Mother Nature bestowed on us.

2. Stick to your theme. If your content is about making money, or computers, be sure that you can sustain it so reader wont get bored and will find your topics exciting and informative so reading your site will be worth of their time. Since I am not geared to a particular topic, I am trying to discuss diversified issues on governance and social issues, parenting, online earning, current events and IT related topics. I want this blog to be a magazine type not just confined in fashion and politics.

3. Try to share some useful informations. If you really want to monetize from your site, don’t make your blog just a place where you can shout your ravings and rantings. Remember, your readers have enough of their own. Of course we have the freedom to express it here but don’t do it everyday 🙂 Sharing what you learn and how you earn will be an interesting topic as it will help other newbie bloggers who are just starting their way.

4. Give a prompt response to inquiries. Give your readers a feel of your personal touch. They are happy when you personally response to their query. That will leave a mark on their mind, not just a bookmark on their toolbar.

5. Watch your statistic. Observe your trend, when is the time that your site is at its peak or when  is the time that you have few visitors. I usually look at the keyword which my readers used to find my page. If I don’t have the topic, I’ll try to create one like when I wrote a post about Mount Pinatubo. Since  one of my tag is Tarlac, searchers for Mt. Pinatubo Tarlac always lands in my page so i decided to write about it and it become one of my top post. (POST UPDATE AS OF AUGUST 14, 2012: NOT ONLY A TOP POST BUT WE ARE NOW RANKED AS ONE OF THE MOST TRUSTED TRIP ORGANIZER ARRANGING MOUNT PINATUBO CLIMB 😉 AND THIS IS JUST BECAUSE OF THAT POST)

6. Try to add some widgets to know your visitors. I joined MyBlogLog, a yahoo service which also track your visitors. It’s a cool service which gives you the opportunity to add contacts and join communities. I also joined Blogcatalog and Technorati which also offer the same service. When you avail their service, you will have the chance to monitor your visitors and readers and you will have the opportunity to communicate with them. Joining Blog directories will be a great help to increase your traffic.

7. Give some love. Visit their blogs too. Remember, it must be a mutual relationship not a one way mirror. My community member is my priority. I am doing a regular round of visit to their blogs, when I started doing this, I noticed that they are doing the same. My contact is my second priority, when I still have time, I will also visit the blogs of my contacts who are also active and visiting my blog, I am doing this at least 2 to 3 times a week.

8. Acknowledge your new visitor. When I see a new face in my widget, I usually visit their blog, say a thank you note and ask them if you could add them. That would open a way for another blogger friend.

9. Don’t flood yourself with so many ads and buttons especially pop ups. Sometimes this scare our visitors away. Try to limit those and just use the ones which is useful to you. I am creating a page intended for links so I can really have a place  where I can post the links to my accounts and communities. It’s still under construction but I noticed that my visitors are clicking on that page. I realized that readers are also interested with your links and what is your favorite site. So it’s really a good place for your affiliate market.

10. Make posting a daily habit. Of course it’s a constant change, readers want to read new post everyday. Let’s try to make at least 2 to 3 posts a week.

11. Advertise your skill. Yes! why would you just let other advertiser monetize from your site? Add your own advertisement too! I have new clients when I posted my ads and services. I included the link to the fun quizzes and Odesk. This pave way to other writing offers. Employers are hiring me directly thru my blog. oDesk even sent me an oDesk T-shirt and featured my blog in their September newsletter.

12. Watch your targets and turn around time. Beat the deadlines. Well, it’s one of the trade offs lol! 🙂 Earning your dollar is not easy. We really have to make an effort if we really want to earn more. But the fun is still there since I am doing it in my pajamas or I may say underwear haha! 🙂

That’s all for now guys, I hope you learn something here. Till next post. Paalam! hanggang sa Muli! 🙂

{paalam: goodbye} {hanggang sa muli: Til next post}

File Back-ups and Bookmarks

This is related to my previous post about Hackers and Virus attacks

Because I had encountered a problem with my PC, I am still in a start up stage. Meaning, installing programs, toolbars, utilities, categorizing my recovered files, backing up, creating restore point, etc… and everything I need to work comfortably.

I can’t remember when was the last time I formatted my PC because of a virus problem. My files had been intact for almost 10 years until that horrible experience. Yes, I upgraded my PC and even bought a new one but then, its not big deal since I have my files in my back up drive and all I need for installation; drivers, programs and utilities are all intact. I even have a complete list of links of important websites that I need in case I need support. Although, its really hard to start again because I have deadlines to cope up with, I am taking this time to share with you what I had learned from this experience.

Back up your Files

As I mentioned in my last post regarding hacker and virus attacks, backing up your files is very important. Yes, I also have a back-up drive for my files but what I learned now is that it’s not enough. Why? Backing up your file in USB drive or extra hard disk is not safe. Since it’s a rewritable storage device, it can be infected with a virus, worst, files can be deleted or modified.

Now I do recommend to back-up your file by burning them in a high quality CD and make at least 2 copies. One for safekeeping, meaning you can keep it in a safe cabinet in case you lost the duplicate that you’re using from time to time. The files that are ideals for CD burn are important videos especially those family gatherings and special events, Audio files, Pictures, Programs, Utilities, drivers and downloaded programs, games etc… For a designer like me, you also have to back up your designs, formats, forms, logos and other important things that you need in your daily activity as a designer. I

Protect your passwords

Important links, bookmarks and passwords are also important. You must have a back up copy of these because if you have many accounts, there is a tendency that you may forget those. But be sure to keep it in a very safe place or maybe encrypt it. What I did is that I created my own alphabet and numbers only known to me and my hub and I am using it when writing confidential files and passwords. You can do it by learning a Fontography program so you can upload your secret files and password without any fear that somebody might steal it. I included a search link for you for easy start.

Bookmarks are also important

I have a document file of very important links that I need and categorized it according to their use. Say, IT  Links, when I need to look for IT resources, Money online Links for earning purpose, Social Networking Links, Blog Links, Download Links for games, programs, patches, drivers and utilities etc.. you can also burn it in a CD and save it in yahoo bookmark, delicious, google bookmarks etc.. There are many websites offering a bookmarking service. Just google it to find what is suits you best or you may  click here for Top 30 Bookmarking sites.

File Sharing

Files can also be save in the internet in case you don’t have the necessary space. In fact you can also share your documents, files, photos and pictures. There are many Photo sharing sites for your pictures. Picasa, Flicker and Photo Bucket are just one of the many websites offering this service. WordPress is giving you 3gig photo space, one of the reason why I moved my blog here.

Of course, videos can be saved anywhere, and mine are placed in YouTube. I am also a google fanatic and I am using most of their services, Gmail, You Tube, Reader, Blogger, Orkut, etc..  I am using Google document for my word and spreadsheet files. It’s very important especially when you’re working online. Since I am writing articles and fun quizzes for some websites, the documents are shared between me and my collaborators like my employer, their managers and editors who will check the document before I submit it. Your word and spreadsheet documents can be uploaded to google document and you can share it to anybody without having to send it as attachment. If you have a gmail acount, you can use that for all google services. To see all google services, click here…

That’s all for now folks, I hope this discussion will help you somehow. Just ping me for your questions. See you in my next post 🙂

Hacker, Viruses and other Threats

I had a serious problem with my computer this week. Somebody is trying to hack my account.

I am an IT literate, I am teaching and holding IT seminars for school and even private tutorials but these are all basics. I’ve been in IT world for almost a decade now but this week was the worst experience I ever had.

Whenever I had virus threats, spyware, adware or worms and my anti-virus failed to resolve these issues, I simply format my PC and setup my hard disk drive and its done! I can start working again. But last Tuesday, Oct. 14, when I opened my PC, I noticed that something is wrong during the start up process as it’s very slow than usual. I thought it was just a registry issue, so I run my registry cleaner to fix it but it failed.

Let me give you an idea about your PC and what PC registry is…

Your PC has many parts, input & output devices (monitor, keyboard & mouse), processor, motherboard, plug-in devices, storage devices and accessories. These are hardware.

Hardware – Physical Parts of the Computer

Software are the programs which control and manages your computers operation and it has 2 types;

1. The Operating System (OS) which is either XP, Vista or linux. This OS controls and manages the operation of your hardware and application programs.

2. The Application Programs. These are office programs such as MS word, excel, powerpoint, drawing etc… in which you create and perform your tasks.

These programs are stored in a storage device.

Storage devices comes in different forms, the hard disk drive, CD-rom and USB drives. So when you install these programs in your PC, it is saved in the hard disk drive (HDD).

Once these data is saved, we call it FILES. There are 2 file types; the system files and the user files.

User files are those files which you created yourself. These maybe document files for your blog posts, research, letters or maybe drawing files you created in adobe photoshop, videos, and other files you created and saved in the My Document folder which you arranged according to different category. You can modify it or delete it anytime you wish. Deleted user files are thrown in the recycle bin and can still be restored as long as you never click ’empty recycle bin’

On the other hand, Systems files are those files which has something to do with your PC operation. you can find it in drive C, at program files and windows folder. These can’t be modified as this will affect your PC’s performance. Some files and folders are usually hidden by the system itself to prevent newbie users from modifying it.

Programs cannot be modified manually. It has its own updates and it will run and download updates depending on your preferences. When you want to get rid of  a particular program because you want to acquire the space its is occupying, you never delete it manually but remove it using your control panel. Just go to you control panel folder and click add/remove program icon. It will show you all the programs installed in your PC. Just click it and it will be removed.

The programs that we installed in our computers has setting configurations which are stored in your PC Registry.

Programs has registry keys which controls the operation of your PC. Everytime you change your profile setting or change PC configurations, it is always saved at the PC registry. Have you experience installing a program but failed? or uninstall a program but unsuccessful as well? these unsuccessful installations left marks and traces in your registry file. Even when you removed virus and adwares, it also left its marks and trace in your registry. Over the years, especially when you failed or never defragment your PC and you continue to install and uninstall programs, the invalid registry keys and outdated files in your registry increases and these will flood the system causing it to slow down.

But don’t worry, these issues are usually resolved by using a registry cleaner. You can avail of a free online registry scan at reliable websites like Microsoft or you can google and read reviews of the best online registry scanner and cleaning software.

Knowing this, I fixed my PC using registry cleaner but this doesn’t resolve the problem…

In fact, as the day is progressing, my PC is becoming more and more sluggish and windows are popping and programs are automatically opening and closing. Dialog boxes are opening too and flooding my desktop.

I am running after my deadline so it really bothers me and I really need to fix it immediately or else, I’ll lost my clients and employers! Since my anti virus and registry cleaner does not fix the issue, I tried online full scan in at least 3 reliable sites, Microsoft, Kaspersky and Panda. But these process failed as well.

Now my last option is to format my hard disk. I checked and save all my files in my back up drive and detached it. Back up drives are also called slave disk. When you check your Bios setup, it will show your hdd as master and the rest as slave or secondary slaves.  Back up drives that are attached to your pc can be seen  once you click ‘my computer’ icon. It will appear as another drive; drive C for your existing drive (another drive if your hdd has a partition), drive D, drive E, drive F for your cdrom and so on…

What I did was I removed all the attached slave disk and started formatting and setup. After setup, I expect or anyone would expect that the virus is gone, well its the normal outcome at least. But in my case it’s not. I just used my PC for 2 hours but when I connect to the internet, the same thing  happen.  My start button was opening automatically and a lot of dialog box is appearing. I don’t know what’s the cause so I downloaded YM to ask for friends’ advice.

These friends are telling me the same assessment. Virus cannot stand formatting. No adware and spyware will survive formatting. To be sure, I reformat again and I did it 4 times! But to no avail, I have the same result. The thought of an external threat flashed my mind. My friends agreed with my assessment. ‘Maybe somebody is trying to hack you’ they told me. ‘It maybe possible because you are working and earning online, maybe that hacker want to steal your password to have access on your accounts’

Those thoughts made me check my accounts; paypal, odesk, emails etc… But it’s still safe for now at least. I went to my relative’s PC and changed all my passwords using their computers. If somebody is hacking me, using another IP address to change my passwords will be the best thing to do so he can’t track any changes. I spent 2 days researching and reading reviews for reliable firewall programs and latest virus threats. I purchased a new reliable anti virus for security measure and firewalled my PC. .

But the next horrifying event shocked me…

When I attached my back up drive to check my files, I almost fell in my chair… My files were all gone! My back up drive is empty. Free! My 50 gig files were nowhere to be found! I thought I’d die at that moment. The articles which are due the following day, My clients designs, web designs, ID pictures, ID designs…. 10 years files… All of the pics, family gatherings, videos of different events, my serials, installers…My daughter was so worried as she has so many files and researched reports in that drive. Those are all gone in a blink! I can’t believe it. Those were very important. It’s where I am earning a living.

But I don’t believe I lost those files in an instant. Formatting even takes hours to erase all its contents. How can a 50 gig files be erased in a blink?

I spent the whole day researching for file recovery. And with the help from reliable friends, especially to Mike, thank you Sparkman, you really rock! I was able to recover 80% of my files. Yes, 80%. Well that’s fine for me, documents, designs, images and videos are my priority. Recovery programs has options only for document, images, zip files and videos. so I was not able to recover my installers, but  l was able to recover my serials so at least, I can still download it online.

Whew! That was a great lesson!

I felt 5 years has been added to my age. I was so tired but relieved. And to you, whoever you are who’s trying to hack me, sorry to disappoint you but YOU FAILED..

Yes, you may have succeeded to interrupt my activity but I am thankful, you know why, this made me more wiser and cautious. You taught me to learn more. Thanks, I learned a lot this week.

The lesson here is that we must be very cautious and protect our files. I started to burn my files in high quality CDs in duplicates and keep it in different categories. This way, I wont worry if the same thing happened again.

And the great thing is:

I learned that when you empty your recycle bin, or if you accidentally delete files in your flash or USB, drives, you can still recover it.

Now, I recovered the MP3s and videos from my old USB drive which was accidentally deleted by  a client when he borrowed my USB drive 🙂 Thank you Hacker. This new knowledge is fun and worth the mess you caused me 🙂

So my dear readers, protect your files before the same thing happen to you. This is a very long post indeed but I had to write it down so I can warn you and at least give you an idea of what to do in case the same thing happen to you. Just ping me if you need some particular name of the programs I used as I dont want to display it here coz it would look like an advertisement.

Thanks for reading my novel 🙂

Girl Scout of the Philippines

Coping up with my posts, I’ll be sharing with you one of my daughter’s activity last September 30. It’s a delayed post but I have many article rewrites and paid blogging work lately so I kinda neglected my blog. Sorry guys, I need to prioritize my earnings since 70% of our income comes from online work and 30% comes from my field work and homebase biz. I have 4 kids to feed and 1 niece to send to school that made 5 kids to grow. We’re a big family indeed and we really have to work overtime to cope up with our daily expenses.

I am always active and supportive to my kid’s activities and one of this is GSP activity. GSP means Girl Scout of the Philippines. Last September 30, 2008 Tarlac South District Elementary schools from different  barangays of Tarlac South celebrated Escoda Day. Sapang Tagalog Elementary hosted the event.

GSP Theme

It started at 6am so my kids woke up early to prepare. It was a whole day activity which includes formation, Marching, Yelling competition and parlor games. The activity ended at 3pm and San Miguel Elementary school was the overall champion in Yelling Completion.

Hub took this picture before they go to the Formation area. He said the morning was so pleasant and he can’t help but take this picture.

I also made a research about the brief history of GSP to give you a clear idea why they are celebrating Escoda day. What or who is Escoda anyway?

Research from Wikipedia.com

The Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) is the national Guiding association for girls and young women of the Philippines. Its mission is “to help girls and young women realize the ideals of womanhood and prepare themselves for their responsibilities in the home, and to the nation, and the world community. The girls-only association serves 671,267 members (as of 2003).

Lone Girl Scout troops were organized in the Philippines as early as 1918 by American missionaries and servicemen. These Scout troops were directly registered with the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Pilar Hidalgo-Lim and Josefa Llanes Escoda spearheaded the organization of a Scout movement for girls, and requested the assistance of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP). In 1939, Mrs. Escoda was sent to the United States and Britain for training through the help of Joseph E. Stevenot of the BSP. Upon her return to the Philippines, she immediately started to set up the GSP with the help of other civic organizations.

On May 26, 1940, the GSP was chartered under Philippine Commonwealth Act No. 542.

In 1946, the GSP was accepted as a tenderfoot member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) during the 11th World Conference held at Evian, France. In 1948, the GSP became a full member of WAGGGS during the 12th World Conference held at Cooperstown, New York.

Since 1995 the organization lost nearly half of its members; the membership number shrunk from 1,275,113 in 1995 to 671,267 in 2003. In reaction to this, the BSP opened the Senior Scout Section for girls in summer 2006 which led to a public conflict about the focuses of both GSP and BSP.

Program

The GSP’s program focuses on “well-being, family life, heritage and citizenship, world community, preparedness, economic self-sufficiency, arts and environment. Center of the program is the “eight-point challenge”, a merit-badge program. The highest award is the “Chief Girl Scout Medal” which was introduced in 1976.

The Girl Scout emblem incorporates elements of the flag of the Philippines.

Sections

The association is divided in five sections according to age:

* Twinkler Scout – ages 4 to 6

* Star Scout – ages 6 to 9

* Junior Girl Scout – ages 9 to 12

* Senior Girl Scout – ages 12 to 15

* Cadet Girl Scout – ages 15 to 21

Scout Promise

Filipino:

Sa aking karangalan, gagampanan ko ang aking tungkulin

sa Diyos at sa aking bayan;

tutulong ako sa aking kapwa sa lahat ng pagkakataon

at isasabuhay ko ang Batas ng Girl Scout.

English:

On my honor, I will do my duty:

to God and my country;

to help other people at all times;

and to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Scout Law

1. Ang Girl Scout ay mapagkakatiwalaan (A Girl Scout’s honour is to be trusted)

2. Ang Girl Scout ay matapat (A Girl Scout is loyal)

3. Ang Girl Scout ay matulungin (A Girl Scout is helpful)

4. Ang Girl Scout ay kaibigan ng lahat at kapatid ng bawa’t Girl Scout (A Girl Scout is a friend to all and a sister to every other Girl Scout)

5. Ang Girl Scout ay mapitagan (A Girl Scout is courteous)

6. Ang Girl Scout ay magalang sa lahat na may buhay (A Girl Scout respects living things)

7. Ang Girl Scout ay disiplinado (A Girl Scout is disciplined)

8. Ang Girl Scout ay may sariling paninindigan (A Girl Scout is self-reliant)

9. Ang Girl Scout ay matipid (A Girl Scout is thrifty)

10. Ang Girl Scout ay malinis sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa (A Girl Scout is clean in thoughts, words and deeds)

Sapang Tagalog Elementary School Stage

Girl Scout Formation – Sapang Tagalog Gym

The big GSP Crowd includes the parents as audience

GSP Patrol Leaders holding the GSP Flags

Star Scout Yell presentation – San Miguel Elementary School

My daughter Rajisha is included in this presentation under my Best friend Liza’s sister Madam Susana Tam. They were awarded as Yell Champion

My daughter Rajisha and her friends – She’s in grade 4

My daughter Sabrina: they are reciting Girl Scout Law

My daughter Sabrina – She’s in 5th Grade

My daughter Sab and her friends. They also won the Yell Competition

Sabrina & Rajisha – My 2 daughters

One positive experience they have experienced transferring to a public school is this GSP activity. They never have a GSP activity when they were studying at Tarlac Montessori School.

Naalala ko tuloy nung bata pa ako, I used to go on camping and jamboree from one place to another, my dad is allowing me to do so but todays generation is different because of many dangers in todays environment so I’m always hesitant to allow them to join camping in far flung areas. My kids, especially my 14 years old daughter Jessica is asking for permission in their forthcoming camping activity outside Tarlac, on November but I said I’ll think about it 🙂

How about you? do you still remember your great experiences during GSP & BSP campings? 🙂

Thoughts on Parenting

Before September ends, we attended a General PTA meeting for my eldest daughter Jessica. It was a whole day affair. The morning activity includes a Parenting seminar hosted by TSU Lab School’s Office of the Students Affairs Guidance and Placement Unit. The speaker of that seminar was Mr.  Raffy Paredes, brother of APO group singer Jim Paredes from CEFAM – Center for Family Ministries – Ateneo De Manila University. The seminar focused primarily on teen’s behavioral changes. I am discussing parenting and even teaching it when I was still active in community organizations but this is different as I am sitting there as an audience and absorbing all the necessary inputs so I can fully understand my daughter’s behavior.

I am a mother of four kids and parenting is one of the hardest work any person can have in his entire life. It takes a lot of patience or I may say sacrifice, dedication, finance, time and of course love. Parenting means growing a person and guiding them to be a responsible member of society. This is the perfect goal for each parent but we all know that during this process, a lot of struggle may sets in. This struggles may lead to worst misunderstanding and most of the time, if not handled with proper attention will end up in a big mess.

Generation Gap. This is one of the culprits of misunderstanding. Parents are having a hard time coping up with their children especially when “technology” sets in. I have my share of unhappy memories as well.

I was born to a disciplinarian family. My dad is an army officer and so he marked a big “D” on my forehead. That big D stands for discipline. Every mistake will earn me a good spanking. I had so many tearful thoughts on that lol! But I never take it against my dad, I love him so much and thankful that he made me for what I am now.

But of course those experiences served as my guidelines. I need to understand that discipline is an important part of parenting. Though, I made some modifications. Being an activist plays an important factor too. Hub and I imposed a regular meeting in the family. We are discussing rules, tasks, targets and output and of course rewards. I don’t want to be a perfect parent but I dream to be the best mom for my kids.

To cope up with my kids, I see to it that I set my foot in the computer world first before they do. I was the one who taught them their first lessons in windows. This will narrow the generation gap as they know that you know what they know.

But this is not enough. There goes the bad moods and peculiar behaviors. Have you experience talking with your teens, and they would just turn to you with puzzled look?

In front of the dining table, we are sharing some funny incidents in a days work and I turned to my daughter. I asked her something about her project and she said “ha?” I repeated the word 3 times and she replied with “ha?” 3 times too. I was irritated because she was just in front of me so I asked her “what’s the matter with you? Have you cleaned your ears lately?” and she replied again with “hah? OMG! You’re possessed or maybe your spirit is traveling to Norway.

Attending this seminar cleared my mind. The speaker said that there is a scientific explanation about these behaviors. He shared to us some facts about it. According to him, study shows that during puberty period, the development of the brain is much slower as the physical aspects are fast developing. These explain why my smart daughter suddenly becomes forgetful and have hearing problems 🙂 But the speaker said we have to be patient because this will just pass.

The seminar lasted for almost 4 hours but it’s worth the time.

The afternoon activity was a PTA officer election and releasing of grades. I am holding my breath before I peep in my daughter’s card. Well, I smiled and hug her because she has good grades and included in top 8 students. Congratulations Baby! Keep it up 🙂