Tuesday, December 23, 2008

No number coding during the 8-day long holidays

There had been conflicting reports about the number coding scheme in Metro Manila during the 8-day long holidays.

I understand this traffic scheme is not in effect during Saturdays, Sundays, and non-working holidays (regular or special). Unless there’s declaration otherwise, there’s no number coding on this period.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

I'm not feeling well

Last Thursday night, I felt my throat itching a bit. To relieve it, I drank plenty of water albeit cold. I thought the itchiness has gone; and, I slept.

When I woke up the following morning, my voice’s hoarse, I sneezed a lot, and spewed some phlegms.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

My blog passes the PPP test

PayPerPost is purging its network.

As a matter of fact, it has removed and will no longer accept blogs from these platforms based on the usability, navigability, and overall quality of most of their blogs:

  • BraveJournal
  • LiveJournal
  • Xanga
  • MySpace
  • Yahoo 360;and,
  • Blogsome.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Our latest Kia Carens fuel consumption

When was the last time I computed our Kia Carens fuel consumptions? Ah, yes. It was in July 2008 or about five months ago. The fuel consumptions then were:

  • Highway - 10.92 kms./li. (339 km. trip to Talavera, N.E.)
  • City = 9.762 kms./li

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My Executive Check-up 2008

For the past two years, I had my executive check-ups (ECU) done at the St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC). I found its ECU services good. Hence, this year, I was planning to have my ECU at the same hospital again. However, my office mate had hers in another hospital, Capitol Medical Center (CMC). I checked its ECU packages and decided on trying this hospital.

CMC offers four ECU packages:

  • Package A (in-patient) at P36,900
  • Package B (in-patient) at P31,900
  • Package C (out-patient) at P11,700
  • Package D (out-patient) at P6,700.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

A date with wifey

Supposedly, I had a gimmick last Friday night with the losers of the Pacquiao - Dela Hoya Dream Match. But, my wifey called up; as she wanted to unwind. So, I cancelled my earlier appointment.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Huli Ka! (You're caught!)

I’m glad I found this blog, HULI KA! - “a blog dedicated to improving the traffic situation in Metro Manila, by exposing traffic violators and keeping everyone informed about regulations and the latest news.” This blog has been online since 2005 and has captured and posted so many traffic violations - from no plates, smoke belching, illegal counterflows, no left/U turns to abuses of authorities,

Huli Ka!

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I set a new "no alcohol" record

I broke my “no alcohol” record of 12 consecutive days set from May 26 to June 6, 2008. My current record is 13 consecutive days from November 29 to December 11, 2008.

I have already reset my counter for the another record.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My SSS salary loan check arrives

SSS loan check1Eleven days after I filed my SSS Salary Loan application, I received my loan check already. The maximum loanable amount is P24,000.00. But, the net proceeds is P21,360 only (after deducting the advance interest and service fee). The loan is payable in two years at P1,050 per month. The salary deduction starts next month.

Now, I have the money to pay for my car insurance premium and life insurance premium totaling P19,500. What’s left of my loan is P1,860 only.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Congratulations, Manny Pacquiao

He prevailed over the Golden Boy - Oscar De La Hoya in the Dream Match. Prior to the fight, it was a mismatch statistically in favor of De La Hoya. But, actually, it was a lopsided game in favor of Pacquiao.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Dream Match - where to watch?


The Dream Match - Oscar De La Hoya of Mexico versus Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines. Who are you betting or rooting for? I'm not giving a forecast nor an analysis here. I'm just wishing that may the best man win!

The event will be on December 7, 2008 at 8:00 AM Manila time. And, Where are you going to watch it?

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PhotoHunt 139 - Breakfast


For the theme METAL last week, I posted the the anchor at the entrance of the Grande Island Resort in Subic Bay. For this week's theme, BREAKFAST, I'm posting the buffet BREAKFAST table on our second day at the resort. It consisted of fried rice, scrambled eggs, hams, local sausages, soup, breads, pancakes, fruits, juices, and coffee.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas lanterns in Shangri-La

We were at Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City last Monday. While waiting for our food in a Greek restaurant, I captured some of the mall's beautiful Christmas decorations - the lanterns:

Heat Wave in December '08

There’s another car show and an automotive accessories trade fair this weekend. It is dubbed as the Heat Wave in December ‘08. The fair, on its 3rd year, is scheduled on December 5, 6 & 7, 2008 at Megatrade Halls 1, 2, & 3; 5th Level Mega B, SM Mega Mall, Mandaluyong City.

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Go Greek!

Last Monday was a non-working holiday. Bonifacio Day this year fell on a Sunday; and, as per Presidential Proclamation 1463, it was moved to the nearest Monday. And, we took this opportunity to shop for our groceries. On the way to the nearest SM Fairview Supermarket, my wifey decided to shop at SM Mega Mall instead, for a change.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Waterless urinals

I've seen waterless urinals first in SM Malls in Metro Manila. That's last year. Now, I see more waterlesss urinals in other malls, restaurants, hospitals, and other commercial establishments.

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St. Lukes Medical Center

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Our Kia Carens' 15,000 km. PMS

Our Kia Carens is over a year now (a year and 19 days old to be exact) and has run more than 15,000 kilometers already.

This morning, I brought it to Kia Service Center for the required periodic maintenance service (PMS).

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Monday, December 1, 2008

December 2008 Events

December 1, 2008
- World AIDS Day

December 1 to 7, 2008
- Health Emergency Week

December 7, 2008
- The Dream Match: De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao

December 10, 2008
-National Youth Health Day

December 16, 2008
- My Executive Check-up

December 25, 2008
- Christmas Day

December 25, 2008
- Bebeng's (my sister) Birthday

Congratulations, Ma'am Anna

Ma’am Anna (a.k.a. LadyRider in Tsikot.com) is the proud owner of a Silver 2000 VW New Beetle, which is the Official Tsikot Mobile.

Her car is judged as the 2nd Placer in the Best European Car (Novice Category) in the Bumper to Bumper IV, which was held last November 29 to 30 at the Silver City in Pasig City.

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World AIDS Day 2008

December 1 each year is World AIDS Day. It aims to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

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At Think Of Me!

December 1 is World AIDS Day; and, I’m joining the Bloggers Unite for World AIDS Day and help spread the word.

Bloggers Unite

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Andres Bonifacio day

Today, November 30, is the 145th birthday of Gat. Andres Bonifacio. The year was in 1863 in Tondo, Manila. He's the eldest of six children of Catalina de Castro and Santiago Bonifacio.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

It's a long weekend

It’s Saturday; and, it’s a long weekend. As I blogged before, I am too lazy to go out of our home on weekends unless the event or task is really important and necessary or there’s a compelling reason to do so.

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PhotoHunt 138 (Metal)


I'm back to PhotoHunt after 5 weeks of absence.

At Think of Me & Laugh:

Anchor's away

This is an old rusty anchor located at the entrance of Grande Island Resort in Subic Bay, Philippines.

At Autos of Tom:

A huge colorful METAL.


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I'm hungry

I was blogging one Sunday afternoon when I felt hungry. I rummaged our refrigerator for something to eat. I found slices of bread, salted egg, kani (synthetic crab), tomato, and a bottle of mayonnaise and made sandwich out of them.

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Sky Watch Friday # 20

A jet drew a white line across the sky. The pilot's good for making it straight.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Bumper to Bumper IV

Another Auto Show for this year. It’s not only a car show but grand car club eye ball and DB drag competition as well.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Dinner for two

On our way home last Tuesday afternoon, we passed by Trinoma to dine. Most of the time, we eat either in our favorite Japanese or Chinese restaurant. This time, I intimated to my wife to try the other restaurants. She did consider them, all right; but, we ended up eating Japanese food again:

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

We sell our Toyota Innova

Finally, our 2005 Toyota Innova J is already sold.

Goodbye, Inno

Monday, November 24, 2008

16th Buy Pinoy Exporters Fair

Christmas is just around the corner. If you are looking for top quality Christmas decorations and gifts, go to Megatrade Hall 2, 5th Level Mega B, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City on November 27 to 30, 2008.

It's the "16th Buy Pinoy Exporters Fair" organized by the Buy Pinoy Movement Foundation, Inc. The fair aims to promote Filipino export products.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Our 28th wedding anniversary

My posts:

Beng's post:

The union of TR and Alf

TR is the eldest son of a friend and former boss, Robbie. Alf is TR's girlfriend for six years. And, they invited us to attend and witness their wedding at 2:30 PM yesterday, November 22.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Manila Auto Salon 2008

The Manila Auto Salon 2008 is currently ongoing at the SMX Convention Center up to tomorrow, November 23, 2008.


Watch the photos I took last Thursday - first day of the salon:

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

December 1, 2008 is a holiday

Just reminding you that December 1, 2008 is a non-working holiday as per Proclamation no. 1463.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

No Swerving

I saw signs along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), particularly in Mandaluyong City, that swerving or changing lanes is not allowed on solid lines but on broken lines only. I think that defines what unauthorized swerving is.

Do I look like a security guard?

I was chatting with our company’s security guard, when I recalled my experience two weeks back.

Before going home, I passed by the Victory Liner terminal in Kamias, Quezon City to pick up some goods from the province – my eldest sister’s birthday treat.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Contest, contest, contest

Here are the contests that I came across. I'd try to join them and hopefully win.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Manila Auto Salon 2008

I got this from Tsikot.com - the official E-Media Partner of Manila Auto Salon 2008.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Miss Philippines is Miss Earth 2008

Congratulations to Karla Paula Henry of the Philippines for winning the Miss Earth 2008. We are very proud of you. She bested 84 beauties from around the world.

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Happy anniversary, Ailecgee

This is the title / header of my wife - Beng’s blog. And, it is celebrating its first anniversary.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

My ad at The Online Quest

As the first prize winner of KidTechGuru's second contest, my prize is worth $180 - Free 12 months 125X125 sidebar ad on The Online Quest.

I received an email that my ad has been installed, which will end on November 6, 2009. I checked it; and, here's the screenshot of The Online Quest with my ad on it.

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

2008 People’s Choice Awards - November update

As of November 8, 2008, Kia Carens still leads the ongoing 2008 Auto Focus People’s Choice Awards as the Automobile of the Year 2008:

  • Kia Carens –14,293
  • Hyundai Grand Starex – 12,231
  • Honda Civic –11,372
The updated partial results (top three):

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Friday, November 7, 2008

My Clear Black Night Experience

Last Friday night – October 31, I, with some friends, attended the bloggers party dubbed as the “Clear Black Night Halloween Dance Party” at the Taste Asia in MOA. A costume wasn’t required but sexy black dress. It’s a hell of a party, the mother of all bloggers’ parties, and the sexiest party I’ve ever attended.


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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Smoke belchers

November is Clear Air month.

The Land Transportation Office requires that all vehicles for renewal of certificate of registration must be subject and pass the smoke test to be conducted by an LTO accredited smoke testing center.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) and Local Government are also conducting actual smoke testings on the roads.

These measures, if properly and strictly implemented and enforced, would minimize if not eliminate, smoke belching vehicles plying our roads.

However, I wondering why there are still so many smoke belching vehicles running within the metropolis.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A birthday treat from my eldest sister

My eldest sister, Evelyn, celebrated her birthday last October 12. However, she wasn’t able to treat us as she is currently in Morgan Hills, California. Instead, she’s giving me and my sister, Elvie, a sack of rice each from their rice farms in Quezon, Isabela.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I'm the first prize winner

I opened my GMail and learned that the winners of KidTechGuru's second contest are out. I clicked the link and read the winners.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Visiting our departed loved ones

Every November 1st, we troop to the cemeteries, where our departed loved were laid to rest.

We’re not able to leave early as I woke up late since I came home at around 1:00 AM from the Clear Black Night Halloween Dance Party at Taste Asia, MOA.

The first stop was at the Holy Cross Memorial Park in Novaliches to visit the grave of my parents-in-law. We stayed there until about 11:00 AM.

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Clear Black Night Halloween Party

Read blogposts and watch pictures of this wonderful party - Clear Black Night Halloween Dance Party at Taste Asia last October 31, 2008. It's another night of fun and dancing:


Click here if you wanna join the contest.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Bowling Awards night

I attended the awarding ceremony of the 28th Chamber of Mines of the Philippines Annual Bowling Tournament last night. It was held at the Saisaki Restaurant in Mega Mall, Mandaluyong. Wow, there were plenty of food (our buffet was crossover) and flowing drinks – ice tea and canned beers.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kid Tech Guru's contest

While bloghopping and EC dropping, I came across KidTechGuru's blog. He's Xavier, a 14 year old blogger from Singapore. As his blog name denotes, he's a techie boy who's sharing his knowledge, tech tips and web applications reviews. He's into blogging for more than 3 months and claimed to attract over 32,000 visitors.

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Free bigas (rice) when you gas up

A Shell station in North Fairview, Quezon City has a current promo for its customers.For every 40 liters of fuel products (V-Power, Super Premium, Unleaded, and Diesel) in a single or accumulated purchases, the motorist shall get a free kilo of rice. The promo period is from September 15 to November 15, 2008. To claim the free rice, just present the original and duplicate copies of the receipt/s at the station’s Select Store.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

No to GSIS take over of CTPL insurance

Yesterday, the Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction against the takeover of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) of the Compulsory Third-Party Liability (CTPL) insurance business in the country.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

At last, I renew my SSS salary loan

I don’t have my SSS ID card yet; and, I couldn’t renew my SSS salary loan. When I attempted to get one, the ID capture machines of the SSS branches in Buendia, Makati (near our office) is down. Unluckily, ID capture machine in the branch in Novaliches, Quezon City (near our home) is also down.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

My weekend

I rarely go out on weekends unless the event I would attend to or the thing I would do is very important. I don’t even go out of our gate except to wash our cars.

Yesterday (a Saturday), I was supposed to attend the AutoberFest 2008 - Tsikot.com 6th Anniversary celebration at the Hobbies Mall Macapagal in Pasay City. The event started at 10:00 AM; and, I intended to go late in the afternoon and stay until the street party. After eating my lunch, I took a nap and woke up about 2 hours after. But, the laziness to go out prevailed again. So, I just opened my lappy and continued blogging.

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New Electric Fan

One of our electric fans broke down; and, it’s already time to replace it. So, we went to the nearest appliance store and bought one.
Desk fan

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Potpot's photo shoot at the park

Potpot - our shitzu dog, was with us in our La Mesa Ecopark picnic last Thursday.

While strolling at the park, these two little girls approached and caressed him. He didn't want to stand up and walk anymore.

Aguilar Family bonding time

My family and the family of my wife’s only brother (RIP) found another time to bond with each other. The last time we’re together was three months ago on Beng’s birthday celebration.

Wednesday night, from my office, I fetched them at their condo unit in Makati City. At home, the bonding started.

Thursday, we picnicked at the La Mesa Ecopark and continued the bonding.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Yesterday, we were picnicking at the La Mesa Ecopark. It was sunny, hot and humid.

Slowly. the white sky grew dark.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Credit card annual fee waived again

When I arrived at our office this morning, our receptionist told me I have some letters that just arrived. I saw one familiar envelope and knew where it came from – from my credit card provider. I opened the envelope to check my charges. It’s October – my renewal month. Hence, I’m being charged for the annual fee of P2,250.00. As in the past years, I called up the bank’s call center and requested for the waiver of the annual fee. And, again, my credit card provider granted my request.

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Prices of New Toyota Innova (IMV Series)

The new Toyota Innova - 2009 model is already available in the country.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My Masters Event performance - 28th CoMP Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Masters Event - 28th Chamber of Mines of the Philippines Annual Bowling Tournament

My tournament average of 162 landed me a slot in the Group 2 Masters Event. Group 2 qualifiers were the 13th to 24th placers who played at least 15 games and present at the event.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Armored vans are off limits from yellow lanes

EDSA yellow lanes are strictly for public utility vehicles (PUVs) only. And, since armored vans are not PUVs, they are not allowed to use the yellow lanes.

Citing security reasons, these armored vans drivers were the frequent violators of traffic rules. Just because they carry a huge amount of cash, they think they’re above the law and therefore exempted from it.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Tsikot.com is back

Since October 14, Tsikot.com had been down. The cause was the hardware and software problems of the host Yehey servers in the west coast United States.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tsikot's moving

For the past few days, I’ve tried to log in to Tsikot.com but always unsuccesful. All I received were error messages. Today, I tried again but was re-directed to its sister site (gadgets ph) - as a temporary Tsikot tambayan (hang out).

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Halloween party for bloggers

I'm posting here and passing around Aileen Apolo's announcement:
Clear Black Night (a Halloween Dance Party)

This is THE Halloween party for bloggers we've been waiting for.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My bowling performance - final week (#19) of 28th CoMP

Final Week (#19) - 28th Chamber of Mines of the Philippines Annual Bowling Tournament

The team and individual events are over. And, I’m looking forward for the Masters Event and the Awarding Night.

My scores for my last three games were 139, 153, 156 or an average of 149. My final tournament average is 162. And, that landed me to the 25th place and as a last qualifier for the Group B of the Mens’ Masters Event.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

And the bonding continues . . .

As promptly planned last night, we’re going to the beach today to continue our family bonding. We woke up very early and hit the road at about 5:00 AM to Ryan and Pie’s place in San Fernando City, Pampanga. A few minutes after we arrived at their place, Pie arrived from the market. After eating quick breakfast, we proceeded to Bataan. On the way, Beng remembered her beloved sister in Balanga, called her up her and invited them to join us.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008


Ryan is my nephew. He’s the oldest child of my sister – Elvie. When I married, he’s our ring bearer. He’s only two years old then and refused to walk down the aisle. And that was almost 3 decades ago.

When he tied the knot with Pie six years ago, he made me as one of the principal sponsors. And, their date of their marriage coincided with my birthday.

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PhotoHunt 131 - Lazy


Actually, I was very LAZY to join PhotoHunt today. I went home at around 3:00 AM from a gimmick; and, I was still sleepy. But, PhotoHunt is PhotoHunt.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Social Security System

Social Security System (SSS) is an agency of the Philippine Government mandated to protect the country's workers and their dependents/beneficiaries. The system shall promote social justice and provide meaningful protection to members and their families against the hazards of disability, sickness, maternity, old age, death and other contingencies resulting in loss of income or financial burden. (Section 2, RA 8282)

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Sky Watch Friday #13

It's Sky Watch Friday the 13th.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

It's a miracle

There’s another party for bloggers, which is scheduled next Friday, October 17, 2008, at the same time and channel.

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I upgrade to Opera 9.6

When I opened my Opera 9.52 web browser, a message popped up that Opera 6.0 is already available. I clicked the link, downloaded, and installed it.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Free meal

There's an ongoing Free Madness Meal promo from BPI Express Credit and Greenwich Pizza. It started last August 1 and runs until the end of this month. For a purchase using any credit card of BPI Express Credit of at least P1,000 in a single receipt, the cardholder is entitled to a free meal from Greenwich Pizza (any outlet nationwide). The choices are chicken ala king, savory beef & mushroom, beefy baked macaroni, or hawaiian pizza bar. The meal comes with a regular softdrink.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My bowling performance - week 18 of 28th CoMP

Week 18 - 28th Chamber of Mines of the Philippines Annual Bowling Tournament

The first 18 weeks of the tournament is now over. There’s one more week for the team and individual events.

My scores were 181, 162, 163 or an average of 169 only.

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Monday, October 6, 2008


I was sleeping (siesta time) when a loud thunder rumbled then another and another. It’s downpouring when I opened the Venetian blinds in my cubicle. It’s about 1:00 PM.

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