Wednesday, July 30, 2008

E85

On my way home tonight, I was listening to the radio program, Kalikasan Vigilante. On its last half hour, the hosts, Mr. Vic Milan and Ms. Emily Marcelo, were talking about the E85 fuel blend. They were joined through telephone by Mr. Glen Yu – the President of Sea Oil.



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Freddie's Belated Birthday Celebration

Freddie’s birthday was last June 23. He belatedly celebrated his birthday with his friends in our village last Monday. Better late than never! He he . . .

At around 6:30 PM, we meet at IBP (Inihaw Balot Plaza) for the dinner.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

My bowling performance - week 8 of 28th COMP

This is the eight Tuesday of the 28th Chamber of Mines of Philippines Annual Bowling Tournament. And, there are 11 Tuesdays more to go. From my meeting in Manila, I proceeded to the venue and arrived early at about 4:00 PM. Seeing the bowling lanes empty, I doubted it’s Tuesday but confirmed it is by the tournament’s banner and name plates already in placed.


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Monday, July 28, 2008

WordCamp Philippines 2008

Earlier, I read about the WordCamp Philippines 2008 and intended to join. I hesitated because I thought it’s for Wordpress bloggers only and forgot all about it. Then I learned from Mica, a fellow i.ph blogger, that even non-Worpress bloggers can join this event. So, I immediately visited the WordCamp Philippines 2008 site, check the schedule, venue, topics and speakers. Knowing that I would learn a lot from this valuable event, I read the requirements then registered. And, congratulations to me as I’m already registered for the first WordCamp in Southeast Asia.

WordCamp Philippines

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Court stops GSIS take over of CTPL insurance

The Mandaluyong Regional Court issued a 20-day temporary restraining order against GSIS from implementing its plan to take over the issuance of CTPL insurance from private insurance companies. The court will study the merits of a petition filed by Ms. Belinda Martezano, an insurance agent, to stop the GSIS from monopolizing the CTPL business in the country.


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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Is your blog infected by virus?

Bloggers may not know it. Their blogs could have been infected and become carriers and sources of viruses on the web.

According to Sophos, an antivirus firm, blogs are the biggest sources of viruses; hence, the riskiest sites to visit. It noted that the number one host for malware is blogger.com, a free blog platform with URL that ends with blogspot.com. (Whoa! I have two blogs with blogger.com.) It estimated that blogger.com blogs account for two percent of infected webpages. Sophos said that hackers either set up malicious blogs using Blogger, or place comments into unsuspecting blogs that have links to websites that contain viruses.


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Carlos Bayan Altoveros Jr.

Obituary

Carlos Bayan Altoveros Jr., joined his Creator and wife, Agring (+), on July 24, 2008 at the age of 68.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sky Watch Friday (#6)

We were in Tuguegarao City two weeks ago and had the opportunity to visit the Tuguegarao Cathedral (a.k.a. Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral). I was able to capture photos of the sky with the cathedral's belfry in the foreground. Tuguegarao City, the capital of the province of Cagayan, is located in the northern part of the Philippines.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

My feet are aching

I can’t walk normally; as my feet are still aching.


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Reported Attack Site!

I was opening the forum site of Tsikot.com when this "Reported Attack Site!" message appeared:

Tuguegarao Cathedral

I have been to Tuguegarao City several times in the past years. But, I had never been at the Tuguegarao Cathedral; though, I had seen it twice from afar.

Last July 12, the wedding of my nephew, Ronelle, was celebrated in Tuguegarao Cathedral; and, I had the opportunity to be in the cathedral. This cathedral is also known as the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral.

Compulsory Third Party Liability Insurance

The fight over who should write the CTPL insurance is not yet over. What’s the controversy, in the first place?

The law compels the motor vehicle owner to procure a valid Third Party Liability Insurance and present the insurance policy upon filing of application as a requirement in the registration with the Land Transportation Office (LTO). However, there are unscrupulous entities or persons who are issuing fake insurance policies. To curb this malpractice, several systems, procedures have been devised and implemented. But these systems and procedures were no match to the issuers of fake insurance policies.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My bowling performance - week 7 of 28th COMP

I thought I could score another 200 on the first game. But, it was short by 9 pins. My scores were 191, 146, 165 or an average of 167. Good but not good enough.


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Monday, July 21, 2008

Beng's birthday celebration

At Think Of Me!

Just like last year, we’d planned to celebrate her birthday overnight in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. We would leave Saturday morning and come back Sunday afternoon. But, the plan was changed due to limited budget. Our spending for the month has already been way way over the limit. And, it is aggravated by the high cost of gasoline.

Instead, we had birthday lunch at Emerald Garden with Beng’s sister-in-law - Ate Nory, her family, and Jaja with her friend Riel.

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At Think Of Me & Laugh

As I've posted in my Think Of Me! blog, we celebrated Beng's birthday yesterday in two restaurants - at the Emerald Garden and Marina Restaurant. And, here were the food that we ordered, in the order that they were served.

Lunch - Emerald Garden
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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Beng's birthday

Happy birthday, dear

Age is just a number. So, don’t worry about it. Let’s celebrate and enjoy your day!

To my dearest wifey:

I LOVE YOU!


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It's Beng's birthday


Today is the natal day of my beloved wifey - Beng. I'm wishing you a Happy Birthday, sweetheart.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

PhotoHunt 119 - What IS that?


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At Autos of Tom

What IS that written on the rear windshield? Can you read what IS that?

Wash me



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At Think of Me & Laugh

We visited my sister-in-law and her/our granddaughter - Lian. And, Lian wanted to play the "What IS that?" game with her granny Beng - my wifey.

So, they play:

Granny: "Lian, what IS that?"
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Friday, July 18, 2008

Sky Watch Friday (#5)

Last week, I posted pictures of the sky from a plane. Now, I am posting pictures of airplanes in the sky.

It's high


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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Let there be light

The screen of my son's lappy was very dim. It's still working; but, you could barely see what's displayed. I suspected its backlight was busted. I played technician. First, I connected an external monitor to see if it's really working; and, it was. That confirmed my suspicion, which was corroborated by our IT personnel. I attempted some quack solutions but was unsuccessful. So, to Toshiba Service Center I went.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My bowling performance - week 6 of 28th COMP

A better week for me. I scored 169, 205, 163 (or an average of 179) . I couldn’t believe I scored more than 200. I broke my personal records:

  1. Highest score - from 177 to 205
  2. Highest average (3 games) – from 164 to 179.

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On-Screen Keyboard

Yesterday, I was composing a letter when, all of a sudden, some keys - p w l h j backspace tab, weren’t working properly. I had to press the keys harder or several times before they worked. Then, these keys were no longer functioning totally.


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Monday, July 14, 2008

A weekend 968 kilometer drive

Last Friday, we’re off to Quezon, Isabela to attend the wedding of our nephew, Ronelle. We used our Toyota Innova over the Kia Carens to accommodate more cargoes. As usual, I was the designated driver.

We left our place in Quezon City at around 12:00 noon. We only made three stop-overs – in Petron NLEX (for lunch), in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija (for snacks), and in Sta. Fe, Nueva Viscaya (for coffee). We arrived at my sister’s place in Quezon, Isabela at about 10:00 PM after traveling about 423 kilometers.


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Ronelle and Jaries wedding

At Think Of Me!

Ronelle, our handsome nephew, got married to Jaries, his equally beautiful bride, last Saturday.

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At Think of Me & Laugh


Ronelle, our nephew, and Jaries finally said "I do's" and vowed to be together until death do they part . The wedding was officiated in the Tuguegarao Cathedral and celebrated at the Hotel Roma with their families and friends.




PhotoHunt 118 - Support


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At Think of Me & Laugh



Last October 7, Avon Philippines held the "Avon Walk against Breast Cancer".


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At Autos of Tom

“Better late than never.” So, I am belatedly posting my entry for the “SUPPORT” theme.

Friday, July 11, 2008

My Cebu Pacific Air experience

I’ve been hearing sad stories about the poor services of Cebu Pacific Air, particularly the delayed flights. I’d used this airline twice or thrice only for the past two years; and, I found their services not bad at all. The planes were new and the flights on time. So, with the bad stories, I just thought that the services have already deteriorated.

CebuPacificAir.jpg picture by j_avonni


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Sky Watch (#4)

Another Friday of sky watching. I’m posting the photos of the sky while watching it from a plane. I flew to Dumaguete City yesterday morning and flew back to Manila in the afternoon.


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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mission accomplished

I went to Dumaguete City this morning on a big mission. I took the first flight of one of the two airlines that fly there. I scheduled my flight back to Manila tomorrow morning; as I was expecting to finish the mission within the day but not early enough to catch any of the two afternoon flights back to Manila.


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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

My bowling performance - week 5 of 28th COMP

Not a good night for me! I just averaged 151 (157 - 160 - 137). And, I broke my lowest score of 139 by 2 pins and lowest average of 154 by 3. Consequently, my current average was slashed by 2 from 159 to 157.


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Our first car

I was not able to buy my dream car, a Volkswagen Beetle, to be our first car. Instead, our first car was a 1976 Isuzu Gemini 2-Door. It was gas fed and had 4-speed manual transmission. We acquired it second hand from a friend at a real bargain price. However, some portions of the body were already rusting; the engine needed another overhaul (it had been overhauled a few times already, according to the former owner); the air-conditioning wasn’t working; and the electrical had problems too.

Back view of the car with my kids - Jaja and Luigi


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Sunday, July 6, 2008

A Taste of Beauty at Taste Asia

Pond's has thrown a party for bloggers and their girl friends to promote its latest products - the NEW POND'S miracle age "Look younger in 7 days". It was held at Taste Asia in SM Mall of Asia; thus, the title "A Taste of Beauty at Taste Asia".


The party was a great success.

You may read the bloggers accounts and see the pictures of the party:

Enjoy!

WAIT! Join SM Hypermarket’s Blog Writing Contest “myPond’s 7-Day Beauty Blog” and get a chance to win these: iPhone, New Pond’s Age Miracle Gift Set, SM Hypermarket GCs, SM Advantage Card, and Taste Asia card.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

PhotoHunt 117 (3) - Pointed

The theme is POINTED.

This is our car - a Toyota Innova. The shapes of its headlamps are POINTED inward.


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PhotoHunt 117 - Pointed

POINTED is this Saturday's theme.

December 20, 2005, we spent the day in the Enchanted Kingdom Theme Park in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Philippines.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Sky Watch (#3)

Another Sky Watch; and this is my third. The pictures I am posting are about SUNSET. These pictures were taken from the same day and place, where I took the pictures for my first and second entries.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Jaja has a new mobile phone

My daughter Jaja's Nokia 5300 is already out of order and beyond economical repair. Last Sunday, Beng and I accompanied her bought a new mobile phone at the Cyberzone in SM North EDSA. Her new mobile is a black Nokia 3120 Classic. She was looking for a white color but other colors than black are not yet available. We were able to find the cheapest at Compex for P7,350 only, if you pay in cash. In you pay in credit card, the store would charge an interest. I think this practice is against the law.



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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

No left turn traffic scheme in effect

I went to the domestic airport to fetch a friend. I noticed that the new traffic scheme, which is the “No Left turn at Andrews Avenue / Tramo Street” has been strictly implemented. It took effect on May 15, 2008. U-turn is likewise not allowed along Andrews Road and divider is placed along the middle of the road from rotunda to rotunda.


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Blogging / Writing Tips

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It's Pasig Day

Today, July 2, 2008, marks the 435th Foundation Day anniversary of the City of Pasig (or Araw ng Pasig). To celebrate this momentous event, it is a special (non-working) holiday in the city.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

My bowling performance - week 4

It’s week four of the 2008 Chamber of Mines Bowling Tournament. I played three games and scored 175, 139, and 177 or an average of 164. That made my current average at 159.


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Photo Blogs

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Health Calendar of Events - July 2008

The whole month of July in the Philippines is the:
  • National Blood Donors Month, and;
  • Nutrition Month.


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