Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My bowling performance - week 17 of 28th CoMP

Week 17 - 28th Chamber of Mines of the Philippines Annual Bowling Tournament

Tuesday again! And, this is the antepenultimate week.

My scores were 170, 166, and 191 or an average of 176. On my third game, had I punched out the last frame, I could have scored 226, which would qualify me to the elite 225 Club. Unfortunately, it was a wide split. Too bad!

Avon Walk 2008

    What: Avon Walk 2008
    Themes: I walk with 30,000 for a healthier tomorrow / Kiss goodbye to breast cancer.
    Date & Time: October 5, 2008 at 6:00 AM
    Venues: Sixteen (16) locations nationwide

Monday, September 29, 2008

Club Carens in the making

Last September 28, eight owners of Kia Carens met at Metrowalk in Pasig City. They discussed the organization of Club Carens Philippines. The attendees were: Alan, Robie, Bobby, Darwin & Sakura, Joe10, Barzee, Ronald, Marga & family.

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BayanDSL is down

There’s no internet connection since I woke up yesterday morning. My wife complained that she tried to go online at 3:00 AM but was unsuccessful. I tried connecting several times but to no avail. I checked and double checked the wirings, modem, router, and my lappy; and they’re all okay.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Octoberfest at Taste Asia

San Miguel Beer sponsored Octoberfest 120 especially for bloggers. It was held last Friday at Taste Asia, MOA. Some photos of the event:

PhotoHunt 129 - View


At Autos of Tom

The VIEWS from the side VIEW mirror of our Toyota Innova:

OctoberFest for bloggers


More than 450 (per Aileen’s estimate) bloggers and friends, once again, converged at the Taste Asia - MOA to celebrate the Octoberfest 120 Na with the sponsor San Miguel Beer. At the gate, the bloggers and friends were greeted and received by alluring, tempting, beautiful, and sexy San Miguel Octoberfest ladies.


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Friday, September 26, 2008

Sky Watch Friday #11 (15)

Typhoon Nina (Hagupit) just left the country.

But, my son was under the weather and we brought him to the hospital Tuesday night. Yesterday (Thursday), the sun didn't show up and the sky was cloudy the whole morning and early part of the afternoon.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Don't get sick

My son’s high fever relapsed and persisted. Already worried, my wife rushed him to the hospital’s emergency room. After some check-up and diagnostic examinations, the ER doctor recommended for his confinement in order that the complete work-up could be done.

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World Heart Day 2008 - Do you know your risk?

I'm spreading the news. I got this from Philippine Heart Association * Philippine College of Cardiology.


The World Heart Day is celebrated simultaneously in 100 countries every 4th Sunday of September to promote awareness, reduction and prevention and primary care of cardiovascular disease. This year, it's on September 28. And, the theme is "Do you know your risk? It's a call to action to help people better understand their personal risk for cardiovascular disease, including hypertension, the silent killer.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

No signal!

One day, in the office, some office mates with phones under Smart Communications network were complaining that they couldn’t call nor they’re receiving calls while in their area. However, a few steps from this area, their phones were working properly.

While passing by this area, they explained to me the situation and I was requested to call their phones. Using my Nokia E90, I called up their numbers and other numbers outside of this area. The messages were “network busy”. I went a little farther and called them up. “The number you dialed is either unattended or out of coverage area” were the answers I received. I called up the other numbers I called up earlier from their area and I got through. Something, I thought, was not right. We tried to diagnose the problem.

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Monetize your blog

Do you have a quality blog?
And, do you want to monetize it?

Blog Directories


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Week 16 of Chamber of Mines Bowling Tourney

It’s Tuesday again and the 16th week of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines Bowling Tournament. But, I wasn’t able to attend.

Before leaving home for office, I made it sure that my bowling ball and uniform were already in car. Last week, I forgot the ball. Luckily, I was still about a kilometer away, when I remembered my ball.

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For Sale: 2005 Toyota Innova J Gas

We are selling our 2005 Toyota Innova J Gas:


  • Color : Silver Metallic
  • Plate ending : 1
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Mileage: 66,000 kilometers
  • Casa maintained
  • In very good condition
  • Modifications: With Shark Roof Rack, Window Visors, Keyless entry and alarm, leatherette seat covers, and matting
  • Acquired : March 2005
  • Price: P530,000

Please click here to see some details and pictures of the unit.

If you are interested and wish to inspect the unit, please contact Tom at e-mail: j_avonni@yahoo.com or at mobile phone: +63 (920) 9555249 or at home phone (weekends only): +63 (2) 4173231.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Singapore Motorshow 2008

I just found out about the Singapore Motorshow 2008 from Kotse.com.

sing motorshow.jpg

It’s the 9th Singapore Motorshow, which is done biannually. And, this event is the most celebrated and prestigious motorshow in the region. Visitors can expect to see dazzling display of awe-inspiring concept cars and new and sleek automobiles.

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Opera 9.52

I just downloaded, installed, and used my fourth browser. I have been using Mozilla Firefox 3 as my default browser, and have been testing the Google Chrome, the newest web browser. Yesterday, I started using and testing Internet Explorer 8.

I received a comment in my post “Screenshot of the three browser” from HyperBallistic:

"How come no one ever includes Opera in web browser comparisons, imo its better then all the others combined, and half the "new and exiting features!" in browsers recently have been in Opera for months/years. Blegh."

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Screenshot of the three browsers

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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

Some months back, I downloaded and installed Mozilla Firefox 3. It’s now my default web browser. Early this month, I downloaded and installed Google Chrome to test it. Now, I downloaded and installed the Internet Explorer 8 ( IE8 ) Beta 2. Yes, I will also test it.

Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 - faster, easier, and safer than ever.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Understanding an Indonesian Blog

Aki Gaul visited one of my blogs, My Daily Text, and left a message. Reciprocally, I clicked the link to his site. Then, I learned that he’s an Indonesian; and, his blog is written in Indonesian.

I’m not an Indonesian and knew nary a word of it; so, how could I understand what he wrote. I was about to post a thank you message then leave; when, all of a sudden, I decided to read some of his posts. One post is about OctoberFest. It’s about the beer festival that’s being held annually in Germany and in other parts of the world and how it’s being celebrated. Then, I left a comment to this in his Indonesian language.

How did I understand his posts and commented to his post in his language?

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Microwave oven and eggs

At around lunch time at the office last Friday, we heard an explosion coming from our pantry.  An office mate was boiling an egg in a microwave oven.  She didn't knew the aftermath of cooking eggs in their shells in microwave oven.  It turned out that most of my office mates didn't know too.  My office mate is now nicknamed as the "Egg Buster".

PhotoHunt 128 - Road


Hills were cut to built this ROAD leading to Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ).


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ROADS are everywhere!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Our car is now running smoothly

This morning, the Kia Service Advisor informed me that they have found the cause of the defects of our Kia Carens. And, do you want to know what it was?. It caused by broken wires. And, how the wires were broken?

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SSS ID capture is out of order

I went to Social Security System (SSS) Buendia, Makati branch yesterday morning to apply for SSS ID card. Unfortunately, the ID capture machine is not yet operating. What’s SSS doing? This machine has been out for almost a year.

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Sky Watch Friday #10 (14)

The rain's threatening. It's good we we're able to leave before it fell. The place's in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines.

OctoberFest for bloggers

There's another event especially for bloggers. Yes, San Miguel Corp. is treating bloggers in celebrating OctoberFest 120 in the country. And, here are the details:
  • What: Oktoberfest 120 Na!
  • When: September 26, 2008, Friday, 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Taste Asia, Mall of Asia (beside SM Hypermarket)
  • Why: Parteeh!

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Save on fuel by commuting

The Kia Service Center was not able to finish the diagnosis and repairs of our Kia Carens. Hence, I commuted home. But, the timing was bad because of the impending rain; and, I had no umbrella or raincoat.

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OctoBloggersFest 120 Na!

I learned it first from Ade at www.i.ph forum and immediately registered. Then, I went to Aileen’s “An Apple a Day” to get more details.

San Miguel is inviting, through Aileen, all bloggers for a special Oktoberfest party just for bloggers.

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Something is wrong with our Carens

There’s something unusual in our Kia Carens, particularly in its automatic transmission. After traveling for a few kilometers and the engine reached it normal temperature, I notice the following symptoms:
  1. From full stop, the car is laboring to move forward.
  2. At full stop, if the gear is shifted to either “R” or “D”, the car jerks - stronger at “R”.
  3. At full stop or in motion, if the gear is shifted to Sports Mode, the number of gear appearing on the indicator is always 3 regardless of the speed and even at full stop. It can be shifted down to 2 and back to 3 but never to 1 and 4.
  4. While running and the gear is shifting, the gear slips before engaging.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Get apprehended or donate an organ

Today, I heard reports that MMDA personnel were, instead of issuing traffic violation receipts, requiring violators to be an eye donor in the event of their death.

But, it isn’t MMDA but the Makati City Police Department. In partnership with the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines (EBFP), today’s traffic violators that were caught in Makati City were condoned by the Makati City police provided they agreed to donate their eyes or other organs, except sex organs, upon their death. The project is titled “Ticket Mo Sagot Ko, Basta I-Donate Mo Ang Mata Mo (Your ticket is on me, provided you donate your eyes)”.

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Still Google PR3

Last May, I learned that this blog's Google Page Rank increased from PR2 to PR3. Four months have passed and I checked it again. I'm glad it has maintained its PR 3.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My bowling performance - week 15 of 28th COMP

Week 15 - 28th Chamber of Mines of the Philippines Annual Bowling Tournament

I was glad it’s another Tuesday of bowling. I left our home in Novaliches, Quezon City at around 5:30 AM. After traveling about a kilometer, I realized that my bowling bag, of course with my bowling ball, wasn’t in the car. So, I turned around and got it. It’s good I was thinking about the bowling, which reminded me that I forgot to load the ball in the car.

I scored 155, 171, and 183 or an average of 170. Not bad, I thought. Had it not for the 3 unconverted splits in my first game, I could averaged better. Actually, I had four splits but converted one only.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Typhoon Watch

When there's news of an incoming typhoon, you may check its progress from the following weather sites:

First Anniversary of Avanza Club Pilipinas

Autos of Tom

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1 to be released at the end of the month

Good news!  Finally, Sony Ericsson has announced the release/lauch date for the much awaited XPERIA X1 in select regions across the globe. Fortunately, the Philippines is one of them. Watch out for it.

For more information about this phone, please visit Sony Ericsson site.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Online Games

Take a break and play your favorite game/s


PhotoHunt 127 - Wild


WILD is how I describe the traffic scenarios in the Philippines.  In tight traffic situations, most Filipino drivers, private and public utility drivers alike, become WILD.  They are undisciplined, in a hurry, unkind, discourteous, hot-headed and disobedient to the traffic rules and regulations.


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At Think Of Me & Laugh

The theme is WILD.

This section of the river in Nagcarlan, Laguna, Philippines is somewhat WILD.

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Chrome bugs

I’m concurrently using Google Chrome with Firefox to test the former.

When I opened my wifey’s latest post “Better on the second try” with Google Chrome, the page didn’t fully load but up to the title of the post only.  I refreshed it several times but to no avail.  So, I used Firefox.  It loaded perfectly fine.

I wanna play chess again

Let’s play chess!

With the just concluded 3rd President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (PGMA) Cup International Open, where the Philippines and Asia’s first Grand Master Eugene Torre emerged as the Champion, my interest and zeal in chess rekindled. I wanted to play chess again. I miss announcing “check” and “mate” or hearing my opponent says “I resign”. To hone my skills in chess again, I have to look for other wood pushers whom I could play with. Or, I could just search for online chess games, which is more convenient.

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Congratulations, GM Eugene Torre

The Philippines and Asia's first chess Grand Master, Eugene Torre, bagged the title in the 3rd PGMA Cup International Open yesterday at the Duty Free Fiesta Mall in Paranaque City. He tied the first place with GM Li Chao of China and GM Zhang Zhong of Singapore. Eugene was declared as the champion because of a better tiebreak point. He has 2572 tiebreak point against Chao's 2533 and Zhong's 2532. GM Chao was the champion last year.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Sky Watch Friday # 9 (13)

It was about 6:30 PM; and, the sun was setting.

GM's Eugene Torre and Zhong Zhang tie the lead

After the 8th round of the 3rd Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (PGMA) Cup International Open, Grand Masters Eugene Torre of the Philippines and Zhong Zhang of Singapore tied the first place at 6.5 points each. Grand Masters Li Chao of China and Mikheil Mchedlishvili of Georgia shared the second place at 6.0 points each. There's a triple tie in the third place at 5 points each; Grand Master Ehsan Ghaemmaghami of Iran, International Master Julio Catalino Sadorra of the Philippines and Weiqi Zhou of China.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Today is the birthday of my niece, Michelle

Our dearest Michelle, we are wishing you a

Happy Birthday

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

65,000 km. PMS of our Toyota Innova

We used our Toyota Innova in going to and from Isabela twice in the last two months.  Then, I noticed that it has already exceeded 65,000 kilometers.  Well, the distance from Manila to Quezon, Isabela is about 404 kilometers.  And, two trips are about 1,616 kilometers.

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I won, I won

I just remembered that I joined Ms. Write’s Birthday Contest; and, today, is the announcement of winners.  So, I visited her site to see if I won.  And, hurray!, I’m one of the second prize winners.

FAG drops to 4th place

28th Chamber of Mines of the Philippines Annual Bowling Tournament
Week 14

FAG lost its three games to the 2nd placer, Lepanto Mining. As a result, it dropped from 3rd to 4th place.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

My bowling performance - week 14 of 28th CoMP

I am congratulating Mr. Jeff Carabeo and Ms. Kim Lao for outsmarting veteran bowlers like Paulo Valdez, Biboy Rivera, Liza del Rosario and Krizziah Tabora thereby winning the National Title of the 2008 Bowling World Cup last Sunday at the SM MOA Bowling Center.  The duo will be sent to Hermosillo, Mexico on November 2008 to test their mettles in the international finals of the cup against the world’s bests.  Last year, Paulo and Liza represented the country in the World Cup in Petersburg, Russia.

At CoMP bowling tourney tonight, my scores weren’t good: 168 – 134 – 168 (average of 157 only).  Jeff and Kim’s averages are about 210.  I had gunned for another 200 games on my third game but only to be frustrated by three similar cherries.  The pins left were 6 and 10 and I chopped the 6.

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A new blog

There's a new blog about food, travel, places, and events.  The blogger is a domesticated wife and mother of two legal aged children.  Her blog name is "Beyond My Quiet Zone" and her latest post is "Pasta Cravings".

Monday, September 8, 2008

2008 People’s Choice Awards - September update

As of September 7, 2008, Kia Carens maintains its lead in the ongoing 2008 Auto Focus People’s Choice Awards as the Automobile of the Year 2008:

  • Kia Carens – 9,851
  • Hyundai Grand Starex – 7,353
  • Honda Civic – 5,837

Wifey's other blog

After my persistent prodding to blog, Beng, my wifey, gave in. She created her first blog in www.i.ph last November, which she named, “My Quiet Zone“. Having little knowledge and experience in computer and internet surfing, she had hard times in creating and maintaining it. Slowly, she’s learning the trade. When her blog is up and running, I’m amazed at how she’s gaining more audiences than I. As a matter of fact, her blog had been ranked PR 2 until Google found out her paid blogging.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Radio Stations

Listen to music, news, etc. while blogging and surfing via the internet radios:

Good luck, bar examinees

Today is the first Sunday of the four consecutive Sundays of the 2008 Bar examination. There are 6,533 law graduates, from different law schools, taking this year Bar examination.

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Kotse.com is back


After several months of hiatus and rebuilding the site, Kotse.com is online again.

When I learned about it, I immediately visited it.  It has new and improved look. Its background is a maroon BMW M3 Coupe.


Google Chrome not compatible with www.i.ph

I just downloaded and installed the newest web browser, Google Chrome.

To test it, I’m currently using it as my web browser.  It’s working perfectly fine until I was about to edit a post in my www.i.ph blog “Think Of Me!”.  An error message appeared:

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the newest web browser developed by Google.  A beta version for Microsoft Windows was released on September 2, 2008 in 43 languages and more would be coming soon.  The versions for MacOSX and Linux are still under development.  It is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

I’m not able to attend the WordCamp

Yesterday, I made the last minute preparation for the WordCamp. I printed two copies of my Camper’s Pass and copied it too, together with the vicinity map, in my Nokia E90.

PhotHunt 126 - String(s)


At Autos of Tom

My entry for this week’s theme is a STRING of cars that joined in the Tsikot.com Auto Fest / Competition last February.



At Think of Me & Laugh

These pictures were taken in a restaurant called "Isdaan" (fish pond) located in Gerona, Tarlac.

The trio is providing music and fun to the patrons. Two of them are using instruments with STRINGS called "guitars".

Friday, September 5, 2008

Save on fuel with promos

With my Gold Shell Citibank Visa Credit Card, I shifted from Petron to Shell mainly because of the 5% rebate.

When I gas up at a Shell station, the gasoline attendant informed me that they have a current promo.

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Sky Watch Friday #8 (12)

These pictures of the sky were taken over the mountains of Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya on our way back to Manila last Sunday. We went to Quezon, Isabela last Friday and attended the wedding of my nephew, which was held Saturday. We traveled back to Manila the following day. At lunchtime, we were in Santa Fe, where we stopped over for our lunch.