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Sunday, August 31, 2008

I Miss Both My Grandmas

I have just visited one of my favorite blogsites, A day to share with Tammy, and Tammy's post, "Take Time To Write A Note" is about a note written by her son's grandmother. While reading the post, I was taken to the time when both my grandmothers, Lola Viating and Lola Berta were still alive. I have always felt their love and the way the two grandmas express their love for us, their grandkids, in a way that we will never really forget them. The hug, the kisses, the smile, the appreciation, the good food, the care, the laughs, the moments...in fact, the memories I have with them are not enough---I miss them so much...

I will blog about each of them when I have the time, now I must say my good night...

THE MENSQUARE--my favorite band...

When I was in college, I was a part of the Xavier University College Glee Club and the XU Chapel Aides. And in those organizations I have met and made friends with very interesting people, who are talented and are "famous" in their own right...and that includes me also, lol... All these years, I can't help but wonder where the others have gone, where they have settled and what they are busy with at the present moment...except for a few who have been exchanging emails or friendster/facebook/myspace hi's and hellos...one particular group, which was composed of members from both organizations, which I have come to love so much is The Mensquare. A group of male singers, who started out by singing song popularized by SHAI, BOYZ2MEN and all other male bands popular in their own genre. From school pageants to school events and programs, The Mensquare was never absent, people loved them so much they were always asked or requested to render a number or two. Then they ventured out of the school, into the city and the entire Misamis Oriental. Offers were coming from everywhere. They have had concerts, gigs and mall shows in and out of town, out of the country even. In fact, they were almost there--- a recording contract at hand but unfortunately turned the other way for some reasons I am not so sure whether I should discuss here or not, after all, the guys are my friends and I love them dearly like my brothers. And perhaps I will not be able to give the full details, it might get misinterpreted, so never mind. Anyhow, here are a few pictures of them and the transitions that happened...









Original members of The Mensquare: Erwin Supremo, Walther Mañus, Heracleo Belisario and Wyllmer Mañus...When Erwin announced to the group that he was quitting to give in to the demands of his studies in Nursing at that time, Jasper Saraban was to take his place. Then when Walther Mañus had to leave the group to further his career as a DJ, and Erwin changed his career path from studying the very complicated and hectic world of Nursing, he came back so there were four guys again. Unfortunately, Erwin decided, again, to leave the group because, being a gwapito and a tall handsome guy with manners and all (he was my forever-crush so let me just ellaborate on those facts, lol...), he was hired by Philippine Airlines. So Leo, Wyllmer and Jasper had to look for another person to complete the square...and then they found who else, but heartrob Mark Bautista, my baby brother in Pasundayag Theater.--small world? Well, I just happen to live in a world full of talented individuals...lol... that's another story so let's just stick with The Mensquare trail...wink..wink...

Even before Mac2x (that's how we call him-Mark B.) won second place and Sarah Geronimo as the champion in the singing contest, he was already busy with its preparations that the guys had to find another person to take his place. This time, it was a lady, I think she was the cousin of Jasper (Jasper's family are also talented, even the babies in the family line can sing whilst inside their mother's womb, LOL), I forgot her name, but she had to leave for a singing stint in another country so again, they sought another person, and this time, it was my cousin Anna Aguilar, the J.Lo of the Aguilar clan...hehehe... The night of the singing championship, The Mensquare (with my cousin) were with us during the Luau for the Alumni Celebration of ACSAT CDO. Anyway, that too is another story, LOL...whew... going back to the story now. So after my cousin, there were others, I do not know who they were anymore since I too had to move and go on with my life, I lost track of my favorite band. All I know is that the group exists no longer as The Mensquare have moved, and its members have moved on. From a boy band singing slow acapellas to pop, until officially they became a band complete with the drummers and the keyboardist and sang fast songs and dance hits while their audience danced to their groove.

Today, I can only see them in friendster, that explains all the links I have attached here. But, somehow, even if The Mensquare is no longer there, I see that my friends have ventured into the career path that they each wanted to venture into. As the saying goes, one can never take away the talent and the desire of a talented individual...wherever you place him or her, he or she will really excel and that's just that... I am happy that the guys are still performing, sharing their talents to the world, giving the country and families, the pride and their fans, well... I am just happy that they are happy with their lives..

You go guys... maybe you would like to consider recording "the album" together again, someday, somehow--- well, we'll see...


I just got paid in CASHCRATE...

I never thought it would come, but it did... last year I signed up with CASHCRATE...



But I never really took anything seriously, although I have placed my promotion banners everywhere.... I almost forgot about it but when a friend of mine migrated to the United States, and signed up for CASHCRATE by clicking one of my banners, and another friend did the same, and both told me that Cashcrate is indeed true to its promises, I checked my account again. And yes, by my referrals alone, I have earned. Checked my paypal, and it's there...

The good side is aside from earning 20% from your direct referrals you also earn 10% from the direct referrals of your referrals...isn't it great? That is excluding the fact that if you do the surveys and the offers yourself, you will be paid for the amount given by the advertisers. And the minimum amount to reach in order to be paid is just $10... So, if you do more or refer more, you will get paid more...

So what are you waiting for, click on the banner below and sign up...




Saturday, August 30, 2008

I want to know what you are thinking...

This here will start a segment in my blog... If you are currently a high school or elementary student from the private or the public school system, I want to know what you are thinking... I will have (1) one question a week, and all you have to do is comment your answers to my question. Please, if you have no blog site or web page, your email will do or simply your name, but please do not answer anonymously. Thanks...


For my first question:

"What have you learned from your grandparents/parents/guardians, that you think will enable you to survive in your current and future struggles? (As a student and as a person) "

Help for Mary Jean Bacorro - Thoughts to ponder...

Personally, I don't know her, but after I posted the blog and texted all my friends here in the Philippines if they know her, some, especially the nurses and doctor friends of mine who happen to have met her at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (Provincial Hospital) confirmed to me that the lady is indeed in need of help. She is in need of a kidney transplant, but have no money for the said operation nor for the continuous medication. I am so sad because a woman like her, educated and ready for a competitive life, struggles with a sickness that, not only breaks her heart but torments her psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, apart from it affecting her physically.

So my dear friends in the blogosphere allow me to help her in the only possible way I can. If I were a millionaire, I would have given her the money she needs, but since I am just your ordinary teacher, living and fighting my own struggles, this is the only way I think I can help... So that explains her photo at the sidebar and the donation button for Pay Pal... I shall be seeing her sister again, and I will tell her what I did. If anyone of you would like to help, all contact information is on the letter that I have attached in my previous post. To go there, simply click the photo at the sidebar, it will redirect you to my previous post.

Maybe you can help me too. Maybe you can also blog about her, and perhaps more people will be able to help her. As my friend Amy said, the internet is a very powerful tool... I hope I will be able to reach people who will be more than willing to help Mary Jean Ranalan Bacorro.

I pray that you, with a big heart, who is reading this blog now, who will decide to blog about Mary Jean and her condition, and the help she needs, will be in perfect health always...

On behalf of Mary Jean and her family, I thank you from the bottom of my heart---


Friday, August 29, 2008

Customer Service

Who among you have been victimized by rude and unfriendly customer service personnel? Well, I guess many here would say YES... Customer service is one of the most important industries in the business world. Ranging from marketing to technical service, you name it, its there... and the industry is growing and ever evolving. In fact, that is the very reason why we have now the CONTACT CENTER or CALL CENTER operations. Basically, to provide fast and efficient man power to handle customer service jobs.

Before, I was never keen on my role as a consumer. Although I pride myself of being assertive, I always allow customer service to dictate on me. However, when I was part of the CONTACT CENT or CALL CENTER scene, everything changed. It's when I learned that we, as customers or consumers have the right to complain and report those agents who are not able to do their jobs well. Much more so, I was able to distinguish companies who give customer service ranging from the good and bad, worse to worst.

So anyway, this Dneero survey is all about that. Enjoy:




International Order of Jobs Daughters...

I will forever be proud to be say I'm one of the "fairest in the land".... Proud to be a member of the International Order of Jobs Daughters Bethel No. 19, Cagayan de Oro City--- Now that am already a mom, I would also like to see Zarelle grow in the footsteps of Job's Daughters....

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

I came across a blog by another empowered woman, Tiffany, on One Woman's Rants and Raves, which is actually more like her family diary of some sort, complete with details, humour, and lessons to learn from. In it I read that she has this contest going on to commemorate her 100th post on her blog, lol... well, that calls for a celebration right? And the good thing about this is that, she is giving away $100 American Express Gift Card... that's something, right? You can't just pick that up anywhere... coz that does not grow on trees.
Anyway, how to join is simple, first you make a comment on her blog post, telling her, what your favorite post is out of the 100 posts she has made. I was supposed to answer "the contest post", but of course, that wouldn't give justice to it. So, I went through her posts, from the newest to the the older posts and found one which I really liked. It's called THE TWO G's TO A HAPPY LIFE. It was fun reading her posts, to the point that I almost forgot about the contest post, ONE HUNDRED. When I remembered, of course I gave her a comment... and of course you know what followed---this post. lol..
To Tiffany, I salute you for a job well done, I hope I will reach my 100th post too... well, soon....wink, wink...
Do visit Tiffany at http://therfamilydiaries.blogspot.com I promise, it wont be a waste of your time..right Tiffany? lol, this here reminds me of another post of hers..hehehe, if you wanna know what it is, better visit her site now...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

My friend Ram was asking me the other day about the different ways of getting/earning money online, and as I was trying to explain to him that he should check out banners and stuff being offered online, join forums, contests, answer surveys and all other means, a friend of mine buzzed me through YM saying I should check out IM Blogger. They have cool contests every month and for the month of August, the contest is totally mind blowing--- well, those were her words. So of course, I checked the site. True enough the August Contest is worth the try...

So anyway, I did checked it out and joining the contest is easy. You simply have to earn entries.

Here's some ways to earn entries:

a.) Subscribe via RSS, that earns you 2 entries. Those who have already subscribed to the site, will simply have to leave comments.


b.) For those who have blogs, may simply write a blog about the contest, following the directions on how it should be, and viola! You get to earn 5 entries.

And as an added bonus, for those whose blogs have over 500 subscribers, will get an additional 2 entries.

And the prizes? I simply copied the information below so I wont make a mistake as I usually make mistakes when I am excited over something (lol..) Check them out:

Prizes. (as was written on the IM Blogger site)

There are going to be only 3 winners and here are the prizes.

1st prize.

125$ cash.

2 .COM/.NET/.ORG domain names of your choice.

2nd prize.

100$ cash.

2 .COM/.NET/.ORG domain names of your choice.

3rd prize.

75$ cash.

1 .COM/.NET/.ORG domain name of your choice.

All the domain names will be registered at Godaddy and we’ll require your account details for pushing the domain name. I shall e-mail the winners with what info is required. Oh, and the cash is paid through PayPal. You’ll have to email us your PayPal email id to receive the payments. shall forward the prizes within 24 hours after I read (It should usually take a lot less time).

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Deadline for the contest is September 1, 2008. Winners will be announced the same day or the following day, that's the 1st or the 2nd of September, 2008. They will use random.org to randomize the entries and the 3 lucky entries will receive an email. Winners will be announced with screenshots.

Isn't that amazing? Now am excited. Considering this will be the first contest i am joining. Yantse was right. This contest is indeed mind blowing... hmmm, I wonder... Will I ever be able to sleep well tonight? Am sure this excitement will keep me from sleeping, lol..

So guys, what are you waiting for? Check out the site and join the contest today. We only have a few days left till the deadline....
Finally changed my music... something light yet meaningful... yeah, they all are... hope you guys like the new songs....

Friday, August 22, 2008

I'm just busy right now, but anytime soon I will be changing my blogsite music... I think I need to get off somewhere as I'm tired of crossing my moonriver... finally, I have decided to get off from my boat (lol)... or maybe, I just need to anchor and drydock my ship... what do you think?

hmmm, maybe I'll walk instead... walk on water? ahehehehehe... or fly--- anything is possible, that I know...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Summary of Secret Teachings

MONEY - RELATIONSHIPS - HEALTH

Money is magnetic energy. You are a magnet attracting to you all things, via the signal you are emitting through your thoughts and feelings. Discover how to become a powerful magnet for the creation of personal wealth.

Relationships can be completely transformed, no matter what it's like right now. Learn how to transform every single relationship you have in your life.

Concerned about your health? Explore ways to open yourself up and become a powerful magnet to wellness and health starting from wherever you are now.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

IIE LESSON PLAN CONTEST

This is interresting. I found this while searching for some resource materials for my lesson plan in Philippine History...

IIE LESSON PLAN CONTEST

Get a chance to win a laptop computer!

Simply write a lesson plan using the Inquirer as reference!


Learning, the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s section dedicated to education, is inviting teachers all over the country to prepare a lesson plan based on the contents of the Inquirer as part of its mission to promote literacy and develop young people into life-long readers.

The IIE Lesson Plan Contest is designed to encourage and reward the creation of instructional guides in a variety of content areas that will build awareness and appreciation of newspapers.

Mechanics:

1. This contest is open to all active grade school and high school teachers, whether public or private, in the Philippines.

2. The teacher must prepare an original, unpublished, clear and concise lesson plan using the contents of the Inquirer. The lesson plan must be classroom-tested, and preferably adaptable for grades 4-7 and high school years 1 to 4. It should come with an activity sheet for students and, where applicable, must include extension activities.

3. Submissions must be accompanied by a cover sheet containing the following information:



4. The lesson plan may be submitted in hard copy or on CD or disk by postal mail or hand delivery to:

Main Office:

c/o “IIE Lesson Plan Contest ”
Inquirer Learning Section
Philippine Daily Inquirer
3/F PDI Building, 1098 Chino Roces (Pasong Tamo) Ave.
corner Yague and Mascardo Sts.
Makati City

Submission may also be emailed to lessonplan@inquirer.com.ph. Where appropriate, the consent of the school should be obtained. A certification from the school administration would be sufficient.

5. The IIE Lesson Plan of the Month winner will be selected from the eligible entries each month for six months during the promo period starting on June 15, 2008 until December 15, 2008. The odds of winning in the monthly contests depend on the number of eligible entries received. The winner for the month of July will be chosen from the entries received between June 16 and July 15, 2008, and so on (see Schedule).

6. The winning IIE lesson plan for the month will be published in the Learning section (see schedule).

Schedule of the contest
Submission Period Publication of Winning Entry
16 July to 15 July 2008 28 July 2008
16 July to 15 August 2008 25 August 2008
16 August to 15 September 2008 29 September 2008
16 September to 15 October 2008 27 October 2008
16 October to 15 November 2008 24 November 2008
16 November to 15 December 2008 29 December 2008

7. Only one lesson plan entry per teacher per month is allowed. A teacher may win only once for the duration of the contest.

8. All employees of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, its advertising agencies and their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinities are not allowed to participate in the promo.

9. Lesson plans will be judged for suitability and relevance, accuracy of information, degree of actively engaging and stimulating students, organization, evaluation measures and to what degree they incorporate the use of a newspaper as a learning tool.

10. The IIE Lesson Plan winner for the month will be awarded a laptop computer. A total of six laptop computers will be awarded for the duration of the contest. No cash equivalent or alternative prize will be awarded. Taxes will be paid by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

11. All entries and winning lesson plans become a property of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which reserves the right to use them without any liability.

12. All winners will be notified by registered mail and telephone.

13. Winners must each present at least 2 valid IDs with photo (school, SSS, etc.) when they claim the prize at any of the following Philippine Daily Inquirer Offices:

Main Office:

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Learning Section
PDI Building, Pasong Tamo corner Yague and Mascardo Sts.
Makati City

Baguio Bureau:

Philippine Daily Inquirer - Northern Luzon Bureau
Room 201, Bonuan Apartelle
10 Happy Glen Loop, Baguio City


Bicol Bureau:
Philippine Daily Inquirer - Southern Luzon Bureau
2/F Los Baños Bldg., Aguinaldo St., Legaspi City

14. All prizes not claimed within 60 days from receipt of notification will be forfeited in favor of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

15. The winners shall agree to have their names and photos published in the Inquirer and all its allied media, or announced in any mode or manner of advertisement as the Philippine Daily Inquirer may deem appropriate.

16. In case of dispute, the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s decision shall be final.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Imagine a Woman...

This here is a copy from a post by one of the best bloggers I have come to know in blogosphere... Tammy Warren, who, thanks for her time, also happen to visit my site often. When I read this on her blog, A Day to Share with Tammy, I knew I have to share this with you also.

Enjoy as I have enjoyed reading this post.

Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman. A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories. Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.
Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself. A woman who listens to her needs and desires. Who meets them with tenderness and grace.

Imagine a woman who has acknowledged the past's influences on the present. A woman who has walked through her past. Who has healed into the present.

Imagine a woman who authors her own life. A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf. Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and wisest voice.

Imagine a woman who names her own God. A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is. Who celebrates her body's rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.

Imagine a woman who honors the body of the goddess in her changing body. A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and wisdom. Who refuses to use her precious life energy disguising the changes in her body and life.

Imagine a woman who values the women in her life. A woman who sits in circles of women. Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.

Imagine yourself as this woman.

Written by Patricia Lynn Reilly


If you like what you have read, please let me know. Below is a linky to prove that...

Monday, August 18, 2008




You Are a Fierce Femme



You have a wild side, and you aren't afraid to bring it out when the time is right.

But you also know when to hang back and keep your "crazy chick" persona in check.

In fact, some of your friends may be surprised to find out how far you can take it...

You may look mild mannered, but it's all an act!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

You are beautiful if you see yourself beautiful, inside and outside...

My sister saw this picture and told me I should lose weight because if I don't I will look like the women you see in the above photo. Frankly, I do not see anything wrong with them. And if I should lose weight, it wouldn't be because I was afraid of looking like them. There's nothing wrong with how they look, see, if you examine the picture above, they are perfectly happy about their bodies. They are even confident enough to wear the swim wear they're wearing. Not everyone can be as confident as they are. If I have to lose weight, it would be for health reasons. And that's just that.

I have so many thoughts regarding this specific topic, but I have to end here for now. Duty calls--- ehehehehhe... I shall be finishing this tomorrow...

Good night everyone, a blessed sunday to you...




You Are a Life Blogger!



Your blog is the story of your life - a living diary.

If it happens, you blog it. And make it as entertaining as possible.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Who Am I by Casting Crow

If you visit my cousin Bogie's site, Bogie's Wonderland, you will hear a very nice song playing, "Who Am I" by Casting Crow...actually she has many there but being the first song on her list, one will never miss it... I like the song so much I want to share with you guys its lyrics... do visit Bogie's page if you wish to listen to it.
Who Am I
Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart
Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
Vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours
Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me
Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
Vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours
Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
Vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours
I am Yours
Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear
'Cause I am Yours
I am Yours
"Be grateful where you are now, God has wonderful plans in your life, far beyond you can ever dream of. Be patient while you wait, his timing is never late..."

Vege Coffee...Healthy Coffee...

In today's health conscious reality, people try different means of attaining the healthy body, healthy lifestyle, healthy everything--- "Never mind the cost!", some would say. But we must also accept the fact that not everybody can afford a healthy lifestyle in a fast pace, with a limited budget. I want to share here, a product which my friend, Joy, introduced to me weeks ago.

It's called Vege Coffee..although, it isn't really coffee. No caffeine content because it is Soya based. But aside from Soya, it also has in it fruits and vegetables like Malunggay (Moringa) Leaves and Roots, Peanut, Ampalaya (Bitter Gourd), Corn, Mangosteen, and a lot more. It is so refreshing and filling if dissolved in cold water...At least that's how I take mine as I love iced coffee.. But my father, who likes it in a warm cup, says it's better than Nesvita.

Guys, this one you must try, better tasting and healthier too....and cheaper since it's locally produced.




Please click on the picture to enlarge, read the label...

I miss baking.... shown here is the batch of not so perfect chocolate cupcakes my group and I prepared in our Culinary Class... (took the class for the sake of the certificates...I was born to bake, cook and EAT---LOL!!!) I miss the friends I found in our Culinary Class...




Ate Parlie, Alma, Jean, and the Gang---miss you much guys...

Friday, August 15, 2008

How to put off a kitchen oil fire...

My friend Patty sent me this through my yahoo mail... I thought this could come in handy for everyone---

Better safe than sorry right?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I've learned....

I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. I've learned.... That when you're in love, it shows. I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!" makes my day. I've learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world. I've learned.... That being kind is more important than being right. I've learned.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child. I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way. I've learned.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with. I've learned.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand. I've learned.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult. I've learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. I've learned.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for. I've learned.... That money doesn't buy class. I've learned.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular. I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved. I've learned.... That the Lord didn't do it all in one day. What makes me think I can? I've learned.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts. I've learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you. I've learned.... That love, not time, heals all wounds. I've learned.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am. I've learned.... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile. I've learned.... That there's nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath on your cheeks. I've learned.... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them. I've learned.... That life is tough, but I'm tougher. I've learned.... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss. I've learned.... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere. I've learned.... That I wish I could have told my Dad that I love him one more time before he passed away. I've learned.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them. I've learned.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. I've learned.... That I can't choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it. I've learned.... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life. I've learned.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it. I've learned .. That it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life threatening situation. I've learned.... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

The One That Got Away...

This one i found from Lady's blog "LADEE"...


The One That Got Away
By: Mark J. Macapagal

In your life, you'll make note of a lot of people. Ones with whom you shared something special, ones who will always mean something. There's the one you first kissed, the one you first loved, the one you lost your virginity to, the one you put on a pedestal, the one you're with... and the one that got away.
Who is the one that got away? I guess it's that person with who everything was great, everything was perfect, but the timing was just wrong. There was no fault in the person, there was no flaw in the chemistry, but the cards just didn't fall the right way, I suppose. I believe in the fact that ending up with someone, finding a longtime partner that is, does not lie merely in the other person. I can actually argue that an equal part, or maybe even the greater part, has to do with the matter of timing. It has to do with you being ready to settle down and commit to someone in a way that goes beyond the little niceties of giddy romance. How often have you gone through it without even realizing it? When you're not ready to commit in that mature manner, it doesn't matter who you're with, it just doesn't work. Small problems become big; inconsequentials become dealbreakers simply because you're not ready and it shows. It's not that you and the person you're with are no good; it's just that it's not yet right, and little things become the flashpoint of that fact. Then one day you're ready. You really are. And when this happens you'll be ready to settle down with someone. He or she may not be the most perfect, they might not be the brightest star of romance to ever have burned in your life, but it'll work because you're ready. It'll work because it's the right time and you'll make it work. And it'll make sense, it really will. So that day comes when you're finally making sense of things, and you find yourself to be a different person. Things are different, your approach is different, you finally understand who you are and what you want, and you've become ready because the time has truly arrived.
And mind you, there's no telling when this day will come. Hopefully you're single but you could be in a long-term relationship, you could be married with three kids, it doesn't matter. All you know is that you've changed, and for some reason, the one that got away, is the first person you think about.
You'll think about them because you'll wonder, "What if they were here today?" You'll wonder, "What if we were together now, with me as I am and not as I was?" That's what the one that got away is. The biggest "What if?" you'll have in your life. If you're married, you'll just have to accept the fact that the one that got away, got away. Believe me, no matter how fairy tale you think your marriage is, this can happen to the best of us. But hopefully you're mature enough to realize that you're already with the one you're with and this is just another test of your commitment, one which will just strengthen your marriage when you get past it. Sure, you'll think about him/her every so often, but it's alright. It's never nice to live with a "might have been," but it happens. Maybe the one that got away is the one who's already married. In which case it's the same thing. You just have to accept and know that your memories of that person will probably bring a nice little smile to your lips in the future when you're old and gray and reminiscing. But if neither of that is the case, then it's different. What do you do if it's not yet too late? Simple...find him, find her. Because the very existence of a "one that got away" means that you'll always wonder, what if you got that one? Ask him out to coffee, ask her out to a movie, it doesn't matter if you've dropped in from out of nowhere. You'd be surprised, you just might be "the one that got away" as well for the person who is your "the one that got away." You might drop in from out of nowhere and it won't make a difference. If the timing is finally right, it'll all just fall into place somehow and you know, I'm thinking, it would be a great feeling, in the end, to be able to say to someone, "Hey you, you're the one that ALMOST got away."

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

One Hello

My daughter has memorized this song by heart...This is the song that "Ina", my sister "Sweet" (Lorden) taught her. I will be posting the video of her singing this song when I have the time to upload, coz it really takes time...in the meantime, here's the lyrics... enjoy and do learn from it---
If you're not afraid
Of what love brings
Then endings are beginnings
Of beautiful things
Its a chance you'll take
It's a chance you'll win
If someone's gonna find you
First you gotta let them in
Coz love begins with one hello
The hardest part is over
Now its easy letting go
One hello is how it starts
You might win it all or lose your heart
If you're not afraid
Of what you feel
Then try and keep it simple
Or try and keep it real
And if being real means
Means you'll some day say goodbye
Remember my friend
Goodbye's not the end
Its a circle you know
And it starts with one hello
Love begins with one hello
The hardest part is over
Now it's easy letting go
One hello is how it starts
Remember my friend
Goodbyes not the end
Its a circle you know
And it starts with one hello
It starts with one hello

Monday, August 11, 2008

PINOY TOP SITES

For my fellow PINOYS, here's an interesting site to help us generate traffic right at the heart of our native land...PINOY TOP SITES.

I saw this in one of my friends from link referal who gave me a very good review and made a conviction that since I am patronizing other traffic generating channels, I should also patronize our very own...from the Philippines with love...

click on the banner below:




Pinoy Top Sites




Pinoy Top Sites


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Google Translation Tool

This blogging business is pointless if you do not visit other people's blogsites. That's one way we learn about how the blogging business is run. Apart from that, you get to pick up a thing or two to add to your own blogsite. And of course, what with the new culture education input by reading their blogs. I have been enjoying my blogging life and believe me, I am taking everything to the next level.

There are blogs written in other languages, in Spanish, Arabic, Swede, etc. The list is endless. And mind you, if you are not able to read what the owner of the site has blogged about, then it's a loss. A hindrance to learning. I have seen beautifully made blogs only with language barrier, I am not able to get the most of the owner's blogs. Then earlier today, I came upon a blog with the google translation tool... Right. A translation tool is all that we need if we are really interrested to read a blog in Arabic or Chinese. And how to do it is simple, you just have to scroll down the arrow and choose english or the language you are most comfortable with in reading the owner's blogs, and seconds later, you are already reading what's instore for you in the blogsite.

Amazing huh?

Anyway, here is how it looks like,



and if you wish to add it to your site, here is the link:








Enjoy...

Mama's House, Papa's House.

contents moved. Visit My Happy Home.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Mary Jean Ranalan Bacorro needs our HELP!!!

What I have attached here is a letter with picture of the sister of a former school mate from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. Actually the one whose name, signature and picture you see is also a graduate of the same school. In fact, she is one of the friends of my bestfriend's sister,the late Glenn Borra's sister Charity. I used to see her on campus and believe me, she is as big as me. Seeing her photo made me think a bit about my health too...Anyway, the reason why am posting her letter and picture is for friends and schoolmates out there, who may be able to help her in her financial and medical problems.

I will blog about health and fitness when I see proof of the Ampalaya Coffee my friend Vong has told me to try.

In the meantime, please click the image and read the letter below. Hope we can help her.



If anyone wishes to donate for Mary Jean through here, you can also donate through paypal






Please send me email if you have made a donation at eleanoraguilar2002@yahoo.com
If you can include a picture of you, that would be much better so I can feature you in this blogsite as one of Mary Jean's angels. Thank you and may you be blessed a hundred folds...


Good Morning Everyone…Prayer for today. It's a POWERFUL PRAYER! When you are
DOWN to nothing ... God is UP to
something'

Father, in the Name of Jesus, bless me
even while I'm reading this prayer and
bless the one that sent this to me in
a special way. Open doors in our lives
today, Save and set free! Give us a
double portion of your Spirit as we
take back everything that the devil
has stolen:
****Emotional Health
****Physical Health
****Finances
****Relationships
****Children
****Jobs
****Homes
****Marriages

I cancel every plot,plan and scheme
the enemy has devised Against us in
the NAME OF JESUS. And I declare:

NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST US WILL
PROSPER. I speak LIFE into every dead
situation. And, I thank you that
nothing is over until YOU say it's
over! Speak prophetically into our
lives and to our situations:
****our households are blessed;
****our health is blessed;
****our marriages are blessed;
****our finances are blessed;
****our relationships are blessed;
****our businesses are blessed;
****our jobs are blessed;
****Our children are blessed;
****our grandchildren are blessed;
****our parents are blessed;
****our siblings are blessed;
****our ministries are blessed;
****our decisions are blessed;
****our friends are blessed.
****Mortgages are paid and debts
cancelled; our hearts' desires are
on the way; According to YOUR perfect
will and plan for our lives.

YOU SAID YOU'D NEVER FORSAKE US! IN
JESUS' NAME! AMEN!

Say this prayer, and then send it to
EVERYBODY YOU KNOW.Within hours
countless people will have prayed for
you, and you will have caused
multitude of people to pray to God for
each other 'Safety is not the absence
of danger, but is the presence of God'
A kid asked Jesus... how much do u
love me? Jesus replied, 'I love you
this much.' and he stretched his arms
to the cross and died for us. If you
believe in God, you will send this to
everyone on your list. I like you
because of who you are to me. I treat
you as a true friend. But if I don't
get this back, I get the hint,you
don't have time.

Send this to all people in your list
within 30min and something good will
happen to you NOW.

This is not a fake...apparently....copy
and paste this to 15 people in the
next 10 min. and you will have one of
the best days of your life tomorrow!!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Undergoing MyBlogLog Verification

Friday, August 01, 2008

Taking A Stand!

Sub-National Internet Cafe Owners Conference Against Child Pornography

This was the certificate I got during the national Conference...


NOTE: I have edited this blog to satisfy my readers...LOL, actually, when I first entered the information below, I never really included my own thoughts and feelings. When my friend Blanch read this, and when I asked her what I should improve, she told me to write my thoughts and feelings...so, here it is blanchie, I edited this blog to include my thoughts and feelings---enjoy reading my friend...



Last Saturday I attended the long awaited Sub-national Conference for Internet Cafe Owners and Operators on Anti-pornography. It was also during the conference that the Code of Conduct of Internet Cafe Owners and Operators in the Philippines was signed by all the participants, in the hope that pornography can be minimized/stopped in the internet media.

ECPAT, together with UNICEF and Everything Online made the conference possible. Actually, Erwin Aranas and I, being franchisees of Everything Online Inc., have already participated in the National Conference held in Manila Last December 2007. But our being there was not about joining the conference because we wanted to end pornography. We were not even curious of what ECPAT's and UNICEF's aims were. We were simply there because, as business owners, we wanted to protect our investments and demand from Everything Online Inc. what they were not able to deliver to franchisees in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental who, like my father(it's actually my dad's investment)paid them in cash prior to the signing of contracts, yet got nothing out of the agreement,that in itself is a different story, which I will blog about real soon. Anyway, it was a two day conference, the first day being that of ECPAT and the second, that of Everything Online concerns. What I liked about the national conference is that during the signing of the code of conduct, we had the ceremonial candle lighting ceremony which Erwin and I have done up on the stage, being leaders of our groups (we were divided into groups during the workshops), unfortunately I do not have pictures to show because my camera went dead and nobody from each of our groups returned the favor of sending their copies of pics taken, to us...however, a picture of the cadlelighting ceremony can be found in the EOL website, ( http://www.everythingonline.ph )

After the candle lighting ceremony, my group and I and the friends I met during the conference had a different topic. It was as if at that very moment we forgot why we came to the conference. For that moment, we stopped being angry and simply listened to what our hearts were telling us--- that being internet cafe owners and operators, we have a mission to protect not only our own kids but the ones who we come across in our very businesses. Much more so, the families who have allowed their children to come to us for our services. And from this sprung our commitment to be one with ECPAT and UNICEF, to protect the children, women and families, because with the onset of technology, there also lies the crime that many have not figured out to be serious and utterly life destructive.

Below is the concept paper for the ECPAT's program for a better understanding.

Concept Paper

Project Title : Sub-National Internet Cafe Owners Conference Against Child Pornography
(Luzon/NCR, Visayas , Mindanao)

Target Dates : July 26, 2008 (Mindanao) August 16, 2008 (Visayas) August 30, 2008 (Luzon/NCR)

Introduction:

ECPAT Philippines was founded in 1991. It is part of a network of international child-focused agencies working for the elimination of child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children widely known to be the three forms of CSEC or commercial sexual exploitation of children. ECPAT groups worldwide, including ECPAT Philippines, seek to encourage the world community to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free and secure from all forms of abuse and sexual exploitation.

One of our goals is to continue improve the level of knowledge and understanding of the public regarding CSEC in general and child pornography in particular and generate interest on such issues so that the public is able to actively participate in the movement to combat it.

Background:

Modern communications technology or ICT has no doubt facilitated the easier exchange of communication among peoples around the world while invigorating economies worldwide as well, among others. But ICT too has spawned a new sense of urgency through the growth of online networks where pimps and other child abusers lurk in cyberspace to victimize innocent children. Like child prostitution and trafficking of children for sexual purposes, in child pornography, children are treated as sexual and commercial objects. This is a clear violation of a child’s right as embodied in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. These abusers are known to advertise or expose children to harmful contents online such as pornographic materials or lure them into the sex trade.

Filipino Internet Users

In 2005, there were at least 19.2 million Filipino Internet Users (FIUs). Public access Internet cafes (Icafes) contribute to the increase in the numbers of FIUs. It is a known fact that children and young people are the greatest users of modern technology and this puts them in possible harm or risk when online.

Child Pornography and the Make -IT -Safe campaign

The Make Information Technology Safe campaign (Make-IT-Safe) is a global campaign to make IT safe for children and young people everywhere. Its goal is to get the IT industry and governments to take responsibility for making online and interactive technologies safe for children and young people.

ECPAT Philippines has been at the forefront in the fight against child pornography. In 2005, ECPAT held three regional children & youth consultations on child pornography. This was followed by the National Children’s Consultation against Child Pornography held in Manila in August 2006. The children and young people participants produced an important document from the said activity – the Young People’s Call to Action wherein they (children and youth representatives) recognized that “modern Information Technology or IT like the Internet brings great benefits to us yet contributes to potential harm like the risk of sexual exploitation and child pornography and exposure to age-inappropriate images or messages.” The document called on the government and the IT industry sector like the internet café owners/operators among others, to make IT a safe online haven for them.

Towards the end of 2006, ECPAT engaged continuing anti-child pornography advocacy activities through a series of round table discussions with Icafé owners/operators in major cities nationwide. In 2007, ECPAT and the private sector, represented by Everything Online, Inc., an e- business franchising firm, embarked on a partnership linked by a common desire to protect children from risk while they interact in the virtual world. ECPAT, in coordination with EOL, and through the support of UNICEF, spearheaded the conduct of the National Icafe Owners Conference against Child Pornography. A Code of Conduct for Internet Café Owners & Operators in the Philippines was drafted and adopted in that same conference held at the Grand Boulevard Plaza Hotel, Manila, December 6-8, 2007.

Purpose:

The subnational conferences hope to encourage internet cafe owners and operators to become active in the fight against child pornography and thus make the online technology safe for children wherever they are.

Its specific aims are the following:

1. To improve the Icafe owners’/operators’ knowledge and understanding regarding the benefits and risks that online technologies bring to children and young people;

2. To share local experiences and problems related to children /youth in interaction with online technologies;

3. To adopt the Code of Conduct for Internet Café Owners & Operators in the Philippines;

4. To recommend strategies to make IT safe for children and youth, families and communities.

Urgent Challenge

Child sex abusers are known to be techno-savvy in the sense that they are more adept and skilled in exploring and maximizing the ICT to suit and serve their evil intentions. One of the best ways to prevent the victimization of children is for the IT industry sector, specifically ISPs and Icafe owners, to become aware of the problems facing children; find a strategy to counteract online child abusers; and forge a strong multi-sectoral partnership or cooperation among themselves and other stakeholders in the communities where they are located. The first national conference among Icafe owners and operators had its limitations in terms of number of participants.. In effect, the Code of Conduct for Internet Café Owners and Operators in the Philippines is still not widely known. Thus, there is a need to reach other Icafe owners and operators from around the key areas in the country. By way of adhering to a common code of conduct, ECPAT hopes that a strong base of child sensitive Icafe owners will be developed in the country.

Beneficiaries

Directly, the subnational conferences will benefit 150 Icafe owners. Indirectly, the subnational conferences will benefit hundreds of children, young people and families who will access public Internet cafes for various purposes.


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Below is a slideshow of the pictures taken during the conference.







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