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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year: Lets Welcome 2010 with a Big Bang

It is 2 days before 2009 ends, and 2010 will surely come whether we like it or not. In most countries, New Year's Eve is being celebrated by with a lot of fireworks and lights display.

Here in the Philippines, making firecrackers is a big industry that products are being started to manufacture as early as January. It has been a tradition for the Filipinos to welcome the incoming year with loud firecrackers. The louder they are, the better. But of course, with the more accidents to expect.

No, I don't use them even when I was young as I still prefer to be safe while celebrating New Years Eve. After all, we can still welcome 2010 with a big bang in many enjoyable but fruitful ways.

We all know how hard this year was especially in terms of financial aspect, and the world economy prediction for 2010 tells us that it will not be better.

In addition, global warming is becoming a hot issue as well as climate change. The Copenhagen UN Climate Change conference was not really a complete success. And while pointing fingers is going on, time is running out.

I was just wondering though, if the world is really suffering from financial crisis. I have been selling different toys in the streets for almost 6 months, and I have observed that everything is still normal.

The malls has always full of people, and people still keeping spending money for vices and useless things. Garbage are everywhere, and no one really seems to care. Well, not unless you see a poster or banner of a candidate for 2010 reminding us to love our country.

Pirated DVDs are still rampant, and they are even selling the video of the Maguindanao Massacre. Street children and beggars are still everywhere, while some traffic enforcers and crook policemen are collecting money from drivers.

On the other hand, politicians still choose the ones who give honor to our country. Yes, the ones they know they get take advantage of. Some of them do not even understand the word delikadesa, while some wanted to look like a hero.

Ah, yes. I still have a lot to share but I have better things to do than just complaining about the ugly things around. I have a family to love, and a country to take care of.

And I know I can only achieve my goal if I welcome 2010 with a big bang.

If you understand what I am trying to say, then do your part.

Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

How to Type Upside Down Letters and Backwards Text

While we are online, we can discover a lot of funny things. One of them is how to type upside down letters and backwards text. Actually, this is very simple and you do not need to download a software. It is also as fast as you type the letters and text.

All you have to do is to type your letters or text, then you can easily convert them to upside down or backwards or both. Then, copy the converted one and paste it anywhere you like. Presto! The fun begins.

Actually, there are already a lot of tools online that you can choose from and here are some of them.

SevenWires.com

The JavaScript program converts English letters to unicode characters and symbols that look inverted, to make it look like you've created upside-down text on the computer. This page uses the font Arial Unicode MS to display the flipped text. However, there are no upside down numbers and not enough upside down capital letters, so this tool supports lowercase letters only.

Typeupsidedown.com

This tool may be better, since it supports numbers but not capital letters. This means that capital letters will be upside down but will remain as small letters. Also, you do not have a choice whether it is upside down or backwards since they will be both at the same time.

UpsideDownText.com

I believe this tool is best one, since you have a choice whether it is upside down or backwards or both. It is also applicable to numbers and capital letters.

Now, here is sample for you to see. Let us convert the sentences below.

Here is how to type upside down letters and backwards text. It is not only for fun but also to create very strong passwords.

Here is the converted one.

Upside down effect
Hǝɹǝ ıs ɥoʍ ʇo ʇʎdǝ ndsıpǝ poʍu lǝʇʇǝɹs ɐup qɐɔʞʍɐɹps ʇǝxʇ˙ Iʇ ıs uoʇ oulʎ ɟoɹ ɟnu qnʇ ɐlso ʇo ɔɹǝɐʇǝ ʌǝɹʎ sʇɹouƃ dɐssʍoɹps˙

Backwards effect
.sdrowssap gnorts yrev etaerc ot osla tub nuf rof ylno ton si tI .txet sdrawkcab dna srettel nwod edispu epyt ot woh si ereH

Upside down and backwards effect
˙spɹoʍssɐd ƃuoɹʇs ʎɹǝʌ ǝʇɐǝɹɔ oʇ oslɐ ʇnq unɟ ɹoɟ ʎluo ʇou sı ʇI ˙ʇxǝʇ spɹɐʍʞɔɐq puɐ sɹǝʇʇǝl uʍop ǝpısdn ǝdʎʇ oʇ ʍoɥ sı ǝɹǝH

Now, it is your turn to try to check these tools.

Have fun!

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Top 10 Box Office Hit Hollywood Movies for Christmas 2009

This Christmas 2009, Hollywood movie fans flocked to movie houses to support the high-profile films this holiday weekend.

Approximately $278 million made it at the box office which is a record-breaking revenue and beat the July 2008 of approximately $ 253 million wherein The Dark Knight was released.

Avatar, the 3-D epic had the lead earned $75 million for 20th Century Fox, according to studio estimates. Remarkably, it was only down 3 percent from its opening weekend total of $77.4 million. (Blockbuster films usually drop by 30-50 percent in the second weekend.) In 10 days after its release, Avatar has $212 million in the US alone, and can be towards a worldwide gross of over $1 billion.

"This thing is going to be playing and playing, I can tell you that," Bert Livingston, 20th Century Fox distribution executive said. "There's a lot of business out there. Everybody's got good movies out."

The second box office hit film was Sherlock Holmes, Guy Ritchie's reboot of the franchise by starring Robert Downey Jr. as Arthur Conan Doyle's detective. This Warner Bros. film opened with a weekend total of $65.4 million, including a Christmas Day debut record of $24.9 million.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel which opened Wednesday, took in 50.2 million U.S. dollars landed on the third spot and made $77.1 million in the five days of its release. The film, also from Fox, earned an impressive $18.8 million on Wednesday alone. The strong start suggests that Squeakquel was likely to surpass its 2007 original, which made $217 million.

Incidentally, this film also had Filipino internationally-acclaimed singer Charice Pempengco who plays as herself.

Meanwhile, here is the complete list of the Top 10 Box Office Hit Hollywood movies for Christmas 2009 and their earnings so far.

1.0 Avatar, $75 million.

2.0 Sherlock Holmes, $65.4 million.

3.0 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, $50.2 million.

4.0 It's Complicated, $22.1 million.

5.0 Up in the Air, $11.8 million.

6.0 The Blind Side, $11.7 million.

7.0 The Princess and the Frog, $8.7 million.

8.0 Nine, $5.5 million.

9.0 Did You Hear About the Morgans? $5 million.

10.0 Invictus, $4.4 million.

News Source: GMA News.tv

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Father Blogger dot Com was 403 Forbidden

I have been busy this past few days, especially on Christmas Day. But sad to say, I was not with my family. While my family is in their hometown in Bulacan, I was busy selling toy lights and similar items on the streets of Lipa and Tananuan City, both in Batangas.

Anyway, just to inform you all that my Father Blogger dot Com was 403 Forbidden since Christmas Day until a few minutes ago. After reporting it to my host awhile ago, it was resumed and I do not know what the problem was.

I think this is the problem when a blogger is not online regularly since he will not be consistently aware on what's happening to his blog. Another problem is when you do not know enough the technical aspect of blogging, just like me.

I am just lucky enough to get support from my blogging friends.

Well, I think I should add more time in blogging although it may not be the way I used to.

But for now, I am glad that Father Blogger dot Com is alive again.

As for my family, we may see each other again on Wednesday.

Celebrating New Year's eve is one thing we never miss!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas: Losing my Religion but Keeping the Faith

Merry Christmas! It is Christmas time once more, and most Christians will be celebrating the holidays with their families and friends. Well, I also join the tradition somehow but I do not consider myself a Catholic or a member of any Christian religion.

Yes, my readers and friends. I am losing my religion but keeping the faith. It is my personal choice, and I am happy with it. I am neither trying to convince anyone to join me nor I am condemning the Catholic church. But I hope you do not mind if I share my thoughts here.

In my resume, I write Christian Baptist since my wife and children belong there. I have high respect for the pastor and his family, and I consider them as a family friend. Although we see each other frequently, I last went to their church more than a year ago and that was when we were new in the community.

To me, religion is different from faith. In every Christian religion, we can always find loopholes depending on our interpretation of the Bible. For example, we cannot find the term Christmas in the Bible although Catholics celebrate it as the birthday of Jesus Christ.

If we will check the real history of Christmas, it did not begin with Christ. Northern Europeans called it “Jul” (a term remembered in the English word Yule, which now means Christmas); in ancient Rome it was the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or "the birthday of the unconquered Sun”. Through sacrifices and feasting, pagans celebrated the beginning of the Sun's revival.

Well, I guess this issue is still being debated by historians. Nobody knows when it will end and who will win.

Nevertheless, I also cannot understand why Christmas is being brought up to children as a gift giving day, which is why Santa Claus is getting more popular than Jesus Christ to them. Sad to say, the tradition is being highly commercialized while the poor children feels miserable if they do not receive a new toy for Christmas.

It is also hard for me to accept that I need to pay for the wedding, baptismal, and even prayers for the dead! I always thought that the gift from God is free.

Meanwhile, giving tithes will lead us to endless debate so I will not discuss it here.

But as for me, miracles do not need physical images. I strongly believe that miracles happens everyday and it starts when we still wake up every morning. I should know, there were a lot of miracles that happened to me in which I shared one of them in an Inspirational book.

In the end, there might be no perfect religion but I am pretty sure there is a perfect God whoever He is. I only believe in the things with logical explanation, and it does need to be scientific or biblical.

I have a high respect for any religion, as long as they do not force me that they are right and I am wrong in terms of faith. Faith to me is a freedom to choose what we want to believe in regardless if it is logical or not. If we want to change our mind, we are also free to do so. After all, God gave us this gift of free willing.

Yes, I may be losing my religion but I will be keeping the faith forever.

But if Christmas is all about unconditional love, sacrifice, and forgiving; then I suppose we need to treat each day as Christmas day whatever religion we belong to.

Merry Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How to Buy from Street Vendors especially during Christmas

Here in the Philippines, street vendors are almost everywhere and I am not ashamed to say that I am one of them. Actually, I started being a street vendor when I was 10 years old and it was an on-and-off career for me until I turned 19.

But on July of this year, I went back to the streets again to make money. For almost half a year, I have been selling different toys from balloons to toylights and other similar items.

Since I am spending almost the whole day in the streets, I think I can share some tips on how to buy from street vendors especially during Christmas.

First of all, you need to understand how street vendors make money. Most of us buy wholesale items which is widely known for cheap products, then we sell it on the streets and making nearly 100% profit or more on each item depending on the product. For example, a toy that can be bought at Php8 from Divisoria can be sold as much as Php20. However, it is only being sold on a per dozen basis minimum.

The suggested retail price depends on the place where the street vendors are selling. The farther the selling place from Divisoria is, the higher the retail price is since the transportation cost will also be higher.

But definitely, you can ask for a decent discount especially if you will buy more than one. Nevertheless, you should also consider the sun heat and rain these street vendors are enduring just to make money. Besides the fact that most of us do not have a selling permit which means that we can be caught by the authorities anytime.

However, you should be very careful with what you buy. Be strict when checking for the quality and test it as much as possible. Make sure that you really got the item that you checked since they can easily switched it from a defective one. Count your change before leaving since most of them are walking and you may not see that vendor again.

If you are buying clothes, be good in estimating if it will really fit you since you they do not have a fitting room. Shoes can be fitted, but watch out for Peeping Tom.

On the other hand, I strongly suggest that you do not buy canned goods and related items no matter how cheap it is. They are absolutely unsafe to eat. In addition, be a keen observer when buying street foods. Check how they are being prepared, and watch the hygiene of the street vendor before you buy.

More importantly, please do not buy pirated DVD or CD. They are totally useless, especially the new releases of a film or event. Besides, you are not being helpful to the entertainment industry.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of modus operandi that you should be aware of especially if you are alone.

Some of them will offer you their goods and services for a very cheap price. Once you stop to check the item, there might be some people who look like they want to buy too. But the truth is, they are pickpockets and snatchers just waiting for the right timing. This is why you should not wear attractive jewelries while on the streets, as well as using cell phone.

Another old trick to fool people is when you go to church, and it is most common to Catholic churches. There are ladies who will pin a religious item to you, pray awhile then ask you for payment for the item. Therefore, it is like forcing you to buy from them. This strategy usually happens when you are alone, or with your young children. Be very careful to react because that lady is not alone, and you might be hurt. If you do not like to buy, then do not allow them to pin the item to you.

But generally speaking, most street vendors are kind and they just want to make money. I happen to know some Muslim street vendors, and all they want to have a decent living since their place is always at war.

Buying from street vendors is fine, only you should be a smart buyer.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

My Christmas Work Experience in Japan

Six years ago, I had my first and only Christmas work experience in Japan. I was fortunate to be chosen by my former employer to undergo production training along with other 9 fellow Filipino co-workers.

Actually, I was a Manufacturing Supervisor in my job but my work in Japan is to be a production operator. It did not matter to me at all, anyway. Although I have to leave my family for six months, it was fine with me since I will receive a salary way up higher than my basic pay.

Anyway, we left Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at around 4am on December 8, 2003 and arrived at the Narita Airport, Japan at around 7pm the same day. Their time zone difference I suppose is only one hour.

It was winter so the weather was very cold although snow has not been really falling yet. The next day, we had an orientation about our job and started to work. Before we went home, we learned that the temperature is 5 degree Celsius and we were freezing to death.

It did not take a week when the snow started to fall. I used to wake up earlier than everybody so I was the first one to witnessed the falling snow. It was really amazing for a first timer like me, so I went down and played with it.

A few days later, it was raining snow which started to file up in the streets. All of us played outside and did not care if our Japanese neighbors are laughing at us. In fact, we made a Snowman. Well, it was really a Snow woman as you can see in the photo. By the way, I am the guy in the middle wearing a pair of sunglasses.

Then, Christmas day came and it was an ordinary working day for us according to their culture. When we got home, we had a small party along with some Japanese co-workers. We called our families in the Philippines, and the Japanese were amazed how important it is to communicate with our family.

As the days went by, we learned so much about their culture and vice versa. More importantly, we realized how serious they were at work. This is one of the great lessons I learned in life, to give your best in what you are doing.

Unfortunately, our contract was cut to less than 5 months since we will be replaced by Chinese workers who will receive a lower salary.

But in general, we enjoyed our stay and I hope I can have the opportunity to work in Japan again. However, I still want to live here in the Philippines together with my family.

As they say, there is no place like home.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Jessica Soho cooks with Presidential Candidates for Philippine Election 2010

For its Christmas and 5th Anniversary episode, GMA7 top rating show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho will be featuring eight presidential candidates for Philippine election 2010.

Besides discussing about their plans in 2010, these presidentiables will share their talent in cooking as each of them will actually cook their favorite recipe especially for Noche Buena right in front of Jessica Soho herself and in national TV.

Among them are Sen. Noynoy Aquino, Sen. Richard Gordon,
Former Department of National Defense Secretary and Administration bet Gibo Teodoro, Sen. Jamby Madrigal, Sen. Manny Villar, Olongapo City Councilor JC delos Reyes who is the youngest presidential candidate, Bro. Eddie Villanueva, and Environmentalist Nicky Perlas.

I am sure that this is an interesting episode, as these presidential candidates will test their pressure in the kitchen heat.

Apparently, this episode will be aired tonight at GMA7 at 9pm and I will surely not miss it.

Enjoy!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Manny Pacquiao Worlds 2nd Greatest Ever Boxer celebrates 31st Birthday

This afternoon, Manny Pacquiao will throw a party as he celebrates his 31st birthday. The special event will be held in General Santos city, Philippines where he is also set to run for Congress in the Philippine Election 2010.

It is expected to have 2,000 visitors including friends from local show business, boxing, and politics. This of course will include his coach mentor Freddie Roach, while Miguel Cotto and Riky Hatton who both lost from Pacquiao were also invited.

As an additional birthday gift, Pacquiao was chosen as the Worlds 2nd Greatest Ever Boxer which was made through online voting.


The late Sugar Ray Robinson, who was the first fighter in history to win five divisional world championships in the 1950s landed in the first place.

As announced yesterday, online voters picked Pacquiao next after Robinson (175-19-6, 109 KOs) in the greatest ever list, one notch ahead of the legendary Muhammad Ali.

Although Pacquiao now campaigns at welterweight, he earned his nomination in the featherweight division, owing to his career-making triumphs over future Hall of Famers Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, and Juan Manuel Marquez in the 126-lb wars.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Top 10 World Economy Predictions for 2010

It is barely 2 weeks from now and the world will be facing 2010. For businessmen, economists, and even ordinary citizens, it is but natural to wonder what will possibly happen to the world especially in terms of economy.

Apparently, IHS Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh has just announced his world economy prediction for 2010. According to him, the Global GDP will grow only 2.8 percent next year, but much better than the 2.0 percent drop last year 2009, while it will be well below the 3.5-4.0 percent trend rate of growth.

Meanwhile, below is short summary of the top 10 world economy predictions for 2010 as analyzed by Behravesh and experts at IHS Global Insight.

1.0 US will start to recover slowly.
2.0 Europe and Japan will rebound slower than US.
3.0 Most emerging markets will outpaced the developed economies.
4.0 Interest rates in the G-8 economies will remain very low.
5.0 Fiscal stimulus will begin to ease.
6.0 Commodity prices will move sideways.
7.0 Inflation will not mostly be a problem.
8.0 After improving for a while, global imbalances will worsen again.
9.0 While the dollar may strengthen a little, it is on a downward glide path.
10.0 The risk of a double-dip is still uncomfortably high.

If you are interested to read the details about them, you can read the whole article at IHS Global Insight.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Free Games to download for Nokia Cellphone users

This Christmas season, most of us will be out of town which means spending time during the long travel. Unfortunately, this can be boring too.

Since most of us are Nokia cellphone users, Nokia Ovi is extending its free games to download service straight to your cellphone.

Anyway, here are some of them that looks exciting to me.

1.0 Brain Challenge 2 Free Promo
2.0 Platinum Sudoku 2 Free Promo
3.0 Prince of Persia Free Promo
4.0 RRR TV Party Free Promo
5.0 Zombie Infection Free Promo

But of course, there are a lot more to choose from.

If you like to see more, you can visit http://store.ovi.com/publisher/gameloftspecial

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

JobStreet launched English Language Assessment to help Job Seekers

JobStreet recently launched it's latest value-added service to job seekers who would like to know how proficient they are in English through the English Language Assessment (JobStreet ELA).

In this feature, one can take the English language assessment with a total of 40 questions which is composed of Conversational, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Comprehension. Each category has 10 questions. You have a choice to practice first as many times through the same page or you can go directly to the assessment test if you wish.

Since I was curious to know how good I am in English, I tried the assessment after practicing once. Below is the result.

Practice:
Total Questions Attempted: 40
Total Questions Correct: 35 (Conversational:8; Vocabulary:8; Grammar:10; Comprehension:9)

Assessment:
Total Questions Attempted: 40
Total Questions Correct: 33 (Conversational:8; Vocabulary:7; Grammar:10; Comprehension:8)

I am happy with the result but I think I still have to improve more.

So if you are looking for a job right now, I strongly suggest that you try this test. The results will help you a lot to evaluate yourself, and know which of the English skills you need to improve.

Nevertheless, I also suggest that you practice first before doing the assessment. This is because the assessment can only be made every 3 months.

If you're interested, you can proceed to this link below. http://ph.jobstreet.com/english

Don't worry, it's totally free courtesy of JobStreet.

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Sexbomb dancers in Automated Election 2010 Instruction Video

As GMA7's continuous commitment to serve the Filipino people this coming automated election 2010, one of its greatest talents Sexbomb dancers is releasing an election instruction video on how to vote.

The music video below in which the song title is Bilog na hugis Itlog (Circle with an egg shape) was made to assist voters on how to vote using the automated system.



Aside for the instruction, the Sexbomb dancers also gave emphasis why our vote is very important and that we should vote wisely.

The song was written by Jobart Bartolome while the music was created by Jonathan Ong, which will be expected to be viewed regularly soon at GMA7 and QTV11.

On the other hand, COMELEC officials were happy and even danced with it.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Nokia sues LCD Manufacturers for Price Fixing

Nokia sues LCD Manufacturers Samsung, LG, Philips, Toshiba and others for price fixing, as reported last week.

As a result of the said price fixing, Nokia paid excessively for displays, and now the company wants some of his money back.

Nokia has filed suit against its manufacturers of screens in the U.S. and the UK related to the LCD screen, and a suit in the United Kingdom in the crt (cathode ray tube) displays. The company did not reveal how much money he wanted, but they was after the payment for goods sold between Jan.1, 2006, and at least December 11, 2006, according to documents filed in U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The companies including LG, Sharp and Hitachi have already pleaded guilty to price-fixing on LCD and paid fines in an investigation headed by the U.S. Department of Justice makes Nokia confident of a victory, according to Nokia officials.

LCD technology is being used by Nokia in its mobile phones which is used to make CRT displays. Nokia sells about 35 million phones per month, and small changes in what Nokia pays for displays could have large effects on its costs.

Meanwhile, this is already the second high-profile suit the Finnish phone manufacturer has filed in recent months. In October, the company said it is suing Apple for violating 10 different patents owned by Nokia on the iPhone.

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Attention: The only Free Investment that you should pay a lot

If you are going to start a business, it is common knowledge that you have an investment to start with. But according to business experts, a smaller investment is better if you are a first timer.

In life, people also need investment that they can use in their future endeavors. Unfortunately, some people do not grab the opportunity and they thought that it will not be useful for them later on.

Apparently, there are a lot of free investments if we will only open our eyes. But then, there is only one free investment that you should pay a lot and this is called attention.

When we were kids, our parents usually remind us to be careful so that we do not hurt ourselves. But since we are not yet matured, we did not follow them. Therefore, it is the obligation of our parents to teach us how to pay a lot of attention.

During our school days, our teachers usually scold us if we are not listening to their lecture. Actually, they did not mean that we should only listen but also to pay a lot of attention. If you did not, you may still be successful someday but there are still times that you will need to use what you learned from school.

When we are attending mass or to any religious gathering, we do not go there just to listen but also to learn how to be a good citizen. And we can only do this if we pay a lot of attention. This is also a good way to analyze whether we are really in the right faith.

If there are politicians running for election, do not be blinded with their popularity and campaign strategy. Instead, listen to their platform of government and pay a lot of attention. This is one of the best ways to know if you should vote for them or not.

If a credit card agent approached you with her sweetest smile and colorful words, do not ask how much you can loan because she will not include how much you should pay. Instead, pay a lot of attention on the terms and conditions. Then think hard if you really need one.

If you are now wearing sliver gray hair and cannot work that hard anymore, fear not because it is never late to invest. Have time to hear the voices of the younger generation and pay a lot of attention. Don’t think that you will not be using them in the future. Well, maybe not you but your grandchildren.

Learning is not just about listening and reading. Investing is not just about money or property. If we want to get the fruit of our hard labor someday, we should start first by paying a lot of attention.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Making a lot of money but do not get rich

I am not rich, and I am not even making a lot of money. But then, I know some people who are making a lot of money but still do not get rich. Apparently, I met a few rich people who do not look like that they are making a lot of money.

If you are getting confused, then you should know the difference between the rich people and those who are making a lot of money but do not get rich.

First of all, some people who are making a lot of money used to live a simple life. But after they tasted the sweetness of money, their lifestyle changes. They started to enjoy life as if everyday is the last day of their lives.

They eat on a fine restaurant even on ordinary days. They buy the latest electronic gadgets to show off to their friends. They wear signature clothes as if they are the models of that brand. They do not buy properties because they do not know what to do with them. In short, they spend money on the things they do not really need and will depreciate sooner or later.

But how about the rich people? Yes, they spend a lot of money too and maybe even more. They play golf while dealing with fellow investors. They bring their clients to a first class restaurant to close a deal. They spend big money for advertisements and other marketing mediums, or to expand their businesses. If we try to analyze this, every penny that they spend is a form of investment.

Now, have you noticed the difference? The rich people spend money to make more money, while the ones who are only making a lot of money are simply spending. The worst thing is that the latter are spending money more than they are earning, and time may come that they will not be able to make a lot of money anymore.

Therefore, I can conclude that the ones who are not making a lot of money can also be rich someday. That is if they (we, rather) only know how to be a smart spender.

What do you think?

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Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight to pursue on March 2010

The Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight will most likely to pursue as the reigning pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao agreed that the bout can be held on March 13, 2010.

Top Rank Bob Arum presented "what he thought was the best proposal he can bring" during a two-hour breakfast meeting with Pacquiao in Manila, said Michael Koncz, an adviser of the Philippine boxing idol.



"Manny has some additional requirements, requests, which Arum didn't think was a problem," Koncz said. "The requests of Manny were so realistic that Arum doesn't feel it's a problem and it's pretty much a done deal."

He said the contract still needs "fine tuning," declining to elaborate. "We all believe that it will be done," he added.

If this fight will materialize, it will be a match between two great boxers regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighters.

Boxing fans have been looking forward to this super fight between Pacquiao and the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. after the Manny defeated Miguel Cotto last month.

Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao has already filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) as a congressional candidate for Sarangani this Philippine election 2010.

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President Arroyo declared Martial Law in Maguindanao

It is now official, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared Martial Law in the province of Maguindanao this Saturday, December 5, 2009.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita announced Proclamation No. 1959 in a press conference, proclaiming a state of martial law in Maguindanao. Thus, also suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the said province, except for certain areas identified as bailiwicks of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Ermita said President Arroyo decided to declare martial law because "heavily armed groups in the province of Maguidanao have established positions to resist govenrment troops, thereby depriving the executive of its powers and prerogatives to enforce the laws of the land and to maintain public order and safety."

The declaration of Martial Law will lead to the warrant less arrests of other members of the Ampatuan family who have been linked to the so-called Maguindanao massacre occurred November 23, 2009.

Apparently, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Victor Ibrado announced that joint police and military teams have taken into custody Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his son, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan.

Ibrado said there are at least 4,000 military troops already deployed in the province to enforce martial law.

Below is what the 1987 Constitution says about the declaration of Martial law.

Under the 1987 Constitution, the declaration of martial law will suspend the writ of habeas corpus, which means some citizens may be arrested without warrants.

Section 18 of the Charter states: "The President shall be the Commander-in-Chief of all armed forces of the Philippines and whenever it becomes necessary, he may call out such armed forces to prevent or suppress lawless violence, invasion or rebellion. In case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it, he may, for a period not exceeding sixty days, suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus or place the Philippines or any part thereof under martial law."

However, the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus only applies to persons charged for "rebellion" or offenses connected with an invasion.

"The suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall apply only to persons judicially charged for rebellion or offenses inherent in, or directly connected with, invasion," the Constitution also says.

It also adds: "During the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, any person thus arrested or detained shall be judicially charged within three days, otherwise he shall be released."

Meanwhile, both the Senate and Congress shall wait for the report of the President which is required by the Constitution.

However, House Speaker Prospero Nograles earlier said that Congress may find it hard to convene and assess the declaration of martial law.

According to Nograles,"Martial law can be impractical at this time as it requires the approval of Congress, which will most likely have difficulty mustering a quorum due to the holidays and the election season. Even if we have a quorum, I don't think our senators and congressmen will favor this because it will certainly cause public uproar which can endanger their reelection bid."

"A limited state of emergency in Maguindanao and nearby provinces is sufficient to address the problem related to the Maguindanao massacre," he added.

News Source: ABS-CBN News.com

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Top 10 Highest Paid Jobs in America

Recently, CNNMoney.com released a list of the Top 10 Top-paying jobs in America.

According to list below, the top 4 who made it are related to health care while the rest are mixture of different jobs. The amount on the right side is the median salary annualy which is for an experienced worker and 2~7 years in field.

1. Anesthesiologist: $292,000
2. Physician/Obstetrician/Gynecologist: $222,000
3. Psychiatrist: $177,000
4. Nurse Anesthetist: $157,000
5. Sales Director: $140,000
6. Actuary: $129,000
7. Finance Director: $121,000
8. Software Architect: $117,000
9. Attorney/Lawyer: $115,000
10. Insurance Broker: $114,000

Other highly paid positions in this field include Software Development Director and Business Management Software Consultant.

To understand how they are getting paid with a lot of money, you can read the full story at Yahoo Finance.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Jamby Madrigal to run for President in 2010 as an indenpendent candidate

Senator Maria Ana Consuelo Madrigal or also known as Jamby will run for President in the 2010 election as an independent candidate.

This morning, Jamby filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) at the COMELEC without a running mate and senatorial slate to prove that she is not a traditional politician.

"I shall run without a vice president and without a senatorial slate to allow all like-minded candidates and people to unite under a shared and genuine progressive vision and platform of government based on principled politics," Madrigal said.

"My family has left me enough to run a decent campaign," the Senator added.

If elected president, Madrigal said she will prioritize abrogating the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).

"I plan to prioritize the needs of the Filipinos and not of foreign investors. I want to reassert the Filipino sovereignty," the senator said.

The 51-year old senator, granddaughter of former Chief Justice and Japanese occupation hero Jose Abad Santos, has authored and sponsored bills on the protection of the environment and of women while in Senate. These include a measure for the imposition of total log ban in the country, as well as a repeal of the controversial Mining Act of 1995.

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Bayani Fernando for Vice President, running mate of Gordon in 2010 election

Bayani Fernando will run for Vice President and will be the running mate of Senator Richard Gordon in the 2010 election.

"You can call us the transformers. We are here to transform the nation," Gordon said at a news conference this afternoon held at the Senate press office in Pasay City.

Gordon and Bayani will be running under the former's Bagumbayan Party which was accredited by the Comelec as a political party two months ago.

Gordon said they will not be fielding any senatorial candidates "because [they] are willing to work with everybody."

"Pareho kami ng values, pareho ng vision (We share the same values, we share the same vision)," the senator added, referring to his tandem with Fernando, who earlier sought to be the standard bearer of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD but lost the nomination to former Defense chief Gilberto Teodoro Jr.

Apparently, Bayani Fernando said it was him who tried to convince Gordon to be his running mate although it was the latter who eventually convinced the former to run as vice president.

On the other hand, Gordon said he agreed to team up with Fernando because he witnessed how the latter transformed Marikina City the same way that he transformed Olongapo City.

The Gordon-Bayani tandem will file their certificates of candidacy (COC) before the Commission on Elections in Intramuros, Manila later in the day.

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