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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Inspiring Ad of the Foundation for a Better Life

This TV ad of The Foundation for a Better Life (FBL) caught my attention one afternoon. It was a track and field competition for special athletes (Down Syndrome). FBL, by the way, is a "non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the values that make the difference in the community."

Exposition: The inspiring part was when this contestant stopped and willingly extended her hand to help her opponent who suddenly stumbled while running.
But what's the most inspiring part? When all of the contestants, eventually, came back and together they ran.
I only saw perfection.

I was moved by this ad that it left me smiling, and somehow teary-eyed. It was so inviting that I ended up browsing through their website. Indeed, the foundation presented more inspiring videos and stories.

Videos that are going to either make you cry or encourage you more to strive for the best.

Also, stories about people who have done extraordinary things to their fellowmen and ultimately changed them.

And there's more…the website has quotes and other stuff that will truly inspire you in your everyday lives. Plus, you can unveil your "hero" by submitting a "Your Hero" story (click here) so the readers may know.

JaneJane's annotation: I think the message of this TV ad is profoundly...simple. Unfortunately, there are people who really want to get ahead of the race, no matter what happens, even if it'll cause injury (physically and emotionally) to their loved ones.

Because they thought that if they're going to win, they'll be the wealthiest and the most powerful.

But what's wealth if you don’t have someone to share it with?

And the saddest part of being powerful? Nobody will bother to ask you if you're hurt.

That simple.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

New Words of Manny Pacquiao



Manny Pacquiao
: Tuturuan ko kayo ng new words!

Tactics - Ito and tunog ng orasan.

Payt - Ito ay laban.

Taytol - Pamagat ito ng laban.

Jengkeh - Asawa ko to.

Nu Peer - Sponsor ko ito.

Motor Kid - Pag-ikot ko sa Manila.

Check In - Peburit ko sa McDo.

Corrupt - Pagsara ng mata.

Mura Less - Natalo kong Mexicano.

Wit - I'm 130 lbs.

Wawawe - My peburit show.

Noodle(2x) - Sagot ko sa deal or no deal.

Duet - Gawin mo!

Quotes - Niknem ni preddie roach.


JaneJane's annotation: Nevertheless, he's still one of the best boxers if not the best. I just thought I should share it with you, my dear readers. And I hope it made you smile, just for a while. :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Gavin Rossdale's Wanderlust





Must be your skin I'm sinkin in (F-C-D)
Must be for real 'cause now I can feel (Bb-F)
I didn’t mind, it's not my kind (C-D)
It's not my time, to wonder why (Bb-F)


>Glycerine by Bush, one of the songs I played when I had my guitar recital. One of my favorites, I would say<
I was at my friend's villa when I first heard "Love Remains the Same" and I wondered, "Is that Bush's new song?"

It was indeed Gavin Rossdale but not as Bush's vocalist. He has this unmistakable voice that will make you go, "Oh, that's Gavin Rossdale."

Gavin Rossdale, or better known as the hubby of Gwen Stefani, started as the vocalist of the British band, Bush, in the '90s. Now, he's going solo and with an album, Wanderlust.

When he was asked if he's going to collaborate with his wife, he quickly answered: "No, because we're already collaborating in real life." (Oh, well...)

On the other hand, Wanderlust is comparable to Bush's previous albums. Nonetheless, it's still "a feel-good" rock music. It's expressive and full of life. His music is truly entertaining.

There are 15 tracks in this album and "Love Remains the Same" is his first single:
"I shut the world away from here…I drift to you, you're all I hear"

So grab a copy of his album and listen to it while you're in a pesky traffic jam.

My rating: 4.5 out 5 CDs

Monday, August 25, 2008

Why You Should Fall with Medtechs

Fall in love with nurses-- for they care best

Or engineer--an analytic lover…

Dentist?-secures unforgettable kiss

But dare to fall in love with Medtechs (Medical Technologists)-- and the love will flow through your veins…

Saturday, August 23, 2008

You Never Fail to Displease Me, Smartbro

Warning: I have no intention of discrediting the company. Maybe, I'm just one of Smartbro's "unfortunate valued subscribers."

SmartBro… hear ye… hear ye…

It's been a year, a month, and 11 days after the agonizing experience I had with SmartBro- the revolutionary high-speed broadband internet service of Smart and the largest, fastest growing broadband service provider in the country.

This is the replica of the complaint/demand letter that I hand-delivered to Smart Wireless Center at Gaisano Mall.



Yes, it's been a year, a month and 11 days…
Did I receive a "letter of apology"? Hmm, besides the monthly bill? Not a single letter arrived.

How about a call from their CSR? After I "earnestly" paid for the "advance/entrance fee," I received, approximately, three calls from their "enthusiastic" CSRs informing me that my canopy will be installed the next day and then after that? Not a single word from them.

A rebate? Yes…a total of PHP 60+ rebate for 5 days of having no Internet connection (after I went to Smartbro's office to "personally" ask for it).
Yes… not a single word from them…not a simple "apology."

Well, who am I to earn an "apology" from the largest, fastest growing broadband service provider in the country (I love repeating this pretentious and pompous slogan of SmartBro). I'm just a subscriber, who pays the PHP 999 monthly bill on time.

And what do I get in return? A less than 100 kbps speed (with intermittent Internet connection) contrary to the "up to 384 kbps" I've signed up for (or was it 3.84 kbps).

And why do I stay? Besides the lock-in period of 12 months (expired last month), this is the only broadband service provider available in our vicinity. So, do I have a choice?

Again, I'm not trying to discredit the company… all I want is just a sincere "Sorry for the inconvenience" or a simple…

"Sorry…" perhaps.

From the largest, fastest growing broadband service provider in the country (???)

But I guess that word "Sorry" is onerous for them to spell or exhausting to utter…

Or maybe, it will happen…when pigs fly!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Farewell To You

Farewell to you my friend…[sigh] Every time I hear this song, it always brings solace while I reminisce the past.

We'll see each other again… And we did. Things have changed. It's both funny and gratifying seeing those changes right in front of us.

Don't worry 'cause it's not the end of everything… It was just the beginning of our long journey. Some of us are already accomplished professionals. While others remained on the same path and refused to move on.

It's really funny to look back after all of these years… It is. Can you still remember when we were laughing so hard that a "bubble burst out of your nose (literally)"? Or when you inadvertently peed on your pants out of fear during our oral revalida? And how about our "cheating arrangement"?

I maybe miles away, but here is where my heart will stay … We still have a long road ahead of us. Though we're apart, I know, in God's time, will be together, just like before.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

How Clever Are You?

Who isn't your sister and isn't your brother, but is still a child of your mother and father?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Amityville: Houses Don't Have Memories


After numerous attempts, with enough courage I have mustered, I am finally through watching The Amityville Horror. I know it's hard to imagine that a grown up like me would still get scared (out of my wits) just by watching horror films.


If put under the microscope, the movie wasn’t that terrifying but every time there's a frightening scene coupled with scary sound effects, it still gave me the creeps, stimulated my "erector pili muscle" and experienced "tachycardia."

And yet, the questions in my mind: Are ghosts real? Am I alone in this room while I'm writing this "post?" If I'm going to die, will my soul be sauntering through the city… scaring people?

Therefore, to ascertain the existence of a supernatural being, I want to go through "a once in a lifetime adventure,"- GHOST HUNTING-

So who wants to join me in this quest?

Anyone?

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Just Friends


My brother-in-law was a lay minister, so when his sister wanted a small, casual wedding, she asked him to officiate. He had never performed a marriage ceremony before, so he decided to ask his pastor for advice.

"My sister has asked me to marry her," he began, "and I'm not sure what to do."

The minister answered, "Try telling her you just want to be friends."


--RDAsia

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Discovering Baroque City of Fulda





What's number 1 on my bucket list?—Travel around the world.
What's number 1 on my travel list?—Fulda, Germany… a place that is close to my…name.
My curiosity for this place began after I stumbled onto a German brand of tire: Fulda Tyres.
Fulda is a small city in Hesse, Germany, which was founded in 744. It was first ruled by prince-abbot in 1752 until the bishopric was dissolved in 1802.
The city had gone through a baroque building campaign which resulted to the town's current apellation "Baroque City." Baroque means complex or bizarre.

Well, these are just some of the tourist attractions waiting for me in Fulda, Germany.
The City Palace –The Residence- built between 1706 and 1721. It contains the Historical Rooms, former private rooms of the prince-abbots. The rooms' 18th century furnishings will give every tourist "a good impression of the extravagant princely life in the baroque period."

The Orangerie was used for court festivities in the 18th century- I'm planning to have my morning coffee at the Orangerie terrace while having a magnificent sight of the Residence, the garden and the cathedral.



The Witches' Tower was utilized as a women's prison in the Middle Ages.













I have no idea how to read this, Stadtpfarrkirche, but this is the latest baroque building of Fulda. Well, maybe, it's easier this way, "the town's main parish church." It's longer but...



After a sightseeing tour of the city's historical buildings, next stop would be to delve into the town's culture, history, and painting/sculpture through Fulda's museums and to have a closer look at this...



Fulda's version of our tricycle(?), Fuldamobile, a three-wheeler car built in the city during the 1950s and the 1960s.



Besides visiting the historical buildings, the museums, and "the first horticultural route," there are still plenty of things I can do in this lovely city, like:
>Canoeing along the Fulda river
>Biking
>and of course "Wack, Woarscht, on Wie" Wine Tasting in Fulda's vineyard.

So, Ich werde Sie dort sehen.



For more information: Tourism

Monday, August 11, 2008

Brain Sharpener

A black man wearing all black is walking on black street.
All the houses and street lights were off.
There came a black car with its headlights also off.
As the blackman crosses the road, the driver had a brake and didn't hit him...


*HOW DID THE DRIVER SEE THE BLACKMAN?*

Friday, August 08, 2008

SPORTS: Before 2008 Beijing Olympics

Hours from now, the Games of the XXIX Olympiad will going to start
…but first, let's go back to the places where these Olympic Games were held...

Citius, Altius, Fortius







The first modern Olympic Games were in Athens, Greece (1896)


-From Athens to la Ville Lumiere (the City of Lights) --- Paris, France (1900)
-To the Gateway City --- Saint Louis, USA (1904)
>The 1906 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece were considered to be as "Unofficial Olympic Games" by the IOC.

From the "unofficial" to the City --- London, England (1908)
-To the City of Bridges --- Stockholm, Sweden (1912–first utilization of electric timing devices and a public address system)
>To the City of Great Changes --- Berlin, Germany (1916–the games were cancelled because of World War I)

After the war, the next Olympic Games were held in Antwerp, Belgium (1920) where the first official Olympic flag was flown. -From Belgium back to Paris (1924) and then to the Venice of the North --- Amsterdam, Netherlands (1928)
-Went back to LA and Berlin (first to be televised and used transmissions of the results), in 1932 and 1936, respectively.
>The 1940 and 1944 Summer Olympic Games were cancelled because of World War II.

After the war, the Summer Olympic Games resumed in London in 1948.
-From London to Stadi/Hesa --- Helsinki, Finland (1952)
-To the City of Arts, Sports and Fun --Melbourne, Australia (1956)
-To the Eternal City--- Rome, Italy (1960)

From Rome to the City of Contrasts --- Tokyo, Japan (1964– the first use of computers to keep results)
-To the Ciudad de los Palacios (City of Palaces) --- Mexico City, Mexico (1968-the drug testing launched)
-To "M√ľnchen Mag Dich" --- Munich, West Germany (1972– best remembered for the murder of 11 Israeli Olympians)

And then from Munich, to the City of Saints --- Montreal, Canada (1976)
-To the World's Most Expensive City (2007) --- Moscow, Soviet Union (1980- largest boycott of the Olympics in history)
-And back again to Los Angeles (1984)-- (China first participated since 1932)

Then from LA to the Most Expensive City in Asia (2007) --- Seoul, Korea (1988)
-To Ciutat Comtal (City of Counts) --- Barcelona, Spain (1992)
-To Atlanta-Pacifica --- Atlanta, Georgia (1996)
-To the Harbour City --- Sydney, Australia (2000)

Back again to the one of the World's Oldest Cities --- Athens, Greece (2004)

And tonight at 8 p.m., the opening of the 29th Summer Olympic Games in...


One World One Dream

Thursday, August 07, 2008

SPORTS: One World One Dream

It's only a day before the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
- One World One Dream-


Citius, Altius, Fortius


Do you know what I'm thrilled to see about the Olympic Games?
It's not the tennis games, the gymnastics, and archery, not even aquatics-swimming (Ian Thorpe has retired from competitive swimming).

But it's the spectacular opening ceremony and the dramatic ending ceremony of the Olympic Games.

First, the artistic display of dances and performances portraying the history or maybe the culture of the host country.

Then, the breathtaking pyrotechnics-- from Peony to Cake effects.

And most of all, the parade of the participants (approx. 10,500).

And while I'm watching them… I also imagine myself of being there…
…waving to the crowd (though they're not directly waving back at me)
But just the thought and the feeling of being part of the Summer Olympics that happens every four years and saying, under my breath,-- "I'll make history."

8->

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

SPORTS: 2008 SUMMER OLYMPICS COUNTDOWN [2]


Citius, Altius, Fortius

Pole vaulting, sprints, shot put, weight lifting, swimming, cycling, target shooting, tennis, marathon and gymnastics were the only games in the first modern Olympics.

Additional games were added in the succeeding Olympic Games:
>boxing -- added as an Olympic sport in 1904
> diving—in 1908 in London, England
> track and field events and gymnastics for women –in 1928. (At first, other people feared that allowing women to compete in these events would make them: masculine/ruin their health and be unable to have children)
>baseball -- in 1992
Moreover, torch relay began in 1936 Summer Olympics.

Two(2) days until the 2008 Olympic Games...I can't wait...

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

SPORTS: 2008 SUMMER OLYMPICS COUNTDOWN [3]





Citius, Altius, Fortius



Ian Thorpe – Thorpedo/Thorpey- has won six gold medals in one World Championships. (Imagine that!)

But back in 1896, the swimming events were held in the Bay of Zea in the Aegean Sea. It was swimming "against the towering twelve-foot waves and the terribly cold water" as described by the gold medalist, Guttman.
Some facts:
>The participation of women was first seen in 1900, in Paris, France.
>The Ethiopian Abebe Bikila, who decided to run barefoot, won the gold medal in marathon in Rome, Italy, in 1960 and also during that year
>Cassius Clay a.k.a Muhammad Ali of the US won the gold medal in light heavyweight boxing.


Reference: History

Sunday, August 03, 2008

SPORTS: 2008 SUMMER OLYMPICS COUNTDOWN [4]

Citius, Altius, Fortius


The upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympics is the 29th Olympic Games. (Since the 1916, 1940 and 1944 Olympic Games were cancelled because of war, it is the 26th, right?) :-?

But the first recorded Olympic Games were set in 776 BCE. However, in 393 CE, the games were abolished by Roman emperor Theodosius I because of their pagan influences.

There were a lot of people who proposed to revive the Olympics, but it was Pierre de Coulbertin who was the most persistent that resulted to the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece, in 1896.

The players/participants in the first modern Olympic Games joined at their own expense.

And it's interesting to know that since it wasn't advertised internationally, there were only few contestants who attended and some of them were just tourists who happened to be in that area during the Games. (Sweet!)

Reference: History

Friday, August 01, 2008

TIPS: Tell me about yourself

MESSAGE: This is to inform you that you are scheduled for an interview tomorrow at 8 a.m.


The next day:
>You woke up early to arrive on time (or even earlier, and that's good!).
>You were well groomed and dressed appropriately.

In the office:
>You were so polite to the secretary, who showed you the way.

In the room:
>The panelists were there. They greeted you with a smile.

The scene:
Interviewer 1: Hello, good morning! I am Oceane and this is my co-panelist, November. How are you?
YOU: I am doing fine, thank you.
Interviewer 1: So, YOU, tell me about yourself.
YOU: Well, um, I am YOU. I was born in, um, Fulda, Germany. My hobbies are...

OOOPS!

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF is a frequently-asked question that could make or break you. This is your chance to convince the panelists/interviewers that you are the ONE for the job and that you should do this in less than a minute. Basically, you will focus your answer to the question, "Why should we hire you?"

Moreover, before the interview, make and practice a script to help you stay on track. However, don’t memorize it. Otherwise, you will sound so "rehearsed," not natural and conversational.

The key points here: PRACTICE and BE PREPARED (especially for some bizarre questions).

You will never know, your interviewer might ask you: Why is there a hole in a doughnut?

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