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Lakaw is a journey is a step is a move. I love to travel around the world and this is my travel and travel gadget site. Welcome and Enjoy!

0 comments | Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Brown-colored skin. That's what I have. No trace of yellowish or white tints in me. Only pure brown, like I was baked to perfection, so to speak. With both parents having the lineage of the locally bred mature generation, the product is no more than a similar-looking life form. To translate it into percentage of blood, I am 100% Filipino. Although grandparents claim to acquire a certain fraction of blood from the Spanish conquistadores, there is no trace of that declaration evident on me. If there was indeed truth to that, I am inclined to believe that huge mosquitoes that linger in the Philippine forests had already sucked what insignificant amount of foreign blood I had.
The pureness in me makes me ponder at how life would look or feel like had I been a son of a foreign national, say American national. In my country, there is some sort of partiality towards mixed blood individuals because they look much better than the normal, local-looking Indios. Lighter complexion, lighter hair color, sharper nose tip, curved eyelashes, thinner lips, reddish checks, well-defined chin, taller than average, pleasant foreign accent - these and maybe hundreds more set the foreign breeds apart from us.

We call them mestizo (men) or mestiza (women). They are the manifestation of what a visible beauty looks like. The mixture of skin color is no doubt bringing a delightful combination of good-looking Filipinos. They are there when forced circumstances need them. See them winning beauty pageants, enjoying showbiz spotlights - and also, singing when they can't even sing, acting when they can't even shed a tear. However, the point of this article is neither to jeer at them nor to look at their limitations. Their presence in my country is what I am glad about. Their acknowledgement of being Filipinos by heart is what I am proud of. They may be half of one and half of another; nevertheless, tuyo (dried fish), bagoong (salted fish), balot (boiled duck egg with 15-day chick), lechon (roasted pig), and rice are no less than their accustomed burger or fries or mashed potato meals.

In more than a year of being abroad, I have already met many young second-generation or third generation Filipinos, Filipino-Americans who have never forgotten their roots. Salute to the parents of these children! Though they may sound different, they think like us, eat the food we eat, like true-blooded locals. The Filipino family values are intact. Filipinos pride themselves in having close-knit families and keeping Christian morals amidst the all-too liberated American culture. Minae, my Japanese/American/Filipino friend calls me Kuya (a term use to address an older brother), even if we are not blood related. This is because of the fact that Filipinos have high respect for elders.

Here in the US, where individualism is priority and children tend to demand their rights as individuals, Filipino parents always have solutions to patch up the differences, compromising on certain behaviors or practices, without completely sacrificing the Filipino beliefs and traditions. Filipino families' desires for their children are to grow up humble, considerate, hardworking and courteous individuals.

These Filipino-slash-whatever-other-culture new generations may be forced to live in two worlds but they have found their Filipino identity. That is important. For it is neither about the color of the hair nor the color of the skin. It is accepting who you truly are and where you come from. As what the Filipino/Spanish Hollywood movie actress Tia Carrere said, "It's a shame to leave behind your Filipino heritage."

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I never thought that there is a school for a heavy equipment operator. In the Philippines, you just have to learn this in your backyard. But there is indeed a training school if you want to become heavy equipment operator.

I've seen a lot of heavy equipment in my life being a civil engineer myself and having been into so many building constructions before. And boy, aren't they enormous! One false move and you could turn into pieces when hit by these giants.

Thus, I will not wonder why heavy equipment operators must be trained to handle backhoes, front end loader or bulldozers. These operators must be trained on the hands-on, skills training aspects of heavy equipment operation.

So if you are desiring to be a heavy equipment operator, visit ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training Schools. I checked the site and they will give you the right skills and, more importantly, the experience to find employment.

You can test your knowledge and learn more with our FREE Online Training website.
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1 comments | Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I hate spams. They fill my inbox with complete trash. And they keep on coming each day. The purpose of these spams is to lure the poor receiver to take the bait. The bait is a huge amount of money that the receiver would get once he or she sends information on bank accounts and other important numbers.

Below is an example, an email with the subject "Your Partnership Is Needed?". It is up to you if you believe this guy named Williams Richard, which of course is just an alias! You can play with him by exchanging emails: williamrichard@fidelityunioservices.net.

Re: From: Mr. Williams Richard
49 Charing Cross,
Admiralty Arch, London
SW1A 2DX. U.K.

Dear Friend,

I, am Mr. Williams Richard, Finance Director, Royal Bank of Scotland, UK.
I am writing this letter to ask for your assistance and full co-operation
to carry out this business opportunity in my department with you. I am
contacting you based on trust and confidentiality that will be attached to
this deal.

I discovered an abandoned sum in one of our accounts, with holding balance
sum valued at 12.5M (Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds)
belonging to late Mr. Charles Balassi. A real estate property magnate and
an oil merchant, trading in the arabian gulf coast. He last lived at mill
view hill, UK. He died on 31 October 2000. His account has been left
dormant since he died. The account has no other beneficiary to claim the
funds and his company has no idea about his account with our bank. This
was all the clear evidence I got from my discret investigations I
personally conducted over this account.

However, by virtue of my position as civil servant and member of this
bank, I cannot acquire this money in my name. Therefore; My proposition to
you, is to solicit your consent to present you as the Next of kin and
beneficiary of this late Mr. Charles Balassi., So that the proceeds of
this account valued a huge sum shall be approved and release for payment
to you, and then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed percentage
of 35% for you, while 55% for me, 9% will be used as pay-back to both
parties for all local and foreign expenses we might encure in this
project. While the remainder shall be given to a reputable charity home
because the money is owned by a deceased person.

This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is
legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or
any other illegal act, funds will be released to you after necessary
processes have been followed. If you are interested, please reply through
email, so that I will give your futher deatils to proceed. Feel free to
call me on my mobile phone.

Thank you for your understanding and willingness to corperate. I wait your
urgent response soon.

Best Regards,
Mr. Williams Richard
Mobile Phone +447045720546


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0 comments | Monday, January 28, 2008

This is my first time to hear such words - Sedona Method.

Sedona Method is a self-help technique developed by a physicist and successful entrepreneur Lester Levenson after a serious heart attack nearly ended his life. Lester regained his health and attributed his renewed positive outlook to a process of self-inquiry of one's beliefs and related emotions.

The process is designed to examine any emotion that one is experiencing and then "let it go" or release it in the moment. The basic premise is that all emotions naturally come and go out of experience unless one resists them.

The Sedona Method is sweeping the planet. A lot of good testimonies have been shared at how this unique, elegant, simple-to-master and very powerful tool uncovers the natural ability to "let go" of painful, unwanted, counterproductive feelings.

I tried to search for more examples of the amazing benefits the tool can achieve. Here are a few:

* Let Go of Anger
* Rapidly Improve Your Relationships
* Achieve Your Greatest Career Goals
* Eliminate Stress for GOOD
* Release Yourself from Guilt and Low Self Esteem
* Find Inner Peace and Nurture Your Spirituality
* Achieve Your Financial Goals and Experience Financial Abundance
* Stop Overeating and Finally Achieve the Health and Fitness You Desire
* Experience Boundless Energy & Be a Sound Sleeper
* Let Go of Anxiety & Fear
* Free Yourself from the Grips of Depression Forever
* End Bad Habits and Overcome Serious Addictions

Get your own dose of happiness set point. Try The Sedona Method. You can read actress Mariel Hemingway’s moving story of how she overcame emotional pain and fear with the Sedona Method.

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How many times do I travel each year? About 2 or 3 times. I normally visit cities for fun or work.

Whether the travel is for leisure or for a conference, I always make sure I get the cheapest hotel, yet with high quality amenities. Most of the times, we customers are only paying for the expensive hotel names, not realizing there are many others out there that are equally good yet lighter for our pockets.

I would suggest you visit hotelsbycity.net for cheap hotels. It is my site for searching available accommodations wherever I want to be -- may it be in the U.S., Europe, or Asia.

One of these days, I'd travel to Mexico. A friend who has been there not so long ago, told me about the exquisitely beautiful country. Hotelsbycity.net has a Mexican Country Guide, which provides maps and, of course, a list of the cheaper hotels near popular tourist spots.

What about starting your vacation this Valentine's Day with your loved one? Check out this top 10 list of Valentine's Day destinations. From New York City to Montreal to Stowe to Montego Bay -- there are so much to do with your partner!

Or are you wanting to go to a white beach? Well, check out the top 10 exotic beaches list.

Head on and enjoy!

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I am quite excited of the 2008 Festival of cultures. I remember I had fun last year. See the video below.

I will have a long post of this event soon. Watch out for it.


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I have already joined this. Why won't you? This is the latest buzz in earning online.

What if you could get paid for every visitor to your site, without having them click on anything?

Now you can. You can do this by playing a relevant 5 second audio ad on your site. The program is backed by one of the BIG 5 search engines. They have advertisers that will buy ad plays on websites for 100% of visitors. You'll have 100% conversion rate. Thus far, there are 108 million sites who have joined this web monetizing breakthrough. Welcome to Net Audio Ads!

But what makes this monetizing system so compelling is that currently they have a lucrative affiliate program that will cease come February 1, 2008. After February 1, 2008, the program converts to a "Host Only" model, meaning you will only make revenue from the ads placed on your own site.


The affiliate programs works on Tiers:

Tier 1 - Get paid for ads on your site. And/or

Tier 2 - Get paid on ads served on the websites of those that you personally refer,

Tier 3: Get paid on ads served on the websites of those that your direct referrals refer.

What are you waiting for? Consider registering for the Net Audio Ads! FREE Affiliate program before February 1, 2008.

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Stem Cell Research is good for humankind! This is a great video. A fertility clinic asks President Bush for advice on Stem Cell Research.

Thanks garveydg.


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1 comments | Sunday, January 27, 2008

Looking for soulmates? Have you tried finding him/her online? It works, believe me.

He or she may not be near you. He or she may not be within your circle of friends. He or she may be miles apart from you. Yes, he or she may be someone you will still have to meet online.

That he or she is not virtual nor a fragment of your imagination. He or she exist in cyberspace and in real life. All you need to do to find him or her is to search. Believe me, internet dating is for real. I have heard lots of happy stories about couples finding their true love online. What sites? I have a suggestion, visit this. It is a Dating Service, a complete list of the best Internet dating services and matchmaking web sites for you to try.

When I checked it, it indeed lists the best online dating sites - the sites where my friends happened to mention to me and where they say they've met the right people for them.

The site is primedatingsites.com. The site has links to Matchmaker.com, Chemistry.com and a lot more.

It is now up to you to try it. Or why not take the chance?
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0 comments | Saturday, January 26, 2008

Another round of Filipino Jokes!

We Filipinos love to laugh at ourselves. That is exactly the reason why so many Filipino jokes are circulating online.

For me who is currently out of the country, reading these jokes makes me smile and feels a little at home.

Enjoy todays round of Pinoy jokes!

Q: How can you tell if a batang Bumbay has turned into an adult?
A: When he starts wearing his diaper around his head.

“Pinapaikot mo lang ako. Nagsasawa na ako. Mabuti pa, patayin mo na lang ako.” – ELECTRIC FAN
“Hala! Sige! Magpa­kasasa ka! Alam ko namang katawan ko lang ang habol mo.” -- HIPON
“Ayoko na! Pag nagmahal ako, palagi na lang maraming nagagalit! Wala na ba akong karapatang magmahal?” – GASOLINA
“Ginagawa ko naman lahat para sumaya ka. Mahirap ba talagang makuntento ka sa isa? Bakit palipat-lipat ka?” – TV
“Sawang-sawa na ako! Palagi na lang akong pinagpapasa-pasahan. Pagod na ako.” – BOLA
“Bakit ba ako lagi ang pinag-iinitan ninyo?” – TAKURI

ALMA: Yucks! Kadiri ka! Hindi nilalagyan ng paminta ang spaghetti sauce!
JOANNA: Ganu’n? Turo kasi sa ‘kin ni mommy.
ALMA: Maniwala ka sa akin, sis, magaling ako sa pagluluto. Dapat, bagoong ang inihahalo.

Sex is not bad. Sex is good for your health. Sex is important. Sex is life.
Sex can change our future.
Kaya mag-sex na tayo! Hanggang maluwag pa sa Sogo!

Minsan, may nagtanong sa akin, “Hindi ba masakit?”
Sabi ko, “Ang alin?”
“Iyong katawan mo?”
Nagtaka ako, “Bakit naman?”
Sabi ng nagtanong, “Tinadtad ka kasi ng kaguwapuhan, eh!”

Lagi akong nangangam­ba tuwing umuulan…
Hindi dahil sa kumukulog…kumikidlat… o bumabaha at mababasa ako, kundi dahil taglibog na naman!
BED weather!

Sa isang motel...
KATHY: Bakit dito mo ako dinala, love? Akala ko ay KAKAIN tayo?
MAEL: Ahh… ehh… MAGKAINAN muna tayo, love!

LYN: Bakit ayaw kumain ang mga playboy ng donut?
MYRNA: Butas na kasi!

BOSS: Paki-type mo nga itong memo… double spaced at gawan mo ng duplicate.
SECRETARY: Yes, sir! ‘Yun ho bang duplicate, double spaced din?

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Didn't you notice it? Some blogs have polls to attract visitors. I think this is one way that really works.

There are many free polls that you can search online. But try this one: easy-poll.com.

The easy-poll.com service is the only one to guarantee:

1. A simple and brief sign-up procedure.
2. The largest selection of patterns and colors for free polls.
3. Two sorts of polls: a yes or no poll and a multiple-choice poll.
4. Professional and always free questionnaires.
5. Technical support.

Now, no. 5 is pretty cool. Not all Free Polls give you technical support. You really need to check out the site and look at the free poll samples and then sign-up for an account, free of charge.
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Brookings, South Dakota is full of greens. I think the best word to describe the small city is "greens". You find quite a number of parks that are quite close to each other. Jog from one park to another...and admission to these parks is FREE.

1. Pioneer Park - Along sixth street, on the west side of Brookings.
2. Sexauer Park - Northwest. Overnight camping, picnic area and playground.
3. Hillcrest Park - Along sixth street. Lighted tennis complex, swimming pool, picnic area with sink, grills and shelter, basketball court and playground.
4. Larson community Park - 22nd avenue south. For walkers and joggers. With playground and picnic area.
5. Southside Park - Main avenue south. Lighted softball field, picnic area, basketball court and playground.
6. Northbrook - North Medary avenue. Community gardens, go-kart tracks, outdoor archery range.
7. Edgebrook - 22nd Avenue south. Edgebrook golf course and 20 station exercise course.
8. Lions Park - Medary avenue. Picnic area, playground, basketball court and ice skating rink in the winter.
9. Skateboard Park - South of the high school. Variety of ramps for skateboarders and roller bladers.

Note: All parks close at 11PM.
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I saw one of these smooth modern design Hillsdale Furniture in a friend's home. At first sight, I fell in love with it. Maybe I should start planning for my living room.

Check this out. Isn't this Fashion Bed Group adorable? Fashion Bed Group's innovative design has made it a leader in the manufacture of contemporary beds. They are known for the use of the best quality materials in the production of their iron beds, brass beds, wood beds and other metal beds. Fashion Bed Group beds have a 10 year manufacturer's warranty.

With their gorgeous pieces of furniture, it is guaranteed to bring luxury into your home and a wonderful dramatic effect in addition to that. Indeed, they are excellent value for the money!

If you visit home-and-bedroom.com, you will see a variety of the highest quality furniture at the best prices. What about Kids Bedroom Furniture? They have children's beds, bunk beds and tent beds, kids bedroom sets, kids dressers and chests, children's nightstands and student desks.

And this is their guarantee, if you find a lower advertised online price than ours for the exact same item we will beat it!
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0 comments | Thursday, January 24, 2008

Protect your PC from any uninvited guests. You don't want to risk any of your fiels, do you? So protect your PC with the best firewalls available now. Download the Best Free Firewalls!

1. ZoneAlarm free(firewall)

2. Comodo Personal Firewall

3. Ashampoo Firewall free

4. Sunbelt Kerio (firewall)(after 30 days becomes freeware)

5. Outpost Firewall(firewall)

6. SoftPerfect Personal Firewall

Enjoy downloading.


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Confused which institution to go that teaches adults the way to create wealth? Is there such an institution? Sure, there is. The name is Nouveau Riche. The university teaches real-estate investing and wealth-creation.

According to a publication: "Nouveau Riche is setting the standard for education in real estate investing…and in a few days the nation is going to know about it!"

Recently, the university was featured in the January 2008 Issue of leading newsstand magazine Your Business at Home.
Your Business at Home is a leading, nationally distributed magazine for results-driven entrepreneurs. Each issue of this top-notch publication highlights only one chosen company, with high quality photography and articles that deliver unmatched credibility in a 100-page, full color magazine including a DVD providing exciting video clips of student testimonials, live college classes, and company background information.

Nouveau Riche University’s program learning objectives include:

* The importance of networking and establishing a power team
* Understanding your investment market and identifying strategies applicable to that market
* Searching for, analyzing, and assessing the value of potential real estate properties
* Establishing clear objectives
* Identifying market conditions that can impact property acquisition and sale
* Developing exit strategy considerations
* Methods of controlling properties to create passive income and cash flow
* Understanding strategies that can maximize cash flow

Whether you are an expert investor or are looking for a way to make wealth but don’t know where to begin, if you want to learn the way to earn, Nouveau Riche is the program for you.
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0 comments | Wednesday, January 23, 2008

File sharing is distinct from file trading in that downloading files from a P2P network does not require uploading, although some networks either provide incentives for uploading such as credits or forcing the sharing of files being currently downloaded.

Here are the best File Sharing websites!

1. LimeWire p2p

2. Bittorrent p2p

3. FolderShare (Windows) sharing

4. FolderShare (Mac)

Enjoy sharing files!
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For small business owners needing unsecured loans, lines of credit, and credit cards, visit EZUnsecured.com. They are the best there is in town in terms of the financing you need.

Here are reasons why choose EZUnsecured.com.

1. Loans and Lines of Credit require No Collateral.

2. Their Lenders focus on your Credit History and (if available) Business Financials to make their decisions, and the stronger your Credit History, the less documentation you will need to provide.

3. If you have High Credit Scores above 700 FICO their Lenders will rarely ever require any Income or Asset documentation.

4. Their expertise is in the complete and correct preparation of your Application so it gets approved the 1st time, and in their extensive network of financial institutions that are willing to finance your business.

Why wait, let them handle your Small Business Financing so you can do what you do best and maximize your valuable time.

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This looks easy. Instruction is to arrange the coin shown below:

to this, the shortest number of moves possible:

To arrange the coins, you must move two coins (pair of coins) at all times -- a pair of one big and one small coin. One more thing, the pair must always touch each other. Gaps in the chain are allowed at the end of any move except the final one.
[solution after the jump]

The shortest number of moves possible is 4 moves.


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If you are looking for the right web host for your online business, then look no more. Web Hosting Choice is for you!

It is your advertisement free guide to choosing the right web host for your personal or business site. It has a searchable directory that will let you find web hosting plans suitable for a small site or for a large e-commerce website.

For the web neophytes, it has an learning area where it explains the basics of web hosting.

Web hosting choice is free for both customers and web hosts. It does not charge for a listing in the directory.

Visit web hosting choice for a completely advertising free hosting directory.
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Starting today, I will be posting stuff people want to visit or see in Brookings, South Dakota. There might just be few of them, but they're worth visiting or seeing.

Let me start this with the South Dakota Art Museum.

The South Dakota Art Museum has been a place for people from many different parts of the world to enjoy the artistic legacy of South Dakota in all its diversity. Permanent galleries, changing exhibitions, publications, lectures, workshops and guided tours provide the public, artists, university students and faculty with a variety of opportunities to learn about art and engage in the centuries-old dialogue between artist and viewer.

The Museum features 6 spacious galleries, the Museum Store and the Kid's Sensation Station.

South Dakota Art Museum
Medary Ave. at Harvey Dunn St.
Brookings, SD 57007
Toll Free: 1-866-805-7590

* Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
* Saturday 10am – 4pm
* Sunday 12pm – 4pm

Admission is free to the Museum. There is a charge for some programs, such as concerts, films, classes, performances, etc. For more information call the Museum at 605-688-5423.


From the North:
Take South Dakota I-29 South. Follow south. Merge onto the Exit 133 ramp and follow the exit ramp to US 14 Bypass. Turn right off ramp. Follow this road until the US 14 Bypass and Medary Avenue intersection (first light). Turn left onto Medary Avenue. The South Dakota Art Museum will be on the left hand side of the street on the corner of Medary Avenue at Harvey Dunn Street.

From the South:
Take South Dakota I-29 North. Follow North. Merge onto the Exit 132 ramp, labeled BROOKINGS / HURON, and follow the exit ramp to US 14 ( 6 th Street). Turn left onto US 14. Follow this road until the US 14 and Medary Avenue intersection. Turn right onto Medary Avenue. The South Dakota Art Museum will be on the right hand side of the street on Medary Avenue at Harvey Dunn Street.

From the East:
Take US 14 West into South Dakota. Follow on US 14 West into Brookings. Continue until you reach the US 14 ( 6 th Street) and Medary Avenue intersection. Turn right onto Medary Avenue. The South Dakota Art Museum will be on the right hand side of the street on Medary Avenue at Harvey Dunn Street.

From the West:
Take US 14 East. Follow US 14 ( 6 th Street) into Brookings. Continue until you reach the US 14 and Medary Avenue intersection. Turn left onto Medary Avenue. The South Dakota Art Museum will be on the right hand side of the road on Medary Avenue at Harvey Dunn Street.

Info Source
For more detailed information, please visit the website.


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Few facts first. The human body is designed to have 2 to 4 bowel movements per day. If your bowels are not moving on a regular basis, you may be suffering from constipation. Now, don't you just wish to enjoy a natural and regular bowel movements again?

The functions of the colon include the re-absorption of nutrients and water into the body and the subsequent elimination of toxic fecal waste through regular bowel movements. When the bowel is impacted, however, problems such as constipation, hemorrhoids, IBS, ulcerative colitis and colon cancer can arise.

Common symptoms resulting from accumulated toxins in the bowel can include headaches, bad breath, allergy symptoms, PMS, fatigue, depression, irritability, bloating and frequent infections.

How to stop this from happening. I've heard about Colon Cleansing by using the Oxy-Powder. Here is what the Oxy-Powder could amazingly do:

- addresses constipation by introducing nascent oxygen into the intestinal tract, thereby oxidizing and safely melting away the compacted fecal matter in your colon
- attacks the source of your constipation
- helps to loosen intestinal buildup and aids in releasing unwanted waste materials and toxic substances from the intestinal lining
- helps your natural defenses form an inhospitable environment for anaerobic bacteria
- promotes efficient internal health

Take a look at Oxy-Powder here for more info.
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Needing a new cellphone? I am thinking of getting a new one. My Motorola V3 RAZR Silver M-box is still fully working but because of too much daily usage, it is beginning to show signs of wear and tear.

I searched online for new units and so far I am liking the Samsung G800 Black GSM Phone. It's original price is $525.00 but discusswireless.com is giving it for only $498.75 - that's a 5% discount!

The site actually offers a 5% discount for all purchases. Check the i-phone in its discounted price!

You can also check out the prices of their Unlocked Cell Phones! You will be amazed at how the prices can be so affordable.
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3 comments | Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I missed the Sinulog festival for two years now. Sinulog is the grandest festival in my city with thousands of thousands of tourists visiting the Queen City of the South for the annual celebration for the Child Jesus (Santo Nino). I've read that the Sinulog last Sunday was a big success that even the bad weather failed to drive the crowds away.

Anyway, here are the winners of the 2008 Sinulog mardi gras.

Sinulog Based category

1st - Alcoy Siloy Festival. They also emerged champions of the 2008 Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan.

2nd - Sinanduloy Dance Troupe

3rd - Pakol Festival of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental

4th - Barangay Lahug

5th - Silaw Culture and Arts from Carcar City

Street Dancing category

1st - Sinanduloy Tribe of Tangub City

2nd - Lumad Basakanon

3rd - Municipality of Carmen

Sinulog Free Interpretation category

1st - Lumad Basakanon

2nd - Municipality of Carmen

3rd - Alikaraw Organization of Hilongos, Leyte

4th - Tribu Iliganon of Iligan City

5th - Tribu Pintaflores of San Carlos City

Source of News: Sunstar Daily
Source of Photos
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1 comments | Monday, January 21, 2008

Time for Pinoy Jokes!

JUNIOR: Tatay, maga­ling po ba kayo sa Geography?
TATAY: Aba! Syempre naman! ‘Yan ang paborito kong subject noong nag-aaral pa ako!
JUNIOR: Ano po ba ang mas malapit sa Pilipinas… United States o America?
TATAY: Magkalapit lang ‘yan, anak. Kasi, ang capital ng United States ay America!

TERESA: Mare, ano ba ang ipinagkaiba ng high tide sa low tide?
EMILIA: Naku, mare, ewan ko! Ibang brand ng sabon ang gamit ko, eh!

CORA: Naku, mare! ‘Yang inaanak mo, katulad ng tatay niya na mahilig magtanim!
LUISA: Talaga, mare? Ano ba ang itinatanim ni pare?
CORA: Sama ng loob.

ARMAN: Siguro, ang ganda ng syota ni pareng Nicko. Marimar ang pa­ngalan, eh!
DANTE: Naku, pare, pangit! KARIMA-RIMARIM, kaya nga MARIMAR, eh!

DADDY: Anak, bakla ka ba?
JUNIOR: Naku! Hindi po, Daddy!
DADDY:Mabuti kung ganu’n. Tama na ako lang ang bakla sa pamilya.

MISIS: Darling, akala ko ba, mahal mo ako…
MISTER: Oo nga! Handa akong mamatay alang-alang sa ‘yo.
MISIS: Sus! Puro ka satsat, hindi mo naman ginagawa!

MANANG: Totoy, nagdarasal ka ba bago matulog?
MANANG: Eh paggi­sing mo?
TOTOY: Hindi na po. Kasi, maliwanag na. Hindi na po ako natatakot!

ANAK: Nanay, pinauwi na po ako ng titser namin.
NANAY: Bakit?
ANAK: Kasi, magaling na raw po ako.
NANAY: Sa klase?
ANAK: Sa kopyahan po.

ANAK: Tatay, totoo po bang may multo?
TATAY: Anak, walang multo. Ba’t mo naitanong?
ANAK: Sabi kasi ni yaya, merong multo.
TATAY: Anak… mag-impake ka na! Tarantado! Wala kang yaya!

PILAR: Bakit naluluha ka?
MELISSA: Naalala ko kasi ‘yung first love ko.
PILAR: Matagal na ‘yun, ah?! Buti pa ‘yun, naaalala mo kahit mahigit dalawang taon na ang lumipas…pero ‘yung utang mo sa akin nu’ng isang buwan, hindi mo na naaalala!

KUSTOMER: Waiter! Ano’ng ginagawa ng ipis dito sa lugaw ko?!
WAITER: Naku, sir, ang damot n’yo naman! Nakiki-share lang ‘yan!

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5 comments | Sunday, January 20, 2008

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You", written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, was a 1967 single by Frankie Valli. The song was among Valli's biggest hits, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning a gold record.

Watch me sing "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" -- my own version?!

More videos to come soon as Talksmart revives the yesteryears songs! Wanna request something for me to sing? Leave me a note. I might have it in my magic sing and I'll give it a try just for you.

Until next video. Salute! See sidebar for the previous singing videos.


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0 comments | Saturday, January 19, 2008

A friend told me while we were shopping in a mall a couple of months ago that if I need to buy something for summer, I should shop around fall or winter. If I need to buy winter clothes, summer is the best time to get them. Why?

Because you find the best deals when you shop on "off" times. Winter jackets go on sale on summer and summer skirts or shorts are displayed with big discounts. Thinking of saving some bucks, then apply the shopping strategy.

What about buying a colored rope light for the next holiday? Why not? HolidayLEDs.com is now ready for your orders. It is the leading online retailer and information source for energy-efficient commercial and residential LED holiday, Christmas and decorative lighting.

They are not for holidays only. It has LED wedding lights that are nearly indestructible and will last for more than 50,000 hours of use. Pretty amazing huh!

Here is one light I like - the Light Strawberry Light!

The lights are pretty cheap too. Check it out.
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2 comments | Friday, January 18, 2008

I used to live in a house where people just come and go, never cared much of others lives and just enjoy living each day to the mind-your-own-business thing. Though we get to talk at times but the closeness didn't utter something special like the one we could declare as friendship.
I had quite a number of friends. Few, I considered real ones, the remaining were mere acquaintances. Finding these few did not take a lot of thinking or choosing or getting used to each others lifestyles or going out together. It only took a little sensitivity plus a little humor for a great bonding.

My friends were those ordinary guys and gals I encountered on the first day of classes, or out of town seminars, or at the workplace. They were those who effortlessly clicked in most aspects of my character, the first jamming together.

Way back in college, I was in the right barkada, I say. You know, a good company that helped me went through all my endeavors. They were the kind whose idea of a gimmick was not staying overnight at a drinking station on schooldays. They hated to break dormitory rules and were afraid to climb up the fence on early mornings because the gate was closed for curfew. Most importantly, they had plans of graduating on time together with everyone in the batch.

The friendship often evolved over simple pastimes, like enjoying hearty laughs over bottles of soda while watching movies in the VCR. We could be contented of just playing "chikitsa" the whole day. Yet at times we could be eccentric as to watch three to four movies in a day in our favorite mall. Whenever we "morning the weekend night", I could only wish the fun would never leave off.

We had this habit of mixing fun in everything we do. This, probably, the best reason why problems never scared the heavens out of us even if the burden weighed more than we could even handle. There were always good jokes and smiles geared to cover up a day of stress and to mask out whatever worry there was. Expect that in big parties, everyone would get a dose of laughter and immense fun in the air, when the groups present.

We did get serious sometimes and talk with a little sobriety. We talked of how we managed to survive the adversities our respective families encountered. One shared how his father vanished in a sea mishap when he was still young and how he survived each night without his fathers care. Another thoughtfully related the sacrifices his mother had in raising all five of them and sending them to school. More often than not, in these somber moments, we found ourselves holding a tear or two in our eyes. Nevertheless, those steps in our lives, we started to know little by little more of each other and opened up things we thought were very hard to share.

Many things kept us much and much stronger through the years. We had a strong trust in each one that we found so much amazing. Whenever we realized someone deserved applause for a good job, we never failed to acknowledge it. Giving good compliments even to the smallest things helped us mold our self-confidence.

But all those were memories of the past. These days I am missing all of them their concern and friendly care. I am all the time lonesome each minute I recollect the jamming we once had. And there are still a couple or so reasons to really be desolate. One, I am not getting the same feeling of importance now compared to what I used to feel before. Second, I surely am missing all the fun and excitement. Most importantly I am yearning for the moment when we had to pray for our families and friends and for a happy life.

Life for me presently is a bit empty in terms of close friends and deep sharing of thoughts about life, its ups and downs, and other sensitive personal issues only friends should know. Despite the absence of friends on my side, life must not be put to a still. After all, the traces of good times I had with them and the values learned are there to keep me inspired each step of the way and will constantly be there when I wish to look back.


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I have always been complaining about my room office not having enough windows. There is just one window that is placed so high that you have to stand on the table to reach it. Problem is, the window has its own mood that it won't open at times.

I love windows. I love to look out the window during idle moments. Normally, when I ponder on things, I stare at the horizon and ideas just come in bounty. When I am in the office, my mind gets easily tired since I cannot just think of new things for reasons like the absence of windows. Exactly. I need windows for happy living!

There is one thing I need to do when I own a house sooner. Make big windows, like the Dutch houses with big, glass windows all over. This way I could enjoy the sun on summer and the snow scene on winter. When I am away, my windows should be covered with quality window coverings, like shutters. I love this Bi-fold shutter as it gives me the clearest outside view as the louvers can tilt when the panels are stacked to one side.

Ah, I am thinking too much on windows. Let me buy a house first.
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I love this religious song!

Magnificat is a Marian song found under the Gospel of Luke. It describes Mary praising God for all the things He has done! And that is why it is one of my Favorite Songs!

This is the only video I found.

Thanks jennifercabasag.
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0 comments | Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wanting to talk to your family back home? Do you need international phone cards? This is the site that I visit all the time when I need to buy phone cards online. It is the cheapest so far and your $5 or $10 will go a long way.

Phone Cards Avenue is dedicated to carry the most variety of long distance calling cards in the market. They have the best rate long distance international and domestic phone cards on the internet.

Buying phone cards with them is as easy as 1-2-3!. Check the best rates and select a phone card, check out through the secure server, get your phone card and you're ready to call!

Phone cards are so easy to use. As soon as the online transaction is approved, you will receive an email with the Access numbers, PIN and Dialing Instructions. That's it.

And they have all country destinations too! Amazing! Visit the site.
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Leo Laredo sings "Open Arms" with Praise Song. Amazing voice and an amazing song!

Thanks LeoLaredoMusic.
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Nobody wants to be buried in debt. Even knee-deep debt is not acceptable. Don't believe the myth that says debt is a tool and should be used to help create prosperity. Wrong! If you're in debt, you become a slave because you do not have the liberty to use your own money to help change your life.

So better check it. Ask these questions to yourself. How is your credit standing? Are you in need of credit repair?

With the number of "bad credit" consumers in the U.S. growing by the day, a lot of companies nationwide [you see them on ads everywhere] promise to clean up your credit record so you can get yourself a car loan, an insurance, a home mortgage, or even a job. Be careful. Most of these companies are only after for your fees and won't even improve your credit standing. In short, most of them are just scams that couldn't deliver you from financial debt.

But not this one. I landed on this site -- Bad Credit Offers. It is the User's Guide to Bad Credit. It is an excellent site that provides consumers with the knowledge and resources necessary to help them find the perfect bad credit loans to fit their needs, regardless of a less-than-perfect credit rating. And you have nothing to worry about. This company has years of experience in the credit industry, which put them above the rest.

Rebuild your finances today!
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I would want to believe that my city, Cebu, is one of the commendable cities in the Philippines. Notwithstanding the natural beauty it has to bestow resulting to the increase of tourists coming in, Cebu — with its robust and bristling economy — has become the envy of businessmen all over the country. However, there are many critical issues still that hinders ordinary people to reap the benefits of the city's economic growth.

Based on the indicators of sustainability, Cebu is still far from where it intends to go. I see the links joining the economy (jobs, materials for production, stockholder profits), environment (water quality, air quality, natural resources) and society (education, health, poverty, crime) as frail.

Water quality may not come as a heavy issue. What is bothering is the scarcity of the water supply. Water problem is presently haunting Central Cebu because of the lack of a coherent strategy or water resources management board to implement water reforms. That said, Metro Cebu now holds “the highest” cost of drinking water in the whole archipelago. Without an action plan, in few more years, Cebu will go from a situation of water scarcity to shortage.

As in the case of crime rate, I am sure, the city deserves poor mark. Although, based from a survey conducted lately, petty crimes decreased in number, the rise of heavy crimes was unbelievably tremendous. There is a continuing summary of killings happening, vigilante-style of murders, where pickpockets and snatchers and other criminals are executed one by one, silently, by motorcycle-riding hitmen. This is a big blow to the city, to the justice system and to the very basic laws of God.

Professional jobs are a scarcity in the city. Certainly the government failed in its scheme to generate jobs for all. Most of my friends have been hoping to find greener pastures abroad. If this goes on longer, expect the brain drain to only get worse.

These are just few of the weak links that badly calls for proper attention by our civil servants. There is a room for improvement and the indicators above simply point the way to a better tomorrow. The public officials surely know this. They aren't dumb. So they should stop acting!

Cebu will head to a bright future, if the partnership of the government and the private sector strengthens. This is according to a business leader.

According to me, Cebu will head to a bright future if the philosophy of our leaders today is to create shared vision for good governance!

For you, what do you think are the measures for local government sustainability?


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VistaPrint Limited, the leading online supplier of high-quality graphic design services and customized printed products to small businesses and consumers, today announced that several of its Web sites (Spain, France, Italy and United Kingdom Sites) have been named “Best Shopping Site” for 2007 in the annual competition conducted by European online research agency MetrixLab in cooperation with Nielsen/NetRatings.

This is the third year in a row that VistaPrint has been named a winner in the contest. The company previously won “Site of the Year” and “Most Popular Site” for its Spanish site in 2005 and 2006.

With more than 11 million customers worldwide, VistaPrint offers high-quality solution for graphic design and full-color printing in small quantities, without the premium price. They provide the customers need for business cards, address labels, letterhead, mailing labels and brochures for a small business or 10 unique, custom printed invitations for a child’s birthday party.

Two ways to buy custom printing from VistaPrint:

1. Use VistaPrint’s online tools to design products from scratch, picking from thousands of professionally designed templates, searching our image bank of over 70,000 images, or uploading graphics and photos.

2. Design in a desktop publishing program then upload the designs to VistaPrint.

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0 comments | Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I had my first writing stint in 1st year high school. I wrote a declamation piece in Tagalog intended for a competition in Linggo ng Wika. Mrs. Tuling, my Pilipino teacher, had to convince me that failing to win the contest would never have any effect on my grade.
In the silence of my tapered dreams, I sat down for hours along with some other dreamers scripting what I thought was the best piece in Philippine literature. Word by word, each one must rhyme exactly. No loopholes. I started the piece with a contagious phrase and, quick like a fox, it ran through every letter, every word, connecting, linking, opening new thoughts, and stimulating new stretches of words. Few minutes before time, when everything read perfectly, I finished it with an excellent emphasis.

It was three in the afternoon, two days later, during the culminating program when the winners of the writing competition were proclaimed. I came late. Then my name was called, I heard it unmistakably. Expecting to receive a consolation prize of P20, I hurriedly went up the platform and to my revelation a cash of P150 was handed over. I won first prize! A first year student won the first prize. The following day I sported a new cap, in its lining was written, I got lucky, I won.

Year after year, I found myself in circles of hopeful writers from provincial to regional writing competitions I participated. Most often, I landed in the top three.

I love to write. I would not probably have the inspiration and determination of spending hours tinkering on words and structuring phrases had I not won those contests in my high school years.

Was the memorable day a go signal from above to hone this talent I was not even able to trace its roots? Could this be only a trial-error thing or error-error stuff? Is this some space in my life intended for patience testing and stamina assessment?

Most say, only people with reserved patience can write long and good articles and can survive many rejections. As a young writer in this very competitive world, many a times I felt almost close to giving up, letting go of this wild dream and just venture into something else. I almost raise the white flag and shout to the world how foolish I am to persevere days of thinking worthy topics to write and stare blankly in the computer's screen for hours. Yet somehow, somewhere I know there is a place for me in this spacious circle of words, in this enduring dream God-knows-what better things will bring and where probably might lead.


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0 comments | Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I am very choosy in the kind of shampoo that I use for my hair. If I go for those bargain hair care products, I get dandruffs in a matter of days. I do not know why. Maybe my scalp is sensitive to the different chemicals that a shampoo contains.

Now that I am in the U.S., it is so hard to find the shampoo that I was used to using in the Philippines. It took quite a number of tries to finally settle with one brand.

Someone suggested that I should use a Spray Powder shampoo - for Black Shades. This Salon Grafix Spray Powder Shampoo, with its color match formula, is perfect for cleansing and refreshing the hair between normal shampoos or when on the go.

I checked the website and it says:

• Easily brushes off
• Leaves hair revitalized
• No white powder
• No oil residue
• Clean and shiny hair

I found out that the Spray Powder Shampoo is actually a dry shampoo. First time for me to hear such a kind. So what does a dry shampoo do?

Dry shampoos work by absorbing the excess dirt and oil that can leave hair looking dull or dirty. While you would not want to replace liquid shampoo with the dry version altogether, it is a great alternative in emergencies. Of course, this product does not totally get rid of build-up, especially that cause by styling products, but there are times when everyone would agree that something is far better than nothing. A dry shampoo is not just one but rather a variety of natural substances that, when applied to the hair in powder form and brushed out, provide gentle cleansing and sometimes extra sheen or fragrance. They are must-have items for anyone who flies frequently, camps, or for any other reason wants to freshen up their locks but cannot bathe.

Amazing, isn't it? Okay, let me try that Spray Powder shampoo now!

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I've heard so many stories about relationships that didn't work (mine included LOL). What makes a relationship work, by the way?

Should I be open minded to my partner's wants , needs, desires?

Should we be compatible in interests?

Should I be sensitive when something is troubling my partner?

Should I be always a good listener?

Should I always be there in all situations?

Should we have to communicate all the time?

Should I give her compliments often?

Should loyalty rule always?

Tell me....
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Join the affiliate marketing revolution - Pepperjam Network!

Pepperjam is the industry's leading full-service internet marketing agency, assisting businesses launch and optimize three of the most important revenue channels for today's e-commerce companies, search-engine marketing, affiliate marketing, and media planning and management.

With a unique expertise in the unparalleled medium of search, an unyielding mastery of the pay-for-performance based world of affiliate marketing, and the most cutting-edge media buying capability anywhere, Pepperjam has the power to take your e-commerce strategy to the cutting-edge and beyond.

Here is a press release:

Pepperjam Network Announces Launch of Next Generation Affiliate Marketing Network

Pepperjam, a two-time Inc. Magazine fastest growing company and industry leading full-service internet marketing agency, today announced the launch of Pepperjam Network, a proprietary next generation affiliate marketing network.

If you are an advertiser or affiliate and would like to sign-up for Pepperjam Network please visit www.pepperjamnetwork.com.

“Pepperjam Network represents an evolution in affiliate marketing. The creation of Pepperjam Network represents eight years of research and development and the combined ideas, feedback, and intelligence of hundreds of affiliate marketers and advertisers. Pepperjam Network will forever change the face of affiliate marketing by putting power back in the hands of affiliates and advertisers to build long-term, profitable partnerships through better communication tools and transparency,” said Kristopher B. Jones, President & CEO of Pepperjam.

Among a variety of affiliate marketing enhancements, Pepperjam Network addresses the two primary shortcomings of other existing affiliate networks, namely (1) poor, unreliable communication tools and (2) lack of affiliate transparency. With Pepperjam Network, affiliates and advertisers can communicate in real-time via Pepperjam Chat™, thereby providing a reliable communication system to build stronger, more profitable partnerships. Pepperjam Network also provides advertisers with an unprecedented measure of affiliate transparency, which helps to establish trust, protect brand integrity, and lays the groundwork for open, long-term, profitable relationships.

Pepperjam Network also introduces pepperjamADS, which is a first-ever affiliate marketing widget that affiliates can use to serve customized contextual ads from one or multiple Pepperjam Network advertisers at the same time.

Pepperjam Network was designed to make the experience of affiliate marketing profitable and educational, with the goal of allowing affiliates and advertisers to truly understand and maximize the critical affiliate marketing channel.

Unlike the traditional networks, Pepperjam Network uses Web 2.0 technology to provide affiliates and advertisers with an easy-to-use, cutting-edge interface designed to facilitate and optimize the affiliate marketing process. For instance, Pepperjam Network offers industry leading source-level tracking and reporting - this robust technology is especially beneficial to search marketing and sophisticated super affiliates that want to take advantage of the most up-to-date technology available to track commissions at the keyword level.

Here is just a sample of what many industry experts are saying about Pepperjam Network:

“Even after all these years using Commission Junction on the merchant and affiliate side, I still find it terribly clumsy to find what I want. With Pepperjam Network it is quick and easy. Pepperjam Network is what an affiliate network would look like if it were built from a wish list from both the affiliate and merchant perspective,” said Shawn Collins, Cofounder of Affiliate Summit.

“As both an advertiser and a affiliate, I am on the lookout for affiliate marketing systems that meet all our company’s needs. Pepperjam Network is without a doubt the most comprehensive, practical and useful affiliate marketing system I have seen to date. Pepperjam Network demonstrates that it is possible to combine style with substance in a network that provides site owners and advertisers with tools and resources to increase their bottom line,” said Joel Comm, New York Times Best-Selling author and CEO, InfoMedia, Inc.

About Pepperjam:

Pepperjam is an industry leading full-service internet marketing agency offering marketing services and advanced technology in the areas of pay-per-click, search-engine optimization, affiliate marketing, and online media planning and buying. The company was founded in 1999 by internet marketing expert, accomplished speaker, and published author Kristopher B. Jones. Pepperjam has received numerous awards and achievements, including recognition by Inc. Magazine for two consecutive years as one of the fastest growing privately-held businesses in the United States. Learn more at www.pepperjam.com.
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Videos have been the source of entertainment for many years now. The method of watching videos has evolved from just watching it on TV to watching it online. What is more entertaining is the fact that these videos are submitted by online users themselves. Videos vary from the craziest to the weirdest to the funniest!

I came across a site called YawpBox (yamp means share). YawpBox is a place to share your life experiences with everyone else in the world, and keep those experiences cataloged on your own personal profile. You can find other people who have had similar experiences, and show all of your fellow Yawpers the things you have done. Other Yawpers can vote on how cool, outrageous, funny, or ridiculous your experiences are.

There are videos for the Lex & Terry Challenge entitled "worst hair day", "Have You Ever Cheated Death?", "Have You Ever Put Your Foot In Your Mouth?", "Eww! Share The Weirdest Thing You've Eaten", "Have You Ever Had A Crazy Experience In The Water?", "Will You Marry Me? Show Us Your Proposal", and a lot more.

To top it off, YawpBox TV (a 30 minute weekly "magazine style" show, filmed before a live studio audience in Dallas, Texas) will take the contents and film a television show in March 2008. If your experiences make the cut, you will be on TV!

You heard it right. You can be on TV. YawpBox TV will incorporate content from the entire site. The highest rated content, as selected by the users, is what will most likely be put on our TV show! There are currently 65 topics, and they will be adding topics every week which will display across the homepage.

Will you get your 15 minutes? Start posting videos to YawpBox and find out if yours will make the cut!

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Friendster, the popular social network, why is it so vulnerable to hacks? I have an account from Friendster and I am afraid that any moment my password would be stolen by some geeks somewhere.

Not so long ago, I wrote about "Friendster loving worms". The problem: my profile was hijacked by these so-called self-replicating computer programs. I requested for restoration and I was lucky that I got it back, however, without the customized layout anymore.

Maybe Friendster has solved the worm problem already. But what is this new buzz circulating about a Friendster hack that will use someone else' profile to post on bulletin boards and even post comments/testimonials?

One of my friends was a victim. She said:
I want you all to know that I did not post that previous bulletin entitled "Check It". It contains a link to a porn site. It is advisable for you not to click it for your safety. some geeks have gotten into the friendster system and did this. I have a few other friends too who posted the same bulletin and I'm sure they did not do it. Please help to stop this problem, otherwise Friendster will not be a safe site anymore.
Then just few minutes ago, someone posted comments on my profile - from a close friend, whom I am certain she never posted them herself. The comments have the same link that points to a porn site.I had just deleted the comments because I don't want anyone clicking the link when they visit my profile.

What is happening in here? Friendster must make sure we are in safe hands when we use their network. Don't you think so?


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I am quite familiar with industrial and manufacturing terms since I used to have courses in high school about industrial stuff. Further, when I was in college I had a subject on Carpentry (being a civil engineering student) and, to tell you honestly, it was one of the most interesting subjects I had. Our group produced one of the best house miniatures of the batch.

Of course I did all the wood sawing and smoothing! I even have a souvenir for that - a scar on my index finger. LOL.

Ok enough of that story.

Let's have a little lesson about industrial and manufacturing terms. Identify the following products or items. If you manage to identify all, I will send you a brand new valve. Or maybe a saw.


1. Consist of a rod or piston that compresses into a cylinder filled with compressed gas, usually nitrogen.

2. A process in which a metal alloy sheet is used as the stock which is stamped on a press using dies & punches or drawn into shapes on hydraulic deep drawing machines.

3. Used to transfer wet or dry materials such as water, chemicals, acids, or grains from one place to another.

4. Electrical devices that convert a high voltage into a smaller voltage, or vice-versa.

5. Available in hundreds of stock sizes with custom inserts to protect sensitive instruments. Available with wheels, extendable handles, special RFI/EMI shielding, air tight and water tight construction, etc.

6. Referring to an object, either rubber, metal, or plastic, that prevents leakage.

7. Used in the process industry. Compressor based; air-cooled and water-cooled are available.

8. AKA gear heads or gear boxes, used to decrease rotating speed in printing presses, automation equipment, compressors, conveyors, pumps, generators and robotic applications.

9. Controls the volume of flow & pressure of fluids or gases by closing, opening, or partially opening a passage through which the material passes regulates this flow.

10. One-way directional valves.

11. Power-actuated devices operating in a process system as a critical component of a control loop, to alter the fluid flow rate.

12. Has a round closure element & round seat that permits a tight shut off because of the uniform seal between the element and the seat.

1. Gas springs
2. Metal stamping
3. Pumps
4. Transformers
5. Cases
6. Seals
7. Chillers
8. Speed reducers/gear reducers
9. Valves
10. Check valves
11. Control valves
12. Ball valves

Visit the online industrial directory of industrial, manufacturing, and distributing businesses, products, and services, for more terms.
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Google Earth. The idea is simple. It's a globe that sits inside your PC. You point and zoom to anyplace on the planet that you want to explore. Satellite images and local facts zoom into view. Tap into Google search to show local points of interest and facts. Zoom to a specific address to check out an apartment or hotel. View driving directions and even fly along your route. Try it now to believe.

* Free for personal use.
* Sophisticated streaming technology delivers the data to you as you need it.
* Imagery and 3D data depict the entire earth - Terabytes of aerial and satellite imagery depict cities around the world in high-resolution detail.
* Local search lets you search for restaurants, hotels, and even driving directions. Results show in your 3D earth view. Easy to layer multiple searches, save results to folders, and share with others.
* Layers show parks, schools, hospitals, airports, shopping, and more.
* KML – data exchange format lets you share useful annotations and view thousands of data points created by Google Earth users.

Use it for:

* Planning a trip
* Getting driving directions
* Finding a house or apartment
* Finding a local business
* Exploring the world

System requirements on the PC:

The Google Earth client requires certain system configurations in order to run smoothly.

Minimum configuration:

* Operating System: Windows 2000, Windows XP
* CPU: Pentium 3, 500Mhz - System Memory (RAM): 128MB RAM
* Hard Disk: 400MB free space
* Network Speed: 128 Kbits/sec
* Graphics Card: 3D-capable with 16MB of VRAM
* Screen: 1024x768, "16-bit High Color" screen

Recommended configuration:

* Operating System: Windows XP
* CPU: Pentium 4 2.4GHz+ or AMD 2400xp+
* System Memory (RAM): 512MB RAM
* Hard Disk: 2GB free space
* Network Speed: 768 Kbits/sec
* Graphics Card: 3D-capable with 32MB of VRAM
* Screen: 1280x1024, "32-bit True Color" screen


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The software is called PureSafety's Prognos. I found this software while browsing online.

The software can be used for so many things:

1. Integrated Disability Management - manages employee claims for workers' compensation, short and long-term disability and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) absences and much more.

2. Incident Investigation & Corrective Actions - gives you the ability to efficiently and effectively record incident details and track the investigation process.

3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Compliance Reporting - The OSHA software provides comprehensive reporting capabilities that make it easy to create and maintain OSHA records for single or multiple facilities.

4. Return-to-Work Benchmarking - ncludes integrated return-to-work benchmarking capabilities that utilize Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) from the Work Loss Data Institute.

5. Return-to-Work Tracking - makes it easy to evaluate health and productivity management programs, the quality and necessity of treatment, and return-to-work performance.

6. Workers' Compensation Claims Management - includes a comprehensive set of claim management tools to assist both service companies and employers in managing workers' compensation and disability claims.

Try the software yourself. You won't regret it.
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I came up with 11 signs that anyone must observe to know whether your house needs general cleaning or not.

11. You lose footing more often.
10. You can't tell which smells what.
9. Little creatures start to march into your privacy.
8. When you see your white wall in countless colors.
7. Your pet scratches more often and prefers to stay outside.
6. Your partner visits you only once a week instead of daily.
5. You can't clearly see what's showing on your TV.
4. The bedsheet feels like a doormat.
3. You cannot see the numbers on your telephone keys.
2. Your partner smells like your pet.
1. You look through the litter basket for your partner.

If you see some of the signs, clean your house!


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Aside from saving the files in my laptop when I travel to attend a conference, I also avail on online file storage and sharing. This allows for easy access to my data file in a way that benefits me the most.

Imagine a situation when suddenly your laptop fails to work hours before your talk or presentation -- that is a complete disaster! Don't let this happen to you, keep your files in an online storage all the time.

With online storage, you can browse your online data/file storage from any computer with a simple browser in the world with absolute industry standard 128-bit SSL encryption, you can share your online file storage with coworkers and friends ex: you wish to share the links to your favorite pictures that contain, say, 100 giga bytes of picture format files.

I used IBackup (http://www.ibackup.com) for file storage. I have a high trust on it. It has consistently been voted among the top 5 online file storage service providers for the past many years now.

That's my tip for you. Enjoy storing files online!
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0 comments | Monday, January 14, 2008

Don't forget to laugh today folks. Don't let the wrinkles rule your day. Remember that there are more muscles to smile than to frown. In short, there is no reason for you not to be happy, at least for today.

Ready to smile?

Here's a round of jokes for you all.

GIRLFRIEND: I’ve experienced so much happiness since you came… no one can ever replace you here in my heart! Though many things are running through your head and you’re thinking that you mean nothing to me! Just keep in mind that I’m still the same old girl who loved you and cared for you the best way I can… and nothing can ever top that!
BOYFRIEND: Ahh… okay. Kumain ka ba?

JOSHUE: Uy, pare, ano ang nakain mo at napasyal ka sa amin?
MARVIN: Wala nga, pare, eh. Kaya ako napas­yal sa inyo para dito mananghalian.

ANAK: Nanay, ito lang po ang almusal natin? Kahapon, kamote. Ngayon naman ay…
NANAY: Aba, lintek kang bata ka! Huwag kang umangal sa ipinapakain ko sa inyo, ha?! Kung kamote, KAMOTE lang! Kung kahoy… KAHOY lang!

Mga salawikain ng college students:
“Aanhin pa ang uno kung tres na ang uso?”
“It’s better to cheat than to repeat.”
“Ano ang pakinabang ng libro kung scholar ang katabi mo?”

Don't forget to leave your comments below. If you want to read and laugh more, there are more jokes here.


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Dreaming. LOL. But look at the image below and you will love to have a deck like that in your own home.
Facts about decks. A low-maintenance deck can be built of natural or composite materials and can last for decades if properly cared for. Deck building materials come in a wide variety of colors and textures to accent your home. Houston decks are widely customizable and may include benches, planters, or an incorporated structure such as a gazebo.

Why should you have a deck at home? Reasons are valid. By adding a wood deck to your home, you extend the living space of your house. Decks give you the perfect place to sit outside, relax or eat dinner. Decks reflect the style of your home.

So tell me, do you have a deck in your home? If you are a parent, build one. If you are a kid, tell your parents to have one. Kidding...
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Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy...and so many more. These are just few of the countries in Europe that I have traveled to. And I need more. What about checking the flights to South Africa? Hmmm, that would be nice.

I heard a lot of nice things about South Africa. One of my former classmates is from that country and I might give her a call the moment I decide to finally give her a visit.

I love traveling and I can give you few advices when you travel abroad.

Make each trip memorable, prepare for the trip. Plan ahead, that is. When you want to visit something beautiful in a particular place, always make an itinerary for the day. However, the most important of all in the planning is finding the right accommodation for you -- meaning, the best hotel deal for your holidays.

Contact a leading travel company and get recommendations on attractions, restaurants, and hotels, and up-to-date weather, health tips, and general information for thousands of destinations. The travel company will tailor-made your holiday as exactly as you want it to be!

For your next travel, check this out.
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I haven't posted a single post for my other blogs. I felt so terrible I missed a part of my daily routine. Really, I had been thinking about it even in my sleep! Reasons for skipping:

1. occupied -- with work and studies
2. studies -- I badly need to finish this PhD
3. work -- I have to do lots of research work

So my day was occupied with work and studies. Work and studies occupying my day....gully, those 3 words taken collectively had turned my other blogs idle for a day. With how work and studies have been occupying my days (I cannot forget the words, damn!), even today, and probably tomorrow and the rest of the month, my blogs will see their death sooner!

No way! I cannot afford that to happen to my dearest blogs. I promise to keep them to the end until the blog word would stop to exist in the google search.


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Students in the U.S. are loaning money in order to finish their studies. That is what I observed here. They borrow money, get themselves a degree and pay the loan after graduation or when they get a job. Isn't this the solution for most of our education-deprived countrymen?

These student loans allow individuals to finance their education and wait to pay back these payments till after they graduate. One good thing is that, they are exempt from any bankruptcy dealings as well. And most often student fast personal loans offer lower interest rates for borrowers.

By paying the loan bill on time monthly over a long period of time will help add to one's credit history. Student loans can have good results in the overall.

But why couldn't we get something like this to happen in the Philippines?
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5 comments | Sunday, January 13, 2008

Yahooooo! Can you hear my scream?! This is a time for celebration. I was just recognized as one of the 2007 Top Pinoy Probloggers. Not just at the top 100, but placed at no. 12, among thousands of Filipino bloggers. Yes, my blogs (composedgentleman.com and lakaw.com) finished at the top ranks in 2007.
Yahooooo! This is one huge achievement for me as a blogger. It isn't easy to be where I am now, and, more so, I still consider this journey to be very long to finally become successful as a blogger. I still consider myself a neophyte in the blogosphere although at the end of this month I'd be turning 2 years old.

Two years of blogging and having fun online. Two years of exchanging thoughts with all of you my readers. Two years of thinking on how to improve my traffic and readership. Two years of worrying about layouts and templates and color combinations and htmls and widgets. Two years of enjoying your company and making me feel I am part of your blogging world.

Thank you! Thank you for being part of my world too!

I have written a very long post about this achievement on my other blog.

Time for a beer!


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Consider these tips before getting a Florida dental insurance.

Getting a dental insurance in Florida may not be the best option for dental care. Florida dental insurance, like most other types of insurance, does not cover conditions that are deemed to be pre-existing. In other words, if you already have a tooth decay before you had the dental insurance plan, then you will not be covered.

Here is my advice. If you are looking for Florida dental insurance, try to get a discount dental plan instead. This is very helpful if you already have problems with your teeth that need quick attention. These discount plans are not insurance, therefore, you can save a lot of money on practically any dental care need.

Savings can be as high as 60%. You get discounts on dentures, braces, routine dental care and more.

To help you choose the appropriate Florida dental insurance plan, visit peopleshealthinsurance.com.
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Stop blogging? I'm only kidding.

Why do I blog? I could only think of ten reasons for now.

1. There is fun to it.
2. To have an outlet for the persisting writer in me.
3. To know what others think. Their opinions matter.
4. To learn the life of friends who have started blogging these days.
5. To see how weird this world can be.
6. To gain blogger friends through forums and chatrooms.
7. To realize that this information superhighway can be educational and inspirational at the same time.
8. To critic other bloggers.
9. To be known to the blogosphere that I exist and my wild thoughts are not totally wild.
10. To know that others write crazy things about their crazy life.

There are specific blogs that I visit everyday. One of which is owned by someone in the name of loquacious. His writing superb and so natural. He could be amusing, inspirational, educational and all other nice adjectives ending with 'ing' or 'nal'.

I will continue blogging because in this blogosphere, everyone is equal and is reserved a space. Best of luck to all of us bloggers.
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Another round of tips for all of you guys! This time about loans. Here are basic tips that will help you make an informed decision about what kind of loan to get, and whom to get it from. Are you after for homeowner loans, bridging loans or debt consolidation secured loan?

Questions you need to consider before getting a loan:

1. Do you really need a loan? Ask yourself that question many times.

2. Can you survive without it? Maybe you can. Maybe you don't need a loan just yet.

3. What about getting the money by other ways, such as doing a part-time job, or maybe borrowing from a relative?

If you can avoid a loan, avoid it. But if you really need it, then read further.

1. Take note of the interest rate, consider the arrangement fees and prepayment penalties.

2. Keep your credit line as small as possible as loan officers count the total line of credit available as a liability.

3. Pay your debts before the due date. You don't want to be buried in the interest, do you?

4. Please do not put your family at risk by getting a home equity credit line to pay off your credit-card debts.

5. Shop for rates when the market is calm.

6. Always keep a copy of every check you issue.

There are still other tips for secured loans, I'll post it some other time.
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Some things in this world are visually inseparable. For instance, try to imagine Adolf Hitler without his signature moustache? Or FPJ without his long patilya. Try picturing April Boy Regino without his cap and Eddie Gil sans his pilokang itim. I bet you can't.

Same thing when I think of my grandfather. Just can't imagine him without his sunglasses. It's like a made-for-each-other sort of love affair. Where one is, there goes the other.

Lolo Nayong, as I tenderly call him, kids a lot about his dark sunglasses being made exceptionally strong to resist the toughest of storms, solid enough to stay screwed on a ten-storey free fall, and above all, crafted to suit his well-defined facial features. Of course, he'd laugh afterwards.

My grandpa, already in his mid-90's, no doubt, is the coolest Lolo of all. Who would believe that even in his age right now he can still ride his motorbike with the ease of an expert. Speeding off like a pro car racer, he could smoothly dodge potholes and swing dangerous curves, to the amazement of many. He might adore his bike but not more than his sunglasses.

As a devotee of his sunglasses, Lolo abhors substitutes of the sort of fad being flaunted right now. In clinging to his very own treasure and stalwartly snubbing any substitute, he is comparable to those legendary lovers of yore whose devotion to their lady loves were unwavering. To this day, my grandpa has stayed true to his sunglasses.

Every visit I do to my hometown, I always make it a point to drop by Lolo's abode just to be entertained with his sharing of the funny anecdotes of his life. He never fails to charm me with unending tales from how he managed to mesmerize grandma's elusive heart to how he convinced everyone that his 10 years older of grandma was never an impediment to a happily-ever-after romance. He regularly tells me how he exercised by playing tennis till he was 70 and helping till his rice fields even up to now.

I love my Lolo so much. Not because he has a high regard for what I do. Not because he loves reading my articles to the last word. Neither because he is awesomely unique with his eyeglasses. Not also because he likes talking to me in English language and that he always insists I inherited his talents and skills. I love him simply for the reason that he brings joy to the family, a true treasure himself with a comforting aura only himself can offer.

Without saying, he would never miss to read this article. When I'd see him again soon, he'd probably smile at me, maybe hug me tight and then tell me again and again how good I have turned out to be and how so good-looking I have developed into over the years. As always, I would only laugh silently and entertain the one logical yet amusing idea why I rather hope for Lolo to wear his treasured sunglasses often.


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