Saturday, April 26, 2008

PhotoHunt 107 - Unique/funny signs

PhotoHunt theme for this Saturday is Unique/Funny Signs.

In private subdivisions and villages, vehicle entries are limited to homeowners cars and other cars authorized by the Board of Directors. For this purpose, windshield stickers are issued to identify the authorized vehicles. And, "No sticker, no entry" signs are usually seen at the gates. However, special passes are given to guests and visitors provided they leave their identification cards or driver's licenses at the entry gate.

But this sign is unique:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

It's still summer

Despite the rains that we've been experiencing, it's still summer here in th Philippines. The summer heat is still on. To beat the heat, one must go to a beach, a river, or a pool or go to a cooler place like Baguio or Tagaytay.

If you are from Metro Manila, the nearest clean beach are in Batangas, Bataan and Zambales, which are at least three hours away. Rivers can be found in Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, and Pampanga, which are at least two hours drive. With the soaring prices of fuel, going out of town could be more expensive. The cost of diesel has reached the P40 mark and the unleaded is 7 pesos higher. This made the summer heat hotter.

Swimming pools abound in the metropolis and nearby towns, but most of them, if not all, are crowded.

Another way to beat the heat is to stay in your room and turn of the aircon; that is, if you have one. You would only feel the heat once you receive your electric bill.

The cheapest way is go to a mall. Malls are scattered all over the metropolis; and, I'm pretty sure cou can find one near your place.

Monday, April 21, 2008 Bloggers' Night

Bloggers, check out this event:

What : Bloggers' Night
When : April 26, 2008 @ 7pm
Who : Bloggers of any size, age, status or whatever
How : Just leave a comment or register through any of the coordinators blogs
Why : Booze, Music, Prizes and
Where : Katips Bar in Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City

You could win a brand new Sony PSP, if you come as your blog. It means you have to dress up like your blog.

To confirm attendance, kindly leave your name and blog address as a comment in Ms. Aileen Apolo's blog or in any of the following blogs:

Migs, AJ, Andrew, JayDJ, Anton, Sexymom, Noemi, Cokskiblue, Janette, Jayvee, Jomar, Jozzua, Jun Asis, Juned, Markku, Regnard, Winston, Gail.

I've already registered; and there are about 81 slots available. So, hurry up! Check the list here.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Social Sparks

Just to claim my blog.


PhotoHunt 106 - Thirteen

Another Saturday of photo hunting. And, this week's theme is thirteen. I dug up my photo files and found this one:

This is my picture taken last year in a resort in Labrador, Pangasinan. Count the white vertical bars in this picture. Did you count thirteen?

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Outsourcing your IT requirements

With the advent of computers and information technology (IT), running and managing businesses have never been the same. Without an IT in your organization, you could not compete and survive in today’s fast paced business world. Let us face it, IT is here to stay and is already a necessity in every business, whether small, medium or large company, to become successful in their respective fields. Large companies can afford to have and maintain their own in-house IT group with experienced IT personnel. But, how about the small and medium size companies? Could they afford the expensive equipment and equally expensive personnel to maintain their own IT group? I doubt it.

Well, there is good news for these small and medium size companies. There are IT consulting firms that help these companies in their IT requirements. They do not need to maintain an in-house IT group but to outsource from an IT consulting firm. One Boston IT Outsourcing firm that offers comprehensive IT consulting solutions and network support services is iCorps Technologies. It has been in the business since 1994 helping small and midsize businesses in their IT requirements. Whatever IT requirements your company needs, iCorps has the right IT solutions for you.

Make the latest technology work for you and your company stay in business and become competitive and successful. Outsource your IT requirements from ICorps Technologies – the expert in IT solutions.

Moving and storing your fine arts

Fine arts are invaluable, precious, and irreplaceable possessions that we want to treasure and protect from any harm – big or small. Sometimes, there are occasions that we need to move or transport them. And, damages are likely to happen during transportation. Thus, it would be a wise decision to commit them to professional art movers who are experienced in moving and storing fine arts and not to ordinary or regular moving or shipping company only

Mind’s Eye offers professional services for your Fine Art Storage. It is knowledgeable and experienced in this field. From the time fine arts are moved, they should be given special and customized care. Each type of fine arts should be handled differently – from packing to transportation to delivery. Mind’s Eye uses the most innovative art protection techniques and protocol to guarantee that your fine art would be in its original state when delivered, even when they are subjected to a long distance travel. Its art storage facility is also a state of the art.

For your peace of mind, entrust your fine arts to Mind’s Eye. Whether your fine art items are paintings, sculptures, chandeliers, antiques, documents, or other items of considerable values, you can be assured that your properties are in good and professional hands. Don’t gamble your fine arts with inexperienced moving or shipping company. Mind’s Eye has been servicing satisfied customers, such as art collectors, museums, exhibitors, curators, and private individuals.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

San Fabian Beach

At the San Fabian beach, we spent three days during the Holy Week. San Fabian is a third class municipality of the province of Pangasinan, Philippines and is about five hours from Metro Manila. The beach though not comparable to well-known beaches in the Philippines, such as Boracay, Pagudpud, Bantayan Island in Cebu, Bohol for their white sands, is being frequented by the Pangasinenses, visitors from neighboring provinces and from Metro Manila. The sand is black; and the water not pristine clear. Nonetheless, we enjoyed our stay there. We enjoyed not only the sun, sand and but the waves as well.

Map of Pangasinan showing the location of San Fabian.
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of San Fabian
(From Wikipedia)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Help for Drug Abuse

Drug abuse has been a perennial problem. Despite the awareness and information programs of the government, civil societies, medical groups, and religious groups, it seems that drug abuse has not been abated but rather aggravated. New substances and variants are being developed and used. And, the law enforcement seems futile to address and control this very serious problem. Drug abuse affects not the common people only, but people in the middle, upper and high classes of society, including the celebrities, as well. Chronic drug abuse can ruin and devastate the victims’ lives - physically, emotionally, financially, and legally.

Physically, drug abuse could lead to several illnesses such as addiction, heart attack, respiratory failure, organ damage, hepatitis, stroke, and eventually to early death. Emotionally, it could lead to depression, hopelessness and could shatter victim’s relationship with his loved ones, family, friends, and relatives. Financially, it could cause loss of job and financial trouble. Legally, drug abuse is against the law and most victims resorted to robbery, holdups, and other wrongdoings to sustain their addictions.

If you or your loved one is a victim of drug abuse, do not lose hope. Just act now and help is available. Renaissance Malibu Drug Abuse Rehab offers such kind of help. Being the California’s premier drug abuse rehab, it is the right choice to commit and entrust drug abuse victims. Its exclusive personalized, confidential and effective drug abuse rehab programs coupled by its world-class facilities and amenities are unmatched anywhere. Further, its drug abuse rehab counselors are all certified and licensed and supported by dedicated and caring clinical staff. This multi-disciplinary team provides state-of-the art drug abuse help.

For more information and inquiries, a counselor is available by phone 24-hours a day at: 888-619-8500 or you may visit its website at

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


I got this from the Valenzuela City website:

City Government of Valenzuela
Public Information Office

April 01, 2008

First Mayor Win Gatchalian Cup 2008

Valenzuela City launches the 1st Mayor WIN Gatchalian Invitational Fun Fishing Tournament on April 20 and May 6, 2008.

The competition will be held in two separate venues – Barangay Coloong on April 20 and Barangay Tagalag on May 6. Prizes include:

  • CHAMPION : Trophy plus P10,000.00
  • 2nd Place : Trophy plus P7,000.00
  • 3rd Place : Trophy plus P5,000.00

Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian says, “we are holding this fishing tournament to promote tourism in our City. Valenzuela, particularly the Polo area, is known to be a fishing town. We have a lot of fishponds in several barangays that are ideal for fishing sport. We are hoping that this tournament will attract more fishing enthusiasts to visit here.”

Those who are interested may contact the:

3rd Floor Convention Center Building
Poblacion II, Maysan Road, Valenzuela City
Tel. Number: 294-0657

Monday, April 7, 2008

Becoming an X-ray technician

It’s graduation season. For those who have just graduated from high school and still undecided what college course to take, you may want to consider being an x-ray technician. If you have special interest in health, science and medical technology, becoming an x ray technician would be the best career for you. In medical environment, xray technician plays a vital role in diagnosing patient illnesses and diseases. The x-ray technician programs may take from one to four years. A year program is an accelerated certification for medical professionals who are changing their careers. A two-year program would earn you an Associate Degree; and a four-year program would give you a Bachelors Degree. Think about it.

Friday, April 4, 2008

PhotoHunt 104 - Glass

It's another Saturday of photo hunting for a GLASS theme. Actually, several days ago I had already thought of what to post for this theme but just changed my mind when I saw my 20 years Loyalty Award, which is made of GLASS. The award has my picture taken when I was much much younger inscribed in it. The award was given in 2005 and came with a wrist watch. I'm now waiting for another two years to receive my 25th Loyalty Award.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

2008 World Pyro Olympics rescheduled again?

I heard that the schedules of the World Pyro Olympics, which should start on Saturday, April 5, have been moved again to May 3. I am still confirming this.

I will post soonest once I get the confirmation.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Car Insurance Rates

Owning and driving a car is not just a status symbol but a necessity. It makes your life easier and gives you the freedom and convenience to travel or move from one place to another. But, there are downsides of owning a car, such as incurring additional expenses in its maintenance, registration, and insurance.

Speaking of insurance, it is necessary to procure one to protect the car owner from paying for repairs or replacement of the car and the third party liabilities it may incur in case of an accident. But, looking for the right coverage for your car from the right car insurance company is not an easy task. Searching for the top insurance companies and comparing their quotes would take much of your time and effort.

But, there is an easy way – through It gives the car owners vital information and knowledge about car insurance to assist and guide them in getting lower car insurance rates. It includes the reviews of more than twenty largest car insurance companies in the U.S., the types of coverage, information on insurance rates – such as why they vary from company to company and from state to state and how they are computed. offers free car insurance quotes online from multiple insurance companies. If more insurance companies compete for your insurance, they are forced to lower their insurance rates, which is beneficial to you.

At, with the little time you spend you would save a lot on your car insurance premium. I think that is great!