Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bored? Try the Magic Pen!

UPDATE AS OF APRIL 30, 2008 5:39 PM

I'm DONE!!!

My final score is:


*****

http://magic.pen.fizzlebot.com/

System Requirements:

1. Hours and hours of free time.
2. Masters degree in Engineering Sciences (drafting and forces galore!!!)

I'm already at level 13 and am currently stuck there. If you guys figure out the set-up required to get out of there, please email me a screenshot

Have Fun!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Thoughts from The Purple Couch

The doorbell rang, as I was lying on the couch yesterday watching CSI: NY.

Weird. I wasn't expecting anyone and no one knew I was home.

I've been sick for a month and I decided to stay home and rest and spare my officemates the agony of listening to me cough.

I ignored it. Probably kids playing with my doorbell again.

Three more rings. Then two more.

Darn it. Whoever it was sure is persistent.

With a deep sigh, I stood up and opened the door with a stern frown on my face determined to make the person at the door squirm for disturbing my immersion in the wonderful world of crime scene investigation.

It was a courier.

Even weirder. I wasn't expecting a package. And everyone we know, know that we usually have packages delivered at either my or my husband's office.

The package was addressed to my husband. I thought about it for a minute and decided to open it anyway (hehe).

A wedding invitation from one of my husband's cousins. The wedding is this Sunday to be held in one of the southern islands, and... my eyes almost popped out... there's my name! Me and my husband are part of the wedding entourage.

We heard about this wedding before but we didn't know we were part of the entourage. Oh well... too late to worry about it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day 2008 Philippines

The first Earth Day celebration was held on March 21, 1970, in San Francisco, United States, through the initiative of former Senator Gaylord Nelson who wanted to raise the concern of the public about the change that the environment needs.

(excerpt: http://www.mb.com.ph/OPED20080422122486.html)

This year, we are celebrating Earth Day on April 22 (yep, today!).

I did a little research and below are activities you can participate in to celebrate Earth Day in the Philippines:

1. Agos: Earth Day 2008 with the theme Tubig, Buhay Natin, Ating Pagyamanin.
VENUE: CCP
TIME: activities start at 7:00 AM
WHAT TO EXPECT?
  • clean -up of CCP complex by employees and surrounding stakeholders
  • Manila Bay clean-up
  • showcase on the water entitled "LAOT"
SOURCE: http://www.getzmo.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1880&Itemid=577

2. Baga't Hangin Musikahan
VENUE: Public Transport Terminal, SM North EDSA
TIME: 1:30 - 5:00 PM
WHAT TO EXPECT?
  • free vehicle emission testing
  • free medical check-up from medical practitioners of the Lung Center of the Philippines, Association of Respiratory Therapists of the Philippines, and the VRP Medical Center
SOURCE: http://greenphils.com/2008/04/21/free-on-earth-day-2008/

3. Garbology Marathon, Fluvial Parade
VENUE: Manila Bay, Fronting Mall of Asia
WHAT TO EXPECT? Click here for more details.

4. Get P40 discount at Starbucks
VENUE: Participating Starbucks outlets (not sure if all)
WHAT TO EXPECT:
  • P40 discount on your favorite beverage if you bring your own mug or tumbler. (How's that for waste reduction? :)
  • Bottled water and pre-packed juices are not included in this campaign
SOURCE: http://network.earthday.net/profiles/blog/show?id=1734264%3ABlogPost%3A27522

5. Eco-Party
VENUE: Bacolod City
WHAT TO EXPECT?
  • Visit this link for more details: http://www.envirolink.org/resource.html?itemid=200801100635110.491881&catid=2
6. Earth Day in Dumaguete
VENUE: Dumaguete City
WHAT TO EXPECT?
  • Visit this link for more details on week-long activities: http://www.envirolink.org/resource.html?itemid=200803170011130.671764&catid=2
7. Earth Day in Baguio
VENUE: Baguio City
WHAT TO EXPECT?
  • Session road will be closed for activities.
SOURCE: http://www.groundreport.com/World/Baguio-City-Prepares-Earth-Day-Event

AND many more, I'm sure. These are activities I was able to search on the internet today. If you know of more activities for Earth Day, feel free to post a reply.

For my part, Earth Day shouldn't just be a once-a-year effort. It's the small things we do, our daily contributions, that when put-together, will make a bigger impact on our quest to save our Earth.

The Rice Shortage That Never Was (???)

I was chatting with one of my friends who works at PhilRice last week during one of my idler-than-usual days. For lack of a better topic I asked him to fill me in on the rice shortage crisis that has had it's share of prime air time in tv and radio shows recently.

He told me it's not true.

We have sufficient buffer supply even if harvests are low this season.

He said that the issue was blown out of proportion. Dealers were suspected of hoarding supply resulting to fewer rice supply reaching the market. He also mentioned that the government might have had a hand in blowing the issue sky high to cover other issues that are... well, rather awkward for the administration (of which, there are many... *sigh*).

Could this possibly be true?

Fast forward the story to one week after our chat. Last night.

I guess this is another cab story because I was on a cab on my way home when I caught this on the news. (Maybe I should just call my blog "Tales from the Not-Always-Yellow Cab").

Sacks of rice are rotting in barns in Nueva Ecija. The farmers claim that rice traders are not buying from them anymore because the rice millers are also not buying because when they get a large supply of rice, they might get accused of rice hoarding by the NBI and have their stock rooms raided.

The farmers are also claiming that it's not true that NFA is buying their rice at P17 per kilo (??? - I'm not sure about the unit of measurement... I just know it's P17 per something). NFA is not buying their rice grains at all.

As my ride was about to end, it was mentioned that NFA was ordered to buy the rice from the farmers in Nueva Ecija, but at P14 per kilo.

So does this mean rice prices are not going up?

Friday, April 18, 2008

1 Million "Thank you's"

To my friends who deserve a million thanks, go to this link:

http://axonnsd.org/WebData/FlashFun/flash/thankyou.swf

WARNING: SPOILER!!!

Stop reading right here if you want to find out for yourself what happens when you reach the millionth "Thank You!"

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It took 24 hours for hoops and yoyo to finish the 1 million thank you's. I left my PC on overnight so I can check in the morning what happens after the millionth thank you.

So what happens??

NOTHING!!

They just kept saying thank you even when the count exceeded 1 million.

Haaaaaayyyy buhay... pag wala ka nga naman magawa

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Early Morning Quote for the Day

Another cab anecdote :)

I have no idea what radio station the cab I took this morning was tuned into. It was a male and female dj tandem asking listeners to send something to their email address.

Guy DJ (and I don't mean Montano, ok? DJ as in radio disc jockey): "Ok, the name of the email address is **************@gmail.com."

Um... come again?

Aaaarrggghh... I'm turning into Ms. Grammar Police!!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Allergies Vs. Infection

I came across this article on Yahoo just now. Wow, so it is common and I am not alone, hehe.

I think this is the first time my cough has been diagnosed as an allergy.

Read more:

Is it Allergies or an Infection?

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Korina Quote for the Day

The cab I took to Eastwood this morning was tuned in to Korina's radio show with Ted. They were interviewing some guy about the minimum wage in the Philippines. I didn't catch the entire segment since my cab ride was only 15 minutes but I did catch this:

"...yung mga empleyadong may higher na minimum wage..."


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

If you can't break the system...

...take a break!

Then try again ;)

Words of wisdom for the day. I'm sick and I need a break.