Monday, October 28, 2013

Barangay elections

I applaud the recently finished bgy.elections in our area. Apart from being peaceful, it didn't create any noise whatsoever.  I do appreciate this kind of election activities. I guess, may the best candidate, truly-selected by the people to win.
I vote for people who I believe deserve to be there, based on platform and public service. There are some who obviously tends to make the barangay post as a career, in the absence of platforms. As long as the dedication to this chosen career works, and dedication to public service is what is really the intent, then, I am truly for these candidates.

Sharmila - Seaside

I had just wanted to have seafoods dinner with the family, and my baby wants to have tempura, so we decided to have a dinner in seaside macapagal. This is also for my kid and my post-birthday celebration dinner.
First of all, I was the one who selected this among tons of restos there. It was just a recall from past recommendations regarding this resto, so we gave it a shot.
To sum this all up. Food Service was bad since it took us almost 1 hour to wait for our food to be served. The children were hungry. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant and would just opt to take the other ones that are empty instead.
We had experienced Trinity before, so I think this is far better in terms of service, instead.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Iphone 4

Just recently, I upgraded my postpaid plan to avail of the new iphone 4. I know that this is some kind of old, but old doesn't necessarily mean that it's sub par - and I got it for free. Kudos to my second kuz who works there in the wireless center for facilitating my request. It helps that you know somebody from the inside too. I have availed of this for my retention, but every time it is unsuccessful because of un-availability of units to provide. All-in-all, I am so happy with this new unit. I must admit that I prefer apple over android due to it's simplicity and basic features. It's like if you want ease of use without the unnecessary extras, then, the iphone is simply for you.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Fiestas

When may comes every year, our town/parish celebrates the fiesta. However, of all the celebrations that comes every year, this one is the most un-appealing to me.
We have stopped inviting over guests to our house for lunch/dinner during this day, ever-since ages ago. And the event is somewhat boring and as what I said earlier, routinary.
In fairness also, when I was younger I enjoyed this celebration. I can see that a lot of the younger ones would enjoy this event. There are a lot of programmes, pre-day activities as well as on the day activities that the younger ones would surely appreciate.
One thing I do look forward to though is my mom's kare-kare, and of course with the bagoong and nothing else.

Elections 2013 - Post-analysis

"The government you elect, is the government you deserve"
I just happen to have coined this from a post in facebook and I am not really sure from who or where it was quoted from. But it's somewhat powerful, direct, and straight-to-the-point right.
I just happen to have practiced my right as a citizen of this country/municipality recently by voting. I have to admit, I never really took the the time to prepare my list months/weeks before the election. Never took it seriously: the campaigns, the debates it never piqued my interest. I also find one senatoriable's TV ad quite catchy but corny, but at least it's catcy and unfortunately, it never got that candidate enough votes to earn him a spot in the senate.
I just prepared my list on the election day itself (at least I did prepare).
One thing I would like to pat my back on is that I tried my darnedest best to review each candidates profile. to know their platforms, their stand on certain issues. Based on my reviews, those that are lesser knowns, and without any parties to belong to, are the ones that have the senseful platforms and agenda should they be elected, and they did merit to have my vote. However, none even tackled the issue with security: securing our seas from neighboring countries with which we are disputing with. If ever somebody gave a positive outlook regarding that will earn my #1 spot in this list.
Come election day, on an afternoon we decided to cast our vote. Lo and behold, the PCOS machine assigned to our precint is bugging-down due to over-heating. This made a lot of voters in our precinct queue in line for our turn to vote. Add to the fact that it's a hot, sweaty and humid afternoon. And you are lucky if a poll-watcher is a relative, a close-friend or even a ka-tsismisan. If that'll be the case, you won't even have to queue. Makes us wonder why our country never progresses after all?
Queueing wise, even inside the queuing area you'd be surprised that when you switch rows of chairs, there are still some people who manages to go ahead of you and take the first seat even if you were there first. Talk about discipline, my countrymen! We are against corrupt officials, but wake up and see if you are not corrupt yourself!
During our turn to cast our votes, the PCOS is still-down. The markers used to mark the ballots are lacking, so you'll have to wait for those who went ahead to vote finish first.  At last, my time to vote. It's helpful also that I had with me my list. Done in 3 - 5 mins.
The sad part is, 1/3 from my senate list are those that joined the 12. My first and second choice didn't make the cut. My local votes didn't win.
One thing is for sure. A lot of voters are still not emotionally, intelligently mature enough in voting. Personality and not background is being checked in electing people for public office. I mean a lot of the winners have questionable backgrounds, no experience in public office, are part of a political dynasty notorious for being corrupt, etc.etc.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

my new mobile phone

At last, I have already purchased and selected a new phone and what's great about it is that it wasn't in the list I have provided earlier this week. But, it's still an android phone nonetheless. It's the Huawei Y300 phone which is actually a new released model from the Chinese mobile giant.

What's good about it is that it's very cheap for the features it have. Already dual-core processor with 512 MB internal RAM. The RAM is the only-downside, but nevertheless if you are just after the phone for making calls, SMS, a little multi-media, web surfing, and a little gaming just like me then this phone is definitely for you.

One good thing though is that skype videocalling and google hangouts work on this unit too which is a good factor. And the design and size fits like an iphone to me.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I need a mobile phone replacement

I need to have an idea of what I need to have as a replacement for my two year old huawei phone. Since the phone I am using right now is a little obsolete already, It all boils down to the following choices (excluding iphone 5, of course). Since I am looking into android jelly bean, here are my top choices:


  1. Cherry Mobile Omega HD - budget-wise this fits but am having reservations with the quality since Cherry Mobile is just a re-brand of a chinese mobile brand. But what isn't made in China anymore?
  2. Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0 - budget-wise also fits and this also is already a quad-core device. Slightly lower in price as compared to the one above, this is also a new line of android phone from cherry mobile.
  3. Nexus 4 - (only when it's available via installment) Reviews have been great for this device. However the price is what makes it quite unrealistic for me. This phone sets the bar high.
  4. HTC Butterfly - the most expensive of the four, I might say. But this is being offered in installment basis, so I am considering it jus because of that factor.
  5. My Phone A919 - relatively cheaper but runs on ICS and RAM is just 512 MB, so might as well take this one off from the list. But for budget considerations and screen-size, I might just give this one a consideration.
I guess these are my top choices, let's see in the coming days/weeks which of those I listed will be the replacement.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Iphone data plan...NOT!

I have written here in my blog a few weeks back about my intention to have an iphone 5 through this local mobile phone provider. I will be witholding the name of this provider but some of you may know who this local carrier is.
Anyhow, here is what happened when I was about to renew my contract with this mobile service provider a week ago (my plan is already up for renewal "retention" since I was able to finish the 24 months lock-in period).
Went to the sales office to apply for phone renewal and at the same time, to upgrade my plan to plan 999 which is the bundled plan for the iphone 5.
Frontliner: Sir, ano po yung concern nyo?
Me: Retention ko at the same time gusto ko yung iphone 5 plan.
Frontliner: (handed me a leaflet which has all details of the iphone 5 plan).
Me: Pwede ba sa plan 500 ko? how much is the cash out?
Frontliner: sir, kapag ni-renew nyo po yung plan 500 nyo wala na po yun automatically enrolled na po sa Plan 600. (was thinking, ano na naman ito at hindi ako informed before na ganuon pala)
Me: Ok. Kung data plan, ano mga options ko?
Frotnliner: (pointed the pen and discussed the details of the iphone 5. including the cash-out for iphone 5 units to be availed with the plan).
Me: Ok. pwede ba deferred yan? di ba kasi meron kayo yung kung gano katagal yung lock-in period ganun din yung monthly mo sa credit card to pay for the unit?
Frontliner: Ay opo meron po. Ano po card nyo sir?
Me: BPI.
FL: ay di po pwede sa BPI. BDO saka Metrobank lang po may arrangement kami for deferment of payment sa units. Pero pwede naman po straight payment charge sa BPI card ninyo.
Me: (having second thoughts already about availing yung iphone 5, but very much decided to get the iphone 5) Ok sige.
FL: sir, pwede po mahiram yung card ninyo at the same time valid ID saka proof of income po? (I came prepared. I have with me the current credit card statement as well as the previous month.)
Me: (handed-over all the requirements to her).
FL: sir, magkano po credit limit ninyo?
Me: around P xxxK

The frontliner photocopied the requirements, went to encode the information in her workstation PC. Printed out the form (application for rentention), attached the requirements she asked from me. then filled-up some info on the form, then asked me to affix my signature on the form where she put check-marks on.

Me: (signing the checked area). Miss, bakit wala pa yung PTF Amount Pre-termination fee amount?  (the PTF amount is checked meaning I have to sign-it).
FL: ay sorry po. pahiram po muna ulit nung form. (she looked at the monitor again, affixed the PTF amount and handed me over the form again).
Me: (jaw-dropped) huh?! bakit P31,500?
FL: Sir, yan po talaga amount nya eh. Kasi po 32GB po i-a-avail nyo, yung sa 16GB naman po P27++K.
Me: eh bakit ganyan kalaki PTF eh since babayran ko naman yung unit ng straight-payment na nga sa credit card ko. (BTW, the cost of the unit to be charged to me is P24K.)
FL: Ganun po tlaga sir. Policy po yan eh
Me: (without having second thoughts). Ay sige di bale pag-isipan ko muna yung applicatin ko, pwede?
FL: Ok lang naman sir. (She handed me the form).
Me: (went out of the sales office and never came back)

I just thought maybe this is not for me and I don't really have the guts shelling-out so much from such  a device. So, even though I was looking-forward to you before, my precious Iphone 5, i think I may just have to let go of you now.  As per a PNR-mate, nasa nagdadala yan hindi yang brand ng phone (it's who carries a phone even if what brand it is you carry). Speaking of which, I have my possible candidates for pinoy android phones which are a lot cheaper but packs a lot in terms of performance and functionality.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

efficient public transport

I long for the day when going in & around metro manila, and even outside the neighboring provinces will be supported by inter-linked MRT's / Trains. I dread our mass transportation here in the metro. Apart from being not time-efficient, it is sooo congested and crowded especially during the peak-hours.
PNR  is good but the facilities it uses need a major overhaul. The stations are ugly (and sometimes dirty) and dark at night-time. The trains are hand-me-downs from Japan with even signs and markings in japanese visible within the trains.
I keep on wondering why our neighboring countries in Asia have good mass transportation systems which my own 'pinas  doesn't have. With the amount of taxes i am paying and the VAT that is being charged on my receipts and bills aren't enough to at least provide me with an efficient and comfortable means of mass-transport that we tax-payers duly deserve?
Manila is now known as a mega city in South East Asia, does the mass transportation facilities have a  bearing in it's stand as a mega city?

Saturday, March 02, 2013

newly-renovated houses

There's something cool about newly-renovated houses. It's like a totally-different house if your house is renovated. I really, really like the zen-inspired modern houses. I've been to old houses and renovated to 'zen-inspired' themes with minimalist designs and I've totally liked it.

However, the cost of renovating a house is not cheap. It's comparable to having a newly-built house except that the land is yours and already fixed. But it takes a lot of budget also, as well as a lot of patience involved in renovating a house.

You really have to have a working budget, deal with the contractors, try to learn to delve into the details and as much as possible, have a hands-on and 100% involvement at least in the inspection of the renovation project as well.

Someday, I dream of a renovation of our ancestral-house as well. But the 'budget' is what should dictate when it should actually-happen.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

logitech bluetooth keyboard

I am so happy with this quite-pricey purchase of mine back in SG~the bluetooth keyboard for the ipad2. I find this device quite handy especially for me who likes to utilize the ipad for other things than gaming.
It comes in very handy especially when composing emails and doing blog posts using the ipad. Connectivity and range of the bluetooth is very,very superior. Plus, this also doubles as a magnetic cover for the ipad when not in use. Got this device at around S$125 nett of discounts and GST.
This also doubles as a casing for the ipad when not in use, and portable and handy that you can bring it anywhere you'd like to carry your ipad.
I am pretty-sure that this will also work with other bluetooth-enabled devices like mobile phones and tablets. However, the casing and slot to hold only works for the ipad and hopefully, the iphone 5.
When I saw this device over an electronics shop in SG, I never had second-thoughts of purchasing this. Thanks to the mastercard, the purchase was made possible thru the ever-reliable plastic money.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Iphone 5

Since my mobile contract will end by March 9, I am planning on renewing my contract with my eyes set on the iphone 5. I am really an apple-product user with my ipod and ipad - I pretty much really liked my ipad, and now for a change, I am looking-forward to have the device thru Smart's LTE(?) data plan.

What really attracted me to this swanky device is the design - with the two-tone accent, the slim size and the retina display and 8 MP camera. One pitfall though of the iphone is the inability to support various movie and video-playback codecs which the android OS supports, however, in terms of the various applications available, I can say that iOS apps are the killer.

I also did like the 4D maps which is the integrated maps in the Iphone 5 app. However, getting this gadget has its corresponding price since it's really quite pricey. However, if you can afford then go for it. This is definitely a must have gadget. For me, iphone 5 tramples the competition and seals the deal.

nice cabbie around MM

the taxi driver we hailed in makati going home earlier was a nice catch. apart from being so nice without asking for extra payment before boarding, he engaged us to a conversation all-throughout our trip which is approximately 19 kms away from where he picked us up.
I never had a dull moment with that guy. And he is a driver where you could actually trust to be safe while aboard his cab. He even told us how much he loves his family and moreso his wife even if they're far away from each other (because his wife and son are in samar) while he works here in metro manila and just goes home every two months for a couple of weeks. That the basic foundation of a strong marriage is trust, and that he fears God even if he knows that temptation is just around the corner with his situation.
Kudos to these kind of drivers. We never hesitated to give this driver a generous tip upon alighting his cab. He even asks us if his direction is ok for us before actually going the route for a shortcut. How cool was that? I just wish though that I asked for his number. Until next time, nice cabbie!

Monday, February 25, 2013

singapore, singapore

it has been my fourth time going to singapore, and with each time I went the place never fails to amaze me. It is very clean, mass transport very efficient, comfortable and reliable (when I say reliable it's always on-time with no glitches whatsoever). To me the place is really a haven for shopping (if you have enough dough or you plastic money has the credit limit, then go for it). I really enjoyed the mass rail system they have which will bring you to a lot of places without any hassles. And singapore is also a safe place where you can stay up to 12 MN outdoors without the fear of getting mugged or harassed.
One thing that I do not like though is that it can be quite expensive for tourists with just enough budget. Though food is quite affordable with different flavors since the country is quite multi-cultural. I really liked the malaysian food since the taste is much more nearer to the filipino palate. My two favorites are the nasi gombak and nasi lemak.
Despite being a little expensive for me, I really liked singapore and I wish and hope that in the future, my beloved country will be like it. I do believe that discipline of the people is what really pushes singapore to its prominence in the South East Asian region.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

more, more, more

Right-now, I am re-living my like for 90's industrial-techno-scmitz rock courtesy of Orgy. I was actually looking for the 'Vapor Transmission' album over local record bars, but unfortunately, there's no more copy for me to have.
Thankfully for online purchases, I was able to buy an mp3 album of the same over the web. It was actually a record that I did not consider purchasing when it went out but lately i was able to have sample heard in itunes and I loved it.
It's like a throw-back to the alterno-grunge days of the 90's.
In all, this is a good industrial-rock album. If you're into the sound of distorted guitars, synth and drum-tracks this album is definitely for you.

Friday, February 08, 2013

The joys in the simple accomplishments

Have you ever experienced a sense of joy when you feel like you have accomplished something?
It doesn't necessarily have to be a 'big' or somewhat -of an added feather to the cap kind of accomplishment.

The good thing is, today, I did!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Of kindle ebooks

I am not much of a book nerd but if I find time, I read books. I really like the sci-fi, suspense themed books. I have actually read Harry Potter, Southern Vampire Mysteries, and currently reading the Hunger games trilogy.

I actually read books from my 1 year old kindle I purchased from the US of A through Amazon.
This is a nice gadget since it is compact and can store as many books as it can through its internal memory.

The paperback quality of the ebooks displayed by the reader is actually not painful to the eyes.

What's more is that the kindle is quite cheap at around P2K if converted to Peso as compared to buying books say at P100/book if on-sale at National Book Store.

Download of ebooks is not a hassle. There are a lots of friends who have e copies of books you can copy, or downlaod some free in amazon as long as you register your kindle there.