Monday, May 31, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: PARANG MAY SOMETHING!

TOP 10 moments!

1. GETS MO?


Uso sa Pilipinas ang sumisigaw na kapitbahay. Uso ang bulyawan. Uso ang showdown ng ingay. Dito sa Brunei, nakakita na rin ako niyan.

Scenario. Isang kumakaripas na sasakyan ang biglang pumarada sa isang bahay. Isang babae ang umiiyak na bumaba. Pasugod sa loob ng bahay.

Babae: jdhevevhrvebfeefb kfnngbemblgnbrgk
Kausap: bbhbfhbghrb;be;gbjebtgb'enbknfg!!!!!!!!!!!
Babae: njvbfvibeirbve!!!!!!!! kngjfb!!!!!!! jnvjfbvb!!!!!!!!!
Ang umaawat: Hhshvcwv!!!!
Kausap: jbchsdvfyvry!!!!!!!!!!

Wala akong naindihan. Malay ko naman. Basta ang alam ko nagsisigawan.

2. 'Te!

Gabi. Habang naghihintay ako sa rehearsal. Dinner muna.

Waitress: Order?
Ako: Yup. Filipinas?
Waitress: Ay oo!
Ako: Yehey! Ate! Sige. Isang mixed veggies. Then cold water.
Waitress: Okay. Wala na?
Ako: Okay na yan.
Waitress: Taga-Maynila ka noh?
Ako: Oo. Pano mo nalaman?
Waitress: Mga taga-Maynila lang ang gumagamit ng "ate" o "kuya!"

3. Hala Bira!

Tapos na kaming kumain ng kaibigan ko. Naglilinis ang waitress.

Kami: Matagal ka na dito ate?
Ate: Oo naman.
Ako: So sanay ka sa buhay dito?
Ate: Oo naman.
Ako: Hindi ka naman nahihirapan makipagusap?
Ate: Naku! Hirap kaya sa umpisa. Akalain mo. Me boss ako dati. Sabi sa akin, Throw! I-Throw ko daw yung pitsel.
Ako: Seryoso? Throw?
Ate: Oo. E di thrinow ko. Tas biglang nagalit.
Ako: Nagalit? Eh sabi niya itapon?
Ate: Nako, ang throw pala eh transfer!
Ako: Ayos!

4. Sa ngalan ng...

May product name dito sa Brunei ang pangalan eh BAKLASIA. Natatawa kami pag nakikita namin to.

Eksena. Imagine ang dalawang Baklang Pinoy na possibleng ma-encounter ang BAKLASIA.

BAKLA 1: Uy Bakla, bumili ka sa BAKLASIA.
BAKLA 2: Kaloka ka Bakla, BAKLASIA talaga pangalan?
BAKLA 1: Oo Bakla! Baklang Bakla di ba?
BAKLA 2: Anong meron sa BAKLASIA?
BAKLA 1: Pasok tayo para ma-knows natin.
BAKLA 2: Masyado naman atang redundant kung BAKLA na tayo, bibili pa tayo sa BAKLASIA!
BAKLA 1: Gaga! At least going ASIA na tayo!
BAKLA 2: Bakla, wagi ka talaga!
BAKLA 1: Go na nga tayo Bakla!
5. Code!

Alam niyo ba na dito sa Brunei, may salitang "Chuba" at "Tarus." Ang salitang "chuba" means "Try." Samantala, ang "Tarus" means "straight away!"

O sige, paano na lang kung nagusap ang dalawang tao. Isang Pinoy at Bruneian.

"CHUBA"

Sa isang free taste booth.

Bruneian: Apa ini? (What's this)
Vendor: Cake. Percuma! (Free)
Bruneian: Manis! (Sweet)
Vendor: Chuba lah? (Try)
Maririnig ng isang Pinoy na Bakla.
Pinoy: Ang taray! In fairness, chinu-chuva nung Bruneian ang cake!
Vendor: (Sa Pinoy) Percuma! Chuba lah!
Pinoy: Ah! Maseh! (thanks) Aku chuva...kaw!

Nagulat ang Vendor. Nagulat ang Bruneian na kumakain.

"TARUS"

Hinahanap ng glamorosang bading ang Toilet.

Bading: Guard, where is the comfort room?
Guard: Apa?
Bading: Comfort Room?
Guard: Apa?
Bading: Ah... Toilet!
Guard: Ah Tandas! Kaw, Tarus!
Bading: (napa-smile) Ako? Salamat!
Guard: (nawirdohan) Tarus lah!
Bading: (pabulong sa sarili) Mahal na kita! (malakas) What?
Guard: Go straight!

6. Sadako in the House!

Hindi naman talaga ako matatakutin pero minsan sa kubeta sa Opisina, nagkalat ang mga buhok sa sahig.

Okay lang kung mahaba at straight, eh pano kung kulot? Taeng malagkit!

7. Que Horror!

May pasyente, hindi matanggal ang singsing sa daliri. Naguguluhan ang doctor.

Kung sa Pilipinas: lalagyan ng sabon ang daliri para dumulas ang singsing.

Dito: Pinutol ang daliri.

Hindi ako nagbibiro. Sikat ang kuwentong to dito sa Brunei.

8. Boss ko Day!

Madalas dito sa Brunei, ang mga boss kung anu ano na lang ang salitang ginagamit makapag-comment lang.

Scenario 1:

Boss: I want you to follow what I will say.
Employee: Yes.

(Sinunod mo ang sinabi)

Boss: Why you follow what I say? (barok english is soooon "In")
Employee: Because you said to that I follow you.
Boss: You're not thinking.You are unprofessional.

Scenario 2:

Boss: Next time, make a suggestion.

(So nagready ka for next meeting para makapag-suggest ka.)

(While you're supposed to suggest)

Boss: What are you saying?
Employee:... (to self) wala pa ngang sinasabi eh!
Boss: You are unprofessional.

EMPLOYEE (To self): May sayad ang boss ko! Praning ang putcha!

9. Philippine ka?

Madalas, ang tawag sa Pinoy eh Philippine.

Scenario ng pagpapakilala.

Pinoy: Hi!
Foreigner:Philippine?
Pinoy: Ummm...Filipino.
Foreigner: Philippine lah!

10. Star DE-STRUCK!

Madalas tuwing may event ang Embassy, nagiimbita ng mga artista pero ang pinaka-remarkable eh si Carmi Martin.

Matagal na ang kuwentong ito. Wala pa ako sa Brunei.

Alam niyo naman ang image ni Carmi Martin di ba? Sexy?

Akalain niyo ba namang bago sumabak sa stage, biglang pinagpalit ng damit. Masyado daw revealing ang outfit nito.

Ending, pinag-perform pa naman siya kaya lang hindi na makilala ang artista sa bagong look!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: TUTONG

May lugar dito sa Brunei, ang tawag ay "TUTONG."

Mini-thoughts:

1. Kung tatanggalin ang letrang "T" bago ang lettrang "U," ano ang kasagutan?

2. Sa bayan ng Tutong, mahilig din kaya sila sa kaning Tutong?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: RHETORICAL SENSITIVITY


Last night, while I was digesting a book on media studies, one concept on the communicative process hit me. The principle of "rhetorical sensitivity" was just empowering. To me, it was the appropriate and encompassing words I've been searching to articulate the thoughts running in my mind.

We all have our freedom to express what we want. We all have our rights to voice what we feel. On top of that, we have an immense control on our lives. However, sometimes, we become vulnerable on our emotions and become careless in what we do or say. Sadly, this may lead us to unexpected dangers. Such encounters do not only work on face-to-face communication but also intensely evident on mediated processes of consuming the traditional and new media.

I've always believed that the words that come out specifically reflect who we are. As I remember, my classmate in Highschool once told me that her Parents once said to her that "think before you speak." Honestly, little did my classmate know, up to now, that statement has been in my mind.

I have a friend who admire here in Brunei. She has been my friend since I arrived in Brunei. Her name is Cecil. Honestly, despite the "stressful havoc" she has been encountering in her professional life, she always has the composure to control and remain quiet.

Cecil and I share our thoughts - from life, love, career and even on the simple nostalgic things. Reading from this, friendship on a communicative process ignites rhetorical sensitivity to bring benefits on two ends - uplift feelings, pacify sadness and a lot more of emotional baggage.

On a more reflective note, I guess "rhetorical sensitivity" should be incorporated with our values on posting any information or expressing ourselves in the internet. Actually, I was appalled by one video which I watched in Youtube which shows how the life of a school girl was devastated after posting her pictures online. And just recently, despite other social media sites attempt on putting the fence on privacy, still, spammers and online fraud get in the way in an uncontrollable and massively shocking way. Weird enough, I just had my share of an encounter with a spammer two days ago. Bottom line, rhetorical sensitivity may be a way to aide us in putting ourselves safely in cyberspace or in a more face-to-face communication, avoid the pitfall of being accused as rude or naive.

Just last year, I attended a seminar on Cyberspace Safety here in Brunei and I was surprised to know that burglary happened through a social media site. The victim, who posted all her necessary information in the internet (home address, phone number, etc), was a young a girl who simply adore social media sites. The victim didn't know that someone was stalking her. On a different day, the stalker went to her house and pretended to be a close friend of her. The victim's parents were clueless on the situation because the parents were unaware that their daughter was engaging in such online activity.

I suppose this incident is not different on adults posting sensual pictures of themselves online or even sexually explicit statements. By doing such act, bear in mind that you are putting yourself in danger.

True enough, what we need is Cyber Education to safeguard us from the harms that can affect us in our online escapades. Simply engaging ourselves in Cyber literacy won't just spare us from the adversities of the complex web of online communication, but let us be rhetorically sensitive.

For over the past years, the internet has been my portal to communicate with my family and friends. Admittedly, I have opened my life via online. I have posted photographs on my travels. I have blogged a lot. However, despite these enjoyment, I try to be cautious.

To know more about Cyber Security, I have posted some information from a leaflet I got from (AiTi) Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry Burnei that can guide you through!

IT Speak: Be a Cyber Smart!

Protecting you and your family online!



ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE


WHAT IS A COMPUTER VIRUS?


It is a computer programme that can copy itself and infect a computer without permission or knowledge of the computer owner or user. It can spread from one computer to another through emails, USB drives and through a network file system to perform malicious activities.



WHAT IS AN ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE?


Anti-virus software helps to detect and remove computer viruses and other malicious programmes such as worms and Trojans.


Always remember:

· Install anti-virus software in your computer.

· Your anti-virus protection should be enabled at all times.

· Your anti-virus software should be updated regularly. Set the update to automatic so that when you are online, you will be prompted to download any latest update.

· Your computer should always be scanned after updating your anti-virus programme.

· Your computer should be scanned regularly.


Important Note:

As new viruses are being introduced on the Internet almost everyday, you should ensure that your anti-virus software is always updated using the “live update” feature to automatically check for updates.



A PERSONAL FIREWALL



WHAT IS FIREWALL?

A firewall is a software or hardware designed to block hackers from accessing your computer. It monitors the communications between your computer and the network, and blocks unauthorized connections to your computer. A firewall can also block programmes residing in your computer from sending out information to the Internet without your approval.


Always remember:

· Install a firewall on your computer or home network.

· Your firewall should be configured to prevent or block other computers on the Internet from accessing your computer.

· Your firewall should be configured to stop information in your computer from being sent out to the Internet without your approval.

· Your computer should be scanned periodically to check for security vulnerabilities.



FILE SHARING



WHAT IS FILE SHARING?


File sharing allows another computer user on the network to read, write or delete files on your computer. This ability to share files can allow someone on the Internet to access your files or infect your computer with a virus.

You should disable file sharing if you do not need to share files on your computer with other network users. You can disable the file and print sharing features under Windows networking control panel if you do not need to share files or printer.


If you really need to share your files, you can protect the file share with a password to that only people who know the password can make use of the file share.



SUSPICIOUS EMAILS – BE WARNED!

· Never open an email that has a suspicious title especially when you do not know the sender. Emails are commonly used to disseminate viruses, worms and Trojans. Be very careful of acting on the contents of the email and opening files attached to an unknown sender. Such emails may be frauds or scams.

· Always scan all email attachments for viruses before opening them. Delete the email if the subject title appears suspicious or strange, even if the email is from someone you know. The person may have sent you a virus unintentionally.

· Never open email attachments with the file extensions “.exe” and “.vbs” as they are often used to propagate viruses.



SAFEGUARD YOUR PASSWORD



WHAT IS PASSWORD?



A password is commonly used to access a computer system. A password is like your house keys. Most people would not leave the house keys hanging on their front door and so should you safeguard your password.



You should choose a strong password that is easy to remember but difficult to guess. You can use a paraphrase to create a strong password. For example, the password “ah2r3da1c” is derived from the first characters from the phrase “Abu has 2 rabbits, 3 ducks and 1 cat”.



Always remember:

· A password is crucial to safeguard your computer. Choose a password that is difficult for others to guess.

· Your password should consist of at least 8 alphanumeric characters. (Alphanumeric means numbers and letters, for example: 8emA93d)

· Never share your password with others. Be very wary of hackers who may try to trick you to reveal your password over the phone or email.

· Never store your password in your computer as anyone can access it or write it down. You should memorise it and make it uniquely yours.



BACKUP YOUR IMPORTANT DATA


· You should backup your data by copying all your information data on a separate media such as CD-ROM disk or hard drive. If you lose your data on your computer e.g. due to a hard disk failure or a virus infection, you may not be able to recover the data unless you have a backup copy. If you do your data backup on the same hard disk, you may lose it as well.

· Perform your data backups regularly. A weekly data backup is optimal if there are frequent updates to your data. You can use backup software to help you schedule and automate the backup process.



INSTALL SOFTWARE UPDATES



Software updates, also known as “software patches”, are used to fix problems found in softwares. Software updates should be done automatically to allow latest software patches to be installed once they are available.



BE SAFE WHEN SURFING ON A WIRELESS NETWORK


Wireless networks are easily accessible and provide convenience to Internet users. However, they must realize that they are exposed to the danger of losing personal and/or sensitive information to someone with malicious intent who is spying on the wireless network.



Security Pointers

· Secure your electronic devices – laptops, mobile phones and PDAs before surfing on a wireless network.

· Make sure you connect to authorized wireless networks only and disable the auto-connect feature in your setting.

· Always use passwords and encryptions to protect personal information before transmitting them over a wireless network.



SECURE YOUR WIRELESS NETWORK



A wireless network refers to wireless LANs (Local Area Networks). This technology has become increasingly popular in business, industry, schools and in homes. Wireless network can be used by more than one person within range to access the Internet. This means any neighbor or passer-by in the street with a wireless laptop can find and access your home network. You have to secure your wireless network with a password. An unsecured network makes it easier for hackers to access your computer.


There are five simple steps to get basic security on your wireless home network:

· Buy a Router with a built-in Firewall

· Change the Service Set Identifier (SSID)

Your router will have its own default name (SSID). Hackers know the default manufacturer’s settings so you need to change the SSID to prevent them gaining access.

· Disable the SSID Broadcast

An SSID broadcast sends a signal to nearby computers to tell them you have a wireless network, so it is important to switch it off to keep your network hidden.

· Change your Router’s User Name and Password

· Enable WEP Security

WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy and you can ask Windows XP to automatically turn it on. It encrypts your wireless broadband signal to prevent anyone snooping on it.



FIGHT SPAMS


What is a spam?


Spam refers to unsolicited emails often sent to large groups of recipients. Do not provide your email address to just anyone. Alternatively, you can have multiple email addresses for different purposes that will allow you to use a “disposable” email address when you are at unfamiliar websites or posting to newsgroups.



Security Pointers

· Treat your email address as an important private data, like your phone number or home address, and give it only to people you know and trust online.

· Avoid publishing your email address on the Internet.

· Do not reply to a spam, including asking the spammer to remove you from its mailing list. Your reply tells the spammer that your email address is active, and you may receive even more spam.

· Some people send spam for the purpose of identity theft – this is called “phishing”. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes around the world. You should be aware of all requests for personal information. If you are storing personal or private information on your computer, be sure to use a firewall and keep the information protected by using a password.

· Establish multiple email addresses for different purposes. Use a free email account to help get spam under control. Even if you don’t need another email account, signing up for an extra with Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail for example will allow you to use the account to give to retailers or other online sources that might end up selling your email address to spammers. Never give out your work email for non-work related purposes.

· Spam may even contain viruses or adult content that is vulgar and inappropriate. It is a good idea to use anti-spam software or the spam filtering service of your email service provider.



ONLINE SHOPPING – BE SAFE

· Only conduct online transactions with vendors that you trust.

· Ensure that your internet browser displays both “https://...” in the URL and the unbroken padlock in the lower right hand corner of your browser when you transmit confidential data over the internet. This indicates that private information, such as credit card details, is encrypted and is protected from being read by unauthorized users on the Internet.

· Clear the “cache” of your Internet browser to delete any confidential data stored in your computer after an online transaction. This simple measure can be accessed from the Help feature or the user documentation of your Internet browser and is especially important when using public computers.



CYBER BULLYING



WHAT IS CYBER BULLYING?


Cyber bullying is any kind of harassment, insults and/or humiliation that uses mobile, wireless or Internet-related technology in some way to hurt a child, preteen or teen. Believing they can remain anonymous, online bullies may be more aggressive than traditional bullies.

Teaching the children how to respond to, and more importantly, when to ignore cyber bullying, is crucial. Some should be simply ignored and the sender blocked. Others should be reported to parents and teachers.



MY COMPUTER IS UNDER ATTACK – WHAT DO I DO?

· Disconnect your computer from the Internet immediately.

· Perform an overall virus scan on your computer.

· Contact BruCERT (Brunei Darussalam Computer Emergency Response Team) to report the incident and get further advice on what to do.



BE CYBER SMART!

Stick to these rules:

· Never tell anyone you meet on the Internet your home address, your telephone number or the name of your school, unless your parent or carer specifically gives you permission.

· Never send anyone your picture, credit card or bank details or anything else without first checking with your parents or carer.

· Never give your password to anyone, not even your best friend.

· Never hang around in a chat room or in a conference if someone says or writes something which makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, and always report it to your parent or carer.

· Never respond to nasty, suggestive or rude emails or postings in Usenet groups.

· Always tell your parent or carer if you see bad language or distasteful pictures while you are online.

· You can’t win the lottery or lucky draw if you never participated or bought a ticket so don’t believe emails telling you that you’ve won.

· Never send money to someone you don’t know in response to an online request or via email.

· Always remember if someone makes you an offer which seems too good to be true, it probably is so refer it to your parent or carer.


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Monday, May 24, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: ONLINE SCAM!


Yesterday, I received a shocking message via online. My Professor, who is also a close friend of mine, sent me this:
Hope you get this on time,sorry I didn't inform you about my trip in UK for a Program, I'm presently in UK and am having some difficulties here because i lost my wallet to some robbers on my way to the hotel where my money and other valuable things were kept. presently i have limited access to internet,I will like you to assist me with a loan of 900 Pounds to sort-out my hotel bill,feeding and transportation.
I have spoken to the embassy here but they are not responding to the issue effectively,I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist me,I'll Refund the money back to you as soon as i return,let me know if you can be of any help.I don't have a phone where i can be reached.
Please let me know immediately.
Regards.
Dr. Armi V. Santiago
After I read the email, honestly, I panicked. Of course, I would never let anyone be in that situation. As my initial reaction, I replied hoping to help.

Mam Arms, are you okay?

Ano pong nangyari? How can we reach you?

As I typed those statements, thoughts kept running in my mind. The email got me. Yeah. I believed in the statement that my professor is possibly at UK for a program. For everyone's information, Dr. Arminda Santiago, who I fondly call Mam Arms, is a chair at UP CMC (College of Mass Communication) Graduate Studies in Diliman. She has two Masters Degree (Local and Abroad) and One Doctorate. With these achievements, I wouldn't doubt if she's in UK at the moment for a program.

After I sent my reply, my professor emailed me:


As I read the piece, fear and anxiety hit. At the same time, I started to doubt. Just last April, I met Mam Arms and we had a long conversation. It was more of updates in our lives. Apparently, she never mentioned to me that she's going to UK this month to attend a program. Honestly, I treat Mam Arms not only me mentor in the field of media studies and communication as she lends me some books and even promise to reach out if I need help in my research, more importantly, we're like family. I treat her like my mother and my most trusted friend. And so with this kind of relationship, I couldn't just believe she'll be out of the country and won't let me know.

Although I was ready to help, I couldn't just authenticate the real situation. The tone of the message didn't sound like my professor.

Soon, despite the apprehensions, the situation got me. I dared to help with thinking in mind on how to generate some financial aide. As a jumpstart, I thought of ways on how to reach her or our other friends in the Philippines. Then, a solution popped out. I said to myself, perhaps she's online on her Facebook account. I tried.

I wasn't wrong. She's online. And so we started chatting. I just wanted to validate her situation because I'm really worried at that time.

Here's our conversation.


Me
mam armi! nasa pinas ba kayo? may nagemail sa akin gamit ang email niyo eto nakalagay: Hope you get this on time,sorry I didn't inform you about my trip in UK for a Program, I'm presently in UK and am having some difficulties here because i lost my wallet to some robbers on my way to the hotel where my money and other valuable things were kept. presently i have limited access to internet,I will like you to assist me with a loan of 900 Pounds to sort-out my hotel bill,feeding and transportation.

I have spoken to the embassy here but they are not responding to the issue effectively,I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist me,I'll Refund the money back to you as soon as i return,let me know if you can be of any help.I don't have a phone where i can be reached.
Please let me know immediately.

Regards.
Dr. Armi V. Santiago

please let me know po.

2:12pm
Arminda:
hello Earvs

(At this point, I was surprised. She's online!)

2:12pm
Me: mam!!!! may nagemail sa akin email niyo ang gamit, is that true?

2:15pm
Arminda: I am stuck here in Machester UK. I need you to help me out with the money.

2:16pm
Me: Really mam?

2:16pm
Arminda: I just send you an email now on how you can send me the money

2:16pm
Me: anong nangyari sa inyo?

2:18pm
Arminda: I was attacked by armed robbers and all my money was stolen and i can not access a phone now

2:19pm
Me: mam!!!!!!!!! are you okay?

2:19pm
Arminda: yes i am fine. I have being to the embassy but they are not helping monetary

(if you'll observe, the conversation is leading to monetary help)

2:21pm
Me: Ang problem ko nasa Pilipinas ang money ko allowance lang meron ako dito. sino napong nakausap niyo dyan? nako mam problem nasa pinas money ko if ever. Anong conference inattendan niyo dyan?

2:23pm
Arminda: I travled here for a medical program

2:24pm
Me: sino kasama niyo dyan?

(My doubts went up!If you'll observe, the person I was talking to didn't respond fast. Perhaps he/she didn't understand Tagalog)

2:29pm
Me: mam sino kasama niyo dyan?

2:31pm
Arminda: mam is not here with me. Please let me know how soon you are the send me the money because I do not have much access to the internet here

2:33pm
Me: mam i'm so concerned. Do you have any number?

(I felt that I was talking to a stranger. Ma'am Arms is not a doctor of Medicine but a Doctor of communication. With this conversation, I was already fishing information to get details from the spammer!)

2:34pm
Arminda: I do not have a phone number in UK.I am in immigration Hostel it a place for Immigrant who are stuck or does not have accommodation

2:35pm
Me: I know someone there who can help you. please give more information

2:36pm
Arminda: and visitor are not welcome, it's a very strict place. They instructed me to give the address to receive money.

(At this point, I called my friend in the Philippines and she told me she received the same message. I just told my friend to give Mam Armi a call. Mam Armi has to know her Facebook account is hacked!)

2:41pm
Me: i already instructed our colleagues to go at your place . where are you mam? the embassy will send reinforcement.

2:42pm
Arminda: I am in Immigration Hostel

2:44pm
Me: okay just stay there

2:44pm
Arminda: look Earvs I have no much time to chat with you

2:44pm
Me:  our staff will pick you up. just give me the details

2:45pm
Arminda: Some else want to make use of the computer

2:45pm
Me: i'm talking with the staff of our embassy there.  i have lots of contacts. we will help you mam

2:45pm
Arminda: I will advice you contact me through my mails

2:45pm
Me: okay. but anything more than that?

2:45pm
Arminda: The immigration want me to be self. They do not want anyone to see me

2:46pm
Me: Where is mam? But you're in danger. of course anyone would like to help. Give me your details. The money is on its way

Arminda: instruct them to send me the money the address below which the Immigration instructed me to use. Receivers Name:Arminda Santiago. Address:5 Bolton Old Road Atherton Manchester, M46 9DF, United Kingdom. Money can wire to me through Western Union or Money Gram.

2:52pm
Me: okay. just wait we're sending it now

2:53pm
Arminda: and soon as you send me the money please get back to me with transfer details

After this line, the spammer went offline. The conversation left me shocked.

Soon, I received some information that my Professor is in the Philippines. She's fine. Obviously, I was just victimized by a spammer!

Truth be told, if there's anything I learned from this experience, anyone can be a victim of the vicious cycle of internet scam. If I was so vulnerable, perhaps I already sent some money just to help. So guys, please be careful. I don't this to happen to anyone.

To know more about spammers and how they operate, perhaps you can check out this link

Sunday, May 23, 2010

TAGAYTAY

Capping off my vacation in the Philippines, my family and I went to Tagaytay not only to enjoy the cool breeze but more importantly to offer our thanksgiving to God for all the blessing he has been providing us. To set that mission, we visited the Pink Sisters Chapel.

We so enjoyed the refreshing surrounding!

After our visit at Pink Sisters, we went to Picnic Groove to enjoy the full sight of Taal Volcano.

Next stop, we passed by Good Sheperd to buy their ever famous Ube. We also had some buko pie.


We also bought some pasalubongs at Colette's Buko Pie at Pasalubong. I soooo love the peanut candy.


And as the final part of our trip, we found ourselves in Laguna. Yours truly bought a land at Eton City. Seriously, I was so happy that day! I said to myself: "Finally I'm investing on something long term."



We had our late lunch at Shakey's. We simply had bunch of lunch. I soooo loved the mojos!



As we head home, we didn't stop ourselves to pass by Banapple. My family was telling me that the Banoffie pie is a must-taste. With that, I gave in.


And that ends my Philippine Vacation 2010 Adventure! As early as now, I can't wait to have my vacation next year! Hello Hello Bohol and Cebu! weeeeee!

Photos courtesy of Stacey! Thanks!

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