Wednesday, June 30, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: Charice nailed it sooo RIGHT!

I think, this is the right rendition of the Philippine National Anthem. Walang halong kulot or any pagpapa-impress! In short, may puso!

Well done Charice! Bravo!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: P.Noy, the New President!

This is the inaugural address of Philippines’ 15th President Benigno Aquino III as translated by Aquino media Bureau. President Benigno Aquino III took oath for the presidential office today, June 30, 2010 12:00PM Philippines time.

His Excellency Jose Ramos Horta, Former President Fidel V. Ramos, Former President Joseph Estrada, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and members of the Senate, House Speaker Prospero Nograles and members of the House, justices of the Supreme Court, members of the foreign delegations,Your Excellencies of the diplomatic corps, fellow colleagues in government, aking mga kababayan.

My presence here today is proof that you are my true strength. I never expected that I will be here taking my oath of office before you, as your president. I never imagined that I would be tasked with continuing the mission of my parents. I never entertained the ambition to be the symbol of hope, and to inherit the problems of our nation.

I had a simple goal in life: to be true to my parents and our country as an honorable son, a caring brother, and a good citizen.

My father offered his life so our democracy could live. My mother devoted her life to nurturing that democracy. I will dedicate my life to making our democracy reach its fullest potential: that of ensuring equality for all. My family has sacrificed much and I am willing to do this again if necessary.

Although I was born to famous parents, I know and feel the problems of ordinary citizens. We all know what it is like to have a government that plays deaf and dumb. We know what it is like to be denied justice, to be ignored by those in whom we placed our trust and tasked to become our advocates.

Have you ever been ignored by the very government you helped put in power? I have. Have you had to endure being rudely shoved aside by the siren-blaring escorts of those who love to display their position and power over you? I have, too. Have you experienced exasperation and anger at a government that instead of serving you, needs to be endured by you? So have I.

I am like you. Many of our countrymen have already voted with their feet – migrating to other countries in search of change or tranquility. They have endured hardship, risked their lives because they believe that compared to their current state here, there is more hope for them in another country, no matter how bleak it may be. In moments when I thought of only my own welfare, I also wondered – is it possible that I can find the peace and quiet that I crave in another country? Is our government beyond redemption? Has it been written that the Filipino’s lot is merely to suffer?

Today marks the end of a regime indifferent to the appeals of the people. It is not Noynoy who found a way. You are the reason why the silent suffering of the nation is about to end. This is the beginning of my burden, but if many of us will bear the cross we will lift it, no matter how heavy it is.

Through good governance in the coming years, we will lessen our problems. The destiny of the Filipino will return to its rightful place, and as each year passes, the Filipino’s problems will continue to lessen with the assurance of progress in their lives.

We are here to serve and not to lord over you. The mandate given to me was one of change. I accept your marching orders to transform our government from one that is self-serving to one that works for the welfare of the nation.

This mandate is the social contract that we agreed upon. It is the promise I made during the campaign, which you accepted on election day.

During the campaign we said, “If no one is corrupt, no one will be poor.” That is no mere slogan for posters — it is the defining principle that will serve as the foundation of our administration.

Our foremost duty is to lift the nation from poverty through honest and effective governance.

The first step is to have leaders who are ethical, honest, and true public servants. I will set the example. I will strive to be a good model. I will not break the trust you have placed in me. I will ensure that this, too, will be the advocacy of my Cabinet and those who will join our government.

I do not believe that all of those who serve in our government are corrupt. In truth, the majority of them are honest. They joined government to serve and do good. Starting today, they will have the opportunity to show that they have what it takes. I am counting on them to help fight corruption within the bureaucracy.

To those who have been put in positions by unlawful means, this is my warning: we will begin earning back the trust of our people by reviewing midnight appointments. Let this serve as a warning to those who intend to continue the crooked ways that have become the norm for too long.

To our impoverished countrymen, starting today, your government will be your champion.

We will not disregard the needs of our students. We will begin by addressing the glaring shortage in classrooms and educational facilities.

Gradually, we will lessen the lack of infrastructures for transportation, tourism and trade. From now on, mediocre work will not be good enough when it comes to roads, bridges, and buildings because we will hold contractors responsible for maintaining their projects in good condition.

We will revive the emergency employment program established by former President Corazon Aquino. This will provide jobs for local communities and will help in the development of their and our economy.

We will not be the cause of your suffering or hardship. We will strengthen collections by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and we will fight corruption in the Bureau of Customs in order to fund our objectives for the public welfare, such as:

· Quality education, including vocational education, so that those who choose not to attend college or those who cannot afford it can find dignified livelihood;

· Improved public health services such as PhilHealth for all within three years;

· A home for every family, within safe communities.

We will strengthen the armed forces and the police, not to serve the interests of those who want to wield power with impunity, but to give added protection for ordinary folk. The armed forces and the police risk their lives daily so that the nation can live in peace and security. The population has doubled and yet their numbers remain unchanged. It is not right that those who make sacrifices are treated pitifully.

If there was a fertilizer scam in the past, today there will be security for farmers. We will help them with irrigation, extension services, and marketing their products at the best possible prices.

We are directing Secretary Alcala to set up trading centers that will directly link farmers and consumers thereby eliminating middlemen and opportunities for corruption. In this way, funds can be shared by farmers and consumers. We will make our country attractive to investors. We will cut red tape dramatically and implement stable economic policies. We will level the playing field for investors and make government an enabler, not a hindrance to business. This is the only means by which we can provide jobs for our people.

Our goal is to create jobs at home so that there will be no need to look for employment abroad. However, as we work towards that end, I am ordering the DFA, POEA, OWWA, and other relevant agencies to be even more responsive to the needs and welfare of our overseas Filipino workers.

We will strengthen the process of consultation and feedback. We will strive to uphold the constitutional right of citizens to information on matters of public concern.

We relived the spirit of people power during the campaign. Let it take us to good and effective governance. Those who believe in people power put the welfare of others before their own.

I can forgive those who did me wrong but I have no right to forgive those who abused our people.

To those who talk about reconciliation, if they mean that they would like us to simply forget about the wrongs that they have committed in the past, we have this to say: there can be no reconciliation without justice. When we allow crimes to go unpunished, we give consent to their occurring over and over again. Secretary de Lima, you have your marching orders. Begin the process of providing true and complete justice for all.

We are also happy to inform you the acceptance of Chief Justice Hilario Davide of the challenge of strengthening and heading a Truth Commission that will shed light on many unanswered issues that continue to haunt our country.

My government will be sincere in dealing with all the peoples of Mindanao. We are committed to a peaceful and just settlement of conflict, inclusive of the interests of all — may they be Lumads, Bangsamoro or Christian.

We shalI defeat the enemy by wielding the tools of justice, social reform, and equitable governance leading to a better life. With proper governance life will improve for all. When we are all living well, who will want to go back to living under oppression?

If I have all of you by my side, we will be able to build a nation in which there will be equality of opportunity, because each of us fulfilled our duties and responsibilities equally.

After the elections, you proved that it is the people who wield power in this country.

This is what democracy means. It is the foundation of our unity. We campaigned for change. Because of this, the Filipino stands tall once more. We are all part of a nation that can begin to dream again.

To our friends and neighbors around the world, we are ready to take our place as a reliable member of the community of nations, a nation serious about its commitments and which harmonizes its national interests with its international responsibilities.

We will be a predictable and consistent place for investment, a nation where everyone will say, “it all works.”

Today, I am inviting you to pledge to yourselves and to our people. No one shall be left behind.

No more junkets, no more senseless spending. No more turning back on pledges made during the campaign, whether today or in the coming challenges that will confront us over the next six years. No more influence-peddling, no more patronage politics, no more stealing. No more sirens, no more short cuts, no more bribes. It is time for us to work together once more.

We are here today because we stood together and believed in hope. We had no resources to campaign other than our common faith in the inherent goodness of the Filipino.

The people who are behind us dared to dream. Today, the dream starts to become a reality. To those among you who are still undecided about sharing the common burden I have only one question: Are you going to quit now that we have won?

You are the boss so I cannot ignore your orders. We will design and implement an interaction and feedback mechanism that can effectively respond to your needs and aspirations.

You are the ones who brought me here – our volunteers – old, young, celebrity, ordinary folks who went around the country to campaign for change; my household help who provided for all my personal needs; my family, friends, colleagues at work, who shared, cared, and gave their support; my lawyers who stayed all hours to guard my votes and make sure they were counted; and the millions of Filipinos who prevailed, kept faith, and never lost hope – I offer my heartfelt gratitude.

I will not be able to face my parents and you who have brought me here if do not fulfill the promises I made.

My parents sought nothing less, died for nothing less, than democracy and peace. I am blessed by this legacy. I shall carry the torch forward.

My hope is that when I leave office, everyone can say that we have traveled far on the right path, and that we are able to bequeath a better future to the next generation. Join me in continuing this fight for change.

Thank you and long live the Filipino people!

source: http://plus.nbni.tv/2010/06/30/philippines-president-benigno-aquino-iii-inaugural-address-transcript/

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: 28!

When I was a kid, I dreamed of experiencing a "Jollibee" or any "mascot-filled" party. Apart from the traditional spaghetti and chicken joy or burgers, I aspired my party to be packed with perky clowns and a set of magical mascots. However, since my parents preferred home cooked meals especially and creatively made by them, and the fact that there's so much fun in seeing our neighbors flock in our house and be delighted with my parent's dish, I never wandered on "what ifs" party themes and simply dig on what I have!

If you are a kid of the 80's, I'm pretty sure you'll get to picture what kind of birthday party I had. My mother had always prepared spaghetti paired with skewered hotdog and marshmallows. My relatives would also help in preparing the lumpia, chicken, menudo and relyenong bangus. For dessert, there's always the ice cream, fruit salad and the cake. And speaking of the cake, my Dad consistently bought us chocolate or vanilla flavoured cake form Goldilocks or Merced topped with some action figures. Looking back at these appetizing memories, I can't help but affirm that I truly enjoyed my birthday celebrations with my family and friends.

My birthday parties were always celebrated in our house in Lagro. Normally, it would take days for my mom and dad to prepare for that "requested" celebration. But then again, on some hectic days, my Mom would just order pastries and what nots from her officemates as an addition to my food party. Nevertheless, my visitors were always delighted with my Mom and Dad's unbelievable hardwork! I thank them for that!

I started to look at birthday parties differently when I got into college. I realized that I'm already old enough to bother my parents on my special day. And so, from bringing out mayhem in our house in Lagro on my birthday, I shifted to just treating my friends out in a fastfood or a budget-friendly restaurant. With my talkative and creative friends, there was never a dull moment in my celebration. Seriously, my friends' presence was more than enough to replace the absence of a mascot or some jolly party host.

My family and friends are always with me, in joy and in pain. And so, I look at my birthday celebration as a reunion to look back on those good memories in the past year. However, as I age, I start to perceive birthdays very different from the traditional notion of simply eating out, endless chitchats, laughter and receiving gifts. Honestly, I currently look at birthdays as a form of liberation. More than raising the numerical symbol, a birthday is stepping into another exciting year packed with challenges to conquer.

I can't deny the fact that leaving the "teen" stage and rolling into the "mid-20's" group doesn't bother me at all. At age 25, I experienced a raging "psyschological storm;" Call it, first Quarter Life Crisis. Seriously, there were a lot of things that happened in my life that made me question my life; I was 23 when my mom died; I was so burnt out with my career in a television network; and I felt like my life was heading somewhere - a direction I didn't even thought of. Thankfully, with support from family and friends and guidance from God, I picked up the shattered pieces of my so called puzzled life and headed back on the race, more fierce than even before.

I guess, the way you perceive your birthday largely depends on what's happening in your life. I must say, the first birthday I had after the death of my Mom was just unforgettable. It was memorable because of three things: (1) I longed for the home cooked meals she always prepare on such special occasions, (2) It was the day I cried not because of overflowing joy but because I was embraced with sadness, and (3) Her absence was powerful to let me realize how I should be strong for myself and for my family. How can I forget the day that I saw black as a predominant hue in my mind.

Birthdays remind us how time flies. For a person like me who just turned 28, it's more than a gentle reminder of the changing times. In fact, it's sometimes harsh in a way, bitter yet sweet. To me, birthdays have just transformed as a source of pressure in relation to society's norms; At 28, a person is expected to marry someone and perhaps to have a baby; At 28, a person is expected to achieve financial stability in relation to running a senior/supervisor post in a company; At 28, a person can have further studies. Fortunately, with the above life goals, I must say that I'm playing in the right game. Although I'm still single ( since birth), I enjoy every second with myself. But of course, settling down is on my list. I'm just clueless of the perfect time and of who that person is. Hopefully, God will grant me one. =)

I have a lot of things to be thankful for. That's the sole reason why I always welcome my birthday with so much fun and excitement. More than the bonding session with friends, a connection with my family, and some throwing of penny that gives priceless returns especially seeing people's smiles and glow, my birthday is a celebration of who I am, of all my blessings, and of one big wish of fulfilling dreams and overcoming another set of hurdles. And seriously, more than the pressure initiated by our society, I still enjoy adding another year in my life. After all, as they say, age is just a number.


To prove that age is just a number and with some spontaneous twist to celebrate my day here in Brunei, I threw a Jollibee Party. Okay. I always love Jollibee (way way back in the Philippines).


Here in Brunei, I eat at Jollibee every Wednesdays. Yes. Wednesday is Jollibee day. With this routine, the staff and crew at the nearest Jollibee in our office have become "callous" with me. They have even become soooo familiar with what I order: one piece chicken joy with rice, iced tea for drinks and thigh for the chicken's part. And with this deep connection, the staff greet me with so much gusto even if I'm just on my way inside the food chain. With this high level of friendly relations, I decided to order Jollibee meals for my birthday. On the side, I jokingly asked for balloons and party hats.Surprisingly, the staff gave my requests!


My birthday celebration didn't end with a Jollibee party. The next day, I had another party. It was a party that Jomai and I planned. With Jomai's Birthday falling on the 20th (Sunday) of June and mine on the 18th (Friday), we just opted to throw a simple food treat to our officemates on a Saturday. We just shared the expenses. That's me and Joms in the first picture!



The staff from Dandelion, our sister company, came over. The bosses were all present. And of course, there were a lot of picture taking as we finish the food!


Seriously, the food was sooo great. It was specially prepared by Jomai's Mom. Everyone loved the pasta, the chicken, crabsticks lumpia and the fish! We also had leche flan and sago salad for dessert. Diet? Naaaaaah! Forget about it!

And that's how I welcomed another year in my life. Always, with a BANG! Now, I'm all set to open a new chapter in my life. Although two years from now, I'll be saying goodbye to my "20's," positively, I'm happy and excited for new experiences, challenges and perhaps, love. On top of that, I wish everyone good health, more love and success in every endeavors! Cheers!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: TURNING 28

Ilang oras na lang, mag-be-beinte otso na ako. Kung iisipin mo, dalawang taon na lang ang bibilangin,30 na ako. Ganon kabilis ang panahon. Hindi ko na namamalayan ang oras, araw at taon sa sobrang bilis. Pero para sa akin, sa kabila ng bumubulusok na arangkada ng "life," exciting ang aking buhay.

Hindi ko maiwasan na mag-look back sa nagdaang taon ng aking buhay. Marami ang nangyari na masasabi kong isang blessing. Una, nakapunta ako ng abroad ng hindi inaasahan. Nagsimula ang lahat noong 2008. Pangalawa, hindi ako akalain na heto ako ngayon at kumukuha na ng Masters. Pangarap ko rin kasi talagang makatapos ng Masters at (sana) makakuha ng scholarship abroad. At higit sa lahat, I am simply blessed dahil surrounded ako with my ever supportive family and sangkaterbang friends. Sa sobrang pagka-komportable ko sa buhay, minsan hindi ko na iniisip pang pasukin ang bittersweet taste ng pagkakaroon ng love life.

Ilang oras na lang mag-be-beinte otso na ako. Kanina habang busy ako sa opisina, nagiisip ako ng dapat kong I-wish. Sa totoo lang, ni wala akong maisip na I-wish pa dahil God has given me everything. Pakiramdam ko nga, ako pa ang may utang kay Lord. He has blessed me and my family good healthy. God has always given me strength on my darkest times. At higit sa lahat, hindi nagsasawa si Lord na ambunan ako ng kung anu anong grasya. Minsan nga nagugulat na lang ako, andyan na. Dahil dyan, clueless talaga ako sa dapat kong hilingin.

Sa totoo lang, ang buhay ko ay puno ng surpresa. And God plays a major role sa pang-gu-gulat na yan.; Una, kahit papaano ay na-survive ko ang Buhay OFW; Pangalawa, sa kabila ng pagiging single ko, happy ako at contented sa buhay; Pangatlo, nairaraos ko ang aking mga klase sa graduate school; Pangapat, mas nagiging bonded ang aking pamilya; Panlima, mas dumarami ang aking friends (lalo na sa virtual world dahil sa Open University); Pang-anim, na-di-discover ang talent ko at may mga taong nagtitiwala sa kakayanan ko; At marami pang iba na halos hindi ko na mabilang pa.

Hanggang ngayon, hindi ko pa alam ang dapat kong I-wish. Okay lang din kayang wag mag wish? Kasi minsan, may mga araw na humihiling din ako. Mga simpleng hiling gaya ng sana malampasan ko ang homesickness; or tipong wag ako magkasakit dahil walang magaalaga sa akin; or sana mapagkasya ko ang budget ko sa isang linggo para maka-kain naman ako sa isang resto; or sana matapos ko na ang sangkaterbang research paper para makapanuod na ako ng Big Bang Theory o kaya ng Chuck. Hay! Marami akong small wishes. Pero ngayong mag-bi-birthday ako, na-me-mental block ako. Siguro nga kasi, hinihintay ko ang moment na mag-blow ng cake.

Ngayong mag-be-beinte otso na ako, higit pa sa hiling, gusto kong magpasalamat sa mga taong naging bahagi ng aking buhay: sa aking pamilya at malalapit na kaibigan.

Papa, maraming salamat sa walang sawag suporta mo sa akin. Maraming salamat sa pagunawa sa akin at pagpapalakas ng aking loob sa tuwing pagod na pagod ako o kaya ay halos hindi makatulog sa kakaisip ng kung anu ano.

Kay Mama (sa Piling ni Lord). Salamat sa pagtatanim sa aming mga puso na tunay ngang buhay ang Diyos. Salamat rin Mama dahil itinuro mo sa amin ang buhay ng may higit na pagbabahagi at takot sa Diyos.

Kay Jeron. Salamat sa kakulitan mo at sumasaya ako. Salamat din sa pagaayos ng aking laptop. Basta teknikal na bagay, alam na alam mo.

Kay Kuya. Salamat sa mga simpleng pangangamusta sa akin. Hindi mo alam, napakalaki ng nagagawa non para malampasan ko ang tawag ng homesickness.

Kay Ate Charmaine. Salamat sa pagiging bahagi ng aming pamilya. Higit pa sa pagiging mommy ni Baby Gab at Asawa ni Kuya, isa kang mabait na tao.

Kay Stacey. Saludo ako sa pagoorganize mo ng mga budget friendly trips natin. Salamat din sa pag-sha-share ng mga pagkain na puedeng i-discover sa tuwing magbabakasyon ako sa Pinas. At higit pa sa lahat ng yan, salamat dahil ikaw ay kapamilya.

Kay Manang. Sa kabila ng nakakawindang na mood swing, salamat sa pagaasikaso sa amin.

Kay Sheree. Salamat sa mga di malilimutang pagpunta sa Mercury Drug para bumili ng midnight snack kahit halos alas-onse na ng gabi. Salamat din sa updated chika.

Kay Lot. Salamat sa iyong nakaka-alis na pagod na mga pangungulit. Hindi ko makakalimutan ang iyong "posing" sa lahat ng picture natin!

Kay Pinsan Joy. Salamat sa saya na iyong ibinabahagi sa lahat ng ating bonding session. Best wishes sa iyong nalalapit na wedding.

Kay Auntie Susan. Salamat sa pagmamahal at pagturing sa amin bilang mga tunay mong anak. Tinulungan mo kaming maka-ahon sa lungkot ng mawala si Mama.

Kay April/ Apes. Ang aking super friend mula highschool. Salamat at lagi kang andyan para sa mga simpleng chikahan. Salamat din sa pagimbita sa akin sa iyong kasal.

Kay Agatha. Salamat sa iyong tiwala na "buhay na buhay" si Pavarotti sa aking pagkatao.

Kay Ed. Salamat sa mga biruan kasama sina Jhen at Melody. Di ko makakalimutan ang mock weddng.

Kay Jhen. Salamat sa pagkakaibigan na walang kapantay. Mula college, solid tayo nina Ed at Melody. Salamat din sa mga "mwah" at bentang bentang hirit sa ating kita kits.

Kay Melody. Salamat sa iyong presence last time at finally nabuo na tayong Power Four. Cheers sa ating pagkakaibigan.

Sa UP Sikap Peeps. Salamat sa pagtatanim sa aking isipan ang katungkulan na pagsilbihan ang bayan. Sana may reunion na.

Kay Cecil. Maraming salamat sa pagkakaibigan. Hindi ko makakalimutan ang ating bonding dito sa Brunei. Mapakla ang buhay pag wala ang ating chismisan sa kabukiran!

Kay Jomai. Salamat at lagi mong ipinapakita na ang pagiging simple at humble ay nagbubunga ng positibo at more blessings!

Kay Shiels. Salamat sa masasayang kuwentuhan, gym moments at kung anu ano pang "spontaneous" activities.

Kay Leez. Sobrang di ko akalain na magsisimula ang lahat sa Galera. Maraming salamat sa lahat lahat! Hindi ko na masabi rito at baka abutin ako ng siyam siyam.

Kay Peluch. Maraming salamat sa pagdating sa aking buhay. Kayo ni Leez. Sobrang nagpapasalamat ako kay Lord dahil ipinakilala niya kayo sa akin.

Kay Ces. Salamat sa iyong mga makabagbag damdaming advice. Hindi ko makakalimutan ang iyong flirtatious laughs.

Kay Donya Juana, na ngayon ay yumayaman sa Singapore. Nako Jho, hindi enough ang space to thank you. Sa sobrang tagal ng ating pinagsasamahan, through thick (ako) at thin (ikaw). UP life will never be the same pag wala ka, wala kayo nina Joy at Ivy. Paano ko ba naman makakalimutan ang "parang highschool" lang na emote sa MP class ni Mam Luna! hahaha! At siempre, paano ko ba naman makakalimutan ang devastation na hatid sa iyo ng pagibig! LOL! At siempre, ang bonggang bonggang mga hirit mo pag magkasama tayo! Super salamat! Ano na lang ang Philcoa kung wala si Jollibee at Jho! O bawi na? LOL! Pero seriously, salamats talaga! Friends forever!

Kay Ivy Lou, malapit na kasal mo. Best wishes in advance. Pero higit sa pagbati, maraming salamat sa lahat ng happy at enlightening days! Di ko makakalimutan ang block sessions at kung anu ano pang laktwasa!

At siempre, kay soon-to-be-mom na si sexbomb Joy! Maraming salamat sa pagampon sa amin sa mga production classes at ang ating STS horror short flick! Hindi mo alam, tuwang tuwa ako pag nasa bahay niyo kasi at home talaga! Kakamiss! Higit pa riyan, thank you dahil tinanggap mo ang "dukhang" tulad namin nina Jho! hahaha! Pinakain mo kami at inaruga sa oras ng kaguluhan! LOL! Hay ibang lebel talaga ang bonding natin!

Sa UP. Sa aking edukasyon na nagtutulak sa akin na muling balikan ang Pilipinas at manilbihan.

Sa aking mga OU classmates. Salamat sa saya at pagkatuto sa distance learning.

Sa aking Burning Bush Choir Family sa Pinas at sa COLA Choir dito sa Brunei for inspiring me sing and always serve the lord.

Sa lahat ng aking mga kaibigan. Maraming salamat!

Kay Lord. Sa pagbibigay sa akin ng buhay.

Happy 28th Birthday to myself! Weeeeee!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: CONFUSED STAFF?


At some point in my career, I also thought of leaving/resigning. Even I'm already enjoying the delights of living in a safe and secure country, some emotional confusions still kick in.

Actually just for the past weeks, I've been thinking about resigning or moving out; maybe I'm just tooooo BORED; perhaps I'm already used to the ropes of the advertising industry in Brunei; Or maybe I'm just tired and I need a break; those things are signs that I'm a confused staff. However, what's stopping me to move out can be read in two reasons: the awareness and comforts of finishing postgraduate school here in Brunei and the reality of earning more to save up and settle my some bills.

Thankfully, last night, my super friend Elms emailed me a striking mail. It was so powerful that I felt the world stopped.

Today, I want to share to everyone what Elms emailed me last night. Surely, all confused staff who are on the verge of resigning would be enlightened and take the right and necessary decision/action. Whether you move out or stay, it's still up to you! In my case, I believe that prayer works all the time! =)

AN OPEN ADVICE ABOUT CAREER DECISIONS:

Several of my staff has approached me lately about their career decisions. I really appreciate my staff opening up to me. It is quite reassuring to know that they're still having second thoughts about leaving. Here is part of the email I sent to a "confused" staff:

I have worked for more than 5 companies already so I guess you might be correct in saying I have had considerable experience about leaving and moving on. I will not stop you nor tell you to leave, though of course it will be better if you stay. In any career decision, leaving or staying I believe, based from my personal experiences and as an HR professional, should only be done for the right reasons.

For one, you shouldn't leave because you don't like several people in the company, nor should you stay because of the friends you have made here. At the end of the day, it is your life. Your friends or "enemies" should not make or break your career. If you let them be the deciding factor, then maybe you should think twice. You are the craftsman of your fate and the captain of your ship. Captain Hook shouldn't be one of your worries!

Do not leave nor stay because of the "brand" of your company. If that was the case, I would have rushed off and sign my JO in "C"! Ask yourself whether you want to be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a bigger pond. Know your priorities. Only you can answer that.

Do not leave the company because you're so damn frustrated about the way things are being run, or stay because you have this "messianic complex" that you can change things overnight. Be realistic about the things. Learn to accept that there is no perfect company. Be accepting that change is a slow and painful process at times and be thankful that you realize and act on things that can be changed and improved.

Definitely, do not leave or stay just because your parents want you to. I know I am advocating obedience to parents but again, we are talking about YOUR career. But learn to value their wisdom and discern well.

Money isn't everything. The package being offered now might be better but look at the long-term prospects. Do not leave or stay just solely on the compensation package. Look for growth prospects and review their career plans for you. Your immediate gains today might actually be a
loss a few years from now if you do the Math.


Boredom is another challenge all professionals are faced with during lull periods in their career. Do not leave because you have become so bored with your job. Do not stay either because you want things as they are. Change is inevitable in any organization. Talk to your boss. Ask for more responsibilities or other tasks if you're bored. Enroll in a special course. If you're satisfied with the status quo and is just waiting for retirement hoping things will stay the same, you're in for a big disappointment - either you will be forced to change or you will be forced to leave. Be ready before that time comes. Boredom or complacency is perennial battle most professionals have to deal with. Arm yourself with creativity everyday!

Tonight I suggest you rest well. Sit still and listen to what He is saying. PRAY. I have always made my career decisions through His guidance.

He was and still is my Career Adviser/Talent Manager. Your work, our work, is a vocation. He knows us more than we know ourselves so trust Him for whatever plans He has for you. You can never go wrong.

And remember: Use your head to get to the top. But use your heart to stay.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: TOP 10 WISHES SA BAGONG ADMINISTRASYON


Wala akong balak tumakbo sa Pulitika. Gaya ng isang simpleng mamayan, gusto lang din namang makita ang Pilipinas na umasenso. Sa totoo lang, naniniwala ako sa laki ng potensyal ng Pilipinas na umunlad. Kung tutuusin, napakarami nating natural resources. Ang tanong nga lang ay kung paano at kailan tayo muling babangon? Nasa atin ang kasagutan.

Kahapon, isang bagong President ang naupo sa puwesto. Congratulations Pres. Noynoy! Ang buong Pilipinas ay nagdiwang at nakibahagi sa matagumpay at tahimik na eleksiyon.

Sa kasalukuyan, kumukuha ako ng kurso sa UP Open University. Tinatapos ko ang kurso kong Masters of Development Communication. Nakakatuwa dahil bahagi ng kurso ay hindi lamang ang pagaanalisa ng mass media at iba't ibang uri ng komunikasyon, kundi siyentipiko din ang lapit ng pagaaral. Sa kabuuan, layunin ng kurso na gamitin ang komunikasyon para lumikha ng pagbabago sa lipunan. Higit ding layunin nito na itaas ang buhay ng mga api o maralita.

Ngayong bago na ang President, naglista ako ng sampung (10) bagay na sana'y bigyan ng aksiyon ng bagong administrasyon. Ilan sa mga ito ay naibahagi ko sa aking mga kaklase sa UP.

1. EDUKASYON. Ang isang bansang binubuo ng mga taong walang sapat na kaalaman ay parang isang pagkaing katakamtakam ngunit walang lasa. Naniniwala ako na panahon na para maglaan ng malaking budget para sa edukasyon. Panahon na rin para bigyan ng sapat na sahod ang mga guro. Gayundin, dapat isulong ng pamahalaan ang pagsuporta at pagdebelop sa mga paaralan sa mga probinsya. Sa ganitong paraan, mababahaginan ng kaalaman ang ibang mga bata.

2. REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH. Siguro'y panahon na rin upang tutukan ng pamahalaan at ng iba pang mga ahensya ang paglobo ng populasyon ng Pilipinas. Kaugnay ng pagkakaron ng tamang kaalaman, ang pagsulong sa epektibong reproductive health ay matatagumpayan. Sana ay mas pondohan ng gobyerno ang pagtatayo ng mga klinik sa mga probinsya at iba pang lugar na mangangalaga sa kalagayan o pangangailangan ng bawat isa partikular ang kababaihan at mga bata. Kaugnay nito, magkaroon ng mga organisasyong tutugon sa layunin ng pagpapayaman ng kaalaman sa reproductive health.

3. TRABAHO. Aminin na natin, kailangan ng bawat isa ang kumita ng pera para mabuhay. Panahon na rin na mabigyan ng disenteng trabaho ang bawat Filipino. Paano? Itaguyod ng pamahalaan ang paglikha ng mga trabaho di lamang sa kabisera kundi lalo sa mga probinsya. Sa ganitong kaayusan, maiiwasan ang overcrowding sa Maynila. Bilang aksiyon, maaaring maglaan ng budget ang pamahalaan sa pagpapayaman ng mga lokal na produkto. Sa ganitong aspeto, hindi lamang tayo nagiging dependent sa pag-i-import ng mga produkto, kundi bawat isa ay may trabaho dahil sa pag-e-export. Kaugnay niyan, maaaring isulong ang turismo ng may higit na pangangalaga sa karapatang pantao.

4. AGRIKULTURA. Mayaman ang Pilipinas sa mga natural resources at yan ay dapat nating idebelop. Panahon na para bigyan ng pondo ng pamahalaan ang pagpapayaman ng agrikultural na kapasidad ng bansa mula sa teknikal na aspeto tungo sa lakas paggawa. Bilang pangunahing aksiyon, bakit hindi ibigay ang mga lupang sinasaka ng mga magsasaka sa kanila? Simulan natin sa Hacienda Luisita ang ganitong programa ng pagbabago.

5. CORRUPTION. Graft and Corruption ang pinakapangunahing ugat ng paglubog ng ating bansa mula sa aspetong ekonomikal, pulitikal hanggang kultural. Kung magiging mahigpit lamang ang ating mga batas na ikulong ang mga pulitikong mangungurakot, mas mapapakinabangan ng bayan ang perang pinaghihirapan. Isa pa, panahon na para makita ang bunga ng napakalaking "tax."

6. BRAIN DRAIN. Kaugnay ng paglikha ng trabaho, sa pamamagitan ng pagpapayaman ng mga trabaho sa loob ng bansa, di na kailangan umalis ng isang Pilipino na gaya ko para mangibang bansa. Ang brain drain ay maaaring basahin hindi lamang ugat ng Unemployment kundi maging ng Underemployment. Kung ang mga trabahong nasa Pilipinas ay tumutugma sa tinatapos ng isang estudyante at may sapat na benepisyo, hindi kakailanganin ng isang Pilipino na nais bumuhay ng pamilya ang mangibang bansa.

7. TEKNOLOHIYA. Hindi maikakailang nasa panahon na tayo ng technological dependence. Sa kasamaang palad ay naiiwan ang ibang Pilipino dahil sa kawalang ng higit na kaalaman sa teknolohiya at maging access. Sa bahagi ng pamahalaan, higit sa pagbibigay ng budget sa mga makina, kailangan ay bigyan din ng pundasyon ang kaalaman ng mga tao sa pamamagitan ng paglikha ng mga proyektong pang-edukasyon. Maari ring gamitin ang mga teknolohiya sa pagsusulong ng mga birtwal na klase hindi lamang sa sentro ng bansa kundi maging sa mga rural na lugar.

8. GUTOM. Hindi na bago sa atin ang usapin ng gutom. Sa mga balita pa lang, nakikita natin ang higit na gutom na dinaranas ng ating mga kababayan. Andyan ang kumakain ng pagkaing "pagpag." Mayroon pa nga akong napanood sa isang dokumentaryo na isang nakalalasong halaman ang kanilang kinakain para maibsan lang ang gutom. Sa totoo lang, ang mga ganitong imahe ng gutom ay masosolusyunan kung ang bawat isa o ang bawat pamilya ay kumikita ng sapat na pera o may trabaho. Sa kabilang banda, usapin di lang ang "undernutrition" kundi maging ang "overnutrition." Tamang kaalaman ang ating kailangan.

9. PABAHAY. Marami sa mga Pilipino ang walang disenteng bahay. Samantala, marami rin naman ang naglalakihang mansyon ng mga mayayaman ng bansa. Espasyo ang isang malinaw na ebidensya ng mas lumalawak na paghahati sa pagitan ng mayaman at mahirap. Sa ganitong konteksto, hindi ko sinasabing iwan ng mga mayayaman ang kanilang mga mansiyon at ibigay sa mga maralita. Upang masolusyunan ang pabahay, muli tayong bumabalik sa usapin ng pagbibigay ng trabaho sa mga Pilipino. Maliban pa riyan, sana'y lumikha ang pamahalaan ng programang magbibigay ng "abot-kayang" pabahay sa bawat isa ayon sa "makataong" minimum wage.

10. KAPALIGIRAN. Kaliwa't kanan na ang pangangalampag tungo sa pagliligtas sa ating kapaligiran. Siguro'y panahon na rin para bigyan pansin ang usaping iyan. Upang bigyan ito ng pansin, kakailangan ng pamahalaan na muling bisitahin ang mga batas o polisiya nitong ukol sa panganagalaga ng kalikasan mula sa pagaapruba ng mga itatayong gusali hanggang sa pagaanalisa ng epektong maidudulot ng mga pagpasok ng mga bagong industriya gaya ng teknolohiya, kemikal at kung anu ano pa. Sa mas simpleng bersiyon, maaaring magsulong ng mga proyekto ang pamahalaan upang magpalawig ng kaalaman sa pangangalaga ng kalikasan mula sa mga paaralan tungo sa pagbabahagi ng impormasyon sa mga institusyon o industriya.

Ang pagbabago ay hindi lamang manggaling sa pamahalaan, kundi mismo sa atin. Kung gusto talaga nating makatulong, wag tayong magwalang bahala sa ating kapaligiran. Higit pa sa suporta sa bagong administrasyon, kailangan ng kolektibong aksiyon.

Kaugnay ng mga aspetong nabanggit, kailangan din iakma at ayusin ang mga batas sa mangangalaga sa bawat karapatan ng mamayaman. Isa itong dapat pagisipan ng pamahalaan kung nagnanais sila ng pagbabago at muling makuha ang tiwala ng sambayanan.

Ang pagbabago ay hindi lang sinasabi. Ito ay pinipili at ginagawan ng aksiyon.

Isang simpleng halimbawa. Gusto natin iligtas ang kalikasan di ba? Bakit hindi natin subukang ayusin ang ating sariling mga basura? O kaya ay magtipid ng tubig at ilaw? O kaya naman eh wag magaksaya ng papel? Sa mga simple't maliit na hakbang, pasasaan pa't may pagasenso ring yayanig o lilikha ng impak sa iba.

Ang kailangan natin ay disiplina sa ating mga sarili. Higit pa sa mga batas at pondo, kailangan natin ng kolektibo at aktibong partisipasyon tungo sa hinahangad na pagbabago. Kahit dahan dahan, basta may pagsulong.

Bilang simula, suportahan natin ang ating bagong mga halal. Maniwala tayo. Muling magtiwala ngunit wag maging bulag.

Mabuhay tayong lahat!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

10 restaurant business ideas | Starterkit | Entrepreneur.com.ph

10 restaurant business ideas | Starterkit | Entrepreneur.com.ph

Friday, June 4, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: FACEBOOK 101


Maniwala kayo o sa hindi, may mga tao pa ring hindi nag-Fa-Facebook. Oo. Kahit ang buong mundo ay ipinagisa na ng social network na ito, may mga mangilan ngilan ang never pa rin ang hindi sumusubok sa Facebook.

Is there a reason behind that? Here's the TOP 10 reasons na naiisip ko.

1. BUSY BUSYHAN. Wala na sigurong mas bubusy pa sa buhay ng isang langgam. Wala itong ibang ginawa kundi magimbak. Ngunit maniwala kayo o sa hindi, sadyang may mga indibidwal na sadyang reincarnation ng langgam. Sila ang mga indibidwal na rain or shine, hala, busy! Sabi nga nila, maaaring ang mga taong ito ay ihe lang ang pahinga. At dahil sa ganyang kondisyon, hindi nila makuha pang maglaan ng oras sa paggawa ng sariling Facebook. Sa halip na i-Facebook, aba, itutulog na lang. At kung sa isang workaholic, i-ta-trabaho na lang ang oras sa halip na Facebook.

2. NAGTATAGO. Maraming rason kung bakit nagtatago ang isang tao. Una, may utang. Pangalawa, may ginawang krimen or katarantaduhan. Pangatlo, nangangaliwa. Pangapat, tumutuhog ng mga karelasyon. At Panlima, sadyang anti-social. At dahil ang Facebook ay hindi puedeng tagawin na isang social network ng walang dahilan, ang mga nabanggit na karakter ay taliwas sa kaligayahang hatid ng Facebook. Pinakabongga pa, may mga taong hindi nagtatago dahil sila ay sadyang ume-emo.

3. DEVIANT. May mga indibidwal na sadyang laging gusto ang di tradisyunal. At dahil ang Facebook ay isa ng kumbensiyon, para sa isang deviant persona, ang pagsubok sa Facebook ay para na ring pagsukob sa isang kulto. Kaugnay ng anti-social karakter, ang mga deviant ay sadyang china-challenge ang komong nakakahumalingan ng nakararami. At bilang pagpapamalas ng kanilang lakas at presence, higit pa sa haduken ang kaya nilang gawin. Kaya nilang deadmahin ang Facebook. Achieve!

4. MAKA-FRIENDSTER. Aminin na natin, kahit it's soooo laos na ang Friendster, sadyang may mga indibidwal na hindi pa rin nakaka-move on. Hindi rin natin sila masisisi. Love at first sight naman kasi ang Friendster. Aminin mo, masarap balikan ang testimonials ng mga kaibigan mo. At gaya ng isang relasyon, mahirap basta iwan ang first love lalo na't wala namang break-up na nagaganap. Sa konteksto ng relationship, ang Facebook ay nangaakit. Isang sariwang nilalang na head turner. Gayunpaman, sadyang may taglay na gayuma ang Friendster na hindi maiwan ng ilang indibidwal. Ito ay dahil sa Smiling Face ng Friendster na wala sa Never seen na Face ng tinaguriang Facebook.

5. TOO OLD FOR IT! May mga taong sadyang baguhan sa social networking. Sabihan mo lang silang may virus ang computer, lalayuan nila ito sa pagaakalang literal na virus na nakakahawa ang pinagsasabi mo. At sa kontekstong iyan o higit na takot, may mga indibidwal na nalilito sa kompleks at mabilis na galaw ng interactivity sa Facebook. Dahil diyan, imbes na ganahan, inaabandona na ang pagkakataong masubukan ang Facebook. Aminin niyo o hindi, nakakawindang din talaga ang Facebook sa umpisa. Parang left and right na nagsusulputan ang mga elemento. Lahat tayo ay ginagawang schizo!

6. FAR FAR AWAY. May mga lugar pa rin sa iba't ibang panig ng mundo na hindi abot ng teknolohiya. Eh kung elektrisidad at tubig ay wala, pano pa ang mga kompyuter. Sa ganitong aspeto, malinaw na walang pag-Fa-Facebook na magaganap. Isa pa, dahil may kakulangan sa supply ng siyensya at teknolohiya, walang kaalaman sa paggamit ng makinarya.

7. TAKOT. Wala naman akong kakilalang taong takot sa teknolohiya pero possible pa rin. Sila maaari ang mga indibidwal na dahil ayaw makaranas ng panloloko sa internet, nanatiling pribado ang kanilang buhay. Sa halip na magblog, tradisyunal na diary ang kanilang ginagawa. At sa halip na mag-Facebook, gumagawa sila ng scrapbook o isang journal. Hindi rin natin sila masisi sa kanilang pagiging tapat sa tradisyunal at ligtas na uri ng pagpapahayag ng sarili. Gusto lang nila ang simpleng buhay na hindi nai-kakatergoryang "hot" or "cool."

8. SARILING BERSYON. Sa ibang bansa, may sarili silang bersiyon ng Facebook. Gaya na lamang sa China. At yan ay malinaw na aksiyon ng isang bansa bilang counter-action sa isang nakapalaking paghahari sa world wide web gaya ng isang social network- ang Facebook. Kakaiba rin ito dahil eksklusibo ang approach ng kanilang very own social network. Pag di mo alam ang language nila, sorry ka!

9. ANTI. Higit pa sa pagiging deviant na gusto lang deadmahin ang Facebook, ang mga anti ay sadyang may prinsipyo at pagkilos laban sa Facebook. Sila ang mga indibidwal na handang gumastos upang pabagsakin ang Facebook Empire. Pinaglalaruan pa nga nila ang Facebook. Ang Facebook ay nagiging Hatebook. Kung puede nga lang ilagay sa kabaong ang Facebook at literal na ilibing, matagal na nila itong ginawa.
10. PATAY NA. Self explanatory. Nakaka-kilabot naman kung gawan pa ng account ang isang yumao di ba. Masyado ng konek ang mundo at til death do us part ang shout out.

Ikaw, bakit sa tingin mo may mga taong ayaw mag-Facebook? Suggest na!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: FACEBOOK 101


Parang kelan lang, patok na patok ang Friendster. In my case, nagsimula akong malulong (parang drugs lang) sa Friendster back in 2003. Well, sino ba naman ang hindi na-adik sa Friendster. Mapa-bata, matanda, bakla, tomboy, tech geek, mangmang sa net, rich kid, jologs, bungal, de pustiso, maniac, conservative at kung sino sino pa eh jump sa Friendster Craze.

Ang pag-po-post ng testament ang dahilan kung bakit karamihan eh nahook sa Friendster. Well, it's not the only reason. Maraming dahilan. Siempre sino ba naman ang hindi ma-e-excite na muling mong makita ang mga ka-batch mo nung elementary at highschool. And on top of that, puede mo ng ma-stalk ang crush mo o kahit ang taong umagaw sa ex mo. Isa pa, parang naging isang malaking interactive live journal ang Friendster. Di mo na kailangan bumisita sa bahay ng kaibigan mo to see what's happening in her or his life. Lahat ng impormasyon, sagap mo na sa pag-fi-finger sa keyboard ng net!

Unfortunately, hindi lahat ng bagay ay nagtatagal. Ang social media ay para ring showbusiness. Sooner, may malalaos at may panibagong star na sisikat. In that case, say goodbye ang lahat sa Friendster ng dumating ang Facebook in 2007. Hindi naman totally na goodbye. Isinantabi lang.

Ang Friendster, bagamat hindi naman totally na inabandona, ay parang isang lumang damit na paminsan minsan na lang na isisusuot. Samantalang ang Facebook, parang isang magarbong outfit for girls at hot girlfriend for boys na dapat iyabang. Yes or no, ang buong mundo ay Fezbukers na!

With that reality, I have listed ang TOP 50 possible reasons kung bakit nag-fa-facebook ang isang tao. Handa ka na? Simulan na natin.

1. KONEKTADO KA. True ang kasabihang no man is an Island. Sa konteksto ng Facebook, no man has no Facebook. Lahat naman siempre ay gustong maging bahagi ng social circle. At dahil nabubuhay na tayo sa digital age na lahat ng gadgets ay paliit ng paliit at lahat ay puede ng i-touch (maliban sa katawan ng katabi mo na hindi mo naman kakilala), ang social circle ay binigyan ng bagong pakahulugan ng social media. Bilang isang social network, kinokonek ng Facebook ang isang indibidwal hindi lamang sa kanyang mumunting komunidad na lokal, kundi pang-international pa!

2. USO. Selling like a hot pancakes ang drama ng Facebook ng isinilang ito sa mundo ng World Wide Web. Dahil sa bentahe nito, naging patok at uso ito sa mga users. At dahil taglay nito ang image ng pagiging young, hip at funky, lahat ng nagaambisyon na maging young, hip at funky ay nag-Facebook. Siempre, sino ba namang ang gustong ma-outcast sa isang usapan lalo na kung usapang Facebook. Para lang yang pagbili ng Havaianas, iPhone, at kung anu ano pang big brands na nagsusumigaw at nagbibigay sa consumer ng nosyon na "I have the purchasing power." Ang Facebook ay parang isang Korona, isang birtwal na kapangyarihan sa naghahangad na maging cool at funky.

3. SHOUT IT OUT! Ang shout out ang isa sa mga advantage ng Facebook. Hindi gaya ng blog na mahaba, sa simpleng shout out, masasabi mo na ang gusto mong sabihin in a particular time or day. In fact, mas nakapadagdag pa ang interactivity sa Facebook kung saan ang mga kaibigan mo ay puedeng magcomment. At kahit sa simpleng pag-like sa isang post, napaparamdam mo sa iyong kaibigan ang iyong suporta. It's like a pat in the back of a friend na maaring nalulungkot o naliligayahan.

4. PICTURE PICTURE. Aminin na natin, adik tayong mga Pinoy sa pagpapa-picture. Kilala bilang masiyahing lahi at may pagkiling sa pamilya, gusto natin ipagsigawan sa mundo ang katotohanang iyan. At ang ebidensya, picture. Sa pamamagitan ng Facebook, naipapakita mo sa iyong mga kaibigan ang mga lugar na napupuntahan from local to overseas; naipapakita mo ang mga celebrations sa iyong buhay from birthdays, kasal, at kung anu ano; naibabahagi mo uri ng lifestyle na meron ka - simple, traveler, adventurous, busy (dahil wala kang pinopost sa pagkabusy mo), party goer, easy-to-get, OFW, jejemon, at kung anu ano pang uri. Hindi ba't kakaiba na dahil sa mga social network, di mo na kailangan dayuhin ang bahay ng kaibigan mo at tumingin ng photo album. Sa Facebook, kahit nasa opisina ka or highway using your phone, kita mo na ang sangkaterbang pictures.

5. LARO. Ang paglalaro na siguro ang isa sa mga pinaka-enjoyable pampalipas oras buhay ng isang tao. Kung noon ay nababaliw na tayo sa larong kalsada na di nagtagal ay nahaluan ng nintendo at naging cellphone games, pumatok ang mga social network games gaya ng Farmville, Mafia Wars, Zombies, Restaurant City, at kung anu ano pang games sa Facebook, dahil maliban sa libre ito, may tema rin ito ng simulation ng reyalidad gaya ng SIMS City. Isipin mo, hindi mo na kailangan pumunta sa bukid at maputikan para magsaka at magpastol ng mga tupa. Hindi mo na rin kailangan matutong humawak ng baril para umasinta ng kalaban at umani ng maraming puntos. Puede ka na rin hangaan ng sinuman sa pagiging isang magiting at highest pointer na zombie. At hindi mo na rin kailangan maglabas ng malaking pera para magtayo ng sarili mong restaurant. At sa kasalukuyan, maaari ka ring magkaroon ng isang Isla ng bonggang bongga. At gamit ang points system, nagbibigay ng sense of achievement ang mga laro sa mga manlalaro nito. Sa paraang birtwal na parangal na makikita sa pagtaas ng level, mas higit na nahuhuli ang kiliti ng manlalaro. Sa mga reyalidad na yan, talaga namang naakit ang mga internet users. Isang matibay na dahilan kung baka napapa-Facebook ang sinuman. Isa pa, isang epektibong pamatay oras ang paglalaro.

6. TAG KITA. Isa sa mga bentahe ng Facebook ay ang kakayahan nito na bigyan ng kapangyarihan ang isang user na i-tag ang sinumang nasa kanyang listahan ng isang picture or notes. Isipin mo na lang, sa isang group picture, puede mo na itong maishare sa mga kaibigan mo by simply tagging them. At kung ikaw naman ay nagnenegosyo, mas mailalako mo ng matindi ang iyong produkto sa iyong mga kaibigan gamit ang tagging interface. At kung gusto mo naman ibahagi ang isang nakakatawa, informative o interesting na impormasyon, tagging din ang makakatulong sa iyo. Sa totoong buhay, ang tagging ay parang pangangalabit sa isang kaibigan. Isang paraan ng pagkiliti sa pisikal at emosyonal na aspeto.

7. VIDEO SHARING. Dahil sa kakayahan ng Facebook na mag-upload ng Video, mas naging mabenta ito sa kasalukuyang panahon. Bilang suporta sa MTV generation, ang Facebook ay lalong nagbigay ng kakayahan sa mga Facebookers upang ibahagi ang mga videos na maaring sumasalamin sa personal na emosyon ng isang indibidwal - maaaring nakakakiliti, nakaka-touch, nakakaiyak, at kung anu ano pa. Ang nakakahumaling pa, maaari ka na ring mag-upload ng sarili mong video o kung anu mang video na humili na kaganapan sa buhay mo o sa buhay ng mga nasa contacts mo. Nakadagdag din sa pagtaas ng popularidad ng Facebook sa Video sharing ang hatid na bentahe ng YouTube at ang pagsilang ng mga YouTube Sensations. At hindi lang yan, binali ng Facebook ang konsepto ng Time and Space. Ang mga episodes ng series o eksena ng lumang Pelikula ay maaari mong muling panoorin ng hindi pumupunta sa isang video library at nagbabayad ng fee. Isipin mo, mapapanuod mo na ulit si Matet sa Halimaw sa banga o di kaya ang mga komersyals noong panahon ni Alice Dixon (halata sa edad). Mas mahuhumaling ka pa sa hatid na banality ng mga indibidwal na nagpapakitang gilas sa ilang videos. Eh kahit nga ang mga napapanuod mo sa telebisyon, nasa internet na rin. Mas bongga pa, puede mo itong ipanuod sa iyong mga kaibigan o kung sinu sino man.

8. ADVOCACY. Dahil sa taglay ng pagiging "current" ng Facebook, nagsilbi na rin itong tagapagbalita. Isipin mo, hindi mo na kailangan bumili ng diyaryo para malaman ang headlines. Sa simpleng usapan ng mga Facebookers, malalaman mo kung ano ang usap-usapan. Napupulsuhan mo pa ang opinyon ng mga kasangkot. At dahil may taglay na kakayahan ang Facebook na lumikha ng "bond" sa mga users nito sa pamamagitan ng interactivity na umiinog, kaya nitong dalhin ang mga users sa ilang advocacy gaya na lamang ng pagtulong sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Undoy. Mula sa pagiging isang global na produkto, nagkakaroon ito ng lokal na timpla dahil sa mga gumagamit nito. Gaya na lamang ng mamatay ang dating Pangulong Cory Aquino, nagsilbing isang malaking open banquet ang Facebook upang ipahayag natin ang ating sentimiento. Naging instrumento rin ang Facebook upang ipahayag ng mga pulitiko ang kanilang mga adhikain sa eleksiyon. At para naman sa mga users at botante, nagsilbing isang malaking assessment paper ang Facebook upang mas makilala natin ang ating mga manok sa eleksiyon.

9. GLOBAL. Kung ikaw ay malayo sa iyong pamilya gaya ko, masasabing ang Facebook ay nagsisilbing isang virtual tulay upang manatili kang bahagi ng iyong pamilya. Sa pamamagitan ng Facebook, nalalaman ng iyong mga kaibigan at pamilya ang mga everyday happening sa buhay mo. At dahil binabali ng Facebook o ng Social media ang Time and Space, nagiging isang kaisahan ang local tungo sa global. Totoo ngang, saan ka mang panig ng mundo, basta naka-Facebook ka, malayo man ay malapit rin.

10. CHAT TAYO. Nabubuhay ang tao dahil sa kanyang kakayahan na makipag-interact sa kanyang nasasakupang komunidad. At gaya ng taglay na kapangyarihan ng YM (Yahoo Messenger), ang pagkakaron ng chat interface ng Facebook ay nagluwal ng panibagong excitement para sa mga users nito. Binali ng Facebook ang pagiging monotonous ng mga services or features ng isang social network. Kung baga sa kape, 3 in 1 ang drama. Ang pagkakaron ng chat sa loob ng isang social network ay isang pagsagad sa kumbensiyon ng interactivity. Isipin mo na lang, kahit wala kang YM address ng kaibigan mong matagal mo ng di nakakausap, basta't nasa Facebook mo siya at online, makakausap mo siya. Hindi ba't exciting yon?
Itutuloy...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: What a Week!

The week is not yet over and I'm kinda feeling that it has been hitting me with big and varied waves.

1. Holiday. Holidays give thousands of reasons to jump for joy. Unfortunately, in my case, I didn't spend my free times in a relaxing way. Since yours truly panicked for his upcoming school work, I ended up soooo tired. But if there's any consolation on what I did last Monday, it was sharpening my mind with all the readings I devoured. So does that mean I'm way ready for school? Hopefully. I just need some rest.

2. Sleepless. After receiving my package from OU and seeing the course requirements via online, I was rattled. With that, I had some slight panic attack. I didn't get enough sleep for the past days. Seriously, for some days, my body wanted to rest yet my mind was still up and working. You know that feeling? Oh well! In my analysis, such condition was triggered by my body clock adjustments. As we all know, I'm now on my first month of doing Taichi. I'm used to it already. However, with the school load knocking in my door, my well-ironed routine was jolted. Viola, hello hello sleeplessness!

3. Big Bang. I miss Big Bang Theory. Seriously, I fell in love with the series. It's the only series I watched that made me laugh super loud. On top of that, it's not dragging to watch because it only has a total running time of 20 minutes per episode.

4. Desperate Housewives. Yeah. I also miss the intertwining stories of the girls of Wisteria Lane, Fairview. Each episodes mesmerizes me with surprises!

5. Ugly Betty. Oh yeah. Bye bye Betty. I'm not quite happy with how the series ended; it's kinda lousy. It started with a bang (patterned of course with the Original Mexican Series) and ended up with a bland twist. It could have been better, but not. Then again, I thank Betty for being part of my first two years in Brunei.

6. Brown Rice. Yey! My taste buds have finally loved the Brown rice. Interestingly, I'm now on my second week of eating it! Weeeener!

7. Choir. After one month of hiatus, I'm back on the musical lane. I just returned to attending the choir rehearsal last week. Similarly, I got the chance to sing in the Responsorial Psalm last week. With an overwhelming feeling I had, some people approached me and congratulated me after I sang the piece.

8. Bills. Last month, I started to pay the land I got in the Philippines. Seriously, I can feel that paying such investment makes me mature and financially responsible. Gone are the days of splurging on things. At least now, my money can go on something worthy and wise!

9. Taichi. Good! Great! After a month of doing Taichi, I can now wear some clothes that are small for me. I better get a weighing scale to monitor my weight! Weeeee! Isn't it great to lose weight without going to the gym. After all, my objectives are all tied up on simply enjoying a healthy or active lifestyle.

10. Threats. There have been some threats around in the office. Yes. I heard like a second recession is about to hit our pockets (while the world is already tight and stable!). Thankfully, such mayhem didn't push through. We're saved!

11. Development Communication. I'm now liking my masteral. I'm not only learning about the mass media and its impact on people, my masteral also aides me to build and develop communities. Hopefully, once I'm done in Brunei, I can take my share in the Philippines.

12. Hari Raya. The September holidays make me excited. It's kinda far from now but the reality of my dad and younger brother visiting me here in Brunei is just energizing! I can't wait to tour them around and let them experience Brunei!

13. Client. Finally, it's settled. I don't want to elaborate. I need my bread and butter.

14. Cebu Pacific. Filipinos have now more reasons to visit and enjoy Brunei; that is because Cebu Pacific is now operational. Imagine, for as low as 899, you can be at the Abode of Peace. On a different note, while the sale seats are all taken, I still got my Father and Brother a plane ticket. Two way, each has to pay 6500! Not bad compared to the 20K my dad paid when he went here in 2008! Mabuhay ang Cebu Pacific! Yahoooo!

15. DVDs. My room is packed with DVDs. I'm thinking of selling them. Garage sale? =)

16. Birthday. This is my birthday month. Up to now, I'm still think of what gift I should get myself. With no "extra" money at hand, what shall I do?

17. Competition. I'l be competing this June for Talentadong Pinoy in Brunei. The competition is organized by the Philippine Embassy in cooperation with the Filipino Association in Brunei (FAB). I'll be singing "Go The Distance" by Michael Bolton. Hopefully, I give justice to the song and bring home something. Weeeee!

18. Write. I have to update my blog and I'm thinking of writing a script.

19. Glee. I sooo love the Lady Gaga episode. And the Madonna!

20. American Idol. Congrats Lee Dewyze. But I still like Krystal!

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