27 November, 2012

Inspirational Poem: I Wish You Enough

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess./p>
I wish you enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Goodbye.”

credit to the original author

On top of my to-do list

A few hours ago, I tweeted that I'm overwhelmed with so much things to do. I was on the boundary of getting crazily-stressed, that to me is a notch higher than stressed, on what I should put on top of my to-do list.

I wasn't able to do a single thing early this morning. Well I was able to go online, pay the bills, update some windows application, and that's about it. That's what I was able to do in 3hours. But those were not even included on the list of things-that's-stressing-me-out.

I went to sleep after that because I only had a total of 4hours of sleep the previous night.

I got woken up by a text message from the school bus operator. The bus got into an accident, good thing it happened 4hours after they dropped off my son in school. The driver died and the school bus mother is in the hospital.

This incident opened my eyes that I shouldn't sweat the small stuff. I should put the "100 blogpost backlogs" on my "small stuffs" list, do 1 or 2 important posts everyday and discard those blogpost backlogs that are not really that important.

To enjoy life is more important. I should therefore do the things that I enjoy doing or at least try (or force myself - mind over matter) to enjoy doing the important things that I should be doing.

So if you've been planning for years to learn how to play a mandolin, go ahead, put that on your to-do list now. Remember, important things should be on top of your list.

23 November, 2012

EyeSee Mannequins, Creepy or not?

There apparently are some retail stores, in the US and Europe, who use EyeSee mannequins to check the kind of shoppers they have. The mannequin has a camera embedded in one eye. It sends the gathered data in a facial recognition software which logs the age, gender and race of the person it sees.

This technology was first used in airports to identify criminals. But it has been a big help to retail stores, who use the technology, improve their day to day operation.

Next time you inspect a mannequin on a stores display window, don't forget to put on your best smile. You'll never know if a mannequin is "spying" on you.

22 November, 2012

What to do when bored

I haven't experienced boredom these past few months. I've been pretty busy and I must admit I miss being bored. I haven't even had the time to do what I usually do to kill time.

Let me reminisce and share some tips on what I usually do when bored:

1. Read a book - Not all can relate with this, not everyone loves reading. Go on then, proceed to the next suggestion.
2. Listen to music
3. Watch television.
4. Go to the nearest cinema and watch a not-boring movie.
5. Exercise - This will help your brain function well and you'll be able to think clearly enough to find things to do to kill your boredom.
Feel free to add more to the list!

How to Turn-off Blog Visitors

I've been doing a lot of tweaking lately, to make sure that my loyal blog visitors will remain loyal and first time visitors will become repeat visitors.

I'm trying to pull up my site stats so I've been busy "cleaning up" my sites as well as visiting other blogs. I have my list of favorite sites to visit and sites that I will never, ever visit again.

Here's the surest ways to turn-off your blog visitors - slow loading site.

What to do to fix that problem:

1. You don't have to put social sharing buttons at the top and bottom of your blogpost as well as on the right and left side of your site.
2. 4 small-sized box ads on your sidebar is enough to monetize your site. If for example you already have a box ad, don't allow another box ad pointing at the same site, to make room for other advertisers who want to place an ad on your site.
3. Calendar, Weather info? Remove that from your sidebar please.
4. Your personal info as well as your pictures? It should have its own page, the About page. Don't put it on your sidebar.
5. Limit 4 blog posts at the most on your homepage.
Have you noticed what other common factors slow loading sites have? Do share in the comment section below.

21 November, 2012

DSWD's Save the Street Kids

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has recently launched Save the Street Kids. Very timely for the Christmas season, the time of the year when street kids are used by bad groups to generate money. These groups order the kids to steal or beg for money on the streets.

Through DSWD's Save the Street Kids, we can make the lives of these kids better by returning them to their families or housing them in a DSWD center. When you see a street child on the street, here's what you should do:

1. Ask where her mother or father is.
2. Secretary Jinkee Soliman said that a child who can't say where his/her parents are or runs away when asked is an obvious sign that the child is working for a bad syndicate group.
3. Tweet the following to @savestreetkids: complete address/ nearest intersection or landmark where child was seen/ time of sighting.

After receiving your tweet, the @savestreetkids admin will send an acknowledgement reply and deploy a reach out person/team to the address that you've tweeted. We need to be patient since the program is fairly new and there are a lot of street kids that needs to be reached out to in the streets of Metro Manila.

FYI: Available in Metro Manila only, for now.

12 November, 2012

Is being a young, single mother a sin?

I'm confused with this Andi Eigenmann and son-of-Erap boyfriend's reason for breaking up. Because she has a child already? Didn't he know that she was pregnant with someone else's child when they became a couple? Late reaction much?

andi-eigenmann-jake-ejercitoI wonder why his parents don't approve of her. I actually think it doesn't have anything to do with her being a single mother. It’s not a sin to be a young, single mom. She didn’t abort or put her baby up for adoption and most probably she learned from her mistakes.
Maybe there's some truth to the rumor that she’s a prima donna?  Whatever’s the reason for their break up, if he can’t fights for her, she should just let him go.
She should be proud that she’s raising her daughter all by herself and doesn’t need any man to help her do that.

05 November, 2012

Video Tape Transfer to CD format

I still have a few video tapes that needs to be transferred to any compact disk format. I have been trying to find a  cd copying service company that can safely do the transfer. I don’t want to just give the video tapes to just anyone and then find out in the end that they’ve erased the videos.

Some are videos of RJ when he was still a baby. One is during his 1st birthday party. He hasn’t seen those videos yet because our video recorder is already broken.


As I’ve said, I’ve been searching online but still hasn’t found a company that can do the transfer for me.
Help please!

Bill Gates’s Foundation Funds Research for the “Rice of the Future”

IMG_1652Just read an article on Business Mirror that "the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the British government and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have allocated $14 million to fund the second phase of research for C4 rice over the next three years".

C4 rice is called “the rice of the future” because it supposedly has “improved photosynthesis capacity”. It has a built-in fuel injector that can make 50 percent higher grain production while using less water and nutrients.

The big question is, will C4 benefit our country’s agriculture? Why does our country still import rice from our Asian neighbors? IRRI is housed under our roof, shouldn’t we benefit from their research findings as well?

I don’t exactly know the agreement between our government and IRRI, but our agriculture sector will definitely benefit from IRRI’s research findings.
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