Monday, November 29, 2010

Samsung Wave

Join the Samsung Wave Makers Contest and own a Samsung Wave mobile phone!

Samsung WaveHow To Join

  1. Register at the Samsung Wave website.

  2. Verify your email address then login to the website again.

  3. Play the Samsung Wave Makers game where your knowledge will be tested about general information that made waves in the following categories:

    • People

    • Places

    • Events

    • Products

  4. Become one of the top 3 scorers by the end of the campaign to win a Samsung Wave.

This ends on December 9, 2010. Go to for more info.

Smashwords: Book Marketing and Style Guides

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Mark Coker, Founder and CEO of Smashwords, has written a simple and user-friendly primer for ebook and print writers on how to market their books at his publishing company or elsewhere. This is free and is available in multiple reading formats.

Mark suggests 26 DYIs. each do-it-yourself is clearly defined and supported with examples and helpful links. Everything is feasible and can be outright implemented. Some may give immediate results and others may require time for the changes to be noticeable.

What's interesting about the tips is that they not only apply to writers but to bloggers as well. Writers need help on how to increase their sales in a competitive market - bloggers need tools on how to boost their site traffic.

This guide has opened a can of fresh ideas on how to attract more readers to my blog and where to find them. In fact, right after reading the guide, I immediately implemented a couple of his tips and they worked for me.

As Mark puts it, the guide is a living document and he invites everyone to contribute to its future updates by providing feedback and by sharing free marketing and distribution tools that would be beneficial to all.

I recommend this free marketing guide to amateur and professional writers and bloggers.I also included his other PDF, Style Guide.

Download PDFs here:
Smashwords: Style Guide
Smashwords: Book Marketing Guide

Monday, November 22, 2010

Justin Bieber's AMA 2010 Performance: Love it or Hate it?

I know that real people have outnumbered twitter users who hate Justin Bieber compared to those who tweet every second that they so adore this lez kid. After his American Music Awards (AMA) performance earlier, the obsessive "marry-me-Justin" tweets from pre-teenafers were outnumbered only by the "Justin-is-a-girl" tweets and the more aggressive "F***-you-Justin" tweets. Again, lez kid.

(P.S., if you're cursing out a teen pop star on Twitter... take a look in the mirror and re-evaluate your situation or maybe get a fulfilling job. We hear online dating services work for the unlikeliest of candidates or maybe visit a pornsite, instead.

We just can't dislike her him. Sure, he may be a little overrated, but nobody who makes that kind of money isn't underrated. He's talented and he wears extremely shiny sneakers. What's not to love including his Filipina girlfriend?

Though Bieber usually does Timberlake/Usher inspired dance performances, tonight he busted out his ballad, "Pray," complete with a Gospel chorus and earnest, near-tears emo facial expressions... and I thought it was phenomenal.

Of course, what I think isn't what matters. Feature your comments below what you thought of his performance.


Marikina Christmas Festival: Perya

As I promised, I would take glimpse of shots of the carnival placed on the other side of the riverbend. I still have another one to visit which is the Wonderland or Wonder Park.

Anyway, I was with Rui, Sam, Cha, Mel, Marlon and Ken. Foodtrip much that we ordered around 34 sticks of assorted isaw, hotdog, dugo (betamax), intestines and all that jazz. While we were waiting, we were also munching of grilled squid, chicken thigh, stuffed bangus (milkfish) and stuffed tilapia.

We all tried riding the caterpillar. This was the only carnival ride I could dare to ride on when I was still a child. I was very afraid of heights and also other stuff like Horror Train did not click on me. But guess what, Marlon, Ken and I tried the filthy haunted house which we just fooled and scream our lungs out inside.

Warning: You would just hear my voice screaming all throughout half of our ride. I turned off the video because the gear shifted to a faster one and I was afraid that I might lose grip of my camera :D

To view and download hi-res pictures, go to

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pizza Hut Lechon

Come on guys, this should be easy!

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Pizza Hut, home to the country’s Pinaka – pizza, was started in 1958 by two enterprising college students, Frank & Dan Carney, in their hometown in Wichita, Kansas. Since then it has become the largest & most popular pizza chain with over 12,000 restaurants in 90 countries around the globe in 2004.

Philippine Pizza Inc., the franchise owner and operator of Pizza Hut, has over 140 restaurants, here in the Philippines since it began in 1984. Its locations are strategically located from Baguio to Mindanao & are now the country’s most popular pizza restaurant, with its dine-in restaurants, delivery units and express counters.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Weight Loss In Less Than a Minute?

There are 10 simple activities “to cut calories and burn fat that literally take 60 seconds or less.”

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1. “Mix a juice spritzer”

Vaccariello suggests taking half of your favorite juice and mixing it with plain or sparkling water. Doing this obviously cuts your calories in half. But, of course, you’d want to taste the full flavors of your juice and diluting it in water makes it half as enjoyable. Instead, try scheduling your juice-drinking. If you usually have one glass a day, have one every other day. You get the same benefits as “spritzing” it and still get all the sweetness!

2. “Walk while you talk”

This point is basically about multitasking. And this is best done when on the phone, when almost all body parts are idle. According to Liz, doing the laundry while talking on the phone burns 69 calories; setting the table, 85 calories; and watering the plants, 102 calories. Try other physical activities when you’re on the phone. Even pacing back and forth is better than just sitting on the couch.

3. “Study the wrapper”

Checking the label for nutrition facts is your responsibility for yourself. The Prevention editor pointed out that the calories printed on the label may not necessarily be the total calories of the container. It’s actually the number of calories per serving. But how many servings does the container have? Check it. It’s written there as well. And do some simple math to calculate the actual calorie count.

4. “Sip green tea before a walk”

Way, way back, an entire edition of The Daily 10 was devoted on discussing the benefits of green tea on weight loss. Vaccariello is also a believer in the tea and she recommends having a cup before a walk “so that you burn fat more easily,” but advises people with high blood pressure against it.

5. “Pack a lunch”

The logic used in this tip is that restaurant, maybe even cafeteria, food makes you eat more than a packed homecooked lunch, probably because there are lots of options and an extra serving is so easy to get. The article says that dining out gives you an excess of about 300 calories.

6. “Dip your bread”

The weight loss expert cited a study concluding that people who dip their bread in olive oil consumed 52 calories fewer than those who spread butter. Olive oil is very much recommended because it’s very healthy and “may also help you eat less.”

7. “Sprinkle flax on cereal”

A hundred grams of ground flax seeds supplies 28 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein. The main benefit is that consuming it gives you the feeling of being full, therefore, lessening overeating tendencies. It’s no wonder Liz thinks it’s a good complement to cereal, yogurt and bread/muffin mixes. And also mostly anything that goes well with some nuttiness.

8. “Schedule a blood test”

She also calls on women to have a blood test to check the health of their thyroid. According to her, “one in every 12 women has an underactive thyroid” that results in a slower metabolism. If you’re one of those whose thyroid is a little lazy, it’s better that you know it to be able to adjust your diet and fitness regimen to your condition.

9. “Supersize your H2O”

This is probably one of the most important and, at the same time, easiest tips presented by Vaccariello. Drinking lots of water is always good for you—for hydration, for detox and also for weight loss. The more you drink, the less you eat!

10. “Eat a chunky salad”

Another way to trick yourself into eating less is by starting with a salad cut in bigger-than-usual chunks. It takes more time to chew chunky pieces than sliced and shredded ones, which are quickly forgotten because only stayed in your mouth for a very short while. A more memorable starter makes you eat less when the main course arrives.

Friday, November 19, 2010

5 Disappointments in Harry Potter (Film)

I am a huge fan of the books, but the Harry Potter movies have left me a little dissatisfied - not trying to be too nitpicky. I understand and accept that the books and movies are two separate entities and that the books contain scenes and information that the movies can only allude to and intended to provoke visual and audible stimulation.

However, there are a few moments in the Harry Potter books that could've been fleshed out a little bit better, that could've benefited greatly from being shown on screen, and that were treated with the same ambiguity when finally placed onto film.

1. The Weasley Twins Get Their Revenge - Order of the Phoenix

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The moment in the fifth movie where the Weasley twins staged their last stand against Dolores Umbridge should've been a giant moment that rallied the crowd to cheers. Instead it was just a few seconds of lame fireworks and little fanfare.

2. Sirius' Death - Order of the Phoenix

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One of the least satisfactory parts of book #5 is when Harry's godfather finally bites it in the Ministry of Magic. The scene, as written, is difficult to navigate, and I was looking forward to seeing this moment up on screen and hopefully gleaming more emotion from it. The scene in the film was just as ambiguous and unsatisfying.


3. Harry and Ginny Kiss - Half Blood Prince

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The beauty of the sixth book is that it's half a serious, hardcore exploration of dark magic and half a fluffy teenage sex comedy. The moment where Harry and Ginny finally smooch was great in the book, but a real letdown in the movie.

4. Dumbledore's Death - Half Blood Prince

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I couldn't even find a picture of this moment (read: I didn't look very hard), so that tells you how lackluster it was. Like Sirius' death before it, this moment from the movie could've been enhanced by better direction and more time taken to set up the scene. Ultimately it was just kind of like, yeah, that happened.

5. Lupin Explains It All - Prisoner of Azkaban

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One of the best things about the book 'The Prisoner of Azkaban' is all the new mythology and backstory. We don't get enough of that in the movie, though I understand it would be difficult to put all of that on screen. I think what I'm trying to say is that we didn't get enough Lupin. Because Lupin is foxy.

You might have noticed that most of the disappointing moments occurred in the 5th and 6th movies, both directed by David Yates, who has also directed Harry Potter: The Half Blood Prince. Though I haven't watched it yet, and will be watching this weekend, if David Yates does something nasty on Severus Snape's death.... I don't know. T_____T

Team Manila Warehouse Sale

Team Manila Lifestyle Warehouse Sale on November 19 to 20. Get up to 70% off on your favorite Team Manila items. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Team Manila Lifestyle Warehouse Sale

Directions (by commute):

From Buendia MRT: Take a jeep bound for LRT and alight at The Columns/Makati Central Post Office. Turn right and walk to BPI Ayala Ave. Extension/Toyota Makati to reach Ecoville Townhomes at Metropolitan Ave.

From Buendia LRT: Take a jeep bound for MRT and alight at RCBC Plaza. Cross Buendia to get to The Columns and walk to BPI Ayala Ave. Extension/Toyota Makati to reach Ecoville Townhomes at Metropolitan Ave.

Directions (by car):

I do not know >.<

Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring

Kate Middleton Engagement RingWith all the buzz surrounding the news of Prince Williams' engagement to Kate Middleton, the approaching Princess Catherine, perhaps the most touched is the one story surrounding Kate Middleton's engagement ring.


Though it is difficult to appraise the exact cost of Kate Middleton's engagement ring we do know that when Lady Diana received the engagement ring in 1981 it cost about $45,000 or - 1,955,818.80 in Philippine Peso.

Save the Date

No date has been announced for the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, most likely it will be during the spring or summer next year

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Marikina Christmas Bazaar

Every Christmas season, Marikina City sponsors a bazaar where you could eat street food and shop for almost everything cheap you found in a market. I visited Marikina Riverpark to take some pictures of the bazaar. Everyone seems to enjoy the sight and the spirit of shopping until a certain female vendor abruptly exploded her despair in life when she shouted at me inquiring why I was taking videos of her stall thinking I am from GMA or ABSCBN. LOL. Ranting here would just be a waste of my witty arbitration that might cause my readers to demise her accidental existence on earth.

Going back... Usually these stores open around after 3PM and they can stay until 5 in the morning the next day.

If you would be coming from Cubao area, by commute, take FX or jeepney ride to any of the following public utility vehicles: SSS Village and Parang. Be careful when you take San Mateo or Montalban because some of them have a different route - via Marcos Hi-way. By car, follow the jeepneys (hehehe)

Going forth Marikina, most of the food stalls are on the left side of the Marikina bridge and the right are the clothes and stuff. You can also drink along the riverbend since there are local pubs nearby.

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I will be coming back sometime to take pictures of the 'perya'. You can view the rest of the pictures on

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Kyla Essence of Soul: The Hits Collection

[caption id="attachment_1863" align="aligncenter" width="442"]Kyla Essence of Soul: The Hits Collection Click the links to download full album MP3 of Kyla Essence of Soul[/caption]

Disc 11. Hanggang Ngayon
2. Because of You
3. Back In Time
4. Old Friend
5. It's Over Now
6. 'Til They Take My Heart Away
7. You Make Me Feel
8. One Day in Your Life
9. Nasaan Ka Na
10. If I Were You
11. Someone To Love
12. I'll Be Over You
13. Bring It On
14. If The Feeling Is Gone
Disc 21. Heart To Heart
2. Love Will Lead You Back
3. Not Your Ordinary Girl
4. Beatiful Days
5. Say That You Love Me
6. Human Nature
7. I Feel For You
8. One More Try
9. Make Me Whole
10. I Will Be There
11. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
12. Ngayong Wala Ka Na
13. I Don't Want You To Go
14. Hanggang Wakas (Duet with Hazami)

Bariatric Surgery for the Severely Obese

It has not come into my point of life that I reached a BMI of more than 24 (gawd thanks) but to some people who have a very sedentary lifestyle, this is not a rare thing. I have been pushing people to go to the gym and have a healthier lifestyle - one of my media is my blog. Again, if you find yourself some excuses, you may read my previous article, Shake Off Those Calories – at Home and at Work, for some tips.

Body Mass Index
The body mass index (BMI), or Quetelet index, is a heuristic measure of body weight based on a person's weight and height.

-, Wikipedia

BMI Formula

CategoryBMI range – kg/m2BMI PrimeMass (weight) of a 1.8 metres
(5 ft 11 in) person with this BMI
Severely underweightless than 16.5less than 0.66less than 53.5 kilograms
(8.42 st; 118 lb)
Underweightfrom 16.5 to 18.4from 0.66 to 0.73between 53.5 and 59.9 kilograms
(8.42 and 9.43 st; 118 and 132 lb)
Normalfrom 18.5 to 24.9from 0.74 to 0.99between 60 and 80.9 kilograms
(9.4 and 12.74 st; 130 and 178 lb)
Overweightfrom 25 to 29.9from 1.0 to 1.19between 81 and 96.9 kilograms
(12.8 and 15.26 st; 180 and 214 lb)
Obese Class Ifrom 30 to 34.9from 1.2 to 1.39between 97 and 112.9 kilograms
(15.3 and 17.78 st; 210 and 249 lb)
Obese Class IIfrom 35 to 39.9from 1.4 to 1.59between 113 and 129.9 kilograms
(17.8 and 20.46 st; 250 and 286 lb)
Obese Class IIIover 40over 1.6from 130 kilograms (
20 st; 290 lb)

According to the table above, if you would make the BMI Prime as your basis, where the you compute the actual BMI to the upper value of a given category (i.e. Individuals with BMI Prime < 0.74 are underweight; those between 0.74 and 0.99 have optimal weight; and those at 1.00 or greater are overweight), you can easily determine where you at.

Traditional Methods

For most people who are severely overweight, those who already categorized unhealthy in clinical terms, conventional methods such as diet and exercise are just merely impossible to reach the goal of losing weight - becoming healthier.

Currently, bariatric surgery may be the best solution for you *Disclaimer: again, I am no licensed physician, so it is always best to consult your doctor first*. This surgery is not considered cosmetic as people who undergo this procedure do this because their weight poses great risk already. Wherein obesity associates with serious health problems like Type II diabetes, hypertension, heart attack, stroke, to name a few.


Bariatric surgery promotes significant and sustained weight loss by restricting and/or altering the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract.

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  1. Gastric bypass surgery - is an irreversible procedure that involves reducing the size of the stomach and bypassing the small intestines. The effect is early fullness and malabsorption of food.

  2. Adjustable gastric banding (Lap-Band surgery) - it involves the placement of a hollow silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. The band can be adjusted (filled) for optimal weight loss depending on the patient’s weight loss; it can be removed anytime.

To date, the latter is the safest and only reversible and adjustable form of Bariatric surgery. These two surgeries are usually done laparoscopically, meaning multiple small incisions, performed with long instruments guided by video.

Tokyo Sandblaster

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Conan O’brien is back on TV after 9-months on hiatus! He is one of the best man today - like the best man who holds onto a wedding ring and says a cheesy attempt at being heartfelt toast during wedding receptions, NOT!

On one of his shows recently, he mentioned Tokyo Sandblaster. This made worldwide trend on twitter! WTF is Tokyo Sandblaster?

Much to my keen knowledge, I have some basic jargon issues when it comes to TV humour. Please enlighten me.


Cigarette Warning Labels

I was once a smoker in my life. I tried quitting once, when I was diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) during college but after a year of quitting, I went back to nicotine addiction.

It is true that this social habit starts with peer pressure during highschool. People tend to find ways how they can feel belong in the a group or society. Also, this provides you a relaxing feeling that you tend to have an oral fixation for something you are stressed about -which is not surprisingly common to call center industry.

Now that I face a more serious health condition with my heart, I do not want to agitate and push myself six feet under. There have been images circulating which looks very terrifying, but likewise mere effective in controlling cigarette smoking. This is lieu with what MMDA has imposed with their warning signs.

I have friends who smoke and I do not force them to quit. In the era where fitness has become more marketable than adding carbon monoxide into our atmosphere, I make sure that I give them thoughts to think about everytime they inhale toxin.

Here are some of my favorite images that should also be printed along with half of the cigarette packs here in the Philippines:

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Sexiest Man Alive of 2010: Ryan Reynolds

People Magazine just crowned Ryan Reynolds ♥♥♥ as the Sexiest Man Alive 2010! I wouldn't just be surprised as he harmlessly flaunts his chiseled abs and perfectly toned body on screen.

Also, by next year, in full green gay suit, he stars the much awaited DC character, Green Lantern. For your convenience, I have attached the trailer here, too XD


It was Johnny Depp last year, and Hugh Jackman prior. Let me give you a dose of some pictures of him. Click on the thumbnails for your enjoyment.

Ryan Reynolds in X-MenRyan Reynolds WackyRyan Reynolds White Shirt
Ryan Reynolds GrayRyan Reynolds ShirtlessRyan Reynolds Cuffed
Ryan Reynolds Black and WhiteRyan Reynolds SpringRyan Reynolds Gay

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cara Mia Let them Eat Cake and Gelato! Photo Contest

Cara Mia is giving you a chance to win a P5,000 GC to Cara Mia to eat all the goodies you can possibly crave for!

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  • 1st Place: P5,000 Cara Mia GC

  • 2nd Place: P1,000 Cara Mia GC

  • 3rd Place: P500 Cara Mia GC

How To Join

  • Send them your photos enjoying any dessert items at any Cara Mia outlet. Email to
    The funnier the pose the better! Last day to email entries is on November 30, 2010.

  • Cara Mia will upload on their Facebook page the photos they received.

  • Invite as many friends and family to “Like” your photo entry. Photos are uplioaded here.
    (They’ll need to “Like” the Cara Mia Gelateria page first before they can “Like” your photo)

  • Whoever has the most likes at 9am on December 1 will be proclaimed winner.

Cara Mia Branches

  • Greenhills

  • Tomas Morato

  • Alabang Town Center

  • SM Megamall

  • Don Bosco Makati

  • SM North Edsa Annex

  • SM Southmall

  • Robinsons Galleria

  • Robinsons Place Manila

Tough Brat Laptop Bags Giveaway

You’re in for a Christmas treat! Bratty Bonita and Tough Brat Bags are giving away a total of 4 laptop bags in December. Here’s your chance to be a proud owner of one of the most stylish laptop bags in the Philippines!

Tough Brat Bags Blog A BagEntry Requirements:

  • Be our contacts at Multiply! Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! You don’t have to do everything, but we would love it if you can!

  • Choose the laptop bag that you want from our online store page on this site or visit the Multiply Photos page of Tough Brat Bags and Bratty Bonita. Copy the picture of the bag and blog about it.

  • Tell us why you want a Tough Brat laptop bag. You can discuss about the features that you like about the bag, your lifestyle and how it complements the bag that you’ve chosen. Feel free to discuss anything about the bag, let your creativity flow! Don’t forget to tell us why you deserve to win the Blog A Bag! Bag A Bag! promo.

  • You can blog about a Bratty Bonita or Tough Brat bag, but you only have one chance of winning.

  • Don’t forget to include Bratty Bonita or Tough Brat Bags in your blog title, depending on which line of bag you’ve chosen.

  • If you're blogging about a Tough Brat Bag, please fill out the form and post a comment on the page with a link of your blog. If you're blogging about Bratty Bonita, visit her contest page.

  • Entries can be posted from November 1st to November 30th. Official announcement of winners will be on or before December 15th.

  • The winning blog will be judged based on content and the level of interaction on the blog. The higher the comments, the better chance of interaction.

  • The contest is open only to residents of the Philippines.

  • Winning bloggers will be notified via email; non-winning entries will be entitled to a discount upon purchase of a Bratty Bonita or Tough Brat Bags.

  • Availability of your chosen bag will depend on the materials available, but rest assured that you will get the bag that you want.

Fitness First Fort Bonifacio and Metro East Get New Spinners

Spinner NxtEarlier this week, I think it was Sunday, a lot of styro are being displaced in the stock room of Fitness First Metro East. I noticed that several workers were assembling new bikes inside the cycling studio upstairs.

Then, two days after, during my squats program, when the maintenance guy at Fitness First Fort Bonifacio turned on the lights inside the studio, I noticed the same bikes that were deployed in Metro East! I heard cycling fanatics rumoring about these new equipment inside the locker room (eavesdrop much) that only the two clubs were issued new spinners. This is hearsay, unless your own club have these too, please let me know.

Hear ye Cosmic Cycling and Les Mills RPM enthusiasts, the new bikes are ready for test ride. And I might as well do RPM tomorrow since it will be my day off.

I tried riding the bike in full sweat gear after my program. They are definitely more comfortable and look in awesome sturdy. Not to  mention the ergonomic design, plus two water bottle holders near the hand grips. As they are new, it still has a fluid motion when you start pedaling.

I guess I am starting to see some improvements specially with Metro East that we, clients, see where our membership fee go to - not just the company solely monetizing what they get. But Metro East still does not have public computers.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bed Work In Progress

This is an overdue post.

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BED Bar and Club Inc.
Maria Orosa St. corner Julio Nakpil St. Courtyard, Malate, Manila

Mobile Passport Service 2010 for Marikeños

Mobile Passport Service 2010

The City Government of Marikina in cooperation with Department of Foreign Affairs have setup a Mobile Passport Service for our fellow Marikeños.

Only the first 400 application to submit their complete requrements on the dates of December 1 to 4 will be processed. This program is exclusively offered to Marikina Residents only. For more information, please call 6460373.


  • December 1-4, 2010: Submission of Documents.
    9AM - 6PM on December 1 and 9AM to 12 noon on the last day.

  • January 8, 2011: Schedule of interview and payment
    Take note that there will be no walk-in applications accepted apart from Dec 1-4 schedule.

KFC Double Down Sandwich

KFC LogoThe new KFC Double Down sandwich is real!

This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel's Sauce.

This product is so meaty, there’s no room for a bun! The Double Down comes in two versions – Original Recipe® or Grilled and the nutrition information is below.

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Caloric Content from KFC website.

KFC Original Recipe® Double Down54032 g1380 mg
KFC Grilled Double Down46023 g1430 mg

To get this out of the way, I haven't eaten a Double Down. I probably will and I'll probably like it. But there are so many much tastier ways to clog your arteries that it's not high on the priority list (talking about McDonald's Quarter Pounder Sandwich).

So instead, let's start with the Double Down's calorie count: 540 calories for the crispy "Original Recipe" version and 460 for a grilled variant. Those seem like big numbers, but by fast food standards, they're pretty mild: Calorie counts for burgers are even higher like 1,350 for a Wendy's Triple Baconator. Even the humble Big Mac, a lightweight by modern standards, contains 540 calories, exactly the same number as the Double Down.

But calorie counts are overrated. We all need to eat, to the tune of about 2,500 calories per day for a healthy adult. It's not the calories so much as what you do with them. Are you getting a lot of fat, cholesterol, and sodium? Or lots of fiber and vitamins instead?

Here, the Double Down's credentials are more impressive.

  • Those 540 calories contain 145 milligrams of cholesterol (more than twice that of the Big Mac which almost half of our daily allowance).

  • Along with 1,380 milligrams of sodium (research says we should not exceed no more than 2,400 per day)

  • Lastly, 32 grams of fat. So, for getting only about one-quarter of the calories that you need in a day, you're exhausting about half your budget of "bad stuff".

So what? Dive in! Just regulate!

Monday, November 15, 2010

7 Dark Temptations of Rebisco Choco Mucho

Send your Photo Artworks that showcases one of the 7 Dark Temptations of Rebisco Choco Mucho. Your entries must be original, creative, and billboard-ready. Plus, make sure to use elements of “Color Red” in your entries.

Choco Mucho 7 Dark Temptations

Choose among the 7 Dark Temptations:

  • Seduction

  • Motion

  • Freedom

  • Satisfaction

  • Sensation

  • Love

  • Style/Fashion

And shoot a photo representing one of these 7 temptations. Interpretations are boundless and we encouraged you to come up with the most creative, fresh, and exciting entry.

Taxi Driver in Greedy Despair

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We had scheduled to meet at Fort to dine out. I usually do the commute - FX to Cubao, MRT ride to Guadalupe then jeepney to Fort. Earlier, I was too tired after my leg program at the gym so I decided to take a cab.

It was a clear Sunday morning afternoon. Despite of Manny Pacquiao show on the local channels, as expected, there would be less traffic and less vehicles on the road. I did not have enough money to pay the cab since the only change left was last night's fare.

So I called Rui to meet me nearby Renaissance and pay for the taxi fare.

..... Typical taxi driving skills.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

50% Off on Big Brothers Burger on November 15

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Brothers Burger on Thanks Giving Day! Avail your favorite Big Brothers Burger half the price on November 15, 2010 from 11am to 10pm. This promo is good for dine in and take out orders only. The 50% price slash off is available on the following branches:

  • Convergys

  • Magallanes

  • Tomas Morato

  • SM Megamall

  • Malate

  • Ortigas

  • Capitol Hills

Friday, November 12, 2010

30 Reasons Employees Hate Their Managers

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As I was reading my work email from home, I came across that we will be having our own library at work! I used to spend my lunch time at Dell's library making myself nerdier everytime I visit the room. Gawd I am such a nerd!

I remember that when I was still in training with Dell, I borrowed a book entitled, 30 Reasons Employees Hate Their Managers. This is a compilation of surveys performed by Bruce L. Katcher and Adam Snyder with their insights. This book gave me a broader perspective of logical and illogical reasons that a manager would need to understand their staff are doing their runarounds.

I have managed to get an ebook copy and I am hoping this would be beneficial for you *cross-fingers for copyright infringement issues*. Just click the cover page to download the ebook. But of course, if you have an extra money, go to National Bookstore and buy the hardcover. :D

[edit] OK, Digital Millennium Copyright Act body was fast! Email me so I can send it to you. [/edit]

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

National Holiday in Celebration of Eid'l Adha





WHEREAS, RA 9849 provides that Eid’l Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday;

WHEREAS, Eid’l Adha is one of the two greatest feast of Islam;

WHEREAS, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has confirmed that the feast of Eid’l Adha falls on November 16, 2010;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Tuesday, November 16, 2010 as a national holiday in observance of Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the city of Manila, this 9th day of November, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Ten.


By the President:

Executive Secretary


Win Manny Pacquiao Shirt

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Can You Guess Who?

Can you guess who

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

1:43 - Merry Christmas Na

Can anyone orient me that there's a booming Pinoy Pop industry? And why do these men look like women? Is this a way of hermaphrodites showing their frustration over cross-dressing? Gawd!

Dairy Queen Banana Split

After a few weeks of not dining out together because he went to China, after doing my heavy lift and Body Jam at Fitness Fort Bonifacio, and him, after his Body Pump and Hip Hop class at Fitness First Eastwood City, we decided to meet. The usual dinner which I have been skipping or minimising a lot because of my strict diet.

For the past few days, I have shifted to a no-fat, less carbs, more protein liquid and soft diet not just because I wanted to lose weight, but also, my braces force my teeth so much that I can barely chew. A few days after these brackets and wires were installed, I finally got a chance to munch on soft food.

Too much excitement leads to guilt. We were looking for Red Mango at Eastwood Mall but we couldn't find it. So we went to Dairy Queen to try the Banana Split. I said to myself that I will be just working my ass off tomorrow to burn these calories.

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To my despair, I didn't know that these uber creamy ice cream is worth dying of 1 hour of dancing in the gym! Gaaaaaaaaaaaawd!

Dairy Queen Banana Split Calories

Lesson learned. Stick to my ever relentless fat-free yogurt ice cream. If I can't find any, then so be it!

Monday, November 8, 2010

7 Alternatives to Water

White Water is a key element of healthy living. As per your elementary books, drink eight glasses of water a day can prevent you from getting sick. Even plain water can increases metabolism.

But if your bored with plain water, you can also try other drinks.

1. Orange Juice

Orange Juice

Protect against heart disease. Antioxidants in orange juice helps protect your heart by fighting inflammation that can cause damage to blood vessels.

Consider this: People who eat fast food with a glass of orange juice have fewer free radical substance destroying the blood arteries compared with those who ate a burger and fries with white water, it's a study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Is not that a good reason to choose orange juice? But notice the level of sugar in a cup which contains 21 grams and 122 calories.

2. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile Tea

The tea can make you calm. People who drank the extact of chamomile every day for two months will feel their anxiety level reduced, a study report from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

3. Cranberry Juice

Cranberry Juice

It can prevent gum disease and urinary tract infection. Natural compounds in the juice can prevent gum disease by preventing bacteria from the mouth. Cranberry juice also provides 39 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin C per 8 ounces, increasing the levels of good cholesterol and keeping your urinary tract well.

4. Chocolate Milk

Chocolate Skim Milk

A glass of skim milk provides a large content of carbohydrate and protein which helps to recover your stamina after doing exercise. Athletes who drank it after 4 intense training days can reduces much muscle damage compared to they who drank water or other isotonic drink, according to research presented at the American College of Sports Medicine in Seattle. To make a perfect chocolate milk, just mix 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder or syrup which has less than 20 grams sugar into your milk.

5. Green Tea

Green Tea

It can stabilize your weight. Mice that are tested drink this green tean will have a low possibility of increasing body weight than those who drink only just regular tea, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity. Polyphenols in these beverages form  metabolism in your body and make it easier to burn fat in the body. In addition, antioxidants in green tea may reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Try the cold green tea in summer! It's great. :)

6. Tomato Juice

Tomato Juice

It can reduce the risk of cancer in your body! The content in this fruit is full of vitamins and lycopene to protect against cancer. Try it by adding spices, celery sticks and no-vodka for cocktails at any time during the day!

7. Black Tea

Black Tea

It can help ward off skin cancer. The content is consist of flavonoids and antioxidants that carry anticancer substances. Research has shown that sipping a cup of tea or more a day can lower the risk of Squamous cell carcinoma in the body by 30%.

Squamous cell carcinoma is a form of cancer of the carcinoma type that may occur in many different organs, including the skin. Hot or cold, black tea is a delicious addition for your skin care and a good way to fit you up due to the existence of caffeine, so heat up your kettle every morning!

Chamomile Health Benefits

What is Chamomile?

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is an herb that comes from a flowering plant from the daisy family. Both the fresh and dried flowers of chamomile have been used to create teas for centuries to cure a number of health problems. The active ingredient in chamomile essential oil is known as bisabolol, which has a number of anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.

What are the Benefits of Chamomile?
Chamomile can be used topically or orally to treat a number of everyday ailments, such as:

  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders

  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks

  • Muscle twitches

  • Wounds, burns, and scrapes

  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash

  • Stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu, and ulcers

Uses of Chamomile

Home Remedy for Stomach Cramps
Chamomile has been found to contain fairly strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory constituents. Therefore, it has been found to be effective in treating stomach and intestinal cramps. Simply prepare a cup of Chamomile tea following the directions on the package and drink it twice a day until while symptoms are present (one cup first thing in the morning, and one in the evening).

Home Remedy for Insomnia
Chamomile is wonderful remedy for sleep disorders such as insomnia. Simply make a chamomile tea 30 to 45 minutes before going to bed to treat sleeplessness.

Home Remedy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Chamomile reduces cramping and pain in the bowels and also helps to relieve excessive gas and bloating in the intestines. Therefore, a simple remedy is to drink a cup of chamomile tea to help relieve irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, and gastroenteritis or stomach flu.

Home Remedy for Migraine Headaches
Chamomile is a wonderful cure for migraines. Take a cup of tea when you start noticing the symptoms of a migraine headache. It works best if you take it before the headache actually gets severe.

Home Remedy for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Menstrual Cramps
Drinking chamomile tea has been found to be beneficial in treating PMS and Menstrual Cramps.

Using Chamomile to Treat Burns and Scrapes
Chamomile oil is very useful in treating bad burns. Simple rub a small amount of oil gently across the burned area once a day. For scrapes and burns you can also brew a strong concoction by adding 3 tea bags to one cup of boiling water. When the water cools, dip a cloth into it and use it as a compress on the wounded area.

Lightening Skin Using Chamomile
Chamomile has been found to be advantageous for lightening your skin tone. Simply bring two quarts of water to a boil with 2 chamomile tea bags in it. Then place your face above the steaming pot of chamomile tea. A bath in water mixed with chamomile tea works too.

Reducing Dark Circles Around Eyes
Chamomile tea has been found to help relieve eye fatigue and dark circles. A simple remedy is to dip 2 chamomile tea bags in warm water. After 5 minutes, remove the tea bags from the water and let them cool to room temperature. Then place them on your eyes at night as a compress.

What are the Side Effects of Chamomile?
As with all herbal products, moderation is the key to avoiding adverse reactions. Some of the potential side effects of chamomile include drowsiness, so use it with caution if you are driving or operating machinery. High doses of chamomile can also cause vomiting and/or skin reactions in some individuals. If you are allergic to ragweed pollen or have hayfever, you may have difficulty using chamomile.

Using chamomile during pregnancy is not recommended, since it is considered to be an abortifacient (a substance that induces abortion). Chamomile is also not recommended if you are currently taking blood thinners, since chamomile contains a substance called coumarin (which is also a blood thinner).

Where and How to Buy Chamomile
Chamomile can be bought as dried flower heads, an infusion (tea), liquid extract, essential oil, tinctures (concentrated in alcohol), and in creams and ointments. Tea bags are the most common form and can be found at many mainstream grocery stores and pharmacies.