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September 29, 2009

8 Ways to Help in Your Own Personal Way...

Oplan Damayan

I just arrived back home and every Filipino Family based in Manila is affected in one way or another. Here are things you can do to help in your Own Personal Way...

1. Just Help Anonymously

Manuel L. Quezon III has a complete and up-to-date list on how to help Typhoon Ondoy victims. He has been on top of the digital space ever since the typhoon started. Good job, sir! :)

This Google Spreadsheet is also very helpful on How / Where to Help Out The Ondoy Victims.

2. Support your socio-civic organization's efforts like Oplan Damayan from Manila Jaycees
Every Jaycees and Rotary organization (or other similar groups) has its own aid efforts. The Manila Jaycees (MJC) were in the middle of elections for the JCI Board for next year, and they were flexible enough to adjust their schedules to organize the relief efforts for the people of Marikina last night. I admire that; I might be more active with Jaycees next year...

[Oplan Damayan] "Junior Chamber International - Manila will continue to accept donations for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy from 9am - 9pm up to Tuesday Sept 29/at the Baypark Tent, Roxas Blvd, Manila, which is near Malate Church/ Max's and Rajah Soliman Park. Volunteers are welcome to join the packing of goods (Canned Goods, Ready-to-drink Milk, Bottled Water, Blankets and Clothes).

MJCs are still in awe at the amount of devastation we saw last night in Marikina. We were able to deliver relief packs straight to the families taking refuge in 2 schools in lower Marikina. Up to 12 families sleeping in one classroom. The whole city is rea...lly a mess and many families still in need. Pls keep the donations coming to JCI Manila's Oplan Damayan at the Baypark Tent, Roxas Blvd. thanks"

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September 25, 2009

Be the Next Our Awesome Planet Apprentice?

Maven Secrets Mavens @ GB5

The first batch of Maven Secrets in AIM is fun and empowering. They are graduating after 90 days this coming Tuesday. It has been an honor to share the secrets behind Our Awesome Planet's success to the next Internet Mavens of the Philippines.

Due to insistent demand, I'm opening the last batch of Maven Secrets in 2009 this coming October to December in AIM. I would like to coach and mentor as much OAP friends as possible. For those who are interested,

I would like to invite you to become the next OAP Apprentice...

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Ovi Shoot over Fishballs...

You must have seen this viral video promoting Ovi by Nokia. I'm a recent convert to Ovi, which means "door" in Finnish, particularly the OVI Share services where you can upload photos/video over mobile. I'm amazed at the quality of the uploaded photos and the ease with uploading it in Ovi . I also love the album photo embed function of OVI Share (see below). :)

It was fun to shoot the OVI campaign. Let me share with you the behind-the-scenes photos...

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Roti Mum's The Oat Bun

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2.0 RATING: 3.8 out of 5.0

Ultimate Taste Test Event-98

"One of the best coffee buns I've tasted..."

I was personally surprised that Roti Mum's Coffee, Choco and Oat Buns were among the highly rated food items in the Ultimate Taste Test Event 2.0. They did not hit the 4.0 rating because there were 3 foodies who commented, "Kopi Roti is Better" and rated them with 2.0 only.

What I love about Roti Mum is their new product -- The Oat Bun! It uses whole oats for more fiber and less sugar than its coffee and choco counterparts. This bun was first introduced in the Philippines because of the push of the owners to provide a healthier alternative for the Filipino market (good job!).

We will surely see them in the bigger Ultimate Taste Test event but we requested that they give out tasting portions of their buns instead of the whole buns. We noticed that Roti Mum was a popular take-out item in the taste event. :)

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Supreme Brazo Bars by Ces Lopez Cafe

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2.0 RATING: 3.8 out of 5.0

Ultimate Taste Test Event-85

"Brazo was the best! Love the Walnuts on it!"

Supreme Brazo was the consistently raved about dessert in Ultimate Taste Test 2.0. Think of it as a Brazo sandwich with the meringue as the buns (shaped like a bar) and the different flavors as the palaman (spread inside the sandwich). The best flavors are the Walnut Wander and the Copaco-Mango. If you love Aurely's Special Brazo in Pampanga, this is 2x better because of the double layer of meringue and the 13 flavors to choose from. (Papayag ba ang mga Kapampangan?) Our foodie hearts now belong to Supreme Brazo...

Also during the taste event, they served a Freshly Squeezed Baby Lemonade that foodies raved about. It was a perfect complement to the different sweet desserts. Most people used it to clean their palate.

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