Blogging

Finding my first Geocache in Philippines!

Geocaching is the widely popular, high-tech game of treasure hunting. This is really interesting and I’m really curious what can you find in the Geocache in the Philippines. Of course, you need to have a high tech gps gadget to solve the treasure clues –> GPS Map/Receiver . I’ve checked the cost and it’s like owning a brand new cellphone which costs about $500. In the US, this is a very mature sport where you can use Geocache, Google Maps, Terraserver to help you in your treasure hunting.

I do hope I can find people who are also interested in this type of sport. This is also a good idea for team building, hmmn…

Blogging

The 43 Things Challenge! Getting things done in a collaborative & fun way.

Let’s make our life exciting and fun with the help of each other! As the cliche goes, life is short and we have so much things to do and so little time. Maybe, just maybe with the help of each other, we will be able to accomplish our goals in life. The challen43thingsge goes like this, post 43 Things that you want to accomplish this year at 43Things.com and by the end of the year, who ever was able to accomplish the most tasks wins a surprise gift! Here are three (3) simple principles for this challenge:
1. The things to be accomplished should be meaningful and worthwhile.
2. We should collaboratively help each other to accomplish each other goals by positive reinforcement and encouragement.
3. We respect each individual’s integrity, sincerity, and honesty.

So that we can keep track of people who wants to join in the challenge, please post your interest to join the challenge in the comments, leave your email address so that we can include you in the 43-Things-Challenge@googlegroups.com.

Link: anton on 43 Things.

Family

I want to die a meaningful death- The Tumour Diary by Ivan Noble

This is a very touching story. It is not because of the 2 years he was blogging about his battle with cancer but because of the impact it created on other people. As I read on the comments, you would cry with how Ivan was able to touch other people’s life. He died last January and you can read his online diary in BBC –> Ivan Noble’s Tumour Diary

I want to die the same meaningful death as Ivan by touching people’s life in more ways than one.

Blogging

Be a better person via 43 Things- Awesome Site!

Awesome! I love the net and stuff like 43Things.com keep me hooked and addicted into the “new” internet. With the help of other people, you can actually be inspired to accomplish the things you want to do in life. I’ve already posted 20 Things that I need to do in life and I plan to come up with my 43 things. My top 10 things to do are part of my mission in life and will be my lifelong pursuit. This is my journey to complete my 43 things. Thanks to the robot co-op and keep it up, guys! Try it out for youself.

Salon.com Article on Tagging the web and 43 Things

Family

Life’s lesson in Self Denial

Anton_75k_As I was listening to the gospel, last ash wednesday 5:30pm mass, the following verses struck me:
Jesus said to his disciples, “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly father.” When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. (Matthew 6:1-6)

This was reinforced by Father Bernie in his homily and said that the ultimate sacrifice for lenten season is self-denial. Deny yourself with burst of pride, thoughts of revenge, and urge to say bad words to other people.

I had the ultimate test of self-denial today. One of my co-worker in the office put me to the tests. She said alot of bad things in email to my co-workers, my boss, and other people that it started a Word War I between us. I cannot take the libelous accusations, character assasination, and personal harrassment that she is doing to people and now to me. My dark side is telling me to fight back, return all her accusations with words like “bitchy”, “evil one”, and “sales witch”. Specially during occasions where she would ignore my attempts to reach out to her. I wanted to fight back and I was already planning a revenge plan for the next few months. Indeed, this was an ultimate test of self denial for me. I’ll pray that He would guide me to the right way to handle the situation and that He enligthen my colleague to have an open mind and heart so that we can have a chance to reconcile. I learned a big lesson today — deny yourself and do it in secret.

Family

Warning! My CRV Spare Tire was Stolen!

Warning_2WARNING! I know that some of you in one occasion or another will be trying to visit us in our condo at Taft Ave. Last Sunday, my brother parked his car directly in front of the building directly right across the street. When he came back to his car after a few hours visiting Baby Aidan in our condo, he found the spare tire of his CRV stolen! He asked around and of course nobody knew who took it and we even asked the guards.

As a learning experience, here are some tips when parking in condos such as ours:
1. Park directly in front of and on the side of the road where condominium is.
2. If you have to leave your car, ask the guard to keep an eye of your car.
Please be careful, and this reminded us that there are evil people lurking around in the streets.

Blogging

I love “Angelika” — My new ipod photo 60GB!

The new addition to my gadget family is “Angelika” and I immediately fell in love with this gadget! Angelika is an ipod Photo with 60 GB of space that I instantly fell in love after one day of playing around with it. Let me share with you why I love my ipod:

1). The usability design is awesome! The ease of using the click wheel with your thumb is a breakthrough design. At the same time, the looks and aesthetic design is a killer by itself — sleek white and stainless steel design. It is really easy to listen to MP3’s via an iPod.

2). Personalized ipod with laser engraving. I love it when Apple store offered a laser engraving service if you buy it from their website — and I did! I bought my ipod from the apple website which costs me $597.45 net (which already considers $30 discount coupon and a tax rate of $28.45 for the state of Virginia). This is still cheaper if you buy it in the Philippines because at this rate, this would only be able to buy you the 40GB version.

3). Podcasting – I love it! There are a few podcast now available and you just need to download the audio content via RSS with AAC enclosure so that it automatically integrates with your iTunes. I love IT conversations where you can hear interviews with the who’s who of the IT industry (i.e. Tim O’Reilly, Craig Newmark- Craig’s list, Ben and Mena Trott- Six Apart). All you need to have would be:
— an iPod with sufficient amount of space and iTunes software.
— download a podcasting receiver. I use iPodder
— check out the top rated podcast and read the description and comments at Podcast Alley
— my favorite podcast which got me hooked –> IT Conversations
— all software and podcast materials are free!

4. Audiobooks galore. If you are like me who struggles with reading a book, why not listen to the unabrigdged version via iPod and listen to the author narrate the book to you. Such service already exists via audible.com and you can get audio books like Davinci Code, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Getting things done, Angels and Demons, among others. The service costs $14.95/month with one free audio book and one subscription (magazine, newsradio, etc.) or choose the premium service for $21.95/month with any two audiobook.

5. Use it for MP3s, Photos, File Archives. With 60GB, I plan to allocate 40GB of MP3’s, 12GB of photos and 8GB of archived files. With the iPod Photo there is no need for me to print alot of the pictures I took for Baby Aidan. I just need to download them to my iPod and I can show it anytime — I can even connect it to a TV to view the slideshow. Lastly, it was a surprise to me that when you connect the iPod, it would connect as an additional hard drive so you can transfer your backup/archive files for safekeeping!

Blogging

Wazzup Ka-Blog! [ Ang inyong Ka-Blog at Ka-Balitaan! ]

Link: Wazzup Ka-Blog! [ Ang inyong Ka-Blog at Ka-Balitaan! ].

Its great to see shows that are innovative and wacky. I’m starting to become a fan of the wazzup show even though I guess I’m not part of the “target audience”. I’m glad to see that they also started to venture into alternative channels such as blogs. I was watching the show last night and I got interested to see what’s their blog all about. I was filled with anticipation and can’t wait to see what’s in it. I was hoping for a more interactive site where the show’s hosts are able to interactive with their audience. However, I was disappointed that the Ka-blog site looks exactly the same as the official website. It features the same show synopsis and some more pictures of Drew and Iya. Not to mention, that the blogs looks exactly the same as the blog of its creator coffee addict’s blog jologs with style. The blog is still young which started last January 23 and there are alot of room for improvements.

In any case, here are my 2cents worth on how to improve the wazz-up blog:
1. Inside Scoop. Can we have more thoughts from Drew, Toni, and Vhong on their day to day life or commentaries from the host on the inside scoop of the stories they featured in wazzup? I’m starting to be a fan of Toni and I’m hoping to get more of her personality in the wazzup blog.

2. Wazzup Bloggies. I’m amazed at how the young started to blog and I’ve seen alot of “a day in your life” blogs and I haven’t anyone particularly interesting enough to subscribe or visit it often. Except for some that is worth of mention: Jakee’s photoblog — great pictures and Superbianca who have been blogging since September 2003. One great idea is that they own a bloggies segment where they would feature blogs (oldest blog, coolest photoblog, etc.) and then at the end of the year, they hold a pinoy bloggies on the best blogs in the Philippines.

3. Audioblog/Videoblog feeds. Even if Toni and the hosts does not have the time to log in an article/post in the blog, maybe they can start to audioblog so that the fans can hear them talking and relate to them on a personal level. Of course, the audio commentaries should be about what they like or don’t like or what didn’t work in the show. Another idea is to post a video blog on the bloopers of the show and invite the fans and blog readers to comment and have fun.

I’m starting to like the show but there are just some jokes that does not work or “pilit” and maybe through the wazzup blog we can contribute to the improvement of the show.

BTW, Congratulations to Toni for being a member of the ABS-CBN Kapamilya and Kabarkada mo.

Tagaytay

magnifICA’s Tagaytay Escape

Our friends from magnifICA went on a Tagaytay excursion yesterday wanting to try out Sanctuario, Bag of Beans among others and here are their reviews:
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Hi magnifICA,

Just want to share with you our experience in Tagaytay yesterday. Overall, the Sanctuario experience was ok. I ordered the Bulalo Pasta. The meat was tender but it was a litlle bland for my taste. The Bangus Carbonara and the Pasta Aligue were good! The raisin bread was also up to expectation. It was soft and the sweetness was just right. The ambiance was nice. We were seated at the Ground Floor beside the glass window where we had a great view of Taal. After lunch we passed by the Pink Sisters Shrine. Maong and I took some great shots there.

We then stopped by the newly rennovated Taal Vista Lodge. The Lounge was nice. It was a huge transformation from the old interior which was dark and rustic. Now it was bright and romy. It somehow resembled the lobby of Edsa Shangrila. We then went outside to the vista point and took some pictures.

Our last stop was Bag of Beans near the town proper. Personally that was the best part of the trip. From the road you can only see the small coffee shop. It's deceptively small but they have a garden below which has an assortment of flowers and plants. It resembles a little bit like Sonya's Garden but more cozy. They had little nooks in the garden for small groups, and a covered area for bigger groups. We had dessert and coffee. The apple pie ala mode was superb! Yumm! The coffee's good and CHEAP! It costs P55 and it's reffillable. It's a very conducive place to hang out and chatter up. We had a lot of laughs and near miss experiences.

It was a really great adventure! We're planning on repeating this every month. Kind of like a monthly out-of -town get together. There are plenty of unexplored dinning places out there. So I hope the others can come along next time.

'Til then… Di

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To add, parking at taal vista now cost P100 unless you have your ticket validated at the coffee shop. For those who have pets, you can bring them at Bag of Beans. We saw a number of patrons in the garden with their dogs. Maong.

Family

Giving Birth @ Asian Hospital in Alabang

Small Private room

Recommended.

It was our decision to give birth in Asian Hospital despite the fact that it was 20mins away from our Malate condo and despite some complains from family and friends that it was too far. I did not regret the decision and we enjoyed every moment that we stay in Asian. In fact, we wanted to extend for a few more days because our P1,600 room rate (small private room which is as big as a large private room in Makati Med that costs 3,000+); is almost shouldered by our health care in the office. Imagine P1,100 is shouldered by Philamcare and P400 is shouldered by Philhealth. We are just paying P100 per stay that already includes food hotel food, nurse at a touch of a button, and free utilities&services (daily cleaning, aircon and drinking water).

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