picking up pieces of your life

2 07 2011

hey!

i know… 3 years, eh? 3 years since i was last here… and i never missed you… not one bit… you see, with all the new bloggers out there out to prove themselves to their readers, they forgot one thing: putting their hearts to whatever they write. i was the same as them at one time, and that is why i decided to just up and leave blogging altogether.

the commercialism, the hunt for freebies (free donuts from the biggest donut chain even delivered at home, free movie tickets from a Makati mall delivered at the office, free cellphones, and other tech stuff that i never really had a need for), the hunt for fame (the 1st and only Blog Awards, i think), etc etc… i hated it… for me, blogging was supposed to have been a simple journal of my daily grind. but enough about that. now, i am back, and doing what i loved most: talking about what really interest me, without all the fame and money attached to it…

well, where was i the past 3 years?

been working, of course… worked with an international school (no, not the International School, doofus), and then moved on a big BPO-cum-consulting company for about 6 months… jobless since late March this year… also, during those times, played about 2 MMORPGs, renewed my love for coffee with a big coffee house which will remain nameless, made some lifelong friends, got Dagul, my big black Mitsubishi Strada, had another child October of last year, and now, estranged (separated, whatever) with my wife of 5 years… that’s about it…

and now, am still trying to find a job… so, where am i at now?

  • trying my hand again at amateur photography. contacted a photographer-friend from a previous work and asked if i could come along during one of his shoots… unfortunately, his specialty are weddings which isnt really my style… but i’d go along for the experience… another friend and i talked about something that isn’t yet popular here in the PHL but is in other countries. will tell you more once it is off the ground…
  • been (re)teaching myself Linux again, since i went to the dark side during those 3 years… not that i totally distanced myself from it, but i worked using MS more than Linux. now that i am back to consulting (more about that later), i will feel better equipped if i re-learn it once more. i know the learning curve wouldn’t be that steep, so i am immersing myself into it…
  • another colleague from way back has offered me a consulting job with their company on a per-project basis… and he is now currently finalizing talks with a potential client before i come in…

i still have about 2 or 3 more things i’d like to talk about in here, but i feel that if i do, it will just complicate matters more… they are complicated enough as it is… once these 3 are kind of solved already, i will tell you about them… but for now, that is it…

i may not be able to do this on a per-day basis… but tell you what: i have this little project in mind that will let me see you at least once a day… again, i will tell you about that once i got all the kinks out…

what else? nada más (that is ‘nothing else’ in Spanish :D)

oh wait, i will be putting my own bucket list here very soon… watch out for that 🙂

ciao… 😎





top 10 most influential emerging filipino blogs for 2007 — UPDATE 20070710

10 07 2007

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Janette Toral posted last May 12 that her next project was “identifying identifying new and emerging blogs that are making an impact to its readers in 2007…” the only condition being that the blogs you nominate to your top 10 are those that started from 1st August 2006… so, short of asking the blogger when exactly he or she has started, the best way to find out when this blog started is to look at the archive and look at the date the 1st post was made… in the absence of the archives, you can look at the very 1st post and look at the date the post was made… also, that it must be a Pinoy blog… and so, on to my Top 10 Most Influential Emerging Pinoy Blogs of 2007:

1. Carlo Ople’s Waukster: Ragnarok Online 2 & other MMORPGs — started March 7th, this blog jump immediately from PR0 to 4 in a matter of 2 months… Carlo is a brand manager of Philippine Ragnarok Online and himself a gamer, and his gaming blog caters to millions of pRO gamers in the Philippines… his posts, which consists of news about his favorite game, is the foremost site to look into first if you want the freshest news about pRO… well, that is, aside from the official forum of the game…

2. my own Kubiertos — this may be a shameless plug, but i believe that this blog i co-author with my wife Apples is the up and coming source of restaurants and food people may want to try… started November 2006 and currently at PR4, Kubiertos gives thumbs up to those who deserve them, and thumbs downs for those who don’t… and we can’t say that nothing’s personal when we do our rating, because this is all personal… of course we also accept paid reviews, but if we feel that we cannot give a positive review, we say so… if you want a no-nonsense food review blog, Kubiertos is what you’re looking for…

3. Carl Ocab’s Make Money Online With a 13-year Old — when SEO and making money online is your cup of tea, then, better head on out to this 13-year old’s blog… although a little young for his chosen niche, hist posts on 69 Ways to Boost your Web Exposure! Fast! and 5 Reasons Why People Don’t Read Your “Make Money Online” Blog (Probably) merit a look… you just might learn something new from this little fella… and he is not into SEO only!! he is also a prolific theme creator and a Web2.0 proponent, as well… oh, and his blog started just Feb 4th, 2007…

4. “Two people can look at the same thing and see it entirely differently. PROJMLA is how I see things differently.” this is the 1st line you’ll see after getting to Rick Manzano’s site, ProjectManila.com… the site looks at different aspects of Manila life from a different perspective, from restaurants to events, and it gives its readers a different view… i believe this a rebirth of the old site, and is worth mentioning as one of up-and-coming influential blogs of the year…

5. we all know that the Philippines, by now, is known all over the world as the texting capital of the world [if you didn’t know that, from which rock did you crawl under from??] and apaprently, Carol Sinyel, owner and maintainer of TxtBuff.com — a Collection of SMS Quotes and Text Messages knows all about it, too!! her blog’s contents are all about txt messages friends and relatives forward to us everyday, which we also forward to other friends and family, and so on… a vicious cycle, maybe, but this is one cycle that makes you happier to know that someone else is willing to spend Php1.00 simply to send you a funny quote or an inspirational message… the site, which started Dec 2006, will surely not lack materials since she is inviting friends, family, and readers as contributors to her site…

6. what is a community without someone looking over our shoulders, eh? just like a kuya wanting to make our lives easier, Karlo Licudine of PinoyBlogero.com wanted to do just that… started barely 3 months ago, this blog aims to compile everything about blogging, from making a bloggers life easier to breaking the writer’s block… if you are a blogger and you think you still have some things to lear about blogging, head on over to Karlo’s site and you just might learn a thing or two…

7. another budding video blogger here… following in the footsteps of happyslip.com, Coy Caballes’ CokskiBlue is a vlog [short for video blog] of almost everything, from his personal travels to movie reviews… how he does that, all you need to do is head on over to his site and look for the SpiderMan 3 review and find out for yourself… who knows? he may just be the next happyslip, eh?? hehehe

8. …

because of that limitation of having started August 1, 2006, my list is currently limited to 7… will add on to the list as i find new ones… or, if your blog, or you know someone who’s blog fits into this category, please do comment here with your real name and blog URL… i promise i will look into it as soon as i get your comment… if it’s worth putting on the list, you’ll get to know it here on this list, as well…

Ciao, sweetie… 8)

[techtags: Top 10 Most Influential Emerging Pinoy Blog]





back to blogging again… i hope…

2 07 2007

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ok, i know i have been too remiss in my posts this past month… i actually have several in my plate right now, and i am having a hard time dealing with them… but slowly and surely, they’re all going away one at a time, and i hope to be back regularly posting in the next week or so…

to give all of you a rundown:

have you ever been fired from the company you were working from?? if you were and you want to get back, then, your bestfriend will be the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC)… if you really have a valid claim, then go to the NLRC along E. Rodriguez Avenue in Quezon City, file a simple form detailing the owner/general manager of the company you are filing a claim against, then have your claim raffled off to an arbiter… the arbiter will then set a date for a conference between you and the company or its representative at a later date…

if, during or after the conference, which is set for 2 days, you or the company representative do not agree on a settlement and decided to bring this to court, you have 2 choices: either 1) you get a lawyer to create and file a position paper for you; or 2) you can drop your claim if you think you don’t have the time or resources to go through with your suit…

me? i decided to go through with it since i know i have a very strong and very valid case… or at least, that’s what my lawyer was telling…. LOL 😀

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i will be going to several blogging activities during this month… two of which will be A Taste of Asia at the Mall of Asia [July 3] and a food writing workshop [July 14]… last Tuesday [June 26], we also went to the opening of the Krispy Kreme DriveThrough in Greenhills, the 1st ever in Asia and the Philippines… we got to bring home to big boxes of their very tasty [but very fattening] donuts for free!! weeee….

we will now become regulars of the blogger badminton every Thursdays which include the likes of Abe, Gail with husband Marc, Bimbo and wife Des, and others… Abe invited us specifically to challenge the husband and wife teamup of Bimbo and Des… hehehe…

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i am now an avid player of PerfectWorld from LevelUp… you’ll be able to read a very extensive review of the game [at least from my point of view] from my game site

a softlaunch of the game was held July 1 at the Robinson’s in Malate and i was able to get a set of installer CDs for the open beta which will start on the 18th…. but again, that news is not meant for this… watch out for that in my game site…

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it was a very good thing that i wasn’t very active in any activities, if there, where i need to take pictures, since i don’t have my Pentax with me… i have to bring it back to where i bought it from, and they, in turn, have to send it back to Japan, for repairs on the built-in flash… this i did last May 6, and only got my camera back last Friday, June 29, in time for the softlaunch yesterday afternoon…

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and finally, i have a new job… it is a project management job, and the guys i work with are all very good at what they do… as far as relationships go, i still am very new at the company, and will find out about that in the coming weeks and months… but we came off a good start, at least… so i am keeping my fingers crossed…

that’s it?? that’s it!! for now…

Ciao, sweetie… 8)





open web analytics, senatorial unofficial tally, and celebrity magic fading

17 05 2007

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are you a fan of Google Analytics, the web web page testing tool which can help you understand which web page designs really work?? if you are and are looking for a better integration with your blog, there is now a new plugin recently released to imitate the great Google app…


Open Web Analytics v.1.0.3
released May 13th which you can install right in your WordPress-based blog and view the reports in your Dashboard… reports range from the usual keywords, referring web sites, and search engines for inbound readers, to the least usual like entry and exit pages to feeds reports

go to their website and download and install the plugin now and find out how easy it is to use… and if your are a Google Adsense publisher, too, you can use this tool to modify your blogs to earn more…

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with the elections over, and the counting of votes now crawling along very very slowly, the tally so far shows that 8 Genuine Opposition, 5 Team Unity, and 2 Independent candidates are in the top 15 as shown in the unofficial tally below:

election-tally.JPG

go to the Inquirer.net page for an updated tally…

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finally, it seems that the magic that celebrities, actors, and actresses hold over the people are finally waning… whereas before, people will vote simply because the candidate was well known for their movie antics and showbiz allure, voters today are becoming mature not to vote for them again… they probably learned from the lessons from a former ex-President, and several sports and movie personalities in the senate…

take the case of 2 very famous actors who just run for the senate, Richard Gomez and Cesar Montano, who are currently in the 18 place in the case of the latter and 25th for the former… and at the rate the counting is going, they will never set foot in the senate… not even the smiles of their equally-famous pretty wives campaigning for their husbands swayed the voters one bit…

also, Lito Lapid, running for mayor of Makati City, has finally conceded defeat to mayor Jejomar Binay… electorate of Makati City was not dazzled by Lapid’s waning star… likewise, his son, actor Mark Lapid, re-electionist for governor of Pampanga is in 3rd place behind 1st placer Fr Ed Panlilio and Lilia Pineda…

and lastly, champion boxer Manny Pacquiao seems bent on prolonging his agony and not likely to throw in the towel in his title fight bid for a congressional seat against re-electionist Darlene Antonino-Custodio, who’s father he has accused of trying to kill him before…

finally!! people are seeing into the real political agenda of these celebrities, and considering the needs of the Philippines more than their weakness for celebrity enchantment… ang galing ng Pinoy!!

Ciao, sweetie… 8)

[techtags: Philippines, politics, OWA, celebrities]





WordPress version 2.2 “Getz” now out!

16 05 2007

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got this news from Matt:

the newest version of WordPress version 2.2 dubbed “Getz’ honor of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz came out today… it has more than 240 bug fixes and a bag of goodies came along with it… the goodies are the following:

  • WordPress Widgets allow you to easily rearrange and customize areas of your weblog (usually sidebars) with drag-and-drop simplicity. This functionality was originally available as a plugin Widgets are now included by default in the core code, significantly cleaned up, and enabled for the default themes.
  • Full Atom support, including updating our Atom feeds to use the 1.0 standard spec and including an implementation of the Atom Publishing API to complement our XML-RPC interface.
  • A new Blogger importer that is able to handle the latest version of Google’s Blogger product and seamlessly import posts and comments without any user interaction beyond entering your login.
  • Infinite comment stream, meaning that on your Edit Comments page when you delete or spam a comment using the AJAX links under each comment it will bring in another comment in the background so you always have 20 items on the page. (I know it sounds geeky, but try it!)
  • We now protect you from activating a plugin or editing a file that will break your blog.
  • Core plugin and filter speed optimizations should make everything feel a bit more snappy and lighter on your server.
  • We’ve added a hook for WYSIWYG support in a future version of Safari.

go to the WordPress.org blog to find out more…

i tried upgrading Kubiertos and the upgrade went well without a hitch!! 😀 if you are hosting your own blog and want to upgrade to the newest version of 2.2, you can look at the Upgrading page

Ciao, sweetie… 8)

[techtags: WordPress 2.2, Getz]





top 10 most influential emerging filipino blogs for 2007

14 05 2007

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Janette Toral posted last May 12 that her next project was “identifying identifying new and emerging blogs that are making an impact to its readers in 2007…” the only condition being that the blogs you nominate to your top 10 are those that started from 1st August 2006… so, short of asking the blogger when exactly he or she has started, the best way to find out when this blog started is to look at the archive and look at the date the 1st post was made… in the absence of the archives, you can look at the very 1st post and look at the date the post was made… also, that it must be a Pinoy blog… and so, on to my Top 10 Most Influential Emerging Pinoy Blogs of 2007:

1. Carlo Ople’s Waukster: Ragnarok Online 2 & other MMORPGs — started March 7th, this blog jump immediately from PR0 to 4 in a matter of 2 months… Carlo is a brand manager of Philippine Ragnarok Online and himself a gamer, and his gaming blog caters to millions of pRO gamers in the Philippines… his posts, which consists of news about his favorite game, is the foremost site to look into first if you want the freshest news about pRO… well, that is, aside from the official forum of the game…

2. my own Kubiertos — this may be a shameless plug, but i believe that this blog i co-author with my wife Apples is the up and coming source of restaurants and food people may want to try… started November 2006 and currently at PR4, Kubiertos gives thumbs up to those who deserve them, and thumbs downs for those who don’t… and we can’t say that nothing’s personal when we do our rating, because this is all personal… of course we also accept paid reviews, but if we feel that we cannot give a positive review, we say so… if you want a no-nonsense food review blog, Kubiertos is what you’re looking for…

3. …

because of that limitation of having started August 1, 2006, my list is currently limited to 2… will add on to the list as i find new ones… or, if your blog, or you know someone who’s blog fits into this category, please do comment here with your real name and blog URL… i promise i will look into it as soon as i get your comment… if it’s worth putting on the list, you’ll get to know it here on this list, as well…

Ciao, sweetie… 8)

[techtags: Top 10 Most Influential Emerging Pinoy Blog]





linkages with Kids, Google games, photography, and FHMs sexiest

4 05 2007

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blog-surfing today and found the following interesting posts from bloggers i know:

return link-lovin’, people… the name of the game… hehehe…

Ciao, sweetie… 8)

[techtags: Google, kids, FHM, Singapore, elections, GE, RWC, RO, BB]