picking up pieces of your life

2 07 2011


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 mรกs (that is ‘nothing else’ in Spanish :D)

oh wait, i will be putting my own bucket list here very soon… watch out for that ๐Ÿ™‚

ciao… ๐Ÿ˜Ž


“30 Rock” hit it right on the head

27 03 2007


30-rock.jpgthere is a new show in the airwaves [or the cables, if you prefer] called 30 Rock starring Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, the head writer of a sketch comedy show who must deal with her arrogant new boss, Jack Donaghy played by Alec Baldwin

this is a very funny show where Tina plays the lead role to the hilt, and Baldwin is at his “dry-witted, brilliant best”, according to one commenter of the show…

anyway, this post is really not all about the show, but a comment made by Fey in its premier episode… when Baldwin said to Fey that “that’s how you should dress to work” when she showed up to work one day in pink jacket and skirt, Fey shot back in a very sarcastic tone:

yeah! if i was the president of the Philippines!!

this is one comment against the Philippines that i agree with… what a laugh!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Ciao, sweetie… 8)

[techtags: 30 Rock, Philippines, president]

how can anyone be this cool??

22 03 2007


if you managed to watch CSI: Miami last night, you will know what i am talking about…

csi_miami.jpegwe all know that Horatio Caine [played by David Caruso] is the epitome of an uber-cool super cop when it comes to busting criminals and solving seemingly unsolvable crimes…

anyway, in last night’s episode, they were looking for a kidnapped person whom they managed to pinpoint to a building that was about to be blown up… with 5 seconds to go before detonation, Horatio went into the doomed building in his sleek black Hummer, managed to save the victim who was tied in silver packaging tape, bring him into his vehicle parked about 4 meters away, and drive out of the building with detonations happening behind and all around him with nary an expression on his face!! COOL!! 8)

it’s like nobody and his brother can break his composure either when shooting a criminal, or his girlfriend getting killed… and no one is like that!! how real is this guy?? oh right, he is just a TV show character… goodness!!

petersen.jpgsinise.jpgi like the characters of Gil Grissom [played by William Petersen] of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Mac Taylor [Gary Sinise] of CSI: NY better… yeah, they’re both cool, too, but not to the point that makes them seem less like human… unlike the character being played by David Caruso…

again, no one can be THAT cool under extreme stress, people!!

it’s not that i don’t like CSI… the reverse, in fact… the wife and i live on CSI… if we couldn’t manage to watch it during the week nights, we catch up to it starting 9pm Sundays, where all 3 shown within the week are replayed… i just can’t pass up this chance to comment on this episode…

Ciao, sweetie… 8) plastic surgeon in Naples??

here comes Internet TV

6 03 2007


j_08blog_nettwerk_overlay_thumb.jpgi was blog surfing today when i came upon Rommel Feria’s blog where he was inviting trackbacks to his blog for a chance of getting an invite to Joost… what is Joost?? from their FAQ, it is defined as:

Joostโ„ข is a new way of watching TV on the internet, which uses new and established technologies to provide the best of both the internet and TV worlds. We’re in the process of making it as TV-like as we can, with programmes, channels and adverts. You can also see some things that we think will enhance the TV experience: searching for programmes and channels, for example, as well as social features like chat.

finally, an Internet TV!! ๐Ÿ˜€

i wonder how this will impact the local bandwidth?? anyway, Noel, if you are reading this and i win that invite, you may contact me at chris @ haravata . com… gets??

Ciao, sweetie… 8)

the Internet, sex, and money

3 03 2007


what is it with the Internet that its main purpose for some people is either to get smut or offer sex for a fee?? in today’s Jessica Soho Reports, one episode tackled how, in remote provinces in the Philippines [Cebu, for example], there were Internet cafe’s operating 24 hours which have private rooms… and what were they used for?? so that some Internet users can hold private shows for some of their foreign parukyanos

this way of earning money is not limited to just teenagers or gays only, though…public school teachers also offer cybersex shows to foreigners for a minimum of $100 per!! one was a 24 year old, and the other one was [wait, you’d better be sitting down for this] a 66-year old!! goodness!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

the National Bureau of Investigation cannot do anything against these cybersex “dens”, though, due to the fact that there isn’t any law against this… in effect, all they can do is raid these dens for pornography [which we have laws against], confiscate the machines used to perpetuate, and that’s about it… till next time, amigos!!

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the good samaritan

16 02 2007


when was the last time have you been a good samaritan and helped a complete stranger — whether it be an old lady trying to cross a street, a blind person asking for directions, or helped a hobbled person down a long flight of stairs — only finding out sometime later that you have been conned??

in this episode of the The Real Hustle, The Good Samaritan, it shows how an unsuspecting samaritan can be scammed out of his wristwatch simply because he was asked to help…

though the video was set in Europe, the same can be true here in the Philippines, with the Pinoy’s penchant for helping those who are seemingly helpless… i am not saying, though, that one shouldn’t help… just that one should also be aware of what is happening around him…

there are several other episodes which also can happen here… there is the Pick Pocket, the WiFi Scam, and the Cash Machine [or ATM] Scam

go take a look at them… scammers may have found these videos a long time ago, and are now preparing the same scams… you just wouldn’t know what to look out for… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ciao, sweetie… 8)

14 02 2007


don’t do what i wouldn’t do… ๐Ÿ˜‰