Sunday, May 31, 2009

3G Made More Accessible by Red Mobile

More than a decade ago, 3G was not even heard of. The capabilities that come with this technical specification for wireless and data communication at much faster rates are so numerous that years ago, I and most people wouldn’t have thought that they were possible.

When I got introduced to gadgets it was in the mid or late 90’s and my first gadget was a beeper. It then evolved to a cellular phone and it was the time when text messaging first became available. But now, gadgets that offer only this service are considered as low end.

But cellular phone units that offer 3G capabilities are considered almost a part of the high end category. Red Mobile, a current hot network, has phones such as the red Spark and red Flame that offer a package that is easy and handy. They include the added advantage of 3G capabilities.

Red Flame

Aside from the 3G capabilities that this new network offers, they also have the cheapest/lowest call rates and of course these rates are easily availed of with Red Mobile’s campaign to make 3G so available to everyone – The Red Mobile Revolution. Their newest handsets can cost as low as P3,290.

Red Spark

As new technology continues to develop, I hope to learn to adapt to it and use it to the full, taking advantage of the new ideas that make life easier and more comfortable.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Terminator Salvation: My Movie Premiere Experience

The Terminator Salvation Movie Premiere held last Wednesday at Greenbelt 3, Cinema 2 was a blast! This special screening was made possible by Columbia Pictures and TV5 and I got to watch it with my wife and many other friend bloggers. I have watched the three previous Terminator movies and was not really a big fan, but watching the movie made me want to go and rummage for some copy of the first three ones.

On our way to watch the movie premiere of Terminator Salvation, we met some friend bloggers and plurkers, namely Cher and Rochelle. Driving to Greenbelt 3 was smooth, although we did encounter some traffic in the Makati business district area, but over all it was quick and easy. While inside the Greenbelt 3 parking, however, my car's clutch cable gave way and I was forced to drive the car without using the clutch to shift. It was quite an experience but I was fortunate enough to have eased the car into a parking space.

With all these distractions, I was still so glad that I was able to watch the movie which starred Christian Bale who played the role of John Connor and Sam Worthington as the new terminator, the T600. The movie also included a surprise appearance of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Terminator Salvation was action-packed and the graphics were also spectacular. There were some who thought the ending of the movie was quite lame, but I liked how it ended.

The evolution of John Connor in Terminator

But, because of the violence,it isn't recommended for children and that is also the reason why it was given a PG 13 rating here in the Philippines. Over all, I like the movie and I enjoyed it. Even with all the hassle I had to go through, knowing that after the movie my wife and I had to take public tranportation and that the next day I would have to go back to Greenbelt 3 for the car and replace its clutch cable, I still would watch the movie premiere of Terminator Salvation.

Friday, May 29, 2009

MSI Megabook or an HP Mini Notebook or MSI Wind

My wife’s laptop, an MSI Megabook, has been giving her a hard time lately. It has been shutting down in the middle of her work. Probably because the processor is getting real hot so, for now, when working we make sure that the fan is facing the laptop. The shutting down happens even with a laptop cooler is placed beneath the unit.

Lately, we have been talking about buying an HP mini note book or an MSI Wind for easier handling. But I am thinking about the drop down in specs as her current laptop already has a Core Duo 2.0 GHz procesor while most mini notebooks or netbooks only carry a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom. So we really need to think hard before making a decision about this.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Blue Water Day Spa Launches New Treatments with Karylle and Akihiro

Tonight, an event sponsored by Blue Water Day Spa launched their new image models, Karylle and Akihiro plus four new treatments offered by their company. The event, which was held at the C3 Events Place in Greenhills, was attended by different media representatives.

Akihiro and Karylle: Blue Water Day Spa's new image models

Karylle and Akihiro’s entry into the Blue Water Day Spa family forms part of the spa’s continuing development program proven by their launching of four new treatments, namely 1) The Athlete's Massage, 2) The Tibetan Meridian Fire Therapy, 3) The Comfort Zone Monticelli Mud Treatment and 4) The Biovegetal Enzyme Skin Peeling.

The Spa Theatre of Blue Water Day Spa

Another proof of the spa's development is their introduction of the Spa Theatre which features state-of-the-art screen and projector system, the latest speaker technology and acoustically designed walls—for superb movie viewing. But in lieu of theater seats, this massage center has installations of modern spa chairs to allow viewers to fully relax while watching their favorite movie.

The new models and services launched in the event were altogether perfect as Blue Water Day Spa's development program attempts to provide innovation and something new to clients of spa services. Truly, the four new treatments, the Spa Theatre , Karylle and Akihiro are a perfect combination for Blue Water Day Spa's image and services.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Boracay Island and Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Upcoming Trips in the Next Two Months

It is less than a month before me and my family hit Boracay Island and two months to go before my wife and I go to a missions trip to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Our trip to the Outer Banks of Boracay Beach is in the middle of June and we are excited because it will be the first time that we will be bringing along our son there. Boracay is where we spent our honeymoon in December of 2001.

Going to Boracay during that time of the month is not recommended if you want to go island hopping because the sea is more turbulent than summer. So our visit there this June is really something new for us and we are curious about the condition of the sea during this time of the year.

In the last week of July, we will be going to Puerto Princesa in Palawan for a Breaking Point missions trip. It will be a 3 or 4-day trip where we will be spending three days of ministry and a half day of enjoying the beautiful beaches, island and underwater scenery (snorkeling) of Palawan. We are also very excited about this trip and we are so blessed that even as a married couple, God is allowing us to enjoy traveling and in the next two months, we will be going to two ordinary beaches but two of the most beautiful beach spots in the Philippines, Palawan and Boracay Island.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Incorporating Magic Tricks in Messages/ Sermons

This is one new thing that I am trying to learn: using magic tricks as object lesson or illustration in my messages for the youth and for sermons during regular services. I was actually inspired by two people to do this, a Christian magician known as Amazing Arnold and a professional magician-friend, Kel Fabie, whose site is

Right now, I have set as a goal to learn some magic tricks which I can use at least once a month as object lessons during my sermons. At the moment, I have learned two tricks and am planning to use one of them this Sunday. I am excited to make use of tricks/ illusions in my messages.

I just hope I would become so comfortable with the routines that I wouldn't need to focus on the tricks because while doing this, I don't want to compromise the important part of preaching an that is to communicate the Word of God. My goal is to make God's word as dominant as before, but just adding some extra magic tricks to make the sermon illustrations more interesting.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Motorcycle Accident in San Jose?

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Friday, May 15, 2009

My Flat Tire and the Culprit

This morning, as my wife and I were about to drive off, car already started, a good Samaritan passed beside us, driving his own truck, and told us that we had a flat tire- rear right.

So, I got into working mode, asked my wife to wait inside the house while I replaced the flat tire. It was a good thing that I had a spare tire.

Keeping a working spare tire is really a very wise and practical thing to do. I check on my spare tire regularly, making sure that it's not flat.

That is the same reason why before heading off to visitation today I made it a point to have the flat tire vulcanized first. And guess who or what the culprit is? Nothing but a small piece of metal that looks like a part of a nail.

Lesson learned: small things can make a huge impact in your life. And that is what I am taking away from this start-of-day-experience.

So whether you are at work, in school or at home, do not take lightly the little things that you are doing. They may seem insignificant or futile, but in the grand scheme of things, those little things might just change the course of your day, your week, or your life even.

Monday, May 11, 2009

PayU2Blog Rocks!

PayU2Blog really rocks because right now, I’ve got 5 blogs approved under my account with them. Yesterday, I received my first jobs for the 5th blog, which is a health related blog ( I am glad that even though I do not have much knowledge on coding and stuff like KVM switches, I have made it this far in blogging.

My intentions are to increase the number of blogs approved under my account in PayU2blog. So in the next few weeks I am going to update some of the other Wordpress blogs I have ( and so I can line them up as the next blogs to be submitted to PayU2Blog.

My iBlog5: The 5th Philippine Blogging Summit Experience

My participation in iBlog5: The 5th Philippine Blogging Summit, organized by the UP College of Law was the first ever in any blogging summit. Months before, I was informed by one of my blogging friends, Sonnie who is known online as Sonnie Side Up or Sonnie's Porch, about this blogging summit which I signed up for and ended up as one of the first 50 online registrants of iBlog5 (registrant number 42).

My iBlog5 ID

My wife and I arrived at iBlog5: The 5th Philippine Blogging Summit early and were able to secure good seats for us and for other friends. We were seated with one of our blogger friends, Rochelle and our mentor, Neil and together listened to the different speakers who spoke about different topics that I personally found very helpful for a blogger like me.

Snapshots at the 5th Philippine Blogging Summit held at the UP College of Law

I liked all the iBlog5 topics but the ones that I would consider my favorites were about Video Blogging (Azrael Coladilla and Kring Elenzano), Mobile Blogging (Edwin “Ka Edong” Soriano) and Blogging to the Next Level (Fitz Villafuerte and Anton Diaz). All the topics were great and helpful, thanks to the organizers of the event.

I am looking forward to this kind of event again next year and I am really very thankful to all the organizers for their vision and concern for the blogging community of the Philippines. Let me just say that what you have done is really noble and worth blogging about. Kudos to the UP College of Law and the others who helped organized iBlog5: The 5th Philippine Blogging Summit.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

How to Apply for a US VISA: One of My Goals for This Year

I am trying to learn how to apply for a US VISA in the Philipines. No, I do not have plans to do some New York Sightseeing, but I do have intentions of going to the US to visit my relatives and in-laws and probably try to meet some pastor friends that I have who are there. But, the first thing I have to do is to apply for a US VISA. I don’t know the steps except those that are in the US Embassy’s procedures but I am sure that travel agencies who handle US VISA applications have more to add to the steps I am aware of.

So I really need to start getting information on how to apply for a US VISA here in the Philippines. I did a quick search on this and got different results but most of them are about general procedures or steps on US VISA application. What I am trying to look for are some tips from those who have personally experienced applying for a US VISA from scratch.

One friend advised me to first open a Dollar account because most agencies recommend that so you can establish financial capability for the travel in the US. There are some who recommend getting an invitation from a relative in the US. They say that invitations are a great addition to the documents that are to be presented in the US Embassy when you apply for a US VISA. These things that were shared are the kind of tips I am looking for actually.

Perhaps I would really need to avail of the services of a travel agency because they know all about these things. So as I type this blog entry, I suddenly thought that going to a travel agency is a wise thing to do because they can guide me through the steps I need to take so I can know how to apply for a US VISA in our country, the Philippines.

Fucoidan Slimming, Rejuvenation and Wellness Center Experience

As I was taking my Fucoidan capsules, I couldn't help but think about my experience at the Fucoidan Slimming, Rejuvenation and Wellness Center last Thursday. I had the opportunity of touring the facility of Ms. Marissa del Mar's wellness center. Together with other bloggers, we were each given a treat of one of the various services they offer.

A collage of the pictures of the Fucoidan Slimming, Rejuvination and Wellness Center

Aside from being the exclusive distributor of Fucoidan capsules, Fucoidan Slimming, Rejuvination and Wellness Center provides facial services, mesotherapy, skin rejuvination treatments, body/ slimming treatments, dermatological treatments and other services like IPL hair removal, milia removal, glutathione and many other services.

I was able to try their whole body massage service and it was quite a unique experience. It was my first time to receive a body massage from a masseur. It was not the best but the whole body massage at Fucoidan Center was better than the last Swedish massage I got from a masseuse. I am looking forward to trying out their facial services and slimming treatments. I learned that they offered targeted slimming procedures like the Radio Frequency, Ultra Slim Lite and Carboxy Therapy.

Fucoidan Center's Owner, Staff and Doctors

In our visit at their facility in Taguig City (3/F Anna 1 Building, Bayani Road, AFPOVAI village, Fort Bonifacio), we met the President/ CEO Marissa del Mar, and their other doctors and staff, Dr. Maricar P. Reyes, Grace Tankai and Dr. Jeanne Jao. They have very courteous and friendly staff, a very cozy facility and I can't wait to go back and purchase my next set of Fucoidan capsules at the Fucoidan Slimming, Rejuvination and Wellness Center.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thoughts on Typhoon "Emong" and the Rainy Season

This year the sunny weather, vacations and summer getaways were cut short as the rainy season came sooner than expected even as earlier today, Typhoon “Emong” was seen 110km Northwest of Iba, Zambales (130 km West of Dagupan City, Pangasinan). In the past, the rains would come around June or July but this year, I was surprised to experience the rains so early.

This early arrival of “Emong”, the typhoon and rainy season, in general, has somewhat cooled the really hot summer days. It definitely has made sleeping at night more comfortable, as compared to sleeping during the hot summer nights. We had to use up so much electricity then because we couldn’t bear the heat without air-conditioning.

My wife and I just hope that it wouldn’t destroy our late vacation plans which were set for the middle of June at Boracay. Otherwise, it would be better to have decided to go somewhere else like a location outside the country but not necessarily in a place where we would need a New York Bus Charter.

Well, we won’t really find out until the middle of next month if we were really supposed to enjoy Boracay in the rain or under the sun. All we can really do is just pray and hope that there won't be another "Emong" or typhoon during that time.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Abby and Britty Hensel Conjoined Twins: All Things Are Possible

Almost two months ago, March 7, 2009, conjoined twins Abigail "Abby" Loraine Hensel and Brittany "Britty" Lee Hensel turned 19. As I was reading about their biography, I was amazed to read about their unique condition and how they have both survived to this day - truly a living miracle and testimony that all things are possible.

A collage of pictures of conjoined twins, Abby and Britty Hensel

As I think about the survival of Abby and Britty Hensel and their condition as conjoined twins I am reminded about my message last Sunday in our youth service. I talked about how nothing is impossible in this world especially through Christ (Philippians 4:13). I talked about how difficult circumstances in our lives do not necessarily have to dictate the outcome of our lives.

And this is truly the case for the twins. According to Wikipedia, "there is some concern about their ability to have continued good health because only four known sets of conjoined twins who share an undivided torso and two legs have ever survived into adulthood, and most have congenital heart defects or other organ anomalies." But miraculously, nothing have shown up in the case of conjoined twins Abigail "Abby" Loraine Hensel and Brittany "Britty" Lee Hensel. They truly are living proof that all things are possible.