Category: Personal Experiences

Happy Chinese New Year!


Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!

I am wishing you all my friends and readers to have a Prosperous New Year. I know some of you have seen or watched a Dragon Dance or a Lion Dance today but for me I want to welcome the year of the Fire Monkey with a post here at menardconnect.com.

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For a short background story on Chinese Zodiac animals I am quoting a very popular site.

An ancient folk story tells that Cat and Rat were the worst swimmers in the animal kingdom. Although they were poor swimmers, they were both quite intelligent. To get to the meeting called by the Jade Emperor, they had to cross a river to reach the meeting place. The Jade Emperor had also decreed that the years on the calendar would be named for each animal in the order they arrived to the meeting. Cat and Rat decided that the best and fastest way to cross the river was to hop on the back of Ox. Ox, being naïve and good-natured, agreed to carry them both across. Midway across the river, Rat pushed Cat into the water. Then as Ox neared the other side of the river, Rat jumped ahead and reached the shore first. So he claimed first place in the competition and the zodiac.

Following closely behind was strong Ox who was named the 2nd animal in the zodiac. After Ox, came Tiger, panting, while explaining to the Jade Emperor how difficult it was to cross the river with the heavy currents pushing it downstream all the time. But with its powerful strength, Tiger made to shore and was named the 3rd animal in the cycle.

Suddenly, from a distance came a thumping sound, and the Rabbit arrived. It explained how it crossed the river: by jumping from one stone to another in a nimble fashion. Halfway through, it almost lost the race, but the Rabbit was lucky enough to grab hold of a floating log that later washed him to shore. For that, it became the 4th animal in the Zodiac cycle. In 5th place was the Flying Dragon. Of course, the Jade Emperor was deeply curious as to why a swift flying creature such as the Dragon should fail to reach first place. The mighty Dragon explained that he had to stop and make rain to help all the people and creatures of the earth, and therefore he was held back. Then, on his way to the finish, he saw a little helpless Rabbit clinging onto a log so he did a good deed and gave a puff of breath to the poor creature so that it could land on the shore. The Jade Emperor was very pleased with the actions of the Dragon, and he was added into the zodiac cycle. As soon as he had done so, a galloping sound was heard, and the Horse appeared. Hidden on the Horse’s hoof was the Snake, whose sudden appearance gave the Horse a fright, thus making it fall back and giving the Snake the 6th spot, while the Horse placed 7th.

Not long after that, a little distance away, the Goat, Monkey, and Rooster came to the shore. These three creatures helped each other to get to where they are. The Rooster spotted a raft, and took the other two animals with it. Together, the Goat and the Monkey cleared the weeds, tugged and pulled and finally got the raft to the shore. Because of their combined efforts, the Emperor was very pleased and promptly named the Goat as the 8th creature, the Monkey as the 9th, and the Rooster the 10th.

The 11th animal was the Dog. Although he was supposed to be the best swimmer, he could not resist the temptation to play a little longer in the river. Though his explanation for being late was because he needed a good bath after a long spell. For that, he almost didn’t make it to the finish line. Just as the Jade Emperor was about to call it a day, an oink and squeal was heard from a little Pig. The Pig got hungry during the race, promptly stopped for a feast and then fell asleep. After the nap, the Pig continued the race and was named the 12th animal of the zodiac cycle. The cat drowned in 13th place and did not make it in the zodiac. It is said that is the reason why cats always chase Rats; to get back at them for what they have done.

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_zodiac#The_Great_Race

Again I wish you all Good Health, Happiness and Prosperity this Year of the Fire Monkey.

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Happy Lunar New Year everyone!

Club Balai Isabel, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines

Here is another Post Picture Now Blog Details Later for this new year 🙂

We recently went to Batangas, and had a weekday visit Club Balai Isabel at Talisay, Batangas, Philippines.
I am sharing these six photos as a placeholder for a future blog post about our Club Balai Isabel adventure here at menardconnect.com 🙂

SMS Scam: Roaming Number Charges, Send 200 to 808 Scam

Got this sms spam and scam

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Basically it says that my account was charged with 200 pesos because I called and texted a roaming number. And to cancel this 200 pesos “charged” to my account, I need to send message to 808 containing a specified number (09120009743 in my case) <space> 200, and reply to YES to all prompts/message confirmation from my telco. Let me just take this opportunity to tell Mr./Ms. 09120009743 and 09226908240 that I eat spam, scam and the entire clan for breakfast. We all know that that set of instructions will just transfer 200 pesos to the account of the scammer. In Filipino this is like doing “PASA LOAD200 pesos to the scammer’s number 😀

Its been a long time since I posted about SMS Scam, but I will dissect this incident (and related developments, including the reply from my telco) in another post in menardconnect.com soon. But today let me just do an awareness campaign against this Roaming Number Charges, Send 200 pesos to 808 Scam sms scam, and warn my friends and readers not to reply to that kind of sms messages.

Be vigilant and stay safe!

July 17, 2015, Friday is a Holiday in the Philippines

Its official! July 17, 2015, Friday, is a holiday in the Philippines for the EID’L FITR (Feast of Ramadhan). Malacanang announced this today and posted it in the official gov.ph website.

Quoting the website:

 
Proclamation No. 1070, s. 2015
Signed on July 6, 2015
MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA

PROCLAMATION NO. 1070

DECLARING FRIDAY, 17 JULY 2015, AS A REGULAR HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY IN OBSERVANCE OF EID’L FITR (FEAST OF RAMADHAN)

WHEREAS, Republic Act No. 9177 declared Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan) as a regular holiday throughout the country;

WHEREAS, Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim world for three (3) days after the end of the month of fasting;

WHEREAS, the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr, and

WHEREAS, in order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Friday, 17 July 2015, as a regular holiday throughout the country.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Friday, 17 July 2015, as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan).

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 6th day of July, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Fifteen.

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

By authority of the President:

(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
Executive Secretary

Hooray for another long weekend holiday for PH!
For more details please visit

http://www.gov.ph/2015/07/06/proclamation-no-1070-s-2015/

Sam Mendoza SMS Scam 2015… Still alive and kicking

I receive several reports that a certain Sam is making some SMS Scam rounds again this year.

Background:
Several years ago I created a blog post awareness about an SMS Scam featuring one Sam Mendoza. She patterned it from a similar scam a year before (the Marie Velasco SMS Scam in 2009). That blog post got some 200+ replies from readers and the scam site kept on jumping and moving to several free domain (dot.tk domain redirects).

So fast forward to 2015, I checked the supposedly “Plea for help” website and behold… its the same old scam of Sam Mendoza in 2009. Same picture. Same old set of credentials and Transcript of Records. Oh wait,  there have been some updates on the year of birth and some changes and twists in the words describing her supposedly need for help in return of doing special favors (hehehe) to those who would help her. But overall still the same pathetic “Angel crying for help” epic fail scam.

Read for yourself below and compare it to my Sam Mendoza 2010 scam post.

An angel crying for help…

I don’t know if what I’m doing is right but I just need guidance and little chance in life…

I’m a girl from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. Orphaned since high school but still surviving. I’m a College graduate / DOST Scholar. Dito po ako lumaki but my family is really from Surigao. I can’t trace back my relatives there anymore… Ngayon, naka-boarding house lang po ako because before, nangungupahan lang din kami ng kwarto nung buhay pa parents ko..

Nag-apply po ako ng work sa San Miguel Bacolod plant and they told me na walang masyadong computer job vacancy ang plant nila because beer factory lang daw po sila. Though i-foforward daw po nila sa main office sa ortigas ung application ko and after a few weeks, I was asked for a final briefing interview sa Ortigas. I-hihire na daw po ako dahil ok naman daw ang interview ko dito sa plant nila sa Bacolod…

… The problem is di ko po kayang pumunta… Di ko na po alam ang gagawin at this point. I don’t have the basic means to go to Manila. I don’t have any relatives na malalapitan dito. Ito siguro ung something for me na “so close, yet still so far..”. Kung may makabasa man pong tao dito sa ginawa kong blog, I’m asking for a little help lang po sana. Mabigyan lang po sana ako ng chance na makapunta ng Manila and to get the job na inapplayan ko po sana..

May matutuluyan naman po ako (pero pansamantala nga lang) sa Novaliches kung sakali. Siguro po, if dumating man sa point na kailangan kong ibaba at ipagpalit ung sarili ko… gagawin ko., makapunta lang po ng Maynila.

Hindi ko na rin naman po sana gagawin tong magmakaawa at humingi ng tulong sa ibang tao kung binigyan lang sana ako ng Diyos ng magandang buhay at hindi katulad ng sitwasyon gaya nito… Desperate na po ako…

Wow she did not run out of tears after 5 long years of crying (and scamming), and I believe we have a new Guiness record here 😀

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New URLs/domains include the ff:

provincegirldream.blogspot.com
www.agirlsdream.tk

So again: Hello there Sam the Scam! better luck next time!

To all my friends and readers: this Sam Mendoza is a scam so please do not entertain any solicitation from her. And please do spread this awareness campaign against this Sam Mendoza scam.

Read the following post from my archives:

If you have received the same scam, or have a new site hosting/containing her scam, please feel free to leave some comments below. Thanks!

Pahiyas Festival 2015

Here’s another Post Picture Now Blog Details Later post featuring my very own province.

Raven and I went to Lucban, Quezon last week to attend the Pahiyas Festival 2015. Its been ages since I last visited Lucban for a Pahiyas festival and we were very happy to experience the different displays for the Pahiyas, the wonderful food and all the activities. I am posting these six photos as a prelude to a future blog post here at menardconnect.com.

Thank you friends!

Thank you friends! Words are not enough to express my gratitude so why not do a blog post.

Sharing this old school video from Garfield and Friends Show…

Friends are there
to help you get started
to give you a push on your way
Friends are there
to turn you around
get your feet on the ground
for a brand new day
They’ll pick you up when you’re down
help you swallow your pride
when something inside
got to break on through
to the other side
Friends are someone you can open up to
when you fell like you’re ready to flip
When you got the world on your shoulders
friends are there to give you a tip
Friends are there when you need them
They’re even there when you don’t
For a walk in the park
For a shot in the dark
Friends are there
(Garfield) “I Don’t Care”
But Friends will care….
For you….

Again thank you my friends….

Congrats Gilas Pilipinas!!!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so…

Twitter FIBA SEN PHI
Image Credits: Twitter.com and FIBA

Congrats guys!  Congrats also to the Team Pilipinas crew!

Warm greetings also to all Pinoys worldwide celebrating this victory!!!

Mabuhay!

#Puso!

Happy Independence Day Pilipinas 2014

Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan, Pilipinas!!!

Happy Independence Day, Philippines!!!

Today is the 116th Independence Day of the Republic of the Philippines. Google love the Philippines so much and this year they have this doodle for the Philippines Independence Day 2014.

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Here are some other cool Google doodles for the Philippine Independence Day

This one is from 2012

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This one from 2010

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and in 2009

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Thanks Google!

Mabuhay ang Kalayaan!!! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!!!

We watched the X-Men: Days of Future Past movie over the weekend. Good movie!!! And maybe a review post here in menardconnect.com will be a good idea for a future article. But since I don’t have the luxury of time to do a full movie review today, I will just share 2 cool videos related to X-Men Days of Future Past. The two video clips below are from the X-Men TV Series (yup! the good old original cartoon series) that was a hit in the 90’s.

So here we go… “Previously on X-Men…” and the intro song…

X-Men Days of Future Past Part 1…


Video Credits: Youtube, Marvel, and SupHero Channell

 I’m an avid and “senti” fan so I really cannot forget the 5:36 scene showing the tombstone of Cyclops, Rogue, Storm and Jubilee.

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Image screenie via Youtube. Credits to Marvel and SupHero Channell in youtube

 

Here is X-Men Days of Future Past Part 2


Video Credits: Youtube, Marvel, and SupHero Channell

I will leave the spot the difference and other commentaries to other Marvel and X-Men fans out there.

Going back to the X-Men Days of Future Past movie, as per Marvel cinematic tradition this movie have the after-credits scene. So when you are watching the X-Men Days of Future Past movie, don’t leave right away, wait for the after credits scene OK?

I initially did not understand who that dude was in the after credits scene, but thanks to our in-house Marvel guru (Spiderham) he reminded me on who he was. Spiderham said his four companions was supposedly the giveaway clue.

So spoiler alert: the after credits-scene dude = Mr. A (and his 4 Henchmen). Decipher it and like/share/retweet/+1 this post in FB, twitter and google+ ok?

I hope you liked the video clips of X-Men Days of Future Past and liked this blog post too!