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Month: February 2009

Free Six Info on Philippine Lotto

Posted on February 28, 2009  in Blog Experiences

I want to end the month of February with some great post 🙂
So in the tradition of my Free Six Video post, I am posting some Free Six Info about Philippine Lotto.

1. Where can I find Philippine Lotto Winning Results?
If you are searching for the results of Philippine Lotto, kindly visit PCSO search site and input draw dates and type of lotto your are searching for.

2. What is that number (the 6/49, 6/45 and 6/42) after the lotto word?

For Super Lotto 6/49, this means you have to choose 6 numbers from the 49 available numbers. And if you get all the 6 numbers in any order, then you win the jackpot. This goes the same for the Mega Lotto 6/45.

3. When is the draw days/dates?
The Super Lotto 6/49  draws can be seen every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 9:00 p.m on NBN Channel 4. The Mega Lotto 6/45  draws can be seen every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 p.m on the same channel.

4. How much is the biggest jackpot winnings in the recent times?
As far as I can remember in 2008 and 2009, the biggest jackpot was last week. The prize was 347,836,903 Philippine Pesos (around 7 Million US Dollars or 5.6 Million Euros) for Super Lotto 6/49 Draw on February 22, 2009. The winning combination was 06-34-20-26-12-33 and was reportedly won by 2 winners.

5. What are the chances of winning?
For Super lotto 6/49: this is 1 in 14 million (13,983,816 to be exact).
Really?
Yes!!!

Explanation:
There is this branch of mathematics called Probability (and Statistics)  that deals with this complex calculation.

To explain the formula as simple as possible, let’s take the Super Lotto 6/49 as an example. There are 49 lotto balls at the start of the lotto draw, so there is 1 in 49 chance of getting that first number. When the draw comes to the second number, there are now only 48 balls left so there is 1 in 48 chance of getting that number. And so on… So the formula is 49 x 48 x 47 x 46 x 45 x 44 = 10,068,347,520 (around 10 Billion).

But we have to consider that the order of the number does not matter in Philippine Lotto. For example, if your lotto ticket has the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, you win as long as all the numbers 1 through 6 are drawn, no matter what order they come out. So given any set of 6 numbers, there are 6 × 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1 = 720 possible ways it can be drawn.

Then we need to divide the 2 numbers 10,068,347,520/720 = 13,983,816

So this chances for winning is 1 in 14 million for the Super Lotto (49/6)

6. What do you have as Sixth info? Do you have some other crazy calculation?
OK, I know my post will get lot of criticism because of this crazy calculation. But let’s get it on….

So if the odds are 1 in 14 million, how much should my 1 ticket (worth 20 pesos) for Super Lotto 6/49 win in a Perfect World?

Warning and Disclaimer: This is perfect scenario OK? Where:

  • There is at least one bet on each of the number combination (14 million).
  • And all winnings will be given to that 1 winner.

The formula should be simple if 1 in 14 million chance, so 20 pesos X 14 = 280 Million Pesos jackpot prize.

So how come every time after a jackpot is won the pot prize for Super Lotto is always around 16 Million Pesos only? Where did the rest of the money/bet go?

C’mon Menard, there is NO such thing as PERFECT WORLD! The rest of the money goes to charity, taxes and other things!

Hehehe!

Peace!

For reactions, computations, etc. feel free to leave your comments here!

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Month: February 2009

San Miguel Beer = Free Eraserheads Concert Tickets?

Posted on February 26, 2009  in Blog Experiences

A good friend of mine forwarded an email containing some unconfirmed gig. Header is San Miguel Pale Pilsen Sarap Magbabad Freeze The Summer (SMB Summer campaign). It bannered the photos of Bamboo, Chito of Parokya ni Edgar and Ely of Eraserheads.
The text read: 3 Bands. Only 1 Legendary Beer.

san_miguel_ad_email

I do not know if this is true.

But it seems San Miguel Beer is brewing up a concert featuring Bamboo and Parokya one day before the Eraserheads Concert 2009. March 6, Venue is Baypark View in Roxas Blvd. And they are GIVING AWAY Eraserheads Concert 2009 tickets. 2000 tickets FREE. Wow!

So in addition to Mcdonald’s, we now have San Miguel Beer as a mini-sponsor too 🙂

I am not sure if I can handle two concerts in two nights! But party people out there, my advise is: Go! Go! Go!

Special thanks to my good (looking) friend RJ for the heads up 🙂
I will be updating this post as soon as I have new info.

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Month: February 2009

Ticketworld Outlets – Where you can buy Eheads Concert Tickets

Posted on February 23, 2009  in Blog Experiences

I got a lot of inquiries on where can they buy tickets for the Eraserheads Concert 2009. I refer them to the ticketworld site but they are still asking where is this ticketworld. And since I love my readers + fellow Eraserheads fans I did some research and put this info all in one page:

Ticketworld

  • Ticketing Hotline: (+63 2) 891-9999
  • Email:[email protected]
  • Fax: (+63 2) 891-5634
  • Hotlines:
  • GLOBE +63-916-340-3919
  • SMART +63-0921-564-2108

NATIONAL BOOKSTORE
From 10am-7pm (Lunch Break 1pm-2pm)

  • NBS @ CUBAO SUPER BRANCH
    Araneta Center Cubao Quezon City
    (Customer Service Section)
    note: I got my Eheads Part 1 Concert tickets here 🙂
  • NBS @ SM Centerpoint
    Magsaysay Blvd., Sta. Mesa
    (Customer Service Section)
    note: I got my Eraserheads  Concert 2009 tickets here 🙂
  • NBS @ Alabang Town Center
    Alabang Town Center, Las Pinas
    (Customer Service Section)
  • NBS @ SM MEGAMALL
    EDSA, Mandaluyong
    (Customer Service Section)
  • NBS @ SM North Edsa
    North Edsa
    (Customer Service Section)
  • NBS @ SM Mall Of Asia
    Mall Of Asia
    (Customer Service Section)
  • NBS @ SM Southmall
    Along Alabang, Zapote Road, Las Pinas
    (Customer Service Section)

ROBINSONS DEPARTMENT STORE
From 10am-7pm (Lunch Break 1pm-2pm)

  • Robinsons Galleria
    EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave.,Quezon City
    (Customer Service Section)
  • Robinsons Place
    M. Adriatico St., Ermita Manila
    (Customer Service Section)
  • Robinsons Festival Mall
    Festival Mall, Filinvest Corporate Center
    Alabang, Muntinlupa City
    (Customer Service Section)
    Robinsons Starmill San Fernando
    San Fernando Pampanga
    (Customer Service Section)
  • Robinsons Metro East
    Marcos Highway, cor Imelda Ave. Brgy. dela Paz Pasig City
    (Customer Service Section)

AYALA Malls

  • Greenbelt 1 Cinema Ticket Counter
  • Glorietta 4 Cinema Ticket Counter

CEBU PACIFIC

  • Online guests to Cebu Pacific’s (CEB) homepage, www.cebupacificair.com, may now purchase tickets to concerts and other events directly through the website.

REGALO EXPRESS

  • Regalo Express is our most recent partner. Not only can you buy a ticket by calling them you can also add other products that they sell – all in one simple call! Tickets will be delivered to your doorstep through the trusted service of LBC. The Regalo Express web site www.expressregalo.com is now fully integrated with TicketWorld to add to simplicity and convenience to your on-line purchase experience.


Source: Ticketworld Site
Got this idea from Marghil’s post. Thanks again 🙂

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Month: February 2009

Crazy Gasoline Prices

Posted on February 22, 2009  in Personal Experiences

I really do not understand why these unleaded gasoline prices are so unstable nowadays. Take for example this gasoline station in San Juan last week wherein I just loaded 500 pesos worth of gas.

Gas-02152009

And then after two days, I stumbled upon another gasoline station on the same city (San Juan) two kilometers from the previous one and guess what’s the price of unleaded gasoline here:

I loaded full tank of course, since this is the cheapest I can find now. P4.62 per liter lower than the other station. This is a very economical decision. Considering they are from the same company (big three), what’s the real deal behind the big price difference?

This is a follow up post for my lowest prices of unleaded gasoline series.

If you know of a better deal than the 2nd station, feel free to drop some comments here.

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Month: February 2009

Free Six Left 4 Dead Videos, Pictures, Maps and other stuffs

Posted on February 21, 2009  in Gaming

Resident Evil meets Counter Strike. This is how my office buddies described this game.

Left 4 Dead is the new game craze that hit Manila in the recent months. L4D is a first person shooter (FPS) game available in PC and Xbox 360. It uses the Half-Life 2 and Counter Strike source engine. The game stars four human survivors fighting against a horde of aggressive undead minions. This is not your typical zombie type that is slow moving (typical in Filipino Horror films). But darn! these undead minions are really fast. It can be played in a single player mode, co-op mode and multiplayer mode.
Warning: To the faint-hearted, this might not be the game for you 🙂

In tradition of the Free Six Video and the six tagalog love quotes posts, let me give you some free six Left 4 Dead stuff:

1. Left for Dead Intro Movie (courtesy of Youtube)

2. Left for Dead Promotional Video (courtesy of Youtube)

3. Other Left For Dead Videos, Wallpapers and Screenshots.
Kindly visit the L4D Official Media Site

4. Left for Dead T.C Version box.
Left 4 Dead T.C Box
I took it while visiting PC and Electronics Shops galore in Taipei last week 🙂

5. Left 4 Dead Maps.
Kindly visit

http://l4dmapdb.wikidot.com/

6. Left 4 Dead Info and wiki.
Kindly go to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_4_Dead

Minimum System Requirements

OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / Vista64
Processor: Pentium 4 3.0GHz
RAM: 1GB
Video Card:128 MB, Shader model 2.0, ATI 9600, NVIDIA 6600 or better
Free HDD Space: At least 7.5 GB of free space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

Recommended System Requirements

OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / Vista64
Processor: Intel core 2 duo 2.4GHz
RAM: 1GB++
Video Card: Shader model 3.0, NVIDIA 7600, ATI X1600 or better

Have fun and enjoy the game!

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Month: February 2009

March 7 is Fine Fine Time

Posted on February 18, 2009  in Personal Experiences

Still don’t know what will happen on March 7? Read my Eraserheads Concert 2009 post. 16 days to go 🙂

Since the special day is near, I would like to post one of my favorite eheads song:

Fine Time
Eraserheads

Chorus:
I hope we could spend more time together
A few hours is better than never
If we could only make it longer
A whole day would be fine (4x)

I think it’s time to clean your car
I’m not home if someone calls
We could go out for a day
We could sing some songs we hate
Why not swim in someone’s pool
Jump a crane 12 storeys high
Have a picnic in my room
Sit outside and watch the moon

(chorus)

We could drive in to the malls
Or stay home and watch TV
I don’t care if we don’t have lunch
Just as long as we have iced tea
I could take you to a film
Hunt for books and magazines
Is that new song out on sale
I think that dress is kinda pale

(chorus)

There are times when we disagree
My heart sings to the sea
I’m always anxious when we kiss on me
Please don’t tire of understanding me

Being with you makes me feel so safe
I don’t care if we go out of town
I don’t care if we sleep all day
Basta’t kayakap ka ay okey

(chorus)

A whole week would be fine
A whole month would be fine
A whole year would be fine
A decade would fine
A century would be fine

Fine, fine time (4x)

Forever would be fine

Song is dedicated to Raven of course (She’s my date on that special day).

Kitakits 🙂

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Month: February 2009

STOYA: Open Party Scandal

Posted on February 17, 2009  in Blog Experiences

Update 02.26.2009
This open party issue on 24 Oras, Yahoo and GMANEWS.TV is familiar 🙂 Sorry I haven’t seen it in TV but just read the article via Yahoo Messenger Featured Article.

Some definitions first: An open party is a party organized by a class or organization from a school (usually biggie name private schools) and invitations are posted via the internet. Its “open” meaning anybody can attend provided that they pay for the tickets. The party may be likened to the good old soiree and I also heard this is the “IN” thing for Manila’s upper class high school and college students. It is also my assumption that this is a good business (for the party and events organizers) since I heard there is this one open party that supposedly for 300 people only but lo and behold, some 800 young people bought the tickets, attended the gig and it was a big hit 🙂 . Drinks are offered in the open party. Parties like that can go wild. It can go ugly too.

Below is an open letter of a mother of a high school student who got beaten up in this so called open party. I am not taking sides here, but I feel it’s my social responsibility to inform parents and other people (bloggers, readers, students, etc.) on the dangers that these open parties can bring to them and their loved ones. I reserve the last part of my post for my personal comments and the reason I tagged it as scandal.

I am quoting the open letter from Ms. Noemi’s aboutmyrecovery.com article. Read on:

February 9, 2009

Dear Ateneo parents, students and STOYA members,

Three months back, I found out that an “OPEN PARTY” organized by students of the Assumption was booked at our village clubhouse. In this event, the venue meant for 300 pax was packed with as many as 800, due to the zealousness of its organizers to maximize their earnings. Many of the attendees had no recourse but to spill over to the parking area.

That night, a nasty brawl occurred right outside the venue, and the security incident report outlined the destruction caused to the clubhouse facilities, the sight of inebriated teenagers holding bottles of liquor roaming the streets, and the discovery of used condoms on the park grounds and alleys the following day. (You can verify this yourself.)

We were on an out of town trip when all these happened and I could only imagine the chaos that went on.
Last January 16, 2009 my son Marcel Piezas, a 2nd year Ateneo student, pleaded with me to allow him to attend an “OPEN PARTY” organized by 3rd year Poveda High School students at Greenmeadows. I warned him about the untoward incidents in our village but due to his persistent pleas, reassurances, acceptance of certain conditions (e.g. curfew) coupled with guilt trips of being labeled an outcast once denied of participation, I succumbed to his appeal.

That night at around half past eleven, I found myself praying for Marcel’s protection, possibly owing to vague intuition, not knowing what was going just a stone’s throw away.

At around 11:30 p.m., after having danced with around three other girls, Marcel asked for a dance with Ms. A (name withheld). The dance was uneventful except for the part where she asked Marcel if she could take a picture of them, which my son agreed to.
Immediately after the dance, Marcel thanked her, and excused himself since his 12 midnight curfew was fast approaching. He and his classmate B (name withheld) proceeded to exit the dance hall to meet four other classmates who were already at the parking area.
Three meters from the exit, two teen-aged boys came out of the hall together with Ms. A, the girl Marcel just danced with, blaringly asking, “Sino ang nangbastos sa pinsan ko? Kayo ba? Kayo ba?”

It seems that, Ms. A pointed out my son to the two boys, wilfully or otherwise, prompting them to pull his shoulder and start punching him on the head, which caused a laceration and multiple hematomas.

The two boys shouted invectives at Marcel (e.g. “Sabihin mo sa nanay mo, malansa ang kaniyang puk_”, “pu__ ina mo, gusto mo mamatay?” etc.) and repeatedly slapped him.

After a while, the group of three had swelled to five. They were joined by other boys (names withheld). A few seconds more, and the crowd had expanded to around twenty, arm in arm, they formed a circle around Marcel. They continued to punch, slap, insult and spit at my defenceless boy. One of them even ordered him to kneel down and apologize, which he did, even if he knew he was not guilty of anything, if only to stop the beating. After his apology, he was punched hard on the mouth, causing a cut on the lower lip, and three front teeth to turn mobile.
There were big bodied bouncers hired during the party, and some village guards manning the gates. Neither of them lifted a finger to help my son. All they uttered was “Tama na yan.” The lone defender of Marcel was a school mate, Boy B (name withheld).
At the expense of enduring a few blows himself, he pleaded with the boys and tried to convince them that they have the wrong guy, and that Marcel was a good boy, incapable of the accusation they were throwing at him.

The mauling miraculously stopped for around 15 seconds (probably around the same time I was praying for him) which gave another brave classmate the chance to grab then bloody Marcel by the arm and pull him out of the circle of tormentors. They ran for it and left in a car with their other classmates who were too stunned and traumatized themselves.

Minutes after escaping the assailants, Marcel continued receiving phone calls through his mobile phone,
wherein he was harassed and taunted. The calls and text have persisted until a week ago.
After our preliminary investigation, we discovered that the aggressors are members of TGF or “The Good Fraternity”, a loose group of high school students (boys and a few girls) who frequent the party scene, SOME of whom are reputed to be bullies, war freaks, alcoholics, possibly drug users, and carriers of deadly weapons such as guns, knives, tasers, etc.

Apparently, some of them use this strategy of bullying helpless-looking boys in the guise of being gallant men saving a damsel in distress for having been “disrespected”.

The exact same scenario by the same people happened to a fellow Atenean at a different party a few weeks earlier. Many other boys from other schools have experienced beating from the same group for the most senseless reason as having been ogled at or having flexed biceps and triceps to the annoyance of the bullies.

What happened to Marcel was a nightmare not only to him but to ourselves as parents. My husband who is working in Canada can only cry in helplessness at not having been around to defend or at the very least comfort him.

I cannot sleep soundly knowing that our sons and daughters are prone to being swallowed by profligacy. Did you parents know that kids nowadays dance “spooning” style? Did you know that there are mobile bars for rent that serve “mocktails” or full-fledged cocktails and beer in bubble containers to our young teen-agers unmindful of the alcohol prohibition for minors (ask Sober Club , Elation , Party Fuel , Club Fishbone , Booze, Event Shaker , On the Rocks , etc.).. I even heard that open parties are now being used by pushers as their market for mood altering wares.
I didn’t even know that the Greenmeadows party that Marcel attended was entitled “Lust”, which is one of a series of seven parties named after the seven deadly sins. I was shocked at having found out the organizers’ preference for their party names.

I have vowed to make this an advocacy. We are filing a complaint with the authorities about the matter, not only to seek justice for my son, but to stop this culture of violence and immorality among the youth.

I would have wanted to treat this as privately and as quietly as I can but recent developments have forced me to do otherwise. I came across this blog site which made my stomach turn at seeing how insensitive, frivolous, and unprincipled the authors of this entry and its supporters are.
Log on and read for yourselves.
(EDIT: Blog is currently locked but you can download here)

Rumors are spreading like wildfire and the ugly misinformation is causing yet another trauma on my son. Some stories are going around about his being too drunk to have had control of himself, thus the
molestation. To correct the defamation being spread, and to give these STOYA boys who have a lot of growing up to do a piece of my mind, allow me categorically say that:

1) My son NEVER molested anyone and we can prove this to the hilt. The bloggers didn’t even give him the benefit of the doubt by adding the world “allegedly”. They wrote it as if it were a fact.
Instead of supporting your fellow Atenean, you are pushing him towards the furnace by spreading this lie.

2) My son, who, for one week after the assault, endured nightmares and anxiety attacks over possible retaliatory acts by perceived sympathetic blue blooded members of TGF NEVER squealed on any one to the APSA. He bore his psychological injuries which far outweighed the physical wounds with dignity and bravery. He never even brought up the incident with his football coach who benched him during two crucial games for having missed a week’s practice clueless that Marcel was waiting for the contusions on his head to heal. For all I know, he was also possibly avoiding aggressive tussling, inevitable in the sport, which might stir fearsome memories. He felt so down but didn’t want his coach to think he was making excuses for his absences.

3) I never complained verbally, or in writing, to APSA regarding what happened to my son knowing that STOYA per se, is not the enemy. I simply wrote a letter of excuse for Marcel’s two-day absence while he was recovering from the trauma.

4) I never accused STOYA of harassment when they approached Marcel in an effort to convince me to tell Mr. Dennis Dator of their innocence regarding the mauling. I simply felt that it is futile to make that appointment since I never filed a complaint against them in the first place.

5) To say that “it can only take ONE person to destroy a party. All he/she needs to do is to tell his/her parents to call up the school, name names and say drugs or what not has been going around” reeks of a distorted sense of values. It’s as if parties are the end all and be all of life’s existence. Never mind if a person gets hurt… the show must go on! Besides, I never did what they accuse me of doing.

6) Do you honestly think that this line “The police can always be ordered to go to a party to end it” is preventive or is it a curative solution to a done disaster which only takes a few minutes to happen? Hunky bouncers and security guards were around when Marcel was beaten up. What good did they do?

7) From STOYA: “Pu**a, everyday people DIE due to far more worse (sic) incidents than mere fist fights and now people start making this such a HUGE deal since it happened to someone close to them?”
Response: What if the blow on Marcel’s head were a tad stronger than they were causing irreversible brain damage? Would that be big deal enough to warrant your attention?

8.) From STOYA: “don’t call us insensitive and immoral for promoting alcohol under the age of 18. You’ve never had a shot of vodka or a cold glass of beer? Don’t be a hypocrite and lie. It’s part of high school”
Response: The law is the law and it was created for a reason, and it is meant to be adhered to, otherwise suffer penalties.

9) “Also, It’s the parents’ choice to allow their children to go and do these things so if you have a problem with parties, don’t allow your children”
Response: Parents unwittingly allow their children to attend these parties without the knowledge of the imminent dangers that abound in such parties, thus, my cause of letting it be known. No matter how well we try to raise our children, they sometimes make the wrong, stubborn choices and succumb to peer pressure thinking that what is prevalent is “cool”, or is acceptable.

10) STOYA, your entrepreneurial spirit is partly admirable. “Dreams of creating seven parties in 10 months”.
However, if your ventures are money making, may I ask if you give out receipts to your patrons? Do you pay taxes to the BIR? Maybe this is another angle worth looking at.

Dear STOYA boys and supporters,

I hope you broaden your minds a little bit more and see where concerned school authorities and parents are coming from. You, our dear boys are gifts from God entrusted to us for guidance and moulding. Our commitment to our Maker, and to the Giver of life is to lead you back to Him in life eternity. It’s true that life is full of risks, that life is well lived if freedom abounds, and that it is important to stand by what we believe in. But as graduating students of a highly reputable Catholic school for which your parents toil hard to make your enrollment possible, I would have hoped that you had loftier beliefs that you would adamantly fight for. Year in, year out, you learn in CLE that free will has its limitations. As minors your care rests on those who are supposedly more ripe in wisdom. If we can shield you from as much pain, suffering and harm as we can, we will do so by all means because that is an expression of LOVE. You may sulk all you want but take it like a man. Like you all said, you will be adults in a few months time anyway. Start acting like one!

Yours truly,

MRS. CELINE PIEZAS


The links from the open letter may have been stripped when I copied it to my blogpost.
Disclaimer: As I mentioned before on one of my not so famous post, this site happens to be my blog and one of the little privileges I’ve got here is to have my own online social rant space. If you have issues with my post, contact me via my contact page

So my comments:

1. Open Party. This is the first time I heard of this open party thing. I got the text of the open letter from Ms. Noemi of aboutmyrecovery.com and heard it also from Raven (she said she got it from Chuvaness.com). This was not yet the “IN” thing when I was in high school (oh reminiscing). Oh well things change a lot nowadays but this change is bad IMHO. I hope that school officials, event organizers and government officials (yes I think there is this local city agency in charge of giving out permits for such kind of gatherings) should step up and work together closely to monitor problem and put some remedies if needed

2. Why the Scandal tag? I find the high school kid’s retort to Mrs. Piezas open letter scandalous. I guess he knows that something is wrong but he is still zealously defending it and even passing the blame to others.
Quoting some parts of the reply:

… HOWEVER, it can only take ONE person to destroy a party. All he/she needs to do is to tell his/her parents to call up the school, name names and say drugs or what not has been going around. Also, the police can always be ordered to go to a party to end it. We all know for a fact that it’s illegal to drink at such an age. We’re just disappointed something like this had to happen for something not big at all. Pu**a, everyday people DIE due to far more worse incidents than mere fist fights and now people start making this such a HUGE deal since it happened to someone close to them? Parties have been going on since FOREVER which is precisely why we can’t see why this had to happen NOW. We have no other intention but to have FUN when we host parties so don’t call us insensitive and immoral for promoting alcohol under the age of 18. You’ve never had a shot of vodka or a cold glass of beer? Don’t be a hypocrite and lie. It’s part of high school, face the fact! We are given the CHOICE (hence the name OPEN party) whether to drink or not. Also, It’s the parents’ choice to allow their children to go and do these things so if you have a problem with parties, don’t allow your children. It’s as simple as that! Don’t go around whining and complaining how evil the young adolescents of the Philippine society are today

I admire the passion he put into this…well… how should I call it… “defense”? I guess it’s because of his/her youth and I don’t blame him/her for this.

But in my opinion, his/her reply is a scandal 🙂  hence we now have the STOYA Open Party Scandal

P.S. to the HS-kid: Kindly tell your party mates to dispose condoms properly OK? 😀 EDIT: striked out on 02.18.2009


3. To Parents/Guardians: Be aware of what’s happening around you and your kids. Awareness to the issues is a good start, but please don’t panic and don’t fret or over-react about this issue. Teach the young one to be responsible and they will be responsible… in due time.

4. Maybe this issue is worthy to be placed inside the my p!nay scandal collection. What you think?

Any comments, violent reactions, anything, feel free to leave your comments here (I’m moderating it btw) or drop me a note via my contact page.

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Month: February 2009

Free Six Facebook Tips

Posted on February 15, 2009  in Blog Experiences

In tradition of the Free Six Video and six tagalog love quotes posts, I’m bringing you some Free Six Facebook Tips. If you’re concerned on your privacy with Facebook read on:

1. Decide on your use of Facebook
If you’re going to use it purely for getting in touch with your loved ones, family and long lost friends then I think the default setting are fine. But when you already got business contacts, work colleagues and other professional contacts mixed with your friends then things can get complicated. After deciding your preference of use, then consider the other next tips below.

2. Create Facebook Friends List
I like to bucket my Facebook friends into a more manageable group, and not just one whole big happy Facebook friend group. My personal favorites includes “High School Buddies”, “College Buddies”, “Office Buddies”, “Family”, “Business Contacts” and the likes.

This is the use of the Facebook Friends feature.
This can help you properly setup the other tips below.
An important note here is that a friend can be a member of 2 or more groups.

3. Tweak your Facebook Privacy Settings
This is the core of this post. This setting can be accessed by going to the Settings Tab and clicking the Privacy Settings from the drop down list or via Facebook Privacy Setting Page

In this page, you can set who can view your Profile, Basic info, Personal Info, Status Updates, Photo and Video Tags of yourself, Friends, Wall Posts and Educational and Work info.

You set the viewing exclusive for Friends or to the Friends of Friends (network of friends). I suggest that make your contact information private, and then set the rest of the options into friends

4. Be careful with the Facebook Photo and Video Tagging feature
Related to the last tip, this feature is very prone to mistakes (accidental) and if you have “bad” friends, they can sometimes do intentional ones too 🙂 . Ever heard of stories of the boss seeing their employee’s inappropriate photos after the last night’s drinking session with his buddies? Or the business contact getting turned off by the unprofessional photo on the similar scenario?

If you’re really a privacy freak, you can tweak this setting (see tip no. 3) so that only you yourself can view your photo and video tags of you.

5. Avoid Inappropriate Wall posts
Actually this is mostly based on some personal preference of an individual. But just like the video and photo tagging feature, wall posts can also be seen by others, so be careful what to place there.

6. Avoid Using Facebook Proxy
Facebook proxy is a server that bypasses corporate firewall and other security measures so that you can access Facebook and other social networking sites from offices and school networks. I believe your company and or your school really wants to improve your productivity as well as safeguard their networks. Most of these Facebook proxy (or proxies) have some associated network security risks (read: viruses and worms) that I will discuss in one of the future posts.

Hey before I end this post, let me give some disclaimer: I’m not a Facebook expert. I just recently created one for myself since it is helpful for me as a blogger. I have been tweaking its settings to fit my preferences and I have read some awful stories on the Facebook privacy issues as well as some helpful articles hence this post. Hope this helps you even a little bit.

If you find this useful, feel free to comment on this post, or drop me a note via my contact page. Or Better yet link it from your blog, Facebook, wherever ok? I can forward you some other helpful articles if you’re interested on this topic.

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Month: February 2009

Happy Valentines Day

Posted on February 14, 2009  in Blog Experiences

I’m back in Manila! It’s nice to be back here on the Hearts Day!

And to greet you all on this special day, here’s the cheesiest valentines quote I recently read on the net:

You must be a thief because you stole my heart. You must be tired because you are always running through my mind. And maybe, I’m a bad shooter because I keep missing you. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Feel free to use it 🙂

Credits to Marhgil Macuha‘s blog. I commented on his post that I remember I saw the first 2 lines in one TV Show (Pinaka-cheesy love quotes something show) then the last one is a unique one and a great ending.

Happy Hearts Day Y’all!

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Month: February 2009

Din Tai Fung

Posted on February 12, 2009

A Taipei visit will not be complete without a dinner at Din Tai Fung. This restaurant is famous for its Xiaolongbao (hope I got it correctly 🙂 ) a tasty dumpling treat with meat and broth inside the dumpling wrapper.

Xialongbao

We waited for 20 minutes because of the long queue and then we ordered xiaolongbao, hot sour soup and pork chop with rice (my personal favorite). First-timers usually wonder how do they put the broth inside the xiaolongbao, but I believe that’s worth another post. The preparation of the dumpling is done at the central kitchen where most of the patrons can see it. And the service is really great.

Din Tai Fung

I guess this resto is known worldwide. They have branches in US, Australia, Japan, China, Singapore and South Korea. Wikipedia even mentioned that they were ranked  as one of the Top Ten Restaurants by New York Times in the year 1993.

Last year, I also had the chance to watch them on cable television in Manila (can’t remember if its Discovery channel or another station) and they are featuring it for having the record of most number of dumplings prepared and sold  in one day.

I remember last month Raven and I went to a popular dimsum place in Gateway and ordered the same fare, but I guess nothing beats this one from Taiwan.

Hey this is not a paid post! I am just sharing my experience with this wonderful food place.

Whenever your in Taipei, try to check this out ok?

I’ll update this or do a follow up post next week.

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