Menardconnect.com is now Ratified

I am happy that this blog is now ratified. Ratified.org rates the top blogs in the Philippines and Australia. Quoting their site:

Ratified.org is a directory featuring the best Filipino blogs in the blogosphere. Using data from Feedburner, Google, Alexa and Yahoo!, each blog’s statistics such as rank, links and other information are gathered and stored, therefore “ratifying” it. The data is then used as the basis for ranking Ratified.org’s top 100 Philippine blogs

I applied last month and I guess the admin manually checks each application and approves it accordingly. As of writing posting this blog entry, it’s not yet in the top100 but hopefully in the future it will be 🙂 . For more details kindly visit this page.

I will be displaying the ratified widget in this blog as a support to Andrew Dela Serna and the Ratified.org Team.

Bang Lu Min and the Postcripts To A BloodBath

Update 2010.08.24 11:01PM GMT+8

Upon checking the official list of hostage victims from Hongkong’s Government Information site there is _NO_ Bang Lu Min among the victims.

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Update 2010.08.24 7:20PM GMT+8

The source blog/sites have updated their posts. Saranggola mentioned that the media have confirmed that there is _NO_ survivor named Bang Lu Min, and Supersawsaw have removed the text/story from his/her site.

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Yesterday was really a sad day. I am _NOT_ blaming any group for what happened but I’m exploring all angles of the incident. I also hope that we all (yup including the authorities) learn from the incident.

I am sharing this blog post content that is related to yesterday’s hostage crisis and to one Bang Lu Min, who claims to be one of the survivors of the hostage incident. I got it via twitter and blog hopping but I heard from my office-mates that this is making rounds in social networking sites (re: Facebook) already. I will credit the post to the blog/s where I found it first. I am in the process of verifying/ researching it so read my disclaimer first OK. I will try to update this post as soon as I have.

DISCLAIMER:

The text/story below is UNVERIFIED. Believe it at your own risk.

Postcripts To A BloodBath

Mr. Mendoza was already upset even before he saw on television what the policemen did to his brother. The other tourists who remained inside the bus were complaining. Wei Ji Jiang wanted to go to the bathroom. Dao Chi Yu was hungry and the rest were just groaning and whining like they have forgotten that our lives rest in Mr. Mendoza’s hands.

The hostage taker, as you know him was really nice. He treated us okay and even let the elders and the children leave the bus. He said your policemen treated him unfairly. He was a policeman too and was accused of doing something he had no knowledge of. But your government didn’t listen so he used us to get everyone’s attention.

Things would have never turned for the worst if he didn’t see how his family was dragged out of their house and taken into custody. He was watching the news all the time as we huddled around each other behind the bus. He shouted some words in your language then started shooting in the air. A girl about my age started screaming. Mr. Mendoza demanded her to stop but she didn’t understand English. God, he had to slash her neck with a knife just to put her to rest. Her boyfriend who tried to hit him was shot in the head.

Tension was rising. You can see in his face how scared and confused he was. The bus driver ran away leaving him alone with strangers from a distant land. I can see him walking across the aisle, sometimes pointing his machine gun to one of the tourists. But he tried his best not to hurt us, especially those who really cooperate.

I guess its in your nature not to inflict pain on others unless it was necessary. I remember him saying that he will free us before sundown and implored us to forget everything when we return home. But his words don’t matter now. The policemen were trying to force their way in, while we all lied down to shield ourselves from bullets. Mister Mendoza blindly shoots at his enemies which I think kept them from rescuing us. I hear sobs under the chairs. Some were even shouting the names of their loved ones even when the air merely eat their words. Kevin Tang tried to escape when the glass door was was shattered, but one shot and he slumped on the floor with blood gushing from his mouth.

Heavy rain pitter-pattered on the rooftop. In old Chinese saying, it means an end to a struggle. Finally, somebody was able to open the escape hatch at the back of the bus. Freedom. But I knew Mister Mendoza was still alive. I knew he was just waiting for a chance to strike back at his enemies. So I told those around me not to escape. Let the authorities come for us instead. Then there was gunfire. He was firing at his enemies with a machine gun. Those who were at the escape hatch fled abandoning us once again. It’s like a nightmare with no end and to wake up means a certain death. Then somebody from outside the bus threw a canister. It forced out a black smoke that is so painful to the eyes and putrid smelling to the nose. People started screaming. We cannot breathe. Some ran in front of the bus but Mister Mendoza warned them of stray bullets. It was too late. One was hit on the head, the other was hit on the shoulders. Bullets were now flying. Its like the authorities thought we were all dead. Mister Mendoza finally admits his mistake and said sorry to everyone, dead or alive. He then ran towards the front of the bus where he would meet his maker. As he passed by my chair with bullets whistling overhead, I clutched my hand on the velvet curtain and wrapped it around my face. All I could think of was to stay alive – for my child who is waiting for me back in Xinjang.

I know I will survive,

I will come home.

Bang Lu Min
Survivor, Quirino Bloodbath


Credits to Saranggola’s Tumblr and SuperSawSaw blog , the sites where I first found the text/story.

Mafia Wars Cheats and Tips: Mumbai

The clock is ticking. Make way for the newest expansion of the Mafia Wars: Mumbai.

Mafia Wars Mumbai is a challenge mission and it will be opening soon (some 1~2 hours after posting this blog article). For starters, just travel to Mafia Wars Mumbai

Like the other Mafia Wars challenge missions it’s a limited time mission and the first thing players need to do is add more mafia members to the their mafia friends list.

Upon adding new mafia members you can start the mission. Mafia players with some free Mafia Rewards points can choose to spend 9 Rewards points for some instant mafia crew.

Quoting the text in game

Mumbai offers a world of maximum opportunity, maximum entertainment and maximum crime. This is your chance to make a killing at the box office.

  • Collect Bollywood Film Reels to do jobs in Mumbai
  • Recruit mafia members to join your Mumbai crew
  • There are three chapters – a new one each week
  • One of the Mafia Wars Mumbai tips I’d like to share is to collect Bollywood Film Reels, they are available every 24 hours. Next tip will be to fill up your mafia wars crew with new friends

    I will share other Mafia Wars Mumbai tips as the challenge mission progresses. Visit my blog again for more updates soon.

    Free Six Starcraft 2 Cheat Codes and Tricks

    Do you still recall the following quotes:

    Operation CWAL

    There Is NO Cow Level

    Power Overwhelming

    Show Me The Money

    Black Sheep Wall

    Radio Free Zerg

    Yup, they are the classic and original Starcraft Cheat Codes.

    And in the tradition of my free six video, my six cafe world cheats, my six petville cheats, my six social city cheats and my six hotel city cheats, here are some six Starcraft 2 Cheat Codes:

    TerribleTerribleDamage

    MoreDotsMoreDots

    SoSayWeAll

    IAmIronMan

    RealMenDrillDeep

    WhySoSerious

    What will each of the Starcraft 2 Cheat Codes do? Try it yourself and have fun in playing the Starcraft 2 game.

    Hope you like my follow up post to my awesome Starcraft 2 Crack post.

    Enjoy the game!!!

    WordCamp Philippines 2010

    I enjoyed WorldCamp Philippines 2009 last year so I’m attending this year’s WordCamp in Manila. WordCamp Philippines 2010 will be held on October 2, 2010 at the College of Saint Benilde, Taft Avenue, Manila.

    WordCamp Philippines 2010

    I believe the event will be a good venue to learn new stuffs, meet and greet other bloggers and interact with the blogging community. There’s a saying that “No Blog is an island” and this is true and I believe that by joining these events it will help me reach out more to the blogging community.

    I heard Matt Mullenweg will be coming and there are several tracks with different sessions this year so this Wordcamp will be really exciting!
    Are you attending WordCamp Philippines 2010 too?

    Feel free to leave some comments below.

    Motolite Express Delivery

    My car battery gave up on me last week. It was a rainy day and it was really an unfortunate day to have some automobile problem. I am just glad that Motolite is there to save the day so I’m blogging about my good experience with their Motolite Express Delivery service.

    Need to buy a car battery but it’s already late at night and the auto shops and battery retail stores are already closed? Or you and your stalled car are in the middle of nowhere? Worry not because Motolite is not just Pangmatagalan: their Motolite Battery Express Delivery service is also certified Pangmabilisan. Just follow the simple steps below:

    1. Call Motolite Express Delivery Hotline at (02) 370-6686
    2. Their service representative will ask you for your car model and your location and will tell you how much it will cost and you can place your order there
    3. A Motolite delivery crew will then deliver your car battery in less than an hour. Delivery time is dependent on your location (if its near an authorized Motolite dealer then delivery time will be lesser of course)
    4. The delivery crew will also install the car battery and just pay (via cash or credit card) and you and your car are good to go.

    The Motolite delivery crew/technician who helped me arrived via a Motolite delivery motorcycle after 30-40 minutes (even if its raining) and he was very helpful with the battery installation and in making sure all is OK (with the battery and the car’s alternator and other electrical stuff).

    You can also opt to swap or trade-in your old battery so that you can have some pesos slashed from the overall price. I believe that the price is just OK (not too expensive) as I compared with my old battery receipt that I kept.

    The Motolite Express Delivery service is really great, a great time-saver and I highly recommend it to those who will need car battery replacement.