Unleaded Gasoline Lowest Price – Part 2

This is a follow-up item to this lowest price of unleaded gasoline post.

Taken from a gasoline station in San Juan, Manila, Philippines yesterday January 20, 2009.


Lowest price right? Even if other gasoline stations from the same oil company (Big 3) sell their unleaded gas @ 32.57 pesos per liter, this lone station offers the best bargain price ๐Ÿ™‚

No. I don’t own the gas station. I don’t even know the owner; I’m just an ordinary blogger who would like to share with my fellow blogger/drivers out there the good deals that I can find while on the road.
If youโ€™re interested to know where exactly this station is, drop some comments here at the end of the post ๐Ÿ™‚

Skype Chat Invite Leads to Pr0n Site

Skype is a normal thing for me. It keeps me connected to my colleagues and friends who, for one reason or another, do not have Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger or ICQ (more common chat applications for me)

But interesting scenarios can also happen with Skype.
Take this example:
An unknown girl user pops a message to me


Her photo in the profile is not so bad (it depends on each individual’s taste I guess) and may even be considered by many as “seductive”.

Remember what our parents told us when we were kids? “Never talk to strangers!”. But hey I say to myself I’m a big boy now and I can handle myself. (In a more serious tone: I’m overexposed to these kinds of stuffs given the industry that I’m into (see my about page), so do not worry! But a small warning: Kids: Do not try this at home).

I gamely reply some 1 or 2-liners. “What?” or “Who you?”

She replies with some more cheesy or seductive lines like: “I’m so lonely!” or “I want to meet some people“.

Jackpot? Well not quite.

I reply some classic 1-liner. “OK” or “Yes”

She invites me to do some dirty stuff. Read on…


The real mature instincts in me takes over. NO outright clicks. Did my quickie research and Bingo!!! Confirmed link is a p0rn/pr0n site. Pr0n sites do more damage than good. Did the right thing:


Block this person from contacting me again ๐Ÿ™‚ Click OK button.

End of Story.

My guess: Most probably this chatter is a bot and it sends out advertisements for their adult site. I did the common 1 or 2-word replies so that the bot will likely respond positively (and then I have a story to post here ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

Moral lesson of the story:

1. Be Smart! Stay safe online!

2. Parents, this may happen to your kids. So spend some quality online time with them (This can happen in YM, AOL and ICQ too)

I hope this makes sense.

Hope you always have a safe online experience.

P.S. Don’t ask me to give out the pr0n site link. I won’t give in ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have same experiences online, kindly drop me some comments.

Unleaded Gasoline Lowest Price?

I took this picture from a gasoline station in San Juan, Manila, Philippines last Monday night:

gasoline price taken on 01.05.2009

I have filled up my tank twice already (one before the New Year and one last Monday night) and its really PHP 30.10, this is the lowest price I can remember in the last 12 months. I’m posting this since I’m very curious on how the other stations (same oil company) offer the same unleaded gasoline at PHP 33.07 and PHP 32.97. I asked the gasoline boy on why their price is lower than the others he says he doesn’t know. Btw, forget about the price of the premium gas, I think there’s something wrong with the LED system.

If you:

  • are interested to know where exactly is this gasoline station (hey this is good savings if you’re in the vicinity) or
  • know the reason for the non-standard pricing of this oil company or
  • have any violent comment/reaction

kindly leave a comment here to this post

Blog Q & A

A “Welcome-Back-to-Office” greetings to you and to all the office peons out there. I got some interesting posts from our yahoo groups mailing-list and a bright idea come to my mind ๐Ÿ˜ฎ why not blog about it. The original discussion is in Filipino-English and I’ll do some translation/edit to make it menardconnect-friendly.

A friend queried some interesting QQ about blogs and the blogging experience. Questions like the following popped up:
1. Could someone enlighten him on this blog thing?
2. Do people really read those blogs?
He then relates his not-so-good experience on browsing one blog. On how he was so bored reading the diary stuffs. He said the experience did not add anything to his wisdom, but instead (as DotA and WoW players will put it), he even incurred some penalty on his INT attribute.

He also mentioned how he finds 2 batchmates’ blog good and explained that he’s really pissed off by the personal diary stuffs.

I was amazed that I’m now into some sort of blogging evangelism.

Read my the “prettified” reply below:


1. Could someone enlighten a mo**n like him on this blog thing?

What is a blog?
wikipedia definition:
A blog (a contraction of the term “Web log”) is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.

“Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog

blogger.com definition:
A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world. Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.

In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what’s new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.

My say? Blogger.com describes it well, it can be a diary, a rant/rave site, a political movement site, an e-store to sell your stuffs… anything goes…”There are no real rules“. I’ll put it in filipino to express myself better: Blog is “a website tungkol sa mga kanya-kanyang trip“. That’s the menardconnect definition.

2. Do people really read those blogs?
Yes they do. I read blogs and I think some ofย our mascian batchmates do (some of them are bloggers). My feedburner subscriber count is twelve, so minus me and Raven (I think she’s a fan of my blog) that means that there are ten other souls reading my blog. Yehey!!!

3. My comment on his boring experience on reading one boring blog. I highlighted menardconnect definition: “kanya-kanyang trip lang yan” ๐Ÿ™‚ He can leave his nasty comment on the website he’s been reading and let the owner approve or reject the comment.

4. On “He got good reads from Tonyo’s when he visited it once.”
-That’s the reason why Tonyocruz.com is for blog awards ๐Ÿ™‚ FTW!

5. On “He also browsed Bro. Utoy‘s site. and find it fine (for his sophisticated taste)
-Bro. Utoy is a good writer. I’m proud of knowing him personally and putting him on my blogroll. Naks!

I invited him to visit my newbie blogsite and leave some comments there.


Btw, he’s my blog subscriber now, hehehe ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope he create his own blog and I’ll be more than happy to put his blog to my blogroll.

Bowl of Fruits for New Year

I hijacked an internet wireless signal in Laguna (and did some countermeasures so that my online experience will still be safe ๐Ÿ™‚ ). As I was surfing the net at the garage-converted sala, this sweet smell of unknown fruit keeps on bugging me so I decided to blog about it.

For New year
For New year

Its a Filipino tradition to have round fruits at the dining table for the New Year‘s Eve salu-salo. The old folks suggests that it should be round (I bet this is related to the superstition of wearing polka dots during new year will bring more good fortune, analogy is round = coins = money) and it should be twelve so that the blessings and good fortune will last the whole year (12 = months in one year).

For this year, we have apple, chesa, chico, grapes, guava-apple
honeydew, kiat kiat, king mandarin, kiwi, longan, makopa, green mango, melon, orange, pakwan, papaya, chinese pear, japanese pear,
pineapple, ponkan and strawberry.

Fruit Bowl

The Regulars
Guava apple, pinya, ponkan, kiat-kiat, green mango are regular items in our household table. Melon and pakwan come more often in the summer months. Makopa is quite unique, its been years since I last tried one (poor city boy me ๐Ÿ™ )

The Specials
Apples, oranges and grapes come in when we have extra budget for the groceries. Kiwi, strawberry and honeydew are extra-special fruities reserved for special occasions like this one.

The Newbies
Its the first time I heard of the fruit “longan”. Nanay and Raven said its like lanzones/rambutan so I’ll try one later tonight. I also learned that pears have their own nationalities: the usual one I’m familiar is the chinese pear (its common item in the fruit section of the supermarket), its Japanese cousin is a leaner version. King Mandarin is like dalanghita, but bigger and has thicker skin (I think).

The Haters
I wonder why we have papaya (maybe just to complete the 12). I usually don’t like papaya (unless I’m constipated and need to pooh badly). Same feeling for the chesa. But chesa brings back memories of my childhood summers spent in my beloved Quezon Del Sur (this one is worth another blog entry in the future).

The Culprit
…for sweet fruit smell? Hehe I really don’t know. I think its the honeydew, but Raven argues its not the honeydew. I asked my bro and sis to smell the fruit bowl and they cant decide which one among the pakwan, chico or guava. Oh well this post is almost complete so I’ll leave the smell as it is… a sweet fruit.

Counting the fruits its more than the usual twelve kinds, its 21 so I’m expecting not just my 13th and 14th month pay next year, but up to 21st-month ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

My Christmas Experience

Its kinda late to say Merry Christmas so I’ll greet advance Happy New Year to all!!!

Its been a long time since my last post. I went to Quezon province (Quezon Del Sur to be exact :-p ) to spend my Christmas with my family. I’d like to share my Christmas experience… the Mastercard way:


Crisp bills and coins for the Christmas giveaways …………………… PHP 8500

Tire Change (x2) in preparation of a long drive ………………………. PHP 4200

Change Oil and Tune up ……………………………………………………………… PHP 2200

Last minute replacement for Auxillary Fan…………………………………. PHP 1600

The excitement and smiles of my nephews and nieces during our Family Christmas Party………………………….. PRICELESS

The thank you’s from kids, manangs and lolas after our Christmas gift-giving ……………………………………….. PRICELESS

I’ll post some pics later.

I’m glad that my father “reimbursed” a large percentage of the money that I used to change the new/crisp bills ๐Ÿ™‚