From Eastwood City to Rockwell Business Center

I’ve been itching to write something about this topic but I don’t know where and how to start. Will the post be senti-mode one (remembering all the good old memories from year 2000?) or will it be a rant post 🙂 ? Nah! Lets try it the Starcraft and foodie-goodie way post!

Yes its official! TrendLabs is moving from Eastwood City CyberPark to Rockwell Business Center. I’m not the official spokesperson on this topic but since I am seeing some discussions on social networking sites I guess it’s a not a secret anymore hence this post. Some of my teammates did a zergling rush and zealot rush last week and have already established a base camp there. I don’t know if they have built enough pylons already (to power up the servers y’ know). But for me I will be moving there in the next couple of weeks, probably when there are lots of “Carrier has arrived” and “Warp fields stabilized!” ready. I like to join the battle for the end game! Hehehe 🙂

One of the things I love about Eastwood is the food, so in the tradition of my tagalog love quotes, six social city cheats, my six hotel city cheats, my six cafe world cheats, my free six video posts I am sharing six pictures of my favorite food stuffs found in Eastwood City:

First is Momo’s Frozen Iced Tea

I love the guava and peach flavored ones. It goes well with any of the Momo Desserts

Next will be Momo’s squid calamari

How about some pizza from Pasto? The one below is the Bianca and Di Carne pizza that we had last time.

Or some Genovese Pasta, again from Pasto

On the local pinoy food how about some Halo Halo from Mang Inasal?

Yummy! I will post some pics (if I can find some more in my PC and phone) and post more updates too soon!

Moscow Subway Explosion leaves 37 dead and hundreds injured

It was reported that female suicide bombers attacked Moscow Subway during the rush hour Monday morning, March 29, 2010.

The first explosion occurred about at Lubyanka subway station near Central Moscow while a second explosion rocked the Park Kultury station some 30 to 45 minutes later. The Lubyanka station is near the Kremlin and is the station nearest to the office of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Russia’s intelligence service agency.

As of 7PM (GMT+8) the Moscow subway explosion death toll is now at 37, while the injured figures rose to 102, as per report of Yahoo News.
Russian officials theorized that the Moscow Subway Explosion was done by Chechen separatists, who have been waging a long internal struggle for independence from Russia.

Inquirer.net reported that a Filipina, Maria Aileen Ponting, was among those injured. The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that Ponting is safe as her injuries are not life threatening. DFA staffs are providing her needed assistance as per the statement released by the DFA.

Update 03.29.2010 10PM (GMT+8)

On the technology side of things, TrendLabs folks are seeing some incident wherein bad guys are utilizing this moscow bombing issue for their own nefarious deeds. I will post details here as soon as it is available.

Update 03.30.2010 11AM (GMT+8)

Trend Micro Malware Blog reports that searches related to Moscow Bombing and Moscow Subway Explosion may lead to some links related to FAKEAV. Read Search for News on Moscow Subway Explosions result to FakeAV

St. Patrick’s Day at Arlington Office

This is my first time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Just like last year when I had my first Cinco de Mayo celebration, I’m here again with our US AV Team and this time it’s for St. Patrick’s Day. Some of my office-mates wore something green; a manager from our sales team even dressed himself as a leprechaun! Cool!!!

They decorated our pantry and they served cool shamrock shaped cookies:

And some sweet green cupcakes

And some some choco cupcakes too

Even if my sked was a little bit tight, I tried to enjoy the day and it was a fun experience. Here is my St. Patrick goody:

We had a great day here at Arlington office 🙂

A Funtastic and Busy Weekend

It’s been a week since I last updated my blog. I’ve been busy with some office stuffs. So little time so much to do (Arkarna!). But we had a great Funtastic weekend at Crowne Plaza. Personal highlights include the skit we had wherein I portrayed Chairman Chang together with Paulie, Alma, Maenard and Bennet.

After the TrendLabs event I rushed back home to pack my things. I will be attending RSA 2010 and I need to catch my flight to SFO. NAIA Terminal 2 was jam-packed since 3 busy flights are checking in and boarding (flights to Guam, LAX and SFO).

I will keep you updated via Menardconnect.com blogpost or via twitter

My Malware Blog Post: Spoofed Trend Micro Email Leads to Phishing Site

Note: The article below was published in TrendLabs Malware Blog on November 23, 2009.

Spoofed Trend Micro Email Leads to Phishing Site
by Menard Osena (Solutions Product Manager)

Trend Micro threat analysts recently unearthed spammed messages that purported to have come from Trend Micro. Targeting trusted organizations is not an uncommon technique, used by cybercriminals when carrying out spam campaigns.  In this case, the malicious URL and domain are already inaccessible.

Spammers have found a way to mimic the recipient’s email domain and pepper the email with the said domain in order to look more convincing.

See samples below:

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In such an attack, traditional spam filtering using patterns alone will no longer prove effective. On the other hand, the cloud computing technology utilized in the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network, easily protects users as it detects and blocks spammed emails and malicious URLs using reputation-based ratings.  Readers are advised, as always, to pay close attention to the content of and URLs within emails.

Post from: TrendLabs | Malware Blog – by Trend Micro

Spoofed Trend Micro Email Leads to Malicious Site

I decided to post this in my personal blog so that I can add other personal insights to the article. I will gather my thoughts again and update this post over the weekend.

Special thanks to Det Caraig, Badette Irinco and Macky Cruz of TrendLabs Tech Marketing Team for the help with organizing my thoughts and polishing the article (Will link your blogsite/twitter page as soon as I confirmed the URL’s)

TrendLabs Blogcon Event Winner

I would like to congratulate Jeffrey Zapanta for winning the TrendLabs Blogcon Blog This Event contest!!! His blogcon post at http://mapanuri.blog.com/ won the hearts of the speakers/judges. Keep on blogging dude!

The organizers want to convey their thanks to those who joined the contest! See their tweet here.

TrendLabs Blogcon Part 04

We had the TrendLabs Blogcon Day 04 last week October 6, 2009. The TrendLabs Blogcon event was initially set for September but given the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy, the organizers have decided to extend it for another week. We had our very own Ryan Flores and he discussed the history of Malware Blog and his experiences on tech blogging.

On the early part of the session, I was “senti”-mode: reminiscing the Malware Diary (the predecessor of Malware Blog), the early entries and oldies issues. Ryan then gave helpful tips on tech blogging especiallly on the TrendLabs, Antivirus and Internet Security setting. He eloquently raised one important point “Always maintain a security mindset” which I also seriously undertake to ingrain in most of the posts in my blog. At the last part of his session, I asked Ryan if he is promoting his personal blog, but I got a more interesting reply: for the current personal blog his answer was no, but another blog/website is in the works and that one he will be actively promoting in the future. Thanks Ryan for sharing to us your views and expertise on blogging, and I am looking forward for the new website!

Myla Pilao, our Tech Marketing Director formally closed the TrendLabs Blogcon sessions and announced that there will be some more blogging-related activities in store for TrendLabs peeps in the future. She also slipped something about my little secret (hehehe I’m shy po 🙂 ).

Again, let me congratulate the organizers and the whole TrendLabs Tech Marketing for a very successful TrendLabs Blogcon event. More power to you guys and gals!

And to the TrendLabs Blogcon attendees, bloggers and soon to be bloggers, let’s keep in touch, OK?

Let me end this post again by saying: TrendLabs Blogcon FTW!!!

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Visit my blog pals post on TrendLabs Blogcon

TrendLabs Blogcon Part 03

September 22, 2009 was TrendLabs Blogcon Day 3. We had the men behind Hay!Men! Ang Blog ng Tunay na Lalake! This is the first time that  TrendLabs Blogcon had many guests so the presentation setup was like a panel discussion.

Day 3 was a FUN!!! I was initially planning to do live tweeting, but I can’t stop myself from laughing so I gave up and let @TL_Blogcon do the live tweeting. The discussion started with their controversial manifesto and it revolved to be an enjoyable and enlightening presentation.

And of course the in the tradition of my six Mafia Wars Cheats post, my six Cafe World Cheats post, my six Farm Town Cheats post, my six Mybrute Cheats post, my six Philippine Lotto tips post and my Free Six Video post, I am sharing my six insights on the Day 3 session.

  1. Comment policy. I admit that before the session, I was really disappointed at TNL’s blog comments (this is the main reason why I stopped reading their blog), but after the authors’ explanation of their blog, its history, its evolution, their policies on posting articles and comments, I understood their blog more and I find this strategy applicable for their blog. They regained one reader: me 🙂
  2. You really cannot please everybody. Since Hay!Men! Blog discusses controversial issues its normal that they have loyalists/fans as well haters too.
  3. The importance of Right Timing. Timing is really important in blogging and one of their techniques is posting hot topics that their readers are raving for. Being updated on the current events helped them to relate more to their readers.
  4. On Sensitivity. I appreciate what they did when President Cory died; they just posted a yellow ribbon and not posted their “usual” TnL/DTnL stuffs. Of course we know what happened: the readers and their comments continue it for them, but for me that is is reader’s contribution to their blog.
  5. Collaborative blogging is challenging. But if you and your blog teammates can pull it through it is very rewarding.
  6. Different bloggers have different styles of blogging. You have to pick what will fit you and what wont.

It is really good that TrendLabs have give us these Blogcon sessions and let us experience different flavors of blogging.

To the guys behind Hay!Men! Ang Blog ng Tunay na Lalake: Thank you for sharing to us your time and your blogging experience! More power to you and your blog!!!

I am excited for the final TrendLabs Blogcon session. See you in TrendLabs Blogcon Day 4 tomorrow!

If you missed my other TrendLabs Blogcon posts, kindly visit:
TrendLabs Blogcon
TrendLabs Blogcon Part 01 with Jayvee
TrendLabs Blogcon Part 02 with Master Yuga
Trendlabs Blogcon Part 04 with Ryan

TrendLabs Blogcon Part 02

Last Wednesday (September 16) was TrendLabs Blogcon Day 02. This is my 3rd post on the TrendLabs Blogcon event.

As I mentioned on my first TrendLabs Blogcon post, I’m anticipating this session since this is Master Yuga’s session. Master Yuga is none other than Abe Olandres of Yugatech.com. I am sharing some highlights and my learnings from the session:

Master Yugatech wisdom on blogging

  • It is advisable to view blogging as a pastime or hobby, and not a work.
  • Blogging is less about writing but more on communicating.

His tips on how to blog effectively:

  • Find a blogging voice
  • Keep It Short and Simple
  • Keep it bite-size. Bullets are better than paragraphs
  • Illustrate
  • Make parallels

I am trying these tips on my post today 🙂

Another helpful tip on blogging was “Wash, rinse and repeat”. As I understand this phrase, he mentions that the tricks he shares on blogging may not all be applicable to all situations, so each individual blogger must pick what fits then, modify some to fit them and then repeat the effective processes.

On some defining moments on blogging: He shared that after guesting on TV show and sharing how much he earns online, he drew some flak from one of the host. But he also started receiving many sms messages asking advise on blogging (starting with “Kuya, ang nanay ko labandera…”) and since then he is sharing his knowledge in blogging like “paying it forward”.

What motivates him to blog?

  • The challenge
  • The fun
  • The recognition
  • And the profit.  Earnings and profits was more icing on the cake. Naks!

But my take on this statement is this: If the icing on the cake is 6-figures a month (he shared some estimates on how much he is earning online a month now, not confirming if its PHP or USD) I want to be a cake-maker too!!! Even part-time 🙂

I really enjoyed TrendLabs Blogcon Day 2. Jayvee provided a good session on TrendLabs Blogcon Day 1 and Yuga really raised the bar in Day 2.

I am looking forward for TrendLabs Blogcon Day 3 tomorrow!

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TrendLabs Blogcon Part 01

Last week’s Thursday (September 10) was TrendLabs Blogcon Day 01 and this post is my second post on the TrendLabs Blogcon 2009 event.

And in the In the tradition of my free six video, my six Mybrute cheats and tips post, my six Facebook Farm Town cheats post, my six Mafia Wars Cheats and Tips and my six tagalog love quotes post, I am sharing some six updates (highlights, quotes, learning’s etc.) on the TrendLabs Blogcon.

#1. Some Highlights: We had Jayvee Fernandez of Abuggedlife.com. He discussed his story on blogging: how he started, his memorable experiences and of course he answered the lively Q&A portion. I’m following Jayvee on twitter and added his blogsite to my blogroll/links page 🙂

#2. One memorable quote from Jayvee that stuck into my mind was

“Fight in Public. Apologize in public”.

This is his response to a question given to him on how he handled some difficult times (criticisms) in his blog. It’s difficult to explain the background of the quote, but the key learning for me is that as a blogger, you should be responsible for what you post. If ever you bring your discussion and arguments online, you should be responsible to apologize online if needed.

#3. Another key learning/reinforcement for me is his advise on (how to start) blogging: “The best way to start is to just start blogging”.  Yup, free tools are available in the web and they are very easy to use. You will hear this advise very often especially from those who are spreading the word about blogging (they call it blogging evangelism). I agree 100% to this statement and I have written similar learnings in other post here at my blog.

#4. On blogging community. I’m happy meet and greet with other Trender bloggers (and soon-to-be-bloggers). Hope to meet more on the next sessions 🙂

#5. One of lowlights (on the personal level I guess): I missed the last part (some 30 minutes) because I need to attend to some urgent official tasks. Thanks to Myla and the organizers, they were kind enough to lend us one of the meeting rooms for our conference call.

#6. So what’s the sixth to complete the free six?

Definitely one of the highlights: The Freebies, especially the TrendLabs Blogcon shirt!

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The shirts tagline is  “me kwenta kwento ko”. And I will let the team translate it in the comments section 🙂

But definitely one of the best shirts that TM has given away!!!

Looking forward for the TrendLabs Blogcon Day 02!

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