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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Is Facebook closing on March 15, 2012?

The Facebook Corporation suggests that users remove all of their personal information from the website before March 15th, 2012. After that date, all photos, notes, links, and videos will be permanently erased. Mark Zukerberg, the CEO & co-founder of Facebook, announced that facebook will be shut down in March 2012. Managing the site has become oo stressful. "Facebook has gotten out of control,"said Zuckerberg in a press conference outside his Palo Alto office,"and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness." Zuckerberg went on to explain that starting March 15th of next year, users will no longer be able to access their Facebook accounts, that gives users (and facebook addicts) a year to adjust to life without Facebook.Zuckerberg said the decision to shut down facebook was difficult, but he does not think people will be upset. "I personally dont think it's a big deal'" he said "And to be honest, I think its for the better. Without Facebook, people will have to go outside and make real friends. That's always good thing." Some Facebook users were furious upon hearing the shocking news."What I am going to do without Facebook?"said Denise Bradshaw, a highschool student from Indiana,"My life revolves around it. I'm on Facebook atleast 10 hours a day,Now what am I going to d with all that free time?" However, parents across the country have been experiencing a long anticipated sense of relief. "I'm glad glad that Facebook nightmare is over,"said Jon Gutttari, a single parent from Detriot, "Now my teenager's face wont be glued to a computer screen all day. Maybe I can even have a conversation with her," Those in the Financial industry are critixizing Zukerberg for walking away from a multibillion dollar franchise. Facebook is currently ranked as one of the wealthiest business in the world, with economists estamating its value at around 7.9 billion. But Zukerberg remains unruffled by these accusations. He said he will stand by his decision to give Facebook the end. "I dont care about the money,"said Zukerberg. I just want my old lifeback." Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in Febuary 2044, operated and privatly owned by Facebook, Inc, As of July 2011, Facebook has more than 750million active users. The name of the service stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the United States to help students get to know eeach other better. facebook was founded by Mark Zukerberg with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. This is the news about Zukerberg shutting down Facebook. I cant believe that this is really happening inspite how Facebook being known worldwide.But whether it is true or not I'll be glad if facebook still remains but i would be greatful if it will shut down for some reason... it might be upsetting but remember we already lived without Facebook before so no need to think that your life will never be the same without Facebook.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


What is so special about today's date containing six 1's? Well, according to numbers specialists, it's not the predominance of number one that makes the date today, 11-11-11, special. It is the fact that the harmony of the month, day and year makes this day a good day for doing or starting everything---business, relationships, etc. Wow! It makes me do some thinking in a hurry. What do I have to start or do today to grab this once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity. Whatever it is you have decided to do or start today, it is going to be a sure hit or success. Really.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Search for Dumaguete's Spelling Bee Champ reels off

On Tuesday, October 25 at 3:00 pm Grade 6 representatives from the different public schools will troop to Robinsons Place to try their spelling smarts and be among the top 5 spellers who will compete against the contestants from the private schools on Nov. 15 which is the date of the grand championship. The private schools will have their own elimination on Nov. 8 at 3:00 pm, same place. This academic activity is made possible by At Random TV on Channel 6, Filproducts. At Random has partnered with the Department of Education, Robinsons Place, Nutroplex by Unilab, The Dumaguete Academy for Culinary Arts (DACA), Qualfon, Governor Roel Degamo, the family of the late Sen. Lorenzo Teves, Ok Pensionne, Nijosa, DCCCO, Optimum Trader. Other supporters are Mr. Ramon Sun, Mr. Camilo Pangan, Mr. Fernando Omangay, Ms. Tita Ferrolino, Glorife Talty and family and Mrs. Jasmine Taguchi.

Monday, October 10, 2011

12 things you shouldn't put in your resume

Jobs are scarce these days and competition for every opening is fierce. Employers have reported that for every position advertised, hundreds of people send in applications for the job along with their resumes. The majority of these applicants are rejected, of course, because only one person is needed. Many applicants may be rejected for the job because of what they've put into their resumes. If you've been putting in any of the material cited below, stop! You may be hurting your chances of getting hired. Unrelated Part Time or Temporary Work Whatever job you're applying for, your employer is not interested in your jobs mowing the neighbor's lawn, washing dishes after school in a local restaurant and other simple odd jobs that do not relate to the job advertised. Unrelated Interests Your interests or hobbies won't help you nail the job if they're unrelated to the position offered. Collecting rocks, for example, might help you secure a job as a geologist, but it won't help with most other positions. Mention only interests that make you a more attractive candidate for the job and exclude all the rest. Boring Words and Resume Cliches Words such as "team player", "detail-oriented" and other similar resume cliches are no longer effective in selling yourself to a prospective employer. Use powerful verbs to say the same thing. Find appropriate words in a thesaurus if necessary. For "team player", write: "cooperates and collaborates easily with other staff" or "scrupulously vigilant about details" instead of "detail oriented". A resume that's different than the usual run-of-the-mill submissions will grab the attention of HR people or whoever does the hiring. High School Diploma If you only have a high school education, it may be prudent not to include that fact, unless you are currently a college student in pursuit of a degree. Vague Objectives If you list your objectives, make them concrete. For example, something similar to the following can be very effective: Objective: To contribute to the success and profitability of the company through my effort, expertise and experience. A vague objective, such as the following, should not be in your resume. Objective: To help the company through my hard work. Your Photo Don't send your photo along with your application. Your face is unimportant to a potential employer, unless a picture is requested, which is a rare occurrence. Some people who have sent photographs with job applications and have not been hired have brought lawsuits for discrimination against the company which declined to hire them. The employer is likely to ignore all applications with a picture of the applicant attached. Personal Qualities Your age, race, religion, medical condition, disability, height, weight and sexual orientation are irrelevant. The law requires employers to disregard these qualities in their hiring decisions. Nevertheless, many of them ignore the law, and base their application rejections on one or all of these factors. Weaknesses Don't broadcast your weaknesses. For example, don't write something like: "I'm good at word processing, but not quite up to par on Excel and Power Point." Lead from your strengths. Don't give an employer an excuse to reject you. If you're asked, however, after you've applied for a job, don't lie or exaggerate - your weakness will become evident in time, and could lead to your dismissal, if not disclosed initially if asked. Negative Comments Don't bad-mouth your previous boss. Don't complain about your financial troubles. If you were fired from your last position for pilfering paper clips, don't mention it. If you were dishonorably discharged from the military, or did a prison stretch, don't mention it. You can be truthful about any of these issues only if asked. Lies and/or Exaggerations Don't lie about your experience, education or achievements. Don't inflate your previous salary. Employers in these tough times have been verifying facts on applicants resumes, and almost every lie and exaggeration will be nailed. Self-Serving Goals If you're applying for a job in a certain industry, just to learn that business as a stepping stone to another position, don't mention that. Many younger applicants cite their long-term goals in their resumes which result in their rejection. Employers want applicants to focus on the job they're offering, not on some future job. Politics, Prejudices and Personal Preferences Whatever your political persuasion, and whatever or whoever you dislike, should not be included in your resume. You may like or dislike the current government administration, but your potential employer will probably not care. The Bottom Line Landing a job is tough enough these days without the added disadvantage of a resume with material in it that should've been left out. Leave out the items mentioned above and you'll have a better chance of getting the job you applied for. Good luck.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Cool people of Dumaguete City now has a nice hang-out option. A decent and fun place for the young and the hip now serves its select clientele of classy Dumaguetenos. "Labeled" is so-called because its hip men and women clients go there dressed to the nines. I mean, no one goes there in slippers and sando and smelling of pit. When you hang out at "Labeled" you can be sure of the crowd you'll be hanging out with. To top it off, the prices of its food and drinks won't break your bank. Where exactly is "Labeled"? It is situated on Piapi Beach right next to Hayahay.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Muss SU 2011 bets meet the press

Eleven candidates for Miss SU will be formally presented via a press launch to be held at 5 p.m., Robinsons. Find out who among the 11 bets is the strongest.

Nine-year-old query: Do I have genes?

At first when I heard it I thought she was saying "jeans" so I said "yes." But she saw that I was not getting her, so she explained what she meant. "I mean, the ones inside our body," she clarified. "Oh," I said, "Of course, everyone has genes--rich or poor, girl or boy, ugly or beautiful, we all have genes." Then she continued, "My teacher said genes come from our two parents." "Oh, yes. That is why your hair is black, your skin light, and your eyes are shaped like that because of genes." "Oh," was all I got from her.

Monday, June 20, 2011

NIne Easy Ways to be Happy & Healthy

Being in a good mood or feeling happy doesn’t have to be solely a long-term goal — small things you do for yourself every day can make a huge difference in the way you feel.

Some people worry that wanting to be happier is a selfish goal, but in fact, research shows that happier people are more sociable, likable, healthy, productive and more inclined to help other people. By working to boost your own happiness, you’re making other people happier too.

We’ve come up with nine things you can do to boost your morale and feel good about yourself. Not only will these tasks themselves increase your happiness, but the mere fact that you’ve achieved some concrete goals will boost your mood.

1.Raise your activity level

Pump up your energy and give yourself an endorphin rush. If you’re on the phone, stand up and pace. Take the stairs instead of the lift, put more energy into your voice or even take a brisk 10-minute walk around the office — every little thing helps.

2. Let’s go outside

Research has suggested that light stimulates brain chemicals that improve moods. For an extra boost, get your dose of sunlight first thing in the morning. If you leave for work before sunrise, take a quick break at about 10am and soak in some sunshine — at this hour, sunlight has the maximum amount of vitamin D absorbable by the human body.

3. Reach out

Send an email or call to a friend you haven’t seen in a while, or reach out to someone new. Developing close bonds with other people is one of the most important keys to happiness. When you act in a friendly way, not only will others feel friendlier towards you, but you’ll also strengthen your feelings of friendliness for other people.

4. Rid yourself of a nagging task

Deal with that insurance problem, purchase something you need, or make that long-postponed appointment with the dentist. Crossing an irksome chore off your to-do list will give you a rush of elation.

5. Create a more serene environment

Outer order contributes to inner peace, so spend some time organising your desk and tackling those piles of paperwork. A large stack of little tasks can feel overwhelming, but often just a few minutes of work can make a sizable dent. Set the timer on your phone for 10 minutes and see what you can do.

6. Do a good deed

Introduce two people by email, take a minute to pass along useful information, or deliver some gratifying praise. Simple things that make a huge difference all around.

7. Save someone’s life

Donate some blood or sign up to be an organ donor, and remember to tell your family about your decision. It will make you feel good that you are making a difference to someone else’s life.

8. Act happy

Fake it ‘til you feel it. Research shows that even an artificially induced smile boosts your mood. And if you’re smiling, other people will perceive you as being friendlier and more approachable.

9. Learn something new

Think of a subject that you wish you knew more about and spend 15 minutes on the Internet reading about it, or go to a bookstore and buy a book about it. But be honest and pick a topic that really interests you, not something you think you should or need to learn about.

This article appeared on the Live it! page, The Edge Financial Daily, June 3, 2011.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

the beginning pretty much determines the end...

Been there, done that. In all my many years of observation, including putting up shows or events, I only follow one rule---whether it's an ordinary public speaking occasion, a party, or any show for that matter, how the event starts determines the ending of the affair. I always follow the rule of "dropping the bomb" at the very start or giving the audience a mesmerizing opening and everything will be all right.

I recently attended a grand birthday party---grand in the sense that the venue was perfect, food was excellent, and the clothes and costumes of the performers were top rate, but I couldn't help yawning even at the very start of the show. The event planner seemed to have reserved the best part at the very last which, to me, came out too late the hero as I already was too damned tired to appreciate anything, not even the dropping of a bomb at the end could have saved me from boredom.

I guess it isn't too much to ask from party planners to start the party with the best part.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

25 Basic Manners Every Kid should know before age 9

Helping your child master these simple rules of etiquette will get him noticed -- for all the right reasons.
By David Lowry, Ph.D.

Your child's rude 'tude isn't always intentional. Sometimes kids just don't realize it's impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large behind. And in the hustle and bustle of daily life, busy moms and dads don't always have the time to focus on etiquette. But if you reinforce these 25 must-do manners, you'll raise a polite, kind, well-liked child.-

Manner #1

When asking for something, say "Please."

Manner #2

When receiving something, say "Thank you."

Related: Kid-Made Thank You Notes

Manner #3

Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.

Manner #4

If you do need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.

Manner #5

When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.
Manner #6

The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.
Manner #7

Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome.

Related: Raise Polite Kids
Manner #8

When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.

Manner #9

When you have spent time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.
Manner #10

Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.
Manner #11

When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.
Manner #12

Be appreciative and say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.

Related: Print and Color Cards for Birthdays, Thank-Yous and More!
Manner #13

Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.

Manner #14

Don't call people mean names.
Manner #15

Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.

Related: Raise a Compassionate Kid
Manner #16

Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.
Manner #17

If you bump into somebody, immediately say "Excuse me."

Related: Quiz: What's Your Parenting Style?
Manner #18

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public.

Related: How to Handle Inappropriate Behavior

Manner #19

As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.
Manner #20

If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may learn something new.
Manner #21

When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.

Related: Use this Table-Setting Map as a Guide
Manner #22

When someone helps you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!
Manner #23

Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.

Related: Mrs. McVeigh Weighs in on Proper Utensil Use and More!

Manner #24

Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.

Manner #25

Don't reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

Witness a royal wedding of the century....

To watch or not to watch--some people are just not into the "royal wedding euphoria." I am not an avid follower either, but I couldn't help but get curious. I wanted to know and see the gown which Kate would wear and how the program would flow. Things like this don't happen everyday, so.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Welcome address...

A party may have a theme and you see this theme in the way the venue is decorated, the attires of the guests, and in the numbers. However, speeches are always generic. Whether it's a themed debut or not,the most important keyword is DEBUT. Speeches will only revolve around that keyword which is DEBUT. Themes like cowboy, Las Vegas, Luau, Chinese, Hollywood or what have you are only limited to the LOOK of the place. Speeches are generic and should apply to all sorts of debut no matter what the theme.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Debut--and not a concert...

Please---whenever you plan out a debut bash for someone, do your research. There are a lot of useful information online. Do not just do it your own way to avoid turning the party into a variety show of some sort or a concert sort of. A debut is not an occasion for the debutante to have a concert! It is neither an occasion for the planner or choreographer or whoever to fulfill his or her own dream musical extravaganza. If it's just a series of dances and that's all, then it loses the real essence of a debut party. A debut must carry the characteristics of a real debut celebration--cotillion, debutante's speech, parents' speeches, 18 roses, 18 candles, 18 treasures, the works. Do your research please.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

one beautiful deed...read this...

Earlier that night when we passed by Scooby's, we noticed a kitten which was about a week old crying on top of a garbage bin. It was obviously hungry and homeless. My heart really went out for that kitten but with three dogs and four cats that we already have at home, it would be not within our capacity to take in another pet. So we just passed it and proceeded to Jollibee at the opposite side of the road. We were seated close to the window where we could see everything outside from the inside. In fact, we could even see the trash bin where the kitten was. As we were about to eat our food, we noticed two foreigners (from the white race) stooping to have a look at the kitten. They were obviously talking about the plight of the kitten. Then we saw the man (about 28 years old) pick up the kitten which he placed on the pavement. He tried to feed the kitty with what he was drinking at that time but the kitten did not seem to want it. Meanwhile, the man's companion, a pretty lady about his age, was clearly begging him to go already. Obviously, the man was not in the mood to leave the kitten just like that. Then we saw the lady gesticulating and trying to convince him to let it go, but still the man kept hold on the kitten and even tried to talk to it. Exasperated, the woman left him and the guy was left behind with the kitten. We saw how the man was closely studying the kitten's face which probably made him decide to take it with him. Seeing that was like seeing the most beautiful thing we've ever seen in years. We felt happy for the cat for the man did not pass his opportunity to help a poor creature. Lovely.

Monday, February 7, 2011

a fly at Kamalig...

A friend of ours was halfway through his food when he noticed something black on his spoon which he was about to put in his mouth. Luckily he took one hard look at it and confirmed his suspicion. It was one humongous fly that obviously did not make it when it landed on the food. Just how did that huge fly get into his food? There are only three possible reasons: One, it must have landed on the food while it was being cooked. Two, it must have been there among the food ingredients where it met its death or three, the cook must have deliberately placed it there to spite the owner. Ewww....whatever the reason, that food hut would have been as dead as the fly had we made the report to proper authority, but we did not because we're not eating there for the rest of our lives even if the food were for free. When you come to Dumaguete, beware of that food hut near the dockside because you just don't know what you will find in your food. That is, if you're lucky to even scrutinize the food. Usually we just eat and eat without actually poking or looking at what's in there. So crazy.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tierra Alta, Palinpinon, Valencia

The ride to Tierra Alta from the city took us only about 15 minutes and there, we communed with mother nature in its greenest state. The well-paved roads and the beautifully structured gates that opened to the vast soon-to-be high-end housing subdivision took our breath away. The magnificent tower and the clubhouse which is on its final stages of construction gave our imagination a picture of what the place will look like five years from now. Yes, it is here in Tierra Alta where the most beautiful houses in Negros Oriental will be built. The Zipline cable was another attraction that made our hearts stop. With four different ways of riding it; sitting, inverted, superman, or tandem; one can truly have the feeling of viewing the whole world while suspended some 300 feet up and zipping the 600-meter long cable wire.