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12.31.2007

MY NEXT CHARITY

Looking for my next charity to support next year, I decided that it should have something to do with hospitals. I used to shy away from causes such as prevention and cure of HIV, cerebral palsy, heart diseases and similar areas for the thought of lingering sickness depresses me. This year however, I decided to confront these societal problems head on, in my own quiet ways. I hope that my efforts will be not be in vain.

Happy New Year, Everyone!

A WIFI CITY

My friend has a nice project that will result in a big part of our city being WIFI enabled. Long direct burial fiber optic cables will be installed underground and used to line tall vertical structures like the tallest buildings downtown. Hopefully, the project won’t take so long and people like me will finally be able to go around and transact online from our laptops.

Good luck, Amigo!

12.29.2007

TOP 5 NEWS STORIES FOR 2007

Here's the Top 5 world new stories for 2008, as compiled by Voxant.


Happy New Year!

12.28.2007

VIP Seating

The bus that we took on our way back from vacation had a nice recliner. The entire vehicle only had 27 seats and because of the wide spaces in between, a recline almost all the way to the back allowed the passengers to almost completely lie down, simulating an airline’s first class cabin.

With economic development, new companies create competition that eventually leads to the customer’s ultimate benefit. Cheers for free trade

12.18.2007

KINGS OF GREED

Rockefeller was famous for this answer, when asked how much more does he need,
"A little bit more"

This millionaire couple, has taken it to the extreme. Instead of working harder and helping the poor as Rockefeller did, they decided to save on costs by enslaving their maids.

They made their two maids work for up to 18 hours per day and paid them only $100~150 per day. To make matters worse, all of it were sent to relatives overseas, leaving them with nothing and effectively deterring any attempt to escape. Cruel, huh?

Read the rest of the details in this link

12.17.2007

HERE'S A BIT ABOUT THE WORLD'S ECONOMY

For those who has missed a lot about what's happening to the world's economy, this short clip is a good source of updates...



Compulsive Buyer-- That's moi'

I remember the time when I bought a pocket watch in, of all places, Jungfrau! Of course, Switzerland is the country where some of the finest watchmakers are. But why buy it on top of the mountain, where it is more expensive? Friends who learned about it laughed and said, you are such a tourist! Well, looking back, it was not a waste of money at all. The model that I bought has become a rare piece and is now worth a lot more than what I paid for.

12.14.2007

THE FUTURE ACCORDING TO MICROSOFT

And from virtual family organizers to tabletop touch-screens, their vision of the future sees technology move from the traditional desktop computer to become seamlessly integrated in all aspects of our lives.


Comments later. Gotta go...

Home Exercise

Since I changed careers, my lifetime membership in an expensive gym has gone to waste. I am at least 25 lbs overweight and that’s not all most of my body seems to be starting to sag. I’ve been thinking of ways to go about weight reduction and I think exercise bikes are the best option. Thirty minutes a day in that machine seems to be a good idea I hope to be able to get one as a Christmas gift to myself. Hmmnn..

Vacation!!!!!

A well travelled millionaire complained to me once. “My teenage son has been to Vegas. When he was there, he was rubbing the fact to my face by singing on the phone Viva laaas Veeeegas!”. I told him, you spend most of your time traveling so why don’t you make a weekend stopover and get it done with. Vegas is a good entertainment capital even for short breaks. One need not go out of the legendary hotels in Vegas and still have the time of his life. Shows, casinos, etc, etc. It’s all there. Take a break.

12.07.2007

4WD vs. 2WD VEHICLES

As a young boy, I had a fascination for Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) vehicles. 4WD's look very macho and there's nothing like being in a big car. However, as I started to accumulate driving hours, I realized that fast cars brings me to my destination faster. But as I grew older, I realized that sedans and big cars have their own separate purposes and cannot really be compared to one another. Sedans bring me to my office faster but SUV's can fit lots of cargo and are generally better for road collisions. As an old man once said,
"When you collide with a car while in an SUV, you land on top of the heap"
-- well said.

In purchasing SUV's, will you go for a 4WD or a simple 2WD? In terms of price, 2WD's are cheaper and performance wise, a 4WD may not necessarily outperform the other.


If you drive in rough terrains, a 4WD will definitely be much better.



But if you are a like me, who spends most of his driving hours shuttling from house to the office, a 2WD is probably a more practical buy.

12.02.2007

A GERMAN CAR REVIEW

Walking around the mall this morning, I saw beautiful adjustable beds on display and remembered a Top Gear review of a certain German car that boasted a living room theme. Two of the hosts spent 24 hours inside the car and found nothing worthy of mention except for the front seats that extends the rear. In exasperation, the hosts remarked that instead of talking so much about a “Living room theme”, they should just have referred to it as “Adjustable seats”. Funny!

All great wealth...

I have quoted time and time again that saying that, “All great wealth comes with real estate”. Then and now, those words remain to be true. With the subprime market on a decline, the game on the year is called “Where is the floor?” The rules are simple:

  1. Determine the lowest point that the market will go down to.
  2. Determine the properties that are most likely to appreciate most in terms of value.
  3. Invest.
  4. While waiting for the price to increase, treat the market as a rental property investment.
  5. Determine the peak price of the property and wait for the market to reach it.
  6. Sell the property with a very good profit.
  7. Give me my 5% consultancy fee--- WHOA!!!!

11.27.2007

A low key designer

Another friend is living well by being a designer. You wouldn’t find her name among the list of popular names in the industry such as Lhuilier, Versace, Natori and YsL because she doesn’t market her products like others do. She sells beautiful but inexpensive maternity clothes that can be ordered via the internet. Isn’t that so nice? Designs can be found in her web pages and every bored and home based mom can get herself a new dress at the click of a mouse. Wow!

Moving to another state

A friend found a new job and has to move to another state. For the meantime, he’s unable to party with his old friends since he’s preoccupied with packing everything that he had accumulated through the years. I told him the he need not be stressed out by such process and recommended that he services of a New York Moving Company. All that he will need to do is identify the things that he wants to leave behind and have the professionals take care of the rest. With so much time in his hands, he may then spend his remaining days in the state partying with us. Isn’t that the best advice ever?

FINALLY, A CHRISTMAS TRAVEL

With the holidays fast approaching, I decided to go on a vacation, once and for all. I’ve been working so hard these couple of years and perhaps, it is time to take a break. Starting Monday, I will be devoting much of my time preparing for the travel and the first order of the day is a term life insurance quote. It is not easy to experience any unforeseen medical condition while on travel and as soon as I get a new policy for the entire family, all that’s left are tickets and we are good to go.

11.22.2007

Celebrities and Drug Rehab

Without anything useful for us this day, my friends and I, tried to recall the names of stars who underwent drug treatment this year. It was easy to remember Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan for they were featured so many times on TV. Nicole Richie’s treatment was last year, so she doesn’t count.

Searching the web, we came up with Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives), Mike Tyson and Rush Limbaugh. All the other names that we found were cases of alcohol abuse and we didn’t want to write about it for we might end up the list.

Hehehe!

11.19.2007

Senior Life Insurance

Having a mom who’s approaching old age, and the fact that only early death can save me from getting old, this topic is something close to my heart.

People work all their lives to be able to raise a family or simply support themselves. It is quite ironic, that after having worked for so long, accomplished much and earned enough to become comfortable, they realize that a lot of things are not anymore so easy to acquire for them. Senior Life insurance, for instance, becomes so expensive and close to being unattainable as if, people are being penalized for still being alive. Well, in some states, that may be the case, but definitely in most countries, that is not the intention.

There is at least one site that features a directory of Senior Life Insurance packages that we can refer to. One beauty of this site is that it carries a number of life insurance companies that have different packages to offer to the clients. All that the client needs is to fill up a free insurance quote form and the company will determine the best company and package based on the amount of insurance needed, state of health and many other factors. The company even knows where to find insurance quotes for people who does not wish to go through an exam.

Take note of the company for your present and future needs. It’s called the Insurance and Investment Group.

Online Shopping Cart

Online presence is now a must in most businesses. If they have not, your competitors will certainly get there. If you have not, time is being wasted every second that you are offline. Prospective clients would want to get more information about their suppliers within easy reach and every second that you are not reached on the major search engines translates into a doubt on your business.

Having an online presence should immediately be followed with the installation of a capability to do business online. And for most companies, a shopping cart software is a complete necessity.

It is truly a good to know that in the field of ecommerce software, there is a company that has simplified the management and utilization of shopping cart technology, without compromising on security. Ashop ecommerce’s software is web based and user friendly making it easy for any company to utilize. With their shopping cart software, the need to hire an additional IT personnel is eliminated and the prospects of increasing the company’s sales volume more than doubles.



11.18.2007

ECONOMIC UPDATES

Rising fuels, falling real estate sales, etc., etc...

Watch today's economic news.



A top of the line theater in my house!

My brother is the coolest kid in the entire block...

He has a top of the line set up and his recent addition, A Yamaha audio receiver makes the house sound like an expensive theatre. Neighbors always want to be in my brother’s good graces and be invited to watch a movie at home. Well, how about getting a good set of home theater furniture and charge on a per seat basis. Hahaha! That would be like running my own underground, members only theater.

Quality Bargains!

If you want to avail of discounts for a lot of things, click here!

Yes, I have just given you one freebie for the week and I hope that you’d be able to use it. Just like most of you, I love bargains and being able to share life tips such as how to get a good item for lesser price is something that I very much want to do.

Putting up a Flower Shop

Where I come from, there is a place where you can get wholesale flowers. Truckloads of fresh flowers are delivered 24 x 7 and the place seems to feel fresh and smell so good. And that is despite the huge crowd of people buying stuff for their own stores. In that area, the prices are so cheap that it is not so difficult to either develop hatred for the flower shops or get the idea of putting a flower shop business yourself.

Playstation 3

There’s a little boy hiding in every man. Well, that’s what they say and maybe, there’s a bit of truth to that. Take for example the huge number of adults who are really crazy over the new playstation 3. Looking at the device myself, I realized that the designers really went through a lot in order to make the games more exciting than ever. No wonder, the game is now included in today’s list of Toys for the big boys!

11.15.2007

HEAL THE WORLD

Why do the babies starve
There's enough food to feed the world
Why when there're so many of us
Are there people still alone.. - Tracy Chapman, Why?

While checking my Paypal account, I saw this ad of an online marketplace that provides the opportunity for ordinary people to invest by lending in entrepreneurs, mostly women from small countries.

The entrepreneur gets the chance to earn while helping those who, before he came, had no hope..

Check the site by clicking on the Micro Place Button (below)

11.12.2007

CHANGE: It's the only thing that permanent


There is a saying that the only permanent thing in this world is change. Such a saying is true, most especially nowadays with technology changing the world faster than people are able to adapt to it. During my days in the telecom engineering industry, cat 3 and eventually, CAT5 cable was the fad. Today, Cat5E, which is a number of leaps better than CAT 5, is the norm. And to make things more wonderful, access to this wonderful hardware very easy for the household consumer.

There are so many things that change so fast. The best that we can do is try to Cope with it, as fast as we can

11.06.2007

US economy seems headed towards recession

"I think that the risk of a recession is greater than people realize," James Dunne, chief executive of Sandler O'Neil & Partners, said at the Reuters Finance Summit in New York.

With home prices dropping, more people about to lose their homes due to unaffordable mortgages and sharply higher oil prices, the economy could be on the brink of slowing down, they said.

"I think there is a serious risk to the economy," Howard Lutnick, CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, told the summit. - Yahoo News

11.05.2007

ENVIRONMENTALLY- FRIENDLY CARS CAN BE SEXY TOO


This is a nice clip. Timely and a must view.

AN EARTH FRIENDLY SITE

live greener products

In past articles, we featured energy efficient automobiles and now, let us showcase other earth friendly products and services.

In today’s world where renewable energy, energy conservation and clean environment are gaining wider popularity, here’s a site worthy of mention in this blog. Greenandmore.com features top quality eco friendly products that fits people’s requirements such as style and durability.

With Greenandmore, people need spend on dry cell batteries because it of its hand crank LED flashlight that does not lose power even when stocked for a long time. Is your home’s halogen security light costing you an arm and a leg? Get upset no more for the site offers basically the same performance but does cost anything to operate. In addition, the product does not require any charging and therefore experiences no downtime.

Some of the other products available in the site includes a rain water storage systems that can tapped for plant watering and other purposes, solar bags to power laptops and other gadgets and most notably, environmentally friendly furniture that were manufactured using energy efficient processes. By the way, the company is giving a 10% opening discount to all those who will use the COUPON CODE: GREEN10 until Dec 31, 2007.

The website also contains numerous tips on how to save and efficiently utilize energy, protect the environment and regular environmental updates. With its environmentally focused products and business practices, Greenandmore is worthy of mention as a wonderful site especially in this modern time.

10.30.2007

JAPANESE WAR CRIMES: SURGICAL EXPERIMENTS CONDUCTED ON FILIPINOS

The disgraced ex Prime Minister Abe should be reading this. The man who kept on insisting that Japan was never a World War 2 bully, the man who brazenly tried to revise Japan's war history, should be made to listen to a recording of this man's confession, again and again.

According to Akira Makino, they cut the throats of Filipino hostages and performed brutal medical experiments on a number of others. The entire article is featured below.


10.29.2007

OIL PRICE BREAKS $92/BARREL

Turmoil in the major supply sources Iraq, Nigeria and Iran created fears that supply will not be free flowing like before. This resulted to a record breaking price that peaked at $93.20 a barrel, before slipping back to $93.05.

The current price is about 29% increase to the price level five months ago ($65.89 per barrel).

Whenever there is a movement in oil prices, I always go back to the oil's real value which is estimated by experts to be at $182/barrel. At the rate that the prices are moving, I'd say that we're on our way.

Time to devout more energy to alternative sources of fossil fuel, alternative(renewable) energy and better fuel efficiency of our gas guzzlers.

The legendary Lee Iacocca claims that unfair trade practices cause the low sales of American in Japan. I beg to disagree. Other than better quality of Japanese cars compared to the US automobiles, compare the fuel efficiency of Japanese cars against the US vehicles. The result should be enlightening enough.

10.26.2007

Plunderer Pardoned!


Found guilty of plunder, this deposed president was pardoned by the incumbent, only three days after he applied for clemency.

Joseph Ejercito Estrada, detained (or billeted) in a luxurious estate for six years, sentenced to a couple of life terms by the courts and yet to see the insides of a prison cell, was freed by her successor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

This is a mad mad world.

I pity the millions of poor citizens in one of Asia's poorest countries.

Consistent with my call for an end to Burma's violence, I now join a nonviolent opposition to the pardon, on behalf of the staring citizens of the Philippines.

Justice for the poorest of the poor!

10.24.2007

CRISIS = OPPORTUNITY

With crisis comes foreclosures. With foreclosures come bargain assets.

Here's yahoo's tips on how to find the best bargains.

10.22.2007

ONLINE BOOKING AND THE MUSIC AFFICIONADOS

A good friend loves this character so much that she reserves Hannah Montana tickets, the earliest possible. All these online ticket sites have proven to be so useful for the concert aficionados. Because of it, musical enjoyment has never been so easy. Imagine how it was before. There were horrible long lines and furious haggling for tickets. I certainly wouldn’t want that to happen again.

Weight loss

In another blog, somebody posted about a Miracle burn supplement that has proven to be very effective. My personal take regarding that is the need for diet and exercise that will aid in the fat burning process. Pills alone will not work if the individual’s food intake continues to be excessive. However, diet, exercise and those diet supplements should do the work. Of course, one should get a physicians medical opinion before engaging in any type of weight loss program. Trying to tinker with the human body always carry certain hazards to a person’s health.

BATTERIES

Whenever on travel, I make sure that I have ample stock of batteries for my camera, cellular phone and flashlight. The camera is useful in capturing precious moments, the cellular phone to keep me connected with the rest of the world, and the flashlight for emergency purposes. Those three things tops the list of important items that I will bring with me if ever I am forced to jump ship.

Microwave Ovens

As a person who leaves alone, I am naturally inefficient in the consumption of various things. Imagine cooking an entire chicken but being unable to finish all the food in one meal. Reheating the leftover lunch to become part of my dinner repertoire means that I waste precious minutes every day. It’s a good thing that this has become the age of microwave ovens. With it, fast reheating has never been so accurate with food being processed evenly.

10.19.2007

PAYDAY LOANS

Are you in need of quick cash? Are you in need of cash but does not have a credit history? Or, do you have a poor credit history or bankrupt? Do not despair. There is such thing as a fast payday loans facility that will willingly address your concerns --> Fast!

Payday loans work by serving lending those who are suddenly in need of a cash advance to be paid during the next payday. If the borrower is currently:
• Employed for at least 3 consecutive months.
• Earning at least $1,000 per month in income.
• Having a valid checking account open for at least 3 months
Then, the usual minimum lenders requirements have been met and the application may proceed.

There are a number of lending institutions that provide the same service but the major advantages of online applications include the fast processing and disbursement of the loan amount (usually overnight, after loan approval) and the guaranteed anonymity of the borrower.

One need not suffer the embarrassment of having to line up for loans since al applications are done online. For more information, please visit the website (cashadvance1500.com) and choose from among the numerous online loan providers.

10.15.2007

U.S. Trio Win Nobel In Economics


Americans Leonid Hurwicz, Eric Maskin and Roger Myerson won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences on Monday for work that helps explain situations in which markets work well.

The three researchers "laid the foundations of mechanism design theory," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.

"Mechanism design theory initiated by Leonid Hurwicz and further developed by Eric Maskin and Roger Myerson has greatly enhanced our understanding of optimal allocation mechanisms in such situations, accounting for individuals' incentives and private information."

Their theory allows economists, governments and businesses to "distinguish situations (that) work well from those in which they do not."

This post will be updated in a couple of hours... Guten Morgen! :D

2007 SEASON WINDS UP WITH NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS



SLOT CARS


With the high maintenance costs associated with owning a car, I might as well put my purchase plan on hold. The price of petrol is climbing like crazy and all indications are pointing northwards. My current vehicle is not bad. In fact, I still proudly display it everywhere. So, for now, my next four wheel purchase will be a couple of slot cars. With a fast slot car, I’d surely be the most popular kid in the neighborhood. There’s nothing wrong with it, except that I’m 20 years past that age group.

BREAKTIME: Sexy Fashion Show




It’s time to please the readers. In the movie Gladiators, the former great general-turned-slave Maximus was advised that the only way to win his freedom is not by being the best killer in the arena but by being the crowd’s favorite. Both men and women will like this clips. Men like seductive bodies while women surely appreciate sexy lingerie. Economists, accountants, planners or whatever you are, here’s something for you.

I would love to see Alan Greenspans reaction if ever he will watch the following videos.






Getting Your Applications Ready

When it comes to outsourcing China services, Hundsun is a leader in the industry. What you might not know is that they're also a leader in offshore development as well. Hundsun offers the best application development outsourcing of any other company. When it's time for your company to farm out application development to an outside source, I can't think of any reason not to let Hundsun get you the quality outsourcing that you deserve. Check with them today and you'll see what I'm talking about.

The Top Quality Graphics You Want

With the new Entasi Tension Fabric Displays from ExhibitDEAL you can get the most amazing Lambda graphics that are sure to make your customers come back for more. I know that part of having a trade show display is having the newest and best thing, and with the tension fabric displays that you can get from ExhibitDEAL you're getting just that – a display that will showcase your service or product and is sure to increase your sales. Banner stands offer a great opportunity to display additional graphics and information at a trade show.

Engage Her Interest

Engagement rings will always get her attention, but I happen to know that getting the right diamonds that ring will really get her attention. I was nothing but impressed by Danforth Diamond's selection of top quality diamonds, and I'm pretty sure you will be too. Whether you need a diamond for an engagement ring, a necklace, or something else entirely, you can't miss by getting your diamonds from Danforth Diamond.

Missing Golf

I haven’t’ played golf for quite some time and I am starting to miss it. I miss the crisp sound of my driver hitting the ball, as I tee off, signaling the start of a relaxing day. I also miss the feel of a stiff driver bending behind me as I reach the back swing. For years, I used to Taylor Made but there’s a possibility that I will be considering Nike golf clubs, next time. With those clubs, some of Tiger Wood’s skills will hopefully be passed on to me.

Pimpin' my Chrysler 300


For those wondering how to spice up their cars and thinking of the best Chrysler 300 accessories, I think that a new meshgrill would be enough. I’ve seen these models being accessorized with thin mag wheels and I think it’s a bit too much for me. Installing wide mag wheels and having a lowered car, at my age, will make me look like somebody who missed some parts of his youth. To each his own.

10.10.2007

ECONOMICS: REVISING GOP FISCAL POLICY

Now they're talking.

These farmers are hardly poor but are receiving heavy subsidies.

Vamos a ver!



10.07.2007

PACQUIAO vs BARERRA 2: round by round commentary - HERE IT IS!

Caveat Emptor: This is a commentary from a non boxer's point of view. The author, though, is well experienced in hand to hand combat situations and the exposure in this area stretches to more than a decade.

ROUND 1:
Started with both trying to measure each other. Pacquiao gave a few isolated combinations but back pedaled whenever Barrera countered. Barrera tried to explode a couple of times but stopped and readjusted after PAC has shifted his line. Winner? Hard to say.. Even?

ROUND 2: Barrera probably led it by a few points. He tagged the PAC with a few slugs that did not seem to hurt. As a fighter, I’d say it wasn’t much. But in boxing where points count, the Pac should not have allowed MAB to hit him at all unless he was using it to measure the distance and hit back with knockout punches.

ROUND 3: Barrera landed more solid punches but Pac wasn’t hurt. The Pac was unable to punch effectively.

It’s in this round though where I saw how fast Manny’s punches are. His 1-2-3 left-right combination punches all land within a split second. What sets this apart from the other fighters is that Manny’s punches are equally powerful. Barrera on the other hand has a very nice jab and footwork combination. He can dance around his opponent fast while landing powerful jabs.

ROUND 4: Pac found his distance and won this round. He landed better punches and frustrated Barrera’s counters. Barrera was also unhurt in this round and in my opinion; he could have landed better counters. I noticed that he seemed hesitant or perhaps, out of oxygen to be able to take advantage of the opportunities. An example is when Manny made the sign of the cross in the middle of the round and MAB just watched. Catholic or otherwise, it was the middle of a battle. It was a no quarters scenario. Hesitate and die!

ROUND 5: Barrera’s attention was again called for locking Pac’s head inside his armpits. I am starting to get the impression that MAB fights along the boundaries of legality. This also happened during the previous round.

Pac landed some heavy punches but that did not hurt MAB. In fact, MAB used the Pac blows as a springboard for his powerful counters that landed square in Pac’s jaw. These boxers have such solid jaws, the ordinary street thug would have been hospitalized many times over by blows that both fighter landed.

ROUND 6: Great explosions in this round. Both landed solid hits but my hazy recollection favored MAB in terms of number of punches that landed. However, Barrera’s solid hits didn’t seem to hurt Pac and it is in this round where he seemed to have started getting tired or weary from the Pac punches in the previous rounds. Barrera may have landed more solid punches, but I think this is the round where the legend started to fade. It probably explained the illegal armpit techniques in the previous rounds. MAB was getting tired. Again, as a fighter in the street arts, I would say that MAB’s punches were of no use. He seemed to have landed his best shots but it failed to knock his opponent. On the contrary, he hasn’t received the best of the Pac.

Despite that, the Pac still seemed to be awkward considering the fact that he routed MAB during their first outing. Being to overly cautious may have taken its toll on him.

ROUND 7: Same as round 6. It was at the end of this round when I noticed that the TV network (or whoever) seemed to have scored an overwhelming number of rounds in Pac's favor. I don’t believe it was that lopsided since the Pac hasn’t really exploded. He was either stopped by Barrera’s footwork or his overly cautious attitude was causing the delay.

ROUND 8: MAB was unable to counter as effectively as he did during the first few rounds. I got the impression that he was getting tired. Pac on the other hand, had none of the masterful attacks and counters that he displayed against Erik Morales in their 3rd fight. He scored with lunges and that could have been stopped by Barrera’s powerful jabs. Lucky for him, the MAB was unable to. If MAB had done that and followed with a good head combination, he probably could have stopped the PAC. This round again disappointed me since I’ve been itching to see a round of powerful nonstop exchanges. Who won? The TV commentators had it for Pac, I think.

ROUND 9: The PAC landed the better blows and again, MAB was unable to convert those hits as effective counter attacks. I think he’s tired but not that much. I say, the PAC was more powerful and had more air left in him. I’m now wondering where all those MAB’s pre-fight statements are, at this point. He talked so much about the Pac avoiding him for 4 years but he seemed to have not initiated attacks since round 1. I think he was just forced to be in the ring because of constant ribbing that he got from critics and the urging of his countrymen.

ROUND 10: MAB was clearly outclassed in this round. His dirty tactics were used more times in this round than the previous making me believe that he’s desperate. Clearly this is not the fight he declared to be personal and a revenge. He is as Morales said he will be, “A sissy who will be running away”. Clearly, I am disappointed. I was hoping that MAB will win via KO and Pac will be crying for a rematch.

ROUND 11: Good exchanges that almost knocked Barrera. MAB probably realized that he was losing so he became dirtier than ever. He punched Pac after the ref stopped them and that had the PAC hurting in the ringside. A point deduction was called on MAB. Thereafter, the ref was heard telling the fighters, “Clean fight. Clean fight!”. To me, it meant, “Keep it clean, Barerra”. It was really disgusting. That is no way for a champ, a legend at that, to behave. I could have called it an adrenaline induced accident but in the light of his tactics in the previous rounds, I’d say it was intentional. As a fighter, I know that pugilists react at a hint of an opportunity. It was dirty blood rushing this time.

ROUND 12: The TV commentators said that the MAB was holding out, waiting for that counter attack opportunity that will knock the Pac. I don’t think he can. Any fighter can be dropped by a sucker punch but the Pac can’t be downed by a single Barrera punch while in battle. The final round came to an end without fireworks.

Winner: The Pac via unanimous decision.



You will be paid to write a few words about my post/blog. No joke!

PACQUIAO vs BARERRA 2: round by round commentary


Nope, I didn't think this bout will be as good as the Morales- Pacquiao bouts so I didn't order a Pay per view. The delayed telecast has just ended and it's time for me to go to church.

Pacquiao won by a unanimous decision and I will be uploading a round by round commentary after dinner, tonight.

For the meantime, here's a news report.

UPDATE: ROUND BY ROUND COMMENTARY


Vamos a ver!

10.06.2007

STOP THE KILLINGS IN BURMA: BECAUSE THE FLESH IS WEAKER THAN THE FAL

As posted a couple of days ago, the flesh is no match against the 7.62mm ammunition of the soldiers' rifles. This blog, being a citizen of the world joins the appeal to stop the killings.

Stone's and insults are no match against the tanks and automatic rifles. They were never meant to be.



RAINS, COLDS, FLU, EXERCISE, DIET & VITAMINS

These rains are creating havoc in my system. It threatens to bring coughing bouts, cold and worse, influenza to my staff. And since most of us here have not taken flu vaccine shots this year, we have to take extra caution to avoid these inconveniences. It’s a good thing that I have a set of garden of life in the office. In addition to proper diet, a good set of supplements would be a big help.

10.05.2007

Nintendo Wii Video Games

If you are looking for the latest Nintendo Wii Video Games, Shopping.com has it all. From Mario Strikers to Mario Party, Big Brain Academy, GT Pro Series, Raving Rabids and many more. Just name it, they surely have it. The site is very easy to use due to the multiple search options that it has. A buyer may shop for games based on the price levels, use of the search button or by directly browsing the site.

What sets this site above the competition is its function that allows the shopper to compare prices of games and decide which dealer to buy from. What a wonderful site!

9.29.2007

BURMA IN TURMOIL: MY OPINON

While it’s normally not within people’s rights to say how matters should be handled by foreign governments, what is happening in Myanmar is very alarming that it is now incumbent upon every citizen of the world to call for an end to the wholesale shooting of protesters. Video feeds that leaked into the global media showed helpless protesters (led by Buddhist monks) being mowed down with automatic rifles.


THE FLESH

vs.

THE FAL


I have not had the chance to closely check the type of rifle being used but the width of the magazines make me speculate that it fires 7.62mm caliber bullets. The soldiers are probably using the Belgian FAL rifles that chambers 51 rounds per magazine (the US M-16 use a smaller 5.56mm ammunition with 30 rounds/ magazine ). The FAL is arguably one of the deadliest rifles in the world. I dwelt a bit on this detail to illustrate the damage that it can cause on the delicate human flesh.

The photo is close to the actual size and the leftmost bullet is the 7.62mm. Imagine the damage that it can cause to the human flesh)

I know that the press can create an otherwise nasty impression out of a good institution. However, the fact that the protests are being led by the Buddhist monks who are known to be very peaceful (remember their non violent protests during the Vietnam war?), the country’s internet has been shut down and that their titular figurehead is the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung Suu Kyi, I am inclined to believe claims that the protesters are mainly armed with boos and insults and yet are being stopped with bone shattering FAL rifles.

Stop the killings in Burma now. Bring the country under UN supervision until things have normalized.

POWERFUL SPEAKERS IN SMALL BOXES

My first encounter with Bose speakers was when I visited a friend’s house, more than 20 years ago. The sound coming out from his stereo was so good but I couldn’t the speakers. It turned out that he had a couple of small but powerful box speakers installed. I couldn’t find it because I was looking for big speakers that I thought then was more appropriate for the volume that I was hearing.

Rio Las Vegas

With so much going on, no amount of money can make me leave my workstation tonight. Of course, there is one exception. And that is a treat to the Rio Las Vegas! The place is a bit separate from the strip but is nonetheless very accessible. There, one can enjoy the facilities and amenities of a newly renovated luxury hotel. Ahh, Viva Las Vegas!

Sub Prime loans

The Sub prime market seems to have gone down in flames and we can expect some adverse effects in the real estate market. Real property prices of some neighborhoods will probably drop drastically as lenders start to take possession of collaterals from borrowers who failed to pay their obligations. C’est la vie! The economy moves in cycles of booms and busts. If there’s an impending bust now, we are not so sure. However, what we are sure of is that real estate is good collateral, most of the time.

Book Reading

With so many things to do this weekend, there’s not much time left for me to read my books. During the past few years, I have been to a number of book bargains and amassed a small library of good titles. Book reading is still better and more relaxing compared to PDF files. The only downside to books that I can see at this point, is the problem of maintaining storage spaces.

9.27.2007

No Mas Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Mama Mia!!!


I have always listed Montepulciano d'Abruzzo among my chosen wines. However, I may have to drink less of it starting this year, as Italy's grape harvest has become very low. In fact, the country is now recording its lowest yield in 70 years.

I remember the days when France's grape harvests were also low and the market started noticing the wines produced in other countries. As a result, my personal favorites now include those that came out of Australia, Chile and South Africa. With Italy's grape problems, the world may start noticing new suppliers and wine varieties from other countries.

Well, diversity creates opportunities.

Viva!

A NICE SITE FOR TATTOO LOVERS

For the past several years that I’ve been surfing online, I’ve been to so many dating sites. The past few years saw the rapid growth of similar websites and I believe that this is due to several “Create your own dating site” software that is now freely available in various ecommerce sites.

Today however, I checked out a unique dating site that I think will have a loyal following through the years. A dating/ social networking site for tattoo lovers. tattoo singles enable people who are into skin art to get acquainted and even end up tattoo dating, should they feel comfortable with the idea.

Those who would like to try the site can do so for free. All that’s needed is for one to sign up and load a photo into his profile. After the site has been verified and approved by the administrators, the new member start sending messages and getting to know the other members.

Tattoo lovers is a wonderful site for people who love tattoos.





9.25.2007

IN ISRAEL, THEY GET CAUGHT

SJ once commented in this blog that in Israel, they get caught. That comment is now proving to be a little more accurate as a new scandal develops. The incumbent Israeli Prime Minister is under investigation for alleged irregularities attached to his purchase of a new home in Jerusalem.
“The ministry said the investigation is to clarify suspicions of criminal action that stemmed from a report by the state comptroller on Olmert's deal to purchase the house. That report came after a complaint was filed saying Olmert received a significant reduction in the price in return for expediting building permits.”

It seems that things really work in that country. Why can’t it be the same elsewhere, especially in the poorest countries?


Flags courtesy of ITA's
Flags of All Countries used with permission.

The best inventory on new and used cars!

It's never easy to have to admit that you need a new car, but thankfully Conklin makes it easier. It's easy to see why they're the biggest dealer of Used Cars in Newton, Kansas. Just look at the selection! I know you'll be impressed not just with the selection, but with the service you get from this Kansas Car Dealer. Don't let apprehension about getting a new or used car stop you from visiting Conklin they've been doing this for years and I know they'll have just what you're looking for. They'll be your first and last stop in your search for a new car. They also provide services for Wichita new and used cars.

Get the experience of dozens of law firms!

Whereas in the past, the legal profession frowned on the internet, the times have changed, and law firms are quickly moving into the digital world in a variety of ways, including Denver and Dallas computer networking. Dallas and Colorado lawyers have been able to enjoy the knowledge and experience of other lawyers thanks to companies like BNC that work with many professionals in the industry. I know it sounds too good to be true, but your firm really can move to the next level and gain valuable resources thanks to a Dallas and Denver Computer Consultant that can provide a number of services, including IT (Information Technology), to protect and enhance your firm's ability to function. I know you want to give your clients the best services possible, so why don't you get the best services available for yourself as well? If you call BNC, I'm sure you'll find they're just what your firm has been looking for.

Call Center Consulting from an Industry Leader

There's no reason to be wasting precious labor hours when you're not that busy. I know you want to take care of your customers, but you also need to protect your bottom line. F. Curtis Barry has been working in Call Center Consulting for over 20 years, and specializes in direct-to-customer sales. They understand what you need to do to make sure that your phones are manned when you really need them to be.
They not only work for you, but with you, finding out what's important to you, then collaborating with you to come up with a plan of action. I thought they were a leader in order management systems, but it turns out that F. Curtis Barry & Company offer a range of services for a wide range of companies including warehouse consulting. I think you'll be surprised by what they can do for you and your company. I know I was.

9.24.2007

Asthmatic Basketball Star

I remember when I was still in school and our club had a friendly basketball match against a much superior team. We would have been easily trounced but we had a superb player that made us win after overtime. Our star, who by the way had asthma, ended playing the whole stretch and collapsed from exhaustion. Before we rushed him to the hospital, his last words were, “I need oxygen”. If only we had a portable oxygen concentrator, we would not have worried for about an hour. We were lucky he turned OK.

CHINA: THE LATEST REGARDING THE TOY RECALLS

OK, so China’s factory produced toys that were deemed unsafe for kids. Lead paint was used and falling magnets that kids can swallow were on some of the toys. However, it is turning out that Mattel, the company that issued the massive recall was partly at fault. The falling magnets were caused by Mattel’s design flaw and Chinese manufacturers were made to look bad. Mattel apologized but in my opinion, the sorry came quite late. It simply wasn’t issued early enough. It’s a good thing that China took the late apology quite well and no fiery complaints followed. Perhaps, the government realized that their factories are accountable for most of the blame.

9.22.2007

CUSTOMIZED COMPUTERS AT LOW COST

Looking at the company’s online computer stores, I noticed with much glee that DELL remains loyal to a formula that made it the customers’ delight.

The company’s success story started when Michael Dell started customizing personal computers for the end users. With his style, the customers got to pick the features that were appropriate to their needs at optimal prices. Based on what I saw in the company's web pages, I can say that DELL continues the tradition of offering personalized computers at low cost.

One’s visit to the website will reveal that a buyer is actually guided through a process that allows him to intelligently assemble the computer of his choice. In the end, the end user will get the feeling of having bought a customized personal equipment at the price of cheap computers. What a fine way to make a purchase.

While the endorsement is honest and something that and done without the need for anything, this site would like to thank Dell Computers for sponsoring this post.

9.21.2007

DOHA ROUND: NOW MORE DOABLE?

WTO's Director General Pascal Lamy was quoted saying that a deal is now more doable. However, he also added that it is not an assurance that such will indeed happen.
"My feeling is that given the level of activity of negotiations in Geneva it is now doable, but saying something is doable is not saying it’s going to be done," he said on the sidelines of an international forum on aid for trade."
So much has been written about it in this site and I have gotten quite tired repeating myself. Let's just hope that the negotiators will not sell out their countries and genuinely move in the direction of the conference's real goal-- to bring the benefits of global trade to the less developed economy.


Related posts in this site are linked here.

Supporting Drug Rehabs

If I am to pick one cause where to put money on, it will be in drug rehabs. Compared to the time when I was growing up, when the bad kids in the block were into grass (marijuana), a lot of kids have now been into casual and heavy use of cocaine, ecstasy, ice and a lot of cocktail drugs.

Time to do something. Otherwise, the youth, where we bank the future of this country, will lead us to perdition.

Popcorn and Movies during the weekend

It’s Friday and I can almost hear and smell the popcorn machines by the cinemas already. Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for family relaxation and the thought that I will be enjoying my family’s company in less than 24 hours is very exciting. Nice movies, popcorn, soda and chocolate bar are the things that I live for. Of course, golf has to be inserted early in the morning, while the rest of the family is still in bed.

Broadway Weekend

It suddenly occurred to me that my family appreciates occasional forays into activities that they are not used to. Browsing the net just now, I searched for some Broadway shows and came upon something that most, if not all, of us will probably love. In a moment, I will be typing, my credit card number in an ecommerce site. With the Wicked tickets in my hand, I will be going home to surprise my family. I can’t wait to see the joy in their faces later.

SITE OF THE DAY: Air Ambulances (Available 24 x 7)

In this world where information has become more accessible than before, the mode of extending medical care and providing easier medical access to patients has taken a big step forward. It is now easy to avail of the services of a modern and state of the art air ambulance through www.airambulance.net- the central hub for information about air ambulances in the United States.

The company’s air crews include registered nurses, flight paramedics, respiratory therapists and even doctors, as the need arise. And most specially, all the crew members are specially trained in flight physiology, something which is most critical in this kind of work. They have 21 years of experience in the industry and have an assortment of aircrafts that include Lear Jets 55, 36, 35, and 25, Turbo Props and Twin engine planes. All their aircrafts are licensed by the FAA (part 135) and Air Ambulance Certified.

The company’s website details the process of how to avail of their services, specific information for each of the US States and all other necessary information. It is most important to know that they are available 24 hours a day and trusted by hospitals from all over the world.

This site is something that everyone should keep in his list of important resources. While constantly keeping ourselves fit and safe to avoid the need for medical care, it would be best to know where to get help in the event the need comes. Should the need becomes very urgent that it requires a rapid response, don’t hesitate to call 1-800-827-0745

This post is brought to us by Air Ambulance America.

9.15.2007

THE STATE LOTTERY: THE TRAGEDY OF WINNING

The story that rich man who became a lottery winner is quite a novelty. However, his life's pattern after winning the jackpot is very common among most of the winners.

A couple of years ago, I read a few articles and heard some firsthand stories about people who suddenly became rich. The stories covered people who got rich because of a winning lottery ticket and a lucky streak in a start up business. Most of the stories were about those who were below middle class if not really poor. I initially typed “Dirt poor” but decided to substitute it with the word “poor”.

Most of the stories have horrendously similar patterns.
  1. Poor man becomes suddenly rich.
  2. Newly minted rich man mismanages his money (and his life, for that matter).
  3. Rich man goes back to becoming poor.
  4. And worse, the “Once Rich-Poor Man” is now in worse shape.
There’s this formerly jobless man living on spouse’s support and living in his mother in law’s house. After winning 65 million in the lottery, he became the coolest man in town and spent money left and right. He even tried to venture into a business which is something he doesn’t have any expertise. Of course, the realization always comes in a lot later, when it has become too late. The end result after a year was a jobless wife, a drug addict for a sister in law, a distraught mother in law and most of all, less than a $50 left in cash and only one car (an SUV that’s scheduled to be advertised for sale).

An article that I’ve read talked about a US survey on the lives of people a few years after winning the lottery. The result was very similar. Most winners end up being worse off, not only in financial terms but also in quality of life.

I have initially thought of offering my services as a financial adviser to lottery winners. I am very confident that my experiences in helping my bosses become a lot richer and most importantly, become successful will come in very handy. However, I backed off knowing that locating the the instant winners will not be so easy. Besides, the lottery winners will not want any “Stranger in suit” telling him how to manage his oodles of money. But with all the sad stories going around, perhaps, it’s time that I revive and push forward with this idea.

COMMENTARY: Partial Withdrawal of US Troops from Iraq

Prior to June 15, this year, The United Nations authorized the stay of the US led coalition forces in Iraq only up to December 31, 2007. In addition, the UN authorized a review of the mandate on June 15.

On June 2007, the UN declared: "As requested by the government of Iraq ... the members of the council agreed upon the continuation of the mandate."

It must be noted that even Russia, supported the extension.

Back in the US, there is strong clamor for the withdrawal of the US troops. Based on what the media has been showing, my impression is that people are demanding a withdrawal because of the US troops growing casualty list, a matter that in my opinion is attributed to strategic errors made by the US. It is a good thing that the US President, despite his unpopularity strongly stands for an extension and even strengthened the troops’ presence. But yesterday, he announced a withdrawal of 21,800 troops by next summer.


While I have previously posted my strong opposition to an early withdrawal of the US troops from Iraq ("You invaded it, you fix it!"), I believe that it is time to show the Iraqi government and its people that they have to get their acts together and handle their country’s affairs. Iraq is after all, their land. What made me revise an earlier position is my perception that the Iraqi government is not that serious in doing its role to rebuild a devastated country. This was made very glaring when their Congress’ strong position to declare a month long holiday while the country continues to be ravaged by widespread criminality, sectarian and terrorist violence. They even had the gall to call criticisms to their plan an "Interference".

This site believes in self determination of the Iraqi’s and echoes the call of its Foreign Minister when he declared:
“No Iraqi government official - indeed, no Iraqi citizen - wants the presence of foreign troops on Iraqi soil one day longer than is vitally necessary.”

9.12.2007

SERIOUS PLUNDER CASE: A PRESIDENT FACES VERDICT


In the Philippines, the immediate past president of the land will be facing the court within a few minutes. The charges that he faced includes plunder which carries a sentence of up to 40 years.

During the past few decades, several past presidents of various countries have been charged for serious offenses that were allegedly committed while in they were office. The personalities include the past presidents of Thailand, South Korea, Israel, Indonesia and many others.

In my recollection, none of them have really been inside their respective country's jails for convicted criminals.

Let's see what the verdict this time, will be.


9.10.2007

Visit Hawaii

Let’s go to Hawaii. Have you ever imagined a period when you do nothing but relax under the shade of trees by the beach, surf to your heart’s content, water ski till you feel like a pro, scuba dive and stay in a nice villa instead of a hotel? All of that and more are very possible when you take Hawaiian vacations.


Since I started working, I have always mimicked a Pat Morita dialogue in a movie. As a Japanese cop being sent on assignment to the US and he joked, “It would be better if you’d be sending me to Honolulu, instead” Whenever, I use the same lines, I never failed to receive the same frown that Pat Morita got in the movie. For me, it always is very funny.

For those wanting to visit, Hawaiian Local Travel Information is easily accessible. And whether the purpose of the visit is a family vacation, a honeymoon, an anniversary or any other activity, there are plenty of experts who can facilitate a meaningful experience. See you in Hawaii!

Quiet Neighborhood

It only seemed like yesterday when our dads were physically very strong and so active, the neighborhood kids were always around and our street was so busy. Now, all the small kids are emailing college graduation announcements, all the dads seem to have retired, my childhood friends have left to build their own families. Only a handful of us remain in the neighborhood.


There’s a saying that go, “From the cradle to the grave is but a day!” I cannot agree with it any less.

9.07.2007

Site Review: Furniture from Home

Furniturefromhome.com is a site that neatly presents all its goods. Products are presented based on usage and type making it very friendly for the consumers. For example, all Home-Office-Furniture is presented in one page while bedroom furniture, living room furniture and other furnishing sets have their own dedicated sections. Dining room Furniture, like the other collections are presented in the same manner. Thumbnails of different products, like brown leather dining chairs, are first arranged in the appropriate page and clicking on it will expand the image for better appreciation.

The products in this website are classy and the corresponding prices are prominently displayed for easy evaluation. Should the buyer decide to buy, the checkout process is fast and easy. This ecommerce site is Hacker Safe.

DOHA ROUND: PLEASE CONCLUDE IT NOW!

With the talks about to start, there is not nothing left but be optimistic that the DOHA round will be successfully concluded. The previous negotiations ended in disappointments but hopefully, both sides would have already figured out a way to profitably conclude this story.

The chief of the World Trade Organization is optimistic that an agreement within the next few months is doable and yet refuses to make a prediction. Such an attitude belies the true state of the negotiation which is, uncertain. The past several negotiations failed mostly because both sides refused to budge. The US insists that the developing countries should open their markets to agricultural exports but the other side rightfully contends that the US should first put an end to subsidies of American farmers. As previously discussed, the developing economies, which stand to endanger its local farmers by exposing them to products imported from the US and other developing states, will be at the losing end of such a deal. Uncompetitive US farm products will be able to penetrate and compete in foreign markets simply because of state subsidies. Economists call it dumping. I don’t know how the US, the supposed champion of free trade, is able to sit in the negotiating table with a straight face.

Reading my previous notes about this story, I realized that the DOHA round has taken a different form. Instead of it being a way of bringing the benefits of global trade to the less developed economy, it has transformed as a US opportunity to increase its market reach. The way I see it, it has become a way to unjustly fatten American farmers at the expense of poor countries.
"Cotton officials from Chad, Mali, Benin and Burkina Faso met to renew their campaign against foreign agricultural subsidies they say hurt their farmers and lower global cotton prices.

Burkina Faso's representative to the World Trade Organization, Moussa Niebe, says Africans are not looking for favors from rich trade partners.

"This is really a problem of justice," Nebie said. We are just asking them to respect the rules of international trade, the rules of the WTO [World Trade Organization], and the rules of the free market. "
I hope that the representatives of the poor countries will not be pressured and sell their countrymen. I also pray that the US will work towards the real aim of the DOHA round which is, to make poor countries benefit from world trade.

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9.05.2007

THE KARL BLOG: AN INSPIRATIONAL SITE

In these times of diversity, where the newspapers and TV programs seem to be filled with mostly negative energy, inspirational messages are most welcome for most people. This site therefore welcomes an assignment to promote an inspirational website.




Karl's blog, written by Karl Moore is filled with inspiring messages for everybody. It teaches ways on how people can deal with negative occurrences in their daily lives and fill their lives with zest. The author is one reliable source of positive energy being a highly regarded author, media personality and entrepreneur. Among his present endeavors are two online radio programs and a site featuring fine music. The Karl Blog also has a forum where readers can register and post their views regarding the site and its articles.

TOBACCO TAXES: THE NEED FOR AN EXTENSIVE BENEFIT COST ANALYSIS

In the Philippines, a senator recently questioned the wisdom behind the existing tax rates being imposed on cigarettes. According to the legislator, the taxes being collected by the government (PhP26 Billion) is far less than the amount being spent (PhP 47 Billion) on tobacco related ailments.

Looking at the matter a bit further, what benefits and costs can actually be connected with cigarettes? The benefit side includes: Taxes, income being made by advertisers (cigarette advertisements are not outlawed in that country), business for various suppliers and service providers (like trucking companies), livelihood for the companies' employees and tobacco farmers, etc.

Despite the seemingly numerous benefits brought by the presence of the tobacco industry, as enumerated above, the costs are far greater. The serious tobacco related ailments can be transferred to offsprings and at this point, there is still no definite cure to it.

The senator is therefore correct when he advocated the imposition of heavier taxes on cigarettes. It doesn't matter if it is the manufacturer or the smoker who will be more heavily penalized for as long as cigarettes be made to pay for all the government and societal costs associated with it. Besides, there can be no greater deterrent to smoking withdrawal than high prices.

However, the government should be careful in determining the level of taxes to be imposed on cigarettes. Imposing too high a tax on tobacco might encourage widespread smuggling and that will effectively undermine the government's program. The major question that will arise will therefore be, how much should the government impose on tobacco products?

Garage Storage

One item that I would like to install in my garage is the aluminum cabinet. While cabinets are essential in keeping the garage free of clutter and very organized, the aluminum garage storage system offers added benefits. It is durable, lightweight, beautiful and can virtually last forever since it doesn’t rust. Within 15 years, when the entire house should have been practically renovated and most of the items replaced, the aluminum garage cabinet should still be in its best condition.