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And it has no citizenship, no race, no color, no age group. It is not bound by country or continent or IP address. Just a loud, powerful, influential voice that can make the whole world know it has spoken. A voice that can influence current events and shake, make or break anything or anyone that tries to shackle it down or imprison it.

The days when you get imprisoned for saying something against any establishment or any political figure are slowly becoming a memory of the past. Today, you can express either your praise or  adoration for anyone or anything,  or cuss, curse, and use all the seldom used characters on your keyboard to give your 2 cents worth on the Top Headline for the day.  SOPA and PIPA are shelved, give yourself a pat on the back and hand out the Padron. Or maybe not…yet.

This enormous POWER that’s been placed in our hands – the power to communicate in real time. To make our COLLECTIVE VOICES be heard as ONE  to change our world’s landscape as we know it. This freedom to build our virtual Tower of Babel should be BUILT with words seasoned with salt, not to overpower it but to improve it’s taste.

Yes we are FREE. Free to speak our minds. Free to have our say. This is the generation we live in right now. However, this freedom could also usher in a new era and speed up what has been spoken of long ago –  until it finally reaches the ends of the earth.

Yes, Virginia. There is no doubt that the Internet has a VOICE. The question is, what comes out of its heart, I mean, mouth.

It exposes. It reveals. It bares without prejudice. That is what crisis does. It unearths what one tries to hide and peels away the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful. This is what happened to us as a nation this weekend because of Typhoon Ondoy.

It revealed the quality of our national leaders and the character of the Filipino as a nation. It exposed to us sincere and generous hearts;  heroes in sandos and slippers; millionaires in barong-barongs. It also revealed those who were decisive and those who were not. Those who did it for the applause and those who did it just because.

As far as choosing the nation’s next leaders is concerned in whatever sector, that Wet Saturday was the political campaign that revealed their true colors. It revealed a lot of things that are better caught than taught. What was done speaks louder than whatever was said or will be said in the future. It separated the chaff from the wheat. It is now up to us as voters to decide whether we will HIRE these leaders again and pay their salaries with our taxpayer’s money or choose someone new who is fit for the job. It is crucial for us to choose wisely because in calamities like this, our children are on the line.

On another note, although we are used to floods and tropical storms, nothing prepared us for what happened last Saturday. It was totally out of the norm. I had plans of going downtown to buy my supplies had it not been for the fact that my kids were sick and that I chose to stay home with them. If not for that, I would have been one of the thousands stranded and unable to go home. My brother and niece were among those stranded. Thank God for twitter and other social networking sites that acted like a mass notification system for those who needed to get in touch with loved ones. For sure, technology and communications have made our world smaller and reachable for each other.

For those who wish to help Typhoon Ondoy families check out :

Philippine National Red Cross on twitter: http://twitter.com/philredcross
GMA Kapuso Foundation: http://www.kapusofoundation.com/
ABS CBN Sagip Kapamilya : http://www.sagipkapamilya.com/

I did it! I’m done updating two of my other blogs – The Bottomline and Little Kite Studios – both on blogger. I updated the look and posted new updates. Yey! I got a little carried away with all this html/coding stuff mayhem on this blog so I decided to re-do my other blogs. Do pop in there for a visit, won’t you?

In other news, I recently joined a Krispy Kreme Fave Fan contest. Here’s what’s in store for the winner:

A. We will be choosing one (1) winner for each country (Australia, Bahrain, Dubai, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom). This country winner will get 12 dozen doughnuts for a year and will be flown to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA – the home of Krispy Kreme, where he/she will meet the other country winners. These country winners will compete against each other where they will have to design their own Krispy Kreme doughnut. These doughnuts will be uploaded unto the official Krispy Kreme Fave Fan website (WWW.KRSIPYKREMEFAVEFAN.COM), where it will be subject to public voting. The winner will be announced through the website after the voting period. The world?s Krispy Kreme Fave Fan?s doughnut will then be sold at retail on April 2010 as a special edition doughnut.

Isn’t that absolutely yummy? I’m not sure when the voting actually starts but I’ll keep you posted when it does. Check out my entry here . I’m going to check out North Carolina as well to see what’s there as I haven’t been there yet. While I’m at it I’ll probably check out a few Anaheim hotels too, just in case. Hello Mickey! 😛

Don’t forget to take a peek at my blogs, folks!

Later!

I’m so happy I got this site working properly again. Well, at least it doesn’t take 5 minutes or more to load anymore. LOL And since I’m on a revamp roll, for starters, I updated a couple of widgets here (take a look at my bookmarks 😉 hint hint) and exorcised a lot of old stuff away. Hopefully, I can make it even more fast and furious. . . work more like a thoroughbred. ha ha ha

I’m also working on a couple of my other sites on blogger that have been poorly neglected. I’m done with one and I’m currently working on the other one. I’m not a web developer nor do I have a clue at coding from scratch so it’s a real challenge trying to decipher all these scripts and codes. It’s like looking for horse supplies in a siopao factory. Anyway, I know it’s worth the change. I realize it’s really more inspiring to write if your site looks and works the way you envision it to be. That being said, I need to get back to my deciphering again. I’ll post it here as soon as I’m done.

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OC that I am, of course I can’t let it go until I find out why. LOL I’m trying a few things right now… I deactivated all my plug-ins and I am starting from scratch. It’s like being on The Biggest Loser! I unplugged and eliminated all the unwanted “fat” sources from my blog first and I’m going to start all over again. Lean. Talk about how to lose belly fat from your blog in one click! Ha ha ha Of course, a shout-out to Amor C. for the quick support on my dilemma. Thanks, dear!  Ok, back to work, folks. Pardon me if some of my script is showing!

Later!

I’m in search of a wordpress theme that’s fast and furious because of the jurassic rate my site has been taking to load. I’ve been deluged by a ton of free themes out there. I’ve read up on Thesis, Flexsqueeze and I even joined the Hybrid Theme club. The latter one I tried to install but it hung up on me on line 34, aaaagh. I felt my brain freeze when I got locked out of my site! So far, zero results. I’m thinking if I should cough up the $XX to get Thesis but I’m still on the edge.  Any suggestions, peeps?

I finally braved it and opened a Cafe Press store! Guess what’s on sale? Of course, Everything Ballet! Right now, I have one design available but I will slowly be adding new designs to the shop. There are ladies shirts, notebooks, pins, bags and other fun stuff for ballet fanatics out there. Here’s a little sample of an Everything Ballet bag looks like:

Isn’t it cute? Unfortunately, it’s not yet available locally but if you do order online at Cafe Press they can ship it to you wherever you are.  So what are you waiting for… check out the store right here —> Everything Ballet

The internet has revolutionized all of us. Our lifestyles have changed… from communicating, to doing business, recreation and even our way of shopping. Imagine yourself, sitting in the comfort of your home and shopping in your pajamas! Isn’t that awesome? Who would have thought of that five to ten years ago?

Five to ten years ago, I had to content myself with whatever the local malls had to offer. Online shopping was still fairly new and sometimes scary. Shipping was limited to certain countries. Credit cards were vulnerable to hackers and there was very little or no means of paying in currencies other than the currency used where the store was located. Fast-forward to today. Online shopping is as normal as buying from your local sari-sari store. Convenience at your fingertips! What’s more if you have a broadband connection, checkout takes just a few seconds. No more waiting in line.

A few months back, I remember doing research on desktop computers because I needed a new one desperately. I was considering whether to get a Mac or a PC and I scoured the net for info and data so that I could compare notes on which one among the two was the better purchase. Value for money, so to speak. I’m a pretty thorough person and I don’t leave any stone unturned till I am fully satisfied with the results. I think I spent hours just doing research and going back and forth between tabs to find the best deal out there. I wish I had found Shopwiki back then. It could have saved me a lot of time and effort because a lot of the information I needed was already there in one place. They have this handy buying guide that helps you compare product information at a glance. That could have been a real time-saver for me back then. Oh well, if you are planning to purchase anything in the future, maybe you should check them out. Who knows, it might make your online shopping more convenient than ever!

Happy 4th of July to all in the US! It’s one of those days that I looked forward to whenever we were in the US because it’s bargain season galore! If you are out hunting for a bargain then check out these wholesale ipods available in these yummy colors. I’m sure they would make great stocking stuffers for Christmas, don’t you think? You can find them at Liquidation dot com if you are interested.

I think this one’s cute… fresh as a granny smith apple don’t you think? 🙂

Check them out. You might end up getting them at a lower price because it’s the 4th of July. Happy hunting everyone! Freeeedooooom! lol

Two icons in the entertainment industry have died. Farrah Fawcett, 62, succumbed to anal cancer and died Thursday morning at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Michael Jackson, 50, died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and was believed to have suffered cardiac arrest.  I remember growing up and watching Charlie’s Angels together with my dad and how Farrah’s hairstyle was a must have during that time. I also remember watching the Grammy’s with my dad and I remember a very young Michael Jackson singing ‘ I’ll Be There’ together with the Jackson 5. No MTV back then… just plain good ole music. I probably feel the loss as well because they were part of my growing years.

What is anal cancer anyway? According to Wikipedia : Anal cancer is a type of cancer which arises from the anus, the distal orifice of the gastrointestinal tract. It is a distinct entity from the more common colorectal cancer.

Symptoms of anal cancer include bloating and change in bowel habits, sporadic bright red rectal bleeding accompanied with uncontrollable itching at the opening of the anus, and low energy and fatigue. Women may experience lower back pain due to pressure the tumor exerts on the vagina, and vaginal dryness.

Anal cancer is most effectively treated with surgery, and in early stage disease (i.e., localised cancer of the anus without metastasis to the inguinal lymph nodes), surgery is often curative.

What is cardiac arrest? According to the American Heart Association : Cardiac arrest is the sudden, abrupt loss of heart function. The victim may or may not have diagnosed heart disease. It’s also called sudden cardiac arrest or unexpected cardiac arrest. Sudden death (also called sudden cardiac death) occurs within minutes after symptoms appear.

The most common underlying reason for patients to die suddenly from cardiac arrest is coronary heart disease. Most cardiac arrests that lead to sudden death occur when the electrical impulses in the diseased heart become rapid (ventricular tachycardia) or chaotic (ventricular fibrillation) or both. This irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. Some cardiac arrests are due to extreme slowing of the heart. This is called bradycardia.

Other factors besides heart disease and heart attack can cause cardiac arrest. They include respiratory arrest, electrocution, drowning, choking and trauma. Cardiac arrest can also occur without any known cause.

Brain death and permanent death start to occur in just 4 to 6 minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest can be reversed if it’s treated within a few minutes with an electric shock to the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. This process is called defibrillation. A victim’s chances of survival are reduced by 7 to 10 percent with every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation. Few attempts at resuscitation succeed after 10 minutes.

My father suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away in 2007. It is not an easy thing to lose someone you love dearly. I have moved on since then but I cannot say that the pain has left. It is as potent today as it was back then. Nevertheless, we all have one life to live. Live deep. Live deliberately. Live life. Live.

I’d like to say thanks to Kate Hadfield who dropped by my blog and brought to my attention that my comments section was not working. I recently updated my wordpress version and doing so necessitates one deactivating ALL wordpress plugins and reactivating after the upgrade. I think I made a mistake reactivating one comment plugin that made the site a little wonky. I fixed it up and hopefully all’s well with my site.

On to other things, I was chatting with my niece the other day (actually, graveyard time) and she wanted my opinion regarding a few cell phone models she was looking at. I liked one in particular because of the high memory capacity (it included a micro sd external memory aside from the phone memory) and it also had a usb slot which can be quite helpful when downloading stuff on your phone. I don’t know if she has decided already but hopefully she will find a unit that matchers her needs.

Another thing that I did was update my odesk account and I took a couple of tests as well. Thankfully, I was happy with the results. Check out my little badges below. Pretty neat, huh?  I haven’t gotten any jobs over there yet but hopefully I will in the near future.

Be back for more in a bit!

oDesk Certified English (Sentence Structure) Expert

oDesk Certified English Spelling (U.S. Version) Professional

It’s finally done! The songs have been sung, the judges have said their pieces, and now,  it’s up to the texters to decide who they want as the next American Idol. Come to think of it, in the end, it’s really not about the Idol contestants. The bottom line is it’s all about the TEXTER! Who cares if Kris or Glambert sang the song well or either one of them displayed great artistry. People will vote for the ones they like and they will text like crazy to make their voices heard even if they overload the phone company’s cell tower just to get their votes through. So much power literally in one’s hand, eh? We’re all at the edge of our seats wondering who’s it gonna be. Who won the The Battle of the Texters? Well, in a few hours or so we’ll find out soon enough. As for me, well my vote doesn’t count – I’m out of coverage area. hahaha I wonder what would happen if they allowed internet voting and the whole world could vote online… hmmm interesting, don’t you think? LOL

Idol watching…..

Here’s something that you might want to check out. Filipino Drummer and College of St. Benilde Scholar, Michael Gemina, is on his way to Berklee this summer. He recently got his U.S. Visa approved and is inviting everyone out there to be a fan on his website – michaelgemina.com. He is a part of the band Private Publiko and they will be launching their album pretty soon so watch out for that as well. Here’s a little something I did in support of Michael because I believe that this kid is going places. If you want to be a part of this project click on the image below to take you to Michael’s webpage. Support the Filipino Artist!

I didn’t notice the hour, but I think it’s way past my bedtime, folks. Sleep is still the best all natural acne treatment for me. I’ll catch you all later coz I don’t want my face to be zit filled in the next few days. LOL