Saturday, August 24, 2013

Smartphone Quick Snap vs SLR Quality Snap

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Today’s world is more image-centric than it ever was before. Whether you’re a Facebook fanatic, a Pinterest user, or an avid blog writer, there’s no denying the importance of a good image to attract engagement from friends and readers. 

Fortunately, with the rise of quality and affordable cameras, making photo memories to share with your family, friends, and readers is easier than ever. In fact, most people today own more than one camera—a SLR (single-lens reflex) camera and a smartphone camera—which they use for different purposes. 

You probably use your smartphone camera when you just want to snap a few quick photos of a local landmark or your night out with friends, or when you don’t want to worry about your camera in a crowded place like a concert venue or a theme park. 

On the other hand, you probably use your SLR camera when you want to make sure you’re taking the best quality images at a special event or while you’re on holiday. Let’s take a look at few of the best smartphone cameras and SLR cameras to suit all of your photo needs.

Let Me Be the One: Philippines vs. Japan

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If I were to ask you to choose between JAPAN and the PHILIPPINES, which country would you choose?

Your homeland? or the country you've been adoring ever since?

It's like you're choosing between the person you love because it's where your heart belongs and the person that loves you because you've been with that person for a long time.

Well, this question is related to the topic of this article that I will discuss later on. It's about the difference between the culture of both countries I mentioned earlier.

So what party would you choose? Is it the team Philippines or the team Japan? Cast your votes on the comment box after reading the article :)

Let's start..

Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) : A Farewell to the Pork Barrel

"There's wisdom in weighing all factors before making a decision,
there's strength in making it on your own terms, your own time,
specially if you're the leader of your country, for the good of all~

Haters will hate, idots will sound idiotic, but the fact remains that PNoy
consistently makes the strong, right decisions at the perfect, right times.
I'm proud and grateful to have this man as the President of the Philippines." - Spanky Enriquez

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I have to agree with what a Facebook friend has posted above on his Facebook status. Our president is not a man who could quickly come up with decisions but I give him the benefit of the doubt that he is slow because he takes careful consideration of all matters related to the issues.
We hear him say this at a Malacanang presscon only three days before a netizen-organized rally against the congressional pork barrel will be held in Luneta. The declaration was just last Friday informing the Philippine nation that he was abolishing the corruption-tainted funding vehicle officially called the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) but more popularly known as the "pork barrel".
I've seen all the comments across my Facebook timeline and somehow most of them still have something negative to say about the President despite of his recent stand.

Seemingly departing from his earlier stand, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III on Friday said it is time to abolish the PDAF. It was a turnaround from Aquino’s position before saying that the pork barrel fund had its “good uses” and should not be junked.

Lamoiyan Tree Planting and SL Agritech Partnership : A Genuine Love For The Environment And People

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As fully Filipino-owned Lamoiyan Corporation, known for producing quality toothpaste brand Hapee, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, it never failed to bring world-class quality yet affordable products that had earned the people’s trust and loyalty over the past more than 2 decades.

But more importantly, it continues to serve as inspiration among other companies in showing genuine love and care for the environment and people, sharing not just more reasons to smile but also in practicing good corporate citizenship.

As its contribution in helping preserve precious natural resources, Lamoiyan Corporation fully supports Republic Act 9275 or the “Clean Water Act of the Philippines” by using recycled waste water around its plant. After treatment and disinfection, the waste water is then used to water all flowering plants and fruit-bearing trees around the company’s sprawling compound in Parañaque City, helping the company save precious water and reduce its water consumption expenses.

Lamoiyan also continues to protect the welfare of people, particularly school-age kids. Recognizing the fact that lice infestation is a constant concern that affects kids’ performance in school, the company conducts “Licealiz Oplan Laban sa Kuto” each year in various schools and communities and teaches children and adults alike regarding proper hair and scalp care. And during the yearly “Brigada Eskwela” efforts of the Department of Education, Lamoiyan Corporation also helps out by donating Hapee toothpaste and Licealiz packs to students to help educate them about the value of dental and hair and scalp care so they won’t be absent from school often because of dental and hair care problems.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Tattoo Mobile WiFi Stick : Strike The Best Deal Now For Only Php 1995

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Tattoo continues to create more ways for more Filipinos to access the internet as the country’s most reliable mobile broadband is now made more affordable with its best deal yet in the market.

Starting August 15, Tattoo Broadband is giving netizens more reasons to go online with its prepaid mobile Wi-Fi stick offered at a great value of P1,995, P900 lower than its original price of P2,895.

Tattoo makes the deal even sweeter with superior internet speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps running on a more pervasive Globe 4G HSPA+ coverage nationwide, ideal for downloading of files, streaming videos, web surfing, instant messaging, posting blogs and status updates, among many others.

As an added feature, Tattoo’s mobile Wi-Fi stick makes surfing and enjoying the web a shared experience as it is the only model in the market which allows simultaneous connections of up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices—double than that of other brands—to power a wide array of smartphones and gadgets, perfect for doing group researches, social networking, photo and video sharing, as well as playing interactive multimedia games online.

Habagat Victims Get Relief Ops, Libreng Tawag, And GCASH Donation Facilities From Leading Telecom Company

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With practically the whole Metro Manila and nearby provinces submerged in floodwaters caused by torrential rains, Globe Telecom mobilizes its employees to bring aid to affected residents through relief operations, Libreng Tawag stations, and GCASH donations to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Globe Bridging Communities spearheads the distribution of hot meals in Paranaque City and food packs composed of rice, canned goods, and noodles in Noveleta, Cavite; Binan, Laguna; Malolos, Bulacan; and Dinalupihan, Bataan until Saturday.

At the same time, aside from the existing Libreng Tawag stations in San Mateo, Rizal; Binan, Laguna; and Concepcion Uno and Nangka in Marikina City; Globe is also putting up facilities in Dinalupihan, Bataan; Muntinlupa City; Paranaque City; Pateros City; and Taytay, Rizal.

Japan vs. Philippine Culture Showdown

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Which do you prefer?

Japan, country of disciplined people ,a modern country yet steeped in custom? or Philippines, a country of beautiful nature and a proud history with lots of cheerful and hospitable people?

Sushi King : Change Your Hunger into Happiness

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It’s my first time to visit the Japanese restaurant “Sushi King” and I’m excited to tell you my experience eating there.

This August 17, 2013, after my mother left at her office we went to Market! Market! in Taguig City. We’re hungry that time that’s why I told her to eat at the “Sushi King” restaurant because my friend told me that they serve delicious Japanese foods there.

We entered the restaurant and I saw many people eating there, most of them were Japanese. We sat on a vacant table and the waitress gave us the menu. I love all their menus, they are all affordable and looks delicious. I just ordered an oyakudon, it is a pork chop with sauce with an egg on top of it and it is served with rice, it only cost P95.00. My mother ordered a pork katsu curry, it is a breaded pork chop with a curry sauce and it is also served with rice, it also cost P95.00. I’m sure that these affordable meals will make us full.

Crunchy Shrimp Roll Sushi!

Ama-Ebi Sushi

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Are you a food lover? I guess we all love foods, right? I'll just be specific. Do you like shrimp? I really really like shrimps! We usually eat cooked shrimps, right? Have you ever wondered what is it like to eat raw fish?

I was thinking of that last night so I decided to search for a Japanese cuisine that is composed of raw shrimp. I chose the Ama-Ebi sushi. I researched some information about Ama-Ebi sushi. I found out that the kind of shrimp used for this sushi is the deep-water shrimp that will grow to about four inches.

I also found out that the word amaebi is a direct translation of sweet shrimp. The shrimp is served in nigiri style. It means that the head and shell are removed, meat is partially cut down to the middle, the central vein removed, and for the final touch, the meat is laid across a small oblong portion of sushi rice.

And there! You already have an Ama-Ebi sushi. Now that you know some information about the Ama-Ebi sushi, would you like to try this sushi? For me, I would definitely like to try this!

Otakon : A Celebration of Otaku Culture

Poster of the Oreimo S2 OVA premieres at Otakon 2013.

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Now a days, we can observe that anime has a big role in our daily life, it serve as a hobby especially in teenagers. But what are the reasons why we like anime?

Of course, the title itself could be the reason why fans are running to it. You need a catchy headline to draw in eyeballs. In a world with so much anime series out there, you have to come up with something that gets one’s attention. Why not make it a bit controversial? Why not hint at a sexual taboo?

We’re all curious creatures at heart. Once fans get on board, things start to fall into place and they may begin to wonder if the ending will match the title after all. Even if the story turns sour, you can’t help but look. It makes you wonder if people were really interested if incest was going to happen or hope certain things happen because of sudden developments. Leave it to Oreimo’s author, Tsukasa Fushimi, to keep spicing things up.

Next Steps For LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project Bidding Known Next Week – DOTC

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The Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) will submit its recommendation on the bidding of the LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension Project to Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya next week.

In order to formalize its recommendation, the SBAC needs to convene and pass a resolution prior to submitting the same to the Transport chief. Procedural requirements for setting an SBAC meeting this week were prevented by work cancellations stemming from the inclement weather and flooding brought about by Typhoon Maring.

An option to move the project forward under the Build-Operate-and-Transfer Law is to re-bid it. In case of a re-bidding, a single-stage process is possible in order to meet the project’s original deadlines.

Once the SBAC’s recommendation is approved, the DOTC will announce the next steps for the bidding of the project to the public.

Strife Amidst a State of Calamity in the Municipality of Pateros

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"Strife amidst a state of calamity? Both parties may have arguable valid points.

I am just surprised that a former councilor was not aware of the "positionings" in the Municipality, what more the ordinary residents of Pateros who do not have access to the offices of the LGU. I've been so very curious how people are assigned to posts at the municipal hall, especially down to the level of Job Order employees.

In fairness, I've seen how Elmer Nocheseda has highlighted Pateros in many of his works. He even came out with a book about Pateros. You could say he has somehow elevated the status of Pateros into national, if not international, recognition.

Likewise, I have heard a lot of great things Councilor Gerald German, now Vice Mayor, has done for Pateros. People have recommended him as the man to go to if in search of "action".

Both of them have earned my respect and admiration.

It is disappointing to see the two of them in a heated argument in a public medium, but on the other hand, I think it is good that everyone else will be able to hear out their sides.

Epson Recognized in Zero Basura Olympics

EPPI’s Takeshi Horiuchi, Joyce Tan, and Ad Ryan Ilagan received Epson’s awards from the Zero Basura Olympics.

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Epson Precision (Philippines) Inc. received two awards for their efficient waste management system.

The two awards were for its Waste Management System during the 2nd Zero Basura Olympics, which was held recently at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila.

The Zero Basura Olympics (ZBO) for Business is held every two years to recognize innovative corporate practices for solid waste management. Conceptualized to address the solid waste problem and fast track the implementation of Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (RA 9003), ZBO encourages businesses from different industries to apply conscientious and beneficial practices and incorporate the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) in their waste management program.

Fair Deal : A Barter Auction Event

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In celebration of its second year, Trade School Manila is hosting a fund and awareness raising event on August 24, 2013.

Entitled Fair Deal : A Barter Auction Event, the three-hour gathering seeks to create an atmosphere of fun and trading – of the non-monetary variety. Services are the currency of choice in this event, with artists like folk singer Tao Aves pledging to provide 2-hour jam sessions in exchange for driving lessons – as a start.

The concept of barter, commonly understood in local culture as x-deals, has yet to gain traction. Trade School Manila (TS Manila) wants to bridge that gap through this event. Whilst traditional barter would entail bargaining between two parties, TS decided to shake things up a bit. Auctions have been set up, which allow multiple persons or parties to bid for the service being offered. Negotiations are made between the bidders and the seller.

Roxas Boulevard Redevelopment Project Hailed by Stakeholders

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) unveiled joint plans to redevelop Roxas Boulevard into a park complex by 2015 in a presentation to stakeholders held on 16 August 2013 at the Diamond Hotel.

The event was presided by DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr., DPWH Secretary Rogelio I. Singson, and the architect for the project, Mr. Paulo Alcazaren. It was attended by more than 100 stakeholders from the government, private sector involved in property development and other business establishments located along the boulevard, and media.

“The Roxas Boulevard Park Redevelopment project is a convergence between national government agencies, local government units, and the private sector. This is not just a beautification project. This program will reestablish the importance of Manila as a capital city and enhance the value of property all over the district that it crosses. This is a business plan aimed at restoring and enhancing Manila as a viable capital for tourism and business,” Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said.

Sedap Indonesia : Balinese Delights

Sate Lilit

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Hyatt Regency Hotel & Casino Manila is a five-star hotel surrounded by Manila’s culturally-rich and well-preserved historical points of interest. This 33-storey mixed-use complex offers 376 elegantly designed guestrooms and accommodates the largest number of suites in the bay area, including 58 specialty suites and four presidential suites.

The hotel features three innovative and authentic restaurants, a pastry shop, an entertainment outlet and four floors of Regency Club accommodation as well as the most stylish and advanced event spaces in town. Fully-equipped recreational and premier gaming facilities are also on the premises. The hotel is only a few minutes from the international airport, convention centre, top tourist attractions and the city’s business district.

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Casino Manila will be home to flavourful culinary traditions from the volcanic island of Bali, Indonesia, also known as the Island of the Gods, in a ten-day food festival at Market Café from 30 August to 8 September.

RaketMarket : Three Ways on How Pinoys Can Make Money Online

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With Filipinos being known to be talented and skillful, it is not surprising that, the new online marketplace for Filpinos, is now attracting a lot of followers and new members. The term “raket” is a slang Filipino term for small jobs or extra source of income., which was founded by brothers James and Chris Alejandro, aims to help Filipinos make money online through small services and referrals. Their tagline “Kita Tayo!” both invites the online Pinoy to join in and make use of the three different ways to make money on the site: “Kita sa Raket,” “Kita sa Referral,” and “Kita sa Benta.”

“We came up with this idea while formulating a show (with the same title) for AM Radio format.” James Alejandro, who is also a radio broadcaster, told this writer. “We want to create an online market where you can earn from different kinds of rakets and sidelines. Our Raket Ambassador, Tado Jimenez, is a very good example of a working professional who earns extra from an assortment of rakets. You will even see his own posts inside the website. We allow our members to post their services in the Raket section for free. We do not charge service fees or even commissions.”

Max's Restaurant Now Offers New Sizzling Specials at a Limited Time Only

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After a stressful day at the office, my colleagues and I usually try to find time at least once a month to go out and bond with each other over beer and "pulutan".

We often find ourselves in the noisy clubs and bars nearby or around the metro. Depending on what time we are able to leave from work, our budget (a big consideration especially if payday is still a few days away), and our mood for that night, we would try to vote for the most preferable gimmick spot where we could relax, unwind, share stories, listen to a live band or our favorite singers, maybe meet girls if its a boys' night, and get drunk.

Luckily, there's a new choice added for our convenience. Happy Hour will never be the same again as Max's Restaurant, one of my favorite chicken restaurant, now offers meal packages designed especially for the barkada.

William Elvin Set to Formally Launch Debut CD Album on August 29

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Theater actor - director, musical director and composer William Elvin shall launch his debut CD album --- DisConTechNoThisContent: The Musicalienation of William Elvin on August 29. ( A soft-launch was held last July 2 at Taumbayan, Q.C. )

In 2005, William decided to stop writing songs and playing music. His friends in the UST band/rock scene were being signed by major record labels. EMI Philippines was starting to position Hale to be one of the biggest rock acts of the 2000s. Sony BMG followed suit with the signing of Callalily. The two bands spearheaded the 'pogi-rock' movement (a term used with both marketing and derogatory intentions, as William remembers it) in mainstream Pinoy pop in the mid-2000s.

A few months later, rock bands were ruling the airwaves while WilIiam and his band The Barpins, was stuck playing in the now-defunct 'Mayric's', a small rock and roll bar along Espana, Manila. Frustrated, he promised to himself not to go back to that scene, and pursue a different artistic medium. That decision led William to the Theatre Arts program in the University of the Philippines.

Globe Sustains Leadership In Postpaid With Double-Digit Growth In Revenues and Subscriber Base

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Globe Telecom maintained leadership in postpaid amidst the intense switching drive of its competitors after the segment posted double-digit growth in revenues and subscriber base in the first half of 2013, providing solid contribution to the company’s overall mobile business.

“Globe Postpaid sustained its robust performance during the first half of the year on the back of our fully-customizable and best-in-class postpaid plans, exclusive device offers, and expanded sales channels reaching out to more subscribers,” said Raul Macatangay, Head of Globe Postpaid Business and Devices.

Postpaid revenues as of end-June 2013 stood at P13.1 billion, up 20% from previous year’s P10.9 billion and 10% more than the 2nd half of 2012 at P11.9 billion. Postpaid revenues now account for 37% of total mobile revenues, up from 33% in 1H12, as subscriber build-up continues.

My Life is a Social Media Reality Show

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How many times have you seen yourself taking a shot of that almost perfect and seemingly happiest moment in your life? That is understandable. We want to keep the memories and immortalize it in pictures so that it will last our lifetime.

With the latest advancement in technology, it is now also possible to share the moment with our friends and acquaintances. We can now share to the whole world our success, our accomplishment, our celebration, our new car, our new home, our first born.....and everything else we think that would highlight our life as exponentially at the top! One click from our camera-equipped phone, a link to a wi-fi connection, and its now on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or any, if not all, of the several social media networks.

But how many times have you been tempted to look and crave for equally significant shots so that you could post them on your social media accounts as your status update for the day, or maybe for the hour, at that very moment after seeing your friends' own status updates?

Hey, I see a friend is on a flight to Malaysia to see the Petronas Towers, I see another one dining in one of the new restaurants in BGC, and there's another one playing with a new iPad mini, ...Oh, look! their surfing the waves of Siargao Island! Damn! My friend is doing all kinds of selfies with her new Jaguar!

Filipino Culture VS Japanese Culture

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Every country has its own culture. Every country's identity is based on their culture. Culture is defined as the way of life of a group of people--the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept and are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next. Let us now differentiate the culture of the Filipino people from the culture of the Japanese people.

In some occasions here in the Philippines, we used to wear "Barong Tagalog" for men and "Filipiniana" for the ladies. On the other hand, Japanese wear "Kimono". Kimono is the 

Barong Taglog

Japanese traditional costume for men, women and for the children.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

My Top 5 Anime

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I guess almost everybody have watched at least one anime. I wouldn't wonder if there are lots of anime lovers or otaku out there, 'cause it's just so addictive.Once you watch an anime, you'll want to have some more anime marathon.

Well in my case, as far as I can remember the first anime that I've seen is Dragon Ball. But I became addicted to anime when I was in Grade 6, First and Second Year in High School. Among all anime that I have watched, I came up with my top 5 anime. Here it goes:

1. Naruto/Naruto Shippuden

I've been watching these anime series for about 7 years, seeing it first when I was in Grade 2. I don't know why I'm so addicted to this anime, it's just awesome, I want to be a ninja! Another factor that I can add up why I love this anime is SASUKE UCHIHA. Yeah. He's my first anime crush. Until now, he's still my number one crush in anime. It's genre is more on adventure but you can also feel humor and romance.

Arguably Sukiyabashi Jiro

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According to my research, this is probably the greatest sushi restaurant in the world. Also, this restaurant is run by Chef Jiro Ono, who probably likes to make sushi a lot. :)

This is a Michelin Guide 3-star sushi restaurant in Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan. It is owned and operated by sushi master Jiro Ono. A two-star restaurant is located at Roppongi Hills in Minato, Tokyo.

Sukiyabashi Jiro was the subject of David Gelb's documentary film Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011). French chef Joël Robuchon says that the restaurant is one of his favorites in the world, and that it taught him that sushi is an art. I'll show you the picture of the Chef.

Graceful Garden Offers More Than 60 Different Views


Ritsurin Garden: A very peaceful and tranquil place of cultivated natural beauty.

I really love to travel especially in a place that breathtaking.  I want to make memories all over the world.And if I have an opportunity to travel the other's country I want  to go in  Ritsurin Garden that locates in Japan .Because as you can see in the picture Ritsurin Garden is "absolutely breathtaking".

And according on what I have research there are 6 ponds, 13 hills, and 15 bridges in the garden .And strolling through the gardens, there are more than 60 different views. 
 It is great place to go together with our family. 

Oishii Donburi: Delectable Japanese Cuisine

Gyudonsource: Ethel Sonza
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Japanese cuisine is by far my favorite, from the complex and extravagant dishes they make, up to the simple yet delicious dishes. I have a lot of favorite food from the Japanese cuisine, especially sushi, but there is one dish that is simple yet very delicious (depending on how and who made it) and that is donburi. Donburi is a rice bowl dish that has fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients that is simmered together and is served over rice. These dishes are often served in large bowls. 

(above: Unadon; below: Tendon)
source: avlxyz
There are different types of donburi, the most common in different restaurants, the Gyudon (Gyuniku Donburi) which has beef and onions simmered in soy sauce based broth that is topped over rice. An egg is usually placed on top of it, and while it's still hot, you mix everything together. 

Another type of donburi, which is actually my favorite since I love tempura, is the Tendon (Tempura Donburi) which is tempura, that is sometimes sided with vegetables, over steamed rice. If you want to make this, there is a recipe below that you can follow :) . The Unadon (Unagi Donburi) is grilled eel over rice.

It’s Just a Tie : Japanese Versus Filipino Culture

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Every country in the world has their own culture. If you live in a country that has no culture, will you still consider it as one?

As far as I know, you can state a country if they have their own culture, language, money sign and government.

This article is about Japanese and Filipino Culture and how I could say that IT’S JUST A TIE!

Vendo Machine in Tokyo (

As we can see in the Philippines, Vendo machines are not so popular in our country. Why? Because other people will just steal what is inside it.
While in Japan even though, money bursts out from the vendo machine some may not care about it and some who’s incharge will just call a technician to repair and fix it.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Top Ten Scenes in the Philippines During Flooding Season

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Resilient is being capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture. It is the tendency to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.

Are we supposed to be cheering and shouting hurray to the Filipino people for once again showing resilience in the midst of the tragic flooding that is now occurring in the Philippines brought about by typhoon Maring?

We are definitely strong and determined to surpass all hardships brought about by the floods and other similar inconveniences brought about by man or nature. We would always come out smiling and hoping for the best. We are a remarkable race indeed.

I know the Filipino is worth dying for - as what Ninoy Aquino have said. But are we truly worthy of praises when we keep on seeing ourselves suffering from the same disasters we know will eventually happen but couldn't (or wouldn't) do anything to prevent it from happening?

Here's my top ten scenes in the Philippines that I would normally see during the flooding season.

Globe Strengthen Rewards Program With Philippine Airlines Partnership

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Subscribers can now convert PAL Mabuhay Miles to Globe rewards points and redeem from ten (10) partner merchants, the biggest for a telco loyalty program

Strengthening its customer loyalty program Globe Rewards, Globe Telecom forged a partnership with Philippine Airlines (PAL) to allow its frequent flyers to convert their PAL Mabuhay Miles to Globe rewards points.

For every 2,000 Mabuhay Miles converted, subscribers can earn 400 rewards points; 1,500 Mabuhay Miles can be converted to 300 rewards points; and 1,000 Mabuhay Miles can earn subscribers 200 rewards points.

Subscribers can use rewards points to redeem items from the Globe Rewards catalog such as Globe services, shopping, dining and leisure items, gadgets, and gift certificates. Recently, using the point-to-peso conversion of 1 point = P1.00, subscribers are given more options to redeem their points, where rewards points can now be used as cash to purchase items from partner merchants.

Ten Tips on How To Take Care of Your Cars During Flooding Season

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Aaahhh!!! The flood season has started once again. This Maring has still to end and the flood to subside but only after damaging a great deal of vehicles all over the Metro.

My car was one of the victims during typhoon Ondoy, and sadly I never got to buy a new one in fear of the same thing happening all over again. So, I was right after all! I've learned to invest first on a parking location free from flooding, but still many do not have the convenience and luxury to choose where to park their cars.

Many of the car owners here in the Metro do not really have their own parking space or garage. Many of their vehicles are parked on the streets - regardless how narrow or wide the streets are - because many can't afford to own a house with a garage in the city.

Here are some tips from the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. and the Asian Carmakers Corporation (the official importer and distributor of BMW vehicles in the Philippines) on what to do in case car owners or passengers encounter floods on the road, and how to respond when their vehicle is damaged in a flood.

The Filipino Should Not Be Waterproof!

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Here we go again! Ondoy, Habagat..... and now Maring! It seems it's a never-ending cycle where we are all end up seeing each other at relief and evacuation centers. We might be among the people waiting to receive donations in the form of a kilo of rice, a few cans of sardines and some instant noodles, or if we were lucky enough, part of the team distributing the relief goods.

Each one of us maybe feeling the Filipino spirit of being "waterproof" like what the meme has been sharing all throughout my Facebook timeline. We are all there hoping for the best despite the tragic disaster which put a great portion of the Philippines under murky flood waters.

But there's a small bonus! We get to see celebrities, politicians and other big personalities, up close and personal!

Daiana Menezes Is UNO Magazine's 88th Issue Cover Model

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By now, you should have seen, held, ogled and enjoyed UNO's ultra-special 10th year anniversary issue they dubbed UNO X. This time, hot on the heels of that supernova of an issue, UNO magazine brings you UNO 88, their first regular issue for volume X.

For a wet and dreary week, here's something bright, sunny and chipper to look forward to! UNO issue 88 volume X with Ms. Daiana Menezes.

If you think the pose is something familiar, UNO magazine says that Issue 88 is actually a nod to Jennifer Aniston's necktie issue from a previous issue of GQ magazine. UNO thinks Brazilian beauty Diana Meneses wears it just as well.

Dutdutan Trece at the World Trade Center

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Dutdutan is currently the country's biggest and grandest tattoo exposition held annually presented by Tribal Gear Philippines.

The organizers are now gearing up for the 13th offering of Dutdutan dubbed as Dutdutan Trece to be held at the World Trade Center on September 27 and 28.

DUTDUTAN Trece is all set!!! POD, URCC, Drum Duel, Bands, FHM Bikini Contest, Tattoo, Tattoo & Tattoo!!!

Get the chance to meet the man behind Tribal Gear! Mr. Bobby Ruiz live at Dutdutan Trece! Also, our favorite Dutdutan featured tattoo artist, Big Tiny of Unauthorized Ink will be coming again this year. The exclusive Dutdutan Trece poster above was designed by Tribal's featured international tattoo artist Steve Soto of Goodfellas Tattoo shop in California. He will be coming also to Dutdutan along with Big Tiny and Bobby Ruiz!

Let's take a trip to OKINAWA PREFECTURE!

Enkaku-ji (wikipedia)

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I've never been in Japan but I hope I could visit it someday. Okay! So, I already planned some places that I’m going to visit in Japan someday near future and one of them is the Okinawa Prefecture. Why? That’s because, there are many castles and some springs there.

The picture above is the Enkaku-ji temple, it is a wooden temple but it was destroyed during the war. I'm sad because maybe the Enkaku-ji was so beautiful and lively before the war.

Yum Yum Tempura: Learning How to Cook the Delicious Japanese Dish

Isn't it delicious? Yuuuuuuuuum!

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Many of us Filipinos are now eating some of the Japanese dishes right? There are also many Japanese restaurants in the Philippines and one of the Japanese dishes served there that we probably have eaten there already is the Tempura.

What is Tempura? Tempura is a Japanese dish of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried.

The Tempura recipe was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese Jesuit Missionaries particularly active in Nagasaki. The Tempura was a popular food eaten at street venders and it is called 'yatai' since Genroku era.

The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion for Your Red Letter Days

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Red-letter days are special days that we mark red on our calendars. These are days that we make absolutely memorable, so we celebrate them the best way we can!

From children’s parties to debuts to milestone occasions, The Blue Leaf provides venues that foster interaction and gathering, surrounded by natural environment. Our hospitable staff is only too happy to serve and make your day a truly special one.

The Blue Leaf aims to be the top venue choice for clients who wish to enjoy a memorable bonding experience with family, friends and business contacts through impressive facilities, great food and great service by The Blue Leaf and its partners.

Culture : A Country's Identity

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The word CULTURE comes with:

C- captivating
U- unique
L- long lasting
T- terrific
U- universal
R- recognizable
E- endearing

Customary beliefs including ways, religions, foods, anything that encompass the word COUNTRY'S IDENTITY. As we all know all countries world wide have their own authentic cultures that make them extraordinary, that can possibly touch others hearts and make them be amaze and be affected. Two countries that have distinct cultures are Japan and Philippines. These two countries have their differences in terms of their vast and wonderful cultures. We can compare them and let us be amaze and say "WOW" with their beautiful culture that we can adapt some also.

Nihonjins used to bow as sign of respect while Filipinos kiss someone elder's hand or bless - putting a hand on your forehead. Nihonjins eat Sushi that consist of raw fish while many Filipinos don't like the taste of raw fish's. Nihonjins often drink teas to rejuvenate their bodies while Filipinos drink a hot cup of Tablea - chocolate disc. Nihonjins used to prepare a Bento - complete meal consisting of rice, veggies, meat etc. while Filipinos were contented on a meal of rice with one viand. 

Mark Zuckerberg : Is Connectivity a Human Right?

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"For nine years, we've been on a mission to connect the world. We now connect more than 1 billion people, but to connect the next 5 billion we must solve a much bigger problem: the vast majority of people don't have access to the internet.

I'm focused on this because I think it's one of the greatest challenges of our generation. I've attached a rough plan I've written outlining the work Facebook is doing to solve this and how our industry can work together to connect the next 5 billion people." - Mark Zuckerberg

For almost ten years, Facebook has been on a mission to make the world more open and connected. Today we connect more than 1.15 billion people each month, but as we started thinking about connecting the next 5 billion, we realized something important: the vast majority of people in the world don’t have access to the internet.

Today, only 2.7 billion people are online — a little more than one third of the world. That is growing by less than 9% a year, but that’s slow considering how early we are in the internet’s development. Even though projections show most people will get smartphones in the next decade, most people still won’t have data access because the cost of data remains much more expensive than the price of a smartphone.

Below, I’ll share a rough proposal for how we can connect the next 5 billion people, and a rough plan to work together as an industry to get there. We’ll discuss how we can make internet access more affordable by making it more efficient to deliver data, how we can use less data by improving the efficiency of the apps we build and how we can help businesses drive internet access by developing a new model to get people online.

Telecom Company Powers Deped DRRMO For Typhoon Labuyo Operations

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Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom powers the Department of Education’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) with communication tools for its Typhoon Labuyo operations.

Being a partner of DepEd DRRMO, Globe supplies the government agency with mobile and internet support for monitoring purposes. This time, the company provides prepaid cards which DepEd DRRMO can use with the cellular phones donated by Globe earlier.

“Globe is always here to assist DepEd especially during times when we are challenged by disasters. What better way to do it than provide means for DepEd DRRMO to check the status of affected schools via call, text, or even the internet,” said Fernando Esguerra, OIC of Globe Corporate Social Responsibility.

Japan : Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Cenotaph and Genbaku Dome as seen from Peace Memorial Museum

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There are many beautiful places in Japan. Some examples are Mount Fuji, Himeji Castle, Kamakura, Matsumoto Castle, Tokyo tower and many more. Among all of these, i would like to go to Hiroshima Peace Memorial park the best

Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park ( Heiwa Kinen Kōen) is one of the most prominent features of the city. Even visitors not looking for the Peace Park will likely stumble upon the large park of over 120,000 square meters. Its trees, lawns, and walking paths are in stark contrast to the surrounding downtown area.

Before the bomb, the area of what is now the Peace Park was the political and commercial heart of the city. For this reason, it was chosen as the pilot's target. Four years to the day after the bomb was dropped, it was decided that the area would not be redeveloped but instead devoted to peace memorial facilities.

The location of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was once the city’s busiest downtown commercial and residential district. Today there are a number of memorials and monuments, museums, and lecture halls, which draw over a million visitors annually. The annual 6 August Peace Memorial Ceremony which is sponsored by the city of Hiroshima, is also held in the park. The purpose of the Peace Memorial Park is to not only memorialize the victims, but also to establish the memory of nuclear horrors and advocate world peace.

UP JMA ADHOC Seek Avidity : Get Your Tickets Now!

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Origin 1958: ADHOC's advocacy and legacy

noun. |add.hawk.uh.see|

The driving force that upholds the advocacy of supporting UP JMA's K.I.D.S., constantly exceeding standards and soaring to new heights by delivering the major event that is always imitated but never surpassed and thus continuing UP JMA's legacy of excellence and social responsibility. Itching to get those tickets? Get your regular tickets now! Just a few more days til the biggest and the best college party in the metro!

Want to experience ultimate avidity this coming August 24?

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Eat like a Sumo at "Sumo Sam"

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"Sumo Sam is a Japanese-American restaurant that boasts an extensive menu - from basic sashimi and sushi platters to sukiyaki, udons, and bacon-wrapped tempura. There are even Japanese-style burgers, crunchy tuna roll, and a wide variety of tofu dishes. At Sumo Sam, there’s something delicious and tasty for everyone in the family to enjoy." - Enjoy Philippines

I got the opportunity to eat for the first time at Sumo Sam. So I'm excited to show you how great it was to eat there. Well, let's get started.

There is a restaurant called Sumo Sam that has branches in many locations - more than 25 branches and still growing) so don't get confused because they are all completely different branches but offer the same quality dishes. Sumo Sam’s phenomenal growth continues to grow even higher as it opens up more branches across the Philippines. The the legend lives on as Sumo Sam raises the bar higher for itself than it has so far achieved. The photo up above in their menu is the logo of the Sumo Sam I've been telling you.

The food here in Sumo Sam is great and I have to tell you that one of the owners of this restaurant is a celebrity. See for your own eyes - one of the owners is no other than Chef Marvin Agustin.

Superheroes in Type : Man of Steel VS The Dark Knight

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I chance upon seeing on my Facebook timeline these pre-designed 17th and Oak prints that make the perfect gifts for any occasion. These prints were inspired by quotes from the movie Man Of Steel and The Dark Knight.

They are A3 (16.5 x 11.7 inches) and printed on 280gsm card, which means they will fit into any standard A3 frame.

They are printed to order so please allow 1-2 weeks for printing and delivery.

Available for only $49.00 each.

Ninoy Aquino Returns to the Philippines

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August 21 or “Ninoy Aquino Day” is a special non-working day. Malacañang has declared today, Wednesday a holiday as the nation commemorates the 30th death anniversary of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) is spearheading an online commemoration which will feature an interactive page with a comprehensive timeline, music of the era, infographic maps, essays, and testimonials on Ninoy and his sacrifice, on the Presidential Museum and Library.

Filipinos can join to participate in this campaign, which will source and publish short statements from those who had lived through that watershed event in our history.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

All Female Battle of the Ink by Limitattoo

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presents an All-Female Battle of the Ink on August 31, 2013 to be held at Limitado located at No. 2 Kapt. Moy St. Sta. Elena Marikina (behind the OLA Church).

For Pre-made and On-the-Spot Category, the TOTAL entry fee is P1,200.00 inclusion of 2 set meals, unlimited cocktail drinks, sanitary kit, certificate of participation. Free events shirt for early birds registered participants via email (

For Freestyle- On-the-Spot ONLY category participants, the entry fee is P900.00 covered with 2 set meals and a certificate of participation.

For Pre-made ONLY Category participants, (realism portrait, Oriental, Cartoonic, Tribal/Ethnic) the entry fee is P600.00 inclusive of Certificate of participation and a free drink.

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT 09065097049, 9452571

Karate Kid : Japanese Restaurant in SM Megamall

Credits to Karate Kid Flickr account

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Last August 18, 2013, my brother and I had a trip to SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City after attending mass. We went to a Japanese restaurant named the Karate Kid to eat our lunch.

On our way to SM Megamall it was raining really hard. Oh! How wished it was sunny that day but it wasn't, sucks for me, getting wet by the rain, it was really cold.

After arriving at the mall there weren't that many people inside, maybe it was still early. We walked around a few times before going to the Japanese restaurant. It was a really long walk from where we were to the Karate Kid.

When we arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted in Japanese, I wanted to greet them back but I felt embarrassed. Then we looked for a place to dine in and there were many people but not enough to occupy all of the tables.

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