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A Darker Shade of Pale

Posted by on Jul 30, 2008 in Art & Photography, Personal, Wall of the Weird

A Darker Shade of Pale

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Is it the camera? Or is it just my skin… Angela, sell your camera already… and buy a new one jkjkjk…

Or better yet sell you LV bag and buy new one :) swt.. we know it’s never gonna happen :)

I guess this qualifies as a deviant art ๐Ÿ˜› Thanks to Kristel for tweaking this out!

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MSI Wind

Posted by on Jul 30, 2008 in Personal

MSI Wind
Cyclone! That’s what MSI Wind’s model name must be! This teeny gadget is sold out everywhere, making the Asus Eee series and even HP mini cry! What’s so good about this cyclone is that it has the most “gnarly” specs a mini PC could have! So Vinz and I didn’t hesitate to buy one for ourselves EACH!

It has:

Intel Atom – (as compared to HP who has VIA as processor)

the 80Gigs – (as compared to acer’s 8Gig)

The 10″ screen (1024*600) LCD with LED back lighting – Full Web page Viewing (as compared to Eee)

1GB memory

WLAN and Bluetooth (for XP version only)

1.3 Megapixel web camera with built-in mic

only 2.3 lbs!

it comes with Licensed Microsoft Windows XP (for them Vista Haters)

and others: Card Reader, big size keyboard, turbo battery, magnifier, LED Panel and 2.5″ HDD

… and most importantly… the PRICE that is just RIGHT for these gnarly features! (I bought it for only Php 26,000 – $479 if bought in US)

More about MSI Wind specs here!

So how then does this compare to my previous laptop? Of course my Compaq Presario C700 has a 15″ screen, gnarly features, webcam, glossy high definition screen, built-in mic also and is good for photoshopping, excel-ing with many columns involved, viewing webpages and many others… But my usual problem is that it hurts my back if I want to carry it along anywhere. Now see in comparison how MSI solved my back problem. 2 MSI winds = 1 Compaq Presario.

Yeah, MSI is really handy and portable. But I’m keeping my old laptop (not really old because I bought it this year also). I’d just rather buy this MSI wind mini laptop for Php 26k than buying another SmartPhone /PDA phone / iPhone which costs about the same price minimum but the really good ones like HTC costs around Php 40k! I’ve been waiting for Xperia also since January 2008 (when this was announced), but I’m quite dissappointed since the release date would be next January 2009. I don’t know if it’s worth the wait and it would also cost aroung Php40k! It’s like buying another high-performance laptop/ mega-nice desktop unit.

This is the actual MSI Wind that we bought.

And see this one? Full webpage viewing!

I have been using it for 4 days now and I am telling you… It is a handy dandy iCandy companion! But it’s speed upon boot and shut down and everything else is A-ok! I’ve been viewing web pages generally in full screen and it’s just so light that it could fit it in my baggie! It doesn’t hurt the back of those with scoliosis like yours truly. And also, it’s completa and it has everything that my 15″ widescreen laptop has (&even more in some cases perhaps).

The only con I could think of is that it has no DVD rom optical drive & writer! But, as compared to all mini PCs… this difinitely qualifies as a SUPER CYCLONE that blows the Phil’s gadget industry away!

So I’m here advertising once again for something for free — sweatcase. But anyway, I don’t care… I just want to spread the word to my friends the good experiences I have so that I could share and enlighten them too! So what are you waiting for? Buy one already!!! I am being the devil here tempting you all to buy buy buy!

Until next time readers, this is your Blog Ambassadress saying “Mabuhay!”


(I’m using this “a.k.a.” when I’m being a “techie.” Just like Daniel when he is being the “techidan“)

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Thoughts on GMA’s SONA

Posted by on Jul 28, 2008 in Events

I hate riding taxis/cabs! That’s a known fact, but what I like about riding one is that i am forced to listen to an AM radio station.

Now as you all know I hate politics (as this almost killed a relative involved in politics). But what can I say, it’s a part of our lives and I have thoughts regarding these things too.


I am no economist and no politician. I am just a very curious Candy! So these comments and opinions of mine are basically my own thinking. If you are against what I say or have further comments other than my own. Feel free to comment.

Feel free to also comment on the wrong information I write or anything… We need to be enlightened as a citizen here so I would appreciate your thoughts also on this… Now here goes GMA’s SONA…

Text in bold and in parenthesis are my comments.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s 8th State of the Nation Address

(2nd Regular Session, 14th Congress of the Philippines )

Thank you, Speaker Nograles. Senate President Villar. Senators and Representatives. Vice President de Castro, President Ramos, Chief Justice Puno, members of the diplomatic corps, ladies and gentlemen:

I address you today at a crucial moment in world history. (It definitely is!)
Just a few months ago, we ended 2007 with the strongest economic growth in a generation. Inflation was low, the peso strong and a million new jobs were created. We were all looking to a better, brighter future. (I do agree that year 2007 was a much more stable year than 2008)

Because tough choices were made, kumikilos na ang bayan sa wakas. Malapit na sana tayo sa pagbalanse ng budget. We were retiring debts in great amounts, reducing the drag on our country?s development, habang namumuhunan sa taong bayan. (yeah… “sana” –> somehow in this context means we almost made it)

Biglang-bigla, nabaligtad ang ekonomiya ng mundo. Ang pagtalon ng presyo ng langis at pagkain ay nagbunsod ng pandaigdigan krisis, the worst since the Great Depression and the end of World War II. Some blame speculators moving billions of dollars from subprime mortgages to commodities like fuel and food. (read my post about subprime and gas prices to understand it’s effect on the economy.) Others point of the very real surge in demand as millions of Chinese and Indians move up to the middle class.

Whatever the reasons, we are on a roller coaster ride of oil price hikes, high food prices and looming economic recession in the US and other markets. Uncertainty has moved like a terrible tsunami around the globe, wiping away gains, erasing progress. (… for every problem, there is a solution… how about starting at the basics… think simpler, then progress to a deeper thought)

This is a complex time that defies simple and easy solutions. For starters, it is hard to identify villains, unlike in the 1997 financial crisis. Everyone seems to be a victim, rich countries and poor, though certainly some can take more punishment than others.

To address these global challenges, we must go on building and buttressing bridges to allies around the world: to bring in the rice to feed our people, investments to create jobs; and to keep the peace and maintain stability in our country and the rest of the world. Yet even as we reach out to those who need, and who may need us, we strive for greater self-reliance. (Indeed. No man is an island, or no country is an island in this case [ok, what am I saying *blur* *blur*], but I do believe we must safeguard ourselves and be prepared for anything that happens)

Because tough choices were made, the global crisis did not catch us helpless and unprepared. Through foresight, grit and political will, we built a shield around our country that has slowed down and somewhat softened the worst effects of the global crisis. We have the money to care for our people and pay for food when there are shortages; for fuel despite price spikes.

Neither we nor anyone else in the world expected this day to come so soon but we prepared for it. For the guts not to flinch in the face of tough choices, I thank God. For the wisdom to recognize how needed you are, I thank, you Congress. For footing the bill, I thank the taxpayers. ย 
(Yes, taxation is the bloodline of any government I do agree. Having studied taxation myself, this is a very complex and hard structure… Mostly misunderstood by many who have no idea what this does to a country. Taxation has simple objectives and that is, mainly to fund the government with its activities. But it is also subject to many questions and queries for we all know that this may be subject to abuse and corruption also. But for the simpler part, it’s supposed to be the main source of growth also among the country.)

The result has been, on the one hand, ito ang nakasalba sa bayan; and, on the other, more unpopularity for myself in the opinion polls. Yet, even unfriendly polls show self-rated poverty down to its 20-year low in 2007.

(personal notes and opinion: I am not a pro/con GMA but I believe that being in her shoes is really a tough one. I mean, people look up on you as hope but one wrong decision or scandal, people lose all those hope and then hope is converted to dismay, angst and skepticism. Then the president loses the support she needs… A sad fact indeed and a very complex problem in society that one person alone cannot fix.)

My responsibility as President is to take care to solve the problems we are facing now and to provide a vision and direction for how our nation should advance in the future.

Many in this great hall live privileged lives and exert great influence in public affairs. I am accessible to you, but I spend time every day with the underprivileged and under represented who cannot get a grip on their lives in the daily, all-consuming struggle to make ends meet.

Nag-aalala ako para sa naka-aawang maybahay na pasan ang pananagutan para sa buong pamilya. Nag-aalala ako para sa magsasakang nasa unang hanay ng pambansang produksyon ng pagkain ngunit nagsisikap pakanin ang pamilya. I care for hardworking students soon to graduate and wanting to see hope of good job and a career prospect here at home.

Nag-aalala ako para sa 41-year old na padre de pamilya na di araw-araw ang trabaho, at nag-aabala sa asawa at tatlong anak, at dapat bigyan ng higit pang pagkakakitaan at dangal. I care for our teachers who gave the greatest gift we ever received ? a good education ? still trying to pass on the same gift to succeeding generations. (Teachers, they are my personal hero. Sometimes change happens with their inspiring words in the four corners of the classroom. Instilling honorable values to the naive young…) I care for our OFWs, famed for their skill, integrity and untiring labor, who send home their pay as the only way to touch loved ones so far away. Nagpupugay ako ngayon sa kanilang mga karaniwang Pilipino.

My critics say this is fiction, along with other facts and figures I cite today. I call it heroism though they don?t need our praise. Each is already a hero to those who matter most, their families.

I said this is a global crisis where everyone is a victim. But only few can afford to avoid, or pay to delay, the worst effects.

Many more have nothing to protect them from the immediate blunt force trauma of the global crisis. Tulad ninyo, nag-aalala ako para sa kanila. Ito ang mga taong bayan na dapat sama
han natin. Not only because of their sacrifices for our country but because they are our countrymen.

How do we solve these many complex challenges?

Sa kanilang kalagayan, the answer must be special care and attention in this great hour of need.

First, we must have a targeted strategy with set of precise prescriptions to ease the price challenges we are facing.

Second, food self-sufficiency; less energy dependence; greater self-reliance in our attitude as a people and in our posture as a nation.

Third, short-term relief cannot be at the expense of long term reforms. These reforms will benefit not just the next generation of Filipinos, but the next President as well. (I do believe in thinking long-term)

Napakahalaga ang Value Added Tax sa pagharap sa mga hamong ito.
(Throw me rotten tomatoes but I have to agree on her. Again,tax is essential. Taking this off from gas prices would benifit the rich and middle class but the poor once again suffers as these taxes that we pay benefit them generally)

Itong programa ang sagot sa mga problemang namana natin.

Una, mabawasan ang ating mga utang and shore up our fiscal independence.

Pangalawa, higit na pamumuhunan para mamamayan at imprastraktura.

Pangatlo, sapat na pondo para sa mga programang pangmasa.

Thus, the infrastructure links programmed for the our poorest provinces like Northern Samar: Lao-ang-Lapinig-Arteche, right now ay maputik, San Isidro-Lope de Vega; the rehabilitation of Maharlika in Samar.

Take VAT away and you and I abdicate our responsibility as leaders and pull the rug from under our present and future progress, which may be compromised by the global crisis. (I’d have to agree on this one.)

Lalong lumakas ang tiwala ng mga investor dahil sa VAT. Mula P56.50 kada dolyar, lumakas ang piso hanggang P40.20 bago bumalik sa P44 dahil sa mga pabigat ng pangdaigdigang ekonomiya. Kung alisin ang VAT, hihina ang kumpiyansa ng negosyo, lalong tataas ang interes, lalong bababa ang piso, lalong mamahal ang bilihin.

Kapag ibinasura ang VAT sa langis at kuryente, ang mas makikinabang ay ang mga may kaya na kumukonsumo ng 84% ng langis at 90% ng kuryente habang mas masasaktan ang mahihirap na mawawalan ng P80 billion para sa mga programang pinopondohan ngayon ng VAT. Take away VAT and we strip our people of the means to ride out the world food and energy crisis.

We have come too far and made too many sacrifices to turn back now on fiscal reforms. Leadership is not about doing the first easy thing that comes to mind; it is about doing what is necessary, however hard.

The government has persevered, without flip-flops, in its much-criticized but irreplaceable policies, including oil and power VAT and oil deregulation.

Patuloy na gagamitin ng pamahalaan ang lumalago nating yaman upang tulungan ang mga pamilyang naghihirap sa taas ng bilihin at hampas ng bagyo, habang nagpupundar upang sanggahan ang bayan sa mga krisis sa hinaharap.

Para sa mga namamasada at namamasahe sa dyip, sinusugpo natin ang kotong at colorum upang mapataas ang kita ng mga tsuper. Si Federico Alvarez kumikita ng P200 a day sa kaniyang rutang Cubao-Rosario. Tinaas ito ng anti-kotong, anti-colorum ngayon P500 na ang kita niya. Iyan ang paraan kung paano napananatili ang dagdag-pasahe sa piso lamang. Halaga lang ng isang text. (yep, pay attention also on this one)

Texting is a way of life. I asked the telecoms to cut the cost of messages between networks. They responded. It is now down to 50 centavos. (I would have to say that this is not really a priority because I could not really think of how it would really help generally the economy as a whole but.. “YAEY!” Although, I don’t sms that often so I’m unaffected ‘(“,))

Noong Hunyo, nagpalabas tayo ng apat na bilyong piso mula sa VAT sa langis?dalawang bilyong pambayad ng koryente ng apat na milyong mahihirap, isang bilyon para college scholarship o pautang sa 70,000 na estudyanteng maralita; kalahating bilyong pautang upang palitan ng mas matipid na LPG, CNG o biofuel ang motor ng libu-libong jeepney; at kalahating bilyong pampalit sa fluorescent sa mga pampublikong lugar.

Kung mapapalitan ng fluorescent ang lahat ng bumbilya, makatitipid tayo ng lampas P2 billion. (These plans sound brilliant but I know many are skeptics and unsupportive once again… If we continue to waste our time criticizing once again… then time is lost and once again PLANS go to waste.)

Sa sunod na katas ng VAT, may P1 billion na pambayad ng kuryente ng mahihirap; kalahating bilyon para sa matatandang di sakop ng SSS o GSIS; kalahating bilyong kapital para sa pamilya ng mga namamasada; kalahating bilyon upang mapataas ang kakayahan at equipment ng mga munting ospital sa mga lalawigan. At para sa mga kalamidad, angkop na halaga.

We released P1 billion for the victims of typhoon Frank. We support a supplemental Western Visayas calamity budget from VAT proceeds, as a tribute to the likes of Rodney Berdin, age 13, of Barangay Rombang, Belison, Antique, who saved his mother, brother and sister from the raging waters of Sibalom River.

(These funds that went to disaster and relief programs came from the TAX we all paid… So, you think you could scrap tax? Then what happens, when these fortuitous events occur, how do we rescue the victims? How do we clean up that oil tank/chemical container left in the ocean? Which if delayed would cause very disastrous effects to our economy?)

Mula sa buwang ito, wala nang income tax ang sumusweldo ng P200,000 o mas mababa sa isang taon ? P12 billion na bawas-buwis para sa maralita at middle class. Maraming salamat, Congress.

(I’m not so sure about this… Who benefits again? Middle class… Do low class people and those very poor benefit? I’d have to say no… Since those very poor don’t have to pay taxes already before hand… now loosing 12 billion pesos in taxes… these poor people don’t benifit I say it’s actually the opposite)

Ngayong may P32 na commercial rice, natugunan na natin ang problema sa pagkain sa kasalukuyan. Nagtagumpay tayo dahil sa pagtutulungan ng buong bayan sa pagsasaka, bantay-presyo at paghihigpit sa price manipulation, sa masipag na pamumuno ni Artie Yap.

Sa mga LGU at religious groups na tumutulong dalhin ang NFA rice sa mahihirap, maraming salamat sa inyo.

Dahil sa subsidy, NFA rice is among the region?s cheapest. While we can take some comfort that our situation is better than many other nations, there is no substitute for solving the problem of rice and fuel here at home. In doing so, let us be honest and clear eyed ? there has been a fundamental shift in global economics. The price of food and fuel will likely remain high. Nothing will be easy; the government cannot solve these problems over night. But, we can work to ease the near-term pain while investing in long-term solutions.

(Our very own country is rich in natural resources… We have fertile lands and resources that we should take advantage of… I say we go back and support agriculture.)

Since 2001, new irrigation systems for 146,000 hectares, including Malmar in Maguindanao and North Cotabato, Lower Agusan, Casecnan and Aulo in Nueva Ecija, Abulog-Apayao in Cagayan and Apayao, Addalam in Quirino and Isabela, among others, and the restoration of old systems on another 980,000 hectares have increased our nation?s irrigated land to a historic 1.5 million hectares.

Edwin Bandila, 48 years old, of Ugalingan, Carmen, North Cotabato, cultivated one hectare and harvested 35 cavans. Thirteen years na ginawa iyong Malmar. In my first State of the Nation Address, sabi ko kung hindi mat
apos iyon sa Setyembre ay kakanselahin ko ang kontrata, papapasukin ko ang engineering brigade, natapos nila. With Malamar, now he cultivates five hectares and produces 97 cavans per hectare. Mabuhay, Edwin! VAT will complete the San Roque-Agno River project.

The Land Bank has quadrupled loans for farmers and fisherfolk. That is fact not fiction. Check it. For more effective credit utilization, I instructed DA to revitalize farmers cooperatives.

We are providing seeds at subsidized prices to help our farmers.

Incremental Malampaya national revenues of P4 billion will go to our rice self-sufficiency program.

Rice production since 2000 increased an average of 4.07% a year, twice the population growth rate. By promoting natural planning and female education, we have curbed population growth to 2.04% during our administration, down from the 2.36 in the 1990?s, when artificial birth control was pushed. Our campaign spreads awareness of responsible parenthood regarding birth spacing. Long years of pushing contraceptives made it synonymous to family planning. Therefore informed choice should mean letting more couples, who are mostly Catholics, know about natural family planning.

From 1978 to 1981, nag-export tayo ng bigas. Hindi tumagal. But let?s not be too hard on ourselves. Panahon pa ng Kastila bumibili na tayo ng bigas sa labas. While we may know how to grow rice well, topography doesn?t always cooperate.

Nature did not gift us with a mighty Mekong like Thailand and Vietnam, with their vast and naturally fertile plains. Nature instead put our islands ahead of our neighbours in the path of typhoons from the Pacific. So, we import 10% of the rice we consume.

To meet the challenge of today, we will feed our people now, not later, and help them get through these hard times. To meet the challenges of tomorrow, we must become more self-reliant, self-sufficient and independent, relying on ourselves more than on the world.

Now we come to the future of agrarian reform.

There are those who say it is a failure, that our rice importations prove it. There are those who say it is a success?if only because anything is better than nothing. Indeed, people are happier owning the land they work, no matter what the difficulties.
Sa SONA noong 2001, sinabi ko, bawat taon, mamamahagi tayo ng dalawang daang libong ektarya sa reporma sa lupa: 100,000 hectares of private farmland and 100,000 of public farmland, including ancestral domains. Di hamak mahigit sa target ang naipamahagi natin sa nakaraang pitong taon: 854,000 hectares of private farmland, 797,000 of public farmland, and Certificates of Ancestral Domain for 525,000 hectares. Including, over a 100,000 hectares for Bugkalots in Quirino, Aurora, and Nueva Vizcaya. After the release of their CADT, Rosario Camma, Bugkalot chieftain, and now mayor of Nagtipunan, helped his 15,000-member tribe develop irrigation, plant vegetables and corn and achieve food sufficiency. Mabuhay, Chief!

Agrarian reform should not merely subdivide misery, it must raise living standards. Ownership raises the farmer from his but productivity will keep him on his feet.

Sinimula ng aking ama ang land reform noong 1963. Upang mabuo ito, the extension of CARP with reforms is top priority. I will continue to do all I can for the rural as well as urban poor. Ayaw natin na paglaya ng tenant sa landlord, mapapasa-ilalim naman sa usurero. Former tenants must be empowered to become agribusinessmen by allowing their land to be used as collateral.

Dapat mapalaya ng reporma sa lupa ang magsasaka sa pagiging alipin sa iba. Dapat bigyan ang magsasaka ng dangal bilang taong malaya at di hawak ninuman. We must curb the recklessness that gives land without the means to make it productive and bites off more than beneficiaries can chew.

At the same time, I want the rackets out of agrarian reform: the threats to take and therefore undervalue land, the conspiracies to overvalue it.

Be with me on this. There must be a path where justice and progress converge. Let us find it before Christmas. Dapat nating linisin ang landas para sa mga ibig magpursige sa pagsasaka, taglay ang pananalig na ang lupa ay sasagip sa atin sa huli kung gamitin natin ito nang maayos.

Along with massive rice production, we are cutting costs through more efficient transport. For our farm-to-market roads, we released P6 billion in 2007.

On our nautical highways. RORO boats carried 33 million metric tons of cargo and 31 million passengers in 2007. We have built 39 RORO ports during our administration, 12 more are slated to start within the next two years. In 2003, we inaugurated the Western Nautical Highway from Batangas through Mindoro, Panay and Negros to Mindanao. This year we launched the Central Nautical Highway from Bicol mainland, through Masbate, Cebu, Bohol and Camiguin to Mindanao mainland. These developments strengthen our competitiveness.

Leading multinational company Nestle cut transport costs and offset higher milk prices abroad. Salamat, RORO. Transport costs have become so reasonable for bakeries like Gardenia, a loaf of its bread in Iloilo is priced the same as in Laguna and Manila. Salamat muli sa RORO.

To the many LGUs who have stopped collecting fees from cargo vehicles, maraming, maraming salamat.

We are repaving airports that are useful for agriculture, like Zamboanga City Airport.

Producing rice and moving it cheaper addresses the supply side of our rice needs. On the demand side, we are boosting the people?s buying power.

Ginagawa nating labor-intensive ang paggawa at pag-ayos ng kalsada at patubig. Noong SONA ng 2001, naglunsad tayo sa NCR ng patrabaho para sa 20,000 na out of school youth, na tinawag OYSTER. Ngayon, mahigit 20,000 ang ineempleyo ng OYSTER sa buong bansa. In disaster-stricken areas, we have a cash-for-work program.

(OYSTER by the way readers doesnt mean that yummy aphrodisiac food that we eat… LOLZ… It means “Out-of-School-Youth-Serving-Toward-Economic-Recovery”… They are called the OYSTER Pulis or Pulis OYSTER. Click here to know more about them.)

In training, 7.74 million took technical and vocational courses over the last seven years, double the number in the previous 14 years. In 2007 alone, 1.7 million graduated. Among them are Jessica Barlomento now in Hanjin as supply officer, Shenve Catana, Marie Grace Comendador, and Marlyn Tusi, lady welders, congratulations.

In microfinance, loans have reached P102 billion or 30 times more than the P3 billion we started with in 2001, with a 98% repayment record, congratulations! Major lenders include the Land Bank with P69 billion, the Peoples? Credit and Finance Corporation P8 billion, the National Livelihood Support Fund P3 billion, DBP P1 billion and the DSWD?s SEA-K P800 million. For partnering with us to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit, thank you, Go Negosyo and Joey Concepcion.

Upland development benefits farmers through agro-forestry initiatives. Rubber is especially strong in Zamboanga Sibugay and North Cotabato. Victoria Mindoro, 56 years old, used to earn P5,000 a month as farmer and factory worker. Now she owns 10 hectares in the Goodyear Agrarian Reform Community in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, she earns P10,000 a week. With one hectare, Pedro and Concordia Faviolas of Makilala, North Cotabato, they sent their six children to college, bought two more hectares, and earn P15,000 a month. Congratulations!

Jatropha estates are starting in 900 hectares in and around Tamlang Valley in Negros Oriental; 200 in CamSur; 300 in GenSan, 500 in Fort Magsaysay near the Cordero Dam and 700 in Samar, among others.

In our 2006 SONA, our food baskets were identified as Nor
th Luzon and Mindanao.

The sad irony of Mindanao as food basket is that it has some of the highest hunger in our nation. It has large fields of high productivity, yet also six of our ten poorest provinces.

The prime reason is the endless Mindanao conflict. A comprehensive peace has eluded us for half a century. But last night, differences on the tough issue of ancestral domain were resolved. Yes, there are political dynamics among the people of Mindanao. Let us sort them out with the utmost sobriety, patience and restraint. I ask Congress to act on the legislative and political reforms that will lead to a just and lasting peace during our term of office.

The demands of decency and compassion urge dialogue. Better talk than fight, if nothing of sovereign value is anyway lost. Dialogue has achieved more than confrontation in many parts of the world. This was the message of the recent World Conference in Madrid organized by the King of Saudi Arabia, and the universal message of the Pope in Sydney.

Pope Benedict?s encyclical Deus Caritas Est reminds us: ?There will always be situations of material need where help in the form of concrete love for neighbour is indispensable.?

Pinagsasama-sama natin ang mga programa ng DSWD, DOH, GSIS, SSS at iba pang lumalaban sa kahirapan sa isang National Social Welfare Program para proteksyonan ang pinaka-mahihirap mula sa pandaigdigang krisis, and to help those whose earnings are limited by illness, disability, loss of job, age and so on?through livelihood projects, microfinance, skills and technology transfer, emergency and temporary employment, pension funds, food aid and cash subsidies, child nutrition and adult health care, medical missions, salary loans, insurance, housing programs, educational and other savings schemes, and now cheaper medicine?Thanks to Congress.

The World Bank says that in Brazil, the income of the poorest 10% has grown 9% per year versus the 3% for the higher income levels due in large part to their family stipend program linking welfare checks to school attendance. We have introduced a similar program, Pantawid Pamilya.

(I have enough dandruff in my hair with the stress I deal with work… Now if I imagine myself as President… I’d be BALD!)

Employers have funded the two increases in SSS benefits since 2005. Thank you, employers for paying the premiums.

GSIS pensions have been indexed to inflation and have increased every year since 2001. Its salary loan availments have increased from two months equivalent to 10 months, the highest of any system public or private?while repayments have been stretched out.

Pag-Ibig housing loans increased from P3.82 billion in 2001 to P22.6 billion in 2007. This year it experienced an 84% increase in the first four months alone. Super heating na. Dapat dagdagan ng GSIS at buksan muli ng SSS ang pautang sa pabahay. I ask Congress to pass a bill allowing SSS to do housing loans beyond the present 10% limitation.

Bago ako naging Pangulo, isa?t kalahating milyong maralita lamang ang may health insurance. Noong 2001, sabi natin, dadagdagan pa ng kalahating milyon. Sa taong iyon, mahigit isang milyon ang nabigyan natin. Ngayon, 65 milyong Pilipino na ang may health insurance, mahigit doble ng 2000, kasama ang labinlimang milyong maralita. Philhealth has paid P100 billion for hospitalization. The indigent beneficiaries largely come from West and Central Visayas, Central Luzon, and Ilocos. Patuloy nating palalawakin itong napaka-importanted programa, lalo na sa Tawi-Tawi, Zambo Norte, Maguindanao, Apayao, Dinagat, Lanao Sur, Northern Samar, Masbate, Abra and Misamis Occidental. Lalo na sa kanilang mga magsasaka at mangingisda.

In these provinces and in Agusan Sur, Kalinga, Surigao Sur and calamity-stricken areas, we will launch a massive school feeding program at P10 per child every school day.

Bukod sa libreng edukasyon sa elementarya at high school, nadoble ang pondo para sa mga college scholarships, while private high school scholarship funds from the government have quadrupled.

I have started reforming and clustering the programs of the DepEd, CHED and TESDA.

As with fiscal and food challenges, the global energy crunch demands better and more focused resource mobilization, conservation and management.

Government agencies are reducing their energy and fuel bills by 10%, emulating Texas Instruments and Philippine Stock Exchange who did it last year. Congratulations, Justice Vitug and Francis Lim.

To reduce power system losses, we count on government regulators and also on EPIRA amendments.

We are successful in increasing energy self-sufficiency?56%, the highest in our history. We promote natural gas and biofuel; geothermal fields, among the world?s largest; windmills like those in Ilocos and Batanes; and the solar cells lighting many communities in Mindanao. The new Galoc oil field can produce 17,000-22,000 barrels per day, 1/12 of our crude consumption.

The Renewable Energy Bill has passed the House. Thank you, Congressmen.

Our costly commodity imports like oil and rice should be offset by hard commodities exports like primary products, and soft ones like tourism and cyberservices, at which only India beats us.

Our P 350 million training partnership with the private sector should qualify 60,000 for call centers, medical transcription, animation and software development, which have a projected demand of one million workers generating $13 billion by 2010.

International finance agrees with our progress. Credit rating agencies have kept their positive or stable outlook on the country. Our world competitiveness ranking rose five notches. Congratulations to us.

We are sticking to, and widening, the fiscal reforms that have earned us their respect.

To our investors, thank you for your valuable role in our development. I invite you to invest not only in factories and services, but in profitable infrastructure, following the formula for the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.

I ask business and civil society to continue to work for a socially equitable, economically viable balance of interests. Mining companies should ensure that host communities benefit substantively from their investments, and with no environmental damage from operations.

Our administration enacted the Solid Waste Management Act, Wildlife Act, Protection of Plant Varieties, Clean Water Act, Biofuels Act and various laws declaring protected areas.

For reforestation, for next year we have budgeted P2 billion. Not only do forests enhance the beauty of the land, they mitigate climate change, a key factor in increasing the frequency and intensity of typhoons and costing the country 0.5% of the GDP.

We have set up over 100 marine and fish sanctuaries since 2001. In the whaleshark sanctuary of Donsol, Sorsogon, Alan Amanse, 40-year-old college undergraduate and father of two, was earning P100 a day from fishing and driving a tricycle. Now as whaleshark-watching officer, he is earns P1,000 a day, ten times his former income.

For clean water, so important to health, there is P500 million this year and P1.5 billion for next year.

From just one sanitary landfill in 2001, we now have 21, with another 18 in the works.

We launched the Zero Basura Olympics to clear our communities of trash. Rather than more money, all that is needed is for each citizen to keep home and workplace clean, and for garbage officials to stop squabbling.

Our investments also include essential ways to strengthen our institutions of governance in order to fight the decades-old scourge of corruption. I will continue to fight this battle every single day. While others are happy with headlines through accusation without evidence and privilege speeches without accountability, we have allocated more than P3 billion ? the largest anti-graft fund in our
history ? for real evidence gathering and vigorous prosecution.

From its dismal past record, the Ombudsman?s conviction rate has increased 500%. Lifestyle checks, never seriously implemented before our time, have led to the dismissal and/or criminal prosecution of dozens of corrupt officials.

(What I’ve learned in my Auditing Class is “think skeptical unless proven not guilty” and one of the Audit Procedures to be done (in fraud-busting cases for external audit and just pure corporate governance in Internal Audit) is to do Lifestyle checks on employees. Just make use of common sense and check if there’s a co-relation between a person’s income and lifestyle! This needs to be done and implemented to our Government officials also!)

I recently met with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US agency that provides grants to countries based on governance. They have commended our gains, contributed P1 billion to our fight against graft, and declared us eligible for more grants. Thank you!

Last September, we created the Procurement Transparency Group in the DBM and linked it with business, academe, and the Church, to deter or catch anomalies in government contracts.

On my instruction, the BIR and Customs established similar government-civil society tie-ups for information gathering and tax evasion and smuggling monitoring.

More advanced corruption practices require a commensurate advances in legislative responses. Colleagues in Congress, we need a more stringent Anti-Graft Act.
Sa pagmahal ng bilihin, hirap na ang mamimili ? tapos, dadayain pa. Dapat itong mahinto. Hinihiling ko sa Kongreso na magpasa ng Consumer Bill of Rights laban sa price gouging, false advertising at iba pang gawain kontra sa mamimili.

I call on all our government workers at the national and local levels to be more responsive and accountable to the people. Panahon ito ng pagsubok. Kung saan kayang tumulong at dapat tumulong ang pamahalaan, we must be there with a helping hand. Where government can contribute nothing useful, stay away. Let?s be more helpful, more courteous, more quick.

Kaakibat ng ating mga adhikain ang tuloy na pagkalinga sa kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino. Iisa ang ating pangarap ? maunlad at mapayapang lipunan, kung saan ang magandang kinabukasan ay hindi pangarap lamang, bagkus natutupad.

Sama-sama tayo sa tungkuling ito. May papel na gagampanan ang bawat mamamayan, negosyante, pinunong bayan at simbahan, sampu ng mga nasa lalawigan.

We are three branches but one government. We have our disagreements; we each have hopes, and ambitions that drive and divide us, be they personal, ethnic, religious and cultural. But we are one nation with one fate.

As your President, I care too much about this nation to let anyone stand in the way of our people?s wellbeing. Hindi ko papayagang humadlang ang sinuman sa pag-unlad at pagsagana ng taong bayan. I will let no one ? and no one?s political plans ? threaten our nation?s survival.

Our country and our people have never failed to be there for us. We must be there for them now.

Maraming salamat. Magandang hapon sa inyong lahat.

Click here for the source of the full article of GMA’s SONA.

Now, it has been a deep morning for me reading the SONA and make comments along the lines. So right now I must go back to my real job here… ๐Ÿ˜›

This is your Hannah, your Blog Ambassadress saying “Mabuhay!”



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Reality School

Posted by on Jul 27, 2008 in Business & Finance, Wall of the Weird

Reality School

So ladies and gents who want even that 15 minutes of fame… are you ready for Reality? Reality has been shown for quite some time now and I mean as early as the 1940s (technically when TV was invented already). These old school reality shows are mainly those games and variety shows. Hardcore Reality shows though have only surfaced in the early 90s. But in the year 2000 and up, there are just Reality shows every station, every channel… everywhere!

Now what I think about this reality school thing…? I find it quite odd why they would put up one… Isn’t it that reality shows are supposed to have no scripts at all? …and that you just appear to be you… as is?

Is reality now getting fake?

And, the worst part of it all is that they have to pay a tuition fee so that they could be real-er! Now this is really interesting… Though this qualifies as an entry in my “wall of the wierd“, I must say that it’s actual existence makes it real… Now I know we all get “blur” by now. How do you define reality now?

Now that we are on the topic, I just want to share that there are different kinds of Reality Shows namely:

Documentary style (Pinoy Big Brother (2005) (Philippines), The Real World (1992), Temptation Island (2001), The Simple Life (2003), Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (2004), The 5th Wheel (2001))

Elimination/Game Shows (Pinoy Big Brother (2005) (Philippines) – again, America’s Got Talent (2006), American Idol (2002) , So You Think You Can Dance (2005) – my personal favorite, Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (2000), The Amazing Race (2001), Pilipinas, Game KNB? (2001), So You Think You Can Dance (2005) – personal fave :) and etc… this category seems to be clear already so you know what I mean :))

Self-Improvement/Makeover (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2003), The Swan (2004) (US), Extreme Makeover (2002), America’s Next Top Model (2003-2007) )

Renovation (Pimp My Ride (2004) (MTV, US), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003))

Social Experiment (Wife Swap (2002) (2003) (UK), Secret Millionaire)

TV Shows (just to many to name…)

Hidden Cameras (Punk’d (2003) – my favorite also *Ashton Kutcher* ~faints!~, Scare Tactics (2003), Wow Mali Mali, Just For Laughs Gags (Canada))

Hoaxes (The Joe Schmo Show (2003), My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss (2004?), My Big Fat Obnoxious Fianc? (2004))

I would like to define this one as people might be confused about this category.

In hoax reality shows, the entire show is a prank played on one or more of the cast members, who think they are appearing in a legitimate reality show; the rest of the cast are actors who are in on the joke

Parodies (Drawn Together (2004), The Office (US) (2005))

While not reality TV in the proper sense, these scripted parody shows reflect the level of pop culture status that reality TV ha
s become.
– Wikipedia

Funny also.. the names of these reality TV shows are long and sometimes funny:
The Real Housewives of Orange County – Desperate Housewives and the OC combined?

Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (2004) – really…..?

Who Wants to Marry My Dad? (2004) – This one just funny title

How to Get Lucky (2005) (UK) – haven’t watched this… Luck could be taught?!? @.@

Shopping for Love (2005) (Australia) – That’ll be expensive…

Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (2000) – so long name… it’s like one of those spam emails… *whistles*

How Clean Is Your House? (2003) (2004) (UK) – errmmm… now I don’t want to enter this one

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2003) – this one funny name but effective and yes… guys sometimes need help from gays… *whistles again*

What the Butler Saw (2004) (UK) – intriguing…

Wife Swap (2002) (2003) (UK) – how aobut Husband Swap? *whistles again*

Boys will be Girls (2006) (UK) – ๐Ÿ˜€ now I want to watch this :)

The Girls Next Door (2005) – yeah is popular among guys

Boiling Points (US) MTV – I know this one… but curious: Could they fire mtv for this? I mean…

Fire Me…Please (2005) – oh yes… why is this not showing in the Phil?

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (2002– present) (UK) – why where are you?

Be a Grand Prix Driver (2003) (UK) – OMG! OMG! I want to cast in Philippine version *drools*

Britain’s Worst Celebrity Driver (2005) (UK) – now what exactly do they tape/do here?

Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll (2007) (US) – why me dissapointed with this personally… There was no PCD after this and I just don’t want to say more.

America’s Most Smartest Model (2007) (US) – This is interesting! Complete package!

Click here to know more about New York Reality TV

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The Dark Night on IMAX @ MOA

Posted by on Jul 24, 2008 in Events, Personal

The Dark Night on IMAX @ MOA
Spotted. H outside Kingswood Arcade, waiting for cab to arrive. Notice the Mc-do and how near it is from where I live.

I look so tan here, I don’t know why… I’m also so blue… Down with the sickness again… I love my Prada bag! but it’s so heavy carrying one! It hurts my back once again… Oh this scoliosis thing has to end… I better go to a chiropractor already – but It’s so expensive 1! Sessions are at every week and price ranges about PHP2,000. Now I was thinking… How many Lenses could I buy with it already If in a year there’s 52 weeks timesing (Martin’s other term for “multiplying“) 2K?

It doesn’t sound original because measuring in lenses is Brian Laborada’s (notice the full name – so that your name could be searched already in google) way comparing things.

Angela however, measures in terms of bags!

Kristel measures in terms of miles and travel destinations!

While Stephen measures in fishes…

Now me, I couldn’t think of anything original except “How many gadgets could I buy with it already?”


so many people @ Mall of Asia! SM Mall of Asia’ (also known as MOA) is the largest shopping mall in the Philippines and is the 3rd largest shopping mall in the world in terms of Gross Leasable Area.

Early arrival @ IMAX Theater, I think we need to eat dessert first.

I am missing Vinz so much! This is the first weekend we got together again after his arrival from L.A. (Notice the “bling” – iLike!) So we did first what we love to do… eat cheesecake at Cheesecake!

Blueberry Cheesecake drools… I love cheesecakes

But I like this one better! It’s called a Pistachio White Cheesecake… It’s simple yet oozing with unique flavour! It looks so beautiful that I don’t want to eat it…

after 20 mins… (yes 20 only) we headed back to IMAX and there got so many employees! I must still say I’m quite lucky to be working at a company who gives free IMAX tickets to all employees *winks* ehemz ehemz…

Poor man… he doesn’t know I’m blogging about him ๐Ÿ˜› the screen is too big for me to capture! The whole time the movie was showing, I didn’t know if my heart is still in its right place! I just love how Heath Ledger portrayed the role! He’s the best joker ever! Too bad though, we could see him doing that role only once.

while waiting… there stime for camwhoring!
After the dark knight we went shopping!!! Gadget shopping baby!
It’s so cold in this store!

And Vinz finally buys the Guitar Hero for NDS! See, this is one of the many many reasons why I prefer NDS over PSP. NDS is just so interactive and you can do and play many unique games in it… and now that guitar hero is already portable… I’m just saying this thing is close to being my perfect portable toy!

Oh! BlurJess will love this!!! GG headband for sale!

I had a very exhausting weekend and ’tis time to say Sayonara Orangs!

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To my readers – Candy’s got new skin again!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2008 in Announcements, Personal

Thank you for voting for my new domain name. The votes were unanimous and it ended yesterday! The winning domain name title is… dan dan dan dan… “flaircandy.com” So look up on the upper part of your monitors… You are now viewing my pages now in that new domain name! Yaey!

Apologies though for the temporary template. As you can see, I loved my previous template and I have received many feedbacks from you that it was generally “cool.” Unfortunately, tweaking it is harder for me since I don’t have background in web designing (i.e., CSS-ing, HTML-ing, XTHML-ing.. etc). And I find it hard to maintain and it is less flexible than normal templates since the “blog posts” area are so narrow and I felt claustrophobic sometimes by just viewing it.

For now, I will be using this free template I just got from the web. I will be editing one over the weekend hopefully. And as you have noticed, some of my widgets are deleted, including the shoutmix one for offline messages. So, If you do want to contact me privately please mail them to [email protected]. (Ehemz, ehemz… I gotzz new personalized email one!) So do mail me something (hehehe) I would be happy to recieve a mail from someone other than google’s welcoming message.

This is my first time buying a domain name so bear with me but I’m so excited! ~tears…

Thank you for always supporting flaircandy.com, expect new and interesting things in my page soon. ‘Till next time lovely readers, this is your blog ambassadress once again saying “Mabuhay.”

Flair Candy

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ShoutOut Linked by Pinoy Blogosphere

Posted by on Jul 22, 2008 in Announcements

ShoutOut Linked by Pinoy Blogosphere

Pinoy Blurker, one of the admins in Pinoy Blogosphere, linked ShoutOut on his blog.

Check it out here.

Also, check out Pinoy Blogosphere to read blogs authored by pinoys.

I have this idea of interviewing one-on-one, the creators of Pinoy Blogosphere. I just have to plan out my schedule and start writing on my planner again. Things are getting pretty hectic once again and to me – never a bad thing!

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Bored Board Part 1

Posted by on Jul 20, 2008 in Events, Personal

Bored Board Part 1

*click on the pictures to enlarge*

The day started with our board of the bored. Why are we bored? Our team transferred from the Penthouse to the Basement! Basement = 20th floor, we just call it one because that floor is reserved for ?future? expansion. Hence, no people there yet, except us! Click “more” for more pictures

Test Shot…

Guess where this is… a Garden? Park? but why are there mannequins in bikinis far there? … yep we’re at a mall! (I am right am I… Bonifacio High Street is some kind of sort of a mall… right?)

Philip Stein! See Ezra and Angela and me window shopping! Angela’s got nice nice hair…

Another angle of Bonifacio High Street… The heat makes me want to jump to this pond/fountain… see somehow we get lucky being close to this mall strip that I adore so much… But unlucky enough if you know prices here are $$$… But still, welcome to the good life people…

Ok… Lunch here we are at New Orleans… It’s actually my first time eating here. Facts about this resto: the other restaurant adjacent to this one is “Claw Daddy”; Claw Daddy and New Orleans have same owner. So, you could ask the waiter for two menus.

Candy Cutie and Flair Candy… hmm… How bout creating a Fansite for this candy cutie… hmmm… Candy Cutie won’t mind internet exposure… Especially if pretty girls and hot ladies would want to be his fan… By the way, Martin is called candy Cutie because he appeared in the pages of Candy magazine, a local magazine who’s market targets teens. How hot is it you say being a candy cutie? Check this out:

yes.. very familiar celebrities you say… Most of them are from Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition (1st batch)

Also this one… Aaron Agasi is Carlos Agasi’s little bro by the way…

but this one is our Candy Cutie!!! ain’t we all proud to be his teammates lolz ๐Ÿ˜€

Camwhoring we are…

ok now I’m hungry over oysters with lots n lots of cheese!!! I’m so hungry I could eat its shell… better not look at me now… look up instead…

yep, wish I had these in my room :)

Lovely fountain you must say… but pretty Angela adds the final touch to the picture :)

yep… Fridays are actually desperate times for us. Almost weekend yet still many stuff and meetings to do. Until next Friday then…

(emoticon courtesy of penangpenang.com

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Predictions – Hoax!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2008 in Events, Wall of the Weird

Remember my post about predictions? Well let’s all rejoice because it’s not true… It was predicted that there will be an 8.1 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines.. but… well, I guess it did not happen. So we could now call it officially – a hoax! Though the sad part is that cure for cancer is not also true. Well, at least I’m just happy I’m alive.

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A Kind Deed

Posted by on Jul 16, 2008 in Art & Photography, Personal

A Kind Deed

Hi again readers.. It’s 11:41pm and I guess I couldn’t sleep eek. Looking for more alternatives to make yourself feel better and forget whatever thing’s bothering you…? My cure is a sure winner! I must say “A kind deed is therapeutic indeed!” See, you should never underestimate the happiness that a good deed can bring to you. When you make people happy, you’d also feel happy… guaranteed!… You will feel fulfillment, self-worth and happiness.. Lightness deep inside (click on “More…” to find out what good deed I did).

I have been missing my friends and I really do notice their absence. Well, I promised someone to fix his faucet…
yep, like a plumber I must be, to complete my promise!
the blog ambassador is a plumber too? Oh cool, she knows how to plumb? <– for lack of better term
.well, scroll.. scroll.. scroll

Willaz, I’m sorry if this came in really late but I do hope you liked it.

Click on Wilazz’s name to view the original picture.

disclaimer: I’m not good at photoshop really (hence all my pictures are unedited from my camera) but I gave my very best for this pic. ayt… Sleep tight everyone :)

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Down With the Sickness

Posted by on Jul 16, 2008 in Personal

Tonight’s mood: I feel like singing “Down with the sickness” by disturbed… Tonight I need to open my private blog. I need to write something now. Dear readers, sorry your blog ambassadress is technically down as of the moment.

She must regain strength by sleeping, find inspiration by say hmm… sleeping again (in the hopes of dreaming inspiration), avoid confusion by meditating and yoga (which I do every morning so I should sleep also)… and she must listen to music (particularly reggae) to once again manipulate her mood. Or she might opt to listen to heavy metal rock music (down with the sickness) for say 15 minutes to let all anger out then afterwards listen to feel good music reggae. Yes people, If you do feel depressed or super duper emo sometimes you can manipulate your mood by using my technique.

Your blog ambassadress is not perfect you know… not a doll, not a movie character protagonist, not a princess from a fairytale, not legally blonde nor does she live in Pleasantville. She’s simply a human being too, with feelings, with highs, with certain physical and emotional limitations (but her mental aspect’s at haywire)and also with imperfections that I transparently communicate to my readers.

When rain pours and storms approaching… always remember that there’s something to look forward to — the rainbow.

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Domain Name Poll

Posted by on Jul 16, 2008 in Announcements, Personal

Good morning readers! Expect an unfriendly weather today in the skies of Makati and Taguig. Bring your umbrellas… Today, I am thinking of getting my own domain name. But, I could not decide which to register… Please vote for the domain name you think best suits me. Poll found at the side bar. Thanks!

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Lost Dreams

Posted by on Jul 14, 2008 in Personal, Wall of the Weird

You could always find me staring at the ceiling, or on the floor, or at the wall, or at the mirror or sometimes you would catch me staring at you… But really, what I’m doing is ~daydreaming~ Yep, I dream by day most of the time (hence, I am partially autistic) but, I haven’t been dreaming in my sleep for the longest time! But just this morning, I had it! I could not exactly describe what happened but I knew I felt good. I think I will be traveling somewhere (hope this comes true) because I’m packing my bags and putting stuff on my sling bag which is funny because I don’t use sling bag. Then, was that a new camera I saw…?

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A fetish for mystery

Posted by on Jul 14, 2008 in Personal, Wall of the Weird

As a child I’ve been meticulously curious. Up to now I guess I still am… Mystery… the very word sends chills down my spine. Call it fetish as you may but I just sense this certain kind of pull. My attraction for mystery has brought me new knowledge and truth which always brings me… satisfaction!


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New Candy World

Posted by on Jul 13, 2008 in Announcements

This blog was originally intended to be private or at least open for public but my identity concealed. But along the way, things didn’t go as I planned and… fulllamaks!… my blog got publicized already. swt


Just like tearing a masterpiece novel into pieces and throwing them into the fireplace, I did the same for some of my controversial posts. Some involved the office (no offense co-workers hehe)… and some… (surprised at myself as I couldn’t think of anything else) so I must have to say erase! erase! Controversial posts involved office stuff.

So, with this I’d have to open a new private blog. Access to this blog is private only! Deep deep thoughts of mine and secrets, frustrations, highs, sighs, retardation nation and pure autism. I don’t know how invitations would be given yet… hmm depends… depends… I’d have to think of it first.

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Blog Ambassadress

Posted by on Jul 11, 2008 in Announcements, Featured, Personal

Blog Ambassadress

SO Models

I really don’t know where to begin with this post. I’ve been wanting to write this since last week but paiseh, I failed to start doing so because I just want itu post to be perfect. I love to free-write and just type whatever comes into my utak, but when it comes to a really composed composition (see redundant), I fail to deliver my meaning! I began writing the title and I thought of being a “Blog Ambassadress” because it sounded cool. But then again, by heart I didn’t know the full definition of being an ambassadress so I searched its meaning online.

ambassadress Definition

am?bas?sa?dress (am bas?? dris-)


  1. a woman ambassador
  2. the wife of an ambassador
Ok ok, so it didn’t really help me define my new self-declared title. The first definition well is just as obvious and vague as it can be. The second is totally not applicable! LOL! Even the dictionary is so sexist eh? Too lazy to define in the feminine side lah swt.

ambassador Definition

am?bas?sa?dor (am bas?? d?r, -d?r?)


  1. the highest-ranking diplomatic representative appointed by one country or government to represent it in another (not to this level, nope)
  2. a special representative: an ambassador-at-large is one accredited to no particular country; an ambassador extraordinary is one on a special diplomatic mission; an ambassador plenipotentiary is one having the power to make treaties (not either)
  3. an official agent with a special mission (can c an, but I’m no agent if I have no principal or if I represent someone else which is not true because I represent myself)
  4. an unofficial representative or messenger an ambassador of goodwill (ah.. this is the perfect definition for me)


Most people don’t know this yet, but my hobby is collecting hobbies! My latest one is blogging and I just started on May 2, 2008. My plan is to hide my identity so that I could freely write about almost anything. But oh well this social girl can’t escape society.

Thursday, May 29, 2008 was the day I found ShoutOut. I was looking for cool stuff “widgets” to put in my sidebar. I searched for “widget” on Google and returned widgetbox.com to me. I browsed a couple of widgets, searched for “shout out” (because I want a chat box in my sidebar so that visitors could leave a comment) then I found this:

… and then of course, I installed…

…and then I said a random shout “Hi!”, I said…

…then I was overwhelmed with banyak greetings!…

The first few orangs who were quite kind to greet me first were

Daniel, Angeline, Willaz and Lasker!

To the shouters that I have met so far,
Jane for the honest and sincere opinions,
Annafor sharing those emo taiwanese songs & for sharing the same experience of losing someone,also for sharing recipes in the future :heehee: :v:,
Sae Wei for making my SO dictionary rich and full of notorious vocabulary,
pippo for those fun chitchats that I miss since I’ve been missing her in SO,
elvie for always making me smile & for the entertaining posts that I love to read,
daphne for letting me call her “Daph Naph” (I think It’s cute), for being a sweet babe :D, first person I saw in SO in live motion (through webcam) and for the entertaining novel hehe *wink* *wink*,
cherylyn for updating me with the latest fashion and sales =), for being my first msn buddy in SO & for inspiring me to change my boring template, also for sharing her old prom pic taken in the washroom (whoops) :v:,
[email protected] for having this original signature look,
AhPaul hope you’ll let me call you AP :),
aL for posting the almost naked David Beckham *faints* ,
Angeline for being my Angel :) and for reminding me of my bestfriend Angeline and also for playing those songs :),
Anston KL for being a new acquaintance :) visit SO more often! :),
Bell for those quick chats about her euro trip,
blurJess for sharing same passion for GossipGirl and the girltalks about those boys like dan dan dan dan :),
CharlesKey for having an eye for business :v:,
Chee Hsien for being my partner in SO model and for reminding me of my college days — just always believe in delayed gratification Chee Hsien, all those homework, study and hardwork will do pay-off eventually :) trust me :),
Daniel for being the “D” that first greeted me in SO, just for being wierd enough that I can still understand, for being considerate always translating words for me :)and for being a sport when sometimes we appear to be bullying you around :v: just a gentleman indeed,
deVince not really chatted much with you but you’re always there in SO :),
Dexterity not really sure if we have chatted but I liked the trance playlist you posted on shoutFM,
Emily for those random chats I hope we’d have again soon :),
firewire not much really hehe :v: but just for those casual “Hi’s and Hello’s”,
HugoLim for visiting my page hehe :),
HungWei for believing in Social
Jeannie for staying sweet and for giving me the idea of brining a picture of your ideal haircut when visiting the parlor :),
Joey for being my Vinspiration :D,
Jua for those girly chitchats I hope we’ll be having again soon *stay pretty* :),
jor.wee for those wonderful movie review :) thanks!,
Kim for letting me view your blog of creativeness :v:,
kxin for being a recent acquaintance,
Lasker and Elise, how can I separate you two :).. I have many to thank for.. first of all for being brillant geniuses who founded this amazing thing, to Elise specifically for letting me calm down and overcome my stage-fright-without-a-stage fear, for continually updating, monitorinng and improving SO, and just for welcoming me here wholeheartedly,
leonlee for letting me play your domain name among those I’ve suggested (lonelee.com, lonelee.not :), leeonline.com, leonleeleonlee.com, and voted for leonline.com and mynameisleon.com
Mac_Bone swt for how I discovered the other meaning of buaya,
mae for saying “Hi” everytime we meet in SO :),
mrinjured for that really cool light sculpture!! :),
nath, prettypink vanity is our favorite sin :D,
satkuru for posting comments and for being nice :), for being optimistic :), and forgive me for that other time I really didn’t know you they call you D****g, but thanks anyway for discovering it :),
superwilson for the Hi’s and Hellos :),
vingie not sure if we’ve met but I’d be glad if we do :),
vialentino for being a new acquaintance,
waiseng for visiting my page hehe :),
wendy for saying “Hi’s” and “Hello’s” these little greetings mean much to me :),
willazz for being one of the persons to greet me in SO :) and for introducing me Cas Haley, and for being my morning buddy (but lately I think he’s been sleeping ok already :),
william :) peace :v: tha “gal” thing no biggie, I’m jz playing.. thanks for also for just being around SO and visit my page :),
wilson now I’m not sure but well Thanks also :),
xiiaO Jiro Jiro jiro, Thanks for casual greetings :),
and zhe ni for being a new acquaintance and also for translating stuff for me :heehee: I really really do appreciate…
and for pOppie, I never judged you from the beginning, I hope you could start a new leaf and change anew because I also see the good in you… despite the spams and the random arguements hehe I’m also touched when that time you said “anyone who bullies Hannah must go through me first” hehe :) but I also do hope we could co-exist peacefully with the other shouters :) so just chill ayt :) respect each other :) and also thank you for unleashing my smarthackergirl within… Let’s put this skill into good use :) ok? :) ciao:)
THANK YOU! (hope I didn’t forget anyone, if I do mail me :)

To the shouters I haven’t met yet, SO is always there to make our world a smaller place where distance and miles are irrelevant… I’m pretty sure we’d meet soon…

… and to potential shouters, and other bloggers who’d want to be a part of this growing blogging community, it would be a pleasure to welcome you to ShoutOut.

Though I could not be physically present every time there’s an outing or something, the blog posts, the pictures and the live chats with the SO family transport me to their experience as well.

To the creators of ShoutOut Lasker and Elise, and to all of Shout Out family… Thank you!

Oh, and I Zap Grabbed this page to make it immortal since I had a troublesome time overcoming my stage fright even-if-there’s-no-stage fear to pose in front of the camera to be published on the world wide web for many to see.

and… I also linked penangpenang.com in my multiply blog.

and posted link also in pinoyblogosphere for my updates… hehe swt ok then :)

Ok, i made it longer enough than enough so I must end already lol.

This is Hannah Villasis, blog ambassadress of the Philippines saying Mabuhay!

*sneak peak* – coming up next are the SO lingos! stay tuned :)

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Private Loneliness

Posted by on Jul 10, 2008 in Personal

Private Loneliness

“All sound has died out, and the cold, dark night fills the room. Unable to get to sleep, holding on to the covers. Suddenly, that’s when it strikes, as if your chest is being squeezed and wanted to cry. A painful and uneasy feeling. From the depths of the heart, a thing called “loneliness” will come

-Kyoichi Kanzaki (Boys Be)


I don’t want to spread hate on my blog or whatever. If I’m depressed, alone or lonely I seek other stuff to do. I used to drag my girl friends to go malling or party… Ask my boyfriend to please go with me and watch a movie or something… or ask family to go outing…

But when tough times come and I just find myself lonely… with no friends to call because they’re either in Bacolod, Thailand or US… With no Tatonsky to make kulit to ‘coz Vinzmeistah is on US vacation… and the age gap with me and my family…

I couldn’t be dependent all the time to the people around me… So I self-heal just like snorlax… Sometimes I’d rather be just sitting atop the corner of the building (don’t worry I’m not the kind who’d jump I’d rather sleep and die), and just have my iPod nearby and listen to Bob Marley, Jason Mraz, 311, Sublime, Hemp Republic then I’d get high just by listening. Then I dance… One of the reasons why I love going at clubs is because of the music and the dancing! I don’t drink much because I have the *asian flush*

See that’s why I love buying gadgets! Surely they are an investment! Without them I think I’d have killed myself already! See how pathetic I’ve been… eating alone… walking alone… Malling and shopping alone… I even thought of watching a movie alone… Like I haven’t seen Wanted, Hulk and Hancock yet.

With no energy to fill and no willingness to feel, I now have become numb.

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Filipina Girl by Marcus Davis Jr.

Posted by on Jul 8, 2008 in Uncategorized

Filipina Girl – Marcus Davis Jr.

The lyrics
I just stumbled upon this song in imeem. This guy knows a lot about the Philippines including our hotspot malls like Greenbelt and Rockwell and even our different provinces. I posted the lyrics for referral. I love the rythm of the song though, it’s just quite chilling. Probably he has preferrence but I think that all the ladies in the world deserve a song like this… Woman appreciation people… There’s this saying, “Behind every man’s success is a woman.”

For the lovers in love, guys, please do show your appreciation to your gals. :) Kiss your girl right now (random surprise) or if you’re far away from each other, do message a sweet note… :) We girls really do appreciate just simple but sincere gestures. It could make our day and we could not ask for more. :) Ladies, let’s continue to be independently strong, patient, understanding and mature enought to handle and balance relationship with many other things. Support our men in every endeavour that they do that enhances both his personality and your relationship together and be the woman behind their succes (hehe). Give love, spread love.

She said she grew in a province (Malolos, Bulacan)…
I say let me up and create your (…)
Hop up in a sweep, we can take a shopping spree
Greenbelt, Rockwell is all cool with me.

‘Coz you got to be the baddest girl I seen baby
I gotta make you my Filipina Queen lady
So come on, hop in baby
Let us begin
I will show you (show you)

That there ain’t nothin’ in this world
Nothin’ in this world like a Filipina girl, Filipina girl (2x)

My Filipina mama…

I’m a Filipino homie
Say yeah, if you feel me
Yeah if you feel me,

Listen up..

See I’ve been around the world (US to Japan)..
But they don’t make ’em quite like you (so I gotta be your man)
So hop up in a sweep we can go for a ride
Let the top down, while we cruise and see the fires.

‘Coz you got to be the, baddest girl I seen
I gotta make you my Filipina Queen
So come on, hop in baby
Let us begin
I will show you (show you)

That there ain’t nothin’ in this world
Nothin’ in this world like a Filipina girl, Filipina girl (4x)

(If your from Pasig) You’re so sexy
(Quezon) You’re so sexy
(Alabang) Girl I love you
(Iloilo) Oooohhhhhh
(Cebu) Sexy little …..
(Taytay) Oooohhh

Then I got to get with you girl
Got to get with you girl

Pasig (eyyyyi)
Quezon (eeyyyy)
Alabang (eeeeyyyy)
Iloilo (All my ladies)
Cebu (You’re so sexy)
Tatay (You’re so sexy… ooooohhhhh)

Then I got to get with you girl
Got to get with you girl

That there ain’t nothin’ in this world
Nothin’ in this world like a Filipina girl, Filipina girl (4x)

Pasig (Filipina)
Quezon (Filipina)
Alabang (Filipina)
Iloilo (Filipina)
Cebu (Filipina)
Taytay (Filipina)

Then I got to get with you girl
Got to get with you girl

If you’re from Pasig (Filipina)
Quezon (Filipina)
Alabang (Filipina)
Iloilo (Filipina)
Cebu (Filipina)
Taytay (Filipina)

Then I got to get with you girl
Got to get with you baby

See all the ladies all over the world are beautiful to me
I just thought it was time I let the Filipina ladies know that..
Hey you’re one of the best,
So stay sexy……

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New Knowledge, Old Backpains

Posted by on Jul 7, 2008 in Business & Finance, Personal

New Knowledge, Old Backpains
I’ve been very dizzy busy lately. I’m the type of person who just wants to learn everything my mind could possibly absorb and I don’t easily give up until I have exhausted every possible means to do so. Web page designing thingys or whatever you call that are not really my thing-y but it obstructed me from having a decent template.


Friday was the day I began to search for new templates. I found some good ones and lousy ones. Then I found this really brilliant template that suits my “flava” and also suits my FlairCandy title. I was frustrated at first because all my widgets were erased when I applied the new skin. Thank goodness google was invented! Brilliant minds people, all I need to ask and know it’s just there.

So yeah, I kind of studied online for this. I’ve learned how to preserve widgets and understand what code to use etc. It took me one day to learn the unfamiliar world of CSS-ing. I had a couple of migraines and dozens of backaches for this! Goodness gracious I have scoliosis and now my back is really really hurting seriously!

Those if-then-else lots statements really hunt me ~jitters~. In the office I use VBA codes to edit macros embedded in our reports. The best part in this though is that i also did a self-study on macros! I had a basic course in college about C++ programming. But, 4 years after non-practice, I have forgotten already how to construct if-then and loop statements just when I needed it already. Luckily internet exists. After reading a few articles, i managed to guide myself.

I know, I’m an accountant but why the heck am I doing these IT stuff!?! I’m not really sure with my weird self what the answer is. But, I’m thinking that probably I have adequate knowledge of accounting, next step is learn other things like – IT stuff? My other option is to study further and take the CFA. But it’s so expensive!!! Just one wrong move then you threw your 80K out of the window.

Vinz knows how nostalgically crazy I could be. How after my surgery, I wanted to go to med school. Any psych major or psychologist reading this? – Help! I might have MDP (Multiple Personality Disorder)? But I don’t call myself other names than my own though, unlike those MDP patients… Time flies so fast” as Elise said earlier and I do agree. I have so much that I want to learn, so much stuff I want to do… but time’s not a luxury I can afford. That’s why we must learn to prioritize. Having said that, I am prioritizing sleep and I will sleep now. (“,)

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Unwanted Sky ?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2008 in Personal

Unwanted Sky ?

It’s friday night and I don’t want to go home yet coz o the heavy rain and traffic. So I just stood there outside my office’s building… Took this shot. Silent, waiting, thinking…

A gloomy night on a rainy street
Shadows fall across my bliss
To always hear my silent sighs
Scents of gerbera that I miss

Coldness filled my lonely cheeks
Drawing lines down to my lips
Tears abandoned my saddened eyes
Like rain escaped unwanted sky
Flair Candy

Come back V
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