Friday, November 28, 2008

MYX Daily Top 10 (November 28, 2008)

David Archuleta's "Crush" is still dominating the countdown, followed by three other foreign artists. "Selos" by Sandwich is on #4 for two consecutive days after spending a day at the top, two days ago. Here are the top ten songs of the countdown:

Top Ten

01.David Archuleta - Crush
02.Jonas Brothers - Lovebug
03.Paramore - Decode
04.Britney Spears - Womanizer
05.Sandwich - Selos
06.Pupil - Disconnection Notice
07.Rico Blanco - Your Universe
08.6Cyclemind - Gusto Na Kita
09.Christian Bautista f/ Sitti - Captured
10.Artists Stand Up To Cancer - Just Stand Up

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sid Lucero and Emilio Garcia Win Best Actor in Thessaloniki Film Festival

Sid Lucero and Emilio Garcia, both stars of the indie film “Selda” (The Inmate), was awarded Best Actors in the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece. The Film Festival which started on November 14 and concluded on November 23, 2008 has a 49-year history and this time two Filipinos tied for the Best Actor award.

Selda, which was directed by Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos, is the first Filipino film to compete in this festival. The movie is about a young man (played by Sid Lucero) who was imprisoned for defending his wife (played by Ara Mina). He then meets a fellow inmate (played by Emilio) who helps him adjust to life inside prison.

MYX Hit Chart (November 23, 2008)

David Archuleta’s hit song “Crush” has been on the top of the MYX Hit Chart 4 weeks in a row and it is more likely to stay there for a few more weeks. “Crush” is the debut single of the American Idol seventh season runner-up. It is also on the top of the MYX Daily Top Ten.

Here are the top 20 songs:

20.Sarah Geronimo f/ Howie Dorough - I'll Be There
19.6Cyclemind - Gusto Na Kita
18.Rico Blanco - Your Universe
17.Chris Brown f/ Keri Hilson - Superhuman
16.Cast of High School Musical 3 - Now Or Never
15.Rico Blanco - Yugto
14.Beyonce - If I Were A Boy
13.The Pussycat Dolls - I Hate This Part
12.Secondhand Serenade - Fall For You
11.Boys Like Girls - Thunder
10.MYMP - Now
09.Jonas Brothers - Lovebug
08.SpongeCola - Puso
07.Artists Stand Up To Cancer - Just Stand Up
06.Pupil - Disconnection Notice
05.Sandwich - Selos
04.Paramore - Decode
03.Britney Spears - Womanizer
02.Bamboo - Kailan
01.David Arculeta - Crush

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Lemonade award.

It’s been a long time since I received an award from a fellow blogger, so I really appreciate this award from Gagay. Many thanks, friend!

The Rules of this award:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude.
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

And now it is my turn to pass this award. But like Gagay said, it would be better if we could share this not only to ten bloggers but to as many as possible. So feel free to grab this fellow bloggers!

'Twilight' the movie rakes in $7M at packed midnight movies.

A couple of days ago, I posted about this much-awaited movie. Based on reports, the movie “Twilight” sucked in more than $7 million at U.S. box offices from its first midnight showings. This is a strong take for the highly anticipated film.
The movie from Summit Entertainment, opened on Thursday at midnight and will play in more than 3,000 theaters over the weekend.

The film is based on a book series of the same name by author Stephenie Meyer that have become wildly popular with teenage girls, who lined up outside theaters to see the movie.

The film stars Robert Pattinson as an immortal vampire named Edward Cullen and Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, the teen girl who falls in love with him. Their star-crossed love affair is jeopardized by another vampire's lust for blood.
"Clearly it wasn't all hype," said Brandon Gray, president of tracking firm Box Office Mojo.

"To have over $7 million from midnight/early Friday screenings suggests there's a sizable audience for 'Twilight' and that it's going to have a huge weekend," he said.
But critics have been split on the film, with review aggregating Web site on Friday evening giving the film a rating of 43 percent based on 118 reviews.

In a positive review, Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan wrote, "I am not now nor have I ever been a 13-year-old girl, but 'Twilight' made me wish I could be, at least for a couple of hours, the better to appreciate a movie that has been targeted to that demographic with the delicious specificity of a laser weapon."

On a more negative note, Christian Orr of the magazine The New Republic wrote that the film was "underwhelming" for anyone except teen girls.

Source: News report from

The Flat Belly Diet.

I’m one of the many people who are dreaming of six pack abs; it looks good, don't you think? However, not everybody have all the time in the world to spend working out on gyms. Some are just too stressed out and tired working at the office to go to the gym. This is the reason why I became interested when I heard about the Flat Belly Diet. It was developed by the editor of Prevention Magazine which is centered on a new research that discovered that eating healthy fats or MUFAs (MonoUnsaturated Fatty Acid) with every meal, which are supposed to fill you up and satisfy your cravings for fat.

It is a "painless" way to lose weight without hunger pains and no exercises required (although they do point out that you'll get better and faster results if you do). There are even plenty of inspirational before-and-after stories of people who have tried the program on the internet.

If this is the program that you’re looking for, Prevention magazine is still looking for a select group of women who would like to try the Flat Belly Diet for free. Visit their website for more information.



Friday, November 21, 2008

MYX Daily Top 10 (November 21, 2008)

It’s been quite a long time since I updated you on the Daily Top Ten on the MYX countdown. Sorry about that, I haven’t had the time to watch my favorite shows lately. I’m not even feeling well today and this has been going on for the last few days. I just hope I will get better soon enough.

Anyway, here are the current favorite songs and videos in the Philippines courtesy of the #1 music channel in the country, MYX:

Top Ten

01.David Archuleta - Crush
02.Bamboo - Kailan
03.Sandwich - Selos
04.Britney Spears - Womanizer
05.Paramore - Decode
06.Jonas Brothers - Lovebug
07.SpongeCola - Puso
08.Pupil - Disconnection Notice
09.Boys Like Girls - Thunder
10.Secondhand Serenade - Fall For You

Thursday, November 20, 2008

MLTR is back in Manila for a one-night only concert.

“Michael Learns to Rock” or MLTR, the Danish band behind classic ballads like “25 Minutes”, “The Actor” and “Paint My Love” are back in Manila to perform for their millions of fans and to promote their album.

The band which is composed of singer- keyboard player Jascha Richter, drummer Kåre Wanscher and guitarist Mikkel Lentz will be serenading fans in a one-night-only concert on November 22 at the Araneta Coliseum.

They said they were “very excited” to be back in the country. The band who last visited the country eight years ago, started out as a high school café band in 1987. MLTR has already released 7 studio albums and about 70 tracks to date. It has sold over 9 million records, mainly in Asia.

MLTR is also promoting its latest album entitled “Eternity” which marks the band’s 21 years in the music industry with the carrier single called “Sweetest Surprise.”

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Friendster problem.

I’m not a very big fan of the social networking site but I do have an account and a couple of friends. Donna, however, is a regular user. She updates her profile almost daily and she has hundreds of friends in her network.

It has been a few days now that we were not able to log in to our accounts owing to the site’s maintenance. Yesterday, we managed to get the homepage up and we were able to log in. There’s still an error message coming up but, yeah, we were able to view our profiles. Suddenly, Donna noticed something; her hundreds of friends are no longer on her friend’s list! I took it lightly, cracking a joke that in times of needs, most friends are hard to find. I log in to my account and experienced the same problem, my hundreds of friends… (lol… okay, that’s not true… I only had about 30 or so friends.) were reduced to just seven. At least, I still have friends left.

Donna was very disappointed, some of her friends, used this network to keep in touch, especially those that are overseas. Well, we all experienced setbacks. Friendster, no matter how big a company has its share of problems. We can just hope that they can fix this in due time.

However, I received this text message from a friend who received it from another friend. As this is the case, we cannot guarantee that this information is true. We don’t have a way of verifying the veracity of this information let alone check if the source is credible. Here is the text message:

Please be advised that Friendster has suffered a great damage on their site as a computer named h4xor-nytmare had infiltrated their database. Please do not log in your accounts or add friends for the time being for the team is currently recovering the losses that were inflicted. Please spread.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Obama on Outsourcing.

I originally posted this on my new blog which is still on its infancy. The blog is dedicated to call center life but i have not yet find the time to fully promote the blog so I decided to repost my thoughts on this subject here for the benefit of my regular visitors.

Everybody is talking about the recently concluded US Presidential election. Every blogger has something to say about this and I don’t have anything against the topic. First, we have just witnessed the historic election of the first US President of mixed African-American descent. Second, America has a brand new hope that the future will still be promising.

I don’t have anything against Barack Obama either. If I am living in the US, I would probably vote for him too. But I’m living in a country where the US has a huge influence and I also work on an American BPO company. The thing is, not everything good that will happen in the US will have positive impacts to countries with close ties with this country.

I couldn’t help but to worry when I heard of the tough stand of Obama about outsourcing. Even during the campaigns, he is quite vocal about his stand about companies who send jobs abroad. He is against it. He said that the choice is between giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas or give benefit to those companies that keep jobs domestically.

We can’t blame people worrying that with Obama at the helm, the slow and untimely death of the BPO industry in the Philippines and the rest of Asia is certain.
However, if we will consider the current global economic crisis, there is a big chance that the new US president may take a more practical stand on this issue. He will need to face the fact that in order to survive, American companies will have to outsource. The cheap labor cost overseas is the reason why some of these companies are still in business. And if these companies are not making money, they can not contribute to the federal economy. And if the economy is unstable, there will be no resources to fuel the “changes” that Obama plans to enforce.

Hopefully, they could come up with a win-win situation on this. But we can just wait and see….

Advantages of blog advertising.

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Blog advertising is less expensive, thus, it makes good financial sense, it reaches a greater number of people, and it gives people a lot more information than a traditional advertisement.

This is what makes directory of blogs like so popular. Many advertisers are looking for blogs that can create buzz about their companies or products. Unlike some blog directory website, has strict guidelines to be met before any blogs are accepted into their bloggers network. They also emphasized quality writing among their bloggers. This site simply made it easier for advertisers to weed out the not so popular blogs among the best and the most popular blogs on the internet today.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Twilight the movie.

I was looking for an interesting movie that will be shown in the country in the coming days when I stumbled upon this film from Summit Entertainment. The Twilight movie is based on the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. The movie is set to be shown on November 21 in Metro manila. I haven’t read the novel yet but I have friends who are addicted to the series. Here is the synopsis of the movie from the movie’s official website:

Twilight is an action-packed, modern-day love story between a teenage girl and a vampire. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a bit different, never caring about or fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high school. When her mother remarries and decides to move with her new husband to Florida, and Bella decides to go live with her father, Charlie (Billy Burke), in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn't expect anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a boy unlike any she's ever met. Intelligent and witty, his piercing eyes see straight into her soul. Soon, Bella and Edward are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance. Edward can run faster than any cheetah, he can stop a moving car with his bare hands, and he hasn't aged since 1918. Most importantly, he's a vampire. Like all vampires, he's immortal. But he doesn't have fangs, and he doesn't drink human blood (they're vampire "vegetarians"), which is rare among the vampire population. Instead, they go on regular "hiking" trips, where they feed on prey such as grizzly bears and mountain lions. For Edward, Bella is the thing he has waited ninety years for - a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. And what will they do when James (Cam Gigandet), Laurent (Edi Gathegi), and Victoria (Rachel Lefevre) come into town and James sets his sights on Bella? Will true love prevail when Edward is forced to save her life and conquer his thirst? The true question is, When you can live forever, what do you live for?


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Monday, November 10, 2008

Miss Philippines won the Miss Earth 2008 crown.

Karla Paula Henry of the Philippines bested 84 other contestants from all over the world to win this year’s Miss Earth crown during the coronation night held at the Clark Expo, Pampanga Sunday evening.

Henry also won the Miss Earth Designers Award and Miss Photogenic special award. She will succeed Canada's Jessica Trisko, Miss Earth 2007.

In the question and answer round, the final four contestants were asked what they would tell US president-elect Barack Obama about the state of the global environment if ever they were to meet. Henry responded by saying she would encourage Obama to implement environmental knowledge in the curriculum of schools not just in the US, but also in the Philippines.

"Environmental knowledge is something that all of us must share, but most importantly we must teach the youth that this is something that we should instill in them so that in the near future they will be the ones to take care of our mother Earth," she said.

Other winners are Miss Tanzania, Miriam Odemba, Miss Earth Air (1st runner-up); Miss Mexico, Abigail Elizalde, Miss Earth Water (2nd runner-up), and Miss Brazil Tatiane Alves won Miss Earth Fire (3rd runner-up).

Billy Crawford, Miss Earth 2004 Priscilla Meirelles, and Miss Earth Canada 2006 Riza Santos hosted the coronation night.

Miss Earth is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals. The participants themselves are involved with environmental causes.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Three months without a cell phone!

Gone are the days when cell phones are considered luxuries in life; they are now necessities. No wonder why even the Taho vendor in our office and my nephew who is just an elementary school student has this device.

But for three months, I was able to do an unthinkable feat in this age of technological advancement. While other call center employees like me are raving about the latest cellphone models, iphones or gadgets, I don’t even have a cell phone. And that has been for three months.... I’m not trying to prove something and I didn’t do it deliberately. My cell phone was taken by a robber when we had a break in in my apartment and as if it was not enough, I was also held up in a public vehicle after several weeks.

These unfortunate events have led to my decision not to buy another cell phone, which is not really hard as I don’t get to bring my cell phone inside the office anyway. Besides, I don’t need to worry about cellphone bills. Surprisingly, I can even focus more on what I was doing without interruptions from a cellphone ringing or a text message received.

While I have to admit that the advantages of having a cell phone outweighs the disadvantages, especially during these times when we need constant communication. A simple phone call or a text message from our loved one can give us an assurance that they are safe and there’s nothing to worry about. And peace of mind is simply priceless.

However, the past three months only proves that cell phones are something that we can live without.

Well, a couple of days ago, I acquired a new cell phone. It is not one of the classy and expensive models but a lot better than without one. I am just so happy to have something that I missed for a long time…

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

MYX Daily Top 10 (November 4th, 2008)

Top Ten

01.David Archuleta - Crush
02.MYMP - Now
03.Bamboo - Kailan
04.Britney Spears - Womanizer
05.Boys Like Girls - Thunder
06.SpongeCola - Puso
07.Rico Blanco - Yugto
08.Secondhand Serenade - Fall For You
09.Pupil - Disconnection Notice
10.Artists Stand Up To Cancer - Just Stand Up

Monday, November 3, 2008

2 Pinoys bag golds in Bali world shooting tournament

Two Filipinos won gold medals in the recently concluded 15th World Shoot of the International Practical Shooting Confederation held in Bali, Indonesia from October 26-November 2, 2008.

Ma. Inez Feria Jorge of Team True Weight Philippines won the gold in the Production – Ladies category, besting other Filipinos as well as competitors from Russia, the Czech Republic, Australia, Norway, Italy, Thailand, Papua New Guinea and Brazil.
Jorge previously topped the same category in the 2007 Austral-Asia Championships held in Pattaya, Thailand on December 5, 2007. Jorge trains under Coach Jojo Naranjilla while undergoing general strength and endurance conditioning workouts with Coach Jimbo Saret.

Wilfredo Anglo won the gold in the Production – Seniors category, besting 41 other competitors with an impressive 1894.6547 points.

Practical shooting is a sport that challenges an individual's ability to shoot rapidly and accurately with a full power handgun, rifle, and/or shotgun. To do this, shooters take on obstacle-laden shooting courses called stages. The World Shoot, which is held every three years, is considered as the Olympics of Practical Shooting and the best shooters of each IPSC member region participate in this very prestigious event.

A Great Investment Opportunity.

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