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5/29/2011 09:03:00 PM

Heart or Mind

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Why is getting near you,
a hard thing for me to do?
Being near you, only makes me blue,
that makes my heart, turning from you!

Why couldn't the heart, tell what is true,
if I really am, the right one for you?
Emotions that aren't sure,
keeps the feelings from being pure!

Why can't I, control the intensity,
of the love, that shouldn't be?
Your appeal is always with me,
that makes the heart, in good melody!

Why is man's inspiration,
has a lot of limitation?
Minds without enough reason,
lets the heart, rule the emotion!

Background: 17Jul1999 @ 1030p, On confusions of a young mind, what should rule? Is it the heart or the mind? Poem inspired by a certain "Floralyn S."!
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5/23/2011 03:33:00 PM

Astoria Vacation and Leisure Club

When I was given a ticket for the Pacquiao-Margarito fight shown at the Metrobar November last year, a "raffle" coupon of some sort was given to all the guests. Like the rest of the Customers who will be watching the said event, I also filled-up one raffle coupon. The prize at stake were "3 days and 2 nights complimentary hotel accommodation" or a "buffet dinner for two". One thing I noticed though on the raffle coupon was that there was no indication of a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) permit number or any registration of sort. And since it was not only me who was filling-up the raffle coupon, I never gave enough attention to it and just thought that the raffle will be held inside the bar, either before or after watching the Pacquiao-Margarito fight -- which did not happen.

Then a week after the said event, I already forgot about the raffle until somebody from Club Astoria Plaza called me, informing me that I won a complimentary gift certificate accommodation from Astoria Vacation and Leisure Club Inc. Aside from this, the caller told me that I am also entitled for a buffet dinner for two (2) at Cafe Astoria. What a great excitement! The dinner will be served prior to claiming my prize, and afterwhich, there will be a short presentation about Club Astoria itself and the accommodation package that I won. I became skeptic with the answer so I asked the caller if there's a catch with that presentation, then he assured me that I have no obligation of any sort to "buy-out" any of the things that they're going to present or offer. Although still doubting, my excitement about the "3D2N free accommodation" took me over, so I gave it a nod and booked the appointment date of claiming the gift certificate.

A few days before the scheduled appointment with Club Astoria, I was able to grasp some information from one of my officemate who was also previously offered the same thing. My officemate told me that it was a holiday vacation ownership, or a timeshare from Club Astoria and its affiliates spanning worldwide. Although, she rejected the offer since the membership that was offered to her was beyond her budget during that time. Upon knowing her story, I realized that the "raffle" that was held was not really legit, but might just be a strategy to gather information about people whom they could contact and offer whatever their product or service is. So I guess I'm not the only one who "won" the said 3D/2N free accommodation.

Cutting the story short, right after the complimentary dinner at Club Astoria in Ortigas held last November 25, 2010 at around 8:30 PM, it was time for them to feed us with their promotional speeches and presentation. The Agent/Consultant - Bob, was friendly and accommodating, and also skillful in his field of persuasion. I was "detained" - figuratively speaking - for a few hours while listening and brainstorming with the consultant about the holiday ownership. The member benefits, ammenities, and advantage of owning a holiday timeshare was explained, and we were also showed how the suites looks like. It was a very comfy and cozy two bedroom, condo-type unit of family suite that can accomodate up to six (6) person.

I rejected the membership offer as true to my officemate's testimonial, the cost was way beyond my budget even if the membership dues are to be paid in 48 installment months. The agent presented to me four (4) membership options, differing on the suite-type, the number of rooms available per unit, and the number of person the unit can accommodate. The basic member-benefits for any of those four membership type includes: thirty (30) years membership to Club Astoria; 1 week accommodation per year to any of it's affiliate hotels/vacation clubs local and worldwide; and membership to Resort Condominiums International (RCI) - your ticket to worldwide special holiday/vacation discounts exclusive only to members.

The fourth membership type that was offered was the one that appealed to me the most since it costs around approximately 70% lower than the first three. Balancing the future costs of hotel accommodation, given that I already have my own family and a child (or let's say I'll have two kids already by the time that we can already enjoy the membership benefits at Club Astoria), for the span of thirty (30) membership years, Club Astoria's holiday vacation ownership will be a thrift investment for future get-aways - unless me and my wife (and kids) could agree to settle for simple back-packing trips.

Although, I admit that part of the decision that made me grab their final offer was also due to the high-pressure environment that has built-up already during the more than four (4) hours of time that I gave to entertain their presentation and persuasions. Really, they wouldn't give me time to think about it even for one more day, claiming that they no longer give chance to anyone once the presentation is over and after we stepped out of Club Astoria's building, duh! I have other ramblings about their way of selling, marketing, presenting, or whatever they could call it. But for now, I'll hold it back as I've seen that the business is legit - only their ethics in doing the business isn't acceptable.

About the complimentary gift certificate, we enjoyed it during our family's Panglao Island Bohol Adventure last April 16 - 18, 2011 at the Bohol Beach Club (Club Astoria's affiliate hotel).
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5/12/2011 07:08:00 AM

Fast 5 - Movie Review

Last May 4, 2011 - I was able to watch a movie screening of the "Fast and the Furious 5: Rio Heist" during the TeleServ's Night-Out with the Bloggers event. Cinema 4 movie house of Gateway was packed with, well, obviously Bloggers. Familiar faces and even some of my runner-blogger mates were also present to check the speed of the cars tearing the Cinema screen.


The movie was full not just with action, but also some humor and wit that made us stretch our facial muscles as we laugh. The environment was so comfortable, I almost feel like we are but one family inside the Cinema. We are indeed - Bloggers alike!

So, just a quick review without going much into deeper details as I might be spoiling the story to those who have not yet seen the movie.

Stars:
Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner
Vin Diesel as Dominic "Dom" Toretto
Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto
Gal Gadot as Gisele Harabo
Dwayne Johnson as Marshal Luke Hobbs
Elsa Pataky as Elena Neves
Joaquim de Almeida as Hernan Reyes
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Tego Calderon, Matt Schulze, Don Omar

Personal Rating: 9 out of 10

Negative:
During the car chase between the Cops, Reyes, and the "Team Rio", while Dom and O'Conner are pulling the bank vault from behind their car, I couldn't imagine how they managed to speed off and maneuver the car in such a high-speed and heavily loaded chase. My brain just keeps on telling me under the Physics law (my brain got refreshed about Physics from this movie), the vault should've already pulled them off the road and there's no way that they could escape that far with that load. Well that's a movie after all!

Positive:
Aside from the action, very nice cars, effects, and the sexy presence of the Characters of Gal Gadot and Elsa Pataky, the teamwork and their love and valuing for family still touched me and made me thought however bad-ass a human can get, we still cannot judge the entirety of their character.

For a better read and review about this movie, I highly recommend the following sites:
  1. Common Sense Media
  2. Screenrant
  3. Screen Crave

With fellow Blogger-Runners during the Fast 5 Screening
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5/10/2011 11:55:00 PM

Spring Cleaning Day

Be part of the first public and private initiative for cleaning and sanitation, and join the Department of Health, Lysol and partner organizations as they celebrate Philippine Spring Cleaning Day on May 11, 2011. Read the following Press Release (received through e-mail from GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc.) for details:

Five cities in Metro Manila will demonstrate how the country can save lives, time, and money, as they join the first-ever “Philippine Spring Cleaning Day (PSCD).”

In its goal to push for cleaning and sanitation as one of the most effective ways to lower the country's disease burden, representatives from the Department of Health (DoH), UP-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP), Reckitt Benckiser, Lysol, and several local government units are calling for better sanitation through the institution of the first Philippine Spring Cleaning Day.

On May 11, there will be a simultaneous cleanup across five cities, namely Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Manila, and Pasay.

“We hope to educate as well as to encourage the habit of cleaning and disinfecting of Filipino homes through this annual event,” says Marichu Gozun, Senior Brand Manager of Lysol.

According to a joint study commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), at least 20 million Filipinos are exposed to poor sanitation. This means that one-fourth of the Philippine population has poor hygiene practices, do not have the benefit of an accessible and safe toilet, or do not dispose of human waste properly. The fact that less than half of Filipinos wash their hands after using the bathroom is a very telling statistic that speaks of the country's unfortunate attitudes towards cleaning and sanitation.

Being one with the PSCD's advocacy to educate Filipinos about the significance of cleaning and disinfecting, DoH Environmental Health Chief Dr. Rodolfo Albornoz says that families should be mindful of the harmful effects of poor sanitation not only on their health but also on other aspects of their lives.

For instance, poor sanitation affects productivity. “The rhinovirus–the virus responsible for approximately 50 percent of the cases of flu and the common cold in both adults and children–causes Filipinos to lose an average of eight school or work days a year,” shares Dr. Albornoz. Consequently, poor sanitation also results in increased economic losses.

The campaign's concentration on household cleaning is highly significant because proponents of the PSCD believe that even the home, which is supposed to be every family's place of refuge, can be unsafe. They note that bacteria dwell on everyday things in the home that are taken for granted. “What people do not know is that they are more likely to get sick from germs and viruses in their own homes than in any other place,” says PIDSP President Dr. Lester Deniega.

UP-NIH Executive Director Dr. Lulu Bravo agrees. “We invite everyone to take part in this initiative and join the fight against diseases,” ends Dr. Bravo.

Indeed, intensified cleaning and disinfection will go a long way towards helping the country save time and money, reduce economic costs, and increase productivity as well as people’s overall health and productivity.

For more details, log on to www.philippinespringcleaningday.com and like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/philippinespringcleaningday.
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Many people who were born during the time when there was only pen and typewriter to jot our records have had problems with their identities from their government documents, such as the birth certificate. This ranges from mis-spelled entries to incorrectly written entries (such as gender - a born baby boy was identified on the document as a female, or vice versa), and etc.

You see, our ancestors mostly came from other nationalities as a result of Colonial occupations in our Country way back few hundred years ago. So most of the Filipinos still carry their Spanish origins of family names. But due to our naturally hard-tongue pronunciations (or is it just me?), how we pronounce some "foreign" words may not be spelled correctly, even if we spell the word letter-by-letter. I could even remember some of my cousins way back in our province spelled "apple" letter-by-letter as something like: "eh na may bontot, pe, pe, el, eh na pa-ekot"; for a "cat", it was voice-spelled as "se na paekot, eh na may bontot, te"; for the "dog", it was spelled as "de, oh, dzi na walang toldok"! It all makes sense though, in any way! Now could you follow this kind of spelling quiz bee?

Image from Craigs' English
With this dilemma, our own clan may have been one of the great victims of this lingual catastrophe. Most of us have differing spelling of family names, and until now, we don't even know who's family name's spelling is correct, and who's spelling will be followed. For me, the spelling that I have been used to is the most beautifully spelled family name, for another relative, their own spelling is the most alluring, for my Cousin, his spelling is the most attractive, and to another Uncle, the sound of how his family name is pronounced and spelled is the most "bagay" of all.

During my stay in Masbate way back 1991 - 1994, I remember seeing a land title from one of our great-great grandfather bearing a family name of "Bedansaga". Another document from the same generation of relatives bore a family name of "Vedarozaga". Then different family name spellings sprouted on to the next generations such as the "Vedarosaga" and "Vidarozaga". So originally, there were only four (4) variations of our family name.

Then just a few weeks ago, it seems that it has become more clear as to where and how these mis-haps came about.

Last year (Oct, 2010), I was finally able to apply for a passport (thanks to a good friend who accompanied me). But as expected, due to contradicting spelling of my family name in my birth certificate against to all my other documents, the passport issuance was put on hold, and I was advised to have those corrected from the Municipal Civil Registry Office (MCRO) of Masbate. Yes, that's the province where my humanity was registered.

So in short, with all the documents prepared and submitted for the petition of correction of entry from my Birth Certificate, I was confident that soon, within 3 months in time, me and my birth certificate will be fused into one after almost 30 years of "denying each other". So when I received the documents from MCRO last week (May 2, 2011), I knew I could already proceed to DFA to finally have my long-overdue passport. But when I get to read all the documents... I'll let you guess how I felt during that time with these findings:
  1. Action Taken by CRG (Verification page) – Verified family name entry became: "V_darozaga"
  2. Civil Registration Certificate – Corrected family name on the annotation: "Verarozaga"
  3. Decision on Petition – Corrected family name as indicated on the remarks: "Vedarozaraga"
Image from TeacherDan
Although our whole family's been used to hearing and reading different variations of our family name, this one became so big deal to me since it is a record of our legal document. Much worst is that these mistakes have become "legal" in the sense that the mistakes all originated from the Government office who keeps our records. The documents were even verified and signed by the Municipal Registrar. How was the verification done? That I don't know!

Now to all my relatives out there, if ever one of us get to meet someone bearing these new spelling of family name, don't be surprised anymore!

Oh, come to think of it, guess I can marry three other Women in a legal way without annulling my previous marriage! LOL!
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