Ugly Betty Seaon 2 Episode 10 "A Thousand Words Before Friday" Quote


Marc: …that gives me an idea, Gene Simmons is a musician, right? so maybe, you need to communicate with him in his own language!
Amanda: Hebrew?
Marc: No? No! the language of music!

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The 10 Ways to be Annoying

1. While in a crowded elevator, bus or MRT, shout “Ang Baho-baho dito!” (It so stinky here!)

2. In a place where there are security guards order them to arrest any random person in the vicinity.

3. When answering or picking up a cellphone or landline call say “Hello mommy,” in a childish fashion.

4. Slap people in their forehead, chin or cheeks and tell them that you’re trying to smack a mosquito.

5. In a check-out counter at a supermarket or department store as the cashier if they accept payment in hugs.

6. Ask for tampons in your nearest sari-sari store and if they don’t know what it is ask them to search for it on Wikipedia.

7. Go to your hardware store and ask if they have a “flux capacitor” for time travel.

8. Visit your local civil registrar and file for a petition to change your first name to C3PO and last name to R2D2.

9. Vist your bank and insist they change your P1000.00 to Marcos era P2.00 bills.

10. Call a telephone operator and ask to place a collect call to Santa Claus. Tags:

The Nannie Diaries

Source: Wikipedia

I was fortunate to watch the movie, “The Nanny Diaries,” staring Scarlet Johansson. This movie was touching and I had shed a tear in some endearing moments of the movie.

The movie is about a recent college graduate named Annie, played by Johansson, accepted the job of nanny to Grayer the child of Mrs. X.

It shows us the amazing role of nannies in today’s society not just in the United States but everywhere.

I had a nanny while I was a small child, without my nanny, my mother would not have been able to work. Fortunately, my mother was not an absent mother as portrayed by Mrs. X.

I hope that nannies or household helpers around the world are treated as human beings and not as emotionless robots. They too are as human as their employers, they have the same needs as anyone else.

Sir Edmund Hillary, first to climb Mt. Everest, passes away

Sir Edmund Hillary
(Photo taken by Graeme Mulholland)

photo of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary is New Zealand hero. He is the first person who climbed Mt. Everest with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953.

Besides climbing Mt. Everest he was a philanthropist helping the people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust.

While he was living, his face is depicted on the New Zealand five dollar note. While I was in New Zealand, I was told an anecdote that when Sir Edmund was asked for ID he pulled-out a five dollar bill.

News reports:
Sir Edmund Hillary passes away – One News, Television New Zealand
Sir Edmund Hillary dies aged 88 – TV3 News, MediaWorks New Zealand
Sir Edmund Hillary dies –
Latest updates: NZ mourns Sir Edmund- New Zealand Herald
Hillary tributes flood world’s media – New Zealand Herald
Everest legend Edmund Hillary dies –
Sir Edmund Hillary dies aged 88 – BBC News
Everest conqueror Hillary dies at 88 –

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Pasig River Ferry Trip

Source: WikipediaOn Thursday, January 3, 2008 I rode the Pasig River Ferry with a friend before going to our former offices to process some paperwork from our former employer.

The trip costs PHP 45.00 or about a little over USD 1.00 from Guadalupe to Plaza Mexico, Intramuros, Manila. Its a 45 minute boat ride. The vessel is airconditioned, clean and looked modern and safe.

For me the highlight of the trip was passing along the Malacañang Palace, the official home of the President of the Philippines. No pictures were allowed to be taken, for security reasons of course. However, I can say that the palace was really nice. I hope I can visit it if not live there one day. LOL!


Photo taken inside Guadalupe ferry station, near Guadalupe MRT and ABC Mall and Cinema


Photo of boarding gates taken inside Guadalupe ferry station



Photo of another Pasig river ferry vessel, taken inside the ferry bound for Plaza Mexico, Intramuros, Manila


Photo taken inside the ferry from where I was seated. There is an LCD video screen on the front showing a film similar to intercity buses.


Some communities along the Guadalupe, Makati part of Pasig River





Photos of Hulo, Lambingan, P.U.P. and Escolta Stations



Photos of buildings near Escolta station

Charter Change for Faster, Cheaper and Cleaner Elections (if computerization is not an option)

During election time in the Philippines I always hear people from all sides of the political spectrum and those “know-it-all” columnists, bloggers and pseudo experts that the Philippines conducts the slowest elections. These people also say that we need to modernize the elections.

Why is elections slow in the country besides the fact that it is manually counted? Its due to the fact that during synchronized national and local elections, people vote for a number of positions. For example during a presidential and local government elections in my city I would have to vote for the following: (the list is longer for those voting in provinces)

President (1)
Vice-President (1)
Senators (12)
Party List (1)
Congressman (1)
Mayor (1)
Vice-Mayor (1)
City Counselors (8)

In India during their national elections, thanks to their electoral/political system and their electronic voting machines, Indians only vote for their Member of Parliament nothing else.

To make elections faster in the Philippines there are only two options, modernize/computerize the election process or shift into a parliamentary political system to elect just an MP for the national parliament.