Congratulations to the USA and President-elect Obama!

Congratulations to the United States who has just voted for change by electing President-elect Barack Obama!

Now we are just years before a woman becomes the leader of the free world!

President-Elect Barack Obama with family and relatives of Vice-Preseident Elect Joe Biden

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Clinton takes key primary polls

(Excerpt) Hillary Clinton has revived her campaign for the US presidency with projected primary election wins in three states.US media say she has taken the Democratic primary polls in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island. The results of caucus meetings in Texas are not yet known.Rival Democrat Barack Obama took the primary in the state of Vermont. BBC News Full Story

This is indeed great news for the Clinton campaign after several set backs. I really wish she wins the Democratic nominations and become the United States President.

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Yahoo! Answers

Since two weeks ago, I have rediscovered Yahoo! Answers. Answers is a collaborative and community driven site for questions and answers. Users ask and answers each others’ questions.

This is my new addiction. Since being active two weeks ago I have now reached level three. I answer all types of questions. Most of the questions’ answers can be found with a simple Google search. Whatever the findings are in my quick research I post it as an answer with the URL of the website for verification. Some questions just require my opinion which I am glad to share.

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On the week ending Sunday, 17th of February 2008, I was ranked 392 globally in terms of number of points earned that week.

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In the United States ranking last week, I was ranked 203 in terms of number of points earned that week.

I was surprised to find my rank in the USA rank rather than in the Philippines where I would have been 2nd for last week.

Below is my public profile. The screen shot was taken at around 9 PM yesterday. Here’s the link to my profile where the points are updated in real time.

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My goal this week is to reach level four.

On Hillary Clinton and the 2008 US Elections

photo of Flickr user Nrbelex

photo of Flickr user Daniella Zalcman

First of all I am not a citizen of the United States, therefore I have no way to vote in the coming US federal elections.

Like what the political commentators say on TV this election in the US is the most exciting in recent history. Indeed never in anyone’s dream that now, in 2008 a woman or an African-American can become president or vice-president of the world’s most powerful company.

I am glad that this presidential election has come to this point. At long last, the US can now have a woman or a black president.

Personally, I am for Hillary Clinton. While I am a man, I believe that its about time that a woman take control of government. I think her policies are for the good of America.

The policy that I like the most is her policy on healthcare. Having seen the documentary “Sicko,” her universal healthcare plan is long overdue. Its hard to believe that in the world’s richest nation, people go bankrupt for not being able to afford medical treatment.

I think that if the health policy goes well it will create ripples on how healthcare is done in other parts of the world.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN compares the healthcare plans of Clinton and Obama. Seems that Obama’s plan does not intend to cover all Americans. See for yourself:

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.

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!

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

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Photo of boarding gates taken inside Guadalupe ferry station

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

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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.

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Some communities along the Guadalupe, Makati part of Pasig River

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

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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.