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Google PR Dip

Sat, 10 Oct 2009 02:06:00 +0000

I just noticed the Google PR bar on my toolbar this morning and was dismayed to see this blog's PR at 0 from the previous PR3! Oh well! That's a downer indeed. As if all the recent disasters in the country were not enough bad news.

I'm still counting my blessings, though. That downturn isn't enough to make me give up this blog, even if I sometimes get too busy offline to update it faithfully.

Yes, I'll be writing on. Manila Mom will stay online.

I sure hope for better news on the next PR update, though.(image)

Typhoon Pepeng Still Ravaging Northern Philippines; Aid Still Needed

Thu, 08 Oct 2009 17:34:00 +0000

As if Typhoon Ondoy’s devastation was not enough, Typhoon Pepeng followed close on its heels and proceeded to ravage the northern part of the Philippines left untouched by Ondoy.

In a seemingly surreal development, Typhoon Pepeng went to the end of the archipelago then did a u-turn and returned. It is still in the northern provinces, moving slowly and wreaking more havoc along the way. Many areas are underwater, with houses submerged to their roofs. Several dams have had to release water, adding to the floods. Evacuees are crowded into emergency relocation sites.

The Philippines is still reeling and is being hit again and again while the people are already down and defenseless. People are without food, shelter, clothing and medicines, with their means of livelihood taken away from them, as well. We appeal for help from our neighbors. Even the smallest contribution makes a difference. Thank you very much.(image)

More Donations to Philippine Flood Victims Sought

Mon, 05 Oct 2009 08:21:00 +0000

We thank everyone around the world who have sent donations to the Philippines for our flood victims.

Please continue to spread the word, though, that more help is still needed. Millions of people are without food and shelter, not only in Metro Manila but also in the provinces. Many have also lost their means of livelihood. Many of the children and the elderly are sick.

Please course your donations through your local Red Cross.

Thank you very much.(image)

Please Help Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

Sun, 27 Sep 2009 16:07:00 +0000

The devastation left behind by Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines is heartbreaking. Many lives were lost, many homes were swept away or completely ruined. Many families are still in danger, awaiting rescue without food and water. There are babies, children and senior citizens among them. A simple search online will show you many videos on you tube, many photos on blogs, many personal accounts.

If you want to send help, you can contact the following:

1. Donate through the American Red Cross 1-800-435-7669

2. Donate through ABS-CBN 1-800-527-2820

Two more typhoons are expected in the next few days. I hope the same scenario does not happen again.(image)

Green is In

Thu, 24 Sep 2009 06:33:00 +0000

So you want to be in on what’s latest? Well, shopping green is in, and will always be in. Try to find the most eco-friendly option for every item you need to acquire for yourself or your family. That’s the only way to ensure that every single thing you buy is worth the expense, because you’re investing in the future of your children and grandchildren.

For whatever you need, from personal organic health and beauty products to home basics such as vegetarian pantry items, you can search the ShopWiki Green Guide for solutions. It shows you everything that’s available for sale online. Yes, that includes eco-friendly fashion that’s always stylish. You can even find a travel guide to eco-friendly destinations for your family vacation.

ShopWiki literally shows you everything you can possibly buy online. It’s like having the most comprehensive online shopping catalog available for your use any time you need it.(image)

Multi-Million Dollar Homes in the US

Thu, 10 Sep 2009 14:46:00 +0000


I came across this site of Paradise Valley Homes for sale in Arizona. According to the site, it is one of the richest zip codes in the United States. Not surprisingly, properties are sold for a minimum of one and a half million dollars, with the most luxurious high end properties going for more than 15 million dollars.

The property pictured above, for example, is being sold for 15.5 million dollars. That’s more than 740 million pesos! Mind-boggling!

I would not be surprised if we find homes of local politicians in this area. Or maybe they haven’t discovered it yet?(image)

Sight Reading Music for Piano Players

Tue, 01 Sep 2009 09:32:00 +0000

I learned how to play the electronic organ one summer in high school, but I was taught only one piece – Somewhere My Love (Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago). Unfortunately, after the recital, I forgot all about it. I haven’t played since then.

My mother-in-law plays the piano beautifully, though. Sad to say, none of my kids have inherited a love for playing on ivory keys.

I still love listening to piano music even if I can’t play. I also can’t read music, except for the very basic note reading taught in elementary school. I am totally amazed at how piano players can sight read sheet music and even play a piece they have just seen for the very first time.

Apparently, there’s a technique for sight reading music that can be easily learned by both new learners and experienced piano players who still have some difficulty with it. A course for sight reading music is available online. It consists of an instructional DVD, a CD of computer drills on recognizing notes, harmonic intervals and melodic intervals, and 177 pages of sheet music to practice on, covering basic, intermediate and advanced pieces. This sight reading music course is designed for adults and children alike and comes with a 30-day guaranteed refund if you are not satisfied with it. If you’re a piano player who still wants to hone the art and skill of sight reading music, this may be the missing link you need.(image)

Corazon C. Aquino Will Never Be Forgotten

Tue, 04 Aug 2009 16:43:00 +0000

The outpouring of emotion from Filipinos in the country and from around the world is testament to the deep gratitude felt for the woman who lost her husband to the fight for Philippine democracy and took on the responsibility of leading and unifying the nation despite her loss.

Cory Aquino's presidency was not perfect but it was a difficult task for anyone. It cannot be denied, however, that it paved the way for a transition to democracy - no matter how imperfect still.

Our democracy is a work in progress and it is our responsibility to build on whatever gains have been had to move forward rather than backward.

Hopefully, President Cory's death will remind us to ensure that old politics not be allowed to reign again, especially in the coming elections. And especially now that authoritarianism is once more rearing its ugly head and attempting to seize power.(image)

Casino Royale?

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 17:21:00 +0000

I’ve never been inside a casino. I know that my aunts in the States always find some time to unwind either in Vegas or Reno, though. In fact, they brought my parents-in-law to the Bellagio and my kids were thrilled with the souvenirs they brought home with them. (My kids know the Bellagio from Ocean’s Eleven.)

Curious, I poked around this site that provides online casino reviews. I’d heard of online casinos before. There are supposed to be games that can be played for free. That’s what I’d like to try.

The casino online may not provide the atmosphere of a real casino but that could be a good thing, too. You won’t get too mesmerized and carried away. As the review I read stated, no matter what anyone says about gaming the casinos, the casino always wins in the long run. So if you do play even in an online casino, folks, make sure you know your limits and stay well within them.


You’ve Got Mail!

Tue, 21 Jul 2009 18:36:00 +0000

When we hear the word mailbox today, we immediately think of it as our email inbox. There was a time, though, when this only meant that quaint receptacle for letters and parcels on our front yards. I still love seeing those old fashioned mailboxes.

Of course, today, when you live in a condominium, for example, or a multi-storey apartment building, what you get are rows and rows of commercial mailboxes that are more like school lockers. Somehow they lack the romanticism of the old fashioned mailbox. But, hey, if the commercial mail boxes do the job well, accepting letters and parcels and keeping them safe until retrieved by the rightful recipients, I’m not complaining.

We may feel nostalgic about items of the past, but just as we have become used to email - even dependent on it – so have we embraced the evolution of the commercial mailbox. The important thing is that people still use mailboxes in various forms to connect with each other.

By the way, if you know someone in need of a mailbox, you might want to join this affiliate program and earn $20 for each successful referral. That’s a check in the mail for you.(image)

Movie Review: Disappointed with Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 16:12:00 +0000


Our 18 year old son watched Harry Potter 6 with his friends, ahead of us. He warned us that he didn't like it but, of course, our daughters wouldn't take his word for it. Especially when he smirked that it was mostly about teenybopper romance. That made them expect some romantic thrills.

Even that was a disappointment, though. It seems like the director wasn't sure about how to handle that teen romance angle. Maybe he did not want it to be too mushy. But, hey, you can't go about these things half-heartedly. If teen girls are your audience, you have to at least make them sigh over your supposedly romantic scenes. In Harry Potter 6, those scenes lacked the magic touch, ironically. They all fell flat.

Teen mush - or the lack of it - aside, I found the entire film far inferior to all the other Harry Potter films. This is where Snape kills Dumbledore, for goodness sakes! I was expecting to feel the loss at least as much as I felt the death of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings. But no, it happened and I didn't even flinch. No emotional reaction at all. And I so love Dumbledore! How could they have fumbled in such a major highlight? Dumbledore's death is supposed to be a high point not only of this movie but of the entire series! If his death was played out as uneventfully, it doesn't bode well for the other Harry Potter films to come.

Such a pity!(image)

I Can't Wait to See Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Sat, 11 Jul 2009 13:59:00 +0000

We rarely watch movies in theaters these days but Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is one film we're planning to see on the big screen.

Although we have the books, it's not just the story that we're after. I, for one, am keen on seeing how the stars of the Harry Potter series have grown. When we first saw them, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) was 11, Emma Watson (Hermione) was 10 and
Rupert Grint (Ron) was 12. They grew up while filming the series and we watched them go from kids to adolescents to older teens. They are now nine years older and we somehow feel a kinship with them, as if they were our friends' kids.

Emma Watson had a wardrobe malfunction in the recent premiere of the film in London. She survived it with class and we can't help hoping that she'll never lose her wholesome self.

It will be a bittersweet moment when we get to see the final Harry Potter film in 2011 but we will also be looking forward to the next steps in the careers of its young stars.


Don’t Forget to Submit Your Site to As Many Web Directories As Possible

Thu, 09 Jul 2009 18:41:00 +0000

Most of the time, we only submit our sites to the largest web directories like the Yahoo! Directory and the Open Directory Project. We are then satisfied that we have done our part. There are numerous other directories online, though, such as, for example, Jasmine Directory and Max Directory. I bet you haven’t heard of those. You should. And you should search for others, as well, because having your sites listed in the proper category in as many directories as possible is a solid step toward good ranking in search engines. Even if your listing is given a no follow tag, it is still considered as an important backlink to your site.

Many directories are general and list a vast range of categories also classified by language and region. Yahoo! Directory and the Open Directory Project mentioned earlier are among these. There are also niche categories that specialize in specific topics or sectors. There are, for instance, business directories and shopping directories. Make sure you are listed in the general directories and in the special directories for your site’s particular niche.

Most directories allow free submission and listing. Others require a reciprocal link bank to the directory from your site. You may also come across some that charge a fee for a listing. Premium positions within categories, as well as being listed in multiple categories, may be charged higher. Sometimes, such prime positions are given to the highest bidder. Affiliate links are also available, where you have to pay the directory a commission for every visitor referred to your site.

Submitting your site to web directories manually can be tedious. Human edited directories have stricter policies for categorization and may, therefore, have a longer queue.You just have to wait a while before your site listing goes up. These directories are more valued by SEO experts, though, so we better take the cue. Sometimes we just have to put in the effort.(image)

What’s Your Dream Family Car?

Thu, 09 Jul 2009 14:43:00 +0000

We’ve had our sedan since the kids were babies. Yes, it’s that old but sadly not old enough to count as a valuable antique. It’s actually in that in between state that just sums up into no value. For us, though, it’s invaluable. We love our white Toyota Corolla so much that we even named it. We call it Casper. And Casper still serves us faithfully to this day. Our kids have even made us promise never to sell it. I guess we never will.

If you were to buy another family car, though, what would it be? I asked myself that question and came up with the idea of something as reliable as our Casper but with more space perhaps. Nothing too fancy. The priority should be function. And the right price, of course. Maybe something like the 2009 Honda Fit. My husband would most probably prefer something like the Dodge Ram 1500, though, which could also be used for business deliveries. But that would fall under the category of light trucks, wouldn’t it?

On the other hand, I’ve been daydreaming about having grandkids in the next ten years or so ever since our eldest turned twenty. (Yes, I’m weird that way.) And with grandkids in mind, mini vans would be much more appropriate. I can just see me and the hubby driving around with grandbabies. Awww!

I better start queueing up for lotto tickets regularly if I intend to have this dream car for the family. It’s not as if something like this is in the regular family budget. I can dream, though, can’t I?(image)

Foreclosures Information for Buyers and Sellers

Tue, 07 Jul 2009 19:57:00 +0000

It’s sad that a lot of people in the US today are facing home foreclosures. Instead of losing everything, some sectors say that it’s better to sell your house before it is actually foreclosed. The problem is that sometimes the owners’ equity in the house is smaller than what they owe the bank. The house is then foreclosed and put up for auction. Houses that do not receive acceptable bids are returned to the mortgage company and are then called real estate owned foreclosures.

They say this is the best time to invest in foreclosed property. Prices are supposed to be down and are expected to rise in the future, ensuring profitability. You can do a free REO foreclosures search online to find auctions in your area. Do all the necessary research before you bid, though, because if you win you get everything “as is.” That includes any problems connected with the property.

Remember, all these information can be found for free online so never pay to search for foreclosures. Some free foreclosures search sites also allow sellers to post their properties for sale for free.(image)

Social Networking on a Social Learning Network – A Nice Spot for Students to Hang Out In

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 19:33:00 +0000

I remember that I was fine in Physics in high school. When I hit college, though, it was a whole new ballgame. My first course was Industrial Engineering at the University of the Philippines in Diliman but after a year I shifted to Communication Research. Physics was one of the subjects that clinched my decision to shift.

I’m writing about this now because I just came across a very interesting website. We all know about social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, but this one calls itself a social learning network. Course Hero provides a way for students and even their professors to network and help each other out on various subjects. It also provides voluminous study materials and textbook solutions to problems. Yes, that includes
Physics textbook solutions
to help you make sense of your
Physics homework
. If only the internet existed when I was doing college Physics!

I have no regrets, though. I’m really more of a writer, I guess. At least through this post, I hope I get to help some struggling students out there.(image)

Happy 4th of July

Sat, 04 Jul 2009 11:32:00 +0000

Happy 4th of July to all our family and friends in the US of A.

My continuing hope is that with the new president, the genuine principles of democracy as envisioned by your forefathers will finally be concretely embodied in American policies.

People of the world join you in keeping faith for a future of international peace and prosperity for all.(image)

Make Way for Coffee Mouthwash, Toothpaste or Chewing Gum

Fri, 03 Jul 2009 13:39:00 +0000

This is good news for coffee lovers like me. According to CNN, researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel have proven that coffee fights bad breath. Like clove oil, it has anti-bacterial components that actually freshen your breath. The top researcher, Mel Rosenberg, plans to do further studies toward creating coffee based mouthwash, toothpaste and chewing gum.

Well, I for one have always loved the smell of coffee. I would definitely go for those products once they're out.

Take note, though, that the same research has shown that coffee can cause bad breath if combined with other substances like milk. So better take your coffee black, the way I do.(image)

Who Wants Gold?

Fri, 03 Jul 2009 08:23:00 +0000

I just found a very interesting website that might be valuable to those who have funds to invest and are looking for a way to protect themselves against the current global crisis. The answer may be gold! Yes, that precious metal seems to have the capacity to weather all the financial troubles of the world and the best way to protect your money from losing its value seems to be to buy gold. According to this site, limited mint investor gold coins bought for $25,000.00 in the 70s are worth $1,377,257.00 today.

Well, who has that kind of money? Not me. It’s an interesting piece of information, though. And if you’re interested, you can actually buy gold bullion or buy gold coins by the piece. There are various coins to choose from but the lowest price is $969.70.

For those interested in using this to beef up their individual retirement account (IRA), the website also gives information and advice on gold IRA transfer. So who wants gold? Uh, I guess everyone does. The real question would be who can afford gold these days? If you can, good for you. Go get them.(image)

Animosity Blog Is Ironically Positive

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 11:54:00 +0000

First off, I was blown away by the beautiful page design when the Animosity blog opened up on my browser window. And then I see that it's by a 17 year old young man from right here where I'm at - the Philippines. Way to go! He immediately makes it clear on his blog that you can advertise here. Smart fellow!

Jr Quiambao has this line on the front page of Animosity: "The taste of hatred becomes the flesh of the new generation." This is a young man who is definitely thinking deep. I do hope he contributes to the eradication of hatred in this world so that the new generation will be born of love. It is easy to see from his blog that this young man has more productive pursuits in mind, rather than hatred. In fact, he's quite a businessman. He never fails to stress that you can advertise here in his blog.

Jr Quiambao is young and his Animosity blog is younger - only born in February this year - but he writes industriously on various topics. His favorite topic seems to be blog advertising and marketing, though. He's starting to learn the ropes of making money online and it looks like he's well on his way. If you want to help him, you can advertise here.(image)

I Can't Live Totally Offline

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 10:28:00 +0000

We had heavy rains last night and lightning struck one of the electric posts down the street. Our block was plunged into a four hour brownout before technicians from MERALCO were able to repair the damage.

When the lights came back on we realized that our modem had been zapped, as well. We called our DSL provider but it was almost midnight and they could only bring us a new modem the following day. Well it was afternoon by the time the new modem arrived and we had 15 hours of forced hiatus from the internet. We were all going nuts!

I realized that I was totally dependent on the internet for my livelihood and my sanity.

My main source of income is freelance writing. I do all of my research online and submit my articles by email.I also have internet marketing ventures through blogs and social networking. Again, these are online projects.

After - or in between - taking care of my projects, I surf to entertain myself and keep myself updated with what's happening around the world.Television does not cut it for me anymore. Although I still watch some telenovelas for fun, it's the control I have online plus the sheer breadth of data available that I crave.

I remember in college when I spent almost all my free time in the main library of UP Diliman. It was like a cave of treasures for me then. Now I have even more than that at my fingertips online. It's magical!

Of course, there's still books - books on real paper - to enjoy offline. I can turn to them when I'm shut out of the internet. But, hey, when I'm connected there are ebooks galore to browse online. I can even read all the classics I want for free.

It's amazing how the internet has invaded our lives and enriched it so much.(image)

I Earn with RevTwt at Twitter

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 08:38:00 +0000

I'm thrilled with my Twitter traffic. My followers now number 1,177, with more coming every day. Thanks everyone!

I registered with RevTwt and am starting to earn from my Twitter account. It's free like Adsense and you can earn per click and per thousand followers.

Make sure you study their rules, though. You wouldn't want to have your account banned.

They require real Twitter accounts. That means having real tweets and not just mostly ads in your tweets. They also limit ad posting to every two hours with at least 5 normal non-selling tweets without links in between. You can also post an ad only once per day, so if you want to post ads several times, make sure they are different ads.

So if you Twitter, come on and join me with RevTwt.(image)

Our Shih Tzu, Belch, Had a Reaction to His Booster Shot

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 08:29:00 +0000

We had a big scare yesterday. Our two year old shih tzu, Belch - the baby of the family - had his booster shot for 5-in-1 and deworming at 2 pm. Good thing I work from home and was here with him when he started acting weird at around 6 pm. First he vomited something milky. Then he started rubbing his face on the floor. I checked and saw that the area around both eyes were bright pink.

Almost in a panic, I called my husband and kids on the cellphone. Luckily they were already on their way home, and were just a few blocks away. They called the vet - which I didn't think of earlier - and she said to give him sugared water as an emergency measure, then bring him to her. Fortunately, again, she's just about two blocks away.

The vet gave Belch a shot of antihistamines and he immediately got better. Such a relief.

I read online that quite a lot of dogs get reactions from booster shots. Some even die from it.

Some online sources say that if the dog is kept away from other animals and just stays at home, perhaps vaccination can be waived as an adult. What do you think?(image)

All the NFL Games You Want on Your TV

Thu, 25 Jun 2009 16:51:00 +0000

Can you imagine having all the NFL games you want on your TV? Yes, I mean ALL – even those games not accessed by other channels. Do I hear the men cheering? Oh, not to be sexist, I do know women who love watching football, too. I myself am totally clueless about the game but I can imagine how fans of the sport will react to this news. With the nfl sunday ticket from DirectTV, what was once impossible is now possible.

That means you can watch the games in the east coast even while you’re on the west coast, and vice versa. Ah, and they say you can watch up to 14 games all in one Sunday, each and every Sunday. How can you do that? Save the others on the DVR, silly. Oh, but did I tell you that you can watch eight of those all at the same time? Yup, an eight-way split on your screen can show eight ongoing games.

For the nfl sunday ticket schedule and the nfl sunday ticket price, you’ll just have to check out the site.

This calls for some serious stocking up on chips and beer. You might as well call it couch potato Sunday.(image)

Surfing Through the Night

Thu, 25 Jun 2009 16:05:00 +0000

It's so quiet and peaceful at night, especially past midnight. With my writing assignments done this is the perfect time for me, surfing the net not for research but for the sheer pleasure of browsing through ideas, information and opinions of people everywhere.

I feel like a wizard looking at a crystal ball, with the entire world laid out before me. Being online is such a privilege indeed.(image)