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What’s the right way to react if Data Leaks happen?

29 Apr

This lovely government does not PUSH to pass the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION act for transparency with their records and THEN leaves its citizens to dry when OUR information is compromised.


That is so F*cked Up. Are the Filipinos going to be doormats about this again? The impunity is astounding. Are we are too f*cking nice and will just let this slide again and treat these as not important enough to be angry about? Are they still “meeting” about it?


You think this reaction is a little over the top and wait MUNA until something bad happens first? AREN’T THE INFORMATION LEAKS BAD ENOUGH? Screw your ignorance on how our personal information MUST be treated. Please educate yourself. It’s your responsibility. I would happily teach sana (maybe later) but I’m too panicky, paranoid & angry to teach at the moment as the ramifications dawn on me slowly but surely.

My inner ‪#‎Hulkster‬ wants to smash someone’s head in. Isn’t it just about time for‪#‎CivilWar‬?


Talking Shit, Pee & Jizz on World Toilet Day

19 Nov

This is a scheduled post. I’m somewhere in Tarlac for the weekend on some goody two-shoe activity, perhaps I will update this post next week to share how this Aeta Community gets rid of their poop.  I’m guessing dig & bury.

Apologies for the NSFW terms because i won’t get your attention otherwise!  So if the video and photo below do not keep you, feel free to close tab or whatever.

For all of us who have access to the internet, we take toilets for granted.  I would hear an occassional whine about not having a personal one, but I’d like to share some perspective.

While there is a huge research now of the futuristic toilet that will no longer require water and will allow recycling, it’s really shocking to find out that considering the modern times, 2.6 billion people in the world that do not have this privilege and guess what?  In time, will affect us all.

Okay, so you’re finding me gross, I’ll tone it down a bit by cutting down on seriously heavy stuff but still about toilets: 

Best toilets are the ones in Dubai, where bidets seem to be mandatory.

I got freaked out with the squat toilets I first saw in the ladies room at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.  When I stayed in Malaysia, I realized these are more sanitary than the sit-down ones.

From Wacky Archives

Then again I shouldn’t complain because I have this distinct memory as a kid that on our public elementary school,  we used to pee on an elevated section of the bathroom floor, required to “shoot” the urine on the non-elevated, enclosed partition else we pee on our shoes. (Will try to find a photo later. One below is the closest so far that I can find on short notice.)

Who would ever forget about the urinals out and about on most national roads in Metro Manila by Bayani Fernando?

From Flickr user My Soul Insurance

I hear Starbucks is no longer willing to be the community’s public toilet. Yeah awful. First shooing away the wifi freeloaders. Now this.

There’s also the library loo at University of St. Andrews in the UK that has a No Masturbation poster because their loo is not designed for the jizz. I kid you not:

Pardon for this last one as its such a long read, but such graphic imagery on how this dude’s poop was dislodged, you’ll never need a real photo – follow the link for a more readable size:

Colorful poop story

Aren’t we all OCCUPY’d by now? (Updated Oct 22)

15 Oct
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BREAKING:      Surprised to find on my FB inbox just now an Occupy Cairns (Australia) helper (I feel none of the people involved are actually tagging themselves as organizer) reaching out and expressing support.

We are the farmers and workers,
We are the OFW and small entrepreneurs,
We are the teachers and students,
We are the professionals and house-helpers,
We are the private and public employees,
We are the artists and self-employed,
We are the lower and middle classes,
We are the parents and children,
We are the people,
We are the impoverished, oppressed, and unheard,
We are the real Filipinos,
We are the 99%,
We are the real Juan dela Cruz!

Far as I understand it, the original protesters on Wall Street want to have their (99%) American Dream back from the greedy corporate (1%) who controls and benefits from their downfall.

They seek liberation from:

  1. The high interest on their huge student loans that they are unable to pay due to unemployment or underemployment;
  2. Foreclosure on default mortgage payments on their house
  3. Extension of welfare/medical coverage
  4. Bankruptcy
  5. Unfair competition on trade brought about by outsourcing/global trade agreements
Serious stuff.  Further magnified by social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Meetup, where Occupy meetings are organized and published.
Then obviously the rest of the world not only just sympathized, they too have their own versions.  Some even pointing out that though US is indeed in a lot of trouble right now, their worries are nothing (ah well that’s relative to the ones personally experiencing the situation, right?) compared to the famine in Africa, or even the local economy here in the Philippines or the rest of the world.
Either way, I support these people who has sad stories to tell.  I wish there’s a wand that can send all their troubles away.  Any geniuses out there who can figure out a cure, please come out NOW.
Occupy Wall Street:

Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa, Ramadan, Si Cory, Isang Kaganapan at Isang Magaganap

1 Aug

Kaunting paumanhin sa mga banyagang makakabasa nito na hindi marunong gumamit ng mga teknolohiyang magsasalin ng mga salita sa wika na kanilang nais.

Ito na ang ikaapat na taon kong “panata” na mangusap sa ating pambansang wika, ngunit sa mga nakaraang taon, Linggo ng Wika lamang siya kaya mas madali.  Bakit ko siya ginagawa?  Wala lang?

Paliwanag para lalong madiin:  Mabisa itong panglibang kung masyadong teknikal ang aking gawain.  Naikukubli ko ang aking poot sa aking banyagang kinaiinisan dahil hindi niya ako maiintindihan.  Para siyang magsasanay ng pagiging malikhain para sa akin.  Kahit kumportable ako sa wikang ingles, napagtanto ko sa mga taong ito na masarap ring manatili sa sariling wika, kaparis ng mga Arabo, Indyano, Intsik, Pranses at iba pang mga bansang sikat ang lengguwahe.  Kung lahat ng mga salita ay may pagsasalin sa Filipino, matutuwa ako.

Kaya lang, mapapanindigan ko kaya ito? Abangan.

Di ako masyadong natuwa nung mga nakalipas na 2 Ramadan na nasa Muslim na bansa ako dahil natapat ito sa aking kaarawan.  Di kami masyadong makapagsaya dahil ang aming mga kapitbahay ay nagtitika.  Ni hindi ako makapagdala ng kaunting handa sa opisina dahil pasok siya sa oras na bawal kumain o uminom man lang ng tubig na makikita ng nangingilin.  Kailangan patago.  Bagaman nakakatakot ang mga kalsada dahil ang mga nagmamanehong nangingilin ay parang mga hibang sa gutom at uhaw papunta sa mga iftar, masaya pa rin makisalo sa kanila at ang kanilang mga salaysay ukol sa pagdiriwang na ito sa mundo ng ating mga Muslim na kapatid.

Ngayon din ginugunita ang ikalawang taong kamatayan ng Dating Pangulong Corazon Aquino. Di man ako lubusang natuwa sa lahat ng kanyang ginawa at tinuran, nakakabilib pa rin ang kanyang mga nakamtan bilang isang babae, isang asawa, isang ina, at pangulo ng bansa.

Ang kaganapan na tinutukoy ko sa aking huling paskil na may temang pulitika ay nangyari sa aking kaibigang nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa. Nagkataong siya at ang kanyang banyaga ring kaibigan ay namamasyal nung may demonstrasyon na natampok sa mga pandaigdigang lathalain at telebisyon. Sila ay may dalang mga camera kaya’t nanguha sila ng mga litrato.

Makaraan ng dalawang linggo, sila ay dinampot ng militar. Walang kasong ihinabla ngunit kinumpisa ang kanyang camera at binura ang mga kuha nung demonstrasyon at sinabihang huwag ikuwento ang ginawa sa kanila kahit kanino, lalung-lalo na sa nagbabalita. Pinakawalan ang aking kaibigan ngunit ang kanyang kasama na mula sa isang bansa sa Europa ay nakapiit pa rin hanggang ngayon. O di ba nakakatakot?

Dun ako sa bansang yun tutungo sa mga darating na araw upang pansamantalang manirahan at magtrabaho. Yun ang magaganap. Nyahaha.

Babalitaan ko kayo sa mga susunod na pangyayari. Susubukan kong lumayo sa gulo sa abot ng aking makakaya, pangako!

Aborting Baby Buena Mano

16 Dec

It’s not what you think.

No, I’m not pregnant, I just look it.

The other weekend I bought this balloon from a little girl who, upon payment of the toy with a little extra cash as tip, suddenly tapped my tummy and said, “Baby Buena Mano!” then happily left me with my jaws dropped.

I’ve had the constant pet peeve of always being thought of as pregnant.  From people candidly asking how far along I was, or those who would give away their seats at the MRT.

The first time it happened, blood rushed to my head and I wanted to hit that person’s face for that silly yet offensive accusation.  But when most of the rest of the world has assumed this, it almost becomes a screaming fact: my tummy is ginormous!

I can’t even account for the origin and how it grew that big.  It seems like when I woke up, fat has been already there, intact and super comfy on where they’re staying, never planning to leave.  I’m never a fan of crunches nor a gym addict, my exercise being walking around with heavy stuff on my back for hours.  So yeah, the tummy never had a chance of slimming down.

With big thanks to my sister and her contacts, I’ve managed to snag quite a good deal to perform daily unlimited non-surgical procedures (Thermal Massage, ThermaShape (RFID), LipoXpress (Ultrasonic waves) with the aim of softening then eventually melting away all the baby-looking fat that has taken my abs hostage.  This started last December 8.  The session I had today lasted for 4 hours!

Quite a slow process but I am happy to report I see progress.  More to come when I finally get the chance to actually feel and meet my very own abs.

Outtakes from the Dynamics Managed Services EMEA – Offsite Team Work Days in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic

4 Feb
We are a team of 25 Services Account Managers based on 15 countries serving 200+ Dynamics Partner Advantage Partners for 20 Countries based in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
It was the first time I’ve seen everyone since I moved here.  We have been operating mostly on remote sessions and mini-meetings on the interim as our Leadership Team’s response to the Global Financial Crisis.
What a group of super cool people to spend actual face to face time with on such a spectacular place.  The snow was non-stop outside while inside was full of warmth.

I’ve never felt Standing Up and Taking Action would be a real challenge until this year.

19 Oct

Stand Up Take Action is a powerful symbolic action that can have real impact. It’s a global initiative to remind world leaders to honour their promise to end poverty, to meet and exceed the Millennium Development Goals:

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. Achieve universal primary education
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women
  4. Reduce child mortality
  5. Improve maternal health
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability
  8. Develop a global partnership for development
My belief in this initiative took a beating as I have went head into a passionate discussion at social networking site with a local volunteer organization leader having a stand saying the following when I first queried if she had anything planned for the SUTA day 2009:
Me: Ey XXX, does [volunteer org] have any activity related to – would defo love to participate.
For the fourth year in a row, millions of people around the world will Stand Up and Take Action to show their support for the fight against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Time:1:00PM Friday, October 16th
October 11 at 4:08pm ·
Her:  no i dont.. and i have to be hoenst i think this campagin is a litte silly and just some lame PR stunt that will have very little effect… I am looking into it further mind to see if I can find anything with more depth to it and if so I will support x
October 11 at 5:50pm ·
Me:  yeah, unfortunately that is a common misconception. it’s more of a political call that is supported by organizations like yours and similar-minded individuals with the saMe: goals. once you’ve gone through the materials and still feel the saMe:, would love to fill you in. you know where to find me 🙂
October 11 at 5:54pm ·
Her:  precisely why im not interested in this campaign hun apart form how lame the concept is.. This is clearly an political pr campaign under the guise of a humanitarian act and a weak one at that. Im more of a hands on active person and would prefer to stay away from anything with any under lying political tones.
There is only one reason there is still poverty in this world and that is corruption. No amount of people “standing up” will ever change that, because the big boys who control the worlds weak, don’t care about anything but their pockets. Sorry hun but that’s just how I feel.
October 11 at 6:16pm ·
Me:  lame is such a strong word! i think you’ve been reading up on incomplete materials that give off that vibe, which i think is really a pity.
of course, the hands-on action that we do at [volunteer org] is all great and cool. however, it doesn’t have a long term view – well at least that is the vibe it gives off for me.
the initiative’s purpose is to inform the “corrupt big boys/powers that be/politicians who regulate the wold” that we are standing up (hence the headcount to take full accounting of people involved who are both doing and watching) to let them know we are watching, and that with our short-term actions through our groups activities, we are not just for show and we do our part to fight poverty, inequality and its underlying conditions – we all are committed and are accountable….[]
October 11 at 6:46pm ·
Her:  with great respsect to you Olay I have been full time in the field for almost 3 years and I know my “industry” well (because unfortunately that is what it is and the very reason there are problems). I also know that these initiaves, that, have been attempted over and over and over, will make zero difference, therefore, at a time where my resources are stretched to their absolute limit, I choose not to divert much needed energy from activities that do make a direct difference to those in need, towards that wont. I beleive that this is a choice I am enittled to make just is it is my choice to use the term “lame” as and when I feel it is applicable. Sorry Olay but this is how I feel and I will not pretend differently in order to “fit in” to “fashionable” campaigns. I applaud you for feeling strongly about it and encourage you to participate regardless of my sentiments.
October 12 at 8:43am ·
Me:  No need to apologize for your opinions, Lola 🙂 I just wish yo didn’t sound so hopeless about political machinery! At this point, it would then safe to assume your answer to my original question is No. Got it and looking out for other orgs for venues. Cheers and see you on other [volunteer org] activities I can join.
October 12 at 11:15am
During the first Stand Up Day of the 16th:
“sorry but this standup against poverty/hungry concept is just another political pr stunt masquaraded as a humanitarian effort, and a lame one at that. want to help the starving? share tonight’s dinner with the homeless or hungry”
There was a lot of comments agreeing/disagreeing with this comment of hers and I really liked the reactions coming out for and against what she said.
I replied back (and this comment got deleted and she deleted me from her friends list after reading it) with something a lot like this (I do not have a copy of the post now, but this was how I remember it):
“Dear XXX,  I’d like to thank you for your status message as with your despondence you have supported the initiative by creating awareness for the curious. Your contribution does not end there, give as much of yourself and take part on activities that ensure Millenium Development Goals are met by 2015. The initiative is a partnership of commitment and accountability amongst yourself, your community and the government. Awareness is key.
If you really want to help the starving, do not stop and feel good once you’ve shared your dinner.  Make sure he has decent work and pay to allow him to have a proper dinner of his choosing. Dole-outs take away a person’s dignity, which is the worst depravity of poverty.”
So, I send this message yesterday:
I was waiting for your reply for the stand up initiative, then just noticed now that you have deleted me amongst your friends list in [social networking site]. I hope it was accidental, as in spite of the discussion I continue to wish you and your org’s success.If any of my words have offended you, my apologies – I can see now you feel so strongly against it and maybe as much as I feel strongly for it.Then again, misplaced negativity is an effect of burdens you carry so if this lightens your load, so be it. I too have been working with charities and NGOs since I started working (and that is 12 years since my first activity) hence the stand that dole-outs are not good enough.I must say, you are the first ever public persona [she has almost 4,000 “friends” on her social networking site, most of which are fellow volunteers for her org] I have encountered that would really go out and bash a political initiative that unfortunately I feel so strong for. So I just did my part and stood up to dispel any misconceptions being spread out.Anyhoo, add me back or not, I still hope to volunteer with you on upcoming [volunteer org] activities I believe in.

Bless you and cheers.”

I get added back to her friends list today. 

A Second look at Dubai Metro

30 Sep

When I moved to Dubai for work last year, the first modern city feature I searched for was the train system. Finding none yet and seeing the construction along Sheikh Zayed, I blurted, “What a letdown for a city claiming how rich and modern it was!” No, this wasn’t the negativity acquired from hanging around with your off-the-mill Dubai Bashers though. Knowing the Dubai Road and Traffic system from my regular “Russian Roulette” (read: Dubai Taxi) rides and at least 20 driving Sessions, I really had high hopes and waited for the Metro to open to guarantee that I will never need to drive in this place. Lady Luck gave me a good smile, I did not need to drive for the past year.

Fast forward September 2009, finally, the Dubai Metro opens. I was disappointed that they have decided to postpone opening the stations nearest my office and home as it has kept me loyal to Russian Roulette. Still, I was looking forward to trying it out and see if it can be a part of my daily living, as I was an avid commuter of the MRT in Manila.

I ran into several whiners complaining so I’ve made a little list about it (and my thought bubble each time I heard it):

1. Too slow – “Are you insane? Shouldn’t you be amazed they’ve got it running?!”
2. Too crowded – “So we can now heckle previous surveys coming out that this Metro was a dumb idea and who would use it!”
3. Too smelly – Hahaha, can’t help you on that one, but you have a choice to move your butt or just take it.

Overall my ride was quite pleasant and without issues, so let me share my tips to fellow Pinoy who want to enjoy the ride:

1. Peak hours being 6:30-8:30am, 12:30-2pm and 5:30-9pm
2. Take your first Metro ride as a tourist (non-peak hours ideally), with an open mind, flexible timetables and tons of patience.
3. The Gold Class will be in the first coach South (Rashidiya) to North (Nakheel Harbor and Tower)
4. The Women & children class will be on the second coach
5. I timed the ride back from Rashidiya to Nakheel as a little over an hour – which is not bad at all!
6. Hungry? There are convenience stores at the stations but you are prohibited from bringing your food outside the store.
7. Want to smoke? Do it some place else, it is prohibited in the Metro.
8. Off to the airport? They can only accommodate hand luggage, anything more, you’d need Russian Roulette
9. Feeder buses are great too – you should try them out.

DigiGirlz Dubai

29 Apr


Part of why I sooo love my current job and company now – I really get to do different things and work with a really diverse group of people – it challenges me to give out the best everytime.


I mentioned this event a few weeks back as I was so excited – I really had a blast.


The Microsoft Dynamics DigiGirlz Dubai booth at the Marketplace, designed, setup and manned by moi – is a hit amongst Emirati high school girls =)

They didn’t want to look at the Entertainment and Gaming products as much lol – they know too much about it already.  


No current business impact unfortunately, but I am seeing a lot of future clients in a few years – cheers to starting on them early!


Some articles about the event:



So for those who are still following my posts who are curious as to how I’m doing  (salamat), – a picture paints a thousand words!  Time for me to shut up then and let the collage tell its story 🙂


DigiGirlz Dubai (2009)

29 Apr

Part of why I sooo love my current job and company now – I really get to do different things and work with a really diverse group of people – it challenges me to give out the best everytime.

I mentioned this event a few weeks back as I was so excited – I really had a blast.

The Microsoft Dynamics DigiGirlz Dubai booth at the Marketplace, designed, setup and manned by moi – is a hit amongst Emirati high school girls J

They didn’t want to look at the Entertainment and Gaming products as much lol – they know too much about it already.

No current business impact unfortunately, but I am seeing a lot of future clients in a few years – cheers to starting on them early!

Some articles about the event:

So for those who are still following my posts who are curious as to how I’m doing  (salamat), – a picture paints a thousand words!  Time for me to shut up then and let the collage tell its story 🙂

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