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Welcome Guys! May 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shala @ 8:39 am
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I just opened up my 1st and only blog website.  I’m so excited about this! Though, i’m having a difficulty setting it up. I think I’m ready for you guys to read my blogs and thoughts about life, love, relationship, parenting, friendship, food, places and all about my perspective in life.

I don’t even know if i’m doin this the right way…well, i don’t know and i dont care just as long as you guys can read my thoughts.

I am so glad that I came across this person who gave me an idea about wordpress.com and I am so excited about this and honestly that day I was eager to go home and start blogging.  In my other blog site my thoughts are limited to friends alone and I’m thinking the about possibilities that there may be, just may be guys out there who might wanna read my thoughts…

I do hope you enjoy reading my articles and of course enjoy it as well.  My site is open to all opinions and suggestions, which of course I would definitely appreciate.

Thanks!

God bless to you all!

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This is a BLOG June 15, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shala @ 4:11 pm

This is a BLOG

I read a news article about the government filing a libel case against a blogger. Well, wait a minute? Aren’t we all entitled to our rights in expressing our thoughts? What about freedom of speech? What about democracy?

The case is about a blogger writing something about the relief goods caught on pictures rotten in warehouses during typhoon Ondoy. We all know that metro manila was badly hit with floods. So what our countrymen and other nations did was to raise funds and donate to the victims.

One blogger has posted on her blogsite an article showing pictures that the food donations were all in a warehouse somewhere in the city. Sadly there were also alleged reports that they were not being given to the victims but they are being stacked in the warehouse for something else. You can see the shots of the goods prints showing that it was donated by UN and even noted that it wasn’t for sale.

The person who wrote about this evidently cares about the people who should’ve received their supplies. You see not most of the victims can buy their own food. Not most of them can start anew right away. In fact you can see from the news report that most of them had to spend a month or so living in evacuation centers in makeshift tents. I can say that the person who has written about this has sent a message to each and every one of us that yes, the government is responsible for sending the donation to the victims. It should not be kept hidden away from them. We are all relying to our trusted government but with the pictures posted, it definitely told a huge message that someone is behind this.

As a blog writer, posting our opinion should not punish us. Not all articles we write have the intention to ruin someone else’s reputation. It just so happen that this person
blogged about what she saw on the pictures. I can say that there wasn’t a personal note on the article. What I understand about the article is the message that our countrymen needs the food ration and obviously there are some who has not been receiving their rations at all. That’s it. The person who’s in charge of the food donations should be transparent as to what are the areas that hasn’t been receiving their share of the donations.

We should not be pointing fingers at each other but hence we should ask each one of them how they have helped in sending those donation to the affected areas. It’s sad that instead of making a right out of the mistake that happened, well they even filed a libel case about the person who posted the blog.

Blogs are like journals or diaries. They are the modern type of a pen and a paper. You write your thoughts on your blog. Happy, sad, angst, knowledge, opinions, feelings, jokes, recipes, anything that we are, we write it on our blogs. I know it is our responsibility if we want to write something about a very sensitive issue and it is our opinion that we are posting. Journalism should not be gagged, it should not be restricted, should not be a lie. I believe in responsible journalism and I also believe in responsibility to your countrymen. We should all do our share in keeping this nation in believing that someone, somebody out there cares for our welfare as a nation.

 

My PAG IBIG Fund Visit May 18, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shala @ 5:51 pm

Galing ako sa Pag Ibig Fund sa Makati branch nila kanina. Pangalawang dalaw ko. ito ang ahensya ng gobyerno na nangangasiwa sa pagpapabahay ng mga Pilipino na nagnanais na magkaroon ng sarili nilang bahay sa pamamagitan ng pag papaluwal ng pondo ng gobyerno. Sabi nila kasi mas madali daw makapag loan sa ngayon dahil sa pamamahala ni VP NOLI DE CASTRO. Napapanahon kasi ngayon ang Real Estate dahil mababa ang singil nila at maganda ang mga programang inihatag sa ating mga manggagawa. Pinataas ang halaga na maari mong mahiram at mabayaran sa mas murang halaga at mas pinahaba na panaho. May mga amnestiya rin sa mga hindi nakakahulog ng sapat. Marahil nababagay si Kabayan Noli sa kaniyang ahensya sapagkat bingyan niyang halaga ang pinakamahalagang bagay sa atin Pilipino. Ito ang magkaroon ng sariling bahay sa murang halaga. Alam naman natin na napakahirap ng buhay sa Pilipinas at hindi madali ang makahanap ng trabaho at makaipon. Ngayon may bago na tayong presidente at malamang ay papalitan na si Kabayan Noli. Nagdarasal ako na sana manatili siya sapagkat sa pamunuan ni Gloria siya lang ata ang hindi napabalitang tiwali sa trabaho, maliban sa kanyang personal na buhay.

Maikwento ko lang ang nangyari sa pagdalaw ko sa ahensya kanina. Napasyal kasi ako sa Pag Ibig dahil nag try ako mag loan…medyo comedy pa nga ang nangyari kasi pagdating namin dun sabi kumuha kami ng number sa 2nd table. Binigyan niya kami ng green number 21, pagkatapos naghanap na kami ng mauupuan. Medyo maraming tao at may kainitan sa loob ng ahensya. Biglang sumigaw yung babae ng “no. 23” hanggang sa naubos na ang numbers. Lapit ako ng lapit sa frontdesk at tanong ng tanong kung tinawag na ba ang 21. Ang sabi hindi pa, eh nagulat ako nang biglang tawagin ang green no. 1. Kaya naman pala eh inubos muna nila ang blue na numbers pagkatapos ay sunod na tatawagin ang green numbers. Eh kahit naman pala maaga akong pumunta kung ang siste ay uubusin muna ang isang kulay ay hindi ka nga maaga matatapos sa pakay mo sa ahensya. Eh paano kung ikaw ay naiinip na tapos naglagay ka ng headset para pampalipas oras, tas tinawag na pala number mo? Magugulat ka na lang na wala na palang tao at ayun nilampasan ka na pala. Sana gawin nilang mas maayos ang sistema sa pagpila sa pag aayos ng mga kakailanganin sa pagpa file ng loans para sa gayon ay hindi maabala ang bawat isa at hindi maantala ang ang pakay natin. Kasi hindi lang naman ito ang pinagkaka abalahan natin sa araw araw, lalo na kung kinailangan mo pang lumiban sa trabaho para lang maasikaso ito.

i-click lamang ang link upang mare-direct sa website ng PAGIBIG FUND

http://www.pagibigfund.gov.ph/

 

MERALCO, DOUBLE UP!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shala @ 4:57 pm

I am eager to see what’s my electric bill this month because I’ve been hearing a lot of fuzz about the increase in generation charge. I got the envelope now and drum roll please! WTF! I almost threw the bill instantly in garbage with the amount. We are in the middle class family in the Philippines. Let me give you a rundown of our bill, January to February our bill was around Php2100, March it was Php2800 then come April it went to PhP4700! It was almost 100% which is definitely not acceptable for our family class. The thing is we are all minimizing our electric consumption and yet we are being punished by this ridiculous increase with the generation charge? I’m very sorry MERALCO if we are putting up things on to you. The reason is we are paying you as the company who supplies us with our electric needs!

Inserted in the bill is a disclaimer explaining that the increase on the generation charge does not go directly to Meralco as an income, but it is being used as a payment for suppliers like NPC, IPP and WESM.

Everyone is pointing fingers against each other and who’s being punished here, but we of course the consumers. I may not take collegiate course understanding electric distribution but I clearly understand that there is something wrong out there and we are being robbed of our own hard earned money!. How can our bill increase to almost a 100% if we are only 3 in the house with 1 AC which only runs at night, my child goes to school the whole day, we never iron clothes at home, 1 LCD TV (220v), 1 ref, a laptop which is charged most of the time at work. How can this be? Even if you send this literature about saving electricity it makes no sense if you have limited electric appliances at home. On my restday my child and I always go out in the mall to cool down in order not to be tempted in using the AC during the day!

To the Philippine government, here us out please. You have been passing different bills and laws against almost anything. How come you haven’t passed any law which protect us consumers.

Click on the link to try to understand their distribution of fees and the increase in generation costs. I wanted to comprehend the table provided but I hate to do it because of the amount alone already dismayed me.

May 20 2010

Follow up story. I just got our April-May statement and the bill was a whoppin Php6475! It was waaayyy too much. We are carrying all of the weight in paying expensive electric bills wherein they are also imposing rotationary brownouts. Don’t you think it’s just too much of a burden. The amount alone could be used as a payment for my daughter’s school upon enrolment fee. With the new President I hope he could do something about it because we all know that his family is close to the Lopez’s. There must be something that he could do for us. We are not asking for a drastic decrease in meralco bills but trying to do something about it is one big step already.

link:

http://www.meralco.com.ph/Corporate/rates/gentrans.htm

 

Philippines 2010 Automated Election May 10, 2010

Filed under: Events,Uncategorized — Shala @ 12:07 pm

I just finished voting. Well after waiting in line for 2 1/2 hours. In comparison with the previous election that I’ve experience this is a long waiting period. I’m a bit disappointed because the election officers weren’t that strict when it comes to implementing election policies.

Before going to the precinct my brother and I went online first to check and printout our precinct numbers. This is to avoid inconvenience and long waiting in line when we get there. Unfortunately we are not in the same precinct, he was in 666A Pilar Elementary School lucky for him though because he was with my cousin in the same precinct. My precinct number was 596A Almanza Uno Elementary School. So I have to go there by myself. Knowing the school location and thru the info online there were more than 20,000 registed voters in Alanza Elementarty School. It was a bit difficult looking up for my precinct because of the number of people in every cluster. Finally, after about 20-30 minutes I found my precinct as I expected a long line of people waiting.

The first step is to look for your precinct. Then look for your name and note you number. Then you will be guided to a holding room to wait. In my case I waited for 2 hours. I got there at 9.30am then i was completely done at around 11.30am. There were only 10 people allowed to get inside the voting room at a time which is evidently causing the delay. One voter will take around 10-15 minutes to cast their votes. Some are taking more then the expected time because of machine problem and the clerical problems at the precinct.

Like yung senior citizen sa harap ko tapos na siya bumoto, nahulog na sa PCOS machine ballot niya, nalagyan na ng indelible ink pero wala pala name niya sa masterlist ng comelec. So nung mahanap ang name niya, hindi naman niya picture yung nasa list of voters. Naiinis na si lola, so bumulong yung teacher sabi niya pa “thumbmark mo na yan matagal na siya dito”. They saw me looking at them as I was waiting with their next step, and hindi man lang nahiya sinabi nila kay lola “thumbmark na po”, sabi ni lola “hindi ko picture yan”, sabi ni teacher “OK NA YAN LOLA”. Si lola sa inis niya walang nagawa kundi nag thumbmark na lang. then sabay alis na. I butted in and said to the teacher ayos yun ginawa ninyo ah, ilang daya na ba nagawa ninyo. The teacher turned her back at me to assist other voters who will scan their ballots. As if she didn’t hear me. tsk tsk tsk. Eh kung wala may mali pala sa picture ni lola eh bakit siya pinaboto. Kasi mali ang proseso ng pagboto sa atin. Pinatagal na nga eh di sana binigyan man lang ng konting integridad ang bawat balotang ipapasok sa loob ng PCOS machine. Maiintindihan ko naman kung ang dahilan ng pagiging mabagal na pag usad ng pila eh kung mahigpit na ipinapatupad ang mga polocies sa pagboto, pero hindi eh! This happened at Almanza Elementary school Precint no. 596D. I hope you will be vigilant, and observant while voting today. God bless the new next president, God bless us all as a nation and God bless the Philippines.

 

Waiting In Vain April 2, 2010

Filed under: Emotions,Relationships — Shala @ 8:37 am

WAITING IN VAIN

Someone made a promise to me. I was so hopeful about that promise that I wouldn’t end the day without thinking that about “the promise”. I don’t know what to expect, but to expect that he’ll not break his promise. It’s been more than a month already and until now no promise comes to my face. I just can’t seem to understand why am I very hopeful that he will come up to me and say it. False hope. Maybe, I’m just dreaming or what. Maybe I am just gullible. Maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic and still believe in “love never dies” or “love is lovelier the second time around” thing. Well, hell yeah! I do! I still believe in the magic of love. This magical feeling that I feel every time I think about it. The goose bumps it gives me whenever I embrace the fact that he’s here and he could be somehow thinking about me too. I can’t say no to love, I can’t resist the feeling that would let me feel that I am truly alive! But these are all dreams, all pretension and the fact that until now he hasn’t come to see me yet. So, does it mean that it was just false hope or a promise of nothing? Whatever. I will still believe and hope that he will keep his promise. Why am I so pathetic? I pity myself because this is the love that I let go a long time ago. I can’t win him back anymore. But I just want to see him face to face and say that I am sorry and I still love him with all my heart. I can’t turn back the time, but I can still do one more thing. I can still tell him that I love him and he doesn’t need to love me back. I just want to release the feeling that I’ve held on to more than a decade ago. Maybe this is fate. Maybe, my love was strong and I do not see any other love but his. I am just merely cheating myself out of this situation but I can’t resist this strong feeling that I still have for him. My cheating heart is saying that I want him back at all cost. But I am not insane to hurt someone just to fulfill this great emotion. This love is unbearable. I admit that if he left without seeing me means that he no longer care for what we’ve had before. All the time I tell myself that it was a wrong decision. I was too young then and the fact that I am avoiding to get married young. But avoiding that situation has made me miserable. If fate has come to make me more miserable then how would I not drown myself of loneliness and how would I find someone to love more than I loved him. Unfair. Deceitful. Cheating. All full of lies. Sadness. Emptiness. All of these I am now, hurting everyday. Drowning with the biggest mistake that I’ve made in my life. I am here waiting in vain…waiting, maybe for nothing…the clock ticks and time passes by, I am still hoping that he would come and see me. If he would leave again without seeing me then maybe it’s enough waiting in vain for me. I would cry myself to sleep again. And it’s just that I didn’t make connections again with him. Regrets again.

 

KUDOS TO SHOWTIME January 21, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shala @ 2:48 am

Kudos to SHOWTIME

I have changed. After a long stressful day at work I have no other place to go to but home. I don’t really stay at the office anymore because I would rather spend more time at home than wasting time inhaling second hand smoke and exchanging gossips with my colleagues. Life’s a bit like a routine for me. I am actually looking for something new for a change.

I normally logout from work at 10am and it usually takes around 10mins from the office to my house. The moment I stepped inside the house I tell my daughter and nieces that, “it’s time”. When I say that one liner, they know what to do. They simply oblige and change the channel to SHOWTIME. This is a TV talent show at channel 2 ABSCBN around 10.30am and ends at lunchtime. Surprisingly this talent show has beaten the high rated talk show SIS on the other channel. I believe with a very short span of time competing against SIS, the said program was defunct.

Going back to Showtime. This program showcases the talents of the Filipinos nationwide. I’ve seen different groups performed as far as the northern part of Luzon to the southernmost part of Mindanao. To the poorest barangay or barrios of the provinces to the richest land in the country. It just means that the show is open to everyone and to anybody who has the guts and the will to show their talents. By the way, the program is open to any talent but generally speaking, most or almost all has performed dance and acrobatic skills. But it is indeed open to any talent performed by a group.

The group is being judged based upon their extraordinaire talent, evidently. The performing group should have a “wow” factor (let’s forget the “x” factor thing) and must have a strong impact to the judges and viewers. There are 5 judges. The television viewers are rating four of the judges. If they had a rating of below 25% then they will be evicted from the show. The only judge who has a staying power is Vice Ganda. He kinda makes the show more fun because of the way he judges and of course his funny comments as well. Thus making the show a bit different from the usual Filipino talent shows. It makes it even more exciting when he is saying his trademark spiel “Dahil diyan, may nagtext!”. I think the contestants are working hard on their routines in order to please the head judge Vice Ganda. Sometimes, Vice Ganda gives the not-so-pleasant comment to the contestant. Though he is a tough judge to please he has a benevolent heart and if he likes you he will even help the group in his own way.

One time a group from South Cotabato went to audition in the show. They came in Manila on December 31, 2009. On the day that they arrived they were caught in surprise to see that there were no auditions that day. The group has a 1-way ticket from the province to manila and they will just take their fare from their winnings from the show. Since they have no money they made an acquaintance and they were referred to join a dance contest somewhere in Montalban, Rizal. They were supposed to be the winner as they were told. An accident happened during their performance. One of the members stepped on a confetti roll and because of it the poor dancer has crushed his 2 knees. The boy was brought to the hospital but since they had no money he was just given primary care and seated on a wheel chair. It was a series of unfortunate events for them but still they continued on with their journey and waited for the audition. They were a strong team and they got in the show. On the day of their performance the team showed a strong dance routine and it was a bit different from the other usual dance acrobat group. After their performance, Vhong Navarro and Anne Curtis introduced the group by telling the audience and viewers the group’s unfortunate story. Vhong was very touched and he was wiping a tear while he is telling the story. Everyone went silent and listened carefully. Andrew E. gave the boys a a good rating, as well as Osang, and the legendary Filipino rockstar Pepe Smith even admired the determination and will power of the group. Then last to judge was Vice Ganda. I was waiting for him to make okray the group’s performance and so he did. But he did something, which made me admire his good and generous heart. He did not give the group a perfect 10 score but he gave them something more than winning the contest price. He pledged to give donation to the boy who crushed his 2 knees and gave the boy another chance for his passion in dancing. Vice Ganda gave this boy a new lease in life. I was dumbfounded because who would’ve give a stranger 50,000 with nothing in return? I would doubt myself giving away my hard earned money to someone. I’ll give something else na lang. But Vice Ganda gave me a reason to admire him as a person not as a performer. I may not be a part of the show but I am indeed proud that I was able to see someone who gave a stranger a new life after crushing his dreams. I thank you Vice Ganda. You made me realize that not all stangers are bad. Not all people have the same level of kindness. Your show does not only showcase the Filipino talents but it also show the whole world what is the true Filipino hospitality and it shows how we take care of our fellowmen. You showed the whole world that we Filipinos are not only known for being corrupt and scams. We know how to share our blessings not only within our backyard but also to anyone who needs help.

Showtime is a life changing show. I have no other word but praises to each and everyone who thought of creating the program. It not does not only define the word “talent” but also showed the meaning of helping people to show their passion.

To Anne Curtis, I thought you’re just a pretty face in television but I was wrong. Since I started to follow your show I must admit that you are a person with a kind heart and you bring smile to your viewers face as well. I hope you keep it up gal. I never saw you being as a maarte person in the show. I like it because you know how to establish rapport to your viewers. I hope you and Sam Milby get back together; friends will still be okay though. (Just kidding!)

Vhong Navarro, you are also someone to look up to. You are very kind to your contestants and I never heard a single negative comment that you gave to them. I think you are one of the most humble actors that I’ve watched on television. I think you will be one of the future Dolphy or Vic Sotto. (In acting only, not in love life perspective…just joking!) You and Anne look cute together, though.

Kuya Kim, I was so surprised that you’re so good in live hosting. Keep up the good work and more energy to your sir! I can see that you are a strong successor of your dad. I hope you do join politics again and make Manila City more proud.

Tedd and Jugee. You guys are awesooommme! Who would’ve thought that the skinny, funny, singer guy would do best in hosting! I liked it so much when you put variety in your hosting job. And you are so funny together with Jugee.
And Jugee, you are cute man with your crazy antics. You never ran out of funny ideas. Keep it coming and more fresh ideas, okay?

From 1 week of being off the air, things are a bit matamlay but it’s okay. We enjoyed MAGPASIKAT. It was hilarious because you made celebrities do something different. I wish I could watch the show live someday. I want to experience and feel the excitement the live audience feels when they are in the studio.

Well, as of this writing SHOWTIME is back on air, at last! I never would’ve imagine what it’s gonna be without my fave noontime show? I can’t last more than a week without you guys. All our prayers were heard and it’s great to see you guys again. Kudos to the staff and crew of SHOWTIME! NO words can describe the happiness you are giving everyone who watches your show. Well maybe that’s why you call it, “It’s your show, it’s your time, and it’s SHOWTIME!

ciao bella!

 

Waiting in Vain January 8, 2010

Filed under: Emotions,Relationships — Shala @ 3:26 am

WAITING IN VAIN

Someone made a promise to me. I was so hopeful about that promise that I wouldn’t end the day without thinking that about “the promise”. I don’t know what to expect, but to expect that he’ll not break his promise. It’s been more than a month already and until now no promise comes to my face. I just can’t seem to understand why am I very hopeful that he will come up to me and say it. False hope. Maybe, I’m just dreaming or what. Maybe I am just gullible. Maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic and still believe in “love never dies” or “love is lovelier the second time around” thing. Well, hell yeah! I do! I still believe in the magic of love. This magical feeling that I feel every time I think about it. The goose bumps it gives me whenever I embrace the fact that he’s here and he could be somehow thinking about me too. I can’t say no to love, I can’t resist the feeling that would let me feel that I am truly alive! But these are all dreams, all pretension and the fact that until now he hasn’t come to see me yet. So, does it mean that it was just false hope or a promise of nothing? Whatever. I will still believe and hope that he will keep his promise. Why am I so pathetic? I pity myself because this is the love that I let go a long time ago. I can’t win him back anymore. But I just want to see him face to face and say that I am sorry and I still love him with all my heart. I can’t turn back the time, but I can still do one more thing. I can still tell him that I love him and he doesn’t need to love me back. I just want to release the feeling that I’ve held on to more than a decade ago. Maybe this is fate. Maybe, my love was strong and I do not see any other love but his. I am just merely cheating myself out of this situation but I can’t resist this strong feeling that I still have for him. My cheating heart is saying that I want him back at all cost. But I am not insane to hurt someone just to fulfill this great emotion. This love is unbearable. I admit that if he left without seeing me means that he no longer care for what we’ve had before. All the time I tell myself that it was a wrong decision. I was too young then and the fact that I am avoiding to get married young. But avoiding that situation has made me miserable. If fate has come to make me more miserable then how would I not drown myself of loneliness and how would I find someone to love more than I loved him. Unfair. Deceitful. Cheating. All full of lies. Sadness. Emptiness. All of these I am now, hurting everyday. Drowning with the biggest mistake that I’ve made in my life. I am here waiting in vain…waiting, maybe for nothing…the clock ticks and time passes by, I am still hoping that he would come and see me. If he would leave again without seeing me then maybe it’s enough waiting in vain for me. I would cry myself to sleep again. And I just that I didn’t make connections again with him. Regrets again.