Saturday, February 27, 2010

Photohunt :: Daily

One day as I was browsing thru our local used books store, I chanced upon the book Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg. I was overjoyed! I often see this highly recommended book on online stores... and i got it for only P120. Talk about a bargain! Anyway, the author of the book preaches only one thing... if you desire to be a good writer... write DAILY!

No need for long prose or mind boggling essays... just write about any random thought in your head... no need to edit or proofread. in fact she says it is better not to go back and re-read what you've written until you've finished. The goal is to make writing such a natural experience for a person that it has become second nature. Time will come when you will be able to write no matter where you are, who you're with and what the condition of your working environment is. Through the practice of daily writing, you'll be able to free the writer from within.

That's exactly what I intend to do... I will write DAILY. I've got enough notebooks for this purpose... I just chose these two flowery notebooks to be included in the photos because I love the burst of colors.

That's the plan and challenge... WRITE DAILY!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Freelance Writing Becomes Me

Thank goodness for the social networking phenomenon that is Facebook, if I hadn't signed up with facebook then I wouldn't have gotten in touch with a long lost friend from my elementary days. When I asked him what he does for a living, he answered that he was a writer. Aha! Finally! Someone I can ask about the possibility of a career in writing. One day I as finally able to gather enough courage to inquire about his chosen field. I asked whether he studied for that job while in college, is writing his bread and butter, approximately how much income is generated?

Considering that we were not really that close when we were classmates, I’d have to give it to him for being so generous with his answers. If only he knew how much he touched my life… how inspired I’ve become since talking to him.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A nameless razor fusses.

Guess what? more silly words that seem to have to meaning at all...

A nameless razor fusses.

a weird thought

a weird thought just came up...

How will your filled film house the apparent clause?

go figure.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Place to Visit: La Mesa Ecopark

Summer is definitely here! The sun is scorching hot outside, and it only just February! That is why we decided to go swimming, in celebration of my dad’s 69th birthday! We couldn’t leave early since the birthday celebrator still had a meeting at our parish. We decided to just eat lunch at home then leave for the pool after eating, this way we’d be bringing less stuff and just bring enough food for snack and drinks.

We decided we’d go back to the La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon City. We have very fond memories of this park, this is where Bea had her first swimming experience when she was only more than a year old. Although she doesn’t have any recollection of that experience, this time around it was clear that she enjoyed swimming at the pool. another plus is that it's really affordable. whoever said that you'd have to spend a fortune just to have a good time with your family?

Here’s some information about the ecopark:

La Mesa Watershed in Quezon City is the primary source of drinking water of about 12 million Metro Manila residents. The property is owned by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), a government agency. La Mesa Watershed is 2700 hectares, 700 hectares of which is the reservoir and 2000 hectares of which is the surrounding forest. This forest is the last remaining one of its size in Metro Manila and serves as its carbon dioxide sink. La Mesa Watershed, therefore, is vital to the city, not only because it is a primary source of drinking water, but also because its forest functions as the lungs of Metro Manila, providing it with clean air.

Due to lack of funds, illegal settling, poaching and logging, La Mesa Watershed came into disrepair and ruin. In 1999, ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. created Bantay Kalikasan (Nature Watch) and, in partnership with the MWSS, undertook the Save La Mesa Watershed Project. The project aimed to rehabilitate, reforest, preserve and protect La Mesa Watershed. The total area that needed reforestation was 1500 hectares. Today, eight years since the project started, only 158 hectares remain to be planted. Bantay Kalikasan’s strategy of actively involving the general public in the project, through its Adopt/Protect-ATree/ Hectare programs, was key to its success.

To sustain the Save La Mesa Watershed Project, Bantay Kalikasan, in partnership with the MWSS and the Q.C. Government, rehabilitated and renovated a 33 hectare public park located right outside the natural boundaries of the watershed and 40 meters below the reservoir. In September 2004, it was renamed La Mesa Ecopark and reopened to the public. All revenues generated by La Mesa Ecopark are utilized for the continuous preservation and protection of La Mesa Watershed.

The park is located in the East Fairview Subdivision, Quezon City.

La Mesa Ecopark Operating Hours: 8AM to 5PM Daily

PARK Admission Rates:

above 3ft P50
3ft & below FREE

POOL Admission Rates: ((9am – 4pm) Daily)
above 3fts P80
3ft & below P40

- Proper swimming attire is strictly implemented – no cotton made fabrics, no buttons & zippers.
- Pool Admission rates apply to all who enter pool compound, whether they will swim or not.

The pools close at 4pm, they are strict about this, once the whistle blows, it's time to leave the pool area.

QC Residents (w/ valid proof of residence) P40
QC Students (w/ valid id) P20
QC Senior Citizens (w/ valid id) FREE
Non-QC Senior Citizens P40

There are many things to do in the park aside from swimming.

boat rental - you can rent a boat for P100 for 30 minutes, maximum of 4 adults

bike rental - you can also rent a bike. price ranges from P50-80 per hour.

fishing - you can also try your luck at fishing. fishing rods can be rented at P20 per day. then you'll have to pay for what ever you catch. Rate is P80 per kilo. the bigger the catch, the higher the amount, but heck the bigger your pride too right?

for those who prefer to just relax and lounge around with the family, table and chairs are availabe for P120 per set (1 table and 4 chairs)

La Mesa Ecopark also offers several tour packages:


RATE:P100 per head (minimum 50pax)
Guided Walking Tour
Ecopark Overview/History/Amenities
Plan/Trees Identification
Entrance Fee
Boat Ride


RATE:P130 per head (minimum 50pax)
Guided Walking Tour
Ecopark Overview/History/Amenities
Plant/Trees Identification
Entrance Fee


RATE:P150 per head (minimum 50pax)
Guided Walking Tour
Ecopark Overview/History/Amenities
Plan/Trees Identification
Entrance Fee
Boat Ride(30mins)


RATE:P100 per head (minimum 50pax)
Guided Walking Tour
Ecopark Overview/History/Amenities
Plan/Trees Identification
Entrance Fee
Butterfly Trail

RATE:P150 per head
(minimum 30pax advance booking needed at least 1 week)
ECOPARK Overview/History/Amenities
Audio Visual Presentation
Entrance Fee
Basic Garden Lecture
Audio Visual Presentation
Hands-on, nursery activity
Tools, geminant


Rate:Activity + 50 (minimum 30pax)
Rapelling - P50/head
Wall climb - P50/head
Zipline - P50/head
Paintball - P300/head (gears & 50 bullets)
- P500/head


(minimum 30pax/advance booking needed at least 2 weeks)
1)Figurine Painting (6”X 8”) – P150/head
2)Sand Coloring (6”X 8”) – P150/head
3)Paper Clay Art (6”X 8”) – P150/head
4)Face Painting – P80/head
Activity (1) + (2) – P250/head
Activity (1) + (2) or (3) + (4) – P300/head
Activity (1) or (2) or (3) + (4) – P200/head
ECOPARK Overview/History/Amenities
Entrance Fee
Figurine, Cardboard
Paint, tools, etc…

Looking for a place to take you family this summer? here's a great place to spend quality bonding time with the family. Take the chance to reintroduce your kids to nature and the idea of having fun without gadgets and technology.

(02) 430-4051/ (02) 430-5207/ (02) 430-5207 (telefax)
Sarah - 09062234125
Dong - 09159013772

Banco De Oro Unibank Account No: 1270 8477 49
Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc./Ecopark

Saturday, February 20, 2010



A loving home and environment for each child.

Compassionate, professional and responsive staff and volunteers who are committed to the caring, healing, recovery and development of abandoned, surrendered, neglected and sexually abused children and their families.
Together, creating opportunities for each other to become whole and empowered instruments for changing their social reality.


1974-The first CRIBS volunteer foster home was born when two Lutheran missionary wives brought home two infants from the Reception and Study Center for the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

1979- CRIBS was incorporated as a non-stock, non-profit organization with the SEC.

1983- CRIBS was licensed by the DSWD as a child welfare agency for abandoned, neglected, and surrendered infants.

1986- A home called New Beginnings was opened for young female survivors of sexual abuse (aged 7-17 years old)



Receiving Home provides an alternate home environment for abandoned, surrendered and neglected children aged 1 day to 2 ½ years old. It is staffed with compassionate, professional and committed caregivers 24 hours a day. The services of the program include:

Holistic Health Care. The attainment and maintenance of the optimum health for each child is ensured by a nutrition program designed to meet the nutritional needs of the children. Medical services are also provided by a team of nurses and midwives who focus on the early detection and prevention of illness.

Early Child Development. Psycho-motor stimulation and age-appropriate activities form part of the routine of each child to foster growth and development.

New Beginnings Home is a 24-hour Residential Treatment Facility that provides a nurturing and therapeutic environment for the healing and recovery of sexually abused female minors aged 7-17 years. Clients admitted to the program stay in residence for two years. Within this time frame, they undergo different phases of healing. The multi-dimensional strategies used in the treatment of sexual abuse seek to address the impact and issues of their traumatic experiences.


Receiving Home Placement Program. The focus is on the permanent placement of each child within the shortest time possible. Permanent placement refers to adoption or reunification of child with biological parents/relatives.

New Beginnings Family and Reintegration Program. The program addresses the healing of families of the new beginnings clients; equips them with skills to effectively handle family issues and situational life crises, and prepares them for eventual reintegration with their child. These efforts are attained through family therapy, individual counseling and parent support group meetings.

Foster Care Program. Provides an alternative family care for children in need of one on one care and stimulation. These children are temporarily placed with licensed foster families to experience the warmth of parental care and family life while permanent placement is being worked on.


The organization has developed and maintained a considerable pool of volunteers and a resource network to expand its capacity to deliver the optimum service. Volunteer interests, talents, expertise and resources are mobilized and utilized to serve the interests of the children and support the needs of the program.

Resource development is an on going effort to achieve financial sustainability for the program implementation and development. This allows the program to be responsive and dynamic in meeting the needs of the children.

If you're interested to help in anyway or if you have questions, the person to call is:

Maritona V. Labajo, Executive Director

15 Major Dizon St, IVC Marikina City
1802 Philippines
Tel (632) 681-8078, 681-5921, 681-9705


Places to visit in Marikina, Social Work, Charity Work, Donation, Need Help

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

2010 Razzie Award Nominees - Dis(Honoring) Performances and Films from 2009

Action movies Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Land of the Lost share the dubious honor of earning the most Razzie Award nominations as chosen by Golden Raspberry Award Foundation voters.

The Transformers sequel and the big screen adaptation of the classic Saturday morning TV show each picked up seven nominations, including nods in the Worst Picture category.

Also feeling a lot of Razzie love was the second film of the Twilight series, New Moon. New Moon star Robert Pattinson picked up a nomination in the Worst Supporting Actor category, with Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner joining him as nominees in the Worst Couple category. Even potential Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock didn't emerge from 2009 unscathed. Bullock earned a Razzie nomination in the Worst Actress category for her starring role in the box office bomb, All About Steve.

'Winners' will be revealed on Saturday, March 6, the night before the Oscars.

30th Annual Razzie Award Nominees
Worst Picture of 2009:
All About Steve
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Land of The Lost
Old Dogs
Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen
Worst Actor:
All Three Jonas Brothers, Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience
Will Ferrell, Land of the Lost
Steve Martin, Pink Panther 2
Eddie Murphy, Imagine That
John Travolta, Old Dogs

Worst Actress:
Beyonce, Obsessed
Sandra Bullock, All About Steve
Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie
Megan Fox, Jennifer's Body and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Sarah Jessica Parker, Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Worst Supporting Actor:
Billy Ray Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie
Hugh Hefner (as Himself), Miss March
Robert Pattinson, Twilight Saga: New Moon
Jorma Taccone, Land of the Lost
Marlon Wayans, G.I. Joe

Worst Supporting Actress:
Candice Bergen, Bride Wars
Ali Larter, Obsessed
Sienna Miller, G.I. Joe
Kelly Preston, Old Dogs
Julie White, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Worst Screen Couple:
Any Two (or More) Jonas Brothers, The Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert Experience
Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, All About Steve
Will Ferrell and Any Co-Star, Creature or "Comic Riff", Land of the Lost
Shia LaBeouf and Either Megan Fox OR Any Transformer, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Kristen Stewart and Either Robert Pattinson OR Taylor Lautner, Twilight Saga: New Moon

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel:
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Land of The Lost
Pink Panther 2 (A Rip-Off of a Sequel to a Remake)
Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen
Twilight Saga: New Moon

Worst Director:
Michael Bay, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Walt Becker, Old Dogs
Brad Silberling, Land of the Lost
Stephen Sommers, G.I. Joe
Phil Traill, All About Steve

Worst Screenplay:
All About Steve, Screenplay by Kim Barker
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Screenplay by Stuart Beattie and David Elliot & Paul Lovett
Land of The Lost, Written by Chris Henchy & Dennis McNicholas
Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, Written by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
Twilight Saga: New Moon, Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg

Worst Picture of the Decade:

Battlefield Earth - (2000), Nominated for 10 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 8 (Including Worst Drama of Our First 25 Yrs)

Freddy Got Fingered - (2001), Nominated for 9 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 5

Gigli - (2003), Nominated for 10 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 7 (Including Worst Comedy of Our First 25 Yrs)

I Know Who Killed Me - (2007), Nominated for 9 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 8

Swept Away - (2002), Nominated for 9 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 5

Worst Actor of the Decade:

Ben Affleck - Nominated for 9 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES® Daredevil, Gigli, Jersey Girl, Paycheck, Pearl Harbor, Surviving Christmas

Eddie Murphy - Nominated for 12 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES® Adventures of Pluto Nash, I Spy, Imagine That, Meet Dave, Norbit, Showtime

Mike Myers - Nominated for 4 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES® Cat in the Hat, The Love Guru

Rob Schneider - Nominated for 6 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 1 RAZZIE® The Animal, Benchwarmers, Deuce Bigalo: European Gigolo, Grandma's Boy, The Hot Chick, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Little Man, Little Nicky

John Travolta - Nominated for 6 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES® Battlefield Earth, Domestic Disturbance, Lucky Numbers, Old Dogs, Swordfish

Worst Actress of the Decade:

Mariah Carey - The Single Biggest Individual Vote Getter of the Decade: 70+% of ALL Votes for Worst Actress of 2001 for Glitter

Paris Hilton - Nominated for 5 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 4 RAZZIES® The Hottie & the Nottie, House of Wax, Repo: The Genetic Opera

Lindsay Lohan - Nominated for 5 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES® Herbie Fully Loaded, I Know Who Killed Me, Just My Luck

Jennifer Lopez - Nominated for 9 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES® Angel Eyes, Enough, Gigli, Jersey Girl, Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, The Wedding Planner

Madonna - Nominated for 6 “Achievements,”“Winner” of 4 RAZZIES® Die Another Day, The Next Best Thing, Swept Away

By Rebecca Murray, Guide

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pepole: Kevin Smith: Too Fat To Fly?

here is a news article from CNN about Kevin Smith aka Silent Bob's unfateful run in with Southwest Airlines, all because of his weight:

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Southwest Airlines apologized a second time Monday to film director Kevin Smith for pulling him off a Saturday flight because of his size.

"We're very sorry for how his night unfortunately played out," Southwest said in a written statement.

The airline said it "could have potentially handled our communication better," but defended "the determination that Mr. Smith needed more than one seat to complete his flight comfortably."

The controversy is a public relations challenge for Southwest. The airline had the lowest rate of passenger complaints among U.S. airlines last year, according to a government report issued last week.

Smith -- known for his movie character "Silent Bob" -- began posting a barrage of angry messages on the online network Twitter, where he has 1.6 million followers.

He vowed in a recording posted on his Web site to "scorch the earth" with his complaints against Southwest.

"Dude, I know I'm fat," Smith said. "That's not why I was truly thrown off that plane because I fit perfectly in the seat."

Smith said he had no trouble buckling his seat belt and lowering his armrests.

"I am not fat enough to eject off a Southwest flight," he said.

He said he suspected he may have been bumped by an airline employee who did not like his comic films, which include "Zach and Miri Make a Porno," "Clerks" and the upcoming "Cop Out."

His goal is to force Southwest to change the way it deals with overweight passengers.

Southwest said it is listening.

"We want to assure everyone that has expressed concern over the situation that we will use this experience in our customer service program when training our employees on the correct way to apply the policy," the airline said.

The "customer of size policy" implemented 25 years ago requires "passengers that cannot fit safely and comfortably in one seat to purchase an additional seat while traveling," it said.

"If a customer cannot comfortably lower the armrest and infringes on a portion of another seat, a customer seated adjacent would be very uncomfortable and a timely exit from the aircraft in the event of an emergency might be compromised if we allow a cramped, restricted seating arrangement," the airline said.

"I can buckle that seat belt and that is a hallmark for any fat person," Smith said.

Smith did purchase two seats for the flight to Burbank, but he was allowed to board an earlier flight as a standby passenger, and only one seat was available on that flight.

The extra seat is not a necessity, he said, but a luxury because "Southwest flights are cheap."

"I'm flying on the welfare airline, food-stamp airline," he said. "So I think I can indulge myself with two seats, and I can afford to do it."

Although Southwest said airline executives have personally called him to apologize, Smith insisted Monday afternoon he's not gotten a call.

Although he bought 10 tickets on the airline in just the past week, he said "I'm never going on Southwest again."


too bad. I think these airlines need a refresher course about ethics and tact in dealing with paying customers. this reminds me of the Cebu Pacific Flight Bruhaha about a flight attendant trying to kick out 2 passengers with learning disabilities.... tsk tsk tsk...

Places: St. Pio of Pietrelcina Chapel Schedule of Masses

Monday & Tuesday

5:00 pm Rosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pm Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic


5:00 pm Rosary and Novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Pio.
5:30 pm Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic

Thursday & Friday

5:00 pm Rosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pm Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic


10:00 am Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic
12:15 pm Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic
6:00 pm Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic

Every 23rd of the month

5:00pmRosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pmSpecial Mass for the St. Pio prayer group of San Roque Parish of Bagumbayan QC,veneration of the St. Pio relic glove, and prayer meeting

(relic habit will be used for veneration starting July)

* The St. Pio Chapel is open daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
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