Counting Stars by OneRepublic, cover by Johan Saculles (video)

A NO-GUILT plug for my kiddo’s great performance during the Summer Voice & Piano Recitals at Merville Sacred Heart School.

Please watch and share. Thanks.

And please bear with the bad lighting. That’s the lousy videographer’s (me) fault. :)

Manang-mana sa pinagmanahan!

Don’t share stupid Filipino-bashing Singapore blog; Report as offensive instead.

Don’t share stupid Filipino-bashing Singapore blog; Report as offensive instead.

HAVE you read it already? Most probably yes. If not yet, then you’re lucky. Don’t go looking for it, it’s not worth your time.

I’ve read that stupid hate-blog from Singapore a few nights ago when I was in Siem Reap (Cambodia) with my family.

share_baitBasically, it calls us Filipinos all sorts of offensive names and attempts to encourage other Singaporeans to discriminate against Pinoys in Singapore.

What was my reaction?

I was so angry I almost shared the link with my furious response. It’s a good thing I was too tired doing “temple runs” all day that I simply did not have the energy to write a  response.

Also, I know better.

It is a “share bait.” Read more

“The Machine”

“The Machine”

THIS IS one bad ass computer, capable of calculating 640TBs of data in one billionth of a second. W.O.W!

Talking of extremes! Do you comprehend how big 640TB of data is?  A terabyte is of course 1,000 GB. If you have trouble visualizing how big 640 TB is, then don’t even attempt to contemplate one billionth of a second.

If this ever goes commercial, it can revolutionize computing.

And I’m surprised that HP is behind it. I’ve never been shy in admitting that I am not a big fan of HP, but this “machine” may very well change that.

Read the full story in IFLScience.

Featured Image credit: HP/Engadget

Now Reading: Over The Edge of The World by Laurence Bergreen

Now Reading: Over The Edge of The World by Laurence Bergreen

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I HAVEN’T read a book for a long time, no thanks to Facebook.

But I am reading again, thanks to Ms. Lolita Delgado-Fansler of the Ala-Ala Foundation who personally recommended this book to me.

Over The Edge of The World is a non-fiction written like an adventure novel. And for a history addict like me, this easily falls under the “perfect book” category.

It narrates, in great, research-based details the events before, during, and immediately after the famous expedition to the Spice Islands of Ferdinand Magellan. This was during the great age of exploration, when half of the world was still an unchartered frontier by the leading civilizations of Europe.

I am naturally drawn — and hugely intrigued — by the book’s story primarily because of its central character, Ferdinand Magellan. Read more

Zamboanga Restaurant | Malate

Zamboanga Restaurant | Malate

ZAMBOANGA RESTAURANT was recently featured on Kris TV, according to Marielle. Kris was apparently impressed and gladly endorsed it in her show.

I have to agree, and not because Kris said so. Read more

XOXO

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I found and grabbed this image from a much-shared post on Facebook many months ago.

It is a trivia from Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

It gives a historical origin on why the letter “X,” particularly when used in documents or correspondences, is taken to mean “kiss.”

I didn’t know that.

I do know that X means kiss, but didn’t know when, where, or how it started.

What I am aware of is that most young people actually know that X means “kiss” from “XOXO” which means hugs and kisses, where X = kiss and O = hug.

X in this case, however, has a more contemporary etymology. X and O from a bird’s eye view look like 2 people kissing and hugging, respectively, in the pop culture of emoticons.

If you come to think of it, this trivial fact casts an entirely different light on XXX, don’t you think so?

XOXO