Emergency Car Kit Checklist. Seriously.

I thought I am just being OC (obsessive-compulsive) because I have the compulsion to stock on stuff in my car — ropes (the knot-tying kind), duck tape, masking tape, double-sided tape, an ice-pick, a sewing kit, alcohol, baby wipes, all sorts of medicines, and hundreds of other odds and ends.

Turns out I am just being a defensive motorist. (Take note that I didn’t say “defensive driver,” although I am that, too!)

In their January-February 2010 issue of DRIVE newsletter, AAP featured their recommended Emergency Car Kit Checklist (page 3).  Guess what?  Most of the items in their list have already been permanent residents of my car. Read more

Warren Buffett Wisdom – 2nd of 2 parts

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This now completes my commitment — to readers of A Wonderful Blog as well as to myself — to transcribe and post all 125 Warren Buffett aphorisms from the book, The Tao of Warren Buffet. †This is the 2nd and last installment, the first one having been posted last January 7.

Again, I have posted this here only as a handy reference. †If you want a detailed and comprehensive explanation of the aphorisms, go buy the book. :-)

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The Wisdom of Warren Buffett, first of 2 parts

I finished reading, ìThe Tao of Warren Buffett,î shortly before Christmas.† I loved it.† I actually regret not having read it much earlier.† I take consolation in one of Buffettís more popular advice:† itís never too late to start.† I just hope I have the heart to get started in applying Buffettís investing wisdom not any minute later. Read more

Some pretty good — and tasty — ideas

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Photo Credit: PlanetGreen.Discovery.com

I found a copy of the article, “50 Ways to Never Waste Food Again, ” in my e-mail inbox. †I am re-posting parts of it here verbatim for my own future reference. †If you wish to view the complete article, click here.

Here’s a sample…

  • Donít toss those trimmed ends from onions, carrots, celery, or peppers. Store them in your freezer, and once you have a good amount saved up, add them to a large pot with a few cups of water and make homemade vegetable broth. This is also a great use for cabbage cores and corn cobs.

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Shame List: ‘like thieves in the night’



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"Hall of Shame"Photo Credit: www.filipinovoices.com


LOVE ’em, or hate ’em. †Here they are. †The 172 CONGRESSMEN WHO APPROVED THE CON-ASS, in alphabetical order.

I am dismayed, although I can’t really say I am surprised, that two of our congressmen in my home province of Isabela — Rodolfo Albano III, 1st district and Edwin Uy, 2nd district — are on the list. †So is one of our congressmen in my MM residence in ParaÃ’aque — Ed Zialcita, 1st district. Read more

10 simple principles for effective meetings


I COPIED this right out of a wall inside the Philips Electronics and Lighting office in Makati.

  1. Have a CLEAR AGENDA explaining the objective of the meeting.
  2. Identify a CHAIR PERSON for every meeting.
  3. Only INVITE PEOPLE with a clear role (e.g., experts, decision makers)
  4. Send a PRE- READ 2 days in advance and ask attendees to prepare.
  5. Start the meeting on time; don’t wait for LATE COMERS.
  6. Switch off PHONES AND LAPTOPS.
  7. Aim for 30-MINUTE meetings.
  8. Limit your presentations to 10 SLIDES max.
  9. Send out ACTION POINTS only. Flow up one on one or via email.
  10. No meetings on FRIDAYS.

Works by William Shakespeare

SOME TIME EARLY this year I made a major departure from my usual menu of books when I found this little gem of a book entitled Creative Lives series: William Shakespeare by Haydn Middleton (Heinemann Library).

I have not read any of Shakespeare’s work yet, ever. Some people may find this revelation shocking (say that with an English accent, please), but that is the truth. What do you expect? I am a proud product of the Philippine public school system, and as far as literature is concerned I know Juan Tamad, Biag ni Lam-Ang, Florante at Laura, Asyong Aksaya, Pugad Baboy, and the likes a lot better than I know Romeo and Juliet and its ilk. I know the Romeo and Juliet story, of course, and I may have already seen several versions of it in the movies and on stage, including amateurish ìre-enactmentsî by grade school and high school students.

I’ve seen Baz Luhrmann‘s 1996 high-octane and modern-day portrayal of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, courtesy of Hollywood, of course, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the lead roles. BTW, did you know that the movie managed to fetch an Oscar nomination? I’ll make another confession: I slept halfway through the movie, thanks to the director’s genius idea of setting the scene on the hip modern suburb of Verona while retaining the play’s original and archaic English dialogue.

I enjoyed Shakespeare In Love a lot more although in hindsight I might not have watched it if I wasn’t dragged into it by my ex-girlfriend (who was then still my to-be-girlfriend).

Now it is quite clear to me. I am more interested on Shakespeare’s biography than his works. And that’s the long explanation on why I, all of a sudden, got interested on Shakespeare when I saw the Creative Lives Series book. A very interesting fellow, this Shakespeare. He lived during a very interesting time, too, and that may be secret of his genius. †I immensely enjoyed the book.

Nevertheless, I know that what I know about Shakespeare’s life will not earn me any ìpogiî points among the ìlearnedî and the sophisticated. They will be more interested on what I know about his works. So I made it a point to take away as much info about Shakespeare’s work from the book. You’ll never know when these will come handy especially during hifalutin’ conversations. I can now at least ìconî my way into any discussions with Shakespeare as the main topic. That remains to be seen, actually.

According to the book, there is much dispute about when and in what order Shakespeare wrote his plays. Below are the plays included in the First Folio of 1623. It excluded Pericles and The Two Noble Kinsmen, which may have been co-written. Histories

  1. King John
  2. Richard II
  3. Henry IV (Parts 1 and 2)
  4. Henry V
  5. Henry VI (Parts 1 and 2)
  6. Richard III
  7. Henry VIII


  1. Troilus and Cressida
  2. The Tempest
  3. The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  4. The Merry Wives of Windsor
  5. Measure for Measure
  6. The Comedy of Errors
  7. Much Ado About Nothing
  8. Love’s Labours Lost
  9. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  10. The Merchant of Venice
  11. As You Like It
  12. The Taming of the Shrew
  13. All’s Well That Ends Well
  14. Twelfth Night
  15. The Winter’s Tale


  1. Coriolanus
  2. Titus Adronicus
  3. Romeo and Juliet
  4. Timon of Athens
  5. Julius Caesar
  6. Macbeth
  7. Hamlet
  8. King Lear
  9. Othello
  10. Anthony and Cleopatra
  11. Cymbeline

They can be found, along with the poetry, in William Shakespeare: The Complete Works, edited by Gary Taylor and Stanley Wells (Oxford University Press, 1986). Editions of individual plays are available in the New Penguin Shakespeare series. #