Speed Math Tip: Multiplying by 11

Mathematics has always fascinated me and I’m avid collector of Math tricks and techniques. So I’m delighted to have found out that there are lots and lots of them in YouTube.

Here’s one I found. I’ve actually learned this way back in secondary school but have since forgotten. Having viewed the video from YouTube made me recall it fully and immediately.

Here it is:

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Book for sale: Fast Lane: 50+ Years of Motor Sports in the Philippines

TO ALL the motor sports enthusiasts and/or book collectors out there. I just found about half a dozen pieces of the FAST LANE coffee-table book published by the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) in 2005. The books are practically “new” and in perfect condition.

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Front Cover of FAST LANE

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Who is Gertrude of Arabia?

Who is Gertrude of Arabia?

HAVE YOU heard of Gertrude of Arabia? We’ve probably all heard of Lawrence, but Gertrude? I’m not surprised if you haven’t heard of her because I also did not know anything about her until recently.

She’s supposed to be  the woman who literally invented Iraq. How’s that? Read more

Extreme Family Adventures in the Sand Dunes of Laoag (video)

Extreme Family Adventures in the Sand Dunes of Laoag (video)

LAOAG CITY. MAY 2, 2014. – It’s the second and last day of our Ilocos family road trip. We just visited the bell tower ruins of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. Our next stop in our very busy itinerary for the day: the sand dunes of La Paz in Laoag City.

We arrived in the sand dunes of Laoag City around 1:00PM. Not the ideal time to do any of the activities waiting for us in the sand dunes. We know that all too well but we really did not have much choice. That was the only available time for us to visit the place.

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Highest Zipline in Southeast Asia

Highest Zipline in Southeast Asia

DURING OUR family’s visit to General Santos City and South Cotabato last month (May 24-25) we got to visit the famous Seven Falls of Lake Sebu, courtesy of our good friends: Kuya Bob Gerada and the still honeymooning couple, Ryan and Liezel Briones.

Marielle and Nikka as they are about to take off in tandem.
Marielle and Nikka as they are about to take off in tandem.

Needless to say, Marielle (almost 11 yo) and Johan (9 yo) were ecstatic to find out that another zipline adventure awaited them in Lake Sebu.

And this is no ordinary zipline for two important reasons: Read more

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.

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“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