Sunday, February 28, 2010

What's Happening with 2PM and Hottests? Words of a Fangirl

What I’ve been reading about 2PM, Jay, and the conference yesterday is really driving me crazy. Especially when photos of 2PM members probably intoxicated and a photo of Junsu with Waii. Should they really resort to this just to get Jay back to 2PM??

I’m a big fan of 2PM and I too want Jaebum back in the group but I would never, ever neglect the feelings and the lives of the other 6 members just because I want Jay back. We have to remember that no matter how devoted we are to our idols, we are just fans. We don’t know them personally. We may be the ones who supports them morally and financially but we cannot dictate them what to do or feel. They have their own lives too. They have feelings too. Just because they are media icons doesn’t mean that they are obliged to make us happy all the time. Again, they have their own lives too, to attend to. I am just a fan and my only role is to support them whatever they want to do and wherever they want to go. I have a voice and a right to let this voice be heard by my idols and their management but it doesn’t mean that it is an assurance that they will listen to me. No matter how many people I drag who have same feelings as mine to voice out my disagreement to their decision, that doesn’t give me the right to change their decision. It will be up to them if they will listen or not. And whichever way they choose they are going to face the consequences too (since they’re people too like you and me) and I believe they are considering theirselves, their family, their management, their dreams too aside from their fans’ voices.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Another Big Earthquake in Chile and Tsunami Warnings

Yesterday, Saturday, 3 something in the morning, an 8.8 magnitude quake shocked Chile. At least 214 were killed due to the earthquake and the resulting tsunami. There were also at least 33 aftershocks felt in Chile and the countries in the Pacific are on alert for possible tsunamis to hit the shorelines facing the Pacific. Actually, during this time, people in Davao Oriental, Surigao, and some places in Eastern Mindanao are experiencing unusual big waves hitting their shores. Although the tsunami alerts have been cancelled in Hawaii and the rest of the Pacific countries except for Japan and Russia, the Philippines is still on Alert No. 2. Which means that people should be ready to be evacuated anytime.

I'm really worried. I hope the government are already taking the necessary preparations for the possible evacuation and rescue in case tsunamis will hit the country. After having battled 2 super typhoons last year, and losing a lot of our fellowmen, houses, and means of livelihood, the Philippines haven't fully recovered yet and if we will face a tsunami situation now, at the height of El Niño and power shortage in the country, it will be very hard for us. So I keep praying for the safety of the Philippines and for the people who are affected by the earthquake to have strength to face this difficult time.

So far, there were no Filipinos reported to be missing or affected by the earthquake in Chile. A lot of Filipinos are all over the world, so I hope there really is no Filipino trapped somewhere there or needs help. During the Haiti quake many Filipinos were affected. I pray that missing people in Chile will be safe too.

On another note, I'm really wondering how they track missing persons during calamities like this or like the Haiti quake. I mean searching for a lot of names of people and making sure if they are safe is really hard. I hope they using a good technology in handling their searches like the Names Browser. For example, if I want to search for an Anna Kim I can find her email address and then I can contact her.

A lot of us might be reminded of the movie 2012. I'm also afraid, truthfully, but it's still 2010 it's still so early. But kidding aside, I think this is really because of the earth getting old, tectonic plates moving, and the environment getting devastated by man, and climate change. Maybe some people might be thinking that God is already punishing us or Mother Nature is punishing us. What do you think? Are we already facing the consequences of our reckless actions and abuse of our Earth, our only home planet?

Let's just all pray for the world and for the safety of everyone and help each other in this calamity.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Writing About Writing

The reason why I started blogging was to express my sentimental feelings which I can't directly show to the people subject to my posts. Yep. Before, I was the writing-because-I'm-emo girl. Then it became a habit that whenever I feel so happy, or feel so bad, or feel so bored, I write an entry. I then realized that the posts are getting longer and longer. Thanks to my English subjects in college who always required us to write movie, concert, play, and story reviews and critical essays, I began to love writing (unknowingly that is.. i just wanted to write and write then). Then I realized, I wanted to write more and when I realized my posts aren't so bad (I have a potential! hahaha!). So, when I wrote again, I made blogging as a tool for me to practice writing (and English grammar of course), thus I made this blog(and my wordpress blog).

Sometimes I write a lot of posts in a month, sometimes, I don't because I'm busy at school or I just can't find the words to describe how I feel, or I just don't feel like writing. That I-just-don't-feel-like-writing phase is dangerous because that drift away from expressing your thoughts to words can either make you more creative or eventually make you lose interest in writing again. Yeah. I've been through this phase countless of times, hence, the very long periods of no posts in this blog before, and the several blogs I made that I just deleted because of inactivity (and also because of me being really forgetful of my passwords and usernames). Even though I have been writing more frequently now, I really think that my writing skills have deteriorated a bit. I miss the times when I could write critically about certain subjects. Is it because I have been turning away from writing emo posts? haha. Or did I just became lazy to think more deeply? I don't know.. I just want to write better so I need to practice even more.

I actually want to attend a writing class or a lecture on writing. I know I've been writing in my diary, the pages of my Math notebook, my blogs, for almost 8 or 7 years now (i started blogging 7 years ago in my Friendster account), but my improvement isn't that good and my progress is really slow but I can somehow say that blogging helped me a lot in improving. When I was in elementary, we were never taught how to write a composition with structure and I only knew very basic English. When I reached highschool, I was surprised how my classmates who came from private schools could write really deep compositions. I hate reading novels too and the only English TV shows I watch are MTV shows. I really embarrassed of my writing skills that time and started reading magazines and the broadsheets (I just can't handle thick novels with no pictures. But I love encyclopedias. hehe) so I won't get left behind in case we will recite our compositions in front of the class. I really wanted to write better and the only way for that to happen was to expand my vocabulary so ditching the books, I spend the boring afternoons at school reading fashion and teen magazines and newspapers. Haha! I also started to indulge myself in English movies and shows. Then I(and my papers) saw some improvements over time. Forgive the bragging but I'm really proud of how my highschool really trained me. When I first heard my classmates' compositions, I didn't want to read mine because of embarrassment. I'm not ashamed that I came from a barrio public school but compared to the rest of my classmates, the ones I learned in elementary didn't really make me that competitive. And if I still studied at the barrio highschool, I don't think I can write better than how I can write today. But as I have said, I feel like I'm not pushing to the limits now and just sticking to mediocre and plain posts(so sad..).

So being in a formal writing class is definitely a dream come true for me. I know I might get a bit of a rough start again but I really want to learn. If I could only turn back time, and if I only discovered earlier, I would surely be in the College of Arts and Social Sciences today. hahaha! But practically, being in IT is a great advantage for me to reach those dreams someday. For now I must practice writing more and also study IT as a stepping stone for my dreams.

I actually can't wait for summer to come so I can have more time watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, read magazines and articles and news in the internet, and just gather inspiration to write. But I really hope I won't get too immersed with the wonderful feeling of getting away from school works that I won't have time to write. I hope.. I also want to get away from the Internet, TV, and my usual life here and stay in my dad's province for at least 2 weeks. I just feel like I need to be away for awhile to think, and relax, and reassess my life goals and what I've done this past school year.

Things to focus on for improvement especially for my serious posts? Structure, cohesiveness, and getting deeper ideas about a subject, and also my grammar. haha! I also realized today that I need to bring a notebook and pen with me always. Because I really had a good idea for a post this morning when I was at the bathroom and now I can't remember it. Ideas can swoosh in just split of a second and I don't have a very good brain to remember them all.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thinking About Ecommerce

Well, I don't have an eCommerce subject today but some of my classmates are taking up the subject so I also get to hear a lot of comments about it. For their project, they are to choose a client, a business enterprise, that wants to expand into online selling, then they make a website for that client, and if they're lucky enough that their client likes the website, they're going to get some money from their project should the client decide to buy it. I think most of the subjects on this supposed-to-be-last-semester are all business related. We also have Information Resource Management which I also consider to be business-related because it involves using Information Technology for good decision-making of companies. We have an Entrepreneurship subject too. So I guess our 4th year is a preparation for us going into business after graduating.

Well eCommerce is not really just for those who have studied and mastered IT. Anybody can research about it and self-study its concepts and how to build an eCommerce site. Basing on how the students who are taking up the subject give comments about it, they seem to have no problem learning eCommerce so I guess it's not that difficult. So since I'm not graduating yet, I'm thinking of studying it, and practicing how to build eCommerce sites, look for a good ecommerce web hosting, and hopefully, if my business-minded friends would like it, then I'm going to sell it to them. But I'm also thinking of going into business myself so I think I have to make myself an eCommerce website first. Of course an ecommerce web hosting is an important thing to consider since I wouldn't want to risk the security of the business and the customers of the site for having an ineffective webhost.

I've been really into baking these days so can selling home-made cookies be a viable business? I can see a lot of people who are selling pre-owned clothes over social networking sites too. I think they could be good clients.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Glee Addiction

This series is one of a kind! Glee is a very popular musical comedy-drama series in America. I always see it on trending topics in Twitter last year so I thought it must really be good. Fortunately, StarWorld started to air it here too so I tried to watch the first episode and I was instantly hooked. It's just like Highschool Musical but way, way much better. It has more mature characters, better storyline, and exceptional cast. The series is about a highschool glee club organized by a highschool Spanish teacher who wants to restore the glee club to its former glory. It's about highschool life, teachers, bullies, clubs or school organizations, family, and life. It's a story we can all relate too. And another thing to note about this series, it's a musical series! The first in American television I think to have a musical in a TV series. Plus the songs and the singers/cast are really amazing. After I watched the first episode, I immediately searched for the OST in the MP3 Search Engine. Good thing it's available there so I could listen to the songs of Glee everyday. If you want to listen to some of the songs, I recommend the main theme Don't Stop Believin', Rehab, and Take a Bow. If you don't know where to get these songs, for sure they're at MP3 Search Engine.

PS. I'll post a longer review about Glee after I finish watching the first season. :)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Chinese New Year!

Kong Hei Fat Choi everyone! Saehae bok manhi badeuseyo!새해 복 많이 바드세요! I hope everyone will receive loads of good luck for the year of the Tiger!

We don't really celebrate Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year here at home since we are not Chinese and we don't have Chinese blood. (Well actually. I think all Filipinos have a mixture of Chinese blood in them because of close ties of China and Philippines in the past. In fact my great grandpa looks Chinese a little bit. But we only have infinitisemal Chinese blood so we don't celebrate. ㅋㅋ) So to everyone who celebrates Chinese New Year, Happy New Year to you all may we all be lucky in this new year.

And coincidentally, the Chinese New Year this year falls on the 14th of February which means it's also Valentines Day so Happy Valentines Day to all of us! :) It's my 20th year of being single on a Valentine's Day but it's okay. I'm still happy coz my V-day is always spent with either my family or my closest friends. Seeing a lot of couples on a date on the 14th makes me remember my first valentine's date. It's one of the funniest highschool memories I have but at that time I was so happy. lol. That was young love. Now Valentine's Day for me is just another ordinary day. Blah. My classmate is right. Nothing is special in this day. People are just making it big because businessmen can make a lot of money during this season. Come to think of it how many hotels, restos, and flower shops are jampacked with orders and reservations right now? hahaha! But then again, those lines are for the singles who are bitter that they won't have dates on V-day. I'm not bitter. ㅋㅋ So to all who are in love, were once in love, loved, and are loving someone (significant other or family or self, or friends), Happy Valentine's Day to all of us. ♥♥♥

I have no plans in celebrating Valentines Day nor getting out of the house and watch the city be filled with couples wearing red and oozing with sweetness. My friends and I even joke around that we should take lots of sleeping pills on the 13th enough for us to skip the 14th and wake up on February 15. lol. But fortunately, I'll be celebrating V-day with my sisters and my brother's family. It's my niece's Christening tomorrow and we were invited to join their celebration so yeah I finally have an appointment on V-day. hahaha!

Links of London Jewelries

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. But who says V-day is just for couples? It can be celebrated with friends and families too. Some give their loved ones a bunch of flowers or chocolates on a date or a Valentine's card or a gift. I'm not really used to giving gifts during Valentine's since in my family, we are not really accustomed to celebrating Valentine's day. But this year is different, after many years of just giving out Valentine's letters to friends and my parents, I want to give gifts for a change. Movie treats were the first thing I thought I can give for my friends since a new movie from my favorite Filipino love team is coming up and of course the movie Valentine's Day is also coming up. But I thought a simple yet elegant jewelry piece would be more memorable and meaningful.

Links of London

So I looked for nice gifts which are not too pricy and luckily, I found the website of Links of London Jewelry. They actually have everything we're looking for for gifts to be given to our loved ones on Hearts Day. From necklace, earings, bracelets, rings, charms, watches and other accessories to the friendship bands, they all have it. If you are looking for a genuine and authentic jewelry made in UK to give to someone (not just on Valentines Day of course) Links of London is definitely a good place for you.

Links of London Jewelry include:
 - Links of London Charms, where you can find charms for your personalized bracelets for as low as £ 12.99;
 - Links of London Earrings which  are just really beautiful;
 - Links of London Rings where you can find nice rings for yourself or for you and your partner to wear;
 - Links of London Bracelets which are made of Sterling Silver and some are even gold-plated;
 - Links of London Accessories they have key rings and cuff;
 - Links of London Watches their watches are great;
 - Links of London Sweetie for gift ideas to give for you sweetie; and
 - Links of London Friendship where you can find the perfect bracelets to represent your friendship.

This is really good news for internet people out there who are so grossed with the web that they don't have time to go to shops anymore to look for beautiful jewelries for gifts for affordable prices. In elinkslondon, you can find the nice pieces of jewelries you want which are surely genuine and for low prices. The even greater news is that they are currently on sale for their 2009 jewelry items so it's such a perfect time to shop for jewelries.  

So basically, to purchase an item, you have to make an account, add your favorite jewelry items to cart, pay for the item and the shipping, and wait for just a few days until you receive it. For your payments, Links of London accepts payment via credit card. After you pay, your items will be shipped to you after 12-48 hours of your transaction. What's even good is that you can track your shipment online. Their shipment fee is per order so it doesn't matter how many items you order, you will not have to pay additional shipping fee for more items. I love it that they make it so easy and convenient for online shoppers to buy. 

I'm actually looking at this cute friendship bracelet and thinking it will be a good buy for my bestfriends. So have you chosen the gift you want to send yet? Or maybe the jewelries you want to ask from your parents, friends, or partner? You might want to take a look on their collection of Links of London Rings and you'll surely find something interesting for yourself, for your friends, and your loved ones. And what's more sweet than for each of you in your clique to have a friendship bracelet to represent the many years, troubles, and fun moments you've shared together? The Links of London Bracelets are definitely one of the best gifts for your friends. 

So be it for yourself, or for your loved ones, isn't it good to know that getting a good piece of genuine and authentic jewelry made in United Kingdom in such an affordable price is so easy? You just have to choose from a wide variety of beautiful jewelry in their online shop, add them to cart, pay, and wait for your shipment to arrive. I am looking forward to shop in Links of London.