Tuesday, December 2, 2008

in memory of Yzabel's DAD

(in commemorating his 2nd death anniversary on the 10th of December)

there goes a line that.."lucky is the man who was the first love of a woman, but luckier is the woman who was the last love of a man..."


HANGANG by Wency Cornejo is our love song..we'll atleast for a period of time that we we're together..

our love story begins when i became so addicted to chatting...and that when my previous boyfriend and i are at wavy/rocky situation..

i met this man named Zeus, at the internet, or should i say through the internet...he's from manila and i am from palawan..we we're just friends...we regularly talked..and chat through mIRC and Yahoo Msger.

we we're close friends...he would tell me all those girls na naka-fling nya dahil sa chat..mga babaeng naka-sex nya...mga babaeng na sya ang nakauna...in short mga babaeng sinaktan nya..early 2004 yun..and then...i was having trouble in my law school at the province...at the same time having a family dispute over some fortune my aunt won, we decided na d2 na sa manila mag-transfer..for me to relax and be less stressed..

but prior to that, there was this promo made by globe...yung unlimited call and text for all globe subscribers..and i availed one..that time i was trying to reach out on my ex-boyfriend...Ralph..who was an engineer...kamukha sya actually ni John Estrada. hehehe so, i tried patching up things with him,but he was just ignoring me..or should i say he taken me for granted....his alibi was busy daw sya sa pagaasikaso sa mga requirements nya for work..but i was sick and tired of all those alibis...ako n nga tumatawag sa knya wala pa din effect..

so, one night, i decided to browse my celphone..hanap ng globe number na pdeng matawagan..and then there was Zeus' number...ayun...sya tinawagan ko..usap usap..kwento kwento..
that was march 2005..mga panahon na yun nagkakagulo na kami ni ralph..and right after our anniversary, we cooled off..but was never reconciled..ayun..dun na nman nagsimula ang kwentuhan nmin ni zeus..one night after my gimik with my fellow law students in palawan..i was tipsy...well hindi tipsy...bangenge tlaga sa kalasingan..and kausap ko sa cel si zeus..as in pinagtyagaan nya akong kausapin,,,pakingan..nilambing nya ako..(simula pala march 19, 2005 til the end the promo kausap ko 24/7 si zeus sa phone...Lobat lang katapat naming dalawa...cguro we are meant to be that way.)that night after the gimik...i went home late na...cguro mga 2am...still kausap pa din nya ako...that night was the turning point of everything...along the way that we talked...we did something that we bith enjoyed..hehehe (censored na sya)...

the following morning, everything was different..Zeus started calling me sweetie...started saying iloveyou...and he started saying that he cares...and ayun...dun nagsimula relationship nmin...starting then on..i fell inlove...with him..and on the 1day of april that year we commit into a relationship...seryosohan...so...ayun,,,we planned of meeting in manila pagbakasyon ko...and it happened...

the very first time i saw him in person, i knew right then and there he is the one.he was working pa dati sa LTO españa, sa may blumentritt..so..after office nya...april14 2005, we met...pumunta pa sya ng valenzuela city to meet me..nagkita kami sa tapat ng General Hospital ng Valenzuela..we talked...we walked...holding hands...along sa karuhatan road palabas ng mc arthur highway...then the night was to end na...hindi alam ng mga kasama ko sa haus kung san ako pumunta kaya we have to get home na..and the fact na hindi alam sa amin na sya ang bf ko..hehehe..so ayun..we said good nights...with a very sweet kiss on the lips..damn!that was really nice!!the scenario...sa harap ng madaming tao sa tapat ng hospital we kissed...

then after that...he brought me to his house here in manila...i met his father...his cousins..and his first born child...
after all those things..andaming revelations..he was separated woth the mother of his child...ayun...april 19...i gave him my all..my everything...and we we're ok from then on..a few more months and then i got pregnant...ayaw ng family ko sa knya..kasi college undergraduate sya..and ako lang nakaka-alam na medyo babaero pa din sya...bawal kami magkita during the whole time na buntis ako...but we see each other pa din...like when i go to school..we meet...tinatakasan ko chaperon ko just to see him..heto pa...ako ang buntis pero ako pa nagbibigay sa knaya ng pera...i mean he asked..ewan ko kung san nya ginagamit...but still binibigyan ko..

dec 20 2005 i was operated because of ovarian cyst...hindi sya pumunta..dahil sa takot nya sa parents ko at sa auntie ko..kaya my parents proved that he is not that responsible...lalo silang nagalit...but he kept on texting me na he loves me...na he wanted to see me...but lots of fears...na i should always listen to the song na HANGANG kasi para sken daw yung song na yun...
and ako nman si gaga ayun..i kept on listening to  that song...

until i gave birth..may 3, 2006..he went nung may 4 na...to sign the Birth cert nung baby...named mikyla yzabel..dami pa din complications...my paretns are still mad at him lalo na yung aunt ko na tumutulong magpapa-aral sken..

until on the 16th of may...he went at our house...brought some stuff for his daughter...milk diaper...diaper bag...everything...intense yung moment...galit pa parents ko eh..as in ayun..we were both nasermunan..but after an hour of sermon, interrogation nman..kasi it was the very first time na makaharap sya ng parents ko...tanong tanong...every thing about him...about his older kiddo..about what is his plans for us...ayun...nagkaliwanagan nman..i can see fear in his eyes..pero am proud of him...hinarap nya yun despite of all the fears...and then...after that...smooth na lahat...
yzabel was being accepted by his family...everybody loves her..as in REALLY REALLY LOVES HER..1 month old na sya hindi pa alam ng parents ni ZEUS na she exists...wala sa pamilya nya nakakaalam..kundi yung 3 cousins nya..na super close sa knya..but they kept the secret from his parents..
his mom..mama litz was so surprised when she heard the news..actually somebody texted her daw about me giving birth to an angel..so after days of knowing...they visited me and yzabel sa haus..the whole family (except pala sa youngest sister ni zeus kasi working sya)of which may i say 3 lang silang magkakapatid...panganay si zeus...only boy pa..kasama pumunta sa haus yung panganay nyang anak..vince thought na pinsan lang nya si yzabel..hehehe lahat smooth tlaga...happy kami ni zeus..super..with him and the baby..i know i am whole na..i am complete...
until sa bininyagan ang baby namin nung september 3 the same year...2 weeks prior the binyag nagreklamo na sya saken na nahihirapan sya sa ubo nya...na kahit anong inum nya ng mga gamot walang epekto sa knya...after the binyag, i advised him na magpacheck up sya...and ayun...it was later on diagnosed na meron syang enlargement of the heart..my mom was skeptical pa nga kasi sabi nya baka me tama na liver ni zeus..kasi lakas uminum dati...baka me hepa.but theer was no showing of that pa...he was admitted one week in a hospital MANILA DOCTORS..after that, labas na sya....but still he keeps on complaining na wala pa din difference..in ocotber one week n nman sya sa chinese gen. hospital.. after thst admission, he took a therapy for his heart..cardio therapy..twice a week...mama lita paid too much for that...pero he said wala pa din effect..so maintenance nlang ng gamot gawa nya..
until this event na tlagang nagpalala sa situation nya..his aunt died last week of november..merong sabi sabi na nakulam daw si nanay lydia kaya nmatay ng biglaan..so pati sya nadamay na sa sabi sabi na yun..na kesyo pati sya nakulam na din...so ayun...his mind was being crumpled with this issue...fears folds his mind..wwe are not living together, weekends lang kami lagi nagkakasama ng buo kami...kasi i am schooling pa din...ayun...pag may chance we grab the opportunity na magkasama kahit hindi weekeends..during the wake of his anut...he made all those kinds of lambing...na hindi ko sukat akalaing mga huling lambing nya sken...

andami nyang habilin about yzabel..about the siblings...he want them to grow together..no matter what...he keep on saying that he loves me very much...yung song na hangang...simula nung nagbuntis ako until his very last moment sinasabi nya sken...

after mailibing ng aunt nya...actually cremated pala..the last time i evr spoke to him was nung pumunta kami sa albularyo...para ipagamot sya...that night bfore kami maghiwalay..he kissed me goodnight...and he said i love you mi!

sa text..an sabi lang nya...everything will be alright.. i love you mommy..

dec10, his sister texted me, telling me na asa hospital daw sila..so i thought it was just a simple check up on a sunday morning...but she said zeus was on coma daw..hindi na gumising after long hours of sleep...nung gabi kasi galing daw ulit sila sa albularyo...ayun...i rushed to the chinese gen hospital..
that was the moment of my life na hindi ko alam if i will move or not..if i will breath or not..i saw him lying there..at the er..no life..no consciousness..his mom and sisters were crying then..i can't help myself but cry...the WHOLE ME fell into pieces again..the love of my life...unconscious without the chance of surviving...i want to shout..i am mad..i hate GOD! why me! why Zeus!?!?

ending...he died...me crying for 2 days...until i have accepted the fact that he is gone...i am so sad...depressed for the longest time...well i guess he just proven me the song HANGANG was really meant for me..

this is my story..my one great love...

para sa alaala ni Zeus B. Teves (loving son, father and "husband")

KidsAhoy BookFest Project: Happiness 2008

Start:     Dec 6, '08 10:00a
End:     Dec 6, '08 5:00p
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Thank God that it will start early.. i can stay there up to 4pm.. hehehehe

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

PABLO BANILA is Paolo Bantolo

for those who doesn't know any single thing about this guy.. please read!!


The Real Deal about Pablo Banila

By Bianca Consunji
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Last updated 01:03:00 11/15/2008

NO, he’s not a cyber-stalker. Or a group of psychology students doing a project. Or the government in disguise. Pablo Banila is a real person, but he’s not the crazy lowlife that people thought he was.

When the first Pablo Banila article came out in 2bU two weeks ago, we were swamped with hundreds of letters and blog comments from readers. The sentiments expressed in the mail were varied; they ranged from “Pablo Banila gives me the chills too,” to “He’s a psycho who not only views my Multiply site, but Friendster as well,” to “He’s actually a genius who was just misunderstood.”

Most of the readers were curious about his identity and wanted to know who he was, while a few thought an article about him was a waste of precious newspaper space. “Argh, you gave him more attention!” said a friend, wringing his hands. Another said, “Unbelievable, you made him famous! But in any case, he still gives off bad vibes and he’s still flooding my viewing history page with his gazillion accounts.” A blog reader was more blunt, saying, “Big deal. Slow news day?”

But in either case, Pablo Banila certainly caught your attention—and apparently, the article caught his too, because he e-mailed 2bU to give the real deal on his identity. He had explained his intentions in a UP Multiply blog at http://yoopee.multiply.com/journal/item/4805, but only a handful of internet users knew about it (compared to the millions of sites that he “visited”).

Pablo Banila—Paolo Bantolo in real life—has been called many names in the past couple of months, and a lot of them weren’t too nice. “Creepy” was the first thing that came to mind when Multiply and Friendster users first saw the avatar that showed a guy with matted chin-length hair and a sign that flashed, “Yes, Pablo Banila has a crush on you hahahaha! That’s why he viewed your homepage, cute nun!”

The reactions that the avatar elicited were interesting. Initially, people truly believed that the mysterious Pablo Banila had a crush on them, gender notwithstanding—until they visited his site and realized that they were duped.

“Before I opened up a guestbook, there were three general reactions from three kinds of people,” said Bantolo in an e-mail interview. “First, from the genuinely curious—people asking me if they do know me; in other words, people who did not bother reading my profile, the naked confession of everything I am.”

He added, “[The next were] from the genuinely infatuated—schoolgirls and baby boys telling me that I can be their boyfriend anytime! The rest were people with a sense of humor. Interestingly, most of my most passionate haters honestly believed that I had a crush on them until the grand opening of ‘Pablo Banila’s Never-ending Guestbook Party.’ [Then] they found out it wasn’t only them.”

The truth is, Pablo Banila never really visited every website where his avatar appeared—his bots did. An anonymous reader who identified himself as a retired hacker explained, “Pablo Banila actually is a programmer who uses a program called ‘web crawler.’ Web crawlers were originally used by search engines such as Google and Yahoo to automatically browse web pages on the internet. [This is done so they can] save the data on their database and make an index list of the web pages on the Internet.”

The reader added, “This is all done using a program. A program with a standard DSL connection can browse 10 sites every second, 600 sites every minute and 36,000 sites every hour—roughly 864,000 Multiply sites every day.”

Others who were already in the know admitted that he was a computer genius, if only slightly off his rocker. News that he came from top schools (Bantolo graduated from the Philippine Science High School and went on to study Computer Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman before transferring to New York University; he is currently a graduate student at California Riverside) only fueled the speculations about his being a crazy genius.

Others expressed their admiration and marveled at how he was able to pull off the scheme; others, like Multiply user “emocantbevanity” said, “He’s such a weirdo … why can’t he just get a life or something? Is he that much of a genius, that’s why he became a weirdo? Oh well, moral lesson—don’t be a genius and learn to socialize with other people so you wouldn’t become the country’s biggest weirdo!”

“I never thought of my viewing activity as stalking,” Bantolo said. “It was casual web surfing. What made the difference was my classic welcome message that penetrated the unawareness of the unspoken hope the viewing history promises in an avatar of a Lesbian in Shining Armor. I can honestly say that I wanted to meet new friends, and, ultimately, build a bridge of chance towards my one true love.”

According to Bantolo, he chose Multiply and Friendster “for the high demographic of Filipinos. And because I have not tried making new friends in other networks—but I will! Pretty soon!”

He added, “I wish I could click on millions of headshots for hours in a day, for that would’ve been like playing my favorite game, Counter-Strike; but that’s just impossible in my already inhumane schedule as a working student.”

And as for stalking—as soon as it was established that the only pages “Pablo Banila” visited were the homepages of the sites, which are essentially open to public viewing (as Multiply and Friendster have contacts-only lock options)—his viewing activities can hardly be counted as harassment.

Multiply user “agnestherese” said, “Pablo Banila is hardly a stalker. He only views homepages, not blogs or photos. I think that those who make such a big deal out of it, more specifically all the hate blogs, are self-centered or maybe just hurt when they found out that Pablo Banila has a crush on them … and everyone else.”

“Public domain is public domain,” Bantolo explained. “If they felt harassed in any way, it was because I kept exercising my right to view their public profile.” He further attributed the public’s fear and irritation to his “scarecrow headshot.”

He said, “People read about accusations, libel and death threats against me written on my guestbook. I am hated in exactly the same way other human beings discriminate against blacks, Muslims, and homosexuals.”

Bantolo added, “I performed the same routine using stereotypical images of innocence (young, attractive and female) at the same duration and received virtually no reaction.”

Actually, the entire issue is moot and academic, as “Pablo Banila” has already retired and given up his homepage-viewing days. But many users, unaware of what happened, remained in the dark for the past few weeks. As a final note, Bantolo quoted the California Penal Code’s definition of stalking:

Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses another person and makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety is guilty of the crime of stalking.

“Credible threat” means a verbal or written threat, including that performed through the use of an electronic communication device.

He clarified, “I am not making a ‘credible threat’ nor do I intend to ‘place any person in reasonable fear for his or her safety.’”

E-mail the author at biancaconsunji@yahoo.com


Friday, November 14, 2008

Paget's Disease (a re-post from miss Love Anover's Site)

REAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD AND PASS~~~

Paget's Disease: This is a rare form of breast cancer, and is on the outside of the breast, on the nipple and aureole. It appeared as a rash, which later became a lesion with a crusty outer edge. I would not have ever suspected it to be breast cancer but it was. My nipple never seemed any different to me, but the rash bothered me, so I went to the doctor for that. Sometimes, it itched and was sore, but other than that it didn't bother me. It was just ugly and a nuisance, and could not be cleared up with all the creams prescribed by my doctor and dermatologist for the dermatitis on my eyes just prior to this outbreak. They seemed a little concerned but did not warn me it could be cancerous.
Now, I suspect not many women out there know a lesion or rash on the nipple or aureole can be breastcancer. (Mine started out as a single red pimple on the aureole. One of the biGgest problems with Paget's disease of the nipple is that the symptoms appear to be harmless. It is frequently thought to be a skin inflammation or infection, leading to unfortunate delays in detection and care.)

What are the symptoms?

1. A persistent redness, oozing, and crusting of your nipple causing it to itch and burn (As I stated, mine did not itch or burn much, and had no oozing I was aware of, but it did have a crust along the outer edge on one side.)

2. A sore on your nipple that will not heal. (Mine was on the aureole area with a whitish thick looking area in center of nipple).

3. Usually only one nipple is effected. How is it diagnosed? Your doctor will do a physical exam and would suggest having a mammogram of both breasts, done immediately. Even though the redness, oozing and crusting closely resemble dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), your doctor should suspect cancer if the sore is only on one breast. Your doctor should order a biopsy of your sore to confirm what is going on.

This message should be taken seriously and passed on to as many of your relatives and friends as possible; it could save someone's life.

My breast cancer has spread and metastasized to my bones after receiving mega doses of chemotherapy, 28 treatments of radiation and taking Tamaxofin. If this had been diagnosed as breast cancer in the beginning, perhaps it would not have spread...

TO ALL READERS:

This is sad as women are not aware of Paget's disease. If, by passing this around on the e-mail, we can make others aware of it and its potential danger, we are helping women everywhere.

Please, if you can, take a moment to forward this message to as many people as possible, especially to your family and friends. It only takes a moment, yet the results could save a life.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

my story at Moms and Kids Mag November 2008 Issue

I have written a blog about my story of becoming a single parent. It was Christine who first informed me about this Magazine asking for "single moms/dads' stories".. At first i was hesitant.. I don't feel writing at all.. I don't have the passion that time to write.. I am not driven after all.. But then came the last day of submission, i was able to compose a good blog. Am not a good writer, not even gifted to be one.. But here's the good news, i got lucky it was included in the November issue of the Moms and Kids Magazine..

for those who doesn't know anything about me at all, here's the summarized story about how i became a single parent and why Mikyla Yzabel doesn't have her dad.
Hi Moms & Kids Magazine!!l
greetings in the name of our Lord.

I just happen to see your post at the multiply site aboout having a topic regarding single parenthood.
And i just got this feeling the want to share with you guys my story..a single parent by fate and not by choice.

im 24 when i got pregnant with my daughter. My boyfriend/lover was my online boyfriend. (We met at the internet,-mIRC).
our relationship went further beyond the cyber world. We met, we dated for a while and after sometime i got pregnant with my daughter.
my parents was not really in favor of him..he was unemployed that time,and actually during the whole nine months of pregnancy, we weren't able to see each other for i am being retrained to do so, parents are so mad that my father could kill if he saw him during those times..

but things have changed when yzabel was born. Zeus(my boyfriend) dared to visit us at home to see his daughter, not fearing what might happen if my father will see him.. but things went out just fine after they all talked..and from then on, things went on smoothly for us, for our "family" .. but then, hindi lahat ng oras eh masaya.. after yzabel was baptized, Zeus was hospitalized and was diagnosed with heart enlargement.. at first we all thought it's gonna be ok, but for some serious health problem, it got worse, and in no time December 2006 he died, 7 months after our daughter was born. i was at shock for about a month.. being a first time mom is not that easy much so being alone/single. School was not great for me then(for i am a law student and at the same time a mother).. it was really hard.. losing a lover, a partner and a friend all at the same time.. Hinanakit ko sa Diyos that time was, baket kung kelan pa OK na ang lahat lahat sa amin.. but God has purpose. although hard to accept, He knows best still..

it was really a tragedy for me. the worse thing i could ever imagined just had happened.. and brought me so many fears..questions like, what will i do with yzabel, ALONE? will i be a good mother and father all in one. How can i provide for her needs/wants. What will i tell her when she asks where's her daddy.. Things are easy for those couples who just separated, at the least parents are both alive and can be present at all important events of the child's life. Until now am jealous of those babies/kids with complete set of parents. they get to enjoy each parent's company..

as time goes by, nasanay na din ako na wala si Zeus sa tabi ko.. i was able to upbring yzabel with the help of both my parents and Zeus' parents. i was able to survive all the ups and downs of being a single mom.. and in fact, am so glad and so thankful that yzabel have been so sweet and nice and loving to me..she reminds me of her dad each time i look at her eyes.. she have grown so fast, she's healthy and smart. i thank God that despite of all those hardships and pain from the past He still gives me all the wonderful blessings.. i could not ask for more..

and now, am trying to make a living while studying.. i worked as a freelance photographer and i have a sideline online business that provides party needs.. thanks for the opportunity to look back again with a smile..


for the whole issue preview
click here!!



Included also in the mag were Sidney Castaneda, Ram Symon Orquiza,Mommy Rhederlee (mariam's mom) and Villestas Family.. hehehe sila lang medyo narecognize ko.. ^_^

Friday, November 7, 2008

CONTACT DELETION!

.. sorry if i have deleted you.. i just feel you're not really significant to be one of my contacts..

.. harsh na kung harsh.. but i want QUALITY and never the QUANTITY..

.. ayoko ng mga contacts na ni hindi ko nman tlaga kilala.. nor online store na hindi ko nman mapakinabangan in the future..

.. i also hate those nosey contacts.. makikisilip lang then good bye! i mean i don't need them in a way that am not learning anything from them..

.. ayoko sa dko kilala (personally or via the net)..

.. THIS IS FINAL. IF YOU LATER ON FOUND OUT NA YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE WHO GOT DELETED. PLEASE DON'T ADD ME UP AGAIN.. thanks!

Monday, October 20, 2008

pressure raised

... pasaway na si kapatid....


....pasaway pa ang mga papampam sa multiply... i wish lang alam nya pinagsasabi nya.. OO panget ang takes ko.. OO panget ang Post Processing ko..


....am a phographer by heart.. what i took is nice for my eyes.. i love it..kahit pa sa tingin ng iba eh di mabuti...

...i post photos here unang una to stock..then to share.. and the last to have some critics within my contacts..networks..or friends...

...honestly, i got pissed and my pressur went up when i read one of the comment..what really got me mad was the fact that the comment was not even connected to photography, to the technicalities of the post processing.. it's not even dark that it can be considered gross...

...Jose told me,na sana me variation yung isang album ko, regarding the model's poses.. oo, at one point mali ako dun.. kasi parang same position lang.. yung mga ganung comment sana ang inaasahan ko... hindi yung ewan...

...ryan also commented about my lighting... hahaha pasaway ako eh.. ayun epekto..

...denis said na walang emotions yung models sa isang photo... and he's right..


..these comments are what i need.. kasi i learned.. i am learning with the ideas they share...

...i love high contrasts.. and high saturation pleases my eyes..

..natuwa ako sa sinabi ni Michael na, kanya kanya kasi tayo ng diskarte sa pagPost Process eh.. we do waht fits out tastes.. kaya i did what i want to do with my photos.... yun nga lang hindi kagandahan sa paningin ng iba..


... learning process tlaga araw araw.. pero nakaka-high blood yung ganung comment na hello, dko manlang contact.. feeling close kung maka-comment..


...i just hope and wish na sya mismo eh hindi kelangan ng whitening... hahahaha

BP: 140/100 ayos!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Puerto Princesa’s Underground River tops 7 Wonders polls

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Subterranean River National Park, Puerto Princesa After dropping to the Top 20 last month, the Philippines’ four candidates for the New 7 Wonders of Nature are now showing a strong presence, landing on the top 11 in the live online ranking of 77 nominees from around the globe.

As of the latest count, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is at No. 1, Chocolate Hills of Bohol is at No. 4, closely followed by Tubbataha Reef at No. 5, and Mayon Volcano is at No. 11.

The New 7 Wonders of Nature is an ongoing campaign sponsored by the New 7 Wonders Foundation based in Switzerland. The same group initiated last year the New 7 Wonders of the World project, in which the seven new sites were officially chosen after a successful poll which posted 100 million international votes.


Chocolate Hills, Bohol “We are pleased with the current rankings. But as the finale draws near, we should be more persistent in urging Filipinos to vote and actively promote our candidates,” dsif Ace Durano, secretary of tourism.

Although the competition mandates that only one of the country’s nominees will be included in the official seven wonders, Durano said, having four strong candidates at this stage is a great boost for Philippine tourism.

“The whole world is tuned in to this competition. Even if only one of our candidates remains in the final seven, we have gained so much publicity for our country as a destination with diverse natural sites,” Durano said.


Tubbataha Reef, Palawan On the criteria for the nominees, Eduardo Jarque Jr., DoT undersecretary for planning and promotions said, “the nominees must meet one of the following criteria — it must be a natural site, a natural monument or a natural landscape.

The 21 New 7 Wonders of Nature candidates will be competing for the last time in the finalist stage that will run from 2009 to 2010. Each of the finalists will have a chance to be presented to global voters through the New 7 Wonders World Tour which will visit and document each of the 21 nominated sites.


Please, cast your votes now. Just click the link below..thanks..

http://www.new7wonders.com/classic/en/index/

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cafe Nori

Rating:★★★★★
Category:Restaurants
Cuisine: Japanese / Sushi
Location:Circon Building, Valencia Street, Puerto Princesa City
Café Nori is a Japanese inspired café with western touches is now open in Circon Building, Valencia St. Puerto Princesa City. Opens Mondays to Saturdays 8:00AM to 10:00PM and on Sundays, 11:00AM - 10:00PM.
It has wide food selection, from Japanese food to American, Italian and Filipino cuisine to let you enjoy your wide drink selection with a whole lot of food options at very affordable prices.
There is a lot of choices for everyone - the coffee drinker, the food lover, persons who would like to relax with a beer or two to go with their sushi and sashimi. With its variety of menu and feel-good and relaxed ambiance, Café Nori is indeed a one-stop dining experience in Puerto Princesa, perfect for casual get together.



PLEASE VISIT THIS SITE>>>http://nijartanaka.multiply.com/photos/album/12/12# to know more about the resto/cafe

TOP TEN LIES TOLD TO NAIVE ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS (APPLICABLE TO PHOTOGRAPHERS TOO)

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Top 10 Lies told to Naive Artists and Designers

Mark W. Lewis

(Also see Advice on Becoming a Professional Artist by Jeremy Sutton)
1 "Do this one cheap (or free) and we'll make it up on the next one."

No reputable business person would first give away their work and time or merchandise on the hope of making it up later. Can you imagine what a plumber would say if you said "come in, provide and install the sink for free and next time we'll make it up when we need a sink." You would be laughed at! Also the likelyhood is that if something important came along, they wouldn't use you.
2 "We never pay a cent until we see the final product."

This is a croc, unless the person is leaving the door open to cheat you out of your pay. Virtually every profession requres a deposit or incremental payment during anything but the smallest project. Once you have a working relationship, you may work out another arrangement with a client. But a new client should not ask you to go beyond an initial meeting and, perhaps some preliminary sketches without pay on the job!
3 "Do this for us and you'll get great exposure! The jobs will just pour in!"

Baloney. Tell a plumber "Install this sink and my friend will see and you'll get lots of business!" Our plumber friend would say "You mean even if I do a good job I have to give my work away to get noticed? Then it isn't worth the notice." Also the guy would likely brag to everyone he knows about how this would normally cost (X) dollars, but brilliant businessman that he is he got if for free! If anyone calls, they'll expect the same or better deal.
4 On looking at sketches or concepts: "Well, we aren't sure if we want to use you yet, but leave your material here so I can talk to my partner/investor/wife/clergy."

You can be sure that 15 minutes after you leave he will be on the phone to other designers, now with concepts in hand, asking for price quotes. When you call back you will be informed that your prices were too high and Joe Blow Design/Illustration will be doing the job. Why shouldn't they be cheaper? You just gave them hours of free consulting work! Until you have a deal, LEAVE NOTHING CREATIVE at the clients office.
5 "Well, the job isn't CANCELLED, just delayed. Keep the account open and we'll continue in a month or two."

Ummm, probably not. If something is hot, then not, it could be dead. It would be a mistake to *not* bill for work performed at this point and then let the chips fall where they may! Call in two months and someone else may be in that job. And guess what? They don't know you at all.....
6 "Contract? We don't need no stinking contact! Aren't we friends?"

Yes, we are, until something goes wrong or is misunderstood, then you are the jerk in the suit and I am that idiot designer, then the contract is essential. That is, unless one doesn't care about being paid. Any reputable business uses paperwork to define relationships and you should too.
7 "Send me a bill after the work goes to press."

Why wait for an irrelevant deadline to send an invoice? You stand behind your work, right? You are honest, right? Why would you feel bound to this deadline? Once you deliver the work and it is accepted, BILL IT. This point may just be a delaying tactic so the job goes through the printer prior to any question of your being paid. If the guy waits for the job to be printed, and you do changes as necessary, then he can stiff you and not take a chance that he'll have to pay someone else for changes.
8 "The last guy did it for XXX dollars."

That is irrelevant. If the last guy was so good they wouldn't be talking to you, now would they? And what that guy charged means nothing to you, really. People who charge too little for their time go out of business (or self-destruct financially, or change occupations) and then someone else has to step in. Set a fair price and stick to it.
9 "Our budget is XXX dollars, firm."

Amazing, isn't it? This guy goes out to buy a car, and what, knows exactly what he is going to spend before even looking or researching? Not likely. A certain amount of work costs a certain amount of money. If they have less money (and you *can*) do less work and still take the job. But make sure they understand that you are doing less work if you take less money that you originally estimated. Give fewer comps, simplify, let them go elsewhere for services (like films) etc.
10 "We are having financial problems. Give us the work, we'll make some money and we'll pay you. Simple."

Yeah, except when the money comes, you can expect that you will be pretty low on the list to be paid. If someone reaches the point where they admit that the company is in trouble, then they are probably much worse off than they are admitting to. Even then, are you a bank? Are you qualified to check out their financials? If the company is strapped to the point where credit is a problem through credit agencies, banks etc. what business would you have extending credit to them. You have exactly ZERO pull once they have the work. Noble intentions or not, this is probably a losing bet. But if you are going to roll the dice, AT LEAST you should be getting additional money for waiting. The bank gets interest and so should you. That is probably why the person is approaching you; to get six months worth of free interest instead of paying bank rates for credit and then paying you with that money. Don't give away money.

Now, this list wasn't meant to make anyone crazy or paranoid, but is designed to inject some reality into the fantasy.

You are GOING to be dealing with people who are unlike yourself. Their motivations are their own and their attitudes are probably different than yours. There are going to be demands, problems, issues and all the hassles that go with practically ANY work/job/money situation. Too many times I see the sad example of someone walking in to a situation with noble intentions and then getting royally screwed, because what they see as an opportunity and a labor of love, the other party sees as something else entirely, not at all romantic or idealized, but raw and simple.

How can you deal with this stuff and still do good creative work? Good question. THIS is why an education is important. You learn, out of the line of fire, how to deal with the art at it's own level and also how to deal with the crap that surrounds it. You may have tough teachers and think that it can't be worse, but wait until a business person has a hundred grand riding on your art! Then you will know what "demanding" means. You will then thank all those tough teachers for building up the calluses that enable you to enjoy the job rather than just feeling like it is all a big waste of time!

In the end, working commercially, being a terrific artist is about 25% of the task. If that is the only part of the task that you are interested in, do yourself a favor. Don't turn "pro."

(This also applies to photographers, for i have experienced these situations. Got this acticle in http://digitalphotographer.com.ph/forum/showthread.php?p=480037#post480037 posted by Ms. Harvey Chua.)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Yza's Shoeses

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Price:   150-350

These pairs are used only for a few times.. the PINK MARIO d'BORO boots was used only once..
ALL SIZES 25 (6 INCHES)
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