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Mt. Timbak - Scaling the third-highest Peak in Luzon

Scaling Mount Timbak was really such a great experience! Meeting with new folks, be inspired by the locals, sharing insights and laughing over silly jokes with the Conqueror Outdoor Club it was indeed a meaningful and fun experience that I will treasure forever.

Cagbalete Island Experience - Php 1,200 Cheapest Budget Ever!

Glad our CAGBALETE ISLAND Trip was a success. Thanks to Ms. Tess of Villa Cleofas who answered all of my inquiries and to Josiah Sicad of Lakas Trip. I'm glad that I stumbled upon his blog for this made our journey possible in the cheapest way.

Calaguas Island - Beach Bum's Paradise

What I love in Calaguas Island is its shimmering grains of powder-white sand and its awesome turquoise waters. No doubt, these make me want to go back again!

Dare to Climb a Mountain?

We face a lot of challenges everyday of our lives. Some are easy to handle while some may seem too much for us to take. And as I gradually became fond of climbing lately I realized that Life is.. Life is also a mountain to climb!

From Religiosity to Relationship

I was very sincere in seeking God. But I also saw the reality that my religiosity in church did not carry over to my life at home. I got angry at my nieces and pinched them whenever they touched my things, gave my mom, my ate, a weeks/ or month of silent treatment in rebellion to their strictness, spent hours devouring novels and giving way to my imaginations. I was selfish and self-centered.

Monday, January 30, 2012

IE9 to begin Automatic Updating Across Vista, W7, and XP

Microsoft Automatic Updates to IE9 appears to be that most people don't seem to be aware of. For Microsoft doesn't market the updates extensively. Microsoft will start to update itself automatically to the latest version starting in January.

The initial automatic updates is said to begin in January 2012 for customers in Australia & Brazil who have turned on automatic updating via Windows update. They will see the auto-updating first if the feature is turned on in Windows Update. It also said that Automatic Updates will start in Korea on February.

A rollout schedule in the US and some territories is unknown at this point, but Microsoft's Ryan Gavin said in a company blog that, like the release of IE9 earlier this year, Microsoft will take a measured approach, scaling up over time. Microsoft's first priority is to get customers using older versions of Internet Explorer forcibly updated to the latest stable build. This is also to make the web safer for personal and commercial usage: 
“We want to make updating to the best protection possible as fast and simple as we can for Windows customers. IE is how millions of Windows customers connect to the Web, so keeping that part of Windows updated at all times is critical to keeping them safe online. With automatic updates enabled through Windows Update, customers can receive IE9 and future versions of Internet Explorer seamlessly without any “update fatigue” issues. ” 
However, Businesses and individuals that don't want the upgrade, will still have the control. Microsoft provides automatic update blocker kits for IE8 and IE9. The Blocker Toolkit helps ensure that IE9 is introduced to PCs at the right time. Microsoft says customers who have declined previous installations of IE8 or IE9 through Windows Update will not be automatically updated.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I feel half of the number

Today marks another year of my existence on earth.  I'm 26! But feel half of the number!  Whoo whooo! 2011 has been tough for me and though some things does not go my way, I've realized and it's just so amazing that things always end up to be just what would keep me happy and contented.

Yes it has been another year of pruning time for me. I treasure everything I’ve learned and continuously discovering that despite all our differences, personality, mood-swings :p, culture, color, economic status,  religion, we have two important things in common: faith and love.

I feel blessed and very grateful. Salamat sa lahat ng mga blessings Lord! :D

Meet my tatay & nanay.. :)

Cheers to another year of blessings!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Short Take on SOPA & PIPA Bill

I was supposed to finished my research task today but it seems that I will not be able to do that since most of the websites where I can get  the information I need are blacked out. And yes, including Wordpress.org.

This is in line with the protest against proposed US anti-piracy law.  The proposed legislation is to Stop Online Piracy Act aka (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act aka (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate.

I believe that we don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to take charge here. As an everyday internet user we also have to speaks out about this internet censorship. With that I do also signed the online petition.

Here's my short take on this proposed bill:

SOPA & PIPA Bill is intended to protect against online piracy by granting broad new powers to the U.S. Government when it comes to blocking access to sites that deliver pirated content. Yep it all sounds good. But if this bill gets passed Social Media sharing will also be limited as users might not be able to upload and share images, videos, clips, or any type of copyrighted content WITHOUT permission. In the long run, this bill would be a great way for Governtment and Corporation to control the information that reaches us.

Although the bills' drafters says that the laws aren’t intended to be used that way, it's just hard to think that it is NOT impossible to happen. Its just scary though that many of us only hear about important things/ news because someone shares a link or a video on facebook, twitter or some other social media sites and these stories are often shared by someone who stumbled across an article on one of the thousands of websites which could  be stand in danger of being banned, if one of these bills gets passed.

It makes me sad to think that if our ability to share and spread information is limited, chances are many of these important issues will go unnoticed by majority and spreading information about these other causes, as well as discussing and protesting them will become far more difficult.

Yes it would really be nice to stop Piracy, but please, NOT our Liberty.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Today's Challenge: One Week Facebook Blackout

This is the first part of a little challenge I've set myself for 2012. I've challenged myself to quit facebook for just a week. To discontinue sharing content and stories with my friends and to be no longer updated on whats happening on my news feed somehow terrifies me but I guess this is even bigger sign that I should try it.

I've realized that Facebook really takes up a good chunk of my day. The past few weeks I've wasted so much hours of good time on Facebook. Even when I'd started doing productive work, I kept shifting back to Facebook and wasting more of my time. And I'm not that strong to resist temptation on my own so to stop this overcoming Facebook addiction I had to personally blocked my access to Facebook. (Ofcourse I can bring it back but I have to deliberately unblock the site first)

The concept of doing this freak me out, its a torture for me, really! But I know it needs to happen. And I have to. First for me to accomplish more in my work in less time, second to take some time to be "still", third to prove to myself that I could still comfortably live without Facebook and lastly to overcome this kind of temptations.

Yes! Its a challenge for me. I have blocked my access already just today but will officially marked my calendar on the 6th of January that's friday 'til January 11 for a week of Facebook blackout. Wish me luck! Will keep you posted on my progress by next week!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

New Year's Eve with a Twist

We had a simple New Year's Eve Celebration at home. We did not play too much loud music inside
our house for my sis-in-law who's also residing in the compound cranked up their amplifiers to an ear-deafening level.
Crescent Moon
crescent moon

Living another year in good health and having family and friends around me for love and support is really something to be thankful and grateful for and makes my new year's eve special! What's new? I help my mom in the kitchen and for a change I prepared my own sweets - Pandan Gelatin Graham! Yum! We prepared different dish at this time. If we're used to  kaldereta, menudo, pancit canton, bbq for the media noche glad that my bro-in-law cook something new for this evening. He servedup, cordon bleu, sisig, tbone, while mom instead of pancit canton prepared creamy fettuccine carbonara.  Trying something new takes effort. You often feel uneasy about it but once it turns out well, it's rewarding!

11:50 Fireworks and loud music filled the air. We enjoy watching different fireworks on heaven at their best! The undaunted crescent moon brings me a sense of calmness and appreciation of all my blessings of the past year.

It seems that most of us don't like to get dressed up though we make sure everyone's wearing red when new year comes. I dunno why but my family is used to it. Or maybe since RED is popular felt the color of blood and fire and it represents life and vitality and it supposed to bring the wearer good luck? I just don't know.

We used to burst firecrackers on this day but now we do a 'lil fireworks and we just light up a lantern instead. We make a wish as we watched the lantern float away, letting it go to the sky  as our brand new year unfolds. Cheers!

Happy New Year Peeps! Have a great one!

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