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  • Thanksgiving Party at White Ave.

    I'm so upset that Multiply is not working today.
    So, brace yourself for a

    PHOTO ALBUM...................................!






















    I'm not really into partying, but, three words: I had fun!

    Back to work now.

    Thanks-Giving!

    I don't really know what Thanksgiving is. I'm just aware that it's a very important US holiday; like Christmas in the Philippines.

    Anyway, I've been getting a lot of thanksgiving greetings from our customers since last week:



    I feel so "helpful". hehehe


    May isa, humirit pa:
    I wasn't sure if I gave a humorous response; the customer didn't answer. I assume he was already busy since we're able to resolve his issue. If you were me, how would you have answered that?

    Anyway, a US holiday is our holiday at the office too. We'll be in White Ave partying, tomorrow night.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Motherless Generation?

    Six years ago, my sister left the country to work abroad. That's first for our family, thus the adjustment was a little hard at first. Her then three year old daughter was so angry when she later on found out that her mom "left her". The first phone calls were tough; she didn't want to get near the phone.

    After years of waiting, my sister finally gained a Canadian citizenship and brought her family with her. I think it would be better for my niece, being a girl, to grow up with her mom.



    I was browsing a copy of Time magazine at National Bookstore yesterday, when i stumbled on this:


    It's an article about the increasing number of women, or Filipino mothers who are working as OCW's, leaving their kids behind.

    “Children with homes to call their own are also struggling. According to a new UNICEF study, Filipino teenagers with one or both parents abroad, though they do better in school and have more allowance money, said they felt they were worse off — particularly when it came to their future — than peers with both parents living at home. Past studies have also shown that children with mothers abroad report feeling less happy than those with fathers abroad. "One parent can a do good job, but that doesn't happen a lot," says Dr. Esperanza A. Icasas-Cabral, the Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. "The social cost is great." But no government data exists for tracking the social progress of migrants' children, and that, social workers say, is a problem when millions of kids are thought to be at high risk for early pregnancy, incest, drug abuse and depression. Manila police, for instance, say that children with parents overseas are more exposed to violent crime, particularly rape and physical assault. "There are no parents watching," says Manila Police Officer Dolores Villegas.”


    This reminds me of a friend whose parents are working abroad too. He was basically parentless for years, but never tried drugs nor has gotten into serious trouble. He has a sister, and they both finished college, without having to deal with issues like these. Although it is tough growing up without his parents around, he believes that their absence does not justify such actions.

    I never really experienced growing without a mother beside me, so I guess I have no right to either agree or disagree. I believe though that the presence of a parent is very important especially at the stage of puberty. We need their advice; things that make us feel loved. But do you think, family values can only be acquired at home, with a parent?

    My first Sony experience is with my Sony Walkman

    Walkman. It was the in-thing back in the early 90's. I was still in elementary then, and coming from a financially challenged family, I knew owning one is a luxury. It was one of those things that I perceived will remain stuck on my wish list, forever.

    I remember having lunch on our dining table one day, when my aunt who just arrived from abroad came to our house and managed to sneaked in, right there behind me without me noticing. She put something in my ears. It left me wondering for a moment, until I heard a music playing. It's a walkman earpiece. I felt excited but that quickly faded thinking that the walkman wasn't for me, I began to pay attention to her arrival instead. I haven't seen her for years, and I missed her.

    Of course, that walkman was her gift, a pasalubong, which I will never forget. I learned later on that it's a Sony walkman. I wasn't really aware about brands that time, but I knew my walkman has a name. Besides, it was bought abroad. I took care of it like a priceless possession, not letting anyone get their hands on it.

    Years later, digital cameras started to gain popularity. In love with photography, I thought I have to get a compact camera as a start. It's gonna be my first digital camera, and I was anxious about buying something that's not my money's worth. After quite a long time of window shopping, and some paydays of saving, I finally decided to get a Sony.

    During a trip in Baguio last summer, with my friend Joy

    Self portrait

    I didn't expect much from the camera. All I wanted is to take pictures without using films. It turned out that my Sony DSC-W70 is just amazing. It inspired me to create a blog because I want to show off the photos I took with it. This camera takes great pictures, the macro feature is unbelievable, some people actually thought I was using a DSLR.


    Some of my favorite shots

    Later on I got a job as a technical support representative for a competing brand. The difference is very noticeable; not even the best camera the company I am working for has to offer is at par with the quality of my Sony. I feel bad for our customers when they call us about a lot of complaints with their cameras. I often wish I could advise them to get a Sony camera instead.

    Anyway, I am lucky to have discovered Sony at an early age. My Sony walkman as a kid definitely gave significance in my life just like the Sony’s World’s First Noise Canceling Notebook Computer: VAIO T Series; something that I look forward to having too.

    prob class: How to; sub class: blog

    This is me, creating a post after weeks of blog silence.

    I barely had time to visit blogs, that’s why. I thought it would be unfair to keep on posting entries, answering your comments, but without even visiting your blogs.

    That’s why it irks me when people ask me to add them here and there, links here, links there. I mean, I only follow bloggers who follow me. And yes, I read them. Some people are just so desperate to see you in their “follow me” links, without even reading your blog. Common, don’t ask me why I’m not adding you. That makes it so obvious that you’re not reading my blog.

    So if you happen to have finally, and miraculously decided to not just "drop" or "visit", but read my entry, here's what you should do before you start nagging again, please learn the BASICS. If you want traffic and gazillions of links, and visitors from all around the world, I strongly suggest that you READ THIS.

    And yes, you should learn to do it rightly, so you should CLICK HERE TOO.

    And if in case you’re still wondering why I am so annoyed, read this TO KNOW WHY.

    And I know you’re desperate for comments too, so check this for some tips, and yes, click here for more.


    I really hope all these would help. And I'm not asking you to read my entries, just click on those links, read them, and remember everything by heart. After that, blogging would surely be running smoothly with you around, again.

    Cheers!