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February 13, 2014

cold weather still

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yes it is still cold here where i am…don’t know when it will end…have to wait for summer, when? in july – august hope the weather will be better. so in the meantime gotta wear thick clothes. one time i went to a shop. they were selling jumpers and the like. both acrylic and wool products. from the prices you can know which is a better choice. those with wool are much warmer but more expensive. so it really depends on your choice. i asked the seller and of course she recommended the pricier one but it is true of course. so to keep warm you have to invest in it a bit.

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March 29, 2012

A pet?

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I saw this in a farm house in Scotland, when I walked up the stairs. I really thought it was real. Then after a second glance I realised it was not. But it looked cute enough to cuddle. It was just a decoration but a nice one.

May 20, 2010

What can Globe do with crimes committed through their cell phone system?

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Fraud through SMS is widespread. And pity those who have been targeted by fraudsters who seem to know them (victims) personally. Especially if the victims are old ladies who do not have anyone to protect them at that instant when the crime occurs. How evil can people get because of greed?

Take for instance this situation. A text message was sent to an old lady, and the sender acted as if he/she was the child of this woman. And the language used was their own dialect, using the nickname of the child known only to family and friends. Demanding for load for both Globe and Smart, using a Globe number. The fraudster said he/she has started a cell phone load business and needed the load for that number. And promised that he/she would send the old lady the money to pay her back. And this poor old lady, really thinking it was from one of her kids, obediently went to buy cell phone cards, scratched the cards, and sent the pin numbers by text. She had to go buy the cards on credit even. And the fraudster kept demanding her to be quick about it. Until the following day when the fraudster let his/her guard down by sending text using another language. Maybe they got too excited with their haul. That was when the old lady suspected that maybe she was being duped. And she started verifying and asking and to make the long story short, realized that she had been cheated by this fraudster using a Globe number.

So back to the title of this write-up: What can Globe do with crimes committed through their cell phone system?

Their 24 hour call center 211 could not be reached.

NTC offices are just open during office hours; there is no 24 hour service.

Their Globe Chat Assistant had no access to trace the location of the number. But at least they were able to temporarily disconnect the number. They suggested to file a report with the nearest NTC.

Nowhere in the Globe website does it say anything about fraud and what to do when this and similar other things happen to their users. If it is there it is not easily seen.

But what was really needed was information on how to recover the pin numbers sent to that Globe cell phone number in order to recover the money spent on it.

How can senior citizens be protected from all these wrong-doings by people who might even be people known to them, could be their neighbors or relatives or people whom they trust? What can our government do for them?

So what can Globe do with crimes committed through their cell phone system?

October 3, 2008

Karay-a Arts Festival

To all Kinaray-a speakers, lovers and supporters of the culture & language out there:

The Karay-a Arts Festival will again be held this October (24-26) at the EBJ Freedom Park in San Jose, Antique, Philippines. So if you have time to spare come and join. Wish I can, too, but I will not be in Antique during that time. Hope the organizeres can provide updates through the Binirayan Foundation website. This is a celebration of the creative spirit which keeps the Karay-a culture alive through the years. The festival will feature folk arts and crafts, murals and paintings, performances and poetry readings, launchings, bazaars and al fresco dining and cafes at the Art Circle of EBJ Freedom Park.

Of course, this is not the only effort being done to promote Kinaray-a culture and language. There is also the Dungug Kinaray-a Sugidanon Contest, which is now in its second year. This is organized by the Dungug Kinaray-a soon-to-be-foundation. This initiative promotes story telling, literary writing and declamation in Kinaray-a. This year’s theme is “Japanese Occupation in the Philippines“.

Another effort which has a global reach is the kinaray-a.com website which aims to reunite Antiquenos all over the world. This is being administered by the Kinaray-a.com, Inc.

September 19, 2008

Field Trip to Chiangmai (Part 2)

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(It seems a pity not to continue this. Actually I’ve written this since last 1 Sept yet and it is only now that I remember …)

nice umbrellas, all handmade!

nice umbrellas, all handmade!

Next stop was the umbrella factory in Bo Sang. We did some shopping there while some had on the spot painting on their slacks and bags. That was quite exciting and the artists were so talented. It was a nice set-up and it helps people with talent to earn some income. We smelt some nicely brewing coffee so we followed it and found a small coffee shop just outside. We had a short coffee break and rested before we set off to Doi Suthep. It was nearly 5 pm. We felt so tired already and we were glad for the long drive up to Doi Suthep so we could sleep. However our sleep was interrupted once in a while by our guide who would tell us what was on the left or on the right when we passed some interesting site. So we had to wake up again.

empowering women

empowering women

pretty umbrellas

pretty umbrellas

Anyway, we got to Doi Suthep and it was amazing to see the view of the city from the top. In addition, there were so many photo opps for those who still have a full load of their camera batteries. It was also nice since we went there a bit later in the afternoon, and after the rain, so it was cool. It was so different from the hot and balmy weather of the city, and it could get quite peaceful if there are no visitors roaming around. A soothing music was playing so that helped a bit. We used the cable car in going up and down as we did not have that much energy to use the hundreds of steps. The cable car we used the first time I went there, nearly 20 years ago, was different as it was open and we could see the view while going up. And then since we were still young then, we used the steps to go back down.

city view from the doi

city view from the doi

We left Doi Suthep after a few minutes of waiting for our bus. While waiting the vendors selling paintings, silver and other Thai stuff milled around us trying to make a sale. One could really get a good bargain if one knows how. For e.g. the final price of a simple silver necklace was between 80 to 100 baht from the original quoted price of 200 baht. As we left Doi Suthep, our trip leader, Ms. Uma kept saying that the next activity after our buffet supper was the Night Bazaar tour, and that we should not forget to interview the vendors and tourists about Chiangmai and any relevant topic for our training. Oh well, that’s true. I am sure those in the Chiangmai case study groups had a very fruitful time collecting data and information! I am sure also that they and all of us were able to obtain much more than that as we had nearly 2 hours there. We had to hurry through our buffet supper so that we could maximize our time at the NB.

view from the cable car

view from the cable car

Then time for the flight back to Bangkok. We were sort of rejuvenated by the NB activity so we did not really feel tired at all. We arrived back at AIT at nearly 1 am the following day.

May 16, 2008

Finally …

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This is my first blog in WordPress so why am I naming it “Finally”? There’s a story behind it. For quite some time now I wanted to have a blog here but I seem not able to get the hang of it. I had several blogs hosted by others and it takes a bit to be familiar with this one. Then I finally got familiar with it and so there … I will be posting here as well. Hope I can link this with my other blogs so I don’t keep copying and pasting every time.

May 2, 2008

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