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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My “Star Trek Beyond” Movie Experience

I’ve heard about Star Trek from my teen years in the 90s but I never watched its TV series. When the film franchise of Star Trek made a reboot of the films in 2009 (simply called “Star Trek”), I became interested.

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It was followed by “Star Trek Into Darkness” in 2013 and now “Star Trek Beyond”. This new Star Trek movie is a sequel to the 2013 film and composes of the same team of Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto). Spock reminds me of an Elf with its pointed ear.

When CignalTV and Smart released an online contest asking netizen the name of the newest villain in “Star Trek Beyond”, I joined and won. That’s one advantage of being online most of the time on Twitter. So the venue of the movie was Gateway Cineplex 10 Cinema 2 at 7:30pm earlier. They gave me 4 tickets!

Before the movie started, there was a trivia contest and they gave some cool “Star Trek Beyond” cap. CignalTV also announced that they currently have 1.4M subscribers to date and Smart launched their breaking commercial. I’m one of those 1.4M subscribers of CignalTV by the way and I’m a happy camper. #JustAwesome

“Star Trek Beyond” is a nice film but the story is familiar. I was amazed at how they presented a highly industrialize, gravity-defying planet. I was so awed with the special effects. When the USS Enterprise was attacked by the new enemy, I was actually expecting a major inter-galactic fight. But then again, the USS Enterprise is a primarily deep-space, exploration starship.

The movie is a good one over-all and I’m really expecting to see the 4th movie in this reboot – where Chris Hemsworth would make an appearance. It doesn’t have a title yet but probably would start with Star Trek. I guess I’m now a Trekkie – a fan of the Star Trek franchise.

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Thanks again Cignal, Smart Communications and United International Pictures Philippines.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Museo ng Katipunan, San Juan City

Yesterday, I decided to visit the Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan City. It’s an overdue visit since I just live in Pasig City which is 2 jeepney rides to San Juan City. I was a bit disappointed since the Pinaglabanan Shrine, the area around the monument, is being renovated.

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However, I was delighted to know that there’s a nearby museum that I never heard before. I’m glad they’re open and that the Shrine Guide, Ryan Tan, is very willing to tour us to the place. He gave us a very informational tour of the museum and gave a lot of information about Andres Bonifacio and the Katipunan. Little things that I never heard from school.

The tour started with an audio-visual presentation on the life of Andres Bonifacio, the history of the Katipunan, and his untimely demise at the hands of fellow Filipinos. The office of the curator is located at the ground floor and most of the exhibits are at the 2nd floor. This museum is very interactive with lots of audio-visual aid, diorama, paintings, and artifacts from the Katipunan era.

Entrance to the museum is free and it’s maintained by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). It opened on 27 August 2013 celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio. A few days before I stumbled upon this wonderful museum, I posted on Facebook the lack of recognition to Bonifacio since no town or province is named after him. The most famous one though is the Bonifacio Global City which is just a district of Taguig City.

If you’re living in cities near San Juan, there is really no excuse for not visiting the Pinaglabanan Shrine and the Museo ng Katipunan. Visiting museums and national shrines is our way of thanking the government for its effort in educating our generation of our history. Kudos to the NHCP for this wonderful museum. Thank you Ryan Tan for the tour.

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Emilio Jacinto, Andres Bonifacio, Gregoria De Jesus (wife of Andres Bonifacio).

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The other K in KKK stands for Kagalanggalang, not Kagalanggalangan.

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Ryan Tan, Shrine Guide, explaining the story behind the original painting displayed at the Museo ng Katipunan, San Juan City.

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The use of anting-anting (amulet) is very common among Katipunero.

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It’s sad to know that there is no town or province that was named after Andres Bonifacio. Good to know that the private sector named a district in Taguig after the Supremo – Bonifacio Global City.

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Emilio Jacinto, the best friend of Andres Bonifacio.

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Sketches of the personalities associated with the Katipunan. The artist of these sketches (and several paintings in the museum) is Pancho Piano.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Banco De Oro (BDO) A. Sandoval Avenue, Pinagbuhatan

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Finally, a Banco De Oro (BDO) branch near my location. BDO A. Sandoval Avenue, Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City is set to open in a few days. It’s located besides Villa Alegre and opposite Guzman Lugawan in Pinagbuhatan, along A. Sandoval Avenue.

When I do withdraw from BDO, I bike from Nagpayong, Pinagbuhatan all the way to either BDO Mercedez Branch or BDO A. Mabini Branch (Kapasigan, downtown Pasig City). I seldom withdraw from BDO near the Pasig Mega Market since it’s swarming with people.

I guess it’s a good idea to open a bank account here, closer to home. I’m glad BPO is finding ways to serve their customers better.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

#PartnerForChange

I may have not voted for #PresidentDuterte but he’s the president now. As a good citizen of the Republic of the Philippines, I should be his #PartnerForChange. I’m happy to know that President Duterte is dedicated in upholding our Constitution and laws as well as all the treaties that our country have signed as part of the international community.

Congratulations President Duterte and rest assured that I will be your partner for change as long as we uphold our Constitution. Good luck and I’m praying for your success as the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

PartnerForChange

Ang Panunumpa

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My Case vs Globe at the NTC (Part 2)

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Even though Globe filed a Motion For Extension Of Time To File Answer (due date of May 24, 2016), they still didn’t file an answer to my complaint. Instead, they send another representative (this time an attorney) to have an amicable settlement.

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So after 5 months since I met Globe’s 1st representative , I’m back on square one – I’m explaining my complaint again, to Globe’s new representative. I have no idea why they changed their representative.

So I explained that I’m complaining because Globe apparently fooled me in renewing my contract without revealing that they will change my Unlimited Internet into Limited Internet (7 GB/day). I explained that I’m not against their Fair Use Policy (FUP), which is allowed by the NTC, provided they inform their customers. What I’m complaining is, Globe didn’t inform me about changing my account into 7 GB/day (from Unlimited).

Globe also informed me that they can’t revert back my current 7 GB/day package back to my former Unlimited Package, which I can’t verify because I don’t know someone working on the system of Globe. So she asked me what could be my demand for an amicable settlement. The next scenario is like “tawaran” portion of a game show:

Globe: we offer you 2 months of compensation (my monthly bill at P1,300/month times 2)

Me: I want compensation from the time that Globe fooled me into renewing my contract without divulging the full details of changing my package (which was 2 years ago).

Globe: We can’t do that. We could offer 6 months of compensation since you used the service anyway

Me: Yes, I used the service but it doesn’t change the fact that you didn’t inform me about changing my plan into the FUP. How about we start from the time I complaint about this? (1 year ago)

Globe: I have to ask our management about this. Since I’m only allowed to offer 6 months of compensation

So our 5th Hearing (hopefully the last) is set for July 2016. Globe is also asking the NTC lawyer that I remove my blog posts about this hearing, which the NTC lawyer didn’t ask me to do. Thus, I’m posting Part 2 of this hearing to inform the public how long and tedious this process is.

I guess it’s a strategy of Globe to wear-out the complainant to accept their offer for an amicable settlement. I guess I have to research and ask other Globe subscribers on what to expect if an amicable settlement is not reach. I guess it will be similar to my experience with the NLRC wherein I hire a lawyer and my ex-employee hires their own lawyer and we engage ourselves in an even tedious legal battle.

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If you’re a Globe subscriber who reaches that part after the amicable settlement, please share your experience so that I could decide if I should accept their offer or go on with the legal battle. No Globe employee troll please.

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Globe and the NTC lawyer was a no-show on our 3rd Hearing last month by the way.

Friday, June 17, 2016

3 Life Long Lessons from Zurvan to Azriel, Servant of the Bones

Here’s the 3rd of my most favorite mantra/life lessons. If Pasig City has its Emergency Handbook, then these words of Zurvan will be part of my Life Handbook.

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“But here are the lessons. Accept what your hatred and anger will allow you to accept. First and foremost, there is one God, and his name does not matter. Yahweh, Ahuramazda, Zeus, Aten, it does not matter at all. How he is worshipped, how he is served, by what ritual, it doesn't matter at all.

There is one purpose to life and one only: to bear witness to and understand as much as possible of the complexity of the world-its beauty, its mysteries, its riddles. The more you understand, the more you look, the greater is your enjoyment of life and your sense of peace. That's all there is to it. Everything else is fun and games. If an activity is not grounded in "to love" or "to learn," it does not have value.

Thirdly, be kind. Always, if you have a choice, be kind. Remember the poor, the hungry, and the miserable. Always remember the suffering, and those who need. The greatest creative power you have on earth, whether you are an angel, a spirit, or a man or a woman or a child is to help others . . . the poor, the hungry, the oppressed. To ease pain and give joy are your finest powers. Kindness is a human miracle, so to speak. It's unique to us humans, and our more developed angels or spirits, to be kind.”

-Servant of the Bones (1996) by Anne Rice

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Instructions for Life

Here’s another of my favorite life lessons. Let me re-post it in its entirely. I believe I first encountered this list during the first few years of the Internet in the Philippines (late 90s), back when Hotmail is not yet part of Microsoft.

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THE FOLLOWING IS TAKEN FROM A NEPALESE GOOD LUCK MANTRA. YOU'LL FIND IT TO BE WORTH READING AND WORTH SHARING:

Do not keep this message. The mantra must leave your hands within 96 hours. You will get a very pleasant surprise. This is true, even if you are not superstitious.

Instructions for Life

1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
2. Memorize your favorite poem.
3. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or loaf all you want.
4. When you say, "I love you," mean it.
5. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.
6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
7. Believe in love at first sight.
8. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
9. Love deeply and passionately. You may get hurt, but it's the only way to live life completely.
10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
11. Don't judge people by their relatives, or by the life they were born into.
12. Teach yourself to speak slowly but think quickly.
13. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"
14. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
15. Call your mother.
16. Say, "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
17. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
18. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all your actions.
19. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
20. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
21. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
22. Marry a person you love to talk to. As you get older, his/her conversational skills will be even more important.
23. Spend some time alone.
24. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
25. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
26. Read more books. Television is no substitute.
27. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
28. Trust in God but lock your car.
29. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. Do all you can to create a tranquil, harmonious home.
30. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
31. Don't just listen to what someone is saying. Listen to why they are saying it.
32. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
33. Be gentle with the earth.
34. Pray or meditate. There's immeasurable power in it.
35. Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
36. Mind your own business.
37. Don't trust anyone who doesn't close his/her eyes when you kiss.
38. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
39. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. It is wealth's greatest satisfaction.
40. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
41. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
42. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
43. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
44. Live with the knowledge that your character is your destiny.
45. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

SEND THIS MANTRA E-MAIL TO AT LEAST 5 PEOPLE AND YOUR LIFE WILL
IMPROVE.

0-4 people: Your life will improve slightly.
5-9 people: Your life will improve to your liking.
9-14 people: You will have at least 5 surprises in the next 3 weeks.

Source: http://www.gaingate.com/knewarts/mantra/mantra.htm

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