Now Playing at the Music Bar below:

Selfish (Chillout Version) - Sunset Daze

Don't Fear the Reaper (Cover) - The Beautiful South

Clarity (Neon Sky Remix) - Zedd ft. Foxes

Alive in Paradise - Tiesto & Dyro feat. Krewella

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Gift of Life

God sent me a package
That needed special care
"Take care of this tiny gift
For they are very rare."

"Watch over them with all your love
And let them feel your touch
Take care of their every need
For you are needed very much."

"These gifts will grow up very fast
As you soon will see
Love them with all your heart
And let them be what they will be."

"When these gifts have fully grown
Look at Heaven up above
Know they exist because of God
And all his precious love."

Children are A Gift from God – by Sandra Tolson

With this, I thank God for blessing us with our 3rd child. Our baby is now 9 weeks old. It is now time to really look into getting that family van, remodeling the upper floors, and getting ready to spend another round of sleepless nights when our baby comes into this world.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

80's Revisited: Cartoons Part 2

I just can't get enough of the 80's. Let's look back and revisit some of the cartoons we grew up with during this era which also made it's way back to this generation in the form of a new cartoon series or a movie .

Part 2: Transformers

Wasn't sure if there was ever a Unicron sold. (How huge would that have been)


80's Transformers

New Gen Transformers - Armada

80's Transformers The Movie

New Gen Transformers Movie

Check out Part 1 - G.I. Joe: 80's Revisited: Cartoons Part 1 - G.I. Joe
Check out the 80's Music: 80's Revisited: Music

Featured Clip of the Day - English Lessons

Another one of those hilarious japanese game shows.

Japanese Gameshow - Learning english

Other Japanese gameshow clips:

The Best Places to See Right Now - by Bob Payne

As time goes by, current events or changes may alter these vacation spots, and these will never be the same again...

 Muscat's Al-Mirani Fort

 Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park

 Brazil's Villas de Trancoso

 Tibet's St. Regis Lhasa

Libya's Leptis Magna Roman Ruins

For more places to see right now, click this link: Best Places to See Right Now

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Featured Clip of the Day - DELL Through the Decades

So how would you change your business?
  1. Evolutionize
  2. Conceptisize
  3. Stop documenting things?
  4. Burn it!!
IT Through the Decades:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Working Hard vs. Working Smart

A week ago I spent about 27 hours at the office, from Thursday 4:00PM to Friday 7:00PM. (I slept for only an hour during my break at 4:00AM) had about 8 cups of coffee, 3 chocolate bars for some sugar high and only one full meal. The last time I had to clock in these many hours was when Typhoon Ondoy hit Manila a few years back, and I had to be at the office a total of 48 hours and just went home to sleep for 3 hours.These are actually extreme cases and only happens if there is an urgent and critical need to be on site for those long hours. 

Our jobs more often than not would require us to render overtime to meet certain deadlines or deliverables. Most employees get the benefit of being paid for those overtime hours, (In my case, I am no longer entitled to it.) so there is really nothing to complain about as long as you are properly compensated and that you still ensure that you maintain a healthy work-life balance. Some would even volunteer to do extra time because they need the additional income. But are we making sure that we do not stretch ourselves too much and avoid getting burned out?

There may be a lot of reasons for "Working Hard", (Some even have 2 full time jobs) but I believe its primarily to get additional compensation if you are entitled to it or to impress your bosses on your workload capacity. Otherwise, why would you kill yourself for it? (To the spin-off words of our National Hero - Ninoy Aquino, "Is your work worth dying for?")

I plead guilty on that.

During the start of my HR career (As an HR Coordinator) I would work long hours because I wanted to finish all my tasks for that day. An average of 10-12 hours was a typical work day for me. Of course you cannot also remove the fact that I wanted to prove that I was dependable and that I was eager to move up the ranks, thus the reason why I volunteered to take on so many task and had to accomplish so much.

One day, a very good mentor of mine drop by the HR office mid-afternoon and found me working at my desk. He asked me if I changed my schedule because he always knew that I worked during the graveyard shift. I tiredly answered that I was actually doing a double shift because I wanted to finish all my tasks for that day. His only response was; "Work will always be there, you empty your desk now it's guaranteed to be filled up again by tomorrow. Learn to prioritize and learn to say No. So your priority now is to go home to your family and rest, and I will see you tomorrow."

This gave me the enlightenment that it's not really the number of hours you put in to be able to be effective in your job, but how you actually manage your time and prioritize your responsibilities.

You often hear people say that "I am hard-working, because I always go on overtime, I accept all challenges, etc." but you have to wonder, are you really effective if you keep doing extra hours on a job that by now should take you less to complete since you've pretty much "mastered the art" already? Or by accepting all challenges, you might be setting yourself up for failure if you don't carefully analyze and review if the goals are realistic. You should know when to have that "Bring it On!" attitude and when to actually push back if you believe that the probability of success would be dependent on the resources you have and the time given to accomplish the task. Burning yourself out won't help much because this may lead to you getting sick and eventually not being able to go to work, which renders you unproductive.

Working Smart means effective time management and continuously improving on how you execute your action plans to achieve a certain goal. If you have at your disposal the power to delegate or the means to outsource, you may maximize those resources. You also have to maintain that mindset that it's not just a job, but a career that provides livelihood. (Thus the saying; you really have to love your job and enjoy what you are doing.)

"Even a boring occupation can be interesting when your goal is to do it better." - Robert Half

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Featured Clip of the Day - Show me your Kung Fu!

Worst Kung Fu Auditions Ever:

(Check out the afro dude with the nunchaku at 0:49)

"I hope you like pain!!"

Dream of Me - Kristen Dunst

Let me sleep
For when I sleep
I dream that you are here
You're mine
And all my fears are left behind

I float on air
The nightingale sings gentle lullabys
So let me close my eyes
And sleep

Per chance to dream
So I can see the face I long to touch
To kiss
But only dreams can bring me this

So let the moon
Shine softly on the girl I long to see
And maybe when she dreams
She'll dream of me

I'll hide beneath the clouds
And whisper to the evening stars
They tell me love is just a dream away

Dream away
I'll dream away

So let the moon
Shine softly on the girl I long to see
And maybe when she dreams

She'll dream of me...

Dream of Me:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

10 Amazing Tropical Escapes - by Sarah Pascarella

Summertime is here...more can be done on these getways than just lying on sandy beaches...

Island of Bonaire:
Diving; Kayaking; Hiking; Bird-watching

Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica"
"Whale Watching Capital of the Caribbean"

Hawaii's Big Island:
Botanical Gardens; Waterfalls;
Kilauea - one of the world's most active volcanoes!

Wet Tropics of Queensland, Australia:
Great Barrier Reef; Hiking Trails; Wildlife Parks

Vanuatu Islands:
Sandboarding down a volcano?

For more Tropical Escapes, click this link: Tropical Escapes

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Featured Clip of the Day - The Manslater

Now you will know what women really meant when they said; "I'm fine, nothing's wrong."
So don't get confused, get the Manslater!!

The Manslater - Women Language Translator

80's Revisited: Cartoons Part 1

I just can't get enough of the 80's. Let's look back and revisit some of the cartoons we grew up with during this era which also made it's way back to this generation in the form of a new cartoon series or a movie .

Part 1: G.I. Joe

Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow were my favorites. There was just something about ninjas, that we always wanted to be one.

80's G.I. Joe

80's G.I. Joe - The Movie

New Gen G.I Joe - Series

New Gen G.I. Joe - Movie

Complete Roster of G.I. Joe and Cobra: List of G.I. Joe Characters - Wikipedia

G.I. Joe

Check out 80's Music: 80's Revisited: Music

Saturday, March 5, 2011

To Forgive but Never to Forget

“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven."

If we take that literally, that means forgiving someone 490 times?

There are times when the people we love and trust, hurt us so bad that we often hold a lifelong grudge against them. Tendency is we no longer speak to them, spread ill words about them, and basically turn the world against them. (Yes, that’s just how bad some people hurt us)

So what separates the things that can be forgiven and those that can’t? Is there really a criteria for forgiveness? “On a scale of 1 to 10, you caused me pain on a level of 5, so I guess I can forgive you now?” Or does Time be the measurement if you are ready to accept what he/she has done to you, and only then can you forgive that person?

While browsing the internet media, I came across studies claiming that the 70x7 expression, is a symbol for infinity; thus we are called to forgive an infinite number of times because that is how many times we are forgiven by the Almighty One. So now that we have forgiven, should you forget everything that happened in the past? In my opinion, these are just like deep wounds or cuts, they take time to heal and they actually leave scars. Especially the wounds made to the heart, wherein the scars may never go away.

To Forgive is not actually a heavenly law that has a penalty if not followed, but a mere ideology of love and gratitude. We should learn how to forgive and show others that we are strong enough to accept those who did us wrong, but never having to forget the pain that it brought us.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Beat'Em Up Babe of the Day - Jennifer Hills / I Spit on your Grave

Jennifer Hills. A writer from New York City who sought some peace and quiet out in the countryside to finish her novel, is brutalized by the locals.

She is my Beat'em Up Babe of the Day because even after being left for dead, does she get any help from the police? Nope.

She gets even. "Forgive me Father if I will sin."

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I Carry Your Heart with Me - by E.E. Cummings

I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)
I am never without it
(anywhere I go you go, my dear;
and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)

I fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)
I want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing, is you

Here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)

And this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)

Rooms with a View - by Carrie Havranek

On a holiday vacation, we would surely want to wake up the next morning to a view like this...

 InterContinental Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia

 Andaz West Hollywood, California

 Queen's Garden Resort, Saba

Maho Bay Camps Eco Resort, U.S Virgin Islands

For more Rooms with a View, click on this link: Rooms with a View
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