|Photos are courtesy of Firmoo.|
The rhythm of my hand goes well with the drops of ink and with words floating in my brain. I do not have highfalutin words to speak of, instead, the way of my emotions and the labyrinth that my soul’s going through are the ones obliging me to put the significance of other’s life into scriptures.
No one says no to a bulkier bank account, so say a big “hello!” to our list of money saving motivations. In the current economic climate many of us are feeling the pinch, so here are seven handy ways to boost your bank account:
I'm not an economist, so my knowledge on the effects of high population growth on economic development is solely based from the research I have done, and it clearly oppose the government's stand.
Generally war is the result of a national entity wishing to improve the standard of living for its people. A major second cause is when a nation perceives a possible reduction in a current standard of living and fights to protect what it already has.
They say, the only permanent thing in life is change. I have learned to cope with the changes. I have realize that I have to change in these changing times. But change does not mean that I have to change what I do or drop what I have. Change don't make me give-up my dreams. I just need to change my way. Can I be the best? Can I be a winner?
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
For added protection, make sure the papers on your desk are arranged in stacks. A calculator, a few stray apples and a strategically placed pair of eyeglasses will round out the organized chaos effect.
Finally, some work on your computer screen that you can immediately access away from facebook when your boss checks on you. A carefully placed sandwich remnants will do much to make you appear to eat lunch at your desk, making you seem too busy. Be sure though, to throw it in the trash when you're off, otherwise insects may catch on you.
>from the best slacker
Monday, May 28, 2012
|The Momura Micro Hydro Power Plant in Japan|
Mini-Hydro Power Plants Pros and Cons
It only takes a small amount of flow (as little as two gallons per minute) or a drop as low as two feet to generate electricity with micro hydro. Electricity can be delivered as far as a mile away to the location where it is being used.
Hydro produces a continuous supply of electrical energy in comparison to other small-scale renewable technologies. The peak energy season is during the winter months when large quantities of electricity are required.
Microhydro is considered to function as a ‘run-of-river’ system, meaning that the water passing through the generator is directed back into the stream with relatively little impact on the surrounding ecology.
Building a small-scale hydro-power system can cost from $1,000 – $20,000, depending on site electricity requirements and location. Maintenance fees are relatively small in comparison to other technologies.
Because of the low-cost versatility and longevity of micro hydro, developing countries can manufacture and implement the technology to help supply much needed electricity to small communities and villages.
If your site produces a large amount of excess energy, some power companies will buy back your electricity overflow. You also have the ability to supplement your level of micro power with intake from the power grid.
In order to take full advantage of the electrical potential of small streams, a suitable site is needed. Factors to consider are: distance from the power source to the location where energy is required, stream size (including flow rate, output and drop), and a balance of system components — inverter, batteries, controller, transmission line and pipelines.
The size and flow of small streams may restrict future site expansion as the power demand increases.
In many locations stream size will fluctuate seasonally. During the summer months there will likely be less flow and therefore less power output. Advanced planning and research will be needed to ensure adequate energy requirements are met.
The ecological impact of small-scale hydro is minimal; however the low-level environmental effects must be taken into consideration before construction begins. Stream water will be diverted away from a portion of the stream, and proper caution must be exercised to ensure there will be no damaging impact on the local ecology or civil infrastructure.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I have a good news to you, my blogger mates, I finally added a Link Exchange. If you want your blog to be included, link my blog and post a comment with your URL. If you are linking me already, drop a comment with your blog's URL and I'll add it on my Link Exchange page.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
|Is war really inevitable?|
How about world peace? Will it ever be attained? When? Is it even possible? These questions have reached the minds of everyone, with a variety of opinions. Political status, culture, and belief all affect their beliefs. Everyone has a different thought, and no one really knows. Will there be a nuclear war, engulfing the world in a nuclear inferno? Will a second coming of Christ occur? Maybe the world will unite under one leader?
Monday, May 21, 2012
|Rio de Janeiro, the host for the Rio+20.|
This is the question for the conference gatherers of the "Save the Planet" summit will be trying to answer.
This years conference is called United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or "Rio+20" for short.
It will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012 – twenty years after the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. Rio+20 is also an opportunity to look ahead to the world we want in 20 years.
At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet.
The official discussions will focus on two main themes: how to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development.
It is a historic opportunity to define pathways to a sustainable future – a future with more jobs, more clean energy, greater security and a decent standard of living for all.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, “Rio+20 will be one of the most important global meetings on sustainable development in our time.”
|(Photo courtesy of UN website)|
► The world now has 7 billion people — by 2050,there will be 9 billion.
► One out of every five people — 1.4 billion — currently lives on $1.25 a day or less.
► A billion and a half people in the world do not have access to electricity. Two and a half billion do not have a toilet. And almost a billion go hungry every day.
► Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and more than a third of all known species could go extinct if climate change continues unchecked.
► If we are to leave a liveable world to our children and grandchildren, the challenges of widespread poverty and environmental destruction need to be tackled now.
► We will incur far greater costs in the future
— including more poverty and instability, and a
degraded planet — if we fail to adequately address
these critical challenges now.
► Rio+20 provides an opportunity to think globally,
so that we can all act locally to secure our common future.
According to Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the Rio+20 Conference, sustainable development is not an option! It is the only path that allows all of humanity to share a decent life on this, one planet. Rio+20 gives our generation the opportunity to choose this path.
R+20 will tackle the issues on finding a solutions for many sustainable development problems, including challenges related to cities, energy, water, food and ecosystems. At Rio+20, countries will seek ways to make them a reality by:
► Making the transition to greener economies while focusing on poverty eradication.
► Protecting our oceans from overfishing, the destruction of marine ecosystems and the adverse effects of climate change.
► Making our cities more liveable and more efficient.
► Broadening the use of renewable energy sources that can significantly lower carbon emissions as well as indoor and outdoor pollution, while promoting economic growth.
How about you? What kind of future do you want?
|(Photo courtesy of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino)|
The wage increase is in the form of cost of living allowance (COLA) will be integrated to an existing P22 stipend into workers' paychecks. It will be given in two stages, a P20 increase will be implemented 15 days after the new wage order is published in a national broadsheet, while the remaining P10 will be paid out six months after the initial increase. This decision of staggered increase will amount up to P1,440 lost for a minimum earner employee.
The TUCP faction headed by Democrito T. Mendoza, in a statement, said the decision to integrate the P22 COLA that was ordered in last year’s wage increase would be “beneficial to workers in the computation of overtime pay, holiday pay, premium pay, night shift pay, 13th month pay, retirement pay, etc.”.
“However, we have mixed feelings with the increase of P30 in two tranches. We will challenge this and file an appeal at the appropriate time,” it added.
The TUCP faction headed by former Senator Ernesto F. Herrera, meanwhile, similarly welcomed the order “if only to provide temporary relief” but described the adjustment as a “pittance”.
The militant Bukluran ng Manggawang Pilipino called the increase an insult and reiterated calls to scrap Republic Act 6727 that mandates wage-setting at the regional level.
Let's Raise the Minimum Wage
In a column from Tempo, a certain businessman support an increase in wages for Filipino workers and his position counters the popular consensus among employers that a wage hike may have an impact on the capital of most businesses. He points out four factors to support his position:
1. Labor is only a small portion of the total operating cost of businesses so the impact of higher wages on operations will not be significant.
2. Many companies are already paying their workers higher than the statutory minimum wage.
3. Labor should not be blamed for rising business costs or for low productivity.
4. Raising wages benefit not only the employees but also businesses and the economy.
I agree to his point of view. The Philippine wage rates is only rank fourth in Asia. How can a family of 4 live decently on a daily wage of $10.50 or equivalent to $254 a month when the cost of living is almost $9 a day?
You might want to read:
The Colossal Gap Between the Rich and the Poor
The Effect of the Growing Population in the Philippine Economy
Friday, May 18, 2012
Although there's no school offering a course on Presidency, there's a lot of other venues to train one. And as such, we are expecting a President to be experienced enough and ready to be one when he decided to run for the highest position in a country.
But in a forum attended by Wharton Alumni clubs in Makati City, President Aquino declared that he still considers himself a “student” of governance. This admission by our beloved President aptly described himself as still on OJT.
Aquino asserted that he would continue to work “24/7 including holidays” to implement reforms to fight corruption and poverty and hopes to leave a better Philippines by 2016.
Can you imagine a country run by a trainee? It's no wonder, Philippines is going nowhere. Aquino should start working like a "president" and not training like a student in the expense of the whole nation.
Perhaps, Wikipedia's definition of noynoying as "an effortless pose, or activity consisting of sitting or standing around, in an unconcerned manner or it is also recognized as doing nothing, when in fact you have something to do" can best describe our President.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
You love my lady lumps (love),
My hump, my hump, my hump (love),
My humps they got you,
|The ad that says "More humps..."|
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
|(Photo courtesy of twistynoodle)|
I know where my watch is pal, where the hell is yours? Do I point at my crotch when I ask where the toilet is?
2. People who are willing to get off their a** to search the entire room for the TV remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually.
3. When people say "Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too".
Damn Right! What good is cake if you can't eat it?
4. When people say "it's always the last place you look".
Of course it is. Why the hell would you keep looking after you've found it? Do people do this? Who and where are they?
5. When people say while watching a film, "did ya see that?"
No Loser, I paid 400 pesos to come to the cinema and stare at the damn floor!
6. People who ask "Can I ask you a question?"... Didn't give me a choice there, did ya sunshine?
7. When something is 'new and improved'.
Which is it? If it's new, then there has never been anything before it. If it's an improvement, then there must have been something before it, couldn't be new.
8. When people say "life is short".
What the hell??? Life is the longest damn thing anyone ever does!!! What can you do that's longer?
9. When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks "Has the bus come yet?"
If the bus came, would I be standing here???
Monday, May 14, 2012
We all hear that terms not just on games we play but also on our every day play of the game called LIFE. What does it mean, one may ask. Well, if I’m the one to answer, it refer to the possible outcomes of a game or dispute involving two sides, and more importantly, how each side perceives their outcome relative to their standing before the game.
For example, a “win” results when the outcome of a negotiation is better than expected, a “loss” when the outcome is worse than expected. Two people may receive the same outcome in measurable terms, say 100 pesos, but for one side that may be a loss, while for the other it is a win. In other words, expectations determine one’s perception of any given result.
Win - Lose
Win-lose situations result when only one side perceives the outcome as positive. Thus, win-lose outcomes are less likely to be accepted voluntarily. Distributive bargaining processes, based on a principle of competition between participants, tend to end in win-lose outcomes.
Lose - Lose
Lose-lose means that all parties end up being worse off. An example of this would be a budget-cutting negotiation in which all parties lose money. In some lose-lose situations, all parties understand that losses are unavoidable and that they will be evenly distributed. In such situations, lose-lose outcomes can be preferable to win-lose outcomes because the distribution is at least considered to be fair.
In other situations, though, lose-lose outcomes occur when win-win outcomes might have been possible. The classic example of this is called the prisoner’s dilemma in which two prisoners must decide whether to confess to a crime. Neither prisoner knows what the other will do. The best outcome for prisoner A occurs if he/she confesses, while prisoner B keeps quiet. In this case, the prisoner who confesses and implicates the other is rewarded by being set free, and the other (who stayed quiet) receives the maximum sentence, as s/he didn’t cooperate with the police, yet they have enough evidence to convict. (This is a win-lose outcome.) The same goes for prisoner B. But if both prisoners confess (trying to take advantage of their partner), they each serve the maximum sentence (a lose-lose outcome). If neither confesses, they both serve a reduced sentence (a win-win outcome, although the win is not as big as the one they would have received in the win-lose scenario).
This situation occurs fairly often, as win-win outcomes can only be identified through cooperative (or integrative) bargaining, and are likely to be overlooked if negotiations take a competitive distributive) stance.
The key thing to remember is that any negotiation may be re-framed (placed in a new context) so that expectations are lowered. In the prisoner’s dilemma, for example, if both prisoners are able to perceive the reduced sentence as a win rather than a loss, then the outcome is a win-win situation. Thus, with lowered expectations, it may be possible for negotiators to craft win-win solutions out of a potentially lose-lose situation. However, this requires that the parties sacrifice their original demands for lesser ones.
I jump off the ring of fire that kept me in prison,
consuming all my strength.
Then freedom on the apex of it is finally on my reach,
disregarding all the pessimism, resentments and sarcasms..
Which I've wanted years ago..
Mustering a will power plus an ounce of courage...
Friday, May 11, 2012
mine is an openbook.
If I could read your mind,
I would've take a look.
What have you got to fight?
What would you need to prove?
Hiding with all life's lies,
but that's the only truth.
What have you got to say
of the shadow of the past?
What are you gonna be
willing to lose?
To gain someone special
to win your cause?
What have you got to hide?
Who will it compromise?
Where do we have to be?
So you can be happy
and I would be free?
How could we be so blind,
not to see the heart's sublime?
Are you willing to leave the past behind?
Till eternity can you be mine?
Why it got to be this hard?
Why can't we just make it right?
|(Photo courtesy of naturewalls)|
Thursday, May 10, 2012
But before I forget, here's my wish list:
Now, lets play some game and see how it would look like when I wear 'em all.
|Chinos with striped waistband from 101 New York.|
|R/N shirt with discharge print from Urban Edge Clothing|
|Men's casual loafers from Otto|
|Double pocket long sleeve shirt from Tomato|
|Easy Reader watch from Timex|
Well, if this combination is a no-no, then perhaps fashion police will come after me. Hah, for all I know, they were all just envious.
Now, who says 'a guy can't always have what he wish for'?
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Wednesday, May 09, 2012
In my office, I have a lot of free time. Sometimes it seems I don't spend it, I waste it.... I waste it doing "very important" things.
.... like browsing the internet.... and this time I waste it with Google Map, and I found lots of interesting places.
so, fasten your seat belt and join me on my journey.
|Manila City Hall|
|Lung Center of the Philippines. (Inset: An edited version that looks much better than the unfinish-look of the building)|
|A portion of the Trinoma Mall that looks like a circular saw.|
|Quezon Memorial Circle|
|University of the Philippines|
|Libingan ng mga Bayani|
|I don't know what they call this place. The road in the upper portion of this pic is Filipinas Drive near Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City.|
|Lingayen Gulf. With a wild imagination, you could see a pic like the inset.|
Now you be the judge, Did I just waste my "free time"?
Monday, May 07, 2012
|Population vs. Economy|
- Corruption - Well, a credit was due to Aquino government for the increase of Philippines' Corruption Perception Index (CPI) by the global watchdog Transparency International of 0.2 from 2.4 in 2010. But the government should work harder in eliminating corruption because we are still lagging behind Vietnam with 2.9 CPI, Indonesia with 3 CPI, Thailand with 3.4 CPI and Malaysia with 4.3 CPI.
- Unemployment - High population means an increase labour supply. With so many able-bodied worker but very low job opportunities, the unemployment rate rocketed. The Philippines has one of the highest unemployment rate at 7% amongst Southeast Asian countries.
- Poverty - Poverty incidence in the Philippines is very high at 26.50% compared to Indonesia with 13.33% and Malaysia with only 3.6%.
- Inexpensive (Php 6,495) without compromising quality features
- Takes 3D photos for striking skills
- Super-slim body for portability.
- No touch-screen which means more buttons
- You can't shot panoramic views
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
A friend recently told me that he saw the picture I've posted on my facebook. Its about my New Year's resolution to quit on my smoking habit.At first, I've tried to keep that resolution. Every year, I produce a sadly familiar repertoire of aspirations dealing with that bad habit. I always mean well, but it's clear that I lack firmness of purpose.Well, to my mind, that's the essence of New Year's Resolution. It's a wet sponge, slurping up the black marks of the past, leaving a clean slate for the future. That resolution on quiting smoking, to my everlasting shame, fold by February --- the spirit is willing, but the flesh loses its temper. Still, it's not the breaking of resolutions that counts so much as the making. To make a resolution is to travel hopefully, to reach beyond one's grasp, to try a better life-style on for size, just in case --- this year --- I've finally grown big enough to fit into it.