Thursday, May 31, 2007

QC Police have to pay tollgate fees therefore was delayed to catch the hostage takers

Four people were killed during a bus chase at Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA). Quezon City police were delayed due to employees of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) asking them to pay up the toll fee.


At least four persons were killed after five robbers briefly took hostage several passengers of a bus and engaged police in a shootout in Quezon City Thursday.

Passengers of the JMK bus (Body No. 23, TWH-291) said the five robbers boarded the vehicle near Guadalupe in Makati City and announced the holdup after a few minutes.

"Mga apat o lima sila, may granada. Umakyat sila sa overpass sa flyover sa may Guadalupe tapos sinabi nila holdup. Dito na lang nagkaroon ng habulan (There were four or five of them. They had a grenade. They boarded the bus at the flyover near Guadalupe in Makati City then declared a holdup. Then there was a police chase)," passenger Celia Mamaril told dzBB radio.

Two of the fatalities were found dead in the bus. The other two were reportedly killed after commandeering a Mitsubishi Adventure AUV (CSX-806) in Valenzuela City.

However, witnesses at least one of the robbers still managed to elude arrest.

Northern Police District (NPD) head Chief Supt. Pedro Tango said they had "taken into custody" four persons, but said one of them claimed to be one of the hostaged passengers.

In a separate interview on dzBB, Tango said that if the claim of the "hostage" were true, they will have to track down the remaining fifth suspect.

Mamaril said the bus, which plies the Malanday-Makati route, came from Makati City and was heading north along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

Quezon City police who responded to the incident fired at the bus' tires to immobilize it. The bus sustained several bullet holes.

At least two men believed to be a driver and a passenger were found dead inside the bus. The driver was initially identified as Daroboy Santos of Angat, Bulacan.

"Maraming insidente nakapagmaneho pero ito ang pinakagrabe, namatay siya (He had experienced being victimized by robbers but this was the worst – he was killed)," said Santos' brother-in-law Federico Santos.

The third and fourth fatalities were shot while driving a commandeered Mitsubishi Adventure (CSX-806) near the Lawang Bato exit in Valenzuela City.

At least two other suspects were reported captured as of 11 a.m.

It remained unclear how many passengers were held hostage in the bus.

Traffic in the area was snarled as several police vehicles, followed by media news crews, sped to the site against the flow of traffic.

On the other hand, the police pursuit was hampered as toll gate employees at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) blocked some of the police vehicles and asked them to pay up.

Traffic at NLEX was also slowed after police and media vehicles were parked at the NLEX's outer lanes.


Source: GMA News

Happy Birthday My Sassy Girl



Happy Birthday Adik!


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

What makes me proud to be a Filipino

This post is a response to Buwayahman's article

Blogging they say, is the new medium for free speech. You can post your rants, raves, your daily experiences and anything that comes out of your mind. Many Filipino venture the Blogosphere to find information or to just be entertained. So why not use this raw opportunity to send a useful message across? Let's start by telling our fellow Filipinos why they should be proud to be one.

As far as I remember, Filipinos are all over the world, Jasmine Trias, a half Filipina, participated in American Idol. Batista, a half Filipino, is a wrestler in WWE. Vanessa Minnilo, a half Filipina, recently hosted the Miss Universe 2007 beauty pageant. Ana Theresa Licaros won Ms. Photogenic in the same pageant as well. Who can forget Manny Pacquiao bringin home the bacon oh so many times? Heracleo "Leo" Oracion , Erwin "Pastor" Emata and Romeo Garduce were the first Filipinos that reached the summit of Mt. Everest while Noelle Wenceslao, Karina Dayondon and Janet Belarmino were the first Filipinas to reach the summit also. Remember Lea Salonga on Miss Saigon? The list goes on and on. The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who work all over the world just make their families have a better living here in the Philippines, they are the modern heroes and they carry the Filipino name with them. Heck my father is an OFW and I'm proud of him.

Finally, the main reason that I'm proud to be a Filipino is our culture. Our hospitality towards our visitor, the use of "Po" and "Opo" to show respect. The care for the elderly, heck some countries abandon you if you're too old, because they think you are useless already. Who would not be proud of the Filipino family? Bonding every weekend, saying grace before meal, eating together, going to church together. I tell you guys, if you plan to go abroad, you'll miss these Filipino traits and will think that I'm proud to be a Filipino. Now, I'm not being patriotic here but putting the negative issues aside, Filipinos are the kindest and hard working people in the world.

Miss Universe 2007 results

May 28, 2007 - Live in Mexico City, Mexico. Miss Universe beauty pageant showcased the beauty of the female specie and crowned the most beautiful in the universe.




Ms. Japan, Riyo Mori - 2007 Miss Universe



Ms. Brazil, Natalia Guimaraes - 1st Runner Up



Ms. Venezuela, Ly Jonaitis - 2nd Runner Up



Ms. Korea, Honey Lee - 3rd Runner-Up



Ms. Philippines, Anna Theresa Licaros - Ms. Photogenic



Ms. China, Ning Zhang - Ms. Congeniality


Sunday, May 27, 2007

New Found Friends

I finally accepted the fact that I found the one who can accept me for who I am but destiny is too cruel and took her away. I can no longer communicate with my best friend as of now but destiny played with me again..

After the work out in Fitness First, Neo, Tristan and I decided to eat at SM North Hypermarket. Neo was approached by his long time friend, her name is Joanne, with her was her friend and co-worker Marifel. They work as proctors during bar and board exams which I think is cool. We decided to hang out at Ice Monster and talked about anything. Joanne made a sweet message on a cigarette carton (she even called me "Daddy Mamoy") and I replied a letter on a tissue paper (sorry we were out of writing materials). Then heavy rain poured down (why am I not surprised?) We battled the rain even though we got wet and heeded to Neo's car where we bid farewell to our new found friends. I may not find another Bessy but I am open into a new friendship.

Multi-level Networking Company


Ihan wanted me to accompany him to Ortigas for someone invited him to a business symposium that turns out to be a networking scam.

I don't want to give the name of the "multi-level network" but I will narrate the story on what happened on Burgundy Bldg., 3rd floor...

Ihan texted me last Wednesday to accompany him on May 26 on a business symposium, being a good friend, I accepted.

This was the text that Ihan recieved as an invitation:

Greetings!

This is ****** ******* of *** ****** INC. We're looking for result oriented individuals who want to work with us on a parttime or fulltime basis and be a part of our expansion program in South East Asia. You are cordially invited to our much awaited Business Symposium on Saturday, May 26, 2007 7pm @ Unit 301 3rd flr AIC Burgundy Empire Tower ADB Ave. Cor. Garnet Road Ortigas Center, Outline of event includes; Business & Livelihood Opportunities, College Scholarship Assistance and a chance for an all expense USA trip with 5 year multiple state entry visa. Come and be part of this once in a lifetime event! Please text in your name/s to reserve seats for free. Thank you and God Bless


Come May 26, today, we rendezvous in front of SM City The Block and entered Ayala TriNoMa because it was more convenient and the rain was pouring . When Ihan was buying the tickets for the MRT, Sir Manny came out of nowhere and greeted me and the three of us boarded the MRT. When we arrived at Ortigas station, we bid farewell to Sir Manny and walked all the way to Robinson's Galleria. Burgundy is just at the back of the said mall so we didn't encountered any difficulties finding it. As we entered the building, my scam senses were tingling and told Ihan to proceed with caution. We rode the elevator and entered the third floor. As we entered the only open door on that floor, we were greeted by hideous amount of tarpaulin placed all over the area. It contains people smiling happily while beside a brand new car or a house and lot, with it, their so-called success story. My scam senses were right, this is definitely a multi-level marketing company and we walked right into their trap..

We were ushered into a "training room" wherein a "professional" talked about the benefits of their product and the toxins in our body and all that stuff just to convince the innocent people, but alas, I found out that 60% of the audience were already members and they accompanied their friends, who were now part of the hypnotic extravaganza. I sensed that Ihan already fell from the hypnotic curse due to the fact that a member was already talking to him, exchanging contact numbers and all, Ihan fell to the dark side. As for me, my IQ resisted the hypnotic curse and decided to leave the room and seached for some coffee, the lovely attendant offered me coffee for a price..Php15..as expected from a multi-level networking company. After 30 mins. the ordeal was over finally. I escorted Ihan back to Robinson's Galleria, but he was never again the same...May God save his soul.

Friday, May 25, 2007

What It Takes to be a Teacher

I visited my beloved school AMA Computer University today and I found out something good.

Even though I'm not a teacher anymore of this school, when I went up today, My former students let me feel home proud they were to be my teacher. I really felt that they had missed me for quite some time and someone even said that AMA would not be the same again because I'm gone. I almost cried into tears because I never knew how I affected their lives for such a small time. I guess that's the true gift I received as a teacher. Not even a fat check can surpass that priceless feeling. They even told me that I had loosen weight, thanks to Fitness First I guess. What it takes to be a teacher? The love of the students will show you that. I miss those guys...

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End



The last installment of the trilogy. After the cliffhanging ending of Dead Man's Chest, this movie is a must see!

The action is great heck the final battle between Jack Sparrow (Captain!) and David Jones is awesome. Canons blasting everywhere, the detail of the splinters of wood makes your eyes melt. I personally love the "pirate" costume of Elizabeth, damn she's cute wearing that outfit! The comedy of Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast is the cream of the crop of this movie, what it and you'll find out what I'm blabbering here about. Overall, this movie is worth that IMAX ticket you've been saving upon.

The Psychological Effect of Rain

It's been raining for the past few days here in Quezon City and during my daily trek, I observed something when the rain poured down.

After the routine trip to Fitness First, I strolled around SM North and decided to call it a day and headed home. As I passed the foot bridge (yey pink!) and just right after entering a jeep bound to Project 6, it happened. The rain poured down heavily. The large amounts of raindrops can be heard on the stainless steel roof of the jeep. I gaze upon people running all over the sidewalks as they head for shelter while others opened their umbrellas and walk gleefully on the sidewalk thanking themselves that they brought along an umbrella. Now as the jeep turned left to Mindanao Ave. we were greeted by a very very tight traffic. How the hell that happened? Moments ago, the traffic ran fluidly and now, bumper to bumper traffic is all I can see. Is it because of the rain? Why is it every time the rains pours down, traffic will follow soon after? Are people eager enough to go home and sip a steaming hot coffee or cocoa? Heck, if traffic wasn't enough, you can hear the horns of those impatient drivers honking all over Mindanao Ave. and all of that because of the rain? I'm not a psychologist so I cannot conclude on this human behavior. Anyway, I'm glad to post something about me once in a while, not those recent tech news or whatsoever.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

To my best friend

Friendship is not how long you've been together. It isn't how much you've given or recieved; nor how many times you've helped each other, but it's how you value one another

The Mile

People come into our lives and walk with us a mile, and then because of circumstance they only stay a while. They serve a need within the days that move so quickly by, and then are gone beyond our reach, we often wonder why. God only knows the reason that we meet and share a smile, why people come into our lives and walk with us a mile."

6th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2007





6th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention
June 16-17, 2007
Megatrade Hall 2-3,
SM Megamall
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Entrance Fee Php80 per day

Visit their website


video from Hero TV


Philippine Ragnarok Online Server Merge

Ragnarok players recently experienced a server merge. Mixed reactions were heard from the pRO community as their favorite server was shut down.

I was a loyal RO player during the glorious days of Ragnarok Online. A dedicated follower of Loki and a champion of Oracles. I played sinc the open beta days and stopped just 2 years ago due to work. Now Loki is torn down together with the pioneer server Chaos where I experienced my happy moments in online gaming. Farewell to Loki my beloved server and farewell to Oracles my guild, my family.

Here is the updated mechanics of the server merge:


SERVER MERGE MECHANICS
Date Posted: May. 04, 2007



Good day Rok Stars!

You’ve read about it on the forums, blogs, and various websites. However today it becomes 100% official! The pRO Team is happy to announce that the much talked-about Server Merge will finally happen on May 17, 2007! Servers will be down starting Midnight of May 16, and we are anticipating a 20-hour downtime while the Gravity Engineers, who flew all the way from South Korea, work on the servers. The Server Merge website will be up by Thursday, May 17, 2007.

SERVER GROUPING
Chaos and Loki – BALDUR
Odin and Fenrir – TYR
Sarah, Iris, and Lydia – FREYA

The Server Merge website will contain English and Tagalog versions of the mechanics as seen below.

MAJOR CHANGES

The following features will be reset when the merge happens. This is unavoidable and all other countries who did the Server Merge experienced the same thing.



– Agit Ownership

– Agit Economy & Safeguard

– Alchemist Rankings

– Taekwon Rankings

– Blacksmith Rankings

– Aldebaran Race Track Rankings

– Warp Points (Acolytes, Priests, Monks, Champions, and High Priests)

– Godly Seal Quest


– Auction System

– Mail System

– KAFRA PIN



ACCOUNT SPLIT

There are three instances wherein your main account will be split. The first one is if you exceed the 5 character slot limit in any of the merging server groups. This means that the combined total of characters in Baldur, Tyr, or Freya must not exceed 5. Another is if you exceed the 300 kafra storage limit in any of the merging groups. This means that the total number of combined items in your kafra storage in any of the merging groups must not exceed 300. Lastly, you must not exceed the 30,000 limit for one item in the Kafra. More details on all three occurrences below.

CHARACTER SLOT LIMIT

If the sum of the total number of characters in any of the merging server groups in your account exceed the 5 slot limit, your account will be split. Newly created accounts due to split will have the same password and user details as the main account. The username will be the original username with the suffix: PRO00. The last 2 numbers at the end will increase per split account (PRO00, PRO01, PRO02, etc.).

This is an example of one instance of exceeding the 5 Slot Limit:

Carlo owns a Ragnarok account with the username carloroks. In his account, he has 2 characters in Chaos, 4 characters in Loki, and no characters in the other servers. The combined total of characters from both merging servers is 6, which exceeds the 5-slot limit. Because of this, Carlo’s account will split. His original username – carloroks, will get the characters from the server with the highest number of characters. In this case, it’s Loki (4). In case of a tie in the number of characters per server, the main account will get the characters from the older server (Chaos). The new account will be carloroksPRO00, and it will contain all characters from the Chaos server.

Username: carloroks (original)

Baldur – 4 Characters (Loki)

Username: carloroksPRO00

Baldur – 2 Characters (Chaos)

This is an example of multiple instances of exceeding the 5 Slot Limit:

Carlo owns a Ragnarok account with the username carloroks. In his account, he has 5 characters in Chaos, 4 characters in Loki, 5 characters in Fenrir, 4 characters in Odin, 4 characters in Sarah, 3 characters in Lydia, and 2 characters in Iris. The combined total of the characters in the respective server groups are as follows – Baldur (9), Tyr (9), Freya (9). All server groups exceed the 5-slot limit. Carlo’s main account – carloroks, will get the characters from the dominant servers (servers with more characters compared to their partners). At the end of the merge, Carlo will have the following accounts:

Username: carloroks (original)

Baldur – 5 Characters (Chaos)

Tyr – 5 Characters (Fenrir)

Freya – 4 Characters (Sarah)

Username: carloroksPRO00

Baldur – 4 Characters (Loki)



Username: carloroksPRO01

Tyr – 4 Characters (Odin)

Username: carloroksPRO02

Freya – 3 characters (Sarah)


Username: carloroksPRO03

Freya – 2 characters (Sarah)

ACCOUNT CHARACTER TRANSFER



On May 30, 2007, Gravity will upload a patch that will expand the character slots from 5 to 9. We can’t do this earlier because it is technically not feasible to do the Server Merge with more than 5 character slots. This is an unavoidable limitation of the system. However, after we do the merge, we will open the option of transferring characters from your split accounts into your main accounts. Stay tuned for more information on this one as the days go by.

KAFRA STORAGE LIMIT

If the sum of the total number of items in your Kafra Storage in any of the merging server groups in your account exceed the 300 limit, your account will be split. Newly created accounts due to split will have the same password and user details as the main account. The username will be the original username with the suffix: PRO00. The last 2 numbers at the end will increase per split account (PRO00, PRO01, PRO02, etc.).

This is an example of one instance of exceeding the 5 Slot Limit:

Carlo owns a Ragnarok account with the username carloroks. In his account, he has 150 items in his Kafra Storage in Chaos, 160 in Loki, and no items in the other servers. The combined total of characters from both merging servers is 310, which exceeds the 300 limit. Because of this, Carlo’s account will split. His original username – carloroks, will get the kafra storage from the server with the highest number of characters or in case of a tie – the oldest. In this case, it’s Loki (4). The new account will be carloroksPRO00, and it will contain all items from the Chaos server.



Username: carloroks (original)

Baldur – 160 Kafra Storage (Loki)



Username: carloroksPRO00

Baldur – 150 Kafra Storage (Chaos)



This is an example of multiple instances of exceeding the 5 Slot Limit:



Carlo owns a Ragnarok account with the username carloroks. In his account, he has the following number of items in their respective Kafra storages: Chaos (150), Loki (160), Odin (50), Fenrir (260), Lydia (50), Iris (50), and Sarah (210). The combined total of the Kafra storage items in the respective server groups are as follows – Baldur (310), Tyr (310), Freya (310). All server groups exceed the 300 limit. Carlo’s main account – carloroks, will get the Kafra storages from the dominant servers (servers with more characters compared to their partners). At the end of the merge, Carlo will have the following accounts:



Username: carloroks (original)

Baldur – 160 (Chaos)

Tyr – 260 (Fenrir)

Freya – 210 (Sarah)



Username: carloroksPRO00

Baldur – 160 (Loki)



Username: carloroksPRO01

Tyr – 50 (Odin)



Username: carloroksPRO02

Freya – 210 (Sarah)



Username: carloroksPRO03

Freya – 50 (Sarah)



GAME TIME and ROK POINTS



Existing game time and rok points will be credited to the main account. Newly created accounts due to splitting will only have 2 hours of game time and they will be unlinked from your MYLU profile.



GUILDS WITH THE SAME NAME



Guilds with the same name from other baby servers will have the first two letters of their respective server inserted to the name as a suffix.



For example, there is Shadow Circle chaos and Shadow Circle Loki. After the merge, there will be two Shadow Circles. The first one (from chaos) will be Shadow Circle [Ch] and from Loki will be Shadow Circle [Lo].



CHARACTERS WITH THE SAME NAME



If a character name exists in multiple baby servers in a server group, the names will have a suffix added with the first two letters of their respective baby servers and a number starting from 00. If your name is unique to your server, you will not have a suffix and you will not have the option to change your name.



For example: there is a carlo in Chaos and Loki. The new names after the merge will be: Carlo_Ch00 and Carlo_Lo00.



All characters that are affected by the naming convention will get a chance to change their name once for 3 days. They will be automatically prompted by a window when they log-in Ragnarok and select their character after the Server Merge.



WHAT TO DO TO AVOID SPLIT ACCOUNTS?



To avoid split accounts, we strongly recommend that you take the following measures prior to the merge. This will make the merge smoother for you because you won’t need to worry about extra accounts.



1.) Make sure that the character total of your server groups does not exceed 5 (Chaos + Loki, Odin + Fenrir, Iris + Sarah + Lydia). We highly recommend that you delete nuisance characters that you’ve created in the past.



2.) Make sure that your total kafra per server group does not exceed 300 (Chaos + Loki, Odin + Fenrir, Iris + Sarah + Lydia). You can trade the various equipment in your kafra to other characters first or you can actually just throw useless items away.



If you want assistance in determining what to do or for more information on what will happen, please call our customer support hotline at 7519611. You can also send in a ticket through our customer support system asking questions about the merge.

pRO Team

Opening of Trinoma

TriNoMa or Triangle North Mall (originally North Triangle Mall, but hey TriNoMa sounds way cool!) opened its gate last May 16, 2007. It is owned and operated by Ayala therefore it rocks (hehehe).

Anyway, The place is huge, the facilities are great. There's even a garden at the top. We tested the cinemas BTW by watching Shrek 3. The cinema looks like the one in Greenbelt. The restrooms all over the mall is clean (for now). sofas are available at the food court for people to relax into, but I doubt it will last that long. For me, the highlight of the mall is the opening of one of my favorite shops, CD-R King. Heck there's one in SM Marilao but the hell they didn't put one in SM North. Overall, TriNoMa is a park and shop type mall (like in South Korea) where in the parking is bigger than the mall itself. SM North may have found its match.

Check the photo gallery of TriNoMa here

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Ida Scott Taylor once wrote: Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.