The Holiday Season and the Year in review




The holiday season was a time for me to relax, bond with my family and to catch up with blogging on some of my blogs as well as celebrating my birthday.

2009 was great for me because I am more involve on blogging events. I also recently attended a photojournalism workshop which was organized by the Davao bloggers with local photojournalist conducting.

I am looking forward for more upcoming blogger events as well as photography workshops if possible.

New Blogging Project: iTouch Blogger


I recently acquired an iPod Touch 3G (32 GB) and I use it to listening to my favorite music, to watch some TV series and movies on the go, listening to podcasts and to catch on my social networks (Facebook and Twitter) and of course blogging thru that very device.

As a result, I decided to create a new blogging project called "iTouch Blogger" which will talk about the iPod Touch and the iPhone, the applications and the concept of mobile blogging.

I will updating that blog mostly from the iTouch itself and will only do designs updates thru my laptop.

Celebrating my Birthday with Friends


Although my birthday was on December 24, i decided to celebrate my birthday two days after with some of my closest friends on Felis Resort at Matina Aplaya, Davao City.

Those who attended my birthday celebration where my officemates Aubrey, James and Ricky as well as my wife's best friend (and my daughter's godmother) Vanessa.

I would like to thank you guys for attending my birthday celebration.

24's Jack Bauer Interrogates Santa Claus

Since we are in the Christmas holiday spirit I found this viral video of Santa being interrogates as a suspected terrorist by Jack Bauer (of the TV series "24").

Davao Bloggers Election and X'mas Party


Last night I attended the Davao Bloggers X'mas party which was sponsored by Avatar Media, Lachi's Sans Rival and Cignal HD TV. The during the event, we also elected the very first set of officers for the "DAVAO BLOGGERS" community and here is list:

President: Ria Jose(Life with Ria)
Vice President: Dulce Lada (Padd Solutions)
Finance Officer: Dr. Charles Ortiz (Ortiz Dental Clinic)
Auditor: Brendel Balaga (BloggingFrenzy)
IT Officer: Andrew dela Serna (Alleba.com)
Logistics Officer: Lyle Santos (Thinking Out Loud)

After the election of the officers, we had some raffles with prices included stickers and shirts from Mozilla Firefox, Wordpress pharapernalias, CableYoyos, and the grand prize which is a free 3 month subscription of Cignal HD TV kit on which Andrew dela Serna won (lucky you).

the Avatar media people also unveiled two news sites and an upcoming ad networking service for us Davao bloggers. Blogdavao.com is the most comprehensive aggregator site of Davao-based blogs. There you will find updates on blogs about Davao as well as the latest from blogs that are authored by Davaoeños and My Davao Jobs is another site from the Avatar media which is a jobs directory dedicated to job openings in Davao City and the Davao Regions: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.

I will be uploading some pictures later today so watch for those


Photos courtesy of Avatar Media and Meiyah Laborte

Sunday Evening blog: A tribute to my aunt Emily

This latest blog post dedicated to my late aunt Emily who passed away yesterday. Her closest friend in Germany called my mother informing of her passing. As of this writing, the cause of her death are not yet clear as we are still try to get in touch with my cousin online. For now I could only pray that her soul may rest in peace and join our beloved Creator. I would like to share this poem by Chad R. Kornegay entitled Hate to See You Go

HATE TO SEE YOU GO

I love to see you smile,
I hate to see you go,
I wish I was with you
since the first rooster crowed.
You have always been in my heart
even when times were tart.
You have always been #1
even when times weren't fun.
I hope to see you
again one day
I know that you are watching over me
even when skies are gray.
I can still see your face
when I shut my eyes
and all I can think about
is why?

Why did you have to go?
It was all too soon.
I wish you could come back
so I could say "I LOVE YOU!"

Source: Hate Too See You Go, Aunt Poems


Mobile Internet: the next frontier




Mobile internet has become the next big thing since the release of iPhone (or the iPod touch ) nowadys new mobile phones now include wi-fi capabilities so that users can now enjoy surfing the internet, checking e-mails, updating social networks by just using the portable comforts of a mobile phone.

Sure laptops and netbooks are portable but you can't carry it anywhere you want because they are bulky where as mobile phones can be carried in you pocket or hand bag.

As of this writing mobile internet still has limits unlike the internet that we are enjoying using the computer.

The Photojournalism Seminar for Bloggers



Last Saturday, I attended a Photojournalism Seminar for Bloggers which was held at Riverwalk Grill at Diversion Road, Maa. The seminar was conducted by Jojie Alcantara.

The seminar was about taking photos, minor editing of photos, and using photos for your blog posts. Jojie also share some of her previous photo works to demonstrate the basics of photojournalism.

We also participated on actual photo-shooting assignments in which we are to implement what we have learned and submit our top 5 photos for an open forum critique later on.

Overall the seminar was fun and personally, it has enhanced my knowledge in Photography.


Here are my photos taken during the seminar


Pacman Wins Again

Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao wins another great match against Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. The win also bags the WBO Welterweight title making Pacman the 1st boxer to win 7 titles in 7 different weight divisions. Congrats Manny!

Learning Google Wave


Since getting the invitation, I was so excited to have my very own Google Wave account. But since getting the account, I'm having problems exploring Wave since there's no definite Google Wave guide yet since Wave has just been recently released.

Good thing I found this video that is really helpful for me to learn Google Wave.


Sunday Morning Blog: Blog Updates and Facebook Games

Today's edition of my Sunday blog is more about the recent blog update that I did on several of my niche blogs since I got my blogging "groove" back in rhythm. As I stated on my last post that I have posted some updates on my other blogs.

Also I been on Facebook for some of my free time to do some "research" for my newest blog Facebook Games Review.


I have recreated a separate account for the purpose of testing the games online (and separate them from my personal account since I don't want to add friends that I don't really know).

Updates on my Other blogs



Just wanna make a quick update here just to let you know that I have posted new updates on my other niche blogs.
Also I have created another niche blog for Facebook Games entitled "Facebook Games Review"

Playstation Portable 3000


Last month, my mother ask If what should I get as pasalubong when my dad goes home from his 1 week trip in the the US. Well I've been dreaming of having my own Playstation Portable so that I can play some games on my off-time when I need to rest my laptop. So I told her PlayStation Portable 3000 and Madden NFL 10 would be my choice.

I've been itching to play Madden NFL since 2001 because I love playing American football on my PC before ( basketball is to finesse for me, no offense to all you NBA fans out there).


New Blog: Facebook Games Review

It's been a while since my last blog post because I spend most of my on work, family and going online on social media sites like Twitter, Plurk and Facebook.

Speaking of Facebook, I created a new blog entitled Facebook Games Review. It's all about the games on Facebook that I play and some up coming games that I would discover. The site is fairly new and will try to update that as much as I can since I now have a several blogs to maintain.


Celebrating Birthdays of my Two closest people I love


It's been a while since I wrote an update because of work and preparations for my daughter's 2nd birthday on October 6 and today it's my wife's turn to celebrate her birthday.


During my daughter's birthday, the theme was Dora the Explorer. We hired a Dora mascot with a party host. The kids enjoyed the party with my daughter laughing in between jokes (and to think she's just turned 2).

10 Excellent and Free Desktop Blog Editors

SixRevisions has been one of my favorite destination for web development and blogging resources. Since blogging is one of my passion, I would like to share the 10 Excellent and Free Blog Editors to all my fellow bloggers out there who might wanna try these awesome tools.


Sunday Morning Blogging: Boxing and Google Chrome 3


This edition of Sunday Morning Blogging will be about me more about Google Chrome 3 than me watching the Marquez-Mayweather fight (although as of this writing, the ones battling are the undercards yet).

For those of you who are not aware of new features that Chrome 3 bring then here's the summarize version:

New Home/ Tab Page

The most noticeable part about Chrome 3 is the homepage. The design of the homepage has been tweaked and users can now rearrange thumbnails of most-visited websites by simple clicking and dragging gestures. Additionally, users can "pin" the thumbnails to where they are so that they are not replaced by others in due course. The homepage is also customizable now, with the user getting options to show and hide what he wants on the homepage.


Themes Support

This feature is one of my favorites because I like to match my desktop color theme with my browser. You can download themes directly from its menu.


Better HTML5 Support

The stable version of Google Chrome now supports HTML5 and will now prove to be a decent competition for Firefox 3.5, which recently added the same. HTML5 enables the browser user to natively play video encoded in the open source Ogg Theora format and Ogg Vorbis audio, which provides for manipulation and editing of video without the use of an external program. Need I say more?


It's Faster

This I really notice when I open sites like Twitzap and Plurk.com together. Both sites really packs up the resources because both sites use extensive Ajax scripts which Google Chrome 3 has handle perfectly.

So what are waiting for, Download Google Chrome 3 now!

Wordcamp Davao @ Villa Margarita Hotel



Last Saturday, I attended Wordcamp Davao which was held at Villa Margarita hotel (which is located at J.P. Laurel Avenue next DLPC. Although there are not much people who attended the event but we had a great time.




Wordcamp Davao 2009 was organized by the Mindanao bloggers group who where also responsible to organizing the same event last year.

Mousehunt Wallpaper

It's a special non-working holiday today but here I am at the office working ( and compensated with additional 30% to our pay for today). Out of boredom because I've been doing non-stop work for sometime that I need some time to relax then graphic designer in me kicked in without warning.

Since have been bragging on plurk that I would rather play Mousehunt on facebook than Mafia Wars or Farmtown/Farmville/"planting thing-a-maging" , I decided to design a wallpaper to pay tribute to my favorite facebook game.



Now that's what you call dedication



Registering for PayPerPost Version 4

Your lover will love you even more if you get them a pinata


Sunday Afternoon Blogging : New Nike ACG Shoes



It's been a while since I bought a new pair of shoes and today, I bought myself another pair of hiking shoes from Nike (I always prefer hiking or climbing shoes because it usually lasts longer than sneakers).

I haven't tried Nike hiking shoes since I usually prefer Rockport and Vans shoes.



Happy Kadayawan To All Davaeneos

Kadaywaman
Photo courtesy of Rhonson Ng

It's KADAYAWAN Week here in Davao City, Philippines and I would like to greet all of you Happy Kadayawan. For events and other festivites you can log on to the Official Kadayawan website.

More Free Blogger Templates to Choose from

Blogger.com has one of the best blogging platform available (the others are Wordpress.com and LiveJournal.com) but as of now blogger's default themes are not quite impressive that is why blogger developer has allowed used to be able to install third-party templates for our blogs.



With that in mind, I would like to share 101 Free Blogger Templates from BloggerBuster.com

Just at Home for Sunday Afternoon blogging

Sunday Afternoon blogging will be a time for me to catch up on my blogging updates as well as research more about HTML 5 and CSS 3. Since the internet at home is now fixed (the whole house is now a Wi-Fi zone), I can do my net crawling anywhere in the house (including the bathroom hehe just kidding).

Why everybody should learn Ubuntu



Let's face it, the today's everyday lives now includes getting online and "netbooks" are the "in" thing today but most of these netbooks are cramping up with Windows Vista systems. Some are downgrading them to the more reliable and space friendly Windows XP yet that's not "going forward".

It't true that Ubuntu (or Linux in general) is not as apealing as Windows systems because of it "user friendly-ness" but it's just a matter of learning the new technology. The latest version of Ubuntu has already mades stride by giving Windows users a full on functional Ubuntu system within Windows by using the wubi-installation method.

This method will give the user flexibility while having the luxury of going back to Windows anytime by just restarting the system. The mean reason why I prefer Ubuntu over Windows Vista is stability, security and being virtual virus free.

So the next time you plan to buy a laptop or a "netbook" you have now have the option of choosing the most affordable system for you since Ubuntu won't be an added into the price.


Having fun with Ubuntu and Compiz



Another Sunday afternoon blogging for me and this time I'm using the Ubuntu OS with a full configure Compiz window manager application. What I like about Compiz is that it make managing my task better and with a little bit fun to it.

The Compiz application can emulate effects similar to the windows management on Mac OS X. Another feature that Compiz is famouse about is the 3D cube effect. Overall Ubuntu has been a good alternative operating system for every who cannot afford a licensed Windows OS and very particular in terms of virus and malware securities.


Sunday Afternoon Blogging at Kasagingan

Finally after about a year of not blogging at Kasagingan, I'm finally back here. Although the focus of this blog post is in relation to Kasagingan because I am now sharing to all my lovely readers my own food blog entitled Food trip ni Cesar (Cesar's food trip) in which I blog about the foods, the place and the recipes that I really liked.

You can visit my new blog at http://cnsqfoodtrip.blogspot.com/.

Ramblings of a BORED man

Yes you read the title right, being offline specially at home really, really BORES me because of the sheer boredom that it brings to me. It's been two days that I wasn't able to go online at home because the Wi-Fi router is being replaced.

Because of boredom, I resorted to write a blogpost just to release this boredom of mine, heck, this predicament I'm having
is also sign that it's time for me to get my own internet connection.

A colleague of mine said that he applied for SMART Post Paid Wireless USB internet for only P1,500 so that he can
surf online every where as long as there's a Smart Telecom cellsite.

While I'm writing this post, wifey is playing SIMS 3 using my cousin's Macbook laptop. The latest SIMS game might
have a great graphics YET this BORES me more than the original SIMS (with expansion) which I like better regardless of the subpar graphics. Playing god in a virtual world is no longer my computer play of choice.

Speaking of games, my new favorite computer game is called "Governor of Poker" which I previously played online thru Y8.com. All the games at Y8.com are mostly trial games on which you need to buy the full version to advance into the next
stage. This game has improved my skills on how to play No Limit Texas Hold'em Poker. Maybe I might beat Ria Jose on a game
someday (hehehe just kidding, di kita kaya talunin with your "actual" poker game experience).

This would be enough for now.. My eyes are now trying to close ...**yawn** '. I'll be back on my next blog post.


Sunday Morning Blog at Basti's Brew


Sunday morning blog was just about quality time for my family and we decided to take Basti's Brew. We ordered Chocolate and Vanilla Milkshakes, Chicken Terrazini and Bacon and Mushroom Pizza.


Desktop MEME


It's been a long time since I tinkered with my Photoshop and out of boredom, I started making to make a wallpaper for my wide-screen LCD monitor (1306 x 768) using pictures of Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox and Olivia Wilde.

If you want to have want a copy of this wallpaper you can get it here


I had fun at the Digital Filipino Blogger Meetup

Digital Filipino Davao leg

Sunday Morning Blog will be about the Digital Filipino Club Conference at the Pantawan Hall of Casino Filipino (Grand Regal Hotel), Lanang , Davao City. I really had fun while socializing with fellow bloggers and meeting new friends.

After dinner, we had some games courtesy of PAGCOR and won some prizes during the raffle.

New updates about blogging, e-commerce and the ongoing Influential blogger project.

For more about the Digital Filipino Davao leg.


DigitalFilipino Club & Bloggers Networking Event

Just last year Janette Toral has spearheaded the DigitalFilipino Club and Blogger Networking Event and tonight I will be attended this years event at the Pantawan Hall, Grand Regal Hotel, Lanang, Davao City.

I would be expecting some of the usual bloggers and maybe meet some new ones :D.

I will be updating this blog tonight with some pictures.



Sunday Afternoon Blogging at Caffe Firenzo


Sunday afternoon blogging is in full force and I am now blogging at Caffe Firenzo located at Quirino Ave. beside Honeybear Chicken House and fronting the Venue.

My wife ordered Sugar-free Chocolate Marble Cake and Mango juice while I ordered Pesto and Dalandan Juice (my daughter and I shared the pesto as she really loves to each pasta foods). Wi-Fi was OK and the place is very accessible. For a detailed review of Caffe Firenzo on Blogie Robillo's Davao Deli Food Blog.
Caffe Firenzo

Sunday Afternoon Blog at Figaro (Chimes - Davao)

Figaro

It's been a while since I have done a Sunday Afternoon blog since my wife gave birth to my daughter Venice. After doing some shopping, I decided that we take some merienda time at Figaro to check out the food (as well as test the Wifi of my new laptop).


I ordered Chicken Terazini and Ice Tea while my wife ordered Chocolate Torte and Chocolate Light.

More Pictures will be uploaded later on
Here are the pictures












My New Toy: Toshiba Satellite L310-S416

Toshiba Satellite L310

It's been a while since I blogged because my old desktop computer at the old house is about to retire and I really need a laptop. The time has come as I was able to purchase my very own laptop and it's a Toshiba Satellite L310-S416. With this new toy of mine, I can continue my blogging as well as tweeting and plurking (good thing the new house has WiFi and I can go online almost anywhere in the new house).



Father's Day Celebration


Last Sunday, we celebrated Father's day at Cafe El Gato (Rancho Palos Verdes located at Riverfront, Diversion Road just beside St. Paul College) along my parents. My daughter was very happy to see her grandparents again since we moved into the new house (although my Mom visits the house every now and then).




A Quick Update: My Macbook Experience

Macbook
It's been a while since my last update and I was able to go online since I'm "renting" my cousin's Macbook. It's my first time to use a Macbook (I'm currently geeting used to the Mac OSX environment since I'm more familiar with Windows and Ubuntu environments)

My first impression on using the Macbook was a bit rocky since keyboard orientation is a bit different on Windows and Ubuntu but I was able to familiarize myself in the long run since I'm using the Macbook every now and then when I'm checking my e-mails or my Facebook account.

With this experience that I have now, I think I won't be "overwhelmed" when I get my own Macbook. For now borrowing the Macbook is one of my great experience while I adjust into our new home.

Philippine Gov't Too Focused on the Hayden Kho Sex Scandal

Katrina Halili
Okay now we all know that the the Dr. Hayden Kho Sex Scandal was a national issue but for the Senate to focus their energies on the issues it just overkill.

I sympathize with Katrina Halili for what happened to her but there are a lot of issues which the good Senate needs to address like the upcoming 2010 Elections.

I'm entitled to my opinion and this is what I have to say about the issue.

SpyMaster: A Twitter powered Social online Game



If your in Twitter and love online games (particularly Spy/Assassin Games) then this game is for you. It's called Spymaster.


You might ask what is Spymaster?

Spymaster is a social game based on Twitter, a social messaging service. Each player becomes a master of a spy ring based upon their Twitter followers list. The more people that follow you and are playing characters in Spymaster, the more powerful your network will be. As a spymaster, you can perform tasks or attack other spymasters on Twitter. With each successful attempt, you will gain virtual currency and points that allow you to grow even stronger.

New Updates on iCNSQ Tech Blog

I just recently updated my Tech Blog (iCNSQ Tech Blog) which talks about a Firefox add-on use to save Webpages into PDF and to better rendering of PDF documents onto the Firefox browser.


Wordpress to Blogger Now Possible

Wordpress to Blogger

If have a Wordpress blog and you want to migrate to Blogger then here's a site called Wordpress2Blogger in which gives you a step-by-step guide on how to migrate you Wordpress blog to Blogger.



Hair, Beautiful Hair!


Short, long, high & tight, sculpted, point cut, dread locks, mohawk ... different climates, cultures, locations seem to demand different hair styles. Who leads the way in hairstyling ... Paul Mitchell, Vidal Sasson ... or is it the celebs with their personal stylists ... regardless the media picks it up, judges it, and we adjust


Memorial Day

In U.S. we remember those that have fought for our freedem ... we don't take freedom lightly, but sometimes we take those defenders of freedom for granted ... jeez, they're there, it's a job, do your thing, let me do my thing ... not quite that easy ... let's not forget that they also fought alongside our friends in many other nations to preserve a peacefully, free way of life for others, worldwide


The Transitional Life


My life now is considered in transition as me and my family are embarking on a "transitional" phase as we have now moved into a new residence away (but not really far away from my parents house) since my daughter is fast growing up and I would like to inject some "independence" on our daily undertakings.

We are still adjusting to the new environment which somewhat better that the previous residence (e.g. the room is bigger on the new place and it's much nearer to my workplace cutting down travel time by at least 5 minutes or so).

The only problem that I have with my new residence is that there is no internet connection yet and currently scouting possibilities what type of internet service I am gonna get and honestly I cannot live without the internet now that its part of my life.


MyBrute Cheat Guides


The last time I posted about MyBrute to introduce the game to those who haven't seen it. And now for the serious "MyBruters" I found a My Brute Cheats site for those who wanna improve their brutes. It's basically a guide on
how to improve your brute and other "cheats" and thanks to Jehzlau for creating this site ("Cheater ka talaga kahit kelan hehehe joke").

My Brute Cheats



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