Wednesday, March 25, 2015


PHUKET, THAILAND. At least three Chinese tourists were killed and 15 others were injured midday of Wednesday, March 25 when a tour bus rammed through the roadside crash barrier and plunged down on Kata Hill while on its way down Chalong in Phuket, Thailand.

Photo Credits: Phuket News
The driver identified as Kajonjit Srisongkram, 35, was not injured but one man and two women who were among the 18 Chinese tourists on board the bus, owned by OA Transport, were thrown out and died.

Reports have not yet identified the fatalities. The injured were taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015


Like any other OFW, my biggest fear is to go home to the Philippines years from now with nothing but my old tired self. No savings. No investments. Nothing. 

It's scary but it can actually happen. I've read a number of heartbreaking stories of many Filipino overseas workers who spent most of their lifetime years away from their family to earn more for the purpose of providing a better life for them but ended up with nothing when they return. There's no need to mention that while away from home these workers have endured numerous struggles of homesickness;  discrimination;  physical, mental and emotional tortures from their abusive employers. Some even unfortunately come home inside a coffin if worse comes to worst. While working condition here in Thailand is a lot easier, I am faced with other predicaments concerning how to save and even how to keep my money afloat until the next payday. 


Here in Thailand, we live life in "sabai sabai" (easy-easy) manner. For most of us who are teachers in the elementary and secondary schools, our workloads would only range from 18 to 22 hours a week that would mostly consist of Speaking Class which does not require much time of preparation. In short, work is pretty manageable. The truth is: our salary here in the land of smiles is just fine. We don't earn as much as those who are working in Japan, UAE, UK and the USA but  most of us choose to stay here  because the basic commodities are very affordable. When you go to the wet market, your 1,000 baht will already go a long way and if you choose to dine out, restaurants are aplenty and local food shops are in every corner of the streets where you can only spend as much as 30 or 40 baht per meal. And here's another appetizing fact: gadgets are inexpensive too. Well, they may be a little bit costly but at least we can afford to get updated with the latest once in a while if we really want to. Not only that, travel enthusiasts do have a lot of opportunities to give in to their passion because Thailand has the best beaches, parks, and other travel sites. With the long holidays we have, we actually have much opportunity to visit any place we want without sacrificing our jobs. Considering the "not-so-high" income we get and the endless money drainers, it is also true that sometimes it is really hard to get by with our salary here which should not be case. 


I've been working here for five years and what do I have? Basically, nothing just YET because like many OFW's I am also guilty of reckless and senseless expenditure. During payday time, I sometimes tend to be the richest man alive having to go to endless shopping spree buying things that I don't actually need. Well, yes I make it sure I fulfill my monthly obligation of sending my monthly allotment to my parents, then I set aside budget for housing, electricity, phone and other bills but I always commit thievery when it comes to my savings or investments. "I'll save next month", as I always tell myself. I sometimes convince myself too that my family sets aside something with the money that I regularly send them which is of course - not true as they are also bombarded with a lot of expenses for the period of one month. Sad reality and it bites but the saddest of all is that I am not getting any younger so I need to do something. 


Recently, I came across with this website of the Truly Rich Club of Bo Sanchez  where I happen to watch a video about how the club can help those who would like to start to invest in the stock market in the Philippines. This isn't the first time I've heard about Bo Sanchez nor my first time to hear about investing in Stock Market, I have heard this before and I did several attempts to start the process of investing but none of them flourished, however this time is different. I just feel the sense of urgency that I need to start if I need to ensure a better future for myself and I'm happy that I did. Watching the video turned out to be a great learning experience because all my questions were answered and the questions that didn't come up to my mind was asked by the interviewer - Allan Ngo who is also an active member of Truly Rich Club

Here's the video:

It pays to be financially educated as it is true that time passes by quickly. We may not feel it by now but what we do at present will have a significant impact in the near future. Saving is a matter of decision. When we decide to do it now then we should not wait for the next day to come otherwise we may as well find another avenue to spend the money for. 

In one of the TCR videos, I learned: So when is the best time to invest? Actually the answer is YESTERDAY. If we have saved yesterday, we could have let our money grow already. When is the next best time to invest? TODAY is the answer. If we take the first step today, doing the second step will become easier. 

Today, I gained another ounce of inspiration by the stories of friends who are already in the Stocks Investment. Their positive feedback gave me another push to start my own. Also reading stories and watching You Tube videos sent to me by Truly Rich Club added more fervor to an already heightened enthusiasm. This is it! 

If you want to know more and become a member of Truly Rich Club, you can follow the link below:

He will teach you how to do the first step in Stock Market Investment. I've learned. I'm sure you will. 

Share your thoughts, key in your comments below.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Of course we are very familiar with these five Visayan-speaking Americans Connor, Davis, Jake, Tyland and Sumner. These are the guys who make series of You Tube videos under the name "Hey Joe Show" using the Visayan  dialect.

As of this posting, their You Tube channel has already gained tens of thousands of followers and viewers and gets daily doze of messages from Filipino fans all around the globe. Who would not be enamored by them? Think of this: Five young Americans sing Christmas carols, do "Harana", dance, broadcast news all in fluent "Bisaya". Awesome, right? Not only that, their channel as they put it is a celebration of Filipino culture spoken in Bisaya - the indigenous language of the people they served in their two-year missions in the Visayas region. 

Here's the exciting part: "Hey Joe Show" is actually going back to the Philippines on April 24 to May 6. Yes, you got that right! Connor, Davis, Jake, Tyland and Sumner are set to return to the place of their mission to reunite with the people and the culture that has left indelible marks in each of their hearts. Their "come back" is not without a bang as they promise to expand their viewer base and continue to make wholesome entertainment for Filipinos both in the Philippines and those who are abroad.  

Watch their big announcement here:

Exciting, isn't it? You can also help funding this trip for them. You can send in your donations by clicking the link below:

Share your thoughts with your comments below. 

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Monday, February 23, 2015


BUTUAN CITY. Jason Dy made it to the Top 4 and will represent  Team Sarah in the Grand Finals next week in ABS-CBN's The Voice of the Philippines Season 2.

Jason Dy earned a commanding 65.19% text votes and 55 % from Sarah Geronimo garnering a total score of 60.1 % while Monique Lualhati got 39.1 % from the accumulated score of coach and text votes combined.

In the two-part semi-finals on Sunday, February 22, Jason and Monique did a slow version of "Nothing Can Stop Us Now", an 80's classic to which Coach Lea Salonga commented that their version deserves to be released as a single. 

In their solo performance, Dy performed a Brian Mc. Knight song "Back at One" while Lualhati sang Christina Aguilera's "Fighter". Eventually, Toni Gonzaga, one of the show's host announced Jason Dy's name as the artist who will proceed to the next round of the competition. 

Meanwhile, in his personal Facebook account, Jason Dy wrote a lengthy post  expressing his gratitude to all his supporters. 

Here's a screen grab of the said post:

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Friday, February 20, 2015


AGUSAN DEL SUR - Philippine Normal University -Mindanao (formerly PNU-Agusan Campus) has just released its list of 561 successful exam takers for the School Year 2015-2016.

Below is the SECOND set of the list:

PNU-Mindanao also announces its schedule of interview as follows:

Also read: PNU-Mindanao bares Successful Admission Passers (Set 1)

Congratulations future breed of educators!
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AGUSAN DEL SUR - Philippine Normal University -Mindanao (formerly PNU-Agusan Campus) has just released its list of 561 successful exam takers for the School Year 2015-2016.

Below is the first set of the list:

PNU-Mindanao also announces its schedule of interview as follows:

Congratulations future breed of educators!
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015


It is true. Philippines will never run out of talents. We find them not just on television but all around - the streets, karaoke bars, even in the remotest place we could imagine, I know for sure there's a hidden voice out there just waiting to be heard.

The following video of a man belting out a "Dance With My Father Song" is starting to get viral with more than 500, 000 views and over 40,000 shares. What makes the singer unique is that he holds the microphone with his foot because he has no arms. 

The uploader of the video says she hopes to get the video viral to catch Vice Ganda's (local celebrity) attention so he can feature the singer in his TV show - Gandang Gabi Vice (GGV).

Boy, the man could sing. I hope he gets the attention he deserves.

Watch the viral video here.

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Today, I'm taking a moment of my time to pray for the bereaved families of the more than 40 Philippine policemen who died in the hands of the lawless Muslim rebels in Mindanao. I pray for comfort in these times of grief and calmness in the midst of confusion. 

Each of those 49 policemen who died is someone else's son, husband, father, brother, fiance', friend. They are indeed modern day heroes who chose to fight  till their last breath. 

My salutes valiant policemen! May your souls be at peace...May your death will never be put to waste. 
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015


The Miss Universe 2014 pageant is over but the uproar of the Filipino pageant fanatics won't just come to hush anytime soon. Facebook is still filled with so many discussions as to why MJ wasn't able to make it to the Top 5 therefore halting the consecutive years that Philippines is too close to the most coveted crown. Was it really the gowns that MJ wore in the coronation night? 

What I'd like to tackle here is the question that many have already asked: Why does the Bb. Pilipinas Charities Organization need to employ the Colombian Designer Alfredo Barraza to do the designs of the dresses that our representatives wear in the International pageant? In an interview with ABS-CBN, Araneta has this to say: "If I didn't do it for several years, it's because the designs that were given to us were not good enough for our candidates. That's the reason I went abroad."

World Class Filipino Designers

What a shame! Philippines has never and will never ever run out of creative minds in the Philippine Fashion Industry. As a Filipino I felt insulted hearing this kind of statement when in fact Filipino designers are all over the world. We have Josie Natori whose clients include Oprah Winfrey; Monique Lhuiller, Hollywood's favorite wedding gown designer whose celebrity clients include Britney Spears, Gwyneth Paltrow, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry among others. How about Francis Libiran, Michael Cinco and Rajo Laurel? No doubt that these designers will come up with a masterpiece that will showcase what Philippine Fashion truly is. 

On Alfredo Barraza's Designs

There is no question about Barraza's capability as a designer. Araneta would have not hired him through the years if he isn't on top of the line in Colombia,  however he fell short on his "fairness" having to create the dresses of both candidates from Colombia and Philippines. 

Need I spell out the difference? While the concept is similar on both creations, my heart bleeds looking at  MJ wearing this "cheap" supposedly Panagbenga inspired costume. I am no designer myself but we don't need designer's eyes to know that Miss Philippines' dress is totally inferior to that of Miss Colombia's. This is something that even my 4th year adviser in high school wouldn't allow her student to wear during "Buwan ng Wika" celebration.

And how about these?

Credits go out to MJ for giving  her best during the competition. Her beauty and oozing confidence did obviously shone during the whole period of the pageant. Would it be a different route had she been dressed by a Filipino designer who I'm sure would give it all just make it till the end with her? We could only presume. 

Filipino Designer for Filipino Miss U Rep

In one of Ariella Arida's "On the Scene" interview with Miss Venezuela, Miss USA, Miss Malaysia and Miss Philippines during the Preliminary Competition, all of them proudly announced except Miss Philippines they wore gowns that are created by designers coming from their own country. It's about time that the task of dressing our representative to the Miss Universe pageant be given to our own Filipino designers. We definitely don't need another Barazza creation in the coming years after all, Maegan Young won Miss World 2013 wearing Francis Libiran. 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Google PH - Miss Nothing (full video)

Have you seen this video by Google PH especially dedicated for OFW's? If not, then you should play it now...and oh, don't forget to prepare some tissue before you do. 

Merry Christmas to all of us who won't be able to make it home for the holidays for the nth time. May love and peace and the true spirit of Christmas continue to reign in our hearts. 
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