Tuesday, September 29, 2009
For my fellow Filipino readers and visitors, you may have already read about Jacque Bermejo and her "controversial" Facebook status that circulated our news feed. If it haven't reached your attention, her message goes like this:
"buti n lng m hir n dubai!maybe so many sinners bak der!so yeah deserving wat hapend!"
Conveniently, this person has claimed that her Facebook account was hacked and it wasn't her who posted the message. Yeah. Right.
It's bad enough that a Filipina who is in Dubai wished us bad, but then there are 2 others who are posting derogatory remarks about the Philippines and they are not even from here! Maybe they want to be "known" or they simply just want to "voice out" their opinions but I think it is very rude, cruel, racist and plain evil to be posting such things on the world wide web about a country who is isuffering from a terrible calamity. Sure there is freedom of speech. Sure we are allowed our own opinions. But really? To post it on Twitter? And to repeat the same message a number of times? I can't stomach re-posting her Tweets on my beautiful blog so I'll just leave the reading to you guys.
"Rain rain don't go away, keep pouring till you wash the poor filipino monkeys away :-D"
"Now you're choking and suffocating like a 3rd world monkey fool! Now the world's a better place, minus a 3rd world filipino like u ;-)"
Here is her COMPLETE EVIL COMMENTS.
It may be a fake account of some Korean "celebrity" but it certainly is still a "person" who are looking down at us.
There is also another one who posted:
"Who cares about the Philippines!"
Apparently, her account OfficialDeLayna is not existing anymore.
Now, some of you might disagree with me but my point is if you don't have anything nice and helpful to say then don't just say anything. It goes with everything in life I guess. I am not completely affected about these things but it's amusing how some people can be so downright mean and laugh AT people who are suffering. Oh well, that's their lives anyway. Maybe they find their own little happiness by doing that and it helps "boost" their self-esteem or something. I am a believer of Karma. So yes. Karma will take care of them. They may or may not have meant what they said, it's their conscience.
On a much lighter and very helpful note, I will be out tomorrow to go grocery shopping and drop off donations for the typhoon victims. I'm thinking of toiletries and gallons of water. I don't have any used clothes to donate since I regularly give away my old clothes and there are already a lot of people donating canned goods and instant noodles that they are forgetting other necessities such as medicines, vitamins, water, sanitary napkins, alcohol, toilet paper, etc. I am also counting on my friend to accompany me for the day or the afternoon. I'm waiting for her reply. But whether she reply or not, my donations will be dropped off tomorrow. That's a promise that I made for myself. No more delays. If I have a volunteer group to go with, I might go help re-packing the goods and maybe help out in the distributing too. I really want to make good use of my very abundant spare time.
Speaking of volunteering, classes are suspended until Saturday in ALL levels in the affected areas (NCR, region 4-a), classes will resume on Monday, October 5.
I hope everyone will take part in volunteering and spreading out details. :)
For my international friends, there are details posted in my earlier post below on how you could donate.
Thank you a lot!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Labels: current news
So everybody is still stunned on what happened during the weekends. Us Filipinos are still in shock and are still trying to recover from the devastating typhoon that hit us. Everyone wants to help and reach out to those who were badly affected and in serious need of rescuing, shelter, food, clothing, and medicines. My Twitter and Facebook are still flooded with updates on hotline numbers, donation drop-off locations and other details on how to volunteer in the relief operations of the typhoon's victims and for the first time... I don't care about my timeline and my wall being flooded with numerous re-tweets and re-posts of "help" and "donation" messages. The more people re-tweet and re-post, the more people we can ask for help, the more people can actually help us.
I was watching the news earlier and I was teary-eyed all throughout. Dead bodies were being carried out of the muddy water that they were trapped in. Children feeling helpless. Parents mourning over the loss of their children. Years of hard earned hundreds of millions worth of properties (furnitures, cars, houses, etc.) all trashed and ruined just within 24 hours. It was... heartbreaking. I cannot even find the right adjective to describe the feeling that I had while watching the news.
But amidst the calamity that our country suffered, our spirit is still intact. We are still hopeful that we can all get through this as one and we with our bayanihan spirit are now united to give help to those in need. Every Filipino, mostly those who were spared from the flash floods, are now actively volunteering in every relief operations that the country has. There are numerous ways to reach out and extend a hand. We can all donate. One local celebrity posted a compilation for volunteers and donations on her blog. There are also several universities who are also gathering donations and pledges, there is Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, and other provincial schools. This is nationwide and worldwide. There were Hollywood celebrities and personalities who posted about our situation on Twitter too.
I really, really, really want to go out there and donate. I have never felt this greatly affected towards a tragedy and I want to do something good because I know I can and there are a lot of ways for me to do it. I know some drop-off places are quite far from where I live but McDonald's branches and Petron gas stations are also accepting donations and I can go there instead since there are one or two of those establishements near my place. Hopefully tomorrow or on Wednesday I could go out and buy some food and toiletries to give out. Some of my friends have already gone to the schools and volunteering places mentioned and other have dropped off their donations too. So far, I have only done the Red Cross text donation thing and I am still not contented with it. I can do better than just text and I am going to do it.
If you want to help out too, in-kind or monetary donations of any amount would be greatly appreciated, you could check out Philippine Red Cross or for a more complete list go to Bianca's blog.
Thank you very much!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Here are some of the Tweets I have been getting as of this hour, Julius Babao's tweets and re-tweets give me goosebumps:
Tony Slick Sam: If anyone still needs help (stranded on top of their roofs or on bridges)call or text them for rescue: 0917.814.0655 (ask for Lydia Ragasa)
: if you have family in the US that want to helpRT @chercalvin relief in the Philippines donate thru the American Red Cross. Call 800-435-7669
: RT @momtintinbabao: deposit to : BDO acct # 56300-020111 ACCOUNT NAME : ABSCBN FOUNDATION .ur cash donations! Will go a long way. tnx
: DZMM: Classes suspended in all levels of NCR & parts of Rizal, through an Executive Order issued by palace.
Julius Babao: Angel Locsin donates P 500,000 to victims of Ondoy! KUDOS Angel!
: In this hour of darkness let us show the world that this is our shining moment as Filipinos.
: There are hundreds of unknown people who have displayed heroism and continue to do so in this time of need. I salute all of u.
: Actor/ Host Cesar Montano and Bayani Agbayani braved the floods to save people in QC. KUDOS GUYS!
: Jericho Rosales rescues group of kids using his surfboard. KUDOS ECHO!
: RT @mlq3: RT @beatrixpg: Wow (I'm in tears)... Philippine Dragon Boat team lending their dragon boats for rescue & relief ops . KUDOS GUYS!
: RT @martinladores: @juliusbabao Once again, our bayanihan makes me proud to be Filipino! We see a united Filipino just when we need it most!
Miriam Quiambao: PLEASE RETWEET: International donations through Paypal please read: http://www.txtpower.org/2009/09/philippines-help-typhoon-victims-in-luzon-philippines/
My Tweet RT: typhoon victims in Philippines in dire need of food/clothng. Call the American Red Cross to help. 18004357669
Facebook Status Updates:
For people who need assistance: National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Emergency Numbers: 912-5668, 911-1406, 912-2665, 911-5061; Help hotlines: 734-2118, 734-2120. Please repost!
Hello, 1.6 million Philippine Facebook users. Donate 100 pesos each and we'll raise 160 million for Red Cross rescue and relief! Red Cross donation through SMS: text REDA calamity like this strengthens the bonds of the Filipino people. You would see and feel those who genuinely cares for their fellow citizens. In times like this, Filipinos bayanihan spirit always rule among others.
AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart).
I will try to post some videos and more photos from Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) a little later. For now, I have sent my donation to Red Cross through SMS and I will go and sleep some more. I really don't feel good, I have taken in my med, lots of water and now rest is all that's left for me to do.
Thank you for the prayers and donations are very much appreciated. Please refer to the hotline numbers and the link for international donations that I have posted above.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I'm personally used to this kind of weather and news of stranded people being rescued, evacuated, schools being suspended in mid-day, and then the post typhoon donations for food, clothing and what have you. It happens every time the rain pours down hard and nonstop even without typhoons. Manila would be affected, floods and all but not as close to how the rain affects people in the provinces. Today however, is way lot different than the other hard rainy days and typhoons that have passed, today I actually felt scared and worried and sad. Today, Manila actually suffered more. Greater parts of Manila almost sunk in to the flood; Marikina, Makati, Quezon City, Cainta, Mandaluyong, Taft, Paranaque, Pasig, Metro Manila. People's houses were also flooded, everyone evacuated to their second floors, third floors and some unlucky ones went up to their roofs! Cars were left stranded on the streets almost floating. Flood depth varies from knee-high, waist-high, chest-high and even neck-high.
These people are not just random Filipinos, some are my friends and some are even celebrities. All of my friends are Tweeting and Facebook-ing about it which makes the emotion feel a lot serious. Everyone are posting Emergency Numbers of rescuers such as Red Cross, NDCC, NCRPO, Bureau of Fire and Protection, television network ABS-CBN, there are also Senators such as Sen. Villar, Sen. Roxas, Sen. Aquino who put up a hotline for donations for rubber boats to be used for rescuing, clothes, food, etc. Everyone is scared and worried and wants to extend help to those in need but the most that we (the safe and dry people) could do is collect and donate and pray for them. There are already people who died, people still missing and people still on top of their roofs waiting to be rescued and it's already dark and cold.
Celebrities, Politicians, TV reporters and even my personal friends that I am following on Twitter are all very active today updating phone numbers and hotlines to call, news about the rescue operation, details on where the evacuation centers would be and asking everyone to please, please pray for these people and the rescuers for their safety.
For visuals, here are some flood photos I have gathered from friends:
Here are some Tweets of concerned and very worried Filipinos, from celebrities to ordinary people, everyone IS worried:
Tim Yap: PLS SEND YOUR DONATIONS FOR CANNED GOODS, CLOTHES, MEDICAL&OTHER EMERGENCY SUPPLIES TO MANOR SUPERCLUB, Eastwood (10AM- 9PM)Starting tom sun.
Julius Babao: PGMA now in Marikina supervising rescue operations.
: RT @joevtan: Pls rescue: koy banal holding on to a tree (per his wife Minel) near entrance to Golden Meadows Subd along Marcos Hwy.
: Gibo Teodoro appeals 4 understanding. Rescuers are having a hard time penetrating affected areas in Marikina, Pasig, Cainta, and others.
Sassy Torrijos: Send SMS of full address of those who are stranded to RED CROSS: 0917-899-7898 and 0938-442697. Please spread.
Mariel Rodriguez: I'm sad because so many people are affected because of this bad weather!!! I wish there was something more we can do.for now...prayers!
Sen. Aquino: People are calling Clare and Jana to be rescued. Please call Red Cross 143, MMDA 136, NDCC 9115061 & Coast Guard 5276136 for rescue.
Maita Baello: Help people in Provident already! My heart is breakingggg.
KC Concepcion: ang bigaaaaaat ng puso ko dahil jan sa ONDOY na yan!! stranded in Singapore, didn't get to fly out to Manila. watching TV PATROL on TFC now.
I hope, as I am sure others do, that tomorrow would be a much better day for everyone. Hopefully no more downpour so that the evacuees and the rescuers would have a more safer time to cope up and others who are still stuck can be rescued too and those who are still missing can be found. I feel bad but I admit this is the first time that I actually felt this worried about other people and I want to help them in any way.
Right now all I can do is to donate to Red Cross through SMS and pray for these families and individuals who are terribly affected and are suffering because of today's situation. Several provinces, including Manila has been declared under the State of Calamity. It is that serious a problem. So please, please, include not just the victims but the entire country in your prayers. If you want to donate anything at all just call the hotlines or ask me.
I will keep you guys updated tomorrow. Time for me to go to bed. I feel sick, like I am going to catch the cold and flu again.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I have found another fun past time while going about the tweets of some adorable local celebrities that I am following on Twitter. (click HERE to follow me) I know myself, I don't really follow what's hip and trendy right away especially when:
1. I don't feel comfortable with it,
2. it's not within the range of my interests,
3. and everybody's on it already.
Most of the time, I let the hype subside or other times I don't go with the flow.. at all.
Now, this fun past time that I am talking about has nothing to do with blogging or Facebook games (which both by the way mostly eats up my day). It also doesn't include my usual favorite things or routines to do in my everyday life (well, not really).
I am talking about... Looklet. I am not sure if you guys are familiar with it or already has an account there. If I am the first one to introduce it to you then let me share a little about what and what-not Looklet is about . If you are a person who:
1. loves fashion,
2. enjoys "mix and match"-ing clothes, shoes and accessories,
3. spends time getting dressed wanting to look good,
4. grew up with Barbie dolls or any dolls that need dressing up for that matter,
5. dreams of becoming a fashion designer or be in anything fashion-related,
6. drools over clothes, shoes and accessories,
7. wants to own a closet full of the above mentioned
8. practice dressing up for occasions, and most importantly
9. wouldn't mind creating looks, choosing from a lot of clothes, bags, etc that is not going to end up in your own closet afterwards...
then Looklet might be interesting and enjoyable to you.
If you are:
1. looking for extra income,
2. wants freebies, and
3. easily distracted
I wouldn't recommend Looklet to you.
The site is free to join. You wouldn't be earning money from the designs or the "looks" that you make. You would however, have a fabulous time going through a very wide variety of clothes, bags, shoes, and other accessories and would be very motivated to work hard, earn big and then buy those fancy clothing there is. Kidding. Well, half-kidding. ;) The looks you can create over at Looklet can be an image of you or something you would want to wear but is not advisable given the climate in your country (that's me).
The looks that I created are still ME. MY own style, they just have the clothes. I am still practicing creating something more "visionary", a certain style that is not all me, something new but still has a bit of Mara in it. Oh, so fun.
Here are my favorite looks that I created since I first joined Looklet 2 days ago:
Look Name: Fab Working Outfit.
Look Name: Bootleg.
I think I found my other "calling" in life! Ooh. I thought of doing RTW (ready-to-wear) business in the future months ago but I still need to save up for a capital so I really have no choice but to get a temporary real life day job and earn a decent amount for a business start up capital.
Anyway, for more of MaraDG's looks and styles, you can go over at Looklet and search for MaraDG or better yet just click HERE. Now, now, now, I only have 5 looks created and believe me it was not that easy to style one model at a time with all the clothes available. How I wish I have a closet like that. Hate me for being such a girl but a girl can dream, right? And we better dream BIG. If by any chance you like one or all of my creations then you can "like" it by clicking the heart.
I spent almost an hour in each model. It is addicting and for me who spends her time in the internet for extra income, that addiction is not really good so I am cutting down on the hours and just create looks after my "work" here in the blogging industry is done. Yes, I just called blogging an "industry".
So, if you want to relax and have a distraction like no other then come and try Looklet. It's the next best thing to window- shopping without the walking around and unexpected expenses.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
- Stay online: check my mail, Facebook, blog and visit other blogs while...
- I stay curled up in my soft bed with my pillows or on the comfy couch while...
- I watch a lot of TV shows or watch and do a marathon of re-runs of my favorite TV series or DVDs and
- Munch on my favorite chips, candies, juice, coffee and water and then afterwards,
- Do my indoor exercise: climb up and down the stairs for 15 minutes and do crunches, sit-ups and jumping jacks.
- Take a loooooooong good bath.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Labels: online earning, personal entry, rainy weather, random sunday entry, random thoughts
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Labels: personal entry
Friday, September 11, 2009
- Arrange my pre-employment requirements (SSS, NBI clearance, TIN #, etc.). I think it's only proper that I have them already since I graduated more than a year ago.
- Get an EON card at Union Bank for my PayPal transactions.
- "Improve" my online opportunities.
- Continue to apply for a job.
- Take things easy. Although my friends can't expect me to be as happy, spontaneous and as available as before. It's still hard not to worry about this kind of thing.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Labels: make money online
In an attempt and in the hopes of making and earning more with my blogs to finance my current financial situation, I have signed up with different programs in the past week. Other than my already existing accounts in:
I decided to add more since I am only earning in the first three sites (more especially on Adgitize).
Here are my additional programs:
The only programs I am lucky on is Adgitize. All you have to do there is what you normally do when blogging: click and visit other blogs and post blog entries. The only difference is if you are registered there, you earn points for those activities and you earn actual money. Adsense and Adbrite are already popular among bloggers. You just have to put the code on your site and hope companies advertise and visitors click on them. PayingPost, Blogsvertise,PayPerPost, LinkFromBlog and SponsoredReviews are paid-to-review sites. Advertisers will contact you and you just have to follow the instructions about the review that they want you to write. I still have no idea how LinkWorth works so I seriously need help on that one.
As of the moment, the only sites that I am actually earning money are on Adgitize which I make payout almost every month, Adsense and Adbrite even though I only earn a few cents a day. All the others, I have not received any offers/opportunities yet so I am still waiting and hoping that I get A LOT of offers soon.
"Donations" for my current situation are still very much welcome. Please contact me for my PayPal address.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
- blogging, dropping, clicking, reading, commenting, browsing, chatting, facebook-ing, uploading, updating and watching.