Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Sa Iskinita

May iskinita malapit sa aming opisina
Na ang makikita'y hindi basta-basta
Nakahimpil ay isang sasakyang panlupa
Na tunay namang napakagara

Walang pagaatubiling aking kinuha
Larawan nito, bunsod ng pagkamangha
Subali't ang modelo'y hindi ko tanda
Baka alam ninyo? Parang awa niyo na.

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Loaded Weekend

Saturday - Munggo, DotA, Badminton, Zombies

And so i miss eating ginisang munggo. Thank God my mom's friend went here for a vacation, and so the munggo found its way from the pearl of the orient to the lion city, (pinaki suyo na lang na dalhin yung munggo at ibigay sa akin). Added some chicken, leaves that I am not sure what kind, and some thinly sliced bitter gourd, my craving for ginisang munggo is finally served!

In the afternoon, we played DotA. Not yet a pro not yet a newbie or as we call it in tagalog, "bano". According to my house mates it's not difficult to master, maybe it has something to do with my learning curve.

For a change, since no one in the house seems to be interested for some fat burning activity, I invited one of my pinay colleague to come over and play badminton at a nearby court. But it seems like the badminton session turned into a "chikahan session". Haha. Though we managed to complete 2 rallies of alternating A-B-C's. We are planning to do it again next week, but this time less talk and more action.

Night time, it's movie night! Since watching movies at a cinema would mean slashing 10 dollars from our pockets, we decided to do it at home, thanks to torrent. It's 28 Weeks Later, the same old story about zombies multiplying rapidly and man's quest to terminate the undead. The funny thing about me when watching horror and gore, is that I would cover my ears instead of my eyes during those nerve cracking scenes. Stupid me.

Sunday - Job Fair

A job fair was held at the Exhibition Hall 404 of Suntec City and Convention Center . It was hosted by Job Central. Many private companies and Singapore government agencies participated in the event as job hunters both local and foreign seek for employment, submitting their resumes, signing online forms, and collecting freebies (oh yeah!). I am quite surprised to see booths of government agencies in a job fair because in the Philippines I never encountered a booth for PNP or NBI or Department of Finance or even the Malacanang recruiting fellow filipinos. People working at the Singapore Government, especially those under the Singapore Police Force, are very snappy looking in their dark blue uniforms. They even have a booth for those who are interested to guard the prison cells of Changi!

Meanwhile, in our company's booth, I participated in the handling out of flyers, talking to some job seekers, mostly filipinos and indians. I think 70 to 80 percent of submitted resumes are from filipinos who just came here to seek employment, leaving their loved ones back home to look for a better source of income. Some of them have been staying here for as long as two months looking for a job, but still no luck. One of them, even begged ("nagmamakaawa"), for today was her last day of staying here and that she needs to return to the Philippines asap or suffer the consequences of overstaying. I just realized how blessed I am, and now I value my work more than ever.

On a lighter note, let me write this down in tagalog. Marami din anaps na nag-apply. At sa sobrang dami nila, pagnagsama-sama sila, sobrang lakas ng pwersa! Kahit lumayo na ako, gumuguhit pa rin sa lalamunan yung amoy na nasinghot ko. Ika nga sa Ghost Fighter, ang isangdaang porsyento ni Toguro. Haha.

After the event, we managed to collect some 270+ resumes and application forms, excluding the online sign up. Unfortunately, when the screening process begins, half of these will just be shelved for future references. Reality bites.

The next Job Fair, according to Job Central will be August next year. Somehow I have this guilt because I wasn't able to inform my friends in the Philippines about this di sana nakapaghanap din sila ng work dito, ang problema nga lang is yung pamasahe nila.

For a full list of participating exhibitors, click here.

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Youtube Unveils Anti-piracy Protection


"Online video leader YouTube on Monday rolled out long-awaited technology to automatically remove copyrighted clips, hoping to placate movie and television studios fed up with the Web site's persistent piracy problems."

read full article>>

Sad. I think my Vixy article is useless. Much worse, Vixy IS useless. Anyway, masama naman talaga ang piracy eh *spoken without conviction* lol

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Heypi Bertday Housemate!

Today, one of my house mate celebrated his 24th birthday. A few days ago, he was planning to set a lunch party in our humbled flat and he wanted to invite our pinoy colleagues, but his main concern was his tight budget. And so to show my camaraderie(“pakikisama”), I volunteered to do the “marketing” for him(“pamamalengke”) and ultimately, to do the cooking. Yes, it's Eben to the rescue.

Asking for his suggestions, we agreed upon the following:

The Menu



Bread Rolls


The Budget

Originally set to S$50 (about PHP 1,500).

The Preparation and Cooking

Saturday morning, my other house mate accompanied me to the nearby market to buy the stuffs that we'll be using for the next day's event. We bought some vegetable, meat, spices, etc. Unfortunately, even if we bought the cheapest ingredients, we failed to remain at the S$50 budget margin, and we had to allot an additional S$30 to cover all other expenses. This includes the aluminum trays, paper plates, plastic spoons, forks and cups.

Saturday afternoon, I was preparing the bread rolls. The recipe is easy actually. Flatten the tasty bread, put some slices of chicken franks and cheese, roll it, dip it in egg wash, and dip it in bread crumbs (the one that's used in making tempura, the katakana in the packaging says, “Friers”). I did this to save time for the next day, since this spaghetti-compatible finger food took plenty of time to prepare but lesser time to cook.

I also prepared the chicken for the pancit, two chicken thighs boiled until tender.

Chopped some garlic, onions, red bell pepper, baguio beans, cabbage, carrots, and kintsay. I also prepared the meat for the adobo by slicing it into chunks.

Sunday morning, first to cook was the pancit. I had a hard time mixing all the ingredients together because the “kawali” (like a wok) that I'm using is a bit small, but still I managed to cook all 1 kilo of bihon and canton. I added some deep-fried fish balls, too. (yummy!)

Through the help of my other house mate, I let him fry the bread rolls which I have prepared yesterday.

With regards to the adobo, the birthday celebrant's girlfriend did the cooking, but still with my assistance and supervision (how 'bout that? haha). We just let the meat boil in garlic and soy sauce, waited until tender, then added some potatoes, and garnished with sliced boiled eggs.

Spaghetti was cooked last. I'm a Filipino and we make spaghetti the Filipino way. Yeah, with hotdogs and a little bit of sweetness. Hehe. I Just mixed some fresh tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste, let it simmer, and the sauce is ready!

The Party

People started coming in at around eleven in the morning. Some brought their laptops with them (to play Warcraft and copy some downloaded movies and mp3s!), a colleague was watching her favorite koreanovelas, I on the other hand was playing O2 Jam, and then later on had a poker session with the others.

We also had some soda, cakes (4 birthday cakes mind you), and non stop booze.

However, I over estimated the quantity of food to serve and so we had leftovers. On a positive note, this is a good thing for we don't have to buy breakfast, lunch, and even dinner for the next day. Haha.

Seriously, this is my first time to cook for fifteen heads. I was so relieved that everybody seems satisfied with what they had devoured. (I hope).

I'm kind of tired right now but at the same time proud of myself for this accomplishment, well if that's the proper word to call it. My bed is calling me but I still need to press some of my clothes for this week. Today I wore a toque, tomorrow I will need to wear my thinking cap again. Oh yes, another week of brain cells exercise. U_U

On to the next birthday party!

Friday, 12 October 2007

Introducing Vixy: The Online FLV Converter

Watching streaming video is what some of us do whenever we surf the net, and there's no better place to watch our favorite videos than the ever popular Youtube.

But have you ever felt the need to save your favorite videos direct to your PC, mobile phone or iPod?

I found this very useful online service that converts FLV files (Flash video) into several media file types. Introducing, an online FLV Converter that converts FLV files from video streaming sites, such as Youtube, into several media file types like AVI for Windows, MOV for Mac, MP4 for iPod, 3GP for Mobile, and even MP3 to extract the audio. I've been using this site for quite some time now, and so far so good. Here's a brief information about vixy:

This service allows you convert a Flash Video / FLV file (YouTube's videos,etc) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP) file online. It is using a compressed domain transcoder technology (outline in Japanese). It converts FLV to MPEG4 faster and less lossy than a typical transcoder.

When you submit an url, it will download and convert to the video format. Then you can download the converted file.

FLV to MPEG4 Conveter engine is now OpenSource. You can download the source code via subversion:

Too technical? Nevermind, what's important is that you know how to copy and paste the URL (in Youtube, you will see this on the right side of the screen just above the Embed textbox) of the video you want to convert, then select the file type of your choice, hit the Start button, and vixy will do the rest for you. Just dont forget to save the converted file to your hard drive.

As for me, I tried using vixy to download live performances of Regine Velasquez in her Twenty concert and Evanescence AOL Sessions, both in mp3 format. And also, the Final Fantasy Concert in AVI format. I haven't tried using it to convert video's from other websites though(i.e. Veoh, TV Links, etc), so I might as well give it a try.

Just some reminders, vixy cannot convert the FLV file if Youtube is down or under maintenance, also, the conversion speed varies depending on how fast your internet connection is.

So what are you waiting for? Christmas? Try it now!

Related links:

Disclamer: I am in no way paid by vixy to post an article about their service (how i wish.hehe)

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

LSS: Good Enough by Evanescence

From their latest album, The Open Door. I just can't get enough of this song! Been playing this over and over even in the office, haha. The video is awesome too, and Amy Lee's voice is just...ethereal. Such a beautiful ballad.

Other favorite tracks:
- Lithium
- Lacrymosa


Under your spell again
I can't say no to you
crave my heart and its bleeding in your hand
I can't say no to you

Shouldn't have let you torture me so sweetly
now I can't let go of this dream
I can't breathe but I feel

Good enough
I feel good enough for you

Drink up sweet decadence
I can't say no to you
and I've completely lost myself and I don't mind
I can't say no to you

Shouldn't have let you conquer me completely
now I can't let go of this dream
can't believe that I feel

Good enough
I feel good enough
its been such a long time coming, but I feel good

and I'm still waiting for the rain to fall
pour real life down on me
cause I can't hold on to anything this good
am I good enough
for you to love me too?

so take care what you ask of me
cause I can't say no

For the first time, a happy song for Amy Lee.

thanks to evanescencevideo of Youtube

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Good work!

Masarap talaga sa pakiramdam pag alam mong nasisiyahan ang boss mo sa ipinapakita mong kasipagan.

Kapag pinapalakas niya ang loob mo kapag nakikita niyang medyo nahihirapan ka na.

Kapag nauunawaan niya ang mga kahinaan mo at tinutulungan ka niyang mapagtagumpayan ito.

Ang marinig ang mga salitang "Good work", "I appreciate your effort" at "thanks a lot!", talagang masarap sa pakiramdam.

Mas gaganahan ka magtrabaho. :)

Monday, 1 October 2007

It's draining me


Matters to be addressed back home.

An empty pocket.

A room shared with a psycho.

Your nearness.

Recharge, watanuki.