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Important Philippine Airlines announcement

Monday, November 26, 2007
To all Filipino travelers, this is just for laughs. Funny how Pinoy stories like this could make us smile. Enjoy.

PAL Stewardess:

PAL Stewardess 1st Announcement: We're now preparing to land at San Francisco International Airport .

Kindly straighten up your seats, turn off all electronic gadgets, pull up your window shades and buckle up for safety. We hope you enjoyed flying with us as much as we did.

PAL Stewardess 2nd Announcement:

Sa wikang atin po, tayo po ay papalapag na sa paliparang pangkalawakang internasyonal ng San Francisco. Paalala po lamang sa ating mga kababayan -- ang mga unan, kumot, headset at iba pang kagamitan sa eroplano ay di po kasama sa pasalubong. Huwag po lamang baklasin ang LCD-TV na nakadikit sa silya.

Note: no offense meant...just for laughs! Have a great Monday to all kababayans!

2006 Offensive Driving Awards

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

10th Place

9th Place

8th Place

7th Place

6th Place

5th Place

4th Place

3rd Place

2nd Place

Gold-Medal Award - Champion

Effects of bananas on the brain

Friday, November 16, 2007
A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression "going bananas" is from the effects of bananas on the brain. Read on:

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!

This is interesting.

After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit

Philippines House of Representatives Bombing!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007
A bomb exploded at the House of Representatives in Quezon City Tuesday evening, killing Basilan Representative Wahab Akbar and the driver of another lawmaker.

Two other solons and five more persons were also wounded in the explosion, just minutes after the House adjourned its session a little past 8 p.m.

Aside from Akbar, the explosion also killed Marcial Tando, driver of Gabriela Representative Luz Ilagan.

Philippine National Police Director General Avelino Razon Jr. said Doctor Arnold Corpus declared the solon dead at the Far Eastern University Hospital at around 10:25 p.m.

Mayor Talib Pawaki of Hadji Muhamad Ajul town in Basilan said Akbar sustained “massive head injuries,” including a fracture, but was still alive when brought to the hospital.

Akbar’s body will be flown home to Basilan on Wednesday in keeping with Muslim tradition to bury the dead within 24 hours.

National Capital Region Police Director Gearry Barias said Akbar was the likely target of the bombing but added that they still had to confirm this.

He said they suspect an improvised explosive device was remotely detonated because “the explosion occurred immediately after the suspension of the session at 8:05 p.m.”

Barias added that they were looking at one of two motorcycles parked a few meters from the south wing lobby of the Batasan as the carrier of the bomb. The explosion left a three-foot crater.

He said they are questioning a cameraman of the House of Representatives who owned one of two motorcycles but were not taking him into custody.

Among the wounded were Ilagan and Negros Oriental Representative Henry Teves.

Gabriela Representative Liza Maza, also identified another of the wounded as her driver Mike Lim. She said Ilagan, Lim and Tando were rushed to the nearby Miguel Malvar Hospital .

Dr. Ven Malabanan of the New Era General Hospital, where Teves was first rushed, said the solon was in "very critical condition" after sustaining blast injuries, including second and third degree burns and shrapnel wounds to the face and body, and needed to be transferred to St. Luke’s Hospital.

Two other victims, Julasiri 'Niki' Hayudin and Denis Manila remain at New Era. Dr. Mike Brillantes described Hayudini as also in critical condition, with shrapnel wounds and burns all over her body and a left leg that might have to be amputated.

Malabanan also said Hayudini is intubated and unstable while Manila might need to undergo surgery for deep shrapnel wounds.

Barias said Tando, who was identified through his identification card, died on the spot and suffered “a very big wound” in his nape. His body will be brought either to the police crime laboratory or the National Bureau of Investigation for autopsy.

Maza said she had looked out her office window on hearing the explosion and saw Ilagan’s car on the driveway of the south wing of the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City and next to a vehicle, reportedly Akbar’s Fortuner sports utility vehicle, which was on fire.

Representatives who were still inside the Batasan when the explosion occurred have not been allowed to leave.

The Gabriela solon said she and Ilagan had left the session hall together but her colleague went straight to the south wing to leave while she passed by her office.

She said she immediately sent a member of her staff down to check the situation and was told “there were bodies sprawled throughout the lobby.”

Reacting to Akbar’s death, Secretary Jesus Dureza, presidential adviser on the peace process, said: "I am saddened to know that a good friend and a leader in Basilan is among the casualties. Whatever the reasons and motives are, whether he is the target or the intended victim, we would have to leave that to the authorities to investigate."

He said Akbar had helped the government in its anti-terrorism campaign against the Abu Sayyaf group on Basilan island, where the militants are on the run from a massive military manhunt.

Akbar, 47, had twice served as governor of Basilan, a known stronghold of the extremist Abu Sayyaf.

He had spoken in the past of links to Abubakar Abdurajak Janjalani, an Afghan-trained Islamic firebrand who founded the Abu Sayyaf.

Janjalani was killed in a gunbattle with police in 1998, and Akbar severed ties with the group, later joining the mainstream and seeking an elective post.

Akbar also had known political enemies in Basilan, where politicians maintain private armies and often engage authorities in attacks.

De Venecia said he had ordered a "clean sweep" of the sprawling Batasan complex to ensure "there are no other bombs that are left behind."

Congressman Joel Villanueva said less than 50 of the House's 275 members were left inside when the bomb exploded.

Philippine National Police Director General Avelino Razon, who has arrived at the Batasan, is under orders from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to personally supervise the investigation of the explosion, Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said.

Bunye said Razon is under instructions to determine the cause of the explosion and make periodic reports to Arroyo.

The House explosion occurred amid heightened political tensions in the country, with Arroyo facing a third impeachment complaint in as many years amid a barrage of political storms, corruption scandals and a feisty opposition.

Metro Manila has been jittery since last month, when an explosion ripped through the Glorietta 2 mall in Makati City , killing 11 people and injuring more than 100. Police says the mall explosion was an accident.

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ABS-CBN's Christmas Station ID 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Very touching. Every year ABS-CBN is able to present the meaning of Christmas in its Station ID. Watch the video of ABS-CBN's Christmas Station ID 2007 and you'd surely miss home.

Chinese Footbinding: So you think your shoes are uncomfortable?

Friday, November 09, 2007
Footbinding, literally "bound feet", was a custom practised on young females for approximately one thousand years in China, beginning in the 10th century and ending in the early 20th century. In Chinese foot binding, young girls' feet, usually at age 6 but often earlier, were wrapped in tight bandages so that they could not grow and develop normally; they would, instead, break and become highly deformed, not growing past 4-6 inches (10-15 cm).

As the girl reached adulthood, her feet would remain small and dysfunctional, prone to infection, paralysis, and muscular atrophy. This was initially a common practice only in the wealthiest parts of China, particularly in areas around northern China. However, by the late Qing Dynasty, foot binding had become popular among people of all social classes except the poorest, who needed able-bodied women to work the fields. Today, it is a prominent cause of disability among some elderly Chinese women.

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Nang sumali si Inday sa 'Deal or No Deal'

KRIS: Magandang gabi, mga kapamilya. Sa game show na ito, importante ang sagot sa nag-iisang katanungang, ‘Deal or No Deal?’ Ang ating player ngayong gabi ay walang iba kundi ang fastest-rising household services manager na si Inday!

[Umentra si Inday at nagpalakpakan ang mga tao.]

KRIS: Ok, Inday, choose a briefcase.

INDAY: Kris, I would opt for case #4 please

KRIS: Briefcase # 4... si Sharmel. Inday, matanong ko lang, how did you come up with the number 4?

INDAY: Oh, do you really want to know, Kris?

KRIS: Oo naman. I’m sure, kaya ko namang maintindihan ‘yung sasabihin mo, eh.

INDAY: The number 4 was acquired based on a probability distribution function that involves integrating up to an area greater than or equal to that random number which should be generated between 0 and 1 for proper distributions.

KRIS: Ok, Inday, choose 6 briefcases to open.

INDAY: I would opt for 7, 24, 12, 2, 15 and 20.

KRIS: Wait lang, Inday. Usually, isa-isa lang ang pagbubukas natin ng case...

INDAY: Why is that? As if I can change the outcome if we’re to open a case each time I blurt out a number as opposed to opening each case immediately one after the other right?

KRIS: Hayyy... babaguhin pa talaga mechanics? (bulong sa sarili) Anwyay, di bale na lang nga... tuloy tayo. Number 7. Natalie, buksan na!

[Sumigaw ang udience ng, "LOWER! LOWER!"]

INDAY: (tahimik)

KRIS: Teka lang, bago natin buksan... Inday, usually ang mga contestant natin ay sumisigaw ng ‘LOWER’ every time magbubukas ng case.

INDAY: Kris, I guess that’s not the way I was taught in grade school. You see, I was taught that we should only use the comparative form of the word or add ‘ER’ to the adjective if we are comparing two things. And since it is only the first briefcase that we are going to open, we have nothing to compare it to. Am I right?
[Natahimik ang audience at napaisip.]

KRIS: Oo nga, ‘no?! Sige, Natalie, buksan mo na.
[Ang laman ng briefcase #7 ay piso. Palakpakan ang mga tao.]

KRIS: Good start! Ano ‘yung next case mo ulit?

INDAY: Case# 24, please

KRIS: Chloe... buksan na...

[Sumigaw ulit ang audience ng, "LOWER! LOWER!"]

INDAY: (tahimik lang)

KRIS: Wait lang, guys. Inday, may nabuksan nang case, bakit hindi ka pa rin sumisigaw ng, ‘Lower’?

INDAY: Oh my goodness, Kris! How long have you been doing this? Have you ever encountered a value that is lower than a peso in this game? Tell me, is there any value left lower than the one we just opened?

[Napaisip ulit ang audience at natahimik]

KRIS: Aarrgghh!!! Chloe, buksan na lang nga, pati na rin ‘yung 12, 2, 15 and 20, buksan na rin para matapos na. (naiirita na)

[At sunud-sunod na ngang binuksan ang mga briefcase na pinili ni Inday.]

[Nag-ring ang phone.]

INDAY: Ahh, Kris… to save more time, can you tell Banker that I’m not interested in his first offer? In the history of this game of chance, I have yet to see someone accept a first offer from the Banker. It’s quite pathetic and pretentious for contestants to pause and look around the audience as if asking for advice before ultimately rejecting the first offer. I mean, come on, isn’t that a waste of airtime?

BANKER: Potahhh!!! [narinig sa set kahit sarado ang kuwarto ni Banker]

[Ito ang unang pagkakataon na marinig ng audience ang boses ni Banker sa Deal or No Deal.]

Iba't ibang uri ng ka-opisina

Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Iba't ibang uri ng kaopisina. Which one are you?

Sa mata ng isang boss, may isang dosenang klase lang ng empleyado...

1. CLOWNS - ang official kenkoy ng office. May mga one-liner na gumigising sa lahat kapag nagkakaantukan na. Sabi ng ilang boss, eto raw yung mga KSP sa office na dahil hindi naman matalino, o kadalasang matalino na tamad lang, eh dinadaan na lang sa patawa ang pagpapapansin. Pero aaminin ko, walang opisinang walang ganito, at kung meron man, magigigng malaking sakripisyo ang pagpasok sa work araw-araw.

2. GEEKS - mga taong walang pakialam sa mundo. Papel, boss, at computer lang ang iniintindi. Kahit na mainit na ang ulo ng boss at bad trip, ang mga geeks ang walang takot na lumalapit sa boss at nagtatanong kung mag-iiba ang result ng entry kung isa-substitute ang value ng debit sa credit.

3. HOLLOW MAN - may 2 uri ng H.M. virus, ang Type A at Type B. Ang type A ay ang empleyado na madalas na invisible sa office, bakante ang upuan, madalas absent. Ang type B naman ang pumapasok sa office bagamat present eh inivisible naman ang work, at hollow ang utak.

4. SPICE GIRLS - barkadahan ng mga magkaka-ibigang babae mahilig gumimik, sabay-sabay pero laging late na pumapasok. Madalas na may hawak na hairbrush at songhits [how jologs!-uso pa ba to?]. Pag pinagawan mo ng group works, sila ang madalas na magkaka-grupo.

5. DA GWAPINGS - ang male counterpart ng Spice Girls, isinilang para magpa-cute. Konti lang ang members nito, 2-3 lang para mas pansin ang bawat isa. Tulad ng Spice Girls, kadalasang puro Hair Gel lang ang laman ng utak ng mga Da Gwapings.

6. CELEBRITIES - Politicians, Athletes, Performers. Politician ang mga palaban na empleyado na mas nag-aalala pa sa kalagayan ng kompanya at mga kapwa empleyado kesa sa performance. Athletes ang ilang 'varsitarians' na kung gaano kabilis pumasok eh ganon kabagal mag-work. Performers naman ang mga empleyado na kaya lang yata pumapasok eh para makasayaw, kumanta, at makatula sa stage kapag organizational day. Sa pangkalahatan, ang mga celebs ay matindi ang PR, pero mababa ang IQ.

7. GUINNESS - mga record holders pagdating sa persistence. Pilit pinupunan ang mga kakulangan sa katalinuhan. Sila ang mga kadalasang nagtatagumpay sa buhay. Masinop sa work. Mabilis mag-work, kahit na laging mali . (hahaha)

8. LEATHER GOODS - mga empleyadong maling uri ng determinasyon meron. Laging determinado ang mga ito sa harapang pangungupit, bulgarang pandaraya, at palagiang pagpapalapad ng papel sa boss. Talo ang mga buwaya sa pakapalan.

9. WEIRDOS - mga problematic employee, misunderstood daw, kadalasang tinatawag na black sheep ng office. May kanya-kanya silang katangian, konti ang kaibigan, madalas mapaaway, mababa ang evaluation, at boss's enemy.

10. MGA ANAK NI RIZAL - Ang mga Endangered Species kumbaga. Straight 'A' employees pero well rounded at hindi geeks. Boss's pet pero hindi sipsip.Busy sa work pero may oras pa rin sa extra-curricular activities, at gimiks.. Hanep!

11. BOB ONGS - Mga medjo matino na may sayad...

12. COMMONERS - mga generic na member ng class. Kulang sa individuality, at katangiang umuukit sa isipan. Hindi sila agad napapansin ng boss pag absent, at sa paglipas ng panahon, sila ang mga taong nakakalimutan ng mga boss at co-employees nila.

Ikaw, san ka kabilang?

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