Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Google’s social shortcomings

Every technology era has its four horsemen driving growth and innovation. In the 1990s it was Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, and Dell. Today, there is anew “gang of four,” as Google chairman Eric Schmidt puts it. They are Google (of course), Apple, Amazon and Facebook, and they are behind the consumer revolution on the Internet today. Not only are all four companies “growing at incredible rates.”
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Honda Bay Most Popular Snake Island and Pandan Island In Palawan

Honda Bay

Honday Bay, Snake Island, Pandan island

Welcone to Puerto Princessa In Palawan Island an Honda Bay is an all day event and this is usually an island hopping tour. You are going to visit three islands along Honda Bay. These are Pandan Island, Snake Island, and Starfish Island. One can do swimming, snorkeling, and fish feeding on these islands. Do not forget to bring a change of clothes, snorkeling gear, and underwater camera. I liked Pandan Beach the best because of the clear green color of the beach. The sand was a smooth, powdery light brown in color. There were also cottages nearby and it was very relaxing because it is not overcrowded. There were also a lot of fish and I like best the moonrose.

Honda Bay

Honda Bay is located just a few minutes from the Puerto Princessa proper or From the mainila city to the east, we traveled approximately 12 kilometers. Wearing a cluster of islands as its crown, Honda bay boasts white sand, absolutely untouched beach fringes shore featuring unbelievably clear water fading into a royal blue sea. We first headed off to Pandan Island. Aside from the obligatory white beach, the place is named because of Pandan, an endemic plant and apparently is copious in that particular island. You can take your own food or buy the freshest catch from the local fishermen. There are some Handa Bay, Snake island that require entrance fees, since some islands are protected and are privately owned that would require you have a permit to visit.

Honda Bay

We already ate our lunch there courtesy of our tour guide, which is already part of the 1,100 that we paid. More snorkeling and beach bumming for us. After lunch we went to Pandan Island, our last island for the trip. Pandan Island have this more cozy feeling than snake island because of shades the trees gives the island. The cottages are better and they have a massage service for 200 pesos an hour. There is no ample supply of food in the island so better if you bring some chips and snacks when you go on this trip. We head back around 4:30 PM and it was a tiring but wonderful day! It's called Snake Island because it resembles a shape of a snake. Please Visit to Honday Bay, Snake Island, Pandan island Your Holiday and Enjoyed Photograph, Diving, Snorkeling and Fisherman.

Kayangan Lake And Coron Island The Blue Lagoon Trip Palawan Philippines

Kayangan Lake in area Coron Island is wonder island and Natural Lendscape trip Palawan Philippines Tourism and Most Destination tour in Palawan. Awarded as the cleanest lake in the Philippines it is set among limestone cliffs from the Jurassic era, it is also known as the Blue Lagoon for its breathtaking beauty. Lose yourself in the magnificence of nature, trek along its trails and lake in the splendor of a big picture view when you reach peak. This site is it has a beautiful background of limestone rock formations, sandy coves for picnics and sunbathing between dives. It has a shallow coral garden and is ideal for photography because the sunken boat has become a home for a variety of tropical fishes such as nudibranchs, sea stars, angel fish, butterfly fish, and shoals of barracuda, damselfish and more.

 Kayangan Lake-Coron Island

 Kayangan Lake it's about a 20minute trek up and down the hill as the lake is in the interior of the island.. if you're not used to hiking.. pace yourself.. lots of photo ops all throughout anyway. you can really say that it is indeed a amazing view up there. when you swim on the lake its like a refreshing treat! well, nothing really to see under only rock formation but the view around the lake is really worth it. The lake has a small jetty which you can use to put belongings on, or use as your entry platform. The water is crystal clear and your allowed in for a refreshing dip and/or snorkel. There isn't a lot to see in the way of wildlife but there are a few species of small freshwater fish and shrimp.

Kayangan Lake-Coron Island

Before reaching Kayangan Lake you will do a little trekking which is quite challenging, rocks are sharp be sure to use reliable footwear and walk on the trail painstakingly. Going up the hill you will pass by a cave where visitors often take a rest for photo ops. You should never miss the opportunity to capture perfect photos from this spot. We have waited patiently for our turn just for one great picture and it was all worth it! The Kayangan lake is definitely a beauty and I hope it would remain unspoiled beauty. Water is crystal clear and cold while rocks underneath can be seen with the naked eyes.

Kayangan Lake

The Coron Island-Kayangan Lake around the wrecks have pleasant rock formations which provide for excellent snorkeling opportunities, with underwater visibility extending up to 80 feet. The water is usually calm, with almost no current. Coron is one of the most visited destinations for wreck diving in the Philippines. Wreck dive sites are found in a depth as shallow as 10–30 feet and as deep as 120–140 feet. Most are in the range of about 60–80 feet, perfect for sports divers. Divesites around Coron include also many different reef divesites and the famous "Günter´s Cave". Also known as Cathedral Cave as, during the right time of the day, the sun throws a beam of light through a hole in the cave-ceiling, illuminating the inside. It is possible to surface in the cave, as the hole in the cave-ceiling allows fresh air to enter. Our visit to Coron Island in Palawan last year was one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever had, and one of the most beautiful spots there is Kayangan Lake.

Beautiful Barbuda

From one paradise to another..

Can you see our boat in the background?

Rasa Island Palawan Philippine Cockatoo Conservation

Rasa Island Most Popular Atraction and Destination In Palawan Philipines Tourism

The conservation efforts on Rasa Island paid off as the island sanctuary was recently named as one of the top 13 birdwatching sites in the Philippines. Rasa Island Wildlife Sanctuary holds probably the densest population of the critically endangered Philippine cockatoo Cacatua haematuropygia in the wild! In July 2008, the cockatoo population for the first time since project implementation in 1998 passed the 200 individual mark. Rasa Island was declared Wildlife Sanctuary through Presidential Proclamation 1000 in 2006. The small coral island is not only the core habitat of the Philippine cockatoo, but also of other globally threatened or near-threatened bird species. Rasa is located in Narra, Palawan. The municipality is now called the “World Capital of the Philippine Cockatoo”. Rasa Island is the pilot site of the Philippine Cockatoo Conservation Programme (PCCP) under the Katala Foundation.

Rasa Island

The DOT is promoting birdwatching as an alternative activity that could promote the Philippines both locally and abroad under its Adventure Philippines Campaign. DOT Secretary Joseph “Ace” Durano recently launched the first volume of a guidebook called “Birdwatching in the Philippines” which featured Rasa Island. This is also part of the worldwide promotion that the DOT is undertaking to show to both Filipino and foreign wildlife enthusiasts the various birdwatching destinations in the Philippines. Other top birdwatching spots covered in the DOT’s “Birdwatching in the Philippines” project are Mt. Makiling in Los Baños, Laguna; Subic Bay in Zambales; Candaba Marsh in Pampanga; Northern Sierra Madre Nature Park in Cagayan; St. Paul’s National Park in Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Cebu; Rajah Sikatuna National Park in Bohol; Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon and Mt. Apo National Park in Davao. The record shows that more than 600 bird species are identified throughout the Philippines in which 200 of them are endemic to the country.

Rasa Island Wildlife Sanctuary Habitat Philippine Cockatoo

Rasa Island a spectacular island haven, the sanctuary is home to 87 unique bird species, including the Palawan hornbill. Tours also include visits to waterfalls and mangrove forests. Overnight in clean but simple dwellings in the town of Narra possible. Three hours from Puerto Princesa to Narra, followed by a 30-minute boatride to Rasa Island.

Palawan Butterfly Garden of Exotic Philippine Flowering Plants

Palawan Butterfly Garden in Philippines tourists are surrounded by butterflies in this garden of exotic Philippine flowering plants. Occasionally, one can witness the emergence of a young butterfly and other unusual insects such as the praying mantis, stick and leaf insects, giant scorpions, atlas beetles and other jungle insects. Palawan Butterfly Garden is a conservation project that can be successfully done on nearly any site from an urban rooftop to a suburban schoolyard, from a landscaped island at a business, to an expansive golf course garden. Imagine if we all did it? Our landscapes would not only be more beautiful, but they would provide corridors of habitat to sustain native butterfly populations across the Philippine.

Palawan Butterfly Garden
Palawan Butterfly Garden is a conservation project that can be successfully done on nearly any site from an urban rooftop to a suburban schoolyard, from a landscaped island at a business, to an expansive golf course garden. Imagine if we all did it? Our landscapes would not only be more beautiful, but they would provide corridors of habitat to sustain native butterfly populations across the country.

All butterflies go through dramatic changes before becoming the beautiful winged creatures we recognize. Butterflies start out as eggs, most often laid on the underside of a leaf or branch. Caterpillars are born with a hearty appetite and often eat their shells as their first meal. As caterpillars grow, they molt that is, they shed their outer layer of skin, at least five times before they become suspended in a cocoon or chrysalis. They may remain within this waxy pupal case for weeks or months, until they finally emerge as adult butterflies. The average life of a butterfly ranges from a couple of days to around six months. During this time they are looking for mates and places to lay their eggs. Some butterflies don’t eat at all as adults, but those who do are looking
to dine on the sweet nectar that comes from flowers.

Palawan Butterfly Garden

Like other insects, butterflies are cold blooded. They rely on the sun to raise their body temperature and metabolism so they can fly. Hence, butterflies can often be found in sunny meadows or basking on rocks or roads with their wings perpendicular to the sun for optimal solar absorption. Butterflies probe flowers for nectar using a proboscis a long, tongue-like projection on the top of their head. Caterpillars, on the other hand, simply chew their way through the world and often have strong food preferences.

Palawan Butterfly Garden

Indeed, while adult butterflies will feed on almost any nectar- producing plant, caterpillars usually feed on only one or a few specific plants. Food sources for caterpillars are called host plants since they welcome distinct species of butterfly caterpillars. Adult butterflies lay their eggs on the host plant preferred by their young so that a convenient meal is waiting when they hatch from the egg.

5/31/11- Estelle- "American Boy" (featuring Kanye West)

Memorial Day Weekend was a busy weekend for me, as I ran around hit up some awesome parties, and oh yeah. Bought a new car. My friends, of course, decided it was THEIR task to name my car, so, in an effort to make it sound like an old lady, they attempted to name it "Estelle" and tried to get it to stick.

In an effort to prove Estelle isn't an old lady name, let's dig up this black and white video (for effect, not because it's old.) Estelle in 2008 scored a top 10 hit in several countries, including the USA with her song "American Boy."

Enjoy! But you'll have to CLICK HERE to view it, because of Warner Brothers Records' idiotic policy of not letting you embed videos.

National Monuments and Landmarks in US

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in UtahA National Monument in the United States is a protected area that is similar to a National Park except that the President of the United States can quickly declare an area of the United States to be a National Monument without the approval of Congress. National monuments receive less funding and afford fewer protections to wildlife than national parks. However, areas within and extending beyond national parks, monuments, and national forests can be part of wilderness areas, which have an even greater degree of protection than a national park would alone, although wilderness areas managed by the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management often allow hunting.National monuments can be managed by one of several federal agencies: the National Park Service(NPS), United States Forest Service(USFS), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), or Bureau of Land Management (BLM).President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national monument, Devils Tower in Wyoming, on September 24, 1906. He established eighteen national monuments, although only nine still retain that designation. Fifteen presidents have created national monuments since the program began; only Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush did not. Bill Clinton created the most monuments, nineteen, and expanded three others. Jimmy Carter protected vast parts of Alaska, proclaiming fifteen national monuments, some of which later were promoted to national parks. The most recent national monument designated by Presidential Proclamation was by George W. Bush on January 6, 2009. Three marine locations in the central Pacific Ocean were protected, covering a total of 195,274 square miles (505,760 km2). The most recent monument, Prehistoric Trackways, was established by an Act of Congress, signed into law on March 30, 2009.Concerns about protecting mostly prehistoric Indian ruins and artifacts—collectively termed antiquities—on western federal lands prompted the legislation. Its purpose was to allow the president to quickly preserve public land without waiting for legislation to pass through an unconcerned Congress. The ultimate goal was to protect all historic and prehistoric sites on U.S. federal lands.Twenty-seven states have national monuments, as do the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Minor Outlying Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Arizona, with eighteen, has the largest number of national monuments, followed by New Mexico with twelve and California with ten. Fifty-five national monuments protect places of natural significance, including ten geological sites, seven marine sites, and five volcanic sites. Twenty-two national monuments are associated with Native Americans. Twenty-three are other historical sites, including ten forts. The total national monuments and landmarks in US is 100. I will just give a short description , agency in-charge and coordinates of the 20 most popular and visited national monuments as follows:Of the 20 listed below, Macrine and I had visited only six since the 1960's.How many in the list have you visited ? I bet you must have visited the Statue of Liberty in New York City and probably the George Washington birthplace in Virginia. 1. Admiralty Island USFS Alaska57°38′N 134°21′W / 57.64°N 134.35°W / 57.64; -134.35 (Admiralty Island) 01978-12-01 December 1, 1978 Occupying most of Admiralty Island, the 7th largest in the United States, this monument is part of Tongass National Forest in the Alaska Panhandle. It has a large population of grizzly, black, and brown bears, as well as whales, mountain goats, and deer. Most of the monument has been declared the Kootznoowoo Wilderness, restricting future development. The Greens Creek mine lies within the monument. 2.African Burial Ground NPS New York40°42′52″N 74°00′15″W / 40.7144°N 74.0042°W / 40.7144; -74.0042 (African Burial Ground) 02006-02-27 February 27, 2006 Re-discovered in 1991 during excavations for a new federal building, this former burial ground that contains the remains of more than 400 free and enslaved Africans buried during the 17th and 18th centuries was designated a National Historic Landmark memorial in 1993. 3. Bandelier NPS New Mexico35°47′N 106°16′W / 35.78°N 106.27°W / 35.78; -106.27 (Bandelier) 01916-02-11 February 11, 1916 A historic district, Bandelier contains Frijoles Canyon, which contains Ancestral Pueblo homes, kivas, rock paintings and petroglyphs. 4. California Coastal BLM California36°53′N 122°11′W / 36.89°N 122.18°W / 36.89; -122.18 (California Coastal) 02000-01-11 January 11, 2000 This monument ensures the protection of all islets, reefs and rock outcroppings from the coast of California to a distance of 12 nautical miles (22 km), along the entire 840-mile (1,350 km) long California coastline. 5. Craters of the Moon NPS, BLM Idaho43°25′N 113°31′W / 43.42°N 113.52°W / 43.42; -113.52 (Craters of the Moon) 01924-05-02 May 2, 1924 One of the best preserved flood basalt areas in the continental U.S. contains three lava fields along the Great Rift of Idaho as well as the world's deepest open rift cracks and other volcanic features. 6. Devils Tower NPS Wyoming44°35′N 104°43′W / 44.59°N 104.72°W / 44.59; -104.72 (Devils Tower) 01906-09-24 September 24, 1906 The tower is a monolithic igneous intrusion of volcanic neck rising dramatically 1,267 feet (386 m) above the surrounding terrain. Proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt, this was the first national monument. 7. El Morro NPS New Mexico35°02′N 108°21′W / 35.04°N 108.35°W / 35.04; -108.35 (El Morro) 01906-12-08 December 8, 1906 On the site of an ancient east-west trail is a great sandstone promontory with a pool of water at its base. There are inscriptions from the 17th century as well as older petroglyphs made by the Anasazi. 8. Fort McHenry NPS Maryland39°15′47″N 76°34′44″W / 39.263°N 76.579°W / 39.263; -76.579 (Fort McHenry) 01925-03-03 March 3, 1925 The only place designated a national monument and historic shrine, Fort McHenry is a star-shaped fort best known for its role in the War of 1812 when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy. It inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner". 9. George Washington Birthplace NPS Virginia38°11′10″N 76°55′50″W / 38.1861°N 76.9305°W / 38.1861; -76.9305 (George Washington's Birthplace) 01930-01-23 January 23, 1930 Representative of 18th-century Virginia tobacco farms, this site is the birthplace and boyhood environment of George Washington. The entrance includes a Memorial Shaft obelisk of Vermont marble that is a one-tenth scale replica of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Also within the monument are the historic birthplace home area, a kitchen house, and the Washington family burial ground. 10. George Washington Carver NPS Missouri36°59′10″N 94°21′14″W / 36.986°N 94.354°W / 36.986; -94.354 (George Washington Carver) 01943-07-14 July 14, 1943 The site preserves Moses Carver's farm, which was the boyhood home of George Washington Carver, a scientist and educator who developed many uses for peanuts. It was the first national monument dedicated to an African-American and first to a non-president. 11. Giant Sequoia USFS California36°02′N 118°30′W / 36.04°N 118.50°W / 36.04; -118.50 (Giant Sequoia National Monument) 02000-04-15 April 15, 2000 The monument includes 38 of the 39 Giant Sequoia groves in the Sequoia National Forest, amounting to about half of the sequoia groves currently in existence. This includes one of the ten largest Giant Sequoias, the Boole Tree. Its two parts are around Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. 12. Gila Cliff Dwellings NPS New Mexico33°14′N 108°17′W / 33.24°N 108.28°W / 33.24; -108.28 (Gila Cliff Dwellings) 01907-11-16 November 16, 1907 Located within the Gila Wilderness, the people of the Mogollon culture lived in these cliff dwellings 180 feet (55 m) above the canyon floor from the 1280s through the early 14th century. They lived in five caves with 46 rooms. Henry B. Ailman discovered them in 1878. John 13. Lava Beds NPS California41°43′N 121°31′W / 41.71°N 121.51°W / 41.71; -121.51 (Lava Beds) 01925-11-21 November 21, 1925 This is the site of the largest concentration of lava tube caves in North America. It also includes Petroglyph Point, one of the largest panels of Native American rock art. The monument lies on the northeast flank of the Medicine Lake Volcano, the largest volcano in the Cascade Range. 14. Montezuma Castle NPS Arizona34°37′N 111°50′W / 34.61°N 111.84°W / 34.61; -111.84 (Montezuma Castle) 01906-12-08 December 8, 1906 Montezuma Castle features well-preserved cliff dwellings built and used by the Pre-Columbian Sinagua people around 1400 AD. Several Hopi clans trace their roots to the area, which is not connected to Montezuma. The monument also includes the Montezuma Well, which has been used for irrigation since the 8th century. 15. Muir Woods NPS California37°53′N 122°35′W / 37.89°N 122.58°W / 37.89; -122.58 (Muir Woods) 01908-01-09 January 9, 1908 Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it protects one of the last old growth Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) groves in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as one of the most easily accessed. 16. Natural Bridges NPS Utah37°35′N 110°00′W / 37.58°N 110°W / 37.58; -110 (Natural Bridges) 01908-04-16 April 16, 1908 Located at the junction of White Canyon and Armstrong Canyon, it is part of the Colorado River drainage. It features the second- and third-largest natural bridges in the world, carved from the white Triassic sandstone of the Cedar Mesa Formation that gives White Canyon its name. 17. Petroglyph NPS New Mexico35°10′N 106°46′W / 35.16°N 106.76°W / 35.16; -106.76 (Petroglyph) 01990-06-27 June 27, 1990 This monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources, including five volcanic cones, hundreds of archeological sites and an estimated 25,000 images carved by native peoples and early Spanish settlers. It lies on West Mesa, a volcanic basalt escarpment. 18. Rainbow Bridge NPS Utah37°05′N 110°58′W / 37.08°N 110.96°W / 37.08; -110.96 (Rainbow Bridge) 01910-05-30 May 30, 1910 One of the largest in the world, Rainbow Bridge is the most famous example of a natural bridge as well as the most accessible. It stands 290 feet (88 m) tall and spans 275 feet (84 m) wide; the top of the bridge is 42 feet (13 m) thick and 33 feet (10 m) wide. It was made from sandstone formed during the Triassic and the Jurassic periods. 19. Statue of Liberty NPS New York, New Jersey40°41′N 74°02′W / 40.69°N 74.04°W / 40.69; -74.04 (Statue of Liberty) 01924-10-15 October 15, 1924 This iconic statue, built in 1886 on Liberty Island and 151 feet (46 m) tall, commemorates the centennial of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence and is a gesture of friendship from France to the U.S. Liberty Enlighening the World is a symbol of welcoming immigrants to the U.S. and is listed as a World Heritage Site. Ellis Island, where 12 million immigrants entering the U.S. passed through, is included in the monument. 20. White Sands NPS New Mexico32°47′N 106°10′W / 32.78°N 106.17°W / 32.78; -106.17 (White Sands) 01933-07-25 July 25, 1933 Located in the mountain-ringed Tularosa Basin valley area, White Sands consists of the southern part of a 275square miles (710 km2) field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals. It is completely within the White Sands Missile Range and is subject to closure when tests are conducted.

Intel and Asus unveil ‘ultrabook’ laptop-tablet hybrid

Great news for Apple fans this morning following the emergence of a brand new MacBook Air. Whoa, hold on a moment, that’s not Apple scrawled beneath the computer’s slender monitor… it’s ASUS. What’s going on here?

Intel has revealed its latest laptop-based chip plans over at Computex, putting the emphasis on low power and skinny looks in order to claw back some share from the tablet market.

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Applying What You Learn at Conferences

I was recently blessed with the opportunity to hear Debra Dixon, author of Goal, Motivation, and Conflict

I first heard of "GMC" through Seekerville.  Here are a few great posts:

Tina Radcliffe on Why I Love GMC
Deb Dixon's Seekerville Post
GMC Chart for One of Missy Tippens' Books

Wow, this was a packed conference.  I was even fortunate enough to connect with a few ACFW members and find out information about some of the face to face groups and opportunities in my area. 

One of my most valuable conference takeaways was the fact that Debra asked us to take two sets of notes.  One on what she was saying and another set entitled "My Story."  She explained that our story and application should be the bulk of our notetaking.

Now I have to admit I do try to apply what I learned to my story, but taking this set of notes made me far more conscious of the fact that if I don't apply what I learn I've wasted my time.

Debra first had us write down our expectations of the day, what we were specifically hoping to learn in terms of improving our story.  I plan to take note of this from now on when I listen to audio conferences.

So I asked myself: How can I build sense of urgency even further in the scene where Rachel ______________(her action)?

I named the starter goal in my story, then listed items that gave Rachel's goal increased urgency.  Examples for this particular character are: abuse, her own thought processes, fear of being replaced, and the loss of a family member.

In which spots along the way do I need to make Rachel's goals more clear?  When the characters' goals have changed is it obvious to the reader?  How can I ramp up the conflict in every single scene?

I find as a result of the conference I am asking these questions as I write my scenes.

I really suggest if you're having a hard time putting GMC into practice, journaling the GMC for several movies.  Once you've done that I think it really helps charting the goals, motivations, and conflicts of your characters to come more easily.

Have you ever attended a conference or listened to relevent audio on writing?  What tips do you have that have helped you apply what you've learned to your writing?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hear ye, Rizal and the RH Bill

Larawan ni Rizal.

Ang debate hinggil sa Reproductive Health Bill ay mainit pa rin. Subalit halos naririnig ko si Dr. Jose Rizal na naglalahad ng mga punto sa usapang ito sa pamamagitan ng kanyang liham para sa mga kadalagahan ng Malolos noong kaniyang panahon: (Debate on the Reproductive Health Bill is still raging. I could almost hear Dr. Jose Rizal raising some points on this issue through his letter to the young women of Malolos during his time).

Bahagi ng Orihinal na Liham ni Rizal sa Tagalog:

"...Maghunos dilí ngá tayo at imulat natin ang mata, lalong laló na kayong mga babai, sa pagka't kayo ang nagbubukas ng loob ng tao. Isipin na ang mabuting ina ay iba, sa inang linalang ng fraile; dapat palakhin ang anak na malapit baga sa larawan ng tunay na Dios, Dios na dí nasusuhulan, Dios na dí masakim sa salapí, Dios na ama ng lahat, na walang kinikilingan, Dios na dí tumatabá sa dugó ng mahirap, na dí nagsasaya sa daing ng naruruhagi, at nangbubulag ng matalinong isip.

"Gisingin at ihandá ang loob ng anak sa balang mabuti at mahusay na akalá: pagmamahal sa puri, matapat at timtimang loob, maliwanag na pagiisip, malinis na asal, maginoong kilos, pagibig sa kapuá, at pagpipitagan sa Maykapal, ito ang ituró sa anak. At dahil ang buhay ay punó ng pighatí at sakuná, patibayin ang loob sa ano mang hirap, patapañgin ang pusó sa ano mang pañganib. Huag mag antay ang bayan ng puri at ginhawa, samantalang likó ang pagpapalaki sa batá, samantalang lugamí at mangmang ang babaing magpapalaki ñg anak.

"Walang maiinom sa labó at mapait na bukal; walang matamis na buñga sa punlang maasim. Malaki ngang hindí bahagyá ang katungkulang gaganapin ng babai sa pagkabihis ng hirap ng bayan, nguni at ang lahat na ito'y dí hihigit sa lakas at loob ng babaing Tagalog. Talastas ng lahat ang kapanyarihan at galing ng babayi sa Filipinas, kayá ñgá kanilang binulag, iginapus, at iniyukó ang loob, panatag sila't habang ang iba'y alipin, ay ma-aalipin din naman ang lahat ng mga anak. Ito ang dahilan ng pagkalugamí ng Asia; ang babayi sa Asia'y mangmang at alipin.

"Makapangyarihan ang Europa at Amerika dahil duo'y ang mga babai'y malaya't marunong, dilat ang isip at malakas ang loob.

"Alam na kapus kayong totoo ñg mga librong sukat pagaralan; talastas na walang isinisilid araw araw sa inyong pagiisip kundí ang sadyang pang bulag sa inyong bukal na liwanag; tantó ang lahat na ito, kayá pinagsisikapan naming makaabot sa inyo ang ilaw na sumisilang sa kapuá ninyo babayi; dito sa Europa kung hindí kayamutan itong ilang sabi, at pagdamutang basahin, marahil ay makapal man ang ulap na nakakubkob sa ating bayan, ay pipilitin ding mataos ñg masantin na sikat ñg araw, at sisikat kahit banaag lamang.

"Dí kami manglulumo kapag kayo'y katulong namin; tutulong ang Dios sa pagpawí ñg ulap, palibhasa'y siya ang Dios ñg katotohanan; at isasaulí sa dati ang dilag ñg babaying Tagalog, na walang kakulañgan kundí isang malayang sariling isip, sapagka't sa kabaita'y labis..."


"... Let us be reasonable and open our eyes, especially you women, because you are the ones who open the minds of men. Consider that a good mother is different from the one created by the friars. Raise your children close to the image of the true God – the God who cannot be bribed, the God who is not avaricious, the God who is the father of all, who is not partial, the God who does not fatten on the blood of the poor, who does not rejoice at the plaint of the afflicted, and does not obfuscate the intelligent mind.

"Awaken and prepare the mind of the child for every good and desirable idea – love for honor, sincere and firm character, clear mind, clean conduct, noble action, love for one’s fellow men, respect for God – teach this to your children. And because life is full of sorrows and perils, fortify their character against any difficulty, strengthen their hearts against any danger. The country should not expect honor and prosperity so long as the education of the children is defective, so long as the women who raise the children are enslaved and ignorant.

"Nothing can be drunk in a turbid and bitter spring. No sweet fruit can be picked from a sour seed. Important indeed are the duties that women must fulfill in order to relieve the country of her sufferings, but they are not beyond the strength and character of the Filipino woman to perform. Everybody knows the power and the prudence of the women of the Philippines. Hence they blind them, chain them, weaken their spirit, so sure are they that so long as the mother is a slave, all her children can be enslaved also. This is the reason of the enslavement of Asia: the women of in Asia are ignorant and oppressed.

Europe and America are powerful because there the women are free and educated, their mind is lucid and their character is strong.

We know that you lack instructive books; we realize that nothing is injected into your mind daily except what will serve to dim your inherent light. We are aware of all this so that we are endeavoring to make the light that is shining over your fellow women in Europe reach you. If you will not be bored with these few words that we are going to say and you will read them, perhaps no matter how thick the fog that envelops our country, the brilliant light of the sun will penetrate it and it will shine however faintly.

We shall not falter if you help us. God will help us to dispel the mist for He is the God of Truth; and the former brilliance of the Filipino woman will be restored undiminished. She lacks nothing but a free mind, for she had an excess of goodness.

Create dynamic web pages as easily as writing a document

Businesses use sites to make useful information accessible. Employees can create an intranet or let project teams build sites to capture and share departmental knowledge. File versioning is done automatically, so it’s easy for people to make updates and get the latest version. Supported formats include .doc, .xls, .csv, .ppt, .txt, .pdf and more. Users can display Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Videos, slideshows and gadgets without any programming skills. Search technology is built-in, so employees can find useful company information as easily as searching the Internet. No coding or system expertise is required to update pages or create new internal sites, so anyone can add to shared knowledge. All of this is hosted, allowing users to drive innovation without the concern of justifying hardware and administration expenses.

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No 3G video calling on iPhone 4

The Apple iPhone 4, which is being regarded as the most unique device, is not capable of making video calls over a 3G mobile network despite being a 4th generation smartphone.
Users in India can make video calls using WiFi networks, but not over 3G as the application which enables the service is locked by Apple.
The Apple spokesperson in India said, “FaceTime, the application that allows video calling on the Apple iPhone 4, is a closed user application that allows people having iPhone or compatible Apple hardware like the iPad 2 and forth generation iPod touch running FaceTime application to have video calling.”

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Map of Central California Area

Map of Central California Geography Area
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Map of Central California Area
Map of Central California Cities
Map of California Area
The Central Valley (also accepted as The Valley) is a large, collapsed basin that dominates the axial allocation of the U.S. accompaniment of California. It is home to California's best advantageous agronomical efforts. The basin stretches about 450 afar (720 km) from northwest to southeast civil and alongside to the Pacific Ocean coast. Its arctic bisected is referred to as the Sacramento Valley, and its southern bisected as the San Joaquin Valley. The Sacramento basin receives about 20 inches of rain annually, but the San Joaquin is actual dry, generally semi-arid arid in abounding places.
The two behindhand accommodated at the huge Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, which forth with their tributaries cesspool the majority of the valley. The Delta is a ample amplitude of commutual canals, streambeds, sloughs, marshes and peat islands. The Central Valley covers an breadth of about 22,500 aboveboard afar (58,000 km2), authoritative it hardly abate than the accompaniment of West Virginia.

Macrine and I are going to Paradise !

Welcome to ParadiseNot in Paradise as in Heaven or in my island paradise(Marinduque) in the Philippines, but in Paradise, California about 100 miles northeast of Sacramento. We have a standing invitation from Macrine's first cousin Angie Jambalos Auld to spend a weekend with her and hubby,Jim, in their sprawling ranch house in Paradise. Macrine had already been to her house in Paradise last year with sisters Jean and Fe Jambalos. However, I have never been to Paradise, so I am looking forward for this visit. So, where in the heck is Paradise, California? Here's what Wikipedia says: Paradise is an incorporated town in Butte County, in the northwest foothills of California's Central Valley, in the Sierra. The town is considered part of the Chico Metropolitan Area. The population was 26,408 at the 2000 census. Paradise is some 8 miles (13 km) east of Chico and 100 miles (160 km) north-northeast of Sacramento and 10 miles( 16 Km) north of the Oroville area.The town of Paradise is spread out on a wide ridge which rises between deep canyons on either side. These canyons are formed by the west branch of the Feather River to the east, and Butte Creek to the west. The Paradise area extends northwards from Paradise to include the unincorporated town of Magalia and smaller communities such as Stirling City to the far north. Elevations in the town range from around 1500 to 2300 feet (450 to 700 m), steadily increasing as one travels northwards. The area is known and very popular with the skydivers.( see video at bottom of page). Now you have an idea where the heck is Paradise, CA.The first post office was established at Paradise in 1877; it closed for a time in 1911, but was re-established later that year, when the post office at Orloff was closed. Paradise was incorporated in 1979. The name "Paradise" originated with an establishment called the Pair O' Dice Saloon. Even though the town is small it has some notable residents as follows:1. Actor Tom Selleck has a residence in De Sabla just above Magalia. 2. Song Writer Charlie Puckett Strange Music Writer For Tech N9ne lived in Paradise 3. Statistician and athlete Joseph Hilbe graduated from Paradise High School. 4. Actress Carla Gugino lived in Paradise after a kidney operation when she was four years old. 5. Actor Gary Burghoff, best known as playing Radar O'Reilly on M*A*S*H, resides in Paradise. 6. Blues legend Lazy Lester is currently living in Paradise. 7. Child actress Tiffany Brissette, best known for her role as VICI on the 1980s sitcom Small Wonder was born in Paradise. 8. Norton Buffalo died in Paradise on 30 October 2009. 9. Oregon WR Jeff Maehl grew up in Paradise and graduated from Paradise High School. 10.NFL player Ward Walsh was born in Paradise.Here's an aerial video of Paradise, for your enjoyment! Note: Do you know that there are towns/places named Paradise in Ohio, Texas, Kansas, Utah, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Michigan ? In Michigan there is also a town named Hell. I am not sure, if I want to visit Hell, Michigan this summer! Paradise and Hell, Michigan are only about 300 miles from each other. Hell is south of Paradise.

Travelling Thailand: 5 Top Destinations

With several sights to see and surprises to offer, Thailand could be one of the best locations you should not miss to visit. Culture, beaches, people, and heritage sites are some of the things you can expect when you travel to Thailand.

Bangkok - Traveling Thailand wound not be complete without visiting Bangkok. As the nation's capital with an estimated population of over 10 million (including the neighboring provinces), this city is by far the largest in the country. The city is divided into 50 districts or khet but for tourists and those who are new in the place, 6 divisions would be more useful. These are Ratchadaphisek in the northeast section of the city, Sukhamvit in the southeast, Silom in the south, Thonburi in the west, Rattanakosin in the central north, and Phahanyothin in the north. The whole Bangkok district would give you a diverse taste of culture, history, religion, modernity, and fast-phase life. You can actually witness how all these blend together to comprise the whole Bangkok package. Buddhist temples, historical museums, towering buildings, contemporary restaurants and hotels, shopping centers, canals and rivers, and food make Bangkok a one of a kind city in Southeast Asia.

Phuket - Down south, Phuket features magnificent beaches, tropical sunsets, white sands, blue seas, and breathtaking sceneries. No wonder it is the most popular vacation destination in Asia beating every beaches of the neighboring countries. It has several beaches like Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Patong Beach, Kamala Beach, and Surin Beach. The island showcases several water sports and activities including parasailing, jet-skiing, and scuba diving. By day, Phuket is alive with beachgoers and shoppers and by night, lights, sounds, and party people dominate the whole island.

Chiang Mai - The second largest city in Thailand with an estimated population of more than 200,000. This city located in the northern part of the country offers greener and quieter city. Chiang Mai's tourism is becoming more and more popular and permanently settling at this city is very common. When you travel Thailand and visit Chiang Mai, you surely would want to see museums such as Hilltribe Research Institute Museum and the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center. With religion and history enriching the city, you can see several Buddhist temples such as Wat Chiang Mun, Wat Chiang Mun, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Oo-Mong, Wat Phra Jao Mengrai, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, and Wat Chedi Luang. The oldest temple dates back in the 11th century. Chiang Mai features attractions such as Chiang Mai Flower Festival in February, Bo Sang Umbrella & Sankampang Handicrafts Festival in January, The 2nd Orchid Fair also in January, and the Loi Krathong Festival usually falls in November.

Pattaya - Located 150 km. north of Bangkok, Pattaya is one of the most popular tourist destinations, which offers great beaches, beer and go-go bars, and a wide array of sport activities. Visit Pattaya when you travel Thailand is a must. Although it is the most overdeveloped part of the country in terms of tourism, prices in Pattaya still remains with reach. In fact, prices of foods, accommodation, and transportations are very affordable.

Krabi - In a small province of Krabi lies a small town with the same name. Paying a visit Krabi town when you travel Thailand is worth the time. Located south of Bangkok near Phuket and Phi Phi island, the town features great beaches along with high end hotels and not so expensive hotel that cater tourists of different classes.