Nov 25, 2007

Going to the bundoks of Calinan

Yesterday, we, together with my colleagues in Kalasag, went to Calinan District to attend Kuya Ayan's thanksgiving lunch for passing the November 2007 Electronics Engineering Licensure Examination of the PRC.

Calinan is just one of the few rural districts in Davao City. It's located at the northern part of city. It's about an hour ride from the metro. We took the bus in going to Kuya Ayan's place.

We arrived at our destination just in time for lunch. After having lunch, we went to the hills. It's a few minute walk from their house. The climb up the hill reminded me of our climb in one of the hills in Camiguin during our trip there last summer.

After climbing hills, we went back downtown since we were running out of time for an engagement we are attending.

We arrived downtown around 6p.m and we're already an hour late for our 5p.m. appointment, which is Nemia's debut.


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Nov 22, 2007

Photo Portfolio #02: Heaven's Gate


The Heaven's Gate.
The cathedral gate of San Pedro.

Canon EOS 300D Digital
4 sec exposure time
F/5.6 apperture size
55mm Focal Length
ISO 400

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Nov 21, 2007

I'll take making money seriously

I badly need money. Not for my daily needs, but for the coming months I guess. I was contemplating on how I will survive my first 6-months away from home study this coming April. I'm aware that being away from home brings a lot of financial struggles. It's better to expect something like that would happen to me while I'm having my review.

For a start, I registered to a few money earning communities in the web. First, I registered for the Dollar Pays. Dollar Pays pay you to sign up for programs, fill out survey forms and avail advertiser offers. I'm not earning from Dollar pay yet so I can't assure a good income from this program.

Another program I applied was Bux.to. It's an advertising company. They pay their users to view the websites of the advertisers for 30s. The user earns $0.01 for every 30s view of a site. It's not bad especially if you are a frequent internet surfer.

I also activated or rather checked my TLA account. My account was approved few months ago but I never used it. This time, I'll take making money seriously. I'm not receiving any links from TLA yet but I'm still waiting.

My BTP was scheduled for another pay tomorrow. So this would be my first pay after I decided to take this matter seriously. I also managed to register for a Paypal account. So if you are interested in sending money, you may do so. Just leave me a message here and I'll give you my e-mail address for my paypal account. *wink* *wink*



*** Update: I didn't notice my title. Lol. wrong wrong wrong. (I'll taking take making money seriously)

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Nov 19, 2007

Photo Portfolio #01: The Cathedral

San Pedro Cathedral at night.


Canon EOS 300D Digital
13 sec exposure time
F/5.6 apperture size
55mm Focal Length
ISO 100






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I'm taking Bio Med this semester

Electronics and Communications Engineering is one of the few courses in the Engineering Division which offers Elective Subjects in the last three semesters of the 5-year course. The last year's elective was Biomedical Engineering. Everyone thought that the subject will turn out right, yet, none of the students who took the course felt its importance or significance to the career we were trying to pursue.

Biomedical engineering, in the engineering's point of view, is the field of engineering which specializes in the design and development of systems, gadgets, tools and other equipments which can be of great help in the medical field, whether for research or for treatment. Good examples of these medical applications designed by us 'engineers' are the tools being used in Miami plastic surgery.

Last semester, before taking the subject, we tried to evaluate things. Our class have considered this as a very delicate subject. A subject which needs a lot of knowledge in Biology and Medicine. The only background that all of us had in these fields is the Biology subject that we had when we were in our second year in high school, which we thought is not enough. Another thing we tried to take into consideration are the equipments necessary in the research and development of devices and systems we are going to design for this field. The school has no single equipment for the medical field which can be used by ECEs in their designs.

After further evaluation, the class decided to made a petition to change the subject of our Elective course. But the petition was rejected. Now we have to suffer yet another "not-so-useful" subject in our college life.

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Working at night, taking the shots

I'm not referring to liquor shots. Not the ones sold in San Diego entertainment clubs.

Last night, I was out with some of my colleagues for a photo shoot. The subject of our photo shoot is Urban at night. All the shots were taken in the streets. We went from the streets around Marco Polo to the landmarks in San Pedro. We were also able to take some shots from the construction site of the soon to rise condominium near the SM mall. The last shoot we made was at the Airport Road in Buhangin.

It's such an ironic thing to see that a busy metro at day would be a deserted city at night. The usual noisy streets is deafening in silence. But a different beauty arises in the dark. The lights give a tranquil environment to the city.

Street children, even at night, were still playing in the streets. The little gamblers doesn't seem to feel tired of what they were doing. I wondered if the kids have a home awaiting for them.

That photo shoot was a tough job. We started 8 p.m and ended up at 2 in the morning. That was the reason why I started my day at one this afternoon.

I might be posting some of my shots later. Photography is really fun.

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Nov 18, 2007

Finding a new car at San Diego

I might be one of those college kids who dreamed of having their own car. Considering my daily allowance and the cost, having a car is not a possibility.

Good news for those who live in San Diego though, San Diego Toyota Dealers are selling used cars for those who are tight in budget like me. They have the widest selection of Toyota cars. This is the best way one can grab that pre-owned car purchase plan.

I just hope the cars sold here are as cheap as the one sold in San Diego.


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Teens can make money too

A lot of people are now engaged in monetizing their blogs. Who would not bite the deal? You are earning while doing your hobby.

A couple of months ago, I enrolled in this pay per post program. They pay is not that much but it's decent though. The advertiser sends us link assignments once or twice a month. So far, BatangYagit.com has already received its second link assignment since the time this blog was enrolled in that program.

The difficult part of sponsored posts is the idea that the author should strictly follow the anchor texts of the links assigned to be posted, regardless if it's grammatically right or not. I have encountered several instances wherein there is a strong urge in me to change the anchor text because it does not sound right. But if I change the text, I won't get paid for that.

Another difficulty which I encountered is the relevance of the anchor texts to the niche of my blog. Some of you might have noticed in my previous posts on how I mentioned plastic surgeries, cosmetic surgeries and rhinoplasty in Los Angeles CA. The posts are somewhat irrelevant to the anchor texts but it takes talent for someone to integrate that anchor texts in the post.

This is just one way on how to monetize your blogs. There are a lot of sites out there which offer advice, techniques and guides on how to make money online. My friend Kirby from Cagayan de Oro even made a specialized blog on how teens make money. His goal is to earn a million (pesos) through his blog. You can check his blog for some guides.

There is an infinite number of ways on how a teen like Batang Yagit can earn money through his blog. It's a matter of perseverance, patience and hardwork. Pro's are already earning thousands of bucks from blogging. I can also do the same. Unlike in the non-virtual world wherein there's a distinction of social class which might push you up or pull you down in the "Food Chain". The virtual world (internet) is a free world. A batang yagit today might become the most successful online money maker someday.



Asides: Please do check Richard's new home in the internet. He's now part of the Batang Kalye list. Check his Pulse Circle blog at http://pc.batangyagit.com

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Nov 17, 2007

Another fastfood abroad

Yet another fastfood chain that I've been to in Borneo. This shot was from a Jollibee branch in Gadong, Brunei. I mentioned before that the foods being sold in this Jollibee branch are very expensive, relative to those sold in the Philippines.

If you might be thinking that only Filipinos come to eat in this fast food, well you are wrong. Most of the people that were at the restaurant when I came are Brunei people. (It's awkward to say Bruneian or Bruneese or Brunian. Hehehe.. I don't know which term to address people from Brunei is more appropriate.) Some of the crews are Filipinos, even the manager too.

Some Jollibee restaurants here in Davao offer free wifi access. So i tried my luck on searching for a free hotspot. I noticed most of the available wifi hotspots near the area was similar to that of Globe's globeWiz. Since I'm not interested in paying for my internet, I decided not to push my luck further.

If the food's taste is in question, there's not much difference as to what we have here in the Philippines. Unlike with KFC who remade their chicken recipe to suit their market, Jollibee maintained the original Pinoy taste of their menu.

Notice that the cola (that's how Malays call Coca-Cola) has a different cup. They don't use the plastic cup, instead, they use paper cups. The price, as usual, is more expensive.



By the way, if you have time, please check our friends from Houston nose surgery who sponsored this post.


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Nov 15, 2007

My First meal in Malaysia




This is my first meal in Malaysia.
It's a chicken meal in of the KFC Branches in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
The rice is weird. I'm not sure if they serve plain rice in these fast foods.
The chicken meal is served with coleslaw as its side dish.


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Nov 14, 2007

Lattice Lacing on my Denim Chucks

Last Sunday, I searched from google the keywords "How to tie a shoe lace". Pretty noob right? Hehehe.

The first site in google's list is Ian's Shoelace Site. I was able to look into several samples posted in his site. The site also offers several tutorials on how to tie your shoe lace.

I was looking for some cool way to tie the lace of my shoes. I ended up with his tutorial on Lattice Lacing. The tutorial is very easy to follow. Illustrations are also available. I didn't even read the instructions. The illustrations are clear and easy enough to be understood.

Aside from the tutorials, his site also features a gallery of different shoes tied in different ways. The samples varies from different brands, styles, and colors. You can also combine different lacing techniques.

Noob it may seem but the results are very cool. I'll try another variation next time.


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Nov 13, 2007

Abala sa pag-aayos ng buhok

Kakarating ko lang ng bahay at buhok agad ang inatupag ko. Nagpagupit ako kanina sa mall at medyo bago ang style ng buhok ko. Medyo matagal na rin akong hindi gumagamit ng gel, wax at gum sa pag-aayos ng buhok ko. Sa loob ng dalawang taon, yung tipong suklay lang eh ayos na ayos na.

Medyo manipis ang buhok kaya nagkakaroon ako ng problema tuwing iniiklian ang haba ng buhok ko. Bumabagsak ito at mahirap ayusin. Napansin naman agad ito ng taga-gupit. Kaya nilagyan niya ng kaunting "texture" ang buhok ko. Ang ibig sabihin, may ginawa siyang hokus pokus para magmukhang makapal ang buhok ko. Pagkatapos gupitan, tinuruan niya ako kung pano ayusing ang buhok ko. Gumamit siya ng hair gum sa pag-aayos.

Pagkatapos kong magpagupit, pumunta agad ako sa Watson's para bumili ng hair gum. At dahil tig-1,100.00 pesos ang ginamit niyang hair gum sa buhok ko, at dahil wala akong balak na bumili ng ganoong kamahal ng pampaarte ng buhok, hair wax na lang ang kinuha ko.

At dahil excited, pagkagaling ko ng gym, agad-agad kong binuksan ang binili kong hair wax. Sinubukan kong ayusing ang buhok ko. Ok naman siya. Mas pangit nga lang kumpara sa ayos ng gumupit sa akin pero ok na rin. At dahil naligo ako sa gym at tuyo na ang buhok ko pagkadating ng bahay, saktong-sakto ang set-up ng buhok ko para ayusan. Kailangang magpraktis muna para hindi magkagulo ang buhay ko bukas ng umaga.

Yun lang muna sa ngayon dahil ako'y matutulog na.



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Nov 12, 2007

Ang Paboritong Pantalon ni Batang Yagit

Ito ang paborito kong pantalon. Kung naaalala ko ng tama, binili ko ang pantalong ito mga tatlo o apat na taon na ang nakakalipas. Size 31 ang waistline at medyo loose ang fit. May rusty at faded design yung harap.

Paborito kong gamitin ang maong na 'to. Mga isa o dalawang beses kong ginagamit ito sa isang linggo. Pero nung mga nakaraang buwan, medyo hindi ko na nagagamit kasi nagkaroon ng punit sa bandang tuhod ng kaliwang paa.

Nasira 'to nung summer nang mag-practicum ako sa Coca-cola. Hindi ko maalala kung pano pero sobrang gamit na gamit ang pantalong ito sa trabaho. Marahil kaya ito nasira.

Kahit na may punit na ito, sinusuot ko pa rin siya. Hindi nga lang sa eskwela kasi bawal magsuot ng pantalong may punit.

Talaga namang nagmumukha akong Batang Yagit tuwing suot ko ang pantalong ito. Pero pag may nagtatanong, sinasabi ko na lang na 'style' yan. Hehehe. Palusot ano?


Update:
Naalala ko tuloy ang mga Sulating Pangwakas ko noong nasa elementary pa lang ako. Ka-level ng Ang Paborito kong Aso, Si Nena at ang Pusa, at Ako si Batman.



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Nov 11, 2007

Batang Yagit now part of The Usual Suspects

It was on November 8 that I had a conversation with Kuya Andrew, Ate Ria and Kuya Blogie when Kuya Andrew invited me to join the The Usual Suspects. It was unexpected. The invitation was casual. Few moments later, all I knew was I'm already receiving thread discussions from the TUS Mailing List. Whew! I was also invited for my first meeting with them at the Basti's Brew in Victoria Plaza.

The day after that, Ate Ria texted me and informed me that she already made my intro post (A Batang Yagit Conquers the Internet!) in the TUS Blog. Hehehe.

Another figure from TUS made a review/feature (Blog for professionals' exam results) for one of my sites. Kuya Blogie featured Jehz and Batang Yagit in his Ang Dabawenyo blog. He discussed how we came up with our PRC Board Exam Results website. He's now also part of our team.



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Nov 10, 2007

Review BatangYagit Blogs and get a chance to win $150



Yes that's right. Review any of my blogs and get a chance to win $150.00 from digitalfilipino.com. Ate Janette of the Digital Filipino is generous enough to give out $150 for the best entry in the You Got Blogged! blog review competition.

You Got Blogged was first launched on MindanaoBloggers.com. The competition gives focus on the true nature of blogging: that is, serious and meaningful content development. Only blogs from the Mindanao Bloggers Directory are allowed to be entered into the competition.

Now it's my turn to shamelessly encourage you people to review my blogs.

The following people already made their review for my blogs.

Join now!


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Ayoko nang kumain sa Jollibee Bajada kasi marumi

Isa ako sa mga tao na loyalistang McDonald's. Minsan lang ako napapadpad sa Jollibee. Yung mga minsan na hindi ako ang nagbabayad or kung hindi eh wala akong choice.

Pagkaalis ko ng gym kagabi, pagod at gutom, dumeretso ako ng J.P. Laurel para humanap ng makakainan. Yung unang nasa isip ko, sa Mcdo ako kakain. Pero napag-isip-isip ko rin na medyo nagsasawa na rin ako sa Mcdo. At dahil malapit lang ang Jollibee sa Mcdonald's, napagdesisyunan kong kakain na lang ako ng Burger Steak meal sa Jollibee (Hotdog at Burger Steak lang ang kinakaya kong masikmurang kainin sa Jollibee).

Madali lang yung pag-order ko ng Burger Steak. Hindi natagalan. Hindi na rin nila ako binigyan ng number. At dahil dine-in, stainless steel spoon and fork ang gagamitin. Kumuha ako sa sterilizer nila. Nagtaka ako dahil walang lamang hot water ang sterlizer nila.

Nung makaakyat na ako sa second floor at inumpisahang kumain, bago ko pa nagamit ang tinidor, napansin kong may mga bahid ng kanin ang hinahawakan kong tinidor. What? Hindi ba hinugasan 'to? Hindi ba nila inayos ang paghugas nito?

Nagmadali akong bumaba para humingi ng plastic spoon and fork. I leaned over the counter to catch the crew's attention at pinansin naman nila ako. Naka-smile pa yung babaeng crew at nagtanong kung ano ang kailangan ko. Sabi ko, "Can I have a plastic pair of spoon and fork?". Tas eto ang sagot niya, "Sir, meron naman po tayo dito (sabay turo sa bin ng stainless steel spoon and fork)". Kaya sinagot ko siya, "Uhmm, kumuha na ako kanina kaso marumi yung nakuha ko".

Tiningnan ko ang reaction ng mukha ng crew. Sa mga ganitong sitwasyon, kailangan ang eye contact para malaman nilang you are in authority. Nagbago ang reaksyon ng babaeng crew. Nawala ang smile niya ata napalitan ng simangot sa mukha. Binigyan niya ako ng new pair of plastic spoon and fork. Nag-thank you naman ako pero nakasimangot pa rin siya.

Sa pangyayaring ito, I swear, I won't eat at Jollibee Bajada anymore.


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Nov 9, 2007

Criminologist Licensure Examination - October 2007 Results

Results for the October 2007 PRC Criminologist (Criminology) Licensure Examination




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Nov 8, 2007

Batang Yagit, ang bagong katapat ni Inday

Amo: Inday paalisin mo nga yung Batang Yagit sa labas ng bahay...


(nilabas ni Inday)


Inday:
Go! Under no circumstance this house would relent to such unabashed display of vagrant destitution


Batang Yagit: Oh! I'm so ashamed... Such a mansion of social climbing freaks...



(Nakakuha ng katapat si Inday)




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1257 Passed the 2007 Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination

Congratulations to those who have passed the November 2007 Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination (ECE Board Exam).

To name few:
Ate April, Ate Friend, Ate Marlanne, Kuya Marlo, Kuya Mark, Kuya Ian. Congratulations to you and the rest of the March 2007 ECE Graduates.

Ako na naman next year.







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Nov 6, 2007

The kid once said...

The kid once said....

Jose Rizal is our national Mayor.


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Nov 5, 2007

On spamming and how to control it

My friend Jehz was fired up with lots of spam comments in his blog. Just a while ago, my friend posted his own article on How to stop Blogspot Spammers?.

The solution he suggested was to TURN ON the Comment Moderation feature of Blogger. Yeah, this one is helpful but there is one more better solution he missed. Blogger is equiped with a Word Verification feature for comment postings. This gives added security in preventing spam messages from coming in.

I would also like to congratulate him for migrating from the old blogger to blogger 2. His blog looks better than it was before. :P

Peace Jehz.



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I ranked 3rd for the October Pinoy Blog of the Month

I was lucky to even rank 3rd in Karlo's Pinoy Blog of the Month. Few weeks ago, I made a campaign for this contest. A few responded and pledged their support for Batang Yagit. I am thankful to these people and to those who voted for Batang Yagit.

Why 3rd?



The judging was based on the following criteria.

  • Blog Content - 50% (Is it enjoyable to read? Does it entertain? Is it informative? Is the content valuable?)
  • Design 25% - (Is it good to the eyes? Is it easy to navigate? Is it user friendly?)
  • Reader-Author Interaction - 20% (Are there any interactions between readers and authors? Is there reader participation on the comments page? Remember, a reader-author relationship is important in making a blog grow!)
  • Pinoy Factor - 5% (How well does the blog portray its pinoy image? Is it Pinoy enough to be considered a Pinoy Blog?)
The total score from these criteria comprise 60% of the total score. I got 48.53% of the 60%. Not bad though. I was thinking that I got low on the Reader-Author Interaction. I seldom post replies on the comments from my readers. I apologize for that.


Congratulations to the other winners of the contest.


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Nov 2, 2007

Batang Yagit conquers Brunei

Is this street named after the brother of Julia Roberts? Maybe not.

This is just one of the few street names that can be found in Brunei. Jalan is a Malay word which means street in the English language.

During my short stay in Negara Brunei Darrusalam, I learned a few things about the country. Brunei was once under the British Protectorate. It's a small but powerful country. The population of Brunei won't even reach a million.

Unlike in Manila, Brunei has an organized road and traffic system. I'm impressed on how disciplined the drivers in Brunei are. Similar to other Asian countries, Brunei's vehicles employ a right hand drive system. I was having some difficulty in crossing streets 'coz I get confused on which part of the road to look first. Hehehehe.

Stuffs in Brunei are expensive. While I was exploring their mall, my hand was doing the conversion. The prices in Brunei are almost twice as that of in Malaysia.

I'm supposed to go back to Brunei this Saturday but I opted not to. I feel to tired and I don't want to spend some dollars for another Brunei trip




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