Category: Miscellaneous


How to Make Your Partner Happy


You must be…
1. a friend
2. a companion
3. a lover
4. a brother
5. a father
6. a master
7. a chef
8. an electrician
9. a plumber
10. a mechanic
11. a carpenter
12. a decorator
13. a stylist
14. a sexologist
15. a gynecologist
16. a psychologist
17. a pest exterminator
18. a psychiatrist
19. a healer
20. a good listener
21. an organizer
22. a good father
23. very clean
24. sympathetic
25. athletic
26. warm
27. attentive
28. gallant
29. intelligent
30. funny
31. creative
32. tender
33. strong
34. understanding
35. tolerant
36. prudent
37. ambitious
38. capable
39. courageous
40. determined
41. true
42. dependable
43. passionate

44. give her compliments regularly
45. Go shopping with her
46. be honest
47. be very rich
48. not stress her out 49. not look at other girls

50. give her lots of attention
51. give her lots of time, especially time for herself
52. give her lots of space, never worrying about where she goes.

53. never forget *birthdays *anniversaries *valentine *arrangements she makes.


1. Show up naked. So whats so hard with that?

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How to Decipher Costco’s Price Codes

If you are a Costco customer,  you know the good deals are at these popular members-only warehouses scattered around the country.  Here’s a tip that will make your Costco shopping experience even better.

Mark Wallengren and Kristin Cruz of the morning talk show “Mark & Kristin in the Morning” at Los Angeles’ KOST 103.5 FM radio station, recently deciphered secret codes on Costco price tags.

It turns out that the last two digits of the price tags everyone sees at Costco warehouses have internal meanings that Costco members should take advantage of.

On their article, Mark and Kristin says:

“Apparently there is a secret price tag code. We’ve deciphered it, and the key is to look at the price tag and note the last two digits.”

They went on to reveal these codes:

  • “.97 — This is a manager’s special. You may never find this deal again.
  • .49 or .79 — This is a manufacturer’s special. The manufacturer may be testing out the product at Costco. If the product tests well, Costco might sell it later at a higher price.
  • .00 — This is the best deal in the store. The manager probably wants to get rid of this product. Think of it as clearance and once the product is gone, it’s gone for good.
  • .97* — This is the last time you will see this product at this price. Your last chance for a good deal.  * This product has been discontinued.”

So for example, if you see the price of the 65-in TV you’ve been eyeing for sometime at “$899.97*”, then you know that will be the lowest, last, and final price you will ever see that item, and will be gone after that.



30 Indicators to Know That You’re Definitely 50 Yrs Old and Over



1. You don’t even remember when you last got carded.

2. Instead of baby photos, your Facebook friends are all about their kids’ college graduation.

3. …and posts about lowering cholesterol and uric acid…

4. You go to a mall, and the first thing you look for is a bench to sit in.

5. You start a story with “when my kids were babies” and realize that was more than 20 years ago.

6. When you watch teen movies/Tv shows, you need your kids next to you to ‘explain’ stuff.

7. You’ve gone to a bar and left because it had too many people.

8. You go through business cards from old jobs and wonder if some of those people are still alive.

9. A standard subject you talk about with friends is the last medical checkup anyone has gone through.

10. You look at celebrities in your same age bracket who were popular in your twenties, and say “oh my…”

11. You no longer care about your credit score.

12. You think this dog or cat you have now will be your last and probably outlive you.

13. You select a hotel room so you can enjoy the room, not just a place to sleep.

14. You get a head ache just setting up your new smartphone.

15. TUMS and Nexium are standard items in your medicine cabinet.

16. Shakira who?

17. Staying up past 1AM is an all nighter to you.

18. You no longer have hang overs since all you can take is one drink and then fall asleep.

19. You realize your parents were the same age you are now when they started really looking old to you.

20. Running, err… walking hurts your knees.

21. Your kids seem to increasingly talk faster than before.

22. You select shoes based on comfort more than style.

23. Your kids have to explain to you why something is ‘cool’, and still don’t get it.

24. It increasingly seems like everyone is always in a hurry on the road.

25. You have WebMD bookmarked in your browser.

26. You get upset if you don’t get more than 6 hours sleep on the weekends.

27. You panic when you misplace your reading glasses.

28. You simply say “I’m too old for this” on physically challenging games and everyone accepts it as a legtimate excuse.

29. You catch yourself daydreaming about retirement.

30. You start receiving membership offers from the AARP.

The Manager

old hands

old handsOne young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview.

The director discovered from his CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent. He asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “no”.

” Was it your father who paid for your school fees?”

“My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.” he replied.

” Where did your mother work?”

“My mother worked as clothes cleaner.”

The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

” Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?”

“Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go home today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back home, he asked his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her son.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother winced when he touched it.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fees. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, when he asked: “Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered,” I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

“I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, I would not be who I am today. By helping my mother, only now do I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done on your own. And I have come to appreciate the importance and value of helping one’s family.

The director said, “This is what I am looking for in a manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life.”

“You are hired.”

This young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and worked as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop an “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, they may be successful for a while, but eventually they would not feel a sense of achievement. They will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying our children instead?

You can let your child live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch on a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your child learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

Lessons Life Taught Me by Regina Brett

A friend sent me this via email and thought of sharing it. This is something we should all read at least once a week.  Make sure you read to the end.  Written by Regina Brett, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio.

Regina Brett

“1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and
family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t
save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will
this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive but don’t forget.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

The Philippines Needs More Paris Hiltons

Just as Paris Hilton boarded a plane back to Los Angeles after opening her boutique in Manila, a survey was released showing she was voted as the least trustworthy celebrity, with a score of 60% by a survey made by Ipsos, a global market research company. I looked around the internet for reactions and many Filipinos were defending Paris, and simply didn’t care. “Past is past”, one person wrote. Some even thanked her for investing in our country.

Distrusted or otherwise however, the Philippines needs a Paris Hilton and more well-to-do celebrities like her. Imagine if other celebrities and the likes of Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, or even billionaire Donald Trump would invest in the Philippines and publicly promoted it? Even if the Philippines shouldered the travel, lodging and security expenses for these celebrities, the return would be many times over in renewed investment and confidence.

Paris Hilton’s investment in several stores in Manila not only endorses the Philippines as a country to look into for companies considering expansion in Asia, it also gives a boost of confidence in a flailing Philippine economy. We can toot our horns until our faces turn blue about how great investing in our country, but the truth of the matter is unless people from other parts of the world (i.e., the Paris Hiltons of the world) start believing in the Philippines and investing in our country, very few will come. Sadly, the quote made famous by the movie Field of Dreams, “Build it, and it(he) will come” does not apply to us. We need to build AND promote.

We already have several famous ‘marketing representatives’ who can help the economy. Why not tap our own famous celebrities to bring them in? It’s definitely easier said than done, but wouldn’t it be great if Charice can get Oprah to invest a few million dollars in the Phillippines? How about Arnel Pineda, who can he bring in? Apl de Ap? I bet that because Paris and Manny Pacquaio knew each other, it played a hand in Paris’ recent visit to Manila. Wouldn’t you think?

I remember hearing a story during the Marcos era when the IMF (International Monetary Fund) convention was in town. The dilemma was how to provide luxury automobiles to the delegates. It was solved by tapping into the financial resources of private individuals and companies. They were offered to import top-of-the line Mercedes-Benz cars using their own funds, tax free. The only caveat was they would allow the use of the cars by the IMF delegates for a week. After which, the car was theirs to keep. Whether this story is true or not, we need some out-of-the-box, creative thinking such as this. Maybe for travel and accommodations instead?

What is really lacking is confidence – not just by us Filipinos, but by potential foreign investors as well. It really does not do much how often we tell the world how worthy the Philippines is for investment, but it will really go a long way if other people like Paris Hilton invests and give the Philippines a vote of confidence — and maybe, just maybe then, when we build it … they will come.

Paris Hilton, distrusted as she may be by the world, is a good start :)

Then and Now: Rizal Avenue

Avenida Rizal or more popularly referred to now as Rizal Avenue is one of Manila’s busiest districts.  In the 1920’s through 1930’s, Rizal Avenue was the place to be for the city’s elite and socialites.  Streets were lined with high-end shops, restaurants and movie theaters.  These theaters were designed by famous architects during that era, some of whom are now immortalized in our architectural history books.

On our first photo, you can see Rizal Avenue when we were still part of the United States.  A street busling with kalesas mixed in with early model Fords, it is evident here that it was already a busy area of Manila around the 1930s.  A notable landmark is the newly built Ideal Theater, erected in 1933 by Architect Pablo Antonio.

Rizal Avenue, circa 1930s. Note the traffic police stationed under the umbrella, and the vintage telephone pole in the middle of the street.

The next photo shows a war-torn Rizal Avenue.  Probably taken around 1945. Note the burned shell buildings to the right of the photo and a column of American tanks and jeeps on the street.  The Ideal Theater however survived the Japanese occupation and is seen here, still intact.

Rizal Avenue, circa 1945. Probably right after Japan’s surrender.

After the war, Rizal Avenue regained its reputation as the preferred recreational destination by many of Manila’s residents. Architects Pablo Antonio and Juan Nakpil, created several more of the movie theaters along the avenue. Adding to the Ideal Theater, Antonio designed the Galaxy, the Scala and the Lyric theaters, while Nakpil designed the Capitol, the Ever and the Avenue theaters.  The photo below, which was taken around the 1950s, shows the emergence of the AC jeepney  (which was originally designed using surplus American military jeeps) and the Otis, State theaters on the right and Galaxy theater in the far distance.

Rizal Avenue, circa 1950s. AC jeepneys now abound.

Around 1968, American Photographer Harrison Forman aimed his large format camera at the Rizal Avenue.  The resulting shot is shown below with Goodearth Emporium already there, and Ideal, Otis and State Theaters still standing.  As a child, I remember seeing ‘Now Showing’ advertisements for these theaters in the early 1970s in Manila’s leading newpapers. So I know they were still operating as theaters during that time.

Circa 1968. Photo Credit: For a higher resolution photo, visit the UWM Libraries at Photograph by Harrison Forman.

As the years went by, the area was victimized by urban renewal. Shown on the photo below (circa 1980s) is Rizal Avenue without any cars or jeepneys.  The Ideal Theater, which survived World War II is now gone.  The “OTIS” sign is so delapidated it’s barely readable, but State is still there.  Goodearth Emporium however is probably enjoying its glory days during this time.

Circa 1980s. No more cars or jeepneys.

The photo below shows Rizal Avenue as seen today.  Giving way to the LRT, it is now one of those places where you can’t ever imagine the transformation that has taken place.

Rizal Avenue Today

Rizal Avenue today. (Rizal Avenue, corner Carriedo Street., the approximate spot where all the photos above were taken.)

The main culprit of the deterioration of the area was the LRT; the train was to ease traffic in Rizal Avenue and Taft Avenue south of the Pasig River but it also killed business along the route. The cinemas themselves resorted to showing double feature B-movies and soft porn, as people transferred to the newer and more modern Ortigas Centernand the Ayala Center.

In 2000, during the mayorship of Lito Atienza, the stretch from C.M. Recto Avenue to Palanca Street was turned into a pedestrian-only thoroughfare by laying bricks on the road, with the buildings and the LRT painted as part of an urban renewal project. This caused vehicles to use the secondary roads such as Tomas Mapua and Doroteo Jose Streets in order to go to and from Plaza Lacson.The Ideal Theater was previously demolished, the Galaxy, Scala and Lyric theaters are now misused. The first level of the Ever Theater is occupied by stalls, while the upper levels are abandoned. Only the refurbished Capitol Theater, now a dimsum palace, survived the modern times and is still active.The pedetrianization of Rizal Avenue was completed on 2003 and was meant to only last for a short time but it has persisted until 2008.

The Avenue Theater, which survived the Battle of Manila of 1945, was demolished in 2006 to give way to a parking area. The costs of maintaining the facility were too high, as compared for it to be converted as a parking area. The National Historical Institute (NHI) and several private entities tried to prevent the building from being torn down.

On July 17, 2007, Lim attended the ceremony reopening the closed portion of Rizal Avenue, and it has remained open to this day.


Some excerpts in this article were taken from Wikipedia under the terms of the Creative Commons license.  Sources:

Classic Philippine TV Commercials (Part 1)

Did you grow up in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s?  This is the time when life seemed simpler:  You actually went out to play with friends (not the PS3), no internet, no cell phones, a lot less traffic, TV sets were still black and white (most), and the commercials on TV were well,  simple, unlike some of the high-budget productions now-a-days.

I stumbled upon these videos more than a year ago and they really brought back a lot of noontime memories as a child growing up in Kamuning, QC.   I remember seeing most of these during commercial breaks while having monggo for lunch and our TV tuned-in to our favorite noontime show,  Student Canteen with Eddie Ilarde, Bobby Ledesma, Connie Reyes and Helen Vela.

This first video is for Ford Fiera with the original ‘mahangin’, Rod Navarro.  He claims “150 pasahero ang kasya… sa sampung biyahe” .  He was really known as one who exaggerated the truth in the characters he played in the movies and TV.

This next one is the classic Veto commercial.  “Ang lakas ng ulan…. may underarm odor si Fe”… I really cannot help smiling right now just thinking about how widespread that phrase became in the 70’s.  Probably the old equivalent of viral marketing :)

Who can forget Bert “Tawa” Marcelo in his 680 Home Appliances ad series?  You wouldn’t believe the prices of the appliances in this video.

And of course, San Miguel Beer’s “Mag beer muna tayo” campaign.  This is again Bert “Tawa” Marcelo, with his famous line… “pupulbusin ko ang dibdib!”

After viewing these videos, sometimes you’d wish that you can just board a time machine and go back in time, doesn’t it?  But they also beg for us to ask the following question: Meron ba tayong respository ng mga lumang video o pelikula para ma-preserve ang mga classic na mga video na ito? Yung mga lumang pelikula ng Sampaguita Films, mga lumang pelikula nila Pugo, Dolphy, Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa, atbp… nasaan na?  Sino ang nagtatago, at naka-preserve ba ito o nabubulok na sa baol ng isang patay nang producer?

Let’s ponder on this… more to come…

Then and Now: Ayala Avenue

When one thinks of Makati, you automatically think of Ayala avenue.  The center of the Philippine economy. This is the area where the largest Philippine corporations set up shop and where many Filipino professionals head towards every weekday morning.

However, Ayala  as it is today has come a long way from its roots.  This strip of road used to be part of an airport runway in Luzon’s first airport.  It was only converted to become a road in 1949 and this is when ownership of the airport facilities was handed over to the owner of the land, Ayala Corporation.  It was extended from Paseo de Roxas to Buendia Ave sometime in the 1950s.

In the 1960s, as seen in our first photo, it was extended from Buendia Ave to Kamagong St.


Ayala Avenue (circa 1968) above was still clean and seemed like a scene from a different country.  There weren’t that many cars on the road yet, and the high-rises were just starting to develop.  Note: I am too young to know the names of the buildings above, so please leave your comments if you can indentify some of them.

The 1980s (above) brought about taller high-rise buildings, jeepneys, much more cars, and smog.  You can now readily see the BPI and Insular Life buildings in this photo, but Robinson’s and Rufino tower has not been built yet.

Ayala Avenue as it is today looks like a business district in a developed nation, wider roads, taller buildings.  However in this photo, taken around 2007-2008, it seems to be missing the heavy traffic most Makati workers are accustomed to now-a-days — probably taken on a Sunday :)

Then and Now: Uychaco Building – give this an award!

The Philippines has plenty of historical buildings still standing today.  To me, this particular building really stands out as it is one of the few that has survived the test of time and war.  I am going to make the photos speak for themselves.

Uychaco Building -- Circa 1910-1920

The Uychaco building (red arrow) was built in 1881, at Plaza Moraga in the financial district of Binondo, Manila.  The photo above was probably taken between 1910-1920 as you can see a few Ford Model T’s mixed in with kalesas on the street.

The Uychaco Building -- Circa 1941 (2 weeks before Pearl Harbor)

Seen here just two weeks before the outbreak of WWII.  Notice that Manila was right-hand drive back then.

The Uychaco Building -- Circa 1945 (WWII aftermath)

Shown here, war-torn but still standing, next to the Insular Life Building around 1945.

The Uychaco Building -- Circa 1968

Rebuilt and photographed here in the now busy streets in 1968.

The Uychaco Building -- Today

The Uychaco building still proudly stands today, gracing the entrance to Manila’s Chinatown.  I hope that people in power realize that preserving national treasures such as this should be on the list of top priorities.  It has survived through the years and we should make sure our children’s children will enjoy this irreplacable historical landmark.

Sabitan na ng medalya ito!

P.S. It is not clear whether it has always been called the Uychaco Building.  If you have any information, please leave a comment below.