Category: Lessons Learned

The Torotot Campaign: Save a Finger, Blow a Torotot

For the New Year in the Philippines, it’s become tradition, and a necessity, for many people to get the biggest, baddest and loudest fireworks to light up themselves.

Problem is, that every New Year in the Philippines, there’s also hundreds of people who end up loosing their fingers, or more, due to faulty fireworks.

It’s because of this, that we at Mellow 94.7’s The Wake Up Show have decided to run the “Toroto Campaign!” (Twitter #torototcampaign).

Just in case you’re not familiar, torotot is just local slang for the New Year horns or maybe we can even sort of compare it to the vuvuzelas from the World Cup that we saw a flurry of. Either way, a torotot is something that won’t take your fingers away by accident.

In many other countries, fireworks are actually illegal and only those with proper permits can have those dangerous light shows. Moreover, fireworks cost a lot of money! Why risk your fingers and pay a lot of money, just to blow it up?

So I say leave it to the professionals. Head over to the malls, hotels or other venues who will be having the professional and better looking fireworks this New Year!

Oh and my partner Tracy also had more suggestions on slogans for this #TorototCampaign:

Tumorotot ka na ba?

I love a big torotot

Two thumbs up! – Because I still have two thumbs #torototcampaign

My torotot is bigger than your torotot

Mas masarap, mas masaya tumorotot

Do it the Torotot way

But for now, I think we’re sticking to the Save a Finger, Blow a Torototslogan.

Can you add more slogans for us to promote this? Please tweet and be sure to use the #torototcampaign hashtag.

Have a very happy and SAFE New Year! Spread the word about the #TorototCampaign!


The Torotot Campaign: Save a Finger, Blow a Torotot

6 Week Challenge Results! Did my filthy dirty mouth get cleaner?


I have to be honest, I was a bit skeptical about how much one product could really do for my filthy dirty mouth.

Six weeks ago, I was invited as one of a few bloggers to participate in this reality type challenge where we put the Listerine Total Care Mouthwash to the test.

We were asked to have our mouth and teeth evaluated before a 6-week challenge of using their Listerine Total Care Mouthwash. We had our teeth checked by the renowned dental offices of Doctor Villareal at the Bonifacio Global City’s St. Luke’s Hospital.

See that full post of Week 1 here –




Following that was a thorough weekly update of what I was doing and how I was feeling after using the Listerine Total Care Mouthwash.


Week 1 here –

Week 2 –

Week 3 –

Week 4 –

Week 5 –


And finally, after 6 weeks, I went back to St. Luke’s Hospital to see exactly what had happened in my mouth throughout these past few weeks.

The results we unbelievable! I was in for a surprise like no other!


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I was not expecting my plaque to go down 78%, my tartar to go down 91% or my gum bleeding to go down 89%!!!! The odor thing might look bad on the chart, but from the start, my odor index was actually low, at a score of 1 out of 5, meaning “there is barely any odor”.” So there really wasn’t much more to go down from from there.




The dentist even asked me if I had gotten my teeth cleaned. I told them that I didn’t and they seemed really surprised as well. They also asked if I flossed a lot, and I had to admit that I missed out on a lot of flossing because of my busy schedule.

Finally, the dentists asked if I used Listerine religiously in the past 6 weeks. I told them that I had used it at least once a day but mostly, I would used it every time after I brushed my teeth.

But even beyond the numbers, I noticed that my teeth and gums do not bleed anymore. This was something the dentists told me is actually caused by plaque and tartar building up and seeping into your gums. I originally thought bleeding gums just meant that I had “sensitive” gums, but it turns out, bleeding gums means you have dirty teeth and gums. So I’m very glad to have them nice, clean and not bleeding anymore thanks to Listerine!




Anyway, I’m a Listeriever (Listerine Believer) now! No more bleeding gums and I’ve never felt so kissable in my life!

So When In Manila, be sure to keep that filthy dirty mouth of yours clean to make sure you’re ready for any kisses that might come your way! Take the TOTAL CARE CHALLENGE yourself to be a LISTERIEVER too!


Five 5 Total Care Ways to Prepare for Life: Relationships, Dates, Careers and your Future

Throughout my short time in this world, I’ve come to find out a few things that has always gotten me through the tough times. Whenever I get too nervous, or too overwhelmed with the task at hand, I tend to look back at my past and try to figure out how I’ve overcome those other trials and hardships. I’ve come to a conclusion that there are five main things I do to help give me the strength and the confidence needed, let me share them with you.





One random day, in a random city, at a random building, you’ll get into an elevator with a big shot whom you really look up to but have only seen in the magazines, watched on TV or heard on radio. But now, for whatever strange coincidence, you’ll be alone in an elevator with him/her. What do you do now? Are you ready to give your elevator spiel on why you matter? Many times in life, the biggest and best opportunities come out of nowhere. You will not have any time to stop and prepare and you may miss out on these once in a lifetime occasions. Instead, you should always be preparing yourself. Figure out what you want to do in life and start preparing. You may want to be a big TV star, so start preparing your acting skills even before the audition. You may want to be a big banker, so start preparing your financial knowledge by knowing what’s going on with the economy and with the banks. You never know who you might need to impress out of the blue. Successful people are always ready whenever the time comes. Success is preparation meeting opportunity!



In many events, challenges, matches or big moments in your life, you will probably have some time to properly prepare for the situation. This is where the big players gets separated from the little boys. The real winners do their research! They research everything from the venue, the audience, the background of the event, all the way to the names of the guards at the door. Someone well prepared will be much more comfortable and confident when that said event finally takes place. Little things like showing up to the event early and checking your PowerPoint presentations on the projector or knowing where the podium is or even just meeting the organizers of the event play a big role when you finally have to give that big presentation! Do your research!



It’s an old saying that is so much more useful when you actually implement it! Usually, before a big speech, people would pace around the backstage telling everyone in sight that they are nervous. This actually hinders your confidence and ability to do well because you are setting your mind and yourself to think that you are nervous. Instead, pretend that you aren’t. Tell yourself that you are not nervous and tell everyone else that too. If you start pretending that you’re comfortable, you might start pretending to act like a confident person and next thing you know, you actually become confident. The universe has a strange way of giving you what you ask for, make sure you’re asking it to make you confident rather than telling it to make you more nervous. Fake it til’ you make it!



It’s all about the little details. I remember my college professor telling me that the little things matter! They matter because the little things are a reflection of how you will handle the bigger things. If you can’t be trusted with the little things, how can we trust you with the big ones. If you forget to email that document your boss told you to email, or if you misplace the copies of the lunch menu your colleagues asked you for, then when it comes down to assigning you bigger tasks, they might be a bit hesitant to ask for your service or to give you that promotion. So make sure you check all the small things. Mind the details!



I use this as a metaphor for everything else like combing your hair, shining your shoes and making sure your tie is sharp! Part of having the full confidence you need is having the basic tools necessary. Always dress to impress! It’s better to dress up than to be dressed down. So keep that breath fresh! It starts not just at the moment of your big event, but from months ago. Get that suit ironed out, but that nice tie you need and start using that mouthwash for that total care you need to succeed. Confidence comes from within, it comes from what you do day in and day out. So be sure you are prepared for that big day of yours but getting ready now! Total care starts NOW!



Five 5 Total Care Ways to Prepare for Life: Relationships, Dates, Careers and your Future


10 Things to Learn from Japan

I’m not sure who wrote this piece. It seems to be a chain email circulating as I’ve received it a few times already. But I just thought that it had a very powerful message.

We don’t need to be of a certain religion to be kind, loving and peaceful.


10 Things to Learn from Japan



10 things to learn from Japan –

1. THE CALM Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.

2.  THE DIGNITY – Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.

3.  THE ABILITY _ The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.

4.  THE GRACE People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.

5.  THE ORDER No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.

6.  THE SACRIFICE  – Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?

7.  THE TENDERNESSRestaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.

8. THE TRAINING – The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.

9.  THE MEDIA They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.

10. THE CONSCIENCE – When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly 

and they are not Christians…..

With every good wish




Happy Even After: Free Workshop for Single Moms

Happy Even After: Free Workshop for Single Moms

There are various reasons why one becomes a single parent. The most common reasons being by chance or by deliberate choice in the case of ending a bad relationship.

But there are also other reasons one becomes a solo parent. One may have lost their partner; or are raising nieces and nephews as their own as guardians (a common occurrence here in the Philippines considering our extended families) or those whose partners are OFWs.

As different as their reasons may be, solo parents all have to deal with the daunting and difficult balancing act of being both a father and mother to a child. They all need guidance on how to cope and information on how to best raise their children under such circumstances.

Sex and, a website that aims to empower women by arming them with rights-based information will hold a workshop for solo parents on November 14.

Ana Santos, founder and editorial director of Sex and and writer Karen Kunawicz, will speak about their individual experiences on single parenting and share their insights.

Knowing that the start of feeling good is looking good, The Body Shop will also give a short demo to teach the participants how to put on make-up in the least amount of time.

This is a FREE workshop and a pilot test for Sex and (SAS) who has received many inquiries and requests about holding workshops/dialogues for solo parents. If successful, SAS will roll out a workshop series that will tackle other aspects of solo parenthood: financial management and budgeting, finding the right yaya, legalities, blended families, and dating again.

“Happy Even After” will be on November 14, Sunday at 9am-11am. Venue is the 2F of Starbucks Ortigas Home Depot, J. Vargas Avenue, Ortigas. Slots are limited. Please reserve your FREE slot by messaging 0927.307.9608.

Happy Even After: Free Workshop for Single Moms

For media inquiries, please call:
Ana Santos

Sex and Sensibilities (SAS) is a non-profit website committed to improving the level of understanding of sexual reproductive health rights among young Filipinas through the dissemination of accurate, practical and factual information on positive sexuality and population and development in governance. One of the trademark products of SAS is the Triple S Sexual Health Workshop, a module done in consultation with the UNFPA that cover safer sex, sexual health rights and stigma & discrimination.

The Power of the Internet: Beginners Class to Internet Marketing & Blogging

The Power of the Internet

BUSINESS EDITION (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and how they can help your business)

This class is designed for traditional brick and mortar entrepreneurs who have yet to understand or harness the power of the internet. A beginners class for internet marketing.

From free marketing online to handling customer complaints, we tackle everything a business needs to know about the internet like: Blogs, Facebook Fan Pages, Twitter, Online Branding, Internet Marketing, Google tools, SEO and more!

Some question whether or not they can afford to send people to this class, but with the mass media power and broadcasting of the internet able to send out negative ideals about your product / service / brand / company, the real question is “Can you afford NOT to take this class?”

The class will be taught by Vince Golangco, a web enthusiast who hosts the show “Tek Tok TV” (Tech Talk TV) on the Global News Network (GNN). Vince is also the editor and creative director of, the blog that won the #1 Emerging Influential Blog Award for 2010. Vince’s experience with online marketing has made him a sought after consultant and media powerhouse.

SIGN UP NOW FOR EARLY BIRD RATES (valid until Oct 31 only).

Limited seating. Call “The One School” to save your seat:

Phone Number 817-4396

Class Dates:
November 13 & 20 (Saturdays)  9am – 6pm

The One School
CHED and TESDA accredited
55 Paseo de Roxas Avenue, Makati City
Phone: 817-4391

The Power of the Internet: Beginners Class to Internet Marketing & Blogging

Bill Gates speech: 11 rules your kids did not and will not learn in school

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Bill Gates speech: 11 rules your kids did not and will not learn in school

“I Hate Filipinos” – How To Commit Social Media Suicide by Gabriella Widjaja

Have you ever heard of the term “Social Media Suicide?”

Well let me introduce you to Social Media Suicide Subject #1… In her blog, she writes:

“i don’t fucking care that I’m filipino . i’m

ASHAMED as HELL to be called one . it’s

disgusting . why ? why do i hate filipinos ?

‘cos they’re dirty , they touch all the food

and don’t even select it . they’re so

judgemental . they’re rude . THEY THINK


FUCKING BEST . they have too much pride

and are pathetic . so fuck you filipinos . i’m

not one of you pathetic shits , i’ll be anything

but ugh , a FILIPINO . from now on ? i’m

fucking chinese LOL .”

Fortunately, this first Social Media Suicide subject realized what she did and sent out some sort of apology. She’s 14 so honestly, I’m pretty sure she learned her lesson.

Now that’s one example of “Social Media Suicide.

Seeing this new online explosion of anger towards a little ignorant girl has got me thinking that social media management should really be a class taught in school.

*My apologies actually as my first post mistakenly assumed that the notes above and the tweets below were from the same person. Which is how it’s presented in the Facebook hate page. On the contrary, one of my readers, named Lola, commented and said that:

“(Social Media Suicide Subject #1) and @frauleinlinardi is not the same person. Gabriella Widjaja aka @frauleinlinardi is an Indonesian racist, seeking for attention by tweeting racist comments about filipinos.

I’m really not sure about the age or education level (or lack thereof) of  Gabriella Widjaja / @frauleinlinardi , but I do know that she made a big big boo-boo.

This girl,  Gabriella Widjaja / @frauleinlinardi, writes some very emotional, unjustified and racist words on her online media.

She tweeted about how much she “hates Filipinos.” (definitely Social Media Suicide)

It really doesn’t matter who or what you hate, but expressing your opinions in such an ignorant manner to the public eye can really hurt you a lot.

In today’s world, we’re all publishers and we’re all capable of becoming media powerhouses ourselves. All it takes is something as simple as a blog, a Facebook account, a Twitter account or any other online medium.

What some people may not realize is this social media online can be powerful branding tools that can elevate our future lives and careers, or completely destroy our reputation and any possible chance of getting a decent job.

Imagine five to ten years from now, when people search for the name Gabriella Widjaja / @frauleinlinardi.  Potential employers may stumble upon articles about our young racist friend and see pictures of her.

As of now, she’s being bombarded with negative tweets and very vulgar comments. Also, Gabriella Widjaja / @frauleinlinardi probably won’t have to wait long to get more hate mail, groups and threats.

Gabriella Widjaja / @frauleinlinardiXX didn’t seem apologetic for any of her comments nor has she censored any of her blogs and online accounts which is why I didn’t bother censoring any of her information that’s easily found online as well.

Just thought this could be a very valuable lesson for others to learn how to commit “Social Media Suicide” in case they want to thrown their careers out the window.

*On a side note, if you do decide to Tweet her or comment on her blog or whatever, don’t be an ignorant racist or idiot yourself. Be more mature and positive with your comments. There is no point for vulgar negative energy feeding this cycle. Use constructive words instead of hatred.

I mean, you want to represent yourself and your country in a better manner than she did right?

If one person can cause so much negative… imagine how much POSITIVE, millions can bring. Time to start anew… together

Speaker at the University of the Philippines (UP), Marketing / Public Relations Forum

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I had so much fun speaking about internet marketing to the students of the University of the Philippines Diliman campus (UP). It’s always fun to talk to college kids since you can see them dreaming about their bright futures with no hint of anything stopping them! No barriers in place nor any glass ceilings yet.

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Hopefully they had fun hearing me talk about my experiences too.

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The event was called: PuMPED UP – A Publicity, Marketing, Public Relations  and  Events Management Discourse

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See the full flyer and program flow of that PuMPED UP event here –

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How to Make Your Social Network WORK for You

WOW! My guest for my segment “Edumacate Me!” really prepared a lot of stuff for us!

“Edumacate Me!” is a segment that’s part of the radio show called “The G-Spot” w/ DJ Vince G where we try to learn something new every Sunday from the guests that come on air with us at Mellow 94.7

My guest this week is Ms. Carissa Villacorta, the author of the book called “Surreality” and one of the Top 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the US.

Carissa Villacorta talking points for Mellow 94.7 guesting with DJ Vince G

July 25, 2010   830am to 930am

Carissa Villacorta has been practicing Public Relations for the past 8 years in New York City, with clients in Manhattan and the Hamptons

(and author of Surreality)

Contact her at



How To Make Your Social Network Work For You (and everyone else)

We always hear about

Intellectual Quotient

Emotional Quotient from a popular book

How about Social Quotient

How to grow in social intelligence

I feel that endorsements and interviews are the two top ways to get a job. So in a way, they’re results of people liking you enough to recommend you or hire you.

How to make the change from being socially inept to becoming socially adept

I am not claiming to be a teacher, as I myself am still a student of life and relationship building

I’ve realized that when I meet new people, I have a tendency to ask not only

How are you?

But also

“How can I help you?”

Though I don’t always say it aloud.

We all appreciate help. Whether in finding jobs, clients, baby sitters, PR opportunities, or making our dreams come true.

Everybody wants to be Cinderella, but they’re not always successful because they want it for themselves. My suggestion is that we all become Fairy Godmothers to each other –We can introduce them to prince charming, make them a dress and take them to the ball. Because only when we are all Fairy Godmothers to each other can we all become Cinderellas too – our dreams come true.

Noone is ever self-made. We are all products of the kindness and generosity of people we’ve met along the way.

And so you can never say thank you enough.

PR for me does not only stand for  public relations, but it means personal relations

You only have one chance to make an encounter count. People may not meet you ever again. Or you may not meet them ever again. So make the 10 minutes they choose to spend with you a positive and pleasant time.

It only takes a moment, to make, or break an impression.

•         A moment is a retail of time.
Make the moment count.

•         It’s not only about the peso counter, but also about the personal encounter
From the onstage impression to the offstage experience


Don’t give them a chance to say cute nga pero snob. The best thing people can say about you is “Gwapo na, mabait pa.” Or “Mabait na, guwapo pa.”

What’s the use of knowing a lot of people to look for a job if none of them want to help you? You know those people you don’t ever want to see again? You don’t want to be one of those people right?

George Washington said in his Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior from the 1700s

Everything done in company must be in consideration of everyone who is present

Always be considerate of people who are on the same room, same street, same country – people who are going to be affected, sometimes disturbed by what you do. Ask Is this right, is this decent, is this considerate?



Don’t drop names of people you don’t really know or don’t know you

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

It’s not who you know it’s who knows you.

It’s not who knows you, its who likes you.

Don’t overpromise. Don’t talk too much. Just do your best, pray for the rest and let the results do the talking.

Try not to backstab. You don’t want to see bloody backs everywhere right? You don’t want someone to have a bloody back. You don’t want a bloody back. So don’t stab people with sharp words, especially behind their backs.

Strive not to improve others, but to improve yourself in patience, tolerance and understanding.

Words can break relationships. Especially those you hear from other people.

Conversations are two-way dialogues. They’re not monologues. There was a guy I’ve hung out with thrice already  before he found out (from someone else) where I worked and what I do.  Then he seemed surprised. That’s because he never asked me.  He kept on talking about himself for hours on end. And I didn’t want to interrupt his monologue.

Here are the top recent realizations I have while learning about PR or what is commonly known as public relations, but what I call Person Relations

1. Showing up is the greatest compliment. Staying in touch is the second best compliment.

2. The 24-hour cancellation policy should apply not only in restaurant or hotel reservations but also in social commitments. It’s hard to book another guest, as much as it is to book a new appointment in your day.

3 It has always been my job / second nature to invite friends and strangers to events and goings on. But I only invite up to three times. Decline it, and you will not hear from me again. (Ping Pong)

4. Just say yes. I’m a yes girl. Yes to all invites, openings and opportunities. Let the wind take you to doors that open up for you. And some doors are opened up through invites.

5. I’m allergic to flakes. I hope noone lets it happen that they’re described as flakes. They’re people who say they’d come but actually don’t.

Inversely, I like it when people come on time – plus points for early. Reliability is key.

5.  Respect your word. I strive to live by ‘And the word was made flesh.’ They say ‘don’t say it if you don’t mean it.’ I say, don’t say it if you won’t do it. Make it real.

6. The easiest thing to do is to be happy for other people’s success. I don’t know why other people find it hard.

7. People must have a balance of confidence and humility. There are some who are painfully shy, and there are some who are PAINFULLY confident. Both are equally disturbing. Strike a balance and you won’t turn others away.

8. I don’t understand how people can make saying sorry a habit. How about not doing anything that requires an apology? And only say you’ll make it up if you really would.

Confident but not cocky. Cultured but not flashy.

Humility, gratitude, honesty, courtesy and genuine interest in others are still key.

Confident but not self-absorbed.
Well-bred but not flaunting.
Accomplished but not flashy.
Initiates but not flaky.
Humility and genuine interest in others are still key.

Rule of the world is give and take. We should all start in giving.

Start happy.

Live in peace.

Show up. Keep your word. And keep in touch.

I love socially adept people. They just know what to say, when to say it. How do they do it, and when did they learn it? Kudos to their parents!

Cover of Surreality by Carissa Villacorta

Digital Parenting: How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Seminar to help you protect your kids from the dangers of the internet!

Keep your kids safe online!

Seminar intended for  parents [for FREE] whose objective is to protect kids online. With the advent of internet, online games, Facebook and other social networking sites, kids are also exposed to some dangers even though they are in the confines of their homes.

More info on the official website –


If interested please request for a seat at reservations[at]websafetyforparents[dot]org and we will send you a confirmation email.

How To Keep Your Kids Safe Online Digital Parenting

JUST WON AN iPHONE from Globe… but I left their event early so I forfeited it… FML

OK OK OK, sooooooo, apparently I won an iPhone at an event today!!! But…. I left the event early… to go to another event…. so I pretty much forfeited the iPhone…. NOOOOOO!!!!!!!

I just came back from crying in the shower and though it may take some time to fully recover from this (if that’s even possible), I’m going to try and sum up all my composure to tell you this story.

First of all I want to thank the cool people at Globe, especially my buddy and fellow video blogger: Coy of for always inviting myself and Hannah ( to the cool events from Globe.

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Tonights Globe event was indeed cool as always. They were launching their “Globe Flagship Store” which supposedly aims to provide top notch customer service and allow for hands on interaction with the phones, gadgets and gizmos that they have at the Globe stores.

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This big event was held at the Ayala Museum to show off their Globe Flagship Store at Greenbelt 4.

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What I thought was really cool about it was how they had legendary street guide Carlos Celdran there to walk us to the actual Globe store. For those of you who don’t know Carlos Celdran, he’s a guy who revolutionized the way we do walking tours and the way we look at the Philippines, one step at a time. He leads walking tours all around the metro called “Walk This Way” where he takes groups of tourists and locals around Metro Manila while humorously and articulately conveying the cool facts, history and info about certain places you pass by. Find out more about Carlos Celdran on his blog: or follow him on Twitter at @carlosceldran.

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Anyway, back to my story…

As I was saying, Carlos Celdran was there to walk us from the Ayala Museum, up the escalator to the new Globe Flagship Store. It was literally like 2 minutes away, but was still fun to finally meet Carlos and to have him say “Walk This Way” as he led us to the store.

So after doing that, I immediately left the Globe event even though they said they were giving away some phones at the end. See the reason I left was coz my other good friends Azrael, of and Jonel of, reminded me of another event at one of the best steak places in Manila. My tummy was grumbling so I decided that it would be a good idea to leave.

I told Hannah that I was leaving, but she decided to stay as her “ESP” was kicking in, telling her she was going to win something. (ESP… yeah right!)

According to Hannah, her “ESP” actually told her that I was going to win something, but she didn’t think much of it and let me go my merry way.

Now comes the part where my life turns into SUCK!

I get caught in some CRAZY traffic along Makati Ave. I literally have to go like two blocks away but instead, this takes me like 45 minutes to do so. While I’m hungry, tired, in a rush and late for my next event (I HATE being late), I get this text message….

Text Messages 002

Followed by this one….

Text Messages 004

Then this one…

Text Messages 003

That’s about the time I freak out in the car…

Text Messages 005

I screamed, non-stop, for the next 26 minutes and 37 seconds that I had to drive in that god-forsaken hell hole of a traffic jam that’s called Makati Avenue to get two blocks down!

Finally I get there to my next event. I see the two other guys who won prizes but left early sitting at the end of the table, I gladly join them to share my new found grief with them, besides, misery loves company. I sit next to Azrael and Jonel and show them the text I received…

We then do nothing for the rest of the night other than remind each other about the stupidity that had taken place.

Jonel: “So… it’s ok, I’m sure this steak is going to be worth it…”

Azrael: “Yeah… we’ll call yours the Samsung Galaxy Steak! It probably tastes better than Vince’s iSteak!”

Vince: “Well, look on the bright side… at least my old phone is about to break down and I really need a new phone…. waaaaittt…. DAMNIT!”

Jonel: “Azrael, does your Android Steak have Google?”

Vince: “It’s all good guys, see if I was dying in the dessert, I couldn’t eat that iPhone to save my life! But this steak would nourish me!”

Azrael: “Yeah, but your iPhone would have GPS…”

Jonel: “And you could call for help…”

Vince: “I hate you all….”

We then take our own moments of silence and cry for a bit. We then named our little club as the “No Phones Club” which is, today, an exclusive club only for idiots that leave events before the raffles at the end.


So at the end of the night, I swing back by Greenbelt 4 to pick up Hannah. She gets in the car and starts talking about how her “ESP” told her I was going to win but she didn’t listen to it and blah blah blah about this ESP crap.

Vince: “That ESPN stuff doesn’t work!”

Hannah: “It’s ESP… and yes it does. It’s just like intuition or your sixth sense”

Vince: “More like sixth bullshit!”

Hannah: “Really, it does work.”

Vince: “Well ask your ESPN what number between 1 – 15 I’m thinking of right now!”

Hannah: “13”

Vince: ” … “

Hannah: “Did I get it right?”

Vince: “…. Lucky guess!”

After that I decided to just shut up and drive.

So what important lesson did we learn from all this? Well I’ll tell you later… I have this other event I need to go to now….


*Anyway I’ll tell you more about the really good, like phone worth good, steak place we went to on soon. —- *** UPDATED!!! Just posted the steak that’s better than an iPhone…. My iSteak here.

**Thanks again to Globe for the really cool event! Check out their new interactive store at Greenbelt 4!

FREE Seminar to help you protect your kids from the dangers of the internet!

FREE Seminar to help you protect your kids from the dangers of the internet

FREE Seminar to help you protect your kids from the dangers of the internet!

Keep your kids safe online!

Seminar intended for  parents and teens [for FREE] whose objective is to protect kids online. With the advent of internet, online games, Facebook and other social networking sites, kids are also exposed to some dangers even though they are in the confines of their homes.

There are 2 confirmed schedules and another one is being sked for September or October:

  • July 10, 2010 at Microsoft Auditorium, Ayala Makati 3:00 PM
  • Aug 14, 2010 at VCF Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan 3:00 PM

The speakers will be as follows:

  1. What kids are doing online — Sonnie E. Santos, former AVP for Human Resources of Cats Motors and presently head of Business Values 2.0
  2. What parent’s need to know about online gaming– Carlo Ople, former Marketing Director of Friendster Philippines and presently head of Catalyst Interactive Marketing
  3. The dangers on internet and how parents can protect their kids– Chay Mondejar-Saputil, former Product Manager of Microsoft and presently the Principal Consultant of Chimes Consulting

Also, they are still looking for sponsors and donors to cover for the expenses on tokens for the speakers, refreshment, and freebies for the volunteers [about 10-15], email if interested.

Email to reserve your slot.

More info on the official website –


I’m the Medicol Advance “Blogger of the Month!”


WOW! This is really cool!

I was selected as the “Medicol Advance Blogger of the Month” for June!

With this prestige they asked me to share some info and advice to help other newer bloggers out there. The Medicol Advance team asked me to write about “How to Become a Web Superstar!” so I gladly obliged!

You can check out my fun & full article: “So You Wanna Be a WEB Superstar?” on the Medicol Advance Winners Circle website here –

Medicol Winners Circle Blogger of the Month Profile

My Favorite Demotivational Posters

OK OK, first of all, some of these posters are highly offensive… so if you’re one of those sensitive types… then I recommend you don’t continue reading…. BUT, if you do, and you get offended… then these posters did their job!

These are my favorite Demotivational Posters I’ve seen while I should have been working…







Anywayz, these were my top demotivational posters of late. Definitely my favorite demotivation posters. But with all these craziness going on with the subliminal messages in these posters, we come down to one very important lesson that we need to learn from all these… Now pay attention to this very important point I have…



Guys, please follow this important scale for the betterment of your love life!

From the pimpmeister himself, Barney Stinson from the show “How I Met Your Mother”

I present to you….



Edumacate Me about Freelance Writing and recaps of “The G-Spot”

You’ve found “The G-Spot” with DJ Vince G.

A radio show on Mellow 94.7 FM every every Saturday from 6-9am and Sundays 6-10am.

Listing down all the stuff I talked about On Air in case you wanted to check it out.

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Edumacate me!

Niña Terol-Zialcita is a co-founder of Writer’s Block Philippines, an organization that helps aspiring writers break into the freelance writing market by becoming better writers and building their own personal brands. She has seven years of experience in freelance writing and has been published in MEGA Magazine, Cosmo Philippines, Metro Magazine, Entrepreneur, Philippine Daily Inquirer, among many others. Niña is also a political communicator, a blogger, a poet, a “changemaker” and an arts and culture enthusiast. It is through writing that she is able to explore and reconcile her various and sometimes unique interests.


YouTube Video of the Day

Funny Cartoon – “Diet Riot : Foamy The Squirrel”

Weird News

‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ dies at 17

Miss Ellie, a small, bug-eyed Chinese Crested Hairless dog whose pimples and lolling tongue helped her win Animal Planet’s “World’s Ugliest Dog” contest in 2009, has died at age 17 after a career in resort show business in the Smoky Mountains.

The Mountain Press reported Thursday that Ellie starred in shows at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge. She also appeared on The Animal Planet cable show “Dogs 101” and was on billboards and in a commercial.


On This Day – June 6

1944 – D-Day: 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France

1946 – 11 Basketball of America Assn teams meet to schedule 1st season

1966 – NFL & AFL announce their merger

1974 – 47th National Spelling Bee: Julie Ann Junkin wins spelling hydrophyte

1976 – 30th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2

1991 – NBC announces Jay Leno will replace Johnny Carson on May 25, 1992

Celebrity Birthdays

Kenny G, 54, saxophone player, born Kenny Gorelick at Seattle, WA, June 6, 1956.

#1 Song Today, June 6th in the 90s:

THE 1980s

1989 Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler
1988 One More Try George Michael
1987 You Keep Me Hangin’ On Kim Wilde
1986 Live to Tell Madonna
1985 Everybody Wants to Rule the World Tears for Fears
1984 Time After Time Cyndi Lauper
1983 Flashdance … What a Feeling Irene Cara
1982 Ebony and Ivory Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
1981 Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes
1980 Funkytown Lipps, Inc.

Fact or Fiction

Today is known as “D-Day” a day when 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France, June 6, 1944 is the date during World War II when the Allies invaded western Europe in WWII

The D in D-Day stands for “Dooms-Day?”


June 6, 1944. In the early morning hours Allied forces landed in Normandy on the north coast of France. In an operation that took months of planning, a fleet of 2,727 ships of every description converged from British ports from Wales to the North Sea. Operation Overlord involved 2,000,000 tons of war materials, including more than 50,000 tanks, armored cars, jeeps, trucks and half-tracks. The US alone sent 1,700,000 fighting men. The Germans believed the invasion would not take place under the adverse weather conditions of this early June day. But as the sun came up, the village of Saint Mère Eglise was liberated by American parachutists, and by nightfall the landing of 155,000 Allies attested to the success of D-Day. The long-awaited second front had at last materialized.

What does the “D” in D-Day stand for?
The “D” does not stand for “Deliverance”, “Doom”, “Debarkation” or similar words. In fact, it does not stand for anything. The “D” is derived from the word “Day”. “D-Day” means the day on which a military operation begins. The term “D-Day” has been used for many different operations, but it is now generally only used to refer to the Allied landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944.

Why was the expression “D-Day” used?

When a military operation is being planned, its actual date and time is not always known exactly. The term “D-Day” was therefore used to mean the date on which operations would begin, whenever that was to be. The day before D-Day was known as “D-1”, while the day after D-Day was “D+1”, and so on. This meant that if the projected date of an operation changed, all the dates in the plan did not also need to be changed. This actually happened in the case of the Normandy Landings. D-Day in Normandy was originally intended to be on 5 June 1944, but at the last minute bad weather delayed it until the following day. The armed forces also used the expression “H-Hour” for the time during the day at which operations were to begin.

Reason to party today – coz it’s happy hour somewhere in the world.

“Sex and the City” TV Premiere

June 6, 1998. HBO’s modern comedy of manners focused on four fashionable women navigating the perilous waters of New York City’s dating scene. Starred Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw), Kristin Davis (Charlotte York), Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones) and Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes). More than 10 million viewers tuned in to watch the 94th and final episode on Feb 22, 2004.

Moment of Zen

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”  ~E.E. Cummings, 1955

Thanks for listening to “The G-Spot”

Hope it was good for you too…

Charlotte Iserbyt – Deliberate Dumbing Down of the World

This is definitely going on my “To-Read” list!

Charlotte Iserbyt – Deliberate Dumbing Down of the World


Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, former Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Education, blew the whistle in the `80s on government activities withheld from the public. Her inside knowledge will help you protect your children from controversial methods and programs. In this book you will discover:

  • how good teachers across America have been forced to use controversial, non-academic me
  • how “school choice” is being used to further dangerous reform goals, and how home schooling and private education are especially vulnerable.
  • how workforce training (school-to-work) is an essential part of an overall plan for a global economy, and how this plan will shortcircuit your child’s future career plans and opportunities.
  • how the international, national, regional, state and local agendas for education reform are all interconnected and have been for decades.


the deliberate dumbing down of america is a chronological history of the past 100+ years of education reform. Each chapter takes a period of history and recounts the significant events, including important geopolitical and societal contextual information. Citations from government plans, policy documents, and key writings by leading reformers record the rise of the modern education reform movement. Americans of all ages will welcome this riveting expose of what really happened to what was once the finest education system in the world.

Readers will appreciate the user-friendliness of this chronological history designed for the average reader not just the academician. This book will be used by citizens at public hearings, board meetings, or for easy presentation to elected officials.

Publication of the deliberate dumbing down of america is certain to add fuel to the fire in this nation’s phonics wars. Iserbyt provides documentation that Direct Instruction, the latest education reform fad in the classroom, is being institutionalized under the guise of “traditional” phonics thanks to the passage of the unconstitutional Reading Excellence Act of 1998.

Charlotte Iserbyt Deliberate Dumbing Down of the World