Welcome to the Twitterverse, Pope Benedict XVI aka @Pontifex !!!

I think it’s terrific that the Pope is now on Twitter.

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Read all about it here.

Imho, the Vatican should really be in the digital arena spreading The Word. I followed several Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr accounts to see inspirational verses before I finally decided to get my own Bible. The internet is a great stepping stone to make people get to know the teachings of Christ. I am very interested to read what the Pope has got to say about the hundreds of issues we’re facing. And of course, I am expecting that he will impart lessons that can answer a question with utmost importance– What Would Jesus Do?

Let’s see on December 12 what his first tweet will be. ūüôā

You can follow Pope Benedict XVI by adding @Pontifex.

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Follow me : @iyassantos

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listening to: Casting Crown – In Me

Cybercrime Schmibercrime

“I accept that people are going to call me awful things everyday, and I will always defend their right to do so.” – Barack Obama

Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Law is now official. Not sure if it has already INDEED taken effect.¬†I have a lot of things to say but because I don’t wanna go behind bars, this is the only statement I¬†will make about it, and yes, you can even quote me on this—

My comment is “No comment”.

Hay, buti pa si Barack. Eh ‘yung presidente natin– na excuse me hindi ko binoto– errr… okay, Imma shut up now.

Good luck to all of us netizens! =\

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listening to: Bob Marley- Get Up, Stand Up

Monsoon Del Rosario

Sorry for the late post. I guess it’s pretty evident by now that I have been neglecting this blog. Work still pretty much eats most of my time and it was exceptionally draining on the week that an unnamed weather disturbance hit Metro Manila and the nearby provinces.

Let’s just call it Monsoon Del Rosario. Only people born in the 80’s/earlier will be able to relate. It wasn’t as scary as Milenyo or as devastating as Ondoy but it was definitely something!!! It’s the first time I experienced making a decision not to go to work because I might not make it back home alive and the first time I experienced work being suspended by Malacanang even for private sectors.

Ate B and I stayed home and had a romantic lunch by default. Brownout kasi. We cooked whatever was left in the fridge. We couldn’t even go to the nearest supermarket because of the ankle-high floods we were most likely to encounter in St. Paul and Pasong Tamo.

image{chef’s salad, caramelized onions with baguio beans, lucban longanisa… toshi bear as lunch guest}

Nung nagka-ilaw na, we watched the news and felt pretty grateful that we were dry, safe and warm. What happened in some cities was heartbreaking, especially in Quezon City and Marikina. We hoped that the next day would have less rain contrary to the weather forecast.

It wasn’t raining so hard on Wednesday morning so I went to work. It was still flooded in some parts of Buendia but I was hopeful that it would subside by afternoon because the sun had started to come out. Paasa lang pala. By lunchtime, there was a crazy downpour again. We were sent home by our boss. It was a struggle going home because it was already flooded in Taft-Buendia. I just told myself to brave the waters because the level was nothing compared to that of Fairview or Malibay.

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{view from our LRT Buendia recruitment hub}

By Thursday, the weather was significantly better. Haring Araw was welcomed with tears of joy by a lot of people. I was happy because kailangan ko nang maglaba at makapagpatuyo ng mga labada. AND I wanted to go home to Bataan.

Daddy discouraged me from going home because there was no electricity in our town. But I didn’t care. I was desperate to see my parents and to eat suman. :p

So I went home and spent the weekend indoors. Didn’t need an electric fan because the air there is cool and fresh. (Plus, it still rained in Morong. Fat, scary raindrops but it didn’t bother me because I was home.) Didn’t need television because I brought lots of reading materials (Nat Geo, food magazine and Garfield). All I needed was internet. Thank you Smart for the fast connection! And thank you self for buying a portable charger and extra batteries.

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{what the side of our house looks like when it’s raining… probinsyang-probinsya noh?}

I was supposed to stay home until Tuesday morning but a typhoon was approaching the PAR. Mama told me it’s wise I go back to Manila instead of staying home, eating everything in our kitchen and end up being stranded in Morong, missing more work.

Daddy cooked breakfast and made oil lamps to illuminate our dining room. Niiiice.

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{breakfast habang brownout sa bahay c/o daddy…pati mga lampara siya ang gumawa}

Aside from the blessing of being safe with my family, this monsoon made 2 people reach out to me. They asked if my parents were okay. I think they saw in the news about Bataan being flooded. Our town is far from that area. But I’m glad that even if I am not (?) friends with them anymore, they still managed to remember me or at least the people I love.

What was YOUR monsoon experience?

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listening to: Carly Rae Jepsen & Owl City – Good Time

PacShet

Kung kailan naman first time ako manood from start to finish at mag-fully pay attention sa laban ni Manny Pacquiao doon siya natalo. ‘Di kaya ako abg malas? Ija-jab ko ang magsasabi ng Oo.

Natalo siya kanina ni Timothy Bradley. Ang tanong, natalo nga ba talaga? Maraming nagsasabi na luto ang laban. Kahit ako na isang hindi boxing expert o fan man lang ay kayang magsabi na akala ko talaga, ang decision ay in favor kay PacMan. He started off strong. By almost midfight, Bradley seemed to be bouncing back and throwing jabs at him but Manny was still giving the opponent his punches. Marami nga ang nakapansin na hindi masyadong nagpakitang gilas si Manny pero marami rin ang nagsasabi na karamihan ng rounds ay si Manny ang nanalo.

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Bukod sa trending topics na #PacShet #MannyPacquiaoIsStillTheWorldsBestBoxer at #EndOfAnEra, ilan pa sa mga nakapukaw ng atensyon ko ay ang mga reaksyon ng ilang mga becky (gay, bading, bakla) na buti na lang at natalo siya. Beh buti nga daw kasi masyado daw feelingero si PacMan. Sa isang banda, naiintindihan ko ang mga reaksyon nila dahil may panahon rin na hate na hate ko si Manny. ‘Pag may laban kasi dati si Pacquiao, hindi ko magambala ang Daddy ko na mamasyal. Pinagpapalit niya ang bonding time namin para sa boxing. Tsaka nadala rin ako dati sa sandamakmak na bad publicity kay PacMan. Hindi ko rin bet na kadikit ng pangalan niya si very shady Chavit Singson. But he earned my respect and admiration because he really is a damn good fighter. Even his loss now does not stop me from respecting and admiring him. Sana lang, ‘wag naman natin personalin si Manny. True, siguro nga dapat magconcentrate na lang siya sa pagiging congressman pero seriously, anong gambala na ba ang nagawa ng boxing niya sa pagrepresent ng Saranggani? Anyway, may mga beks naman na hindi pinersonal si Manny, God bless you all. Peace. ūüôā

Ang pinaka-nakakapagpa-iling sa akin na mga comments ay ‘yung mga dinadamay pa si God sa pagkatalo niya. Nag-aagree ako na grabe sa pagka-vocal si Manny sa newfound faith niya kay Jesus, pero hindi naman siguro dapat dahilan ito para tirahin ng mga walang parehong pananampalataya ang pagiging boksingero niya. Hindi naman porke si Bradley ang nagtamo ng boxing belt na may bling-blings ay hindi na nakapagbigay ng glory si Manny sa Diyos.

Nakakalunod ang mga nagsulputang mga meme dahil sa fight na ito. Ang pinakanagkalat ay ang Claudine Barretto- Timothy Bradley fight. Hahaha iba talaga ang nadulot ng scandal ni Claudine sa NAIA. Kung magkaron ng mirakulo at matuloy ang fight na ito, kay Claudine ang pusta ko.

Nalulungkot pa rin ako na natalo si Pacquiao, lalo na first time manood ng mga anak niya sa mismong venue. Balita ko rin, nahimatay na namang muli si PacMom/Aling Dionisia. Wala akong balita tungkol kay Jinky maliban sa umiyak daw siya at pinahid ang luha sa pamamagitan ng silk hanky na galing sa kanyang Hermes bag. Life goes on. Tapos na ang laban pero hindi pa tapos ang laban. Rematch daw sa November. Isa pa ‘yang dahilan kung bakit daw ipinatalo ng judges si Manny. For money generating reasons at para may isa pang abangan ang publiko.

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Gusto ko lang rin palang isingit na kasama sa mga nalulungkot at hindi makapaniwala sa pagkatalo ni PacMan ang mga Hollywood celebrities na sina Justin Timberlake (eeeeeeee kinikilig ako!!!), Jessica Biel, Chris Daughtry, Devon Sawa at Katy Perry. Paano ko nalaman? Aba shempre, sa Twitter.

O ano mga kids? Ituloy na lang natin ito sa rematch sa November. For now, magdoble ibgat muna tayong lahat dahil baka bawiin ng mga magnanakaw ang mga natalo nila sa pustahan at tunaas ang crime rate bukas.

Ninong Manny, para sa akin, ikaw pa rin ang panalo. Time pers, time pers… Concentrate ka muna sa iyong congress duties, pagtulong sa mga Pilipino, pagiging isang mabuting ama at asawa at pagiging isang mabuting Kristiyano.

Hindi pa ito end ng boxing era. Naniniwala ako na babangon ka at dudurugin mo pa si Bradley sa Nobyembre.

Pahabol: Ang galing mo, Jessica Sanchez!!! Dapat talaga, ikaw naging American Idol eh!

At… DA HU si Kirby Asunto? Hindi ko siya kilala. Hindi rin niya ako kilala, so quits lang. :p

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listening to: mga opininyo ng aking nga kapitbahay at ang maingay na tahol ng aso nila na mukhang pro-PacMan rin

Instragram for Android

Read in Twitter this morning that Instagram is now available¬†on Android. The first tweet I read about it was from an Android user who said we can be hipsters now because we have this app that turns¬†stupid things into art, or something to that effect. Bleh. Seriously, what is up that boy’s ass? Why are some¬†people so allergic to being called hipsters? What exactly is wrong with being a hipster? Kanya-kanyang trip lang ‘yan. pero sa bagay, kung trip niya na ‘wag matawag na hipster. But if I know, that boy secretly wants to be a hipster.

Anyway. Tonyo Cruz tweeted a link about elitist iPhone users trashing Instagram. He added, “Pagandahan na lang ng shots!” I replied, “Pagandahan na lang ng subject.” Creating a magnum opus isn’t the main purpose of Instagram, is it? It’s for sharing stuff you experience in a fun, more aesthetically appealing way, right?

And so this is my first Instagram shot. I did not even for a second think of testing it to anything or anybody except me.

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I think I used the filter, Toaster for that one. Interesting filters, but I’m going to keep my Camera 360 app which I think has more useful filters for my photoblog.

Speaking of photos, you guys might want to do this #PhotoADayApril Project. It’s a few days late, but who cares about the rules, really? I’ll post my entries weekly– maybe arranged using the Photo Grid app.

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Still thinking if I’ll use Instagram for this project and turn it into a happy hipster weekly thingamajig.

And with that, I invite all of you to follow me on Instagram. Twitter and Facebook — iyassantos. See you there. ūüėČ

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listening to: Gym Class Heroes Feat. Neon Hitch – Ass Back Home

Drawsome!

As most of my close friends know, I am a frustrated artist (in Tagalog, maarte). I first heard of¬†Draw Something¬†from a friend (I was actually stalking him on Facebook hahaha) and I was intrigued with the colorful kiddie drawings he and his girlfriend (that bitch!) have¬†been posting on his timeline. I downloaded the app and at first, I didn’t want to play with my Fb contacts just because. I chose random people to be my playmates. This¬†happened 3 weeks ago. It was fun but I didn’t play it a lot then because I was still hooked on Bakery Story and Restaurant Story and it was boring to play with strangers.

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The addiction started when I attended quiznight in Capricciosa and noticed my teammates playing¬†DS instead of answering the category on massages. nag-aagawan pa ng iPad kung sino ang magdo-drawing!¬†I decided to give Draw Something another try and played with my Fb friends. I slept very late that night trying to earn more coins to buy more colors. I set my alarm earlier than the usual and when I woke up, I looked for my phone, clicked on Draw Something and guessed my friends’ drawings. I was too excited to play because I knew I already had enough coins to buy more colors! Ang hirap magdrawing na black, blue, yellow and red lang ang gamit ha!

Here’s the very first drawing I made with the 1st color package I bought. Say hi to Mr.Lion!

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I made that even before I could brush my teeth. Hehe.

Now, I play DS with my college friends, FB and Twitter contacts, colleagues, and a couple of strangers. I love putting effort into anything I draw even if it’s just worth 1 coin! I hate drawing people because I suck at drawing hands, but with the practice I’ve been¬†getting because of this app, I’ve noticed that they’re starting to look like hands and not lumpy sausages! I already bought 4 color packages and I still check my phone¬†often¬†for new drawings. I don’t know until when this addiction to DS will last.

Here’s to hoping Charles Foreman, creator of Draw Something will come up with more ideas to make this app enjoyed by more people for a really long time.

Here’s a link of the successful story of Mr. Foreman. http://kamukamo.com/2012/03/29/creator-of-draw-something-inspiring-story/¬†Did you know that he was about to give up his company Omgpop that was set to run out of money this May until he created Draw Something and became an instant success? Drawsome, right? ūüėČ

So what are you waiting for? Add me up: iyassantos@gmail.com¬†Let’s draw!!!

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listening to: Hanson – Mmmbop

Ang Toyomansi ng Chowking. Bow.

This was dinner a couple of nights ago. Chowking wonton noodle soup, siopao and Coke. I always ask for toyomansi and chili for the wonton and I was shocked when the Chowking person won’t give me free condiments.¬†¬†She said they¬†charge for take-out orders. Fine. I asked how much the soymansi and chili cost. Five pesos each, she said.

WTF?! Five pesos for a small sachet???

I decided not to buy the overpriced condiments. If you look closely, the soymansi in the picture is from…

MINISTOP. It’s just P2.00. Three pesos for the chili, I think.

Three-peso difference for the toyomansi. Seriously, Chowking, may gold dust ba ang toyo niyo? Kaloka. Ang mahal ha. Tsk, tsk.

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listening to: Mark Ronson – Toxic

A Job Fair Story

Been busy for the past few days. There are a lot of recruitment activities in my calendar. Work has replaced food trips and movie dates yet again.

Last Friday and Saturday, our company joined the Jobstreet Career Fair in SMX. There were almost 12,000 attendees on the 1st day. I guess around 8,000 on the second. It was exceptionally humid on the first day and my heart went out to the applicants who had to wait in line for a really loooooong time under the sun.

Inside SMX, I overheard this conversation:

Applicant 1: Gutom na gutom na ako. *eyeing the sausages at the foodstall nearby*
Applicant 2: May kanin ka ba diyan sa bag?
Applicant 1: Meron.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!! :,(

I really hope those 2 got hired that day. If only they had good comm skills, I would have ushered them to our booth.

PNoy passed by the job fair. I wish it made him realize that he should be doing something about the issues of unemployment and skills enhancement.

Here’s to hoping and wishing that there is indeed a better future for all of us.

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listening to: Incubus – Tomorrow’s Food

Globe Tatt Awards

Celebrated Social Media Day at Opus in Resorts World last June 30. It was the night of the Globe Tattoo’s TATT AWARDS launch.

This project aims to give recognition to the most powerful and most influential online personalities. There are 10 categories that surely will make you want to nominate your friends, family members, colleagues, neighbors, or even yourself! The 10 categories are:

1. The One- the most influential trendsetter that shaped opinion, moved people, and ultimately starting fire in Philippine internet.
2. Ballbreaker- a blogger or a Twitter user who started a debate or revolution of opinions.
3. Stylisimo- that one person that not only reviewed fashion but also set one that everyone followed and loved.
4. Indie Rocker- musical bands and indie artists who fought hard to claim their space in the hearts of the Filipino audience who knew that webtime is better than airtime.
5. Wordslayer- a blogger whose mastery of words showed wit, humor and grit to the Philippine blogosphere.
6. Artiste- an inspiring person whose fiery passion for creating visual art through original graphic design, animation or photography has caught fire in the Philippine online art scene.
7. Tech Junkie- a person who do not only present us with access to the latest in trends, but also the backstage of the fast pace world of e-knowledge.
8. Thought-Mover- a person that started fire in the Philippine Twittersphere and united people around one thought. In 140 characters or less.
9. Video Slinger- that one video maker (individual or group) who shook the Pinoy web space with his creations, ignited thoughts, and entertained people online.
10. The Advocate- a person or a group of individuals who worked to improve the state of a societal cause in the Philippines through social media.

The ten winners will get 100k each. Winners are decided by public voting and a panel of judgesРlike Cecile Zamora-Van Straten of Chuvaness, Gang Badoy of Rock Ed Philippines, and veteran journalist (THE) Maria Ressa.

To vote, a person must log in to the Tatt Awards portal via their Facebook account. Voting period is from August 10, 12:00am to August 24, 11:59pm. Announcement of winner per category is on August 27, 2011.

For more info, visit http://tattoo.globe.com.ph/tattawards

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listening to: Kelsey Rey – American Boy

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