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6. Weekly deadline would be at 12 midnight Philippine time every Friday.

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Introducing: Charice Pempengco in Madison Square Garden

Celine Dion invited Charice Pempengco to sing with her in Madison Square Garden. They sang the song “Because You Loved Me” in their duet. The said song is dedicated to Charice’s mother.

For all Charice fanatics worldwide, watch these videos:

Celine Dion Introduces Charice Pempengco

Celine Dion & Charice Pempengco’s Duet – Because You Loved Me

Amazing! I almost cried when I watched their duet. Charice’s mother is so lucky to have a daughter like her, and vice versa.


A House, A Home

I used to live in a big house when I was a child. My parents sold our house because of some financial difficulties. We transferred to my grandmother’s house. I grew up there with my relatives. Many years ago, our house was caught in fire leaving us nothing but ashes. We were able to rebuild our house and stayed there. It’s not easy living in a house that is not ours. From then on, I promised to myself that I will study hard and strive harder so that we can have a house of our own. I want to do this for my mother. It’s not that I don’t want to live with our relatives, it’s just that I want a house that we can call our own, that belongs to us.

What is my dream house? I want to have a two-storey house with four (4) rooms and two (2) bathrooms. The first floor of the house includes the living, dining and kitchen area. The rooms are located on the second floor. The house should be well-ventilated. Home lighting is important to me because I don’t want my house to be dark. So it should have light fixtures like lamps and chandeliers to brighten up and show the beauty of the house and its decorations. Bathroom is one of my favorite part of the house, so a functional and stylish bathroom with colorful designs is what I desire to have. Of course, I want to have high-quality appliances inside the house for us to use. This is my dream house.

I’ve always wanted to have a house of our own for my family. A house is very important for all of us because it’s where we live.

For me, “the main purpose of a house is to make it a home”.

For now, I’m just describing my dream house and in time, I know that I will be able have it and make it a home with my family.


Occupational Health and Safety is Important

I have noticed that many of my co-workers have been absent in the office this last few days. Sick? Stressed? I think so. They have been concentrating too much at work that they forgot to give some concerns on their health. I have read that companies are having problems in sustaining talented workers, also include the stress that the remaining workers experience in the workplace. Many workers claim that stress has a big impact on them, also to the economy and enterprises, as this condition continues to rise. Nowadays, many people who tend to be workaholics increases. Some suffer mental illnesses while others suffer from depression. I couldn’t believe that many people prefer to work too much that they forget their health and safety. Yes, they have the riches that they want but they couldn’t bring those money to their deaths. In a workplace where workaholism appears, everyone is fighting or even dying to work to be paid with the high salary they are asking for.

A worker is very important in one’s workplace so the companies should learn from their mistakes and be responsible to their workers. I’ve been working for two years in a company and I also witness my co-workers difficulties. Some concentrates on overwork affecting their productivity at work, family relationship and personal health. Some of them ended up resigning under workplace health and safety guidelines. I’ve been working so hard all day too but sometimes I take vacation leave to relax a bit. In all these, I believe that employers should ensure the health and safety of all workers by offering risk management in the workplace. It is their obligation to the workers. Be it emotionally, mentally or physically. They should take it seriously or suffer the penalties.

The said issues are part of the occupational health and safety of the workers. What is occupational health and safety? It is an important area which concerns the health, protection, safety and welfare of people employed in a company. If employers are having problems in managing their business, they can outsource firms which specializes with occupational health and safety, risk and workers compensation. These firms can do the management of the business for them. In this case, they can concentrate with the goals of their business and ensure that everything will be in the right place.


QUOTE of the DAY

Even if you do things the right way, some would still be unsatisfied. Some will not appreciate what you say and what you do, and there would always be people who would let you down too. But, for as long as you speak honestly from the heart, you’ll be fine. This is not a perfect world. This is not a perfect life. Life is almost always unfair. But life loves the person who dares to live it.


Charice Pempengco in Oprah Winfrey’s Show AGAIN!!!

Charice Pempengco‘s guested in Oprah Winfrey’s show for the second time. The show narrated how she was able to make all her dreams come true. The highlight of the show was a special message given by a surprised guest. Watch these videos:

As of now, Charice is in Canada preparing for David Foster‘s concert with other stars. I’m excited to watch Charice and Celine Dion sing together in New York.

Charice really really makes the Filipinos proud! =)


Dial *#06# and Get Your Phone’s IMEI!!!

Mobile phones are being used for communication worldwide. We use it in texting and calling anyone, taking pictures and videos, and web surfing. Are you familiar with IMEI? IMEI stands for International Mobile Equiptment Identity. If vehicles have plate numbers, people have IDs … mobile phones have this so called IMEI which can be found at the inside part of the battery.
When I first saw it, I thought it is just a series of meaningless numbers. For many of us, we are not aware what is IMEI for. Store resellers are very much familiar with IMEI. IMEI is very important for them because they can use as their basis in how much they will buy your 2nd hand mobile phone or if it’s still in good condition to be bought.

How do mobile phone resellers here in the Philippines use this IMEI information?

– Get your mobile phone.
– Dial #*06#, the IMEI or serial number will appear in the screen.
– Count the 7th and 8th digit of the IMEI of your mobile phone, start from the left.

This two digits are your clues on where your mobile phone is made of.

If your digits are:

00 – the phone was made from the original factory of the brand of your mobile phone and is considered as the best quality.

01 or 10 – the phone was made from Finland and is considered to have good quality.

08 or 80 – the phone was made from Germany and is considered to have fair quality.

02 or 20 – the phone was made from Emirates and is considered to have a bad quality.

13 or 31 or 03 or 30 – the phone is made from China and is considered to have the worst quality.

If you want to know the quality of your mobile phone, check it now!!!


2008 Travel Light Photo Exhibit and Workshop

WHEN: September 8-13, 2008

MASTERS WORKSHOPSept. 9, 2008 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
ANDY SAMANIEGO- Basic Photography Digital SLR >>> This workshop is designed for hobbyists, family photographers, and anyone who would like to learn the basics of digital photography. Topics include: background on photography; understanding how a compact or point-and-shoot camera works; how to use white balance and other features to maximize the camera; proper handling and storage of a camera; how to compose photographs for visual impact; knowing the different design elements; how to keep photographs for posterity sake.
Workshop will also include actual photo shoot and constructive photo evaluation.

Sept. 10, 2008 1 p.m. – 6p.m.
EDWIN TUYAY, CHITO VECINA & ERNIE SARMIENTO Digital Photojournalism: A real-world approach to visual storytelling with contemporary technology >>> The two-day digital photojournalism experience will require participants to immerse themselves in photo assignments, nurture their photographic instincts, and develop a digital work flow of shooting, editing and layout for the ultimate experience in visual storytelling. Plus invaluable tips on how to make it in the competitive world of magazine publication as a photographer.

A typical day at the workshop begins with participants surveying, studying and shooting photography assignments focusing on Metro Manila scenes and culture. Photographers then return to workshop headquarters to download images and participate in one-on-one edit and critique sessions with three professionally renowned photography instructors. Throughout the session students will have the experience of edit sessions with each instructors. Limited enrollment ensures each participant will have plenty of access to and personal instructions from the instructors.

On the final day, the camaraderie Travel Light is famous for kicks in when instructors host projection sessions and critiques highlighting the day’s work.

Sept. 11, 2008 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
ANDY SAMANIEGO and NELWIN UY Travel Photography >>> Travel workshop that focuses on digital photography of architecture and landscape; includes instruction in composition, lighting and photographic technique; lecture on shooting styles for prenup and wedding photography in travel destinations in the country and abroad.

Sept. 12, 2008 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
JUN AND ROBERT GARCIA Dynamic duo of Wedding Photography & MADGE LEJANO Importance of make-up artistry and styling to photography >>> Topics include: What makes a great wedding photographer; marketing to achieve results; how to conduct and complete a wedding photo shoot like a pro; how to organize and develop a strategy for preparing and shooting a wedding; creative control and perceptive vision; understanding the quality of light and how to use it to your advantage; how to use portable flash with ambient light. post production work: digital workflow including Photoshop techniques and how to create stunning magazine style wedding albums; plus a special topic on how to enhance photos through the magic of makeup artistry by makeup artist Madge Lejano.

Sept. 13, 2008 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Day 2 Digital Photojournalism

Workshop Fee is Php 1,500.00. Please contact: Mr. Andy Samaniego for reservations at +63917-8986781.