Monday, November 29, 2010

Grand Lotto 6/55 Winner


The 742.1M+ Grand Lotto jackpot landed on the lucky hands of one person from Luzon.  What a great Christmas gift.  The lucky numbers drawn last night were:


What to do with all that money???

If used wisely, it can support the winner's entire family for generations.  

This lotto roller coaster is like GMA 7's on going television show Pepito Manaloto.  Pepito is a poor family man who tried his luck in lotto.  He got the 700 million jackpot needless to say and their lives were changed forever.  There were rumors that it is based on the real life story of a lotto winner.


OMG! Random Thoughts is 1 year already...

OMG!  I didn't notice that Random Thoughts turned 1 last November 11.  Silly me.  Anyway, I thank all of my readers for reading my entries and commenting from time to time.  It means a lot to me that you take time to read my thoughts about everything.  My wish for my blog's first birthday is for it to have many more years of quality blog entries... and more friends, too.  I hope you will never grow tired of reading Random Thoughts.


Another case of hormonal imbalance... it is all your fault Charice!

I feel silly today.  I initially had goosebumps while watching Celine Dion and Charice's Because You Loved Me duet and then I cried.  Cried with lots of tears.  Goosebumps all over especially at 2:10... I hate it when it happens.  You go watch this video while I wipe the tears on my cheeks.  Pesky hormones!  Oh, grab a tissue first before you click on the play button.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

50 Questions Challenge, Day 27: Do you want to change your career?

Photo from here.

Yes, I planned about changing my career.  I am already growing tired of bureaucracy, excessive politicking, communistic type of management.  I never knew that it is more rampant in private offices than in government agencies.  I am actually wondering how I get to live by it for almost 4 years now.  The last quarter of 2009, I already decided it is time to go and look for a better environment to use and hone my skills.   I extended my stay as requested by my dear friends at work.  Actually, it is just the company of friends that made it hard for me to deny their request of me staying for a little while.  The little while went on for months and  I could not believe that it is the last quarter already and I am still living the life and working the work.

Changing career is still in my plans, I am actually getting ready for it.  If you are following this challenge, I already mentioned it in my previous entries.  

Friday, November 26, 2010

50 Questions Challenge, Day 26: What do you want to accomplish?

When I was at a lost, about 7 years ago, I said to myself that if I can't go back to continuing my medicine course, I will venture into business.  I actually had two businesses a year after that but it didn't went well.  My planning was bad and so I went back to working in an office.  I did not close the possibility of having my own business, I just need the right time and conviction that it is what I really want in life.  I was engrossed to doing office works that I forgot about the thought until last year when working started to bore me.  It's like getting up each day thinking that I will do the same thing over and over again.  I actually sit for at least thirty minutes on my bedside to condition my mind and my body that I need to go to work.  It was hard... harder than dieting.  The process went on for two months but within those months I was already looking for something to help me get back to my senses.  

Fortunately, I have found what I have been looking for... my niche. Internet freelancing.

What I want to accomplish now is to expand and explore more opportunities in internet freelancing.  I was fortunate enough to find one organization that fully trusts me, seeks my opinions and supports me in completing my endeavor.  I will be forever grateful to them, they do not know how much help they are giving me.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Great Christmas Gift Ideas from Anthropologie

Ho! Ho! Ho!  It's 29 days before Christmas and you better load up and stock up on gifts for your loved ones.  Found these items at Anthropologie that are so cute... you would think twice about giving them as gifts after buying them.

North Korea and South Korea: Make Love, Not War

I pray that peace will prevail between North and South Korea.  War will just do anyone no good.  I know that both nations have great leaders and somewhere, somehow, I know both parties will realize that it is not the ammunitions that will resolve the issues.  North Korea and South Korea: make love not war, after all, you both share the same name--Korea.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Spa Dallas something... I'm gonna visit you.

I've been too busy lately that I don't have time to relax and pamper myself.  I feel so guilty and I can sense my body is complaining already. 

I will make up for it by, of course, going to the spa and have some treatments.    The last time I had total pampering was a year ago when I won a spa gift certificate together with a friend.  It was awesome.  I will probably have a massage, foot spa and facial.  The more complicated and expensive treatments will follow later.  

I am kinda "afraid" of complicated treatments because of what my friend told me about her experience in one of spa centers in Cali.  She's from Dallas and just went to Cali to attend the wedding of her cousin.  A day before the wedding, she went to a spa and had a facial and body massage.  The massage was heavenly, as it relieved her of stiff shoulder muscles, but, the facial didn't.  To make the long story short, she had an allergy and had to take anti-histamine drug.  The soreness went away just in time for the wedding but she swore she will never go to spas again.  But, of course, being vain that she is, she went to a spa months after the incident, but this time it was in Spa Dallas something... I forgot the exact name but she said it exceeded her expectations for a spa.  Hmmnn... I guess I am going to try the place when I go to Dallas.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Benefits of GPS and GPS Tracking

 GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking is not a new technology as it was first used in the 1960s by the US Navy.  It is a space-based navigation system that provides accurate location and time information about virtually anything using a GPS tracking device.  It was used initially by the military during combat and has been used since in other industries like cargo and freight, vehicles, cellular phones and many others. 

In 1989, President Ronald Reagan issued a directive making GPS available for civilian use.

What are the benefits of GPS?

1. Surveying - for making maps
2. Map-making - cartographic maps
3. Navigation - to determine the exact location and distance
4. Cellular telephony - clock synchronization
5. Tectonics - fault motion measurement in earthquakes
6. GPS Tours - to give details about a specific location
7. Geofencing - cargo and freight tracking, animal tracking, vehicle and person tracking
8. Recreation - drawing, geocaching
9. GPS Aircraft Tracking - military
10. Geotagging - application of coordinates to digital objects like photos and other documents to create map overlay
11. Phasor measurement units - timestamping of power system measurements

It is not unusual anymore to include GPS tracking device to electronic devices.  With GPS tracking installed in your cars, for example, you are sure of where your kids and elders go.  It can also be used to trace the location of stolen vehicles.  With GPS tracking, you can trace the location of your cargo and you are sure that it will never get lost.  With GPS tracking, you will never be lost again.  The possibilities and benefits of a GPS tracking device are endless.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry, I will see you soon.  I am just too busy lately that seeing you fight He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is like the hardest task to do.  I will see you in 3D within the week. Okay? 

Check this link for cinema schedule near you.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Favorite Photo of the Day: He's Too Cute for You Not To Notice

These are the most recent photos of my son.  We attended a debut last November 13 and he was the escort of the celebrant.  Earlier that day he was wearing a yellow long sleeved shirt with necktie that I bought a few hours before the party.  

He's so handsome!

The blue vest and shirt was his second outfit.

He's all grown-up now (not really).  I am teary eyed already.

Oprah's 2010 Favorite Things

I am such an avid fan of the Oprah Show.  I wish that I could watch her live but it is just me dreaming.  I was saddened by the news that the show will come to an end soon.  Of all her episodes, it is Oprah's Favorite Things that I really love watching.  I get a happy headache after watching the episode.  I could just imagine taking all those wonderful items for free.  I believe the most expensive thing she has ever given on the episode was an LG refrigerator with built-in television.  How cool is that?

The network decided to postpone their 2009 Favorite Things episode because of the recession.  I think it's a wise thing to do.  Now, a year after that, she gave away really really cool items for her live audience.  Here are some of those amazing items.

A Philip Stein diamond watch worth $2,475.

Tory Burch tote worth $250 and Tory Burch 'Reva Ballerina' flat worth $195.

Nikon D3100 digital SLR camera worth $700.

Cashmere sweater and throw by Ralph Lauren, $498.

Judith Ripka 'Eclipse' earrings worth $525.

Sony Blu-Ray player and movie collection.

A Sony Bravia 52-inch 3D television worth $3,600 to go with the player.

You need to have Tylenol after getting these things... and these are just some of the 23 things she has given away.  There are 16 more awesome gifts.

Oh! And did I mention that she will take her live audience to a 7-day cruise on Royal Carribean's Allure of the Seas ship?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Random Clicks: SVD (Divine Word Seminary), Tagaytay City

After more than a decade, I went back to SVD (Divine Word Seminary) in Tagaytay City.  It is a special and memorable place for me because it is where my 4th year classmates in high school had a retreat.  I was excited to learn that our business planning session will be held there for two days.  I wasn't really thinking of planning but more of reminiscing the good times I had with my friends.

The famous Holy Spirit Church with its bell tower.  It is the first structure that will greet you when you enter the compound.

The road that leads to the compound (shot from the inside).

This is one of the dorms fronting the dorm where we stayed.  It looks old but still charming.

That's not a ghost.  It's just me taking the picture of Zen Raum--one of the many prayer rooms in the compound.

This is just one of the many portraits of Jesus that hung on the walls of SVD.  This particular portrait can be found just outside the Zen Raum.  There's something about the face of Jesus in this portrait that interests me.

The SVD compound has lots of trees--around one thousand.  I really had time to relax and unwind.  Not to mention had a wonderful gastronomic encounter... the kitchen people are great!

If you have time and needs to unwind a bit, rekindle your relationship with God or just want to experience silence for a while, you can visit SVD.  If you want to know more about SVD, click on this link.

50 Questions Challenge, Day 25: Do you think you can be completely satisfied living where you do right now?

Me? Satisfied?

I think so.  I am not materialistic.  I find happiness in the simplest of things.  When I had a child, everything about me has changed--my priorities and perspectives in life.  When I was still single, I just do whatever I want--taking little consideration about the people around me.  When Lance was born, I had a 360 degree shift.  Everything that I do now is for him and seeing him happy is what brings me much joy and contentment.  

I was asked a while ago a classic question of who will I save in case the boat will sink--my son or my husband?  I said, my son.  Of course at this point, it is all about my son.  He's too young not to be taken cared of.  I did not choose to save my husband (if I have) because I know that he would want me to save our child--there's no doubt about it.

I have dreams for my child, although I am not sure whether those are his dreams too, seeing him develop his full potential and creating milestones on his own are enough for me to say that I have given him the support that he needs.  In that, I am contended and completely satisfied.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Prince William-Kate Middleton Engagement

Photo from here.

After 8 years of dating, Prince William finally proposed to Kate Middleton.

The couple announced their engagement today--one month after Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in Kenya.  The Prince said that before actually proposing to Kate, he asked first her father's approval.  So, what does the engagement ring look like?  It is the late Princess Diana's engagement ring with 18-karat blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds that Prince Charles gave to her in 1981.  Prince William said that the ring is very special to him, so is Kate and it is just right for her to have it.

Many would ask, "who is Kate Middleton"?

Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton was born on January 9, 1982 to Carole Goldsmith and Michael Middleton--a self-made millionaire in England. She was raised in Bucklebury, Berkshire and went to St. Andrew's School until she was 13 years old before going to a public school in Marlborough College (the school where Prince William's cousin (Princess Eugene of York).  It was in 2001, she was still in University of St. Andrews, the same school where Prince William go, when they met.  It was only in 2004 when the two were publicly seen while on vacation at Klosters.  Since then, Kate has become in the center of media speculations involving Prince William.

The couple plans to wed in 2011.

Monday, November 15, 2010

No Early Retirement For Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao announced yesterday during an interview that he will not yet retire. He will just take a rest, condition himself again and prepare for another fight probably next year. Well, that means we still have something to look forward to in boxing and hopefully another belt for Pacman.

I was expecting Mommy Dionisia to be caught live praying ringside but it was his wife, Jinkee, who had some shots. I just learned during the evening news that Mommy Dionisia collapsed during the fight. I might collapse too if I will see my son receiving punches from a taller and muscular guy.

I don't know if Mommy Dionisia already know Pacman's plans for next year... I hope she will not collapse. She's been begging Pacman to retire. We can't blame her for her wish because boxing is really a dangerous sport and besides Pacman has proven a lot already. I think no one will ever surpass what he has achieved.

Gwyneth was photo bombed

Even the shiniest and most glamorous Hollywood stars aren't spared of photo bombers.  Here, Gwyneth was photo bombed.  I saw this photo on E! while reviewing Gwyneth Paltrow's style through the years.  Haha!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

8th Boxing Title for Manny Pacquiao

Is it possible to stop time?

Well, it is for Manny Pacquiao.  Today, people from all over the world witnessed what could possibly catapult Margarito's career or will force Pacquiao to retire.  Everyone watched and each time Pacquiao releases his killer punches, we are all in awe as if we are the ones throwing powerful punches on Margarito.

Many have bet that Pacquiao will knock out Margarito on the 5th or 6th round.  I was actually expecting it on the 4th but Margarito is a strong fighter.  Margarito was not knocked out but he sure bled a lot from a huge cut on his right cheek.  Everyone thought Margarito will draw but he finished it up until the 12th round.  The judges, via unanimous decision, proclaimed Pacquiao as the World Super Welterweight Champion.


So what's next after Margarito?  Nobody knows yet but if Pacquiao will solicit my opinion, it is time for him to retire.  He has already proven so much in the boxing arena and I bet it will take many many years for another fighter to surpass what he has achieved in his career.  Maybe, no one will ever beat his record.

It's only my opinion.  But, if ever he decides to fight once again, for sure, all Filipinos from all over the world will be there to support him.

Pacquiao vs. Margarito

Photo from here.
Boxing enthusiasts are excited once again to watch what could possibly end Manny Pacquiao's reign in the boxing ring and catapult Antonio Margarito's career.  Some say that Pacquiao is not one hundred percent conditioned for the fight but his fans and some sports analysts say that even if he is only eighty percent ready, he will defeat Margarito.

Let us just watch the battle for the title of World Super Welterweight Champion tomorrow (November 14 Philippines, November 13 Dallas, Texas).

Who do you think will win?  I am still for Pacman.

Friday, November 12, 2010

50 Questions Challenge, Day 24: Do you know anyone who you feel is living their dream?


I envy my grand aunt.  She worked in Germany for so many years as a nurse and now that she's retired, she's touring the world.  She recently got back to Germany from a three-week vacation to the US and Canada.  She's planning to put up a business here in the Philippines.  I just admire her for everything that she is.  She shares her blessings to her loved ones.  I for one had my share actually even before she retired.  She sent me to medical school, although I was not able to finish it (I know she's disappointed), she still motivates me to all my endeavors.  I remember one time when I was in college, I was so depressed (I could not remember the reason, though), she bought me a Nokia 6260 cellphone.

Although, I have different life path than hers, I hope that I can live the life that dream of not after I retire.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

50 Questions Challenge, Day 23: What do you think of passionate people?

Photo from here.
 I hope I am as passionate as they are.  I have lots of things in mind, too many things that I would like to accomplish, that I sometimes lose focus on the things that are really important.  I guess that what makes my dream elusive at times... I lack the passion to pursue it.  I will try do my best to improve on that aspect of my life.  Hopefully by the end of this challenge, I am as passionate as ever... more driven and more inspired to do the things that make me complete.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Lotto Game

I tried my luck and bet 80 pesos in lotto for a chance to win more than 300M pesos.  My aunt and I hurried to the betting station last night for tonight's grand lotto draw.

While waiting for the numbers to be drawn, I am already thinking of how to spend the money.  Here are the things that I thought of:

1.  Today's jackpot is 333,000,000+,  I will give the 33M+ to charities.
2.  I will give portion to my mom, dad and two sisters.
3.  I will build a house on my itty bitty lot, I really don't want a big house because it is harder to maintain.
4.  If my sister will pursue her migration to Canada, I will give her financial assistance.
5.  I will put up the business that I have been longing for.
6.  I will force my mom to resign on her job.  She doesn't need to work anymore anyway because we're all working.
7.  I will share my blessings to my relatives.
8.  I will put the rest of the money in different financial institutions.

I had butterflies in my stomach while the numbers are being drawn.  Praying each time for any of my numbers to be called.  

I did not win.  No one got the numbers.  Better luck next time.  Next time the prize will be higher, perhaps.

I am still optimistic.

Tomorrow, I will be a millionaire (whatever that means).

50 Questions Challenge, Day 22: Does money hold you back from anything?

Yes.  I wanted to put up a business but I don't have enough funds to start with.  But I am saving for it.   Aside from that, I don't have problems with not doing things because of money.  Money will come and I need not worry about it too much.  I think the problem with some people is that they worry too much about money that when they have more money they can handle, they start to lose grasp of reality that they start to believe that everything in this world comes with a price tag.  Money can't buy happiness... it really couldn't.  It can only give you momentary and superficial happiness that becomes insignificant in time.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

50 Questions Challenge, Day 21: Do you have a hobby that you like to do but you don’t get paid for? What is it?

I used to cross stitch when I was in college.  I have made several portraits that hung in my grandaunt's house.  My cousin told me that I can sell them from several hundreds to thousands a piece depending on the size and design.  I have thought of it once but never really had a chance to sell a thing.  I stopped cross stitching because I have been using my eyes quite harshly recently (blogging and internet freelancing).

Is shopping considered a hobby? Haha!

Photo from here.
I am into reading again.  I don't get paid reading.  It is a relatively expensive hobby but the ROI is incomparable.  It is with reading that I get inspired, gain knowledge and stimulate my lazy brain neurons.  Here are some of the books that I have read (not listed in order of importance or favorite):

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
2. The 8th Habit by Stephen Covey
3. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
4. Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't by Jim Collins
5. The Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
6. Toyota Talent: Developing People the Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker and David Meier
7. Brida by Paolo Coelho
8. Rising Sun by Michael Crichton
9. Paper Money by Ken Follett
10. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
11. First Landing by Robert Zubrin
12. The Hammer of Eden by Ken Follet
13. Management Lessons from Mayo Clinic by Leonard Berry and Ken Seltman
14. Primal Management: Unraveling the Secrets of Human Nature to Drive High Performance by Paul Herr
15. The Secret by Rhona Byrne
16. Blogging for Business by Shel Holtz and Ted Demopoulos
17. Harry Potter Books by J. K. Rowling
18. Bob Ong books
19. Angels and Jejemons by Arnel Aquitana
20. Chronicles of Narnia

So, read y'all.  It is fun.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

50 Questions Challenge, Day 20: How do you feel about your home furnishings?

I find today's question funny.

See that photo?  That's my living room.  I know, I am poor at interior designing.  I wanted to achieve the minimalistic look but it ended up looking like this.  I am not complaining.  I thought, this isn't the right time for me to go full blast with interior decorating because my son is all over the place and  leaving furniture alone is not yet in his vocabulary.  As you can see, my home entertainment system consists only of an old style television that my uncle gave me.  *Thanks, Uncle!* The DVD player is inside our bedroom because we seldom watch television shows.  I also do not have a radio or any sound system inside the house.  Ever since cellphones and iPod were invented, it never occurred to me  anymore to buy sound system.  I have plans, though, of improving the house. 

Someday, somehow, I wanted to have a living room that looks like this.  For now, I will just be contented with what I have.  I am still saving, furniture are expensive here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

50 Questions Challenge, Day 19: What is one thing you could do today, this week, this month, or this year to get a step closer to creating the legacy in #17?

This is a really hard question.  I am actually lost, still wandering and looking for my niche in terms of creating  a legacy.  I am still in the process, it is a hard process.  I hope you can bear with me.  

While I am still in the process, I wanted to share something that I have read in a book by Kevin Elko and Bill Beausay entitled True Greatness: Mastering the Inner Game of Business Success.  The authors said that most of us are chasing false rabbits.  We are being introduced to a world of materialism that we forget that those things are not the real source of happiness and greatness.  Things are just momentary source of contentment.  The authors, therefore, challenge us with the question: What is your reason for being?  If we have answered that question in a straightforward manner, then we have achieved our greatness.  Are you living your life and not just thinking of how to survive?  The book surely made an impact on my personal beliefs.

The book has a connection with today's question.  I have not yet felt true greatness that I can equally say as my legacy.  Maybe at the end of this challenge I can go back to this question with a specific answer.

Monday, November 1, 2010

50 Questions Challenge, Day 18: Write your epitaph - the sentence you would want to appear on your grave.

Today is again not a question but a task that is related to day 16 and 17 questions and this task falls exactly on November 1--the day we commemorate dead loved ones.  What could be creepier than that?   I just got home from the memorial park, it's tiring but I had a great time because I get to chat with my relatives.  In the Philippines, All Saints Day is also the time to have reunions.  Weird, but true.  I noticed that my great grandparents' death dates has a pattern.  Change topic, it gives me the creeps.

Today's task is:  Write your epitaph - the sentence you would want to appear on your grave.

Photo from here.

I want my epitaph to be simple:

 "You made a difference in our lives.  You will be missed forever."

All Saints Day in the Philippines

That's my grandparents' mausoleum.  It is All Saints Day and remembering the souls of departed loved ones is celebrated in the Philippines every November 1 instead of November 2 which is All Souls Day. 
Our celebration seems normal if you will base it on the photo... well, it is not.  Here in the Philippines, All Saints Day is also the time for families to held reunions, well, with both living and dead relatives.

This photo is  also taken at the memorial park where my grandparents' mausoleum is located.  People go to the cemetery in the morning and gather around their relative's tomb until evening.  Tables are laid with all sorts of foods to cover the three meals of the day.  The most popular foods served during this day are suman (rice packed in banana leaves and cooked through steaming) topped with grounded coconut meat and brown sugar, puto (rice cake), pansit (noodles with stir fried vegetables) and fried chicken.  I bet the most exciting part of the day is during the night especially for children because it is the time to collect candles and make them into different shapes.   It's already a 'tradition' every year during November 1.   I remember when I was kid, my cousins and I would scare each other by telling ghost stories.  After scaring each other, we would visit our other relatives tombs and collect some more candles.

Weird as it may seem, but, that's how it is in the Philippines.  It only shows that Filipinos have close family ties and that we celebrate All Saints Day in a rather happy way because we know that our dead relatives' souls are in a better place than ours.


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