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Remembering Hermano Puli

If Hermano Puli was alive today he would be branded as a religious fanatic and probably be dragged to a mental institution and kept there, I believe a former president of this republic did this to a couple of people.

Herman Puli aka Apolinario Dela Cruz led the Confradia de San Jose which was born out of his desire to be a cleric which was disallowed because he was not Spanish.

Because of his teaching his movement was persecuted then massacred.

Anyway he might have been crazy or unstable but he was our crazy.

Tayabas and Lucban and probably the rest of Quezon Province will celebrate on November 4 to remember him.

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October 19, 2008 Posted by | Rant | , , , | Leave a comment

I’m a New Fan of an Artist

I found an artist in youtube doing a cover of “Enter Sandman” a heavy metal song sung by Metallica.

Mr. James Munroe did a very good cover and converted the heavy metal classic into a folk song. Kudos man

Anyway just listen and appreciate the music. For more info just visit his site at www.jamesmunroe.ca (OMG he is a Canadian)

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Music, Rant | , , , , | Leave a comment

Longganisang Lucban debate at Tayabas.ph forums

http://philippinegovernment.org/tayabasweb/index.php/Debate/11-Resaan-masarap-ang-longanisang-lucban.html#11

Amusing how Tayabasin reacts to the topic. Hope this does not escalate to a flame war. 🙂

October 2, 2008 Posted by | Food, Rant | , , , | Leave a comment

Tayabas In Prespective

When I was a young child Tayabas was a place I rarely visit. This was because during that time the roads from Lucena to Tayabas was not paved well. I only frequented the Baranggay of Wakas because firstly our protestant church was situated there (UCCP) and my music teacher lived there at that time.

Trips to the Tayabas market to get carabao meat (a family favorite) were an adventure and were relished by myself. This one done using our family owner-type jeep and the only other means was to either take the large jeepneys or take the minibus up to Tayabas.

Times have indeed change from those days Tayabas now is an easily accessible City and has even an FX taxi service. The ever famous 7-11 exist and so do other franchise establishment. Even with all this the City still maintains the rustic and secluded aura that makes for a town in between the past and the future.

September 26, 2008 Posted by | Rant, Tayabas, Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Where does the best Lambanog come from?

There is an ongoing debate that still rages today among the Lambanog drinkers of Southern Tagalog. This has waged on since the invention of the drink and probably will keep on going till all the coconut trees are cut in the region. Where does the best Lambanog come from?

Many proponents would support the premise that Lambanog from San Juan, Batangas is the best and they would stake their lives and honor to prove this point.

Personally I prefer the Wakas, Tayabas variety of Lambanog. It has a less bitter taste than the batangueno drink which is due to the milder clime of Wakas, Tayabas compared to the hot and harsh environment of San Juan, Batangas.  It is colloquially known as “Chivas Wakas”.

I believe my townsfolk and clansmen of San Juan, Batangas wil disown me after they read this post but hey I will stand up for what I think is right. 🙂

For more information click on http://tayabas.ph/.

September 24, 2008 Posted by | Food, Rant, Tayabas | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Runescape sets a record

Guinness World Book of Records officially recognizes Runescape as the largest free MMO and the second largest MMO. There are about a million paying members and about five million free account users and since Runescape those not separate players per server it is possible though not plausible to meet them all.

Many changes were applied since I started playing but IMO these changes are for the best in order to avoid an imbalance game economy and discourage cheater though the said same changes have eliminated some of the features that I hated and loved (hated: PVP ambushes, loved: pricing way too low or high).

Runescape does not require the latest CPU or is not a memory hog but having a good PC does help in game play and factor in a fast internet connection however these are not necessary unless you are an ultracompetitive player.

This is not a game for eye candy or jump-whilst-I-chop-your-head-with-a-twisting-slash lovers but this is for people who likes to plan ahead and live in a semi real world.

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/runescape-recognised-as-world-s-largest-free-mmorpg

September 16, 2008 Posted by | Rant, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Personal memories of 9/11

It was between 8 PM and 9Pm then Philippine time and I just came from teaching a class and was walking home when a friend texted me to look at the TV and I was thinking it could just be another one of those useless show in the Philippines.

When I reached home my mother was watching TV and I saw a view of the twin towers from the water. One of the towers was burning and I was in shocked. I’ve always dreamed of going to the World Trade Center since I was a small boy and this bastion of my aspiration was burning. I keep my cool since I remembered that the tower had survived a bomb attack during the 90’s and I did not expect anything worse than a couple of burned floors.

I asked the people in my house what happened and they replied that a plane collided with the building and before that statement was finished another airplane collided with the building. As shocked as I was I watched the entire proceeding until one of the buildings collapsed.

I knew then that the world we live in would never be the same again.

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Rant, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Lipstick on a Pig

I am not an American citizen so I can’t understand why people are reacting to what Obama said about a putting lipstick on a pig won’t affect the pigness of the pig.

People read too much meaning into it. However if Obama was implying that Palin was a pig then that is indeed offensive to Palin but if he was referring to to some Republican poltician aside from Palin then I believe that is an insult to the PIG

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Rant | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Internet woes in Lucena City

WTF has happened to Lucena City’s Internet after sales service? This question right now is ringing in my mind on how and why it is easy to buy DSL connection in Lucena City but after it is sold where is the fucking service?

Let me try to make a brief of the problem that giving me the fits. Lucena City is located in the Province of Quezon and currently its capital. Since the age of dial up it was there were many ISPs in Lucena that were homegrown (franchises or independents). When DSL came these homegrown players died off since they could not compete with the giants PLDT and Digetel.

Now a lot homes in Lucena either have DSL, dial-up 😦 and/or wireless internet connection. So a couple of enterprising persons decided to try and create several outsourcing business which required a STEADY and CONSTANT connection. Examples of them are a defunct medical transcription service , Qtech a Business Process Outsourcing, and several small call centers.

Realizing that I would be spending most of my time going around the world on errands I asked my mother to get a DSL line from PLDT for the house so I can email or message all my concerns to them. So they did just that. It got installed and lo and behold it sort of worked. The hitch however is that they have not activated so I waited for several days but still no activation.

One day I needed to have a message sent to the house and knowing that PLDT has not activated the DSL over there I decided to contact my friends at Quezon-tech aka Qtech and then I saw that they were all offline which puzzled me since I knew that they were subscribing to Digitel DSL so in the end I had to use other means to contact them. This scenario was repeated for two days.

When the Qtech people got online again I asked why they were offline and they said that their ISP did had a slow tech support. 😦 .

So PLDT has slow tech support in Lucena and Digitel has slow tech support too. OMG. How does an outsourcing business survive in Lucena? Most outsourcing business start with a small bandwidth usage but later they require more and more bandwidth which is used to do their day to day business activities.  Most outsourcing business depends on the reputation they build up. A delay on delivery can affect one’s image and I doubt that majority of the contracted parties will take “my ISP is down” as an excuse.

Can I conclude that these companies are not really interested in the welfare of their customers?

links of mentioned companies are :

http://www.qtechbpo.com/

http://www.scribetech-ph.com

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Rant | , , , , , , | 3 Comments