Swine flu, what say you?

The world seems in panic due to the escalating cases of influenza caused by a new strain of virus believed to have come from swine but now is being passed from human to human. Epicenter is in Mexico and several cases of swine flu infection were reported in the US, New Zealand, France, Israel, Spain, UK and Canada. Many countries stepped up surveillance in borders as well as airports especially for flights coming from Mexico. At this stage, it seems the world is in for another BIG thing even if the global economic recession has not bade its good bye..economies of many countries continue to sink with stock markets not too upbeat at this time.

Many restaurants, bars, cinemas, schools, museums and churches in Mexico were closed and business were literally put to a halt in some parts to avoid spreading the virus further. This outbreak is expected to give tourism and airline industry a big blow and on a global scale. Tourism industry has always been very volatile and any incident that causes security, safety or health risk always puts this industry on the downturn.

The spread is inevitable…but what we citizens of the world, must do to prevent it to become a global pandemic? Many experts say there are simple preventive steps to safeguard our health against these risks. It includes washing hands frequently using warm water and mild soap or alcohol-based sanitizer, covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing by using a tissue paper and throwing it out immediately after use, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, avoiding crowded places, eating nutritious foods and taking supplements to improve health. Moreover, I think it is best to avoid or limit shaking hands, hugging or kissing as we might contract or spread the virus.

Rising population and the ever-changing lifestyle of humans is tantamount to spread of diseases some of them new and unknown to modern medical science. The key to prevention is living a healthy life all the time regardless of nationality, age, gender, religion, work and so on…

What say you?

REALLY, my new found career is singing…lol

Earlier I posted that I can feel I have a new career..in Singing..that is. Well just to update you, finally after performing tonight, my Group won Best Performance and got Dinner Voucher in a nice, hip Hotel here in Bangkok. So soon me and 7 other team members will troop to the hotel and fill our tummy with some good food. 🙂

The prize may not be too big but the thought of performing with over 40 employees is another achievement for me..I’ve never sang in a crowd of more than 20 people before.Yes I do sing…but I usually sing in my shower not in a public place for God’s sake.. Ha ha! It’s not that my singing is bad..it’s just that I have other better talents than singing..Lol.

Anyway, I think my confidence got boosted by the fact that I sang a Filipino song which my colleagues don’t know the meaning nor the precise melody. At any rate, the guitar accompaniment made it better. Btw, I sang the acoustic version of South Border’s Kahit Kailan. See…it’s not easy to sing that song huh!

Ok ok..enough of this hallucinations and day (or is it night) dreaming…Just let me stay in Cloud 9 just for tonight. Lol.

Have a great weekend!

My New Found Career (How I wish)

Tomorrow we will have our Staff Party (sort of Company Outing) but actually not an Outing cos we don’t go out of the office but just share some dinner together and activities including raffles from our friendly neighborhood suppliers. We were supposed to go out of town, everything is settled and booked. Unfortunately, because of the recent turmoil where we feel it is best that we do not go too far and not to mention our Operations do not permit cos we operate 24/7 and business cannot stop, so we finally decided to just have the party inside the office. Anyway, it is the memory that counts…

Come May, I’ve worked in the office for 1 year now. Maybe already considered an Old staff but still new in some ways. Our Office tradition is that every Staff Party, all the newly-hired will have to perform something and show their talents. Being one of the 2 foreigners in the office, of course they want to see what I am made of…lol.

Of course the ever-jolly me consented on this sort of dare. I actually had a choice not to perform being a senior in the office but I decided anyway this party is just once a year and might as well showcase to everyone my so-called talent so I obliged.

The new staff were grouped into 2 and my team decided to dance 1 modern number an 1 traditional dance. Immediately after, the most sought-after performance will take place..That is my Solo Performance. Ha ha ha!

My team finalized the concept last night and practiced today. I will be singing a Filipino song cos they find it something new and unique and they want tohear the way we sing our song..My song will have a guitar accompaniment which makes the song to be acoustic style.

It will be the first time I will be singing solo in a big group like this with all the anticipation and curiosity…Yikess!!! Now I am starting to have butterflies in my stomach. At any rate, I am also excited. Who knows, this might be a start of a new career for me..something that would really make me BIG. Well, I don’t look like Susan Boyle or William Hung but I am keeping my fingers crossed..so I can be popular in the future too.

Never Been Kissed….

Susan Boyle

The Cat is out of the bag! So the story that Susan Boyle (the instant sensation from Britain’s Got Talent) has never been kissed isn’t true…Now she said in an interview with a British Breakfast show called GMTV that it was meant as a joke!

Susan Boyle…never been kissed? She said it should be corrected to “I’ve never stopped (kissing)”.

The blogsphere has so many comments about this development..some people saying the it was made so the show will gain more publicity, or Susan tricked everyone..

As for me whether it was a trick or just a simple case of misinterpretation of her joke, I can never deny that Susan Boyle’s Got Talent. Without those stories, for sure she will still gain attention because of her voice quality not to mention her looks is something that we don’t normally see get noticed in Talent shows like Britain’s Got Talent, American Idol and the like.

I just wish Susan will do her own cover of Don’t Cha by Pussy Cat Dolls…Let’s see how she move her “curves” to the beat of the song…:P

(Still) Another Blogger was born!

I was told that my friend (and former colleague) who is now based in Dubai (She Who-Must-Not-Be-Named as what she requested from me…to keep her privacy in tact, lol) created her own blog here in WordPress! Hear ye! Hear Ye!

She the ever-timid, ever-refined if not uber-shy lady is now a Certified Blogger like me! (Applause! Applause!).

I have not clarified yet if she saw me as her Susan Boyle (or William Hung?) –which is the source of insipiration to many people now, the reason why she thought of having her own blog after reading some of my posts…well the pleasure is mine…at least I am able to convince other people to share their life to others through some interesting posts, anecdotes and the like.

To the normal readers/future bloggers I am able to influence by  my posts, may your tribe increase!

gee….I think I deserve a hot cup of coffe or tea from these peeps when I get to meet them. 🙂

Coffee Lover turned Tea-Drinker

I am a coffee addict since time immemorial. I remembered as a child,  my Grandma used to call me “Ingkong” a term usually used to call a Grandpop or an old man.  She calls me that monicker not because I look old or am grumpy as a child but it is just very unusual for her to see a young boy prefer coffee over milk or chocolate drink for a morning or afternoon beverage.

Everyone in my family loved the way I prepare coffee. My mom and my aunts everytime they have the usual get-together at home would ask favor from me to prepare a cup of coffee for them even on a hot summer afternoon. They would also give me coffee as a souvenir from their travels within the country or abroad which I willingly accept.

Coffee Lover

When Starbucks, Figaro, Seattle’s Best, Coffee Bean and Tea leaf and all those coffee joints and kiosks became popular, these places became my instant favorite to hang out or have meetings.

One Christmas, my GF bought a big Coffe Maker for me as her Christmas Present. As I have some friends working in Starbucks I usually request ground coffee beans as a birthday present so I can brew my own coffee in the maker.

On a normal day, I usually consume 3-4 big cups of coffee. If I have in-house meetings or client calls outside, I can consume as many as 6 cups of coffee a day! The energy and kick the coffee gives me is just amazing. It helps me move faster, makes me think quicker and sharper.

I never liked Tea (except Iced Tea) before cos I find it too bitter or not as exciting as drinking coffee but just until recently. Since I got based overseas, I see many locals drink tea before, during or after meals. As I read further, I found the many health benefits of Tea and so I got curious and tried reducing my daily intake of coffee to about 2 or 3 cups a day and replaced some with hot tea.

I bought Jasmine Green Tea for a start. I heaped a tea bag in hot water and poured into my cup….indeed it tastes good and the aroma is also very nice. Then I researched more about Tea. There are many kinds of teas with different variants in aroma or flavour as well.

Hot Green Tea

Right now, I have about 4 variants of tea in my pad. I enjoy drinking a cup or two immediately after dinner. It gives a calming effect and tend to make you feel not so full even with a big meal. I learned Tea can help boost metabolism, has a good amount of anti-oxidants, prevents osteophorosis and also help lower down blood pressure as well as cholesterol. Being a meat lover, I feel tea helps cleanse my internal organs and degrease it after big heapings of meats and fats.

I still consider myself a coffee lover but tea will now be part of my everday beverage consumption.

This link highlights the benefits of Coffee and Tea. You just have to assess which beverage suits your taste and lifestyle:


Enjoy your cup of Coffee or Tea today!

Susan Boyle vs. William Hung- Who’s got talent?

Beauty, like supreme dominion, Is but supported by opinion

– Benjamin Franklin

I got curious of Susan Boyle the moment I saw an article about her in Yahoo. I therefore watched her video in YouTube.com. Just like everybody else, before she sang I had the thought that she is just one of the peculiar if not odd singing aspirants that we’ve seen in American Idol and now Britain’s got talent all these years.

She entered the stage just like a normal contestant and seem that the audience  (me included) and judges find her hilarious.  Then she started singing I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables… Seems that she has been in this Musicale before or else Cameron Mcintosh should call her to invite her to be part of any of his productions soon with the quality and clarity of her voice.

After hearing Susan Boyle singing, it is definitely not premature to say that she is bound for instant stardom! Her singing is like a big and bright Patronus on a cold, dark Dementor-filled night. She became an inspiration to everyone. Truly, the statement of Amanda Holden, one of the judge in the program saying that all are just being too cynical about her and that moment was a wake up call is an understatement. Really, we cannot judge a person just by looks. We have to see what lies beneath the skin.

Now, many people say that Susan Boyle may just become another William Hung who gained instant popularity in a reality show but never got really BIG. Yes, both have some personality but the thin line between the two is their talent. William Hung may have a talent in comedy (not singing and dancing for God’s sake!) but Susan Boyle’s got talent in Singing.

Would anyone from Disney or Dreamworks please stand up and look at Susan Boyle?

Below are the audition videos of both Susan Boyle and William Hung. Be mesmerized….

Funny Commercials of the World

Traditionally, while watching long TV programs we tend to do our personal affairs like call of nature, doing some quick personal errands or switching to another channel during commercial breaks cos this is the only opportunity to do what we have to do without missing any scene from our favorite TV show.

However, recently TV Commercials or TVC became very unique, interesting and not to mention powerful that it can make or break a commodity or a personality.

I got interested in how different countries do their commercials. A Singaporean colleague told me that Singapore TVC’s are very serious and lack humour so I tried previewing various commercials. These Funny videos caught my attention. Hope you get entertained as well.

To every little good things in Life.  Cheers.

I don’t need a tissue, I need an underwear!

Ajinomoto Stadium Commercial

Various Outrageous Commercials

Funny Pinoy Commercials