Economic Crisis and the Philippines

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Late last year, a global economic crisis was felt. Many countries were affected by the impact of the situation. Even 1st-world countries was not an exception. In US, many businesses closed down because of increasing losses and the continuing financial instability. Until now the effects are still seen. Not even businesses were affected, even the labor forces. Up until now, unemployment rate rises dramatically over the world.


As quoted from the bizjournal.com's - article:


For the first time in more than a generation, every state in the union saw its unemployment rate rise last month. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor and Statistics, all 50 states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate increases compared with the previous month and the prior year.

December marked the first time every state recorded a rise in monthly unemployment since the bureau began keeping such records in 1976.

In Texas, the unemployment rate was at 4.2 percent in December of 2007, 5.7 percent in November of 2008 and 6 percent last month.

Michigan and Rhode Island once again led the nation with the highest jobless rates at 10.6 percent and 10 percent respectively. Rhode Island’s rate is the highest in more than three decades. Arizona dropped 12,400 jobs in December and saw its unemployment rate rise to 6.9 percent.

The national unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent in December, up from 6.8 percent the previous month and from 4.9 percent a year earlier.


How will the world overcome this pending crisis? Is there something in store for those who are affected especially the labor forces?


Increasing rate of unemployment presents a major challenge for the government. O ne of this is the increase demand of welfare programs because of the consequences of poverty and in equality resulting from high unemployment.

Let us then focus in the Philippine setting. Where does the Philippine stands in this situation? Is our government capable of protecting it's citizens from this crisis?

For me, I still have doubts on the capabilities of our government. Even before this crisis emerges, unemployment rates are way beyond normal. The widening gap of th e rich and the poor continues. Poverty is slowly tearing every families. Not to mention the political issues that keeps our government's attention from focusing on more important matters related to the welfare of the country.


But I still hope that everything will fall in their rightful places. Hopefully our leaders, the leaders we put our trusts to alleviate the country's long list of problems will stop their never-ending, head-on collisions with other leaders. Hopefully we'd be able to solve or even alleviate the problems caused by this crisis.
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Love on the Pit Stop

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I want to share this wonderful read made by my shobe Shii. A very splendid work indeed. Made me realize the worth of the message it is sharing. ^_^


LOVE ON THE PIT STOP

by Shiriel Magalong


I am a woman, created to love a man.

People would usually ask me,
"Why don't you have a boyfriend?"
My answer varies, though concludes to one point,
One point into which the world barely understands.

This answer i would always point out,
"I want to become the best woman i could be...
Before i would finally meet 'him'..."
A confused face they'd always reply.

"Why don't you try? You're at the right age."
But they don't understand my point,
It's not about the age, but the maturity of the heart.
Age can never pass for maturity.

"Why don't you try dating? To know some guys."
They always think of the 'dating game'
But i don't want to be a busy bee,
that goes from one flower to another.

"I think you're just scared."
I'm just preserving my purity,
To give to the one, giving the best of me,
For I want my very first to be my last.

"Just get some experience."
And what? Fall for the devils trap?
No way man! I'm not into games,
Love is a serious thing, i consider as a sacred gift.

"You're Just paranoid, you're TOO careful, you're just weak."
Paranoid I am not, but weak I am,
but so what? At least I'm not the one in tears.
I know my limits, my weakness is my shield.

"I can't wait for you that long, why can't it be now?"
If you can't wait for me for just several years
What more if we are together forever?
I am not some toy that could be easily exchanged.

"What if you find another guy better than I?"
Then be the best man you could ever be,
while i do the same, and if i choose someone else,
At least you became a better man.

"Can I wait for you?"
Easy to say, but hard to do.
Waiting is not an easy task,
but if you can do it, what more could i ask?:)

"What do you look for a guy?"
Sincerity is all i need,
Trust is a must in every promise,
but mostly a heart that puts God first before me.

...

My pit stop ends here,
time to get back on track,
and leave these questions and thoughts behind,
moving forward and never looking back.

For i am still on the journey,
Of being the best woman i can be,
For the man who deserves my love,
For all eternity.

:)


You can check more of the works of shobe Shii - My Own Interview, Mary or Martha? and many more. Check more here

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My Review Blog

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Just started a new blog - Reviews in my Head. I intend to put my movie and anime reviews and updates in that blog. To start with I posted a welcome message and a review on the movie I watched this morning.

Hopefully I would be able to keep up with having two blogs now. I was a little bit lazy updating my blog last year so this will be a great challenge for me to be updating two blogs. Though I am not new in blogging, I am still new in blogging community, increasing traffics, technorati, blog catalog, mybloglog, and other new stuffs that emerges and change blogging. I hope I could learn those things so that I can improve my blog. Of course, any criticisms and comments will be appreciated and will be looked into for points for improvements. So much to learn, and as the saying goes, there's alwasy room for improvements.

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Kong Hei Fat Choy / Gong Xi Fa Chai!!!

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Happy Chinese New Year to my Chinese and non-Chinese friends!!!

Let us all together welcome the Year of the Ox. I hope that whatever is in store for us this year, good or bad sad or happy we will all together pass them all through. Let us all hope that we will have a prosperous, abundant and joyous year this year.

To all my Chinese friends, thank you for the 'Tikoy'. We don't know how to cook or eat it so I guess I'll have to ask you later for juicy advices. Until here.

Happy New Year everyone! Kong Hei Fat Choy!


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Algozone: Your e-Commerce Services Provider

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Do you want to attract more customers in your e-business website? Are you tired of the boring look of your shopping cart? Want your customers to come back more often in your site? Need more functionalities for your shopping cart?

If you are using any of these shopping carts - osCommerce, osCMax, CRE Loaded, Magento or Zen Cart; then you can have a better-looking, catchy and loaded with cool add-ons that help shopping online a breeze with the help of AlgoZone Inc.



Algozone is a a graphics design company that offers online business owners a line of products and services that improves their store's presence on the internet . Established in 2003, AlgoZone has been focusing on designing and developing e-commerce templates and modules that will help many companies and individuals save time and money running their shopping cart. Using the latest techniques , AlgoZone helps business owners make their site more visually appealing while making it more user friendly and easier to navigate. To know more click here.

Algozone offers a variety of quality products and services. They offer template solutions, custom templates, Fraud services, video services and more.

So what are you waiting for? Gear up and head to AlgoZone website by clicking here and make your e-business a breeze for clients.
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Blogging Back

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I just made up my mind. I'm giving paid blogging a shot. I was inspired by a friend to write and while writing, is earning. Isn't that cool? She even earned much by just blogging and I am so envious of her.

I never write when my mind does not have anything to talk about to. Even if there is - Sports, Music, Movies, Literature, or Personal, it will not matter unless there's this urgency and need to write something or voice something out. I always had my own views in each information I came across to but I don't know if it is worth putting in my blog. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.

Writing is not new to me anymore. I used to write poems and short stories in my early days. I even got a notebook or two filled with short poems and scribbled short stories. I even collected quotes. Hahaha... those were the days.

For me, blogging is just an outlet. I voice out my opinion on something in blogging but not that often. Hopefully I can practice my writing by this decision I made. Money does not really matter but earning while doing what you like - your hobby is not a bad thing either.

As of now, I'm planning to write blogs that involved in Movie & Anime Reviews, IT related news and tutorials, and Point of Views (Personal and Public) in certain topics. I hope I can do it.

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Fortunate Are Us

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Yesterday while I was strolling on the grounds of Victoria Plaza while waiting for a friend to arrive, a young 'yagit' (kung tawagin pa nila) girl surprised me. I was about to make her go away when she hesitatingly said and at the same time pushing her hands in front of me:

"Kol, naa kay pambaon. wala man gud koy baon. Gutom kaayo ko kol."
~o~
"Uncle, do you have any change to spare? I don't have any to buy food. I am so hungry."

I was a bit surprised and a little irritated because of calling me "Kol". But then I stop amidst what I would have done as usual - particular situation is not the same as any other situations where I'll just pretend I don't see or hear anybody. I then managed to stare at her. She's carrying a heavy-looking backpack and I noticed her blouse and skirts are dirtier as if it was her only uniform and doesn't have a spare. Her hair is a little ruffly and looks uncombed for days.


But then I was a little bit more distracted by the look in her eyes. The eyes of not just pain, poverty, weary, shame or any whatelseses. It's the look of HOPE. Maybe she's hoping not just that I give her something, it could be the hope of a new better life. I saw hope - a faint one. And I was then baffled thus putting me in deep thoughts.

I gave her all the coins that I could find in my pockets and watched her as she walks away feeling contented as if she's able for the day - that what I gave her is enough to make it through until the next time she will go out again and hope and ask for somebody else for baon again.

I got me wondering if I were in her shoes, what will I do. Will I be like her? Can I be that courageous? or will I falter and be ashamed?

As I walked out of the vicinity of the place and while in the taxi with my friend, I can't helped but think how lucky I am to live without having to beg, without having to walk and hope that what I get will make me through until the next time. How fortunate am I compared to her who at the early age has to strive and put extra effort each day.

That's why whenever I tend to do something that seems a little out of bounds and tend to be lazy. I'll just think of that little girl who at the early age is learning the walks of life the hard way. I hope and pray that that girl will have something good this year. And by the end of day, that little 'yagit' girl inspires me.


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Must Read!!! When We Were Just Kids :D

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Grabbed from Dirk's blog.

Nag enjoy akong bumasa neto. Tama nga sila, dumaan nga ako sa pagiging bata. Haha. Ang kulit!


• Masaya ka kapag naglalaro ka ng Tex at Pog. Kadalasan ang design dito ay yung mga palabas sa TV, mga drama o kaya anime, may dialogue pa. lol.

• May comics pa ang bazooka. Kahit di mo maintindihan yung Fortune Cookie sa huli ay collection mo pa rin yun.

• Uso pa yung tirador, yung gawa talaga sa sanga ng puno.

• Ang mga babae naglalaro ng paper dolls na tigpipiso bawat isang set sa sari-sari store.

• Kung lalake ka, siguradong may pellet gun ka.


• Humihingi ka ng dalawang piso sa magulang mo para maglaro ng video arcade sa sari-sari store. Favorite mo yung Sonic, Mario at Street Fighter at Tetris.

• Nagwa-watusi ka kapag New Year kahit pinapagalitan ka ng nanay mo. ]

• Meron kang sapatos na umiilaw yung swelas kapag iniaapak mo. Mas sikat kung iba-iba yung kulay.

• Merong at least isang Chicago Bulls na shirt sa bahay nyo. Madalas number 23 pa yung nakalagay.

• Pinapatulog ka ng yaya/nanay mo tuwing tanghali o hapon para raw lumaki. Hindi na kasi pinapatulog ang mga bata ngayon tuwing tanghali di tulad nung panahon natin.

• Sinasabihan ka ng matatanda na may lalabas na pari o bigas sa sugat mo kapag hindi nilagyan ng alcohol pero in the end, betadine lang ang magpapatahimik sa inyo.

• Kung babae ka, nagkaroon ka ng butterfly hairclips/rings. ( si Jolina ang nagpauso nito.) haha.

• Kung medyo may pera ang pamilya nyo, nagpabili ka ng Polly Pocket.

• Naglalagay ka ng Kisses (yung mabango) sa pencil case mo, o kaya sa isang lalagyan na may bulak, alcohol at tinutusok ng karayom para mabilis manganak.

• May free stickers ng Disney movies sa loob ng Maggi noodles.


• Pinapatunog mo yung takip ng Gatorade.

• Ang mga stationeries na uso: Papemelroti, Tsukuba, Sashikibuta. Pwedeng ibenta, pwedeng trade lang.

• Pampalipas oras mo dati ang paglalaro ng Brick Game, at swerte yung mga may advanced version na may tumatagos na blocks para mapuno na yung gap sa loob. Mas advanced ka kung Tamagotchi ang nilalaro mo. Pinapakain mo, pinapatulog mo, at inililibing mo kung namatay na. At kung talagang kaya nyong bumili, Game Boy ang sayo. Pero kung wala ka talaga, yung laruan na lang na may tubig sa loob tapos dapat ma-shoot mo yung mga bilog sa stick na maliit.

• Bago magsimula ang klase, nakikilaro ka muna sa 10-20, jackstone, langit lupa, ice water, taguan, dr. quack quack, tumbang preso, pepsi seven up at agawan base. Di bale nang madumi na ang uniform mo pagpasok ng classroom.

• Sinasabi mo sa kaklase mo na "Liars go to hell" kapag tingin mo nagsisinungaling sya. "Cross my heart, hope to die" kapag nangangako ka. "Period no erase" kapag gusto mo walang kumontra sayo. Kaya lang wala kang lusot kapag sinabi ng kaklase mo na "Akin yung factory ng pambura".

• Sikat ka pag ang pencil case mo nabubuksan sa dalawang side tapos maraming attachments like magnifying lens, book stand, compartments na maliliit tapos push button pa. Minsan sa ibabaw ng pencil case meron pang maze, may maliit na silver na bola tapos itatagilid mo yung pencil case para gumulong yun, hanggang sa matapos yung maze.

• Di ka baduy kung ang notebook mo nung elementary ay may mukha ng artista.

• Sa coolman mo inilalagay ang tubig na baon mo sa school.

• Nagpabili ka ng Baby-G sa magulang mo.

• Elementary ka nung nauso ang pager. Yun pa ang pinapangarap ng mga bata, hindi pa cell phone.

• Meron ka pa rin ng pinakamalaking cell phone na nakatago na ngayon sa mga kahon.

• Wala pang PS/PS2, XBox, Wii, atbp. noon. Family Computer pa lang, yung cartridge yung bala. Usong laro ang Mario Bros., Battle City at Rambo.


• Meron ka ng isa sa mga ito: Family Computer, Nintendo, Sega, roller blades, brick game, Tamagochi, Swatch Watch w/ matching guard, Troll collection.

• Alam mo ang mga linyang ito sa mga kanta: "Natatawa ako, hi hi hi hi", "Anong paki mo sa long hair ko", "Dahil sa bawal na gamot", "Mga kababayan ko, bilib ako sa kulay ko".

• Isa dito ay theme song mo: "I Swear" by All 4 One, "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes (And I say, Hey ey ey ey ey ey. I said hey, What's goin on!), "Zombie" by Cranberries.

• Sumasayaw ka ng Macarena.

• Alam mo ang kanta ng Spice Girls at may favorite ka sa kanila. Kung fan ka talaga, may poster ka pa at casette tape ka pa nila.

• Malamang ay naging fanatic ka ng isa sa mga sumikat na boy bands.

• Ang tinutugtog lagi sa radyo ay mga kanta ng mga banda gaya ng Eraserheads, Parokya ni Edgar nung nagpapalda pa lang sila, Alamid, Rivermaya, True Faith, The Youth, Afterimage at kung anu-ano pang pinoy bands.

• Tape pa ang uso, di CD or MP3 players. Pag gusto mo yung kanta kailangan tantyahin mo kung ilang seconds i-rewind yun para mabilis paulit-ulitin.

• Kinakanta nyo dati sa school yung "Heal the World", "Tell the World of His Love", "Jubilee Song", etc.

• Nanonood ka dati ng Power Rangers, Captain Planet o Ninja Turtles. Nagkukunyari pa kayo ng mga kaibigan mo na kayo yun at nagkakasipaan kayo.

• Di ka papagalitan ng magulang kahit magbabad ka sa TV, basta ang pinapanood mo ay Hiraya Manawari, Bayani at Sine Skwela, kung saan nakilala mo sila Teacher Waki, Ugat Puno, Palikpik, at ang buong barkada nila lalo na kapag nakasakay sila sa space ship o sa jeep na lumilipad.

• Sinubaybayan mo ang Ghost Fighter at ang Dragon Ball. Naging favorite mo si Eugene at si Goku.

• Niloloko mo yung theme song ng Voltes V kasi di mo maintindihan yung theme song: "Tato ni Ara Mina malaking cobra...", "Boltes Payb lima sila, pumunta sa kubeta...", "...Kontra Bulate!"

• Napanood mo din yung ibang anime tulad ng Shaider, Sailormoon, Daimos at Maskman. Saulo mo pa nga yung kanta dun: "Oh maskuman kayo ang pag-asa.. Iligtas kami sa marahas na kadiliman... Kami inyong ipaglaban! Sugod, sugod laban maskuman, ipaglaban nyo ang katarungan.. Sige, sige laban maskuman.."

• Sinubaybayan mo ang Sarah ang Munting Prinsesa, Julio at Julia, at Cedi. Pinanood mo pa nga yung movie version ng Sarah ang Munting Prinsesa with Camille Prats.

• Alam mo din yung "Ang Pulubi at ang Prinsesa" with Camille Prats and Angelica Panganiban.

• Gusto mong sumali sa ANG TV. Pero alam mong hindi na pwede. kaya kuntento ka na lang sa panonood nito tuwing 4:30 ng hapon.

• Batibot ang usong palabas. Akala mo nga mag-dyowa o mag-asawa sina Kuya Bodjie at Ate Sheena.

• Alam mo yung tono ng pinausong kanta ng show na "ATBP.": Isa.. dalawa-tatlo.. apat-lima.. anim-pito-walo.. syam-sampu... labingisa-labingdalawa... labingtatlo... labingapat-labinglima...

• Napanood mo ang Batang X.

• Sabay kayo nanonood ng yaya mo ng Marimar.

• Nanonood ka ng kahit alin dito: "Okay Ka Fairy Ko", "Oki Doki Doc", "Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata", "Palibhasa Lalake", "Ober da Bakod", at "Home Along Da Riles"

• Galit ka kay Clara kasi sobra naman talaga sya mang-api kay Mara.

• Pinanood mo din yung "Villa Quintana", "Esperanza", "Anakarenina" atbp.

• Mga love teams na nagpakilig sayo: Juday and Wowie. Jolina and Marvin.

• Alam mo yung commercial ng Tender Juicy hotdog na ganito: "Dear diary, Carlo sat beside me today. He's so cute! Sabi niya I'm pretty kaya lang I'm fat."

• Kinakanta mo yung "Thank God it's Sabado, pati na rin Linggo..." at "Isa pa, isa pa, isa pang Chicken Joy".

• Nasa channel 2 pa ang Eat Bulaga at ang Mel and Jay.

• Nakikita mo sa balita na may mga kultong nagtatago na sa kweba, kasi magugunaw na ang mundo sa year 2000, at yung mga computer daw bigla na lang mag-shu-shut down at mawawala na daw ang technology.

• Chinese variety shows ang palabas tuwing umaga ng linggo.

• Matapang ka kung napanood mo lahat ng Shake, Rattle and Roll movies.

• Narinig mong i-announce sa radyo yung death ni Princess Diana. Biglang nauso yung kanta ni Elton John na "Goodbye, England's Rose."

• Nasa VHS yung mga movies na pinapanood ninyo sa bahay.

• Kung babae ka, naging crush mo si Leonardo di Caprio dahil sa Titanic. Kaya nga lang, bawal ka pa tumingin sa kissing scenes nina Jack at Rose. Haha.
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Movie List DB

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I've been thinking about making a online directory of my movies as a projet. It's for the convenience of people who always asks me if I have downloaded new movies. It would be easy for them to check out those movies I had.

Another reason for this is to start practicing my programming skills. Lately, I have been learning new things from work and I wanted to preserve it into something I can see. That led me into thinking of making a simple but useful website.

If I wanted to pursue this, I have to plan things out first. I have to rekindle my designing skills again (I don't dream of making a techie and glamorous/flashy website though). Hope I can start this project soon.

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Survey: If You've Seen Over 85 Films, You Have...

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SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. Copy this list, go to your own facebook account or blog or website, paste this as a note. Then, mark X's next to the films you've seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun.

() Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x ) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
(x ) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
() Blazing Saddles
( ) Airplane
Total: 6

( ) The Princess Bride
( ) Anchorman
(x ) Napoleon Dynamite
(x ) Labyrinth
(x) Saw
( x) Saw II
( ) White Noise
() White Oleander
(x ) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
(x) The Princess Diaries
(x ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 14

(x) Scream
(x) Scream 2
(x) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
(x ) Scary Movie 2
(x) Scary Movie 3
(x) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(x American Pie 2
(x ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 24

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
(x ) Resident Evil 1
( x) Resident Evil 2
(x ) The Wedding Singer
() Little Black Book
(x) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far:32

() Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
() Signs
() The Grinch
(x) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( x) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( x) White Chicks
( x) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
( x) Robots
Total so far: 38

(x ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( x) Universal Soldier
(x ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(x ) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
() KingPin
(x ) Never Been Kissed
(x ) Meet The Parents
( x) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
(x ) KING KONG
Total so far: 47

(x ) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
( x) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
() Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
(x) Final Destination
(x) Final Destination 2
(x) Final Destination 3
() Halloween
(x) The Ring
() The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
(x ) Flubber
Total so far: 55

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
(x) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
(x ) Hellboy
(x) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
(x ) The Whole Nine Yards
(x ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 60

(x) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child's Play
(x) Seed of Chucky
(x) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
(x) Just Married
(x) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
( ) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
(x) Coach Carter
(x) The Grudge
(x) The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
(x) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 71

(x ) Bad Boys
(x) Bad Boys 2
(x) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean's Eleven

(x) Ocean’s Thirteen
(x) Ocean's Twelve
(x ) Bourne Identity
(x ) Bourne Supremecy

(x) Bourne Ultimatum
( ) Lone Star
( x) Bedazzled
(x ) Predator I
(x) Predator II
(x) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
(x) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
() Curious George
Total so far: 86

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
() Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(x) Maid in Manhattan
(x) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
(x) Rush Hour 2

(x) Rush Hour 3

(x) Rush Hour 4
Total so far: 94

( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x) She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x ) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
(x ) Big Trouble in Little China
(x ) The Terminator
( x) The Terminator 2
(x ) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 104

(x ) X-Men
(x ) X-2
(x ) X-3
(x ) Spider-Man
(x ) Spider-Man 2

(x) Spider-Man 3
(x) Sky High
(x) Jeepers Creepers
(x) Jeepers Creepers 2
() Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
(x ) Freaky Friday

(x) Jason Goes To Hell
(x) Reign of Fire
(x) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
(x) Cruel Intentions 2
(x) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2

(x) Shrek 3
Total so far: 124

( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
(x) The Notebook
(x) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf's Tribe
(x) A Walk to Remember
(x) Ice Castles
(x) Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 130

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
(x) Indiana Jones and The Crystal Skull
Total so far: 137

(x) Baseketball
(x) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
(x ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
() American History X
( ) Three
Total so Far: 140

( ) The Jacket
(x ) Kung Fu Hustle
(x ) Shaolin Soccer
(x) Night Watch
(x ) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
( ) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
(x ) Willard
Total so far: 146

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
(x) Hulk
(x) The Incredible Hulk
(x ) Dawn Of the Dead
(x ) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(x) Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
(x) 28 days later
(x) 28 Weeks Later
( ) Orgazmo
(x) Phantasm
(x) Waterworld
Total so far: 156

(x) Kill Bill vol 1
(x) Kill Bill vol 2
(x) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
(x) Kingdom of Heaven
(x) Kung Fu Panda
(x) The Express
(x) Igor
(x) Toy Story 1
(x) Toy Story 2
(x) Dumbo
(x) Peter Pan
(x) Power Rangers: The Movie
(x) the Hills Have Eyes
(x ) City of Embers
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
(x) Army of Darkness
Total so far: 171

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
(x) Star Wars: The Clone Wars
(x) The Game Plan
(x) The Holiday
(x) The Dark Knight
(x) Batman Forever
(x) Batman Begins
(x) Batman and Robin
(x) Batman
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
(x) The Mummy
(x) The Mummy Returns
(x) The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
(x) Wall-e
(x)Wanted
(x) Virgin Territory
(x) Untraceable
(x) Transformers
(x) The Kingdom
Total so far: 195

(x ) The Matrix
(x ) The Matrix Revolutions
(x) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
() Evil Dead 2
() Team America: World Police
(x) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
(x) Hannibal
Total so far: 201



Well… This list isn’t complete. There’s a lot of movies I saw since my birth lol. I don’t think this survey is true. I had watched movies beyond 85 – or more that 85 (maybe 2x or 3x this number) and I had a great life. Never had a dull moment. :D

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Star Wars: Retold (By Someone Who Hasn't Seen It)

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I found this via plurk when a friend posted it. It's really something. Made me laugh really hard in the middle of the night (dawn). Enjoy!



Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn't seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.
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SQL SubSelect

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I came across this examples online when I am looking for a solution in selecting data from database that starts with numbers only.

SQL Subselect

SQL Subselect Example One

Q: What Harrison Ford movies were made in 1984?

Select Film_Title
From Thespian_Film_Table
Where Thespian_Last_Name = "Ford"
and Thespian_First_Name = "Harrison"
and Film_Title in
(Select Film_Title
From Film_Table
Where Film_Year equals "1984");

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Note: The first select gets all Harrison Ford movies. The second select gets all movies made in 1984. Combined the selects get all Harrison Ford movies made in 1984.

SQL Subselect Example Two - Not In

Q: What Harrison Ford movies were not made in 1984?

Select Film_Title
From Thespian_Film_Table
Where Thespian_Last_Name = "Ford"
and Thespian_First_Name = "Harrison"
and Film_Title not in
(Select Film_Title
From Film_Table
Where Film_Year equals "1984");


Air Force One
American Graffiti
Apocalypse Now
Blade Runner
Clear and Present Danger
Frantic
Hanover Street
Heroes
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Patriot Games
Presumed Innocent
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Regarding Henry
Return of the Jedi
Six Days Seven Nights
Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
The Frisco Kid
The Fugitive
The Mosquito Coast
Working Girl

Note: The first select gets all Harrison Ford movies. The second select gets all movies made in 1984. Combined with a not the selects get all Harrison Ford movies not made in 1984.

SQL Subselect Example Three - A Correlated Subquery

Q: What movies has Harrison Ford acted in with George Lucas directing?

Select Thespian_Film_Table.Film_Title
From Thespian_Film_Table
Where Thespian_Last_Name = "Ford"
and Thespian_First_Name = "Harrison"
and exists
(Select *
From Director_Film_Table
Where Director_Last_Name = "Lucas"
and Director_First_Name = "George"
and Director_Film_Table.Film_Title
= Thespian_Film_Table.Film_Title);

American Graffiti
Star Wars
Note: A correlated subquery directly ties the table nested in the subquery back to a table in the query.
The first select gets all Harrison Ford movies. The second select gets all Harrison Ford movies Directed by George Lucas. The statement "and Director_Film_Table.Film_Title = Thespian_Film_Table.Film_Title" in the subselect is where both tables are "tied together" or correlated.
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A Penny...

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Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.

As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband.

He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment. Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts.

Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny. He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up? Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her.

Finally, she could stand it no longer. She causally mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value.

A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?

"Look at it." He said. "Read what it says."

She read the words "United States of America."

"No, not that; read further."

"One cent?"

"No, keep reading."

"In God we Trust?"

"Yes!"

"And?"

"And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, "In God We Trust," and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message. It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful!

And, God is patient...

Have a blessed day!!

The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:

1 cross + 3 nails -------- 4 given

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Decisions

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Have you ever been into a split decisions that you are afraid to make but have no choice but to do so? Or have you ever been into a situation where all is left but to regret the decision we have made after all ?

Lately, I have pushed myself into many situations. Situations that could thwart me hard into thinking or leave me nothing but to make a hasty but unpondered decisions. Those decisions that I don't want to chose yet I have to. Decisions that if left unmade could be troublesome sooner or later.

I don't think I have made the right decisions in my life either. Some of them I have regrets some of them I don't. Regrets that I have for all those mistakes I have made in my past. After all, mistakes don't leave trails of emptiness and sadness in our life all the time. It also leave a lesson or two that we could ponder on. Lessons that must be instilled not only in our very consciousness but also within our hearts.

Maybe, when the next repeating situations pass by, I can make a good choice. As what they say, Experience is a good teacher.

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