31 May, 2011

'Pilipinas, Tara na!' Tourism New Logo

This Pilipinas tourism campaign logo is not attractive. I wonder how much was spent for creating this logo and why the DOT did not come out with a contest instead of just hiring someone who created a design that is not appealing at all. We have lots of graphic artists that could create tourism logo more attractive than this.

I agree that they should've used a slogan in English --- unless they're targeting Pinoys abroad and encouraging them to come back to the Philippines. Otherwise I don't see how foreigners can understand the slogan without the aid of an interpreter.

Local tourism is economy-driven... Good compensation means local tourism! I prefer an internationally appealing slogan because this invites foreign travelers. Their presence in here helps a lot... From the transpo sector and services down to sari-sari businesses. SO WHY NOT INVITE THEM ALL with an internationally appealing slogan rather than posting a tagalog one which has very limited in aspect comprehension worldwide.
  • "Wow Philippines" created a huge impact not just to the locals but also to the guests by finding out the country's surprises as they tour.
  • "Biyahe Tayo" created a very home-y approach to travel and discover and rediscover the Philippines. 
  • "Pilipinas, Tara Na" proposes an easy-going, empty-thinking, and adventure-less roaming. Amplified by the kiddie logo, nothing was emphasized. C'mon, DOT, you could be better than that.

30 May, 2011

.com Your Blog Contest

Hey there. I am very happy to announce this month's blog contest.

I will give you a more useful thing and that is, a FREE DOMAIN NAME. Yes, this June 30, 2011 I'm giving away a top level domain name (.com, .net, .org or whatever you want) to one lucky winner.

What would you do with a domain name?

With a domain name, you can make your own blog or website and possible can be the part of blogosphere. A top level domain name costs around $10 to $15 for one year. A website can be your identity and a blog can be your canvas of thoughts. And I'm giving away a mean to materialize your online dreams! How cool would it be, if you have www.yourname.com?

What all you have to do to win this contest?
  • Well, virtually just a click! You just have to re-tweet this post on twitter.
  • Don’t have a twitter id? Aww, snap! Don’t worry, you can share it on Facebook also.
  • But make sure, you leave a comment below with the link of your tweet and your share on Facebook.
  • Don't forget to Like my Facebook Page.
I would select one lucky winner from all the entries I receive till the ending date of the contest. The winner would be selected Randomly from all the entries. So, cross your fingers and go for it. (Meanwhile, you can also think of a cool domain name, in case you are the lucky winner).

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Contest Starting Date: 1st June 2011

Contest Ending Date: 30 June 2011

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Note: The winner chooses a Domain Name should be available and not taken by anyone. I've come across jerks who want CNN.com and Google.com if they win this contest.

My First Time Abroad

It was really an exciting experience; however, I had mixed feelings while leaving. I was happy, because it was an opening of a new chapter in my life, and I could start to do the things that I had always wanted to do and will experience a new environment, meeting new people at work and lots of travel to do in different places.

On the other hand, I was also sad, because I had to leave my family and friends that are likely the most important people in my life, my beloved hometown and local food that I love and have grown so accustomed to. I'm gonna miss everything and thinking what would be my life when I came back after I give up my work, I have to leave them behind and start out all by myself in a foreign country.

I remember when I boarded the plane, I felt a really strange feeling on the flight; it was a sort of feeling not knowing what to expect when I landed. All I know in my mind that I have to take whatever jobs come along which will not be within my chosen career field, or even close to my major in order to be able to afford to stay in UK.

I also recall during my trip to my new accommodation, I was so fascinated with the new surroundings that I was in but my rent is quite expensive. But well, I have been living in the UK for about 6 months now, and I'm used to the country now.

It might sound glamorous getting to travel abroad for work, but it's really not.

Basically, some of the overseas Pinoys lend money from families and sometimes sold properties for expenses going or working abroad. Like me, I had a debt to pay while staying here and need to pay them whilst working every month. I've took a business course in a university in our country but then I work as a Health Care Assistant in a Nursing Home here. I believe it’s not only me; there are lots of overseas Pinoys that are working which is not in their field. Their field of expertise might be useful in some cases where our country need it most like our Nurses, Engineers and many more.

So, why I go abroad?

I have spent many years working in a city and even in my hometown in a variety of jobs but still I don't think I could find a permanent job so I decided to go abroad, it was a decision that was almost certainly taking me into new territory in the way I lived my life.

I go abroad with full of hope that someday I could grab an opportunity to make a change in a lifestyle with a goal of saving money for good. I want to pursue my dream when I come back home to become a successful businessman someday that could generate even a little employment in my community while serving my family as well within our place.

It is hardly surprising more people are choosing to work abroad - there are many reasons to go down when making the choice to do this.

It is redundancy that causes this move for many people - no jobs out there for their skills within their community.

I hope leaders in our government will hear our different stories here in PEBA and is sincere to their promise for a change and development of our country. That they will give importance to all the graduates to find a right job and not encourage them to go abroad. When this happen (if it happens) overseas Pinoys will go back home with joy and happiness, finally we can live together with our families and can support them locally.

26 May, 2011

The new bus for London spotted in Northern Ireland!

This rough and ready video shows a prototype of Boris’ new bus for London test driving out on the streets of Northern Ireland.

A model of the New Bus for London, the Routemaster-style vehicle that Boris Johnson plans on bringing to the capital’s streets next year, has been delivered to the London Transport Museum, where it will be on public display for the next three months.

The full-scale 3D mock-up was unveiled last year at TfL’s Acton depot, but this is the first time that members of the public will be able to clap eyes on the omnibus that’ll be ferrying them around come 2012. Not that we’ll be able to do much more than ogle it, of course: the interior is off-bounds. Access to the bus is included in the price of entry to the Museum (£13.50 adults / £10 concessions for a year’s entry), but it will be open for free on 13 and 20 May.

A working prototype should be completed this year, and five of the new buses are due to begin service next year.

19 May, 2011

Things I've Learned after 3 years of Blogging

This is my second personal blog Abdul Hakeem. A little bit about life, career, and just about anything else involved with my recent move to the United Kingdom and how it all translate to me.

When I decided to start a blog back in 2008, for those who can remember my very first personal blog Field of Dreams, I had no idea what I was getting into. I didn’t know much about blogging for one thing. My intention was to include updates on what was going on in my life, talk about my recent travels, my latest adventures and whatever else was going on at the time. I've learned a few things since then.

Some people might be interested in what you have to say – This was the most surprising realization for me. I knew my friends and family would be interested, but, I remember my first comment from someone I didn’t know. I remember that the dots started connecting in my head and I began to realize the potential of blogging.

There are a lot of INSPIRING PEOPLE out there – Since starting my own blog, I have also been reading many other blogs and finding some amazing inspiration as a result. Everyday day there are new articles written, and whatever inspiration you need, you can find it. Inspiration on career, health, technology, travel, art, lifestyle, there really is so much content out there. If you are struggling in any area of your life, a great place to start your search for answers can be blogs.

There is a lot of SHIT out there – There are so many blogs out there that claim to have the best advice, the perfect list to happiness, to a perfect career, relationship, travel itinerary, whatever. It gets overwhelming. Do not take these articles too seriously, many people are doing this as a hobby… like myself.

I love to connect and keep a conversation going  I’m going to continue to enjoy blogging, reflecting, keeping my friends and family informed. I’m going to try to blog once a week or more, but I’m not conforming to any schedule. I’m going to blog when I can. I’m going to blog about what I want. I’m going to blog when I think I have a good idea for a post. Don’t worry, this does not mean I will not take your suggestions and comments to heart. I’m not going to ignore anyone. I really want to know what people have to say, and what they want to hear more of.

It’s Fun – There is a revelation. I’m really having fun blogging. I was really self conscious about it at first. Blogging is all about putting yourself out there, and it can be scary. Even now, I share my blog posts on facebook or tweet them (almost everyday). As you begin to put yourself out there more, it gets easier, and becomes fun. You also meet really great people, just look at my Followers/Top Readers (you know who you are). Although not many, that just further shows what kind of people they are. They have been super supportive from the beginning, just start looking back at past posts to see how nice these people are, and how they are always offering their comments and support. They are super talented people (You guys have no idea how much I appreciate your comments, thank you!). Special mention to my Top Commentors who won my Free .com Domain namely Bino of Damuhan and Rommel of One Acre of Diamond.

So thats my recap after the 3 years. I hope you enjoyed reading along. I would love to hear from you. What you have learned since you started blogging? Did you agree with a lot of my realizations? Lets hear it…

18 May, 2011

Catholics in the Philippines wants Reproductive Health Bill passed

This is a post of which I will not write something about my post nor to comment. Except that I want my reader to know their opinion about this video that I will share.

I would like to encourage you to write a comments on this, so that your voice will be heard to other readers as well and might give them a point of view about the proposed Reproductive Health Bill.

Thanks for watching the video.

15 May, 2011

Filipinos on Facebook 9 out of 10 online

Social networking is so popular among Filipinos, the country has been nicknamed 'The Social Networking Capital of the World,' it said. Facebook is the country’s most popular website, more so than Google, and has a penetration rate of 93.9 percent and is also the eighth most popular country for Twitter use on a global scale, with a penetration rate of 16.1 percent.

We Pinoys are generally friendly and gregarious people. We find time to relax and feel good about ourselves in spite of the pressures at work. We are communicator to any single event happened, we communicate it. We love to tsismis around, and if you traveled overseas surely you will post every single photo taken in that culture. We love to yabang our friends that we are someone of stature in the community. If you do not have fb you are not in?

Attributed to the need of our OFWS to get connected with love ones, love for showbiz updates, eager to see recent photos of friends and relatives, underground entrepreneurs, good source of jokes / news, latest sensation in youtube and the best outlet to express our opinions.

However it is sad for all children students having a facebook account, they spent alot of time in social networking or in the internet rather than doing their homework. It's somehow a parents responsibility to teach them how to face their book instead of Facebook.

11 May, 2011

Pull Your Pants Up

Teenagers in Florida are set to be banned by law from wearing low-slung jeans that reveal their underwear.

The measure prohibits students from wearing clothing that "exposes their undergarments" or "indecently exposes their body parts" while they are at school.

It is aimed at putting an end to the Hip-Hop-influenced trend, favoured especially by young men, in which jeans are worn around the buttocks rather than the waist.

09 May, 2011

10 Natural Wonders of the World

Image Credit: Tourism Australia
Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
Central Australia’s Uluru appears to rise out of nowhere, and is 450 kilometres from the closest town, Alice Springs. The large sandstone formation is 348 metres high with a circumference of 9.4 kilometres, and was sacred to the indigenous Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara peoples. Travellers linger here to see the changing colours as the sun strikes the rock at different times of the day; at sunset it glows deep crimson and is at its most photogenic and romantic. The area also features waterholes, springs and rock caves – ancient paintings found in the latter give the site special historical value.

Victoria Falls, Zambia/ Zimbabwe, Africa
This infamous waterfall, located in southern Africa on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is fed by the Zambezi River. Not the highest or widest falls in the world, their claim to fame is as the largest wall, or surface area, of falling water in the world. The falls are 1.7 kilometres wide and 108 metres high. They were named Victoria Falls by the Scottish explorer Dr David Livingstone, but are also called Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘smoke that thunders’. Note: avoid visiting during the rainy season between November and April, when the additional water makes it impossible to see the base of the falls.

Milford Sound, New Zealand
This fjord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island – within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site – is named after Milford Haven in Wales. It runs 15 kilometres inland from the Tasman Sea, surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 1,200 metres on either side. Among the most photogenic peaks are the Elephant, and Lion Mountain, both vaguely resembling those species. Rainforests cling to the cliffs, while seals, penguins and dolphins bob around in the waters below.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Northern Brazil
This vast area of large sand dunes is reminiscent of a desert, but receives regular rainfall that causes freshwater to collect between the dunes; the translucent pools are home to a variety of fish (their eggs are brought from the sea by birds). The park was created in 1981 and is in the state of Maranhão, south of the mouth of the Amazon River. It encompasses around 1,000 square kilometres, and, despite abundant rain, supports almost no vegetation. The water in the lagoons rises between July and September. Amazingly, this patch of desert dates from the period of the Gondwana supercontinent of 550-500 million years ago, when Brazil was connected to Africa.

Gunung Mulu National Park, Borneo
This UNESCO World Heritage Site near Miri, Sarawak, in Malaysian Borneo, features incredible caves and karst formations in a mountainous rainforest setting. It’s also home to the largest-known underground chamber in the world, the Sarawak Chamber: 700 metres long and 400 metres wide, it’s big enough to accommodate St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The world’s largest coral reef encompasses over 2,900 separate reefs, and supports one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. It spreads over almost 350,000 square kilometres, and includes more than 900 islands. Some two million visitors travel to the reef every year, but a large part of the reef is protected from this human impact and by factors such as overfishing. However, threats from pollution and climate change remain real.

Paricutin Volcano, Michoacán, Mexico
Paricutin, 424 metres high and 3,170 metres above sea level, is an active cinder cone volcano in Michoacán, Mexico, often named one of the ‘seven natural wonders of the world’ because mankind witnessed its birth during the 1940s. It’s been dormant since the last eruption in 1952.

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
Impressive for its scale, Arizona’s Grand Canyon, carved by the Colorado River, is also set in beautiful landscape. The gorge is a massive 277 miles long and 18 miles wide, with a depth of over 1.14 miles. The best times to see it are early morning (before the coaches arrive) and at sunset.

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), Alaska
Aurora Borealis are naturally occurring lights that create spectacular displays in the sky; the phenomenon is caused by the interaction between the earth’s magnetic field and solar wind. The lights appear as a diffused glow, folded pages or waves of light above the horizon. Also known as polar auroras, the lights occur over northern Scandinavia too, as well as the southern tip of Greenland, Northern Canada and the northern coast of Siberia; Antarctica has Southern Lights. The greatest chances of seeing them are from March to April and September to October; a late summer visit to Alaska (particularly the area around the city of Fairbanks) or Northern Canada presents a fair chance of experiencing this amazing phenomenon.

Mount Everest, Himalayas
The highest peak on earth is located in the Himalayan mountain range, on the border between Nepal (where it’s called Sagamartha) and Tibet, China (where it’s called Chomolungma or Qomolangma). The summit lies at 8,948 metres above sea level. Everest is not technically the tallest mountain in the world, however: that honour goes to Mauna Kea in Hawaii – but most of it is under water.

Locate your iPhone on a map

People misplace things all the time. Fortunately, if you lose your iPhone, Find My iPhone can help. It’s a feature that’s part of MobileMe, but now it’s also free on every iPhone 4 with iOS 4.2 or later. Enable Find My iPhone in Settings. Then if you misplace your iPhone, you can sign in to me.com from any computer web browser or using the Find My iPhone app on another iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to display its approximate location on a map.

It’s easy to activate this feature on your iPhone. All it takes is a few easy steps.
  1. Make sure your iPhone is running iOS 4.2 or later. If you’re creating a free account for the first time, you need an iPhone 4. Learn more about iOS 4.3
  2. Tap the Settings icon and choose Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Tap the Add Account button and select MobileMe.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and password. If you have an iTunes Store account or have ordered from the Apple Online Store, you already have an Apple ID. If you don’t have an Apple ID, tap Create Free Apple ID and follow the onscreen instructions. If you’re already a MobileMe subscriber, enter your me.com or mac.com email address and password.
  5. Verify your account. If your MobileMe account says “Not Verified,” check your email inbox for a message from Apple. Click Verify Now and sign in with your Apple ID.
 If you don’t see a verification email in your inbox, select your MobileMe account and tap Resend Verification Email.
Display a message or play a sound to help you find it.

Say you’ve just used Find My iPhone, and it turns out you left your iPhone at the doctor’s office. You can write a message and display it on your screen. Something like, “Oops, left my iPhone behind. Please call me at 408-555-0198.” Your message appears, even if the screen is locked. And if the map shows that your iPhone is nearby — perhaps in your office under a pile of papers — yet you still can’t find it, you can tell Find My iPhone to play a sound that overrides the volume or silent setting.

Set a passcode lock remotely.

If you realize that you left your iPhone in a public place, you may want to protect its contents until it’s safely back in your hands. Remotely set a four-digit passcode lock to prevent people from using your iPhone, accessing your personal information, or tampering with your settings.

Protect your privacy with Remote Wipe.

Addresses, phone numbers, email, photos. Your iPhone contains important and personal information — information you probably don’t want in the hands of a stranger. So if you lose your iPhone and displaying a message on it hasn’t resulted in its safe return, you can initiate a remote wipe to restore it to its factory settings. If you eventually find your iPhone, just connect it to your computer and use iTunes to restore the data from your most recent backup.

08 May, 2011

Summer holiday break

It's summer holiday break and you intend a relaxing break for you and your family to escape away from the everyday routine.

Why not have a short-term destin vacation? holiday-rentals.co.uk offers great travel holidays in Praia da Luz with a range of properties, and great beaches, sunshine, and other things to experience. There's a lot of things to do in Praia da Luz, and you can find information about the area here and here.

Most of these short term holiday rentals will offer 3 and 4 bedrooms, with fully supplied kitchens and bathrooms, many even provide free wifi internet. Many with the beach front access, and also with a full patio, barbecue grills and access to the luxurious swimming pool you just step out into your dream vacation.

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07 May, 2011

Royal Wedding has more YouTube views than Britain has people

YouTube’s livestream of the Royal Wedding was viewed more than 72 million times last Friday, the company has revealed.

That’s a higher number than the number of people living in the UK. In fact, if royal wedding web viewers were to form a nation (perhaps one in which everyone wears fancy hats), it would be the 19th largest country in the world.

And those 72 million views only represent YouTube’s official Royal Channel. Several other platforms also posted live video of the royal wedding. For instance, Livestream reported that the event set a new record on its site with 300,000 concurrent visitors.

Wedding viewers were mostly from the United Kingdom and United States, according to the YouTube blog. Italy, Germany and France had the next-highest number of viewers on the platform.

03 May, 2011

Most Interesting Blog Award Contest

So, I believe this contest is an increasing source of Most Interesting and Inspirational Blogs. Thus, I warmly invite you all to come along and tell us about your most interesting blog post!


Here's how to join:

1. Enter your post and post can be new, old or recycled.
2. Strictly one (1) Blog, one (1) Entry Post only.
3. Can add more post entries in your different blogs.
4. Use the Entry Form provided.
5. Write a quick post about the contest with my Most Interesting Blog Award logo.
6. Ask your friends/bloggers to vote your entry starting May 30, 2011.
7. Will select the Three (3) Winners from the Top 3 Finalist.


The Lucky Top Three (3) will win:

          Top 1 - A one year .COM Domain Name
          Top 2 - A souvenir T-shirt of Abdul Hakeem
          Top 3 - A souvenir Mug of Abdul Hakeem 


1. Open to all Filipino bloggers, post should be written in English or Tagalog.
2. It's a month long submission of entries and 10 days voting period for the Top 3 Finalist Winners.
3. Submission of entries is until May 30, 2011. The announcement of winners will be 3 days after the voting ends on June 10, 2011.
4. Can only submit one (1) blog post for an entry.
5. The Top Three (3) winners will be voted among the bloggers and friends.
6. Domain is transferable, the T-shirt and Mug is convertible to Free Domain. The domain name is one year only and maximum of $15.


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