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Paref Woodrose's JOG

Join Paref Woodrose as it celebrates family, fitness, and fun in it’s this year’s JOG (Joy Of Giving). Woodrose Fun Run has never been this special. For more details please click on the poster below or go to http://woodrosejog.runningmate.ph/ See you there!:)
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On The State of Our Airports and The Digichive Issue

An online article reacting on reports that Philippines has the worst airports in the world caught my attention yesterday.  Not so much because the news comes as a surprise to me (it does not since I have read about it a couple of times already) but because of the rather disturbing issue associated with it.
I am admittedly not a seasoned traveler but  I’ve been to some of our airports a couple of times to honestly say that they aren’t as bad as others claim them to be.  Most of them are  well kept and clean though we can’t really discount the fact that some if not most of them badly need a major make over too.

Busuanga Airport

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I remember when we landed at Cebu International airport, the first thing that came to my mind was, it doesn’t look like an international airport at all, it looks rather beaten and old.  And when my group was at Busuanga airport following our trip to Coron, Palawan, I was rather shock to discover that they don’t have an xray machine, the airport personnels literally check each and every luggage themselves.
The few occasions I got to travel overseas,  I also can’t help but compare NAIA terminal 1, 2, and 3. In my personal opinion, NAIA 2 and 3 can hold their own against other international airports in Asia in terms of upkeep, façade and facilities but can’t say the same thing with NAIA 1.  It needs more than a facelift, it badly needs a total renovation especially since it is the official landing strip of almost if not all international inbound flights . It can do with a newly improved look.

NAIA 2 (I liked that's its relatively small, no chance of getting lost and missing the flight)

NAIA Terminal  2

NAIA 3 (The wide space tends to make that trip to the boarding gates rather tiring)

NAIA Terminal 3

With the big influx of tourists and travellers coming in and out of the country everyday, you would think that MIAA would have by now accumulated enough funds to start or continue their upgrade and upkeep projects, but sad to say that’s not the case at all. Everyday it is loosing money due to mismanagement of funds, income, and revenues.  The news on Philstar.com about the Digichive Philippine’s  aiport advertising contract  issue with MIAA is a prime example. According to the article, MIAA has not been getting its fair share of advertising revenue from  Digichive, the ad agency that has been managing the ad spaces in our airports.  It was reported that Digichive pays only about 13.5 million advertising revenue to MIAA when the revenue that it should be receiving is supposed to be much more than that. When Mr. Honrado took over the management and decided to rebid the exclusive advertising concession rights, Digichive scrambled to offer a much higher revenue commitment than what it has previously been giving. And when Digichive didn’t win, it requested a temporary restraining order on the awarding of the project to the highest bidder. I don’t know, this act definitely looks shady. The fact that Digichive Philippines gave a meager advertising revenue to MIAA than what it rightfully deserve all these years does cast a shadow of doubt to its integrity and intention.  My two cents, we should know better by this time based on how the events are playing out.
My hat goes off to MIAA’s general manager, Jose Angel Honrado’s wise move though. I agree with Mr. Honrado’s decision of putting the exclusive advertising concession rights up for bidding, this gives equal footing to all interested parties. I personally believe that every contract that a government agency enters into has to be transparent and has to go through proper bidding process.
Hopefully, when MIAA manages to bring some order to its revenue collections, it will prioritize the upgrading of all the security and navigational equipments of our airports, improvement of  all their facilities, expansion of those with limited space, and completion of pending airport projects & addition of more airports in key provinces.

Bidding 2012 Goodbye With A Heavy Heart

If there’s one year that I won’t ever forget, it’s 2012. I will always remember it as bittersweet.
THE PEAK
2012 was a good year for Blancnotes. This is the year that I went beyond myself and write more  for and about others.   This has made me more in tune, involved, and responsive to the world. Somehow it has also given me a new perspective,  and has kept me grounded and appreciative of the little and big things around me. This is also the year that I fullfilled my dream for Blancnotes of being the bearer of blessings to others.
I am happy to note also that Blancnotes finally took form and began to have an identity of its own this 2012. For the first time in years, I had a clear vision of where I want this little space to go. Blancnotes welcomed  many opportunities to discover and share the extraordinary things of  everyday life this year. It  also graduated from being just a personal blog and took on the bigger responsibility of informing and inspiring others this 2012.
THE PIT
This has been my personal blog for the past 3 years before it became the Blancnotes that it is today. The one person that encouraged me to take blogging to the next level is my husband. He was my biggest supporter. He encouraged me to make that leap of faith and believe in myself, in my own capacity to move others with my writing. He was there when I was dreaming big things for this site and  he was also there when some of these dreams started becoming realities.
My husband passed away last August. Though 2012 was  great for me at the start, I cannot say the same for its ending. I am usually excited to bid a year goodbye as I am always looking forward to the year ahead with all its unspoken promises. I am having a hard time doing that now. With a heavy heart I bid 2012, the year of many peaks and pits for me, goodbye.  I just can’t see beyond now and into 2013 like I used to everytime a new year comes. If there’s one thing I realized from this experience though, all that’s happened in the last 12 years has brought me to this very moment and so like an obedient child I will just take all this in and believe that the purpose of the Lord will become clear to me in His own perfect time. As I stand at the threshold of 2012 and stare at the face of 2013, I will take another leap of faith and bet that 2013 will be good if not a better year for us.
Happy New Year. Vive bene, spesso l’ amore, di risata molto (Live well, laugh much, love often) this 2013.

The Mayan Calendar And Why The World Didn't End Yesterday

I know how most of us are slaves of time. Our life depends so much on the calendar itself. This little fact might even explain why some of us would kill ourselves with coffee just so we can get the planner that would dictate how we will live our life for the rest of the year.
But I guess the most popular calendar right now is not the one issued by Starbucks but the one made by the Mayans thousands of years ago. It foretold the future some people believed,  more specifically the end of the world which is said to happen tomorrow. Crazy or not, it got a lot of people all worked up.
And so I want to share with you this video made by NASA which is set to be released on Dec. 22. For some reasons, they have decided to post it up ahead of time, maybe to end the speculation and to shed light on the issue.  It explains the Mayan Calendar and why the end of the world is so not happening tomorrow.

The world might probably end tomorrow or maybe not. Fact is, we cannot really tell. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that we can’t outsmart God or get one step ahead of Him. So there’s really no point in getting ourselves all strung up over this end of the world issue. Believing or even entertaining such thought shows little faith in God. He is the Master of our Universe, and the only one who can tell our beginning and end.

New Year Means Kissing Acne Goodbye

Don’t be alarmed my friends, I am not going under the knife to have some  sort of plastic surgery or face lift. I am just going to have the surface of my face scrapped off so I wouldn’t have to stare at my pimple laden face everyday. Kidding aside though, one of the things that I promised myself to do this 2013 is to take good care of my skin by keeping my acne under control. I am one of those people still asleep when the goddess of beauty decided sprinkle some fair, clear, blemish free magic skin powder all around. With the rate my pimples are going, it  looks like they’re here to stay for life so I have appointed 2013 as the year that I will seriously do something about it.
Acne as you probably know cannot be cured. It is a condition characterized by blemishes that form when  hormonally triggered sticky sebum (oil glands) combine with dead skin cells to clog pores and form blackheads or whiteheads.  Everyone’s skin has a P. acnes bacteria, when this gets trapped inside these clogged pores and multiply, it causes infections under the surface.  And this leads to inflammations or the visible red, raised and often swollen and sore lesions  we know as pimples.
Acne is a continuous cycle of clogging of the dead skin cell pores, acne bacteria growth and multiplication, oil accumulation, and inflammation and swelling.  This cycle leads to breakouts. The acne cycle starts two to three weeks before the actual breakout becomes visible. It can happen simultaneously in any of the thousands pores on the face. This condition can last for about 5 to 7 years, some data shows though that the average woman with adult acne  can have it for 20 years since it is also associated with menstrual cycle, stress, hot/humid environment, and heavy make up use. It can occur and recur throughout the age of 20s, 30s and 40s.
Though it is incurable, it can be kept under control by starting a daily skin regimen that includes medicines to unclog the pores, decrease the bacteria, and calm the inflammation.  Daily maintenance with a medicated program is the key to avoid an unexpected breakout that can lead to temporary or permanent scarring.
Successful acne treatment starts with finding the right product that would prevent acne from getting out of hand. One of the trusted anti acne system  is Proactiv. Developed by Drs. Rodan and Fields, Proactiv addresses the factors that maybe silently occurring in any one of the 10,000 pores on the face.   It uses a combination therapy system, the first of its kind, which has several products that heals the blemishes you currently have and helps keep the face from forming new pimples .  Reports showed that most people who used Proactiv noticed an improvement in skin texture, tone, and pore size within the first few days of use. With continued use of Proactiv twice daily, fewer breakouts occur and further clearing is expected.
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Proactiv doesn’t cure acne condition since we have established that it is incurable, its ingredients though like allantoin, panthenol, ale vera, glycolic acid work well to improve overall texture, tone, and appearance of skin. So with continued use, it may also clear away dark spots and help fade discoloration on all skin type since it helps exfoliate dead skin cell for better penetration of the medications.
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We should keep in mind that acne will always be there as long as the reasons for it are there (e.g. oil accumulation, bacteria proliferation, inflammation, and dead skin cells). And also as long as we keep on stressing ourselves, doesn’t watch out our food intake, and experiences hormonal imbalance. Completely understanding the causes of acne, how treatment should be effectively done, and continued use of the best nonstop treatment for acne such as Proactiv are the only ways to control it.
I have to admit that I sometimes fail to stick to my acne medication treatment due to lack of time and I guess laziness that is why I do get humongous breakouts all the time. This 2013, I promised to be more disciplined in keeping with my skin regimen. I also promise to watch what I eat, and slow down a little to avoid stressing myself too much.
For those of you interested in kissing your acne goodbye this year, Proactiv Solution is available in the following outlets:

  1. Door to Door delivery hotlines (7292222, 180087298888, 180010889444, 09178018888)
  2. Proactiv Mall Kiosk:
  • Glorietta, Ground Floor
  • Trinoma, 2nd Floor
  • Robinson’s Galleria, 3rd Floor
  • Marquee Mall, Ground Floor

Proactiv Kit has the following items and it also provides a Money Back Gurantee:
Step 1:  Renewing Cleanser
Step 2:  Revitalizing Toner
Step 3:  Repairing Treatment
Free:  Refining Mask
Face the Facts Booklet
Price:  Proactiv 30 Day Kit (P 2495) / Proactiv 60 Day Kit (P3395)
 
 

Christmas Gift Ideas

I finally am getting into the groove of christmas. I figured yesterday that christmas after all is not all about me and my grief but all about Christ, our Lord and Savior. So after what seems like ages, I finally put up the christmas tree and the belen yesterday. Somehow, it did bring some christmas cheer.

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Today, my daughter and I decided to start our christmas shopping so off to ATC we go. I have to admit we ended up buying more for ourselves but we did manage to finish half of our christmas list. I was able to find some cheap but functional items to give to my friends this christmas. I am fond of collecting pouches and coin purses so I usually give these away for christmas too since I know how these little soldiers can come in handy anytime. Here are some of the things I found in one of my favorite stores, Beabi. Super cheap and cute stuffs.
Clear cases for php 95 each

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Coin purses in cute colors for php 165 each

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Unisex Toiletry bag for php 365

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Since some of my friends love to travel, I got them this travel mate
for php 49 only from National Bookstore!

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My daughter found the perfect gift for her bestfriends too, a book pad called Listalicious, My Life In List. It has some really cute slumbook-type pages. And it’s a steal at php 199.

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I am glad we hit the mall today, it got me into the holiday spirit. I still have half of my christmas list to think of so my quest for relatively cheap but functionally fab gifts still continues. Will post some great christmas gift ideas again soon.

Honda Donates 1 Million To Victims of Typhoon “Pablo” in Mindanao

With the news of widespread devastation, loss of lives, and displacement of families and communities caused by typhoon Pablo in Mindanao, Honda Foundation Inc. lost no time in reaching out to its partner institution, ABS-CBN Foundation Inc., and donated Php1million to sustain rescue and relief efforts to severely affected areas.
HFI is the corporate social responsibility arm of the subsidiaries of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (Japan) in the Philippines. The subsidiaries of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (Japan) in the Philippines are comprised of Honda Philippines, Inc., Honda Cars Phils., Inc., Honda Parts Manufacturing Corp., and Honda Trading Phils., Ecozone Corp.
HFI had also donated to victims of strong typhoons such as Ondoy, Sendong, and Habagat.

Filed Doodle Planner Winners

Thank you for joining this giveaway. Filed and I enjoyed reading your entries. I wouldn’t make this post long as I know a lot of you are excited to know if you are one of the lucky two. So without further ado, I want to congratulate the winner of the black doodle planner:

And the winner of the white doodle planner:

Congratulations ladies, please wait for my email with instruction on how to claim your prize.:) To those who didn’t win,  we’ll still have a lot of giveaways in store for you, so stay tuned here.:)
 

Just Released: Streetfood Tycoon For Android

I just got a word from Streetfood Tycoon developer himself, Erick Garayblas of Kuyi Mobile, that the most popular tycoon game in iOS is now available on Android.  Android users can now virtually enjoy selling a variety of the world’s most popular streetfood–french fries, kwe-kwek, squidball, corndog–and become the next Streetfood Tycoon.
This comes as a good news to parents who recently purchased affordable tablets that run on Android for their children. Now children can enjoy playing this game that will teach them how to earn, spend, and save at the same time on their Android devices.


Like its iOS counterpart, the Android version is fully loaded with awesome features such as full-color high resolution cartoon graphics and dozens of unlock and upgrade features. My daughter tried playing the game on her android tablet and according to her it runs on the same speed if not faster than the one we downloaded in our iOS device. Plus she enjoyed having the new celebrity customers buy off her food cart.:)



So Android users out there, what are you waiting for, download the game now at the Google Play Store and be the next Streetfood Tycoon!
NOTE: Kuyi Mobile  is working hard to ensure that Streetfood Tycoon runs on as many Android devices as possible. If it does not run on yours, please drop them an email at http://www.kuyimobile.com/support.php.
 
 

Paref Woodrose School's Eucharistic Procession

Yesterday was a special day for the whole Paref Woodrose School community as it was the day that the school celebrated the Eucharistic Procession. The event was timed to coincide with the celebration of Christ the King today.
The eucharistic procession is considered as the most awaited event in school, bigger than Family Day and more important than the Grade School or High School graduation simply because the main celebrant here is the Lord who has made all things possible.
For some of you who does not know, eucharistic procession is a Catholic practice that dates back to the 13th century. Here, the consecrated host is reverently carried in a procession throughout the streets where people await to express their devotion through singing, praying, or simply keeping silent. It was the late Pope John Paul II who revived this tradition and brought the procession outside the Vatican City into the streets of Rome where buidlings and houses within the processional route were decorated as a way of honoring the Eucharistic Christ.
In the case of Paref Woodrose School, it has brought the eucharistic procession to a whole new level by adorning the path where the Lord will pass with beautiful handmade floral carpets lovingly prepared by students, parents, staff, and alumnaes.

















Usually it takes the whole school half a day to ready the floral carpets for the following day’s eucharistic procession. Students, parents, staff, and alumnaes come prepared both physically and spiritually for a day of selfless service for the Lord. They are unmindful of the heat and discomfort while working on the floral carpets as there is only one thing in their minds, that is to make the path for the Lord beautiful. The funds used to buy flowers of every imaginable kind come from the generous donations and personal contributions of students, staff, and parents themselves. For them, the time and money spent preparing for this special event are little compared to the abundant and overflowing love and blessings that the Lord continuously shower them.




I have been working in this institution for the past 7 years and I always look forward to this, most especially this year. There’s a lot to be thankful for in my life despite my grief and loss, number one of which is the Lord’s constant presence in my life throughout my ordeal. He has made my path to marriage all rosy and beautiful, and with his grace, he has given me the strength to accept perhaps the most painful thorn of loosing my better half to death last August. Like probably the others, the eucharistic procession serves as a gentle yet concrete reminder to me of God’s unfailing love. Through this eucharistic procession, he made His presence known and felt in the four corners of the school and in the deep crevices of our hearts.

As He walked the path that we laid out for Him, He left his footprints in our hearts and made us realize that He really is the beginning and the end of everything. He made us see clearly why He should be our first and last thought everyday. He who is the Alpha and the Omega. And as He passed by in front of us all we can do is fall to our knees in complete humility, adoration, worship and surrender for He who holds the key to our past, present, and future, has graciously blessed us yet again with His loving presence.
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