Announcement: World Vision Philippines has been granted an extension of the Gift of Hope project in Glorietta Mall from Nov. 20 - Dec. 20, 2003. Please do visit their booth and know more about how you can help change the life of a child and his community. Let us share our blessings to others in need. Thank you!

I learned something new yesterday. I bought (rather my hubby did hahaha) a new celphone to replace the one I lost last month (a thief got his hand inside my bag without my knowledge!) during a jeepney ride.

My brother taught me this: key in *#92702689# . Your phone will display its serial number and manufacture date. Mine has 0903 in it, meaning it was made just last September. There was an option to change the purchase date which I promptly did to remind when I bought the unit.

Don't panic if the display won't exit. You have to turn off your phone for the functions to work again.

Just something I want to share with you :)

Sleepless in Laguna

My world is turned upside-down for the moment. James, my special child, suddenly had this change in sleep patterns and would stay awake all night up to early morning. Last night, he woke up at 10 p.m. and we had a Barney marathon until 5 a.m. I was alternately tube-feeding him and checking my emails.

I thought he’d fall asleep around 6 a.m. but stayed awake to watch Blue’s Clues and another cartoon show on TV. My lids were getting heavy but can’t lie down to sleep unless he’s also asleep. I had to busy myself cleaning my computer table and doing other tasks to stay awake.

It took two more feedings and at 3 p.m. I played an Enya CD on the radio. In minutes, he was finally asleep. Ah, thank goodness! I was able to lie down too and get some snoozes.

I woke up at 7 p.m., helped my other kids with their assignments and ate dinner. Good thing the maid knows how to cook now. It’s already 11 p.m. and James is still asleep. Oh no, I guess I’m in for another sleepless night tonight.

Knowledge Means … Money

You read that right. In the IPTL website a member can take quizzes, be more knowledgeable in the process and earn cash while doing it. I must warn you though that you should take a lot of quizzes and earn a lot of points before you can earn a dollar. But I find it fun expanding my knowledge. There are lots of categories to choose from. I found out I score high points in the spelling category.

Wanna check it out? If you do sign-up for membership, (by the way, it’s free!) could you place my number AIL 137 as your referror? Thanks!

UP Diliman College of Music's Thursday Night Concerts will be presenting the Oktokanto group on Nov. 13, Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Abelardo Hall. The concert is entitled "Tunog at Kwerdas" Please do come and watch! It would be a wonderful experience hearing a quartet of classical guitarists play different sounds that wouldn't seem to be coming from guitars, really!

Why am I plugging this? My brother is one of them :P But I would vouch for that group. They are good musicians. Promise! See and hear them live this week.

How Insulting!

Mariah Carey is rumored to be coming to the Philippines for a concert. Now a comment she made before has surfaced once again to haunt her and irritate us Filipinos.

“She’s just a brown monkey who can sing.” Say what??? I’ve never liked Mariah Carey before and I think I’ve just been given a reason to start particularly disliking her now. What right has she to call someone who’s fairer-skinned than her, like Regine Velasquez, a brown monkey?! For those who don’t know her, Regine is a singer dubbed Asia’s Songbird in the Philippines because of her clear soprano voice. She’s also fairer-skinned than most Filipino women.

Was Mariah that jealous of a Filipino’s great talent for singing that she just can’t shut her mouth? In my honest-to-goodness opinion, she’s not THAT good to attack a fellow singer just because she came from another country. What a racist! I’m not much of a Regine fan, but an insult on a fellow Filipino is just unforgivable. Mariah’s comment was so below the belt, hitting every Filipino with the implication that we are brown monkeys? How rude! I think she ought to visit the Philippines first and see how gracious and hospitable Filipinos are before she says anything. We have more manners than Mariah for starters. And lots more brains too. Hmp!

I guess she wasn’t informed that Lea Salonga, the first Kim in Miss Saigon, Epinone in Les Miserables etc., with astounding theatre performances in England and the USA, is a Filipino. Lea who has won the coveted Tony Awards among others is way, way far from being another brown monkey who can sing. Now, what acting thing has Mariah been involved with anyway? Oh yes, that movie Glitter that bombed. Aw, shucks!

I could go on and on listing each and every Filipino who has been recognized worldwide for their talents. But the space won’t probably be enough.

A friend of mine also told me that in the year 2000, she heard an awful story from a radio station. It seemed that in one of Mariah’s concerts in the USA, she asked during an interval “Are there Filipinos in the house?”. Being a cheerful and proud race, our fellowmen hooted and howled at being special-mentioned. Mariah’s answer? “Get out!” Whew, another Clair Danes in the making.

Hmmm, and now there are rumors she’ll be having a concert here. Frankly, if ever Mariah even sets one toe on Philippine soil, I would be among the first ones to say “Get out!”.

Just ranting….
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