Monday, December 8, 2008
Registration fee of P500 goes to the PAWS Animal Shelter. Your way of helping us help the animals as you get that precious snapshot of you with your pet. See you on December 14!
-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
p.s. Please feel free to re-post or to print out and disseminate the attached poster. Thank you.
Monday, November 17, 2008
A puppy was tortured and completely mutilated... Please, just sign the petition
Here's the link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/332534203
Whole story: http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=96069
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
source: PDI, August 13, 2008
When I was browsing through the newspaper today, I saw this image. Immediately, I got curious as to what this was about. I tried looking for the "complete" story behind this image, but alas, there seemed to be none.
I sort of like this picture. Made me go "Wow! Cool! galing galing nya!". Now, this is what you call an ARTIST: innovative and creative (of course that's just two words to describe).
When she sets up her exhibit, I'd be sure to follow and set up a coffer shop beside her gallery. Coffee anyone?
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
1.) Well, for one, it marks the beginning of the long awaited Olympics in Beijing.
2.) For the Chinese community, 888 is considered to be very lucky.
3.) and a lot more in between... (http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread329949/pg3)
4.) It's my grandmother's birthday!!! horay!! Guess what. It's actually my grandmama's 88th birthday. Now, that's a lot of 8s!! Cool huh?
Monday, August 4, 2008
By ANITA CHANG, Associated Press Writer
SHIJIAZHUANG, China - From the desktop computer at the foot of his bed, Zhang Heng dares to complain about the .The 24-year-old blogger tells of having to sign a "civilized behavior pledge" and verify to a neighborhood committee that he is a legal resident of his building. At the Web site company where he works, everyone had to show a clean police record, because the passed by the office last week.
While many Chinese are excited about the, which begin Friday, the games have also touched off a fair amount of grumbling. Most of it is quiet, though, because the government is quick to clamp down on protest.
"I think ordinary people have no opportunity to see the games, and I find it hard to accept that everyone around the country has to adjust their lives and work for it, just because this is about the country's image," Zhang said at his home in Shijiazhuang, a 3 1/2-hour drive from Beijing.
To top it off, he has to drag himself out of bed early on weekends to buy pancakes at the neighborhood stall; authorities have ordered it shut by 8:30 a.m. through the Olympics, because they consider it unsightly.
His town is hosting no Olympic sports events and doesn't expect any tourist influx. But it's part of, the province which surrounds Beijing, and authorities clearly are taking no chances.
That Zhang can complain on his blog is one sign of freer speech in China. But exactly what is permitted remains fuzzy. — the pride of the country — is an area where critics need to tread carefully.
A blog that took on the games directly — "Beijing Olympics: I Do Not Support It" — was shut last year after just six days.
"I didn't think I had done anything wrong," the site's creator, Guan Jun, wrote on another blog. "This is a warning to my friends who are trying to oppose the Beijing Olympics: Be careful."
Contacted recently, Guan declined further comment, saying the topic was "too sensitive."
In 2004, Ye Guozhu, whose Beijing home and restaurant were torn down to make way for an Olympic facility, was jailed for four years for trying to organize a protest. He was due to be released on July 26 but was detained again, apparently to prevent him from disrupting the Olympics, a human rights group said.
Lately the government has announced it will allow protests during the Olympics, but only at three designated areas several miles from the events.
Foreign and local protesters who want to speak out against the Beijing Olympics are also required to apply five days in advance and not harm "national interests," the security chief for the Olympic organizing committee said in a statement posted on the official Olympics news Web site Saturday.
"Assembling to march and protest is a citizen's right. But it must be stressed that when exercising this right, citizens must respect and not harm others' freedoms and rights and must not harm national, social and collective interests," Liu Shaowu, security chief for the Beijing Organizing Committee, said in the statement.
The Beijing Public Security Bureau did not respond to faxed requests for comment on several issues, including whether citizens were allowed to criticize the Olympics.
"In China, there's no room for protests or demonstrations," said Keen Kang, a 34-year-old Beijing man who complains the games are raising the cost of living. "If there were freedom, there would definitely be people protesting."
Keen is the "English" name he has chosen. He wouldn't be identified by his real first name, fearing retribution.
A rare public critic is Ai Weiwei, an avant-garde artist who was a consultant for the Bird's Nest, the main Olympic stadium. He has disassociated himself from the design, calling it a "fake smile" to hide China's social and political problems.
The long-bearded Ai is part of a small elite that can speak out freely, protected by being internationally famous and the son of a beloved writer who was persecuted during communist leader's 27-year rule.
The most colorful and pointed complaints are heard on the streets.
Beijingers are known for their direct manner and love of talk, and the Olympic grief is plentiful — restrictions on car and truck use, workers made to take unpaid leave to ease congestion during the two weeks of games, street vendors and businesses forced to close without compensation.
"Compensation? What compensation!" laughed a 53-year-old ice cream vendor in central Beijing, who gave only his surname, Wu. City inspectors have ordered his small freezer cart off the streets during the Olympics.
"At least half the people I know can't wait for the games to be over. It's a glorious event for the country, but ordinary people are the unlucky ones," he said.
Zhang Shumao, 48, complained of corrupt officials and lavish spending on Olympics venues while he and his wife are struggling with rising living costs.
"I can barely feed myself, so what do I care," he said, when asked if his name could be published. Laid off by an auto parts company eight years ago, he earns what money he can by repairing bicycles.
Wang Sixin, a law professor at, knows that in the West people are free to protest against having Olympics in their cities.
"We need to learn from the West ... not only allowing freedom of speech, but also allowing people to gather and express their political views," he said. "Of course, this will take time."
*************************************************************************************************************I I never thought that it was like that in China. I thought that the people there would be rejoicing. Somehow, it reminds me of Marcos' era (though am not yet born, just heard from the elders) as well as in North Korea (watched it in NatGeo - Don't Tell My Mother); present only the good sides and hide the ugly ones.
A few years (4 or 5) back, I recall that there was a significant rise in the prices of copper, metal, galvanize iron materials etc etc etc. Do you know the reason? Well, they said that China was "mass buying" construction materials for the Beijing Olympics. At those times, it was very difficult to conduct business. Just imagine, the price you canvassed today is only valid for that day!! Some customers were understading but others were not and they would simply scream at you with an attachment of strings of curses. I guess you can say that we were somewhat part of the "grumbling" group during those days.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
They also have cats for adoption for those who are a cat person. If you wish to know more, please do not hesitate to visit the site.
Below are two more shelter dog portraits* that I started sharing in 2 of my previous blog posts (Koko, Le-ann, Sammy and Jackie). These dogs are currently looking for their forever homes and are asking our help in their quest.
Hiyas and Missy have been through some trying times (and that's understating it). Hiyas, for instance, has come within a hair's breadth of being in someone's dinner plate! Good thing the dog meat traders transporting them to Baguio were intercepted by the police, which subsequently transferred some of the dogs to the care of PAWS.
Hiyas was only one of around 100 dogs rescued by the police that day and one of the 8 dogs accepted into PARC (which was almost brimming full at the time) to be rehabilitated. Most of the other 7 dogs have already been adopted except for Hiyas and one other dog.
Hiyas has done good work for the cause by representing the shelter animals and assuming the role of Professor Dog and tagging along with PAWS volunteers in their school rounds--- part of the Humane Education program which basically teaches children about kindness to animals. Below are photos of Hiyas (courtesy of Liza Umayam) in one of those trips.
Hiyas the Professor Dog in her visit to the British School
Hiyas makes one teacher cry upon hearing her story
Missy's story, on the other hand, is a story of abandonment, which I believe is almost as painful as being left for dead in the hands of dog meat traders. Imagine yourself having a good, loving home to call your own and suddenly, one morning you find yourself being hauled to an animal shelter, a totally alien place to you, left to live with total strangers. Like Missy, it will probably take you some time to get over a traumatic experience like that. Good thing Missy has been rehabilitated and is ready to change her destiny. Let's help reverse her reversed fortune by bringing her back to a loving home that will protect her from screwed-up humans (her former guardian's husband threatened to slay Missy because of a domestic dispute; prompting her guardian to bring her to the shelter) and give her the love she deserves.
Do you want to save these beautiful animals from the despair of homelessness? If you do, please call up the shelter ASAP. The number to call is 475-1688. Email philpaws @ yahoo.com or sherwin [at] mefindhome.org for your inquiries.
Please read the adoption procedure: http://adoption.mefindhome.org
Find your way to the shelter: http://parc.mefindhome.org
Please feel free to spread the word around. Copy and re-post as needed.
Thanks for reading and hope to see you at the shelter!
*These images were not made me but was provided by PAWS. Copyright issues should be taken up with them (email: philpaws @ yahoo.com) but I was told that you can use them freely so long as you use it for promoting shelter adoption.
Monday, July 28, 2008
So for lunch, we headed to Jollibee, which was nearby, and sat beside the window. As we ate. I was looking out the window and wondered how we would proceed to Tiendesitas (we were to meet my friend there). It was raining really bad. Aside from the heavy rain, there was a strong wind as well. So we just sat for a few minutes and luckily, the rained and wind slowed a bit giving us a chance to make a dash for the car. Unfortunately, it didn't save us from getting wet. You see, our umbrella was a very cute one =D
On to Tiendesitas, again, I couldn't help but buy some stuff. We strolled around and waited for my friend. Unfortunately, she hasn't arrived for our meet up time. So, I called her and she told me to meet her in Eastwood instead. That's a good thing since I'm broke!! I couldn't help it. I decided that on that day I would go on a shopping spree. But I guess I spent too much hehehe...
Eastwood City, I'm not really familiar with the place so we couldn't find where the cinema was. Luckily, even with heavy rain, we were able to find people to ask for directions. Finally, we were able to reach the cinema to pick up our Pose for PAWS pictures. When my turn came up, I was shown two shots (of varying sizes). I was thinking which of the pictures to get but in the end decided to get all of them. Well, there goes more bills flying away. Now, am totally bankurpt. Hehe.. But who cares, this is one of the ways I can help PAWS in their mission.
So, here are the pix.
From left: My brother, Jay; Meadow a golden retriever; Thatcher (our mom's baby) an American cocker spaniel; and me.
A closer shot of me and Thatcher.
From left: My friend Jasmin; Matso a Siberian husky; and her brother, Nico.
Waiting for more PAWS event =D
Hope you likes!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
from the musical Wicked
I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you:
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good
It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend:
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you:
Because I knew you:
BOTHI have been changed for good
And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I've done you blame me for
But then, I guess we know
There's blame to share
And none of it seems to matter anymore
Like a comet pulled Like a ship blown
From orbit as it Off it's mooring
Passes a sun, like By a wind off the
A stream that meets Sea, like a seed
A boulder, half-way Dropped by a
Through the wood Bird in the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
I do believe I have been changed for the better?
And because I knew you:
Because I knew you:
Because I knew you:
I have been changed for good.
Here's a link (on YouTube):
Lea's and Jennifer's version
At the beginning of creation, men and women were not as they are now; there was just one being, who was rather short, with a body and a neck, but his head has two faces, looking in different directions. It was as if two creatures had been glued back to back, with two sets of sex organs, four legs, and four arms.
The Greek gods, however, were jealous, because this creature with four arms could work harder; with its two faces, it was always vigilant and could not be taken by surprise; and its four legs meant it could stand or walk at long periods at a time without tiring. Even more dangerous was the fact that the creature had two different sets of sex organs and so needed no one else in order to continue reproducing.
Zeus, the supreme lord of Olympus, said: "I have a plan to make these mortals lose some of their strength"
And he cut the creature in two with a lightning bolt, thus creating man and woman. This greatly increased the population of the world, and, at the same time, disoriented and weakened its inhabitants, because now, they had to search for their lost half and embrace it and, in that embrace, regain their former strength, their ability to avoid betrayal and the stamina to walk for long periods of time and to withstand hard work. That embrace in which the two bodies re-fuse to become one again is what we call sex.
- At the last paragraph of my excerpt, what came to my mind was "Soulmate". When one half has to look for their lost half and embrace it. (I think I am not alone in this)
- Again at the last paragraph, hmm... so it this the origin of "How Man and Woman Became Two Beings" or "History of Sex"? (hehehe...)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Anyway, on to the event. We arrived there around 4 or 4:30PM. That's coz traffic was a bit slow. Heck, even my friend who came from Baclaran arrived there before we did, to think we only came from Sta. Mesa.
There were quite a number of people, both with their pets and those who don't (as I said, ALL are welcome here). At the entrance, there were 2 receptionist (is that what you call them?) and I inquired how to get our photo/s taken. So she explained it to me and afterwards, I explained it to my bro and barkadas. Unfortunately, they didn't get what I was saying. So, my girlfriend and I just approached the reception booth to get a clearer information. I don't know what is it with today that we can't seem to grasp what they were telling us. They had to explain it thrice (maybe more) to us before my pal understood. Unfortunately, I wasn't listening anymore. I was more interested in surveying the place. So, I just asked what we should do. Har har... Pathetic, am I?
So after paying (395php - quite expensive BUT we don't mind BECAUSE profits will go to the animal shelter), we were about to enter the place, when my pal noticed that there is a booth for "Adopt a Pet". There were 2 dogs (I think) and some cats too. We watched them for a moment then proceeded inside and looked around. There was another booth for souvenirs and some pet stuff. Dragging my friend there, she bought a scarf for her husky, while I bought a t-shirt and a bag for myself (selfish ain't I?).
So we waited for our turn for a photo session and while waiting, we passed our time by looking and taking photos of other people's pets. Majority have dogs with them. Dogs range from aspins (asong pinoy) to purebreed dogs. Some are small, while others are huge. Some fury while others are short coated. I would presume it wasn't only us who are having fun observing, our beloved pets seemed to enjoy it as well. They even beat us at socializing with OUR kind =D
Then, it was our turn to have our photos taken, it wasn't that difficult, since the guys manning it are experts in getting our pets attention to look at the camera. "CHEEZE"!!! I'm excited to see our pictures, unfortunately, it will be released next week... sigh...
Well, that wraps our day and each of us headed our own way.
Note: I won't be posting pictures of pets that I've taken. The reason? Well, this event isn't about our pets, but those pets who are currently living in animal shelters; who are waiting for someone to bring them to a loving home after going through a lot of difficult times. Each animal in this shelter have their own sad story to tell.
Whether they are purebreed or cross breed pets; or aspins or pusang kalye; those doesn't really matter. What binds them together is that they are ALL LIVING CREATURES NEEDING AND DESERVING A LOVING HOME TO STAY IN. What I regret today is not taking photos of those pets ready for adoption (very guilty). If I had, I would have shared them with you. Maybe, just maybe, there is someone out there needing a company and he/ she just might find that in the animal shelters.
Want to know more? Have plans on adopting? Want to help? Then, check on these links:
Philippine Animal Welfare Society
Animal Foundation Kingdom, Inc.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
One Friday night, my friend invited me to attend an event sponsored by Pond’s. The event was colorful, filled with many people, with exciting games, prizes and gifts. This is where I got my Pond’s Age Miracle trial kit.
I was excited, but quite skeptical, to use Pond’s Age Miracle. So to straighten things out, I immediately used Pond’s in the morning. Today was a hectic one, having a headache due to lack of sleep last night, I felt stressed. Even so, since I started using Pond’s, I couldn’t help but feel happy and confident.
During my rest day, even if I was still having a headache, I went out to have a little fun with my pals and I’m glad that I did. I met up with my friends and they told me that I looked different. Even if it’s just that, it made my whole day brighter.
It’s that day again when I have to get back to work. People around me are having the Monday blues but I was feeling radiant. A few my officemates even noticed that my complexion became lighter.
Upon waking up, I stared at the mirror for the longest time and I was in high spirits with what I saw. My face has a certain rosy-ness in them, which was absent before.
I went out to have my picture taken for my passport renewal. Upon receiving the set of pictures and showing it to my pals, the pictures seemed to have vanished one by one. They were asking what my secret was for me to age YOUNGER. I proudly told them that I am using Pond’s Age Miracle.
I was scheduled to meet my cousin today. Upon seeing each other (after a year), she gushed at me the moment she saw me. She exclaimed that I have a certain glow in me. I immediately told her it was because of Pond’s Age Miracle. Trusting my word for it, she immediately bought one for herself.
It was Friday night again and my girlfriends and I met up at MOA. I noticed that my girlfriends seemed to have a certain look in them. Sitting next to my best friend, I noticed people staring at us. Getting curious, I asked them if I’m missing anything, they simple laughed and told me that they became Pond’s user as well. I guess we were simply seeing the fruits of being a Pond’s user.
This marks the 7th day of me using Pond’s Age Miracle. I must say that I am very satisfied with the results I am seeing now: fairer skin tone; less spots; rosier cheeks; finer and firmer skin; in totality, having a skin which defies time and logic. Aside from visible results, I gained more confidence as the day passed by. Every day upon waking up, I was very happy and excited as to what the day has in store for me. To my skepticism and my old beauty products: You're totally out of the window!
I finally found the FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, thank you POND’S!!!
Still doubting? Then check this out:
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
SAY “CHEESE” !!!
Are your pets ready for their close-ups? If so, then head on down to Eastwood Central Plaza on July 20 (Sun) for the launch of “POSE FOR PAWS”. Anytime from 1-6PM, you and your pet can get your portraits taken in our unique photo booths manned by professional photographers.
Proceeds from all portraits purchased will go to the PAWS Animal Shelter which houses over 100 dogs and cats rescued from cruelty and neglect. The facility is solely dependent on donations and fund raising activities such as this to keep it running.
Last year, despite its limited funding, the PAWS Animal Shelter was able to spay-neuter 195 animals, adopt out 30 dogs & 28 cats as well as rescue 42 animals in distress.
“POSE FOR PAWS” is made possible with the help of Eastwood City, Frontline, McDonald’s and the Philippine Star Pet Life Section.
--- rospin (http://www.philippinepetfinder.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=69112)
Hopefully, a lot of animal lovers will support this!! To those who are have no pet/s, you're still welcome, I believe =D To those who enjoy seeing stars, I think a lot of stars gather at these events =D hehehe... Hopefully, I can attend this event =D
If you got time, please check out these links:
Animal Kingdom Foundation Inc
The event was so cool that I was motivated to create a blog =D (with the encouragement of my friend of course)
Well, hope there will be more of this. Am sure to attend the succeeding ones.
Btw, Pond's is holding a contest "myPond's 7-Day Beauty Blog". Check it out and get a chance to win an iPhone.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Well... actually, a friend of mine just got engaged a week ago. This week another friend of mine will be getting married. A cousin of mine attended a friend's wedding yesterday (which she almost forgot). So.... whose is it???
Drum roll please....
It's mine!! Yeah right... no it's not. This is actually a fake wedding cake. It's just Styrofoam underneath all the glamor. Haha.. my friends and I made this back when we were still studying in PWU. As I was browsing through my files, I found this picture and couldn't help but miss those memorable days. And since there's quite a number of people I know tying the knot, I thought of posting it. Hmmm... if I recall correctly, I think I had posted this picture somewhere before....