The Big Show

The august body, that is, the Philippine Senate…

Former president Joseph Estrada on Thursday confirmed the opposition’s senatorial lineup for the 2007 elections, which includes politicians who figured prominently in Estrada’s ouster in 2001.

Estrada said the lineup includes Senate President Manuel Villar, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, Sen. Ralph Recto, former senators Gregorio Honasan, Loren Legarda, Tessie Aquino-Oreta, John Osmena and Vicente Sotto III, House Minority Leader Francis Escudero, Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and lawyer Aquilino Pimentel III. [abs-cbn news]

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The Trilogy Ends

pacquiao vs. morales

The trilogy ends with big cheers from Filipinos! The match dubbed as “The Grand Finale” was a TKO in the 3rd round in favor of Pacquiao!

Manny Pacquiao, before the bout, was quoted saying:

Morales will fee the strength of the people of The Philippines behind every punch I land on him. This may be the ‘Grand Finale’ on our trilogy, but it is just the beginning for Manny Pacquiao.

the grand finale

Both fighters came out with heedless aggression, and Pacquiao first knocked Morales down against the ropes late in the second round. Morales kept returning shots, but couldn’t keep up with Pacquiao’s pace — and after a knockdown midway through the third, Pacquiao finished him with a devastating left hook with just 3 seconds left.

Being here in Qatar, we’ve not much news about this match. I’m actually wondering, what was Manny’s theme song for this fight? How much who’s bet?

Moreover, are we even sure that the rivalry beween Pacquiao and Morales is confined only in this “trilogy”, thus “The Grand Finale”?

More Pictures…
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NBA Live 2007 – The Final Straw

ps2 nba live 2007NBA Live 07 is a lot like its cover athlete, Tracy McGrady: It’s capable of some stunning moves, worthy of the highlight reels, but is a little too offensive-minded and selfish. It’s got a lot of skill, but doesn’t do enough to get to the playoffs. – Quote

Here I would like to echo some of the reviews found over the world wide web, including forums, etc. over the buggy and glitchy program, NBA Live 2007.

Hold your breath, this is going to be a lengthy one…

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An Island Rediscovered

The Pearl Qatar is a (USD) multi billion man-made island covering 985 acres (400 hectares) of reclaimed land offshore the Arabian Peninsula state of Qatar. It is the country’s first international real estate venture, its largest real estate development and the first to offer international investors freehold. It is a four-phase mixed-use development comprising 10 distinct, themed districts to be developed over five years housing beachfront villas, elegant town homes, luxury apartments, exclusive penthouses, 5 star hotels, marinas, schools as well as upscale retail and restaurant offerings. It will be a destination in its own right – a lavish, secure and exclusive island retreat with a Riviera-style community.

pearl qatar

The Pearl-Qatar will be a secure, family oriented environment. It will be like no other destination in the Middle East. Modeled on the best of the Mediterranean, it will be the Arabian Riviera (Riviera Arabia) and will offer a lifestyle reminiscent of France and Italy in the heart of the Arabian Gulf. The Pearl-Qatar, with 40 kilometres of reclaimed coastline and 20 kilometres of pristine beaches, will be a tourist destination in its own right.

Target completion date is by 2010.

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Gmail for Mobile App

Just another reason why I prefer google mail over yahoo mail. Gmail now comes (new!) with an application for your mobile for fast email access and use.

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The application requires a java-enabled phone and a data plan. You can check for the capability of your phone but it definitely worked in my Nokia N71 (ngek! LOL). Other mobile devices can still access gmail though through the browser by pointing their wap browser to m.gmail.com.

The interface was much alike what you see when you access gmail via internet in your computer. You can’t send attachments though.

To download the application, point your wap browser to gmail.com/app and simply follow the instructions. In my experience, the installation was a breeze. With this application, accessing and using your email can even be cheaper (I suppose, as this will download the message alone, and i.e., if your mobile network charges you based on the download size. As for those that charge per minute or per 30 minutes like Smart, I really can’t tell).

P.S. Well, we’re talking about wap access or wap connection here, I might just want to plug this as well: deuts.net can also be accessed in your mobile phone by pointing your browser to wap.deuts.net. Try it! It’s cool!

The Challenge that Failed Me

The Math Challenge Plugin I used to employ to combat comment spams generated by spam robots failed me. And that is the reason why I’m dumping it.

I’m not exactly sure whether the comment spams that entered my akismet filter were posted by individuals, because there were so many of them, or the plugin must have just been defective. Nevertheless, I’m removing it and instead, have spam karma 2 purge those spam after 2 hours. Yeah you read it right, 2 hours. I may not even have the time to review those comments whether there are valid ones erroneously filtered by the two comment spam plugins.

Now, then, I would like to request my commentators who may find their comments not able to come through in the article they are commenting on to notify me via the contact page. This is very important and I want you to know that I value your comments very much that I don’t want them lost.

Moreover, I can now re-activate other javascript plugins like post-ratings, etc., that I once deactivated to give way to this inutile plugin.

A Professional

Here’s a story I read somewhere I forgot where reflecting at how a professional is separated from a common worker.

A printing company calls in an engineer because their press is printing out of register. The engineer duly arrives, but instead of looking at the machinery, he looks at the print output.

Mmmm says the engineer. I know just what’s wrong here. He rushes out to his van to fetch a hammer.

Taking the hammer in one hand, the engineer strikes the press hard on the side, and the next piece of paper to emerge is perfect. That’s great says the printer, How much do I owe you?

That will be £500 replies the engineer.

What? asks the printer, You’ve only been here for five minutes!

Yes I know says the engineer. It’s £5 for the hire of the hammer…

… and £495 for knowing where to hit with it.

New Office Accounting Software

I have had small clients before that utilizes spreadsheets like mirosoft excel (or even worse, manual journals) to record accounting transactions, out of which they prepare financial reports.

Why not yet automated? There can be three possible reasons:

  1. Their transactions can be very simple and volume of transactions very low that it renders more efficient to use spreadsheets rather than use any simple software (like a GL system) available in the market, to process those transactions;
  2. They don’t have enough fund to invest in a fully licensed GL system; or
  3. A conservative accountant who’s not willing to adopt the latest technology.

Sad to note, though, that the last reason is often the case for these companies, or maybe a combination of any or all of the three, but that the third is oftentimes present.

For companies that cannot afford a system, especially for those that are on the start-up phase yet, Microsoft has the latest (announced just this week!) special offer:

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Of Jollibee, of McDo

Many of you might have already seen the youtube video regarding Jolibee mascots doing naugthy things in front of a camera. I don’t want to post the video here anymore. Enough for that crap. You can search it though if you want.

Such video circulated through emails, and especially blogs. Jollibee Food Corp. (JFC), on the other hand, made a response through email:

Dear Parents,

We regret to inform you that a video depicting our well-loved Jollibee mascots in a distasteful situation is now circulating online. The material is obviously no more than someone’s idea of a senseless amusement. Yet we cannot ignore the equally obvious risk of its effect on our children.

Jollibee created the mascot for kids, their wholesome fun and carefree innocence. We’ve worked hard and unceasingly for the mascot to earn your kids’ trust and love. It would be so sad to have all this swept away by one mindless prank.

We will not let this pass, neither will we let it happen again. Be assured we are taking all necessary steps to bring the culprits into account. One thing we know we can count on is your support in countering this threat.

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GAAP and the Standards

Reviewing the prior year working papers, I found myself reading this documentation (and I’m quoting it verbatim):

At present time the client accounting department have no in place processes to identify significant changes in generally accepted accounting principles promulgated by relevant authoritative bodies , the client alternatively is to consult with the auditors regarding that and to consult with the group.

Relevant authoritative bodies like the IASB do not promulgate generally accepted accounting principles. Instead, they promulgate accounting standards based on accounting principles that will yield comparable results and reports among companies especially in the same industries.

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are the principles developed and adopted through norms and thus generally accepted, while accounting starndards like the IFRS are a means to formalize and document such general principles.