Archive for July, 2010

Key witness in Maguindanao massacre killed
Suwaid Uphan, principal witness in the Maguindanao massacre was murdered on June 14 by still unidentified gunmen. He was one of the seven gunmen who killed the Mangudadatu clan. The crime is believed to have been masterminded by the Ampatuans. His death follows that of a relative of another key witness, who was killed two months ago. These deaths indicate that the Ampatuans are doing everything to prevent witnesses from testifying at their trial.

Uphan’s death could potentially weaken the case against the Ampatuans.

Earlier this year, Uphan spoke to the Al-Jazeera TV network and admitted that he was a member of the death squad that killed 57 supporters of Ismael “Toto” Mangudadatu, former Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr’s rival in the race for the post of governor in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

In addition to admitting his own guilt, he named the other assassins, including Datu Unsay Andal Ampatuan, son of the former governor, who is currently on trial for his role in the massacre. He was supposed to meet Justice Department officials to join the Witness Protection Programme. ?

We are now in London exploring the area. By Saturday, we will go by train to Paris, France, and by next week, to Rome and Italy.

In China, our third daughter was our portable ATM, while in London, we have the fourth daughter as our portable ATM, while in going to Paris, Rome & Italy, we will have our travelling ATM in the person of my youngest daughter. We have not even touched the “pabaon” (travel funds) given by the two daughters (whom we) left in Sydney. My wife and I are truly overwhelmed by what our daughters are doing for us. (more…)

Faye Gonzales of ABS-CBN News said: “A jejemon (short for a ‘jeje’ monster) is defined as someone who excessively uses uncommon letters such as x, y, w and h in every word or sentence, making it harder for people to understand.”

“Here’s an example: ‘EiOnG PhUaRanG gAhNitOh PoWHzz mAgZuLat,, jEjE,’ which simply means ‘Iyong parang ganito po magsulat…hehe’ (Someone who writes like this…hehe).”

It seems that Jejemon is a by-product of shortened text messages which are further polluted by those who do not really know how to spell correctly. It is just as annoying when someone uses text style messages when sending emails, as if they are paying for every letter. (more…)

Ardi Rizal, the two-year-old Indonesian toddler shocked the world when a video was released in You-tube.

The boy’s smoking addiction highlighted Indonesia’s light rules on smoking and the lack of control families had on their children.

His father who spoke of his son’s cigarette addiction said that he gave him his first cigarette when he was only 16-months-old and that the boy had not
stopped ever since. (more…)

You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. While checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for all the charges for your room). You get to your room and settle in. Someone calls the front desk and asks for (example) Room 620 (which happens to be your room).

Your phone rings in your room.. You answer, and the person on the other end says the following, “This is the front desk. After you checked in, we encountered a problem with your credit card information. Please re-read to me your credit card number and verify the last 3 digits on the reverse side of your charge card.”

Without a doubt in mind, you might give the caller your information, since the call seems to have come from the front desk. But actually it is a scam of someone calling from outside the hotel.

They ask for a random room number, then ask for your credit card number, and address information. The caller sounds so professional that you think you are talking with the front desk staff.

If you ever encounter this problem on a trip, tell the caller that you will be down at the front desk to clear up any problems. Then go to the front desk and ask if there was indeed any problem. If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone called to scam you of your credit card information pretending to be a front desk employee. – ?