Lobotomy

We went back to UPLB together. It was a bright and sunshine-y day. We walked hand in hand exploring the new buildings in the campus, reminiscing college memories as we go along.
You haven’t visited the campus for so long. Some memories were too much for you. Tell me, is that what I should do too? Stop visiting all the places that we’ve been to? Places that we’ve talked about and planned to visit? Funny. Lobotomy sounds easier than that…

Bleeding Sky

I was on my way back home. Your presence was constant the whole day that I was working. You always replied to my messages.
As the van hurtles along the highway, I noticed that the sky was red. It was bleeding yet pretty. 
I took a quick snap and sent it you.
“That’s nice. Wish I were there to see it with you”
Yes love, I wish you were with me too. And know that everytime the sky bleeds like this, my heart will be bleeding for you too.

Goodbye

A friend told me, “You can’t be happy all the time. Because if you are, you won’t appreciate the moments that makes you really happy.”

I guess he’s right. Thank you for making me happy. Goodbye. 

XCOM Enemy Unknown

Happy New Year everyone!

XCOM Enemy Unknown
XCOM: Enemy Unknown

How did your holiday vacation go? I spent mine at home, playing with this new game on my iPad. It’s called XCOM Enemy Unknown. It is described by iTunes as the “WINNER OF THE GOLDEN JOYSTICKS AWARD FOR MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR”. It’s a strategy game where you get to control the Extra-terrestrial Combat Unit (XCOM) in battling aliens and their fleet. What a good way to awaken my inner Sci-Fi Nerd!

XCOM Enemy Unknown
Terrifying indeed! *shivers*

Here’s the official description from iTunes:

“Threatened by an unknown enemy, Earth’s governments unite to form an elite paramilitary organization, known as XCOM. As the commander of XCOM, you must create a fully operational base, research alien technologies, plan combat missions, and lead your soldiers in fierce battles against a terrifying alien invasion. The decisions you make will affect the fate of humanity. You are our last hope.”

Aside from controlling your squad in their missions against the invading aliens, players must also consider the overall improvement and progress of their home base. Building the Laboratory, Workshop, and Foundry will greatly enhance the combat skills of the squad members. Certain amount and requirements should be met prior building each facility.

XCOM Enemy Unknown
Sample Council Report

As the Commander, players must also consider the panic levels in member countries of the council. The council is responsible for the funding and the game is over if 8 countries have withdrawn from the XCOM Project. Panic levels can be reduced by launching satellites to each country. Building a satellite will take 20 days and there should be sufficient satellite uplink capacity in the base. Exciting, isn’t it?

I have 2 things that I don’t like about this game though:

XCOM Enemy Unknown
XCOM Enemy Unknown in the Appstore

1. Expensive!!! The app is initially sold in iTunes for $19.99. Games usually costs around $1.99 – $4.99 in the Appstore and XCOM is totally far out at almost $20. Update: They are available now at $9.99. Still pricey but lesser than the initial price. I am so thankful that I got this app for a gift! Or else, I wouldn’t spend that amount for a game.

XCOM Enemy Unknown
Had to restart the app a few times just to finish this game. Grrr!

2. IT. CRASHES. EVERY. TIME. With the beautiful graphics, full-rotation-control of the settings, impressive background music and sound effects, my 16 GB iPad 2 sure is outnumbered. It used up 3.3 GB of my memory and had to install it overnight. The app crashes after every mission so be sure to save your progress all the time.

XCOM Enemy Unknown
8 hostiles spotted! Kill me now! *cries*

Well, that’s about it! Overall, I am still hooked with XCOM Enemy Unknown and would recommend it to all Sci-Fi fanatics like me! Until then, Commander!

9 MUTONS in Operation Final Hammer!!!! *cries*
Congratulations, Commander!
Poor performance means poor rating from the council. 🙁
Learned my lesson, by June 2015, I got an “Excellent work, Commander” from the Council

Got a “B” by July 2015 and South Africa has withdrawn from the project 🙁

Only lost 2 lives during an Alien Terror Attack.

Got another A again!

SaveTheChildren: One year on from Typhoon Bopha

One year on from Typhoon Bopha, families still reeling from loss of livelihoods, Save the Children says. 
Increased support is needed if families are to fully recover from the impact of Typhoon Bopha on their livelihoods, Save the Children says.

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A year after the category 5 typhoon – the highest category for a storm – the children’s aid agency says tens of thousands are still struggling to find work to feed their families. The Typhoon, which struck on 4th December 2012, affected over six million people and left nearly 2000 dead or missing.

The storm caused widespread damage to agriculture, which account for the livelihoods of 80 per cent of the residents in the affected area. The Filipino government’s disaster agency estimates a loss of over US$700 million in agricultural damage, including bananas, coconuts, rice and maize.

“The job that aid agencies need to fulfil shouldn’t stop at immediate relief,” said Tom Howells, Team Leader for Save the Children’s Bopha Recovery Program. “But many are forced to end their projects as there is little to no funding available for long-term rehabilitation of livelihoods. Our worry is that these families will no longer be able to send their children to school, provide nutritious foods and a protective home environment once aid stops.”

Save the Children conducted two livelihoods projects in the Bopha-affected areas, unconditional cash grants for vulnerable families and cash-for-work to rehabilitate schools. Roselyn Cabatlao, 34, was one of the program’s beneficiaries in Davao Oriental after her family lost their only source of income – a coconut plantation – in the storm. It will take them at least seven more years to get back on their feet as coconut trees take about eight years to mature.

“I can see there are still many families here that do not have stable income because many of our coconuts have been damaged by the typhoon,” she said.

Through income generated from Save the Children’s cash-for-work program, Roselyn is now able to buy food, vitamins and condiments for her children. The mother of three was also given the tools and seeds to plant vegetables in their backyard for consumption and income. The vegetables and direct nutrition interventions helped Roselyn’s son, Jericho, to recover from severe acute malnutrition.

“Families like Roselyn will be left to their own devices once aid agencies leave. We have given them the basic tools to sustain themselves, but it will be years before Roselyn harvests coconuts again and builds a sturdy house for her family,” said Tom Howells.

Save the Children responded to the needs of affected families in Typhoon Bopha, delivering an
integrated package of child protection, education, health and nutrition, water sanitation and
hygiene, disaster preparedness in schools, food security and livelihoods in Agusan del Sur,
Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. Overall, the children’s aid agency has reached about
138,000 people.

-Official Press Release from SaveTheChildren.net

Save the Children has spokespeople available for interviews. Please contact Lynette Lim,
Communications Manager for Save the Children at lynette.lim@savethechildren.org or +63 9152622601.

Project Hygiene Kit for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors


  The devastation caused by the typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has affected not only a few cities and houses in the Philippines but the majority of the Visayas region where the death counts has now reached thousands and number of families affected now millions.

A conscious effort is now being undertaken by the Davao Bloggers Society to join the relief operations by raising a total of P100,000.00 to finance and produce 1,000 hygiene packs for the victims. Each kit costing to PHP100 or USD2.50 will contain toiletries and other essentials good for one week’s use by one person. Hygiene kits were chosen to be donated as this is something that is not yet prioritized by many donors.

Each kit will contain the following:
For MALES – Total Cost: PhP95.60
·         60g Soap
·         Weekly pack Shampoo – 8 sachets x 4 mL each
·         3 packs of 30 g Toothpaste
·         Toothbrush
·         40 Pulls Pop Up Tissue
·         10 g Cotton
·         75 mL Alcohol
·         2 x 3 mL Deolotion
·         12 mL Insect repellant
·         Resealable Zip Bag
 For FEMALES – Total Cost: PhP100.00
·         60g Soap
·         Weekly pack Shampoo – 8 sachets x 4 mL each
·         3 packs of 30 g Toothpaste
·         Toothbrush
·         40 Pulls Pop Up Tissue
·         10 g Cotton
·         75 mL Alcohol
·         2 x 3 mL Deolotion
·         12 mL Insect repellant
·         2 pcs Sanitary Napkins
·         Resealable Zip Bag

If you wish to help or join the campaign, you may donate in cash (please seal in envelope) or in kind (preferably hygiene products found in the list/picture) to:

Mam Bebs Bakery
CVA Building, CM Recto Street, Davao City
(fronting City Triangle, adjacent to Ateneo Claveria Gate)
Mondays- Fridays, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
You may also send via PayPal to merchant@alleba.com
Pledges for donation may as well be coursed through any member of the Davao Bloggers Society until December 7, 2013. Feel free to contact bloggersforreliefPH@gmail.com for all your inquiries and questions.

Please also help us disseminate this information to those who are willing to help and contribute. You may share or link this post to your social media accounts with hashtags #bloggersforReliefPH #YolandaPH
All kits and other donations will be turned over to Ateneo de Davao University.

Bangon, Pilipinas!

Merry Christmas, Nails!

I’ve always had this Green Glitter Dust for Nails from BYS Philippines but I never really got around to using it. Since the Christmas season is coming up, I had the perfect excuse to use it! Hahaha.

 The set comes with a brush, glitters, and base coat.

Step 1: Apply the base coat on your nails. One application is usually enough but make sure that your whole nails are covered or you’ll have spots without glitters later on.

Step 2: Open the glitter container and dip your fingers while the base coat is still wet.

Step 3: Dust the area around your fingers to remove excessive glitters.

Step 4: Repeat to all fingers.

Step 5: Apply top coat to secure the glitters.

Christmas Nails

Step 6: Take mandatory picture. And tadaaaaaa! you have yourself a merry little Christmas nails! Hahaha.

Thanks BYS Philippines for this nail polish set! I should probably get the red or the gold to complete the Christmas colors. So what do you think about this glittery nails? 🙂

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SM Lanang Davao City
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Mindanao Blog Awards

“Congratulations for being one of the Breakthrough Blogs of Mindanao!” – Yes, thank you! I still can’t believe that this blog won a special award.


Thank you Mindanao Blog Awards! I was already happy and content as part of the volunteer group,  and receiving this award is like cherry on top of the icing. It makes you want to be a better blogger so you can uphold the prestige of being part of the “Breakthrough Blogs of Mindanao”. Gaaaah. Pressure!!!

With the volunteers, Yassy and Mark preparing for the Mindanao Blog Awards’ Night

To be honest, I do feel that I do not deserve this award. But like what you guys said, this will be an inspiration for me to improve my blog and my blogger-related skills. To the people who nominated and voted for Kisisha.com, thank you for your support!

MBA Volunteers: Chamee, Me, Sarah, and Sharee

Thank you to the other volunteers who helped with the preparations and execution of Mindanao Blog Awards. Also, to the sponsors that gave their trust in this endeavor, thank you very much! BTW, MBA 2013 is powered by Globe Telecom, Thank you! Soar High, Mindanao! 🙂

Table decorations made by Sarah

Candieeees!
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Hours before the main event. 🙂
mindano blog awards sponsor
Thank you , Colt 45! 🙂

Mindanao Blog Awards
Photobooth props that we made the night before.
Mindanao Blog Awards
MySkin Essentials Soap for the Finalists. 🙂

Mindanao Blog Awards
Our table decorations and the main sponsor, Globe Telecom

You’re Gonna Hear Me Roar!

In line with recent events in my life, I decided to vent out my frustration with this nail art:

Wraaaaar!!!

I call them my Wraaaar Nails. They may look like they’re complicated to do, but they’re quite simple. I got the idea from Cute Nails Ipad App:

I tried to do away with the fancy crystals thingy and just paint my nails with the whole leopard print. For the base coat, I used my BYS Colour Change in Pink Nail Polish. As the name implies, it changes color depending on your mood (or the temperature more like it). It is bright pink if it’s warm and if it gets too cold, it changes to purple. Nice, right? 🙂



BYS Colour Change in Pink

For the leopard print, I used basic acrylic paint that I got from a local bookstore. After the base coat is dry, apply random dots in nude color, preferably using a thick brush. Let it dry. Then apply black half circles using a thinner brush. Let it dry. Then apply top coat to seal off everything. And tadaaaaa!!! You now have the Wraaar Nails! :))

Pink if it’s warm, Purple if it’s cold

Meanwhile, let’s enjoy Katy Perry’s newest song:

BYS Philippines
SM Lanang Davao City
https://www.facebook.com/BYSPhilippines
bysphils@gmail.com