Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Xepesys

Xepesys (Sepe-sys)
Xepe - the act of conquering...
sys - the English system.

Yesterday, I started working in a new company. They specialize in teaching Koreans (in Korea) the English language. I guess you can sort of liken it to a call center, but it is one of many growing online teaching centers in the country taking advantage of the internet and the proficiency of Filipinos with the English language. Most of my co-workers say that this is a wonderful job to have, promising stress-free work and lax workload, but I am noobish enough right now that it's still all very stressful for me xD working hours is from 2:30pm to 11:30pm (yet another similarity to call centers.) Compensation is reasonably nice considering that you are not really covered by the night differential hours. Anybody I know who wants to give it a try? :) It would be nice to have a friend along for the figurative ride haha!
I hope things go well, and I am able to hold down this job sigh. God bless everyone.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

WAREHOUSE 135

I feel old.. xP almost ancient! Its been ages since I've last had the chance to go anywhere at night, but i was fortunate enough to recently get to go out with my girl. We went to a bar called WAREHOUSE 135, in makati, where her organization was holding a fund-raising party. Now, I have to admit that I'm not really into these kind of nightlife things, but I have to give in that it was fun enough ^_^ and luckily, i did recognize a few other people i knew. I was kinda shocked at how short skirts can get though @_@... hahaha I think that was one of the things that made me feel old, lol!
overall a nice enough experience, and not at all traumatizing. My darling was so excited to dress up for it, and she did look awesome ^_^

rants:
220 for a small plate of bland tasting pasta?? 90 for a small glass of iced tea overflowing with ice and not enough tea?!

some videos of the event;
ACROBATICS
http://s24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/artkarla/?action=view&current=Video003.flv
BELLYDANCING
http://s24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/artkarla/?action=view&current=Video004.flv
MAGIC SHOW
http://s24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/artkarla/?action=view&current=Video005.flv

Friday, August 31, 2007

LACK OF EDUCATION INDEED!

The Miss Teen USA was recently just held, and during the Question and Answer portion, Miss South Carolina fumbled while answering the question; "1/5 of Americans cannot point out the US on a world map, why do you think this is so?" She wanted to say that there was a lack of education in the world, and even in the US, unfortunately, she became proof that there is, indeed, a lack of education. She came across like a total airhead babbling nonsense on nationwide TV T_T; perhaps she was nervous, some would offer, but after hearing her subsequent interview after the pageant, she still comes across as not being the sharpest tool in the shed... I think every girl who wants to be a beauty queen should learn from the experience, Miss South Carolina is what women should AVOID becoming. All beauty, no brains.
WATCH IT YOURSELF: MISS S. CAROLINA

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

MAX BRENNER CAFE AT TRINOMA


With all the coffee shops popping up left and right in the market, I found one in Trinoma that caught my interest, its call Max Brenner. To be honest I haven't been able to try their coffee yet, but its certainly entertaining when your baristas can do the same tricks as a bartender ^_^ however, I do hope that the quality of their drinks match their prices haha.

THE VOLVO C30 HATCHBACK


Whenever the name Volvo is mentioned, the first, nay, the only thing that comes to mind is safety. For countless years Volvo has consistently won the award and the recognition for the manufacturer of the safest cars on the road. Their vehicles incorporate almost every available safety device known; front air-bags, side air-bags, rear air-bags, crumple zones, reinforced cabin frame, et cetera. Safety aside however, most people do not have much more to say about the Swedish car brand. Its performance is good but not truly exceptional, its appearance even more lackluster... or so it used to be.

During a recent car show, Volvo presented the C30, although I didn't have a chance to personally see the C30, from what I can make of it from the brochures, it seems that Volvo has finally made the step towards producing better looking vehicles! I am not a big fan of Volvo cars of old, but the moment I laid eyes on the C30 I was in love ^_^ it definitely has the stylishness formerly only associated with the likes of BMW and Audi. It retails for about 1.8m right now, but I would like to see if its performance is up to snuff first.
This is one car, I'm going to be keeping my eye on.
(available in 2.4 & 2.5-liter versions)

Friday, August 24, 2007

PIRATE MASTER ON AXN


Has anyone else been watching the newest addition to the reality show genre named Pirate Master? Made by the same people who created the Survivor series, this time the twist is not the location, but the role-playing involved. The contestants no longer just have to subsist on the land, but they also have to portray the crew of a pirate ship! As usual, there is a competition, usually a mix of physical and puzzle-solving, that will force the contestants to be pitted against one another as part of a team, but this time a person does not necessarily remain on one team! Before each "treasure hunt", the crew gets to randomly pick which team (black/red) they will belong to by drawing colored stones, which invariably affects alliances and agreements on a weekly basis. Another change is the lack of an imunity "item", this time, 3 crew members are chosen by the reigning captain and give black spots signifying that everyone else must either vote one of them to be cast off, or everyone can vote to have a mutiny to cast off the captain. Overall not a bad show ^_^ considering the changes they put in. I, however, dont see another season of it happening next year as hype over Pirates of the Carribean 3 dies out.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR RAGNAROK CLIENTS


Ragnarok Online was the pinnacle of online gaming in the country just a short couple of years ago, even though it was the only MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) that required payment to play. LUG, or levelupgames would earn a whopping Php15,000,000.00 on a monthly basis just from the payment on game time, not counting the royalties from the TV show, merchandise, and events. 15M Php, not zeny, thats a big number gentlemen, especially when you consider that all they actually have to spend for each month (besides the royalties of Gravity, Inc) are the servers rented from PLDT, the printing of cards and a handful of GMs and technicians to keep the game running. I've been to their office, there aren't exactly that many people there. Now when you talk about that kind of earnings, you would usually think that a certain amount of responsibility comes with it, like a broker's when he buys stocks for you OR a supplier who has to meet standards, but since LUG is just dealing with a virtual product, and a game at that, there doesn't seem to be as much sense of responsibility to the end user as there would normally be in another kind of business. I started playing right after beta, and sad as it may seem, its been downhill most of the time since then. There's just so much greed and not enough vision, that its on its way to bringing about the end of one of the most celebrated online games in the country. There used to be around 50,000 players before, but there's less than 10,000 now... how many will be left next year and the year after that?

They should give a little more effort to the continuance and preservation of this game, because once they decide to shut down pRO, then all of those who spent so much money on the game will be left with nothing, absolutely nothing for all those years of effort, time, and money. Its a wonderful game, and I thank LUG for having given us the chance to experience it... but you & I also gave LUG something in return, we gave them a chance to experience our money. They gave us something virtual, we gave them something very real, dont you agree that the least they could do is to give us the quality of service that shows the appreciation we deserve for all that we have given?

I am not flaming LUG :) Im merely sharing with you my concerns as one of your most loyal players, and giving you the chance to redeem yourself in the eyes of all ur patrons. I want pRO to live on.