Miss Universe 2011: Did Miss Philippines’ answer cost her the crown?

September 16, 2011 2 comments
Miss Universe 2011:  Shamcey Supsup, Miss Philippines  'First Person that I love is God' answer

Shamcey Supsup

Miss Philippines, Shamcey Supsup’s performance at the final Q & A revealed how Filipino Christians value religious beliefs.

Vivica A. Fox in Miss Universe 2011

Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox:  Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person you loved? Why or why not? 

Miss Philippines: If I had to change my religious beliefs I will not marry, the person that I love, because, the first person that I love is God, who created me. And I have my faith, my principles, and this is what makes, me who I am, and if that person loves me, (he) should love my God too. Thank you.

 

Shamcey Supsup finished Third Runner-Up in Miss Universe 2011, causing some people to think and talk over about her answer to the final question.

It seems that Shamcey’s answer rooted in the teaching “Love God Above All”, which is common to all Christians that God must come first in everything they do.

Some people may find it unfair, difficult or impractical. There had been countless times that a person (man or woman) will not marry her special someone because of this conflict of religious beliefs. We have read, seen and heard sad stories of how religious beliefs became a hindrance to marriage. This is really sad, thinking of two people so in love with each other, and yet they find it very hard to marry because of this difference, unless of course one of them will give way and “change her/his religious beliefs”.

In the Philippines, giving up or changing religious beliefs is a big issue. You will have to consider what your parents, your friends and members of your church will have to say. They will surely call you the “weak link in the chain”.  Besides, in this Christian country, believing the same GOD does not mean having the same “religious beliefs.

Now back to the question, did Miss Philippines’ answer cost her the crown?

 

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Categories: Announcement, News

Coastline Depth

September 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Coastline Depth (Basa Letra)I was on my way to perform in a local bar, I am a local performer (vocalist). I choose to walk near the coastline, because the sea breeze was great, the sound of waves are like music to my ears. It was dark, drizzling and no stars in the sky, when I walked along the coastline with my hands on my coat’s pocket. I haven’t gone far from my apartment when I saw a lady standing nearby, she was holding an umbrella. She stood steadily in the coastline, staring at the ocean. I was moving closer to her and I noticed that she was crying while looking at the open sea. Suddenly a series of lighting stroke flashed from a distance I saw her tears pouring on to her face, her teardrops glitters. She turned around and look me in the eye. And then my sight grew dim, I feel weak and …. darkness .

(Many years earlier)

I can no longer recall the exact date but I am sure that it was on a Thursday, summer of April 1989. I was just a 17-year-old street skunk, young, active, and reckless. The city was not exactly as it is now. Not much of street lights, a few bars and a bunch of tiring and boring schools. I live in the country side, in a promising city and I was on the bad side of everything. No parents, no buddies, no permanent address. I was a drifter.

I viewed the world as a hunting place and the people are my prey. Each day is a hell of excitement having taken someone else’s money in a bet of game for April fools. Yes! It made my blood pump out of my veins. In those times, that’s how life meant to me.

I thought that everything would stay the same until one Christmas eve. December 24, a day I can never forget.

It was on this day that my best pal (older brother) died in an accident. We hitched a ride to a neighboring town to do carolling and get some money or food for the night, but did not notice that the driver of the truck we hitched was drunk. The truck crashed on a creek, my brother hugged me while we bumped on the truck. He hit his head on the side of the truck while I hit mine on his chest. He passed out and as the truck started to submerged in the water. I tried pulling him out of the water but he was too heavy and his foot was stucked on the truck’s cargo box. I drowned with him for a while until I can no longer hold my breath and I went up to the surface. I took a depth breath and get back to him but it was too dark. I cannot see him anymore. He’s gone.

My heart burst in anger. I called for help and it took almost an hour before a passing-bye vehicle saw me and called the police. The rescuers pulled two bodies out of the water (the driver and my brother), I ran towards his dead body and hugged him. I cried so loud.

Is this one of life’s ironies? or is this just my punishment? but why my brother? I began asking myself.

The whole world was celebrating Christmas while I am grieving for my brother’s death. At this point I was looking at myself in front of a mirror, I look at the little scar in my left cheek, I stared at those lonely, angry eyes (but dead in intensity) and I could almost see my brother looked at me.

(To be continued…)

Disclaimer: This story is just a fiction. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental.

Categories: Fiction, Literature

More Photos of Man-Eating Crocodile caught in Southern Philippines

September 7, 2011 2 comments

More Photos of the suspected man-eating giant crocodile captured in Agusan del Sur, Philippines. It is the largest crocodile to be caught alive in years.

Man-Eating Crocodile caught in Southern Philippines

Residents of Bunawan feared that there might be more of these creature roaming around Agusan marsh.

Man-Eating Crocodile caught in Southern Philippines

Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said the crocodile killed a water buffalo (carabao) witnessed by villagers last month and was also suspected of having attacked a fisherman who went missing in July.

Man-Eating Crocodile caught in Southern Philippines

Villagers have been told to avoid venturing into marshy areas alone at night.

Man-Eating Crocodile caught in Southern Philippines

There is a plan to build an eco-tourism park for species found in Agusan del Sur’s vast marshland with the giant crocodile as the greatest star.

Man-Eating Crocodile caught in Southern Philippines

Villagers were happy that they would be able to turn the dangerous crocodile from a threat into an asset.

Categories: Announcement, News

20.1-foot giant crocodile captured alive in Agusan del Sur, Philippines

September 6, 2011 1 comment

A 20.1-foot giant crocodile was captured by crocodile farm staff and residents in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, Philippines on Saturday, September 3, 2011.

Giant crocodile captured alive in Philippines
Mayor Cox Elorde of Bunawan, measuring the giant crocodile. Photo Credit: AP 

The town Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said that the giant crocodile weighs about 2,370 pounds or 1,075 kilograms. Almost a hundred people helped in pulling the giant crocodile off the creek, where a crane lifted it into a truck,

There is a plan to build an eco-tourism park for species found in Agusan del Sur’s vast marshland having the giant crocodile as the main attraction.

First seen by local villagers killing a water buffalo (carabao) last month, it was also suspected to have attacked the fisherman who went missing last July. The Philippine crocodile farm staff hunted the reptile for three weeks.

The reptile destroyed four traps that were set by Villagers and the crocodile farms staff. Finally, the reptile was captured last Saturday, when sturdier traps using steel cables were used.

Categories: Announcement, News

Computer gamer; cool or cold person?

September 4, 2011 3 comments

Computer gamer; cool or cold personAll of us know that playing is a good thing and we all truly believed it. We even inculcated it (not so long ago) in our minds by hanging a poster in the classroom saying “All work and no play makes Juan a dull boy”. The point is we encourage children to play. Though olders one’s (adults) has different sets of games to play, as we set distinction of game type and age group.

Nowadays, with the evolving computers games, the face of gaming was changed. There is now less disctinction of age group, game type and gender. And with the availability of internet, geographical location in joining a game almost does not matter anymore, though there may be difference in internet speed.

Computer gamers are cool, patient people, they spent many hours playing their favorite games. Like in any form of game, winning is everything.

This eagerness to win, makes a gamer stay longer in a game.

Another thing to consider is the game world. There are games that introduces new world to explore and adventures to take. A gamer stays longer in a game because of the enjoyment in the game world, like meeting news friends, sharing adventures together and more . After the game they might still hang out with each other through social networking sites.

There are even news of people who really engage in real-life relationships after knowing each other from the game. They end up happily, playing together their favorite games. But this is just the happy side of the game story.

Just recently, I stumble upon an announcement on internet about a new song released. It is called “Mas mahal mo ba ang dota? (Do you love DOTA more?)”. The song talks about a relationship that is quiet disturbed by the guy’s attachment to the game DOTA (Defense of the Ancients). The guy spent more time playing the game DOTA than be with the girl.

I think there is also a guy out there complaining that his girlfriend is too occupied playing games on facebook (most of the girls played Farmville).

Now, back to the question, is a computer gamer a cool or a cold person? Well this is for you to decide.

Categories: Human Relationship

Home Safety Awareness

September 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Home Safety Awareness
There is no place like home, a common phrase we often hear that make us feel at ease. Home is a place of comfort and safety. But like any other places, accidents may also happen at our very home.

Every victim or witness of a home accident would always say “I never saw it coming” or “If I knew that it would turn out like that…   I should not have… “

 It is common to us all that prevention is better than cure but the most important thing that we need to prevent accidents is awareness.

Right information is the key in avoiding all these possible accidents at home. Below are some potential treats at home that are just waiting to happen.

Mixing hot oil and water

 Everyone knows that oil and water don’t mix, oil is less dense that water. When they are mix oil floats above water. It seems that nothing really happens if the two are mixed, but when temperature will be considered, this is where things become more interesting.

 If water comes in contact with hot oil, it causes the oil to splatter and may burn the person near it. When cooking, make sure that all ingredients are quiet dry before adding them to hot oil and keep your distance from the pan. (Unless you intentionally wanted to get burns)

Dangerous Mixture of Common Household Chemicals

 Bleach with Acid toilet Bowl Cleaners

This mixture results in toxic, potentially deadly fumes.

Bleach with Vinegar

Vinegar is a type of acid. Toxic chlorine vapor is produced. Don’t mix chlorine bleach with any acid.

Bleach with Ammonia

Toxic, potentially lethal vapors are produced. The main danger comes from chloramine vapors.

Different Brands of One Type of Product

Don’t mix different cleaners together. They may react violently, produce toxins, or become ineffective.

Highly Alkaline Products with Highly Acidic Products

Acids and bases (alkalis) can react violently, presenting a splash hazard. Acids and bases are caustic and may cause chemical burns.

Certain Disinfectants with Detergents

Don’t mix disinfectants with ‘quaternary ammonia’ listed as an ingredient with a detergent. The effectiveness of the disinfectant may be neutralized.

Read the labels of products in your home and following instructions for proper use. Many containers will state the most common dangers from interaction with other products.

Boiling water in microwave

One quick way to boil water is by using the microwave but doing so may cause water to heat too much. It might reach temperatures beyond 100 degrees Celsius and explode. It will likely happen if water is heated in a very clean cup or bowl, or more likely if the container is made of glass. To prevent this from happening, simply leave a non-metallic object in the cup or bowl when you microwave water, and do consider the time it stays there.

Carbon monoxide

We can’t see toxic gases, and most of the time they are odorless, so they can potentially kill before the victim even know it. The exhaust gas of a motor vehicle  (motorcycles, cars) is very lethal to human being.  It is not advisable for a person to stay in a garage with a car running and the exhaust is blowing into it because he might get suffocated by the gas and die. Carbon monoxide is a lethal poison. The common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.

The list above may not be complete, if you have something to add in it, please feel free to post it in the comment section.

Categories: Health and Safety

Samsung Chat 335 (GT-S3353) Specifications and Review

September 1, 2011 11 comments

Samsung Chat 335 (GT-S3353) 1

Samsung Chat 335 is a budget phone that does not look like one. In a glance, it would make you think it’s a BlackBerry. It is a very slim phone, inexpensive, good looking, has qwerty keyboard, has an optical trackpad and most of all it has a WiFi.

Design

The phone has a solid stylish casing , very slim and has a very responsive trackpad. Its 6.096cm (2.4) LQVGA screen is very clear. The buttons of the qwerty keyboard are quiet small, but I was very amazed when I tried using it, realizing that the qwerty keyboard is very accurate and responsive. The micro usb port (which can be used for charging and connecting to a computer) is located at the top near the 3.5 mm audio jack.

Features

This phone is totally packed with so many useful features.Samsung Chat 335 (GT-S3353) 2

  • applications for social networking sites, email   and instant messenger
  • bluetooth
  • WiFi (this is really the biggest factor)
  • dictionary
  • very huge capacity phonebook
  • 2 megapixels camera (no autofocus)
  • micro sd card slot (up to 8G)
  • clock, calendar, timer, stopwatch, alarm clock, calculator, memo, voice recorder
  • music player
  • Fm Radio

Performance

I got this phone last May through a plan. I’ve been using it for three months now and it truly rocks. Its keyboard is fascinating, I can type fast with it, when I made a conversation with a friend using SMS, they keep on saying that I sent messages very fast, considering that we are on the same network. One of my friends even asked me if I am using a PC. I can type memos now on this phone with ease.

The menus are well organized and the keyboard programmable shortcut function is great.

Samsung Chat 335 (GT-S3353) 3Navigating through these menus is a breeze using its optical joystick. It can recognize and differentiate normal and fast sweeps, helping me browse the internet, scroll through photo albums or menu lists quickly and conveniently.

It also has a pre installed programs useful for social networking. Keeping in touch with friends is very easy.

The music player is great. When using headphone, you will notice that the bass is good but don’t have that extra mega bass feel though, but the built-in speaker is clear and loud.

Samsung Chat 335 (GT-S3353) 4

FM reception is excellent, I truly like the feature where you can save the station’s frequency for easy recall or tuning. I just don’t understand the idea of having to plug the headset for the FM radio to work. I think Samsung should do something on this, I think it would be much better if we don’t have to plug the headset just to make the FM radio work.

The 2.0 Megapixesl works fine under good lighting condition, obviously it lacks autofocus, but it is capable of producing decent photos, given the right angle and good lighting.

Making calls with this phone is better than ever. Voice clarity is superb and reception is excellent, using a headset during calls further enhances call experience.

Samsung Chat 335 (GT-S3353) 5The battery lasts for 4-5 days. I make at least five and received at least 7 calls a day, I send at least 20 text messages a day. I only use WiFi for testing Access Points, but I frequently use Bluetooth for file transfer. For activities such as mine I can say that Samsung Chat 335 (GT-S3353) battery life is great.

Presently, it’s hard to find themes for this phone but I don’t see it as a downside.

Samsung Chat 335 (GT-S3353) Full Specifications

Platform Band GSM&EDGE Band 850/900/1,800/1,900
Network & Data GPRS Multi-Slot (Class12)
EDGE RX only
Operation System Samsung
Browser Access Netfront 3.5
JAVA™ MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1
SAR value 0.7W/Kg
Design Form Factor QWERTY
Size Weight 100g
Dimension (HxWxD) 111.2 x 61.2 x 11.9mm
Display Interal Technology TFT
Resolution 320 x 240 LQVGA
Size 6.096cm (2.4)
Battery Standard Capacity 1,000mAh
Talk time Up to 14 hours
Standby Up to 620 hours
User Interface Input Device QWERTY, Optical Trackpad
Camera Camera Resolution 2M
Digital / Optical Zoom Digital x2
Shot mode Capture only,Normal, Timer
Photo effects Grey, Negative, Sepia, No effect
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Flourscent
Video Video player Yes
Video recording 15fps QCIF
Video messaging Yes
Video Streaming H.263, MPEG4
Music & Sound Music Player Yes
Poly Ringtones 64
DRM Yes (OMA DRM)
3D sound technology Yes (DNSe)
Music Library Yes
Fun & Entertainment Embedded JAVA™ Games 8
Embedded Wallpaper 5
Mobile TV Yes
PodCasting Yes
FM Radio Yes
Business & Office Offline Mode Yes
Voice memo & Voice mail Yes
Messaging SMS Yes
MMS Yes
Predictive Text Input T9 Yes (XT9)
Email Yes
Cell broadcast Yes
vCard / vCalendar Yes
Instant Messaging Yes
Connectivity Bluetooth 2.1
USB 2.0
WAP 2.0
USB mass storage Yes
Internet HTML Browser Access NetFront3.5
WIFI 802.11b/g
PC Sync Application Kies
Memory User Memory 56MB
SMS Memory 1,000 + SIM msg
Phone book entries 1,000
External Memory MicroSD (upto 8GB)
Personal Information Management Calendar Yes
Scheduler Yes
To do list Yes
Clock Yes
Worldtime Yes
Alarm Yes
Currency converter Yes
Converter Yes
Calculator Yes
Memo book Yes
Stop watch Yes
Count down timer Yes
Call functions Caller ID Yes
Call Cost Yes
Call Time Yes
Multiparty Yes
Dialed/missed/received calls 30/30/30
Further Informations Mobile Tracker Yes

Conclusion:

This phone is too good for its price. A winner.

Categories: Mobile Phone, Reviews