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16 April 2015
13 April 2015
|The entrance. Seats are one floor below with door leading to the garden facing Taal.|
|While you're in line, this is what you'll see.|
|breath-taking view of Taal from Starbucks|
28 March 2015
Of course, I started with turning off all appliances and lights. I also unplugged any charging devices and turned off my phones. For me, it's not just a matter of turning off light, but also non-use of power. And any stored energy like charged batteries in laptops and phones and power storage devices like powerbanks and generators should also be turned off. I also moved the curtains to the side and opened the windows to get some light and ventilation in.
I was also pleased that there was an Earth Hour celebration somewhere nearby cause I heard drums being played. Just before 8:30pm, I also heard someone using a megaphone urging people to turn off their lights. I did take a look at some neighboring houses and unfortunately, they had lights on. It's either they are unaware about Earth Hour or aware but just don't choose to observe it.
For the last 30 minutes, I sat at the balcony, watching the stars and pondered on Earth Hour and how can I make a difference aside from just being one of many with their lights turned off.
One hour is really not that big a deal to sacrifice. There are things like being stuck in traffic, or falling in line at a bank or watching a movie that easily can take up more than an hour a these are things that we can bear and endure because either we have to or we want to.
Meralco won't purposely shutdown our power to observe Earth Hour. It's purely voluntary. But the will, effort and mindset in each of us should be there to make a conscious decision to refrain from using power for at least this one hour every year. If each of us give up that one hour for a good cause, what more can the entire 100 million Philippine population can do. And what a great impact if all 7 billion of Earth's residents do the same too.
Quoted from Earth Hour's YouTube Channel: "In 2014, Earth Hour broke all records of mass participation by mobilizing hundreds of millions of people to become everyday super heroes for the planet and was celebrated in 162 countries and territories and over 7000 cities and towns. More than just a lights off event, over 60 local Earth Hour campaigns achieved remarkable environmental outcomes all across the world."
This year's theme is Climate Change. What struck me from the official Earth Hour video is U.S. President Barack Obama's remarks saying that "We are the 1st generation to feel the effects of Climate Change and the last generation that can do something about it." That's a scary thought. Give Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) for example: We've felt the effects of this super typhoon. Now we need to do something about it so we won't encounter something as dreadful as this again.
Earth Hour 2015 is about getting the crowd to use #YourPower to change climate change.
I'm using my power as a blogger and social media influencer to reach out to others and make aware of the good that Earth Hour brings and what we all can do united in goal to contribute and save our Earth.
Lights come back on after Earth Hour but let us continue to light the path towards helping change climate change.
26 March 2015
08 March 2015
28 February 2015
2. Mobile Shopping Scanner and Grocery inventory app - Each cart or basket comes with a bluetooth scanner which connects to your grocery inventory app. Current contents of ref and cabinets are all stored in a database in the app. A running total of the prices also appear. No need to find which aisle that supermarket scanner was located at.
Each time you place an item in your grocery cart, it informs you if you already have it at home. Click on "yes" to include in the case that you need more or want extra stock. App also notifies you of expiring items at home so it would be easier to decide to buy or not. Extra feature of the grocery app is that it adds expiration dates to a Google calendar and auto alerts you of expiring perishables. Now, you'll be notified when your cheese is about to expire and you can either buy a new pack or finish the one at home before it expires.
3. Price Comparison app - Automatically checks price of scanned item and shows the price of the same item from different supermarkets. A lot of online sites already do this but only compare online prices from other websites. This one does that for groceries and also includes quantity available from each supermarket. Is that wine cheaper in the other supermarket but there's only one left? Then may be it's worth buying the one in your hand than risking going to the other supermarket but got beaten by someone else. Bonus feature is the app will tell you what time the supermarket with the cheaper price closes and how long it would take you to get there from the current supermarket you're in.
5. Nutrition Calculator - Familiar with the MyFitness app? It tells you how much calories you've consumed in a day based on what you ate. It also shows breakdowns like sodium, cholesterol, vitamins and other nutrients. The Nutrition Calculator app auto computes the same thing only for the groceries you buy. If you see all your groceries total 10,000 calories, you may want to put back some items. The app will also rank items based on calories and show in red the top 5 items that highly contribute to your calorie total. The app also awards you with points every time you buy groceries under a defined maximum threshold for calories.
Some existing apps may already have some of these features but it would be nice to have these apps and gadgets all integrated. Hopefully some developers or supermarket owners read these suggestions and come up with new apps which would benefit just about anybody who goes to the supermarket.
What supermarket app features do you want?
17 February 2015
To join, go the U.S. Embassy Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/manila.usembassy , upload an original drawing or photo including the new five peso commemorative coin, depicting the theme ““Valuing the Past, Present and Future,” on the Embassy’s Facebook event page entitled “70th Liberation Coin Photo Challenge.”
Any Philippine resident age 13 and above may upload their photo and include a photo title and short caption. Deadline for submission of entries is at 11:59pm February 22, 2015.
All qualified entries will be reposted in a Facebook photo gallery, wherein the Top 10 photos with the most number of “likes” will win a 70th Liberation Gift Bag which includes an exclusive 70th Liberation Shirt, and Embassy merchandise. Voting starts from February 23 12:00pm to February 26, 12pm. U.S. Embassy will shoulder shipping of prizes to all winners.
The five peso limited edition commemorative coin features the Leyte Landing, which was a turning point for the liberation of the Philippines during World War II, started its circulation last December 22, 2014.
28 January 2015
22 January 2015
27 December 2014
Spotted this on a shelf at the grocery. They were compressed side by side and so I saw only part of the packaging until I got curious and reached for one. Wonders if marketers of this product intentionally named it this way. The "er" makes a whole difference.