Jun 26, 2011

Meg Shares to

I asked Meg to get some of her extra pencils to give away for kids who are pencil-less.

She first picked some of her decent looking pencils but after some time, took them back. And, instead rummaged thru our cabinets and got all these ugly looking broken colored pencils, crayons, hair pins, erasers, & pencil cases. After collecting them all, she gave it to me and said, "Para ni sa mga pobre nga bata."

I don't know where she got the 'pobre' word. I told her that they're not poor, they just happen to be pencil-less. Unfortunately, I don't have a Ms. Charity daughter.

Anyhoo, my friend is collecting pencils to share with the kids Of Mabini. If you wish to share some pencils, pls check =)

Jun 25, 2011

crazy cebu real estate price???

For Rent To Own Payment Scheme
1. Pay 2 months advance,3 months deposit Php 47,765.49 / month

2. Rental : Php 47,765.49 / month for 20 yrs

I saw an ad on facebook, a rent-to-own townhouse. I was curious as to how rent-to-own works so I view it. I cannot believe the price -- 50k / month for 20 years of my life!!!! CRAZY!!!! Well, the place is banawa so maybe the price but still. Well, it's business but still.

It makes me wonder how much is an average working-middle-class family income now in Cebu? 200k? For me to afford that, I need to earn at least 200k/month, right? As I still need to buy food, pay for transpo, and send my kids to school, and yes, the many malls waiting for me to enjoy.

The minimum wage is at how much now? 300 / 400/day? If it's 500 -- so a minimum wage earner gets 15k-20k/month. Let's just say an executive gets 10 more times so that townhouse is targetted at executives. But then just how many executives are there compared to the minimum wage earners? Isn't there a big disconnect in Cebu right now?


Anyhoo, my uncle-in-law is a real estate agent and he's handling Sta. Lucia Estates. Sta. Lucia is developing a new 'high-end' subdivision and they're pre-selling it. Lot (240sq m) sells at Php 990 000++. They offer a 3-year-payment scheme at Php 26k+ / month for 3 years - no downpayment. Vista Verde is the name of the subdivision. It's located in the mountain area. =) It's a nice place.

I'm not sure if this is a better offer but at least it's not 20 years of your life. Though, no house yet. But I think it will be a good investment. And, at least the double-minimum wage earners can somehow afford it as long as no babies yet.


Gaahhh, still I think Cebu's economy is kind of weird!

Jun 21, 2011

My Title-Holder Kids

Last May, Meg joined the very challenging 'Prince and Princess of May' at San Narciso Parish Church, Consolacion, Cebu. All we had to do is pay P1t for her to have a chance of getting the Princess title. She won 2nd place via raffle, without her knowing. =)

She did not really know what she got.
Proud Mama =)
And, my Migi is a tennis champion, with me not knowing. Sorry, Migi -- beauty pageant interests me more than sports.

A champion's shoes. This is what his shoes looked like after he won.
This is how Migi attends his practices. Unlike the beauty pageant, his needs a little more effort.

As Dora would narrate it, we go through a forest.

Over a bridge...
Finally, we made it to the tennis court.
This mama is happy. Her kids don't much do good in academics so let's make another school like beauty & wellness & sports & entertainment & cutlure where my kids can do well. =) Life's a variety.

Jun 20, 2011

Jun 18, 2011

business of software will still be a long way

It just makes me wonder why in Cebu, Philippines, it’s easy to put up a resto business but not a software business. We’ll just put up a little BBQ stall, & people will never miss it. It might not be a hit but you will never be zeroed.
And, I thought that because:
  • we have a population of food consumers, but not much of web / app consumers. It goes both ways. Web / tech consumerism has just started. So it will be probably take more time that we can all internalize it, and then these web consumers will become creators. Just like we eat too much lechon, that creating a business out of it will not be much of a struggle.
  • the web / app consumers are the younger gens which do not have much buying power. So we probably have to wait for them until they can afford and sell software to them. The older gens are still ‘hardware’ era – it’s about LCD tv and stereo.
And oh my food has arrived. But basically that’s the thought.

Jun 16, 2011

Tigba-id (Bladesmith) 60-sec teaser - A Cebuano Film

Tigba-id (Bladesmith) 60-sec teaser
2 days ago 2 days ago: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 10:28pm EST (Eastern Standard Time)

Jun 13, 2011

1st day of school 2011-12

At dominican school, 'lacion. Same old. Same old. :)

Meg is prep. Migi is grade 1. I haz now a grader!

Jun 8, 2011

Migi's Submarine


DOST opposed to creation of DICT (DICT sounds funny)

In a position that has surprised most IT observers, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said in a Senate hearing on Monday that it is opposed to the creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Dela Pena
Fortunato dela Pena, the long-time undersecretary of
The title of the article really grabs my attention. Maybe we are a country of that. =)

Jun 6, 2011

Chapter 3

'Work should be personal. For all of us. Not just for the artist and the entrepreneur. Work should have meaning for the accountant, the construction worker, the technologist, the manager, abd the clerk.'

- Onward by h. Schultz

I'm reminded by a conversation with a 'businessman.' It was about asking me to work on a site. And, I refused because I really love to do it. As such, it's going to be emotionally draining for me. And with kids and family, I cannot be always emotionally drained. So that person advised me to treat it just a business, leave my emotions at home. The more I cannot do that. I don't like to give a work of mine that I do not have my heart on.

I don't want to waste my time doing things I do not love. And, the more I don't want people to waste time on my work that has no love in it.

And, I wish every one has the privilege of being able to do something that they really love.

Jun 4, 2011

Alone w/ the Litow Boy

Everyone's out of the house w/ their own business. Migi is at the tennis court. Meg is socializing with Ate Mona at a relative's kumbira. Mark is somewhere out there in the mountains getting 'physical.'

And I let ds babysit Mati.

Jun 2, 2011

Meg: Ako lagi si Rose.

Ako man si mama. Ikaw si meg. (meg's blah blah while wearing my eyeglasses)

She kinda looks grown up with my eye glasses. But she looks more like my MIL than me. =)

Kissing Domino

Mati kisses migi kisses me.

hello there, self.

I'm happy I feel I'm back to the groove (whatever that means). Last week 'til yesterday, which got worse because wordpress suspended my account for i-dunno reason (but it's back now). You know that feeling that in this world, I'm just really just a speck of a dust (horton). I felt tired like can I just sleep the whole time. Probably that's what you call burn-out. But I don't believe in burn-out. Burn-out is just an excuse by the people who are just too lazy to know life. I's just tired.

I felt I'd rather die already -- there are too many things I want to do but then I'd know there's no way I can do them in this life time and so I'd see no sense in living anymore. My thoughts can really be crazy but I'm no stupid. =)))

So where was I? It's June. It's school time again.

The school dues are paid, new set of uniforms, new set of books. Just a few missing pieces.

Migi will be grade 1. What happen? I already have a grader. And, aside that it's telling me I'm getting old, I'm not really happy thinking about him being in school whole day. You know, grade 1 = whole day in school. I worried how his ADD self can take being in 1 room whole day for 10 months x manymanymany years of that. I worry how he needs to undo all of the strict routinary life when he gets to the real world.

Looking back at it, can you imagine how we survive being confined in a classroom for almost 8 hours a day for 20 years of our life? All for??? See. See. See.

There again my being pilosopo. Mute.