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An Introspection on the Past Three Years

It has only been three years but so much has happened. So much has changed. So many friends gained. And so many “friends” lost.

It has been a long and winding road. In my 31 years of life full of drama, twists and turns, this last journey I have been taking for over 3 years has been an interesting one.

Once again, I am at a crossroad. There are days when I still look back at the painful memories. And yes, there are still nights when I cry in frustration. Times when I’d get sad over the most trivial things. Moments when I feel jealous of others. I feel like I tried and worked so hard but I don’t really have anything to show for it.

There’s always one thing I tell myself and others, that no matter how great or small, every experience is an opportunity to learn. And there are lots that I’ve learned through the past three years. At the very least, I can say I have learned many valuable lessons I would have never learned if this journey had been a successful one.
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BPI 24/7 Banking Services

Nowadays, it’s imperative to have online and mobile services. No matter what your business is. What will set you apart from your competitors is how convenient and helpful your online and mobile services actually are.

I have several bank accounts and I have tried various online and mobile banking services. I love the BPI 24/7 services the best.

BPI Express Online Site
BPI Express Online Site

BPI Account owners may do their online banking, leisurely and hassle-free, at www.bpiexpressonline.com. One of the things I really like about this banking site, is how it allows me to choose my own username and password. Other banking sites have pre assigned usernames or require you to enter your ATM PIN or other information before you can even log in. Inconvenient, right? Meanwhile, BPI gives me the convenience of using my choice username and password, without having to look at my bank passbook or bank card every time I log in.
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The Off Price Show Davao

The Off Price Show Arrives in Mindanao

The shopping scene in Mindanao is about to get more exciting. Exactly one week from now, The Off Price Show Davao will open its gates to the shopping public here in Davao City.

The Off Price Show Davao
The Off Price Show Davao

The Off Price Show (TOPS) is a one-of-a-king shopping experience that brings together various Lifestyle Brands from all over the world in one humongous shopping event. Yes, H&M, Pull and Bear, Bershka, Pacsafe, Revlon, Umbro, and even Ikea are finally arriving in our shores.

One thing that makes it better than the usual bazaars and shopping expos we experience is the are the single payment portal set up where you don’t have to browse from one booth to another and pay for every purchase at each booth. You can browse throughout TOPS wide selection of wares and pay through one of several cashiers. It’s like a giant department store. Only with brands that we’ve never seen before.

And yes, you can shop conveniently with you credit card(SSS). And BDO Credit Card Holders automatically get a bonus 3 – 5% rebate for a minimum purchase of PhP3,000. And their purchases can be charged at 0% interest for 3 months.

The best thing about TOPS is that all the lifestyle brands are offered at DISCOUNTED PRICES for as low as 80% off. Imagine that.

So get your wallets ready, it’s time to start your Christmas shopping. Or maybe just to indulge yourself with some much needed retail therapy.

TOPS Davao opens on September 20, 2013, 10 am – 9 pm at the SMX Convention Center of SM Lanang Premier. It will be open to the shopping public until September 22, 2013. That’s only 3 days so make sure to get there before they close shop.

Entrance to TOPS Davao is free but don’t forget to register at this link. You must be logged on to Facebook to register.

See you at The OFF PRICE Show Davao from September 20 – 22, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center of SM Lanang Premier.

For more information, visit their website at www.theoffpriceshow.ph or like their page at www.facebook.com/TheOFFPRICEShow. You can also follow them at www.twitter.com/TheOffPriceShow and at www.instagram/the_offprice_show.

Zamboanga Fort Pilar

Just a Rant and Some Links Concerning Zamboanga

*This was supposed to be a Facebook status message but ran too long so I decided to make a blog post instead.*

I think it’s incredulous that people are focusing on how the Zamboanga conflict could be a conspiracy to cover up the pork barrel scam.

Magsaliksik, magbasa, umintindi ng mabuti bago magbigay ng opinyon o ng haka-haka. Dahil ba maraming nagsasabi, maniniwala ka agad at ipagkakalat mo ang teoryang ito?

Instead of speculating about this and that, why don’t people just share HELPFUL information?

If you can’t say anything helpful, truthful, informative, or logical, shut up na lang please. Don’t add unnecessary garbage into the discussion.

Maayo pa mag selfie na lang ka kaysa mag emote emote ka hatag opinyon, wala diay ka nabal-an. I know we each own our own timeline and newsfeed spaces. And yes, I have no business telling people what to say or publish.

Ang sa akin lang, let us not forget that the numbers we read or hear about are not just numbers. When the headline says 4 people died, 4 people actually died. IRL. This is not some pretend world we’re talking about.

Sana maging responsableng mamamayan po tayo. Kung wala man tayong maitulong, wag na lang po tayo gumawa ng maaaring maikasama ng sitwasyon. Sana isipin po natin maraming Pilipino, maraming kabataan, mga anak, ina, ama, at kaibigan ang nasa peligro. Mas maigi po na wag nang dagdagan pa ng kung anu-ano ang sitwasyon. Do not add fuel to the fire. Your baseless theories add nothing to help the desperate plight of those who are in Zamboanga.

And as my Zamboanguena friend, Yolynne Medina said, Zamboanga never told anyone to stop talking aout the Pork Barrel scam. So how come people have jumped to the conclusion that this is just nothing but a diversionary stunt?

Saying so is counterproductive. And it shows how little you know or pretend to know about the MNLF/MILF/ARMM/Bangsamoro situation. Saying that the current Zambonga conflict is nothing more than a diversionary tactic is tantamount to saying that the MNLF/MILF/ARMM/Bangsamoro issues are non-existent. Remember that little knowledge can be dangerous.

Let us all be conscientious and responsible citizens. Online and offline. For Zamboanga. For Mindanao. For the Philippines.

For those who are genuinely interested, here are some links you can check out:

Alamin muna ang katotohanan bago makialam.

Ria Jose

Podcast 8: Drunk Dialing

I’m baaaaaaaaaack!

Have you drunk dialed? Or have you been the recipient/victim of drunk dialing? Well I have experienced both numerous times. LELZ!


Download at this LINK.

How about you? Got any embarrassing drunk dialing stories?

Thank you to the guy who served as the “inspiration” for this podcast! Sorry, friend. I didn’t bash you naman eh. And I know you don’t read my blog, hehe!

Relevant link:
15 Rules of Drunk Dialing by LaughOutLoud.com – LINK

I hope you listened to the end. I was kinda boring and rambled on. The podcast was originally more than 25 minutes long. I also apologize for the grammatical errors, I didn’t have a script. I need to improve on my next podcast.

If you haven’t yet, check out my past podcasts.

Got any new topics for me to talk about? 😉

PS Yeah, you heard that right. I haven’t been dating the past year. 😛

Busy with Games

My Top Mobile Games

Life can be boring, yes? If you have a short attention span like me, you need a little distraction even when occupied. Good thing we now have smartphones and tablets to drive away boredom. To take away my boredom or to keep me busy as a bee I like to download and play games on my Smartphone. Here are my top pick games for your smartphone and tablets.

Bakery Story by Lava Games

Available on iTunes and the Android Play Store.

Bakery Story Game on iOS
Build your Own Cake and Bread Empire with Bakery Story Game on iOS

First off, pardon the busy, disorganized look of my “bakery.”
Bakery Story is similar to the usual restaurant/cafe games that were popularized on Facebook. The goal of the game is to maintain your virtual bakery business by cooking up recipes, buying equipment and decorations, and selling promotional items. It’s one of the first games I downloaded on my iPad 2 and I have been playing it for over a year.

The app developer, Lava Games, updates Bakery Story game where every month, there are new challenges and goals, new ovens, and new recipes to bake. On some occasions such as Valentine’s Day or the Olympics, they even have an entire new Bakery Story version.
If you like this game, try also Lava Games’ Restaurant Story, Fashion Story, Farm Story, Dragon Story, and the…

Castle Story

Available on iTunes and the Android Play Store.

Castle Story Game on iOS
Farm, build, go on quests, and discover new lands on Castle Story Game on iOS

Go on adventures and quests, plant crops, cook some food, forge a sword, build a castle and hatch a dragon egg all while you meet quaint and weird characters. These are just some of the things you can do while playing Castle Story.

Hotel Story

Available on iTunes.

Hotel Story Game on iOS
Be a hotel mogul with Hotel Story Game on iOS

This game, on the other hand, is not quite as time consuming as the previous two apps. Build your own hotel and resort. Level up your rooms and facilities. Invest in events and other city facilities to increase tourist influx. Decorate, build more floors, take your guests on tours. It’s a great strategy game for players of all ages.

Marvel Avengers Alliance

Available on iTunes.

Marvel Avengers Alliance Game on iOS
Be a Superhero via Marvel Avengers Alliance Game on iOS

This is my current obsession. You need to be a S.H.I.E.L.D agent who fights against villains and recruits superheroes. You can even buy new gadgets, weapons, and uniforms.

You can go on missions together with your superheroes to fight evil villains or… you can play Player vs Player to pit your heroes with those of another player.

Marvel Avengers Alliance Game on iOS
Iron Man and Colossus vs Spiderman and the Human Torch on the Marvel Avengers Alliance Game on iOS

Iron Man and Colossus versus Spiderman and the Human Torch. UHMAZING!

It’s a great game to release stress and pent up aggression.

2 Fuse

Available on iTunes.

2 Fuse Game on iOS
Great hand eye coordination? Play 2 Fuse Game on iOS.

This one is great for those who have great hand-eye coordination.
I’m not a big fan of this game, but it’s so easy to play and very fast paced that it gets my adrenaline going. It keeps me awake and pre-occupied. I can play this game while waiting for my goodies to bake or for my Avengers’ energy to refill.

Tiny Wings

Available on iTunes.

Tiny Wings Game on iOS
Take flight with the Tiny Wings Game on iOS

Yet another game I am not good at. I downloaded it because it’s one of the App Stores 5 Years Anniversary free apps.

It reminds me of Adventure Island. It’s a cute game to play yet a bit frustrating and challenging. It’s not as high blood inducing as Angry Birds or Candy Crush. It’s a bit chill.

The Story games by Lava are both available on iOS and android. And I do still play Candy Crush and Angry Birds on my Samsung S3 Mini.

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