KD's Chess Workout

Kurt has been a great chess enthusiast and his overwhelming fondness with the sport encouraged him to join a 3-day training from October 27-29 at LICS' (La Immaculada Concepcion School) chess room. It was also their one week school break in commemoration with "All Saint's Day" or "Halloween" as popularly known.

I fetched him to and from school as he personally requested so the school service was not necessary and it's a perfect bonding moment for Mye and KD.

The training took 4 hours a day from 12nn to 4pm. For three days, he wanted only "Dunkin Donuts" for snack; 2 Choco Sprinkle donuts, Choco Icy Cooler on the first day, Grape on the second day and Iced Coffee on the third day. I just watched him satisfy his hunger after few hours of mind-boggling checkerboard game. The game I never learn to play.

He got 1 win, 1 loss and 1 draw. Now, he's ready to fight for opponents willing to checkmate his King and who else is willing but his Papa whom he almost defeated. The game was a draw.

Traffic in the Internet

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Millions of web sites are made available for public view and taking a minute or just a glimpse of any of those existing pages in the Internet create ranking. The most popular and visited site is the "cream of the crop" while millions of others require a diversity of techniques in order to increase web traffic.

It is simply the statistics gathered from a particular site as to the quantity of visitors and page visits made for a given period.

  • Its Importance : Web site traffic is a major factor in determining whether a site can generate income or feasible for online business. Like in TV ratings, the higher the rating, the more advertisers and sponsors will generate income for the TV program.
  • Its Data Monitoring : Types of information being considered in measuring popularity of web sites and evaluate the data collated to establish traffic rating as to the total Internet usage. Such figures for analysis are: 
The number of visitors
The number of page views per visitor
Average visit duration
Average page duration
Domain classes
Busy times
Most requested pages
Most requested entry pages
Most requested exit pages
Top paths
  • How to Increase Web Traffic : Finding sites is as easy as one click of a button. There's a huge possibility for a certain page to generate and boost traffic by registering site to search engines. Very few people go past the first page and the fraction that go to subsequent pages is lower so proper placement on search engines is critical. Advertising is also a great tool to gain higher popularity. Webrings, free e-books and building link recognition definitely contribute elevated statistics.
  • Traffic Overload : It's an overwhelming instant for a site to burst a sudden and unexpected mass increase of traffic. These sites are being forced to close or have to be taken offline until different arrangements are made to cope with the traffic.

Why Blogging?

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After almost 15 years of idyllic yet a little obnoxious stint in an office environment, I found myself in front of our computer most of the time because of my newly discovered world: the blogosphere. Well defined as the "world of blogs" or a collective whole of all the blogs in the Internet.

I started blogging last May of this year and I am truly delighted with this experience. Firstly, writing is my passion though I considered myself not that professional like a novelist or lyricist, playwright or journalist. I just know how to write but I'm not any "master" of this academe. Secondly, through writing, I can convey what goes in my mind and put them in words. Thirdly, I can freely express my innermost feelings about what I see, what I hear, taste and even the most aromatic scent that can touch my sensitivity.

Mye Domain will be turning six months this coming November and I am in fact very grateful for my family for being so supportive of me. This is what makes me, being me.

When I quit working. I thought I can land on a job easily and quickly as I may seem it would be. I registered an account to JobStreet.com and JobsDB.com but after a series of interviews and exams (essay type), I seek opportunities to no avail. Either I am over-qualified for the position or yet, the available slot has a number of more eligible candidates. Age limit may also a factor of declining my credentials. BPOs or Business Process Outsourcing companies are predominant in the Philippines but working on a call center is beyond my capacities because of its nature and the stressful graveyard shifting.

Making both ends meet is difficult this days especially the existing issue regarding Global Oil Crisis that causes significant decline in economic condition of most countries in the world. My husband, being the sole bread-winner this time, has dramatically affect our financial status though we have our school service business, I still get short of budget. We have our two kids in primary and secondary schools to take care of and tuition fees are increasing every year.

Why blogging? Well, it somehow lightens up my loads and the thinning possibility for a job opportunity may not bring constant disappointments for me. I feel some kind of peace and contentment when I write and through blogging, I come to meet new friends and fresh ideas. I only have gone to some places in the Philippines. Actually, I have not visited any country yet, but through this internet connection and having joined the blogger family, I learned more things... seen people and places... just clicking a button and the farthest location in the map opens up for me.

A Very Special Love

"Rain, rain go away
Come again another day
Little children want to play
Rain, rain go away."

Who doesn't know this song? I guess everyone of us heard and sang this song once in our lifetime or maybe have taught the same song to our children just to keep the rain from falling. Raining is such a "kill-joy" season which hinder them to play and have real fun outside.

But have you heard of a "sun dance" to prevent the rain from pouring? There's this Filipino movie entitled "A Very Special Love" which stars John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo. It's a romantic-comedy motion picture from Star Cinema and Viva Films


Laida (Sarah Geronimo) is a modern-day Belle. She works hard to provide for her family while believing that someday she will meet her prince charming and they will live happily ever after together. That prince charming is none other than Miggy Montenegro (John Lloyd Cruz), the youngest of the Montenegro clan—a well-established family in the business world. Laida dreams of meeting Miggy every day and every night. These dreams lead her to apply as an Editorial Assistant at Miggy’s newly established men’s magazine Bachelor despite it being a long shot, hoping that working in the company will allow her to be close to the man who invades her dreams every night.
By some sort of luck, Laida lands the job. Overwhelmed by the being in the presence of her crush, and by her instant employment, Laida remains blind to the fact that the Miggy she dreams of is very different from the real one. Miggy in person is a hothead who thinks he’s always right. The word “sorry” doesn’t mean anything to him. Everyone is scared of him, except Laida, who is always ready to defend her dream man. Blindly she caters to his whim, even when he sent her to be his proxy on his date with his girlfriend, breaking her heart a little. Her co-workers question her unrelenting dedication to such a monster but when Laida proves quite loyal to the man, gossip about Laida’s feelings for their boss starts to circulate. Laida, to defend herself, unwittingly reveals information about Miggy’s personal life, which earns her his ire. Being shouted at for the first time by the man she dreams of opens Laida’s eyes to reality. And her awakening in turn leads to Miggy’s rude awakening of why people do not like him.
No one has ever talked back to Miggy before. No one dared tell him their opinions and or suggestions. Miggy was always right and that’s how he likes it. But when Laida, a simpleton who just follows his every command tells him to his face that he is wrong, Miggy begins to wonder if the reason for his failures could actually be him. For the first time Miggy apologizes. And this opens the door to a whole new world of a lot of “firsts” for Miggy. With the help of Laida, Miggy slowly learns to be a teamplayer. With the help of Laida, Miggy slowly learns the value of loyalty.
But Miggy’s conflict with his siblings keeps pulling Miggy back to his old ways, and not even Laida’s presence in his life can clear the shadow casted on him by his family. Laida does everything she knows just to help Miggy at the expense of time with her family. As Laida and Miggy’s fight to save the magazine become more intense, so is their fight to keep their intentions and emotions at bay. Will Laida and Miggy ever figure out the right combination to solve their problems in business and in their personal lives? Or will their mismatching personalities, despite their common interest and goal keep them from ever figuring out their perfect pair?

And this is how Laida dance just to stop the rain from falling

So if you don't want the rain to spoil your plans... do the SUN DANCE

The Pursuit of HAPPYness

It was only when I search this film in Google that I came to know, there exist a compelling movie which premiered in 2006 earning $27 million on its first week, grossing a total of more than $304 million in box office and accounted an additional $89 million in revenue sales of DVD in 2007 and I only got the chance to watch it on TV under HBO channel with my two kids together with our house help for almost five years, Bebeth who seemed to appreciate it as well. Pye who's more of an action/detective aficionado preferred to be in bed early.

I was teary-eyed... emotive. Where is happiness if you are left homeless? Where is comfort if you are left with an empty pocket?

Even in subway restrooms, in buses or in the streets... just to shelter his son.

Even up to the last cent... just to feed him.

Even in the streets... just walking with him.

Even it takes a dream to make his son believe.

Even if he knows that dreaming is a struggle... an ordeal.

Even if life for his son means sleeping soundly on his shoulder.

Even in the most dire circumstances... they will survive.

HAPPYness is in their hearts and in their souls... HAPPYness is having each other wherever life may lead them.

The film's summary by Wikipedia
The film begins in 1981 in San Francisco, California. Linda (Thandie Newton) and Chris Gardner (Will Smith) live in a small apartment with their son, Christopher. Chris has invested the family's life savings in a franchise selling portable bone density scanners. These scanners provide slightly denser pictures than X-rays, but most of the doctors Chris visits find that they are too high-priced. Linda works in a dead-end job in a local hotel laundry. The tension between them mounts as unpaid rent and bills continue to accumulate. Chris often parks his car in disallowed areas so he can make scheduled appointments on time, and after parking tickets remain unpaid, their car is impounded. After missing a shift at her job, Linda finally leaves with their son Christopher (Jaden Smith), returns briefly, then departs for New York City, where a better job awaits her, leaving behind the boy at his father's request.
Chris accepts an unpaid internship at brokerage firm Dean Witter Reynolds that promises employment to only one trainee at its conclusion. His lack of salary, and his lack of scanners to try to sell, leaves him riddled with debt, and he and his son eventually become homeless. After spending several nights riding buses and sleeping in subway restrooms, saddled with their meager belongings, they begin lining up at the Glide Memorial Church on a daily basis in an effort to secure accommodations for the night. Sometimes they succeed, other times they literally are left out in the cold. As he struggles to provide a semblance of a family life for his son under the most dire of circumstances, Chris becomes more determined to complete the intern program and become the sole trainee the firm will hire.
In the end, Chris gets the job and later starts his own brokerage firm, called Gardner Rich, in 1987. Then in 2006 he sells a minority of it for a multi-million dollar deal.

Actually, we were in tears watching every dramatic scene... It moved me in a way because I am also mother who only thinks the best life for my kids. Never have I imagined that they will suffer that kind of tribulation. Every parent wish for a bountiful life for their children. Our pursuit of happiness begins in our hearts.

Huling Kabanata

Napapad kung saan
ang tanging pangarap ko.
Tinangay ng hangin
tinaboy sa malayo.
Nasaktan ang damdamin
takot nang mabigo.
Natitirang pag-asa'y
bigla pang naglaho.

Ilang beses nang bumuo
ng isang kastilyo.
Inakalang matatag
matibay ang pagkakatayo.
Nadaanan lamang
ng mahinang bagyo,
nabuwal ang haligi't
kisap-mata'y gumuho.

Kailan ba matatapos
matagal na paghihintay?
May dahilan pa kaya
ang magtiwala ng tunay?
Matatagpuan pa kaya
ang tinakdang kaugnay
nitong pusong sadyang
nawalan nang malay.

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biglang bumilis ang tibok ng puso
nang tayo'y unang magkatagpo.
sa kaba at lito ay nalimutan ko
itanong man lang ang pangalan mo.
mula noon ay di na natahimik
ang ngiti mo ang laging nasa isip.
kailan kaya muling masisilayan
ang ganda mong kay hirap talikdan?
pati sa pagtulog, napapangarap ka.
ewan ko ba... anong nadarama
ibaling man sa iba ang pagtingin
ikaw pa rin ang hangarin
ngunit dumating ang di inaasahan
ako't ikaw ay nagkabanggaan
o kay liit pala ng mundo!
di man ituro ang daang patungo
kung magkapalad ay talagang magtatagpo
ang pag-ibig sadya ngang ganito.


ika'y mistulang dagat
na kay lalim arukin.
sa 'yong kababawan,
lagaslas sa dalampasigan.

sa pag-ihip ng hangin,
alon mo'y naglalambing.
laman ng 'yong isip
ay kay hirap sisirin.

taglay mong katangian
ay likas na kayamanan.
dulot ay kagalakan
sa tanang nasisilayan.

subalit kung marungisan
ng salot at karimlan,
sadya ngang kalupitan
ang tinamong kasawian.

isang bangkang naglalayag
sa pusod mo'y napadpad.
kalinga mo'y di sumapat
lumayo at tuluyang umusad.

kay gandang pagmasdan
ang iyong kalawakan
salamin sa kalangitan
lihim na sinulyapan.

sa paglubog ng araw
and tana'y naghihintay.
buwan ang kaulayaw
hanggang sa bukang-liwayway.

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China Crisis

Other than being the world's most populated country, China is also the world's third largest country by area with Beijing as its capital. It's official name is the People's Republic of China. Their republic was proclaimed on October 1, 1949 by the Chinese Communist Party, which set for itself the awesome task of uniting and mobilizing a population impoverished and exhausted by 37 years of domestic chaos, war and foreign invasion in the construction of a modern industrial socialist society and the achievement of great power status.

Imperial China had been a civilization, technologically sophisticated, economically and culturally self-sufficient, living in self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world. Chinese culture is an integral part of Chinese society acclaiming it as an important achievement of the Chinese civilization and its national identity.

But came the 21st century, China marked global records of catastrophe dating from year 2000 up to present breaking world news.

Year 2000
Let's start with a domestic disaster where 309 people died on a Christmas Day blaze tore through a commercial building in Luoyang, Central China.
News from CNN.com dated December 26, 2000

Year 2001

In May 20 on CNN.com, Hongkong puts lid on bird flu or avian influenza. Its cause and origin remained unknown. Thousand of birds were killed in more than 130 markets. Buddhist monks in the territory prayed for the lost souls of the killed in a mass slaughter.

Year 2002
BBC News dated August 22, more than 1000 families have been evacuated. Almost a million people worked together to stop China's freshwater lake from flooding. Some 850,000 civilians and soldiers have mobilised to shore up dykes and embankments of Lake Dongting, in the southern province of Hunan.

Year 2003

This is the year when SARS or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome became a global epidemic which was believed to be originated in southern Guandong, China. it killed 800 people around the world; 350 in China alone including 44 in Toronto.

SARS scare

Year 2004
Typhoon Rananim hit the city of Wenling on the coast of Zhejiang province. The death toll rose to 115 and more than 1,800 people were reportedly injured. It also killed 31,000 heads of livestock.

Year 2005
A 5.5-magnitude quake struck eastern China killing at least 17 people and injuring hundreds of others. The epicenter was on the Hubei-Jiangxi provincial border. China's government rushed in 1,000 tents to house those left homeless by the temblor.

Year 2006
Another storm flooded the streets of southern China killing at least 188 people while homes and crops were destroyed by landslides.

BBC News dated May 22, 2006 reported a flooded mine in the northern province of Shanxi where estimated 57 coalminers were trapped underground. The accident happened when the mine was hit by a sudden surge of floodwater.

Year 2007
Typhoon Wipha slammed into the coast south of Shanghai as authorities moved 2 million people following forecasts it would be the most powerful storm to hit eastern China in a decade. Shanghai closed schools, delayed or postponed flights, ferry crossings and other transport links.

Year 2008
Nearly 50,000 may have died in 7.9-magnitude earthquake that hit southwestern China when thousands of children were in class. Chinese authorities have confirmed that at least several hundred children died in schools in one town alone. Aftershocks at times forced rescuers to evacuate fallen buildings, leaving crowd frustrated at knowing the fate of loved ones. The quake left 5 million homeless.

And then, the Melamine scare. Three babies were reportedly died and 6,200 more now known to be ill. China's largest producer of milk, Mengniu Dairy Group announced the recall of three batches of formula made in January after tests showed that they were contaminated with melamine. Though it should not be added to food ingredients, suppliers in China sometimes put in food to make the product appear to be protein rich.

Melamine has Nitrogen, and standard tests for protein in bulk food ingredients measures level of Nitrogen. More than 1,300 infants were hospitalized with illnesses including malnutrition -->, kidney stones and acute renal failure.

The issue has affected most countries like the US and the Philippines as well and this food safety scandal prompted China agricultural officials to start a nationwide inspection of its dairy industry.

China has the richest culture of all humanity but their tainted contribution to global economy should be properly investigated for consumers' safety and protection.

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