Monday, January 31, 2011

February NaBloPoMo - Character

National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo, is a month long writing exercise intended to occur annually in November.
I am inviting everyone to join the NaBloPoMo challenge .  I don't know if I can do this task: posting everyday about a specific topic or challenge but maybe if I get several bloggy friends to  take the challenge together with me, I can finally do it!

 Visit to check further details!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Microfiction Monday #68

Image: Dover Publication's free sample newsletter
via Stony River
"Cap'n said he'll wash himself down yonder..."
They found the soap and the empty lifering and looked at the angry sea, asking, where's the cap'n?



Thursday, January 27, 2011

Spam! Hate them...or not?

No, I'm not talking about meat loaf.

Spam bloggers. Those who spam our commnets section.

Well, one can only hate them...or not.

If your a blogger or a webmaster or a high PR site, then form time to time, you will see a lot of posts coming from a very resourceful sploggers filling your comment filters.

Because of these unsolicited, unwanted comments, everyone has become paranoid. It's like living in a house with high gates and closed doors with built-in peepholes, visitors has to knock to be admitted! Unfriendly neighborhood, eh?

Recently, I have my share of spam comments coming my way, too!  have already put my comment filter to "moderated", meaning I have to approve people's thoughts to be posted or not. I hate them, because now I have to verify first the intentions of my commenter, are they legit, are they spams, do they mean what they say? I mean, it makes me lose faith! I'm sure a lot of commenters (the true ones) get slightly irritated if they are required to put in CAPTCHA before being posted. I know, because I comment, too on various posts that I find interesting.

But what constitutes a spam comment? From my experience:

  • it comes from Anonymous
  • it comes with a link - normally about explicit offers or a totally unrelated link to your website or blog that is commercial in nature
  • gibberish / worthless  text
  • misspelling and poor grammar - like a poorly spun article
  • comment body is unrelated to your site

But don't you feel a tweak of fun when you wade through your spam filter?  I have found several lame comments to ridiculous and totally unrelated to downright unintelligible. See some of them minus the irritating links below:

  1. Good article. Thank you 
  2. Hi gomik!
  3. Here I always find a lot of helpful information for myself. Thanks you for your work.
  4. Enjoyed reading/following your page.Please keep it coming
  5. Thanks for the post. Good information for me
  6. Usable, they insist to be taught that filing lawsuits is not the nature to wantonness piracy.
  7. Mm, its fantastic-/
  8. Thanks for sharing this link - but unfortunately it seems to be down? Does anybody here  have a mirror or another source?
  9. Interesting for)) ff
  10. There are many interesting here. Hope to see some more in future


Are there more ways to filter them or to eradicate them altogether , other than putting my blog/website under comment moderation mode, that a noob blogger like me can do?



Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse

Shah Wharton has shared something interesting at WordsinSync -- A  Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse is happening on 28th of January!
Do you know any survivors of child abuse? Maybe someone in your neighborhood or a loved one was a victim once. The carnival will be a collection of child abuse survivor stories and hopeful posts about therapy, recovery and healing from abuse.
IIf you want to share something or to just broaden your awareness on this very delicate issue, you can participate in Carnival Against Child Abuse - Supporting Survivors by filling out the submission site form, or email with "Blog Carnival Submission" in the subject line." 

The next carnival is 28th January but they are monthly remember - click here to hop over to the next carnival. 

Weekend Blog Follower Caravan #4

I know of a place where you can find great blogs and discover new friends!
I'm joining this weekend's Blog Caravan at Pinay Mommy Bloggers. 
You too can join just click on the badge and play.

Just let me know you follow and I would gladly follow you back.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - St John the Baptist Church

The church was built in 19th century which was made of adobe. It was burned by the Japanese during World War II and was reconstructed by Fr. Eliseo Dimaculangan. You will find he historical Rizal Shrine, the home of our national hero Jose Rizal, just across  this church.
This is my contribution for  Wordless Wednesday .

Monday, January 24, 2011

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    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    Imagination...and Motivation Monday

     Think, we always write impossible things, right?
    I seldom succeed but I try every year anyway. Here's for my 2011:
    • Lose 10 lbs (I  got only 5 lbs off from my target 20lbs last year :(
    • Try to go vegan this year (I failed to cut off red meat last year :(
    • Get my own domain
    • Find a blog niche (what do you think is better: niche blogging or generalist?)
    • Get out of my 8to5 office work (I don't know if I can do this -- but I find no joy anymore...)
    If you are looking for motivation and would like to read posts from others about their journey, check out Motivation Monday, hosted by Simply Stacie andKelly's Lucky You! Don't forget to holler and let them know that you've read (or followed) via comments... 
    Imagination governs the world. ~~~ Napoleon
    I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. ~~~ Albert Einstein

    Friday, January 21, 2011

    SOFTD: 21 Guns by Green Day on a Fun Follow Friday

    Ready to find new friends and discover beautiful blogs? Then come over at Fun Follow Friday. Of course, both hostesses blogs, Simply Stacie and My Wee View   would love for you to follow  but it isn't mandatory.

    Happy Weekend, everyone! Just leave a comment so I can return the favor!

    My song of the day would be 21 Guns by Greenday.
    An excerpt of the lyrics:

    When you're at the end of the road
    And you lost all sense of control
    And your thoughts have taken their toll
    When your mind breaks the spirit of your soul

    Your faith walks on broken glass
    And the hangover doesn't pass
    Nothing's ever built to last
    You're in ruins

    One, 21 guns
    Lay down your arms, give up the fight



    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    Quote of the Day...and then some.

    It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. ~~~ Mark Twain

    Just a random thought...

    Fans of blood sports,  take this to heart! To be sure, one of your lolos, or grandparents or uncles is familiar to the long tradition of blood sports involving animals from spiders to horses here in the Philippines. Cock fighting is perfectly legal and is in fact a cherished cultural institution. I heard some groups want to legalize spider fights. Betting in these activities run into the millions of pesos per event. I read somewhere that there has been a dog fighting ring (already busted?) years ago somewhere in Antipolo, Rizal.

    Dog fighting is illegal, of course.
    The Animal Welfare Act of 1998 (Republic Act No. 8485) provides:

    "Sec. 6. It shall be unlawful for any person to torture any animal, to neglect to provide adequate care, sustenance or shelter, or maltreat any animal or to subject any dog or horse to dogfights or horsefights, kill or cause or procure to be tortured or deprived of adequate care, sustenance or shelter, or maltreat or use the same in research or experiments not expressly authorized by the Committee on Animal Welfare."

    Another (totally unrelated) random thought...
    I just saw on TV the other night how the rich pamper their litlle poochies, how they dress them up like toy acessories or blings. Heartless.

    Maybe it's just me.


    Just thought out of the blue: Have you ever dreamed you could fly?

    I always dreamed of falling. Not flying like an eagle. Or like angels on butterfly wings. No, not that. I fly DOWNWARDS  -- falling off  deep crevasses.
    Most of the time I wake up not remembering why I fell, only that I did.
    I don't know if it's a good thing.
    What about you? Have you ever dreamed you could fly?

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011

    Do you believe that mobile money is the new credit card?

    Gizmodo even reports that you can make mobile payments for your
    Starbucks drinks  using your cellphone's BlackBerry or iOS Starbucks
    All you have to do is load up your Starbucks Card, download an app,
    and let your favorite barista scan a barcode generated by that app
    when paying for something.
    I wonder though when will this Starbucks app be available here in Asia?
    The rest of the world have to wait, though, as this  particular
    payment option is offered only  in all US company-operated stores for
    now  :(
    Cashless, hassle-free.  Here in the Philippines, more and more people
    are using their cellphones as medium for money transfer. I've used
    GCash and Smart once or twice to send money in the province. Just
    don't let snatchers or the local "mandurukot" grab your phones LOL.

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Me and the new Zodiac Sign

    Last year, I was just the good ol' bull, Taurus. Now, some people say I'm an Aries!

    All this hype was according to astronomers with the Minnesota Planetarium Society   there's about a one-month bump in the alignment of the stars caused by the effect of the moon's gravitational pull on the Earth through the millenia.
    Even "the teddybear", a former Saggitarian, is under the new zodiac (the 13th)  named OPHIUCHUS the SNAKE HOLDER. This zodiac is after a real person, IMHOTEP. (more about Ophiuchus here and here).
    Anyway, as food for thought, I will compare the known traits of Tarus and Aries based on my on
    Patient and reliable
    Warmhearted and loving
    Persistent and determined
    Placid and security loving
    On the dark side....
    Jealous and possessive
    Resentful and inflexible
    Self-indulgent and greedy
    Adventurous and energetic
    Pioneering and courageous
    Enthusiastic and confident
    Dynamic and quick-witted
    On the dark side...
    Selfish and quick-tempered
    Impulsive and impatient
    Foolhardy and daredevil

    I suppose, there is a bit of an Arian in me except the traits in  paler shades (in fact, I'm slooowww to anger). I don't know if  we have these traits because it's in our stars or  we unconsiously emulate our known zodiac signs. What do you think?
    What about you? Are you having zodiac identity crises yet?

    Meet Xaverian!

    I've finally found la la!
    I'd like you to meet (if you haven't already) XAVERIAN the URL shortener! Xaverian could be your BFF to help you shorten your URLs in your tweets. Check it out here!

    Monday, January 17, 2011

    Just thought of the blue: What do you notice when you go outside your house?

    1. I love the smell of sauteed onions and garlic.
    2. I love the smell of cut grass in the morning, especially after the rain.
    3. I love the smell of vanilla and jasmine.
    What about you? What is your favorite smell?

    Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Blog Spotlight - week 03

    Every week on Friday I will be linking to the articles that I found interesting so I can share with you. You might want to check them out if you wish!
    Amy Chua's Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior. (A different take on parenting. Being asian, I can relate to the type of parenting a Chinese parent. I've been a witness to that.)
     Violence UnSilenced -- A collection of women's stories of courage

    Jen Valmonte's Where My Feet Took Me -- a view of the Philippines and it's beautiful Manila Cathedral
    The Upside Of A Daughter's Slutty Girlfriends

    You can tell me what you think of the articles or share your favorite, too in the comment post.
    Happy weekend ahead!
    I love you all.

    Redeemed my 1-month ADGITIZE GC

    Today I redeemed the 1-month Adgitize Gift Check that I won @ Just Another Pixel by blankPixels ' Thirty on 30 Blog Contest Prize - Adgitize advertising contest.
    If you want your blog/website to gain traffic, is one of the best advertising network worth checking. According to Adgitize, a member is rewarded points :

    ... when you click on ads for other members within the community. You are rewarded points for any visits to your web site or blog. You are rewarded points any time someone clicks a member ad on your blog. But, your blog must be showing at least one Adgitize Ad Group on a page that gets at least one page view a day to earn these points

    How good is that? Adgitize does not just guarantee traffic but ENCOURAGES member bloggers to write quality content (remember, we gain points by writng once a day!) Read more FAQ here.

    Adgitize your web site.

    On another note, It is my fervent wish to avail paid hosting this year but I don't know if I can squeeze it in my already tight budget :( So I'm joining's contest (in collaboration with to try my luck to get thay 1-yr Personal Webhosting Package FREE!

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Got my first Stylish Blogger Award

    I'm starting all over again here at Pen, Paper and a Mouse because I lost my Google rank @ fickleinpink, the dark side blog and for the life of me can not pinpoint where  did I go wrong. 


    Just recently, Shah @ WordsinSync for gave me this award and I am soooooooooo glad! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    There are 4 duties to perform to receive this award

    1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
    2. Share 7 things about yourself
    3. Award 15 or so, recently discovered great bloggers
    4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

    #1 - DONE!
    #2 -- Let me see...

    1. I've never owned a dog, or a cat (though I'd like to try, only I worry that I won't be able to take care of them properly)
    2. I hate scared to death of cockroaches.
    3. I'm allergic to crabs.
    4. I'm more into action/ suspense movies than chick-flicks.
    5. I've got 12 stitches up my leg due to a motor accident years ago.
    6. I haven't traveled anywhere in 2 years and hope to get more travel time this year.
    7. I love to cook, read, and write and hope to do it here.
    #3 -- newly found gems on my bloghopping! Make sure to check them out, they are interesting!

    Monday, January 10, 2011

    Why I blog

    At first, it was just out of curiosity. I was intrigued that blogging could create an online persona and make someone's presence felt on the web! I thought that I can be true yet hide in the cloak of cyber anonymity. I can rant, say anything I want, shout my angst to the world without giving myself too much.

    But then as I went on with my online journey, my joy of reading and writing has deepened my blogging purpose.  I realized that I cannot really separate myself from my cyber personality, it was like discovering myself all over again as I see the world on paper. I come across great blogs that help widen my point of view of the world! Online friends are an added bonus, too!

    I blog to share. I blog to learn. I blog to inspire even in small ways and be inspired, too!

    I blog because this is what I love to do.

    This is an entry to a blogging contest sponsored by Life with Ria and

    Sunday, January 9, 2011

    Sunday Strolling Bloghop

    What a fun way to walk and discover new friends! See you all there!

    Sunday Strolling Blog Hop

    The Rules:

    1. Grab The Button and then add your blog link.
    2. Place the button in your Sunday Post so we know where to comment.
    3. Please follow reviews & giveaways ☺ first spot and two links above.
    4. Have fun!