There are people who writes about satire and comes out funny (hi Ade) and there are people who don't. Take for example this Chip Tsao guy from Hong Kong. His recent article on HK Magazine about the Philippines' claim on Spratly's sparked controversy of being too much of a racist,
"As a nation of servants(Referring to the Philippines), you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter. "
According to Wikipedia, Chip Tsao as a broadcaster, is famous for his wry sense of humor and sarcasm. His writings abound with metaphors, and his best works are notable for their poetical quality. I remembered having a misunderstanding with Benito Vergara (aka Happy of Bulletproofvest) about my "predictions" for 2007 a few years ago. My post was obviously funny just by reading the first paragraph and he took it seriously. But if you write for a magazine like HK Magazine, you should be clear if your post is serious or just being funny like Daffy Duck. Because if not, you might start World War 3.
I've been reading Chip Tsao's article, "The War at Home", over and over and I haven't seen any indication that it is supposed to be funny. If the article had a "/funny" on its URL, then we should just shrugged it off and laugh, but this isn't the case. The full URL of his article is http://hk-magazine.com/feature/war-home.
Wikipedia also describes the "FEATURES" section of HK Magazine as, "Generally, there are two features in each issue, both covering local issues and sometimes foreign issues. The first one is usually about social, political and cultural events. The second one is usually about events in everyday life." (source)
Now tell me, should we consider this funny or satirical? Definitely not.
My great grandparents left China 120 years or so ago to escape poverty or whatever problems they had there. I am thankful they did that. Because in effect, I was born here. And instead sharing and finding my name together with this lowly piece of whatever named Chip Tsao within the Chinese Bureau of Statistics, my name is listed in the Philippine Census. You're a disgrace to all the Chinese and every citizen of this planet Mr. Tsao. Remember that.
Anyway, for my readers, here's the complete article by Mr. Chip Tsao
The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen on board. We can live with that—Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That’s no big problem—we Hong Kong Chinese love Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty, and shopping in Shinjuku, let alone our round-the-clock obsession with karaoke.
But hold on—even the Filipinos? Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: there are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as $3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.
As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil. I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell every one of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.
Grimly, I told her that if war breaks out between the Philippines and China, I would have to end her employment and send her straight home, because I would not risk the crime of treason for sponsoring an enemy of the state by paying her to wash my toilet and clean my windows 16 hours a day. With that money, she would pay taxes to her government, and they would fund a navy to invade our motherland and deeply hurt my feelings.
Oh yes. The government of the Philippines would certainly be wrong if they think we Chinese are prepared to swallow their insult and sit back and lose a Falkland Islands War in the Far East. They may have Barack Obama and the hawkish American military behind them, but we have a hostage in each of our homes in the Mid-Levels or higher. Some of my friends told me they have already declared a state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout “China, Madam/Sir” loudly whenever they hear the word “Spratly.” They say the indoctrination is working as wonderfully as when we used to shout, “Long live Chairman Mao!” at the sight of a portrait of our Great Leader during the Cultural Revolution. I’m not sure if that’s going a bit too far, at least for the time being.
Chip Tsao is a best-selling author and columnist. A former reporter for the BBC, his columns have also appeared in Apple Daily, Next Magazine and CUP Magazine, among others.
The Ople Center has also released an official statement regarding Chip Tsao's (aka To Kit) article,
News Release Blas F. Ople Policy Center March 29, 2009
Ople Center denounces HK journalist for using Filipino maid as “pawn” in Spratly controversy
Former labor undersecretary Susan Ople called on the Philippine Consulate particularly its Office of the Labor Attache to look into the work conditions of “Luisa”, a household worker employed by Hong Kong journalist Chip Tsao after the latter mocked the Philippines as a “nation of servants” in his column written for HK Magazine.
“His very announcement that he gave her Filipino maid a harsh lecture and warned her to tell every one of her compatriots that Spartly Islands belong to China or she’d lose her wages, is already a sign of an unstable, irresponsible and racist employer who resorts to verbal abuse even for perceived bilateral and historic infractions. Luisa deserves a sane and more humane employer while he deserves to clean up his own filth,” Ople said.
The Blas F. Ople Policy Center said the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong should immediately call the attention of the Hong Kong magazine’s publisher and editorial board for Tsao’s provocative and bigoted write-up. “The household is not the place to resolve multiple claims to the Spratly Islands, and Filipino domestic workers should not suffer because of it,” the Center stressed.
It also called on the labor attaché to check on Luisa and on other Filipino maids who may be facing harassments from like-minded employers. “I am sure that Tsao is quite unique in his small-mindedness but the fact that the article was even published calls for vigilance, if not outrage, on the part of our consulate and the Department of Foreign Affairs,” the Center said.
In a column that went online on March 27, Tsao wrote:
“Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: there are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as $3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.”
“As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil. I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell every one of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.”
“Grimly, I told her that if war breaks out between the Philippines and China, I would have to end her employment and send her straight home, because I would not risk the crime of treason for sponsoring an enemy of the state by paying her to wash my toilet and clean my windows 16 hours a day. With that money, she would pay taxes to her government, and they would fund a navy to invade our motherland and deeply hurt my feelings.” (Source: http://hk-magazine.com/feature/war-home#comment-2773)
Ople also called the attention of the national government to the last paragraph of Tsao’s column:
“They may have Barack Obama and the hawkish American military behind them, but we have a hostage in each of our homes in the Mid-Levels or higher. Some of my friends told me they have already declared a state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout “China, Madam/Sir” loudly whenever they hear the word “Spratly.” They say the indoctrination is working as wonderfully as when we used to shout, “Long live Chairman Mao!” at the sight of a portrait of our Great Leader during the Cultural Revolution. I’m not sure if that’s going a bit too far, at least for the time being.” (Source: http://hk-magazine.com/feature/war-home#comment-2773)
The Center denounced such actions of Tsao’s friends as a concrete example of racial and political intolerance. “Apparently, Mr. Tsao and his friends think they are the more supreme race, and are now using what should be strictly an employer-employee relationship to drive home this point. We must not allow them to use our workers as pawns and hostages as a consequence of our just and historical claim.”
Satire is a fun thing... if done properly. :~)
Mr. Tsao, don't you know that there's a rumor that part of the profit from selling pirated DVDs are being used to fund terrorism? Guess where most of those pirated DVDs come from? Yes. You guess it right. Starts with C and ends in HINA :~)
(UPDATE 03/30/2009 3:09PM): Chip Tsao's Article in HK Magazine has been removed!!!
The postpaid subscription package of Sun Cellular that looks like a "wireless landline" but it is not, is back! SunTel first came out last year with a subscription package very similar to the regular Plan 350 of Sun Cellular. But instead of having a normal looking mobile phone, it came with a unit that looked very much like the wireless landline handsets from Globelines and BayanTel.
Now Sun Cellular has relaunched SunTel as a wireless landline (GSM) to directly compete with PLDT Landline Plus, BayanWIRELESS, and Globe Wireless Landline. For only P499, subscribers can make unlimited local landline calls for one month. Subscription has a 24-month lock in period and comes with a free Huawei ETS GSM Series 3 fixed wireless terminal. Subscribers also have the option to get a Nokia 1208 and LG KP105. Unlike Globe and BayanTel who use a CDMA network, SunTel uses the same GSM network of Sun Cellular. Makes you wonder on what happened to their MANGO.
SunTel is initially available in Metro Manila. For more information, call Sun Cellular's hotline at 395-8000 or visit Sun Cellular's website - http://www.suncellular.com.ph
Globe Telecom has finally launched their much awaited WiMAX (Worldwide Inter-operability for Microwave Access) service in the Philippines. Initially available in selected areas in South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, Globe's WiMAX network is considered the first and biggest 2.5Ghz WiMAX 802.16e broadband network in South East Asia.
For only P795 per month, subscribers can get speeds of upto 512kbps. "We challenge anyone with a competitive wireless subscription to try out our WiMax-backed plans. We are so confident with our service that we challenge you to try out our connection, risk-free. Should you be unhappy with the connection within one month from installation, we'll give you your money-back, no questions asked", said Menchi Orlina, head of Globe's consumer broadband business group.
Globe's 512kbps is pretty slow compared to current 2Mbps 3G/HSDPA speeds and the actual 72Mbps speed that a WiMAX network can provide. But still, if you're located on areas wherein your only choice is a sucky Smart Bro, then Globe Broadband's WiMAX network may come in as a welcome alternative.
Globe Broadband's WiMAX Application Details:
Monthly Service Fee (MSF): Php795.00 (Vat Inclusive) Download Speed: up to 512kbps Installation Fee: Waived Internet Usage: Unlimited Lock-in Period: 1year (12months) Termination Fee: Php2,500 Equipment: Modem with External Antenna Remarks: One-month money back guarantee Requirements: a. Signed Application Form b. Photocopy of Valid ID c. Proof of Financial or 1month advance payment (P795) d. Proof of billing address
Sun Cellular has finally introduced a prepaid version of their Wireless Broadband. The prepaid kit comes with an HSDPA modem (probably a Huawei E160 based on the poster) and 5 hours worth of browsing time. Sun also introduced a unique pricing scheme for their wireless prepaid broadband. Sun's normal rate is P10 per 30 minutes. But unlike Globe and Smart who force you to consume your entire 15 or 30 minute block completely, Sun Cellular gives their subscribers the option to consume their 30 minutes within 2 hours. You can reconnect as many times within 2 hours as long as you completely consume your 30 minutes. Perfect for those people who're on the go and only need to peek inside their email once in a while.
There's also 2 other packages namely SBW 100 and SBW 300.
SBW 100 (Php100) has 6 hours worth of internet and valid is valid for 2 days (translates to P8.33 per 30mins). SBW 300 (Php300) has 24 hours worth of internet and is valid for 5 days (translates to P6.25 per 30mins).
Sun Broadband Wireless claims to have burst speeds of upto 2Mbps in Metro Manila and other selected areas within the Philippines.
She sings waaay better than half of our own homebred singers. Yes? Yes!!! And she's purty toooo :~)
Here's another video where Tina Yuzuki performs with other JAV stars on a variety show called Please Muscat or Onegai Muscat おねがい マスカット. It's a Japanese TV variety show which follows the standard late night TV formula, instead of mainstream celebrities and talent, it features famous JAV idols and gravure idols who sing pop songs, perform comedy skits and compete in mindless eye candy competitions against their peers.
The show’s regular cast includes some the most popular AV idols from the S1 studio including, Sora Aoi 蒼井そら, Asami Yuma 麻美ゆま, Akiho Yoshizawa 吉沢明歩, Sho Nishino 西野翔 , Rio (Tina Yuzuki), Risa Kasumi かすみりさ, Mihiro みひろ, Asami Ogawa 小川あさ美, Saki Kataoka 片岡さき, Megumi Sayama 佐山愛, Hatsune Minori 初音みの, Megu Fujiura 藤浦めぐ and Megumi Kei 恵けい.
I don't know who this Boyet Fajardo is but if he is indeed the person on the video above and the person being referred to below, then screw him.
This is from a concerned filipino citizen:
Last March 13, 2009, Filipino Fashion Designer Angelino Boyet Fajardo created a scene, to the shock and horror of shoppers and employees of Duty Free Philippines alike, when a cashier politely asked for his ID after presenting his unsigned credit card. This is a standard operating procedure applicable to all stores to verify ownership of the credit card and prevent fraud.
Suddenly, the designer reportedly got furious and, at the top of his voice, started berating the cashiers and managers of Duty Free Philippines. He might have thought a celebrated person like he is, with all his accolades and fame, has gone unrecognized by the cashier. A new well-trained casual worker who is carefully doing his job. The designer further shocked bystanders by cursing the people there with words such as leche and p...ina, while angrily expressing surprise why the people there did not recognize him.
Store managers and officers were sought to appease the matter, explaining to him that it is all included as a standard operating procedure in credit card payment for the safety, not only for the company but also his own. Ignoring all this, he pulled out his phone and threatened to call on high positioned government officials whom he allegedly knew, like doing a power-play to make these people realize how important he is. He went on saying "Mga leche kayo! Hindi niyo ako kilala? Ako si Boyet Fajardo! At itong p...ina na babaeng ito (pointing to a lady officer) at ang baklang ito (pointing to the cashier) ay walang kwentang mga tao! I want them fired!!!"
His yelling and berating went on and on. He cannot calm down and as he appeared to have bloodshot eyes, like that of a drunk person and or under an influence. He threw his passport on the cashier's face and later intentionally stepped on the cashier's foot to say "Ay sorry, di ko sinasadya!" He goes on to say, that only if the cashier kneel down before him and/or allow him to freely slap the cashier's face, may he get satisfied.
The ill-fated cashier, with all the onlookers watching, stand down and just simply gave in to probably he thought would end the matter. Crying in shame he slowly knelt down and apologize (for actually doing his job) before this self proclaimed GOD, perhaps for fear of loosing his job. No slapping was made to the cashier's face but the incident landed a harsher and reverberating sound to the faces of the lesser people of this society.
Fortunately, his inhumane acts were caught on CCTV in which a portion was featured in YouTube.
With such disrespect, discrimination and humiliation towards a good worker, a less fortunate person and a fellow Filipino...
1. We are calling all citizens to stop patronizing Boyet Fajardo's RTW labels such as Substance in SM department stores, Boyet Fajardo and Initials in Landmark and Robinson's department stores. 2. We are calling on all malls to pull out or stop distributing his products in your outlets. 4. We are calling on the Commission on Human Rights, Department of Labor and Employment and all human rights and labor activists to take appropriate legal actions on this matter. 5. We are calling all foreign embassies to deny him of entry to your respective countries. 6. We are calling on the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines to dishonor him of his membership and profession.
...To give him a lesson and to help us stop him from victimizing the underprivileged over and over and over again.
Sun Cellular and Acision has introduced a new service called Message Plus which is part of the Acision Text Suite, an open service text architecture.
Sun Cellular Message Plus allows postpaid and prepaid subscribers of Sun Cellular to divert, copy or block SMS / text messages for only P1 per message. Subscribers can also set a predefined message as an auto reply text. Text Divert allows subscribers to divert all incoming SMS to a number specified by the user. Costs P1 per message diverted.
Text Copy is the same as Text Divert. But for every diverted text, you'll also received the same message on your number. Costs P1 per message diverted and received.
Auto Reply is self explanatory. Subscriber can set a predefined message as an auto reply message in case you're busy doing something. P1 per message sent.
Number Blocking allows a subscriber to block messages from a specified number. Costs about P15 per week or P50 per month.
Charles Lim, CEO of Sun Cellular commented: “The Philippine market is extremely competitive so our customers demand the most advanced and feature-rich messaging services available. And to serve our clients better, we always look for world class industry partners that could help us achieve that goal. Message Plus enables us to offer our subscribers the freedom to choose how they want to manage their messaging experience both within and beyond their handset.”
Rory Buckley, Chief Executive of Acision, added: “SMS in the Philippines is an amazing phenomenon, with mobile operators processing up to 250 million SMS messages per day. The Philippines has the largest SMS volume in the world, accounting for eight per cent of global SMS traffic. Sun Cellular is demonstrating that there is room for innovation and growth in SMS and we anticipate an enthusiastic response from subscribers for the Message Plus service.”
To access Message Plus, just dial *277# on your mobile phone and follow the instructions you'll receive.
I've been using Pixlink for more than a month now on my Nokia N70 and so far I've been satisfied with the service. Well of course there are a few hiccups since this is still in Beta. Remember the times you have to physically remove your phone's memory card just to transfer your photos and videos? How about the time when you have to perfectly align your phone's infrared sensor to your computer's infrared? Transferring data on infrared takes ages to finish. I know. Been there. Done that. When bluetooth arrived, transferring got a little bit faster but of course, you need to have a computer to do that.
With Pixlink, you can transfer your photos and videos to Globe's servers without supervision. Pixlink allows you to backup, share, and publish photos and videos from your mobile phone, all with a single click. Just snap a photo or capture a video, and Pixlink will handle the rest.
Once a photo or video is captured, Pixlink categorizes your media automatically according to date and gives you options on whether to upload them or not on Globe's secured online server. Once uploaded, you can now share them with your friends via Pixlink's website or via popular websites such as G-Blogs, Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, Picassa and others. No need for a computer or extra peripherals.
One of Pixlink's main feature is its compression technology. No matter how big your photo is, Pixlink can compress it and retain the quality. Here's one good example, I took this picture using my Canon A470 using the camera's maximum settings:
(Click Image to Enlarge - Canon A470 2.30MB)
The original photo size is about 2.30MB. Pixlink was able to compress the photo to 24.5KB and retained the quality. Perfect for sharing to friends online.
(Click Image to Enlarge - Pixlink 24.5KB)
If you have media saved in your computers, you can also upload them via Pixlink's website. Pixlink also has a widget that can be embedded on your websites or blogs, much like Flickr's badge.
But not everything is perfect. Within the past month, I've encountered several problems PixSense might want to look into.
One of the first problems I've encountered is the inability of the application to connect to Globe Telecom's server. It turned out that I had 4 identical access points that confused the app. Multiple access points are common especially to subscribers who've installed and downloaded several applications from Globe (ex. IMEVERYWHR, UnliChat, etc.). Solution is to delete the extra Globe Access Points (thanks Richard!).
Once I got the application up and running, the app started to generated thumbnails of my 500+ photos. With my N70's 2MP photos, 500+ photos took about 10MB of free space. Each page contains 16 thumbnails so my entire media library generated about 50+ pages.
If you want to upload a photo located on the 40th page, you'll have to scroll down until you reach that page. There's no option to jump immediately to a certain page you like. Imagine the frustration just to get to that photo. Hope the guys at PixSense would check this out.
The application also runs in the background even though you disabled the service manually from its settings page. Since I'm using an older generation Nokia N70, phone speed suffers a bit especially when I open the default Gallery application of Nokia. I can't find any option on the application to completely disable it (stop autorun on bootup, remove from processes/task, etc.) to conserve memory.
I saw Pixlink run on a newer Nokia N95 during Pixlink's press launch and it's fast. Guess I need to get myself a new phone. Hey Lalaine, you reading this? :~)
My battery has also been affected the past few week. The app started to act weird and has been connecting randomly with Globe's servers as if it was trying to download or upload or sync something. At first I thought my phone has reached the end of its life until I uninstalled Pixlink. After uninstalling, my phone's battery returned to its normal 3-day charging cycle compared to the less than a day cycle when the Pixlink app started to act weird. This problem only appeared last week and I have yet to re-install the app.
Pixlink is still in its beta stages and currently free. Globe has yet to announce on when they would start charging and the charging rate originally announced are currently being revised.
If they do start charging, your photos will be kept for 45 days after your last subscription. If you don't renew a subscription package, your photos will be deleted on the Pixlink servers. Photos that have been published to Facebook, Flickr, etc. will not be deleted so no problems if you regularly publish your photos on these sites.
Overall, Pixlink is an awesome application specially for people who'd love to share pictures. Imagine the possibilities of instantly sharing and posting your photos to Facebook or other supported sites. You can register and download Pixlink at http://pixlink.globe.com.ph and start sharing your pictures online!
--- Disclosure: Blog owner is a forum administrator of myGlobe, a website of Globe Telecom.
Do you often find yourself in a situation wherein all your phone data got erased because of a stupid phone crash with no way to retrieve them? If you answered yes then fret no more as Globe Telecom has answered your prayers. Partnering with Vufone, most Globe subscribers now have the ability to backup their data to Vufone's servers and retrieve them anytime and anywhere where there is a 3G or Wifi signal. Vufone comes with the following features:
Regular automated backup of your phone
No cables needed, over-the-air backup
Safe copy of your mobile information on a secure server
Contacts, messages, calendar, photos, videos or smartphone documents
Restore to any new phone brand or model
Get your Microsoft Outlook meetings or Google Calendar on your phone
Automatically synchronize Microsoft Outlook contacts or Gmail contacts to your phone
Synchronize your Microsoft Outlook tasks to your phone
Use your phone contacts in Microsoft Outlook or Gmail
Manage your phone contacts and calendar on the web
Upload and Share
Upload your camera phone pictures and videos and view them online
Create online albums and show them to friends and family over the Web
Send your pictures and videos to friends phone
Upload your mobile photos and videos to your favorite social network
Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube
View your photos online in full quality
Upload songs to your phone over the web
MyPersona – make your picture appear on your friends phone when you call them
Turn any web picture into your phone’s wallpaper
Listen to your mobile music online
Send cheap text messages from the web
Vufone is now available for download and comes with a 45-day free trial. It's compatible with most handsets from Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, BenQ, Asus, HTC, LG, etc.
Vufone reminds me of the old SMS backup service of Globe called StorIT. Well, Vufone is cheaper since StorIT used to cost P2.50 per SMS and Phonebook contact :D
Globe Telecom and Tata Communications announced today their new submarine cable system called the Tata Global Network - Intra Asia (TGN-IA) and will connect the Philippines to Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Japan.
The new cable system is designed to have a total capacity of 3.84 Terabits per second and will double Globe's current 50Gbps. I wonder how this will affect Destiny Cable Internet subscribers like me since Solid Broadband Corp. depends on Globe regarding all internet connections. How about giving us our regular 4Mbps back huh destiny?
Yahoo! Celebrates online communications through the years following a journey from early PC's to wireless computing. What I don't get is why upload the video on YouTube if they have their own Yahoo! Video. :~)
Globe Telecom has reduced the price of the iPhone 3G 8GB and 16GB prepaid kit by Php4000. The new pricing will make iPhone 3G even more affordable in the Philippines, with the 8GB version costing just Php33,599 and the 16GB version at Php39,799. This offer is available from February 27 to March 31, 2009 from locations across the Philippines. For more information about Globe's iPhone 3G offer please visit your nearest Globe Business Center or log on at http://www.iphone3g.globe.com.ph
iPhone 3G combines three products in one - a revolutionary phone, widescreen iPod and breakthrough internet device, to create an incredible mobile experience. With fast 3G networking, GPS mapping and support for enterprise features including Microsoft Exchange, iPhone 3G puts even more features at your fingertips. The groundbreaking App Store provides access to more than 15,000 applications from games to social networking to financial planning and health management, generating more than 500 million downloads to date. iPhone 3G is now available in over 70 countries around the world.
--- Disclosure: Blog owner is a forum administrator of myGlobe, a website of Globe Telecom.
Globe Telecom has dropped the name Visibility in favor of Tattoo for their mobile broadband 3G service. It's basically the same 3G USB modem plus the "funky" design and a better time-based charging with multiple reconnects. Speed has also been upgraded to 2Mbps.
I'm with Miguel Paraz on this one though, "Globe Broadband Tattoo.. Who turned off his brain and thought of that name?" Anyway, you can get your Globe Broadband Tattoo prepaid kit for Php1,895 at any authorized Globe Business Centers. The prepaid kit comes with P100 free credits that can be used for 5 hours. Globe Broadband Tattoo is also available for a monthly postpaid plan of P799 with 60 free internet hours.
I still prefer the look of the old white modem though :P
--- Disclosure: Blog owner is a forum administrator of myGlobe, a website of Globe Telecom.