I grew up drinking my grandmother’s coffee.  It is definitely the best coffee in the world.  When I reached college I stopped drinking coffee coz’ I moved from the province to the city.   I rarely drank coffee during my college days.  I find other kinds of coffee bland.

I thought I had forgotten how to love coffee.  Few years after I graduated from college, I managed to get a job in a BPO environment.  I needed to work on a graveyard shift. That means working from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.  It was my first time to have this kind of work and to be totally awake at night.  The schedule was breaking me into pieces.  Good thing that there was coffee.. Free Flow..  Coffee kept me awake the entire time.  I managed to overcome my new lifestyle and schedule.  I started drinking at least 4 cups of coffee every night.  Coffee became my new bestfriend.

My Birthday Tumbler

After like a year in the BPO industry, my Manager (Deepak) gave me my first Starbucks tumbler as a birthday gift.  I don’t really like drinking coffee from coffee shops.  I find it very impractical. It’s very expensive.  Yes, the taste is different but it’s still coffee.. I think there is no difference between their coffee and the one in the Vendos. lol

After I got my first starbucks tumbler, I find drinking coffee different if its being drank from an ordinary tumbler and from a starbucks tumbler.  Drinking it from a Starbucks Tumbler made the coffee tastes even better. 😉  I also found out then that starbucks sell City/Country Tumblers.  So, I decided to buy one but it was expensive.  It was something you just can’t buy normally. lol

I tried saving and hoped that someone would give me one in any special occasion like Christmas  or Birthday. hahaha

Singapore Starbucks Tumbler

But… No one gave me… In December on that same year, i got the chance to go to Singapore for a tour.  I enjoyed
SG very much and would love to stay there longer.  I roam around SG and searched anything I could buy for myself and then I remember the Starbucks Tumblers.  I visited a Starbucks store in Orchard and bought my Singapore Tumbler.  Guess what? When you buy a tumbler you get free coffee.  If you are from the Philippines, this is something new coz’ the tumblers here in the Philippines are bought separately, no free coffee. 😉

From then on, I said goodbye to my Birthday Tumbler and started using my SG tumbler.  It feels so cool when you use a tumbler that’s not bought in the Philippines. lol 😉

I forgot how much was it. Maybe it was $18 (Singapore Dollars).  So, maybe it was P600+ pesos.

England Starbucks Tumbler

After a few months, I decided to stop working in a BPO industry.  I resigned and returned to my hometown -DAVAO.  We don’t have any starbucks stores in Davao yet by that time.  Fortunately, I have a friend – Joanna who went to London to have a vacation.  She asked me what I wanted for as a pasalubong when she returns. I told her ~ just a London Starbucks tumbler.  When she came back, she didn’t buy the London Tumbler I requested coz’ there were no more stocks in the store that she went to.  Instead, she gave me my England Starbucks Tumbler. 😀

She told me that when she bought it, it also had free coffee but she had to drink it coz’ she couldn’t bring the coffee here. lol

Koln Starbucks Tumbler

I have another friend who was from Germany. She is Lovely.  Not the adjective but thats her name.. lol  She came here with her boyfriend, she also asked me what I wanted as pasalubong.  Since she is studying in Germany, she doesn’t have enough money to buy me a starbucks tumbler.  Instead I told her that I would just pay her here once she arrives.  When she arrived, she gave me a Koln Starbucks Tumbler (read as Cologne).  Actually it was her boyfriend that gave it to me.  As I was about to pay him, he said it was his gift to me.. Wahhhh. How sweet. hahaha So, thank you Simon.

Manila Starbucks Tumbler

I noticed that I’ve been getting foreign Starbucks tumblers.  It’s not that I dont want ’em buy hey… I am a Filipino.. I am from the Philippines but I don’t have Ph Starbucks Tumblers!  Luckily, another good friend of mine.. IDA, went to Manila for a week just to go shopping with her Korean friend and when she came back she surprised me with a Manila Starbucks Tumbler as her pasalubong. Wahhhhhhhh! Yeheey! Thank You!!!

I planned to buy this tumbler when get the chance to go to Manila.  But I don’t need to buy this anymore. 😉  I got it for Free. 😀 and from a FRIEND…

This same friend also gave me my Davao Starbucks Tumbler as a Christmas present.  i am so lucky to have a friend like her. 😀

Thank you Ida!

Cebu & Davao Starbucks Tumblers

My last tumbler was bought in Cebu City.  I stayed and worked in Cebu for three years but I never bought the tumbler.  It was only last year (2011) when I had the chance to visit Cebu again that I bought my Cebu Starbucks Tumbler.  I bought it for 495 pesos.  I was a bit expensive considering that my pay nowadays are way lower than my pay when I was in Cebu. hahaha

Now, I still try to collect different Starbucks Tumblers from all over the world.  I try to inform my friends who work abroad that if they return to the Philippines, they just have to bring me a Starbucks tumbler from their place.

How about you? What’s your collection?


TIKTIK: The Aswang Chronicles (Review)

Last Night, me and my sisters watched “TIKTIK: The Aswang Chronicles”.  The main reason why we decided to watch this movie is because this is something new in the Philippines.  They say that the production just rented a huge warehouse … Continue reading

OPPA GANGNAM STYLE (Level Up’s Version)

Psy’ Oppa Gangnam Style is very famous nowadays.  As of 5:12PM today (Oct. 16, 2012) it has reached 474, 459,928 views and 4,117,463 likes.

The Guiness Book of World records even awarded this video as the most liked video in youtube history. Read the article here.

People from all over the world created their own versions of this video.

We, Level Up teachers from Davao City, Philippines even have our own version of this video. lol  We did it just for fun.  Here’s our version of Psy’s Gangnam Style.

Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 was signed by the president last September 12, 2012.  It was implemented on October 03, 2012.  The main purpose of the law is to address legal issues concerning online interaction.   I am not a lawyer nor a law student but  let me tell you what I think about this law.   I am totally against this law.  As a person, I think it’s my basic right to have the freedom of speech. And with this law I think it imposes limitations on my rights to express myself (esp. online).  Some people say that those who are OVERACTING about this law are scared coz’ they are LIBELOUS people.  I also have an FB friend (friend 1) who said that if you are a libelous person then you should be afraid of this law. If not, then there’s nothing to be afraid of.    I beg to disagree.   The law is not just about being libelous.  This is about how the law will affect our lives and how the law will be implemented.  I don’t wanna be imprisoned simply because I clicked the LIKE button in FB.  Or I don’t wanna be tagged as a criminal just because I posted on FB that a politician is not doing his/her job right.

Dee, a friend of mine answered the post of Friend 1 in FB (btw, she’s a lawyer).  Let me quote her: “Because unlike the revised penal code that punishes non-cyber libel, you actually get due process. Under RA 10175, you can be prosecuted based only on a prima facie (face value) evidence of violation of the law upon DOJ Sec’s order, without the necessity of a search and seizure warrant (SSW) from the court, which SSW under our Constitution is a guaranteed right. Why is this scary? A number of people make their living online. If the DOJ Sec determines that there is a violation, the site one maintains can be shut down and even the computer can be seized. No parameters are provided what constitutes “prima facie violation” of the law. It’s a very low standard. If one secures a SSW, there must probable cause before the same can be issued by the court. More than that, the government, to enforce the law will monitor online activities.

It is not act of criminalizing cyber libel that is in question. It is clear, whether online or in the real world, no one is entitled to malign another. What is contentious is the imposition of a higher penalty for cyber libel which effectively disqualifies the accused from applying for parole, and the other is the so-called “takedown clause” which empowers the DOJ Sec to issue orders to block access to the data. Should you be found to have violated RA 10175 based on prima facie evidence and your access to whatever data is blocked, where would you turn to?

As of earler today October 8, 2012 there have been 13 petitions already filed in the Supreme Court questioning the cybercrime law.  Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago also believes that the new law is unconstitutional.  The Senator posted on her website an article about how the RA 10175 becomes unconstitutional.   On the last part of her article, let me quote her

“For these reasons, I humbly predict that the Supreme Court will strike down the Cybercrime Act as unconstitutional.  Otherwise, it will be a black, black day for freedom of speech.”

If you want to read or obtain a copy of RA 10175 please visit Ph’s Official Gazette.