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Best Way to Call the Philippines

Filipinos are all over the world, so you expect more and more people will call the Philippines and vice versa. There are about 11 million Filipinos, roughly 11 percent of total population living or working overseas and and a big chunk of that is in the U.S. (about 4 million)

These Filipinos are mostly overseas workers who send money back home regularly to support their families. Home sickness is very common among overseas workers and people call their love ones as much as possible and whenever they can afford. Fortunately, the rates for international calls now go down by as much as 50 percent compared to say 10 years ago. A typical rate from a US phone provider (Like AT&T or Sprint) was about 50 to 60 cents per minute. Now its down to something like 30 cents or so.

Then there's the phone card. Same AT&T provider now also offers a phone card which is cheaper than their IDD rate. It's 16 cents per minute but you have to be a AT&T domestic long distance plan subscriber to be able to get the low rates.

Another types of phone cards are those you can buy from convenience store which I'm not going to elaborate but most if not all of them are junk and sort of scams because of disappearing minutes, tons of hidden charges and lack of customer support.

There's also another type of phone card which is an online phone card that you can refill online or through phoning their support. My favorite one and currently using is, a long distance prepaid service company. Onesuite got good rates and 24/7 customer support.

With the invention of the internet comes many good things like VoIP. This is the cheapest way to call. PC to PC calls are free except for the fact that you will pay for the internet connection which whether you make your call or not, you will still shell out some dough for your DSL line. Yahoo Messenger and Skype is the 2 most popular PC to PC client. Most people now has a Yahoo account one way or the other so most of your contacts has Yahoo Messenger most probably.

VoIP is not limited to PC to PC calls, it can also call a regular telephone like a house phone or a mobile phone albeit it isn't free anymore but still cheaper than most phone cards or regular IDD rates.

Skype seems the most popular for making PC to PC calls and PC to regular phone combined. Thought its popularity has its downside because more often than not, people complain of bad quality calls maybe due to too many users. Skype rates are actually more expensive than most voip providers including Yahoo or Onesuite.

Onesuite actually has a voip feature too that can compete with rates and quality of some of the most popular voip providers in the market. In fact, its slowly gaining recognition on the voip world and been awarded as best phone service in 2007 by Kiplinger Magazine.

So to summarize the best way to call Philippines its down to:

Yahoo Messenger - PC to PC calls

Skype - For contacts using Skype

Onesuite - For calls via a phone card or voip

Fantastic end to the 2008 F1 season

What a great finish to the F1 season. Despite all season controversies, the ending to the pinnacle of motorsports was one heart pounding finish. The drivers championship was decided on the last corner of the last lap of the last race thanks to Timo Glock (or No thanks for Massa fans) Lewis Hamilton almost lost the WDC again just like last year on the last race.

Lewis Hamilton thus became Formula One's youngest ever world champion by finishing fifth in an incredibly dramatic rain-affected Brazilian Grand Prix.

Felipe Massa won the race for Ferrari and looked set to take the title until McLaren driver Hamilton slipped past Timo Glock's Toyota and into the crucial fifth place at the final corner of the very last lap.

Fernando Alonso (Renault) and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) completed the podium finishers, ahead of Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel, whose penultimate lap pass on Hamilton had looked set to hand Massa the title, only for Glock's gamble of staying on dry tyres in a late race shower to fail, causing the Toyota to slip from fourth to sixth within sight of the flag and giving Hamilton the title after all.

Ferrari still clinched the constructors' title, as the two McLarens only finished fifth and seventh.
Formula 1 2008 Season Standings
1. Hamilton 98
2. Massa 97
3. Raikkonen 75
4. Kubica 75
5. Alonso 61
6. Heidfeld 60
7. Kovalainen 53
8. Vettel 35
9. Trulli 31
10. Glock 25
11. Webber 21
12. Piquet 19
13. Rosberg 17
14. Barrichello 11
15. Nakajima 9
16. Coulthard 8
17. Bourdais 4
18. Button 3
1. Ferrari 172
2. McLaren-Mercedes 151
3. BMW Sauber 135
4. Renault 80
5. Toyota 56
6. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 39
7. Red Bull-Renault 29
8. Williams-Toyota 26
9. Honda 14

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Egoistic Lewis Hamilton in Japan

That was a really really bad move from Lewis. Kimi could have won it if it isn't for that lousy manouver by Hamilton. He couldn't take Kimi was able to pull ahead and got the lead going to the first corner so he outbraked himself together with the whole pack. Kimi, Massa and the others has no where to go but straight. Then on the last lap, what the hell was that move hurrying Alonso to a mistake? He is not racing Fernando and he's in 12th position, passing Alonso won't help him in anyway whatsoever.
Lewis are getting more reckless as ever. Even Ron Dennis voiced out his disappointment about Lewis's first lap mistake after giving information prior to the race that Lewis WON'T fight for the lead at the first corner if he got beaten already. He almost sideswipe Kovy in the process by the way and good thing Kovy anticipated it and veered his car to the right in an instant. Looks like de javu once again for Lewis.

Congrats to Alonso a truly genuine win but there's still if again...Kimi, Massa, Kovy and Lewis should be ahead of him on the 2nd lap if it wasn't for that egoistic move by Hammy. Too bad for Kimi, that 2nd place is up there for the taking but I guess his Ferrari isn't faster enough. Massa could also avoid that collision, if it wasn't for that then maybe he's up there 4th or even 3rd.
Current Standings:

01 Lewis Hamilton 84
02 Felipe Massa 79
03 Robert Kubica 72
04 Kimi Räikkönen 63
05 Nick Heidfeld 56
06 Heikki Kovalainen 51
07 Fernando Alonso 48
08 Sebastian Vettel 30
09 Jarno Trulli 30
10 Mark Webber 21

01 Ferrari 142
02 McLaren-Mercedes 135
03 BMW Sauber 128
04 Renault 66
05 Toyota 50
06 STR-Ferrari 34
07 Red Bull-Renault 29
08 Williams-Toyota 26
09 Honda 14
10 Force India-Ferrari 0

No degree, No job?

Often, while perusing the job postings, you'll see listed under the requirements section wordsuch as "Bachelor's degree or equivalent."

Does this mean that those without a degree need not apply? Not necessarily.

Although many corporate cultures require that their employees be degreed regardless of their position or length of experience, others will allow the degree to be trumped by industry experience. This is especially true for those job postings that have a degree **or equivalent** tagged to them. As such, you may have a chance when you lack the degree. Generally speaking, a degree will usually be mandatory for those younger candidates lacking solid, relevant job experience. The operative word here is "equivalent" and how that is defined.

Sell Results Instead

While these employers may have different requirements for equivalent experience, a good rule of thumb is to demonstrate past performance and proven results in your previous work. To accomplish this, your goal is to show how you either make money or save money for your employer.

From your past work experience, develop as many specific instances when you actually have done so. If you can attach a dollar-value to several of those, so much the better.? Put these in your resume.

Here are some actual examples:

  • "Responsible for generating 13 new accounts by creating database and mailing piece."
  • "Increased revenue by 38% from new social market bookings."
  • "Chaired meetings and headed the negotiation discussion that resulted in the settlement of a long protracted contractual and legal issue with the subcontractor and client."
  • "Improved cash collection and debt aging from average 100 days to a more manageable 30 days and realized savings of about $276,000."
  • "Reduced turnover by 45% over previous management within 15 months through my training program and development plans."
  • "Won the Leadership and Excellence Award in 2007 for outstanding achievements during my project management role."
  • "Increased our customer satisfaction survey scores by 32% on average by training my team on the proper way to provide a great customer experience."

Showcase Your Main Strength

You should also have a USP (Unique Selling Proposition) near the top of your resume. Also called a "Personal Branding Statement," this is a short, one-sentence "pitch" that describes who you are in about 15 seconds. Your USP should state the single greatest strength you offer and the biggest benefit that you bring to an employer.

Example: "Hospitality business development professional with a strength in creative sales and marketing techniques that generated $500,000 in new revenue for my employer in 12 months."

You can outweigh the formal education by showing exactly how your specific work has benefited your previous employer. The bottom line is that employers today, more than ever, want to have problem-solvers on board. Though you may have no degree, you can prove yourself a resource that fits into their larger profit and loss picture. If you can demonstrate that, you can get hired.

Iphone Battery Tips

  • Disable 3G when you don’t need itUsing a 3G connection when talking or browsing on the iPhone drains the battery substantially faster than using an EDGE connection. Browsing speeds are slower over EDGE compared to 3G, but call quality is decent on either connection.
    How to: Settings -> General -> Network -> Set ‘Enable 3G’ to on or off as required

  • Disable 3G if you get a weak/intermittent signalIf you’re in a location where the 3G signal is very weak, the iPhone will have to work harder to keep reconnecting to the network which will drain the battery faster. Switch over to the EDGE network to avoid this if you’re in such an area for a long time.
    How to: Settings -> General -> Network -> Set ‘Enable 3G’ on or off as required

  • Use a WiFi connection for web browsing where possibleBrowsing over WiFi is not only faster than using an EDGE or 3G connection, it drains the battery less too. Use a WiFi connection whereever it’s available.
    How to: Settings -> WiFi -> Select a network

  • Disable location services when you’re not using itLocation services controls the use of GPS on Google Maps and other applications that make use of the iPhone’s location, such as geotagging photos when using the camera. While location services is switched on so is the GPS antenna, which will drain power even when you’re not using a relevant application.
    How to: Settings -> General -> Set ‘Location Services’ to on or off as required

  • Turn off Push notifications or increase the fetch intervalThis controls the frequency that your phone will automatically check for new data, such as downloading email for any account you’ve set up. The more frequently it checks, the faster it will drain the battery.
    How to: Settings -> Fetch New Data -> Configure as required

  • Turn on Auto BrightnessAuto Brightness will automatically adjust the brightness of the screen depending on ambient lighting conditions, so by switching it on your phone won’t be wasting additional power on the display.
    How to: Settings -> Brightness -> Set ‘Auto-Brightness’ on

  • Switch on Airplane mode if you have no signalIf you’re in an area where you know you’ll have no signal at all, the phone will automatically keep trying to find a network. By switching on Airplane mode you can prevent the phone from doing this and save some battery power.
    How to: Settings -> Set ‘Airplane Mode’ to on

  • Calibrate the battery indicator every two monthsYou can calibrate the battery indicator on the iPhone to make it more accurate by fully charging it up and then fully draining the battery. Do this every couple of months to ensure that what you see on the indicator is a reliable representation of how much power you have left.

  • Charge your iPhone regularlyCharge your iPhone whenever you can to keep the battery topped up. It’s not possible to ‘overcharge’ the device as was the case with some older phones, so you don’t need to worry about damaging the battery by leaving it plugged in.

  • Keep your iPhone cool while chargingIt’s important to charge the iPhone in a cool location - if you use a case you should remove it while the phone is charging. Charging the phone in a high temperature environment can dramatically reduce the lifespan of the battery.

The Reflex Tester

The Reflex Tester. A fun little retro game! Test Your Skillz

It's an old game. Test your relfex skill. This is a screenshot of my best so far :) Click on the link to enlarge.

So you want to save on long distance calls?

If you are new to the idea of using prepaid phone cards for your communication use, then you might want to read on to get acquainted with some of the commonly asked questions regarding its use.

You can always check them out one-by-one in the market, but being equipped with some of the questions being asked in regards to purchase and use of this communication media will help you pick the perfect one that will fit your calling needs without stressing yourself out.

Question 1: What Are Prepaid Phone Cards?

Before you start using prepaid phone cards, it is always advisable to get to know them better first to maximize its use. For starters, prepaid phone cards are the latest trend in communication media. It will allow an individual to call local or overseas without being subscribed to a regular telecom service.

Each phone card comes with their own specific denomination that is equal to the call credits in it that will be deducted every time you make a call. You can also purchase cards that can be reloaded with more minutes using a reload card or a credit card. They can be used in various communication devices available today, such as regular telephone and mobile lines, pay phones you see in the streets, or through Web-based applications (VoIP) offered by your prepaid phone card provider.

Question 2: How Do You Make Calls With Them?

Prepaid phone cards are quite easy to use. You just need to connect to the service by dialing the toll-free number or local access number found in each card. Once the operator verifies your account, and you have sufficient funds in your credit, you can just punch in the number you want to call and voila! You're connected. Also a lot of phone cards now doesn't have an operator and instead has a voice recording for instructions.

Question 3: Do These Cards Have Any Security Feature?

Actually, there are three types of cards being sold today: 1) cards with PIN feature, 2) PIN-less dialing feature and 3) Both with PIN and Pin-less feature. Cards with PIN (personal identification number) require you to give an authorization code to the voice operator or voice recording to use your account. This is perfect if you don’t want anyone to make use of your prepaid phone card to budget your calls. PIN-less dialing prepaid phone cards have no security features attached to them. They are quite useful in making emergency calls, since you don’t have to verify your account to use the service. Note, however, that this type of card is vulnerable to outside usage. prepaid phone card offers both the PIN and Pin-less dialing. PIN-less dialing can be set up on your home phone or mobile phone.

Question 4: Where Can I Buy One?

There are two ways to purchase a prepaid phone card. You can buy them in gas stops, communication shops, or in department stores in your area. They are even sold in vending machines that you see on the sidewalk. If you are one of those people that are not fond of going out of the house, you can purchase one over the Internet if you have a computer with a connection to the Web -- though you need a credit card or debit card for the latter to complete the transaction. Buying through the internet using your credit card actually gives better insurance if the card you got is no good or a scam.

Bottom line is, prepaid phone card is the cheap and practical way of making long distance calls just make sure you get a good one. You can check online forum or Google if the phone card you think is good is really good.

Burger King Bath

I bet this is not the first time it happened but it's the first time they got caught. I heard everybody got fired and BK officials said they cleaned and sanitized the sink twice. I guess its too little to late now.

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F430 Scuderia

The 430 Scuderia is an upgraded version of the Ferrari 430.

Serving as the successor onto the Challenge Stradale, the 430 Scuderia was unveiled by Michael Schumacher (which he partly designed) at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. Aimed to compete with cars like the Porsche RS-models and the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, meaning super light weight, it is lighter (at 100 kg/220 lb) and more powerful (at 375.4 kW/503 bhp at 8500 rpm.) than the standard F430. Thus the weight-to-power ratio is reduced from 2.96 kg/hp to 2.5 kg/hp.

In addition to the weight saving measures, the Scuderia semi-automatic transmission gains improved 'Superfast', known as 'Superfast2', software for faster 60 millisecond shift-times. A new traction control system combines the F1-Trac traction and stability control with the E-Diff electronic differential. The Ferrari 430 Scuderia does 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 3.6 s, with a top speed of 199 miles per hour (320 km/h).

The cosmetic difference between the 430 Scuderia and the F430, which it is based on, include a re-styled front fascia, modified side-skirts, twin exhaust tips, a revised rear diffuser design, 19" wheels designed specifically for the 430 Scuderia, carbon-fibre wing mirrors, carbon-fibre challenge grille and the 430 Scuderia badge.

2008 China Olympics

For good or ill, the International Olympic Committee’s decision to allow China to host the Olympics is going to be remembered for a very long time.

It says a lot about the disaster that's unfolding for the Beijing games that the withdrawal of an Olympic favorite caused hardly a ripple. And why should it when bigger stories are brewing? It's possible that:

A forced shutdown of Beijing's factories and power plants during the games will throw China into an economic downturn.

Diversion of safe food to the Olympic Village will cause food riots elsewhere in China.

The transfer of 80 billion gallons of water -- equal to the annual water consumption of Tucson, Ariz., a city of 535,000 -- from Shaanxi and other provinces in northwestern China will shut down factories and agriculture in the region.

Yes, the Beijing Olympics, which were supposed to showcase China to the world, are still likely to provide exactly the kind of prestige-building extravaganza that the country's leaders had hoped for. But domestically, the games are quickly turning into an economic and political disaster. Once upon a time -- maybe six months ago -- investors (including yours truly) looked on the Olympics as a guarantee that China's stock market and economy would keep chugging along through the summer. "Safe until August" was the mantra.

Now, it increasingly looks like the games themselves could be the catalyst for a significant downturn in China's stock market and economy.

Just recently former Olympic speedskater Joey Cheek had his visa revoked by Chinese authorities Wednesday, hours before he was set to travel to Beijing to promote his effort urging China to help make peace in the war-torn Darfur section of Sudan.

Cheek, the president and co-founder of a collection of Olympic athletes known as Team Darfur, was planning to spend about two weeks in China, when he received an unexpected call from authorities.

The 2006 American gold medalist said they told him they were denying him entrance into the country and were "not required to give a reason."

"I didn't see it coming," Cheek said. "I figured once they gave me a visa, I wouldn't imagine they wouldn't allow me to come in later. That was a big shock. I wasn't expecting to get a call the evening before I was leaving for Beijing."

Cheek told The Los Angeles Times that he intends to meet with Chinese officials in Washington on Wednesday morning.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said the U.S. would protest China's decision to deny the visa.

One of Cheek's key initiatives was urging the international community to persuade Sudan to observe the ancient tradition of the Olympic truce during the Beijing Games.