Jul
29
2011

A world without Borders

Borders LogoIf you haven’t heard yet, Borders filed for bankruptcy two weeks ago… they are said to be in the process of massive restructuring, and will be closing more than a third of all their bookstores across the country. That’s more than 200 Borders bookstores disappearing from the face of the earth…

Borders was always a step too late in its business decisions. Its competitors, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, have moved on to digital publishing and e-books courtesy of Kindle and Nook, while Borders maintained its traditional brick-and-mortar shops, hoping the quaint atmosphere would convince book lovers to let their legs do the walking instead of their mouse button.

Aside from Barnes & Noble, Borders has been a favorite destination of mine on most weekends, when I’m reconnoitering West LA, usually to watch a quick movie or window shop the latest gadgets. I liked the fact that there was a coffee shop inside Borders, although I didn’t really care much for coffee. It was the atmosphere that sold it for me. The ambiance. It wasn’t merely a store, it was an experience. Ironically, what enamored me to Borders ultimately led to their demise…

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Jul
12
2011

Carmageddon 2011: Are You Ready?

If you live in Southern California, particularly the Los Angeles area, you may have heard of the seemingly impending doom that is scheduled to land upon the concrete Serengeti known as the 405 freeway. If this long piece of road is part of your weekend commute, then you may want to read on – seriously.

On July 16 and 17, California construction workers will be shutting down a 10-mile stretch of the 405 freeway, from the I-10 to the US 101, to begin demolishing a portion of the 50-year-old Mulholland Drive Bridge in an effort to widen the freeway and add a northbound carpool lane. For the last few weeks, amber alerts have been warning commuters about the upcoming closure like a doomsday proclamation. This may not be an overreaction either, as this 53-hour stoppage is predicted to be one of the worst traffic situations in California’s history, leading many to call it “The Nightmare of 50,000 Feet” or better yet, “Carmageddon.”

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Jul
09
2011

Brand new tires for an old-ass car…

So here I am at Just Tires in Culver City, getting my worn tires replaced… It’s been long overdue, just like everything else that’s screaming to be replaced on my trusty old 2001 Toyota Celica. How about new brakes and a replacement catalytic converter? Well, those cost a bit more, so I’ll save those for later… gotta have to bear with the slightly grinding brakes and the check engine light a little more…

Just Tires Culver City

Just Tires in Culver City, California

I found this Just Tires location after a short google search. Who would’ve known that this place was just 7 minutes down the street from my apartment, huh? Anyway, I came in with an online estimate for four Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires, which cost around $75 each… It was fairly cheap and got good reviews, so with an online discount code I got from Mister Google (“save25” by the way), it gave me an estimate of $404.65 including labor. Not a bad price, especially for a poverty-stricken Filipino boy like me.

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Jul
07
2011

Wanna work and have fun at a stylish, high-tech company? Read on!

Well, since this blog is up and running, time for a little recruiting ;)

My company, Cie Studios, is looking to hire several people for immediate employment. Check out these job opportunities below and see if you find anything here that you think you can do:

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Jul
06
2011

Bringing it… again…

It’s been a while  since I’ve been on the P90X regimen… and after almost a year of procrastinating, I will be going through the whole grind again. Why? Coz I miss it :)

Back in 2009, as I was in the middle of losing over 35 pounds in a span of six weeks in Santa Fe, New Mexico (courtesy of the Master Cleanse), I saw this guy Tony Horton advertising his P90X workouts in an infomercial. Back then, I didn’t really care too much about infomercials in general – why should I buy an easier eggbeater that’ll allow me to make omelettes a full 2 minutes faster, or a stove where I can cook without leaving my chair, or get a blanket with sleeves? Well, except for the last one, I usually ignored these money sinks… but when I saw that P90X infomercial, for some reason I got genuinely interested. Imagine drastically reshaping your body in just 90 days? Sounds too good to be true, right? It seems impossible!

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Jul
05
2011

Rediscovery…

I just found out that this site is still here… maybe I should start posting on it again… what do you think? ;)


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Mar
26
2010

The Toyota Debacle: How to move on

It was a shocking state of affairs  when Toyota announced that it was recalling millions of cars due to a very glaring “uncontrollable acceleration” problem.  And even though recalls normally happen for almost any car manufacturer for all sorts of reasons, this particular recall proved devastating for Toyota as a company, making them lose not just billions of dollars, but customer trust and satisfaction.

So the question is, can Toyota recover from this fiasco?

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Mar
25
2010

The 500 Word Limit

I hate the 500 word limit.

So what if it promotes brevity and conciseness of thought?  Not everything can be encapsulated into this stifling limitation.  How much can you really fit into 500 words if you have a lot of things between your ears that you want unleashed upon your captive reading public?  Does this mean that those with a penchant for verbal diarrhea will have to conform to this puritanical law of anal-retentive, number-crunching, grammar elitists?

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Feb
06
2010

The the impotence of proofreading

I worked at the Philippine Daily Inquirer in mid-1996 as a proofreader, and this funny poem just became funnier to me when I remember those long nights at the office, burning the midnight oil, trying to make sure the newspaper was flawless, in grammar and syntax.  This was penned (and performed) by Taylor Mali, a really funny modern poet.  I don’t particularly care for poems in general, but this one was just too funny to pass up :)

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Feb
02
2010

Don’t know any tagalog? Here are common words to get you started…

So you’re someone who doesn’t speak ANY word of Tagalog, and you’re embarrassed to speak with Filipinos…  maybe you are a non-Filipino who is friends with/is dating/is married to a Filipino, and you would like to understand them more… or maybe you are visiting the Philippines and you want to impress them with your knowledge of basic Tagalog words… well, here’s a short list of all common (and not so common) Tagalog words that can be used in everyday speech… learn them well, and take them to heart… it is guaranteed that anyone who understands Tagalog will look at you in a whole new light once you say these everyday words in Tagalog…

These are common colloquial Tagalog words, not the formal meanings.  So don’t worry if some of them sound weird… Good luck! ;)

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