Sunday, March 27, 2005


Land of My Birth Part II.

I just purchased the book noted in my previous blog. I expect it to arrive late this week early next. It will probably take me a day or two to read through it. It appears to be about 110 pages of reading. Even with careful reading I should be able to read this wihin a week (I read the second half of Shogun in two days).

I will blog a review of the book here.


Land of My Birth

Check this book out. I have not read the book nor met Dr. Munoz so I just grab the comments I find on the web.

Dr. Munoz's Profile at Millikin University
Dr. Munoz obtained his MBA and PhD in Management at the University of San Jose. He has worked for over 10 years in various management capacities with international companies (i.e., Shell in Asia, Kerametal in the Slovak Republic, and NFO Worldgroup in the US). His career and business experiences have been anchored in sales, marketing, marketing research, business development, and management consulting. He has lived and worked in the US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific: and has done business in most parts of the world. He serves on the Board of Directors to a venture capital firm and a technology

His book is available at
Land of My Birth
by Dr. J. Mark Munoz
Description: This is a wonderful book describing the plight of Filipino emigrants as they work abroad to escape corruption and hunger back home. While life is better for many Filipinos abroad, this lifestyle carries many heartbreaks. This book will move you to action. "Munoz...weaves unadorned facts into an unapologetic account of the present socio-economic situation of his country. His exposure as an international entrepreneur contributes to his deeper appreciation of the land of his birth; that's why his recommendations on where the Philippines can improve are...doable. Land of My Birth is good company." - Michelle P. So, Managing Editor, Sun Star Daily Philippines


Maligayang Pasko ng Pagkabuhay!

Maligayang Pasko ng Pagkabuhay!

Si Kristo ay Namatay, Si Kristo ay Nabuhay, Si Kristo ay Babalik sa Wakas ng Panahon!

Saturday, March 12, 2005


The Community is Troubled.

There has been much going on in the Filipino-American community of late.

Namely we have the events centered down in Oshkosh. This is very sad and should serve as a warning to those wishing to try their hand at e-mail relationships. I know many in our community have succeeded in this and do not wish to cast a pall over your particular relationship, but think about it.

It is easy for anyone to pretend to be someone who they are not when the relation's main point of contact is e-mail. Even the period of time you are supposed to be meet is no where near long enough to get a good feel for the person on the other side of the ocean.

Please do not get me wrong this advice applies to those on both sides of the ocean. Not everyone here is a good person, they could be abusive or bad in some other way. There is probably a reason they resort to e-mail relationships. For those on this side of the ocean realize some of the people are desparate and will do or say anything to escape their situation and they only have eyes on your bank account.

In the years I have been in this community I have seen these relationships both flourish and fail. I have seen abusive and rotten Americans and I have seen gold-diggers from the Filipines. I have also seen some glorious relationships that are testaments to love. I am not saying to not proceed but proceed with extreme caution.

If you are an American reading this, beware there are those from the Filipines looking for nothing but $. If you are from the Filipines and are reading this beware there are some Americans looking for someone to do the cooking, dishes, sex, and little else.

On a second note the tsmiss level in this community is spiking to a level I have not seen in some years. We got a call from irate "friend" tonight wanting to cuss me out to my wife. She left a message and told me not to interfere. Interfere with what?

Tuesday, March 08, 2005


My focus of late.

Has been on other things. So the NEW Bayanihan website is just being monitored. Am getting quite a bit of traffic on the site in the past week. However, I think the majority of those visits are bots and not legit visits as I am getting a few more spam notes from that e-mail.

I have thought about changing the form program. Currently I have to put the target e-mail in the form's html and as a result 'bots can harvest the address and add it to spam databases. I am thinking about using a key in the form, and the form handler program would use that key to do a table lookup of the e-mail address. Want to do this in PHP so I have to find a formmail program that is written in PHP rather than in PERL. Do you know of one? Let me know please.

Also I am talking to people about LUMPY. Do you have a great turon, lumpia, or barbecue recipe? Let me know and we can make it famous!

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