Friday, December 15, 2006

Introducing.. Bible Quizes

Here's something I recently discovered on the web: an online Bible Trivia (and other Categories as well) quiz. Now, lunch breaks would never be the same.

I also got this Quiz Badge from them by obtaining my first 1,000 points. Oh well, its time to sleep already. I'll be off to Cavite tomorrow...

Monday, December 04, 2006

Christmas in our Hearts

They say that the month of December is Christ' birth, as is it both merry and cold. Cold in the sense that the air is so cold, that people living in the Northern Hemisphere wore double jackets then. Here in the Philippines, we're experiencing that too! Although not that cold compared with my relatives in Chicago, New York and Maryland.

Oh well, here inside the company I'm working for... my hands are almost cold to frozen. Goosebumps on my skin are on the loose. My work's about to begin, so just stay tuned and read all my blogs please...


Saturday, December 02, 2006

Bible Gems

While cleaning up my table, I noticed a familiar envelope which I received a few weeks ago. To my surprise, it contains the certificate I got from Area 7's Bible Quiz for having the topmost spot. As I remember, the competition was intense. I represent my district, as other one's do. There's a lighter side of it. Let me tell you...

That Sabbath afternoon of November 25th, I was so sleepy that I think I'm unable to get back for the AY program. However, I had a few flashback memories of things worth making me come back, so I shook off this sleepy head of mine.

I was able to get back to church and the program's just starting. I also brought my digital camera with me to take a few pictures here and there. Meanwhile, here's Julie Ann, a fellow church mate of mine wanting to ask me something. Great! Now, what was that? Well, she asked me to join the Bible Quiz and represent our district: Rizal 5 for the quiz. So I said OK...

All after a few more minutes, I wasn't aware that the Bible Quiz was going to start and they began to mention names already. I was talking with a few peers of mine from another church about "church hopping" stuff a.k.a "prospecting a girlfriend." Hahaha... Well, I went up to our tiny pulpit and took a seat together with another guy representing Rizal 5. The Bible Quiz began...

As I've notice, the one's other districts represented are mostly Masterguides. Not only that, I personally trained some of them. It makes sense that each district within Area 7 is resorting to the best means of hitting the top spot. Oh, my! I even lost a few questions from Easy, Average and Difficult Round.

There was a question about a certain deity in Ephesus (during Paul's time) that nobody got a correct answer about it. Using our mini-chalkboards, I wrote and answered that it was "Diana" but got told that it was wrong. The Quiz Master told us that it was "Artemis". Weeks after that, I still searched for answers and I got one. "Diana" is correct. "Artemis" is the deity's name in Greek, while the same is called "Diana" for the Romans. I didn't contested this though but went on through that quiz. When my peers from Antipolo Center saw that I wrote the words "PLEASE HELP ME!!!" on my mini-chalkboard, they even laugh. Hahaha...

In short, the quiz ended and let's say I'm lucky enough to hit the top spot. So from that moment up to our finals with other Area contenders, I'm very busy reading, digging and discovering Bible Gems.

So, what's the lighter side? The lighter side is that I got late with a Bible study meeting arranged by my Uncle Alex in an exclusive subdivision here in Antipolo City. I'm supposed to be attending the church' "Social Night" gathering after sundown, but I told my friends that I couldn't because of that Bible study. Err.. My uncle's car already passed through our house by the time I arrived. Sad to say, I couldn't go back and enjoy "Social Night" just because of that. Poor me. Hahaha... That's the story.

The moral lesson is this: don't get too sleepy during Sabbath afternoons or else you won't be able to get a certificate for a Bible Quiz [!]

Saturday, November 18, 2006

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Sunday, November 12, 2006


Before I get off my home computer and commute to work, I'd like to mention Jarek for asking me "Why do you call myself a Polander?" Pretty interesting right? Well here's an answer for that...

The same answer is also mentioned back as a reply in his own blog. Just click his name in this blog...

Still on Yahoo! Online and (more on Offline) Messages

These past days, something's going weird with my Yahoo! offline messages. The fact that bothers me is that my legitimate contact are sending me illegitimate messages. I don't know. I'm very sad about it. Are their computers hit by a virus? Phished or what? Don't they have an "anti-virus" installed?

In the company that I work for, I'm priviledged to sit in all the computers and laptops of almost every personnel. Sad to say, I'm sorry to see that there are programs sitting in their respective units that they might be unaware of. That's were my favorite program Ad-Aware comes in to the rescue. More than a few instances of Malware installed, a few games, etc.,

Now back to Yahoo! Messenger - this issue everyone seems silent about. How come my friends who are in my contact list are sending me messages (even Unicode messages) I couldn't imagine they could translate or speak. Non-English of course...

Regarding spoofing issues on Yahoo!? Check this site out regarding filename spoofing on Yahoo! But I'll be asking guys from Secunia if they are familiar about this issue. However when I researched on the keyword "thanatos18388" which was a (past) sender on my Y!M, I found out that Secunia did have some information about it: a certain TROJ_AGENT.EVJ that Trend Micro passed to them. Maybe I could include contacting McAfee about it (since most A/V installed in our office is made by NAI).

Monday, October 02, 2006

The night Noah's flood came

If there's something I'm really sad about, that's the time when our house got flooded inside and out...

Dated: October 1, 2006 - At around 7:00pm to 9:00pm, heavy rains poured down Antipolo City. Two of the water lines broke out and spewed much water, thereby flooding a great portion of M.L. Quezon Avenue and other one going to Gloria Heights Subdivision. Water poured out so hard that the entire Nayong Silangan Subdivision was flooded two feet deep.

As you look at my computer right now, I'm not able to use this at the moment because of electrical / ground shock concerns. Our house on Mabolo Drive was one of the most heavily affected because the location of the entire subdivision is like a water "catch basin".
Dated: October 1, 2006 - I wasn't able to go back to work this day because I have to clean room by room. The flood last night left much mud that by the time I took this picture of my computer, I already consumed 3 hours re-mapping the floor.

The only human(s) left in our house that time of the flood was my niece (Sasha) and his brother (Ohm-Ohm). Good thing that they've stayed in the masters bedroom complete with drinkable water, some flashlight and candles. My sister was in her Community Service at a local city health office, while I'm stuck near Fortune Disco bar (near, but not inside definitely) together with other people hoping to pass on the other side of the flooded highway.

My parents (currently in Arizona, US) called us in the morning to get an update about the things that happened that evening and the things were currently doing. Much of the damage is the flooring. So everything that touches the floor is drenched in mud water. It would be good and benefiting if that's clean water, but it ain't. That's the problem. The other problem - well, my problem is that I texted my boss in the office that I won't be able to work today / or that day and she didn't get my message. Worst, is that the HR person who gave her number to me - I got an incorrect number of my boss (which she forwarded to me). That's my first time to be absent in the office, the office in which I just got hired and began to work October 1st.

Anyway, the past is past. Now going back on the mop...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

My first online exam...after a couple of months

It was nerve-cracking to analyze some context about published reports in an exam I had using ExamBuilder. Simply enough ExamBuilder let's you "Easily Create and Administer Exams Over the Internet." Of course, I'm not the one creating the exam. Instead, I'm the one taking.

Now the good news is that I've passed it with flying colors c",)

Friday, September 22, 2006

Since no one's greeting me up

...Once held every year, we all have our own special day. Hehehe.. I don't have much to say right now inside this internet cafe near my place.

Just cherrios!


Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Pinatubo on my Mind

Reminiscing an exciting trip all the way up to Mount Pinatubo last November 2003 was more than an adventure. I had mixed feelings back then. Will I able to climb all the way up? or end hearing stories of those people I joined with, but failed to go up? Here's the story...

A couple friends of mine joined me to form Team Antipolo with fellow SDA's from different parts of Luzon in this enduring trip. The road all the way up isn't that great, as sand mixed with water creates friction and bruises our sensitive heels.

All made it up to the top with the exception of the husband of my friend's wife, and my friend herself. She had some heart illness, while her sister's husband has rheumatism. I almost got stripped of tent, clothing and food when I had to sacrifice an extra short, my favorite Lotus Notes T-shirt and my Coleman 7x7 dome tent for their use. Until now, both the shorts and the T-shirt never made it back to me.

A total of 298 people were able to made it up, with those 2 guys which remained and went back to the nearest military post which we stayed that night before the climb. It was already dark when I arrived at the top. Some of our fast runners made it as early as 2:00 P.M.

Using my extra tent, a Coleman stove, a burner and some easy cooking meal I shared it with a few close friends as we had fun at the top (near the crater). I also treated myself for skin injuries, rashes for the reason that I brought my first-aid kit in the first place. Some of those who joined which I'm not familiar with also asked for first-aid treatment. They got help of course!

While having fun, after meals someone noticed earring human sounds. We did search and found out that a friend of mine who's resting in one of the tents is suffering hypothermia. My close friends came to the aid, somebody brought his thermal insulation equipment (the one's you put into the car's dashboard & windows when you park, so that the heat generated by the sun is deflected back) and I bought myself. I embraced him, so that I could transfer whatever warmth there is in my body. After that, I myself got weak but not shivering. It indeed was cold, much more outside. I'm the only one walking without shoes, sandals or slippers. Its too complicated to wear anything for my feet at those moments. I got bruises, cuts all over my feet for the reason that I only wore sandals without socks to protect my skin. Its a good thing that they heal up fast. The only thing that doesn't heal well in me are those pimple marks I got in pre-adolescent stage. They're still in my face still on a permanent basis.

After everything that night, I still got a good night's sleep and an early morning rise. We just went there, took shots in groups, personal ones then had to go head back...

The crater now is in full glorious view that morning. It's about time to go home too! All the way up, I endured a death march myself that probably my mom & dad's fathers experienced too. All the way down, I have to walk up to the ranger's station then ride a 4x4 (equals 16) all terrain vehicle.

At the military camp, those two guys which were not able to come had their stories of their own. I had too, including experiencing LBM all the way up. I think I lost 10-20 pounds. All the way down, there's people Kodak'an ng Kodak'an. I met all the way up an elderly Japanese woman coming down riding a horse. The terrain is terribly difficult. I little girl accidentaly stepped at a stone and slipped down, getting an open wound. I hope she still remembers me: as one of the guys who helped her with my favorite white hanky covering her wound and a fellow Masterguide securing it with an appropriate knot.

The best part of this trip began when all Team Antipolo parked at a local restaurant in San Fernando, Pampanga. The guys, including me as as much as our heart and our pocket's content. Still heading back to Antipolo, we ended a gracious meal that we had. I think I arrived home around 10:30 P.M.

I had other mountain-top stories to tell, but this is the first time I've posted my story about our journey to Mount Pinatubo in 3 years time. There's also this Windows XP desktop-like mountain that I've went in Batangas twice but that would be posted on a separate blogg. Keep in touch with my postings...

Regarding Yahoo! Mail Sign-In Seal

Everytime I sign into Yahoo! Mail, there's a Sign-In Seal in the upper right portion of my browser (I use Internet Explorer version six point "O") usually appears. I tried replacing it just for fun with my favorite blue litterbug which is also posted in this blogg page of mine. Wallah' the default Sign-In Seal got replaced by a few mm's (wxh) of a shrinked shot of litterbug...

But there's some problem behind this. Two things: The use of cookies and a script-containing trojan, virus or things that would hack inside your computer. Yahoo! Mail possibly uses cookies to change the Sign-In Seal image, but what if your computer had all those cookies removed the modified Sign-In image should return back to its original (default) image.

I tested it, just to make sure. Good thing my little blue litterbug's still there. What could have made it in effect? I don't know yet. Have to research further regarding that matter.

In effect, I see nothing special about the Sign-In Seal. It's just something aesthetic, added to make Yahoo! Mail a legitimate site for accessing @yahoo e-mails. There's a better way to do that without getting phished. Just access and that's it!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Careful to click those offline messages' links

Just recently, I got two offline messages in my Yahoo! Mail from sombody whom I already knew that she's not using anymore her Yahoo! Messenger.

Here's the first one:

..and the second one:

The point is, it's asking me to visit two specific sites indicated (aside from the many offline messages she sent me) with practically two (2) identical sites, namely:

I'm not familiar that Geocities does have a local "Japanese" site (bearing a "" domain) and if they do, well that's another story. With a lot of pseudo-sites posing as branded, familar one's; if you're not that observant, you'll might end up with something else in your computer...


Friday, September 15, 2006

Yahoo! Mail Beta's New Page

I'm looking at the new Yahoo! Mail Beta which I've included the actual screen shot indicated in a pre-image page in my own Yahoo! Mail.

It looks like Microsoft Outlook with a Yahoo! logo on the left...

Although I wasn't able to use it because I currently have a Windows 98 machine at home (Yahoo! Mail says you can only use the new Yahoo! Mail Beta if you got Windows XP/2000 or MacOS), it intrigues me to log-in a nearby internet cafe or open up Yahoo! Mail Beta in the office, just to check out how good this new interface would be and how will it par with other online mail services that's available on the web...

Polander's Beginnings...

This is the Travelling Polander's Blog Site

Welcome. You might be a traveller yourself like the Polander living in the lovely cool mountain regions of Antipolo City, within the Rizal Provinces. Even the place where I stay called "Nayong Silangan" which literally means "East Valley" is quite far from the place I've worked before, and will be working then...

By the way, the image you're looking at is a tiny, yet shinny blue litterbug which I took a shot using my dad's 4.0 megapixel camera. I came all the way from Antipolo City to the outskirts of Batangas just to have this picture taken. "No way!!!" Actually, it was a weekend together with some youngsters in our church.

While everybody was having their siestas, I'm busy looking for subjects that appeal me. There goes my interest: photography. This cute litterbug came out of nowhere and landed on a small tree's leaf. I'm able to notice it of course because while everythings very green, this one's blue and shining.

Hope you enjoyed some kind of introduction that I've got here. Enjoy viewing the rest of the pages and do post a comment before you leave this site... THANK YOU