Happenings for the year 2015

2015 blog updates—the events

Okay, here goes; I’m in a “blogger” mood.

Baby goes to school

Having a baby—all that growing up, all the memories, all the milestones that happen in 2, 3 years—it all just happens so fast. One day you’ll simply wake up and realize, “Holy shit, this is the year my baby starts school.” Of course there are monetary concerns, but if you are at the very least half-decent parents, you know it’s going to happen no matter what. And, believe you me, you will find a way.

Baby went to summer school first, which we’re glad we did, and now goes to regular pre-kinder (same school). She goes to one of the best, if not the best preparatory camps down south (love your own). Adjusting to this 2-hour/day schedule must’ve been the biggest logistical change we’ve done in the past half-decade or so.

Pa secret-secret pa, kita naman sa uniform kung anong school.
Pa secret-secret pa, kita naman sa uniform kung anong school.

Okay, you know how every parent thinks their baby is the cutest, most adorable, miniature human being in the world? There are also those who think their baby is the smartest, most mature, most advanced-for-his/her-age gifted child there is. We’re the same, however, ours is backed by report cards. Baby really is at the top of her class. It might be a small class, but top is top nonetheless. I’d like to think reading to her almost every night from when she was around 1 to 3 years old helped.

I’m still an online warrior

I’ve just about had it explaining to people that I make a living online. I wish I could say I never had a 9-5 job since graduating college, but my record has since been tarnished (and only recently, at that). I went to work for my friend’s company 2011-2013, and it really was my first real job, peks man. This is, of course, outside of family businesses, some consulting shit, etc.

These days I simply say I manage the family food business, which I do anyway. But I still have websites that earn via affiliate marketing, text links, banners, all that jazz. There is, however, one big change to this whole online business game thingy that I’m playing. Around 2 years ago, I started learning about selling physical products via Amazon. I dug really, really deep into it and now I’m proud to say that I already have products up there. Don’t believe me? I don’t care.

Plus—and because of the curiosity sparked by Fulfillment by Amazon—I chanced upon the local/Asian version of it. Do you know what site I’m talking about? You’ve probably bought something on it already. The site is a goldmine if you have the right products and really learn the ins and outs of it, but it has already become too saturated for the sellers. Needless to say, I’m doing good from it (knock-knock), but it’s not a sit-back-and-relax type of thing.

So there, everything still happens online, except now I have to worry about the puhunan factor.

Getting ready to launch my brand, and a physical store, perhaps

All this selling ultimately led me to dream of having my own private label brand. I won’t divulge details for now, but you already know that it’s going to be music related. What the hell else, playah? I will announce this here because it is a big thing for me. (That is if I’ll still be in blogger mode 2-3 months from now.)

Bembang Productions wanted to be a lot of things

I revived Bembang Productions last year. However, after 3 or so shows, I realized this whole production thingy needs to stop or change. It’s doing little to no good for the scene, the bands, and me. On the last prod, I wanted to move the operations online, so I hired audio and video guns. It was a flop, however, due to technical difficulties, so now I am still without a video channel (at the very least).

2 gigs this year. The Skychurch/Erectus gig (mentioned above) tanked, which I really do not understand why. Stellar lineup, good promotion (which I paid for), but walang tao. Taena, Skychurch pa naman.

Pati poster okay naman. Wala, ewan.
Pati poster okay naman. Wala, ewan.

The Hale gig, however, was something else. That night belongs to the Bembang Productions top list.

Pogi parin ang mga Halers. Kami...mas pogi parin. Photo stolen from Infinity Blues Photography.
Pogi parin ang mga Halers. Kami…mas pogi parin. Photo stolen from Infinity Blues Photography.

I do have the video for the Skychurch gig but with so-so audio only, so maybe I’ll still upload it sometime.

Still rockin’

At this age—and because most of us have experienced 2, maybe 3 years of not playing—it really is all about what music does for us, and not we can do for it. Gets? Because making music with 3-4 other guys and being able to do it even if it’s just once a month is so much better than, well, not.

However, since internet na ang banatan ngayon, sali kami. I guess we’ll just keep on playing and releasing new songs until one member of the band dies (morbid shit). This is especially true for my band Holding Hands, because we honestly like each other (gay shit). Yung Hiraya naman, or the one with the female vocalist, we have this new lineup that’s still trying to be whole. (Oh, and we have this hot, new, rockin’ tattoo artist of a vocalist.)

Holding Hands at Checkpoint "Rock" Bar. Once again stolen from Infinity Blues Photography.
Holding Hands at Checkpoint “Rock” Bar. Once again stolen from Infinity Blues Photography.

We solved our transportation woes

Last year, our family had major transpo and logistics issues. I’d have to say it’s mainly my fault, because of my junk shop of a ride. That and our ailing Toyota Vios, aka Viyong, which hasn’t had any rest since 2012 or so. This year, my sister made it her mission to solve it once and for all.

Enter Briyong. The cutesy little Honda that gave us some breathing room on transportation matters. Take note, my chubby sis did all this just in time for my baby’s schooling. Proud of my sis for taking care of the family, and for buying her first real car.

With the Honda agent who still owes my sister some floor mats.
With the Honda agent who still owes my sister some floor mats.

Ako naman, hindi ako nagpatalo. Just this month, actually, I bought a pang-service—a base-model Suzuki APV, which shall henceforth be known as APVer. (Look, we name all our cars somewhat after our late father, okay? His name’s Virgilio.)

Back then I would’ve never imagined myself as someone who would buy a van, let alone a base model, but business muna. At least kakulay niya yung inaasam kong GT-R.

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My soon-to-be Green Archer

Tell you what, none of these (none of the above) trumps the news that we got just a couple of days ago. My little baby tum-tum, my baby stinky feet, my silly chee-chee funk just passed her DLSZ entrance exam. Look, I’m sure almost all kids get in easily, but it was still nerve-wracking. So much so that I got the results a day before on the website, which no one probably knew was already available.

Euna DLSZ Thoughts in Binary

I don’t even wanna think about the money issue at this point—which is no small matter—because I’m still on a high.

Special tributes

First, I would like to—in my own small way—pay homage to our Tita Diegs, the wife of my mother’s brother Tito Cesar. Her loss was sudden and unexpected—colon cancer; gone within 24 hours after discovery—but if there’s anything positive to take from this, that’s probably it. We still can’t believe you’re gone; we will always remember your thoughtfulness, your larger-than-life disposition, your simplicity, and how you can see the good and the happy in almost anything. You and my tito, you were truly perfect for one another. And, more than anything else, I know you lived a very, very makulay na buhay.

Second. Mother-fracking shocking news here. I have this friend from the billiards circle. We became close circa 2007-2008 because we played pool on an almost daily basis and were basically neighbors. Just recently, he killed his own brother; this in what I would imagine to be the family altercation of all family altercations. Murder is murder, but a big part of me still wants to know. What happened, man?

Finally, to my friend, my classmate, my barkada, my bandmate. (This shit is very sensitive, mind you.) This Singaporean lost his months-old firstborn son this year. It was a battle for him and his wife. It was the toughest shit I’ve ever heard in my entire life, and I can’t believe it happened to someone close to me. Truly, no parent should ever have to go through the death of their children.

Pare, and I speak in behalf of our still-in-PH barkada, I (we) would like you to know that not enough words were said only because we were simply shocked to the brim, and were mainly scared to blurt out something that would offend you instead of comfort you. I know you understand but I would still like to apologize for not being able to go to SG even for a day at the time. Do know that we will never forget Ian, ever.

Ian

(It has always been my plan to write a tribute song for him, but just in case it does not happen anytime soon, or ever, let this message fly the waves of the interwebs forever.)

There you go. I guess I really missed blogging. Watch out for the second installment wherein I’ll try once again to be a travel blogger.

Blogger ka ba? Ulul.

Hello, world!

2015 edition

What? A blog post? You know it.

An interesting (business) email had me look at and open this blog to edit an entry, which kinda got my writing itch itching. I know people still find their way here but I never would have thought it’d be for something that (still) matters.

Whatever. What’s important is here I am and I’m about to drop a bomb of an update. Ready?

Joke lang.

I have become super soft, to tell you the truth. (Not that anyone really considered me otherwise before, actually). Fatherhood fucking changes you, man. I swear to Lucifer I cry at anything that revolves around a father-daughter (or general family drama) plot. Gravity? Freaking sob fest. Inside Out? Are you kidding me? Furious 7? Wait, although wala namang hindi umiyak doon.

My daughter, our daughter, is my (our) life. And there’s really no way around it. And, it really is something that people without kids—either by choice or are still too young—would never understand. Heck, I thought I understood before but boy did I knew nothing, John Snow. You know what’s funny, though? Any childless person who claims they’re busy. Yes, any, as in all of you. It doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO of Apple, for crying out loud. You still have that 1-2 hours of alone time before you sleep.

Not that I’m complaining, but, wait, yes, I actually am. Being a parent is hard. But I would never—not in a million lifetimes—have it any other way.

But enough of the drama. I love my daughter and she’s my universe and all that shit, but what about me? Actually, I just realized that it would be impossible to give a life update without her in the picture so just deal with it. Okay?

Oh, holy crap, I just had an epiphany. Midway through writing this post, I realized I had tons of shit to say, so I’ve decided to segregate. My 2015 series of posts will now be like this:

  • 2015: The events
  • 2015: The places
  • 2015: The things, online shit, and special mentions

Once done, you’ll see the stuff above linked. Excited ka na? Don’t be. Joke.

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The fambam in 2015. That’s old me, but still very papable.

(Wait, if there’s PAPAble and LOLOlicious, I guess I’m TITOllating.)

Naujan, Oriental Mindoro

Was where we went to, Holy Week 2010. Why? Because we did not have any plans, and like I “tweeted” (yes, I have Twitter), we almost ended up in Puerto Galera. Naujan is about two hours away from White Beach via automobile. The only reason we got to know of this unheard municipality is because of our third wheel, Reeza ni Sir A, of whom whose family hails from, who at the last minute suggested we go to instead—since Sir A could not come.

Going to Naujan, we took our usual Puerto Galera route with minor modifications—figure out a way to go to Alabang, bus from Alabang to Batangas Pier, Batangas Pier to Calapan via roro (minor modification), then 45-minute jeep ride to Naujan town proper.

So what the hell is in Naujan? Nothing, really. Although the bore was mainly caused by us not having a car to go around by. Literally minutes before leaving, I googled for some exciting scenery and found out about some lakes and falls—all of  which ended up in our hindi napuntahan, next time nalang list.

To cut Naujan some slack, here are some of the things I’d never forget: They had naturally-hot water coming out from their pipes. It was really hot and it made me say “Ang kulit ng tubig dito” a dozen times. They had this nice, clean and huge probinsya “plaza” (as in “kita tayo sa plaza…”), where the locals gathered and mingled on an almost daily basis. The town is dead by 8:00 pm, so if you have an inuman session and run out of beer, sorry.

What else? The beach, or rather, the dagat is referred to by the locals as “Black Beach.” Typical dagat for me, but just imagine how the two girls I was with reacted. In fact, we were foreigners in an unforeign land, simply because we had Likas Papaya skin. Oh before I forget, the standard ulam order in their “restaurants” was Php 30. Dirt cheap, and so does a pack of Marlboros (Php 30. Php 34-35 in a typical Manila sari-sari), which left me really, really dumbfounded.

So, that’s it? No, I have to end this post in a high note. And this, said in nothing but pure honesty, so help me, God, is the truth and nothing but the truth. The locals, I love you guys. You are the best. As cheap as the food already was, we could have survived even without our wallets. Food and drinks everywhere, food just after we’ve eaten, and lodging good for three separately (which we did not take, obviously). Plus, the locals can drink. Good thing I have some summer practice. Special shout out to the Gayos and Balita families.

Click below for photo coverage.

More blog updates for the year 2009

Here goes part two.

Manila Auto Salon 2009

The end-of-the-year “ber” months are filled with great car shows. The Manila Auto Salon is probably the biggest, and is a personal favorite because of its location—SMX Convention Center. Convenient, spacious and cold, which makes tambay easier (Jesus). We went for two consecutive days, just so we could photograph more promo girls. Still, we were late as hell, but I think I did quite good.

Bumper to Bumper 2009

Like I said, full of car shows. What I did not know, however, was that I was about to experience a different form of babe fix. Like you wouldn’t believe, FHM had this sort of FHM Girls showcase, which coincided with the awarding of Ms. Bumper to Bumper. Although there wasn’t anyone there I haven’t seen before—Abby Poblador, Arra Castro, Jem Milton, Paulene So, etc., it was still quite exciting to see them live in skimpy bikinis. Hey, I love cars, in fact, most of the time I go in support of someone (club), but I’m getting tired of car commentaries. So, to sum it all up, Arra Castro is really, really cute.

bilyar.NET 2009 Christmas party

Hey, I own bilyar.NET. Yes, I do. But I haven’t been attending or showing myself for the longest time. It is in good hands and I trust my partner and moderators. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have some Christmas pool fun with the boys. It felt good to give away all those prices, and award some trophies, plus I made some new friends. And, best of all, I played some kick-ass pool.

Saosin live in Manila

Holy humongous crap, this was 2010 already. It is already quite late to blog about this so let me just include it here for archiving. The extent of my Saosin dunong begins and ends with Translating The Name. I know they rocked and all, and blew everyone’s brains with “Seven Years,” but I was just not able to keep up. Weirder still, I only knew of the concert on the day itself. So, if not for my cousin, Boy Paketing: Ang pinaka umiidolo sa Saosin kahit ako nagpakilala ng Saosin sa kanya, who would’ve gone even if didn’t go, I wouldn’t have seen Papa Cove.

So, that’s it for now. I will be back soon for sure. By the way, some of the photos are not linking to their corresponding gallery albums yet. I still have some sorting to do, so, wait for that.

Blog updates for the year 2009

Greetings motherhackers. It has been 319 days since my last update. Below are what I would have written about if I were still an active blogger. May this post inspire me to write more this year.

Losing my belly

I really wanted to blog about this journey inch by inch, but I just couldn’t find the will to blog. Last year, I started to exercise regularly. What started out as a way to kill time when it was the kumander‘s turn to “solo”  the internet became a full on obsession. I went to the condo’s (more on that later) free gym at first, then I “upgraded” to Slimmer’s World—I have had a lifetime pass since 2003 so it just made more sense. I started with a 37 1/2-inch belly (tape measure on belly button), and ended with a record 29 1/2 inches. I went to the gym religiously, 4 times a week, from April to October. I was successful at trimming an inch every 3 weeks. I do not have an “after” shot, but you’d know what I’m talking about if you know me personally and have seen me recently. Photo below was taken around May.

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Condom living

Whoever decided to abbreviate condominium as “condo” had no sense of humor. 2009, for us (kumander), was the year of the “condom.” I liked how so much—mall, bank, food, etc., was so accessible. I liked how easy it was to keep track of everything, I liked how condom personnel took care of a lot of stuff. I liked how the building did not “sleep,” especially for a night owl like me. I did not like the overpriced association fees, and not having a car most of the time (it was “broken” for most of 2009). I actually liked cleaning and washing the dishes. I’m weird like that. Oh, and I liked living in such high (literal, 9th floor) a place. We rented a 2-bedroom (really small bedrooms) in Las Piñas.

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Two monitors and a snake

My almost yearly laptop update ended last year. I ditched the old “lappy” for a desktop powerhouse. I have read and always wanted to try a dual monitor setup, and last year I experienced how effective it really was when kumander brought home a 19-inch Samsung from work. I hooked it up as an extension for my laptop, and voila. Now, I don’t think I could go back (working) to a girlish, single monitor, small-screened, weak ass laptop. I have two Samsung 733NWs with a combined total resolution of 2880×900. Oh, and about that snake, click here to see what I found lurking beside my desk.

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Triangle tires

These are some cheap ass tires. China-made but, well, it works. I have been using this sporadically since October last year. To give you an idea of how cheap these are, my 18-inch 225/40 cost only Php 3,000. If you know about cars and tires you would really appreciate this. Anyway, to quote the guy who sold them to me: “Triangle pero bilog.”

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To Naic, Cavite, with love

How I wish I could remember more about this impromptu trip. One thing I could not forget though was, when we woke up the next day, after all the drunkenness, there beside our house stood the ocean. The people were really great, considering I had no right to be there in the first place. Another thing I remember was talking to them about all these great “nature” places we could not go to because of our schedule. We plan to go back there this summer, and, maybe I’d write a more exciting post.

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Jesus, I did not realize this would turn out to be an epic post. Part two tomorrow.

Since my last update

August 2008

Added one to my age. Was forced to celebrate my birthday when all I had planned was to mukmok at home. Sid’s, the bar where I spent my birthday eve, has been closed since. It is now known as Sub Zero – a suckish music bar wannabe with the tagline, “The cool place for hot music!”

Got a mountain bike for my birthday.

September 2008

Started my health quest. Biked everyday. Felt stronger everyday – I increased my distance (route) and length (time) daily. Literally, I got stronger. I even managed to cut down on my smoking by a couple of sticks per day.

I bought a desktop torrent slash media rig as an additional personal birthday gift. To this day (February 6, 2009), I’ve downloaded 640 GB worth of “piracy.” Good stuff. I also badly want to ditch my laptop and settle for a desktop workhorse for this “internet” thing.

October 2008

Of course whilst ditching this blog, I started blogging on Bebot, Bebot! almost daily. I now know for sure that Bebot won’t make me rich. It will be big someday but the ratio of workload to growth is tight. I will stick with it because there, I can get away with really short posts.

I also tried blackhat. For the first time, I experienced having a site banned from Google’s index. Quite exciting I have to say. I learned that in blackhat, although you think less, repetition will bore you to death.

November 2008

Did some CPA affiliate marketing – actually made a few and learned a few. It sucks that in AdWords, the guys is the U.S. have direct account debit whilst I have to stick with whatever limit my credit card gives me. Them who make $10,000 per day might be spending as much as $5,000 per day on AdWords and the like. How the hell can I do that with a Php 70,000-monthly limit credit card.

I might have already stopped biking mid-November. I don’t know why. I’m just ningas-kugon like that.

December 2008

I’m a sucker for the holidays. Everything just feels different. I wanted to be part of the long vacation so I stopped working as well, only my vacation was a lot longer. Har, har.

People, barkada, a lot, went home last December. I’ve reached this point in my life where I’d rather stay at home or drink in someone else’s than go out. Surprisingly, it was quite cool to hit the bars once again.

January 2009

Farewell, The Alabang. My stuff is now split into three different places – The Alabang, because we haven’t finished cleaning up the junk, Bicutan, where my family now lives, and Las Piñas, where I skipped the “bachelor pad” idea and went straight to “living-in.” Yeah, well, it’s nothing new for me and my girl, but still, I feel like such a grown-up!

To be continued…

Router-downloader

Download torrents from your router, PC turned-off

Regular chats with my cousin keeps me up-to-date with the world of computers; funny how that turned-out to be, I, being the one with a computer degree. We were discussing how torrents ruled our lives, so I segued my plan to dedicate a 24-hour system for download goodness. “Ah, torrent rig?” Whoa, you mean there’s a term for that?

He then led me to a flat-out better solution: a router that can download on it’s own. The Asus WL-500g Premium, which among it’s counterparts, seems to hold the most-coveted “sweet spot.” Advantages over having a dedicated torrent rig? For starters, no computers will be left turned-on, ergo, less electricity, less hassles, less gastos, etc.

Besides, the WL-500g boasts a ton of other useful features like file sharing, wireless printer sharing (and webcams), and (sharing) anything that can be plugged-in via usb. All for around Php 3,800. You do need to hook-up and external hard drive to store downloaded files, so maybe add up another “G” if you don’t already have a portable hard drive. Anyway, let me just lead you to the detailed TipidPC.com discussion on router-downloaders.

Imagine that. Download-overload at it’s finest. I’m definitely saving up for this one. Although still, the most-extreme of my dreams is to dedicate a second internet connection just for downloading. Drool.

Manila Ocean Park

June 9, 2008

Funny how and where we ended up yesterday – pseudo Independence Day – after finding out our Enchanted Kingdom passes – set to expire on June 12, 2008 – was already worthless. Enchanted Kingdom had gone back to operating only on weekends, so June 8, was the last Sunday of our tickets – technically, yesterday. Pissed, I decided to spend the rest of the day in always-makes-me-happy Mall of Asia. Feeling very old-Manilaish, me and my girl started talking about “tripping” on Luneta Park. Then the more reasonable, more fashionable “Let’s just go to Ocean Park” thought came. “Luneta Park, we shall return.

First time ko

Manila Ocean Park is only halfway there – the whole left wing is still unfinished. Anyway, I’m not one to review parks, let alone “ocean parks,” so let’s just continue with the story of my “Independence Day” holiday. We had assumed the park would be packed, so low and behold, we had a good hour and a half of waiting just so we can line up to buy tickets. Once #641 was called, we fell in line like one would in a Meralco bayad center. Tickets cost Php 400 each, Php 350 if you’re below 4 feet or something.

Oh, I remember the 2 buwayahs who had wanted to sneak up on everyone (who patiently waited in line for hours). “Manonood lang kami sandali,” said one buwayah to the ticket collector, whilst flashing his “gold card.” “Sandali lang po sir.” It was then the security guard’s turn to deal with the men in uniform. What seemed like a very polite conversation resulted in the buwayahs being ejected from the premises. Good job Mr. Security Guard, not everyday you see that happen.

Here come the “fishies.” I’ve never been a fish dude, even though I’m surrounded by Arrowana enthusiasts my whole life. I’ve presumed my stint there would be a look-and-proceed type process, but I admit to being awed by the really big and weird creatures. It’s not everyday you see sharks, and crabs who can eat you alive. Other than that, they’re all just fish to me. Colorful, ugly, really-ugly, Nemo, and Flounder. Construction of the aquariums is nice, like the “under the water” walkway, but had it been my first time in one of those then I would’ve been more amazed.

The layout is alright especially just after the main entrance. You’ll encounter this tropical-jungle type facade which includes some pond-like aquariums and a waterfall. After that, it’s just aquariums and darkness. Then there are gimmicks to attract more attention. I remember in particular the small pond which allows people to touch the fishes. This foreigner in front of us took advantage of the fact that her camera is waterproof. Then someone made this very attention-grabbing but not-funny hirit of doing the same with his SLR. Unfortunately, the girl did not understand; so did we, probably.

Then there are boat rides – small boats with clear flooring – above the shark aquariums, and a fish foot spa; none of which we tried. Of course, these are not covered by the entrance fee – typical. The fish spa looked really interesting though, check out the picture I took and commentary here.

Before finally exiting the premises, they’d make you go through the classy restaurant and the souvenir shop. No exceptions, you really have to walk by the people eating and then through the store. The dinner buffet, if I remember correctly, costs Php 250, and has a romantic view of the ocean. The souvenir shop is well, typically overpriced but has better quality items (than most). Only then would you end up back into the main circular lobby, which is also by the way filled with foodcourt-type stalls.

Since only half of the park is finished, I wonder if admission would also double up upon completion. I also wonder what other creatures they plan to house in there. Although come to think of it, I saw no dolphins, nor octopussies.

The park is directly behind the grandstand. There are no signs, none that we saw of, so far. There are parking lots on either sides, and one is just beside the enormous Floating Hotel and Restaurant – now in my “to visit” list. All in all we spent almost 3 hours there – including waiting, eating and yosi breaks.

Remember, the Ocean Park album in the gallery tells the same story, with color, so I’m quite surprised you read up to this point. Next up, some videos in my YouTube channel. June 9, 2008 ended in Mall of Asia to check out more helmets and for dinner, so all in all, I had a great one.

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Net Neutrality

Internet ends in year 2012

I just came across this very interesting, weird, insane, and anger-provoking issue called “Net Neutrality.” Maybe you’ve heard about it, maybe not; assuming the latter, let’s take a minute here to discuss the gist of Net Neutrality. Basically, it’s more exacting to say that the issue at hand is “a battle for Net Neutrality.” The “net” or the internet, is neutral at present time. Net Neutrality is what we have now. In the future, specifically in the U.S., giant ISP providers the likes of AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp are planning to offer internet subscription packages patterned on cable television.

Imagine this ad for cable television today – “Subscribe to SKY Cable and get 100 channels including Star World, ESPN, and all the major networks.” Now imagine this ad for internet subscription in the future – “Subscribe to SKY Internet and get access to over 1000 websites including YouTube, MySpace, etc.” Some sites might even be exclusive to other ISP companies the way the way Solar is to Destiny.

The internet would then have lost it’s great stand, it’s fight. The last great free frontier. The level playing field, where nobodies shit on somebodies. Insane and impossible right? Think again. In the U.S., Google and Microsoft, the proponents of Net Neutrality (obviously), lost to a 269-152 vote in the House of Representatives, rejecting the Web companies’ bid for a ban on new fees – new subscription charges brought about by carriers.

Read all about it, make yourself aware. For starters, here’s Wikipedia, and a good article with graphic examples, predicting 2012 as the year all ISP companies adapt this TV-like subscription model – or, The Year That Internet Ends. Nothing better than a global strike led by everyone from geeks to pornstars. Shall we?

Western Digital My Passport Essential

160 GB Portable Hard Drive; Price drop

Storage is cheap; there is really no excuse nowadays to shy away from bigger storage devices. Backups are imperative; I estimate about half of my life’s worth in files lost due to backup unavailability – system crashes, confiscated digital media, etc. Hard Drives have always been in my “to buy” list, I postpone it regularly due to it’s lack-luster “cool new stuff” appeal. This time I prioritized necessity.

I bought this sleek portable hard drive for Php 3,350. Wait, I could have bought it for Php 3,350 in black, but I chose a more expensive colored unit from the next store – Php 3,500. I belive you could buy this thing from TipidPC.com sellers currently for as low as Php 3,000. 3 months ago, this exact same model was selling for Php 5,800. I know, I could have bought an equivalent of 320 GB worth of storage by going the 3.5″ SATA hard drive – external hard drive casing route, but I knew I wouldn’t be happy. I don’t like the idea of plugging it in an outlet – it totally defeats my quest for “ultimate mobility.”

Yes it looks like a Passport, hence; and it is also as small as a passport, just a little thicker. It comes with a couple of programs for easy one-click backups, password-protection and the works – all of which I didn’t even bother install. I see small physical changes from the then-bluntly called “Western Digital Passport,” for instance, the “WD” logo is now situated on the lower right – as opposed to the center. There’s really nothing much more to say about this thing – it’s as boring as it gets. But it serves it’s purpose well, plus it’s small enough, fast enough, and true to it’s plug-and-playability. Buy one, store away.

Western Digital My Passport Essential 160 GB