Roundup Philippines: A country that has it all

It’s more fun in the Philippines! 🙂


El Nido-Nacpan Beach-PhilippinesIt’s been a quiet some time now since I have traveled the Philippines but I never got to write my final roundup. Recently thinking about it, I wasn’t even sure if I should write it at all since it has been so long ago already. But giving it a second thought, I just had to do it. In the end it was the country where I spent the longest time (three months), the country where I found new friends, fellow travelers and locals alike, the country of many adventures and the country with probably the friendliest people I have met. No, not writing this final roundup wouldn’t do this beautiful country and its people justice. A country that has it all and that is probably my favorite country after all.

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A filmmaker/butcher, an opera singer and a pair of computational biologists: Meet the latest class of TED Fellows

Nice to see a Filipino included here! 🙂

TED Blog

In the video above, get to know the 20 newest TED Fellows, who are joining our global network of 300+ innovators who color far outside the lines. This class of Fellows, who will be attending TEDGlobal 2014, represents 16 countries as well as bold ideas in photography, healthcare, food distribution, conservation, street art and, well, you name it.

Get a fast-paced introduction to these trailblazers above, and then head over to the TED Fellows Blog to read more about them »

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WordPress Community Meetup With Matt

Matt Mullenweg will be in Manila this coming June 9, 2014 at 6-9PM

WordPress Meetup


Matt Mullenweg, the man behind WordPress and Automattic, will be in Manila on June 9th, 2014 to meet up with the Filipino WordPress Community!  Bloggers, developers, theme designers and enthusiasts are all welcome to join.

Here are the event details:

Date: June 9, 2014 at 6-9PM

New Venue: Radiate Hall, 2/F The Globe Tower, 32nd Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Slots are limited!  Please sign up here.

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10 places where anyone can learn to code

We should learn to code…

TED Blog


Teens, tweens and kids are often referred to as “digital natives.” Having grown up with the Internet, smartphones and tablets, they’re often extraordinarily adept at interacting with digital technology. But Mitch Resnick, who spoke at TEDxBeaconStreet in November, is skeptical of this descriptor. Sure, young people can text and chat and play games, he says, “but that doesn’t really make you fluent.”

[ted_talkteaser id=1657]Fluency, Resnick proposes in today’s talk, comes not through interacting with new technologies, but through creating them. The former is like reading, while the latter is like writing. He means this figuratively — that creating new technologies, like writing a book, requires creative expression — but also literally: to make new computer programs, you actually must write the code.

The point isn’t to create a generation of programmers, Resnick argues. Rather, it’s that coding is a gateway to broader learning.“When you learn to read, you…

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Home Improvements: Glass and Plugs

The Chalk Hills Kitchen

The glass splashback wall is installed – finally, and all the pieces fit precisely. It’s brilliant, and a total breeze to keep clean. I also love the way the garden reflects against the glass and turns it different colours.


And I don’t think that I mention one of the things, well a gadget actually, that I love. These are pop-up sockets. When you need an electrical outlet, you just pull up the tower and you have 3 power points for use. When you’re finished, unplug the appliance (or phone or charger or whatever) and push the tower back into the worktop. That means very few sockets on the wall to muck up the clean lines of the kitchen.


Now you see it …..


… Now you don’t! How nifty is that, eh?

Yesterday, I ordered all of the wooden blinds for the house. In two weeks those will be installed…

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Reasons Bradley?

Mommy D Pacquiao Mommy D Pacquiao

Las Vegas, Nevada – Manny Pacquiao won a 12-round unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley on Saturday to avenge his controversial 2012 loss to the previously unbeaten American. But that was not the big news.

Moments after losing the WBO welterweight crown to the Filipino boxer and congressman, Bradley accused Pacquiao’s mom Dionisia, popularly known as Mommy D, of voodooism. Bradley claims that Mommy D cast some witchcraft on him, causing him to be disoriented in the last few rounds of the title fight at the MGM arena in Las Vegas.Mommy D was caught on camera, clutching a rosary and a tiny missalette, uttering unintelligible words while pointing at the American boxer.

It is believed that witchcraft is still practiced in parts of the Philippines and there still exist some occasional witches, locally known as mangkukulam.

The Pacquiao camp, however, simply dismissed Bradley’s accusation as “sour grapes.”

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