Friday, February 17, 2012

Win $1000 for Whitney Houston

One of my favorite websites, prizes.org is holding a remarkable Whitney Houston tribute where you could win $1000 USD by simply crafting a tweet. With the money, you then have the option to donate to the charities which are closest to the heart of the diva:

  1. The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children
  2. The United Negro College Fund
  3. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  4. St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
  5. American Red Cross   

You have to join the contest here to be eligible: 

Here's a sample tweet that I made:

If you believe that the children are the future, let us help 's legacy thru 

IMPORTANT: Your entry and tweet must be made on the prizes.org website to be eligible.

Friday, February 03, 2012

South China Sea Islands??!

This story is about a little globe my wife bought at National Bookstore here in Robinson's Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines. And maybe a little overreaction from my part? You be the judge.

It says there, South China Sea Islands
Sorry for the terrible picture.
I'll try to take a picture of it with the scanner
Now, I'm not really a geography buff but sometimes I do take a look at the map of the Philippines for sheer amusement. (Yeah, my life is that boring...)

Ok, now I need to scan it for you folks. It's round so I had to put bond paper at the sides...

This is the best quality I can come up with

Am I overreacting? I can understand that we've been calling the area the South China Sea since I was grade one or maybe even longer. Now, maybe for political reasons, we call it the West Philippine Sea.

My point is, the globe that I had is very small and obviously made in China. It was published (It's only now that I realized that people published globes rather than manufacture them.) by a company called SinoMaps Press.

The over emphasis of South China Sea Islands seems to me like a subtle form of propaganda. The font of the words are even bigger than those of the word BRUNEI - considering that these islands barely even show on any map for their miniscule physical size.  

So what? Choc nut!

Wala lang!

Buy a Toyota to Win a Toyota

Everyday, I check 3 news websites as a way to stifle my boredom. One of them had this advertisement from Toyota which prominently says,

"As a way of saying thank you, we're giving away 10 of Toyota's best selling vehicles"

Don't get excited...

I thought that I was finally going to get a chance to have 4 wheels. 

Toyota should have said in its ad, 

Buy a Toyota to Win a Toyota. 

Because that's what they're really offering. 

Otherwise, poor schmucks like me would click on the link in the hopes of getting a shot at a car only to find that I would have to buy a darn car to get me another car. 

I guess, that's wishing for too much. Oh well, Toyota, I guess I would have to troll the Internet for a while to see if someone is really giving away a Toyota in exchange for a survey form or a tweet or something.