Saturday, April 08, 2006 

Cherry Blossom Festival 2006


It's the annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Washington DC. Too bad the weather ain't that great all throughout the week. Today was the parade at Constitution Avenue, and it just kept raining and raining and raining...

Sunday, March 26, 2006 

Philpost finally moving forward?


"...has approved the 3.3 billion-peso modernization project of the Philippine Postal Corp. (Philpost), more than three years after it was first proposed..."
(http://news.inq7.net/infotech/index.php?index=1&story_id=70639)

That is long overdue. The Philippine postal system is way too antiquated and the government doesn't really care. I believe Filipinos can be very creative in spite of the government’s lack of support for the Filipino people’s technological and technical ingenuity. There’s so much that can be done with the postal system to make the Filipino’s lives even better. I still think there are still ways to innovate and initiate exciting ideas for the masses.

(Warning: This may not be a unique idea. Spur-of-the-moment thoughts…)

There are millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who leave their families behind for better opportunities elsewhere. How do they communicate? How about the elderly and not so techno-savvy family members left behind?

Since there are post offices almost everywhere, why not have a hybrid mail system that combines the convenience of email and traditional snail mail?

  • The overseas family member (more chances of having internet connection) registers at the Philpost website and obtains a unique ID.
  • Overseas family member informs relatives back home of unique ID.
  • Relatives back home could write a usual snail mail letter addressed to the overseas family member’s unique ID and sends it through the local post office.
  • Philpost could probably scan the document as a PDF file (or even JPEG) and emails it to the overseas family member.
  • Overseas family member could also subscribe to a service that allows them to send an email to a Philpost email address which in turn prints them out and mails them to the recipient similar to how telegrams worked.

I’m sure something similar may already have been implemented somewhere, but if it works for us too, why not.

 

12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country

By: Alexander Lacson
This I need to publish.

1) Follow traffic rules. Follow the law.
2) Whenever you buy or pay for anything, always ask for an official receipt.
3) Don't buy smuggled goods. Buy local. Buy Filipino. (Or, if you read the book, he suggests: 50-50).
4) When you talk to others, especially foreigners speak positively about us and our country.
5) Respect your traffic officer, policeman and soldier.
6) Do not litter. Dispose your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve.
7) Support your church.
8) During elections, do your solemn duty.
9) Pay your employees well.
10) Pay your taxes.
11) Adopt a scholar or a poor child.
12) Be a good parent. Teach your kids to follow the law and love our country.

 

CNN's New Look

As far as I could remember, I've been reading CNN ever since I got online. If I am not mistaken, it's the first URL I entered into Lynx :) They have changed their look so many times, and I like most of them. I think the last one (before the one above) was a really good change with the addition of the semi-panoramic *widescreen* photos.

For the sake of history, I will post a screenshot of their new interface so I can look back later on. It would be interesting to see how long this will stay out here.