Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My Gadget Review: Nokia N900

Last March, my birthday gift from my parents was a new cellphone - a Nokia N900 Touchscreen Mobile Computer.  My phone before this one was also a Nokia, model N73, which makes for a huge jump from a semi-retirement age phone to now a top of the line touchscreen phone.

 My Nokia n900

Nokia N900 features

The N900 is Nokia's latest offering. It uses a Linux-based Maemo software.  If you wish to read more about the full Technical Specifications of the Nokia n900, hop on over to Nokia's website, they have the whole thing there. Putting it all here seems a bit redundant. :p

Here's my personal review of my cool new gadget....

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Charice Billboard Watch 2010

Charice Billboard Watch 2010

  • Billboard Hot 100 - 2 weeks
    • Week of May 29, 2010 - "Pyramid" feat. Iyaz entered and peaked at #56
    • Week of June 5, 2010 - The single dropped to #93 on its second a final week.
  • Billboard 200 Albums - 8 weeks
    • Week of May 29, 2010 - Charice's self-titled US album entered and peaked at #8
    • Week of June 5, 2010 - "Charice" slides 20 spots to #28 
    • Week of June 12, 2010 - "Charice" slips further to #55 
    • Week of June 19, 2010 - "Charice" is at #81
    • Week of June 26, 2010 - The album drops to #162
    • Week of July 3, 2010 - The album moves 9 spaces down to #173
    • Week of July 10, 2010 - "Charice" rebounded to #139 following the announcement of her guest appearance on "Glee"
    • Week of September 18, 2010 - After a 2 month absence on the Billboard Albums Charts, "Charice" re-entered at #160 following a replay of her appearance on Oprah 
  • Dance/Club Songs - 9 weeks
    • The remixes of "Pyramid" feat. Iyaz is a Chart topper on this chart, reaching #1 in the Week of May 22, 2010 and stayed on this chart for a total of 9 weeks.
  • Digital Songs - 1 week
    • Week of May 29, 2010 - "Pyramid" entered at #32 and remained for 1 week on this chart
  • Digital Albums - 1 week
    • "Charice" entered at #8, Week of May 29, 2010 and remained for 1 week on this chart
  • Canadian Hot 100 - 9 weeks
    • A total of 9 weeks on this chart, "Pyramid" feat. Iyaz peaked at #41.
  • Billboard Canadian Albums - 3 weeks
    • "Charice" is a hit in Canada, entering at #4 on this chart and staying on for 3 weeks
  • Japan Hot 100 - 10 weeks
    • Week of July 10, 2010 - "Pyramid" feat. Iyaz enters the chart at #61
    • Week of July 17, 2010 - A whopping 53 steps leap to #8 for "Pyramid"
    • Week of July 24, 2010 - "Pyramid" continued it climb, moving up to #4
    • Week of July 31, 2010 - The song remains strong at #5
    • Week of August 7, 2010 - Rounding up the top 10, Charice is a huge success in Japan
    • Week of August 14, 2010 - "Pyramid" begins its descent, down to #21
    • Week of August 21, 2010 - Slips further to #57
    • Week of August 28, 2010 - "Pyramid" bounces back up to #42 with the release of Japan album "Sharisu"
    • Week of September 4, 2010 - "Pyramid" climbs back up again to #38
    • Week of September 25, 2010 - After a couple of weeks absent, "Pyramid" re-enters at #95
  • Billboard Japan Albums
    • Week of August 28, 2010 - "Sharisu" debuts at #14 
    • Week of September 4, 2010 - Shoots up to #6
  • European Hot 100 - 1 week
    • Week of October 9, 2010 - "Pyramid" is #56
  • AOL Video song - 1 week 
    • "Pyramid" entered at #15, Week of June 5, 2010
  • Yahoo! Video - 1 week
    • "Pyramid" shoots to #1, Week of July 10, 2010
  • 2010 Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Charts  
    • "Pyramid" is #17 on the Year-End Charts
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Charice on Glee

As a bonus, here are Charice's Glee songs which notched the following Billboard Charts hits as well:
  • "Telephone" by the Glee Cast (sung by Sunshine Corazon and Rachel Berry)
    • Week of October 9, 2010 - Enters #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, #11 on Digital Songs and #17 on the Canadian Hot 100 Chart
    • Week of October 16, 2010 - Slips to #61 on the Digital Songs Charts and #67 on Canadian Hot 100
  • "Listen" by the Glee Cast (sung by Sunshine Corazon)
    • Week of October 9, 2010 - Enters #38 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also charted #19 on Digital Songs and #51 on the Canadian Hot 100

Read Charice full week-on-week 2010 Billboard Charts Performance here: Charice on the Billboard Charts - Archive

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Charice's on the Billboard Charts Archive and other news in 2010

Welcome to the archives of Charice's Billboard Charts performance and other snippets of news. Read on and don't forget to Like this page! For corrections, please email me at admin[at]reyjr.com.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Learn how to Jejemon write! Lolz!...~ jejejeje!

Jejemon Encounters

ei0w p03Hwz!!

So, we've all had encounters with them Jejemons - from random text messages, Friendster friend requests (back in the day, you remember?), Facebook status updates, and other Social Networking site - and now they have conquered mainstream media - with a fast growing viral popularity that rivals MelaSon or OchoOcho. They are now (unfortunately) part of Philippine Culture and even in other parts of Asia.

Anti Jejemon!
During the Philippine Presidential Election campaigns, we saw Jejemon being used as a campaign tool - like this photo of Sec. Gibo Teodoro. I also heard VP Candidate Jejomar Binay was turned into Jejemon Binay.

Because of this though, I have begun having this nagging feeling that I need to learn how to write in Jejemon (or Jejenese) so that at least I will be able to understand it, if eventually it takes over our normal language. :p

Here goes... I apologize in advance for any headaches this post will induce - it's all for academic purposes. Lolz!,,,Jejejeje!~~jeje!! Read on!

Jejemons use numbers f0r lett3rs - just b3c4use th3y're cut3r!

So I started with the obvious ones, exchange letters for numbers - "a" can be "4", like with a sl4nted psychedelic look to it. Exchange "e" with "3", but not 4ll the tim3. You c4n still us3 the normal "e", sometim3s. 3xh4nge y0ur capital "G" with "6" and sm4ll "g" with "9" - it m4k3s s3nse ri9ht? You can use "2" in pl4ce of "to" or "4" inste4d 0f "for" 4nytim3 y0u f33l like y0u n33d 2 do it... 4nd finally, us3 th3 numb3r "0" instead of the letter "o", just b3caus3 it's cut3r th4t w4y. Co0l! 63ttin9 th3 h4n9 0f it n0w?

Jejemons use symbols, m4k3,,tEx+s~,,'m0r3,,iNterezt!n9~~

 L3t's g0 n0w 2 symb0ls! Try usin9 "+" in pl4c3 of "t" sinc3 i+ lo0ks th3 s4me anyw4y. R3pl4cing "i" wi+h "!" is jus+ w0nd3rfully art!st!c 4nd !ngen!0us, d0n't y0u 4gr33? By th3 w4y, an "a" c4n als0 be r3pl@c3d with an @ symb0l, d3p3nd!ng 0n h0w difficult it will bec0me 2 c0mpr3hend. I m3@n, d0n'+ us3 @ wh3n y0u're wr!tin9 an 3ma!l @dd3ss!

To g3t a wave-l!ke effect on your texts, use UPPER and lower case letters alternately. And wh!l3 w3'r3 4t !t, l3t's dr0p th3 "s" 4 s0m3 w0rDz and üs3 "z" inzte4d. Zpr!nkl3 i+ ar0und y0ur s3nt3nc3z 2 mak3 it m0r3 v!br4nt aNd in+er3sting 4 th3 r3aD3r.

J3jem0nZ aLs0 uSe a Wh0le l0t of pUnCtü4t!0n m4rkz,,, iMpr0p3r ~uSa9e,,oF''c0mM4s iz f0r3m0st. ExCl4ma+i0n po!ntz aRe a müzt,,!!

S0me uzefl jejemon shorcüts!! ~~üüü
Alt + 126 =  ~
Alt + 129 = ü
Alt +130 = é
Alt + 131 to 134 = âäàå

Jejemons abbrv8 much

4n0tH3r j3jeM0n wR!+N9 rUl3, If~ tH3RE Ev3r~ w@z oNe IS - AbBr3v!8! Lolz!~ sINc3~ It wuz OrI9In4llY mEanT~ 4 tXT mEsSGEz, D ShORTEnInG Of~ wOrDZ iz å MüSt~ w3lL, eSPeC!ally sinC3 åNoTH3r~ rulE oF jEjemON wRitnG iz,, d adDiN9 Of A G3NErOüZ aMOUNT of coMMaz, ElLIpseZ, nD Wha+vER~ eLse~.

uSe "u" INsT3ad of "you", "d" INsteAD~ oF "the", "w/" f0r "with" aND dr0P lett3rz~ WeNeVER pOssIbLe.

Jejemons laugh heartily at every opportunity! Jejeje!

jeJemONz arE a~ Hpi BunCH. Jejejeje!! ~ thEY aRE @ctUallY nmeD dAT w4y BeC~ oF Th3ir~ VERy unIQUe l4ugHt3R~ - jejejeje! ThiZ TyP3 oF L4u9hT3R, sUm s@y, wuz oRig!nAllY uSeD bY oNl!ne mmoRPG g@meRz wHil3 tH3y pUmMeL oPp0n3nts 2 d gRoUnD. Jejejejeje!

Jejemons respect elders poehwz.

L@sTly, jej3m0nz aRe,, kN0wN 2 b v3rY~ k!nD nD r3speCtfUl, d3sp!te tHe!r wRiTin9 stYl3. It iz n0t uNuSuAl 4 j3jemonz 2 eNd aNy sent3nz w/ "po" - a s!gn of~ r3spEct 4 Filipinos. TH3r ar sveral vRsi0ns- frm d s!mpl3 "poh" 2 d mor iNteRestn9 "poewh" 2 d fLaMboUyant~ "phoewhzz" - tAk3 ur piCk pohw!!!!~~~ jejeje!

You are now a Jejemon!


That was quite a challenge to write (and READ, i bet!). Now writing in jejemon doesn't end in the text construction - it is much more than that - something I can never teach. Well, first that it is mostly in Tagalog-English or Tag-lish.

Nonetheless, I hope you were able to learn a thing or two from this exercise - at least now, you'll be able to read jejemon! Why don't you go ahead and try it out in the comments section? Hehe! Good luck and go forth, new jejemons!

"Jejemon" won as word of the year in Sawikaan 2010

Believe it, it's true. It beat out contenders “unli,” “load,” “tarpo,” “spam,” “solb,” “emo,” “namumutbol,” “Ondoy,” at “Ampatuan.”

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Philippine Elections 2010 Results (update)

Dear visitors, I have stopped updating the numbers on this blog post. For real time results of the 2010 Philippine Presidential Elections, please head on over to the COMELEC website or the PPCRV Website.

Thank you.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Living Batangueño: Palaspas (Palm Sunday)

Here is a back post I should have published a month ago but wasn't able to. It is part of my Living Batangueño series.

I was in Batangas during the Palm Sunday weekend this year and attended the 6AM mass at the Santissima Trinidad Parish (the one beside the SM Batangas Mall).

Here are some of my favorite photographs from that day. You can click on the photos to see them full sized.

The early Palm Sunday morning

I'm not used to waking up early, but I did that day. I'm not sure why. My whole life I've only been to a Palm Sunday mass maybe less than 5 times - or at least that's how many I remember....

Saturday, May 01, 2010

"Earning 10 in 2010" - April Online Earnings Update!

Earning 10 in 2010

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"Slam! Bam! Pok! Pow!", echoed as my monthly blogging target was pummeled by my actual online earnings this month. Lol! Not really. :p

But for the third month in a row, I've surpassed by $10 per month target in the heels of my joining a news website, plus new opportunities from Sponsored Reviews.

Oh, and Blogvertise finally paid me my $2! woot...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Name the Souvenir Magnets Contest

Collecting Souvenir Refrigerator Magnets

I'm a confused collector. Whenever I travel, I always try to get a Souvenir Refrigerator Magnet, but I also get snow globes, keychains, T-shirts, mugs and whatever else I can afford. :p Well, so far, my ref magnet collection is the biggest one.

Below is a photo of our old refrigerator door with the Souvenir Magnets I've collected over the years. It is a mix of local and internation travel destinations. There are 32 magnets here - can you identify where all of them come from? (Not counting the black GE logo!)

Identify all 32 magnets! Click the photo to view full size.

Join the contest...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Book Launch of “Balik-Tanaw: The Filipino Movie Stars of Yesteryears”

The Filipino Movie Stars of Yesteryears, a book launch

Mark your calendar, on May 22, the movie icons of the Golden Era of Philippine Movieworld will descend upon the Traders Hotel, Roxas Boulevard for an afternoon of singing and dancing, and most of all, reminiscing of about the lives of these elegant men and women of the Philippine movie industry.

Lets us join in celebrating the launching of a book, “Balik-Tanaw: The Filipino Movie Stars of Yesteryears” a compilation of snippets of the lives of actors and actresses who illuminated the silver screen from the 1930s to early 1960s.  It was written by Dr. Romy Protacio, an aficionado of Philippine movies who had the rare chance of sharing friendships with most of the stars in his book....

Sunday, April 25, 2010

NBA player BJ Armstrong meet & greet at Velocity Bar

Last week, thanks to Marriott Hotel Manila, I got the rare opportunity to meet one of NBA's legends, former Chicago Bulls basketball player, Benjamin Roy Armstrong Jr., or B.J. Armstrong, also referred to as "B.J., The Kid."


The event was held in Marriott's Velocity Bar, the Philippines' first and only 5-star sports and entertainment bar.  The meet and greet was relaxed and casual, with people taking turns asking for autographs and taking photos with the basketball star. It lasted about half and hour and was adjourned with B.J. Armstrong giving an autographed basketball as a gift to Marriott Hotel.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Wonderful Family Movies from Disney Exclusives

Growing up to Disney Movies

I've always love Disney movies. As I child I enjoyed movies like "The Lion King" [Oh I just can't wait to be King!], "Alice in Wonderland" [the animated version - and then later on the 3D version!], "The Little Mermaid" [The seaweed is always greener...], "Alladin" [A whole new world...] and "Beauty and the Beast" [Tale as old as time...].

Then came more wonderful movies like the "Toy Story" series, Quasimodo as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Monsters, Inc." lovable characters, "Mulan" a wonderful story set in China, the incredibly entertaining "The Incredibles", these are movies I've watched over and over again that I've half memorized the lines.

Even as an adult, I still enjoyed Disney movies like the "Pirates of the Carribean" franchise, "Up!", "Chronicles of Narnia", "High School Musical", and so many others.

Disney's Movie Treasure Trove

And so I invite you to dig into the treasure trove of Disney movies, with a huge library of features and short films available though Disney Exclusives.

There is a long list of Family friendly movies like "Condorman", which tells the story of a comic book writer who, by a twist of fate, lives the life of the characters he wrote about.  I also recommend "Ducktales the Movie", a fast paced adventure featuring our favorite ducklings Huey, Dewey and Louie.

Just in time for Mother's Day, get "A Mom for Christmas" a heartwarming tale about Family and Love, and stars Olivia Newton-John.

Quality time with the family is priceless, and I always enjoy watching Disney movies with mine. What is your favorite Disney movie?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Lyrids Meteor Shower!

Lyrids Meteor Shower peaks on April 22

Figure 1. Photo credits to meteorshowersonline

I have featured several meteor showers on this blog, like the annual Perseid Meteor Shower in August, and the November Leonids Meteor Shower.  This time around, another faithful meteor shower, the Lyrids, invites us to make a wish upon a falling star.

From the PAGASA Website, it explains...

How will you choose your next President?

I am reposting this blog post in preparation for the coming Elections. I am hoping you all have internalized how you will choose your next President.

How to choose the next President...

Different people would have different basis for choosing a President.  Some base it on a candidate's opinions on issues relevant to them, some base it on character, personality or even religion. Some base it on popularity, plain name recall or even looks. Some are in denial about that last one. :p Haha. Then again, c'mon really - who wants an ugly President?

Kidding aside, since I am voting for the very first time in the last decade that I have been qualified to vote, I really want to put a lot of thought in this process of choosing who to vote for. I refuse to vote for a Presidential candidate with nothing but empty promises and motherhood statements. I want at least a hint of a detailed plan - a strategy if you may - of handling this huge undertaking. 

Being President is a tough job no doubt: you have millions of stakeholders who need assistance and support, you are accountable for their lives, their security, their access to health benefits, you are accountable for the economy, and you need to find the money to fund all of your plans. Aside from that you also need to be a shining symbol of hope and prosperity for a country constantly battling poverty.

In an ideal world, the following are my criteria in choosing who should be my next President...