Kindle at Php6,500 – not bad


No question that the experience you get reading from a real book is way way way better than from an ebook reader like kindle. If I have to choose between the convenience of kindle and carrying around heavy books, I would still go for the heavy books.

The good thing about kindle is that it makes ‘good’ or rare books more accessible to us in the Philippines in a cheaper way. I mean we can always order real books from amazon or other international bookstores, but you have to deal with shipping fees, taxes, and carriers. So with kindle, you can go away with those extra fees.

So I kind of fancy getting ‘my own’ kindle when I saw Amazon introduces the Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, 6 which is priced at around Php6,500. Then, shipping from Johnny Air is I think around Php800. This newly introduced model is cheaper I guess because it is wifi-only, instead of 3G. Bytheway, the 3G feature, in other kindle models, is already free when you use it (I mean it’s not totally free because you buy books, and amazon probably add it to the kindle’s price). But you know, you no longer need to go to globe/smart/sun just to make your 3G work. By the way, kindle has built-in web browser, though in black and white, so it means if you have the 3G version, you can browse anywhere for ‘free.’

dx & kindle small 3g versions


Owkei, this is a test post. That kindle link is amazon affiliate/associate, whatever you call it.

Kindle at Php6,500 – not bad


No question that the experience you get reading from a real book is way way way better than from an ebook reader like kindle. If I have to choose between the convenience of kindle and carrying around heavy books, I would still go for the heavy books.

The good thing about kindle is that it makes ‘good’ or rare books more accessible to us in the Philippines in a cheaper way. I mean we can always order real books from amazon or other international bookstores, but you have to deal with shipping fees, taxes, and carriers. So with kindle, you can go away with those extra fees.

So I kind of fancy getting ‘my own’ kindle when I saw Amazon introduces the Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, 6 which is priced at around Php6,500. Then, shipping from Johnny Air is I think around Php800. This newly introduced model is cheaper I guess because it is wifi-only, instead of 3G. Bytheway, the 3G feature, in other kindle models, is already free when you use it (I mean it’s not totally free because you buy books, and amazon probably add it to the kindle’s price). But you know, you no longer need to go to globe/smart/sun just to make your 3G work. By the way, kindle has built-in web browser, though in black and white, so it means if you have the 3G version, you can browse anywhere for ‘free.’

dx & kindle small 3g versions


Owkei, this is a test post. That kindle link is amazon affiliate/associate, whatever you call it.

4 Weeks Left to Register for the CodeSpark 2010 (Theme: Innovating for the Connected Filipino)

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Join now and be one of the 4 winners to receive Php25,000 and a brand new Nokia Smartphone.?? Form your own team and think of an innovative idea that will benefit our fellow Filipinos. With the theme, ???Innovating for the Connected Filipino,??? conceptualize an application that connects to the Internet either via GPRS/3G. Also, keep in mind that your app should be using either Series 40 or S60 Nokia Platforms.

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when I’m writing, I’m f*cking

(Please insert name of sexy celebrity when you read the title)

A lottttt (of exaggeration) of people are telling me I ‘can’ write. I don’t believe them but during desperate times, I believe them.

You know in times of being jobless, I sometimes think why not make money from this ‘writing’ – make a better use of my mental garbage. I tried that but I stopped. After some deep analysis, I realized that writing for me is like sex. As much as possible, we don’t like to pay or be paid for sex.

Sometimes, I also think of going to school to learn about grammar, sentence structure, and such to improve my ‘writing’ skill. But just like sex, we could not really bother much about proper positioning, timing and such, right? I learn to write just like how I learn sex — it’s all about intuition and feeling, then add some screaming and shouting and loudness — you have an orgasmic piece already.

Well, it may not be an orgasmic experience to the readers, but at least it is for me.

Safe sex at its best.

when I’m writing, I’m f*cking

(Please insert name of sexy celebrity when you read the title)

A lottttt (of exaggeration) of people are telling me I ‘can’ write. I don’t believe them but during desperate times, I believe them.

You know in times of being jobless, I sometimes think why not make money from this ‘writing’ – make a better use of my mental garbage. I tried that but I stopped. After some deep analysis, I realized that writing for me is like sex. As much as possible, we don’t like to pay or be paid for sex.

Sometimes, I also think of going to school to learn about grammar, sentence structure, and such to improve my ‘writing’ skill. But just like sex, we could not really bother much about proper positioning, timing and such, right? I learn to write just like how I learn sex — it’s all about intuition and feeling, then add some screaming and shouting and loudness — you have an orgasmic piece already.

Well, it may not be an orgasmic experience to the readers, but at least it is for me.

Safe sex at its best.

of coffees and offs

I was at fooda earlier. At the counter, I saw the cashier having her trainee as her back-up. I felt sad every time I see those trainees because it means, some staff have to go. After 2 years in fooda in Consolacion, I noticed that they always have new staff. So I asked them once why, and they said, they’re all ‘contractual.’ After 6 months, they would leave.

I don’t understand why management has to do that. I mean I know that they have to do that because if they keep a regular employee, they have to pay all those benefits. Of course, i don’t own their business so they must have other reasons than that. I guess it’s better that way than no employment opportunities at all.

It reminds me of the conversation I had with a friend who works (worked) as an HR for a coffee shop. How she wanted to quit because she can no longer take the stress of having to deal with different human issues. She gave me an example like how to explain to an employee he needs to be ‘re-shuffled’ (tranfser) to a different branch. But the employee begged to stay in the same branch because he does not want to be away from his family. She feels like ‘naipit.’

So I asked her why not your staff can stay in 1 branch? Their reason was that if staff will become familiar with the customers, they tend to not sell any thing new to the customers because they already what those customers will order. I tried not to think of it that after all, it’s all about profits. I mean I cannot also blame business owners with how unstable our economic environment can be, they somehow need to be bold.

But starbucks has another way of doing it though based on schultz’s book (but it’s from the book so might be different in the real world). Starbucks make it a rule to have their staff stay in one place because those people already build a connection with the regular customers. You notice how starbuck’s barista will try to remember your name. They ‘found out’ that people will be more loyal customers if they build a connection, familiarity with the people that serve them.

If you look at the two coffee shops, they’re all about ‘profits.’ But I guess, at least in Starbucks, we could say not at the expense of the employees or their family. Or, maybe in a subtle way. It just makes me think, is the difference in profit really that big that it’s worth for the employees to endure some ‘pain’ on their part?

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On another part, we some times get some kind of a surprised look when we would say we are totally alone on weekends — no help around. Is that weird?

It’s not that we’re nice for giving day-offs and such. It’s for selfish reasons. We’d rather be grumpy on weekends for lack of ‘rest’ than to have grumpy ‘ates’ on weekdays who will be watching over my kids. Happy ‘ates’ make happy kids make happy mothers. =)

Thus, you can book us any day as long as it’s weekdays. We’d rather give up work day, than the ates’ day-offs. You know, we already asked for their time 24/7, I guess they deserve to have their weekends on their own. If we feel injustice when we’re asked to go for OT, how much our ates being deprived of day-off, right?