Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Ganito magbigay ng bad news...


KUMIRIRING ang telepono nang madaling araw...


"Hello, Master Carlos? Si Arnaldo po ito, yung katiwala niyo sa bahay-bakasyunan niyo."
"O, Mr. Arnaldo, ikaw pala. Ano’t napatawag ka? May problema ba?
"Um, napatawag lang po ako para abisuhan kayo na namatay ang alaga niyong parrot."
"Yung parrot kong si Pikoy, patay? Yung nanalo sa bird show?
"Opo, Master Carlos, yun na nga po."
"Putris ... sayang! Ang laki pa naman ng nagastos ko sa ibong yon. Hay, buhay! Teka, ano nga ba ang ikinamatay niya?"
"E, kumain po kasi ng bulok na karne...."
"Bulok na karne? At sino namang salbaheng tao ang nagpakain sa kanya ng bulok na karne?"
"W-Wala po. Nanginain po siya ng karne ng isang patay na kabayo."
"Patay na kabayo? Anong patay na kabayo, Mr Arnaldo?"
"E, yun pung mga thoroughbred horses niyo, Sir. Namatay po kasi lahat sila sa pagod, kahihila ng kariton ng tubig."
"Nasisiraan ka na ba ng bait? Anong kariton ng tubbbiiiiggggg?"
"Yun pong pinampatay namin ng sunog."
"Diyos ko po! Anong sunog naman 'yang pinagsasasabi mo?"
"Yun pong halos tumupok sa bahay niyo.... Tumumba po yung isang nakasinding kandila, tapos nagliyab yung kurtina at mabilis na kumalat ang apoy...."
"Ano? Puuut.... E, may kuryente naman diyan sa bahay-bakasyunan, a. Para saan 'yung kandila?"
"Para sa burol po."
"Ano? Kaninong burol?
"Sa nanay n’yo po, Sir. Bigla kasi siya dumating dito nu’ng isang gabi, walang kaabi-abiso. Lampas hatinggabi na. Akala ko po magnanakaw. Binaril ko."

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Thank you Macky (aka Edward) for this very funny piece of crap. LOL.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Where babies come from... Germany style.


Now this is disturbing. Where can I get a copy?


See it here.

Gadget and Tech Tuesday: Gadget Craziness


USB Heating Slippers

Finally. A way to keep your feet warm and toasty while watching por... I mean updating on current events.


Via Cnet Asia.

SEA Games : One Asean, One Heritage


As of 11 o'clock last night, the Philippines had a total of 25 golds, 10 silvers and 15 bronzes in the 11-nation biennial meet. Hope we can sustain the lead and emerge as the overall champion.

I remember the last time the SEA Games were held here, back when I was in college. It's a very exciting time for us, though we only ended 2nd place after Indonesia.

Now if only we can perform just as well when the games are held somewhere else.

LINKS

Official 2005 SEA Games Website
Inquirer Sports
Philippine Star Online

Friday, November 25, 2005

The Original Soundtrack of My Life


Okay this isn't original. I got this one from Carlo Vergara’s Blogspot. So sue me.


Not so much the song I'd play, but the song that suddenly creeps into my brain when I'm…

1. Lonely Or Down:

Friend of Mine by Jam Morales or Leah Salonga

2. In Love:

If You Ever Leave Me by Barbra Streisand and Vince Gill - Yup. Really. My babe will surely agree.
Color Everywhere by Christian Bautista
Never My Love by Cathy Trocolli


3. Fighting With Your Significant Other:

Shut up by the Black Eyed Peas

4. Having Sex:

Sexual Freek by George Michael
I Touch Myself - Divinyls


5. Nursing A Broken Heart:

Hiding Inside Myself by Kenny Rankin
Alone by Heart


6. In Need of Cheering Up:

Free by Lighthouse Family

7. About To Embark On A Road Trip:

The Flight - I don’t know the singer, but sure is catchy. Like a 80's PAL advertisement.
Elisi by Rivermaya


8. Sunbathing On A Tropical Beach:

(none)

9. Feeling Groggy And Need To Wake Up:

Breathe & Firestarter by Prodigy

10. Feeling Suicidal:

All by Myself by Celine Dion

11. Angry, Very Angry:

You oughta know by Alanis Morissette

12. Singing At The Videoke Bar:

One in a Million You by Larry Graham
Half Crazy by Johnny Gill


12. Dancing By Yourself In Your Room:

Absolutely Not by Deborah Cox
Step by step by Whitney Houston


13. Singing, Dancing And Drunk Off Your Ass:

Magasin by Eraserheads

14. Playing Air Guitar:

School of Rock - soundtrack from the Movie

15. Chilling On A Rainy Afternoon:

From Both Sides Now version by Sharon Cuneta

16. Reminiscing About High School:

Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure
High School Life by Sharon Cuneta -
obvious?

17. Reminiscing About College:

I’ll be your shelter by Taylor Dayne

18. Getting Married:

The Impossible Dream

The lowdown on the Avian Flu


Here's a webpage where you can get the information you need on the dreaded avian influenza.

Hopefully the vaccine gets here earlier than the bird flu.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

‘RP facing HIV epidemic explosion’

By Ding Cervantes
The Philippine Star 11/23/2005


ANGELES CITY — The Philippines is on the brink of an "explosion" of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and full-blown acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) cases, an official of the Philippine National AIDS council (PNAC) warned yesterday.

In an interview with The STAR, Dr. Roderick Poblete said the latest count of 2,354 HIV cases and 702 AIDS cases in the country is just the "tip of the iceberg."

Poblete said while the number of reported HIV cases is low compared to other countries such as those in Africa where one out of four persons has been reported to be infected, the Philippines faces the threat of an HIV "epidemic explosion."

"The use of condoms has been largely disregarded and our studies show that 60 percent of our population believe they cannot contract HIV, while another 23 percent falsely believe that a cure for HIV and AIDS has already been discovered," he said.

Poblete also said the increasing "sexual adventurism" of the Filipino youth is one of the factors that could trigger an explosion of HIV cases. He could not immediately cite how many HIV cases remain unreported.

He said that the latest studies show the "painful reality" that a majority of the 2,354 confirmed cases of HIV range in age from 15 to 49.

"These are employees, workers, students and other people in the prime of their lives," Poblete said. "They belong to the age group that is most productive and pump-priming the economy."

He warned that should the number of HIV-infected people increase, this would inevitably result in "social disharmony" arising from strong discrimination against patients who contract the infection.

Read more here

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Gadget & Tech Tuesdays


My Christmas Wish List Part II


Microsoft’s XBOX 360
c/o CNET.com
Reviewed by: David Carnoy and John P. Falcone

Console and PC gamers have long been divided into two camps. Sure, there are those of us who play on multiple platforms, but hard-core PC gamers tend to be, well, hard-core PC gamers and eschew "mainstream" console games, while committed console gamers can sometimes be heard bashing PC gamers as elitist nerds. While there's nothing wrong with drawing your own distinction, what's clear--at least for the moment, anyway--is that Microsoft's Xbox 360 makes the line between PC and console gaming a lot fuzzier. Yes, this is a console, with game controllers and A/V cables that are designed to interface with your TV--preferably of the HD variety--but Microsoft has essentially packed a high-end PC gaming rig into a relatively small box that fits into any A/V rack or cabinet. That the Xbox 360 also has a user interface that rivals TiVo's in terms of slick presentation and ease of use, plus a host of digital media and networking features, helps elevate the already-good Xbox experience to a whole new level.

Read more…

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Now with the Xbox 360 I’m really dreaming. It will be out for sale in the US this week, and I am not sure of its release date outside US, but even if the Xbox comes to our shores, I can only drool…


Sony’s PSP

c/o Engadget

Introduction

Ever since the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) was announced at E3 in May 2004, we have been eagerly anticipating the hottest console launch (sorry Nintendo DS) this year, even if it is only for the Japanese market right now. We were fortunate enough to get a unit to test a mere five days after the Japanese release date and have been playing with it all weekend. The Sony PSP features a large 4.3-inch 16:9 widescreen LCD TFT screen with a 480x272 resolution, button layout similar to the PlayStation with a digital control pad, an analog stick, circle, square, triangle, x, and 2 shoulder buttons, USB 2.0 connectivity (via mini-USB), a Memory Stick Duo media slot, and 802.11b WiFi support. It uses Sony’s proprietary Universal Media Disc, which stores up to 1.8GB in a format reminiscent of MiniDiscs. The Japanese launch release date was December 12th and the first shipment of PSPs quickly sold out.

Read more…

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The PSP is priced at around P14,000 in Greenhills. Still too pricey for me. I miss my old-skool game and watch…


RP Health Service In Crisis

c/o The Philippine Star 11/22/2005

The Philippines has become one of the biggest suppliers of healthcare workers in the world but the exodus of nurses and doctors in the last five years for higher paying jobs overseas has left the country’s health system in a state of near collapse.

At a summit of health care professionals called by the Philippine Medical Association recently, delegates were told in a conference paper: "The crisis in medical human resources is now upon us. The delivery of health services is being compromised. We have to address the problem before the health system completely collapses."

Jossel Ebesate, general secretary of the Alliance of Health Workers, said the situation had become so bad that the country’s healthcare system would collapse within the next two to three years.

Former health secretary Jaime Galvez Tan, who has been studying the exodus of doctors over the past five years, told
Agence France Presse: "We are facing a serious problem and we need to address it now before it is too late."

He said the demand for nurses, especially in the United States, is outpacing supply.

"Doctors are leaving for a variety of reasons: political instability, low pay, corruption, poor working conditions and the threat of malpractice. But above all they don’t see much hope for the future and the future of their children," he said.

Tan said the fact that doctors were leaving the Philippines was not a new trend.

"Since the 1970s the Philippines has been a major source for health professionals for many countries," he said.


Read more…

Monday, November 21, 2005

A House is not a Home...


Till you decorate it.


What a way to start my week: a major headache after a night of … ehem.

Anyway, I think this is mainly caused by sleepless nights thinking of what to do to my new house. It’s really bare. As in plain cement floorings, zero paint cement walls, muddy front yard. The first time I saw the place I cringed. I wanted to back-out of my contract. But that’s how it goes in the low-cost housing world. They will just build your house, make the necessary water and electricity connections, give you a working toilet and sewerage system, but the gargantuan task of transforming your house from a skeleton to a super-model is entirely your own problem.

And the biggest problem of all...

Budget.

Oy vey. Somebody give me a Tylenol.

Something to be Proud Of


Pinoy's coconet tops BBC World Challenge
Best environmental grassroots project
By Michael Jaucian
c/o INQ7.net

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay -- Agricultural engineer Justino Arboleda of the Philippines won the first prize in the First World Challenge contest sponsored by BBC World television in London on Nov. 17 for his soil erosion control net or coconet.

Coconet, made from waste coconut husk, was adjudged the best environmental grassroots project in the world. It was among 456 entries from 90 countries.

Malta, which introduced a biodiesel product, took the second prize, while Vanuatu was in third place for its rechargeable battery.

From 12 finalists, the field was cut down to three.

Fifty percent of one's score was given by the judges and the other 50 percent by votes cast on the Internet, according to Arboleda's wife Julie. She, however, could not give the exact number of the Internet votes her husband received.

Arboleda, who is still in London, told the Inquirer in a text message that he received the award at 7 p.m. (London time) on Nov. 17, [2 a.m. on Nov. 18 in the Philippines].

He also received a cash prize of $20,000.

The winners will be featured by the BBC in a special program on Dec. 3 and 4 and by Newsweek magazine in its Dec. 3 issue, according to the agricultural engineer.
Arboleda said winning the first prize was a great honor for the country.

"With the world recognition, it would be very easy for us to promote our cocofiber products throughout the world," he said.

He expressed confidence that increased demand for coconet would help alleviate poverty in the country because more jobs would be created. He said demand for coconut materials would also benefit thousands of poor Filipino coconut farmers.

Coconet is manufactured by Juboken Enterprise, which Arboleda owns.

Read more from Inq7.net

More info on the BBC World Challenge here.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Coffee Lover's Warning: Decaf is Dangerous to Your Health


Decaffeinated coffee may be harmful to heart

NewScientist.com news service
Gaia Vince

Decaffeinated coffee may have a harmful effect on the heart by increasing the levels of a specific cholesterol in the blood, researchers say. Their explanation is that caffeine-free coffee is often made from a type of bean with a higher fat content.

Robert Superko, at the Piedmont-Mercer Center for Health and Learning in Atlanta, Georgia, US, and colleagues looked at the effects of coffee on 187 people. The group was split into three similar-sized groups for the three-month study: one group drank three to six cups of caffeinated coffee per day; one drank three to six cups of decaffeinated coffee per day; and a control group drank no coffee. US coffee drinkers drink an average 3.1 cups of coffee per day.

The researchers analysed blood samples from the groups before and after the study to determine the levels of cholesterol and non-esterified fatty acids (NEFAs) in the blood – key indicators of heart disease risk.

To their surprise, the researchers found the decaffeinated group had experienced an 18% rise in NEFAs in the blood and an 8% rise in apolipoprotein B – a protein associated with a cholesterol linked to cardiovascular disease. This was not seen in the other two groups.

“I believe it’s not caffeinated but decaffeinated coffee that might promote heart disease risk factors,” Superko says. “The heart risk is not great – the fatty acids can be burned off easily by exercising. But someone with high-cholesterol, who drinks four or five cups of decaffeinated coffee a day, might want to think about cutting down.”

Healthy option?

When the researchers analysed the coffees used in the study, they found that the caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees were made from a different bean. The decaffeination process extracts the compounds that give coffee flavour, so it is often made from a stronger flavoured bean, called Robusta. Caffeinated coffees are usually made from a bean called Arabica.

“The chemical composition of the two beans is very different. Robusta contains a much higher content of fats, called diptenes, which stimulate fatty acid production in the body,” Superko told New Scientist.

“The coffee industry is selling more and more decaffeinated coffee because people think it’s healthier, but if you have high cholesterol, it may not be.”

More info from New Scientist website.


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Gadget craziness


This is real. And it is taking the term "thumb drive" to a whole new level. It's your basic 128 Mb (kinda small capacity for a thumb, methinks) flash drive contained in a freaky lookin' human digit. If you're icky using your own thumb to poke at your nose, you can substitute this.

See more here.

Gadget & Tech Tuesday Xmas Wishlist Part 1

My Christmas Wish List

Oh yes. Christmas is just around the corner. And to start off my Gadget & Tech Tuesday entry, I begin with the first part of my wish list for this wallet-busting, pocket-burning christmas season...

Sony Ericsson w550i

From the Sony-Ericsson Website:

Product Description


The W550i Walkman™ is a mobile phone for music lovers. FM radio, an advanced digital music player inside and everything you need to enjoy your music on the move. CD ripping software is included in the kit for getting your favourite songs into your phone. Drag and drop using Disc2Phone™. The swivel-action W550i has a 1.8” colour screen for the best possible video viewing and gaming experience plus dedicated gaming buttons for fast and action-packed 3D gaming on the go. When you want to catch some action, the W550i is also an impressive 1.3-megapixel camera with video recording and digital camera menus.

Product details here.

Creative Zen Vision 30 GB

Who needs the over-hyped iPod 5G with video? If you want to watch full-length movies, this baby supports major video codecs as compared to the limited codec supported by the iPod.

From the Creative website:

Product Description

Live life your way with music, photos and video.

A digital canvas for what's important - your life and the memories it holds. Zen Vision lets you take all your movies, music and photos in a light, pocket-sized player wherever you need to be.

Available in a sleek and spacious 30GB model, moments you cherish are now made for sharing. That's tens of thousands of photos, 120 hours of movies, or even 15,000 songs (possibly) playing in your head. Tune in to the radio, record your favorite talk show, or make personal voice memos. Take a closer look at the Zen Vision. And see how it lets you live your life your way.

More info here.

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You'd probably ask why I chose the W550i over the w800i when the latter has bigger (expandable via sony memory stick) memory capacity than the former. My simple answer is... who can resist that "Saturday Night Live" inspired TV ad of the w550i? Hehehehe

Besides, I'm still enjoying my 5gb Black Creative Zen Micro so I do not actually need a bigger capacity MP3 player/fone. I'm just mesmerized by that switch-blade/swiveling design and orangey color scheme. Hmmm... orangey...

As for the Creative Zen Vision, it kicks the iPod 5g's butt with its capacity to play major video codecs, the gorgeous 3.7" screen, the built-in Compact Flash Slot, FM Radio, access to subscription music such as Yahoo Unlimited and Napster (US only) and its magnesium-alloy, pocket-friendly build. Now who needs to pay for and watch past TV episodes of Lost and Desperate Housewives when you can watch full-length Sean Cody and Falcon movies with this baby?

Now if only someone can introduce me to a potential azucarera-de-papa...

Next week... Gadget & Tech Tuesday Xmas List Part 2


Gadget & Tech Tuesday



Content, content, content. Since I’ve resurrected my blog from the dead I have been thinking of what content to put in it. And so while on my commute to work I came up with a list of what to put on the blog (aside from the occasional love messages to mah sugah coated hunka love machine).

  1. Music? - I am a music fan, I sing a lot, but I don’t think I’m much of an expert as my taste in music is limited to the occasional pop, rnb or opm hit.

  2. Movies? - Oh please. There are enough bloggers on earth pretending to be movie critics. I will not add to them. Which brings me to the question, what credentials do these supposed “movie critics” have to be movie critics anyway?

  3. Food? - Nah. Am on a diet. Can’t do no food review when one can’t eat.

  4. Travel? - Budget diet. Can’t travel without the moolah.

  5. Work? - Hell no. If I’m actually working this blog won’t get updated.

  6. Medical News - a bit of that I think. But I’m no medical expert myself so I’d rather leave that to the experts. And no I don’t mean individuals with pre-med courses who think they are experts. Leave the medicine to the real doctors.
What do I love to read about and talk about? These past few years I have been really interested with gadgets and programs and I am sort of the de-facto techie guy in the office, so I think this blog will contain mostly tech and gadget news which will hope to cater to the non-techie straight or gay individual out there.

So, starting today and every Tuesday thereafter, this blog will feature a new segment called “Gadget & Tech Tuesday”. I will scour the internet and tech sites and blogs for gadgets and tech news that fellow pinoy gay guys (oh okay, straight people too) like me will appreciate. I will just give the goods, not do a review as I believe that a true “reviewer” should have the expertise first. I am not expert, just an enthusiast.

So let Gadget & Tech Tuesday begin!



Monday, November 14, 2005

Man cured of HIV?

Man 'cured' of HIV agrees to undergo further clinical tests
By Sam Lister, Timesonline.co.uk Health Correspondent

A YOUNG British man thought to be the first person to have shaken off HIV, the virus that causes Aids, is to undergo further clinical tests in the hope of a breakthrough in treating the condition.

Andrew Stimpson, 25, said yesterday that he was willing to do all he could to help to tackle the condition, after it emerged that his body had apparently rid itself of the human immunodeficiency virus.

Mr Stimpson, a Scot living in London, was found to be HIV-positive in August 2002, but 14 months later a blood test suggested that he no longer carried the virus. A further three tests confirmed the finding.

Doctors believe that this first confirmed case of “spontaneous clearance” of HIV could offer important insights into the behaviour of the virus, and possible means of defeating it.

To date there has been anecdotal evidence of such a clearance of HIV — in a handful of cases in sub-Saharan Africa — while two patients in the 1980s appeared to shake off the virus. However, in those instances it was impossible to prove that the positive and negative blood tests came from the same person.

Read more here...

Friday, November 11, 2005

A year...

Lately I've had a renewed sense of excitement in updating this blog, knowing all too well that practically just about five people know that this blog exists. I do know, however, that my interest in blogging was sparked by a person whom I've met a year ago. I am very happy to say that we will be celebrating our first year together as a couple on the 16th. Time does fly so fast.

And so this blog is dedicated to you, Mr. Jerome Castro Daclison, the love of my life. I know that you have experienced a lot of mini "hells" during our first few months. I know that you always have the best intentions when you try to push me beyond my comfort zone, be it at work or personal. I have learned to love your mom and your sis like my own flesh and blood, and I am eternally grateful that they have accepted me.

I love your tantrums, your contagious and very loud guffaw, your "Okay..." which signals that I'm dismissed, your laugh which tries to hide your real irritation, your love handles, that single strand of hair on your cheek, your very warm and loving smile and your to-die-for cooking.

I am thankful to the One above for giving me that one cyber moment where our modems linked and our i.p. addresses introduced us to one another. I am looking forward to our next years together. While I worry about what the future brings, I find comfort in the fact that you will hold me, guide me and tell me to value the present, the "now", which is more important, because we are together.

I love you very much.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Be happy... it's a choice!


I read this on the bulletin board of my college classmate at Friendster©. The message is appropriate for my current disposition so I am sharing this with you without his permission as I am pretty sure that he borrowed (read: plagiarized, heheheh) it from someone anyway. Hahah! :-)

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Be happy... it's a choice!

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.

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Nice.

Workplace Duh


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

WASHing the World


For everyone's info, I work for a fairly new but very dynamic non-profit organization of which one of its project centers on water and sanitation (watsan). My organization is a member of a global UN-mandated coalition called the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council or WSSCC and they are currently running a worldwide advocacy campaign called WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All).

If you want to know more about the campaign or if you want to be active in promoting WASH issues, click here.

By the way, did you know that your pee is cleaner than the water that other people drink? I kid you not.

How to become a Republican

Yes i know. I am not american and as such issues in the old U.S. of A should be left discussed by people who actually live there. But that doesn't stop anyone for voicing out his or her own opinion just because he lives on the other side of the globe. Besides, the US do not mind meddling in our affairs, so why should't we meddle in theirs?

Anway, I found a hilarious website giving the democrats instructions on how to become republicans.

Your browser or pc should have Flash installed.

Click here.



The Peso is Sizzling... Yowza!


Peso forecast: Sizzling
Swiss bank sees 54:$1 by December

By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
Inquirer News Service



THE PESO is expected to continue its sizzling climb next year because of the implementation of the expanded value-added tax, according to a leading European investment bank.

In a report dated Nov. 3, Swiss financial services giant UBS said it had junked its old forecast of the peso plunging to 56 to the US dollar by the end of the year and the next.

UBS now sees the peso hitting 54 by the end of the year and 53 by the end of 2006.

The last time the peso touched the 53 level was in May 2003.

The peso gained 3 percent against the dollar in the past month and hit a five-month peak of 54.55 against the greenback last week. It is on course to end the year as Asia's best performing currency, according to analysts.

Yesterday, the peso closed at 54.65 against the dollar.

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Hmmm... Asia's best performing currency this year. Who knew? Although I wish we could go back to the days when the peso exchange rate was about P25.00=$1.00. That will not just be a sizzle but a full blown forest fire!


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Techno-duh


Monday, November 07, 2005

Low-Cost Housing? Waaaahhhh!!!!


Low-cost, my foot!

Whoever said that owning a low-cost house is easy and cheap should be shot in the face with a shotgun and be fed with a fragmentation grenade.

As it is, I've been having sleepless nights trying to find ways to come up with the money to pay for the never-ending fees: processing fee, move-in fee, transaction fee, fee here fee there fee everywhere!

Should I just give up and end up renting instead? Whoever the hell gave me the idea that buying and owning a low-cost housing unit is cheaper than renting should be slapped. Oh. Sorry mom.

How I wish my blog reaches thousands of readers worldwide. A dollar per reader can go a long long way. But I guess it's just asking too much.

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