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Joylin Abendan

Kindness does not call for an occasion, nor a season. It is just there, waiting to be lavished at anyone who needs it. Kindness is an act of love; and I believe that there is enough love to go around amongst us. And maybe, through this abundant love, we can accommodate yet another person in our hearts.

This post is a call for help on behalf of the Spirit Questors, through their adviser, Mr. Tony Perez. I was one of the fortunate recipients of a text message from Mr. Perez informing us that the Spirit Questors adopted a child suffering from cerebral palsy since she was two years old. Joylin Abendan is now eleven years old, stick-thin, and cannot walk, talk, or move any of her limbs at all. She now also has epilepsy and polio. Rodita, Joylin’s mother, can no longer work since she is taking care of Joylin round the clock. Rodita had resolved to begging at the Cubao MRT Station every afternoon to sustain the needs of Joylin. This was where Mr. Perez first encountered them, and he and his friends have been helping Joylin ever since. The Spirit Questors facilitated Joylin’s consultation with a doctor, and are now raising enough money to enable her to undergo a battery of medical tests. At this time, help coming from kind-hearted strangers are very much welcome. Your donations will be used not only to facilitate her medical expenses, but also to sustain Joylin’s daily needs.

For more information on how to donate to this cause, please email Mr. Tony Perez, Spirit Questor adviser, at studioantenor[at]

If you want to meet Joylin and understand her situation more, please play this video:


May the good Lord repay your kindness a thousand fold.

Amazon Kindle

I hope my husband reads my blog today….because I just found his perfect Christmas gift for me! Yey!

I’m a voracious reader. My idea of a perfect day is when I have a good book, a mocha frappe, and a fine weather bundled all together. Whenever I travel, I always pack more books than shirts; it horrifies my mom. I always thought I can never ever travel light because of all the books I lug around, but then they invented the Amazon Kindle, a wireless reading device!

When I first saw the Amazon Kindle, I fell in love with its simplistic design. To us minimalists, less is always more. But hey, at only 10.3 ounces, I was surprised at what it can do. Its screen lets you read like you’re reading from a paper; it allows you to find, buy, and download reading materials from Amazon (books, magazines, newspapers, etc.) in less than 60 seconds; it can store 200 books more or less; and it gives you access to top blogs and the wikipedia any time of the day…even without Internet connection since it uses the same technology as that of a cell phone. What more can a bookworm ask for? Well, there’s something I wish they’ll add – a backlight, so I can read in the dark before I sleep. :)

If you want to see the Amazon Kindle for your self, here’s a short video:

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Now, if you’re really interested on the Kindle, you may want to watch this more detailed video:

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French Competence and Talent Visa

Just when I thought that the French are rather not embracing globalization, ah…they continue to surprise bystanders like me. The French Embassy in Manila is looking for 100 qualified professionals to whom they will issue Competence and Talent Visas. This particular visa is issued to professionals, who, to quote the official announcement by the French Embassy in Manila, “contribute to the intellectual, economic, scientific, cultural, humanitarian or sportive impact of France in the world, and directly or indirectly of the Philippines”. Such visa will allow you to legally work anywhere in France…what a treat! As of writing, 1 Euro is equal to 69.93 Philippine Peso. Need I say more?

Applying is easy and will not cost you a cent. Just submit a letter of intent to the French Embassy in Manila, detailing your educational and professional qualifications, your employment prospects in France, and your plans upon setting foot in their country. I personally think that it would help a lot if you make mention that you plan to study French, as language competence will help you assimilate in France. You can start by enrolling yourself at Alliance Francais de Manille, and continue studying at Alliance Francaise Paris. With your letter of intent, you are supposed to attach documents which will help establish that you are indeed a highly skilled professional. A representative of the French Embassy will call you in a week or two if you are considered for the Competence and Talent Visa. Très facile! Read more »

Free Rice, Anyone?

My hubby excitedly sent me a link this morning…just when my boss was firing away my tasks for the day. I totally ignored my hubby, since unlike my boss, he can’t get rid of me anyway. Hihihi!

Winding down this evening, I went to the link that my hubby sent me…and ended up playing for almost an hour! I enjoyed it so much that I totally and intentionally forgot about my boss’ unfinished presentation. I know, I know…I’m such a bad girl. But hey, the more I play, the greater my contribution is to alleviating hunger. Isn’t that fun and noble at the same time? I’m crossing my fingers that my sensible boss will understand that noble things take precedence over his presentation. In fact, I made a mental note to look for a relevant Bible verse to support my argument in case he throws a fit. Hihihi!

If I got you curious enough, I encourage you to go to Free Rice and start playing. You will not only learn a new vocabulary, but you’ll also be able to donate 20 grains of rice for every word you get right. The donation is made through United Nations World Food Program so you can be sure that it reaches the right people. I assure you, this fun and noble thing is worth a try. (Wink!)

Special thanks to my hubby who thoughfully sent me the Free Rice link knowing that I like word games…and also to his officemate, Fernie, who shared the site with him. :)

Help end world hunger

And He Blogs Too!

I am proud to say that the men in my life are very supportive of my blogging. After my dad, my hubby Mike volunteered (swear, I did not coerce him in any way) to contribute in my blog too! Yey! He will be the lead writer in these two new series:

Tech Notes Series – This series will be about anything and everything techie. Mike is actually 80% robot and 20% human, so this is bound to be interesting for you techie people out there. But I must confess that when he was explaining to me what techie topics he plans to contribute, I hardly understood it. I guess that only means to say I’m 100% human. What a relief!

Let’s Play Series – Ah, now this shows that a nerd gets to have fun too! While my hubby slaves away in front of the computer almost 15 hours a day, he does find time to play online games. He will share his nice finds here. I too am excited to read this series…but I am more excited to know who among us will get a memo for playing during office hours. Hihihi!

So…stay tuned for these two new series by Mike Sumulong. Au revoir!