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  1. Has anybody here played pinball before? What I mean was the good old pinball machine and not the digital version. I was so good at it especially when I get the ball bouncing back and forth between 2 rubber stoppers. In one arcade here, had hit the highest score which earned me a price of free play anytime. I felt like winning an Olympic medal. You can imagine the admiration I got from the youngsters in that arcade. But when the pinball changed to the digital version, it didn’t suit my taste buds anymore. Besides, I’m already a working guy and pinball is not appropriate anymore.
  2. Until now the testing is ongoing of the Tesla car and the Google car, both are self-driving cars. The evaluation of the testing is not good because minor issues are to be resolved which seem to be harder to resolve than the bigger issues. For one, the unpredicted situation should be taken into consideration before the car can react. But how can you predict every situation that is possible on the road? Tesla car is being more practical because they have come to terms that their car is free from driver assistance but with monitoring in case of unpredicted situation so the driver can do the reaction.
  3. Old newspapers will serve the purpose for training the puppy on proper toilet manners. Spread the old newspaper on the floor and place the puppy there. Let it stay until it pees or it poops. You have to do this training when you think the puppy wants to release something. Be sure you spread the newspaper on the right place like the garden or the backyard.
  4. Taking care of a toddler is the most difficult part for me as a parent. It is the phase when the child is learning to walk and talk. Accidents can happen and that's what worries me all the time. Whenever we have a toddler at home, I would always ask the parents to closely monitor their child so the toddler will not be harmed by accidentall fall.
  5. I admit that I have doubts about life after death because no one can present proof. Pastors and other leaders of religions can only give us a philosophical explanation but no concrete evidence. However, it is safer to believe than not to believe because it is scary to think that it is the end when we die. At least life after death gives us hope.
  6. My preference for messages is the written. On the phone, I seldom answer a call and my advice is to text me. Here is an actual story that happened last month. It was my birthday and we had invited some relatives for lunch in a buffet restaurant. We were in the restaurant when my niece called to say she is in another restaurant waiting for us. Well, I said to my niece to check my text. Voila! My text cleared the issue.
  7. I don't think it's the generation but the society in general, young and old, most are conscious with the food we eat and the lifestyle as well. One proof is the proliferation of herbal supplements that claim to make us healthy. Another proof is the popularity of organic food that is healthier to eat. Maybe this trend will lengthen the longevity of man.
  8. We call it mysterious pigeon because it arrived in our home one Christmas eve. At first we thought it was just a guest but it stayed in our garage. We gave it rice to feed on every day. On New Year's day, it was musing in our doorway so we let it in. And once inside our house, it went up the second floor and since then stayed inside and only goes out do peck on the dirt. We bought some grains to be her usual feed. But a disadvantage is that it releases its waste matter in the living room so we clean it from time to time. We had that pigeon for 5 years until it left without warning.
  9. I recently have read an article in the magazine that a company has plans of reaching the planet Mars. But that trip is not for the astronauts but for the passengers. Yeah, it will be like a space ship to commute from earth to Mars. The main problem now is how to lessen the cost because right now the computation is about 1 million dollars for each passenger of the space ship with a capacity of 100 passenger. But the gargantuan plan was to create a space station in Mars so that it can be inhabited by earthlings for a long time. Now, do you subscribe to this idea?
  10. I am in the process of buying a new laptop to replace our old home desktop. My budget is around $600 only and I am having a hard time searching for a good one. My idea of a laptop is something 13 inches at least with 4GB of memory and a 1TB of storage maybe a hard disk drive because the solid state drive is still expensive. Now my question is this - is a laptop better than a desktop?
  11. I have asked this question to 12 people - can you last a day without your cellphone? All the 12 answered in the negative to mean that the cellphone is already an adjunct of their physical being. And what happens when suddenly the phone network stopped working? I guess the world will be lost and people will all be confused as to what's happening. It seems that almost everyone is dependent on the cellphone particularly when the smart phone emerged that provides us with internet function. So my question is this - how long can you last without your phone?
  12. Our home is situated in a low lying area that our village is usually inundated by floods whenever the rain would pour non-stop for hours. And although our house is safe from floods, our village gate and main road were always inundated. But it is unusual since last year and this year, there is no big flood. At the most, it is only the so called flash flood with waters to stay for less than an hour. And instead of being happy, we are worried that the rains are just building up momentum and when it would hit us, it might be tremendous pouring that may give us a great flood. In other parts of the world, flooding is now getting common.
  13. In the olden days, we have the native food like rice cake and porridge for snacks. Later on we have the banana cue, that is fried plantain with sugar and attached to a stick for convenience in eating. We actually have a long list of snack foods with main ingredients coming from the farm. But some 40 years ago, our country was conquered by American fast foods and hamburger slowly replaced our native snacks. Now I would say that the most popular snack in our country is the sandwich (hamburger, cheeseburger, bacon blt, etc) with french fries followed by pizza.
  14. I never imagined to be handling the kitchen because I have no penchant for cooking. However, I had the sad fate of getting married to a woman who has zero aptitude in cooking so the responsibility fell on my shoulders. And it was fortunate that I discovered to have a high aptitude in cooking because I learned cooking only by myself, no cook book for recipe, no consultations. Just by tasting the food, I get to imagine the ingredients and the procedure. Now I have many fans of my cooking especially my relatives who get to taste my dishes during family gatherings.
  15. I have asked this question to 12 people - can you last a day without your cellphone? All the 12 answered in the negative to mean that the cellphone is already an adjunct of their physical being. And what happens when suddenly the phone network stopped working? I guess the world will be lost and people will all be confused as to what's happening. It seems that almost everyone is dependent on the cellphone particularly when the smart phone emerged that provides us with internet function. So my question is this - how long can you last without your phone?
  16. Duterte is the president of the Philippines whose campaign promise was to eradicate the country of illegal drugs. Now those killed in the said campaign is numbering in thousands and half of those killings have no clear justification hence they are considered extra judicial killing. President Duterte has been criticized by foreign leaders already but he seems to be touchy in that area. He wants to do everything quietly without any critics. He even cursed US President Obama and UN head Ban Ki Moon for their remarks against the killings.
  17. The 1970s is called the golden decade not only in the movies but also in the music industry. Countless of great bands emerged during that decade and their popularity cannot be equalled until now. Do you remember the Bee Gees, America, Abba, Queen and other singers like John Denver, Alice Cooper. And not to forget that the Beatles still had an album, their last was Abbey Road which was also a blockbuster in the charts. With the modern times, I don’t think there will be another golden decade like the 1970s.
  18. It's not really our child but usually we find brats in public where the parents don't do something. In one appliance store, there was this little of girl, about 5 years old, opening the refrigerators and then banging the door shut. On the second time the girl did that, I called her attention and asked for her parents. There they were, talking with a sales attendant for a washing machine and their little girl is doing havoc in the area of refrigerators. The parents were apologetic when I pointed out what their lovely girl was doing. That is just a sample of the countless brats I have encountered in public.
  19. When fried rice is mentioned, what comes to mind is the Chinese fried rice which they call yang chow. I agree that it is one of the best but we have our original fried rice which can have anything for the ingredients. The trick is to sautee the crushed garlic and sliced onions first before mixing the rice and after a minute in the pan, add some soy sauce. After 5 minutes of stirring in the pan, the rice will change color from white into brownish. You can now include all other ingredients that you have in the fridge like bits of sausage or spam, bits and pieces of scrambled egg, strips of celery, bits of leek, sliced cucumber and other vegetables. It is really a merry mix of ingredients.
  20. We always use online booking for our accommodation in our foreign travels. They have 2 options which is the free cancellation and the regular which is cheaper. Free cancellation means you can cancel the booking a week before your arrival and you pay nothing since your booking is a free cancel arrangement. But when you proceed, the cost is higher than the regular by around 20%. What we take is the regular booking option so it is cheaper because barring emergencies, we are sure to go and use the reservation.
  21. I am glad to say that I have no allergies since birth although I sometimes have rashes due to the weather. My sister-in-law has a malady that the doctors cannot define. The allergy produces rashes all over her body and the climax would be the difficulty in breathing so she is always rushed to the hospital. One allergologist said that it may be due to the food but still the case cannot be isolated that easy. Until now the allergy attacks without warning and she is developing a phobia with food.
  22. I have considered freelance writing but the site I went to requires submissions of articles which are subject to approval. It is like writing for a publication. I used to send articles to a pet magazine and they pay me $20 for articles with photos and a length of 800 words at least. I have never experienced any rejection. In one website for local entertainment, I also send articles with a shorter length of 500 words and they pay me $10 for the effort. And like in the magazine, it is zero rejection. Now with freelance writing in sites, it would be demeaning for me to send articles and be rejected.
  23. If you take time to look carefully at astrology particularly the zodiac signs, there are only 12 categories which means the billions of people in the world are divided into 12 kinds only with 12 fates and fortune. My usual sarcastic question is what happens when a boxing match is participated in by 2 fighters who were born on the same day and the same time. They should have the same zodiac sign hence the same fate and fortune. But most likely, unless the fight is a draw, the result would not be true to the zodiac predictions.
  24. For me, talking politics is not only a waste of time but a trap that could cause a rift with your relationship to people - relatives, friends, colleagues, acquaintances. Politics is always two-sided and in case you get over to the other side then it is trouble already with the potential clash of opinions. I would rather talk of the weather or the movies than engage someone in the topic of politics especially when there is a volatile issue like what is going on in the Philippines with the campaign against illegal drugs that results in the so called extra judicial killings.
  25. I am in favor of the death penalty provided the judicial system has no loopholes and it can guarantee the accuracy of its decision particularly with the sentencing of the death penalty. Right now, I don't believe that all those in the penitentiary who were given a life sentence are guilty of their crimes. Maybe there is a small percentage of them that were given wrong punishment. So what happens if a convict sentenced to die was later found out not to be guilty? He is already dead, huh.