Who doesn’t like to go shopping for clothes? Every mom out there wants to buy the best clothes at the best price. But with the kind of busy lives that we lead these days, it becomes difficult to find new ways to save some cash on clothes shopping. While you can use a discount coupon code such as the Karmaloop coupon codes when shopping online for the newest trends in clothes, what about other ways you can save some moolah? In the following article we talk about a few simple tips that you can use to save money on clothes shopping…
#1: Have the Details in Hand
When you’re shopping for family, make sure you’re armed with a list of …
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In this ever-changing world, the digital age seems to be experiencing an endless amount of advancement after advancement. With so many different gadgets and gizmos that can make life both more entertaining and convenient, it can be difficult to choose from so many. As a matter of fact, even if there is a particular gadget that you are fond of, there are still programs and applications to purchase, and perhaps games as well. One such example is the smart phone. While the smart phone is technically just one gadget, it has spawned a plethora of businesses and companies, all working to create both hardware and software for the small yet convenient device.
So many, yet so few
With so many different companies …
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The past few weeks, Research in Motion (RIM) has been getting close to its goal of 100,000 apps vetted and ready for download prior to the launch of the BlackBerry 10, which is today, January 30. Sporting a new interface and navigation, the BlackBerry 10 is completely different from prior BlackBerry operating systems. The proprietary operating system is based on QNX, which RIM bought in 2010. QNX itself is a Unix-like OS which was primarily used for embedded systems. The BlackBerry 10 OS is a ground up implementation of QNX, and does not share any code with earlier BlackBerry operating systems.
Specifications and Apps
With either a dual core 1.5 GHz Texas Instruments or a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, videos and demos of the device show the quick response of the new OS. RIM had taken a stand and implemented measures that the new BlackBerry would have a high adoption rate from the very start. With the new OS, RIM implemented incentives for developers to create apps ready for download upon the new phones launch. Over the last week alone, there were close to 20,000 apps submitted by developers. The week before, there were more than 15,000 app submissions. With a January 31 target launch, analysts are of the opinion that there may be as many as 70,000 apps ready by that time. This should give RIM’s latest smartphone a running start.
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Which images can be used online for your blogs or website? Copyright infringement laws are broken every minute by bloggers and website owners when they use a photograph, illustration, or diagram from other sites in the Internet without express permission from the owner or author of the image. Thankfully, the lawsuits do not come, but the reality is, there are laws being broken. Using images from other sites is not always a safe practice. Here are some things to consider on how to get free images online.
Free Images: The Commons
One way to avoid legal complaints is to use images that are available to the public domain. Sites that provide free images for the use of the public only require that you follow the referencing procedures, and be mindful of their licensing policies. Creative Commons is at the forefront of the movement described by its founders as “rethinking the role of the commons.” Its objective is to work for enriching the public domain and providing an alternative to the ‘restrictive permission culture.” Creative Commons is an organization that is based in California, USA
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As we look back during our childhood days, there was always that someone who was always there for us, with a ready smile on her face as she painstakingly taught us about the wonders of the world. There was always that dedicated person that sternly looked at us whenever we were not paying attention, a motherly devotion that has inspired us to realize our dreams, and to never stop pursuing our passions, until we reached our ultimate goals in life. But we were just kids back then and through our young minds, studying was hard work and a lot of us resented our teachers for that because we were being forced to learn about the things that we often didn’t care about.
Even after decades have passed, we still remember our hardworking teachers. However, when asked about who led and drove our teachers to academic excellence, making them an exceptional group of educators, we often forget the name and the face. The school principal will always be that vague figure, a shadow of a person, whose face is not often seen by the students. Who is the person behind this silhouette, the one who is responsible for running the whole school, perfecting and motivating the faculty so they can shape and inspire the minds of their pupils and molding them? Who are these outstanding principals?
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On November 7, 2012, Barrack Obama came out on top in the US Presidential elections for the second time. At the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, Obama, along with First Lady Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, faced thousands of triumphant supporters to celebrate this win. And while millions of Americans rejoiced at Barrack Obama’s victory to a second term as US President, other nations likewise watched and cheered on.
Here in the Philippines, mock polls organized by the US Embassy at various locations in the country also showed Obama to be the choice of Filipinos. And when he finally gave his victory speech, not only did he inspire Americans with his optimism about the future, he also touched the hearts of many other nationalities.
Gratitude To The People
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Time to dress up in scary costumes, light up some candles, and have a not-too quiet vigil in cemeteries. Yes, it is that time of the year again when Filipinos nationwide experience a couple of days off from work to give way for the much awaited 3-day holiday, which means a long weekend as well. Although some people see this as a long overdue vacation, thus going off to an out-of-town escapade or maybe a simple staycation at one of the metro’s luxurious hotels, millions of our fellowmen would still choose to get together with family and brave the all too crowded cemeteries just so they can visit their deceased loved ones. After all, this is when the dead are truly remembered; you can say that it is their time to shine (no pun intended).
Spain, China, United States, Japan, these are the countries that have greatly influenced our morals and lifestyle. Our multicultural idiosyncrasies have made us who we are now, a unique, highly versatile race that has a little bit of everything – we’ve got the colorful grandeur of the Spanish, the smart business sense of the Chinese, the quiet pride of the Japanese, and the candidness and funny quirks of the Americans, which includes the Halloween. Although this event started out across Europe during the 12th century, trick or treating has become customary in the United States. This happens every October 31st, when kids dress up in spooky costumes, roam the streets so they can hoard some treats all throughout the neighborhood.
We, Filipinos, have our own version of trick or treats, in varying degrees. Children living in posh villages get to dress up in scary outfits so they can start their fun adventure full of candies and an occasional frightful “boo!” as they walk around the familiar streets near their homes. You can also enjoy a series of Halloween costume contests (for adults and kids alike) in malls, since a lot of these enterprises offer delightful programs that can be enjoyed both by the audience and participants.
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To die for one’s faith is considered honorable and the utmost expression of devotion. The Roman Catholic faith looks highly on noble men and women who led exemplary lives and died in the service of the Church. There are thousands of men and women who have been canonized and elevated to the pantheon of saints. The process towards sainthood is long and tedious – and often takes as long as hundreds of years in some cases. There is a special commission in the Vatican that is tasked with investigating and verifying information submitted by the groups and organizations who are working for the sainthood of specific individuals. These are sometimes religious orders, monasteries or lay organizations.
The Walk Towards Sainthood
Beatification is the first step towards canonization. It is the initial recognition of the individual’s special traits and of his or her exemplary life. Documents and evidence of a miracle has to be submitted and verified by the Vatican in order for the process of beatification to even begin. The initial investigation is done by the diocese in the region where the candidate had lived or died. Accounts of the person’s life are compiled and analyzed before these are submitted to higher authorities in the Vatican. It is during this time that the “heroicities of virtue” are examined and accounts of healing or cures are analyzed if they are indeed of divine origin. At least one miracle is needed in order for a person to be beatified, and two before he can be declared a Saint. These are usually proofs of intercessory powers or healing from an organic illness, which would have otherwise been fatal. Other miracles that could be considered are when the body or parts of the body remain unspoiled like that of Saint Padre Pio, St. John Bosco and St Bernadette, to name a few.
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The world has recently celebrated Teacher’s Day, and there are two very special teachers whom I want to send a special message to after all these years – Ms. Aurora (bless her soul) and Ms. Lourdes Castillo.
They were my English teachers at a time when teachers really took the time to teach until the lessons were assimilated and learned. Theirs was a different method of instruction from what we know today – there were no projectors or PowerPoint presentations at that time. All they had were a chalk and a teaching stick. More so, they would teach us by repetition. Day by day, we were taught to pronounce words correctly. These two formidable women, who happened to be sisters, were strict when it came to diction, intonation, enunciation and proper word usage. They were patient and understanding in times that it was difficult for us students to follow the day’s lessons.
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The recent Habagat brought about some of the worst destruction of the year and at the same time, put a spotlight on some of the best attributes of the Filipino people.
If there’s something to be said about Filipinos, we truly rise to the occasion when needed.
The EDSA spirit, wherein people from all walks of life come together and work harmoniously together towards a common goal, certainly came to the forefront during last week’s calamity.
Countless volunteers organized, mobilized, helped and aided relief efforts for those in need. People of various ages and different economic backgrounds stepped forward to offer any services that were needed.
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by Maan Bellosillo
“I would rather have a country run like hell by Filipinos than a country run like heaven by the Americans, because however bad a Filipino government might be, we can always change it.” - President Manuel L. Quezon
Today, August 19, we pay homage to one of the greatest and iconic presidents of our country, the late Manuel Luis Quezon. This also means that another long weekend is just around the corner, making the whole Filipino workforce buzz with exhilaration due to this annual holiday, as everyone starts to plan weekend getaways and road trip escapades.
But wait, is it possible for you to ease your excited thoughts for a bit and take a moment of your time to quietly contemplate about this fateful and very important day that has forever changed our nation and has made us what we are today?
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The country was not spared from the meltdown of the current global economy. With the unconcealed increased rates of electricity bills, gas, and food, we continuously struggle to make ends meet while we try so hard to see some light behind these very difficult times.
But hey, at least our water service providers are not as aggressive like others right? At least they try to come up and use all their available resources just so they can prevent a significant increase of their rates. At least…
Sneaky and Sly
That’s what we all thought. Our water bills are also increasing, even more so for the past ten years. We used to pay P4.02 per cubic meter last 2003 and we are now required to pay for a whooping P48.70 per cubic meter this year. Our water concessionaires have raised our dues to an obscene rate of 1,750 percent!
How did this happen? And more importantly, why are we not aware of this sudden revelation?
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What do our elected lawmakers feel about choice, education, women’s bodies, contraception, poverty and God? What do the Filipino people feel about these issues?
Much has already been written and said about these because sex, birth control and women’s issues are such hot button topics for our predominantly Catholic and highly religious country. Any law or action with the semblance of pregnancy prevention ruffles the feathers of so many conservatives in this country, be it for Catholics, Christians, Muslims and other people of all faiths.
What is now needed is an open discussion, free from moral grand standing. The RH bill shouldn’t be made into a moral issue.
It doesn’t mean that if you support the RH bill, or are for responsible family planning or desire to learn more about your body and your reproductive health or you want to delay starting a family that you are going straight to hell or that you don’t believe in God.
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Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook saw a mighty surge of activity with rampant tweets and updates all about the recently concluded American Idol Finale and its results. On Twitter, the day was reminiscent of the last Super Bowl where Tim Tebow threw a Hail Mary, shotgun pass for the win. Tweets about American Idol, its results, the many performances, as well as the name of the two contestants that went head to head were pretty much hurled left and right at a rate close to 10,000 tweets per second. Similar reactions were seen on Facebook as well. And, this really isn’t surprising since a whopping 132 million votes were received for the finale.
It was Down to Two
With Joshua Ledet’s elimination last week, the ultimate American singing competition was down to two – Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips. The former is a half Mexican and Filipino, vocally-gifted teenager while the latter is a full-blooded American from down South that has a soothing, folksy way of singing. The previous episode from a day before saw the two go head to head for 3 rounds of singing. Jessica wowed the judges with her first round rendition of a Whitney Houston classic while Phillip got a standing O from the judges for his third round with a theatrical performance of the song “Home”.
Phillips did as he edged out Sanchez in the votes. Out of a global 132 million votes, Phillips snatched the higher percentage although American Idol still has to release the actual results to the public.
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I call it a quick fix. Why not? Hours before (or was it days before I went for a facial treatment in Facial Care Centre in Eastwood (MDC Building), I was so stressed out with schedules out of control, sleeping hours gone awry, and being out of focus with so many things on my plate. And it showed not only in my face, but I am sure in my disposition as well.
I am talking about the ReFirme treatment at Facial Care Centre in Eastwood. I never had an idea of what ReFirme treatment was all about. All I knew was that the next hour would be a pampering, similar to a foot spa, a manicure and pedicure and a heavenly massage – the things that we women enjoy so much.
Facial Care Centre, Eastwood
On a one-on-one discussion with Ivy, the manager, she told me that I was lucky to have a good skin. Whoa! Thanks so much, I told myself. The thing is, even if I may have a good skin, I have to maintain it. Maintenance is the issue, as it is, with anyone of any age. Guilty! For the past 5 years since I took early retirement from my high profile job, when I had all the time to browse through different duty free shops in different countries, where I could buy these skin pampering things at very low prices compared to those sold in the malls and shops, and try them on my skin with my 3 daughters. Those were the days of jet setting, now I am in the confines of home almost 24/7, and busily working away.
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Continued from “Should Chief Justice Corona Just have resigned?” Part 1
Respect for the Senate
The impeachment trial has earned the Senators the respect of not only Corona, but also of the Filipinos. Turns out, our Senators are intelligent and thinking people. They are trying to be fair. When they ask questions, it can be seen it is because they are trying to understand and uncover the truth.
When Miriam berates the Prosecution, it is because she is being careful with the law and is trying to avoid the collision course that may happen if the Senate acts with impunity and without regard for the other branches of government.
When Senator Drilon asks the questions, he is trying to help the Prosecution that is obviously way in over their heads. He is trying to get to the bottom of things.
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The impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona is nearing its 30th day. After several weeks of the Prosecution brandishing Corona’s SALNs, bank statements both dollar and peso and announcing to the world all his evil wrongdoings, one has to wonder if at the end of the day, the Chief Justice is doing the right thing by allowing due process to take over.
It’s no secret that as soon as President Aquino took office, he wanted just about anyone appointed by his predecessor to get out. The Chief Justice was one of them, being a known close ally of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Aquino has always been vocal that the Supreme Court, and in particular Chief Justice Corona is a major impediment to getting Arroyo to justice.
Was the TRO the catalyst?
The judiciary branch and the executive branch of government came head to head, or as Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago would say, a “collision course” in December when the Supreme Court issued a TRO in favor of Arroyo to leave the country for medical treatment. The Justice Department disregarded the TRO and immediately stopped the wheelchair bound former president from boarding her plane.
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The collision course that is the Prosecution panel versus Senator Judge Miriam Defensor Santiago makes for great television and memorable copy, but it is not setting a good example for all the student lawyers out there.
Law students and legal experts all over the country stay tuned to the developments of the impeachment trial. It is literally history in the making, but at the same time a fascinating view of the nuances, technicalities and drama of law.
Since the trial began, the Prosecution team has been plagued by several issues that have earned them a severe reprimand from various Senator Judges. Most vocal of these judges is of course, Santiago.
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Men with multiple partners is nothing new in this country, and perhaps in any part of the world. In many cultures, it has become acceptable for men to have a legal wife and someone else on the side. The future king of England did it, ending up marrying his long time lover, Camilla Parker Bowles.
However, recent events in these parts have brought to light the damage that such complications can have on the family and society in general. When those involved are high profile people in society, the affair takes on a life of its own.
The public has become witness to the personal drama of the widow and lover of deceased Rep. Iggy Arroyo, who passed away last month.
Being a public servant and close relative of the former President, Iggy Arroyo had become a high-profile personality and so has his death become a news-worthy event. However, what has riveted the public attention has little to do with politics.
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2012 Theme: CONNECTING GIRLS, INSPIRING FUTURES
It is International Women’s Day once again and it’s time for us to celebrate the successes of the ladies from all over the world! This joyous occasion is annually held every 8th of March with a unique theme that is designated by the United Nations. “Empowering Rural Women—End of Hunger and Poverty” is the 2012 IWD theme, a very powerful phrase that can hopefully remind the governments from all countries that not only women play a very important role in the lives of men but they have also become extremely valuable in the global society that includes both political and economic communities.
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