Sunday, January 22, 2012

Serious Writers, Download iA Writer

I recently downloaded iA Writer because it was a recommended application of the Mac App Store. It's a clean little application that allows you to write your thoughts on a clean slate without much of the formatting stuff of word processing software. 

This is on Window mode. You can also synch it using iCloud. 

This is the iA Writer on Full Screen mode. No icons, no nothing. Just like a paper to write on.

If you have 8.99 dollars to spare, download it - but only if you plan to do some writing. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a clean and simple interface, which is how I like my apps.

Our Virtual Campus Training of Public School Teachers

For two days now, we have been training public school teachers of Muntinlupa on eLearning so that they may be prepared for our roll out of Virtual Campus this end of the month. This is the result of a Memorandum of Agreement we signed with the Department of Education, Muntinlupa Division, to implement our flagship eLearning product, Virtual Campus, in all public schools in the city within the next few months - a staggering 65,000 students and a few thousand teachers on our platform. This is in line with our company's battle cry "Learning Without Classrooms", a campaign we intend to proliferate this year. We hope that after this implementation, we can create several success stories - and prove that indeed, we can make students learn efficiently without building additional classrooms.

Virtual Campus trainer, Ian Marino, guides the teachers through the system.

Angelico Mercader, Virtual Campus General Manager and overall program director of Learning Without Classrooms, discusses the background of eLearning in the country today. It shows that at the present, our level should already be at the collaborative, student-centered stage, where teachers are facilitators. Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go. Our company's aim is to make this possible, through the use of our paradigms in distance education.


Ian shows the public school teachers how the Virtual Campus can increase knowledge retention and participation among students by integrating social media applications, an intuitive courseware management system and collaborative software. 

I plan to nurture Muntinlupa as the pilot city for Virtual Campus, until we come out with several success stories which we can be proud of. Someday, our public school teachers will become eLearning professionals, and in turn, they shall pass this knowledge on. 

We are talking to several other institutions, divisions and departments in order to really make eLearning a standard in our educational system today. We cannot use lack of infrastructure or lack of capability as excuses not to move forward with this, because there are solutions to any problem. Baby steps are better than no steps at all.

Technology has to be utilized for education. My dream is that one day we can say that the Philippines is number one when it comes to the successful implementation of eLearning. 40 million students learning on Virtual Campus? Why not.

To learn more about Virtual Campus, please visit .

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Yabu: House of Katsu

A result of a conversation with my mother, we decided to try out Yabu: House of Katsu at the SM Megamall Atrium today. I heard great things about the place, and I was about to put it to the test.

We ordered the 180g Pork Katsu set that comes with rice, miso soup, appetizers and cabbage. We also ordered the chicken katsu so that we could try out both.  The Japanese white rice was sticky and delicious. It came with a sweet sesame katsu sauce, which fit the meat very well.

Miso soup was a little salty, but very tasty. It was a good way to start the meal.

The pork was tender and lean, with no or little fat, which was fantastic. My wife and I enjoyed the clean taste of the pork, which obviously was not peppered with any seasoning. You get to add your own seasonings depending on how tasty you wanted your pork katsu.

The serving size deserved praise. The breading was nicely done.

You get to choose the dressing for the cabbage and salt, if you wanted to season your katsu.

The chicken katsu looked exactly the same as the pork version. The taste was also very good. The cabbage together with the sesame mayo was really awesome.

One good thing we noticed - waiters were respectful and alert. We were often asked if we wanted more cabbage, and if we wanted anything else. 

We had a satisfactoy Yabu experience today, and definitely, we will go back for another Katsu treat. Be prepared to pay about Php 400 - 500 per person, but for me. it's worth the price.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

COWO COFFEE is Brewing....

The coffee shop of our co-working venue, COWO, is about to soft launch next week. We got to taste the great sandwiches and pastries today that will be served to members and non-members.

You've got to try the Romeo and Juliet Chocolate Cake! The selection includes great sandwiches, cakes, quiche, crepes and pasta. 

One of my favorite sandwiches, Sloppy Joe sandwich, to be served hot. Try it out :)

Members can to enjoy the food and beverage at COWO while having conversation with other members inside the cozy, cool venue that we offer. Non-members can order from the reception area and take out the food or coffee. Come and try it out next week! Visit us at G/F Suntree Bldg. 27 Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. :)

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Success is Different for Each Person

A befitting thought that I gratefully chanced upon on Belle de Jour Power Planner's Facebook wall to start with this fresh new year - "Being Successful means something different to each person. Respect that." 

Society has this notion that success means having lots of money, driving expensive cars, having the latest gadgets and bags, or being able to spend like there's no tomorrow. Of course, that's perfectly okay and respectable. I totally admire those people who have reached this level of wealth because of hard work and ingenuity. 

However, there are those people who feel they have reached their "success" when they have a small humble business, with lots of their time each day being spent with family, and peace of mind - even without having lots and lots of money in their bank accounts. Some people have attained their success by achieving a level of spirituality that allows them to live simply, breathing in life's often unnoticed small joys. 

Let's change our view of personal success to the way we want it to be, or to the way we feel would really give us a genuine feeling of self-worth and peace of mind. This would require deep reflection on our end. We make sure that we don't pattern our lives in conformity to what other people or society dictates it to be. On the other, respect people's choices on how they define their success, because it means different to each person. Do not envy people. Take a look at yourself. Be happy with what you are or strive harder if you haven't reached the sense of comfort that you want for yourself.

Let's just remember, that money isn't everything. It's essential, but it's more important that we do what we love, we don't forget our time with loved ones, we help other people - and a prayerful, simple life with God as the prime center of attraction is the best kind of life.

Matthew 6:19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure it, your heart will be also.

Live simply, share your blessings, respect, love God. Wishing you success and a bountiful harvest this 2012. 

A Brand New Year, A Brand New Blog.

May awesome news and words fill the pages of this blog this 2012. Wherever the road may lead us, let's make every minute of the journey count. And so it begins.

Let's get it on baby.