Sunday, November 25, 2007

Bo launches 7 Secrets to Real Freedom

Bo Sanchez launched yesterday at the Kerygma Conference his latest book entitled "7 Secrets to Real Freedom". The book promises to teach us how to get rid of hidden addictions and to achieve great success. It comes after such greats like "8 Secrets of the Truly Rich" and "How to Find Your One True Love".

The book was sold during the conference for a discounted price of P315. I failed to ask though how much is it without the discount. I have a feeling the book is really fresh off the press because when I searched for it at National Bookstore Online, it is still not there. For those who want to buy, I suggest you order it from Shepherds Voice Publications, Inc.

Although I wasn't able to buy the book during the conference, there is no doubt in my mind that it will be a good enlightening read. This man, who according to him has been preaching since he was 14 years old, is really a blessing to the world with his talks and his books.

One belief Bo shared during the conference that really struck me was that "success is not determined by the size of your enemy but the size of your God." I could not agree more. I mean, if you are doing the right thing, does it really matter who your enemies are?

Kerygma Conference pictures

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Kerygma Conference Live

We just came from Philsports Arena (formerly ULTRA) where we attended the very first Kerygma Conference conducted by the Light of Jesus Family of Bo Sanchez. In the few hours that we were there, we were inspired by the sharings of Fr. Orbos who celebrated the opening mass, the performance of very powerful performers like Nolyn Cabahug and Dulce, and the Bo's talk on his 7 beliefs.

One of my personal highlights was the story of Fr. Orbos about his magnetized reading glasses. Right before the Lord's prayer, he told us the story of how he saw one of those magnetized clip-on glasses worn by a co-priest and how he searched for such type of glasses in all the optical shops in Metro Manila to no avail. Then, on Fathers Day, his car conked out in Cainta next to a small optical shop selling those glasses. His message, the Lord knows our deepest desires.

Another highlight was the very powerful rendition of Nolyn Cabahug of "This is the Moment" and Dulce's "Power of Love". I relly felt empowered by their voices. Deep inside all of us is a voice singing "this my moment" celebrating in the "power of love". If only we can tune in to that voice.

Finally, Bo, in his talk, reminded us to be "planted beside the river" and told us about his 7 beliefs, one of which was that we all have our own special destiny that only us can fulfill. If, for some reason we fail to rise up to the challenge, the world miss that thing that we were destined to do. Let us not allow that.

The Conference runs up to the morning of tomorrow, Sunday. If, for any reason you cannot go but still want to watch or listen in, there is live streaming at their website. I'm sure there are lots of people/communities around the world who will be joining you in watching.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Powerpoint tips and tricks

I got this from my wife's officemate. The card reads "Now showing, tips and tricks in using Powerpoint for power presentations, December 4, 2007, SM Megamall Cinema 4, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City".

The one-day conference on office productivity promises to bring out more power in our presentations and how to create them using Powerpoint features we may not even be aware of. It is a production of DK Jennings Consulting.

The conference/seminar will include three sessions. These include Powertips in Preparing and Delivering Presentations, Powerpoint Basics You Need to Quickly Get Started (with a preview of Powerpoint2007), and Jassing Up Your Presentation. The fee is P300 per session, or P1,000 for the whole day affair.

More and more we see these types of seminars or trainings conducted in cinemas. Yes, our cinemas no longer show just movies, they have expanded to live boxing, to review classes, and now to seminars and trainings like this one.

I think this shows that more and more Filipinos are into learning and self-development. I would say that's good news.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Nego-skwela online

Guess what? I have just learned that Nego-skwela now has a website. I don't know since when has it been online but I was glad to see the url on their latest schedule announcement. You may access the site at

The site talks about their training courses, the company's history, it's vision and mission, their corporate strategies, and their team. There is also a call for a nego-livelihood revolution, appealing to the Filipinos' resilience and indomitable spirit.

One thing I still could not find on the site is their latest schedule. To find out, you may call them through their contact information posted on the site. Or, you may click on the sidebar link to Nego-skwela on this blog. I will continue to post their latest schedule at until the information is already available on their site. Consider it public service.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Learn how to blog for money

Come November 24, Money Talks! will hold a seminar/workshop on how to make extra cash with your blogs. The workshop entitled "Blogging for Money" is meant for intermediate and advanced-level bloggers. It will feature Abe Olandres of Yugatech, one of the Philippines leading blogging gurus.

The workshop will be held from 12pm to 8pm at the Power Tips, Inc. Business Center, 5th level of the Podium, San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City. Registration fee is P1,500. The fee will entitle you to the use of a pc or laptop with unlimited wifi access for the day. For reservations, call or text 09189372147 or 09164353882, or email

Read about this at Money Talks! and at Yugatech.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Don't end up paying for something you did not get

I'm sure many have experienced being asked by a friend or relative to co-sign a loan. And, even if we don't really like it, we usually oblige with the thought that we are just co-makers. The belief is that we are only going to have problems if the principal will refuse to pay. Not necessarily.

A friend of mine, Nelson Getigan, a lawyer and entrepreneur, warns us of the consequences. In an article entitled "The Unknowing Debtor: A Discussion on the Liability of Co-makers", he talks about Palmares vs. Court of Appeals, a decision of the Philippine Supreme Court which says that a creditor may go after the co-maker even without going after the principal first.

The article is posted at, the official website of GCCS and Associates, a company specializing in debt collection and credit investigation here in the Philippines. It is the first of a series of articles related to our laws on debt collection. The lesson is that we should know our rights and avoid paying for someone else's loan.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Creating a continue reading link

Brevity was never my talent. Even if I was writing about a very simple topic, I always ended with a writeup longer than expected. This creates a problem for me in blogging. Long posts have a way of muddling up the layout of the homepage of your blog.

The solution of course is to post only a few paragraphs on your homepage with a "continue reading" or "read more" link pointing to the url of your full post. Sounds simple, but as I later found out, not so easy to do particularly with the Blogger. I searched the net on how and tried out the procedures suggested. Nothing seemed to work until I found this.

Here's how. On your dashboard, click on "layout" for the blog you want to modify. Then on the menu above, click on "edit html". Once inside, check the box before "expand widget templates". Then, find the text no. 1 above and insert text no. 2 between them.

If you can't find no. 1, this probably means your template is saved in another file. Find text no. 3 and before it insert text no. 4. After which, find text no. 5 and insert text no. 6 after it. You may change the text "read more!" with "continue reading". Then save your template. Your blog now is ready to post blog summaries as they call it.

In your posts, insert text no. 7 after the last paragraph that your want to show on your homepage. Then insert text no. 8 after the last paragraph of your full post. Then publish your post. You now have a continue reading function for your blog.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Candlemaking basics

A few Sundays ago, I attended a free seminar conducted at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Project 6, Quezon City. I heard the seminar announced during mass and decided to take advantage of the opportunity to learn something new at no cost except my time.

The seminar was conducted by an Ate Timi who really wanted to teach the youth of the parish a nice way to raise funds. They were planning to make candles which they plan to sell in the coming Christmas season. I found the intention noble and the plan ingenius.

The main thing you need in making candles, either ordinary dip candles or decorative ones, is paraffin wax. They look like white slabs that you can cut into pieces and melt inside old kitchen utensils like a teapot. You also need a substance called "steric" which according to my browsing is meant to enhance the "burnability" of your candles.

Of course, candles are not candles without the wick. Wicks come in various types, from the regular to the semi-waxed, to a nylon one. Enhancements like dye wax (for colored candles) and crystal wax (for a shinier finish) may also be used. Oils or scents may also be used to achieve an aromatic effect.

The process is actually simple. For dip candles, you just need a piece of wick cut at around the length of the candle you want to make, and dip it into the melted paraffin wax mixed with the steric and other enhancements. After the dip, you just hang the wick and let the wax dry. Then you dip the thing again, and again, until the wax gets thicker and thicker, forming a candle.

As for decorative and scented candles, you just pour the melted mixture described above and pour it into molds with the wick already fixed at the center. You have to make sure that the mixture is no longer too hot so that your candle will not cave in. We were told that the best time to pour the melted wax is when it is already starting to get cloudy.

After pouring, you allow the filled-up mold to cool down and the wax inside to harden. This could last from 30 minutes to about an hour. Once the wax has hardened, you then separate the pieces of the mold to see your finished product. It can be a flower designed candle, spiral type, among others.

There are lots of candles available out there which are factory made. They are bland, uncreative and unscented. You can be creative in making and packaging your candles and get a good price for them. The peak seasons of course are around November 1 and 2, during the Christmas season, and during Holy Week.

By the way, for every kilo of paraffin wax, you use 100 grams of steric and 100 grams of crystal wax. In addition, you can use the right amount of dye wax to achieve the color you want, and some scent.

You can buy these materials and the molds at candle and wax shops in Divisoria. There are two shops in front of Tutuban Mall and one on Juan Luna Street. I don't want the names of the shops though as I was sort of dissatisfied with the kind of service they give to their customers. I wonder if there are other shops closer to home and manned by friendlier people too. :)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Stock Trading Analysis: Fundamental vs. Technical

I wrote before that the key in stock trading is knowing when to get in and when to get out, when to buy and when to sell. In doing this, stock traders use certain analytical tools. There are two - some say rival - models in this analysis, the fundamental and the technical.

Fundamental analysis focuses on the corporate "health" of the listed company. It takes into consideration the company's financial statements, the strength of its management, their competitive advantages as well as their competitors and the state of the market.

Essentially, fundamental analysis compares the book value of the company's shares as against the market value. It assesses the company's management and their business performance, calculates investment risks, and attempts to predict future value.

The principle behind is that, even though markets may mis-price a certain stock in the short-run, the "correct" price will eventually prevail.

On the other hand, technical analysis makes use of trends and patterns in the recorded market price of the listed shares in order to predict future market price. The principle behind is that all information about the stock is already reflected in its price.

Since, we are not always well-informed about the specifics of most of the listed companies, it is advisable for people like us getting into online stock trading to be at least familiar with the methods used in technical analysis.

We need to know the significance of the opening and closing prices, the high and low, bid and ask prices, the market average and the volume of transactions. We should be able to assess the charts not only of the stocks but also of the Philippine Stock Exchange Index, also known as PhiSix.

We too must understand the meaning of terms like "support" and "resistance", among others. This way, we will be able decide for ourselves what stock to buy and what stock to sell, as well as when to do it.

For those who want to really learn, consider attending the Technical Analysis Seminar of Absolute Traders. I hope to be able to do so soon.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Rounded corners with Photoshop

A month or so ago, I helped a friend set up a website for his debt collection agency at As I am not a professional web designer, I had to use a free web template downloaded from the net. The design called for some pictures with rounded corners. Obviously, I didn't know how to make them.

Like in many other instances, I found the answer by searching for it on the net. I followed the steps enumerated at and was satisfied by the result. Now, I can confidently say, I know how to make them rounded corners. The picture at the left is my proof.

Using Photoshop 7, the following are the steps:

(1) Open the image whose corners you want to change;

(2) Select the Rounded Rectangle Tool from the Tools ( note that you will find this tool in the menu which will open when you point your mouse at the lower right corner of the Rectangle Tool);

(3) After selecting the Rounded Rectangle Tool, enter a value in the blank field after Radius on the Options menu (note that the higher the value the more defined are the rounded corners);

(4) Still on the Options menu, to the left, click on the "Shape layers" button;

(5) To get rid of the fill collor, go to the Layers palette and drag the "Fill" slider to 0%;

(6) After, go to the Paths palette and click on the arrow on the top-right corner to generate the drop-down menu;

(7) On the drop-down menu, select "Make Selection";

(8) On the "Make Selection" dialog box, leave the settings as is and click on OK;

(9) Then, click on "Edit" on the main menu and "Copy Merged" on the drop-down menu to copy the rounded rectangle;

(10) Open a new document and paste the copied rounded rectangle; and finally

(11) Extend the canvass size so as to reveal all the corners.

After following these steps, you should now have your picture with rounded corners.