Monthly Archives: March 2013

Where in the Philippines could I actually buy an affordable version of Adobe Creative Suite CS6 (Mac OS X Mountain Lion)?

To my fellow Filipinos, do you actually have a legit copy of Adobe Creative Suite CS6 Design and Web Premium? I really need it for some reasons since I already have Photoshop CS5 Extended installed in my MacBook Pro which already has the latest version of Mac OS X (Mountain Lion).

The security system of the Mountain Lion is too much for me to handle, seriously! You could no longer switch accounts on iLife ’11, particularly on uploading iPhoto files on Facebook! Damn! I think Apple should be more considerate about people’s needs and wants, because not all of their consumers/customers are well-off! I swear, kahit ang pag-download ng Adobe, hindi na rin nila sinasanto. That’s why I missed my old lappie which has the older version of the OS X.

I do not know with Windows, maybe Windows 8 might be the same when it comes to security, however, I’d say that if I were to go back to Windows, okay lang — but first, I have to suffer again from the basics. I’d rather stay in my current platform or maybe acquire a Mac mini and partition it = with Windows and Mac OS X installed. Hmmm… who knows how to do this procedure (calling all BS Computer Science majors and graduates… and Comp. Engineers… hahahah).

Side Note: Apple as an exploitative company — true or not?

Believe it or not: Mas mahigpit pa nga ‘ata ang security system ng Mac OS X kesa sa mga airports, and I’m not joking either. Mas secured pa ‘yung security system ng Pilipinas compared to other countries. Kasi, in Mac OS X, it follows the security system of the United States, so you will never question why there are some airports that will check on your laptops, which does not even exist in the Philippines. Siguro domestic, pero kapag international ang pag-uusapan, expect what is unexpected.

It is saddening that there are companies in the world that are not flexible enough to know the situations of the Global South. In the United States, they’re very particular about copyright law, which is poorly enforced in China. Ironically, China is the place where your Apple products are assembled (read: Assembled, not necessarily manufactured talaga as in the spare parts are manufactured one-by-one, these are acquired in major companies such as Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, etc.). I am not very familiar about the trade relationship between China and the United States, but I’m very sure that most US firms relocate to China for cheaper labor, and this even made the Mac computer system lean towards the mainstream commercial industry — meaning to say that they’re already becoming financially-accessible towards middle-class families and to those who could afford high-end products that could be accessed in cheaper ways through tax-free shops.

Kaya most people choose Android and Microsoft Windows as their main mobile and computer platform (respectively) due to its ease of access, financially and software-wise. As a matter of fact, Apple is too proprietary and it is still stuck in the elite market, meaning to say that it still cannot achieve Sony’s entry towards the mainstream market. I also do not think that Apple would be less proprietary compared to Windows and Android, which is saddening. After all, only the middle-class and the elite could afford these products that Apple offers.

No, I’m not bashing Apple. I’m still an Apple fan somehow, it only happens that its way of marketing its products is too much for an average consumer to handle. Remember how it filters a lot of apps that Android does offer for free. I also do not get it why its Bluetooth and music transfer is too proprietary. Hmmm… maybe Steve Jobs does not want Apple to be accessed by those who do not come from the lower middle class up to the poverty line. Kidding.

Roxyisferox also displayed how Apple exploited its supposed partners in order to gain more recognition from the open market. Obviously, they sued Samsung for this and that, eh who makes the retina displays at the first place? Hindi lang Samsung, and take note that it is Sharp that manufactures the retina displays. Kaya I opted for a second MBP (I hate to brag, sorry, but I’m not bragging this time) that is still the same as my old MBP, and chose not to own the one with retina display (ang mahal na nga, tapos ang HDD it’s too small for me to put a lot of files there, plus no optical drive).

The reason why Apple is more popular nowadays than Microsoft Windows (which made Bill Gates lose his title as the Richest Man in the World — pero keber naman niya eh) is because it is becoming more accessible financially to the middle class, like what I said before. However, its vibe is still too elitist — meaning to say that Apple expects its owners that they should be from the wealthy class (hindi nga!? Feeling ko lang, ah), and I’m not even working yet (don’t worry, I’ll get that shiny salary of mine if I’m accepted in a decent company).

I have to say that I’ll create another article regarding Apple. Well, that’s all.

Let us now welcome the new Pope: Francis I


news.yahoo.com|Welcome, Senor Jorge Bergoglio aka Pope Francis I!

I’d say he really looks friendly, though.

Sorry I have not watched the white smoke news, but I think this dude might nail it! Hurrah for a new pope!

To quote Yahoo! News:

Bergoglio is the first Jesuit to become pope.

“Bergoglio has character. He’s very humble and he’s someone who really goes out to the people.”

Thinking he’s a Jesuit, I think this would be a great opportunity to be open-minded towards things that are not yet fully accepted by the Church. I feel optimistic towards his guy — he’s younger than his predecessor of course, but at the age of 76, and was born in 1936, I think he’s not that young anymore since this is the 21st century.

Would he be as popular as Pope John Paul II or be as intellectual as Pope Benedict XVI?

Benedict’s style was often seen as too academic and he was never as popular as his predecessor Pope John Paul II. Many of the cardinals have called for the new pope to be a better communicator, able to reach out particularly to young people.

I’d say that this is quite true, since Pope Benedict XVI has always been going to colleges or something like that, and I think he could be a good theology professor, though.

Oh, well. That’s my post for the new Pope, though!

Pitcairn Islands: The Beauty in Isolation

If I were to be asked, I’d love to live in an isolated area… somewhere far away from civilization. When I found out about the Pitcairn Islands, I was hoping if I would survive there…


urbantitan.com|Flag of the Pitcairn Islands

Its capital is no other than Adamstown, oh yes, it’s the capital and the only village in the territory itself. Believe it or not, its population is roughly 48. Imagine that. You basically know one another in just a single speck of land (it’s actually four islands, including the uninhibited Oeno, Henderson and Ducie) and that’s it.

The main island, known as Pitcairn alone, well… it has a hospital, post office, police station, prison, school, church and a convenience store. It has all the most basic of all amenities everyone could imagine.

It has only has harbor, known as the Bounty. It has NO airport (take note: It’s too difficult to build an airstrip in Pitcairn alone, although Henderson island was taken into consideration) — you have to go to Mangareva in order to access Pitcairn (yes, from your country, you go to NZ, then Mangareva) if you want an airfare via NZ.


Courtesy of paulandruthontherock.blogspot.com|Pulau School, the only school in Pitcairn Island.


Courtesy of young.pn|This is the Big Flower, I think. Dunno if this is an inn or a hotel, but never mind.


Courtesy of paulandruthontherock.blogspot.com|Pitcairn’s Heath Center and Hospital

Check out for more informative accounts HERE.

In fact, the Pitcairn islands, aside from being one of the most isolated areas in the world, happens to be the most underrated, in terms of exposure. Surely, you have Tristan da Cunha and Socotra as other examples of isolated places, however, Pitcairn Island is so far the most intriguing and the most mysterious of them all.


panoramio.com|St. Paul’s Pool, a natural site in Pitcairn.

I’d say that, I’d create a book about the Pitcairn islands one day. Also, I’d like to document all my adventures there, and yeah, will encourage everyone to err… stay here! Haha!

Well, if I have the money, I’ll certainly visit that place.

Migi Moreno running as an independent DLSU USG candidate


Courtesy of TLS and Kevin Prudon|Migi Moreno on his post-Santugon err… days.

Okay, so since I do not actually post things that are related to DLSU’s University Student Government (our very own student council), I’d like have a shot on this one.

I may not know this guy personally, however, I could say that he’s a very diligent guy — Majoring in two degrees, AB-PSM and BSC-LMG (AB Psychology + BSC Legal Management), he is also the current president of the Lasallian Scholars Society.

Well, good luck on him! I will support you!

Breaking News: Good-bye, Zaide Canteen!

From The LaSallian:

After 35 years of service, DLSU’s Zaide canteen will officially close its counter operations today, March 7, with its last official day of operations on March 9.

A total of 22 employees will be dispersed, and will resume their work in other La Salle schools. According to unofficial statements, the canteen chose to leave DLSU because of the building’s permanent conversion to a student center. Moreover, sources say that the canteens have had difficulty in paying rent. This year, the minimum bid for canteen space ranges from P 85,000-162,000, depending on the location.

USG Vice President for Internal Affairs Robert Hechanova clarifies, “The building is planned to be a student center, an evolved canteen that will give way for more interaction among students. The contract with all the canteens will be done by the end of the year, so the space is up to the University to further utilize… there is a thrust to renovate the canteens.”

According to Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Services Jay Calleja, apart from commercial food kiosks, the space will be opened for rent to student entrepreneurs, with a small area for musical performances.

In light of such developments, the Zaide cafeteria will be up for auction, along with cafeterias in the St. La Salle (LS) building, Enrique Razon Sports Complex and Br. Andrew Gonzalez Hall.

The bidding committee will continue to entertain proposals until March 11 and award contracts on March 14. Calleja affirms, “A concessionaire can submit a bid for all three available canteen spaces, but it does not mean that all three areas can be awarded to one business.”

DLSU collects 10 percent of sales of the kiosks that operate in the campus.

I will miss Pao Pao Tea and Teazers. 😦 Ruined na talaga ang frosh-hood ko tuloy. 😦

Well, hello U-Mall na naman ako. Wear black, ok? Chos!

I finally found these photos!

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They sell iPads and err… counterfeit gadgets (I though SG is ueber-strict!?).

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This was probably taken with a Sigma lens. Try to click on the photo to enlarge (and don’t forget to evaluate its quality!).

I forgot what mall is this located, however, I’d say it’s within Lucky Plaza.

Yes, bitches. This is one shop to avoid (the set-up is shown, eh) when you wanna go to Singapore. Get your arses off to Funan Digital Mall if you don’t want your money to be burned in hell.