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Australian Accent Attemp by a Filipino-Thai Immitator


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By: Elena Grace Flores
It was surprising to find this long lost video that my son Sithikohn Thaworn made after one of the typhoons in Manila – that flooded our village in Makati. He was trying to imitate the accent of an Australian Broadcaster. This only proves that speaking in different languages can be learned – including of course the accent:

Accent Attempt

Posted at YouTube by: kohn118


His training as a call center agent probably helped a lot in his speaking skills and of course his various stints in international schools in the Philippines and Thailand. He was born in Bangkok but grew up here in the Manila from Thai and Filipino parents. Now, soon to be graduating from Broadcasting, I wonder what he will do next but for sure, he will do well!


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Key Logistic Points in Relief Operations


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By: Elena Grace Flores

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Logistics (Photo credits: www.myhardhatstickers.com)

A lot of egos were hurt when CNN reported that relief efforts after Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the areas of Leyte were not enough – causing the desperation of the victims. Yes, many helped but there were no proper logistics in place thus hindering efficient operation. Here are the key logistic points in handling relief operations after a calamity:

How to Manage the Supply Chain Following a Natural Disaster

By: http://www.inboundlogistics.com

Planning for supply chain exceptions is increasingly an expectation for risk-sensitive shippers. The last decade has unleashed a flood of global weather disasters, from Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina to the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Each has impacted business operations in different ways. http://www.inboundlogistics.com/cms/article/how-to-manage-the-supply-chain-following-a-natural-disaster/



The world knew that many Filipinos acted immediately to help the victims, so as concerned people from other countries – but what CNN is pointing out is the lack of logistics which the national government should impose. The report was not meant to criticize the government but a plea to the authorities to act out their plans without delay – if they have some in place!


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Funeral as a Social Event in the Philippines


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By: Elena Grace Flores

The bodies of the dead lie awaiting burial in ...
The bodies of the dead lie awaiting burial in a mass grave at the camp. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just recently attended the wake of the mother of our Baranggay Chairman – and this is where you can find nicely arranged flowers, dignified people and lots of refreshments. You can also meet a long lost acquaintance in funeral by chance if you are a native of the place or active in social gatherings. That’s why my heart goes with the victims of typhoon Yolanda. No proper burial nor identification. Read this:

Globe in the Philippines: Funeral efforts marred by decay

By: NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE

As the truck lumbers past the rubble-strewn remains of Tacloban City, onlookers pull shirts over their faces and use fingers to plug their noses. The truck is laden with death, 34 people killed by Typhoon Haiyan. Their decay, after five days in the heat and humidity, creates a stench that blankets the street as the truck passes by. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/rebel-attack-disrupts-mass-burial-effort-in-typhoon-ravaged-city/article15409537/



I initiated a call to the Secretary of National Defense through Facebook to help NBI do the military protocol for the casualties. This may be too late because most bodies are already dumped into the mass graves without knowing who they are – which will really give a hard time for the survivors to get over in mourning the death of their loved ones. However, I hope and pray that this will serve as a lesson for all – and the very reason why I documented this!


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Homeowners Monthly Dues in Lieu of Services


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By: Elena Grace Flores

Westover Hills Homeowners Association, Sep 12,...
Westover Hills Homeowners Association, Sep 12, 2008 (Photo credit: aaronx)

In our homeowners’ association, it was a big thing discussing about the taxes imposed by the government on the homeowners monthly dues and other contributions mandatory or not. However, we have yet to receive services from the government. Nevertheless, as we studied the legalities of the taxes involved from this link, we find it necessary to do something to show our homeowners that their money are indeed used for the village’s development, maintenance and beautification projects:

Homeowner’s association dues now subject to income tax and VAT (RMC No. 9-2013)

By: Cherry Castillo 

I would like to thank my friend, Atty. Dakila Napao, for the heads up on the release of RMC 9-2013.

Before anyone goes ballistic again, let me have a short discussion on the rationale for the imposition of taxes in general, and taxes on association dues in particular. http://www.foreclosurephilippines.com/2013/02/homeowners-association-dues-subject-to-income-tax-and-vat-rmc-no-9-2013.html



After imposing the collections of the agreed dues, contributions, security and utility fees, another resistance is starting to emerge. This is regarding the spending for the services needed. Since cleanliness is a must for the village and the working committee has yet to impose their policies, a street sweeper would be a big help. It looks like the minimal fee for the sweeper is questioned – good thing, political will is in sight for the majority of the members. I certainly hope so!


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Youtube and Google Plus Integration for Identification


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By: Elena Grace Flores

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Youtube is the most reliable video platform available socially over the internet. I’m not sure what system they used but videos are continually viewed here even if internet is a bit slow. The problem in is, anonymous rude comments are rampant. So, to stop this, a recent move has been implemented which is of course not acceptable to all:

Google Plus Creates Uproar Over Forced YouTube Integration

By: http://www.forbes.com

Google Plus is back in the headlines again, but not for any spike in users or must-have new features. Rather, Google’s social network has now become further entwined in yet another of Google’s properties, YouTube. http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2013/11/09/google-plus-creates-uproar-over-forced-youtube-integration/



People with bogus identities over the net can afford to display bad behavior because no one know them anyway in reality. The said integration is not at all a problem to individuals who are honest about their opinions – but will never attack anyone below the belt. As a blogger and a very opinionated person, I go for this Youtube and Google Plus integration.


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