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BPI Expressonline Saves the Day

Posted on 31 March 2009 by Flisha

Gim has just left for Dapitan again, and I am all alone in Zamboanga. I hate when Gim leaves, because all my friends are always so busy to go out. Right now I wish I were practicing my swimming, but I would never do that alone. (Read: Can’t deal with wearing a swimsuit without anyone to hide behind.)

Gim left before I could hand him cash so he could get me the Montano sardines I asked him to buy for me in Dipolog. (I in turn will bring it to Manila as pasalubong in April. My uncle likes them.)

There aren’t any credit card machines in Dapitan, not that I know of anyway, so it’s a good thing there’s BPI Expressonline. I have an account there, and since I so often transfer funds to Gim’s account so he can buy me stuff (LOL am I a demanding girlfriend or what!), I’ve actually had my bank add his account in my Transfer Funds list so I can automatically send him money whenever I need to. (My mom is in that list, too, because I constantly have to pay her for stuff I charge on her credit card hahaha.)

He’s coming back in a few days, though, so I really shouldn’t feel this antsy. Still, I miss him. And in two weeks, I’ll be leaving him again. :(

I want to be permanently attached to his side. Is that possible? Or am I turning into the psycho girlfriend he never wanted?

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Send Media from Phone to Web with ShoZu

Posted on 23 March 2009 by Flisha

Technology is utterly amazing. These days I’m playing around with ShoZu, a mobile phone app that I’ve had on my Sony Ericsson W960i since last year, but I only got around to exploring it last week.

Basically, it finds images and videos in your phone and allows you to send them to different destinations like Facebook, Blogger, Twitpic, Multiply, Friendster, LiveJournal, Youtube, a random email address or wherever, really. (Maybe even your Slingbox one day.) ShoZu supports most blog and social networking sites in the Internet, so it’s really convenient to upload stuff from your phone to the web – instantly.

Let me show you how it works on my phone.

Once installed, the icon shows up in your Control Panel or your list of applications. Here I just made a shortcut to it on my desktop. (It’s the orange O.)

Open up ShoZu, and you’ll see this. It can save your phonebook to your ShoZu account so if ever your phone gets lost, you still have a backup of your contacts on the web. You can ZuCasts, which are feeds from your friends, meaning you can see what they have uploaded. To upload stuff yourself, select Share-It.

I see I have 40 files and 10 destinations. My files can be photos or videos, anything that I’ve taken using my camphone will show up here. Destinations means the places I can send my media to (set when I created my ShoZu account). For some reason, the Commens tab shows only comments I get from Flickr, but not the ones from Facebook or Twitpic. So, anyway, to upload something, I select All Files.

Now I can see all my latest photos and videos. I see I’ve already sent my Bulb of Garlic photo awhile ago. It has the orange ShoZu logo which means it’s been uploaded at least once already. (You can upload again, especially if you want to send to other destinations.) I can upload one photo at a time, or many at a time. I check the boxes of the photos I want to upload.

Of course, I don’t want my photos sent uncaptioned or untitled. So I select a photo, click on More >> Add Details. And I get to this spot, where I can add a title for my photo, and below, a description, and even tags.

Time to upload my Bananas photo. As you can see, the first button says Send to Twitpic. Since I love to use Twitpic, which automatically updates my Twitter, which then automatically updates my Plurk and Facebook accounts, I set it as my One-click photo site. (You can set this in your ShoZu account. Best to do it on a laptop instead of a mobile phone.) Anyways, this time I think I want to send this photo straight to my blog. So I click on More >> Send to other >> destination >> Google Blogger.

After some time… ta da!!! Here is my bananas post!

There it is up on my blog! :-) ShoZu adds the posted by ShoZu graphic, which I don’t like, so when I have the time later on, I edit it out of my blog post. I didn’t add a description awhile ago, so this photo only has a title. But if I had, it would have been placed below my photo. Here is an example of my post of the Astoria Regency Pool.

And it’s that easy! Cool, huh?

P.S. ShoZu connects to Internet (duh) so you have to make sure you have Internet access on your phone. At home, I connect to my wifi router. And when I am outside, I make sure to visit wifi hotspots so I can upload my photos on the go.

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Bananas

Posted on 23 March 2009 by Flisha

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Testing ShoZu: Astoria Regency Pool

Posted on 20 March 2009 by Flisha

Its where I go to swim! Ü Im testing ShoZu. This is totes fun! From the camph0ne straight to the blog. Wowz. Ü

I used Shozu. :)

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And That’s Not Me???

Posted on 20 March 2009 by Flisha

Earlier today I was deciding on a specialty in medicine for myself, suppose I were a doctor. I thought maybe neurosurgery would be perfect for me. Every day I could roll my eyes and tell someone, in a totally disparaging sort of way:

It’s not *brain* surgery.

But I mustn’t be hasty. I did consider other specialties. I thought oncology would be so cool. It totally wouldn’t be my fault if my patient dropped dead, plus I could concoct all sorts of experiments and maybe I’d find a cure for cancer. I’d have time to splurge on regular shopping sales too.

I told Gim (my doctor boyfriend who wants to specialize in orthopedics and say Dude feel my biceps! all day long) this and when I got to the oncology part, his brow furrowed and immediately he replied:

Bun, I don’t think that’s for you. Oncologists have to be really generous and unselfish.

FML.

So then we proceeded to discuss neurosurgery. Hypothetically.

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DreamHost Free Hosting

Posted on 18 March 2009 by Flisha

It’s true. My dream come true!

Dreamhost is offering free hosting with DreamHostApps. You can create a free subdomain on dreamhosters.com so your blog will look like yoursite.dreamhosters.com. You could also use a domain you already have or register a new one with DreamHost ($9.95).

You get WordPress, Drupal, phpBB, ZenPhoto, MediaWiki, Google Apps and Gmail totally freely hosted by DreamHost for life. (They said it on their blog so it’s their word not mine.)

DreamHostApps is in beta stage so they might start charging a fee once it’s out of beta, but only to new users. Or this could be a big publicity stunt, and they’re not really going to charge anything for it, they just want loads of people signing up thinking it’s some exclusive opportunity that’s expiring soon.

Who cares? It’s free hosting! Sign up or you’re totally missing out!

P.S. Eh. I spoke too soon. Hosting is limited, there is no file-level access so you can’t actually upload your own themes or plugins. In time, it may rival Blogger (DreamHostApps offers subdomains, free apps plus unlimited content, storage. It’s awesome). But for now, it’s best they keep it free. People start creating themes for DreamHostApps!

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True Blood in the Philippines

Posted on 17 March 2009 by Flisha

Yay! True Blood will finally make its way to the Philippines via HBO Asia’s Max Channel, on April 9 at 9pm.

This will be True Blood’s first showing in Asia, and if you cannot wait to see the entire series an agonizing week at a time, you can download the series from Mininova. (As I did, right after reading the Sookie Stackhouse books.)

If you’re a fan of Twilight, I am not sure you will like True Blood. There’s a lot more gore, sex and gritty reality to this vampire fantasy. But if you’re one very disappointed vampire fan (from the overhyped book, and the terrible movie), then give True Blood a shot.

I swear this is one case where I think the screen surpasses the novel. But, read the book first. You’ll be able to appreciate how Alan Ball, the director of True Blood, takes the book and transforms it so elegantly to the screen. The plot and story are perfectly intact, but nothing is spoonfed from the book, the series even examines some characters more closely than the books ever did. The actors fit their parts to a tee and can actually act (Anna Paquin won a Golden Globe for her performance), the shots, the scripts, the scenes are utterly amazing, and if the Southern Vampire Mysteries couldn’t get real enough, True Blood will certainly deliver all the grit, the gore and the glamour you can devour.

Trust me, you don’t want to miss this show.

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Need to Get Fit

Posted on 16 March 2009 by Flisha

Gim and I are getting extra stretchmarks. LOL. This is disastrous. We need to look good on his graduation day!

Yes that’s right! My Gim will soon be get his medical degree! Gim the doctor! Yay! :D

Time to start jogging again!

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Curacha in Alavar Sauce

Posted on 11 March 2009 by Flisha

Gim and I had a spectacular lunch today. Curacha cooked in coconut milk and Alavar sauce. Divine!

Curacha is a type of crab commonly found in the waters of Zamboanga. As such it’s available in the city markets round the clock. I would love to eat it as regularly as I eat lechon (roasted pork, goes very well with a Sunday) but unfortunately my cook is a bit allergic to crustaceans. He gets hives all over, and hyperacidic, when he eats too much crab or shrimp. So I have to wait several weeks in between curacha fests.

Today happened to be my lucky day. I slept in the whole morning and when I woke up, Chef Gim had already gone to the market, bought three large curachas and whipped up my favorite Guinataang Curacha in Alavar sauce! Yummy! So good it deserves to be on the menu of a five-star New York City hotel.

Alavar is a famous seafood restaurant in Zamboanga City, and they sell Alavar sauce, which is a secret concoction of aligue and spices. Whatever they put it in it, it’s sinfully delicious and makes every seafood dish doubly tasty.

In Chavacano, Curacha means “cockroach”, but the similarity between the two creatures ends in their furry-looking legs. Curacha is a wonderfully tasty crustacean. It is meatier and much cleaner than the mud crab, though ironically with a slightly earthier taste, and it’s meat a little less smooth but just as juicy. However the difference in taste is very subtle and I am sure most people would not be able to differentiate the two without checking their shells. I’m not yet sure which I favor more, the mud crab or the curacha, so I prefer to have them both in one dish!

Jump inside to see more photos of today’s lunch, and Chef Gim’s simple Guinataang Curacha in Alavar Sauce recipe below.

How to Make Guinataang Curacha (or Crab) in Alavar Sauce

Ingredients:
1 kilo curacha or crab
1/2 kilo grated coconut
1/2 kilo Alavar sauce
 1 bulb of garlic
1/2 thumb of ginger
4 pinches of salt
4 pinches of monosodium glutamate (Ajinomoto)
1 1/2 cup of water

Wash curacha or crab. Place in cooking pot. Set aside.

Place grated coconut in a mixing bowl. Pour water and mix. With your hands, squeeze all milk from the coconut. Set aside.

Mince garlic and ginger into tiny pieces. Set aside.

Sprinkle the salt, Ajinomoto, garlic and ginger all over the curacha or crab.

Pour coconut milk all over the curacha or crab.

Turn stove on high heat until the coconut milk comes to a boil. Then drop the alavar sauce into the pot and lower the knob to medium heat. When the coconut oil starts to surface (happens after around 20-30 minutes), turn off the stove.

Serve.

P.S. If you don’t have Alavar sauce, go right ahead and do the recipe without it. It will just be Guinataang Curacha, then.

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My New Bamboo Bed

Posted on 10 March 2009 by Flisha

I read somewhere, someone said that we spend almost half our lives lying down, and that if there’s one thing we should spend on, it’s on a luxurious bed.

I read that, and went, “Huh. That makes sense.”

So after spending the last twenty plus years of my sleeping life on a single makeshift bed my dad made out of extra plywood lying around the house, I decided to up and get myself a REAL bed, with a PROPER head board, and large feet, and a roomy underneath. And yes, king sized! Hee!

It’s really pretty. It’s made of bamboo and glazed reddish honey. And so affordable, too. I commissioned it straight from the carpenter. I told him how I wanted it, and he took care of everything, material handling, delivery and all.

I should post a photo but I was so excited to use it I forgot to take one. And now it’s in the room with a mattress and all my stuff piled on top. It’s nice to sleep beside my laptop. :)

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