Monday, June 30, 2008

Learning to Listen

You hear things all day long––traffic outside your building, telephones ringing down
the hall, employees talking about the game coming up this weekend––and you’ve probably learned to tune most of it out as noise. But how much of what goes on in your small business are you really listening to? If you want a business relationship to flourish––whether with employees, clients or customers­­––you need to be a good listener.

Listening is an important skill to have, not just in life, but in business as well.

When you fail to listen closely three things can happen:

* You will hear what you want to hear.
* You will hear what you expect to hear.
* You will not analyze what others are telling you.

Listening is important, but few business people practice how to listen well. Remember the game you played in kindergarten called “Telephone”? All the kids sat in a circle, and one student started the game by whispering into the ear of the student to the left. Perhaps the whisper started out as “I have two new puppies at home, and they are so cute.” But by the time that statement made it all the way around the circle, it had become “I had two hush puppies for dinner last night, and they were so good.” Obviously, one or two of those in the circle weren’t listening, at least not listening well.

But your listening skills can go far in your small business. Employee complaints, customer requests, sales calls, etc. You probably encounter dozens of instances each day where only half listening could get you and your business in trouble. So how do you practice listening? It’s not exactly like practicing your bowling game or penmanship or is it?

1. Maintain eye contact. Don’t let your eyes (and your mind) wander off to something else going on in the room.
2. Focus on content. Perhaps the person speaking to you is twirling her hair or spinning a pencil in his hands. Ignore it and focus on what he or she is actually saying.
3. Don’t interrupt. Let the customer or employee finish his or her thoughts and words before you jump in with an answer or question.
4. Stay active in the conversation. And ask questions. If something doesn’t make sense, ask for clarification or further explanation.

When you listen well, you will be able to:

* Figure out what your customer or employee wants and needs
* Prevent misunderstandings and errors
* Build long-term relationships

Like your bowling game, listening improves with practice. Make it your personal challenge today not just to hear the things going on around you, but to really listen.

I hope you are listening.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

I Love You

And then again, someone up there says, “I love you“.

Manny Pacquiao: Gets the Job Done

I'm a fan of Manny Paquiao. Last night in Madalay Bay Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao had so many reasons to smile Saturday night (Sunday in Manila), he simply kept flashing satisfied grins everywhere.

And everybody could see the smile. Pacquiao’s face was virtually unmarked after knocking out David Diaz with 2:24 gone in the ninth round to claim the World Boxing Council lightweight crown.

Pacquiao was ecstatic foremost because he succeeded in making history as the first Asian to hold four world titles in four weight classes as well as the first Filipino to rule the 135-pound division.

And then there were the little things that made his day.

Diaz got cut below the right and left eyebrows and on the bridge of his nose during the bout that drew 8,362 paying patrons to Mandalay Bay’s Event Center here.

And the sight of Pacquiao unscathed and cracking jokes was a stark contrast to his appearance in the same room on March 15 when he bested Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez for the super featherweight crown.

There were, after all, even more reasons to be happy.

Pacquiao stood to receive $3 million in purse money, but that figure should balloon exponentially once the pay-per-view figures and gate receipts—of which he owns a tidy percentage—roll in.

Watch this video, thanks to franciscokahano for uploading:

I'm proud to be Pinoy!

The Parkmall: Mandaue Reclamation Area, Mandaue City

A friend of mine in Cebu send this pictures to me. A new mall was opened last May 30 at the North Reclamation Area. The mall stands on the lot where the Uniwide building was built. I’m not sure why that project wasn’t completed but I’m glad that Parkmall finished the job. Parkmall is located right beside the Cebu International Convention Center.

Here's some pictures:

Front part of the mall:

Mall at night:

Few shops:

Another side:

The front part of the mall has ‘zen’ gardens. Cool!

I’m not sure if these things are called ‘fountains’. Hehehe!

Another side:

The parking lot:

View of the garden and parking lots at night:

Cool and captivating site!

SM’s SAVEMORE is Parkmall’s anchor supermarket.

Mang Inasal:

Chicken with unlimited rice!Sarap...

Suka, toyo, patis:(cant live without them)

Can't wait to be back in my country and visit this mall.

Lazy Days

It’s been 2 days now and I am still feeling lazy that I couldn’t pull my butt up from the couch. I woke-up so early this morning and started cleaning like maniac! Gosh, my house cannot stay clean for a week… cause we both working and we don't have enough time to clean our house. I have so much things to do beside the unfinished amount of laundry…

I have to clean the kitchen and wash some dishes. Oh well, if I can just do everything at one time then it will be okay. I feel lazy once again and don’t feel like doing anything. I think, just plain lazy butt… and still trying to get back on blogging mood.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Shine Jesus Shine

God Has Amazing Things in Store for You

Stars do not struggle to shine; rivers do not struggle to flow, and you will never struggle to excel in life, because you deserve the best. Hold on to your dream and it shall be well with you… Amen.

The eyes beholding this message shall not behold evil, the hand that will send this message to others shall not labor in vain, the mouth saying Amen to this prayer shall laugh forever, remain in God’s love. Good morning, your dream will not die, your plans will not fail, your destiny will not be aborted, and the desire of your heart will be granted in Jesus’ name.

Say a big Amen and if you believe it, send it to all your friends. Blessings will know your name and address beginning this day. None goes to the river early in the morning and brings dirty water. As you are up this morning, may your life be clean, calm and clear like the early morning water. May the grace of the Almighty support, sustain and supply all your needs according to His riches and glory. Amen.

Love the Lord. Have a wonderful day in Jesus’ name.
The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.
Remember You are Blessed beyond all curses in Jesus’ name (John 10:10)

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1. Start copy from “Begin Copy” until “End Copy” to your blog
2. Put your own blog name and link.
3. Tag your friends as much as you can, the more the better!

I,m tagging:
Pinay Wahm
Prose of relevance
Fil-Am Journey
A Piece of Idea

Good Luck Buddy bloggers!!

A tag from TWEETY

Sun Screen: On summer Time

Most people think that by having a natural dark skin, they are protected against the sun.

But the truth is, they’re not!
It is true that dark skin provides some protection against sun damage.
People with light skin types have a much higher incidence of skin cancer than to people with dark complexion. But dark skin is not a guarantee against skin cancer.

Yes, you read it right.
No one is exempted.
With too much exposure of the sunlight, it leads to more skin damage and further darkening as it has harmful ultraviolet rays.
I know you are aware that the sun can harm your skin and increase your chance of long-faced consequences, including skin cancer.

Scary huh?

Though it's not the only safeguard you need to take, but sunscreen is one of the easiest ways to protect you against pigmentation and it is a best first line of defense

Okay...okay, you got it!
I’m just making sure you're with me.
Now your asking what ingredients to look for in a sunscreen?
Simple! Here we go.

* Select a broad-spectrum products because it provides protection against UVA which is responsible for aging and UVB radiations, the one causes burning.
* Look for an ingredient labels like oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, avobenzone (Parsol 1789), ecamsule, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
* Look for sunscreens that are water resistant, which offers some protection against washing off in water or when perspiring heavily.
* If you have sensitive skin, look for sunscreen that doesn't contain potential allergens, such as fragrances or dyes, and is specifically designed for your type of skin.
* Look at the expiration date. Mostly you can find it at the back or at the bottom part of the tube.

That's pretty it. :-)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Lion Sleep Tonight

I'm quite lazy tonight to'm so tired from work so I'm just sharing this Video which I found very relaxing and entertaining.You can sing if you want to. Happy viewing!!

The Lion Sleep Tonight
(A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh)
(A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh)

In the jungle, the mighty jungle
The lion sleeps tonight
In the jungle the quiet jungle
The lion sleeps tonight

Near the village the peaceful village
The lion sleeps tonight
Near the village the quiet village
The lion sleeps tonight

Hush my darling don't fear my darling
The lion sleeps tonight
Hush my darling don't fear my darling
The lion sleeps tonight

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Criss Angel:Ultimate Levitation

Ever since when I was young, I am always facinated and amazed of magical tricks. It is very entertaining to watch and can be very tricky as well. There are few illusionists that I know such as Harry Houdini, David Blaine,and David Copperfield, but there is one man I truly admire most and that is Criss Angel. But who he really is?

Criss Angel was born in East Meadow, Long Island on December 19, 1967. His birth name is Christopher N. Sarantakos. He's the youngest of three boys in a close-knit Greek-American family. He knew from the age of six when he first saw his Aunt Stella perform a trick for him that he wanted to be a magician. And guess what, as early as the age of 12, he got his first paying gig. At the tender age of 19, he was already earning up to $3,000 per week performing at kid's parties and nightclubs. He has studied mysticism, yoga, martial arts and dance. Such a round talent man.

I have seen some of his shows on TV when I was still I'm Philippines. and from that time I always watch his series. I know he has inspired other people out there and the best part is, he will be performing at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. Preview performances for CRISS ANGEL Believe begin September 1 and run through September 11 and make sure to mark that down in your calendar!

Here's the lovely part and this is not a trick, they are holding a contest by just texting. All you have to do is Text 'Believe' to 22122 to win 2 tickets to 'CRISS ANGEL Believe'.

You can take your date with you! How cool is that?

See you there!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Science of Romance: Why We Flirt

Why do we flirt?

As I watched the movie late this afternoon, I came to wonder why people flirt.I have read in a magazine that only two very specific types of people flirt: those who are single and those who are married.

Single people flirt because, well, they're single and therefore nobody is really contractually obliged to talk to them, sleep with them or scratch that difficult-to-reach part of the back. But married people, they're a they're a tougher puzzle. They've found themselves a suitable--maybe even superior--mate, had a bit of productive fun with the old gametes and ensured that at least some of their genes are carried into the next generation. They've done their duty, evolutionarily speaking.

Ooppss...And before you claim, whether you are single or married, that you never flirt, bear in mind that it's not just talk we're dealing with here. It's also gestures, stance,and eye movement. Notice how you lean forward to the person you're talking to and tip up your heels? Notice the quick little eyebrow raise you make, the sidelong glance coupled with the weak smile you give, the slightly sustained gaze you offer?

If you're a woman, do you feel your head tilting to the side a bit, exposing either your soft, sensuous neck or, looking at it another way, your jugular? If you're a guy, are you keeping your body in an open, come-on-attack-me position, arms positioned to draw the eye to your impressive lower abdomen?

Scientists call all these little acts "contact-readiness" cues, because they indicate, nonverbally, that you're prepared for physical engagement. (More general body language is known as "nonverbal leakage." Deep in their souls, all scientists are poets.) These cues are a crucial part of what's known in human-ethology circles as the "heterosexual relationship initiation process" and elsewhere, often on the selfsame college campuses, as "coming on to someone."

Belinda Luscumbe quoted that
"One of the reasons we flirt in this way is that we can’t help it. We’re programmed to do it, whether by biology or culture".

Flirting sometimes becomes a social fallback position. "We all learn rules for how to behave in certain situations, and this makes it easier for people to know how to act, even when nervous," says Antonia Abbey, a psychology professor at Wayne State University. Just as we learn a kind of script for how to behave in a restaurant or at a business meeting, she suggests, we learn a script for talking to the opposite sex. "We often enact these scripts without even thinking," she says.

"For some women and men, the script may be so well learned that flirting is a comfortable strategy for interacting with others." In other words, when in doubt, we flirt.

Surefire Weapon Light

I have been surfing a lot in the net today. and I came across to this very nice gadget that would help a lot for a person who worked in a military or police services. This is the Surefire weapon light.

What kind of gadget is this? This Sure Fire weapon light produce optimal beams, brilliant light with no rings, hot spots, or shadows. That's why people whose lives may depend on having enough light when they need it, such as military, emergency, and police personnel and outdoors professionals, rely on Sure Fire.

They are designed for peak performance in the harshest environments. Constructed from either aerospace grade hard-anodized aluminum or impact resistant Nitrolon polymer.

So, let's tell our friends who are interested in this gadget to grab one or how about we can grab for ourselves too.

Starbucks:Tasting the Stars

Favorite: Blended Ice Caramel Cream
(Caramel blended with ice, topped with whipped cream and drizzled with caramel sauce)

Oh Starbucks!, how an afternoon delight you are! Even if I go ahead and get the world globe spinning, you will always be the worlds favorite drink. I don't care how much calories you contain but damn, I just simply love your taste. You have a sharpening effect on me.

Above all, you are the very reason why lovers bond and enjoy sipping while gazing at the same star. You come in between talks and simply ignites our whole system. It's simply automatic, like love. It automatically warms your heart but sometimes automatically burns you.

I do believe that the most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, a Starbucks to drink and somebody to love. Whew, I am like tasting the stars while telling you this.

Training Tracking Software

Nowadays, computer is that trend of young and old people.All kinds of business are now computerized. And if you own a company or anything that deals about business, you really need this to your employees.

Here the most powerful Education Training Tracking Software Conductor, the best learning management system LMS for scheduling, tracking and registration for all your employee education.Finally, training management software is here to work for you!

Conductor is the most trusted training tracking system for all your employee education and training needs. The employees are always on the stage. The public expects nothing less than a flawless performance. All the training materials needed to make an efficient and productive workforce are on hand, but can they be united to deliver the most effective worker education experience possible?

So what are we waiting for, why don't we grab this so we are ready to improve our company's and make your administrative job easier.

Saint Louis Zoo:Amazing and Educational

I really had a great time yesterday cause I went to Saint Louis Zoo with my friends in school where I work. It was almost 12noon when we arrived in there. I couldn't imagine in my two eyes that there were plenty of people were there and since I guess its free entrance and most of the animals are just free so thats why people flock in the Zoo.

While waiting for the rest of the gang Quita and I picture-picture sa..

Ang ila Police sa Park, nagkabayo lang kay mahal ang Gas!

The Saint Louis Zoo has educated, entertained and earned a place in the hearts of St. Louisans for generations. With the Louisiana Purchase Exposition , there began a long and slow process to establish a zoological park. Sure enough, local pride in the giant elliptical bird cage led to formation of a St. Louis Zoological Society. The City of St. Louis set aside 77 acres in Forest Park for a zoo and named a Zoological Board of Control. State legislation provided that "the zoo shall be forever free," which has kept the Zoo accessible to millions of visitors ever since.

St. Louis Zoo,here I come!!

and the gang!

So, ill take you now to my trip to the Zoo.What are the things to see? They have what you call ZOO ZONE.

Our first stop:River's Edge

Our journey along a mythical waterway through four continents to discover how wildlife, plants and people interact. River's Edge is the Saint Louis Zoo's first immersion exhibit -- a lushly planted naturalistic environment showcasing multiple species from around the world. As we enter the 10-acre exhibit, we become immersed in the animal's habitats, watching hippos float gracefully underwater, rhinos wallowing in the mud and elephants playing beneath a waterfall. See baby Asian elephants Maliha and Jade. With educational "field stations" and limited barriers or buildings in sight, River's Edge invites us to learn more about the world in which we live.I really enjoy thetrip to River's Edge. You never know what's just around the bend.

Theres the Hippo,behind me..inside the water huge!

Gusto ta ko mo sakay, dili lang picture nlang ko..

Second Stop: Discovery Corner

I am looking for an animal to meet up-close, or prefer those safely housed behind glass, I found it at Discovery Corner.I slide through a pool surrounded by otters. I follow a butterfly's wandering flight. I saw some spiders and some other insects that really amazed me.I can do it all at the Zoo's most hands-on, interactive exhibits, where one rule holds true:And I feel that learning is fun!

The Tarantula, ewwwhhh....

Bugs and other insects in that glass..

The Deaths Head Cockroach...

The Butterflies:

Third Stop: Historic Hill

Historic Hill is a lovely stroll through one of the oldest parts of the Saint Louis Zoo. From the Flight Cage to the Spanish architectural flavor in the Bird House, Primate House and Herpetarium to the finishing touches of our thoroughly modern exhibits, this area of the Zoo has a unique ambiance and a nostalgic history that make it a great destination.

Me and Cheta-e!

The Primate House.Separated only by glass from active family groups, I can watched a panorama of grooming, foraging for food, playing, parenting and other social interaction of monkeys. Rockscapes, waterfalls, trees and vines provided for them and numerous footholds for climbing and jumping. Its so fun watching these Primate clinging on vines.

Fourth Stop: Herpetarium(The Reptile House)

Specifically for snakes, lizards, frogs and other amphibians, Reptile House was renamed the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium in honor of the Zoo's Director Emeritus.
I saw Burmese Pythons and it says it can reach a length of 20 feet. However, even the more typical 17-to-18 foot-long specimens can exceed 200 pounds! These snakes have become popular as pets because of their beauty, slow movements, and impressive size. But they are often purchased by people who are not able to give them the proper housing and care. It often takes two people just to lift a mature animal. Furthermore, the snake's enclosure can occupy most of a room, and its food requirements match its size.Well, no way I will never have this as my pet.

The Burmese Python

Komodo Dragon, gamay na dragon? lol..

Side-Striped Palm Pitviper Snake

Fifth Stop: Red Rocks

At Red Rocks, I saw some of the world’s most powerful predators living some of the world’s most graceful prey.The Lions, tigers, zebra and giraffes all share the natural rocky boulders and outcroppings as their territory. With shading trees and a bird or two among the mammals, Red Rocks is a great place to spend a day at the Saint Louis Zoo. I really love the Lion who is just resting inside the stone cave that moment.And zebras were just running freely.

Mufasa, Lion King..

The sleepy Tigers, yet hungry..dili ta pa du-ol..

The Zebra owners..hahhaha

Three Camels,resting gikapoy lakaw gikan sa Sahara Desert..

I know that some people doesn't want to visit in a Zoo cause they felt sorry of these animals.Well, I feel the same too, but still I just want to see real animals and feel them. Not just see them in TV or heard it with other people.

Our Final Picture, bisan gikapoy, SMILE gihapon..

I wanna be back again in the Zoo and enjoy some of the rides in there. A day is not enough to see all you wanna see. So wanna come with me?