little becky

•Nobyembre 4, 2007 • 14 mga puna

Have you ever heard of a little girl name Becky from Dublin? Cant find the audio link but i think this link from youtube will do. ūüôā

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bad weekend!

•Nobyembre 2, 2007 • 12 mga puna

Ang ganda ng gising ko kaninang umaga, namalengke, at nag linis ng kwarto ko sa umaga. Adobo pa ang ulam kaninang tanghali. Makatapos mananghalian, naisip ko na pumunta sa Bahrain-Saudi “causeway” (a bridge linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia) para naman makakuha ng shots sa aking kamera with friends.

A view from the causeway tower overlooking Bahrain

Sigeee… praktis! kuha dito, kuha doon ng kung anu-ano…

Hala sige pose pa! (Flat mates ko)

Ang saya ano? Nagdilim na pero maganda pa rin ang kuha, but not¬†until shots in my camera started to blur. So i decided to get my flash and the “tripod”.¬†Shooting at night or sunset in manual mode¬†i think (at least as¬†i understood it correctly from tips¬†i read)¬†needs a¬†wide aperture with a slow shutter speed and a stable grip of the camera. (ISO set to 100 for better results)

Heto na po ang siste -pagsalpak ko ng kamera ko sa tripod, while testing the remote to trigger the camera as in kuntodo pose pa ang lahat. “Ang animal na kamera ko, nag-somersault”. Natigilan ang lahat…. kanina tawanan ngayon mga nakatulala. Animo eh nakakita ng bata na tumalon sa building pag bagsak eh dumami. Takbuhan sila papunta sa kamera, ako naiwan at nagkakamot ng ulo. Waaaaaaa….. ang Lens ko dumami!

Patay ang maliligayang araw ko hahaha… ang laruan ko nakahandusay sa damuhan at buti na lang inde nadale ang body! Hayuf na tripod yun bumigay ang lock at dinivorce ang kamera ko sa pagkakapit waaaaaa ūüôā

Hay buhay! …pahinga muna sa luho roy ūüė¶ hinay hinay lang ba.

Pero nakteteng di ko natiis hahaha… heto na po ang “kapalit”¬†nyahahaha!!! ūüôā

But it still is a “bad weekend”!!!

ATM card, gaano ka kadalas gumamit?

•Oktubre 29, 2007 • 9 mga puna

  

As I meet new friends, along the conversation and getting to know each other is a topic of “what kind of work do you have”. Well… of course, everybody has¬†his or her¬†say but when it comes to me, the topic always stays, does it sound interesting to you? Well read on…

When ask about my field of work,¬†one¬†word i say and suddenly everybody is asking questions. It is all about ATM, cards, do’s and don’ts. I was thinking of a topic to post and then again, why not share it here. Generally… it may look or sound common, but the idea was from technical point of view. Information you should know when using ATM are as follows.

Before you insert your card, try to observe and see if the card reader slot is the usual or the same slot that you are familiar with. If you have¬†a strange feeling that there is something attached in the card reader throat, hold it, move it a little… if it falls (hala ka nasira mo!) ūüôā it does not belong there.

  • It might be an improvised mag-stripe reader or a “skimming device” and can only be attached by a double-sided tape or a super glue. Its purpose is to read all the data in your card. This device as they design will make you feel that it looks like a part of the ATM.

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  • “But it takes two to Tango” –¬†Information they get from your card is not enough; they need your PIN (Personal Identification Number). And this PIN is not in your card as most of you knows… it is in your bank’s “server host”. A spy camera attached near to the ATM’s and is pointed to numeric keypad is commonly used. It records while you enter your PIN. Other way is, somebody¬†might be¬†standing close enough to see what numbers do you encode, meron din naman nagamit ng telescope pero bihira.The best way to beat this is cover your hand with the other and make sure that nobody can see what number you enter in the keypad.

  • The “LOW-TECH WAY”¬†is the use of¬†normal¬†transparent/double-sided¬†adhesive¬†tape or a string, and it¬†will do the trick. The purpose is to get your ATM stuck in the card throat. Then, somebody you dont know will try to lend a¬†help… there is nothing wrong with it! Sige lang at patulong ka. But if he or she tells you “ay na-capture na ata ang card mo” and then in the long run ask for your PIN, gawin mo… sapukin mo agad ūüôā¬†sabay murahin mo ng “gardemet!!! ako pa lolokohin mo… nek-nek mo!!!” – If your ATM card is stuck in the throat and you have visual, kuha ka ng panundot. Kung hindi mo mahugot, itulak mo papasok. I am pretty sure that the ATM will¬†be OFFLINE and no one can use it not unless a technician will remove it from the card reader when attended for servicing.

Do not reveal your PIN to anyone, do not write it in a piece of paper or the ATM card sleeve and then put in in your wallet or somewhere else (tanga ka pag ginawa mo yun!) ūüôā There are banks who generates PIN code and then issue the card to you as you open an account. Ask their customer service if change of PIN is available in the ATM and then change it right away. Do not use numbers related to your birth date, anniversary, cellfone numbers¬†or any common set of number that can easilly be guess.

Few facts… ATM will go OFFLINE if the card reader is jammed and if the connection to the host is down.¬†Some ATM’s are online even when the connection is down, it depends on the setting or requirements of the bank. The display may indicate that it is ONLINE but when you insert your card and do a transaction, the response time takes longer than the usual. An average normal transaction¬†should be¬†not more than 30-40 seconds before you will see a response from the host. If in any case no response for more than 1 minute, it simply means there is no connection or your bank server is not connected to the ATM you are using (in case of Bancnet, Megalink, GCCNET, etc…). Eh,¬†ang problema eh ang tagal lumabas ng ATM card mo kaya di ka maka-alis. Don’t panic! the default setting is 5 minutes maximum in any worst case scenario. Lalabas at lalabas ang card mo within this span of time. Pwera lang kapag may sira ang card reader but that is a different scenario and has nothing to do with the “no connection” thing. ūüôā

So much for the ATM card fraud thing… i will try to post the withdrawal do’s and don’ts next time. yun ay kung interesado pa kayo hehehe… ūüôā

Questions and comments are most welcome ūüėČ

naki sawsaw na sa wordpress!

•Oktubre 27, 2007 • 12 mga puna

ano ba ang blog? ano ba ang wordpress? aba! malay ko!!!

dati chatroom ang tambayan ko. epal lang¬†ng epal, minsan nasisipa sa room, minsan naman napagsasaraduhan ng pinto. pag¬†may naligaw na bebot na sa paningin namin eh bibigay – aba heto na… kanya kanyang boladas! eventually ikakasa na ang pang capture at pag nag start na maghubo… PATOK!¬† ang saya hehehe…

nawala ang users room, napag diskitahan ng karamihan ang blog and the likes… at naiwan ako waaaa!!!¬†panong di ako maiiwan eh di nga ako nahilig sa¬†pag compose ng ganitong klaseng post na sa pangunawa ko ay kailangan ng malawak na pagiisip para makalikha ng kaaya-ayang babasahin.¬†hindi¬†rin naman ako ganon kabihasa sa pananalitang ingles. kayat napag pasyahan ko na lang na maghanap ng ibang mapag kaka abalahan.

dito sa bahrain wala ka halos mapasyalan. maliit lang na bansa pero simple ang pamumuhay (at may alak!). kaya halos lahat ng mapaglilibangan gaya ng billards, tennis, badminton, tong-its, majong, rc nitro powered cars and the latest DSLR camera ay napag diskitahan ko na. medyo magastos nga lang itong huli pero sulit naman pag nakikita mo ang resulta. ika nga ang sarap pala ng feeling kapag kontrolado mo sa halos lahat ng aspeto ang hawak mong kamera. basa dito, basa doon ng mga bagay na sa palagay ko ay makakatulong para mas maunawaan ko ang mundo ng potograpiya.

nabasa ko ang post ng isang kaututang dila at kapit bansa sa oman na si robin (aka azrael). kabibili lang niya ng mamahaling EOS 400D canon. nakakatuwa,¬†YM agad ako at napag usapan nga ang bagong nakahihiligang libangan. hanggang sa mapadpad sa pag bigay niya ng payo na “gumawa ako ng photoblog”.¬† heto na po, kung di nyo napapansin mahaba haba na din ang nababasa nyo. ibig sabihin ay naguumpisa na akong mag compose hehehe…

heto na nga at nasagot ko na ang aking katanungan, kung ano nga ba ang blog, wordpress, atbp. 

sa mga susunod na araw ay susubukan kong mag post ng mga kuha ko sa aking camera na sa paningin ko ay makapag bibigay ng kaunting¬†biswalisasyon kung ano ang hitsura ng bansa na aking ginagalawan. narito ang sampol…

bahrain @ night

 grand mosque, juffair

muharraq corniche

diplomat raddison

novotel