Edward: And so the lion fell in love with the lamb.
Bella: What a stupid lamb.
Edward: What a sick, masochistic lion.
--- p. 274
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
November has become even more and more exciting because of all the drizzling and rain showers in the metro. I am curled up in my bed right now and the gloomy weather starts to affect in me many ways. Too lazy to do anything and I can’t help but stare at the trickle of rain water from my window. So, I am doing a bit of pondering while having the last sip of my Hot Choco Milk. Here’s a few that I came up with.
- If there’s one thing I learned about being me is that I never push myself for people to take me. I don’t try to squeeze in when I know that there’s no longer room for me.
- I realize that at times, you could be surrounded by sea of people yet you may feel so alone. I think it’s good to alone sometimes. When you are alone, you have the freedom to think and do things without restraint. It makes you assess what you want in life and makes you see where you want to be. I rather be on my own than be in a bad company.
- If I am on the brink of my boiling point, I do not take it out on others. Instead, I prefer to be quiet and go try to isolate myself so that I could self soothe. If I am on my “temperamental moody side” mode, I prefer to just be oblivious of the things that happen around me.
- Explore, Have Fun and Learn. I’d like to start by being someone who is up for a challenge. I’d like to go out more, explore and have fun! To become a risk taker rather than be risk averse.
- I surround myself with positivism. I like to surround myself with good people for they have a positive influence on me.
- I prefer to do things on my own yet I concede to the fact that I need help when there’s a necessity to ask for one. I ask for assistance when I have exhausted all possible options that I can think of.
- I don’t easily warm up to people because that’s just me. It will take me some time to get too close to people but I can say that I am a good friend.
- Simple pleasures in life are mine for the taking. Having a meaningful dinner with the family or perhaps cuddling my cute little nephew or just catching up on sleep brings so much joy to me. Added to the list are my movie/dvd nights, videoke sessions and coffee blues days. So many things to do yet so little time.
- Sinulog Escapade (I always love coming back to CEBU!)
- Megkawayan Adventure, JACA Pool Party and Crash Landing Celebration, Santa Maria
- Hang outs:
C5, Badminton World, Gmik for videoke nights, Mang Del’s Kambingan, Dimsum Diner, Fly Over sa Buhangin, D’ Canteen, Baywalk for some Durian treat
- It’s been awhile since I read a good book. I’m guessing the last books I read was way back year 2005 (Queen of the Damned, Angels and Demons, The Alchemist, Veronika decides to die, Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty, etc.) Luckily, I started reading again this year. Thanks to Stephenie Meyers’ Love story Vampire Saga. I have read all her four books – Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. And all I can say is that, I just loved it and can’t help but read the books all over again!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Muse — Supermassive Black Hole
Paramore — Decode
The Black Ghosts — Full Moon
Linkin Park — Leave Out All The Rest
MuteMath — Spotlight (Twilight Mix)
Perry Farrell — Going All The Way (Into The Twilight)
Collective Soul — Tremble For My Beloved
Paramore — I Caught Myself
Blue Foundation — Eyes On Fire
Rob Pattinson — Never Think
Iron & Wine — Flightless Bird, American Mouth
Carter Burwell — Bella's Lullaby
I personally like Muse, Paramore, Blue Foundation, Iron and Wine and Bella’s Lullaby (The Remix). The album is more on the alternative side and totally fitting to the movie’s theme.
School’s back and so my days are starting to get a lot interesting. School officially started last Saturday (November 8, 2008). It was good to see familiar faces but was also sad because some of my classmates during the 1st semester decided not to enroll. Our wacky group is back. For this semester, I am guessing that school will be a lot difficult. I am hoping though, that I would still be able to get satisfactory marks….
My class starts at 7:30 in the morning up to 4:00 in the afternoon. My subjects this semester are excruciatingly challenging! My first subject is Managerial Accounting followed by Business Research and Statistics and my last subject is Human Behaviour and Resource Management. I guess it’s about time to make my schooling a little bit exciting.
Deadlines, cramming, case studies, group activities, reaction paper, research works and examinations are slowly becoming my best friends these days….. Cheers to more sleepless nights and Cramming moments!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The heart of a vertebrate is composed of cardiac muscle, an involuntary muscle tissue which is found only within this organ. The average human heart beating at 72 BPM, will beat approximately 2.5 billion times during a lifetime spanning 66 years.
1. Smiling makes us attractive.
2. Smiling Changes Our Mood.
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.
3. Smiling is Contagious.
4. Smiling Relieves Stress.
6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
9. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful.
Monday, November 3, 2008
- Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover -- Mark Twain
- Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. --Dr. Martin Luther King
- Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. -- T. S. Elliot
- If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place. -- Nora Roberts
I have always been considered as a risk averse person but I am constantly challenging my self to break out of my shell and do something out of the ordinary. I wish to do more, to experience greater things, to explore different worlds, to see a lot of wonders, to liberate my self and just be happy
- There are about 350 different types of sharks, but researchers think there are other sharks that haven't been discovered yet!
- "Chondrichhye," is the class of fish, sharks belong to.
- Sharks have a sensory organ which is called the "ampullae of Lorenzini" which they use to feel the electrical field coming from its prey.
- The dwarf shark is as small as your hand, while the whale shark can be as large as a school bus!
- A shark is one of the best hunters in the world. Even their little pups go out looking for food.
- A shark's hunger can be satisfied with one good meal. The meal can last a long time because a shark uses little energy to swim. Some sharks hold food in their stomachs without it being digested. If they eat a big meal, it can last three or more months!
- Sharks do not sleep the same way as humans do. They might seem as if they are sleeping but they are really just resting!
- Sharks are strong, healthy creatures. No other living thing can take better care of itself than a shark can! Like humans, sharks are at the top of the food chain.
- Sharks never get cancer! Their cartilage is used in being studied with the hope of developing anti-cancer drugs.
- Sharks have been around for more than 300 million years! They were around before dinosaurs!
- Sharks' bodies are heavier than the sea, so if they stop moving they sink. If they want to stay afloat, they must keep moving!
- Just as humans rule the land, sharks rule the sea! Many people fear sharks, because they hear stories about sharks killing and eating humans. Actually, most sharks are not dangerous!
- More people are killed by bee stings than by shark attacks.
- More than 90% of people who are attacked by sharks survive the attack.
- Sharks attack more men than women. No one knows why this is the case.
- The bull shark is the only shark that can live in both fresh and salt water. A bull shark may have been responsible for a shark attack that happened in a creek in New Jersey back in 1916.
- The largest shark teeth found belonged to a Carcharodon Magaloden shark and are 6 inches long. This shark is extinct and lived more than 4.5 million years ago.
- In the past, dried shark skin (shagreen) was used as sandpaper. In countries like Japan and Germany, shark skin was used on sword handles to get a non-slip grip.
Until 1950, sharks were hunted for Vitamin A. After that period, a synthesizing method was developed.
- The Whale shark is considered the biggest fish in the world.
- The Whale shark is about 90,000 pounds in weight.
- The Basking shark is the second largest, it is as long as 40 feet.
- Bull sharks are able to bear a wide range of salinity. They are found in freshwater rivers and lakes in South America and Africa.
- The Pygmy shark is about 11 inches in length.
- The Dwarf shark is as tiny as you hand, while some Whale sharks are as large as a bus.
- The Dogfish sharks are so named, because they attack their prey like a pack of wild dogs.
- The modern shark has more biting force because of its protrusile jaw, which provides it with more biting force.
- Great white sharks can grow about 10 inches every year, thus, they grow to mature lengths of 12 to 14 feet.
- Mammals are the only animals with flaps around the ears.
- African elephants only have four teeth to chew their food with.
- There are about one billion cattle in the world of which 200 million are in India.
- A house fly lives only 14 days.
- A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a duck and a rooster the first to fly in a hot air balloon.
- The Big Five is a group of animals of Africa: cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino.
- The term "Big Five" was coined by hunters who referred to the difficulty in hunting these wild animals because of their ferocity when cornered.
- The oldest breed of dog is the Saluki.
- The bee hummingbird of Cuba is the smallest bird in the world.
- An ostrich can run up to 70 km/h (43mph).
- An annoyed camel will spit at a person.
- The world's smallest dog is the Chihuahua, which means "tiny dog in the sky."
- Pea crabs (the size of a pea) are the smallest crabs in the world.
- 75% of wild birds die before they are 6 months old.
- The pig is rated the fourth most intelligent animal but are mentioned only twice in the Bible
- Sheep are mentioned 45 times and goats 88 times in the Bible. Dogs are mentioned 14 times and lions 89 times, but domestic cats are not mentioned.
- Pork is the world's most widely-eaten meat.
- In Denmark there are twice as many pigs as people.
- Dinosaurs did not eat grass: there weren't any at that time.
- The coyote is a member of the dog family and its scientific name, "canis latrans" means barking dog.
- A giraffe can clean its ears with its 50cm (20 in) tongue.
- A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle - a group of geese in the air is a skein.
- The South American giant anteater eats more than 30,000 ants a day.
- It is impossible to out-swim a shark - sharks reach speeds of 70 km/h (44 mph). Humans can run about 35 km/h (21 mph).
- The sailfish is the fastest swimmer, reaching 109 km/h (68 mph).
- The slowest fish is the Sea Horse, which moves along at about 0.016 km/h (0.01 mph).
- Dolphins can reach 60 km/h (37 mph).
- Of the 650 types of leeches, only the Hirudo medicinalis is used for medical treatments.
- The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car.
- The tongue of a blue whale is as long as an elephant.
- The scales of a crocodile are made of ceratin, the same substance that hooves and fingernails are made of.
- A crocodile's tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth and cannot move it.
- A snail has two pairs of tentacles on its head. One pair is longer than the other and houses the eyes. The shorter pair is used for smelling and feeling its way around.
- The heaviest crustacean ever found was a lobster weighing 19 kg (42 lb), caught in 1934.
- The largest jellyfish ever caught measured 2,3 m (7'6") across the bell with a tentacle of 36 m (120 ft) long.
- The largest giant squid ever recorded was captured in the North Atlantic in 1878. It weighed 4 tons. Its tentacles measured 10 m (35 ft) long.
- The giant squid has the biggest eyes of any animal: its eyes measure 40 cm (16 in) in diameter.
- Domestic cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.
- Sharks are immune to all known diseases.
- Sharks and rays also share the same kind of skin: instead of scales, they have small tooth-like spikes called denticles. The spikes are so sharp that shark skin has long been used as sandpaper.
- Animals also are either right-handed or left-handed. Polar bears are left-handed - and so is Kermit the Frog.
- There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.
- There are about 54 million dogs in the US, and Paris is said to have more dogs than people.
- Some bird species, usually flightless birds, have only a lower eyelid, whereas pigeons use upper and lower lids to blink.
- Fish and insects do not have eyelids - their eyes are protected by a hardened lens.
- Flatfish (halibut, flounder, turbot, and sole) hatch like any other "normal" fish. As they grow, they turn sideways and one eye moves around so they have two eyes on the side that faces up.
- Measured in straight flight, the spine-tailed swift is the fastest bird. It flies 170 km/h (106 mph). Second fastest is the Frigate, which reaches 150 km/h (94 mph).
- Millions of trees are accidentally planted by squirrels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.
- There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, a nation of 17 million people.
- New Zealand is home to 4 million people and 70 million sheep.
- Only 11 percent of the earth's surface is used to grow food.
- Inside the earth it gets 3 degrees hotter every 100m further down.
- Earth is tipped at 23 and 1/2 degrees in orbit. That axis is what causes our seasons.
- Switzerland is one of the only countries to have no mineral deposit in it.
- The largest known uncut emerald is 5 cm long and 5 cm in diameter.
- The largest lake in the world i.e. the Caspian sea measures about 980 km from North to South and 215 to 440 km in breadth, with an area of 371,800 sq.km.
- Earth is estimated to be 3-5 Billion Years old.
- Earth is estimated to weigh 6,585,600,000,000,000,000,000 tons.
- The area of the earth is almost 200 million square miles.
- Earth travels through space at 66,700 miles per hour.
- Earth's orbit around the sun makes a year at nearly 365 and 1/2 days
- The deepest point in the crust is the Mariana's Trench in the Pacific ocean which is 11km below sea level.
- One of the driest places on earth, Africa, Chile in South America gets an average rainfall of only about 0.5 mm.
- The most destructive earthquake occurred in September, 1923 in Japan. 143,000 people lost their lives and the cost of the damage was estimated at 1 billion pounds i.e. $30 billion or Rs.120,000 crores.
- Making a simple vase out of the precious stone- Jade, may take more than two years of work.
- The amount of gold in all the oceans together is estimated to be as much as 10 thousand million tonnes.
- Less than 1 gram of gold can be beaten into a sheet of nearly 2 sq.mt.
The largest hailstone ever, was found in Kansas, USA. It was the size of a melon, 19cm wide and weight 758gms.
- Earth's oceans are an average of 2 Miles deep.
- Earth's rotation on its axis makes a day at 24 hours...
- The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is 2000km long and covers an area of 250,000sq-km. It has been constructed by stony corals over a period of 600 million years and supports more life than any other habitat on earth.
- Earth is referred to as the BLUE PLANET. WHY? Because from space, the oceans combined with our atmosphere make our planet look blue.
- Antarctica is the coldest place on earth. The continent is almost entirely covered in ICE
- Breeze carries about 100 Million tons of sand particles around the earth yearly.
That means if you live in America-you could have Sand that came from the Gobi desert in China.
Don't forget. I'm just a girl standing in front of a boy...asking him to love her." --Notting Hill
If you love someone you say it, you say it right then, out loud. Otherwise the moment just.. passes you by... --My Best friend's Wedding
I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car. I hate it when you stare. I hate your big dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind. I hate you so much it makes me sick; it even makes me rhyme. I hate it, I hate the way you're always right. I hate it when you lie. I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry. I hate it that you're not around, and the fact that you didn't call. But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all. --Ten Things I Hate About You
"Take love, multiply it by infinity and take it to the depths of forever.. and you still have only a glimpse of how I feel for you." -- Meet Joe Black
Look, I guarantee there'll be tough times. I guarantee that at some time, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you're the only one for me --Runaway Bride
Saturday, November 1, 2008
In reality, education is crucial in every man’s life. The lessons we learn within the four corners of the classroom should prepare all of us (may or may not be the future managers of companies) of what’s to happen in the real world, a world that is economically driven and an ever changing, inventive world.
The more we learn, the more we figure out how to gather, categorize and apply practical uses for the knowledge we have. We learn to think. By both gaining knowledge and learning how to use it, we become well rounded individuals and become familiar with the business environment. It makes us a better thinker. It makes us think differently and guides us on how to make the right decisions and eventually to think innovatively.
Education for me, allows us to maximize and use the fullest of our potentials. Because classroom work can only prepare us for part of the challenge of a new career, it should not only equip us with the almost all information (from the likes of business theories and concepts, management principles and business models) but should provide us with more than adequate exposure / immersion on what really is going on in the business world. It provides valuable insight into the ways that professionals turn concepts and theories into practice. Managers develop leadership capacities by first hand observation of their environment and by an assessment of feedback from their actions.
Business ethical issues are present in most business decisions firms have to make. Firms are most likely to experience some dilemma in going about their businesses. They may be in constant odds with strategic business plans/techniques versus the non-economical social values or considerations.
A. With the ethics questionnaire, I became more aware of the importance of business ethics. Business ethics allows firms/companies to examine and re-evaluate why they came into existence – their purpose. If a company's main purpose is to maximize the returns, then it challenges us to think if there are ways that profit maximizing behavior of the company can be made complementary on choosing decisions that promote social justice. It is demanding us to think, if it’s even possible for business/marketing instruments to be attuned with business ethics?
What are the solutions to keep talented managers from leaving the company?
Is there more to it than meets the eye?
In reality, people need to make a living but more than anything else, we also need to feel respected and valued. The prevalent challenge faced by any firms today is not one of growth or profitability but retaining and motivating valued employees in the company. How then do we keep these “assets” of the company from leaving? The idea is to create an atmosphere where these key people feel they have entrepreneurial decision-making authority making them feel that they are a part of a bigger plan. Acknowledging their capacities and allowing them to work on projects also keep them motivated to work even harder.
Apart from the pay packages / monetary incentives there should always be something to keep them highly interested and motivated to work. Up-to-date trainings, seminars and lectures are some effective forms of keeping managers highly motivated and more importantly, they become more productive and efficient in their specific job task. By motivating managers, the firms/companies create the mechanism that will drive managers to succeed and be content. The greater the success (and reward), the more overall business will benefit. Once set into motion, they will result in greater employee satisfaction and lower manager turnover. Growth and profitability will automatically follow.