Command responsibility

I wonder if the Department of Tourism secretary understands this concept. Command responsibility. His undersecretary resigned because of the Tourism slogan brouhaha. Isn’t the right thing to do would be for him to resign as well? He is the boss. How come he didn’t know that his undersecretary went overbudget with the slogan program? How come he isn’t as ashamed as his undersecretary for the mediocre slogan his department came up with? Copied from a Polish logo. The slogan sounds like a local soap title, even a morning news program.

In my opinion, the DOT secretary Mr. Lim should resign as well. Don’t act as if you don’t know anything. Maybe, you really don’t know anything! Delicadeza naman dyan!

Tourism slogan: Pilipinas Kay Ganda

Pilipinas Kay Ganda

Filipinos everywhere: may dating ba sa inyo ang bagong slogan ng Department of Tourism? Pilipinas Kay Ganda. At first glance, foreigners won’t even know what it means!

I wonder if tourists will be ‘lured’ to the country by this slogan. It’s just so blah! I remember a period about a month or so ago in TLC (cable tv) when Malaysia had a promotional run. Their slogan? Malaysia Truly Asia. Now that’s a catchy slogan!

I hope the reactions of Filipinos will be taken into consideration by the Tourism board. Think of another slogan asap! One that is catchy and will truly say something good about the country in just one phrase.

Webhost problems

There is something terribly wrong with my web host right now. I keep experiencing these minute-long downtimes that happen several times in a day. It doesn’t last long. As I’ve said, it’s a minute long. But it still irritates me because it happens when I am busy with a post and about to publish it. Imagine my surprise for getting an error message and when I check, there is no problem with the web host’s server. As soon as I check again, connection to the web host is back!

I have complained already. And the management has replied right away. I will have my account evaluated and they will determine if there is a need for me to be migrated to a new server. They think that I might be on a server that’s been experiencing a lot of problems lately.

I appreciate the fact that they listened to my complaint and will do something about it asap. But I am really not comfortable with these downtimes. I am already trying to look for a new web host. Let’s see if I find one better than the current one I have.

Shame on you, Maura Kelly!

There is an article in Marie Claire DOT com entitled: Should “Fatties” Get a Room? (Even on TV?). I became aware of this article through Twitter. A couple of my fave authors tweeted about this article and how they were left speechless after reading it. Speechless in a bad way!

Apparently, there is a CBS show called Mike and Molly. It is about an overweight couple who met at an Overeaters Anonymous group. The show is drawing complaints from some sectors for the abundance of fat jokes and from some people who aren’t comfortable watching intimacy between two plus-sized actors.

Maura Kelly, the author of the blog post, said that she’d be grossed out if she has to watch two characters…

…with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room…

Wow! What a jerk!

And she also wrote that…

But … I think obesity is something that most people have a ton of control over. It’s something they can change, if only they put their minds to it.

What? Maura Kelly?!?! What did you say???

Let me state my reaction to her article…

You see, I’ve been overweight most of my life. It’s a combination of genes and lots of temptation around me. I came from a family of overweight people (my dad’s side) and we are a family of foodies. I would like to tell Maura Kelly that if it’s just something that can be turned on and off easily, I would be as skinny as her today! Does she think it’s EASY to control the cravings? Does she think it’s like a light switch that can be turned on and off when we want to? Why is it that there are so many overweight persons in the world if it’s as EASY as “if only they put their minds to it”?!?

It’s a struggle. It’s a lifelong battle for some (like me). It’s never easy because even when I stop eating for a week, the excess weight won’t come off easily. I can starve myself and sweat gallons to lose weight. And I will surely lose weight. But it’s never going to be skinny like her. It’s never going to be like that because we don’t stop living. There are still cravings to stave off.

As long as there are people out there who are like her “grossed out seeing a fat person walk across a room”, or persons who think that being obese is a choice that we can un-make, then the struggle becomes doubly hard. There’s more pressure coming from all directions and it adds to the battle we’re facing.

Does Maura Kelly think we enjoy being this heavy?!? Does she think we like the fact that a show about obese people need to be made for people to understand our lives more? And does she think it’s funny to read her call obese people “fatties”?!?

We don’t need more bullies in this world. Especially in this generation. I think the Maura Kellys of this world should think twice before egging people with the same mindset as theirs to start bullying the “fatties” out there!

Prepared for typhoon Juan?

Are you ready for the coming super typhoon? PAGASA‘s latest update listed typhoon Juan as already in Aparri, Cagayan. In fact, public storm warning signal # 1 is raised over Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands and Isabela already as of 10PM yesterday.

Typhoon Juan is said to be as strong as Ondoy. That’s one scary statement and I hope enough to make you prepare yourselves. It will hit Central Luzon on Monday. My dad already bought some basic items we might need should we experience another Ondoy (which I am praying so hard not to happen).

I am actually praying it will change directions and just go out of the country!

The business of spamming

Wow! For the very first time, I opened my admin page and there are no spam comments! Thank you, Akismet! And thank you, too, spammers for sparing my blog! Hehehe!

Anyway, there was a topic in a radio show about spamming. This was just related to me. According to my source, a caller told the radio hosts that he/she works for a company whose sole purpose is to spam the web. I am not sure what exactly is their target but my guess would be blogs and email accounts. What struck me the most in the story was that the caller told the radio hosts that the company earns more than a million pesos in a month in spamming alone! Wow! I didn’t even know that spamming is that lucrative!

I was once accused by someone that I might have left spam comments in her blog. WTH, right? I told her that I won’t benefit from that and I would have let her accuse me if I knew I would earn from spamming. That was an ignorant statement, of course! Now I know there are earnings in spamming! Hahaha!

Spam comments and emails are annoying. Thank goodness for Akismet and the one-click button to delete spam comments and emails! But seriously, I am still wondering how these people earn from it when we, the bloggers and account owners, just delete spam right away? Or do they earn from those people who get lured to click on spammy links?

The business of spamming, ladies and gentlemen.

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