What does it take to make your wife happy?

Ah women (complaining)! I find jewelry, clothes, takeout trips abroad. So… What does it take to make your wife happy? Ahhmm BALINTAWAK AIRPORT. (Credit to Pharmaton’s old ad)

Proverbs says, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.” Thanks for loving me. Enjoy your brand new year, Mommy. —Karl&Kate’s head coach.



Manong Tsuper: 2 byahe na lang ngayon, noon 4 (Photos)


Dahil umano sa Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project, dalawang byahe na lang ngayon na dati’y apat. Ganun na lamang kalala ang problema ng pagbagsak ng kinikita ni Manong Tsuper. Round trip ito: 4 sa 2, 8 sa 4.

Mabuti’t hindi pinapayagan ang pagdagdag ng mga kasapi ng MARSAJODA maliban na lamang sa mga dati nang namamasada pa-Marilao at San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. “Malakas pa nga kami sa diesel,” sabi ng mga namamasada.

Ang alam nila, isang tubo raw ang nilalagay sa nahuhukay na kalsada kada araw. Wala naman daw silang magagawa kundi ang magtiis sa kakarampot na kinikita sa pamamasadang matrapik, maputik, at maalikabok.

Umaasa sila sa dalawang lugar na pinakamaraming nasakay ng dyip: sa Marilao Grand Villas at Bisita.






Kaugnay na babasahin: https://megamanilascene.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/mega-scene-vol-2-issue-2/



Understanding what is open in a system


In the next 500 words, I won’t explain an “organization” but a “structure”. What I refer to is not the organization of government (though it is a system for sure), but a system that goes with it.

To ensure a balance of government power in the Philippines, with no claim of originality due to American influence, there is the system of checks and balances among the three co-equal branches of government. This system is an offshoot of the doctrine of separation of powers – judicial, executive, and legislative powers.

To illustrate: (a) Congress’ power to legislate is checked by the President – Duterte’s veto on some General Appropriations Act special provisions as an actual case – through its veto power, which in turn may be overturned by the legislature; (b) Congress may not concur with an amnesty proclaimed by the President, and Senate may do the same, rejecting a treaty the President has entered into (and, as another actual case, the Commission on Appointments whose membership is confined to members of Congress, rejected the appointments of Secretaries of Executive Departments Mariano, Taguiwalo, Lopez, and Yasay, who all served as Members of the Duterte Cabinet for only a year); (c) the President may pardon the likes of convicted plunderer Joseph Estrada, nullifying a conviction in a criminal case; (d) the Judiciary (the Supreme Court in particular) has the power to declare invalid acts done by the Executive and Legislative bodies and even Constitutional Commissions as what amounts to their grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction is subject to what is now referred to as the expanded jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

Simply put, the three branches of government cannot be compartmentalized (Santiago, 2000); with the system of checks and balances, they resolve conflict arising from acts that impinge on their mutual interdependence (Candelaria & Gesmundo, 2012).

In other words, one department is given certain powers by which it may definitely restrain the others from exceeding constitutional authority. The department may object or resist any encroachment upon its authority, or it may question, if necessary, any act which unlawfully interferes with its sphere of jurisdiction and authority (Suarez, 2005).

Patterned to that of the United States, the republican system of checks and balances in the Philippines is an open system. It is not free from tutelages (of international organizations composed) of several nations. Make no mistake: Even though the Philippines exercises national sovereignty and the right to self-determination, it does so without disregarding its amity with all nations as part of Declaration of Principles and State Policies written in the 1987 Constitution.

It is good to form part of an analysis of Hellriegel, Jackson, and Slocum (1005), though, that the checks and balances system is not completely sealed off from its surroundings, but the system limits its interaction as can be gleaned from the mutual interdependence of the major departments of government.

We particularly see the “functions” of the system so that the three co-equals can work together to accomplish a specified mission (Ryan, 1975). DC Alviar


Walonick, David S. (1993). General Systems Theory

Relacion, April Farell M., and Magalzo, Grace C. (2014). System of Checks and Balances in the Philippine Presidential Form of Government. Retrieved from http://multidisciplinaryjournal.com/pdf/System.pdf

Suarez, Rolando A. (1999). Principles, Comments and Cases in Constitutional Law 1, pp. 97-98.

Washing away that pain? Read feedback from BigWash customers

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From wise wives to bookish women who go to college, from those who cannot wait up to mobile individuals, a modern style, do-it-yourself laundry has been introduced to them and has set a trend. Why would you dare to be indefatigable, equating the washing of your clothes as a career?

In Malate, Manila, more and more satisfied customers have become in love with this kind of laundry shop. Led by BigWash, it has cutting-edge LG commercial laundry machines. BigWash utilizes a card system technology in the machines. And what an opportune time that the wise end users availed themselves of the promo where only half of the price of laundry would have to be paid. The promo lasted in July 2017, but not without customers getting hooked into what’s “in” – using cheaper, faster, cleaner, more reliable laundry machine.

“Dito na lang ako sa BigWash kasi narito rin naman ang condo unit ko sa taas (I’ll just stay with BigWash which means there’s no need for me to be far away from my condo unit up there),” says the relaxed customer Ann, a sales manager. “Talagang nakapagre-review pa po ako ‘pag may exams kami sa UP kahit naglalaba ako rito, (I can actually study my lessons and review for my exams at UP whenever I wash my clothes at BigWash),” utters Jun. “At marami ka pang magagawa habang nakasalang ang mga nilalabhan mo (And you can accomplish some more activities, assured that your clothes get cleaned/dried inside the machine).” The student pointed out proper timing as what the customer should observe to avoid wasting his/her and other customers’ time. Besides, 30-plus-minute timers are displayed.”

Other concerns of people who hire out washing services – that’s why more of them opt to shift to BigWash services – unfold from losing the other pair of socks to unintended switching of folded clothes, with real owners having to search for their own clothes. But troubles like these can now be washed away, thanks to self-service setups of BigWash. (Ad)