Madrid, 6 September 2016
Wow!!, it took me a good 4 years to update this page. With reference to my last write-up that had something to do with the “end-of-the-world” predictions of the Mayans and the rest of the doomsday prophets, let me say that there is only one being that (I had to use this definite article, adverb, conjunction, pronoun and adjective “that” instead of what could be the normal “who”, since I would like to make reference to God, Almighty), could decide on when the world ends. I guess I made my point clear.
Many events have transpired since the last time I updated this page and one of those events marked an important transition in my life. The most important occurred in November 2015, when I underwent a multiple heart-bypass operation. Well I survived it, so here am I writing once more. The others were less significant though very important and life-changing, one of them is when I went through a separation two years ago. And the others were minor events not worth mentioning. But despite the “downs”, there were “ups”. One good event happened this year 2016, when I represented Spain in the Speech Contest held in Luxembourg for District 59 Toastmasters International Speech Contest. Though I didn’t land in the finals, but, I was a “winner” in a way – to myself.. Other good things happen, I travelled to Geneve, Paris and Milan with my two sons together with my two sisters and their families. I was in Athens this month, and had a spectacular moment when I had a casual chance to take a photo with Pau Gasol while exiting Athens airport.
Events happen, without a warning, without us knowing that they’d come to be but, I take matters lightly, and let myself be inspired by what Steve Jobs said, and I quote : “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick, but, don’t lose faith”.
True enough, my faith in living my life to the hilt had become my theme, my faith in God during my moments of trials…had allowed me to push through, my faith in building a good future is underway…. I didn’t lose faith though I continue to struggle, to fight for life, why?. I remind myself that “it doesn’t matter how many times one falls, what matters most is how many times one stood up after each fall”. And to bring this article to a close I would like to quote Winston Churchill, who said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. And I say “Live your life the way you want to live it”… Bye for now.
Madrid, 25 December 2012
It is about time to update the contents of this page and I guess this is the right moment to do so. After the “scary” predictions of those soothsayers about the supposed “end of the world” the Mayans starting the whole thing, the world should start to focus now onto something more current to the present times. The world is literrally “ending” or still much more realistic to say “extinguishing” not because the predictions are to come true but rather because, men themselves are leading this beautiful planet to its own destruction. Yes, and sad to say, we are destroying ourselves, “annihilating” our planet because people have become “ego-centric” for all I can say. I am no exception to that description because practically every single individual is mistakenly using the wealth of this world and this world is being “killed” by one single means – POLLUTION!.. The hole on the ozone layer continues to grow bigger, global warming is now a reality and weather change is all attributed to these two factors. Predictions were meant to warm us of what could happen if we do not heed them. And that is precisely what is going on. Well, I am no scientist to provide as much in-depth opinion about how things are going but, an ordinary individual’s view could be good enough to join the countless of others who share the same view as mine.
Well folks, my blog is dedicated to the Filipinos around the globe. It contains information on specific issues for Filipinos and for consumption of others who might be interested to learn something about Filipinos. It has been running for sometime now and I don’t suppose it will end in the closest future unless something goes wrong with this author, which is most unlikely now. I remain to be healthy and sane at least, and by the looks of it, I could still be physically present when those changes predicted by Nostradamus start manifesting at the second half of this decade. We are in for some more scary periods because we are leading ourselves to them. Unless we be more conscious about what should be done to save our world, then perhaps the probability of a destruction is truly on the path. But Nostradamus said there shall be a period of peace for 50 years, which shall begin to be felt in the third decade of this millenium. We just have to wait and see. The world ending is not essentially what the word meant it to be, it more means a new beginning for a peaceful era.
A most wonderful 2013 ahead of everyone….your author.
Madrid, 21 July 2012
WordPress has come up with a great tool to monitor the blog’s readership. By using the stats page I am able to view in which countries my blog has been read most because the number of readers are well shown. Today, most of my readers are from the USA, a handful from Spain, from UAE, the Philippines and Canada. I would request those who have visited to recommend this blog to other Filipinos they know who may want to learn information about Filipinos in other countries, well, specifically in Spain. I have yet to discover how to spread my blog out to have a bigger number of visitors, although it is not a secret on how a website could have greater circulation as long as the website is well positioned in such big search engines like Google, Yahoo, and the rest, the site could rake in thousands upon thousands of visitors.
My site is not yet a “website”. It is at the moment in the hyper text transfer protocol application so that if my page is searched though the web browsers, the searcher has to type on the complete name “filipinosaround” else there is no way by which it could be found. So a person browsing has got to know the exact name of the site to be able to reach it. If you are seaching and you enter the entire name “filipinosaround” in Google it comes out number one in the list of about 83.100 sites which page title begins with “filipinos”.
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, please recommend my site to your friends, and ask them to recommend it as well to their friends and so on and so forth.
By the way, I am writing a book about “life”…and I am over halfway to finish it. I plan to put it out for circulation as an ebook and of course with the intention to sell it, first of all to my relatives, then friends then to whoever would like to have a copy of it. You might ask, why sell it to my own relative? The answer is simple, help should always come from your own… right? The price is going to be a symbolic amount, no more than 5€ but I am sure that you will love reading it. It is a down to earth account about “life”. Don’t push to write more about it!, else I might end up just giving each one a copy for FREE!.. well NO!, else my efforts could be in vain.
Well that’s about it folks…see you next time!..
Madrid, 18 July 2012
My goodness!, it has been quite a while since I last updated this About …page. and I am glad to be back now to write at least some few words of thanks to those who visit my blog despite the “updates” are delayed. Perhaps I should not call it update but rather “outdates”. For all intents and purposes, I know I had been remiss specially in the Quiz to Madrid portion, which I should have really updated. I have not published questions for the past three months and I really think I should apologize to those who are following it. But one thing I observed is that, there appears to be little enthusiasm on the part of my readers to join. When I stopped issuing the questions, there were only two active participants. One lives in the Philippines and the other live here in Madrid. I thought therefore to continue the Quiz and decide later on who the winner is. Should the one from the Philippines wins, then he/she would really be entitled to a round trip ticket to Madrid. And should the one here from Madrid wins, he/she will really be prized with a round trip ticket to Manila. And that is what I compromised in the first place. This coming month therefore, I will publish the last 3 months delayed questions and the next questions thereafter and come December, I shall publish the winner. I guess that is about it. Please keep on following my blog, follow it and enjoy reading….all the best to everyone!..
Madrid, 28 MARCH 2012
It is almost 1 am when I started writing this portion of this page, because when I went through my blog today, I got a good surprise. Well not because I got my first blogging check for the ads, because I don`t post an ad, but because I received a resounding number of visitors yesterday.. I receive an average of 25 visits a day, which I think is not enough for Google to consider as “profitable” blog page, because I need to have more. But I am completely elated with that average number, because I know that I am reaching other areas, remote or metropolitan, and a lot them are leaving comments which now number to about 200 over. And surely I have no time to respond to all of them, but I am trying my best to do so when given the time. Going back to the comments, most of them go directly to SPAM until I approve such, otherwise they will be left hanging in the SPAM area. Of course my intention is to respond to all of them no matter how “late” my answers are, they will surely come. That is all folks and enjoy your day…ERIC
One of the things I learned about “how to make your blog interesting to the people”, is to update the “ABOUT” page. It is important that this page is always refurbished so people pay attention to the blog. In my previous note, I mentioned about a good number of comments I receive on a daily basis. All these comments are first of all considered “SPAM”, until I personally convert a COMMENT’ s status to a legitimate message. So I really read through all the comments I get and I decide whether to “APPROVE”, to “REPLY”, or to “TRASH” them. Changing a comment status from “SPAM” to “REPLY and APPROVE”, is not an easy job to do. Remember, I am alone in this blogging endeavour. I have no help, but MYSELF and my computer, so that updating the pages is a tall order, much more when I have to write an article to post. Definitely, I DO NOT “APPROVE AND REPLY” to all that I receive because some of the comments I receive are written in Russian and the rest are sometimes “VAGUELY” written so that I am LOST on the essence of what the writer wanted to convey. Although I should respond to all of them but, it is my prerogative to respond or not. Besides, I am in no obligation to answer to everything I receive. Majority of the comments are interesting and encouraging, and they actually push me to proceed with my blogging. One thing though I would ask the readers, I would prefer receiving your comments in my email : firstname.lastname@example.org. Well thanks for dropping by to read my blog..
24 February 2012
I have been receiving quite a number of comments from different countries (I assume, because I have no way of finding out where they really come from) and, I feel elated with some of them. Nice and kind words of encouragement. Very noticeable however, are the ones I receive from Russia. How do I know they come from Russia?, well, they were written in Russian characters. I studied Russian sometime back in the Philippines, so I am able to read some of the words, though not entirely. Anyway, my observation is that, despite the much improved computer technology we have nowadays, knowing the country origin of the comments is almost impossible, unless, we are endowed with the in-depth computer technical knowledge, because “deciphering” the IP address of the sender will just tell us where the source is located. But since I am an ordinary mortal, I do not possess that “deep” technical skill to find out what the source’s IP is. For all intents and purposes though, I am surely glad to receive unsolicited comments from people who have taken time out reading my blog. The gesture alone of “paying a visit” to my blog, is in itself an accomplishment for me. Being in the Internet maintaining a blog is a challenge. We are all faced with challenges daily, and there are even more when you maintain a blog. You’ve got to think and think of what the contents should be, how those contents could be presented and whether they will serve the curiosity of the people so that the blog could have an audience. I think though, that a blog should be a “responsible” source of information for any individual to use. It should also be orderly, up to date and most of all clean. I am still a “newbie” so to speak in blogging, there are thousands upon thousands of good ones, but I feel lucky to get comments from people (boy, I am noticed! – I say to myself) wherever they are from, whatever their age is and whatever race they could be of, their comments are welcome and are definitely motivating and encouraging. Good enough reasons for me to keep on going and going until my strength is totally exhausted – when?, who knows?, only time can tell.
So far, I’ve posted 35 Articles in the last 5 months. Though this blog was conceptualized in June 2010, it wasn’t as active as it is now. I started the blog with a different name “info4fil”, which wasn’t really as “catchy” as its name right now. Of course that name was self-explanatory – information for filipinos – I thought that it will take a while before anyone could reach the site. Having changed the name gave the blog some sort of a “personality” unlike with the “old name”, it is much easier to browse and it is more “catchy” and definitely more identified to Filipinos who are in a foreign country. As I have mentioned in the past, I am coming up with a website with the same name with “flashier” looks and “interesting” home page. But unfortunately, my budget is limited and I could only AFFORD, well momentarily, to use the generosity of WORDPRESS to disseminate my page in the web. I have gotten my own domain though, but, it is yet off the WWW which is what the whole world knows about. For all intents and purposes, I guess, my blog is trekking its way “cautiously” within the Internet, at least it is in the net, but it has to be within the WEB. Anyway, I will surely make it a point to be in the WWW in 2012. What month?, who knows…but you will all be advised accordingly. Thanks for your patience. Eric ….. Madrid, 29 December 2011.
FilipinosAround is spreading out to the Filipino community around the world in a “snail’s pace”. This is though expected. Access is not easy cause of the fact that it remains under a “blog” site, WordPress, unless we convert it to a website. I would like to inform my readers however, that the website is underway, well, in www parlance, it is “under construction”. We are working under a “low-budget”, scheme I should admit, however, it could be attributed to the crisis, but the fact of the matter is we are demanding insofar as the appearance of the site is concerned. What is meant by this. Since we would like it to appear as “unique”, if I may say that, or perhaps “distinctive” from the rest of the other social networks that we know of, we wanted the page to appear as simple but sophisticated as it could be, but very FILIPINO. The front page is the most important page of the blog, any blog for that matter. It “makes or breaks” a site. “Make” because it is the show window for the page for readers to get interest in to continue surfing. “Breaks”, because if the front page is “boring” forget about the reader continueing to surf in the page. So the front page is a vital element of a website. And as we have said previously, FilipinosAround is a simple blog created for Filipinos. It is meant to give information to Filipinos abroad or those back in the Philippines to know about what’s going on to their kababayan’s abroad. As we continue we shall be adding new pages that will features variety of things about the Filipinos whether abroad or back at home.
As an alternative channel of communication, filipinosaround.com shall be more secured and members´ comments, opinions and even photos, shall not be “seen” by “outsiders” other than the members themselves, in contrast with those famous social networks where a member is exposed to the entire world.
Kaya mga kababayan, sabi nga sa Pilipinas eh, “patronize your own product”…. iniimbitahan ko kayong lahat na makihalubili sa blog na ito at iparamdam natin sa isa`t isa ang diwa nang isang Filipino.
We hope that the number of members will eventually grow, we are moving towards that end so that Filipinos could take advantage of what the blog offers.
So to all our readers, your suggestions, comments, and questions are most welcome. Please feel free to leave them. Anything that you have in mind that you think could be useful to other Filipinos, as long as they are not offensive nor they will hurt the sensitivity of the readers, your opinions are most valued.
“Reach and be reached”, is the theme of this blog.
Please be on the look out for the Quiz contest that we are going to stage soon. Just to give you an idea, 1st prize is a round-trip ticket from any point of origin to Madrid,Spain. 2nd prize shall be another ticket from any city you live to another city in the country you are based in. Then we are giving away consolation prizes which we shall announced when the most opportuned time comes. So please watch out for all this…Thanks to all.