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Finally got around to scanning in/tagging/annotating the old bills we found late last year.

[ profile] lady_angelina, especially, may want to see the old money pics.

I am particularly proud of this one of a five-peso bill which I annotated the hEll out of ;-)
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I was talking to [ profile] pauamma, and I mentioned that I tend to be more comfortable writing English, but speaking Filipino. He asked me if that was common -- I realized that I have no idea! So:

Filipino or English? Which do you use when... (a poll) )
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Today is Ash Wednesday. Hard to miss all the people coming at me with gritty gray crosses on their foreheads.

I used to think that the ash was made from cremated dead people, but I still didn't mind when they made us line up once a year in school and get it smudged onto our foreheads. However, I tried to keep it on my forehead as long as possible (out of respect?), and I couldn't bring myself to touch it because, ew, dead people remains.

But on my forehead was fine.


Jan. 27th, 2008 09:44 pm
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There's a brand of soap here called "Placenta". I saw it in Watson's, as I was buying lotion, and I was tempted to buy it so I could say, "My skin has been radiant ever since I started washing it with Placenta."

...on second thought, maybe not.
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Oh interesting. If I add "&client=firefox" to the parameters in a Google search, it redirects me from to The navigation links at the top left hand side are different, as are the order of the search results.

Any value that starts with "firefox" will do. For example, these URLs pass me back to

However, taking out the &client, or giving it a value that does not start with "firefox" does not perform the redirect. For instance:

Finally, the redirect doesn't work if I specify the country:

I wonder how it affects people in other countries? I'm guessing it will probably redirect to your country-specific Google domain.

(This all started because a search for "arno tom ponnixry" returned only results for my journal. And then we found out that searching for "aveleh" returned my journal as the fourth result in [ profile] aveleh's Google search, but as the first result of mine. From there, it was a short step to me comparing both URLs for differences, and accidentally stumbling upon the auto-redirect.)
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There was a coup attempt earlier today, led by a Senator who was already in prison for his involvement in an earlier coup attempt (the Oakwood Mutiny).

At the time of the Oakwood Mutiny, Trillanes was a lieutenant of the Philippine Navy. During the latest Senatorial elections, he won a seat in the Senate, probably because of his involvement in said mutiny, but was not allowed to take part because he was in prison. So Senator Trillanes was at a court hearing earlier today and just walked out. He headed to the Manila Peninsula, joined by some other civilians, and started calling for Pres. Gloria to step down.

The whole thing began before noon, and ended by 4:30PM. The first I heard of it was around 2PM, when someone mentioned that they'd blocked off Ayala and were sending in four gigantic tanks. (I was safe in Ortigas, by the way, very far from the center of action.)

I've heard that the soldiers crashed through the Peninsula's front doors, and I have the impression that they used the tank to do so, but I'm not sure whether I have the facts right. As far as I know, no one was seriously injured, though shots were fired.

After Trillanes surrendered, the police started arresting all the journalists who were in the hotel because they hadn't come out when told to do so. They'll probably be all right and hopefully will be released tomorrow morning after being processed. Apparently, the government wants to make sure that they were sent by their respective stations and didn't just go there of their own volition -- that is, to lend assistance to Trillanes (or at least that's how I'm reading tone of the radio interview that I heard on the way home).

There's also a curfew for tonight (maybe also tomorrow night) from midnight to 5AM. It's not Martial Law, but this plus the arrest of the journalists plus the sadly incompetent way the Trillanes walkout was handled will keep the media busy for the next few days.

Will find out how these events have affected the markets on Monday. The long weekend is a blessing; it will give matters time to settle down, and hopefully we won't be hit as we would have been if the markets were open on Friday.

Three typhoons, two earthquakes, and now an attempted coup. It's been a rough week for my country.

Wiki entry: Manila Peninsula Mutiny


Nov. 27th, 2007 03:00 pm
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There was an earthquake earlier today. I was in the office (26th floor!), sitting on the floor and listening to a presentation, when I realized the room was swaying slightly. It didn't take long for everyone else to notice; the shaking grew much stronger but was over in moments. Magnitude 6.0, but it didn't hit Metro Manila that hard. Just to be sure though: you guys all okay?

I know at least that everyone in my family is safe. My sister was the first to contact me; texted me as soon as the tremors died down. Then my mom called and when I didn't answer sent me the same message my sister had, word for word. I couldn't answer the phone as I was listening to a talk, but I did text them both back after *g*. My dad and my older brother didn't even try. (I suspect my dad didn't even realize what had happened) Men. Hmph. ;)

(As a side note, "earthquake Philippines" keeps giving me links that say Monday. Confused me until I realized that they meant Monday their time not ours ;-))

Oh, also, I got free pizza after attending the talk. That wasn't my primary goal, to be sure, but mmmm. Pizza.
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Spent today, and this week, getting my documents in order: taking ID pictures, getting a certified true copy of my birth certificate, signing up for SSS (social security... system?), getting a TIN (tax identification number), applying for Philhealth, making a copy of my passport, digging up my transcript of records, going through a medical checkup, obtaining barangay clearance, and getting cleared by the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation).

So, having proven that I'm of sound mind and body, have no criminal records, can travel overseas if required, am of good moral character, have been entered into the system properly and thus am taxable/insured/<adjective applicable to social security>eligible for benefits (thanks [ profile] cindyg!), I can start work on Monday.

This week has been a blur of standing in line and signing stuff. The NBI claiming section had the longest line of them all, but NBI is not as bad as I thought. Everyone told me it would take the whole day, but the entire process (including waiting in line to pay, get fingerprinted, have my photo taken, and then claim the clearance form) barely took half a day. I'm amused by the fingerprinting guys over at NBI.

The SSS office had a mostly dried out stamp pad in the back of the room, which you could use to stamp your thumbprint to the form. I guess this wasn't good enough for the NBI; they had no less than three guys who efficiently and briskly inked your fingers, affixed your fingerprints to the form, and then offered up moist towelettes for 5 pesos afterwards.

Claiming the clearance form took the longest, since there was only one window where you could claim it from. The line was long; I stood there for almost an hour. Brought a book, though, so it was nothing ;-)

(Then I found out that my first employer is supposed to take care of my TIN and SSS for me -- oops!)
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While renovating my grandfather's old room, we found an envelope full of old paper money. It's weird to see just how much things have changed. I'll see if I can get a good image of them, and I'll try to get the modern equivalent as well ;)

There are bills from the time of four different presidents: Ramon Magsaysay, Carlo P. Garcia, Diosdado Macapagal, and Ferdinand Marcos. The weird thing is that the design reminds me more of US dollar bills than the modern incarnations. The text is even in English instead of in Filipino.

I wonder when the currency was redesigned? Also, anyone with a better grasp of history able to tell me how old these bills probably are (based on the presidents who signed them)?

Looking at the bills individually now, and I'm pretty sure that the redesign was done in Marcos' time. The money signed by all the other presidents is in the old style, and looks more like the dollar. All the bills with Marcos' name on them have had a facelift, and they are much closer to the modern version.

The old-style bills have this line running across the bottom: "This note is legal tender in the Philippines for all debts, public and private" (emphasis mine). Sound familiar to anyone? The Marcos bills have the same text translated into Filipino.

They all look like play money.

This is seriously, seriously cool.

Update 2:
I just found a 10-peso bill with Marcos' signature, which makes sense because he couldn't have started redesigning the money until he started his term, so he'd have needed to go with the old-style bills first.

I've also found a one-peso bill. Hahaha!

Front, compared to the modern $1 bill:

back view and picture of a modern (PHP100) bill for comparison of the layout )


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