Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Ubiquitous Mailbox

I find it difficult to think of a household without a mailbox. Be in the city or far flung areas, there it is fronting residence or located at the corner of the property. For as long as we have mail correspondence and magazine subscriptions, we will need this utility box and its importance is not diminished even in this computer age. There will always be mailboxes in residences and in commercial establishments as well. And we will always be visiting the mailboxes to check and collect mail and magazine deliveries. If so isn’t it about time to afford our mailboxes a little importance? In this age of identify thief and high incidence of thievery, it may be wise to consider to replacing our old mailboxes with more secure but affordable mailboxes consistent with the valuables that are expected to be deposited and temporarily stored in them.

Those building their new homes or commercial buildings particularly should consider mailboxes in their master plan. What type and where to locate the mailboxes and accessories? There are two main types: wall mounted mailboxes which are installed in the doorstep; and curbside mailboxes which are installed outside the house. There is however a bewildering array of mailboxes sold in the market. Made of stainless steel, bronze, aluminum, wood and plastics, they come in various styles and shapes- victorian mailboxes, contemporary, traditional, classic, modern and the like. There are also a variety of locking and security systems to choose from. For choosy owners, unique mailboxes can be custom built to their liking and specifications. If the mailboxes will be located far from the house or building and the properties are extensive, it may be logical to install flags for mailboxes so both the mail delivery persons and the owners can
readily find them. Installation of purchased mailboxes often can be undertaken by the same company selling the said item.

It is prudent that aspiring homeowners personally select the mailboxes they really need to their liking not only to satisfy their intended purpose but also because owners overtime may attach sentimental value to their mailboxes. Going to the same mailboxes is part of the routine of owners. Thus to later alter or replace the mailboxes may be heart tugging. Also such action may be technically and aesthetically difficult to implement.

Monday, July 12, 2010


The great exploits of the world’s top pound for pound boxer Manny Pacquiao a top the ring certainly boosted the stock of the Filipino (Pinoy) boxers in the world boxing arena particularly among Pinoy’s boxing fans. This appears to rub on the Filipino Boxers. The Pinoy boxers themselves exude pride and confidence whenever they are in a fight as was the case of the four boxers taking on separate foes the past weekend. The result however was not something to crow about though to the credit of the four boxers they gave their all. Of the four only two emerged victorious.

In July 11, 2010, three Pinoy pugs Flash Nonito Donaire, Eden Sonsona and Bernabe Conception took on world rated foes in Puerto Rico. Only Nonito Donaire got to celebrate. Nonito Donaire stopped Hernan Marquez of Mexico in the ninth round retaining his title – WBA Interim Super Flyweight Champion. Nonito Donaire proved too classy, elusive and powerful knocking down Marquez twice with precision and powerful shots. His two other Pinoy compatriots however were not as lucky. Eden Sonsona who apparently was slightly ahead in the scorecards was surprisingly knocked out by his Puerto Rican opponent Jonathan Orquendo in the 9th round. Bernabe Conception miserably failed in his title bid. Falling once in the first round, he absorbed a second round knockout loss to current WBO Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Lopez. He sure did scare the handlers and fans of his opponent during the first round. After getting up from a knock down and as Lopez trapped and pummeled him in a corner, Conception unleashed a vicious left hook which knocked Lopez down. The visibly startled Lopez immediately got up.

The fourth Pinoy boxer was Brian Villoria who took on Mexican Omar Soto in a 10 round bout in Manila, Philippines on July 10, 2010. Villoria won by a split decision however his performance certainly was far from impressive. I found the fight boring and wanting of action. Villoria apparently controlled the first five rounds, however he spent the next five rounds parrying and evading Soto’s blows. Soto visibly was the more aggressive fighter. Villoria was lucky. Had the fight been held in Mexico, the score cards could have been different.

The near debacle of the four Pinoy boxers in their recent boxing matches should serve as a wake up call. If Pinoy boxers are to sustain the positive boxing image they project, they should be up to the challenge in any international boxing match up.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Filipinos again have a reason to celebrate- the victory of Francisco “Django” Bustamante at the recent 2010 World Pool Championship held in Doha, Qatar. As reported in the major newspapers, Bustamante downed Kuo Po-cheng of Chinese Taipeh in the final match at a score of 13-7 finally capturing the crown which eluded him for years. For his effort, Bustamante pocketed the top prize of $ 36, 000.

The victory of Bustamante once again proved the dominance of Pinoys in the sport of Billiard. Bustamante joins four other earlier World Pool titlists- Efren Reyes, Ronnie Alcano, Alex Pagulayan and Rubilen Amit- the women’s 10-ball titlist.

Apparently, Billiard is a sport where height is not might. Filipinos are not known for height. Bustamante, Reyes, Pagulayan, Amit and many other Filipino world class cue artists are not tall players. Top billiard players from other countries like Ralf Souquet and Mika Immonen are not tall either.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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Frozen Love

Have you been in love? Did you experience the perfect happiness or the endless sadness when in love? Have you been to any situation that one sacrifices for the happiness of the other? Is love really love when it comes to difficult situations? Have you tried listening to your thoughts than your heart? Did you arrive to situations that you frequently ask yourself "when? , why not? , if i do this and that? And what would be the outcome of this?". Too many questions frequently asked when a person is in love.

Today I will tell you something about a person who is in love but is so down and sad. I think now you are wondering why would a person who is so in love will be as sad as the moon. The answer is that this person is trapped within a trap. First the situation is this, he came from a break up and the girl too came from a break up but the problem is the girl still loves her X boyfriend. You will really feel the pain felt by this person shelling with sadness, persevering to lift all the problems in his hands and stumble to the deepest depths ever known to men. He is in the shadow of the girl waiting for the right moment, keeping himself strong and fighting his innermost thoughts to fight all impediments. Driven to what he feels is right, he has done nothing seeing the girl he loves still happy in the past and reminiscing memories of love that she had.

Through these, he decided to be as tranquil as a lake and still waiting for the right moment that the girl would feel the same. He still in the shadow trapped within the trap of the girl's frozen love of the past. Hoping that someday she will feel and understand that there is greater love near her and an undying love in the present than in the past.

If you are in the same situation what would you do? Do you have any thoughts or experiences in this kind of situation? Hope this would help ease the pain to those who have the same fate as he has and to just let it flow and not keep it to yourselves.