Friday, October 21, 2016

Ms Ann's Foodtown

Yesterday afternoon, I picked up my wife around 4 o'clock. She wanted to ride with me to fetch my son from school. It was very hot and I needed to make a stop for a bottled water. Looking for a convenient place to purchase the water, I decided to stop at Ms Ann's Foodtown on L.Rovira Rd., not far from my son's school.

It was the first time I'd ever stopped there, although I've passed by there several times. I noticed that they make their own piaya. I thought I'd give their brand a try. Eight piaya in a pack for 40 peso. The piaya was very delicious......really flaky.

For folks in the Dumaguete area, I've included a map showing the location of the bakeshop.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Scammer Grammar

I love email scammers.

It amazes me that these scammers believe anyone would fall for the crap they put forward. I received an email this morning from "Willie Chester" which tops my list for worst email scam of the year.

Can any native English speaker believe that the creator of this particular email is intelligent enough to have a job as a "Foreign operation manager" ?

I post the email exactly as it was sent to me:


Attention My Dear Customer,

 How are you today together with your family, This office write to inform you that your e-mail is well received and not too well understood to us, because you and i know that since the authority has sign and stamp that no money should be taking out from your total $400,000.00 {Four Hundred Thousand united States Dollars} until you received it complete.

This office don't have any (RIGHT) to deduct any money from your total fund since the authority has sign that, so my dear we advice you to try your possible best and see what to do and send the needed fee of $80.00 only in order to enable the Homeland Security go ahead and obtain the needed document on your behalf, because that is the only thing holding you as of now to start picking up your payment and you know that your first payment of $8000 is online waiting for you to pick up as soon as you send the needed fee of $80.00 to obtain the needed document on your behalf today.

We are waiting for your immediate respond once you Received this Mail and forward your details to us such as:

5. AGE:

Yours Sincerely,

Willie Chester
Foreign operation manager
United States (USA)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Google Map Edits

A little over a month ago, I was lamenting on this blog how haphard the Google Maps' system for reviewing and the publishing of edits onto their website. At that time, I could not understand why some edits were immediately published and why some edits went into the never-never land known as "in review".

At one time, it appeared that about half of my edits would be published as soon as I edited the location. Now, I suppose Google Maps has more confidence in my additions. As I write this, 100 of my location additons have been published with another 30 edits being published as well. That's much better. I haven't gotten to the point were 100% 0f my edits are published immediately, but now it is much, much better than 50% (probably between 75% and 80%).

Monday, October 17, 2016

NC Republican Headquarters Firebombed.....Blame Trump?

This weekend, a North Carolina Republican headquarters was firebombed and a swastika was spray painted onto an adjacent building. One of my first thoughts was that no sane person would try to connect the bombers with Hillary Clinton. Of course, Trump has already attempted just that. In a Tweet, he blamed "Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina" for the bombing.

The keyword here is sane. I stand by my earlier comment.

Where would the blame be placed had this been a Democrat location? I think we can safely say that Trump would have been blamed because of his "heated rhetoric". How do I know this? Kathleen Parker is already blaming Trump for post election riots which haven't even happened yet  and CNN's Brian Stelter is blaming Trump for the bombing of his own party's headquarters.

Wake me when this @#$!^ election is over.

Google Map Photos Surpass 200,000 Views

This morning, I awoke to find that the photos I've uploaded to Google Maps had topped two hundred thousand views. Not surprisingly, my photo of Manhattan Suites Inn in Dumaguete has remained the number one viewed photo that I've posted. With more than 8,000 views, it is unlikely to be overtaken by any of my other photos any time soon.

What is surprising to me is that my photo of Insular Hotel on Silliman Ave. has taken over third place. At the current rate of viewing, this photo could very well jump into second place very soon.

Note: Checking the stats two hours after posting this, the photo of Insular Hotel has indeed stepped up to 2nd place.