Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Update on duct tape cat

I know there are more pressing matters to think about right now but I would just like to say that I was very relieved when I read that culprit has been found! News below taken from Telegraph.

Duct tape cat: US teen arrested on animal cruelty charges

A teenager wrapped a cat in duct tape, put it in a shopping bag and dumped it in a neighbour's Philadelphia garden, police said.

James Davis, 19, admitted to taping up the cat from neck to tail after he spotted it in his yard Sept 21, police said.

He was arrested on Saturday on animal cruelty charges, said a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

A woman spotted the gray tabby wandering, covered in tape, and brought the animal to the human society. The animal, nicknamed Sticky by animal welfare workers, was dehydrated and had to be sedated while the tape was cut off its fur.

But the cat is doing well, animal welfare workers said, adding that they are still looking for Sticky's owner.

Video of the cat after the removal of the tape shows a seemingly happy animal, purring and apparently unafraid of its human handlers.

"This is a very very very sweet cat," George Bengal, of the PSPCA, told Fox News. "I can't imagine someone doing this to this cat. I mean, this is a domestic cat. Obviously, it was owned, it can be handled very easily."

Davis faces up to two years in prison and a minimum $1,000 fine if convicted.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What to Donate

I just came from the grocery and was very happy to see so many people buying water, medicine and food for the flood victims. I really hope that this spirit of generosity will continue for a long time.

Anyway, here is a list of items that are urgently needed at this time:
  • ready to eat food (crackers, bread, packed meals)
  • potable water
  • medicine (paracetamol, pain killers, cold and flu tablets, vitamins and medication for kids)
  • disinfectant (isopropyl alcohol, betadine)
  • canned food and noodles (but i think a can opener should be included as well)
  • clothes and footwear that are still usable and in good condition. A volunteer posted this remark online after sorting donations: " Sana po, wag na natin isama sa donasyon ang costumes. Wala naman po sigurong gustong magsuot ng barong, Santa pants at Michael Jackson tops sa ganitong panahon ng delubyo." ( I hope that we do not include costumes in our donations. I don't think that anybody would want to wear barong, Santa pants and Michael Jackson tops at this point). For other dry goods, my friend said: "please give what can be used. wag naman yung mga photo albums(!) or other junk items na makakadagdag lang sa basura. Ang relief goods po ay hindi junk yard."
  • money (but please make sure that you donate to a credible group. Philippine aid is one of them)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Where to send donations for victims of Typhoon Ondoy

photo from english cctv
photo taken from newsasiaone

Aunt Genie’s Breadhouse in Cebu
1279 Talamban, Cebu City In front of the Talamban Sports Complex
drop off point

Assumption College San Lorenzo
drop off point. Go to the AC guardhouse.

Xavier School in San Juan
drop off point and needs volunteers to repack goods on Sept. 28 at 7:30 am

De Lasalle University Medical Center in Calamba
Congressional Avenue, Dasmarinas, Cavite
(02) 844-7832 and (046) 416-4531
will accept canned goods, blankets, clothes, water

St. James Church Multi-Purpose Hall
Drop off point

De La Salle Zobel gate 7
drop off point

Sea Oil branches in Metro Manila
will accept relief goods

Our Lady of Pentecost Parish
12 F. dela Rosa cor. C. Salvador Streets, Loyola Heights , QC
looking for packed meals and water

Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC)
72-A Times St., West Triangle Homes , QC
9299820, 9299822
looking for donations and volunteers

Relief Operations Center
AGS Annex, #446 EDSA Guadalupe Viejo after PET Tower
contact Ares at 0917.855.4935 or Rachel at 0918.924.1636
accepting donations of used clothing (esp for children),blankets,canned goods,instant noodles,bottled water,rice, etc.

Kabataan Partylist
Drop off donations or volunteer at 118-B Sct. Rallos QC.
09266677163 or

Brainbeam Events, Inc.
2/F MB Aguirre Cornerhs Bldg,15 Pres Ave cor Elizalde Sts, BF Homes Pque rt across the old Caltex in BF
will accept relief goods

UP College of Arts and Letters (CAL)
Donation center at CAL/text 0929-6454102
will accept goods and cash

UP Diliman USC
contact TITUS 09178001909, JOSE 09273056607 and TIN 09154906106
is collecting food, clothing and/or cash

Coffee Bean and Teal Leaf (all branches)
accepting canned goods, water, clothes, blankets, towels, medicine, and emergency supplies (no cash)

Erica Paredes
Katipunan Avenue, QC
donate bread, packed juice, sandwich filling or you can help her team distribute the goods

Junior Chamber International Manila
Baypark Tent, Roxas Blvd.
will accept goods starting Monday

Tulong Bayan
09086579998 (Marilyn), 09393633436 (Jenn) 9137122, 9136254 & 9133306
is looking for donations and volunteers

Corporate Network for Disaster Reponse
bank account no. 0031 0654 02 BPI Ayala Paseo Branch
for cash donations

call 4336933/4336831 for details
will accept relief goods and needs volunteers for relief effots

Our Lady of Pentecost Parish
12 F. Dela Rosa corner C. Salvador Sts., Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(+632-4342397, +632-9290665)
will accept relief goods

Kapuso Foundation
2/F GMA Kapuso Center
Samar St. cor. 11th Jamboree St. Diliman, Quezon City
Call 9827777 loc. 9901/9904/9905.
accepts relief goods and cash

Sagip Kapamilya
ABS-CBN Warehouse
13 Examiner St
will accept donation goods

ABS-CBN Foundation
cash donations
BDO acct # 56300-020111
Account Name: ABSCBN Foundation

Miriam Quiambao
One Orchard Road Bldg, Eastwood City
will accept donations starting Monday

Operation Rainbow
Ayala Alabang Village
Accepts Canned Goods, Ready-To-Eat Food, Bottled Water, Ready-To-Drink Milk/ Juice, Clothing, Blankets

Monique Villonco
Whitespace 2314 Chino Roces Ave Ext
will accept relief goods in behalf of NoyMar volunteers

Karen Ang (that’s me)
3 Kagandahan corner Kabutihan Streets, Kawilihan Village, Pasig
will forward donated relief goods to Red Cross

Every Nation, FORT
32nd St cor University Pkwy across Market Market
will accept donations for Red Cross esp. purified water, canned goods, and infant formula

Manor Superclub, Eastwood City
will accept goods and other emergency items starting Sunday at 10 am

All Petron branches
will accept relief goods

La Salle Greenhills
Drop off goods at Gate 2

Drop off goods at the MVP Lobby

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan Task Force Noah
Ateneo Cervini Dorm

Caritas Manila Office, Pandaca, MANILA
accepts relief goods esp. milk, dry clothes, food

Philippine Army Gym
Fort Bonifacio
accepts relief goods

Camp Aguinaldo
CRS Office, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
will accept food, medicines, and other relief items

Radio Veritas
Veritas Tower West Ave. Corner EDSA
accepts relief goods

Hillsborough Village chapel in ALABANG
Water, blankets, shoes, and clothes etc. are being accepted at the Hillsborough Village chapel for families whose houses were washed out in the nearby sitios.

LUCA store
Rockwell, Eastwood, Shangri-la
will accept relief goods

will accept relief goods

Papemelroti Stores
will accept relief goods (canned goods / milk / bottled water / clothes – NO CASH)
91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati /… SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall

Aranaz Stores (for Payatas communities)
Rockwell and Greenbelt
will accept donations

Powerplant Mall, Rockwell
will accept relief goods

Balay Expo Center across Farmers Market Cubao (NoyMar Volunteers)
will accept relief donations as well as volunteers

Office of Congressman Ruffy Biazon
Ground Flr South Center Tower, Madrigal Business Park Alabang.

Team Manila
Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air and Rockwell
shall be accepting relief goods for distribution by Veritas

Luzon Relief
Renaissance Fitness Center
2nd Floor, Bramante Building, Renaissance Towers Ortigas, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
Contact Person: Warren Habaluyas, (0929) 871 3488,
Relief goods will be accepted
will forward donations to Red Cross
Smart Money – 5577-5144-1866-7103
G-Cash – 0917-9751092

Red Cross
Please send cash or check donations to the PNRC National Headquarters in Manila. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine National Red Cross. They can arrange for donation pick-up.

Account Name: The Phil. Nat’l. Red Cross

Port Area Branch
Peso Acct.: 151-3-041-63122-8
Dollar Acct.: 151-2-151-00218-2
Type of Acct. : SAVINGS
Swift Code: MBTC PH MM

Port Area Branch
Peso Acct.: 4991-0010-99
Type of Account: CURRENT

UN Branch
Dollar Acct.: 8114-0030-94
Type of Account: SAVINGS
Swift Code: BOPI PH MM

For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

Credit Card

Please fax the following info to +632.404.09.79 and +632.527.0575:

Name of card member, billing address, contact nos. (phone & mobile), credit card no., expiration date, CCV2/ CVC2 (last three digits at the back of the credit card), billing address, amount to be donated.

For online donations you may also visit our website at .

In-Kind Donations

Please send in-kind local donations to The Philippine National Red Cross – National Headquarters in Manila. They could also arrange for donation pick-up.


1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PNRC
2. A letter of acceptance from PNRC shall be sent back to the donor
3. Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to The Philippine National Red Cross–National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Corazon Alma de Leon, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 2803, Philippines.


text REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)


Most urgent needs

Food items: Rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, iodized salt, cooking oil, monggo beans and potable water

Medicines: Paracetamol, antibiotics, analgesic, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins and medications to treat diarrheal diseases

Non-food items: Bath soaps, face towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, water containers, water purification tablets, plastic sheetings, and Laundry soap

FOR THOSE OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY WHO WANT TO DONATE has set up a paypal account for donations. Your money will be forwarded to Red Cross.

Kapuso Foundation is also accepting credit card donations. Kapuso Foundation site

Please look at this list and this page too.

*Thank you karen for compiling this list

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My heart is broken :(

I don't know why somebody would do this. I really hope that they catch the culprit soon. News article below taken from weekly world news.
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Police are attempting to uncover who wrapped a cat in duct tape and abandoned it!

A cat was found abandoned in a North Philadelphia yard yesterday afternoon. The cat was completely wrapped in duct tape, except for its head.

“I’ve never seen a cat totally wrapped like a mummy before,” said George Bengal, director investigations for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “Whoever did this is very sick.”

Irissa Torian, a resident of the 2200 block of Edgley Street, was the one who found the cat.

“It’s a damn shame,” she said.

The cat was sedated by workers at the PSPCA so the tape could be cut away by scissors.

A female cat now nicknamed “Sticky”, she is doing well.

“We’re lucky that the tape was not on the cat for a long time. It came off easily,” said Gail Luciani, PSCPA spokeswoman.

The police are offering a $1000 for any tips that lead to the conviction of the animal cruelty culprit.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Charlie's Grind and Grill

We finally decided to try the food at Charlie's after reading so many good reviews about the place. Charlie's is famous for their black angus burgers and cheese steaks but since I don't eat beef I was pretty excited to see fish and chips, buffalo chicken wings and spicy chicken burger on the menu. We got 2 orders of fish and chips, buffalo chicken wings and an angus burger.
1/2 dozen wings P150
The buffalo chicken wings were a bit oily but we loved it! The bleu cheese dip was also yummy :)Fish and chips P 180
I requested malt vinegar to go with the fish and chips but sadly they were out that day. The fries and the tartar sauce were yummy but unfortunately I don't think I can say the same about the fish. The batter was a bit tough and bland. Next time I think I'll order the spicy chicken burger.Black Angus burger with fries P175
My brother said that the burger was good, definitely worth coming back for :)

Charlie's is at 16 East Kapitolyo Drive, Pasig City.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

calling all architects and planners!

I stumbled upon this really cool contest while browsing for eco houses :) I dream of having an eco home in the future with a renewable energy source. And speaking of green energy, did you know that cd-r king sells windmills?! For only P100,000 you can cart one of those babies home :P

Anyway, going back to the contest here are the details:

Building safer climate resistant structures ahead of time is an endeavor that can radically reduce the number of injuries, climate refugees and deaths brought on by the unending cycle of disaster damage – reconstruction - repeated destruction in climate sensitive areas. Since the onslaught of typhoons cannot be avoided, having strong structures ahead of time will provide a safe haven for those continually traumatized by the harsh realities brought on by these natural disasters. Moreover, the stability ensured by a fortified settlement will also empower communities to uplift their quality of life by finally having permanence in their living arrangements and a sense of security as they live within the challenges of their geography.
It is in this light that the competition calls for a masterplan and design of an eco-agro-tourism development for a rural community in the tropical hotspot of Camarines Sur Philippines. This site has experienced the dramatic destruction caused by strong tropical cyclones and yet continues to try to rise above it with progressive projects that seek to alleviate the condition of its people. With the help of the global architecture community it believes that it can be an example of strength, resilience and innovative adaptability.
The top 3 winning designs will be awarded US $ 10,000, US $ 5,000 and US $ 3,000 respectively. The 1st prize winning design will be built as a prototype master planned community of 50 houses in Cam Sur . All design entries will be compiled and published into an encyclopedia of architecture and planning solutions for climate change
Competition Objectives
  • To build the first green, affordable, disaster-resistant village in the Philippines while respecting the environment (through the proper planning, selection and use of sustainable materials and systems as well considering the production life cycle and embedded energy needed to create and transport these materials and systems)
  • To build an Encyclopedia of climate-resilient, affordable design solutions that can be used to help facilitate the development of policies that address these humanitarian challenges
August 15, 2009 Competition launch online
December 19, 2009 Deadline for registration
January 30, 2010 Deadline for submission of questions
February 13, 2010 Deadline to dispatch answers to questions
March 27, 2010 Deadline for submission of entries
April 6 to 9, 2010 Judging
April 22, 2010 Awarding
The competition is open to all local and international architects and planners, registered according to the relevant laws in their respective countries. All entrants are required to provide relevant professional information on the registration form. Where an entry is made by a team of professionals, the team must be led by a person meeting the above criteria. That member must be indicated on the registration form as the entrant.
The following are disqualified from this competition:
  • Professional Adviser and Consultants to the Competition
  • Members of the UAP National Board
  • Chairman and members of the UAP Competition Committee
  • Members of the Jury
  • Architects currently employed by any of the partners of the competition
  • Immediate family members of the persons listed above
Design Task
  • Develop a masterplan for a village of 30 houses that can be applied to other similar rural sites.
  • Create an integrated eco-agro-tourism development that addresses the sustainability of the community by understanding the local demographic, economic, social, and environmental attributes.
  • Propose a site-sensitive design theme for the entire village to achieve a unified look, that can be applied to all structures within the community.
  • Provide a detailed design for a typical house, including interior space planning.
  • 1st Prize - $10,000 and Guaranteed build
  • 2nd Prize - $5,000 and Option to build
  • 3rd Prize - $3,000 and Option to build
Construction Budget
  • House (Structure and finishing) – Php 100,000 (US$ 2,125)
Program Requirements
Minimum Lot and Floor Areas
  • Individual lot area is at least 64 sqm. for single detached, at least 40 sqm. for duplex
  • Minimum floor area is at least 20 sqm.
Each house should include:
  • At least one bedroom, one bathroom, 1 kitchen counter (can be located in the exterior), one living and dining area
  • Service area at the rear of the house for laundry (clothesline) and cooking
  • Landscaping with sufficient yard area for planting vegetables
Community Facilities should include the following:
  • Community Center/ Multi-purpose Hall (≥ 60 sqm)
  • School/ Day Care Center (≥ 60 sqm)
  • Waste Management Facility (≥ 20 sqm)
  • Bed and Breakfast Facility (≥ 60 sqm)
Target land use:
  • 1/3 agricultural
  • 1/3 residential
  • 1/3 access and other open areas
Project Assumptions
  • Utilities are available
  • Zoning/ Rights of Way
  • Local Building Codes (setbacks, fire ratings, etc.)
  • Local materials available
for more info go here :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cold lazy days

The weather has been perfect lately... Perfect for sleeping! I wish I could just spend the day in bed under a thick blanket :) I think Nugget is thinking of the same thing! *Sigh!* It must be nice to be a cat and just sleep all day.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Last kiss for Francis M.

I did a double take when I saw this Francis M. poster along Don Bosco church. Yes, somebody actually kissed the poster!here it is upclose. I thought it was a really funny but sweet gesture :)another sticker but minus the kiss mark

Friday, September 4, 2009

Neil Gaiman's library

Isn't this photo just amazing? I can't imagine having a library just like this one in my home!

and it got a lot cooler when i saw this pic of neil gaiman's cat :Panyway, here is our mini library + cat. soon our collection will be as impressive as neil gaiman's. hahaha :) btw, you can read more about his library here. Thanks to my online friend, dementia for the heads up :)


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