Tsunami: Child Lost in Thailand [?]

I received a weird email today. It is a mass email. Short for considering spam if not that the sender is a chat buddy of mine from India. It has a title “Request assistance from Thailand : Nobody knows who this boy belongs to!” with an attached picture.

The picture broke my heart. I have kid, probably the same age has him. So I probably know what his parents feel — if there are still alive, for that matter — if this child is indeed lost and they’re running all around Phuket to find their child.

Consider this spam, a hoax if you will. But, what the heck, I’m posting it anyway. If this is a hoax, I don’t care. This picture is not altered anyway and he indeed is hurt. And who knows, if he indeed is lost, and someone, a relative perhaps finds it here, they will have hope that the child is alive.

Let’s pray for this kid, and all the rest in South Asia.

Job Finder: Email/Chat Support staff

UPDATE: I have received quite a number of inquiries about this job opening in the past couple months. I apologize for not updating this post. This has long been filled up. Thanks.

We’re filling up the following full time position for our team:

Email/Chat Support staff
* has a good command on written english
* loves the internet
* fresh graduates welcome
* willing to work on night shifts
* can work off-site (ie. work at home with internet connection)

Periodic bonuses awaits successful applicant.

Interested parties can email their resumes at
arnold[dot]gamboa[at]teamsparrow[dot]net.
* Resumes should be in text format (.txt)
* email subject should be “Application : ” ex. Application
: Email/Chat Support staff
* applications not conforming to these *simple* requirements will not
be processed.

Please pass this email, too, to your friends who might be interested.

Thank you.

Bigger than Feng Shui

What is bigger than luck?

I was talking with a friend yesterday. He was asking me if I want to pursue in getting the conference table he proposed for our company. I told him I’ll get a budget for that, but not later, so I can’t sign the proposal yet. He counter-proposed that I pay it later. I asked, in jest originally, “Kahit next year?” He responded, in a jestful manner, too, “Are you into Feng Shui?”

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy, which believes that the positioning and physical characteristics of a home affect the fortunes of the owner. Filipinos, on the other hand, equates Feng Shui further into tradtions which concerns ones luck in life. For instance, a Feng Shui enthusiast will be willing to get the vanity plate number “888888” for a very high price in an auction for believing that the number 8 is a lucky number. Or people will even consult a Feng Shui expert to know which dates of the year are most lucky to start a business. Or in this case, ending a year with debt is believed to be “bad Feng Shui”.

My friend was only kidding when he said that. I know. But my mouth suddenly uttered without hesitation, or even without any thinking — “My God is bigger than Feng Shui!

While both of us were just kidding around, I wonder later why some people are so addicted with Feng Shui. Is it because it offers an alternative security to this very unsecured world? Is it because it gives them “peace of mind” when thinking about an “uncertain future”? Why would people turn to Feng Shui and not to God?

I don’t have to think twice — God is bigger than luck. He is even bigger than my future. I don’t have any reasons to fear “bad Feng Shui”. It will take me more faith to have faith in luck than to have faith in a tried-and-tested God. My past experieces can testify to his faithfulness. If he has been faithful in the past, how can he not be faithful in the future? Aren’t we suppose to feel lucky to have Somebody who created luck — if there’s such a thing?

Well, we went on with the deal.

Fuel conservation, a Filipino invention

I’ve been reading a lot about this device that a Filipino invented, it’s called “Khaos Super Turbo Charger (KSTC)“. It’s been getting a lot of media coverage. I don’t know how effective this is — will this truly decrease your fuel consumption by 50% or will it only damage your engine in the long run? — but this needs to receive careful evaluation since his ‘invention’ is very relevant in times like these.

Anybody visiting my site has had this thing installed in their cars?