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Mirroring the IT tip jar


I am maintaining an infrequent office distribution list that contains some tips and tricks regarding common utilities and apps that we use at work. I call that “newsletter” as “IT TipJar” which was initially intended for my co-project members. To quote the last description in an internal office blog:

What is normally just an email push to the members of our project team will now be mirrored in this blog. The primary reason is I am rolling-off from the project and there might be some people who are still interested to receive such information. Mail versions are still being pushed to my current project and those who have expressed interest in getting them but for the rest this personal blog would do.

What is It Tip Jar? It started as a cheesy IT tips and trivia posts that I think will help improve the day-to-day tasks while working with computers. Or at least get an understanding with how things work.

Isn’t that similar to the working smarter memos from CIO? Yes but the difference is that I am not taking responsibility with the tips and content I am sending out. I am not a nanny and I am a firm believer that our people actually have the necessary brain cells to decide what is morally proper. Just like the maxim “guns don’t kill. people do.” what I send out are just tools that can be gleaned from the Internet (which is probably where I find most of them in the first place) so whatever you do with them and the consequences are your own problem.

The decision to mirror the content here is that I also send the content to colleagues who have already left the company and who have express their intent to still keep on receiving these posts. The extra work would be worth it as that is how much I love you guys/gals. 🙂


No more instant noodles


During my high school and college days the instant noodle was the king of the kitchen, the ultimate go-fer for the hungry mind and stomach. Forget bread, back then I could live on instant noodles alone and with egg if I want a luxurious treat. Adding steamed rice makes it a full meal. Philippine noodles are notorious for packing large quantities of MSG but I was young and nothing can touch me.

When I started going out with Neth my tolerance for MSG-laden foods went down because Neth’s family doesn’t really use MSG because of the reported health risks associated with it. I still get to enjoy noodles every now and then, and MSG when we eat out but everything went south when a simple breakfast of noodles and pan de sal (local breakfast bun) turned into a 3-day toilet bowl marathon for us. Since then I gave up eating noodles.

About a year ago I started sampling local noodles again, especially during weekends. The temptation of a quick breakfast is hard to ignore. But I realize that when I do have noodles for breakfast then I will have an excruciating headache in the afternoon. I always blamed the afternoon naps but recently I put two and two together. One Saturday morning I tried eating noodles and not on the following weekend. Lo and behold the pattern recurred so I guess that means forever saying goodbye to those multiplying variants of instant noodles that are invading the market. 🙁

From my Picasa


A hodge-podge breakfast


hodge-podge: n a motley assortment of things.

That describes the breakfast I prepared today: guisadong burong mustasa (sauteed fermented mustard leaves), beef longganisa, garlic fried rice w/ star margarine, and then topped with tarragon tea. There is no binding theme except that they were all spur of the moment decisions and what is available.


The beef longganisa was bought from our grocery trip yesterday, and it only made it because I haven’t tried that combination before. It’s an average tasting fare but I didn’t really expect it to compete with the venerable Cabanatuan longganisa (sorry my Ilocano friends, but your Vigan longganisa is a poor substitute. You just have the luxury of mass marketing. 😛 ). The burong mustasa is the last one from the batch we brought from Nueva Ecija five weeks ago. It’s a bit salty but this preparation got my wife to taste and like this delicacy. Plus I finally got to do something with the pots of tarragon that grows in the front-garden. 🙂

I am still smarting from the breakfast but there are some left-overs that will make it to lunch. 🙂