Monthly Archives: August 2012

BEWARE! Please read.

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Hi there loves!

How are you doing?

Earlier today, I was out shopping with my mom when I got a call from this unknown number. I was preoccupied then because my mind was busy thinking of what to buy (HAHAHA) so when I answered the call, I wasn’t able to digest everything that was being said to me. All I can remember is that the girl who called me told me that their company is looking for competent people who can help in their business. She asked me to confirm if I am a student and when I said yes she clarified that what she was offering was a part-time job so I didn’t have to worry about anything. She set an appointment for me to meet her and she said that based on how I talk over the phone, she expects me to be formal so I was asked to go later this week in a smart casual attire and on time, blah blah blah blah. I really wasn’t interested in whatever they were offering me but at the back of my head, I had the feeling this was a scam so I didn’t let go of them because I wanted to play sleuth. HAHAHA.

To cut the long story short, after we talked, I forgot her name (idk if she gave it to me and I just forgot ’cause of my preoccupation or if she really didn’t give it to me) and the company’s as well so I texted her and asked her. She then called me and said she wasn’t able to receive the entirety of my message so she asked me what I texted her. Trying not to be rude, I just asked her what the name of their company is. She gave me a name, which, after just a few seconds I forgot again! HAHAHAHAHA. Perhaps a proof of it being insignificant?

After our second talk, she messaged me the directions to their office with “-Ms. Zanganeh” at the end. By then I was able to clear my hazy mind and process what happened. I started feeling iffy about it and I asked her how she got my number. She told me she got it from their HR department’s online recommendations. When I asked for their website, she didn’t reply anymore. As soon as I got back to the hotel room, I immediately turned on my laptop because the desire to uncover these cheats was nagging at me. And, after typing just a few combinations of keywords, I finally got the answer I was looking for.

I am right! Totally right! Apparently, they’ve been at this for some time now, targeting students mostly from Ateneo, UP or La Salle and also others who are already working. The woman I talked to spoke good English but somehow I was still able to sense that there was something wrong about the whole thing. And her not giving me pertinent information was also something that strengthened my doubt. The Nancy Drew in me is really happy because I was able to best those liars! HAHA

(I read Nancy Drew as a kid, okay. HAHA. She’s the best sleuth for me. :P)

So there guys, I just wanted to warn you all in case something similar happens to you. Beware of scams!

xx,

Give Love <3

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Hi loves!

I know I’ve been gone for like, almost a month. Sorry for that, I was just too busy with juggling acads and extra-curricular stuff, what with the ARSA Inter-Athletics Competition (IAC) season starting. But don’t fret ’cause I’m back, and I sure hope it’s for good! :))

How are you all doing right now?

I hope you’re all safe. As you may or may not know, where I am right now, we’re experiencing floods and torrential, almost-unending rains. Yes, I am in Metro Manila, specifically in Quezon City, which is one of the affected areas of the floods and heavy rains. Luckily, though, the place I live in is a bit elevated, so we only have bits of flood here and there, reaching only to as high as the gutters in the streets. In other parts of Luzon and the metro, however, water levels are up to as high as 8 feet deep. That’s more than one person, if you don’t know.

It is typhoon season around this time in the Philippines, so it’s no surprise that we’ve been experiencing rains since I think two weeks ago. Already, two typhoons have come and go but it was just Monday when the continuous downpour started. For three days already, the rain didn’t let the sun shine up so high. When I woke up this morning, the rain had already stop and the sky looked promising compared to yesterday. But come afternoon, the rain showed up again, and with a bit of vengeance, if I may say so.

http://www.rappler.com/nation/9990-filipino-values-emerge-in-deluge

The terrible weather we’re experiencing now is like a repeat of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 where there was unending rain for two days but what’s worse about what we’re having now is that it’s just a monsoon and yet it’s been raining endlessly for three days already. This has led to people losing their loved ones and their homes. Even we’re losing four days of school, with the city mayor suspending classes until Friday. Because of this, Filipinos are once again standing up to extend a helping hand to their countrymen.

I live in the dormitory inside my school, which is Ateneo de Manila University. Whenever there are disasters, expect Ateneo to be one of the first to respond. It has served as a relief operations center since forever, and always, us dormers are the first ones to respond to the call for help in the relief operations because we are just inside campus. But although the dormers are usually the first to respond, you will be surprised at how a lot of non-dormers eventually show up to help even though it’s hard to reach school most of the time.

Relief operations in our school started yesterday and went on ’til today. A massive number of volunteers showed up at the college covered courts and some even volunteered their cars to transport the relief goods. Sadly, the donations didn’t match up the number of helping hands. It’s really heartbreaking, so yes, I am asking all of you who are reading this to please, please donate to the flood victims. Anything from your kind heart will do. My friend and I, though just students with limited budgets, braved the light flood in Katipunan to buy groceries to donate to the victims. According to Anthony Taberna, a TV reporter, even the Bilibid inmates skipped their meals to donate them to the flood victims. I’m sure you can help, too, in your own small ways. 🙂 

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People listing down donations coming in
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Relief operations in our covered courts

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The volunteers forming an assembly line to receive the bottled water donations

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Relief operations in our school will continue tomorrow, and here are some ways that you can help:

For those who are overseas, you can also give monetary donations through Task Force Noah: Operation Habagat here: https://www.phjesuits.org/pjf/share.php

From the official fan page of It’s More Fun In The Philippines

Stay safe everyone! xx,

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