Book: Story of Stuff

26 Mar

One of our classmates has already posted about the Story of Stuff. Indeed, the “hidden” facts presented by Annie Leonard serves as an eye-opener to everyone. We, consumers, tend to overlook a lot of happenings during the production of our wants and needs. Our interest is centered only with the price, item quality and the purpose it serves. We fail to see the exact process beginning from the acquisition of raw materials up to the disposal of the products we use.

It is a blessing that we are presented with this information that our consumerist and materialist perspective be changed completely towards a socially and environmentally-aware outlook.

Annie Leonard has published a really good book in support of her advocacy. Fortunately for us, her publication has reached our shores. National Bookstores already has copies of this book. Reading it is highly recommended and I personally hope that it doesn’t only become a good read but an eye-opening tool towards the realization of what exactly is happening in the materials economy.

– F. Flores

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A wallet that’s worth more than your money inside it.

26 Mar

Blog Post, Fatima Cipriano

Would one seriously invest in a $825-worth of wallet?

Sure, it’s got features like being “virtually indestructible”, an alarm that sets off your mobile phone when the wallet’s five meters away, and can open only with your fingerprint.

Back in my last year of high school, I lost two wallets with my driving permit and a chunk of cash. But honestly, I won’t really buy this one. Sorry , Dunhill. But I think it’s the first of its commercial kind. So maybe someday, companies can produce a better and less cheaper one. 😛

Source: Biometric wallet is ‘virtually indestructible,’ opens with your touch

Saving Up on Expenses: Do I Have to Return Back to Commuting?

26 Mar

Oil prices have been going up drastically the past few weeks. Increases don’t just come by the centavo but at most by half up to a peso. Little increases one might say, yet the effect, extreme in the long run.

I’ve been driving a lot this semester without a clear reality of oil price hike consequences. I thought of those centavo increases as, “Konti lang yan.” Although it seemed like that fact didn’t bother me, the feeling of comfort wasn’t what I had either. As the prices continued to rise, it soon caused me to worry.

I used to commute pretty much daily. From my residence outside the metro, my parents would drop me off at the MRT station and I would take the train to Quezon Ave. Then, a jeepney ride would complete my one way trip to the university. Convenient as it may look but the other part of my daily trip is far from a pleasing experience. Four jeeps and a trike ride would take me home. Tiring. Absolutely tiring. Before college, I never thought that I’d be spending so much of my allowance and my physical energy in transportation. Moreover, much of my time supposedly spent on leisure, studying and rest have been put to waste. I may even want to add the pollution involved with that trip of just going home. Unpleasant. Really.

Soon, I learned to drive with the motivation of being more in control of my life avoiding the combined package of unnecessary stops, air pollution and waiting time of passengers provided when riding the jeep. My comfort level and productivity suddenly increased. The time it takes me for a one-way trip was reduced by half. The effect was significantly positive! I could no longer imagine myself going back to my old routine. “ASA!”

Now, it all boils down to whether or not I’d continue exchanging money for all the good things I can get.

My resolve, MOMMY DADDY HINGI PO PERA PANG GAS! :))

 

– F. Flores

 

Billionaires at their 50’s.

26 Mar

Two Filipinos made it to Forbes magazine elite list of global billionaires. A Filipino. For real. They are Ricky Razon and Andrew Tan, who were just in their 50’s, but still made their way to become billionaires. They both came from a rich family but still, without hard work and patience, they won’t make it to where they are right now.

Ricky Razon inherited the wealth of his father Pocholo Razon Sr., a sportsman who founded the original company International Container Terminal Services Inc., in 1987. However, it was still Ricky who strove hard in making their business international. In time, everything paid off, their company even reached the coasts of Brazil and Madagascar. His net worth was estimated to be about $1.1 billion. On the other hand, Andrew Tan, known for his Megaworld real estate development company. He also started small, but being a good businessman (he’s Chinese obviously), he also made his way to the top. Tan’s worth is estimated at $2.2 billion!

Dint of hard work and keen business savvy is still the best way in becoming one good businessman. It’s not just for people born in a rich family. Persistence and hard work is still the number one requirement. The full article is published here.

This is my last entry in CE 22. (Blog Entry #18)

The Sleeping Giant Awakens

26 Mar

I believe that China isn’t the “Sleeping Giant” anymore. It finally awakens from the deep sleep it went through. We all know that China already has a booming economy that might probably be a threat to those on top. Its economic growth has lifted incomes and gave its people more quality time for themselves.

“China recorded more than 1.9 billion domestic tourist trips in 2009, up from 280 million in 1990, with increasing numbers booking online in a country with a world-leading 457 million Internet users,” says BusinessWorld Online. They really are awakened. Travel might be their number one source of economic growth due to increased number of tourists and foreign investors.

Just a thought, when can Philippines rise above others just like China? Hahaha. I’m still optimistic on that matter. 😛 If China can, Philippines can do it as well. We also have a lot of tourist’s spot that we can brag to everybody. Haha, I hope so. 🙂

Reference here.

(Blog Entry #17)

Air Cleaning Tree..pods?

26 Mar

One of the problems faced by different countries is the air quality, especially in cities. Carbon dioxide exhausts from industrial factories, cars, even in household cooking, contribute to the greenhouse effect Actually, if carbon dioxide is released in reasonable quantities, trees and plants can serve as filters which remove some of it from the atmosphere. But then this is not the case. As a solution to this problem, in Boston, treepods are being used to remove excess carbon dioxide from the air.

The treepods use an alkaline resin that reacts with air and removes the carbon dioxide it contains. Interesting isn’t it. Aside from cleaning the air, treepods can also serve as decorations. Lighting up different streets during the night.

Reference:

http://www.gizmag.com/treepods-air-scrubbing-structures-could-be-heading-to-boston/18085/

Egg House

26 Mar

Blog Post #7 by Christian Rayson Ildesa

For some people, a good house means a big mansion in exclusive villages, or a moderately sized house in moderately exclusive villages.

But for a young Chinese architect, who can’t pay his rent, a house is an egg. Or an egg is a house. Whatever.

Images (c) Oddity Central

 

Image (c) Mother Nature Network

So, for a few months, Dahai Fei, slept on the sidewalks in his humble egg house. And he survived!

 

And according to Oddity Central,

“Using very cheap materials the designer built his wacky-looking egg house, and after two months of living in it, he says his quality of life greatly improved. He doesn’t have to worry about paying any rent, he has enough money to go out for coffee or a soda, occasionally, and since he’s moved his egg-house right across from his workplace, he doesn’t spend anything on bus fair. If you’re wondering about Daihai’s hygiene, you should know he’s very careful with his earnings, making sure he always has enough to go swimming, every day after work, where also takes a shower.”

Sources: Oddity Central, Mother Nature Network