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Watch Live: EDSA CCTV

As the APEC week peaks today, and the traffic on major roads has doubled or even tripled in volume and travel time since Monday, it is best to get equipped with information before heading to the streets. Before you get all caught up with the #APECtado #Carmageddon posts from the social media, head on to your fave search engine and look for guides. Surprisingly, there are live feeds from the cctv and monitors scattered around the metro that anyone can watch online. Here's a couple of sites that would be helpful.

MMDA - NOWPLANET


MMDA.nowplanet.tv
The traffic monitoring cameras are owned and operated by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). The MMDA Traffic Mirror is the latest (May 2013) technology-driven project of the agency, under Chairman Francis Tolentino. This traffic mirror is 100% produced by NowPlanet.TV, a digital media brand of the publicly listed Now Corporation (formerly Information Capital Technology Ventures, Inc.). You can view this channel by using your desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile phone.


METRO MANILA TRAFFIC NAVIGATOR

mmdatraffic.interaksyon.com/system-view.php

In cooperation with TV5 and the MMDA, this site features the map of major roads with its corresponding real time traffic updates. You can choose the line view to see specific locations, but only limited to EDSA, Commonwealth, Quezon Ave., España, C5, Ortigas, Marcos Highway, Roxas Blvd. SLEX and NLEX. For Traffic Alerts, just click on the red "Traffic Advisory" bubble that comes with a number (usually "1") indicating the number of alerts.

So if you know that you will get stuck in traffic, make sure 1) you're already done with your bathroom duties, 2) if you drive your own vehicle, your gasoline is in full tank (or at least more than half), 3) pack snacks and drinks to avoid getting hotheaded because you're too hungry to think rationally, and 4) bring a long a lot of patience or 5) just avoid all these hullabaloo and stay indoors like a hermit or watch your fave series from first season to last or movie marathon with the kids.

UPOU - Diliman LC Map

UPOU Diliman Learning Center
Information and Communications Technology Office
ICTO-NCC Building
C.P. Garcia Ave
Diliman, Quezon City
1101 Metro Manila



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My Top 10 Life-Changing Books for International Literacy Day

Literacy is essential to reach the proposed sustainable development goal to promote ‘inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. - Irina Bokova (UNESCO Director-General)

Around this time last year, I was tagged in one of my social media accounts to create a personal list of Top 10 inspirational or influential books. So, in celebration of the International Literacy Day, I'm re-posting my list here. To know more about this year's theme, visit the official website of UNESCO.


Coming up with my top 10 list took longer than predicted. I thought placing them first in chronological order was a good strategy, but then again my list grew and grew. If it were top 10 all time favorite books, then that will take way longer, although my top one would remain the same. So, here are the books that supposedly inspired or influenced me. Let me call them my top 10 list of life-changing books:





To read more about each book, or if you want to purchase them, click on the links of each title above (they will open in a new window).


Note: I was suppose to tag 10 people, but since I have already done that task, I'll leave it up to the readers to make their own post. Let me know if you have done this list by leaving a comment and/or link back.


Happy International Literacy Day!!!
So, what are you going to read today?


Beware of Facebook Contest Scams



Today, while I was browsing my news feed, I noticed two friends who posted photos of high end cars with huge red ribbons on them. Intrigued, I clicked on the "See More" links and found out that these cars, an "Audi R8 4WD" and a "Mercedes-Benz G-class", will be given away to two "winners" each! And these winners will be chosen from people who liked, placed comments and shared their posts and pages.

You read that right, FREE CARS for just liking a post! Easy huh?

But, before you get all excited and jump into clicking those like and share buttons, read their instructions carefully.




According to the Audi R8 4WD. facebook page:
For the FIRST time in facebook history we are giving away 2 Audi R8 to two winners that we will select on September 8 2015 completely at random.

Would you like to join this amazing giveaway for a chance to own a brand new AUDI? Simply follow the steps below to enter the competition:

Step 1) Likes this Page
Step 2) Like this Post
Step 3) Comment which color you want. (CREME OR SILVER)
Step 4) Share on your wall

The winners will be messaged via inbox message

Good Luck

According to the Mercedes Benz G-Class facebook page:
For the FIRST time in the history of Mercedes Benz we are giving away 2 Mercedes Benz G-Class to two winners that we will select on September 8 completely at random.

This is the Dream car you have been waiting for and it could be all yours! Simply follow the steps below to enter the competition :

Step 1) Likes this Page
Step 2) Like this Post
Step 3) Comment which color you want. (Silver or Black)
Step 4) Share on your wall

The winners will be messaged via inbox message

Good Luck,
Notice the similarities? Geesh, even the grammatical errors are the same!

So, right after I saw both posts, I immediately sent the above screen shots to both of my friends. One of them laughed and thanked me then deleted the post right away. The other one, well maybe he's already sleeping. Hopefully he'll take notice tomorrow.

Anyway, I wonder what these people get for doing these? What's the catch?

I understand that there are legit contests out there that really give away prices for page and post likes. I for one, helped organize a free band shirt contest two years ago with almost the same rules and gave away a Nirvana Unplugged T-Shirt. Why were they giving away a free shirt for likes? To simply promote their online store that sell band shirts! But for fake contests with such "alleged" huge prizes, what would they get for these likes and shares? Their "About" page are basically empty!

HOW TO CHECK IF A CONTEST IS A SCAM
(I'll be writing another post on how to easily determine scams.)

After taking several screen shots, I noticed that more and more friends kept sharing the same photos. So, I decided to blog about it instead of going over each one to explain. I will just let them read what I found out and at the same time help spread awareness to other people. So, while writing this post, I went back to the contest posts and noticed a new line on the Benz photo. Bingo! CLICK BAIT!

For the FIRST time in the history of Mercedes Benz we are giving away 2 Mercedes Benz G-Class to two winners that we will select on September 8 completely at random.

This is the Dream car you have been waiting for and it could be all yours! Simply follow the steps below to enter the competition :

Step 1) Likes this Page
Step 2) Like this Post
Step 3) Comment which color you want. (Silver or Black)
Step 4) Share on your wall

then go here for a chance to win: http://carrss.us/g

The winners will be messaged via inbox message

Good Luck,
Can you imagine how fast this single post can go viral? In less than 6 hours more than 30,000 people have already shared, liked and placed comments on the Benz photo! The Audi only got a little short of 10,000 likes, shares and comments in about 12 hours. But still, that IS fast! And the numbers are even growing by the minute! Just a fraction of these people would click the links, but who knows what kind of information can be stolen from them or worse, they may even unknowingly get a virus!

Now would I dare click on it? I don't think so. I won't even place hyperlinks on this post. I won't recommend going to these sites, either. Please understand that sites like these may contain potential danger, so click at your own risk. Just remember not to download anything nor fill out forms, especially those that ask for emails and personal information. And NEVER pay anything using your credit card!

I was about to publish this post when I noticed another similar "contest" on my news feed. But this time, it's an iphone 6! A few friends have already shared it, some were even the same ones who shared the car photos!
When I checked to see how many people shared, the post was already edited and a link was also included! Another click bait!

Thankfully, one of the exercises in MMS101 last term included checking the whois info of eCommerce websites! Although whois is not new to me, we went over so many sites that I practically got used to it and made it a habit now to check on suspicious sites even after the term was over. TRY IT HERE!

And surprise! Surprise! These websites belong to the same person. HA!

To see the full Whois Check, click here: iPhone 6 and Mercedez Benz

Here are some clues that could determine the validity of these contests:

1. Same Registrant Email, same Registrant Name but with an extra "U" on the first name for one of the Registrant Names.
2. Different addresses. North Brunswick, New Jersey is more than 5 hours away from Someverille, Massachusetts. And by the way, it's "Somerville".
3. Domain Registration is one day apart.
4. The Reverse Whois Lookup contains 86 domains registered to the same email address. While, one name is registered to 20 domains (all created in the same day) and the other name has 16 domains (all created within 2 days, except for one which is the only ".org").
5. "Registrant Application Purpose: P3" - P3 stands for Personal (Reference). Don't you think someone giving away at least 2 cars and 10 iphone 6 would at least register as a business and use either P1 or P2?
6. US-based Registrant giving away iPhones in the Philippines. (Now, who'd pay the BOC taxes? LOL...)

But seriously, do the math. The same email is being used to register several domains under different names! Who needs that many .US websites? Now, would that spell as scam for you or not?

Something Note-Worthy: Always think before you click and check before you join.


UPOU Student's Portal Under Maintenance

Notices from different FICs are spreading like wildfire for days. Well, sort of. But despite several announcements, some of the students are in a panic today to get a hold of the documents and reading requirements from the portal.

Happy Mother's Day!


Let us greet all the Moms a Happy Mother's Day! We should celebrate the love of our moms every single day of the year! 
Thank you for all the love, support and... the food!





Here's something I made for a "soon to launch" food blog.

Something note-worthy: Got a tip from a professional designer. He said to "always make the priority stand out."

I just realized that the version below is way better though. With pink colors both at the edges and the word "mother's" popped out with the white color. (Click the image below to compare) *Cheers*



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Old Cats Can Learn New Tricks

          An old saying goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” If that was true, how about cats? Or in my case, "Kat". Ha! Wink

          Well, of course we should not take that line literally. But I guess, it is one of those proverbs that would best describe how I felt before enrolling at UPOU.
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