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1 Sep 2013

First Airline in Asia History

Philippine Airlines took to the skies on March 15, 1941, using a Beech Model 18 aircraft amid the specter of a global war. It became Asia’s first airline.

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1 Aug 2013

Philippines First Female Pilot

First female pilot in the Philippines. Her name is Brooke Castillo as Asia's first woman commercial jet pilot from the cockpit of Cebu Pacific's Airbus A319s and A320s. CNN reports "only about 450 women worldwide are airline captains - pilots in command who supervise all the other crew members on a flight, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots."


29 Jul 2013

List of Filipino Australian Websites and Personal Tips

List of Filipino Australian Websites and some personal tips for you.

Collecting list of Filipino Australian websites here at Collection of First. I hope this short pack of Filipino Australian list websites may help you find info you are searching for. My personal experience would be different to yours and similar to others. Dates or years of application vary changes of information since the date of your arrival to Australia and the year you forwarded your first documents to Australia Immigration. For those who applied stages of visas within five to eight years like me upon arrival as I post this blog now, such as from Temporary Migration Partners visa, Report of Marriage to Philippine Embassy Australia, Permanent Partner Migration visa, Australian Citizenship, Australian Passports, Dual Citizenship and Philippines Passport in Australia, you already know the intensive requirements you have to meet and other kinds of visas.

Personal TIP: I did not use migration agency when I applied for all my visas. I applied for my first Temporary Partner Migration Visa for Australia in Thailand. Other friends I knew, they also applied their visas directly to the Australian Embassy in the Philippines without applying to an agency. It’s up to you if you want to use Migration agency.

1. The first and foremost website we all should read! If you are not using migration agency this is the very first website we have to go through and read thoroughly before you start doing your checklist to do requirements! - updated website now
2. Finding a Visa
3. Living in Australia
4. Becoming a Citizen
5. Australian Passport

Personal TIP: Watch out for those unexpected racism treatment in the Australian post office when you are applying for your Australian passport. It was a nightmare experienced catching up our holiday date visiting to our dear Pinoy land when I bumped into this racism treatment in Ballarat post office at Howitt Street! I have five witnesses with me during that process too.

6. Australia Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Personal TIP: For applying Philippine passport, dual citizenship in Australia the process is much easier and less intensive process our Philippine Embassy required than how you would have went through all the stages of Australian visas prior to this stage.

Our own Philippine territory in Australia as our history professor back in the Philippines might have taught us, is our embassy :) Driving to Canberra was a great personal experience than flying. If you don’t mind paying for higher costs of flight in comparison to Sydney’s lower cost of flights offer, you may choose to fly. Not sure myself why Canberra only have one airline (Virgin) going there so they can have their cost of flights they want. (Or maybe just security reasons as the capital city of Australia).

1. For Passport, Dual Citizenship, Marriage Report applicants if you live outside New South Wales, the Sydney consulate will refer you back to apply to Canberra only, not the consulate in Melbourne or other states either by the time I filed and completed my dual citizenship application in June 2013. The speed of Dual Citizenship application process for me was only after one week before they approved and presided my oath-taking. Any changes you have encountered please share on the comments below.

2. For Dual Citizenship applicant or Petition under Oath to Re-Acquire/Retain Philippine Citizenship under R.A. 9225. The forms are all downloadable but make sure you change the date of the “date sworn” as the link of the PDF file in Canberra Philippines Embassy did not change the date from 2011, unless it is not necessary as they only have brief information on their website in comparison to Sydney Philippine consulate website which is far better laid out when it comes to the process information. I put a suggestion on their website email and also left suggestion in Canberra Philippine Embassy office myself and still there was no change so I guess it’s not all important, you can just change it with white ink :)  (Please do ring them up to do so) or edit it on Word Document program

3. For Passport application after Dual Citizenship, it was a surprise the Philippine Embassy asked me to apply straight away after my oath-taking the same afternoon. It’s good I have brought all the requirements with me that paid off my one-time visit! For those who are looking for other options as Sydney consulate or other state office is not an option if you are living outside NSW, there was recently launched MOBILE EPASSPORT MISSIONS FOR 2013 but you have to “pre-register and secure an appointment/slot with the Embassy on or before the deadlines indicated in the schedule” it says here

4. For Sydney or NSW applicants, the consulate website has more complete process of information in my surfing experience than our own Philippines Embassy (they should delegate it for those who have time).

General list of Philippines and Australia website information, forums, migration tips, migration advices and bloggers tips at your hand all in one page. Feel free to add more links on the comment box that I missed or new websites coming in.

1. Australia Forum not only for Filipinos  “ has grown to become one of the largest international expatriate immigration communities for Australia on the internet.”
2. Pinoy Australia Information Forum
3. “The Filipin-Oz directory provides a much important link to the growing Filipino community and is of significant value to anyone with a special interest in the Philippines and/or vice versa.”
4. PinoyAu Facebook Page
5. For Filipinos in Australia, or considering coming to Australia.
6. Pinoy Global Forum
7. Nursing Connect Forum Australia
8. Australia Export Forum
9. “Bayanihan Australia Community Network Incorporated (BACNI) is a non-profit community volunteer organisation formed by a group of Filipino and Australians on 13 November 2005 to meet the urgent need for skilled younger leaders and in response to changing needs of local Filipino communities in Australia.”
10. Filipino Living in Australia blog
11. Filipino Australia Facebook Page
12. Australian Filipino Business and Workers Club Incorporated (AFBWCI) based in Sydney

1. The Filipino Australian dot com about page description: "The Filipino Australian is a media website, and a member website of Australia’s Philippine-related award-winning website, that provides online news services with focus on the Filipinos in Australia, the Filipino-Australian community and events in Australia, in the Philippines or in other countries with impact on the Filipino Australian community. The Filipino Australian operates under the domain names,,,,,,, and The website officially opened, and succeeded emanila’s News Section, on 12 June 2005 with its maiden front-page presented in a simple ceremony before Filipino-Australian community leaders and Philippine Government officials in Australia.”
2. Bayhanihan News dot com don't have "about" page so their description quotes "The community newspaper of Australia - Philippines"
3. Australian Filipina Business & Lifestyle Magazine by publisher Michelle Baltazar “In late 2005, a group of people had a dream: to launch a woman’s magazine filled with stories they can read, enjoy and relate to. Four pregnancies, a funeral and a few false starts later, that dream has finally become a reality.”
4. “Established in 2010, the Ang Kalatas (English translation: The Message) monthly newspaper has quickly earned the reputation for being the most progressive Filipino-Australian publication. It has moved into the ranks of Australian publications by engaging its audience in three modern-age platforms: print, digital, and online.”
5. “Australia’s Filipino Newspaper”

For co-pinoy aussie bloggers feel free to link your blog links with us. The information can be old and new but sometimes bloggers are also easy to connect with whatever ways you can get the information you need in Australia. Experiences that are shared direct from their Oz journey what to do and what not to do can be great stuffs to take note.

1. Philippine Fiesta in Victoria
2. Pinoy sa Australia blogger tips
3. Tips for Pinoy Migrants to Australia Part 1
4. Filipina Aussie blogger
5. Down Under Visa blogsite
6. Filipina Wives
7. Romeo Cayabyab Blog
8. List of Filipino Australian Websites

1. History of immigration from Philippines “At the start of the twentieth century, just 16 Philippines-born people lived in Victoria.”
2. Radio and TV News for Filipino and its Page
3. [PDF] Philippines Community Information Statistical Summary
5. What Australia Whirlpool Forum site talks about Tagalog, Filipino or Pinoy language
6. Wikipedia Filipino Australian

 Data based on It's most likely updated even after this post. Numbeo’s reports indicated that Perth has the highest rate of living standard in Australia currently. Ballarat City includes in the major cities since it is the third most populous urban area in the state and where I live.

Cost of Living in Melbourne Victoria, Australia [Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): $112.88]
Cost of Living in Canberra, Australia [Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): $109.30]
Cost of Living in Sydney, Australia [Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): $115.50]
Cost of Living in Ballarat, Victoria Australia [Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): $91.90]
Cost of Living in Brisbane Australia [Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): $110.35]
Cost of Living Gold Coast Australia [Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): $101.38]
Cost of Living in Darwin, Northern Territory [Australia Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 115.60]
Cost of Living in Adelaide, South Australia [Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): $109.18]
Cost of Living in Perth, Western Australia [Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent) $125.15]
Cost of Living in Hobart, Australia [Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): $109.73]

By Jennifer R. Baulch – @ and

22 Jul 2013

Who Started Blogging?

An archive topics who really started blogging? When did you start blogging?

Wayback Yahoo360's birth it was the rising of a certain Generation Y blogging as I remember before Yahoo360 kills its website; therefore all of us in Yahoo360 blogging group started to use Multipy, Friendster and MySpace before microblogging Facebook and Twitter became popular. I guess that's when and began booming from individual bloggers around the world after Yahoo360.

1. Who Was The World's First Blogger? Sei Shōnagon, b. 966: "Her writings were eventually collected and published in The Pillow Book (public library) in 1002. An archive of pictures and illustrations, records of interesting events in court, and daily personal thoughts, many in list-form, this was arguably the world’s first 'blog' by conceptual format and Shōnagon the world's first blogger." 

2. Wikipedia's History of Blogging "While the term "blog" was not coined until the late 1990s, the history of blogging starts with several digital precursors to it. Before "blogging" became popular, digital communities took many forms, including Usenet, commercial online services such as GEnie, BiX and the early CompuServe, e-mail lists[1] and Bulletin Board Systems (BBS). In the 1990s, Internet forum software, such as WebEx, created running conversations with "threads". Threads are topical connections between messages on a metaphorical "corkboard". Some[specify] have likened blogging to the Mass-Observation project of the mid-20th century.

3. Wikipedia's Definition of Blog "A blog (a contraction of the words web log)[1] is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. More recently "multi-author blogs" (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, interest groups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other "microblogging" systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog."

4. CNET's records Who's the Father of Blogs? "Blogs: The evolution Sometime in 1971 Stanford's Les Earnest creates the "finger" protocol."

5. Whoever archived the Holy Bible is another way of calling it the first bloggers! "The Holy Bible in its Original Order."

21 Jul 2013

First in the World Flying Car

World's first flying car! Have you seen this flying?
Terrafugia is derived from the Latin for “Escape the Earth”.  We’re Driven to Fly.™ - See more at:
Terrafugia is derived from the Latin for “Escape the Earth”.  We’re Driven to Fly.™ - See more at:
Everyone's dream come true! Terrafugia company's dream to fly their first car in the world! Investors are still welcome while I post this. Would you buy one or invest for it? What are the pros and cons?
Terrafugia (ter-ra-FOO-gee-ah)
Terrafugia (ter-ra-FOO-gee-ah)


15 Jul 2013

First in the World Flapless Airplane

Demon world's first flapless airplane!

 The Demon is a UAV designed by BAE Systems, as part of its “FLAVIIR” project. It has a novel aerodynamic control system which uses engine exhaust and bleed air to provide the aerodynamic forces usually provided by flaps, ailerons and elevators. It has been called the world’s first “flapless” plane. It first flew, from Walney Island, off the coast of Cumbria, UK on 17 September 2010.


3 Jun 2013

Philippines First Large-scale Gold Recovery Project from Mill Tailings

Benguet is Philippines first large-scale gold recovery project from mill tailings located in Balatoc Benguet.

Balatoc Mines is one of Benguet and Baguio City's gold rush locations in the Philippines. If you are a keen mountain traveller and interested in the mining industry you can explore there. When you go there your luggage and bags with you will be security-checked as you enter the territory.

 Mining Corporation website stated:
"The Balatoc Tailings Project (BTP) managed by Balatoc Gold Resources Corporation (BGRC), a wholly owned subsidiary of BenguetCorp, the project involves the processing 16.7 million tons (MT) of gold tailings with average grade of 0.65 grams per ton of gold, which are currently deposited in three ponds."

1 Jun 2013

First in the World Super Bus

World's First Super Bus!
CAR Middle East checks out the Superbus at the Dubai Autodrome and talks to the designer Dr Antonia Terzi, and FIA Vice President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem.


27 May 2013

15 Websites List to Sell and Buy Handmade Crafts Online

What websites and curators for selling or buying handmade crafts do you know from your local or global? Feel free to share those small entrepreneurs you know that are not recognize and still untapped to sell their unique crafts specially made in not-mass-production worth a custom item to have. Artisan bloggers are welcome and share your handmade niche page.

Handmade Journal Book by jenniferRbaulch

    "EBay generalizes its marketplace first while Etsy follows with a niche; the niche birth the micro-niches. If you can micro-niche it, the better!" ~jenniferRbaulch

Etsy planted the "handmade" marketplace on the Internet globally as most crafters would know then it branches and bears more similar ecommerce websites for selling and buying handmade crafts from around the world. The handmade fever reignites also local artists' entrepreneurs and personal bloggers who sell via their own website selling checkouts. Handmade embraces unique personal touches and priceless tags from its precious endeavour creating on something worth selling and it does not mean cheap to sell or buy either unless it's a giveaway. The treasure hunting for handmade crafts and handmade gifts these days are an endless marketplace to choose from.

For all creative artists, artisans or crafters; here are some great lists of handmade websites you can showcase your handmade products or items you have made or current projects. Our world became small through the Internet browsing all the DIY or Do It Yours stuff in the planet making the difference to make this world sustainable to live in by recreating and reusing stuffs that are just lying around us or aiming to save the land-filled mountains of garbage out there by simply creating handmade stuffs or things we thought we're not able to. The list goes on while I'm curating this :)

The lists below contain each website's authentic "about" information from their websites:

1. The mother of handmade websites for the dot com generation crafters and buyers is called Etsy! "Etsy is the marketplace "we make together". ~ By or www. 

 2.  " is a handmade online buying and selling destination, which showcases Australia's most creative, undiscovered art, design & craft talent. is different to other online designer destinations as it only promotes local Australian talent." ~ By

3.  " is a venue for Australian sellers of handmade items, artists, craft makers and suppliers to promote and sell their goods to buyers from Australia and around the globe. It is where people will go to for great Australian hand-made items."

4. "Georgie Love launched in March 2006 and was Australia's first website store dedicated to promoting and selling handmade delights from independent and emerging artists from Australia! Georgie Love is filled with a mix of edgy, eclectic, funky and beautiful pieces that are either one-off originals or a part of a very small run. Most things can't be found in stores anywhere else!"
~ By

5.  " is strictly for Handmade Art, Crafts and Fashion creations." ~ By

6. Jonathan says, "eBay's success is largely attributed to it's attractiveness to buyers as a place to find almost anything, at bargain prices. Popular for its bidding style, we saw that many beautiful handmade items that would have taken hours and hours to create, sold for next to nothing. How sad! We wanted to create a marketplace where Artisans could list their quality, handmade products for a fixed price, rather than an auction style, and sell them for a price that made all the time and love that went into creating that item, worth it." ~ By

7. "My DaWanda is your personal home-base within our marketplace." ~ By

8. "Bonanza is an eBay built to help buyers make serendipitous discoveries. Our browsing experience guides buyers through our inventory of more than 4 million items to find the product that's perfect for their tastes."~ By 

9. "Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums." ~ By

10.  "Having a sustainable sensibility from the start, Tess and Maja would carefully save all of the off-cuts and cut-outs from the baskets, hoping to reuse them in some way. Combining their love for recycling and fashion, the off-cuts were twisted, knotted and looped together to make a range of brightly coloured earrings to sell alongside the baskets. The earrings quickly began to outsell the Polli baskets, so Tess and Maja began using other materials and designed a larger collection of jewellery." ~ By

 11. "Hand Made in Country is a network of artisans based in the South Burnett, Toowoomba and Southern Downs/Granite Belt regions.  HMIC offers business training, development and sales opportunities to these artisans.  The HMIC website is their home and is an easy way for Hand Made lovers to access these very clever people." ~ By

12. "If you can make it by hand, we want to teach it! Their philosophy is to run hands-on, project-based workshops, so that you can come along, learn something new and go home with a finished product or a new skill."

13. Own your own web shop "eCRATER is both a free web store builder and an online marketplace. If you are a seller you can create your own free online store in minutes. If you are a buyer you can browse and search among millions of products. All eligible products are submitted to Google Shopping. You can also easily import your eBay products." ~ By

14. "MISI is the UK's online craft marketplace. Set up by a keen crafter, Web developer and a mum, MISI is bringing together the UK's craft community and giving them a place to sell what they make." ~ By

15. I like this handmade natural product niche soaps. It is made from Pawpaw or Papaya products with natural ingredients although you have to buy from their stockists in Australia. "Tom was determined to take her discovery to the world after his wife passed awat and with the help of friends formed McArthur Natural Products. Today, everyone can benefit from Tom’s hard work in bringing our unique pawpaw products to the market, and passing on Lynda’s legacy to others." ~ By

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1 May 2013

How the word "robot" came about

The word "robot" first appeared in the play RUR published in 1920. Some claim that the word "robot" was first used in Josef Capek's short story Opilec (the Drunkard) published in the collection Lelio in 1917. According to the Capek brother's Society in Prague this is not correct. The word used in Opilec is "automat". I put a scan of the 1925 version of the Opilec short story online as a proof. "Robot" appeared in RUR for the first time. Source:
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1 Apr 2013

The World's Killer Diet

"Now what can we do about this? Well, you know, the diet that we've found that can reverse heart disease and cancer is an Asian diet. But the people in Asia are starting to eat like we are, which is why they're starting to get sick like we are. So I've been working with a lot of the big food companies." by Dean Ornish

Yeah, come on my co-asians let's put out our authentic dishes out there and don't have to go with the flow of obesity diet. Not too long ago there was not much fast food chain like McDonalds, KFC's, pizzas, etc... and so you rarely see any obese kids around in the Philippines. Sadly, visiting home to my country once and a while you can see a huge change of fat kids not just fat but obese too like western kids and other countries.

Hope let's get back to our raw diet from organic farming. NO to GMO or genetically modified! No to any adulterated processed foods! NO to MSG or monosodium glutamate and other deceptive preservatives, NO to SUGAR or sweeteners (find alternative like honey, stevia, etc.). Our food is our medicine that can be found in nature!

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