More than just a Smartphone…It’ll Save Lives

Recently I posted about my new Acer Ferrari Liquid E Smartphone. After initially causing anger, I can now say that my Acer Ferrari Liquid E Smartphone is indeed a worldly thing that makes life a little better. It makes checking my emails more convenient, plus whenever I’m in a public place and needs to say my mantra, I don’t have to take out my mala, but, instead I can just use a specific free downloadable application called Meditation Tracker which is available for free in Android Market.

However, it did occur to me that given there’s a growing awareness, consciousness, and interest about health, there are very few iTunes and Android Market applications that’s health related. The few that’s in the online stores are limited to proper diet and exercise instructions or guide. But I really haven’t seen anything that can actually save lives right when you need it.

So I’m really happy when I came across this online article about a new application of a Smartphone that may save lives.

Basically, you touch a button, and it sends your pulse to a 24/7 medical center. If you’re not in any immediate danger, what it’ll do is send you an sms, but if you’re in serious condition and is in a health emergency, you’ll receive a call to inform you that ‘an ambulance is on its way’.

The technology was invented in Singapore. So I really hope that we can have that here in the Philippines soon. Read the full article here.

 

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Nervous….

Tomorrow is another weigh day. I’m a little nervous only because I’m really not sure whether I’ll lose weight or I’ve gained more weight. 6 months after I’ve started going to the gym and going on a proper diet diet. I can’t say that I’ve really gotten the formula.

Weight loss is really something that’s personal there is no single formula.

Anyway, I hope tomorrow the weighing scale shows that I’ve lost more weight.

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Acer Ferrari Liquid E: The Good Ending

I’m really happy to say that Acer Ferrari Liquid E’s project manager Gino Villame and their technical support person William de Guia made sure that I’ll be able to use my phone. They went to see me in Trinoma yesterday afternoon, at the time of my convenience. Gino, I believe had to brave the traffic of EDSA to drive all the way from Makati to Quezon City, not a small feat considering that he had to be back in Makati by 4PM. We met at around 1:30PM. On top of that I also found out that he lives in QC so that means that morning he already drove all the way to Makati, and that means he will have to drive back to QC when he goes home for the day.

This time William came prepared, and I really appreciate the fact that Gino Villame went with him to see me even if he doesn’t have to do it. I was honest with Gino and told him that I blogged about the incident. He just smiled and didn’t seem offended. He also gladly listen to my unsolicited advice on how they should deal with clients and as to how they can make sure that early adopters will not get disappointed with their service.

Gino also took time out to teach me how to use the phone.

It took awhile for William to finish the syncing/transferring of my phone contacts. Sad to say, only 5,025 of my 5,041 contacts got transferred and a lot of the numbers of the people with multiple contact details got lost. However, this is understandable because with 5,041 contacts its bound to happen.

After using the phone for two days, I think I’m enjoying my Acer Ferrari Liquid E. It has a lot of Buddhist applications that helps in my pursuit of the dharma. I think it is indeed a worldly thing that may make life a little better, especially, in my pursuit of Project 168.

Oh by the way, did I mention that it has Dropbox, and tons of free games also.

The apps are courtesy of Android Market.

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Acer Ferrari Liquid E: The Root of My Anger

In my previous post I wrote about worldly things that makes life a little better.

The Acer Ferrari Liquid E Smartphone is supposed to be one such worldly thing. Smart Communications, my cell phone service provider, informed me that my 2 year contract has just ended and should I opt to sign for another 2 years contract under their retention program I’ll get a free phone. Some of you who are postpaid subscribers may be familiar with this promo. I totally appreciate this because of my work, my mobile phone’s life span is only about 2 years, and instead of buying an expensive phone, I get the one that’s given by Smart.

I have several phones to choose from, one is the Blackberry Bold…

Blackberry Bold 9300

The SE Ericsson Xperia…

Sony Ericsson Xperia10

and the Acer Ferrari Liquid E.

Acer Ferrari Liquid E

I’m not a techie person and the choices were all good so it was a tough decision for me. My first thought is to get the Blackberry Bold; I will surely need that for my line of work. It’s important that I access all my emails right away. However, the customer service representative of the Smart Wireless Center in SM North EDSA told me that the Acer Ferrari Liquid E Smartphone is already a blackberry…almost…in the sense that I can also access and reply to my emails. Hmmm…. I have a tough decision to make.

Anyway, upon the advice of a friend, SE Xperia is out of the ‘race’ and its now down to either the Blackberry or Acer Ferrari Liquid E.

Aesthetic wise the Acer Ferrari Liquid E has an edge over the Blackberry. It’s really more beautiful than the Blackberry.

Also, I know that I really lack the element of fire, which is represented by the color red, so getting the Acer Ferrari Liquid E will compliment my missing element. On top of that it also has the color yellow that also compliments my elements and it has the image of an aggressive horse, which is also very good for career advancement. So if it only were for Feng Shui considerations the Acer Ferrari Liquid E is the hands down winner.

For people whose Bazi/Paht Chee chart shows that the fire element or is missing, the Acer Ferrari Liquid E will make a very good phone to fill up the missing fire element.

But, as I said, I’m not a techie person so choosing phones, even if it’s given as part of Smart’s retention program, its a big decision for me. It should be because I’ll have to use the phone for 2 years and I really don’t want to spend money to buy my own phone.

After searching the net, and getting more impressed with the Acer Ferrai Liquid E…

I found out that the Acer Ferrari Liquid has Android as its operating system.

Android is an operating system created by Google. It's said to be an iPhone killer system.

Android also has its own Android Market that is very similar to iTunes Store. There are found out that there are so many Buddhist and Taoist applications that can help me in my pursuit in being a student of Chinese Buddhism. On top of that, it also has Mobile Digital Prayer Wheel application, which according to His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama, also works as a real prayer wheel.

Sample image of a mobile phone digital prayer wheel.

Another sample of a digital prayer wheel.

(I first found out this kind of digital Buddhist applications through the blog of STUMPBO. She wrote about how her iPhone application called Buddhist counter helped her in finishing her commitment to finish 100 Mala Beads. Read more about it in her blog called Life of Lopsided 8.)

The author of Life of Lopsided 8 finished 100 malas of the Medicine Buddha Mantra using her iPhone application call Buddha Counter.

Anyway, going back to the topic, these are ‘pogi’ points that really make the Acer Ferrari Liquid E very attractive. So the next big question is whether I’ll be able to use the phone and more importantly whether I can transfer my 5,041 contacts in my Nokia phone to Acer’s Ferrari Liquid E.

I went to look for an Acer store and even though the sales representatives are very accommodating they don’t know anything about the phone. Nevertheless, they exerted all efforts to accommodate my inquiries and called up the Acer Ferrari Liquid E product manager, Gino Villame.

Gino was also very accommodating and he patiently answered all my inquiries. Most important of all the questions is whether I can transfer my 5,041 contacts to Acer’s Ferrari Liquid E. He said that its possible, I just need to sync my current Nokia phone to Outlook and then download a software in Android Market to transfer it to my phone. He also said that he’d have somebody email me the guide on how to do it. I really appreciate Gino Villame’s effort. More than that I appreciate his honesty when I asked whether the Acer Ferrari Liquid E will last as long as my Nokia phones which lasts anywhere from 2 – 3 years. He said he is not sure because Acer phones are basically new but that he believes that they are sturdy. His honestly coupled with the promise that he’ll also have somebody email me (ASAP) the ‘process’ made me decide to get the Acer Ferrari Liquid E. In fact, when asked he said I can see their technical support group and they would be more than happy and willing me to teach me to make the transfer and/or do it for me.

To make the long story short I got the Acer Ferrari Liquid E, rushed home boot up my computer to check my email and…. nada…. the promised email is not in my inbox.

I called up Gino on his mobile phone but unfortunately he wasn’t able to pick up. Instead he sent a message with the contact number of their service center.

The following day I went to Acer’s service center in Paco, Manila. Was asked to wait for half an hour before I was entertained. Told them my concern of wanting to transfer my contacts to my new phone, which is the Acer Ferrari Liquid E. The girl in front of me showed the first sign that she’s ignorant of everything by telling me they’ll check whether they can do a SIM transfer. I clarified that that’s not possible because I have 5,041 contacts in my phonebook and some of them have multiple numbers or contact details. She then said she’d have their technical support group do it for me. I requested that they do it in front of me because I also would want to learn how to do it.

The girl who attended to me approached her superior who is seated not far from where I’m seated. Heard her made the request, I didn’t hear what was the response of the superior but soon enough I heard them chit chatting about something else. I strived to keep my patience and my temper in check. After about 20 minutes she returned and told me that they can’t have the technical support person come out because it’s against their company policy. This really irritated me, because it took her 20 minutes to tell me that they can’t have their technical support person come out because its against company policy. Isn’t this something that she could have mentioned right away? Besides I heard them chit chatting about something else and not about my concern.

Although feeling irritated I still tried to keep myself from flaring up, so I insisted to see the technical support person because this is something that Gino Villame, the product manager, assured me is possible. She went in again and after about 10 minutes another girl, who introduced herself as the team leader, approached me. I then have to reiterate my concern and to be fair with her she was able to pull out the technical support person-William de Guia.

I then have to tell him my concern and added, addressing both William and the team leader, that I was really not suppose to get the Acer Ferrari Liquid E but that Gino Villame has assured me that technical support is not going to be a problem and that’s when  I decided to get the Acer Ferrari instead of the Blackberry Bold.

The team leader then assured me that they would be able to transfer my contacts from my Nokia E75 to the new Acer Ferrari phone. But as soon as she assured me that they’ll be able to do it, William who is suppose to be the one knowledgeable about it clarified that they really haven’t done any transfer and is not sure on how to do it.

At this point the Service Center Manager, who introduces himself as Ricky, I later found out his full name, is Ricardo Boragay, arrived and again inquired as to what is my concern. Please note that I’m already getting tired being asked as to what is my concern, can’t they properly brief each other? Anyway, I again discussed my concern ending it with a question and seeking for an assurance that they indeed can handle my simple request of transferring my Nokia E75 contacts into the new Acer Ferrari Liquid E phone. Ricky looked really uncomfortable, and in a much smaller voice and slightly shaking voice replied, “We’ll try…” The way he said it sounded more like ‘No, we can’t!’, rather than the real “We’ll try.”. I wasn’t able to control myself and told him that it’s not good enough. I clarified that it’s not a matter of whether they can do it but more of they should be able to do it. That’s what Gino Villame assured me, it could be done by their technical support team. Let me add, that by this time, Gino is no longer picking up his phone. To be fair, it’s a Saturday, but I was looking for the Gino Villame who answers his phone at the first ring, the Gino Villame who replies to sms as soon as he receives my sms. In short, I was looking for the Gino Villame before the sale; the after sale Gino Villame is not as nice as the pre-sale Gino Villame. Oh yes, I ‘talked’ to the pre-sale Gino Friday morning, and the after sale not-as-accommodating Gino Villame was ona  Friday afternoon and Saturday, so for the benefit of the doubt it was technically no longer a regular working hour, but the pre-sale nice Gino Villame didn’t strike me as somebody who is concerned about work schedule to accommodate an early adapter client who is willing to try out a relatively young brand/product.

To make the long story short, 4 hours after I arrived at the Acer Service Center, and after calling up 3 techie blogger friends to help and give instruction to the Acer Technical Support staff my new Acer Ferrari Liquid E phone is still empty of my contacts. I can’t wait any longer because I still have a reunion to attend to, so I requested Ricky to send William to wherever I am to transfer my contacts. I also requested Ricky and William to please make sure that William should be armed with the full knowledge and all the required software to do the process. I’ll meet them tomorrow and we shall see if we’re successful in having this worldly thing make my life just a little better. Ricky also nicely waived the fees for an ‘home’ service.

But before that I can’t help wonder as to whether I made the wrong decision in getting the Acer Ferrari Liquid E. Because if Acer Philippines is serious about their business they would have made sure that all new early adapters will not have a difficult time in the transition from whatever their old phones are to the new Acer phones. I remember Apple iPhone made sure that they have the iService centers to properly assist that new adaptors. They made sure that these people are well trained.

Nevertheless, this also proves that worldly things are just that worldly things, and its up to us whether we chose to make it into a useful object to help make life better or like the initial incident with the Acer Ferrari Liquid E, make life more difficult.

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A Different Way of Celebrating Valentine’s Day

I came across this very nice Valentine’s blog article of another WordPress blogger. The author of the site Philantrophy Writing did share some interesting different ways of celebrating Valentine’s Day. She called the article ’16 Charitable Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day’.

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Wordly Things that Makes Life a Little Better (1st Post): The Internet & Is it Bye Bye Cell Towers?

One of the things that Buddhism and Taoism teach is for us not to be materialistic. Worldly things serve as hindrances and/or barriers to understanding or attaining the dharma.

However, I think there are worldly things that makes life a little better if we use them properly.

Just today there are two online articles about worldly things that may make life a little better.

First is about the Internet, more specifically the proliferation of the social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. As the article states if used properly it may help people propel into positive action. I’m talking about the Egypt uprising we’ve all followed the past weeks. Try to find time to read the article.

Second, on the list is we MIGHT soon say goodbye to those ugly cell towers that also helps in destroying the environment. It’s still too early to say whether this will really happen but do take time out to read the article.

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Feng Shui Love Rituals

It’s the season of the year when restaurants are fully booked; traffic is really crazy; people wear red; and of course everybody talks about love.

Love is really in the air every Feb. 14 or Valentine’s Day.

But if you notice in my comments thread, there are some people who have been asking me about their love life. I still have yet to do their Paht Chee or Bazi to answer their personal query but before that allow me to share with you some Feng Shui Love Secret Rituals.

First…tapping the energy of the moon…

On the day of the Chap Goh Meh or Lantern Festival…

Lantern Festival is widely celebrated in a number of Chinese countries.

…which is on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, which this year falls on Feb. 17, 2011, all people who are looking for love should ask for the help of the “Old Man Under the Moon”.

Image of the "Old Man Under the Moon".

The first thing that you should do is go to a lake, a pond, a river, or even on a beachside. Get 3 pcs. of Mandarin Orange or Ordinary Orange. Please make sure that you get something that’s still fresh and not dry.

As soon as the sun sets, and as soon as you can see the brightness of the full moon, right your name and birthdate on each of the fruit. Please use either a red or yellow ink marker. Don’t use a ballpen because you wouldn’t want to pierce or put a hole on the fruit.

After writing your name down, write down the character traits that you’re looking for on one of the fruits. Then write down a short petition to the “Old Man Under the Moon” on the second fruit. Then write a promise should your wish be granted by the “Old Man Under the Moon”. Please make sure you fulfill this promise once you’ve found your partner.

Then look up at the moon and say a short prayer to the “Old Man Under the Moon”. After saying the short prayer throw the fruits on the body of water. Please make sure that the moon is reflected on the water.

The light of the moon should reflect on the water.

The said ritual is technically not a Feng Shui ritual but a Taoist ritual which is done by both Taoist and Chinese Buddhist.

If you’re serious about finding love, it would help if you try to get to know the “Old Man Under the Moon” better. Just google him or read the nice and clear article in Chinatownology.

Second…Focus on the Southwest.

In my previous blog articles I talked about the Flying Star. There I discussed the Romance Star flies which into Southwest corner this year. This is really good because the Southwest, even without the annual flying star is really the corner of love. This means the energy of the Southwest is doubled this year.

To help you enhance this energy of love, please make sure that the Southwest corner of your house or bedroom is clean and totally free  from any form of clutter. If possible, make sure that it’s well lit and put one or all of the following items in the Southwest corner of your house or bedroom:

1. A Pair of Mandarin Ducks (Image)

I prefer the one that made of pink crystal. There are wooden and metal ones also.

2. A Picture of Peonies

3. Rose Quartz

The best choice is to put a Rose Quartz Crystal Ball.

Any other shapes will also do. Like the pyramid Rose Quartz.

Or even raw, unpolished Rose Quartz.

4. Pink Wish-Fulfilling Jewel

Hope the Taoist and Feng Shui Love Rituals mentioned above helps you in finding your love or partner. But please do take note that this can only be done singletons and not married people even if you’ve been separated for 10 years or 20 years. A person is only considered single again once your divorced or annulment has been finalized.

Additional Feng Shui tips that may help you in finding a partner is for you to wear or carry the double happiness image or an image of a pair of mandarin ducks.

This picture is chosen for its clarity of what is the Double Happiness. There are Double Happiness pendants that are made of Gold and/or Silver or Jade. It's a matter of preference but please like any other Feng Shui charms don't use anything that's made of plastic.

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38.4Lbs to Project 168

It’s been a while since I was really able to write on this blog. I’ve been really busy and sort of a little sad that last week, I suffered a little setback with the weight aspect of my Project 168.

You see, I weighed 207.8 last Jan. 29, 2011, but after a week (which was the week of the Chinese New Year) I gained 1.2lbs. I was 209lbs flat last Feb. 5, 2011. It was a little depressing because I really want to hit 200lbs already.

It’s been 15 years since I weighed 200lbs so you see it’ll be a very big achievement for me.

The good news though is when I weighed myself earlier I’m now 206.4lbs which makes me 38.4lbs before reaching my target of 168lbs.

Well…weight loss is really a struggle and yes the more weight you lose the harder it gets.

 

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OM MANI PADME HUM

I’ve been really busy and will be busy until Feb. 17, 2011. In the meantime I just would like to make a short post about the mantra of Kuan Yin which is OM MANI PADME HUM. I do pray this mantra everyday and I find it to be a very powerful mantra.

Below His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama explains what OM MANI PADME HUM means. Got this from the Internet Sacred Text Archive site.

On the meaning of: OM MANI PADME HUM
 
    The jewel is in the lotus or praise to the jewel in the lotus
 
  by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet
 
   It is very good to recite the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM, but while
you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the
meaning of the six syllables is great and vast. The first, OM, is
composed of three pure letters, A, U, and M. These symbolize the
practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolize the
pure exalted body, speech and mind of a Buddha.
 
   Can impure body, speech and mind be transformed into pure body,
speech and mind, or are they entirely separate? All Buddhas are cases
of being who were like ourselves and then in dependence on the path
became enlightened; Buddhism does not assert that there is anyone who
from the beginning is free from faults and possesses all good
qualities. The development of pure body, speech, and mind comes from
gradually leaving the impure states and their being transformed into
the pure.
 
   How is this done? The path is indicated by the next four syllables.
MANI, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factor of method- the altruistic
intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.  Just as a
jewel is capable of removing poverty, so the altruistic mind of
enlightenment is capable of removing the poverty, or difficulties, of
cyclic existence and of solitary peace. Similarly, just as a jewel
fulfills the wishes of sentient beings, so the altruistic intention to
become enlightened fulfills the wishes of sentient beings.
 
   The two syllables, PADME, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom. Just as
a lotus grows forth from mud but is not sullied by the faults of mud,
so wisdom is capable of putting you in a situation of non-
contradiction where as there would be contradiction if you did not
have wisdom. There is wisdom realizing impermanence, wisdom realizing
that persons are empty of self-sufficient or substantial existence,
wisdom that realizes the emptiness of duality (that is to say, of
difference of entity between subject and object), and wisdom that
realizes the emptiness of inherent existence. Though there are may
different types of wisdom, the main of all these is the wisdom
realizing emptiness.
 
   Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and
wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable, HUM, which indicates
indivisibility. According to the sutra system, this indivisibility of
method and wisdom refers to one consciousness in which there is a full
form of both wisdom affected by method and method affected by wisdom.
In the mantra, or tantra vehicle, it refers to one conciousness in
which there is the full form of both wisdom and method as one
undifferentiable entity. In terms of the seed syllables of the five
conqueror Buddhas, HUM is the is the seed syllable of Akshobhya- the
immovable, the unfluctuating, that which cannot be disturbed by
anything.
 
   Thus the six syllables, OM MANI PADME HUM, mean that in dependence
on the practice which is in indivisible union of method and wisdom,
you can transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure
body, speech, and mind of a Buddha. It is said that you should not
seek for Buddhahood outside of yourself; the substances for the
achievement of Buddhahood are within. As Maitreya says in his SUBLIME
CONTINUUM OF GREAT VEHICLE (UTTARA TANTRA) all beings naturally have
the Buddha nature in their own continuum. We have within us the seed
of purity, the essence of a One Gone Thus (TATHAGATAGARBHA), that is
to be transformed and full developed into Buddhahood.
 
(From a lecture given by His Holiness The Dalai Lama of Tibet at the
Kalmuck Mongolian Buddhist Center, New Jersey.)
 
Transcribed by Ngawang Tashi (Tsawa), Drepung Loseling, MUNGOD, INDIA

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The Medicine Buddha Image & Mantra

Just want to quickly share the image of the Medicine Buddha and His Mantra.

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