Monday, June 29, 2009

Yahoo! Purple Hunt phase 3: Guess the location of 6 BlackBerry Smartphones

The Yahoo! Purple Hunt Phase 3 kicks off tomorrow, from June 30 till July 12!

Purple Hunters all over the Philippines can guess the location of six BlackBerry Smartphones hidden all over Metro Manila by deciphering clues seeded out on Yahoo! Answers, Yahoo! Groups and Flickr (Purple Hunt Clues).

When you think you know where each BlackBerry Smartphone is hidden, go to the microsite and input your answer! If you're right, you stand a chance to win the skinned purple BlackBerry Smartphone! If you're wrong, you may ask the Purple Crew for more clues that may help you. You can also post a comment here and share to me your answer, I will try my best to give you the right clues to get there. =)

Remember, you need to provide the full address of each location when submitting an answer!Purple Hunters can guess as many times as possible. If you get the answer wrong, you will not be able to register and a prompt comes up asking you to try again.

Note that this is not a first come, first serve basis contest. People can guess the locations of all 6 BlackBerry Smartphones right up to the end of the phase, Once the phase ends, Yahoo! will do a random draw on the winners. (as of July 21, winners have already been picked and announced.)

Check out my Yahoo Purple Hunt Adventures blog for clues.

Happy hunting!


Week 7: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009

Here's the seventh week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Absolute Traders, My Brute Cheats, Business Summaries, Fitness Advantage Club, Events and Corporate Video, http://www.eventsatwork.com/, Dominguez Marketing Communications, Red Mobile, Budget hotel in Makati, and Blog4Reviews.com.

Week 7 only
For the seventh week, we received a total of 15 entries from Ayei, Zorlone, Hannah, Edelweiza, Po0t, Jennai, Pehpot, Marius, Fitz, Crisiboy, Sonnie, Arbee, Juned, Alex Gavino, and Jangeronimo.

A total of 69 blogs were cited from the 15 entries. They are:

  1. http://www.pataygutom.com/
  2. http://letsgosago.net/
  3. http://www.adaphobic.com/
    http://videochops.com/
  4. http://dearbloggery.com/
    http://goodtimesmanila.com/
    http://fedhz.com/
    http://theaccidentalteacher.com/
    http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
    http://www.writingtoexhale.com/
  5. http://barriosiete.com/
    http://www.cebubloggers.com/
    http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/
    http://doctordude.net/
    http://flaircandy.com/
    http://flamindevil.wordpress.com/
    http://kebism.blogspot.com/
    http://kelvinonian.com/
    http://pehpot.blogspot.com/
    http://www.newmedia.com.ph/
    http://numbrd.com/
    http://styleandrelax.blogspot.com/
    http://www.talesfromthemomside.com/
    http://www.focalglass.com/
    http://zorlone.blogspot.com/

The following blogs got one mention each:

Noted the entries of Coy, April, Fedhz, Zorlone, Edelweiza, Po0t, Jennai, Pehpot, Fitz, and Jangeronimo for citing 10 blogs and therefore included in the entries masterlist.

These are the top blogs based on entries that got included in the entries masterlist as of today:

  1. http://www.pataygutom.com/
  2. http://letsgosago.net/
  3. http://dearbloggery.com/
  4. http://www.adaphobic.com/
  5. http://writingtoexhale.com
  6. http://travel.batangyagit.com/
    http://goodtimesmanila.com/
    http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
  7. http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/
  8. http://fatherblogger.com/
  9. http://barriosiete.com/
    http://zorlone.blogspot.com/
  10. http://www.millionaireacts.com/

All blogs listed in the previous weeks won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 8 or still included in the total The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009.

We still have 4 weekly updates to go. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

Additional notes:

Some entries did not get included here as they did not link to the writing project page. Once done, will include you for week 8.

Thank you again everyone for your patience and participation to this humble project.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Week 6: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009

Here's the sixth week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Absolute Traders, My Brute Cheats, Business Summaries, Fitness Advantage Club, Events and Corporate Video, http://www.eventsatwork.com/, Dominguez Marketing Communications, Red Mobile, and Blog4Reviews.com.

Week 6 only
For the sixth week, we received a total of 15 entries from April Rose Kwong, Silver, Fedhz, Doctor Dude, Aeirin, Ambo, Dee, Amor, Reyjr, Jehzlau, Yapatoots, Shalomsiy, Aileen, Eel.jay, and Jet.

A total of 62 blogs were cited from the 15 entries. They are:
  1. http://www.writingtoexhale.com/
  2. http://www.pataygutom.com/
  3. http://www.adaphobic.com/
    http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
    http://zorlone.blogspot.com/
  4. http://barriosiete.com/
    http://dearbloggery.com/
    http://letsgosago.net/
    http://videochops.com/
  5. http://animetric.blogspot.com/
    http://travel.batangyagit.com/
    http://www.cebubloggers.com/
    http://chocolateword.net/
    http://doctordude.net/
    http://fatherblogger.com/
    http://goodtimesmanila.com/
    http://www.millionaireacts.com/
    http://numbrd.com/
    http://www.pinayads.com/
    http://seowright.com/
    http://styleandrelax.blogspot.com/
    http://www.talesfromthemomside.com/
    http://theaccidentalteacher.com/
    http://www.focalglass.com/

The following blogs got one mention each:

Noted the entries of Mica, Mommy Dharlz, Silver, Aeirin, Ambo, Amor, Jehzlau, and Eel.jay for citing 10 blogs and therefore included in the entries masterlist.

These are the top blogs based on entries that got included in the entries masterlist as of today:

  1. http://www.pataygutom.com/
  2. http://dearbloggery.com/
  3. http://letsgosago.net/
  4. http://www.adaphobic.com/
  5. http://travel.batangyagit.com/
    http://writingtoexhale.com/
  6. http://goodtimesmanila.com/
  7. http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/
    http://fatherblogger.com/
    http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
  8. http://barriosiete.com/
  9. http://www.millionaireacts.com/
  10. http://zorlone.blogspot.com/

All blogs listed in the previous weeks won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 7 or still included in the total The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009.

We still have 5 weekly updates to go. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

Additional notes:
Some entries did not get included here as they did not link to the
writing project page. Once done, will include you for week 7.

Thank you again everyone for your patience and participation to this humble project.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Yahoo! Purple Hunt phase 2: Guess the location of 6 cameras

The Yahoo! Purple Hunt Phase 2 kicks off tomorrow, from June 16 till 28! What does this mean for all Purple Hunters in Philippines? It means you can guess the location of six cameras hidden all over Metro Manila by deciphering clues seeded out on Yahoo! Answers, Yahoo! Groups and Flickr (Purple Hunt Clues).
When you think you know where each camera is hidden, go to the microsite and input your answer! If you're right, you stand a chance to win the skinned purple Canon camera! If you're wrong, you may ask the Purple Crew for more clues that may help you! Remember, you need to provide the full address of each location when submitting an answer!

Purple Hunters can guess as many times as possible. If you get the answer wrong, you will not be able to register and a prompt comes up asking you to try again.

Note that this is not a first come, first serve basis contest. People can guess the locations of all 6 cameras right up to the end of the phase, Once the phase ends, Yahoo! will do a random draw on the winners. (as of July 6, winners have already been drawn)

Check out my Yahoo Purple Hunt blog for clues as well.
Happy hunting!


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Week 5: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009

Here's the fifth week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Absolute Traders, My Brute Cheats, Business Summaries, Fitness Advantage Club, Events and Corporate Video, http://www.eventsatwork.com/, Dominguez Marketing Communications, Red Mobile, and Blog4Reviews.com.

Week 5 only
For the fifth week, we received a total of 13 entries from Badong, Mommy Dharlz, Animetric, An2nette, Dinah, Beejing, Ron, Buraot, Ang Lolo Niyo, Aajao, Coy, Frjimz_rain, and Atenean101.

A total of 67 blogs were cited from the 16 entries. They are:

  1. http://barriosiete.com/
    http://travel.batangyagit.com/
    http://www.cebubloggers.com/
    http://www.focalglass.com/
  2. http://dearbloggery.com/
    http://goodtimesmanila.com/
    http://letsgosago.net/
    http://www.pataygutom.com/
    http://www.bryankarl.net/
    http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
    http://tunaynalalake.blogspot.com/
    http://videochops.com/
  3. http://www.adaphobic.com/
    http://bbgandanghari.blogspot.com/
    http://chocolateword.net/
    http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/
    http://www.dorothysvineyard.info/
    http://fatherblogger.com/
    http://flaircandy.com/
    http://insearch4you.blogspot.com/
    http://reflectionsbymariz.blogspot.com/
    http://theaccidentalteacher.com/
    http://pinoycopywriter.com/
    http://www.writingtoexhale.com/

The following blogs got one mention each:

Noted the entries of Reyna Elena, Roy, Aika, Fatherlyours, Dfish, Animetric, An2nette, Dinah, Beejing, Ron, Frjimz_rain, and Atenean101 for citing 10 blogs and therefore included in the entries masterlist (to be updated this week).

These are the top blogs based on entries that got included in the entries masterlist, to be updated this week, as of today:

  1. http://www.pataygutom.com/
  2. http://dearbloggery.com/
    http://letsgosago.net/
  3. http://goodtimesmanila.com/
  4. http://www.adaphobic.com/
  5. http://travel.batangyagit.com/
    http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/
  6. http://fatherblogger.com/
    http://writingtoexhale.com/
  7. http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
  8. http://barriosiete.com/
    http://www.millionaireacts.com/
  9. http://zorlone.blogspot.com/
  10. http://www.newmedia.com.ph/

All blogs listed in the previous weeks won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 6 or still included in the total The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009.

We still have 6 weekly updates to go. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

Additional notes:

Some entries did not get included here as they did not link to the writing project page. Once done, will include you for week 6.

Thank you again everyone for your patience and participation to this humble project.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Yahoo! Purple Hunt


Got a lot of questions about the Yahoo Purple Hunt (I'm one of the power users helping out) and here are some additional information that may be of help.

Question: Where can I get a purple ticket?



Answer: Purple tickets are found all over Yahoo! products. First stop point is the Yahoo! Philippines home page where there is a banner image about it. Navigating the various pages will also allow you to find more Purple Hunt tickets.

Question: Ok. I found it. How do I join?

Answer: Once found, just register and an e-mail gets sent to you. In this e-mail, there will be details on how to redeem Yahoo! purple gifts at the mall tours happening over the next 3 weeks.

Question: Is the Purple Hunt for Metro Manila Yahoo! users only?

Answer: Phase 1 is the hunt for the Purple Ticket. People all over Philippines can hunt for it online. However, to redeem for Purple goodies, they need to go to the Ayala Malls in Metro Manila to do so.

For phases 2 & 3, prizes at stake are the cameras and phones. People all over Philippines can hunt for the clues online, submit their entries online and if they win and cannot attend the Purple Hunt Finale, Yahoo! will send the prizes to them.

For phase 4, people all over the Philippines can hunt for the clues online, submit their entries, and MUST attend the Purple Hunt Finale in order to participate in the footrace to win the car, surround sound system, gaming console and other prizes.

Question: Is there an age restriction for the Yahoo! Purple Hunt?

Answer: Winners have to be 18 and above and for those who are not, we will need an adult to sign a waiver form on behalf of the underage.

Question: How many tickets can I get in a day?


Answer: 1 ticket per person per day. This is will entitle you to a goody (available until stocks last).

Question: I just won a Krispy Kreme doughnut. How can I claim it?

Answer: To claim, just bring a copy of the e-mail AND a copy of Y! Philippines front page to the participating Krispy Kreme outlets at the following locations.

  • Bonifacio High Street, Global City, Taguig City
  • TriNoma - Cinema level, TriNoma, Quezon City
  • Glorietta, Main entrance, Makati

Question: I already got a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Is this only one time or can I get another one again?


Answer: The Krispy Kreme doughnuts are available while stocks last. Purple Hunt participants are limited to 1 ticket per person per day.

Question: What will happen at the mall tour?




Answer: The mall tours are going to be packed full of games and activities such as “Purplize Yourself” photo booth, Find Purple Game Wall, Purple Graffiti Wall, Surf & Lounge laptop stations, Yahoo! Mobile stations and the doodled Honda car will also be on display (except at Glorietta 3).

Question: When is the mall tour?

Ayala Malls: Purple Hunt Tour Dates:

  • Market! Market!, Central Plaza 5th June -7th June (Friday - Sunday)
  • Greenbelt 3, Lobby 8th June - 10th June (Monday - Wednesday)
  • Glorietta 3 , Lower Level Lobby - 11th June -15th June (Thursday - Monday)
  • TriNoma, Level 4 - 16th June - 18th June (Tuesday - Thursday)

Purple Hunt Tour hours:

  • Sunday to Thursday - 11am to 9pm
  • Friday and Saturday - 11am to 10pm

Question: What gift items will be given away at the mall tour?


Yahoo! gifts available while stocks last at these mall tours include the following:

  • Wire Organizers
  • Post-its
  • Highlighters
  • Tote Bags
  • USB Fans
  • Rubik Cube Key Chains
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
  • Nestle Ube Ice Cream

First 300 Chalk magazine readers who bring in coupons from the magazines also stand to win limited edition Purple Hunt artist T-shirts.

To keep you posted about the Purple Hunt, I suggest that you join or follow the Purple Crew at: (will add more to this)

Monday, June 08, 2009

Week 4: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009

Here's the fourth week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Absolute Traders, My Brute Cheats, Business Summaries, Fitness Advantage Club, Events and Corporate Video, Events@Work, Dominguez Marketing Communications, Red Mobile, and Blog4Reviews.com.

Week 4 only
For the fourth week, we received a total of 16 entries from Winston, Meikah, Randy, Paolo, Darbs, Curbside Puppet, Kylito, Malensky, Ikogsakanding, Saiza, Millionaire Acts, Fatherlyours, Monina Montepiedra, Jhesqi, Dfish, and Burns.

A total of 88 blogs were cited from the 16 entries. They are:

  1. http://www.adaphobic.com/
    http://barriosiete.com/
  2. http://dearbloggery.com/
    http://letsgosago.net/
    http://www.millionaireacts.com/
    http://www.pataygutom.com/
  3. http://dailycontributor.com/
    http://goodtimesmanila.com/
    http://www.writingtoexhale.com/
  4. http://www.newmedia.com.ph/
    http://numbrd.com/
    http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
  5. http://simplemarriedlife.com/
    http://travel.batangyagit.com/
    http://chocolateword.net/
    http://mycranialjuice.blogspot.com/
    http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/
    http://fatherblogger.com/
    http://nortehanon.com/
    http://insearch4you.blogspot.com/
    http://kcatwoman.blogspot.com/
    http://kelvinonian.com/
    http://myunrevealedthoughts.blogspot.com/
    http://politekon.blogspot.com/
    http://reflectionsbymariz.blogspot.com/
    http://thepinayblogger.com/
    http://www.thirstyblogger.com/
    http://tunaynalalake.blogspot.com/
    http://pinoycopywriter.com/
    http://zalds.com/
    http://zorlone.blogspot.com/

The following blogs got one mention each:

Noted the entries of Ada, Joanan, Rob Angeles, Faust, Yami, JP Manahan, Winston, Meikah, Randy, Paolo, Darbs, Kylito, Malensky, Ikogsakanding, Saiza, Millionaire Acts, Monina Montepiedra, Jhesqi, and Burns for citing 10 blogs and therefore included in the entries masterlist (to be updated this week).

These are the top blogs based on entries that got included in the entries masterlist, to be updated this week, as of today:

  1. http://www.pataygutom.com/
  2. http://goodtimesmanila.com/
    http://letsgosago.net/
  3. http://dearbloggery.com/
  4. http://www.adaphobic.com/
    http://travel.batangyagit.com/
  5. http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/
    http://fatherblogger.com/
    http://www.millionaireacts.com/
    http://www.newmedia.com.ph/
  6. http://thestrugglingblogger.168center.com/
  7. http://joyceish.com/
    http://writingtoexhale.com/
  8. http://barriosiete.com/
    http://dailycontributor.com/
    http://tunaynalalake.blogspot.com/
    http://zorlone.blogspot.com/
  9. http://animetric.blogspot.com/
    http://flamindevil.wordpress.com/
  10. http://sandijmartin.wordpress.com/
    http://axrealm.com/
    http://kofistains.blogspot.com/
    http://kelvinonian.com/
    http://anakngpating.wordpress.com/
    http://www.thirstyblogger.com/

All blogs listed in the previous weeks won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 5 or still included in the total The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009.

We still have 7 weekly updates to go. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

Additional notes:

Some entries did not get included here as they did not link to the
writing project page. Once done, will include you for week 4.

Thank you again everyone for your patience and participation to this humble
project.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Changing Book Distributon Models

With the increasing cost of distribution and taxes, I think it is time for books production and distribution models to change. The ideal change should make them affordable and replaceable with a system to support it. This can include:

  • Book owners can get themselves listed in a central consortium site where they can put their books in a listing and share it to other interested parties.
  • Every book shared can result to borrowing credits.
  • Members can ship the book directly instead of passing through a middleman. This operates like on a peer-to-peer model where members trade with each other.

Saying this also since I have so much books at home that were purchased quite impulsively. The number of unread and finished books at the attic piled up is just a sin. With access to libraries, I began spending time as well on reading up older books. With online, being the first to read new books is not so much of a big deal anymore either.

Sites like BooksFree.com can serve as an interesting model and even alternative so that book lovers don't have to spend a lot of money on books. Members can rent fiction / non-fiction paperback and audio books at affordable rates.