Friday, December 24, 2010

Web Feature: The Agent Pool

The Agent Pool is a dynamic and fast growing company that focuses on improving and scaling placement practices across industry and geography. Intrigued by low interview to hire ratios in many industries, The Agent Pool developed its core services to provide easier access to employment opportunities for viable candidates. At the same time, The Agent Pool has developed services for employers to drastically increase their hiring rates. The combined services have resulted in cost savings, scalability, and efficiency for both the job seekers and employers.
Find the best Philippines job openings and job vacancies at The Agent Pool. The Agent Pool is the Philippines best jobs and career management system, and is the only tool for you to showcase your talents and abilities to the entire job market in the Philippines. It is the fastest and easiest way to conduct a targeted job search, and it’s the only way to show companies that you have the skills required to get hired for one of the many job vacancies and job openings that they have posted. Sign up, take the employment aptitude test, let companies present you with the best job opportunities, and get hired today!

I have signed up with The Agent Pool because I am drawn in with their Employment Aptitude Test (EAT). I have been interested to see what are my skills and what areas I still have to work on. After I signed up, I immediately take the test.
The test is very nice and applicable to almost any industry but in my opinion it is more advantageous to persons seeking positions as call center agents or customer service representatives. You need a webcam and a headset with microphone if you want to use all the features of the test. The webcam is optional but when you download your test certificate, no picture will be included. Before the test, you will be asked to read and record a paragraph. Although this is optional, it will be advantageous for those seeking positions in call centers. The test is timed and covers many areas such as, data analysis, situational discourse, analogies, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, sentence completions, problem solving, logic, analysis of explanations, reasoning and arithmetic. You will need the headset for the listening comprehension part where an audio clip will be played and a question will be given based on the clip.
After the test, a test result will be shown and there will be an option to download your test certification. A chart will also display your relative strength and weakness on the areas covered.

The author's EAT result at The Agent Pool

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Product Review: Wow Fiesta WF210

  • 2 wired mics (mic1 and mic2 has separate volume control)
  • WOW Philippines videos and pictures
  • Lightweight & Portable -- unit weighs only 250g
  • Song Search Function (Search by OPM or English / Search by first letter of the song title)
  • Adjustable mic & music volumes, tempo, echo, key, melody
  • Reserve function - reserve up to 99 songs
  • Favorite function - save up to 99 favorite songs
  • MIDI effect function - Disco, Jazz, Stadium, Classic, Normal
  • 3 songchip slots
  • SD Card Function - Play videos and mp3. Upload pictures too.
Wow Fiesta WF210

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Travel: Camarines Sur, Philippines

     Camarines Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the Region V (Bicol Region) in Luzon. Its capital is Pili and the province borders Camarines Norte and Quezon to the north, and Albay to the south. To the east lies the island province of Catanduanes.
     Camarines Sur is the largest among the six provinces in the Bicol Region both in terms of population and land area. Its territory encompasses two cities: Naga City and Iriga City.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Philippine Postal Zip Codes

This is the complete list of Philippine postal zip codes. Included are zip codes for PO boxes and big users.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Think About It

Today before you think of saying an unkind word,
Think of someone who can't speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food,
Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Today before you complain about life,
Think of someone who died too early.

Before you complain about your children,
Think of someone who desires children but they're barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house; someone didn't clean or sweep,
Think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive,
Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job,
Think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another,
Remember that not one of us in this World are without sin and we all answer to one Maker.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down,
Put a smile on your face and thank God you're still alive and still around

Source: Forwarded email.

Celebrity Sightings: Andi Eigenmann

Date: December 11, 2010
Location: SM Calamba

Saturday, December 11, 2010

What goes around comes around

     One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out.. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.
     Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn't look safe; he looked poor and hungry.

     He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was that chill which only fear can put in you.

     He said, 'I'm here to help you, ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.'

     Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.

     As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid.

     Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him.. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

     He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, 'And think of me.'

     He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

     A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn't erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan …

     After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

     There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: 'You don't owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.'

Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

     Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard....

     She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, 'Everything's going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.'

Source: Forwarded Email

A Good Story

     A giant ship engine failed. The ship's owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure out how to fix the engine. Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was young. He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom. Two of the ship's owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed!
A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars.
"What?!" the owners exclaimed. "He hardly did anything!"
So they wrote the old man a note saying, "Please send us an itemized bill."
The man sent a bill that read:

Tapping with a hammer...... ......... ........ $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap.......... ......... ...... $ 9,998.00

Philippine Telephone Area Codes

Abra 74
Agusan del Norte 85
Agusan del Sur 85
Aklan (Boracay) 36
Albay 52
Albay (Legaspi) 52/5221
Antique 36

Bataan 47
Batanes 78
Batangas 43
Batangas (Nasugbu) 43/4396
Benguet (Baguio) 74
Bohol 38
Bukidnon (Damilag) 8853
Bukidnon (Don Carlos) 8851
Bukidnon (Malaybalay, Valencia) 88
Bulacan 44
Bulacan (Abangan) 4422
Bulacan (Obando, EPZA) 2
Bulacan (Saint Francis) 4463

Cagayan Valley (Aparri, Tuguegarao) 78
Camarines Norte 54
Camarines Sur 54
Camarines Sur (Libmanan) 5446
Camiguin 88
Capiz 36
Catanduanes 52
Cavite 46
Cebu 32
Cebu (Argao) 3230

Davao 82
Davao del Norte 84
Davao del Sur 82
Davao Oriental 87

International Airport Codes

Full list of three letter international airport codes. This list is arranged alphabetically for easy browsing.

Random Pictures: Beautiful Sceneries of Bicol

Mt. Isarog in the morning mist
Mount Isarog at dawn.
Aerial view of hills at the foreground and Mt. Mayon
The majestic mayon volcano
View from the coastal road of masbate
The cross at Mt. Puro, Brgy. Puro Aroroy Masbate

A cave carved by waves at the tip of Ticao Island, Masbate