DOTA2 Video: Philippines Team Mineski.Infinity

DotA is one of the RPG games that young people have been playing these days. It captures the attention of elementary, high school and college students in the Philippines. Even those who are already professionals never miss to play this game. In fact, national competitions and international matches are held each year for DotA junkies. Now, with the launch of its second version, more and more Filipino students are attached to this game.

Here are videos of the Philippines team DOTA2 International Match.
The rest of the videos can be seen via the official DOTA2 channel in Youtube.

Team Mineski's victory here.

Team Mineski's quick defeat...


Virtual Office Assistant in a Business: A Boon or a Bane?

In a globalized economy, business sectors and individuals are finding ways to cater their products and services to any country as they could possibly get. Some business-minded people would hire an assistant, either personally or virtually, to get their ideas crossed. Some would prefer to hire personal assistant so that they can check their work anytime they want. However, some would get an assistant through the internet without the hassle of going through an exhausting search of anything they need for their job. Thus, virtual office assistants come into existence. But what do virtual assistants really do? Are they worth the risk of letting your jobs, either confidential or not, to be managed, maintained, prepared, or done by anyone you are not even aware of? Do virtual assistants get your job better or they just make it worst?

To answer these questions, it is first important to be familiar with the term virtual office assistant. Virtual office assistant refers to self-employed contract individual who offers administrative, creative or technical services. It may also mean dealing similar tasks of an office secretary or manager, but performing them from a home office, using one’s own computer equipments, software, phone and Internet connection. The task of a virtual assistant is to manage, maintain, transcribe, prepare and handle any job that people do in their day-to-day lives. They may even take care of the bills and schedules for a person’s appointments or meetings. In other words, virtual assistants could help organize the unorganized. However, some issues may arise when hiring a virtual assistant. A few disadvantages of having virtual office assistants may include less personal communication, overreliance of technology to communicate and personal discipline on both parties. Yet, these can be ignored if a client and a virtual assistant find time to work with each other and gain their trust. Moreover, both parties need to be assured of a job well done and a well compensated work.

Having familiarized ourselves of the term virtual office assistant, its tasks as well as its advantages and a few disadvantages, it would then be safe to infer that virtual office assistants can be of great benefit to an individual, a business, or any industry.

This was written during my training for a virtual assistant position in Lapu-lapu City. I did not pursue the training simply because there was no salary for a couple of weeks or more.


Movie Roles Actors Rejected or Didn't Get

I love watching movies. Whether it's action, drama, animation, comedy, adventure, sci-fi, or any genre, I am just impressed and bedazzled by the way film directors and cinematographers use several techniques and special effects to create an extraordinary film or if not, at least a dramatic one. Let us also give credit to the actors who play a significant role on films. Movie roles played by popular and best actors sometimes place the movie at the top of the box office chart. There are also not so popular actors who became famous and sought-after celebrities just because of a role they played from a certain movie. Of all the movies actors starred in, I am just curious how they got their roles or whether they were offered for a role or turned some down.
Here's a list I compiled from notstarring.com and a little research.

1. Salt (2010)

Tom Cruise was originally considered for this movie. Yet, he backed out of doing the espionage thriller, the script for which was originally titled "Edwin A. Salt." An article from filmschoolrejects.com states that for reasons known only to him and his dietitian, Tom Cruise has decided to pass on Edwin A. Salt, the CIA spy thriller that has also seen at least four big name directors come and go in the past year. With Cruise out, though, Columbia Pictures is turning to the next obvious choice to take his place: Angelina Jolie. Thus, it was retitled "Salt", for Evelyn Salt.

2. Inception (2010)

James Franco, a Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, director, screenwriter, film producer, and artist, was originally considered for playing mind thief Leonardo DiCaprio's working partner in Christopher Nolan's massive film. Yet, he dropped out of this movie because of "scheduling conflicts."
The actor who got the part: Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

3. The Last Airbender (2010)

Director M. Night Shyamalan initially considered Ben Kingsley for the role of Uncle Iroh.
Actor who got the part: Shaun Toub.

Jesse McCartney was originally cast as Prince Zuko, but dropped out due to conflicts with his music career.
Actor who got the part: Dev Patel.

4. Iron Man 2 (2010)

Emily Blunt was initially considered for the role of Black Widow in the movie, and not Eliza Dushku nor Anne Hathaway. According to an article from obsessedwithfilm.com, 20th Century Fox has used their pre-agreed option from THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA to nab actress Emily Blunt for one of their tentpoles, casting her in GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, the upcoming adventure comedy starring Jack Black.
Actor who got the part: Scarlett Johansson.

5. Avatar (2009)

Emily Blunt auditioned for the role of Neytiri but James Cameron preferred a relatively unknown actress.
Charisma Carpenter was set to star as Neytiri when the film began to be developed around 1995, but by the time of filming she was no longer age appropiate.
Actor who got the part: Zoe Saldana.


Talisman Online: My Obsession...

Over the past four months, I've spent most of my time playing Talisman Online... I have been playing this game for almost a year, but it wasn't like this time that I've been so obsessed with the game. But thank goodness I've learned to get over it and played the game only an hour or less everyday. Due to my obsession to the game, I even wrote an essay regarding my story about the game. I made it last month as my entry to an essay contest, and posted it on http://www.talismanonline.com/. Here's how it goes...

Talisman Online is my Second Life!

Today's generation loves to play online games. Due to the proliferation of Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), some people spend most of their time playing in front of the computers or laptops, regardless of the condition, time and place. I, for one, have been spending most of my time playing Talisman Online, "a free 3D fantasy MMORPG with a new impressive special experience." It has been a year now since I started playing this game. It all started when I began to realize that playing Defense of the Ancients (commonly known as DotA) doesn't offer a long-term goal and a greater challenge. Why? Because playing DotA for a long-time has not set my mind to anticipate a different kind of scenario, equipment, and guild. I'm not saying that DotA is not entertaining and challenging, it just gives me a short moment of experience and pleasure in playing. I maybe playing a different hero in every game, but the purpose and scenario are just the same. So I began searching for a better online game, which is a little bit related to DotA, until I came across with Talisman Online. In this game, I begin to think of a different and further purpose and enter into a different realm and scenario. When I started playing the game, I couldn't stop but continue and move on to a different field, scenario, and cave run to level up everyday. I became so obsessed to the extent that I spend less time on my job. But then, I would still be able to do my job after playing. Sometimes, my family, colleagues and friends would tell me to end this obsession and find something new and different. They even told me to get a life!
At first, I played Talisman Online just for the sake of playing it. Pastime, at most. I created my first character called eldevs, an assasin. I took some quests, killed mobs, leveled up, and did just what I thought was necessary. I did these things over and over again until I reached level 51. Yet, I played without thinking of a better build on gears and weapons for my character. Instead, I have used green items, from boots to amulets, except my talisman, greedy wolf chain simitar, thanks to the blue magic bead quest in Ghost din Woods. I didn't even save much gold and spent everything I could for something I didn't know if it's useful or needed. Compared to other characters that have blue or golden items from level 45 and up, I thought that I am so noob and so weak. In short, I was playing without a better strategy and a purpose. Anyways, reading the first part of my essay may have led you to conclude that I just played and didn't read any TO players' forum from the TO website. Well, you are right. I only read the basic guides and stuff. But I do believe that experience is the best teacher and it's the best way to learn things. So I created another character with a very common name in our country, dotaboy. I created this character to obtain what I missed in my first character and get what I must have: blue or better yet, purple and golden, armor, boots, belt, cuff, kneepad, etc. Aside from that, I need to save more gold to upgrade my talisman and equipments/gears by combining them with rubies, emeralds and other stuffs. Moreover, friendship or companionship with other players is important in the game to help each other in taking some elite quests. Through the help of my new friends and co-members of our guild, I could play the game with enjoyment and a smile on my face, since most of my friends would tell jokes on team or guild chat. Clearly, teamwork is essential to survive longer ang stronger in this game. Plus the fact that a better Talisman would lead not just a character but also a guild to victory.
With these in mind, not a single day would pass without spending at least an hour or two of playing the game and doing some reputation quests. Now, my new character has surpassed the level of my first character. And I could say that my gears are somehow better than I used to have in my first character, although other players may find them good or just okay! No matter, I have achieved my short-term goal, and I am focusing now on a long-term goal for my character, which is to obtain purple and golden gears/equipments.
I love this game and I don't care what others say how obsessed I am with this game. For those who are telling me to get a life, well I already have a life. And Taliman Online is my second life!

Server: Flawless Jade
Char Name: dotaboy
Here's my character.