agja breakfast

I’ve been invited to guest tomorrow on Studio 23’s “Breakfast” show to talk about the Asian Gaming Journalists Association and the need to promote responsible gaming among the youth.

I’ll be there with fellow AGJA members Erwin Oliva, who’s also from hackenslash/, and Ed Geronia of GamesMaster Philippines.

The show starts at 6: 30 a.m. but I’m not sure what time our segment will be. Anyway, if you’re awake, maybe you can catch us there.

I just hope I’m awake, hehe.

the new msn

I was in Singapore on Sept. 27 to cover the media briefing held at The Regent Singapore that unveiled the new MSN homepage and strategy.

Here’s an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech article:

WITH last week’s announcement of the restructuring of Microsoft Corp. into three divisions, the MSN portal has gained greater visibility as the Redmond, WA-based giant pledges to further embrace the Internet and deliver on the promise of software-as-services.

“First, clearly there are areas today where it would be better for customers to have better integration between MSN and Windows. The second thing is that the rest of the company really wants to get the benefit of the knowledge that has accrued to MSN in the last years, such as a greater understanding of the advertising-centered business model,” Michael Rawding, corporate vice president of MSN Global Sales and Marketing of Microsoft Corp., told in a one-on-one interview after the media briefing on the new MSN homepage and services held in Singapore on Sept. 27.

Rawding was responding to the impact of the Microsoft reorganization on the role that MSN will play in the company’s strategy. On Sept. 20, Microsoft announced that it would restructure the company into three divisions, each headed by its own president, who will directly report to Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer. The software giant also announced that longtime Windows architect Jim Allchin, who as a member of the Senior Leadership Team is responsible for setting the direction for Microsoft with Ballmer and chief software architect Bill Gates, will retire after the scheduled launch of Windows Vista (formerly codenamed Longhorn), the successor to the Windows XP operating system, toward the end of next year.

Read my INQ7 Infotech article.

chess, mate?

Me and Sam among the chess pieces on the giant outdoor chessboard. The funny thing is that the Island Cove site describes them as “almost life-sized chess pieces,” in which case they should be as small as the ones in regular chessboards, hehe.

Of course, what they mean is that they’re almost as big as real people. Still, they’re beautifully carved pieces from Paete, Laguna, which is a source of pride for Filipinos for the craftsmanship of its wood sculptors. Posted by Picasa

island cove

Ellen, Sam and I spent the weekend at Island Cove in Cavite. We had fun even though it was raining Saturday afternoon. We were still able to check out the butterfly farm, aviary, zoo, crocodile farm and other attractions at the resort.

Thankfully, it was sunny Sunday morning. Here are Ellen and Sam at the hotel courtyard fountain. Posted by Picasa