Sunday, December 18, 2011

Victims of Sendong Need Your Help

I am deeply saddened. Few days before Christmas, a tragedy happened in some areas in Mindanao. Watching the footages and photos of the victims really break my heart. I can't bear to look at the pictures. Most of them were children drowned in a muddy water. I only got the news online and other information from the updates of my co-bloggers about the total damage and the devastation left by the tropical storm. I guess most of the victims were unprepared. It's the first time in the history because the area is seldom visited by the storm. The flash flood came like a thief in the night. It was fast, scary, a real nightmare. Some of the victims were my co-PMC member who lost their properties and even businesses. They climbed to the roof of the house and others evacuated to a two-storey building to survive. Sendong reminds me of Ondoy, scary!
Members of PMC may coordinate with admin Ruby Ricafrente for any help you can extend. No amount is too small or too big. Please help. Donate!

Other ways to help the victims of Sendong.

SMS Donations
Text RED to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

GCash Donations
For GCASH, donate through Red Cross by texting DONATE MPIN REDCROSS and send to 2882.

Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshops
Make a donation at any of the 1,500 Cebuana Lhuillier pawnshops nationwide

Friday, December 16, 2011

7 Photos You Shouldn't Post Online if You Lied to Your Life Insurance Company

Not much is to be kept private nowadays, especially when you make the choice to broadcast your life on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites and blogs. The reality is, that everyone can access private information about you at any time, whether you have "friended" them or not. Since social media sites are relatively new, there is much to be learned about what is appropriate information to flaunt, and what might be best kept among close friends and family. Kids aren't the only ones getting into trouble over Facebook. Adults, too, are now finding that companies can find out personal information easily, and use it against them.

Life insurance companies are an example of an agency that might be interested in someone's "status." Yes, they are checking up on clients to make sure the lives they are living match with the coverage they are paying for. Life insurance companies will notice those pictures of ski racing down a mountain, running a marathon, or perhaps you posted for weeks on end about your health problems. Buyers beware, and think twice before posting something that could damage the cheap life insurance rates you're paying now.

Extreme Sports

Unless you have notified your life insurance company about your tendency to participate in dangerous adventures, do not post pictures of anything potentially dangerous. Skydiving, whitewater rafting, hang gliding, or any other life-threatening activity might be considered dangerous by your life insurance company, causing them to up your rates.

Medical Procedures

Avoid posting pictures of any medical procedures that would put you in a higher-risk category.

Photos Showing Weight Gained

Life insurance will cost more if you are obese. If you lied about your weight, or gained a substantial amount of weight since obtaining your policy, do not post pictures that prove this.


Smokers also pay more for life insurance. Maybe you only smoke occasionally, or tend to quit and take it up again on a regular basis. When you signed up for life insurance, you were sure you were done for good. And then you weren't. Do not post pictures of yourself holding a cigarette for your life insurance company to find.

General Poor Health

Any pictures that paint a scene of general poor health, partying, or other unsafe behavior should also not be posted. If you have a series of pictured posted that paint you as someone who is engages in unhealthy or risky behaviors on a regular basis, this does not bode well for you or your reputation.

Occupation-Related Photos

If you changed to a high-risk career after filling out a life insurance application, such as police officer, fire fighter, construction worker, or other dangerous type jobs, avoid posting pictures of yourself hard at work.