Category: Jobs & Education

Working on board a sailing Vessel

I just had to add this as I know plenty of good people who sail the sea as their way of living. Not as pirates! LOL

Many Filipinos who dream of going abroad have become sailors or marines as an option. We have several good colleges which trains these able-bodied men and women to sail and patrol the sea and bring cargoes to our shores safely or make life fun and easier to holiday cruising people.

When we went for an Egyptian cruise, most of the officers on the boat were Filipinos. They were the nicest people, calm and courteous.

I believe many Filipinos sail the seas every day of the year as officers and deck hands and seaman of ships and liners. Without our Filipino manpower, sailing may come to a sudden halt. Bravo Filipinos!

To you I dedicate the witty ditty below.


SeamenNow son, if you have love for the sea
And think you should sailing go.
One little gem of advice take from me,
Because from experience I know.

My advice to you is to become a mate,
Of the wheelhouse and bridge have no fear.
But let me warn you before it’s too late,
Don’t be a Bosun or only Ab’s.

A mate’s life is one of comparative ease,
His clothes so seldom he soils.
He stands his watch out in the cool breeze,
While far down below deck ratings toils.

The ratings work in the grease and the heat
Boy, take it from me, it’s no fun,
Sweating and swearing, trying the job to complete,
While out on deck the mate suns.

So whatever it takes, my boy, be a mate
Or even the ship learn to steer.
But regardless of place, money, or date,
You’ll rue the day you’re a Deck rating.

— with

Cheerful SM Elevator Girl

This woman is the most hardworking person ever. She should be given a pay rise. I hope they appreciate her, because I do. I think she is great. She make elevator riding fun. To anyone who knows her or sees her, please tell her that she has the GlobalGranary Gold Medal award for most disciplined and hard working employee of the decade.

She works for SM (Shoe Mart), Olongapo branch, Philippines.

Well done Miss Cheridel Alejandrino.

Universities did not make the cut

Only 5 in PH make list of Asia’s top universities



1:07 am | Wednesday, June 12th, 2013




Oblation @ the UP

Oblation @ the UP

Only five of the country’s universities, led by the University of the Philippines (UP), made it to this year’s list of top 300 Asian universities ranked by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

This was the lowest number of Philippine universities to make the cut since QS began ranking universities in Asia in 2009.

Last year, 14 of the country’s own made it to the list of Asia’s top universities, according to QS.

There were 15 Philippine universities on the 2011 list, 18 in 2010 and 16 in 2009.

UP’s ranking went up by a notch—to 67th—in the 2013 QS University Rankings for Asia released on Tuesday.

It was ranked 68th last year, 62nd in 2011, 78th in 2010 and 63rd in 2009.

This year Ateneo de Manila University was ranked 109th, down from its 86th ranking last year.

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) was ranked 150th, compared to 148th last year.

De La Salle University was ranked in the 151-160th range, down from its 142nd rank last year.

The University of Southeastern Philippines remained in the 251-300 range, where it was last year.

UP, Ateneo, La Salle and UST have consistently made it to the QS list of top Asian universities since the rankings began in 2009.

Missed the cut

The nine Philippine universities that were on last year’s list but did not make the cut this year were Silliman University, Xavier University, Saint Louis University, University of San Carlos, Ateneo de Davao University, Adamson University, Central Mindanao University, Mapua Institute of Technology and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

They were in the 301-plus rank last year.

These universities were among the Philippine universities that were consistently included in the QS ranking since 2009.

9 indicators

QS ranks universities worldwide according to nine indicators, mainly based on reputation and research citations.

The indicators are academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty and student population, citations per paper, international faculty, international students, papers per faculty, inbound exchange and outbound exchange.

QS started the ranking among Asian universities in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, it ranked the 200 top universities in the region. Last year it expanded the ranking to cover the top 300 Asian universities.

QS said it used a “slightly different” methodology from the one it used for the annual QS World University Rankings to “reflect the region’s different priorities.”

Top universities

This year’s top Asian universities were the same as last year.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology once more topped the QS ranking. Once again it was followed by National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong and Seoul National University.

Last year’s sixth-ranked Peking University rounded up the top five this year.

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The Seat Filler

Confessions of a BAFTAs seat filler

By  | Movie Editor’s Blog – 8 hours ago

No self respecting award ceremony would want you to think it wasn’t the biggest, most exclusive gig in town  – so it has to look like a sold out star-fest to the adoring TV audiences at home. But it’s all just smoke and mirrors… and seat fillers.

Our inside man Ed (circled) with Brad Pitt (Credit: BBC)

The practice of seat filling is the endearing elephant in the corner of awards shows. Everyone knows it goes on, you’re just not supposed to notice.

Say a star wins an award, presents part of the show or even pops to the toilet; they leave behind them an empty seat and a chink in the armour of celebrity. That’s where the humble seat filler comes in.

Teams of well dressed volunteers wait in the wings to temporarily fill any empty spots, so that when the camera turns round, you get a sea of smiling faces, not a spattering of lonely luvvies.

“You have to be pretty quick,” says Ed Toll, seat filler for the BAFTAs 2012, “And if the seat’s in the middle of the row, get ready to climb over some celebs.”
Ed behind Tilda Swinton at last year’s BAFTAs (Credit: BBC)
Ed Toll is the founder of London-based graphic design agency ‘OneFiftyNine’, but for one night only in February 2012 he became a seat filler for the 65th British Academy Film Awards.

“There were about 20 seat fillers for the evening,” says Ed. “Ten wait in the wings along both sides of the auditorium – it’s your classic pincer movement!”

Ed landed the gig through a friend in the production company, but there are specialised seat filler agencies out there that a quick web search will bring up. As expected though, the waiting list to sit with the stars can be pretty long.

If you do get selected, be prepared for a night of well-dressed running around. Men are expected to wear dinner suits, and for the ladies it’s black evening wear.

“The window of opportunity for seat changes is tight,” says Ed, “between the main presentations whilst they run the VT and introduce the award – you’ve got about three minutes. It’s not good to be caught scrambling into your seat when the lights come up and the camera pans back to the audience.”

It’s a staging operation of staggering efficiency, and all in the name of good PR.

“There are team leaders and support people running each group of seat fillers – they know exactly where everyone is sitting; from the presenters of the awards to the potential recipients. As soon as the winner is announced they direct you to their seat.”

“It’s like a military operation,” says Ed. “Very impressive.”
Spiting distance… Behind Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill (Credit: BBC)
But let’s be honest, the real reason anyone wants to be a seat filler is to sneak in with the Hollywood set and get caught on camera doing it. And why not? Who wouldn’t if they could?

“You do get pretty close,” says Ed. “Seats that I filled included [the one] behind Tilda Swinton, and one behind Brad Pitt that belonged to Jon Hamm from ‘Mad Men’, who was then presenting an award.”

“The stars were always courteous and friendly when you turned up out of nowhere to take their seat, and even grateful when you returned it to them. Still, their partners and friends looked a little confused when some stranger randomly sat themselves down amongst them.”
Ed caught with Rising Star Award winner Adam Deacon (Credit: BBC)
It all seems very bizarre, but Ed says they all took it in good humour. It can’t always go to plan though? Coordinating human-sized pieces in a game of on-air celebrity chess, something is bound to go wrong.

“To be honest it all went very smoothly, says Ed, “but there was some confusion with an unscheduled seat abandonment.”

“We weren’t sure exactly where the seat was or whose it was,” he continues, “but it was coming towards the end of the VT window. I ducked down and sprinted down the aisle past bewildered stars and cameramen only to find there was no sign of the mystery seat. I looked back up the aisle for some direction and then my heart started to beat really fast: I saw so many faces I recognised staring back at me, and none of them knew who I was or what I was doing.

“The VT stopped and people began to applaud. I had two options: leap into Daniel Radcliffe’s lap (who was right next to me), or drop to the floor and belly crawl back up the aisle. I went for the second. I did somehow manage to sneak out of a side exit without the cameras seeing me, but that moment still haunts my dreams. I’m convinced it was all still a false alarm.”

It didn’t put Ed off though: “Of course I’d do it again,” he says. “In fact I’m there again this year.”

The 66th British Academy Film Awards is on BBC1, 10 February 2013. Keep an eye out for Ed.

All Tied Up

Isn’t it most annoying that wearing a tie becomes impossibly complicated when you are going to be late for work?  Even more stressful is when you can’t find a tie to match your shirt; when you find one, your digits are all thumbs.

My husband says that most people at his work do not wear ties anymore.  The ties are often relegated to the trousers’ pocket waiting to be worn when they have more time puzzling the art of tieing but most of the times, ties remain forlorn in the cocoon of sweaty pockets.

Gone were the days when you have to be suited and booted to be personable enough to hold an office job.

All Tied Up

Below is a pictorial illustration of the most popular ways of knotting one’s tie in few simple steps:



No reason anymore not to smarten oneself up.  Wear that tie!

Being a Model

Being a model must be so exciting at first, going to places you have never been before, wearing the most fantastic clothes, meeting the most celebrated people but the downside is you are always to be constantly aware that you are within the weight limit, treated like a human hanger, constantly hungry, etc.

Below is a list of a model’s rights:

Model rights: UK union Equity’s 10-point plan

    • Maximum 10-hour working day
    • Suitable meals laid on
    • Expenses for journeys of 10 miles or more travel
    • Respect and dignity towards model at all times
    • No long-lasting change of appearance (including hair) unless agreed
    • Nudity or semi-nudity must be approved in advance
    • Private changing area and bathroom facilities
    • Studio temperature must be at least 21C
    • Insurance cover and prompt payment
    • Models aged under 16 must be chaperoned

Servants: A life below stairs

This is so interesting. A different life and almost a different world.

By Lucy WallisBBC News

Scenes from Downton Abbey (Carnival films/ITV), Servants (BBC), Upstairs, Downstairs (BBC), Gosford Park (Getty Images)

Servants: A life below stairs

From Upstairs, Downstairs to Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, TV dramas and films have made us care about the characters below stairs. Domestic service was Britain’s biggest employer a century ago, but how have things changed over the years?

“It is a form of marriage to a point as you are devoted to that family,” says 78-year-old Rick Fink.

Fink has more than 55 years of experience managing estates and working as a butler. He started off in the Royal Navy in 1953, and one of the first guests he served as a young steward was Prince Phillip.

“I was petrified, but this was the Queen’s husband. He just came aboard and he was tanned with blonde hair and looked fabulous and I had to ask him what he wanted to drink.”

Now Fink runs the Butler-Valet School, training butlers for service in stately homes and private residencies. Some aspects of the role are timeless and governed by an unspoken etiquette and code of conduct.

Victorian servants – who’s who

The owners of a large Victorian house and their servants, circa 1885.
  • The butler – in charge of the house, coachmen and footmen. He looked after the family and the wine cellar
  • The housekeeper – responsible for the housemaids and carried the keys to the china and linen cupboards
  • The ladies maid – the mistress of the house’s personal attendant, helping her to dress and do her hair
  • The valet – the master’s manservant, attending to his requests and preparing his clothes and shaving tools
  • The cook – ran the kitchen and larder, overseeing the kitchen, dairy and scullery maids
  • The governess– educated and cared for the children with the head and under nurse
  • The hallboy – worked 16-hour days, lighting all the lamps and candles and polishing the staff boots before they woke up
  • The tweeny – in-between stairs maid earned £13 a year, worked seven days a week from 5am-10pm and looked after slop duty.

“[A butler] needs to be reliable, discreet, trustworthy, and your life revolves around your employer,” says Fink.

“I would never sit in the drawing room or have dinner at their dining room table. I keep myself the other side of the baize door.”

There is a great deal of nostalgia surrounding the traditional notion of domestic service, with the scandals above and below stairs in ITV’s Downton Abbey proving a ratings success. But life for a domestic worker has evolved.

With the help of labour-saving devices, a household can now be run by fewer people. Employers can contact staff on a mobile phone rather than have to ring a bell or track them down in the grounds of the estate.

The inventory is itemised on a computer so there is no need to count the silverware and the dishwasher takes on the burden of washing up. Although not the Waterford Crystal.

According to the Office for National Statistics from the 2012 Labour Force Survey, about 65,000 people are employed as domestic workers by households in the UK.

This includes domestic personnel “such as maids, cooks, waiters, valets, butlers, laundresses, gardeners, gatekeepers, stable-lads, chauffeurs, caretakers, governesses, babysitters, tutors, secretaries”, to name just a few.

It excludes the provision of services such as cooking, gardening etc by independent service providers (companies or individuals).

The figure includes those who may work for more than one household and may live in or away from their employer. Fink is surprised at just how many job adverts he sees these days for “live-out” domestic workers.


The situation was very different in 1901 when the vast majority of the 1.5 million people employed as domestic servants in Britain would have lived with their employer to attend to their every whim, whatever the time of day.

Many aristocrats could afford a large team of live-in servants at their country estate, and there was a distinct social hierarchy in the servants’ quarters.

According to Dr Lucy Delap, director of studies in history at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, servant status was reinforced at mealtimes.

“There would be a strict order of coming in to eat and strict rules about where different ranks of servants sit, and you might also have rules such as no speaking unless you were addressed by one of the senior servants,” says Delap.

“The senior servants had a great deal of power, so the butler for example in some households would put down his knife and fork, and everyone else had to fit in whether you had finished or not. So servants had to learn to be fast eaters.”

Victorian servants - graphic taken from Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs

According to Delap, the cook and her kitchen staff were able to eat in the kitchen where the other servants always suspected they were getting better food.

Uniform was another way of maintaining rank. Servants dressed a little more individually in the 18th Century. The black dress, white apron and white cap worn by maids in the 19th Century was a Victorian creation, a way of disguising personal identities.

Housemaid in 1900
The names of housemaids were often changed to match their station in life

Servants in a country estate would have been given specific tasks that matched their station, unlike today, where Fink says he has seen some instances of multi-tasking and the expectation that a butler may also, for instance, be asked to do the cooking as well.

In the Victorian era it was not just the aristocracy who employed servants, new wealth had trickled into the cities and led to a burgeoning middle class. Employing a servant was a sign of respectability, but for the lower middle class, where money was tighter, they could only afford one servant – the maid of all work.

According to the Victorian author Mrs Beeton, in The Book of Household Management, the maid of all work was to be pitied.

“The general servant or maid of all work is perhaps the only one of her class deserving of commiseration. Her life is a solitary one and in some places her work is never done.”

This relentless drudgery played a part in dwindling servant numbers and there were new opportunities in factories and shops where workers received something unheard of in domestic service – evenings and weekend offs.

“If we look at the 1891 and 1911 census we see a really interesting fact emerging. In 1891, the number of indoor domestic servants is 1.38 million, which is a pretty high number,” says Dr Pamela Cox, senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Essex.

A Victorian family and their two maids pose on the doorstep of their house, 1875
Middle class families could afford fewer servants

“If we jump to 1911 it has gone down to 1.27m. The population is expanding, the middle class is expanding therefore the demand for service is expanding, but the supply of servants is shrinking.”

Employing young people from the Victorian workhouses was thought to be one way of resolving the servant crisis. Poor and destitute orphans were “rescued” from a life in the gutter, educated and sent to work as servants.

“They were legally employed but this was child labour,” says Cox.

The numbers of servants continued to dwindle in the 20th Century, particularly for the middle classes, and World War I and II had a profound effect.

A scene from Downton Abbey - Carnival films/ITV
The intrigues at Downton Abbey have attracted worldwide interest

With the men sent off to fight, women dominated traditional male working roles in munitions factories, making aeroplanes and uniforms. After World War II, many women did not return to their domestic service roles.

Gradually the “modern home” of the middle classes was updated with new equipment to accommodate the shortage of servants – the introduction of flushing toilets, washing machines and microwave ovens.

The 21st Century domestic workers now tend to be self-employed entrepreneurs, running their own ironing businesses from home or their own cleaning service franchise.

The master/servant relationship has become less defined. Whatever would Mrs Beeton make of that?

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