Do you know that when I just want to relax, I watch funny or entertaining youtube videos? It takes my mind off work, gives me a lot of laughter to just be and let worries go away for the moment. Even just the expectation of a mirthful laughter involved in watching funny videos has some very surprising and significant neuroendocrine/hormone effect. Experiments showed that viewing a favorite funny video can offset symptoms of chronic stress, which can suppress various components of the immune responses, particularly those related to anti-viral and anti-tumor defenses. See, that’s why I look forward to my entertainment breaks.

In the rare times that I watched television, I caught the PLDT MyDSL Piano man commercial. It basically says it is just you, the piano man, and an endless bunch of wonderful, colorful, crazy characters from the Internet. I found the piano man singing and dancing with a bunch of characters portrays the various ways we use the internet. It was nice to see the representation of the inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The image of the inmates in that Piano Man commercial represents my love for Michael Jackson music and my hometown in Cebu which is all part of my youth. I remember when that video first came out, I’d play it on repeat countless of times. Byron Garcia the brains behind the dance routine was a good friend of my sister so I made sure to compliment him of his endeavor.

I have been a PLDT myDSL subscriber since April 2007 and never encountered major problems with their broadband connection. Goodness, I never knew that there is such a thing as Watchpad, an online entertainment hubs of sort until I saw the Piano Man commercial. It pays to watch a catching commercial to learn all about these new offerings. I must have been living in a cave. I checked out Watchpad and discovered even more good news. It allows me to watch 20 cable channels like Animax, Cartoon Network, CNN, National Geographic Channel and connect to social networking sites in the background without ever leaving my computer chair. The possibility of watching TV in the computer while doing my other online activities can only be possible with a fast broadband connection as opposed to a plug and play device or wireless connection. I can keep my Facebook open, play my scrabble game without losing due to dropped connections and still watch my favorite videos on repeat. I should know. Playing online scrabble in a wireless connection often leaves me with low scores just because my internet connection failed me. Those cable channels are definitely worth watching while taking my break.

I better install the Watchpad now coz’ it’s free and a friend of mine told me that if I upgrade to PLDT myDSL’s XCITE Plan 1995 which is up to 2mbps my computer is going to serve as my cable TV as well. That is just 500 pesos more than my current plan.

I’ll let you know how that works out. How exciting!!!

About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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