14 Apr2012

A head’s up for regular readers who might not be dropping by on a daily basis but still read most of the posts. Drop by the blog on Tuesday 17 April 2012. For a 24 hour period, you will have a chance to figure out a PASSWORD that will give you access to future PASSWORD PROTECTED POSTS. Miss that PASSWORD and you’ll just have to imagine what are inside the future PASSWORD PROTECTED POSTS. Think of it as being in “First Class” while the rest of the “passengers” are in “Coach”. :)



  1. millet says:

    you challenge us in many ways, MM!

    Apr 14, 2012 | 1:12 pm


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  3. bearhug0127 says:


    Apr 14, 2012 | 1:42 pm

  4. Cheryl says:

    i have set an alarm on my outlook calendar! yey! must not miss this chance! thanks MM!

    Apr 14, 2012 | 1:56 pm

  5. Betchay says:

    I love games!This is one of the things that makes following this blog so much fun!

    Apr 14, 2012 | 2:20 pm

  6. Susan says:

    Lol! I read daily but watch me miss this…I think I need to put sticky notes everywhere so I don’t.

    Apr 14, 2012 | 3:26 pm

  7. Ging says:

    Maaan. i might miss this one big time :-( our internet connection and phone line has been really sketchy lately. This is a TOTAL BUMMER :-(

    Apr 14, 2012 | 4:34 pm

  8. Marketman says:

    Ging just drop into any Starbucks or other Coffee outlet or Zubuchon Mango for free WIFI connections on Tuesday. :)

    Apr 14, 2012 | 5:10 pm

  9. Elaine says:

    Marked my calendar! (:

    Apr 14, 2012 | 5:15 pm

  10. krizteene says:

    i’m set! :) thanks for the head’s up, MM!

    Apr 14, 2012 | 5:26 pm

  11. Kron says:

    Oho. I do drop by on a daily basis (and sometimes even get impatient internally if there’s no new post for more than a couple of days :P), so this is intriguing and exciting :D It’s not exactly a challenge per se, but as they say using contemporary internet parlance, “Challenge Accepted!”

    Apr 14, 2012 | 5:35 pm

  12. rowena says:

    count me in… I sure would want to be in first class…=)

    Apr 14, 2012 | 5:36 pm

  13. greens_blossoms says:

    Hubby asked what’s “MM April 17, Tuesday” note I have on my laptop :-)

    Apr 14, 2012 | 5:39 pm

  14. Footloose says:

    Weeding out occasional riffraff by upgrading frequent flyers to first class? But I thought the grumblers are already being winnowed with your spam screen.

    Apr 14, 2012 | 7:46 pm

  15. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Just to be sure…..which time zone? ;-)

    Apr 14, 2012 | 9:21 pm

  16. marilen says:

    Woe is me – I am mahina when it comes to figuring out techie and puzzle stuff.

    Apr 14, 2012 | 9:29 pm

  17. fierylynx says:

    Your blog is in my Home Screen for easy reading….Definitely, not going to miss this.. :)

    Apr 14, 2012 | 10:18 pm

  18. Rochelle says:

    aaww I’m working on tuesday MM :( hope I can still catch up, is 24hrs Philippine time zone?

    Apr 14, 2012 | 11:06 pm

  19. Tok says:

    MM is it okay if i will open at 9PM (PH time) 4pm here, because that’s my free time. thanks

    Apr 15, 2012 | 12:23 am

  20. TeresaT says:

    I have to make sure to sync my calendar/calendar clock as I follow EST :-) I don’t want to miss future posts lol

    Apr 15, 2012 | 12:26 am

  21. scott says:

    oh, I cannot wait to be “upgraded” to first class…..

    Apr 15, 2012 | 6:23 am

  22. PITS, MANILA says:

    Hahaha! Exciting!!!

    Apr 15, 2012 | 1:08 pm

  23. Mart says:

    Will have no problem myself getting to that password within the 24 hour time period.

    Naaawa lang ako sa mga fairly regular readers who’ll miss the opportunity and then find out they don’t have access to some future posts. If I were one of those, I’d be turned off enough to visit even less frequently. It would leave a “bad taste in the mouth”.

    But dems da rules. You snooze, you lose. :-)

    Apr 15, 2012 | 1:32 pm

  24. mabuhay says:

    MM, how about us who subscribe thru google reader/rss feed? thanks

    Apr 15, 2012 | 2:45 pm

  25. Marketman says:

    mabuhay, passwords will still be required, as far as I can tell. I am just testing this feature at this point. Also, it’s meant to limit access to more or less regular readers, rather than the casual googler, that often comes into a post and occasionally causes a ruckus without knowing anything about the history of the blog as a whole… Not to worry, if it doesn’t seem workable in the weeks ahead, the experiment will be dropped. It’s also because I have recently discovered so many stolen marketmanila.com photographs (too many to even track down all of them and write about them) and write-ups on other blogs that seem to just steal (recipes, photos, write=ups, etc.) willy nilly either through automated crawlers or other means. At this point, an alternative is to cease the blog altogether… but that’s the most drastic option. Mart, you are right on the “you snooze, you lose” assessment. I have never chased numbers or multitudes of visitors, and prefer ones who contribute positively to the discussion instead, or voice useful criticism for that matter. Because this site is totally free and I make no money whether it is a high traffic site or not, then the numbers of readers ultimately shouldn’t matter at all. Besides, with 95% of readers plus never having chimed in with a comment, there is definitely a “silent majority” and they too can get a password if they like and jump the “hurdles” on Tuesday… :)

    Apr 15, 2012 | 3:03 pm

  26. la_vick says:

    i’m 24/7 on marketmanila.com, no problem…

    Apr 15, 2012 | 5:58 pm

  27. Lalaine says:

    there is no way i will miss april 17, april 17, april 17. and I am not sharing that password to any of my friends or relatives should they miss it. hahaha!

    Apr 15, 2012 | 9:36 pm

  28. Giancarlo says:

    Setting alarms and putting it on calendar!!!

    Apr 15, 2012 | 10:58 pm

  29. logflores says:

    I’d like to be in the first class seat.

    Apr 15, 2012 | 11:12 pm

  30. denise says:

    HI MM…same question as Artisan Chocolatier…which Time Zone to follow for the 24hr period? (I’m on +4 GMT)

    Apr 16, 2012 | 12:27 am

  31. Marketman says:

    denise and artisan… from midday on the 17th Manila time to midday on the 18th I think.

    Apr 16, 2012 | 5:17 am

  32. Joe-ker says:

    Exciting!!!! What could be behind door #1?

    Apr 16, 2012 | 9:11 am

  33. Netoy says:

    MM – please take into consideration your followers from across the ocean with regards to the time constraint. thanks much.

    Apr 16, 2012 | 9:11 am

  34. jakbkk says:

    good thing i decided to drop by this Monday morning. we’ll be here again tomorrow then. :-}

    Apr 16, 2012 | 9:55 am

  35. sophie says:

    aha, tickles the interest of everybody… will be there MM :)! thanks.

    Apr 16, 2012 | 10:17 am

  36. khrishyne says:

    i hope to get that PW!!!

    Apr 16, 2012 | 12:22 pm

  37. Bom says:

    Tuesday it is then.

    Apr 16, 2012 | 1:45 pm

  38. farida says:

    a bummer, I will be leaving for Bohol early Tuesday. Will have to find a Starbucks in Bohol if I can help it. MM, been to Zubuchon in Islandsstay Hotel. We had breakfast there and the lechon wasn’t in yet but when it did come the nice waiter offered it to us. The meat was very juicy and tender. Will have to go to Mango One before I leave. Love the kamias shake.

    Apr 16, 2012 | 2:12 pm

  39. Katrina says:

    Alarm set! :-D Glad I happened to check your blog tonight and that I have time to check tomorrow. Internet gods, please be kind and DON’T fail me!

    Apr 17, 2012 | 2:57 am

  40. shiko says:

    sigh. i guess this was the price i paid for the ultimate sacrifice of being productive at work (which is pretty much the only place i get Internet) for once(!). i snoozed, i lose.

    well, thanks for a great several years anyhoo.

    Apr 18, 2012 | 3:14 pm

  41. bellafiesta says:

    Hi MM, ive been reading Marketmanila since 06 and i just came back from a two week vacation from a place with no internet. This new experiment is no good. :(

    Apr 19, 2012 | 11:58 pm

  42. Jessi says:

    Hi MarketMan – had a family emergency from April 15 to 18th and wasn’t able to go on the net. Is there any way I can get a password? Been a fan of your site for years and years. Thank you very much!

    May 21, 2012 | 12:53 pm


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