Make way for the new year - A reflection

Monday, December 29, 2008

At the end of the year, we usually feel nostalgic.
It's hard to let go of the year that's about to end.
Apprehensive about what the coming year will bring.
Excited of what it will offer.

Some people see a glimmer of light.
Many see it as a chance to do better.
Still, many others don't have any expectations at all.
Dulled by too many frustrations from the previous years.

It actually depends on what perspective you look at it.
And our perspective for the future depends on how we have dealt with our experiences in the past.

How do we get ready for another year?
My answer is simple.
Meet the new year like a child - anticipating it.
Innocent, trusting, expecting only the best of what is about to come.

The length of our lives aren't lengthened by worries.
We can't find contentment if we keep looking for something else besides what already have.
Our happiness doesn't stem out from outside factors.
We are happy if we choose to be.
It's a decision we make.
Be positive.
Be cheerful.
Sure, 2008 was not a very good year for everyone.
Recession. Economic and financial crises. Terrorist bombings.
We were alarmed with the end results of global warming.
There were big earthquakes and other natural calamities.
Random killings.

Well, mentioning about these things made me realize.
Indeed, there are more things that can bring us down than lift us up.
In my heart however, I know.
In the midst of turmoil, when cold,bleak winds starts to blow me away.
There's an anchor holding me, keeping me docked to the shore.

This is my prayer as I eagerly wait for that twilight to appear on Jan 1st of 2009.

"Lord, when doubts fill my heart, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me a renewed hope and cheer." - Psalms 94:19.

Happy new year everyone!

Phot credit: Source (123Greetings)

Online shopping gets me excited!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Internet has revolutionized everything - information, entertainment, social networking, communication, and of course shopping.

Since I started exploring the cyber world in 1998, I have already had my hands full on searching information in Google, reading news articles from websites, streaming videos and music files, uploaded pictures on popular photo and video hosting services, connected with friends through various social networking sites, sent personal messages, email and voice chat to my relatives and friends here and abroad, tried out some gaming consoles but I've never done shopping online yet.

Recently, I have received my VISA card and although I have not added it yet to PAYPAL because of the long holidays I am so excited about my first online shopping experience.

I hope I can afford the IPhone but even if I do, I think it's being too lavish. Anyway, I can still use my old phone, have a separate video/camera (my mom's), and have a broadband Internet connection at home. I don't like playing games anyway because I could spend that time doing other productive things. My MP4 (my sister's gift) has been busted almost a year ago and I am hoping/wishing somebody will give me IPOD 16GB Touch. You can imagine how frugal I am (*giggles*). I just want to put much value on money since we know that many people are living beyond poverty line while few others expend on luxurious items that they don't even need.

But you know sometimes when we really like something we tend to justify. For instance I am comvincing myself that owning an IPhone or even IPOD is very phenomenal - I can browse the Internet, watch movies which I love doing and most especially listen to more than 2000 songs anywhere I go.

Actually I am torn on whether I will buy or not. Do you think an IPOD is a luxury or a necessity?

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Bouncing back from the regrets and start a better new me in new year

Monday, December 22, 2008

There is surely no better way to start another year than being free from anything that hinders us from being truly happy or those things and attitudes that wring us down.

In preparation for the coming year, I have started cleaning my room and throwing out the unnecessarily piles that have accumulated throughout the year. I have also started sorting out unwanted baggages of my life and evaluated how I've lived including the things which went well and went right.

First, I got jobs that I am still keeping up to this day. I feel so content and happy because of these. It didn't matter whether they pay well or not. What I am glad is that I am given an opportunity to do these things which some people aren't. I mean, economies around the world are in recession so I feel so blessed that I am working right now. They're not very stable jobs though, so I have to save and prepare for the unexpected.

With the increased income comes the increase of expenses. In reality, people are rarely rich because as we go higher into our income bracket, so does our cost of living. When I was a kid, I thought people which luxurious houses or vehicles are rich but as I got older I realized that although they are indeed wealthy --- they also have debts big time.

Money is not something that we can rely on... there's no such thing as financial security. This was proved when major car industries in the US collapsed and banking and financial institutions went bankrupt. It is human struggle to toil and work hard but I think we should better invest much of our time in building worthy relationships especially with our parents, family or reliable partners and friends.

God has indeed been very good and faithful to me. This year however also hit my lowliest struggles which filled me with so much regret. There's no way to face them anyway but to face the consequences of my actions which included bittersweet memories of hurt, pain and emotional torment. My personal relationship with God severed too! I wish year 2008 never happened at all.

But I realized that indeed, all things work together for good. I am thankful to God even if I do not understand why some things happen and if they really were part of his will. I do not know where I am going or what my future will be but I am determined to bounce back and make subtle changes to make my life better - especially my relationship with God.

I am writing these things and letting you know not to make promises or resolutions and just break them. I know it will not be easy but I hope at least I can face each day and make small little increments toward my desired goal - that is at least make some progress step by step.

Perfect gift giveaway for the holiday

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas is a season where we love receiving gifts - and of course giving them.

Despite the economic slowdown, financial crises and recession malls and shopping centers are still jam-packed with bustling people buying giveaways for their family members, friends and office co-workers.

I know the hustle of holiday rush so I started buying gifts as early as the first week of November. Some people start earlier but that was the time I began listing my godchildren especially and buying items one by one each visit to the store.

Even if I started early - I still find myself wanting to give more but lacking cash. Also, I don't have enough time to do my yearly tradition of making hand-made Christmas cards. I wanted to give personalized holiday gifts. Finding great deals where I can save a lot of money is also very important.

In this digital age - even young children ask for gadgets as gifts. In fact, my niece who's just one year old and three months had her own mini-laptop on her birthday. My sister obliged to buy her one even though she complained that it was very expensive, otherwise the baby will play with her or her husband's real laptops.

I wish I can giveaway laptops too! But They're so costly, I looked for a cheaper alternative and look at what I've found. What's more, they're on 20% discount!

Thumb drives and pens look very similar to each other. I think the customization is very great because that way, your flash disk or pen is very unique from others - especially if it bears your name. It wouldn't get stolen. Now that's a gift that would last.


Pre-christmas link-love giveaway!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I haven't been an active EC dropper since I started working on my day job. But I still drop when I am not busy. I am happy that I will have a two-week vacation from work so I'll have more time to spend online. WHEW!

Thank God!

In gratitude to my loyal EC droppers, I am inviting you to visit these great people's sites.

Thank you for your continuous support.

Post it!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I'd like to thank everyone who has been dropping ECs and visiting my blog.

I'd also like to apologize that I haven't been able to reciprocate the favor.

The choppy internet connection at work is one of the things to blame and my busy schedule.
I am also trying to get enough rest after I've been sick (flu and fever) that required me to take two days off from my jobs.

Now I am OK but still busy. SO this blog is practically dormant.

I hope I can catch up.

Intriguing facts about some of the great geniuses startled me

Sunday, December 7, 2008

I didn't know Einstein was such a playboy and had many mistresses! I didn't imagine Marie and Pierre Curie were very poor. I've read from a blog that being a genius and overly intelligent sucks because it is a very boring life and great minds like Einstein are sex-starved.

Now what do you say if you learned that great minds are just like us - they have quirks and basically they're just humans with weaknesses. Richard Feynmann for example, was reported to frequent night clubs while solving equations. You can read more of these side issues on scientists on the article (link given above).

If I were given a chance to be born again would I want to be a genius? I think it really sounds cool. Many of my friends want to if they're given the opportunity. In my case, I am content with my level of intelligence now. I struggle to solve some of my programming problems - sometimes I have to ask for ideas from my friends. I don't know the answer for most questions in the world. In fact, I am very clueless on many things. But, this is good because I'll always have something to strive, I know my limitations and I think everybody has.

I personally know a person with very high IQ. Although his case does not represent every qenuis' situation - he has a problem communicating with people. He does not jive with ordinary people because he has a completely different set of interest.

Somehow, the article enlightened me however that geniuses are they are - they are just like us - like the people from our neighborhood. In the end, everything in life is fair. We are equal. There's a great person behind each of us.

Thank God for the diversity of each one.

I'd like two pair of jeans, please!

Working daily on weekdays is very costly in terms of clothing. You surely don't want to look like you've only had five shirts by wearing the same shirts every week! - unless of course they're uniform. It isn't also very nice to wear the same pair of pants for the whole work week! Shoes can be used over and over but don't they need some rest too?

The nice thing about telecommuting is that you don't need to dress up. I've worked home-based for almost a year and it was very convenient. Now that I am working at an office I needed to update my wardrobe. Need I put a checklist?
  • blouses/shirts
  • slacks/shirt/pants/jeans
  • cardigans, boleros, blazers and jackets
  • socks, stockings
  • shoes/sandals, slippers, step-ins
  • belts, ribbons, hair clips, headbands
  • jewelry : rings, bracelets, wristwatches, necklace, pendants, anklets (I just like to wear bracelets)
  • other items
I don't have much time to shop though but I am very convinced I need two more pairs of pants because two of my favorites in my closets have expanded over time and they're lose now. I was fatter then - now I am very skinny (so much about little sleep) so I need to buy other set again. Sigh. Why does a woman's body change from time to time?

I learned something about pants. These informations are essential before buying new jeans (we don't a have a formal dress code at the office so it is such a relief I can wear casual pair of jeans). I always go for low-rise bootleg cuts and flares because they accentuate my body type.

Ever wonder what pair of jeans fit you exactly like you wanted? Take a look at the collections in an online shopping guide of jeans for women. I got the information I needed from it to discover what pairs are to be avoided and some other basic things that a buyer like you and me should know. We should know because a pair of jeans isn't a just a cent's worth - they're usually worth many dollars so let's get the value of our money to a maximum. Let's buy wisely!

How I miss you guys - I wish I had more time to check you out!

I know I have an obligation to visit you guys every once in a while - this is an unwritten contract we establish when we obliged in exchange links but I am so sorry I haven't been able to in the past week because I didn't have enough time to do so.

The internet connection at the office was terrible and the browser freezes when I open more than six tabs so I coud not drop at entrecard widgets effectively. The past week has been very busy indeed I could only thank God I didn't have to work on weekends. But since we don't have a househelp I've got to wash my own clothes - which have accumulated for the whole week and clean my room and help with cooking - etc. I also have to spend precious amount of time with my boyfriend because Saturday is the only time we're both free. He spends Sundays with his family, while I do with mine.

I am torn because I wish I could stop him from leaving. He'll be leaving for Saudi in a few weeks and I won't be able to see him body and soul for maybe a year or two. He says he won't go if I really insist but he wants to so I must let him. This will indeed be very hard for me but at least I have many things to keep me mentally occupied:

1. day job from 8 AM-5 PM (Monday to Friday)
2. part-time night job - 8 PM - 12 midnight (Monday-Sunday)
3. sleeping (12 midnight -6 AM, 12 noon - 1 PM, 6 - 7 PM)
4. blogging and checking friends somewhere in between
5. church and ministry on Sundays

Oh, I'm still gonna miss him so terribly every Saturday. Saturdays won't be the same without him. I hope he keeps his promise to chat and send me email every single day. I am teary eyed just imagining him to be sooooooooooo far.


Anyway, guys I will really try to make it up and hope to get back at you soon. I might not still be able to check you tomorrow because I'll be going to my boyfriend's family reunion - her grandmother's 90th birthday.

I know I've promised many times to visit you and maybe most of the time I didn't but I hope you still believe me though.

If you have anything to ask me or tags or exchange links requests, please reply to this post or send me an email at It is better than the shoutbox - I haven't been able to check this blog for a while :(

Make your online presence a cash generating machine

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Since Internet is ubiquitous, it presented many opportunities for making money - whether to big companies, medium-sized enterprises, small scale business and even to individuals. For individuals, there are many ways to earn money online. Let me count the ways:

1. Blogging

Blogging before was just considered as an online journal. People blog to write down their thoughts as if they're writing on paper with pen - only that they're using the keyboard and it's accessible to everybody around the world.

Today, companies realize the social media consciousness is shaped even with ordinary people's opinions. You earn money in blogging by writing reviews of a website, a product or a service. There are so many paid posts brokers that go in between advertisers and bloggers. PayingPost is relatively new but as soon as I've joined it, I already had three available opportunities for me to write. I just have to choose which one will fit most realistically with my opinions. Getting paid to blog is not very hard to do - you just give honest views about an advertiser and they pay you if your post meets the requirements.

2. Affiliate systems

Affiliate systems is a marketing tool borrowed from networking marketing strategy - all you need to do is refer people to join or be a member of a website. You get paid by commission - every person you usher means a certain amount for you.

3. Freelancing/Outsourced staffing (virtual assistants, programmers, web designers)

Even before the US and other major economies slipped into recession, many of their companies outsourced to other countries where the labor cost are cheaper. It's not necessarily that way always though. Sometimes, companies just want a certain project to be developed and so they hire temporary workers and freelancers from other shores though not necessarily in other countries.

Try to search popular freelancing brokers and take your chance.

4. Writing and translation

Each country has almost a different tongue from another. In Europe for example, France, Germany and Italy are geographically proximate but their people speak different languages. There's a big money involved in translating documents from one language to another.

Some people also earn by writing as ghost writers to other people. They hire people to write on their behalf their thesis manuscripts, speeches, etc.

5. Tutoring

Education is still a big business. In fact, I am earning a good sum of money monthly by tutoring Japanese students how to speak better English. Other tutoring services also exists.

6. Sell your hobby

If you're good at making t-shirt prints or sewing hand-crafted bags and clothing, you can always find customers online and they order your products and you ship it to them.

7. Paid to click

You are paid to click adds. I don't have the patience to do this though.

As with other business areas, the Internet is a big mine to dig. It's not possible for me to exhaust everything because everything is almost possible online. It just actually depends on your street-smart and guts. You can create your own niche - a unique service. However, there is a basic rule that's adapted from the real world that applies to online businesses.


Even if you're selling the most sophisticated gadgets and the most reliable services if people haven't heard about you or your products then it's not likely that your business will succeed. You have to build buzz and make great campaigns so that people will know you're offering such and such services.

If you want your site to gain enough buzz and exposure then maybe you need to have someone write about you and your products or services. A tiny spark from a candle can burn a house if it spreads. Have someone blog about you! Blog advertising might be the key to your popularity which could lead to your website's success with just a little investment.

Eight year old boy killed father after he smacked him for the thousandth time

Surprised? I was.

The story appeared in one of the news sites I read everyday to keep abreast current events so I could have a topic to discuss with my students.

I was startled (make that disturbed) when I read about the story. How can an eight year old be able to kill his own father so violently (with a gun)?

Although the boy still remains innocent until proved guilty after trial, I have a proposition that the accusation is true.

I don't know who to blame if it is indeed true or if there's somebody responsible for it.

Is it the boy's father who spanked his son because he did not make his homework?
Is it the media - television shows and movies that present violent themes that make very young children aggressive?
Is it the gaming consoles that allow children to play with guns, shot their enemies and kill another character like it's just an ordinary thing to do?
Is it the boy's parents because they were not able to watch his behavior closely?

In the Christian religion, in was prophesied in the Bible that in the last days children will turn to kill they're parents, brother will fight against brother. The list goes on but I am too sleepy to check.

Maybe, indeed we are. We're on the last days and evil has gained a foothold even on our young ones.

I am alarmed. Are you?

How a web host correlates to your web site's success

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Web hosting is a critical component in web site development and maintenance. A website is basically a means where an individual, company or organization disseminates information, presents its products and services and hopefully gain much profit from it.

When a website gets a downtime every now and then - the company or individual incurs great losses. This is very similar to a real world scenario. If the company, say a mall for instance, gets computer and technical glitches which disrupts the operation of the stores, the irritated customers will most like storm out of the building and find another company that's more reliable.

What are the issues when considering web hosting plans? The most basic questions relate to cost, security, reliability, CMS platform used. Most people go for cheap web hosting but sometimes there are negative trade offs. To be safe, it is better to apply on a web host with good credibility and has gained trust among its clients but not necessarily expensive.

If you are not sure where to go, there are sites that offer comparisons, reviews and ratings to all the web hosting services available in the Internet. One such example is I visited there because I am interested in buying my own domain name in the future and as preliminary step I have to choose which web hosting server to use.

I am familiar with Joomla so I searched for good providers - especially in Linux web hosting. I've heard that Digg and Wikipedia are hosted in Linux servers and these are successful websites. I am just not so sure if I can handle the technical side of administering a Linux hosted site.

Success of a web site largely depends on a good web host. It is a critical factor so we should choose wisely.

Girly cute awards

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanks Marie for these award. Aren't they cute?

The rules are:
1. Each blogger must post these rules.
2. You need to choose ten people to be awarded and list their names.
3. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged and to read your blog.

For a change I'd like to give awards for the first time to the following gals. *Clap-clap*

Marites, Arlene, Bonz, Superboi,Dar lyn, Carlota, Samara, Ruthi, Patsy, Vicy

All the ladies in my bloglist deserve these awards too! If you'd like to grab them, please leave a comment so I can link your name here.

And this other award goes to blogger friends: Rose, Gem, Iceah, Berry, Faye, Nyl, Khaye, Siella, Cidy, Jemade, Myk2ts, Yenzz, Nanay Belen, Miah, Bingkee, Enday, Kikamz, Pink Shoelace.

Thanks Bingkee for the award. *Tears of joy*.

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