Saturday, October 31, 2009

I Love Holiday Months!

When September comes, the mood in the Philippines becomes more festive because it tells that Christmas holidays shall be soon coming. The weather also changes because one can always feel the colder temperature.

And, to go with this festive mood, is the time for Christmas songs and decors on almost all establishments. Of course, I could not help but enjoy the nice mood too.

So, I always sport red outfit, accessories and I simply love this red - frame eye glasses I found from the wide - arrayed of Holiday Fun Eyeglasses from online only at $9.95!

My personal favorite for the Holidays!

So, holidays are always our personal likings. We get to enjoy the occasion and the family regardless of how we celebrate it. Early gift shopping is also part of the usual works we do for Christmas.

I wish to give my old folks some $8 Prescription Zenni Glasses from their collection of New Arrivals. However, I have to scout some other gifts like toys among other things for the rest of the family.

We Are on All Saints' Day

It is November 1 and it's All Saints Day. The Philippine government has declared today and tom, Nov. 2 as legal holidays to give homage to the dead.

However, for most Filipino families, these are the days to gather as family, while visiting their loved ones in the cemetery. Unlike in the old days, when the mood was gloomy, halloween days are however, festive.

One can only see in cemeteries, street parties, singing and drinking (if not at all guarded). For some, they make use of the long holidays in secluded areas for relaxation. My family however, stays at home, prepare Filipino delicacies like biko, suman among others to be offered to the dead after some prayers.

Filipinos do have odd ways of celebrating All Saints' and All Souls' Days but these are opportunities to remember our dead loved ones while enjoying time with the living.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Party for Us!

There shall be a Halloween Party around the city and we are quite excited seeing nice hippie Halloween costumes to boot!

The kids sport on these spooky skeleton costumes for the school halloween program. They were simply excited to scare off everyone including the little baby at home.

Hope to get some relaxation from the parties with friends soon.

my kid and nephew on their school halloween party!

I Am Writing Proposals and More Proposals

I finished three proposals last night and a tedious work plan for an NGO. Sigh, I borrowed some movie cd's but I never enjoyed watching them, since I was all occupied filling the contents of my proposals and strategic and financial reports.

I am unemployed but fully loaded with the family business and voluntary works. Waaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!

So, this is my motivation: myspace graphic comments
Myspace Work Graphics

My Declining Driving Skills

I have been driving but whenever I can, I avoid doing this. I guess, I am simply afraid of committing road accidents.

But, what I am also afraid of having is the time I will be getting some car problems while on the road. I wish to know some car basic troubleshooting and do some car upgrades to make the vehicle more presentable.

Glad to know that auto parts can be ordered online at free shipping delivery. They simply have wide range of car parts for almost all car brands. Cool! And for any year model or car types, they simply have the choices at full guaranty.

My friend who owns a 1935 Volkswagen would simply love to hear this!

I'm Doing Volunteer Works for Service

I was officially resigned from my old NGO job but I was called to work on extended service since I still dont have my replacement. I was asked if I will be getting extra pay on the services I am doing, I simply said, I am doing the works for service.

I made use of my other times to update on some NGO works and to work on some plans. They are quite draining but I do hope they will get the staff needed since there are some pending projects to be implemented.

Otherwise, my voluntary works may continue for much longer time. These are just ok but when classes do begin and the business takes its peak, it will be harder on both ends.

Happy Halloween Everyone! myspace graphic comments
Myspace Halloween Comments

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Our Kids Are on Vacation!

The country has declared November 1 and 2 as holidays. Thus, local schools have made used of the holidays as inclusive day offs in their school breaks.

My Grade 1 kid and nephew and my fourth year high school sister had their breaks too. Their report cards on the first two quarters were given to us already. I have to say, they did not do well on Mathematics and on our country's language.

So, I can only search for online references and tutorials on Math problems and Math answers. What is most difficult is solving Math word problems. Thus, if students are low in comprehension, solving this becomes a terrible ordeal.

Normally, students hate Algebra and some Algebra word problems. But, with the surge of internet, there are now online tutorials, including Algebra help and Algebra 2 help for all students on a 24/7 online support at reasonable rates.

Subjects now are more difficult than when I was student, but with help and student's diligence, any subject can be handled well.

Busy Busy Days Ahead For Me!

I am officially back from a vacation in Zamboanga City. And although, I had fun with old friends and had my orthodontics treatment which was the very reason why I went for a vacation, I had a terrible travel experience. I had to sit on my butt for over 24 hours from a bus travel traversing 6 cities. Goodness, I could only feel muscle tensions and inflammation.

When I reached home, I could only go straight to my bed and snore for extreme deprived sleep and exhaustion.

But, I am back to my usual days-family, business and volunteer works. I love these more than the usual time with TV.hehheheheh! I guess I am back to business, eh.hahahhahah!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My New Search Engine!

There are a lot of search engine that exist on the internet but when it comes to searching for movies, soft, music and games I can suggest Rapidshare Search for past searching. They are one of the most popular search resources on the internet right now.

If you need something to download you can try Rapidshare search. There are millions of files downloaded every day so, rapid share is really a huge base for downloading big files. They will provide what you are looking for they have prove its popularity by effective work, regular updates and help supports constant users' interest.

My New XOXOXO Purse!

This is my new XOXOXO purse.

Friday, October 16, 2009

My Kid Just Wants Tech Upgrades

In the course of our mall exhibit, I asked my kid to be with me at the mall so, we could make use of the time for review and reading practice. But, in between these, he would head to the play area along with his mall friends.

He quite pissed us when he kept on asking about a gameboy cartridge of Power Rangers and now a PSP upgrade of other games. Sigh! He is quite hooked to games, indeed.

All his game electronics were purchased online since oftentimes, they come cheaper. There is one site where we like what we see including some networking equipment, camcoders, cameras, HDTV, Home and Audio systems, LCD Monitors, cellphone accessories, and more.

With holidays coming, he can only ask for more game cartridges and upgrades.

I Am Sick, Tired and Moneyless

We finally pulled out from the last mall exhibit. However, we were all drained and sick from physical exhaustion and sleep deprivation.

I did our store's financial records last night and the recession indeed hit us since the sales were bleak in spite of the operational costs we had incurred from exhibit rent and other expenses.

To sum it all, we did not earn from the exhibits but simply had acquired back our capital. The consolation we have is that our stocks moved and can be replaced by newer trends and we did not actually lose anything from the exhibits except exhaustion and our personal savings from the regular meals at the mall. hahhahahahaha!

I hope that with the coming of Christmas holidays, our store will pick up.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I Need To Write Some Business Plans

With recession still hovering our heads and unemployment continually haunts a number of individuals, any hard earned money is too difficult to let go. When I decided to resign from work and just concentrate on business, I wanted to maximize my salary on something worthwhile. Thus, I purchased some food equipment.

However, my previous work and formal education taught me that business is quite a gamble and starting it without a plan is a guaranteed failure if not disaster.

So, a business plan is quite necessary. It is like a blueprint of how your business will become and how you will design it. Most entrepreneurs fail simply because they just follow the trend. This will of course bring revenues but somehow, this is only temporary as supply will outrun the demand. So, it is safer to venture on something rarely marketed.

The business plan will allow you to assess your SWOT and this will help you market your business to lenders or creditors. No one would want to loan their money on a venture that is uncertain. But if a business plan is there where resources are stated and market opportunities are assessed, you can actually have an edge to those who don't have any plan at all.

I need some capital to loan from a bank, but I could not risk my name and my family's future unless I am certain that my business will grow as I want it to be. I just need some time and focus to start the plan before committing business suicide.

Finally Done With the Mall Exhibit

with my business partner-sister, Tammy

Tomorrow will be the last day of our store exhibit. We have been there for 19 days and the sales had been very bleak compared to the sales we had last summer.

We can somehow go back to our old ways but I am beginning to think of ways how I can earn a little with the little business I started.

My sister, Tammy and I can assess our chance should we really pursue. Good luck to us!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What's Your Blogging Personality?

Your Blogging Type is Artistic and Passionate

You see your blog as the ultimate personal expression - and work hard to make it great.

One moment you may be working on a new dramatic design for your blog...

And the next, you're passionately writing about your pet causes.

Your blog is very important - and you're careful about who you share it with.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Our Mall Exhibit Will Soon End

Our Robinsons' Mall Exhibit with Tammy as the supervisor

Our Gaisano Mall's exhibit

It has been two weeks since we started our mall exhibit, 1 week for Robinsons. We can really feel the impact of recession when I computed the store's sales and expenses, I got a break-even result.

Although, it is not a good news, I find it also relieving enough that in spite the bleak sales, we were able to pay off the rent while selling our stocks.

Tonight, we will pull out our display from Robinsons and this Friday from Robinsons. With stale sales and with competition, our US stocks have remained the least saleable items that I have to put them on big discounts.

I shall however, find a permanent place at the mall to sell off our items than have them unsold in our old place although we save from the rent. Good luck to us!

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Online Me

The start of Internet in 1980’s had made a dramatic change not only in commercial establishments but also in homes. The form of company, product or service advertising has taken a major shift from its conventional form of printed and aerial to non-printed. Thus, websites like Google, Yahoo and other commercial web sites proliferate.

But, I could not underestimate the power of blogging as a form of journal website. I had continued my passion for writing through blogs last year. Since then, I never stop writing about politics, health, education, parenting, family, recreation, fashion and more. For blogs to become popular and marketable, traffic is highly required. Thus, I have submitted my blogs to different web directory. Somehow, my blog traffic increases and my readership widen. More importantly, I have met people from web directories who also become social networks and source of endless references for topics that highly interest me.

Further, I have made to promote my fashion store online. My blogs have helped me sell my stuffs and cater to buyers outside my local premises, thus, increasing the likelihood of revenues.

No wonder companies worldwide, small or big have maximized the prowess and depth of internet and its technology.

What I also appreciate from Internet and its web sites are the blogs I make with my students as part of our classroom instruction. Somehow, learnings become more interactive and rich in resources.

I make my programming codes and lectures available online and sometimes, I make use of some tutorials available for added references. That way, students may actually review our lessons and even go advance should they need. They can find resources and tutorials to help them understand our lessons more. But, I make sure that when I give problem, the solution is not entirely found from the resources. This way, students are taught to be more analytical and creative in solving programs.

The tutorial contains different references on the basics and programming codes as sample to support the topic. The tutorial is quite easy to use and may be used as a supplement to text books. And if students and other viewers or readers want to be clarified on certain topics, forum or discussion is there to assist anyone.

Internet's resources like tutorials and e - books are normally free. We just have to be resourceful and vigilant of what is a correct content from fictitious ones. Also, one can acquire software journals for added IT learnings.

Busy Days Again

Since we decided to join the mall exhibit, we have been very busy day and night. Since we have to be with the exhibits from 9 am - 9 pm, we are simply dead tired when we reach home. However, we could not just go to sleep since blogs have to be maintained and updated, we simply have to work late nights until things are ready for the next day.

We decided to pull out our exhibit from Robinsons this Sunday because we were not earning much to pay off the rent and the capital. Also, we shall just wait for the exhibit to end next Friday, and we shall resume to our usual business at our old place.

Sigh, I still have to work on my kid's exam reviewer and business proposals. Pretty busy, indeed.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

We Want to be Entertained

Whenever I have the time, I use it for reading, movie watching or shop wanderings. But, my partner and kid make use of their vacant time by playing games from PSP, computer or online sites.

So, it is nice to know that there is a new entertainment site, aion that will surely tickle the funny bone of every game fanatic. It is an exciting MMPORG that brings a player to celestial and land epic adventure.

I quite like the characters and armors and powers they possess. Aion takes place in the divided world. The other half is filled by Atreia. Their sanctuaries were once governed and united by cataclysm. But, this once-united world was in chaos and constant war conflicts. Each of this world is occupied by two playable factions, the Elyos and the Asmodians.

After centuries since Cataclysm, fragments of the old tower began to surface that indeed opened portals of a new dimension and darkness. They call this strange place, the Abyss where Elyos and Asmodians strongly battle one another for supremacy. The two constantly search for portals heading to the Abyss but in the process, they get to know more terror that is unrecognizable and only visible from their story books. Thus, the excitement only continues.

My boys would surely love to check this site. The registration was fast and the aion forum get you to reply or start a new discussion.

New Mall Exhibit at Robinsons Mall

We have joined the mall exhibit in Gaisano Mall since Monday but the sales have been very very bleak that I did strategize to earn more.

However, since Robinsons Mall has recently opened, the general public has been wandering in this mall since its soft opening last September 30. We shall however, stay for a week's exhibit at one of their hallways.

I only wish our sales will be more than enough to pay off the daily rent and efforts. So, my sister, Tammy will man the new exhibit while I stay in Gaisano.

I Blog, Earn and Advertise

I have been blogging for more than a year. And, since writing is a passion to me, a blog post can just be written in less than an hour. But, not only that I get to express what I feel and think about something or someone, I get to earn through different ways including writing reviews for companies.

But, what I also like about blogging is the blog advertising that I get to promote my business and sell my stuffs online. Best of all, it can reach to different sides of the world and payment is done even through Paypal account. With this, I get to cater online and offline clients, thereby, creating wider market base and increasing opportunities for business and sales.

Internet now has become a very powerful tool among students, professionals and entrepreneurs in promoting their organizations or in addressing their personal needs including but not limited to entertainment, shopping or learning. Thus, companies now use blogs and other websites to advertise their services and products. And since, people simply search through Yahoo, Google or Wikipedia to search for stuffs, blog exposure only increases the likelihood that popular companies get to notice more. Indeed, blog advertising works!

So, if you like to write only through a different medium and earn or advertise at the same time, create now your blog and maximize this to your advantage!

My Parents Enjoyed Air Supply

I previously cited that I won a VIP ticket for Air Supply. But, since my parents love Air Supply who have been their generation band and so, I gave up the VIP tickets and chose the General Admission seats while my sister Tammy, gave up her ticket so my partner and I could watch the concert while she attended to the kids.

The gymnasium was totally packed and we indeed had a hard time finding a seat. It seemed like we had to find a needle in a haystack. But, we sure enjoyed every song and performance the band displayed that 1.5 hours of singing were not enough.

I will sure upload the pics soon.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Safety Planning Could Have Spared Typhoon Ondoy's Victims

Our country, the Philippines, was recently hit by a typhoon Ondoy and the entire nation is devastated by the havoc it created. We were quite worried since my younger sibling and her partner are trapped in their condominium while the rest of Metro Manila and some affected portions in Luzon were man-height flooded causing vehicles and other properties to be swept off. Houses were indeed vacated while people had stayed on their house roofs to remain safe. And, now while the country is relieving the victims through temporary housing and other basic needs, another super typhoon is within our country's area of responsibility. Some had died while others were severely injured with mounts of properties damaged.

Can we blame nature? Partly, but most of the fault would be on mankind for not planning well for safety including natural disaster. So, I could only agree of the article I read on Personal Safety and Self Defense. We must anticipate what could possibly go wrong and how we can reduce the effects just in case it hit us. Safety aids and reserved food and stocks and medicines should always be ready.

Natural disaster is unpredictable but we can always be ready. If mankind had only disposed their garbages well, did not irresponsibly cut trees or plan only the drainage system well, the damages of the typhoon could have been avoided.

So, it is nice to know articles that could somehow help us on safety.

Driving With My Sister

Yesterday, I decided to bring the motorbike with my sister, Tammy. I could only recall driving the motorbike solo only twice but drove it several times with my younger sibling.

However, I was still too nervous to bring it along the national highway, much more, bring it to a busy road. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

I could only hear my heart beat sounding erratic! When we reached our destinations, I was all sweaty, cold and grinning. My sister could only laugh at me.

I still have to drive more to get used to the road and traffic. Sigh!

I Want New Great Gadgets Too

Now that I am officially cut from an eight - hour job, I want to maximize my time by taking care of my family, business and myself. Of course, I don't want to burden much myself with all work without pleasure. So, I like to check for recreational gadgets like Sony, PS2, PS3, Xbox, games, consoles for $5.90! through online auction at Bidhere. The bidding starts at $0.60 per bid! That is quite small compared to other online auction sites. - New Auction site with a twist

I want to bid for Camera, Nikon, Canon, Digital SLR cameras, Camcorders and Apple, iPhone, iPod, iMac, Macbook Pro for $20!?! also. Pretty great deals and my family in Wisconsin will surely love this site. I want a new iPod, so I might as well check this!

I Won Air Supply Concert Tickets

The winners and organizers minus me
photo source: bariles

Since blog contests were created by Bariles, I had been winning concert tickets. I won first prize tickets to the concert of David Pomeranz, Side A Band and now, AIR SUPPLY! There were 27 entries nationwide and even from Thailand with 10 judges to critique. I was pretty lucky to be selected for one of the major prizes. Yepey!

The much-awaited concert shall be concluded today, October 2, 2009. I have asked my sister, Tammy and my partner to join the contest since I want my parents to use the rest of the tickets for themselves.

I quite missed the awarding since I have to man our mall exhibit but my sister, Tammy got the tickets for us.

Well, we will surely have fun of loving and singing tonight! Thanks Mr. Michael Wee of Grab a Crab for producing the concert and sponsoring the prizes!