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Hugs from a Long Time Past

7 Aug

It has been some time since I last posted in here. And it really is great to be back! I have been into some think-tank adventures for a while, and yeah, it just feels great to be here again…

Well, what have I been up to these months, you ask? Okay, so if you really are interested (talk about BIG interest), I guess I can share then to you.

As you see, there’s this thing called passion which I am so into all these years — and we call this ‘writing.’ Indeed, I tried all means to develop this craft of mine and guess what, even as I honed my love for writing, I did earn some bucks through this. Let us go a bit in detail about the biz.

Based on some months of working for different clients, I learned about homebased writing jobs that will certainly pay off. I was just curious I guess, with the ongoing hub in the e-writing stint, so I gave it a try.

I started the first week of May. At that time, I was only earning 6000 pesos a month, which in fact, did not allow me to pursue such tasks because I thought that my health was being in great regard with the type of job I went into. In fact, I only lasted for 9 days. Well, it was worth the try. I learned to care for myself as well as learned about the technical stuffs in line with the craft and biz.

Come late May, I got more clients. This time, I searched some job ad sites and found my haven there. To be specific, http://www.manila.craigslist really allowed me to search jobs and even post regarding the services I offer. Through the site as such, together with http://www.sulit.com.ph, I got more clients. The multi-tasking phase soon turned in, as I managed to submit articles to different entities. This time, I was earning per project basis. For one, I got 90 pesos per 350 words. For another, it was 70 pesos for 500 words. It thus depends on the client actually.

And now, when I decided to post on craigslist, I soon encountered more clients… And this time, it was really fulfilling, for since they were international clients, I found the compensation worth my time and efforts. At this point, I was earning $3.75 per 500 words, until I increased my rate to $4.00 per 500 words. So far, these are my rates and I think with experience and time, I can go higher as the years or months pass.

I know the recession and all the crises around the world has turned in, and so did the writing biz is slightly affected. Yes, it may be just slight, as it depends upon the opportunities that we, writers are finding. But one thing I have learned from my stint as a writer of e-books, web articles, and many more, that there should still be great regard for our own capacities. I understand that employers or clients do have difficulties with their budgets, but since what is being spared here is the time and effort (talk about major thinking and crafting of ideas), the whole package that dedicated writers should not be at risk.

Hence, for writers, you know what your values are. It is up to you if you will allow advantageous clients to rob you off your real worth. Of course, you may try to consider the bountiful amount of knowledge you may be equipped with through your researches and writing, but when you still come to think about the things you will be through when you accept some projects, just ponder some more, for it is not just the money, but the whole idea of writing that is counted.

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Other sites you might want to join in:

www.elance.com
www.scriptlance.com
www.helium.com
www.hubpages.com
www.virtualvocations.com
www.getafreelancer.com
www.simplyhired.com
www.ifreelance.com
www.gofreelance.com
www.bidhire.com

The Little Bunny Shops

17 May

Take a hold of the coolest products that the Little Bunny Shops (an online shopping site) has to offer. Select from their skin and body products, bags, frostings, apparels, and crafts.

Skin and Body Products

Be delighted by natural and organic skin and body care products to soothe your fancies. Be kind to your precious skin! Nourish it with nature’s wonders and be awed with the results.

Bags

Bangle up your apparel with trendy bags of various chic, classy, cuddly, and more designs to suit your taste. Give yourself a reward for a month’s hard work by jazzing your getup the way you’d want to. The Litte Bunny Shops provide you with a variety of designs to choose from.

Frostings

Spritz up your outfit and at the same time, be on time during your most important appointments with these intricate time pieces. They are also perfect for presents to the most important people in your life.

Apparels


Want to be in the zone? Or perhaps you are looking for a hipper style when it comes to dressing up? Not to worry, for The Little Bunny Shops also offers an online boutique filled with the coolest and most unique trend lines up to date.

To learn more of these exciting and fresh items, visit http://thelittlebunnyshops.multiply.com/ or http://thelittlebunnyshops.co.nr/

Araw ng Kabuluhan

27 Apr

Dahil sa pabago-bagong panahon dito sa Pilipinas, or at least, dito sa Timog-Katagalugan, paiba-iba rin naman ang takbo ng buhay. Mayroong mga bata sa paligid na walang magawa (halimbawa na nito ang napaka-cute kong kapatid!) kaya naman inaya niya ako kahapon kung gusto ko raw bang magpagupit sa kanya.

Aba, at pumayag naman ako! I thought trim lang talaga na konti lang. Aba, aba, aba… Makailang saglit lang eh unti-unti nang nawala ang humigit-kumulang 1.5 to 2 inches ng buhok ko. Ang gulat ko eh… Not that bad naman ang pagkakagupit niya. In fact, sige na nga. Ayos lang. Hindi naman ako nagmukhang baliw. Para sa latest photo, tingnan lamang ang pic ko sa baba. Haha!

New haircut
New haircut

Summer nga naman, at kahit umuulan-ulan ngayon, ayos na rin. Parang nagpasalon! *with matching pa-sway-sway pa!*  ..  Siguro nga, napapanahon na rin kahapon upang putulin ang mga buhok kong may split-ends.

Anyways, aside dun sa haircut, napuna kong nitong mga nakaraang araw ay tila baga napaka-makabuluhan. Siguro ay dala na rin ng eagerness na makapasa ng board exams. Pero hindi rin… Siguro bugso ito ng power of the mind. Ika nga ng mga psychological experts, “You are the most powerful magnet in the universe! You contain a magnetic power within you that is more powerful than anything in this world, and this unfathomable magnetic power is emitted through your thoughts,” (Rhonda Byrne — from http://woopidoo.com/business_quotes/mind-quotes.com/).

Tunay nga naman, hindi ba? Well, kung hindi ka naniniwala sa akin, nasa sa’yo yun. Ang point ko lang eh nasa atin lang talaga ang kakayanang gawin ang nais natin. Oo, at maraming maaaring humadlang. Pupwedeng may mga aksidente o hindi inaasahang pangyayaring dumarating sa buhay natin. Ngunit bukod sa mga ito, tayo lamang at TAYO lang (oo, uulitin ko… IKAW at AKO) ang may hawak ng bukas natin.

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Maiba tayo… Sumagi lamang sa isip ko — napakaraming blogs talaga ngayon, at sa lahat ng mga ito, samu’t-saring mga ideya ang kanilang pinopromote. Kumbaga, bawat blog, isang produkto. Lahat may kanya-kanyang istayl. Masasabi kong sa buong blogging life ko, marami na akong naging inspirasyong bloggers. Either natuwa ako sa kanyang paraan ng pagcommunicate o kaya naman, sa layout, o di kaya naman sa kanyang kakaibang mga ideya.

Naaliw ako sa pag-eexplore ng Internet nitong mga huling araw. At mula sa pagssite hopping, nadiscover ko ang ilang magagandang paraan upang bukod sa maging kaaya-aya ang blogging experience natin, ay mabahagi rin natin ang kagandahang ito sa ating mga viewers.

1. magpacontest! (yupp, maraming paraan nga… at inspired by Sir Jorge’s blog, natanto ko ang kahalagahan ng audience impact. Well, not necessarily namang dapat laging aim natin ay ang maaliw ang readers. Pero take note, kung nais nating maging meaningful ang buhay (including ang bloglife), mas okay na rin kung i-aapply ang konseptong ‘the more, the merrier.’ Kumbaga, as we grow into more experienced bloggers, lalabas at lalabas din ang tunay nating personalities. Kasi, attributing oneself into a work of art will definitely bring out the best in such crafts (para bang David’s Salon? 🙂 ).

2. i-express ang sarili – Syempre, ito ang isa sa main purposes ng isang blog, ang ilabas ang saloobin. Kasabay nito, ang pagbblog ay nagsisilbing avenue upang bigyang-diin ang stream of thoughts present sa atin. Pupwedeng nakaimbak na pala ang nais nating ibahagi, ready to be typed na lang. O kaya naman ay iniisip pa natin. Maalin man, ang lahat ng ating ilalagay sa blog ay sumasalamin sa kung sino tayo.

3. Magbigay-pugay sa mga natatanging sites, books, music, etc. – Sa pagbblog, tayo rin ay gumagawa ng tila mga review ng sari-saring paborito natin. Bukod sa mga ito, nagkakaroon din tayo ng pagkakataong magkomento sa mga latest events, trends, news, issues, etc. Kayapanaman, usong-uso ang mga ganitong uring blogs, dahil through them, we get to learn other people’s views on certain ideas.

4. Information pool – Yes, ang blog ay source ng kung anu-anong impormasyon. Kadalasan ngayon, dahil sa high tech na mundo, karamihan ng mga estudyante, kabataan, propesyonal, homemakers, atbp. ay kumukuha ng ideas o nagreresearch sa World Wide Web. Sa kabutihang-palad at dahil sa constant improvement ng blogging tools, pag sinuswerte nga naman, bigla na lang mapupunta ang mga net goers sa ating blogs. Maaaring dulot ito ng ating blogging home (like sa WordPress, may instant access na ang ibang tao dahil sa ‘ping’ access nito) o kaya naman ng ating sariling sikap. Pwede na pala tayong maglog-in sa Google at iregister ang ating site sa kanilang interface. Pronto! May possibility na mapabilang ang site sa online traffic.

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Well, hindi lang naman para sa pagpapapansin ang silbi ng ating kinaaaliwang blogs. It is more of putting our hearts into it, seeing to it that we don’t get carried away by the hub of blogging. Making sure that we don’t lose our identities because of the trend that modernization lends into our souls.

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On the other hand, as I was stumbling along one of the Stumbleupon sites, may isang site specializing on the mind ang aking natuklasan. Ito ay ang LiteMind.com. Sa site na ito ni Luciano Passuelo, isang Brazilian, ipinapakita ang magagandang facts, insights, atbp. ukol sa kapangyarihan ng ating utak. Napakasayang isipin, sapagkat dahil sa usaping ito, marami nga pala talagang very interesting things na dapat malaman ng bawat nilalang tungkol sa brain power.

Kaya naman pala ako ay naging super interested sa Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at ilan pang mga topics related sa mind, personality, emotions, intelligence, behavior — sa kadahilanang ito ang tunay na nilalaman ng puso ko! Naks naman! Yepp, in fact, habang iniisip ko kung ano nga ba ang purpose ko sa buhay, natanto kong isa pala yun sa mga pangarap ko — na sana ay matupad.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon sa nilalaman ng site, pumunta lamang sa link na nasa itaas. c”,)