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Thoughts On A Sucky Evening

By On October 21, 2018
Sometimes, I wonder if it was really the right decision to have taken on something big. Life has so much to offer and teach me, but lately, I feel like I'm not really cut out for anything. I know there's a lot to be explored, but then it seems as if I'm not really doing a fine job. Was it stress? Burnout? I'm not sure.

All I know is that I keep failing every time. I'm just human (such a lame excuse, I know), but I'm just being real. Don't get me wrong. I love what I do, but maybe my brain isn't working or wired the way it should according to standards. YUP. I'd like to learn more and be less confused. That's it. I've been doing this thing for quite sometime now--I know should have learned by now. I guess I'm not doing enough or whatever.

I'm at that point where I have this thing--given to me, but not quite. That's me right there, but it's not completely me. It's confusing, to be honest. I don't know where I stand, at this time, at least. Things are a bit more complicated than ever, and I have to be able to navigate through this jungle of thoughts I have now.

Whew. I think I need a break. A real one. I haven't really had time getting lost in oblivion since time immemorial. Maybe that's what I need right now. But I wonder whether I'd get that chance. Oh well.. I know spewing out my thoughts here doesn't really help me sort this thing out. I'd have to do something about it. But I have to have that break.

Traveled to China! - Chengdu

By On September 23, 2018
I haven't been active here for quite sometime. After my very first visit in China in January 2018, as much as I'd like to document every single place we went to, and every food we ate in China, I didn't have much time. We went back there in July and September (yeah, I didn't expect I'd come back so soon), and I've accumulated a whole new bunch of pictures (some videos, too).

We didn't really stay in Shanghai when we came back. Instead, we've spent our time in Chengdu, where we have another office. Chengdu, the fifth largest city in China, is located in Sichuan province (southwestern part of China). Sichuan is well known for its spicy food (especially Sichuan pepper) so we got to try out their specialty--hotpot, and chuan chuan! We went to different places such as the Chunxi Road (where shops for most luxury brands such as Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, etc. are all lined up). Then, for our company's R&R, we travelled to  Lixian, a county in Sichuan--we hiked-then-trekked (for 3-4 hours) going to a camp site, where we had lamb and chicken barbecue and stayed overnight. Of course, on another day, we had fun walking around downtown Chengdu, where we got to try out some of their streetfood (octopus tentacles on skewers, sprinkled with chili powder). And, of course, the people are nice and friendly--always ready with a smile 😊

Alright, as promised in my previous post about my recent China travel, I'll be uploading photos. There's a lot, like seriously a lot more than my first visit, I've picked a few snaps and made it into a collage instead.

I might just add another collage (I'm tamad--lazy--like that), maybe tomorrow or the other day. Also, I took a video of our view from our hotel room. Some may not be aware that Chengdu is quite "lit" at night. Most skyscrapers, if not all, have their own fancy lights spanning the entire exterior. Check this out:

By the way, that's only a very small part of Chengdu, and there's a lot more buildings that are even fancier. I wish it's that easy to go around the city while taking a video haha. But, I think it gives you, at least, a glimpse of how the city looks like at night. It was such a nice experience knowing (and living in) China on a deeper level.

Okay, my thoughts are starting to overflow, and I can't stop writing lol. I have to stop right here for now--got some errands to do. A new post will be up in a few weeks or maybe in a month (I'm not really sure yet) as again, I'll be coming back there by the end of the year. Bye for now! 👋

Blogging or Vlogging or Both?

By On April 22, 2018
Been blogging for quite sometime now, and I thought, "what if I try vlogging?". You know, I'm a type of person who isn't fond of talking a lot. Most of my family and friends could attest to that--and I'm mostly chatty only when I'm close to the person I'm with, so vlogging looks like a daunting task for me.

But you know, vlogging could be good or bad. Why? Like I said, I don't talk too much, and I'm aftraid that if I do vlogs, I might just end up with videos with a lot of dead air. Not that I can't edit it or something but let's just say I like posting with minimal edits, hence the blog. Also, I just thought about it and realized that once a video has been posted, there's no going back and editing. Unlike on blog posts, I can come back any time, in case there were some edits/updates needed. The good thing about vlogging is it's a way of giving a "face" to the voices behind blogs.

Blogging vs Vlogging
You see, YouTube or vlogging in general is one of the trendiest things on the interwebs now. A lot of people out there have made it as their career. Vlogging make blogging look like a thing of the past. Though I like watching videos about basically anything, I like the fact that I'm part of the audience. I have nothing against people who are jumping into the bandwagon. In fact, I laud them for having the guts to talk to a camera and spit their thoughts out for the world to see and hear. I'm also awed by their determination, making themselves (and their backgrounds) look great on camera. It takes a lot of effort, time, and resources, and that is something I can't afford right now.

I guess that's just me.

I used to work in call centers and talking is my primary source of income. I think it's almost the same with vlogging, with a plus. People get to see who are behind these persona, and it's pretty cool. It's just that it isn't for me. Well, I'm old-fashioned like that. I may not write really well, but hey, that's what blogging is for, right? No rules or whatever. I write on my own terms, and I write whatever I want. Not closing any doors, or any windows either. I might try vlogging. Or not. But I have to look or think about compelling stories to tell via videos if I do. I definitely can't do both, or at least dedicate time to make videos of interesting of helpful things such as tutorials. If I do it, just like what I do on blogging, it will be on my own terms and my own pace. For now, this is what I do. :)

Globe At Home Go Unli Broadband Plan 1899 Review

By On April 17, 2018
It's been a long while since I've last reviewed our upgraded Globe DSL plan which was the plan 1299 with up to 10mbps download speed. Since I work from home and I do a lot of screensharing (via GotoMeeting) and VOIP calls (via Skype), it takes up the 100GB too easily. And it.is.not.good when this happens.  Since the internet connection here at home is shared by several other devices ie mobile phones, tablets, it almost always doesn't end well for me #sadlife.

Anyhoo, that's when we've decided to upgrade to the 15mbps plan 1599 which gives us an additional 50GB (150GB in total) for . It was good, during the first few months, but somehow, I felt like the data consumption went a few more notches higher as it could no longer last until the end of each month (still wondering about this). Fortunately, (and expectedly) a Loyalty department agent from Globe called again (the timing is so on point) for a "free" upgrade to the 15mbps plan for 1899, without data capping. Yes, that's correct. For the same speed, we pay an extra PhP300 just so we could use the internet without worrying about running out and not being able to use it for the rest of the month.

My thoughts about Globe's Go Unli Broadband Plan 1899 (15mbps)

So far, we haven't really experienced data capping (we're not supposed to, anyway). Everything goes smooth everyday. Of course, there's some latency being experienced when there are several devices connected and streaming videos (probably this is my son's doing--he's the only one who likes watching random YouTube videos). Apart from that, there's really nothing negative to report at this time. See that Speedtest result up there? That's made during peak hours and with me playing a 40-minute "Scandal" episode at the background.

Broadband Plan 1899 Go Unli
I have to be honest again, that at this point, I think Globe is finally listening to feedback from thousands of their subscibers and actually doing something about it.

I do hope that this will be our last upgrade (for now), so we can all be  #happycamper and get on with our daily lives. It's going to be very disappointing if somehow our usage is cranked up again just so we're forced to upgrade to a higher/more expensive plan.

Anyway, if you are interested and if you're not aware of this yet, you can check out these plans through this link.

Note: This is not a paid review.

Got Mail! PLDT-Smart MVP Rewards Card

By On April 09, 2018
Smart-PLDT MVP Rewards Card Powered by PayMaya
Today was definitely suprising! I've got this in the mail though I wasn't expecting any delivery. Turns out, Smart actually sent this card--for FREE!

Yes, it's for free for Smart and  PLDT subscribers who opted in for MVP rewards. Unlike the regular PayMaya account, one has to buy a card for PhP 150, then link it.

I've got to be honest, I'm impressed! Though it might take me a while to gather that much points to use it. I might just try loading it up and use it instead on any online store. I just hope, though, that it can be loaded up using PayPal  (that's where my funds actually come from) and it would be much more convenient that way. Like I said, I work from home and most transactions that I had to do, I do it online if it's possible. I pay  my bills ie mobile phone and internet plan, SSS contributions, PAG-IBIG contributions, (dang, I'd pay for PhilHealth online if I can, too). But, yeah, it's the Philippines and developments in tech is a bit far behind. Not complaining though. Just hoping it would go a bit faster

A Century And Beyond

By On March 30, 2018

From left to right: Myself, Tatang (as we so fondly call him-our grandfather), and one of my sisters. Taken during his 100th birthday, on November, 2016

I know you wouldn't be able to read this. I doubt if you ever will, had you stayed longer--you mostly marvel on simpler things, one of the things about you that still leaves me in awe. I still have a lot to tell you though--that I want to thank you for passing on your wisdom and raising my mom--so she, together with my dad, could raise us all the same as you and Nanay raised your daughters. 

Thank you for reminding us, that whatever we wear, may it be a burlap sack or pieces of rags, it won't really matter. Thank you for making us understand that no matter what a person wears/looks like, s/he deserves respect just as much as any other person does. 

You were a great tailor, who used his bare hands to make beautiful clothes, yet you  have never taught us to want grander things for ourselves.

You know, I can never thank you enough. Not even with a whole month's worth of posts. I wanted to sing to you. It broke my heart to see you like that on your bed as I held your hand, but you kept on fighting. You lived to be 101, until you can't fight no more.

I'm sorry that I can't be there when you left. We may not have told you a lot-- and I hope the universe finds a way to tell you, that we love you and in our hearts we'll hold you, until it's time for us to meet again.

So long, Tatang! Make them nice suits up there, will you? See you again sometime!

Bakit Nga Ba Ko Nagba-blog?

By On March 25, 2018

So anong ka-dramahan to? Ayon, Semana Santa na ulit ngayong 2018. Nagba-blog pa din ako kahit hindi na ganun kadalas. Pero bakit nga ba ako nagba-blog? Ako lang din naman ang nagbabasa (I think). Gumagastos ako para sa domain (although yearly lang naman). Pero ano nga ba napapala ko dito? Ano'ng kahibangan 'to? Sayang oras, etc. Okay, ang dami tanong. Pero, eto lang naman: 

Sa totoo lang, college pa ko non eh, nung nauso 'tong Blogger (oo, matanda na ko). Nagtry lang naman baka sakaling matuwa ako. Eh yun, natuwa si bakla, kaya ayan may chenes kunwari ako na blog dati. Kaso nakalimutan ko na nga. And I didn't really write much that time, so ayos lang. Hindi ko din masyadong dinibdib, kase, marami rin akong ganap nun. Hindi rin naman ako magaling magsulat.

Ganun pa man, hindi naman ako naghahangad na maging sing galing ng iba kong classmates noon. Hindi rin naman ako nangarap na magsulat sa school paper or nangarap na maging journo dati. Basta nakakasulat, okay na ako don. Wala akong nakukuha, maliban sa may nakakabasa na maaaring kagaya ko ng idea or naghahanap ng ibang konsepto. Masaya naman ako sa ganun lang. Hindi naman sa nagpapaka-bayani ako or kung ano pa man. Nakakatuwa lang na may napupulot ang iba sa mga sinusulat ko.

Syempre, extra na lang yung sa AdSense at wala pa naman ako talagang nakuha doon. Nagkataon lang na sinubukan ko mag-apply. Na-approve naman. Pero, hindi ko pa alam kung papano ko syang palalaguin at mapapakinabangan. For now, magsusulat lang muna ako, kung kailan pupwede. And ang point ko lang naman talaga dito, eh yung nakukuha ko out of it: the joy of sharing what I know and what I've experienced.

Ikaw? Kung nagba-blog ka, bakit mo sya ginagawa? Papano ka nagsimula?