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Happy Holidays!

Hey, all! Might be a little late, but I'd like to wish everyone happiness during the holidays 😊. Imma say this is going to be a yearender post (I haven't posted a lot this year though) as well. Though there's not a lot to read (and not a lot of readers coming to my space either), I'd like to thank anyone who actually paid a visit. Hope you're able to gather some takeaways!
Anyway, it's actually a bit quiet on this part of the globe as a write this (taking a quick break from work--I'm actually on a rush), and I'd like to be able to savor the peace and calm. A lot has happened over the year and I'm thankful for everything--memories, material things (of course! haha), health, and anything I have now that's there to be thankful for. I may have messed up along the way, but I'm sure I'm doing good in some departments πŸ‘Š. That sounded a bit too braggy hahahaha. But seriously, I never thought I'd be able to pull this off. There were things…

PayPal To Security Bank Transfer

Previously, I used to transfer my PayPal funds to my Security Bank account for a fee of PhP 200.00 per transfer. That's automatic. It's been that way since I've opened my bank account, until March, 2017. Yes, that's right! No more inward remittance fees when transferring from PayPal to a Security Bank bank account. 
I just recently found out about it when I was reviewing my bank statements for the last six (6) months. When I could find the fees in my March statements, my initial thoughts were that I might get billed for it one-time, big time. But then just to be sure, I checked out the Security Bank's Fees & Charges page. There it was, sittting all-smiles and pretty at me. Okay, that's creepy. Haha! Anyway, although there was no notification from Security Bank about this, this is a welcome change and they made sure to update their Inward Remittance fees table to reflect it. Awesome! I know there are also other banks also have the PayPal fee waived for tran…

New Passport Application in DFA Pampanga

After getting delayed due to the recent transport strike, I finally got my passport processed. Yay! FYI, this is a new application (yeah, I'm already this old before I decided to get one--how irresponsible of me haha). I tried applying through DFA Aseana, and DFA Angeles (Marquee Mall), but then I was rejected twice already due to incomplete requirements.

After two failed attempts, I finally was able to have it processed. Never mind my rants previously. Haha. I was just so frustrated that it's almost as if the universe does not want me to explore the other parts of the globe. It's a good thing that those who had confirmed appointments on Oct. 16 and 17 are allowed to come back anytime until Oct 30th so I'm all good. Okay, so how was the entire experience then?

First off, I'd like to commend the whole DFA staff (including the security). Yay! They all made the whole ordeal of lining up seem so less than  when you have to enroll in a State U. From reminding applicant…

Stuck! (National Transport Strike)

Mag-ra-rant lang ako ulit. I understand that though our government is working towards improvement of the transportation sector, many groups (of drivers and operators in particular) just wouldn't welcome this change. Probably, due to the fact that the jeepney is one of Philippines' symbol, that there are a lot of families depending on earnings they get for operating these "beasts" transporting commuters to and from wherever. Or many other reasons. I can't name them all.
Ang point ko lang naman is that, though nai-declare na walang pasok, may mga importante pa din naman na lakad. Like on Oct. 16, 2017, I have a passport application appointment on DFA. Buti na lang, I caught the announcement early on before that date. Nakapag-bargain pa ako to move my leave to Tuesday (Oct. 17). But then on Tuesday, nandun na ako sa DFA Office (which is a good three-hour travel from my place), when another announcement of #WalangPasok was made. F*ck, di ba? Nasayang na ang pamasahe…

Lucky Me

Lucky me. No, it's not the instant noodles most of us Filipinos buy in the grocery stores. I just realized that out of all events that transpired for the past few weeks, I'm lucky that the people I truly care about are safe, well, at least for now.  Have you ever thought about it? We can't really tell what tomorrow brings us. We may have planned ahead, but those plans will most certainly be disrupted. Sometimes by unspeakable things that only the mind of a corrupt human-being can do, sometimes by circumstances that nobody can ever prevent.
I'm all for making-your-own-path kind of mind-set. No one can blame anyone for whatever outcome results from one's own actions. But is it really what it is? That I am responsible for whatever happens to me, or to any person who I have close ties with? NO. Just, no. Sometimes I wonder, if this whole vicious cycle will ever end. Will it be punctuated in bloodshed? I fervently hope not. It has just started out that way. But what ca…

Bloggers vs Influencers, Earnings, Etc.

I'm trying my best not to comment on the previous days' events. But ikennat  (as ThinkingPinoy says) refrain from talking about it. I guess you already know that it's the Senate Hearing about the proliferation of fake news, where RJ Nieto/ThinkingPinoy (I really dig this guy's writing style, so intelligent, and I so love his mad research skills 😊--been following him since last year), together with other SocMed (Social Media) bloggers, were invited as resource persons. Much has been said about this event but I have even more to say.
Anong problema ko, ngarod?Ang laki, kasi someone said bloggers were paid/hired as influencers for promoting the President during the campaign period. Anudaw? Alright, this I have to disagree with with my entire being. Why? The terms "bloggers" and "influencers" have been used interchangeably when they're not exactly the same. What's a blogger and what's an influencer, anyway? I'll try to explain it in my …

Smart Postpaid Plans Online Application and @SMARTCares Twitter Support

Here I am again with my "katamaran", egging me on to not go out and apply for a postpaid plan through a Smart physical store (aside from the fact that there's no Smart Center here in our town, ayoko lang talaga lumabas. Just because 😁). I have been looking for online telco stores accepting applications online. Having found that I can actually apply online, I eagerly contacted @SMARTCares via Twitter DM to ask how long it takes for the application to be processed. I was advised that it depends on credit evaluation of their validation officers based on the documents submitted. This, I find it fair enough as it would definitely be dependent on their assessment on the documents and info I'd provide. Then, I started gathering my documents. Here's a timeline of the whole process:
I submitted my application for through Smart's Online Store. (September 18, 2017, Monday, at around 11:38 AM). I opted for the Smart Postpaid Plan 399, with a Huawei Y7 as my phone. As s…

Matt Goes To School (Again)!

Hey, y'all! I'm just happy to tell everyone that it's been months since we've decided to send our son, Matt, to school again. Unlike before, he's now excited to come to school (aside from his therapy sessions) more than ever. 
I've rambled before about him not being able to complete the whole school year as he's being bullied for being "different". It's not like that anymore! :) As opposed to what was recommended by the child specialist we brought him to, we've chosen to sign him up under the SpEd (Special Education) program. My initial hesitation came from the fact that he may mimick what his other classmates do (also on the autism-spectrum), but he doesn't really do it. Which is good. His teacher also gives us updates about his progress (which, btw, is really surprising--this includes him being the "mediator" when the other kids are fighting). Well, he deserves to have friends, too, doesn't he? And for this, I think he…

To Migrate Or Not To Migrate

Nope. Definitely not talking about me moving to a different country. Here's the real deal: I got this sweet "Value" Shared hosting plan from Namecheap for $9.88 for the first year. Not bad, right? Since I've got this package recently, I've came to realize a lot of things I'm missing out on. WordPress is the main reason behind this nonsensical rambling you're about to suffer reading through (mehehe). Okay, kidding aside, I  miss using WordPress. Since this blog's come-back, I've been using Blogger.com. I've got nothing against Blogger. In fact, it's my "first love" as it's where I started my exploration of the whole blogging venture. 
BUT, like I said, I miss the feel of customizing and creating content via WordPress. I miss installing plugins/themes of all sorts. I like challenges it has to offer (yes, I learn through the hard way). Most beautiful blogs I see out there are made of this flexible and powerful tool. It's ju…

"Sad Girls" - A Novel by Lang Leav

Okay, I've got very little time for myself but I managed to get hold of the novel "Sad Girls" by Lang Leav. I just want to know how a prose/poetry writer would take on novel writing (these are two very different things). Just out of curiousity, I picked it up and next thing I know, I'm already halfway through finishing the book. I can't really say it's a read that will give you the I-won't-put-this-book-down-till-I'm-done feels. It's just that the way it's written was easy to read through, without having to go back several times just to make sure you understood what the message was (okay that was long haha). 
Here's the thing, though. If you are someone who suffers panic attacks, anxiety, and other psychological conditions which may be triggered, read this book with caution. There are triggers. Though it is an easy read, you must understand that this book touched on sensitive issues like suicide, guilt, etc. A bit on the heavy stuff. 
One…

Humblebrag

Medyo nakakapagod mag-blog at umingles so mag-"Taglish" (Tagalog-English) na lang muna ako (nakakaumay ng very light eh). Anyway, ayun na nga. Matagal ko na 'tong gustong i-post sa Facebook eh, para masampolan yung mga mahilig maki-uso at mga "humblebrags". Kaso, mga walls nila iyon, and they're free to post whatever they like. Sino ba naman ako para punahin sila, di ba? Pero, alam mo yun (sorry na, nega ako today)? I mean, I am also free to express my thoughts about so many things, right? Kaya dito ako maghihimutok, kasi ayokong may makaaway at masabihan ng maangas/mayabang at kung anu-anong masasamang adjectives. I already look like a heartless bitch, so okay na ako don (saka andun sa Facebook ang family ko. Baka i-disown na nila ako πŸ˜‚).

Ayan, so bakit ba ang laki ng problema ko? Eto kasi yun.


'Di ba kayo nauumay kung makita nyo na lang lagi yang mga hashtags na yan? They look "innocent", Godly, even. But then, ang kasamang picture, kung h…

Got Inked!

After years of contemplation on getting a tattoo, I've finally done it! I've been thinking about it since I was eighteen and now I couldn't have been happier that I finally got inked. For years, I've thought about lots of tattoo designs, if those would look good on me, which part of my body I'd put it on, etc. It took quite a long time and a lot of thinking, 'coz, you know, tattoos are forever (not, if you'll consider removal, though--but what's the point of getting one when you'll regret it one day, right?).

I ended up getting a wave design (my husband actually picked it--it was horizontally flipped for me so it's a pair or wave tats for us) .Ain't going to post any picture here though. I'd like you to see the awesome works of our tattoo artist on his Instagram account. Here's the link to our tatoos when it was done. If you happen to be around town on a Friday to Tuesday (Nueva Ecija) and you dig his style, send him  DM (you can al…

Online Shopping Review: YouPoundit, Gouache Harvey Bag

I recently got my own mirrorless camera (finally!) and I see it just fitting that I get a bag for it. Since I'm so much a fan of online shopping (and I'm too far from stores), I shopped around and found one online store that actually sells them (drumroll) -- YouPoundit.
For years, my go-to place for shopping most stuff I need is Lazada. But then, not all sellers in it don't really sell high-quality stuff so I had to look elsewhere. It was generally an "enlightening" experience as my eyes were opened (opened really wide due to their product lineup) to much better options.
Alright, so the first time I heard about YouPoundit (I follow "Bayaw" Jun Sabayton--through him I found YouPoundit), I didn't really care that time but I checked it out anyway (out of curiosity). Since they sell electronics, I assumed they also have cameras, and of course camera bags.
Luckily, the camera bags they sell are those that don't look like camera bags at all (which is …

Non-fancy-holiday Kind of Saturday

The Holy Week this year is officially over and my Facebook newsfeed is filled to the brim with beach holiday photos. Isa ako sa mga nanonood na lang haha. Anyway, that's actually one of my many confusions at this point.
Back in the day, when I used to wear high-waist shortpants and sando (with the 2-inch bangs), we spend this time of the year (was born/baptized Catholic, but not active anymore) at home. Yes, at home, where we're not even allowed to play outside, especially on Good Fridays (another thing I didn't quite get a good grasp of). 
Honestly, I have ceased (or started to be inactive) to participate in any religious activity since I was thirteen. Long story. Pero naiintindihan ko pa din naman ang konsepto ng "pangingilin"--which explains why most businesses are closed during Holy Week. The Holy Week I knew is a time to reflect, and abstain from any other activities done on regular days. There's the Visita Iglesia, PabΓ‘sa, Penitensya and all other trad…

World Famous Snacks Salted Egg Chips

I didn't really quite get that time what's so special about it. Based on what I've read on various articles online, this snack originated from Singapore.  In my current job, I get to see different kinds of websites and that's where I first laid my eyes on salted-egg chips snack. The savory goodie was and I believe, still being sold by a Singapore-based startup (the name and URL, I forgot, sorry -.-). It became all the rage here in the Philippines last year (2016). There are various sellers, mostly Manila-based and have Facebook pages where orders can be placed.  But I checked and none of them accept PayPal payments. Then came World Famous Snacks (which I found on Facebook). Enter, Sandman lol.


It might be premature to say this as I haven't tried any other salted-egg chips from other sellers yet, but THIS IS THE BEST! Honestly. The Indian leaves added to its appeal, eliminating the "umay" you'll usually get from savory food like this. Quite minty, if …

New Blogger Template (Emporio)!

Hey all! Okay, I completely forgot to update y'all about the new template this blog is now "wearing"πŸ˜‚. Anyway, a few days after March 20, 2017, I found that Blogger released a set of new templates (four templates), namely Contempo, Soho, Emporio, and Notable. You can see the information about these in the Official Blogger Blog.
I tried them all out and the most fitting one (at least for my taste) is Emporio. It's not too fancy and it's very sleek. I just made some customizations further using the Theme Designer to match my preferences. Although it took me quite a while to get what I wanted as in the Layouts, there were two sets of sidebar panel, one for the homepage, one for the single post page. I found that I can set two different looks (or set different elements) on the each sidebar. Another thing that bummed me out was the search bar. As much as I wanted to add one, I refrained from doing so as it somehow causes the SSL (https) to stop woking/causes the sit…

M151 MUTT And Some More Photos

Don't be too surpsrised that I'm posting "men-stuff" 😎 here on my blog. My dad's passion for military trucks has been passed on to us and my siblings, long before we could even drive on our own. BTW, the URL "watermark" (lels) on some images lead to an old blog I set up for my dad's business, just so you know (I've set it to private for now as I'm overhaulin' the blog). Anyway, I just "rummaged" through my stash of old photos, and good thing, I still have 'em snapshots of these "beasts" we used to own.
This M151 MUTT (Military Utility Tactical Truck) (see image above) was what I used to learn how to drive, back in the late 90's (Don't ask. I know, I'm old). It has long been sold in the early 2000's. This picture was taken within the parking lot of the university where my mom teaches. She's the one using this truck (yes, my mom--a bad-ass, one-of-a-kind, bestest mom in the entire worldπŸ’—--haha…

Globe DSL 1299 10 mbps Plan Review

I haven't posted in a while as I'd like to give some time for the connection to "improve" after upgrading to the new Globe DSL 10 mbps plan 1299. But it looks like there really is something wrong with Globe's DSL connection. Everyday, I'm monitoring the connection via the modem's web GUI (192.168.254.254). The connection is so bad that the modem goes offline (no "internet" light, flickering ADSL LED, and "no sync" in the web GUI) every few minutes. The Upload and Download speed changes from 10 mbps to as low as 1 mbps. Seriously. Here's a screenshot of the "downgraded" speed:


Based on my "research", I found that the modem's connection could be "transferred" to a different modem, without actually having to move the entire line and equipment. A working DSL line, modem, and the email set up in the modem ie example@globelines.com.ph, with the subscriber account number are what anyone needs to get conn…

Changing To The New Blogger Default Template/s

Yas! I'm just excited to see some brand spankin' new templates released by Blogger and I can't wait to try them on. If you'd remember, I just made some changes to this blog's template but I saw the cool templates a while back, so, yeah. I'm switching it again. Anyway, I'm still going to test them out. Just a little info, though, there are four new templates: Contempo, Soho, Emporio, and Notable. I'm going to try them out for now on my test blog though. Might take a while though as they all look so clean. Alright, bye for now!

On Lazada Delivery Issues and Email Customer Support

In November of the year 2015, I posted about my great experience with shopping for a Lenovo laptop in Lazada. Everything went through without any hassles so I gave it to Lazada at that time. However, there were some major changes that made it all disappointing. 
Just to give it a little more context, Lazada is an online shopping portal where anyone can buy almost all kinds of stuff you can think of. It's considered as the "Amazon.com of Southeast Asia" and that means that it's kind of a huge company, having covered Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Now, like I said, it's a huge company. With that fact, and being an employee of an online company, I know that such growth means there are things or processes that are often "sacrificed" with the hopes of "improving". From an employee's standpoint, "overhauling" (or upgrading) how the entire system works would bring about a lot of adjustments and poin…

Thinking of Camping

Summer's officially here! And I still don't have any plans yet how I'd spend it (mmm, I work, so..). Okay, last time, I was thinking about going to the beach. But then, I thought "Scratch that! I want to do something new." We've been doing that many summers ago, and I'd like to try something else that I haven't really done yet in my entire adult life. We've had "camping" back in grade school (Girl Scout, yah), and I really can't call it "camping" as we've spent the entire day and night at school (it sucks, actually).

What I'd really want to do during summer would be to travel outside Luzon (hahaha, I'm Filipino and I'm quite confined in the island where I was born and where I grew up). You know, I'm more of a potato, and most of the time I'd want to just stay at home and do nothing. But it gets old, and it could get tiring as well so I really have to go somewhere else and do some new stuff.

I'm …

Globe DSL 1299 Installation

Just an update to my previous post about changing ISPs (Globe to PLDT)! Anyway, Globe, apparently, is going beyond what's expected of them. Or maybe they'd like to do it fast before I change my mind hahaha!
During the call about the loyalty reward, the rep who contacted us said that the upgrade of our plan will be processed in the next three to five business days. The installation would be in seven days after the upgrade was processed. Guess what? It's only been three business days (we received a call yesterday about installation confirmation) and new plan (with landline) will be installed. We currently have the internet-only plan which comes with 3mbps speed, and a 7GB/per day volume data. The current internet plan came with a single LAN port ADSL modem/wifi router and this would be replaced with a newer one. 
Ayan, so mabilis ang Globe. Sorry ka na lang PLDT πŸ˜‚. I need an upgrade fast and I don't care now whichever ISP gives it to us. They're pretty much the sam…

Blog Update - Re-publishing "Old" Posts

Okay, you might have noticed that my total posts have suddenly increased. Most of those were the old ones I had way back. I tweaked them a bit before re-publishing (some of them have broken images). The broken images have now been replaced--I managed to get them from somewhere (don't ask 😁) so they're all up again. So yan, nag-update pa din ako, di ba?
Still trying to retrieve images for the other posts ie herb gardening but in case I can't manage that, I'd just post a new one or just take some new photos (I'm leaning more to creating new posts though). Alright. That's it! I'll have to stop right here and I'd be back (again) when there's some new stuff for you.
Mahalo!

Globe To PLDT Update, Browsing Privacy

Hey, everyone! I am here again (I really just have to post this while it's fresh in my mind) to let you know about what transpired yesterday. Warning though: This is going to be a looong post.
A few days ago, I posted about my plans on switching over from Globe DSL to PLDT DSL. This is due to the connection getting worse (7gb volume data allocation per day being maxed out, and plainly crappy connection)--which, by the way,  I think is somehow done on purpose (just an opinion/observation). While I was having a nap just yesterday afternoon, my husband received a call from a Globe representative from their Loyalty Department. He informed us that we're in for some "treats" as rewards for being "loyal" customers πŸ˜‚.
However, I find that the timing was really uncanny as here comes one dude letting us know about some "rewards" which, apparently, we're eligible for, only a few days after I declared through my post that I've had enough of the sh*t…

Taking A Short Break!

For starters, I promised to myself that I'd be more active on blogging, compared to how I did a few years ago. However, my current momentum for posting at least once a day may have to take a backseat for now. Yup! I'm doing a lot of stuff at work and I might just have to do with one post a week. Okay, no. Make that two or three (hahaha). Seriously, I'll have to limit it for about three posts maximum. I've got a lot of pending tasks and I don't want to drown in them so, yeah, I'd have to slow down a bit.
It's going to be a really short break (really!). I'd be back so soon that you wouldn't really notice that I was gone (I'm not like holding a rockstar/celebrity badge so I'm sure you won't really miss me) for a bit. Anyway, I'd be back with some more useful stuff and less of my nonsensical ramblings (like the one you're reading now). I'll also need some time to take a rest before rolling up my sleeves and start crushing the be…

Summer Love

Dear Summer,
I know it's that time of the year again, when you come into our lives. You make us feel the intensity of your love by warming us up, even the tiniest weed on the ground. Your love is so intense, it kills those poor little things that sprouted everywhere.. But still, everyone loves you and the joy you bring.
You see, you wake us up from our sleep, make us come out and bask under your warm rays. You prompt us to go looking for adventures out there on the seas. Your effect on us is so strong that we sometimes have to stop and look for ways how to shield ourselves from your embrace.
We can't stop you from coming every year. It's your time and we know you spend every single minute to its fullest. We get it. We know the world is ever changing, so is your warmth. And we can't blame you for that. Our kind has been doing despicable things to Mother Earth and you're just reciprocating with a different kind of love.
I know I can't tell you what to do. You wo…