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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? 

Are You Successful?

By On March 25, 2018
Measure of Success

Have you ever felt you're being left behind? You see your friends moving up the corporate ladder, right after you graduate, some start living on their own, others live abroad, party all night every night. While you, you're left with whatever job you can find here. Sounds dire, doesn't it? Well, just know this: you don't have to earn as much as a CEO can just so you could call yourself successful. Last time I checked, not all people who get all their whims (just because they have the means to) are as happy as a kid who get a bag full of candy--content, even.

Some would say, "don't be content with what you have", or something to that effect. While I partially agree with it, I don't look at things that way completely. One can choose to stick to what s/he has, and be fine with it. It's okay. If s/he feels contentment, I'd say that person is fulfilled, regardless of the financial status. Success is not all about financial success, you know? It can be about anything that one does, that gives a sense of fulfillment, and then continues to strive and thrive. (Call me crazy-ass bitch, that I'm thinking about this kind of stuff in the wee hours on a Sunday. But you know, rare quiet moments like this give me time to reflect on "mundane" thoughts). 

I don't know, really, but there's a huge influx of inspirational stuff on social media, and I can only imagine what they do to people who are not as gutsy as Millenials are (they tend to be more aggressive). It could have either a positive (inspiration) or negative (frustration) effect. Not saying that you shouldn't buy into all those shit--you know, you can read all those bunch of stuff. But always take everything with a grain of salt.

Anyway, at some point, I thought I was not doing enough about my life. But you know how everything you've hoped for or any plan you have would have to take a backseat, just because of certain circumstances? That's what happens to most people, including myself. I used to think that, just because I can only do this or that, and that the situation doesn't allow me to do other things, I won't get what I want. I was so wrong. I sure wasn't doing enough. And at that point, I've decided to take a huge leap from what I used to do, and taught myself (okay, this is not one of those inspirational success stories, fyi) many things. I've been employed for more than half a decade when  I decided to give up my job just so I could stay at home and work at the same time. From employed to a bum, I used my time to learn as much as I can, and it paid off when I landed this job, and I've been here for more than 4 years now (still counting!). Being able to get a home-based job (and keeping it) may not be what you'd call success. But, I'd say  this to you:
"One man's trash is another man's treasure."
It doesn't pay a 6-digit salary, but it paved the way for a lot of good things for moi. Working from home lets me be a housewife, a mom, and a provider at the same time. I don't miss out family gatherings, travel, and I get to see how my son improves--I can interact with him all the time, unlike when I had to go to a real office--I had so little time. May not seem much, but they're little successes, in their own way. Sure, there are other people who seem more successful than me--by one's own definition. Guess what? I don't care, I hate comparisons. I am my own competition, and I always aim to be better than I was yesterday, so yeah, I guess you know what my answer is. :)

Enable HTTPS/SSL for Blogger/Blogspot with Custom Domain (Built-in)

By On March 05, 2018
Good news! Blogger.com now issues SSL certificates on blogs with custom domains. Previously, I've posted about using CloudFlare to enable HTTPS on blogs with custom domain connected, as a workaround (Blogger didn't have HTTPS for custom domains back then). Now, I can get rid of CloudFlare and use the built-in solution instead. 

This cool new feature is still in beta stage and Google have yet to annouce when it's going to be officially released. This is the reason it's not visible in your regular Blogger dashboard, so you need to access it on Blogger Draft

In case you haven't had any SSL , I think it's time that you have it enabled. Check out these steps:
  1. Access https://draft.blogger.com and head over to Settings>Basic
  2. Click the drop-down menu on "HTTPS Availability" and select "Yes".

    Blogger HTTPS
  3. Now, you'll only have to wait. It doesn't take effect immediately so be patient. When I've set up mine, it took around 15 minutes. Clear your browser's cache and cookies in case you get an error when you access it. Otherwise, use a different device ie mobile phone or tablet.
I checked the SSL on my site to see whether the blog is still on CloudFlare SSL (Comodo certificate) or if it's already on Blogger's SSL solution. I found that it already changed to Let'sEncrypt, so that means it's changed. Here's how to check it:
  1. Access your blog and click the "Secure" badge on the address bar.
  2. Then click "Valid" under "Certificate" from the menu.

    Blogger SSL Certificate
  3. You should then see this pop-up:

Hope this helps! :)

Traveled to China! - Shanghai

By On January 28, 2018

Shanghai Disneyland (Blogger Mother)
You guys, I missed you all! Haha. It's been crazy for a few months and I haven't been writing for a while. Anyhoo, I just want to let you know how awesome it was to travel to China. Though the trip was work-related, I and my colleagues still managed to squeeze in a few "gala" , despite our űber hectic schedule.

As part of the trip, we were in  for a treat in Shanghai Disneyland Resort (yup!). Together with three of my colleagues, we spent the entire day in Disney running around (we did a lot of it, and walking too!) just to get in line and get our hands dirty. First thing we hopped on was the Tron Lightcycle Power Run Ride. Technically, it was a rollercoaster ride--only, it wasn't the usual two-seater car, but two badass lightcycles per row. And the rest of the day was superb as well. By the way, here's the list of activities we did in there:

  • Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular - The show was mainly in Chinese, but the effects, stunts, and great performance of the actors made it all worth it. 
  • Marvel Universe - We got to see different Iron Man versions in here. Captain America was there, too but he's nothing close to Chris Evans 😂 (pipe dream, okay?)
  • Soaring Over The Horizon - By far, the best experience I've had. It took me to many places across the globe, and made me feel, smell those places too! Warning: If you're afraid of heights, there's two takeaways; either you conquer your fear, or it scares the shit out of you the moment it begins.
  • Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue - It's enjoyable to shoot targets while on a moving vehicle, albeit a bit too kiddie for me.
  • Explorer Canoes - It was nice riding those canoes while we "rowed" (the boats don't really seem to move irregularly; though there might be some kind of mechanism/machine that propels them). Only thing I didn't really like was the long queue before we got our turn to ride.
  • Enchanted Storybook Castle - We went around (sort of a mini-tour) inside the castle and watched those "snippets". Again, they're in Chinese. It wasn't really my cup-of-tea 'coz I'm grown-ass woman already. This is good for kids though. 
Note: I'd update the post with "some" of the pictures I took. I just have a lot of them and it would take time to upload them all, so I'd just pick out some first.

We didn't stay for the fireworks show, 'coz we were all dog-tired, so we just went to East Nanjing Road (this is their fabulous shopping destination with desiner brands lining up almost the entire road). The tour ended on the famous "The Bund". It was winter so during our visit, it was cold AF. But the long walk in the cold (not to mention the loads of people on the streets) was all worth it.


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To cap it off, we went to a traditional Chinese restaurant called "Nanjing Impressions", along Nanjing West Road, courtesy of one of our Chinese colleagues. Thanks, girl! And thanks to our company for letting me experience the best of Shanghai.


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