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Blogging or Vlogging or Both?

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.

You see, YouTube or vlogging in general i…

Globe At Home Go Unli Broadband Plan 1899 Review

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 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 ca…

Got Mail! PLDT-Smart MVP Rewards Card

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 f…

A Century And Beyond

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, bu…

Bakit Nga Ba Ko Nagba-blog?

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 …

Are You Successful?

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…

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

Good news! 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: Access and head over to Settings>BasicClick the drop-down menu on "HTTPS Availability" and select "Yes".

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 br…

Traveled to China! - Shanghai

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 ┼▒ber 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 grea…