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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! :)