Sunday, June 29, 2008

White Rock Resort

Just as I promised in my post Veering Away, I am posting pictures of White Rock Resort taken from my point-and-shoot Kodak C330 digicam.

I must admit, I still get the jitters whenever I am about to travel. My biggest boo-boo is packing my stuff. I always end up bringing more than enough clothing and toiletries. And after souvenir shop hopping, I end up going home with twice as much stuff to carry.

But I don't think I would be facing such difficulties this time. I've learned from my past travels and besides I am too caught up with finishing my projects before leaving to actually get myself entangled in my pre-travel jitters. But I've got one more thing that I have to really really accomplish before going to White Rock. I've got to buy another swimsuit (yihaa!).

No, make that two things. I have to at least make an effort to lessen the flabs on my abs (was that a rhyme?). Not being able to hit the gym for over a month had its consequences. Ugh!

But anyways, White Rock Resort is probably one of the best tourist spots in Subic. What makes it special is that when you think you've had enough swimming in their three outdoor swimming pools you can still enjoy swimming in the beach!

Yeah, you read it right! Three swimming pools and a beach! And if you think you've had enough of swimming in the beach, you can always get high with lots of water activities like the banana boat ride, sailing, parasailing, canoe, scuba diving, jet skiing, and snorkeling that they offer at oh-so-reasonable rates.

Hmmm, parasailing might be too much for me, I still don't know. If someone would dare me to go for it for half a million dollars I might reconsider. LOL! But I would definitely go snorkelling! The last time I went snorkelling was... [deafening silence] ... four freakin' years ago when we went to Coco Beach in Puerto Galera last 2004. But that's another story of course.

If you're not much of a fan of swimming or water sports, you can still enjoy the resorts facilities like a spa and sauna, fitness gym, bowling alleys, and a lot more. Did I also mention that their food is oh so delectable. They have a wide variety of food choices but my most favorite is their fresh seafood grilled to perfection.

Interested in making an inquiry or reservation? Here's a link to White Rock Resort.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Getting Better Online

I checked my Payperpost account today and it says I will be paid a total of $29 for my two posts: I Signed up for PPP! and Paid Blogging Made Easier. I had no idea that paid blogging would be such a breeze. Now all I gotta do is check the opportunities page more often and then I'm finally on my way to getting my first digital SLR. Yeah baby, yeah!

My blogging and online social life is getting better and better. I won a free domain name registration and one year hosting from a referral contest sponsored by our highschool forum admin Major Kontrapelo at JASHS. I already have an idea of what my domain name would be, only I am still quite undecided what to do about my new webby.

My Social Spark friends and props are increasing by the day, and some offline friends are noticing my email signature which bears the link to this blog. So they get to read my posties. Hi friends!

And I just signed up with Twitter. I hear it's one of the fastest growing social media to hit cyberspace.

Now I have to focus on working with my BidVertiser ads. I am surely gonna miss blogging, I might not be able to blog for the whole week as I am leaving for Subic on the 2nd. But if they got a wi-fi connection in White Rock resort, I might drop some few lines either on this blog or on Twitter.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

YouTube First Timer

Just testing out how to upload on YouTube. This video was taken December last year.

Click HERE to view the clip on YouTube.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Paid Blogging Made Easier

Just like managing any business, a money-making blog requires a lot of hard work from thinking of topics to write about, to actual composition of the post, to driving site traffic, and up to keeping tab of opportunities from advertisers.

Enter SocialSpark. This online community-slash-marketplace creation from IZEA makes all of the above mentioned tasks possible at one fell swoop. It is like a one-stop shop for advertisers and bloggers to connect, build buzz, and do business efficiently.


What I like most about SocialSpark is that I can easily browse for opportunities that are classified according to their availability and to my blog qualification. And even when there is no opportunity available for me, I can still make use of the "Sparks" which are free opportunities that can give me ideas on what topics to blog about.

SocialSpark also gives bloggers the opportunity to meet and interact. I signed up with SocialSpark a month ago, and I was able to make new online friends and receive some "props." A "prop" is like a positive vote that you can give to a blog which you find favorable. And this is made possible as we can view each others’ blogger profiles. You can view my profile here.

As of today, I have received a total of three props. BIG DEAL! LOL! Among the many lessons I have learned from blogging that is worth remembering is that, in the blogosphere, the "give and take" principle applies as it does in real life. So when I log into my SocialSpark account later, I’d be giving away props. It’s props giveaway day today!

On a serious note, the best thing about SocialSpark is their code of ethics which can be summed up as follows:

-100% Audit-able In-Post Disclosure
-100% Transparency
-100% Real Opinions
-100% Search Engine Friendly

If you’re serious about making bucks out of your blog, go for SocialSpark. Let me know when you sign up so I can give you a prop!


Monday, June 16, 2008

First day of School

Bored. He just sat there with his right hand cupping his chin, his elbow resting on the table, while his teacher talked about our role as parents in doing follow-up teaching at home. I am quite puzzled why he behaved like that. He is usually hyperactive. Maybe he was not really bored. Maybe he was enchanted with his girl classmate sitting beside him. After merely five minutes, he started reaching toward his girl classmate as if wanting to touch her hand. While the girl classmate seemed to dislike being the center of my son's attention. Her eyes dilated each time James Paul reached out to her, as if saying "What the f(*&% do you want from me!?" Oh well, I forgot to bring a camera. It would have been a really cute Kodak moment. LOL!

After the orientation, the teacher asked the parents to leave the room, which we all gladly did. I waited for quite some time right outside their classroom then I started to get bored myself. There was no one to talk to as all the parents started leaving right away. Then I remembered to buy his snacks from a nearby store. I got back home to get some money. By the way, his school is just about five houses away from my parent's house so going back and forth is no biggie. I brought his snacks just in time for recess.

So as I handed him his snack, I kissed his hair and said "Eat your snacks na baby oh." I said it sweetly, like how I would say it as always. His teacher seemed surprised that I still call my boy "baby." I suddenly realized that the "baby" I am kissing is inside the classroom, together with his teacher and classmates. Feeling a little awkward, I immediately left the room and watched my son sip apple juice from the tetrapak while looking at me with his big round eyes.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Nothing is Impossible

Here are just some of the major things that I have to accomplish...

before June 16

1. Revisions of new template graphics for one super dee duper kiddie show
2. Move to new home
3. One episode of graphics for one nutrition show

before June 20

4. Streamers for 2 new products
5. Stage design for team building camp cultural night
6. Streamers for team building site

before July 2

7. Three 5-minute AVPs for team building camp
8. Pack for subic
9. Pack for KL

before July 5

10. Church wedding and preparations (whose is it anyway!?)

So help me God.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I Signed up for PPP!

Getting paid for something that you really love doing is probably one of the best things that can happen to anyone. Take musicians, actors and athletes for example.

Forbes listed Rolling Stones, Madonna and Elton John for topping their highest paid musicians chart, while Hollywood Reporter's annual placed Reese Witherspoon and Angelina Jolie first and second place respectively for being top-paid actresses in Tinseltown. Soccer superstar David Beckham, and golf tycoon Tiger Woods rule the sports world payroll. And what do they all have in common? They are getting paid for simply doing what they love most!

I love doing computer graphic design and animation. If you can guess correctly, my life is about doing that and getting paid for it. I also love writing, hence this blog. But I haven't been paid for my blogging until I make this my first PayPerPost entry.

PayPerPost (PPP) is a sponsored review network that pays bloggers to write reviews about advertisers. I learned about PPP from my old buddy Amore, and she has been getting paid to blog for over two years already. She told me about PPP last year and she had been convincing me to sign up. She says that with my writing skills, I can get more than $300 a month from PPP. But I wasn't blogging during that time. So when I came back to blogging this year, she reminded me to go for PPP again.

As I was new to this paid blogging thing, I had reservations about signing up with PPP. For instance, what if I don't personally agree with the advertiser? Or what if I have no time to blog for the day? But as I read their FAQs, I found out that as a blogger, I have the option to choose what topics to write about, and how much tasks I can take. Therefore I still have control over the content on my blog. And I can still enjoy doing the other things that I love doing, aside from writing and blogging.

Just as I said, one of the best things that can happen to anyone is to get paid for what you love doing. If Paris Hilton is getting paid to party, then I am getting paid to blog!

PayPerPost gives every blogger the awesome opportunity to get paid for writing. If I do hit that extra $300 a month, I'd be declaring a holiday for the week! So if you happen to be a blogger, I suggest that you sign up for PayPerPost too!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Four Weeks to go...

And then I'm off to White Rock Subic, where we'll be having Edmark Philippines' 5th Leadership and Team Building Camp. So far over 400 people have confirmed to attend. With event tickets paid, flights booked and rooms arranged, everything is going according to plan. All I need to do now is finish the AVPs and print mats.

I just sent the layout of our backdrop and 3D perspective of the stage design to our super boss. Hope it gets approved quick so I can move on to other matters. I'm also thinking of using David Cook's winning moment song "Time of My Life" for one of the AVPs, and then David Archuleta's version of "When You Believe" for another.

On other news... We are enrolling my son to a nearby Preschool tomorrow. I just find it so fantastic, how time really flies. I can still vividly remember when I first had a glimpse of him when the nurse handed him to me a day after giving birth. And now he's grown up, over 40 lbs. heavier and can count up to the thousands!

We'll probably be buying his first set of black leather shoes on Saturday. He has always had rubber shoes on, so black leather shoes will be a first for him. I won't be buying him a school bag anymore, we'll just use the Mickey Mouse bag that his Dad bought for him which he used for summer headstart classes a month ago.

By the way, we are moving to a new home. Er, I mean.... its such a long story but I'll tell you the short of it anyway. We bought a house in Caloocan September last year and a few months ago, we realized that it doesn't fit into our plans of venturing into our "business." So we decided to sell our house and move to the center of QC to be at the center of showbiz happenings, I mean, at the center of our future client base. But then our housemaid of 8 months who promised to return after a week of vacation never showed up on the date that she was supposed to. That was... two weeks ago.

It has been very difficult to manage household stuff and work and my hyperactive son all at the same time. And since it's super difficult to get a housemaid, we thought of moving to a house that's near my parent's house so that whenever things get too much for us to handle, they can always come to the rescue. My parent's house is not at the center of QC. In fact, it's about an hour away from QC. But that will have to do for the time being.

Going back to the house for sale, since no one has signified their intention to buy it, we decided to have it rented out. At least, proceeds from the rent will defray the cost of monthly amortization. Ugh! Life is really full of surprises. I was supposed to say tough, but then maybe using another word will somehow translate all of the whirlwind happenings in my life into something that's much easier to accept.

It's been five days since I was baptized in the CFC. All I can say is that living the Christian life is not an easy ride. But I know that it all becomes much sweeter when you know that everything that happens is because of God's divine master plan and that it is for the best.

Up next is our church wedding. Deadline: July 5, 2008. Now, that will be the day!

Monday, June 9, 2008

I miss my veggies

Love them steamed, grilled, boiled, mashed, juiced. But all I had for the past few days were those icky burgers, fries, porkchops and Coke Zero. Sounds unhealthy to me. If you had an uber tight schedule like mine, you would not even dare to lift a finger in your kitchen. And cooking veggies would be the last option. Been watching Quickfire (ten-minute meals) on GMA7 whenever it's on but most of the food that Chef Rosebud had been cooking are meat and fried. Kinda like Rachael Ray's 30-minute meals. Hmmmm... I wonder if I could get my hubby to buy me vegetable salad from Wendy's tonight...

Thursday, June 5, 2008

For Some Reason

i suddenly had the urge to write. i just felt like letting my fingers do the talking. when money is not the motive to write it just feels light and easy. whatever. i just want to have a break. literally. im typing now with my eyes closed. gee now i feel suddenly dizzy. if i were to count the number of days that i have been stressing over my workload i'd run out of fingers and toes. or maybe its just been going on forever like that. i mean, what's freaking new? could it be my pre-baptismal jitters? or the fact that i haven't prepared much for that day? my last decent meal was... i can't remember. do you know how it feels to eat without savoring the food that goes into your mouth? kind of like when you're such in a hurry to take a bath, you walk out of the bathroom puzzled whether you did wash you hair or not. weird isn't it? i just want to have a break. bow!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


my work load is up to my eyebrows.

Google ad sense disabled my account for invalid click activity. made my online appeal. hope it works out soon.

i miss my baby he's been staying with my parents for more than a week now.
my EP from Hired already gave me a DVD copy of the swimming instructor episode where my son had his first Philippine TV appearance. wanted to upload in you tube but got no freaking time.

last night our facilitators from CFC dropped by to check on us. we got general soul cleaning to do. gotta make my confession before Saturday, before we get prayed over to receive The Holy Spirit. im so excited. i hope ill be able to finish all my projects early so I'd have time to prepare for that day.

this is the suckiest post I've ever made. i wanna say more but i gotta go. whaaa!