February 27, 2016

Two Lucky Wins!

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Got lucky again this month! I won a new Android Phone (Samsung Galaxy J5) from Davao Central Convenience Store Nestle Raffle Promo and an Eden Day Tour GC from NCCC Supermarket Promo. Yepeey!

For the Nestle promo, I think I got 6 raffle entries. By purchasing P60 worth of Nestle product (like their coffee) you get to have 1 raffle promo. As for the NCCC Supermarket promo, it was just to comment your New Year's resolution (just brief) and share their facebook post. That's it! Hehe.

They came at a perfect time. My S3 stopped working last year and I badly need an Android phone (cause I also used it for testing - work related). 

As for the Eden Tour, I never got the chance to be there for the many yearsssss I've been here in Davao. I've been planning to go there since I started earning but it never happened.

So before the GC expires, glad that I was finally able to have an Eden Experience. Hehe. 
February 24, 2016

Open Your Own Store!

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So your online shop is doing great business, but you feel like something is missing. It could be that you enjoy being out of the office. Maybe you miss the personal touch. You might not feel like you are a ‘real’ retail business until you have your own store. You will glad to know that opening a store of your own is not that hard to do, but you have to be willing to work hard to get it off the ground.

Whether you make your own products in your garage, or you are a wholesale buyer looking to shift some serious units, having your own store is a great idea. There are many reasons why this is so.

Cabin Fever

If you run a successful online store from a rented office, or maybe even your apartment, you can find that cabin fever sets in. Some people are outdoor people. They just prefer to not be cooped up in a small room for hours at a time. For them, a stall could be the ideal option. They have the freedom to load up a van with stock items and set their stall up in a local market. There, they can oversee sales and interact with customers in the open air. Weather permitting, obviously!

These kind of stores are best suited to those with a relatively small number of items in their inventory. They can take with them their entire stock and attempt to sell it all in one go, and if they don’t, it’s not a big deal. They just load the car up again and head home, ready to try again somewhere else.

Bricks And Mortar

For those businesses that are larger, a physical, permanent store could be a good investment. This kind of store has numerous advantages. One such benefit is that you are stationary and people always know where you are going to be. You can get walk-in traffic comprised of people in the local area who begin to get familiar with the store and want to see what you are about.

Another great thing about a permanent store is that you can store your inventory there securely. No need to go to the efforts of having to load and unload a van full of items and rails every day. If you have any kind of store, you must have a method of enabling people to pay for your products. Some people may want to pay cash; others may need to use an emv terminal. There will probably be room for an office in a permanent store too. All of these things mean you could feel much more involved and connected to your business at all times.

Things To Look For

A few things are of utmost importance when deciding to open a store. One of them is location. You need to do research and plan where your ideal locations are. Find places that make sense to both you and your customers. Always try to be close to a centre of some kind as possible. This could be on a main street, in a town centre, or next to a mall. you need to be visible and accessible or else you may go unnoticed. I cannot stress how important the right location is!

Get in touch with local landlords and enquire as to the rent costs on commercial units. This way you will not be in for a nasty surprise if the rent turns out to be way higher than you budgeted for. Planning is essential if you wish to be a store owner, either on the move or in a more permanent space. Consider these tips and you will be on the right track to financial freedom!
February 19, 2016

Excellent Ways To Keep Yourself Entertained On The Internet

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Most people spend a couple of hours each night browsing the internet in their spare time. However, flicking through Facebook and Twitter can become a little boring after a while. So, we’ve come up with a list of suggestions that should help to keep you entertained. Regardless of your interests, there should be something on this page for everyone. At the end of the day, you have the entire world at your fingertips. Checking the latest updates on social media seems pointless when you could engage in something a little more fun.
    • Stream the latest movies
There are hundreds of different streaming websites you could use to catch the most recent films. Netflix and Amazon Prime are considered the most popular domains at the moment. However, you should search Google and take a look at some of the alternatives. Depending on your interests, you might find better sites that publish relevant titles. Maybe you’re a documentary fan? Perhaps you like to spend your time watching old comedy shows on your laptop? Just take a look around and see which services catch your eye. There are even websites that list the best video sites you might like to consider.
    • Start freelancing
Believe it or not, it’s possible to boost your income while spending time online these days. There are many different freelancing websites you could use to earn some extra money. So long as you have a decent command of English grammar, you could become a writer in your spare time. People with experience in graphic design should also find it easy to raise their bank balances. When all’s said and done, you just need to use sites that list jobs relating to your expertise. In most instances, you can open an account in minutes and start making applications.
    • Try online bingo
The manager of Maria Casino says that online bingo is one of the most popular ways for people to keep themselves entertained. You’ll find many different domains dedicated to that practice. However, most gambling websites will also run a bingo section. The best thing about that game is that you don’t have to spend hundreds of pounds to get involved. In some circumstances, tickets cost as little as one penny. That means you could keep yourself occupied for hours without risking your income. Who knows? You might even win!
    • Join interesting forums
Anyone can join forums online and get involved with interesting discussions. Maybe you feel passionate about a particular subject, and you’d like to voice your opinions? Well, the perfect opportunities are just waiting to be discovered. Again, you just have to search Google for forums related to your interests. In most circumstances, anyone can open accounts and start posting without spending a penny.

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You should now have a good idea of how you will use the internet for entertainment this year. Social media websites are perfect for keeping in touch with friends and sourcing the latest news. However, you don’t want to spend all your time on Facebook because it can become repetitive. Do yourself a favour and try to vary your online routine as much as possible. That should mean you never feel bored at home again!
February 16, 2016

Dominate Your Exams This Season

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It’s conventional wisdom that you have to revise for your exams. But when you think about it, this is a strange concept. Why should you have to keep going over things you already invested a ton of time in learning? I submit that it might have something to do with the way we're taught.

The science behind how we learn has progressed enormously since Victorian times. But unfortunately, the way we’re taught hasn't kept pace. Whether you're at school or university, the formula is the same. You sit there passively whilst an instructor, teacher or lecturer feeds you information. Sometimes you get the chance to put your hand up and answer questions, but is this really the best way to learn?

Worse still, we might be tempted to model our own learning on what we do in school. That is, sitting down in front of a book and reading it until we fall asleep, wishing all the while we were somewhere else.

This is why I don't think the key to exam success is just about working hard. I think we need to get smart about learning. We need to start thinking about it as a problem in itself. And then we need to play to our strengths.

When we were little we managed to learn all sorts of things without any formal training. Think about when you first learning to ride a bike. Or walk. Nobody taught you. Heck, if you can read this then I'm guessing you can speak. And I bet you didn't learn how to speak in an English lesson. You just picked it up because you needed it. You had to have it if you wanted to gain any sense of agency in the world.

That's the spirit you need now. You need to get active in your approach to learning. One thing you can do is use technology. Some of the best revision apps will actually engage you in an active way.

For example, you can create your own questions on any topic you want using apps like Synap. Then, when you're done creating, put yourself to the test. There's no examination invigilator standing over your desk, making sure you're not cheating. In fact, sharing apps like this can work to your advantage.

You could quite easily sit down with one of your course mates and design a multiple choice quiz and do it together. Or you could compete against each other. Remember, competition makes the learning process active. And that means that there's a point to learning what you're learning. You want to beat your friend, don't you?

Modern neuroscience tends to support the idea that this sort of learning really works. I think it's because what you're learning counts for something. And because it actually counts for something, our brains are coaxed into forming long-term memories.

You don't want to be another one of these people who cram for an exam and then forget everything they learned six months later. If you're an economics post-graduate, or a second-grade geography student it doesn't matter. Make learning active.
February 11, 2016

Essential Tech Used by the Fire Brigade

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The fire brigade does one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Every day they put their lives at risk to safe other people from the devastation caused by fires and other major disasters. Without them, many more people would lose their lives. And to get their jobs done safely, lots of technologies are used.

Thermal Imaging

There are a couple of main reasons why thermal imaging cameras are so useful for firefighters. First of all, they can be used to located the source of a fire. When they can see where the fire started, they can put it out at the source and stop it from spreading more rapidly. And secondly, the cameras can be used to locate people. When firefighters are trying to carry out a complicated rescue, being able to find a trapped person rapidly is essential. They’re one of the most useful advances in firefighting tech.

Contact Tech

Radios and phones are very important when a large team of firefighters are trying to work together to complete a job. When a large fire takes hold, there are many people involved in trying to put it out. These people have to be able to stay in contact and feed useful information to one another if the best outcome is to be found. Luckily, there are lots of easy to use contact technologies that can be used in adverse conditions. One of these technologies is the Membrane Keyboard that can be used at high temperatures.


Nowadays, the fabrics that are used to make the clothing that firefighters wear are very complex. They are specifically designed to react well to high temperatures. They are resistant to radiant heat while also remaining breathable and lightweight. This means that firefighters can remain comfortable and move around freely, but still be protected too. Heat stress can really affect the way a firefighter performs their job. New technologies are constantly being used to develop even better and more complex fabrics.

Modern Breathing Apparatus

It doesn’t take much smoke to get into a person’s lungs to cause them serious health problems. The respiratory system is one of the most intricate and fragile systems in the human body. And firefighters are obviously very susceptible to this kind of problem. They often have to enter smoke-filled buildings. In the past when firefighting was confined to the outside of a building, breathing apparatus was neither needed nor available. But modern breathing apparatuses are essential today.

Future Technologies

There are all kinds of technologies that are being developed right now. They might not all be ready for real world usage right now, but it won’t be long before that’s the case. There are some really interesting technologies being tested right now. For example, electrical wave blasters that are being developed will be able to bend flames to suppress them and stop fires spreading. This would present an entirely new way of battling fires. New ladders and ways of stopping fires are being trialled all the time.
February 06, 2016

Off Roading Essentials Checklist

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Regular road trips can be fun and very interesting. What if you want something a little more fast-paced though? Off-roading trips in 4x4s can make for an unforgettable experience. You’ll certainly remember seeing more mud than you ever did in your life! Like any kind of trip, you’ll need to do a bit of preparation for a successful off-roading adventure. Here are some essential things to take with you on your trip.

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Before anything, make sure your vehicles have the right tyres for off-roading. The current tyres on your 4x4 might have served you well, but you’re going to be putting them under a lot of stress during your trip. You’ll need tyres which will not only last the trip, but will also have enough traction to get you over hills and out of ruts. Obviously, heavy-duty tyres aren’t going to cost pennies. However, there are certain places where you can find cheap off road tyres that function perfectly well. After your trip, you’ll get years of use out of them too. Just check the air pressure before setting off. Good pressure will assist traction, and help your fuel efficiency.

It’s also a good idea to bring some traction ramps with you. If you’ve owned your 4x4 for long enough, you might have used that trick of sliding floor mats under stuck tyres. This might work when you’re taking a muddy short cut, sure. However, if you’re stuck in a massive mud hole, you’ll need something more heavy-duty. The most important thing to consider when off-roading is traction. If you don’t have enough traction with every turn, you’ll end up getting stuck in various holes and ditches. When you hit those places where you just need a touch more, traction ramps are the best thing for it. Whether it’s mud, sand or snow, these will get you moving as fast as possible. Simply unfold them, stick them under your tyres, and give it some gas!

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Finally, you’ll need a heavy-duty cooler. This is especially important if your trip is going to span a few days. Any trip needs food and water. That cooler you have lying around might be fine for the beach, but flimsy wheels and hinges won’t last long when you’re deep in the wilderness. Fortunately, there are a range of reliable coolers designed for use in outdoor activities like hunting and fishing. Many of these products have rubber gaskets to ensure that your food won’t be contaminated by dirt. They might also come with moulded-in handles, so you don’t have to worry about the cooler bouncing around the whole trip. You might think that this is a bit of a novelty, but trust me you’ll be glad you brought it with you!

These three essentials will ensure your off-roading trip goes smoothly. The list doesn’t stop here though! A first-aid kit, high-lift jack, and various tools are also advised. Put safety first, but don’t let these precautions slow you down too much. Get out there and have some fun!

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