Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Breast Milk is STILL the best for babies

Breastfeeding is STILL the best for babies
Tonight with Arnold Clavio
Channel 11 GMA News TV
Aired: May 30, 2012
Topics: Breastfeeding, breast milk donating

Gatas ng Ina Part 2

Part 2

Gatas ng Ina

Gatas ng Ina 

Essays.ph: A New Found Home and Career

Essays.ph: A New Found Home and Career

I was preparing for my maternity leave when I stumbled upon the site of Essays.ph. I was looking for an online job while on maternity leave. I still want to earn something while at home learning my role as a mother.

After searching and browsing different forums about online jobs, I finally decided to apply in the first-ever freelance online job in the Philippines that will suit my preferences and needs. October 1, 2010, I registered. After a few days, I submitted my sample essay based on the topic given and my answers to a series of questions. I got accepted and started claiming assignments after almost two weeks of getting acquainted with the company’s manual and training thread.

Someone told me that at Essays.ph, the salary range is very low compared to other online jobs. I even read in one of the most visited online forums, “Ang salary sa Essays.ph, hindi makatarungan.” I looked for reviews about Essays.ph in order for me to know more about the company. I want to make sure if it is a legitimate company and if they are paying their writers on time.  During my research, I found out that there are many online writing jobs that pay around $2 to $3 for an article with 100 words. There are international online writing companies do not pay their writers.

Regardless of all the things I read, I decided to stay with Essays.ph until now. My one and only writing gig. Why? Here are my reasons:
  • It is a home for me. The EPH community is like a family. The management, the rest of the editors and other writers are all friendly. You will be reprimanded if you have committed mistakes. You will be applauded and rewarded if you have been a good performer.
  • It is a new found career for me. I did not imagine being a writer of any sort. I did not love my English subject during my last years in high school for some reasons I do not want to recall. But at the back of my head, I dreamed of seeing my articles to be published in any form of media. Essays.ph made it come true for me. I was one of the first writers of Noypi.ph, a project of the company.
  • Essays.ph is not a scam. Once you have submitted your assignment, you can immediately claim a new set of assignment while your other finished assignments are on queue for review. You will be credited with points depending on the equivalent amount of the set you have taken. You can withdraw your money anytime you want. But most of the writers will wait for their points to get bigger in order to receive bonus points upon withdrawal.

The company has taught me a lot of things. Apart from knowing terms and different topics which I do not have any idea what it is, I learned to be creative. I am able to think how to discuss a combination of strange keywords in 500 words or more.

Essays.ph is part of my life. It is my way of finding time for myself. Once I sit and write, I feel I am free to write what is on my mind especially on the topics I love. Everytime I was given a set wherein I do not know what to write and where to begin, I always treat it as a challenge for me that I am sure I can deal with. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

MBA Thesis Writing

The next thing that I’m going to share is how I organized my schedule, my timetable, and my life when I was doing my thesis.

I know already that my 1st sem will be a very busy. I enrolled TW1 and one subject as advised by the Faculty Secretary. By the way, that one subject was handled by my adviser.

Here’s my normative schedule:

Go to school to do research and attend a class
Stay in the library and have a little corner with all my stuffs. I have 3 bags – laptop bag, resources bag (photocopies and some books), and of course my bag with my usual stuff (water, wallet, umbrella, snacks, etc, etc, etc.) One of my classmates always checks the number of bags that I carry. She will check if my stuff are still complete which I really appreciate J

I really told my mother that I will not be contributing much in doing household chores and she totally understands. I sometimes go to the office and stayed in the garden to write. The place is quiet, conducive to writing, contemplating and tinkering.

Of course I have work.

I snatch some office hours in downloading some files. That’s why I usually have two monitors in front of me – I have my desktop doing office works and my laptop downloading some files, researching, browsing and emailing. I cannot think and write of course while in the office that’s why I multitask.

Then when I’m home, I write, read, write, read…endless reading and writing from all the information I got.

I sometimes go to my adviser and our TW1 professor for consultation after work.

I also have to rush to some places to get materials or information.

So, for those who are planning to write their thesis, visualize yourself being busy and always rushing to go somewhere, to meet someone or to catch your mentors.

Actually, after you’re done with your degree, you will ask yourself, “What am I going to do every Saturday and Sunday?” Funny but it happened to me and to my classmates. During our graduation day, that was March 29, 2008, Saturday, me and my classmates were eating some finger foods served by the Graduate School for the graduating students while waiting for the start of the commencement ceremony.

Classmate: Ano na gagawin ko tuwing Saturday? (What am I going to do every Saturday?)
Me: Oo nga noh! Ano na nga ba? Di na ko busy!! (Yeah, you’re right! What are we going to do? I’m not busy anymore!!)

Tips at Home

I’m currently reading Style to Go: Home Solutions by Josh Garskof.

To share some tips…

Around the house:
When you plug a bunch of cords into a power strip, label each one first using a standard office label

Take a cue from restaurants and hang pots and pans from a pot rack, rail or hooks. This solution keeps them stored but readily available

When bedroom space is tight, consider a sliding closet door, which eliminates the need for a door to swing into the room and take up precious space

Kids’ spaces:
Make it easy for kids to store their own toys by giving them each a storage bin labeled with their name or the toys that belong inside.

The book was on sale! Bought it for Php 209.50.