Is this the end of the line?!?

April 7th, 2015

This sadness has been hovering over my head for the past couple of months now. If I haven’t been denying it to myself, I would have admitted to myself and everyone else that what I know of blogging in the past eight years has been dying a slow death. Right before my very eyes. Blogging started as an outlet for me, a stress buster. Money issues plagued me repetitively in the past and blogging became a refuge of some sort to me, talking to people I felt very close to but who were, in fact, total strangers living in far away places. It became an escape from reality. Blogging is therapeutic in such a way that you can tell the whole world your innermost thoughts, rant and rave all you want, while remaining anonymous to majority of your readers. It became a lifestyle for me and my number one source of income.

Unfortunately, the big G of the world wide web deemed the small bloggers like me a threat to their billion-dollar business. Ranks were decimated, even those not involved in link selling. Advertisers and marketing people were advised, threatened most likely, to stopped dealing with bloggers. With business down, another hit came out of nowhere. Recession. I thought blogging would end right then and there but the Lord is good. Those who remained loyal to blogging were able to rise above the hits that came left and right. Blogging was not as good as it once was but some of the good remained.

These past year and a half now, blogging has been showing signs of a steady decline. I think there are still great opportunities out there but the ratio of an opportunity to the number of bloggers competing for it is staggering that the odds of you getting that opportunity is close to nil. I still get a few good offers here and there but not as many as I used to get. Don’t get me wrong, I am still just as grateful as when I was earning so much from blogging. I am just stating facts and reporting on what’s happening right now in the paid blogging world and the impact it has on me.

With that said, I am wondering if this is the end of the line for me in paid blogging. I am wondering if I finally have to say goodbye to it and move on to something new or go back to accounting and the corporate world. Truth is I have come to love blogging so much already that I thought I could do this for years and years to come. Maybe, I can. But the odds of earning as much as I used to is not that good anymore and I can’t afford to have a really low income with all these plans I want done.




Desperate to relocate.

March 16th, 2015

Yes, you read it right. I am desperate to relocate! My whole family is anxious to pack our bags and move out of the house that we are currently living in. We want to move into a brand new house in a quiet, peaceful and safe neighborhood. I can already see myself ordering cabinet organizers. I want a bigger kitchen with the best gadgets available for cooking. I also want an outdoor dining area for family and friends, a big living room where we can all converge at the end of a work day, and bedrooms conducive to rest.

I just want to relocate as soon as possible. The place we are currently located is no longer a haven to us like it used to. There are so many strangers and so many threats to our sanity. I just wish we can find the resources to finally make the move we’ve wanted to do for more than a year now.




Happy birthday, Tukayo!

February 23rd, 2015

holding onI know today you turned 37. I am sure you had a birthday celebration with your family and close friends. I would have been there except that we’re no longer friends. We stopped being friends more than a decade ago. In fact, we stopped speaking to each other since then.

We used to be the best of friends. You used to be the person with whom I could tell almost anything. You were the one I could talk to for hours and hours and still feel like we had so many things we haven’t talked about yet. Anything and everything under the sun. We liked the same songs. We were both bookworms (I am sure you still are)! And we have the same taste in men. Older, wiser, and much like the guys in the romance novels we’ve read.

I miss you, Tukayo! One of my biggest regrets in life was my inability to patch things up between us. But I guess, no matter what I did then, we would still end up like this. No longer friends. Not even acquaintances anymore.

I believe that whatever role you had to play in my life ended that day. And vice versa.

Happy birthday! I still wish you all the best in life.




Pale, smooth skin.

February 16th, 2015

The thing with Filipinos like me, we all want pale, smooth skin. I know that most people want to get a tan. Most women love their olive-toned skin. Nothing wrong with that. But with Filipino women, we all want porcelain-like skin. We spend a lot on turning our olive skins into pale ones. Weird, right? I guess that’s the effect of media on us. We all want to become our pale counterparts in different parts of the world. Ha-ha!

You can just imagine the vast amount of nivea creme that my sisters and I lather on our skin to make sure that it is creamy and smooth. I am telling you, we consume so much skin products we often allocate a small portion of our salaries for it.




Essential Features of Great Graphic Design Online Portfolios

January 29th, 2015

If you are considering creating a web portfolio for your graphic design business, it is important that you create a real impact. There are literally hundreds of online portfolios for graphic design services, so you need your portfolio to stand out as truly great. Fortunately, there are several essential features which are common to most great portfolios. By ensuring your portfolio has these features, you can increase your visibility and properly showcase your skills and talents.

The Must Have Features of Online Portfolios

Most web portfolio websites allow users to customize their profile to suit their preferences. While this can be a great way to create an impact, it is important to fully utilize all of the features. There are several components which are often overlooked, yet can have a significant impact on your portfolio. Great online portfolios tend to feature a professional business name, which is often accompanied by a business logo for the brand or company. You should also consider adding a tagline, which can define your skills and services. You should list the services and products you offer and always include an “About Me” page to demonstrate your professionalism and reliability.

Making Your Portfolio Stand Out

When you are creating your web portfolio, you are likely to want it to stand out from the crowd. While this may seem like a real challenge, it can actually be quite easy to create an impact. The main consideration is that you look at your portfolio from the perspective of a potential client. Does the portfolio show your skills properly? Is there an obvious method of contact? Does it look professional? Is the design clear and simple? If you can answer each of these questions from a client perspective, your portfolio is sure to address any issues a potential client may have.

If you would like to know more about using online portfolios to boost your business profile, contact us. Our team would be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you to create a great web portfolio to showcase your skills and talents.




Better tomorrow

January 29th, 2015

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When I think of the future, I don’t only think of myself. My future includes my family, my relatives who are close to us, and my friends. It’s the one thing that I couldn’t help myself from doing. I have grand plans for all of us. Plans that involve a comfortable life. Plans that involve a better tomorrow.

It’s a noble idea to think of everyone else’s welfare. I am not noble but I do want a good life for me and my family and for everyone I love.




A Brief Guide to Choosing the Right Designer Diaper Bags

January 29th, 2015

These days having a baby need not mean that you need to sacrifice your sense of style and fashion. You can now simply trade in your designer handbag for any of a great range of designer diaper bags. Personalized diaper bags can not only be a practical accessory but can provide a stylish touch to your outfit. However, rather than buying the latest celebrity diaper bags, you will need to consider which type of bag is right for you.

Designer Diaper Bags for Active Moms:

Whether you enjoy outdoor activities or are simply an active mom, you can choose a backpack style of designer diaper bags. This allows you to keep your arms free and allow you to multitask wherever you are. This style of personalized diaper bags can be equipped with several compartments and pockets to ensure that everything remains organized and you don’t lose items into the depths of the backpack. Just ensure that the bag is made from an easy to clean material such as nylon in case of spills or messes.

Tote Style Celebrity Diaper Bags:

If you are looking for the perfect diaper bag to complement your other accessories, you may wish to consider a tote style design. These are typically smaller than other diaper bags but still contain all of the space needed for a diaper change or feed on the go. Most tote designer diaper bags have front and back pockets in addition to side pockets for smaller items such as keys cell phones or your wallet. This can make it easy to swop out your usual designer bag without needing to worry about space for diapers, wipes and bottles.

Messenger Style Diaper Bags:

These are great for organizing all of your baby supplies on the go. They typically feature a main compartment with plenty of pockets for all of your items, together with outer pockets for smaller items. The back can be easily worn over worn over one shoulder or across your body to ensure that you always have everything you need on hand.

If you are looking for the right designer diaper bags, contact us. We have a wide selection of designer and personalized diaper bags in all styles and we would be delighted to assist you in finding the perfect bag for you.