Category: Career Shift

Movie-time Weekend: First look at Avengers End Game.

   

As a fan of Marvel Cinematic Universe, I have always been rooting to watch every super hero movie that Marvel Studio has released, may it be X-Men, Spiderman, Iron Man, etc… you name it and you bet that I know it. The thing that makes their movies unique are the action-packed scenes, superb special effects, and above all, the stories behind every character. I normally get bored easily with movies with obvious story line flow, the typical movies wherein you know the start and you’ll probably can guess the ending even before it happens. But with Marvel franchise, it seemed like the characters are not whatsoever related at the start but as the story goes on, you’ll be surprised how their fate gets intertwined, and see how one movie gets related to the other, until they end up joining together and helping each other out, which excites me most of the time.
The Avengers series is one of my favorites. It’s a movie that you can’t really fully enjoy if you weren’t able to watch the previous parts (1 & 2) plus the other movies related to it. Remember what I said earlier, the other Marvel Super Hero movies are somewhat related to the Avengers series (like Black Panther, Spider Man, etc…), so it’s therefore recommended to watch them first before even thinking of watching the Avengers.
This weekend, my family and I watched the Avengers: End Game movie (actually before watching it in cinema, I already watched it in low definition in some random site in the internet… 😊). And as always, I can say that the movie never failed my expectations. As expected of Marvel, they did a good job laying out the story line for the Infinity War continuation, revolving around how the heroes struggled to get the infinity stones from Thanos to restore balance in the universe. Personally, I loved the part when they’re just testing the time machine that they invented (courtesy of the genius Tony Stark portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.) when Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) returned to the past to see his family which he missed very much (they were among those killed by the infinity stones in the future). I really felt his sadness and longingness to be with his beloved family but sadly time was too short, and he was immediately blasted back to the future…well, the good part was they knew that the time machine worked.
As a comic lover, I personally had read how the story unfolded, but as expected of the franchise, several spices were added to the story line: more twists and turns, a number of revelations, and a couple of ups and downs, which I think made every fan waited in anticipation with excitement and chill.
The part where the movie got me emotionally was when Tony Stark sacrificed himself to save everyone by stealing all six infinity stones to kill Thanos and all his minions. This automatically drained his life force bringing him to his death (note the even Hulk almost died when he used the stones to reverse the universe-wide catastrophe that Thanos created and bring everybody back to life). I literally cried (really couldn’t stop my tears from falling) while Tony Stark lies against the rubbles, and spider man talks to him trying to make him stay awake. With shallow slow breathe, Pepper, his wife, approached him, holding back her teary eyes, bid him her final farewell assuring him that everything is gonna be alright and that it’s ok for him to rest…Man! I can still feel the sadness till now!

 

The Avengers: End Game also somewhat affected me in real life. Remember the expression “I love you three thousand”, between Tony Stark and his daughter? My daughter and I also tell the same expression to each other.
I don’t know about you guys, but I personally think that this is by far the best Marvel movie to this time! I could not be more excited to the next Marvel movie that would surpass what The Avengers has achieved.

THE EVIDENCE OF A TRUE BELIEVER

Today, Christianity is the majority religion in much of the world. There are a lot of denominations namely Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox. In the Philippines, there had Iglesia ni Cristo, Baptist, Mormons, Saksi ni Jehova, and more… but actually, those were all international I just gave some of the familiar denominations.

You might have a definition of Christianity, but I’ll tell you that Christianity is not a cultural thing that we live in the world 6 days a week and go to Sunday in a church. It is not something that you posted a bible verse on your wall even your prayers in order to be called a Christian.
Now, the question is “How do you know that you’re Christian?” “How do you know that if you die today, you would go to heaven and accepted by God?”.

When God saved you it is because of His grace because we are saved not by works but by His grace according to the book of Ephesians 2:8-9. A grace that given us to keep believing in the promises of the Gospel. A grace that given us to keep on repenting because we are not sinless Christian.

The moment that you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, your life is about to start changing and it should be. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature the old has gone, the new has come…” That is the evidence if you are truly a believer, there would be a TRANSFORMATION.

Parenting and Freelancing

One of the important tasks in human life, if not the most, is the nurturing work of the family. The necessary preparation is of paramout importance as it requires huge consideration on the aspect of emotional, spiritual and financial way of life. The foundational works of elders such as the grandparents and parents themselves play a significant role in moulding the necessary character of the upcoming generation in preparation for their becoming as inheritors and successors in the new era for leadership roles.

Parental responsibility is actually a teamwork of the loving couple and there are lots of concern to be attended to in order to satisfy all the needs of the growing family. If the husband and wife has had been able to secure enough financial foundation prior to engaging in marriage then there would have been not so much concern on the material side of family life. Especially if their business is just near to them and/or their workplace is just a few minutes away from their home. It would then somewhat easy for them to tackle all the necessary tasks for both on their work and to that of home.

There are many cases, however, in which couples do experience a hard way of life – the difficulty of coping with the financial needs due to unexpected circumstances or perhaps the inequality to availing of good opportunities in terms of job or any profession in the like. Even for those couples who have jobs on their own are not free from the anxiety of poverty as the rising costs of commodities inadvertently affect their economic life. The unabated rising trend of inflation makes the people’s mind hang in the balance, always.

The advent of internet has brought about milestone of changes in human life, in various field of work – so to speak. Freelancing is just one of the wondrous fruits that an internet has infused to man’s work. Any person, with the accumulated skills on hand, may apply for work as virtual assistant for those business owners in need of somebody on their behalf to do the job. With the availability of virtual assistant – the business owner can do other important work in his business or may just avail of any recreation, or perhaps tending his/her own family needs.

On the part of stay-at-home moms or dads, freelancing is the best option – as this kind of job will enable them to earn money while at the same time undertaking the tasks at home – especially in the nurturing of kids. With this kind of job at home, the children won’t be deprived of their emotional needs thus avoiding the unnecessary problems of juvenile in form. In my own experience, it is not just the spiritual or emotional aspect of life that a husband and wife must look after – equally imporatant is the financial freedom that a family should have enjoyed in order to experience hapiness in life, in and out. In our lives indeed, we need to be happy.

 

A Perfect Place to Dine and Unwind

My first time and I might say this place is a must to visit. Me and my Ex- Boyfriend (Yes! you heard it right we can be friends though 😀 ) we had lunch at this cozy and relaxing place called Bag of Beans at Tagaytay . The food was really great we ordered baby back ribs and beefsteak tagaolog, and the baby back ribs is just WOW it just like a mouth watering food for me super delicious .The ambiance of the place was very nice and also the staff . This will be my one of the favorite place in Tagaytay. I highly recommend this to my family and friends.

 

i Love Cam Sur!!!

Seeking for your next adventure? CamSur has it all!

Camarines Sur is widely recognized for its share of natural wonders that have made the province one of the most favorable destinations for nature lovers and adventurers. This beautiful province is host to several of the most remarkable attractions in the country.

We also known for its delicious food and delicacies. The Bicolanos love spicy foods which represent the diverse cultures that make up this humble but colorful region.They also use coconut cream in most of their recipes. The combination of hot spices and coconut cream is very enticing not only in the Bicol region but also in the entire Philippines.

Wearing too many hats. Choice or Decision?

Wearing too many hats. Choice or Decision?

Majority might think that the words decision and choice are the same. There is actually a difference between these two words. An article published by Forbes clearly tackles the Difference between deciding and choosing.

Part of our everyday life is to make decision and choice. The decision or choice we make will lead to either success or failure. We must carefully analyze every factor so we can come up with the best option as possible. We should always remember that distinguishing between decision and choice will make an impact in our lives no matter how small or big it is.

I still remember when I am  single all that matters to me are clothes, foods, friends, trips and my family. Being the youngest and the only daughter in our family, I always put my parents above anything else. I always make it a point that I’m present during doctor’s consultations or at least I can talk to the doctor via phone if I really can’t make it.  I love them and I have big plans for them once I become successful in my career.

There were a lot of challenges in my first career that it made me give up.  Fortunately, I was able to find a job that I like. It is something new to me and I am happy doing perhaps that’s the reason why I was able to climb up the corporate ladder. I experienced pains along the way yet I still managed to handle it because I love what I do. My bosses like me and my team adore me. Recognition given to me and the team became just a norm.

I am so relax with how well I managed my work and personal life. I am very confident that things will never change not until I became a mother.

Everything is happening perfectly to me. My life’s events are on track just the way I planned them to be;  from engagement, wedding and giving birth. I can say everything is a breeze because I have the best husband and supportive family.

Few week before I give birth, my boss asked me what will be the plan after my maternity leave. The “idealistic me” quickly answered, “we will just stay at my parent’s house and before my leave ends we will go back to the condo and look for a nanny. Sadly, it did not turn out the way I wanted it to be.

For 6 months, I worked on day shift and my husband worked on night shift. We had no helper so after work aside from taking care of my baby, I need to clean the house,wash dishes and pump milk. I breastfeed exclusively so I pump milk even during wee hours of the night because I needed to build my stash.

The set up that we had took a toll not only in our own careers but also to our health. I was always late and in a hurry. At the office, I crammed to meet deadlines. I passed the report and headed big projects without even checking if everything is correct. I am totally disappointed with my deliverable because I knew I can do better if I have ample time. In addition, my husband’s health was greatly affected too.

I resigned from my work and I became a full time house wife . It took me long to adjust to the “new me”. There was also a time that I pity myself and will do nothing but finish a whole box of  chocolate cookies in one sitting. Days passed that I will not take a bath and even brush teeth.  My self esteem and my weight decreased drastically. No one knows my predicaments except myself and I did not have plans of finding solutions for it.

One Saturday evening, while I was browsing my phone, I encountered this quote ” It is never too late to be what you might have been ” by George Eliot and I believe this paved the way for me to face reality and do something about it. I also realized that to find the real meaning of  happiness , we should start within ourselves.  Resigning from work entails a lot of consequences, it has pros and cons and it is just a matter of how you perceive things and how do you want to react on it.

I thought of the reasons why I resigned and it is all because of my loved ones. If they are happy and healthy so am I. The decision I made was carefully thought of and prayed for. It is my choice to choose them over my blooming career.

Now, I wake up with a grateful heart because I was able to do more. I never thought that giving up the corporate title will just open so many doors for me. I considered it a blessing that I was able to see things positively. Slowly, I turned my fears in to challenges, my weakness to my inspiration.

Now, I can wear different hats and give ample time for those roles without compromising the quality I would always like to deliver.

I am not a  manager now but at the end of the day I am  grateful that I am a mommy, wife, personal nurse of my father who is on dialysis, quality analyst to our family business and an entrepreneur. I might not be able to earn as much as before but the times I got to spend and help my loved ones  are truly incomparable.

It is not easy to give up work however priorities change over time and we need to weigh the pros and cons. My baby is growing fast, my husband is getting sickly and my parents need me more than ever.

Surigao City – A Place To Visit

Surigao City is one of the best destinations to visit in the Philippines having many best and diverse places and attractions to go to which is located in the Northern head of Mindanao.

Surigao City is the capital of Surigao del Norte, one of the provinces under the Caraga region.  It became a chartered City on August 31, 1970.

The natives speak Surigaonon as their native language.  It has a similarity with the Cebuano dialect, and Surigaonon is the most widely spoken language inherent in the entire Caraga region.

The city’s primary agricultural production includes rice, corn, vegetables, rootcrops, coconut, copra and bananas, where there are fertile agricultural areas surrounding the city.   It is a major supplier of fish and crustaceans. In addition, the city is near forested mountains which provide raw materials for various industries such as furniture and wood carving.

There are a lot of Festivals and special occasion celebrated by the Surigaonons, one of these are the following:

Pasayan Festival (September 10-11) – pasayan is the local word for shrimp, which is bountiful in the area. The city celebrates this festival through cook-off; highlights of this festival include shrimp eating contest, senior citizen backward marathon, palm wine (tuba) drinking contest and threading-the-needle contest.

Kinilaw Festival (October 2) – this festival showcases different styles in preparing kinilaw, a dish consisting of raw fish marinated in citrus, vinegar or coconut milk mixed with spices and served as an appetizer.

Bonok-Bonok Marajao Karadjao Festival (September 9) – this is a day-long festival marked by street dancing festivities featuring the ethnic Mamanwa tribal dance, commemorating thanksgiving after a bountiful harvest, worship of gods and tribal wedding.

There a lot of tourist destinations located in the City, but the most visited and nearest resort is the Mabua Pebbled Beach, the fees are quite cheap than other places.

There are a lot of  Surigaonon’s delicacies, some of the favorites are Barbeque, Dried Fish, Salted Fish called Poot-poot, Sayongsong (made up of cocomilk and grind rice), puto and suman, peanut delights. And Surigao City is blessed with bountiful fruits and vegetables.

Surigao City has the one of the world’s beautiful port for ships coming from Cebu, and Islands of Surigao del Norte.

How to get to Surigao from Manila?

To go to Surigao faster, you can book a flight to Surigao either via Cebu Pacific Air or Philippine Airlines. They have both direct flights everyday and it’s the fastest way to go to Surigao.

How to get to Surigao from Cebu by ferry?

 From Cebu, you will have to take a ferry boat to take you to Surigao. There are daily trips from Cebu to Surigao at 7pm and it will take at least 9 hours. Ticket prices ranges from 825 PHP for economy or regular ticket, 1200 PHP for business class and for a cabin for two, the price would be at least 3,500 PHP for the whole trip.

How to get to Surigao from Cebu by plane?

 From Cebu to Surigao by plane is only one hour flight and you can get great deals starting from 1,200 PHP. It’s the fastest way to reach Surigao.

 

 

 

 

 

Caretaker/Caregiver in Taiwan

I’ve been working in Taiwan for almost 3 years now as a Caretaker or Caregiver, my contract will end on September 22,2019 to be exact, And I decided not to continue or renew my contract.The duty of a caretaker or caregiver is to help older individuals who need assistance,help patients get dressed, eat, bathe and complete light housekeeping duties, such as dishes or folding laundry, others may provide basic health services such as monitoring patients’ pulses, respiration and temperature.Caretakers  are not covered by the Taiwan Labor Standards Law we don’t pay income taxes, labor insurance ,only National Health Insurance share and broker’s fee. There is a “brokerage system” in Taiwan, it was passed and it is a law.Taiwan Manpower agencies collect fees from the worker monthly for their services which is NT$1,800(php 2,952) for the first year NT$1,700(php 2,788) second year and NT$1500(php 2,460) for third year of service up until 12 years which is the working period in Taiwan.

The household service workers are protected by the provisions of their employment contracts, which depends on their employer.The total working period in Taiwan is 12 years only.  After their 12th year, foreign workers, including OFWs are not qualified to return to work in Taiwan,although lawmakers are looking to extend it up to 15 years. OFWs must undergo a mandatory medical examination within 3 days from arrival and within 30 days before or after the 6th, 18th and 30th month of employment. OFWs must apply for Alien Residence Certificate (ARC) immediately when reached Taiwan, however brokers are the one who applies for these under Taiwan’s Labor Standard Act, the minimum monthly wage is NT$23,000, but most caretakers, who are not covered by the law, earn only NT$17,000(php 27,790 base on the current rate) a month.

GOAL

Being a mother doing things every day over and over again. there’s a hard time as usual but if you’re happy with what you are doing its such a pleasure. most of the time I’m worried, angry, sad, crying a lot, laugh and smile because being a mother is triple workload than those who are going to the office every day.

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And for being a mother you have also a goal, you want to help your husband in a financial matter. Somebody says that being a mother is like a superhero (Wonderwoman). you can do all the possibility as it can, being a mother you will always think how to help your kids for their school, their projects and also being a housewife thinking how to have an extra income. for some reason you just wanna prove yourself that you can do anything for family sake.
And now work from home is true, yes it’s true. There are people in the online world that will help you to reach your goal. First, you have a vision that someday that you will earn your own money.
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The alarm clock is for kids going to school, not for an early meeting in the office

 
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And the best of all is no to heavy traffic, commuting, traveling will ruin your day.
and now your totally a superhero Wonderwoman, because you can take care of your kids, husband and your house at the same time you can earn as much as you want.
You have to explore, research, self-study,  even paid course will help you throughout your journey of being not a mother but a freelancer.

Gadget Use for Kids: Is it Good or Bad?

Kids can be very difficult almost always. There is not a day when you can rest even for just 30 minutes uninterrupted. More so when you have so many chores on your list of “to dos”. Many parents look for a lot of ways to keep kids entertained specially during those busy days.

One of the most effective form of entertainment for kids is gadgets. It will keep them entertained for hours. But the big question is- Is it really good for the kids? Let us discuss the positive effects as well as the negative effects of gadgets to kids.

POSITIVE EFFECTS

1. It can help them be entertained while the parent is busy like when they are outside and there are environmental risks like they may go out on the streets unsupervised or climbing somewhere dangerous or going with strangers. It can be pretty scary. Giving them a gadget will help them be entertained while you are busy and so you will not need to worry about checking in on the kid often.

2. It can help them in learning fast. There are so many things they can learn from the internet. From simple ABCs to nursery rhymes or to more complex topics like math and science. It can help them learn so much in a short period of time and make your life a bit easier.

3. It is fun! All kids want to have fun. There are hundreds of games one can download in their gadgets. They can choose any kind and any theme under the sun. There are also thousands of videos on Youtube and Facebook that can keep them entertained. Playing online games with friends can not only entertain the kids but adults as well.

NEGATIVE EFFECTS

However, research has shown so many negative effects of gadgets to kids. I will only talk about a few of those.

1. Problem with physical health. Kids can play on their gadgets for hours. They are so entertained that when the parent doesn’t put a limit to their use, it can cause addiction. They will not know how to stop. They will not care about their posture, or whether they have eaten, or if their eyes hurt already. This can cause a lot of negative effect on their health.

2. A psychological disorder that will arise because of gadget use is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome or ADHD. Kids with ADHD have problems focusing, they are fidgety and they can have a lot of problems at home and specially in school.

3. It can also cause depression especially with those who spends so much time comparing themselves to the false realities of social media. These kids also have a problem with their social skills. They become more and more isolated as they spend more time with their gadgets. A recent scare from parents was the MOMO CHALLENGE. There is this scary character that will just appear on the screen of the kids watching Youtube then give them challenges. It may sound harmless but the problem is with the kinds of challenges this character gives them. It can start from a simple disobedience to parents, then move on to making the kids hurt themselves to the worst which is making the kid commit suicide. This character knows the kids information and threatens to kill the kids parents or family members if they will not follow. There have been reports of kids committing suicide because of this challenge. How scary is that?

So what do we do as parents?

First of all for parents, no matter how busy you can be, you should be in control of your kids’ life. Don’t just give them gadgets and let them control how long they will use the gadget and the shows they watch. They should be given time limit and show limit. Much better if the parent has pre-watched the shows and just download it on the gadget. Do not give them control over the internet as it is very dangerous. A lot of crazy people in the internet can influence them.

Second, give them other ways and means of entertainment. There is nothing wrong with the “old school” ways of entertainment. Give them arts and crafts materials and let them be creative. It is good for them.

Third, let them explore nature. There are so many things to learn from nature. Teach them as well to take care of nature and how they can help maintain it.

Fourth, allow the kids to be bored. If the kids are bored, they will find ways to entertain themselves. Just make sure that they are in a safe place free from hazards that can harm them, let them play and be creative. You will never know what they can come up with.

CONCLUSION

In the end, it is still the parents’ responsibility to know what is good for their kids. Once in a while (and with limits), gadgets can be a big help. But if left unsupervised, it can cause a serious problem. So let us be vigilant as parents. And no matter how busy we can be, we should make them a priority and give them quality time.

Common Misconception About a Chess Player

Sometimes, in a group of people, I do not disclose that I once played chess and that it was one of the best parts of my student life. Why? You might ask. Because it makes people set boundaries based on these wrong impressions:

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A chess player is smarter.

We are just like any average people who happen to know chess and considered it as sports. Just like an ordinary student, we need to spend hours studying our lessons to get that passing grades. So please, do not set your expectation too high.

A chess player is not sociable, hates physical activities.

I remember in one of our training, we needed to be ready at 4:00 AM for a morning lap and do some stretching. Yes, though chess is a mind game, we also need to ensure we are physically ready to endure long hours of competition.

We are good at memorization.

Well if this is true, then I should hate chess by now. Or better I should ask my coaches how this trick works. To be honest, I always find myself still struggling with memorization even after playing chess for 10 years.

So the next time you encounter a chess player be nice and don’t build that wall. Remember, we are just also human. 🙂

You may want to watch this cool video to see how “extra ordinary” are we.