Dec 26, 2019

Movie and Coffee Date with my Friend

In spite of my very hectic schedule, I always try to find time to meet my close friend either by spending time together in the house eating and drinking some beer or soju or going out to watch a movie and eat.

We decided to go to the mall to watch a movie. My friend invited me to watch "Unbreakable," starring Bea Alonzo and Angelica Panganiban. We've heard that this is a good movie.

We're so thankful that we've watched the movie after a few weeks from its premiere because there were only a few people inside the cinema. I loved the ambiance because it was quiet.

After watching the movie, we've headed to "Dark" coffee shop. To my surprise, I got a coffee and cake treat.

 It's actually my first time to visit this coffee shop and I can say that I like it here. Hopefully I could visit this coffee shop again by next year. This is located in SM North in Onesimus. I don't know exactly as I rarely visit SM North.

My friend and I had really good time eating a slice of cake and drinking our coffee while catching up. By the way, it's here sister who made the treat. She works in this coffee shop and we were also waiting for her to finish work then we would go home together. I had the hot Vanilla Macchiato while my friend opted the cold one. 

I loved it so much! I am now a coffee love. I remember I used to hate it because I could palpitate with the caffein but I got immune to it when I started working in Saudi since most of my colleagues are drinking coffee. I even now love drinking black coffee and of course Turkish coffee.

We may not see each other frequently that's why we make the most out of it when we see each other. Friends for keeps indeed.

Dec 16, 2019

Why Big Data is Important for Your Small Business

Despite the potential for Big Data to enhance your operations, many small business owners assume it’s out of their reach. If you’re concerned that Big Data will be too costly for your enterprise, think again. 

There are a wide variety of ways small businesses are using Big Data to reduce their costs, enhance productivity and maximize profits. From marketing automation and fleet telematics to customer profiling and lifecycle value; you’ll find that Big Data can enhance every area of your business. To learn more, take a look at why Big Data is so important for small businesses…

Routine tasks
Everyday tasks account for a significant amount of time and resource usage. Whether it’s verifying staff receipts so that they can be claimed as expenses, processing supply contracts or handling statutory staff documentation, you’re regularly spending a lot of time on repetitive tasks. 
Big Data can handle all of this and more. By collecting, structuring, segmenting and analyzing the data, algorithms can ensure that it’s applied effectively. As a result, your day-to-day tasks are completed with enhanced accuracy, in a fraction of the time they currently take. 

Customer behavior
Gaining insight into customer behavior is essential for any enterprise. Regardless of whether you’re a B2C or B2B business, you need to know how your customers think, feel and act in order to serve them better. 
With text mining, Big Data successfully enables you to sift through vast amounts of data and identify patterns, connections, and trends via the words and language used. Instead of being locked out of valuable data because of your limited resources, you can use Big Data to mine the text in seconds, and then put your findings to good use. 

Location targeting
As most cellphones and mobile devices feature geolocation, you can access location-related information from your target market without breaching any privacy regulations. With Big Data, however, you won’t just learn what areas your customers reside in. In fact, you can determine where they work, what routes they regularly travel, what bricks and mortar venues they visit, etc. 
This enhances the level of customer insight you can gain and also means you can use location-specific content to increase customer engagement. This is just one way of personalizing your content and interactions to enhance your customer relationships. 

Risk analysis
Traditionally, it’s only been larger firms that have the resources to undertake in-depth risk analysis. Big data puts small companies on a par with multinational corporations in this respect. With the ability to analyze the potential outcome of business decisions and accurately gauge the risks involved, you can make more informed decisions regarding your commercial ventures. This, inevitably, helps you to avoid business pitfalls and increases successful decision-making. 

Benefiting from Big Data
Now that Big Data is a reality for small businesses, it’s time to start making the most of it. The accuracy and capabilities of Big Data is important for every enterprise but it’s particularly powerful for small businesses. Whereas limited resources may have prevented you from accessing the information, knowledge, and insights your competitors have, Big Data levels the playing field and gives you all the tools you need. 

Nov 24, 2019

Three Golden Rules For Finding Love Online

We are living in a fairly modern world, which means that there are a lot of practices that have drifted further from the traditional and have become tangled up in all things modern. One such practice that has dramatically changed has been dating. 

There was once a time that people would court; as in, they’d meet at a dance or a bar and they’d dance and sway before going for meals and eventually - if the person was right - getting married and having children. The world has changed a little since then. People have a lot less time to go out dancing and meeting each other in bars these days, which means that we must get with the times and go online. 

Online dating, to some, is a four letter word and shouldn't be allowed. They think it’s a sad idea, with anyone needing to go to the internet to get a date is lacking somewhere. Here’s the thing about that: they’re wrong. Online dating is modern, it’s on trend, it’s safe (if you do it right!) and it’s a great way to expand your horizons beyond the local bar. That doesn't mean that there aren't rules that must be followed, though. Dating in general can be hazardous (hello, Ted Bundy.) and you have to ensure that you are looking for love in the right places. Whether you are interested in Muslim dating online or you want to give online chat rooms a go, you have to follow the golden rules. Safety is key, and you want it to be the best possible experience that you can have. Without further ado, let’s talk through the golden rules for finding love online.

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  • Rule 1: Don’t Meet Privately
Remember we talked about safely? Well, when you are meeting someone online, you are meeting a computer screen with a personality. The TV show Catfish is one of the best ways to see how people aren’t themselves online. That’s not to put you off, it just means that if you hit it off with someone online, you need to meet in a public and open place - don’t go to a stranger’s house! You don't know them properly, so you need to ensure that you are meeting you are as safe as possible.

  • Rule 2: Don’t Drink
You need your wits about you for a date, and you’re not really you if you are under the influence of a drink. Not only that, but your decision making skills are pretty rubbish when you have a wine or two in your system. Stick to sparkling drinks to match your sparkling personality.

  • Rule 3: Don’t Get Physical (Physical)
It’s not about slut shaming or talking about when to have sex, it’s about sexual safety! You could meet someone and sleep with them on the first date should you wish, but do you really want to do that? It’s not all that fun to grab and go, and possibly have no clue what’s next for your future together. Slow it down and get to know them first; it’s far more fun!

Take heed, internet peeps; the online world is a big and scary place sometimes and the search for love isn’t all that easy!

Nov 20, 2019

Your Soulmate Won't Appear By Magic

The idea that a person is waiting for you to meet and love them is inaccurate. Love is a long and complicated journey, at the end of which you know that you’ve found your one. As such, finding your soulmate goes nothing like in your favourite fairy tales! Indeed, the truth is that you’re unlikely to stumble upon a sleeping princess in an empty castle… similarly, for women, chances that you’re going to be woken up by the kiss of your future darling are low. As such, you need to forget about the fairy tales world and consider the most realistic ways of meeting your sweetheart. 

You need to look for them where you feel comfortable

Love has no shape, colour, or language. However, you might find it more convenient to meet people who understand your cultural values and aspirations. That’s precisely why dedicated Arab dating or Asian meetup sites, for instance, are a popular place to get to know new people. Ultimately, you need to feel comfortable to build a relationship with someone. If comfort for you is all about your community, you could find specialist dating sites a helpful platform. Admittedly, meeting online is not a guarantee of falling in love, but it’s a good as any place to start. 
You need to make a friend first
Whether you meet your meaningful other online or offline makes to difference. In the long term, you need to build a trustworthy bond. To fall into clich├ęs, you need to become friends before you can be lovers. Friendship is an essential part of your relationship. Whether you choose to write to each other before meeting in real life or to spend a lot of time talking and enjoying each other's company, it’s up to you. Your friendship is a sign of mutual trust and respect, which anchor your bond. The more you get to know each other, perhaps the more likely the relationship will evolve into something more intimate. But at the start of every meaningful love story, there are two friends. 
You need to have shared values 
There’s a big difference between common values and common interests. Most people tend to get confused between the two. You don’t need to enjoy the same hobbies and passions with your soulmate. However, your relationship should have a common ground such as your shared sense of humour and interest in each other. Aside from a cultural background, this commonality plays at a deeper and more intimate level. It’s about how you treat each other and what you expect from the relationship. 

You’re equals in your relationship
Last but not least, a love story is an exchange between two people. If you want your couple to grow together, you need to establish from the beginning a fair and mutual bond. It would be foolish for one of the partners to think of themselves as being better than the other. You are on equal grounds. It’s the best position if you want to build a stable future together. 

Your soulmate isn’t going to suddenly land in your life without any warning. It takes time and effort to develop a relationship and discover that you’ve found your other half. 

Nov 12, 2019

Thank You McDonald's

Last week, I had my late lunch and I didn't have much time to cook and since I was alone with the dog, I decided to just take order from McDonald's. I ordered Chicken & Spaghetti meal with Cheeseburger ala carte. My order arrived at around 2:30 p.m. So I was really hungry that. I ate my spaghetti and I gave the chicken to our dog. After finishing my spaghetti, I immediately grabbed the cheeseburger.

But to my surprise, there was no patty in my burger. Since I was really hungry that time I still ate the burger. But before that, I took a photo of it and shared my rant to Twitter. Luckily, McDonald's replied immediately. I was not really expecting that they would do that.

They called me at night that same day and told me that they would replace the burger and they apologized about the incident. After a few minutes, the delivery man arrived with a Cheeseburger meal. 

So thank you very much McDonald's for making it up. I know the crew who prepared the burger is only human and sometimes we make mistake. At least you addressed the mistake and immediately replaced it. 


Nov 7, 2019

Things To Know If You Want To Start Blogging

Blogging is a very rewarding hobby. Of course, for many people, it’s more than a hobby. For many people, it can be a source of income. That doesn’t mean it stops being fun when you start taking an entrepreneurial approach to blogging; you can still view it as a fun hobby and make money. That being said, there are many reasons as to why people become serious bloggers, and this topic has been discussed on the blog before. If you have a passion for writing, sharing your thoughts, or simply being a little entrepreneurial in your spare time, then you should become a blogger. And these are the things to know if you want to start blogging.

Networking is the key to success.

If you want to start blogging, then you should try to make connections in the industry. If you’re going to start a food-related blog, then you should get to know other food bloggers in the community. Maybe they’ll let you write guest posts on their pages if you’re good at writing (they might let you promote your own blog, too). You don’t have to see the marketplace as competitive; bloggers can grow by supporting one another. You might be able to gain followers from people who already have big followings in the blogging sphere. As mentioned at, the blogging community is more supportive than you might think. You don’t have to be an island. You can grow more effectively with the help of others in this industry.

You should try using social networks to reach out to both bloggers and blog-readers in your community. LinkedIn is a great platform for networking. Obviously, all social networks intend to connect people, but LinkedIn was designed specifically for the purpose of connecting people in the business world. You could promote your blog on this platform and reach out to other content writers who might be able to help you out. As an unknown content creator, networking is one of the most valuable growth strategies you can consider. It helps to know people in the community; don’t just reach out to a potential audience for your content. Reach out to people who are already successful bloggers in the industry.
You need to find your niche.
You might know that you want to post about travel destinations, food, cars, beauty, or some other general topic. However, if your blog is too general in terms of its posts, then you’ll struggle to stand out from other websites posting content on the same topic as you. That’s why you need to find your niche. This is crucial if you want to start differentiating yourself from the competition in your marketplace. Otherwise, you might post some great content but struggle to gain a following. Or, even if you gain some followers, you might struggle to stand out on search engine result pages full of similar blogs. You need a unique brand that helps you to catch people’s eye. That’ll help you to grow a following for your blog.

So, instead of starting a blog which promises to post about general car-related topics, you might want to post about particular vintage cars from a particular era. Instead of posting about general food-related topics, you might want to start a vegan food blog for millennials. You get the idea. When you find your own niche, you might be targeting a smaller demographic than blogs which cover a broader range of topics, but you’ll stand out from the market. And that will make your website more appealing to potential readers who stumble onto one of your blog posts or simply find your home page. They’ll be more likely to return to your site in the future if it stands out from other blogs which post content on the same topic as you. If your blog simply posts general food-related content, on the other hand, then it might be more forgettable in a sea of similar websites.

It’s wise to back up your information regularly.
Businesses need to protect their information if they want to be successful in the long run. It’s about safeguarding their reputation as well as their profits; they want to maintain their image as reputable and professional companies. And, even if you’re not a serious blogger who wants to become a huge entrepreneur, the importance of protecting your information still applies. Even if you weren’t trying to make money from blogging, you should be backing up your information regularly to ensure that your content can be recovered in the event of accidental data loss.

This is good advice for any website owner, of course. After all, sites and servers can unexpectedly go down. Technology isn’t always reliable, so it’s wise to backup your precious information in as many places as possible. That way, your hard work can be recovered if there are any problems. But this does apply to any information you might have on your followers, too. You might start expanding your business in the future and selling merch or other products (e.g. recipe books if you start a food blog). In the event that you build up a client base, customers will expect you to keep their information safe and secure. You might want to check out for help with deleting backups on iCloud. That way, you can keep making room in your storage for the latest backup of your blog and its important data.

There are many ways to earn an income from your blog.
This is one of the most important things to know if you want to start blogging and making money. You have so many options in terms of turning your blog into a source of income. You could put up adverts on your home page; PPC (Pay-Per-Click) advertising could earn you money for every person who clicks on one of the adverts you display. Of course, if you don’t want to overload your website with adverts, then you should try to build up your following and reach out to companies which might want to sponsor you. You could get paid for promoting products and services from different brands to your followers.

Oct 24, 2019

The Best Off-The-Beaten-Track Travel Destinations 2019

Off-the-beaten-track travel is all about finding places that are a little isolated and cut off from the usual tourist hotspots. Here, you get a stripped-down travel experience that lets you feel closer to nature and enjoy your surroundings. There are loads of excellent destinations around the world that fit this bill - but here are the best ones for 2019 and beyond: 

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Obviously, Australia is a popular tourist destination, with floods of people travelling there all the time looking for an adventure. While the main cities are hardly off-the-beaten-track, it boasts so many other destinations that are ideal for this type of travel experience. New South Wales is home to places like the Glenworth Valley, River Red Gum National Park, and much more. Of course, there’s the classic Australian Outback too - which is an experience like no other. The great thing about Australia is that it’s well-equipped to help you get the most out of your off-the-beaten-track experience. Places like can supply you with off-road camper vans to sleep in during your travels. Then, there are lots of tour guides and walking routes to help direct you around the country’s hidden gems. It’s a wonderful place, and there’s so much to explore. 

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Many people see Albania as what Croatia used to be a few decades ago. It brings you all the beauty of the Mediterranean, but without the hordes of tourists. Croatia used to be quiet, but now it’s one of the most popular places in Europe. For now, Albania remains relatively undiscovered by regular tourists. It’s got gorgeous beaches, ancient relics of old castles, some natural beauty that will blow your mind - and so much more. There’s a deep history to this part of Europe as well, making Albania an eye-opening experience for people who don’t know much about the Kosovo war in this region. 

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Turkmenistan is probably the most elusive and unknown place in Central Asia. It’s almost like most of the country is stuck in the past - you see camels as the mode of transport everywhere, people bartering in markets instead of shopping in stores, and locals living in yurt huts. Few places on earth match the off-the-beaten-track description quite like this. It boasts vast landscapes, incredible caves, and so much more. If you check out, you’ll see a more in-depth guide on what to do and how to get around, etc.  

Sometimes, it’s nice to take a step away from the hustle and bustle of mainstream travel and try something more niche. Sure, things will be a little bit harder, and you won’t enjoy the same luxuries as you’re used to! But, travelling off-the-beaten-track is a superb way to see places and things that most people have never witnessed. It gives you a unique experience, so give it a go! If you need a little bit of inspiration to maybe give you one final push, then consider these three destinations. Each one offers something slightly different, but they’re all top-class travel locations for an off-the-beaten-track adventure. 

Oct 7, 2019

Foodie: McDonald's Ebi Burger with Twister Fries

McDonald's has a new meal on its menu which the "Flavors of Japan." I tried the Ebi Burger meal with Twister Fries. Honestly, I didn't really like that much. Maybe it's just new to me to eat a burger that has a patty that is made of seafood. I also didn't like the Fuji Apple McFreeze that much. It tastes similar to other brands and I was expecting something more. 

Anyways, I love the Twister Fries. As always, I enjoyed eating them. It's my favorite in McDonald's. I hope McDonald's won't get mad at me. It's just my honest opinion. 

I will still eat in McDonald's and maybe will try the other variant which is the Teriyaki Samurai Burger. 

Sep 26, 2019

Finding The Right Aesthetic For Your Wedding Day

When it comes to planning a wedding, like anything, a nice aesthetic should be one of the main considerations you consider. Of course, even if you show up to your wedding in normal, comfortable clothes, without a big ceremony, or without a huge amount of pomp and circumstance, you will find that none of this actually matters provided the connection between you, your partner and your family is loving and whole. This is the most important thing.

That being said, it’s not truthful to ignore that many wish to design their best wedding, to enjoy a wonderful ceremony and keep in touch of how everything will go. It’s one of the most unique days of your life, so curating it a little can be a worthwhile and loving eventuality. But how do you find that right aesthetic for your wedding day? How on earth do you even begin to take inspiration for that? Is there a common theme, or a couple of simple tricks you can follow?

How might you progress from there?

With all this involved, you will likely find potential in the following:

Consider What You’d Like To Represent

What would you like to represent? Pure tradition? Fantastic. Would you like to perhaps wear a suit alongside your partner due to your same sex marriage? Also fantastic. Perhaps you’d like to go for a nautical theme because of coming from a long line of sailors, or maybe you and your partner are artists and wish to go for something just a little more bohemian than perhaps the couple next door might find appropriate.

It’s all up to you, but whatever you hope to go for, consider designing it ahead of time. Breaking convention without any good purpose can often just lead you into bad taste, and so while tradition is not always the default you may want to follow, it can serve as a nice baseline to help guide your unsure and disparate ideas right now. Remember, planning a wedding is a learning process. You needn’t have absolutely everything you know you would like achieved within the first week of planning. This is what this process is for, and why (hopefully) you have a good amount of time between accepting the engagement and actually standing in front of the person tasked with legitimizing your wedding.

Connecting To Your Roots

Perhaps you’d like to connect to your roots and give all of yourself through that process. To some, this can be an extremely freeing enterprise. If that sounds like you, it’s important to know what those roots might symbolize. Would you prefer to have a truly Jewish wedding adhering to all of the customs? How about a wedding ceremony from another culture, dressed in the attire that your ancestors once wore? Of course, it’s pretty much an unspoken rule that you or your partner needs to share some connection to the culture you wish to represent when connecting to their roots.

While some feel cultural appropriation is a real issue and many others feel cultures complimenting and appreciating one another is a vital step towards world peace, going for a full Native American-themed wedding procession when no one in your entire wedding party and much less you share absolutely anything to do with this culture? It may not be illegal per se, but it can be in bad taste. That being said, paying respect to cultural roots can work well for some people, especially if they wish to acknowledge their family tree.

It’s More Than Just The Clothes

A wedding aesthetic isn’t just what you wear or how nicely you decorate the functional hall. It’s also in how you craft beautiful DIY wedding invites, or what language you use to invite someone to the wedding with. It’s in the music you select for your wedding entertainment, the seating plan you design for your wedding meal, or what you choose for your first song to dance to.

It’s also in what honeymoon you may wish to select, or what approach you wish to take to receiving wedding gifts in the first place from your attendees. All of this is much more than just the clothes. It’s how you craft the entire experience to your tastes and the tastes of your partner to help celebrate the coming together of two people. In that frame of mind, these efforts are truly beautiful and not a small amount of wholesome.

We hope that this advice can help you find the best result possible.

Sep 22, 2019

Blogging since 2007

I checked my past blog posts and the very first one that I've made was dated on September 25, 2007. Yep! I've been blogging for already 12 years. My blog has undergone a lot of things like countless blog theme/skin changes (hoping to keep the present one for a lifetime 'coz I love it so much) and URL changes. I've gone through different URL changes because there were times that I feel like it is not unique or corny. Then I've come up with, I think this is very me and so unique. I think I can also make it my brand name in the future if I wanted to start a business. What do you think?

I know I've been so inconsistent in posting stories on my blog. In fact, there's a lot of pictures  (especially old ones)  that I have kept in my laptop and cellphone which I'm planning to share in my blog but until now, to no avail, they are still stucked to where they are. But I will still share most of them on my blog sooner or later. I'm planning to be more consistent and to make time for my blog in spite of my busy schedule.

Why am I blogging?
My blog is like my online diary wherein I write about random things that I want to share to people. I love keeping memories with my family, friends, pets and the things I love doing. Sometimes when I feel down, I just browse my blog and read my past blog posts. It gives me a smile to my face 'coz it brings back memories.

Oh! It also gave me somehow a small income. This helps me maintain my domain name. Sometimes I use my earnings to buy stuff like make-up which sometimes I post reviews about.

To my readers (if I have any), blogging is really fun especially if you love writing. This is a wonderful therapy for me during my free time. 

Thanks for taking the time in reading my blog. 

Happy Blogging!!!

Sep 20, 2019

3 Ways to Buy a Used Car

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Buying a used car is a good way to save money and still get a car in great condition. While some used cars have a bad reputation, the reality is that, after a quick check over by a qualified mechanic, most used cars are just as safe and reliable as their new counterparts.

So how can you find the right used car for you and where should you buy?

Buying at Auction

Car auctions are brilliant for bagging a deal and presenting a wide range of different used cars too. For example, the auto auction near van buren often has a catalog packed with great cars for auction and you can go and view all the cars before the bidding starts too, to get a feel for what you might like. 

However, it is worth keeping a few bidding tips in mind before you start. Firstly, you must set a budget and stick to it. This is really important because it is easy to get caught up in the moment while bidding and blow way past your budget, landing you in a mess when you’re expected to pay up. You must also try to stay calm. Don’t give your position away to other bidders - maintain your best poker face throughout. 

Buying from a Used Car Dealer

A used car dealer is often a good idea if you have a particular kind of car in mind or you need some advice to cover all your needs. So, if you’re struggling to decide between a hatchback or coupe, they will be able to help! Used car dealers often know where to source cars and use their network to find the perfect one for you. 

Because used car dealers are running a business, they are much less likely to want to rip you off. However, you should still ask a trusted mechanic to take a look at any car you are hoping to buy to make sure that the price is reasonable and the car will run properly. If you are still feeling nervous, your mechanic will probably be able to recommend a used car dealer to you. 

Buying from a Friend

If your friend is selling their car and you’ve got your eye on it, you could definitely make a deal. But please be cautious. While your friend might have the best intentions, you should still make sure that the car is in good condition and is worth the money they are asking. Money can quickly become problematic between friends so if you think buying their car might cause an issue, it’s better to back out now. 

If you do decide to go ahead, make sure that you fill out all the legal paperwork to prove purchase and your new ownership. This is really important because however much you trust your friend, cars cost a lot of money and you need to make sure that you have the rights to it in place. 

Buying a used car is a good way to get the wheels you need without spending a fortune but whatever you do, always get the car checked by a mechanic and make sure that the legal stuff is taken care of. 

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