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Buri Beach: The Unusual Puerto Galera Escapade

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I remember my first time in Puerto Galera was spent on the White Beach for a company summer outing a few years back. But, my long time friend, Ate Rita has been bugging me that she wanted to go to Puerto Galera, too. I told myself that, if I will be going on a trip with Ate Rita, I don't like to go to the crowded White Beach anymore. So, I made a little research on the prime beach spots in Puerto Galera and my quest led me to this elegant beach resort, Buri Beach Resort
Buri Beach Resort in Puerto Galera  is truly an ideal place for relaxation. We visited the place around December so, travelling by sea was quite wavy. Plus, the way to Buri Beach Resort was the unusual route. In order to get to Buri Beach, they say that you really have to pass through the most wavy part of Batangas-Mindoro sea. It was the longest 2 hour boat ride of my life! From Batangas pier, we hopped down to Muelle pier and then from Muelle pier, a private boat was waiting for us to reach Buri Beach Resort. Al…

Acuatico Beach Resort (Best Times with College Friends)

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I have been very blessed to travel in different places around the Philippines, more specifically the pristine white beaches. Travelling is even more fun when it is shared with great people. In my case, I love travelling with my friends and after college, we see to it that we catch up on each other from time to time. This trip to Acuatico Beach Resort - Batangas, I must say, is one of the short-distance trips where we splurged a lot. Of course, it was a long-planned trip so, we had time to save up for it and enjoy our hard-earned money. 

Acuatico Beach Resort is one of the prime beach resorts in Laiya, Batangas. The moment we set foot in the place, we were able to say to ourselves that every penny we spent was truly worth it. 


This is what will welcome you as you enter the lobby of Acuatico Beach Resort.

Laiya is quite difficult to reach if you do not have a private transportation. In our case, we took the commute route. There were four of us who travelled from Manila and then, we hopped …

How to Get Approval for Google Adsense - My Personal Experience

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Way back my college years between 2000 to 2004, I attempted to construct a blog site but I ended up writing one entry only for every new blog site that is introduced. The routine has always been like that, signing up for a new account for whatever blog site is most popular and blogging about stuff reaching up to only one page and then no more. 
When I started reading Bo Sanchez's blogs, I was exposed to different ways on how to earn money through the internet. Then, I stumbled upon names of people I have no idea of (back then) like the Philippine's Online Marketing Guru Mr. Jomar Hilario. I read about his blogs and participated in the free webinars he would give from time to time. In other words, I was convinced that I can truly earn extra money through the internet. Back in the early 2000, I was reading all about how to earn from blogging and stuff. Then, I researched more on the topic and eventually learned about Google Adsense. When I started out taking jobs on oDesk, I had …

Tips on Time Management Especially for those Working at Home

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I must admit that taking projects on oDesk can be a bit overwhelming because you would want to earn as much as you can. However, if you are working at home on a part time basis (like me), you should be able to efficiently assess how many projects you can do. This can help you build up a good track record that you can finish projects on time rather than take on several jobs which you cannot finish. It is both a frustration for you and for the client. When I was just new to oDesk, I tried to engage in several projects but it did not work out well because I was thinking that I had to work double time to submit on time. It was too late when I realized that I have taken too much work and neglected some projects already. Hence, I was unable to produce the expected output for one of my clients. There were times when I took one project after the other because I felt that I CAN STILL handle it but, unfortunately I can only do so much. From then on, I learned my lessons well. I took projects w…

oDesk Withdrawal Method - My Personal Dilemma

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I was due to withdraw my odesk earnings today, July 18. Ever since I started withdrawing funds from my odesk account, I always use the LFT or Local Funds Transfer wherein I directly receive payment through my Metrobank ATM. Unfortunately today, I admittedly was kind of thinking it was like a default setting that when I click withdraw, it will simply be just the same. In short, I was not in my proper frame of mind (hehe!). However, when I checked the transaction history on odesk, I withdrew funds and transferred it to my PayPal account! I was angry at myself for being so absent-minded. I registered my Paypal account as a backup payment plan just in case clients would ask if I have such an account. But, to actually transfer fund from odesk to Paypal, I must say is such a hassle for a newbie like me. 
My Paypal account is linked to my Union Bank EON Card. I have separately set up my Paypal and EON Card accounts since last year but have not really tried if it actually works. Now, I final…

Subic Bay Weekend Get Away

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It's been quite a while since my last entry. Since the Philippines is a tropical country, I think it is still worthy to share what I have been up to and the places I have been to last summer season.

I spent one weekend of May in Subic Bay. My boyfriend has not been there yet so, when he asked me if I wanted to go for a short weekend get away, I agreed right away. After all, it's the most practical place and most reasonable short vacation trip before the start of the new trimester (we are both working in the academe, by the way).

Just a little trivia that I realized when I was searching for itinerary in Subic Bay. One part of Subic is actually located in Zambales and the other part is the business district --- Subic Bay Freeport Zone or more popularly known as SBMA. And for this short weekend getaway, we visited the SBMA as in Subic Bay the Business District.


Transportation


Going to Subic is not as difficult as what other blogs would tell you. All you have to do is book with Vi…

How I Started as a Virtual Assistant

It was in October 2011 when I started my first online jobs through odesk.com. With my frustration and stress brought about by my traditional office routine, I turned to attending a series of webinars hosted by Mr. Jomar Hilario, a well-renowned online marketing guru in the Philippines. There were days when I wanted to attend one of his live seminars/workshops on how to become a virtual assistant but my schedule does not permit me to do so. Good thing he offered an audio version of his How to Become a Virtual Assistant seminar and I quickly purchased it online. After I finished the audio seminar and after I have read blogs of people who had the similar dilemma as mine, I got so inspired and confident that I can change my life 360 degrees and become a full time Virtual Assistant.
Soon as I learned about odesk.com in 2011, I started out my profile but never really paid attention on how to improve it. I was not that determined thus, I left it hanging incomplete for quite some time. When …