I stopped collecting books!

I stopped collecting books!

I experienced one of my biggest heart-breaks that led me to stop collecting books! It was so devastating and depressing. 😭

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When I was still young, I imagine having my own house with one room as a Library. Yes! School-inspired Library where I can sit and relax, read my favorite novel or book. Where I can invite my friends, or my son’s and daughter’s friends and even pass it on to the next generation.

 

I love collecting books, started from all the books I bought from school since primary, to the books gifted by my grandparents’, to the set of encyclopedia my parents bought, to all the books I bought from BookSale when I started buying my own, from fictional to adventures to horror to inspirational I got them all!

 

But our family experienced one of the biggest heart-breaks in our life. Just months after my father died last 2015, our house was robbed. That house hasn’t been visited since my father got sick. We are living in a different city that time and that house was abandoned for a long time that my father usually visited it from time to time. When he died, we took time to visit it right after his funeral to check on things.

 

With great surprise, door at the back is open with leaving the door in front closed. Suspected that robbers has been getting our things every night, day by day.

Everything is almost gone. Too messy that they only get on the things that they know they can sell including all the toys, appliances, books I had and even medals and awards I earned since grade school.

 

So heart-breaking, that I cannot contain myself on what I can do just to take back time. Arggghhh! I just hate reminiscing that moment.  That moment of time, just after my father died is another battle that we need to face.

 

Fast forward, I stopped collecting books! Why should I collect again? Then bad people will come after them again? And again? Then break my heart again?

 

I stopped collecting books even reading any book, because it reminds me a lot. I wish they are more. I wish they can fill my dream room library soon. I wish I still had that set of encyclopedia that I can pass on the generation.

 

But then, we all need to move forward. It was heart-breaking but we need to face reality. Until I met book nerds like me, I went back to reading.

 

When I was introduced to Faith & Entrepreneurship books, I went back to buying my own. Little did I know, I am now back in collecting.

 

And while I still don’t have my own house with a dream room as library, I can’t invite friends to come over. Since today is a digital age where you can share anything you want over the internet, my blog would have a space for a Digital Library.

 

The Digital Library is where you can see the books I have read, inspired me, helped me, and motivated me, and at least on this space, I can invite you to read the books I have read. Well, the only thing is, while I share you these books, you can also build your own library.

Sometimes, we stop doing things we love when it breaks our heart but will surely bring us back to what we love doing in the first place and replace those heart breaks with new memories.

5 Important Gadgets In My Online Journey

5 Important Gadgets In My Online Journey

Sino ba kasing nagsabing techy ako? Wala kaya kayong ebidensya!

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Tanong nga ng paborito kong pamangkin na inaanak ko rin,

 

“Si Ninang sosyal! Mommy bakit ang sosyal ni Ninang?”

 

Aba! Kabata-bata pa, marunong ng kumilatis ng sosyal!

 

Well, hindi naman talaga ako sosyal. Mahilig lang talaga ako sa mga gadgets na alam kong makakatulong ng malaki sa mga ganap sa aking life.

 

Yes techy talaga ako, pero sobrang piling-pili ang mga gadgets na talagang pinag-iipunan ko.

 

Marami pa ngang nasa listahan, pero darating din ang panahong mabibili ko rin sila!

 

Eh, hindi pa ngayon ang panahon na yun. Kaya dito muna tayo sa Part 1 ng mga gadgets ko.

 

Oh yes! Part 1 muna, sigurado namang magkakaroon ng Part 2 eh!

 

Sa Part 1 na toh, eto ung mga pinaka basic na gamit ko sa everyday life.

 

Dahil Work-From-Home ako, kaya mas nag-invest ako sa limang bagay na to.

Gadget #1

Aba! Syempre, Laptop! Kung mas taong bahay ka, pwede rin namang Desktop Computer. Pero dahil isa akong on-the-go freelancer, kung saan-saan napapadpad kaya mas mahalaga sakin ang Laptop.

 

When I bought my laptop last July 2016, I don’t have enough money kaya nag-ipon ako ng mga 20-30% nung price tsaka ko ina-apply sa HomeCredit. Kapag bumibili pa naman ako ng mga gadget, sobrang specific ako sa details. Dapat kahit paano, mejo advance ng konti para pang matagalan.

 

What I love with this laptop is the following features below:

 

  • Windows 10
  • NVIDIA® GeForce®
  • 8GB DDR3L
  • 1TB HDD
  • 5th Generation Intel® CoreTM i7 processor
  • 15.6″ FHD 1920 x 1080 anti-glare
  • 360º Flip-and-Fold Design

Full Specification details here in Lenovo website

That time, the deal is good. Kaya pumunta ako agad sa CompLink PH sa may SM North Edsa. Nag-bigay lang ako ng 15k for downpayment. The remaining balance is under HomeCredit na. Schedule is payable to only 9 months para mejo mabilis lang din matapos. Mga nasa 4k per month lang ung binayaran ko.

ASENSO TIP 101:

Mas malaki ang chance na ma-approve ang loan mo through HomeCredit kapag ang downpayment mo ay nasa 20-30% of the price. Advisable ang HomeCredit kung hindi mo kaya ng biglaan ang budget. And mas piliin mo ang shorter terms, para sandali lang ang takbo ng loan. Kasi the longer your loan, kahit mababa ang monthly amortization, mas malaki ang interest na binabayaran in total. Kaya choose HomeCredit basta marunong ka mag-bayad ng utang mo!

Unfortunately, this brand is no longer available in the market but as of this writing, this gadget is still good and working for me. Still got a good deal with that.

Gadget #2

This mouse is actually inspired by my previous supervisor in the BPO Company way back in 2016. Nung chineck ko sa internet by 2017, may bagong edition kaya un ang binili ko.

 

What I love about this mouse is these features below:

 

  • Wireless Technology
  • You just need to lie it flat to turn it off (Not bulky when traveling)
  • Scrolling function that includes horizontal scrolling

 

I originally bought it sa Amazon. Until now, it’s still good and working for me.

 

Check it on Amazon or Lazada.

Gadget #3

It’s actually not part of the plan when I bought it. As in, nasira lang ung isa kong pointer and that day, kailangan ko ng presenter. Hindi na sana ako bibili, pero since I am going to present a very important deck sa isang client ko kaya napilitan akong maghanap before the meeting.

 

So far, it’s the best presenter that I have used.

 

What I love with this presenter is:

 

  • Transmission range is up to 20m
  • Plug & Play
  • Optical Finger Navigation button (OFN)

 

Ung OFN talaga ung pinaka best feature nya! Hindi lang slide up and down, left or right. Meron itong mouse-like scroll navigation and left-click function of a mouse. The best sya sa mga presentations and demos.

 

Nabili ko sya sa Gilmore Inc. sa may Fishermall, Quezon City (5th Floor) pero available na rin sya sa Lazada.

Gadget #4

Gadget nga ba to? Well, gusto ko parin siyang isama sa listahan kasi helpful sya for me.

 

I have a wired broadband with 25 mbps speed as per advertising. Hindi ako magaling sa mga ganitong bagay, pero nag-try parin ako mag-search at mag-compare.

 

When I am using the Wi-Fi, it would consume from 15-20 mbps which is faster pero sa dami ng workload ko minsan, I need to at least maximize the 25 mbps. That’s why this tool is useful for me. I can connect on my broadband internet with almost 23-24mbps in speed which is good.

 

RJ45 STP CAT 7 Flat Gigabit Ethernet Network Cable

 

Speedtest via Wifi: Click here

Speedtest via Cable: Click here

 

What I love with this RJ45 cable is:

 

  • Gold Plated RJ45 connector
  • 10m Flat cable (Long enough to connect in my laptop)
  • 10Gbps High Speed

 

I bought it in Lazada.

Gadget #5

Gadget din ba to? Well, useful din kasi itong tool na ito kaya it’s worth it to share.

 

Madalas sa mga presentations ko, wala silang HDMI connector kaya ang ending, hindi ko nagagamit ang laptop ko for presentations. Nahihirapan din ako to transfer files from my laptop to flash drives. Lalo na pag marami. And ang isa pang benefit sakin, is nagagamit ko sya for my 2nd screen, para naka dual screen ako pag working.

1080P HDMI Male to VGA Female Video Converter Adapter Cable

 

What I love with this connector is:

 

  • HDMI Input and VGA Output
  • Low Price
  • Quality

 

I also bought it in Lazada.

Let’s wrap it up, ito ung mga useful gadgets and tools na ginagamit ko everyday.

 

  1. Lenovo Yoga 500
  2. Microsoft Arc Mouse
  3. ProLink Presenter
  4. Cat7 RJ45 Cable
  5. HDMI-VGA Connector

 

For me they are helpful in my online journey, investing in one of these is totally worth it.

 

Ikaw? 

Ano ang Top 5 Gadget na very helpful sa iyong online journey? Comment it below.

How I Started Working Online?

How I Started Working Online?

A dream that I encountered, scrap it out but was able to cross my line again, knocks on my door and finally led me to dream again.

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It’s been a dream to be able to work online. Way back in 2012, I’ve been researching for online work. I spend most of my free time to computer shops to perform the research, sometimes when the teacher’s duties are off (since working as a Computer Instructor), Yahoo and Google are my best friends.

I had a few successful short-term jobs, but since I don’t have my own laptop, internet, and been busy from working full-time to private companies, the idea of working online has been scrap out.

2016, when working online cross my line again so I decided to invest in my own laptop and started to try it again. Still my time is an issue towards that online dream. Travel time to work consume most of my time so I had no opportunity to get online. Not until November 2017, I was laid off from my job. Since November, December and January are the busiest seasons in the Philippines, and I had a scheduled Long Vacation by February; I had a deal with myself and asked God’s guidance to grant my wants.

I will pursue online work within these times, and if I failed to find a stable one, something that will pay for all my bills, I will get back to apply to private companies by March 1.

I had short-term jobs again, which in the meantime became the payor for my monthly bills. I had no job, but my expenses are fixed, and I am able to still pay for all my payables. Until early January of 2017, I crossed this client looking for someone who “Loves Numbers”. Literally, I don’t love numbers as much how Mathematician, Accountants, Finance and Statistics love it but one thing I know, I can translate those numbers to be useful one. After passing all the exams and interviews, I was finally hired. Oh yes! 

I was hired full-time for 7 hours a day from Monday to Friday, with a compensation that really fits my monthly expenses, and above all, my start date at this job is March 1. And the deal is now officially off! Online work meets my way!

Hello, Online Work! Hello, Online Freedom! Hello, Online Journey!

Is Upwork Worth It?

Is Upwork Worth It?

Are you a Freelancer or an Employer? It depends on how worth it is based from your role in Upwork, but here are my insights on how worth it is.

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In this article, I will discuss both, so you will have a better understanding if Upwork is worth it.

 

Upwork as a Freelancer

I personally started in Upwork. Actually, it was oDesk back then. When I was starting to do online jobs, I had so many doubts about the platform but that is normal especially this kind of platform is very new.

But, if you look at the time today, digital work is growing so fast. Upwork being one of the best freelancing websites, says they have over 12 million registered freelancers and more than 5 million registered clients.

 

So, is Upwork worth it? 

 

My answer will be, YES! Of course! 

 

If you wanted to start working online, Upwork is the best to get started.

 

All you need is to sign up, get your profile approved and start applying for jobs.

 

The only disadvantage, you also got a lot of competitors. Working online now, there’s really a lot of competition, anywhere you at. That’s reality!

 

Take note of these reminders even if you are just starting out…

1. Know Your Worth

You have to know how much is your service worth. Do not price yourself too low and of course don’t offer free work just to attract potential clients. Set a pricing for your services in an hourly basis. And if you will be going to work for fixed pricing, assess your client’s needs before giving the price.

2. Compete with Confidence

Compete with complete confidence on what you can do. Show your potential clients that you are providing a real and better deals. Build trust and respect on each job you handle. Do not just compete with your pricing, compete with your skills and resources.

3. All The Best

In every job posted in Upwork, clients have their own criteria based on Upwork. You don’t need to make it as a checklist to be able to qualify. Read the description, understand what they need and don’t be afraid to start communicating by sending your application. There are times that clients don’t know how much the budget should they need and often times they are categorizing it in different aspects. Most of the time all they need is someone who can do the job with exemption to the rule, and could do more than what it needs to be delivered. So always be at your best and do not restrain from applying for these jobs that you know you could be of great help.

ASENSO TIP 101:

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Upwork as an Employer

I also do hiring for tasks that I could no longer do when my load is full. And I actually use Upwork to hire these people do work for me. And besides, I also wanted to know how it feels to be an employer.

 

So why in Upwork?

 

Well, as an employer, all you need is to create your account, create a job posting, make sure you have enough credits to pay your freelancer, sit back and relax while freelancers comes in to apply for the job you posted; and finally, filter it based on your need and your project is good to go.

 

Simple right? But that’s not just that.

 

You also need to remember things so you would not end up hiring incompetent candidates for your next project.

 

Try to make these things keep in mind before creating job posts and hiring candidates:

1. The Price is Right

Low quality work results are usually priced at $2 to $5 per hour rates, there are some that  give this as a starting price to attract clients even they can do better than this price and they are just starting out. If quality work is a big deal for you, then provide a realistic budget for your project so high quality freelancers will also apply for you.

2. Detailed Project

Do not just post what you need. Discuss everything you need. Describe the project in detail including skill requirements, how long do you need the job to get done, and it’s categorization. Sometimes, other clients can’t categorize it accurately, and result to irrelevant proposals. Make sure you are giving accurate details and needs, so you can attract potential freelancers who can do the job.

3. Create Rules

When I was hired by my client, the number 1 thing that he likes about my proposal is that I follow the rules. What rules? When creating a job post, you have to include in your description on how you want your freelancers to respond. Either, put a specific phrase in the subject line, or replying to the job post with the first word, or call me with the name you want to be called. These are simple rules that you need for your freelancers to follow. In this way you can filter out those freelancers who cannot follow simple rules like these.

ASENSO TIP 101:

If you are hiring freelancers to do the job for you, you would also want to keep things on track. It’s not bad to track them from time to time, but there’s an easy way for you to manage all your freelancers and get a real time insight on what they are currently working on and how long does it take to complete their task. I use TimeDoctor for my client, and this is very helpful for both of us. Atleast, he is up to date to what is happening with my project to them. Try Time Doctor free for 30 days! [Full Disclosure: This link is an affiliate link, which means that I earn a commission if you do end up purchasing. It’s at NO extra cost to you.]

Now, let’s go back to our question here. Is Upwork worth it? 

Definitely, YES!

 

Upwork is worth it, the place where you can start working online or hiring people, the place you can find great talents and/or generous clients. As their company says, there are 12 million registered freelancers and more than 5 million registered clients. One of the best digital marketplaces.

If you want to know how I earned my first $75 in Upwork, I have shared it in my Show and Tell video, watch the episode in this link here.

Show and Tell and What?

Show and Tell and What?

To go out of my comfort zone is a huge step for me to pursue my goals.

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Last July 9, 2018, I updated my YouTube channel where I decided to create a Show and Tell episodes of different online opportunities. My goal is to show and tell all my online discoveries, it’s either an application, a work, a game or any thing that can be discovered online. I have tested several applications before where many Filipinos are being scammed or tricked by great marketing strategies, that awakens my spirit that not all opportunities needs great value in order to invest. Internet viral is fast pacing and most of the time many Filipinos are not aware of it. I will try my way NOT to destroy anyone’s business model but to provide a good remarks about a specific topic that could have a great value and will help sooner Filipinos on deciding.

 

 

I marked myself as “The Online Geek Tester”, that would test anything reachable by my mind and hands and create feedback on it.

 

 

 

If you agree with my goal, please subscribe to my channel so you would be able to also help me or learn from me, whichever works best for you.

My Journey To Work From Home Job

My Journey To Work From Home Job

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

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November 2016 when my project ended on my IT Consultancy job. Since it was November, I thought that it would be hard for me to apply for another job. There’s a possibility of working on the next holidays if I would be hired. I will not have enough leave credits. I cannot take it to not be with my family during those precious days of the year.

 

Then I decided to take a break. I thought of resting for the next 3-4 months since I am also preparing for a conference in Iloilo for February 2017. Time goes by, I enjoyed my rest days and forgot how exhausted I am every time I go to work from Quezon City to BGC. I did enjoy each day staying at home but of course sometimes I still gets bored especially when you think of where to get and provide budget for the things you need to pay for the month. Since I experienced working part time online, I researched for new ways on how to work online.

 

Onlinejobs.ph is one of the new mediums that I saw that could be something promising for work from home jobs. I updated my profile, completed and verified it. Started to submit cover letters, answer applications that I know I can do the job. January 2017, I got my first job but it was only part-time. My client compensate well since the job was just a copy-paste but I earned $85 per task, which I got 3 tasks. I did really survived during those time. Until then last week of January 2017, when I applied for “Business Analytics Manager” position. Got really interested on the description and all skills needed matched my skills though I am still willing to learn for some. After submission of application, they responded after a day. I took an online application (Answered questions in Google Form), then was selected to proceed to the next step for an interview with the Analytics Manager, then after a week I was selected as one of the 3 successful applicants to be interviewed by the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the company.

 

1st week of February 2017 has been a roller coaster of emotions during the whole time of the application. It’s one of the online jobs I really prayed for. Aside from the desire of staying at home for work and want to learn more of the business, it was also the time that my budget is running out so bad. 2nd week of February 2017, just before our conference, the Lord granted my prayers. They emailed me the job offer and it is all well compensated. I decided to start on the 1st day of March and the rest is history.

 

Everything happens for a reason, no matter how many failed submitted applications, there is always one successful treasure waiting for the right time with the right person. Never give up on the desires of your heart and never forget to pray for it, for the Lord will grant those prayers in His perfect time.

Thanks to Onlinejobs.ph for I had found the best journey to my online career.

 

ASENSO TIP 101:

For those of you looking for an advanced strategies to start working from home, make sure to check out VA Bootcamp course. This course that I took that helped me grow my freelancing career. [Full Disclosure: This link is an affiliate link, which means that I earn a commission if you do end up purchasing. It’s at NO extra cost to you.]

Anyways, I’ve also shared my journey on how I earn my first $85 in OnlineJobsPH in one of my Show and Tell videos, here is the link for that episode.

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