Wednesday, August 9, 2023

The Many Variance of Solitaire

I have mentioned in my previous post that I love exploring online games, particularly those which are free and have no ads at all. Then I stumbled upon another online gaming site which is (feel free to click for more options!).

The site is not limited to solitaire games only. There are other options like cards, mahjong, hidden object, match 3, logic puzzles, and words. Personally, I love playing Solitaire. In fact, I have one app installed on my tablet which is the Solitaire Jackpot. Needless to say, it comes with so many ads after every game.

So back to this site, I just realized that apart from classic solitaire, there are other variants of solitaire that are available, some are just so new to me like Solitaire Tripeaks and Golf. I tried to play each variant and guess what, I just cannot win any two of them, too difficult! I don't want to use Easy Mode because I want to challenge myself, however, it is really difficult LOL!

Imagine the emotional damage I have to go through because I lost a couple of times!

But I am not that easy to give up, I should win this game- I have a very competitive spirit by the way...

But then, again and again, I lose. I lost count of how many times I lost the game LOL!
Klondike Solitaire is so hard to win if you chose 3 decks of cards instead of 1 so I choose 1 LOL. 

Tip of advice: Go for Easy Mode instead of the Normal one to have a bigger chance of winning.

For Spider Solitaire, choose 1 suit for easier chances of winning, but if you want to challenge yourself, go for more than 2 suits.

Free Cell Solitaire, is by far, the most difficult variant to win! I didn't win this game even after so many attempts.

The Pyramid Solitaire on the other hand is quite easy to play. All you need to do is to match two cards that would sum up to 13. But I have quite more attempts before I won this game.

Aside from Solitaire, you can play hundreds of other ad-free online games. There are even sites that allow you to play with other gamer. Just see to it that all your house chores are done before you start playing or you'll end up getting hooked on it.

Right now, I still have the luxury of time for this since classes have not started yet. How I wish I could install an app with so many options on my tablet just like what this site has to offer to keep me busy during idle moments. I often play online mobile games while in a long queue, or waiting for my husband to fetch me, and many other scenarios.

Next game to try on- Words!

What It Takes to Become a Social Media Influencer

People are getting crazy making content right now to earn dollars on various Social Media platforms like Facebook, Tiktok, and Instagram. There's no wrong in trying to earn such a way, but what's disturbing now is that some so-called "influencers" post unlikely videos showing off their bodies, almost naked, and doing dirty dancing. I was like, "Hello people, Facebook is not limited to adult viewers, there are kids out there browsing Facebook most of the time! I just don't understand how they normalize stupid acts via Social Media. They can actually choose to make relevant and wholesome content online. 

Easy money huh?

Why not choose to become a motivational, inspiring, and wholesome influencer instead?

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

How I Keep My Family Busy Indoors

This summer heat keeps my family indoors most of the time. As a Mom, I always see to it that my kids, ages 7, 10, and 11, will spend quality time inside our home. My youngest, in particular, is currently undergoing Occupational Therapy thus I keep her busy by letting her play with the Montessori-inspired toys that would address her impulsive behavior. My eldest daughter loves to sketch and paint thus I provided her with coloring materials and a sketchpad. She's into digital as well using the painting app. My eldest son, on the other hand, is into mobile games. However, I don't like the games that he's playing. He used to build using his favorite Lego toys but right now, as he age, he doesn't want to play with them anymore. As a teacher, I am fully aware that there are games that could be addicting to young minds and I don't want it to happen to him. I am a gamer too thus I love exploring online games that would be entertaining but not detrimental to the mental health of my kids. 

A lot of options!
I've been trying XBox Games but it's expensive, so I explore more for free games then I stumbled upon this site that have multiple games and all for FREE! What excited me most is that there are so many options to choose from! And unlike any other free game site, definitely, there are no annoying ads in the game!

In particular, I like their Lego City Adventures Build and Protect game because it is a game by Nickelodeon! (You can actually click the link automatically to try the game). When I showed it to my son he was so excited to try it. Of course, I tried it first before I let him play with it. So far, the game runs smoothly, it was just too tasking to collect the coins. Hope there's only one button to click to collect all the coins generated from the buildings. 

                                                                                Another game that I find amusing is Merge Blocks. You need to strategize your moves or you will run out of space! So far, the Best Score I got is 2760 played within 20 minutes and 52 seconds! There are still other games like Business Simulation Games where you will play as Store Cashier. You should be keen enough in giving the right change. 
I am just so glad that there are developers who initiated these types of games which are educational in nature. Right now, I am letting my son explore the other games. Of course, I need to limit his screen time or he might get hooked on it. For now, I highly recommend that you'll try this site and I could guarantee that you will really have fun. Besides, all the games are free. I also suggest using laptops or desktops for a smoother game time.

Indeed, as a Mom, I need to think of many ideas to keep my kids busy. I made it a point that there's no idle time for them, except during nap time. However, classes will start soon so I need to limit their game time. 

The next idea to explore is online cooking tutorials and perhaps some DIY home hacks!

Have a fruitful school break everyone!


Friday, April 14, 2023

Mental Health: Was It Really Okay to be NOT Okay?

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Society today believes that It's okay NOT to be Okay.

If I were to give my two cents on this, I would agree, however, one should understand first the importance of mental health in order to really understand that being NOT okay is, still, okay.

So what is Mental Health? Allow me to break it down below.

Mental health is an essential aspect of overall well-being that often gets overlooked. While physical health is generally given a lot of attention, mental health is often seen as taboo, and people are hesitant to discuss their mental struggles openly. However, mental health is just as crucial as physical health and plays a vital role in determining a person's quality of life.

Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we feel, think, and behave in our day-to-day lives. Mental health problems can range from mild anxiety to severe depression and can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Therefore, it's crucial to prioritize mental health and take proactive steps to maintain and improve it.

Here are some reasons why mental health is so important:

Mental health affects physical health:
Mental and physical health are interconnected. If you are struggling with mental health issues, it can have an adverse impact on your physical health. For instance, depression and anxiety can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to illnesses. Stress can also lead to headaches, high blood pressure, and other physical health problems. Therefore, taking care of your mental health can help you maintain good physical health.

Mental health impacts productivity:
Mental health issues can have a significant impact on a person's productivity. People with depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems may struggle to focus on tasks, complete them on time, or make decisions. This can affect their work performance and reduce their productivity. Therefore, prioritizing mental health can help improve your focus, decision-making abilities, and overall productivity.

Mental health affects relationships:
Mental health issues can strain relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. People with mental health problems may struggle to communicate effectively or withdraw from social interactions. This can lead to misunderstandings, conflict, and isolation. Prioritizing mental health can help improve communication skills, reduce conflicts, and strengthen relationships.

Mental health impacts overall well-being:
Mental health problems can significantly impact a person's overall well-being. People with mental health issues may struggle with low self-esteem, feelings of hopelessness, and reduced quality of life. Taking care of your mental health can help you feel more confident, improve your self-esteem, and lead to a more fulfilling life.

In conclusion, mental health is an essential aspect of overall well-being that should be given the same attention as physical health. Taking care of your mental health can improve your physical health, productivity, relationships, and overall well-being. Therefore, it's essential to prioritize mental health by seeking help when needed, practicing self-care, and engaging in activities that promote mental well-being. Remember, it's okay to not be okay, and seeking help is a sign of strength.

Hope this could help! Ciao!


Wednesday, April 12, 2023

How to Get Your Working Visa Approved? Check this out!

I was contemplating going abroad for greener pastures but somehow I am hesitant about the fact that I will be leaving my 3 kids, most especially my youngest daughter who was diagnosed with ASD. Nevertheless, I am still researching what to do if given such opportunities. So I started with securing a visa and these are what I have digested.

Getting a working visa approved is a crucial step toward achieving your career goals in a foreign country. The process of obtaining a working visa can be complex and time-consuming, but with the right preparation and approach, it can be a smooth and successful process.

Here are some tips on how to increase your chances of getting a working visa approved:

1. Start preparing early

It is crucial to start preparing your visa application as soon as you know that you need one. Visa applications can take several weeks or even months to process, so it is essential to leave enough time for the process. But some friends who were already there say that it took them a year or two to process their visa, especially for those who took their family with them.

2. Research visa requirements

Different countries have different visa requirements, and it is important to be familiar with them before you apply. Check the government website of the country where you want to work and research the types of visas available and the documentation required. I have actually tried the Canada website trying to inquire about their process and believe me it's quite tasking and, well, a little bit complicated.

3. Get an offer of employment

Having a job offer from a reputable employer can vastly improve your chances of getting your working visa approved. Ensure that your potential employer provides you with the necessary documents such as a signed contract or a letter of invitation. Indeed, this was, according to many, the fastest way to get a working visa. One must have an employer!

4. Gather all necessary documents

Make sure you have all the necessary documents in order to avoid any delays or rejections. You will typically be required to provide proof of employment or business opportunity, a valid passport, and often a police clearance certificate. To be sure, secure all the documents you deemed necessary for your application even if it is not stipulated like the NBI clearance, birth certificates, and the like.

5. Follow the application instructions

Make sure that you follow the instructions for the visa application process carefully. Fill out all the forms accurately, attach all necessary documents, and pay the required fees. Double-check before forwarding your papers to your employer or its authorized agency.

6. Be prepared for an interview

Some countries may require an interview as part of the visa application process. If you are required to attend an interview, prepare carefully by researching common questions and practicing your responses. Youtube is the key!

7. Seek expert help

If you are unsure of the application process or have any questions, it is recommended to seek expert help. Consider consulting an immigration lawyer, visa consultant, or embassy representative.

In conclusion, obtaining a working visa can be a daunting task, but with proper preparation and attention to detail, it can be a rewarding experience. By following these tips and being patient, you can increase your chances of getting your visa application approved and fulfilling your career ambitions overseas.

So, for all of us who are still contemplating, let's cross our fingers! For me, I believe that when the time is right, God will make it happen! Amen.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Should I Go or Should I Stay?

My teaching experience both in the Secondary and Tertiary levels equipped me with the skills to handle distinct characters. I've been teaching for almost 20 years already and yet I reached to a point where I want to have more for what I have rendered.

I want a greener pasture and I doubt if I could achieve it here in my beloved Philippines. 

But then I have so many apprehensions and what-ifs.

What if I won't be successful with my endeavor abroad?

What if I cannot handle much of the pressure that I will be dealing with?

What if I cannot achieve my ultimate goal which is to bring my family with me?

Somehow, my mind kept telling me that I will never know unless I will give it a try, however, my heart told me to stay because my kids are still kids who need me the most.

But when I think about the future, a brighter future- I doubt if I could have it here. I am getting older and I could not lose this opportunity. But then again, the sight of my kids made me think otherwise.

Nevertheless, I am still taking the initial steps to secure my passport. Who knows, If the time is right, my God will make it happen.

Fingers crossed.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

What's Killing Your Libido?

As I was browsing my Yahoo emails from many years back, I stumbled upon this subject. I used to subscribe WebMD site and truly, I really find their site interesting, much more with their topics. 

What's Killing Your Libido is such an eye-opener topic for me, figuratively though. I have no problem with that but somehow I could relate it to my hobby as a blogger. When I started blogging in 2009, I could write more than a hundred per month; believe me, such enthusiasm pays me well. Blogging used to really help me financially, well, it's not the same story for now since I am not that active anymore. Nevertheless, I still decided to keep my domain. I used to have three but decided to give up the two accounts and just focus on this.

What's killing my libido (enthusiasm) to write? I guess, it's because of the demands of my current job that I cannot pay attention to blogging? or it's simply because I have less inspiration for now. I have so much in my mind but just can't find the right energy to write it down. I also withdraw my membership to the blogger community thus I wasn't able to get the perks that they were enjoying right now. Yes, some of my blogger friends are still up on this side hustle and they have really established themselves. I cannot really tell if mine is considered an 'established' blog since I do not have many followers and I didn't rank on PRs anymore.

I am still holding on to this blog so that someday when I could have the luxury of time, I will be able to express my thoughts regularly. I have lots of things running through my mind and I want to express them here.

Well, maybe I just need some stimulation to keep me up and running. What do you think?

By the way, this is not a paid post. I just want you to visit the WebMD website for some healthy tips

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Business Ideas That Might Suit You

To run a successful business, you need to spend money before you start earning it. 

First and foremost, there is the cost of equipment, software, and training. It's important for your business growth that you invest in these things as early as possible so that when you need them, they're already available at hand. 

You'll also want to have a website built for your company; this can be done by hiring an expert or even doing it yourself using WordPress (which is free). A domain name will help people remember who owns what website when searching online – so make sure it's available! 

Finally, don't forget about marketing! This could mean advertising on Facebook or Twitter; advertising on LinkedIn; or even sending out brochures or flyers around town if necessary! You also have to be able to provide a service worth paying for. If you're looking to make money freelancing, you need to be able to provide a service worth paying for. Once the client has chosen a freelancer, they will want their project done in a timely manner and on budget. It's important that your services are competitively priced; otherwise, clients might choose another provider who offers less expensive services. 

If you're not passionate about what you're doing or don't enjoy what you're doing, then this may not be for you. You have to love your job if you want to make a success of it! If this is the case, then there are plenty of other options out there that will suit your skillset better and allow for greater financial freedom as well. 

A good idea for anyone starting out is to sell other people's products in exchange for a commission. This is called affiliate marketing and is one of the most popular ways to begin. An affiliate marketing program is a way for you to make money by promoting other people's products and services. In exchange, they will pay you a commission when those products or services are sold. You can sign up with an affiliate program on your own website or blog by creating an account with the merchant, who will give you access to their site's e-commerce tools so that you can buy/sell their product directly through them (e.g., Amazon). Once your account is set up, it's time to start making sales! 

You can begin by trying out different freelancing websites, where buyers will post jobs available, and all you have to do is apply with your best bid if interested in the job. This can be a great place to start networking too! Upwork and Freelancer both offer freelance services for hiring workers of all skill levels including designers, developers, copywriters, and more. You will need a valid e-mail address in order to register on either site; once you have registered with one of these sites there are thousands of opportunities waiting for you! Freelancing is a great way to earn money online and build up both your experience and reputation. It’s also an excellent way of getting into the field you want, whether it be writing, marketing, or design. 

One of the best things about freelancing is that you don’t have to live in one place – so if you want more flexibility in where you work or what kind of job opportunities open up then freelancing might be right for you! A lot of people who do freelance work are self-employed; they set their own hours and decide how much they want/need from their business. 

However, there are some downsides too: If something goes wrong with your website due to technical issues then this can seriously affect business sales because customers won't trust any other sites out there either :-(. So although being self-employed means having complete control over all aspects involved (including finances), there are still some risks associated with running an online business which could mean losing customers if something goes wrong unexpectedly." 

Conclusion I hope you found this article useful. If you would like to learn more about how to get started with your own business, please follow this blog for more!

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Why Can't I learn Any Lesson?

The problem with money was indeed inevitable that is why minimum wage earner like me wants to dive into any opportunities available even if there's no assurance in the end.
I have encountered many "online money-making schemes" which sound too good to be true yet I am still gambling with them.

First, my friend invited me to an online crypto investment worth P2500 because another friend found it to be legit and real. But then, I have never received my ROI because you need to add more money in order to get your profits. So. I considered it a CHARGE TO EXPERIENCE.

Second, was this random text I received that tells me to invest with a promise of quick profits, and once again I fall into the trap. At first, I earned double so I was like very impressed with it so my broker told me to invest more, so I did because I was able to receive firsthand my earnings. So she told me to invest more which I gladly complied with, in fact, I borrowed money to add up to my deposits. However, when I reach further, I was required to pay more than P17,000 in order to withdraw my earnings. I was shocked because that's not how it works at first. So I gave up, with P1,500 losses on my end.

Then recently, as if I am not been scammed before, another promising opportunity was presented before me. This time all I need is to invest P2000 which will turn into P25,000 in 3 hours without doing anything. I was hopeful because there are lots of positive reviews online which is why I am convinced to grab this opportunity. To be honest, in that P2000 that I have invested, I borrowed P500 to complete the amount. That was it. After two hours or so, I received an email telling me that my earnings are now ready but I need to pay more than P11,000 for the maintenance fee! That was never mentioned to me before and I was totally devastated. I asked the broker to send me back my deposit but according to her, it's not possible.

What shall I do? I am again facing another betrayal of trust or rather, falling into the temptation of a quick-money scheme. 

I admit I have learned my lesson the hard way now. I am just so disappointed because I really need money since I was hospitalized two weeks ago and all my savings were depleted plus I am indebted to someone.

Hope this will serve as a warning for those who have limited resources. Never engage in any online opportunity as promising as this.


Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Freelancing 101

What is freelancing?

I have read a great article online that I find worth sharing which talks about freelancing.

Freelancing is a great way to earn money and build up both your experience and reputation. You can do it remotely, so you don't have to be near an office or storefront. You can sell your services directly to buyers anywhere in the world through various websites like Upwork, Freelancer and GuruGuru. The biggest mistake new freelancers make is that they think it will take less time than it does. 

To run a successful business, you need to spend money before you start earning it.  Freelancing is an increasingly popular and ideal way to earn money online. You can do it remotely, sell your services to anyone anywhere in the world and work from home. If you want to work from home or don't want to commute for long hours every day (like many people who live in cities), freelancing is the best option for you! Freelancers often get started with little more than a computer and Internet connection – all they need are a passion for their job and some skills they're good at. 

The biggest mistake new freelancers make is that they think it will take less time than it does because they think they don't have any experience yet when actually there are lots of resources out there such as this article that can help guide them on how long each step takes before moving onto another step 

You can do it remotely, and you can sell your services to anyone anywhere in the world. You might be thinking that this sounds like a dream job, but it's actually possible! Many people have been doing freelance work from home for years now. And if you're not sure how to get started with remote freelancing, here are some tips: 

        Find an opportunity that resonates with you personally — this is important because otherwise there will be less motivation for completing tasks on time or thoroughly than if they were more meaningful to you personally (for example, working with one person who has shared similar interests). 

         All you need is a computer and Internet connection, as well as a passion for your job and some skills you're good at. You don't need a college degree or any other certification to freelance. If you're interested in freelancing as a side hustle or making some extra cash on the side while still working full-time, here's how it works: 

 Get started by signing up with an online marketplace like Upwork (formerly oDesk). It's one of the most popular places to find freelance jobs because it allows employers to post projects directly without having them filtered through multiple websites like Freelancer or Elance. The best part? Most jobs pay anywhere from $20-$50 per hour! If there isn't anything available at this time but know that there will be later on down the road, ask around until someone recommends someone who may also be looking for help with specific tasks like writing articles for their blog.

The biggest mistake new freelancers make is that they think it will take less time than it does. We’ve all heard stories about people who became successful overnight, but this is not the case for everyone. The truth is that being a full-time freelancer takes time and effort. It can be a lot of work if you let it be, which means you need to manage your time well so that you don’t get overwhelmed by all the tasks on your plate or let yourself get distracted by other responsibilities like family or friends' lives. It's also important not to be afraid to delegate tasks when needed; if someone else can do something better than what you're currently doing then let them! Don't feel guilty about saying no either—if there are things happening in your life that distract from work then there's no reason why they shouldn't happen while working too! 

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

What Could Be In Store for Me This 2023?

Another year unfolds, January is about to close, it also means, another opportunity to become a better version of myself. 

But how?

Honestly, the year 2022 ended with an empty thoughts of what am I planning to do in 2023. I used to write down all my "bucket list", my plans, my to-do-list, but nope, I met 2023 empty handed. 

What's getting into me? Well, nothing actually. I just find it depressing whenever I don't get to have what I want, I get frustrated if I cannot realize the things that were written on my list. That's the very reason why I stop writing it down. Instead, I look up, I surrendered everything to Him. Yes, I may have plans but this time I will allow God to have His plans for me. I just have to do the things that I ought to do, no pressure. In this way, I won't be too expectant and I won't have to nurse a broken spirit again once I don't get what I want.

What could be in store for me this 2023? Well, that's something that only God knows.

I am actually excited and I am confident that God will slowly unfold before me all His plans. All I have to do is to perform my daily grind.

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