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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Put Yourself in Their Shoes, Please Pray and Donate


As the death toll rises and survivors ravage for food, drinks and medical help, one can only think about the massive devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Out of the rubble, different heartbreaking stories arise on how families got swept away by the storm surge and how people despite being warned, did not really expect something as horrible as this. You can’t blame them; you can’t blame anyone for that matter actually because this is the first time that any country has been hit by this kind of immense cyclone. Typhoon Yolanda came in like a thief in the night (but in day time) and claimed hundreds of lives despite the fact that people have been warned to prepare days before. People knew about strong gusty winds and heavy rains coming in but they did not expect storm surges as big as 6-10 feet coming their way. Imagine a tornado together with tall waves crashing your house, that’s how helpless people were during the time of impact of Typhoon Yolanda. Due to the quick waves crashing in a span of minutes and probably seconds to those living closer to the coastal areas, people who don’t have a second floor were forced to grab handrails, windows and doors just to stay alive. There was even one story where a family had no choice but to close their one-storey house just to be safe and then finally realize that water coming in was higher than expected and when it was time to go outside they couldn’t open their doors because the water’s pressure prevented them to do so. There are probably hundreds more of stories like this one amidst the wake of Typhoon Yolanda; stories of devastation, fear, anger and depression that only some people can dread imagining.

Among the areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda, Leyte and Samar were the most immensely devastated. Seeing the city of Tacloban, Leyte, the image of the once thriving city now only showcases the remains of roofless houses, shattered walls, broken trees and alarming numbers of casualties. Survivors flock relief goods; supplies that they rely on because they really don’t have anything left but just their lives. For those ignorant of the fact on how hopeless people in damaged areas feel, imagine yourself losing everything and relying only for help as each day passes by. Imagine yourself once having the comforts of a nice home, a bed to rest on and a shelter to be safe at and losing them all within minutes. What would you do? Where will you go for resources if you have nothing left?

People affected by Typhoon Yolanda need all the help that they can get. I hope people can really spare some time looking more into the news of the devastation and think of ways of helping out. This is one catastrophic event that people should not ignore. This is a wrath of nature where no one needs to get blamed for.

Put yourself in the place of the affected families crying for help amidst a chaotic devastation.

Imagine yourself living in an evacuation area for days after being immensely horrified by a traumatic experience.

Ask yourself, what would you feel if you were in their shoes?

What would you hope for?

Now, look at yourself. Look at where you are staying right now. Look at all the furniture that you have and even check your kitchen for all the food supplies that you are blessed with. Check your clothes, accessories and even jewelries. Lastly, take a look at your whole family.

Now do you see how blessed you are today? Do you realize how fortunate you are to have such people and things at this exact moment?

Be thankful for all the blessings and be a blessing to other people, most especially to those who are in dire need of help.

Lend a helping hand, PLEASE PRAY and DONATE.


Where You Can Donate:






Google PERSON FINDER




Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Other Side of the Coin (Proud to be Filipino)


Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

What makes the Filipino people distinctively different from other nationalities? 

How many times have we heard foreigners instantly answer about our warm hospitality?

To those who don’t really know Filipinos, there’s another side to the coin that they fail to truly realize. There is something that makes us more unique. We may be hiding behind our warm smiles and sometimes pretending to be okay but we have gone through so much in a span of decades. That other side of the coin is that behind the smiles are strong, tough and enduring people because Filipinos, without a doubt, are the epitome of resiliency.


How many times have we been ravaged by typhoons year after year? We sometimes even complete using the letters of the alphabet to name the different storms that come our way. Imagine this year; the name of the most recent cyclone is “Yolanda”. The Philippines may not be one of the best-placed countries on the world map because of typhoons frequently trudging our way but there is a reason why we are here. There is something significant why Filipinos are placed there in the first place. The only reason I can think of is that we are a nation with very strong faith that despite countless typhoons, disastrous earthquakes and erupting volcanoes, we live on with our lives and still show the most recognized side of the coin to other nationalities; our warm smiles. 


Let’s give a helping hand to the people affected by Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).



“So that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – Matthew 6:4

Below are different sites where you can donate to the victims of the storm.

RED CROSS


GMA Kapuso Foundation


ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation


Through XOOM







Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Best Tips on Being an Online Writer in the Philippines

No doubt about it, the Philippines has surfaced as one of the top outsourcing countries in the world today. The country has definitely pushed itself towards growth and job opportunities have blossomed online. You simply need a reliable computer, consistent internet connection and sheer determination to learn. You can grab hold of a lot of jobs online through the help of online classified ad websites. I've been in the online writing business for around 6 years. From the first time I heard that there's money online and that you can even earn dollars, I eagerly jumped the bandwagon and has never looked back ever since.

Here are my following tips on how to take advantage of different online opportunities even if you are just at home:

1) Create an impressive and grammatically-correct resume.

This will help you propel towards your goals. Make things short but meaningful. Always keep in mind that a well-constructed resume can dictate your future.

2) Write samples online.

Whether it be through a personal blog or simply through different article publishing websites, you have to write and write and write in order to improve your skills. This would not just help you hone your writing skills but you will also have the benefit of providing an online writing portfolio that you can show to your future clients or employers.

3) Create a Paypal Account.

We are privileged to be in one of the countries that can access and utilize PayPal. It has been a revolutionary tool, especially for people who take advantage of online transactions. I have used PayPal for 6 years and I have never encountered a single transaction problem. Your money is safe and just as long as you don't have any bank account issues, you can expect your money to arrive safe and sound.

4) Never stop looking.

Never be discouraged if you don't find a decent-paying job online. Always remember that people post ads every day. You might not be lucky today but you can still be lucky tomorrow. Through my 6 year-odyssey of online writing, I have encountered a lot of people from different countries. I have worked on jobs that pay different rates. Sometimes you get lucky to write for a high-paying client and sometimes you need to be satisfied on a low-paying client. The important thing is that you always keep a heads up attitude and continue working and be thankful that you have work.

5) Form a Team.

Once you get rolling and seem to get a lot of work to come in, it's time that you build your own team. Not only it will make life easier and faster for you but you will also have the chance to help and provide opportunities for other people to earn.

6) Always Be Organized

Whether you work alone or work with a team, it's best that you organize everything and provide a viable work schedule. Time is really golden, especially with online work where in your timezone is not the same with your client's timezone. Once you get the hang of it, everything will come easy for you.

I hope these tips could help you find online opportunities. Take advantage of the technology we are given today, you'll never know it might change your life in more ways than you can ever imagine. 

Take a chance! Find work online. It's never too late to try.

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