Saturday, December 21, 2019

Kawit Celebrates Christmas with a Historical Touch

It's December once again and the Philippines is getting ready for the most festive season of the year. Of course, Christmas seasons Despite the hustle and bustle of the busy and traffic streets and establishments, everyone busy getting their Christmas shopping done. There are a few sights and sounds in nearby areas where we can feel the true spirit of a Filipino Christmas, especially with our loved ones. 

Christmas has always been a part of the Filipino tradition and culture. So what do you do after you open your gifts on Christmas and celebrate Noche Buena? How about visiting some of the most historic sites in the country with your friends and loved ones? Kawit in Cavite is one of the most 
sought-after historical sites in the country today and it is one that you should visit this Christmas Season. 

Kawit, Cavite is home to some of the most historic sites in the Philippines. This is where the Aguinaldo Shrine is situated wherein the Philippine flag that we know of today was first waved publicly announcing our Independence by none other than the first Filipino President, Emilio Aguinaldo. There’s also a lot to learn about our first president and how he has lived his life and times during the revolution era. Beyond the Shrine also are  other sights to see including the “Museo ni Baldomero Aguinaldo” hailed towards the cousin of Emilio Aguinaldo and grandfather of Cesar Virata who as a prime minister in the 1980s. 

Kawit also boasts rich crafts and delicacies including the Pandayan or the local blacksmithing shop. Blacksmithing is an endangered craft that needs to be promoted and preserved. The local Pandayan is still active and you can still buy handcrafted knives and bolos made the same way during the Revolutionary era. The Christmas specialty – Puto Bumbong or a rice cake with shaved coconut and muscovado sugar is a staple food trip stop that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Kawit. 

Kawit celebrates the Christmas season through a spectacular display of lights at the Aguinaldo Shrine and Freedom Park. The Christmas lighting event was held last December 14, 2019, and a number of distinguished guests and celebrities joined in the celebration of the event. A fireworks display and lighting of the Christmas lights at the Freedom Park was also held. 

So if you want to go to a historical place this Christmas season, make sure to visit Kawit Cavite and enjoy the season filled with pride in our own heritage and historical sites. The Municipality of Kawit welcomes everyone who wishes to visit  during the Christmas season.

Friday, December 6, 2019

SOGO Home & Office Center Installment Madness 2019

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SOGO Home and Office Center is a primary destination for shoppers who seek quality furniture at affordable prices. Since it’s Christmas, step into any of their 15 branches to enjoy their upcoming INSTALLMENT MADNESS! Grab up to 24 mos. installment 0% interest with a minimum purchase of P12,000 on all major credit cards! PLUS Buy Now Pay 2020 on all major credit cards. Visit SOGO Home & Office Center from December 13-15.

SOGO Home and Office Center, has been providing furniture at Everyday Low Prices since the early 1990’s. Today, it boasts of over 15 locations in Metro Manila and nearby provinces that offer everything you need for your home at incredibly low prices. From room packages, Buy 1 Take 1 Deals and great offers across furniture categories such as sofas, dining sets, beds & mattresses, decors and office furniture, SOGO Home and Office Center has everything you need for your home.

True to its tagline “Everyday Low Prices” SOGO Home and Office Center makes sure that it’s always affordable to furnish your home. Payment options through cash, card installment or even financing aim to help young professionals that are starting to build their dream houses, newly married couples that starting new family and even those families that are renovating their homes.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Top 3 Pennsylvania Cities to Live In

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Pennsylvania is one of the most populous states in the nation, making it important to the country. The living areas in Pennsylvania are also diverse, ranging from small rural areas to bustling cities. Pennsylvania is an absolutely gorgeous state to live in, as the state is home to many beautiful sites and historical areas. Pennsylvania offers a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy, one of the reasons why many people are so proud to be from the state. However, some of Pennsylvania’s cities rise above the rest and are truly great places to live in. These locations have some combination of beautiful views, historical monuments, and deep-rooted cultures. So where exactly are these great places to live? Here are the top three cities to live in.


When people hear about cities in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia is usually the first city that comes to mind. Philadelphia is one of the most populated cities in the country and is prevalent in pop culture. In addition, Philadelphia has a deep history. The city was once the nation’s capital, and the city is also home to several historical locations. These locations include the Liberty Bell, one of the most iconic symbols of American freedom. Philadelphia also has a deep-rooted culture that gives the city’s residents a sense of identity. This strong sense of identity makes the city’s residents proud to be from Philadelphia. This regional pride makes Philadelphia a great place to live. Finally, Philadelphia has some great entertainment options for residents. The city has multiple professional sports teams as well as several museums and theaters. No matter what your entertainment tastes are, a big city like Philadelphia will likely satisfy it. Philadelphia is a great place to live for many people, and will surely inspire some sense of regional pride.


Another famous city in Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is known as the Steel City and is famous for its industrialization. Pittsburgh has fallen on some hard times recently, but the city is gorgeous and still has plenty to offer. Beautiful rivers like the Allegheny and Ohio flow through Pittsburgh, making for some beautiful natural sights. Like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh has a strong local culture. Pittsburgh residents are strong hard-nosed people, something that stems from the city’s steel factory origins. The city also has plenty of entertainment options, being home to several professional sports teams as well as a multitude of entertainment venues. Even though Pittsburgh may not be the economic superpower it was in the Industrial Revolution, several big companies are either headquartered in Pittsburgh or have locations in the city. This creates many economic opportunities for both businesses and residents. In the end, Pittsburgh is a great place to live and can really offer residents a wide variety of benefits. If you’re looking for a great place to live in PA, you should try looking into Pittsburgh homes for sale and see for yourself just how great the area is.


Compared to the previously mentioned cities, Harrisburg is quite unknown. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are much more popular and populous destinations than Harrisburg, but that doesn’t mean that Harrisburg doesn’t have its strong qualities. First, Harrisburg is the capital of the state. This means that the area has tremendous importance when it comes to state politics. Much of what goes on in our state government occurs in Harrisburg, making the area vital to the state. There are plenty of opportunities in Harrisburg when it relates to politics and government positions.  In addition, the city has a lot of local businesses and a relatively strong local economy. Many people come across the state to visit the capital, meaning that Harrisburg is a surprisingly strong tourist destination with a lot of traffic. In addition, Hershey and its areas like Hersheypark and the Giant Center are also close by. This means Harrisburg residents have plenty of entertainment options available. Finally, Harrisburg doesn’t have the high cost of living that is typically associated with cities. This allows Harrisburg residents to enjoy all of the benefits that come with living in the state capital without having to bear all of the costs of living in a major city.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019


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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Rakuboss: Your One-Stop Pinoy Freelancer Platform

At the age of digital information and social media, online or virtual jobs are currently in demand. I myself am a freelancer and I work online, but before I got my full time job, I used to work part-time jobs and it was really difficult for me to look for online jobs because it's either I lack the required skills for the job or other candidates have beaten me to it. Yes, if you apply first, there's a big possibility that they will hire you. It's really challenging to look for the perfect one that can work well with their time, experience, and salary expectation—especially professionals living in the Philippines. Good thing there's been a lot of platforms that help assist job seekers online and one platform that has clients looking for particular freelancers can be found at

Monday, September 30, 2019

8 Things to Keep in Mind Before Traveling to Maldives

The Maldives is perhaps one of the most picture-perfect beach destinations in the world. Situated in the Indian Ocean, this archipelago composed of more than 1,000 small islands has miles and miles of white sand beaches and crystal-clear blue waters. It’s also famous for those over-water beach bungalows, perfect for honeymooners or couples out on a romantic holiday.

Thankfully, it’s now easier than ever to book a Maldives tour package and to visit this slice of heaven on earth. Before you do, however, make sure you’re aware of critical bits of information to make your trip so much smoother. Here are a few to keep in mind.

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No Visas Needed

Yes, you read that right. There’s no need for a visa to visit the Maldives for ALL nationalities. You can stay visa-free for 30 days, as long as you have a passport with at least 6 months validity upon your arrival. You should also have a ticket for your departure, of course, one that is valid within the 30-day duration of your stay.

It’s a 100% Muslim Country

The Maldives is the only one of two countries in the world with a 100% Muslim population (the other is Saudi Arabia). As such, be mindful of religious sensibilities. For women, particularly, make sure that you dress appropriately, i.e., no skimpy or revealing clothing unless you’re on areas where it’s allowed. Salat, the obligatory Muslim daily prayers, are performed five times daily: dawn, midday, noon, sunset, and night. As such, be prepared to hear calls for prayer throughout the day. If your trip coincides with Ramadan, note that there will be additional prayers each day.Many of the shops will be also be closed, and many services will be unavailable for the duration of the holidays.

No Alcohol, Pork, and PDA

Because of their religion, there are quite a few things that are banned in the Maldives. For one, eating pork and drinking alcohol are not allowed. The strictest Muslims don’t even touch alcoholic beverages or anything that contains alcohol. Other things that are not allowed are tobacco products (at least, those without printed health warnings) and religious texts that may be interpreted as something that can be used for preaching or proselytizing. It’s best that you leave these products at home.

Public displays of affection are also against the law, even quick, tiny kisses. For women, clothes that expose the shoulders, elbows, and knees are typically not allowed. The clothing restrictions are a little more relaxed at the airport, but it’s still better to err on the side of caution.

Most of these rules are forgotten or at least ignored on private resort islands, however. You can freely consume alcohol, eat pork, wear short shorts, bikinis, spaghetti-strap dresses and tops, and maybe engage in some PDA. As long as you’re not sunbathing in the nude, almost everything is allowed. Just remember that when you go back to the city center and other islands inhabited by locals, you’re expected to observe and follow the customs.

Best Times to Visit: November to April

For beach bums, the best time to visit the Maldives is around late November to early April. There isn’t much rain during these months, so you can soak up the sun as much as you like. In particular, the months of November to January are windy and not as humid. Meanwhile, for surfers, the best time to visit is during the monsoon season. Avid, competitive surfers can conquer huge waves around June to August; those who are on the inexperienced side can visit from late April to May and from September to October, when the swells are a little more manageable. Note that the monsoon season is considered the off-peak season, as the Maldives is still primarily a swimming, snorkeling, and diving destination more than a surfing one.

Bring US Dollars

The Maldivian currency is called the rufiyaa, but it’s often easier to pay using US dollars. Some resort islands also accept euros or British pounds. It’s best to use smaller notes, however. In the capital, Male, you can pay using US dollars but note that you’ll be given change in rufiyaa. There are establishments that accept credit cards, but the fees can be a little exorbitant. Cash is still your best option.

Their Drinking Water is Recycled

Most of the drinking water in the Maldives is recycled and treated. It’s perfectly safe to drink, but it doesn’t have natural minerals, so you might feel a little dehydrated. Keep this in mind, and drink more if  you need to.

It’s Incredibly Safe

The Maldives doesn’t have a huge problem with petty and violent crimes. In fact, it has a Level 2 threat level from the U.S. State Department. Some of the countries that share the same rating are France, Italy, and the United Kingdom, so that already gives you an idea regarding the Maldives’ safety. What you have to worry about more are powerful waves, since the Indian Ocean is known for its strong currents. For those who love posting on social media, internet access is a little expensive, but free Wi-Fi is usually available in resorts and hotels. You may want to download a VPN, though, since the Maldivian government blocks some websites.

You Don’t Need an Over-water Villa

It’s probably one of the reasons why you want to visit the Maldives: staying in a cabana or villa in the middle of the sparkling blue sea that you saw on social media. However, those can be quite expensive and staying in one is not really necessary to enjoy the beauty of the place. A hotel near the sea is more than adequate. In fact, it can even be the better choice when it’s rainy or windy. Don’t think that you have to stay in an over-water bungalow to have a “legit” Maldives experience.

Got all that? Now go and book that Maldives tour package and prepare your bags. Paradise awaits!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Send Affordable Flowers in the Philippines

"Make Me Blush" flowers. I got them at 50% OFF! 
It was my sister's 41st birthday last August and I wanted to give something special to her. Instead of buying a mug that she already has a large collection of, I decided to simply give her flowers instead. I remember from a movie that I saw on TV one time that people would send flowers to their departed loved ones, and then the narrator said:

"What good will the flowers do if they're already dead? 
They can no longer smell its fresh fragrance and you can no longer see the smile on their face as you give it to them." 

So that's when I started searching for some affordable yet good quality flowers to give to my sister who turned 41 years old. I figured it's best to give flowers to a person who's still healthy and at the prime of her life so she could appreciate it more. 

So when I started searching online, I found There were a lot of local flower stores online, but this is the only one that I found reasonably priced that also offers seasonal promos. They also offer same day delivery for your loved ones if you order before 5 PM (Manila time) from Monday to Friday or before 2 PM for Saturday and Sunday, and there's no additional cost for it! 

Here are some of the flowers I liked during last season's sale: 

A bouquet of flowers for P999 ($20) only! Wow!

Flowers, cake, and a balloon! Perfect for Valentines or simply sending your love to your special someone for P1,899 ($38)

There's still a lot of flowers to choose from. Go to and use my code: SOUTHBOUNDMOM to get P50 OFF your purchase!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Discover What’s Standing Between You and Your Success in Preventing Hair Loss

There comes a time in your life that you have to stand up and say, “Enough is enough.” And that’s the day when you decide to change your life for the better. Who doesn’t want to become accomplished? Even the “gifted” and brilliant ones have to pay the price so as to realize their goals in life.
When we fail to eat on time, get enough exercise or sleep between seven to nine hours a day, we’re compromising our health and wellness as we reduce the maximum extent that our body must function. Consequently, the effects in our body may extend and manifest as early warning signs of hair loss.
Take it from celebrity beauty and salon expert Fanny “TF” Serrano, who once personally experienced such an ordeal.  For him, avoiding harsh synthetic solutions and choosing to use the right products with natural ingredients is a must and still the best way to deal with mane problems like losing or thinning of the hair. 

With this in mind, embracing natural healthy lifestyle is so important to achieve optimal health, best physical condition and healthy full head of hair. Health products made out of natural ingredients are way effective for better healing and maintaining our body’s lifelong function than those of synthetic ones. Rather than investing in those branded shampoos or other hair treatments, there’s a natural way to help arrest hair loss and help remedy its four early symptoms, namely, excessive hair shedding, thinning hair, receding hair line, and bald patches.This is none other than NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

National Eye Awareness Month

Social responsibility is at the heart of the 2019
National Eye Care Awareness Month

Love Your Eyes

#EyeCAN - Join myREDvolution is the centerpiece of this year’s National Eye Care Awareness Month (NECAM), which encourages Filipinos to advocate for meaningful change in the society.

Spearheaded by Eye Mo, the leading eye drop brand in the country, #EyeCAN - JOIN myREDvolution inspires Filipino millennials to embrace their social responsibilities through a series of activities anchored on four pillars: education and health, environment, community and the arts, and charity. These activities complement Eye Mo’s advocacy for proper eye education and eye care, which are crucial to a person’s overall health.

#EyeCan or “I can Change A Nation” is part of its flagship campaign “Eyes Mo, Care Mo,” which is now running on its third year. “We launched the first eye care awareness campaign in 2017 to educate Filipinos on the importance of healthy eyesight. Every year, we want to build on what we have achieved, so that we can reach out to more people and educate them on proper eye care. This year, we are spreading the advocacy further by taking it to communities, through a series of CSR initiatives that can help push the message forward and inspire millennials to promote social awareness and positive change.” said Earl Jayona, Head of Marketing for Eye Mo Philippines.

The #EyeCan - Join myREDvolution campaign builds on the successes of the 2018 campaign called #REDVolution, which focused on the millennials and which encourages them to pay it forward through their active participation in community activities. The campaign kicks off this month and will run until the end of 2019.

To spread greater awareness on the importance of eye health, a series of eye care lectures will be held, and free hygiene kits will be distributed. There will also be free eye checks. The nationwide campaign highlights Eye Mo’s strong commitment to spreading eye care awareness by combating the five signs of eye irritation, namely, sore, itchy, red, watery, and dry eyes. It also continues to advocate for proper eye education and eye care.

Eye Mo launches NECAM through school and university invasion

Recognizing the importance of proper eye care among the youth, NECAM will visit schools and universities via concert tours, latching onto the power of music to spread the importance of eye health, bringing it to thousands of students across the Philippines. As part of the NECAM campaign, a short documentary film will be launched featuring five outstanding millennials who have contributed positively to society. The short documentary film aims to open people’s eyes on what they can do so that they can contribute to changing the nation for the better.

CSR Activities: #EyeCan movement go into high gear

The #EyeCan - Join myREDvolution campaign also aims to address eyesores in the community by working with youth groups in cleaning these up. On August 31, executives and volunteers from Eye Mo with the support of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Barangay Health Workers from Barangay Baseco, and Pasig River Rehabilitation (PRRC) have done tree planting and clean-up drive at the Baseco Beach, Manila. It also partnered with TV5’s Alagang Kapatid Foundation and held a feeding program to kids at the Baseco Compound. Various NGOs such as Nestle Philippines and i2i New York also joined hands with Eye Mo Philippines through giving out protective sunglasses for adults and  packed milk to kids. A talk on proper eye care, free eye-check ups, consultations, and Eye Mo products were also given to adults in the community.

Eye Mo has also tied up with numerous communities in Metro Manila to effect visible change in the environment. As part of this, volunteers from school organizations and SK groups will also be tapped to do wall mural paintings to beautify the communities.

The #EyeCan - Join myREDvolution movement is a call out for millennials and Filipinos alike to learn and embrace their social responsibilities and bring visible change to their communities.

For more information, please visit or check out @EyeMoPH on Facebook.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Customer Success and Its Importance to Business

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Businesses nowadays give importance to customer satisfaction because, to put it simply, if you have happy customers then customers will continue buying your product in the long term. Small businesses can easily see and check if their customers are satisfied. For example, if you have a food stand and people line up to buy your food on a daily basis, then it’s a clear image that you keep your customers happy. But what about medium to big businesses? How do they know that their customers are satisfied with the service or product that they purchased? This is where customer success software comes in. 

First of all, let's start with customer success. Customer success, in fact, is becoming one of the most important factors across all types business—the difference between a company going broke and achieving mega-growth. To explain further, according to Wikipedia, customer success is the business methodology of ensuring customers achieve their desired outcomes while using your product or service. Customer Success is relationship-focused client management, that aligns client and vendor goals for mutually beneficial outcomes. Effective Customer Success strategy typically results in decreased customer churn and increased up-sell opportunities.

To understand what that means, let me share this with you: I overheard once from a client I handled before that he accidentally poured coffee on this laptop. He took it to a service center where he was accommodated by a repair guy. The repair guy checked his laptop and explained what need to be fixed with the item. The repair guy further suggested that after they fix the laptop, they were also willing to give him a discount if he would purchase an accessory for the laptop such as headphones, wireless mouse, etc.  Since this old client of mine was happy with his laptop and thought he needs a keyboard for it, he gladly purchased a wireless keyboard because sometimes he would prefer to type using an external keyboard than on the laptop’s keyboard. So in the end, it was easy for the repair guy to up –sell to his customer because he was happy with his laptop’s performance and buying another product would further improve his satisfaction with the laptop. So that’s one example of customer success strategy thanks to the laptop’s performance that initially made the customer happy.

Now that you have a better picture of what customer success means, did you know that there is a software for it? You guessed it right. It’s called a customer success software. Customer success is every essential to business nowadays and they definitely need a program to check it. According to an article from the Customer Success Association , businesses are going to need a suite of effective tools that will power your Customer Success group and enable it to scale as your customer base grows.  This is not something you can do with your sales automation system and a few spreadsheets. 

Aside from customer success software, there’s also customer success con events. Customer Success conferences are the best places for direct in-person networking with other Customer Success professionals.  The entire conference is designed to facilitate executive connections and knowledge-sharing both during and long after the day.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Switching from Employed to Self Employment

Are you tired of your current job in a company and thinking of having your own business? I’m definitely sure you’re not the first one thinking that. I myself underwent that road. I was a secretary in a real estate company , got burned out, switched to a home based job of transcribing files. Until now, I am still self-employed and never went back to corporate. I’ve been self-employed since 2007.

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Before anything else, let’s define what self employment means. According to Investopedia, a self-employed individual does not work for a specific employer who pays them a consistent salary or wage. Self-employed individuals, or independent contractors, earn income by contracting with a trade or business directly.

The main thing that stopped me from going back to the corporate world is that I have complete power over my daily schedule. I can do my work any time I please as long as I follow the deadline. As a wife and mom of 2, that is very important because I can tend to my family first and my job second. I can even start working once my kids are already sleeping. My son, who was a toddler at the time, who suffers from allergic rhinitis needs to be tended most of the time. Thanks to allergists like Dr. Summit Shah who has a website about allergies, I can get some tidbits and information about it online.  Working at home does have its ups and downs, but having total control of my time is something I don’t want to let go of.

You do have options when you want to pursue self-employment. Like me, you can offer your services to people online be it consulting services, food, or other services. You also can opt to start your own business like what my old boss did. She used to be a tax lawyer in the same real estate company I worked in and then later on, she decided to start her own firm.
 Am I earning enough for myself? Well, currently, I am earning as much as the amount I was paid for during my starting years as a secretary so I guess I am earning just enough – enough to sustain my family’s every day needs. My husband also helps to pay other bills.

Being self-employed means you have also have to take care of your taxes and your insurance personally. When it comes to loans, I haven’t yet personally applied for any self-employment loans, but I did apply for one when I was still employed. All it took was to open a checking account, an employment certificate, and a photocopy of our company’s ID. For self employed loans, I think it’s not that too hard also nowadays because one of my closest relatives was able to apply for a self-employment loan with minimal requirements (2 Valid IDs), but this isn’t from a bank, but from Home Credit, a local lending app. I’m just happy to know that there are plenty of lending institutions that are easy to talk to when you are in need of cash regardless of your reason.

I can talk forever about being self-employed, but I have to end this article right here. If you still have doubts about your current working situation, reflect on this question: Do you see yourself working in the same company in 5 or 10 years later?

For questions/comments, please feel free to ask them at the comment section below.    

Sunday, August 11, 2019

When To File A Personal Injury Claim

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One of the worst things that can happen to you or to someone you love is having an accident, and to be specific, personal injury. Thankfully, I haven't yet experienced this and hopefully will never will. But whenever I hear this topic, the movie, "Erin Brockovich" comes to mind because the movie basically starts with the protagonist (Erin) having involved in a road accident and then a law suit followed. 

So since I used Erin Brockovich's road accident as an example, let's focus on that topic. Before you go to court, what do you do when you get a personal injury? 

First of all, you have to ask yourself, "Am I hurt? Is someone else hurt after the accident?" If there was no one hurt, or there was no damage to you (no broken bones or potentially lingering injuries that cause you to miss more than a couple days of work), then it may not be worthwhile pursuing a personal injury claim. But if you are inside the vehicle at the time of accident, be sure to go to the doctor to have you checked up and hear from the doctor himself/herself that you are fine and clear of any risk. 

On the other hand, if one or more of the following happens to you, then it's time to look for an attorney: 

  • Broken bones/hospital stay/long-term health affected
  • Someone died in the accident
  • Expensive medical treatment costing more than a couple thousand dollars
  • Missing more than a couple days work, school, or normal activities due to the accident
  • Non-economic losses like emotional trauma, pain and suffering, loss of companionship
  • There is dispute over whose fault the accident was (which what happened in the EB movie)
  • Multiple people were harmed in the accident
  • The accident took place in a construction zone or other questionable areas
  • The paperwork does not look accurate (police report, insurance communications, etc.)
  • Details are complicated (technical, legal, medical, etc.)
  • The insurance company is making life difficult for you or not playing nice.

  • So you've decided to hire an attorney for your personal injury claim, what will happen next?

    According to an article from Kinney, Fernandez & Boire's website, once the client finds the right lawyer, they should meet to discuss their case, after which it will be time to file the lawsuit. Doing so involves submitting paperwork and paying specific court fees. Additionally, the client will work with their attorney to determine the compensation that they are pursuing in their lawsuit. Establishing a number should be based on the facts of the case, and help set realistic expectations. For instance, suing someone for $1 million in damages due to a personal injury caused by another person’s negligence is sensible if the facts support such an estimate.

    Are there other instances where personal injury claim falls under?

    Yes and another instance would be allergies, which covers the food and beverage industry (e.g. restaurants). For example, you are allergic to peanuts. You decided to eat in a restaurant and you ordered a tuna sandwich because the menu didn't say that it has peanuts in it or there weren't any allergen warnings.  If you had an allergic reaction after eating the sandwich you ordered, then it's time to look for an attorney to help you with the case. In some cases, you may also need an allergy specialist for a consult and Dr. Summit Shah is a well-known allergist in the Ohio state. You may also check ACAAI's website to look for an allergist near your area. 

    Saturday, August 10, 2019

    Drinking Beer Can Be Good For You

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    Back in the early days, whenever I hear the word, beer, or any alcoholic beverages, it was always marked in my mind that "beer" is always associated with something negative like gambling, smoking, and the like. But as I grew older (like at the age of 23) and started working in the office, workmates would invite me to after-office gatherings where beer was present. Then I realized beer wasn't as bad as I thought. It's only bad when you had too much of it. As long as you drink it in moderation, the party can be fun and the conversation can be more interesting. 

    According to Wikipedia, beer is one of the oldest drinks humans have produced, dating back to at least the 5th millennium BC in Iraq, and was recorded in the written history of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and spread throughout the world. Throughout the years, it has evolved into different types and different flavors, which is probably why it's still existent today. 

    Benefits of Beer

    Not only did I realize that drinking moderately can do no harm to you, but beer can also be good for you according to recent studies. According to an article from, here some benefits of beer: 

    1. Beer helps fight inflammation. Inflammation in the body is the underlying cause behind many diseases, and hops (an essential ingredient in beer) has anti-inflammatory properties. The researchers (Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.) compared the anti-inflammatory effect of different hops and found that the consumption of hops in beer form interfered with inflammation causing compounds. I personally am not sure if this is true because I get skin flushing whenever I drink beer, but my husband apparently is totally fine so I guess it just depends on people's alcohol tolerance. 

    2. Beer Aids Digestion. Bitter acids in beer may also improve digestion.  The more bitter acids a brew contained, the greater the response. Gastric acid is key for both digesting food in the stomach and controlling the growth of dangerous gut bacteria. To my personal experience, my stomach does feel a little lighter whenever I drink beer after eating a heavy meal, usually during gatherings or parties. It also comes with frequent visits to the restroom to pee. 

    3. Beer is Good for the Heart. Many studies have found a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease in people who drink from one-half to two drinks daily, compared to abstainers. And alcoholic beverages that are rich in polyphenols (like beer)  may be especially good for the heart. I did try drinking a bottle of beer before sleeping and it does help me relax and gives me a good night's sleep. When I wake up, I literally feel like I slept like a baby.
    Due to the benefits of beer and how it makes its consumers happy, the beer industry continues to boom over time. Thanks to social awareness, beer giants like Asia Brewery and Melvin Brewing, just to name a few, also gives back to society by offering scholarships to students who need financial assistance. So I guess another benefit of drinking beer if you purchase from the mentioned companies is that you also help students with their financing. It's a win-win for all of us! 

    Just remember, beer does have its benefits, but it also has its cons, so the best way to solve it is to drink moderately, and don't drink and drive! 

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    FastJobs Hosts a Mini Job Fair and Free Seminar "For The Riders"

    As the partner of every blue-collar worker, FastJobs Philippines’ fastest growing online jobs portal - held a mini job fair and free seminar “For the Riders,” last June 28, 2019, at the San Juan Gymnasium.

    “For the Riders” provided an avenue for delivery service providers (riders) to seek new job opportunities, especially those affected by the suspension of one of the on-demand groceries startup in the Philippines.

    Saturday, July 27, 2019

    The Importance of Having a Hobby

    I am currently 38 years old, married with 2 young kids. I am also very busy with my home-based work so I barely have time to do anything for myself. When people ask me what are my hobbies, I simply say, “Sleep. I love sleeping.” Of course, it’s a joke, but at the same time, there is seriousness that follows it because I am deprived of sleep and I believe a lot of people can relate to this. But kidding aside, is it that important to have a hobby in your life even with middle aged women like me?

    Why is a Hobby Important? 

    According to an article from C & T Publishing, having a hobby is a remedy that help improve one’s mental health. Hobbies can get your mind active, and get you social—but the real benefit to most people is the boost to overall mental wellness. No matter what sort of mental issue you’re struggling with, there’s a good chance that throwing yourself into a hobby—such as quilting—will have a positive effect. In my case, if I don't get that stress or anger out, I might take it out on my family which I really want to avoid. I might scream at my kids or scream at my husband which is the worst thing I could do actually, so having a hobby can help avoid that. 

    In this day of age, people are trying to boost the awareness of the importance of mental health.  Nowadays, stress is one of the leading causes of mental health problems. According to Mayo Clinic, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

    What Hobbies Are Available Out There

    Now that we have tackled the importance of mental health and how a hobby can help improve it, the next question is what hobbies are available for us to do. I mean what are the choices out there? I have browsed through the internet and here are some hobbies that I thought were very interesting:

    -          Bowling
    -          Camping
    -          Photography

    -          Blogging/Writing
    -          Caligraphy
    -          Knitting
    -          Having a collection
    -          Painting

    The mentioned hobbies were a bit on the lighter side because I don’t have an active lifestyle. But for those who love it hardcore, then I found the following hobbies for you:

    -          Fun run / marathons
    -          Swimming
    -          Tennis
    -          Basketball/Volleyball

    -          Badminton
    -          Karate-do

    The list is, of course, too short for you to explore. There are sites that you can check out so you can have a broader idea of what hobbies are available for you such as Hobby Jam.

    Blogging/Writing is My Hobby

    As for me, I wasn’t aware that blogging was considered a hobby so I guess I can safely say that whenever someone asks me what my hobbies are, I can simply answer blogging. Blogging helps me clear my head and helps me express myself in a positive way. Whenever I’m stressed from work or from home, I get that eagerness to write about something. Sometimes, when I know that what I wrote about is all negative, I simply don’t publish it. I simply just let all my anger out, write all the things I want to say, and then delete it afterwards. It really helps for me. I tried saving a file or two  and then I read some of them again, and you know what? It was all meaningless. Sometimes I can’t even form a decent sentence because I was just too angry.  I would think, “Did I write this? What the hell was wrong with me?” So that’s when I decided that after I write stuff like those, would simply delete them so I don’t have to think about the why’s and how’s of it.

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