Blog Weekend Bootcamp: A Homecoming of Sorts

The participants and organizers

In the past months, I have always seen Davao Bloggers’ activities in my FB newsfeed and there is this constant wish of mine to be part of the group. However, I noticed most of the bloggers I see in the event photos are younger than me, and geez, I might feel way out of their league so I just kept on lurking. Good thing, one of the officers/organizers, Karla, informed me about the Blogger Weekend Bootcamp (held on Sept 21-23, 2012) and reassured me that there are also mommies like me who actively blog and are frequent attendees in local blogger events.

See, I started writing since highschool and that’s like ages ago. And for the past few years, my job online has been focused on editing articles, SEO (search engine optimization) building, customer support, and the like. Although I have a personal blog here and I had another one in Friendster ( which died) years ago, I never really wrote regularly due to the heavy schedule I have at work ( gah, excuses, excuses). And this to me, is a chance to revive my penchant for writing again.

Bootcamp gear.

So there I was preparing for the bootcamp, (hmmm, the word bootcamp sounds so Barbie-doll~ish, but I was actually excited!) and was looking forward for the mini-vacation cum seminar amidst the relaxing ambiance of Malagos Garden Resort.

My pass!!!

And what made it even more exciting was the roster of speakers who were experts in their own rights. Janette Toral, Aileen Apolo, Rene Lizada, Jojie Alcantara, Jay Frank de Jesus and more!

Apart from the exciting line-up of activities, the registration fee of Php 1500 ( Php1300 for the early registrants) was a major come-on. It was definitely  a steal, as it already included bootcamp materials, full meals & snacks, and accommodations for 3 days and 2 nights. ‘San ka pa?

The tools.

In a nutshell, I’m glad I came and joined the rest of the Davao bloggers. I made new good friends and renewed my flair for sharing my random thoughts and what-nots in an online platform.  I am now a certified blogger, again!

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(“Blog Weekend Bootcamp is a 3-day live-in conference with intensive hands-on workshop (Blogathon) that delves into the facets of blogging, creative writing, video blogging, photo blogging and Social Media. It is an excellent opportunity for bloggers of all skill levels to learn the best blogging and Social Media practices while utilizing the available tools for creating an effective online presence.”)

The event was made possible by the generous people of : Davao Bloggers, US Embassy of Manila, Smart, Sulit.com.ph, Malagos Garden Resort, Cre8tech, Abreeza Ayala Malls, San Miguel Brewery, KaiserWebSolutions and RAFI.

The Internet: Adding Pizzaz for A More Colorful World

wired up in style

unlimited hues of the internet = unlimited room for creativity

Indeed, the internet has paved the way for the unthinkable.

No one in our forefathers must have imagined that life would be as fast-paced and dynamic as the kind we are having today in this age of computers and world wide web a.k.a the internet.

Everything under the sun seems to be possible with a few clicks of a mouse , keyboard or even a few buttons of a smartphone. Creative juices abound and are free to flow for improved lifestyle and better human structures. Most of these lead to progress, while others merely see this as forms of expression.

Thinking about it, I can see a lot of promising things coming. There is pressure, I know, but I’d rather be excited than feel scary. I am so looking for what the future of technology brings. I can’t wait.

(For a more vivid presentation of how internet has changed the lives of the human kind, click here). Ciao!~~~

My Hodgy Podgy Self (Part1)

Yesterday during  one of my so-called idle FB moments, I took a personality quiz similar to the one posted by a friend.  It was quite amusing to know what the result told me about myself. Dig this, it says, I am the pleasant kind of person who exudes an aura that makes another person happy. Sheesh. This is not to say that all those crazy quizzes and stuff  are always true, but, yeah, that is partly correct (**wink**blush**)

I’d always  think that I am a positive person and easy to please and get along with, but the thought led me to think about the other things people may not know about me.

In Facebook, prolly all they could see is my outgoing self, just looking at my pictures with friends, family and the ones taken during my travels and stuff.  Some may think, too, that I am just wasting time away playing Mafia Wars forever. LOL. Hmm, could be.

Here are some bits and pieces of myself:

1. SEO Person/ Website Content Writer – This is the main reason I go online most hours in the morning and in my evening. I sit infront of my PC at home posting blogs, links, press releases, editing and other SEO related tasks for work.  ( Believe me, this may sound posh but during hectic days, like month-end, it can also be nerve wracking, boring, eye-popping and shitty but pays… well…good enough to satisfy some wants and needs). This job doesn’t require me to shop for clothes and shoes for work and I save transportation expense. My overhead however  are electricity, PC maintenance and monthly internet subscription.

2. (Stage!)Mother of 3 active, adorable,smart [and sometimes annoying] kids… – Just imagine me, infront of the PC while all these creatures  hugging and kissing me. On some days, they piss me off when they endlessly bug me and when they argue over PC games or just plainly outsmarting each other with their antics leading one of them to cry, etc. So, just think of the stress a mother like me can have but more importantly, savor the fact that I can be with them and see them while I’m at work.  It is so easy to forget about all the worries even just for awhile and just jump on the bed and  hug them ( yes, they love hugs!). I thank God, my children are sweet. They say, “I love you” all the time, too.

But of course, my kids are smart and critical to tell me sometimes that I am so engrossed at work that I don’t hear what they had to say, that I just nod but never really listened. Ughh, that’s the downside. Yes, I’m not perfect but trying to be better.

3. Sales Person – I  have always been the business-minded kind of person. I started my marketing career in 2nd grade, no one really taught me how, I remember buying 10 pcs of candies that came with a toy from a neighborhood store and started selling them to my classmates. The rest is as they say, history. 27 years later, it’s make-up, colognes, concert tickets, clothing, health and wellness, underwear  or just about anything. Hey, do you need something???  😀

I’ll do part 2 very soon, my client is about to kill me..Toodles 😉

Mafia Wars: Some Random Thoughts of Louise, Maniac, Lvl 701

Facebook gives me the creeps. Both in a good and bad way. Well, good news first, it sucks up idle time and keeps the sleepyhead in me up on my toes till the wee (and unholy) hours of the morning. Aside from the given plus of FB as we  all know, connecting friends, classmates, cousins, strangers for games and all the connections possible under the sun, I realized I could play a computer game.

Well, I did level up a few back then in a couple of Nintendo Game and Watch games called Egg and Donkey Kong but that was it.  A few years after that, with the now relic thing called family computer, I was also unsuccessfully desperate  to save the princess in Mario Bros. Then there was Ice Climber, LOL, that game was so funny I would always fall through the layers of ice before I reach the peak, and yeah, the paths were so slippery, I always tripped. Clumsy me.

Early 2009 when I was newbie in FB and the walls were boring like a ghost town ( I only had like 15 friends), I got busy cooking in Restaurant City , opened my own virtual cafe and increased my friends to 300, traded ingredients here and there and levelled up to the maximum. The virtual business was a success, expanded my space with the help of my virtual crew of 8.  I got bored and left, and didn’t come back for a long time now. ( My crew is prolly be dead right now anyways).

Then I stumbled upon Mafia Wars by the end of June.  There, I was introduced to whole new world of robbers, hitlisters, fighters, killers. I played with the keys and started to increase my own mafia, slowly adding up till I reached 1ooo plus members, as of this writing. I don’t exactly understand at the beginning why it would be fun just clicking buttons to fight and use energy and stamina without seeing it in action, like we do in boxing matches or the like.

Apparently,  I have learned to appreciate and love the game , because I am still clicking to master challenges and declare wars and ask for loots for almost 16 months now and counting.

Sure, it bothers me when I wake up to see my properties  being robbed big time in New York City but I don’t worry cause I can always rob them back. Yes, I do have virtual properties in New York, Bangkok, Moscow, Cuba and Las Vegas, the latest being Italy which opened officially today, Oct.22.

Also, it is only in Mafia where I own billions and millions in bank in all of those cities mentioned. Yes, only in Mafia. Drool.

Some hard lessons in Mafia are :

If you don’t want to be robbed, snuffed in fights and beaten till your iced , invest in good weapons and vehicles ( and loots), always remember to bank your money, increase your defense and attack stats; and never never leave your health above 20 before you sleep.

I can rant the whole day about Mafia but then there’s a very crucial thing called work and bills, jolting me back to the real world. Sometimes I play more than I work, that isn’t good eh, so it takes real discipline in keeping your fingers from logging in FB every 20 minutes or so.

But hey, it is fun while it lasts.