2017 Week 26: Visiting OFWs

June 26-July 2, 2017

Wait, what? Last week was week 26. Therefore half of the year has gone by. Oo nga naman. July na kaya. Should I do a review mid-year review of my 2017 goals? Wahhh hahaha.

 Anyway…

June 26 was a holiday and I spent that doing my assignments. One more week to go! And our deadline was extended so yey! Hehe.

A friend who works in SG came home for a visit and he requested for us to meet on Tuesday. Our calendars were open for a quick dinner so off we went to Robinson’s Magnolia.

I didn’t know he and around 3,000 employees more were laid off from their jobs last year because the company outsourced most of its operations to India. Good for him and another friend, they were able to find new jobs.

Aside from his stories, he also gave us a bag of salted egg potato chips hehehe. Sarap! I forced myself to not consume it all in one seating because…egg yokes hehe.

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Irvin’s Salted Egg from SG

My OFW niece who left for the Middle East two years ago also arrived on Friday night! Thanks to Uber, there was no need to to fetch her at the airport.

She decided to just go home to Baguio on Sunday early morning because for sure, the terminals are full on Friday night. And so we spent Saturday evening at the mall for me to buy some stuff and…buffet dinner. She missed pork so might as well go to a buffet so that all her cravings are satisfied hehe. We were laughing because we were wearing the same shirts that we also wore when we also had buffet 2 years ago before she left hehe.

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Preserved dates from my niece who came home from the Middle East. This is yummy!

Pistachios

Pistachios! Because it’s so expensive here in PH, I asked my niece to buy a few bags. It’s still expensive actually but a little cheaper. She got some of these on sale.

I have a teammate who is training to become a registered financial planner. We sometimes discuss about personal finance and last week, we were comparing notes about books that we love to read. And because of that, I went trigger happy with the ppersonal finance books she mentioned hihi. Plus I saw copies of Francisco Colayco’s books. I want to buy a new set for my and the BF’s copy because the books I bought more than a decade ago will be “for borrowing” or for “forced reading” by my siblings, nieces and nephews hehehe.

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Addition to my collection of personal finance books!

Lastly, we got our sick leave mid-year conversion last week yehey! Just in time for my additional expenses – nephew’s allowance and food budget and mom’s death anniversary.

Ok, we were not supposed to prepare for the anniversary. I was just planning to light a candle for her on Thursday. However, for some weird reason, I and my Tita dreamed about her on the same night. Our dreams were vague but we just took it as a sign that she wants a small get together this weekend. Get together it is!

And that’s it for last week.

Have a great week ahead.

2017 Week 25: What’s Up?

June 19-25, 2017

I am writing this almost end of this work week so I’m trying my best to remember any significant things that happened last week.

I only remember that I was and still am having a hard time juggling between 2 projects plus I am involving myself in another one because that other project is dependent on my expertise – our HR systems, and I want all requirements to be aligned with HR policies, processes and available data. OC much.

Ok, I also remember that we had vendor proof of concepts last June 21 and 22. We had it in different sites and I had a hard time focusing on my other tasks because I was not in my workstation.

I remember that my top choice of vendor since after the discovery sessions was still the same. However, they are the most expensive. Darn! Lower! Lower! Lower!

I remember saying hi to a friend via a friend’s post and it prompted her to invite me to her place for a short meet up. Another friend saw that post and requested for a breakfast meet up and so I ended up sleeping over at my friend’s place so that the other friend and I can see each other too. No regrets because our breakfast turned out to be a fellowship of sorts and reassuring one another that God is in control no matter how unpleasant our experiences are at the moment and that it is alright to ask God all sorts of questions, including those questions which to us look irrelevant but still bothers us.

I remember an unpleasant experience with the Uber driver last Friday and I have yet to report it…

I remember bumming for sometime over the weekend but also went back to my week 3 assignments for the online training I currently have.

I remember buying another domainmylenelucando.com for my online portfolio but now seriously thinking about using this as well for my blog. No final decision yet. I’ll decide once I finish the last set of videos in my training. It’s the perfect timing because my other domain is about to expire in less than a month. I’m not sure why I’m having a hard time deciding about this hahaha.

I remember sharing snippets of my love story to 2 teammates. It was awkward at first because I am a private person but it was fun after hehehe.

Those are all I remember last week. And now, it’s almost the weekend again.

Happy Friday!

How To Set Up A Self Hosted Site: Domain Name and Hosting | Pricing

How to Set Up a Self Hosted Site

Having a website is important because this site can be a one stop shop for all the information that your clients or potential clients need to know about you, your business and your services. You can also include links to related sites, like links to your social media accounts. Also, people looking for services would usually search for a business’ website mostly to ensure that the business is legit and credible.

There are platforms where you can build your sites for free. Yes, for free! However, your site will be under a subdomain of these free sites. We’ll have more of this later.

The other option is to go for a self hosted site. Which brings me to:

How I was able to set up my self hosted site. But before I go into details, here are some caveats.

  • I am from the Philippines and I availed the services of a local provider from here
  • Providers will have different processes in doing their business. Therefore, what I’m sharing with you is purely based on my experience – decision making about domain names and hosting, communications with the service provider, up until my website went online.

Domain Name and Hosting

Step 1: Choose a domain name

A domain name is the web address that you will register. Your domain name should be something that represents you or the business where you are going to use it for.

Step 2: Choose your domain name and/or web host provider

Most service providers have both domain name registration and web hosting services. You also have the option of registering your domain name with one provider, and the web hosting with another provider. You have to know which one works for you, depending on your personal or business need.

In my case, I went for the same provider for both my domain name registration. This is because I know I’m keeping my new domain name for several years and that it’s more cost effective in the long run. There are available discounted domain name registrations actually. However, this is only applicable usually to new registrations but the succeeding years will have the regular rates.

My current provider is coffeemags.com (no, this is not a paid advertisement but you can mention to them that you came to know about them through this blog). I sent them an email inquiry first and I made sure that all my questions, no matter how stupid I think some of the questions were, were answered and that everything is clear to me. Feel free to ask all your questions as well, before committing to anything.

When everything was clear to me, they just asked me to login to their site (create an account if you don’t have one yet) and went ahead and placed my order. Payment can either be via BPI or Paypal. I used Paypal so that it’s faster.

Right after I ordered, I received several emails to confirm my purchase, including confirmation from Paypal since it was what I used to pay.

I also received an email from CoffeeMags admin that contains all the details of the services I availed, including login credentials for my WordPress admin site and the control panel area.

Step 3: Validate Setup

Given the URLs and login credentials, I went ahead and logged in to WordPress admin.

Upon logging in, this was my default WordPress view.

And my site is up!

The control panel, or more known as the cPanel contains all the backend stuff for your site. It’s mostly technical but it’s also interesting to have a look at it. Here’s a screenshot of some of the available tools. There are a lot but if you’re feeling geeky, then you can start exploring them as well.

Pricing

So how much does it cost?

These information are all from my provider’s site.

Domain name registration:

Web hosting:

 

And that’s it.

So, are you getting yours too? 🙂  🙂  🙂

P.S. If you’re wondering why I did it at this point where I don’t have an established business to promote, because I think it’s cool to have a yourname.com LOL. Half-kidding aside, I am an IT professional and I’m naturally curious about stuff that involve websites and programming, even though I said goodbye to programming eons ago. My site will serve as my “development environment” because I want to play around with all the plugins which involve input forms, order forms and payments! Also, I just want an online portfolio under my name.

2017 Week 24: Assignments Galore

June 12-18, 2017

Yes, Monday at last. Another week to work on our life goals. While it’s easy to get carried away and complain that Monday came too quickly, I’d like to veer away from that mindset as much as I can. 

But let’s talk about last week. And I have nothing much to share yet again hahaha. 

The highlight at work was that I was able to convince the team to use just one criteria for the first round of eliminations of the vendors. I’m happy to report that they all agreed to it so we are now moving on to the next steps. Whew.

And then there’s the weekend where I was only able to study and do this week’s assignments! When I watch the videos, it sounds easy but when I’m already doing it, it’s really really challenging especially when you conceptualize on the look and feel. Other than that, I am enjoying immensely because I am learning a lot, not just pure theories but with hands on exercises as well. That makes learning really more effective. 

I am tired to be honest. I was not getting enough sleep. It was my nephew’s first week at his OJT and we almost have the same shift. So whenever I arrive home, he would usually share how his day was and that’s until the wee hours of the morning. 

But all’s good. Life is good. 

By the way, remember when a friend shopped for me? Her box where my pair of shoes was, arrived last week so the shoes is now with me. It’s so pretty I’m hesitant to wear it because it might get dirty hahaha. I’ll find the chance to wear it soon. 

I am working on an aspect of my personal life. I think I had too much negativity in that area and I don’t like the effect. I miss the more peaceful times so I’ll work on it to bring it back. So help me God.

The end.

Have a blessed week ahead.

The Tables Have Turned

Aka I am old LOL.

Seventeen years ago, I braved the streets of Manila to look for a job. During job hunting (which did not take long, thank God), up to my first month of working, I was commuting daily to my brother’s family’s home in Tagaytay. It was far and my commute usually lasts for 3 hours. The moment I received my first salary, I looked for a bed space to rent. Luckily, I was able to find one that’s walking distance to the office. And since then, I just visit them when I get the chance.

My brother has two kids, one in college and the other in high school. The college kid is now having his OJT here in Manila. He’s staying with me now, hence the title hehehe. He will be done around 2nd week of July. Their school required them to apply in BPO so they had to look outside of Tagaytay. Lucky for him as his office is near the apartment. I pray that this experience will prepare him better for the real world.

In relation to this, he was supposed to be with a friend. I already told him that it’s ok for his friend to stay at home but only a maximum of 2 as my studio apartment is not big. However, his friend can’t make it because of lack of funds for tuition and allowances. Their group of friends even raised funds up to half of his tuition but then there are other expenses to consider so he did not push through with his enrollment. It breaks my heart. I wish I can help but I am on a limited budget for my own needs too, plus of course there’s my nephew to help. But I hope the kid doesn’t give up given this little hiccup. 

To all the students who are nearing the finish line to college, I wish you well. Enjoy the ride, learn all that you can in school and just make it a habit to do your best. And best of luck when you venture out into the after-school life. 

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