3 Tips on How to Buy a High Quality Digital Voice Recorder

When exactly do you need a high quality recorder?

There are bazillion of podcasts, webinars and elearning sessions available online that allows you to listen to a recorded conversation between your favorite speaker and an interviewer or simply listen to your online mentor. However, doesn't it make you tick when you have a hard time understanding because of the low quality recording device utilized during the creation of the podcast? You wouldn't want your listeners and prospective clients to deal with that, do you?

Therefore, it is essential that you invest in a high quality digital voice recorder that helps you achieve your goal of reacing out to your audience clearly and effectively. You would have a hard time communicating with someone especially when you don't see each other, you would have a hard time giving your sales pitch if your voice gets cut off during the mid sentence, or worse, after every sentence!

The same is true when it comes to keeping a recorded copy of what was discussed in a meeting, class and even courtroom discussions. Who would want to listen to an interview or recording that you could barely hear or make out the words they talk about just because the recorder used was of low quality. Do not just settle for a low quality digital recorder and save a few bucks now because a high quality recorder could even save you hundreds to thousands of bucks with its life span and the great quality of recordings that you could enjoy.
Courtroom recordings especially those that which would be used for witnessing purposes need to be clear. Now, when buying a high quality digital voice recorder, you need to keep a few things in mind in order for you to determine which one would truly compliment you and help you succeed in your business in the long run. 

Things to consider when looking to buy a high quality digital voice recorder

1. Different models for different functions
It is a common misconception that you could just buy any model or type of voice recorder without really fully understanding the functionality and capability differences of each model. You need to first determine where exactly you’re going to use it and from there, you can then determine which model could best give you the optimum result that you need from a high telephone recorder.

2. Dual or even Multiple Functionality

When buying a high quality voice recorder, you need to make sure you’re purchasing a product that which truly making the most of the money that you’re investing. Therefore, select a product that provides you with the most functionality and capability like the Digital VoiceRecorder 510 Plus from Record Your Life Inc. The optimized voice recorder allows one to record various meetings like phone meeting, class, business talks, law matters and yes, even cellphones! Aside from the usual playback option which most video recorders have, this digital video recorder activates automatically and only when sound is present, thus, saving memory space of the recorder and eliminating blank spaces in the recording. Now that is a real money and time saving solution!

While there may be several advantages for using the said high quality voice recorder, here are some of my favorites which I think other voice recorders lack.

- Automatic Telephone Recording ON/OFF via Telephone Adaptor
- Secret Recording with No LCD Display and Vibration on Recording On & Off
- Large LCD size and good visibility
- Recovery of Erased files by mistake
- File Management by recording date and time
- Hearing Aid Function
- Recording Compatible with every telephone & cell phone

3. Budget

When purchasing a high mini voice recorder, you need to also consider your budget.  Just because a product has so many features, it doesn’t mean you have to pay so much for it. Record Your Life Inc. a professional manufacturer of security products, VOR recording and TOR recording equipments that are are made with the highest quality materials yet affordable. There you go, those are just two of the most important things that you need to look at when buying a high quality voice recorder.

Tips When Buying Your Home Furniture Online

There's no question whether you should buy furniture online or not. There are many advantages when you're buying online as you could get to browse around various stores and easily compare which among them provides the best deals and prices. Now, what are the things that you should keep in mind when buying your home furniture online? 

1. Explore Your Choices Wisely
There are bazillion of online furniture stores and it's really overwhelming to go to each one of them and start the nauseous process. You should start with asking close friends and relatives and ask whether they had experience buying furnitures online and ask for their feedback. For sure there's one friend or two who could recommend stores online which they have good experience with. Afterwards, you can narrow down your choices and get to choose from them much easier and faster. 

2. What You See is What You See
Let's face it, the great Photoshop comes handy these days that some online stores are obviously hyping that their product is perfect. Actually picture perfect. Now you don't want a dull table, chair or bed, do you? Be sure to contact the seller and ask whether their products are what you see is what you really get. Oh well most of these home furniture sellers would simply say they have the best furnitures and all so let's move on to the next thing you need to focus on. 

3. Customizable
Choose home furnitures that are customizable or that which could be personalized for your needs. Don't just settle for the generic ones or less. Be sure to buy tables, chairs and beds that can be customized for your needs so you can make the most of it. Aren't you just sick of furnitures that everyone else has? It's about time that your dining or living room would stand out or reflect the owner and makes you feel that it's need your furniture. 

Tom Faulkner has a wide range of customizable tables, chairs and other furnitures so be sure to check out their inventory and you would delight at their selection of high quality and personalized home furnitures.

This post is sponsored  by Tom Faulkner
Makers, designers, and producers of contemporary metal furniture. All of our own metal and glass furniture is handmade in our own UK workshop or made for us in Italy.

3 Important Things to Consider When Choosing Curtains

Curtains generally add life to the home. Without beautiful curtains and drapes, all houses would just look all the same - dull and generic. What seems to be a lifeless room could just turn into a paradise and heaven-like with the aid of your creativity and the right decorations. Therefore, it is very important that you choose the right curtains and home furnishings when you’re decorating your room or entire house. Below are just some of the several things that you need to keep in mind and consider when choosing the right curtains for your home.

1. Budget
You can’t just indulge into buying a new and expensive curtain without considering your home and families needs. Unless you’re the Queen of England, you can’t just splurge your money in a set of curtain and other home décor products.  Therefore, it is important that you’d be on the lookout for the best deals online as curtain companies’ love to giveaway or offer discounts to their customers. While Christmas shopping season may be over, The folks at The Natural Curtain Company are giving away 50% discounts on selected fabrics so be sure to check them out here.

2. Material and Texture
Curtains are made not just for hanging or display, it is very important that you look at the texture and materials that the curtain is made of. Be sure to buy a curtain that has a heat resistant texture and less bright in color as it will help preserve the coolness while decreasing the intensity of light. Having such setting will also help facilitate your air conditioner to work much more efficiently. So before you start clicking Buy on the exquisite and lovely curtains you see online, be sure to determine which among them is made with the materials and texture that will complement your room’s temperature and something that will help boost a great mood.

3. Color
Don’t just go for that which is too cheap and just because it has an expensive tagged price, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Be sure to buy a curtain that has colors that complement that your room’s wall and not in contrast. Also, consider the design of your carpet and other home décor that you have and choose a curtain that would blend with them. Also, choose a color that which will brighten up your mood. Blue is known to have calming effects while the color red seems to exude the opposite. Choosing the color of your curtain is very vital as it will help enhance the elegance and splendor of your room.

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While there may be several things that you need to keep in mind when choosing a curtain, be sure to always consider your budget, the texture and color of the curtain that you’d like to purchase in order for you to transform a dull room into an elegant and stunning one!

 This post is sponsored  by The Natural Curtain Company.
They offer high quality made to measure curtains, blinds and accessories in a wide range of beautiful fabrics on an easy to use website at good prices and delivery times all served with a very high level of customer service. 

Why Such in a Hurry Apple? And Motorola too!

The New MacBook Pro has Arrived

Just got an email from Apple a few minutes ago telling me that an all new and improved Macbook Pro has just arrived. 

The updated MacBook Pro laptops now boast Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors, improved cameras capable of HD video chat, and a speedy new interface with a cool-sounding name: Thunderbolt.

Surprise surprise, Apple is no longer following traditions lately. Like I must admit it, there's been so much anticipation about the iPad 2 lately that's about to be released on March 2nd, but whooa, iPad 3 to be released this fall?  Why such in a hurry? Is it because The National Enquirer thinks Steve only has 6 weeks to live

The Problem with Motorola Xoom

Well it looks like Apple is not the only one excited. Even Motorola too! Just look at how rushed was their release of Xoom to the point that LTE upgrade will require a hardware modification and they would even need you to send the device in for 6 days (at least that's how long they expect it gonna take for the upgrade to happen). Look at that, it seems like Apple is not the only one rushing but almost all the tablet manufacturers are! 

The Competition in the Tablet Market

Hello tablet world! It seems like it's the era of tablets. Laptops and netbooks would mostly likely be forgotten (at least for those who frequently travel). Oh well, the best thing that could only happen for the consumers is that we would all enjoy much better set of options. Remember: The best is yet to come for those who wait!

Goodbye Yahoo's MyBlogLog!

Fellow bloggers, you've read it right, Yahoo! is going to discontinue their MyBlogLog service by May 24,2011. 

The very community which automatically keeps track which blog you frequently go to and display your avatar for other readers in the community to see is yet another project of Yahoo! that's about to die. 

Just like any other Yahoo! services that didn't get as much success as its competitors such as Delicious (beatean by Digg), Upcoming and Flickr, MyBlogLog is another great project that's just going to end in vain. It's really saddening to see such a great product or project that would be gone in waste but I am hoping that all these restructuring and acquisitions would help make Yahoo! better and not just to give way for another far-fetched acquisition (of let's say Huffington Post) ;-)

Below is a compilation of interesting threads about Yahoo's relentless reorganization and what can we expect from this company on Quora.

What is a good exit strategy for Flickr users? - May I ask the same question for MyBlogLog?

3 Most Common Mistakes in Promoting a Site or Brand

1. Pushing too much. As in too much
Let's face it, all marketers and sales people love to promote their websites and brand to the point that they become too pushy. Some marketers don't even know the value of targeted marketing and would blast all their pitches in just about everywhere. Email blasting is disgusting. Too much sales pitch is, well, just too much, and could scare prospective clients away instead of attracting them. 

2. Not listening
There's nothing worse than dealing with a sales person or marketer or brand that doesn't listen to its consumers. Without properly listening to what people thinks, a brand could eventually get lost in what truly keeps most successful brand alive, interactive and interesting. Be sure to keep have a listening ear so you can easily learn about what truly makes your consumers and followers to stick around. Remember, people don't care how much you know unless they know how much you care. 

3. Casting the stones everywhere and to anyone
One of the most common mistakes of advertisers and internet marketers alike is that they don't know who exactly their target market is and even if they do, they have a habit of simply scattering the ads or promotional products to just about anyone. It happens not only in traditional advertising but also in Facebook where friends would clutter your feeds with updates and even invite you to events that don't interest you the least. If you know what you want, you would know how to get it and the way to get it is to make every campaign succinctly targeted. Just as Warren Buffet once said, people only diversify because they're not sure about what they do. The same is true with advertising, know who you'd like to sell your products to and direct your promotions to them. Be sure not to cast the pearl to swines as you would never make money with these people and swines get irritated too.

Those are just three of the many mistakes that advertisers and marketers commit. It is therefore very important when you're about to promote your product, brand or website to go with those who do it for a living as they know best. Taylor Herring has many years of outstanding service to its clients have scooped 10 major industry awards for our creative, stand-out campaigns. They have successfully worked with various huge brands in creating long lasting campaigns.

This post is sponsored by TaylorHerring.
Famous Publicity. Cath Taylor founded Cath Taylor Associates in 1997 and joined forces with James Herring to launch Taylor Herring PR in 2001.

3 Reasons Why People Love to Buy Online - Why You Should Too!

With the latest advancement in the technology, more and more people do most of their transactions online such as buying, selling and even promotions. When it comes to purchasing products online, gone are the days when people would be skeptic or worried about their transactions being unsecured that's why the question now lies on which store to buy and when not to.

Below are just 3 of the many reasons why people love to buy gifts online:

1. Convenience
With just a few clicks on your mouse, you could easily add products and various items on your cart without literally pushing it and queuing in the grocery just to get your purchases done. Online stores and gift shops are taking advantage of the latest technology to cater to people who value purchasing products at the comfort of their homes.

2. Discounts and Promos
While traditional stores may offer discounts and promos from time to time, online stores are known to constantly provide the best deals to their clients through discount cards, loyalty points and even utilizing the social media to launch promos, contests and discounts that one could never find traditionally. 

3. Compare Prices
Hoping from one store to store is as easy as 1-2-3 when you're purchasing online and comparing prices  is as easy as clicking Like on your friend's Facebook status. Unlike traditional stores, it may take several hours and days for one to complete and would even incur your unnecessary expenses for the gas and may even take so much of your time!

Those are just some of the many benefits of purchasing products online. There are some products which you might not be comfortable buying online such as perishable ones like food. However, if you are looking for unique gifts such as for your home and garden, fashion products, jewelry, health and beauty, suppliers for the baby, and writing supplies then you better take advantage of the convenience provided by online shopping. If you are seriously looking for a one-stop shop which would allow you to purchase gifts and even provide you ideas as to what to buy then you should check out The Travelling Souk. It contains a wide range of products which you could choose from and ensures that all your transactions are safe. 

This post is sponsored  by The Travelling Souk
The Travelling Souk was set up in 2003 by Georgiana Pike.  Georgiana realised there was an opportunity to hold quality gift fairs in the heart of British homes and raise money for charity. Each Travelling Souk event is now a unique sale bringing together small businesses selling unique and exotic wares.

Resources to Cancel Your Philippine Prudential Life Insurance (PPLIC)

Once and for all, if you're unsatisfied with your PPLIC insurance, here are my posts about how to cancel, sample of cancellation letter and other steps to follow when cancelling.

While I don't mind people texting me and sending me tweets or messages on my email, I am so sorry if I couldn't respond to all your requests especially when I am in no way an insurance expert. I am not a lawyer so I couldn't speak up like or for one. Please understand that all your specific concerns have specific answers and the PPLIC might have changed their rules so I can only comment and speak for what I have experienced. With that being said, may you find these links and resources helpful in getting your policy cancelled if you really want to. I cancelled my policy because I found a better company of which I am comfortable investing my money with but I am not convincing or persuading any of you guys to do the same. Feel free to use the following resources if you're sure about cancelling. 

Stay Away from Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Promos - Here's why I think their marketing strategies make them appear like one of those scam insurance companies.

How to Cancel your PPLIC (Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company) And Get your Refund! - Steps on how you could get your refund from PPLIC. Steps in helping you get started in cancelling and getting your refund.

Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company Cancellation Letter Example - To help you get started in cancelling your policy, here's a sample of the cancellation letter.

Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Credited Back My Money After Less Than a Month - I got my refund in less than 30 days. So could you too!

Bonus: You can get in touch with the Insurance Commission at +632 5238461-70 , if you have any compliants against any insurance company.

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Fancy Traveling Anywhere in the Philippines for FREE?

 Traveling has always been something that I wanted to do. (I guess everyone does, eh?)
But what's keeping me? 
Truth be told, it might not just be the case for me but I'm pretty sure there would be lots of nodding heads out there that the number one constraint in doing what we'd love to is - MONEY. :-(

Buy hey lookey lookey, can you see what I see? 
Anywhere Philippines is inviting us to travel with them

No they can't be serious. No they're not.

No baby, they actually ARE!

 Let's see, their Facebook Page (you know the joke that when it's not on Facebook, it's not official)
seems to validate their invitation so we're safe folks. 
Now for the place. Where to go?

Where to go?
Here ya go!

Below is a list of places that they would be going so which place would you fancy going?

The answer for me is as clear as the sunny and lovely day, you know like the one in the photo! 

photo by Ivan Henares

Bantayan Island! 
It's located in Cebu and being such a beach babe that I am (er, I mean such a beach lover that I am)

Seriously, I love the beaches and I think they have this amazing power of letting humans be humans 
for awhile - escape the rat race and reconnect with the nature. 

So yeah that's a photo of me gracing Boracay Island last December 2010. 
Don't you think it would be cool if I could grace Bantayan too? Right on Anywhere Philippines?

 My friends agree! Oh no, don't worry, we don't have to bring them along with us! haha 

 We could go snorkeling, dancing or just enjoy being *awesome* ;-) 
The list of activities is endless! Just like how my legs seems to look like here! haha 

If you're a blogger and wish to travel anywhere in the Philippines for free, you might want to join Anywhere Philippines' contest:

"Join @Anywhere Philippines' Blog & Tag Blogger Promo for a chance to win a Free Trip! Visit http://anywherephils.blogspot.com for more details!" 

The Best Stock Tips Right at Your Inbox with StockTwiter.com!

The key to investing is not assessing how much an industry is going to affect society, or how much it will grow, but rather determining the competitive advantage of any given company and, above all, the durability of that advantage. - Warren Buffett 

Are you taking your trading and investing seriously? 

If the answer to that question is YES, they I assume you've already subscribed to StockTwiter.com's newsletter. 

A copy of StockTwiter.com's newsletter in my Inbox. Imagine daily alerts of what companies would be the best place to invest your money in. Over 140,000 people are following them on Twitter and almost 14,000 (as of writing) are Liking them on Facebook.

Not yet? Then you've got to be kidding me!
StockTwiter.com is the Social Media's most followed Financial Newsletter. They strive to provide the best free and  premium stock alerts in the market.  The daily tips that they provide focus mainly on small cap stocks that trade on NYSE, NASD, AMEX, OTCBB, and OTC exchanges, and are mostly referred to as "penny stocks".  These are stocks that normally trade under $5 a share and offer the GREATEST potential return on your short or long term investment.  

Being someone who invests in the stock market locally, I find their regular updates very refreshing and helpful for investors and traders alike to keep track and be on top of which companies to invest in. Regular updates contains their stock picks, fearless forecasts and graphs to support their claims. Though there may always be caveats in their updates and you should not depend solely in their words and well researched updates, it sure helps a lot for both newbies and seasoned traders to have something to compares his notes to. 

I love getting updates from them on Twitter and Facebook and I like the idea of the updates done through the social media. There's no doubt they are the Social Media's most followed Financial Newsletter. 

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Guess What Yahoo Sent Me?!

One of the Winners of Yahoo! Philippines My 2010 Story

A month ago, exactly on my mom's birthday, I got an email from Miki de Guzman, the Senior Account Manager of Ogilvy Philippines, which is the media partner of Yahoo! Philippines. Her email came to me as a surprise because last November 2010, I joined the Yahoo! My 2010 Story. The contest was about telling the most memorable story that happened to you in the year 2010 and my entry happened to be part of the 3 winning entries! Yay! To cut the way long story short, losing in the Standard Chartered Breeze contest made me win the My 2010 Story. God's not that bad in balancing ;-)

Copy of email from Ogilvy Philippines about me winning an iPod Touch from Yahoo! My 2010 Story

Lookie lookie what Yahoo! got me!

Er, in my dreams. They got me a bagful of schwags but no, not  pair of shoes, silly! But hey, those Pony shoes look really cool, don't they?

Yahoo! Sent Me A Bag Full of Schwags and Apple iPod Touch 4g

Yahoo! Philippines sent me 3 cute black t-shirts, 10 awesome purple pins, 12 Yahoo! Marketing pens and of course, my iPod Touch 4G

My new toy - Apple iPod Touch 4G with my mom on the wallpaper. Hey look, she's holding the ballpen and pin that Yahoo sent me. They might want to consider making her their Ambassador, haha! ;-)

I love this Yahoo! Purple College pin. Reminds me of my college days when we used to buy one of those, printed with F4, Britney or whoever pop star during that time. haha

Closer look of one of the contents of my Yahoo! Schwag - this pin is totally rocking it!

Any other graduates from Purple College of Yahoo?!

Yahoo! Marketing Pens - It was such a pleasant surprise to receive tons of them. I'll be giving away some to my lucky readers so stay tuned!

Yahoo! Messenger icon Hug me, as printed in one of the t-shirts Yahoo! sent me. Me gusta ;-)

Back  of the Yahoo! Hug Me Tshirt - don't you just miss those IM days? Buzz! haha

Yahoo Messenger Kiss Me Icon, don't you just want to wear one of those? haha

Show some love with this Yahoo! Kiss Me tee ;-)

If you'd like to read my winning entry, feel free to view it here. Stay tuned as those tees won't fit me so I'm gonna give it away to my lucky readers ;-) Yes, some of those pins and pens are to be given away too so you gotta Follow me on Twitter, Like my Facebook page for updates!

If you're a schwag addict like me, check out this collection of awesome schwags from various awesome companies ;-)

LinkTrackr.com 2.0 - Not Just Your Ordinary Link Tracker

The Gurus Have Long Been Using LinkTrackr.com. What Has Been Keeping You?

Are you an internet marketer that depends highly on your affiliate marketing income? How would you like to be taken seriously by your targeted market and not to have your expected sales hijacked or stolen from you?

When you're into affiliate marting, you need to cloak your links in order to avoid others from hijacking or stealing commissions from you and of course, to show everyone that you really know your thing. If you happen to have no prior technical skills, no worries! LinkTrackr.com has got some really user-friendly interface that even your grandma would easily navigate to! ;-)

There are various link cloakers and trackers available online which could help you keep track of the number of visitors on your site but what about the capability to keep track which among your campaigns is really doing great and rocking it? Don't you just wish you could have a full control and make the most of your affiliate marketing campaigns?

Well I guess you're lucky as the guys at LinkTrackr.com have just heard your prayers and are about to end every internet marketers pain in the butt.

Heck no, it's not just another link tracker. It's way more than that as they give you extra super powers that makes you just as omniscient as super [online] man. Well yeah, sort of. ;-)

Unlike most link trackers, LinkTrackr 2.0 allows you to have full control of your campaigns through its new added features like A/B split testing and conversion tracking!

Whooa, look at that! Oh man, I'm not describing to you the future of link tracking. We're talking about NOW. It's right here, right now with LinkTracker 2.0. These guys have recognized that there's much more than tracking the number of links in a link tracking platform. For an affiliate marketer to be fully equipped in all his campaigns, he needs a platform that allows him to keep track of the numbers, demographics, and yes, it would be sweet if there are additional features that helps in virality of the campaign. Now wouldn't that be sweet?

The Future of Link Tracking in LinkTrackr 2.0

You can now customize your affiliate links making it search-engine friendly. Yep, you've read it right, you can customize your link to suit your fancy. Say goodbye to funky URL's  and say hello to SEO-friendly link with LinkTrackr!

Now doesn't that sound like something we affiliate marketers have always been hoping for a link tracker? You bet!

Those were just some of the capabilities of the LinkTrackr older version. The good  thing is, LinkTrackr 2.0 just got even better as it allows you to:

1. Cloak and mask affiliate links so you don't have to worry about some clever marketer stealing your commissions and let this much more clever system take care of them instead! ;-)

2. Keep track of literally hundreds of campaigns such as banner ads, PPC and other campaigns without any prior technical knowledge. So yeah, you could feel like one of those internet marketing gurus for using this system like them without trying so hard to be one. Right, LinkTrackr 2.0 does the tricks for you.

3. Viral Bar- Holly Molly! This feature totally sets LinkTrackr from any other link tracking sites and systems as its affiliate marketing gone viral kind of thing allows your readers to share your content to various social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Being a social media strategist that I am, I think this feature has just gotten the LinkTrackr team some brownie points ;-)

Now if that feature alone isn't amazing to you, I don't know what else is. 

Oh wait, there's more!

4. It has a Wordpress plugin that can convert your keywords to your tracking links! (Talking about being SEO-friendly). Now isn't that internet marketing made easy?

5. Hands down! It's totally web-based so there's no need for downloading any software baby!

On top of that, they have this risk-free 30-day money back guarantee that if you aren't satisfied with the system, you could simply tell them and they'd refund your money! No questions asked. (Though I doubt you'd do that).

Now for the very reason why you need to check out the LinkTrackr 2.0. Sit back. Take a cup of coffee at one hand and mouse on the other. 

A/B Split Testing
As the name implies, you can test which among your campaigns is truly converting. You see, in affiliate marketing, it's not just the traffic but most importantly, the conversion. Leads.Sales.

I've used a lot of link tracking system - with that I mean really a lot - but nothing comes close to the practicality and being user-friendly of LinkTrackr.com! Now don't take just my words for it. You've just gotta have to experience it yourself. 

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How to Lose Your Healthy Skin in 3 Simple Ways!

There's a lot of beauty tips available in the internet on how to make you skin healthy and beautiful. I'm sorry, I don't wanna add to the drama. I'm not a guru either but here are just three simple ways to easily lose that healthy skin in you! Yes, you've read it right, unless you're born with a skin disease, we were all blessed with a healthy, young looking skin -- until everything became gradually damaged by various factors such as the environment and unhealthy lifestyle. 

Below are just three simple things that we usually tend to forget which are actually gradually deteriorating our healthy and even appearance. 

1. The world is awful. There's no reason to smile. 
People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.  ~Lee Mildon
It's free! Now give out one.

We all have a habit of worrying over things which may not have control of. WebMD discussed the many things that you can do to deteriorate your health through excessive worrying:

Chronic worrying and emotional stress can trigger a host of health problems. The problem occurs when fight or flight is triggered daily by excessive worrying and anxiety. The fight or flight response causes the body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol. These hormones can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel. The hormones also cause physical reactions such as:

1.difficulty swallowing
2. dizziness
3. dry mouth
4. fast heartbeat
5. fatigue
6. headaches
7. inability to concentrate
8. irritability
9. muscle aches
10. muscle tension
11. nausea
12. nervous energy
13. rapid breathing
15. shortness of breath
16. sweating
17. trembling and twitching

When the excessive fuel in the blood isn’t used for physical activities, the chronic anxiety and outpouring of stress hormones can have serious physical consequences, including:

1. suppression of the immune system
2. digestive disorders
3. muscle tension
4. short-term memory loss
5. premature coronary artery disease
6. heart attack

In severe cases when excessive worrying and high anxiety go untreated, they can lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts.

Whooa, look at that! You don't just easily get ugly, you could actually easily get unhealthy just by worrying. Therefore, instead of focusing on the things which you lack, why not focus on that which you have and be grateful for it instead? 

2. There's so much on my plate. I don't have to exercise. Work already is one!

My mom is such a hard working person. Hands down! I hear such statement from her all the time. And with that, I really mean all the time. Every time she takes on the tasks she needs to accomplish for the day, she would always say that she doesn't need any more work by exercising, or should I say, working out. 

A lot of people share the same belief as my mom. It's so easy to believe to working our butt all day is cool enough to keep us healthy but heck no! Keeping yourself healthy requires a healthy lifestyle and working might just be one of them. However, it's not everything! We all need to allot a considerable amount of time to have proper exercise and stretch those muscles to get them even stronger, those bones even healthier and our skin even more younger looking. 

3. Yoga and Vacation are just for the Richie richs!

For fast acting relief, try slowing down. Take some time to rest and you'll see, you'll get more done than when you were panicking.

Taking a day off just to have a vacation? Couldn't afford such luxury! I don't even have enough break time to buy or do the things I needed, why should I spare some time for yoga or meditation?

Just as everything and even everyone needs recharging, we all need to set aside some time to meditate and revitalize our skin. While yoga's primary emphasis is upon general well-being, it has been proven to help promote healthier and younger looking skin. Swami Sivananda explained that, "The body becomes strong and healthy. Too much fat is reduced. There is luster in the face. Eyes sparkle like diamonds. The practitioner becomes very handsome. Voice becomes sweet and melodious".

If you think yoga and taking some time to have a vacation and get some rest is a luxury you can't afford, just think about the roughly $14 billion dollars people have to spend on cosmetic procedures. The choice is yours.

Now if you ask me how do I keep my skin healthy and beautiful. It's fairly simple. I do completely the opposite of those three ways on how to lose your healthy skin and strive to keep myself beautiful not only in the outside, but most importantly, the inside. 

You're beautiful! Keep smiling as joy is the best makeup.

Fashion and Passion Online is currently hosting a couple of contests which has lots of prizes awaiting the lucky winner. There's a Birthday & Beauty Giveaway and Fashion and Passion Beauty Giveaway so be sure to drop by their site for more details and join now!

Unleash that Writer in You - Let ThePenCompany Keep You Company

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.  ~Sylvia Plath

Some people say that writers are just dreamers. Some naysayers even say that you can't think of paying the rent with every drop of ink coming from your pen because having writing as a career would just leave you starving. Well, I daresay that these people don't really understand the power that strengthens every poet, every journalist, every blogger, every writer. Once a person is filled with so much passion about what he does, nothing can stop him because after all, it's the decision to follow his heart that keeps him going. Despite all the mockery and ridicules, it is still that still small voice inside that would prevail.

The same is true with many famous writers, novelists, journalists and poets. From their burning desire and passion to move mountains through their pens, they silenced the roaring pessimism from other people and chose to listen to that passionate little voice inside telling them to pursue that which their heart whispers.

If you're an aspiring writer wanting to unleash that power in you, don't be afraid to dare to. The greatest rewards in life go to the risk takers. If you would have to leave a full-time job just to follow your passion, do it. Don't let the issue of security bother you because when all else fails, it's still the fulfillment of doing something which you always wanted to that matters. 

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Tilteed Tees is Giving Away Some of their Cool Art T-Shirts and an iPod Touch!

Hey everyone! It's Jonha *waves*

That's me in my ProBlogger tee -- so happy.
Eh? Well not exactly...

What would make me happy then?

Well I've heard that Tilteed Tees is giving away some of their fun Art T-Shirts
Whooa! Now that would be something that would definitely make me happy, (Well, if I'd get lucky ;-)

Titleed Tees allows its community members and followers to submit their most creative and amazing t-shirt design and you might just be the lucky one who'd win $500! Right, it's just simple and they're cool at that.

While all the designs may be creative and fun to wear, this Foxes design by Greg Abbott is my favorite! 

It truly catches one's attention;

(especially when you're into orange colors - Blogger + Foxes = Pure Awesomeness)
So what would truly make me happy? 

It would be sweet if I could have some of the artistic t-shirts from Tilteed tees and if I get too lucky, perhaps that shiny iPod Touch from Apple could find it's way to me too! 

C'mon Tilteed Tees, you're awesome, I'm awesome - it would be sweet 
if you could give me this love of my life.....

Er, I mean the Foxes tee ;-)

Despite their wild behaviors, 
below are just some of the fun facts about foxes, and I want a FOX tee because they're: 


- Although it is a member of the dog family, some of fox habits are very cat like as well.

- Foxes live 2 to 3 years, and up to 10 years or even longer in captivity.

- Like cats, foxes often play with their catch before they kill it.

- Foxes have abundant ectoparasites (mites, fleas, ticks and lice).

- Foxes can hold up to one kilogram of flesh in their stomachs.

- Foxes can hear a watch ticking 40 yards away.

- The pupils of a fox's eyes are almond-shaped rather than round.

below are just some of the fun facts about Tilteed Tees

Let's count the ways of their awesomeness!

*They're the only ongoing, open t-shirt design contest where winning artists are paid $500. 

*A new t-shirt is printed every 72 hours!

*They launched BIG time! $5000 in prizes for the launch? That’s $5000 in total for the two winning designs ($3500 for the grand prize winning design, $1500 for the runner up)

They're on Twitter. What are you waiting for? You just gotta love following them!

They're on Facebook, you know you Like them!

Buy Tees thinks they're awesome! - I concur ;-)

If You Could Blog Forever, What Would You Blog For?

No matter what your reasons for blogging may be, just keep blogging!

What are You Blogging for? 

All blogger would agree that we all have our own share of ups and downs in blogging and continually strive to overcome all these struggles and obstacles that come our way. 

In my post entitled The Struggles and Obstacles in Blogging, co-bloggers like Roel Abatayao of Bloggista, Tim Samaniego of EveryPesoCounts, Star Villanueva (CNB - Crush ng mga Bloggers) and our contest host CoolBuster (even shared a few insights) all agreed that even successful bloggers are not exempted from these obstacles. However, the most successful ones are those that rise triumphant against all these hindrances that try to baffle them. 

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. - Michael Jordan

When I started blogging in 2008, I never really thought I would stick around. I thought it's just one of those acts that I would eventually abandon (just like the same thought I had when I tried to save in my thrift bank and eventually prove to myself that I could continually save and actually saved enough to pay spot down for our rent-to-own house!) 

Just like saving, blogging is a step-by-step process. You don't just get rich overnight. You can't just publish an article and expect thousands of people visiting your site in a heartbeat. No matter what your reasons may be - whether you're doing it to make money online, to network with similar-minded individuals or just to share your experiences, it is very important that you keep doing what you've started. 

Getting started with blogging may be easy for some while others may struggle in it. For me, getting started was never as difficult as keep on going. Everyday, I would remind myself of the reasons why I started it in the first place and the things that I am enjoying for having the courage to do it. 

Below are just some of the reasons why I started blogging, why I still blog and will always be. 

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

Blogging for Money

When I started blogging in 2008 with my Everything Famous or celebrity news blog, I wanted to be like Perez Hilton. (alright alright easy folks, I know I couldn't be as famous as he is but at least in the Philippines, right?!). He's included in the Top 40 under 40 web millionaires (with a net worth of $3 million - as of 2007) and he's hanging out with the Hollywood stars.

Now that I've gotten to my senses and realized that I couldn't fully be as successful as he is but you get the idea. There are lots of bloggers who are making money from their blogs such as Carl Ocab, Abe Olandres, Fitz Villafuerte and many other famous bloggers who are reaping the rewards of their hard work and established their expertise in their specific niches. Here's a complete list of people who are making money online utilizing their blogs as a vehicle to success.

Be sure to check our the comment section as my all-time favorite blogger, Penelope Trunk, went out of her way and left some really nice comment! *wink *wink

Blogging for Networking

Now that brings us to the next reason why me and other bloggers may be blogging and always will -- Connection.

I always believe that my network is my net worth. Thus, I take pride of the connection that I have established both on Twitter and Facebook. I am not awesome, the people in my network are. Through blogging, I was able to meet with similar-minded individuals who have helped me learn more about social media, PR, advertising, internet marketing, tinkering with my blog and lots of other things. 

When I joined the World's Coolest Intern competition by the Standard Chartered Bank, one of the 3 reasons that I gave why they should hire me was because I have the best connection both online and offline

True enough.

A few days before the end of the contest, we were given the task to have a blogger to write about us and why we deserve to win. I may not have won the title of the World's Coolest Intern but I was given an honorable mention for Blogtasticness, with incredible 7 blogs supported me within 24 hours!!!

Standard Chartered Bank Breeze Team proclaiming my honorable mention as Blogtastic awesome 7 blogs supported me within 24 hours - no, I didn't pay these bloggers any penny! haha

I never really thought that such a great contest could put together the best minds in the social media to collaborate. Most of the supports that I got came to me as a surprise. Some of my most admired local and international bloggers told the Standard Chartered Breeze team by dedicating fun blog posts as to why I deserve the title. 

Being a personal finance fanatic, I was really stoked when TheSkinnyOn dedicated a blog post for me showing their support for me on the said contest. 

Then our very own Anton Diaz of OurAwesomePlanet included me 8 Most Admired Upcoming Filipina Bloggers. Manuel Viloria of Viloria.net gave a cool meaning to my name and previous clients gave their support and prove that "you shall know them by their past". It was truly a heartwarming time of my blogging life as I got to be noticed by the people that I look up to. Check out these nice and sweet words from the people that I admire and happen to have supported me during the campaign.  

Trust me, I could go on the whole night giving you links to the posts that truly uplifted me during the contest days but this is not what this post is all about.

It's more about why newbies should get started blogging in order for them to explore the many benefits and wonderful experiences one could gain from sharing their thoughts to the world. 

“A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list.” – Author Unknown

Now when all is said and done and you've setup a blog, does everything end there? No. It's just the start of a wonderful journey.

“A blog is in many ways a continuing conversation.” – Andrew Sullivan

Game Plan for 2011?

For 2011, I have started yet another blog.

Yet it's not just another blog.

It contains not just my interest in saving in investing but it's more about sharing a part of me to the world with the hopes of inspiring people and how to face each day with an optimism and how to gather stones to success. I didn't put any advertising or monetizing codes in the said blog because I want to keep a place wherein creativity and optimism meets reality.

In less than 3 months of its establishment, I keep getting emails from people who happen to find value in what I share. For me, it's more important than my goal of gaining money online or fame a couple of years ago when I wanted to be as famous as Perez Hilton.

If I could blog forever, my goal for 2011 and beyond, is to simply be remembered for the positive outlook I have despite how gloomy the road maybe sometimes.

And I hope to make the world a much better place, not just exist.

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. - Robert Byrne

This is my official entry to CoolBuster.net's ExtraBLOGanza Contest.

What about you?
What do you blog for?
What are your goals for 2011 and what will you do to reach them?

CoolBuster.net wants to hear your blogging journey through its Coolbuster.net ExtraBLOGanza Contest. The world wants to hear from you. Be sure to check out their contest details here or the photo below.

To show your support for my entry, feel free to "Like" the post and leave a comment below ;-)

Coolbuster.net ExtraBLOGanza Contest

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