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Saturday, May 31

Easy and Delicious Melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate cake

It's my oldest sister's birthday today and I thought of baking a cake for her instead of cooking the baked macaroni. I wanna try something new and so I told her daughters about my plan and they said that they will help me out.

It'll be the very first cake that I will bake so I googled a recipe for an easy chocolate cake. And the most interesting of the search result is the Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chocolate Cake by Clotilde of Chocolate & Zucchini

As you can see, the ingredients are easy to find, food processor or a mixer is not needed and the procedures are easy to follow. So here is our very own version:



I doubled the recipe to have a bigger cake but then I forgot the parchment paper. I guess that is the reason why that the sides were quite burned so I should say that it was not that successful. But since hubby like anything that has to do with chocolates, I will bake this again and make necessary adjustments according to our taste buds. Hopefully, Ill have a better cake on my next endeavor.
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Friday, May 30

Free Cookbook: Cooking the Chinese Way!

I love dishes with noodles and that is why I have a liking with Chinese food. I know that Chinese also have an influence with our cuisine (Filipino) because if you will notice the way Filipinos cook, they would have sauces (either soy sauce or oyster sauce) and seasonings. Morever, Chinese recipes are easy to do such as stir-fry, roast and noodles soups. And as promised I am now posting the cookbook called "Cooking the Chinese Way" so CLICK HERE to get the PDF copy of the book which has 73 pages.

I think I am going to try the Wonton, Shrimp with Hoisin Sauce and probably mooncakes.

Now its your turn to tell me what are your favorite Chinese food, so dont hesistate to post! Happy Cooking!
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Wednesday, May 28

Free Cookbook: Cooking the Korean Way!

Korean thingy is very much "IN" here in Pampanga. I said that because here in the Angeles City, you would always see Korean people everywhere (I am not saying that it is a bad thing, it was just my observation). Then, I have co workers who took Korean language class which was held at SM Clark. A friend of mine also told me that Koreans even "invade" the Timog Park subdivision a lot of Koreans are currently residing there. Just near that subdivison (or in the Friendship Road), you would see a lot of Korean Restaurants who I think offers delicious menu. Coz I believe that Koreans have a good taste when it comes to food. Want to know their secret? Then download this "Cooking the Korean Way" cookbook so you get to know a glimpse of Korean Cooking and some of their great recipes.

Jal Meogeosseumnida!
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Monday, May 26

Free Recipes and Cookbook: A Taste of Thai

It's been a long time since I posted recipes so it's cooking time once again! And I do have a great collection of Cookbooks (PDF). This includes Thai, Malaysian, Korean, Chinese, French, Mexican, Italian and Filipino dishes.


But I'll be posting the Thai recipe collection first which I got from the website called A Taste of Thai. You can also browse the site because it provides a lot of Thai Recipes. And if you want to download the open cookbooks that they have, simply visit:

A Taste of Thai Cookbooks

The cookbooks that you can download from the site are the following:

Favorite Thai Recipes
11 pages, 2 MB pdf file

Coconut Milk Recipes
11 pages, 1.3 MB pdf file

Dessert Recipes
(using coconut milk)
11 pages, 1.2 MB pdf file

Seafood Recipes
11 pages, 1.3 MB pdf file

Rice Noodle Recipes
9 pages, 1 MB pdf file

Thai Vegetarian Recipes
10 pages, 1.2 MB pdf file

Chicken Recipes
9 pages, 1.3 MB pdf file

Note: If in case you can't access any of the links, just send me a note so that I can directly send you the files since I still have them on my harddrive.

And if you want a real Thai Cookbook, check out:

Cooking the Thai Way

Hope you enjoy the Thai dishes!
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The New 7 Wonders of Nature: Vote Now!

To my kababayans, I encourage you to vote for the wonderful and breathtaking Tubbataha Reef as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. You may be asking me why should you vote for it?. Take a look at these pictures from tubbatahareef.org



If you are not convinced enough, watch the GMA documentary called SISID - FEATURING TUBBATAHA REEF

Currently, Tubbataha Reef is in the fourth spot on the New 7 Wonders of Nature while Chocolate Hills got the seventh spot. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Mayon Volcano are also nominated, having the tenth and eleventh spots respectively.

So I guess, there is no need for me to explain further why we should be proud of the Tubbataha Reef. Cast your vote now by going to New 7 Wonders Website

(By the way, my friend Allan told me to blog about this, Thanks for the idea!)
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Kid's Q

I got this tag from Arlene. Thanks sis!

Copy here:
1.Answer the Kid’s Question by Gregory Stock, PH.D. Remember: Don’t respond as you think others want you to. Respond the way you actually feel!
2. Add your name (linked to your blog)
3. Tag everybody else!

Kid’s Question #1
If you were the ruler of the world and you could have anything you wanted as well as have people do anything you wanted, do you think you would get greedy and mean or would you be a good and fair ruler?

Although I would like to be a good and fair ruler, I guess there would be times that I will be greedy and mean. For example, if I will face a situation wherein some of my people are selfish, then I will be forced to teach them some lesson which may make me a greedy and mean ruler. And I guess a little greediness wont hurt if the situation calls for it.

Jhong, Alpha, Women Xplore, Em, Something Purple, Our Journey to Life, My Planet Purple, Princess Bela, Aggie, Random Thoughts,, My Colorful World, Big Eyed Gal, My Simple but Adorned Life, Anything for Free add your link here.

Jhong, Alpha, Women Xplore, Em, Something Purple, Our Journey to Life, My Planet Purple, Princess Bela, Aggie, Random Thoughts, My Colorful World, Big Eyed Gal, My Simple but Adorned Life, add your link here.

I am tagging Jhengand JCCleofe
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Saturday, May 17

Hayag.com: Watch your Favorite Filipino Shows

I know that Filipinos working abroad are so thrilled everytime they watch GMA or ABS-CBN Shows such as Eat Bulaga, Wowowee, Game ka na Ba and telenovelas. Channel 2 even has a TFC channel while GMA has Pinoy TV so that their shows will be aired in different countries such as USA, Singapore, Japan and others. But did you know that there is still another way to watch your favorite Filipino celebrity or show? Visit hayag.com. Hayag is a youtube type site where people share video clips but its primary content is Filipino-related videos. It's also called webcast.

And if you are a Kapuso, you can watch out for username mytvko because he posts GMA Shows while Kapamilyas can look for mimanchi so you can watch ABS-CBN shows.

You can also watch the current shows on GMA or ABS-CBN by following these steps:

1. Go to your Programs menu and open Windows Media Player (preferably version 10 or higher)
2. Press CTRL+U
3. Enter http://www.hayag.com/pl/mytvko.asx (GMA 7 Show) or http://www.hayag.com/pl/mimanchi.asx (ABS-CBN Show)
4. Then click OK

And dont forget that this is a streaming video so you need a broadband connection to enjoy the shows.

Thanks to Dencio for sharing this freebie!
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Friday, May 16

Win a PS3 Console on Blog Oh! Blog Contest

I just bumped into this interesting site called Blog Oh! Blog which is hosted by Jai. Blog Oh Blog offers free and premium wordpress themes which you can use to beautify your blog. You can also check out Jai’s portofilio which contains web designs that he did for his clients.

Currently, Jai is having a contest called Blog Oh! Blog contest. It is an interesting contest because he was so bighearted to giveaway a Sony Playstation 3 Console plus a video game of your choice to the winner (although he doesnt even own a PS3). This would be a great gift for me since the lucky winner will be announced on May 21, 2008 (that’s my birthday). Of course, I plan on sharing the prize with my playstation fanatic husband.

To join this contest, you need to do the following:
- Post a review of Blog Oh! Blog or blog including a link to this contest with a minimum of 200 words.
- Comment on the contest and mention the link to your post.
- Subscribe to Blog Oh! Blog RSS Feed

Remember : A single blogger is allowed only one entry to the contest.

The lucky winner will get:
Playstation 3 console worth $399.99 ships with the following features as per Amazon.com :-
* Internal 40GB HDD for storing your games, music, and photos
* Built-in Blu-ray player
* Cell Broadband Engine advanced microprocessor
* SIXAXIS wireless controller (very cool!)
* Screen sizes supported : 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
* Memory : 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
Plus any PS3 video game worth $60

So join Blog Oh! Blog Contest now!

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Wednesday, May 14

Magic Moving Images in a Book

Okay, I just saw this video today and I can't contain my amazement so I am posting it now. This is just the best optical illusion that I have ever seen.



Do you know any other optical illusion?
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Silip.org: Get free tutorials, downloads, news and references about Photography

Since it is my brother's birthday today, I am putting his website on spotlight. Silip.org is only one of his many websites. You can see that the website has a simple layout but he told me that he is still working on the site appearance.

Silip.org has great free content for people who are into photography. It has information about cameras, lenses, photo editing, printers and accessories. As a member you can download free tutorials & references about photography. And if you are kind enough, you can share your tips and techniques with other photographers.

And why photography site? Simply because my brother is a frustrated photographer (hehehe)...well, kidding aside, he is self-studying photography right now. Take a look at some of his works:

"OUT OF BOUNDS"

"LONE TREE"

"BISIKLETA"
(bicycle)

"COMICS"

So take a peek at Silip.org so you can enhance your skills in photography.

Happy Birthday Bro and Goodluck on your new website!

(Note: My brother is also a freelance web/graphic designer, so if you want his services, simply contact me)
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Tuesday, May 13

Charice Pempengco on Oprah Winfrey Show

I just admire this little girl, Charice Pempengco and I believe all Filipinos are really proud of her. She received a standing ovation from Oprah viewers and praises from Oprah Winfrey herself. She even cried during the interview. She told Oprah that she has been dreaming to be in her show and she can't believe that she is now hugging Oprah. I like that! Here is the full clip of Charice Pempengco on Oprah Winfrey Show (with interview).

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Blog-Tag: Birth Month

I just got a tag from Mina. Thanks my dear.

Rules:
1. Mention the person who tagged you and create a link back to them.
2. Copy-paste the traits for all the twelve months (see below).
3. Pick your month of birth.
4. Highlight the traits that apply to you.
5. Tag 12 people and let them know by visiting their blogs and leaving a comment for them.
6. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve done it!

And before I copy the months & traits, let me list the person that I am tagging:
1. Pinay Mommie
2. Jheng
3. Lis
4. JCCleofe
5. Marie
6. ChiQ
7. Hye
8. Dunn
9. Princess
10. 21st Century Mom
11. Aice
12. Texas Sweetie

JANUARY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Ambitious and serious. Loves to teach and be taught. Always looking at people’s flaws and weaknesses. Likes to criticize. Hardworking and productive. Smart, neat and organized. Sensitive and has deep thoughts. Knows how to make others happy. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Rather reserved. Highly attentive. Resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. Romantic but has difficulties expressing love. Loves children. Loyal. Has great social abilities yet easily jealous. Very stubborn and money cautious.

FEBRUARY: Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizes dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.

MARCH: Attractive personality Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others.
Revengeful - Mmm,Nah! Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves traveling. Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners.Nah! Loves home decors. Musically talented. Loves special things. Moody. BINGO!!! Most of these traits are true for me .

APRIL: Active and dynamic. Decisive and hasty but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people’s problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. Moving. Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. Sexy in a way that only their lover can see.

MAY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm Standpoint. Needs no motivation. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing. Loves literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike being at home. Restless. Not having many children. Hardworking. High spirited. Spendthrift.

JUNE: Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Able to show character. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Brand conscious. Executive. Stubborn.

JULY: Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.

AUGUST: Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.

SEPTEMBER: Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people’s mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic.

OCTOBER: Loves to chat. Loves those who loves them. Loves to take things at the center. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn’t pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care of what others think. Emotional. Decisive. Strong clairvoyance. Loves to travel, the arts and literature. Touchy and easily jealous. Concerned. Loves outdoors. Just and fair. Spendthrift. Easily influenced. Easily loses confidence. Loves children.

NOVEMBER: Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.

DECEMBER: Loyal and generous. Sexy. Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in organizations. Fun to be with. Loves to socialize. Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy. Not pretending. Short tempered. Changing personality. Not egotistic. Take high pride in oneself. Hates restrictions. Loves to joke. Good sense of humor. Logical.
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Sunday, May 11

Scholarship & Grants in the Philippines

It's so difficult to get a job here in the Philippines. The competition in the market is too tough. And I know that it will be more difficulty to apply for work if you don't have a high school / college diploma. Reality bites.... Philippines is still one of the poorest country in the world. However, I believe that there are still a lot of intelligent people who deserve to be in a classroom, reading a book instead of selling sampaguita flowers on the streets.

I used to think that I can't go to high school, much more to enter college. Guess what? God answered my prayers and gave me a guardian angel in the form of my teachers who helped me find a scholarships. I also know some of my friends who finished their studies by being a working student. Thus, there is always a solution to a problem.

The point is, there are ways for you to get the diploma you have been dreaming about. You just have to have the guts to find a solution (at times, you also need to find the right connection) and pray a lot. With this in mind, I tried to search for the scholarships available to our young Filipino citizen. Here is my list:

http://www.gov.ph/faqs/scholarships.asp - This is actually a list program/company sites that was collated by the Philippine Goverment.

Panasonic Scholarship Grant

Meralco Foundation

University of the Philippines Scholarship Program

PAMPANGA

***Holy Angel University (HAU) Scholarship & Grants

***Angeles University Foundation (AUF) Scholarships

***Angeles University Foundation School of Medicine Scholarships

***Republic Central Colleges (RCC) Scholarship Grants

I know, that a big percentage of the people who are worthy of the scholarships may not even have the chance to read my blog. So if you reading this and know someone who deserve any of these grants, please do inform them. You'll never know that your little act of kindness will change the person's life.

If you also know other scholarships or grants here in the Philippines, please feel free to put a comment and I'll add them on the list.

Legend:
*** - new links
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Friday, May 9

Lots of Prizes at stake @ The Net Fool’s Outrageous Blog Contest

Blog hopping has many advantages. First, you get to meet new people. Second, you can expand your network and be able to exchange links with others. Third, you get to discover amazing things such as this one:


Win Over $4,500 in FREE Cash & Prizes? Visit The Net Fool’s Outrageous Blog Contest


Isn't that amazing? I think if you are a blogger, you would definitely join such contest. Why? Because joining The Net Fool’s Outrageous Blog Contest is easy. All you need to do is :
- Subscribe to the RSS feed and/or Email List (required)
- Blog About the Contest (10 Entries)
- Comment on The Net Fool (1/4 Entry)
- Stumble or Digg a Post (1 Entry)
- Favorite The Net Fool on Technorati (1 Entry)

(From time to time,you want to visit The Net Fool’s Outrageous Blog Contest for updates regarding contest rules)

After getting an entry, there goes the chance to win the following prizes:

Cash

* $250 Cash from PepperJam Network
* $50 Paypal Cash from Ades Blog
* $25 Paypal Cash from Sohaib Thiab

Web Hosting

* 1 Year Web Hosting from Young Online Millionaire

WordPress Themes & Design

* $500 Custom Premium Blog Design from Pixel Jig
* 2 Copies of the Revolution WordPress Theme from Brian Gardner Media

WordPress Scripts & Software

* 2 Copies of the FruitfulTime TaskManager from FruitfulTime
* Liscenced Copy of OIO Publisher from OIOpublisher
* WP Auctions Gold Version from WP Auctions

Blog Advertising

* Featured Listing on Aviva Directory from Aviva Directory
* Blog Listing and Bundle Pack 2 from 1 Cool File
* 125×125 Ad Spot from BlogTrepreneur
* 125×125 Ad Spot from Life Is Colourful
* 2 125×125 Ad Spots from Webmaster Plaza
* 2 125×125 Ad Spots from BloggerVenue
* 125×125 Ad Spot from BobbyT Blogging To A T
* 125×125 Ad Spot from Hedge Against Speculation
* 720×90 Banner Ad Spot from Webmaster Plaza

Blog Reviews

* Full Blog Review from Wayne Liew
* Full Blog Review from Article Snatch
* Full Blog Review from Life Is Colourful
* Full Blog Review from Webmaster Plaza
* Full Blog Review from BloggerVenue

Subscriptions

* 2 Year Subscription to GoStats Pro from GoStats
* 5 One-Year VIP Memberships to CreateBanner.com from Xavier Media
* Premium Subscription to DotSauce.com from DotSauce

Entrecard Credits

* 5000 Entrecard Credits from BloggerVenue
* 2000 Entrecard Credits from Article Snatch
* 2000 Entrecard Credits from Big Free Articles
* 1500 Entrecard Credits from BobbyT Blogging To A T
* 1500 Entrecard Credits from Webmaster Plaza
* 1000 Entrecard Credits from Tim Yimto
* 750 Entrecard Credits from Let’s Talk About Money
* 750 Entrecard Credits from The Work From Home Professional
* 500 Entrecard Credits from DotSauce
* 3x 168 Entrecard Credits from Bloggin-Ads

Miscellaneous

* Professional Blog Consultation Report from Scribbles & Words
* 2 One-Hour Blog Consulations from The University Kid
* 20 One Buck Wiki Pages from OneBuckWiki
* 20 Beer Stock Pages from Site Hoppin
* Unique List of 20 Available Domain Names from Word Fuse
* Aviva Directory T-Shirt from Aviva Directory

The Net Fool is so generous in giving away such tremendous prizes and I can't even pick which one is my favorite. But I guess, the exposure and traffic that your blog would receive if ever you will win this contest is priceless.

So join The Net Fool’s Outrageous Blog Contest Now!.

Note: I think results will be announced on June 2
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Wednesday, May 7

Networking Techniques to Increase Blog Traffic

It excites me everytime I see my mailbox full of messages from my blog readers. And thus, one of my ultimate blogging dream is to have continuous traffic on my blog. Because that would just prove that I am making some sense to other people. I got to be honest, my blog is just pagerank 3 and I havent been earning that much from blogging so why would people care to read what I am writing?

Page Rank CheckI am not expecting internet users to read my money making techniques or whatsoever. I just want to put everything in a journal and maybe someday when I become successful, I can look back and say “Hey guys what I have mentioned before regarding this ..& that… are working. You can see me now, I am earning 4-digit a month because of affiliate marketing, adsense, paidposting, etc” (in my dreams!?!?... Well, lets wait and see…) Also, I am writing these things so that other successful bloggers who may be peeking or taking a glimpse of my humble site can tell me if what I am doing is right or wrong. I have always been checking other blogs to compare notes, see if I am taking the right path. So now, let me tell you some basic tips which may have been one reason why I have google pagerank 3 and why I have readers subscribe on my feed (thanks to you guys!).

1. Blog hopping. If you have been reading my blog, you would always notice that I often use the phrase “Blog Hop” & “Blog Hopping.” And the truth is, I really do blog hop. Why? As I have mentioned above, I am not an expert so I want to learn techniques on how to be a successful blogger. I need to know what my co-bloggers are doing which may have been working with them , thus, I can try it on my end. Also, I blog hop so that I can collate links of helpful information that I can share with others (it works both ways because I also get to promote the Website that I like).

2. Taking Advantage of Blog Comments. I am not saying that in every blog that you visit, you have put comments (not necessarily). But I do believe that every blog has its own beauty, if you can devote quality time with a blog that are of your interests, try to check out its archive and you can definitely see one post that is worthy of a beautiful comment. If you really care about the blogger (and have enough courage), then you can add a feedback on how to improve the site.

3. Joining popular online communities. This I guess has the greatest contribution of what I have achieved already. Some of the online communities that I am into right now are :
  • Blogcatalog – Very accomodating community where you get to meet a lot of bloggers that are writing about different topics. If you want to look for bloggers that have the same interests as yours, then you can check out the blogcatalog group. Blogcatalog is one of the largest and well-known blog directory so you should have your blog url listed in this community.
  • Entrecard – One of the most popular networking strategies in the blogging world is entrecard. I actually consider this as an advertising community because, the idea is to basically visit a site through the entrecard badge. Although some may say that entrecard dropping is not a good idea, I think it still depends on the blogger. What I actually do after clicking on the entrecard badge, I still take some time to read the blog and check out some interesting posts. There are times that I even got inspired by this unknown blogger. So be wise when using entrecard and make the most out of it.
  • StumbleUpon – This is a very helpful tool in sharing good content. What you actually do when you use StumbleUpon is similar to the idea of adding frequently visited sites on your browser’s Favorites or Bookmarks and sharing your list with your family & friends. Install the StumbleUpon toolbar and get started with your favorites list.
  • Technorati – Quite similar to stumbleupon but this doesn’t require any software installation. Just create a Technorati profile and you can start storing your frequently visited blogs on your favorites. Im still learning the process and if you want to know more about it to check out Technorati Support.
  • Mybloglog – Just like blogcatalog, mybloglog allows you to get connected with other bloggers. It also has a large community so you get to meet and be linked with many people. Moreover, you also get to add a widget and track your site visitors. To get more information about Mybloglog, visit : http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/mybloglog
  • Friendster – I’ve been a member of friendster (I think long before I started blogging). My original goal was to meet my long lost friends and family. Also, to update my loved ones about my interesting life. But lately, I noticed other friendster friends, that they have shoutouts about their blog. That’s a good idea. So I inserted my blog URL on my shoutout. And if you don’t have any blog, you can actually create a blog on your friendster account.
  • Myspace – I am not a subscriber of myspace but I guess it works just like friendster. But I’ll be subscribing on this community soon at : http://www.myspace.com
4. Blog Tagging – Some bloggers are fond of this strategy. Well, I am not into tagging because there are times that the topic they are discussing is not in line with my blog theme. So, in as much as I would like to participate, I tend not to react to that tag or if I will respond, I do it on my other blog. I believe tagging is more appropriate to personal blogs where you can write about anything and yes, it really helps in expanding your network.

That’s basically it! If you have networking techniques that are not on my list, I’ll be glad to hear them out. =)
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One Big Dream: Travelling in Germany

I have been dreaming about travelling in Germany. All I know is that Germany has stunning sceneries and is rich with cultural attractions. So I made some more research on what are the best places and things in that country which made it very popular to tourists. Through the internet, I learned that it also celebrates a lot of festivals and hoidays where you can see different customes, masks, carnivals and a more fun-filled activities. And if you plan to go to Germany, the best cities that you should be visiting are Berlin , Frankfurt , Köln and Munich.

Berlin
Every district of Berlin has its own charm which may have been the reason why it was considered as the capital city of Germany. And since it is also Germany’s largest city, it is best to take a diverse route when trying to explore the Berlin. Some of the places and tourist attractions that you should visit are the Egyptian (Ägyptisches) Museum and Papyrus Collection, Dahlem Museum complex, Brucke Museum, Tiergarten park, Treptower Park, Olympic Stadium and Friseur Museum. Get to visit all these by staying in one of the best Berlin Hotels.

Frankfurt
Frankfort can be considered as a diverse city when talking about its sceneries and attactions. You would see tall and futuristic skucrapers as well as traditional, long-established yet well-maintained structures. These includes Archaeological Gardens, Botanical Gardens (Palmengarten), Goethehaus, Carmelite Monastery. Moreover, Frankfurt is known with its high class Opera House & musems which are the Old Opera House (Alte Oper), Staedel Art Museum and German Architecture Museum. Get to visit all these by staying in one of the luxurious Frankfurt Hotels.

Köln
Being the fourth largest city of Germany, Köln takes pride of its stunning cityscape, landscape and attractions. One of its best is the Kölner Dom (Köln Cathedral), which took around 600 years to build. Other places that you may want to visit in Köln are : Köln zoo (Zoologischer Garten Köln), Rmerturm (Roman tower), Eigelstein Tower, Agfa Photo-Historama im Museum Ludwi, Imhoff-Stollwerck Museum or Schokoladenmuseum & Roman tower (Rmerturm). Get to visit all these by staying in one of the grand Köln Hotels.

Munich
Munich is most tourists favorite city to visit in Germany because it possess a lively culture which you can find in his famous gothic structures, well-respected musems and beautiful parks. Some of Munich must-see museums are Alte Pinakothek (Art Museum), Bayerisches National Museum and Deutsches Jagd und Fischeremuseum. Then you should also visit its beautiful places such as Munich’s cathedral, Town Hall (Rathaus), Nymphenburg Palace and Olympia Park. Get to visit all these amazing by staying in one of the magnificent Munich Hotels.

So make your dream into a reality. Travel now in Germany and stay in Germany’s finest hotels: Berlin Hotels, Köln Hotels, Frankfurt Hotels & Munich Hotels. To find the best deals and bargains of high quality accomodation, visit : http://www.hotelsdeutsche.com.
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Monday, May 5

GetPaidtoPost: Write a posts and earn some money!

What's great about blog hopping is that everyday, you get to discover new things and new ways to make money online. If you like to write like to post in forums, this is your chance to make money out of the things that you love doing. Try out GetPaidtoPost



GetPaidtoPost is an online Community where webmasters are looking for posters to help them market their websites. The site is easy to navigate and you can choose the website that you'd like to promote.

There is no fee involved when signing up for GetPaidtoPost. All you need to do is fill up the form and your account will be activated in a few minutes. So SIGN UP NOW and start getting paid to post.
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Website Review: Earn Money Online (UK)

Last April, I have posted an article that deals with money making techniques. Up until now, I have been researching on that topic because I know that most bloggers do want to earn money online (who wouldn't want to?). As I was browsing the internet, I found this site : "Earn Money Online." It has links to different ways on how to make money online: Paid Surveys, Get Paid to Blog, Get Paid to Drive, Get Paid to Play, Get Paid to Search, Get Paid to Sell, Get Paid to Shop, Get Paid to Sell, Get Paid to Write & Mystery Shopping. And the reason why I am posting it because it also offers Freebies and techniques on how to save Money.



This is a cool site that you should visit, so please check out "Earn Money Online."
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Saturday, May 3

10,000 pesos is at stake at GotPinoy.com

Blogcatalog is really a great community. I found another exciting contest for Filipino bloggers where the most popular blog will be awarded a cold 10,000 pesos in cash. Sound fanstastic right?!? That's like a month's freelance work for me (well, if I am lucky, that is...). So this is one heck of a motivation to all pinoy or pinay bloggers who try make some money online. Kudos to GotPinoy.com for creating such wonderful project! Here are some of their prizes:

"Prizes: Each Entrant who is adjudged to be a winner shall be notified by email or phone and announce to GotPinoy.com website. The prize reward is will to change from time to time. Please check the website to learn the prize for the current week. Some of the prizes we are planning are 10,000.00 Pesos for PHILIPPINES BLOG CONTEST - VOTE and 5,000.00 for REFER A BLOG. Referral as domain name will not be valid. Referral must be email or name of an entrants."

So get registered by visiting: http://www.gotpinoy.com/blog.cfm

And of course, if you like my blog, please Vote for Anyfreebies @GotPinoy!
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Friday, May 2

Only in the Philippines: PSBANK is Giving Away 1 Million Pesos a Month

This banner from a local bank site in the Philippines is very interesting.



Hey, how did she win a million pesos???? Do I need to buy anything or what? So I try to dig into the PSBank site to see how I can join such contest and have the opportunity to win a million pesos. click...click...click....here is what I discovered: Monthly Millions Raffle Promo.

"A Raffle Promotion open to Peso Savings, Peso Checking, Peso Time Deposit, Dollar Savings and Dollar Time Deposit account holders for a chance to win cash prizes during Monthly and Grand Raffle Draws."

This craze started last February 1, 2008 and will end up on July 31, 2008. All you need to do is have a PSBank account and maintain the minimum Average Daily Balance (ADB) within the promo period to be eligible with one electronically-generated raffle number. And they are also giving away other prizes. Check this out:

Reminder: Only Individual or Joint Accounts and Sole Proprietorships are qualified in this promotional activity.

So open a PSBank account now, who knows? you might be the next millionaire!
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