Things you can do with old unused shoes

July 26, 2016
Over our lifetime, we may want to check how much shoes we’ve collected because as we grow, our shoe sizes get bigger and it becomes more proportional to your growth as well. As we go on, we aren’t very sure to notice that we have accumulated a lot of pairs that we just sit there and stare at the shoe collection we have made. If you want to make something out of those shoes, then here are the top things you can do with your old unused shoes. 

Things you can do with old unused shoes
Photo Credit to Andre Torrez, Flickr


Sell those good ‘ole shoes of yours


If you are sure that you can still get a few sums out of those pair then you should probably start now because the value of shoes depreciate in a short span of time. Go hit up Facebook groups that do buying and selling of shoes; go to the OLX website and post your merchandise there; talk to people who you know can help you with your goal.

If you own a good and infamous pair of sneakers, chances are a lot of people would want to have what you offer because some sneakers have this aura of vintage that when it gets older, it gets better. Collectors and sneakerheads would feats on them.

Trade them with another pair


Instead of buying them in replacement of few extra cash, why not trade them for you to try on something new? There are Facebook groups who do buying and selling and there are some people there open for trading shoes. This is perfect if you know that your pair can fit anyone’s taste because you will have a large pool of audience that would be looking forward to have your offer.

Make a plant box out of it


Want to keep the pair/s inside your vision? Then do not give them or sell them to someone else and make a plant box with it instead. You should first clean the shoe/s to get rid of unwanted bacteria that can cease the growth of your plant. Then what you should do is you should gather soil, clean soil and make sure that it fits well in the shoe to ensure that life can grow inside of it.

Recycle and redesign it


There are a lot of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) guides out there dedicated to restyling your worn-out shoes. You can have it look like a pair that is dipped in a pool of Denim, you can make it look like cloth, etc. Be creative, ask people how you can creatively and effectively redesign your worn-out pair.

Donate them


You can of course donate your unused pair and I am pretty sure that a lot of people would benefit from it. There are tons of donation sites here in our country and a lot of homeless people who needs care and attention. Donate your shoes so you can be aware of the goodness that your humble piece of apparel have done.

Still don’t know what to do with your old shoes? Just have a read above and you will know what you can get. A few people decide to just trash out their old pair and it would be an extreme waste if you do so. Remember, you can go and tickle your creativity a little bit to make something new out of something extremely old.

How to avoid Text Scams

July 23, 2016
Text scams are growing and it has becoming a norm nowadays. These scams’ goal is to get something out of you without you being even aware of it. It may include them asking you for money, load credits, and even confidential information and it is your duty not to fall for it and to trash it immediately. So how can I distinguish a scam so that I can avoid being a victim of fraud? 

How to avoid Text Scams

With our new elected President working to rid our country of drug-related people, those people might move on and take a different path in life – scamming; which is safe to say. Kidding aside, scams have become abundant and more and more people are falling for it so we listed tips here that can rid you off of those.

Read: 5 ways to avoid Investment scams

The “Attorney” Trick


Scammers think that using an attorney can fake their way out of your pockets. To tell you, lawyers or attorneys cannot have power in telecommunication companies unless they are owners. So if you ever come across a message saying that they are an attorney or they talked to an attorney and that they are demanding for something in return, just trash this message and move on.

Telecommunications Provider “Freebies” or “Discounts”


Do not get this wrong, there are instances that telecommunication companies offer freebies, promos, or discounts to its loyal and avid users but if it was sent from a regular prepaid or postpaid number, make sure you think twice. Oftentimes, providers will use their own names such as Smart, Globe, etc. to communicate with their users. Another thing to keep notice of is if you are prepaid and you are sent a message saying that your postpaid number won something, don’t waste your time on it.

They ask you for money REAL QUICK


One of the main victims of these people are people who have relatives of loved ones overseas. One of the scams that became huge in the previous years are the ones who ask you for money or padala by means of load or cash. They will never second-thought their aim and they will continually ask you to send them cash or load because they need it.

Some scammers really do not think because not everyone has people overseas so if you are part of those who doesn’t have relatives outside the country, just laugh at those and block the number immediately to avoid disturbance or annoyance.

It came from a suspicious number


If a family member or a relative will message you, they surely would have their names registered on your phone, right? For God’s sake, we have Facebook now and it is one of the most used means of communication for people in two different regions of the globe. If a telecom provider wants to send out a huge user-message, you would know because the sender would have the name of the telecom provider.

If however it appears that the number came from a suspicious one, just block it or it is your choice to make fun of it while it is there.

There are a lot of people currently trying to scam people for load, for cash, and information. There is no way to safeguard yourself from these because in most cases they jot down random numbers or they use software that can message multiple numbers. The only protection you can have is your knowledge about it – the knowledge on how you can distinguish a real, relevant message from a shabby, scam.

Top 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Water

July 23, 2016
Every known living life-form in this planet needs water; humans, animals, even plants need water to grow and to survive. As most of us are unaware of, water is the most abundant source here on our planet billions of years ago and now, some parts of the world are having shortages in water supply. Aside from our need of the said matter, there are some things – amazing things that water can do and I bet you didn’t know these 8 things about water. 

Top 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Water 

1. Our bodies – our bodies are what we use for our everyday lives and it is consistently made up of water. It is said that all of what we are is actually made up of water; 70% of our bodies is made up of actual WATER. So if you’re not feeling well, maybe you just need a refresher and take tons of water to supply your body for you to become functional again.

2. The water in our planet was delivered by comets and asteroids. Yes, all of the water that we can witness now is just a product from those outside things. This happened in a period between 4.5 Billion and 3.8 Billion years ago and is called The Late Heave Bombardment.

3. Ever encounter the feeling of losing weight after an intense sweating session? That weight loss is a result of losing water out of your body, not fat.

4. When you are having a terrible headache, taking in water can simply do the trick. All of our bodies’ activities consume the water inside our systems; eating, walking, exercising dehydrates us. Having vices like drinking or smoking doubles that dehydration and having less water in our bodies cause us to feel headaches and the solution? – Drink water and cut off from those medicines. Although its effect is not as fast as taking medicine, you will have a healthier and more natural approach.

5. The majority of water here in our planet is salty water making up almost 97% of all the water on earth. 2.1% of the water is locked up in polar ice caps which make less than 1% of the earth’s water available as fresh water.

6. In the middle ages, beer replaced the use of water because there were cases that water during that time is not safe for drinking.

7. Ever notice that expiration date on water bottles you have bought and compiled? That expiration date is not actually for the water, it is for the bottle where the water is contained.

8. There are more water in our planet’s atmosphere than all of the rivers here in our planet combined.

Water is not actually just the simple thing you drink everyday – it is obviously more than that. Here are the eight (8) most interesting things about water and of course, we have more so stay tuned and go sweat it all out.

2016 Holidays in the Philippines

July 21, 2016
If you are an employee of the Philippines, you are probably familiar with the different holidays and time-offs that it can give you. If not, then you should now start to familiarize yourself because these days can offer you rest or bigger pays. Out of all the 365 days of the whole year, some of these days can offer treats that would greatly benefit you. So to cut things short, what are the different holidays that are considered here in the Philippines?

2016 Holidays in the Philippines

Before we get to that, let us first run through the different types of holidays here in our country and how it differs in terms of pay for you.

Regular Holidays are holidays that have fixed dates such as New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, etc. while the Special non-working Holidays are the ones that are more flexible. They can be adjusted by the congress and there can be declarations regarding these holidays.

 

Regular Holidays
Special non-working Holidays
CAME TO WORK
(Daily Rate + COLA) x 2
Daily Rate x 1.3
DID NOT WORK
 Daily Rate + COLA
NO PAY
OVERTIME
(Daily Rate  + COLA) x2 + (Hourly Rate x No. of Excess Hrs. x 2.6)
 (Daily Rate x 1.3) + (Hourly Rate x No. of Excess Hrs. x 1.69)
WORKED ON A REST DAY
(Daily Rate + COLA) x2 + (Daily Rate x 2 x.30) 
(Daily Rate x 1.5)
WORKED OVERTIME ON A REST DAY
(Daily Rate + COLA) x2 + (Daily Rate x .30 x2) + (Hourly Rate x No. of Excess Hrs. x 2.6)
(Daily Rate x 1.5) + (Hourly Rate x No. of Excess Hrs. x 1.95)

COLA – Cost of Living Allowance. 
DATE
DAY
HOLIDAY

August 21st
Sunday
Ninoy Aquino Day
**Special non-working
August 29th
Monday
National Heroes Day
**Regular Holiday
September 11th
Sunday
Eidul Adha

October 31st
Monday
Public Holiday
**Special non-working
November 1st
Tuesday
All Saints Day
**Special non-working
November 30th
Wednesday
Bonfiacio Day

December 24th
Saturday
Christmas Eve
**Special non-working
December 25th
Sunday
Christmas Day
**Regular Holiday
December 30th
Friday
Rizal Day

December 31st
Saturday
New Year’s Eve
**Special non-working


As you can see, I did not include the holidays that are already over, be reminded that days would be different for a different year and in the special non-working holidays, the congress has yet to confirm. This is only to guide you to what days you can have extra pays and for you to set different plans for you.


We certainly hope that we have educated you and that we have fed you information for your own benefit. Have anything to add in this article? Let us know in the comments section below.

President Duterte to increase SSS monthly pension by Php 2000?

July 10, 2016
Newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte, voices his thoughts and opinion on the monthly pension of retired workers of our country. It was on the 31st of May in a press conference at the Presidential guest house in Davao City where he stated that he wants to pursue the rejected appeal during the Administration of former President Aquino, of increasing the monthly Social Security System (SSS) pension by Php2, 000. 

SSS Pension
Photo Credit: Raffy Lerma, Inquirer.net


During the previous administration, Aquino vetoed the congress-approved bill that would grant SSS retired pensioners addition Php2, 000 in their monthly pension and that is what President Rodrigo Duterte wants to change. “I will increase it, alam niyo dapat binigay na iyan.”

“While we have able bodies, we give our money for pension so that we can have something to receive in order to buy something; now with the prices of even medicines going up, the Php2, 000 increase is not even enough,” said Duterte. Our president truly understands the situation of the market and the economy right now that he wants to help his fellowmen by giving an increase to the monthly pension they are currently receiving. His stand is right at all angles because, when we were working, we squeeze ourselves to the fact that we need to make contributions to the SSS no matter how bad or good our current situation is. According to him, it is just right to increase the monthly pension and that Php2, 000 is not even worth of what we have done for the country.

Aquino declined this congress-approved bill and according to him, there are more or less 2 million pensioners that will be granted the Php2, 000 monthly increase and that means Php56 billion in a year. This will incur Php16 billion to Php26 billion yearly deficit to the SSS who has only a yearly income of Php30 billion to Php40 billion from investments.

According to the outgoing President’s words, “Given this situation, the Social Security System will be constrained to draw from and use its Investment Reserve Fund (IRF) to support the pension increase. Consequently, the IRF will deteriorate over the years and will eventually reach zero (0) by the year 2029.”

The bill that he vetoed is the House Bill 5842 or “Act mandating a P2, 000 across-the-board increase in the monthly pension with the corresponding adjustment of the minimum monthly pension under the Social Security System, amending for the purpose Section 12 of Republic Act No. 1661, as amended, otherwise known as the Social Security Act of 1997.”

President Duterte voiced out his concerns and his feelings toward both the SSS and the GSIS, he said, “Listen, ang sama ng loob ko sa inyo, ganito, I am a mayor of a city where people would go to my office to complain, sometimes, the SSS and GSIS nagfa-follow up yan sila, at minsan, binibigay nila yung pension sa ibang tao and when you are confronted na may namatay na, doon pa ninyo malaman then you try to correct it, and it takes about two years to process it, My God.” “Yan ang problema sa inyo, yan ang i-correct ninyo and sinasabi ko, one month with only five (5) signatures, not more than that, correction na agad, ora mismo, para di mahirapan,” he added. 

Read: What things can we expect under a Duterte Government?

Our president is wholeheartedly concerned about his fellow Filipinos who have fought and worked hard for our country. Given all these situations, Duterte still remained determined in pushing to have this Php2, 000 monthly increase approved.

What are your thoughts about this? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Inquirer.net

Premium Point-to-Point Bus Service in the Metro

July 10, 2016
All people living in the busiest cities of our country is aware of the never-ending traffic in the most important places. It is one hell of a problem but finally, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) came up with a solution in the first few pages of this year. It is called the Premium Point-to-Point Bus Service and we could not emphasize this enough.

p2p bus
Photo Credit: P2P Premium Bus Service FB Page
The main goal of the P2P Bus Service is to persuade people to leave their cars at home and to just ride the bus in shorter time and in a safer way. It truly lives up to its word because having fewer cars on the road will somehow ease the congestion which is the reason why traffic is everywhere. The P2P bus service is a new public utility vehicle that offers safer and more reliable mode of transportation which allows shorter time-travels because it leaves on a fixed schedule with no stopping and will proceed directly to the destination.

As of the moment, there are four (4) routes that passengers can take to and from Robinson’s Galleria and SM Megamall in Ortigas; Trinoma in North EDSA; Glorietta 5, Greenbelt, and Park Square in Makati; and Alabang Town Center. Of course, these are the main routes of employees, workers, and some students which paint the reason why they started it in these routes.

We will be giving you the schedule and take note of this because the buses wait for no one.

Robinson’s Galleria (Ortigas) to Park Square (Makati) and vice versa


  • Travel Time: 20-30 minutes
  • One-way Fare: Php30.00; Php24.00 (Discounted)
  • The buses that take this route are available from Mondays to Fridays (except holidays)

Greenbelt 1 (Makati) to Alabang Town Center (Alabang) and vice versa 

  • Travel Time: 40 minutes 
  • One-way Fare: Php70.00; Php56.00 (Discounted) 
  • The buses that take this route are available from Mondays to Saturdays) 

SM North Edsa (North EDSA) to SM Megamall (Ortigas) and vice versa 

  • Travel Time: 20-30 minutes 
  • One-way Fare: Php40.00; Php30.00 (Discounted) 
  • The buses that take this route are available DAILY 

Trinoma (North EDSA) to Glorietta 5 (Makati) and vice versa 

  • Travel Time: 40-50 minutes 
  • One-way Fare: Php55.00; Php40.00 (Discounted) 
  • The buses that take this route are available DAILY 

We hope and pray that these P2P buses would really answer the busy and congested traffic of everyday. If this becomes a thing, then we can conclude that our country is slowly improving and becoming the country we ever wanted it to be. Discounts are usually available for students, Persons with Disability (PWDs), and senior citizens. Want to know more about everything around you? Stay tuned.

Great business ideas under Duterte’s Presidency

July 10, 2016
The slogan “change is coming,” is slowly becoming reality with recent occurrences involving the newly cleansed Baclaran and Divisoria, drug lords, pushers, finally arrested, and a lot more. For many Filipinos, a new administration; a new leader means a new and fresh opportunity to open and start businesses. With our new President’s promises and rules, we have compiled a list of the best small businesses under President Duterte’s administration.

Great business ideas under Duterte’s Presidency

Online Businesses


During a recent interview, Duterte stated that he and his team would order telecommunication companies to up their services for the overall betterment of our internet connection. He also said that he is open to foreign investors to enter the Philippine internet market. He is doing this because our President is aware that technology can make lives better and it can be a living for most people if it is done right.

Given these facts, it is just right to start an online business and it will be running great and smoothly under his administration. Imagine, no more internet-related problems, imagine a faster and more efficient internet connection; that would change how you think of our country’s Internet Service Providers, right?

Security Systems


Duterte is keen on criminals so he wants to keep an eye out on the whole country as much as possible. Security personnel alone could not hold that which means, he would need the help of technology. Just like in his city, Davao is already a hub of several modern security systems and CCTV’s and it can be safely concluded that he might do the same thing for the rest of the country as well.

Life Coaching


With our country being one of the places where drug abusers, pushers, dealers, etc., think they are safe – they are not now under Duterte’s administration. A lot of people are surrendering with the willingness to change; in order for them to change, they would need a help of a life coach to assist them in their journey to the good side.

Yes, life coaching is not a very popular and in-demand profession here in our country but with the help of the technology like the internet, you can coach people through video calling and it will be needed by a lot of people now, believe me.

Tea shops and Coffee Shops


Curfews, curfews, curfews – that alone answers why tea shops and coffee shops are going to be a hit under his presidency. Since alcohol or liquor now has a maximum time, people would reach for the alternative on being contented with non-alcoholic drinks. You can’t avoid the urge to chit-chat with your friends on a late Saturday evening, right?

In Davao City, there are more than a hundred coffee shops and almost all of them are on the brink of success; why not make that in the place where you reside?

Rehabilitation Centers


Drug-related people are Duterte’s number one enemy (aside from criminals and deceivers, of course) and he promised to suppress illegal drugs in our country. Having a rehabilitation center would be one of the best because our country is known to be the home of a lot of hiding people because they have dealt drugs or used drugs before.

Quality rehabilitation centers are scarce in the country since the major drug-dealers are not being thought of; the best centers are located only in Manila and in Cebu. But now, under his administration, there might be a demand on rehabilitation centers; why not open one in your own area?

See, these businesses are going to be a major hit and it is guaranteed because of the laws and the aspirations of our now president. Although the success of a business depends on the business plan and the people behind it, the chances of success of the businesses listed here are quite higher because of the implementations.

List of TESDA Courses

July 09, 2016
Here in our country, there is a government agency that supports mainly to supervise technical education to produce skilled workers from our country. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is this agency and it was created under the virtue of the Republic Act 7796 also known as the “Technical Education and Skills Development Act of 1994.” In this article, we have compiled the courses that this agency can offer for you so have a look at it and decide if you want to undergo the program or not.

List of TESDA Courses

In this list, we haven’t included the courses in the Engineering field because the academic standing contains a vast range of programs for students and for people who are interested. We are going to have a closer look at those programs in a separate article; so let’s begin.

Humanities:
Visual Arts
Performing Arts
         Illustration NC II
          Photography NC II
         Visual Graphic Design NC III
         Performing Arts Ballroom Dancing NC II
         Performing Arts Dance NC II
         Performing Arts Song NC II

Professions and Applied Sciences
Health Sciences
Education
         Barangay Health Services NC II
         Biomedical Equipment Services NC II
         Caregiving NC II
         Dental Hygiene NC IV
         Dental Laboratory Technology Services (Fixed Dentures Restorations) NC II
         Dental Laboratory Technology Services NC I
         Dental Laboratory Technology Services (Removable Dentures Appliances) NC II
         Emergency Medical Services NC II
         Hilot/Wellness Massage NC II
         Institutional Health Care Services NC II
         Massage Therapy NC II
         Medical Coding and Billing NC II
         Medical Transcription NC II
         Opthalmic Lens Services NC II
         Pharmacy Services NC II
         TESDA Trainer Qualification Level I
         TESDA Trainer Qualification Level II


Family and Consumer Science
Business
         Bread and Pastry Production NC II
         Commercial Cooking NC II
         Commercial Cooking NC III
         Commercial Cooking NC IV
         Food and Beverage Services NC II
         Food and Beverage Services NC III
         Food and Beverage Services NC IV
         Food Processing NC II
         Food Processing NC III
         Food Processing NC IV
         Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II
         Consumer Electronics Servicing NC III
         Consumer Electronics Servicing NC IV
         Fish Products Packaging NC II
         Attractions and Theme Parks Operation NC II
         Bartending NC II
         Barbering NC II
         Beauty Care NC II
         Beauty Care NC III
         Bookkeeping NC III
         Contact Center NC II
         Finishing Course for Call Center Agents
         Customer Services NC II
         Dressmaking (Casual) NC II
         Events Management Services NC III
         Fashion Design (Apparel) NC III
         Fish Port/Wharf Operations NC I
         Fishing Gear Repair and Maintenance NC III
         Footwear Making NC II
         Front Office Services NC II
         Furniture Making Finishing NC II
         Hairdressing with Cosmetology NC II
         Household Services NC II
         Housekeeping NC II
         Housekeeping NC III
         Housekeeping NC IV
         Microfinance Technology NC II
         Tour Guiding Services NC II
         Travel Service NC II
         Tailoring NC II

Agriculture               
Transportation
         Agricultural Crops Production NC I
         Agricultural Crops Production NC II
         Animal Health Care and Management NC III
         Animal Production NC II
         Artificial Insemination (Large Ruminants) NC II
         Artificial Insemination (Swine) NC II
         Horticulture NC II
         Horticulture NC III
         Organic Agriculture Production NC II
         Pest Management Vegetables NC II
         Slaughtering Operations NC II
         Able Seafarer Deck (STCW Regulation II/5)
         Able Seafarer Deck (STCW Regulation III/5)
         Driving (Articulated Vehicle) NC III
         Driving NC II
         Driving (Passenger Bus/Straight Truck) NC III
         Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (STCW Regulation II/4)

Architecture and Design
Formal Sciences
   Landscape Installation and Maintenance (Softcape) NC II
         Technical Drafting NC II
·       2D Digital Animation NC III
         2D Game Art Development NC III
         3D Animation NC III
         3D Game Art Development NC III
         Animation NC II
         Computer Hardware Servicing NC II
         Programming NC IV

Natural Sciences
Languages
         Aquaculture NC II
         Fish Capture NC I
         Fish Capture NC II
         English
         Japanese
         Korean
         Mandarin
         Arabic
         Spanish

Aside from these, TESDA also offers online courses so that you can study in the comfort of your own home and in your own time. These online courses are:

Microsoft Online Courses – Game Development
Information Technology
         Developing 2D Games with HTML5
         Developing 2D and 3D Games with Unity Software Game Developments Fundamentals
         Game Production Basics
         C# Fundamentals for Beginners
        Tourism
         Animation (3D Digital)
         Basic Computer Operation
         CAM/CAD Operation
         Computer Hardware Servicing
         Web Development using HTML5 and CSS3
Food and Beverage Servicing
Housekeeping
         Bus Boy Servicing
         Room Attendant Servicing
         Waiter Servicing
         Guest Room Attendant Servicing
        Valet Servicing
         Laundry Servicing
         Public Area Attendant Servicing

Cooking
Electronics
         Preparing Sandwiches
         Cellphone Servicing
         Solar Night Light Assembly
Agriculture
Automotive
         Fruit Grower
        Automotive Battery Servicing
         Diesel Engine Tune up
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Condition
Massage Therapy
         Facilitate Learning Session
         Packaged Air Conditioner Unit Servicing
         Trainers Methodology I
         Trainers Methodology II
         Shiatsu Massage
         Swedish Massage
         Thai Massage


So these are the available programs embedded into the totality of TESDA. Take note that any program in the Engineering field is not listed here since we are going to create a separate article for that. Go and have a look at these courses and maybe, this is just what you are looking for.
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