Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Skrill (MoneyBookers) Complaint: It Is Not a Better Alternative to PayPal

I made a blog post about how I loved MoneyBookers’ services. But that was before. 

I now abhor Skrill (MoneyBookers) because of the following reasons:

  • Lowest exchange rate. Before, the exchange rate between the American dollar and the Philippine peso was slightly higher than PayPal.  My last transaction was a pain in the arse. Skrill’s currency converter was way too low. Case in point: $1 =PHP38. The BSP exchange rate that time was $1: PHP42.
  • Longer time frame. Before, bank transfer only took 1 ½ days, even if I withdrew money on weekends.   With my last transaction, I waited 4 BUSINESS days before it reached my bank. With PayPal, the time frame for money transfer was always 2 days.

If you are planning to use Skrill (MoneyBookers), you should stop and think twice. Even though its bank transfer fees are lower than PayPal, it is not worth it, considering the above mentioned reasons. Better stick to PayPal and endure its high fees.

Other topics of interest:
Moneybookers: Is It Better than PayPal?
Moneybookers: How to Verify Account?
Sump Pump Installation: How to Properly Install It?
Mini Cooper Versus Suzuki Swift: Is Suzuki Swift a Copycat of Mini Cooper?
Super Cheap Car Covers -- I Need One

Friday, December 23, 2011

Pimp My Cube Contest: Strictly for Unorganized Individuals

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Contest Factory for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

A well-organized individual with clean cubicle is usually the one being lauded by his boss. But how about those employees who cannot have a clutter-free office or cubicle? Sadly, most of them are being reprimanded by their employers.

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What is Pimp My Cube Contest?

This contest is open for individuals who have the messiest cubicle or office with the worst furniture or anything that can make such space unsuitable to work.

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  1. Upload a video that shows how messy your cubicle/office/workspace is
  2. Explain why it appears to be so horrible
  3. Enumerate the reasons it needs to be redecorated by Contest Factory
  4. Invite friends, family and colleagues to vote for the video you have uploaded
How can you win?

By registering and inviting others to register to Pimp My Cube contest, you will receive sweepstakes entry points.

For every vote and comment your video has received, you will earn another sweepstakes entry point to be added to your account.


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  • Best (worst) video
  • Most compelling story
If picked as a grand prize winner, your office would be updated with the following packages:
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  • New desk, chair and decorations
  • New entertainment package, including espresso machine and high-end stereo
Important: You should upload a video that is funny and witty. The more compelling the story is and the funnier the video is, the higher chances of winning.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Skydiving in Sacramento: Learning Methods to Skydive

Skydiving is one of the most popular sports in Sacramento, California. There are various schools in this city that offer trainings on how to skydive. If you are one of those individuals who wish to learn more about this extreme sport, you should enroll in a skydiving school in Sacramento. By enrolling, you can determine whether or not you want to continue becoming a part of this thrill-seeking sport. 


What to expect when skydiving in Sacramento?
Skydiving per se has its own ups and downs. You will have great jumps on some days and you will also experience mediocre jumps on other days. Good days and bad days are expected when dealing with this sport. But do not worry; you will surely feel the thrill as soon as you leave the airplane, which is thousands of feet in the air. Before your parachute opens, you will experience freefalling at 120 miles per hour for a minute or so. The feeling of satisfaction is there. But the moments of exhilaration and fear are the best things when you go skydiving in Sacramento. 

Skydiving schools in Sacramento 

Before you can start skydiving in Sacramento, you have to learn the basics of the said sport. You can do so by enrolling in a skydiving school. Be sure to register in a school with a good reputation. After you find the perfect school for this sport, you should pick the methods you want to use to start learning the basics of this sport. You can choose from tandem, accelerated free fall and static line. They all have their own benefits and disadvantages. 


Whether you want to be an experienced skydiver or just want to face the thrill offered by this sport, you should know that skydiving in Sacramento or in other places is risky. Remember that engaging in this sport requires you to step out of a plane in freefall with a speed of 110 miles per hour. Thus, if you have medical conditions, you should consult your physician first.
If your medical doctor gives you full medical clearance that you can skydive, then that is the time you should consider engaging in skydiving.
Before you make that first jump, be sure to disclose everything that might hamper your success in skydiving to your instructor. He or she will give you options on how to go about your problems. You should always listen to the instructions of your skydiving teacher. Do not assume that you know everything about this sport because you have read it in a book or that you have seen tutorials on the Internet. 

Learning methods 

In terms of training, you will have 3 options to choose from. As mentioned earlier, each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Regardless of the option you pick, these methods are designed to prep you up to experience the thrill of this extreme sport. 

Tandem jump

This is the most popular skydiving training method in Sacramento and other places where skydiving is organized. This method is ideal for first timers because it excludes the stress and dangers found in intensive training methods. In here, you will be jumping together with your instructor, who is a certified skydiver. Essentially, this is the fastest way to learn skydiving. 

Static line training

Another way to learn skydiving in Sacramento is static line training. You will undergo training on the ground before going up in the plane. You will not be allowed to do a real freefall on your own without first experiencing jumping out from the plane with your parachute attached to the plane. In this way, you will know how to properly unfold your parachute at the right time.

Accelerated free fall

This is a more complicated method to learn skydiving in Sacramento. Extended ground training is conducted before engaging in a high altitude jump. In this method, you will be jumping along with your instructors. They will assist you to achieve a stable fall and to monitor the altitude before you can pull the ripcord of your parachute.  

After you have completed the skydiving course, you may be qualified for a license. The only thing that is left for you to do is to start skydiving in Sacramento and feel the excitement and thrill associated with this sport. 

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Sump Pump Installation: How to Properly Install It?


Water problems in the basement of your home can give rise to a lot of problems. If left untreated, you will lose a substantial amount of money, considering the cost of housing these days. Thankfully, these types of problems can be corrected. One of the best solutions to alleviate water problems is sump pump installation. A sump pump may not totally eradicate the problem but it can treat the symptoms of water problems. Plus, it comes with a friendly price that most homeowners can afford.

However, before you carry out sump pump installation, you might want to consider diagnosing the problem first. Keep in mind that not all basement problems originate from the basement. Some of them are caused by exterior drainage problems. If you opt to install sump pump without first diagnosing the root cause of the problem, it will not give you the best solution. In other words, water problems will still occur even with the presence of such pump.

Thus, it is essential that you inspect the drainage around your home before installing a sump pump.

How does a sump pump exactly work?

Sump pump's job is to prevent the area of your home or building from flooding. It is strategically installed in constructed sump pits. As the water flows into the pit, the said pump will take away the accumulated water by pumping it out of the building.

Today, sump pumps are fairly common in newly constructed homes. Thanks to the amendments made to the US Federal Clean Water Act in 1987 that require each home to have sump pump installation.

Sump pump installation is done by a professional. However, if you have an experience in this field, then you can install the pump all by yourself. But be sure you have the necessary tools before starting to work on it.

Before you install a sump pump, you will need to make a sump pit. The best location for the pit is near an exterior wall of the house right at the lowest point in the basement.

Sump pump installation requires planning a route of the discharge pipe. This is to prevent problems that may occur while installing the pump.

To figure out the right size of the pump pit, you will need a sump liner and a tub that has holes in it. This is to make water seeping a lot easier.

To start the sump pump installation, you should place the sump liner on the ground to mark the area to be dug. Hammer the concrete floor to break it. The size of the hole is about 24 inches, depending on the manufacturer's suggestion. After that, you can now fit the liner inside the hole.

You should first attach the discharge pit to the sump pump before positioning it to the pit.

The next step in sump pump installation is to drill a hole through the header in order to accommodate the discharge pipe. A rule of the thumb in the proper sump pump installation is to leave 6 inches of pipe outside and 4 inches inside before cutting the pipe and attaching it to the discharge pipe. Be sure that the lengths are correct before cementing the sections of the pipe.

To avoid future problems, you should follow the instructions given by the manufacturer about the proper sump pump installation. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Crab Buffet in Davao City

Since last week, I have been craving for cooked crabs. But because I am short on budget, I cannot satiate such craving. Hopefully, next month, I can go out and allow my grumbling stomach to feast on the eat-all-you-can crabs served at CTRES. Its crab buffet costs PHP 350 per person but drinks are excluded. The price is said to be cheaper compared with other restaurants that also serve the same meals.

Some of the restaurants in Davao City that offer crab buffet are the following:

CTRES Buffet Restaurant and Piano Bar Davao
Glamour Resto ‘n Caterer
Let’s Crab Eat! DCA Crab & Seafood Station

In the meantime, I will just be satisfied looking at this photo.

from SpicyTasty.com

Other topics of interest:
White Water Rafting in CDO
Tinuy-An Falls: Why Go to the US When We Have Our Own “Niagara” in PH?
Bambu Estate in Davao City: Affordable Home Yet Elegant
Cinco Masao Beach Resort
Bora-Bora Langoonarium

Monday, September 26, 2011

Miracle Body Jeans -- Look Lighter Than Your Normal Size


Do you want to look 10 pounds lighter than your normal size? Then, Miracle Body Jeans might just be the right option.

I have not tried them yet because they are not available here in the Philippines. But I am so intrigued by their features.

Miracle Body Jeans are created by Miraclesuit, the same designer of swimwear that “makes women more beautiful and shapely.” With their Miracle Body Jeans form-flattering designs, you can look 10 pounds lighter.

These jeans are made of Lycra denim that “slims the thighs and lifts the rear.” So if you have chubbier upper legs but void of Beyonce-like buttocks, you can have slimmer upper legs (like those of Gisele Bundchen) and fuller derriere with Miracle Body Jeans.

Then, if you have been carrying extra body fats in your tummy that makes it look like you are 8 months pregnant but you are not, the Miratex miracle fabric of Miracle Body Jeans can somehow flatten and hide it.  

With these features in mind, you (and I) can have shapely figure in just 10 seconds. Of course the result is just temporary. That is if you remove it, your real figure comes back. Still, these jeans can be a life saver if you wish to look lighter for your upcoming date.

I cannot wait for them to become available here in the Philippines.

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Mini Cooper Versus Suzuki Swift: Is Suzuki Swift a Copycat of Mini Cooper?
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Air Purifier and Its Benefits
Google Pays Me $$$

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

White Water Rafting in CDO

Regardless of the brownish color of the river, we had a great time paddling against the strong current of the river. Thankfully, our two guides were expert in this field that we did not have a hard time going through the 21 rapids. 

Whitewater rafting adventure is not complete without experiencing finding ourselves in the water. Although our master guide has years of experience in this activity, he failed many times to flip the raft because we were so good at counter balancing it.

So, when we almost approached the end of the trip, the master guide asked us if we wanted to experience how to fall out of a raft. It was a unanimous decision -- Oh, yeah!!!

After hearing that shrieking “yes,” we properly positioned ourselves in the boat so that it would be easier for us to be thrown out. Then, we navigated through the rapid and intentionally hit a big rock that caused us all to be pulled down to the bottom of the river and drank a mouthful of water. And that was the best part of it all.

I wanted to show you a video of that scene (like in the Titanic movie where the boat hit an iceberg). Unfortunately, the video camera’s SD card used to capture that moment was corrupted. Thus, we lost all unforgettable memories we had during our stay in CDO.

Nevertheless, it was a gratifying experience. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Tinuy-An Falls: Why Go to the US When We Have Our Own “Niagara” in PH?

The magnificent Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines...

Located in Bislig, Surigao Del Sur, Tinuy-An Falls is considered as the “Country’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls.” Dubbed as the Little Niagara of the Philippines, Tinuy-an Falls is the widest waterfall in the country having a width of 95 meters.

Unlike Niagara falls, this is multi-tiered (4 levels) waterfalls with the 4th level seated into the thicket.

Going there was treacherous but once we arrived I couldn’t help but appreciate its beauty... simply stupendous... 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mini Cooper Versus Suzuki Swift: Is Suzuki Swift a Copycat of Mini Cooper?

At first glance, I thought it was a Mini-Cooper but with 4 doors. It is actually a Swift car sedan made by Suzuki.
(Photo from itemsman.multiply.com)

I have seen plenty of Suzuki Swift roaming around the city and when I see one, I always ask myself, “Is this a copycat of Mini Cooper?” If you try to compare the two, you will really see a lot of similarities (exterior).

Most of the Suzuki Swift cars here in DC are automatic transmission. I am not sure if it is turbo or not, but I think it gives a driver great speed. My own “Mini” is not turbocharged, yet I could overtake with enough speed.

The Suzuki Swift used cars in DC have price tags of PHP250k to PHP 500k while Mini-Cooper (original) second-hand cars are available in not less than PHP1M.  

So, is Suzuki Swift a copycat of Mini-Cooper? I think so. But I like Mini more than Swift.

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Brief History of Mini Cooper and Its Latest Model
Mini Cooper
Google Pays Me $$$
502 Google Server Error
Super Cheap Car Covers -- I Need One

Friday, August 12, 2011

Net10 Unlimited: The Service You Have Always Wanted

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Net10 for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

From the number 1 prepaid wireless service, Net10 Unlimited offers a great deal that you cannot resist. For only $50 a month, you will enjoy unlimited talk, text, and mobile data with nationwide coverage.

Because it is a prepaid service, Net10’s Unlimited deal requires no contract, bills and definitely no credit checks. Plus, it uses phones manufactured by trusted companies, such as LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Kyocera.

How to start using the Unlimited deal of Net10?

You need to purchase a Net10 phone before you can use Net10 Unlimited. After you make your purchase, you have to activate your phone via Net10’s official website.

Then, you can test whether or not your Net10 phone is activated by sending a text message, calling or downloading a ringtone.

To keep your NET10 service active, you need to purchase and add an Airtime Card before the card’s Service End Date (displayed on your phone’s home screen).

You can add more airtime  by purchasing airtime cards through Net10’s official website.

The unlimited deal of Net10 is very useful especially for businessmen who need to call, text or use the network’s mobile Internet that allows them to be connected with anyone however they want without limits.

In addition to Unlimited Plan, Net10 also offers the following Value Plans:

The Easy Minutes Plus plan lets you buy bundles of 50, 100 or 150 minutes anytime by enrolling your debit/credit card.

Auto Refill service is all about adding airtime to your phone automatically.

Net10 does not lock you to the same service for the whole year. Rather, it allows you to switch between plans every month according to your budget and airtime needs.

Net10 also offers International Long Distance service allowing you to call to over 75 countries for only 15 cents/minute, if the call originates in the US.

Their Phone selection:

You can buy phones under $15, $40 or $60, depending on your needs.

To know what you could be spending (and saving) if you switch to Net10, you may watch this see the Light video.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Herbalife Products: Beneficial in My Father’s Fast Recovery

My father is now using Herbalife Products, specifically Herbalife Formula 1 Nutritional Protein, Herbal Aloe Concentrate, Herbalife Vitamins and Minerals, and Herbalife Cell Complex. He started using them when he was still in the hospital (almost three weeks ago). His nephrologist did not allow him to take these products, especially the Herbalife Formula 1 Nutritional Protein. Her reason was that it could increase his creatinine level, which she was closely monitoring.

However, my brother, whose wife is a distributor of Herbalife products, insisted to try Herbalife Formula 1 Nutritional Protein shake. My father’s health status at that time was frail (and could hardly argue with us).

A day after my father took those Herbalife products, his creatinine fell from 500+ (crucial level) to 250+. Although it was not within the normal range, the value was already acceptable considering my father’s condition (fourth stage renal failure). It is not right for me to say that because of Herbalife products, my father’s creatinine level has decreased significantly. But those products did help in my father’s fast recovery.  

Right now, my father has fully recovered and he is still taking Herbalife Formula 1 Nutritional Protein, Herbal Aloe Concentrate Drink, Herbalife Cell Complex, and Herbalife Vitamins and Minerals.  Even though the prices of these products are not that friendly to the pocket, they are beneficial to one’s health. If only my father did prioritize his health and body before, he could not spend over PHP 100k for his recent hospitalization.  

By the way, I also take Herbal Aloe Concentrate Drink to help me get a goodnight’s sleep. Also, my 1-year old niece is taking Herbalife Formula 1 Nutritional Protein Shake, Wild Berry flavor. She is healthy (and smart I would say).

If you want to try and order some of the Herbalife products or if you simply want to learn more about the brand, you may send me a private message.  

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Super Cheap Car Covers -- I Need One

We do not have a carport. We only park our vehicles outside our house (but inside our property) without a cover that can protect our investment. For that reason, I am scouting for car covers. However, since I cannot afford to purchase those expensive car covers sold at Carmate, Carplus and other car shops here in DC, I am looking for super cheap outdoor car covers.  


What I need is super cheap outdoor car cover that can safeguard our investment from the damaging weather, sneaking car thieves’ eyes, and injuring natural factors.  

Since I live in a sunnier climate, the super cheap car covers that would fit our vehicles’ storage needs should have exceptional water resistance and have extra UV protection.

I have contacted a seller of super cheap car covers at TS but up to now, he has not returned my calls yet.

Other topics of interest:
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Air Purifier and Its Benefits
Google Pays Me $$$
Safe Deposit Box: To But or To Rent
External Hard Drive

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