Thursday, October 25, 2012

How to Effectively Search on Google : Google Search Techniques You Should Know

There are several Google search techniques that are worth knowing and will make your online life easier. 

1. The use of quotation marks, as in this" and this ". When you're searching for exact phrase and you want the results to come back with only and exactly those words you're searching for, you put them in quotation marks.

2. The use of + and - signs. If you want to search for online deals for example, but you want online deals that could be claimed in Makati City only, you put : ONLINE DEALS + MAKATI (doesn't have to be capitalized). So that online deals in countries million miles away from you will not be included in the results.

And if you want to search for movies for example, but you don't want porno movies, you write : MOVIES - PORNO. So that the search results will exclude all porno movies but will include all kinds of movies.

3. If you want the definition of a word quickly, write: DEFINE: and the word you want defined.

4. If you want to look up measurement or conversion, just type: CONVERT 123456 CENTIMETERS TO METERS.

5. If you're looking for certain document in pdf file, write EARN ONLINE FILETYPE: PDF. The same works if you're looking for a Word doc or a Powerpoint file.
Example: TOURIST SPOTS FILETYPE: DOC (or PPT if it's a powerpoint file you're interested in).

Additionally, words like: is, are, a, an, the, of, in, etc, are not read by Google so including those words is useless and unnecessary, unless you're using the "-" (quotation marks)  as in "Ways to earn online", in which case, all articles containing those exact words (and in the same order) will appear in the result. But if you're searching for WINDOWS SOFTWARE IN THE MARKET, note that only the keywords (Windows, software, market) will be read by Google.

Do you know any Google search technique? Share them here!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

What Does Dreaming About Giving Birth Mean?

According to Freud, dreams are merely extensions of our subconscious thinking. That means your dreams are actually products of your subconscious mind, and they actually represent your repressed wishes. Whether you agree with Freud or not, it's fun finding out what your dreams mean [whether or not they have meanings at all].

I recently dreamed I was going into labor [the pain hasn't started yet] and all ready to give birth. The meanings, I found out, include the following:

> giving birth to a new idea. on the brink of a new life-changing project.
> giving birth to a new "you", with a new outlook in life.
> you are turning a new leaf or a new chapter in your life.
> you are anxious about giving birth (if you're pregnant), or you're dreaming about giving birth (if you want to get pregnant).

These dream interpretations are not supposed to be taken seriously though. So, do not base any of your life decisions on them. But that's just me. Ciao! :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

How to Make an Affidavit of Loss

Here's a sample of an affidavit I made myself when I loss a government ID. Just fill out the blanks with pertinent information. Those in red are details I left as examples but you should fill those out with your own facts.


_____________________________ ) S.S.
I, _______________, Filipino, of legal age, residing at _______________________, after having been sworn in accordance with law hereby depose and state:
        That I am the true and lawful owner of an SSS ID with number _________________. The details of said ID card are as follows:

    NAME        :    _________________________
    SSS Number    :    ________________________ [I have my SSS number committed to memory so this part is convenient to me. If you don't know yours, just leave this blank or replace with other info like perhaps your birthdate-- for SSS IDs).

        That the said ID card was stolen;               
       That at around 3:00 in the afternoon on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, I was shopping for a pair of shoes at a Celine boutique shop in SM San Lazaro, and was surprised to find my wallet missing in my bag when I was ready to pay for my purchase;
    That my SSS ID card was in my wallet;

    That I am executing this affidavit to attest to the truth of the foregoing, and to request from SSS, a replacement for my SSS ID card.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 8th day of February, 2012  at _______ City.


        SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me, this ____ day of ______________, 20___ in ___________________ City, with affiant exhibiting her CTC No. ________. Issued on ________ at _______ City.

                                                                                          Until December 31, 200___

Doc.  No. :  ________;
Page  No. :  ________;
Book No. :  ________;
Series of 20___.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Where to Buy Chocolate Syrup for Choco Fondue

Chocolate Lovers
Aside from Quiapo and other bake shops selling baking needs, you'd find lots of selections for your chocolate fondue in Chocolate Lovers. Chocolate syrups of different types and brands, including chocolate bars are available in this chocolate-colored castle building.

chocolate syrup
So, whether you're thinking of putting up your own chocolate fountain rental business, or your planning to DIY your chocolate fountain station for your special occasions, Chocolate Lovers is worth a visit for everything you might need. 
An aisle in Chocolate Lovers (chocolate syrup, dips and other baking needs)

Chocolate Lovers is located at 45 P.Tuazon Blvd, Quezon City 1109. Map and directions here.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

How to Print or Capture Your Screen

It's pretty simple, you just press the PRT SCR button on your keyboard to capture the image on your screen, and then you paste the image on Word or on Paint by pressing CTRL + V . Alternately, you can right click on the screen and scroll down for the PASTE option. Of course, there are other ways to print your screen but I find this one the easiest since I don't have to go to any website or even go online to do it.

On Paint, you'll have the option to crop the image or trim part of the image that you don't like to appear. If you're working on a laptop, note that you will have to press the PRT SCR along with another button. On HP for example, you'll have to press the function key (FN) to activate function buttons, that's FN + PRT SCR.

Don't forget to paste (CTRL + V) the image that you captured (PRT SCR). Easy Peasy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How Effective is Bare Lifts: A Review

Not very. If you're thinking of buying one because you want to give your breast a bit (let me put an emphasis to the word) of a lift, then Bare Lifts might be a good choice. However, if you're looking to enhance your cleavage, Bare Lifts will be a disappointment. 

The thing works by sticking the bottom part of the adhesive sheet right above your nipple, and then pulling it and sticking the upper part as high as it could go on your breast. The result is like tucking a portion of your breast with the sticky sheet (like cutting a hole in the middle of your breast just an inch above your nipple and then connecting the edges together with an adhesive film. It doesn't do a lot of lifting, except for that one inch area above your nipple). It doesn't give the upper part of your breast that plump lifted look, but only technically repositions your nipple, giving it a perkier look.

You can indeed wear it in the water, and it doesn't hurt nor is it uncomfortable. But considering that it doesn't do much of what it's supposed to, comfort becomes highly irrelevant.

If you have bigger breasts (C or D), you might already be satisfied with its result (considering you already have a cleavage to begin with), but don't expect much in terms of its "lift" function. For strong support and lift, you'd still be better off with traditional strap bras or a magic bra like this.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Where To Go In Manila: 5 Must-See Cultural and Historical Attractions


 Aerial view of the ruined North-West walls

Also called the "Walled City" or "The Walls", Intramuros is the oldest locality in Manila. Built from 1590 to 1872, the city served as the seat of power during Spanish colonization of the country. The walls were destroyed in World War II during the battle of Manila in 1945, and what's left of the destruction is what you'll see when you visit. Ideal for quiet walks, especially if you're looking for ancient ruins and historical sites.

It's not unusual to see horse-driven carriages (locals call them Kalesa) in the area

Inside the city are small Baluartes [bulwarks] including the famous Fort Santiago. There are two historic churches (it was home to 7 churches in the old days), ancient landmarks, schools, restaurants and other business establishments. The structural style of the buildings are pervasively Spanish-colonial, and all new buildings added in the area observe the same structure as well. 

Tourist Info: No entrance fee is required to enter. There is also no visiting hours in Intramuros, the streets are open to pedestrians and motorists 24 hours a day, but note that some of the gardens that are open to the public and the wall ledges (which can be accessed with stoned stairs) close at 5:00 P.M. Other private restaurants and establishments within have their own opening and closing hours. 



The building of Fort Santiago took three years to complete from the time the Intramuros was constructed in 1590 to 1593. It was named after Spain's Patron of Saint, Saint James and it was were Jose Rizal, the country's national hero, was kept as a prisoner until his execution on December 30, 1896. 

Today, Fort Santiago is a favorite location for Prenuptial photography of many couples. Some also chose public gardens in Intramuros as their wedding venue.
 A groom and his bride posing for the camera, Fort Santiago serving as a backdrop

Tourist Info: Fort Santiago is open from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. everyday. Entrance fee is Php 75.00 (less than 2 USD) for adults and Php 50.00 for kids at the time of writing. You may contact the Intramuros Admin for their current rate.

If you like visiting ancient churches, like the two churches in Intramuros (San Agustin Church and Manila Cathedral), you will also like the Saint Joseph Parish Church, not only for its 19th century structure but mostly for the treasure it protects inside, the famous bamboo pipe organ. 

The church can be found in Las Pinas outside of Manila City, the capital of the Philippines, but it's still within the Metro. The church and its bamboo organ were both built by a Catholic priest, Father Diego Cera de la Virgen del Carmen. 
The organ was declared a National Cultural Treasure in March 2004. It has gone through several restorations and is still playable to this day.

Tourist Info: The church recommends visiting between 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 NN and 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. daily, when the organ is being played. Fee is Php 50.00 (or 1.2 USD) at the time of writing. For current rate, you may contact the Bamboo Organ Foundation, Inc. at (02) 825-7190 or (02) 820-0795.
In this digital age, fewer locals prefer the Luneta Park over big malls or amusement parks on any given day, but the park will still make it on my list of must-see places as long as we're on the topic of cultural and historical sights.

In the old days, you're considered artistically ignorant if you haven't been to the Luneta Park for even once. You'll get teased and everyone will make fun of the fact. Today, people still tend to make fun of those who haven't seen the Park but it is now seen more as a novelty than a want.

The monument of Rizal and his remains found in the edifice are guarded 24/7 by Marine ceremonial soldiers called Kabalyeros de Rizal (Knights of Rizal)
The Luneta Park or Rizal Park is home to Jose Rizal's remains and his monument. It is where Rizal was executed during the Spanish era. During that time, it is where public executions of criminals and political prisoners were made. 
 Luneta Park is still a favorite place for picnics of average Filipino families.

It is also home to the Independence Flagpole (the highest flagpole in the country), a spot where the first proclamation of Philippine Independence was made on July 4, 1946. The flagpole is also the Kilometer Zero (KM0), which is a starting point marker for all distances in the country.

Tourist Info: The Rizal Park is open daily except on special holidays and ceremonial occasions as deemed by the government. In those cases, the government announces schedules including alternative routes for roads that will be closed. The Japanese and Chinese gardens located within the park, including the botanical garden Orchidarium, the Planetarium and the Butterfly Pavilion, observe different opening and closing hours. 


 Found within the Luneta Park's perimeter, your historical and cultural immersion will not be complete without a visit to the country's National Museum. The grand fortress was built in 1918 and holds collections from art, natural sciences and many others. 
 In the Main Gallery

The National Museum is just a stone's throw away from Intramuros. You can chose to walk, if you can stand the heat of a tropical country. Otherwise, you can hail a cab for the short travel, if you don't already have a rental vehicle for your trip.

Tourist Info: It is open from Tuesdays to Sunday from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Entrance fee is Php 100.00 for adults (or 2.4 USD). Entrance is free on Sundays. For published fees, visit their website.