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Poor little neglected bloggie will get a much needed lift. Soon!

so I don’t forget…

Official List of PayPal Philippines Bank Codes

Bank Name Bank Code (9 Digits)
PAYPAL ALLIED BANKING CORP 010320013
PAYPAL AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND 010700015
PAYPAL ASIA UNITED BANK 011020011
PAYPAL BANGKO SENTRAL NG PILIPINAS 010030015
PAYPAL BANGKOK BANK 010670019
PAYPAL BANK OF AMERICA 010120019
PAYPAL BANK OF CHINA 011140014
PAYPAL BANK OF TOKYO 010460012
PAYPAL BANCO DE ORO (& EQUITABLE PCI BANK) 010530667
PAYPAL BANK OF COMMERCE 010440016
PAYPAL BANK OF THE PHIL ISLANDS (BPI) 010040018
PAYPAL CHINA BANKING CORP 010100013
PAYPAL CHINA TRUST COMML BANK 010690015
PAYPAL CITIBANK N.A. 010070017
PAYPAL DEVT BANK OF THE PHILS (DBP) 010590018
PAYPAL DEUTSCHE BANK 010650013
PAYPAL EAST WEST BANK 010620014
PAYPAL EXPORT & INDUSTRY BANK 010860010
PAYPAL FUJI BANK 010640010
PAYPAL HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANK (HSBC) 010060014
PAYPAL INTL COMML BANK OF CHINA 010560019
PAYPAL INTL EXCHANGE BANK 010680012
PAYPAL JP MORGAN CHASE BANK 010720011
PAYPAL KOREA EXCHANGE BANK 010710018
PAYPAL INTL NEDERLAND BANK 010660016
PAYPAL LANDBANK OF THE PHILS 010350025
PAYPAL MAYBANK OF THE PHILS 010220016
PAYPAL METROPOLITAN BANK & TRUST CO 010269996
PAYPAL PHIL BANK OF COMMUNICATION 010110016
PAYPAL PHIL TRUST COMPANY 010090039
PAYPAL PHIL NATIONAL BANK (PNB) 010080010
PAYPAL PRUDENTIAL BANK 010150018
PAYPAL PHIL VETERANS BANK 010330016
PAYPAL RIZAL COMML BANKING CORP (RCBC) 010280014
PAYPAL SECURITY BANK & TRUST CO 010140015
PAYPAL STANDARD CHARTERED BANK 010050011
PAYPAL UNITED COCONUT PLANTERS BANK 010299995
PAYPAL UNION BANK OF THE PHILS (UBP) 010419995
PAYPAL UNITED OVERSEAS BANK 010270189

July is my blog anniversary month and I’ve decided to update my blog’s look. Still getting used to it but I’m looooovin’ this new interface and my new theme. Yey! I got rid of a lot of old plugins like a bad back acne treatment and installed new ones. Hello, streamlining! Please ignore the kinks while I figure out where to put what. Check out my new header. Cooooool! Thanks to Lawrence Chan for this super cool theme. Can’t wait to tweak some more. Ü

Blog in the process of being updated… if you are experiencing glitches…please bear with us. We shall return to normal shortly

WordPress or Blogger? That is the question! Whatever I learned about both platforms I learned out of necessity. I created my first blog in blogger and have since transitioned to wordpress. I’ve kept my first blog in blogger to this day for sentimental reasons but I think I prefer the ease of the back-end admin panel of wordpress.

Lately, by necessity once again, I am rediscovering blogger and I am quite surprised by the numerous improvements that have taken place. Of course there is still much to be desired but there are numerous ways to achieve certain things that wordpress offers. One of the many new features  that blogger has added is Pages. I can now actually add additional pages (maximum of 10 to-date) to my once single-paged blog.  There’s also a new feature where I can even design my very own template. Isn’t that neat! I have just scratched the surface but I’m going to find out more soon enough as I update my blogger hosted blogs. I still have to do a lot of research and maybe while I’m at it, I’ll probably do a little googling on some medical equipment I need for an assignment.

Catch y’all later.

I was recently talking to a friend and colleague about strenghening the web presence of our group.  My point was that most of my recent inquiries in ballet were leads from the web.  It seems that a website is a good marketing collateral for our service.  She had some difficulty grasping web concepts so I used the simple analogy of a warehouse.  I told her that our website is a bunch of data that needs to be in stored in a data “warehouse”.  The warehouse space is allocated by the “warehouse” owner known as the hosting service.  Since we want people to visit our warehouse space, we need to put a physical address for people to easily find it.  This is what we call a URL or a domain name. A good one would be something like www.weightlosswand.com, because it tells the public outright who you are.   The space can be divided to public and private sections.  The private section can be where we can have secure collaboration among team members while the public storefront is where everyone can learn about or purchase your services.  The web isn’t really as mystical as people think.  Small business owners would really benefit from the web as it levels the playing field in a lot of scenarios.

The old second hand 8-cylinder “bat-mobile” is gone. The red-plated Minica is no longer. The Mitsubishi lancer was sacrificially sold to pay for attorney’s fees to settle a sibling’s case. I remember these cars my father drove while I was growing up. I can still recall how big the “bat-mobile” was and how I would sink into the backseat and become nauseous. I could barely look out the window because it was too high. Or was I too small? One day it was no longer in our garage. Some time later, my father brought home a smaller car – a red-plated Minica. I remember my dad taking a picture of me in front of the car right before he drove me to PICC for my college graduation. Later on, he gave it back to the office when he retired and our garage was empty again. Finally, my father brought home a Mitsubishi Lancer. A car he bought with his retirement money. He lovingly took care of it. This car was his prized reward from all the years he had been working as a government employee. He would drive more than 40 kilometers just to fetch me and my dirty laundry from my dorm and then bring me back the following day. It didn’t matter even if it was already late in the night. I clearly remember those moments with him in the car. Everything was safe when I was with him. Unfortunately, there came a time that he had to sell it for a greater need. Without a thought he gave it up sacrificially to shoulder the legal fees of someone so dear to him. Our garage was empty once again. My father has since passed. I miss him terribly and though I’ve accepted the fact that he is in a better place, the pain is as real today as the day he left me.  Life is not the same.

Today, I have a family of my own – a husband, two kids. We have our own car, but it was just the other day that I realized something missing from it. I received an email that reminded me what it was. I quickly rummaged through our house to find it and when I finally did, tears welled up in my eyes. My childhood came flooding back to me and the little memento I found was the only witness to all those years of riding with my father. This little memento had been hanging in every car that we had. They are my old and tattered little red shoes that I wore when I was a baby. My father kept and preserved them and hung them on the rearview mirror in each and every car we ever had. Maybe my father wanted to remember me whenever he saw my shoes hanging on the mirror. Maybe he wanted me to be close by… to be within reach… to be his little baby even if he knew I was pursuing my own career. When we sold the Mitsubishi Lancer, I forgot all about those shoes. I got married, moved house and had kids. There was no place to hang them… until today. Thanks to that email, I can now hang my little red shoes once again. This time it’s to remind me of my father and how much he is still a part of my life. Hopefully, I can do the same for my own children – that they too will have many, many fond memories of riding with mom and dad in the car. Thank you, daddy. I love you and miss you.

(here are my little red shoes hanging in our car today)

Thank you Nuffnang for emailing me about this contest.

It’s been quite busy in our little world lately I can hardly keep up with life. I realized just today that this week was already Halloween week! I thought it was still next week but oh well, the kids are done with their costume party anyway. LOL They had it last Sunday and the husband let out all his competitive juices and came up with his version of King Edmund of Narnia complete with the lion crest, swords and a banner for ds (with a little help from the crafty mom of course… wink! wink!) and Captain Elizabeth Swann, Pirate Captain of the Pirate Lords for dd.  Guess what, the kids won! Hah! DS was a little late and so when he went inside the kids’ church room all eyes turned to him and according to the kids’ church teacher – his costume was just a different standard. DD on the other hand was a savvy pirate captain complete with her Chinese cheongsam, pirate eye patch, bandanna and giant hoop earring. Of course, we can’t forget the axe, the sword and the dagger too. They were so excited that they won. And so were we.

Later on that night we waited for GMA’s newest sing-along show to come on. It was the launching of their newest show BANDAOKE! featuring my kids’ all-time favorite drummer (mine too :P), fresh from his Berklee stint, MICHAEL GEMINA!!!! The musicians were great! Although we had to do a lot of explaining to the kids about the lyrics of some of the songs. It’s a bit like doing a colon cleanse on them where we had to make sure that what they take in doesn’t cause any internal trouble later on. Huh? What was I saying? In short, they’re still too young! LOL

Don’t forget to check out the hottest band to hit TV land – the Bandaoke band! Catch them every Sunday night right after Mel and Joey. Go Michael Go!

Later!

I just finished printing my handouts for an informal blogging seminar tomorrow. Nothing fancy or pro, mind you. Just a handful of close friends who want to learn about how to get started on blogging. I don’t consider myself a good speaker so I hope that they can find something useful with whatever I’ll be sharing tomorrow. Well, they are close friends so I think they can overlook any faux pas just in case. Which reminds me, one of those attending is into insurance. I think I can give him a few health insurance leads just in case I don’t pass my first foray in giving seminars. At least he can give me an A for ey-ffort! hahaha

I have been reading on and off about SEO related articles and I have to admit at first it seemed like a foreign language to me. I may not fully understand all the benefits that come with my blog being optimized. I do know in my simplistic way that SEO means your site/blog is coded in such a way that makes it easy for search engines such as google or yahoo to find you. Why is it important for these search engines to find you? It’s all about marketing yourself and making your content accessible to a wider audience.

There are many ways to make your site SEO friendly what with all the link backs, web directories you need to submit your site to, page ranking, meta tags and all that internet jargon you have to sort through, there is a wealth of online resource that is available to the seeker.

Here are a few things I found that you might like to think about as you continue to build/enhance your site:

Quality guidelines – basic principles

  • Make pages primarily for users, not for search engines. Don’t deceive your users or present different content to search engines than you display to users, which is commonly referred to as “cloaking.”
  • Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you’d feel comfortable explaining what you’ve done to a website that competes with you. Another useful test is to ask, “Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn’t exist?”
  • Don’t participate in link schemes designed to increase your site’s ranking or PageRank. In particular, avoid links to web spammers or “bad neighborhoods” on the web, as your own ranking may be affected adversely by those links.
  • Don’t use unauthorized computer programs to submit pages, check rankings, etc. Such programs consume computing resources and violate Google’s Terms of Service. Google does not recommend the use of products such as WebPosition Gold™ that send automatic or programmatic queries to Google.

Quality guidelines – specific guidelines

  • Avoid hidden text or hidden links.
  • Don’t use cloaking or sneaky redirects.
  • Don’t send automated queries to Google.
  • Don’t load pages with irrelevant keywords.
  • Don’t create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content.
  • Don’t create pages with malicious behavior, such as phishing or installing viruses, trojans, or other badware.
  • Avoid “doorway” pages created just for search engines, or other “cookie cutter” approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content.
  • If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value. Provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first.

(source: google support for webmasters)

I think – Content is key but it doesn’t hurt to beef up the technicals as well.

Have a great week everyone!

I’d like to say thanks to Kate Hadfield who dropped by my blog and brought to my attention that my comments section was not working. I recently updated my wordpress version and doing so necessitates one deactivating ALL wordpress plugins and reactivating after the upgrade. I think I made a mistake reactivating one comment plugin that made the site a little wonky. I fixed it up and hopefully all’s well with my site.

On to other things, I was chatting with my niece the other day (actually, graveyard time) and she wanted my opinion regarding a few cell phone models she was looking at. I liked one in particular because of the high memory capacity (it included a micro sd external memory aside from the phone memory) and it also had a usb slot which can be quite helpful when downloading stuff on your phone. I don’t know if she has decided already but hopefully she will find a unit that matchers her needs.

Another thing that I did was update my odesk account and I took a couple of tests as well. Thankfully, I was happy with the results. Check out my little badges below. Pretty neat, huh?  I haven’t gotten any jobs over there yet but hopefully I will in the near future.

Be back for more in a bit!

oDesk Certified English (Sentence Structure) Expert

oDesk Certified English Spelling (U.S. Version) Professional

Nope not 2.8 yet but there is wisdom in looking before you leap.  Nevertheless the site has been updated from 2.5 somethin’-somethin’ to 2.6.5. I’m still trying to find out what’s new but special thanks to Ms. Amore for hosting my site and helping me update it. Salamat, sis!

It’s been a loooong while since I’ve blogged and I miss it. I’ve been busy the past several weeks finishing up a project that I took on. I’ve been doing the ballet souvenir program for my friend’s recital and we are now at the homestretch – finishing up the proofreading, editing and all that stuff before it goes to the press. I must say that I have learned a lot about preparing files for offset printing and all the other the technical stuff that one needs to learn during the whole process. I am not a graphic artist by profession – I took up accounting  at the Uni and I never imagined myself doing this all because of scrapbooking. I’ll be blogging more often now and share whatever techie stuff I learned while the hubby and I switch places as he will be busier as soon as the school year starts. For those of you who have been reading the hubby’s stuff, he’ll still be around to co-blog with me while I get back into the groove. 😀

Catch y’all later, folks!