I have just received word (i.e: read on the Blogapalooza Community FB Site) that KamikazeeGirl is one of the confirmed attendees for this year’s Blogapalooza. Now, my Saturday is off to a great start!
From the Blogapalooza Site: “Blogapalooza is a community of Bloggers and Online Influencers who love sharing and links to businesses who want to share their cool products / services. Blogapalooza is the biggest business to blogger event in the Philippines (recording 700+ bloggers with 50+ sponsors in 2014).”
I am excited to hear about the latest and coolest products now available in the market. The funny thing is that while my day job is in PR and events, I rarely go outside and discover what the market has to offer. My industry is very traditional and the “players” within in tend to be very inclusive. Hence, my corporate day job usually means meeting people within and around the industry; writing copy and press releases and organizing events within the same industry where you meet the same people. Do not get me wrong – I love my job as it gives me the balance and stability that I need.
But blogging? Blogging is where I can let my hair down, meet new people and discover trends, products and innovations outside my industry.
KamikazeeGirl has been around actually for about four years. Back then, it was just an online journal where I let my hair down and write about my daily rants and happenings. It used to be very personal and contained my JPop/Kpop obsessions, Japanese culture finds, among other things. I tried to dabble here and there to events but maybe because my commitment and heart wasn’t really on it, it didn’t get much to anywhere.
That is until this year when I decided to go back to writing eventually, after a few more years in corporate. Again, while I what I do in my “other life” — the stress and toll its taking to my health is just not cutting it for me anymore. With that decision, I decided to write more and to take KamikazeeGirl on the next level. So far, I am happy to meet other bloggers during events and I am happy that there are brands who now includes me during events and pitches.
That’s why I am grateful for the opportunity to attend Blogapalooza – it’s a chance to be exposed to noteworthy brands, get to know more about the blogging community and maybe, even possibly, meet new friends.
When I was younger, I found a certain allure whenever I see the scene of a writer, lost in thoughts in his manuscript, the familiar clickety-clack of an old typewriter serving proving a rhythmic background. I guess, I equated it to the old age of romanticism, naively equating writers to “knights” and some other “Nobel” profession, with only their old Remington as weapon and trusty steed. In a way, this scene – of a writer and his trusty machine – which turned into a compelling visual in my brain and played a big part of me wanting to be a journalist later in life.
I did manage to make my dream come true when I was hired as a lifestyle writer for a major daily way back in the day. But by that time, stories were processed and written in huge desktop computers. Gone were the days of the Remingtons. Until writing finally gave way to corporate work where the large desktop finally gave way to the era of laptops and tablets and smart machines. From a newbie writer, I became a PR practitioner, a communications executive, dabbled into graphic design and now has come full-circle by starting again as a writer and blogger.
As a writer, graphic design newbie and blogger, my “trusty steed” is my laptop. Without it, I cannot maintain my blog, I cannot write any of my assigned articles. Right now, I am using the most basic laptop that my writer fund can allow which is fine–I can surf the net, write articles and post them and communicate with other bloggers–pretty basic stuff but gets the job done.
But a girl can dream. Ask any practitioner from the creatives field (writers, graphic designers) on their dream gadget and most likely, it will involve the MacBook.
That dream can now be a reality. Think about this: the MacBook Air 11” & 13” 128GB variants now made available in super easy Zero24 installments, coupled with three unique lifestyle bundles at no extra cost.
(from the press release)
The Most Beautiful Laptop You Can Own
It’s not an overstatement. The MacBook Air is the most beautiful laptop you can own.
From the outside, the aluminum unibody design looks modern and minimalist. The tapering edges also make the laptop genuinely attractive and impressive. Although it’s the same chassis design we’ve been seeing since 2010, there’s really nothing to complain about since it resonates with unmatched quality that is distinctly Apple.
Measuring 17mm in diameter and weighing at 1.4kg, the MacBook Air is gorgeously thin and surprisingly light. It’s light enough that it’s barely noticeable in your bag and robust enough that you don’t feel like it’s going to break when you use it.
Overall, this laptop sends an unequivocal message: the MacBook Air is an engineering feat – one that cannot be copied.
To help you get the most out of your new MacBook Air lifestyle, Beyond the Box is including three unique lifestyle bundles that you could choose from without any extra cost. Choose between the TRVLR, EXCTV, and SCHLR bundle and take full advantage of the complimentary add-ons’ lifestyle boosts.
Free-spirited, always out and about. #iAMTRVLR – There is no greater feeling than packing your bags and knowing you’re heading to another adventure. That is what the TRVLR Bundle is all about. This bundle is targeted at individuals who travel constantly whether it’s for leisure or work. If you’re a correspondent covering the latest stories, a carefree tourist, or just someone who is in a perpetual working holiday, then this bundle is for you.
For the Individual that is driven to succeed, a paragon of excellence #iAMEXCTV(Bundle inclusions: MacBook Air + Soundfreaq Pocket Kick, ACME Made Sleeve)
Nothing compares to the overwhelming sense of accomplishment executives get at the end of a very productive day. The EXCTV Bundle is for high achievers who lead by example and don’t settle for second best – ideal for office professionals and entrepreneurs.
Inquisitive, thirsty for knowledge #iAMSCHLR (Bundle inclusions: MacBook Air + Urbanears Plattan, Speck MacBook Air Case, JRC Keyboard Protector) – The pursuit of knowledge never ends. The SCHLR Bundle seeks to cultivate inquiring minds, nurture curiosity, and aid academics in their quest to learn and educate. If you’re a student or an academic by profession, this bundle is the perfect option.
This is a now-or-never opportunity to own a MacBook Air and live your lifestyle to the fullest! Visit Beyond the Box to take advantage of this promo today.
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DISCLOSURE: A part of this blog content is from a press release seeded to this site. KamikazeeGirl does not claim ownership of any of the information and images presented in this post.
Did you know that there are Filipino students who reach sixth grade without learning how to read in Filipino, the local vernacular?
This is the sobering fact presented by the lovely ladies of “Oras na para sa Alpabasa” a social entrepreneurship program led by three volunteer school teachers during the final awarding of Pharmaton’s “Life Changer’s Challenge: Strength in Numbers.” The contest is intended to search for the best social entrepreneurship who is worthy of the PHP1,000,000 cash grant which will serve as seed money in bringing their advocacy to fruition.
“…Alpabasa” is composed of teachers Tisha Gonzales-Cruz, Noelle Pabiton and Sholeh Villoria and are all volunteer teachers who saw the need to create a more comprehensive and engaging reading material and tools that will help local public school students improve their reading comprehension.
Alpabasa was created three years ago when teacher Tisha in order to provide easy to understand materials for her students. Initially, all Alpabasa kits were written in English and is designed to use of games, songs, sounds and movements to entice students to read. Eventually, two more dedicated educators teacher Noelle and teacher Sholleh came onboard to help teacher Tisha realize her dream of producing more kits to reach more kids. It was also around this time when Alpabasa became a tool for reading in Pilipino after the three educators saw that there’s a greater need for students to learn to read in the local language.
The value of the Alpabasa couldn’t be more pronounced during the testing period. In just 18 days, 106 students were able to finish a book — to think that these students, supervised by 12 dedicated volunteer teachers — used to be non-readers back in Day 1.
Alpabasa vested 9 other contestants to win the title. The touching part is: all contestants who presented their causes and social entrepreneurship during the panel are also deserving to win. They are: Teaching K-12 Science using Indigenous materials, another group of educators focusing on science; Kiddo+Preneur, a group advocating to get kids interested in business and entrepreneurship; Island Kid, a program aimed at helping make a brighter future for kids through soccer; Red Light District, which aims to equip Philippine communities to better respond in times of calamities and disasters;The Mush-Keeters, social entrepreneurs who are seeking to build the foundation of a progressive mushroom industry in the Philippines; the Passion Wearthy Project, a social enterprise providing livelihood to people with disabilities; Silent Beads, social enterprise that creates beads and accessories using repurposed materials andPrepper Plus, which aims to promote disaster readiness in the consciousness of every Filipino.
“Filipino life changers have truly proven how creative and how passionate they are in sustaining energy and acting on their desire to make a significant change to the lives of the people around them,” says Pharmaton Senior Brand Manager Bernice Jalgado. “We are very grateful to all those who took part in the Life Changers’ Challenge, and we are really honored to provide the necessary charge for life changers to fulfill their visions and go beyond themselves.”
Pharmaton’s Life Changers’ Challenge: Success in Numbers was conceptualized with the aim of finding passionate Filipinos wanting to create positive change and help them sustain their energy for others and not just for themselves.
Earning money is tough, especially in the Philippines where you have to work your asses off just to live comfortably.
Aside from my full-time job, I started writing bits and pieces online to earn a few additional bucks. Early this year, I attended a seminar and one of the spokespersons mentioned about ‘eLance” — which has Odesk as its predecessor.
The registration process is easy, after which you can start bidding for projects. In my first week alone, I was already invited to bid for one project and was subsequently hired. Payment was $5 per article and so far I have managed to submit 3 articles to the project. While I would have loved to write more and thus earn more–my full-time work and my responsibilities there is preventing me to from working more hours online. Usually, I reserve my writing after I have arrived from work. There are days when I just can’t do anymore additional thinking after a very long and tough day.
I already transferred some of my earnings to my Paypal account:
I know it’s not much — about one thousand two hundred bucks actually in local money. But that is enough for grocery money and get the imperious cat her favorite nibbles. I would love to make more money online but I know unless I have enough time in my hands — time to bid from many projects and thus time to work on more assignments, it might take a long time until I make a sensible and impressive earnings online.
When this blog was more lifestyle-ish (read: mostly about Japanese celebrities, bits and pieces and reviews), I was asked if I would consider monetizing it. You know, get a registered domain, get Yahoo Ads, put my name out there to be one of the many bloggers who get to earn money just by writing online. But as much as it is tempting, I had to say no to the idea. I am not comfortable selling my reviews and thoughts for profit. I work for PR and I have seen first-hand and paid first-hand good money to some bloggers to promote the brand I represent. It’s a tricky process — something I’d rather not discuss.
Much respect to other bloggers who earn from their sites, but it’s something I am not. I am happy with whatever reviews I get from my readers and I do not see the need to earn my keep that way. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
Hence, I am still on the look out for more projects, hopefully one with bigger pay-outs. I also accept freelance copywriting and marketing consultancy work — so I know that once I finally decide to quit the rat race and go freelance full-time, I am confident that I already have a head start.
Oh, I am sorry — if you were expecting to read about those peaky haired, androgynous boys from Japan or weird Japanese-influenced Sartorial preferences. That is not happening today. My human, the bitchy crybaby you call KamikazeeGirl is currently indisposed as of this moment. (How indisposed? she is currently sprawled on the tiny bed I share with her, mouth hanging open asleep). She has left this “thing” (I heard she calls this thing Momo — I prefer to call this thing “nuisance”) on top of her bed and curious (as a cat — DUH) on whatever the fuss maybe, I decided to take a tiny, little, itsy-bitsy peek…Anyway, I know this blog means a lot to this funny, little (old) girl — and for the purpose of humoring her, I’ll be your guest blogger for today.
First, lemme introduce myself — I am Sayuri Misa Matsumoto-Suzon, and I am the biggest BITCH on our street. And yes, if you haven’t figured it out yet — I am also KamikazeeGirl’s cat. I have a dominantly black coat and the purrrrtiest green eyes you could ever see, a long slender tail and three missing front teeth which depresses the hell out of me and yet brings utter joy to my crazy human and her equally crazy husband…
Anyway, where were we? Oh, I am about to mention tips (or life lessons–whatever floats your boat) I should have taught my human long ago:
1. To get what you want, look cute — or at least PLEASANT. No one gives a sh*t to someone who is perpetually scowling or ill-mannered. The way I do it, I act cute — when I want some chips (my favorite food!) or if I want to have a piece of that yummy cake they were eating. What I do, I stand in front of them and then LOOK at them with these BIG PLEADING EYES. (Yes, exactly the way that fat orange cat does it in Shrek). Then purr ever so lightly and sweet — TADAAAAAH! I got them rolling off my paws. You won’t believe the things I get from my humans just by acting cute: I get sweets, chips (!) and even stuff toys (which I promptly separate the head from the rest of the body) just for being cute. The Queen (that’s my human’s sister) always delights in calling me ugly, but would then proceed to hugging me and petting me just because they find me irresistable. Oh, that’s another lesson: If you are ugly, then be adorably ugly. There’s no such thing in the world like an ugly cat.
2. Do not look too interested to keep ’em puny humans interested. I heard this also works well for human relationships. What I do is I don’t look eager when they try to approach me. I’d bring out my best “I am so bored, why don’t you go away please) look and they’d start harassing me and call me names (like princess, sayu, yuri) just so I’d climb up their lap. Euuuw, pathetic humans!This is the exact opposite of what that stupid dog does, Wonbin, who wags his tail just about to anyone, his mouth hanging open like the pathetic ugly dog that he is. Oh, if you wonder — me and Wonbin are ok, as in we don’t fight like the typical representation of cats and dogs in movies. Grovelling is not just my thing I guess.
3. No matter what happens, always recognize an opportunity – My human is big on staring on space — she does that always. Her tendency to fade out sometimes makes her lose in pursuing her myriad of interests. I say that when you want something — GO for IT! Like catching an extra big mice, hanging out behind kitchen doors and getting all the prime left overs. Me–I always go for the moment.
4. Thread lightly, but carry a big stick. Obviously, we cats are gifted with the ability to walk, run and even transfer without making a single peep. It’s better to be DEADLY and silent than be obnoxious and loud. Besides, my human can’t even walk without bumping into stuff. Me, I have the grace of a thousand gazelles which I put to good use when I needed to sneak out of the room. I can also keep still in the dark, frightening an unsuspecting human sometimes.
Anyway, this is it for the meantime, I need to keep my cards close, am I right? I’ll be back for my dishing–this blogging thing is actually ok as I get to flex my paws. For the meantime, I need to catch on z’s…and my space on that puny little bed is in danger as KamikazeeGirl is hogging all the space! Hmmmmn…I wonder how she’d like it if I sleep on top of her face?