Random Things by 9:30pm

The kiddies are still up and mama sure did some random stuff.


I sent a tweet!


Talk to some friends!


Uploaded some photos on Facebook!


Posted a photo on Instagram.

Random stuff that somehow completed our day.

Happy days!

Images edited and or taken by Samsung galaxy siii and entry was posted using WordPress for Android.


Website Development/Creation

Enjoying some extra hours the past few weeks, I decided to dip my hands on website development/creation.  It is still lacks content but it is coming along rather nicely.

This is my first foray to website development and man was there a lot to learn.  I used http://www.webs.com since they are free and there is a pre made theme.  The theme merely provides the background and texts fonts but it is up to the site builder to create pages upon pages of content.

Things I learned not in order of importance:

  1. FB connect on members sign up
  2. FB app for members login
  3. Page creation
  4. Linking
  5. Developing FAQs
  6. Sourcing up available contents
  7. Adding of media/photo
  8. Manipulating html codes
  9. Revisiting dos prompt
  10. Meta tags
  11. Site Maps
  12. Analytics

There is still a lot of work to be done but being a novice I am proud of what I have done so far.

This website is for an organization that I am a member of, the Bukidnon Canadian Organization – BUCO.  Since I have children and can’t really be there for meetings and other activities, I decided to make a website as a contribution and also as a way for me to learn what is website creation and development.

Really hoping that this will work out for me and for us.

For the Glory of God.

Customer Service Representative or Not!

I have been talking to a lot of customer service representatives lately but the agent from Rogers Telecommunications stands out.

Back story: Husband wanted a new line as a gift to his nephew.  Being on a family shared plan, both of us know the ballpark price for the new line plus we were just offered a 25 $ additional line by another agent.  To cut the story short, I called.

After a minute and some redirects from the voice prompts, I was finally able to talk to a live agent. To anybody who has been in this situation re:  calling customer service, you know how long it takes to finally hear a real live persons voice.

The agent then goes on the process of verifying me and the account. The usual questions were asked: account name, address, postal code and an occasional birth date thrown in.

I then state my business, what I wanted to happen, what kind of phone I’m getting as part of the plan and other details:

Me: Hi! I would like to get an additional line for our account.  I have been offered a $25 additional line by one of your co-workers.

CSR: Hello! Sure let me take a look into your account.   Let me just put you on hold for a second.

Hi. I can see that you are on a family shared plan but I do not see any record that you have been offered an additional line in that amount.

Me:  Uhm okay.  But I am pretty sure about the offer. Can you please take a look again?

CSR:  There is nothing here that indicates anything of that sort.

Me: I insist that you look further in our records, because it is definitely there.

CSR: Let me put you on hold again.

After a minute or so…

Again I tell you there is nothing on record. Why don’t you get a new line instead .

Me:  Hmm. Okay but I can have it as an additional line in our family shared plan right?

CSR: No. It is an entirely independent new line.  Separate from what you have right now.

Me: Why? Don’t you have any offer that will serve as an additional line?

CSR: You are just telling me the same thing. You are not listening to me.  I told you, if you want an additional line you will get a new line instead. Separate of what you have right now.  With its own data plan.

Me: So you really won’t offer me an additional line regardless of the cost.  You are telling to get a new line.

CSR: Yes.

Me: Alright then. So how much will it cost me if I order now a Samsung Galaxy siii phone from you with the lowest data plan that you have.

CSR: There is a lot to choose from.  You can check the website now and tell me what you want. I don’t know your preferences plus the fact that if you’ll order this through me, you will receive your phone by middle of January and regardless of the length of time you waited for your phone, you will start paying for it now.

I tell you, you are better off to buy it in store than through me.

Me: *dumbfounded*

CSR:  In the store you have all the choices plus the physical phones where you can actually choose what you most want.

Me: Is that all you’re going to say?

CSR: Yes Maria. I suggest you go to a Rogers store.

Me: Bye.

That is the conversation that left me wondering if I was really talking to a Customer Service Representative or I have called a wrong number.  Instead of offering me the best possible choice, she directed me to their store.  I don’t know how their Customer Service works but most definitely not like that based on my experience.  As I said, I have called them countless of times from the minutest detail, to ordering a new phone but never encountered one like her until last week.  Mostly, CSR’s are very knowledgeable and will offer the best possible solution no matter what your concern is.

I did call the next day and have my concerns addressed properly plus some freebies thrown in.  I was able to get an additional line to our family shared plan.  Three (3) lines, sharing 2 GB of data plan.  Additional line costs only $25.


Advent is here. Nativity. Christmas.

Season of festive joy. Strangers talking, sharing a smile. Tree trimmings. Gift giving.

Hearing Christmas carols brings an extra spring to your step. Cashiers still nice even in an overly long working hours.

This Christmas is the first of many for our  little family.  We are complete sans extended family back in Philippines. Our first “big” tree is up. And the gifts is ready.  Holiday portraits done and all the other things is being taken cared of.

The only thing left to do is wait. We wait with bated breath.  We wait with joy in our hearts.  We repent and ask for forgiveness.  Christ our saviour is coming.  And HE is coming for us.

Christmas is about renewal of our beliefs.  Every year Christ’s birth is almost always being reenacted and watching it filled my heart with joy.  The birth of a child more so the Messiah is of a momentous event and have to be celebrated.  With thanksgiving in our hearts we sing our praises.

With this we pray for many many more years and some answer to prayers as we start our own little tradition in our own little family.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours.




Instagram and what have you!

Instagram and me.

I love it.

With hundreds if not thousands of write ups, reviews and other type of commentary about instagram, mine would be lost amongst it.  But let me tell you still my story.

I am not among the first user of instagram, nor would be the last but I love every single picture that I have posted on it.

Its primary use to people I guess is posting extraordinary shots of the sky, clouds, sunset or food but for me it is a diary of sorts.

In our digital world, it is very easy for us to take photo of anything especially of our loved ones but we procrastinate on having it printed or we do not print it at all.  Most have a thousand pictures saved in their hard drives and me as well and It is here where instagram come into play.

With 2 kids, a toddler and a baby,  almost all activities is documented. From breakfast up to play time before sleeping at night.  At the end of the day, I choose one or two pictures of my kids, editing it and then post.

Now that I have posted it on instagram, it is easy access for me.  If and when I decided to print my pictures, I have my instagram pictures as reference to who, when and why of it.

Aside from being a diary of sorts to me, it also serves as a medium to post my opinion on anything in image form.

By using hashtags i.e. #proudmom or #pride I allow other users not only my followers to see, like or comment on my picture.



My take on Add Watermark App Free

It took me reading another image theft or using another person’s image without asking permission before I decided to look for ways to watermark my own pictures.

I am only an amateur photographer and most of my photos are of my children and other family members but since I upload them to the internet, it makes me want to mark them.  I am not really concerned with photo theft but I am most concerned with inappropriate use of my pictures.

There are a couple of free applications on Google Play that allows you to mark/edit your photos but I like the “Add Watermark” app.

The app that i’m using is free and there is some limitations but it serves its purpose.  The only noticiable difference from the paid, full version for me is the use of your own image as watermark and the automatic sharing of your photos.

The app has a very good and user friendly interface. You can edit old photos or take a new picture and put watermark.  The general setting is where you can edit your image or in my case I can edit the text which ill be using as watermark.  It allows you to edit the font, color, shadow among others. The text option also allows you to use “placeholders” e.g. date, filepath or time etc.  Clicking back button brings you to “home” where you can edit the watermark placement, size and also there is a rotate function. The finished product can be saved in the app itself or to a custom folder.

The only downside is you have to do it manually but having it for free does not make it as big as an issue as to when i have to pay for it.