Back from a Long Haitus

It's been a while since I posted an updated on this blog. I can blame this on how hectic my work is. Being an SEO specialist is so demanding at times, I'm burned out when I arrive home. Good thing for vacation leaves.

While I am in my blog hiatus, I have been immersing myself on listening to several podcast show. Entertainment podcast like Good Times With Mo: The Podcast, That Show,  and a podcast about IT outsourcers called The Call Center Show. Aside from these entertainment podcast, I am also into sports talk shows mostly form 101 ESPN. Show like The Kevin Wheeler Show, The Turn and my personal favorite, The Fast Lane. Aside from these show from the St. Louis areas, Football related podcast like The Ross Tucker Football podcast, RamsAddiction Podcast and ESPN Football Today podcast.

Aside from listening to these podcast show, I'll have been blogging on my Rams football blog called GridIron Rams.

The St. Louis Cardinals are going to the World Series

Last year the St. Louis Cardinals failed to reach the World Series as they were beaten by the eventual world series champions, the San Francisco Giants. This year they are in the National League Championship this time against the popular team, Los Angeles Dodgers.

Today, the St. Louis Cardinal finally beat Los Angeles Dodger 9-0 with a very dominant pitching performance by the series MVP Michael Wacha. The Cardinal will wait for the winner Boston Red Sox - Detroit Tigers ALCS series as the World series will be held first on the American League Champions home field.


Apple to Announce iOS 7 and iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S

For gadget geeks like me the announcement of the Apple's upcoming release of the iOS 7 operating system as well as the announcement of the two new version of the iPhone aptly call the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S.  What's interesting about the new iPhones is that the latest versions uses gold casing which is change from it previous hard glass back casing. 

There will be a Live Blogging Event from the Cupertino headquarters on the day of the release so it would be wise for Apple lovers to mark this event on your calendars.

Football Season is here

September is one of the busiest season in the United States as Football (the American football sport not Soccer) Season starts this week. Both the National Football League (NFL) and College Football (NCAA) will be the topic of discussions by most American as this sport is one the most exciting sport of all.

I am one of few Filipinos who follows this sport as compared to the majority who are  basketball fanatics. If someone would ask why you prefer football over other professional sport? Simple. It only takes one game to determine the champion (compare to basketball, baseball or even hockey which would need 4 wins out of 7 games to determine the champion).

There are several Filipinos who play or has  played in the NFL: Eugene Amano formerly of the Tenesee Titans, Chris Gocong formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles and the most popular Manila born NFL player is Tim Tebow.


Upcoming Movie to Watch: RoboCop (The Remake)



 The Original RoboCop was released in 1987 which stars Peter Weller and it's considered one of the acclaimed movies at that time. Next year, RoboCop the Reboot version is surprising good visually and as the trailer shows it has much better action. My only personal comment about the reboot is that the new RoboCop looks more like Judge Dredd than a cyborg supercop, but the rest of the movie looks promising.

Celebrity Sex Scandals: Why They Never Learn

Wally Bayola - Yosh Rivera Scandal
Sex Scandals have been one the most talk about topics in interwebs particularly in on social media to the point that it spreads like adding gasoline to already dangerous fire. 


Recently there was the Chito Miranda - Neri Naig Sex Video on which the video was supposedly obtained from the stolen hard drive of the Mr. Miranda. Now there's a new one this time it's comedian Wally Bayola having a tryst with EB Babe Yosh Rivera.  This new sex scandal has a much harsher outcome as both personalties might lose their jobs and on the case of mr. Bayola he might go to prison for concubinage since he's married.


My take on this events is that why these celebrities risks on engaging on recording their "private moments" with the risk of being distributed illegally and spread it all over the Internet. In this day of age of the social media, Everyone should be responsible on what they do may it be "offline" or "online".

To end this blog post here are some words to live by:
"If you play with fire, you'll likely to get burned" #justsaying

54 Fantastic Everyday Scenes From The Philippines


Based on the the everyday news and daily lives, the Philippines is known for it's boxing (Manny Pacquiao, Brian Villoria and Nonito Donaire to the the famous foods like Adobo, Lechon even the famous exotic food "Balut". However I found a nice article called 54 Fantastic Everyday Scenes From The Philippines which showcases the Philippines' fantastic sceneries that travellers might want to check out when they visit.

I am  proud to know that  Davao City has several mentions on this list which includes Kadayawan Festival and the Talikud Island


Spurs Watch: My newest Sports Blog

The blogger in me has been dormant for quite sometime now but I got renewed vigor when I was so very active in discussing my favorite NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs. At least talking about basketball has a larger following here in my country unlike my ultimate favorite sport which is american football (NFL).

My new blog is entitle Spurs Watch which is blog about the San Antonio Spurs. I usually post my opinions about the latest new about the Spurs which includes but not limited to the off-season, the summer league, the NBA draft and of course the upcoming NBA seasons. 

So for loyal fans of the San Antonio Spurs, visit my blog at Spurs Watch

note: The Spurs logo is a copyright of the San Antonio Spurs and the National Basketball Association

MY Top 10 Songs that you should play when you drive

If you plan to take a vacation by land or if you just want to have a "feel good" feeling while driving here are some of the best songs that you can play on your mobile sound system.

1.) Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
2.) Glass Tiger - Someday
3.) Lou Gramm - Just Between You and Me
4.) Toto - Home of the Brave
5.) Kenny Loggins -Playing with the Boys
6.) Judas Priest - Painkiller
7.) 30 Seconds to Mars - Closer to the edge
8.) Def Leppard - Let's Get Rocked
9.) Breaking Benjamin - Diary of Jane
10.) Shinedown - If You Only Knew

For serious metals head (like me) you can add these on your list:

Shadows Fall - What Drives The Weak
Killswitch Engage - My Curse
Devil Driver - Clouds Over California
AC/DC - Dirty Deed Done Dirt Cheap
Fear Factory - Demanufacture
Lamb of god - Black Label or Pathetic
Megadeth - Train of Consequences or Holy Wars..the Punishment Due
Primal Fear - Six Times Dead (16.6)
Mercyful Fate - A Dangerous Meeting

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone Trailer


 I have been a fan of the young adult book series called The Mortal Instruments series by renowned author Cassandra Clare since last year and I was able to finish all of the five books (with the 6th and final book entitled City of Heavenly Fire which will be release next year). There were buzz that there will be a film adaptation of the book "City of Bones" which stars Lily Collins as Clary Fray and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Weyland. 


As with other book-to-film titles this would be much anticipated film by the fans of the book and personally I would hope this film hold up and do the book justice.

Time to Reflect

It's been a while since I posted an update on my personal blog and good thing it's Holy Week which gave me some time to ponder and do some spiritual reflections. Clearing my mind from burdens of work and other things. 

We all need the time for some spiritual reflection as this is the day that the Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself for our sins. 

May everyone has a safe Holy Week.

Google Panda and Penguin Survival Tips

Google has recently rolled out their Google Panda and Penguin updates to "clean up" search engine results from websites that are spammy and/or have low quality contents. As a webmaster or blogger you should know guidelines on how to avoid your website being penalized.

Here are links that you might want to check out:

Google Panda Tips

Google Penguin Tips

What is SEO? My personal explanation

A lot of people still does not understand what SEO is even though the said internet strategy has been around since the early incarnations of search engines. Working as an web designer/ webmaster and SEO specialist for quite sometime now I can share my two cents on what is SEO all about.

If we go over to wikipedia:

"SEO or Search Engine Optimization is "a process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine's "natural" or un-paid ("organic") search results.  In general, the earlier (or higher ranked on the search results page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine's users. SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, video search, academic search, news search and industry-specific vertical search engines".
Unlike Web Designing, Graphic Designing or Web Development on which once a website is built, you can now turn over the project to the client, SEO is an ongoing process since every website has its own degree of online presence, the better we do SEO to a website, the better we maintain his visibility on the first pages of each major search engines.

My Personal Reasons Why I prefer an Android Phone over the iPhone


We all know that the ongoing conflict between two mobile phone giants Samsung (and other Android based phones) and Apple battle over sales dominance and personally it comes down to personal preference. 

Why an Android phone?

Here are several reasons why I prefer an Android phone over the more popular iPhone:

Google Services are much faster

I'm an avid user of Google services (Google Maps, GMail and Google+) and these services are a bit slow (particularly Google Maps) on the iOS environment on which I was disappointed. Having these services as native apps on the Android ecosystems makes it more faster and (in Google maps' case) more accurate.

Custom Launchers, Keyboards and Widgets


Another reason why I prefer an Android phone is that it allows customization of its launcher and keyboard (unlike in the iOS on which you have to resort on "jailbreaking" your which is cumbersome and sometimes can brick your phone when note done correctly). Widgets are valuable because they give you an at-a-glance look at lots of different kinds of information and quick access to valuable apps and configuration settings(see 15 Android widgets that will make iPhone users jealous).  Imagine checking your twitter by just swiping to the next window on which the twitter widget is running in background.

Battery

Here's a reason that focuses on practicality. Consider this scenario: if your iPhone rans out of battery power on an area on which electrical outlets are not accessible (outdoor travelling, etc.) you will go bonkers because you can change batteries! while most Android phones give you the ability to change batteries which makes more flexible.

Expandable Memory

Apple sells their product with three different memory capacities (16, 32 and 64GB) with each capacity having different prices ranges. an Android phone has only single price for each phone variant but it gives you the flexibility to increase your memory up to 64GB aside from the internal 16GB or 32GB memory (which can prevent bloating your phone and and possibly lag your phone due to too much memory load).

So there are the major reason why I choose an Android Phone over the more popular iPhone. This blog is nothing against Apple since I do like some of their products (the iPad and the iPod Touch) but when in comes to a mobile phone, an Android phone is my personal choice.

Must Have Urban Fantasy Audiobooks

I have been an audiobook advocate for quite some time now as I listen to the narration of a book while doing work or other tasks. If your into the Urban Fantasy / Paranormal genre, I have listed the best audiobook everyone should have on your portable media players.

1.) Dresden Files by Jim Butcher - I am a die hard fan of this series and the narration by actor James Marsters was likeicing to the cake. Marsters is superb on his vocal talents while narrating on most of the audiobooks (Marsters was not able to narrate for "Ghost Story). Aside from Marsters narrating, the story itself is great and I dare to say it's much better than Stephanie Meyer's Twilight or J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter (oh well I'm biased).

To date, the series has 13 audiobooks with the upcoming book entitled "Cold Days" coming in November.


2.) The Hollows / Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison - Here's another series that has a similar theme with Dresden Files. The protagonist is a witch/bounty hunter with a living vampire and a foul mouth pixie as business partners. They hunt paranormal criminals for bounties in an alternate universe version of Cincinnati. As with Dresden Files, this series has a good combination of action, some drama and a good dose of comedy/dark humor. The series was narrated by Marguerite Gavin who like Marster, was the best for this series.

To date, the series has 10 audiobooks with the upcoming book entitled "Ever After" coming in January 2013.


3.) Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep - Elemental Assassin is another alternate universe urban fantasy series that you would like to listen to. It is story Gin Blanco was a mercenary elemental assassin who seeks revenge on her family's killer who she later learn that it was the city's most powerful elemental.

The series was narrated by Lauren Fortgang, another favorite narrator of mine because of her "southern accent" that best fits the storyline. To date, the series has seven audiobooks.


4.) Riley Jenson Guardian series by Keri Arthur - Riley Jenson Guardian series is based in Australia and the protagonist is a half vampire / half-werewolf who work as a "guardian" which is a paranormal equivalent of the FBI. She also has a powerful 1000 year old vampire for a lover and an 800 year old vampire for a boss. This series has a great combination of romance, paranormal action and some comedy.

The series was mostly narrated by Angela Dawe. To date, the series has nine audiobooks.

How to Buy Cheap Art Supplies


Sometimes it is positively terrifying to walk into an art supply store. The prices are enough to give anyone a minor heart attack. What can you do though? You need pastels and paints, sketchbooks and brushes and an assortment of other things. Well, over the years I 've discovered different ways of finding cheap art supplies. First it was out of necessity because I was an art student, but even now I ca n't stomach the idea of spending 100 dollars on a box of pastels. 

The best place to find cheap paint is at your local ironmonger or paint store. Ask the clerk if they have any "mistints" or "oops" paint. These are approximately 9.00 per gallon and the pint size is around 3.00-4 .00 per pint. Sometimes they also have discontinued colors that are on sale. Chinese ink is another very inexpensive product which you can find in art supplies stores. Not all of the products are expensive!. 


It's not always fun, however a great place to find art supplies and craft supplies is in your local Salvation Army or the corner thrift store and even at garage sales. Depending on what kinda an artist you are, whether you are a painter or sculptor, you can find great hand me down craft supplies, someone else's old thread and wool collections, costume jewelry and bead collections, nails, vintage buttons and the list goes on! You can get these collections for a few dollars! If you go regularly you get even better deals because the store clerk becomes familiar with you. 


I enjoy working on paper rather than canvas. Many years ago I was always cringing as I went to the art supply store to buy a sketchbook. I finally realized that I could buy great paper from any office supply store. However the sizes were limited. Then a friend told me about a Paper Warehouse, this is where all the printers in the city get their paper from. The one I go to has a cash and carry office where they sell discontinued papers altogether different sizes!

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Traditional Art Not Yet Dead

Digital Art has been the "in" thing nowadays since the dawning of the iPads and the full implementation of the internet. Most people will use computers to express their creative arts and traditional arts are practically "dead". Well I beg to differ since not all arts can be adapted in the digital world and also there's always a sense of "creative high" when you do your creations on paper or canvass or whatever traditional medium. 

This I realize when I enrolled my daughter last summer in Arts and Crafts class and boy I was impressed how my daughter can create great paintings and drawings. The teacher told me that she has some creative potential and she suggested that she can enhance more creative skills if we do some more creative designs at home. Upon hearing that I immediately search affordable art supplies online since I want the best tools for my daughter's creative growth



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