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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Life Goes on in Thailand

Sawasdee Ka.

It seems like ages...I left the Philippines a week ago half-hearted about coming to Thailand for school. I was then about to be 15 days late from the first day of classes. I will be pen pushing in the next 2 years to complete my masters degree in Urban Environmental Management, and only God knows how much I miss home.

Things are still hazy the day I left. If I had been dying to leave in the past year, I am so hesitant this year for so many reasons. Among them is quite economic....I have been making substantial money online in the past months, more than enough to pay my bills, and I am so worried I will not be able to do it while away.

One of my fears just happened. I had to drop one client since my internet was so uncertain in the first 4 days from the day I arrived in Thailand. All students will have a login and password to the network, and since my documents were partially processed, I had to wait until yesterday when I finally had my username and password to get online.

True enough, online commerce proves so much benefits to me, even while I will be schooling. In fact, I am now writing again for my clients, although at a slower pace due to my poorly running laptop. My internet is stable, although I do not know yet if there would be any policies that would prevent me from getting online for this purpose. I will probably avail of the subsidized laptop for students by coming Tuesday so I can work faster than how I am right now.

Next check was my funds from online...I was troubled with my online payments, as I had a local bank in the Philippines, courtesy of BDO. It's a savings account with ATM (debit card) which is Mastercard affiliate. Luckily, when I tried in one of the ATMs in Future Park, Pathumthani, Thailand, my BDO card was able to inquire balance! That's a good thing since not all ATMs in Thailand will read Philippine bank card even if it has the Mastercard Logo. I'd probably look for a machine that can read my card that is just inside the campus.

My only mistake is not being able to request for an international Visa credit card from Metrobank. I tried to swipe it in the grocery and the cashier said 'THAI...(pointing to the card)'...she barely meant I need to swipe a credit card that's readable in Thailand POS.

But then again, life goes on in Thailand...My BDO still tied up with Paypal...and I could still get my payments online through BDO all the way from Philippines and withdraw the funds here in Thailand still through my BDO Savings account ATM/debit card by Mastercard.

Did I open a Thai Bank? Yes, SIAM International Bank has a Mastercard Debit card for ATM accounts, but Paypal does not recognize it when I attempted to register to my Paypal account... But, I would certainly appreciate if there is any Thai who can help me...and allow me to say in advance, 'Ka Phun Ka'.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Status Classes meet in the Middle

I too was once a college student away from home...and it might be a prevalent issue in almost all colleges in the Philippines...the struggle among the social classes in the campus.

UP Diliman is no exception.
Despite the COñOtation..este...connotation that UP is a school for the masses...for the ISKOLar ng BAYAN, the so-called 'elite' still wander around the vast greens and walk the hallways of AS, ENG, B.A., MASSCOM, or Wherever they want.

In the years that I spent my life in UP, social classes are apparent...distinguishing the 'masses' and 'normal' citizens from the CO
ñO's. I'd say NORMAL because COñO's are not the majority of the mix out there in UP Diliman. UP Lifestyle is not so 'fit' for the COñO's and many college freshmen who belong to the society's upper class might deem it a major factor not to study in UP because it is an open university where all 'BREEDS' of people can come in, the classroms are not fully airconditioned, and we take IKOT jeepneys and eat Fishballs and banana que.

During my time, you can easily spot coños with these stereotypes (as we have joked about it):
  • MEN: in striped shirts, with neat hands;
  • WOMEN: also in striped shirts, baby TEEs, and also with neat manicured hands;
  • MEN & WOMEN: yosi at the AS steps (I wonder how they can stand sitting on the stairways for so long) or making tambay at the GREENHOUSE or at AS Walk, they do not walk at BetaWay or Ride the IKOT...they have wheels BROOM broom!
As I was one of the PromDi's (Probinsyanang Bisaya) I just lived each day passing by these coño people at their I get to talk to one of them, they are but normal human beings...though I can easily sense the COPYcat coños from the true and natural coños who are just the way they are and do not mean any harm to any of their fellows.

It is a bit nostalgic as I read through my wonderful younger then housemate Dian, I consider my sister, and can't help but laugh about it.

Here is her email entry (which I believe could have reached thousands of
coños out there):

1. Thou shall make gamit "make + pandiwa". ex. "Let's make pasok na to our class!" "Wait lang! I'm making kain pa!" "Come on na, we can't make hintay anymore! It's in Andrew pa, you know?" 2. Thou shall make kalat "noh", "diba" and "eh" in your pangungusap. ex. "I don't like to make lakad in the baha nga, no? Eh diba it's like, so eew, diba?" "What ba: stop nga being maarte noh?" "Eh as if you want naman also, diba?" 3. When making describe a whatever, always say "It's SO + pang-uri". ex. "It's so malaki, you know, and so mainit!" "I know right? So sarap nga, eh!" "You're making me inggit naman.. I'll make bili nga my own burger." 4. When you are lalaki, make parang punctuation "dude" or "pare" ex. "Dude, ENGANAL is so hirap." "I know, pare, I got bagsak nga in quiz one, eh" 5. Thou shall know.... you know? & I know, right! ex. "My bag is so bigat today, you know!" "I know, right! We have to make dala pa kasi the jumbo Physics book eh!" 6. Make gawa the plural of pangngalans like in English or Spanish. ex. "I have so many tigyawats, oh!" 7. Like, when you can make kaya, always use like. Like, I know right? ex. "Like, it's so init naman!" "Yah! The aircon, it's, like sira!" 8. Make yourself feel so galing by translating the last word of your sentence, you know, your pangungusap? ex. "Kakainis naman in the LRT! How plenty tao, you know, people?" "It's so tight nga there, eh, you know, masikip?" 9. Make gamit of plenty abbreviations, you know, daglat?" ex. "Like, OMG! It's like traffic sa LRT" "I know right? It's so kaka!" "Kaka?" "Kakaasar!" 10. Make gamit the pinakamaarte voice and pronunciation you have para full effect! ex. "I'm, like, making aral at the Arrhneo!" "Me naman, I'm from Lazzahl! Conyomandment 11. Forward this email to all your conyo friends :D or cge na like to ervyone nalang! :D Thanks to Iggy for the post! Batu-bato sa langit, tamaan wag magalit! ('Cause I know a lot of conyo peeps hahaha!) helps to laugh once in a while, debah? :D

To this note, I'd say, "Mabuhay ang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas" (Long LIve University of the Philippines!)...Congratulations to the 100 years of molding students to be great citizens of the Philippines (I hope so...pressure!).

Monday, August 18, 2008

How to withdraw Paypal to BDO savings account.

This is a personal blog, so I cannot speak for other users’ personal experiences, nor do I speak for BDO or Paypal. I only wrote about what I went through doing the transactions myself.

I am about to make my 6th withdrawal from my Paypal account to my BDO peso savings account.

I get most of my jobs from The On Demand Global Workforce - oDesk. oDesk has multiple options for payment: Moneybookers, credit card, bank to bank, and Paypal.

I picked Paypal for two reasons: it appears to charge the least and remains to be the most popular mode of payment (which to me is the most reliable in that light). I get to withdraw my accounts from oDesk to Paypal and get charged $1 per withdrawal. I then transfer the funds from Paypal to my BDO account and get charged another $1 in the process.

Take note that paypal charges $1 for any withdrawals below Php7,000.00, which is FREE for any withdrawals over this. Paypal has withdrawal limits of USD500 for free accounts. I used 010530667 as the Bank Code for BDO Universal Bank. Although, you need to know too that BDO does not officially hold tie up with Paypal as shown here.

Before withdrawal, your account confirmation should show you this:

True enough, funds from Paypal reach my BDO approximately 5 calendar days from transaction, as shown in this stamp:

Notice that there is Ph200.00 charged to my account. This is apparently charged by the local recipient, which is BDO, but BDO will not disclose this information.

But to answer your question, yes BDO is capable of receiving Paypal accounts and the great thing I like about BDO is its capability of online transactions.


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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Google Reader now launches multiple social functions

How exciting can sharing get?

You can now do multiple things in one interface with Google Reader. It is a powerful tool you could use to add friends, bookmark, RSS sharing and feeds, comments on blogs and recommendation.

I might be new to this too but I think it will cut down your time hopping from one social and bookmarking site to another by reading it in one place. Check out how you can start with Google Reader here.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

I will miss the P.I.

I look around everywhere, and it seems that my world has totally changed in a short span of time. Things can easily transform from one state to another with the advent of technology these days...and so can your life. Mine is not an exception.

It has been 2 years ago when I decided to leave the corporate world and do my 'own thing' back home. I guess there was just too much around the corner that I had to leave the room and check out what's going on at the other side of the wall.

I had high hopes...high dreams...and hopped from one key position to another...until I decided, this time, let me do my real 'own thing'.

Opportunity came by and I was engaged in this business which was whirling around my head for quite a number of months. I did not have enough capital...but was lucky to have a great backup from my avid unfailing father.

And there he stood by...checked and balanced my way. But as newbie as I can be in running my own, and as I cannot control the kirks with such limits in my own battlefield, I had to shut it down to curb the bleeding.

The world seemed to be sipped into one small drain in one SLURP and another BURP! Did it bother me? A bit maybe...though a lot more from others as they watched something I built collapse into thin air. If it was hard work building up something, you cannot imagine how it is tearing it down.

Resources here and there...they're just everywhere...all you need is find...trigger some imagination...and have the courage to approach, speak, and realize what needs to be.

I found a fall back... something I could have started a long time ago. It has paid me so well so far, I can really tell it is the most lucrative I have ever done in my entire existence...and relatively easy.

Kinda tiring...but it feeds me well...and even burdens my other major obligations. If I had known about this, things could have never been how they were....But if so, I might never have decided to leave too.

I might be saying goodbye to P.I. soon enough...and probably be around a foreign the hopes to see some familiar faces...and meet new ones.

Life might not be THAT friendly in a foreign land, but I think this is it. It's the calling I have been playing deaf and dumb about...and it's about time to hear the call.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

How to Win Clients and Keep Them

I have been writing so much HOW-TOs stuff....

I remember extracting information from marketing email blurbs to create HOW-to-CATCH-your-rate-A-Woman articles for a Men's magazine. I might not have satisfied the client very much for the project just ended in a snap, but boy oh boy, I remember how tedious the work went. Spent hours with those emails and felt exhausted each time. Something I might not be very good at, but still I think it was worth trying.

To win clients and keep them, you need to remember our own set of golden rules:
  1. Do unto others what you want others to do unto you - you do not want to be waiting for so long for something that will not when you say something, do it. Meet deadlines and expectations.
  2. If you are in doubt, ask questions - asking saves a lot of guesswork. I got in a big trouble with one client because I assumed to much and asked too little questions.
  3. NEVER Assume! - Refer to rule # 2.
  4. Be honest - integrity can give you peace of mind..and can even win you referrals.
  5. Money is not everything - Everything about business is built on relationships. Maintain good ones, and you are bound to win clients and keep them.
So I guess, I have learned these things after having done loads of work from clients from all over the world...I think there's a great pool of experiences and things to learn for me. In the mean time, I sit at my chair and do my assignments.

So, you know something I do not on how to win clients and keep them? Hit me back!

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