9.13.2014

How To Tie A Windsor Knot Before You Wear It

Not every man knows how to tie a necktie. Most men know the simplest one — the four-in-hand knot, which can look lousy if the material is not right. If your necktie is short and its fabric is thick, use the four-in-hand knot. Otherwise, use the half Windsor knot. If the length of your necktie is too long for your body or its fabric is too thin to form an elegant knot, use the Full Windsor knot.

For some men, it is easier to tie a Windsor knot while the necktie is around their neck. What if somebody asked you to prepare his necktie with a half Windsor knot but does not want to wear it yet?

This video shows the trick. It takes practice to perfect it. Remember that the half Windsor knot is like a double four-in-hand knot. So make sure that the necktie is coiled twice around the narrower width. Also, while pulling the necktie to its perfect form, make sure that the back of the knot shows 3 perfect cone shapes – left, right, and middle.



How would you know if you made a perfect Windsor knot? To untie your Windsor tie, pull the narrower width of your necktie from the knot. If you leave a single knot after the pull, then, you failed to tie a Windsor knot.

9.11.2014

Cool Gadget: Samsung Gear S

9.09.2014

Twitter Goes Commercial Other Than Social Soon

Currently being tested in U.S., Twitter will soon allow you to buy merchandise via popular Twitter accounts. This addon feature would not, however, rob you from enjoying Twitter the way you enjoy it today. Due to this commercial feature, the Privacy Policy of Twitter would be amended to include new sections related to your purchasing info. For the reason that your Twitter would now include your buying info, like credit card information, Twitter had to make stricter measures and procedures to protect your account, prevent spam, fraud, and abuse. In the future, Twitter also plans to include special offers that you can redeem at select stores.

I don't blame Twitter for planning to make Twitter commercial other than social. Facebook has ventured into that since 2007. We've been enjoying Twitter's free services since 2006; and I wondered how Twitter was earning for giving those SMS-like services for free. After 8 years, I believe Twitter has the right to enjoy return on its investments.

Twttr sketch-Dorsey-2006.jpg
A blueprint sketch, c. 2006, by Jack Dorsey, envisioning an SMS-based social network.
"Twttr sketch-Dorsey-2006" by Jack Dorsey - twttr sketch. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Nothing goes for free for good. One way or another, you need to benefit from your ROI.
Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called tweets.—Wikipedia
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8.31.2014

Make Money Online. Is It Truly Possible?

Can One Really Make Money Online?

The answer is Yes, theoretically and technically! It is possible. However, a big HOWEVER, your success rate depends on a plenty of factors that successful online marketers would not tell you completely. I know. I've been there and until now I have not earned a single cent. (Update. I earned $9.95 three times in 9 years. Nice numbers. Go ahead, play them in a lottery. :-)
  • Traffic (not in the streets)
  • The right system (this is actually complicated)
  • The right mentors (they are expensive)
  • The right products (needs extensive research)
  • The right niche (that's hard to target)
  • Geographic location (good if you're in US, New Zealand, Australia, UK and other prime cities.)
  • Good site content (this is serious; don't play with content)
  • Time (it requires work like a full time job)
  • Strategies (sorry, these are the masters' secrets)
  • MONEY. (you need cash to earn cash)
I classify MMO (short for make money online) business into three levels.
  1. The hard and long way
  2. The expensive fast track
  3. The budget-friendly shortcut
To give you an idea what's the hard and long (no, not the Kris Kringle something theme) way, visit this blog. It teaches you where to start from. 

8.28.2014

NSO Help Line: Your Birth Certificate Online Request

Now, you can request an NSO certified copy of your birth certificate online. No need to queue in a long line before a counter. And, yes you can already avoid those nasty, often rude, city or municipal employees who, if they had their way, would rather receive their paychecks "trabojo en absencia." If you've heard of "working from home", this is new — earn a paycheck by "not working from home or office." Anyway, this is not about the [some] corrupt government employees. Sorry to say that but I yet have to encounter a government employee who is full of kindness, if such exists.

Going back.

2.21.2014

The Good Thing About RCBC Bankard

RCBC Bankard has a new feature that benefits each cardholder. Each time you use your credit card online, just a few seconds after, you are going to receive a alert message to your mobile phone saying your card xxxx-xxxx just made an online transaction in the amount of Pxxx. If you didn't do this transaction, you are advised to call its hotline immediately. So far, Bankard's customer support persons who have called me up reminding me of my payments are friendly and considerate. On the contrary, some other credit card companies still use the old tactics of harassment and malicious stories. Good job, Bankard! Please maintain it that way.

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12.16.2012

Places To Visit During The Christmas Season In The Philippines

Without spending much money, you can bring your children at these places in Metro Manila to enjoy music, lights, and colors. Whether you spend big or not, your children will be just as happy.
Ayala Triangle Gardens Lights and Sounds Show
It started in Christmas 2010. Set in a garden, the lights dance with the rhythm of a medley of Christmas music. The show lasts only 5 minutes. It starts at 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Show is every 30 minutes. Each show is not like the next one. The show runs from Nov 16 to Dec 30. The show is held just behind the Philippine Stock Exchange. After the show, you can dine at the row of restaurants within the park. Ayala Triangle is located within the corners of Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, and Makati Ave in Makati City. It was the old Ugarte Field. Even older than that, it was called the Nielson Field -- an airport. Yes, there was a Makati airport -- the Manila International Air Terminal. It was the first modern and commercial airport in the Philippines. You can still see the Nielson Tower, now Filipinas Heritage Library, standing in the old field. 
Trinoma's Merry Musical Lights
Quezon City
Belenistas de Ortigas
Policarpio
Mandaluyong City
For an expensive holiday treat, try the following Christmas places without leaving Metro Manila
Resort World
Manila Ocean Park
Snow World in Star City
Outside Metro Manila, the following spots are worth enjoying the Christmas spirit.
Christmas House in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
Belenismo in Tarlac
Giant Lantern Festival in Pampanga

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