How and when did I start blogging?

BLOGGINGI am a blogger for more than half a decade already. I started blogging back in 2004. It started out as a therapy for me because I was becoming restless with work, and then my life took a turn for the worse when my mom was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease. I was the lone breadwinner and it’s not an easy task carrying all the burden of making both ends meet and then some.

So I learned how to blog and never looked back. Bravenet.com was the first free blogging platform I learned. I started a blog there and when my boss got me busted on an entry I posted about her (toink!) I searched for a new blogging platform and found Blogger.com.

That’s where I became an active blogger interacting with so many other Pinoy bloggers most of whom I met in person during those 2 to 3 years that I’ve been really active in socializing. I even went as far as Batangas City to meet two teachers with whom I became close with. I met balikbayan bloggers as well one of whom was Ate Ghee of akoni.info who later became my host for a subdomain (sasha.akoni.info) that became my first venture into the WordPress blogging platform.

I enjoyed blogging a lot that I became hooked to it! When I learned how to navigate a WordPress powered blog, I decided to get a web hosting plan of my own and opened this blog, sasha-says.com. I learned how to monetize my blogs and focused on it more than anything else.

From this blog, my online ’empire’ grew. I now have a couple of blogs I regularly update.

Blogging & Me

BLOGGING

I am starting a series on how blogging became a big part of my life. I would like to share this with everyone, especially the new bloggers out there. I am not claiming to be an expert on blogging or anything else but I know I have a few things to share to those who are pretty new to this way of life.

Just click on the photo above (I will put it on the sidebar for easier access) and you will be directed to all the entries I will create and put under the tag.

Happy blogging everyone!

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Tag: Blogging & Me

My DFA Experience, part 2

Passports

It took a while for me to write the part 2 of My DFA Experience. The reason for this is I want to know if both rush and regular processing of passports really work. My little girl and I opted for rush processing as I had to go back to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the copy of my passport for the little girl’s travel clearance. It actually worked and there wasn’t much of a hassle even when we opted to pick up our passports than have it delivered. That’s rush processing with personal pick-up. Now for the choice of regular processing with delivery, it also worked just fine. My dad and my brother chose this option. We paid an additional Php180 for the delivery charge per passport. My dad and my brother were given the dates when their passports will arrive but you know what? It arrived two days before the release date! Not bad, right?

My two sisters, on the other hand, had their passports processed a few days after us. They chose the option of rush processing with delivery. It’s the same with my dad and my brother. Their passports were delivered ahead of the release date.

Problems may arise like what happened with my friend and her son. Her son’s surname on the passport was misspelled and it took them a while to get it cleared. But I would like to think that these are isolated cases and that the DFA is doing their best to get these things resolved on time.

All in all, I must say that the DFA has already improved their passport services. You can either have your schedule via the web or you can call them up at 737-1000. You can have your passports processed in a rush (Php1,200) or in regular business days (Php900). You can choose to have your passports delivered to your doorstep (additional Php180) or you can pick it up personally on due date.

I believe that if we really want change, it can happen. If we eliminate the fixers, under the table transactions, palakasan system and all that, a better government service can be given to its citizens.

Keep up the good work DFA Passport services!

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RIP, Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Another brilliant mind has left us. Steve Jobs passed away today. The mastermind behind Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died according to a statement from Apple. Jobs was 56.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

Rest in peace, Steve.

The world became a little more fun because of you.

Home-office corner setup

Couples Workspaces

I am looking for ideas on work spaces for home. My home-office corner setup is no longer working for me. Aside from the fact that I am surrounded by books, papers and other stuff, my corner has become really messy already. I want organizers and a wider desk and a more comfortable chair.

I will look around and see what I can find. Then I’ll share it with you.

Happy Friday everyone!

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