Life, Love, and Updates

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It's been a while since I've written here. Heck it's been YEARS! And yes, I'm doing a lot of stuff right now.

Backtrack


The last time I wrote in my blog was probably when I was a senior in highschool or a college freshman. I was into prose back then and writing short, sappy, dramatic stories was my way of relieving stress - it definitely worked.

Current Life


I'm currently on my 4th year of college right now and I really hope that I will graduate in a semester or 2. My biggest hurdle is my thesis - I just can't find enough motivation to do it! In my defense, I had (and still am) having a hard time with life. Family and academics are just too hard to handle, especially if you have an dad like mine. Bummer.

I also found the love of my life. I think she's the one. Smart, beautiful...the whole package. I could not ask for more.

Anyway, I'm neck deep in online marketing right now. Building websites, ranking them on Google, and earning money from them really makes me happy. It's a way of sustaining myself too. I'm not there yet, but I believe that I will reach the point where I can be independent soon enough. Yes...soon enough. 6 months please?

Back Ache Blues


My back is aching a lot these days too. Probably because I gained weight. Sitting in front of the computer does take a toll on one's body. I do have lumbar scoliosis which makes it worse so I'm on the lookout for ergonomic chairs or computer gaming chairs.

I did find a nice Tumblr blog about ergonomic chairs called iloveergonomics.tumblr.com. It claims to talk a lot about ergonomics, but it just has a lot of League of Legends cosplay pics. The cosplayers are pretty hot though so no complaints there. Another blog called http://computergamingchairguru.webs.com is...well...a lover of computer chairs. I really like the theme of this blog. One more blog I like is bestcomputergamingchair.yolasite.com. Check them out. 

Anyway, this is all I can tell you for now. I promise to update more.

My 7-Year Old Nephew Likes To Go Commando

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My nephew likes to go commando.

Really! Ever since he was a teeny tiny infant he would bawl when we put undies on his teeny tiny bum. Now that he's 7, we tell him that non-compliance to wearing "underclothes" will result in an unhealthy and sad "willy". For the first 6 years of his life he has like, 2 underwear. 

Now he has three.

Just kidding, he has four now.

He did change after we told him that. Well, just a little. That cheating little twerp.

He wears underwear on alternate days now! So he puts something on his bum on Monday and then he goes commando on Tuesday and so on and so forth.

HOWEVER - and that's a big however - my nephew is a cheating little twerp. Sometimes he doesn't wear briefs on two or three consecutive days and strongly pretends that he wore somethin' the day before. I just don't get it! How does it feel to go commando? I'll probably try it myself. Or not. But seriously...

I would have included his picture in this post but I realized that this may haunt him in the near future. So as a consolation, here's an awesome video that will surely brighten your day. 

What about you? What weird stuff do you know about your family members?

Yesh.

Gray Rooms

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I woke up in a gray room. Yes, that SAME gray room. 

It was a room all too familiar for me - no decors, no windows; just a door of the same color. That horrible gray color. That god-forsaken gray color. Slowly but surely, claustrophobia creeped in and I realized I was alone. 

"I'm the only one left." I muttered. I wasn't scared though and proceeded to stand up. I dusted off my pants. 

As I got my bearings straight, I realized I was holding a cellphone. It was my old Nokia 3500c. There was absolutely nothing special about it -  two megapixel camera, no smartphone capabilities, scratched screen, unresponsive keys. A phone on the brink of retirement. 

There was an unread message. I chose not to read it. 

The phone went off. 

Sleeping Blues

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That's 3:50 PM. The room's just dark.
Many people say that your circadian rhythm or sleeping pattern will get messed up when you sleep too long in the afternoon. As for me, I don't believe in that blasted myth. You know what I do? I look at that myth straight in its metaphorical eye and spit in front of its metaphorical feet. I then slap it on its metaphorical cheek and punch it squarely on its metaphorical stomach. When that bastard is down, I kick its metaphorical head to give it a metaphorical concussion. 

I sound crazy, don't I? Well, its just that I still get sleepy come evening even if I slept for 6 hours in the afternoon. That's just me though, I think it differs from person to person.

What myths have you metaphorically killed? 

Yesh.

Smartphone Ordeal

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I just got out of a pinch Yep, a really REALLY bad pinch.

A single thread (conversations with SO, obviously) on my smartphone has 7000+ messages that can't be deleted! I tried the tried-and-tested method: delete the messages, go to sleep, and wake up with zero SMS. But noooooo, my crappy Xperia won't allow me to do it. I even went so far as to download MobileGo but to no avail. Turns out I can't (or will never) find the folder where the messages are stored; I think it's hidden in another dimension or something. 

Fortunately, I found out how to delete those pesky messages in just a matter of minutes. I was even shocked myself. I just ticked the Stay Awake box (Settings>Applications>Development) so that my phone won't sleep when charging. Needless to say I deleted the thread when my phone was charging. Turns out the reason my messages didn't get deleted was because my SMS application closes too when the phone sleeps, therefore halting the deletion process.

During this ordeal, I learned a valuable lesson, a lesson that I hope will be remembered for generations to come: Don't let your messages reach a thousand. Delete every week or suffer the consequences.

What philosophies or beliefs have you developed in deleting messages? Can they be really applied in real life? Am I spouting nonsensical gibberish?

Yesh.

Surveys are like babies

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They forgot Google Chrome. That is highly offending.
Some people think that a survey is just a bunch of questions meant to gather information. Sure, a survey IS a bunch of questions meant to gather information BUT it is leaps and bounds more than that. And that I learned the hard way. So if you're thinking of conducting a survey for some product or study, I suggest you read until the end!

Here's the rule of thumb (at least for me): 

Don't conduct a survey unless you really need to OR have the experience to do it OR your survey is just made of 5 simple questions like "What's your favorite color?" or "Who's your first crush?". In that case, you're not making a survey; you're making a slam book. 

Why? Because they are one of the most annoying tasks to do. Surveys are like babies - they're so cute and cuddly from afar but when you're the one taking care of them they're just a buttload of crappy work. Not that I hate babies. I do like them. In fact, I've taken care of my niece when she was still a teeny tiny baby. And do you know how old I was during that time? 13 years old. I know, I know. I'm awesome.

Okay enough about babies. Moving on...

As I was saying before, you need mad skillz to create a really effective survey. And by effective, I mean that the survey can get your desired information. 

There are lots of guidelines on how to create a survey - the questions should be simple to understand, they should be sequenced in a logical manner, the more sensitive questions should be at the middle or towards the end, font size shouldn't be too small or too big, the survey itself shouldn't be too long - the list goes on and on and on and on. There are many survey applications that you can find online like Google Forms or Survey Monkey but you still need to have that basic knowledge in constructing surveys.

Take our fail story for example.

We want to know what brand name for our online fashion store would most people like. So we conducted a little survey. We thought it was going to be easy. BUT HELL NO! It was a chore-and-a-half I tell you. Here's the link for that darn survey. See for yourself how miserably we have failed. We screwed up big time because: 
  1. We don't know how to fully utilize Google Docs. 
  2. Google Docs doesn't have all the types of questions.
  3. We know GDocs doesn't have the type of question we were looking for but we continued anyway.
  4. Our question wording sucked.
  5. We didn't know how to properly sequence the questions.
These five factors led to wasted time and effort. We didn't even use the responses that we've gathered! It just plain sucked. So unless you really know what you're doing, don't do it.

Sooooooo....as a conclusion I just want to reiterate the golden thumb. I mean the golden rule of thumb: Don't conduct a survey unless you really need to OR have the experience to do it OR your survey is just made of 5 simple questions like "Who's your favorite color?" or "Who's your first crush?". 

Have you tried making a survey?

Yesh.

PS: I've found a website that has really fun surveys. Check it out!

focus that which is definitely not the car

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When I was reading some blogs earlier this morning, I stumbled upon a blog that was talking about focus. Yes, focus, the thing we are all praying for come exam week but come naturally when we're playing video games. 

Focus: a specific topic that your blog targets like fashion, cosplay, or food. 

Hers was a hobby blog - cosplay, anime, and other things otaku. She has 200+ followers and I think she's quite famous in her circle. She found her niche and people like what she does. What strikes me the most is when she said that focus is important because it avoids reader confusion. It was an eye opener for me.  

Nope, not this kind of Focus.
As you all know, I have a fledgling online fashion store called Frolic Hearts, together with my girlfriend. And as a 19-year old wannabe entrepreneur I want to share what's happening behind the scenes  - what are our plans and our courses of action, our choices of clothes and models if there are any, and our marketing strategy or strategies. I am currently an Agricultural Marketing and Prices major, so I have a teeny tiny, itty-bitty background on marketing and this is also why it's quite interesting to document every single thing that is happening on Frolic Hearts. This is more like a  typical how-to but on a beginners perspective. No highfalutin terms here and no expert advice to heed. My intuitions and knowledge are as good as yours.  But I'll definitely do my best. If this succeeds (or fails) we'll have the experience to do better the second time around. Sounds good right? 

Frolic Hearts is nearing its launching (May 25), so we'll take a few steps back and reminisce the good old days. I mean, go back to the drawing board.  I think I'll start tomorrow.

How about you? What are the things that you focus on?

EDIT: I've created a new blog for this online gig titled The Online Excursion. You can also just click the tab above. I've also added two new tabs, so be sure to check them out. Cheers!

PS: This is FOCUS
Focus, you must.