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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Dictionary and The Holy Bible

Someone posted online that she doesn't need a dictionary to be wise but all she needs is the Holy Bible.

This was her statement, "Someone gave me a piece of advice that I need a dictionary to be wise but I said, 'No thanks.  All I need is the Holy Bible.'"

I remember I told her that she needs a dictionary to check her grammar and vocabulary. It started from this argument: The Difference Between Colorful and Monochromatic Designs. I didn't say she needs a dictionary to be wise.

As we all know, a dictionary doesn't make you wise just like the Holy Bible.  We need to use the dictionary in order to check our grammar, vocabulary and the correct usage of English words in writing and speaking.  We need the Holy Bible to live the words of God.

The original language of the Bible was written in Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic.  There are versions of the Bible translated into other languages.  Gregory Martin made the English translation and the work was revised by Allen and Bristow.  Source:

For sure, the people who translated the Bible into English also studied the languages Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic.  We can't easily translate a foreign language to another if you don't know the language well.  That's why if we're in another country that speaks in different language we have to buy a dictionary from their mother tongue to English and vice versa.

I admit I seldom read or don't read the Holy Bible at all.  Well, I have read it when I was younger but didn't finish it though.  The Bible I used to read was written in English although there is a Cebuano version for that.  My father told me that if I want to learn to write and to speak in English, the Holy Bible is the most perfect book to read.  If I don't understand some of the words written on it, of course, I just have to refer the English dictionary.  Don't forget that it has the most beautiful stories of all time.

My father is done reading the Holy Bible.  He grew up in a convent because his uncle was a priest.  He even read the Cebuano version of the Holy Bible.  He admits that he always refer to an English dictionary (or English-Cebu and vice versa) to know the meaning of the words he has encountered.

The words of God are very deep.  The words written on the Bible have several idiomatic expressions.  Some may be able to understand, some may be not.  Some people have different interpretations with the Bible.

The Bible explains how to live.  Reading the Holy Bible doesn't make you wise instantly.  The real wisdom we can get from the Holy Bible is to live and act every word of it.  That is practice what we preach or what we learn from the Bible.

Please don't be a HYPOCRITE that you don't need a dictionary to check the meaning of the words you encounter from the Bible. If we can't understand it, we even ask more from someone who knows the Bible well for explanation.  

Sorry if I have the impression of her comparing which is wiser than the other.  The Holy Bible is INCOMPARABLE.  It teaches us to listen, act and live the good words of God.  A dictionary improves us to learn the language and the correct usage of words.  Mathematics helps us to be skilled in arithmetic.  Science and technology make our lives easier.

All in all, these are books that talk about different subjects or topic but they have the same purpose, to educate us from different fields.

You can't be wise instantly just by reading a book.  You can be wise through experience, act and live upon it.  Another thing is to be an apprentice to gain wisdom from the expert.

I just want to share this to you what I've found online.  It talks about wisdom.

Disclaimer: Pictures above are not mine.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Does Online Job Make You Rich?

Next month, I'll be celebrating my two years working at home or online job.  To answer the question of the title above, online job doesn't make you rich.

Before I landed this online job, I started working as a service crew in a Quick Service Restaurant for six months (I was a working student).  I was also hired by a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company; it's a data collection firm that is the basis of market research. I only lasted for two weeks for I can't handle the working lifestyle.  I am not even nocturnal.  I even worked as a sales staff in a sports company for three months.  I also worked as a data entry operator for another BPO company, they are into data processing and I only lasted for ten months.

How I Landed For An Online Job?

A friend of mine who was my workmate in a data collection firm told me about oDesk. Our communication was through messenger and she gave me the link.  She even told me about her jobs and I got interested.  That was also the time I was working in a data processing company.  Because I have internet connection at home, I gave it a try.  My friend was busy at that time so there was no time for me to ask more questions.  I did some self-study.  Because of patience, I got my first data entry job.

Getting an online job is not really easy because you have lots of competitors from another country especially in India.  Having an online job is also an outsourcing job like BPO companies but the advantage is you are in your own home.  We all know that Philippines is now emerging as the call center in the world.  Study shows that Philippines overtake India as BPO call center hub. Source:,/survey/by/ibm/&id=8621

While I was working for a full-time job in a BPO company, oDesk serves as my part-time job.

When an Online Job Becomes Your Full-time Job

I only lasted for ten months from my previous work in a BPO company.  The reason was I got sick and I needed full-time rest to gain my energy.  I was really thin that my appetite got affected.  I also realized that if I focus on my online job, I am really sure that I could earn more money working at home than being employed in a company.  

A decision was made so I resigned.  I took a vacation with my college friends.  It was not really a worry for me to spend money because I always have my savings since I started working.  I was also waiting for my separation pay and my salary in oDesk.  All in all, I wasn't totally broke. ^_^

After the vacation, I had online jobs waiting for me.  Of course, my clients are really good to me so I enjoyed my vacation not worrying for work.  I always increase my rate to one dollar every time I got a five-star feedback.  I had several part-time jobs and a full-time job.

Is Online Job Right For You?

You have to try one if online job is right for you.  In my own personal experience, online job is right for me because I really appreciate it very much.  I enjoyed the advantages like having my own time, no rush hour for being late, no reprimands from superiors, and I can ask a pay raise from clients.

Common Disadvantage of Online Job

For me, the common disadvantage of online job is the lack of stability.  Obviously, it is really different when you are employed by a company.  That is why there's a word called freelance, you are an independent individual who is not affiliated by any company or organization.  You are a person who pursues profession without a long-term commitment with any employer.  Freelance work is frequently sporadic, therefore, you are still earning.

Online Jobs Have Great Earnings

Yes, it is really true but it doesn't mean you can be rich instantly.  It's how you make negotiations with your clients and manage your own money whether you spend it for buying expensive things that will cost you liabilities or buying things that serve as your investment assets.  Of course, patience and hard work are factors to earn more.

Any thoughts about online job? Share some.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Difference Between Colorful and Monochromatic Designs

I can't help to blog about this.  Since this is a blog where I can post my opinions about a certain topic, I am free to express it here as long as I am not attacking a person below the belt.

This post is all about the wedding invitation I have designed for my business.  I uploaded the photos on my Facebook profile.  Actually, this is the first design with three colors: blue, green and red.  I received comments about appreciation and other points for improvement.

This is my first monochromatic design for a wedding invitation featuring the color red.
MONOCHROMATIC RED / SHADES OF RED - colors may vary depends on the MOTIF of your WEDDING :D, messages can be vary with limited length.
I received a first comment for this photo above stating, "too colorful and too stylist..." Can you see errors with this phrase?

Error # 1 - Too Colorful
When we say colorful, it means that the design uses different colors.  Since I am using monochromatic, my design only uses one color with different shades. Here is a reference for my search:

With the same website I referred, he stated that using monochromatic design makes it less colorful.

Error # 2 - Too Stylist
Stylist is a noun and it refers to a person who designs, develops or advises on styles.  If we have to correct it, it should be "too stylish" that is my design is on the trend and modish.  Of course, I created my design with style.

Another comment I received, "the page is full of colors. Minimize overflowing the colors into one page..."

Error # 3 - Full of Colors
There is no way that my design for this wedding invitation has full of colors.  As what I've said it only has one color which is red.

Error # 4 - Minimize overflowing the colors into one page
Let's not touch the grammatical error for this phrase.  The question is how can I minimize the overflowing of the colors into a page when I am just using one color for this design?

There are lots of things she posted comments about this and the more she talks, the more mistakes she will make.  I just don't want to get details about it.  She said that she was only suggesting and gave me some constructive criticisms.  She even told me that I wasn't open to her suggestions.  She added that improvement doesn't come from appreciation but from critics.

The person was trying to be a critic when in the first place her suggestions and criticisms were not even helpful.  She doesn't even realize that she has to be criticized the way she gave comments on my photo.

I handled her criticisms well but she didn't handle well the criticism she received from me.  She was or still angry at me.  She was or still being emotional.  She even insulted me how dumb I was in high school or for not being a professional since I am no bachelor graduate in college.  She doesn't want to become friends with me anymore.  I have no personal grudges for this person.  Here is a reference about responding to criticisms:

All the four errors above were written in the original form (no changes have been made).  She wrote it in English so sorry for some grammatical error.  She translated the word colorful to Cebuano which is "napuno sa color" which synonymous with "full color" or "full of colors."  I knew that the color design of my background was "too much" or shall I say "nasobraan sa color" that the message was not readable at all.

I know there are some people are talking behind my back for they didn't know the whole story.  They didn't know how it began.  It is really unfair that they only listen to one side only and judged me for being the cruelest person they've met.

To end this blog post, here is the improved design for this wedding invitation.  I lessened the background's opacity so that it would be easy for readers to see the message.  I also increased the font size for this.  My design is just simple.  I also did the same thing for blue and green.

Disclaimer:  For any English grammar error, just send me a private message about it and I'll be happy to change it correctly.