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Access from any location or device Check emails, share files, edit documents, hold video meetings and more, whether you're at work, at home or on the move. You can pick up where you left off from a computer, tablet or phone. Enterprise-level management tools Robust admin settings give you total command over users, devices, security and more. Get a free 14-day trial and exclusive discount. Sign up using my link https://goo.gl/c27JN8 and get a free 14-day trial, and message me to get an exclusive di…

Season and Life Changes

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We are now experiencing beautiful, crisp, and a bit cold Fall weather in Vancouver. It's so beautiful. The seasons are one of the reasons I decided to stay in Canada. Other than seasons changing, I got a haircut after 15 months, and I will be leaving Gumstix after more than 4 years.

A tribute to my dear friend, Lik-Lik

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I haven't had someone close to me pass away. That changed today. One of my high school batchmates posted in our Facebook Group that one of my high school close friends is gone. I cried—a lot. I still can't believe I won't see Lik-Lik anymore when I go back to visit. Our barkada will never be complete again.
2003 High SchoolI was new to Miriam in 2003. I'm a transferee and didn't graduate from Miriam Grade School. I have no friends. On the way home on the first day, I have two batchmates in the school bus, Lik-Lik and Mary (Deci). I remember Lik-Lik saying hi and asking what section I'm in. That started years of friendship during high school and beyond.
2007 CollegeIn college, I went to La Salle, Mary went to Ateneo, and Lik-Lik went to UP. We met once a year (or more often), usually during Halloween, to watch obscure movies in Robinsons Galleria.
2011 to 2015When we all started working, we rarely saw each other. However, Lik-Lik plans this amazing tour groups we c…

A Couple Hours at Kits Beach

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It's a beautiful Sunday when I woke up to my mom's message that they want to visit Kitsilano (it's a neighbourhood here in Vancouver, relatively close to where Jomar and I live). I called her and asked where they're planning to go. She went on to say that they're about live Richmond already and are going to pick us up.
We hurriedly prepared for a day at the beach. I grabbed a book, a water bottle, and the usual contents of my bag. We also brought our folding chair.

Before heading to Kits Beach, we went to the McDonald's along 4th Avenue. My parent's bought lunch. Baya, Jomar, and I headed to Cobs bakery and enjoyed their croissants. We drove going to Kits Beach, picked a spot under a tree and was enjoying the smell of the sea, the soft breeze, and the wonderful view. It's such a nice change of pace.


We were physically distancing from other people and have hand sanitizers to use when we touch things outside what we have.
Baya, Jomar, and I also walked along …

My Secret Food Blog

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It may seem like I'm not writing much these days, but actually, I have a secret food blog. I have a separate blog just for all the food adventure I'm having with Jomar and my family here in Vancouver.
I can't wait to have hotels open. I want to help stir up the tourism industry and enjoy a staycation. 🤞
For now, here's a photo of what I thought a beautiful path when I walked to work yesterday. Yes, I went to the office and prepared it (hid things) for deep cleaning. They'll spray chemicals all over to kill viruses, bacteria, everywhere.

Anyway, I pray that the rest of 2020 becomes better.

Why is Chatra the best chat app?

I use Chatra at work and I absolutely love it! Why use Chatra? The UI is the simplest of all the chat / live support apps I have tested. It's easy to use and not complicated at all. It's also the best-priced one based on the features available. I love the new Automated Answers (ChatBot)! I wanted this feature for so long and one of the chat apps that have it is asking for $500 per month to get it. Chatra now has this feature for $19 per month (if paid monthly and $15 per month if paid annually). Typing Insights (This feature allows me to be ready with a response based on what the customer is going to ask next.) Visitor Banning (There are rare times I get jerks in the chat - asking if I'm single, where I'm from - just creepy people, so the ability to ban/block them is a big deal). They have an amazing support team. I just chat them up and they respond right away.…

What is Google Workspace? Get a free 14-day trial and exclusive discount.

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What is Google Workspace? Google Workspace is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps teams communicate, collaborate and get things done from anywhere and on any device. It's simple to set up, use and manage, so your business can focus on what really matters. Here are some highlights:Business Email Business email for your domain look professional and communicate as you@yourcompany.com. Gmail’s simple features help you build your brand while getting more done.

Access from any location or device Check emails, share files, edit documents, hold video meetings and more, whether you're at work, at home or on the move. You can pick up where you left off from a computer, tablet or phone. Enterprise-level management tools Robust admin settings give you total command over users, devices, security and more. Get a free 14-day trial and exclusive discount. Sign up using my link https://goo.gl/c27JN8 and get a free 14-day trial, and message me to get an exclusive di…

Should I migrate and leave the Philippines? 5 things to consider before DECIDING to move abroad and leave the Philippines.

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I moved to Canada and left the Philippines five years ago this year, and I thought of making a list of five things Filipinos should think about before deciding to move or work abroad.

1. Why are you leaving the Philippines? This is the most critical question. What's your reason for leaving? Are you currently mad at the government? Are you disappointed with the traffic? Do you want a better life for your family? Why are you even thinking about leaving?
Answering this question is essential, and your reason needs to be so strong and powerful that when things get tough abroad, it will be a source of strength.
For example, your reason for leaving is you're disappointed with the government - WHAT IF the new country you moved in to has the same problems, are you going to leave again?
My answer to this question: I want to be with my family. My parents and siblings moved to Canada, and I got left behind because I'm already wor…

How different life is before and during COVID-19?

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What's the difference before March 12 and after March 12? Let's start at the "beginning."
March 12, at around 1 in the afternoon, I received an email from our VP of HR announcing that we will be working from home starting March 16 to last for a month, but can be extended as needed. Jomar is on the same boat, and we work for different companies.
The weekend before working from home, we went to Mass (which would be our last, as BC has banned gathering with more than 50 people). We also celebrated Pi Day - we ate out and walked around Kitsilano. We didn't know that dinner at Red Beef Noodle would be the last time we're going to eat out.  What changed for us?1. We're working from home. We're lucky to still have work. It means we're working in our small apartment and can hear each other attend meetings. I always tell Jomar it feels like we're in a co-working space, and I frequently apologize to him since I have more meetings.

2. We changed groceries. W…

April 2020: Spring is here!

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Since this is a travel blog (at least it's supposed to be), COVID-19 has made it challenging to travel. For April, spring is finally here, and the flowers near our home are in bloom.
Staying home is not fun, but these beautiful flowers make things so much better.

Work from Home March 2020

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March 2020 is when we started working from home full-time. Below are the photos of the last moments we were out of the house.



I still feel like a tourist in Vancouver.

No Travel February 2020

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I have been thinking about how much I "neglect" this blog. It's my travel blog, but I haven't been doing a lot of travel lately. In this post, I'll share with you the photos I took last February.

That's a "summary" of February in pictures.

Coldest Day Ever!

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I arrived in Canada in 2015, I've lived in Metro Vancouver ever since, but today is the first time I experienced -8 degrees Celsius (17.6 Fahrenheit). I know other places in Canada get way more snow than us and get way colder, but this is unusual for this city.



Jomar and I had to dress in layers for the first time this week. We had a shirt, sweater/cardigan, scarf, gloves, and boots. We also had to stroll because it's hard to judge a patch of clear, slippery ice. Otherwise, it's beautiful. Growing up in a country without snow, it still feels magical.





I'll take photos of Granville Loop Park every day for this week just to see snow accumulation overnight. :) Stay warm, Vancouver and Canada!

Harry Potter, Lego, and Funko Pop Collection

I thought my first post of the year be about the "simple" things that gave me joy last year.

I started buying and collecting Lego. It's scary and I have no idea why I started doing this, but here's my collection so far. Here's my Lego Collection so far:



For the longest time, I've been unofficially "collecting" Harry Potter merchandise. I don't actively buy things (except when they're on sale LOL) and most are from family and friends.



Another recent "collection", I've been expanding is Funko Pop: