Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Clean Slate


I just started using this word processor application on the Mac called WriteRoom (actual screenshot of my screen above). This cool app transforms your desktop into a clean slate, and all you see are your words - nothing else. No icons, no buttons, no distractions. I've started focusing on apps that get things done simply and quickly.

Do we sometimes need to clear the clutter, and focus on what really matters?

Just like this app, turn your life into a clean slate - a blank wall full of untapped potential. Create.

The screenshot and a link to WriteRoom is below :

http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/products/writeroom



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Formula of Life

Next year, I might put the cliche goal "conquering the world" on stand by, and just focus on being contented.

Believe me, it may seem easier to do, but actually it's not.

It's actually more complicated to simplify life. Found the perfect irony.

How often do we struggle to delete unnecessary files from our hard drive just so we can clean it up? Does our home get filled up with so much useless junk because we can't seem to let go of stuff, even if at the back of our heads, we know we have to get rid of them?

As I wrote this entry, I thought of creating a formula that could guide me forming the way I live next year. The goal is to be contented and have peace of mind. And in the most mathematical and simple way I can put it:

Contentment = Life MINUS unnecessary things PLUS things that matter MULTIPLIED by God. DIVIDE everything by people you love.

I made a little graphic of it below for everyone to share, if they find it useful as a guide.



MINUS all the things that puts a weight on your shoulder including negative people, stressful work, unnecessary material desires. Remove envy because it will just cause anxiety. Cut down and simplify pursuit of success that won't matter anyway in the future. This doesn't mean that you will completely remove your work - just learn to balance. Live an abundant, simple life.

PLUS all the things that matter such as family, prayer, time, and spiritual works. Meditate on what matters most in your life, and focus on them - because in the end, this is what makes you happy and contented.

MULTIPLY everything with trust in God, and do faithful works all the time. Put in more time for collecting spiritual treasures. Read the Bible. In turn, He will MULTIPLY your blessings tenfold. Trust in God that everything will fall into place perfectly. MULTIPLY his disciples by talking to people about God.

DIVIDE your blessings and love for everyone.  Forgive people. Help people in need. Teach this concept to your children. Share.


Have a great 2013 everyone.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The End is Near...But Apparently Not This Year.


Dec. 21, 2012...the date that, supposedly, was the date that we would all witness great fireballs hurling from the thundering sky, or devastating intensity 9.5 earthquakes that would topple down everything standing on Earth coupled with kilometer high tsunamis. Thousands of people, I read, prepared Apocalypse shelters, ransacked grocery stores, and probably even spent all their money. Many people even renewed their faiths. 

Well, at least in our part of the world, that didn't happen. On Dec 22, 2012, I still woke up to a world where I would still go to the office after the holidays, where I still battle with trying to lose holiday weight from overeating, and laboriously deal with the busyness of life. Yes, our delicate, fragile mortal lives would still go on indefinitely. 

Despite convincing Youtube videos (the "Gangnam Style" prophecy) and Facebook doomsday posts, I could say I was pretty confident that the world wasn't going to end that day. 

But the truth is, it COULD have happened that day. 

The thing is, it has been foretold.

In Matthew 24: 3, Jesus' disciples asked Jesus what the signs will be:

While he was sitting upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: “Tell us, When will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?”

..And Jesus went on to say,

And in answer Jesus said to them: “Look out that nobody misleads ​YOU; for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. YOU​ are going to hear of wars and reports of wars; see that ​YOU​ are not terrified. For these things must take place, but the end is not yet.
“For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.
“Then people will deliver ​YOU​ up to tribulation and will kill ​YOU, and ​YOU​ will be objects of hatred by all the nations on account of my name. Then, also, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and mislead many; and because of the increasing of lawlessness the love of the greater number will cool off. But he that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved. And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.

And we cannot deny that these things are happening in our world. Recent wars, violence, earthquakes and food shortages are happening almost all at once, everywhere in the world. Some people would say, well it's because we have the Internet, and information travels faster now, so the number of disasters or disastrous events in the world didn't really increase. Although it's true that we hear about these things faster these days because of social media, but if you look around you - just within your family, the environment around you, your neighborhood, your circle of friends and colleagues - has morality really changed for the better, or worse? Yes, these are signs that indeed, the end is coming. But this is not supposed to be something to be scared about - because of God's promise - that He will change everything from this wicked system of things - to a place where there is no more sickness, hatred, war, famine, and death. 

The prophecy can be found at Revelation 21:1 - 

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them.And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."


Are you ready for this marvelous and awesome event?

I'm not talking about creating those bomb shelters under your homes, or stockpiling Twinkies that could last more than a year. I'm talking about being ready in the spiritual sense, because at least in my opinion, matters more than anything before the end of our physical world. Check out the Bible scripture below:

Luke 21: 34 - 36 But pay attention to yourselves that ​YOUR​ hearts never become weighed down with overeating and heavy drinking and anxieties of life, and suddenly that day be instantly upon ​YOU as a snare. For it will come in upon all those dwelling upon the face of all the earth. Keep awake, then, all the time making supplication that ​YOU​ may succeed in escaping all these things that are destined to occur, and in standing before the Son of man.”

I believe, that we must always be ready, whether it's Dec. 20, 2012 - or any day of the coming years, whatever human prophets, priests or pastors are saying.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 says, "For YOU yourselves know quite well that Jehovah’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night." 

We will not know the exact day. Do not believe in what you hear on the Internet, on social networks - even if they sound convincing. No man can know when the day will come. But it will come for sure. Don't be afraid. If you look at the scripture from the Gospel of Luke above, it says there what we should do. Do not get weighed down by the anxieties of life - which means don't focus on material things, success and things of this world. You cannot bring this to wherever we are going. Don't get me wrong - God wants us to live good, abundant lives. Being rich is a good thing. But don't let it take away your time from Him. Don't let it become the focus of your life.

Simplify our lives, and get rid of envy, meaningless fleshly desires and immorality in our lives. 

And it goes on to say "Keep Awake, then all the time making supplication..". 

Keeping awake means several things. When we are awake in this world, what do we usually do? We think about things, we learn new things, we do things, we communicate with people.

That's exactly what God wants us to do. Keeping awake means to think about God, learn or take in knowledge about God, do and obey God's will, and talk to other people about God. Breathe in God's Word, and live it. Not only live it, but tell other people about it, so that they may also know what matters most in life. Give other people encouragement through the social networks, instead of instilling fear.  This is what matters. And "all the time making supplication" means we must always pray to God for endurance. Pray to God incessantly that He will give you spiritual and physical endurance during these hard catastrophic times - and we will survive, and God will deliver his promise by giving us a new world, where there will be no more pain and suffering. Yes, the "end of the world" is not so scary after all, if we know we are ready for it. Trust me, living simpler lives with God as the center, makes our time here in this world better and happier as we wait.

So are you ready?

Psalm 37:29 The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Life Apocalypse


[around midnight. a few thoughts before shut down.]

You get to this certain point in your life when you realize that there are only a few essential things which makes you feel "uncomplicated" and "blissful" - and in parallel, there are things you need to eliminate in order to get to that positive state of mind the fastest way possible. 

And I am, undoubtedly, at this stage. 

It's not an easy task - in fact, it's rather apocalyptic.  From a launchpad of an old system of things - and propel myself to a new one. Long years of society-prescribed ambition, worldly desires, and peer expectations have turned me into what I am today. It is, in reality, just human, to want to accumulate wealth and recognition. But we can't bring these to our graves. In the ideal world, we have to spend as much time doing what we love, also spend this time with loved ones, and spend more time doing God's work. Storing spiritual treasures than riches. 

The desire to simplify my life and remove all the metaphoric clutter seems to be stronger for me now. Maybe it comes with age - or perhaps some divine intervention. It makes perfect sense, and the benefits seem to be much greater. More time enjoyed with the family, more time getting in touch with my spirituality, and removing stress that affects my total well-being, both physically and mentally.

Now there are only two major decisions to make: Identify the essentials, and eliminate the non-essentials. Then of course, hold on to the essentials as best as I can, without going back into the habit of the non-essentials. Time is really of the essence, the universe's greatest commodity. You can't bring it back. So I have to commit precious time only to things that have the greatest value in my life. Remove all negative, weighty thoughts, and just pray incessantly when I need encouragement.  Defocus from possessions. Reduce the number of worldly goals I have to the essential minimum, and increase spiritual goals to the maximum. It doesn't mean God doesn't want us to be financially blessed. It's good to be financially free.  But the more you want, the more you will need. The more you need, the more you will be in the vicious cycle of it all.  Balance is the key.

[sounds like I was giving myself advice]

Besides the loving support of my wife and family, there's absolutely one thing that will make this transition easy, and it's focusing on God's Word.

I find that being in God's presence through prayer and study makes simplifying my life a whole lot easier. Why do we need to get weighed down and discouraged by the anxieties of life, when He promised us that if we just keep seeking the Kingdom of God, all of the things will be added unto us?


So hence, my real life really begins.

(Luke 21:34-35) . . .“But pay attention to yourselves that YOUR hearts never become weighed down with overeating and heavy drinking and anxieties of life, and suddenly that day be instantly upon YOU 35 as a snare. . . .




Keep your eye simple. (Matthew 6:22, 23)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Blog Reboot

As the year comes to a close, a blog reboot comes to order.
New fonts, a new title, new colors..signifying new plans and ideas - for the businesses, the family and the life.

I'm starting right with a fresh perspective in life, and focusing on what really matters most. A new home, a new spiritual and prayerful mindset, and an appreciation of the good, simple things in life. A life reboot in a manner of speaking.

Here's to the journey. To Life.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

HARANA.PH: Bigger and Better Very Soon


It's been two years since we started, and we are vigorously preparing for a bigger and better HARANA.PH, one of the companies under our group. HARANA.PH is the first and only serenade and surprise service to hit the country, and we aim to deliver high quality events to your loved ones. 

Below is a short highlight video of the past HARANA.PH serenades, with background music by one of our haranistas, Joey - an original composition entitled "WALA NA" which we hope will hit the air waves very soon.



If you ever need us, just visit our site http://www.harana.ph or our Facebook fanpage.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Noodle Boss


As I made a U-turn along Shaw Blvd today towards home, the words UDON and RAMEN caught my peripheral vision. Without any plans of eating merienda after office and picking up my wife and son from first day of school, my instincts just took over like hypnosis and I decided to just park my car in front of a restaurant that is unknown to me. MOSHI KOSHI NOODLE BOSS and I had unconsciously started a gastric relationship. 


We were the only customers in the shop. MOSHI KOSHI probably isn't a merienda crowd.


Nice and clean interiors, comfy and a simple, modern Japanese design.


The large menu on the wall was very enticing. MOSHI KOSHI NOODLE BOSS is set up like a fast food restaurant - you have to order at the counter.



We ordered two recommended Ramens - the Shio Buttered Corn Ramen and the Miso Ramen, supposedly the restaurant's bestsellers. We also got side orders of Agadeshi Tofu and Gyoza (Pork dumplings). 


The Mison ramen had a good broth - on the salty side, but well complemented by thick noodles. I didn't like the fishy white and pink thing, but the rest of it were good.



The Shio Buttered Corn Ramen, which has Pork, Corn and a teaspoon of butter in the broth, was surprisingly good. Actually, my wife liked it better than the Miso Ramen.


I can't say much about the Agadeshi Tofu. Simple and clean taste. Not bad at all for tofu lovers like me.



I've had better Gyoza. Filling was too gingery for my taste. 


What I loved about the Ramen at Moshi Koshi is the thickness of the noodles. 


My son really loved the noodles too.


I wonder who that guy on the menu is. Anyway, if you check out the little cartoon above, it says "There is a simple rule to follow in order to enjoy your KOSH NOODLES: eat them as fast as possible. Slurping is permitted and even encouraged."

Why, is there any other way?


For a quick Ramen fix, I would recommend Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss along Shaw Blvd (near PureGold, beside Red Ribbon). I wouldn't know how the service is when the restaurant is full though. We enjoyed the quiet and unpopulated place, and we got all the waitresses for ourselves. I spent about 540 pesos for a satisfying meal for two adults and a three year old. 

Is Moshi Koshi THE noodle boss? I'm not ready to make that conclusion yet.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The All-new Macbook Pro with Retina Display


This is what greeted me on the Apple website this morning  - the all-new Macbook Pro with Retina display! As a heavy Mac user, I've been waiting for Apple to come up with a new Pro line - hoping for a lighter, thinner, and monstrous specifications.. the portability of the Macbook Air and the power of the high end Pro series. I guess this would be it. 

Well, it's not as light as the Macbook Air, but it has let go of the optical drive, which was what I was expecting (0.71 inch thin and 4.46 lbs), and it only comes with an ultra fast Quad-core i7 processor. It has the new thunderbolt ports (2 of them), two USB 3 ports and an HDMI port. All flash storage (256GB and 512GB) makes data trasfer faster than the old Macbook pro lines, with a roaring 500 MBPS sequential read speed; and 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory.

I guess the real stunner here is the 5.1 million megapixel Retina display. Yum.

More detailed specs are here: http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs/

The 13inch and 15inch Macbook Pros are still available, and this new Macbook Pro is a separate offering with only a 15inch version. Price starts at $2,199 which is I think reasonable. I've gotten used to the Mac price ranges already ever since I started using Apple. 

Yes, I'm getting one.











Thursday, June 7, 2012

Best Pork Buns in the City



If you happen to be in High Street at the Fort, why don't you drop by CAV, a COWO Spot, with the yummiest pork buns I've ever tasted. Soft, white buns with arugula and sweet/salty tender pork in between. 



Three buns arranged on a black rectangular plate. 


One order definitely is not enough.


Doesn't that look so appetizing? You've got to try it. 

CAV is a COWO SPOT, which means that COWO members can enter exclusively from 10am to 5pm to work, use the wifi, have documents printed or picked up for delivery, or use the facilities such as the private meeting areas. Members can enjoy 20% discount on food and beverages including wine (by the glass). Just make sure you bring your COWO membership card ( or the temporary card if you still don't have the actual card ). Learn more about COWO here.

This is the second COWO branch to hit the metro, the first one being in Sapphire Street, Ortigas Center.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Better than Chocolates: Send a Serenade with HARANA.PH



Year after year, we try arduously to look for special gifts we can give our loved ones, whether it's a birthday, an anniversary or Valentine's day. Even doing the once in a lifetime marriage proposal can sometimes be mind stomping. It gets difficult, because you just don't know what to give someone who seems to have everything already.

Look no further. HARANA.PH, the first and only professional serenade and surprise service in the country that can be booked online, can send something very unique and Filipino: a harana. What's good about it? Well, if, for example, you give flowers to a special someone. The next day, if not put in water, it wilts, and the essence of the flower is gone. With a serenade, what you give is a memory. And the great thing is, every harana or surprise is done by professional artists, celebrities and veteran musicians to ensure the great experience for your loved ones. Every surprise is a unique event. The HARANA.PH coordinating team can do all the stuff that you want them to do - let's say, fill a room full of roses, or reserve your favorite restaurant ahead of time.

HARANA.PH captures everything on video, so that the memory stays on digital file for years and years to come.

Just take a look at some of HARANA.PH's captured moments:

Harana in UST Hospital


Harana from Dubai


Harana on Valentine's Day


HARANA.PH Feature on Jessica Soho



More videos can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/haranaph/videos

HARANA.PH has also recently launched the HARANA Giftshop where you can buy special gift items delivered anywhere in the Philippines. http://harana.ph/giftshop/gift-packages/

Father's day is coming, anything special in mind? Here's a great promo. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=403410796364063&set=a.163257107046101.26926.157032884335190&type=1&theater


Check them out! HARANA.PH or on FACEBOOK


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Pinoy Comfort Food on a Rainy Day in Tagaytay


During a Saturday family trip to Tagaytay, we dropped by Taal Vista Hotel for lunch, since we were looking for good Pinoy comfort food on a cool, rainy day. 

The menu had very little Pinoy food selections, not like the other "taal view side" restaurants along the highway which served everything from bulalo to sisig to tawilis. Taal Vista had around seven or eight choices only.

Since we were hungry, we just decided on the usual stuff (we almost ordered the Crispy Pata, but we didn't want anything that would increase blood pressure). We waited quite a while for the food to come, calling the attention of the waiters twice. It was a good thing I enjoyed watching the performance group who were performing different ethnic dances during lunch time.



We ordered soup because it was on a cold, wet day. The Bulalo was your usual clear broth with mixed green vegetables, beef and corn. Overall, it wasn't bad - the meat could have been a little more tender, the soup a little less peppery, and probably they should have added more beef. If we had gone to a restaurant like Leslie's, for example, the serving size would have been bigger, and everyone would have a big chunk on their plates.


I would say, the Kare Kare was my favorite dish on the table. Great balance of peanut sauce, beef and mixed leafy vegetables. The bagoong (shrimp paste) was really good too, a perfect accompaniment. I would order this again on my next trip to Taal Vista.


The sizzling bangus (milk fish) was a bit of a surprise. I liked how they used gravy on the fish, which was rather unusual - but it worked. I'm not a big fan of bangus because of its earthy taste, but this one was good.


The highlight of my meal was also the ender of the meal. The strawberry sauce topped New York cheesecake was yummy. A good size too, that everyone had a chance to slice into it. The photo says it all. Don't you just wanna put your fork into the screen?

Overall score of the meal? About 6.5/10. A good meal, but I wouldn't travel all the way to Tagaytay just to have it. Just your basic, ordinary good Pinoy food that became extra good because we were really hungry. I hope they improve their speed of service, though. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

COWO's New Services

For you as an entrepreneur to work efficiently, you must have two important things: a way to send/receive payments, and a way to deliver/receive goods.

The good news is now you can have these services within your reach: in the place where you work. COWO, our co-working space (some might call it a virtual office), has installed a Western Union branch for money transfers and a Xend retail outlet, for domestic and international courier services. Members of COWO who are working inside the space can have immediate access to these services. Working and doing business would be very easy.




Aside from these services, we also offer printing, secretarial, messengerial services, meeting rooms, and many other things that makes doing business easy and convenient. If you want to know more, just visit http://www.cowo.asia or http://www.facebook.com/cowoasia.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Boy of the 80's PART 6

Here I am again with my nostalgic blog posts. Those of you who missed the past few blogs on the same series, please check them out first:


PART 1: http://thelifeoverdose.blogspot.com/2011/05/boy-of-80s-part-one.html
PART 2: http://thelifeoverdose.blogspot.com/2011/05/boy-of-80s-part-two.html
PART 3: http://thelifeoverdose.blogspot.com/2011/05/boy-of-80s-part-three.html
PART 4: http://thelifeoverdose.blogspot.com/2011/05/boy-of-80s-part-four.html
PART 5: http://thelifeoverdose.blogspot.com/2011/06/boy-of-80s-part-five.html

And now on to PART 6....


Coney Island Ice Cream - I can still taste that bubble gum flavored ice cream that includes real bubble gum bits! It was color blue if I remember correctly. I can recall the branch in the old Unimart, with the different tutti frutti flavors. Is there a Coney Island still existing anywhere in the Philippines?


Wordstar - The hi-tech word processor of the 80's, goes together with the noisy dot matrix printer. To set a word into bold face, you had to put it in between ^ characters. Did a lot of assignments in Wordstar. 


The Junbo "generic" joystick - If your computer did not come with a joystick or game paddle, you can buy one of these Junbo generics. Played Summer Games on the Apple with this Joystick. 



25cents Phone Booth - Tatlong bente sinco lang ang aking kailangan, upang makausap ka kahet sandali lang. 'nuff said.



Tretorn - Oh yes, if you had the Tretorn, you were cool. Today, I think you would be bullied. But the guys my age now would still think I'm cool.





Lunch box with matching tumbler - I don't know why the Dukes of Hazzard version was a popular one. But do you remember these lunch boxes that you brought to school for merienda? A sandwich and a tetrapack sunkist can fit inside. 




IBM-compatible PCs - The joy of upgrading was experienced during the PC-revolution when 40MB hard drives made you the envy of the entire student body. From PC AT/XT to the 286 to the 486. 



ORIG magazine + Other magazines - I'm sure you had these magazines lying around somewhere in the house. This is where you found out about Tonton and Sharon, and probably Romnick and Sheryl as well.




Kaypee Rubber Shoes - Are these still around? I hope not.



Betamax player - plays the Betamax tape. Usually you have this Fast rewinder beside it so you can rewind all your tapes to the beginning. You go to small stores in Greenhills, and choose titles from the wall of Betamax tapes. You rent them for 3 days, and if they're overdue, you try to ask the store to waive it because you are suki.


Lego that was still fun - Lego before was fun to play with, with basic shapes and people. They've been replaced by Star Wars and Dragon robots Lego, or that sort of thing.



Casio Calculator Watch - I had one of these, and recently my brother in law gave me one. What a classic watch. To hear those little beeps when I press those little buttons...aaahh what nostalgia. You can light up the screen by pressing the side button. None of that touch screen shinanigans.


New Wave LPs - Echo and the Bunnyman, Tears for fears, Debbie Gibson, New Order, Pet shop boys..etc... - Big black records on a turn table with a needle. It played on a Kenwood or Pioneer component system with a trebly, sharp sound. Miss those days.



SIMON memory game - Did you have this? Either we did, or the neighbor did. Repeating lights and sounds generated by the then hi-tech AI.



Popples - Stuffed toy that can hide its arms and legs and then pop out by unfolding the front part all the way to the back. A lot of kids were scammed into asking their parents to buy these because of the TV commercials.


I guess there's going to be a Part 7 :) Can't stop thinking of nostalgic stuff, I think I'm gonna start crying. You can't bring back the past, but at least we can remember them.



The World's Shortest Review of Men in Black 3.


They looked old.

COWO: The Blogger's Workspace

Blogging is serious business.

Most bloggers do it part-time, because income from it does not immediately become stable, so they report  to an office religiously, and write during their off hours. However, there are entrepreneur-bloggers who have found real opportunity in doing it full time, because of the different sources of revenue they have derived from covering events, social media marketing, copyrighting and advertising. So just like any other business, bloggers who write full-time are conscious of overhead, growth of their advertising sales, and impact on their savings. So they work at home, or go to the nearest coffee shop to write, spending a few hundreds on food and beverage. 

But when blogging becomes more serious, there is a need to get out of the house or coffee shop, and have a more professional representation. A place where you can work, but at the same time, with services that allows you to focus on your craft. That's where COWO comes in. 



COWO is a blogger's dream workspace - conducive for writing, lot of space to sit, strong WIFI, built in services such as money remittance of accepting payments from clients, strong coffee, access to printing services, hot pastry, access to rooms for meeting with clients and like-minded, trustworthy people to collaborate with. COWO has all of these, and more. The professional atmosphere makes you more legitimate to potential clients.



If you are a blogger or a writer, you can go into COWO, find a place to settle down with your laptop, connect to the WIFI and type away those thoughts. 


You can sit in any of the round coworking tables in the "NOMAD" section (sit-anywhere membership), and stay the whole day writing. It beats working in a noisy coffee shop or mall food court. 



Western Union is just at the reception area, so if you need to receive money from your clients, it's very convenient. There will be a courier service installed very soon.



Access to telephones and equipments just in case you need them. While blogging, you can just use the nearest telephone and call the reception area for any of your needs. It's really like having your own office, but without the high overhead.


Private meetings rooms allow them to discuss business with visiting clients or fellow bloggers, where you can rent out projectors and screens. 

The good news for bloggers is membership only costs a few Caffe Lattes a month. At Php 10,000 a month, or Php 850 a month, you get access to all of these features. If you are a blogger, why not drop by COWO and see for yourself. Grab a one day pass here http://www.cowo.asia/inquirymail.aspx so you can try it out before becoming a member. Here's how to contact COWO - http://cowo.asia/contact.htm





Taken from COWO official blog http://cowoasia.blogspot.com

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Art of Life Management with Opus Domini

Back when I first started this blog, I wrote a review on this great little application called Opus Domini, which I purchased from the Mac App Store (now it also runs on the iPad). I've been using it ever since for my schedules, tasks, and basically, managing my work life. Why do I find it effective? Well, it's because it sort of follows how I organize the things I have to do. 


It manages everything in one digital planner. I have my tasks arranged categorically on one side, my schedules in the middle, and notes on the next page. About the task management - it sort of reminds me of the Stephen Covey planner I used to have, but a lot less bulkier. I can systematically rank my tasks from A1 (most priority) to D4 (least priority), and I can make each one as Completed, In Progress, Delegate, Forward or Scheduled. I can tag notes to each task as well. This feature gets my work done each day. I like that sound it makes when you've completed a particular task.

The scheduling system is pretty regular, but the best thing is it is integrated with the Macbook's internal calendar - so I don't have to switch back and forth from Opus Domini to my Mac Calendar. 

The notes schedule is pretty neat as well, as I can write down thoughts, meeting notes and other random things as I do my tasks. 

Other features includes Master Tasks, Goals, Mission and the Compass - which allows you to manage your life in terms of Spiritual, Social, Mental and Physical. I don't use this much, but for those who are a little O.C. about having a balanced life, this is the app for you.

The new version of Opus domini is the integration to iCloud, which means now I can access all the data anytime through the Internet. Now if only I had an iPad to synch it with.

The interface is cool, like actual pages of a planner turning. 

If you like to manage your life in a digital way, I suggest Opus Domini - it's simple and very effective in my case.