Friday, December 30, 2011

Popular New Year Resolutions

Photo from Psychology Today.
It is new year again? Did you do a resolution in 2010 for 2011? Were you able to accomplish your resolutions?  Will you consider doing another list of things that you will hope to change or improve in 2012? According to a research, here are the most popular new year resolutions:

1. Resolution to improve health. This includes losing some pounds and doing a regular exercise.
2. Resolution to quit vices such as smoking, excessive alcohol intake and gambling.
3. Resolution to pay debt or to maintain good credit standing.
4. Resolution to finding a job or a better job.
5. Resolution to save money either by depositing in a bank or investing to some business or stocks.
6. Resolution to travel.
7. Resolution to spend more quality time with family.
8. Resolution to do charity works.
9. Resolution to learn new things.
10. Resolution to keep a hobby.

Unfortunately, more often than not, only two out of the ten resolutions get to be done because of the following reasons:

1. Unclear and vague goals.
2. Failure to keep track of the progress of the resolution. 
3. Weak self-control. 

Remember, it is better to list only one resolution that you know you can adhere to than to list ten that you know you will not fully commit yourself to do.

Have a Happy New Year everyone!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

My rewards for being loyal

Meet my new cellphone, Samsung Galaxy Y that Smart Telecom gave to me as a reward for being loyal to them. I have been their post-paid subscriber since 2008. My Samsung Monte can take a rest now.

And for being a Smart Bro subscriber for two years, I got this Nokia C1-01 as a reward.

It really pays to be loyal! Woot! Woot! I hope next time they will give me an iPhone! Haha!

Merry Christmas To You!

Let me begin this post by saying 'Thank you!' for supporting Random Thoughts. It wouldn't have gone this far if it weren't for your visits. I hope you'll keep up with me for a longer time.

God bless you all! Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dream Interpretation: Carnival, iPhone, New Baby

Photo from here.
I had a series of dreams with no connection with one another last Sunday.

In my first dream, I was merrily watching people on a carnival ride. I just watched them for a few minutes and then I left.

In my second dream, I was inside a mall looking for a cellular phone to buy... particularly an iPhone 4S. Yeah, I long to have one that it even haunts me in my dreams.

In my third dream, the weirdest of the three, I gave birth to a baby girl. I was rushed to a hospital and was immediately sent to the delivery room to give birth. I was assisted by a surgeon (I could still remember his name) instead of an OB-Gyne. There were a couple of nurses and midwives who were also assisting other expectant mothers. It was not the typical delivery room, more like a delivery ward. I was in bed number 4, beside a huge window. I told the surgeon that I have had previous delivery via Cesarian Section. He said we should continue delivering the baby the normal way. I pushed and pushed until the baby girl was out. I could see the doctor assessing the baby. He holds her on her feet. I asked him why isn't the baby crying. He said there is nothing to worry about because she is breathing. I still could not believe why I gave birth in the first place.

According to Dream Moods:

Carnival - means falsehood and deception. Much sorrow will arise in what were thought to be pleasant times.

Cell Phone - seeing a cell phone in dream means you are being receptive of new information. It also represents mobility. Alternatively, it denotes lack of understanding. Perhaps you are having difficulty getting through someone.

Birth -  to dream of giving birth denotes giving birth to a new idea or project. It also represents a new attitude, fresh beginnings or a major event. Alternatively, it means calling attention to your inner child and the potential for you to grow. A more direct interpretation would be your desires or anxieties of giving birth or the anticipation for such an event to occur.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Can you guess who is the first Filipino to own an Apple iPhone 4S?

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It is none other than President Benigno Aquino III!

The most coveted phone was delivered by Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, chair of Globe's parent firm, Ayala Corp., in person in Malacanang two days before Apple iPhone 4s was officially launched in the Philippines.

Globe president, Ernest Cu, clarified that it was not for anything else but to acknowledge President Noynoy's loyalty to Globe Telecom since he has been their subscriber for years now.

For techie lovers out there, you can also own an Apple iPhone 4S by clicking here and here.

Help the Typhoon Sendong Victims

Photo of a father mourning for the loss of his child circulates the web.
Typhoon Sendong is the "Ondoy" of Mindanao. It left the Philippine area of responsibility yesterday but it left more than 650 casualties, 800 still missing and more than 2,000 families affected from Cagayan De Oro and Iligan City.

Donations in cash or in kind are needed to help the families affected by the typhoon.

Donate in Cash

Bank of the Philippine Islands 

Savings Account No. 1443-05333-2

Donate in Kind

News5 Aksyon Center, TV5 office 

San Bartlolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

News5 Aksyon Center Hotline - 938-6393

Donate in Cash

BDO Peso Account

Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 39301-14199
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BDO Dollar Account

Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Account Number: 39300-81622

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

PNB Peso Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 419-539-5000-13
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

BPI Peso Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 3051-1127-75
Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

BPI Dollar Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 3054-0270-35
Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Donate in Kind
Sagip Kapamilya
ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. 
Mother Ignacia cor. Eugenio Lopez St.
Diliman, Quezon City

(02) 411-4995
(02) 394-9272

Donate in Kind
Situation Awareness Center (SAC), 
CRS AFP, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City

Landline: 912-6615
CP Nr. (0917)2471252
Focal Person: LTCOL ROLANDO RODIL, Opns Officer

Kim Jong Il Dead at 69

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, died today at the age of 69. The cause of his death is still unknown but media speculates that he died due to complications of diabetes and heart disease. In 2008, he had a stroke but appeared still vigorous in photos and videos.

During his 17-year rule, North Korea suffered three-year famine which caused the lives of more than 2 million. North Korea is known to be a hermit country, so secretive, that only a few were allowed to have telephone lines, computer and television wherein there is only one channel to watch... everything is a propaganda.

Kim Jong Un, his third son, shall takeover his position.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My First Blog Award

Thank you to A Single Mom's Blog for giving me this award. I am so flattered. Now, to pay it forward to other deserving blogs...

1. Anooke
2. Pau's Big Thoughts
3. Reflect
4. Drink It In
5. Performance Espectacular
6. They Draw and Cook
7. Steal Their Style
8. Adore Vintage
9. Little Heroine 
10. Douglas E. Walker Photography
11. All Things Fabulous
12. Everyday Sparkles
13. Melissa-Ann
14. Hottest Heels
15. ExSHOESme

Give this award to 15 other bloggers who truly deserve it. Do not forget to mention the name of the blog or blogger who gave it to you.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

Meet my new baby, Canon PowerShot A3200 IS as my gift to myself this Christmas. It has 14.1 megapixel, 5x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and has video recording capability. And yes, I bought it in pink.

I'll try to post more photos in this blog.

Click. Click. Click.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Azkals vs. LA Galaxy

I am not a football fan, heck, I do not even know the rules of the game. But, I watched the televised exhibition game of the Azkals and LA Galaxy at the Rizal Memorial Stadium and I was hooked.

So, the LA Galaxy won with a score of 6 versus the 1 goal of the Azkals, but the game brought the house down. It was one unforgettable moment in the world of sports particularly in the world of football fans in the Philippines.

Manny Pacquiao was the lucky one who took home David Beckham's jersey. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I was once a b2b telemarketer

I was once a b2b telemarketer of an Australian company back in 2007. It was a trial job after working in a government office for almost three years as a clerk. I only had vague idea on what a telemarketer is supposed to do. Years back, telemarketing is something you only get to picture in a call center company and only a few industrial companies had b2b telemarketing division. I thought calling another company to offer a product was simple. It took some time before I was able to somehow master the art of telephone communication that incorporates marketing and eventually, sales. Hearing yeses from clients was the most rewarding thing a telemarketer can experience.

Being a b2b telemarketer is not easy. You have to be tactful, assertive but not pushy and know by heart what you want to say and sell. If want to build a career in this field you have to know these:

1. Motivation - first and foremost, you have to have the passion for it, otherwise, you'll end up being frustrated for each rejection.

2. Product Knowledge - what I learned from reading marketing books is that the secret to selling is knowing what you sell... from its raw state to the finished product.

3. Know the Call Format - companies have their own call plan. Read and memorize it.

4. Attitude - it is harder to sell on the phone because you don't see the reaction of the person. It is important that your client knows, through your voice, that you are someone he or she can trust.

5. Know the Customer - you don't sell dog food to someone who owns a cat.

6. Visualize Your Success - if you think of failure, then, it is failure that you will get. A b2b telemarketer must be an optimist at all times. Business is but a pool of rejection and if you will see it that way, you will never get to meet your quota.

7. Enjoy the Success -  celebrate a sale even if it is the only sale! And recollect what strategy you made to get that sale and stick to it.


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