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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Where I Get Musical Inspiration While Working at Home

Regular readers of my website are already aware that I work online. Yes, I do believe that someone out there regularly visits my page. It has been almost a decade since I started working online and more than 2 years since I gave up my office job to be a full-time mom and freelancer at the same time.

The schedule gets crazy at times and yes, stress is still evidently there, but I am not actually complaining. I love my job and I believe I am doing great it in.
During days that I feel bored or I wanted to do something else that will just push my creative juices to kick back, I listen to music. Lately. It has been really crazy with work and with being a mom and wife and a homemaker so I so myself shifting from one music genre to another just to keep up the beat and push me to go through the day at work, and general in life. I would even constantly bug my musicians friend email just to keep the fire burning and exciting.

Here’s a few of the musical inspiration and motivation that I am currently listening to for the past week.

A word of warning, my taste is so diverse, but hopefully, you’ll get an idea on how I feel, what I feel and how I manage to pull through and get things done through the music that I get to listen to.

A lot of the younger generation fell in love with this boy band. Who doesn’t. They are your typical boys next door, who can sing and strut their way to the music industry. I just felt that their song “Perfect” is an escape, a rebellious one for someone like me who’s already an adult and needs to continue “adulting” for my kids and my family. So, yes this is my “escape” song.

Adele is a Goddess of music. Who doesn’t love her? So, whenever I have a deadline to beat, I see myself playing her playlist repetitively until I get things done. I do get to sing along from time to time but I just mostly listen because her songs are so fantastic. I guess this is my “get going” song.

This version of “When We Were Young” is my favorite. Simply because I want to sing that great as well. I am trying to memorize the lyrics of this one, so it’s a favorite in my playlist.

What inspires you and gets you going while you work online? Share your tips in my comments section. I would love to hear from you!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Easy Tips on How to Learn to Play the Drum

Playing the drum is like playing any other musical instrument. It requires commitment and dedication to be able to become better in it. This hard work usually pays of as you reach a higher level of musicianship.

Here are some tips on how to learn and how to get better in playing the drum:

Dedicate Time for Practice and Play

There is a different between practicing and playing the drum. Practicing involves memorizing notes and the rhythm of the song you are intending to learn. 

Practice also helps you improve your stick control, drumming techniques and drumming beats. Playing the drum is like a free-play. You simply hit your drums according to a current feeling or vibe that you have in mind. Do both in balance to enjoy your journey in learning how to play the drum.

Set Goals for Every Practice Session

It is important to have short-term goals even when learning to play the drum. For newbies, familiarizing yourself with the instrument that you will be using a must. You can check out several drumset at to be at home with your instrument.

A basic goal would be measuring how far you have improved as you practice. This should include the notes and beats that you managed to memorize, how you are improving when it comes to stick control as well as blending in with other musical instruments.

Practice on a Pillow

Practicing on a pillow improves your control and pulse. When you practice on an actual drum, your wrists are forced to bring the sticks back up. This can be painful for your wrist in the long run. Besides, playing on a pillow can be a challenge too. Imagine playing a double stroke roll on a pillow. You’ll be surprised how difficult it is!

Enjoy and Have Fun

Playing the drums should now be a chore or a boring activity. You should always have fun and enjoy every possible moment. The more you enjoy playing the drums, the more you will see yourself focused and practicing. This helps you improve faster!

Playing a musical instrument is a form of self-expression. Lose yourself for a while and discover how far you can go. Become the best drummer with practice and perseverance!

Free and Affordable Ways to Stimulate Cognitive Ability at Home

Cognitive ability is the capability of a person to understand and function. It is made up of several set of abilities that makes a person unique or stand-out from others. Higher cognitive abilities can allow a person to do a complex task.

We can do several free and affordable activities that can help enhance out cognitive skills – both in children and in adults. Doing so improves a person’s perception, attention, memory, and motor skills.

Here are some activities, games, and brain teasers that can help improve your cognitive abilities.

Playing with Jigsaw puzzles can take a lot of our time, depending on how easy or complicated the puzzle is. However, doing so regularly improves our patience as well as out visual and spatial processing.

Puzzles are also perfect for kids. It can improve their motor skills, recognition abilities and prolong their attention spans.

Rubix Cube

Soling a Rubix cube helps in enhancing your problem-solving and spatial skills. Although there are many tutorials online on how to solve Rubix cubes, the process still involves a lot of thinking and will still give you reasonable challenge during execution.

Kids can also enjoy playing with the Rubix Cube but may find it hard to solve it. However, color recognition is improved, motor skills are enhanced. Focus and attention are also tested as well as a child’s dedication to the task.


Sudoku is a readily available exercise for the brain. Keeping the brain active can also reduce the possibilities of acquiring degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. It enhances the brain power by encouraging the player to think strategically and at the same time answer the Sudoku puzzle creatively.

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword puzzles can improve one’s language and vocabulary. Most college and scholarship admission tests requires a comprehensive language test. You’ll be surprised how helpful crossword puzzles can be when it comes to improving and testing your vocabulary skills.

Board Games

There are a lot of board games that can provide a happy bonding experience at home while improving the cognitive abilities of the human brain. Chess can challenge the brain muscles to strategize, plan and execute discreetly all at the same time.

Improving the brain’s mental function and cognitive abilities are not the only benefits that the activities can offer. Adapting these activities can also delay the decline of the brain’s performance and keep a sharp mind as we age. It can also bring in a lot of hours of fun, creativity and bonding among your families, right at the comfort of your homes

Teaching Kids How to Play a Musical instrument at a Young Age

There is really something fascinating about seeing young children play a musical instrument and hearing them do it well. As a kid, I have always wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument. Preferably the piano, guitar or the violin. I have average skills when it comes to the guitar and a little bit when it comes to the piano. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to learn how to use the violin.

I want to give my kids the chance to learn to play a musical instrument. I will not require them too. But I will expose them to as many musical instruments available to let them discover if they are interested in such. I got this idea after my eldest saw a Dean ML at The guitar had this Rockstar vibe and I guess the reason why it easily caught my son’s attention.

However, I am a practical mom and I would want to invest in a guitar like that only If my kid is interested enough. I do not want a beautiful guitar like that stored in a box or tucked away under the bed as soon as he loses interest in it. I want him to learn at least the basics if he really wants me to buy that guitar for him.

Going back to my topic. Here are some tips on how you can teach your children play a musical instrument even at a young age.

1. Expose them to music

Allow your kids to listen to different kind of music genre. Let them watch music videos and allow them to feel and play with the musical instruments you have at home or see in the mall. You will never know if they are interested in one unless you open the door of opportunity by exposing it to them.

2. Let them see real people playing musical instrument

Watching videos may not be enough. Seeing artists play their musical instrument in real life has a more impact rather than what we see on videos and television. It can be in a school play, a small concert or in a restaurant.

3. Enroll them in short classes

Your kids can explore more if you enroll them in short classes. You can make use of their summer vacation by enrolling them to piano class, violin, guitar or any other instrument.

Again, it all boils down to giving your kids the opportunity to discover something new and to explore something they might want to enjoy. Be supportive. Do not push them into things that they do not want to do. You’ll be surprised with how much they can achieve if you just give them a little nudge and see where their adventurous spirit takes them.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

5 Back to School Advice from A Work-At-Home-Mom

It’s back to school time here in the Philippines. A new school year will start by Monday, June 5, 2017. Some schools will start in a later date while others follow a new schedule and will commence with a new school year by August. It’s a new beginning for some, while for others, a continuation of their academic journey.
I have been a WAHM for 2 years already. Last year was the first time my eldest went to school. I was so excited. I literally had a list of the things that he need, will need and might need (LOL) and bought it as early as the first week of May. I even enrolled him 2 months before the actual school year. I was that excited.

This year, the same excitement is still there. But, I am wiser when it comes to investing in the things that he will need for school. I kept his old bag, shoes I bought during the middle of his school year last year and didn’t have to go shopping for pencil papers and other necessities because I already bought too much last year (told you I was excited!)

This year, my kid’s schedule will be an earlier one compared to his noon classes last year. We need to be in school before 10:30am. This is a big adjustment for me because I do my focus work during the mornings. I usually finish all my task before noon and then would go back to check for revisions or any other urgent task on the afternoon. This year it would be different. I need to start my mornings way earlier than usual to be able to accommodate my online jobs and still be involved with my kid’s educations.

Here’s a few tips and techniques that I am starting to practice to maintain balance between my work and my life as a stay at home mom.

1. Plan your day ahead

It’s like having a budget list and sticking to it.  List all the activities that you need to attend in a day and then assign specific hours on when you need to do it. It will be difficult at first but as you focus on it, the earlier and the easier you’ll be able to adapt.

2. Wake up early

The early bird catches the worm.  If you are used to waking up at 7am like me, aim to go earlier. I work till 11pm or even later during weekdays so I really try to catch up on sleep whenever I can. To adjust, I already started waking up 10 minutes earlier than I usually do two weeks ago. I am now usually awake by 6:30am. Hopefully, waking up by 6am would be easier for me as the school year begins.

3. Make the most out of your time

Try to focus more. The less you spend time on social media and other distractions, the earlier you’ll be able to finish your commitments. You’ll be able to have more time for your kids and other things that you do at home.

4. Ask for help

If it is hard for you to adjust in the first few weeks or month of the school year, hire help. You can always get a trustworthy Virtual Assistant that can do a few tasks for you while you are away. This also ensures that you are keeping up with your clients even while you commit time with your family and kids.

5. Take it easy

We often see ourselves as Super Woman. We can do anything. However, we do not always have to do so. Stick with what’s important and what you value the most. Know your priorities but make room for other interesting things that may come your way.

Punishing ourselves for not being able to commit or failing to stick with our plans will just drag us down. Life is a journey that should be enjoyed so we should take it easy from time to time.

Are you physically and mentally ready to welcome the school year?  Be back to school ready, minus the fuzz and the stress with the tips mentioned above!

Pursuing an Old Passion While Being A WAHM

Staying at home opens new possibilities and allows you to go back to the things that you love doing. Besides writing, I am really into music. I love to sing and I can confidently say that I can hit a note or two. Let’s just say hearing people whoot and clap while I sing is a personal achievement for me. After all, I have always wanted to play an instrument and be a lead singer or my own band.

Fast forward to present time. I did not get the chance to have a band of my own or land in a singing career but I still love singing. Being a stay-at-home mom gave me the opportunity to get back to playing the guitar.

I had my first guitar when I was 10 years old. I have used my Christmas money to be able to buy one. It was a red classic guitar. No one on the household knew how to play the guitar so I had to rely on song books back then. The internet was still beyond my comprehension back then and I practically had no access to such technology.

It was very hard to learn especially if you are doing it alone. I can feel my fingers numb after hours of trying to practice a tune and memorize the notes. Eventually I have managed to memorize and play a basic song after a month of practice.

However, another challenge that came with learning to play the guitar is tuning it. I really had no idea how to do so.  I had to bring my guitar to school and ask friends or friends of friends to do the tuning for me.

I am still no guitar expert. But, tuning a guitar is way easier since electric guitar tuner are now available for guitar player wannabe’s like me. Learning a new song is also easier since I have access to the internet and YouTube has everything you need when it comes to learning the guitar or even the piano.

As I go back to pursue this passion, I am influencing my kids to learn the guitar or to at least pursue a hobby that they could be passionate about. Unfortunately, they prefer the piano over the guitar so I guess I’ll enjoy learning to play the piano as well.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WhatsApp Modifies Looks & Brand New Features on the Queue

It feels better when we can toggle between the options in a better way when it comes to using apps. There are millions of apps available and what matters the most for the app to be doing good amongst the users is that it should have great features and easy to use a well.

What matters the most in an application is the interface which is being used in it. That is the selling point for any kind of app; if it has an interesting interface then it is a winner. Whenever there is an app in the store, it is an obvious fact that there are updates available for the users.

In the recent times, we can see that are a lot of improvements in the world-famous messaging platform WhatsApp. There have been many kinds of updates being introduced in the app. Now, we can see that there have been changes in the way the different options were made available on the app.

Previously when someone wanted to make a call, they need to go into the calls tab and make a new call from the contacts. A pop window would show up for the user to choose which call they would like to make. The app two options for making calls, one is audio call and the other is a video call.

In the previous version of the app, by default, the user had the call button on the right top corner of the chat window. The attachment of multimedia files icon was also available on the right top corner of the app and it has been like that long since the app has been launched. It is an obvious factor that the users are pretty much used to the locations where the option used to sit on the app

There is a change with the user interface of the app, now there is a new update with the user interface as well. In the recent past, we have been seeing that there are new features being added to the app. In the recent times, there is a change in the user interface as well; even that element of the app had got a new update.

At present, the options of the attachment icon do not sit in the same place it used to in the past. We can clearly see that the location of the attachment icon has been moved next to the text area where we type the text we send it to our contacts. Apart from that aspect, we can that there is an addition to the right top corner of the app next to the phone icon.

It is the video call icon which we get to see next to the call button icon. The changes of the icons relocation are done to make sure that it is not cluttered. If the video call icon, call icon and the attachment icon all were put on the same line, then it would look cluttered and there will be no neatness maintained in it as well.

WhatsApp is famous for the simple, neat and clean interface it has when compared to other messaging platforms. These updates of the interface were first made available for the beta testers of the app. We can clearly see that over the years there have been modifications in the user interface and addition of new features to the app.

When the app was first launched, it was predominantly used for sending and receiving innumerable text messages to people across the world. On a later note, audio calling feature was added to the app, so it is easy for people to get connected with their near and dear ones. It has been a great aide for the people to make calls to cross countries at a low cost.

The only requirement which they needed was a good quality data connection to make a call without any hindrances. Then there were other new updates introduced in the app as well. On a later note, there was a new feature added to the app which is the video calling feature.

There was not an icon to make a normal video call when the user selects the call option; there was a pop up showing voice call or video call. Then there was a modification made to that option as well, the call icon and video call icon was flashed under the calls tab along with the contacts.

Now, we can that the video call icon has taken the spot where attachment icon was previously placed in the app. The video call icon is a now available beside the audio call icon and the attachment beside the “Type your message” text area. The text box also has a new look to it with the corners being rounded rather than the older version with a rectangular box.

These changes which have taken place in the app might not seem to be huge. The changes are minimal and don’t have a great impact as well. It is just that the users will be able to have a better way to use the app and benefit through it. This new update of the user interface is still in the testing phase of the app and is available only in the beta version.

Apart from the update with the user interface, we can see that there are other features which are being tested in the beta version of the app. A feature where the user has the option to be able to track down the location of the people who are on our contact list, it will fetch the live location of the person.

There is an option already available for the users where they can share the location. But the new feature is to track the live location within a time interval of 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes and indefinite. Apart from that one update, there is another update which it to revoke sent messages.

Users will be able to revoke a sent message within a time interval of 5 minutes. It can be achieved only in 2 different circumstances, one is when the message is at the server and another one is when the message is delivered but not read. If the recipient reads the message then there will be no option for the user to be able to revoke the message.

Though we text a lot of people in our contact list in WhatsApp, there are a few with whom we chat often. In that case, there is a feature being tested, where the user will be able to pin the chat to the top of the list of conversations. For time being, the user has the option to pin up to 3 pins and it might change over a period.

Another update which might be coming up is a video to gif converter as well. In the recent times, the app has been seeing a lot of changes and a new set of features. It is said that by the end of the year, users will get to see a completely different WhatsApp. So, folks, make sure that you have your WhatsApp up-to-date to enjoy all the interesting and exciting features and changes in the interface as well.

Author Bio:

Anand Rajendran is CEO and Co-Founder of  Zoplay, best PHP scripts development company located in India. Zoplay is a part of Casperon Technologies a leading social and mobile development company which is developing , leading innovative and collaborative software development teams to deliver major software applications like SCIMBO - Whatsapp Clone Script. I'm a Tech geek, Digital marketing expert, Entrepreneur, and Atheist who loves to write everything about PHP Scripts and mobile application development.
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A graduate of Civil Engineering but a writer by heart was the main reason why I figured out that the corporate life was not for me. I enjoyed being at home, far from the competitive atmosphere of a typical 8-hour job. I hated the idea of extending work hours at the office or bringing work at home. I cringe about the idea of having to prioritize work over my family and living. Luckily, i managed to break free from the corporate world after seven grueling years. Although I must say that I have learned a lot both personally and professionally from my office job, I would never see myself turning back after being able to achieve my dream of being at home and working online. As I try to reach my first million while working online I also plan on entering a home-based business in between blogging and taking care of my kids.


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