Taking Online Courses While Working from Home

Okay. I should add something to that title — even if you are not working from home.

If you are interested to brush up your skills or learn new things, consider taking online courses or MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). And in the process, earn a course certificate, too.

There are several MOOCs you can access online such as Edx, Future Learn and Coursera. I have tried an Edx course a couple of years back but I was unable to finish it. I then considered Future Learn and Coursera. I decided to proceed with Coursera because they have specific courses which interested me. And because I truly enjoyed my 1st course with them, I have gone on to finish two more! Here are the Coursera courses with which I have earned course certificates as of this writing:

  1. Understanding Memory: Explaining the Psychology of Memory through Movies.  I took this course to brush up a bit on my Psychology major (I finished BS Psychology in the late ’90s) and because I love movies! The course, created by Wesleyan University, was great! I enjoyed it and helped gave me the confidence that I could indeed finish an online course 🙂 In fact, I finished the course within a month! I started this on May 28, 2016 and finished it by June 10.
  2. Leadership in 21st Century Organizations. Feeling a bit more confident after finishing my 1st course, I then proceeded to take another course. This time, I chose this leadership course to learn leadership principles and to keep up with current leadership trends and practices. I also chose this course as I was thrust into a leadership role in a non-profit organization and I knew I had to level up! The course, created by Copenhagen Business School, did not disappoint. It was very refreshing as the course included role play scenes of organizational challenges and how to deal with them. I have to admit, though, that this course took more effort to finish than the first one! It was enlightening but I felt it really asked a lot from me as a student. I started the course on June 17 but got to finish it by December 16, the actual deadline in completing it! Whew! Thank God, I still managed to finish it 🙂
  3. Introduction to Search Engine Optimization. I’ve always thought of taking a course on SEO to further enhance my online skills and decided this is the course to take and finish this year! I wish I could say that this course, created by University of California, Davis, was easy but I found it rather challenging. Perhaps it’s my age (?) struggling to learn new concepts including technical things about SEO. Thankfully, I managed to finish the course just a couple of days ago, on June 6 (I started it in April). And this is just the first of the 6-course Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialization. And so, may God help me indeed, to stick to finishing all courses by October!

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Now, should you consider studying with Coursera to further enhance your learning and skills, here are some things to consider:

Learning Method. There will be video teachings, reading and forum discussion. There are also assignments!

Course Deadlines. Upon your enrollment or purchase date of the course, you will be given a deadline to finish the course or earn your certificate. Based on the courses I took so far, 6 months was the time frame given to finish the course.

Payment and Financial Aid. Courses are FREE! But if you would like to earn a certificate, there are fees for the course. You can also avail of their financial aid to cover your course fees. Paying for a course or availing of their financial aid can prove to be an extra incentive or push in finishing the course 🙂

Perhaps, it’s also time for you to consider taking an online course! It’s time to brush up on your skills or do something to challenge yourself mentally. You can also take a course on something which you just enjoy learning about but never had the time or budget to do so before. You can always try a free course first to get a feel for it and then consider enrolling if you would like to have a course certificate.

May we never stop learning in this journey called life 🙂

All Set for Filipino Bloggers Network’s Yearly Christmas Get-Together

Let the celebration begin!

The Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN), one of the most active bloggers group in the country, is set to hold its annual Christmas Get-Together at St. Nicholas Catering and Restaurant in Mandaluyong City this coming December 28, 2016.

FBN currently has more than 1,800 blogger members and continue to expand as it provides a venue for Filipino bloggers to interact with other members from different part of the Philippines. Moderating the discussions and posting opportunities from different brands for the group are co-admins Divine RC and Richard Mamuyac.

This year, joining the get-together are the blogger-members of Metrobuzz organized by Lariza Garcia.

Filipino Bloggers Network and Metrobuzz would like to thank the following generous sponsors:

St. Nicholas Catering & Restaurant  – Mandaluyong’s newest food craze. Experience quality but affordable dining experience at Bgy Plainview. Open from Tuesday to Sunday at 11am to 12am. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/st.nicholasresto/

Acer PH – Founded in 1976 with a mission to break the barriers between people and technology by offering innovative and leading technology products, empowering people to achieve their goals. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AcerPH/.

AMPR Publicity and Communications, Inc. (AMPR) – A full service public relations and marketing services company that caters to various industries and companies of diverse sizes. For more information about AMPR Publicity and Communications, Inc.’s expertise and services, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AMPRInc or contact them through (02) 706-1971 and via email at ampr.consultancy@gmail.com.

Goodah!!! – The first ever, all-native food chain in the country and is famous for introducing the now ubiquitous “Tapsilog” to the Filipino vocabulary. Contact (02) 9667582 for orders and inquiries or visit their website at www.goodah.com.ph.

Gardenia – Offers a wide array of superior bakery products including white, wheat and health breads, flavored loaves, pandesal and snack items like snack cakes, muffins and toasts. Gardenia breads are known for their good taste, freshness, softness, oven-baked aroma and nutritive value. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/gardeniaph/.

IMComms Mavens – A full service marketing communications agency that integrates traditional and current marketing strategies to be able to provide Clients a strategic communications plan. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/imcmavens/ for inquiries.

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Aster Medical Centre Philippines – A part of Aster DM Healthcare network. Our multi-specialty centre is staffed with 50+ doctors and highly skilled nurses and staff who work together to take care of you and your loved ones. Aster DM Healthcare encompasses more than 10,000 employees, 1300+ doctors, 290 establishments of compassionate care and JCI accredited diagnostic centres in Dubai, India, KSA, Oman, Qatar, Jordan and now Bahrain. Like them on Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/AsterDMHPhilippines/?refid=12 for updates.

UNO Premier – A dynamic marketing company that derived its innovative business model from a very long history and foundation of leadership, management and entrepreneurial vision. UNO Premier’s mother company, UNO, started rising 10 years ago and blossomed throughout the network marketing industry like rapid fire. It became a network marketing sensation and has created over a thousand Philippine millionaires in less than a decade’s time and has expanded in over 100 offices across the country. From the foundation of UNO comes the birth of UNO Premier. UNO Premier is specifically designed to engage the International Market and the like-minded middle class professionals as well as business owners in the micro, small and medium scale enterprises. These are the passionate individuals who are constantly exploring means and opportunities to increase their sources of income. UNO Premier is poised as the next big International giant to create the next wave of millionaires. For more information, visit the website at www.unopremier.com. Like/follow their social media accounts: Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/UNOPremierOfficialSite/; Instagram: @unopremierofficial and on Twitter: @UNOPremier_PH

Dearberry Philippines – The brand essence of dearberry is “affordable high quality cosmetics made with ingredients from nature ”. Dearberry believes the simple truth, “healthy skin is most beautiful” and sticks to the basics, “firstly keep skin healthy, then optimally solve target issues”. Their products are manufactured by such top-tier factories like COSMAX and WINNOVA to achieve the high quality standards of our products. COSMAX is the main & most important manufacturer of L’OREAL group and other world famous branded cosmetics. WINNOVA is the main & most important manufacturer of Korean branded cosmetics like TONYMOLY & THEFACESHOP. Follow DearberryPH on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dearberry.ph/ or visit their website – http://www.dearberryphilippines.com/ for updates and promos.

JJEMM Transient House – A fully furnished apartment unit located in Balanga City, Bataan. If you’re planning on visiting the beautiful province of Bataan to enjoy scenic views and awesome tourist spots, JJEMM Transient House is here to welcome and provide accommodation for your stay. This is best for couples, backpackers, budget travellers, families and group travellers.  Situated in a subdivision in Balanga City,Bataan and 5-7 minutes away from public market. Learn more by following them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/jjemmtransienthouse/. Contact them at email address: jjemmtransienthouse@gmail.com and mobile number: 0998-882-8300.

Mondelez – Maker of some of the best-known snacks brands around the globe. Their 15 global Power Brands in biscuits, chocolate and gum & candy are expected to drive 70 percent of company’s growth going forward:

Biscuits: Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, TUC, belVita, Club Social and Barni.

Chocolate: Milka, Lacta, Toblerone and Cadbury Dairy Milk.

Gum & Candy: Trident, Chiclets, Halls, Stride and Cadbury Dairy Milk Eclairs.

Follow Mondelez on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mondelezinternational/ for updates.

Oppo Philippines – A global electronics and technology service provider that provides customers with the latest and most exquisite electronic devices and mobile internet service in over 20 countries such as the United States, China, Australia and many other countries in Europe, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Follow them on Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/OPPOPH/ for promos and updates.

Filipino Bloggers Network Annual Christmas Get-Together


Novuhair – Like the common factors that spawn hair loss, finding the right solution to your hair woes is one confusing process that could only worsen the trouble. Before, most of the products available in the market offer empty promises, temporary and even expensive solutions to address the problem of hair loss. Now, nature has provided a safe and effective solution, NOVUHAIR® – NATURE’S ANSWER TO HAIR LOSS! Like Novuhair on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NovuhairOfficial/.

Unilab – The biggest pharmaceutical company in the Philippines, with a market share of more than 20 percent which it has consistently maintained for more than three decades. Its portfolio includes some of the biggest prescription, consumer healthcare and personal care brands in the country. Follow Unilab on Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/Unilab/

Havas PR – The first full-service media agency providing end-to-end solutions in the Philippines. It does not only offer the most complete and cohesive set of media services in the Philippines, it also aspires to provide clients work that is best in class in all the media channels on offer. Follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HavasMediaOrtega/ for inquiries.

M2Comms – As a PR agency, M2.0 understands that perfection doesn’t exist – but greatness does. Their team won’t waste your time by coming up with perfect plans that will be easily derailed by circumstance. For them, It’s better to execute now with a good plan and get immediate feedback. If the results are not good, they’re ready to own up to our mistakes and revise the plan. And if the results are good, they’ll improve the plan until the clients achieve greatness. Visit their website – http://www.m2comms.com/ for inquiries.

Happy Clinique – https://www.facebook.com/happycliniquePH/

E-Prime Skincare – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010909299776

Skin Station – https://www.facebook.com/skinstationph/

Gluta/Regroe – https://www.facebook.com/MinoxidilRegroe/
Filipino Bloggers Network Annual Christmas Get-Together

Vistaland – http://www.vistaland.com.ph/index.php

Manang’s Chicken – https://www.facebook.com/manangschicken/

Mplify – https://web.facebook.com/mplifyph/?_rdr

Dermcare – https://web.facebook.com/i.like.dermcare/?_rdr

Sunlife – https://www.facebook.com/sunlifefinancialadvisorphilippines/

Philcare – https://www.facebook.com/philcareph/

Quims Cake – https://www.facebook.com/quimscakebakeshopcafe/

iACADEMY – https://www.facebook.com/iACADEMY/

Bemac – http://www.bemac-beet.com/en/
Filipino Bloggers Network Annual Christmas Get-Together

Strategic Works, Inc. – https://web.facebook.com/StratWorks/?_rdr

EON –https://www.facebook.com/theEONgroup/

Perceptions, Inc. – https://web.facebook.com/Perceptions.Inc/?fref=ts&_rdr

CID Communication – https://www.facebook.com/CIDCommunication/

Trend Spotting Ads Consultation Agency – https://www.facebook.com/TrendspottingConsultancy/

Dazzling Celebrations PR & Events Management – https://www.facebook.com/dazzlingcelebrations/

DDB/ Ripple 8 – https://www.facebook.com/DDBGroupPhilippines/

Comm & Sense – https://www.facebook.com/CommAndSense/

OCI Group – https://www.facebook.com/ocigroupph/


BrandSpeak Asia Inc. – https://www.facebook.com/brandspeakasia/

Filipino Bloggers Network Annual Christmas Get-Together


OneProudMomma.comhttp://www.oneproudmomma.com primarily a blog about mommy matters yet also tackles everything which will perk up her readers imagination, creativity and emotion.

Samu’t-Sari http://www.samut-sari.com talks about beauty, lifestyle, fashion, technology and anything in between.

Echusera http://www.echusera.com/

Sugarsmile http://www.sugarsmile.info/



Filipino Bloggers Network Annual Christmas Get-Together

Earn Money Through Writing

While I wrote in an earlier post about possible ways to earn from blogging, there are still more ways to earn money using your skill with words.

Online Writing. One door of writing that has been opened to me was through using Upwork, an online platform where you can create your profile and then have the opportunity to get invited for job opportunities as well as bid for jobs in the site. You can check here for more information about how you can earn as a freelancer through their site. Through Upwork, I got this cool gig as a music blogger 🙂 I have monthly assignments and get paid through paypal 🙂

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Offline Writing, Editing & Proofreading. While you can also get writing, proofreading and editing jobs thru Upwork and other online platforms, it is also possible to earn from your skills of writing, proofreading and editing from your offline contacts. Yup, I mean the world outside your computer and internet contacts. The key is letting people you know that you are open to such opportunities. The way I did it is by mentioning it to my friends as well as on my blogs which I did here. I also listed my published articles/works which are accessible online here so that my readers and contacts will have an idea how I write. The blogs we write can also serve as our writing portfolio so let’s write well 🙂 Beginning late last year, two of my friends have been consistently asking me to do some writing and editing for them.

Offering Writing Workshops. Now this is a new one for me but a new contact of mine has encouraged me to do this, knowing the length of years that I have worked in both the print media as well as online (I have worked for newspapers and a magazine in the past and have a total of about 20 years of writing & editing experience; I also served as campus paper editor & department paper editor during my high school & college years) With her encouragement and collaboration, I will begin offering writing courses for kids and teenagers this coming summer (April & May in the Philippines) 🙂 This is quite exciting for me and God willing, I will also be able to help the younger generation in their own writing journey.

So far, these are the doors that have opened for me, more so recently. Thank God for them 🙂 And if you are currently searching for open doors for yourself, keep on honing your skill and spread the word around to your contacts. May you find the doors that God has opened for you in this season of your life 🙂

Earning Bucks from Blogging

A couple of years back, I wrote a post about earning income from home which included blogging. I thought it’s about time to make a list of the ways I earn from blogging.

1) Blogging Networks. You can enrol your blogs in several blogging networks which will give you an opportunity to receive paid writing assignments. Below are the networks that have consistently allowed me to earn for several years now:

PostJoint – Hands down, this is the site where my blogs have earned the most since they were accepted into their network. I have earned more than 500 USD from PostJoint. You have to be quick in bidding with the blogging assignments since they only allow up to 5 blogger bids per assignment. Three of my blogs are enrolled in PostJoint. Check out PostJoint yourself.

Sponsored Reviews –  I have a total of 4 blogs that I have enrolled and have been accepted in their system. I have earned more than 100 USD through them. With them you get to bid for blogging assignments or they also contact you when your blog gets chosen by their client for an assignment. Click here to check it out: Buy Reviews

Payu2Blog – I have enrolled one of my blogs with PayU2Blog since last year and have earned more than 60 USD. The assignments here are quite short, less than 100 words actually so it’s quite a breeze doing them. With PayU2blog, you do not bid for assignments. You have to wait until they give you one.

Blogvertise – I have enrolled 4 of my blogs with Blogvertise and have earned 50 USD from them. By the way, they will only release your payments when you reach the minimum payment threshold of 50 USD. Click to Blogsvertise

LinkVehicle – I must have enrolled my blogs into their network for a couple of years already but it was just recently when they contacted me for a blogging assignment. The task was quite easy and I received 20 USD payment. Check out LinkVehicle.

Sverve – If you are a US blogger, you would have plenty of opportunities to apply for with Sverve. But for bloggers like me based outside the US, there are still some opportunities to do so. The tasks where I got payment from them is through sharing a video on my blog and some tweeting assignments. I have just recently earned 15 USD from them through tweeting assignments. Check out Sverve.

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2) Direct advertisers. Yes, there will be direct advertisers that will contact you through your blog so do indicate your email ad or contact details in your blog to make it easy for them to reach you. Getting connected with other bloggers through Facebook can also help you know about advertisers or companies that might need your services. These advertisers may request for a review of their product or company. They could pay you for your help in reviewing or promoting their product/company or they may send you products for your own use.

3) Advertising Networks. So far, I have only tried Infolinks which puts relevant ads on blogs. You would have to apply to their network and if your blogs are approved, then you choose how these ads will appear on your site. You will then have to paste the code for these ads to show on your site. Minimum payment threshold before payments are released to you is 50 USD. Check out Infolinks.

So far these are the means that I have used to earn from my blogs (or to monetize) them. Here’s to a better earning year for us all through blogging 🙂

IMPORTANT: For payments, you would need to open your own paypal account for you to receive payments. Enrolling your blogs to the blogging and advertising networks thru the links I provided above may provide me a small incentive from the sites.