Spread Love Like Fire in Davao

Dear BIG HEARTS,

Happy Christmas! It is delightful to see all the lovely family photos – after church, on a vacation, in their houses on their matchy-matchy jammies, red, greens, whites, formal and casual OOTDs. Photos of sumptuous feasts of all kinds of Filipino dishes are flooding my newsfeed and it warms my heart how many of my friends have these lovely Christmas dinners. And of course, the morning after Christmas eve when we laugh and feast on the leftovers while we nurse on our hangovers. SUCH AN AMUSING SCENE!

In this season of merry-making, gift giving, pigging out and simultaneous parties and feasts, I could not fathom the tragedy, helplessness and outrageous pain felt by our brothers and sisters in Davao. Unfortunate events forlorn many of our countrymen as the typhoon Vinta caused a major flood that caused many families to leave their humble homes and spend Christmas in gyms, schools and evacuation centers. But help was there, help is received and more help is on the way.
Then, just a day after this calamity, a violent fire caught the historic NCCC Mall. I could not put into words what had transpired that day. Dabawenyos fought hard that day, they remained resilient and hopeful. Many were saved, many survived, fortunately, many got back to their families loving arms and find comfort in their presence. Time will help heal the trauma these people experienced. But then.
Miserably, others didn’t make it. Numerous lives were lost. This tragedy caused 37 families grieve on Christmas Eve. It would have been red and green and colorful shirts they would wear and not black. They would have been wearing ear-to-ear smiles and not mourning pins. They would have been celebrating Christmas like a traditional Filipino family, sending greetings, videos, cards, and memes, sharing photos of their feasts and OOTDs. They would have been.

But the events outside our control cause many broken hearts. Let us all include the victims and their families and friends in our petitions. I wish there was a way we could help comfort these hearts. No fancy words we could say will take a scant of the pain they are feeling. We feel for our brothers and sisters because we know how it is to have someone and love them wholeheartedly. And we would not ever want to feel we’ve lost them forever.

In our humble ways to help comfort our brothers and sisters in Davao, we are knocking at your BIG, AMAZING HEARTS as people who would like to help our brothers and sisters who were forced out of their homes due to the flood.

My friends and I are doing small independent outreach activity on December 29, 2018, Friday. We start with what our tiny pockets can accommodate and accept donations from friends who are willing to do the same.

Together, our little gestures can make a huge difference.

We are accepting alms in cash and in-kind and in service.
-Rice
-Noodles
-Canned Goods
-Plastic Cups
-Soap
-Medicine and Vitamins
-Snacks, Biscuits, Coffee, Milk

We will greatly appreciate if you can donate your preloved stuff you don’t use and won’t miss.
-Clothes (Old but presentable)
-Blankets/Towels
-Old Plates, Glasses, Utensils
-Things that can be used still

davao

For donations, feel free to contact me Carla Joyce Aberion (Cebu) and Wensley Sablay (Davao) Via Facebook Messenger
Or Text us thru our mobile numbers
Carla – 0923 266 6718
Wensley – 0998 010 8632

Spreading Love,
Your Friends

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Why I Dislike Working in Upwork

Imagine this, I took a job for $6 (The job posting says the job is easy and will take only a few minutes for a week. I was after increasing my job success rate so I gave it a go. But then after I took the job for a few days, I realized it took more a few hours a day for 2 weeks)

upwork job post

And it’s a fixed rate of $6. Upwork gets a 20% cut, so that’s $4.80. When I was doing an $800 job, my pay after the fees go down to $640. Imagine that. Highway robbery! To think the job postings are not even beginner friendly.

Clients look for high rating freelancers, with 90% success rate that is not even easy to earn. But sadly the rates are even so low (because we are Filipinos or Indians or whatever). They want premium quality output but not even willing to pay for a stellar job!

So yeah, here’s the biggest catch. When I was about to claim my $4.80 ($6 with 20% cut) from Upwork. This happened. Paypal would take $2 for the transaction and I was like, Wait, WHAT? It’s my first time taking a project-based or fixed rate work. This $2 fee from PayPal works for $200 pay. But $4.80? Are you serious, Upwork / Paypal ?

upwork

Imagine $6 (minus 20%) becomes $4.80 (minus Paypal transaction fee of $2) = $2.80

$2.80 is what’s left of my pay for a job that took over 15 hours to finish.

Injustice.

Someday, there will be an amazing freelancing platform that is friendly for Filipino Freelancers, without this 20% cut, and without charging remote clients hefty fees to post a job!

When self talk get silly,

Carla Aberion| Content Marketer | The Soliloquist

Ewan

Sabi mo gusto mong mag-move on
Move on saan eh hindi naman tayo
Pagbawalan ba naman akong mag-text
Di naman pinaliwanag kung bakit

Doon ako nag-umpisang mag-alala
Todo kung magemote ka
Wagas, walang katulad, wow naman
May pa-one last cry ka pang nalalaman

Chorus:
Kinakausap mo pa rin ako gaya nang dati
Nung hinawakan mo kamay ko
Bakit nga ba hindi ako bumitaw
Gusto na nga rin ba kita
Cute mo na, sweet mo pa
Ewan ko, paanong di mahuhulog sayo
Kung makabukas nag pinto
Daig pa ang guardia sa kanto
Kung umasta, parang boyfriend eh di naman
Ay ewan, akala ko tayo’y magiiwasan

Parang nahuhulog ka na nga sa akin
At hindi mu nga raw ito patutubuin
Iwas nalang hanggat kaya pa
Baka magkasakitan at tuluyang magkahiwalay pa

Ang drama naman pero sinunod ko ang gusto mo
Kung ikasasaya mo para sayo gagawin ko
Pero ang nakapagtataka ay twing tayo’y nagkikita
Akoy niyaya kaya tayo’y nagkasama

[Rap]
Naranasan mo na bang magkagusto
Sa isang taong walang katulad ang pagkamagulo
Ibinabahagi ko ngayon sa yo tong kwento
Ng pag-ibig at pagkakaibigang nagkagulo gulo
Ewan ko ano ba nga ang gusto nyang mangyari
Nakakahilo,pa iba iba ang isip, nakakapabpabagabag,
Mga katanongang walang pinipilit kong sagutin ng mag-isa
Kung ikay andyan, Bakit bumibilis ang tibok ng puso
Kung wala ka, Bakit kita na-mimiss
Bakit bigla na lang kitang naiisip,
Bigla at palagi kahit sa panaginip
Panaginip sa umaga pagkat
Minsan na nga lang akong natutulog,
Sa kaiisip ko sayo, sa epekto mu sa puso ko,
Sa mga tanong na bakit, sa mga ayaw mung sabihin,
Sa mga pinahihiwatig, sa mga kilos na tila di ko maintindihan,
Ewan, akala koy tayoy magiiwasan

 

-The Soliloquist

Ako Kaya

In my attempt to convert emotions into lyrics ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪

Dinadaan mo ako sa labing
Pa “hi crush, i miss you” ang triping
Naman po di mo ko makukuha sa ganyan
Malay ko bang crush ang tawag mo
Sa lahat ng kababaehan

Bad boy, andami mo na sigurong pina-iyak
Di na mabilang sa daliri dahil sankatutak
Nakita ko na ang eksenang ito sa TV
Gusto ka raw nya pero pag minahal mo na,
Pa-iiyakin ka rin lang

Chorus:
Ako kaya, ako na kaya ang makapagbabago sayo
O baka ako na naman ay nagpapakagago
Totoo kaya ang pinapahiwatig nang mga kilos mo
Karapatdapat ka nga ba sa matamis kong Oo
Dahil kung magplaplastikan lang sa iba ka nga bumwelo
Kung maglolokohan lang tayo,
Sa iba nalang, baka ikay mka-tiempo

Pa-ulit ulit ikay nangungulit
Dinadaan sa tuksong ako’y batang bulilit
Bata nga ba ang tingin mo sa akin
Kaya ba nag dadalawang isip kang umamin

Nakakatuwang isipin na baka
Ikaw nga ay naaakit sakin talaga
Na baka na-isip mo rin na tayo
Na baka pwede ngang maging tayo

Coda:
Di ako ang tipong pinaglalaruan
Ako nga ba’y paiiyakin mo lang
Di nga ako masyadong kagandahan
Di nga rin ako sexy tulad nang iba jan
Pero di rin ako yung umaatras,
Ipaglalaban kita
Huwag nang mangamba dahil di ako,
Di ako ang taong iiwan ka lang bigla

-The Soliloquist