The Smell of The Sea

I grew up in Baler, a small town in the Province of Aurora located in the Central Luzon, Region III of the Philippines. Proudly, my hometown is one of the top surf spot in the Philippines and over the years, it has become a tourist attraction. With its 9 feet mighty waves, the place is definitely a haven for surfers.

I remember waking up as early as 4 A.M, so I could join my Father fishing and/or watch the sun as it goes up in the morning. I remember the smell of the sea…I remember walking at the beach on barefoot, enjoying the sand between my toes, while Dad is busy catching some fish for breakfast. I remember the salt water in my mouth, the distinct aroma of the ocean air, I remember running from the waves, trying not to be caught. I remember my thick dry curly hair because of the salt water. I remember the face of my Father, every time he catches big fish, his smile from ear to ear, alive and strong and full of life. I remember how he carries me on his shoulder going back to our house. I remember everything, it made we want to go back to my childhood, life was so simple back then.  miss ko na pala si tatay!

I took photos of the beach, the last time I went home. So, I can look at it anytime. I used the photo as a background to a Beach Theme Wedding Invitation and it actually came out nice. Check it out:

Here’s the original photo. It was cloudy and about to rain when I took these photos.

I looked at these photos and it always reminded me of the smell of the sea. The lovely aroma of the sea breeze, especially in the morning.

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Melamine Plate with Floral Wreath Design

I’ve seen this beautiful watercolour art around the net and one that always caught my attention are these beautiful hand painted floral wreath using watercolour as a medium.

I’m a trying hard artist. I actually know how to draw, but I am not that ‘good’, maybe because I have not practice more during my younger years. No one ever encouraged me to pursue this secret passion of mine. It runs in our family actually, my brother is an excellent painter/artist/draftsman and he does this for a living and me,  I am just a trying hard hobbyist.

So recently, I’m into watercolour painting, I don’t have proper training. I just watched tutorials on youtube, and you know what? I realized that watercolour is the easiest medium to use, you don’t need perfect lines, you just brush it on and once dried…. A MASTERPIECE!

So, I made this FLORAL WREATH IN WATERCOLOUR and posted it on my Zazzle shop, hoping someone would appreciate it and maybe somehow buy it 🙂

You can actually find more product with a Floral Wreath design here:

No relevance to the Daily Prompt… but, who cares lols!
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Home Based Jobs

I am trying to make a list of the website where you can find online job without paying fees, to help other aspiring freelancer starts their Work at Home Career 🙂

But, it’s 11.00 PM and I’m sleepy. So, here’s a quick list. I will update this post next time.

1. Upwork
2. Freelancer
3. Golance
4. Guru
5. Fiverr
6. 99designs

I’m planning to list my top 10, but don’t have enough time. I promise to update this post soon.

Ciao!!

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How I get my Profile Live on Upwork?

In life, you win some, you lose some! In my case, I win some, I lose a lot! hahaha.

Yeah, if you follow my blog, you’ll know that I lost the job I love so dearly last year, before Christmas! It devastated me, break my heart into pieces but I get up again and started looking for a new one. It’s okay to not to be okay! So, in your every fall, cry as hard as you can then get back on your feet again and move on. Life isn’t perfect, so expect a bumpy journey.

I move on easily. Maybe because I don’t have time to grieve and be emotional. We need money!

So, how did I get back on being a Virtual Assistant again?

  1. I went back to my Upwork Profile and finally update it. After six years of being idle, my profile is now live on Upwork.
  2. Then, I made a list of all the skills I have learnt while working for one company and decided that my niche would be “Email Management/Handling”.
  3. I took all the skill tests available on Upwork that are relevant to my skills.
  4. I started sending proposals. I don’t just send a proposal, I read the entire job description to understand the job well, then write a draft of my cover letter based on the job description. Then read the cover letter over and over before hitting the send button. The first impression last, if you can’t follow simple instructions on the Job Description, your application will be trashed. So, always take the time to read.
  5. Always be on time during interviews. Make yourself available or let the client know your preferred time. But, it would be best to tell them that you can make yourself available anytime at their convenience.
  6. Research about the company that you are applying for. It is always best that you know them already.
  7. Do not ask for a higher rate, if you’re a first timer, the lowest rate you can ask is $5.00 per hour. But, this will also depend on your background and skill set. If you know that you are worth 20USD an hour, then by all means, ask for it.
  8. Before setting your rate, check first the client profile. How much they have spent? How much they are willing to pay for an employee. Then base your rate on that.

After doing all of these and making a research on how to make my Profile looking better and professional, in less than two weeks I was able to finally signed two contracts from two different clients.

But you know what, it is not as easy as you think it is. My God, Upwork gave me 60 connects to apply for a job, I almost used all of my connects and only got two clients? How about that? Do you know how many sleepless nights I have struggled only to find out that my interviewer has stood me up? No show, no message, no nothing. I lose a lot, I win a little lols! But I’m still a winner!!!!!

I maybe just lucky, but no! I work hard to get back on track and not be unemployed for a long time. There are lots of jobs out there, you just have to know what you’re good at and don’t stop to keep improving yourself, professionally and as an individual.

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 Devastation