Today’s one-word prompt is PUNGENT, and it made me remember. Not the pungent odor, but a very aromatic moment.

3 years ago when I first set foot inside our house, I remember the pungent odor of burning onions and garlic and then the aroma of a very spicy food. I remember the smell so vividly that it water’s my mouth while writing this. It came from the apartment next to our door, where an Indian couple with two grown up kids is living. And up until now, every once in a while I smell this very familiar aroma, a mixture of curry powder and coconut milk – I know, she’s cooking it again. And I’d be here tapping on my keyboard, wondering if the taste of the food is as good as how it smells.

My Indian neighbor does not only have a delicious cuisine, they also have this colorful clothing. Every Sunday, I see them wearing their beautiful Sari. I love watching them as they walked graciously, bursting with colors and beautiful accessories.

They fascinated me.

via Daily Prompt: Pungent


Back to UpWork and Job Hunt

This is a continuation on my professional career meltdown :-). I am now officially unemployed and in the process of looking for a new job.

UpWork formerly known as oDesk has always been of great help. I registered here like 6 years ago, but never really got the chance to build my reputation on this job bank because, after a few tries, I got a permanent job. Voila!! Six years have passed and here I am: UNEMPLOYED!

So, I went back to UpWork this time and started to make my profile look professional, I changed my Profile photo to make it nicer, I added some Work Experiences and created a portfolio. I change my ‘overview’ details to make it direct to the point and more appealing. You know what? It’s hard to look for a new job this time, I submitted 25 proposals and only got one invitation for an interview. (Help me, Lord).

The struggle is real this time around my friend!

There are thousands of job ads, but there are also millions of job hunters, mostly Asian, who are as good as you or maybe even better but offer their services at a lower rate. Can you compete with Indians? Or Bangladeshi? In terms of hourly or fixed rate?  If you live in the Philippines and you sell your services same rate as Indians or Bangladeshi, you won’t be able to buy a pair of panties, I swear! Everything in this country is expensive, from Tuyo to Salmon. Lahat mataas, panty na lang ang bumababa sa madaling araw.

But, if you are just building your profile and reputation, good reviews are more important than money, so you sell your product as low as 3USD per hour – It can get you by. Don’t give up, the more positive reviews you get, the more clients will notice you. The time will come when you will be able to charge them 10USD per hour, and who knows maybe 25USD per hour after a year. Just keep holding on to your faith.

God will provide!


Anyone looking for Email Handler or Virtual Assistant – here is my UpWork Profile:


On Job Hunt

So… It has ended!!!

My boss has finally decided to close the company down. He emailed me yesterday that it was our last day and asked for my invoice which I have been delaying since I log in. I hate to think that it was really our last, that we are going to part our ways. We’ve been working together for six years and it’s hard to just leave everything behind and start anew.

We have informed a week ago about the possibility of closing down and I have started hunting for a new job since then. I have actually prepared myself for any emotional and psychological stress, but this sudden change in my daily routine and my professional career still kept me awake at night. You really can’t move on quickly, especially when you spent six years of your life working for a nice company and wonderful people. The rapport you established with your team is something you just can’t throw away and something you just can’t get overnight – this is the sad part of losing one’s job: Starting over again!

I don’t have time for grief. I have to move on and I have moved on easily, I don’t let any negativity in life keep me down. I know that there’s a lot of good things in the future that is waiting for me. And in times like this, I keep holding on my faith, that God will provide, as my brother-in-law always tells us: God will provide!

I’m on Job hunt now. So, if you need a VA or email handler, please count me in. You can check my profile on UpWork:
or you may contact me via realgrapiks[@]gmail[dot]com

I can provide the following services:
Microsoft Word and Excel and Photoshop
Manage contact lists and customer spreadsheets
Maintain a calendar and set up meetings
Prepare and send out e-mail newsletters
Prepare, collate and ship proposals and meeting materials
Send out requested information to customers
Handle client inquiries by e-mail
Email Management/Filtering
Booking Appointments with clients
Following up with clients/customers (thank you and other reminder emails)
File Management (organizing files using Dropbox)
Database building (updating email or contact list on your CRM)
Research on certain topics
Personal errands (purchasing gifts for loved ones/family members online)
Hotel and Flight Booking
Creating basic reports
Preparing slideshows’ on PowerPoint
Set-up Social Media Accounts (Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Tumbler)
Manage and update social media accounts
Manage your blog
Publish posts on your Blog (as long as you provide the content)
Filter and reply to comments on your blog
Blog commenting (to increase traffic and links to your site)

Is this the End?

It’s a roller coaster! Everything is turning upside down in my professional arena now. Life has thrown so many challenges in my life and this one is by far the hardest. Imagine giving your all to a company for almost eight years, spending all your energy, talent and skills, investing emotional connections with your team and bosses. You created your virtual family and you really feel needed, belonged and loved. You feel contented and happy and then one day, in a snap of time, the dark force has just taken them all away from you.

Today is Monday, 31st October 2016 and supposedly my last day at work. My boss hasn’t shown up yet, maybe it is because it’s just 2:56 PM Manila Time and is still too early in the United Kingdom. I feel so bad that working with him will soon end. He has been very good and I just wish I could do something to keep the company going, but there is really nothing I can do. It is beyond my capacity. Waiting for further instructions on what is going to happen to us after today feels like forever and is like I’m slowly dying – it really keeps me awake all night for two days now. I wonder what the future will bring.

I am not so sure if Rob will still keep me, at least as his Virtual Personal Assistant, I hope he will.

I’m dying to know if today is the ‘End’ so that I can move on.


Look at this beautiful crocheted tissue box cover, pretty isn’t it?

Your BFF’s birthday is nearly coming and you need to get something for her, but you run out of ideas. She has everything – nice clothes, fancy bags, glittery shoes, makeup, lipstick… anything a woman could wish for. She has lots of money than you do and it’s embarrassing to give her a cheap birthday gift, though you know she won’t mind it at all. But still, you want to give her a gift, something inexpensive, but full of love and sincerity and of course of quality. Yeah, then just give her a tight Big Hug, lols. Just kidding.

If you’re into craft and love to crochet. CROCHET TISSUE BOX COVER is a nice gift.


There are lots of tutorial on youtube, or you could google it.

Try this video:

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano Privilege Speech 2016 Kontra De Lima

Ito ang sagot ni Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano kay Sen Leila De Lima, sa kanyang privilege speech. Bokya na naman si De Lima, juice ko Lord, san ba kumukuha si Sen. De Lima ng kapal ng mukha, obvious naman na ayaw sa kanya ng mga tao, I really wonder bakit nanalo siya.

Eto po, panoorin ninyo, tumbok na tumbok ni Sen. Alan ang mga nais ko din puntuhin sa mga nangyayari ngayon sa Bansa natin.

Frozen Inspired Locket and Invitation Card

When the Frozen movie was at its peak, my niece was so crazy about it. She even requested for a Frozen themed party. So, I created a Frozen theme invitation card for her. It looks pretty nice, I think. Afraid that I might get sued for copying anything from the Frozen movie, I have opted for just this, still looks like FROZEN, somehow :-). You can customize this invitation on my Zazzle Store: Design by Ellen

Or you can simply click the link below to go directly to the invitation card.

Snow Flakes and Butterflies Invitation
Snow Flakes and Butterflies Invitation by realgrapiks
View more Princess Invitations

The best part is it looks really nice on a locket, a perfect gift for a little girl on her birthday, look at the locket! They’re adorable!!!!

55th Birthday Invitation Card

Just when I thought I got zero sales this month on my Zazzle Store shop, it surprises me with the last day sale. One of my best selling men’s birthday invitation template was just sold 25 copies to a buyer from Kerrville, TX. Awesome, God is really Good. It is not much, but no matter how small the royalty is, it is still a blessing.

I designed this invitation card thinking and honoring the memory of my Father who passes away years ago. We were not able to give him a decent birthday celebration when he was still alive,  we never actually celebrated his birthday, not once and it pained me big time. I can’t get over this guilt until this moment. I just hope that wherever he is, he is happy and understand that we were all struggling financially back then. Enough with this blah, because I am getting emotional again.

Curious about the design? Here’s the Invitation Card:

You can have it customized and replace with your own photo, just click the link and hit the customize it button.

You can change the wordings with your own wording as well.

If you need help customizing it, drop me a line at realgrapiks[@]gmail[dot]tcom


Mum E.

Watercolour Monogrammed Letter N

Art is therapeutic, as you may already know. It helps you improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being. As for me, I use painting to lessen stress, to release my creativity and to express my feelings. This hobby is also a great help on my budget when I need to buy a gift for someone, I just play on with my brushes and colors and a little creativity and voila!!! I have something personalized. A labor of love and creativity is more meaningful than any other material gifts.

My favorite medium is watercolor, you can easily mix colors and you just play with your brushes to create a beautiful masterpiece.

I painted this cute watercolor monogrammed for a friend on her birthday. We call her Niña, hence the letter N. But just today, she told us her real name is Divinia and she hated it, so she uses Niña instead. I thought I should have done the Letter D. Anyway, here’s the painting:

watercolour monogram N2

It looks nice on frame:


And on t-shirt too: (click the link below to purchase this item and have it customized)

How about a TOTE BAG? It looks nice too.
 You can have it customized by clicking the link at the bottom.


I went to collect my nephews Form 137 at Jone Paul Christian School Inc in Fairview, Quezon City last Monday. To go to Fairview from Tabang, Guiguinto – you have to take a van and get off at SM North, then you have to pass through all the food stands under the hanging garden at SM North to get to the Van going to Fairview terminal. Having not eaten lunch before leaving home, I feel so hungry that I chose to eat Kwek-kwek soak in vinegar with spices. Hmm… ang sarap. There is a Kiosk selling kwek-kwek and tokneneng (I’m not sure if it is Dr. Kwek-kwek) and a buko juice at a nearby stand. Lunch is solved!

On my way back to Bulacan, I decided to eat at Sizzling Plate in SM North Food Court, so I ordered Pork Steak, oh my God… I MISSed IT A LOT… It was a very long time since I last ate at Sizzling Plate, it’s our favorite food station back when I was still working at Cybersoft.

The next day, I woke up with an upset stomach, it was so bad! And I kept vomiting. Suka’t Tae ako – excuse me po sa kumakain. My god! I was food poisoned and I don’t know which food has poisoned me. I don’t want to blame kwek-kwek, but it could be it!!! Or the Pork Steak from Sizzling Plate? Or could be the Buko Juice?. Na-swertehan ko lang siguro. This won’t stop me from eating Kwek-kwek or any street foods, ang sarap kaya ng kwek-kwek with matching salmonella on the side hahahhaha. Even after losing all my energy yesterday from going back and forth to the bathroom and vomiting, even after being exhausted and weak, I would still eat kwek-kwek.

Anyway, a friend of mine suggested that I drink Pocari Sweat, so before bed yesterday I drank two bottles, it helps me get my energy back a little. I drank another two today, I feel energized, but my tummy is still feeling weird. Yakult is also helping a lot. Pocari Sweat is the best Upset Stomach Remedy.

Anyone, having an upset stomach. I suggest you drink Pocari Sweat and Yakult. Pocari Sweat will help manage your dehydration. “It contains balanced electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride) which are a critical factor in the timely absorption to the body, to help you recover from dehydration faster. Refreshing and mild tasting recommended as a beverage for sports, exercise or any physical activities and various forms of dehydration in daily activities”. Yakult,  on the other hand, is a probiotic, it improves digestion and helps builds immunity.

pocari sweat

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