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Laptop’s Busted – Work Tool Emergency

Groot, my Lenovo Z400 Laptop, will be out of commission for 1 to 2 months. This is the estimate of Gigahertz’ technician at Lenovo’s accredited service center in Calamba, Laguna. That's also the time estimate for the needed parts to arrive so they can fix mine  :/ Upon hearing my explanation of what happened, he said it could be the motherboard. He’ll know for certain once he has taken a good look inside and after doing some tests. Motherboard replacements takes time since they have to order parts from the supplier, which at this instant is Continue Reading

Jing Screencast – FREE Online Screen Capturing Tool for Blogging et. al.

This New Year 2014 I’m thinking of doing something different on top of what I am already sharing and posting on this blog. I've been publishing posts about my travels, itineraries, food trips, personal experiences and others but I have not shared yet cool tools I am using to aid my blogging adventure. So I am creating this new category on Penfires:  Blogging - Tools – Freelancing, who knows down the road I’ll get to convince you to try your hand at blogging too. =) That being said let me introduce you to one of my pinaka-favorite na online Continue Reading

Desk Tied Reflections: Ramblings and Random Things

There are tons of places in the Philippines that beg to be visited but how can we visit all in our lifetime? Sure we can visit the major tourist centers in the country like Baguio, Tagaytay, Cebu, Davao, Bohol, Ilo-ilo, Boracay, Camiguin, Batanes and ticked them off our must-visit-list but within those places and provinces are hidden gems that we may not even know about unless we decide to spend a considerable amount of time exploring the nooks and crannies. Majority of us will also visit a popular destination in the Philippines only once. Continue Reading

Review: Applying for PLDT MyDSL Home Broadband Connection

Me thinks 2012 is really a Lucky Year for me. I am hoping 2013 will even be luckier. :) I’ve been having trouble with our SmartBro Home Wireless Canopy connection especially at the start of December. Slow loading and getting cut off from the net from time to time. This is bad news, I have to have a reliable and stable internet connection at all times as my freelance work and blogging projects hinge on it. The techguys from SmartBro have been at our house countless times that I bet they know our rooftop intimately now hehe. On their last Continue Reading

On Being a Blogger and Making a Difference

The Aman Investment which I tackled on my blog last August, when it was still on its heyday and when people were almost worshipping Aman and ripping to pieces those who dare hint negative things about this investment has almost come full circle.  I say 'Almost' because the people behind Aman are still in hiding and can't be found. I was one of those 'talked to' and 'put to placed' sort of, for having the gall to write about the issue on this blog. In the past few days, the Aman case is constantly being mention on major tv network news Continue Reading

Penfires Blogging Milestone! =)

A few minutes ago Penfires has reached a new milestone! Wordpress Page Views has breached the 500,000 mark! Yey!  :mrgreen: Last January 1, I claimed this year to be something special and now that year-end is near, I can say that it really has been and blessings are still pouring in. Yahoooooooo! 2012 is really a huge blessing for me and for Penfires, Thank You God! Thank YOU TOO  for supporting this blog.   Your visits, the comments you leave, the time you spent browsing through this blog's articles and pages are really appreciated! It Continue Reading

Goodbye IsoldT, Hello Muncher!

IsoldT is my first laptop bought 5 years ago and mannn it was a great ride with her!  She was my assistant as I started Penfires and she was also the one I highly depended on when I shifted to online freelance work.  :mrgreen: *Her name was IsoldT for "I sold Tristan". She's one of those stuff I bought from the proceeds of selling Tristan, my old car.  She is a NEO laptop - very sturdy and fast, the lcd is not so good though, a bit pale screen, not sharp when it comes to pics and videos,  but overall this is one awesome laptop. I highly Continue Reading

My Blogging Fascination Started 2001!

I was browsing through iStorya a few hours ago and one of the forum topics that caught my attention made me remember my old blog hosted at angelfire circa 2001! It was such a long time ago that I am pretty sure the word 'blogging' and 'blogger' were not coined yet then, and I didn't know that that was what I was doing - blogging.  For me it was more like an escape, an outlet, a way to come to terms with intense emotion... Anyhow,  luck of all luck I gained access to my old blog from way back when i was writing mostly about heartaches and angst Continue Reading

Warrior’s Forum and A Recommendation

Usually my day starts by turning on my laptop even before I grab a cup of coffee. And nope, it is not to check my facebook account lol. The three pages that are automatically loaded are Odesk, my yahoo email and feedjit to see penfires’ visitors heheh. So anyway I woke up and saw a message from an employer explaining why she has not paid up on her articles (there are close to 20 Odesk contractors and freelance writers from the Philippines in her payroll including me, good thing I only wrote 5 articles for her this week, others did more than Continue Reading