The Forgotten Memory

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I was about to doze off to sleep when my cat approached me, in the way cats do – purring. She pushed her head against mine and gave it a little lick. She then walked off to her corner of the bed – above my wife’s pillow, and went to sleep.

For whatever reason, I suddenly thought of the apartment we used to live in five years ago. Panic struck me when I realized that there were a lot of bits that I could not recall about it – tiny details, like where did the cat sleep when we lived there. Did she always sleep by our bed?

As I try to answer that question, I noticed that I could not recall instantly what our old room looked like. It took a bit of effort, but there were pieces missing. They were like dark spots that I could not fill in.

I could recall what the living room and dining room downstairs looked like. I recalled the large, L-shaped black sofa, the TV rack we had, the dining table we used – they were not the same furniture that we have in our home now. The sofa found its new home in my brother-in-law. It was supposed to have been sold at a lower price in an installment agreement, but it was at a time when they were in financial distress, and now that they are well off, they conveniently forgot about it, and my wife could no longer collect from her older brother. The dining table is now with my mother-in-law. It was a wedding gift from my wife’s sister, and since it could no longer fit our new home, and her mother was in need of a dining table, we gave her that- among other old furniture that we could no longer use.

Our old apartment was larger in comparison to our current home, so we had to pare down our furniture.

Slowly, as I put more effort into recalling, parts of the old apartment fell into place. I remembered where the cat’s litter box was originally placed – near the bathroom. The bathroom there was concealed from the dining and living room, so it was OK to place it there. Now, it is in our room. I have to clean it often. The same goes with the cat’s food and water bowl. It is in our room. I also had difficulty recalling where it was placed the last time. I think it was located in the kitchen, but I can not really be sure.

It feels weird how living in that apartment felt like a lifetime ago, when it was just five years ago when we moved out of there. I guess it goes to show how little time I must have spent in our room then, as most of the time I was working in our store, and would go to our apartment late in the night, dead tired.

Yeah, it feels like a lifetime ago.

It felt weird and made me unable to sleep that night. Funny how time passes by, eh?

Thank you very much for reading.

Being Productive Is Tiring

I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, either.

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Last weekend had been a somewhat productive day. I was able to get out and get some street and outdoor photography done. I will upload them in instagram soon.

We also managed to record content in advance for the wife’s channel, which is good. As the producer, it can be very stressful when production schedules are not being met, and deadlines with no output pass you by.

Last week was different. I was swamped.

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An Amusing Turn of Stats Event

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I know this is nothing to be completely happy about – it just means that my blog – which has usually been flying under the radar, must have caught the eyes of a bunch of spambots.

Since I have no new comments in my notifications, I guess I should be thankful that the Spam filter is working as it should be.

But still, it’s funny, and I got a good chuckle out of it. Look at how my blog has performed for the past few days — then suddenly, BOOM!

This reminded me of that post Jim Borden made on his blog,  The Day My WordPress Stats Went Wild. It’s amusing to see such performance out of our blog, eh? Outstanding!

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Anyway, my suspicions were mostly confirmed when I saw where most of the views were from. Hahaha…

Well, anyway, that’s all for now. I hope you are having a good day today. Stay safe!

If you like this blog, and the things I post here, I highly recommend that you follow me here. If my current post has not convinced you yet that it is a good idea to follow me, please take a look at my past content and decided then.

See you around, and have a nice day!

Inktober – Throwing in the Towel (+Other Updates)

With October having just 7 days left, I guess I have to call it. I won’t be able to continue with the Inktober challenge anymore.

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Hello, I’m glad you could join me.

As I said with my title, I can no longer continue with Inktober. I am way behind in the days, and I feel that I can no longer catch up.

I have been swamped with real world obligations, and while that is not necessarily a bad thing, I would hate to make the fun of Inktober become a chore and a burden. And so, I’m calling it.

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WordPress Theme Building: Like Riding a Bike?

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I met up with a potential employer yesterday. It would seem I would be working on a web design for a big project. If my design is good, I will probably get the job.

The requirement is that I will have to develop a website using wordpress.org. Therefore, there are two things I need to do – make a design and create a theme using the design.

From my past experience with building a theme, I started with a skeleton theme and created the custom theme based on my design.

I haven’t done this in years, so there are at least two things I need to refresh on – php coding, and css coding.

However, most important of all, I need to create a design. I better stop procrastinating and get this working.

So far, I managed to get an offline development server running and have installed a wordpress.org site on it. I finally managed to get it running after fifteen minutes of not being able to get the server to detect where I placed the wordpress folder… Then I realized I haven’t switched on the http server…

Whoops…

No wonder nothing was running.

Then I had to connect the database. That took a bit of time, mostly because I could not find the user settings…

Anyway, I really need to get this thing done. We got deadlines.

Later.

When You Can’t Seem to Write

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Hello everyone. How are  you all doing this fine day?

I hope you are doing well.

In the past few days I haven’t really been up to writing anything. I tried reviewing the outline and draft that I am crafting for my new novel, but I could not seem to get any ideas flowing. It’s one thing when  you are stuck with writing your first draft, but it is another thing when you can’t even get a decent outline out.

Outline. Yes, you read that right. I am actually working on an outline for my novel.

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Incoming Milestone!

Hello everyone.

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As I’m writing this, I have 96 followers. It’s not much compared to most of you big-shots with thousands of followers, but for me, who have only started focusing on growing this blog sometime late last year, my first one hundred followers would be a big milestone.

Let me take this opportunity to thank everyone who have decided to follow and subscribe to my humble blog. I hope I can continue to educate, entertain and not disappoint you guys too much. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

I originally did not know what to do, write or post on this site. I literally had no direction. No direction, means no growth, and that’s exactly what happened. This blog had almost no growth in the past few years.

Then I realized I want to be a full-fledged writer. To be a writer, I must, therefore, write. Where do I write? I thought about that for a while. I thought that blogging must have fallen out of the mainstream’s radar probably due to micro-blogging and social media. It was a dying thing, I thought.

I could not have been so wrong!

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Just Checking In

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Hello everyone!

How are you all doing?

This are still a bit hectic on my end. While I am procrastinating on my current work, I decided to check in the site and do a tiny blog post (so most of you would not be wondering if I somehow managed to walk off the edge of the earth…)

I have not been able to do any writing lately, but have been reading a lot of manga. It somehow have been giving me different perspectives, and hopefully give me fresh ideas on what to work on in the future.

Actually, I’m probably slacking off on my writing, and this is more of me finding a valid excuse for slacking off… hahaha… whoops…

Anyway, once my workload simmers down a bit, I’m going to dive back into writing some for articles, and fiction.

Please bear with me. Thank you, and have a nice day.

Some Problems Don’t Just Fix Themselves

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When the end of the month approaches, I am reminded of the financial mess that I made.

It can’t really be helped much when unforeseen events causes business to fail or perform poorly, and when the end of each month rolls in, bills reminds me that what I have is not enough, and that I am failing.

We run a physical store, which has been in operation of around five or eight years already. It’s not much, but it has been able to augment our finances, apart from my regular desk job. Thanks to our business, we somehow did well for ourselves.

However, as times changed, so did the market environment. There seems to be more competition which took a chunk off of our market share, slowing sales down. While our business still could float on the water, our personal finances which relied initially on excess profits from the business is struggling.

Aside from that, we also made terrible investments that flopped this year. In our attempt to increase our sources of income, we inadvertently ended up making more problems for ourselves when the second and third business we invested in failed. It’s understandable that in business, there is no guarantee. It just hurts when mistakes have repercussions – and in this case, additional bills to pay at the end of each month.

Earning online as a primary source of income was never really a plan before – it was more of a hobby, a source of income on the side. I have this redbubble shop where I create designs which could be sold on that site for phone cases and shirts, and stickers. I have not really thought about blogging as a source of income, and yet I have started to study on what ways one can earn income from their blogs (affiliate marketing is one of them, which I am still lost on how to go about with it.) Patreon is something that is completely foreign to me for I really don’t know how in the world I could use that platform…

What I’m trying to say is that I know that I have a problem, and that I am actively trying my best to figure out a solution… Yet it can be a bit daunting, and also disheartening when the bills roll in.

Some problems in life can fix themselves without worrying about it too much. Some require minimum effort. Yet some problems need not only a lot of effort but would only be fixed after a period of time has passed.

On a bright note, my younger cousin – who is I treat as like the little brother that I never had, is going to get married next month on December 7. Five years ago, he stood as the best man in my wedding, mostly because his elder brother – who is also like the elder brother I never had, was not available. I wish him the best in life.

Well, I hope you have a nice day. Later.

How Arguments Work For Me

I have a positive view on arguments.

I view it as a means of expressing opinion and a way of changing another person’s mind and perspective by presenting evidences – whether they be statements of facts, or others.

What I mean to say is that, if your argument can be backed up by valid evidences, you are most likely to convince me.

The argument ends with me agreeing to your point, and I feel more enlightened. You get the win, yet I do not feel I lost. I feel more knowledgeable, at the very least.

That is why I approach arguments as a sort of debate. It is not a battle of who got the strongest voice, or who could manipulate another person’s thinking by using emotions such as fear or pity. It is a matter of who could properly state their facts in the argument – who has the more weighty evidence.

However, since an argument is not as structured as a debate, it still boils down to whomever could convince me. Will my statements hold up against yours? Will I be able to defend my line of thinking against your line of thinking?

And lastly, I am willing to back down. This, I think, is the important part of any healthy argument. Both sides must be willing to agree to the other side later on down the line, whether they like to or not. I am not as stubborn as others view me to be. Present me with facts as to why I am wrong, and I will concede.

I view arguments as a means of educating, imparting knowledge on the other side as to why their side of the argument is valid and true. With this view, I believe that both sides would at least leave the argument table with more information as when they started, even if they did not meet an amicable agreement.

I hope you have a nice day.