Monday, September 29, 2008

Things I'd Rather Not Write About

I have noticed I often avoid writing about my personal experiences. Every time I attempt to, my cheesy high school diary entries flash to me. "Never mind," I would tell myself. Afraid I might sound so high school. But then again what's writing for if you don't give a piece of yourself to it? Wasn't early literature about one's experiences and the lessons one has learned from them? So all right, I would not anymore hesitate to bombard you, followers of this blog (I just imagine I have some heh!), with blog entries written from the deepest and innermost ventricles of my heart. Aww.

However, the reason why I didn't write about what happened to me 2 weeks ago isn't because it's too high school and cheesy. It is something I would rather not write about. Because I (still) don't know how to describe what I felt about the incident. Oh well, I'll just do it so casually then? So okay. I lost my phone to a holdupper last September 16 while riding on a jeepney. So what now? Isn't this something so common an incident in Pinas? Fine, I got a new sim and am now back to my loyal Nokia again and moved on as if nothing like that happened.

But no. I cannot just forget it. (That's why I am finally writing about it). It got me traumatized. And I hate the idea that it affected me so much. That same evening, when I went to sleep, I was shivering for an hour and imagined I had fever. I was chilling like crazy and was scared of the dark (I wasn't scared at it before). At that moment, I thought I have really gone mad.

Fortunately, when I woke up the next day I was sane still to think about editing my ads in this site, and posting in mylot and all the other addictions I've always had.

It wasn't about the phone I lost. But it was the memory of the hunting knife at my waist. It was the memory of the holdupper's face that I wouldn't let go of in the hope of seeing him again. And when that day comes, he'll get what he deserved. Well just visions of me with some Muay Thai skills finally...making him beg on his knees for mercy. Hah!

I still choose not to write about the incident in detail. But if I ever cross paths with him again, it will be a 300-word entry here (the least).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

How Juan Can Earn Money Online

Money-making opportunities through the Internet are growing in popularity. In the US and UK, it has even become a full-time job to many. Most of them are moms who can’t afford to leave their kids to nannies, singles who are sick of living the corporate life, the handicapped whose only option is to work at home, and the curious Internet addicts. To students and to those with day jobs, online (or home-based) jobs are part-time opportunities where they earn their allowance and additional income.

Here in the Philippines however, online jobs are often labeled as scams. Surely you have received one of those emails that mysteriously go in your inbox saying Work At Home. Earn Unlimited Income.” The email promises you that you can earn XX dollars per day while just simply surfing the Internet or answering surveys. But at the end of the email they ask you to pay XXX dollars as one-time registration fee! To feed my curiosity, I clicked on the link they provided that says “Register and Get Started Right Away”. The link leads you to their main site showing (more and more) testimonials of people who have joined and are now earning an “unbelievably huge income”. I didn’t register of course. I was only curious where the link really leads. So I clicked on Exit to resume to my usual surfing activity. But once you try to Exit, a chat box appears and a live agent tries to chat with you. The agent would then tell you that if you register at once you will be given a 50% discount off your registration fee blah blah. If you don’t reply the agent tells you: “Please type Hi to let me know you’re still there. This is a limited offer blah blah and more blahs.”

First thing to remember about these online job offers is this: Stay away from those that ask you to pay anything. They need you to work for them so it should be them paying you, NOT the other way around. If they ask you to pay, MOST likely scam ‘yan!
So what exactly are these online or work-at-home jobs?
They are called GPT or Get Paid To- sites. Most common and popular types of GPTs are:
  • Paid To Click (PTC) – Get paid to click on advertisements. Standard rate per click is $0.01. This is perhaps the easiest, most popular among the GPTs. And because of these very reasons, scam PTCs are very common out there. It is important to check the legitimacy of a PTC site. Look into forums and search engines to research or better ask from somebody who actually earns from PTCs so he can refer you to legitimate (those that really pay) PTC sites.
  • Paid To Post (PTP) – Get paid to post in forums and discussions, comment on blogs, or comment on online articles. Rates vary with the quality and length of your post.
  • Paid To Read (PTR) – Get paid to read emails. I haven’t looked into how this works so if you are into PTRs, please enlighten us. =)
  • Paid To Blog (PTB) – Get paid to (of course) blog. (A blog is an online diary or journal). This is a popular GPT also. We have heard stories of bloggers who earns huge just by telling the whole world anything.
Other forms of GPTs:
  • Get paid to answer surveys. Rates also vary per survey. The lengthier or time-consuming the survey, the higher it pays daw. Make sure you have a separate email where these surveys go in as you will have to deal with loads of spam emails. If you are receiving few survey invitations in your inbox this is because demographics have to apply. You have to qualify as respondent first before they send the survey to your email.
  • Get paid to post pictures, listen to music, make reviews, use a particular search engine. These, and more ways to earn money online.
So how do you get paid?

Unfortunately, the payment option that’s applicable to us Filipinos (and what I’ve learned pa) is through PayPal. So make sure that if you join any of these GPTs, look up in their FAQs if they pay through PayPal. Search through their FAQs also if they accept residents from outside the US, Canada or the UK.

So far, these are the GPT sites I found that Juan can be a member of. Registration is FREE to any of these sites. Feel free to comment on this blog or send me a message so we can expand this list. =)

CrewBux – PTC site that pays through PayPal.
myLOT – a PTP social networking site. They pay you to post in their discussions, post pictures, comment on discussions. myLot is a fun way of earning because you get to meet friends as well. Payment is through PayPal. Happy myLotting! 

Global Test Market, Survey Savvy, and Brand Institute meanwhile pay you to answer surveys. 

Or these may be helpful:

Forum Booster and Paid Posting Tools are PTPs.

While Homepages Friends pay you to use a particular search engine.
Hope any of these has helped. Happy job hunting, Juan!
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