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End of Service Computation

How to compute your of END of Service Benefits?

This is one of the most common question of Filipino OFW’s going for vacation or those that are going for exit and not coming back. There is a tool to make this easy.

https://www.laboreducation.gov.sa/en/Pages/Calculator.aspx .

The Eternal Game of Chess

Nowadays, since I’m out of work. The activity that keeps me company lately is the game of chess. I have both accounts in Chess.com and Lichess, the first one I’m barely 1100 and the later I have around 1400 ratings.

The game of chess is like the life itself. This constant battle between two opposing forces, white and black. The game only ends with the last standing forces either black or white.

The past month I have played only this game and it seems, it’s quite addicting and depressing at the same time.

This is my way of escaping the present situation maybe, here I win sometimes. Unlike in the real life most of the time. Life beats the shit out of you.

The game itself has its obscure origin, they say it came from India, then China.

My experience in the game lately is quite satisfying since I’m able to move of to higher ranks. It’s a great past time, lately I find myself playing between ten minute and 5 minutes game. I can stand the 30 minutes regular game.

Some players will make you lose your patience, since it would take them an eternity to move their pieces.

Hopefully just like in the games. I’m hoping to come out of this personal battle as a promoted pawn.

During that time, it will be a game changer for my life. As for now. I’m seeing myself like this lowly pawn. Hoping someday to rise and win his current battles.

Severed Ties

It has been a month and 6 days that I left my day job/desk job. The feeling is surreal, you have all the free time now in the world but the money that you were dependent for your survival is weaned out of you. Its like severing yourself from the umbilical cord that feeds you and the same time sucking the soul out of you.

The job that give something to trade your time for money is not there and it would take sometime to find another.

I’m having the difficulty to express it on written words, but this is how we have succumbed. The time and life you have, you need to trade it with this mind numbing thing you called a JOB.

I always had a thing for writing, it gives me a sense of calm.

Because right now I traded my previous situation of boredom and worse not source of income.

I can also sense that the company is making it hard for me to transition, this bureaucratic process. The waiting and waiting for a long time to get what you deserve, by the way I stuck myself in that job for 2 years and 7 months.

I would probably and barely get anything out of it though.

Plus my the money I own from people are already mounting to higher and higher amount.

So this is what unemployment feels like, the days blend in to weeks and its been a month a 6 days now.

I’m just holding on.

Staying sane, since a lot of people are already losing their minds.

Typhoons: Why Deaths are Recurring?

What is a typhoon?

typhoon is a mature tropical cyclone that develops between 180° and 100°E in the Northern Hemisphere. This region is referred to as the Northwestern Pacific Basin, and is the most active tropical cyclone basin on Earth, accounting for almost one-third of the world’s annual tropical cyclones.

A long month it has been. I have my personal issues and my country has more pressing issues besides Covid-19, economics and the usual insurgency. Yes the things I mentioned are very common now in 2020.

It’s been like we are rolling on a dice and still we are not surprised.

My country sets on the Pacific, quite a deceiving name, when you check the name of Pacific as calm, since we are far from calm. Most of the time we are hit with more than 20 typhoons a year. We have long since adapted A-Z names of women and now including men.

The people have gotten use to this beating once or twice a year. Last year we were lucky and this month, was the worst year. We have 3 successive typhoons on single month and before that we had earthquakes.

The death toll is high and the sad part. This happens almost every 5-10 years, depends on whose keeping the date. But we have not managed to solve this death cycle.

I’m one of the lucky one’s whose not experiencing this first hand now. Since my last stay was in 2014, then 2019.

My heart goes out to the loss of lives, properties and sanity.

The year have been harsh to us indeed.

But the question remains why the problems are not addressed. The solutions and policies are not provided. We will again for another 5 years or more. Then surely this will happen again.

Goodbye to Corporate Slavery

Two weeks ago, I said goodbye to my deskjob of 2 years and 7 months. I was let go of the job last October 11 and afterwards was days and long weeks of all day in my room. Then the reality sinks in after 3 days. No more waking up early (usually at 8 am in the morning).

My boss finally had it and blow a fuse. He said angrily, that I was done. I can go home.

Deep inside I had the feeling of relief. I can finally get of from this sick cycle of verbal abuse and his antics.

Yes I know it really is not a good time since the employment opportunities are quite low. But I said to myself it’s now or never.

Nevertheless, it’s not all dark and bleak. Due to incident I have been playing chess for the 17 days straight.

As of now I’m having a lot of time myself. Like chess games. I’m taking of the best moves I will take in the future will it be a long game or do some quick sacrifices to get to my goal.

Yes I’m stuck in my room while waiting for my exit visa.

I really wanted to say to my Boss face. HASTA LA VISTA BABY…

Let’s talk about Pain

During my college days we use to study medical subjects and courses. One of the most important will include the topic about pain.

Pain is subjective from one person to another. Thus it is rated from 1 to 10, one is the lowest pain sensation while 10 is at the highest threshold or level.

Today while playing basketball for the longest time ever. I started to rekindle my interest and it has been two weeks since 6 years ago I have played this game.

During the game today I played twice already when something happened. My team mate sent a blind pass and my face slammed to the ball. For a minute I was stunned and I felt this pain level of 7 or 8,as the ball hit my face and I felt the pain crept to my eyes.

My eyes really hurt and it was almost tearful.

I’ve have not experience or recognize this pain for the longest time.

Although I said to my self, just embrace the pain and learn to love it.

To be honest I have been in mental and psychological pain this past 3 years. The struggle and the humiliation that I have to go thru every day.

Talking about pain, thru the years I have learned to live with it. In my elementary years Ive had a fractured arm and some accidents.

Something about pain that molds you and craft your inner fortitude for you to build that will or endurance to go thru more punishment.

Thankfully Im older now and have come to acknowledge the pain that I will have to go thru.

I’m playing basketball now and hoping I can start a healthy habit.

To the one reading this thank you…

What are your thoughts on Dr Shiva Ayyadurai?

Most of us these days have our news delivered to us on our Facebook feeds, from the riots to economic collapse scenarios or in between which are just filled to the brim with gloom and doom. Then this feed from Dr. Shiva comes along and he’s short but effective video of how he came to be Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai. This boy genius from a third world country set up during his childhood. The way he came from the bottom and made his way up. By the way there are two guys that I kinda like their life story. Both of them are doctors but I’m not sure there are both MD’s. Zdoog and Dr. Shiva, I admire these guys. Wait come to think of it, isn’t the vocalist of Queen also from India?

One would find the story of Dr. Shiva is of a prime example how one guy, if given with better opportunities in life and pair that with determination would usually achieve their full potential.

I’m not going to be political on this one, but I know he’s also running for a senators seat. He’s going independent I think and if he’s rallying cry would be able to reach the grassroots. I believe he will have a good platform to start for his senatorial race.

Thus I believe and hope that this guy would really make a difference in the field of public health and good governance.

Its about time that the people get to have a representation from a leader that came from the grassroots level and lived what its like to be a true immigrant looking for a better life.

Cryptocurrency in the Philippines

According to https://ph.investing.com/crypto below are the most and highly traded coins in the Philippines.

 NameSymbolPrice (USD)Market CapVol (24H)Total VolChg (24H)Chg (7D)
BitcoinBTC11,726.6$217.05B$21.46B21.97%+0.75%-0.10%
EthereumETH437.92$49.03B$12.36B12.65%+2.62%+7.84%
TetherUSDT1.0009$13.35B$37.21B38.09%-0.01%+0.13%
XRPXRP0.28315$12.74B$1.21B1.24%+0.27%-1.78%
ChainlinkLINK16.46$5.76B$1.54B1.58%-2.90%+8.21%
Bitcoin CashBCH277.41$5.13B$1.18B1.20%-0.02%-4.53%
LitecoinLTC61.660$4.02B$2.65B2.71%-0.41%-0.98%
Bitcoin SVBSV195.00$3.60B$666.76M0.68%-0.45%-3.35%
Crypto.com CoinCRO0.1801$3.54B$77.85M0.08%+1.75%+3.21%
Binance CoinBNB23.3102$3.37B$218.44M0.22%-1.96%+3.71%
Widely traded coins

Lets face it Filipino’s are risk takers both business and careers, we have this immense drive to succeed at something we set our minds with.

Here are some data from Daily Inquirer/Ben O. de Vera – on who are these early adopters.

In the Philippines, majority or 51 percent of cryptocurrency holders were between the ages of 45 and 54, likely male, employed, hold master’s or doctorate degrees, according to the survey.

Yes its not readily available with the masses but one may wonder why most of us are easily drawn to get rich schemes and quick cash business offers.

And I hate to admit, a lot of Filipinos are easy targets for scammers and estafa masterminds.

According to the study the following are the reasons for Filipinos to engage in cryptocurrencies.

The top reasons for Filipinos having cryptocurrencies included curiosity (40 percent), legal tender for online purchases (39 percent) and to make money quickly (36 percent).

ICOs appealed to Filipinos who wanted to earn money quickly (38 percent), those looking for long term investments or retirement funds (31 percent) and to know more about ICOs (31 percent).

At least 43 percent of those with cryptocurrencies bought them online, 37 percent mined them and 27 percent received them as payment for goods or services.

As for my readings and research this has a potential to be like the infamous Tulip mania (Dutch: tulpenmanie) was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for some bulbs of the recently introduced and fashionable tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then dramatically collapsed in February 1637.

Every time there is quite a big hype for something I always look from this angle and incident, but as the digital payments and ecosystems are formed, or as we replace the old models of centralized generation of money, namely from banks. The possibilities of cryptocurrency in dimming the the doubters is just on the horizon.

If you happen to read this humble article of mine. Kindly try out the following ways to earn cryptocoins.

  1. https://www.publish0x.com?a=3YaOYn3Ndx. What is PublishOx? Its a place to publish and read the latest articles for crypto, while getting paid.
  2. http://coinpot.co/ What is Coinpot? Its one of the most popular and safe coin faucets in which you can earn coins by clicking the links below.

Create and register your account to claim your coins. Its not easy though, you will need some time in your side to get a full coin.

http://moonliteco.in/?ref=07947585BB3F

http://moonbit.co.in/?ref=796E8053329E

http://moondash.co.in/?ref=2DE294AF2421

http://moondoge.co.in/?ref=311FDA69713E

3. Using the Brave browser, if you use the browser it keep your internet experience safe and you will earn BAT coins in the future.

4.Pi, the most popular mobile mining app. This app also exhibits a lot of potential.

If your interested try this link= minepi.com/marxsorino.

So that should serve as a starter pack and good luck to us early adopters.

Almost December 2020

It has been a tough week again, my boss is again on the warpath and with his threats that he will finally terminate my employment.

I’ve had tough line of bosses before but this one is by far the worst with his verbal abuse and threats.

He’s not the reason why I’m writing this one though. The truth is I’ve had enough of this miserable life in the office. I know that this year has been tough and not a good time to severe ties or a stable job. But this will really come off as a release or relief, so here I am trying to waste away my whole day just lazily lying around in bed. When it hit me, at least I have to prepare for this event.

So I check my online accounts in Jobstreet, Workabroad and Kalibrr. This site Kalibrr which I have not opened for years, now looking back to this desperate times that I used to flood message my resume to any openings I get to set my sights on.

So it’s been a while that I stayed on a job long enough for me to forget looking for other jobs or positions. Its been 4 years I think, quite a record for me.

I wonder what happened to most of this companies, which surprisingly quite near to where I used to live near in Makati.

I really thank God that I’m not in Makati right, just cant imagine how people will be surviving this trying times on those rugged neighborhoods.

Work from home is the fad and the common means of working now. So back to my plans in case I will be sent home?

I guess I will start finding jobs back home or focus more on the nursing field.

How do you survive the hardships in Life?

These days life can be extremely difficult for everyone, if you watch the news and check the stats, it already paints a bleak future ahead. Then there are times that “Life’ could really knock you out and get that wind out of your body.

Everybody experience that worry for days, sleep is hard and sometimes you will think of ending it all.

So I would like to revisit this question…

How do you survive mental hardships?

This link from Mayo Clinic seems to provide the answers.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/resilience-training/in-depth/resilience/art-20046311

Tips to improve your resilience

If you’d like to become more resilient, consider these tips:

  • Get connected. Building strong, positive relationships with loved ones and friends can provide you with needed support and acceptance in good and bad times. Establish other important connections by volunteering or joining a faith or spiritual community.
  • Make every day meaningful. Do something that gives you a sense of accomplishment and purpose every day. Set goals to help you look toward the future with meaning.
  • Learn from experience. Think of how you’ve coped with hardships in the past. Consider the skills and strategies that helped you through difficult times. You might even write about past experiences in a journal to help you identify positive and negative behavior patterns — and guide your future behavior.
  • Remain hopeful. You can’t change the past, but you can always look toward the future. Accepting and even anticipating change makes it easier to adapt and view new challenges with less anxiety.
  • Take care of yourself. Tend to your own needs and feelings. Participate in activities and hobbies you enjoy. Include physical activity in your daily routine. Get plenty of sleep. Eat a healthy diet. Practice stress management and relaxation techniques, such as yoga, meditation, guided imagery, deep breathing or prayer.
  • Be proactive. Don’t ignore your problems. Instead, figure out what needs to be done, make a plan, and take action. Although it can take time to recover from a major setback, traumatic event or loss, know that your situation can improve if you work at it.

Let me unpack this one by one. Getting connected, its easy and the same time hard on this trying times since, most of us are preoccupied with the superficial and the fleeting. How do you keep your friends these days?

When something goes wrong, do you tend to bounce back or fall apart?

When you have resilience, you harness inner strength that helps you rebound from a setback or challenge, such as a job loss, an illness, a disaster or a loved one’s death. If you lack resilience, you might dwell on problems, feel victimized, become overwhelmed or turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as substance abuse.

Resilience won’t make your problems go away — but resilience can give you the ability to see past them, find enjoyment in life and better handle stress. If you aren’t as resilient as you’d like to be, you can develop skills to become more resilient.

Adapting to adversity

Resilience is the ability to adapt to difficult situations. When stress, adversity or trauma strikes, you still experience anger, grief and pain, but you’re able to keep functioning — both physically and psychologically. However, resilience isn’t about putting up with something difficult, being stoic or figuring it out on your own. In fact, being able to reach out to others for support is a key part of being resilient.

Resilience and mental health

Resilience can help protect you from various mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. Resilience can also help offset factors that increase the risk of mental health conditions, such as being bullied or previous trauma. If you have an existing mental health condition, being resilient can improve your coping ability.

Twenty Things not worth it by Awodeji Ayowiska

What are 20 things that are not worth it?

  1. Unprotected sex with a non-monogamous partner – It has been said that for a man, (women, I don’t know, you tell me) having sex with a condom on is like eating a sandwich with the plastic wrapper still on. As good as unprotected sex feels, the downsides are, well, you know what they are. Don’t play Russian Roulette with your genitals.
  2. Maintaining friendships out of a sense of obligation – This equation that the time you’ve been friends with someone equals the quality of the relationship and loyalty you owe them is bunk. This does not mean become a Machiavellian person who keeps a tally of everything anyone is ever done for you. This does mean that, no matter how long someone has been in your life, if they become a detriment to it, you owe yourself to move on from them. Cutting people off who don’t deserve to be in your life is the ultimate form of self-care
  3. Reading bad books – Follow the ’50 page rule.’ If a book doesn’t grab you in the first 50 pages, stop reading it. This is why reading for sport, reading just to say how many books you’ve read, is nonsense. One great book you read over and over again is better than reading 10 mediocre books. Never waste time on lackluster literature.
  4. A house you can’t afford – Getting into debt over a house you shouldn’t have bought in the first place is the number one source of the middle-class nightmare lifestyle. You become an over-extended prisoner to your mortgage. For what? To impress your friends and neighbors that you don’t even like? I remember having a conversation with a guy at his new home — a big beautiful home. He offhandedly mentioned, “Yeah we probably paid too much and the mortgage is kind of killing us right now.” Ever so slightly, I saw a piece of his soul fade away in his eyes.
  5. A lifestyle you can’t afford, period – There’s the house, then the $500 car note for the BMW, then the consumer debt for shopping and vacations. I’m not a fan of frugality, at all. I don’t think money is meant to just sit in a bank account. However, I’m a huge fan of living below your means. If you want to live a middle-class lifestyle, have an upper-middle-class income first, save the difference, and don’t become a slave to your materials.
  6. Going to a timeshare presentation – I actually did this once in San Antonio Texas. They baited us with multiple $100 credit gift cards. 4 hours later, my father in law at the time ended up in a near screaming match with the salespeople who kept pressuring us to buy. We enjoyed an excellent seafood meal on the riverwalk, but in retrospect, we could’ve had some amazing experiences with those 4 hours. Avoid.
  7. Joining an MLM pyramid scheme – Be wary of strangers who try to approach you at the grocery store, or old friends you haven’t talked to in a decade suddenly contacting you on Facebook messenger. They will try to disarm you with casual conversation until the inevitable sentence arises, “Are you interested in making an extra income on the side?” I will give these pyramid cults credit for one thing — they exposed me to reading and personal development. They use teachings and books as motivation to sell. I stopped selling, but I kept reading.
  8. Staying with someone when you know it’s over – Why is it that we all have to stay in relationships six to 12 months too long. Both partners know. And all that wasted time could’ve been spent either focusing on being alone and happy or finding someone more suitable. “Relationships are work” yes, but don’t confuse that with staying in a relationship that simply isn’t working. If you’re married, sure, tough it out, but if you’re not, you’re probably wasting valuable time. We’ve all been there. Have you ever looked back on those wasted months in your past relationships and found them to be a good use of your time? Exactly.
  9. Lying – Not even for ethical reasons. Simply because it’s tiresome to keep up with your own lies. Lies aren’t just harmful because you deceive others, but you also create a form of self-deception because you lose your own sense of who you are. White lies and lies of omission to spare hurt feelings, sure, but almost every other form of lying is counterproductive or harmful, to everyone involved.
  10. Always speaking your mind – I have a bad tendency to play ‘devil’s advocate’ and add my two cents onto every little topic in conversation. Almost never worth it. You never come across as confident, just smug and arrogant. And the act of doing those things does come from insecurity. There’s a time and a place to speak your mind and when you see something that’s inaccurate to the point of being harmful, yes, combat it. But be careful, still, because your judgment of those statements is still subjective.
  11. ‘Saving money’ on crucial items – Don’t buy cheap shoes or boots. Don’t buy a cheap bed. Definitely, don’t buy a cheap tattoo. You never want to skimp on the important stuff. And often, trying to save money in the short-run with low-quality products leads to spending more in the long run because you have to keep replacing the items. An old friend of mine got a tattoo in a basement once on each of his hands. It read, “Truely yours.”
  12. Being cheap at dinner – If you’re going out to eat, just order whatever the hell you want. Get the appetizers. Get an extra drink or two — top-shelf. Get the steak and lobster dinner if that’s what you want. Go to a place where you can order anything on the menu and don’t even look at the prices. T Harv Ecker wrote a book called Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. One of the tips — even when you’re broke, save up some of your money to blow on something extravagant, even if it’s only once a quarter. Try going to a fancy restaurant and eating a real multi-course expensive meal. In some cases, saving money is just not important. Dinner is one of these cases. Oh, and, don’t be a jackass — leave a nice tip, at least 20 percent.
  13. Being ‘penny wise’ and dollar foolish – I read this story once about this woman who obsessively clipped coupons, a ‘couponer.’ She was so concerned about saving every little penny on trivial items. Then, she convinced her husband to spend an insane amount of money on a pool that the family never ended up using. There are many examples like this, people focused on tiny little wins like not buying coffee at Starbucks instead of figuring out how to earn much more by getting a better job or starting a business. The amount of time spent on minutiae in lieu of decisions that move the needle leads to a life a petty tyranny.
  14. Getting in a car with a drunk driver or driving drunk yourself – Get the damn uber. Who cares how much it costs? Most of us don’t ‘drive drunk’ but sometimes the line gets blurry. You had a few. It’s still daylight. What’s the worst that could happen? Just. Don’t. Do. It.
  15. Cable TV – Are you 74 years old? Haven’t you heard of ‘Netflix and chill’? You don’t need 157 channels. You shouldn’t be watching so much T.V. that you need 157 channels. You can have access to thousands of shows for $10–20 bucks a month. That’s enough.
  16. Arguing – Never in the history of arguing with someone has the other person said, “You know what, oh wise one, you are right,
    I am wrong. Thank you for enlightening me.” Yes, there is such a thing as a good-faith debate, but it’s rare. Most people argue with each other just to hear themselves talk. You’ve seen these long comment threads on Facebook. “Maybe the 28th reply will do the trick.” No, it won’t.
  17. Chasing people who don’t want you – I have a very simple rule for dating. I date women that, you know, like me. There are millions of women out there and some of them will really dig me. The rest? I’m just not their cup of tea and there’s nothing wrong with that. Men, women, people of all genders, even if you do end up getting that person you incessantly chased, you’ll realize that they can’t live up to the pedestal you put them on in the first place. Why? Because they’re human beings. So, stop putting other humans on a pedestal, period. Interact with other people and stick with the ones that vibe with you. Let the rest live their lives.
  18. Watching the news – I always get push back on this one, but I’ll say it again, the news is meant to misinform, not inform. Remember, “if it bleeds it leads.” The news isn’t fake in that it reports things inaccurately, although it sometimes does, but rather it creates such a spin on real events that it might as well be fake. If you must stay informed, stay away from cable news, at least. Find some credible sources elsewhere, e.g., independent journalists, and try to stay away from the outrage Olympics.
  19. Focusing on politics outside of short time windows – A corollary of the above. You have your debates, elections, town hall meetings, etc. These small time windows can be used to engage in your civic duty. Aside from that, focusing on politics is a huge waste of time. You already know who you’re going to vote for anyway. Why add all the extra stress of fully immersing yourself in the depressing kayfabe that is political theatre?
  20. Taking life too seriously – You can see the repression on people’s faces, especially these days. Yes, be pragmatic, but don’t be one of these people who take everything so seriously they never actually live life — nothing but a hollow LinkedIn page, some nice toys, a solid 401k, and a series of accomplishments that don’t really mean anything. Chase your dreams, do what you love, blow money on a trip you didn’t need to take, whatever. Just don’t build this altar to productivity because you can’t take your accomplishments with you to the grav