Saturday, August 19, 2017

Migrating from PLDT Home DSL to Fibr

One of the most important things I need to have at home is a good and strong Internet connection.

I work from home and I need to be connected in the fastest way possible. Add to that, we have more than 20 devices currently connected to our Wi-Fi.

That's why we migrated from PLDT Home DSL which was 5Mbps to PLDT Home Fibr which is now giving us a solid 50Mbps.

It's the best "residential" Internet connection I could get at the moment.

The difference is night and day.

I could stream, download and do a video call all together -- in multiple devices! No lagging and buffering.

Steps to Migrate

Here's how we migrated from DSL to Fibr.  These steps will only apply to existing PLDT Home DSL subscribers.

  • I called their hotline 172. 
  • It's a standard customer service hotline. You just have to be really patient as the line gets pretty busy. 
  • Once you get to talk to a customer service representative, you just tell them you want to migrate from DSL to Fibr. 
  • Choose your plan. We chose Plan 2899 which should be 50MBps and no cap. 
  • This plan comes with a free modem and free installation. 
  • They would then get via phone all the necessary personal information for verification. 
  • Once that's done, all you have to do is wait.
  • It took about 2 weeks for them to install the new line and modem. 
  • It took another week for the Fiber connection to get activated. 

I must admit it was a bit of a hassle and pain to wait and get our Fiber line activated. But, in the end it's absolutely worth it.

Hooray for fast Internet.

Here's a screenshot of my current speedtest.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Why I Watch Movies

My weekly schedule is normally full. It almost seems impossible to insert other personal activities in there.

But, one leisure activity I always find time to do is watching a movie.

Whether it is in a movie theater or just at home watching Netflix, I won't hesitate spending 2 hours on it even on a busy day.

It might sound counter-productive but for me it really helps clear and re-energize my mind.

Also, I am not an expert movie critic. I don't judge movies based on cinematography, acting and those kind of stuff.

The reason I watch movies is I actually enjoy that momentary escape from reality.

For me, a good movie shifts my emotion for the next good 2 hours.

When I leave a movie theater in shock of what I saw, dropped my jaw from a wonderful story or smiling from a romantic comedy -- this is what I consider a movie that's worth watching.

I enjoy moments like that. It keeps me sane from all the work that is on my workaholic mind.

After all, I don't want to be just all work and no play. :)

Fun facts: 

  • Shawshank Redemption is my all time favorite movie for the reason I mentioned above. If you haven't seen this movie, I guarantee you it will change your mood.
  • My current favorite movie theater is SM CDO Downtown Premier's Cinemas. (photo below).

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Nothing Beats Family Time

No matter how busy life is and how hectic our schedules get, nothing really beats time spent with family.

Today was my father's birthday.

We just had a simple dinner. It was just a quick one but everyone got together.

These moments are golden.

Plus, it was also a celebration of the life of my father. Without him, we all would not be here.

I am grateful for his life. I may not be really expressive of how I feel but I know he knows that I love him and I appreciate everything that he has done for our family.

I really cherish moments like this.

I'd never trade family for anything and I look forward to having more get togethers like this.

Monday, July 03, 2017

No Work Weekends

I always keep myself occupied even on weekends.

That doesn't mean I am always "working" though. As much as possible, I'd like to clear my weekends of work stuff.

I still do a lot of things on Saturdays and Sundays. I just like to keep them non-work related.

Here are some of them:

  1. Friday nights are always date nights. My girlfriend is also workaholic like me. But, we block off our Friday nights to spend time together. 
  2. I audit my finances. I am crazy over budgeting and tracking down every single peso that I spend and receive. I spend the weekend to audit everything and see how I could "improve" my spending habits.
  3. I volunteer at church. I am actively involved at our church's youth ministry. I spend probably half of the weekend for this. 
  4. I schedule the week ahead. I fire up my Calendar and plot dates and appointments for the next week. 
  5. I do groceries. 
  6. I watch a movie even though I usually can't finish it. Sometimes, it's just one episode of any Netflix show that is on my list. 
  7. I read a book or go through blog articles on my reading list.
The list goes on and on. 

As usual, weekends seem so short because there are a ton of things that we can do outside of work. 

The important thing is to keep that work and life balance. 

So, come join me in my "No Work Weekends" crusade --- even though I technically checked some important work emails earlier. Tee hee.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Affordable and Cozy Workspace in Cagayan de Oro

Digital nomads and remote workers like me love to hangout in places where we can just chill and do our work.

Working "from home" may be ideal. But, if you have been working "at home" for years, a change in scenery is always something you look forward to.

That is why I prefer working outside of the house every now and then.

I used to just go to coffee shops. Fortunately, Cagayan de Oro City has now started integrating workspaces inside of coffee shops -- just like what Cuppa Workspace did.

Located in J. SeriƱa Street, it is a coffee shop and workspace in one.

For 25 pesos an hour, you'd get all these:

  • A hight speed Internet connection (a must!)
  • Free brewed coffee
  • A dedicated cubicle
  • Unlimited charging
  • Unlimited water
Totally cool and affordable! It seriously can't get any better than that. I'm a cheapskate so I wouldn't pay for really expensive monthly fees on those coworking spaces.

When I'm not at home working, I'm probably here. It's an ideal haven for remote workers like me.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Maximizing Productivity

I came home from the team retreat with one thought in mind: I want to be more productive at work.

So, I've thought of ways on how I could maximize my productivity while working from home.

That is why I got myself these 3 things:
  • A good work desk
  • A 23 inch monitor
  • A wireless keyboard
I basically just made my MacBook Air a full desktop and it's amazing. 

It's great how everything seems so different and more efficient when done on a big screen. 

I feel like I could get more work done. 

That's just the first step. I hope to get more ideas to maximize productivity at work. 

P.S. The Logitech K380 keyboard is fantastic!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Team Retreat Effect

I'm writing this down in a fancy hotel in Boracay, Philippines.

The last 2 days have been really productive. I met with most of the people from Time Doctor and

Did a lot of meetings, discussions and brainstorming as to how to move the company forward.

It was mentally exhausting. But, it was definitely a fantastic experience.

We do these team retreats every year. And, it's a really great way for remote teams like us to get re-energized and gather the motivation to become more efficient.

Tomorrow, I'm going home with a lot of added knowledge, motivation and energy to become 10 times more productive.

For that reason, I could say that this year's retreat has been really successful.

Looking forward to another one last year!

For now, I'm just excited to go back to work. :)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Forming The Habit

At the beginning of this month, I committed myself to becoming a morning person. 

Today, I think I broke the "It takes 21 days to form a habit" mark. 

I've been doing these things for a month now: 
  • Wake up at 5 in the morning
  • Run for an hour
  • Lift weights (3x a week)
  • Shower
  • Drive my brother to work
All of these things are done before 9 in the morning!

So now, I can finally say that I have made this a habit. My journey to becoming a morning person started off strong and I'm proud. 

Getting here wasn't that easy though. Here are some of the things I learned along the way. 

The first week is the toughest

When I started all these, I had the right motivation, mindset and discipline. But, it was a rough start. Imagine how I had to drastically change my body from being a night owl to waking up at  5AM and then dragging myself to run. It was tough. 

Run with music

It's painful to run continuously. It can sometimes be boring. But, music definitely helps. It makes the run a bit bearable. I noticed I can run longer and even better when I listen to music. I highly recommend Spotify Running for this. Listening to good podcasts is also a good alternative. It makes the run even more productive. 

Just keep pushing

There were days when I don't feel like waking up very early. I was even sick at one point. But, whatever. I just went out and ran. I wasn't in my full capacity. But, doing it less is better than not doing it at all. 

Find something that will force you to keep doing it

Aside from the discipline and willpower to keep doing the habit, there has to be some things that will help you keep doing it even if you feel otherwise. In my case, I always ask my father to wake me up at 5AM no matter what. And, I've volunteered to drive my brother to work every 7:30AM so that alone forces me to get up early and move. This greatly helps in pushing you to keep the habit. 

The Apple Watch (screenshot above) is also a great tool to monitor your move and exercise levels. It has been a fantastic companion for my morning runs.

So many things have changed now that I can finally consider myself a morning person. 

I've been generally happier and more productive. I definitely want to keep it this way.

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