Blogger Unleashed & Griz’s Blog on Making Money for Beginners

starting today, i will be posting all the interesting websites/blogs i’ve discovered and will continue reading. i’ve been doing this since last week because i want to start on my way to earning money online or establishing my blogging identity.

Blogger Unleashed ( – the author aims to help out people like me who are beginners in making money online through blogging. i’m not yet done reading all his articles but from what i’ve read, he has really good tips about how to earn through blogging. he’s been successful with his online business so i know i can get much needed tips from him.

i actually like reading his articles. he doesn’t seem to sugarcoat things. he is also a vlogger so you can just watch and listen to his tips.

Griz’s Blog – Make Money for Beginners ( – he is an Adsense expert. i found his website through Blogger Unleashed. again, i’m not reading through his articles but i bet he’s got great tips for me that will be useful when i start AdSense on my blog.

i’ll add both to my blog & website roll. i added some other websites that i haven’t started reading through yet so i’ll get back to them when i have the time.

The Search for an Anti-Virus Software

we’ve been having problems with this PC ever since we started playing Ragnarok Online again. we’ve tried everything we can – scanned for viruses and spyware, reformatted all drives. so, we concluded that the problem might be with the memory or motherboard.

since we don’t want to buy anything new for this PC, we just sucked it in and we’ve been pretending that we can ignore the problem until we leave on the 24th.

last night, after watching The Scorpion King (yes, the first movie. mai hasn’t watched it yet so we did yesterday), mai tried to play Ragnarok. but the PC acted up again and we had to restart it.

i had to re-install Trend Micro’s PC-Cillin Internet Security 2007 to check if there’s any virus or spyware lurking, causing this PC to hang. installation didn’t finish because problem started again. argh, this is killing me. so i rebooted.

HALA. it won’t restart completely. we didn’t want any anxiety before going to bed so we just turned off the PC and wait ’til the morning to fix it.

and that i did. i uninstalled pc-cillin through safe mode. i knew it was causing the problem. had to clean up my registry, too. and now PC’s working okay.

now… i’m really contemplating on changing the anti-virus software we use. i’ve read PC World’s Top Antivirus Software article and other reviews but i still can’t decide on anything.

i’ve read some really good stuff about Kaspersky Anti-Virus but i’m not sure if it is suited for this PC. Trend Micro Internet Security 2008 - Image from

Trend Micro’s PC-Cillinhas been my choice for years. it’s easy to update and i believe it really does the job. however, it really takes time to load.

you see, we need an anti-virus that won’t take up too many resources/memory, like trend micro’s pc-cillin. i have NOD32 installed but i won’t let it run automatically because it still slows down the boot-up.

hmmm… i hope i can get any suggestions. if not, i’ll just stick to NOD32 and continue not having it run in the background automatically.

Can you tell me about your experience, bad or good, with your anti-virus software?

argh. technology is causing me unnecessary stress. sheesh.

A Very Special Love – Review

me and mai watched “A Very Special Love” at Gateway Mall last friday. she wanted to watch it because she saw the trailer. nakakakilig daw so i agreed. i watched the trailer first and was convinced.

i don’t really like watching tagalog movies because they seem to always have the same cheesy storylines. but since this is a new pairing, i watched it with mai.

and, surprisingly, i wasn’t disappointed. they were a cute couple. Sarah Geronimo suited the role of Laida Magdalas very much because of her wholesome image. Laida was so into Miggy Montenegro, played by John Lloyd Cruz, who was always uptight with everyone.

of course, eventually, Miggy fell for Laida’s sweet and funny ways of dealing with everyone around her. she was a very responsible girl, supporting her family financially.

well, the film has a typical Filipino love story. poor girl gets rich, uptight boy. but it really had its very kilig moments. everyone in the theater was screaming everytime Miggy and Laida stole glances lovingly at each other. even the guy beside mai was having his own goosebumps because of how cute the couple was.

and i did too. i just got distracted with all the screaming people in the theater. that’s why mai said that we’re better off watching at home because we get distracted a lot by the people watching with us.

everything in the trailer, you’ll see on the first half of the movie. so i was waiting for what would happen. the story was really predictable but i enjoyed it… really.

when sarah geronimo did the sundance, i laughed even after i saw it more than once in the trailer (see below). it was pretty cute and funny. but i just wished they didn’t overdo it in the end. john lloyd’s version was better and cuter for me, though. (oops, spoiler? hehehe)

i’m just glad john lloyd was paired up with someone who suits him better. i like their team-up. they’re both makulit in real life so they look good together. i don’t like bea alonzo.

if you haven’t seen the movie yet, go ahead and see it! all the laugh and kilig moments you’ll get from watching A Very Special Love makes it all worth it!

Teriyaki Boy – Review

me and mai went out yesterday to pick up our backpay check. we were in Cubao so we decided to go to Gateway Mall for lunch afterwards. we couldn’t decide where to dine. since we haven’t tried Teriyaki Boy yet, there we went.

we don’t really like japanese food so we weren’t familiar with most of what they have on their menu, except for teriyaki, of course. so we just ordered based on what sounds delighting from how it was described on the menu.

Gyu-Yakiniku Don
 Grilled sliced beef with Teriyaki Boy Sauce and egg topped on rice
 price: PhP 250.00
mai chose this. i had to taste it after she said it was good. the sauce wasn’t too sweet. i liked it. mai didn’t like the egg, though. she prefers her eggs well-cooked. beef was cooked just right. the sauce complemented it very well. the serving was good enough for 2 people, actually. overall, it was worth paying PhP 250 for it.

Deep-fried breaded pork cutlet with stirred egg topped on rice
price: PhP 160.00

according to Teriyaki Boy’s website, this is one of their best-sellers. but i didn’t order it because of that. i just ordered something familiar (lolz).

so… what do i think? well, first of all, its aroma reminded me of tikoy. i believe it’s because of the egg or something.

it was good though. the slice of pork that i got was 40% fat so i didn’t enjoy it that much. it was really appetizing, though. i’m not sure if it’s because the breading was sweet. worth the price for me.

Ika Fry
Crispy strips of deep-fried breaded squid
price: PhP 145

we really love calamares. so i ordered this because it sounded delish. we were kinda disappointed. it tasted too much of squid, which should be good because that means it wasn’t all breading, but it turned our taste buds off. we barely finished the dish. the sauce that came with it didn’t help either. not worth paying PhP 145.

one thing i observed is they love adding egg on almost all their recipes. i’m not sure why but it works. well, at least for me hehe.

the question is will we dine again at Teriyaki Boy? maybe, just to try their other dishes but the meal we had was too heavy for us. i almost wasn’t able to finish my katsudon, to think that i was really hungry. their servings really compensate their prices but you have to make sure your stomach’s already rumbling before you order one of the higher-priced meals.

we weren’t completely disappointed, unlike with Super Bowl of China. so, yes, if you haven’t tried dining at Teriyaki Boy, go ahead.

(my first food review. more to come!)

a "short" introduction

this is my first decent post here in blogger. after days of figuring out how to design the layout, i’m done and i’m going into writing my first blog here.

first, let me introduce myself. i’m michelle but i prefer people calling me mhel, online or offline.

i’m not a gurly-gurly girl, if you know what i mean. (i edited this post because i had to change the template & the look of this blog coz of my bro’s reaction) but i’m using pink here because it’s the only template here that i think is cute and it will let me play around with it easily than the last one i used. (i removed the layout i made because after 2 days, i got sick of the flowers)

i am a freelance graphics and front-end web designer. at least i think i am. i’ve only done a couple of websites where i got paid. most of my work were FREE. my friend said, that’s why you’re a FREElancer, because you do most jobs for free. hahaha. well… he’s kinda right. i’ve done 2 major websites for free, but they’re on an intranet so i can’t show them to you. i’ve done 1 website where i was paid after a couple of gruelling weeks with that fricking client (i have a copyright thing to blog about in the next weeks, something to do with that client). my own place on the web hasn’t been conceptualized yet so i hope i’ll have more time for that in the future.

i have been working for call centers here in the philippines for the longest time. i have been a rep, a quality specialist/analyst and a team leader. however, my job as a QA and team leader also entailed training people, updating our online cheat sheets, coaching people, coming up with incentive programs, submitting reports, workforce-like monitoring of the queue, and all that jazz. so, you see, i’ve done almost everything! i was even next in line for the operations manager post but i really had to leave.

i love to read blogs but i easily get bored so most of the time, i just read what i want to read. you don’t really have to put everything here on your blog anyway. just really exciting or important things that happen in your life. that’s my number one rule.

i’ve been a blogger for years. i first started at however, they took down that site WITHOUT even informing us first. so we weren’t able to export all our past blogs so we can transfer them properly on another server. no, they just wiped everything out! we were all frustrated. so that’s why i stopped for a couple of months.

then, i started at multiply. i don’t want to blog in friendster because i don’t want EVERYONE to see my blog. just a chosen few who’ll stumble upon this blog spot of mine. but i hate multiply because it loads very slowly here on our PC. wait, should i hate multiply or our PC? hehehe. that’s another reason why i stopped blogging.

the major reason is because i was too damn busy at work that when we arrive home, i don’t wanna do anything else but to rest! and, also, i don’t want my partner MAI to bore herself while i’m doing my blogging.

then, a couple of days ago, i saw my friend saji’s blog in friendster. and i asked MAI (you’ll be reading a lot about her!), to read saji’s blogs. then she mentioned that i used to love blogging. and she apologized because i can’t do that anymore because she’s always with me. i told her it wasn’t because of her. it was my decision.

i realized how much i loved blogging, and that’s what made me blog again. i was deciding on wordpress or blogger but i can fully customize almost everything here without paying a cent. so i’m here! my own place will be on wordpress though.

hmmm… let’s see if this will stick. ’nuff said!