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Photo credits: Blogger-kun by CupcakeMiku-chan of DA
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It seems like almost everyone is wanting to blog. And choosing the best better blogging platform is one of the hurdles they need to face.

If you would ask me, I did not dwell thinking too much about that. I was determined to use Blogger as my blogging platform because of the following reasons:

No "Problem loading page" encounters

I was immediately turned-off to other blogging platforms, especially Wordpress, because whenever I visit a Wordpress-powered blog, I frequently say hi to "Problem loading page."

But whenever I visit a Blogger-powered blog, I hardly encounter this problem at all. So, I chose Blogger because of its speed.

Google-owned

I feel like I'm blogging for this big-time company whenever I use Blogger. Well, just a feeling though.

Aside from that, it made me think that since Blogger is owned by "the" Google Company, my free hosted blog won't just be disappearing easily because of bankruptcy.

Simple-looking templates

I like simple-looking blogs. They're cooler and cleaner to the eyes. Blogger really knows what simplicity means with their basic blog templates.

Anyways, if you like artsy templates for your Blogger blog, there are several available templates from the web. Just waiting to be downloaded and installed.

These are my main reasons why I chose Blogger without digging too much on the technical side. 

But as I made my research on the web, Blogger offers much more than that. And here they are:

  • with a user-friendly interface
  • with a wide range of widgets useful for the growth of your blog
  • tough security
  • provides greater opportunities of earning
  • can take unlimited traffic
  • search engine preferred
An old cat (credits)
I came across an article entitled, "How to Care for Your Senior Cat." And this made me wonder how long do cats usually live.

I have only one lovable cat that stayed and chose to rest in peace in our humble home. Her name is Tabby.

I got her name from a children's book given by my mother when I was a kid. It's called "Great-Great Uncle Henry's Cats." I still have the book.

Tabby reached the age of 10 years, according to my mother. I had seen her dying. But I couldn't do anything for her. She's already weak and old.


Life expectancy in cats

Life expectancy in cats differ. Indoor cats usually live longer than outdoor cats. 

Indoor cats could live for as long as 13 to 17 years. It is also reported that indoor cats could also reach the age of 20 or 21. On the other hand, outdoor cats could only live for about 3 to 5 years.  See the difference?

But of course, the life longevity of our pet cats also depends on the level of care we give them. Outdoor cats tend to have a shorter life because of the possible dangers they could meet outside their homes.

My Tabby was lucky enough to live for as long as 10 years. She's an outdoor cat. Well, all of my pet cats are outdoors since my parents do not allow them to stay/sleep inside our house.


The oldest cat

Creme Puff was the oldest cat that ever lived. It is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records that Creme Puff lived for as long as 38 years in Austin, Texas with her wonderful owner family.



Good reads:

How to Care for Your Senior Cat
What's the Normal Indoor Cat Lifespan
Cat Lifespan - the life expectancy of cats

I like to discover a few good reads every now and then because I don’t always have the precious time to watch anime. An anime episode could last until 25 minutes, but reading a manga’s chapter would only take 5 minutes.

Today, I would like to share with everyone the completed action manga that I have finished reading. And I think that they deserve to have an anime adaptation.



This is authored by Mori Kouji. An action manga which is everything about street martial arts. Holyland encompasses the typical story of a weakling getting strong. This “typical” plot line never stops to amaze me because I like to see the progress of a weakling character.

The main hero of the story is Kamishiro Yuu, a high school kid. He seems to be the guy that everyone could bully. However, he has a very special talent. He could execute or copy boxing moves that he had only read in a book. Until he had delved into the life of the streets, where everybody competes as king. This weakling now becomes the famed, "Thug Hunter."

Anyways, Holyland has already been adapted to Japanese and Korean drama series. BTW, I prefer watching Holyland's Japanese version coz I love Japan and it's much closer to the story of the manga. Though Holyland's Korean version has that "oomph" and "sexiness" in it, for me, Japan's is more realistic.



Bloody Monday is authored by Ryuumon Ryou, and it has 3 seasons. I like season one the best. This is the manga which is responsible for making me dream of being a hacker. But I guess that dream is still too farfetched.

Yes, my dear readers. Bloody Monday is all about hacking and terrorists. Wouldn’t you believe that a genius high school kid named Takagi Fujimaru saved the whole world from Russian terrorists with his hacking skills? When I discovered this manga, I couldn’t wait to turn pages.

There is also a Japanese live-action for this one.




Authored by Sakaguchi Iku, Change 123 is an action-ecchi manga. Don’t worry; the amount of nudity isn’t something serious. You’d be engrossed with the story of a nerdy-nerdy young girl named Motoko Gettou who has developed three personalities. Motoko developed multiple personalities because she was trained by her three adoptive fathers who each have their own martial arts expertise.

Just wait and see Motoko transform into her different personalities. You’ll be awed with the way they fight. And lastly, I really adore fighting beauties.



This manga is authored by Tabata Yoshiaki. Let me warn you. This manga has violent graphics, and of course, nudity. The story of the manga revolves around the forbidden love of a beautiful teacher named Aoshika, and her student, Akira.

So, where’s the action? Akira is a student who transforms into a wolf. Yeah, like Jacob of Twilight. One of Akira's classmates is a leader of a prominent gang, and he wants to beat Akira through foul means. This wannabe “strongest man of all” abducted Akira’s love interest, Ms. Aoshika, and has set several traps to kill him. 

This manga is just too intense. There is action, blood, rape and violence. And the story of it lures me in.



Kurogane of Ikezawa Haruto is about a very smart student named Kurogane Hiroto. He’s top in academics, but he doesn’t excel in sports. Another “from a weakling to a hero” story. He has a remarkable talent though. He has a phenomenal eyesight that could see every tiniest bit of detail.

A ghost named Tojo Sayuri appeared to him one night. Sayuri attacked Kurogane using kendo. But Kurogane evaded the attack with the help of his eyesight. Sayuri then trains Kurogane to become her successor of the kendo style called Sakura sword style.


I’m sure that these manga would be great having anime series. You would definitely feel the action. Do you have anything in mind that deserve to have an anime adaptation, too?


Photo credits: From the internet famous, grumpy cat

I'm regretting the days when I missed the opportunity of creating my blog when I was still younger. I'm already 24 and I only discovered the wonderful world of blogging when I was 22. My passion for writing is already inscribed in my genes. I am writing since I was 7 years old.

I'm not an internet savvy person when I was a student. I only get acquainted with the web if I need to copy-paste researches for my school project. I didn't know that the web could help me open portals of better opportunities...that the web could help me lead to blogging. If you are a student, I hope these reasons would help you open your eyes why you should blog. 


Improved English skills

If you are not used to speaking/writing English, especially if it's not your mother tongue, blogging could serve as an avenue to improve your English skills.

At first, you may not be used to on how people tell you how bad your English is. Do not be disheartened. Keep on writing. As you pursue your blogging career, you would soon learn proper grammar usage and such.

My mother keeps on pounding to my brain that learning English is a must since it is often the medium for communication when hunting jobs and improving one's career. (BTW, I am Filipino).

Creating a network of online buds

As soon as you step out in the world of academia, you may have to use the power of the web to expand your goals. If you're a career-minded person, blogging could help you meet different kinds of people from all over the world.

If you have lots of connections in the online world, you could ask them for big or small favors. What friends are for, right? However, you need to possess the skills of a man courting a lady. Creating a network of real online buds is also hard work...which is why, you better start as early as you can while you are still a student.

Fame and greater money-making opportunities

I would tell you this flat out. If you build a blog while you are a student, there's more in store for you in the near future. And that is, upholding fame and having lots of money-making opportunities.

If you spend four years in college studying, and at the same time, blogging, you would soon build a name in the blogging community. Popular and aged blogs are just some of the factors to help you earn more online income. Advertisers love blogs with several readers and views. It only means that your blog has so many visitors who could be potential clients for your advertisers.

Students, are you ready to blog and build a name in the World Wide Web?
Ho ho ho! I just want to congratulate myself for capturing wonderful shots of my pet cats. I'm not a professional photographer, so I'm very happy with my current skills. If you could call mine skills.

I have seen several cat photos in the web which are truly awesome. It inspired me to have it a go myself. I started spying my pet cats, hoping to capture some of their great poses.

And here are the results of my endeavor. Cats licking at their best!

Mikmik licking Shini clean
Potpot saying, "Thanks for the meal!"
 
Potpot licking her paw
Krungkrung licking his paw

And here's an extra pic. Though Shinji is not a cat, I'd like to include his licking photo. I'm not a dog lover, but I love our pet dog, Shinji.
Shinji

Tip for capturing cat licking photos

Ready your camera as soon as they finished their meal! Your pet cats would start licking, cleaning themselves!
Have you already read Fairy Tail 361? I'm sure you are as enraged as I am. That asshole Jackal has been on a killing spree of council mages. And it seems that our main hero, Natsu, is having a hard time to deal Jackal. For those who are itching to know what happened between the fight of Natsu and Jackal, may I now present you their final battle! (drum rolls)... Here are excerpts from Fairy Tail's chapter 362 entitled, "Natsu Vs. Jackal."

Who won the battle? I know that you knew this already. Of course, it's Natsu! Natsu is invincible. He won't lose. Right, everyone?

Afro Natsu all fired up!

We all thought that Natsu is dead from Jackal's explosions. However, after the dust begins to settle, Jackal saw Natsu alive and standing! (with an afro head). See Jackal's dumbfounded face? You don't know Natsu huh Jackal? He's gonna beat you into a pulp!

Jackal in disbelief

Because of Natsu's power, Jackal turned chicken, trembled, and resorted to transforming into a demonic monster! This part got me a little nervous because Jackal releases his ultimate form!

Monstrous Jackal ready to pounce on Natsu

But let us all rejoice! Despite of the transformation, Natsu has defeated Jackal, the killer of the council mages. Cheers for Natsu!

Natsu's reason for fighting

Who would beat Natsu's fight-for-your-friends principle? Natsu is unbeatable especially when he fights for his injured friends. But wait... this is not the end. Jackal is plotting something.

Happy flies up in the sky

Jackal, himself, is a bomb. Since he's defeated, he decided to blow away the whole town. Natsu has no more power left. Would Jackal succeed in blowing the whole town? Who'll gonna save everyone? Then an unexpected hero arrived, it's Happy! Happy won't let it happen so he carries Jackal up in the sky.

He's Happy and he's cool

"Like we'd lose to the likes of you." Happy said something cool. Very cool. And then BOOM! They were blown away. Poor Charle. She's starting to cry.

Everyone's reactions when Happy and Jackal blew up

But don't cry everyone. Happy is as strong as Natsu. It's just that he became an afro cat. Natsu and Happy are the heroes for the day!

Afro Happy


*Note: Images are from Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail manga. Everyone is encouraged to support his work.














Halcyon days

You know, I have sleepless nights (but only a little) wondering if Beel's mother is an enemy or not. I couldn't think of her as a traitorous leech to her own child because of her pretty and gentle face. And I was right! Babu 230 revealed the real reason why Beel's mother is currently on the side of Oga Tatsumi's enemy, the Solomon Company.

Guess what? Beel's mother is on the side of the "enemy" because she had a lover's quarrel with her dear husband, the Demon Overlord.

Punching the Demon Overlord

Since she views her husband as a good-for-nothing bum, she worried that Beel might grow a fool like his father. Remember all the fights that Oga had? From Touhoushinki to the Six Omens of Slaughter, Beel's mother planned it all with the help of Johan. Johan is the long-haired guy in a suit and he's somewhat the secretary of Beel's mother.

Johan

All of those fights are planned in order to make Beel the greatest Demon Overlord. But in the end, we have found out that Johan is the real traitor.

Johan betrays Beel's mother

I can't wait for Oga to beat the crap out of Johan. It's time for the finale!

It's time for the finale.


*Note: The images are from Tamura Ryuuhei's Beelzebub manga. Everyone is encouraged to support his work.
How many unsuccessful applications do you already have? Do you count it? I suggest you'd better not. You will only land into a state of depression. Until now, you're jobless; and you feel worthless. A man's worth can be tracked down through his achievements and job satisfaction, or his contributions to the society. But you're only contributing a burden to your family.

To put an end to your job hunting nightmare and to put an end to your suicidal attempts, it's time for you to follow a different track. If you can't nail down a job in the real world, prepare yourself to hunt a job in the virtual world - the online world.

Even if you don't have earned a degree, the online world would still accept you as long as you prove that you excel in your craft. But of course, having a degree is definitely a plus!
Have you watched Hunter X Hunter 97? The cool Chinese guy of Genei Ryodan was the star of this episode, highlighting his fight with Zazan, the Chimaera ant.

Feitan pain packer mode
Feitan's Pain Packer Mode
I didn't expect Feitan to use his Pain Packer as a finishing blow against the Sexy Stinger Queen, Zazan. It only means that Zazan was awfully strong to trigger Feitan to use his uhh... super move.


Zazan chimaera
Sexy Stinger Zazan
DBZ: Battle of Gods movie official poster
DBZ Movie Official Poster
I was very eager to watch Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods because I, too, am a DBZ fan. It is the very first anime that I finished watching on our local television. During my elementary days, I always rushed going home just to watch Dragon Ball Z because I didn't want to miss any episodes of my favorite anime series.

Now, I have become a lady, and yet I'm still a kid at heart. When I heard the news that there was a new movie of DBZ, I patiently waited for those torrent copies circulating in the internet. DBZ Battle of Gods was first aired in Japanese theaters on March 30, 2013. The torrent copies only began circulating this month of September. As soon as I spotted one at AnimeTake, I began downloading my copy.

I will now share my thoughts about the movie, and I will gladly spoil you if you still haven't watched it.
*Update (March 8, 2015) - AP is officially dead even among pro users. I just visited the site.

AnimePaper shuts down

I was shocked when I saw the above message from AP (Anime Paper). One of my favorite resources of anime wallpapers will be shutting down for "normal users" like me. Well, I don't have a pro account so I could not access AP anymore. It's really sad to read such news (which led me to blog about it).

When the World Wide Web was not yet a favorite of everyone, there were people who still engaged themselves to blogging – with the only purpose of sharing their thoughts online. Blogging for them is just like a hobby. The only benefit they would get from it is that they could vent out their feelings. No more. No less.

However, since the evolution of the World Wide Web, they don’t only have the opportunity to share their thoughts, but now, they could also earn from it. Yes, I think internet savvy people already know about this – that they could earn money from blogging. And because of that, there are many people who have tried to enter the world of blogging – good writers, so-so writers or not.



Ever since my pet cat named "Potpot" got pregnant, I've been eager to see her give birth. Why? Because Potpot is a pure white cat, and I'm expecting her little offspring to be white as well. I always have a liking to white cats because usually, they have two different colored eyes. Cats with two different colored eyes are often blue and green; and they are called odd-eyed cats. Potpot is an odd-eyed cat as well.

And just now, she gave birth to four little cute kitties. Guess what? She blessed us with three white kittens and a very special lone black spotted kitten. Here are her pictures together with her four kittens inside a box. I couldn't find any other better shelter for her and her kittens. Since cats are crazy about boxes, I gave her instead a "high level type of box," an HP Deskjet Printer box.

Potpot and her cute little kitties


When I was applying for web content writing jobs, this was one of my sample articles I sent to employers.  Back then, I didn't have a clue about web content writing. I thought it was just a piece of feature or editorial article only "printed" on the web since I had done campus journalism before. And they didn't usually specify what kind of sample article they were looking for.

I know I can write, and I also know that I am not the best writer. It's just that, no one took their time to reply in my application with the following sample article. I think it's not that bad, only too dark-themed. And I came up with a conclusion - this piece is not appropriate for a sample article. LOL. Or maybe, they just don't like it. Anyways, here it is.




That’s what I want to ask among fellow freelance writers. What do you do when you get bored? Sure, we have the luxury to work in our homes at our own pace. No early baths. No traffic. No dress code. Though we may earn the same salary as what office-based workers get, we, freelance writers, cannot escape boredom. 

Boredom always strikes me. It is said that you’ll never get bored if you love your work. I love my freelance writing work, but who won’t get bored if you don’t see other people’s faces? There’s no one to talk to in our house. My parents have their own businesses in life, and only go home after their usual eight-hour daytime job. My brother and sister are working in far, far away places. And we don’t have neighbors. Our house is deeply located in the forest - like the fairytale setting of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.