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Getting to know about blockchain, bitcoin and other crypto currency today

 How far does Bitcoin go on shooting up, and where does other types of crypto currency goes? Introducing Blockchain.

I wrote this article last 7 November 2017. I updated it today 19 May 2017

A blockchain is a core component of the digital currency bitcoin—conceived in 2008 and first implemented in 2009—where it serves as the public ledger for all transactions.  Definition from Wikipedia 

In the bitcoin case, every compatible client is able to connect to the network, send new transactions to it, verify transactions, and take part in the competition to create new blocks. The competition creating new blocks is known as mining.blockchain

The “blockchain” today is like the internet in the early 1990s…

and the investment implications are just as enormous.
The blockchain is a decentralized, digital ledger.
It’s decentralized nature has made it impossible to “hack”…
since no one is able to alter the ledger in all the places
it resides at the same time.
The internet changed the way we record and exchange information.
It made the flow of communication across the world
faster and more efficient.
Trillions in value were created.
Likewise, the blockchain is changing the way we record and exchange value.
It will make transactions across the world faster and more efficient.
Trillions in value will be created.
Yet, it’s so early in the game, many people still don’t even know about the blockchain…or how they can profit from it.
And that’s creating wide-open opportunities for those in the know…
If we still can remember, the internet was the same in its infancy.
Many investors didn’t see its significance—or even know it existed—in the beginning.
Then web browsers came along and the internet was quickly on its way to mass adoption.
Early investors made fortunes.
Today, the blockchain is starting to gain traction.
Eventually, these online distributed databases will be as ubiquitous as the World Wide Web.
And a new group of early investors will get rich like those at the
start of the Internet Age.
A Decentralized Database.
The blockchain is maintained by thousands of independent computers.
These computers are constantly “talking” to each other to ensure the ledger is always valid.
By storing data across its network, the blockchain eliminates the risk that comes with information being held in a central location.
This “decentralized” network is much more secure than databases with central supervision.

How it works?

it’s more Efficient for hackers to try and break into one central site holding millions in assets than millions of individual computers holding hundreds or thousands.
The blockchain is also faster, more secure, and more efficient than centralized networks.
That makes it the perfect technology on which to reinvent the financial system and the trillions of dollars that move around it daily.
A New Network of Value.
Here are eight ways the blockchain will forever change
how we use money:

Verifying:

The blockchain will eliminate the need for you to pay an intermediary
(like a notary) to verify transactions.

Transferring:

The blockchain will make it easier for you to make payments,
transfer money, or buy and sell goods.
You’ll move your money faster and cheaper with the blockchain than
with traditional wire services like Western Union or MoneyGram.

Storing:

The blockchain will let you store money digitally instead of using a
bank, money market fund, or government security.
It could potentially make checking and savings accounts obsolete.

Lending:

You will be able to make, secure, settle, and trade loans on the
blockchain faster and easier than today.

Exchanging:

Every day, trillions of dollars in financial assets are traded between parties.
The blockchain can cut settlement times from weeks and days to minutes and seconds.

Funding:

Raising money now requires third parties such as investment bankers, venture capitalists, and lawyers, among others.
The blockchain will automate this process and eliminate the need for third parties. More people will have access to capital than ever before.

Insuring:

The blockchain supports decentralized models for insurance
that can make risk management more efficient.
This will lower premiums overall.

Accounting:

The blockchain makes bookkeeping virtually automatic and instantaneous while keeping it 100% transparent.
As you can see, the blockchain will revolutionize how you use money.
But what we don’t know is that the blockchain’s impact will extend well beyond finance…..

INTRODUCING THE CRYPTOCURRENCY

BITCOIN, ETHERIUM, LITECOIN ? these are the most popular crypto currency  today.

Here is an example of Bitcoin values in comparison to USD.

7 of November 2016, the time I wrote this..

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1 bitcoin is equivalent to USD 716.64 ( I wrote this article back in November 2016. Not even a year yet and the value today of tremendously increase. The most influential people who buys bitcoin are coming from China.
The question is would you believe it or not? Would you participate it?

Today’s rate of Bitcoin to a USD, 19 May 2017.

It is predicted that Bitcoin will rise to a million per 1 Bitcoin

Getting to know

BITCOIN –

A type of digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank.
“bitcoin has become a hot commodity among speculators”
a unit of bitcoin.
“bitcoins can be used for online transactions between individuals”

As I am now into Bitcoin, I am getting to understand how it works and how it is easy, fast and safe in dealing with  by the click of a keyboard or a mouse on your computer. The most part I love bitcoin is that  I save the cost of sending money to anywhere in the world like the remittance center charges.

An example of that is my latest transaction to one of  bitcoin wallet. [see below]. I use this app to receive money and pay money inside the Philippines.

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It is super easy banking in your bitcoin from a source of income on your online business or you can add funds by Bank transfer or 7 Eleven and other forms paying or adding money to your account which all can be send via your dashboard.

You can pay bills, shop online , pay for loans anywhere in the world even this  company is base in the Philippines.

Click here if you want to know more..

THE COINBASE CRYPTO CURRENCY WALLET ONLINE

The more well known international crypto wallet is the COINBASE.

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Those are my latest transaction and those amount are mostly funded from my online  bitcoin affiliate company.

Now you can provably believe when I can show you prove.

Therefore, we should start building and investing into bitcoin  and bitcoin if you can see .. it is been included in the currency exchange data.

What if??? what if in few months or a year from now…. 1 bitcoin is equivalent to 1,000.00 USD? Will you thank me? (my statement is happening now as I update this article 19 May 2017).

Why not invest today? But hey!! only do it when there is money that you can consider to put it aside, not that you have nothing to eat in a running days alright??

How can you do this? well, leave a comment and I can share it to you personally if not,  try this one……

Which I am currently working with this right now. Be aware though that there are millions of scams on the internet. It is somehow hard to recognise. But investing into bitcoin or other investment always has RISKS.

 

Bitcoin Join or you loose

Bloated Stomach – How to stop and overcome this today

In my adult life, the past before I did not know  why was I experiencing bloated stomach,  was always unhappy, feeling unhealthy, headache, nausea, fat and you name it, I have all the symptoms. 

To be able to understands the cause, to prevent is always better for our health and this is why I want to share about  having a bloated stomach in the past and for those who may want to know so that we all can avoid and overcome  to which  knew many suffers from it.

UNDERSTANDING WHAT’S THE CAUSE OF BLOATED STOMACH IS YOUR KEY TO GET RID OF  THE PROBLEM.

MY 12 REASONS WHY

  1. Water – I live on a high rise building in Singapore. Singapore water is drinkable. Everyone knows this. In the beginning I ignore the feeling of each time I drink a water from the the kitchen tap, I just feel heavy and bloated. One fine day, I make an experiment about drinking a bottled water which I bought from the store did not touch the tap water and I was feeling fine.  The moment I was back to drinking Singapore tap water, my stomach just gone so heavy and bloated. Let’s find out why?

bloated stomach problem

 

According to a source: World Health Organization recommends a chlorine level of 0.2 ppm (Points Per Million) for drinkable water. The water in Singapore contains an average of 3.0 ppm which is 15 times higher than WHO recommends.

So I tried to boil the water before I drink it. Well, to be honest, it just does not work for me. The chlorine taste still strong to my taste bud. I was still feeling bloated.

Today, I never drink  water without filtration. Water filtration I believe is very important. There are so may  water filter out there, however you may want to be careful getting before you decide to have one. Because some water filters, after 6 months or so, the fungus will grow if you forget to change the filter.

2. Dehydration – dehydration can also cause us bloated stomach problems. However too much water or drinking too much water will also cause us bloated stomach. The usual recommendation of drinking water is 8 ounces or 2 litres of water each day.

3. Chowing of food too fast. If you may agree with me, our parents or at school always tell us to chow our food slowly. Believe me or not, I am one of those person who does chowing in a speed. I am always busy or trying to be busy even if its not. In the past, I only eat when I am hungry and I chow the food super fast, faster than anyone on the table around me.  Eating should be relax and chowing food very fast cannot break the food well and may cause obstruction inside the colon. ( I think it is to me ).

4. Ate too much Process food – My husband loves sausages, sure I do too. I start to get to notice only recently. Process food such as sausages contains high in salt and additives to keep its freshness.

5. Air We Breath at Home –  Each time I am using a mosquito spray, (Baygon Mosquito spray) I have headache and at later time, I am just bloated.

In addition, I notice the cleaning product we use at home cause some me some headache and stomach bloats.

Everyone are different, please do not take me accountable for this statement as this is what I feel and I am sharing it with you.

6.Eating Very Salty food – The common factor I am feeling bloated stomach is when I have eaten a salty food. As an example of this is the sausages.

yummy sausages bloat stomach

Sausages are process food with full of preservatives. Not only that I feel bloated but also I will have cramps on my stomach too.  My husband is an Austrian and he loves sausages. It is so tempting not to eat when he makes BBQ, but I learn just to try and not to eat the full portion.  ( Our attitude to say NO to food that are seen to our eyes are hard to resist).

7. Medication and Vitamines – Believe me, my vitamin E is killing me. I am just becoming like a pregnant when I am taking any Vitamin E. I have tried the non synthetic and the most natural type from the most Common store available and yet still Vitamine E is not for me. A food supplement I could recommend that get rid of a bloated feeling is Kyomizu. Has a  natural  ingredients with no side effects. You fell an instant relief after drinking this matcha green tea.

Some pain killers médecine can also make me bloat. Specially when women are taking hormone balance pills or medicine. This is the number one problem you will face if you are in hormone balance therapy medication.

8.Gassy food – There are so may type vegetables that can cause as bloated stomach. I do not get bloated with broccoli but I do get bloated with long beans.

asian long beans

Here are some lists of vegetable that may cause you having bloated stomach.  DAIRY PRODUCTS (cheeses, milk). Bread that contains yeast. Yeast not only cause us bloated but also makes us fat.

9. Stress – We cannot avoid stress and I really believe it is super hard to avoid it when you are on pressure from work and the people around you. I learn to let go, I let go of small little things that does not need to pay attention too specially the family members who always dragging us down. Well, I know many can relate out there.

When one of my family back in the Philippines ask me for something, I take action no matter what I will go through, today, I learn how to not to get involve too much and I try to let go of things I am not responsible of.

10. Your medical condition Many of the people today have different kinds of medical conditions. I rather not mention anymore. We knew what is going around us due to fertiliser, hormones and chemicals put to our food such as the vegetables and eatable animals.

11. Not eating on time – too busy to keep your clock to eat? Well, why not carry a rice crackers, carrots or a bar in your bag. Don’t  wait until you are hungry, eat when you are not hungry. Specially when you have a gastritis problem like me in the past. Yes, I overcome being bloated and having gastric pain because I eat on regular hours, at east an interval of 3 hours in between.

12. No Exercise – the last but not the least, I want to discuss longer about EXERCISING.

How it affects me as How I became today and am sharing every possible way to motivate the people near me as well us on social media friends.

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If only many of us can keep up dong exercise, motivate ourselves in doing an hour a day or at least 3 x a week for an hour each day would be very good for your body.

A habit of exercising our body will benefit in long term. There are number of reason why I keep exercising myself.

  • I have a better sleep – I have a relax sleep that when I wake up feels happy.
  • I AM MORE ENEGYTIC  – I feel lazy and negative when I cannot get out of sweats
  • I AM POSITIVE – I think I have a better ideas and my brain works better when I have my exercise
  •  I FELL TONED – When I am not doing an hour of sweating and exhausted exercise for a week, well trust me I am so bloated. Our Body tend to be toned and lean if we exercise thus we avoid having bloated stomach.
  • Improve the risk of getting Arthritis – as we get older, our joints and bones will deteriorate, by having exercise, you can avoid this arthritis symptoms
  • Improve sex life – By having or keeping our muscles active, we tend not to feel bloated and we produce a hormones called (endocrine glands) pumping our endocrine glands will lead to produce androgen in our body. We are also a much more fit and this is the reason why we have the feeling and motivated to have more sexual life activity. You may like to ask other people who does exercise.

exercise for better health

An exercise don’t need engage in an expensive clubs or gym.  To do a regular exercise (not just walk few meters) but to really sweat and exhaust your breathing to a short period of minutes is the key to be healthy, happy and a more tone body. Do not forget to accompany with a proper food intake.

My Trip to Camotes Island In Cebu Philippines 2017

Let’s go to Camotes Island.

Philippines has many untouched white and fine sand beaches which is only local knows and to some, even they never knew until someone told them so. Just like me.

Introducing Camotes Island, I called it the mini little Boracay of Cebu. Please don’t get confuse if you do not know about the real boracay. Boracay is located in Caticlan. Most flight goes to Kalibo in Aklan and  flights mostly coming from many different parts of the world going to  Ninoy International airport  in Manila Philippines or  Mactan Cebu.

This article is not about beautiful Boracay. This article is about the Camotes Island. It is within Camotes Sea.

Santiago Bay in Camotes Island

Where is Camotes Island?

The Camotes Sea is a small sea within the Philippine archipelago, situated between the Eastern Visayan and the Central Visayan regions. It is bordered by the islands of Leyte to the north and east, Bohol to the south, and Cebu to the west.

camotes Island Cebu Philippines

Camotes Islands is a group of islands in the Camotes Sea, Philippines. The island is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island, and north of Bohol Island. It is 34 nautical miles from Cebu City and is part of Cebu. Wikipedia

HOW WE GET THERE?

There are two ways to get to Camotes Islands. One is from Cebu City where you could take early morning boats and ferries that leave at 5:30 am from the Quano Pier direct to Camotes Islands. It’s about 3-hour ride. No, we did not take this route.

A friend  who lives in Cebu City guide me in Camotes Island. We had a very local way of travelling. We took a bus (Ceres) that head to Hagnaya at the North Bus Terminal Station in Mandaue Cebu City. It took us almost 2 hours to get to  Danao Town, as the bus keep stopping and pick up passengers along the road side.

Without any plans and just decided on the spot, only later that I know about a short way of getting to Danao Ferry Terminal is to take the Mini Van  which is also located at the North bus Terminal station the same as where you take the bigger bus called “Ceres”.  The Minivan will take about an hour to Danao Town. Really a good choice if you can get one of these Mini Van.

Always ask a bus or a mini van going to Danao and ask them to stop you at the DANAO FERRY TERMINAL FOR CAMOTES ISLAND.

From Danao Ferry Terminal – you need to buy a ferry ticket that normally cost only P180 to 200 pesos  depending on the season. (avoid school holidays ) from April to end of May. Avoid long weekends too.

Ferry boat travel daily to camotes island

Because we went during school holiday and it was a weekend, we somehow manipulate the systematic way how locals or all of us should be doing.  We arrive at the ferry terminal in Danao, with full of crowds just like having the Sinulog kind of crowd in Cebu, a super long queue  at the entrance.  We arrive at about 11:45 Am at that time. There was person who came to us and ask us if we would like to get to the boat at 12 noon. On top of Pesos 200 each, we paid additional of P350. We wanted to get to the Island much earlier and to avoid the long queues as well.  Not a good idea but given to a circumstances, if we did not have to pay extra, we may not be able to get to the island that day. We were just so lucky.  For us working overseas, that 350 pesos extra was so worth it to avoid the queue.

ferry boat to camotes

The Ferry took around 2 hours to get to the island from Danao Town. For me it is a pretty long ride. Lucky enough there is a canteen on the ground floor. We are able to get some snacks and beer.

Santiago Bay

A super intense getaway, we arrive with no plan, no hotel booking. Knowing that we arrive on a  midday, there was one single room left at Santiago Bay. Our tricycle driver  ( please use him when you need a transport. A very nice older man whom I think he is so honest with his work. His number is +63 936- 668 – 4545) he was kind to help us and brought us to Santiago Bay as we had been to a few with no luck in looking for a room to sleep for the night.

Our Room in Santiago bay was decent, clean and it cost us P1800 for 3 people in the room.

As you may see on the images, these are taken from Santiago Bay.

There are may resorts available. Do not be worry, it can be cheaper if you go on NOT a high season.

To name a few hotels there.

My Friends and myself were only there for a day visit. As we arrive the island and have our room, we continually engage our tricycle driver to bring us around.

lake danao

Our driver brought us to many places around the island that can be done in a day or so if you are in a hurry.  But best is to really stay longer and get  to enjoy the water.

Lake Danao, we end up here and I was mesmerize by the beauty of the lake. The water is as far as you can see and it feels so calm.

danao lake

We went to many other sight seeing spots. There were a few caves and beaches. Many of the beaches we went are similar to Santiago beach. Fine sands and white. It is easy to swim and the water is super blue crystal.

I have to say, that a place which is not familiar to you will be so much fun to go with friends. It is indeed to me.
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To wrap it up, here is the video I created.

My Beginner’s Travel Guide in The Philippines

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People have always been fascinated with other places thanks to the power of internet. People traveling to tourist spots of other countries share not just their photos but also their experiences with various people and their culture. The more people share their travel experiences, the more other people become curious and plan to such places. I heard from my friends that traveling to other countries, such as France, UK, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand, would be a great experience. Well, I definitely agree since we get to learn several things that we couldn’t learn in our own country but great beginner’s travel guide would be to explore one’s neighboring region first before going abroad.

Mati Oriental in the Philippines

Other than it really takes time and money to travel to distant places, we still need to question if we really understand our own country, whether its ethnic groups, local cultures or history. A great beginner’s travel guide is to start within your country to gather information from different local regions as it saves time and money while simultaneously enjoying and understanding the culture of various neighboring areas by conversing with the local people and the foreigners staying in that region.

Let’s take a simple example here in the Philippines – a very diverse country. My dad grew up in Manila while my mom in Davao city but we, the children, mostly adopted our dad’s culture. We have been staying in Davao city for as long as I could remember. When I was a child, I was very fond of going to my neighbors’ house (just a few meters away) and play with the kids. I was not only enjoying my time with them, but I also learn their interests and behaviors as if I was learning their culture. It was my beginner’s travel guide.

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View from the Plane of Davao city 2017

Then as I we became closer friends, I got the opportunity to get know other neighbors who lived about 50 meters away, without feeling intimidated. Then I started to gradually keep up with their behaviors, which are a bit different from my neighbors who lived a few meters away. The kids on the other side of our fence were playful but reserved while those who lived a few blocks away were also playful but quite boisterous.

Somehow, these two groups of kids were adjusting their approaches with each other for the sake of friendship, but of course, there were times that I got to see some of them fight over an outdoor game. I guess this is what makes us come into compromise – having to play outdoor games that we enjoy. It was the culture of the kids those days in Davao City. Every weekend, it seemed like it was part of our schedule to play, at least an hour or two for the day, outdoor games like hide-and-seek, tag, dodgeball or kickball. However, it was different when we went to Metro Manila.

Our family traveled by land going to Manila (thousands of kilometers away) in order to visit a deceased relative on my father side. We had a few stop overs in some regions in the Philippines only for a while so we really never got to explore the cultures of the places we passed by. Since we stayed longer in Manila, we had a chance to get a glimpse of their culture, specifically the kids’ culture. My cousins were not fond of outdoor games so they stayed most of their time playing board games or computer games. For us who lived in Davao city, it was a surprising culture and it was quite intimidating. Later, I found out that my younger sister and one of our cousins fought over decisions on what to play. In addition, having different dialects, Tagalog and Visayan, would make both sides reserved in speech whether they are children or adults but as they say, “When in Rome, do what the Romans do.”

The idea here is that if going to a distant place with different cultures would make one intimidated and form unpleasant relationships, it’s a best beginner’s travel guide to start wandering within your country from your nearest locality to the farthest regions in your country before going to foreign countries in order to lessen culture shock. Although we were taught to study the places, people and culture of other countries, it’s very different when we experience them first-hand, especially if the target area has a unique culture.

 

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my friends in Davao city

.. He met people from different ethnicities and gathered information about the neighboring localities bit by bit. Slowly traveling farther and farther every year gave him courage to start traveling abroad alone and met various individuals without feeling intimidated because he already had second-hand information on the country he planned to traveled to. From Philippines, he went to Hong Kong, the next year to Macau, the year after next to Singapore, then China, Thailand and its neighboring countries, and lastly to India but this time, with new friends who also like to travel. What’s advantageous about taking small steps traveling distant places is that you get to meet tourists who have been to several countries and naturally collect information.

Tourist Spots that are close to your region is a nice place start exploring for a beginner’s travel guide. They do not only have breathtaking surroundings but also have various people who lived in or traveled from other local areas or from foreign countries in which the travel guide to start within your country would make it seem like you’re traveling abroad. Conversing with foreigners is the good way to start gathering information about other countries. First, guide them about what you know within your country, whether about the places, people or your culture. It’s also a way of building trust.

After giving them enough information and established at least a handful of trust, the next step is to start asking questions about the countries they know or they are familiar with. How many foreign countries have you been to? What’s your country like? What’s the most attractive or the best place to hang out in your country? What are your native delicacies that you would recommend for foreigners to eat? What can you say about the people in your country? What’s interesting about your culture? These are just some of the questions to start the discussions about the country they came from. Assisting foreigners in your country creates a give-and-take relationship, which also serves as a beginner’s travel guide. As you delve deeper into obtaining information, you will have the opportunity to at least understand a bit of the place, people and their culture.

. It’s a Japanese school located at the north of Davao city. When I studied there for one and a half years, I was able to meet Japanese descendants who have been going in and out of Japan. Other than acquiring information from Japanese professors, those descendants also shared facts, their ideas and opinions about Japan and their people, although books and internet also helped me a lot in information acquisition.

 

 

They talked about how different their culture is compared to the Philippines, especially when it comes to discipline. Whether it’s the government or the citizens, everyone there works hard to build a better society not only because they strictly follow the laws but also because it’s already their habit since childhood. I was informed on how Japan’s school system practically and meticulously trained primary school kids about manners and discipline before they proceed to High School. Even though those were just second-hand information, I was still refreshing to hear what it’s like to be in that country and with the help of imagination, it’s as if I was residing in that developed country.

Currently, when people I know talk about the places they have been to, I simply smile and nod because I already understood what it’s like to be in that certain country they were discussing. However, I do not disclose second-hand information easily because it’s not like I was really there and those second-hand information I obtained might not be entirely true, although I share information from the books I have read and state my source. There are times that second-hand information are not well elaborated, so the next step in a beginner’s travel guide after gathering data is to experience what you have heard from those foreigners, that is, if you have the time and money to finally travel distant places. Then follow the same travel guide – gather information from various people who have been to the neighboring areas or countries, and travel to the nearest local region if you have the time and money.

I have been traveling only to my neighboring local areas, and had witnessed the similarities and differences among those regions while I collected information from people about the neighboring areas in Davao city and some ideas about foreign countries. For me, I still need understand my own country because of its diversity, which is why I ask questions from people who have been to several places if I have the opportunity, while saving time and money simultaneously. And when I went to places I’m interested in, it was not that surprising to encounter such people and experience their culture. I was able to blend in naturally. It is a great beginner’s travel guide to start within your country in obtaining information to avoid, or at least mitigate, culture shock.

 

It is not easy to adjust one’s attitudes and behaviors when staying in a country that has a completely dissimilar culture which is why the best beginner’s travel guide without much intimidation is to understand your locality and gather information from visiting foreigners, then slowly taking steps from your local region to the neighboring places until you have visited all the regions in your country. Traveling to neighboring regions one at a time could help in gradually familiarizing a unique set of habits from different ethnicity and in obtaining ideas about what the visiting foreigners shared about their country.