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This is Phoem a lifestyle blogger and photographer. I love saving my day to day life through photographs. This blog will mostly contain photographs of life in infinitely beautiful personas. Join the bella uncover the Pacific!


My Blogging Essentials

Hey guys! So this post is a semi- continuation of the last post I had weeks ago. This time, I will share with you the things that I always use for blogging.

Let me start by telling you guys that I do not write posts whenever I don't feel like it. I never force myself to write if I'm not in the mood. This might affect the quality of the blog post that I will be sharing with you- and I do not want that to happen. Usually, since writing blog posts require lots of time and effort, I do not write when I am busy with classes.

There are a lot of things to consider when writing a blog post. Will you add photos? Videos? Infographics? Hence a need for gadgets. Though these things are not required when writing blogs, these multimedia will add to the beautification of your post.

I will share with you guys the things I always have to have prepared before writing blog posts.

1. List of Blog Post Ideas

Usually, when I have classes, my blog posts are not scheduled. I only am able to follow blog schedules during school vacations, long holidays and the likes. So whenever I feel like writing a blog post to share with you guys, I always look through my Blog Post Masterlist. In this list, I have all the blog ideas that I may or may have not posted already. I just choose whatever my brain feels like writing about. Actually, I am planning to start a blog series. I am just in the process of choosing what specific series to write about. Any ideas? Comment them down!

2. Photos

Before I write for a specific topic, I always make sure that I have photos for it. I post my own photos on my blog post but there are times when I do not. But I do give credits where credits are due. Blogger code!
(Photo I took from one blog event I attended)

3. Camera

Of course, if I do not have this one, I wouldn't be able to take my own photos for my blog. Before I own a Canon 60D camera and this new year, my dad bought me my new baby, this new Fujifilm X-T20. This camera is perfect for bloggers like me because it is very handy. This camera is not that heavy compared to the previous one that I own. And of course, specs wise, this camera is better than the other one. But of course, it's not about the camera, its all about how the photographer takes photographs. I use my camera to take videos as well. I do vlogs too but not that often compared to blogging.

4. Laptop

This one is a given. Of course I won't be able to write blogs without my laptop. I am using a Macbook Pro 13-Inch Retina which my parents gave me for my 18th birthday. This baby is now 2 years old and its is still working perfectly fine. I also use my laptop for editing videos. I particularly use iMovie for my vlogs. I also use my laptop to reply to emails from sponsors/collaborators.

5. Phone

When I do not bring my camera, my cellphone rescues me. I just had this new Huawei Nova 2i with dual camera specification perfect for getting crisp photos for my blog. Through my phone, I get to be contacted by brands too. This is where I would reply to emails, calls or texts for sponsorships. 

You actually do not have to have all of these, laptop for me is enough but photos as add ons will definitely bring your blog to places. Do you think I've missed something? Comment them down!

How to Start Blogging

Want to become a blogger this 2018? You got to start NOW because you have to! 

MUST HAVE: Design Your Life Planner

Hello Bellas! For today, I will be sharing with you a post that I know will give you an idea as to what planner to get for this brand new year.

For the year 2018, I got myself this Design Your Life Planner in Rose Gold Binding from Fully Booked. I initially ordered online but then the thrifty side of me came up, I decided to cancel the order (shipping fee probs). Good thing that while I was looking for a "Yup! I'm That Girl" of Maine Mendoza in Fully Booked SM Southmall, I was able to see this planner. Without hesitations I bought it!

The planner comes with a ruler and a mini thank you card from DYL. The magnetic bookmarks are not included. I just placed them there because why not? :D I bought these magnetic bookmarks from Stradivarius in Oman. 

These cutie stickers are included to add designs to your -already fully decorated- planner. Aesthetics is life! This planner has a lot to offer you!
  • 12-month weekly planner (jan-dec 2018)
  • dimensions: 6.75" x 7.75" including binding
  • cover: hard cover with matte finish
  • paper type: book 80# (120 gsm)
  • 192 pages
  • monday start
Here are the pages of this planner that I believe you would love!

1. To Do List

I'm not sure if I will be able to use this part of the planner since I usually put my to do list on the weekly planner portion of every planner that I have- even with my previous planner: Eskwelahan Planner.

2. The Last Time

I love how they added a tracker portion of the things that I do (things that I may not frequently do but needs monitoring)

3. Monthly Updates

This one is one of my favorite! At last! A portion where I can list and tick down all appointments I have monthly: Dentist appointment, doctor's appointment, and bills payment! 

4. Weekly & Monthly Planner

Very comic! Look at how artsy they made the weekly planner portion of this planner. Though it looks a bit crowded, the artsy design makes me feel like having a busy week is okay! 

I also love how they did the Monthly Planner portion. The square partitions were made extremely well that I can write on it without making my handwritten font size small. No need to squeeze in the things I have to do because of the perfectly allocated space for me to write on.

5. Cashflow Tracker

Told you! Trackers are life! Though most planners have cashflow trackers, I am loving this kind of tracker because of how they made the breakdown. 

6. Travel Planner 

How cool is this?! This planner has a TRAVEL CHECKLIST as well as a TRAVEL PLANNER portion for your adventures! You get to list down places where to eat, your itinerary and even reminders as to what to bring for your travels! 

7. Project Tracker 

Other planners that I owned did not have the Travel and Project tracker portions which is why I am superbly loving my DYL planner. This project tracker portion will definitely a BIG HELP for me especially now that I have tons of papers (research and company studies) to do. Hopefully, I will be able to utilize this portion of the planner well.

I am really very happy to have this planner. I've been wanting to own a DYL Planner even last year (2017). By the way, this post is NOT A SPONSORED POST. Design Your Life Planner has no idea that I am blogging about their product. I am just very happy and excited to share this planner hoping that I can be of help if ever you are still looking for the right planner. Also, please notice how cute my new blankets are and the cute paw prints in it!

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Plans/ Goals for 2018!

This post may look a bit weird but hey! It's better late than never right?

Our Room Service New Year's Meal!

What a 2017! I definitely had a blast last 2017 but I will make a separate post about how perfect 2017 was for me. For now, I will share to you guys how my family and I celebrated the New Year's eve.

The Ultimate Moving Abroad Checklist

Photo grabbed from Pinterest
The number of US citizens living abroad, either temporarily or permanently, has skyrocketed in recent years (some say from four million in 1999 to nine million in 2016.) And that doesn’t include US Military personnel, which would obviously otherwise inflate the statistics.

There are many reasons for this boom in overseas emigration, from marrying a foreigner to getting a job overseas to studying at a college/university in another country. But whatever your motives for making the move, it will take careful planning before undertaking long-term or permanent living in another nation/culture.

Here is a checklist of 8 key factors to consider as you prepare for the transition:

1. Consider Taking a Charter Flight

Many times, we get in a “mental rut” and just assume you have to fly over to your destination via the major airlines. But if you want a higher class, more comfortable, far more customized experience (and you don’t like huge crowds!), then the charter flight route might better suit you. 

2. Plan for Affordably Shipping Your Belongings

Airline luggage limits and “rules” are far too restrictive for most people going overseas to stay or for months/years on end. And yet, shipping luggage and/or parcels to other countries has traditionally been prohibitively expensive. Explore an affordable solution that will revolutionize your “bringing ability” by clicking on the link just above.

3. Arrange for a Residence Ahead of Time

Not only should you book a hotel room in advance, but for long-term stays in a foreign land, you’ll want to set up a plan for renting or even purchasing a property. You can make initial contacts online or by phone, even if it can’t always be finalized until after arrival.

4. Dispose of or Store Away Possessions

If you’re not taking it with you and you’re not returning to live in the US, then you may need to sell off all other possessions. This could involve major items like real estate and automobiles, which can take time to sell at a fair price, so begin planning early. And if you do plan to return, arrange for a workable storage option for property you leave (at least temporarily) behind.

5. Learn About Taxes, Banking, and Other Financial Issues

You may have US taxes to pay before you leave, and you may or may not need to pay them while living abroad. And your new country of residence will have its own tax laws as well. And you’ll also need to research international banking rules, currency exchange rates, insurance policy restrictions, and other financial matters instead of being “surprised” by them later on.

6. Be Prepared for Visas and the Immigration Process

You can stay in most countries as an expat for anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months with just your passport. Beyond that, there will be visa fees and paperwork. And if you’re going to permanently immigrate, expect a long, complex, expensive process. Again, don’t let these rules and fees be a surprise to you.

7. Make Sure Your Smartphone Still Works

To use your cell phone abroad, you may need a new SIM card, but you’ll have to get there before buying it. In the meantime, you need to get on a preloaded phone plan with international service so you can communicate at airports and before you finally get your new SIM.

8. Find Out How to Legally Drive Abroad

Not all foreign countries will simply recognize your home-country driver’s license, or at least not long-term. Find out what tests you have to pass and what requirements you must meet to drive a car where you are going (and where to rent or how to purchase one as a foreigner.)

This is a guestpost written by: The Blog Frog

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