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The Zero Calorie Adventures of Milk & Coffee

Milk and Coffee Adventures

This is actually a dream come true!

Last July, I opened a new domain on wordpress to give space to my much awaiting comics, which is The Zero Calorie Adventures of Milk and Coffee. It’s a bunch of Filipino (Tagalog) comic strips that focuses on the friendship of the characters Milk and Coffee and friends.

The story line came out of no where, when I kept on wearing my weird shades and I started drawing my mini me. That’s explain why ‘Coffee’ had this bug-eye/heart-shaped shades. While the other characters are based on people I encounter and some friends.

The comics is in Tagalog, so sorry for the English-speaking fellas who are following me. It’s actually a risk because I don’t have an idea how it will go since I’m never familiar with the local SEO and how the new site’s Google ranking will climb up. Plus the fact that it’ll be composed of mostly images, I think it will be a great challenge for me.

But anyway, to my Filipino friends here, please support The Zero Calorie Adventures of Milk and Coffee. I’d appreciate it if you will follow and like our posts both on blogs and Facebook.

Just kindly go to these link and hit like:

Milk and Coffee Adventures – Twitter

Milk and Coffee Adventures – Facebook

Milk and Coffee Adventures -Website

Thank you so much!

This blog will never close, by the way. I have plenty of poems to share to you, so please, please stay tuned!


I’m Back For Good — To make sure, I bought a new laptop

I’ve finally bought a new laptop and it’s a Toshiba Laptop S40t-AS102 with a touchscreen 14-inch display and running with Intel Core i5-3337U (1.8GHz, up to 2.7GHz, 3M Cache), 4GB DDR3 memory and Nvidia N14P-GV2 with Optimus Graphics. I don’t want to elaborate too much on the specs of this one, but I thinks it’s enough to resurrect my dying online gaming experience. Most especially with Granado Espada.

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But yeah, this new laptop has a excellent performance, except when the windows 8 crushes with failed configuration while updating. It took me overnight waiting for nothing. But it was fix after some restoration, and “Whoala!” I’m really back! I realized that it was really a problem with Windows 8 and it has nothing to do with the overall performance of this laptop. Anyways, it’s fully-functional now.

To be honest, this laptop is the messiah of this blog. I could not use other devices anymore like my phone because it’s somehow hard to control some features like adjusting photos and uploading files without too much effort. Laptop or PC are the best friends of my wordpress, really. (And I guess wordpress should work on their mobile app really, really hard because of that).

So what will you be expecting now? Well, expect more arts, poems and, still, gaming posts. This is surely my come back after saying “I’m back for real”.


Why Localization/Internationalization is different from Translation?

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Plenty of people and businesses have felt the difference between the two ever since online businesses try to be known worldwide. Better understanding on this topic has a big impact not only to gain a specific target number of users or clients, but also on having new users felt their importance by knowing their specific needs when it comes to their languages.

Many have discovered that FREE online translation services (like Google Translate, Babelfish, etc.) are not totally reliable since it’s machine generated, and that translation work are considered still meant for human beings. Online translation could be reliable though only when looking for some synonyms or antonyms, especially when you’re trying to figure-it-out a context of an specific word for a specific sentence; or, when you’re trying to generate non-English characters. It’s helpful but translators should know the limitations when using these.

Many have mistakenly thought that getting the something translated is just as simple as knowing your second language. They are wrong, though.

Language usage

As you know language evolve depending on the country or people who are using it. There are ways other countries say or write it versus the way the native country use it. For example, let’s say we use one of most admired languages in the world, French. More or less 29 countries use it as their official language, exceptionally France (where it all begun) and Canada (Quebec region) are among the basis of translation.

According to some articles and most translators I’ve spoken with, there’s a notable difference in grammar usage that caught the attention of France during the 1990’s, particularly when dealing with words in feminine form. Add to that difference between the informal and formal. Like when we say the word “now”, France say it as maintenant but in Quebec they say it as astheure. 

That’s where localization comes in.

Language Localization/Internationalization

Localization and Internationalization target the proper usage of a certain language of a certain target audience. It was not just simple translation, but an intensive one, because the translators need to neutralize the language depending on the country it targets.

How to search a translator?

If you are wondering how to choose translators, it’s easy.

In my personal opinion, I’d always prefer someone who studies the different usage of the language; otherwise, I would choose someone native but has an excellent background in grammar and vocabulary. You can set their expectations about your target audience and how would like them to translate it.

Make sure you hire at least not lower than 2 translators with equal expertise, so they can proofread, discuss and edit each other’s works.

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XOXOXOXOXO


The 1st Filipino Bloggers Worldwide Grand Eyeball

I’M BACK!

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I was supposed to be in the office yesterday but I filed my vacation leave to give way to this much awaiting Filipino Bloggers Worldwide Event – the Filipino Bloggers Worldwide 1st Grand Eyeball at the SM Megatrade Hall 2. This was the first event that I attended for the sake of my blog. I’ve never been to any event like this before where I’ve seen my fellow bloggers rubbing elbows with each other, and I didn’t imagine that it was really fun!

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I registered and got my invitation to this event a couple weeks ago. I was actually nervous. I thought it would be a very intimidating event because, you know, I would be with the Philippine’s famous bloggers – you know, mine is just one of the blogs somewhere out there. Good thing, my friend Ron, blogger of Nite Writer, was also coming so we went there together.

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Venue

Unfortunately, I wasn’t the early bird – thanks to the Friday night heavy traffic – I was there just right on time.  Venue was held at the 5th floor SM Megamall Megatrade Hall 2.

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I was expecting a few people to come but I’ve seen and met a lot of big time bloggers from the FBW group on Facebook. I’ve seen plenty of sponsors too. It’s too many to mention but I’ve recognized Ystillo (by Vina Morales), the thirst-quenching tea by Share Tea and the prize I was eyeing for, Manny O. wines.

The event was hosted by Admin Franc and the funny Ness who always noticed me laughing hard. They are the bloggers of “http://nessmercader.tumblr.com” and “http://francramon.com” and the people I mostly see on our Facebook group and my twitter feeds. At the beginning of the event, they introduced the sponsors and the admin of FBW and also the super early bird of the event.

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Food  

Tasty buffet food was also served…

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Plus, I get to enjoy the Share Tea’s Winter Melon and one of our bloggers’ cute little cupcakes! Unfortunately, there was no mochi. I was little expecting for it, but it was okay. :p

Highlights, Awards, Prizes and Giveaways.

One of the purposes I went there is to grab knowledge from co-bloggers on how to get blogs known. Fortunately, Jason Cruz of MRM gave us helpful insights on teaching bloggers how to blog. That was a short speech but it opens a lot of idea bulb on top of my head.

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Aside from giving Jason Cruz the award of recognition, FBW also awarded the group’s top travel bloggers and the winners are:

1. The Chronicles of Love Mindanao
2. The Adventures of AdventuRoj!
3. PonderingPaodaolei
4. Franc Ramon.com
5. Budget Byahera
6. South Cotabato
7. Vivi’s Random Ramblings
8. Traveling Morion
9. Pala-Lagaw
10. Journey ni Ikoy

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But the much awaiting part of the event were the GAMES!!! Almost all won the prize – including me. Ha!

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Here are the raffle winners:

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I also brought home plenty of giveaways. This is the first event I went to where I bring home gifts – well, most of those are for girls. Perhaps, my sister will be happy tomorrow.

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All-in-all I really enjoyed the event and I hope there would be another one soon. Nice to meet all the bloggers! It’s true when Orly Ballesteros said that “I always believe in this dictum: there are no strangers only friends you haven’t met.”

XOXOXOXOXO


English Writing

English is important to me. Obviously, I use it as the medium language of Ejomlexus blog. I barely post things in Filipino here because my target audiences are the ones who speak and read and understand the common English, that’s why I keep on studying the rules of writing and everything about English to make this blog easier to dig in.

One of the tools I’m using to improve my writing skills is this book I’ve got from my recent company training. It’s William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style (4th edition). The book contains rich and effective English writing elements that would really enhance your writing, for example: the correct usage of apostrophe “s” and the “;” semicolon; the simplification of the sentences; the relationship of independent and dependent clauses; and many more.

The rules in the book are more understandable and more feasible to follow for those who want to start a writing habit; hence, it’s very enlightening for me. It’s a must read for bloggers, writers and students. In fact, in my job, the elements in this book are the basis of our grammar and composition quality. If you missed a rule, then you go to jail get low scores; therefore, it must be strictly followed.

I’ve already read the book twice and tried to apply elements, but I don’t why I still have the same old writing skills. Perhaps, I need more time to inculcate it in my skull and in my heart in order for me to say that I’ve improved. I’m doing my best, though.

I’m not pretty sure if this is still available in the bookstores here in the Philippines, but you can buy a soft copy of it in Amazon…or just let me know; let see if I can lend you a copy.

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO


Still At DAMN LOL

Every day of my life, I always find myself laughing at this freakin’ website –Damn LOL.

I don’t call it procrastination anymore because it’s already part of my daily routine to check at least 5 pages a day. In fact, I checked it more than my twitter and Facebook accounts, because it was super addicting.

I haven’t shared this to my new officemates since browsing is allowed in our office, especially during breaks. For sure, they would love and get addicted to the site.

Well, I don’t know if I mentioned this on my previous post about Damn LOL, but it’s a site where can find a compilation of funny, annoying and jaw-dropping photos. You got to see it for yourself.

XOXOXO


Make fun of other people = BAD. Make fun of yourself = Indeed, FUN.

I did this old “Ejomlexus blogspot” reminiscing moment last night since I could not get myself a sleep for some reason. It wasn’t my intention at all to re-read my previous blog site. It’s just that I could not think of any website to open to get myself into sleep, that’s why I ended up checking my blogspot posts.

A few minutes after I opened my old blog, I found myself giggling about my crappy English and some old pictures. To give you an overview, here are the things I found. (Just a reminder, though: I won’t post the links anymore, just seach it if you can. Hehehe!)

So here we go…

These photos were taken last 2009 Christmas Party at my previous company. This was our group presentation. Mama Rea, Rachel, Toto, Ruel and I played the casts of Dreamgirls. For those curious, prepare yourself, here’s the complete video:

 

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And this is me before the presentation. I played as “Melo” of Deathnote. I didn’t win the best contest, obviously. But we won the best group performance.

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