Changing The Theme Of My Blog

Spree river in Berlin, Germany.

Spree river in Berlin, Germany.

Good morning to you Guys! Well, it is already morning in the Philippines. It is 1:30 in the early morning here in Germany. I know it is too late for me to go to bed but I can wake up until noon when I like. It´s Sunday and it´s a resting day for me. I was so tired coming from work this Saturday evening that I had to take a break after dinner. I slept for an hour and started updating my blog My Kitchen and I after that.

 

I changed the theme of my cooking blog when I was not able to upload a photo of my bitter melon article. When I clicked the Add Image to upload my photo, it was not functioning. I thought my laptop was already “Kaputt” and so I logged off from my laptop and used my tablet instead and it was still the same. It disturbed me much that there was no photo to show what kind of vegetable bitter melon was. Now I have the photo but with a new blog appearance.

 

Selecting and changing the theme of my cooking blog, putting up the right color, adding widgets and getting rid of my Amazon disclosure text took a lot of my time.  Have you changed the appearance of your blogs? Is it allowed to put my referral link on a text of my widget? I wonder. If not, I have to delete it. Btw, how many ad links on the sidebar are we allowed to put on our blogs? Am I allowed to add my Zazzle link here? I know that some of you here are experts on this online ad business. Please share your advice below this post.

 

Anyway, I have to do a lot of blogging this Sunday afternoon as I have not written much these last few days. I have to get the 10,000+ points and redeem before flying to my beloved Angus. I may not be able to write more often when I am in my home country due to the weak internet connection.

 

So long my friends and thank you for your visit. It´s already 2 a.m.  Good night! Ciao! Gute Nacht!

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Amazon Affiliate No More

My Writing Desk

My Writing Desk

Are you an Amazon affiliate at Amazon. com? I was, for a few months but now no more. I can’t  remember how long I was an affiliate but a few months ago, I got an email from them that I would no longer be an affiliate if I didn’t have a sale within 180 days. I forgot about that email and  continued  inserting Amazon products to my blogs at Blogjob.

 

The other day, I send an email to them because I  was not able to login in my Amazon affiliate account. As I said I forgot about the Amazon email and kept wondering why I  couldn’t login. Lol😀 I was really ignoring negative things that came to my life. Anyway I  got an email from Amazon  yesterday telling me that I am no longer an affiliate and that I can apply again in a few months.

 

Now I have a lot of things to do. I have to get rid of the Amazon products from my blogs. That will costs me a lot of time. Time that I could use for writing. Time that I don’t  have but I have to do what I have to do. I wonder though why I  am still an Amazon affiliate at Amazon.de, an Amazon Partner Net in Germany. Don’t they have the same rules and regulations?

 

Do you have any idea or advice in what site I could be an affiliate  besides Adsense? I already have Adsense and I  am earning there, slowly but surely. Maybe you have any tutorial how to be a good affiliate in the sense of earning. Any experts here? Please share your expertise.

 

Oh! I have an idea. I could apply at Amazon UK.  Are there any UK affiliates here? How to apply? Any tutorial post?Anyway, thank you for reading my blog. Your advice are always welcome. Have a blessed day to you all.

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My Paraffin Wax Hub Was Moved To Bellatory Site

Manicured hands

Manicured hands

Yay! Another article of mine was moved to Hubpages vertical site. My  Paraffin Wax treatment hub was moved to Bellatory site. Bellatory  is a new niche site of Hubpages which is all about beauty, skin care and fashion. I am proud that Hubpages has chosen my hub as one of the highest quality hubs selected for the new site. There was nothing wrong with my writing and especially my grammar. They just edited it in a way that my article catched the eyes of the readers (though it catched  the eyes of the thieves / plagiarists  already). They removed the unnecessary words that I have often repeated in my article. Of course they removed the Amazon ads that I have put in it, too.

 

How to Use Paraffin Wax Treatment for Your Hands and Feet is one of the best tutorials I have written in my writing career. That is maybe because I have written this from my own experience while working at Spa Elysium in County Mayo, Ireland a few years ago.

 

Do you know that this article of mine has been plagiarized many times  by some selling websites and used this for their paraffin wax products? Yes, they did and I have filed DMCA often times but no success and I am tired of filing against those plagiarists. So be it!

 

Anyway, I am happy about some passive income that come from this tutorial. I have written this once and I am earning a bit, slowly but surely for the last 5 years. I will not get rich but I surely am having fun seeing the  cents that filed up until the next payout.  Now, I am thinking of writing more tutorials about things that are used in the spas or massage saloons.

 

Have you tried this paraffin wax treatment? How I wish I can buy this paraffin wax in the Philippines for my paraffin wax machine in my massage room. That would be great having feet as soft as a baby skin.

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Taking A Break From Writing

Carrot Muffins for our bonding.

Carrot Muffins for our bonding.

Do you still have time for your offline friends? Do you bond with them every now and then?

 

I mean as a blogger in many writing sites, I tried to write most of the time (when I have) to earn money from our writing sites but I mostly failed to do so. Either I was tired from my offline part-time job, I had no idea what to write that I thought was interesting enough to my readers or I had no motivation to write at all. Sometimes, I just wanted to read and interact with my online friends. I sometimes felt that my brain was exhausted. Just imagine in how many languages my brain had to deal with.

 

The dark shadow under my eyes should stop. I  remember someone had said “I’m glad I am no longer studying in school. I don’t  have to read a book anymore. “ I could not relate to that. The older I became, the more I read. Every time I  started reading, I couldn’t stop. Well, I only read interesting posts or books. I  think I  am already addicted to reading. Any break could do me good.

 

Yes, a few hours break did me good when I bonded with my Pinay / Filipina friend at home. She collected me in the city after my 2 hours work and instead of having a coffee and cake in a cafeteria, we went home as we did not find a vacant parking place in the city. It was not a planned bonding. It was a spontaneous one as her kids and hubby went to the cinema and so we had time for us. We bought carrot muffins in the bakery and so we had a wonderful time chatting about everything. About the food we would cook for the communion celebration of her son. I will be baking cakes for crowds again and I will be baking my Schwarzwäldertorte (Black Forrest Cake) and other cakes. I am looking forward to that event.

 

Anyway, I have to discipline myself and should take enough breaks  from writing online. For the sake of my eyes. The nature outside is beautiful to explore. Thanks for reading.

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German Beddings

German Hotel Double Bed

German Hotel Double Bed

Do you know something about German beddings? Have you slept under a cosy and warm Federbett when you were in a hotel in Germany or in other European countries? German bedding is very different to British or Irish beddings. I think it is also different to American style of beddings.

 

Federbett is a German word for a down comforter duvet which is traditionally made from feathers. It looks like a rectangular huge cushion covered with a cotton or satin fabric made into huge “pillow”. It is a warm bedding which is very cosy to snuggle especially in winter.

 

I am writing about this German beddings as I realised how good it was to have them in bed. We are no longer using this traditional German beddings as we have bought a bed comforter from Ireland when we lived there and brought it with us to Germany. A few weeks ago, we slept in a hotel in Stuttgart and we slept under a Federbett, a so called down comforter  that laid on top of the double bed mattresses. Funny to think of how I have missed this kind of duvet.

 

A German bed consists of Lattenrost (slated frame) with a spring feathered frame and a matress. A double bed has 2 Lattenrost with 2 spring feathered frames and 2 mattresses. The bedsheets are in different sizes depending on how big the bed and mattresses are. The duvets are all in single sizes that every person in a double bed has its own duvet  to use.

 

Benefits of having a German duvet beddings:

 

  1. You have your own fluffy snuggy  duvet and you can use it however you want.
  2. No “war” about yanking and pulling of the shared duvet.
  3. You can’t smell the farting of your partner as the smell stays inside his / her duvet. That is if he / she doesn’t open his beddings.?
  4. No top sheet that will disturb you when it’s untuck from the bed.

 

How To Fold The German Duvet:

 

Folding the German duvet is very easy. You just have to fold it crosswise like in the photo above or fold it twice if you want to. You don’t have to cover it with a bed comforter. Just let the duvets stay on the bed and the fresh air can always “wipe away” the smell of the sweat.

 

Anyway, I like to know what kind of beddings you have fellow Blogjobbers. American, British or German style? Thanks for reading. Good night!!!

 

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Where To Hide Easter Eggs At Home

Easter Decoration

Easter Decoration by Thelma Alberts

Easter season is a hunting season not only for the adults but most especially for the kids. Do you do Easter hunting with your kids? Do you know that as an adult, you can do Easter hunting as well? Have you tried that as a kid or as an adult? Did you love it? Too many questions that only you can answer.

 

Here in  Germany, the resurrection of Christ from the dead is more celebrated than the Karfreitag (Good Friday), the day Jesus Christ was crucified. The Easter Sunday is the resurrection day but Easter Monday is also celebrated. The time to bond with the family and to rejoice the resurrection of Christ. The time for Easter eggs and Easter hunting at home, in the park and some other families do it in the forest.

 

The last time I have done my Easter hunting was when I was in my home country Philippines, 2 years ago. It was me who introduced this fun activity to my relatives especially to my small nieces and nephews. I did not color the eggs though I organized Easter hunting in my tropical garden. As I did not have Easter eggs bought from the supermarkets (nobody sold Easter eggs in our place in the Philippines), I was creative and bought some small sachets of candies, chocolates and other small size packed snacks Pinoy kids were fond of eating. It was the first time my small relatives experienced Easter hunting and I saw in their faces how happy they were. It was worth my effort to see their happy faces.

 

Where To Hide Easter Eggs At Home:

  1. In the living room: (a) inside the writing desk drawer  (b) in between the books (c) on the flower pots camouflage in the color of the soil  (d) behind the stereo sound system (e) behind the sofa or couch (f)behind your computer (g) inside the flower vase covered with some knitting materials
  2. In the kitchen: (a) in the fridge inside the vegetable compartment (b) in some cooking pots c) on the herb pots covered with the leaves of the herbs (d) inside the rice storage  e)inside the cold oven or microwave ( f) inside or hidden in the kitchen utensils holder
  3. In the bedroom: (a) clothes cupboard  (b) inside the pillows  (c) behind the flower pots on the windowsill
  4. In the hallway: (a) inside the umbrella holder (b) inside your shoes and shoes cupboards (c) hang it on the key holder

 

These are only some of the hiding places in your home. You can either hide chocolates, colored boiled eggs, painted eggs, Easter candies, Easter bunnies and any Easter toys your kids might love. DON´T FORGET! Remember where you hide the chocolates. You might forget it until the next Easter season. Enjoy Easter hunting!

 

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Music From The Past But Not Forgotten

Somewhere in Stuttgart, Germany

Somewhere in Stuttgart, Germany

Do you love listening to the old music? What kind of music do you love to listen? The classic one, the pop, reggae, ballad, country or rock and roll music? I love almost every kind of music as long as it is not hip hop.

 

When I opened my fb account today, I got a notification of the things I have posted for 2,3 and 4 years in fb, to be shared again if I wanted to. One of these posts I have posted years ago were You Tube music of Simon & Garfunkel band. Of course I shared this again and listened to this music for more than half an hour. Listening to this music gave me the inspiration for writing this blog. I wrote this blog while listening to the music and my hands were faster  than it used to be. Is it not grand? How I wished it was always like that when I wanted to write. Not just sitting in front of my laptop with an empty mind. Well, sometimes.

 

Being a Filipino expat here in Germany, I have heard most of this music when I was still in my home country. When I was still young, naive and seeing the future with full of insecurity and hindrances.

Simon and Garfunkel at its best. Source: You Tube

 

Here are the music of the past but not forgotten:

  1. Simon and Garfunkel—Bridge Over Trouble, Mrs. Robinson, Sounds of Silence, etc…
  2. James Taylor—You´ve Got A friend
  3. ABBA—-Fernando, Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Chiquitita, Mama Mia, Thank You For The Music, etc…
  4. Beatles—Hey Jude, Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Penny Lane, All you Need Is Love, etc…
  5. Bee Gees—How Deep Is Your Love, Saturday Night Fever, Too Much Heaven, Stayin´ Alive, etc.

 

I remember all these awesome groups and their songs as they reminded me of my teenage time living a simple life without stress, no electricity, no gas cooker, no cars but only a few jeepneys in the main road but not in our street where we kids used to play. Yes, it was a simple and poor life but a happy childhood life.

 

Life is so fast being an expat in my adopted country. Everything is fast and accurate. Time is so quick and I have to appreciate what life has to offer. Life is good, really good. Thanks for reading.

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Easter Time in Germany

Easter Decorations

Easter Decorations

OMG! I have just seen in my calendar that in a few weeks time, it´s Easter again. Do you celebrate Easter in your country? Are you Christian? Do you do anything for Easter celebration? Good Friday is on March 25 this year 2016. We will be having a long weekend, that is if we don´t have to work on Saturday this Easter. We also have a free Monday which is Easter Monday. So, that will be 4 days free. We might be having visitors on one of those Easter days. Coffee drinking and cakes eating. Maybe a dinner as well. We´ll see.

 

Here in Germany, there´s no work on Good Friday. Churches will be having Mass but not everybody will be going to church. The shops are closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday in Germany.  Good Friday is Fish Day and I am sure some of the Germans will be going to the neighbouring country Holland to go shopping and buy fish in many varieties. Mostly fried in the fritteuse. Well, the shops are open on Saturday after the Good Friday. Germans will be buying their last minute Easter gifts and meal preparation ingredients for the Easter Sunday and Easter Monday meals.

 

Ops! I still have to decorate the house for Easter. I still have old eggs decorations to be hang in the living room. Maybe I will bake an Easter cake if we have visitors for one of those Easter days. I still don´t know. I might bake an Easter bread as well. I still have Santa Claus chocolates here and I will be using these for making the glaze of the cake. I have already seen some gardens nearby decorated with colorful Easter decorations. The decorations are hanging on a beautiful plant. Really looks awesome.

 

BTW, do you hide Easter chocolate eggs in your house, in your garden or in the forest for your Easter hunting? That would be fun. My hubby and I have done that before when our son was still small and it was always fun hiding the chocolates and seeing the face of our son when he found one. Sometimes we hide the Easter eggs in my sons shoes and when he put them on, they were spoilt. LOL! I love remembering those days.

 

Enjoy your Easter Celebration! Thanks for reading.

 

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Spring Is Here!

My Tropical Garden

My Tropical Garden

Oh my! It´s already March. How the month February just passed by so quickly. I have not met some of my goals for last month but I did what I could. I set priorities and one of these is earning money on and offline for my travel to my home country. I will be staying there for a few months again.

 

Today is the beginning of Spring here in my adopted country but it doesn´t feel like Spring at all. The weather is freezing cold, just 3°C, cloudy and rainy. Talking about Spring, I have to finish my article about Spring season for our April issue of  PILYA BLOG MAGAZINE here in Germany. This is one of my favourite topics in writing, flowers, flowers and flowers;-)

 

I know! I have not written about plants here in Blogjob but I have in my Blogger site. I called it Thelma´s Tropical Garden. I miss my tropical garden but I will be there again soon. I will be there soon, writing at the garden table while listening to the tropical birds chirping on the branches of carambola / starfruit, pomelo, guava and coconut trees. Every now and then I will be taking a break from writing  just to catch the glimpse of the beautiful butterflies hopping from Zinnias, Lantana Camaras and other scented flowers I have planted when I was there. Is it not a relaxing place to write a blog? Remembering my garden blog, I have to update it again as my last post there was last November 2015. I have neglected my garden blog since I started writing on Blogjob. I still have many things to write about my garden.

 

What about you? Is it Spring time in your neck of the woods? Are you preparing something to plant when the freezing season is over?

 

Thank you for reading and if you want to read about my tropical garden, here´s a hub I wrote for Hubpageswith lots of photos of my flowers. Enjoy the month of March!

 

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My Writing Journey Online

My Writing Desk

My Writing Desk

Yesterday, I  got an email from the Hubpages team. It was stated,

“You have hit a pretty impressive  milestone—–your 5 Year Anniversary on Hubpages! You’ve stuck with us through thick and thin. You’ve braved the writer’s block, rode the traffic waves, and hopefully made some lifelong friends. You are truly a veteran Hubber. Happy Hubbiversary!”

 

I totally forgot about my “hubbiversary”. I thought I am 6 years now as a Hubpages writer. Lol! It seems I have gone too far?. I  appreciated much that the Hubpages team contacted me more often in these last few weeks. All the news I got were all positive and for the best of my hubs. These good news inspired me to write more. But what? It’s  been 8 months since I have written my last hub and it was about Cologne City in Germany.  My next article there, would be more than 1000 words and I need a lot of photos for that. I might write about another travel. I have not been to Keukenhof yet, a tulip paradise garden in The Netherlands for tulip lovers. Yes,  it’s  just an idea that pops up in my brain at this moment. Maybe I  could go by a travel bus extra for Keukenhof. I have to think about that.

 

Thinking about my writing journey, I  have gone far. Imagine, I  was so sad leaving my good paid part time job as a massage therapist in Spa Elysium  and awesome workmates, not to think about the breathtaking landscapes  of Ireland and moved back to Germany. As the saying goes “when one door closes, another door opens.”

 

I became a Hubpages writer after a few months leaving Ireland. I was a novice then, polishing my English language, learning the computer technology, keywords, etc… by trial and error. My diary writing turned to online writing. I have learned a lot from “scratch “. I have met many people from all over the world with different customs, traditions, religions and offline jobs. The only thing that connected us was our passion in writing.

 

Many years have passed and Hubpages was not the only website I joined in. I became a blogger as well trying to lay my “eggs in different baskets.”  I was scammed by 2 writing sites together with my co-bloggers worldwide but it didn’t  turned me off from writing. Instead, it made me careful.

 

Writing is fun! Hubpages is still my main writing site and I  am still contented with this site. As what HP said, I went  ” through thick and thin.” HAPPY 5th HUBBIVERSARY to me!!!!

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