MBP’s still my MVP

My Apple MacBook Pro 14 M1 Pro.

Exactly a week ago I got lucky and found a MacBook Pro 14 M1 Pro in my color of choice Space Gray. I’ve been looking to buy one for days but couldn’t find an online seller with stocks of the base model. Even with contacts from Greenhills. Authorized resellers like Power Mac Center are of course selling them at ridiculously higher prices. Not sure whether stocks are being held because of the recent announcement of the M2 Pro and M2 Max models. I wasn’t really expecting prices to go down but knowing the demand it would probably happen in a few months when the newer models are released here. I would have settled with the M2 MacBook Air or MacBook Pro 13, but I couldn’t justify the price and the specs, so I’ve been eyeing the 14-inch model, it’s just not available. Luckily I found one, supposedly the last stock, at a very good price and it was delivered the same day I ordered, go check my Tiktok.

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Cheers to a prosperous 2023!

What we all hoped to be a pivotal year that was 2022, it’s proven to be even more problematic as we continue to navigate through the pandemic. We can go outdoors without face masks now but most of us got too used to it that we can’t go out without protective gear and a bottle of alcohol spray. Businesses that survived the lockdowns and restrictions of the past two years may have gone almost back to normal but with the skyrocketing inflation rates and recession scare, mass layoffs still happened here and there. The prospects of a better new year seem to be pretty farfetched. The pandemic and all these economic woes affecting the world may have discouraged us adding to the uncertainties but the same taught us to be resilient and hopeful. I mean we all thought we can’t make it past 2020, we struggled but still, here we are excited about 2023! It may sound like we’ll need to overcome the impossible, but there are of course opportunities to be financially prepared and thrive.

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Expenses versus budgets

You just got your paycheck, so now what? You’d think you just need to pay bills that are nearly due and it’ll all be good. You then spend the rest of your money on a shopping spree or treat friends on night outs because, well you think to yourself you deserve it. Of course, you do. Problem is, you end up with what’s little left from the splurge, which most of the time is no longer enough to cover your expenses until the next payday. That dominoes to overdue rentals or utilities, missed payments, and worst, having to borrow just to make ends meet. Thing is, this happens because you’re just merely spending, equating money to expenses, but then you can change that to the better habit of budgeting.

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Rapport versus selling

The biggest challenge for a salesperson is how to not sound like one when spilling spiels. That’s because “people love to buy, but hate to be sold to.” That means most customers would want to do their shopping undisturbed. One of the many reasons why e-commerce locally has seen record-breaking growth, especially since the pandemic lockdown started last year. But this came with a price of people getting scammed easily of their hard-earned money and having more trust issues with online sellers. Which makes it more important these days for telesales professionals to focus on rapport-building, at least during the first few interactions, than traditional selling with which we’ve been trained to close the deal every chance we get.

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Running versus jogging

Running versus jogging? What fits your fitness journey.

I miss running at night after work. Back then pre-pandemic, no matter how busy my day was, I’d make it a point to run at least 30 minutes at the park near my office as soon as my schedule’s clear. When friends or colleagues ask at which gym I go to, I’d joke that mine was big but free and round and have lots of greeneries. Now two years into the pandemic, I invested in a watch for health though I have not done any running outdoors. Instead, I’ve been casually doing quick jogs at home with a treadmill. Now given the circumstances, how can we best improve our cardiovascular fitness?

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How to win interviews during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought us the new normal. And companies are adapting to keep business as usual. If you’re having a hard time acing your interviews and landing your next job in this pandemic, perhaps you’ll need to change how you prepare and anticipate questions that may sound too easy but are asked to reveal what most recruiters and hiring managers take as signals to flunk candidates.

Most interviews these days, if not all, are done remotely through video calls. Which is both challenging for the interviewer, who now has a bigger pool but will want to save time with speedier screening in gauging suitability for a position, and the applicant who’s weighing options if it’s the ideal company to work for but will have a tough time without the opportunity to dazzle through the interview in person.

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Upskill for free with Skillshop

If you’re looking to explore and upgrade your skills, particularly on Google’s professional tools and solutions, but thought such would put a huge dent in your budget, you’ll be happy to know that there’s actually a one-stop-shop training website called Skillshop where learners at any level can get online training to master the Google products, tools, and platforms for free. Doesn’t matter if you’re already a seasoned pro or just started with your upskilling goals, Skillshop offers comprehensive courses that you can take at your own pace to help you excel in your job, scale your business, or secure that next big opportunity you’ve been prepping up for.

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Vax on the rush

Pasig's vaccination card you'll be proud to show off.

On the day my wife and kids and others in our compound are getting their 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Caloocan, I finally also got mine in Pasig. It’s only my first jab and had to sign up in the city where my work is located because I just couldn’t miss work and probably won’t last if I line up at 4:00 am and spend more than 8 hours waiting in too long a queue. Because that’s what my family had to endure, and many others in our barangay and perhaps in other cities as well, just to get vaccinated. Everyone seems to be rushing to get vaccinated now because of news that vaccines are scarce and running out of supply. And that some establishments are now requiring proof of vaccination before you’re allowed entry.

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