Getting Hooked

I wasn’t much of a TV viewer before. I would rather listen to music than watch TV. Lately, though, I’m finding myself getting hooked on some TV series and some reality talent shows, too.

There’s The Voice, which I’ve been following since Season 5 because of Tessanne Chin (and her coach, of course! Go Team Adam!). I also watch American Idol and following Malaya Watson (well, she is half-Filipina).

As for TV series, I’m hooked on Beauty and the Beast (VinCat forever!), Starcrossed (a fairly new series I’ve watched from the get-go), The Originals (too bad Rebekah, a.k.a. Claire Holt, has decided to leave the show), Pretty Little Liars (which is on a break), The Vampire Diaries (yep, but I like The Originals more), and 2 Broke Girls.

I feel bad that Ravenswood got cancelled. The storyline was starting to pick up already. But I guess that’s the way the life of TV series goes.

Creating Magic with Videography Editing Software

One of the secrets to a good quality video lies in good editing. In most cases, a videographer is also the editor who has to deal with countless footage and one who determines the final content, splicing them together, modifying the setting, and fixing the flaws to magically transform lifeless scenes into series of animated tableaus. Moreover, while editing has relatively become an easier task with technology advancement, everything still boils down to the efficiency of videography editing software being used.

Professional videography editing software is a costly investment, but it extremely increases efficiency in producing the final product. Although there are free downloads to obtain online, it pays to acquire something that can perform multiple functions to provide your video an award-winning quality.

Choosing from Top Videography Editing Software

• Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 – is virtually compatible with any video format that can support DV, HDV, Sony XDCAM, Panasonic P2 and AVCHD. This real-time editing software, which operates around the timeline concept, can make the editing job an easier process. The software is capable of editing a maximum of 10,240 x 8,192 resolutions. With its plug-in system that allows various media formats to be imported or exported and with a 3D editing function to boost, the software has become one of the top choices of amateurs and professional alike.

Considered as complete software, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 comes with Adobe Encore that enables recording directly to a disk. Enhanced with GPU acceleration capability, it allows the editor to process the video at a speedier fashion. Adobe Premier Pro CS5 is the smart editing software that offers post-production processing from start to finish that can be crafted whether you own a PC or Mac.

• Windows Movie Maker – is part of Windows Essentials software suite and comes as a free videography editing software developed by Microsoft. Called Sundance, the robust software offers a rich selection of transition effects. It is comparatively easier to adjust to how the program operates and to utilize its functions including the option to upload the finished result on Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr.

• Final Cut – is the professionals’ choice among Mac users. Developed by Apple, the program has a plethora of templates and special effects to breathe a new life to any video. Its most recent version, the Final Cut Pro X, operates on Mac with Intel processor. The powerful software allows a video to be transferred on the computer’s hard drive to be processed into several formats.

• Vegas Pro – is originally published by Sonic Foundry, but is now owned by Sony Creative Software. It gradually evolved from an audio editor into becoming as real-time multi-track editing software that can process both audio and video. At present, it runs up to 10 versions compatible with Windows XP and Vista. The software consists of complex effects and compositing tools, including 3D tools that can be supported by a variety of video formats.

• Avid Media Composer – this is another professional video editor highly compatible with Mac or Windows, the software has integrated DVD authoring and can process surround audio effects for your video. It has an integrated toolset that provides all quick tools in rendering utmost quality to any editing output. Of course, you may need a clip-on microphone such as the at831r from guitar center to record the best audio.

Looking for the right videography editing software can be intimidating. There is always the need to assess closely what the best packages that offer the best options are at a price affordable even to a struggling videographer. With the insights provided by leading minds, arriving at a decision becomes easier. Another piece of wisdom is in listening to the words of the industry sharks that the best thing is not to be afraid to invest in the full suite. Everyone in the business started out not knowing everything. Like them, your skills are bound to develop. In addition, with the right tools at hand to create magical transformations in your video, success cannot be far behind.

Enjoy a Rocking Summer Escapade with Swish

It’s summertime and everybody’s busy making travel plans just to get out of the confines of the city for just a few days. Personally, I haven’t made any plans to travel yet. However, I have already filed a 3-day vacation leave to coincide with the Holy Week break, so I would have more than a week off from work sometime in April. Perhaps I’ll make plans closer to those dates.

Given the chance, though, I would love to go to a place where I can soak up, not the sun, but the water. I am not big on getting a tan, as I am intolerable to the burning sensation on my skin after prolonged exposure to the sun. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t mind waddling in the water if only to escape the summer heat that’s already starting to become unbearable.

Since I seldom go out of town, I always have a hard time deciding what to bring or pack. I guess that’s the reason why I fail miserably at packing light. However, I do have essentials when I travel for leisure. I have a big enough vanity kit and I usually pack it with the following:

  1. Toothbrush/toothpaste
  2. Shampoo/Conditioner
  3. Deodorant
  4. Panty liners
  5. Cotton buds (which I pack in a slim travel container)
  6. Essentials for my face – toner, moisturizer, cotton balls
  7. Lotion

Actually, I already started packing my vanity kit, and so far, these are the items I remembered to include:

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Conditioner, Travel bottle of Swish, and Deodorant

Of course, I’m still listing down other stuff I’ll  be adding to the vanity kit. See the itsy-bitsy bottle of Swish? Yes, I made sure I included it because I want to make sure my breath stays fresh wherever I may be. My mom kept the bigger bottles of Swish that we have, but once I find it, I’m going to pack it, too. Why bring a bottle of Swish, you may be wondering. Well, to tell you the truth, I could opt for Swish Breath Spray instead of Swish Mouthwash. I actually have a bottle of Swish Breath Spray in my tiny makeup kit in case I need to freshen up my mouth while on the go. However, since I know there’ll be a bathroom wherever I’ll be off to this summer, I’m opting for Swish Mouthwash. That way, I can freshen my breath as often and as thoroughly as I want.

The thing is there’s not much difference between Swish Mouthwash and Swish Breath Spray. Both are powered by Surefresh Technology ® that kills bad breath causing bacteria, plaque, and gingivitis. This technology is something unique to Swish, and that’s what I love about it. In addition, both are alcohol free so they’re both safe to use every day. There’s no sting or acerbic aftertaste after gargling, so I’m assured of an enjoyable gargling experience. Both are quality products of Unilab, too! The only difference is one is pocket-sized, so I can take it anywhere and do quick touch ups even without a bathroom!

If you haven’t tried Swish yet, I suggest you do. You could also check out the Swish Facebook Page to learn more about their product variants. Until then, enjoy a rocking summer escapade with Swish!

Which Life Stage Are You In?

abstract_10000000733-120713int-1213intYou’re probably thinking there are three life stages: childhood, adulthood and the elderly years. In reality, there are actually many more life stages than that, and the stage you’re in now may help you navigate through difficult future decisions or events to come.

Under 17 – The Child Stage

As adults we sometimes look back and wish to be a child again – the freedom of doing want you want when you want is something we take for granted as kids. Being able to play, have someone else take care of you and the only worry was when your homework was due. During the child stage, we are much more open to imagination, exaggerations and grandiose plans for life. Everything is achievable and nothing is forbidden.

Age 18-26 – The Autonomous Stage

Young adulthood generally leaves us seeking some kind of independence, whether that’s leaving home, getting your own car or working on creating a savings account. This life stage is for understanding your core foundations and experimenting with relationships, friendships and career options. Solid commitments are very rare in this life stage as our focus is rested on the future and how we’re going to get from point A to point B.

Age 27-31 – The Adult Transition Stage

This is the stage of questioning the journey we’ve had so far and whether it’s really set you on the path you want to travel. If it is, this is a stage for making lifelong commitments to jobs, partners and other key elements in your life that you want to maintain. If not, you arrive at a crossroads, an important decision on whether you follow the path or move off it.

Age 32-42 – The Commitment Stage

So you’ve made your choices during the adult transition stage and by now those choices have become permanent aspects in your life. These commitments may make you wonder whether you’ve made the right choices for yourself and your family. This stage is also widely known as the ‘Mid-Life Crisis’ stage, where many experience anxiety or question their previous choices.

Age 49-65 – The Self-Awareness Stage

Once you’re over the commitment stage hump, it can be very smooth sailing. In this life stage there’s no more time for trying to impress others or feeling compelled to compete. This stage is generally used for reflection on the journey and what matters to us most now whether that’s family, community or building a legacy.

Age 66 and over – The Spiritual Journey Stage

This life stage is for finalising our journey and reviewing our ups, downs, achievements and failures. This stage is for understanding who we truly are which can take the rest of our lives. Coming to terms with our mortality can help us reach for spiritual enlightenment, and pass on the wisdom of a long life lived to younger generations.

Whatever life stage you are in, it’s all about living a life full of love, laughter, good intentions and ultimately, things that make you happy. Remember, It’s In The Stars .

What Really Makes You Tick?

I often see myself as somewhat contented with my life the way things are, but of course, it’s hard to think of anything else when there are real issues to be discussed.

Still I aspire for something deeper and more meaningful.

So we’re all pelted with problems. Honestly, it shouldn’t even bother or even hinder us to becoming all we ought to be. Aspirations as kids should continue to live within us, even though it would be short-lived or as long as we could hold on to the dream. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks… or can they?

Anyway, here are 10 questions you should ask to yourself…a preparation to self-improvement:

1. What do I really want?

The question of the ages. So many things you want to do with your life and so little time to even go about during the day.

Find something that you are good at can help realize that small step towards improvement. Diligence is the key to know that it is worth it.

2. Should I really change?

Today’s generation has taken another level of redefining ‘self’, or at least that’s what the kids are saying. Having an army of teenage nieces and nephews has taught me that there are far worse things that they could have had than acne or maybe even promiscuity. So how does that fit into your lifestyle?

If history has taught us one thing, it’s the life that we have gone through. Try to see if partying Seventies style wouldn’t appeal to the younger generation, but dancing is part of partying. Watch them applaud after showing them how to really dance than break their bones in break dancing.

3. What’s the bright side in all of this?

With so much that is happening around us, there seems to be no room for even considering that light at the end of the tunnel. We can still see it as something positive without undergoing so much scrutiny. Moreover, if it’s a train at the end of the tunnel, take it for a ride and see what makes the world go round!

4. Am I comfortable with what I’m doing?

There’s always the easy way and the right way when it comes to deciding what goes with which shoes, or purse, shirt and whatnot. It doesn’t take a genius to see yourself as someone unique, or else we’ll all be equally the same in everything we do. Variety brings in very interesting and exciting questions to be experimented.

5. Have I done enough for myself?

Have you, or is there something more you want to do? Discontentment in every aspect can be dangerous in large doses, but in small amounts you’ll be able to see and do stuff you could never imagine doing.

6. Am I happy at where I am today?

It’s an unfair question so let it be an answer! You love being a good and loving mom or dad to your kids, then take it up a notch! Your kids will love you forever. The same goes with everyday life!

7. Am I appealing to the opposite sex?

So maybe I don’t have an answer to that, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try it, though. Whether you shape-up, change the way you wear your clothes or hair, or even your attitude towards people, you should always remember it will always be for your own benefit.

8. How much could I have?

I suppose in this case, there are no such things on having things too much or too little, but it’s more on how badly you really need it. I’d like to have lots of money, no denying that, but the question is that how much are you willing to work for it?

9. What motivates me?

What motivates you? It’s an answer you have to find out for yourself. There are so many things that can make everyone happy, but to choose one of the may be the hardest part. It’s not as if you can’t have one serving of your favorite food in a buffet and that’s it. Just try it piece by piece.

10. What Really Makes You Tick?

So, what really makes you tick? You can be just about anything you always wanted to be, but to realize that attaining something that may seem very difficult is already giving up before you even start that journey. Always remember, that self-improvement is not just about the physical or philosophical change you have to undergo, but it’s something that you really want.