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Tuesday, January 12, 2021


Starting a food blog for foodies can be easy but of course there are phases and steps to study and implement before having a successful one.


Check on the following factors that can be useful if you are seriously considering blogging as a career:


Choose an Interesting blog name.  Carefully choose a name to identify your character and personality.  Perhaps, we haven’t got any idea on how to make an intriguing food blog name at the start.  Some bloggers just thought of random names they think are cute and pleasant to hear and read.  The point is that a person should associate himself on the chosen name for easy and interesting identification.  Think of a particular reason why you use that name can also be a key.


Select what blog platform to utilize.  Most bloggers avail of WordPress.org and really loving it.  There are more choices and just be sure to pick the ones you are comfortable of using.


Think of how to host your blog.  You may be considering if you want a self-host or a free hosting options.  At Wordpress.com, a free hosting is offered, and the server will be in charge of your blogs.  So that means if your blog name is Juanfood, your URL will appear as juanfood.wordpress.com.  If you are okay with simple hosting, this type is for you.  Any other upgrades and customizations are already available for a corresponding fee.


Select a host that is dependable.  Self-hosting will necessitate a good provider that you can place your blogs reliably.  Therefore, opt for the ones that have the best reputation and a truly recommended one.  Those who offer additional technical support can be a great advantage.


Attractive design and theme.  Just like in food presentation, of course, a colorful and inviting theme and design can add spice to a particular blog.  Colors and fonts are also great add-ons that can be very enticing with the eyes.


Photos and Images.  This is the most important in creating your food blog.  If you are blogging about food, a very appetizing image can definitely impress a reader to probe further on your blog.  You can post personal shots of your recipe or borrow from other resources.


In summary, if you want to increase your market and increase website traffic, advertise and promote in your social networks.  Connect and let your presence be felt.  Contribute and share your recipes and food reviews in other community sites.  This way you can gain friends and increase the level of search engine results too.


Welcome to The Transcriptionists’ Profiles, a series of interviews with people who are working as audio transcriptionists. 


In this article, we will feature our interview with Lynn.  She is a General Transcriptionist and her work office is located in Baguio City Philippines where the company is connected to US clients.


She has been working as a General Transcriptionist for some time but she said she is a fast learner. She had attended a one-month transcription schooling and after that she left her job as a call center representative.  She immediately worked as a transcriptionist and currently enjoying the job. 


One of the factors that prompted her to pursue a career in audio transcription is that the work is less stressful.  She also stated that there is no need to argue with a customer since you only have to put into writing the message or audio given to you making sure that all transcriptions are correct.


She said that she can either work in an office or in a home based setting.  She is currently working in an office but somehow, it would be better if she can work home based because of the flexibility in working hours.


To be an effective and productive audio transcriptionist, she believes that one must have the the right attitude towards the job which is patience.  Confidence in transcribing is also important and the knowledge to use his or her time wisely by finishing the job on a specified time or even earlier if possible.  Because you will be dealing or hearing different accents that are somehow hard to understand, you must be patient enough to work as an audio transcriptionist  According to Lynn, this work can be easy and fun.


Sunday, January 10, 2021

 


Here's a story shared to us by Marie, a Filipino working in Bahrain for which she recalls this as "A Talk to Remember".


It was a long and stressful day at work so I decided to stay late in a coffee shop in Busaiteen, a town North of Bahrain and ordered my favorite cappuccino and donuts to this Filipina cashier whose smile is endless.


While on my laptop, she came and said ‘Hi.’ Her reliever arrived so we freely talked and our talk went smoothly. I came to know that this Filipina cashier with her three children were abandoned by his husband who works in Saudi Arabia, went for another woman, and left no support. Her son has a blood ailment who must do weekly blood transfusion which costs Php 3,000 per session in the Philippines. She tried her fate in Bahrain to earn a living and support her family. She worked as domestic helper from her previous two employers and both didn’t go well. Back then, she recalls that she was eating twice a day only with two kubus, a staple flat bread in the Middle East. She also recalls that she runs for trash bins to eat left over foods to fill her hunger. She coped with all of these. There was also a time that she almost got raped and decided to run away from her employer and seek for the authority’s help. The rest was history.


These were only some of this Filipina cashier's painful experiences. While listening to her, I feel the pain and that I almost cried. And so I asked her, ‘So, with all of these, how are you able to put a big smile on your face?’ She simply said, Because our family became stronger after that and that God has blessed me with a better work now as a cashier.’


Overseas Filipino Workers are said to be heroes of our generation as a lot of money are remitted each day. But for this Filipina cashier, this is the fruit of her labor, the tears and joy of her soul. Her narrative is just one of a thousand stories in Bahrain.


Thus, I have learned that events of one's life must not dictate the outcome of oneself. Like Lorna, she chooses to be happy and works hard for what she has and refuses to live in her past. I guess, for this, she truly becomes a real hero.

Saturday, January 9, 2021


After our graduation in college, we experienced mixed emotions of fear, worry and excitement.  The fear of what’s next after college life, the worry if we can get a good job right away and the excitement to land in our first job.  Yes, this is it.  Welcome to the world of job hunting.


Imagine yourself making and printing lots of application letters.  Then you submit them to different companies with the hope get an interview and take the exam.  There are some who are fortunate enough to get a good job right away after applying.  But for some, they are just required to accept any kinds of job even though it’s not their top choice.


Become a Young Professional


For a young Filipino, the feeling of having a job gives the person the sense of independence.  Certainly, the primary reason of looking for a job is to earn.  It is the best way to make money than waiting for your parents to give you some.  It includes the need and the want of money.  You need to earn in order to help support your family and you want to earn just so to buy the stuff the you like.


But whatever your reasons may be, having a job means also being responsible in handling your finances.  For us Filipinos, we really compelled ourselves to find a job.  We are known for being hard working, so it simply speaks our attitude of looking for jobs even how hard it is, yet very rewarding.  That’s what our families are looking forward also from us.


Time to Share Your Blessing


What usually happens to us Filipinos is this.  When one member of a family landed to the first job, the parents are so proud.  It is also a long time practice that having a job means facing the responsibility.  Definitely, our goal is to support them.  Also, it is customary to celebrate this wonderful blessing.  We usually offer a thanksgiving mass, or having even just a little celebration for being so thankful to God for the job opportunity.  This happiness is usually shared to our families but even to our relatives and friends.  For us Filipinos, having a first job really means something to us.  As a person who achieves such goal is a fortune.  It is always a blessing.


Thinking about that everybody is happy is so heartwarming.  Sharing the gratitude to our family even for just a simple celebration can make you happy.  Regardless how big or small your salary is, what's important is you share your blessings.  It is best recognized if you buy something for the family.  It is very typical for a Filipino to bring home a cake, ice cream, pancit, or any native kakanin on the first salary.  Cakes and ice cream typically symbolize celebration to us.  It really makes the event special.  Pancit or noodles symbolizes the longevity of one’s life or success.  Kakanin or native foods will always mean the kinship of every member.


These are just our simple joys on how we celebrate our blessings by having some family activities.  It is worthwhile to do this once in a while.  Spending something for our family from our own pocket is not hurtful at all.  It gives our first salary more value.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021


It has been said that Filipino people will be obese by the year 2030.  The reason behind this speculation relies on the fact that the emerging convenient food and fast food chains influence each Filipinos to make it a part of their daily diet.  That is why many healthcare providers and nutrition advocates continue to make efforts to stop people from gaining weight.  Truly the increasing obesity in the Philippines is said to be more of a health threat than a lifestyle indicator.


Filipinos love extra rice.  The main cause of obesity is over consumption of food.  The usual path of calories should be from digestion to absorption, metabolism to energy production.  When too much calories are consumed, the substances that are not burned by energy will eventually turn into fat.  These then will cause alarming health concerns as fat blocks healthy circulation in the body.  Here are other causes of obesity which is also linked to overeating.


  • Psychological problems. There is such a thing called emotional eating.  This happens when a person eats in order to relieve himself from remembering past experiences or current personal problems.  This is the most dangerous cause of obesity since it entails both psychological and physical warfare.
  • Metabolic diseases. Some metabolic diseases like thyroid problems have complications of d gaining weight at uncontrollable amount.  The thyroid is related to metabolism and one disease called hypothyroidism slows down metabolism that causes weight gain even if lesser food intake is done.
  • Voluntary Mistakes. This is also called lack of energy balance.  There are many people who do not take exercise seriously or are not doing physical activity on a daily basis.  It is important to know that an energy coming from food must be burnt equally by doing physical activity.


These are the major causes of obesity that raises the concern of increasing weight gain in the Philippines.  There should be an effort to promote a good weight management by the patient and allied health professional.  If you are one of the people who a has a BMI of more than 30, then you need lifestyle intervention that requires you to eat certain amount of food.  Here are quick tips:


  • Eat more food that is high-in fiber, consider them as snacks instead of grabbing chips and sodas. Popcorn and orange juice can be a good combination to start.
  • Avoid high-fat meals one day at a time.
  • Find time to do exercise, start at 15 minutes.


Obesity can be avoided.  This statement relies on you.

Monday, January 4, 2021


Home-based audio transcription is increasingly becoming a trend in the Philippines.  A lot of transcriptionists nowadays are trying to get work from job providers directly from the source. Because they have the capability to do home based job easily, it is not that far when the Philippines becomes the main choice to outsource transcription jobs.  With this popularity, many transcriptionists in the Philippines start working home based.


The Internet is the primary source of transcription jobs. Online workers in the Philippines have the capacity to meet the demands by job providers. Through the advent of Internet, many Filipino transcriptionists are able to get jobs or voice files from the USA, Australia or even in the United Kingdom. This is a big shift for the outsourcing jobs in the Philippines because now is the time to integrate transcription jobs to the ever popular call center industry.


With appropriate skills and equipments, one can start immediately at the own comfort of your home.  One must consider several factors in starting a career in home based transcription. In the Philippines, since majority of Filipinos have good grasp of the English language, they can immediately acquire the trust of transcription clients all over the world. The workforce in the Philippines for transcription jobs is so efficient yet economical. Not only that, they are very proficient and have all the skills to do the job of home-based transcription.


To start with, you can do your home based audio transcription in the Philippines by having a connection with your fellow transcriptionists. In this way, you can share contacts of provider of transcription job. Another way is applying through online home based transcription jobs. There are various companies online that offer this kind of work. One way also is submitting your resume into job portals that offer transcription jobs.


Here are the comments from our readers:

Archie M. de Lara
Archie M. de Lara
Apr 9, 2013

There is no single best site.
It’s up to your requirement if you find one company that offers good salary.
Try several companies and you will find which one is best to your needs.

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Apr 9, 2013

what is the best site to visit to apply for home-based medical transcriptionist?

David Abrameto
David Abrameto
Mar 28, 2013·

We are hiring transcriptionists for regular, long-term work. Please check out our job application here: [https://revinc.wufoo.com/forms/rev-transcription-job-application/]

Its all general transcription, no medical. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Dr.Aruna Poredi
Dr.Aruna Poredi
Jan 25, 2013

Hi,
i would be interested in home based MT job, if it is available with you, kindly let me know.
Many Thanks.

Randy
Randy
Jan 15, 2013

Hi Ms. Donna,

I am also planning to have a career shift. May I know how much do you earn from being a medical transcriptionist let’s say in a month?

Thanks.

Randy

Rinadiene Dalisay
Rinadiene Dalisay
Aug 7, 2012

Medical transcription has been long introduced and practiced in the Philippines. A lot of transcription companies have tried and failed but transcriptionists managed to make it on their own even at the comfort of their home. Being a home-based transcriptionist myself makes me more proud, happy, and fulfilled mom and career woman at the same time.

Ernesto
Ernesto
Jul 20, 2012

as you have said, you still get home-based transcription works from your former company…are they sending the works via the internet? how do you get the payments?

Bloemart Recabar
Bloemart Recabar
Jun 10, 2012

Yes, it is true that nowadays, transcription industry is getting higher and getting in-demand. So, I myself want to engage in this kind of industry using my knowledge and skills in typing. I do also believe that I can also use my skills and knowledge in shorthand which I had learnt during my university days. I don’t want to waste that skills I had gained.

Aside from that I want to use my time more productive while I stay home during weekends and weekdays after my work. I also want to enhance more my skills and gain more skills by transcribing. It can help me to improve more my listening skills, comprehension, and even my communication skills. By the way I am English teacher for Korean students. It will also help me to recognize and to understand different accent of English speakers.

Asuncion A. Bautista
Asuncion A. Bautista
May 19, 2012

I am a dentist & a nurse by profession but I want a career move. I have been practicing my profession as a dentist for more than 15 years now, but I recently became inactive with my practice. Since home based transcription is getting popular nowadays, it is an advantage that I have finished a course for Medical Transcription Training Program. For full-time mothers like me, it is very helpful for us to do our jobs at home, while still performing our responsibilities as a mother and as a wife at the same time. So in behalf of other full-time moms like me, I am very hopeful that there will be lots of MT companies, small or big, that will give us home based transcription jobs to help us become better moms and good providers as well.

Fatima Rose Dizon
Fatima Rose Dizon
May 16, 2012

Home based job in the Philippines is now spreading. I see 3 major reasons for this:

1. The income is higher than the basic or initial offer most company in the country offer.

2. The convenience of not thinking of the rush hour, the heavy traffic and the hassle of going to work every single day.

3. The most important is having a quality time with your family.

Most of the individuals interested in this job are mom’s who want to see and take care of their children while still pursuing their career. There are also few men who are interested in this industry because of the reasons mentioned above. And I am one of them; it’s very convenient to work with your pajamas and to focus with your goals because you’re in the comfort of your own home.

Sheila Grace C. Peñaflor
Sheila Grace C. Peñaflor
May 14, 2012

Long before I got married, I already decided that I will be a full time mother after giving birth. But I realized staying at home without any income is not also good financially. So it is really nice to know that there are jobs like this here in the Philippines, where mothers can take care of their families in the comfort of theirs homes while earning money.

donna yandoc
donna yandoc
May 13, 2012

Home based transcription work is an opportunity for those people who are already tired of the stressful call center set up.
I have worked for the call center industry for 8 years and I felt so burned that I quit my job.
With home based transcription, I am able to earn a living without leaving the house.
For me, transcription helps me hone my typing, editing, and language skills because with all the multitasking you have to make sure that everything is accurate and well punctuated. I think I have found the career that I’m going to stick with.

ktine
ktine
May 13, 2012

As technology is just around the corner, computer is at our homes and we are proficiently can speak, write and understand English language. So, it is easy for us Filipino to do a home-based job like home-based transcription.

Home-based transcription is the best way for us to gain more knowledge and be competitive to other countries.

Karen Jaen
Karen Jaen
May 1, 2012

Yes, nowadays many people prefer working from home instead of working in an office base company. One of the advantages of a home based worker is that it gives you enough flexibility to work on your own, you have your own time schedule. Working at home also lessen the cost of living by reduction in travelling and other office expenses. A transcriptionist must me a good listener to perform his/her job well.


abby
abby
May 1, 2012

I’m really familiar with this transcriptionist job right now, this is one of the job booming here in the Philippines. Basically, it’s all about medical terms and this is the first time I heard of general transcriptionist. What other thing they need to transcribe other than doctor’s advise? This job is cool especially it’s available via home-based. Good for housewives, newly graduated students looking for extra income. Hope this trend will work and fortunately will last.

Cherry Ann
Cherry Ann
May 1, 2012

Home based medical transcription is a popular move for many people who wish to work at home and earn a living. Of course, some people believe that transcription is just typing words dictated via various recorded means but there is nothing farther from the truth, especially for the medical field.

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of working from home, especially with medical transcription is the ability to have more time with the family. Medical transcription does not require the punching of a time clock. All the client (transcription company or medical establishment) wants is their final product and it is up to you to create your work schedule to ensure that your work is done in a timely, accurate manner.

Junifer Duterte
Junifer Duterte
May 1, 2012

There is a thinking that a transcriptionist is simply a very fast typist but there is much more to this profession. This requires the skill of literacy…..
Just Enjoy the work……..

Arlyn Simbahan
Arlyn Simbahan
May 1, 2012

What’s a good thing about we, Filipinos, is that we know what we have (be it a personal skill, talent or knowledge). And we always find ways on how to use these “resources” in order to make something out of it. This, I think, is the reason why home-based transcription is becoming popular here in the country. I, for one, believe that I possess all the qualifications of becoming a part-time transcriptionist that is why I applied for job. And by doing so, I will be able to utilize my resources in order to make something out of it, that is, extra income.

Jevaline M. Yamson
Jevaline M. Yamson
May 1, 2012

Home based transcription is easy to do especially if you really have background with this field. Unemployed, part-time, or full-time are also can do.

Hannah Celendro
Hannah Celendro
Apr 30, 2012

Home-based transcription is really increasing its popularity in the Philippines. This is because Filipinos is known to be proficient in English. Home-based job like this will be a great help to many Filipinos such as student, housewives and unemployed graduate students. It gives you a more convenient way of working since it is at home. It gives more opportunity to Filipinos to earn money in a better way instead of leaving the country.

Kathryn Sheena Cong
Apr 30, 2012

Many Filipinos were very good transcriptionist, it’s because we love watching English movies and listening to music which can contribute a lot. Filipinos are also very versatile in different accent, they just need at least a day of familiarizing themselves with the accent.

MICHELLE M ESLING
Apr 30, 2012

Living in the 21st century, resources is within our grasp. Some called it “the world is flat” because we can browse anything and everything in just a second. In a way, home based jobs swarming through the world wide web which give us the opportunity to access and earn money as we usually describe it as part time jobs. The advantages are you can work at any time and at any place. It caught also my interest to apply home based transcription jobs, not only to help me financially but increasing my skills.

Naine Leonardo
Naine Leonardo
Apr 29, 2012

Home-based transcription jobs provide earning opportunities for those who are confined to their homes for most of their lives, like housewives. It can also boost the earning capacity of those who are in low-income jobs and those who have no regular work. The most attractive feature of home-based transcription is its convenience; being able to get paid for work done in the confines of your own comfortable space in your own sweet time.

Candy
Candy
Apr 29, 2012

Being a home-based transcriptionist is not an easy job. To some people who haven’t had experience on transcription, they thought it’s just typing and that’s it. I have friends who have not had experience and tried to apply to one of the companies who is hiring home-based transcriptionist. When they tried the transcription test, they had a hard time. You also got to have the skills, good hearing acuity, good knowledge of English grammar, etc.

Mercy Lynn M. Torres
Mercy Lynn M. Torres
Apr 29, 2012

It is true that having a home based job such as transcription is a challenging one. It is an easy job if we have good hearing acuity and knows the International language which is English. We will be able to make a good living with this career.

Angeline Jedidiah S. Lim
Angeline Jedidiah S. Lim
Apr 29, 2012·

I’ve recently heard about these on-line jobs such as doing transcriptions that caters to everyone who is computer literate and fluent in the English language. Perhaps the reason for these trend nowadays especially in the Philippines is because of the opportunity that it offers to everyone without the age requirement or particular social status.In addition, it also does more efficient job requiring less time, effort and money in exchange of the quality work done by the Filipinos. Even my friends and colleagues in the University have been encouraging me to apply for it because it is not only beneficial for the employer but also for the job-seeker.

Jhandelver Quito
Apr 29, 2012·

Working right at the comfort of home, has a lot of advantages with it; not only will an employee save money with the minus transportation and food fees, but more so the ability to control your own time and be able to spend more moments with the rest of the family members. Philippine Home-Based transcription allows a person to earn doing what he or she loves while being with the one he or she love.

Marielle Elle
Marielle Elle
Apr 29, 2012

Yes, I agree that home-based job transcription is growing in the Philippines. One of the reasons for that is because there aren’t many office-based jobs that will give you a much higher compensation as compared to this.

rachelle balosa
Apr 28, 2012

Hi, I’m a medical transcriptionist for 5 years now and I’m doing general transcription also. I’m interested with the job and currently doing home-based transcription now. Thank you and god bless :).

April Almendrala
Apr 28, 2012·

Becoming a transcriptionist requires complete accuracy and attention to detail. Good listening skills are a must, along with the ability to understand various accents. Transcription skills are in high demand, and learning to be a transcriptionist can lead to telecommuting work from a home-based office. Many companies outsource transcription tasks to independent contractors. For those who wish to work from home, consistently delivering transcribed documents on time and without error can lead to many more work opportunities.

xyzhen13
xyzhen13
Apr 28, 2012

Working from home is very convenient. You are not only able to work in an environment that gives you comfort, but as a mother of two, I am also able to keep an eye on what my kids are doing around me. I get to work efficiently and effectively without having to feel the pressure when loads of work needed to be done right away.

Hannalee Gomez
Apr 28, 2012

Earning my own money for tuition and allowance to send myself to school has been my feat for the past few years, and so has it been for a lot others. The introduction of home-based transcription has been receiving positive responses from these specific group of people. It is my opinion that the nature of this work paves the way for high quality deliverables due to its workplace and working time flexibility feature. This makes it most attracting to this specific group of people primarily since it prevents compromising academics because of work load and vice versa. Quality in both fields is very important. One should not need to excel in one end and be poor on the other because excelling in both fields should not be, and is not anymore, impossible.

Erlyn A. Aragones
Erlyn A. Aragones
Apr 28, 2012·

My very first home-based job was being a General Transcriptionist. I had no idea what kind of job that was offered to me. Thanks to my Australian employee for the opportunity that he gave to me that open me to online home-based jobs. Since we Filipinos are hard working that is why we are always on the top of the lists of foreign employers.

jamesel
jamesel
Apr 27, 2012

Filipinos are the ones who grab onto the home-based jobs so that they hold their times. They also don’t spend much money going out to the offices and buy their lunches when its all at home. It is more relaxing to work at home than to go to the office.

laarni
Apr 27, 2012

Not only increasing numbers of households having access thru internet, but also needing more jobs to support families in this undeveloped economy of the country why some opt to apply to these kinds of work. There are also cases wherein some even enrolled in schools as medical transcriptionists rather than getting a four-year course because they need money more than prestige. I believe that the increasing numbers of Filipinos working as transcribers are relatively a new phenomenon that researchers should look at in order to understand what is currently happening in the job market of the Philippines.