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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

This is a story of a former SPi employee working as a medical transcriptionist. I wasn't able to save his contact information so, this is posted anonymously.

SPi is one of the leading transcription company in the Philippines in 2006 to 2010 and it was one of the featured companies here in my blog.

At first, he really have no idea about transcription until eight months after he graduated.  He was working then as a gym receptionist.  One of the gym instructors was a physical therapy graduate and he noticed that he have quite good typing skills.  He told him that he might want to try medical transcription since he is a graduate of a medical allied course.

During that time, SPi was in need of medical transcriptionist.  He applied for the position and underwent series of tests and interviews.  He narrates that, "It was funny because during the final interview with the operations manager, instead of her asking me questions, it was me who asked bunch of questions about medical transcription."  In their conversation, he was able to grasp idea of how this career would be.  He was luckily considered for the position and underwent an extensive training for two months.

Everything about medical transcription was discussed to him; turnaround time, flexibility, use of different reference materials, client specifics, confidentiality agreement, et cetera.  He thought since he have knowledge of medical terms and good typing skills, maybe he could fit for this job.  It would just take familiarity with the accent (would the clients be American or ESLs), being resourceful, willingness to learn, and of course hard work.  He eventually worked with the radiology account (4 hours turnaround time) for two years, 18 months of which as an off-edit MT.

His last year with SPi was spent doing other different types of dictations including acute care, discharge summaries, orthopedic account, ER notes, and even medical conferences and some general transcription jobs.

His final remarks states that, "Even though I am no longer working as a medical transcriptionist, my current job is still related with transcription.  I still transcribe dictations; the only difference is that my current job is transcribing real-time dictations, from a person talking to me on the phone."

Sunday, November 22, 2020

This article was originally written November 1, 2015:

I've been in Qatar for only three days and I'm thinking what makes me decide to live in Qatar for work. I remember a few months back waiting long time to get my job application get approved. During those times, I kept on asking myself if I really want to live in Qatar for the next three or more years.

Now that I'm here, there are considerably good reasons why living in Qatar attracts me.  Well undoubtedly the pay for expat workers here is better that their respective country.  Another of course with the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2022, there is very impressive development in Qatar.

Qatar somehow is very peaceful.  The environment is a bit relaxed.  The neighbourhood is really quite.  You will only get to see people going to mosques during prayer times.  The traffic is very moderate to heavy on peak hours.  There is only a few build up on some major intersections.  Because the infrastructure is relatively new, roads are easy to navigate.  It seems that fun and too much leisure is not a priority here, but it seems people are contented.  Shopping malls are not that jammed pack.  There are some small shopping malls here actually.  I've seen one, and there is a cinema.  Alcohol is not prohibited, but you need to get a license.  I'm thinking getting one.  I've heard to some of my friends who have been here for a couple of years telling me they are definitely staying here as long as they could.  The weather by the way is likeable, although it's a bit early to tell because winter is just approaching.  

I can't wait to explore more the city of Doha.  It seems that you can tour the whole city in just few hours in a not so busy day.  I see that there are major constructions undergoing to build the metro rail as well.  There is a public bus that seems efficient.  Well, I must say these are only an observation of someone who is relatively new here living in Qatar.

I think I will continuously enjoy living and working here in Qatar.  I particularly like the culture that is relaxed as compared to other Arab countries I've been to like Saudi Arabia.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Blogging has been slowly eating our system, positively that is. From being a hobby and a trend, now it’s beginning to be a money earning idea that is providing opportunities for writers. Blogging for others had already begun to conquer their lives, since this type of writing is a kind of journal, where one usually had to do some blogs every day regarding his or her experience, or just about anything that he wants to share publicly. Others had been doing this for quite a long time, and had earned some considerable amount of money by blog writing.

However, there are some tips about blogging that you need to know:

1. Determine your target market.

Ask yourself to whom should you address the topics you are writing? Categorize and distinguish if your blogs focuses on the particular audience that you want to impart your message to.

2. Write and be yourself.

In order for you to reach out to your readers, just be cool and focus on subjects which you think can highly relate to others. This is one way of getting the attention of your readers and can make them want to go back reading your other blogs.

3. Use colorful images.

Pictures and images can be very attractive. This is a visual stimulation and can help trigger curiosity in your reader’s brains. There are numerous websites that provides various images that can be used for any topic in your blog writing.

4. Be responsive to any comment that are posted on your blog site.
Responding to your audience comments and suggestions perhaps only means that they had been reading your blogs thoroughly. Be sensitive and try to be more appreciative of these readers. A thank you can be a very good gesture to these people.

5. Be active in social media sites.

Share your blog writing on different social networks that you are a member of. This is one method of promoting and advertising your blogs to gain more views and readers. Ask your friends to share the blog with their friends if you really want to be a little bit popular.

These 5 tips about blogging will lead you to create your quality blog. So you must keep motivated and always be focused on your blogging.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

In this article, I will feature my interview with Marilou who considers herself as an average transcriptionist.  She is located in Cebu City and presently not connected to any company.

In 210, she had joined a week training as a transcriptionist but decided to stop because the location was far from where she lives.  She started transcribing sometime around November of 2010 when she helped out someone she knew who was originally working as a Transcriptionist with her load. Being a part-time transcriptionist helps her earn money while enjoying the job.

When asked what is her preference to work home based or in an office setting, she explained she prefers to work home based because it is a lot more convenient.  Also, general transcription appeals most to her interest.

She said that the most important characteristic or quality to become an effective and productive transcriptionist is being passionate.

She advised that for anyone who wants to work as transcriptionist, extend their patience, obtain active listening, focus and love the job while being passionate about the work.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Being a mom is a full time task. Once I worked with one of the prestigious State universities in our place. It was quite rewarding because it was, yes, a more stable job, I supposed so. But being a working mother has its own perks. Having three little kids while working 50 kilometers away from home made me think a hundred times if I have to keep my job or quit to be a full time wife and mom. I was starting with my career and again yes, personally I would have kept it if I was not always worrying with what was happening with my children when I am not around. I had a “yaya” back then, but with my third child suffering from asthma and would not even taste her food when in an attack, I had to let go of my job.

It was not long so long ago that I came across a platform that offers various home-based jobs ranging from telemarketing, writing and more. Although foreign to that idea, I had somehow managed to get a job as a writer. And it really helped me a lot, positively. I have also discovered that there are even more rewarding home-based and online jobs available.

Now, I am working at home and managing my own time and pace, minus the dilemma of anxiety that always haunted me when I am away from home. I do not have to run every morning, deal with traffic and all the stress that comes with it. Imagine working the 8-5 routine; waking up as early as 5am preparing for work and going home as late as 8 pm, tired and useless. For others it can be perfect, but for me it doesn’t work. I was not happy with my life as well as my job anymore.

The onset of home-based jobs for me is a blessing. I am enjoying my life now and most of all my family. I feel I have the best of both worlds, and I am grateful to have found a rewarding career.

The contributor of this article is a home-based article writer, blogger and researcher who loves travelling and adventure. She is a graduate of Business Administration at the University of San Agustin, Iloilo City in the Philippines.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

An eager and optimistic fresh graduate would expect nothing but the grandeur things in life upon working. Earning money while being in the career path that one dreams of is a luxury often taken for granted. Lucky as it may seem, there are still dark spots to work in your dream job most especially for a fresh graduate. Getting a job is one thing but surviving, staying and succeeding is a whole new other story. 

Most fresh graduates enter the working force expecting not but positive things; after all, there is no way but up right? Then what hits us is the reality of life. We start by trying really hard to impress our boss and workmates. We then start to work overtime just to keep up with the fast-paced ever changing business world. After which, we finally start to crack because of the constant pressure to, not only do well, but do better and better each day or task. Then what is left is a struggling demotivated fresh graduate just trying to survive day by day.

Confidence is definitely the key to success.  

To work in a world where dressing to impress is a part of your daily work life is a struggle most especially to those individuals who aren’t really aesthetically gifted, if one may say. Confidence is a trait most often degraded by many as we often associate it with arrogance. The beauty of confidence is that one tends to overlook physicality when personality shines through. One must also remember that our personality lasts whilst our physicality degenerates. Confidence is a trait that most fresh graduates tend to lose when they enter the working class because of the constant pressure being put on us by our bosses or older workmates. Remember that our bosses and workmates pressure us because they know one could do better.

So to all the fresh graduates out there trying to make it big in their chosen career paths, you got this! Never lose yourself in the fast-paced ever changing world that we live in.

Friday, November 13, 2020

I'm looking to create a team of writers who will be my associates to help me with my blogging.

Part-time writers who want to make their spare time more productive instead of just a chatting with friends for long hours.

TOPICS: blogging, working home based, food reviews, restaurant reviews, travels, technology, computer, gadgets, audio transcription, health, fitness, and many others.

Wanted Associate Writers
- Willing to work part time who can work in a team.
- Have existing internet connection and have a spare time writing articles.
- Have good attitude towards work.
- Have good command of English language especially in writing.

Writing Guidelines – Associate Writers
1. Write unique and according to own thoughts. NEVER COPY from any website or any books including phrases, fragments or whole sentence.
2. Write in the context according to topic/title given alone and use the KEYWORDS appropriately (3-5% only in the entire article, about 10-15 times).
3. TITLE must not be too long or too short.
4. Article must contain 400-600 WORDS excluding the summary.
5. Do not use I or Me and He or She. Instead use We, They or Their, or Your. (except for writing personal stories)
7. SUMMARY must be 2-3 sentences summarizing your article - This is not a copy paste from the actual article.

- Bank account that can receive money transfer.
- Willing to write on per task basis. Regular tasks will be discussed based on performance.
- Good command of English grammar in writing.
- Can follow instructions easily.

To be discussed upon test file approval.

Contact information:
e-mail your detailed resume at:

Thursday, November 12, 2020

When Windows 8 was launched as an operating system by Microsoft In October 2012, it became the new operating system packed with more sophisticated designs and more interactive applications to make a better computer experience. Below are the improved features of Windows 8 operating system at that time:-

Improved search function

All you need to do is to type anything, and a search function will appear on the right side of your screen and will give you the results. The search capability is much even better this time because it will display all the matching applications and files simultaneously.

Easy multitasking

You can snap two applications on either side of the screen and multitask. At this time you can chat with your friend while scoping on a map, or do watch a movie while doing some stuff. It is simple to do things at once in Windows 8.

Application Store

Windows 8 included this application so you can browse for more application on Windows store in one click. All the applications on the store have ratings and reviews so you can have a gist of that application before you buy it. You can even share it with your friends.

More battery hours

Windows 8 PCs and tablets are designed to use less power to lengthen the battery life. Now you will have more time in doing what you want and wherever you are.  Plus you can save more cash from those expensive electric bills at your home.

Cloud Computing Experience

With this integrated interface on Windows 8, you can go anywhere and stay connected with great applications. Store your things on SkyDrive and from that you can already your files anytime and anywhere. With Cloud Computing, you are still connected with your computer even if you are away.

For those who love to do some sort of art stuff out there, you might want to check out the latest Microsoft Paint on Windows 8. The interface is so realistic that you will feel like you are painting on a real canvas with a real paintbrush and a real palette. With this, you are at ease because you don’t have to carry all those painting stuffs anymore. With simple stroke of your fingers on the screen, you can create a beautiful art like you are painting on a real canvass. This can be done best if you have a touch screen display.

Another good thing about Windows 8 is that it is packed with lively tiles that keep you updated on certain information without running those applications.  For those with touch screen display, you can manipulate what you are doing easily on Windows 8 because you can simply touch and slide the applications running on your desktop.

In this fast paced environment, Windows 8 won’t definitely let you be left behind.  Expect that more exciting features will emerge again these coming years to improve your computer experience.

This was how to update Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 way back then.

Microsoft had already launched Windows 8.1 which is an update for the Windows 8 operating system. A start button was added back and the functions of search and multi-tasking had been expanded. Microsoft Store had been selling the basic package priced at £99.99 and for Windows Pro which included features like the remote desktop, extra encryption and others are priced at £189.00.  There is also a student version which needs verification process that costs approximately £49.99. Upgrades from Windows 7 have reduced prices. There are also DVD’s, digital downloads that are readily available from Store and prices can be checked and online.

It is possible to download the update while using the computer since it can simply run in the background. It’s about more or less 3.5GB in size and because it is the latest release, it is therefore understandable that servers can experience some strain and downloads can be a little bit slower.

Those Windows fanatics might have tried to install a preview released but unluckily, Microsoft will slightly rebuke you for your loyalty. You can enjoy the updates the same as Window 8 fanatics but it is suggested that saved game files should be backed up. Those who had installed the App will be required to download once again.

For Existing Windows 8 Users, this was how it was done.

However, those who are using Windows 8 will have the most convenient and easy way to update. You can download the update free of charge by simply going to the Window Store through the live tile. It may take some time longer than you think coupled with a restart and requires a log-in after it is done.

Those who still use Window 7 will reconsider that it might be a big step, compared to updating from 8 to 8.1. You need to be very careful to evaluate that you have the necessary specs as follows; 16-20GB free space, 1GHzprocessor, 1 or 2GB of RAM and a graphics card that can run Microsoft DirectX9. In addition, these users will have to accept the fact that their computers won’t be touch-enabled which is not compulsory for Windows 8 but is without doubt very useful. There is a certain type of satisfaction when flicking the hand compared to exploring those live tiles with the use of the mouse. The update should preserve your personal files including Office documents and pictures, but of course it is still very significant to have a back-up, in case something happens. A standard Windows 8.1 costs around £75 and for the professional version, it is approximately £125.

Microsoft stated that ‘Windows 8.1 was not created for installation on gadgets and devices that run a Windows XP or Windows Vista” but you can always choose to update to 8.1 if your computers can deal with leaping on Windows 8 primarily and then taking the chance to update. Note that backups are vital since files will not be saved.

Upgrading to Windows 8.1 from version 8 has actually subtle differences, but this can be visibly noticeable. Windows 8 are often associated with annoyance since it was released initially. If you really decide to upgrade to 8.1 as long as you are using Windows 8, it is relatively easy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

“The eyes are the windows of the soul”.  That is how the saying goes, when looking eye to eye, but, how about in the case of cross-eyed babies?  Study shows that autism is detected as early as the first month through eye contact.

Certain races produce autistic babies and there is no need of eye detection.  It is common among them because autism runs in their blood – a family of autistics.  Researchers of the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta studied 2 groups of autism babies and the result came out that 51 babies aging 0-3 months were considered “high risks” for developing an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) because they have siblings with autism, while the other 51 were “low risks” for the absence of first, second and third degree relatives with ASD.

Of course, eye contact is a most method of detecting autism, however, young infants as they are, are susceptible to distractions thereby making them much more aware of other more striking things around them. Mothers or caregiver usually utter words aloud, hold something to show their babies to make them familiar with objects.  In cases where these people approach or call the attention of their babies, infants will be attracted to them.  But once words are uttered, the attraction or attention is diverted from the eyes to the lips.

Sounds are more effective to these infants than the eyes of mothers or caregivers, so the voice they hear enable them to recognize the speakers easily.  As a proof, they immediately follow how to smile and utter syllables not from the eyes but from the lips.

Considering eye contact as a method of detecting autism, researchers reveal that a decline in eye fixation rather than outright absence is a sign that there is a promising sign that medical intervention would be applied the earliest possible time.

Autism has been the object of studies at Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta.  Eye contact is their primary detection method.  However, in finding out the cases of 51 “high risk” infants, they found out that they belong to families with autistic blood, while the other 51 don’t have any first, second or third degree relatives with ASD.

Reference: The Chart

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici /

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Where else to go if you want to have that needed rest and vacation out of town? Boracay is usually the first place that comes to travelers in the Philippines when relaxation and a real break is what one really wants to achieve. With that magic scenery playing in your tired mind, like the white sand, crystal clear waters, and the breathtaking sunset, well there is really nothing to argue about.

There are many resorts and hotels that you can find in Boracay, Philippines but one hotel resort stands out among the rest. Boracay Sea Wind Resort is the name that gives the impression of a well-pampered guest at an  amazing hotel. This is located on a private beach on the island and very accessible to other beach front resorts.

See also - Boracay Residencia Resort

Boracay Sea Wind Resort had all the amenities and facilities you need such as private pools and a classy restaurant. Breakfasts are complimentary and even internet connections are freely available around the place. Sun loungers and large umbrellas are located in the pools and beach front where one can enjoy lying down and sunbathing.

The rooms provide a good view of the pool, beach or sea, and each has its own magnificent bathroom with free toiletries. Of course, there is a minibar, television set, WI-fi connection and a safe to keep all your valuables. A coffee or tea set is also provided with bottled water on the side. Every day, a housekeeper cleans the room and changes the bed linens for maintenance.

The hotel also boasts of outdoor activities such as beach badminton and beach volleyball. On the standby are boat and ecotours, for those who wish to experience the entire island. Upon request, diving, golf and banana boat riding is readily available anytime.

Boracay Sea Wind Resort is very near the commercial area, which includes a variety of bars and shopping malls. The warm personnel and staff are also trained to give assistance whatever need the guests requests. This 3-star hotel offers you the value for your money, and gives you the treatment you deserve. When in Boracay, do not settle for anything less.

Opt for the best hotel in the island: Boracay Sea Wind Resort, located in R & G Tirol Park, Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island, Philippines.

Friday, November 6, 2020

This interview was originally conducted sometime in 2010.  It has been part of The Transcriptionists Profiles, a series of interviews with people who are working as transcriptionists. 

In this article, I will feature my interview with Carey Suante. Welcome to the interview. Thank you for taking interest of this opportunity.

Carey SuanteThank you for the opportunity.

Archie: To start, can you please tell me your current designation or level as a transcriptionist? (e.g. senior MT)? What is your location? Where are you presently connected?

Carey SuanteRight now I work with one of the Big 4s as an senior administrator. I used to be an Asst Team Leader in a Transcription company. I am from New Delhi, India.

Archie: How long have you been working as a transcriptionist? How did you start in this profession? What are the factors that prompted you to pursue a career in this field?

Carey Suante: I started working as a legal transcriptionist in 2005. I actually had to find a job real quick when my father passed away in a road accident. So I sort of stumbled into transcription without really knowing what I got into! But somehow it worked out fine for me. I have always been good in studies and so transcription was not hard at all. In fact, I enjoy it a lot. So when I got into this transcription company I learnt everything I can about transcription as fast as I could. I was promoted to proofreader/QC within 6 months and within 2 years made it to Asst Team Leader. I just love it. In fact, I even blog about transcription on and other sites.

Archie: Which do you prefer: to work home based or in an office setting? Please explain briefly

Carey Suante: I love both. If you work in an office setting for someone else, the pay is guaranteed which is lovely. When you work at home as a freelancer, finding clients is a hurdle. And, there are so many freelancers who are willing to work for peanuts. I think transcriptionist should start taking their skill serious. Anyway, I work fulltime; I freelance parttime.

Archie: Which among these transcription work most appeal to your interest: Medical, General (Business, podcasts, interviews), or Legal Transcription.

Carey SuanteI love podcast transcription because of the topics usually online business related. But for business, I would pick legal transcription any time. I have done lots of different transcriptions but generally speaking legal transcription suits me more.

Archie: What, for you, is the most important characteristic or quality to become an effective and productive transcriptionist?

Carey SuanteNever stop learning - especially, about new things. After working as a fulltime transcriptionist for over 2 years I started freelancing on the side because I want to learn the business side of transcription. I learnt to set up WordPress blogs, write blog posts, use Social Media for lead generation and participate in online discussions. In fact, I converted a blogger to a long-term client just by comment on his blog!

Archie: Being a seasoned transcriptionist, what do you think is the best advice you can give to people who are interested to enter this field?

Carey SuanteManage your own career. No one cares more about your career than you. You are the best judge of what's best for you. Read widely - a lot! Again never ever stop learning new things.

Archie: Thank you for your time.

You can visit the company website of Carey Suante here at

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Between the years 2000 to 2005, there was a sudden popularity of medical transcription in the Philippines.  At that time, most medical transcription companies in the Philippines remain amidst the financial crisis around the world.

Because medical transcription industry depends mainly on outsourced jobs across the USA, medical transcriptionist must choose a stable company to work with.

On these early years of medical transcription boom, three medical transcription companies in Metro Manila with the most number of medical transcriptionist being employed include the following (in no particular order):

eData Services Philippines Incorporated
Address: 17th Flr. RCBC Plaza Tower 2 Ayala cor. Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
Telephone Nos. :  Visit their website
Website: http://

Address: 3rd Level, South Wing, PASCOR Drive, Sto. Nino, Paranaque City
Telephone No. : Visit their website
Website: http://

Total Transcription Solutions, Inc.
Address: 4/F Pacific Corporate Center, 131 West Avenue, Quezon City
Telephone No.: Visit their website
Website: http://

Tell us if you have been hired by any of these medical transcriptionists before.  What are your experiences?  Write your comments below.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

A versatile freelance audio transcribers must be able to multitask, research, have a good ear for dictation and a steady hand for an accurate and fast typing. The later skill can’t be learned instantly. It needs time and practice. In fact, there are available typing tutorials online that helps in developing this skill. Different production industries such as in court, legal departments, television and medical sects depend on audio transcribers to convert audible information into a written form. Transcribers must have great concentration skill to put the audio records into text. Most of the time, careless transcribing can lead to a bigger error for the employer.

Freelance audio transcribers can be more effective listeners if they also have a good memory. The longer the transcriber rewrites the audible file without stopping the audio source, the more efficient they will be for the employers.

For an audible file to be excellently written, the transcriber must have his working space in a certain condition. Their environment must free of any audible or visual destruction. But for freelance audio transcribers, this control of environment is not always possible, especially if they are working at home or away from the office. Nevertheless, they should consider choosing area which is quiet, well-lighted and as much as possible facing from window. It helps the audio transcribers to concentrate more while working. It also maximizes the hearing ability of the audio transcribers. Transcribers should be very focused when working. It certifies the accuracy and quality of the transcription they are working on.  If ever the task is very challenging, they need to meditate first, just for few minutes though, before starting to the work. The absolute relaxation unburdens their minds and sustains their cognitive function system in concentrating and listening. The freelance audio transcribers should also have a good and a quality tested headsets. These accessories will help the transcribers to understand the audio easier and clearer.  Also, freelance audio transcribers must use tools like Microsoft Word or Word Perfect with Auto correct or Quick Correct features to lessen the wrong keystrokes while typing. Transcribers should also know how to customize different templates on regular basis. It is very helpful in transcribing legal or medical audio files. There are several helpful transcription tools or applications that freelance audio transcriber can rely on. Some of these tools are usually available to buy and many sources of job vacancies of the company link on these tools, especially those that in need of different audio transcription services. The transcription software permits the user to play, pause, rewind, slow down or speed up the audio files depending on the users’ discretion.

Freelance audio transcribers are in demand today. Transcribing audio files is an enormous way of earning while staying at home. Freelancers can depend on their own schedules and to their typing ability in searching jobs and advertisements related in transcribing. Take note that normally, an hour of audio file can be transcribed into three or four hours. Just imagine how many audio files a single transcriber can do if he has all the qualities stated above. It can do without taking for granted the accuracy and quality of the transcript. That is the most important of all.

Monday, November 2, 2020

There are various ways to do in order to achieve 500 lines per day or even more on medical transcription. A lot of medical transcriptionists know how to achieve this and they are doing their own techniques.

Here are some common transcription tips on how to do 500 lines per day output.

Increase your hearing acuity. For you to have a good hearing acuity, stay focus and be attentive to the report that you are transcribing and understand every sentence that is being dictated. This would help you beat the 500 lines per day quota.

Type fast. Being a fast and touch typist also helps in producing more lines and you should know how to use the auto correct features of Wor
d Document. If you have the Smart Type Assistant, it is very helpful as a transcriptionist. In order for you to be a fast and touch typist, have more practice on your way to surpass the 500 lines per day.

Improve your comprehension skills and knowledge about medical terminology. You should also know how to use reference materials which are easily accessible. You do not have to learn all medical terminologies but being familiar with the root word, prefixes and suffixes of medical terms would be a big, big help. You should know how to use Stedman and Quick Look Electronic Drug Reference. Navigate other online references but be sure that they are reliable such as,, USA people search, Intelius people search, MediLexicon,, AMA doctor finder, etc. With this, it will be easy to attain 500 lines per day on transcription job.

Imbibe a good transcriptionist’s attitude. Discipline plays a major role. As for the case of being a medical transcriptionist, you must try to be not distracted while working. Try working without browsing your Facebook or Friendster.

Still, you should always remember that being a competent and successful medical transcriptionist is not only measured by producing 500 lines per day alone but rather attain also close to 100% accuracy, which is balancing both quality and quantity.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Every 16th day of December, it is customary for the people of Pototan, a municipality of Iloilo in the Philippines, to greet the Christmas Season with ‘Iwag’ or ‘Opening Salvo.’ Tourism is promoted in this part of the province, where many balikbayans troop the streets joining street dancing activities.

School Participations

All schools from elementary to college prepare for this event every year. Public and private schools practice for the competition of best costume, best performance, symbolism and originality of participation. The occasion is known not only in the Island of Panay but in the whole Philippines and all over the world.

Aside from street dancing, floats parade to grace the occasion from 2 pm to 6 pm, according to the number of schools, and sometimes businesses and barangays participating. Students are glamorously attired and all reveal the spirit of Christmas. Whatever style they present, whatever Christmas message they convey and whatever song they may spin as the background, spectators jerk and dance with them.
Large amounts and kinds are at stake for the winners. However, the schools are not after the amount but the honor and spirit that they want to deliver during this Yuletide Season.

‘Iwag’ or ‘Opening Salvo’

Iwag means light and Opening Salvo is the meeting of the season with sounds or whatever there may be. Fireworks display after the parade is the most awaited portion of the day. Visitors are already crowding the streets and the whole plaza. When 8 or 9 pm strikes, all lights are on. It could just be imagined how much this luxurious event would cost the ‘Rice Granary of the Visayas’ to set up the lights , elegant lanterns and burn them for the masses to witness.

But Christmas is really a Season of Joy and Thanksgiving for the residents. They don’t count the cost but the graces they acquired, and which in return they give back to God.

With the Opening Salvo, the plaza is displayed to the public, visitors, and balikbayans to boost the tourism industry.

Joining the Celebration

Most of the participants to the wondrous event are students and children. In the morning they gather for a last glance of the streets they are to pass by and perform. They are so much exposed to the sun. Packs of breakfast are distributed to them at the plaza. They grow tense at the instructions they hear from their leaders. Instead of drinking cold water, teachers serve them with either ice cream and sandwich, or for the small ones, additional packs of fruit juice. One could just imagine how their sweats are comforted and exchanged with smiles on their faces. They are really inspired by the snacks.

Christmas in Pototan, Iloilo is enjoyable and glamorously celebrated. The municipality has been known for its beautiful and elegant presentation every 16th day of December ‘Iwag’ or ‘Opening Salvo.’ It is featured in international news and magazines yearly.

Image courtesy:  Jay Gadong on Facebook  |

A reader can find numerous blogs in the Internet. You just have to click a keyword on what particular topic you want, and its there right before your eyes. A blogger in some instances cannot even detect what blog sites they can tap aside from their own personal site. Popular blogs that have common titles and contents is still more readable and interesting because almost ordinary people want to read something which they can relate their own self and life with. A good feature of blog sites is that when it becomes interactive where readers can comment and discuss about the topic.

Popular blogs are those who receive a generous amount of visits each month from different online users all over the world. There is an estimated 150 million blogs that presently exist and there is that pressure on who can get it to the top and be recognized as the most popular.

The following are noted to the famous among its contemporaries:

Huffington Post. Placing itself on the top spot, this blog site focuses on news, politics, entertainment and business that one can think of. It contains a wide variety of newsworthy contents. In 2005 Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer and Jonah Peretti founded and establish this site and later was acquired by AOL in 2011. To date, there are over 9,000 bloggers who acts as contributors for news, current events and other variety of topics.

Engadget. This blog site is also famous on its own and was actually acquired by AOL in 2005. The site was originally established by Peter Rojas which talks about everything but gadgets, computers, technologies and other similar topics.

Think Progress. A site that is politics related and is connected with the Center for American Progress action Fund, a non-profit group whose goal is to give information of political ideas and policies. There are also topics about economy, justice and security which are socially relevant. It ranks fifth on the most popular blogs because of the quality of topics it presents.

If you love writing then blog whatever that comes into your mind. Who knows, you can hit the target and be considered as one of the popular blog site in the Internet.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Would you want to stay in a place where there are facilities and amenities with high-quality service and offers everything at a very reasonable price? 
Then, when in Boracay, look for Residencia Boracay Hotel.  It is a three-star hotel, which is very comfortable and cozy located at Boat Station 1, accessible near restaurants, bars and other resorts. This is a 3 star hotel with a 5 star accommodation experience.  

Residencia Boracay Hotel is owned and operated by a family, the goal of which is to provide a home away from a home, offering a place when a visitor can totally forget about his works and busy schedules, and just relax and enjoy the beauty of the island, the beach and the white sand. Boracay is the haven for tourists who wants to explore the clear waters, and to emerge the mind and body into an experience of total unwinding.

See also this family themed hotel in Boracay, Philippines - Boracay Sea Wind Resort

The hotel simply offers the best, without hurting your pockets. Each room is air conditioned, with its own bathroom, a television set, internet services, and a minibar. There is a choice of a variety of rooms, all available depending on the need of the customers. Each room has its own private balcony, to have a good view of the beach front, with a cool breeze, and less crowded beach waters. Whether you enjoy the waters or just lazily enjoy sunbathing or sitting on the balcony taking some coffee, the hotel is just perfect.

Facilities are not that extravagant but because it is located at the beach front, one can have the choice of spending the time resting in the hammocks, and kids can play in the area under your watchful eye. The hotel actually depicts a family-oriented ambiance that can be enjoyed by any family on vacation.

What Residencia Boracay Hotel is actually proud of being the best service the staff had been trained about. The guests are given the treatment like a member of the family, because the hotel’s focus is to make the visitors happy and satisfied through valued assistance and detailed attention they deserve.

Food is also prepared home styled, fresh, cooked and served hot and simply delicious. What is basically important is to get to a place where it is designed to be clean, comfortable and offers good service at a price remarkably affordable.

More information is available in Residencia Boracay Hotel website:

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Top of my list when visiting Palawan, the Philippines is to experience the world-renowned Puerto Princesa Underground River. I do not know what to expect, although I am hearing good news that it is worthy to do the tour. Various online reviews are telling it is a must-see place when in Palawan.

So, in May 2015, It was the time when I decided to visit Palawan.  I made a separate hotel booking in Sabang, Puerto Princesa primarily for convenience in visiting the Puerto Princesa Underground River. I also wanted to experience seeing the other beach side of Palawan called the Sabang beach. I was only basing this assumption that there are somehow more places to visit in Sabang Beach when I checked the Sabang in Google Maps.

I made the correct decision that I spent a night in Sabang. The travel from Puerto Princesa City Airport to Sabang is very tiring. The road has so much curves and slopes and at times some slight steep turns; maybe because of the mountainous terrain. It took us 3 hours to reach the hotel. Good thing, the hotel staff in Amos Digue Pension House was helpful in getting us a private van because we missed the last trip of the Lexus Shuttle Service (5 pm usually from the airport). The flight was delayed more than 1 hour and 45 minutes from Manila as expected from Cebu Pacific.

Reaching the hotel Amos Digue Pension House in Sabang, Puerto Princesa City, my daughter and I were tired. We immediately slept after a quick hot instant noodles for dinner. Good thing, there were still sari-sari stores open. I gave to the hotel staff the payment for the permit going to the Puerto Princesa Underground River as suggested because he will arrange that early morning.

I found out that it is preferable to get a hotel in Sabang when taking the Puerto Princesa Underground River tour because the hotels/inns/cottages here have allocation given by the municipal government for the permit. If you’re doing the tour your way, booking can be made a month before your planned tour. The other option is to ask your hotel anywhere in Palawan (mostly hotel near in Puerto Princesa City proper) to arrange the tour because most of them have counterpart hotels in Sabang.


When I outsourced my audio transcription jobs, a number of applicants inquired about my home-based job posting. At that time, I received numerous e-mails that most of them have experience working in a call center.

As for my home-based audio transcription job opening, there are few points that I notice why they (call center agents or CCAs) like to venture into this new career that is somehow similar in some aspects mainly being an outsourced jobs.

Here are some facts that make call center agents suitable to do audio transcription at home.

  1. Outstanding English language comprehension.
    Call center agents believe they have the edge to do audio transcription work because of their excellent English proficiency. In fact, a transcriptionist is required to be exceptional in English comprehension.

  2. Speedy typing. 
    Most of them have the capability of typing more than 40 words per minute. This is an advantage being an audio transcriptionist.  You will be able to produce more files and consequently earn more. Of course, quality of work must be observed while working for quantity. 

  3. Familiarity with voice files. 
    Most of the call center agents have experience typing voice mails so they know how to type while hearing the voice of the client.  This is an advantage for them because somehow they only use the keyboard to manipulate the audio player.  Majority of audio transcriptionists, particularly medical transcriptionists, are dependent on the foot pedal. 

Indeed, the willingness to learn new skills by the call center agents is very impressive.  Even if they are tired doing work mostly at night; they still feel energetic to do home-based work.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

This image from shows a graphic representation of TB mode of infection.

Tuberculosis, more commonly known to Filipinos as TB, is a lethal, infectious disease. Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis; an airborne type of bacteria which characteristically attacks the lungs, but may also affect and spread to other parts of the body. When someone with an active TB infection coughs, sneezes, shout, laugh or otherwise put out respiratory fluids through the air, which causes the bacteria to be suspended in the air. Most infections may not manifest any symptom at early stages and may be latent, but about one out of ten latent infection cases does eventually progresses to an active disease case.

Tuberculosis is ranked at number six leading cause of death in the Philippines, having 73 Filipinos dead each day.  It is essential to increase public’s awareness and proper knowledge to fight this deadly disease.

Here are most common misconceptions that Filipinos should be educated of:

1. TB is a disease only the poor and dirty can catch.

Anyone can acquire TB. People usually tend to unfairly and incorrectly associate this disease to people with low socioeconomic status and poor hygiene. Although there are certain risk factors for exposure, about anyone, whatever or whoever, can acquire TB. It is highly incorrect to judge a person to be a possible TB case, by basing on appearance and socioeconomic status.


2. My PPD test turned positive because of my BCG vaccination.

Having a history of BCG vaccination will cause a always cause a positive PPD test, is a one of the topmost misconception about TB, even to those who are in the medical field. This is untruthful.  BCG vaccines are used to protect people to certain types of TB forms and respectively it can cause false-positive result, but 10 years after the BCG vaccine has been administer, it has been scientifically proven this effect vanishes after 10 years.  Therefore it’s safe to say, that a positive result in an adult is not due to the BCG vaccine they got as a child.

3. Acquiring TB is easy.

Though it is true that TB is highly communicable, because of its easy transmission, it is essential to know that risk for transmission requires prolonged, continuous and close contact exposure to a TB case.  Understandably, those at utmost risk are household contacts or individuals who share the same crowded, small, poorly ventilated spaces with a TB case.  So therefore it can be concluded, that brief encounters, even if face to face, are unlikely to cause infection.

4. An individual with TB should separate their eating utensils from others.

This is highly incorrect. Tuberculosis bacteria typically attack the lungs, and spread its colonies there henceforth. It is not present in the mouth of a TB case as well as in the saliva this individual. Therefore, it is unnecessary to separate the eating utensils and other personal stuff of a known TB case.

These four misconceptions by Filipinos about TB are just a few among others. But with proper education and information by health professionals, for sure these TB misconceptions will be avoided.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Nicole was a freshman in college when she first learned about transcribing. The University of the Philippines hones the best students in the country. However, some of the people who go here are not as financially stable as some are and so part-time jobs are everywhere. A batch mate asked her if she wanted to earn money by transcribing meetings of a political group in the Philippines. At first, my friend just gave me one CD full of recorded meetings. When she got the hang out of it and she was transcribing the recordings faster, she gave her two more CD's. What she needs to do to get the job done was easy and so earning money out of it was a great thing.

On her last year as an undergraduate student, Nicole needed to earn extra money because she was saving up on a lot of things that she needed to graduate. She had sent her application as a private tutor but she estimated the money she would be earning would not be enough. She needed another part-time job. Then she remembered that she did some transcribing when she was still a freshman.

She had a hard time looking for a audio transcription job in the university so she decided to look for it online. Then she browsed one of of this blog's posts regarding transcription jobs. Aside from just being a job offer, the article made her realize that there were a lot of things to know in the audio transcription field like using a software that makes the transcribing easier using the foot pedals.

The contributor of this article was freshman in college who once applied to ad DOTCOM's job offer at the height of online jobs. She is a graduate by this time at the University of Philippines.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Fitness First Platinum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia had previously started over the past week last September 2013 its regular sessions of Aqua Zumba. Expatriates and locals alike enjoys the routine as seen in this video. I took the liberty of taking a video although hesitant as taking photos and videos in public places in Saudi Arabia is somehow controlled. I just made the video far enough but then I saw other members and staff taking photos and videos as well, so I think there should be no worries as the video shows fitness routines.  I hope they still continue this at present time.

If you want another twist in your workout experience, or if you are fond of dancing exercises but want to take it to the next level, then Aqua Zumba is definitely recommended. Aqua Zumba is a dancing exercise which needs you to immerse in the water, preferably below your chest level. This is challenging because the water’s density could restrict some range of movement so you have to exert more effort.

An amazing fact about Aqua Zumba aside from the thrill of dancing in the water is that it is considered as a low impact exercise. When you exercise out of the water, the impact of movement on your weight bearing joints are huge enough to make you susceptible for joint inflammation which could lead to osteoarthritis. Therefore, Aqua Zumba is ideal for everyone, most especially for older adults because water can lessen the impact on those joints.

Aqua Zumba is also good for the heart and lungs. According to research, water exercise lowers your heart rate by 3-15%. Not bad for people who are suffering from a fast heartbeat that could lead to some sort of cardiac problem. Aqua Zumba also increases your lung capacity because it is forced to ventilate against the hydrostatic pressure of the water. Therefore expect that you are going to breathe better after performing the workout.

Expect for changes in body composition and muscle strength when doing Aqua Zumba. Experts say that around 500 to 700 calories are being burned when doing water based work outs but according to research, you can expect changes in body composition after 8 weeks of working out. Same with muscle strength, you can expect your muscles to be more lean and stronger after 8 weeks.

Although the effects of Aqua Zumba are great, that doesn’t mean you have to overdo it. Remember the principle of wear and tear: when you overdo something, more risks are bound to happen than benefits. So keep a regular schedule of Aqua Zumba workout. You can start gradually from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Aqua Zumba is a good alternative although experts say that a balance of land base and water-based workout is more essential than working out on the water alone.  Therefore, don’t miss out the land base work out that is suitable for you and balance that with your Aqua Zumba.

These are the benefits that you can get when doing Aqua Zumba. So plan for this type of routine, bring your friends with you and enjoy dancing at the pool.

Aqua Zumba has been available some time at Fitness First Platinum, Localizer Mall, Thalia Street, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Have you not ever experienced the deserts and sand dunes of Saudi Arabia?  The arid environs of this country look very appealing and take us to the olden times of the famous Arab country. If you are planning to visit in Saudi Arabia this year, don’t postpone your trip because it has many things to do and see. You can make your stay in Riyadh to visit some of the country’s best destinations.

Al-Maktaba Park

This park is situated at the Olaya Sector, Olaya Street, Riyadh that covers 54 acres of land. The park has a great history for its sightseers. It has a breathtaking waterfall which is placed on the opposite side of the facility entrance. It has a synthetic pool which fascinates the tourists. There are many resting places in the park which are covered by trees. The showpiece of the AL-Maktaba Park is a Clock Tower that is visible from a far distance.

Al-Musmak Castle

Located in the Imam Turki Bin Abdullah, The Al-Musmak Castle is an ancient centerpiece of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The castle is known for its unique history in the (KSA) and it offers a scenic view. This is a clay and mud-brick castle in Riyadh which played a significant part in the Kingdom’s history.

The Kingdom Centre

It is one of the tallest skyscrapers in Riyadh. It is the 3rd largest in the country and 25th largest building in the world. It has a wonderful shopping mall, containing 160 impressive stores and shops of world’s renowned brands like Saks Fifth Avenue, Mont Blanc and Marks & Spencer. The Kingdom Centre has many corporate offices, world-class dining restaurants and 5 Star our Seasons Hotel along with a beautiful banquet hall. It has 41 elevators, 22 escalators and a wide space for parking. The Kingdom Centre is a must-visit place in Saudi Arabia.

The Riyadh National Zoo

It is one of the largest zoos in Saudi Arabia. The national zoo houses 1400 animals of 40 different species, involving Elephants, Kangaroos, Monkeys, Seals and many other animals. The zoo is covered with 55 acres of land. The zoo is open for 6 days a week and it offers a great enjoyment for kids.

The National Museum of Riyadh

Located in the King Abdul Aziz, Historical Center, The Riyadh National Museum is a double-storey building that houses a wide array of artifacts of both the past and present, including manuscripts and display boards. The museum is known for its great exhibitions all around the world.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Audio Transcription is a form of data entry that involves listening to a recorded audio and/or a video file and then converting it into written form. It is usually done with a software specifically designed for this purpose. The person doing this kind of work is called an audio transcriptionist.

There are several types of transcription. Among them are medical transcription, legal transcription, corporate or business transcription, and general transcription. The first two requires specialized training and familiarization with their respective technical terminologies, thus making them relatively harder to get into than general transcription. The latter, on the other hand, may include phone conversations, focus group discussions, meetings, seminars, interviews, investigations, television transcripts, and other recordings.

Tools and Materials

Some of the materials needed by an audio transcriptionists are a good set of earphones or headset and a transcription foot pedal. Additionally, either working office based or home based, an up-to-date desktop or laptop is an advantage. Your keyboard should be suitable to your needs as well as your mouse to prevent strain to your hands. our working table and chair should be appropriately positioned based on comfort.

Qualities of an Audio Transcriptionist

Given these descriptions of audio transcription, one may deduce that the work of a transcriptionist is indeed very important. It is something that must not be taken lightly, as the written output of his work will be used for reference of employees, researchers, businesses, and other end-users. An audio transcriptionist must therefore possess a high level of comprehension, good hearing acuity, and excellent English grammar, especially since there are times when the audio/video file may not be very clear. Ability to be proficient in using various internet-based resources is necessary. Knowledge in various computer applications is also an advantage.

Audio transcription is an emerging field of expertise that every types of professional have been attracted. A nurse can work as medical transcriptionists while a social science graduate can become a legal transcriptionists or podcast transcriptionist. Any career inclined with excellent English comprehension has the advantage to work as academic or business transcriptionist.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Medical transcription is somehow a necessity among nursing graduates.  Since the nurses work directly with doctors, they must be equipped how to become a medical transcriptionist.  So most nursing school nowadays include medical transcription in their curriculum.  The work of a medical transcriptionist does not only include audio transcription in a hospital setup.  Other tasks are being assigned to them and especially for nurses who know how to work as medical transcriptionist, it will be an added advantage.

I received an email from a registered nurse who currently practicing his profession in one of the hospitals in the southern Philippines.  His present level in medical transcription is as a beginner, but he has experience in medical transcription during his college days for which he got his Certificate of Medical Transcription.

The factors that prompted him to pursue a career in medical transcription are his nursing degree and his medical transcription elective in college.  He actually considers this as his stepping stone.  Since he decided to pursue this career, he would do anything just to have this job.

He prefers to work at home as medical transcriptionist given the luxury to be comfortable and relaxed.

Because medical transcription is most appealing to his interest, he states that the most important characteristic or quality to become an effective and productive medical transcriptionist is the listening skill having enough resources and at the same time being a patient individual.

To become a seasoned medical transcriptionist in the future, he believes that whatever you do, do it in the best way you can.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Major online news agencies reports today the ever anticipated banning of Viber by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In a report released by Reuters, the  Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) in the Kingdom has posted in their website the following statement.

"The Viber application has been suspended ... and the (regulator) affirms it will take appropriate action against any other applications or services if they fail to comply with regulatory requirements and rules in force in the Kingdom."

As an expatriate working in Saudi Arabia, using Viber to connect with my family in the Philippines is very convenient. Since I have reliable Mobily Internet at home in Riyadh, and my family has so far a fair SmartBro connection in the Philippines; web-based communication is very easy.

It was not long time ago that I started to use Viber to have a free call to my family. But now, no more Viber to enjoy. You can start looking for other alternative VoIP app but even Skype is being considered to get banned in Saudi Arabia.

Reasons of Banning Viber and other Instant Messaging and VoIP app in Saudi Arabia

Here are some unconfirmed reasons because there still no definite statement coming from the government agency.

  • Viber does not meet any regulations and laws existing in Saudi Arabia.
  • Telecom companies such as Mobily, STC and Zain are deprived from income.

Other Countries, Regions and Providers also have also banned Viber as per Viber website

  • Argentina
  • Myanmar
  • Vodafone
  • Ireland
  • Hungary
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands
  • O2 in UK
  • T-Mobile in UK
  • Lebanon
  • UAE
  • Belize
Below are the comments I received when I initially posted this article in 2013.

Maybe the Saudi government is just very cautious. Viber can be used by terrorists for communication purposes.

travellifestyle wowkwt
travellifestyle wowkwt
Jun 7, 2013

sad sad to say, were been using these as our communication, its free, now back to normal as what we used before 🙂

Jun 7, 2013

There’s always WeChat or LINE 🙂 I used to be on Viber, but I changed since I didn’t like the intrusive 

Kim Nieves
Kim Nieves
Jun 7, 2013

This is so frustrating, considering that Viber is quickly becoming a popular way of communication.

Jun 6, 2013

aww. so sad for you. why don’t you try other applications. 🙂

Jun 6, 2013

It’s true that telecoms lose a lot due to Viber. A good chunk of income for overseas calls is lost. But these calls should not be made too expensive. After all, telecoms still get huge profits for mobile internet connections.

Erwin Ti-in
Erwin Ti-in
Jun 6, 2013

So sad for our overseas workers in the middle east, communication via internet (other is good income 🙂 ) is our lifeblood to keep us going overseas despite away from our beloved family … now if this is suppressed, we’re in icu psychologically, i experienced it when i’m in abu dhabi few years back. We need to find a way other than viber and skype. Try Google+ Hangout. Thanks for the share bro.

Fina Jenny
Fina Jenny
Jun 6, 2013

When I was in china i also suffer a lot of banned thing, and I know that somehow the reason why they do this is personal interest. There are two application though that you can use, Line and kakaotalk if they are not banned.

Jun 6, 2013

That is just so sad and disappointing 😦 my sister-in-law lives in KSA with her husband and viber has been really useful as a means of communication 😦 Still, if there were tighter controls by the telcos here, I bet they would also want to have this app blocked because they lose some money there.

Yamito Uytingco Calamba
Yamito Uytingco Calamba
Jun 6, 2013

I knew it. The telcos in KSA aren’t getting enough income but i dont think it’s also fair to banned these applications as it is the smartphone user’s right.

Rochkirstin Santos
Rochkirstin Santos
Jun 6, 2013

I’m not sure why it’s really not allowed. What are those rules and regulations? Hmmm I think that even if Viber is not allowed, there are other similar apps that they can use.

Gen-zel D. Habab
Gen-zel D. Habab
Jun 6, 2013

Ohh so sad to hear that. Maybe you can try Tango?