I’ve actually moved my Seychelles-related posts to a new blog. But if you are still following me here, follow my tweets on twitter.com/sabrinasabino where I post updates on the floods we’re experiencing here in Seychelles. Search for #SeychellesFloods and you’ll get the updates. As far as I know, things are getting really bad and situations are expected to become even worse through the night. I am uploading the English SBC news on Youtube (search for Seychelles January floods). Read More
It’s almost half past 6 in the morning. I seem to be experiencing an odd bout of insomnia today. I’m in bed now, testing this WordPress app for Android that I just installed. Very user-friendly.
I am have been spending hours lately on my new obsession: Twitter. It’s weird because I signed up to that so many years ago but over time it’s developed in such an awesome way that I can’t help but want to spend all day just browsing through breaking news, trends, celebrity tweets and yes…even my followers’ tweets.
I enjoy engaging in discussions I find using the hashtag search, and sending messages that are limited to 140 characters. It’s full of amazing people promoting awareness to charities and causes that they believe in. It’s full of people sharing links to stories and sites they want others to check out. It’s full of spam, but that’s easy to identify and ignore. But once in a while you will come across an interesting URL that was shared.
Over the years Facebook has become platform where I share pictures of myself and random crap to family members, relatives, friends and stalkers. It’s a great place to promote pages and form groups with common interest…a great place to network. But somehow, Twitter is different. Their system is just more modern in a way.
Perhaps I love how simple yet complete it is. I love how simple their privacy settings are (although most people just set everything to ‘public’). There’s no fuss. Also, they’ve somehow made having stalkers the main aim of the game (i.e the more followers you have, the more popular you are). That really helps spice things up a bit. It’s not like Facebook where you get people adding you while they’ve got their privacy settings on max to protect themselves against you, but they ge to check out everything you’re up to…such a fuss.
Anyway, thumbs up for Twitter. Follow me on twitter.com/sabrinasabino
I finally turned 30 a few days ago. Sucks, eh? The whole year last year obsessing about not wanting to turn 30; not wanting to get old, and now it’s here and I don’t really care about it. I have been thinking a lot about my skin lately however, I just need to keep it moisturized and I should be okay for a few more years.
I have written a lot of drafts for this blog over the past few months and I just couldn’t get myself to publish the posts. I don’t really know why. I’m just confused about the direction it’s going to. There has just been so many changes with the plan that I had for it. So for now, it’s just going to be what it is. Read More
Here are six mistakes that many email marketers make. Many email marketers are so eager to get their message across that they remove themselves from reality and start to believe that the client/receiver is going to be as interested in the email offer as they are. This enthusiasm causes the silly mistakes listed below. Read More
The end of year’s festive season is fast-approaching and it’s that time of the year again when everyone has to buy presents for the special people in their lives. A few years ago I read a story about a guy who wanted to buy his kids a new pet for Christmas. He wanted to get an intelligent and gentle animal that could be kept caged inside the house. So he was offered an African Gray (or Grey) Parrot from the depths of Africa for only 900 Euros…and the idiot completely fell for it.
It’s almost too ironic, that people who are smart enough to earn more money than they need are the same people who are careless enough to lose their money in the most dumbest possible ways. Read More
The following is a post by guest blogger & an online friend of mine Akshay:
February 2011 marked the first release of the changes to the Google’s search results ranking algorithm. Aim of such updates is to reduce the ranking of low-quality sites and bring the higher quality sites to the top of the results of the search. The sites that have large number of advertisements are dropped in ranking. The change affected about 12 percent of the results. As soon as this update was in market many websites and webmaster’s forum of Google was filled with complaints related to copyright infringers getting better ranking as compared to the sites with original and important content. Affected people were helped by Google as it published an advisory on its blog which had 23 points answering “What counts as a high-quality site?” to support webmasters to step into Google’s point of view and mindset. Read More
I’m officially no longer a Catholic. Religion is a very complicated thing. Most of us are born then baptized by our parents or guardians. Our parents are responsible for a great deal of our basic belief system. That’s why, even as an adult I’m still finding it extremely challenging to formulate religious beliefs that are not influenced by indoctrination. I don’t think that’s possible at all.
I’ve been doing some reading and I’ve come to the conclusion that my philosophical view is closest to that of an agnostic theist. I can’t say that this won’t change. It might. As I grow older, I find out more about myself and the things I believe in. Read More
I’m having the worst month ever, in terms of weight problems. I’m doing my best to eat as little as possible every single day. I’m pretty sure I consume less than 1000 calories a day, which is considered under the daily recommended for adults. WTF is wrong with me? Why won’t I lose weight? According to the online calculators, I should eat less than 400 calories a day if I want to lose 1Kg per week because my activity level is ‘sedentary’.
When I was a teenager, I was constantly ridiculed for being underweight. People were spreading rumours about me being ill because I was very thin. Eventually, my body betrayed me and I’ve had difficulty losing the weight ever since. There was never a point in my life when I was considered ‘okay’, as in neither fat nor thin – just right. This comes down to bad genetics. It can’t be anything else because everyone in my immediate family struggles with unwanted weight gain. Read More
Recently I emailed my Vietnamese friends and I attached pictures I took here in Seychelles. They were recent pictures. She replied asking me if there were more than just beautiful natural scenery (“blues and greens”) in Seychelles. Woops! Come to think of it, I do annoyingly send out cliche pictures of beaches and everything else people expect to see on an island.
So I am on a mission to find out if Seychelles offers more than just a beautiful place for nature lovers. The challenge I can expect, is that this is an island after all. What else is there apart from pretty island-related stuff? Okay, so what makes up an island: ocean, blue sky, colourful sunsets, white sand, colourful fruits and vegetables, pretty people of mixed origins, or perhaps even naked tourists who are convinced it’s socially acceptable to prance around our public beaches in the nude.
Here are a few random snapshots I took using my phone’s camera: Read More
The following is a view that I’ve been trying hard to capture for quite a while now. It’s something we all see on our way to Beau Vallon beach or back to Victoria from the north. This view is only visible for a few seconds if you are going by car so thankfully I’ve been able to take a few snapshots recently. The tallest building with plenty of windows and a green/light blue roof is the Chinese Embassy:
I’m back! Sorry you haven’t heard from me as often as you should have last month, I’ve been rather busy with all kinds of things that I can’t really discuss at the moment. But anyway, I do plan to write more often this month. I feel like I turned away from my blog some time around April and then when I turned to look back, here we are…October! What ever happened to the middle part of this year? I don’t remember. Perhaps I took an extended vacation.
October is breast cancer awareness month – think pink! My first cousins (on my dad’s side) and my aunt (his sister) are all breast cancer survivors. I’m not that close to them because they live in the Philippines but I do keep in touch with them on Facebook. We were on Facebook when one of my cousins was diagnosed with this disease not so long ago, and we were on Facebook when she received the good news that she’s been cleared of it. The thing about cancer is that it has to be diagnosed and caught early.
Anyway, I’m also on Twitter if you want to read my random 140-character rambles: twitter.com/sabrinasabino
The pictures above have been compressed, they were taken using the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro’s 3D camera, at Beau Vallon. The actual quality (before compression) is quite good. The best thing about this feature is that you don’t even need extremely steady hands for the picture to come out alright.