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Dumaluan Beach, Panglao, Bohol


Bohol isn't just about tarsier and the chocolates hills. It also has beautiful and powdery white sand beaches. Panglao, Bohol is home to two of the best known white beaches in Bohol, the crowded Alona beach and the more secluded Dumaluan beach. I like Dumaluan beach more because of its peaceful ambiance.



Who wants a free movie treat?

If you want one then free up your schedule on December 8 because a grand movie blow-out will be happening on that day!

SM Cinema, the largest film exhibitor in the Philippines has made a notable milestone by recently converting all its film-based theaters into digital theaters. To celebrate 100% digital clarity and as a way of giving back to its beloved customers, SM Cinema is going to have a FREE MOVIE DAY this December 8, 2012.

The SM FREE MOVIE DAY will offer free movies in all of SM Cinema’s 246 digital theaters in all 45 branches nationwide.

oDesk Contractor Appreciation Day - Quezon City, Philippines


November 6, QUEZON CITY — Approximately 300 Filipino oDesk contractors gathered at the UP Bahay ng Alumni to attend the oDesk Contractor Appreciation Day 2012.

This is the second time that oDesk has organized a meet and greet for their selected contractors. As per oDesk, they've invited the highest-earning contractors who were active in the last 180 days, have an overall feedback rating above 4.5, and were not suspended to the Contractor Appreciation Day. As a freelancer and an oDesk contractor, that reason alone made me feel honored to be invited in this special event for oDesk contractors.

Two of the oDesk team members (Matt Cooper, VP for Operations, and Mollie Carter, Director of Customer Marketing) talked about the new updates that oDesk has made to make our lives easier. They answered questions about the issues we are currently experiencing and shared how they are addressing these problems. It was good to hear that they really take time to resolve these issues particularly the problem associated with Local Funds Transfer. They've also announced that the remittance fee for LFT-BDO will be waived soon. They've presented some videos on where the Filipino contractors stand today and shared their vision of the future of online work. I was not surprised to know that Filipinos are now dominating the number of oDesk contractors.

After Matt & Molly's presentation, Mike Shwe, a representative from Google also shared his experience in working with Filipino contractors. A lot of Google's independent contributors are Filipinos and he said that there are more job opportunities Google has to offer.

Another exciting part of the event is the awarding of oDesk top Filipno contractors. After that, we all had a snack break and started networking. I've got the chance to meet my fellow Girltalkers Jane, Jenny, and Angel in person. We also had fun in their photo-booth where we had our profile pictures taken.

GT's Lenie, Angel and Jane

Me and the very friendly Mollie Carter, oDesk Director of Customer Marketing

I've attended the last year's first ever oDesk meet & greet and I can say that this year's event was a also a success. It was very simple. I hope that there was more of crowd interaction rather than just presentations. The event  was not that extravagant but what I've enjoyed most is the time I spent with my co-freelancers. It was indeed a fun afternoon to learn, share, and connect with other contractors and the oDesk team.

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