October 7, 2015

Uber Drivers Keep Growing in Number

Uber has quietly but quickly become a household name. Uber's rapid expansion through major cities and states has caused concern as well as awe from the business sector. Now that Uber has a strong grasp on private transportation services, they won't let up. In June 2015, Uber introduced a video game for mobile devices that shows people what it's like to be an Uber driver. The company has also increased recruitment in multiple states, including New Jersey. Understand the rules of the road thoroughly before you apply.

Here is some intriguing info about Uber that might convince you to drive for the company.
In the Beginning
In the beginning Uber wasn't the all-pervasive company it is today. Back in 2009 it was a lifestyle company in the San Francisco area. Founder and CEO Travis Kalanick said, “You push a button and a black car comes up. Who's the baller? It was a baller move to get a black car to arrive in 8 minutes.” Now however, Uber has an estimated net worth of $50 billion. When Uber first launched it was only spread by word of mouth, now it is one of the most profitable start ups in history.
The Need
Before Uber, taxi companies had a monopoly-like hold on the market of private transportation. This was reflected by the lack of quality service cabs commonly displayed. Now, Uber fills the demand for fast, friendly, affordable and honest private transportation. Any urban area has need for Uber, and with the app available on any smartphone, every ride you give is a chance to improve your customer rating.
Why Drive Uber
While Uber has, in the past, guarded demographic information about their drivers, in January 2015, Uber hired Benenson Strategy Group to conduct a study on these very topics. What they found was that 9 out of 10 drivers became Uber drivers because they felt Uber gave them more autonomy. Uber drivers set their own hours, and can control work-life balance because of this. Drivers with no professional driving experience take home an average of $19 per hour, while veterans of the industry make around $27 per hour.
Who are They?
Uber drivers are more commonly male, though the industry is no longer as exclusive as the conventional taxi companies were, and 7 out of 10 people who drive for Uber provide for a child or parent who lives at home. Those who drive for Uber are also typically older than you might think. The study found there are more Uber drivers over the age of 50 than under the age of 30, while the largest percentage of drivers are between the age of 30 and 39. Nearly 50 percent of all Uber drivers have a college degree or higher, and 50 percent of drivers are currently married. The racial demographic is also spread out.

Uber supplies many Americans from different walks of life with entrepreneurial opportunities. Whether it becomes a full-time job or is supplemental income is the decision of the individual at hand. But one thing is for sure, Uber is here to stay, and that's good for customers, and drivers.

September 2, 2015

How to Make a Small Space Seem Bigger

While your small space may be quaint, it may be lacking that open, roomy feel. If your home is starting to feel more claustrophobic than comfy and spacious, you don’t need more square feet to remedy your space quandary. Here’s what some design experts say about making small spaces, bigger. 

Some design experts say white walls are best for small spaces. However, sometimes darker colors can make a room appear larger, too. Paint colors like Mediterranean blues, deep grays, rich aubergines and roasted browns can all make a small room appear larger. If you opt for white walls, add contrast to the room with a dark floor. This contrast between light and dark can make the space pop. For color ideas, House Beautiful has curated a list of the best paint colors for small spaces and suggests using Benjamin Moore paints. While deep colors are best in living spaces, lighter, more airy colors are best for bedrooms, as they don’t inhibit sleep like some deeper, darker colors are known to do. 

Wall Hangings 
If you are decorating your white walls, consider hanging a few mirrors here and there. By hanging mirrors you can create the illusion of a larger living space. Consider decorating with a grouping of three or more mirrors, or for a more modern look, decorate with one large mirror. The Pottery Barn has a wide selection of decorative mirrors to choose from that can complement any home’s interior style. Artwork is also a wonderful way to decorate the empty walls in your small space, as large, visually interesting wall hangings can make your space appear bigger. Design professionals suggest using hanging a large artwork that features a color that recedes, like blue, for example, to make your room feel more spacious. 

If you’re making your home in a small space, you need to use small furniture. Multiple, large, bulky furnishings can make the room feel much smaller than really it is. By using furniture that’s to scale, or by using just one large piece, you can make the room appear larger, according to the design experts from Apartment Therapy. They also suggest using furniture with legs, as it makes a room appear bigger. Choose a neutral-colored mid-century loveseat or small-scale sofa like the ones offered from West Elm. The furniture designer offers a selection of specialty pieces that are perfect for maximizing space in small living areas. 

One of the difficulties many people who live in small spaces face is having enough storage. Without proper storage, clutter builds up, which can fill up a room, quick. When freestanding dressers, bookcases and other storage solutions are not an option, consider modular storage and built-in storage. These types of storage solutions can be configured to fit any small space from wall to wall or from floor to ceiling, maximizing tiny bedrooms spaces and giving you more storage. Furnish your storage solutions with some of your favorite things, photos or a vase of fresh-cut flowers. For inspiration, visit your local IKEA. The Scandinavian furniture retailer has a wide range of customizable built-ins to browse. 

 Think Outside the Box, or Home 
If you’re strapped for space inside, consider taking your entertaining and living space outdoors. If you’re lucky enough to have a patio, deck or backyard, furnish this area with comfy seating, tables and a decorative rug. Whether the space is just for your enjoyment or if you use it to entertain guests, going outside is a great way to optimize your living space in a small home or apartment.

August 15, 2015

How to Sing Better

In the art of singing, usually it is the simplest and most basic things that help one become better, yielding unbelievable results. Yet these things are so simple that many people often forget or just overlook them. In addition, though most people consider singing to be a talent and believe that individuals with inherently beautiful voices are born that way, it is true that even the most professional singers really practice hard to remain at the top of their game. Take a look at this article to learn some of the most important tips that can help you improve your singing voice and perform better in this great art.

See our tips below:

1) - Pick Songs in Your Vocal Range: When you start singing, it is important that you choose those notes that you are sure you can hit perfectly. It is better to sing a simple song and try doing it really well than choosing a difficult one with notes that you may be end up being unable to reach and articulate.

2) - Be Yourself: Do not struggle too hard to be like the recording artist of the song you have chosen to practice with. Just be yourself and sing the way you feel it! Remember that your unique voice is what is going to make you stand out in the long run and cut your niche. Also, it's good to dress fabulous so you feel like the star you are, but remain comfortable – which is totally possible and doesn't even have to be expensive if you use a Nordstrom 20% off coupon.

3) - Open Your Mouth and Let the Tongue Relax: Keeping your mouth mostly shut can lead to your tongue being tensed. While singing, your tongue needs to remain relaxed and having sufficient moving space, otherwise you may fail to accomplish maximum quality of your singing tone. Check that the space between your teeth is big enough to accommodate two fingers while singing.

4) - Learn to Breathe the Right Way: This is an essential part of mastering the art of singing that helps you to better maintain the control of your voice by keeping it steady. By breathing in via your belly rather than the chest, take a deep breath prior to starting a new line to gather enough air to allow you sing out each word comfortably without breaks.

5) - Maintain the Right Posture: In order to achieve the best sound, a majority of singing coaches prefer standing instead of sitting. Remember also to relax your shoulders so as to enable you breathe freely while singing. It is also important that you raise your head a little and keep your larynx steady to ensure that your vocal cords produce your best sound.

6) - Train Yourself to Recognize Pitch: It would be great if you could take advantage of a piano here. When you press down on a key, try matching your voice with the sound that rings out using a simple sound like "ah" or “oh”. Do this repeatedly for all keys of the piano until you learn to sing in different pitches. Sharp notes are produced by the black keys.

7) - Finally, Keep Your Voice Healthy: This involves the kind of foods you eat, the level of exercise you do with your voice and if you are straining or overusing it often. Eat healthy foods, take the recommended minimum of eight glasses of water per day and avoid smoking. And just before singing, avoid consuming dairy products like cheese, yogurt and ice cream, as well as other sweet foods since they may lead to the accumulation of mucus in the throat and make singing difficult.

August 11, 2015


To those of you who doesn't know who Chinkee Tan is, he is a Filipino Motivational Speaker, Inspirational Speaker, Radio and TV personality, a Wealth Coach and a Best Selling Author of "Secrets of the Rich and Successful", "How I Made my 1st Million" and 5 more other books!

Oh how I missed his last event "The Science of Creating Wealth" last July 4, 2015 here in Cagayan de Oro for some reasons. :(

Good thing, PROACT CdO brings him back here this coming November 7, 2015! But this time around, me and hubby would not let the opportunity pass by without hearing his wisdomful thoughts and tips of  becoming a Debt-FREE and Financially FREE!

So better mark your calendar on November 7, 2015 (1PM-6PM) at Victory Center Limketkai Mall! See you all there for the "KaChink! How to retire before the age 50" and save the date!

For more infos....

Good news: 
Tickets are now available at early bird rate:
GOLD - Php 750 (regular rate is P 1,750) this includes Free Book + Manual + Front Seats
SILVER - Php 500 (regular rate is P 1, 500) this includes Manual

Go and get your tickets now, limited seats available!

For ticket reservation, pls contact: Mark Barba - 09173289156