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Ria Jose is a professional blogger, speech writer, marketing, PR and social media consultant, poker enthusiast, and wannabe celebrity.

Cool Hacks For Your Air Conditioner Maintenance

With summer just around the corner, your air conditioners need to be cleaned and ready for use. If you are a DIY fanatic, you might want to try it out yourself before you bring in an HVAC expert. However, you would need to have some basic knowledge about AC functioning. Here are some cool tips to help you revive your AC.

Airconditioner
Airconditioner

#1: Check Condensing Unit

The outdoor condensing unit is the most important part of your air conditioner this summer. Why? Because it will help you to beat the heat. So, make sure that it is not covered in weed or grass. You might cover the condenser during the winter, but remove it once you start using it.

#2: Change Air Filter

Even if you haven’t used the air conditioner in winter, you need to change the air filters. Dirt might have accumulated in the filters, and a dirty air filter will hinder the efficiency of your system. If you are looking for a good deal on your air filters, you can try out Groupon coupons before summer.

#3: Check Panels and Air Duct

In addition to changing the air filters, you need to check out the air ducts and panels for obstruction. Especially so, if you have not used it for a month or two. Also, make sure that there are no obstructions in the outdoor units.

#4: Set The Thermostat

Before you step into summer and user your air conditioner for cooling, you need to set the thermostat in cooling mode. Also, make sure that you get the temperature correct. If your AC contains a programmable thermostat, you can customize the cooling process for various periods.

#5: Condenser & Water Pan

Once you are ready for using the air conditioner, make sure you run regular checks for condenser and water pan. The water which is accumulated can encourage mold and leave a rusty smell in the air. So, you need to clean both the condenser and water pan at least once a month to avoid this.

Now that you know these effective hacks to restore your air conditioner for the summer, it is time to get started. Spend some time in the outdoors while the temperature is cool, and you can spend the rest indoors.

Groupon Coupons: Shop and Save

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It is every girl’s wish to shop but not actually spend too much money. Well, not just girl, but everybody. Single, married, with or without kids, shopping is not just a hobby but also an important part of life. Everybody shops not just for the things they want, but more often than not, for the things they need. Food and groceries, for example, can be expensive for anybody. And these are stuff we actually need… food, toiletries, basic clothing items, and the like. So why not lessen the load and the stress on your wallet (and mind) by using coupons? Using coupons is now made easy with Groupon Coupons.

Groupon Coupons
Groupon Coupons

No more scrounging for coupons in newspapers and mail. No more exchanging coupons with neighbors and friends. Just log in, browse or use the search field, and find the best deals for you and your loved ones. From food and groceries to school and office supplies to gift items, and even travel experiences, there is a Groupon coupon for almost everything. Some notable brands on Groupon include Target, VistaPrint, Travelocity, Best Buy, and Adidas. Yep, there is a Groupon Coupon for all your needs and wants.

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Oro by Alvin Yapan [MMFF 2016]

I’m not a movie reviewer but I think it would be a great disservice to everybody if I don’t promote this film. I went inside the cinema with high expectations. After all, Sir Alvin Yapan is one of my most favorite professors of all time. And for the first time, one of his films is showing in local cinemas. So yey!

Oro, Dugo ang Kinang ng Ginto
Oro, Dugo ang Kinang ng Ginto

Kahit na sobrang taas ng expectations ko, I was blown away and greatly overwhelmed by Oro. Ang ganda ng storya. Thought-provoking and cringe-inducing siya. At sa totoo lang gusto ko talaga ihagis yung phone ko sa silver screen. Nakakalungkot at nakakagalit. Ang bigat ng pakiramdam habang nanonood ako at kapag naaalala ko yung pelikula. At lalo akong naiinis kapag naalala kong based on true events ang kwento. 😭

Ang galing ng actors. Iba! They deserve the Best Ensemble Award. At siyempre, Irma Adlawan IS Irma Adlawan. Subtle pero powerful. Sobrang saludo ako kay Kapitana, both the character and the real life Kapitana. Mabuhay kayo!

Irma Adlawan as Kapitana in Oro
Irma Adlawan as Kapitana in Oro

Gustong-gusto ko rin sila Joem Bascon (bukod sa crush ko siya matagal na) dahil ang galing niya talaga pati yung mga actors na kabarkada/katrabaho niya sa ball mill. 🙌🏻 And I must not fail to mention Mercedes Cabral. This girl can effectively play all kinds of characters, I think.

At yung mga goons naman, hay nakakabwisit talaga. Kung inis na inis kayo kay Dolores Umbridge sa Harry Potter series… aba nakahanap ako ng mas nakakabwisit sa kanya, ang p*tang *nang si Mrs Razon. Hay! Sarap painumin ng mercury. 😡 Pag na-meet ko si Sue Prado, gusto ko siya bigwasan.

I felt frustrated, helpless, at sobrang dami pang ibang emotions nung nanonood ako. Di ako iyakin pag nanonood ng mga pelikula pero naluha ako several times while watching Oro. At nung nag-end credits na bumuhos luha ko at para akong naka-glue sa upuan ng sinehan kasi ang hirap makapag-get over at mag-move on sa pelikulang ito.

Pasensya na. Medyo emotional ako ulit ngayon kasi narinig ko ulit ang theme song ng movie,
“Nananaghoy ang Puso Ko.” Perfect yung kanta para sa pelikula at nung narinig ko ito ulit ngayon, bumalik lahat ng emosyon na naramdaman ko nung pinanood ko yung film. Ganun kagaling yung kanta.

Ganun kagaling yung pelikula. It will stay with you. Malamang ayaw mong manood ng isang mabigat na pelikula pero etong pelikulang ito kelangan mong panoorin talaga. Magaling ang pagkakakagawa at mapapaiisip ka talaga.

Facebook status lang dapat to pero ang dami kong gustong sabihin tungkol sa pelikulang ito kaya napa-blogpost.

Grabe ang galing talaga ng pelikula. Don’t miss the chance to watch it. Maraming salamat, Gaisano Mall of Davao dahil pinapalabas mo ang Oro at murang-mura lang po and ticket, P145. Kung may time pa ako, papanoorin ko ito ulit.

Maraming salamat, Sir Alvin Yapan and to your team! Expecting more great stories from you.

All images from the Oro – MMFF 2016 Page at https://www.facebook.com/oroformmff2016.

Move On Mo Mukha Mo!

Sinasabi mong wala kang pakialam kasi di ka naman direktang apektado ng Martial Law. Eh kung gayon, tongenuh! Bakit ka pa nag-effort magpost tungkol doon? Wag kang papansin. Kung talagang wala kang pakialam, tahimik na lang.

Sinasabi mong move on na kami. Eh ikaw nga nangingialam ka sa di namin pag move on, kami pa kaya na nawalan ng magulang? Tongenuh mo!

Sinasabi mong magpatawad na kami. Paano magpapatawad ang taong di hiningan ng tawad? Paano magpapatawad kung patuloy na dine-deny ng mga may sala ang kanilang mga krimen? Paano magpapatawad kung maraming nagsasabing hindi totoo at hindi lehitimo ang sakit na nararamdaman namin? Tongenuh mo!

Sinasabi mong legal ang nangyari. Eh tongenuh! Paano na yung pag-aresto, pambubugbog, pagkawala, at pagkamatay ng libo-libong Pilipino, ano na?! Legal ba yun?! Tongenuh! Move on kami doon pero kayo di kayo matahimik kasi ayaw namin ipalibing ang isang kriminal?! Move on kami kahit na pinatay ang mahal naminsa buhay pero kayo di kayo makapag move on dahil di malibing ang isang kriminal? PAKYU PO!!! PAYASO AMPOTAH!!!

Sinasabi mong marami siyang nagawang tama at mabuti. Eh tongenuh mo! Dahil ba nakagawa ng mabuti peke na lahat ng pagnanakaw, pagkitil sa demokrasya, pagpatay, at panggago sa sambayanang Pilipino?!

Sinasabi mong kasalanan to ng ibang tao dahil nanggago rin sila. Tongenuh!!! Pag ikaw binugbog, magiging ok lang ba sayo yun dahil ang ibang tao may binugbog din na ibang tao? Kagaguhan!!! Hindi dahil may nagawang mali ang ibang tao eh ok na yung may libo-libong Pilipino ang inaresto, binugbog, at pinatay?

BAGO NIYO KAMING SABIHAN NA MOVE ON NA KAMI, BIGYAN NIYO KAMI NG HUSTISYA! IBALIK NIYO ANG KABATAAN KO! IBALIK NIYO ANG KALAYAAN NG MGA MAGULANG KO! IBALIK NIYO ANG BUHAY NG LIBO-LIBONG PILIPINONG NAMATAY. BAWIIN NIYO ANG SAKIT NA NARAMDAMAN NG LIBO-LIBONG PILIPINONG BINUGBOG! IBALIK NIYO ANG BILYONG PISO NA NANAKAW SA MAMAMAYANG PILIPINO! IPAKITA NIYO ANG LIBO-LIBONG DESEPARACIDOS! ANO NA?! Emote na emote kayo kasi di mailibing ang isang mandarambong pero kami bawal kami magalit at humingi ng hustisya. PAKYU PO!

Give us back our innocence. Give us back a childhood free of fear. Give me back a healthy, whole family. Give me back my father. Give me back everything I lost and never had. Kaya niyo bang ibigay sa akin yun? Kaya niyo bang ibigay yan sa libo-libong Pilipinong naging biktima ng Martial Law, sa kanilang mga anak at mga kamag-anak?

Hanggang hindi namin nakakamit ang hustisya, hanggang may mga taong patuloy na di inaamin ang katotohanan tungkol sa Martial Law, walang sino mang makakapagsabi na move on na kami. Dahil tongenuh niyo… kung hindi ipinaglaban ng mga bayani at martir ng Martial Law ang ating kalayaan, tayong lahat walang karapatang ihayag ang kahit na anong gusto nating ihayag. Kung hindi sila nagsakripisyo, we will all continue to live in fear and squalor.

Di kita pinipigilang magpakamangmang, tanga, bulag, at bobo. Kaya tongenuh, WAG MO RIN AKONG PIGILAN AT PAKIALAMAN NA MAGALIT, HUMINGI NG HUSTISYA, AT IPAHAYAG ANG AKING NARARAMDAMAN!

Tongenuh mo. Pakyu. Wala akong pakialam kung gusto mong maniwala sa mga gusto mong paniwalaan. Truth is whether you believe it or not, THOUSANDS OF FILIPINOS suffered under Martial Law and you have no effin right to tell us we have no right to be hurt or angry.

Hindi kita pinipigilan sa pagiging tanga, bobo, at insensitive mo. Choice mo maging ganyan. Ako choice kong ipaglaban ang mga ipinaglaban ng mga magulang ko. Choice ko maghanap ng hustisya. Choice kong ipaglaban ang katotohanan. Choice ko na patuloy ipaglaban ang demokrasiya para sa akin, para sa bawat Pilipino… pati na rin para sayo na patuloy na nagpo-post at nakikipaglaban para sa mga maling bagay.

Binuwis ng Papa ko at ng libo-libong Pilipino ang buhay nila para malaya mong paniwalaan ang kahit na anong potang inang katangahan ang gusto mong paniwalan at ipaglaban. Kaya WAG MO AKONG PAKIALAMAN KUNG DI AKO MAKAPAG-MOVE ON AT PATULOY KONG IPINAGLALABAN ANG KARAPATAN MONG MAGING MALAYA.

DON’T ME!!!

Closure

“Tell her why. At least give her the chance to have feelings about it. For god’s sake!”

– Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy Season 2 Episode 2

Sabi dito ENTJ daw personality ko. Sabi rin “ENTJs desire closure in their lives, wanting to make conclusions about things or people quickly.” AWOW! I’m not one to easily believe these online quizzes and tests but I have consistently gotten an ENTJ result the past few years. (I used to be ENFP.)

Anyway, the point is… apparently, I need closure. Personality test and diagnosis aside, yes, I am that person. It took me almost five years to get over my first love. And he wasn’t even my boyfriend. We just had an on and off thing. I moved on because I got the closure I wanted. We didn’t really part ways. Rather, he got himself a girlfriend. And yes, brave old me was calm and collected. I maintained my friendship with the guy. And his girlfriend. HUWOW! That started a pattern in all my relationships which I terribly regret now.

So how did I get the closure I wanted? I asked for it. Some four or five years after he got himself a girlfriend, we met up for dinner. And I asked all the questions I wanted to ask and got the answers I had to hear. And there you go, I was finally over him. More recently, I have had the same experience. Even if it was clear for a long time that me and this ex were never ever gonna be together, I was not able to move on. Not necessarily because I still wanted to be with him, I just really needed him to apologize, to tell me his reasons, to give answers that I think I deserve. And there you go, I am finally ok and we can finally be truly friends.

But this does not happen often. People leave without so much as a good bye. At eto ako… basang-basa sa ulan, walang masisilungan, walang malalapitan. Wait… well, it seems a bit that way. When somebody chooses somebody else or leaves me, or just cuts off ties for whatever reason, I seem like a lost child. Like I don’t know what to do and where to go. Iniwan sa ere. Ain’t such a great feeling. And FML! It happens to me all the time.

Piolo (and I) deserve an explanation.
Piolo (and I) deserve an explanation.

Eto na naman ako… paulit-ulit na lang. Sabi nga sa kanta nila Piolo at Sarah G (totally different movie, BTW), “Paano ba ang magmahal? Palagi bang nasasaktan? Umiiyak na lang palagi, Gusto ko nang lumisan.” Sakit beh. Minsan (and most recently), di pa nga ako nagmahal, like pa nga lang… thumbs up pa nga lang, di pa napusuan, nasaktan na. OUCH! Sakit, beh.

Once again, I am like a lost child. Pero eto ang maganda, with the help of my friends, nagka-epiphany ako. YES! After 34 years of existence and 21 years of liking, loving, investing emotions, and ending up heartbroken and lost, ETO NA BEH! Natuto rin ang puso kong tanga.
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The Achy Breaky Hearts

‘Di ako masyadong iyaking kapag nanonood ng mga pelikula. Pero yung “The Achy Breaky Hearts,” hindi pa lumalabas yung title card naluha na ako. Pak na pak ang intro. #ICanRelate sa linyang ito…

“Hindi naman sa kailangan na may kasama umuwi, kumain o matulog. Masarap lang din siguro kung meron. Di ba?” – The Achy Breaky Hearts

BOOM! PAK! GANERN! Doon sa “Di ba?” buhos na ang tears. Ang ganda ng pagkakasulat ng intro ng pelikula. Parang pwede kong sabihin na para sa akin yung pelikula. Tama ang desisyon ko na panoorin yun mag-isa.

Tapos halos buong pelikula naluha-luha lang ako kahit nakakatawa naman. Kasheh tagos sa buto mga beh. Yung masaya ka naman na single ka pero tongenuh yun, masaya kayang kiligin. Yung kahit na buo ka naman at di mo naman talaga kailangan ng kasama sa kung ano at kung saan pero pag naiisip mong paano nga kung meron?

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Chinggay, ako ba ikaw? Ikaw ba ako? Nakaka-relate ako beh. #TeamSingle

‘Yon eh… doon tayo sa mga what ifs tinatamaan. The film shows us how we can be happy being single yet still yearn for something more. Yung kumpleto ang buhay mo pero di mo mapigilang isipin na baka mas masaya ka kapag may kapares ka. Palagay ko ganun din yung mga taken. Masaya naman silang may kapares pero minsan napapatanong din na baka mas masaya kapag single. Ika nga “the grass is always greener on the other side.”
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