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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.


#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.

So do not waste time (and money), create your Groupon account now and search for the coupons that you can use to shop and save.

For updates and information on their hottest deals and coupons, follow Groupon on Facebook at this link or follow them on Twitter @Groupon.

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

Liberalia 2014

Davao City, are you ready to glow?

Liberalia, happening on March 15 at the Concert Grounds of Crocodile Park, Davao City
Liberalia, happening on March 15 at the Concert Grounds of Crocodile Park, Davao City

This weekend, all roads lead to the Concert Grounds of Crocodile Park, Davao City, as Manic Nightnings invites you to liberate yourself and glow at Liberalia.

Don’t miss out on the biggest pre-Araw ng Dabaw party. Buy your ticket at any of the following outlets:

  • Soul Lifestyle at the 2nd Floor of Gaisano Mall Davao and at the 3rd Floor of Abreeza Ayala Mall Davao;
  • Cellar de Boca at the 2nd Floor of SM Lanang Premier; or
  • Backyard Burgers along Quimpo Boulevard.

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Finding My Voice

“Every child, woman and man should possess licence to speak or sing in his or her true voice.”

– Joyce Maynard, At Home in the World (Picador USA)

Today is my 10th Anniversary as a blogger. And that quote is the one I shared from my first blog post. Here’s a screen capture:

First entry of Life with Ria on LJ
First entry of Life with Ria on LJ

and here’s the link. And here’s the full resolution copy of the screen capture: LINK.

Then and now, blogging has been a fulfillment of my dream to write… attempts at getting my thoughts, feelings, and ideas out into the world. Not because I think people can learn from me or that I have something profound to share but because I really just want to write, to speak, to share.
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Gionee Smartphones arrive in the Philippines

Do you need a versatile smartphone with easy to use functions and features minus the unnecessary frills? Here’s the smartphone brand for you.

Gionee ELIFE6
Gionee ELIFE6

Gionee designs and produces smartphones with all the features that you need minus all the unnecessary frills you don’t understand or never use.

The Gionee ELife E6 is the world’s first smartphone with White OGS technology. It has a 2.54-millimeter edge and is only 7.7 mm thin. It can easily fit into your pocket.
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