5 Underrated Smartphone Brands You Should Invest In if You’re New to Blogging

A lot of my friends go to me and ask what camera should they buy since they are going to start a blog.

Does this sound familiar to you?

Well, I actually had the same question when I started Encyclopevia. I started researching for good brands, but I ended up calculating how many things I have to give up just so I can save up for the camera of my dreams.

And then John advised me, why not invest in a good smartphone with a nice camera instead?

A smartphone can be of so much use than a camera alone, plus you can invest in one without having to shell out that much. He emphasized that I can invest in a good camera later on, and source the funds when I finally start earning from my blog.

Aside from the point he made well, I was actually in need of a good smartphone at that moment. My old one just went ballistic and power loop-y. 😦

I wasn’t eyeing expensive and popular brands at that time, because I knew there could be other smartphone flagships that can be or are equally at par with cutting-edge features and capabilities.

With a lot of research, and late night stalking on smartphone reviews, I finally got into grips about underrated brands that deserve to become best-sellers because they are amazing, and are definitely the smartphones you should not miss!

If you’re starting out a blog, and on a budget, capturing good and crisp photos with the right gadget and brand is easy! Check out these brands, and sorry to be a perpetrator of you new found worry: choosing which one!

  1. Vivo

This is what I’m actually using right now! They have the best selfie cameras in the world!

2. Star Mobile

Are you shocked? The logo apps in their screens look too real for life! Like, you can actually pinch and get them out!

3. Google Pixel

It’s from Google! What could go wrong?

4. Xiaomi

If you’re a music junkie, you have to check out the quality of their speakers!

5. OnePlus

You get a great measure of screen real estate with their phones! These are perfect for multi-taskers!

 

Or are you already a proud owner of one of these brands? Show some love, and comment your smartphone’s brand! 😀

 

Me: Vivo! :p

 

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How 3 Millennials Plan to Shape the Start-Up Scene Outside Metro Manila

Working as Training Officer before allowed me to travel to different places and meet different kinds of people. I consider myself fortunate because it’s not every day you get to have a new city as your office. In one of my training sessions, I met this guy. He was sharp and insightful. He was my student.

Honestly, I found him a bit timid at first because he just looks so quiet. Little did I know that this man has a lot to say about life, and being successful. His name is Kelvin.

Kelvin Pacelo

True to his name, as to what “Kelvin” is in the physical sciences, as a unit of measurement for temperature, you really can feel how warm his personality is. You could say that this is due to his innate ability to find ways on how to market anything, no matter what the condition and terms are.

When I left my job, I never thought that we would still connect via social media, considering how saturated our newfeeds and messengers can be. Seemingly, we are to meet in a Bloggers Meet Up, wherein he was one of the organizers. He asked me to be a speaker.

It was during our chitchat after my presentation that I got to know his story. Kelvin once had a business, when a BIR agent came and interviewed him about his enterprise and responsibilities. Kelvin willingly accommodated the agent and discussed everything he knows. After the discussion, it ended up, him paying for penalties. Hard earned money that could have been saved and used for other purposes had he known the regulations well.

Kelvin couldn’t get over what happened so he thought of a way for him to avoid getting into such situation again. He came up with the idea of setting up a firm specifically to address such concerns and other business related problems.

Lorraine B Cadingla

He also thought of setting such up to help other small businesses and young entrepreneurs. With this idea, he then talked to Lorraine, a CPA, and a good friend for her to join the company to be set up. Lorraine agreed and discussed other services the firm could offer. 

Since the plan is to start a business solutions firm, Kelvin knew he needed more help from experienced CPAs. Those who dealt with small and big business owners. This need led them to adding Wynner, which made the company even better. After all the talks and planning, they started Pines Business Solutions (PBS).

Wynner Ngoslab

“While working in public practice, I encountered a lot of entrepreneurs who had tax cases of non-compliance where they are asked to pay huge amount of penalties. Such problems arose due to lack of accounting and tax knowledge. Most of these are small businesses who cannot afford the fees of big accounting firms.

Clients wanted to pay for the least amount of money to avail such services because they wanted to save. For those who just started doing their business, hiring an internal accountant is not an immediate option since it is an additional cost. As part of PBS, I wanted to help them by offering quality services at reasonable prices.” – Lorraine B Cadingla, CPA

Pines Business Solutions

PBS was formed to serve the needs of local businesses in Baguio city including nearby provinces in Northern Luzon. Since Baguio is famously called as the ‘City of Pines’, the company was named after it.

Pines Business Solutions offers the following services:

Social Media Marketing / Payroll Management /Tax Compliance Management / Financial Statement Compilation / Bookkeeping / Business Set – Up

Kelvin, Lorraine, and Wynner have one thing in common; they are all alumni of Saint Louis University, Baguio City. While Kelvin pursued his passion in business, Lorraine and Wynner had great professional careers as CPAs.

“I’ve always admired consultants whose advice gave a positive impact not only to their supposed clients but also to their client’s stakeholders. The bits of advice of consultants such as Joseph and Daniel (Characters in the Bible) not only helped the rulers they were serving but also the nations these rulers governed. I hope that PBS would have the same impact to its clients and communities where its clients operate.” – Wynner K Ngoslab, CPA

The creation of PBS isn’t hard because the three agreed that when your services are geared towards helping others, it would be a success.

PBS is a corporation created with one question in mind, how can they help small business owners grow as they grow their business, thus a beneficial relationship.

“Being a marketer for a long time now, I’m confident with my execution and marketing skills, but I know I needed partners who have the same work-ethic and passion to continue this idea. Lorraine and Wynner are both driven professionals, working with them is like a dream come true for someone like me who wanted to become a CPA. I think they’re the best CPAs in town.” – Kelvin G Pacelo

Kelvin, Lorraine, and Wynner are proud graduates of SLU. They started PBS to help inspire other colleagues and millennials to follow their passion.

To know more about these three inspiring millennials, click on this link: Meet the Founders

I just then realized that with every story comes something unique, riveting, and something you can draw inspiration from.

Thanks Kelvin!

How about you merfriend, what’s your story? I’d like to know!

 

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Win a FREE PASS for Social Media Marketing Workshop

Hi there my merfriends!

I celebrated my birthday last April 1st (and no, it’s not a joke! 😀 haha ). As my way of saying thank you and sharing my blessings, I am holding a BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!

One (1) lucky winner will get a FREE PASS (worth P2,500) on my workshop this coming April 29, 2017, Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Shaw Blvd.,Pasig City!

Here is how to join:
1. Like my Encyclopevia Page.
2. Follow me in IG at instagram.com/encyclopevia

3. Share this post to your profile and tag Encyclopevia with the caption

“I want to win a FREE PASS in Encyclopevia ‘s Social Media Marketing Workshop! #SocialMediaMarketing #EncyclopeviaBlogGiveaway

Be sure to set it to ‘Public’ so I can check!

4. Once done, leave your IG handle and email in the comments below.

That’s it! Easy peasy! I will announce the winner on April 26, 2017! Good luck!

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TECHTonic: Manila Convention: Learn Practices on How to Introduce New Technology

Lately, I have been caught up with some apps and tech strategies that I believe can help me build my social media presence, both for my blog, and two startup businesses I share with John (Versaheel and Everyware PH). Consequently, events and talks that can help young entrepreneurs such as myself, are definitely gold mine! That is why I can’t wait to share this Tech event to you all, my dear merfriends!

Introducing new technologies in business, society or academe can be complicated especially if there are resistance from its users.  According to the book of Calestous Juma, (Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa) Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies shows that there are many debates over new technologies that are framed in the context of risks to moral  values, human health, and environmental  safety. It also discussed how technological tensions are often heightened by perceptions that the benefits of new technologies will accrue only to small sections of society while the risks will be more widely distributed. It also reiterates the tension between the need for innovation and the pressure to maintain continuity, social order, and stability as one of today’s biggest policy challenges.

That is why before deciding to adopt new innovations, there should be an identification of problems and how it will affect the business, society or the academe in the long run. There should also have a clear presentation of the issues that will address the need for the new technology and why its users should accept it.

Here are the 4 things to do before introducing the new technology:

  1. Investigate – before adopting new technology into your system, you must identify the issue, find possible solutions and investigate how it will gain acceptance from its users.
  2. Plan – the process of technological change should have a planning part to gain acceptance for the details.
  3. Implement – this will determine if the initiative will be successful or not. New technologies require installation and setup which involve an understanding of the people who will work with the new technology.
  4. Evaluate – after a successful introduction and implementation of the new technology, the organization should perform an evaluation if the innovation will motivate employees and will improve the company performance.

TECHTONIC POSTER - GREEN

Discover the breakthroughs that are significant to foster more sustainable mobility and enhanced life on July 29 and 30, 2017, at the TECHtonic: Manila Convention 2017 (Culture for the Future).

Learn from the expert about the process of innovation, ways of organizations use their resources to innovate and the outcomes of innovation and how the innovation process is being stimulated by new technologies.
TECHTalks, Exhibits, Activities, Ideas will take place at the SMX Convention Center organized by PMCM Events Management from 10:00 in the morning to 7:00 in the evening.

 

Don’t miss this chance to discover innovations that will successively build positive social, academic and business culture.

Reserve your Booths now!  Follow them in IG @techtonic.ph and like their FB at TECHtonicPh 2017.
Contact PMCM Events Management, one of the leading event’s organizer in Manila at 0995 281 3320 or +632 505 3746 / +632 501 0029 or send your inquiries at info@techtonic.ph if you want to attend the forum or exhibit@techtonic.ph to become one of the exhibitors. StartUps are welcome to join.  Pitch your ideas and be ready to be discovered by our investors locally and from abroad.

See you there! 🙂

 

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