When I bought my second-hand Nokia 5610, I discovered that its battery is bloated and it can’t recognize any microSD card. I went to Nokia Customer Care Center in SM City Manila and they said that the cause of my microSD card problem is the bloated cellphone battery that prevents the memory card from being locked to the phone. The technician said that the bloated cellphone battery is a sign that it is over-charged and may explode if not replaced soon. He suggested that I hut a new battery to fix my problems.

The price of the original battery for Nokia 5610 is about 1,200 pesos. That is too expensive for my budget so I tried to find some alternatives. I discovered that there many batteries for Nokia phones that are not original Nokia batteries but at a cheaper price.
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1. Ask Around or Do Some Canvass

I discovered about the alternative battery for my Nokia 5610 by doing a price a canvass. I asked visited different shops and asked for available cellphone batteries. They usually offer the original cellphone battery, the “class A” cellphone battery, and the Lim Hong cellphone battery. I asked about the warranties and the prices for each battery so I know what is the best deal for me.

2. Investigate Through the Internet

Before buying, I do some little investigation using the Internet so that I will what is the reaction of some people on the battery that I am choosing to buy. Reactions of other buyers are valuable in knowing if the cellphone battery that you will buy for your is reliable.

3. Buy from Legitimate Shops

There are street vendors who sell cellphone batteries. Avoid buying batteries from them because they do not give warranty to the products that you bought. If the battery is defective, then you will find it hard press them for a replacement. I bought my batteries from a shop inside the mall so that I could easily visit them if the battery for my Nokia 5610 is defective.

4.  Ask for Discounts

Buying from a shop inside a mall does not mean that you could not strike any discount. Ask for discount. I bought my Lim Hong cellphone battery with a discount of 100 pesos from the original price.

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The cases of dengue already reached 7,000 last week and about 500 people died. According to the news, most of the dengue victims are children and infants. As of the moment, wards of government hospitals are filled with patients waiting to be healed. Because of this, the government stepped up its campaign to stop the dengue outbreak. We should also do something to prevent the outbreak of dengue and protect our family.

Here are some steps that you could do to stop dengue:

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1. Remove Stagnant Water

It is known fact that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the carrier of dengue, breeds on stagnant water. Be sure to remove all stagnant water in your home to deny mosquitoes their breeding places.

2. Spray Insecticide before Nighttime

Dengue mosquitoes usually bite at dusk, so it is good to spray insecticide inside your house during these time to shoo away dengue carrying mosquitoes. Dengue mosquitoes may also bite during the day, but usually in the shady areas. However, be careful using insecticides because there are research that too much inhalation of insecticide is bad for the health.

3. Protect Your Skin from Insect Bites

School principals allowed their students to wear jogging pants in school so as to protect them from mosquito bites. You could also do that when you are at home. Also, you could also apply mosquito repellants on your skin so as to keep mosquitoes at bay.

It is also recommended to use mosquito nets when you are sleeping to keep mosquitoes away from you and your family while you are sleeping. Just make sure that mosquitoes can’t pass through your mosquito net.

4. Kill Mosquitoes with Bug Zapper

Electric bug zappers are available in the supermarket for a low price. This gadget can kill mosquitoes better than the regular fly swatter. I also recommend buying Imarflex Electric Mosquito Killer.

5. Rouse Your Neighbors in Making Your Community Dengue Free

Making your home dengue free does not mean that your family will be safe from dengue. If your neighbors have stagnant water inside their homes, then you efforts will be put to waste since mosquitoes coming from your neighbors houses will also visit your home. Thus, to ensure that every home will be safe from dengue, the whole must act collectively to make the whole community free from dengue.

Finally, if you notice that any of your family is having fever or showing symptoms of Dengue, then don’t hesitate to bring them to the nearest hospital. Always remember every moment matters when you have a case of Dengue.

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Leaving the Philippines and working abroad is one of the most popular options of the Filipino workers when they are looking for a job. Thus, every day, hundreds of Filipino workers and professionals leave the country to find greener pastures abroad. Aside from that, hundreds of Filipinos are being victimized by illegal recruiters everyday. Some pay placement fees and in the end illegal recruiters run away with their money. Others are sent to jobs abroad with poor workplace conditions and abusive employers.
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Because of these, looking for a job abroad is not an easy task. You should always be alert and always put the element of doubt on all the promises and offerings of recruiters and recruiting agencies. Here are some of my tips that is useful for you when you are applying for a work abroad.

1. Study the Procedures Well.

The government placed various procedures and safety nets to protect Filipino workers when applying for an overseas job. A little study on the procedures will not hurt you and may even save you money because you will know if your recruiter is asking you to pay illegal or excessive fees. You could do this by visiting the website of Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)

2.  Investigate the Agency

Always keep in mind that there many illegal recruitment agencies and the government is not able to close down most of these recruitment agencies. Some of the recruitment agencies have standing case on the courts but are still open and taking in applicants. Before applying in an agency, a little investigation is necessary. First, visit POEA's list of recruitment agencies to know if your recruitment agency is in good standing. Next is google the name of your agency to see if there are feedbacks and comments from other people about the agency.

3. Be Wary of Door-to-Door Recruiters

Many of our kababayans are victimized by recruiters who come to the barangays in the province and promising great jobs available abroad. Be wary of such scheme because most of the time, these kind of recruiters always ask for advanced payment of placement fee and other fees and then run-away with the money you paid for. Trusting these kinds of recruiters are dangerous because they use fake names and fake address.

4.  Be Wise with Your Money

Recruiters that ask for large amount money is and abusive recruitment agency. If you studied the procedures when applying for an overseas job, then you will know how much are the fees that you must pay. Always hold your money tight.

5. Seek Help from OFW Organizations

There are a myriad of OFW organizations in the country. The most prominent is Migrante International. You could ask for help from these organizations, especially if you are victimized by a recruiter or a recruitment agency.

These are few of the thing that should always put in your mind when applying for abroad. Remember that there are always evil people who are always ready to trick us Filipino workers. Be alert, be wary, and always ask God for guidance so that you will not be victimized.

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In my personal blog, I lamented about how I lost my LG KU380 when it fell to Manila Bay. It is quite sad to lose to lose the phone that have sentimental value (I bought my LG from my first bonus at work).

Because of the incident, I have to buy a cheap phone which I will not feel that sorry in case that it got lost or fell in the sea. My need was answered by Cherry Mobile 1202i.

Cherry Mobile 1202i is quite cheap as compared to the phone of the same specs offered by Nokia. I bought my Cherry Mobile 1202i for 999 pesos.
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Cherry Mobile 1202i is a simple phone. It has colored screen, polyphonic ringtones and single SIM. It also comes handy because it has a flashlight like the same model offered by Nokia. It does not play MP3 music but it has a built-in FM radio application. I like its FM radio because it comes handy when I do not want to hear cheap soap operas shown on the TV inside the bus when I go home.

Cherry Mobile 1202i is a great buy. You got the same features as the Nokia phones of the same specs but with a cheaper price tag.

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