Friday, September 30, 2016

Listed: 5 Things I Love this September

Boy, do I love happy endings.

Since it is the last day of the month, I figured I'd list September favorites, just to share what I've been getting into (partly also because I want to see summaries of each month in my archives when I want). I really hope I can keep this up! Each month gets busier and busier at work!

So sit back, relax, hit play on the Spotify playlist I have set up for you below (containing music I've discovered and/or grown to like this month) and read about what's made September awesome!

BTW, if you have your own monthly favorites post on your blog, leave the link when you post your comment. I'd love to read it!

1. Udemy's Online Courses

I'm not a stranger to online courses as I've joined a few in the past (Read: Skillshare, iMazing, and The Online Writing Exam & 10-11/366: CalArts), and the main reason I do is because most are free and can be taken when you want, how you want at your pacing. Work is always busy, so when I find a course that interests me, I see the timeline and course specifications. If I see it fits my busy schedule, I go for it.

I'm currently enrolled at a course about Social Media and I am loving the lessons so far. The good thing is after you finish the course, you'll have lifetime access to the lessons and videos. Sweet, right?

Try it out for yourself at Udemy or Coursera or Skillshare.

2. Swift Playgrounds App

I love code. I may not be the best coder, and I may not know every programming language there is, but I love learning and having hands-on experience. I started with HTML5 and CSS3 in high school, learned ActionScript 3 in college, and now, with programmers to my left and right, I'm starting to pick up Swift for iOS and others.


This year, Apple came out with an app called Swift Playgrounds, an app designed for kids to learn Swift programming for iOS in a fun and easy way. While they intended it for young people, an adult like myself can use it too. I've already begun with the first lessons and I can say it's going to be exciting. If you have a kid who you think will love this (or you can try it yourself, haha), download it for free on the App Store. Swift Playgrounds is only available on the Ipad.

3. Apple TV (3rd Generation)

Last year, Apple released a new Apple TV, one which allows you to access and play apps on the big screen and use Siri to search for movies and music. It's pricey for sure, but I had always wanted to buy one for myself. I had to choose between the 3rd gen and the 4th, but in the end, I chose to purchase the former version. I figured since the new Apple TV was still yet to be populated with apps and stuff, tried and tested would be the way to go.


Well, Php 4,790.00 wasn't a bad price to pay for everything, including the HDMI cable required for it. We enjoy watching Netflix and Youtube on it, and if we've had enough, I mirror my mac's screen (or my ipad pro's) to the TV and use it like a bigger monitor for whatever I'm doing. (You've GOT to play Counter Strike on a bigger screen. Holy smokes.)

I might have to sell my 3rd Gen by Christmas to upgrade to the 4th, but you never know. If you love entertainment and doing more with your HD TV, I highly recommend purchasing an Apple TV.

4. Sing! by Smule

Everybody who knows me have an idea about my love for singing. I breathe singing, to be more accurate. So, when I had the chance to go premium on Sing! by Smule, I did so, and it's been a real trip from there. My following has upped a bit, and I get to sing any song I want from the library.


If you're not familiar with the app, it basically allows one user to duet with another no matter how far they are from each other, as well as sing in groups or solo, in audio or with video. You get scored when you hit the right notes and you can get featured on the app.

I've formed some friendships from there, and we get along well because we both love music and singing. I've yet to meet them in real life though.

If you love to sing or just like music and hearing others sing in general, you must download this right now. If you do, please do add me as a friend (click: WWV_Veeyah). See yah there, maybe?

5. My New Portfolio Site

Just recently, I decided to update my art folio and attach it to my domain for good. For years, I've been using Wix and 3rd party sites to host my images, and now, I've finally found a permanent home for them.


There's not much to say about this one, and it's obvious why this is a favorite "thing" from this month's craziness. Please do visit my Art Site and let me know how I can improve your experience.

Shameful plug: If you need my services, please don't hesitate to email me at or via the floating Contact button on the lower right of the screen.

So there you have it! These were my favorites in the whole of September (and still are), though I could add in a few more to fluff everything up, haha. 'Til the next month!

Please leave the post link to your monthly favorites in the comments below as I'd love to read about them!

Join the conversation!

  1. What a great September! your portfolio looks great I saw it the other day. it's easy to scroll and see it all. Good job on that. I love free online courses too! I just have no time. With kids and stuff, I really only have four free hours a day and it's hard to fit things in. But I am creating a course though. Thats my favorite for september. I hope to finish it by the end of the year!!!

    1. Oh wow, you're creating a course?! Wooow! On what, if I may ask? Just design in general? Many thanks!!! Thank you. Looking forward to your course! :)

  2. It's a great move for you to learn Swift programming. My co-blogger is currently an iOS app developer and I learned from him that iOS app developers get paid more than the Android developers. You are on a great track. Maybe some time in the future, you'll end up making an entire app of your own since you are also good with design. UI will also be easy to you.

    I checked your art folio by the way and you are really good. I hope I can afford your service by the time I need it :)) -Me-An Clemente

    1. Thanks for the encouragement! Yeah, I want to learn Swift to make my own apps haha. I am currently doing UI for my company, and knowing what works on iOS and what doesn't really helps. Anytime! Just hit me up if you need design work done :) Thanks! How is CCBC by the way? :)

  3. I love your work!! You're very talented, and that portfolio site is lovely. I have logo projects from time to time, and maybe we could work on some collaborations in the future! This is Martine, from the BWC group!

    1. Hi Martine! Thank you so much for appreciating! :) I'd love to work with you some time! :)



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