A year has passed since I decided to take a break from blogging. I really did not know where to start and had to seek ideas after finishing my education. A topic in mind was Bitcoin. It seemed that there is a lot of material in expressing how this idea will change the world.
For me to become more aware of the idea. I had to experience it first hand. I discussed my plan with my wife about investing into buying some Bitcoin and see what happens. It took a bit of time to see some activity but after a few months from February 2016 – May 2016. I was planning to give to thinking I may have missed out on an opportunity. Instead I tried to figured out what exactly am I looking for in cryptocurrency. Continue reading Cryptocurrency journey: One year later.→
Blog progression is improving for the Kuripot Jar behind the scenes.
Progress as usual, I do apologize for the wait to update my posts. Behind the scenes I have changed over from participating in Bitcoin faucets to becoming more involved with researching a new project progression. In due time, I will be writing a few 450-500 word article reviews of a variety of projects.
Feel free to follow me on twitter: @Maphistas_76. I will be changing my discussions in relation to developing blockchain projects.
As stated back in November 2016, “When I created this blog, I was working on my Bachelors degree in Management & Masters Degree in Business Administration (no concentration). We had discussions to Bitcoin and I was hesitant to engage the innovation at first. However, this is one of the opportunities where I can make use of my education and participate in projects that may help businesses and society”.
Though my education was completed, growth of experience in this ever changing field requires experience and adaptations to different project formats. At one point, I used to think of only Bitcoin and digital currency was the main purpose of the idea. It is more than that, we see platforms, coding developments, security milestones, gaming, investment opportunities through crowdfunding. Anyway we see it, the education background is only good to give a better understanding into Blockchain especially with coding to support the network. Many projects are developing well from my last posts which we can expect more ideas to follow over time.
Thank you for visiting my blog. This third time around I will have more time to be active in the blog entries. Next week will be my blogging challenge in which I will write about 2-3 substantial entries a week from this next Friday (had an interesting week will mentioned soon), until the end of the year. Most of the posts will be around 250-300 words but reviews will be around 450-500 words. This may seem like an entry for this blog, but this will not count towards my 2-3 entries a week. I guess this may be a bonus discussion of my transitions. Expect to see more recipes, financial experiments, new projects, and more!
Blog progression has been improving for the Kuripot Jar behind the scenes.
There will be more changes as we get more material to work with renovating the content. The good news is that we have renewed the contract for a few more years and this time should have more activity. My wife has been supportive to my current plans with this blog and the vision is beginning to improve. The past few months, there are a few projects that I have been a participant. I will discuss my experience in the future of my involvement. There are a few business trips coming up that are leading to my position in representation. Both my wife and I still are working full time, but plan to make a transition with our engagement to the blog, projects, and social media.
Feel free to follow me on twitter: @Maphistas_76. I have changed the discussions in relation to developing projects. One in particular, Stratis Platform has been creating headlines the past few months. Stratis is integrating Blockchain Technology to their platform and Microsoft has integrated the service to the Azure BaaS program. Another starting project is IncentLoyalty, which is a universal merchant-backed loyalty platform. Both projects have been supported with the Bitcoin community which is where The Kuripot Jar becomes involved.
When I created this blog, I was working on my Bachelors degree in Management & Masters Degree in Business Administration (no concentration). We had discussions to Bitcoin and I was hesitant to engage the innovation at first. However, this is one of the opportunities where I can make use of my education and participate in projects that may help businesses and society.
Thank you for visiting my blog. This time around I will have more time to be active in the blog entries. Expect to see more recipes, financial experiments, cryptocurrency projects, and more!
I am planning to run a few giveaways starting at the beginning of October once I create a layout of designated winners. Blogs posts are still in preparation but I may delay publishing. My wife has been cooking a more different recipes, making me too sleepy to work on the articles from the food coma. The challenge of being a food tester. There has been a lot of bitcoin faucets, products, and other reviews I am planning to work on posting. Keep on the lookout for new content next week!
Current Update: We have just paid off two car loans and focusing on eliminating the PMI from our mortgage by reaching down to 78% on the payments. The harvest of the garden saved us a bit for groceries we have considered changing our home to solar. A few neighbors already have solar panels installed to their home and informed us about the savings in doing so. It may be a good consideration of having alternative energy sources. In addition, the basic cable and LAN line may soon be eliminated since we do not have a roommate anymore.
I have been working with Rose in minimizing more of our belongings leading to more space in the house. Sometimes there are some items that we may consider to have sentimental value. However, the improvement in using the space for other purposes weighs in more to keeping the objects of sentimental value. Along with updating the space, I have also increased the signal of our router with an extender to improve our internet service. One of the rooms can be converted into a small workshop or office which is safer for Atreyu roam more in the living room space. Atreyu is growing fast, learning to share his toys and helping us out with watering the little garden. These are a few updates to our situation which may actually be more of outside the blogging but we still have some updates on our twitter, @Maphistas_76. As mentioned before we will be more proactive in the upcoming months. Stay tuned again for giveaways and updates!
In the past few months, my wife and I took a little break from blogging to do some family planning. Recently, my wife’s accomplishment to citizenship is a leading key to this blog’s continuous existence. While we are working full-time jobs, creating a blog is a good way to share the experience. Time is getting closer for summer vacation leading to creating more material for this blog. She has decided to advance her education to masters in teaching. As for me, I am undecided to pursue PhD in business administration. There are some in mind to advance my education, but will wait for RoseVi’s goals. Come back again this summer for new material since she will have a little more free time.
As we continue our adventure of reaching financial independence, we decided to set goals to eliminate unnecessary debt to improve cash flow. One in particular was the auto loan that we paid off this week. While we made this decision, we also intended to minimize to one car. My other car, 2001 Saturn coup has a difficulty in cold starting during the winter storms and battery draining issue. In addition, though it was difficult, my wife accepted the decision to take off the Filipino Channel. Instead to keep up the productivity, she is planning to use her teaching ability with Atreyu to jump start his learning lessons. It is exciting to feel the weight of our shoulders slightly lifted from minimizing our expenses.
There are some future plans we liked to see created this summer:
Establish a CD ladder
Improve the Kuripot Jar
Improve the financial Independence, through planning
Develop a vegetable garden
During this segment on Productivity, I also have been slowly integrating cryptocurrencies into our post. I have just recently found a ticker to share the updates of the exchange rates to educate others about Bitcoin and alt-coins. On my previous post, links were included
I never mentioned about how to begin with bitcoins.
Inform oneself – Education is important to understand how Bitcoins work.
www.99bitcoins.com – Informative site and faucet discussions. Acquire free bitcoins to start your journey! Highly Recommended
Get a wallet- There is a number of wallets available on the market. Review each one to understand the transaction fees and ensure the best security suited by your needs. Again review the education sites for information on wallets.
Acquire Bitcoins –
There are a variety of ways to acquire bitcoins. One the previous post I briefly discussed about some ways to acquire bitcoins.
There has been a lot of exploring along with finding content to educate myself while working a blog. Recently I have been looking into the idea around Bitcoin. I am not an expert on subject but will continue to write my experience along with personal finance. Technically, I would not consider Bitcoin as an initial asset for a beginning investing portfolio because of the risk in changing values for the exchange rate. Instead, there are ways to one’s own business such as gifting subscribers to a blog or even creating a bitcoin faucet. I have a few reference links that I do recommend if you decide to look into Bitcoin, Altcoin, and cryptocurrency. Weekly I will discuss some of the current uses of Bitcoin along with the current content of the Kuripotjar: personal finance, cooking, culture.
As future projects continue to explore Bitcoin and altcoins, there is plenty of opportunity to innovate ideas to make money with this idea. I will be brief with a few ways you can make money with bitcoin.
Mining – Having a mining rig may be a challenge to enter a pool of super computers. In addition, the energy cost may affect the returns unless this is more of a hobby or challenge to acquire a portion of the Bitcoin mining pool. Over time, the sessions will become harder which can affect the supply with demand.
Coins Exchange – As I continue to look into the exchange, there are a variety of altcoins in production in addition to Bitcoin. However, Bitcoin has been stable since 2009 and more likely mature over time. Etheruem seems to be the next candidate in production. There is no chance in duplicating coins, but creating an altcoin to take it’s place may be the next step in extending the use of the technology.
Bitcoin Faucets – Who doesn’t like giveaways? In addition to educating about cryptocurrency, there is the innovation of new ways of dispersing the coins to the population in smaller fractions or satoshis. Simpler faucets use captchas while others form gaming sites to enhance the interaction of the use with integration of Bitcoin as rewards.
Creating a blog – Innovating ideas and retaining up-to-date material requires research, references, and personal experience to this subject. In the past few months I took a break from blogging to experiment with Bitcoin and cryptocurrency to have a better understanding prior to sharing my experience.
Gambling/games -Along with bitcoin faucets, gambling and games have been popular in the use of Bitcoin. Exchange in virtual items can be sold with digital currency, however it depends on the mmorpgs to allow the exchange of goods in this manner due to the possible breach of the gaming contract. It may be best to research approval from the gaming companies prior to exchanging virtual goods. Anyway, stick to the current games accepting bitcoins and maybe in a safer virtual environment the future of mmorpgs will allow the use of Bitcoins and altcoins.
One game I have tried during my blogging break is Coin Brawl. Minimum payout is 100,000 satoshis, but somewhere down the line you end up buying gear to compete with others in the game.
Over the past weeks, Rose and I have been temporary away from posting on the KuripotJar.com. It is not that we gave up, but we were trying out products, recipes, and concepts prior to give our own reviews. In addition, things have been interesting in our work schedules that fortunately I am now able to have more time to type during the day and working later in the night. The break from blogging is a great way to discover new material and build on previous ideas. In addition to the blog, we have tried other outlets:
Pinterest: ( There is the benefit of building new ideas from valuable resources.)
Twitter: Maphistas_76 (Finance, travel, personal life, education, and a few random topics)
Instagram: (You may see some of Rose’s finished recipes in the future)
Facebook: (Merging our old accounts and changing the atmosphere to reflect on products we have tried using. Under Construction)
Spring Cleaning Effect
While we are adjusting to our new schedule
s, we also have the opportunity to clean up the blog’s topic through trying out different products during the absence. My new shift also allows me to save on hiring a babysitter along with other benefits in saving money such as downsizing to one car. We continue to rotate our turns with Atreyu, but the new shift also allows more quality time with family before my own work shift. After completing my degrees, I can now have more time this spring and summer to do the yard work. I recalled the moments a few neighbors suggesting hiring alawn service. It is convenient to pursue this route since we just moved to this home five years ago. However, retaining a budget is our goal and to achieve it required our own hands on the mower.
Goals for May
It may be the beginning of April, but time is moving fast in which writing out the goals will keep our timing on schedule. Rose wants me to work on building the garden. I really want to improve our financial situation by eliminating unnecessary small debts such as the autoloan and PMI. We could definitely use the free up cash flow towards other plans. We became more involved at the church and I still want to try out a mission or two in the Philippines. My first visit was amazing and the memories of sharing something with other had me thinking of plans to do more when the opportunity is available.
–Establish selling our excess things online. Along with the spring cleaning, this is an opportunity to make extra income with things that we do not use. Over time, we have to admit our discount shopping can flood our living space but also can become a secondary form of extra income. Creating an online store will be valuable to reach someone that may have a use to our things and can be open longer than a garage sale. I have tried selling some items to see how the process may work with different results.
–Develop more content for our blog.
We have been trying out products the past week that can be beneficial to others and will have a feature for these products in future. Rose Vi also has been in the kitchen trying out recipes and making new ones while family and friends are food tester candidates. I am also a candidate but have to cut back and condition for my fitness project. While we are working, our son is amazing us more daily as he is learning to interact and responding with new vocabulary.
–Improve our activity on the social media.
Along with the blog, we have reaching out to family and friends through the social network. Technology is improving so much that snail mail was once the efficient way to reach out to others from miles away. Even with the convenience of faster communication channels, I do enjoy receiving a personal greetings and letters from our mailbox as long as it does not say we owe money.
–Enhance the working environment for our physical jobs.
We are full time employees and the working environment continues to the change. Our companies may introduce new systems that we may require mandatory education meetings to learn the new concepts. From the learning experience, we retain our marketability and flexibility to the company’s needs. One example is that my wife can teach a variety of subjects up to the high school level. In addition, she is also qualified to teach students with special learning difficulties. As for me, I am using what I learn from previous jobs to improve the working experience for the customer. There will be a few incidents where issues may occur, however, at the end of the day my wife and son is whom I go home to.
–Plan out the budget to save more in Spring and Summer.
Now that the weather is warmer with a breeze, we can save on our utilities. We did stock up on discounted fleece blankets that we had the intention to use as holiday gifts, but it was used to warm up the interior by blocking the door bottoms where weather strips that require replacement. Some decisions we have made was to make our schedules acceptable to vehicle downsize. In addition, while the weather is warmer, I can use the stroller with our son to do the daily errands and make time to pick up Rose at work.
Do you have plans for the upcoming season? How do you keep a routine on schedule?
Pork Menudo is a traditional Filipino recipe that my mom used to cook during special occasions. During this month; Chris, his past grandmother, and my mother had a birthday which gave me an opportunity to share my cooking with family. Even if Chris and I live miles away from my parents, celebrating their special day and sharing the food shows how much we continue to remember them despite the distance. I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you have any questions let us know in the comments or email us.
I kilogram pork tenderloin, cubed
2 hotdogs, sliced diagonally
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 medium potatoes, cubed
2 medium carrots, cubed
1 small red bell pepper
1 small green pepper
1 cup frozen green peas
1 cup garbanzos or chick peas
1 small can of liver spread/ liver pate
500 ml. tomato sauce
2 dried bay leaves
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon cooking oil
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup soy sauce
3 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 cup of sprite
Marinate the pork cubes in soy sauce, lemon juice and sprite for at least an hour.
Saute garlic, onion and the marinated pork for 10 minutes.
Add 1 cup of water and the bay leaves. Let it boil and simmer for 30 minutes. ( You can add water if necessary)
Add the tomato sauce, hot dogs, liver spread, potatoes, carrots. Simmer stirring occasionally.
Add the peas and garbanzos, and the bell peppers. Cook for 5 minutes or until the potatoes and other veggies are soft.
Add the sugar. Adjust the seasoning . You can put a little bit of salt and black pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
Today I have a recipe that has made Chris less guilty during Lent. As much as he has a craving for red meat, this is a great alternative. In addition, the main ingredient is the banana blossom or flowers from the banana plant. There are some beneficial properties to the banana flower which is different from the banana leaves. In the Philippines at the farm, we used to set out our eating table with banana leaves. Using our hands is a custom in my country along with ensuring the guest are full. It was fun when Chris went with me to the Philippines for his first time. Not only did he learn more of culture but also a better understanding of his history. A variety of cooking styles are used to prepare the dishes and banana blossom is one of the parts of the banana plant that is growing in popularity in the U.S. During my time in the US, I can see fast food as convenient and accessible. However, cooking is a good leisure time after work and the feeling pleasurable to see the smiles from my Chris and Atreyu enjoying my cooking.
We get most of our ingredients from the international markets in our area.
2 small banana blossom
½ cup flour
1 medium onion
3 gloves of garlic
2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
1.Remove the matured bracts from the banana blossom
2.Chopped the banana blossom into small/ thin pieces. Put the pieces to a bowl with water and salt for at least 15 minutes. Drain.
3.Boil water in a pan.
Put the banana blossom and cooked until soft and tender. Drain
4.Combine the banana blossom, onion, garlic, flour,oyster sauce, eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mixed them together
5.Form into patties and fry until golden brown.
6.Serve and enjoy! 🙂
Chris loves this sandwich with a side of Spinach Tempura or potato fries and a cold beverage.
We have made it to our first month of 2016 and have been learning a lot from the blogging experience. Just to let you know, this is not our primary source of income and we are patient to gain experience like a trade skill. In the mean time, I will explain my side jobs and alternate source of income while discussing our main jobs can have skills for other job fields. Here is the list of different jobs that I have worked for prior to this moment. Some positions may lead to opportunities for other work positions.
Anesthesia Technician (Hospital, Two year CNA ) –
This job was a good experience in which my prerequisite of the CNA experience came in handy to branch out my needs to other departments of the hospital. There was also the opportunity to certify as an Anes. Technician after two years of work experience. The responsibilities revolve around the anesthesia department and operations. The majority of the time is preparing equipment and medication. In addition you become a runner for anesthesia department along with some secretarial duties.
The schedule was not available for the evening shift after we had our son. The brighter side there was an opportunity to work another position at the hospital and we can save more hiring a babysitter. In addition, the skills acquired from being a care associate was helpful with babysitting duties such as feeding, cleaning, bathes, etc.
Apartment Maintainer (Rental Properties) –
This side job was from a family owned business which I joked about my salary was the dollar menu cheeseburger, small fries, and drink due to my father’s fixed income. In reality, rental property owners may seek out the convenience of contracting work to save time if the price is right. Some contracted work I have done for other rental property owners was painting, roofing, plumbing, cable installation, and flooring. This is a give and take on pricing if you are new to this type work. However, the experience is good for “do it yourself” projects.
Apartment Manager (Rental Properties) –
Similar to the apartment maintainer but with more responsibilities such as evictions, attending court hearings, and being an agent representative for the rental property contract. I usually do this work PRN or as needed but the experience can lead to becoming a rental property owner. I have yet to experience that role but one day would be a great opportunity when we fulfill our financial goals.
Bartender (PRN or As needed, Attended School) –
In a business environment, you are a representative to the foundation of the facility. In addition, hospitality to the patrons includes becoming a great listener. Topics to avoid are politics, religion, and race. Heated arguments plus the levels of alcohol are not a good mix to last the work shift. It is better to be the mediator and define the distracting cues to avoid forms of conflict. In addition, taking a safety course is a good reference to minimize risks such as carding patrons that my look underage and analyzing signs of alcohol limits. Along with analyzing toxicity limits, this skill can be beneficial assisting other work fields like the anesthesia Technician assisting anesthetists with patient vital levels.
I only did fill-ins when the opportunities are available and I can see potential in the tips even if I was not a permanent employee. Recently made 300 one night from bartender tips being a fill-in bar backer which was mainly being a runner stocking the equipment and liquor. The bartending tips was a portion of the bartender’s tips which could have been more if I was one of the bartenders.
Cable Installer Maintainer (Army) –
This was my job in the military with basic cable training to commercial installation during my deployment. Sometimes volunteering can lead to a positive outcome since we had training with General Dynamics cable team overseas adding marketability to our field of practice. The experience opened doors to more opportunities and acquire skills that can be used in other fields such the apartment maintainer.
Certified Nursing Assistant, Care Associate, Technician (Hospital, Licensed) –
After coming from deployment, I applied at a hospital as a sitter. Unfortunately, minimal skills is needed to perform this job of communicating and monitoring a patient. After applying to be CNA certified, I was able to perform more duties to support the patient’s needs. In addition, skills can apply to caring for our son. The course I took was four weeks long costing around $850.00 in 2009. After working three weeks as a care associate, the training cost was paid off. It was also a perquisite for my Anesthesia Technician with work experience. Training to multitask in the military to be adaptive to the environment of each department. In the end, I was able to handle floating in different floors if the staffing is full on my own assignment. However, it may be best to start slower transitions to be a tech sitter first before stepping into being a care associate positions due to the work load ratios. I had no regrets to my transitions due to my effort to learning from hands on training.
Computer Repair –
During my high school years I was fascinated with fixing computers and even joined the computer repair club. This has still been a hobby of mine but can also bring in extra money as a side job.
Door-to-door product representative –
In the early 90’s there was this advertisement in the comic book for kids to work to earn prizes or a dollar commission for each item sold. I recalled I sold 126 items during one of the summer month of 93′ which I picked out dollar per a box item commission. This company may not exist anymore, possibly from the rules and regulations. However, this was a good summer activity that can improve communication skills and acquire money.
Ebay/Craigslist Vendor –
I only experimented with selling items recently, however there is potential to clear out the house for extra income.
Fiber Optic Installer (Army, Licensed) –
Only did this work in the military and can see opportunities to do this on the side or contract work.
This is more of a hobby than a job where the attempt is to configure the annual income’s value through the power of compounded interest. Stocks, Bonds, CD’s, and other opportunities from investments for passive income. I would like to try a stock portfolio in the future but have created a small CD and laddering system along with a 30 year savings bond ladder. This is good if you have no plans to touch the funds with recycling maturity periods.
Nursing Sitter (Hospital, High School Diploma) –
This job was a transition position after my deployment Iraq. This job requires a high school diploma and communication skills with patients, family, and nursing staff. This is a good opportunity for people interested in seeking the nursing field from a lower position advancing through experience and education. Back in 2009, I switched positions when I acquired my CNA certification to become a care associate for the Oncology/Hospice Department. If I had done this transition all over, I may have became a tech sitter first to practice skills and not become overwhelmed with the workload ratio.
Tech/Sitter (Hospital, CNA certified, High School Diploma) – This is the next step up from the generic sitter with new responsibilities. Tech sitters are capable to perform duties similar to the CNA or Technicians but with 1:1 or 1:2 patient ratios. Workload is balanced if an individual steps up from being a generic sitter and allows more practice should the individual decide to become a Technician or Care Associate.
In my own experience, this was a good opportunity to branch out to other health care departments when the opportunity is available. In my own situation, I had to leave the anesthesia technician to be a tech sitter last year due to babysitting duties for my son. It was unfortunate that the hospital I work for did not offer an evening position due to the majority of the operations and technician duties were during the morning from 6 am-3 pm. I did another position change when my manager recommended a secretarial position.
Unit Secretary (Hospital, High school diploma, work experience) –
This position has given me more exposure to more administrative duties to support the nursing staff. Some new skills acquired are payroll editing, ordering supplies, and retain the communication between the patient and the nursing staff. At this time I already completed my Bachelors degree in Management and my MBA (Maryland Bartending Academy) certificate and the MBA (Masters in Business Administration).
Yard Work – During the 90’s at the same time of doing door to door sales, yard work for neighbors was a good side hustle. I would have a routine starting from 0630 to 1130 for 13 elderly neighbors that had small properties. The path would lead back to my folk’s home giving time to prep for the other side hustle. Sometimes the neighbors might pay with food instead of cash, but as a kid the snacks saved me in meal expenses.
When the work is done, food taste much better from a good day’s worth of work! 🙂
Hope you like these job opportunities experiences. Have you tried a work position that lead to other positions? Share your tips in work opportunities.