Instagram Joke Accounts

I rue the day I joined Instagram. Despite the almost satisfactory exposure that some of my photographs are gathering, at the end of each day I ask myself, so what was the point of that? What did I achieve by posting that photograph today? I am not out to become famous, infamous, or even notorious, nor am I selling my work online. So unlike many other photographers on Instagram who have loaded up their profiles with their portfolio, I only keep three photographs online, and whoever is interested in more can click the link to my website. There is no…

On The Sixth Day of Christmas… Simbang Gabi Went Online

Social Media Missionaries… that has to be the strangest and most bizarre term I have heard thus far, and had I not heard it myself yesterday, I never would have believed it. But I am getting ahead of the story.  Yesterday, not only marked the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), but also the beginning of a yearly and hallowed tradition in the Philippines of the dawn masses called Simbang Gabi. For the next nine days leading up to Christmas, Filipino Catholics flock to the churches at 4:00am, a sacrifice in every sense of the word. My daughter and I…

Berlin: The Opposite Is Also True

Having grown up mostly in megalopolises around the world as a privileged expat, I am a spoiled urban princess who thrives on the offerings of a multicultural city of millions where city bibles (i.e. guide books) abound by the hundred but everything opposite to what is written is equally true. Small towns where nothing has changed for the past 150 years are not my cup of tea (to live in), and a village is great for a holiday but I suffer from¬†withdrawal symptoms after a week. By blood has been poisoned over the years from the fast-paced CO2 to the…

Most Hated Photographs (By Photographers)

As a reaction or follow-up to yesterday’s blog, I decided to continue my rant put together a list of most-hated photographs by professional and/or serious hobby photographers that can be found online i.e. social media, photo sharing communities. This is where the line is drawn between being a photographer and a camera owner. The raw truth of the matter is: owning a camera does NOT a photographer make. Thank you to those of you who wrote in and shared your photography pet peeves: Flowers Cats Dogs Insects birds cameras camera lenses selfies / “groupfies” It is seemingly a short list,…

Pyjama and Movie-free Days

Have you noticed how horribly addicted we have become to the internet over the last 10 – 15 years? When the internet was first introduced the world laughed and said that the idea of the entire world becoming intimately and irreversibly connected to one another was absolutely preposterous. Look at us now. Nobody memorises phone numbers, birthdays, anniversaries, addresses or even directions anymore. When I was young, if I had a question I looked it up in the library or asked an expert on the subject. These days we simply Google everything. It drives me raging mad when I ask…

10 Effective Morning Rituals to Supercharge Productivity

Earlier this month¬†FrogDiva Thoughts launched a blog-sharing project with Tenfold, a cutting-edge platform for customer telecommunications infrastructures (CTI). It being a Monday and the first day back to school for Berlin schools, I thought this might add a little inspiration for parents and students struggling with overcoming holiday and weekend hangovers alike: Rise and shine! – by Dan Sincavage, Co-Founder of Tenfold and Chief Strategy Officer. Are you a morning person? Studies have shown that some folks are naturally hardwired to be morning people, while others function better as night owls. Whichever you may be, chances are you already have…

Social Selling: Using Social Media Effectively

Starting this week, FrogDiva Thoughts launches a blog-sharing project with Tenfold, a cutting-edge platform for customer telecommunications infrastructures (CTI). Ever since I started working in the IT branch, the latest internet-based tools that have replaced the good old-fashioned pen and paper, and the telephone sales, or even door-to-door sales have fascinated and terrified me at the same time. The scale at which business can perform these days using the internet is stratospheric. There is no quantifying the reach the the internet, both in positive and negative aspects. These days everything is going digital, especially customer service, sales and marketing, and…