‘The Curse’ App by Toy Studio Media Corporation

Another great puzzle-solving app – The Curse by Toy Studio Media Corporation. This one’s both available for iOS ($2.99) and Android (Php41.22) devices.


I started playing it a few days ago and upon first glance, I already found it interesting and challenging. Each level is categorized into different types of puzzles such as Tangrams, Riddles, Slide the Blocks, Hamiltonian, etc. The levels are also designated as easy, medium, and hard. Hints are also available through In-app purchasing.

Since you could skip through the levels, I went on to browse through some of the relatively easier levels first. I do intend to complete all the levels though and will share some clues and hints as I figure them out. 🙂


Operating Your Business – 10 Tips for Entrepreneurs

This is the second of six posts related to the article entitled, “60 Tips for ‘Trep” by Jimbo Owen Gulle in the August 2012 issue of Entrepreneur (Philippines) magazine.

This batch focuses on the operation side of doing your business.

10 Tips for Entrepreneurs (Operating Your Business)


1.  Keep “failing forward.”

  • “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work…I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others…I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”   –Thomas Edison, inventor and entreprenuer

2. Sell it straight.

  • “Eliminate the middlemen. Both you and your customer will benefit.”   –Michael Dell, computer magnate

3. Pay attention to details.

  • “Whether your business is a startup or an established brand, you must be very involved in it. Doing that keeps you abreast with developments and hones you nose for the business.”   –Jose E. B. Antonio, president and CEO of Century Properties Group.

4.  Treat all customers equally.

  • “I ultimately made the decision to cater to the public because after all, my reason for putting up the clinic in the first place was to help the most number of people…Our staff is trained to treat all clients equally, whether they’re famous or not. We are a customer-centric organization – everyone’s a star in our clinics.”   –Dr. Vicky Belo, founder of Belo Medical Group

5.  Start small, but build relationships with the big guys.

  • “Cinderella turned us down. No one would have us. It was such a gray area then – and it still is – about whether it was legal to spoof known brands. No one wanted to be part of the fallout…Cinderella then relented (after Gift Gate accepted consignments of their shirts) and accepted us in their stores.”    –Charlie Robles and Drew Marcelo, founders of Spoofs Limited Inc.

6.  Master the weather to meet production demands.

  • “Production and shipment have to fit a certain window, so we always make sure that we get our products in time for events that are important for our foreign buyers.”   –Meshelle Villanueva, marketing director for Shelmed Cottage Treasures

7.  The mall isn’t always the answer.

  • “Rather than looking for in-mall locations, we prefer high-density and high-visibility areas frequented by our target market. We only need 25-60 square meters of space, but always make sure all our outlets are air-conditioned and clean.”   –Teodoro Ferrer, president of Generika Drugstore

8.  Turn obstacles in you favor.

  • “When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity…The choice is yours, and yours alone…It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.”   –Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

9.  Grow, and keep growing.

  • “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”   –Benjamin Franklin, inventor and politician

10.  Do what comes easy.

  • “I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.”   –Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook

Focusing on the Dream – 10 Tips for Entrepreneurs

Found this article on the August 2012 issue of Entrepreneur (Philippine edition) magazine. The article is entitled, “60 Tips for ‘Treps” by Jimbo Owen Gulle. It dishes pointers and tips from well-known figures and entrepreneurs ranging from idea inception to leadership and business development.

I’d thought it would be nice to share these tips for wanna be entrepreneurs out there. For conciseness sake, I’ve broken it down to 6 parts (posts) corresponding to the categories described in the article.

Here’s the first batch of tips concerning chasing and focusing on your dreams.

10 Tips for Entrepreneurs (On Chasing The Dream)


1.  Love your work.

  • “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”   –Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc.

2. Don’t rest on your laurels.

  • “We sold our fantasy sports company for a sum that at that time we thought was really ridiculous – $31 million…As it turns out, a day after, we were literally in a production meeting for Multiply.com.”   –Peter Pezaris and David Hersh, co-founder  of Multiply.com

3. Keep an eye on the prize.

  • “In the beginning, I was so sorry for myself. I didn’t have money because everything we earned went straight back to the business. Still, it was a balanced life and the business which always kept me busy…When I started realizing the benefits of being in business on my own, I no longer wanted to return to my old job.”   –Margie Bulaan, founder  of Whimsical Wagon, Co.

4.  Share what you have

  • “I also wanted to share my experience and knowledge – to provide solutions that would benefit others and to prove that Filipinos have the skills to compete on a global scale.”   –Florante Cruz, founder of BC Net Inc.

5.  Jump at the chance.

  • “I have learned to open my eyes to opportunities and to be a risk-taker when necessary. If you always look at what could go wrong, your fear would freeze you into inaction.”    –Rolando Liwanag, founder of mobile phone retailer IDD Celfone

6.  Always be prepared.

  • “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”   –Oprah Winfrey, media mogul

7.  Learn your lessons.

  • “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. ”   –Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

8.  Keep moving.

  • “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”   –Conrad Hilton Sr., hotel chain founder

9.  Be immersed in your business.

  • “A business has to be involving; it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. ”   –Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group

10.  Chase your dreams.

  • “All dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”   –Walt Disney

SeeWhatIC: More Images and Clues Set 3

More SeeWhatIC images and clues. Enjoy. 🙂

    _AL_     _H_    L_ _ E

    A rare occurrence. 🙂

    P_ _ _Y     _NI_ _L

   A tiger is a big cat. 🙂

    A TV game show which had various versions worldwide.

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SeeWhatIC: More Images and Hints Set 2

Here are more SeeWhatIC images and clues. 🙂

     This one’s a title of a 3-D animation movie. 🙂

    Very easy, very literal.

    _W_     P_ _S      I_     A     _OD

   Three words only. Second word is  _R_ _K.

    Three words only. Third word is  P_C_ I_.

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SeeWhatIC App: Clues and Hints Set 1

I was searching the net for good puzzle-solving apps, and then I found this… SeeWhatIC.  🙂

It’s one of those good and challenging puzzle games which uses pictures and images as the center of the game. For each level, the game loads an image depicting a common phrase, expression, or idiom. The goal is to guess the phrase the image is portraying. A jumbled set of letters at the bottom serves as the pool of letters you can use. Not all of those letters though will be used to solve the expression. This, for me, makes this game much harder.

The app offers extra clue/help in the form of what they call coins and flashes. Coins can be used to skip a certain level (but without revealing the answer) while flashes eliminates letters that are not useful. These though come in limited numbers but are available at a cost through In-App purchasing. I believe you could also upload your own images which could be added as a puzzle in the game. 🙂

I didn’t realized that I’ve solved quite a number already until I decided to share some of the images here. So for those of you who got stuck along the way, here are clues and hints to some of the images in SeeWhatIC.

Since there are no level labels, you need to look through the images and find your match. 🙂

   D_ _    _I_ED   🙂

   Also known as “firemen”. 🙂

   _A_E   F_ _E

   The second word is P_T_H.

    This is just plain wrong..the direction that is. 🙂

More SeeWhatIC images >>