Welcome to My Site!

Hi! My name is Honey Silvas.

Here you can read about my life, web development, Project Lifephotography, videography and other random projects.

I am a website developer and independent consultant. I help out in the WordPress.com support forums and also offer private consultation for both WordPress.com and WordPress.org (self-hosted) websites. If you need help, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

 

Who Am I?

Hi! My name is Honey Silvas, and this is a blog about my life.

I was born and grew up in the Philippines. I’m 3/4 Chinese and 1/4 Filipino. If that’s a lot of math for you, that means my mom is 100% Chinese while my dad is half Chinese and half Filipino. I worked as a cruise ship photographer in Royal Caribbean International for a couple of years, travelling to over 20 countries.

Then I moved here to the US over 7 years ago. I am now living in sunny Sarasota, Florida with my husband, my daughter and my dog. I am a work-at-home mom (WAHM) trying to find the perfect work-life balance. I develop websites and work as a WordPress consultant.

Even though I have lived here (and worked here) in the US for a while, my perspective is colored by growing up in a small country, where life is simpler and where maybe we didn’t have all the basic necessities that people take for granted here. When I say basic, I mean, basic, like electricity or water. I lived in Metro Manila, which is the capital, but even there, you only have a couple of hours to collect water from the faucet because water gets shut off for most of the day. (This is because there is not enough water for everybody.)

When I was growing up, electricity was also shut off for a part of the day everyday (called a “brownout”) and it was just a part of life. You just found something else to do that didn’t involve electricity like play outside (gasp!) or sleep in the heat without an electric fan.

Sometimes my husband complains about the “traffic” here in Sarasota. I just laugh and say that a red traffic light and waiting for a minute or two does not equal traffic. For me, traffic is when you can get to your destination faster by walking rather than being in a car because of the bumper to bumper traffic.

Because of this, I’m really appreciative of my life now and I always hold my values and culture in my heart. I have unique perspectives about life, work and parenting that is usually contrary to popular opinion, and I hope to be brave enough to share them here. I don’t think my ideas are correct or new or for everybody, but this is what works for me.

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Project Life Baby Mini Album: Last Page

This is the last page of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.

Last Page.  I just used some more of the portraits from Day 1 to finish the album.

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Show and Tell Time

Do you have a photo of your Project Life baby mini album?  Please share a link in the comments below.


Project Life Baby Mini Album: Even More Month 5

This is even more Month 5 of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.

Still Month 5.

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On the right side are some shots of her at church and in the church nursery.

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Show and Tell Time

Do you have a photo of your Project Life baby mini album?  Please share a link in the comments below.


Project Life Baby Mini Album: More Month 5

This is more Month 5 of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.

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Gmail Password Leak Update

Honey Silvas:

It’s time to change passwords… again! Have a password changing party!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of WordPress.com, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPress.com accounts, we took steps to protect our users.

We downloaded the list, compared it to our user database, and proactively reset over 100,000 accounts for which the password given in the list matched the WordPress.com password. We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the account. Users who received the email were instructed to follow these steps:

  1. Go to WordPress.com.
  2. Click the “Login” button on the homepage.
  3. Click on the link “Lost your password?”
  4. Enter your WordPress.com username.
  5. Click the “Get New Password” button.

In general, it’s very important that passwords be unique for each account. Using the same…

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Project Life Baby Mini Album: Month 5

This is the Month 5 of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.   

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When you reach for the roof, you fall on the ground.

When you reach for the sky, you fall on the roof.

Aim high!

Aim High

WordCamp Tampa!

I am very excited about WordCamp Tampa!

WordCamp is a conference all about WordPress.  I’ve never been to a WordCamp before so it will be fun meeting lots of people who are passionate about WordPress and learning new things about blogging.

 

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If you are not in the Sarasota-Bradenton or Tampa area, you can find a WordCamp near you. Or you can watch some of the previous WordCamp talks online here.

Tickets for WordCamp Tampa are $30 with discounts for students.

See you there!

 

 

Our New Montessori-style Baby Room. Baby Not Included.

Here’s our new Montessori-style baby room.

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Mostly, she uses it for naps and as a playroom.

We use a crib mattress on the floor so (theoretically) she could go from sleeping to playing with her toys easily.

We also have a safety gate on the door so we can keep it open.

We tried to keep the room as simple as possible so that she can play safely there by herself (work in progress). So far, she is still getting used to waking up in it.

Project Life Baby Mini Album: First Christmas

This is the Month 4 of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.   

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Project Life Baby Mini Album: More Month 4

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Project Life Baby Mini Album: Month 4

This is the Month 4 of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.   

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Project Life Baby Mini Album: Month 3

This is the Month 3 of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.   

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Project Life Baby Mini Album: Month 2

This is the Month 2 of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.   

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Project Life Baby Mini Album: Month 1

This is the Month 1 of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.   

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Project Life Baby Mini Album: More Week 3

This is a spread of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.  This covers my baby’s first days at home.

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Project Life Baby Mini Album: Three Weeks Old

This is a spread of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.  This covers my baby’s first days at home.

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Project Life Baby Mini Album: Bringing Home Baby

This is a spread of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.  This covers my baby’s first days at home.

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