Throw that Perfect House Party with Oster Mini Raclette Grill

My husband and I are cheese lovers. He recently shared a video on facebook of delicious raclette cheese sliding down from a pan. It look so yummy so I am sharing the video with you!

https://www.facebook.com/thisisinsider/videos/1535765220064204/

So I went through raclette recipes online and other recipes with cheese. I then thought of creating a dish that I could prepare for when friends come over.

We normally have friends over at our house on Saturdays. And week after week, we have always been ordering food from restaurants located near the place where we live or we have food delivered to our home. Oftentimes, our decision is the latter since we are all too lazy to go down and eat out! So seeing this video got me inspired to create dishes with melted cheese. At first, I thought of making nachos, then I shifted to thinking of making a “heavier” meal, since light snacks aren’t really our thing! Haha! We are all voracious eaters!

I saw a Chicken Fajitas recipe online that I wanted to follow. Of course, recipes are useless if you don’t have the right tool. Luckily for me, I have my Oster Mini Raclette Grill at home.

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This Oster Mini Raclette Grill comes with a Non stick grill removable plate, 4 non-stick mini pans, an On/off switch with indicator light and Cool touch side handles. That’s it! It’s so simple to use, and that’s the reason why I love this kitchen tool.

Okay so for Chicken Fajitas, I only needed the following ingredients: Chicken breast strips, red and green bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic sauce (I found one in a bottle) and cheese that you can melt (and it doesn’t have to be raclette).

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I cooked the chikcken breast strips on the griller and melted the cheese on the little pans that was included.

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I placed all the ingredients inside the pita wrap and that was it.

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This gave me the idea that this kind of dish will be perfect for a house party. I know a lot of people now who throw house parties. Probably I’m already a part of that era who would rather stay home. Here are some of the things that you need to prepare to throw an amazing house party!

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And in order for you to throw that perfect house party with Oster Mini Raclette Grill, we are giving you the chance to own one!

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If you are interested to buy one of these lovely Oster Mini Raclette Grills for your home, these are available in Anson’s, Landmark, Rustan’s and Coleman Stores. They are also available online at Lazada: http://www.lazada.com.ph/oster-ckstgr126-074-mini-grill-2887648.html

Hurry and share (please make sure that the post is tag for “public” viewing) the photo on facebook. Share a tip to throw amazing parties at home and tag Oster Philippines (http://facebook.com/OsterPHL). Please use the following hashtags: #useOster #OsterEasyHomemadeFresh #OsterMiniGrill #mommygingerfinds

My giveaway will end on July 3. I will choose the best tip by then and I will announce the winner on my Facebook Page http://facebook.com/MommyGinger

Good Luck! :)

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Family and Finance Conference

I was going through the receipts of the things that we spent in Singapore for the 5 days we were there. I can’t believe that we went way beyond our budget! Haha! And to think, most of our money was spent on food. Boy, we must be big eaters!

But I’m glad that my husband and I are not big spenders. We splurge on food, but I think that’s the only thing that we splurge on. I’m glad that we both look at money the same way. There are a lot of couples who fight over finances. If you find yourselves disagreeing over money, I think this conference will be helpful.

CCF Family Ministry will be hosting the Biggest Family and Finance Conference this July 30, 2016 at the CCF Center in Fronterra Verde, Pasig City.

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Family and Finance Conference is a whole day workshop dedicated to teach and help families manage finances better. This year’s conference includes the country’s top financial speakers: Mr. Randell Tiongson, Mr. Chinkee Tan, Mr. Edric Mendoza and Pastor Joby Soriano. These speakers will be sharing how to set financial goals and manage finances as a family, as well as what to teach kids and the biblical perspective about money.

Here is my good friend, Edric Mendoza to share with you what to expect from this event:

 

If you want to attend, please register here: http://familyandfinance.ph/

My husband and I fight over how to manage money sometimes, but we don’t turn it into a big issue. Our belief is that if we lack funds, then we need to create more sources of revenue. This just means that our sources of revenue is not enough. For controlling and monitoring our funds, we use the envelope method where we already set aside a specific budget inside an envelope for the expenses that we have.

I can’t wait to learn more about handling and managing money from these speakers. I know that I will be able to pick up a lot of insights on how they handle money as a couple.

Again, if you want to attend, please register here: http://familyandfinance.ph/

 

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Newbie Technopreneurs in Amazing Conference

As I gazed from across my seat, looking at the multitude of people riding the MRT in Singapore, I realized that the episodes from my favorite TV series, Silicon Valley, were actually true. In this case, however, they were in the US and I was in South East Asia.The stories if the technopreneurs in that show were almost very close to reality. This weekend proved to be an amazing experience. It wasn’t because we won that pitch competition or we got to raise seed funding (because we didn’t but we’ve been getting emails already from VC’s since this morning!), but because I learned so much about myself, about our team, and about this interesting world encapsulated in one word — tech.

Taxumo in Echelon Asia Summit 2016

Thank you, Tasha of ASpace for the photo!

Thank you, Tasha of ASpace for the photo!

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

We went to Singapore to showcase our web/mobile application called Taxumo. Our flight from the Philippines left at 10:00 PM and we arrived at Singapore at 1:00 AM the following day. There were four of us, Ej (CEO), Alex (CFO and the CPA in our team), Dex (CTO) and yours truly. We arrived hungry so we had to eat at the nearby McDonalds, a brand familiar to us. We left the airport after and arrived at our hotel around 4AM. We had to be at Singapore Expo (the venue at 7:30 AM) to set up so that meant we had to leave at 7 AM (yup, since traffic wasn’t really evident in Singapore). EJ and I woke up to the messages of our colleagues at 7 am and hurriedly rushed so that we could leave right away. We really thought we were late, but lo and behold, we were actually one of the earliest ones there at 8:00 AM.

Taxumo Booth: We probably talks to more than 500 people!

Taxumo Booth: We probably talks to more than 500 people!

Being early in conferences, gives you the advantage. You get to practice your pitch to a few people (mostly co-tech startup founders), so that when investors come in, you have already amazingly mastered your pitch after saying it a dozen times over. Also, you already have prepared answering questions, and these questions will probably be the same questions repeated over and over again from different people.

Pitch, Listen and Participate

We have seen that in conferences like these, the people who ‘win’ (not used literally) are the people who maximize their presence in the conference. How do you maximize your presence? One is to share your idea to as many people as possible. Don’t be scared to share your idea as there may be investors who will be willing to help out, potential brand partners who might be willing to partner with you, existing solutions providers that may be able to integrate with your system, potential users who will have great insights and other enablers who may speed the process of launching or expanding your idea.

Taxumo Echelon

With the lovely Bev from e27! :)

With the lovely Bev from e27! :)

We thought that Echelon Asia Summit was great because we got to meet with various venture capitalists. We also got invited to join totally awesome incubator and accelerator programs. We also got offers for help if we want to expand to other ASEAN countries.

Taxumo with our friends from No Coinz

Taxumo with our friends from No Coinz

Also, I have learned to be willing to listen to other people’s ideas, too. I got to meet a lot of interesting people with unique ideas and it was so inspiring to hear them. We mad new friends, like our Indian friends from NoCoinz and we got to bind with the other Philippine delegates, too.


Make Calculated Risks Fast

Taxumo with UnBum :)

Taxumo with UnBum :)

I have always been exposed to how traditional businesses and how large corporations in the Philippines operate. I grew up with a family whose main business was putting up brick and mortar stores where we sell food. Preparations for these kinds of businesses would take years. My family was lucky since what we entered was a food franchise business; otherwise, planning, preparing and building wouldn’t have gone that fast.

Our CEO, EJ, pitching at Echelon Summit Asia 2016

Our CEO, EJ, pitching at Echelon Summit Asia 2016

We have noticed that in this industry, everything seems to move so quickly. A large number of the businesses there have only started with the idea less than a year. Prototypes have already been built, whether it be software or hardware, and these groups and entities have already validated ideas with customers. Most of the companies that have received seed funding where those that have shown some form of traction from paying customers.

Taxumo meeting after the conference!

Taxumo meeting after the conference!

It’s no wonder that concepts like the Lean Methodology and tools like the Javelin board and also methods like Agile and Scrum have taken this industry by storm. In this industry, all of the founders of the your company need to act fast and work fast while still working on the grounds that your ideas have been validated by your target market. We have noticed that some ideas are great ideas but don’t seem to get much attention since the problem and pain point wasn’t validated enough. We have also heard stories about great and validated ideas but since execution was slow, the idea never really flew and they were beaten by competition. Both are crucial. Check that your start-up has done or can do both.

Learn to Hustle

I never really understood what the term meant when I first encountered the word during our incubator program in Ideaspace. At first, I felt that the term was too ‘hard-core’ and ‘rough’ to be used in a business environment (lol! I thought that they should have used a more business-y term). But man, this week proved me wrong! Hustling was definitely what we did. In the two days that we were in #ECAsia2016, we probably talked to more than 500 people and pitched our idea to close to 10 investors.

Hustling! Taking our picture in between train rides!

Hustling! Taking our picture in between train rides!

In front of my dream office! This will go up on my vision board!

In front of my dream office! This will go up on my vision board!

And that wasn’t all, the day after the conference, we visited 2 VCs and made a courtesy call to DTI – Philippine Trade and Investments Council Singapore. It was inside of the MRT in Singapore in between meetings where I found myself thinking about our country and our future. Both Venture Capitalists also mentioned that they haven’t had any visits yet from any startup from the Philippines.

Taxumo with Commercial Counsellor Glenn Penaranda and Ms. Cris Lacuna of DTI - Philippine Trade and Investment Centre in Singapore!

Taxumo with Commercial Counsellor Glenn Penaranda and Ms. Cris Lacuna of DTI – Philippine Trade and Investment Centre in Singapore!

I know that we all know that we have talented people in the Philippines. What we know and what we have as a Taxumo, may even be nothing in comparison with what you, my readers, may be capable of doing or are capable of creating. We just have to try to achieve our dreams and try to make a difference. We may not be the best startup out there, winning competitions and all, but we will never stop trying.

We will never stop believing that we can create solutions that will make your lives simpler! Onwards we go!

We will never stop believing that we can create solutions that will make your lives simpler! Onwards we go!

Love lots,

 

 

 

PS. Thanks for the tip, Bianca Medina to not wear heels! haha! My feet hurt so bad! :) haha! It was worth it though.

PPS. For Angels, VCs, Investors and possible partners, please email me at ginger(at)taxumo.com :)

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My Husband Shares the Load

I don’t think that I have been married long enough to say that i’m in a perfect marriage, but what I know is that we’re doing pretty well. I know that there is no perfect marriage, but I think I have been blessed.f In the 6 years of marriage, we have been given a lot of challenges and I think what made “us” work is the fact that we know that in a marriage, there should be teamwork where each one should #SharetheLoad.

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Admittedly, there are times when the road gets bumpy, but being seeing the effort that he places in this marriage, makes me love him more. What I love about my husband is that he really shares the load. He’s very supportive and does not only show it through his words, but shows is really using his actions.

There are a lot of men who promise you the world, but when push comes to shove, they are no where to be found. My husband is not that kind of a person. He is always there — always actively present.

Have you watched the new #‎SharetheLoad campaign video from Ariel India, P&G, and BBDO Worldwide, where they remind fathers and husbands to take small steps (like doing laundry) to create more equal homes. They won a Glass Lion at the 2015 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for earlier work on this campaign.

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Here is the video: https://www.facebook.com/ArielPhilippines/videos/617607581728915/

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As moms, we love serving the people we love. We do this since this is how we show our family how much we love them. But over the years, it has become so stereotypical for moms to stay home and do the dishes, etc. Society has labeled roles to be that for a specific gender alone. For example, being the working mom that I am, I sometimes feel that some people in society still look at me as if I were a rebel — doing things that I should not be doing because it isn’t aligned with the “role” that I should play.

Let us share this campaign and remind everyone that a lot of things have changed, therefore, changes must happen, too. Men need to share the load, too!

I love Ariel’s global campaign on women empowerment, and their promotion of gender-equality initiatives in the Philippines through the #AhonPinay campaign. This campaign was launched in March 2016 in support of the Philippine Commission on Women’s (PCW) celebration of National Women’s Month. The #AhonPinay campaign focuses on uplifting women in their selected vocations. This is in line with the theme for the 2016 National Women’s Month celebration, “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda,” which resonates the call for gender-balance in leadership and decision-making positions in the public and private sector, inclusion of women’s concerns in leadership platforms and the government’s development agenda, and capacitating women to reach their ambitions.

Ariel is the only fast-moving consumer goods brand actively involved in the National Women’s Day initiatives. As the brand continues to empower women, #AhonPinay will also support the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – Women’s Center through a grant that will help women with their training courses. #AhonPinay will also tap various women’s advocacy groups to uplift, empower, and inspire women by raising gender equality awareness and bringing relevant issues not only in the workforce but in daily lives.

#SharetheLoad and #AhonPinay are both part of Ariel’s global women empowerment campaign, in recognition of its unique role to engage women around the world in promoting gender equality and equal opportunity.

Let’s spread the word about this campaign! There should be more men who share the load like my husband!

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10 Things to Show Love for your Great Kids

I’ve been so busy lately that I have felt so guilty. We have been so focused on growing our tech startup business that we have spent less time with Zeeka. But even if we have spent less time with her these past few days, we make sure that we show our daughter that we love her.

Children always want to feel that they are loved by their parents. It has been extra difficult for us recently with our daughter since she has become extra clingy. I guess this is what happens when they are already old enough to say what and how they are feeling. She has become extra vocal in telling us not to work or not to go to the office.

There are a lot of ways to show your love for your child apart from the material things. The following are good ideas to consider doing to show love to your child:

Spend quality time with your child

My daughter loves going to the mall. She loves trying on clothes. This has become a thing that we enjoy together. We would visit stores and buy Mommy and Me outfits! Haha!

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Quality time does not depend on the length of time that you bond with your child. It only has to be meaningful both to you as a parent and the child, where both focus on building the relationship. It means giving your full attention to your child (no checking of gadgets, etc.) What you can do is set aside that time which is only for your children — a day at the mall, a simple story time, etc. means a lot to a child more than you would know.

Be a good example

When you want them to be an obedient, generous, kind-hearted individual, then lead by example. This is the best way to teach a child about love and respect. Be kind to others and respect others. This is what they will see and this is what they will emulate.

Teach them discipline

Many children associate being disciplined as an act of “hate”. What we do as a couple is that we explain to our daughter why we get mad or why we discipline her. We explain to her that it’s because we love her and because we don’t want her to get hurt.

Be there when you are needed and Keep promises

I think that what kids really want is security. Since they are still young and unsure about a lot of things, they need to know that you will be there for them. There will be times when your child needs someone he or she could lean on so be sure to be with him or her during those times. Also, always keep your promises. These children need to see that they can trust and rely on you to keep your word.

Be sweet

Our daughter is a very sweet and caring child, and I attribute it to the fact that my husband is very caring and sweet to me. Haha! I think she always sees us hugging each other at home and putting one over the other in terms of needs, so she’s that way, too. She’ll always tell me, “Mommy, are you sad? Please don’t be sad,” when she sees me stressed out. I believe that even at a young age, a child can be very observant and critical of so many things. Show your child affection and you overtly show him or her love. Simple hugs and kisses on the cheek will mean a lot to them.

Act as your child’s protector

Sometimes, as parents, our “disciplinary” role is our automatic go-to-role. When we see another child crying beside our child, we automatically think our child did something wrong, and we “automatically” scold them without analyzing the situation. As parents, there are a lot of times when we need to be logical. We need to analyze then act accordingly. You would then see that there are a lot of times when we should have been our child’s protector even.

This happened to us. Our daughter is a meek and quiet child in front of other children. She would allow other children to take her toys and grab it away from her. We need to keep in mind that our children are weak and could not fend off for themselves. There are times when we need to tell them that they need to step up and fend for themselves. There are even times when we, as parents, need to step up, too, to act as our child’s protector especially when their security and safety is a concern.

Grant wishes

Kids wish for a lot of things and I think that sometimes, we need to grant them. Parents are so afraid that they would grow up as spoiled brats, but I believe that if you grant wishes in moderation, this will make them feel appreciated and loved. Don’t be too scared!

Compliments and praises

We never fail to give our daughter compliments and praises and we do it by being very specific about what she did well. I read somewhere that being specific makes everything clear and they would most likely do it again since they understand.

See, showing your child that you love them is not that hard. We don’t have to overthink. We just need to feel and trust that they will grow up to be Great Kids!

How do show your children that you love them? :) Share a tip on Facebook and / or Instagram and tag @GreatKidsPH and @MommyGinger

Here are the mechanics:

a. A Mommy and Me set will be given to the chosen mom who shares the best tip on what they do to show their child their love on facebook and/or Instagram:)
b. Share your tip using #GreatKidsPH and #MommyGingerFinds so that we can monitor the entries
c. Contest will run from June 10 to July 1. The more posts, the more chances of winning.
d. On July 2, 9am, the winner will be announced via the Mommy Ginger Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mommyginger/
e. The winner must be willing to claim the prize from any of the branches:

Pois Belly & Kids BOUTIQUES:
– TriNoma: Ground Floor near Activity Center
– SM Megamall: Level 5 The Atrium
– Shangri-la Plaza: Level 4 Main Bldg
– Alabang Town Center: Level 2 Expansion Bldg
– SM Mall Of Asia: Ground Floor in front of Kids Universe
– SM City Cebu: Level 2, Main Mall
– SM City Iloilo: Upper Ground Floor
– SM Lanang Premier Davao: Level 2
– Ayala Center Cebu: Level 3

f. You must be able to show a valid ID upon pick up of the prize :)

Post away and good luck!

 

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Ask about their Day: Validate Assumptions about your Customer

When creating a business, we are so quick to judge always on what our customers want and need. Oftentimes, we assume that this is what they want and need because this is what we need and want for ourselves. To this, I say…
Wag ka masayadong assuming ha!” (Don’t assume too much!). Just kidding!

But seriously, we need to look deeper into what drives our target audience to connect with us, engage and eventually buy from us. I have been a victim of this also. I used to take research and customer validation for granted. I know that one of my strengths is connecting bits and pieces of knowledge to create a solution with the help of gut feeling, and oftentimes, my gut is right. But I know that we can’t just rely on gut nor just rely on statistics that we see online. We need to — get out of the building to validate these assumptions.

One tool that we’re using now for our business is called the Javelin board. We learned about it from Paul Pajo when he talked at our Ideaspace bootcamp.

Javelin Board

To understand more about the Javelin Board, check out this video!

Copy of the Javelin Board

It’s really easy to do and believe me, it does wonders. After validating your idea, you will basically have more than enough information to either push with the business idea that you have or to pivot and create/use a new approach, strategy, product or service.

This week and during the weeks to come, we will be validating our startup idea. If you are a freelancer, entrepreneur or doctor/lawyer, please help us by filling out this survey: http://goo.gl/forms/w11TS7hkYrlBWPTq1

Thank you for helping us! Get out of the building and validate!

 

 

 

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La-Z-Boy: A Busy Mom’s Form of Relaxation

Day in and day out, we spend most of the day working. My daughter would often ask me, “Why do you need to work, mama?”. I would then tell her that I’m working so that we earn money to buy the things that she wants. Let’s face it. We work because we want to earn money — money that would sustain the chosen lifestyle that we want. With the work that I do, I am often in front of the computer. A lot of times, especially when I forget to take mini-breaks and to stand up once in a while, my back hurts. Studies show that 80% of the population will likely experience back problems with the type of work that they do. Adults with back pain are 3 times more likely to be in poor health and 4 times more likely to experience serious psychological distress.

Being an entrepreneur is not easy and lately, I actually thought that I was going crazy. I had some serious mood swings and for some reason, everything was a blur. Last week, I made some changes in my life:

1. I spent lesser time in social media
2. I spent more time with people who were positive, who were open to collaborating and who were go-getters in achieving their dreams
3. I spent more time on things that I really enjoyed doing like watching downloads of The Mindy Project, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Shark Tank and Drop Dead Diva and also watching animation shorts on YouTube… haha! I also spent more time playing boardgames. I missed these things.
4. I spent more time relaxing also. I got so stressed out trying to be perfect in every way. I was striving so hard to be the perfect mom, wife, leader, friend, etc. that instead of succeeding, I was failing. I noticed that once I let go, everything started “working” out for me.

Playing Peek-a-Boo!

Playing Peek-a-Boo!

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And one of the things that I did at home was I took a few minutes rest after every few hours. The tool that helped me a lot was our La-Z-Boy. I’m sure you’re quite familiar with this brand. La-Z-Boy has reclining chairs and sofas where the seat and the back move simultaneously. This is to ensure that your back and spine are supported. The sofa chair also has a leg rest that is patented to give you extra comfort. Because of the benefits that it gives, La-Z-Boy is proudly endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association.

Zeeka in a La-Z-Boy

Check this out, too. La-Z-Boy is perfect for pregnant women. I actually wished that I had this while I was still breastfeeding.

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My 3-year old daughter loves it, too! She calls it her rocking chair. We would also often sit together and just cuddle. She also loves playing on, because all of these adjustable parts seem to be more engaging and useful in her world of “pretend” kingdoms and jungles.

Zeeka and Ginger in a La-Z-Boy

Check out their new model, the La-Z-Boy Power XR. This is a series of remote controlled recliners. How cool is that!

I highly recommend having the La-Z-Boy in your home. I know it’s more pricey than a lot of other chairs or sofa out there, but it certainly has benefits that is beyond what you can get from the others. To know more about La-Z-Boy, please visit www.la-z-boyphilippines.com.

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Raising Multi-Talented Kids

Growing up as a kid, I learned one thing about every person that I ever had the chance of meeting — every single one has a skill or potential that may be the same or different from what I have. When we were in grade school, I went into business with my sister. We sold pastries and in that business, we defined each one’s roles. She was the one in charge of baking the products. I was in charge of marketing.

Effectively selling to people and influencing them to buy into an idea or product were talents that I had identified early on in my life. Although, when I reached my mid-twenties, I went through a period in my life where I was lost. I didn’t know what to pursue. I got to identify and see so many talents that I felt like I was all over the place. I wanted to do a lot of things. A lot of people said that I needed to focus. I felt like this was a ‘disease’ that I needed to be cured of.

I am seeing this, too, in my daughter. She is such a great kid with so many talents. I see that she loves singing and dancing. I also see that she has a sense of fashion and she has innate talent for mixing and matching outfits (and not to mention posing!).

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She loves shopping!

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She went straight to the rack of Great Kids!

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She searched for the perfect outfit and chose this!

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I was worried, because I felt that I had to make her choose and encourage her to stick to that ONE talent. It was just until recently that I realized that this was something that we didn’t have to be ashamed of. While each may be gifted with a unique skill or two, there are also those who are “different”, not because they are highly skilled in one aspect, but because they have a skill set that is unique to them, as formed through a diverse range of interests they themselves developed with constant exposure to different things, and this is something not easily copied by others—the multipotentialites.

By definition, multipotentialites are people who live a life of diverse interests or creative pursuits. Oftentimes, people who are so-called multipotentialites hold many different jobs and careers and have tried many activities throughout their lifetime starting from their adulthood, simply because these things appeal to their curiosity and they find out that they are good at these, too.

A multipotentialite could be a person who is into painting, then later on turned into a writer, and then even later, pursued another unrelated interest. Or, this person may be a musician who turned computer programmer, and then later on, pursued a different job altogether.

When we were young, we were asked by adults what we wanted to become when we grew up. We then would only say just one profession — doctor, accountant, lawyer, etc. For the rather imaginative kids, they would blurt out an engineer-doctor, or a runner-writer-chef. I noticed that oftentimes, when kids would say a bunch of stuff like these, the adults would tell them to just choose one. But, really? Why should they just choose one path? Did anyone or anything limit us to just have one passion? Just one true calling? Multipotentialites are those children and adults who have no “one true calling.” These are people who have so many passions.

Raising a Multipotentialite

The multipotentialites, nor their parents, would not be aware that they may be a multipotentialite in the early stages in their lives. If you find that your child has a strong interest in one thing, then after a few months or a year, wants to switch to another hobby (this cycle of may go on and on), chances are the child is a multipotentialite. I, am a multipotentialite, and I know a lot of friends who are, too. I think my daughter is a multi-potentialite, too!

Regardless of this title or discovery, what we, parents can do is not to overthink. Let’s just support them and expose them to as many fields of interest as possible, and give them the freedom to switch interests and explore early on in their lives. Over time, your child will be independent enough to make choices for himself/herself. If they reach a point when they, too, realize that they have so many talents, we, as parents, will be there to back them up, because now we know better.

P.S. Thanks, Great Kids for allowing us to shoot in your store! :)

Great Kids

Great Kids offers fresh, fun and pretty apparel for young girls aged 2-10 yrs old and capsule collections of Infant Girls, Mommy & Me & maternity apparel.

GreatKids is available in

Pois Belly & Kids BOUTIQUES:
– TriNoma: Ground Floor near Activity Center
– SM Megamall: Level 5 The Atrium
– Shangri-la Plaza: Level 4 Main Bldg
– Alabang Town Center: Level 2 Expansion Bldg
– SM Mall Of Asia: Ground Floor in front of Kids Universe
– SM City Cebu: Level 2, Main Mall
– SM City Iloilo: Upper Ground Floor
– SM Lanang Premier Davao: Level 2
– Ayala Center Cebu: Level 3

The SM Stores:
– BF Paranaque
– Cubao
– Cebu
– Davao
– Iloilo
– Makati
– Mall Of Asia
– Manila
– Marikina
– Megamall
– North EDSA
– Pampanga

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My Ideaspace Experience: Ideaspace Bootcamp 2016

“Given both your extensive experiences, why do you want to join Ideaspace?,” Miss Diane Eustaquio, Executive Director of the Ideaspace Foundation asked Dex (our CTO), Alex (CFO), me and my husband, as we went through the first round of interviews. I’ll share with you what we answered, but let me tell you more about Ideaspace’s story and our story before we joined.

Ideaspace’s mission is to encourage, develop, and nurture innovation and entrepreneurship by delivering a multi-faceted support program for science and technology entrepreneurs in the Philippines and in the ASEAN region. Their vision is to build a new Philippine economy that is driven by technology, innovation and entrepreneurship as a path to nation-building. We also asked startups if they knew what Ideaspace was and they told us that Ideaspace is a prestigious incubation program offered by the MVP group which everyone practically wanted to get into.

As CMO of Taxumo, since we started working on the idea January of this year, my role was really more of to take care of looking for possible partnerships for our business and to look for investors. Funding was what most of the people in this industry needed, and at first, I couldn’t understand why. I was used to doing business the traditional way, where you either put in a small amount of capital and grow it little by little or you loan from the bank or from family. But seeing how fast things are in the tech industry, I know now that funding hastens the process of developing your product. So like probably 80% of the startups in this industry (I have yet to validate this figure! haha!), I did what was expected of me — I started looking for funding.

The way people look for funding in this industry is so cool. They join pitch competitions (which we did). They sign up in different platforms visited by different VCs, angels, etc. (which I also did) and they apply to incubator and accelerator programs (which, obviously, I did as well). When Ideaspace called for applications, I sent out our application. We got through the first round and we then had to submit this video for the second round.

Luckily, we were chosen to be one of the top 20 startups who advanced to the incubation program! Yehey! The incubation program is a 6 week intensive program that will really test our limits as entrepreneurs. It kicked off with a 5 day bootcamp at First Pacific Leadership Academy in Antipolo. Since I got back last Friday, my friends have been asking me if the program (so far) has been worth it. I have been ecstatically saying that “it was so worth it!”

During the 5 day bootcamp, 3 founders should attend. I was there with EJ and Lex.

Taxumo Team

The first day was about of getting to know each other (the other startup founders) and getting to know more about your self. The second day was about getting to know more about the other members in your startup. We all took a test that assessed our strengths and weaknesses and then we were given tips on how to assign roles and how to work with other members of the team based on the assessment (which was so cool!). BTW, our team won the Amazing Race challenge for that day (super fun, btw, and super tiring! haha!). We learned more about planning for our startups the LEAN way, and for the next two days, we had a customer validation challenge which taught us tools, tricks and tips on validating our ideas using the Javelin Board (which will now be a fixture on our sala walls! haha!). On the last day, Ideaspace invited key partners, investors and advisors — key people who were important in implementing our ideas. It was one of the best experiences in my life, even if EJ and I had to drive to Antipolo everyday (we had the option to stay there but we needed to get home to see our daughter every day).

Taxumo and Nanica won 2nd for the V-Challenge (validation challenge)! Woohoo!

Taxumo and Nanica won 2nd for the V-Challenge (validation challenge)! Woohoo!

 

Taxumo with the super great and inspiring Prim Paypon!

Taxumo with the super great and inspiring Prim Paypon!

 

With our mentor Jojy Azurin at the Ideaspace Bootcamp 2016

With our mentor Jojy Azurin at the Ideaspace Bootcamp 2016

 

Paul Pajo, Gabe Mercado and Arin were guest speakers at Ideaspace Bootcamp 2016

Paul Pajo, Gabe Mercado and Arin were guest speakers at Ideaspace Bootcamp 2016

 

EJ telling the other Co-Founders about Taxumo

EJ telling the other Co-Founders about Taxumo

 

Last Day at the Ideaspace Bootcamp 2016

Last Day at the Ideaspace Bootcamp 2016

Our reply to Miss Diane was that during the few months that we have been part of the tech community in the Philippines, we have learned more about starting and maintaining a successful business. We both want to learn more and we think Ideaspace can help us learn more about putting up a tech startup specifically.

Yes, we have had experience working in corporate and that gave us the ability to come up with structured processes and streamlined strategies, but working to build a tech startup requires speed and hustling. For the last five days, it really taught us more about coming up with work fast and taught us how to hustle more! Plus, we have gained a new family! Ms. Diane, Miguel, Goldy, Brenda, Dustin, Ping, and all the other members of the Ideaspace team have really shown that now we are part of their family. It’s such a great feeling! :)

I’ll be writing more about my startup experience and lessons that I have learned in these coming months!

Hustling,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

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The Mind Museum Mobile App (powered by Globe)

I’m so happy that my baby loves going to museums. For her 3rd birthday a couple of months ago, our gift to her was a trip to the museum. She was so happy. We spent the entire afternoon inside The Mind Museum at Bonifacio Global City. We are definitely so lucky that this museum is just a few blocks away from where we live. Because of her love for museums, I actually got her a whole year pass for a discounted price of Php 2250. It’s on discount until July 2016!

I believe that people (not just kids) should give more attention to STEM (Science / Technology / Engineering / Math). I believe that the world has changed so much that all of us need to learn our origins and the basics and as well as explore and discover new things that might eventually lead to something great in the future.

This is the reason why I always encourage my daughter to not to lose that love for museums. Recently, Globe Telecom and The Mind Museum even made all of these — science, discovery, exploration, etc. more fun and more accessible by launching The Mind Museum App. It’s a mobile app which promises an enhanced experience of the museum as you explore and discover gems of information. The app is already available for download on your Android and IOS devices.

 

The Mind Museum App 3

The Mind Museum App 8

One of the things that I love about it is that it gives me bits of information which I get as notification on my phone. I just feel that I get to be a little bit smarter everyday. Plus, I get to share this bit of information with my daughter. She has been so inquisitive lately.

The Mind Museum App 6

It also offers a guide to the exhibit inside the Mind Museum.

The Mind Museum App 5

It also has a few questions that you can use as a point of conversation with your child. I got to think of how homeschooling parents will love these. All they need to do is use the app to look for activities and information to supplement their own curriculum. This is perfect for teachers, too!

The Mind Museum App 4

This portion on experiments is my favorite. My daughter gets bored easily so I always need to stimulate her mind with new activities and exercises that she can do. The Mind Museum app is amazing since it already gives me ideas on what activities to do at home with my little one.

The Mind Museum App 1

 

It was already amazing when Maribel Garcia, TMM Curator and Fernando Esguerra, Globe Citizenship Director mentioned the benefits of the apps during the event, but when I downloaded it and used it, I was really impressed by it. The app is not only for museum-goers but also for teachers and students especially those outside Metro Manila.

Download The Mind Museum app now and see for yourself!

 

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