Archives for April 2015

Basic Yaya Training Sessions Starts on May 2

A lot of hullabaloo on how yayas and helpers are treated were brought up in the past month. I was recently interviewed in a mommy magazine on how we should deal with them. My answer was to treat them as people. Yayas, helpers, kasambahays, or however they are called are still human beings like us. They deserve the same respect and love that we give to others.

I know of a lot of people who complain about abusive and disrespectful behavior from their helpers. I, too, have been a victim of these kinds of people. But, again, to that I say, we cannot generalize. I have had my yaya for two years plus now and the ride with her (like any relationship) is not perfect. We have gotten into arguments before. She has gotten into arguments with my husband. But, what I think led her to stay is that we treated her fairly and we treated her with respect. We treated her like how we would treat a family member. We love our yaya and I hope she stays with us.

During her stay, I have had her attend workshops before so that she could increase her knowledge. I believe that even our helpers should be given the opportunity to grow as individuals. They should be given the opportunity to learn more about what they do best or even about things that would make their life comfortable.

With this, I invite you to sign them up for the Basic Yaya Workshops for 2015. These sessions are brought to you by Manila Workshops, VentureLab, Mothercare and Ready to be Rich.

Basic Yaya Training Workshops 2015

Basic Yaya Training Workshops 2015

Register them now by going to this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/basic-yaya-training

If you have questions, you can contact fia.cortezano@manilaworkshops.com 🙂

First Episode of GTV! Let’s all Love the Leap!

I have launched my own YouTube channel last April 8! Yehey! I, of course, forgot to tell you, my dear MommyGinger.com readers. I have just been so busy lately. How busy? I hibernated yesterday (that busy!). I slept at 6pm and got up at 9 am the next day. I haven’t slept like that ever — EVER! But  anyway, back to the topic. This is something that is very, very important to me.

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I’m so happy that I have finally launched it! I have prepared for a very long time for this. I didn’t expect that creating videos can take so much time and effort. I thought it was just something like uploading a video from my phone, but since we (the team) want to give you great content, we took the time to edit it and make it really informative.

I know how hard it is to finally take that leap into entrepreneurship. It takes a lot of guts and planning. I know that for those who do not have experience handling a business or for those who didn’t get to have any business subjects back in college, this would even be harder.

I created GTV so that I can share with you my experiences and so that other people can also share what they have learned and share their own experiences, too.

Here is episode 1 of GTV Channel where I talk about the purpose of GTV.

I hope that you can subscribe to GTV Channel (http://bit.ly/gtvchannel) and please tell your friends about it! Also, please comment on this page and leave questions that you would want me to answer in one of the videos. Also, if you want to be featured or if you want your brand to be featured, please contact me at contact@gingerarboleda.com.

vRush from VOffice

It is so hot these days! This morning, I took a taxi to go to a coffee shop that was just few blocks away. I could have walked, but I didn’t want to feel icky for that meeting. I avoid going out of the house to go to banks, meetings, etc. I miss those days when I was still working when you could just ask “manong” or service staff to run errands for you. But of course, since my business can’t afforf to hire anyone to do those errands, little ol’ me needs to do these things personally.

I was just thinking about this dilemma this morning and then viola! Just like a message from heaven, vOffice emails me to tell me of this service where you can actually have your very own courier service, and it’s called vRush. This service is being offered to vOffice Philippines clients as an extra service within vOffice. It is also being offered to non-clients already.

For more details, this brochure can give you more information on vRush!


vRush from vOffice

 

I love all the perks and the additional services that the vOffice team comes up with to make our lives as entrepreneurs and business owners better and more convenient. If you are not yet a member, sign up using the link on this page (http://voffice.com.ph/jumpstart-gingerarboleda/) and get an additional 2 months (valued at Php 7,840) when you signup for any Virtual Office plan today.

Brand Yourself — Personal Branding Workshop!

I have been asked by a lot of bloggers and freelancers on how I get to successfully bring in brands for my site and for my business. Recently, I have signed up for three brands as a digital endorser. This is aside from the other projects that I have with other brands. Do you want to know the secret? Well, one of the secrets is to really build a good and solid PERSONAL BRAND. I have built my brand as an as an entrepreneur, business and marketing coach, because it is what was in line with my dream of helping build businesses here in the Philippines.

Personal branding does not just mean creating a great logo or knowing what your blog is about or what services will you offer as a freelancer or as a small business. It goes beyond that. You and your business or the services that you render are connected and you cannot separate who you are as a person with what you want to do. It makes sense and it can even make you more successful if you build on something that you are passionate about and this is where all the tips about doing what you are passionate about comes from. It’s easier to build your personal brand if you are pursuing something that you love and something that you want to do for the rest of your life!

I highly recommend that you sign up for the Personal Branding workshop this May 16 and 23. You can opt to attend just one of the two classes but of course, you will benefit more if you attend both classes.

Personal Branding Workshop

Personal Branding Workshop

On the second day, May 23, I will be sharing the brand story of Manila Workshops and will be a part of the panelist together with my good friend Nikki Tiu of AskMeWhats.com and of course, the famous Shobiz Bro.

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I hope that you can attend this workshop. I know that you will really learn a lot from this!

To sign up, please visit: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/personal-branding

If you have branding questions, feel free to leave a comment below!

The First Angat Pilipinas Financial Literacy Awards

I think that each one of us should have a personal mission — a mission that would eventually make the world a better place. My mission of helping people launch their own successful businesses, I believe, goes hand-in-hand with the group that I recently joined. This group’s mission is to spread the word on saving and smartly investing money. This group is called Angat Pilipinas Coalition for Financial Literacy. This group aims to start with educating three segments of our society: OFW families, the creative professionals and student and youth groups.

I believe that understanding how to intelligently handle your money helps in fulfilling that dream of creating a successful business. I think that those who know how to handle their money well will have an advantage because of a trait that these people possess. I think these people possess the discipline that is required of them.

Personally, I think that a big chunk of what made people succeed is discipline. It takes a lot of self-motivation and control for you to be disciplined enough to follow a saving pattern that will eventually get you to that financial goal that you want to achieve. It also takes the same attitude to get you to start and continue with the business that you want to get into. I have seen a lot of guides on how much to save, when to save, where to save, etc. We even have financial workshops that help you understand all these concepts and terms, but what I saw and what I keep on noticing is that those who have that drive and motivation and discipline to keep at whatever it is that they want to do are those that succeed.

A big part in keeping people motivated is getting support from the people around them. If you really plan to start a business or save up or invest regularly, it’s good to surround yourself with individuals who will inspire you and motivate you. Angat Pilipinas is one group that you can join. I have made great friends in this organization and I wish them more success in achieving their mission!

Thank you for inviting me to be one of your Advocacy Consultants and a presenter for the first Angat Pilipinas Financial Literacy Awards night!

 

Angat Pilipinas Financial Literacy Awards

Angat Pilipinas Financial Literacy Awards

Me and Angat Pilipinas Chariman, Burn Gutierrez, presenting the award for Financial Institution of the Year

Me and Angat Pilipinas Chariman, Burn Gutierrez, presenting the award for Financial Institution of the Year

Me, Fitz Villafuerte and Marvin Germo at the Angat Pilipinas Financial Literacy Awards Night

Me, Fitz Villafuerte and Marvin Germo at the Angat Pilipinas Financial Literacy Awards Night

Sen. Bam Aquino during the Angat Pilipinas Financial Literacy Awards

Sen. Bam Aquino during the Angat Pilipinas Financial Literacy Awards

Joey Ayala during the Angat Pilipinas Financial Literacy Awards

Joey Ayala during the Angat Pilipinas Financial Literacy Awards

Check on What Encouraged Me to Cook!

I don’t cook and I think it’s because of these things…

1) I avoid reading recipes. I think that recipes are complicated. In my mind, recipes are like really long and hard to understand manuals (although, a lot of mom friends tell me that there are simple recipes).

2) I am afraid the I might burn the house.

3) I fear the the ingredients that I will use might be wasted since my dish will turn out yucky.

I can’t believe that I have these hang-ups. If I had my friends with me, they would say na para akong TIME magazine… and daming kong issues. But last week, when I attended the Clara Ole event, they stressed on the fact that everyone can cook. Of course, I am miss competitive so I really wanted to see if, someone like me, with no experience in cooking dishes (the most that I’ve gone is to boil eggs and to fry hotdogs), can actually cook an edible dish using Clara Ole products.

The Clara Ole Event

Clara Ole Potluck Food fest

I went to the Clara Ole event and I went because I really love their Kung Pao Premium Pasta Sauce. When we have guests at home and we need to serve something, I really prefer to buy this brand because they have such unique flavors. For those who are not familiar with the different products that Clara Ole has, check this out!

Clara Ole Products

Clara Ole Products

During the event, aside from getting to know the products of Clara Ole, we got to meet their new brand endorser, who is none other than Amy Perez – Castillo. During the event, Amy went through a meal that she cooks for her own family. It was really simple and fast, which made me more curious if I can actually cook by myself, too.

Clara Ole's new Endorser, Amy Perez Castillo

Clara Ole’s new Endorser, Amy Perez Castillo

Another announcement that they had was that Clara Ole will let everyone experience using Clara Ole products. This will be done by holding the Potluck Foodfest. The Potluck Foodfest will be a series of eight themed potluck mini parties at condo residences. The first one was held last April 25. Clara Ole will be going around different condos of different personalities, who will then invite their neighbors, family, and friends to share their own signature dish using Clara Ole. Aside from recipes, they will get to share time and space-saving tips, hacks and helpful information to make fast-paced living a little bit easier.

Let the Challenge begin…

Okay, when I got home, I was excited to try out one of the sauces of Clara Ole. Taking from what Amy Perez – Castillo said to use ingredients that are already available in the house, I checked our refrigerator and the kitchen cabinets. I went through the simple recipes at the back of the packaging of the sauces and found that I could very well use the Cheesy Pesto.

I prepared the garlic, sardines (since I didn’t have tuna), olives, added capers even and had the pepper and salt within reach. I followed the recipe and voila, I got to single-handedly cook this…

The First Dish that I ever cooked alone!

The First Dish that I ever cooked alone!

Believe me when I say I haven’t cooked any dish on my own my whole life and this is really something that I am proud of! What I am happy about, too, is that I didn’t burn the house down and my family loved it! Check how much my daughter loved this.

My Baby loved my Pasta!

My Baby loved my Pasta!

Clara Ole has truly shown me and everyone that they can cook with its #ClaraOlePotluck. Even when we have no clue on what to do or even when we are in a hurry, we can still prepare and enjoy a hearty meal at home in no time. And because of this, we get to have more family time and self-time, too. Clara Ole’s convenient food products are ready for anyone to try, and are available in leading supermarkets nationwide.

For more exciting news on what else Clara Ole has in store for everyone, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MyClaraOle and follow their Instagram and Pinterest accounts @ClaraOlePH. Also, post a photo of your Clara Ole-infused meals and cooking tips and tag them using the hashtags #ClaraOlePotluck and #diskartips!

Pampers Celebration of Firsts with Pampers Baby-Dry

I love surprises and I love it even more when the surprise that I receive are from brands that I truly love and trust. So today, I was reminded on how much I love surprises! Pampers sent me this huge box that showed the Pampers Baby-Dry cover. It looked like one big pack of diapers. It was actually a little cabinet that contained lots of diapers that Zeeka could wear.

I wasn't the only one who was happy with this Pampers Big Delivery!

I wasn’t the only one who was happy with this delivery for Pampers Celebration of Firsts!

My daughter loving this delivery!

My daughter loving this delivery!

About Pampers Baby-Dry

I got a lot of questions when I posted about being a digital ambassador for Pampers Baby-Dry. Here are the features of Pampers Baby Dry:

Features of Pampers Baby-Dry

Pampers Baby-Dry gives up to 12 hours of skin dryness for complete sleep. We know how we, moms, value the importance of good sleep for our babies. Also, aside from long hours of sleep, I appreciate a diaper that can help keep my baby dry for long hours as we do the things that we need to finish. It has Magic Gel that absorbs and locks-in up to 7 wettings.

Pampers Baby-Dry gives all around breathability (wraps your baby in comfort) and it has a soft touch-dry layer that quickly absorbs wetness. What I love about it also is that it has stretchy tapes. Babies, like my daughter who have sensitive skin, need not worry about the “pantals” that they get on their waists as this diaper is very comfortable. It also has a wetness indicator that turns blue when the nappy is wet.

To make more moms happy and to celebrate this wonderful journey of firsts, the world’s no.1 diaper brand Pampers recently headed to the hospitals of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to surprise moms and newborn babies with a gift that can help them enjoy brighter, happier days ahead – the all-new Pampers Baby Dry!

Mr and Mrs Sevilles

Mr and Mrs Sevilles accepted their gift from Pampers!

 

To join in on Pampers Celebration of firsts and if you want to try out out these diapers that I got from Pampers Big Delivery, you can go to lazada.com.ph and buy Pampers Baby Dry at 20% off until supplies last.

 

Craft Buffet

I’m really excited for this event at Mckinley Tuscany!

Summer time is just weeks away and our mind is filled with all of the fun activities we want to do with our loved ones. Getting that bronzed skin goal, having new places to explore and beach hopping would ultimately make our summer memorable!

But, wouldn’t it be more fun to do something different and creative this year?

Memory Crafters together with Megaworld Corporation thought of creating a summer-themed event entitled Craft Buffet. A series of arts & crafts workshops this April! A variety of arts & crafts workshops from Manila’s experienced and famous artists, enjoy and shop at our arts & craft booths, indulge scrumptious array of dishes from world-class restaurants and acoustic sessions with bands and singers!

For April 12, Josh Villena of Autotelic will serenade you while you craft, dine and shop!

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Here is the list of what you can do at the Craft Buffet!

THE ART OF DOODLING
This summer, be part of this wonderful workshop and know the basics of doodling with the famous and experienced artist, Nelz Yumul of WeeWillDoodle. Get to learn his awesome techniques and secrets on how he magnificently create a neat and colorful doodle!

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About WeeWillDoodle
In 2007, WeeWillDoodle was formed as a break from our corporate lives. It has always been a way for us express ourselves freely by random lines and characters. Doodling is the first step for us in creating a final artwork. It starts from traditional line art or a painting and may finish digitally. We love the performance aspect to it that we have strived to perfect it through our camaraderie and uniformity, which can be manifested through our strokes and lines. Weewilldoodle is not an individual. It is a group, sometimes a movement which tells us that all of us can CREATE and COLLABORATE.

Workshop fee: P 2000 (Inclusive of module, workshop kit, food and freebies!)
Venue: Lucky Burger’s, Unit RJ-JRM Building 5, Tuscany at McKinley Hill, Taguig
Date: April 19, 2015; 1:00 PM

RUBBER STAMPING
You know you’re addicted to crafty and cute memory keeping activities if different kinds of DIY rubber stamps gets you excited. Or, you are probably just astounded and curious on how to make and design one.

Worry no more, because our first run would be fun! Learn how to create and design your own rubber stamp from scratch. Choose a design (or you can just follow the module) and design your journals!

Rubber stamp making

Workshop Fee: P 2000 (Inclusive of module, workshop kit, food and freebies from our sponsors!)
Venue:Sophie’s Mom, Tuscany, Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City
Date: April 19, 2015 | 1:30 PM

DESIGN YOUR OWN TOTE BAG
What a better way to have a crafty and creative summer is to have the chance to design your own canvass tote bag!

Learn with our DIY Goddess, Nica Cosio on how to design your own tote bag from scratch! (Pegs and inspirations are included on your module.)

Tote Bag Making

Workshop Fee: P 2000 (Incusive of module, workshop kit, food and freebies from our sponsors!)
Venue:Milky Way, Tuscany, Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City
Date: April 19, 2015 | 3:00 PM

About Nica Cosio
Nica Cosio is a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful girls. She is also a freelance graphic artist and illustrator. During her free time (mostly when her children are napping) she occupies herself with arts and crafts which she writes about and shares on the blog she keeps with her husband (www.carlosandveronica.net). She loves to read, make art with her children, and throw DIY parties.

BASIC BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY
A lot of people are ultimately into Calligraphy lately, from basics to modern and colorful lettering. They are literally everywhere. That’s why we are giving this opportunity to people who want to learn how to beautifully stroke and make Instagram-worthy masterpieces! Learn the basics, tips and tricks and awesome techniques from Charmaine!

Brush calligraphy

About Charmaine
Charmaine is an adventurer by day, time lord by night. She’s a creative, go-getter and wants to explore the world one adventure at a time. She’s also an experienced calligrapher and have a huge following on Instagram. www.sharkmaine.com

Workshop Fee: P 2000 (Incusive of module, workshop kit, food and freebies from our sponsors!)
Venue: Marciano’s, Tuscany, Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City
Date: April 19, 2015 | 3:30 PM

Buy a Ticket now at http://manilaworkshops.com/events/craft-buffet Limited slots available!