Archives for August 2015

3 Questions that you can Ask during a Networking Event

I love meeting new people. I get to learn new things and get to build my business contacts. When I was a child, my parents would tell me that the secret to being successful is not what you know, but WHO you know. That may not be entirely true, but I do believe that we should constantly strive to grow our network.

I’m an extrovert, but I know a lot of people who would want to grow their network, but don’t know how and where to start. Let me tell you that you really need to go out and meet people. Lucky for you, Manila Workshops has two amazing and fun networking events that you can be a part of. Click on the images or link below to check out the details!

SPEED NETWORKING NIGHT

Speed Networking Hipster FINAL w venue

RAKET ‘N ROLL

Raket n Roll w- Sponsors

So, okay, you have decided to go. What now? How do you strike up a conversation with a person?

Here are 5 questions that I normally ask during a networking event?

What do you do? With this question, you will already be able to gauge what the person likes doing. Listen carefully and look for common interests. These things can help you continue the conversation.

How did you learn about this event? This is also a good conversation starter. If they learned it from Facebook or Instagram, you can then go on to talk about how people are so connected nowadays. If they learned it from friend, it may be a person that you know. So whatever the reason may be, find ways to continue the conversation.

Why did you come to this event? By knowing this, you may find ways to help the person achieve an objective right away or in the future. If he/she is looking for a business partner, you may be interested or may refer him to a friend that you know who would be into it. The same is true if the person is looking for a Client or a freelancer.

Hope these questions help. The only thing that you need to do though for these two events is to have a great time! Don’t worry to much on what you will say or how you will strike up a conversation. We will take care of all of these things! 🙂 Rest assured that you will build your network if you attend these events!

Hope to see you soon!

5 Ways to Teach Your Kids about Proper Nutrition

Sometimes, kids can be picky and moody especially when it comes to eating. Oftentimes, I get frustrated with my daughter when she doesn’t want to eat. I know a lot of moms feel the same way. I was brought up in a family that ate healthy, so when I was pregnant, I vowed to myself that I would teach my kid to eat healthy, too. I never imagined that it could be this hard! Haha!

As parents, we do know how important eating healthy food is in stabilizing children’s energy, sharpening their minds and managing their moods. Some TV commercials and peer pressure can make getting our kids to eat well seem unimaginable because of all those delicious and tempting treats. Don’t worry! There are steps parents can take into account to impart healthy eating habits without turning mealtimes into warzones!

For tips on proper nutrition, I have turned to the women whom I trust the most for advice. These are the ladies who form my own circle of trust. I trust these women because we have a common belief that we should always choose brands that we trust and those that keep our family healthy and safe.

Eat vegetables!

Eat vegetables!

Make nutritious snacks and safe water available always. Always keep a lot of whole grain snacks, fruits, vegetables and a bottle of Wilkins Distilled Drinking Water around, so whenever they are hungry or thirsty, your kids can just reach for it. Let your kids have easy access to these foods so they’d become used to reaching for healthy snacks instead of empty calorie snacks like cookies, chips and junk food. Also, I choose to have Wilkins Distilled Drinking Water around to prevent dehydration, especially for kids who love moving around. I trust this brand of water because it is safe and clean.  Getting sick, nowadays, is very costly so choosing to go with a brand that you know won’t harm your family is very important.

Have Regular Family meals!

Have Regular Family meals!

Always have regular family meals. For children, there is comfort in knowing that dinner is served at just about the same time every night. I have heard from mom friends that children who undergo the same ‘meal time’ routine are more relaxed while eating and they get to eat a whole lot more. We would try to have a little game where all of us scoop and chew at the same time! Another great time for a family meal is breakfast. I have observed and have read that kids who eat breakfast tend to perform better in school activities. My daughter seems more “in the mood” when she eats before going to school.

Cook more meals and encourage them to always eat at home. Eating home cooked meals is way healthier for the entire family as you know what goes into the food that you eat. Most restaurant meals (I’m not saying all) tend to have more sugar, salt and fat. I am so happy though that there are specialty food stores now that serve amazing salads and healthy stuff.

Always get your kids involved. We can’t deny the fact that kids enjoy helping adults in shopping for groceries, selecting what goes inside their lunchbox and preparing meals. It is also a chance for parents to teach them about the nutritional content of different kinds of foods and to teach them how to properly read food labels.

Always limit portion sizes. Never insist on letting your child finish the food that’s on their plate. Sometimes, we, as parents, think that we know the perfect amount of food that they need. If they say that they are full, try to ask them again if they are done eating. If they say that they’re done, remove the plate. We have trained our daughter to do this so we know when she’s full because she says I’m done. We also know when she’s hungry because she says so.  Also, do not use food as a bribe or reward. Let them eat the needed amount of food they need for each particular meal.

Children can be picky eaters at some point in their lives. Hence, it is a challenge for parents to look for creative and subtle ways on how to encourage their kids to eat healthy. Sometimes making mealtimes playful can mean healthier eating for your kids. Just be patient! Relax and be happy — this will help your kids grow healthier and happier!

For more of my personal tips, please do join me in a conversation over at the Wilkins Distilled Drinking Water Facebook Page. If you have more tips on how to keep your sanity when it comes to making your children eat healthy, let alone eat (period), let me know! I’m sure the whole #WilkinsCircleofTrust community will want to know your tricks, too! Feel free to leave a comment below. Hugs to you all, patient mommas!

Living Truly, Madly, Deeply

If I were to create titles of articles, I would always place ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ after a verb. For example… Live Truly, Madly, Deeply or Love Truly, Madly, Deeply or Learn Truly, Madly, Deeply. You get the idea. I love those words because I believe that it encapsulates everything that a human being needs to be in this world.

Live Truly Madly Deeply

Truly.
Everyone needs to be honest about what they feel, think, act and do. For me internal suffering occurs when one goes against what they know is true. Well, obviously, you can lie about what you really feel and you can deny doing things that you have actually done, but of course, there will be repercussions. Even in business, the people who last, the people who make it are those who are genuine. You can hide but eventually, you’ll be figured out.

Madly.
The world’s crazy! Seriously. But let’s embrace CRAZY, because without it, we won’t have innovations. We won’t have driven people looking for positive change. We won’t have people longing to make a difference. In this world that we live in, those who are madly in love with an idea are the driven ones. These are the ones who can’t sleep and the ones who are crazily obsessed with making the world a better place. They won’t stop until they get things done.

Every morning, when I wake up, I think that if this is the last day I would spend in this world, would I be content with my life. Would I be able to say that I lived — and I mean, REALLY LIVED? We need to be madly in love with LIFE. We need to always be excited to face every day’s challenges.

Deeply.
We sometimes go through life like robots. We oftentimes forget to feel. We forget to breathe. We forget to appreciate the little things that make life worth living. It’s time that we live intentionally — live blissfully (like what my fellow blissmakers would say). Start breathing and start feeling everything. Love and give love.

Are you living truly, madly and deeply? It’s time we do.

 

 

 

Internet Business Master Class with Jon Orana

I love stalking people online. I love stalking my very successful friends online. Oooooh, that sounds creepy, right? But I follow and stalk them because I love studying how they market themselves and what leads them to post this and not that, etc. I love analyzing what strategy or strategies they are currently doing. Hey, if I want to be as successful as they are, I would gladly do what they are doing. If it leads me to achieve financial freedom, then why not do it, right?

One of the people that I follow is my friend, Jon Orana. Jon Orana is a pinoy in Canada and he is the Founder of Negosyo University. Jon Orana is an author, successful entrepreneur, marketing consultant, and a business coach. A former corporate slave himself, he’s now inspiring and teaching people on how to start their dream business so they can escape their 9-5 jobs. He’s the creator of one of the most successful online business training in the Philippines such as Blog Academy, Money Tree System, and Internet Business Master Class. I have personally met this impressive man this year for the Passion into Profits Workshop. Manila Workshops helped him set it up here in the Philippines.

For aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners, for freelancers, for solopreneurs and mompreneurs, I would like to share that Jon will be having his next run of the (Internet Business Master Class. IBMC is a live 8-week online (webinar) mentoring program that teaches Filipinos how to create, sell, and profit by selling e-books and other digital products. Internet Business Master Class also has a small Facebook community where students can have continuous education and support. There are a lot of students who are now making money online who graduated from IBMC. This program is designed to help Filipinos here and abroad.

IBMC

For the details of the program, you can subscribe to his newsletter. By subscribing, you also get a FREE 23-page Guide. It’s a short PDF file that teaches how to start an online business selling e-books and other digital products.

To get this FREE 23 – page Guide to How To Start A Simple Internet Business Selling e-Books, please click on this link (DOWNLOAD NOW) or click on the image below:

In this book, you will discover:
– The top 10 in-demand topics. If you want to sell a lot of e-books, start with these “hot” topics. Page 12
– How to create your own e-book fast without writing a single sentence. Yes! Even if you hate writing, you can succeed in this business. Page 19
– Why this e-book business is better, easier, and more profitable than traditional business like restaurant and retail stores. Page 6
– Jon’s best-kept trade secrets in this business and how he sold over P24 Million in the last 36 months. Page 9
– A simple 3-step process that you can easily follow to succeed in this business. Page 15

I really hope that you download this book. I am seriously considering creating my own eBook, too, after I have read this! How about you? Want to earn millions from selling a digital product?

Cycles and Cradles: 10 Years of Utmost Love and Care

When it comes to loving someone, we need to reach a compromise. That is one of the things that I have learned in my 5 years of marriage. Why do you need to compromise? It is because you are two different and unique individuals with different beliefs, different expectations and different perception on things. But there are things that you need to be clear about and should not be compromise. There is no compromise for giving the best for your baby.

Ever since our daughter was born, we have saw to it that she is given the healthiest and the safest of things. Two of the brands that we have trust and love are Cycles and Cradle. Today, I would like to thank this brand and congratulate them for 10 full years of love and care for us and for our babies.

Cradle

Cradle

I have used and am continuously using Cradle to wash all of my daughter’s plates and utensils. This love for the brand started when I used it to clean the containers, bottles and breastpump parts with this all natural cleanser. It is made from plant extracts therefore it is safe for your baby and toddler. I use it also to clean fruits and vegetables just to make sure that what my toddler eats is safe. I also love the Cradle Toy & Surface Cleaner, because honestly, I am addicted to the smell. I use it to clean our dining room table and to clean my daughter’s toys.

Cycles

Cycles

Cycles is a need. I cannot live without Cycles. I used to get rhinitis a lot and one of the causes (which I later on in life successfully traced!) is strong detergent. Coming from a laundry shop, I would sneeze and sneeze. I noticed that my daughter was sensitive to these kinds of things, too. We have always used Cycles to wash her clothes. Until now, we still use it. It is hypoallergenic and phosphate free. I highly recommend moms to use Cycles until their children are 3 or 4 years of age.

And the newest brand, Cycles Sensitive, is the best brand to use when your babies or toddlers have sensitive skin. I was introduced to the brand in one of the workshops of Manila Workshops and that time, I only bought the insect repellent stickers. I got curious and I found out that the brand has Insect Repellent cream, lotion, baby head-to-toe wash and diaper cream. All of this brand’s product are hypoallergenic, paraben-free and fragrance free.

Cycles Sensitive

Cycles Sensitive

This came in just in time since my daughter is just one who is very ‘kikay’. She loves copying me and follows everything that I do. Her recent discovery is lotion. I’m glad that Cycles Sensitive, I don’t have to worry about her having allergies!

Putting on Cycles Sensitive Lotion

Putting on Cycles Sensitive Lotion

Done!

Done!

I am a brand believer of Cycles, Cradle and Cycles Sensitive and as you can see, we cannot live without their products! I that these brands continue to promote giving utmost love and care for babies. No compromise!

Happy 10 years, Cycles and Cradle!

Reality Check

Here I go again with random thoughts. There are just days like these that make you think. There are just moments like this that shake you and make you realize how off tangent your life is. I always try to be positive, but there are moments when you have to admit that life isn’t perfect and maybe things will never be perfect. Maybe there is no such thing as perfect.

Why do we strive for perfection? Why do we dream of a better life, a better job, a better business, a better marriage, a better figure, better health, a better bank account, etc.? Are these really things that we need to have or are we presented with a standard that we need to attain or at least fulfill? It gets so stressful sometimes. Sometimes, I wonder if people are really what they seem. I wonder if they are true or are just pretending to be something to someone to carry on the show. I wonder if anything in this world is real.

That brings me to the point of reality. What is REAL? Is something real when you see it? We see pictures of happy people on Instagram, Facebook and should we automatically think that they live happy lives? Is that real? If it’s something that you don’t see, such as love or sacrifice or friendship, isn’t that real, too? I just don’t think we’ll ever know if something is real, unless we really try to find out ourselves.

For friends and family, they know that I overthink things sometimes. I do think though that it’s good to do so at times. It makes me really check on myself. Sometimes, I feel tired, and now I know that it’s not only because of the multiple tasks that I have to do. It’s because I strive to be perfect in all aspects of my life. I strive to be the perfect wife to my husband. I strive to be the perfect mom for my daughter. I strive to be the perfect friend. I strive to be the perfect mentor. I strive to be the perfect boss. I strive to be the perfect Ginger. And today, It just hit me once again and I realized that all of these are just fantasies and that no one can be perfect. No one can be the best at everything.

Today, I looked at my daughter and I admire her. I admire her for the strength of character that she possesses. She’s very confident and she knows what she wants. Although she’s just two years old, I think she’ll be stronger than I am. I am thinking that I must be doing something right.

At least, I know that this is real.

FutureYou.ph: Helping you Get Ready for your Future!

I had a short discussion with one of my friends who is currently running a training program and he said that his course, which was engineering, didn’t have anything to do with his line of business. Another friend, who is currently a financial speaker, told me that his engineering degree didn’t have anything to do with what he is doing now. Surprisingly, a lot of my friends ended up in careers that are not related to their college degrees.

I went to a college that was near my house and I chose my course because early on, I knew I wanted to sell consumer products and handle brands (and be a brand manager). That part about choosing the school based on accessibility was probably a practical reason which most of us would consider, with the bad traffic and all. I was lucky that the same school offered a great marketing communications program. But what if I didn’t take marketing? Would I have been competently able to survive the corporate world as a brand manager?

During my time, we didn’t have the Internet to turn to for information. In order to learn more about colleges and universities, we only had the schools where our parents went to as reference and of course, feedback from other people.

There weren’t also a lot of jobs to choose from before. Unlike today, new jobs like digital marketing or digital engineers, virtual assistants, etc. (most of it are alien to us) have emerged and they require a different skillset, like fully understanding SEM, SEO or technical writing. I think that with all of these new jobs and skills requirements, teenagers should really use the Internet to their benefit. They need to be open to exploring and knowing more about different opportunities so they could very well land in a job that is a good match for them.

Making the huge decision on what career to pursue starts during middle school, and so, students need to be exposed to different options (career paths, industries and colleges to choose from) early on in order to help them make the informed career and education decisions.

Futureyou.ph

Lucky for them, there’s a new online tool that would help them on their decision-making process. Futureyou.ph provides a platform that these kids could use to check on the most appropriate career for them. They are also presented with a list of schools they could go to get the required certificate or degree. Futureyou.ph is not a recruitment site. It is a project of the Philippine Business for Education in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Philippines. By telling middle and high school students about Futureyou.ph, we are helping them plan and find a career that matches their skills, goals and interests. It’s a pretty cool site and very user friendly.

Futureyou.ph School Hop 1

Futureyou.ph School Hop 2

Futureyou.ph School Hop 3

 

Futureyou.ph School Hop 5

I was invited to join one of their school hops two weeks ago at Maria Asuncion Rodriguez Tinga High School and it was a great experience. I had a lot of different events that I could have gone to that day, but I decided to go to this one because I knew that these 50 students needed help in making informed decisions about their future. They don’t have access to the same opportunities and information that our kids have or that we have.

I got to interact with the grade 9 students and impart to them the importance of making informed career and education decisions. They were telling me how appreciative they were of us visiting them and telling them about the site since it made them realize that they needed to start thinking about their future now and that there is such a platform that makes the process so much easier for them.

I really hope that when my baby daughter grows up, Futureyou.ph will still be there to lend her support in choosing which career to pursue and which school to go to.

Let’s help the younger generation think about their future! Let’s tell them about Futureyou.ph! 🙂

Pampers gives Moms a Chance to Win Baby’s First Million

I was in a workshop called Insta-speak, where the participants are taught how to say things clearly and simply. One of the activities that we did was to read a children’s story with feelings. In this activity, I realized that one of the things that we, as adults, have taken for granted is the power of imagination. We have been so exposed to the hard realities of life that we think imagining things or dreaming of something big seems useless. Sayang lang ang oras!

Well, personally, I still love dreaming. There is nothing wrong with creating fantasies — with dreaming of a life that we wish we could have, for as long as we don’t over obsess about these dreams. As a mom, one of my ‘fantasies’ is to have a better life for my daughter. I want her to live a life that she wants without having to think of money as an issue. Obviously, I know that one of the tools that I need for my dream to come true is money. I don’t want to be a hypocrite; having funds would definitely make our lives easier. Given Php 1 Million, I know I could achieve and attain the dreams that we have for our daughter easier.

I will do anything for this little one!

I will do anything for this little one!

Guess what? Pampers can make baby’s firsts come true with a chance to win up to P1 million for baby’s first bank account! Yes, with Pampers Baby Dry, you don’t just give baby complete sleep with up to 12 hours of dryness, but you also get a chance to win up to Php 1 million and make your baby’s firsts come true! I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for this!

PAMPERS FIRST MILLION poster 0526-01 with LCP

If you were given 1 Million Pesos, what would you do with it? Personally, this is what I would do with One Million Pesos.

– 50% of the money will go to a mutual fund that we have set up for our daughter. We all know that school tuition fees are so expensive nowadays, so this would really help a lot!

– 25% of the One Million will go a travel fund for Disneyland or for other places that she wants to see. One of the things that we want her to learn from is travelling. We want her to learn from the things that she sees and experiences. Mommy and Daddy will go with her, of course, since she is still young! Haha!

– 12% will go to to her tuition fee for when she starts going to school.

– 7% will go to a fund that she can access when she grows up. She can do anything with the money in that account.

– 5% will go to charity. Early on, we want to teach her to be a caring and kind-hearted individual.

I’m so excited, because joining this contest is so simple! Everyone can join!

Simply buy any Pampers Baby Dry Economy/Value pack/Low counts at participating stores nationwide and check to see if there’s a sticker indicating it is an entry in the promotion. There will be a WINNING TICKET for all the lucky moms out there and it could be a Gymboree GC worth P1,200 consolation prize, or the major prizes including P10,000 worth of bank savings, P50,000 worth of bank savings and a whopping Php 1 million.

Winners can contact Manpower for Advertising Services Agency Inc. at (+632) 335-3518 for instructions on how to claim the prize. Don’t forget to bring the winning ticket, 2 valid IDs, and the official receipt for purchase of Pampers Baby Dry during the redemption. For more details, please watch this video or visit the Pampers Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PampersPh).

My baby uses Pampers Baby Dry and I can attest that she sleeps better and is more active. She loves exploring, nowadays, and I think Pampers really helps in making her feel comfortable. Pampers really helps babies achieve their firsts! I think it’s true what other moms say that Pampers Dry is the best and driest diaper in 10 years. I believe so, because i’ve seen it in action!

Active little girl!

Active little girl!

Would you want to win One Million Pesos from Pampers Baby Dry? What will you do with the one million pesos?