Archives for March 2016

Protecting your Ideas and Work

We had a meeting yesterday with the original creator and author or Zuma. I’m not sure if you, my readers, still know who Zuma is, but he’s the classic Filipino comic character that we have with snakes on his neck. This is the wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuma_(comics). This comic character was created by Jim Fernandez in 1976. It was truly an honor to be in the same room as him!

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In the meeting, I was with my friend and business partner, April, and we were asking him about how he created all these different comics and the stories behind it. We just found out that his creation was not only Zuma, but he had a long cabinet filled with original works and different comics that he created years ago. The meeting with him was an eye opener for me.

In this line of business, I get to meet a lot of people and these people are amazingly talented. The sad thing is that we never hear of these talented and gifted people. Talking about illustrators and comic artists, I’m sure there are a lot of talented individuals and we just don’t get to hear about them. So, if you have a gift that you want to share, please do share it with me! Please, please, please! I will be happy to tell the world about your talent.

So going back, I was thinking of his many works and these are valuable pieces of art. I know that ideas and work as valuable as these need to be trademarked or patented or copyrighted. And yes, there is such a thing as Intellectual Property Theft or IP Theft. To protect your work, Manila Workshops and LifeQuest have come up with this useful and IMPORTANT workshop on Intellectual Property. This coming April 16, join the discussion with IP expert – Atty. Sarah Suguitan, for the lowdown on Copyrights, Trademarks & other tips on how you can safeguard your business, creative ideas and products!

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The workshop is at an affordable rate of Php 850 per person for the EARLY BIRD RATE! Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/startup-hr-toolkit-intellectual-property-and-trademarks

With all of these things, I really hope that we create more original Filipino content. I’d love to sit down with the new breed of comic book artists, too, and check out their work! Just leave a comment when you want to meet up!

Love,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

How to Declutter your Home to Keep your Children Safe

I have been looking at my home since last week and I have really decided to, once and for all, declutter. The new year has got me thinking about my priorities and one of those on the top of my list is the safety of my daughter. She has been growing up to be a very active child and with that, I think it’s best if declutter and clean my home once and for all.

I think the new year is the perfect time to do spring cleaning. Why? We usher in the new year brimming with optimism. I, for one, have this renewed energy and spirit. Each new year seems to offer a clean slate, no matter what age or life situation you are in. Capitalize on that renewed sense of hope this year by setting aside a few days and do an annual check-up of your home, make sure to attend to repairs and maintenance needed to ensure your family’s safety.

I know that I have often times woke up bright and early, then I end up not being able to do anything. I get overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs to get done. Looking at the piles and piles of paper and the handful of big boxes that I have at home, I suddenly don’t know where to start. For those who want to keep their children safe and happy in their home, I have created a guide that you can follow when you want to declutter your home.

Exteriors


Roofing
– If you live in a house, do check on your roofing often. We live in a country where typhoons come often, so it’s advisable to always check that your roof doesn’t have any holes. Check also for rust.

Drainage – When it rains, do puddles stay around your home for a few days? It might be time to clean your gutters. Investigate and see if simply cleaning the gutters will do the trick.

Interiors

Appliances – Check if your fridge is still keeping your food cold. Check also if the refrigerator door closes well. Is your oven door stuck? Set aside time to fix these. Now is also a good time to update the contact numbers of the nearest repair centers.

Plumbing – Check for any possible toilet and faucet leaks and prevent water waste.

Wilkins: Safely store water

 

Stored Food – Check the stock of food and water at home to make sure they’re all stored safely. For distilled water such as Wilkins, maintain its water quality by storing bottles in a dry place, out of direct light, rain, and heat sources. I store my Wilkins bottles also away from chemicals like household cleaners.

Produce such as vegetables, meanwhile, need to breathe. Store vegetables in mesh bags or plastic bags with holes. Keep them dry; dampness encourages bacteria growth.

Check the “use-by” dates of pre-packed foods, too. Discard any pack if the use-by date has already passed. Food that still smells and looks good may already be contaminated (and thus unsafe to eat) if it’s already past its use-by date.

These are some tips that you can start with first when you want to start decluttering your home and keeping it safe for your children. If you have other tips that you want to share, feel free to share that status in social media using #WilkinsCircleofTrust. I will be happy to re-share your tip! It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

GirlStuff RAVE Neon Collection and Solique UV-Glow Gel Top Coat Launch

I’m in my thirties and I still go to RAVE parties! Well, I just went to one, actually and it was because I was really curious to see the new GirlStuff RAVE Neon Collection and the super-duper awesome Solique UV-Glow Gel Top Coat. I was invited by my friend, Nikki Tiu of AskMeWhats.com to be part of this event. Of course, I couldn’t say no to her and to Dr. Janina Gutierrez-Tan, who is the owner of these brands. I have actually gone to one of their launches, Girl Stuff Nail Polish Bloggers’ Elite Summer Collection, and I had a great time so I really wanted to go to this one.

Yours Truly (Ginger) with Dr. Janina Gutierrez-Tan, and blogger friend, Nikki Tiu.

Yours Truly (Ginger) with Dr. Janina Gutierrez-Tan, and blogger friend, Nikki Tiu.

GirlStuff RAVE Neon Polish Summer Collection

GirlStuff RAVE Neon Polish Summer Collection

Celebrate summer with GIRLSTUFF Rave neon Collection! www.girlstufforever.com, SM MOA, North, Megamall, San Lazaro, Glorietta 2 and ALabang Town Center! #iravegirlstuff #girlstuffph #lacquer #polish

Posted by Girlstuff Forever on Sunday, March 20, 2016

So these are the colors of the GirlStuff RAVE Neon Polish Summer Collection.  There are a total of 4 neon shades that have the same GirlStuff promise – Free from harmful chemicals and are made in France.

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These are the hands of blogger friend, Andy from Shimmerjjang.com (That’s why the nails are so nice compared to mine! haha!)

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The cool product that I discovered that day was the Solique UV Glow which is a Gel Top Coat. It glows in black light or UV light! Of course that’s not the only thing that it does. It also increases the shine on any manicure, gives long lasting protection to manicure which prevents chipping, dulling and wear-out.

UV0Glow Top Coat incorporates a photo-initiator that reacts under natrual light with a polymer present in Solique Polishes resulting in the steadfast curing film (Gel manicure). UV-Glow also contains a flourescent brightener which reacts under bright light causing polish to glow!

Try out these products from Girlstuff and Solique! Check out their instagram: @girlstufforever or go to www.girlstufforever.com

How to Show People that you Value Them

I forgot to great you all a Happy Easter! It was a long day for me yesterday. I didn’t get to sleep the other night. I just slept a total of 2 hours, so last night, obviously, my body gave up on me. This is not an excuse, but we should show people that you value them more often. This is what I want to share with you today. Before anything else, check out how cute my little darling was yesterday.

Hawaiian Little Cutie

I didn’t even remember kissing my daughter good night last night. I think I did though.

Who invented kisses and hugs? It’s just so amazing that by doing just these two simple things, you can change the world of someone else. By doing just these two things, you need not say anything else; it just says a lot already on how you feel about the person.

I think in this world, where we are constantly busy and constantly striving to make ends meet, we forget to show people how much they mean to us. I know, because I, too have been guilty of such a thing. It seems pitiful that I’m coming up with a list of things to show people that you value them (haha!), but really, we all need a little reminder once in a while. Here are the things in my list:

#1 – Say good morning and good night
I remember a thing that someone said about making sure that you no matter how busy your are, make sure that as parents, try to be the ones to send off and pick up your kids from school. It makes their day better. So this is also something that we can do for the person you care for. Try to say good morning, right after you wake up and try to say good night, just before sleeping. It really can make their day!

#2 – Try to celebrate with them and be present for special occasions
Yup, show people that you value them on their birthdays especially. I’m not a Valentine’s kind of a girl, neither a Holidays type of a person, but I enjoy and love these times, too, but I do love birthdays. I think we all should and we all do, even if we don’t admit it. It’s that one day in the year that you can be selfish and do whatever you want to do. By spending it with someone you love, even if it’s the day before your birthday with birthday salubongs and all, it just shows these people, your family and friends, how much you value them.

#3 – Do random and unexpected little nice things for them during the day that make them smile
Leave little post its with loving notes for them to see in different places, like in a book, or inside their wallet. Message them sweet and little things that show them how much they mean to you. Make them the first one you call when you receive both good news and bad news. This is what people don’t often get. It’s the little things that matter. People don’t expect that you’ll make grand gestures for them, but little stuff count.

#4 – Initiate and don’t wait

We often just wait for our husbands or boyfriends to take us out on dates. We often wait for our children to hug us, before we hug them back. Don’t wait for the perfect or the last moment before you show the person you love how much you value them. There is no such things as the perfect time. Personally, timing’s not an issue. Don’t be the person who regrets not doing things that you have wanted to do with the person you value or don’t put on hold things that you wanted to say, but was scared to say it because timing was off. Don’t wait to show people that you value them.

#5 – Respect their decisions and Listen

We are different people with different personalities, beliefs, desires and opinions. To show other people we value them, we need to respect their decisions. If we don’t agree with them, it’s okay. Listen to what they have to say. Don’t shut them off too quickly. Then, if you still think that you have a point, reason out with them. Try to reach a compromise, but if that doesn’t happen, just accept the fact that you won’t agree on some things, and just respect their decision.

#6 – Make time for them.

No matter how busy you are or no matter how groundbreaking your and revolutionary your job, career or business it, make time for the people you value.

It is really a fast paced world, and there seems as if there was too little of a time to do all the things that you need and love doing. Show people that you value them. Never delay or postpone things that would make the people you value feel special though, or it may be too late.

Fire Prevention Month

There have been a lot of frill drills in our area lately and this is actually something good. I love that our community thinks of these kinds of things. Our homes are our safe havens. They hold the people most precious to our hearts. That’s why it’s important to always be on top of the situation when it comes to keeping our homes safe and secure. Since March is Fire Prevention Month, it’s the perfect time to check our homes for any possible fire hazards.

Here are some basic tips that can help you attain the peace of mind of having a fire hazard-free home:

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  1. Prepare a family go-bag in case of fire/emergencies, including essentials like medicines, snacks and clothes. Of course bottled water is important. To be sure it’s clean and safe, go for distilled water like Wilkins. For emergencies, it’s best to go with trusted brands
  2. Remind kids about dangers of fire. – Keep matches and lighters stored and away from their prying hands and curious eyes. Help kids understand that if they play with fire, they might end up hurting themselves, other people, and destroy things and even homes besides.
  3. Keep your kitchen safe. – Talking about eyes, keep an eye on the grill or when cooking or frying anything using an open flame.
  4. Remove fire hazards. – Curtains, towels, and any furniture that can catch fire should ideally be 3 feet from heat sources.
  5. Invest in a fire extinguisher. – Especially if a significant part of your home is made up of wood. You can buy one at your friendly neighborhood home depot but do ask for assistance when buying one. You have to consider the type of fire extinguisher to buy, and you also have to know how to use it.
  6. Create a fire escape plan. – Let’s hope that it never happens, but if a fire does occur, everyone must know the fastest and easiest way to escape. This is important especially since, according to the American Red Cross, you may only have two minutes to escape should a fire break out.

 

Do you have any other fire prevention tips? Sharing these tips and talking about it will go a long way in keeping people safe and free from harm. We’d love to hear them at the Wilkins Facebook Page. Please don’t forget to use #WilkinsCircleofTrust so that we all can follow your amazing tips!

 

Tech Babies who Pitch

Two days ago, the fastest and one of the most important 3 minutes of our lives happened. During that day, our team had to deliver a 3 minute pitch for the Philippines Qualifiers for Echelon Summit Asia 2016. We didn’t even expect to be part of the top entries in the Philippines, since we really didn’t have any basis on what the judges were looking for. This was the first time that we were going to pitch after several years. Looking at the list of startups, we felt like babies pitted against the pros who have done this several times before. All we had were the business experience of each member of the team, confidence and a lot of preparation. It may seem very trivial to spectators, but let me help you understand how important these pitches are for startups.

Echelon Asia Summit Philippine Qualifiers

Pitching is basically summarizing the time and effort spent in your business in 3 minutes. We started conceptualizing our business late last year, but some of these businesses have even been in the industry for a year and already gaining revenue. We have gone through brainstorming, idea generation, choosing what brand or product name to go with, purchasing hosting or even dedicated servers. We have gone through hours and hours of coding to create product prototypes and user friendly websites. We have gone through market analysis, market strategies, market research. We have analyzed the market sized and have come up with the best business model that we could think of after deciding that thinking about it too much caused analysis-paralysis. We have gone through all those and more and in pitches, they expect us to relay all of these things that we have done in 3 minutes. Can you just imagine that?

Taxumo Pitch

Ej, CEO of Taxumo.com

Echelon Summit Asia

Pitches open doors. Startups pitch business ideas for different reasons. They pitch because they want funding and pitches shows investors a little bit about who and what you are as an entity. Some startups use it to validate ideas and some use it as a testing ground to learn more and to improve their product by hearing what the investors and judges have to say.

Lyle from Cape

Lyle, CEO of Cape

 

As mentioned. we haven’t attended a pitch since 2010 and this is the first time again that we are actively joining this scene. I haven’t been in touch with this industry for several years, but since two years ago, I have joined friends who wanted to make a difference by putting up a tech startup. And recently, I have become even more attracted to this community and I’m beginning to love it.

Carlo of Klaseko.com

Carlo of Klaseko.com

As far as I have seen, people are very nice and are willing to share ideas and input that would further improve your product. They are also very helpful and are willing to share contacts for resources that you might need. Of course, you still have to protect you ideas, but so far, I’m loving the vibe of the Philippine Tech Startup Scene.

Taxumo Team: EJ - CEO, Ginger - CMO and Dex - Lead Developer

Taxumo Team: EJ – CEO, Ginger – CMO and Dex – CTO

What I have noticed is that a lot of Filipinos have new and great ideas and not a lot of them have access to things like these pitches. I have been helping my fellow entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs come up with solid business plans and marketing strategies for a couple of years now and it was only recently that I got to absorb and see with my own eyes what articles or what people meant when they said that the Philippines is the up and coming startup scene in SEA. I have my own start ups in the Philippines and it was just fairly recent that I got to realize that there are already quite a number of incubators, angel investors, venture capitalist who are willing to invest in startups with good, unique and revenue generating ideas.

I highly recommend people to check out this industry and if you have new ideas, just go and check out its feasibility and its potential.

 

The Grand Easter Feast

Time flies so fast. I barely even noticed that Holy Week is about to end with the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus this Easter Sunday. What are your plans for this week? I love staying home during these days because it allows me to reflect and the entire mood and vibe of this week encourages silence and thinking about your life and how have you faired in this world.

On Sunday though, I will be bringing my daughter to an Easter Egg hunt event. She hasn’t experienced one and I think she will now get to appreciate it. But before going to this Easter Egg Hunt event, why don’t you join me as we join the Grand Easter Feast (GEF) 2016, which will happen on Easter Sunday, March 27.

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The GEF will have two sessions: 8:00 AM – 12:00 NOON (morning session) and 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (afternoon session).

Grand Easter Feast 2

As we celebrate the year of mercy, we realize that one of God’s greatest gifts to us is His forgiveness. Our Easter celebration invites us to understand the depth of God’s mercy and breathe in His love, so that we may, in turn, extend mercy and love to other people.

In the Grand Easter Feast, there will be an Easter Mass by Fr. Joel Jason and Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite, life-changing talks by Bo Sanchez, Fr. Bob McCognaghy and Monching Bueno, and powerful worship by the Kerygma Worship Team. You definitely don’t want to miss this!

Tickets are only at PHP 200.00. You can buy your tickets now at www.smtickets.com or at any SM Tickets outlet nationwide.

On Business and on Mutual Funds: Mutual Fund Awareness Week

Working has opened my eyes to a lot of things. I loved working, but the problem is, with working, there is a cap on what you can financially achieve for yourself and for your family. Earnings increase only when you get promoted or when you get bonuses. Working for a bank really helped me a lot in seeing the value and importance of saving and investing. We are lucky that there are different kinds of investment vehicles that we can use to grow our funds.

Business is something I want to earn from. Business is a form of investment, but it is an active investment. You need to put in time and effort in order to reap financial rewards. What I like about a business is that the more you put in these things, the higher the likelihood that you will achieve greater financial rewards and there is no ceiling on how much you can earn. I like it also because I know that as I grow older, I want something to keep me busy and something that would practice my brain (too much Grey’s Anatomy! haha!).

But I also use another kind of vehicle that I use for my investments. It’s called Mutual Funds. A mutual fund is an investment vehicle that makes you invest with other people (pool funds together) so that you can invest it on securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets. What I like about Mutual Funds is that the minimum investment is normally just around Php 5000 and you can just add and add without having to worry about the funds. This is because mutual funds are operated by money managers, whose main responsibility is to manage the pooled funds to help us, investors, earn income from the funds that we put in.

Sounds interesting? 🙂 Lucky for you! You can learn more about Mutual Funds during this one day celebration of Mutual Funds Awareness Week (I didn’t even know this existed until recently!). You can attend the free sessions that will be put up by the Philippine Investment Funds Association or PIFA on April 9, 2016.

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All you need to do is to sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/pifa-mutual-fund-awareness-week-2 It’s free, so why not take advantage of this?

Let’s learn more about Mutual Funds! See you on April 9!