Archives for March 2016

Let’s Celebrate Philippine Heart Month!

February is usually associated with hearts, lovers, and Valentine’s Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that February is also observed in many countries – including the Philippines – as Heart Month. In this month, where the aim is to promote heart disease awareness and overall wellness, let’s show some love in the home by taking care and preparing an important health tool: the family medicine kit.

Here are a few top tips:

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1. Check all medications to ensure that they’re all still up-to-date and safe to consume. – Throw away those that have expired already. It might feel like a waste, but taking pills past their expiration dates is never a good idea. Set a regular schedule for doing this to prevent further wastage. Hey, doing this step also shows love to the family budget! 😉

2. Trust only medicine, food, or drink that are prescribed by your child’s pediatrician – It’s so tempting to self-medicate, what with all these information readily available at our fingertips (hello Google!). It’s still best to consult medical and nutrition matters with trusted experts, though. They know your child’s unique issues and can offer the best professional advice. For example, for food/medicine our pedia advised… And for my kids’ water needs, we use only Wilkins distilled water because I keeps me at ease and I know that the water she takes in is safe and clean. Feel free to ask them any concerns you might have about your child’s health as well.

3. Make sure you know how your child’s medications interact with each other. – Some kids need to take more several medications on a regular basis that it becomes hard to keep up with the dosages and indications of each. More so if new medications have been added to the mix. If this is the case with your child, then you might want to gather all his/her prescription medications, OTCs, and multivitamins in a bag to show during his/her next medical appointment. This will enable the healthcare professional to screen the medications for potential duplication of therapies, side effects, or interactions.

It pays to know what your body is absorbing. I am very particular about this and I really want my family to take only the safest and the trusted brands, like Wilkins for water. Do you have any other tips to share? Feel free to join us in our conversation at the Wilkins Facebook page. Talk to you there!

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Padyak Para Kay Caitie

Yesterday, I watched an episode of Grey’s Anatomy that just broke my heart. It was a little girl of 6 with a terminal disease. I couldn’t stop crying. Watching this episode made me remember Courageos Caitie and an email that I have received from a lady names Melly a few days ago. Honestly, I am drowning with stuff to do now, but I know that wouldn’t forgive myself if I failed to tell others about this.

The lady who emailed me is Melly Ng. She’s a triathlete that will take on 12 Hours of Indoor Cycling for the Benefit of Caitlyn Soleil Lucas or Caitie. On March 13, Sunday, Melly will attempt to complete 10 consecutive Sufferfest sessions, a collection of high intensity cycling interval training programs presented in an instructional video. The entire attempt makes up to a total of 12 hard hours of continuous indoor cycling.

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The goal of this fundraising activity is to raise the highest amount possible to help Caitie and her family handle Caitie’s rising hospital expenses. The event will be held at WattUp Indoor Cycling Studio, 36-B Scout Ybardolaza St., Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City.

You might be wondering who Caitie is. Courageous Caitie is a three-year-old who has recently been diagnosed with JMML, a rare form of leukemia, after three previous diagnoses which were eventually ruled out. She’s been in the hospital for 60+ days and counting and has undergone multiple tests and procedures that would make adults 10x her age cringe.

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The expenses that her hospital stay (both in Manila and now in Singapore, where she is currently being treated) plus procedures have incurred are soaring, and her parents and relatives would gladly appreciate any monetary support that people could extend to them.

Let’s all help raise the highest amount possible to encourage Caitie and her family to continue fighting this tough battle.

Click on the link below to fill out the donation form and know the many donation options that you have to help this family.

There are Two (2) Steps to Donate:

1. Fill-up the online donation form: https://goo.gl/S0Rm2P
– This will help us track the donations and thank you appropriately.

2. On the form, select a donation type:
– Pledge Php100.00 per cycling video (Melly will do 10cycling videos in 12 hours).
– Donate a Fixed Amount – choose to donate however much you are willing to share.

Donation may be made via bank deposit (BDO/BPI/Chinabank) OR through the gofundme account set for Caitie (ideal for overseas donations). Details will be provided upon form submission.

There’s also a space allotted on the form should you wish to send words of encouragement to Caitie. We will collate these messages and forward them to the Lucas family after the event. 🙂

 

For questions and other details, you may send an email to padyakparakaycaitie@gmail.com

For fundraising event updates, please follow the event page: https://web.facebook.com/events/194331837597232/194382144258868/

To follow Catie’s inspiring story and her courageous battle with a rare form of leukaemia, pleas like: Facebook.com/courageouscaitie

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Interview with Entrepreneur Cheryl Serafico of Cheri Handicrafts

I haven’t personally met Cheryl, the entrepreneur behind Cheri Handicrafts, but I wanted to share with you my interview with her. She is one of those entrepreneurs whom you know will inspire a lot of people, because she just speaks from the heart. When the heart talks, it’s different — it just hits you and inspires you.

About Cheryl

Cheryl is a mother of two little angels and a wife to husband Carlo whom she met in high school. “My inspiration for my crafts is my eldest Child (Czy) who is hearing impaired. We discovered it when she was 3. Akala namin huli na ang lahat para sa kanya (We thought that we couldn’t do anything about it). During the first year after we discovered her condition, we were always thinking of the challenges and trials that she will have to encounter. But from that experience, we trusted God more and realized that you just need to accept what He has given to you.”

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Cheryl started making scrap materials into beautiful, useful things in high school. “In 2010, when I gave birth to Czy, I also started planning for her christening and 1st Birthday. I started creating handmade cupcake towels as souvenir to lessen the expenses since my husband was the only one who was working at that time. I posted it online and that was the start of my small business, but at that time, we it wasn’t something that I would do constantly.”

In January 2012, Cheryl and Carlo decided to get married. When they both searched for suppliers, the lack of funds drew them to consider creating some items by themselves for their wedding. Cheryl read from a forum that handmade bouquets are easy to do, so she started creating her entourage flowers out of felt fabric. After finishing it, she posted it on Facebook and a friend of hers ask if she could make her Bridal and Entourage flowers, too. Without any hesitation, Cheryl said yes, and she was her first customer. The rest was history.

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The interview with Entrepreneur Cheryl of Chery Handicrafts

Ginger: What is your brand/business?
Cheryl: Cheri Handicrafts offers fabric bouquets, wedding accessories and event styling. We started making handmade products since Nov. 2010, while we started making handmade flowers in 2012. We use different types of fabric materials like felt fabric, satin, chiffon, lace, brooch, paper, clay, rubber and wood.

Ginger: Who is your market? Why did you choose this market?
Cheryl: Our market are those who are Newly-Engaged and clients who want to style their events based on a particular chosen theme. Since the time we started this business during our own wedding preparation, we just kept at it and continued doing the business. We really think God lead us to this field.

Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?
Cheryl: Since I am a crafter by heart, I want to show to other crafters that we can also build a good business out of crafting. Sa panahon ngayon specially homebased-moms hirap maghanap ng extra income to fulfill the needs of the family. Parang ang laking factor ng merong pinagkakaabalahan tayong mom’s while taking care of our children.

Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming an Entrepreneur? What are these?
Cheryl: Yes. Nung mas pinili kong maging fulltime mom and crafter kesa maging isang empleyado. It was really hard at first pero God lead me to the right path.

Ginger: What are three traits that you think an Entrepreneur should have when starting their own business?
Cheryl: Patience, love your passion and don’t stop learning.

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Ginger: Unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as an Entrepreneur
Cheryl: Well, one thing I learned from being an Entrepreneur is to build good relationships with all your clients. If they feel important and genuinely cared for, they will refer you to other people.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Entrepreneurs?
Cheryl: Use the skills and the talent that God has given you. Be patient. Learn from all your mistakes; these are the things that will help succeed.

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Ginger: Do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?
Cheryl: Yes. Strongly agree.

Ginger: How do you market your products?
Cheryl: I promote through my Facebook page. I also offer budget package and freebies to confirmed clients. I post photos of my finish products everyday so that people will see that i’m hands-on.

Ginger: Thank you Cheryl for agreeing to be interviewed! I wish you all the best. I know one of your dreams is to have your own workshop. Don’t worry, Cheryl! Fate must have brought us together! Cheers!

Contact information of Cheri Handicrafts

Email address: cherihandicrafts@gmail.com
Mobile Number: 09255524374
Facebook Page: Cheri Handicrafts
Twitter account: cherihandicraft
Instagram account: Cherihandicrafts
Pinterest: Cheri Handicrafts

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The Importance of a Life List

It’s 5:00 am and I know I should be sleeping, but for some reason, I couldn’t sleep again. So I did the inevitable and got my laptop and now, I’m writing this after looking through my life list. For a few days now, I have been busy with a lot of tasks for the different businesses that I have, so I haven’t had time to write. It’s been bugging me. I’m glad that the universe found a way to give me this time for writing.

Yesterday, on our way home, I was filled with energy and gusto for life. I was telling my husband that I think there is not enough hours in a day for all the work that I want to accomplish. I was telling him how excited I am for Monday, when I could start working again. I never felt anything like this when I was still employed. I know that this may sound crazy, but really, I never had the same zest for doing something greater.

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Anyway, I think this zest, this passion, or whatever you want to call it, may be the reason why I am up this early. I woke up and I just wanted to grab my laptop and work or blog. When I opened my computer, I was drawn to read my life list. As I was reading it, I realized that there were a lot of things that I wanted to remove and I wanted to add. I realized something more important, too, that a lot of the things there were things that I wanted to do for others and not really something for myself. I realized that this was true for those that I have already accomplished and for those that I have yet to accomplish.

Looking through my life list gave me the renewed passion that I have for life. It gave me a clearer picture of who I am as a person and what I really want to achieve or do with my life. I highly recommend that you create your own list.

Here is my list: http://mommyginger.com/my-life-list

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Government Benefits for Entrepreneurs and Freelancers

A lot of employees may take it for granted, but companies in the Philippines are compelled by law to invest in their health and future.

Take SSS, for example: out of the monthly contribution rate which is 11% of the monthly salary, Philippine employers are required to pay 7.37%, while the employee only pays 3.63%.

At retirement (usually around 60 years old), the employee will get the highest amount based from any of the three computations below:

1. The sum of P300, plus 20 percent of the average monthly salary credit, plus two percent of the average monthly salary credit for each credited year of service (CYS) in excess of ten years; or

2. Forty (40) percent of the average monthly salary credit; or

3. P1,200, if the CYS is at least 10 but less than 20; or P2,400, if the CYS is 20 or more.

That’s not a bad pension figure, after twenty years of working. (And note this: retired professionals also get a 13th month pension, just like any regular Filipino employee!)

But an employee doesn’t need to retire to enjoy the benefits that the government demands the employers to secure for their employees. A sick employee or their dependent can immediately take advantage of Philhealth’s coverage, which can include subsidies for hospital room and board fees, drugs and medicines, laboratory exams, and professional fees.

Likewise, anyone who’s dreaming of owning their dream home can apply for a loan with Pag-Ibig. That doesn’t just mean getting the government institution to help you buy a condo or townhouse—but also a fully developed residential lot (and yes, even finance the construction of a house from ground up.)

What’s good for employees is that, should they decide to concern themselves about these matters, they can always run to their companies’ Human Resources personnel to assist them with these things.

But how about those who opt to go the freelancing route? What about freelancers? What paperwork do they need to file, to make sure they are also investing in their future? Do they get the same coverage as a regular employee? Are the fees different for self-employed professionals?

“According to the Department of Science and Technology, there are already 1.5 million freelance professionals in the country—and more than 700,000 of those freelancers are registered online on our global online jobs platform Freelancer.com,” says Evan Tan, Regional Director for Southeast Asia of Freelancer.com. “We need to educate these professionals that their untraditional work setups do not hinder them from enjoying the same opportunities and benefits as regular employees.”

 

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To help freelancers and entrepreneurs understand SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-ibig memberships and coverage more comprehensively, Freelancer.com, together with premier workshops organizer Manila Workshops and Unionbank EON, has organized the Talino Talks event entitled, “Philhealth, Pag-Ibig, & SSS for Freelancers—Explained”.

Featured in the event is Dandy Victa, the founder of Manila Civil Service Review, author of “Work-at-Home Entrepreneurship: A Practical Guide for Filipinos with Disabilities”., and a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation degree holder at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The event is happening on March 19, 2016, Saturday, 1 pm, at the Freelancer.com office, 30th floor, Ecotower Building, 32nd cor 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Also, as an additional incentive for attending, you can get your EON card during our workshop/event for FREE. Open an EON account during the workshop/event and your first annual fee will be waived! All you need to do is drop by and bring two valid IDs. With EON, you’ll have no maintaining balance, no bank fees for Paypal credits, and now, waived annual fee for the first year. It really is the easiest and fastest way to get your Paypal payment.

RSVP here: http://j.mp/philhealthsssexplained

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Murder Manila — Parties to Die For

Board game game days (and nights!) in our home have become more frequent. If people are curious to know what we do on Friday evenings to Sunday, we play board games with family and friends. We currently own a collection of 30+ boardgames at home. We are currently looking for other geeks like us who want to play with us so please do leave a comment below so that we can connect! haha! But this post is not about a search for gaming friends or people to join our gaming group. It’s about a search for a murderer during an event of Murder Manila!

I have never played anything like this before! My journey to solving the mystery started when I became friends with the power couples (yes, two couples) behind Mystery Manila. Chuck and Marge and Errol and Kimbie invited me and my husband to join the media launch for this new game that they created — Murder Manila.

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Revenge at the Reunion from Murder Manila

Revenge at the Reunion from Murder Manila

For Murder Manila, their team brings the mystery to you. Each of the players take on a character so the game has a role-playing component. You and your guests will play different roles — the victim, suspects and murderer. During the evening when we played the game, everyone was in character, so playing the game was so much fun!

Weeks before, I received a packet that contained information about my character. I was given the name Sydney Smarts, the class salutatorian. With the information given, we had to dress the part and act the part. So how does the actual game go?

You have to socialize with everyone and try to gather clues from everyone. Each one will have a secret that they want to hide. Next, clues will be presented sometime during the game. After which, you need to decide on who committed the crime.

During that night, awards were given to the best actress, best dressed, richest and the fastest solver.
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My friend and blogger, Fitz Villafuerte won the Richest Player. The fastest solver was, of course (I had no doubts that he would win), my husband. He really is very good at playing these types of games!

Fitz won Richest Player

Fitz won Richest Player

My husband won Fastest Solver! Hurray Team Roll Two!

My husband won Fastest Solver! Hurray Team Roll Two!

We really had a great time playing Revenge at the Reunion! 🙂 Thank you Murder Manila / Mystery Manila for inviting us!

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