Archives for March 2017

Safeguard Science Discovery Tour

Early this month, I got an email from one of the brands that I love, Safeguard. They were asking us if Zeeka and I would be interested to go to Singapore to go on a Safeguard Science Discovery Tour. I said “yes”, of course! Who would say no to a vacation “date” with my daughter where we get to learn new things, too? It’s basically the perfect combination of two aspects of my life — time with my daughter and learning!
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Everything went on quickly and before we knew it, we had packed our bags and were in the airport at 4:30 am. I personally was so *kilig* to be amidst really great mom bloggers and influencers like Cat, Jackie, Shari, Nikka, Kath, Lace and Rochelle. We actually talked about syncing outfits for the trip! This bunch was a good group to travel with.

On the plane, Zeeka was so behaved! :)

On the plane, Zeeka was so behaved! 🙂

Mommy Ginger and Zeeka --- landed in Singapore!

Mommy Ginger and Zeeka — landed in Singapore!

Inside the bus!

Inside the bus!

We landed safely in Singapore at around 11:20 am. We were picked up by our tour guide, Patrick. Patrick was a funny guy. When you ask Zeeka now what she wants to be, she will tell you that she wants to be like Patrick, a tour guide. He certainly made a great impression with the kids. We arrived at Hotel Chancellor, which was along Orchard road around noon. We had “free time” that entire afternoon, so Zeeka and I decided to hit the mall after eating at a Hawkers place with Carla from Parenttown and Rochelle.

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eating lunch!

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I loved that the location of hotel was very strategic. Orchard road was walkable and there were a lot of malls nearby. That afternoon, I got to grab a cup of coffee from Starbucks to which Zeeka said, “Starbucks agaaaain, Mommy?!”. I also got to purchase a cash register toy for her, which I may add was a good decision since that made her get up right way the next morning (just to play with it).

With Cat and Asher, Jackie and Gabbie, Shari and Selene and Nikka and Michelle :)

With Cat and Asher, Jackie and Gabbie, Shari and Selene and Nikka and Michelle 🙂

That evening, we had dinner with the P&G representative at Pizza Mozzeria at Marina Bay Sands. We were especially excited for what will happen the next day!

The Safeguard Science Discovery Tour

We had to travel to the Safeguard Innovation Centre at 8:00 am. We were welcomed at the lobby of the P&G Office. As I gathered, this is where Research and Development is done. This was the first time that they were opening their doors to outsider to actually learn more about germs and see how Safeguard bar soaps are made. Zeeka, I and the rest of the party were really excited.

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We were then led to the conference room for a short briefing on the history of Safeguard. Safeguard antibacterial skin care was launched in 1966, as an effective way of removing germs and inhibiting germ regrowth. From a marketing perspective, I think they did a very good job in preserving the brand equity.

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Alex Vogler, P&G Beauty Digital Communications APAC head, taking us through the history of Safeguard.

We each had our own lab coats and glasses! Zeeka and I both loved the feeling that we were like scientists trying to discover something amazing!

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We were then led to a room which looked like a home. This was where the kids were taught about germs by being germ hunters! Three of them where given UV flashlights and all of them had to look for the part of the house where most of the germs were found.

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After the Germ hunting activity, the mommies where led to listen to Safeguard’s research and development team and health experts from the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET) on modern day germ threats and how Safeguard provides superior skin germ protection through live and exciting demonstrations and activities. Prior to our flight to Singapore, PAMET Experts visited our house and collected germ samples. During our discussion, they gave us the type of germs that were found in our homes. One of the germs found was Streptococcus, which actually causes Pneumonia. The other one is E. coli Shigella Campylobacter which causes diarrhea. As a mom, it was so scary to think that these were actual germs that are inside OUR HOUSE!

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Angelica Caranza, Microbiology Section Head of the P&G Singapore Innovation Center talks about different types of germs and the diseases and infections they can cause

Could we do anything to avoid infection and diseases? Of course, we can. One of the things that we can do is regularly wash our hands. I cannot stress the importance of this. Not to scare you but here are some trivia on germs and bacteria.

  • The number of bacteria that live in and on us outnumber our own human cells by ten to one.
  • Common cold, flu and stomach viruses can live on our fingertips for hours and they survive on the surfaces of objects for days.
  • 80% of all infections, from the common cold and flu to Ebola fever, are transmitted by people touching one another or touching objects that others have touched.
  • According to a Mayo clinic slogan, “The ten worst sources of contagion are our fingers”. We touch our eyes, noses, and mouths, more than twenty times a day.
  • Phones have been found to have up to 4200 bacteria from fecal contamination. Safe drinking water should have less than 1 bacteria per 100ml.

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While typing this, I was reading it out loud to my husband, and he told me to stop it. “Gross, gah!” These facts are super scary, but I am at ease reading this because I use Safeguard at home. After the lecture on germs, we were shown how Safeguard bars are made and what makes it effective in combating germs.

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Check this out! I made this — well, the stamp at least! haha!

Safeguard with Germshield+ technology can fight a broad spectrum of gram positive and gram-negative bacteria and fungi, preventing more types of sickness, malodour, and skin infection. The proprietary Germshield+ technology stops the regrowth of bacteria and fungi up to 24 hours, thereby providing optimal protection. What’s more, is that Safeguard does this while protecting and keeping your skin’s moisture! This was proven in an activity that they kids did.

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They had to wash petals in three dishes: One with watere (just water), one with Safeguard liquid soap, and the last one with a competitor’s soap. As you can see, the petal with Safeguard was still fresh and intact. Zeeka’s petal in the competitor’s dish turned lack on the edges and tore 🙁

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That day made me think of the choices that I make for my family. The truth is that you can never run away from germs, but you can choose the perfect tool that you can use to combat them. I am glad that I have discovered the benefits of using Safeguard and I’m really proud to be part of the Safeguard Family.

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Media, bloggers, kids and PAMET Representatives with Mrs. Alex Keith, Procter & Gamble President of Global Skin and Personal Care

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From left to right: Ginger and Zeeka Arboleda, Shari and Selene Macainag, Jackie and Gabbie Go, Nikka and Michelle Garcia, Kath and Kenzo Rivera, Lace Llanora and Ash Coladilla, Rochelle and Elijah Rivera, Cat Arambulo- Antonio and Asher Antonio

 

Here is a video from our trip! And if you like it, please share it!

S.T.E.A.M. Ahead in ASEAN: A Forum for Women and Technology

At almost the same time last year, I bought a book at a bookstore in Singapore entitled LEAN IN. I’m sure a lot of you have heard or even read this book, where Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, shares her struggles of being a woman in an industry dominated by men. I loved that book, simply because I could relate to most of the scenarios she had relayed. In the book, she encouraged women to support each other and help each other get to the top.

I often wondered after that how I can offer support to other women. The only way that I know how right now is through the workshops that we have that help these women to live their dreams. Just to share, 80%-90% of our workshops are attended by women. Manila Workshops’ aim is to help people achieve their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur and to pursue their passion, and i’m glad that there are more women who have decided to use their talents, their strengths and their skills to lead happy and successful lives.

When I was invited to speak at the S.T.E.A.M. Ahead in ASEAN: A Forum for Women and Technology, I wasn’t sure if I could talk in front of great women. I felt that I wasn’t worthy. What could I possibly say to help these women?

Thinking about the things that inspired me to push myself, I realized that it was because I heard stories from other women, and was inspired by them. So stomped over my fears and insecurities, and I said yes to sharing my own story.

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I was in a panel of truly inspiring women to and most of these ladies I know have undergone heartaches and challenges in being a “woman in tech”. The tech startup world in the Philippines, much like Silicon Valley, is dominated by men. In Taxumo alone, I am the only female in a group of 5 founders. But you know what? I think we, ladies, are very much capable of starting our our business, leading a team, or studying and applying skills (like coding, flying planes, etc.) that were previously thought to be only for men.

As Atty. Kristine, our moderator, went through the questions, a lot of things were going on in mind, which I wanted to share. After the event, I wrote it down. I apologize that I only got to post it now. Here are some of my thoughts on the things mentioned:

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Women in Tech Panelists with Atty. Kristine

 

Our generation is unique, born before and living through the 4th Industrial Revolution of digital automation and cloud computing. Can you recall a time before the internet? Before you started your tech companies? How was your work and company like?

Well, my first job was working for an advertising agency, so my perspective is from a marketing angle. Comparing how they do this today is definitely faster from how things are done today due to technology. Exchange of data is faster. Before we used to have to send huge files via CD or tapes if it were videos, since big data that huge can’t be transmitted via email alone. For huge files like Movie ads, I used to go to the movie house offices to submit tapes. To get client’s approval, I personally had to go to their office to show them the artwork and get approval. For market research, we literally had to talk to a lot of people just to get their feedback on things. A lot has changed. Now, with technology, large data can be transmitted real time. Feedback can be given to you via social media. These giant players like Google and Facebook can actually give you accurate data and statistics that can help your research.

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Do you think there is a difference in the treatment of women in your workplace then? What are the challenges you faced? Do you have any stories of failure you can share?

I think a challenge is balancing time for family and balancing time for the business. It’s a daily struggle, but what I have learned in the 4 years of struggle is that we can do it. It’s about accepting that it is indeed a challenge, develop a system that would work and then work around that system that you because for sure, there will come a time that you will need to work around it.

What urged you to start your tech business?

The software that we developed is called Taxumo. Taxumo is an end-to-end software as a service that helps micro-small business owners, freelancers and professionals prepare, file and pay for their taxes. The reason why we created this is that I personally felt the pain of having deal with the process of filing taxes for my small business. It was so time consuming and I couldn’t concentrate on fixing and growing my business. A lot of my precious time was spent on taxation. And even if I had a freelance accountant during that time, it was still a tedious process for me AND my accountant. When we automated it locally (since my husband is an “IT” guy), we cut the time spent almost in half. This is what inspired us to continue this project and help the small business owner file the 16 forms that they need to pay every year.

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How do you think technology acts as the great equalizer?

For me, technology acts as an equaliser in a way where opportunities are laid out where it can get to as many people as possible, where ideas can be shared and commented on and where resources are available to make your life easier. For example, for moms like me who would want to spend as much time as possible with their kids, they can do so now because of the available platforms that allow them to work from home. There are tools like Skype or Facebook Messenger that will help save you the time and effort of going to another place to meet with a client. There are more efficient ways to collaborate with a team using Google Drive, Trello, etc. All of these resources are available for us to us and we can use it in a way that would best compliment our lifestyle.

Does technology help in creating a gender neutral playing field?

It definitely helps in creating a neutral playing field. As I mentioned, all of these technology based tools, resources and information are now readily available to anyone. At the end of the day, it’s how a person uses and optimizes technology that would make the difference. It’s how one uses technology to compliment their own personal strengths that would make them succeed.

I think our greatest enemy, though, is still ourselves. We, women, need to stand up for what we believe in. We need to voice out our opinions and pursue our greatest dreams while letting go of our worst enemy — fear. We need to stick together and help one another. We need authenticity, empathy and love as we lean in and we push each other up to where we can be leaders in our fields and the light of our homes.

On Bonding and Special Announcement on S&R Members Treat

My little one and I are in Singapore today. Apart from “working” in the morning yesterday, we had around 2 hours free time to go around the mall. I love spending time with Zeeka. Her wit amazes me. She doesn’t talk much most of the time, but when she talks, it surprises me that she can already comprehend a lot of things. Sometimes, I am amazed, too, at how huge her view of the world is already. The simple things that we don’t see, she notices.

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My husband and I have been feeling guilty these past couple of months, since we have been busy with our business. We haven’t spent as much time as we want with her. So this month, starting with this trip, we have decided to bring her to most of our work engagements out of town or out of the country.

I am thankful though, that we have little, simple moments that we share together with each other. We have blocked off moments where we all need to be present. One example is our monthly grocery shopping at S&R. We have been consistent in making this our “bonding” moment.

Here are some videos from our store visits from the past:

Speaking of S&R Membership Club, here is great news for the members! S&R Members will get five whole days of big value and even bigger savings, with Buy 1 Take 1 deals and price reductions of up to 50% off on lots and lots of S&R picks – from grocery staples like fresh produce, yummy baked goodies, and imported treats, to various gift items, housewares, towels and linens, and even select appliances.

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S&R currently has 12 branches: BGC (Taguig City), Aseana (Pasay City), Congressional (Quezon City), Alabang (Muntinlupa City), Shaw (Mandaluyong City), Cebu, Pampanga, Imus (Cavite), Nuvali (Laguna), Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao.

Aside from low prices matched with a world-class shopping experience, another awesome perk for S&R members is POWER FUEL SAVERS, a partnership with Unioil, the pioneer of high-quality clean fuels in the country. Only on the dates of the S&R Members’ Treat from March 29, 2017 until April 02, 2017, fuel savings will get even bigger at Php 4.00 off per liter of gasoline or Php 3.00 off per liter of diesel at any of the 50 participating Unioil branches.

So will you make your S&R grocery shopping day your “bonding” day, too? 🙂 See you on March 29 then!

Plans for Summer

Have you noticed how the days have been? it’s been so hot that walking to a place just two blocks away would tempt us to book an Uber of Grab ride. Lately, the weather has successfully tempted me to stay indoors. I love summer, because the weather is a great excuse for sleeping and for me to be lazy. I have been too lazy to jog outside! But summer is supposed to encourage us to go out, have fun under the sun and just relax! So, what do you do? I personally make plans for summer! This summer, I plan to have a cool, sexy, sweet and fun summer!

Have a Cool Summer

Instead of turning on that AC, try making Ice Pops with your little one. This Cuisipro Ice Pop Molds (Php 449.95) is the perfect partner for such activity.

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My husband on the other hand is happy with his Ginger. Well, i’m not just talking about myself; He’s happy with his Shasta Ginger Ale (Php 75). And guess what, it’s Php 75 for 6 bottles of Ginger Ale.

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If you want to feel like you’re in the beach every single day, these two things can help you: Best Way Power Steel Rectangular Pool (Php 25,599.95) and the Ikea Beach Chair (Php 999.95) With these, you can sit on your Ikea beach chair for that perfect tan and cool down after inside the Best Way Power Steel Rectangular Pool. You can even use this Plush Neck Pillow when you want to relax!

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Have a Sexy Summer

If you’re too lazy to run (like me!), try to be healthy and sexy by eating the right kind of food. Here is a list of my favourite “healthy and sexy summer” munchies! All of these are available at &R Membership Shopping Club!

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Ritz Whole Wheat (Pho 150.00)

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Bai Antioxidant Infusion Costa Rica Clementine and Puna Coconut Pineapple

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Hollander Organic Bio Wild Apple and Organic Bio Black Currant (Php 129.95)

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The Daily Crave Veggie Chips (Php 349)

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Filchips Banana Chips (Php 249.95)

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Balconi Cereal (Php 139.00)

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Argo Portable Massage and Exercise Table

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Fratelli Beretta Turkey Breast Ham (Php 1384.00)

Have a Sweet Summer

For those who love sweets and want to enjoy eating this summer, I found some delicious options for you.

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M&M’s Dark Chocolate (Php 269.00) and M&M’s Almond Bag (Php 309)

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Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz (Php 249.95)

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Nutella Strawberry Dessert Pizza (Php 99 / Php 549)

Have a Fun Summer

Make the most out of this summer and make memories. Let’s all have fun! If you’re with your little one, you can have fun by pumping water inside these balloons.

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Zulu Buncho Balloons

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We also found this gigantic Teddy. This Giant Teddy (Php 10,499.95) will be your ultimate best friend this summer. We used to have a stuffed toy this big when my sister and I were still toddlers. We would sleep on it’s lap, rest our backs and read our favourite books, and play with it all afternoon!

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My daughter is learning how to write. We bought this Curver Monoblock Kids Table (Php 899.95) and Curver Mono block Kids Chair (Php 599.95). She now has her own area for practicing.

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If your child is learning how to swim, he/she will love the SEAC Flipper Goggles and Jr Cap (Php 499.95).
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If you love water games and playing in the pool, these products, the Best Way Inflate a Volley Pool (Php 1929.95) and Cooler Z Lazy River Float Tubes Twin Pack (Php 1399), will make you enjoy summer more!

I hope that my list helped you make plans for summer. I love planning, so for those moms like me, head on to the nearest S&R Membership Club.

Hotel Quickly App and our F1 Hotel Stay

Last Sunday, we went home at around 10:30 pm. When we arrived, there was enough people in the lobby for it to be mistaken as a refugee camp. I quickly spoke with the receptionist and she mentioned that the building didn’t have electricity since 4:00 pm. It was because some wire broke in one of the streets in BGC which cut electricity for a lot of buildings.

Of course, I knew that it will probably take them some time to replace the wire, so I thought of staying at a nearby hotel. I downloaded an app called Hotel Quickly. Hotel Quickly is a mobile app that let’s you book hotel rooms at amazingly cheap prices. The initial concept was that these rooms were cheap since these were the last available rooms that no one has booked, so the hotels and resorts can sell the rooms for 50-70% off.

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Hotel Quickly App

Download the HOTEL QUICKLY app here: http://bit.ly/gingerhq

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I logged in and saw that a room at F1 Hotel in BGC was down to around Php 4000+ from it’s original price of Php 11K. What a great deal! I booked right away and paid using Paypal. After a few minutes of getting some stuff from the house, we were aboard am Uber to F1 Hotel.

 

 

 

We arrived happy and stress-free because everything was ready!

We arrived happy and stress-free because everything was ready!

 

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We got there at around 11pm. The receptionist just asked for my name and a valid ID, and after a few minutes of waiting, we had the keys to our room. We got a Deluxe Room. Our stay included the use of the following facilities and amenities.

Meetings and Events Facilities
4 level car park
Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas
3 Swimming Pools
Concierge Services
Spa & Wellness Center
24-hour Guest Services
All-Day Dining Restaurant at the 3rd Level
24 hour security
In-Room Dining
24-hour Fitness Hub
Laundry & Valet Service
Babysitting Services
Transportation Service

The next day, we woke up around 8 am and headed over to the 3rd floor to take our breakfast. The food was delicious. They had scrambled eggs, bread, oatmeal, fruits, champorado, sausage, cheese, bacon and a whole lot more! Zeeka loved the food, too!

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After eating, she wanted to play, so we went to the 5th floor, where the reception area and where the play area was! They set up the play area during weekends. It’s located at the Premier Lounge.

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After she played for around 20 minutes, she and her dad went to the pool to swim, while I went to the gym. The pool area wasn’t crowded. Even it was close to noon, that particular area stayed protected from the sun.

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They had a baby pool, an ordinary squarish pool and a lap pool. Zeeka always wanted to be in the lap pool! 🙂

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I had a fun time at the gym. They had three treadmills, a bike and one elliptical cycle machine. They also had dumbbells and  one of those multi-functional equipments. What I loved a out it was that I was the only one there! haha! I loved the privacy.

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So there, we had a great weekend overnight staycation at the F1 Hotel and an amazing experience with the Hotel Quickly app! I’m definitely using this app again. Try it, too! Download it HERE!

Summer Workshops for Kids from Krispy Kreme Philippines

I can’t believe it! It’s almost summer! For mommies and daddies who are looking for summer workshops for their children, Krispy Kreme Philippines is introducing a series of activities and workshops that your children would love.

They recently renovated their Krispy Kreme’s store in Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City, This will be the venue of their fun Easter Hunt on April 16, 2017. This activity is for kids aged 6 to 10 years old. Fun prizes and surprise treats are in store, making it the perfect play date for our kiddie fans.

Krispy Kreme will also have Summer Workshops that will cater to 6- to 12-year olds and will be a combination of fun games and learning sessions. Students will get a chance to learn what it’s like to be on the other side of the counter by being Kiddie Baristas or Doughnut Masters for the day.

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For those parents who want to teach their kids (teens and college students aged 15- to 22-years old) the value of hard work,  there will be a Krispy Kreme’s Summer Job Program. The month-long paid training will see the participants be exposed and immersed in the doughnut and coffee business, arming them with skills and experiences to make their summer break fun and productive.

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With my friend, Sheila Catilo (@SheilaCatilo)

Also, Krispy Kreme will be offering limited edition coupons for doughnuts and coffees in doubles and pairs. Customers may enjoy double treats and delightful pairings of its Original Glazed doughnuts, signature coffee, Baked Creations, and the new Doughnut Holes – round, bite-sized doughnuts that come in different flavors like Matcha, Red Velvet, Churro, Chocolate and more.

“Krispy Kreme always strives to create joyful memories for its customers, and as we know that kids, teens, and their families are regular guests of the brand, we want to offer an experience to them that will be both fun and productive even if it’s the summer break,” shares Sharon T. Fuentebella, Krispy Kreme Philippines Chief Executive Officer. “Plus, with the double treats and pairings of favorites like the Original Glazed doughnuts that we have all come to love, we want to make sure Krispy Kreme is also able to help create delightful experiences families will treasure throughout the years.”

What I love about this is that Krispy Kreme Philippines is encouraging everyone to value fun and joyful experiences. There are are lot of things to be thankful about, and simple things like opportunities to learn, have fun, to relax and to be with family are things to be thankful for. Let’s fill this summer with happiness!

 

About Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. With a flagship store in Bonifacio High Street in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, the company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee in the country since 2006. Today, Krispy Kreme has outlets in more than 70 different locations nationwide, with Hot Light stores in Bonifacio High Street, SM Mall of Asia, Greenhills Shopping Center, Baguio, Evia, Cebu IT Park, Bacolod, Limketkai Mall, and The Annex at SM City Davao. To get more information and updates about the brand and its products, you may become a friend of Krispy Kreme by visiting www.krispykreme.com.ph or by liking www.facebook.com/krispykremeph.

Will Screws Screw You Over?

Discussions in the digital world about taxing robots have been brought up after Bill Gates suggested that idea. He said, “Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level.

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Most of us are scared that with new technology (i.e. cars and trucks which drive themselves, when robots assemble gadgets, when robot lawyers defend people with parking tickets, etc.), we will be displaced from our work and livelihood. We will not have anything to do. We will be stripped from things that we have built and things that make us whole (well, at least from our perspective). And sad to say, we equate our worth and built that connection with the work that we do or with the career that we have. We often equate self-worth with our actual jobs and professions.

Hardly do we encounter people who dig deeper into what their life is all about. I’ve seen movies and TV series where successful businessmen allot time for meditation, from Axelrod in the series Billions to Gavin Belson in Silicon Valley. This was also an advice that I got from one of my mentors way back when I was a product manager. Meditation or looking inward makes us see things clearly and makes us focus on what is essential. I guess with the demands of daily life and the responsibilities that we need to do, we lose precious time to think about what we are really meant to do.

When we ask someone about what he or she does, we often tell them our position or designation. I’m the CEO of Manila Workshops or i’m the COO of Taxumo. Related to my previous point, telling them what they can absorb quickly and what we can explain in a concise way, makes sense in the fast-paced world that we live in. We hardly hear people say that they are great moms or great husbands. We also don’t say that we are helping increase the GDP of our country or we are promoting world peace and stopping world hunger. This is obviously something that we don’t share on the onset, because the other person will think that we’re some kind of a psycho or running for office (or both… haha!).  It’s okay not to be blunt about what our mission in life is. We just need to be clear on what our value is. If we are clear on what we can contribute, then there is nothing to be afraid of. And let me tell you this, all of us can contribute something.

Emotional Labor

One of the things that I think robots will not be able to do is emotional labor. Earlier today, I was listening to a podcast about this certain topic. Emotional labor is the process of managing feelings and expressions to fulfil the emotional requirements of a job. More specifically, workers are expected to regulate their emotions during interactions with customers, co-workers and superiors (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_labor). This is something that I think robots will have a hard time doing. Even when some robots or algorithms can actually read sentiments and analyze how people react, it will still be humans who will be able to determine and execute the best possible reaction to a particular sentiment. Managing emotions is complex, since there are a lot of factors to consider and it’s normally different from one individual to the other. This is just one of the things that makes humans valuable.

Change in Perspective

Robots are not our enemies. We have to view new technology as something that will help make our work easier, so that we can concentrate on things that we enjoy. We can focus on things that we love. We can focus on building relationships. We can focus more on self-development and loving life.

I don’t think these screws will screw us over. I think what will screw with us is our own perception of who we are. If we feel that we will not be of any value 10 years or 20 years from now, then we’re screwed.