Beauty and the Beast from REP Theater (Yey!!!)

When I was a child, I loved going to plays and musicals. I loved collecting different playbills. I loved to read, so I was amazed at how they can bring all of these stories to life. Being a stage performer is one of the my frustrations! haha!

I’d love my daughter to experience these plays and witness the amazing talented performers that we have in the Philippines. What better way to introduce her to plays, but to start with a story that she already knows. We all love Beauty and the Beast, right moms? I’m so excited to share with you that REP is bringing this magical and timeless fairytale to life at Onstage, Greenbelt 1 from August 12 to December 14!

REP’s staging of Beauty and the Beast is this year’s production of the REP Theater for Young Audiences, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Cara Barredo, Alana Vincente, Jill Ita-as, and Maya Encila are set to play Beauty, while Arnel Carrion, Jos Jalbuena, Hans Eckstein, and George Schultz will be portraying the Beast.

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I can’t wait how REP Theater will tell the tale of a loving father who wanders into an enchanted garden as he takes shelter from a storm. Since he promised his daughter Belle (Beauty), the youngest of his three daughters, that he would bring her home a rose, he decides to pick one, unknowingly angering the Beast who owns the garden. As punishment for the “crime” that he committed, the Beast demands that Beauty live with him in his castle in exchange for her father’s freedom. Little does Beauty know that her captor is under a spell that can only be broken by true love.

Don’t miss this spellbinding show directed by REP’s Artistic Director and founder of REP Theater for Young Audiences Joy Virata, with book written by Peter de Valle and John Ahearn, music by Michael Valenti, and lyrics by Elsa Rael.

Seats are sure to go fast, so book yours right away! Purchase your tickets by calling REP at 843 3570 or Ticketworld at 891 9999, or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.

For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram, and follow @repphils on Twitter.

Master of Myself: A Mom’s Day Out from Sun Life Financial Philippines

Today, I feel in control.

Don’t you have those days where you wake up, and you feel that everything is in the right place — that each thing is where it should be. And even if you know that it’s not, you have that feeling in your gut that you can and WILL get to where you want to be in the near future. That’s how I feel today. It must be, because of the spontaneous Mom’s Day out activity that I attended sponsored by Sun Life Financial Philippines yesterday (I’m all eager, willing and able to go for my dreams), or, it actually may be something else. I really can’t give you a proper reason, so that you, moms may replicate what I did to get to this state.

Today, I feel in control!

But what I’ve learned yesterday from the guest psychologist, Michele Alignay, is that this feeling of being in control, may not last, and it’s okay. As they say, in life, the one thing in life that’s constant is change. And what better way to show these changes in a mom’s life and our changing relationship with our children, but through this video or #SunShorts shared by Sun Life Financial Philippines (She Said, She Said). This video really struck a cord. I may look like I’m super in control of things, and it may look like that I never get mad, but there are times where I really shout and lose my cool at my daughter and at people I love. There are times that I break down, I cry (for no reason) and I get frustrated and depressed. I totally was able to relate with the mom in the video! Super naiyak ako!

We will have it easy if we accept, prepare and plan for changes that may or may not happen. As a mom, I think it’s harder for us since we have a lot of things on our minds. In this economy where the standard is to have double income households, most of the moms I know, balance working/earning a decent living, taking care of the children and taking care of themselves. And truly, it’s a struggle to find that perfect “balance”. This is why I like the definition of balance that was presented yesterday.

 

If we are looking for that balance, where balance comes from the idea that everything should be at equal states or everything should be given equal time, you’re on the wrong track. Balancing is about 1) knowing ourselves, 2) process of continually centering energy with the cooperation and conscious support of all other parts.

Yesterday’s talk was really inspiring, and it reminded me that I should constantly ask these three questions:

  1. What do I want?
  2. What do I think I “Ought to do”?
  3. What I think I can do?

At any given point in our lives, we will have something that we want more than our other wants. We will have something that we “ought to do” and we will know what we can do. After hearing this during the Mom’s Day Out of Sun Life Financial Philippines, being a mindful mom now comes into play when every day, I accept that I can only do so much in 24 hours. I have learned howt o prioritize. I have learned to say “no”, and moving forward, I will focus on things that are truly essential.

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It’s nice to think that we can be like Wonder Woman, or even just be like Gal Gadot (haha!) every time — so in control with her “I’ve got this!” attitude.  But we only human and I’m sure even Gal Gadot goes through times where she feels vulnerable. But what we need to be mindful of is that we have a choice on how we can emotionally react to these things. Will we intentionally remain in that state of peace and satisfaction or will we succumb to the judgement of others or worse, fall into the trap of judging ourselves and feeling guilty about not living up to our own expectations of ourselves?

So today, after a rejuvenating massage given by I’m Hotel Spa, after the amazing loot bag that I’ve received, after that delicious buffet from Bloom at I’m Hotel, after the great and inspirational talks from Michele and Mylene Segismundo from Sun Life Financial Philippines Cluster Head Manila, I have decided to feel peace and satisfaction. I wrote down all of the Practical ways for Self-Care that was shared:

Perception

  1. Affirm your goodness
  2. Release Control (of things beyond you)
  3. Saying NO is okay (and needed at times)
  4. Feeling happy and satisfied is normal
  5. Relinquish some task that stresses you

Emotions

  1. During emotional highs: PAUSE
  2. Ditch the guilt
  3. Choose to love more
  4. Be silly with the kids
  5. Flirt with your spouse! Make your marriage matter.

Actions

  1. Choose to rest or sleep
  2. Give yourself an extra 10 minutes in the shower
  3. Put a little color in your face
  4. Find a spot for daily reflection
  5. Find a daily physical activity that you can do

All of these tips of Michele were great and I intend to do it! So guess what, the first thing that I did today, was I met with my Sun Life Financial Advisor. There is something about having your finances in place that satisfies you (well, that’s how I personally feel at least! haha). I learned about their educational fund product. I actually have savings already for Zeeka’s College stored in Mutual Funds, but I thought of a back up.

I’m getting another policy from Sun Life Financial Philippines (which I will write about in another blog post), and I’m excited! haha! I know that’s a weird thing to say about getting a policy, but that’s exactly how I feel. I feel wonder woman-ish today!

So if you are looking to feel the way that I do today, join the next Mom’s Day Out events on July 1 and 15.

Cheers to a peaceful and content life, mindful moms! Let’s all say I’ll be the Master of Myself!

Love,

Mommy Ginger

 

 

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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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!

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.

The Freelancer Fair BTS: A Post of Gratitude, Learnings and Why’s

First of all, I want to thank all of those who made it to The Freelancer Fair 2016. Thank you so much to all those who signed up (all 350) people and to the 280 plus who made it a point to show up on that day. Thank you to our Major Sponsors: Payoneer, Paymaya, Taxumo and Uber. Thank you also to our Minor Sponsors: Alfox Printing, Ideaspace, A Space, Evolve Yoga, Bean & Barley and Pioneer Mighty Bond. Thank you also to all the booth sponsors that we had. Most of all, thank you to the Department of Information, Communications and Technology team (Sir Mon, Miss Emmy, Merlin and Joy) for supporting us, and to all our speakers, our two lovely hosts (Marv and Jieneb), to our media partners and community partners who were present. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! This will be the first of series of posts that will highlight or feature the people and brands who have joined us!

 

*photo by George Buid

*photos by George Buid

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Some of the photos of the event are here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1270331956342924.1073741938.392499244126204&type=1&l=c7c995a670

*Thank you George Buid for the pictures!

The Truth about The Freelancer Fair and our Why

We started conceptualizing and implementing The Freelancer Fair early this year. The Freelancer Fair was supposed to be a project of a big brand and Manila Workshops, but after a few months, we faced our first challenge. Manila Workshops had to shoulder all or the expenses and efforts to build the fair by ourselves. I had the option to drop and just let go of the project, but I decided to push through with it, because I knew that this will really help the freelance industry a lot.

To tell you honestly, I did not earn from this event and lost a pretty big deal of money implementing this event. Obviously, I knew about this a few months back during planning, and yet the team decided to still pursue the project. Why am I telling you this? I want you to know that this is how much we believe in this community. We know that this community will grow and in the future, a lot of individuals will opt to work from home and will start a freelance career. This is how much I want all of those freelancers, solopreneurs and small business owners to have the opportunity to learn more about different things so that they can grow their businesses and freelance careers. This is the reason why I am so proud of my team — Team Manila Workshops.

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People are quick to judge about the little things, but what they don’t see is the time and effort that these individuals in the team give in order to make your dreams come true and in order to give you the opportunities that we know you deserve. I hardly mention my team in any posts, but for just this once, I want to share how amazing they are. All of them know that their goal is to make your entrepreneurial and business dreams come true. We know that we need to provide an avenue and create opportunities for you to pursue your passion. We all want to help you achieve that, through the little things that we do.

To my little team, thank you. Always remember that humility, honesty, and that drive is what will make the difference.  Always be willing to serve and learn from the things that you do. Strive to be better by learning from mistakes. Pursue your dreams and make a mark!

We got a lot of feedback from participants that going to the Freelancer Fair was worth it. Some of you even approached me, and thinking of those people make me tear up (haha! yes, I am a cry baby!). I was deeply touched and moved  by your words. These moments make all of these things worth it!

We also know that we have lot to improve on. First of all, we will find a more accessible venue. Yes, the venue was too big. A really intimate venue would have made it more conducive for interaction.  If you have other comments and suggestions, please do email me directly at ginger@manilaworkshops.com.

For the brands and people that truly supported us and genuinely helped us build this event, thank you! I will mention a few of them here, because I really saw something that needs to be highlighted. We can all learn from how they did it!

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First of all, Miguel from Payoneer, thank you very much! You truly are the embodiment of what a brand partner should be. I saw Miguel going around and genuinely talking to people and learning more about their business. This is what I love about the people behind Payoneer. They don’t think about metrics alone, but they really find ways to help build the industry and use these events to learn more about us — the people. Thank you also for that well crafted presentation. I learned so much about transferring payments. So on the 29th, for the Payoneer Forum, we will definitely be there. Everyone, please sign up here: http://register.payoneer.com/register-payoneer-forum-manila-29nov-kat/

 

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Next shoutout is for JP or Orbitrr! I really love your booth and the activities in the booth were really engaging. I love how the team took time to talk and engage everyone in a conversation! Plus, I really love your stickers. Please share your supplier with me. haha!

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For Marv, thank you so much for all the help! Thank you for even offering to lend your clicker. These small things matter!

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To the communities, especially the Online Filipino Freelancers or OFF, thank you for the unwavering support! Thank you for always being there to support events for the community. Thank you to CJ, Althea, Liberty, etc. I love you all!

Thank you to DM, Sherry and the Yuneoh team! Thanks for all of the tips and the pro-activeness. You also embody what a media partner should be!

But still, to all of our partners that made this event happen, thank you so much! Again, thank you to our Major Sponsors – Payoneer; the easiest way to receive Cross-Border Payment at the Lowest cost, Paymaya – PayMaya is your app to pay online so you can buy the things you’d love to have, without a credit card; Taxumo – making it easy for every Filipino small business owner and professional to prepare and pay for their taxes! and Uber – the safest way to get around the metro!

Thank you also to our minor sponsors, Alfox Printing (Thank you so much, Abby!), Mighty Bond, Ideaspace, A Space, Evolve Yoga, and Bean and Barley. This event also wouldn’t be possible without our our media partners: WheninManila.com, POP Inquirer, Yuneoh, Manila Bulletin, Voice of the Youth Radio, Creativoices, and MommyGinger.com.

Thank you also to our community partners: OnlineJobsUniversity.com, Freelancing.ph, Freelance Blend, Tycoon.ph, Zarangola Media, Online Filipino Freelancers, The Virtual Nomad Podcast, Bloggers ng Pinas, Raket.ph, Work in Freedom, and Graphic Artists Philippines!

This is our first big event for the Freelancing community and I promise you that this will not be the last. We will continue to help this industry grow. We will continue to support and connect freelancers and clients. Manila Workshops will continue to create learning events and networking events for you!

Again, thank you everyone! I’ll be sharing the lessons that I have learned this week on Freelancing and starting a business. Watch out for it!

 

 

 

 

The Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016

Parents need to have the numerous and the best options when it comes to raising their children. It nice to see how a lot of things have changed since the time of our parents. I remember growing up without all of these new technology: no iPads, no smart phones, no internet. And with all of these new things, the available channels for our children to learn new things have increased exponentially, too.

With the fast paced lifestyle and with information readily available, lifestyle, habits and mindsets have also changed. In terms of education, the only choice that we had before was to go to school (as we know it) and listen to our teacher. A new option though has risen which is now believed to be an equally great option — homeschooling. Homeschooling or home education is when the parents personally teach their children.

For those who want to learn more about homeschooling, please do attend this conference!

 

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This year, HAPI, in cooperation with Philam Life, is setting up the PHC to be even bigger and better than before. This event is set to take place from 7 a.m. (start of registration) to 6 p.m. on October 22, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, SMX Aura Premier in Taguig City, the PHC 2016 with the theme “From Roots to Wings: Homeschooling through the Stages”.

Hoping to meet the needs and address the concerns of homeschooling families at different stages – from learning more about homeschooling, getting started, and staying the course perhaps even up to the end of high school – the theme was inspired by the following lines of this poem:

“If I could give you just two things,
One would be Roots, the other, Wings.”
Roots, not to tie you to the ground,
But to guide you to
where your fulfillment is found
The nourishing start, the firm
foundation,
The source of your inner determination.
Wings to soar over obstacles,
wings to fly free,
Wings to glide to the heights of the
best you can be.”

Bearing the theme in mind, the PHC 2016’s line-up of speakers includes international and local speakers who are passionate homeschooling advocates, and are also experienced homeschoolers. The PHC 2016 Expo is also sure to delight any homeschooler with its offerings of products and services that can help them provide their kids with a rich learning experience.

I guarantee that this event will not disappoint. If you want to know more about the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016, please any of the following:

The Philippine Homeschool Conference Website: http://www.educatingforlife.co/

The Philippine Homeschool Conference Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/144585029291112/

S&R Membership Shopping: The Little Things Matter

Customer loyalty is very important for brands these days. With tough competition and the high cost to win new customers, it is more cost efficient to keep old clients. But not a lot of brands take this to heart. They focus so much on acquiring new customers that they forget to keep the current ones happy. Sometimes, too, brands think of so many complicated offerings or promotions that do not benefit the customer in anyway. These are oftentimes things that are deemed useless and even irrelevant to the customer. Brands and companies should think that sometimes simple things matter. This is the reason I love S&R.

Our friends and family always renew their S&R Membership Shopping. This is because S&R knows that simple things and perks can go a long way in winning customer loyalty. A very good example of one of the amazing perks of being a member is access to the upcoming Members Treat for S&R Membership Shopping happening this coming September 30.

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The S&R Membership Shopping – Members’ Treat sale is one of their biggest sales where they offer 50% off (yup, half the price!) and even Buy 1 Take 1 Deals for a lot of items. This great sale will happen from September 30 until October 02 nationwide. The participating stores are:

– S&R BGC
– S&R Aseana
– S&R Congressional
– S&R Alabang
– S&R Shaw
– S&R Cebu
– S&R Pampanga
– S&R Davao
– S&R Imus
– S&R Nuvali
– S&R Davao

What I am looking forward to the most is that in this sale, the items that are on sale are usually really great and useful things. Other stores would most likely have hard to sell items on display during their sale, but S&R puts on display items that a lot of us would actually buy and even buy in bulk! For this year, some of the items that I am hoping that they would sell during the sale are their Colgate Kids Mouthwash Bubblegum and UP Baby wipes for my daughter, Suave 2-in-1 Professional Shampoo and Conidtioner for little ol’ me and Irish spring soap for the hubby. Oh, wait! I also love their Ring cakes. I’m sure if you have tried that before, you would agree that the US Double Choco-chip Creme Ring Cake and the US Apple Raisin Creme Cake are to die for! I also wish that they include their Ben & Jerry Chunky Monkey ice cream and the Ben & Jerry Chocochip Cookie Dough!

These simple things matter to a simple person like me! Great deals and bargains make me happy.

Are you a loyal customer of S&R? If you’re not yet a member, I suggest that you go and sign up now for S&R Membership Shopping, so that we could go shopping together this coming September 30!

Don’t forget to share your S&R Shopping experience using #LoveSnr #SnReveryday so we could get to see what great deals you got to avail of. With these simple things, I know I will be forever loyal!

P.S. For more information on S&R membership, please checkout this page: S&R Membership

 

GLAD at Dagupan Bangus Festival 2016

Brands should focus on helping promote culture. Sorry (LOL!), that thought just crossed my mind. We don’t see a lot of focus on our culture and original content coming from the Philippines. My friends know of this frustration that I have about not having enough Filipino content. We should be advocates of our own tradition, culture and content! This is the reason why I admire brands that take a stand to promote and spread the word about certain festivals and traditions in the Philippines.

One of the brands that I admire is GLAD. They participated in the Bangus Festival in Dagupan.

I have been to Dagupan before but it was just now that I heard that there is this celebration called Bangus Festival in Dagupan where thousands of people gather together. This festival puts the province’s native delicacy (milkfish) in the limelight. To celebrate, 900 grilling stations were put up along De Venecia Highway in Lucao where thousands of fresh bangus were cooked simultaneously for the participants to partake of thereafter.

Ceremonial lighting

GLAD, the Filipino homemakers’ partner in food protection and kitchen management, joined in on the fun by providing grill participants with the required kitchen tools like aprons and paper fans. GLAD’s innovative Non-stick Aluminum Foils were also used to cover the grills and fish to be grilled, thus helping to make cooking easier while also ensuring faster clean ups afterwards.

Executives and staff of Glad Philippines staff flash the # 1 sign at the GLAD-sponsored booth

Executives and staff of Glad Philippines staff flash the # 1 sign at the GLAD-sponsored booth

According to Paulo Lao, Sales and Marketing Director for GLAD Philippines which is also among the event’s sponsors, “This is already the third straight year that our company has participated in the Bangus Festival through CSI Lucao. We are happy to support this activity as it allows us to help the local government of Dagupan ensure a successful staging of their event. It’s also a good avenue to help educate the public on how to achieve the best cooking experience using some of our kitchen tools like GLAD Non-stick Aluminum Foil,” she says.

In our home, we really use and love GLAD. We also used GLAD to cook fish since GLAD Non-stick Aluminum Foil ensures that the skin stays on the fish and not on the foil. You should try using these products, Mommies! You’ll be happily surprised at how useful their products are!

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