Two weeks ago, I was incessantly complaining to EJ about the amount of little cockroaches we had at home. We had some people from a pest control company come 4 years ago and did a good job of eliminating most of the cockroaches in the house. We would see a few show up once in a while, but recently, we’ve been seeing a lot!

Then last week, just after calling the pest control company, I found this interesting device online. It’s called the Pest Shield Pro Repeller.

It said that it was a force field against pests, so this really made me obviously curious. Each device was at around Php 1500. I installed the first one near Zeeka’s bathroom and another one in the office. We also had cockroaches in the office, but it wasn’t as much of a problem anymore since we covered the drainage. I just placed one for security! haha 🙂

Normally, in the evening, our helper would spray an insecticide in Zeeka’s bathroom. My daughter would use our bathroom in the evening to pee, so that she won’t have to inhale the chemicals. Then, in the morning, we’d see at least on cockroach dead by the door or by the hallway near the bathroom.

We plugged in the JML Philippines Pest Shield Pro in the socket along the hallway and kept the bathroom door open. We plugged it in last Tuesday, and we have never seen any cockroach since that time!

So what is this amazing device and how does it keep rodents, roaches, ants, spiders and bugs away?

It basically uses sonic and electromagnetic technologies. You’ll notice that each unit has a green light (sonic) and red light (electromagnetic) that lights up when the device is on. That indicates that it’s working. It’s safe to use, too!

I love that it has a night light, too. It’s perfect since I plugged it into a socket located at our hallway.

Some of the things that you need to remember when you use the Pest Shield Pro:

  • The Pest Shield Pro operates on 220 volt outlets.
  • Do not expose to dripping or splashing water. Keep it away from water in general.
  • When you’re not using the device, remove any plugged items in the built in socket in the device.
  • When plugged, make sure that nothing is beside it (at least within 6 inches).
  • No candles should be near the device or any source of flame.
  • If you break it, you will need to replace it. You cannot have a device repaired anymore.
  • The built-in outlet can be used for two pronged appliances, polarized plugs with a maximum power draw of 8 amps. Do not plug appliances that require more.
  • One Pest Shield Pro is enough for a 1050 square feet area.

Verdict: I’m very happy with what I have seen and how this device has worked for me. I wish all brick and mortar stores, resorts and hotel (especially food establishments and convenience stores) use this. Because I have seen rats roam around some of the stores here! 🙂 haha!

Keep your family safe from diseases, usually caused by pests! Try our the JML Philippines’ Pest Shield Pro.

BTW, I’m running a small giveaway on IG. I have an extra device that I want to raffle off. Hope you can join! Just click on the post below. Hope you can follow me on IG (@gingerarboleda).

I remember way back in July 2017, I first learned about the Konmari method from my friend, Bebs. I started following the method and decluttered my home little by little. We started with my clothes, and guess what, we got around 2-3 huge boxes of clothes that “didn’t spark” joy. I was left with a few clothes that really made me happy.

Fast forward to today, I read how much textile waste is produced by people. In a 2017 survey by YouGov, one in five people (Babyboomers and Millennials in the Philippines) have thrown away clothes simply because they’re more than a few seasons old. Can you imagine how much textile waste we have because of this?

So from that time onwards, you’ll notice that I’ve been wearing a lot of things over and over again (most of them being either white or black). The thing though about wearing clothes over and over again is that it looks and gets old quickly. My white shirts get dirtier and yellowish especially on the collar and the armpit area. Over time, the color is not that bright anymore.

I always thought that it was because of all the washing that causes the wear and tear of my favorite pieces. It was just recently that I realized it was mostly because of the dirt and stains that are stuck in between the layers of our clothes. 

I realized it when I discovered Ariel Instashine and used it for our laundry. The new Ariel  Instashine really surprised me and took laundry detergents from just fighting stains to preserving your favorite clothes. I can now make my old clothes look new again!

Check out the difference? Doesn’t EJ’s polo shirt and my shorts look new again?

EJ’s Polo (Before)

Notice the yellowish discoloration in the collar and the underarm area.

EJ’s Polo (After)

Ginger’s Shorts (Before)

Ginger’s Shorts (After)

With the few minutes that my clothes were soaked in water, tanggal agad ang dumi! Kita mo sa tubig! (dirt was removed; you can see the dirt in the water). And now, looking at both these sample pieces, you really can see the difference. People will actually think that these are new!

So what makes this Ariel variant different from all other detergents out there? The New Ariel Instashine is a powder detergent that has huge beads called Power Booster. These power booster beads contain P&G-proprietary enzymes that remove the sticky layers on fabric surfaces and in between the layers.

Normally, other detergents just clean the surface. They can’t penetrate the layers. The new Ariel Instashine can! 

This new product comes in 2 different scents: Fresh Clean and Indoor Dry. I tried the Fresh Clean and I loved the scent (smells good and not too strong). The prices of each pack are indicated in this chart.

You can use the Ariel Instashine for both hand or machine wash. I highly recommend that you try it out! You’re clothes will all look good and new. You may not need to buy new ones for the years to come!

Some friends have advised me — Stop watching Netflix. You become unproductive.

Yes, oh so evil, Netflix! You have become the major temptress in this insane life of mine.

I have succumb to the temptation, and willingly allow myself to be seduced. But hear me out first, before you judge. I need it!

Aside from the fact that I need a break from running a business and raising a child, I get to learn a lot of secrets to running a business by watching shows on Netflix (by the way, this isn’t a sponsored post… just to put it out there!)

So today, especially when you want to finally start that business that you have always wanted to start, watch Netflix shows. Or if you’re like me, trying to survive the cut-throat and challenging world of entrepreneurship where only the ones with hard core GRIT survive, just give in to the temptation. It won’t hurt.

I’m sharing a list of my favorite shows with quotes or lines that I love, because each one taught me a lesson. Each one also either inspired me emotionally or urged me to write strategies and plans.

Umbrella Academy

Line: One of the lines exchanged in the show was between Number 5 and Vanya:

Number Five: I’ve decided you’re the only one I can trust.

Vanya: Why me?

Number 5: Because you’re ordinary. Because you’ll listen.

Lesson: Sincerely listen and be your own unique self.

As confident as I may seem, there are a lot of times when I feel sincerely out of place. I’ve suffered having Impostor Syndrome a lot of times. I always feel like I’m not good enough or that I shouldn’t be chosen for a lot of things.

But rather than focusing on what you can or can’t do, I have decided a long time ago to shift the focus from me to other people. How do you do that? Just listen. Intentionally listen and just be there for the other person. You’ll discover a lot about the other person (and a lot about you, too) in the process of the conversation.

Also, it will always be a breath of fresh air when you do YOU. You don’t have to like the same things other people like. You don’t have to do what people who inspire you in social media do. Do your own thing. Be your own self. We need a world with people with different talents and strengths. It’s good to have a life where you want to be better and always strive for excellence, but it has to be your own path. You have to steer your own ship towards where you want it to go.

Stranger Things

Line: One of the lines of Dustin Henderson (Stranger Things, Season 2)

I am on a curiosity voyage, and I need my paddles to travel. These books are my paddles. I need my paddles.

Lesson: Read books. It will guide you in this journey.

There are a lot of hurdles in life that you have to overcome. There were numerous times when we would get stuck looking for the right answer to a business decision that we need to make.

Oftentimes, the secrets to running a business are just in front of you stored in books. Authors write books because it’s a way to pass on their experiences to a massive following. Most of them write, because they feel that it’s their obligation and purpose to help others learn from mistakes made in the past.

I’ve always admired authors, and the work that they have. When you think of books as “secrets and keys to unlock the mysteries of life”, wouldn’t you want to read more?

House of Cards

Line: One of the amazing lines of Frank Underwood

History is earned. You win the day, and then you win the day after, and you do the same thing every day until you’re dead. And you’re remembered not for the winning, but because you never lost!

Lesson: Success takes time. Perseverance and grit is what will make you survive and eventually, succeed.

Ever since we started our business, a lot of people trusted us BUT, a lot of people also thought that we would or will eventually fail. This will be the same journey for you when you decide to embark on this entrepreneurship journey. I guarantee you.

When you hear these things from other people, you’ll sometimes wonder “Yeah, he’s/she’s right! What the F am I doing with my life when I can opt to live comfortably. I’m not dumb. I work smart and hard. I have my family’s lives at stake here for crying out loud! Wake up <insert your name here>

This I tell you, if you want to make a difference and if you want to feel that sense of fulfilment and purpose (in any thing that you’re doing — not just in business, but in employment or in being a professional, etc.), don’t expect it to come in a day, or in a month, or in a year.

I’ve noticed that the reason why people quit their jobs is that they think that they will find fulfilment in a month or in a year or even three years.

What I’ve learned is that it takes decades, hell, even a lifetime to possibly get to that point where you feel that you’ve made a difference. And the bigger the difference, the longer the time it takes.

This is why I love this line. People won’t remember the little wins that you’ve had for your company — the press write-ups and all. What they will remember is that you continuously fought and that you never gave up.

And changing direction, doesn’t mean giving up. It just means your pivoting and learning from the experiences that you’ve had. Changing direction just means changing direction, so don’t feel bad about it. In my opinion, it’s not equivalent to quitting. I’d liken it to growing.

Altered Carbon

Line: From Quellcrist Falconer

First thing you’ll learn is that nothing is what it seems. Ignore your assumptions. Don’t trust anything. What you see, what you hear, what people tell you, what you think you remember.

Lesson: Question everything to get to the answer.

I think one of the gifts that I have is that I have “hunches” when it comes to business, and they turn out to be right. When it comes to assessing people though, I’m pretty bad at it. I tend to see the good in people and always see the positive. So being in business has really taught me to question and ask for more information, before making decisions.

Quells quote here may be an exaggeration, but it teaches is that we need to be more inquisitive. Maybe most people and things are still authentic and remain true to their form. With technology, social media, and all of these changes, authentic appearances and true intentions are hidden in “noise” and in filters.

So if you’re in business, you have to practice looking for, hearing and seeing what your customers truly want and need.

So, see… You can learn a lot from watching shows on Netflix. The next time your spouse or friend brings this up, just say that Netflix is your TED Talks.

Ginger

P.S. Do you like the secrets to running a business that I have shared? Do you like this article? Would you like a part two? 😃 Comment on the section below!

Mid March 2019, my team (Taxumo) was introduced to the GrabPay team of Grab. We were introduced by Ms. Diane Eustaquio, the Executive Director of Ideaspace. As some of you may know, we were part of Batch 4 of this incubator/accelerator program, and it has helped us a lot in our start-up journey.

I remember the first time we met with the GrabPay (Grab Philippines) team. They really and sincerely wanted to help with the mission of making it easier for every one to pay taxes. After the first meeting, everyone in each of the teams were committed to make this happen.

Since April was a busy season for us, we agreed to start integrations by May 2019. Integrations only took us a month and for marketing, our go-to-market strategies were laid out after.

We’ve actively started promoting our partnership this month (July 2019).

How will this partnership benefit me?

You can get huge savings when it comes to paying your taxes, particularly on the Taxumo processing fees.

For one, when you pay your taxes using GrabPay Credits for the months of July and August 2019, you get Php 100 OFF on Taxumo Processing Fees.

All you need to do are the following:

Step 1: Key in your income and expense receipts in Taxumo then view your Tax Dues Cards to check on the amount of taxes that you need to pay

Step 2: Choose GrabPay as the payment option and click on payment. It will immediately confirm if you have enough balance in your Grab App (GrabPay Credits) so be sure that you have enough GrabPay credits.

Notice that you will automatically have Php 100 OFF.

The second benefit is that you can get more Taxumo Xennies (usually 1 Xenny is equivalent to 1 Peso). Taxumo Xennies can be used to pay Taxumo Processing fees and to upgrade your Taxumo Plans.

You can now purchase Taxumo Xennies using GrabPay Credits. The best deal that you can get is paying Php 250 for 550 Xennies!

So if you really want to upgrade your Taxumo account and have access to our books of accounts view (if you don’t know how to fill out those manual ledgers) or if you want to get around 50%+ off on Taxumo Processing fees, now it the time to STOCK UP ON XENNIES!

Personally, my dream really for these kinds of integrations with partners, is to have a country where you can pay taxes anytime, anywhere. A country where tax payers pay their duties while commuting, while waiting for the next episode on Netflix, while standing in line in the recently opened ShakeShack… basically, anywhere!

We also welcome new ideas that you may have. If you have an idea that you think will work well for Taxumo, message us at customercare@taxumo.com!

Hear ye, hear ye! Taxumo has a new and improved dashboard that offers so much more than just tax filing. It now has some form of analytics (cool charts and all!) that shows you your income and expenses and what your top expenses are as a business.

The Dashboard

For long time users, you may be surprised to see that the first thing you see is the dashboard and not the “CASHFLOW” tab. If you want to ADD an Income or an Expense Entry, feel free to click on the Cashflow tab on the left side or one of the Cards in the Dashboard.

Settings Tab

We changed how we called the tab for setting up your account from “COMPANY” to “SETTINGS”. When you first created your Taxumo account, this is what you were filling out. Feel free to visit this page again as we have simplified the fields the best way we can. We have some guides that you can click on; those are the little question marks seen at the side of each field.

Tax Dues Tab

Tax dues are now in the tax due tab and are grouped per tax type. We also have a reminder on actionable steps that you need to take. For late filings, we have also highlighted them just in case you have missed them.

If you want to view your past filings, click on the Past Filings tab. If you accidentally marked a tax card as paid, you can go to the Hidden Filings tab and unhide it.

Payment Channels

We have fixed our payment checkout page. We have heard your requests for us to add more payment channels! We are proud to say that in the coming months, you will see more and more payment options — options that will make it easier for you to file and pay your taxes anytime, anywhere!

#TeamTaxumo is honored to partner with GrabPay! When you file and pay via GrabPay Credits starting July 1, 2019 (until August 31, 2019), you will get a Php 100 off on Taxumo’s processing fees.

Xennies! Get or Earn Taxumo Credits!

We have introduced Xennies! Xennies are Taxumo’s Credits that can be used to pay for your Taxumo Processing fees. There are two ways to get hold of Xennies.

One is to share your own referral code to your friends and family. To set your referral code, click on your name at the top portion of Taxumo’s screen. Click “My Account” and it will direct you to your Xennies Transaction History page. You can earn 100 Xennies for every friend or family that successfully files a form via Taxumo.

Another way to get Xennies is to purchase Xenny Packs. These are available for sale inside the Taxumo Platform. 1 Xenny = 1 Peso. We have a promo running now with GrabPay. Get 10% to 100+% credits when you purchase using GrabPay.

So there you have it folks! These are the changes in the system. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to email customercare@taxumo.com 🙂

Here is a video that you can watch!