Archives for November 2014

Mini Melissa Event

I love it that my first child is a girl! I have this vision board in my room and it has a family with three kids: A girl (the eldest), a boy (the middle child) and a baby whose gender I couldn’t determine (haha!) and it really shows the family that I would love to have. Oh, and yes, a picture of a family with three kids is in my vision board! Anyway, I love that I have a girl since I love dressing her up. Ever since she was little, she loved all of the accessories, clothes and posing in front of the camera.

I forgot to post about this but last October, we attended an event where I had to dress her up as my mini me! This was for the Mini Melissa Event at Geleia, Shangrila EDSA Mall. We got these two outfits in peach from different stores but it looked really great together.

On our way to the event!

On our way to the event!

Me and my Mini Me!

Me and my Mini Me!

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My daughter and I during the Mini Melissa Event

My daughter and I during the Mini Melissa Event

Cute table decoration!

Cute table decoration!

The table decoration hints of the new styles of Melissa's collection for children!

The table decoration hints of the new styles of Melissa’s collection for children!


The event was special since it was the launch of the new Mini Melissa Collection. This new collection featured 5 cute little animals.

The new Mini Melissa Shoes

The new Mini Melissa Shoes

Cutie Little Darling!

Cutie Little Darling!

We got two new shoes from Melissa during the event. We had a hard time deciding what to get since all the shoes in Geleia were amazing! I have decided though that this will be my next purchase.

I love this! I'm aiming to buy this next!

I love this! I’m aiming to buy this next!

We had a great time during the Mini Melissa event. It was great to see good friends and their little ones! Thank you Melissa for inviting me to such a great event.

Yours truly carrying Zeeka with Rissa Mananquil-Trillo and Celestia!

Yours truly carrying Zeeka with Rissa Mananquil-Trillo and Celestia!

Yours Truly with Em from The Souq Organics

Yours Truly with Em from The Souq Organics

Frances of, yours truly and Shen from Shen from

Frances of, yours truly and Shen from Shen from

Glaiza of and yours truly

Glaiza of and yours truly

Be a Certified E-Commerce Specialist with this E-Commerce Professional Program!

Yesterday, we did some of our Christmas shopping online. I think having all of these online stores is quite cool. I’m sure those tho are part of the reported 30% of the Filipino internet users who purchase online and 20% who pay online can relate with me (Study: i-Metrics Asia Pacific Corporation). Therefore, kuddos to this part of society who sells goods and services online! A few people in the industry though have noticed that there are only a few people who understand e-commerce and have a full grasp on concepts like business models, buyer persona creation, policies, supply chain management, payment systems, fraud handling, outsourcing, project management, site development, digital marketing, etc. It’s a good thing that my good friend, Ms. Janette Toral is coming up with this 11-module blended learning certificate program in collaboration with the Asian Institute of E-Commerce and AIE College.

The topics to be tackled are the following:

E-Commerce Specialist Track (12 units)

Module 1: E-Commerce Overview

State of E-Commerce
E-Commerce Business and Revenue Models
Customer Profiling
Competitive Analysis

Module 2: Supply Chain Management

Introduction to Supply Chain Management and Business-to-Business E-Commerce
Supply Chain Management Processes
Supply Chain Management Network Design
Supply Chain Management Plan Creation

Module 3: Payment Systems & Fraud Handling

E-Commerce Payment Methods
Fraud Handling and Chargeback
Security Compliance

Module 4: E-Commerce Marketing & Project Plan

State of E-Commerce Marketing
Digital Marketing Approaches
Customer Relationship Management
E-Commerce Project Plan
E-Commerce Entrepreneur Track (15 units)

Module 5: E-Commerce Security

E-Commerce Security Case Studies
E-Commerce Security Standards
Hacking and Online Attacks
Forensics and Working with Authorities

Module 6: E-Commerce Site Development

Design and Usability
E-Commerce Solutions
Online Catalog Build-up
Site Testing

Module 7: E-Commerce Policies

E-Commerce Law
Data Privacy Law
Cybercrime Law
Consumer Protection

Module 8: Industry Exposure / Practicum (6 units)

E-Commerce Summit (organization / participation)
Practicum OR
Join a trip to an international country (most likely Singapore) to meet regional players and pitch e-commerce project to prospective investors / partners. Travel airfare, accommodation, and insurance fees shall be shouldered by participants.
E-Commerce Professional Track (9 Units)

Module 9: E-Learning Management

E-Learning Business Models
Course Development
Student Management

Module 10: E-Commerce Improvement & Promotions

Traffic Funnel Analysis
Technical Review and User Feedback
Redesign Build-Up and Launch
Online Promotions

Module 11: E-Commerce Consulting, Outsourcing, & Project Management

Dealing with 3rd party entities
E-Commerce Project Management
Becoming an E-Commerce Consultant
Contracts and Business Ethics


– Three thousand pesos (P3,000) per module. Pay the fee of P2,700 only per module if you will process on or before December 23, 2014.
– Cash payment for 11 modules is thirty thousand (P30,000). Pay the fee of P27,000 if you will process on or before December 23, 2014.
*An official receipt from Asian Institute of E-Commerce / AIE College will be issued to all participants recognizing payment received.
*DigitalFilipino Club Members (updated in their membership payment) shall be entitled to a 30% discount.

1. The training program can be taken purely online by those who are after the certificate course. Certificate is issued to those who will be able to complete the research / report/ project work. The e-learning site will be utilizing the Matrix Learning Management System for proper tracking of student progress.

2. Participants wanting to earn units should comply with the following on a per module (complete an equivalent of 54 hours time spent per module):

Attend the 8 hour face-to-face lecture. Meals not included.
Participate in 4 live webinar sessions.
Take the prelims, midterm, and final exam.
Do the research / report / actual project work.


Diploma in E-Commerce

Participants who have finished at least 2nd year college can submit their transcript of records for credentialing. Asian Institute of E-Commerce / AIE College will review to see if the participant is qualified to earn a Diploma in Electronic Commerce after completing the whole program.

Bachelor of Science in E-Commerce

Participants who have finished at least 3rd year college can submit their transcript of records for credentialing. Asian Institute of E-Commerce / AIE College will review to see if the participant is qualified to earn a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Commerce after completing the whole program (either as primary or second degree).


E-Commerce Advocate Janette Toral is the subject matter expert for this training program. She will also have guest resource persons joining the face-to-face and live webinar sessions. The students will meet at least 40 resource persons throughout the 11 module program.


Module 1 starts on the following schedule:

Face-to-Face session on January 17, 2015 (Saturday) at Best Western Plus Antel Hotel, Makati Avenue, Makati City from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Online class starts January 21, 2015 (every Wednesday from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM)
Participants outside of Metro Manila can fill-up the online form to express their intention to join. A face-to-face session shall be scheduled accordingly.

Module 2 to 11 schedules:

Module 2: February 21 – Face to Face / 25 – Online
Module 3: March 21 – Face to Face / 25 – Online
Module 4: April 18 – Face to Face / 22 – Online
Module 5: May 16 – Face to Face / 20 – Online
Module 6: June 20 – Face to Face / 24 – Online
Module 7: July 18 – Face to Face / 22 – Online
Module 8: August 15 – Face to Face / 19 – Online
Module 9: September 19 – Face to Face / 23 – Online
Module 10: October 17 – Face to Face / 21 – Online
Module 11: November 21 – Face to Face / 25 – Online

If you want to sign up for this, please visit:


Getting Ready for Baby Number 2

No, I’m not pregnant. I just want to share with you that we already plan to get ready for Baby number 2, just in case. We plan to have another baby by mid or late next year, after Zeeka turns 2. That’s how far in advance we usually plan.

I can’t afford to just “go with the flow” when it comes to having a baby. I’ve had complications before so each and every pregnancy is something that I need to gear up for. Also, I have a lot of things going on in my mind, especially since this will be baby number 2.

My little family --- is it time to have one more child?

My little family — is it time to have one more child?

1. Financial Capacity: Having a baby means additional “no joke” expenses. An additional baby means having an additional yaya, additional food on the table, additional diapers, additional tuition fee expenses in the future, etc. (and the list goes on). But even before that, we need to have that extra money for check-ups, ultrasounds, pre-natal vitamins and the labor and delivery. We will need around Php 250K for all of these expenses by next year.

2. Space or a new Home: Having an additional child means that we need to have bigger space after a few years. I’ve been checking out different properties, particularly the cost of a three-bedroom condo unit. A three bedroom condo unit nowadays cost approximately around 12-15 Million Pesos. We are still in the process of paying off our monthly amortization for our home now so we need to consider the extra money that we need to raise for this new home.

3. Sibling Jealousy: I’ve heard of stories of other parents of their first child having bitter feelings towards the second child. I’m thinking if this is the right time to have a second child since my daughter is still young and she might be jealous of the attention that we will give our second child. But so far, I’m seeing that she’s not the type who’d get jealous. I’m so happy that she knows how to share and she loves babies. She loves playing with other children, so I’m hoping that this would not be a problem.

These are some of the things that I’m thinking of. How about you? Are you ready for your next child?

Catch me at the Philippine SME Business Expo Today!

I am part of a company ( that gives branding and marketing advise to personalities who want to be more visible and active in the digital landscape. We came across a client who had huge dreams and who was really passionate about he wanted for his industry. We saw that he could be a key influencer (he was actually quite influential already) in his community, and we advised him to embrace this! Embracing it requires him to do things that he isn’t comfortable with like creating his own web channel, fan page, etc.

I admit, it’s quite scary, but really necessary. I, for one, am really scared of talking to large audiences. I could talk to a few people and coach them, but admittedly, talking to hundreds and thousands of people scare me. Although one of my dreams is to speak in a TEDx event. My personal advocacy is to help people achieve their entrepreneurial dreams and to turn it into reality, and in order to get to more people, I need to be visible and I need to go to big conferences to spread the word.

So today, I will be at the Philippine SME Business Expo at the SMX Convention Center Manila. I will be speaking with Gian Javelona of and Sheena Caburog of Our session will be at 5:15PM and we will give tips and tricks for young entrepreneurs.


Mommy Ginger at the PhilSME Forum


Hope to see you at the Philippine SME Business Expo! 🙂

Gift Wrapping done creatively!

Memory Crafters, together with Make It Blissful is inviting everyone to come and be part of our meaningful workshop this coming December on gift wrapping. It’s always been a dilemma for me every Christmas since I am not one who’s creative when if comes to gift wrapping. It makes me even feel worse when I receive a gift that’s really wrapped beautifully and well crafted! I really want to learn how to be creative in terms of gift wrapping and I know a lot of people with this dilemma.

Well, fret no more! Memory Crafters and Make It Blissful thought of creating a meaningful workshop to teach people how to make a simple gift look classy and creative by using repurposed materials. How you wrap it is also a part of the gift. Giving a handmade gift/gift box will make the gift more special. Gift wrapping is also a great activity to do with your loved ones!

Wrap your Gifts Creatively!

Wrap your Gifts Creatively!

The Blissfully Wrapped Workshop will be held on December 04, 2014 (Thursday), from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at Scarsdale Artisanal Delights – 514 S&R Shaw Boulevard,, Mandaluyong City.

Workshop Fees are as follows:
Early Bird Rate: PHP 900 (paid by November 21, 2014)
Regular Rate: PHP 1,100 (starting November 22, 2014)
* Fee is inclusive ofa creative gift wrapping kit, gifts and light snacks & beverage from Scarsdale Artisinal Delights!

About Manila Workshops
Manila Workshops has been in the industry for almost two years already under the company name GPA Events Management Services. It was founded by mompreneur, Ginger Palma-Arboleda, who thought of a brand that could help people achieve their personal and professional goals in life. Since 2012, Manila Workshops has been actively creating lifestyle workshops and has been partnering with Corporate clients and home-based businesses with the same goal.

About Memory Crafters
Memory Crafters is Workshop Series of Manila Workshops (GPA Events Management Services). It is a set of fun and creative workshops offering arts and crafts workshops for both the young and the old. Whether an old-timer or a beginner in DIY (do-it-yourself) projects, Memory Crafters believe that there is a creative side in each one of us. They carefully and lovingly pick the workshop courses that the group would offer to provide an opportunity for each individual to explore the wonderful world of creativity.

\About Make It Blissful
Martine de Luna is an award-winning blogger, a work at home advocate, and a creative blogging mentor. Through her creative inspiration website,, Martine encourages women to live meaningfully, whether at home, work or in the pursuit of life goals. Her Make it Blissful Blog Workshops are held monthly (with an online workshop to be launched soon), and she is also the director of the WAHMderful Workshops (, a series of workshops and masterminds that equip mothers and married women to work or run a business from home. She also offers digital strategy on community building, blog branding, and social media on her professional site, She lives in Manila, the Philippines, with her husband Ton and their son, Vito, whom she homeschools.

To register and know more about this workshop, visit this link: GIFT WRAPPING WORKSHOP or email! See you there!

How to Create your Own Parties!

Calling all those who want to be Event Planners or those who want to create their own parties! Due to the success of its first run, Manila Workshops, in partnership with Best for Families Inc., is bringing back the Making Memories and Party Planning Workshop! Through this 2-in-1 session you can learn how to document milestones and important events in your children’s lives, plan for your children’s baptism, and organize memorable birthday parties.

If you are interested to attend, it will be this Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1:00-5:00PM at the #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City.

Best of all, the speaker will be Ms. Michelle Katigbak-Alejandro. Michelle has always been passionate about creating. Whether as a writer, an editor, or a party stylist, she enjoys putting things together beautifully. The current Editor-in-Chief for Metro Weddings Magazine and a freelance party stylist, Michelle has collectively had over a decade of experience in events. From baptisms to birthdays to weddings, she has seen and participated in every aspect of special celebrations. In 2011 after having given birth to her first child, Michelle began a small party styling business with her good friend called Styled by: Sami & Bella. Their specialty was intimate events with tons of fun details. In early 2014, she merged her boutique styling business with Cuppy Puppy Bakehouse to become a one-stop shop offering both sweets and styling. An eclectic professional at heart, Michelle is constantly looking for ways to push past her boundaries. While writing and editing remain her first and true love she has been enjoying the styling and crafting arena as well. In 2014 she looks forward to more new experiences and definitely many more creative ventures.

Workshop Rates:
Regular Rate – PHP300
Couple’s Rate – PHP500

First Time Parents: Making Memories and Party Planning is presented by Manila Workshops and Best for Families Inc.

Sangobion Shopping Event

During Halloween, we had a family get together. My titas and titos were there at the house. They were talking about health issues and sickness. I remember when I was in gradeschool, my titas and titos and parents were talking about children and the schools that we (me and my cousins) went to and I clearly remember that they were laughing at the fact that there were three tables talking about different things. Our table, during that time, was busily playing card games and talking about crushes. The last table, the table of my grandparents, were talking about health and sickness. Looking back, I am amazed at how time flies! Now, it’s our table who;s talking about children, tuition fees and the like.

As I listen to the table of my parents and aunts and uncles, my aunt was saying that she really loves and uses Sangobion. She was telling them of a time when she was always dizzy and when she took Sangobion regularly, all her dizzy spells stopped. I am also a believer of this product! That’s why, when they asked me to host their Sangobion Shopping Event, I couldn’t say no.

Sangobion Shiopping Event

Sangobion Shopping Event

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This event was such an exciting activity! 30 plus Sangobion ladies all won shopping sprees. They got to shop at stores in SM Aura and when they came back, they had to strut their stuff! Everyone looked gorgeous and amazing!

Ginger Arboleda_ Dr. Gio Barangan -Medical Director, Merck_ Debbi Go - Marketing Director, Merck_ Jio Igual and Joy Cabrera - Brand Managers, Sangobion

Ginger Arboleda, Dr. Gio Barangan -Medical Director, Merck_ Debbi Go – Marketing Director, Merck_ Jio Igual and Joy Cabrera – Brand Managers, Sangobion

Debbie Go - Marketing Director, Merck

Debbie Go – Marketing Director, Merck

Joy Cabrera - Brand Manager, Sangobion

Joy Cabrera – Brand Manager, Sangobion

Jio igual - Brand Manager, Sangobion

Jio igual – Brand Manager, Sangobion

My Lovely Daughter during the Sangobion Event!

My Lovely Daughter during the event!


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I am so glad and proud to say that I am a Sangobion lady! A lot of the things that I am doing as an entrepreneur and as a mom, I get to accomplish, because I have the energy for it. I can play with my baby go with her to her Little Gym classes, do household chores, manage a team and still write in my blog after with the help of Sangobion. It’s hard to manage your time but always remember that you need to think of what is your top most priority and have things revolve around that.

Sangobion really helps me love life! How about you? How has it helped you?

The Great Leap Academy

Can I tell you a secret? During my teenage years (until now actually, so paging all talent managers!), I wanted to be an actress. I didn’t want to be the star though. My dream role was to be the best friend of the star. I always thought, why not right? I was a good dancer. I took ballet, tap and jazz lessons since the age of 3 and stopped when I was 12. I could blurt out a few lines; I didn’t know how to cry on cue though. But, I didn’t think I was a good enough singer. My mom enrolled me for singing classes with Ryan Cayabyab, at the time Smokey Mountain was a huge hit, but I only attended 5 classes I think and skipped the rest.

Even if I didn’t get to be an actress, I am thankful that my mom enrolled me and encouraged me to love dancing and singing. I believe that music really makes ones life more colorful! With Zeeka, I will really help her appreciate music, but I think she’s already very musically inclined. She loves dancing and singing! But I know that my role as a parent is to encourage and further enhance this skill.

I was really happy that we, as mom and daughter, got to experience going through the Music Together Class of The Great Leap Academy. Have you heard of this really wonderful program? They were actually part of the Work-at-Home Weekend Expo where they gave a demo class. For those who are interested to learn more about the Music Together program of The Great Leap Academy, I’d like to share our experience.

We went to their branch at Playschool International at the 2nd floor Kensington building. We were the first to arrive. In the class we attended, there were two other children with my daughter. According to their site, they usually keep the class small (6-12 children) so that they can give proper attention to each of them.

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Each class is led by a fully trained, registered Music Together teacher. Ours was teacher Rylie and she was really nice and really very good. She really got the attention of the children even if the children were of different ages. The class started with her leading all of us in singing a welcome song. In the picture above, teacher Rylie was making firecracker sounds with hand movements.

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We had a lot of dancing, where the parents and guardians where also encouraged to join. Zeeka and I loved the dancing part. We were used to dancing together. We would dance together at home in our sala, in our bedroom, in the kitchen — everywhere, so this was really fun for us! The children were also introduced to different kinds of musical instruments, instruments that I myself have not seen before. I hope Zeeka gets to learn how to play one. I don’t know how to play any, so I hope that she doesn’t take on after me. Haha!

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I love that they class had a feeling of structured play (if that makes sense to you). I loved that it was fun and it really seemed like playtime for my daughter, but I love that all of these had a purpose of teaching the children to appreciate music. In their site, it says, “The relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented classroom setting respects and supports the unique learning styles, developmental levels, and temperaments of all participants, creating a strong sense of community,” and I love that!

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I also received two new CDs—one for home and one for on-the-go. It came with an illustrated songbook that’s filled with music-making ideas for spontaneous music play beyond the weekly classes.

I really enjoyed the class that we attended and we are really looking forward to attending more classes with The Great Leap Academy. I know that they have other classes available too like Might Math, Mighty Science and their Helene O’ Grady drama classes. You can join a free demo class  by going to this link: FREE DEMO CLASS

We have great news from The Great Leap Academy and Manila Workshops! We are running a post-event giveaway for the Work-at-Home Weekend Expo which is open to everyone who’ll read this. They are looking for 7 winners who will receive these:

2 Winners who will each receive Php 1500 GC for the Music Together Program
2 Winners who will each receive Php 1500 GC for the Mighty Math Program
2 Winners who will each receive Php 1500 GC for the Mighty Science Program
1 Winner who will receive Php 1000 GC for the Helene O’ Grady Drama Academy Program

The giveaway will run from today to November 28, 2014. This is open to all the parents who have a Metro Manila address so that we can ship the GCs to your home. All you have to do is follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Good luck! 🙂 Hope you win!