I don’t cook and I think it’s because of these things…

1) I avoid reading recipes. I think that recipes are complicated. In my mind, recipes are like really long and hard to understand manuals (although, a lot of mom friends tell me that there are simple recipes).

2) I am afraid the I might burn the house.

3) I fear the the ingredients that I will use might be wasted since my dish will turn out yucky.

I can’t believe that I have these hang-ups. If I had my friends with me, they would say na para akong TIME magazine… and daming kong issues. But last week, when I attended the Clara Ole event, they stressed on the fact that everyone can cook. Of course, I am miss competitive so I really wanted to see if, someone like me, with no experience in cooking dishes (the most that I’ve gone is to boil eggs and to fry hotdogs), can actually cook an edible dish using Clara Ole products.

The Clara Ole Event

Clara Ole Potluck Food fest

I went to the Clara Ole event and I went because I really love their Kung Pao Premium Pasta Sauce. When we have guests at home and we need to serve something, I really prefer to buy this brand because they have such unique flavors. For those who are not familiar with the different products that Clara Ole has, check this out!

Clara Ole Products

Clara Ole Products

During the event, aside from getting to know the products of Clara Ole, we got to meet their new brand endorser, who is none other than Amy Perez – Castillo. During the event, Amy went through a meal that she cooks for her own family. It was really simple and fast, which made me more curious if I can actually cook by myself, too.

Clara Ole's new Endorser, Amy Perez Castillo

Clara Ole’s new Endorser, Amy Perez Castillo

Another announcement that they had was that Clara Ole will let everyone experience using Clara Ole products. This will be done by holding the Potluck Foodfest. The Potluck Foodfest will be a series of eight themed potluck mini parties at condo residences. The first one was held last April 25. Clara Ole will be going around different condos of different personalities, who will then invite their neighbors, family, and friends to share their own signature dish using Clara Ole. Aside from recipes, they will get to share time and space-saving tips, hacks and helpful information to make fast-paced living a little bit easier.

Let the Challenge begin…

Okay, when I got home, I was excited to try out one of the sauces of Clara Ole. Taking from what Amy Perez – Castillo said to use ingredients that are already available in the house, I checked our refrigerator and the kitchen cabinets. I went through the simple recipes at the back of the packaging of the sauces and found that I could very well use the Cheesy Pesto.

I prepared the garlic, sardines (since I didn’t have tuna), olives, added capers even and had the pepper and salt within reach. I followed the recipe and voila, I got to single-handedly cook this…

The First Dish that I ever cooked alone!

The First Dish that I ever cooked alone!

Believe me when I say I haven’t cooked any dish on my own my whole life and this is really something that I am proud of! What I am happy about, too, is that I didn’t burn the house down and my family loved it! Check how much my daughter loved this.

My Baby loved my Pasta!

My Baby loved my Pasta!

Clara Ole has truly shown me and everyone that they can cook with its #ClaraOlePotluck. Even when we have no clue on what to do or even when we are in a hurry, we can still prepare and enjoy a hearty meal at home in no time. And because of this, we get to have more family time and self-time, too. Clara Ole’s convenient food products are ready for anyone to try, and are available in leading supermarkets nationwide.

For more exciting news on what else Clara Ole has in store for everyone, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MyClaraOle and follow their Instagram and Pinterest accounts @ClaraOlePH. Also, post a photo of your Clara Ole-infused meals and cooking tips and tag them using the hashtags #ClaraOlePotluck and #diskartips!

I love surprises and I love it even more when the surprise that I receive are from brands that I truly love and trust. So today, I was reminded on how much I love surprises! Pampers sent me this huge box that showed the Pampers Baby-Dry cover. It looked like one big pack of diapers. It was actually a little cabinet that contained lots of diapers that Zeeka could wear.

I wasn't the only one who was happy with this Pampers Big Delivery!

I wasn’t the only one who was happy with this delivery for Pampers Celebration of Firsts!

My daughter loving this delivery!

My daughter loving this delivery!

About Pampers Baby-Dry

I got a lot of questions when I posted about being a digital ambassador for Pampers Baby-Dry. Here are the features of Pampers Baby Dry:

Features of Pampers Baby-Dry

Pampers Baby-Dry gives up to 12 hours of skin dryness for complete sleep. We know how we, moms, value the importance of good sleep for our babies. Also, aside from long hours of sleep, I appreciate a diaper that can help keep my baby dry for long hours as we do the things that we need to finish. It has Magic Gel that absorbs and locks-in up to 7 wettings.

Pampers Baby-Dry gives all around breathability (wraps your baby in comfort) and it has a soft touch-dry layer that quickly absorbs wetness. What I love about it also is that it has stretchy tapes. Babies, like my daughter who have sensitive skin, need not worry about the “pantals” that they get on their waists as this diaper is very comfortable. It also has a wetness indicator that turns blue when the nappy is wet.

To make more moms happy and to celebrate this wonderful journey of firsts, the world’s no.1 diaper brand Pampers recently headed to the hospitals of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to surprise moms and newborn babies with a gift that can help them enjoy brighter, happier days ahead – the all-new Pampers Baby Dry!

Mr and Mrs Sevilles

Mr and Mrs Sevilles accepted their gift from Pampers!

 

To join in on Pampers Celebration of firsts and if you want to try out out these diapers that I got from Pampers Big Delivery, you can go to lazada.com.ph and buy Pampers Baby Dry at 20% off until supplies last.

 

I’m really excited for this event at Mckinley Tuscany!

Summer time is just weeks away and our mind is filled with all of the fun activities we want to do with our loved ones. Getting that bronzed skin goal, having new places to explore and beach hopping would ultimately make our summer memorable!

But, wouldn’t it be more fun to do something different and creative this year?

Memory Crafters together with Megaworld Corporation thought of creating a summer-themed event entitled Craft Buffet. A series of arts & crafts workshops this April! A variety of arts & crafts workshops from Manila’s experienced and famous artists, enjoy and shop at our arts & craft booths, indulge scrumptious array of dishes from world-class restaurants and acoustic sessions with bands and singers!

For April 12, Josh Villena of Autotelic will serenade you while you craft, dine and shop!

Craft-Buffet

Here is the list of what you can do at the Craft Buffet!

THE ART OF DOODLING
This summer, be part of this wonderful workshop and know the basics of doodling with the famous and experienced artist, Nelz Yumul of WeeWillDoodle. Get to learn his awesome techniques and secrets on how he magnificently create a neat and colorful doodle!

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About WeeWillDoodle
In 2007, WeeWillDoodle was formed as a break from our corporate lives. It has always been a way for us express ourselves freely by random lines and characters. Doodling is the first step for us in creating a final artwork. It starts from traditional line art or a painting and may finish digitally. We love the performance aspect to it that we have strived to perfect it through our camaraderie and uniformity, which can be manifested through our strokes and lines. Weewilldoodle is not an individual. It is a group, sometimes a movement which tells us that all of us can CREATE and COLLABORATE.

Workshop fee: P 2000 (Inclusive of module, workshop kit, food and freebies!)
Venue: Lucky Burger’s, Unit RJ-JRM Building 5, Tuscany at McKinley Hill, Taguig
Date: April 19, 2015; 1:00 PM

RUBBER STAMPING
You know you’re addicted to crafty and cute memory keeping activities if different kinds of DIY rubber stamps gets you excited. Or, you are probably just astounded and curious on how to make and design one.

Worry no more, because our first run would be fun! Learn how to create and design your own rubber stamp from scratch. Choose a design (or you can just follow the module) and design your journals!

Rubber stamp making

Workshop Fee: P 2000 (Inclusive of module, workshop kit, food and freebies from our sponsors!)
Venue:Sophie’s Mom, Tuscany, Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City
Date: April 19, 2015 | 1:30 PM

DESIGN YOUR OWN TOTE BAG
What a better way to have a crafty and creative summer is to have the chance to design your own canvass tote bag!

Learn with our DIY Goddess, Nica Cosio on how to design your own tote bag from scratch! (Pegs and inspirations are included on your module.)

Tote Bag Making

Workshop Fee: P 2000 (Incusive of module, workshop kit, food and freebies from our sponsors!)
Venue:Milky Way, Tuscany, Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City
Date: April 19, 2015 | 3:00 PM

About Nica Cosio
Nica Cosio is a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful girls. She is also a freelance graphic artist and illustrator. During her free time (mostly when her children are napping) she occupies herself with arts and crafts which she writes about and shares on the blog she keeps with her husband (www.carlosandveronica.net). She loves to read, make art with her children, and throw DIY parties.

BASIC BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY
A lot of people are ultimately into Calligraphy lately, from basics to modern and colorful lettering. They are literally everywhere. That’s why we are giving this opportunity to people who want to learn how to beautifully stroke and make Instagram-worthy masterpieces! Learn the basics, tips and tricks and awesome techniques from Charmaine!

Brush calligraphy

About Charmaine
Charmaine is an adventurer by day, time lord by night. She’s a creative, go-getter and wants to explore the world one adventure at a time. She’s also an experienced calligrapher and have a huge following on Instagram. www.sharkmaine.com

Workshop Fee: P 2000 (Incusive of module, workshop kit, food and freebies from our sponsors!)
Venue: Marciano’s, Tuscany, Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City
Date: April 19, 2015 | 3:30 PM

Buy a Ticket now at http://manilaworkshops.com/events/craft-buffet Limited slots available!

Do you fully understand the impact of ASEAN INTEGRATION for your small business or even how will it impact your job as a freelancer? I have tried to read the ASEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY HANDBOOK for Business 2012, but I haven’t finished it yet. Basically, the member nations, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao DPR, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam commit to “hasten the establishment of the AEC (Asean Economic Community) by 2015 and to transform ASEAN into a region with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour and freer flow of capital.”

*Image from ASEAN Economic Community Handbook for Business 2012

*Image from ASEAN Economic Community Handbook for Business 2012

As set out in the ASEAN Declaration, the aims and purposes of ASEAN are:
*From this link: http://www.asean.org/asean/about-asean/overview

– To accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations;
– To promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries of the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter;
– To promote active collaboration and mutual assistance on matters of common interest in the economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific and administrative fields;
– To provide assistance to each other in the form of training and research facilities in the educational, professional, technical and administrative spheres;
– To collaborate more effectively for the greater utilisation of their agriculture and industries, the expansion of their trade, including the study of the problems of international commodity trade, the improvement of their transportation and communications facilities and the raising of the living standards of their peoples;
– To promote Southeast Asian studies; and
– To maintain close and beneficial cooperation with existing international and regional organisations with similar aims and purposes, and explore all avenues for even closer cooperation among themselves.

Reading the handbook, it states that there are four pillars to the AEC: 1) Single Market and Production Base; 2) Competitive Economic Region; 3) Equitable Economic Development; and 4) ASEAN’s Integration into the Global Economy. These four pillars is really to make ASEAN more competitive globally.

Given that we are striving for a single market and production base, there will be a:
1. Free flow of goods;
2. Free flow of services;
3. Free flow of investment;
4. Freer flow of capital; and
5. Free flow of skilled labour

Given these things, it’s really important that we get to understand what all of these will do to our businesses. On April 16, 2015, Manila Workshops will be running a webinar on ASEAN INTEGRATION. It will be from 7:00 to 9:00 PM s please feel free to share this webinar with everyone.

You can sign up using this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/understanding-the-asean-integration

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To know more about the ASEAN Integration, you can also visit: http://www.asean.org/

Let’s talk about unique ways of promoting your products and services. I always believed that the best advertising campaigns are those that get your audience or consumers to promote your products also. These campaigns get key influencers who really believe and trust the products that they endorse. Speaking of key influencers, I recently attended an event that had a campaign that was so smart and unique. It was the event of Girl Stuff Nail Polish to launch their Bloggers’ Elite Summer Collection.

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Girl Stuff Nail Polish 2

With these pictures, you would have thought that this event was just the usual nail polish event launch with ladies giving attendees a manicure. Well, we did have that but what made this event interesting is that it was actually the launch of the Blogger’s Elite Summer Collection. Girl Stuff got four shades of its nail polish and named it after four of the widely followed, sassiest lifestyle, fashion, mommy and beauty bloggers. It was a great idea  since these four ambassadors were people who truly believed in the brand.

The colors from the Bloggers' Elite Summer Collection

The colors from the Bloggers’ Elite Summer Collection

The four Girl Stuff Blogger Ambassadors

The four Girl Stuff Blogger Ambassadors

The bohemian pink has been named after the blog AskMeWhats. Behind this blog is working mom Nikki Tiu. An HR professional who moonlights as a make-up artist, Nikki is a nail art enthusiast who absolutely adores the color pink. The moment she laid eyes on Girl Stuff AskMeWhats, she fell in love with it. “Girl Stuff’s bohemian pink is not the usual pink shade that you see in other polish brands. AskMeWhats is an extraordinary , very feminine shade. Kind of like an orchid because of its lilac undertone. What’s more, it reminds me of my Mom whose favorite color is lilac. This perfect blend of pink and lilac reflects a very young, cheerful vibe just like my personality. “

Fashion entrepreneur, event organizer and blogger Christina Decena’s Struttingonsunshine blog inspired Girl Stuff’s sky blue shade. “What struck me the most with this blue shade is its brilliance! I see sunny skies and cerulean seas… This shade speaks to me. It’s like a dreamy cruise in a bottle!” she enthuses. “It’s the perfect shade for me because it encapsulates my wanderlust for the world!”

Girl Stuff’s lime green shade reminds blogger Jackie Go of a tropical paradise. “Girl Stuff totally nailed it with this shade. It has captured the calming hue of nature. And this type of shade works well with any skin tone. So it’s a perfect shade to frolic in this summer.” A mother of two and a model, Jackie’s blog Go Jackie Go is a channel for spreading good news and good vibes to women.

An editor-in-chief of a baby magazine and my dear friend, blogger Frances Amper Sales’ sunnier-than-the-sun disposition is best captured in Girl Stuff’s chartreuse shade. “This yellow shade is so bright and happy, you just won’t be able to ignore it! It’s bold and fun!” she pronounces. On her Topaz Horizon blog, she shares stories of her many roles as a woman.

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I’m really impressed by this campaign that they ran. This is really a unique way of involving brand ambassadors and a unique way of involving your users in your marketing campaign. In times like these where word-of-mouth really matters, they found a unique way to create brand awareness and possibility an increase in purchases.

I had a great time in this event. Thanks, Marilen, for the picture!

* Girl Stuff Bloggers’ Elite Summer Collection uses their well-loved sophisticated gel-type formula to turn four fun shades into sassy, shiny, trendy and long lasting polish! Girl stuff is made in France and free of harmful chemicals!

To know more about the products, please visit:
www.girlstufforever.com
FB: Girlstuff Forever
IG: girlstufforever