More and more groups are being formed to help and support other women. I love it! I sincerely think that we women need all the support that we can get to achieve our goals and aspirations. I think that instead of harbouring feelings of jealousy, let us pull one another up.

There are two events that I’m really excited about. The first one is the BDJ Women’s Summit. This will be on April 16, this Saturday. The event will be from 10 am to 9 pm and they will have powerful women as speakers.
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER : Women Helping Women
: Amina Rasul-Bernardo (Philippine Centre for Islam & Democracy — Int’l Women’s Advocate)

PLENARY 1 : Boosting Curiosity and Intellectual Discourse
: Ana Santos (Journalist, Women Empowerment advocate)
: Risa Hontiveros (Health and Women Empowerment Advocate)

PLENARY 2 : Working Towards Financial Freedom
: Myrna Padilla (Mynd Dynamic Team – OFW turned Businesswoman)
: Salve Duplito (ANC On the Money Host, Financial Journalist)

PLENARY 3 : Finding the Courage to Lead
: Rep. Leni Robredo (2016 Vice Presidential Candidate)
: Myrza Sison (Editorial Director, Summit Media)

PLENARY 4 : Nurturing Passions to Inspire Good
: Susan Afan (Managing Director, ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.)
: Jen Santos (General Manager, G-Stuff)

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The other event that I am excited about is the Building a Business out of Passion talk from CEO Moms.

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Manila Workshops is happy to partner with the CEO Moms in spreading the word about this 3 hour talks. The talk will be at MindChamps International Preschool in BGC. Here is the workshop outline:

  • Connect with yourself and discover the things you are most passionate about.
  • Get the right motivation and guidance from a certified life coach on how to turn your passion into a purposeful business.
  • Create a passion board and take it home with you and let it serve as your daily inspiration to become an entrepreneur.
  • Get to know more about start-ups from a venture capitalist, and get insights on how you can possibly develop one yourself.
  • Build a supportive network with like-minded women. Share your fears, concerns and excitement, and encourage one another to success.
  • Continue on and complete the workshop series to get the opportunity to have a constant guide in setting up your business, to launching and sustaining it in the early stages. Learn the most essential aspects in developing one and pin point which needs your attention the most and which aspects shortcuts can be applied to.

Who Should Attend: 

Open to all moms and single ladies who want  to create a business out of passion, learn about tech startups from women in startups and build a supportive network.

The speakers are two powerful women:

Andrea Goseco

Anda is an executive coach who uses a combination of her innate ability to understand people, coaching methods she learned through her coach certification and her business experience working with companies from various industries.  She is able to create effective leaders by using methods that will create positive and lasting change which have a direct impact on business results.

Certified with coaching programs that are based in the U.S., with Career Coach Academy and Coach Training Alliance accredited with International Coach Federation (ICF), she also took certified coach courses in Singapore with Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Coaching and Gallup and is now an ACC member of ICF with over 700 hours of coaching experience.

Anda has worked with various industries as an executive coach—banks, telecommunications, real estate, hotels and resorts and shipping.  The companies she has worked with include BDO, Globe Telecom, The Discovery Leisure Company, Rockwell Land, East West Bank, L’Oreal, HSBC, and Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC).

Aside from coaching, she also conducts training programs for leaders in organizations. She was also an HR consultant for Carrascal Nickel Corporation (CNC) focused on creating job descriptions and designing a leadership program to improve the overall capability of the organization.

Prior to being an Executive Coach, Anda worked with the HR Training Group of Globe Telecom and also worked as a marketing strategist leading successful brands such as Globe Postpaid and Globe Tattoo, Ambi Pur (Sara Lee Philippines), Tiffany and Co and Metropolitan Museum of Art (Rustan’s), and as Sales Manager with Ayala Land, Inc.

Anda was a columnist for Entrepreneur and was also featured as a business resource for F&B World and Money Sense magazine.

She completed her post college degree in Marketing at De La Salle University.  Anda graduated from college at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) with a degree in Business Management.

Rina Neoh

Rina Neoh has more than 25 years of experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial world. Her first real work experience started out at the age of 14 when she served as a shampoo girl in her mother’s salon, a job that allowed her to learn the rudiments of small business development and the importance of understanding the human side of business.

With a solid foundation in B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science and a keen business sense acquired through an overseas MBA (International Business), Rina has delivered multi-million dollar returns from small business enterprises, which she has incubated, coached, invested in or promoted. She has developed her own expertise in solutions selling, complex tender bids and managing A-list accounts in her early careers, including winning prestigious accounts from the government and private sectors. Rina is also instrumental in two IPOs in Australian Stock Exchange and have executed complex cross border mergers and acquisitions.

Rina has a long track record and proven expertise in strategic marketing, product branding, information systems, business development, venture capital financing, investor relations and high-level business negotiations — skills which she brought to every business she acquired or advised during her long career.

A seasoned executive with an operations and systems perspective, Rina is well known for setting up and developing companies across Asia Pacific, including brick-and-mortar and technology-enabled enterprises. She has a knack for incubating new businesses, finding new markets, creating unique value propositions and creating sustainable revenue streams.

Rina co-founded Mercatus Capital Pte Ltd, a homegrown incubator based in Singapore and a venture accelerator since 2006. Through its angel networks, Mercatus Group provided seed capital to promising new small ventures, with more than 30 startups seeded and incubated in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, India, China and Hong Kong.

Rina holds strategic management roles, directorships and equities in Mercatus Capital, NEST Capital, Adiaco Advisors, RxR Capital, Synapse Global, Unlimited Brands, Fix Point, IdeasInc and Lattitude33. In addition to managing various companies as director or investor, Rina finds time to serve as business coach and adviser to several business advisory boards, NGOs, University and the Government of Peru, such as Startup Peru, UTAR Malaysia, Lianas Rising, Student Connect, Communi-T, Cherry Blair Foundation, among others.

Rina spends most of her free time advocating “greenfield” businesses, promoting social entrepreneurship, women empowerment and volunteerism work. She is an avid photographer, a curious traveller, and a passionate mountain trekker and wellness practitioner.

If you want to sign up for this talk, CLICK HERE.

Watch out also for the launch of our very own Beauty Biz Bliss coming this May!

Have you ever woken up to a day filled with questions about life? Well, today is that kind of a day for me. I thought of naming this article something else — some title filled with emotion, but I decided just to call this post April 11, for some reason I will expound on later in this article.

I woke up thinking of a lot of random things like how children are so brave. They just jump into doing things without thinking of the consequences of their actions. From stumbling and falling, they learn things. Then my mind shifted to thinking about working out today. A friend of mine told me that working out really makes you a happier individual. This made me think that this may be the reason why I have been feeling so “blah” for the past year. I haven’t been moving my muscles a lot lately. Then, my mind drifted to the thought of why Pia Wurtzbach, Lisa Soberano and Alice Dixon (my local girl crushes) are so damn hot! In the future, I would love to interview them just to see what they do on a daily basis, because I feel so ugly lately.

Then my mind again drifted to why I feel so insecure about how I look and what I can do. I thought that this may be because I think too much of what other people say and think. I analyze and interpret and then make conclusions already on how they feel about me base on how they treat me. I guess it’s because I’m human, and as human being (and a woman at that … haha!), we have our own intentions for doing things and then formulate certain expectations from others. Bottomline is that I think I should just not care and try loving myself more from now on.

Ej shared with me this very beautiful animation short for the music of Jane Bordeaux Band. I would like to give “slow claps” to the following people, too, who deserve to mentioned for this great animation short:
Producers: Uri Lotan & Yoav Shtibelman / Director: Uri Lotan / Co-Director: Yoav Shtibelman / Art Director: Ovadia Benishu / Additional Art: Avner Geller / Lighting and Shading: Yosef Refaeli / Additional Lighting: Uri Lotan, Rob Showalter / Storyboard: Yoav Shtibelman / Modeling and Rigging: Uri Lotan, Ore Peleg, Or Ofri / Texturing:Yosef Refaeli, Dor Ben-Dayan / Animation: Yoav Shtibelman, Toby Pedersen, Ron Polischuk / Effects: Phenomena Labs / Compositing: Uri Lotan, Ilia Marcus / Colorist: Ilya Marcus

Beautiful animated short! The lyrics are about a girl stuck in a routine while the world changes around her.

 

from Uri Lotan on Vimeo.

Here are the lyrics in English (translated from Hebrew):
Nights turn into days
Days turn into years
And among them I was going faster in circles
Winds are blowing on me
Blow on the back of my neck
Everything seems too far too big
I’m not moving forward
It’s the time that drifts away
This is another passing train
It’s a further tightening rope (knot)
Sunrises sinking fast
As more seasons pass
And I stay the same in this shortening time
(x2) I’m not moving forward
It’s the time that drifts away
This is another passing train
It’s a further tightening rope (knot)

I really loved this animation short and the lyrics. I love how it captured how I’m currently feeling now. I feel stuck and I feel like time is fleeting so fast. I actually just came from church, because I just had the urge to cry and cry. Manong uber kasi shared his life story and how he found his way when he turned to the Bible, that when I arrived here at Megamall, I wanted to let all the emotions out. From the entrance, it was a long walk to the 5th floor. I felt like a lost child hurrying to see my dad, because I just wanted someone to pour my heart out to.

Whew! That actually worked. I now feel that I can just surrender. Surrender everything — where I’m going, where I’m heading. I’ll just use my talents and continue to help others. Sometimes, we just all need to be reminded that there is something greater than us, a Divine Being, a God, a Lord that will help us make it through. We just have to believe that today (everyday) is the start of living a whole, complete life – the life that we always wanted to live.

April 11 is that day for me.

PS. Animators will want to know about this! 🙂 Animation Jam!

My daughter is so cute! I wanted to show her a video which was on my phone. I was sitting right next to her while she was playing with the iPad. I called her and what she did was she paused the video she was watching to listen to me talk. Awww, isn’t that such an adorable thing? I think, as a mom, you find things that little children do adorable especially when you don’t see much of that happening with the adults that you interact with.

I, personally, don’t think technology is bad. I think it’s an enabler — it makes you do things more efficiently. To be honest, I’m not the type of mom who stops my child from learning using a gadget (tablets or mobile phones). But, I see to it that she is exposed to it only in moderation. Ever since she was little, we would see to it that she would get a good balance of gadget time and outdoor play time.

Now, recently, I found a very cool app that teaches kids how to tell the time. My daughter loves it. She calls it “owl time”, but in reality, it’s called Moji Clock Trainer. It teaches kids how a mechanical clock works. I just realized that, as adults, we may forget to teach them how to tell tell time using a mechanical clock since we can just look at our phones or laptops to show us “digital” time.

Moji Clock Trainer

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How the app works is that you first listen to a voice telling the current time. You can then set the clock by moving its hands to the correct numbers and when the you get the correct answer, a little bird/owl shows up. This is why my daughter calls it the Owl Time app.

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There are different levels for various ages. I love it since it’s very engaging! You can download the app from App store and Google Play Store.

Another app for kids that they made is called Moji Bingo Math.

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It teaches the child addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a mixture of operations. Check it out here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.extransit.moji.mojimathbingo.en&hl=en

http://www.iosappdownload.org/download.php?boaID=89615

Have fun! Let me know if these apps for kids were helpful! 🙂 Leave a comment below!

When I was young, I never liked math. I hated numbers and I didn’t enjoy learning it. It was late in my life (in fact, it was when I was working already for a bank) when I enjoyed working with numbers. Lately, I have been teaching my three year old how to count and how to write numbers.

When I was little, I couldn’t recall any available lessons to teach young ones about numbers. All the math that I learned was from school. Kids, nowadays, are so luck to have so many supplementary education that focuses in teaching and learning math. I want my little one to love math so I’m seriously considering enrolling her in this Mathemagis’ Singapore Math Summer programs.

Mathemagis Summer classes

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Preschoolers  four to six years old get the “Best Start to be Smart” in Math through fun and hands-on activities. They sa that these young kids, through their classes, develop a love and confidence for math  which they will carry with them throughout.

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Grade school students struggling with Math word problems will get a boost with “Visual Thinking Math” where kids learn the fun and easy way to solve math word problems using Singapore’s proven effective bar model strategy.

Keep you kids one step ahead of everyone through Mathemagis’ Singapore Math Program for gradeschoolers.  This program teaches Math concepts and enhances analytical skills for all students.

Batch 1 — April 4-15
Batch 2 — April 18-29
Batch 3 — May 1-13
Batch 4 — May 16-27

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If you want to learn more about Mathemagis, you can visit their website at www.mathemagis.com and FB page at www.facebook.com/mathemagis.singaporemaths or visit any of our branches in Serendra(833.7374), Makati(556.5109), Katipunan(225.6330), Timog Avenue(261.1611) and SM Pasig(209.8128).

Register online at http://bit.ly/1VF2nmV.