When I was a kid, I hated super frilly dressy. I would always throw a tantrum at the site of anything that my mother hung with ruffles and puffed sleeves. I always wanted to wear a kamiseta and shorts. We, Filipinos, know how comfortable kamisetas are. A kamiseta was made to be an undergarment, but as kids, our elders would buy kamisetas as garments to be used at home, especially for play time. It’s usually made out of cotton, which makes is so comfortable, and with this kind of weather in the Philippines, most of us would opt to push wearing that until an age where we need to shift to something more appropriate.

So when I grew to be a teenager, I was a fan of Kamiseta, the clothing brand. The name may have enticed me to check it out, and I may have associated it with the comfort that my kamiseta and shorts used to give me. I think it did, because for the longest time, I have been wearing clothes from Kamista. After sometimes, this brand that I so love is now the leading specialty retailer of fashionable casual apparel in the Philippines. Kamiseta, to this day, is hip, youthful and active.

The other thing that I like about Kamiseta is that I can buy clothes anytime, anywhere. They have their own website where you can order your clothes and have it delivered to your home.

How to shop at KAMISETA.COM

1. Sign in & create your very own Kamiseta account or sign in using your facebook account where you can review your shopping cart.
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2. Go to CLOTHING for the full collection or click on NEW ARRIVALS to shop the latest from Kamiseta.
3. After choosing a size and color for the item, click on ADD TO BAG.
4. Choose more items or click on VIEW BAG.
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5. You may edit or delete your orders at the SHOPPING BAG by clicking on the link at the top right portion of the page.
6. Type in your Billing Information and Shipping address, and choose from the Payment Methods and Courier available.

Payment methods available are: Bank Deposit or Paypal (which also accepts credit card payments). They accept the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express or JCB. You can either pay in Philippine Peso or in US dollars.

For bank deposit payments, you may deposit your payment to their BPI accounts. After paying, just send them a copy of your deposit slip via e-mail at kamisetagirl@kamiseta.com. Please include your name and Order Acknowledgement Number when sending your deposit slip. All purchases must be paid within 3 days from date of reservation or else the items will be returned to the store’s stock level.

7. After payment, you will receive an e-mail confirming your purchase.

That’s how easy ordering through Kamiseta.com is!

So what did I get online? These are the items that I got!

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I got this pink top and pink skirt made from lace from Kamiseta. It’s called Jeline. It has a partner pink top also made out of lace with a spaghetti strapped inner garment. I chose to remove the lacy top when I wore the skirt and chose to use the lacy shirt with jeans, which I think is awesome. The thing with Kamiseta is that you can have fun with the items that you get! It really is fun being a girl.

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Speaking of femininity, this was the other dress that I bought. I’m sure that you may have noticed now that I love the color yellow. I just love this dress, because it looks really comfortable and fresh! And the best thing about it is that it is really comfortable!

So if you want to have have the time of your life and be the woman you want to be — bold, confident and fun, try out stuff from Kamiseta! Because, it’s fun being a girl!

 

I have packed Zeeka‘s schedule with a lot of activities for this summer. I have searched for summer workshops and interesting stuff to keep her busy. I just have my own personal pre-requisite. It has to be near our home… haha! One of the things that I enrolled her to is gymnastics. she started her class today!

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For those of you who have kids and teens and are looking for summer workshops, I would like to recommend this workshops that we at Manila Workshops created.

Photography for Kids: 

http://manilaworkshops.com/events/photographyworkshopforkids

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This workshop is for kids 8-12 years old who would like to learn more about taking pictures! Sharing with you the course outline.

What Kids Will Learn:

1. The Camera and How It Works
• Bodies and lenses.
• Capabilities and limitations

2. Why Are We Getting Blurred Photos?
• Exposure triangle lecture and hands-on
• Aperture and depth of field
• Shutter speed and motion
• ISO

3. Camera Handling and Care

4. Why you need to shoot in the best lighting conditions and finding what works.
• Light and exposure (further demo on the exposure triangle)
• Understanding light and how to use it to your advantage.
• Artificial lighting and Natural light
• Hard and soft lighting.
• Modifying light

5. Quick formulas to ensure good photos.
• Elements of composition.
• Subject, foreground, and background relationship.
• Emphasis.
• Rule of thirds.

6. Visual exercises and the IG game.
• Photo challenge
• Portraits
• Still life
• Abstract/IG game

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This workshop is in partnership with Keith Dador, a professional photographer!

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SIGN UP HERE FOR THE KIDS PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS!

 

Photography for Teens:

 http://manilaworkshops.com/events/photographyworkshopforteens

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This photography workshop is for teens ages 13-20. Here is the course outline:

What Teens Will Learn:

1. The Camera and How It Works
• Bodies and lenses.
• Capabilities and limitations

2. Why Are We Getting Blurred Photos?
• Exposure triangle lecture and hands-on
• Aperture and depth of field
• Shutter speed and motion
• ISO

3. Camera Handling and Care

4. Why you need to shoot in the best lighting conditions and finding what works.
• Light and exposure (further demo on the exposure triangle)
• Understanding light and how to use it to your advantage.
• Artificial lighting and Natural light
• Hard and soft lighting.
• Modifying light

5. Quick formulas to ensure good photos.
• Elements of composition.
• Subject, foreground, and background relationship.
• Emphasis.
• Rule of thirds.

6. Visual exercises and the IG game.
• Photo challenge
• Portraits
• Still life
• Abstract/IG game

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SIGN UP HERE FOR THE TEENS PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS!

This workshop is brought to you by Catnip Studios, Paper Blush, Copii, Pringo and Alfox Printing Services.

I have been getting a lot of inquiries from expectant parents on workshops that are fit for them. I apologize as I haven’t been writing much about pregnancy and infant or baby related stuff. My daughter just turned four and she’s growing up so fast. I remember how it is though, when I was scrambling for information. Most first time parents are scared as this is the first time that you will be undergoing all — ALL of these things. Rightly so, it is understandable that you feel a little bit scared mixed with mostly excitement. I felt the same way! haha! So, here is good news for you! Manila Workshops and The Parenting Emporium, together with Stemcord Philippines Inc., will have another run of the All about Breastfeeding and Baby & Toddler Care Nutrition, this coming April 22.

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If you want to attend, just go to this link, http://manilaworkshops.com/events/first-time-parents-workshop-series-2017-2nd-run and purchase tickets. All of us need the help that we can get to know how to care for your little one. I remember the time before I had my daughter, we would regularly go to workshops like this to learn as much as we could about breastfeeding, nutrition, etc.  Sessions like these really helped us.

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The Learning Fees are as follows:

  • Individual rate: Php600/session
  • Couple rate: Php1000/session

Hope you can make time for this. By the way, this workshop is supported by our friends from Mega Malungay, VPharma, Pampers, Vicks, Mama Chows, Cetaphil, Beginnings, Cradle and Cycles!

For any inquiries, you can email donna@manilaworkshops.com and she’ll be happy to assist you. See you all at The Parenting Emporium on April 22!

 

 

 

During the Philippine Impact Sourcing Conference or PISCON, held by the Department of Information and Technology (DICT) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines, I learned that there is a new meaning for the acronym OFW. It can also mean Online Filipino Workers. There is a growing number of online workers and freelancers who are doing jobs that are outsourced to them.

Yours Truly with the Secretary of DICT, Atty. Rodolfo Salalima

Yours Truly with the Secretary of DICT, Atty. Rodolfo Salalima

If you count those who are on online platforms like those present during PISCON 2017 (Upwork.com, Freelancer.com, 51 Talk, OnlineJobs.ph), there are around 1.4 Million Filipinos on these platforms in total. This number has been continuously growing. With the growing number of people who are entering this type of profession/career, there are growing issues also that this demographic asks to be addressed.

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Since what they do is quite different from being employees (some of them are employed by a foreign client), and not quite in the realm of turning it into a business (excludes those who have created online agencies, teams that have turned into corporations, etc.), they have their own set of concerns and issues that they need addressed. Some of the issues that I have heard from freelancers who attend Manila Workshops event are how to register their business, how to get a business permit, what taxes to pay, how to get health benefits, etc.

With this, the launch of Digital Career Advocates of the Philippines or DCAP during the PISCON 2017 was of perfect timing. DCAP is an association established to promote the growth of the Online Outsourcing Industry and advocate for the welfare of online workers in the Philippines and its members.

I was fortunate enough to interview Genesis Reonico, the President of Digital Career Advocates of the Philippines or DCAP.

THE VISION

DCAP envisions a thriving and united Online Outsourcing Industry, helping reduce the unemployment rate in the country and provide work opportunities to Filipinos especially to those who are differently-abled and those who live in the countryside where employment opportunities are limited.

DCAP envisions itself to be the voice of the Filipino Online Freelancers in the country, that will speak in behalf of their needs and concerns, lobbying and assisting in drafting policies that can positively impact the online outsourcing industry, and collaborate with the Government in its initiatives that will further grow and support the industry.

THE MISSION

DCAP’s core mission is to educate, equip, and enable as many Filipinos as possible in finding and landing a job online so that unemployment will not be a problem and they do not need to leave their hometown just to find rewarding work and career elsewhere. DCAP will also support & empower online workers who wish to grow and level up their career or establish their own HomeGrown BPO company that will provide employment in their areas.

In addition, DCAP will do its best to protect the industry from individuals, companies and institutions who are taking advantage of the industry for their own personal gain and not for the best interest of the industry by calling them out and issuing guidelines and notices to the public.

These can be achieved through united efforts and support from key stakeholders, mainly the online workers, online outsourcing agencies, training providers, online job marketplaces and companies who provides support services to the industry, who are DCAP’s member themselves.

With some of the founding members of DCAP: Genesis

With some of the founding members of DCAP: Genesis Reonico (President), Maritess “Allie” Pasag (Chairman) and Leif Brian Margallo (VP for Visayas)

The founding members of DCAP are the following:

Genesis Reonico (President)
Maritess “Allie” Pasag (Chairman)
Leif Brian Margallo (VP for Visayas)
Kim Romarez (VP for Mindanao)
Crizelda Joy Cajoles (VP for Luzon)
Ronald “Piper” Ramboanga
Rochefel Rivera
Regina Evangelista
Glenn Mark Dizon

I am happy that there is this kind of association for freelancers and for those who have digital careers. If you have questions for the Digital Career Advocates of the Philippines or DCAP, please leave it at the comments section below. I will gladly ask Genesis and the other founding members to reply.

Sulong, Pilipinas!

Do you know how it is when people have a go-to drink when they feel sad or just need something to boost their spirit? Well, I know that I am the “tea latte” kind of a girl, but recently, after discovering Shakeaway (they already have a branch in BGC Uptown mall), milkshakes have been my go-to drink. To tell you honestly, I have never expected myself to be a milkshake kind of a gal. I never really liked super sweet drinks, but after trying Shakeaway’s milkshakes, I am now a convert!

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Shakeaway is the original re-inventor of milkshakes and started creating a following in 1999 with the first shop opening in the town of Bournemouth, England. This was their first store. Upon entering their newly opened store in Uptown Mall in BGC, I noticed the shockingly huge menu board.

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Shakeaway is actually famous for the 180 flavors and millions of possible combinations of milkshake that is available. You can choose from their ready-made concoctions, that are to-die-for or you can create your own milkshake. They even have the millionaire’s milkshake made with real 23 carat edible gold! This is worth Php 900+.

I’ll be sharing the menu here, so that you can make your decision even before you get to the store:
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All of the ingredients are lined up in the counter and each milkshake is right before your very eyes. You can be assured of the quality and the freshness of the ingredients. For the flavors, extras and toppincs, you can choose from these categories: Fruity, Sweety, Chocolatey, Biscuity or Cakey.

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Here are the Steps to Create a Customized Milkshake:

  1. Choose your size: Regular at Php 190 or Large at Php 250
  2. Pick if you want Ice Cream or Fat Free Yogurt
  3. Pick your flavors (First one is free; Php 60 for each additional flavor)
  4. Add your extra: Toppings at Php 30 / Add ice cream at Php 30 / Add boosts or supplements at Php 60

Guess what? They also have hot milkshakes and junior sized milkshakes that your children will love. Zeeka loves the Milo Junior Sized shake.

Okay, now for our recommendations:

For the healthy individual, you can try my own personal favorite, IVY! IVY has kale, banana and mango. You can choose from their fruit smoothies, 100% fat free frozen dessert, low fat shakes and lower fat crispy and tasty fries. You can also tell that staff at Shakeaway Philippines if you have allergies. They will gladly recommend a drink for you!

For the Chocolate lover, we highly recommend the following:

DAVE – This milkshake has ferrero rocher & kinder bueno with crumbled cadbury flake on top

MIKE – With reese’s cups & milo topped with whipped cream

JOE – With banana & nutella with chocolate wafer stick on top

These are our top three “Chocolatey” favorites. Now if you love fruits, try SOL. Sol is a shake with mango & graham crackers with whipped cream on top. These are our top choices from Shakeaway Philippines.

We’re so excited to try out the other flavors and concoctions. We already have the VIP card. If you don’t have it, ask for it during your next visit.

Do share with us your thoughts on the flavor you have tried and use #ShakeawayPh and #MommyGinger. We’d love to hear about it!