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What Stocks to Buy When you have $100 on GoTrade

I posted on Facebook that I was testing out GoTrade, and a lot of friends responded. GoTrade is an application where I purchase foreign (mostly US) stocks. I made an intro blog post on Gotrade here: Buy Foreign Stocks with GoTrade

Personally, I find it to be more convenient than the other platforms, because of these things:

a. GoTrade allows me to purchase fractional shares. In other platforms, I need to purchase at least 1 share of stock for some popular stocks. But some of these these popular stocks costs hundreds of dollars to just purchase 1 share. With GoTrade, I can buy fractional shares and get in on the action when gains are seen from these stock shares.

b. I love that it’s so easy to cash in. You can cash in using GCASH, a UnionBank Account or a BPI account. I’m sure they will add more soon, but these three options are enough for me.

c. Withdrawing from GoTrade is also very convenient with a very affordable transaction fee of $4. And the money is deposited in a matter of minutes with instant withdrawals.

One question that I was asked by friends when I posted is which stocks did I buy.

I started with depositing $100 right off the bat (I wanted to experiment and test quickly). By the way, please do not take this post as financial advice. I am not a financial advisor or financial planner. I only share what I have experienced and what I am doing with my personal portfolio.

So for that $100, I placed them in these stocks.

  1. TESLA

I was attracted to purchase US stocks because I saw that a lot of vloggers where talking about AMC (during the time I started). Personally though, that time, I really wanted to purchase TESLA stocks. This is how I stumbled upon GoTrade.

So I initially placed $10 on this stock.

I then wanted to test out purchasing other stocks so I researched about it and wanted to place in ETFs. ETFs are exchanged traded funds. ETFs are like mutual funds, but ETFs are bought and sold throughout the day on stock exchanges. ETFs are basically created for individuals who want to mitigate risks, because instead of purchasing just one stock, the ETF helps you by actually investing in different stocks.

I was so excited to see ETFs from Vanguard in GoTrade. Vanguard is a trusted name when it comes to ETFs for most investors. They have different ETFs focusing in different sets of stocks. The ones that I purchased are VTI, VOO and VGT.

Other stock shares that I bought initially are those of the Pharmaceutical company, Moderna and that of a tech company, which is Google (for obvious reasons). I also later on invested in a lot more technology companies (which I will share in a different post soon).

Another segment that I was looking at was REITs or Real Estate Investment Trusts. REITs are basically investing on Real Estate without really owning properties for rent such as commercial spaces, malls, etc. We know that Real Estate investing is nice to have in our portfolio, but while I save up to purchase properties, REITs will do. I’ve been noticing that now, local companies like Robinsons Land and Megaworld are releasing REITs.

In GoTrade, they have different choices of REITs. I personally invested in O or Realty Income, Ares Commercial Real Estate and LTC Properties. Feel free though to research more about these different companies.

So there you have it. So for my $100, these are the companies that I invested in.

Some things to note…

I do dollar cost averaging, so I make it a habit to place a little amount every week if possible. I place around $20 a week at least (as much as possible).

I also check on the stocks that issue out dividends. You can check it on GoTrade by checking the Dividend Yield of the stock.

So that’s it for my answer to what did I purchase with $100 dollars. Hope this article helps.

If you haven’t downloaded GoTrade, you can look for it in the App store or Google playstore. You can use my invitation code to get in.

Use this invitation code so you can use Gotrade! It’s by invitation only 🙂

If you have any questions, feel free to comment on the section below! Have a great day!

Buying A New Drone? What First Time Drone Owners Need to Know

Undoubtedly, drone use can be extremely beneficial to influencers, social media managers, and photographers alike. The ability to capture images from high angles and get a unique shot easily is something that many people once thought wasn’t possible for amateurs. But owning a drone has completely changed how people create and consume content across the world.

You only have to head online to easily find an abundance of drone shots from various sources to see the popularity not only with the artists who use them to create the content but also from the consumer.

YouTube’s chief commercial officer, Robert Kyncl, forecasted that video would account for 90 percent of all internet traffic by 2020, with expenditure on digital video ads expected to climb by 30 per cent between 2015 and 2016. Another interesting figure is that 70% of marketers want to boost their social media video ad budgets in 12 months.

If you are looking to buy a drone to up your photography game, boost your social media images, use it within the realms of your company or business or to simply just have fun with it, you need to know some important details before you purchase.

Where to Buy A Drone

This obviously depends on your location and the availability of retailers in your specific country. It is always a good idea to buy direct from a retailer such as DrDrone.ca.This way; you can ensure you are buying the latest version and have an outlet to buy the latest hardware or accessories as required.

Consider investing in a starter drone and kit to help you get used to using it at first. The last thing you want is to invest a hefty sum of money in a drone to have an accident and be unable to use it without being fully confident in your skills.

Choose a Compact Drone

Drones, much like anything else, can come in many different shapes and sizes. If you are going to be going out and about frequently, you need to invest in a lightweight and company drone that is easy to transport. It is likely when you head out with it you will have other equipment, too and choosing a bigger drone might mean you struggle to carry it where you need it or retrieve it in the event of an issue.

Drone Insurance

Like you would insure your mobile phone, you need to ensure your drone too. Make sure you check the restrictions, if any, regarding areas of usage for repair when using the drone. For example, if your provider limits you to the area you bought the drone for insurance, then damaging your drone outside of this area will void your policy. Make sure the cover you obtain applies to your needs.

Learn The Drone Flying Rules

When you first start using your drone, make sure you know all your locations regulations and laws about drone usage, especially if you plan to travel abroad and use your drone in a different country. 

Each country will have a page online dedicated to drone usage and what is acceptable. But for general advice, some rules can apply for pretty much most places and are a common courtesy for drone users, including;

  • Stay 8km away from airports
  • Fly under 400 feet from the ground
  • Do not fly over government facilities 
  • Do not fly over private properties and residential spaces
  • Only fly in open areas
  • Keep your drone in the one of sight

Register For Any Permits

Different countries have different requirements, and you cannot just buy a drone and take it out to fly. In the Philippines, commercial drone use requires a permit. An operator may not conduct aerial work activities unless they have a valid certificate of authority granted by the Authority.

Avoid falling foul of the law and register your intention to fly a drone, and get the appropriate paperwork to allow you to do so.

Buy Extra Supplies

It can be easy to overlook the extras you might need to use your drone effectively, especially if you bought on impulse. If you are using your drone commercially, you will probably find that you need to purchase supplies to help you prolong your usage when out and about and help you get the most from your new drone. Some packages may include some or all of the following.

Consider buying;

  • Extra batteries
  • Battery Charging pack
  • Carry Case
  • Memory Card
  • Filters
  • Spare propellers
  • Propellor guards
  • Landing gear
  • Car charging kit

You Need To Install Software

You cannot open up your drone and use it. You need to set up the software for the drone, charge the batteries, install the propellers etc. Additionally, you will also need to add the software on your phone from the controller. You will also need to register your drone with the provider to get you up and running.

Practise Makes Perfect

Drone are fragile pieces of technology. When you consider the heights they are typically used at, if they were to come crashing down, it can cause a lot of damage.

These days, drones are super user friendly, and as such most people can pick up the skills pretty quickly. Remember to use your drone in a safe space and remember to follow the rules when practising your skills. Don’t push it too much too soon, and allow yourself to build up the confidence required for a successful drone flight.

Consider undergoing drone flight training to improve your skills and fly with other people, so more than one set of eyes are on the drone, and you can have support in keeping track of your drone until you become more confident.

There is no denying that a drone can be a handy tool for any industry. However, take the time to get to know your new piece of kit before using it and make sure you have the relevant permission and permits to take your drone out into the sky.

Two New Kid-Friendly Features from Netflix

My daughter and I joined this super fun call with Netflix where they shared two new Netflix kid-friendly features. In our household, it has been a habit to watch a new kid-friendly show every weekend.

We love watching with Zeeka because it’s a great way to bond with her and get to know her thoughts about different things.

Shows and movies are an important way for kids to connect with the world – helping to teach them about new places, create bonds with family or friends and understand other perspectives.

We learned about the two Netflix kid-friendly features and I’d like to share these with you, too. This will help families like you navigate around Netflix and discover new shows that you can watch with your family – whether it’s a fantasy film like Wish Dragon or an action-adventure series like Ridley Jones.

Bi-Weekly Kids Recap Emails

Netflix Bi-Weekly Recap Emails

First, there will be bi-weekly kids recap emails to give parents a better understanding of your child’s preferences and news ways to engage those interests, like: 

  • Recommendations based on your child’s favorite shows and movies;
  • Printable coloring sheets and activities inspired by your kid’s favorite characters;
  • Top themes or topics charts that show the types of programs your child enjoys most (i.e. science, friendship); and
  • Tips for how to use our Kids features on Netflix.

Now, Zeeka is always following up with me if I have already gotten an email from Netflix… LOL!

Kids Top 10

Second, Netflix launched Kids Top 10 rows featuring our most popular children’s content in your country. 

Netflix has seen how Top 10 rows help members / subscribers find something to watch. And of course, helping families make the best decisions has always been important to them so now, they are offering a wide variety of safe (and fun!) tools for younger viewers like kids profiles, custom ratings and profile locks.

The Top 10 rows feature gives kids recommendations on what to watch next.

Super amazing, right? Connecting kids with their families, friends and stories around the world has never been easier. Check out these two new Netflix kid-friendly features.

Globe Business helps MSMEs boost online sales via Saludo SMEs Digistore

How do you shop? Will you believe me when I tell you that most of the things that I have been buying now have been through online shops? I have probably left the house less then 5 times since March 2020. I do my grocery shopping online and I also bought baby stuff online, too!

I know that a lot of small to medium enterprises have been struggling to make ends meet during this pandemic. It’s so hard to generate the same amount of income and also still pay for your operating expenses that hardly decreased (it even probably increased due to things that are need to be purchased because of protocols).


Super amazed at the fact that Globe Business is bent on helping MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) during these times. To provide a more accessible platform for micro, small, and medium businesses to sell more, Globe Business gave local MSMEs an opportunity to adapt to the popular retail trend and brought their products to where customers are shopping now through its Digistore, which was another live shopping event as a sequel to the successful pilot last year.

This was broadcasted live through Globe Business’ Facebook page last July 9 at 7 p.m.. This live selling event is one of several activities lined up to mark this year’s Saludo SMEs, an annual initiative by Globe’s enterprise arm to support and recognize the efforts and contribution of Filipino entrepreneurs to achieve sustainable economic development.


“We bring you once again this live shopping event to help small businesses tap into new channels that will bring their brand online and make a deeper connection with more customers. And on the other hand, offer a seamless and more enjoyable buying experience for shoppers,” said Gaile Guevarra, Brand, Integration and Communications Head of Globe Business MSME Group.

“As a staunch advocate of empowering every business to own their success, we remain true to our commitment to provide MSMEs with platforms and opportunities to grow and thrive in the changing times,” she added.


The Saludo SMEs Digistore Live Selling Event showcased a wide array of selected products—from brewed coffee and teas to organic baby products, salsas and hot sauces with a twist to curated furniture—by Globe Business clients and merchants from partner organizations such as the Anvil Business Club, DTI Negosyo Center, Entrepreneur’s Organization, and Let’s Eat Pare.


Here are some of the merchants who joined the event and their respective products that can be purchased with real-time chat and a few clicks of a button.

Silca Coffee Roasting Company


Fueled by the simple dream of making freshly roasted coffee accessible to all Filipinos, this 25-year-old family venture has grown to become one of the largest coffee exporters in the Philippines and among the top coffee suppliers to cafes, offices and restaurants. Now a second-generation business, it has successfully launched brewed coffee brand Kick-Start, which has three varieties—the Philippine Barako, Brewed Awakening, and Your Daily Lift. These signature blends, ready to give online shoppers their caffeine fix, will be featured at the Saludo SMEs
Digistore.

Tiny Buds

Tiny Buds is the go-to brand for a wide range of clean, natural and gentle mommy and baby products—from hand sanitizers to toothbrushes, t-shirts to breastfeeding supplements, diaper creams to bath soaps. Shoppers can learn more about the store’s bestsellers like Sleepy Time Baby Massage Oil, After Shots Vaccination Gel and Extra Sensitive Laundry Powder for Babies.

Be Global E-Commerce Corporation

One of the pioneers in end-to-end e-commerce services in the country, this company participated in the July 9 event, showcasing its curated home and office furniture for all your work-from-home essentials and home makeover needs under its Qoncept Furniture brand that can be availed at special prices.

Gerfina Food Products

For foodies who want to kick their favorite dishes up a notch, Germina Food Products’ unique selection of sauces and condiments will surely give their next meal a twist.

Prism Café

This cloud cafe based in Pasay City serves hot and cold brews, innovative refreshments and baked goodies right to your doorstep.

SEWN Sandals

SEWN Sandals features a collection of casual flat sandals that are wearable and easy to match, with designs inspired by Philippine raw materials, festivals, and destinations across the country. SEWN elevates the everyday “tsinelas” while striking just the right balance of comfort, simplicity and sophistication, and carries a purpose of supporting local communities of sapateros and weavers.

Bernabest Food Products

Bernabest is the company behind the famous Siomai House and Empanada Especiale. Its commitment to customer satisfaction is paramount, which is why the Company is primed to maintain the high quality and strict implementation of standard in product processes as approved by the FDA, HACCP, andGMP (AAA) certified by the NMIS.

Let’s join Globe Business in supporting local SMEs as they move forward through the changing times. I plan to support and buy from these stores and from other local businesses that Globe supports!

Axie Infinity Journey & Team Arbo Axie Infinity Incubation Program

If you’ve heard of Axie Infinity, we are playing this for two things: one is because it’s a fun game and two, to check out the earnings potential of this game. As you know, this blog is about Mommyhood, Business and Finance (basically everything that I care about), and this is one of the things that we’ve been studying as a family for exactly 15 days now. We started our Axie Infinity journey last June 20, 2021 and in a span of 15 days, a lot has happened, including this launch of the Team Arbo Axie Infinity Incubation Program.

Our Experience

So I started my Crypto Journey just this year. I don’t think I’m late in the game, because just these past few months, the Crypt Market dropped to figures that they had a few years back. I saw this opportunity to enter into the market. At first, I would check the markets everyday (I still do but not as frequent anymore as I did before). I would check charts every single hour. But after a while, I realized that I should do what I do with my other investments, which was cost averaging. So with this, I started just cost averaging and sticking to the top currencies (Bitcoin, ETH, ADA and around 7 more coins). BTW, for those who want to start buying crypto, it’s never too late to start. You can use Binance and please use my referral link. For full disclosure, I get a little bit of credit when you SPOT Trade or buy currencies in the market.

To understand what SPOT trading is, this is the article that I wrote: https://mommyginger.com/how-to-buy-crypto-currencies-101-on-binance.html You’ll be needing this for Axie Infinity, btw.

Okay, back to my story. So I then got interested with online games where you earn Crypto Currencies. Saw Earth 2, and I think it works on the blockchain, but I’m not really sure. I bought some piece of land, and I also wrote about it in this blog. I also made an account on Cryptokitties, but didn’t really do anything there. Then I heard about Axie Infinity from the group of Ken-Ken Somera called Cryptamad. I checked it out and I was surprised that the initial investment was at Php 35-40 Thousand Pesos. I wasn’t ready to invest at that time, so I wanted to be a scholar instead (more on Axie Infinity Scholarships later). Just a few days after, we decided to invest just to try it out.

We started with a budget of Php 20 Thousand to buy 3 cute Axies. You need three to start playing. Being gamers, we looked at the cards and decided to buy a good enough team, and started playing.

Axie Infinity Incubation Program: Axie Infinity Scholarship program 1

How to Get Started

I won’t go through the step by step journey, BUT you can just watch this. EJ did a great job of explaining.

EJ and I also were interviewed by our friend, Fitz Villafuerte in this podcast:

So the investment that you need for Axie Infinity is around $1000 or Php 50,000 to start. This will allow you to buy 3 Axies (those cute little characters). It’s a bit steep, especially when you just want to play, and because of this, there are what are not called scholarships. Scholarships are basically investors/managers who buy teams and let other people play it.

To know what scholarships are, here is another video that I did with my friends Ken-Ken Somera and Louel Guiting.

Hope all of these Axie Infinity Resources help.

Our Current Funds

So as promised, I’m going to share with you what we have earned in 15 days. So our initial investment was at Php 20,000. You can’t a good team anymore with this price so the average now for an okay team will be around Php 45,000 to Php 55,000.

The good news though is that the price of SLP (coins that your earn from this game) is increasing. It was at Php 6 when we bought in. Now, it’s at Php 8.00 (I just placed Php 7.50 on my sheet since I want to be more conservative).

So as you can see, in 15 days, we almost recuperated back our investments.

What will we do with the money after?

We plan to earn enough to buy a new team and cascade it through the Team Arbo Axie Infinity Incubation Program.

What is the Team Arbo Axie Infinity Incubation Program?

Yesterday, we announced our own version of the Axie Infinity Scholarship program called the Team Arbo Axie Infinity Incubation Program. It’s quite different from other programs since we are looking for future potential managers.

Full details on this video of EJ.

We also have this deck for you to go through and see if the Team Arbo Axie Infinity Incubation Program is for you.

Axie Infinity Incubation Program Presentation

We will be deliberating on who to choose for this batch and for the succeeding batches. For full disclosure, this Incubation Program is in collaboration with our friend Fitz Villafuerte and another friend, Bored Ape (not his real name since we can’t disclose).

We really hope to bring more jobs to people so stay tuned for more announcements. We usually stream on https://facebook.gg/TeamArbo so please follow EJ and I there.

For those who want to invest and generate jobs for others, and not really play the game, feel free to contact us. You can just PM us through the Team Arbo Page or the Mommy Ginger Page on Facebook.

Enjoy Axie Infinity!