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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!

Team Arbo: My Family of Gamers

When I was young, my concept of playing was running around in our garden, playing hopscotch or shooting hoops with my sister in the garage of my grandmother’s house. It’s so interesting to compare what we do now with our daughter Zeeka with my childhood experience. So much has changed over the years. Much has changed also from what we were playing before COVID 19 happened with what we are playing now. 

Prior to the pandemic, we would play board games with her. My husband and I would also have weekly boardgame nights with friends. My husband has this massive collection of tabletop board games probably totalling to close to 100 board games. 

When the pandemic hit, we still continued playing (just the 3 of us — my husband, daughter and myself), but most of our time is now spent on playing online games. We each have our favorites. My husband loves role playing games, farming & life simulators, horror games, etc.. I love horror games and life simulators, too. My daughter who is in lower school loves farming & life simulators, casual games and games like Roblox and Minecraft. 

Why do we love gaming and why do we encourage our daughter to play?

We believe and have noticed that she learns a lot of things from playing online, too. And we noticed that she learns how to formulate sentences while interacting with other players. She learns new words. Self-awareness is also something taught by strategic games, as well as empathy. Some games also teach her how to be more creative. 

Speaking of games for kids…

We saw this site where you can find games that your kids can play, and currently, they have over 100 games. It’s https://plays.org/ My daughter super loves this site! If this is your first time navigating through the site, scroll to the footer so that you can see the different games that fall into different categories.

Here are her top 4 favorites:

Batman Gotham City Speed Game: Lego Collecting Game

Batman will race through the city on his BatMobile collecting blocks and studs while avoiding enemies. So all your child needs to do is use the arrow keys and control the BatMobile. The more blocks and studs that you collect, the higher the score.

It is a fun game that your child can play to teach them how to control  the keys and to teach them direction.

Guardians Defenders of Mathematica KS2 Math Learning Fantasy RPG Game

Teach your kids to solve simple mathematical equations and problems. When they do, they can kill enemies, beasts and monsters in this game. Basically, Guardians Defenders of Mathematica is a role-playing game where you choose to be one of these characters: Knights, Warriors, Elves, Rangers, Witches or Wizards. Every round, you are given some math problems to solve and when you successfully solve it, you get to attack your enemy. If you don’t, the enemy attacks you. After each round, you gain XP and go to the next round.

King Rugni Tower Conquest: Fun Base Defense Strategy Game

So for this game, you are building defenses against enemies who are attacking your land. By gaining more and more points, you will be able to get stronger weapons that you can build. Points are earned by killing enemies, so you need to be strategic in building your weapons and choosing which weapons to build at the right time.

Toon Cup 2020: Cartoon Soccer Game for Kids

This is my daughter’s favorite game, so far. 

She proudly represented the Philippines.

She chose Adventure Time characters to be her players. So your child can choose their players while checking out their speed, Shot Power and Tackle Accuracy. There are also more characters that you can unlock later on the game if you have enough coins.

It’s a fun game that your kids can play and my daughter learned more about different countries and flags.

From her experience, I saw that she really learned a few things for each of the games that she played. Since they have more than a hundred games here, I can’t wait to see what other stuff she’ll be able to learn.

Their newest games are added in this link. They usually have new games, so my daughter actually bookmarked this site!

We don’t stop Zeeka from playing since we, as a family, believe in work or study / life balance. We also know and sees that she gets to learn a lot while having fun and playing games.

How about you? How do you make learning fun for your kids? Are you family who loves gaming and playing?

Globe Business Celebrates UN MSME day and Shares Initiatives for MSMEs

Saludo SMEs Tuloy Tayo

I’ve been an avid fan of Globe Business for quite sometime now. I love the initiatives that they come out with that help micro-small-medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines. This year, in celebration of United Nations MSME day, they announced Globe Business initiatives and campaigns for this year that would hopefully help a lot of our small and local businesses. This is a continuation of their #SaludoSME campaign that they launched 2 years ago.

The first initiative that they mentioned is the Digistore campaign. Basically, MSMEs will have time to market their products during an online live session and this will on July 9. Knowing the reach that Globe has, I think this is a good opportunity for MSMEs to showcase their craft. I’ll share more details on this soon.

The next things that I want to share is this nice thematic film that they released. This is entitled Saludo SMEs! Tuloy Tayo!

I love how it showcases the ability of Filipino entrepreneurs to adapt to any situation given. Technology plays an important role in the sustainability of a business, and this shows that all of us, business owners are capable of adapting and succeeding even amidst the presence of COVID-19.

This leads me to their next initiative which is inviting business owners to share their digital story. I have not much information on this yet, but I will surely share the mechanics with your once this campaign is released.

And last, but not the least, they are launching a loyalty program for business owners. In line with the three pillars of Globe Business which is 1) help businesses become digital leaders; 2) Enable businesses and 3) offer exclusive partnerships, the businesses will get a chance to get different perks like training, discounts, freebies, etc. from Globe Business and its partners.

So these are the things and the initiatives that were shared by the Globe Business team earlier today during their media launch. These surely are initiatives that will help your business gain competitive advantage, plan for business continuity, help your in adapting digital technology and help you in making your business successful this year and in the years to come!

How to Make the Most of Your Next TV Binge-Watching Session

How to Make the Most of Your Next TV Binge-Watching Session

With the variety of shows and movies available today from multiple streaming platforms, you can never run out of things to binge-watch. Thus, if you manage to clear a weekend to catch up on your list of must-watch content, you want to make sure that you can make the most of it—perhaps even consider snagging a new television from some of the best TV deals in your area.

Preparing for a binge-watching session may feel strange, but think of it like planning for a trip. You do your research beforehand, arrange your transportation and the items you need, and schedule the places you wish to visit. This attention to detail applies to binge-watching too, except that the journey to a different world happens right in your own living room.

To help you get started, here are some of the things you can do.

Prepare a List of Shows and Movies You Want to See

Making a list of the shows and movies you want to watch is one of the first things you need to do when preparing for a binge-watching session. Remember, you are working with limited time, so the last thing you want is to waste it looking for something to watch.

Ideally, you already have a list of shows and movies your friends have been recommending for a while. If you don’t, however, you can always ask other people for recommendations. A simple Facebook post or tweet from you asking for suggestions can also help you easily generate a list of shows to watch, as recommended by your peers or followers. With your list sorted out, you can take the next steps to planning your TV-viewing spree.

Set Aside Time for Binge-Watching

One of the problems that a lot of binge-watchers struggle with is the idea that they are wasting time by watching a lot of TV. You might feel bad for not accomplishing any work-related tasks and being “unproductive.” It is important to understand, however, that binge-watching is one of the many ways to relax and unwind from busy schedules.

Setting aside time and specifying just how long you will binge-watch can help address these apprehensive feelings and make you feel more comfortable about seeing this as a crucial time-off and “me time” for yourself.

Make Your Spot Comfortable

Most people have a designated TV-watching spot. It can be a large sofa, a snug chair, or a soft bed. No matter what you choose as your watching spot, it is essential to also prepare it to make it as comfortable as possible for you when you start your binge-watching session. Make sure that there is adequate back support and you have enough leg space for movement.

Stock Up on Snacks

Preparing the snacks may seem like the easiest part of working out your binge-watching session, but don’t be fooled. For your health’s sake, it’s not wise to mainly consume chips, biscuits, and other junk (albeit delicious) snacks—especially when you plan to sit down a lot in front of the TV.

Opt for healthier snacks instead, such as frozen grapes, whole-wheat bars, and sliced fruits. Prep them beforehand and place them in the refrigerator, so you can easily pop a container out whenever you’re hungry.

Drinks Lots of Water

When you’re engrossed in a film or series, it’s easy to forget to drink water. However, staying hydrated is crucial to your health, even when you’re just lounging in front of the television. After all, the body continues to use water even when you’re not moving, and proper hydration can help maintain optimal thermal comfort when you’re watching TV.

Consider placing a pitcher of water near you so you can refill your glass as needed. You’ll be able to avoid getting up from your comfortable spot each time you feel thirsty.

Schedule Alarms for Stretch Breaks

An increasing amount of research shows that being sedentary is not good for your health. It’s connected to the development of several health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. It’s not good for your mental health as well. Yet again, it’s easy to forget to stand up and stretch once in a while when you’re engrossed with what’s happening on the screen.

Avoid sitting for too long by setting up alarms every 30 minutes for a quick stretch. You can set the mode to “vibrate” so a ring won’t disrupt the show you’re watching. Keep your phone close to you so you’ll be able to feel the vibration as scheduled.

Consider Multitasking While Watching

You don’t necessarily need to stay in a lounge position to binge-watch. Multitasking is always an option. You can do a couple of stationary chores, such as folding laundry, ironing clothes, or organizing your closet. If you have a clear space, you can even do exercises, such as squats, planks, jumping jacks, and sit-ups. In this manner, you kill two birds with one stone. You’re watching the content you love and you’re accomplishing other things you want to do.

Inform Your Friends and Family Beforehand

The last thing you want in a carefully planned binge-watching session is an interruption. A friend might drop by without informing you first, or a family member might make you run for an errand, thinking you have free time. Avoid these scenarios by informing friends and family that you have something scheduled during this period and cannot entertain visits, calls, and errands, among other things.

It becomes increasingly clear that there’s more to preparing for a binge-watching session than most people think. The tips above will help you make the most of your time and allow you to catch up with the shows and movies you’ve been putting off to watch. With careful preparation, your binge-watching session can become a more comfortable and fulfilling experience, whether you do it alone or with others.

Beko: Protecting the Planet is Top of Mind

Beko, Europe’s no. 1 home appliances brand, remains committed to sustainability and saving the planet as part of its mission to empower next generations to live healthier lives.

Beko Products

Beko continues to do its part in protecting planet earth by designing and manufacturing innovative sustainable appliances and will soon launch eco-friendly appliances supported by three key pillars, including use of recycled materials, use of bio-composites and products that use fewer chemicals.

Beko Dishwasher

The big picture is that Beko’s corporate culture goes beyond just making and selling appliances.

“We are passionate about making sustainability affordable and accessible. This way the environmental benefits of our products are spread across the globe and are not just merely a luxury. With this in mind, developing new technologies enabling lower cost of sustainability is our number one priority,” said Gürhan Günal, Country Manager of Beko Pilipinas Corporation.

Beko Coffee Maker

Arçelik, Beko’s parent company, has robust systems in place for increasing the reparability and recyclability of its products, and for sustainable productivity practices such as energy efficiency and reducing supply chain environmental impact.

Arçelik has accomplished important milestones around its sustainability efforts.

Beko Washing Machine

It has been ranked 34 on Corporate Knights’ 2021 Global 100 Index, the annual ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable corporations which looks at the performance of companies with more than $1 billion in revenues. This ranking makes Arçelik the most sustainable home appliance and houseware company in the world.

In 2019 and 2020, Arçelik became a carbon-neutral company across its global production operations via carbon credits earned through the Carbon Financing Project. Last year, it was named industry leader in the Household Durables category in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Arçelik has been included in the category for the fourth year in a row.

Beko EcoFiber Oven

Arçelik is recognized as a “Top Impact Company” by Real Leaders for efficient use of resources and circular economy solutions to develop smart technologies, promote healthier lifestyles and empower local communities.

This year, Arçelik has been awarded as Gold Class and Industry Mover by S&P Global.

Furthermore, Arcelik’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets are approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting temperature increase to well below 2°C. By 2030, 100% of the electricity used in production plants around the world will come from renewable sources, waste recycling will have increased to 99% in global operations, recycled plastic content will have increased to 40% and energy and water consumption per product will have decreased by 45%. “With this in mind, developing new technologies enabling lower cost of sustainability is our number one priority. Beko’s goal is to eventually incorporate these sustainability measures into all our products. Beko’s brand purpose is empowering future generations to live healthier lives – which

is only possible by living more sustainably and working towards a healthier planet. All of our actions and every product we use has an impact on nature. So beyond this seven-product portfolio, we are eager to adapt our existing technologies to make all our appliances more environmentally friendly, too,” said Gürhan Günal, Country Manager of Beko Philippines Corp.

Beko Tumble Dryer

With its parent company Arçelik, Beko will continue to increase investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy systems and be consistent in minimizing operational and supply chain environmental impact.

“Beko is committed to protecting our Mother Earth by designing and manufacturing energy-efficient products and investing in resource efficiency in production. Beko encourages its competitors to follow suit,” said Günal.