I haven’t been blogging lately. This is because I’ve been busy talking to partners, fixing processes and interviewing people for Taxumo.

And in the course of talking to different people who want to be part of Taxumo, I’ve come to realize that some people are such a great fit for working in a startup and others would be a great addition to the corporate world. Just to clarify, each one of these environments and both are pretty amazing. I should know! I’ve tried both.

I’ve worked for corporations for about a decade. I also started the very first legit (with government papers and all) business way back in 2009. This makes the duration of time I’ve spent with startups equal to how long my corporate experience has been.

This article is not to make you choose one over the other. I believe that some people thrive and succeed in a corporate environment and others make it big in the Startup world. Some are genuinely just gifted to thrive in both.

What this article is to show you the best of both worlds. It’s meant to help you choose where you think you would find fulfilment and a sense of purpose.

Let’s start with the benefits of being employed in a big corporation.

Established Structure

When you join a large corporation, they would probably have been there for a decade or more than a decade already. In a corporation, there are more established ways of doing things. If you are the type of person who would want a more “plug and play” kind of environment, then joining a huge company may a more favorable choice.

Stable Pay

Being employed will definitely give you a stable income. If you’d like to know what you’ll definitely be earning next month, join a more established company. You’ll also probably have the other benefits like SSS, Philhealth, Pagibig and probably other allowances and an HMO card, too. Come to work, clock in and out and you’ll definitely be given all of these.

Career Path

Since structure has been established, a well thought of organization plan is also in place when you join a corporation. They know exactly what your role is and what your responsibilities are. They know exactly which positions they need to fill. They also have a structure for promotions if you want to have a bright career ahead of you. You know exactly which positions you could aim and aspire for in the years to come.

For startups, there are also numerous benefits. Here are a few benefits that you could enjoy.

Opportunity to Test Jobs and Learn

If you are the type of person that loves testing new things out, you will have access to jobs that you’re completely unqualified for in a startup! haha! Yup! If you’ve been aiming to be that social media manager that you’ve heard about or that growth hacker that you’ve read about, this is your chance to dive in and learn how to become one.

In a start up, everything is new. Processes are new, and most of the people around you are learning as they go along. Each day will be a day of absorbing tons of new information. Everyone moves quickly and uses the new information that they learn to help get the team to a common goal.

Road to Starting your own Business

If you plan to start your business in the future, joining a startup is one of the best things that you can do. You learn while observing the startup founders in action. Since most startups have a flat organization, there will be a lot of chances to interact with the founders. You will also quickly learn about different aspects of the business, and this will prove useful when you start your own thing in the future.

Control over the things that you need to Do

Since there is not much of structures and processes that are set, you have the freedom to use your talents to improve a lot of things and to invent products and processes along the way. Heck, you can even choose your own title sometimes. Job descriptions are there, but oftentimes, each “team member” moves out of this boxed description to help a teammate in need. A marketing officer can suddenly help operations one day. A processor can easily be a sales representative given a certain scenario when they are faced with a client.

Everyone works toward a achieving a certain goal and since the organization is still not that deep, everyone can be a leader of a team if one wants to be one in the future. Work hours are very flexible, but founders often demand to see results faster. With this work arrangement, people who are more proactive and hate being micro-managed thrive in this kind of environment.

So these are just some of the things that I have observed. So where do you think you would thrive? In which environment? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to add some benefits to either scenarios, too!

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Wake up! It’s September!

Time flies so fast. I can’t believe that we are on the fourth to the last month of the year. And this month, there are so many things happening.

One of the good deals this month is the Home Credit’s Hulugan
Knockout promo.

Every weekend of the month, you can drop by the partner stores nearest you and get a 5% discount on the price of the item you want on top of paying for it in easy monthly instalments.

If you also want 0% interest on that gadget or appliance, you can get it at 0%, too. All you need to do is to pay the downpayment and go home with the item.

The Hulugan Knockout promo does not have any required minimum purchase amount or any special requirements. Just visit any of Home Credit’s partner stores, approach one of their friendly sales associates, and provide two (2) valid IDs. No credit card needed.

Your application can be approved as fast as one minute!

The Hulugan Knockout is Home Credit’s latest treat to its
customers. The leading instalment provider in the country also offers other products and services like credit cards and cash loans. To keep updated on their latest offerings, you may download the MyHomeCredit App in Google Play or follow their official Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/homecreditph/.

Two weeks ago, I was incessantly complaining to EJ about the amount of little cockroaches we had at home. We had some people from a pest control company come 4 years ago and did a good job of eliminating most of the cockroaches in the house. We would see a few show up once in a while, but recently, we’ve been seeing a lot!

Then last week, just after calling the pest control company, I found this interesting device online. It’s called the Pest Shield Pro Repeller.

It said that it was a force field against pests, so this really made me obviously curious. Each device was at around Php 1500. I installed the first one near Zeeka’s bathroom and another one in the office. We also had cockroaches in the office, but it wasn’t as much of a problem anymore since we covered the drainage. I just placed one for security! haha 🙂

Normally, in the evening, our helper would spray an insecticide in Zeeka’s bathroom. My daughter would use our bathroom in the evening to pee, so that she won’t have to inhale the chemicals. Then, in the morning, we’d see at least on cockroach dead by the door or by the hallway near the bathroom.

We plugged in the JML Philippines Pest Shield Pro in the socket along the hallway and kept the bathroom door open. We plugged it in last Tuesday, and we have never seen any cockroach since that time!

So what is this amazing device and how does it keep rodents, roaches, ants, spiders and bugs away?

It basically uses sonic and electromagnetic technologies. You’ll notice that each unit has a green light (sonic) and red light (electromagnetic) that lights up when the device is on. That indicates that it’s working. It’s safe to use, too!

I love that it has a night light, too. It’s perfect since I plugged it into a socket located at our hallway.

Some of the things that you need to remember when you use the Pest Shield Pro:

  • The Pest Shield Pro operates on 220 volt outlets.
  • Do not expose to dripping or splashing water. Keep it away from water in general.
  • When you’re not using the device, remove any plugged items in the built in socket in the device.
  • When plugged, make sure that nothing is beside it (at least within 6 inches).
  • No candles should be near the device or any source of flame.
  • If you break it, you will need to replace it. You cannot have a device repaired anymore.
  • The built-in outlet can be used for two pronged appliances, polarized plugs with a maximum power draw of 8 amps. Do not plug appliances that require more.
  • One Pest Shield Pro is enough for a 1050 square feet area.

Verdict: I’m very happy with what I have seen and how this device has worked for me. I wish all brick and mortar stores, resorts and hotel (especially food establishments and convenience stores) use this. Because I have seen rats roam around some of the stores here! 🙂 haha!

Keep your family safe from diseases, usually caused by pests! Try our the JML Philippines’ Pest Shield Pro.

BTW, I’m running a small giveaway on IG. I have an extra device that I want to raffle off. Hope you can join! Just click on the post below. Hope you can follow me on IG (@gingerarboleda).

I remember way back in July 2017, I first learned about the Konmari method from my friend, Bebs. I started following the method and decluttered my home little by little. We started with my clothes, and guess what, we got around 2-3 huge boxes of clothes that “didn’t spark” joy. I was left with a few clothes that really made me happy.

Fast forward to today, I read how much textile waste is produced by people. In a 2017 survey by YouGov, one in five people (Babyboomers and Millennials in the Philippines) have thrown away clothes simply because they’re more than a few seasons old. Can you imagine how much textile waste we have because of this?

So from that time onwards, you’ll notice that I’ve been wearing a lot of things over and over again (most of them being either white or black). The thing though about wearing clothes over and over again is that it looks and gets old quickly. My white shirts get dirtier and yellowish especially on the collar and the armpit area. Over time, the color is not that bright anymore.

I always thought that it was because of all the washing that causes the wear and tear of my favorite pieces. It was just recently that I realized it was mostly because of the dirt and stains that are stuck in between the layers of our clothes. 

I realized it when I discovered Ariel Instashine and used it for our laundry. The new Ariel  Instashine really surprised me and took laundry detergents from just fighting stains to preserving your favorite clothes. I can now make my old clothes look new again!

Check out the difference? Doesn’t EJ’s polo shirt and my shorts look new again?

EJ’s Polo (Before)

Notice the yellowish discoloration in the collar and the underarm area.

EJ’s Polo (After)

Ginger’s Shorts (Before)

Ginger’s Shorts (After)

With the few minutes that my clothes were soaked in water, tanggal agad ang dumi! Kita mo sa tubig! (dirt was removed; you can see the dirt in the water). And now, looking at both these sample pieces, you really can see the difference. People will actually think that these are new!

So what makes this Ariel variant different from all other detergents out there? The New Ariel Instashine is a powder detergent that has huge beads called Power Booster. These power booster beads contain P&G-proprietary enzymes that remove the sticky layers on fabric surfaces and in between the layers.

Normally, other detergents just clean the surface. They can’t penetrate the layers. The new Ariel Instashine can! 

This new product comes in 2 different scents: Fresh Clean and Indoor Dry. I tried the Fresh Clean and I loved the scent (smells good and not too strong). The prices of each pack are indicated in this chart.

You can use the Ariel Instashine for both hand or machine wash. I highly recommend that you try it out! You’re clothes will all look good and new. You may not need to buy new ones for the years to come!