Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann: Lessons on Whipping Up Courage

Let’s all welcome the month of May! I love this month, because it means that we get to honor all of the amazing moms out there. And I’m thankful that I have this blog and my vlog on Youtube, because I get to share their inspiring and heart-warming stories. So expect that this month, you’ll be getting to know mompreneurs with interesting stories, experiences and useful tips. Today, i’ll be sharing the story and my interview with Mompreneur Ann Sy-Solis of Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann.

All about Mompreneur Ann

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Cake from Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann

Recently, I’ve been drawn to pictures of food on social media. Ordering food and watching shows now have the same weight in my life and probably take up 80% of my time if I’m not working. So as I was mindless scrolling on social media, I came across pretty cakes from Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann.

Ann is a graduate of HRIM Major in Culinary Art from St Benilde. She’s an impressive mompreneur baker who is mom to a 5 year old boy. She started Butter & Whisk last quarter of 2017. She customizes cakes and specializes in buttercream icing cakes. She also makes yummy baked Lasagna.

Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann Lasagna
Lasagna from Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann

Interview with Mompreneur Ann of Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann

I asked Ann what was the intention behind creating the business. She says that she started her business to find her self-worth and of course, to have her own money. But even with a clear goal, there were a lot of challenges that mompreneur Ann encountered along the way.

One of the challenges is that as a mom and as an entrepreneur, responsibilities double up. Ann narrates that she has to do house chores, teach and take care of her son and take and fulfill orders on her own. This was especially true in 2020 since they didn’t have any house helper.

Another challenge, she recalls was having to manage time. “In 2019, I joined a Bazaar in North Vertis, and I needed to leave my son for three consecutive days. My son is used to being by my side,” Ann says. “I had to stay there from the bazaar’s opening to closing since I could not afford to hire extra man power that time. It was such a challenge since my son would cry every night.”

I can just imagine how stressful and how worried Ann might have been during that time. Speaking of stress, another challenge that Ann had was having difficult and super stingy customers.

“I had a customer before who requested for a customized cake. She had a lot of demands to the point that we were talking almost every day. When I gave her the final quotation, she started to complain and requested to lower the price. I actually already gave her a discounted price, because I was referred to her by my close friend. Di ko kinaya! (I couldn’t take it). What I did was I politely ask her to look for another baker, as I could not meet her (almost impossible) standards.”

Another challenge that Ann mentioned was that there were time that people close to her would bring her down. “They will tell you things you don’t want to hear, like you are not good enough or something like you are wasting your time. There were many times that people told me that my business will not succeed — that the things that I make where not delicious (hindi naman masarap, nothing special naman sa gingawa mo) and that what I made was nothing special.

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When the pandemic hit, Ann mentioned that luckily, her business was not affected. Last year was a really good year (best year) for her since she started her business.

Mompreneur Ann shares that the greatest learning that she picked up is to believe and listen to yourself more than to other people. “Don’t be afraid to try and fail, because it is better to fail than to think what if? This is an advice that my cousin shared with me. Walang mawawala sayo (You will lose nothing) when you try, especially when you do something you love. You will just gain experiences and new knowledge. So don’t be afraid; fear will only hold you back,” Ann shares.

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Ann is happy and proud of her accomplishment. She’s proud of being strong. “I never thought kaya ko (I could do it). I never thought that I could hack the pressures of being a mom, wife, entrepreneur, a teacher to my son, etc. It’s not an easy job running a business and taking care of my family. Tumaas ang tingin ko sa lahat ng mompreneurs (I look up now to all mompreneurs).

To all aspiring mompreneurs reading this, mompreneur Ann of Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann leave these inspiring words and tips. “Don’t be afraid to fail; it will only hold you back. Don’t be afraid of hardship. Hardships will only make you stronger. Don’t be afraid to try. Because when you don’t try, you will never know kung ano ang naghihintay sayo (what’s in store and waiting for you). And most importantly, believe and listen to yourself.

To order from mompreneur Ann of Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann, please visit the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/ButterandWhiskConfection

https://www.instagram.com/butterandwhiskbyann/

Thank you, Ann, for sharing your story and I wish you more success for years to come!

Worldwide Weddings Expo Philippines: Online Bridal Fair

The world has indeed changed a lot. I have friends who got married during these times and rightly so, I don’t think life has to stop just because of what’s happening. I think we, humans, adapt to whatever circumstance we are given. So onward with the weddings that is! And speaking for weddings, there is this online bridal fair that I would like to share with you my dear readers who are planning to get married. The event is called Worldwide Weddings Expo Philippines 2021.

This event is organized by Worldwide Weddings PH. Worldwide Weddings Expo Philippines 2021 is a 60-day online Bridal Fair starting June 1 to August 1, with live and interactive streaming on July 30-31 and August 1, 2021. Ain’t that cool? Now with everything online, bridal fairs can extend to be a month long event.

I don’t know about you, but even if I’m not a bride to be, I’m certainly curious to see what this event is about and how weddings are held nowadays. If you want stress-free planning and a stress-free dream wedding amidst this pandemic, I’m sure that this is the place where you can find amazing and reliable suppliers.

Worldwide Weddings Expo Philippines 2021 will showcase well-known Wedding Organizers, Photographers, Stylists, Florists, Caterers, Event Venues, Make-up Artists, down to the emerging talents in the wedding industry.

You’ll have more than enough time to get to know these suppliers, choose and compare from the comfort and safety of your own homes.

When you attend this event, you also get a chance to win 100,000 pesos for one (1) lucky soon-to-wed who will book with their chosen supplier during the 3-day expo (Terms and conditions may apply).

http://bit.ly/soontoweds

Now, for exhibitors, get the following when you join Worldwide Wedding Expo Philippines 2021.

  • 60-day brand exposure in the Worldwide Weddings PH website
  • Ten (10) qualified leads to start with and additional 20 leads when you exhibit officially (opens on June 1) from our official website partner for this event – the Bride Worthy
  • A chance on spotlight via simultaneous weekly live broadcast on our Worldwide Weddings TV and Youtube channel featuring our wedding experts nationwide.
  • And a personalized Zoom room for every exhibitor in various location

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/worldwideweddingsph / https://www.instagram.com/worldwideweddingsph/

Free Tablet When You Buy an Acer Swift or Spin Laptop!

Free Tablet When You Buy an Acer Swift or Spin Laptop!

We’re expanding our team in our company and we’re thinking of purchasing a new computer. It’s a good thing that I saw this promo form Acer and we’re seriously considering this. Acer announced the #AcerOnePlusJuan promo. If you are thinking of purchasing a laptop, just wanted to share this news with you. You can get a chance to get a free Acer One 8 T2 tablet when you buy an Acer Swift of Spin laptop from April 8 to May 9, 2021.

Mechanics

If you are not familiar with these laptops, i’ll share some links here:

Swift 3: https://sea.pcmag.com/netbooks-products/38339/acer-swift-3-2020

Swift 5: https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/acer-swift-5-intel-11th-gen-2020-review

Spin 5: cnet.com/reviews/acer-spin-5-2020-review/

Staying at the highest level of your work or school productivity is made easy with its powerful specs and overall performance. And as an added bonus, you’ll get a free One 8 T2 Tablet worth Php 5,990 when you purchase one.

“With everything going digital from school to work, we came up with the idea of sharing an exclusive promo which can help individuals who work from home or study online. For every purchase of participating Acer Swift and Spin laptops, shoppers can get a free tablet. With this, learning or working from home can be much more flexible and
convenient.” Said Acer Philippines General Manager Sue Ong-Lim.

Participating Models

Participating Acer models are as follows: Swift 3 SF13-53-50TE, SF314-59-51GR, SF314-59-5934, SF314-59-77ZC; Swift 3x SF314-510G-58EW, SF314-510G-75FV, SF314-510G-77HY; Swift 5 SF514-55TA-54J7, SF514-55TA-71C1; and Spin 5 SP513-54N-53X8, SP513-54N-73ZX.

Got your eyes set on this exciting bundle? Avail it at leading Acer stores, authorized retailers, and through Acer online store: https://store.acer.com/en-ph/.

To know more about this promo, you may visit Acer’s Official online platforms: Acer’s Facebook Page, Acer’s Instagram Page, Acer’s Twitter Account, or www.acer.com

Am I Done Filing my ITR? Nag-BIR eAFS ka na ba?

Zeeka and I were playing a game last night where she was teaching me the meaning of acronyms that they often use in Roblox like NGL, DP (I thought it meant Down Payment), GN, etc. She was laughing so hard because I couldn’t figure out some acronyms. If I were to teach her all the BIR acronyms I know, she might lose her mind. Haha! My husband said that my acronyms are for old people.

Well, for old people or not, one acronym that I want to share is eAFS or the electronic Audit Financial Statement.

I see a lot of people asking if they should still have their forms stamped if they paid online or if they have their Audited Financial Statement, how do they submit it. Well, last year, via a BIR Memo (I feel calling it a memo versus Revenue Memorandum Circular makes me cooler! haha) or Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) 49-2020 was released saying that after filing your ITR, you have to submit attachments via eAFS.

UPDATED as of April 29, 2021: Basically, for your Annual Income Tax, you will have to prepare 4 or more files for 4 categories and this is how you name the files. Why do I say 4 or more? Because each file can only be up to 4.8 GB.

a. File 1 – Income Tax Return (ITR) – EAFSXXXXXXXXXITRTYMMYYYY

b. File 2 – Audited Financial Statements (AFS) – EAFSXXXXXXXXXAFSTYMMYYY

c. File 3 – Form 1709 (RPT) – EAFSXXXXXXXXXRPTTYMMYYY

d. File 4 – Other Attachments (OTH) – EAFSXXXXXXXXXOTHTYMMYYYY

e. File 5 – Tax Credits (TCR): EAFSXXXXXXXXXTCRTYMMYYYY-XX.pdf

Where : XXXXXXXXX is the nine-digit TIN
: TY is Taxable Year
: MM is the Month end of the taxable year (if you got this wrong for previous submissions, don’t worry)
: YYYY is the Year Ended (if you got this wrong for previous submissions, don’t worry)
: 01 is the first file of other attachments, up to 99 (applicable for TCR File.

Here is a sample

With Taxumo, they really helped me as a tax filer because if you have a subscription, they have a tab in Taxumo that fixes all the files that you need to collate and save as PDF.

Step 1: Check and see if your Annual ITR filing and payment is completed. Please allot 2 days because your payments will have to go through Taxumo’s partner Authorized Agent Banks (AABs). So after seeing if your Annual ITR is completed in your PAST FILINGS tab, you can go ahead and click on Attachments – EAFS on the left side of your screen.

Step 2: Watch the three videos that Taxumo has prepared for you. Learn how to download attachments and all the files that you need, combine your attachments into a single PDF and how to upload the files into BIR eAFS.

Files that Taxumo collated for you. Note that only those filed via Taxumo are in the collated files.

Step 3: Download your files via Taxumo. Taxumo will update this also in the next coming days, but what’s good is that you can get your files from here. Note that Taxumo will only have the files that you encoded or filed/paid for via Taxumo.

Once you have merged your files into consolidated PDFs, please save a copy if it in your computer.

To look for BIR eAFS and upload your files, go to the BIR website.

So after submitting your attachments via BIR eAFS, you are done! Yes, you are truly done doing filing your Annual Income Tax.

For those who missed the BIR x Taxumo webinar in Facebook, you can still watch it here:

By the way, the deadline for BIR eAFS submission is on April 30, 2021. This is prolly to give some people have their Audited Financial statements prepared. For those who need an Audited Financial Statement, Taxumo also has CPA partners that you can commission.

If you have any other questions, looking for CPAs for AFS preparation, etc., just email customercare@taxumo.com or chat with Taxumo’s customer advocate via the chat button in their site: https://www.taxumo.com.

Good luck! Hope you learned a new acronym today. 😉

BTW, for those who don’t know, you will also need to submit your SAWT attachments for your Quarterly Income Tax Return forms. If you use Taxumo and have 2307 forms, get your SAWT BIR confirmation from the past filings tab, too. This is how your first quarter EAFS submission screen will look like.

This is where you can get your SAWT confirmation in your Taxumo account:

PAST FILING TAB

If you have questions, feel free to contact customercare@taxumo.com.

To learn more about Taxumo, hope you can read this: A FREELANCER’S AND CONSULTANT’S GUIDE TO USING TAXUMO

Not Invisible A Memoir by Frances Amper Sales: Mother’s Day Gift Idea

But with motherhood came what I had feared most — losing control, losing my marriage, losing myself.

Frances Amper Sales, Author, Not Invisible

I had the same fears. It was so apt that Frances, a writer and a very good friend of mine brought it up in her newly released book, Not Invisible A Memoir. Now that I’m expecting my second child, my now sort-of “balanced” emotional, physical, financial and mental state is tipping once again. After getting the groove in raising a daughter, gaining back time with my husband, creating and growing a business, and feeling that I’m myself once again, I’m again scared that things are about to change drastically again.

ble A Memoir by Frances Amper Sales

I would say that what scared me the most before I had Zeeka (our daughter) was how much my life would change after I would give birth to her. I was a workaholic. Okay, fine… I still am, but I knew that having her around would mean that I needed to set my priorities straight. She would be our number one. And of course, next would come our relationship as husband and wife, and all other things would come after. And to support all of these things, I, as a person and now as a mom, needed to be strong, more spiritually and emotionally grounded and FULL in every way.

Mommy Ginger reading Not Invisible a Memoir
Me (pregnant and all) reading the Not Invisible A Memoir book

And I later on realized that I didn’t have to be perfect all the time. It was enjoying the journey with my family that mattered.

It was a blessing that I got to read Not Invisible A Memoir before having this second child. Frances’ experiences with her mom, her husband and kids and her realizations just helped me build that courage and strength again to not be fearful of what is to come. It reminded me about the things that I love about being a mother and a wife. Squeezing in this cute Motherhood story here. It reminded me that motherhood comes not only with sacrifices or fears, but with unconditional love that comes from all directions.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a motherhood bible that we can refer to, but it’s so nice to read stories from other moms, like Frances.

What I loved about the book was the authenticity and the realness of her stories. I know Frances and I could hear her talking to me as I read her book. Frances writes everything in such a charming, no holds barred way, which I truly just love. You can count on her to tell it as it is. She just has this unique way of pouring herself out and using words that really move you.

Frances Sales, author of Not Invisible a Memoir with Mommy Ginger
With Frances Amper Sales, the writer of Not Invisible A Memoir

If ever you do read this, Frances, I’m so proud of you. You mentioned in your book that by 40, all women are amazing but you don’t feel like anything is happening to you. Let me tell you as a reader of Not Invisible A Memoir, that this book is truly amazing. I know that women, moms especially, who read this will feel heard and seen.

We may have different actual experiences and different lives to live, but what bonds us all are is our desire to help each other be better moms, better wives and ultimately, better versions of ourselves.

So if you are looking for a mother’s day gift for 2021 for your mom, I highly encourage you to buy this book. It’s available in Shopee, Amazon or get more details from her blog.

Love,

P.S.

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