My Road to Retail Experience

So it took me a while to write about my experience with Road to Retail's first episode of its workshop series: Create Your Own Product. The main reason is because I have no personal photos as proof so I waited for Manila Workshops to post theirs so I could grab some. I don't own a smartphone or camera
>> So before anything else, I would like to state that the following photos in this blog are not mine. They all belong to and are taken by ManilaWorkshops. <<
The Venue
The venue of the workshop was in Bonifacio Global City, aka BGC at the Fort Building. The room that the workshop took place in was well-lit, kind of business-y and at the same time welcoming, courtesy of Voffice. 



The First Impression
Well, let's start from the beginning; I was late. It's something a lot of moms can relate to; it takes a while to put down your own child-i mean, put him to sleep. So I missed the first 30 minutes of the workshop, but I have to assume it was mostly introductions. However, based on my observation, they seemed to have had a brief activity where they used socialization as a means to win a BINGO kind of game. I feel bad I missed it, I could use some practice with my social skills.


Like in any other occasion, I was anxious and didn't know how to say Hi to the people I sat with. I was shy and felt out of place mostly because I was late, but Ma'am Sally Yu helped me find a seat immediately. It was nice that she pointed me where to sit and even went out of her way to introduce me to my seatmates. It was something I didn't even think of doing when I sat down. 

The Workshop
First of all, the workshop was nothing like what I expected. The truth is I was expecting an ordinary seminar-like workshop where the speaker would simply tell you what to do, give slide shows and ask if there are any questions. Surprisingly, the Road to Retail workshop was, well... creative and fun. Even the appearance of sponsors did not feel at all like an ambush, there was even a raffle where some lucky people (..i wasn't one of them okay!?) won shirts and a 25,000 peso-worth of Insurance! Imagine that! Lucky sumbitchez....



This is Ms. Sandie Asonto from Pru Life UK, raffling the 25k php worth Personal Accident Life insurance to two luck participants, and below is Mr. Lyle Jover giving out free Escrow Fund Credits to everyone, courtesy of Raket.ph ! In case you are a freelancer like me, I highly suggest Raket.ph, it is purely Filipino and an effective way of finding clients and the pay is good, really good.



Group Work
We had group activities where we brainstormed together and made mood boards and even miniature packaging samples. I didn't feel shy, and I even get to present at some point, which I never imagined I was capable of doing (insecure little person here with no social skills).


in case you were wondering. I'm the girl with glasses.

It made me feel...accomplished, for some reason. I also felt comfortable to talk and contribute to the project. My group mates and I also had a lot of fun. We were quite slow in deciding but we were able to make a nice mood board, but I wish I could have taken a picture :(

Hands-On Activities
One of the unexpected things in the workshop was the hands-activities. Cutting up pictures in the magazine and pasting them on the cartolina made me feel at home. We created a mood board, something that identifies and expresses everything about your product in mind.



Not only that, we were also able to practice presenting our product to people. That's something I now realize is important, if you want market visibility. There were around 3 times during the workshop when we had to state our product and tell people in the room what it was and for whom. I was able to practice my speech skills but flaked at the last presentation so my group mate, Felix, thank yow! presented the final product with miniature packaging sample.



The Speakers
Mam Besa and Gertie are down to earth, that's my opinion of them. They approached every table and asked every group about the progress. Ma'am Gertie even helped us come up with a simplified version of our product idea.




My group mates and I had trouble in making our ideas solid and Ma'am Gertie helped us to identify our product's best feature. Ma'am Besa explained things thoroughly, she managed to make pricing simple for me. Most of the best things I learned from the workshop were the speakers' personal advice. I jotted down a lot of notes from the experiences they shared.

Conclusion
I enjoyed the workshop, completely regret not having a camera or a phone to take pictures of our hands-on projects. I wish I could have taken that mood board home and I wish I could have asked the contact numbers of my group mates, even though I have no idea what I'd tell them. All in all, I do want to attend the next leg, which is the Offer It! Where to Sell Your Product workshop. You can view the details of that workshop here.




I can therefore say that there is nothing to lose in attending Manila Workshops workshops. There is still a lot of room for self improvement, whether you are a professional in your field, a mother who is looking for extra income or an aspiring student who want to learn more. 

Get Creative This April!

The year 2015 is the Year of the fluffy Sheep. It's not just the year of kindness but also creativity! According to almost all astrological readings, this is the year to explore, travel and create! This is that time in your life to tend to your soul and be as human as you can be and try something new.

The SUMMER ART SESSIONS Workshop Series
Introducing the "Summer Art Sessions" by Megaworld and Memory Crafters, a summer-themed art sessions event. A series of arts & crafts workshops this April! A variety of arts & crafts workshops from Manila’s experienced and famous artists, enjoy and shop at our arts & craft booths, indulge scrumptious array of dishes from world-class restaurants and acoustic sessions with bands and singers!




Here is the list of what you can do at the Craft Buffet!
THE ART OF DOODLING
This summer, be part of this wonderful workshop and know the basics of doodling with the famous and experienced artist, Nelz Yumul of WeeWillDoodle. Get to learn his awesome techniques and secrets on how he magnificently create a neat and colorful doodle!
About WeeWillDoodleIn 2007, WeeWillDoodle was formed as a break from corporate lives. It has always been a way for us to express ourselves freely by random lines and characters.We love the performance aspect to it that we strive to perfect it through our camaraderie and uniformity. Weewilldoodle is not an individual. It is a group, sometimes a movement which tells us that all of us can CREATE and COLLABORATE.

Venue: Lucky Burger’s, Unit RJ-JRM Building 5, Tuscany at McKinley Hill, Taguig
Date: April 19, 2015; 1:00 PM
Workshop fee: P 2000 (Inclusive of module, workshop kit, food and freebies!)

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RUBBER STAMPING
You know you’re addicted to crafty and cute memory keeping activities if different kinds of DIY rubber stamps gets you excited. Or, you are probably just astounded and curious on how to make and design one. 
Worry no more, because our first run would be fun! Learn how to create and design your own rubber stamp from scratch. Choose a design (or you can just follow the module) and design your journals!
Workshop Fee: P 2000 (Inclusive of module, workshop kit, food and freebies from our sponsors!)
Venue:Sophie’s Mom, Tuscany, Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City
Date: April 19, 2015 | 1:30 PM
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DESIGN YOUR OWN TOTE BAG
What a better way to have a crafty and creative summer is to have the chance to design your own canvass tote bag! 
Learn with our DIY Goddess, Nica Cosio on how to design your own tote bag from scratch! (Pegs and inspirations are included on your module.)
About Nica Cosio
Nica Cosio is a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful girls. She is also a freelance graphic artist and illustrator. During her free time (mostly when her children are napping) she occupies herself with arts and crafts which she writes about and shares on the blog she keeps with her husband (www.carlosandveronica.net). She loves to read, make art with her children, and throw DIY parties.
Workshop Fee: P 2000 (Incusive of module, workshop kit, food and freebies from our sponsors!)
Venue: Milky Way, Tuscany, Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City
Date: April 19, 2015 | 3:00 PM
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BASIC BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY
A lot of people are ultimately into Calligraphy lately, from basics to modern and colorful lettering. They are literally everywhere. That’s why we are giving this opportunity to people who want to learn how to beautifully stroke and make Instagram-worthy masterpieces! Learn the basics, tips and tricks and awesome techniques from Charmaine!
About Charmaine
Charmaine is an adventurer by day, time lord by night. She’s a creative, go-getter and wants to explore the world one adventure at a time. She’s also an experienced calligrapher and have a huge following on Instagram. www.sharkmaine.com
Workshop Fee: P 2000 (Incusive of module, workshop kit, food and freebies from our sponsors!)
Venue: Marciano’s, Tuscany, Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City
Date: April 19, 2015 | 3:30 PM
Buy a Ticket now! Limited slots available! REGISTER HERE

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Quick Guide About Playgroups

You might have come across a couple of learning centers or day cares that cater to children below 4 years old, better known as playgroups. In case you are curious or still not sure about what a playgroup is, it's basically an organized and guided "playing" session with other kids. In a nutshell, it's a daycare with more educational toys and monitored and improved socialization for kids.

How Old Should My Baby Be to Join a Playgroup?

Playgroups are for children below 5 years old. There are playgroups for children ages 1 to 3 and there are playgroups for children between 2 and 4, depending on your child's development.

Will My Baby Be Okay if I Leave Him/Her There?

If you're worried about your child being knocked down or overpowered by a meatier kid, the teachers will be sure not to let that happen. and one class rarely has more than 10 to 12 kids at a time. I suppose this is for the purpose of damage control.

What Do Kids Do In A Playgroup?

They play, that's what they do, but they also learn. Playgroups usually let children play with manipulative toys like building blocks, shape sorters and non-toxic art materials. They color pages, they sing songs and eat snacks together during break time.

How Much Does a Playgroup Cost?
That, I can't answer for you. Some playgroups are as long as 12 sessions or a month while others are continual, lasting up to 6 months. Some playgroups can be expensive while others within the comfortable range. All I can say is do your research and from what you've gathered, only you can make an average. Besides there are times when a place steals your heart and makes you think this is it, I want this place, nowhere else for my kid, the price rarely matters.

How Long Do Playgroups Last?
Playgroup isn't as long as pre-school. At most, it's two hours, long enough to entertain the kids and give you some free time, but also short enough to keep the little ones sane. Most playgroups offer schedule options; you can choose morning schedules or afternoon ones. Some playgroups happen thrice a week while others only happen every weekend. Again, it depends on the school.

How Involved Should I Be in the Playgroup?
As a parent, you need to be involved in a way that you're always interested about what your kid is doing at "school". There are playgroups that require parents to not accompany their children in the room after a week or two, to encourage trust and independence. It's important that, even though you weren't there, you ask the teachers how your child did and that you definitely ask your child what he did. It's eye-watering when I hear my son try to talk about how he made a robot with crumpled paper.

What Am I Responsible For in a Playgroup?
Arriving in time and attending regularly but as soon as your child is in the hands of the teachers in the learning center, they're fully responsible for your child's safety. You're also responsible for providing your kid a healthy baon or snacks. Yes, kids have snacks during playgroups because an hour's worth of play is like 2 hours of exercise for kids. They need to recharge.

What Can I and My Kids Hope to Achieve From This?
Much. He will learn to socialize with other kids in a healthy way (share for example), practice listenting (not just hearing), practice his motor skills (in preparation for writing) and discipline through routine (wash your hands before you eat!). If you're a work-at-home parent like me, you can use the two hours off to work or just have a me time. You might also meet new friends, if not your kid meeting new friends. Playgroups also works for some parents in toning down their kid's attachment issues.

What Are the Learning Centers in Pacita that Offer Playgroups?
I only know of two playgroups in Pacita that are near enough where we live: The Mind Planet and Musikgarten Manila (Pacita Branch) which are two differently themed schools. We tried both for our son, and they are both fun and worth the money. We only went with the first because, well, we're cheap and lazy (it's the nearest compared to the two). Learn about our experience at the Mind Planet here. I'll show you what heart-bubbling thing my son did in class.

We enrolled Miggy at The Mind Planet for a month. He had fun and so did we, that's why we're continuing it for another month. Once I start feeling productive again, and get our photos together, I'll share our experience with the learning center. Keep in touch and keep cool this summer! Itsohaaaaattt!

FoodPanda Give One Get One Contest

I came across FoodPanda's Give One Get One Contest and since I'm a sucker for freebies, and don't mind the occasional possibility of winning something nifty, here I am joining.

Order Food Delivery Online in the Philippines with FoodPanda!
To those who are not yet familiar with FoodPanda, it's an online site that helps you find all available food deliveries in the country, mostly in Manila. You can find which restaurants near your area has a delivery service. There's also menus and contact information so... you're basically being handed everything you need to know. Now all you need is pick, dial, pay and eat!




I nominate my cousin, the only other relative I know who shares a "kilig" for promos, freebies and giveaways, Hanna: Mother of SophieYes, may titulo pa! hahaha! Hope you enjoy this mini thingy, there's a free calendar :)

Here's my set of questions:
  1. If you could choose which restaurant/ fast food/ food chain or kung anu man that you could have next door, what would it be? Why?

  2. If Sophie asked you to take her to Disneyland Hongkong (yung mas murang version muna, realistic tayo konti hehe) would you?

Miss-miss ko na miss Sophie :) To the reader, if you're a Christian at heart who is still learning about motherhood and being married, VISIT my cousin's BLOG! 


Parenting Pals Workshop: LEARN THROUGH PLAY!

Ever wondered what specific activities you can do to help your children know their ABC’s and 123’s, practice their motor skills, interact well with others, learn from new experiences and overall, just help to make sense of this big world around them?  You actually have a lot of opportunities to help your children grow and learn.  You can support your children’s development just by choosing activities at home and outside which give them a chance to explore on their own, with others and also use their imaginations.

Come and Bond With Your Child!

Come join this interactive workshop on Learning Through Play for ideas on fun activities for you and your children. Learn practical tips on how you can support early childhood learning from ages 0 to 6!

Register Here

Follow this LINK to register.
Please also enter this referral code below on the registration form, I will be eternally grateful :)

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Our Speaker
Our speaker for the Learning Through Play workshop is Dr. Teresa Lilia Ayaso-Cabusora.  Dr. Cabusora is a Child Development and Early Childhood Education Specialist.  She is a former faculty member of the Department of Family Life and Child Development of the University of the Philippines in Diliman.  She is the former Faculty-In-Charge of the UP-Diliman Child Development Center and is currently the Owner-Directress of the Family Partner Child Learning House.
Workshop Details
Date:  Saturday, April 18, 2015           Time:  1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Venue:  Insular Life Multi-Purpose Hall, 12th Floor Insular Life Makati Building, Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City
Learning Fees:  P350 per participant | P600 per couple
 This workshop is the second installment for 2015 of the Parenting Pals Workshop Series and is co-presented by Insular Life.
 = For inquiries, please email isobelle@manilaworkshops.com =