Dear Work-at-Home Parents: WAH Expo is Back!

I've mentioned Manila Workshops plenty of times in my other blog posts, and have even gone as far as saying it really changed a great deal of my life. It has and it has given me a community where fellow work-at-home moms are given help, guidance, some cheering up and a lot of motivation.

This year, on my birthday of all days :) , Manila Workshops together with the WAHMderful Life Community brings you The Work at Home Expo 2015!
What Happens at the WAH?
The WAH Expo is basically an annual one-day expo. There are talks and mini-workshops meant to encourage and empower Filipinos who are working from home or would like to be work from home professionals.

Who Can Attend?
This event are for people who are currently working from home as entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, freelancers, and for those who are planning to work from home in the near future. 

This event is also for anyone interested in being any of the ones mentioned above. Attendees will gain knowledge and tips about working from home and it's a great way to network and meet other people for collaboration in the future.

Is The Work at Home Expo Legit?
The very first workshop in 2012 resulted in a sold-out event, with over forty work at home professionals and freelancers in attendance, all of whom benefited from a wealth of insights and knowledge from authentic and experienced work from home professionals.
Since then, they've held 12 subsequent workshops, and two annual expos, all in-line with “helping individuals find their bliss working from home while making a home.”
The Work at Home Expo last year had around 290 participants with almost 50 booths from different players in the industry and from the small business owners, as well.
Where, When and How??
This year, The Work at Home Expo 2015 will be bigger and better!
Date: September 26, 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: Bayanihan Center, Unilab campus, Mandaluyong City 8008 Pioneer St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Venue Phone: (02) 858-1979, (02) 858-1985 to 86
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Talks and Workshops
Most of the talks will happen in the afternoon: Mommy Ginger, Mommy Topaz and Mommy Martine will talks about WAHM collaboration together at 2pm. You can see the entire schedule here in this link.
Anna Meloto-Wilk of Human Heart Nature will have a talk on Social Entrepreneurship and Foundations too at 2.30 pm! There's a whole lot more guests this year than last and I hope you'd come join! There are raffles, new people to meet and much to learn.
If you're interested in setting up a booth please feel free to contact Manila Workshops.
We hope that you can sign up and join us! :) Please spread the word and use #WAHE2015 #WAHSuccess. Check out our blog section for special updates on this conference!

The Someday House is Out There Waiting

Who doesn't want to find the perfect home? Whether it's a condo unit, a flat in some foreign city or a house with a wide yard that's minutes from the sea, as long as it gives you rest, peace and calmness you know... Home.

My Guilty Pleasure
I know it's a while away before my husband and I start thinking of a property. Still, it's nice to dream of someday houses and sometimes it's my guilty pleasure to search for properties online, I often find them on Property24.com.ph and it's easy to.

There are sufficient photos and you easily search your ideal properties based on certain details (how many bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.). It's fun, you know, just to feed my dreams some more. I even have a top 5, want to see them?
Disclaimer: All Photos in this Post are Grabbed from Property24PH Ads. Visit Links for More Info

The Cozy Home


I like it simple and financially-sound so I aim for something in between. The reason I tabbed this house is because it's the best I found online that's in Davao. My husband and I have a mini dream of living in Baguio and/or Davao at some point in our lives, that's not entirely forgotten.


There's still some chance for that so I saved this property. Who knows maybe it'll still be available when we finally get things going. I immediately fell in love with the interior, I mean look at the wood furnishing and how beautifully the sunlight will hit the surface if we lived there.


It's also one of the very few homes that features a round dining table with a traditional "ikot-ikot". If this house doesn't remind you of the middle-class Filipino family of the 90s I don't know what will.

This is where I want to cook for my husband and serve him his breakfast before he goes to work.

A Combination of Stone and Wood
I'm not into modern houses or glass houses, Gahd No. I'd feel too exposed. Exteriors like this house has a perfect combination of stone and wood, my ideal design. It's not the most beautiful house in Ayala Alabang, believe me the extravagance of homes in AVAA are-- gah! 
I've been revisiting this ad because it's just the right blend of wood and stone. Since I'm not too keen on overly decorated homes the simplicity of this house speaks to me. It looks clean, plain with the basic colors but the contrast of the bricks and stone walls give it the earthy tone.

I love it this way, you see... I love wood, how it feels and smells regardless of what people say about it. Earthy tones and wooden walls and floors are home to me. It's the perfect snuggle cove.

Bedrooms to Die On...Figuratively
The bedrooms in this house are enticing. The colors of the sheets, the minimalistic design and how cozy they seem. By now you must have figured out how I prefer my home: simple, cozy, wooden and warm.


I feel coziness and love for this house even though the exterior doesn't match my preference. It's my ideal first home; it's not too big or too small for a couple with a toddler. If the universe is going to grant me my first house-and-lot right now I'd choose this without blinking.


Another plus on this property is that it's in Nuvali. My first home will and should be in a subdivision or villa that's surrounded by trees of green, wide open skies and the healthiest air for my kid to breathe.

This is where I want my kid to read his books after he goes biking, this is where I want him to meet friends and hide secrets from me.

Infinite Space and Light
I'm the kind of person who makes a lot of mess when I get creative, so space is a must for me if I'm ever going to be productive at home. This house provides light that illuminates, I believe, the windows are just immaculate.

I can imagine myself putting wood furniture in the middle and placing a carpet in this room, and it would still be bright as day. I wouldn't mind sweeping the floors of this house everyday, the floor is so pleasant to look at even though it's not wood like I prefer.


This room here does have wooden floor panels and a clever glass-wood barrier. I think this area here would be the best nook for reading and taking sneaky naps during the day. Awww...now I'm really imagining it as my home.

After all, isn't that what everyone wants? Infinite space and light? Room for creativity, for rest, for thinking. A place to put the pieces of who you are into and keep it safe?

Close to Mother Nature
All this take of space, light, wood and earthiness...it's all really my desire to be closer to mother nature. If this house exists already, the person who gets to live in it is lucky. I mean look at it, it's all I've been talking about: Space, Light, Wood, Stone and Cozy and Warm.


This property I found isn't developed yet, and it's the only favorite one of mine that's not a house and lot. It's listed under farm and land and it's in Aspen Hills Village, in Tagaytay City.


I look at it and there's a pang of longing. No matter how simple I prefer my home to be, the lure of infinite space and all the nature I can step into is just too strong...too painful... this is my Number 1.


It's most likely still under development, like many beautiful home photos I see online but if they can make this real...and I can have it somehow, I wouldn't look back. I wouldn't mind how expensive it is or farm from civilization...

If I wake up to scenery like this every morning, breathe air as clear as my dreams and gaze at the pure blue and white skies, then. . . God bless me, I'm home.

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Property 24
Property24.com.ph is the fastest growing property portal in the Philippines. They provide an effective online platform for leading Real Estate Developers, Agencies and Brokers that allows them to showcase their property listings to a wider audience of qualified prospective Buyers.

#PerfectHome #Property24 #Property24PH

May the Bleak Turn to Bright with Sun Life's BLISS to #LiveFreePH

Are people around you hopeful or gloomy? Is your family doing okay, optimistic about the future? or dreadful of it? With the Brighter Life Index: Social Sentiment, better known as BLISS Sun Life will show how optimism, prosperity and the Bayanihan Spirit can create a positive ripple from ourselves to our loved ones and everyone else in our community.

What is BLISS?
Oh don't get me going, I've tasted all kinds of chocolate cake and experienced all manner of #happimess but let's talk about Sun Life's version of BLISS: It is a Facebook application that aims to get the pulse of Filipinos about their current financial situation as well as their outlook for the future.
Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa“BLISS gives us the canvas to paint our #LiveFreePH campaign. Through crowdsourcing, we seek the brightest spots while also determining the areas that are in need of a bit more sunshine. Together with the Sun Life Foundation, we will help turn dim prospects to bright opportunities.

How BLISS Happens
Harnessing the power of crowdsourcing, BLISS gathers insights directly from consumers by asking Filipinos about their current state and their outlook for the future. Responses will be collected primarily via Facebook.
The results will be embodied by a map of the Philippines, where positive sentiments will be represented by sunny weather, while negative ones will be indicated by thunderstorms. This will be updated real time, with different aggregations available for viewing.

Spreading Light and Love

BLISS will also radiate warmth in real life, as the Sun Life Foundation pledges to match survey responses with a donation to help localities with bleak outlooks, as indicated by the stormy icons in the results map. Inspired by the practice of bayanihan (communal work), the initiative translates insight to action, via the information that will be shared by online users.

Sun Life Foundation Executive Director Anne Zillah Flores“Sun Life Foundation believes in action that is powered by insight, and we’re bringing that to the social media platform through BLISS. We’re taking it further by actually responding to the gaps that will be determined. We will fund projects to help communities with bleak prospects so they can adopt a brighter outlook.”


BLISS to #LiveFreePH

From the present to the future, BLISS narrates the changing story of Filipinos from multiple points of view: self, family, and community. Income, health, and work-life balance are identified as personal concerns; food, nutrition and financial security comprise the familial territory; while access to quality education, healthcare, and livelihood opportunities are the societal factors that impact the nation as a whole.
When addressed properly, these concerns can become the building blocks of a nationwide movement towards financial independence.

“From BLISS, we lay down the blueprint of #LiveFreePH to practice foresight by being conscious of our needs while sharing the benefits of living the brighter life,” Lopa said. “We hope that by working together towards financial freedom, we can create a story of a prosperous and optimistic nation, because in our journey to financial freedom, we can go far if we go together.”


Share the BLISS to help communities in need and the chance to win awesome prizes like an iPad Air. Go to http://bit.ly/1hDBxhn to begin.


Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers, and it's celebrating 150 years this 2015. 
Sun Life Financial and its partners have operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2015, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $813 billion.

For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.

What I Love About Being a Mom: #LoveMommyHood with Milna

Motherhood has its own rewards but there are rare moments where you literally get rewarded for all your hard work. A few weeks ago is one of those moments, which I hope will not be the last or only one in my entire mommy life.

* Love Mommyhood with Milna *
Together with Kalbe International, and the help of Mommy Ginger, Milna PH held an even for mummy bloggers that I orginially thought would be an intimate meet and greet. It turned out to be a fun and touching experience.
As a blogger, I've only attended a few events that are not exactly related spot-on with my blog theme but am able to make a connection there somehow. Milna PhilippinesLove Mommyhood Event didn't just fit into my blog's theme, it fit perfectly with what I want for my toddler. And their activities, courtesy of Memory Crafters hit my heart like a bubble I felt I'd melt with so much warmth.

You Are Your Kid's Friend, and He is Yours

Hello Stacy's! A cute, and very pink, restaurant at Rizal Drive, BGC in Taguig that reminds me of cafes illustrated in mangas. The first thing Miggy and I noticed on entering is a small area by the window.
There was a small table with small chairs and small fake bread on small plates; obviously meant for small people, and a hoard of toys in small boxes. Kid-companion solved! But I admit, I wasn't comfortable leaving Miggy there and go upstairs.
I wasn't worried about him looking for me or getting into a toddler fight. I didn't want to leave him there because I wanted to share seeing everything with him' kinda like how you want your best friend to accompany you just about anywhere, even in the restroom. Personally, I'm looking forward to make a driver out of my son.
I love that in being a mom, having a child, it's like having your own friend. Sure, the kid suffers from separation anxiety, can be a real bust or is just too demanding, but... at the end of the day you're his first choice when things go wrong, or right. When he accomplishes something, anything, you're the first to see it.
It's not one-sided, you also have a friend in your child. Sometimes I get depressed and cry for way too many reasons and when my 2 year old saw me he pouted and asked, "Bakit Mama? Bakit iiyak?" and although it's just an innocent question, it comforted me. Those tiny arms hugging around my neck got me through the night.

It Can Be Real Messy, But It's Fun
There was a small contest during Milna's #LoveMommyhood Event, which was to design a tote using art material provided by Memory Crafters. No, we didn't win, but how we made our tote was unforgettable.
Miggy loves to paint, he loves the brush and I knew that designing a tote with a tot won't produce anything awe-inspiring. So I decided to just let my son be and unleash his creativity with the brush. I did use some tape so we could create this:
As a mom, I go through a lot of mess on a regular basis: emotional, physical and psychological. Emotionally, motherhood can throw you off, blow up your cap, challenge your patience and turn you into a Momster. No typo there, there's nothing worse than a mom and monster combined.

Trust me, I have a mom, my husband has a mom, our parents have moms and when the moms say Pick up the damn clothes off the floor, we pick the damn clothes off the floor.  So yes, it breaks your limits and it makes your house messy and your mind so disheveled you wish there's a brush that could comb your thoughts straight.
It's no walk in the park, but motherhood can be fun anyway. When Miggy and I make clay or place with ice cubes, it gets messy and I know I'll have to clean it all up on my own but I try to enjoy it anyway. I try to do the same with his tantrums, his poop accidents and that one time he fell into the fish pond.
It's really hard but when I look back at them, they're actually funny. As messy as they are it's fun to go through anyway, because the little human you're with has no idea he has "chocolate" stuck to his thigh and these messy moments are priceless.

The Demand Brings Out Your Best

Miggy had a tiny tantrum during the event because I made him stop playing so that he could eat upstairs with me. I wanted to take him away from the play area because he's getting into a "toy-grabbing" fight with another kid and I needed not to have to go through another fight scene.
He raged, he kicked and punched (yep, my face is a suki) and I had to go out and let him cry it out. Although Miggy's tantrum irritated me and I didn't have any sleep prior to the event, I willed myself not to turn into a Momster. Although his demands can be "reallllyyyy uuuurrrgghh!!!" sometimes it pushes me to extend my patience, make my limits flexible and me more composed.
Before I became a mom I had a fuse as short as a candle's wicker. I'd snap at just about anybody during my period, and it's impossible to talk to me while I'm on a movie/series marathon, definitely not when I'm reading a book.


Now...Wow.... I'd still snap, but that's only when I haven't slept in two days, has a deadline in an hour and am hangry like the wolf with Miggy trying to get what he wants with a tantrum.

There Are Perks & Privileges
Funnily enough, because you put so much love and effort for your kid somehow other people seem to think they should treat you or help you out sometimes. At Milna's Love Mommyhood Event we, the mommies, were treated with... *drum roll please* .... a hairstyle! hihihi...
It was surprising since Mommy Ginger didn't say anything about it earlier and when she did say there was a surprise waiting for us there were no hints given. We were herded out of Stacy's and I though it was a kidnap at some point but *whew* we were just taken to Flair
It was fun, people there were really professional (had to assess my hair and make my curls so they don't fall: it's too soft they said). I chose the Marilyn form their Lookbook! Their products smell nice too. Sadly though, my curly hairstyle only lasted for an hour. Miggy had a tantrum and the struggle simply took effort.

 I'm not a girly kind of girl, sometimes I don't even bother to comb my hair after showering... I don't spend time in a salon, I do my own nails and I cut my own bangs and if I need a trim, well..that's when I pay my Ateng Kuya 70 pesos + tip.

Eating is a Battle
Believe me, sometimes it's War when I'm not in the mood to put up with pickyness. Thankfully, Miggy doesn't always do that. There are days, like during the Mommyhood Event.. he wouldn't eat anything. Not chicken, not the pasta not even the damn juice. 

Sorry, got carried away with that. Milna's Baby Food on the other hand is a real hit with Miggy. He loved the Banana flavored biscuit. He's too old for the cereal mixes but I managed to sneak it in to his rice (told him it was soup) and he enjoyed it...a lot, like three extra servings.
Miggy got knocked out after the Love Mommyhood event at BGC, the moment I carried him on the bus he fell asleep and on and on until we reached home and I settled him down to bed. It was fun, difficult to carry a 13 kilo kid but you know, I got to elbow insensitive jerks who kept pushing and bumping me aside. All that just to get ahead of me to get on the bus. People.
Milna's Baby Food did taste good, I took a bit hehe, I even gave some to my nieces because it's difficult to find healthy alternatives to the usual chocolate snacks kids lay their hands on these days. When Miggy woke up he nearly tore the bag open, just to get his hands on his bisweet.
I'm so glad I got a Milna biscuit, my son enjoyed nibbling at them at night, while playing and well...almost every hour actually. It gave me some assurance that even though he won't eat his meals at least he's getting some nutrients out of his snacking habit. Thanks Milna!
some photos, like this, were grabbed from Milna's FB page

Everything is Random: New, Familiar...All a Surprise
At the LoveMommyhood Event I experienced almost all kinds of emotions, and I'm sure my son did too. He met playmates, I met other mommy bloggers and although we've both been to situations where Miggy screams and I carry him out, it all feels new and...surprisingly fun.
Back then, I had no idea how to even carry a newborn. I was so scared when my husband first made me carry Miggy in my arms; I feared I'd drop him, cramp his neck or just make him uncomfortable in my arms. I didn't feel I was ever going to be a good mom, I never even think I'd ever be a mom... but here we are.
Surprised and unaware as always but Smiling.