I have been blogging for seven years now but it was only two years ago that I decided to “engage”. By saying engage, I meant blogging regularly and creating Social Media accounts for the blogs that I owned and really get into it. I am a Work at Home Mom or WAHM as we commonly term it and I have been asked by a lot, and I mean a LOT of people how I did it, what I do, where to apply and all those sort of questions. Frankly speaking, sometimes it frustrates me because I felt like my answer is confusing them some more. And quite often, when they find out that I am a blogger, they’d automatically assume that it is my job, leading to more questions about it. Well, I am a blogger but it is not one of my job description — that is in the current job that I am holding.
BUT! This, I have to tell you dear friends and readers, being a blogger opened me to a lot of opportunities and knowledge. I have nothing but great benefits from it. I have learned a lot from it, from the technical side of it (WordPress, setup etc) to the marketing part — I am not the guru, but I have to say that the things I learned from being a blogger gained me more confidence in seeking for opportunities to work online. So if you’re going to ask me if Blogging is worth your time, or if it will help you land a job online, I’d say YES! definitely! With that said, I am encouraging you to join a blogging workshop if you want to start a journey in blogging and who knows, this might open opportunities for you online too!
Thanks to CDOBloggers for ensuring that they share their knowledge to those who want to learn. If you’re looking into having the basic knowledge on Blogging and how to maximize it with Social Media, do join the workshop (see poster above) as it is open to everyone. So whether you’re a stay at home Mom, working mom, a student or a business owner, I encourage you to join! The Blog and Social Media workshop will be held at Jia Cha Cafe located inside the Divisoria Arcade on November 29 (Saturday) from 2PM-5PM. If interested, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER as soon as you read this because slots is limited. P200 will be collected at the venue to cover the snacks and certificate. I really really hope to see you there!
One thing why I never regret sticking to Globe as my phoneline and Internet provider is their appreciation to the people who helped them to be on top of their game.
Yesterday, Globe made their media friends from both prints and blogging community feel so special and appreciated through the Media Appreciation Party at one of CDO’s prime hotels – Seda Hotel at Centrio. It’s an annual thing that they do for their media partners (except for last year because of much bigger social responsibility – reaching out to the victims/survivors of the super typhoon Yolanda).The party was short but sweet! Full of fun because everyone from all media outfit where super game!
It was definitely good to see familiar faces from other media outfits and of course my beloved cdobloggers family. Everyone were pretty excited especially when the good looking host announced that there will be minor and major raffle prizes to be drawn in the course of the short program. Excited probably is an understatement to how we all feel and with so much anticipation. Imagine Samsung Galaxy S5 as a major prize!
Prepaid cards, pretty cdoblogger mommies who also won the minor raffle and the Samsung Duos2 Phone!
One of the group games (per table) was to collate all the items on the list given to each team. Because our group were quite “resourceful” we won! Big thanks to Mr. Google! We each got 3-100 globe prepaid cards each and some sweet chocolates.
I was also lucky to be among the 10 winners of the minor prizes, where we get to pick a gift. Who wouldn’t go for big gifts?! lucky me there’s still one big gift left when my name was called. Though I was excited, I didn’t open the “mysterious gift” until this morning and because my youngest son was more excited that I was, I let him open it. And guess what? It’s a Kyowa Coffee Maker! I was delightfully surprised as I didn’t expected it. I have been planning to buy one and I couldn’t thank God enough for using Globe in granting this mommy’s little wish.
Then came the major raffle where everyone was hoping their names will be called. I was particularly eyeing on the iPad mini but didn’t really put my hopes high because I am not the luckiest person with raffle draws – and besides I already won some minor prizes so I am settled. But then the saying “When it rains it pours” proved to be true for me that time because my name was called for the third minor prize! So I got myself not an iPad mini but a new Samsung Galaxy S Dous 2. My son will have his early Christmas present! Thank you Globe! Another CDOBlogger and sister in Christ got the iPad Mini. Congratulations Mommy Karen!
No one left the party empty-handed because Globe made sure we have these goodies after the party. It was truly a blessed and fun day! Thank you so much Globe for your never-failing appreciation and for always taking good care of your media friends. Until the next party!
Well it’s wednesday and I’m feeling a bit under the weather (still!) But a bit better compared to the past 4 days. Thankfully I just work from home so I don’t stress myself out in going to an office somewhere to work! My boss is such a blessing!
So okay, it’s a usual day for me plus the not so good health. Since I have no househelp (my choice), I have to do things by myself. I can get away with the dishes and the rice cooking since my boys can already do them but the dish for every meal is on me! Well occasionally the husband volunteers to cook. I prepared my simple oven toaster grilled chicken since it’s pretty much easy to prepare, just perfect to prepare by someone who doesn’t have much energy to move around.
Grilled Chicken Recipe
2 pieces chicken thigh
2 tsp. Oyster Sauce
1 tsp. Brown sugar
2 tsp. Soy sauce
1/4 cup pineapple syrup (optional)
1 medium sized Red onion
2 cloves garlic
1. Mix marinade ingredients altogether.
2. Dip chicken and marinade for at least 30-minutes to an hour.
3. When chicken is ready, grease baking pan with a little olive oil and place the chicken. Drizzle chicken with a teaspoon of olive oil. Pour some of the marinade to the baking pan.
4. Set oven to 240 degrees and cook for 45 minutes.
5. Serve hot!
I love holidays because that would mean an opportunity to wake up late, tidy the house, just rest and spend time with family. Today is eid-mubarak (end of ramadan) and is declared as a regular holiday so kids and I don’t have to wake up early (thank God! Because I am still not feeling well — I had fever since Friday and my cough worsened today to the extent of having a hoarse voice).
So anyway, my boys are particularly excited for today’s holiday because they planned to play badminton since my eldest will be playing badminton in their school’s intramurals. I planned to just stay home and rest but as always the mother in me kicks in so I went with them to watch them play and errrrr.. give them some expert’s tips (coughs) ^-^.
I personally missed playing badminton and wanted to play but my health is getting in the way (booòooo!!).. Yeah I had fever since last saturday and I am determined to take it easy today and rest. Anyway, here are some photos from today’s game with one of my boys’ young spiritual mentors and lunch with daddy after the game.
Steven, NJ and Edward making the most of their one day off from school (College, HS & Elem)
Thirsty after the game! These boys are not done yet!
our Twofies! Before and after the game. The lunch sponsor whose office is nearby came to the rescue! ^-^
Buddies! They are not done yet. They went somewhere else after our lunch as they have plans of playing some more later (badminton or soccer). Better than computer games!
Yes! They are definitely not done yet. As I am writing this while I am here at Globe Centrio (waiiiitinggg! Honestly I hate waiting this long!), my boys and Steven went to their Bible study leader/mentor to hang out while still trying to figure out where to go next. Oh! My boys are all grown up! I am just thankful though that the ones they go with are of good influence ^-^ ☺☺.
Technology is ever evolving, but it has always been aimed at aiding everyday tasks. Samsung has taken on the higher pursuit of offering people a better lifestyle. Thus, armed with state-of-the-art electronics and a passion for innovation, Samsung has come up with their new lineup of digital household appliances that will ensure a happy home.
Air Conditioner With Triangle Design
Among their breakthrough inventions is their new air conditioner with triangle design. In a country that is notorious for its sweltering summers, a proper air conditioner is almost mandatory. But the difference between this new Smart Air Conditioner and an conventional air conditioner is clear. It does not just produce cool air; it has been tailored to be more efficient and cost-effective in this task. Thanks to its carefully engineered triangle design which allows for bigger fans within a more compact body. Thus, it circulates cool air faster, farther, and wider while maintaining a sleek look.
The new Smart Air Conditioner is equipped with Samsung’s Digital Inverter Technology. It can maintain the desired temperature without frequently shutting off and on, so it consumes less energy. The Digital Inverter Technology helps users to stay comfortable for long periods of time, while using the minimum amount of energy – of up to 60% less electricity than conventional air conditioners.
Designed to be outstandingly efficient, its uniquely triangular design has a wider inlet, wider outlet and a bigger fan to ensure that air is cooled and expelled faster (26%), farther (14m meters) and wider (39%) – ensuring even air distribution and powerful cooling.
Also, the new air conditioner begins cooling the air fast using its powerful Fast Cool mode, to cool down the room faster. It then automatically changes the mode to Comfort Cool to maintain the desired temperature. Users won’t feel cold and don’t have to keep manually changing the settings or turning the air conditioner on and off.
Energy efficiency is a key purchasing decision for consumers. The Samsung Air Conditioner’s Single User mode gives the flexibility to the user to control the capacity by effective use of energy. It uses less compressor capacity, reducing power consumption, while still providing a cool and comfortable environment. This ensures that users won’t have to worry about the electricity bill even if there’s only one person in the room.
The new Samsung Air Conditioner features Samsung’s exclusive Virus Doctor that keeps families safe and comfortable through innovative air purifying technology, which neutralizes harmful contaminants in the air. The Virus Doctor feature has received various accolades including a 2010 AHR Expo Innovation Award in the indoor air-quality category, a 1st Air Day Minister of the Environmental Award, and the Jang Young Sil Award. Now, mothers need not worry about air-born viruses and allergens with Samsung’s Virus Doctor technology.
Stylish and Smart, the pure Crystal Gloss™ finish and uniquely curved design of the Samsung Air Conditioner deliver a premium look. Like aerodynamic, high performance sports cars, every aspect of its streamlined body is encased in dual-injected, transparent material for an elegant finish that blends seamlessly into any modern home.
Using an application on a smartphone, the Smart Wi-Fi function lets users remotely control the functions of the Samsung Air Conditioner to schedule its operation. In any location with a wireless network, users can instantly turn it on and off and select the operating mode as well as temperature. Additionally, the air conditioner is able to communicate operational time and electricity usage as well as providing filter cleaning reminders. The unit can also store preferred operational settings and cooling preferences.
The Smart Installation is a self-diagnosis feature that ensures the air conditioner is installed perfectly by the aircon installer. It automatically checks for installation faults that might cause problems when the air conditioner starts operating.
The Smart Check automatic error-monitoring system detects and diagnoses problems and provides easy troubleshooting solutions using a smartphone application. It saves users time and prevents unnecessary costs prior to a service call.
This, alongside its efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and innovative design, makes Samsung’s new Smart Air Conditioner the perfect household appliance for any savvy family wishing to ensure the health and wellness of their children.
Food ShowCase Refrigerator
Part of their new lineup also includes the new Food Showcase Refrigerator. This innovation provides smart organization for all your different types of food. There are two layers of doors in order to properly showcase the contents of the refrigerator, making it much easier to visualize your stocks. There are the outer compartments for your most frequently used products, allowing instant access. And then there are the inner compartments for ingredients that you don’t use as often. Not only does this maximize space, this setup makes organizing and consuming food a simple process. Everyone in the family, including the children can access refrigerator contents with ease.
The new Food ShowCase Refrigerator also features an ice and water dispenser. At the touch of a button, users can enjoy a refreshing glass of chilled filtered water or fill a pitcher with cubed or crushed ice.
This refrigerator is also equipped with Samsung’s trademark Digital Inverter Technology. This means that the refrigerator utilizes the same smart technology that allows it to adjust its temperature accordingly. Thus, no unnecessary energy is consumed, making this an efficient and cost-effective appliance.
Front Load Washing Machine with Eco-Bubble Technology
Another addition to their lineup of smart appliances is the Front Load Washing Machine. Doing the laundry is an arduous and time-consuming task. There are many things to consider when it comes to washing fabric, but Samsung’s newest Front Load Washing Machine makes cleaning clothes a breeze. It makes use of Samsung’s own Eco Bubble Technology that allows powerful cleaning in cold water. Using warm water is an extra step when it comes to doing the laundry, and it can also be damaging to some fabrics. But the Eco Bubble allows for easy cleaning by completely dissolving detergent even with cold water producing fine foam that easily penetrates the fabric for both effective and gentle, cutting the time, effort, and energy needed in doing this task.
In addition to being extremely powerful with its high Revolution Per Minute (RPM) rate, it is also furnished with the Stain Away Program. This pre-programmed cycle was designed to deal with the 12 most common types of stains: blood, cocoa, sebum, oatmeal, tea, wine, tomato, pencil lead, mud, makeup, lipstick, and grass. It does all this with less noise, less vibration, and more performance than an ordinary washing machine. And of course, it is outfitted with the Digital Inverter Technology, guaranteeing efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Samsung Smart Oven
Last on Samsung’s latest digital appliance lineup is the Samsung Smart Oven. The Samsung Smart Oven comes with more cooking settings in order to provide families with the best cooking experience possible. It includes features such as auto-cook for pre-programmed recipes yogurt making, dough proofing, and “Slim Fry” function. Slimfry function is what differentiates this from the typical Microwave Oven, since preparing meals no longer has to be an unhealthy experience.
The “Slim Fry” technology allows you to enjoy your favorite fried food cooked to a crisp without the oil. Cooking healthier meals for the family without cutting on taste and texture is now made possible. Meanwhile, the other smart features this smart oven has fulfilled a multitude of purposes. Its premium sensors allows it identify a food’s surface temperature, so whether it is frozen, chilled, or fresh, it can adjust its heat accordingly so you do not have to worry about overcooking or undercooking your meals. This makes it a great addition to any household.