Monday, April 21, 2008

Job hunting?

Its summer again and with another batch of my students will graduate this coming May. They are at the moment job hunting and as there are so many job fairs all over the metro lately, I would like to share to them some tips on job hunting.

  1. Apply for jobs that matches you skills, however if there are certain jobs that you would like to have but at present you don’t have that skill or skills, you have to enroll in additional courses to have that skills. It will take time to study but if you are determined to have that job, you got to work hard for it.
  2. While waiting for job interviews or while still job hunting, take this opportunity to build up your portfolio. If your field is on web programming or design, create websites even on free websites or offer your services for free to family and friends, these sites will give you the opportunity to showcase your skills and would be useful during job interviews. It is also the same for programming.
  3. Create a blog, this is another way to build up your portofilo, regardless of your field, make it your professional blog, write about what interests you. For example you are a Culinary graduate then create a foodie blog.
  4. Create a winning resume, prepare your resume from the interviewee’s point of view, use the job advertisement as a guide to your resume and include experience and education to support your skills, be 100% correct on spelling and grammar and print your resume in a white high quality paper.
  5. Use technology to your advantage. There are so many job ads website you can subscribe to, regularly visit them for new job posts. Learn new skill online, some of them are even free. Look for resume maker online if you are still in doubt on the resume you have created.
  6. Lastly, be prepared. Before going on interviews, research on the company, its background and products, reflect on why you want to join that company and how you can be an asset to them. Review/study about the job position you are applying, you interviewer may ask questions pertaining to certain technical or specific skill needed for the job.

    Happy Job Hunting!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Healthy Indulgence

I was deep in food research last week in search for Japanese inspirations, going around malls, supermarkets and restaurants looking for the perfect Japanese inspired desserts(It’s a hard job but somebody has to do it) when I saw the article about Japanese restaurants in Yummy Magazine. Through the magazine I discovered Kozui Green Tea Café.

I was having a tough time finding green tea ingredients for my baking needs and tried calling Kozui, a green tea café and was thankful that they indeed sell different varieties of green teas. Since it was a weekend and we were scheduled to go out as a family we decided to check out the café at the same time buy the green tea I needed.

I started drinking tea when I vacationed in Hongkong a few years ago and since develop a habit of drinking them although I am a confessed coffee addict, so I was really looking forward to visiting Kozui.

Kozui is located at Tomas Morato, Quezon City. They have a variety of food and beverages with green tea or tea as an ingredient. We ordered Matcha Lemon Teaz and Jasmine Lemon Teaz for our refreshements since it was a hot afternoon, a ham and egg sandwich, a shrimp tempura and Tearamizu and an Oatmeal tea cookie for dessert. Everything was delicious we were full and happy. I even bought 2 more oatmeal tea cookies to take home.

I was really a healthy indulgence, it was the first time I went home after eating out where I felt light and refreshed. Often times when we eat out I feel so full that I have a very heavy feeling afterwards.

Anthony, the owner is very welcoming as well as his staff that we really enjoyed eating at Kozui. It was an enjoyable evening that promises a return visit. There are still other food and desserts that I am looking forward to eat like their tea lattes, anmitsu and the intriguing green tea cheesecake.

Kozui Green Tea Café is located at 258 Tomas Morato St. corner Scout Fernandez, Quezon City, Tel No.(632) 413-2705

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Food Crisis or Money Crisis?

These past months we are hit with continuous rise in the prices of gasoline, cooking oil and flour but what shocks all of us is the price of our staple food, RICE. If only the price of oil/gasoline is the one that is going up many of us may ignore it for most of the population does not have their own cars so we are not directly affected, but when the price of RICE went up everybody stopped and took notice.

I for one could not fully comprehend why the price of commercial rice is on the record high some reaching 50 persos per kilo, since there is no rice shortage and we see in the news warehouse after warehouse full of sacks of rice. The videos of people lining up for hours in the summer heat just to buy 2 kilos of NFA rice is really heart breaking, this should not have happen to an agriculture country such as the Philippines.

As the budget/purchasing officer of the family I feel the pinch of our situation now, it’s just not happening in the country but when you read the news, its happening worldwide, from the richest countries to the poorest ones. One can’t help be afraid and ask what is happening? Have we overpopulated the whole planet to have this kind of crisis? I am still looking for answers on these ones.

Our family is affected by the situation, we are now conscious of our consumption of almost everything especially food, even our shopping behavior have changed. Before when we go to the groceries we just buy anything we want without regard if we really need them, now when I go to the groceries I just buy the necessary items. I also now practice consuming what is in stock at our pantry before buying anything else.

I have a pantry where I stock noodles, canned goods, milk, tea, biscuits and most of the time there are items in there that get shoved at the back, gets forgotten and thrown out after a few months because it’s expired already.

As a baker I also feel it as almost all ingredients necessary in baking had gone up, what can I do to sell my goodies? There is no other choice but to increase the product price also.

So what can we do to get through this Money Crisis?

I got this tips from Pinoy Smart
1. increase your income
2. spend wisely; manage your expenses
3. do both

The first option is easier said than done; but if you have the drive, patience and persistence you can do it. However, it may take some time before you can get a significant rise in your income.

The second option is also not easy to do especially if you have been used to unwise spending. However, managing your expenses properly can have immediate positive results and allow you to get more for your hard-earned money. Kung wais ka sa paggastos ng pera mo, mas malayo ang mararating nito kahit na walang dagdag sa iyong kinikita.

I agree with Pinoy Smart, we Pinoys are madiskarte, and a resilient people we need to thinks of ways to get through this crisis, we must think of new ways of adding to the income of our family like taking on part time jobs if we have to and most especially spending our hard earned money wisely.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Creating Product Awareness

I read an article from a business section of one of the leading broadsheets a few days ago and one night my husband and I got to talk about it. It was about creating an awareness or buzz about your product/brand and in doing so you can create a demand for your product.

We talked about how do we apply that to my current business considering also the changes I plan to make for my business. There were many things I am considering right now, making my made-to-order business to include catering.

The article gave examples about some companies in the country getting services of PR agency to create the “buzz” about their products. It tells the story how a PR agency transforms a juice drink to be synonymous to a certain brand. It also shared some tips that PR Agency in the Philippines do to make sure their client’s Ads a success.

Lessons I learned from this article are; Ads need not be expensive to guarantee success of the product, Ads must be noticed by the right consumer that are willing to pay for the goods or services that you are selling and getting your customers’ point of view is an important part of the development of the marketing strategy.

I hope I can practice this lessons when its time to implement the changes for my business.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Summer Activities for kids

It’s summer once again and for kids it means fun, fun and more fun. But for a child like my son who loves school this summer time is “boring”. He has frequent tantrums now a days for there is not enough to do and he misses school and his classmates. It’s one of the disadvantages of being an only child, there are no other kids to play with. I decided than one solution would be to enroll Lorenzo to a summer activity and I looked around and here is what I found out:

Learn a new sport
My son is overweight and his pedia encouraged us to give him more physical activities.

I found an Ad about it Milo Summer Sports Clinics on the newspaper and called the MILO hotline (02) 914-7111 and discovered they have various sports activities to choose from karate, swimming, basketball, bowling, taekwondo and other sports catering to different ages. I am considering enrolling him on taekwondo but my husband thinks it’s too soon.

My son loves to swim so a swimming lesson is another choice we are considering, I am still looking for the appropriate swim school Milo has them but still I want to have many options. I visited the Marikina Sports Park if they have a summer program and also inquired at Bert Lozada Swim School

Art Lessons Anyone?
My son also loves to sing and dance, it maybe in the genes as his lolo was a great dance instructor, plus I got so inspired from his performance at his recognition day. So I look for organizations that offer dance and art classes. I found out that Teatro Marikina has a Summer Art Workshop and is offering at a small fee. They offer Dancing classes. Art classes, Children’s Theater, Voice lessons and even lessons for different lessons. I also found out about PETA’s Summer Art Workshops.

Academics in Summer?
My son really want to start reading books so I got an idea maybe I can enroll him at children’s preschool offering summer readiness at math readiness programs but being cooped inside a classroom during summer is not much fun and I could always teach him at home.

So many choices and if it is only up to me I would like to enroll him at least to classes but since many of the schedules overlap with each other I have to just pick one and then choose any a different one next summer.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Congratulations Nicole!

I attended last night the elementary graduation of my inaanak Patricia Nicole at Roosevelt College Cainta. It was a very memorable affair, as the graduates are receiving their diploma there was a video presentation on the side of the stage featuring the picture of the graduate and what he dreams to be when he grows up.

It was very refreshing so see so many young people that are so positive about their future, we got to see their dreams and I realized that as adults we have to help them make their dreams a reality.

Nicole is very special to me, she is my “first” baby. I got to take care of her when she’s just a year old, I would usually borrow her on weekends and buys her tons of baby stuff. With her I got to feel what it is to be a mother, the long nights of feedings, you feel torn when you have to leave her because you got to work.

Nicole wants to be a chef when she grows up, and since I love baking maybe starting this summer I’ll start informally teach her the joys of baking.

Congratulations to a very special girl in my life!