Monday, May 19, 2008

I am a Chocolate Pocky!







what flavor pocky are you?


[c] sugardew

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Introduction to Culinary Entrepreneurship

I attended a seminar about Culinary Entrepreneurship yesterday, organized by NEW(Network for Enterprising Women) and HDI Resource held at the TOPAZ 1, Mandarin Suites, 4F Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Q.C.

The seminar introduces the participants about what Culinary Enterprise is and gives basic tips on marketing, operations, costing and management of these kinds of enterprise.

I attend the seminar to get a bird’s eye view of the industry and assess if I can venture further in it. As many of you know I have an online store offering chocolates and baked goodies (mylittlebaker), and I am looking for ways to expand it further through maybe a food cart in the Mall or a snack bar.

The speaker Anthony Brendan Yu was great, he is frank and really gave his views on the Culinary Industry the perks and the risks. You can really see his passion for the industry (he has several Jollibee franchises) and shared his secrets on how he succeeded in being an entrepreneur.

He concentrated to the tools, skills and mindset we must have to be truly a success in our business ventures. As he said, these things you can practice not just on your business/career life but also on your personal life as well.

The seminar was short and it just stimulated my appetite for more info on Culinary Entrepreneurship luckily they will be having a Two Day Comprehensive Seminar on the subject in August. I am still thinking about it if I would attend since these kinds of seminar do not come cheap.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Why Health is Wealth?

It took me almost two weeks to start blogging again, I was depressed most of that time. When I get sad or emotionally down I can’t bring myself to write on my blogs. There are so many things I wanted to share but I can’t seem to form the words, to express what I feel.

Last May 6 was supposed to be our 8th Wedding Anniversary and there were great plans on how me and my hubby will spend it. But unfortunately we had to spent it in the hospital to check my swollen right foot, I was in pain and can’t use my right foot to walk or even stand on.

What started as what I thought just a small blister at the sole on my right foot turned out to a big monster source of pain and inconvenience. From what I thought was just a corn(callus) that I had months ago I discovered that it was one nasty wart and now it is infected. I did not consult a doctor about it before because I thought it was just a corn and many advised me that it is common and it will go away on its own. It continued to grow to a point of like having a mongo seed under you feet when you walk but still I ignored it thinking it will go away sooner or later, besides where will I have it checked? Is there a doctor for this kind of mundane things?

So after months of ignoring it and going on with everyday life came the climax so to speak, we went to a summer outing, 2 days of swimming and seafood. A day after(a Sunday), my “corn” started to swell like a volcano made of too much skin and it now hurt bigtime. But still I waited for it to go away, walking gingerly.

I was already preparing for a very busy week ahead. I had a shopping trip to Divisoria to outsource packaging material on Monday, a hot Anniversary date on Tuesday, baking day on Wednesday, a product presentation/taste test for a big Restaurant chain on Thursday, a get together with my high school barkada and a networking/meet-up event with e-business and e-commerce industry players on Friday and finally a facial with my mom on Saturday. Not to mention that Mother’s Day is coming up.

But when I woke up Monday morning my right foot had several more little blisters and my volcano started to become more like araneta coliseum at the size of a one peso coin. And my foot started to swell. I called my husband at the office and told him to take the next day off at work and I think we have to go to a doctor.

The next day, still thinking it was just a skin problem we first went to a dermatologist first at the advice of a relative and from there we were shocked with what he said. He said that it was a wart and asks why did I just came to him now, he can’t remove it and I need surgery pronto! So we went to St. Luke’s Hospital and went to a surgeon for a consult. He said that it is a plantar wart and is infectious, the wart swelled due to long hours soaked in water(swimming) and another wart is starting to grow near it plus and the other blisters were in fact allergies. I told him about the seafood I consumed and it aggravated my condition.

So after siphoning the blood/pus in my swollen warts he told me to not eat chocolates, seafood, eggs and chicken for 10 days so that my blisters can be gone and just clean my wound/wart with soap and water. I need to wait for the swelling to go down and the swollen skin to fall off so that he can assess if we will proceed with the surgery to remove the wart.

I was so disappointed with myself, not taking care of myself and my health lead me to this situation. Opportunities were lost and plans not pushed through as I became immobile for the rest of the week. Went into depression and just spent my days reading all the Harry Potter books( yes, all 7 of them) and playing with Virtual Villagers2. Not even bothering to go online and see all the opportunities I lost that week.

I realized that Personal Health is important, even just a measly foot blister must not be ignored. Before I just endure the pains I feel thinking of the medical cost. But now I promised myself that I will start to take care of my health and stop abusing my body.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Social Networking and eBusiness Event of the Year is Here!

Be a Delegate @ the Social Networking and eBusiness Conference Philippines 2008

I won a seat to be a delegate for the conference, I would like to thank Fiera de Manila Inc. and the DigitalFilipino.com Club for this opportunity. Being a social networker is alreadly a part of my daily life for many years now and I know that the topics to be discussed in the 2 day conference will enrich my life further.

The Social Networking and E-Business Conference Philippines 2008 is anevent geared towards:1. Companies who wants to see the potential of social networks foradvertising, word of mouth, and reaching out to users with big socialnetworks for collaboration.2. Current, start-up, and upcoming players in the social networkingindustry who would like to gain insight and share perspective as tohow this industry is evolving.3. Internet users who are interested to find out how this dynamicspace will change in the years to come.

The conference is organized by Fiera de Manila Inc. and the DigitalFilipino.com Club and will be held at Hotel Intercontinental, Ayala Avenue, Makati City on May 20 and 21, 2008.

Register as a delegate at:http://www.fmi.com.ph/socialnetworking/SNECPApplicationForm.html

Limited exhibit booths and corporate sponsorship package available.Parties interested can email Fiera de Manila at http://us.mc505.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=fiera%40info.com.ph orcall +6328960639 or 37.

Register as an exhibitor athttp://www.fmi.com.ph/socialnetworking/SNECPEAF.html

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Great Summer for Lorenzo

One of the joys of being a kid during summer is going to new places, playing all day and meeting new friends.

Last May 2 and 3, we joined my mother’s office summer outing at a resort in Pampanga. The two day summer outing is the last outing that my mother joins in before she retires this July.

My son Lorenzo was in heaven, he got to swim and play with new friends. Since my son is an only child he seldom has kids his age to play with and the outing was an opportunity for him to develop his social skills.

It was bittersweet when we were parting with his new friends, he invited them to visit us at home. I am so proud of my son’s friendliness and generosity. Making him feel he is loved greatly and is supported in what he is doing made Lorenzo confident and giving towards others.

I hope at that even when my mom retires my son’s communication with his new friends remains.