Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Online Business and more

I was recently interviewed for a consultancy job and surprisingly most of the questions were about my experiences on my online store, mylittlebaker and not about what can I do for them as an IT consultant. The questions were about my online customers, internet payment and deliveries plus website management.

They were so interested that what I thought to be a simple panel interview became an exchange of ideas that I forgot being nervous. They were interested on what kinds of payment I have and what I would recommend as a payment facility for an online business. One of the interviewers engages on website development and would like to know my opinions on e-commerce so that it will be helpful for his clients.

I was asked in what kind of payment facility I would recommend for website transactions, are they really secure and are there really reliable payment processing companies available for the Filipino businesses willing to go online. I answered that companies considering adding online payment facilities to their website must first make sure that it is really what they want for adding this feature would take considerable amount of money and they must take also into consideration the risks of having an online payment facility on their site.

There are companies that offer safe and secure payment processing facility here in the country, there is no need to look abroad for it. On such company is YESpayments - The Payment Processing Professionals. YESpayments has been processing Internet payments since 2003 in the Philippines. This is YES IT Corp's 15th year in the Philippines. They are the first Philippine Payment Gateway to pass the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) annual security Audit and has 24/7 personal support in the Philippines.

If companies and individuals having an online business is thinking about putting an online payment facilities on their site, my advice is be sure you really want to have one, research on the payment facility companies so that you will know your options, know the pros and cons on putting one on your website and then decide if you are really want to have one.

My interview ended pleasantly with everyone there leaving happy, the exchange of ideas was great and I get to talk about my online business which I am proud of.

Monday, October 06, 2008

My Cellphone is LOST

I was a victim of a pickpocket today at 6am in the morning. Crossing Aurora Blvd in Cubao this morning someone bumped me from the side but I ignored it for I was anxious to get to the other side to ride the FX. When I rode the FX I noticed my backpack pocket was open, but it seemed nothing was missing for my wallet was still inside and in prominent view.

After a few minutes as we are moving, someone’s cellphone ringed I remembered my cell and began looking for it in my bag but it was not there. I tried very hard to remember if I placed it in the bag, I just had it charged and remembered holding it before leaving the bedroom but can’t be sure if I put it in the bag. I usually misplaces the cellphone, even the remote of the TV when I am at home and at times forgot about it for a day or two so I was not overly concerned about not having it with me today.

During my break, I called home to ask if they could look for my cell in the house for I can’t remember if I indeed brought it, and told them about how I found my bag opened as I got inside the taxi.

My only regret is my cell number, I had that number 0917-9863772 since 1997. The contact numbers I have it recorded in my notebook since I changed cellphone almost a year ago. I bought my cellphone in Divisoria 168 and the only value to me is its TV feature. Texting and calling using that cellphone was a pain. Recalling that have saved the pictures and videos on it on my computer and there was no compromising pictures saved calmed me.

Lesson Learned?
That you can never be too complacent or too trusting of people. I grew up in Cubao, lived there practically my whole life and this is my first time to experience being "victimized" in what I believe is my turf and knows the people on the streets(the barkers, street vendors and even the beggars). We must always be vigilant of our surroundings no matter what time of day it is.

I have plans buying a new cellphone before the end of the year anyways, what happened today made it sooner than later. To all my friends I maybe asking your contact numbers again when I buy my new cell.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Out of the Mouths of Babes - Sabi ni Jollibee "Share"

I am proud to say that my son Lorenzo is a very generous person. One of the toughest things that any parent could teach their kids is the right values, this is one of my fears – that I may not be able to teach him good values. Being respectful, friendly, generous, kind, industrious and self reliant these are the values I want my son to have.

Being a working mom I have this fear that I may not be able to teach him the right values for I work six days a week. So far my five year old have most of these values in place, but I realize you have to continuously work at it.

Sabi ni Jollibee “ SHARE”
A few months ago there was these TV program at GMA7 called “Jollitown”, it was a show featuring Jollibee characters it airs every Sunday morning and my son loves watching it. One the things greatly impressed upon him was about sharing and my son regularly reminds us about it. He would say the phrase “ Sabi ni Jollibee share” on anything he wants to take part in.

Like I am using my laptop and he wants to use it, he would say “ Sabi ni Jollibee share” , so he can use it or if we are eating and he likes the food I have in my plate, or if I am reading something he would say “ Sabi ni Jollibee share”. It is nice that he understand the concept of sharing and there are times that it can be a bother when he insists on “sharing” but at least he is also reminding us on the value of sharing and serve as good examples.

“Maduling-dulingan kaya tayo”

There was this time when my son and I were eating breakfast that I forgot to get a sausage from the serving plate until there was only one piece left. It was a new product we recently bought so I have not tasted it yet to see if it was really good. I ask my son if I could have the sausage because he seems to love eating it. What my son did shocked me. He picked up his fork got the sausage then held it up, then declared “Maduling-dulingan kaya tayo”.

I was speechless, I did not know if I would burst out laughing or crying. The “Maduling-dulingan kaya tayo” phrase was from the Fita commercial about a single Fita biscuit left to be shared by two friends and ending up both of them having to eat different flavors of the biscuit sandwich.

I was shocked because I will likely not going to have my taste of the sausage if we have the “magduling-dulingan tayo” for I will only be imagining that I tasted the sausage since my son is holding the real sausage. So I sighed and finished my breakfast promising myself to eat the sausage first when we have it again another day.