Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Libre SIM! Libre Load! Game ka na ba?

We always want to be connected either online(social networks, emails, yahoo messengers) or offline(thru phone calls or texting). Our day seems not complete if we don’t reach out and send even a short message to family and friends. There was even a saying that “di bale na magutom basta may pangload” (Its important to always have a phone load or credits even if you go hungry).

Load Momma is a website powered by Smart’s Red Mobile Network offers Free SIM card, Free Load and even more Loads! The site is a social network site that enables the member to get freebies, refer friends to Load Momma, it also have features like profile section, create or join groups, find new friends, upload photos and even chat with friends.

How to get your freebies:

- Get free SIM
Just sign up at Load Momma, fill in all details, you will receive a verification email once done wait for your SIM to be delivered in 3 to 5 working days.

- Get free Load
To get your free load, simply invite your friends to join and sign up at Load Momma using the Loadmmomma friend inviter. Once they that registered and receive their Free SIM, you will get your free load with 72 business hours.

- Get More Load
The more friends refer and activate their Free SIM, the more free load you will get!

So what are you waiting for? Register now so that we can always stay connected!

Ten Ways to Make Your Relationship Last

One of the ways to live a long life is have close relationships. Having close friends and lifetime partner help us live longer and healthier lives for they help us alleviate stress, boredom and depression.

Got to read about 20 Secrets to Great Relationships and Busby SEO Test and it inspired my to share my own secrets to a lasting relationship, after all I have been with my man for eighteen years now and friends often asks me our secrets .

Here are tips to make your relationship last.

1. Communication is the key
Constant communication must be maintained even on the busiest day. Nowadays time and distance is not an issue anymore if you really want to talk to each other

2. Don’t force him to change for you
It’s a no-no to force him to change his ways, you have to accept him or he’ll find someone else. Let him take the initiative to change, your life will be so much better.

3. The key to a man’s heart is through his stomach
The age-old saying is true. Making your man yummy dishes makes him love you more. So make an effort, it does not have to be an overnight thing. Learn one or two of his favorite dishes then gradually add more as time passes.

4. Support him in his decisions
His decisions are not always perfect but it’s his to make, just be there for him and give your opinions or just be with him on this difficult time.

5. Make your thoughts and feelings heard
He is not a mind reader. On the early phase of the relationship it is crucial that you let him know what your stand on things like how many children do you want, do you plan to keep working even as kids. How about finances? Would you have separate accounts?

6. Include him in decision making
Have a partner means any decision you make can and will affect him too. So before accepting a job that may include travel ask for his opinion on it.

7. Let him pamper you
The modern woman is independent and can take care of herself fine. But I discovered that men like to pamper us once in a while.

8. Don’t let the romance die
Just because you already lasted 5 years mean that you don’t need to go on dates anymore. Where is the fun in that? Regularly going on dates keeps the sparks going even if you’re old and gray.

9. Make time
Even if your busy with your career its no excuse not to have time for him. No sacrifice is too great just to spend an hour or two of quality time with before your end your day.

10. Work at it
Many think that once you get married, everything is okay, you have your man and you will live forever. Actually the REAL work is just starting for you and your prince charming to reach that forever after.



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How to Live a LongLife
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

ALCULYMPICS 2009


The Association of Local Colleges and Universities (ALCU) is an independent, voluntary, and non-profit association of locally funded institutions of higher learning conducted their first sportsfest, ALCULYMPICS last week Jan 19-23, 2009 at the Marikina Sports Park and was hosted by the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina and the City Government of Marikina.

With the theme “Towards a Dynamic Culture of Sportsmanship”. ALCU hopes to strengthen the camaraderie among member-schools. Eighteen schools participated in the five-day event: City University of Malabon, Pamantasan ng Cabuyao, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Pamantasan ng Montalban, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Taguig, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela, University of Makati, University of Caloocan, City University of Malabon, City College of Urdaneta, Gordon College, Lipa City Public College, Mandaue College, and Gat Andrés Bonifacio University, and PLMar.

The sports competition included Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball, Arnis, Chess, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Cheerdance Competition and Mr. & Ms ALCULYMPICS.

The Closing ceremonies were held last Friday January 23, 2009, included was the turn over ceremony to the next host school of the ALCULYMPICS three years from now, the University of Makati.

I would like to congratulate all the people who dedicated their time and efforts in making these event a success and thank you to all the schools who participated, I hope the ties that was formed will be a lasting form of friendship that will endure through the years.

A Gameplan of a Busy Working Mom

I am a very busy person. I am a wife, mother, daughter, teacher, blogger, entrepreneur and a good friend. One can say my life is very full. At present I have a 30-hour a week class load at PLMar and an IT consultant work working from Monday thru Saturday. I estimate that I have a 45-hours per week job that is aside from being an entrepreneur where I bake on demand. I also do not have a house helper or even a yaya for my son. I even try to blog on my free time. At present I am planning my valentines product line.

I never expected to have the life that I have now, I always dreamed of being a stay at home mother, but circumstances like the current economy plus having my parents to take care of made me decide to continue working. My husband always reminds me to take it slow, that I don’t need to work this hard. He would like me to choose only one job to teach and stop my business or vice versa.

Even I am amazed on the amount of activity I maintain and the outputs I produce. But I have a game plan to be able to cope with my toxic work load.

Here is my game plan:

Be a planner – I am a very good planner. I have short and long term plans and even my week is all laid out as I plan it. I have a plan A, plan B and even a plan C
Have supportive family and friends – I am very thankful to have a very supportive husband who understand my decisions and parents that pick up the slack I have at home. There are also the friends who give moral support especially when I am emotionally drained.
Be Mobile – One thing my husband advised me is to invest in the tools of my trade, that no matter how expensive it is, it will also be a key to your success. I have a laptop(so I can bring anywhere my data, lectures and for entertainment) and a sony ericsson cybershot phone (so I can take pictures of my products and things I blog about).
Use energy efficient, time saving appliances – as mothers we are expected to wash the clothes, cook dinners and make sure everybody is fed and happy. My secret helpers are my oven, microwave oven and an automatic washing machine(it cost three times more that and ordinary washing machine but at least I can bake or blog while washing clothes)
Teach kids to be independent – I am happy that I have a very independent son, he is just 5 years old but at least he can pick up his toys after playing, wash his hands and clean up and just about operate every electronic gadget at home like the tv, dvd player and surf the net with supervision of course.
Learn to delegate – I am a control freak before, I wanted to be involved in every aspect of an activity but slowly I am learning to delegate tasks at work and at home.
Learn to say NO – I like to please people, there was a time that I would accept projects or work just to please my boss but I realize that there are more important things in life than work.
Maximize Time – Multitask. I don’t like wasting time. So if I decide to go to a certain place, attend an event or visit people I make sure that there is something I gained in return like a business meeting or a great idea for my products. Know your priorities - Family comes first no matter what. I stop what I am doing especially if my family needs me. I know when to give in or give up.
Drink your vitamins – Always be protective of your body, being overwork, makes you prone to sickness if you’re not careful

And Lastly, Love yourself. I pamper myself, regular visit to my favorite spa, facials, parlor, get manicures, pedicure and hair treatments the works! And of course shopping! Which I do to cheer myself up.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Your Online Persona

I am teaching my business students about social networking and blogging as part of our ecommerce syllabus. Most young people today are tech-savvy. They have digital cameras and access to the internet. They spent most of their free time online. They have accounts to most popular social networks and what amazes me is that they capture or document their lives thru photos or videos and uploaded them online. There is no small or big event that is not captured and shared on the internet. I should know for we have a social network dedicated just for our class.

One of my objectives in teaching them about social networking and blogging is giving them ideas how these technologies can benefit their future business ventures or careers, I always stress/impress on them the importance of creating a clean and professional image of themselves online.

I treat having a blog or a website as being a “star” or “celebrity” of sort. There is always a possibility of becoming famous or well-known online. You get to know people from different parts of the world, from different walks of life and they get know about you. So before I even let my students start blogging I always tell them to think carefully about what part of themselves they would like their future readers or “fans” to know about them. Just like the stars and celebrities, they have public and private lives.

I also remind them that any information, pictures or videos they put online is intended for public consumption. You do not know who are the people viewing them and that these people can and will save a copy of these for themselves. Being young at times you don’t think about the future and what your actions today can have on your tomorrows. Like posting sexy and provocative pictures online may earn you admirers and suitors now. But the same pictures might, years from now turn off a prospective husband. Or bragging about being a very bad boy on one of your blogs, proud about how you defy rules and can get away with it surfaces just when you are after a promotion or running for public office ten years from now.

I also ask them to refrain from posting photos and videos they place on private folders. Even social networks can be hacked. There are many cases like these already. Creating a good, professional persona or image online would be advantageous for the future like uploading information, photos or videos that will highlight your best qualities. We never know, maybe there will come a time when employers and future partners would just “google” your name to get to know the REAL YOU.

Being seen or having a online life can be fun be since it’s a world new world to conquer but we must treat it as real life and events happening to us online affects our lives for the internet is here to stay and being online is slowly becoming an integral part of our lives now and in the future.

The full detail of this article will be published on the PLMar newsletter soon.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The SMART Actions for 2009 and Beyond


Many say 2009 maybe a difficult year worldwide due to the world economic slowdown, I agree. But it does not mean we can’t make this year a success. We may encounter difficulties achieving what we planned for the year but it is still possible with hard work and great planning.

Many people create New Year’s resolutions during this time but I don’t. I make plans, Smart plans. A few years ago I discovered this strategy called the SMART goal “formula”. I can’t remember where I got it, maybe on OPRAH, a seminar or from one of my friends. I applied it a few years ago, at a time when I felt my life is just moving in circles, I was not going anywhere, I was unhappy with myself and my career. I started making plans, short and long term ones and used the SMART formula. In short I made plans that are SMART.

SMART Stands for

S – specific
M – measurable
A – achievable
R – realistic
T – time bound

So at every start of the year I review my SMART plans. I made plans for the current year, plans for the next 3 years and what would I want to have and do by the end of the 5th year.

It became my game plan on what I want to achieve, when I want to achieve it and what steps would take to make it a reality. It also kept me grounded and focused as opportunities opened up, disappointment came and I was pulled in different directions.

My status today?
70% of what I planned to have, I already achieved. Some plans were revised and others were just postponed or delayed. I regularly update/revise them as new opportunities come and others are lost.

My 2009 and beyond targets

  • Car - my first car is already a delayed goal and I realized that how can I have a car if I don't now how to drive? So Driving lessons first!
  • Travel - I planned to treat my mother to a Chinese New Year this year plus a visit to China but complications like her spine fracture side tracked us, maybe next year?
  • Another Child - I promised myself to have another child on or before I turn 35, there is still time.
  • Health and Fashion - I am beginning to understand my body now and will continue to strive to keep me and my family healthy. Studying about healthy dishes.
  • Education and Foreign Trainings - Hoping and praying my son be accepted to UP Intergrated School this coming school year and finally help my husband enroll in his masters degree in UP Open University. Training opportunities came last year but I was not ready. This year I will make it happen.
  • Career and Business Prestige - Regardless of how hard I have to work and how long will it take I will have my own store sooner or later or get that IT position I am aiming for whichever comes first. Or Just start the online baking lessons I am postponing for 2 years now.
  • Dream House - We already have the lot, just bidding our time, looking for designs, Saving up for it.
  • Big Savings - Always looking for ways to earn extra $$$ and saving them

Monday, January 05, 2009

Year 2008 Blessings Received and Shared


Year 2008 was blessed, busy, bittersweet, bountiful and a time for growth for all of us in the family. It was a year I achieved so much both in my personal and professional life. I felt I matured greatly, for the better and learned that in order to grow as a person I must accept that I cannot have everything I want when I want it. Everything must be in God’s time.

It was also a bittersweet time for me, last October my grandmother and cousin died within weeks of each other. A student of mine also died last November, an accident he was so young just in his second year of college. It was one of the reasons I stopped blogging. I may have not shown that I was mourning for their loss for work kept me busy but deep inside I knew that I have to heal inside before I can write again.

My experience of death in the family made me realize that my parents, in laws and my aunts and uncles are growing old and I can’t stop it. That they are not the people who I once thought were invincible, that they already have physical limitations. During the same time my mother was diagnosed with a fractured spine it was heartbreaking. It fell on me and my husband’s shoulder to take care of my parents. Plans were set aside and adjusted to the present situation.

It was the time I realized I have to stop temporarily my online business and just cater to family and friends needs for Christmas. It was a difficult to decision to make but there was no other option for I also have a very busy professional career.

Blessings came just in time for Christmas, my mother was healing nicely, I was meeting new friends and business was brisk. I did not wish for anything last Christmas but I was given so much I won a JVC Television and an electric fan that till today I still have not opened. I was blessed, I won all major prizes in the parties that I attended.

I got sick on the 23rd, maybe because of the stress the past weeks of working and baking goodies every free time I have, I barely slept. It did not stop me to share my blessings thought. I donated at most 750 pieces of chocolate, carrots, and coconut muffins on the 30th of December to the parish hosting a party for the underprivileged children in our community. My mother helped me in baking them. It was a happy time.