Sunday, November 29, 2009

Callalily Launches 3rd Album

I gave up going out at night when I had my son Lorenzo. I don’t stay out late because Lorenzo always waits for me to arrive before falling asleep and besides why go out to look for entertainment when you can cuddle him all night.

But this time I broke my own rule, even my husband was surprised and tried to convince me to stay at home. It was the album launch of Callalily and I promised I’ll be there.

Kean and Tatsi, members of Callalily are my students and since June keeps asking me to go to their “Gigs” but I would always decline because it was late at night. They would even kid me of course it should be at night and not at noon. It was also during that time when they were recording their third album and would come to class without sleep, I have seen how hard they worked at it. So I promised that when they launch the album I’ll be there with my son to boot.

So the night arrived, I made sure my son and I had our longest afternoon nap to be able to last all night long. Luckily, Callalily’s Album launch was held at Cubao’s Shoe Expo Mogwai Bar a tricycle ride from our home.

Callalily’s favorite local bands performed as front act and after the show, the Callalistas were in full force. It was really a suprise for me when students in their uniform arrive at the bar even at ten in the evening. The band signed the CDs of the fans who already brought the album.

My son and I had a blast and enjoyed the performances, although it took a while to adjust to the loud music but we had fun. I was impressed by the transformation I saw in Kean and Tatsi, they were in their element and are great performers. My son did not last the night though, around midnight he became very sleepy, so we just waited till the band sang their last song and thanked them for the wonderful evening before leaving the venue.

Congratulations guys! I would always support your careers.

Please buy Callalily's self-titled album under Sony Music Philippines at leading music stores.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Teaching about Blogging

I teach Interactive Multimedia to college students and one of the topics I include is about Blogging. I believe it is a relevant topic for the subject for multimedia today touches on topics like audio and video and a better way for students to appreciate multimedia is to let them try video blogging and podcasting.

Mini iBlog @ CEL

I love attending the iBlog Summit every summer for I learn lots of things about blogging. It was really fortunate that a Mini iBlog Summit was organized at the Consumer and Electronics Live trade show at the World Trade Center last Nov 15, 2009.

My students were inspired and interested to blog and not just blog as a requirement for the subject but some of them were really determined to blog regularly.

Thank you and congratulations to the organizers of the event, JJ Disini and Janette Toral. And Thank you very much to the speakers, Michaela Rodriquez, Aileen Apolo, Noemi Lardizabal Dado and Anton Diaz for inspiring my students and making my job in teaching them how to blog easy.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Foodie Secrets Shared!

Many say I am a great cook and baker, I admit and acknowledge that I have this gift that most if not all of what I make tastes really, really good. But it is not all instinct and genes(my mother is a kapampangan and my father is bicolano) I also did my part, I studied them. No I did not enroll in culinary school, I am an engineering graduate. But I have this great love for cooking and eating great food as well. My passion is eating pizzas and pasta. Anything with cheese on it I will eat but I am also very particular with my cheese recipes and how my food will taste.

My secrets

  • I love to watch cooking shows since elementary and practice cooking whatever recipes they shared.
  • I practice. I started cooking my “experiments” in high school. During weekends I am the house cook so whatever I cook my family has to eat them.
  • I continued to study how to cook. I enrolled in a basic baking class to formalize my knowledge in baking, and recently attended seminars on empanadas, cupcakes and oatmeals.
  • Lastly, I join food websites. And my recent find is

I love the Sarap ng buhay website and am encouraging everyone to join. What is great about the site is that it’s a “Filipino” website and the recipes you will find there is applicable in our country. If you go to a foreign websites for recipes problems you will encounter are most ingredients and tools you need to cook the recipe is not available in the country and might not be agreeable for the Filipino taste buds. Filipinos are very discerning on the taste of their food.

Another exciting part of signing up on Sarap ng Buhay website is that they have this event on December 14, 2009 is the gathering of cooking enthusiasts, culinary students, kusineros, chefs and foodies for one battle royale featuring cheese, with Kraft Eden products demonstrating their versatility in various dishes, from the savory to the sweet. It is also going to be one red-letter day as all these people work with each other in landing the Philippines in the record books with the most number of cheese dishes.

I love food events and am planning to bring my whole family to the event for be held at Araneta Coliseum and is brought to you by Eden Cheese a popular cheese brand packed with Lusog-Sigla nutrients, it promotes recipes and dishes that highlight good health and vitality for the whole family.

I also shared my Special Cheesy Caldereta recipe on the Sarap ng buhay website. My family love this recipe that I just perfected a year ago. Whenever my brother visits he requests that I cook it for him. So if you want to have a copy of it join and visit Sarap ng

Happy Eating!

Lessons Learned at the DigitalFilipino E-Commerce Summit 2009

When the DigitalFilipino E-Commerce Summit 2009 was first announced a few months ago I knew I had to attend the event. I decided that whatever happens I would attend for it will provide such an important opportunity for me to learn and connect with fellow E-Commerce enthusiasts and friends.

The topics discussed were informative and important for people like me who have an online store/website, educator and managers who would like to maximize their websites capabilities. There was also the exhibitors and sponsors’ booth at the event that offers value added services for website/ecommerce owners.

What have I learned during the 2 day event?

  1. That e-commerce is here to stay and would continuously grow in the coming years
  2. Creating a niche and identifying your target market is a key to make your online business grow and sustain itself
  3. Designing your website to make your visitors not just view your site but to buy from you
  4. Making a brand for your business in crucial and like traditional brick and mortar businesses you need take care and protect your brand
  5. Your online business/website still needs to be marketed, and the Internet have all you need to if you want to save costs on marketing.
  6. That even an online business has its own set of challenges and as an entrepreneur you have to dedicate your time and efforts to overcome them.
  7. The trends in E-Commerce and Mobile business in the country is encouraging and we are looking for a great future in business.
  8. And lastly, make all the pages in your website be an opportunity to sell to your visitors.

The summit was also the venue for awarding the winners of the DigitalFilipino Web Awards 2009. Congratulations to all the winners! As a three time judge I would like to say that the winners of this year’s web award that all of you have great websites and that I enjoyed judging them.

All in all I had a great time. The venue and staff was great. Everyone felt the TLC, the food was good and the company special.

Congratulations and thank you Janette Toral for giving me the opportunity to attend. Looking forward to the next E-Commerce Summit in 2010.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sesame Street Turns 40

The world is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street this week. Sesame Street is an American educational TV Series that started November 10, 1969 and is the longest running children’s program in US television and is show all over the world.

Sesame street is special to me for I grew up watching those Muppets, Big Bird and the gang. It was my first school, I learned to read, write and count numbers with them. I remember begging my parents to attend classes already for I know already how to read and write(on the walls all over the house) but it took 2 more years for me to attend one. So for years they were my classmates and friends.

When I had my baby in 2003 aside from the nursery rhymes CDs, I bought a set of Sesame Street VCDs. Lorenzo was 6months old when he started watching Sesame Street and like me they provide educational fun adventures for my son.

At times we would watch it together and I was amazed of the new characters and topics they tackle on the show. My son loves Elmo and has Elmo blankets that are with him when he sleeps.

Ramdom things about Sesame Street that I know

  • I discovered after 20 years that Big Bird is a boy, that blew me away thought all these years that he’s a girl because of all those feathers.
  • When I started watching again after 20 years I thought grover and elmo are the same character. Got confused there for there was no Elmo character when I was watching Sesame Street as a child.(Elmo character was introduced in 1984 and is a very popular character today)
  • My fave characters are Ernie and Bert, Cookie monster, Kermit and Ms Piggy, Oscar and his pets, count von count, the monsters that are all cuddly and lovable, Mr Snaffuleapagus, rubber ducky and all the human characters of the show.
  • I felt sad when I watched the show again and saw the human characters Maria and company got old; I treated them as my aunts and uncles.

I am very thankful for Sesame Street. The show taught me and my son to read, to speak in English, write, count numbers, know the alphabet, shapes, colors and encourage imagination and sing and dance.

Thank you Sesame Street for being an important part of our lives and hoping you have many more years with us.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Getting Mobile through Globe Tattoo Broadband

As IT professionals my husband and I see to it that we are always connected to the Internet and always updated in the latest development in Information Technology. He says that it is our responsibility as an IT person to be always in the “know” of our field. Since the late 1990’s one of the biggest slice in our budget is our Internet connection, other people have their stereos, cars, entertainment center, cellphones, clothes as passions while ours is the internet.

Lately, we became aware of the importance of having internet connection 24/7, anywhere / anytime(we have a landline DSL broadband connection at home), and I started broaching the matter to my husband that maybe it’s time to get a second broadband connection – “One" that we can bring anywhere with us and we can even use even during power outages.

That’s when Globe Tattoo Broadband came to my attention, my brother has one and he even surf and chat while their buying groceries. Globe Tattoo Broadband modem is easy to use, you just plug and play, run the software and you can now connect to the net as fast from 384Kbps to 2mbps 3G or WCDMA connection.

Their fast internet connection caters to your different needs like if you want to have a quick check on your emails, update your blogs or even just read specific updates you can avail of their per KB charging which costs just 15 cents per KB or if your need more time using the internet you can avail of their per TIME connection that lets you surf the net 5 pesos per 15 minutes. You can activate these services by just texting Bytes to 1111 for per KB connection and texting TIME to 1111 for per Time connection. For new users TIME based connection is the default connection, to check your internet connection text STATUS to 1111. I have a 3G phone and a laptop Globe Tattoo Broadband really gave me value for my money.

I’m a very colorful person, I like my stuffs colorful and vibrant, pinks, oranges, violets and reds are very attractive to me. Globe Tattoo Broadband lets you express yourself and shine through their Globe Tattoo Broadband New Skins. At present Globe Tattoo Broadband is having a promo where you can submit your plug it designs at the Globe Tattoo Broadband Gallery and be able to win P5000 for the best design plus get you design produced to actual Globe Tattoo Broadband skins.

The Globe Tattoo Broadband Prepaid kit are now available for P895 and comes with a USB modem, Globe Tattoo Prepaid SIM, P300 promo preloaded SIM and the users manual. Having a Globe Tattoo Broadband is great, now I don’t have to worry not getting home immediately to check on my emails and friends online.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Gearing Up for the Holidays through E-Commerce

It’s Christmas time again! This is my third year of going online to sell my chocolates and baked products. I admit that I have not fully maximized the advantages of having an online business. I’m not in a hurry, I am taking my time, studying all angles and taking it all in. You might say I’m still a reluctant entrepreneur and have not taken major risks. I am trying to change all that and looking for ways to improve my knowledge and mindset about E-commerce.

I have found what I am looking for, it came just at the right time the “E-Commerce Summit 2009 Doing E-Commerce for Real!” I want to transform my business to a real E-Commerce one and with this summit I believe I can.

The DigitalFilipino E-Commerce Summit 2009 is an intensive 2-day educational seminar on e-commerce strategies scheduled to take place on November 12 & 13, 2009 at the Hotel Intercontinental, Makati City. The event targets entrepreneur and business owners like me, managers, investors, business development consultants and educators.

Some topics to be discussed include, Managing E-Commerce business during a global crisis , creating your niche and identifying your online target market, search engine friendly web designs. It is also the venue for recognizing the Awardees of the 3rd Digital Filipino Web Awards.

I hope you can also attend and learn with me! See you there!