A Granting Genie in the Adult Realm

Adulting is hard, specially when financial obligations and responsibilities constantly slaps you every 15th and 30th of the month. Yes, you can always accept gifts but sometimes, gifts are a bit of a burden, too. Well, sometimes, I turn gifts into cash by selling it online or on a garage sale, but it always take time, effort and the reality is, it’s hard to turn unwanted gifts into cash when you lack luck.

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  1. a spirit of Arabian folklore, as traditionally depicted imprisoned within a bottle or oil lamp, and capable of granting wishes when summoned. – Google

Once I fancy to have an enchanted item that could magically turn into something I need the most – basically to save the day! In my toddlers’ language, it would be like the wandering latina girl’s backpack, some famous clubhouse’s mouseketool; or if you’re a fan of classic stories, you’ll appreciate an oil lamp rubbed thrice; or Ginie Gives if you can relate to a local fast food web-serye.

One can dream, right? But did you know that this enchanted item also exist in the adults’ world? Believe it or not, it is! And we very well knew it on its more popular name, the Sodexo Gift Certificates!

Sodexo Gift Certificate is a Shapeshifter.

Several times over, I had learned the wonderful convenience of having Sodexo Gift Certificates just in the nick of time! And below I’ll share to you my top rewarding experiences whenever I use this shapeshifting gift in the adult world!

It can turn to scrumptious gastronomical discoveries – With more than a hundred participating food & beverage restaurants, having Sodexo Gift Certificates could surely fire your bravery to try a new cuisine and discover a new set of palette. Since Sodexo Gift Certificates are as good as cash, it can be used alongside with your regular discount cards like HappyPlus or Bistro Card, and can usually be paid even for limited time offer deals. From the comforting food of best friend Jollibee to Tong Yang cravings to your Vikings appetite! Everyone can be satisfied with a burp with Sodexo GC!

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Sodexo Premium Pass – Ang Gift Certificate ng Bayan!

It can give the most relaxing treat I deserve – I sometimes discover new spa and massage destinations via my Sodexo Gift Certificates. What’s more, it can also be used as payment for hotel staycations – Dakak, Microtel, Subic Bay Yatch Club, and Holiday Inn  for some!

It can open the doors to more road trip adventures – Aside from using it on almost every food and restaurant establishments along the way, Sodexo Gift Certificate can also make sure that you’ll get to your destinations as it can be used on Shell Gas Stations as well. So fasten your seatbelt, gas up and fill your soul with the goodness that traveling can do!

Sodexo Gift Certificate can save the day!

It can make ends meet. – At the end of the day, people just wanted to get by. And during these times of economical crisis and recessions, you can really be a friend in need if you consider giving friends and family Sodexo GC as gifts on their special occasions or just because you remember them.  Read about how you can make hassle-free gifts here.

The best news about this shapeshifting item beside from the fact that it’s so flexible and convenient to use, is that, Sodexo GCs have always been and forever will be valid, and that revalidation and replacement of Sodexo GC’s are free of charge once the validity date is reached. Check out the list of Sodexo Merchants here. 

I sometimes get Sodexo GC as a gift from my relatives, friends and as a token whenever I attend events; and I always keep my non-expiring Sodexo GCs in the back pocket of my planner as an emergency fund.

Sodexo Gift Certificates sustains us especially when my checks are in late-clearing or payments were delayed; and as a freelance designer, these kinds of incidents usually happen more than occasionally, so I always make sure that before heading out, my Sodexo GCs are inside the bag.

As a practical mom, I usually opt to use our Sodexo GC as an emergency fund for grocery items and medicines. Sodexo can be used as a cash payment for almost all the leading supermarket and pharmacy nationwide!

Sodexo GC can really save the day as it can be used to sustain one’s life – from grocery items to curb hunger to paying medicines to heal the sick.

From creating hot meals on a stormy night, to be able to buy the medicine for the sick, to just filling up the tab when I ran out of cash, Sodexo GC got my back and those were surely the most rewarding experiences my family and I had!

Thinking of gifting someone? Give Sodexo Gift Certificate! It’s like giving a them a portable genie that could grant wishes to save the day!

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#GerifiedPH: No more Peligro every Petsa de Peligro!

Petsa de Peligro is a term that originated in Spain but was adopted in the Philippines in the Spanish Era – the time when the Spaniards colonized the Filipinos. It is term that defines “troubled times”.

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In the corporate world, employees defined the days before their payday, usually the 14th of the month and the 29th of the month as their Petsa de Peligro due to the fact that most employees are hanging on to the last one hundred peso bill in their pocket simply because they do not know how to handle their finances or simply because the salary just isn’t enough.

Read more about Jollibee’s first ever web-series, #1429JolliSerye here.

Episode 1: Meet the office barkada na magpapasaya sa atin every Petsa de Peligro in 1429 Petsa de Peligro Episode 1 below!

Cast members include Bryan Mendoza as Pare, the “Diskarte Dude” ng Sales; Charlon Untalan as Jiro, the “Eat Guy” ng I.T.; Aldrin Angeles as James, Mr. Pogi ng Marketing; Justine Pena as Nina, the “Kikay-Diva” ng Accounting; Thea Yrastorza as Alex, the “Hugot Girl” ng Art Dept.; Arielle Roces as Queenie, H.R. Royalty; Almira Joverto as Terry, the Secretary/Businesswoman; Gerlie Hemilo as Ate Flor, the Janitress; and Cesar Batistis as Manong Gardo, the English-speaking Guard.

Episode 2: Namimiligro ba ang diskarte mo tuwing Petsa de Peligro? Nandito si Janno Gibbs for Episode 2 para tulungan ang barkada.

Stay tuned on November 29 for the 3rd webisode of Jollibee’s 1429 Petsa de Peligro serye!

I can’t wait to find out how Alex the Hugot Girl of Art Department will use her three wishes to turn things around for her and her friends na na mimiligro!

When asked what is the message this Jollibee webserye wants to tell the world, they just

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looked in each other’s member and nod in agreement, they simply  want us to understand that it’s okay to be broke and that we should not be shy or be embarassed about it but instead accept it and be smart enough to get through it with Jollibee’s Jolly Savers Meals: Jolly Yumburger for Php 30.00, Jolly Spaghetti for Php 50.00 and Jolly Burger Steak for Php 50.00.

 

Dahil hindi lahat ng masarap, mahal!

Follow Jollibee for the 3rd Episode here: https://www.facebook.com/JollibeePhilippines/

#GerifiedPH: Job Street Happy at Work

Which do you prefer? Stressed sa trabaho or no work pressure dahil walang trabaho to begin with? ( Stressed due to work or no work pressure because your jobless to begin with?)

Hindi ba pwedeng both – work and happiness? (Can’t we have both work and happiness?)  With JobStreet.com.ph, pwede! (It’s possible.)

Yesterday, Mr. Philip Gioca, Country Manager of JobStreet.com Philippines presented the Job Happiness in the Philippine Perspective. Let’s start off with statistics. Check out Philippines’ 2017 Happiness at Work Report.

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One of the things I learned from this is that aside from doing what you love, you should be dealing with people that you care about. Employees are resigning and giving up, not because of the work load but because of co-workers, and apparently, according to JobStreet.com – Filipinos are less happy in the workplace.Correspondents said salary increase, getting a new job will make them happier in 6 months.

In this 2017 survey, the Philippines, Top 1 in the most happiest employees in 2016 moved back and settled to third place this year; leading in Asia is first placer Indonesia and Vietnam holding the second happiest spot.

The Philippines’ job satisfaction level dropped from 5.25 in 2016 to its current rating of 4.97 on a 10-point scale. According to JobStreet.com’s 2017 Job Happiness Index, the key factors associated with unhappiness at work are lack of career development and training opportunities, as well as the management style of a company’s leadership team.

CPD (Continuing Professional Development) was a great idea on doing about the lack in career development but in the Philippines, it still needs some major modifications.

JobStreet.com surveyed 9,326 Philippine respondents from July 31 to August 31, 2017. The respondents were from different position levels (predominantly junior executives and supervisors) and represented a diverse mix of specializations. Fiftysix percent of respondents came from the National Capital Region, 12% from Southern Tagalog, 7% from overseas, 6% from Central Luzon, and 5% from Cebu City/Province.

“More and more Filipinos are looking for career development. They want to move forward in their chosen fields, but the lack of career development and training opportunities in their current companies seem to hold them back,” jobStreet.com Country Manager Philip Gioca said.

When respondents were asked what will make them happier in the next six months, 33% said a salary increase would help, but 23% wish to resign and get a new job.

Colleagues and work location make Filipinos happy at work.

The respondents who said they were happy cited colleagues, work location, and company reputation as the top three drivers of workplace satisfaction. This is largely true across all demographics.

Baby Boomers are the happiest, maybe because life before the internet and the wifi is so much simpler.

According to the study, in terms of generations, baby boomers, or those born before 1960, are the happiest at 5.63, followed by the those belonging to Generation Z at 5.10.

The same can be said in terms of position level, where the top executives or the more established segment of the workforce, which are expectedly populated by the baby boomers, as well as the Fresh Graduates, have the highest happiness score.

Generation Xers barely managed to score above neutral at 5, while millennials, who compose the majority of workplaces, are below neutral with an average of 4.9.

“The results of this study serve as a wake-up call for companies who wonder why there is such a high turnover rate. Career development, training opportunities, and the management style of the company’s leadership team are just some of the reasons why many Filipinos are unhappy in the workplace. It would be best if managers can get to the heart of why this is happening as each company’s DNA is unique,” Gioca added.

The 2017 Job Happiness Index was conducted in Southeast Asia, with a sample size of 35,513. Job satisfaction is highest in Indonesia (5.27), followed by Vietnam (5.19), the Philippines (4.97), Malaysia (4.65), Thailand (4.55), Hong Kong (4.45), and Singapore (4.31).

Kaya kung hanap mo’y both – work and happiness,  gumawa na ng account sa Jobstreet! Pumunta ka lang sa website na www.jobstreet.com.ph at pwede mo nang simulan ang paghahanap ng forever – aka masayang trabaho. (Just go to the official JobStreet website at www.jobstreet.com.ph and sign up for free using your email or Facebook. Then you can now find jobs you want using the search criteria bar.

About JobStreet.com

JobStreet.com is a leading online job board presently covering the employment markets in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. JobStreet.com currently services over 230,000 corporate hirers and over 15 million jobseekers in its database.

About SEEK Asia

JobStreet.com is part of SEEK Asia, which is the leading online employment market place in Asia. SEEK Asia covers 7 countries namely Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. SEEK Asia is the extension of the Australian Securities Exchange listed company called SEEK. The company’s purpose is to help improve people’s lives through a better career. SEEK Asia’s database consist of over 500,000 corporate hirers and over 24 million candidates.

For more information about JobStreet.com and the 2017 Job Happiness Index, please visit the website at http://wwww.jobstreet.com.ph.

JobStreet.com Philippines is located at 20F Cybergate Tower 3, Pioneer St, Mandaluyong City. Tel: (632) 286-62-22 Fax: (632) 637 22 08

#GerifiedPH: Pop Up Town 2017

We are half way off the ber-months and sales are flashing here and there. Now, all you have to do is pick which stores are you going. But, if you have no idea where to shop first, and which sale events should you go to… Let me help you navigate and see why you have to stop over at the Pop Up Town and shop ’till you drop!

Make Circuit Makati and Arca South your ultimate entertainment and hassle-free shopping destinations this Holiday season! The holidays are just around the corner and the only thing better than the breeze getting colder and nights getting longer, is the fact it’s now the time, the best time actually to do some shopping! With bazaars in various parts of the Metro that offer almost always similar items, it may be hard to find something unique for loved ones. But don’t fret! There’s a better way to get a head start at crossing out items on your list without having to go from one place to another to find that one-of-a-kind present for your loved ones.

If you happen to live in the city, you’ll be a stone’s throw away to the much-awaited ultimate holiday shopping and entertainment experience! Introducing Pop Up Town – the biggest and hippest Holiday bazaar happening at two of Ayala Land’s sustainable estates: Circuit Makati and Arca South.

These are set on November 17 to 19 at Circuit Makati, and December 2 to 3 at Arca South in Taguig. The bazaar is on its fourth year at Circuit Makati and promises to jumpstart the holiday shopping mood through Pop up Town.

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The event will feature over 200 curated shops, dining options and a ton of activities for the whole family.

What’s in store at Pop up Town? With a variety of shopping options to choose from – everything from quirky novelty gifts, to hard-to-find local products, Pop-Up Town will consist of four zones – – Pop Up Shop, Pop Up Market, Pop Up Gallery and Pop Up Local.

Pop Up Shop

Pop Up Shop will have a variety of well curated goods and pre-loved items from Karl Edwards, Passion Fly, UP JMA, Mommy Mundo, and big discounts by Folded and Hung. Unique brands and pre-loved items from our favorite stars will also be featured under the Star Avenue such as Janice De Belen, Karla Estrada, Inah de Belen, Ara Mina, Danita Paner, Maricar Reyes Poon, Marissa Sanchez, Nene Tamayo, Nilki Valdez, Christine Babao, Maria Lopez, Mara Lopez, Gretchen Fullido, MJ Marfori, Aubrey Carampel, Cherry Lou Damaso, Denise Joaquin, Mike Agassi amd Miriam Quiambao.

Mommy Mundo – Online Community of Moms and Momenterprenuers showcases wide range of mom and baby-friendly products like Maternity belt, Sun Life Insurances and more

Botanicals in Bloom – aside from essential oils, they also offer All natural skin care locally handmade made from premium ingredients like olive oil and bees wax and food grade flowers and leaves infused to become oil. These long lasting scents could calm your senses

UP JMA – students on businesses like Medjas, a Korean pop culture inspired socks. UP JMA support millennials discovering potential in the business markets. What’s more? It is for the benefits of the kids they support every semester – 40 kids are sent to school.

Karl Edwards – old company that support small businesses and Start up businesses to give back to the community, basically making dreams come true!

LukieBear – named after her first born, this swaddled blankets has many uses with beautiful verses that could comfort and inspire new moms.

Every good and perfect gift is from above.

Outdoor blankets, Gawang Pinoy Candle Soy, water based oils, and home sprays are some of their offerings. Fashion design clothes will also be featured at Karl Edwards pop up shop.

Bake Goods by Janice De Belen – homemade cheese cupcakes, pulvoron

Gretchen’s Fashion – preloved shinning shimmering splendid fashion items and size 5 shoes

Isabelle Glamour and Mara Sports- Mara’s surfing stuff and gears like rashguards, wetsuits, and bikinis and Isabelle’s Glamour beauty and the red carpet pre loved selling for only a fraction of the cos.

Miriam Quiambao’s Tubo – freshly squeezed sugar cane juice comes in natural flavor of tubo skin tonic, good for the liver, and high folic acid. Other flavors tubomango, tubomansi, tuboguyabano. Sweet taste for a healthier you! Sometime in 2015, Miriam and husband walking in Cebu and tried tubo juice. Long story short, they franchise one to make it available here in Manila.

Nikki’s Homemade Goodies – homemade goodies and chocoloco brownies Classic butter polvoron Red velvet cocoa polvoron and cakes bazaar best seller 2012 backings MissButtercream by Nikki Valdez on Instagram.

Pop up Market

A wide variety of scrumptious dishes will gibe everyone a taste of the season with Pop Up Market with Mercato. It features Takoichi Authentic Takoyaki – Squids fresh from Calaguas, and other great Filipino street food!

Pop Up Arena

Ayala Land’s estates, being a one-stop destination f leisure and entertainment, will be the perfect venue to spend the long weekend and holidays. Complementing all the shopping choices are activities like outdoor movie screenings, art workshops, battle of the bands and live acoustic performances. Kids and the kids at the heart will even be able to enjoy an inflatable obstacle course dubbed as Wacky Obstacle Run.

Bringing war into the town! Go up on different inflatable of giant activities with a twist.! Obstacle courses, swirl ball experience of different types of inflatables,  giant jackstones, speed racks and wacky activities for kids and kids at heart. Open for all ages but kids ranging 10 years and below should be accompanied by a guardian. WackyObstacleFun.com

Pop Up Lokal

Home grown and locally-sourced and locally-made products will be showcased under the Pop Up Local. It features crafts like accessories and jewelries made and designed by PWDs.

Papelikhaan – recycled papers made by partner communities.

Pop Up Gallery

Appreciate and own a piece of art at the Pop Up Gallery featuring works curated by Para sa Sining.

Para Sa Sining – Non government organizations collaborated to celebrate arts – music, poetry, music and more! Philippines community of collaborators also features Digitized artworks like postcards and stickers like I am, I create, and we create Filipino identity – pagkilala sa iyong sarili at paglikha ng obramaestra.

Siklo Pilipinas – upcycle materials arts and crafts like products made out of airplane tires! That’s very interesting!

There’s definitely something for all at the Pop Up Town. Pop up Town offers a comprehensive collection of merchants that highlight the rich heritage of flavor and culture in the country with their local products from different regions. Student entrepreneurs will feature their innovative and unique products. Celebrity and blogger merchants will also offer everything from artisanal delicacies to pre-loved fashion items. This is the most wonderful time of the year, especially in the city that makes it happen, bringing together family, friends and colleagues. And since the success of the previous Circuit Makati Christmas Bazaars in the past years, Ayala Land ups the ante by bringing it to another Ayala Land estate, giving more people the chance to create new memorable holiday traditions.

At Pop Up Town, surprises awaits Mastercard holders as they have the chance to win prizes during the bazaar, and experience a variety of perks–from hassle free cashless shopping to free entrance to both bazaars at Circuit Makati and Arca South!

In addition, Circuit Makati and Arca South also partnered with Grab to offer discounted Grab rides heading to and from venue, free shuttle rides in select areas across the metro, free parking and option to go cashless shopping via Mastercard. This is truly the easiest way to create fun and exciting memories to remember this holiday season by. Drop by on November 17 to 19 and December 2 to 3, and get a head start on your shopping list! Pop up Town is co-presented by Mastercard and Fox Life, in cooperation with Grab.

What are you waiting for? Save the pennies and prepare your Mastercard for the great fashion, food, family run and art feast for all! See you there!

#GerifiedPH: All About QBO

Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut) is an indigeneous stilt house usually made light materials like kawayan and nipa for roof. It is a well-known Philippine cultural icon that represents bayanihan or teamwork.

Bahay Kubo are once usually carried by neighbors to transfer location, hence, teamwork and just like the humble one-room house that inspired the name, QBO (‘ku-bo’), it represents bayanihan or teamwork. They are welcoming entrepreneurs, talents, and mentors and investors alike to come together and make ideas flourish, showcase Filipino innovation, and build great companies.

QBO (‘ku-bo’) is an innovation hub, or a platform for the startup community to collaborate, develop talent, and grow. It provide startups with support and resources through events and capacity building programs as well as focused interventions designed to improve access to markets, knowledge, capital, and talent.  QBO is the country’s first public-private initiative for startups, created through a partnership between IdeaSpace, J.P. Morgan, DOST, and DTI. Spurred on by the vision of Filipinos startups changing the world, QBO’s mission is to create a globally competitive startup ecosystem in the Philippines.

 QBO VISION: Filipino startups changing the world.

QBO MISSION: Developing a globally competitive startup ecosystem in the Philippines by encouraging collaboration between the public and private sectors, developing the startup community and providing business incubation from ideation to exit.

To fulfill their mission to develop a globally competitive startup ecosystem, they believe in three core actions to achieve it:

TO ENCOURAGE QLLABORATION

TO DEVELOP THE STARTUP QMMUNITY

TO ASSIST IN INQBATION

Confident and optimistic, with plans ranging from conducting initial public offering (IPO) to tapping new markets within and outside the Philippines. To achieve their goals, they want to make their businesses sustainable through improved tax incentives, greater ease in doing business, and better access to capital. QBO recently launched the first ever Start Up Survey in the Philippines. Read more about the results and potentials here.

QLITAN. Networking events

Yesterday, QBO held a Qlitan Networking Events with the media and bloggers. These kinds of Qlitan are hosting regular networking events that also feature guest speakers for startup community to discover, collaborate, and bounce ideas off of each other. Yesterday’s qlitan was graced by Ms. Nora K. Terrado, Undersecretary of Department of Trade and Industry, the QBO Philippines & Ideaspace Foundation President himself, Mr. Rene “Butch” Meily, PwC Philippines and Isla Lipana Chairman and Senior Partner, Atty. Alexander Cabrera, and Ms. Jane Roxas-Divinagracia, Deals and Corporate Finance Managing Partner of PwC Philippines and Isla Lipana.

22540048_1551484614894793_85760377448933058_n.jpgMs. Katrina Rausa Chan, Director of QBO Philippines introduced the Audience to QBO Philippines, followed by welcome remarks from the QBO Philippines President Meily. The 2017 Philippine StartUp Survey Media Briefing also showed remarks from the companies that supports this first ever StartUp in the Philippines which includes Department of Trade and Industry, IdeaSpace Foundation and PwC Philippines.

Aside from Qlitan, QBO also hold the following:

BASIQS. Introductory classes

We conduct classes that run through the fundamentals of initiating a startup for those who are new to the scene and are exploring putting up their own venture.

WORQSHOPS. Specialized workshops

We offer in-depth workshops on a range of topics like branding, marketing, and fundraising to shed more light on specialized topics and provide actionable learnings.

FEEDBAQ. Feedback and mentorships sessions

We provide an avenue for startups to receive insight on different aspects of their business through small group sessions with peers and our network of mentors and industry leaders.

SHOWQASE. Investor pitch

We set up sessions where startups get the opportunity to pitch their ideas to top angel investors, venture capitalists, and corporations for a chance to get funded or secure partnerships.

QONSULTATION. Consultation services

We equip startups with expert advice and practical tips through individual consultation services on government-related matters as well as legal, financial, and design concerns with top firms.

QBO HQ. Co-working space

We provide members of our QMMUNITY access to our headquarters to use as a co-working space or a venue to host meetings, workshops, and other startup-related events.

INQBATION. Incubation Program

We offer select startups the opportunity to be considered for INQBATION, a program created in partnership with J.P. Morgan that provides customized mentorship and other resources based on a startup’s specific needs.

I learned that 4 of the Top 5 Companies in the world are under Technology section, that includes, and in order 1- Apple, 2-Google. 3 Microsoft and 4 Amazon. What’s amazing about these giant companies is that they are open to StartUps!

Some qualifications for StartUps are the high growth and huge potential of product, financially engaged to technology, an innovation/business style that could attract incubators, excellarators and investors. It should also be at least 5 years or younger, enabled by technology like apps with digital components or bio-tech and is applying the latest advanced materials ready for modeling for customer experience with high scalability.

If you have ideas lighting in your head, join the QBO StartUp Qmunnity today!

Find out more about QBOPhilippines! Email them at hello@qbo.com.ph

Visit QBO Philippines’ Official Website: http://www.qbo.com.ph

 

#gerilenmbf: Saving Earth by Saving Pennies

With great power comes great responsibility, but no, we don’t need the ability to fly or become invincible. Sometimes, we just need to more sensitive in our surroundings and financial status.

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Global warming is real. The ice caps are melting, glaciers are retreating while fruitless dry deserts are growing vast fast. .  The trees and sources of vegetation are getting fewer. What’s more? Wild fires are rampant, making vegetation and livable land barren and inhabitable.

The sea level is constantly rising; eating up shores and small islands along its way. The field of plants became factory plants; people are eating fake food – processed and instant.  The concrete jungle expands and reclaim areas not meant to be inhabited shooing away animals in the process and they are dying, heck, some are already extinct – Philippine Rhinoceros, Warty Pigs, Dwarf Bufallos, and Stegodon, to name a few.

Now that I am a mom of two, I refuse to cry in worry on the corner and die. Not without a fight! I want to fight back and save our Mother Earth by believing that just like how a small yet constant ripple could make a huge wave, how a domino with a push of a determined mommy finger can move hundreds, thousands of dominos in line, I, as a self-proclaimed environmentalist is still hoping for the best for our dearest Mother Earth.

 

When self-employment is not your choice. Ever since I graduated and passed the board, I was forced to be to a freelance designer. Well, having my post-heart surgery in my medical record and a lifetime blood disorder hinders me from entering the corporate life. It is a blessing in disguise for me as I can work while tending the house and rearing the kids. I also am grateful for having friendly (repeated clients) bosses, both foreigners and Filipinos.

 

But, freelancing can also be translated to isang kahig, isang tuka (one scratch, one peck) and I used to be a rich for a day and a beggar for the next six days. We have to adjust our lifestyles now that I am raising two kids of my own. Hence, I need to be smarter when it comes to our finances so I could stretch the peso bill as much as possible and make ends meet.

Sometimes, one plus one is one. I will never be a mathematician because I believe that one plus one is sometimes one – from finding lifetime love to fulfilling my mission to leave good footprints on Earth. No, I don’t need fame, and I apparently don’t have the money but I definitely have the perseverance to save Earth by saving pennies.

The air quality index in the metro is higher than the maximum safe level of total suspended particulates when measured in micrograms per normal cubic meter. How can children of my children enjoy life and appreciate nature when they go fishing and caught fishes with plastic microbeads on its digestive track? Will it still be possible to watch the beautiful sunset across the sea without the breeze of smog? How can they experience bathing in the rain when it’s already full of acid?

Answers to these questions are negatory, especially now that instead of picking fruits fresh from the tree, people are conditioned by big companies to microwave processed food claiming to contain real fruit extracts and bits.

No to Damsels in Distress. Superheroes are a blockbuster hit in the cinemas – subconsciously, we are longing for a powerful force to turn things around for the better without lifting a finger, but to be a woman in a field dominated by men, I learned to refuse to just look and see what happen. I have the capacity to analyze, to create and to make a difference, why just let it go to waste?

Saving Earth by Saving Pennies.

A Ripple Can Turn to Waves.

As for our household, we take advantage of the fact that they love superheroes & characters that makes a difference in spite of the mediocrity amongst them and using these references, Gerilen and jer sons are saving Planet Earth one penny at a time!

You don’t have to do grand things to end up with grand results. By simply incorporating good habits in our daily routine, we can surely make a difference. Here are some of our habits in saving Earth by saving pennies!

Segregate

Just like the process of segregation, it’s simply putting the same things in one place. In our household, we segregate everything as much as possible. Discarded papers are placed in a box to be used as scratch for manual computations. These are also where I make Kulayot practice his writing, after both sides are used, they are now piled as papers for pasting receipts for our BIR submission. We save pennies and we save Mother Earth!

Recycle

Fruit seeds, veggie peels and other biodegradable that stray cats can’t digest (because we can’t afford to have pets yet, hence, feeding the strays) go straight to the plastic bucket that used to hold crispy fried chicken. Every day, the hubby take these out to be placed in our crude compose pit (a broken plastic basin – free organic fertilizers in the making.

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Did you know? According to Google: Different kinds of plastic can degrade at different times, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is at least 450 years. It can even take some bottles 1000 years to biodegrade! That’s a long time for even the smallest bottle.

Wine bottles become water jugs; plastic water bottles become mobile comfort for little gents nature call during traffic, we also use plastic bottle bottles as improvised trap for pests like roaches – simply spreading peanut butter inside makes an overnight success it could give you goose bumps.

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From time to time, we ask for free coffee grounds from our favourite albeit overpriced coffee shop and reuse them in our compose pit. We also use discarded banana-q sticks and plastic forks as our garden piko (pick mattock), plastic spoon as shovel when transferring seedlings to our tetra pack pots.

My babies didn’t get the chance to experience cloth diapers, so to make up for that, we use soiled (pee only) diaper gel as water retention in our garden to reduce our waste contribution and to less our water consumption in watering the plants. We save pennies and we save Mother Earth!

Upcycle

Creativity is intelligence having Fun.

Plastic bottles can be upcycled as glitter bottles to settle toddlers during roadtrips. Instead of buying number stickers for Kulayot’s numbering of notebooks and books, the husband just cut out numbers from our wall calendar!

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We also use coconut husk as authentic coin bank – teaching them to be financially wise and environmentally friendly at the same time? Win -win! We save pennies and we save Mother Earth!

Reduce

Instead of using plastic bags, we bring our own ecobags. What’s more? After reusing empty bottles as our mobile cr, we drain its content and with the rest of other discarded bottles, cut them in half. I’m a cheapskate and instead of buying fancy pots, I’m happy to say that we are reusing plastic bottles as plant pots, letting them hold life while they wait 450 years to disintegrate. It gives me the feels. Bittersweet.

Not just plastic bottles, we also updated our recycling program and gave tetra packs another reason to exist! Now, life is better for them than rot in a dumpster, or worse, clog the rainwater drainage or end up in the bottom of the ocean choking fishes and destroying coral reefs – the possibilities are endless and terrible. We save pennies and we save Mother Earth!

There is no worse than Snicket’s attempt to retell the tales of the Baudelaire orphans, and still Violet, Klaus and Sunny make the best out of the resources they have (like serving Puttanesca sauce out of garlic, anchovies, tomatoes and pitted olives)  while doing their best in all their infamous unfortunate circumstances (but Count Olaf is insisting for roast beef). So with hope in our hearts, we’ll wait to see our ripple oscillate, became a wave and make a difference, too.

I do not know why superheroes wear their underwear on the outside but not all heroes wear capes and are able to fly, sometimes they just save pennies and save Mother Earth!

I am trying to save Gaia, ironically imagining myself like one of Rick’s half-bloods one candy wrapper in my pocket, one foodless plate on my table and a close tap while brushing my choppers at a time. Of course it’s not enough. My only consolation is that, my kids as early as now are aware of their responsibilities in keeping our planet livable and at least, while trying to save Earth, we surely are saving pennies!

#gerilenmbf: Kids and coins

The husband (boyfriend back then) climbed the coconut tree inside their garden. Picked coconuts from the tree. The smallest of the fruit he gently opened on top, removed its coconut milk and leave it for three months beside its tree. The red ants feasted on the coconut fruit for quite sometimes. Finally, when not a single ant visits the fruit, he picked up the hollowed husk and smoothen it with sandpaper. He gave it to me as a gift.

cocobank

Save or Spend

We named our coin bank Coco, and he’s been a family member even before we settle down. I used to put bills and collected Php 11,000.00 at the end of the year!

One of the things we want to impart to our children is the habit of saving.

Now that we have kids, we make it more enjoyable by letting them feed Coco, by allowing them to insert coins while counting numbers and also constant reminding them that coins are not human food.

Up until today, we are feeding Coco coins. Once Coco is full, we gently opened its skull with a hammer and exchange it bills to help make coins circulate to the market faster. We have opened it more than once and glued it again and again so we could just feed it up again with coins.

Aside from incorporating the importance of saving, we also try to help Kulayot think things thru, whether to buy it or not. Once there was a time, when he has good scores in school and as a reward he really wanted to buy a gummy bear at a local 24/7 convenient store. He was determined to only buy one piece. He did. We only bought a piece of gummy bear for Php12.00! He thanked me for letting him eat a gummy bear and the change go straight down Coco’s throat.

The thing is, aside from constantly saving the coins for Coco, we also talk him through whether he should spend or save instead. Like I said, instead of buying three or two, he’s determined to only buy a piece so he could have some change for Coco. Also, instead of having each of everything, during our grocery shopping, I only let him have one. He will scan the aisle and before checking out the counter, he will only pick one. I fancy watching him decide between a fish-shaped biscuit covered in chocolate or the chocolate cookie with vanilla cream filling. He’s very comical with his arms across his torso and a finger tapping his chin while making decision! What fun!

Need vs. Want

Needs are things you cannot live without, and for humans its food, shelter and clothes.

Wants are things that are nice to have, toys, sweets and live-streaming of favourite videos.

One of my usual topic with Kulayot are the things he wanted to get and the things he needed to buy. Whenever we are shopping for his school supply, I let him choose the color of his pencil case, the design of his socks, the color of his rubber shoes and as we go along the way, and surely he will see albeit educational, toys that aren’t in our budget.

This is where we discuss things – and if you know Kulayot, he can surely explain and justify himself and to be fair, we compromise and meet halfway. For instance, when he wants the breakfast set kitchen toy worth Php2,000.00 and my budget for him is like a hundred bucks only. I let him looked at it, see the details and then, persuade him to check out the sale. There’s this three different toys for Php100.00 including a pencil case! I told him that with this deal, we will buy what we need, the pencil case, and he could buy a new toy too. Win-win!

In saving, it doesn’t have to be a huge amount every time, sometimes a peso or a centavo every now and then can help them make inserting coins to the Cocobank a habit. It will help them automatically put coins to the bank whenever there’s one lying around the house instead of going outside to buy sweets and junkfood at the sari-sari store.

It helps me to budget things more successfully when I make him understand the difference between his needs versus the things that he only wants. I also emphasize that the toys he likes now will not be the toys he’ll like later or after a week, but when we buy the things that he really needs, he will use it fully and hence will make sulit of the price tag. Yes, I explain these things to my 5 year old kindergarten.

Why Why Why

Whenever we finally reach Coco’s rim full of coins. We open it and let Kulayot help decide where to put his money. In our discussion, we try to help him understand that it’s important to make his purchase a purposeful one. We do let him play in ballpits as a reward for when he has good grades, but do we really need to go on an excursion to a nearby fair when he needs a new pair of black shoes for Sunday? Instead of buying sugar-loaded donuts, he usually request his favourite fruits – watermelon, apples, oranges and cherries!

I also try to put sense in his purchase; once, when he’s with his lolo, he asked for a round cake with eight cherries encircling the top. The cake was worth Php600.00! He only managed to eat the cherries and leave the cake for us to gulp down with coffee. To not make this mistake again, I now buy cherries in bottles! There are about 30-35 pieces of cherries for about Php250.00 only and I won’t help him swallow the entire bottle in one sitting as well, I give it as a reward right after he finished his plate of rice, vegetables and meat. He chew more consciously whenever he think about the cherry on top!

Financial Journey as a Family

Living would be more manageable financially if all members of the family – daddy, mommy and children – will participate in consciously tracking the expenses and consistently balancing the distribution of their resources prioritizing important matters for the benefit of all, like securing the utility bills first before planning a vacation, or for when it’s better to just stay home and eat home cooked meals instead of dining out. These little discussions for little things can influence their financial analysis in the future.

Children setting their minds to responsibly save for the future will ease up burden of parents in their old age. They will certainly become committed adults and hence will not only invest money smartly, but also their time and talent to things that have more positive results and higher potentials to their future.