#GerifiedPH: Make Up & Styling for Plus Size Ladies

I used to be a small, but after my steroid intake to have a successful life-saving heart surgery, I ballooned to a size L and despite the sudden unwanted change, I try to keep a positive outlook about it. This change in my physical appearance, 6 inch scar across my back and a set of chubby cheeks signifies my 2nd chance in life.

But let’s face it, the beauty standard of the world is the petite type, stomach in and chiseled cheeks of unrealistic models, and admittedly, I get depressed whenever I think about my 23-inch waist back then. I used to stare at my jeans and grieve – with long deep sighs and tear-less cry.

I used to. Like I said, I want to keep a positive outlook in this sudden change, so after almost a decade, I let go of the past. I gave away my still looking brand new jeans and started praising myself in the mirror.

What I also do is follow empowered plus size icons – Melissa McCarthy, Adele, and Plump Pinays to name a few; I also join workshops and seminars that could aid me to be more confident, that is why I am so excited about this up-coming event by Ms. Michelle Lim Padrelanan, an event organizer and the brains behind Event Detailer Events Management Services. Ms. Michelle conceptualize seminars and workshops that could  empower and hence, effectively help attendees.

For Event Detailers upcoming event, the target audience are plus size women who wants to update style and learn new make up tricks from a pro. It is hard to pick the right shade of color and the shape of the dress that will complement a plus size body.

This workshop will help plus-size ladies to look good and feel good. Learn how to create two looks – a day look and a night look with Make Up Artist and Fashion Stylist Ms. Jana Silao this November 25, at the Crumbsis Cafe, Makati City.

Ms. Jana will demostrate how to properly put on make up, from foundation, to brows, to countouring and getting that glow. You will learn by following with the make up you already own.

Aside from that, you’ll learn which looks are right for your body shape and know which pieces of clothing to invest in to build a capsule of clothes that you can mix and match.

Now at parties, we take lots of photos and it is a struggle to try to hide yourself – behind others or with a scarf or a huge bag. At this workshop, you’ll know the best angles for you so that all your photos will be memorable.

What’s more? Attendees for this event will receive giveaways from Suesh Make Up and Love Curves Ph.


For all these, your beauty investment is only P1800.00. In exchange, you’ll be more confident as your beauty shines through.

I learned that no matter what reason it may be, being a size L should not be something to be shy or embarrassed about. I also learned to embrace the change, be adoptable and only think about the things you could change. So why not embrace the beautiful you and empower yourself with the right makeup technique and fashion tips to level up your game?

Go to this link to register: bit.ly/plussizeMUS.

See you there!


#GerifiedPH: Nurture Every Child’s Gift to Build Tomorrow’s Greats!

Most moms are like Miss Susan of the Pevensie household. Susan is no longer a friend of Narnia as The Last Battle states, Susan no longer believes in Narnia, dismissing it as a childhood fantasy. Admmitedly, although it breaks my Aslan heart, for some reasons, I, at times am like Susan Pevensie as well. Su was later on trapped in a rigid box of black and white without hues, and forgot all the reasons why 1 + 1 could actually be 1.

Sweet Susan is the second-eldest of the Pevensie children, the pretty one in the family, dark-haired, tender-hearted, and occasionally cautious to the point of being a bit of a wet blanket.

Occasionally cautious to the point of being a bit of a wet blanket, and in this particular post,  occasionally cautious to the point of being a bit of a wet blanket actually fits the definition of how Moms are when reacting to dirt and mud, unintended explosive poops, silent but deadly farts and spills of slimy or sticky substance anywhere in the house – the very beautiful imperfection of her toddler child.

Be one to know one.

Wyett Philippines turned back time to let mommy bloggers understand their kids in depth and hence for a day, we opened a time portal just like the C. Lewis’ grandfather’s Wardrobe – a magical portal that linked Earth to a whole new world.

I became a five year old again and enjoyed every bit of it! Click read more and help me part clothes on the side so we could pass through the narrow hall. Or if you’re more of an Alice fan, let’s hold hand as we tumble on all sides of the rabbit hole! Continue reading “#GerifiedPH: Nurture Every Child’s Gift to Build Tomorrow’s Greats!”

#GerifiedPH: Go #BICtoSchool for #BICBrightFutures


Bright Futures are Written by Hand – this is what BIC Product Asia launched as its back-to-school campaign in the Philippines in partnership with their exclusive distributor in the country, the Filstar Distributors Corporation.

You might ask why is BIC still emphasizing on handwriting given the proliferation of technology. Indeed, we are living in a changing world and while handwriting might seem trivial for some, it is passion for some – and that includes me. My smartphone, laptop and tablet may have calendar, but I personally like writing down my ideas and schedules in my planner, I even do manual computation with a pencil and eraser to check if my Structural Analysis Program output is more or less correct, realistic and feasibly economical.

Let us also not forget that handwriting is still essential and vital to a child’s development. The act of handwriting alone helps develop a child’s cognitive and motor skills, helps boost memory and creativity as well as promotes self-confidence and interpersonal skills.

Bright ideas came from hand-writing.


Ready to be #BICtoSchool! #Kulayot and #Dabibot is ready to discover the #kidzaniamanila world and have #BICBrightFutures!

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Today, BIC wants children to love handwriting again. Via Filstar Distributors Corporation, BIC Product Asia kicked off its biggest social campaign in Asia, the #BICBrightFutures! As Champions of Education, BIC believes that a bright future is not limited for the fortunate, but is for everyone. It is a right to be educated and education is a great tool for the equalization of the social status of the community, and in the long run, the world.

Filstar Distributors Corporation prides itself as having been the exclusive licensee of Hallmark in the Philippines since 1974 and the exclusive distributor of BIC Stationery products since 2001. Since then, Filstar has evolved to be a distributor of not just these two distinguished brands but of other world class brands that supplement and enhance the self-expression industry. In 2013, Filstar expanded its partnership with BIC to over BIC lighters and shavers categories.

 Hand-writing is in the DNA of the BIC Company.

Last October 26, BIC Product Asia celebrated the importance of handwriting and education; with friends from the media and bloggers, BIC culminated Kidzania Manila in BGC as a ground for a fun day of learning and playing with the company’s 200 children beneficiaries from Children’s Hour, Kariton Klasrum and Yellow Boat of Hope.

BIC wants to Inspire people to express themselves.

When I was a child, I remember writing down telephone numbers inside my fancy notebook – I remember Mr. Brown, Atty. Marmalade and Lily from the red London Bus. That fancy notebook was placed beside my curly rotary phone, and I jot down letters, doodle patterns and curves, and sketched houses and buildings as I give them a ring. I even fold manila papers into squares pretending they are my blueprints. True enough, those pretend games and the handwriting subconsciously solidified my ambitions and now, I am a licensed engineer, signing real blueprints and building structures.

This is exactly what BIC wants to revive. BIC through their employees and subsidiaries worldwide has now been marking significant impact in the lives of thousand of students, all whom know that BIC supports them in their quest for a brighter future.

Write it on the paper and make it real.

Hosted by Ms. Issa Litton, #BICBrigthFutures event showcase masters of education and selfless philanthropies with a burning passion to help the hopes of our future – the children.

Kariton Klasrum’s Mr. Efren Penaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year 2009, a social worker and a teacher who was greeted with salute has shared with the BEST valuable lesson in life.

B if for Believe That You Can – Never stop believing in yourself. Who first should believe in your dreams and hopes but yourself. Stop comparing yourself to others, but instead focus on what you got, and from create small stepping stones that will eventually lead you to your success.


Practice doesn’t make someone perfect but it brings progress.

E is for Excel in Every Work – Enough is not good enough. Don’t settle for anything but the best. Adults need to support children. Criticize but do not belittle them. Push them, protect them, understand them.

S is for Stand firm to what is true and noble – Value education and fight ignorance and poverty but remember,


Cheating is not an option to succeed in life.

Do the right things at all circumstances whether someone is watching or not, that is what we call Integrity.

T is for Think of ways to improve yourself – “Self-improvement is universal to the human experience; we all have things we’d like to change about ourselves. Perhaps you want to lose weight, improve your skills in a certain area, be more comfortable socially, be happier, or more productive. Whatever the ultimate improvement desired, in order to achieve it you may benefit from identifying your specific goals, enacting change, and coping with setbacks.” – from Wiki.

Know what you want, set your game plan and execute!

“Our main focus, since Kariton Klasrum’s inception, has always been about bringing education to less-fortunate children. Through this event, we will be able to show them that a bright future is possible for them as they plan for it and persevere to achieve it,” said Efren Penaflorida, founder of Kariton Klastum.

Do you want to memorize faster? Write it down.

For one day, the children from Kariton Klasrum and Children’s Hour are encouraged to have fun while exploring the adult world by immersing themselves in over 100 role-playing activities in the play city. Using BIC pens, they also plot their goals and dreams in a special BIC Bright Futures workbook.

Ms. Net Garcia, Children Hour Executive Director said that “Many children are in great need of encouragement from the adults in their lives in order to push themselves to work hard for a better future. We are happy that our kids will walk away with a sneak peak at what their own futures can hold, as well as a new hope.”

Education serves a platform to secure a brighter future.

We jumped on our seats – that is how Mr. Jay Jaboneta of Yellow Boat of Hope started his talk. Jay always let the audience jump first as it initialized the audience jump on the yellow school boat. Welcome aboard! Yellow Boat of Hope’s main mission is to make sure that kids go to school safely and they started off with a single yellow boat that crosses children from the riverbank.

“We have always believed that bright futures are written by hand. As adults, many of us have become what we are today because we put pen to paper and wrote down our ambitions. That act of writing down our aspirations makes the dream seem real. Today, we want to inspire less-fortunate children to dream and work for their futures, because after all, everyone deserves a bright furute. ” said Frederic Dumon, BIC Asia Deputy General Manager.

More photos of the event here.

No one is superior by size but by purpose.

The big sun can never do what the small sun (moon) can, and that is to give light at night, hence, BIC feels strongly about giving back to communities where the group is present in the form of product or financial donations and volunteering. As part of its strong societal commitment, the BIC Corporate Foundation for Education was launched in 2016 focusing on fighting for universal access of education as a basic human right. Through this foundation, BIC is engaged in the fight against school drop-outs, access to education for girls and women and environmental education. In the same year, the global company has made 112 donations to promote education giving more than 6 million pens to children in need.

The highlight of the event, BIC’s half a million of stationery product donation to Children’s Hour, Yellow Boat of Hope and Kariton Klasrum to help kids as they pursue their dreams. The turn over ceremony promoted access to education with 1.7 Million Dollars donation last year and this year, is the biggest donation so far with 500,000 stationery products with an average of 2 pens and 2 pencils per kid!

BIC is a family-owned company listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and a world leader in stationery, lighters and shavers. For more than 60 years, BIC has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, simple, inventive and reliable choices for everyone, everywhere, every day worldwide with 18.9 million stationery products, 4.2 million lighters, 7.1 million savers and 0.7 million promotional products.

One of the things I noticed on the latest BIC TVC is that the pens are sturdier and break-resistant and found out that those are actually called Evolution Pencils which are wood free and no splinter type. Aside from that smart innovation, BIC products are toxic-free and complies with United Kingdom’s EN 71 making the products environment-friendly. What’s more? There are improvement on BIC’s industrial design of materials like preventing the children from chocking by making the ballpen’s cap open with a hole.

Toxic-free crayons, splinter-free pencils and holes on pen’s cap are a few of the industrial innovations that makes BIC child-friendly.

BIC encourages out-of-school youths to go BIC to school to because it pays off to work hard. There’s no graduation in learning and that’s a good thing because it only means that you can still shape your future starting by handwriting it down using BIC stationery materials.

Find more about BIC from the following online references:

Website: https://www.bicworld.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bicstationeryphilippines

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/BicGroup

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/bicbrand

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bic/

Instagram: https://www/instagram.com/bic_group/

#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.


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

#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.


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!


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!


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.

15665935_1502245799788775_4028404500476329898_nFrom holding fried chicken, to white paint and now to biodegradable waste, we are happy to recycle this sturdy piece of plastic.15672550_1502245649788790_7038131936983427840_nOur crude compose pit with recycled ground coffee and fruit peels.

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.


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!


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!


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!


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: On Spending Less for Happiness

Back in college, my ex-boyfriend (husband and dad to my 2 gentlemen) & I decided to start growing 45 day commercial chickens in their backyard in Baguio. We invested Php50.00 per chick and the feed includes rejected milled rice and ground corn. He fed them and religiously put them in our DIY incubator in between his self-review. Needless to say, we graduated, and three days later, he passed the board.

No night life for us, we either are studying or tending our chicks.

The star of our celebration? Different putahe (serving) of freshly butchered chicken left from the pack. Most of the chickens were sold to pay for our tuition fee and graduation rites.

Before that, we celebrated monthsaries eating a tuhog (stick) of qwek-qwek Php10.00 for 5 pieces each at the end of Harrison Road, right after holding hands while walking down Session Road. Why stare on a big screen when you can sit on a bench inside Burnham Park and watch tourists oar their boats. We tried eating lunch inside the wet market where viand and rice is for only Php25.00, you can even ask for a second serving of mini bowl of free soup broth.

I personally bring packed lunch and empty bottle most of the time, and what I get from the cafeteria are free use of utensils, table napkin and water from the fountain. I even went on selling homemade yema, and carrying different category brochures of beauty products, and offering boxes of  chocolate with stevia and coffee with agaricus mushroom from networking companies to even to my professors. I want to work as a crew on a fastfood chain but my dad won’t allow it because of my health. We are living well but I just like the high that comes in knowing you are earning your own money.

And guess what? Instead of receiving flowers and chocolates, I regularly received seasonal freshly harvest veggies like pechay, tomatoes, cucumbers and a sack of brown rice, the one he can carry from his terminal to my jeep’s terminal, during our anniversaries.

I also received freshly picked antorium and roses with thorns from their garden. I even received a real snail-shell seashell in crude key chain made of rolled tie wire. We lasted five years before tying up the knot. We still are just like that.

28800_124479857583261_1723712_n.jpgMy wedding bouquet. Initially, we wanted to get wild sunflowers from the field but then a storm hindered us from doing so. Yellow gerbera for replacement in our wedding theme of sunflower yellow and snail-shell brown.

Cheapskate. I am proud that I’m a cheapskate but that doesn’t mean I don’t let myself indulge from time to time. I simply do not find extravagant happiness in wearing branded clothes or donning expensive bags, jewelleries and the like.

Practicality. I fancy ecobags I get from blog events and use it full-use. This is also one of my simple ways in saving Mother Earth from plastic accumulation, by reusing and recycling materials. And now that I’m a mom, I won’t buy shoes until the one I’m using is already torn and beyond repair. He also has this trait when it comes to his leather wallet, belts and denim pants. It saves us space, too, and hence, we can breathe more.


DIYs. As much as we can, we DIY things. Our first project was our DIY cabinet. He also created a DIY table for me and I vividly remember my very pregnant-self sprinkling water to my husband’s newly laid concrete hollow blocks for our DIY breakfast nook/wine bar in the kitchen. If we can create it, and we have time to make it, we’ll do it. Albeit the hard work and effort, DIY is fun quality time. It also make our things, furniture and fixtures, sentimental and valuable.

What all these has done to us? Financially, it is helping us save money. We helped in assisting his sisters school needs, improvement and renovation in their house, repair and maintenance in our car. And now, we are in the middle of constructing our two storey with a mini deck on a deck.

“Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art.” —Richard Holloway

Minimalism. We are trying to adopt to learn to live in bare. To remove the excess and basically just focus on what we really need. We try not to get attached to trivial things and we are trying our best to:

Resist impulse buying. We try to sit down and talk about what we need to buy, do we really need to buy it, how can we afford it and how long will it last us or the benefits will get from it. To resist the temptation to buy impulsively, I try to canvass the things we need to purchase online or in store, without bringing the budget for it because sales personnel have very convincing and persuading powers. Pending the purchase is better than impulse purchasing something and regret it later.

Bring a cheapskate with you. Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are. When it comes to purchasing, you should choose your “teammate” wisely. Lifestyle of others and your conversations with them will greatly affect and influence your personal desires and decisions. Never let yourself overspend just to keep up with your barkada. Besides, if they are your real friends, money and material things should be hold last on the list because they should prioritize quality time spent together instead.

List down you finances. I learned this from my mom. Thru writing down a list, she’ll be able to come up with the right budget for each aspect and how the budget will be subdivided to ingredients for example for a particular dish, or on paying bills in time to avoid penalty and to basically keep the ends meet. Thru her list, she can easily navigate her spending to create a monthly expenditure and hence, it is easier to keep record of income, past expenses and expected future purchases. By creating a realistic spending sheet, you can adjust to meet financial goals without hurting your budget and compromise your basic needs.

Keep kids in control. My mom let my brother wail to his heart content until he got tired and walked away from the toy shop. My mother-in-law did that to my husband’s brother. And guess what? I did just that to Kulayot not so long ago. Children are one of top target of marketing strategies and after that incident with Kulayot, I tried to explain to him that it is not included in our budget and that if he really wanted to get that particular toy, he needs to sacrificekeep putting coins in his cocobank instead of buying sweets to save enough money so we could go back and get it.

What I am learning about living a simple minimalistic life is that it is the opposite of what the majority is running after – everything! Being simple calls out to people who doesn’t want anxiety in possessing a lot of material items. It encourages you to slow down, possess less but enjoy more for longer. As a family, we indulge in our heart’s desires from time to time, but instead of putting it on material things, we try to invest our money to experiences and quality time. Life is short, live well.

#GerifiedPH: The Making of the Greatest Filipino Generation, Raising Zentennials

They’re early starters. They’re entrepreneurial. They’re digital natives to the bone. They’re the children of Generation Z!

Last Saturday, September 9, 2017, Mommy Mundo & Our Awesome Planet brought to the Philippines the first ever conference that taught educators, marketers and parents the fundamental knowledge about dealing with the Zentennials more commonly known as the Gen Zs.

“The internet is not just platform – it’s a gateway to all possibilities and opportunities Gen Z kids would want to claim for themselves. They may get lost within it, but it is a place where they can inspire. It’s a place where they can grow and make a living out of it.” ~ Geia Lopez, Industry Analyst, Google Philippines talking about the Generation Z

Co-presented by PLDT Home Fibr, this very first conference of its kind was held at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Taguig wherein the country’s top experts, advocates and influencers from the digital, academe, business, and parenting spheres gathered up to share deeper understanding of Generation Z but also have the proper knowledge and skills to become successful content producers.

Nurturing Generation Z: Going Beyond Stereotypes and Misconceptions

Zentennials are children born year 2000 and up, so if your child is 17 and below, he/she belongs to the Generation Z.

21751615_1520972267946028_9003436679976207211_n.jpgDidi Manahan, Head and Co-Founder of Keys School Manila Inc. debunked the misconceptions when it comes to Zentennials. In her field of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, she distinguished the difference of Gen Z to other older generations, and the potential is high.

We are preparing our children for future we don’t know of.

Being the millennial mom that I am, I get the chance to know the world before the internet and I can tell you, it’s much easier back then. Playing meant sunburn skin, skinned knees and when you get super-hyper and missed a calculation, it’s a dip in a nearby open canal for sure.

Today, I’m raising two kids with eyes opened to the latest technology – the apps, the virtual world, the games. If you missed a calculation, it’s game over.

What characterizes Generation Z?

  • They use technology as a tool
  • Connectivity greatly impacts relationships
  • Self-education via online tutorials

Zentennials approach gadgets with ease, they are also known as the citizens of the world because internet makes the world much smaller and closer to each other. They are known for multi-tasking as you can see for several apps running all at the same time.

GENERATION Z or Zentennials  are the new generation, different even from millennials, baby boomers and Generation X. If millennials are into experiences, zentennials are creators – filming  from a phone, watching videos up to uploading Youtube contents.

The Gen Z Profiler: Understanding their Psyche, Building their Character and Connecting with the Zs

Chelet Tanjuatco, Senior Consultant, Acumen Brand Strategy

21752373_1520972277946027_731540743751715681_n.jpg#Kulayot, my very own Zentennial!

I just nod my head whenever the speaker give a fun fact about the Zentennials. For one, my toddler is opinionated, they really are growing older faster and younger because of the open information they get in the world wide web. But in between the reality and cyberworld, we need to teach our children the power of prayer. Let’s teach them to pray, to be humble and hence, will give them security and peace of mind.

More wisdom nuggets from the conference and photos here. 

One of the realization I had after this conference is that, despite of the technology that sometimes seems to divide a family being busy in their own cyber world, family for Zentennials are one of the most important things to them. We are living in a difficult time, and with instant news flooding the internet about what is out there, including the bad – war, famine, etc,. Hence, it is a must to detox from time to time from the internet and gadgets to ponder on what’s really important – quality time with the family.