Monday, November 28, 2016

Shop Online This Holiday Season Via Shopee

In the Philippines, traffic starts to swell when -ber months come, and as Christmas comes near, the traffic is getting worse.  In addition to that, government infrastructure projects add up to the road congestion.  Hay, traveling in the Metro can really test your patience these days, waaah!

Now that I'm already in online business (please visit my FB page Katsa Co.), I've now come to appreciate online shopping more and more.  It really offers convenience to everybody.  No queueing up to the cashier to pay, no more traffic to battle to and from home, no more plenty of shopping bags to carry, among others.  There are lots of reasons to resort to online shopping these days :)

There are lots of e-commerce sites right now, and I've tried all of them.  The latest that I have tried is Shopee.  Shopee is the number one mobile marketplace in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, where everyone can browse, shop, and sell.  It is a platform tailored for Southeast Asia, making online shopping easy, secure, and fuss-free through its strong payment and logistical support.



In the Philippines, Shopee had its soft opening in June 2015 and was formally launched in December of the same year.  Currently, there are over 25 million downloads of Shopee app from Google Play and App Store from Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan. One good thing about Shopee is that it is open to be used for FREE by both merchants and customers at no hidden costs.  Another good thing about Shopee is that they work in close collaboration with local retailers and entrepreneurs to establish an extensive range of high-quality product listings.  



A friend of mine who has a Shopee online store can attest that it's really safe and convenient to put up an online store at Shopee.  An online shop owner at Shopee can easily upload their products at Shopee--just snap a picture, describe the product and set the price.  The customer traffic is also good.  A customer is protected from fraud because Shopee guarantees elimination of fraudulent transactions by having a secured payment method.  Potential customers can also have a chat on Shopee with sellers to ask questions about the product.

And yes, Shopee is currently running a huge Christmas promotion until the end of the year, don't miss it!  Shopee is offering free shipping and cash on delivery nationwide.

Please watch this video from Shopee:



Indeed, Christmas is a time for us to be reunited with our loved ones, so make more bonding time with them and leave shopping worries with Shopee!  Happy holidays everyone!



For more information, visit www.shopee.ph




Thursday, November 24, 2016

On Raising A Perfect Child

FACT: Nobody's perfect.
BITTER TRUTH: When someone points out our imperfections, while it is constructive, we will still be affected by it.

We all know that it is hard to be a parent.  In my case, it's twice the difficulty because I have to discipline my child both as a mom and a dad.  To be honest, there are times that I break down because I am the only one who absorbs all life's difficulties and I pray to God that He gives me a partner so that there would be someone whom I can rely on to when life is getting tough and that there will be someone who can help me in solving problems that I face in daily situations.

Parents have this desire to raise a 'perfect' child, a child that they can be really proud of in all aspects--academically, socially, physically, etc.  Parents expose their children to all avenues to fully develop their potential and to be perfect in the eyes of everybody.  

But is there such thing as 'perfect' child?

Well, all of us already know the answer to this question.  

Sometimes, we feel disheartened when we hear some negative comments about our child.  We have a tendency to think if we lack on disciplining our child.  Worse, we feel awful about ourselves that we feel we are a bad parent because people have pointed out our child's misbehavior.  On the other hand, some parents think otherwise; they are in defense of their child's behavior, not accepting the fact that their child behaves differently when he/she is with others, and take it as a form of character assassination to discredit their child.  

Kib is a very confident and assertive child, but his behavior can sometimes go way beyond the normal.  Some people may no longer tolerate his behavior because he is already a pre-teener.

I recently heard a comment about Kib's behavior.  While I appreciate that comment because I also needed validation from others on how Kib behaves on social situations, it also made me think about my parenting skills.  It made me think about myself if I am lacking focus on my child because I'm too busy with other things.  I even thought if Kib has special condition (ADHD) because he is so malikot and uncontrollable.

I had this pep talk with my son about his behavior.  What is good about Kib is that when he knows he is at fault, he will say sorry to the offended party.  I told him to apologize and he immediately did that.  He was also reminded by the person not to do it anymore.

While on the car, I further talked about his behavior towards others.  I reminded him to always observe proper decorum when we're on a different place and he has to be always courteous when talking with other people.  I was so upset at the situation that I asked him if I'm a bad parent.  I know he felt bad about the comment too, but I just reminded him to be refined in his actions because he is already big and he can already understand things.  

I also confirmed with my friends about my feelings on parenting Kib.  One friend assured me that what I'm feeling is normal, that there are times that we think we lack discipline to our children when other people made a remark about our child's behavior.  Another friend also reminded me that as parents we can only do so much in disciplining our child.  One more friend just simply reminded me not to dwell so much about the comment, because she sensed that I was really bothered about it.

While doing some reflection about this, I was also reminded by this verse: "Train up a child in a way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)  It is a reminder for me that it's still not too late to instill the values I want my son to have so that he will grow up to be a fine young man.  

Haaayyy!!!!  It's really hard to be a parent.  I don't regret being a mom to my son, but the challenges of raising a fine individual can be really tough and testing my patience and tolerance in daily living can bring a lot of stress to me.

I know the Lord is with me to help me raise a God-fearing child.  While I may not raise a perfect son, I know that I can raise a God-fearing child.  

Lord, please help me to be a better parent to my son, Amen.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Katsa Co.: Me, An Entrepreneur in the Making

I always wanted to have a business of my own, but thinking about the difficulty of running your own business already gives me a headache, haha.  Well, I've tried direct selling before but only for a short time.  

Now that me and my son's needs are growing, I have to think of different income streams to prepare for the future.  While my present jobs can provide for me and my son's needs and wants, I still need to think of other ways to earn, both actively and passively.  We have a saying, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket," that is why I am trying to apply it in my life right now.

A close friend of mine and I have already been talking about putting up a business together.  For months, we have been planning for a business that we will both like.  We've put our current resources and finances into consideration and the feasibility of us working together too (she lives in Novaliches, I live in Cainta).  We ended up putting an online shop as our initial partnership.

My friend and I are both kikays.  We have a penchant for anything girly.  We like talking about fashion and even go to salon together.  We've thought of creating personalized bags made of katsa as our main product.  We started making our prototypes and having it printed so that we know how the finished products will look like.  

After we have finalized our design and prices, we have launched our business at the end of October, wee!  Friends and family, introducing Katsa Co.!




We are both fairly new in online shopping business so my friend and I are still learning on a daily basis.  We would really try to make our Facebook page as informative and engaging as possible and we are hoping that our friends and followers would support us in our venture (let orders come in!).

We would recommend our katsa bags and pouches to be your gift to your friends and family this holiday season.  Please do not hesitate to ask us a lot of questions before finalizing our order.  For full-time moms like us, having this kind of business would really help us augment our daily expenses while taking care of our growing kids.







Please drop by at our humble Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/katsacoph/ or drop us an email at katsacoph@gmail.com for inquiries.  You may also visit our Instagram account (@katsa_co) as well.




Happy online shopping and happy holidays!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Develop Your Child's Talent and Nuture His/Her Gift/s to Excellence!

All parents want the best for their children, including me.  We support them in all the things that they want to do to be able to find their niche and be good--if not the best--at it.  We want our children to excel and shine in their chosen endeavor.  We want them to succeed in life.  We want them to grow full of confidence to face whatever challenges that they will face later on in life.

On the recent talk conducted by Wyeth Philippines that I attended about child development, I just found out that there is the best time in our child's life in optimizing their innate skills.  All I thought is that one's talents can be honed at any age and any given opportunity.  Dr. Joselyn Eusebio, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, said that the crucial window of talent development presents itself only at a child's critical age of learning, which happens during a child's 1st 6 years of life.  "This is the optimum time for parents to help their child stimulate his or her brain to pave way for better development.  Aside from proper nutrition and a stimulating environment, parental support is imperative at this stage," added Dr. Eusebio.


Dr. Joselyn Eusebio explaining more about the 'window of opportunity' to the audience

I would really agree that parental support is much needed to develop our child's potential.  Parents should be their child's number 1 fan and supporter.  Parents should encourage their children not to give up on their dreams.  Parents should be the one to motivate their children whenever they feel discouraged and when failure comes along the way.  Parents should be positive in letting their child know that there is a bright future ahead of him/her.

To further emphasize the importance of parents' role during the child's developing stage (0-6 years old), Didi Manahan M.S. Ed., directress of Keys Scholl Manila and Explorations Preschool said that a child can grow or develop a talent through possessing life skills, and acquiring this set of skills entails thorough guidance and strong support from parents and teachers. "It is vital that parents respond to their child's areas of interest, strength and need, to ensure the child's success," said Ms. Manahan.


Ms. Didi Manahan explaining on how parents can help in developing their child's potential


We have been seeing child prodigies on TV and we can still remember some of them, like Shaira Luna, James Flores, and Kiko Galura.  Promil Pre-School has been the parents' partner in helping their children achieve their potential by providing them with the unique combination of brain and body building nutrients which help support learning during the crucial window of talent development for more than twenty years now.  

I-Shine Talent Camp has been the avenue created by Promil Pre-School to help parents hone their child's talents to their maximum potential.  Now on its fifth year, I-Shine Talent Camp has been continuing to enable parents to develop, celebrate, and support their child's talents while inspiring other parents to do the same.


Former I-Shiners together with their parents, sharing their experiences in I-Shine and how I-Shine has helped in developing their child's potential


I-Shine Talent Camp is open to kids 3-6 years old and has three camps--the Stage Camp to be mentored by Georcelle Dapat-Sy of G-Force and Rico Blanco, the Music Camp to be mentored by Ryan Cayabyab, and the Art Camp to be mentored by Robert Alejandro.  I-Shine Talent Camp Season 5 is offering bigger and better activities, allowing the chosen participants to gain more opportunities to celebrate, develop, and showcase, their exceptional talent, helping them to be at their best.


The mentors of the I-Shine Talent Camp Season 5 together with the event host Ms. Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio

Want to join your kid to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I-Shine Talent Camp Season 5 is now accepting entries all over the Philippines!  You can submit your application online!  Just visit www.ishine.com.ph on how you can submit your child's video showcasing his/her exceptional talent.  It's good that parents can now submit their applications online, not unlike before that parents have to line up for hours to have their child's moment to show their talent in front of the casters.

Who knows?  Your child can be the next child prodigy of the Philippines!


Thursday, October 27, 2016

A #SpHOOQtacular Halloween!

Kib has always been looking forward to attending Halloween parties every year.  Last year, we didn't have an opportunity to attend to any because I was so busy looking for a good Halloween event for Kib.  He really got disappointed because he DIYed his costume then.  

This year, when I got an invite for the third HOOQ Hangouts, I told Kib that we will be watching "Monster House".  He asked me if there will be trick or treat and he got excited when I said that there will be.  Right there and then he started planning for his Halloween costume.


Monster House poster


As the event day comes near, I reminded him that I do not want a scary costume.  He got a bit disappointed because he was thinking of a character from Five Nights at Freddy's.  I even suggested that he just wear the attire he wore during the Community Service Day in church.  He said he doesn't want to repeat costumes and he wants a new one (hay, ang hirap kausap!).  Then, he thought of being a Stormtrooper since his friend left the Stormtrooper mask in our home.  The issue has already been settled, haha!


Kib as the Stormtrooper


Unfortunately, we arrived late at the event because we still came from a final casting for a TV commercial.  It was unlikely for us to be late during events and we always arrive early.  Too bad Kib wasn't able to enjoy the activities for the kids during the event, but nonetheless he was able to find a way to entertain himself and enjoyed watching the "Monster House".


Kids on their costumes during the HOOQ Hangouts

Kids were entertained by a ventriloquist.  We missed this :(


The third HOOQ Hangouts happened last October 21st, 2016 gathered the young movie buffs (like Kib) in their spookiest costumes as they watched "Monster House", an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature horror comedy produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis.


Soooo SpHOOQky!  Just like the house in the movie

Even people sitting at the ampitheater enjoyed watching the Monster House

My little Stormtrooper posing at the spHOOQky picket fence



It's good to know that HOOQ has a line of TV shows and movies for the kids (and kids at heart)!  HOOQ tripled the number of their child-friendly content in the last quarter of this year by signing up partnerships with the biggest names in family entertainment (Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Kids Like Us, Hasbro, Turner, and Mo Media).  With these partnerships, HOOQ will expand their library of kid-friendly TV shows and movies to over 500 hours of entertainment.

Younger kids can also watch Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go!, Paw Patrol, Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony, Mr. Bean, among others on mobile phones and tablets.  Kids can also watch the earlier episodes of Hi-5 and iCarly too!

I'm so happy that HOOQ has listened to the needs of the Filipino family to have an entertainment available for their kids too.  Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Dan Horan said that HOOQ is continuing its efforts to widen their library so that the whole family can enjoy watching shows and movies altogether.  Adding more kid-friendly titles means kids will be able to fully enjoy their mobile experience through entertaining and at the same time to learn from their favorite shows.

It was also announced during the event that HOOQ will have a new look!

HOOQ's new interface boasts a mobile first UX that has been built from extensive customer beta testing and usability research to derive a customer-centric experience, given that over 80% of customers are consuming HOOQ on their mobile devices.

In addition, HOOQ's new interface features a brand-new real time content feed and personalized recommendation engine that makes discovering new favorites easier than ever.  It also highlights the most popular content which shows what others are watching and which titles are trending.

HOOQ's new interface is supported by iOS, Android, web, Chromecast, and Android Set-top Box and will also be available on Airplay and mobile web as well.

So exciting isn't it?  The new features of the new HOOQ app will surely kill boredom and at the same time entertain the whole family too!

To my friends and family who likes watching TV shows and movies, I do recommend that you download HOOQ!  It's very easy!  Sign-up today for a 7-day free trial on www.HOOQ.tv.  Globe mobile customers can get up to 90 days free HOOQ on selected GoSURF plans.  Broadband customers can also get HOOQ for free on Globe Home Broadband.  Once the trial period expires, Globe customers can continue enjoying HOOQ at P149 subscription fee monthly charged to your Globe bill.  Simply test HOOQ149 to 8080.

Let's see each other on the next HOOQ Hangouts, okay?!






Friday, October 21, 2016

Happiness in A Scoop: Baskin Robbins Opens Its 14th Branch in BGC

"Happiness is two kinds of ice cream,
Finding your skate key, telling the time...

For happiness is anyone and anything at all
That is loved by you!"


I super love this song because it clearly defines what happiness is.  Happiness can be found in simple things around us.  Happiness is being contented with whatever we have and just being loved by somebody--that's happiness. 

For me, happiness is just always being with my son 24/7.  I am thankful to the Lord that He had given me an opportunity to become a mom to this wonderful boy.  I can enjoy a lot of activities with my son. Life's not always a bed of roses, but I thank the Lord that He is always giving me peace despite of everything that is happening to my life and my son is the one who keeps me going on with life.  Truly, he is heaven-sent :)

One of the activities that my son and I enjoy doing together is...eating!  I am blessed to have a son who can eat anything and everything!  He is not afraid to try different dishes, he has a palate of an adult!  He likes putting black pepper on his food and recently, he asks me to prepare spicy dishes for us!  Sometimes I am amazed at this kid, having a good appetite and not being a picky eater.

I have a secret: sometimes I am a stress eater, hihihi.  When I feel stressed, I like eating salty and sweet food.  One of the stress busters for me is eating ice cream.  For me, ice cream makes me feel good about myself because of its sweetness, creaminess, and coldness.  Ice cream can really make me happy whenever I feel blue.

For ice cream lovers like me, good news!  Baskin Robbins has opened its 14th branch in Bonifacio High Street last October 1st!   Baskin Robbins is tagged as the world's most beloved ice cream brand because of its unique ice cream flavors.  It was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats.  Baskin Robbins features premium hard scoop ice creams, customized ice cream cakes, and a full range of frozen beverages.  Amazing, isn't it?







For its newest branch in the Philippines, Baskin Robbins can now be more accessible to the shoppers and residents within Bonifacio High Street and nearby areas in BGC. To make the store opening more fun and memorable, Baskin Robbins lined up a series of delicious treats and activities for all of its guests and customers: 


  • P31 per scoop for all ice cream flavors for the whole day of October 1st
  • Meet and greet with Baskin Robbins mascot
  • Souvenir photos for guests and customers
  • Face painting
  • Performance by UP Dance Company
  • "Waffle Wonderland" -- guests can customize waffles in various shapes and colors
  • "Fundae Sundae" -- guests can put various toppings on their ice cream on cones









My son and I enjoyed the event!  We tasted several ice cream flavors during the event and we enjoyed every spoonful of each flavor.  My son also enjoyed the face painting activity that he went back at that booth three times!

I would recommend that you try to visit Baskin Robbins anytime soon and taste all the unique ice cream flavors there!  Enjoy Baskin Robbins ice cream with your family :)




To avail of more exciting promos from Baskin Robbins, visit any of their branches near you (Uptown Place Mall, Central Square, SM Aura, Greenbelt 5, Glorietta 2 and 5, 2/F SM City North, SM City North The Block, Fairview Terraces, Trinoma Manll, SM Southmall, SM Dasmarinas, Solenad, B8 Bonifacio High Street).  Visit www.baskinrobbins.ph and its social media accounts on Facebook (baskinrobbinsph), Twitter (@baskinrobbinsph), and Instagram (@baskinrobbinsph) for more updates.






Monday, October 17, 2016

Dapat Lang! Solane Promotes Filipino Values

I'm very active in social media.  I like commenting to the posts made by my friends and even say hi to my friends whom I don't see on a regular basis.  Social media indeed became a powerful tool in influencing others, both positively and negatively.  A lot of people can freely say their thoughts and opinions online and create a buzz on cyberspace.  Sad to say, with the changing times, people--young and old--have already forgotten their roots, their values.  The posts that we see on social media sometimes show the kind of values a person has.

I must admit, I am also guilty of posting some 'nega' posts on my own wall.  I am really trying my very best to just post stories about my son, our adventures and misadventures, some thoughts about the Bible, and some gentle reminders about living in peace and harmony with other people.  I am not trying to be an influencer though, but I just wanted to remind everyone about the long-lost values that we should have in our lives.

With the new administration, the whole nation has high hopes that major changes will happen to our country.  As the country gears up for change, ISLA LPG Corporation (ILC), the leading LPG solutions company and owner of the brand Solane, launches an advocacy campaign that aims to remind consumers of the importance of family and positive Filipino values.

"Dapat Lang" campaign touches on the importance of bringing back traditional Filipino values which have somehow been misplaced in our high-technology, fast-paced, modern setting.  These values include commitment to the family, honesty, hard work, respect for others, and integrity.  This catchphrase was chosen for the campaign because it is a popular Filipino expression meaning "That's how it should be" or "Rightly so".  "Dapat Lang" is a program that emphasizes the importance of doing the right thing, for the family, for others, and society as a whole.  


During the launch of the latest campaign, ILC CEO Ruben Domingo said that this catchphrase is a reminder to all that we should do the right thing in everything we do--all the time, wherever we are--in order to bring out the positive change in all of us.

To spread awareness about this campaign, print and radio ads, social media, and online videos will be utilized.  In the campaign, Solane will showcase a mom cooking the best dishes for her family, an employee putting in ample time at work, a chef preparing high-quality ingredients for his customers, a manager catering to the needs of the client, the Solane Hatid-Bahay rider ensuring that LPG delivery is safe and on time.  ISLA LPG lives out this campaign by providing their customers with high-quality, safe, and reliable LPG products.





ISLA LPG also launched their newest website together with the "Dapat Lang" campaign.  The new website outlines the various ways with which Solane stakeholders can live out the new campaign principle in their everyday lives.  It also features a blog that will serve as a way for ISLA LPG to communicate directly with its consumers, particularly moms.  The blog will feature quick and easy recipes and helpful and time-saving tips on cooking for the family, keeping a safe environment at work and home, plus more.



One of the best features of the newest website is that consumers can now order LPG online!  Solane Hatid-Bahay Service is an exclusive service provided to Solane LPG residential customers.  ISLA LPG's well-trained riders conduct a weight check in front of customers using calibrated portable weighing scales, assuring households of value for their money.  The Solane Hatid-Bahay riders also perform the 7 Point Safety Check free of charge to help ensure the safety of consumers and their families.  The 7 Point Safety Check includes the following:


  • Environment -- place cylinders in a well-ventilated area, away from sources of ignition
  • O-Ring -- inspect the rubber O-ring inside the valve.  Ensure that it is free from scratches or cracks
  • Regulator -- use the correct regulator and check its condition frequently.  Replace within 3 years
  • Regulator and Valve Connection -- attach the regulator and ensure that it is securely connected to the cylinder valve
  • Hose -- use the correct hose and check its condition regularly.  Replace the hose every two years
  • Hose and Connection -- use metal clamps to attach the hose to the regulator and appliance
  • Flame Quality -- ensure that your burner produces a blue flame.  Always maintain the quality of your gas appliance




In addition, ISLA LPG has been regularly conducting safety seminars for its customers as well as to various communities nationwide.  The company's employees and contractors follow strict compliance of safe LPG handling and fire safety.  Because of this, ISLA LPG has achieved a significant milestone of 13 million man hours without lost time injury.

As consumers and end-users, we can be assured that ISLA LPG provides the best and safest products and services.  We can proudly say, "Kapag LPG, Dapat Lang Solane!"





To more about the Dapat Lang campaign, you may visit Solane's newest website, www.solane.com.ph and Facebook page.  To order for LPG, you may contact Solane Hatid-Bahay at (02) 887-555 (for Metro Manila only) or (0918) 887-5555 (nationwide) or visit the website.  Solane delivers nationwide.