Friday, September 14, 2018


Just the other day, I was pondering what I can do with my spare time.  I am a freelance TV and events writer, a full time lifestyle-mommy blogger -- who spends an average of uhmm... 12 hours a day in front of my computer.  I am very much active on social media and has average knowledge when it comes to the technical side of managing a website. What I can brag about is, I have lots of time and energy to LEARN more! 

What if -- I elevate my digital self one step higher? Wouldn't it be exciting to learn more about E-Commerce?  What I am interested in is "selling" my writing skill and 20+ years of experience in events in TV to a wider audience. But how do I go about it?

Thanks to X-SCALE:  Asia E-Commerce Summit 2018!  I was invited to the media launch of this exciting event and learned in a short span of time, very much INSPIRED of things to come.

photo courtesy:  @Leapreneur 


  • it is estimated that by 2020-25, the E-Commerce industry in the Philippines will be a trillion-peso business. Don't you like to join the fun?  
  • by knowing the secrets of E-Commerce, you can grow your humble business into a multi-million business?  Of course it takes a lot of effort and learning on your part! Mr. Jerry Ilao, one of the speakers for XCALE revealed, that he knows of a business earning millions with just FOUR employees. Whoa!
  • if you are like me, who is very afraid of online SCAMMERS, then the more you should know the ins and outs of E-Commerce. Again, the key is to learn and know the secrets!
  • Just like in any other business, it is important to network with the best people! Hoping that I will meet all the KEY people in E-Commerce through XCALE.


It is the first big summit in the Philippines organized by topnotch e-commerce gurus and pioneers which intends to assemble at least 1000 participants to boost online marketing ideas, impart knowledge and network with industries and strengthen the e-commerce aspect of growing business.

Confirmed partner-speakers and co-presenters are Alibaba, Lazada, Payoneer, OneOkada, ShineOn, Viralstyle and a lot more.

For information on tickets do visit


Thursday, September 13, 2018



I saw these words on the internet a couple of years ago and I thought it was so funny... at first. But the more I think about the words, the more I realize the truth behind it -- and it scares me!


When I was in elementary, I remember vividly, when my mother said, "the only dream that I have is to live longer so I can be sure that you finish college. Because if I die before that dream is realized, I don't know if you will have the means to finish your education."

Why?  Because all that she has are her savings (for my education and emergency).  She is a stay-at-home mom with no insurance, no investments, no educational plan.  All she ever wanted was to personally put her savings into my education.

Fast forward to the present -- I can hear myself saying the same words.  If you will ask me now what is my goal in life -- it is to continue working to be able to send my children to school  (two college students in 1-2 years).  I have a few investments, I am a freelancer -- so I wake up every single day worried if I can attain my goal.

In short -- I have become my mother's daughter. 

The only difference, I am more courageous and let's say more informed when it comes to investments and taking risks:

My eldest will be celebrating her 18th birthday in August. What's the normal thing to plan -- a birthday party.  But I don't think this is a WISE choice. I asked my daughter if she wants a party, thankfully -- she said no.  She just wants to treat a few friends to pizza and chika. Which made me think, what can I give her that is so important at the same time, I can impart some important lesson in life?

18th birthday -- officially marks the end of childhood. The passage to adulthood. This is very important.  So why not learn from my mother? 

So I decided, I am giving her an early lesson in investment. 

1.  I  am giving her the Sun Life Prosperity Fund. Unlike her lola who was hooked on bank deposits, I would like to teach her that there are other choices in investments. The Prosperity Fund has a higher yield than deposits.  Since I want her to start slow, I want something that will earn at the same time relatively stable. My choice -- the BOND FUND.  

2.  I don't want to worry too much about the future just as my mother did. So I am also giving myself a "gift". Hey, it's been 18 years -- I deserve a gift because I have raised a wonderful daughter.  But my gift choice is still connected to her, and my son.  I am also getting a Sunlife insurance plan. I am considering the one coupled with a "critical illness" coverage. I have to face life's reality -- am not getting any younger.


You enroll your children to the best schools, because you want them to have the  best education. You teach them to be street smart, to be emotionally stable, because you want them to be READY for the real world. Complete the learning, teach them to become financially educated.


This is one lesson that I constantly teach my teens. In this day and age that you buy anything using your credit card or debit card -- there is the imminent danger to buy things that you actually cannot afford.

My rules:  if you want to buy something, buy it with cash.  If you don't have enough cash... SAVE.  You want that sneakers but you don't have enough money, wait until you have enough. This will also give you ample time to think if you really want to buy that sneakers. This also saves them from becoming impulsive shoppers.

In my family, DEBT is only allowed to purchase investments or acquire assets. DEBT is not for shopping, travel, gadgets, etc.

Speaking of Debt -- congratulate me because somehow, I just reached a milestone!  We just finished our mortgage this July!  So now I can concentrate on paying for my Sun Life Insurance.   I am that kind of person -- I don't bite more than I can chew.  I invest, one at a time  :)

I think that is the best gift you can give yourselves mommies and daddies -- investments that in the long run, will lessen financial anxieties and stress.

Thursday, September 6, 2018


Homecoming... It was such an intriguing concept for me, when I saw Coke Studio Ph's invitation for its 2nd season.


So please allow this blogger to look back into the past, as far as her love for OPM is concerned. Where have I been, and what have contributed to OPM.

It all started in college, when I had, as a subject for my thesis project -- the APO. We drove all the way to Alabang, Caloocan and Katipunan to interview them individually. It was definitely worth all the hard work. Thesis done, and I gained 3 new friends (actually idols). I never, in my life imagined, that they will soon be my bosses. It was writing for the musical Sunday show "Sa Linggo nAPO Sila" that paved the way for my writing career. Yes, it was my first job. It strengthened my love for OPM. I wrote hundred of scripts, and all those scripts focused on OPM and awesome Filipino artists! 

After that, I became a groupie. Hahaha!  I watched a lot of gigs. Tumambay sa napakaraming bars!  I was fascinated with Barbie Almalbis. Then it was Sugarfree. At this point, aside from supporting the local band scene by watching their gigs, I collected several CD's (nung una cassette tapes pa) of these two artists.

Last year, I was supposed to attend the first season Concert Launch of Coke Studio Ph. But I had an emergency to attend to, and was literally heartbroken because I knew, Ebe Dancel was a part of it.  Last season, Coke brought together veteran artists and budding musicians, Coke Studio Homecoming calls Filipino artists who have shared their talents to the world to return to their roots and bridges them with homegrown talents who have yet to stand on the international stage. And I fell in love with Ebe's collaboration with Autotelic!!!

So attending this year's Coke Studio Ph Concert launch was a homecoming of sorts -- it brought me back to my first love -- OPM music and the concert scene!  Reunited with the bright lights and unified bodies dancing to a single beat.  




This year, Coca-Cola connects to Filipino teens once again as Coke Studio PH returns to make them feel at home with the familiar sounds of OPM, giving them an avenue to show their love and support for local music.   

For its second season,  Coke Studio Homecoming calls Filipino artists who have shared their talents to the world to return to their roots and bridges them with homegrown talents who have yet to stand on the international stage.  

From this colorful mix of talented Filipino singers and bands, Coke Studio Homecoming will feature groundbreaking, new collaborations between artists, as well as unique renditions of their original songs.  First episode this Sunday, September 16, 11:15am before ASAP!


While uniting teens through music, Coca-Cola takes it a step further by enabling them to do their part for a greater cause. This year, Coca-Cola announced an industry-first goal to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can it sells globally by 2030—a goal in line with the Company’s vision of a World Without Waste. This is why during all Coke Studio events, Coca-Cola encourages teens to deposit their PET bottles in designated recycling bins.  The Coke Studio TuneCycle, a stationary bicycle that also grinds PET bottles, will also be a staple in Coke Studio events. These ground PET bottles will later on be turned into eco-bricks.


My teens also got my love for music. Going to this event, we were not informed on who are the performers for season 2. It was only revealed on the event. So when I got home, my son asked me, "Bakit di mo sinabi na may IV of Spades?"  Only then did I realize, that music can bridge the gap between generations. My teens love the music I listen to. And I think its about time I also listen to their music. Its definitely time, to listen to what Coke Studio Ph Homecoming has to offer! And hope to watch it with my teens! And watch live my fave Ben&Ben!