Event Alert: The Freelancer Fair 2017

I have been in the freelancing world for almost 2 years now. This is the kind of job that I wanted to be in at least for about 10 more years from now. Profit-wise I can say that for now, what I earn is just a little extra for my family. But I am looking forward to try to earn more like the other freelancers I know. 🙂 What I really love about this job is that I can get to stay at home and take care of my family but most of all is — FREEDOM.

 SPELLING OUT FREEDOM WITH FREELANCING

What comes to mind when you think of Freelancing? Do you see it as merely a sideline job or as what we Filipinos informally call ‘Raket’? By common definition, Freelancing is when you are self-employed, by offering your skills and services to clients or businesses, without necessarily being bounded to a single employer or a long-term contract. If you haven’t dipped your toes in Freelancing, then perhaps now is the time to consider.
Did you know that according to Upwork, a leading global online jobs platform, the Philippines is the third highest – earning country in the world when it comes to freelancing? In fact, more than 1.4 million Filipinos are registered in the platform alone!

With the sheer power of that number, it only attests to an overwhelming number of individuals who have found their fulfillment and achieved their #Lifegoals in Freelancing. This is not to ignore that like any other profession or job, Freelancing does have its own unique struggles, but if you’re the kind of person who wishes to feel and be more empowered in one or in all aspects of your life, then allow us to sum up what Freelancing can give you: F-R-E-E-D-O-M. And yes, we do intend to spell it out literally, by giving you our take of what that word means in the world of Freelancing. So if you’re an aspiring freelancer or entrepreneur, or avoiding a potential bout of “FOMO”, then read on!

1) F – lexibility and Autonomy
We live in the Digital Age, so it should come as no surprise the technologies that can allow us to work anytime and anywhere, and provide services to clients from anywhere in the globe! Say goodbye to long commutes and hello to telecommuting! Also, the nature of Freelancing can give you the flexibility and autonomy to work at your own pace and choose the clients and projects you want to work on.

2) R – ewarding Career
Who says that Freelancing can’t be a career or profession? For many who have gone this route, it has paved way for them to pursue their dream jobs without the constraints of a fixed job description or the frustration of being stuck in a mundane ‘9-5’ office job. As a self-employed professional, you are fully empowered to pursue projects that would nurture your skills and passions.

3) E – ndless possibilities
As a freelancer, there is no limit to the opportunities and possibilities you can pursue, now that you have full control of your career, profession and time. Whereas before, the most part of your day and energy would be spent in long energy-draining meetings and long commutes, Freelancing lets you color and fill each day with activities that you consider truly aligned in attaining your life goals.

4) E – nables you to design your own lifestyle
Are you a night owl who is most productive in the evenings? Dreamed of having your own 4-Hour Work Week? Or what about getting down to finally working on that business plan for your dream start-up? With Freelancing, you can get creative on how you design your typical week, that would specially cater to your unique personality, interests and quirks.

5) D – o things your way
Always had a need to be in full control of your work, surroundings and growth? Then Freelancing will definitely give you that! Being your own boss is one of the great perks of being a Freelancer, and that means getting things AND results done just the way you envisioned it.

6) O – wn your time
Ever wondered how it would be like to respond to emails in your swimwear, with your toes brushing the sand as it points towards a breathtaking view of the beach? Well, in the Freelancing Handbook, you are free to take a vacation in the middle of the week, just as long as you get the job done and your clients happy. Becoming a Freelancer means taking full control of your time and schedule.

7) M – ake room for the people and things that truly matter
And here’s the most important part. Freelancing enables you to spend more time with your family, and other things that truly make life meaningful. With Freelancing, it has paved way for the rise of thousands of hands-on mommies, who find fulfillment in being able to nurture both their families and careers. Whilst for many others, they found it in more time spent in pursuing volunteer work, or in endeavors which define their passions and values.

There you have it. That’s how you spell Freedom with Freelancing!

And if you’re itching to learn more about the boundless opportunities of being a Freelancer, then you’re in luck. This year, Manila Workshops, with the support of the Department of Information Communications and Technology (DICT), will be holding the 2nd Freelancer Fair on Sept. 2, 2017, to be held at the Bayanihan Center, Pioneer, Pasig City. It is the country’s first and largest event for Freelancers, which would gather together freelancers, business owners and brands for a whole day of talks tackling the Freelancing Landscape and the different opportunities in store for both existing and aspiring freelancers. The theme for this year’s full day event is Cultivating Relationships, as inspired by the mission to cultivate, nurture and help more people discover how Freelancing can help them achieve their professional and personal goals.

For more information about this year’s The Freelancer Fair, visit their Event Page. Get your ticket and see you at the Fair!
To learn more about Manila Workshops, the organization behind this event, connect with them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also view their upcoming workshops by visiting their official website.
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About The Freelancer Fair:
The Freelancer Fair is an annual event started last by Manila Workshops, headed by the team’s CEO – Ginger Arboleda, a former employee, freelancer and now a serial entrepreneur / technopreneur, and mom blogger. The Freelancer Fair was built especially for aspiring and existing freelancers, companies, brands and organizations who want to support the Philippines’ freelancing industry.

8 shocking facts about germs we bet you didn’t know about

Last month, I brought my son to his Pedia for a check-up. I got worried because he has cough & colds for 3 weeks already. I believe that it was viral infection so I started to double-up his intake of fruits but nothing changed.

His pedia told me that his coughs & colds were caused by viral infection. I might have exposed him to too much germs and pollution. This also triggered his asthma. Poor little boy now is under medication for three months. I thought I maybe unaware of where else we acquire bad germs.

Wherever you go, bacteria abounds. Many of these bacteria are able to cause malodour, skin infection and diseases such as diarrhea, cough, colds and the like.

Worse, these bacteria are increasingly hardier, dirtier, and can multiply faster than you expect, therefore putting your family members at risk.

Consider these troubling facts about bacteria:

1. The number of bacteria that live in and on us outnumber our own human cells by ten to one.
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2. Common cold, flu and stomach viruses can live on the fingertips for hours and can survive on the surfaces of objects for days.
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3. 80% of all infections, from the common cold and flu to venereal disease and Ebola fever, are transmitted by people touching one another or touching objects that others have touched.
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4. A shopping cart can contain more fecal E. Coli than a supermarket toilet.
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5. One study found that in schools, water fountain buttons, pencil sharpeners, keyboards and faucet handles were the most contaminated objects with viruses.
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6. Phones have been found to have up to 4200 bacteria from fecal contamination. Safe drinking water should have less than 1 bacteria per 100ml.safeguard6

7. In an environment as humid as a bathroom, a single bacterial cell can multiply into one billion cells overnight.
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8. When someone comes to work sick, about half of the commonly touched surfaces in the office will become infected with the virus by lunchtime.
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In light of this disturbing data, it is imperative for all members of the household, especially children, to use the right kind of soap that can kill these germs effectively and prevent their regrowth.
Unfortunately, not all soaps are created equal. Experts have demonstrated that most soaps do not protect their family from modern day germ threats. Protection from germ threats begin with proper handwashing and bathing using an effective antibacterial soap like Safeguard.

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Safeguard with Germshield+ technology can fight a broad spectrum of gram positive and gram-negative bacteria and fungi, preventing more types of sickness, malodour, and skin infection. Moreover, Germshield+ technology inhibits the regrowth of these bacteria and fungi for up to 24 hours, thereby providing optimal protection.

For over 50 years in the Philippines, Safeguard has been recommended by the leading health experts for germ protection for the entire family. Encouraging proper hygiene, frequent handwashing, and the use the Safeguard will make your job as protector of the family easier and more effective.

Our family always uses SAFEGUARD, I thought my little boy is too young to use safeguard for his hands and body. But I am wrong, now, he uses Safeguard Soap and Safeguard Body Wash. He loves the one in Honey Smash Scent. 🙂 Now I am confident he is 99.9% Germ Protected! 😉

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Join the LEGO Friends and be part of Heartlake City

My little boy, Raix is a LEGO lover. His fondness to it is just overwhelming. As young as 3 years old, he can build small lego sets by following the manual. Honestly, he is even better than me! Haha. When he knew that we got an invitation to a LEGO Friends event he got so excited! 🙂

The LEGO Friends event was held last June 30 at the Ayala Malls the 30th. The event was also a launch of the weekend LEGO Friends Weekend Activity.

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LEGO Friends

LEGO Friends is a product range of the Lego construction toy designed primarily for girls. Introduced in 2012, the theme introduced the “mini-doll” figures, which are about the same size as the traditional minifigures but are more detailed and realistic. The sets include pieces in pink and purple color schemes and depict scenes from suburban life set in the fictional town of Heartlake City. In the initial wave of sets, the larger sets include bricks that can build a veterinary clinic, a malt-style café, a beauty salon and a suburban house; smaller sets included a “cool convertible,” a design studio, an inventor’s workshop and a swimming pool.

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Meet the LEGO Friends Characters

LEGO Friendstheme center around five best friends, each with their own unique personality, who live in the beautiful Heartlake City, where there are lots of cute animals to take care of, shops to visit and houses to live in.

Get to know the five core characters—named Andrea, Emma, Mia, Olivia and Stephanie!
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Stephanie is a confident natural leader. She is very social, creative and organized. She loves planning events, parties, and soccer. She also enjoys talking to people, writing stories and dancing ballet as well. Her signature colors are white, magenta and light pink, and her favorite food is cupcakes.

Olivia is an environmentalist who enjoys science, nature, and history. She also enjoys inventing,hiking, taking pictures, school and drawing. She is also a caretaker of a newborn foal. Her signature colors are pink, purple, and white. She is very intelligent and focused, yet at times clumsy.

Emma is the fashionista of the group, Emma is a very stylish and trendy girl who loves style. As shown in the sets she appears in, she enjoys fashion design, making jewelry, interior design, makeovers, English horseback jumping and karate. Her signature colors are purple and pink. She is very fashionable, yet sometimes forgetful and unable to speak up for herself.

Mia is the animal lover of the group, Mia is also a vegetarian. She enjoys taking care of and spending time with animals. She also excels atsports, training animals and drumming, and enjoys riding horses, camping and magic tricks. Her signature colors are light blue, green, and purple. She is very caring and athletic, yet somewhat stubborn.

Andrea is the musician of the group. She is a talented singer and great at making up her own songs. She loves anything that pertains to music: singing, playing the piano, dancing, and drama/theater, and is also a great cook, as she works at a café, as well as a loving for bunnies. She is practical, yet at times overly dramatic. She is sometimes a little full of herself, but she normally learns her lesson.

Exciting Games and Prizes

The most exciting part during the LEGO Friends event launch was the games. One of which is the Lego Friends Speed Building Competition.

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I asked Raix what he want to build. He said he wanted to make a sword like from Star Wars. Here is his light saber. 😀

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He had an awesome time building this. Imagine building something with just 60 blocks! It was like show-and-tell, kids are asked what they built. I was so proud of Raix because he didn’t get shy when he was asked about his entry. 🙂

We were not able to win Major Prizes from the two games but we got lucky and was picked during the raffle! Yey!!!

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We also got a bag of LEGO goodies! Thank you so much Lego Philippines! Raix can’t wait to open it all! Watch out for our unboxing and toy review on Raix’ YouTube Channel

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Dads and moms if you are planning on a family activity this weekend this LEGO Friends Weekend Activity will surely be a big hit to your kids. Also a fun way to bond with them. 🙂 Head on over to Ayala Malls the 30th to win awesome LEGO items. Registration starts 11AM. I assure you that your family will have “blocks and blocks” of FUN!!!

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Lightning Strikes Back

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It’s not over until Lightning strikes back. Witness the legendary world-champion Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) in his strongest and weakest elements- from being blinded by the new generation of blazing-fast racers and ultimately, with his own light of success. The much anticipated comeback of Lightning McQueen is set to hit the big screens on August 2 – from Disney Pixar’s Cars 3.

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Determined to get back on track with the help of the eager and unconventional race technician, Cruz Ramizez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), Lightning Mcqueen is definitely unstoppable and ready to compete with even the fastest, sleekest, frontrunner of the next generation racers, Jackson Storm (voice of Armie Hammer). Trained and equipped with high-tech simulators programmed to perfect technique and maximize velocity, Jackson Storm is certainly one of the biggest battles Lightning McQueen has yet to face.

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Experience the race, rush and excitement as Richprime Global Inc., Mattel, Toy Kingdom and Walt Disney Philippines bring you the toys from Disney Cars 3. Get your hands on the upgraded versions of your favorite Cars 3 toy characters, including the movie’s newest member Jackson Storm and Cruz Ramirez in die-cast vehicles, character cars, remote control cars and play sets available in Toy Kingdom stores nationwide starting June 1.

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Disney Cars 3 toys are exclusively distributed by Richprime Global Inc., Mattel in the Philippines, and are available in all leading toy stores nationwide. To learn more about our products, visit our official Facebook Page (Richwell Club) and website at http://www.richprime.net.

Richwell Club Event: Twozies The Perfect Pair

Hello Mommies! Are you a fan of toys from Richwell Club like Hot Wheels and Shopkins? Yes? Great! You will probably love their new product, Twozies!

These are cute small toys that comes in pair. A mommy animal and it’s baby! There are over 140 pairs to collect. Raix and I are excited to meet these cuties and start collecting! 🙂

Join them on May 26-28 at Robinsons Magnolia, in partnership with Toys R Us Phils. Play for FREE as we FIND and MATCH all the babies and pets plus get a chance to WIN INSTANT PRIZES!

You may also get an access on our EXCLUSIVE ACTIVITIES for every purchase of Twozies Surprise Pack for only Php 179.25. COLORING ACTIVITIES, ORIGAMI HEART MAKING and SNAP CARD GAMES await you!

There’s more! They are also looking for the BEST MOM AND KID PAIR by joining their PHOTO CONTEST.

We are so excited to meet you and enjoy our weekend! See you there!

#Twozies #BetterTwogether #ThePerfectPair
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Toy Kingdom: Transformers The Last Knight Toy Launch

Calling all Transformers Fans! 1 more day to the amazing launch of Transformers The Last Knight toys at the SM Mall of Asia, Mall Atrium.

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Toy Kingdom has a lot of activities for Transformers fans. Come on over to the Main Mall Atrium dressed as your favorite Autobot and you might take home awesome prizes!

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Get a free Transformers Keychain for a minimum of P1,000 single-receipt purchase of Transformers items at the event! 😉

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See you these weekend and be the first to see the amazing Transformers toys. Be your own “Robots in Disguise.” 🙂

 

TravelBook.ph Announces First Trip to Japan Winner

TravelBook.ph, the leading online travel agency in the Philippines, announced on their official Facebook page today their first Konnichi-WOW promo winner. Erwin Sarmiento from Quezon City is set to have an all-expenses paid trip to Japan.

Sarmiento’s prize is inclusive of round trip plane tickets, free hotel accommodation, and pocket money. He also has the option to bring one companion to his trip.

The Konnichi-WOW raffle draw was held last April 11, 2017 with the supervision of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Representative Rhoda Sevillino and Travelbook.ph Business Planning and Market Strategy Officer Mary Angeli Pasquin.

Sarmiento is the first of the three winners of TravelBook.ph’s Konnichi-WOW promo. The said promo was launched last March 10 in celebration of the company’s fourth anniversary and continues until May 31, 2017. Two more winners will be announced on May and June 2017 respectively.

Interested travelers can still join the next raffle draw simply by booking their next hotel accommodation through the TravelBook.ph website or the TravelBook.ph mobile app available in Android and iOS.

For more details about the promo, read the full mechanics here.

For more details, please contact:

Mary Angeli Pasquin
Business Planning Officer

MaryAngeli.Pasquin@travelbook.ph
+63 (998) 840-4855
+63 (2) 662-1113

Sharah Pinky Librada
Business Development Manager

SharahPinky.Librada@travelbook.ph
+63 (917) 530-7464
+63 (2) 662-1113

About TravelBook.ph

TravelBook.ph is one of biggest online travel e-commerce company (online travel agent or OTA) in the Philippines dedicated to offering great value hotel bookings and with a varied selection of Philippine hotels and resorts in Baguio, Batangas, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Laguna, Metro Manila, Palawan, Pampanga, Tagaytay, Zambales, and more. A total of 3,200 affordable hotels are currently listed in Travelbook.ph.

TravelBook.ph offers the best price guarantee with attractive discounts for hotels and resorts, and various types of payment options without a credit card:

– Pay at Hotel No credit card needed
– Over the Counter: banks, 7-Eleven, department stores, and payment centers

Travelbook.ph also offers exclusive reward points: Customers also automatically earn back 5% of the total amount they spend as reward points, which they can use to get discounts on their future bookings (1 point is equivalent to PHP 1.00).

Customers can also use TravelBook.ph’s convenient mobile app to book accommodations on the go. It is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Lastly, TravelBook.ph is a proud Philippine-based company with 24/7 support. It has a Filipino call center ready to assist customers anytime. They can be reached through these numbers:

Landline: +63 2 662 1111
Globe: +63 917 850 9029
Sun: +63 925 887 2835
Smart: +63 998 961 3012

To know more about convenient and affordable hotel bookings all over the Philippines, visit www.travelbook.ph. Follow TravelBook.ph on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelBook.ph/, Twitter https://twitter.com/travelbookph, and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/travelbookph/.