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Things you need to know about working from home

September 22, 2017

I'm gonna be straight up honest with you guys, It took me a while to embrace this career change. 11 months to be exact. I just started embracing and loving the reality that I am working from home. It comes with a few ups and downs so let me break those to you.

Read:

Tips: From 8 hour corporate job to working from home and still getting paid high salary


A lot of people thinks that working from home is a piece of cake! I'd say it's both. It can be hard for me at times when my toddler throws a tantrum while I am working, It's easy when I get the job done fast and chill for the rest of the day praying nothing urgent comes up + I get to do house chores.

Work from home location: Manila, Philippines
Company I'm working for: USA
Office hours: PST (11pm - 1am, 6am - 12pm Manila time)

PROS:

  1. No traffic. It couldn't get any better than this. Seriously. If you're living in Manila. You know how stressful commuting it is here.
  2. Flexible hours. You work on your own time. 
  3. You're more focused. Not sure if this applies to all but it does to me. It helps that everybody is sleeping and I am working alone at night. No pesky co-workers.
  4. You save more money. You don't commute and you don't eat out so that's good.
  5. Can work with just a shirt and an underwear. Best pro so far! How comfy, right?
  6. Can work anywhere. Literally. You can just grab your pocket wifi and go anywhere you like. Work comes with you.
  7. You have more time with your family. Since you're always at home. working. 
  8. You're not missing out on your fav Telenovelas / Koreanovelas. IKR!
  9. Taxes. Well, you pay when you can. 

CONS:

  1. No benefits. Some might have. But majority of people who works online don't have benefits like Medical / Dental / Allowances, etc.
  2. Machines. Regardless of your job, you have to have a decent laptop to work with, you need fast internet, a decent smartphone so you can work even without a laptop, headphones, and a pocket wifi.
  3. Bills. Since you're now working from you home, your bills will be much higher than usual. Electricity will go up because your AC is always on or your laptop is always plugged.
  4. You don't get to interact with a lot of people. It can be an issue if you like hanging out with friends at work. You basically just interact with people via Skype and email when you're working from home. For me, I personally like not having much interaction. Less issues. 
  5. You eat a lot. I'm not sure if it's just me but I practically have food beside me ALL.THE.TIME. 
  6. You do more. I'm a mom so I take care of my toddler in the day and work at night. So I basically do more than just working. 
  7. Taxes. It can be a pro or a con. Depending which path you take. 
  8. Fees. You shoulder bank fees when your salary gets transferred to your bank account. Rate is different per amount. When I was getting Pxxx,xxx every 2 months, my bank fee is at P3,000.00. When I was getting paid at P50,000 with pay out every two weeks, my bank fee is very minimal. Not more than a thousand. I think.
  9. Stability.  You'll never know when you're gonna loose the job. Most WFH jobs are contractual, if it is a full-time job, you'll never gonna know when you're going to be let go. I've seen so many times, office mates being let go on the same day they're telling them that they're letting them go. It can be a cruel industry to be in, actually. So, save while you can, enjoy while it lasts!

These are just my own personal observations. In the past 11 months, I've come to realize that I'm very lucky and blessed to be earning so much while working from home. I get to see my toddler grow up everyday. 

If you have any questions, or suggestion, or anything, feel free to comment them down below!


Xoxo, 
Rookie Mommy PH - ttyl!






Tips: From 8 hour corporate job to working from home and still getting paid high salary

September 21, 2017



This is going to be a lengthy blog post.... :) 

It's finally happening. I've finally decided to put up a blog post about being a full-time work-from-home-momma. The truth of the matter is that, I never wanted to do this in the first place because I feel like not a lot of people believed that it's possible to happen and I didn't believe it either until I reached 11 months at work. 


Not to brag but, I'm actually earning P50,000/month from working from home for the past 11 months since I left my 8 - hour corporate job.

I guess, a lot of people thinks that working from home is not really a career path you want to take or you're just using that as your title because you don't want people to think that you're a useless bum who graduated with a degree but couldn't get a decent job, or maybe, started a family too young and didn't want yourself to get labelled as as house wife.

I wanted to get this blog post up because not a lot of women, especially first time moms are empowered enough or believed in themselves that they can accomplish the same thing even when they're busy chasing kids around the house. You just need a lot for encouragement, confidence, and tips. *Wink 

Here's the truth. Yes, you can get a work from home job that will pay you as much as your regular 8 - hour corporate job, or more. But, it's not going to be easy and it's also not for everyone.

A brief story on how I got lucky.

I left my corporate job not because I was being offered a WFH job nor was I looking. I left because some political hocus-pocus happened and I didn't liked it. 

I got luckyMy first WFH job was a contractual job with a previous company that I worked for. A friend was working with them still and they happen to need a helping hand with new projects and campaigns. It was easy for me to get hired because I had history with them and the job description is pretty much what I've been doing for the past 5 years I've been in this industry. And cos, hello, P50k/month and no traffic!

Eventually, my contract ended at 7 months. I was sad but I was also happy cos I saved a lot of money. We only get paid every 2 months so imagine getting Pxxx,xxx on your bank account every time it's sweldo day! I wasn't in a rush to look for work so me and my family flew last May to my mom in Vietnam for a vacation.

The second time I got lucky. While I was in Vietnam, I was looking for work and ready to go back to an 8 - hour corporate job when my aunt referred me to a friend who's working with an Ecommerce store in the US. They were looking for someone to handle their social media assets and other stuff. I got interviewed twice and was able to get a job real quick. Now, I'm working for them full-time, Pacific Hours.

You see, I got really lucky. And you can get lucky too!

So, before you finally decide on being a digital nomad (cause that's what we call ourselves theses days + it sounds cool) let me break some of my personal tips before you make a decision that you might regret.

These tips are focused on high position work already. Fresh graduates should at least get a decent corporate work experience at least a year or so before transitioning to WFH jobs to build up your resume.

So, if you're like me, read on below!

1. Build up your online resume/CV. Get a LinkedIn account and make it a superstar account. Seriously, that's the first thing you have to do next to #2. A nice LinkedIn account opens up your profile to so many headhunters. I honestly get hunted 3 - 4x a week for remote jobs! It's your door that could land you your next job.

2. Don't quit your corporate jobs unless you have a WFH job that's waiting for you. Cos that's just being stupid, and careless. If you have a family to feed. Don't quit!

3. Your past work experience matters a lot. Make sure you include ALL on your resume/CV. Include even those that are contractual or freelanced work.

4. Be ready and open to work internationally. As much as we want to work Day shift, more WFH opportunity opens up on Night shift because people in the US are more likely to hire people from Asia because, reality is we are cheaper than hiring employees in the US.

5. Join Facebook groups with online job posting like: 




Truth is, it will not be easy for you get a remote job. But, if you're looking at the right place, with your nice CV, then you might actually get one. These Facebook groups are really active. It consists of job seekers and headhunters. I actually did try to apply within the group and was able to get interviewed trice before I settled in my present WFH job.

6. As much as possible, I don't recommend you joining websites such as remotejobs, freelancer, and the likes because a lot of people are already competing for jobs within the site + their salary is just way too low for you. 

7. Check your network. By network, I meant, family, friends, barangay, co-workers, previous co-workers, etc. There are tons of WFH jobs you can find within your network for sure. You just haven't asked yet.

8. WFH jobs are getting popular that a lot of company here in the Philippines are already outsourcing jobs. It's cheaper for them! So, the next time you're browsing through Jobstreet or any other job hunting sites, try sending an email direct to the company's HR and see if they have any position open for Consultancy or any freelancing that would fit you while you WFH.

9. Know what you're looking for. It's true that we can't be too picky when it comes to work, especially when we have responsibilities at home. We tend to grab what's already there. However, knowing what you want in a job and knowing what you don't want can help you save time when looking for work. There are tons of customer service, virtual assistant jobs out there but there are also higher tier of jobs that you could get like consulting for a company, digital marketing, etc. It's really up to you.

10. Create your mantra. I'm a true believer of of the Law of Attraction. Ever heard of that? The Law of Attraction states "Thoughts become things". Basically, what you think is what you get. That's what the Universe will give you. Regardless how impossible it is. It's the Universe job to make it happen. So, whenever I feel uneasy of work, or when it was hard for me to get a job before, I always thought of my mantra. And that is "Work finds me. I don't need to look for it because it always finds me". It's this mantra that got me to where I am now. 

Over the coming days, I'm gonna write more stories / tips about working from home. At least that's my goal until September ends. *Wink!


Xoxo,



Rookie Mommy PH - Law of Attraction is real AF.

First time doing RF Thigh Slimming Treatment with Big Day Slim Team

August 27, 2017

Hiya, rookie mommas! 

If you've been following my Instagram account and stories then you know what this blog post will be about. I recently had a chance to try a Radiofrequency treatment on my thighs courtesy of Big Day Slim Team

It's my first time trying out this kind of slimming treatment and I'm glad that I did! I did 2 sessions and my thighs are still recovering from the treatment but watch out cos I'll upload a separate vlog on my Youtube channel so that you can see how the treatment goes as well as my final thoughts on my whole experience. No worries, I'll still leave my overall review below. 

TBH, I've been trying my best to loose some weight, or at least try to eat healthy meal when I can. I just started "smoothing" or blending fruits and veggies using my mom's NutriBullet and I've been really enjoying it. However, I'm really lazy when it comes to doing some exercises, I just feel like I don't have the energy to do some squats cos running around the house with a two year old feels enough.

Now, let me introduce what Big Day Slim Team is all about as well as the services they offer, packages you can avail, and their price list.


Big Day Slim Team Press Kit

Big Day Slim Team is a group of dedicated people focused on helping you get the body you desire in time for your big day. We understand that fighting the bulge is no easy task, so we are here to make things a little easier for you. 

How? 

Our Machines – our non-invasive slimming machines are of the latest technology and are handpicked from Korea to get the best results. We use multiple paddle sizes, pulse frequencies and techniques to cater to specific problem areas such as the face and neck, arms, middle section and thighs—while considering your unique body type, lifestyle and Big Day deadline. 
We go straight to you – no need to compromise your time for the gym or even your drive back home. We are a home-service team who can do a spa set up in the comfort of your own abode. After your session with us, feel free to relax and watch TV. Let us pack up and worry about the traffic while you enjoy the rest of your day at home.

Slimming Services


Note: 

• Any additional area per treatment day will be given a P300 discount. 
• For packages of 6 with at least 2 body areas orders, an additional P300 off per session/ area will be discounted. 
• For maximum results, a minimum of 6 sessions (twice a week) is recommended. 
• We advise that your last slimming session be a minimum of 2 weeks before your Big Day deadline.

Pampering Services



Note: 

• Pampering services are only available as add-ons to at least one slimming treatment and must be acquired the same day. 

Packages



Review


RF Machine from Big Day Slim Team
The have paddle for face, arms, belly, and thighs


RF Machine from Big Day Slim Team
machine came form Korea

RF uses radiofrequency waves to melt fat and tighten skin. RF is warm in sensation due to RF waves emitted by the machine. 


My first RF Thigh session with Ate Gina.

During my first session, the feeling was really ticklish while being massaged by the paddle. The heat level was set to 2 and I didn't feel much pain. Just more on vibration and heat. However, a few minutes after my first session, it felt like I jogged miles or did squats as my thighs really felt so tight. I also acquired some blurry, tiny, bruises on the inner thigh. They say it's a normal effect because the skin on that area is thinner than the other parts.


Post RF Thigh Slimming Treatment end of
my 2nd session


My second RF Thigh session with Ate Joanne.

My second session felt really uncomfortable because my thighs are still tender from my first session. It is advisable to do 2 sessions consecutively with 24 hours interval and you do it twice a week for 6 sessions to achieve great results! I was honestly sweating because of discomfort but I wouldn't say that it wasn't bearable. I'd still say that having labor is much painful. No pain, no gain, right?!

Both Ate Gina and Ate Joanne are very professional. My schedule is at 2pm and they arrived way too early but wouldn't want to go inside the house until it was treatment time. They have their own service too! Plus points that they carry a portable bed in case you don't want to use your own bed for the treatment.

Overall, I felt really satisfied and happy with this experience. I would definitely invest on this kind of slimming treatment if I have extra on the budget. Both session lasted 40 minutes each and I lost about 2 inches off of my thighs. I don't think I'll be able to loose an inch if I ran up and down our stairs for a day, so that's pretty impressive! 


I also got a free meal replacement drink thanks to Big Day Brews a product under Big Day Slim Team. Each meal replacement drink bottle recycled back to us, you make 3 seed donations to our farm in Tanay, Rizal where all crop yield will be given to less-fortunate families in Rizal. 

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

A meal replacement is intended as a substitute for a solid food meal. Our drinks have controlled portions of what you’ll need in an average meal such as vitamins, fiber, protein, good carbohydrates and lastly, good, clean calories. Variances in the content of our drinks bring about different effects. Some drinks work as energy boosters while others promote the immune system. These are simply byproducts of what our products are about: losing weight sustainably.

The one that I got is Banana Mocha. It's an awesome energy-booster that’s recommended for pre-workouts. Loaded with electrolytes for clean energy to burn with such a yummy taste. Calories: 423 cal/ 350ml bottle.


They offer other healthy flavors that will surely tickle your tastebuds without compromising health and calorie count. :)

PROMO ANNOUNCEMENT!


This September, trim those inches and shed those pounds! From Sept. 1-30, all slimming packages with a minimum of 2 services get an additional 10% off AND we'll throw in 2 days worth of our meal replacement drinks from Big Day Brews for FREE!

You can book your appointment or order a meal replacement drink by contacting them below:



Vlog post to be uploaded soon! 

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - 2 inches slimmer than 2 days ago. *Wink!









Where to find wooden toys for toddlers and kids online

August 15, 2017

Hiya, Rookie Mommas!

Wooden toys are gaining popularity among mommy groups lately. And we are here to join the trend. :)

Benefits of Wooden Toys

  • Timeless
  • Durable
  • Tactile
  • Safe
  • Quiet
  • Beautiful
  • It grows with your child
  • Encourages imagination
  • Incorporates real-life skills
  • Less distracting
  • Encourage interaction
  • Develops reasoning skills
  • Supports problem-solving skills
  • Improves hand-eye coordination
  • Builds fine motor skills
Me and Arya have only been playing with our wooden toys for a few days but I already notice how her "play" experience improved.

  • She doesn't get bored playing with them unlike her plastic and electronic toys.
  • She interacts with letter and number blocks wood toys versus her plastic toys.
  • Somehow, it seems like she cares more for the wooden toys because she play with them with gentle and care unlike her plastic toys.
I can't remember how much time I spent looking for credible shops but with the help of a few momma friends from our support group, I managed to land on these two shops. Which you should also check out!

Hands n' Mind Wooden Toys - and more

Click here to visit their Facebook page


P380.00 + P45 Shipping fee (Metro Manila)
This specific wooden toy is very much familiar to Arya cos she always watches a toys review video of this on Youtube.

Hands n' Mind Wooden Toys - and more are pretty popular. They've been to countless Mom and Baby events and has been very active online. They have nice selection and the prices are quite reasonable. I've been eyeing a doll house similar to the ones Arya used to play at Kidzoona. So, that's like my next sweldo buy goal for my little one.

Lilithzcorner (Shoppee)

Click here to visit their Shoppee page


P190.00


P160.00


P189.00


P220.00

This is the first time I tried Shoppee and I am a very satisfied customer. Check out Lilithzcorner and you'll find great choices for wooden toys as well. The owner is very accommodating so just send them a message if you have any questions. All items are for pre-order so you have to wait a little while before it gets to you. But, all was worth it. *Wink 

How about you, momma, any other recommendation on where to hunt for wooden toys online? Comment them below!

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Browsing Shoppee now...




Althea's 1st brand product - Althea Petal Velvet Powder Review

August 2, 2017

Annyeong, Aleumdaun! (아름다운) and Hiya, Rookie Mommas!

I'm back with another beauty find review and this time it's a new brand product from Manila's fave Kbeauty online store - Althea.



Althea just launched their first and newest brand product called Althea Petal Velvet Powder. TBH, I only started using loose powder when I got introduced to Althea website. I remember purchasing my 1st loose powder from Althea website and I got the Innisfree because there wasn't really other choices available. It's very limited.




Review


As soon as you open the product, you'll immediately be welcomed with a flowery scent - which I don't find disturbing at all. I have a very sensitive skin and so my skin reacts on overly scented products, and so I'm happy that I didn't get any rash or redness after trying this on with my fave foundation. If you're wondering about the scent, it's almost similar to Philippine's very own Sampaguita flower. At least that's what it smelled like to me. 



I love how the product s packaged. It's very light weight and travel friendly. You literally just grab this and go. Easier to reach out to for those quick touch-ups as well.

If you're on a budget, you'll find that this loose powder is very much affordable at Php210.00. You'll get a 3g packed translucent powder.

I tried this on for a full day with my Clinique foundation and find that it does live up to its promise. The powder is very velvet-y, does leave your skin really smooth and soft to touch. I'd say I didn't need to retouch for about 3 hours. But that's because I am in a well air conditioned area and I have a very dry skin. Especially now that it's rainy season here in the Philippines.

If there's a downside on this product, I'd say that though it is a translucent powder, it strongly leaves a white shade or cast on my face, like it does affect the color of the foundation on my skin. And I am not sure if it's because my foundation and this loose powder is just not going well together, I'll probably try it again with other Korean BB creams or foundation so I can update this for you. And since I do have dry skin, and occasional eczema, I tend not to put on loose powder during this season because it does make my dry patches visible. So what I do, is to just spray on some hydrating aloe vera mist before I pat the loose powder on my face and it should be able to solve my issue within a few hours.


The Althea Petal Velvet Powder is now available in the website for only Php 210.00 and be sure to grab it on your next Kbeauty haul from Althea. :)


Annyeonghi jumuseyo! (Bye, for now!)
안녕히 주무세요.

PR: Helping children with learning disabilities and difficulties through The Reading House

July 20, 2017


The Reading House is a Literacy Center that aims to help children with Learning Disabilities and Difficulties. The services of The Reading House covers all the sub-skills of reading that we use in order to read continuous passages meaningfully. The Reading House believes that technology is a powerful tool that we all can use to learn effectively. Along with the time-tested multi-sensory approach, The Reading House chose iSpire as its main program to build reading success through an intensive, structured and spiraling curriculum that combines phonemic awareness, phonics spelling, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency in a dynamic 10-step Lesson Plan.




The Reading House is a venture that took almost a decade to come to life. Teacher D, the co-founder and director of the center, over the years of teaching, developed a love for children who learn differently. On her first year of teaching, she learned about the different Learning Disabilities and an effective approach on how they can learn efficiently. When she decided to try out other teaching environments, she brought with her this genuine concern and love for children who learn differently. Teacher D grew close to her students who were flagged as “slow” or “behind”. That is when she realized that she wanted to build a place where she can help these children.

A place where children can feel confident as they learn, a place where tasks are designed to be success – oriented with the aims of removing these children’s feeling of frustration towards learning. The services that The Reading House offers are carefully designed to prepare its students to become mindful learners of the 21st century. It begins with finding out where the learner is and branches out to different programs that would address the different learning needs of a child.

The Reading House also believes that it takes a village to raise a child, so it willingly works with the parents in coming up with ways that can effectively help the child to learn at his/her own pace. To do this, The Reading House, provides a comprehensive written report to the parents to update them of their child’s progress throughout the program.

Now that The Reading House is open for everyone, it aims to make learning an equal for everyone. The Reading House is a place where your child can develop strategies and techniques that will make them effective and efficient learners of the society.




Classes




Website: thereadinghouse.ph
Facebook Page: The Reading House PH
Contact Numbers: 09157146844/ 02 - 6318397

My latest haul from Shipping Cart

July 12, 2017

Hello, shoppingeras!

If you've been following this blog since the start then you know how much of an online shopper addict I am. 

I've recently posted an unboxing video of my recent haul from US online stores via Shipping Cart here and posted a photo of my haul on Instagram so you've probably seen all that. :)

Shipping Cart is not new to me. I've used their service twice before and posted a lengthy review. Which you guys can check out here:

How To Use ShippingCart.com To Get Your Lippies From KylieCosmetics.com And Colourpop.com


Let me walk you through the items I bought from US and improvements I experienced with Shipping Cart since the last time I used their service.

My haul




My order from Sephora came with a free travel size Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer, Cleansing balm, and perfume. The reason why I love shopping n Sephora US is that the quality of the products they sell versus the ones here in the Philippines are really good. I've seen so many complaints about damaged or even swatched make-up products being sent to customers from Sephora Philippines. Other than that, there prices are also doubled, sometimes tripled than the ones in Sephora US. Of course, you have to consider paying for shipping to Shipping Cart warehouse + another shipping to Manila. It is definitely worth it and you'll save more if you're buying a lot of items from US stores and have it all shipped in Manila.


 2. Lippies + Highlighter from Colourpop





I'm a big fan of Colourpop so I got these for my sisters so they can try them as well. If I can remember, I did purchased these products while they are having an online sale so I could have gotten them cheaper versus the price displayed in the photos above. 

If you're shopping for Colourpop products, I suggest you buy in bulk so could save more. Prices of these lippies here in Manila go up at P400.00 - P500.00 per item.

3. Pringles from Walmart





This one should have come with other items as well but Walmart cancelled some of my others as those items became out of stock while I was purchasing so these Pringles ended up left on my cart. Which is a bummer cos shipping cost around $5.00. I would save more if the other items that I want went through. 

It was also my first time shopping in Walmart. I do wish they have cheaper shipping fees.

4. Pajamas from Carters



These items got sold quickly and as of now the items are no longer on their website. What I love about Carters is that they offer a lot of online sales and you may wanna watch out for free shipping deals so you could save more $$$.


Overall, these items cost me about P1,600.00 shipping fee from US to my door step. I did wait over at least 3 weeks for all my item to arrive at their warehouse. However, 1 item from a beauty brand I was collaborating with in the US got left behind cos it arrived the day after I shipped these items. So, I'll probably ship that to me asap or I could wait a little longer and see if there are other items I want to purchase.


What I love about Shipping Cart

It's been almost a year since I last ordered and I've seen big improvements so far.

  1. It only took them them a day to put my items on my Cart versus before where I had to wait 2 - 3 days before I see my items.
  2. Shipping is really fast. REALLY. REALLY. FAST. I got this package processed for delivery Thursday and I got it Tuesday the following week!
  3. Customer service is superb. I did have an issue with one of the items n this package. A friend ordered from Amazon and had it shipped to my Shipping Cart address. Though Amazon confirmed that they delivered, it didn't appear on my Cart nor I did not received any notifications from Shipping Cart that they received the item. They quickly investigated and sent me a report and letter that I could send back to Amazon saying that they didn't get the item. Up to now, the item is still missing. My friend is a bit disappointed but he'll probably just request for a refund.

This is definitely not going to be the last haul. Considering I have one item got left behind at the warehouse. :) If you have questions, feel free to comment it down below. You might want to check out the links I posted above as those were more focused on how - tos, costing, and FAQs.


Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - self proclaimed online shoppingera queen!