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How I Started my Freelancing Journey
Received January 2018

Seems like I just started. ๐Ÿ™‚ Never crossed my mind before that I will be doing this for a long time. Read on for the story of ‘how I started my freelancing journey’.

**Got this from my old blog. Written last year, back when I was just writing for myself.haha

2010, I was in my second year as a customer service representative of a BPO company when I heard about Odesk. As I am bored with my job at that time, I signed up and applied for several job posts in Odesk.ย I received responses from clients but I didnโ€™t take it seriously and didnโ€™t reply back. Little did I know that this will be a big thing years later.

Fast forward to 2014

The company I was working for closed our eCommerce account making our team redundant so we were let go. Then, I flew to my sister’s place in Sydney and stayed there for several months. I went back to PH in 2015 and got married.

Came December 2015, I asked myself, do I really want to go back to corporate life? And then a thought came to mind, I have friends working at home already, why don’t I try freelancing online? Thatโ€™s how I remembered Odesk, now Upwork. In January 2016, I decided to join the bandwagon and visited my old profile in Odesk, I tweaked it a bit and started sending proposals. After three weeks, I got a job from a Uni student in the US. After that one-time job, I donโ€™t know what happened but I received several offers already. Maybe the world is telling me that this is what I should be doing.

Although I donโ€™t take full-time jobs as I have to go back to Sydney for several months, I am happy to say that until now, May 2018, I never run out of clients.

So there, that is how I started my freelancing journey. This page will be my diary (so high school.haha) for my work-at-home jobs, experience, rants and anything about freelancing.

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How does the Sakura Free Market App work?

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www.sakura-online.asia

Decluttering and reducing waste becomes part of the minimalism trend. Do you have some unnecessary stuff that you want to get rid of? Then, this is a great time to sell them and earn some money. Sakura Free Market App is an amazing app to start.

With a mission to create a free market online, SAKURA launched its web and Android app this September. This new web and mobile app allow people to buy and sell brand new or second-hand goods.

How does Sakura Market app work?

For the Seller:

Sakura How to Enter Product Information
  1. Take Photos of your item for sale.
  2. Upload the photos in Sakura and add necessary information (i.e. price, description, condition, etc.)
  3. Wait for buyers to view and order your item.

For the Buyer:

  1. Search items on Sakura.
  2. Place an order and select a payment method, they accept Credit Cards and Sakura Wallet. What is more great is that Sakura app also accepts Cash on Delivery transactions.
  3. Wait for sellers to ship your item and to be delivered to you.

You can choose from categories such as Clothing and Accessories, Health and Beauty, Electronics and many more. Below is a screenshot of the full list of categories:

Sakura App Categories

With the Sakura App, you can shop without worries. Sakura Inc. evaluates every seller to avoid scams or any fraudulent activities within the website.

Moreover, as Sakura values their customers’ feedback, buyers can submit reviews and rate the sellers.

Download Sakura Free Market app on Google Play. By the way, this will be available on IOS App soon.

For more details, please visit their social media accounts:

Website: https://sakura-online.asia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sakuraonline.asia
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sakuraonline.asia/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sakuraonlineph

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10th Baby, Kids, and Family Expo PH

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#BFKEP2019 Invitation

My First Expo as a Mom

When I received the invitation for the 10th Baby, Kids, and Family Expo PH, my heart leaped for joy as this would be my first event as a mom. However, we don’t have a helper to take care of my baby and going to events like this is hard because we now live in the province. But, seeing the list of Exhibitors and the Schedule of Activities, I told myself I will never miss this. Good thing, my husband volunteered to take care of our toddler while I’m out. Besides, I have never been out without my baby for a while now.

10th Baby Kids and Family Expo PH Day 1

Baby, Kids & Family Expo Philippines (BKFEP) is the countryโ€™s largest consumer and trade show for babies, kids, maternity, parenting and family products, and services. The 10th Edition was held last August 31 to September 1, 2019, at the Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall. There’s a FREE registration online and the Walk-In fee was P50.00.

The Expo Opening Ceremony started at 10:45 AM and officially opened at 11:00 AM. Below is a picture of the people who participated with the Ribbon Cutting – Representatives of some of the Exhibiting Brands, Manager of Megatrade Hall; Marianne Rodillo, David Abrenilla, BFKEP Founder; Vanessa Te, BKFEP Project Head; Vernie Fuentes, BKFEP Marketing Head; and Vision Board Coach Trixie Esguerra.

BFKEP2019 Opening Ceremony
ยฉ Baby, Kids & Family Expo PH Facebook Page

BFKEP2019 Participating Brands

The event was sponsored by Wilkins, Nestle Cerelac, Ogawa, Sweet Baby, and Chiron. Indeed, Megatrade Hall 1 was packed with brands with special discounted bundles and price not just for our babies but for the whole family. Playful Diaper and Wipes, Tiny Buds, Chicco, Baby First, Bite Block, NexCare, Smiles Tooth Gel were some of our favorites. Below is a list of the Exhibiting Brands and the Schedule of Events:

I managed to get pictures but there’s a lot so I just included screenshots here. I would just like to highlight BFKEP’s team for their effort of making moms/parents comfortable for providing them a special breastfeeding and diaper changing area. Please visit Homebound Mom’s Facebook Page for the full album.

Expo Brand Exhibitors
Expo Brand Exhibitors
Expo Brand Exhibitors

It’s not just the moms who enjoyed shopping, I mean who enjoyed the event ๐Ÿ˜‰, but the kids as well who went with their parents. The BFKEP team prepared something fun for the kids like the Ballet Performance, Magic Show, Alladin Musical and Games. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to bring our toddler.

For the moms/parents, they prepared seminars from industry experts and celebrity parents such as How to Foster your Kids to Healthier Habits, Healthy Pregnancy Tips, Natural Baby Skincare Tips for New Moms, Tips for Successful Breastfeeding and Choosing Quality Diapers. And those my friends are for Day 1 only! Imagine how much learnings can you get if you’ve attended all of those seminars! And you get all those for FREE or a maximum of P50.00. My 4 hours trip to the Metro was absolutely worth it!

My Heart is Full!

As with all moms who left their kids at home, I had to go home early. I wasn’t able to finish all the presentations and attend Day 2. Baby, Kids, and Family Expo PH exceeded my expectations as a first-time attendee and I am now excited for its 11th Edition. Because of that, I will make sure that I can attend next year and hopefully bring my kid. Perfect if my husband can tag along as well so he can enjoy events like this.

Another bonus is that I met mommy bloggers who I just follow on their social media accounts! I was like a giddy kid who asked for a picture with them. Lucky me!

Baby, Kids, and Family Expo PH 2019 Mommy Bloggers
From Left to Right (Instagram Handles): VinnaVinz, ThePrudentMama, HomeboundMom, MomNessly, EmoinkzBailey, Shescapade
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Fusilli Carbonara with Mushroom Recipe

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Whenever my son doesn’t want to eat rice, our go-to food would always be pasta, pancit bihon, pancit canton or any noodles topped with white or red sauce. And today is one of those days. Good thing pasta and sauce are included in our monthly grocery staples! I prepared a very easy to cook Fusilli Carbonara with Mushroom for lunch so the picky toddler can eat.

I do not have time to check for the best recipe online, so I just cooked it like a normal pasta would be cooked. Here’s how I did it.

Fusilli Carbonara with Mushroom
This picture doesn’t give justice to its taste. ๐Ÿ™‚
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups Fusilli pasta
  • 200g Del Monte Carbonara Style Spaghetti Sauce
  • water
  • salt
  • oil
  • 1/2 bulb garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 115g Jolly Mushroom in a can – premium sliced
  • dried parsley
  • grated cheese
Preparation:
  1. Add the fusilli pasta to a pot of boiling water. Add salt and oil. I usually add salt after I put the pasta inside to avoid mineral deposits or white spots on my cooking pots.
  2. Let it boil for 8-10 minutes or until al dente.
  3. Keep half-cup of the pasta water. Drain and keep aside.
  4. In a different pot, saute the onion, garlic, and mushroom until slightly brown in color.
  5. Add the Del Monte Carbonara Style Spaghetti Sauce.
  6. Stir and add the half-cup pasta water until well-mixed.
  7. Add the grated cheese according to your liking.
  8. Season with a pinch of salt and parsley.
  9. Let it boil until creamy or until the cheese melted.
  10. You may opt to mix all the sauce in your cooked pasta or put it in a separate container to just pour the sauce on your desired amount of pasta.
  11. Top with cheese and dried parsley and you’re done!

I just felt happy after lunch as my son liked my version of Fusilli Carbonara with Mushroom. Cooking has never been a talent. But when we moved to our own house I had no choice but to learn how to cook, consult google or experiment with a recipe like my own version of Chicken Adobo.

If you are not a good cook like me, have you tried recipes without a guide?

If you will try this specific recipe, can you kindly leave your thoughts below? Please let me know how it went for you. Or follow me on my Facebook Page so we can connect.

Thank you and enjoy!

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6 Perks of Being a Toddler’s Mom

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Being a toddler’s mom for the first time is stressful. Don’t even say otherwise, because it is!

But, setting aside the stress, those sleepless nights, after all the hard work you do every day, having a child brings joy and unexplainable happiness in any parent’s life.

Today, I listed 6 perks that I get to enjoy as a mom despite ranting about my toddler’s actions every day.

1. If you are afraid to be alone, don’t worry, YOU WILL NEVER BE ALONE!

2. You’ll get lots of hugs and kisses — unlimited, even if you don’t ask for it. Prepare a tissue or a cloth for the saliva though. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Baby Kissing Mom

3. You get to have snacks all the time, don’t mind if it’s your child’s leftovers.

Leftover Snacks

4. You get to exercise while cleaning your child’s stuff. Hey, multitasking!

Messy House

5. Out of tune? Don’t worry, your child will appreciate any nursery rhyme that you will sing. Hey, you get to practice your vocal cords too! Our favorite at the moment is Clean Up Song by CoCoMelon. — No preview of me singing, sorry! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

6. Can’t sleep? Insomnia? Oh mom, just think of your day tomorrow and gaze at your child’s face. And you’ll fall asleep in no time, tomorrow will be another day (you know what I mean!) ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Sleeping toddler

I LOVE MY CHILD, I would just like to share the positive side of every rant that I make in this journey of mamahood. If you are offended in any way, I apologize.

Are you a mom too, can you relate? ๐Ÿ˜Š Can you share something similar about your toddler too? Comment down below and I’ll add it up to the list. Thank you for reading! ๐Ÿ˜Š