The Other Side of Blogging: Affiliate Marketing

I guess I’m not too young to learn affiliate marketing.

Monetizing out of blogging was never an issue to me since writing is just simply my passion. And this passion fuels me to continue loving the craft that I have chosen to pursue.

But from a mere love and hobby, blogging is now taking me to another level – professionally. For more than a year, I’ve been attending events as a blogger and have been connected to other groups and bloggers as well. I came across with different set of experienced bloggers which let me understand the other side of blogging.

So here comes another event that took me out of my comfort zone: Lazada Affiliate Online Revolution.

With my fellow affiliates and the team behind the program. Visit their facebook page (here)

I got an Alcatel Flash 2 (Here) from the event. Thanks Lazada and Alcatel for the wonderful treat. I will post another entry for my review about the phone. But so far so good with my experience. And Lazada have special treat for you here:

Check it here!

This is certainly new to me. Of course, I know marketing as a context but not all the details. Why I decided to take part? Simply because I love to learn new things! Just making the most of the opportunity especially the fact that I’ll turn 20 next month!

Good thing I came. I learned things that would gear up my blog. Thanks to Mr. Mannix Pabalan, CEO of hashtag digital for all the tips and encouragement. I even had a meaningful conversation with him through twitteraffiliate

Motivation indeed! Despite miscues, I’ll venture this! I just wanted to challenge myself to come out from my box. Let’s see what will happen.

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Craving? Check your Panda!

“I’m not me when I’m hungry!”

That’s my usual jest to my friends. Whenever I tell this, they already knew that I’m yearning for food or to the extreme, dead hungry.

This is how happy I am when eating!

I get hungry quickly. And its quite ironic because I have a skinny body type yet I ate like an elephant. Who wouldn’t love to eat?

Food has never failed to be my comfort especially when I’m facing the demand of academics and other extra curricular stuff as a graduating student. It is part of my starter pack as I endure and finish tediously all my requirements (thesis!) and other paper work

Look how skinny I am

I can never forget the time when I was so exhausted with all the requirements. It was already past midnight that time, all my family members were already sleeping, I was looking for my comfort, but to my dismay, our refrigerator was empty. I was longing for my comfort to regain the much needed strength to finish my activities.

So what happened next? my instinct urged me to resort to the most convenient – since it was past midnight – and fastest option to meet my comfort, call for ONLINE DELIVERY. 🙂

Yummy food!

I just searched  and clicked what I want to order and in just matter of minutes, Aha! cravings satisfied. But oops! How about the payment? 

Being a student, of course I don’t have that much. So I woke up my dearest kuya (older brother) to do the honor. Being the youngest – and the remaining student – on the family I have this gift of persuading my siblings that they can’t even resist me. (The key: be malambing and sincere.)

Online delivery has been my partner not just in finding comfort and satisfying my cravings but also meeting the convenience I always look forward. It beats the hustle and bustle of going to your favorite restaurants that aren’t near in your place. Time-saving indeed!

But if you are looking for the best of all online delivery, you can have it just click a way! Experience the service of Foodpanda with over 1000+ restaurants choices!

Easy and convenient, they also have an application for all android, apple & window users (Download it here for tasty deal!) 

Order your comfort food anytime and anywhere! You can get access to over 250 restaurants in around the metro with the help of foodpanda Mobile app.

Pizza, pasta, ice cream, chicken, cakes, salad or anything that you want, you can find it here. And you can have your payment with options of credit card or cash in delivery. 

If you are bombarded with tasks, busy on the demand of life and you can’t find time to visit your favorite restaurant, you no longer have excuse at all!  

One click away! Just click and call your panda! Your panda will be there to fill your starvation and satisfy your craving.  

What are you waiting for? Tell and check your panda! 

Celebrating Teacher’s Day: My Other Mom

( Note: This article was published at RIghtNow, the online tambayan for YOUth. Check their website! Read here)

Almost eight years ago since we first ever crossed our path. It was the beginning of my blossoming days as a teenager where I still have no idea how to make my succeeding years in high school worthwhile.

Flashback when I was in Science High School, all I thought my existence was about studying hard, working to be on top, and maintaining at least a grade of 85 so I would not get kicked out.

But my four years on my Alma Mater was more than that mainly because I met my other mom who birthed my potentials and shaped me to become who I am now.

Our First Encounter

The photo was taken 3 years ago when I was still High School. (Puberty years. hihi)

I was 14 back then and was in first year high school when we had our initial encounter. I was interested to know her more but couldn’t find the courage to talk to her since she’s known for being straight forward.

Until on the closing of my freshman year, she approached me and told something that would entirely change the way I see myself. I was surprised to know that she’s eyeing me for a student council position as a representative of our batch.

As I got the position, that’s the moment where my other mom trained and stretched me. Sometimes I would get offended whenever she would tell me straightly what’s wrong. But along the process, I get used to it and learned that what she’s been saying is always for my sake.

A gift of love

Whenever we had the chance to have a conversation, it would always mark on me as she allowed me to contemplate in life and be more aggressive to reach my dreams. Her realizations and wisdom she have helped me to become a better version of myself.

That’s why I called her my other mom. She stood as my mom throughout my four years stay in high school and even to my following years in college.

This photo was taken when I was 2nd year college and visited my dearest mom at my Alma Mater 2 years ago. (Still in puberty tho hihi)

This photo was taken when I was 2nd year college and visited my dearest mom at my Alma Mater 2 years ago. (Still in puberty tho hihi)

I remember when I was having a hard time choosing a course for my college. I seek for her advice and she told me to look for my strength which led me in taking a communication course. Despite my doubts of taking communication course for fear that I’ll have a hard time to look for job, I still followed her advice.

Mommy Rogs
Mommy Rogs

And now as I take my last year in college as a communication major, I never had any regret that I listened to her. Not only I was able to maximize my interpersonal skills but also I discovered other things in me that I didn’t know I could do. It paid off definitely.

In few months, I’ll be entering my adulthood as I bid goodbye to my last year as a teenager. And I’m thankful that she was there to guide me and help me make the most out of my youth.

I would always remain grateful to her for everything she has done in my life. Though we aren’t seeing each other on a daily basis, our hearts have been connected no matter what distance have set us apart. Her presence had a significant role of metamorphosing me as a woman with her wisdom and beliefs in life that she indulged to me.

Miles Apart

Sometimes there are changes – no matter how difficult to deal – that must need to be embraced. My recent visit to my Alma Mater allowed me to realize such idea. That was the time I heard straight from my other mom that she’ll be leaving abroad to be with her family and for her teaching career.

With the idea that she’s already abroad, I had mixed emotions. Sad in a way that we could no longer hangout and set a date in times that we badly needed to, but on a positive note, it’s another chapter of her life where she could learn another life values to be definitely shared on us.

I could still not contain how much I’m pleased to come to know my other mom. I’m most overwhelmed how she had prayed for my life to be on the path that I was designed for and for planting me a vision to reach out other people. I thank God for sending someone like her in my life.

See you again, Nay! By the way, she’s Ms. Maria Luz Rogacion.

This is just my simple way to show my gratitude Nay Rogs. This may not tantamount to all the things you have done to me but I hope I was able to show my heart to you. Happy teacher’s day!

“Wag Kang Magmadali”

(c) careerchronicles.com

What will be your take when your plans don’t happen according to what you expected?

Would you get frustrated?
Would you change your plans?
Or would you wait for the right time and just do your best now?

One of the authors that I look up to give me a piece of advice, “Wag kang magmadali.”

Oops!!! Hindi ‘to tungkol sa lovelife; usapang passion ‘to. We’re talking about our passion: writing.

Sometimes I felt jittery whenever life’s aspiration would blow my mind. As much as you avoid to contemplate about it – the idea if it will come true or not – just suddenly snaps on your thinking, trying to shake your beliefs by injecting dramas to trigger your emotion and worries of life. Have you ever experienced situation like this? ( Nakaka-praning ‘diba?)

(c) media.newindianexpress.com

But looking on the bigger picture, it’s just a test of character. Would you still pursue your aspiration despite all odds? Or would you just give in? 

Conquering your dreams is a challenge – a tough road to journey ahead but most fulfilling destination to reach by. Success never meant an easy road. It doesn’t just take your talent but it requires character and a lot of passion.

Going back to what stated above. Sir Ronald Molmisa, author behind the successful lovestruck series, reminded me, “Wag kang magmadali,” during our short but meaningful conversation we had at the OMF Lit Book Launching last month. (Read: #MOVINGREADS OMF LITERATURE LAUNCHES NEW BOOKS)

(c) Sir Edwin Arceo. Ps. Ronald Molmisa on the right part, Ate Madz of bettercurly.blogspot.com on the left, and I’m on the middle during the OMF Lit book launching at Privato Hotel

That advice refueled my passion in writing. (Oo nga Amae, Kalma lang. Relax ka lang. ‘Wag Praning)  I realized that I still have long way to go. (Sabi nga ng matatanda, marami pa akong kakain na bigas) There are numerous of opportunities that will knock my way. What I need to do is to keep my life’s aspiration, give my best, and remain positive whenever situations or people would question my capabilities. 

(c) http://www.eslprintables.com

What was written on my high school memorabilia, “to be an author/lawyer” will certainly happen (I claim it, with the help from above) but what I need to do today is to focus on things that will lead me there.

      There’s no reason to be afraid; I just need to do my thing. Give my very best, excel, and keep my fire and passion burning until it can set flame to other people too. 

“Wag kang magmadali” Sir Molmisa keeps on telling me. He first published his book when he was 32. And I look back, “Oh I’m still 19”.

Sometimes you will really encounter people who will fuel your heart for your dreams. Having people around you who have the same passion  drives you to keep going and beat whatever impossibilities that will bump your destination. 

It’s not enough that you have the skills. You need A LOT OF CHARACTER. When I say a lot, it means a lot. You need a steady stream of patience, passion, energy, persistence, and of course your faith. 

I don’t know what’s ahead of me. But what matters is your preparation to all the twist and turn that you hardly expected. Just months away, I’ll be joining the work force and the chaotic world of reality. I know the road wouldn’t be easy, but I believe I can surpass everything. 

 “Wag kang magmadali!” Just enjoy your journey and give the best that you have. 

Dear FIBA Asia, please review referees’ calls

INTEGRITY MATTERS. With all due respect, are these the kind of international officiating referees you have? Considering all the bad calls made, who would have not questioned? 

China played well. They shoot well; they performed better. But the game could have ended a better and justifying way.

Entering as an underdog, we are all expecting that championship is going to be  physical and tough. Bahrami of Iran once said on the interview that Gilas needs luck to win the game. (Read: Gilas needs all luck it can get in Fiba Asia final vs China, says Iran’s Bahrami)

So we waited for intense plays and whatsoever, but all throughout we have only seen bad calls. It was like a desperate move for a gigantic team facing an underdog team.

I read from my facebook friend who traveled to China just to watch the game that he wasn’t able to enter the stadium for the game because he is a Filipino.

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Covered the name of my facebook friend to protect him.

Another from the management of Gilas Pilipinas or no less than Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan posted several tweets updating the appaling situations happened hours before the ball game. (Read: Dirty tricks? Gilas runs late for FIBA Asia Final asteam bus left discharged)

Grabbed from my facebook friend

Grabbed from my facebook friend

There’s something wrong. We are after a clean game even if you justify that bad calls are always present every game (but I think this is the worst bad calls!)

Ending on the silver medal isn’t the issue here, it is the game itself. After all, we don’t have to prove something because being on the #FIBAAsiaChampionship2015 already means much. (Read: Gallant Gilas Pilipinas falls short in Olympic dream, yields to mighty China in FIBA Asia final)

grabbed from Sports Inquirer

The kind of play – considering an international match – and the ruling that happened on the game shouldn’t be tolerated or at least an investigation must be conducted. Of course, China’s victory is irrevocable. But by ruling, a proper sanction must be imposed if proven that there are irregularities made by the referees on the match. FIBA Asia must review the game. 

We were labeled the underdog and yet we felt like we were a threat. Getting the title is useless at all if a lot of people are complaining about the game. The heart of all Gilas players who have extended their efforts and have shown their heart to represent the country couldn’t be measured by just a title.

Our road to Rio is not yet over! There’s still the wildcard tournament next year.Thank you Gilas! Despite all boundaries, you have shown how huge your heart to represent our country #Puso #SaTamangPanahon 

Thank you and Sorry Heneral Luna

Heneral Luna will let you feel sorry
for our country
for what it has turned over the years
for how we are still longing to be free.
And the most heartbreaking of all, for Filipinos have remained divided.

Grabbed from Heneral Luna’s Facebook Page. From Erad Crowley Source: puradworks.deviantart.com

The empathy for our sacrificial lambs who fought and died for our freedom rises as Jerrold Tarog’s Heneral Luna hit the screen for its third week already. To label Heneral Luna as a good movie is such an understatement. The team behind the movie did more than that. Kudos!

Heneral Luna is a great awakening to all sleeping Filipinos on their own Homeland. It challenged us to do something NOW and learn from our past mistakes.

In the midst of issues like corruption, serious traffic jam and the upcoming 2016 election, Tarog showed what we can do and what we can contribute. The message was blatantly strong but it was delivered soft and comically that a normal Juan can grasp. Tarog did not choose a particular audience for his message, but he chose everyone of us – whether students, businessman, leaders. etc.

The movie slapped all trapo leaders and politicians who’ve been running the government for years or decades already. Perhaps Heneral Luna would straightly tell on their face, “Bayan o sarili? Pumili ka!” And it is also a smacked to all Filipinos who have embraced colonial mentality and have let themselves alienated to their own country.

It will throw you questions like, what have you contributed to your country? Were you part of those people who just complained and never made an action? Or were you just part of those who settle and just accepted the harsh situations?

It’s been a long time since I last got struck by a Filipino movie. I was struck and was challenged to revisit the history that was seemed to be forgotten by many. Indeed, we can learn from our history and once more appreciate it.

My heart for national transformation gets burned once more and reminded me that we can still do something. It’s not yet too late to raise another generation who will take the national leadership. There is a cry and hope in my heart that it is not yet too late.

Tarog implied through his movie on how we should choose on the upcoming 2016 election. And here are the leadership values I learned from the movie:

  1. A leader is a strength of his follower
    When situations get tough, the leader gets tougher. There is no room for faintness when you are in the middle of war. As the leader, you have to show how valiant you are to your followers and you have to be with them come hell and high water. Because when followers are discouraged, you role is to boost their confidence and  encourage them.
  2. Leader must have an ardent heart for his purpose
    If you have that zealous heart, you can do something more than what you can imagine. The leader must have purpose higher than himself so that he is always after for other people.
  3. A leader must be wise and strategic
    It’s not enough that you have the heart and the vision, you must be wise and strategic enough to carry out what you have seen.
  4. Build other leaders
    If you want to keep the legacy, you must learn how to build successors. This is the reason why our country turned to be like this (if you know what I mean), the reason why there are still remaining trapo leaders in the country.

When will be the time that we will encounter another set of leaders like Heneral Luna, Jose Rizal, and Andres Bonifacio? Do we have to wait for the sequel of Heneral Luna to do something for our country? Let’s not be the problem but let’s be a solution.

Grabbed from Heneral Luna’s Facebook page. From From @somemidnights Source: https://instagram.com/p/7wFlHePGKv/

Mabuhay Pilipinas!

Nomination and Realization #bloggys2015

Simply AMAEZING 🙂

I just made a Facebook status recently about my nomination on the Philippine Blogging Awards #bloggys2015 and I was flabbergasted  how people reacted. Mainly because their comments sound like I’ve already won. (Why not? Nothing is impossible at all.)

Thanks to an unending support from my friends. I just felt that I won already. :)

Thanks to the unending support from my friends. I just felt that I  already won . 🙂

Looking at the #bloggys2005 Hall of Fame under my category personal/diary, I found out that I was up against established bloggers (Feeling underdog here. hihi) But no matter what, I will be attending the most awaited #bloggys2005 gala night on November 21 at SMX, SM Aura.  See you there!

I was also reminded by a very good friend as we chatted after reading my Facebook status that I’ve been running my blog for so long, “2011 pa pala blog mo” she noted. And that comment made me nostalgic for awhile. (quite dramatic. hihi)

Flashback when I started blogging, I think blogging doesn’t ring a bell yet that time. It was actually my personal diary composed of rants, complaints, and all negativity surrounding me. If you will spend your time stalking my blog back 2011, you will see what I mean. 

But turn 2015, my blogging life has blossomed. No more maligning or freaking post whatsoever. It already found its voice and purpose. 

So what blogging has taught me? 

  1. Keep your passion burning
    When all else fades and time limits you to do things, the fire flaming in your heart will push and motivate you to put an extra mile. Being skillful isn’t enough, you have to have that burning passion and the answer to why so that in the end you won’t return empty and meaningless.
  2. Find your voice and have an advocacy

    I am here to inspire and do AMAEzing things 🙂


    There should be meaning in everything that you are doing no matter how small it is. Your writings are useless if you don’t challenge and influence someone to do something, and if people don’t get affected on it. You have to make sure that your message that you want to send was received by your readers.

  3. Meeting new people is priceless

    I met my cyber mom/co-blogger all the way from London through blogging. Here is the Christmas letter she sent to me a year ago. Sweet 🙂

    Meeting new people 🙂

    What’s more fun and wonderful than meeting new people? You’ve got to learn from their experience and they will help you contemplate on life and other matters. Usually, I come to meet people older than me. Their experience are beyond what I have that’s why their pieces of advice are such treasure to keep. Perhaps this is the reason why people tend to tell me that I have an old soul. 

  4. Your life itself is a blog worth sharing
    Tell your stories. Some people tend to look for other stories to inspire others where in fact their life itself is already worth sharing. You may feel that your story isn’t worth sharing, but trust me, you will never know who you are inspiring. 
  5. Love and enjoy what you are doing
    When you love and enjoy what you are doing, it will always manifest on the product/result. Don’t do something just because a lot of people are doing it or just because it is the trend. Do something out of love and conviction. 

I won’t maintain something for more than four years if I don’t love and enjoy it. Blogging has taught me a lot and I love it. So to all who are reading this post, I encourage you to find your passion as well and inspire other people. If you found it already, then congratulations! Hone it and share it. 

#MovingReads OMF Literature launches New Books

Offering another inspirational and insightful reading materials, OMF Literature launched their new books which will be showcased on the 36th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) last September 15 at Privato Hotel

Among their newly published books are: Lovestruck: Sweetheart Edition and Pass or Fail 2 of Ps. Ronald Molmisa, BOBOto ba ako? of Sir Rei Lemuel Crizaldo, When a Good God allows Rape of Ms. Joy Tan-chi Mendoza, Present: The Secret to Being in the Here and Now of Ms. Grace Chong. 

OMF Lit writers during the media launch at Privato Hotel (Photo credit: Edwin Arceo)

You can check OMF Facebook page for more updates

Ps. Ronald Molmisa plastering his new books, Lovestruck: Sweetheart Edition and Pass or Fail 2. (Photo Credit: Sir Edwin Arceo)

I had these two books already plus his signature. And I already finished reading Lovestruck: Sweetheart Edition yesterday while I am stuck in a traffic jam for 5 hours. haha (Will post a book review for this)

Ardy Roberto and his book, Real Men are POGI

Grab the copy of  Real Men are POGI! Mr. Ardy Roberto was also present on the launch. In all fairness, he’s more handsome in personal. I thought he’s komedyante but he has this serious side pala. I observed him while he was being interviewed by other blogger and I find him intelligent. 

Ps. Ronald Molmisa, Ms. Joy Tan-chi Mendoza, and Kuya Rei Crizaldo

I also had the chance to talk with Ms. Joy Tan-chi. Hands-down to her life and how she was able to cope with her darkest moment in life. You’d better pick her book, When a Good God allows Rape. And Kuya Rei’s book is perfect for this season as politicians are now declaring their interest for the upcoming 2016 election. (I had his book with signature as well,. Will also post a book review for this)

Don’t forget to visit the aisle 1 at MIBF happening now at SMX, Mall of Asia to buy all these awesome books with great discounts. Hurry up because MIBF is until this Saturday, September 19 only. 

See you at MIBF! I’ll be there on Saturday. Whooo! I think I’m going to splurge. Anyway, this is a great investment for you and I’m pretty sure you won’t regret getting these books. I’ll post another blog about my experience on this launch (Sneak peak: I had a short but meaningful conversation with Ps. Ronald Molmisa, author of Lovestruck) 

YSA Skincare Review: Diamond Peel

Thanks YSA skin and body experts and to Light Network

Thanks YSA skin and body experts and to Light Network

Growing up, I’m not the type of girl who religiously takes care of her skin . Of course, I know the proper hygiene like washing the face every night and the like. Thanks to my mother dear for introducing me her beauty rituals and products. Here’s the result: 

Thanks to puberty! haha

 Did you see it? Were you alarmed or shocked? Haha. I just can’t get enough with this photo. Because I’m a lefty, the after portion was placed on the left. The left side was just taken last year and the right side was my high school moments. Anyway, enough with the introduction.

Last month, YSA clinic has given me the opportunity to try their diamond peel and IPL hair removal treatment as part of the Light Network Bloggers’ Group.   I decided to visit them at their Greenfield branch since it is the most convenient place and nearest branch to me. 

Greenfield branch of YSA

 YSA’s Greenfield branch

I had the diamond peel for the first treatment (will post another review for their IPL hair removal treatment). Peeling your skin is one of the most relaxing treatments. Are you curious why it was called diamond peel? It is simply because the tip of the instrument used is filled with real diamond dust that scrapes the top of your skin. 

This is the YSA's equipment for Diamond Peeling treatment.

This is the YSA’s equipment for Diamond Peeling treatment.

After the treatment, I can initially feel the glow on my skin that it was able to breathe for a while. Diamond peel is open for all especially if you wanted to rejuvenate your skin and have a better complexion.  It typically removes all the dead skin on your face. 

Before the diamond peel treatment

Before the diamond peel treatment

Diamond peel is best experience when you have your facial treatment first. I wish they’d let me experience the facial treatment first before the diamond peel. Anyway, I still felt my dead skin removed after the procedure. 

So why try Diamond Peel Treatment at YSA Skincare Center?

  1. They have an affordable price plus promos and packages! 
Here's is their packages. You can zoom the picture or just visit their website

Here are their packages. You can zoom the picture or just visit their website

You can visit their website at YSA Skin and Body Experts or their facebook page.

          2. YSA gives you relaxing and cozy ambiance

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I just love the color 🙂 

With their staff

With their staff

              3. Nobody can love you better! #Nobodylovesmebetter

After the diamond peel treatment :D

After the diamond peel treatment 😀

So to all ladies, go to your nearest YSA branch to pamper yourself and have your skin treated. You deserve the best service, try YSA skincare clinic. 

Robert Kiyosaki Live in Manila

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Learn the most effective way to handle your finances! Get fresh strategies and tips directly from the one of the most influential businessmen and New York Times bestselling author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki as he will be in the Philippines for the first time for a one-day business conference on November 30 at SMX, Mall of Asia.

Together with other renowed Master of Wealth speakers six namely Mr. Bellum Tan (also known as “Rich Dad Asia”), Mr. JT Foxx, Mr. Rob Riopel, Mr. Mario Singh, Mr. Peng Joon, and Andrew Matthews, Kiyosaki will challenge, motivate, and empower people to reach their personal and financial goals. He has influenced a lot of people all over the world on how to think about money. 

This will surely guide you for your next business venture and will help every existing and  aspiring future business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and interested individuals like YOU achieve outstanding results  in your financial aspect on this  increasingly competitive world.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss this chance to hear from this pool of financial experts. Get your tickets now via online at http://www.richdadphilippines.com/beta/events or call (02) 689-7194, 0922-8908880, and 0917-5996875.

You are one step away from financial freedom! Let this business conference enlighten you to take the risk and reach your goals

This event is made possible by Laurus Enterprise and SRPL.