Myths and Facts of Blogging

"Gusto ko magblog." (I like to blog.)

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These days a lot of people like to start a blog.  They want to document whatever is happening in their lives and share it to the public.  They want to air their frustrations and opinions on current events and on the things that is happening around them.  They want to make a review of gadgets, food, make-up, etc.  People thought that blogging is something that will make them famous overnight and would make them earn huge amount of money.  Blogging still entails hard work and charisma.  

I have started my blog in 2012 but I only started to get serious about it in 2014.  Now that I just bought my own domain, I need to blog more to regain my ranking because it went back to zero.

I have listed some misconceptions on blogging.  I  able to come up with the list based on the questions that I get from some people I talk with because they thought blogging is a glamorous job.    

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MYTH 1:  Once I start a blog, I will immediately get invites to events and product launches.

This is the usual misconception I get from those people who wanted to start a blog.  They see me meeting new people and getting the first dibs before it is launched in the public on my social media account.  However, before companies and PR firms start to notice you, you need to build your content first.  Your content should be interesting enough so that people will drop by at your site and read it.  Your content should be relevant and original.  

Now, the next question is:  how much content do I need to have to be noticed?

We really cannot say how much, just blog and blog, share your blog to social media, and you will just wake up one day that you have an event invite on your email.  It may take months or even years; just continue to blog and build your audience.  Companies and PR firms will contact you should your blog niche fits to their product/brand.  

Blog not because you are expecting anything in return.  Blog because you like to share your life to people and for people to learn from you.  Blog because you want to share your thoughts and exchange opinions with others.

MYTH 2: I will blog because I also want to receive goodies from companies.

In relation to Myth Number 1, blogging is not all about receiving goodies from companies.  It doesn't mean that a blogger received a package from a brand, the blogger will not do anything about it anymore.  The blogger has a responsibility to share the brand to his/her readers and to share his/her testimonial about it.  

MYTH 3: I don't need to write about my thoughts, just copy and paste whatever press release given to me.

Having an original content is still the key to build your credibility as a blogger.  While you will receive favors from PR firms to spread the love about their client, you are still free to spin the article or add your own words to make it more suitable to your blog and to your readers.  That way, your version of the press release is unique and will not be flagged as plagiarism by Google.

However, when you are already an established blogger, you are not obliged to post all the press releases you will receive on your mail.  Blogging is not free.  You spend for the internet subscription, domain and hosting, and taxes.  If you will be asked to post something for the brand, make sure that you will be well compensated for your efforts. 

MYTH 4: I don't need social media exposure for me to be known as a blogger.

If you do not need social media exposure to be known as a blogger, how can people know your experience in cyberspace?  Not unless you're highly skilled in SEO, you can survive with little or no social media exposure.  

While there are still bloggers who do not have a public page, what they do is they share their blog links to their personal social media accounts and share to their respective networks/groups for them to read.  Some bloggers even join syndications to generate traffic on their blog (comment for comment, follow for follow, etc.).  Not unless you only blog for personal reasons, there is no need for you to share your blogposts to everyone.

MYTH 5: I will blog to get writing jobs.

One does not need to be a blogger to get writing jobs.  You can get a writing job even if you do not have a blog.  While a blog can serve as your portfolio, it doesn't always mean that you will only use your blog as your ONLY portfolio.  To be a writer means that you can compose an article about a particular topic different from the tone you use on your blogs.  Writing jobs can also be far from your blog niche too.

I still do not consider myself as an expert blogger.  There are still far better bloggers out there with high following.  I just wanted to write down what I think about blogging especially for those who would like to start their own blog.  Other experienced bloggers can give you far better tips than mine, but first, before you start your blog establish your WHY.

Have a great day everyone!

Barapido: The Newest Online Marketplace in the Philippines

One of the things that makes our lives easier is doing online shopping.

There are lots of online shops where we can buy our daily necessities, and there's this one website which is dedicated to selling local goods, both food and non-food. 

Barapido, the newest online marketplace in the country, is an online platform showcasing the best Philippine-made products.  It aims to make e-commerce accessible to everyone in the archipelago at the shortest time possible.  It is an end-to-end online retail fulfilment  services for MSMEs that enable them to harness the power of e-commerce for business growth.

Barapido offers a wide array of exciting, excellent and high-quality products that are proudly produced in the Philippines by our chosen merchants nationwide.  These products are not normally found in supermarket chains or malls.  Products being sold in Barapido's website are highly curated so you will be assured that these local products are of high quality, a gem indeed.

Barapido aims to help aspiring and potential Filipino entrepreneurs to market their products online.  It helps these entrepreneurs to expand their market and to make their products known by others.  

Barapido promises of the same-day delivery, as long as you place your order before 12 noon.  They can deliver your order the next day if you place your order by 5pm.  Barapido is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8am-6pm.  You can pay either by cash upon delivery, credit card, or debit card.  For now, Barapido can only deliver within Metro Manila and hoping to expand their delivery service in the coming months.

Here are some of the products that you can buy at Barapido:

On the media launch last August 31st, we were given a chance to taste these products and samples that we can try at home.  I must say that these local products are really one-of-a-kind that everyone should also taste and experience!  Some of these products are already making waves in the international market so it's a shame that we won't be able to experience them, right?!  

Every time you purchase at Barapido, a portion of their sales are given back to the society.  They have partnered with Sabrina's Soup Kitchen, feeding children at the Missionaries of the Poor and Art Relief Mobile Kitchen, a feeding response team of artists, chefs, and volunteers during calamities and relief operations.

So, find local gems at Barapido!  Support local entrepreneurs!  Make their products known!

To check out the available products at Barapido, visit their website at  Follow Barapido on Facebook to be updated with their promos.

Alaska Launches Program to Help Fight Malnutrition

One of the concerns that we have in the Philippines is malnutrition.

A lot of Filipino children lack the proper nutrients that they need to grow healthy and strong due to poverty.  According to the 2015 Updating of the Nutritional Status of Filipinos developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), 1 out of every 3 children in the Philippines aged 5-10 years old is suffering from stunted growth.  In addition, 1 out of every 3 children aged 5-10 years old is underweight.

Stunted growth, defined by World Health Organization (WHO), as failure to reach one's full potential for growth.  One of the reasons for stunted growth is poor nutrition.  Stunted growth can result to being underweight and may cause greater problems as the child grows old.

Alaska Milk Corporation, in its efforts to fight off malnutrition in the country and is dedicated in providing proper and affordable nutrition to Filipinos for over four decades, has recently launched a campaign to promote the importance of proper nutrition all throughout a child's developmental years in order to reach the right height and weight for his/her age.

The campaign, "Batang Alaska School Milk Program", was launched last August 29th at Santolan Elementary School.  During the launch, Senator Loren Legarda was introduced as Alaska Fortified's new Nutrition Advocate and actress and singer Jolina Magdangal-Escueta was also introduced as Alaska's newest Mom Ambassador.  

The campaign's tagline "Tamang Tangkad, Tamang Bigat" is perfect for Alaska's current campaign as it conveys a clear message that each Filipino child should have the ideal weight and height for his/her age.

Together with the campaign launch, Alaska has also launched the new Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink which is loaded with Vitamin D.  It is also high in calcium and iron and a good source of protein.  Milk has always been essential for growing children to have enough and consistent nutrient intake to ensure maximum growth potential. 

During the event, children were brought to the Alaska Tamang Tangkad and Tamang Bigat Station so they can know if they have the right height and weight for their age.  Alaska also provided samples of Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink so that children will start to appreciate drinking milk everyday.

A ceremonial milk toast was also done during the event to signify Alaska's utmost dedication in this campaign.  Isabel Ruiz, Alaska Milk Corporation's Marketing Manager said that by providing affordable nutrition to Filipino families, children will be able to achieve their full potential and grow up competitive in life.  "We encourage everyone to drink milk everyday and to also partner it with an active lifestyle dahil wala pa ring pong tatalo sa batang may tamang tangkad at bigat,"  Ms. Ruiz said.  

The famous grocery chain in the Philippines, Puregold, also joined Alaska in this campaign by providing a special and exclusive promo for those who will purchase a pack of Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk.

Let's all join hands in making our children healthy so that they will achieve the 'tamang tangkad at tamang bigat' for their age!  Encourage our children to drink milk everyday!

For more information about the new Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink, visit

Shhhh! Parents With Infants Can Relate to the Latest Mc Donald's TV Commercial

When Kib was still a baby, I remember the time that I was very quiet whenever I do things in the room while he was still sleeping.  I do not want to disrupt his sleep because it'll be very difficult for me to get him back to sleep.  He will cry incessantly asking for my attention so I will lull him back to sleep.

Those were the days....

The latest TV commercial of McDonald's reminded me of those days that I have to be super duper quiet when Kib was sleeping:

You can see the struggle of the young couple in moving around while they are trying to put their babies to sleep.  Sudden moves might wake the babies and will go back to Step 1 on putting back to sleep.  Ordering meals online is very convenient as they do not need to make unnecessary noise during the ordering process.

Who can relate to the latest TV commercial of Mc Donald's?

Parenting is hard, but getting hungry is much harder, hahaha....just order for delivery to satisfy your food cravings while taking care of your little ones.

Mc Donald's delivery is now online!  Go to to choose the meals you wish to be delivered at your doorstep.  You just have to pay additional Php49 for the delivery charges, no minimum amount for the delivery.  Their efficiency is as same as when you order thru landline.

First-Ever Refill Station of Home Essentials at Eco-Hotel

Now that I am becoming very conscious of the household waste, I am now into search of alternative products that I can use which uses less packaging.  I am also looking for possible refill stations for the daily stuff that I use at home.  I really do hope that one day, we will be waste-free at home.

I felt sad about the amount of trash floating on the floodwaters during the typhoon last August 11th.  If only we knew how to minimize trash and to dispose of them properly, we won't be experiencing such harrowing experiences whenever there's typhoon.  I do hope that after seeing the amount of trash during flood, people will be more conscious of the amount of trash they throw anywhere and start living a zero-waste lifestyle.

Eco Hotel Phiippines is one of the establishments in the Philippines that is helping the country in minimizing waste in the country.  As a green service hotel,  Eco Hotels ensures that eco-friendly processes are implemented from construction to day-to-day operations.  This is aligned with its advocacy of minimizing its impact on the environment while imparting practices of sustainability to their staff and guests. Currently, there are 11 Eco Hotels all over the country.  

Last August 9th, Eco Hotel launched its refilling stations for household essentials which includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body lotion.  The first refilling station of Eco Hotel will be at Spaces at Eco Hotel in Makati City.  

Each product has a shelf life of 12 months.  To prolong its shelf life, it must be kept in an area where there is no direct sunlight and it should not be mixed with water.  Each product has little alcohol on it to help in prolonging the shelf life.  The good thing about their refilling station is that they can refill ANY plastic bottles, not unlike other refilling stations that they only refill the bottles brought from their own stores.  Refills cost Php99.00 for every 200ml refill of any of the above-mentioned household products.  If you exceed more than 200ml, you have to add Php20 for every 20ml excess.  The refill station in Makati is open on weekends for now and every Eco Weekend Market happening every third weekend of the month in Containers by Eco Hotel in Makati.  In addition, should you decide to open a refill station in your place, they are also open for partnerships!

Sorry, Eco Hotels do not sell shampoos, conditioners, lotion, and bath gels in containers such as these.  Above photo is for illustration only to give you an idea how much is 200ml.

The proceeds of this cause will be used to purchase plastic crusher.

Let us save our environment by reusing the plastic containers in our homes, repurposing them, or bring them to the Materials Recovery Facility in our respective baranggays.

To know more about Eco Hotels Philippines, you may visit their website,  Follow their Facebook and Instagram accounts for updates and deals.

Zero-Waste 101 For Beginners (Like Me)

I started to become aware of taking care of our surroundings when I was in high school.  I attended a talk about waste segregation and the effect of throwing trash anywhere can make a huge impact on the environment.  Since then, I have been very conscious of throwing trash everywhere.  If there is no trash can available, I put the trash on my bag or pocket first and throw it once I see one.

Honestly, I feel sad whenever I see people carelessly throw their trash on the streets especially when they are riding a public vehicle.  I have this urge to approach that person and tell him/her to pick up his/her trash.  There are cases wherein the trash bin is already beside him/her and yet people don't care at all to put the trash inside the trash bin.  In addition to that, people will just leave their mess on food courts, they do not even wipe the table nor organize their trash for the easy pick-up of the busboys.

As early as now, I teach my son how to throw trash properly.  I always remind him to throw it on the trash can and not just leave his trash anywhere.  I am also teaching him to segregate the recyclables so we can give it to our relative for them to sell.  

These days, the talks about having a zero-waste lifestyle is getting raves on social media.  While I am aware of recycling trash, there are still other ways of minimizing trash at home and I am in the learning process on living a zero-waste lifestyle.  

I have been chatting with a friend on Facebook about this topic and I'm so glad that she patiently answers all my queries about Reduce, Reuse, Refuse, and Recyle.

Slowly, I am adapting to zero-waste lifestyle.  While I know that I have been doing some ways little by little at present, I want to step it up and be part of our lifestyle.

I know you're curious about zero-waste lifestyle; basically it's minimizing biodegradable and non-biodegradable trash thrown in the landfills and by using products that can be used over and over again.

Some people say that going zero-waste is something only rich people can do.  Actually going zero-waste doesn't have anything to do with your socio-economic status; going zero waste is something that EVERYBODY can do.  It is more of your willpower and not of your spending power.

Are you ready to go zero-waste?

There are lots of things that you have to change on your lifestyle, but you are not required to do everything all at the same time.  To be honest, it's hard, so just do whatever your energy can do one at a time.  You are not also required to do everything, just do whatever you think you can in your capacity to make our world a better place to live.

I'll give you ways that you can easily do and as a start in having a zero-waste lifestyle:

1.  Bring your own utensils.  Instead of using disposables, bring your own stainless spoon and fork with you.  When ordering take-outs, tell the personnel not to include disposables.  

2.  Refuse the straw.  Drink straight from the glass instead.  If you can't resist, you can have your own reusable straw and always bring it with you together with your utensils.  Reusable straws can be made of silicone, hard plastic, stainless steel, glass, or bamboo.  Just choose whatever you are comfortable using, just wash them thoroughly after each use.

Having your own straw lessens trash

3.  Bring eco-bags whenever you shop or do your grocery.  Bringing your own bag whenever you shop lessens the trash at home.  Some shops give rebates to their shoppers who bring their own bags.  Even if the shopping bags of the establishments are made of paper, better to refuse if you will only buy a small item which can fit on your bag.

In Hong Kong, if you want your purchases to be in a shopping bag, you have to pay extra for that, so it is common for Hong Kong residents to bring a luggage whenever they shop.

Look how much plastic you will accumulate if you will not bring your own eco bag when shopping

4.  Buy in bulk.  Buying in bulk may seem to be heavy on the budget, but if you will do your computation based on the small packages that you buy on a regular basis, you will save a lot too.  Buying in small packs/sachets add to the trash.  Just have small containers at home should you need to bring or use small quantities.

5.  Sort trash.  Recyclables like paper, plastic bottles, and cans can be sold to the junk shops, so have a dedicated space for recyclables in your house and you can either sell it or donate it.

6.  Bring containers when you do grocery shopping.  You can put your meats and vegetables inside the containers.  Some groceries do not accept containers though, so you can try going to the local market for your meats and vegetables shopping.

Road to zero waste: it's my first time to bring a microwaveable container in doing grocery! I always bring an eco bag whenever we go grocery shoppinh and I just took a risk in bringing containers for meats. Good thing SM Hypermarket in Cainta accepted my containers (some supermarkets do not). They even tried to put it in a plastic but I refused. Well, some of the veggies that I bought at the grocery were still in a plastic, what I did I just put all of them in one plastic and all the tags are in that plastic. I still have a long way to go in minimizing waste at home but by doing something little by little will make a huge impact. How about you, what are you currently doing to minimize waste at home? #zerowaste #ecofriendly #ecoliving #reuse #reduce #refuse #recycle #environment #shopping #groceryshopping #smhypermarket
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The list goes on.....just start on those things I mentioned above because if you will try to do everything to go on a zero-waste lifestyle, it will overwhelm you.

If you want to step up the challenge on going zero-waste and if you're accustomed in doing the above-mentioned simple steps, you can do the following:

  • using cloth menstrual pad/menstrual cup/cloth diapers/cloth wipes
  • ecobricking
  • composting (traditional, vermicompost, bokashi compost)
  • bringing containers for take-outs
  • switch on using shampoo and conditioner bars

Going zero-waste is something that needs sheer determination, but you can do it one by one!  No need to do all of the things I mentioned above, it's really hard to be a purist, but by doing something little in your own way will create a big impact to our environment.

Go zero waste!

Dimsum Cravings at The Dimsum Place

One of the things that my son and I love doing is checking out new restaurants.

I have been eyeing to eat at The Dimsum Place at Il Centro, Sta. Lucia Grand Mall these past few days because it's near from our place.  However, whenever my son and I will pass at that restaurant, it's always full!  This made me more curious about the dishes that they offer.

The Dimsum Place is a Chinese restaurant offering dimsum, noodles, congee, and Chinese pastries on their menu.  They also accept short orders (meaning, packed food in huge servings).  Currently, there are two branches in the Metro Manila (Il Centro and Fisher Mall).  The prices of each dishes at The Dimsum Place are affordable.  You can check the menu below:

They really have lots of choices on their menu, and they still have other dishes that are not mentioned above, like their noodle and fried rice dishes.

Their bestsellers are pork and shrimp siomai, chicken feet, crispy radish cake, sweet and sour pork, special jumbo siopao, and of their noodle dishes.

My son and I tried the stuffed eggplant, stuffed tofu, crispy radish cake, fried fish fillet roll, crispy fried shrimp dumplings, cucumber with century egg cold plate, stir fried noodles with egg, shredded beef brisket fried rice, fragrant beef ribs, and taro balls.  Their servings are huge, so it's really ideal for sharing.

My son and I enjoyed tasting all of them!  

My favorites are the stuffed tofu, taro balls, cucumber with century egg gold plate, and stuffed eggplant.  All other dishes tastes equally good too!  

There are still lots of dishes to try on The Dimsum Place!  For sure my son and I will be back to taste the other dishes on the menu.

To know more about The Dimsum Place, you may visit their Facebook page.  You may reserve tables in advance if you're coming in a group as they have a tendency to be full during lunch and dinner.