Free Digital Marketing Events on September 2016

As bloggers and digital marketers, staying in the know about anything and everything about the updates and new tools related with online marketing is very vital but sometimes the cost of  various training and seminar is just so high. Attending all events becomes so expensive!  This September, three organizations are conducting free conferences around the Metro. Check each one on the list below, take your pick or attend it all without spending for the entrance!  Register today.

Ecommerce Show Philippines 2016

  • September 6 to 7 – Pasay

Ecommerce Show Philippines 2016

The two-day conference to be held on September 6-7, 2016 at the SMX Convention Centre, Pasay has been designed to enable delegates to learn from the best case studies across the country. The main conference themes will be focused around Ecommerce technologies and strategies, payment and security, delivery and fulfillment, digital marketing, customer experience and service.

Some portions of the event is paid but the organizers also opened the door for non-paying attendees (just like last year) as they kept quality access for those coming.

Free exhibition pass covers 23 on-floor seminars, 16 E-Commerce & Retail Workshops at the E-Commerce University & Retail University, Online Marketplace Consultation Village, The Accelerator Zone – Fintech & E-commerce Start-up Hub, open gate to 50 exhibitors featuring the latest innovations in payments, banking, e-commerce & retail with pre-arrange 1-to-1 meetings.

iBlog12 – The Philippine Blogging Summit

  • September 16 – Quezon City

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The 12th Philippine Blogging Summit (#iblog12) will be on September 16, 2016 at the Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law, UP Diliman, Quezon City. It is an annual activity organized for the Philippine Blogging Community.

The theme this year is on “Data Privacy, Cybercrime, Libel, and Legal Concerns: Its Impact on Bloggers, New Media Publishers, and Social Media Users”.

Note that the first 200 registered participants to come early (on or before 9 am) will be given food stub and participant kit. Afterwards, remaining food stubs and participant kits shall be given to early walk-ins.

#iblog12 is a FREE event. It is a popular gathering of newbie, novice, and veteran bloggers, social media users, new media publishers. We tackle topics and themes that are relevant to the online community.

BlogEx Manila 2016

  • September 24 – Taguig

BlogEx Manila 2016The first BlogEX Manila 2016 will be on September 24, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig. This is the country’s first blogging conference, expo, and awards event to be attended by 600 of the top digital influencers from the Philippines.

The event aims to bring together the country’s premiere bloggers, social media enthusiasts, digital broadcasters, entrepreneurs, influencers, brands and corporations, marketing, PR and advertising agencies, and influential new media experts in one location. The organizers curated a wealth of information to help grow brands, businesses and audience with the latest knowledge, upcoming trends, and important educational sessions.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Is it a Good Read?

(There is no spoiler here)

Harry Potter novel series reminds me of younger years—closing the door, secluding myself for a day, diving into the story while completely detached to everything and enchanted on my own corner. I had never been deeply engaged with other books since the end of Deathly Hallows which was released back in 2007.

My fascination continues, even introducing the world of wizarding world to my son.

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The public distribution of the Cursed Child last July 31, 2016 seems to bring back the excitement  a bit. “A bit” only because I have already put an end to the Harry Potter adventure along Book 7. Hearing that there would be a stage play of Harry Potter 19 years later of his life did not make me frantic. At first, it was announced that there would be no printed version but apparently, they have it now.

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Hubby understanding my Potter passion surprised me with a copy simultaneous to the international selling.

It is in a script format so JK Rowling’s detailed description of what’s really going on is not happening here. Important to note also that she has not entirely written the story as she worked in collaboration with other playwright Jack Thorne.

Finishing the script would only require a couple of hours of devoted reading; the flow is still intriguing but not as compelling as the original novels nailed it. So, lessen the expectations.

The plot lacks the depth, the twist is utterly forced to occur, and the ending has none of that lingering effect we got used to. There are still bits of exciting and interesting portions though (as  strong friendship of unlikely characters tend to bloom).

Is it worth the read? Yes. It won’t hurt to know what happened to Harry Potter and his gang whether we agree with it or not as Potterheads surely have their own conclusions post Voldemort. And who knows, the West End stage might reach the Philippines? Then that would have been another experience worth anticipating for a fan of many years.

DICT Promotes Online Job Opportunities with the 1st Digital Career Bootcamp

So many opportunities are available online and it is becoming a lot easier to explore home-based digital jobs nowadays. Supports are coming from government and private institutions to push more and more Filipinos to financially maximize the use of the internet.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) of the Philippines and OnlineJobsUniversity.com (OJU) will be having the 1st Digital Career Bootcamp happening this July 30 from 8 am to 5 pm at Unionbank, 48th floor, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

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The Bootcamp is a one-day event aiming to equip participants with the awareness and up-to-date information on how to get started finding sustainable work online through inspirational talks and lectures with actionable steps. Aspiring and experienced work from home professionals are invited to join and be part of this learning event.

To give the keynote talk is the Deputy Executive Director for eInnovation of the Department of Information and Communications (DICT) of the Philippines Mon Ibrahim will give the participants an overview of the state of digital careers in the Philippines and government initiatives.

This bootcamp showcases experienced online professionals; listen and learn from various experts in the field:

  • Genesis Reonico – Digital Career coach and founder of Online Jobs University (OJU)
  • Rea Yadao – OJU Training and Development lead and founder of REA Solutions
  • Charlie Aquino – OJU Media and Creatives lead and CEO of SophiesCreatives.com
  • Fitz Villafuerte – 199jobs.com Co-Founder, Registered Financial Planner (RFP) and Blogger
  • Gilmar Padua – Founder and CEO of Infinity Hub
  • Sherlane Fortunado – E-Commerce Specialist and Virtual Assistant
  • Valerie Joy Deveza – Social Media Manager  of Bidsketch,
  •  CJ Maturino – Freelance Customer Support Service Provider  of ‘Online Filipino Freelancer’ Community
  • Nizza Gueco – Article/Content Writing Service provider and founder of “Do It Write Solutions”
  • Leif Brian Margallo – Virtual Workforce Professionals’ CEO
  • Maritess Pasag – Front Line Virtual Services’ COO

The speakers shall share their respective success stories in creating their own Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) agencies. Attendees will also be given an opportunity to ask questions directly to them during the open forum in the afternoon.

Learn more, access big discounts and buy your tickets for the Digital Career Bootcamp at http://digitalcareerbootcamp.com. Learning investment starts at Php1,777.00  inclusive of event pass, lunch and snacks, access to exclusive online mastermind group and event recording, and discount to the upcoming ‘Digital Career Online Training Bootcamp’.

The Digital Career Bootcamp is done in collaboration with Unionbank (venue partner), Unionbank EON, Infinity Hub, RIS Philippines, SophieCreatives.com, REA Solutions, Bbulletin, OsipCampus and WhenInManila.com (media partner).

For inquiries contact events@onlinejobsuniversity.com or the “Digital Career Philippines” Facebook page.

Take advantage of this learning today!

Come to Conrad Manila

Sometimes the challenge of roaming around the Metro and nearby cities is to find a place without so much people. Going out on a Saturday or Sunday with the aim to de-stress becomes a failure when our trip is consumed by the overwhelming number of people we get to battle as they stroll and line-up to dine.

If you are around Mall of Asia (MOA) area and you found the crowd quite exhausting especially during the weekends, you can hop to Conrad Manila and S Maison. Conrad offers a spectacular view of the sunset bay and S Maison gives a more peaceful but delicious mall experience (a lot of stores are still close but the restaurant selection is satisfying enough, given a few number at the moment). The establishment just opened last June 15 but is already gaining a lot of visitors.

What to do at Conrad?

~ Just enjoy the view and love the ambience.

~ Watch at S Maison’s Director’s Club Cinema (deluxe theater that can seat 40 to 50 guests for a more comfy type of movie watching with La-Z-Boy Power Recline sofa).

~ EAT.

  • For Ramen fanatics (!!!), check Uma Uma at 2/F S Maison.
  • To drool over fried chicken, go to Buffalo Wild Wings at Seaside Blvd. corner Coral Way.
  • For a more intimate Asian-cuisine meal, make a reservation at  China Blue by Jereme Leung  located around 3/F Conrad Lobby. It’s a must to order their mushroom bun!

Steamed Truffle Mushroom Buns

  • There is a Starbucks at S Maison but the coffee at the C Lounge (also at 3/F Hotel floor lobby) is worth a try. The iced latte is a real treat and served with walnuts and tofu chips on the side.
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View from the C Lounge

Conrad Hotels & Resorts is an international luxury property managed by Hilton Worldwide located within the MOA complex, Pasay City. It houses 347 rooms and owned by SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation.

Come there now before it gets too crowded!

7 Tips for Parents Traveling with Younger Kids

Hubby and I personally find it gratifying to travel with our son; we always make sure to bring him on our trips. Traveling opens his mind to various cultures and enhances how he deals with different kinds of people. While it is totally fulfilling to see the world with our children, there are also a lot of challenges too. We have listed some ideas that you can consider on your next trip to lessen the drawbacks.

1.Always bring a medicine kit – Aside from his daily vitamins, try to bring a small bottle of Paracetamol or Ibuprofen,  bring anti-histamine in case of allergy attack, and even small undissolved antibiotics for that “just in case” scenario. Yes, you would be able to find a similar medicine in other countries but when a fever strikes, it is definitely handy to have it available ASAP without stressing out where to find a pharmacy.

Last week we were fortunate to get a free trip to Taiwan together with relatives, thanks to my Father-in-Law! But my son caught a fever on the eve of the departure due to tonsillitis. He was quarantined at the arrival and we were told to go the hospital in Taipei to get a certificate that his fever is not because of dengue or other easy to spread ailment. We immediately went to the Emergency Room, got the certification, and were given tons of medicines. We have consulted our Pedia via Viber and she refused to use most of  the prescriptions. She told us to stick with what she is giving him. Good thing we have brought the “usual” drug as he became fever-free over night.

2. Expect detours – Sure we have already scheduled spending a whole day in Hong Kong’s Lantau Island but then there was a heavy downpour and a 3-hour queuing line to get our turn at the cable car. So, No. What’s next? Make sure to orchestrate an advance plan B. (To my delight, we just decided to explore the nearby Citygate Outlets).

3. Charge his gadgets – Ipad had served as well especially while waiting at the airport and on the plane during his early trips. Now, we are starting put a distance with his use of gadgets as we introduce him to read books or appreciate the idea of simply observing around.

4. You cannot really shop your heart out UNLESS you take turns – One to stay with the kid at the hotel room or nearby play area while the other sneak for a quick shopping.

5. Bring his favorite snacks – My son loves the fried chicken of McDonald’s and got sad when he learned that there was no McDo Fried Chicken in the US. So while we were convincing him that Popeye’s Chicken is a good alternative, we let him munch his local snacks and slowly encourage him to try a new brand.

6. Let go of your whims – While at Osaka, we had sudden plan to go to Nagoya  because Hubby wanted to visit the Toyota Museum. We haven’t been there and not familiar with the place so we hoped to rely on impulse—it would have been a real adventure if it just me and him but we got a kid now; doing research is important to make sure we won’t tire our son with long walks or unfed tummy for hours.

7. Again, conduct a research – It does not need to be an intensive study but just get acquainted with where you are going. Take a glimpse of what the weather will be like, the best way to commute with kids, identify kid-friendly landmarks, and be familiar with nearby places around the hotel.

We are continuously learning and exploring! Every travel leads to gaining knowledge and creating beautiful memories as a family! Where are you going next?

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Moving from Small to Big School (Preschool to Grade 1)

Last week, I was invited by the school of my son to talk in front of the new set of parents on how to ease the transition from small to big school. Not that our family has mastered it but moving to grade one is a milestone and should be made memorable for our kids. Here are six quick tips:

  • Help him prepare emotionally.

Weeks before the start of class, enthusiastically talk to your child about his big new school.  Excite him about the fun of having long walks at the corridor, chances of meeting  new people, seeing a huge field every day, and learning with a lot of other kids (from 12 to about 40 students per classroom)!

  • Listen more.

Expect to hear new characters and events from his stories—nice (and naughty) classmates, reason of unfinished snacks, race mates from the classroom to the drop-off gate. His tone of narration would signal if he is coping well or not; do not resist to keep in touch with the adviser if there are persistent stressful signs.

  • Initiate his independence.

Most small schools would allow parents to be inside the classroom and would let them take a peek of their child while studying even if this means weeks or months of “guarding and staring” at the doorstep. Well, this is a huge no-no in the big school; we can’t even drop by to check if our child is okay during recess! Believe that he can do it with the  support of his teachers.

“Hard to let go” – Picture taken back in 2013 during the first day of pre-school

  • Learn to trust.

Give him the assurance that his teachers are going to be like his Daddy and Mama while in school. But really, the most terrifying part comes from the fact that we will leave our child from people we don’t know (yet) and they will be in charge of our kids daily! Try to soothe your worries and have a peace of mind that our children would be in caring hands.

  • Enjoy the process.

There will be days that it feels like a roller coaster ride—from resisting to follow his new routine to giving brilliant reasons not to study. But just keep it going and have fun with the moment; he won’t be grade one forever.

  • Know that he can.

Because you made him ready for this. There are a lot of options to do home school or perhaps continue with his small school curriculum but here you are, taking the step and preparing for that special day.

  • And last, don’t forget to take his picture on the first day of school!
Ready?

Ready?

Get a Closer Look of Taal with the Bonbon Festival

Summer is nearly ending! How is it going? I’ve been tied with work the past weeks and we have not really been into  #SummerAdventure2016 (the hashtag I’ve been frequently seeing  on my social feed).  So if you are planning to explore a get-away somewhere in the South, check out BonBon Festival.

BonBon-Festival-WriteNowNa-blog1Now on its second year, Bonbon Festival is back to celebrate Arts, Environment and Community in a one of a kind one-day event which will be participated by young professionals, students, different artists in Batangas Province, and invited guests from other places.

Bonbon Festival is the first eco-green festival in the province which aims to support and sustain the environment by using arts and culture as one of the tools for preservation and development.

Where is the Festival?

Sitio Tagbakin, Brgy. Halang Lipa City, Batangas

When?

May 21, 2016 (Sunday) from 6am onwards

What to expect?

  • Gala at Pasyal sa Lawa/ Knowledge Tour

Know the story of the lake region and eruption history of Taal Volcano via boat ride from Sitio Tagbakin, Lipa City to San Nicolas to Volcano Island and back. Enjoy the horse ride and trek with local tour guide and the rest of the team.

  • Mananghalian/Lunch

Savor a sumptuous lunch of Batangas fusion cuisine and local refreshments.

  • Huntahan sa Lawa/ Talkback

Join a series of meaningful talkback and discussions about Art and Environment with interactive community workshops that culminates the afternoon activities.

  • Hapunan/Dinner by the Lake, Art Installations and Performance Art

Experience Batangas Art and Culture through performances. Listen to the old time Kundiman music plus musical performances dedicated to Taal led by independent Batangueno musicians including LAC Music Department. Cocktails are available with a party capping the night with all-out-fun and dancing.

There are two available packages to consider.

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Feel like joining now? This is a productive activity and it’s not too late to have our own version of that hot #Summer Adventure2016!

For inquiries and ticket purchase you may contact:

Mr. Carlo Aguila at 043-740-7112 or 09178779144

Blazing the Road with Chevy Trailblazer

Our family was once again given a chance to drive a Chevrolet car. My Husband, JK Austria, being a car-authority-enthusiast himself, was tasked to review Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 6AT LTX.

I personally enjoyed the ride and could not find a better way to write the experience so I am sharing hubby’s actual post via his Facebook wall as he is well-articulated with the industry jargons.

writenowna-Chevrolet Trailblazer -reviewI drove a Chevrolet Trailblazer LTX last week, and what a joy driving it. The SUV is powered by a 2.8 litre engine, 4 cylinder, 16 Valve DOHC Duramax engine with a maximum torque of 500 (Nm @ 2,000rpm), yes, the most powerful in its class.

 

The transmission is so responsive, thanks to the 6 speed Automatic transmission with active select. I love the idea that when I tried to overtake, it gave such adrenaline with so much ease!

Trailblazer’s 4×2 diesel SUV is a WOW. It was a surprised how the engine, working hand in hand with the transmission, delivers the power that a driver needs (thanks to the VGT with intercooler). You can traverse from city to the highway with no worries at all. The vehicle is also equipped with HD Dashcam 1080i resolution with tire pressure monitor. Trailblazer can be as stealth as a sniper but as fast as Clint Barter’s arrow at the same time.

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So here is what my fambam says about the Trailblazer.

The Chevrolet Trailblazer gives a car-like comfort that my wife loves. You gotta give credit to the Independent Short Long Arms and 5-link with coil springs front and rear suspensions. She appreciates the Android Infotainment System with Mobile Connect—smartphone inter-connectivity with iOS or Android (yes, we are a geeky family too). Just few press of a button, what you see on the smart mobile phones are on the radio screen. From reading your messages while on stop (safety first guys), and answering your calls hands-free.

writenowna-Chevrolet Trailblazer -review3My 6 year old son who is in charge of entertainment inside the car enjoys the sound system! He also likes the big windows—he can clearly see the outside clutter-free while seated at the back with his booster seats. The center arm rest is also a plus for him because he finds it really easy to get drinks.

In our opinion, this Chevrolet Trailblazer LTX 4×2 fits perfectly given our road condition. It is high to tackle flooded roads, yet comfortable to ride for long haul trips. It is the most spacious third row seat if you ask me.

The only disadvantage for me with this SUV is–I do not own one.

WARNING: DO NOT FLOOR THE FUEL PEDAL. THAT IS WHERE THE FUN STARTS.

Variants and Prices:

  • Trailblazer LTZ SE 4×4 – Php1,788,888
  • Trailblazer LTZ 4X4 – Php1,748,888
  • Trailblazer LTX 4×2 – Php1,588,888
  • Trailblazer LT 4×2 – Php1,488,888
  • Trailblazer L 4×2 – Php1,398,888
  • Trailblazer LTX 2.5 4×2 6MT – Php1,378,888
  • Trailblazer LT 2.5 4×2 6MT – Php1,298,88

Original Post and Photos c/o JK Austria.

The Art of Making Online Enemies and the Philippine Presidential Election

Now that election fever has reached its highest peak in the Philippines with just  23 days before casting our vote, many netizens are voicing their bet  and using their own connection to campaign for their respective candidates. This is a good practice of freedom but it seems a lot of people have gone beyond the boundaries of free speech.

I’ve been opened about my preferred candidate via social media and I stand firm after doing series of my own version of “fact-checking”.  Despite the negative issues and bad publicity, I now understand what happened in Yolanda, MRT, Zamboanga siege, and all the chunks of blame being thrown at him. For me, he is the most capable man for the job and Mar Roxas got my full support. (Okay at this point, some people from the other camp might be saying bad words or cursing me already but STOP! Read some more if you may; I’m not creating a war here and that is so unnecessary).

I can tell you why I will vote for Mar and may encourage you to reconsider BUT I see no reason why opposing sides don’t even listen and are mad as hell at once. If you prefer to stick with your candidate, I truly respect that. I’m sure you have your valid points (but please, I deserve to be respected too regardless of how contrary your belief is to mine).

Sharing our thoughts and properly pushing our chosen candidates are okay; heated arguments may be unavoidable but such conversations should still be kept with courtesy, yes? As they say, we are all entitled to our opinion.  Even in school, we are taught to take pride in owning our voice but to make sure that we are not stepping on the rights of others.

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It is such a pain to read baseless, rude comments on the newsfeed (when in fact the word “rude” is an understatement). Why many are fighting to the core? Why making social media enemies come so natural nowadays by simply belonging to a different side? I have my candidate and you got yours but we all have to agree over a common denominator—we are all Filipinos. There should be a decent acceptance of our respective political views and a confidence to share our thoughts without the worry of being irrationally and viciously treated within the digital sphere (and perhaps beyond online).

I trust that we should be reminded of the following basic behavior:

  • It is not respectful to write bad, insulting, nonsense feedback and degrade the person with a different perspective.
  • When we put ourselves in the world of social media, we should be responsible with what we are writing; disseminating hate and lies must not be a part of the agenda.
  • Google has given us the power of knowledge and perhaps we can use this to validate and conduct our own research to uncover realities. No one is perfect yet no one should be put in the highest position with proven scores of deceit.
  • Use reliable resources to confirm the statement of the Presidentiables. It is so easy to make promises but what’s the concrete plan? How to implement the platform? They are not supposed to merely point-finger, create a scapegoat, play around the bush, make myriads of bad words, or hit random comedic punch lines.

no-to-cyber-bullying-writenowna-blogSo you think your candidate is the right one to lead our country? Okay, I assume that you have done your part learning the truth and is not a blind follower. Giving your full loyalty to a person running in the government does not give you the right to demean others.  Have your “facts” ready when you start rebutting and please, it is futile to have barbaric comments without solid proof while having a one-sided view.

So much hate and division due to politics and again I ask, why? Is it even relevant? We are not even politicians to begin with. We are citizens practicing our right of free speech so why has this become the gateway of making digital enemies?

We should all be united and aim for a better Philippines—this election is an opportunity to achieve that and not about bashing others, planting hatred, uttering curses, cyber bullying and giving endless threats.

The result of the 2016 Election dictates our future and should not be the ground for causeless digital battlefield. Let us begin and continue by respecting our political differences and gear for a peaceful, progressive tomorrow.

SkidKart Circuit At The Village and Nuvali

SkidKart Circuit is a fun drift activity that can be experienced this summer at the South of the Metro for kids and anyone feeling like a kid. No need to envy younger children riding a moving kart at the park, you can now play and ride with them too!

Freshly conceived last December 2015, SkidKart is roaming the city to bring unique adventure for people of all ages. Feel like checking them out? The team is now skidding at the following venues:

The Village Sports Club –  Tropical Avenue, BF Homes, Las Piñas

  • Racing Dates: All summer of 2016
  • Circuit Time: 10am to 8pm every weekend and will be daily beginning March 25 to end of summer
  • Track Length: – 120ft/250sqm

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Solenad 3 – Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna (near National Bookstore and Kenny Rogers)

  • Racing Dates: March 3 to April 2, 2016
  • Circuit Time: 10am to 9pm
  • Track Length: 150sqm

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Some would just prefer to have a try while many are persistent repeaters who simply love the feel of the drive, pick your race:

  • P100 for 3mins
  • P180 for 6mins
  • P300 for 10mins

Safety is also part of the commitment. The organizers assures that all riders are provided with helmets, well briefed by marshals, big carts are equipped with seat-belts and brakes, stoppers are installed in every kart accelerator to reduce the speed. Marshals are also well-trained to ensure safety within the circuit. Barricades that are wrapped with foam are installed around the track to absorb the impact of the karts. And regardless of the weather, there are tents installed to protect the racers from the bright sun or heavy rain.

It is fun to see how everyone found their new ride and became an enthusiast of skidding!

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Kids skidding around

 

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92-year old skidder!

Our family will surely ride this again, and again, and maybe a lot more wherever they are! Try it and let me know if you had fun, too!

Photo credits c/o SkidKart Circuit FB Page

For inquiries, email skidkartcircuit@gmail.com