Monthly Archives: October 2015

Why this Young Mom is Fascinated with Small Homes

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I’ve been in the Real Estate industry for almost 5 years. And of course, I’ve seen a lot of homes from small ones to big ones. Obviously, it’s hard not to be amazed with the mansion – like properties. Most of the time, I would imagine myself owning one of the model houses, with my kids trying to destroy all the furniture (haha). But seriously, each time I would take my client to one of those big houses, I would tour them as if it was my own home.

But this post isn’t about the majestic homes I’ve been to. As much as I love to own one, I’m really into small spaces. In fact, one of my late – night addictions is to browse different websites about designing small spaces.  Some people don’t like the idea of living ‘tiny’, but I have my own reasons which I’m going to share with you.

Easy to Clean

You know how moms tend to become ‘OCs’, right? Well, I’m not one of them. Truth be told, I’m quite messy.  But as much as possible, I don’t want to hire a helper. Maybe because I value my privacy? (This is quite ironic because here I am posting some of my daily shenanigans and thoughts – haha)

No Room for Hoarding

If you live in a small space, you will try your best to get only the essentials. There will be no rooms for ‘dust – collector’ items. And because you don’t want to clutter your small space, you stay away from impulsively buying ‘not-so-important’ things. That means more savings.

Closer Bond with your Family

I used to have a classmate who lives in a huge house and the fastest way her mom could reach out to her is by intercom. That looks cool and all, but a little bit weird if you ask me. I am still a fan of the idea of knocking at my kids’ doors, telling (sometimes yelling) to go out of their rooms for some ‘healthy’ snacks.

You Enjoy the Outdoors More

If you live in a small space, you try to maximize the outdoors. You can go to the park, or you can stay on your garden. It’s actually a nice way if you want a quick ‘breather’.

Cheaper to Maintain

With all the repairs, real estate taxes and bills in between, I don’t think I have to explain this further. 🙂

Fortunately, living ‘tiny’ is becoming a trend in the Philippines. In fact, one of the projects that I am marketing enables average – earners to purchase their own homes, without sacrificing the quality of their humble abodes.

Here are some shots from LUMINA, Lipa Batangas.

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Photos are from a good friend of mine, Irene. 

There’s also LUMINA in San Pablo City, Laguna and model houses will be ready by the end of the year. I shall keep you posted.

Of course if given a chance to have my own mansion, by all means – I’d welcome that thought. But if small spaces could be this cute, then that’s more than enough for me.

The Truth behind ‘Work from Home’ – Challenges Encountered by this Young Mommy

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I’m a bit used to ‘You are so lucky you work from home’ lines from different people – mostly from those who are working in the traditional offices. Well, I can’t deny the advantages of working from home. One, I don’t have to experience the traffic. Two, I can work without taking a shower first. Third, I can save a lot of money from not allocating budget for food and clothes. Four, for a young mom like me – working from home means spending more time with the kids.

But don’t get me wrong ok, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. Working from home has its downside as well. While you think it’s all fun, I will share with you some of the challenges I face having my home as my office.

My Bed is Seducing Me

Oh gosh, if you think it’s hard to leave your beds to take a shower, it’s even harder to work knowing that your bed is just meters away from you. If you have tremendous discipline, you can work on your bed without turning your snooze button on. Otherwise, lock your bedroom (from the outside) and work in a more conducive area – like your living room if you don’t have your own office.

Long Queues – Government Bills

One of the perks of being employed in a more traditional work setup is that all your government bills are being managed by your HR. Most of the time, if you are working from home, you are employed by a foreign national living overseas, or you are like me – working on a freelance setup. Either way, they won’t do the payment on your behalf. Hence, you need to do it on your own. And yes, it can be time consuming to fall in line. Unless of course, there’s an online payment system which I can use. For now, I’m not yet convinced. 🙂

My Son ‘Accidentally’ Closed the File … I Haven’t Saved my Report!!!

I know that the CTRL + S function should be a mandatory task before leaving my desk, but there are few times that I wasn’t able to do it.

And what a stroke of luck I had – my son was already closing my files … one by one! Well, what can I say? Maybe, just put a note beside your computer/ laptop with this –  ‘SAVE FIRST BEFORE LEAVING YOUR DESK’ – make sure it’s BOLD.     

Aside from that specific scenario, it’s normal for me to work with my son pulling my hair, or my daughter sitting on my lap. Yes, it is cute. But if you are in a call with your boss, it’s best to just mute your device first. 🙂  Or lock yourself for a serene 10 minutes.

Oh, There Goes my Favorite Film on Star Movies

Now here’s another hard to resist temptation. If there’s something good on TV, I would automatically pause for a ‘quick’ break.

QUICK?? (rolling her eyes)

Before I know it, 2 hours have already passed. Holy cheese and rice!

And this is something that I’m REALLY trying to work on.

Wait, What? She’s Pregnant?

And since your home has become your office, you have very little social life. You only get ‘chismis’ from your online friends, or if someone posted a “We are Pregnant’ status on facebook. It’s not really a bad thing, but sometimes you become outdated. The good side, I have to push myself to watch CNN to keep myself informed. I try to stay away from showbiz talk shows because my facebook feed has enough of it!

There. I guess, that’s just about it. If you have something to add, place your comments.

I Love to Teach, I Love to Inspire – When this Young Mom Opened Her Mouth and Earned

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How’s everyone?

I hope you are doing great. If not, then just pray and be patient. Everything will eventually turn out fine. That’s just the way the world goes. 🙂

So what’s cooking?

Well, I just want to share with you my experience as a Resource Speaker.

You got that right. This young mom was invited to become a Resource Speaker. *giggles*

Token of Appreciation from TRBI

Token of Appreciation from TRBI

Shall we begin?

QUICK BACKROUND

I want to teach.

I want to inspire.

There’s something about talking in front of a huge crowd that fuels me. It’s something that I have always wanted to do. It’s not because I wanted to become a star or the center of attention. But because it was the easiest way to touch hearts – in just few blows.

Often times I think, what’s my purpose in life?

I know that being a mother has a full load of purpose, but someone who’s ambitious like me would love to hit it the extra mile. So yes, that’s probably one of the reasons why I want to be under the spotlight. To share what I know – and if God permits, inspire more people.

AN UNEXPECTED MESSAGE

It was a sunny afternoon when I received a message from a former classmate, TinMae, asking if I can be a resource speaker for the company she was working for.  The training was about Negotiation and Assertiveness.

Of course I wanted to. It was a new path for me and I always see myself teaching.  But you know what closed the deal?

It was the professional fee.

I’m not going to be a hypocrite. I needed the cash. And at first I thought it was only thing that I would get from this ‘raket’.

FLIPPING OLD COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS

It was a short notice but I was fortunate enough to have finished the course outline and presentation on time. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  I had to revive my Communication and Psychology textbooks. On the side, I had to blow the dust off my Sales Techniques books.  On top of that, it was imperative that my topics are cohesive with one another.

I want the training to be flawless, seamless. I want it to be perfect.

Goodness! It was fun flipping the pages of my books. In fact, I sometimes over- read because every time I flip, I would remember good memories. The mere smell of the pages was nostalgic.

When I received the email that my proposal has been approved, I did not become complacent. There was no room for me to rest. Hence, I read books, watched videos – basically to prepare for that big day.

Side note: I’d like to thank TinMae for this opportunity, and of course for all the assistance prior training.

TRAINING DAY

I woke up early – which I’m not used to- and just ate hotdog sandwich on the road.

Truth be told, I was pretty confident with my module. After all, I tried to look for the best ‘technical’ but easy to understand topics to discuss. But what scared the hell out of me was the fact that I need to talk for HOURS! I thought ‘I better bring sensible fillers and stories. Otherwise, I’m doomed’. Good thing I’m in sales for more than 5 years. My experience should be able to back me up.

Luckily, most of my trainees are young. More or less, we were on the same page when it comes to seeing life as it is. At least when I threw jokes most of them laughed. 🙂 After all, it would be very awkward if I see ‘poker faces’ from them.

It was my first time to be surrounded by people who work in banks. Of course I took the chance to learn few ‘jargons’ from them. At the same time, I tried to embrace how they do sales in a banking industry. It was a bit different from what I practice, but without a doubt, can be integrated to my tactics. (Maybe I’d make another post about making sales – I’m just baking it.)True enough, I learned from them. In fact, I think it was 50 – 50. They learned from me, I gained from them.

The trainees. Oh gosh, they are awesome!

Can you see me? 🙂 

LAST WORDS

I was dead tired after the seminar. I was even driving with my head afloat to Heaven- Knows – Where.  But one thing is for sure, it wasn’t just the money that I earned. It was a bag full of new knowledge and a pumped up self – worth.   Oh, and few friends too. 🙂