Another Twin Story

Another Twin Story

I got another twin story for you.

Well, this twin story is not related to my Twin Lakes escapade.

I am going to tell you about REAL twins! Babies!

Okay, let me be just clear: the twins are NOT mine. Let’s go to the story.

Weeks prior to Holy Week, I told my clients that I would be offline a day earlier than the scheduled holidays. I was able to finish all my tasks for them. I already planned to write blog posts or catch up on reading on the free day.

Then, I saw an Instagram post from a friend: his wife finally gave birth to twin boys! What a Holy Week blessing!

Since I got a free day, I planned to visit the husband, wife and their twin boys in the hospital. I thought of visiting them in the morning then do what I planned to do in the afternoon.

On the same day of my visit, they got permission to go home from the hospital.

Their first twin concern came: the husband will drive the car, and the wife will carry the other twin.

Who will carry the other twin?

So a few minutes after I arrived in the hospital, they asked me a favor: may I carry the other twin?

Of course! The question was: Can I?

Here’s the thing:

I am exceptional in social media management. I have increased the number of customers for one of my clients because of my social media work.

I can create an executable content marketing plan in four weeks.

I co-created a marketing lesson blog post with a virtual assistant friend that was shared more than 8,000 times on Facebook, retweeted more than 300 times on Twitter, and discussed in some of the classes three different schools in the country.

I can create a website. You’re looking at it.

I can do email campaigns and automation.

Okay, I will stop here and invite you to my About Page after reading this blog post. (I felt the wind got stronger.)

I hope you got my point: I am exceptional. Just kidding.

Can I carry a life in my arms?!

Okay, I carry babies and toddlers. They are a joy. But not a one-day old baby! And a tiny one at four point something kilos!

Seriously, I told a shorter and a humbler version of what I said above to the couple friends and they laughed.

And so I carried the other twin baby in my arms.

I felt the world stopped.

Suddenly, I forgot how exceptional my skills were.

I forgot how many tasks I was supposed to do for my clients once the Holy Week’s done.

I just concentrated on this one tiny human being sleeping in my arms. (Side note: I was able to make the newborn baby sleep many times during that day. A bottle of milk and a slow & gentle tap on the leg did the trick. I learned from the husband and wife team. I learned fast. That’s a skill point.)

It was the best feeling in the world.

You know why?

Because this tiny human being got my time. And I did not mind at all.

When the twins’ parents asked for a favor if I could accompany them when they go home from the hospital, I just dropped my plan and said “Yes.”

I gave my friends my TIME.

I gave the tiny human being my TIME.

Because I got time.

Who do you spend your time with?

 

This blog post is dedicated to Samuel Marco and Samuel Matteo Bendo. May you have the best times of your lives. And don’t prank your parents and grandmothers by exchanging clothes so you can give them a hard time knowing which is which. Oh great,  I just gave you an idea of your mom’s concern.
Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

Tagaytay? On a Tuesday?

As a virtual assistant, yes, I can go there. Plus my friends.

And we REALLY did go to Tagaytay on a Tuesday.

My virtual assistant friends and I invaded Tagaytay (specifically the amazing Twin Lakes) for the second time recently. This time around, we were not the only ones who spent time catching up offline. Three of the premium deal participants from the Work Smarter Online TeleSummit were with us, too!

Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

Wish you were here.

Part of the premium deal of the telesummit was an invitation to join one of our meet ups. Weeks prior to the meet up, we sent an email to the Work Smarter Online TeleSummit Premium Deal participants.

 

Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

Food, fun and friendships.

 

The three participants – Elena, Marikith and Angelica – never wasted time. They asked us many questions. They also shared with us their concerns as they continue their virtual career journey. Most of all, they saw that the “superstars” from the Work Smarter Online TeleSummit are just like ordinary people who experienced challenges and successes on their virtual career journey. It is our hope that in the near future; they can come back in Twin Lakes on a weekday with an exceptional virtual career, too!

 

Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

We are grateful to Elena, Marikith and Angelica for joining our meet up in Twin Lakes!

 

It was also a breather to meet my virtual assistant friends, whom I last saw in flesh last December! (or November? See, I could even remember.) Nath has done all the video angles for his video channel; Ralph made up for the missed meet ups with his banters; Ela was happy that she finally got to wear her violet fleece. Shawi and I got new movie files (That’s illegal!) while Conz and Lyn just enjoyed their food and coffee. Niña answered questions from the participants while uploading her client’s Facebook Ads. (Geesh, talk about working anywhere!)

 

Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

 

Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

We filled Bag of Beans with our laughter during that day.

 

Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

I told Lyn to take my photo with her iPhone because I look prettier on it. LOL

 

A famous person once said that you should surround yourself with people who will bring out the best in you. Indeed, Twin Lakes is beautiful. Yet I am blessed with the people I was with in Twin Lakes on a Tuesday.

 

Photos courtesy of Niña Mendoza, Ralph Solomon and Lyn Nafarette.

 

We are working on the downloadable version of the Work Smarter Online TeleSummit! It’s the recorded version of what Elena, Marikith and Angelica attended last year. Wait for the announcement on the launch!

Situations that Only Virtual Professionals Understand

Situations that Only Virtual Professionals Understand

I am still a big fan of Bitstrips, a comic app where you can create a comic version of yourself. Imagine my amusement when I saw the Bitstrip version of myself. It was like looking at a mirror!

In one of my sane days, I decided to compile situations that only virtual professionals understand. Starring me in all my Bitstrips glory. These Bitstrip comic situations first appeared on my personal Facebook account.

As I was working on the compiled situations, I could not help but wonder and be grateful because I never imagined that I would experience these situations. The dream of working from home has indeed came true. I was just writing about some of my work at home dreams in my earlier blogs!

Do you want to learn how to work from home, forget about traffic and office politics? Years ago, I decided to attend a seminar on How to Become a Virtual Assistant. It has helped me and a lot others how to build an exceptional online portfolio, have confidence in my value and skills, and market myself. I was mentored by Jomar Hilario, Philippines’ top online marketing guru.

Here’s the good news: Jomar is going to conduct another live seminar on virtual careers on April 9! Click here for more details.

You can’t attend on April 9? There is a downloadable version! What’s more, you can also choose between two seminar versions!

If you want to start on virtual careers, click here.

If you want to start on virtual careers by experiencing the recorded version of the Virtual Careers Summit in 2015, click here.

What’s the difference between the two? Here’s is the comparative review of my friend, Jones Mancilla of Positively Awesome Virtual Assistant.

Do you think the situations that only Virtual Professionals understand is cool? Do you feel that it is for you? Act now.

Lessons I Learned from Robert Kiyosaki and Friends

One of the unforgettable seminars that I attended last year was the Robert Kiyosaki Live in Manila with Masters of Wealth. I learned about how other ways to earn and grow my money (I was amazed at affiliate income and real estate) and how present a content that would enable you to offer your product (participants were literally running to avail of the programs from the speakers).

Lessons I learned from Robert Kiyosaki and Friends

Robert Kiyosaki was a few meters away from me!

Before I show you the lessons I learned from Robert Kiyosaki and friends, let me give you a run down of who’s who in Robert’s circle:

Robert Riopel – Top International Trainer
Richard Tan – Chairman, Success Resources
Andrew Matthews – Masterful Illustrator and International Speaker
Peng Joon – Leading Authority in Wealth Creation Online
JT Foxx – World’s #1 Wealth Coach
Mario Singh – Asia’s #1 Forex Coach

Notice their titles? It only goes to show that if you choose your friends wisely (or the people you hang out with), you will be in good hands.

Lessons I learned from Robert Kiyosaki and Friends

Robert Kiyosaki was a strict speaker. On a certain part of his talk, he took one of the participants’ phone when he clearly said we should not pick it up. Good thing I am a good student (Hahaha). Nah, I took this a few minutes after he appeared on the stage.

Being inside the venue with best selling author Robert Kiyosaki was an exceptional feeling. I stumbled upon Rich Dad Poor Dad when I was still working in a private school as a training specialist. It was also during that time that I already started reading Bo Sanchez’s 8 Secrets of the Truly Rich and followed finance experts.

I was happy that I attended the event with my brother and with my friends, too! Indeed, as Robert Kiyosaki said, his team is his best ally. Hey, I am an exceptional learner!

Lessons I learned from Robert Kiyosaki and Friends

Jones Mancilla, Ralph Christian Solomon and I worked together months prior to the event to make sure we get good seats. Achieved!

 

Lessons I learned from Robert Kiyosaki and Friends

More friends! Shawi Cortez and Nolan Lazaro were with us, too.

I compiled the best lessons that I learned from Robert Kiyosaki and friends in this PDF.

From Overseas Filipino Worker to Outstanding Filipino Worker: How does one make the transition?

From Overseas Filipino Worker to Outstanding Filipino Worker: How does one make the transition?

In the recently concluded Wealth Summit 2016, one of the most discussed question came from an Overseas Filipino Worker. The question posed was:

“How does an Overseas Filipino Worker transition?”

Everyone in the room had the approving mood. Sure, exceptional business mentors surrounded me, as well as Truly Rich Club members (composed of business owners, employees, infopreneurs and Overseas Filipino Workers). Yet, everyone considered the question valid and important.

In one of my posts, I told you the story of the diaspora that happened in my own family. There were also a number of households here in where I live where a parent is an Overseas Filipino Worker.

Here are some of the answers from the different Truly Rich Club mentors and Wealth Summit 2016 speakers. I hope you will find them helpful.

Moreover, if you are an Overseas Filipino Worker, I hope you will find them valuable and doable. May your transition from an Overseas Filipino Worker to an Outstanding Filipino Worker (whatever you want to do as long as it is legit and you are working here in the Philippines!) be enjoyable and fruitful.

BO SANCHEZ, Preacher in Blue Jeans

Learn new skills.

MAVES ANGELES, Happy Homes Realty CEO

Use your funds to build a passive income and business.

SHA NACINO, author, speaker and blogger

Become an infopreneur; sell information products online.

RONNIE SIASOYCO, President & CEO at Trion Management Corporation

The effects of having Outstanding Filipino Worker is a social problem because a parent or both parents are not at home to guide children. With the technology at hand, use it and communicate to your children.

Share with your children your struggle as you work miles away from them. Telling them stories will let them that you are sacrificing for them.

JOMAR HILARIO, Online Marketing Guru

One of the ways to transition from an Overseas Filipino Worker is to look for job opportunities online. He or she can do this part-time until such time he or she gets many clients, go full-time as a virtual professional, and then go home to the Philippines.

Even the family members of the Overseas Filipino Worker can work online, so while the latter is still working abroad, the family members has another source of income.

This is the reason why the How to Become a VA (Virtual Assistant) Seminar became the Virtual Careers book. The book can reach more people, just like attending the same seminar. All you have to do is to follow everything that is written in the book.

Work from Home who needs to go abroad

Work-from-Home: Who Needs to go Abroad?

I remember how the family of my mother’s sister went to Canada one by one (or should I say, family by family).

It was in 1998 when the classic story of Filipino diaspora happened in my mother’s side of the family. When one of my aunt’s daughters (my cousin) married a Filipino-Canadian, she petitioned her older sister. The older sister followed to Canada and when got settled, she took her whole family. Then the sisters told their older brother to follow. When the older brother has settled, he told his family to pack up and leave. Then my aunt and uncle were petitioned later on.

I was a graduating college student when I realized that almost all of them were already in Canada.

All these years when they went home for a vacation, they would tell me to start preparing my papers for Canada. They said I would get all the help I need – a place to stay and support in looking for work.

Before, I was tempted to prepare my papers and follow them. Lately, I tell them, “Nah, I’ll go there to visit you.”

Why can I say that?

I can say that because I learned about work-from-home from Jomar Hilario.

Work-from-home was just an idea many years ago. Thanks to the development of technology, the widespread list of reasons of what we can do in the Internet, and a mentor who is willing to help, I learned that I can work at the comforts of my home.

I can not blame my relatives from going abroad; they have their reasons for doing so. But I also have the power of choice of not joining the diaspora.

How about you? Would you like to work from home, too?

Well, a lot of us say “yes” when asked “do you want work from home”? We all think it’s some kind of fantasy (that’s impossible) or it’s heaven (I wish…).

Why not stop the speculation and investigate what to expect, how much can you earn, and know more about how you can do this “work at home thing”?

Listen to the “work at home” expert Jomar Hilario as he trains you on how you can start making steps to leaving your stressful work and just staying in your bedroom all day …while earning.

For the live seminar on April 9, 2016, click here.

You won’t be able to make it on the live seminar? Click here instead.

With work-from-home, who needs to go abroad?

Faith Restored in Wealth Summit 2016

Faith Restored in Wealth Summit 2016

Last Sunday was an unsuspecting Sunday for me. My only goal during that day was to attend The Feast in Bay Area, Manila.

Faith Restored in Wealth Summit 2016

Jones, Ralph, Patty and me after one of The Feast sessions last weekend.

After meeting Ralph and Patty Solomon (they shared their UK trip stories. Welcome back, newlyweds!) , I walked Jones Mancilla of Positively Awesome Virtual Assistant to the venue of the Wealth Summit 2016 (it was on the other side of the PICC). It was the third and Bonus Day (it is optional to attend it).

Then, the unsuspecting surprise happened: a friend (through her VA) gave me an ID for the Wealth Summit. My friend told me in an SMS that she could no longer attend the Bonus Day because she was too tired.

Faith Restored in Wealth Summit 2016

The accidental attendee with the ultimate “seminarista” (seminar addict) Jones Mancilla.

The unsuspecting Sunday was fun-and-learning-filled. I felt awesome to be surrounded by exceptional Truly Rich Club members, business owners, and Wealth Summit 2016 speakers.

I experienced having local clients last year. Unfortunately, unexpected problems came up that created a jaded virtual professional in me. I vowed not to accept local clients because of my experience. My faith in Filipino business owners was restored after attending the Wealth Summit Bonus Day. What more if I was able to attend the whole three days?

Faith Restored in Wealth Summit 2016

One of the many words of business wisdom from THE Dean Pax Lapid.

Here were the solid realizations that restored my faith back to Filipino business owners:

1. One of their key factors to their success is having a God-centric business.

Jorge Wieneke of Tokyo Tempura mentioned that having a God-centric business is one of the key factors to his business success.

Dean Pax Lapid said, “Running a business is a mixture of failures and successes.” Whatever phase in their businesses were (success or failure), Filipino business owners never forget to offer it to God. That is why some of the speakers, even on the brink of giving up, just kept on persevering to keep the business going. No wonder, their business never looked back after achieving success after success.

Faith Restored in Wealth Summit 2016

The DEAN is in.

2. Filipino business owners continue – and even expanded – their generosity wallet.

Filipino business owners either provide awesome employment to their staff (even giving them trips abroad!) or make them business partners.

Edwin Nerison of Nerison’s Cassava Cake told the story of one of his employees during their “fishball moment” (they were eating fish balls) that the latter wanted to have a printing press. Nerison also wanted to have a printing press so he does not have to outsource the printing of his product boxes. His employee is now his partner in the printing business that they created.

3. Filipino business owners know to follow their passion, not money.

Dr. Romy Paredes of Wellnessland Health Institute told his story of listening to intuition in decision-making. From being a doctor who was educated to provide medicines for every disease, he created a business that would enable patients to go back to the basics – eat well, exercises, breathe properly, and even hug a tree!

He also added (and with this, I vowed a self-discipline mode) that health is also an investment. You do not accumulate money and later on use it to make you well.

Faith Restored in Wealth Summit 2016

Our mentor, Jomar Hilario, was there, too! We took this groupie while he was answering a question during the discussion.

4. Filipino business owners know that business is also about building relationships.

Lea Recomite of Spa Solandra and Toots Palomo of Great Image mentioned that relationship building is important in business. In addition, they did not only talk about building relationships with customers. Business partners and suppliers also add to the business family. A business owner should not think that they should make a fool out of business partners and suppliers.

Faith Restored in Wealth Summit 2016

Now THIS is an unbelievable customer service. Thank you, Ms. Toots Palomo of Great Image!

5. Filipino business owners live Kaizen, or continuous improvement.

Being inside the room with majority of business owners, I did not feel intimidated at all. Everyone was all ears to all the speakers and to those who added inputs. On the other hand, they were not selfish in giving insights.

An exceptional “wow” moment for me was when real estate expert and Think Rich Pinoy! author Larry Gamboa stood up to ask a question to one of the speakers. For a person who has helped many to earn money from real estate, it was a wonder to see how he has kept his curiosity in learning more.

Faith Restored in Wealth Summit 2016

Think Rich Pinoy! author Larry Gamboa asking a question to one of the speakers.

Not only was my faith restored to Filipino business owners. I rekindled the reason why I became a virtual professional (considered an infopreneur): I wanted to earn more so I can give more. I must admit, mundane and big concerns tend to make me forget one of my big Whys. Attending the Wealth Summit 2016 Bonus Day reminded me of that.

Faith Restored in Wealth Summit 2016

Jones and I with Preacher in Blue Jeans Brother Bo Sanchez.

aith Restored in Wealth Summit 2016

 

Special thanks to Jaymee Dela Cruz and Niña Mendoza and Elaine Gay Chavez.

If you remember, I was at the Wealth Summit 2015 as a volunteer for Jomar Hilario’s booth! It was fun to be with virtual professional friends and be able to break down our volunteer experience using Facebook Ad terms! See the story here.

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