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AEVA_do you miss the office benefits

ANNswer: Do you miss the office benefits?

Overheard from Facebook: I miss the benefits in the corporate life.

Benefits. Hhhmmmm…..

Let’s see.

1. Insurance

Pwede ka pa din namang makakuha nito kasi malaki naman ang earnings mo as you work online.

2. Health card

Pwede ka din namang kumuha nito. Or be healthy. You actually have the time to be more conscious of what you eat (and better choices!)

3. Summer outings

Hhmm, yeah. Pero you have new friends na pwede mong mayaya. And you can travel anytime, right?

4. Christmas party

You give gifts to people you don’t like, may competition ng production (and we do it on the “sharing and caring season”!), aannnddd everyone’s talking about not having enough bonus.

Benefits. Hhhmmm…

Are you a virtual professional who also missed the office benefits? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Facebook Has Been Good To Me

Facebook Has Been Good to Me

Facebook has been good to me since I joined in 2009. Actually, kaibigan ko ang nagbukas ng account para sa akin. Later on, ako ang naging mas maalam sa Facebook.

Eventually, I left my secured government job and found clients who want to do Facebook social.

Facebook has been good to me that I try to share snippets of my life: realizations, lessons, overheards, kwento series, at kung ano-ano pa.

What I observed is every time I post stories, they have more reactions compared to shared links.

Hindi ko alam na my posts (stories) eventually goes out of the Internet and meet me offline.

Cases in point:

1. Sa sobrang pag-amin ko pala na crush ko si Tom Hiddleston, ang daming nagta-tag sa akin ng videos ng news about him. Last year at Jomar Hilario’s Instant Virtual Skills session, somebody asked “Ann, kumusta ka na? Naka-move on ka na ba?” (Tom Hiddleston is Loki in Marvel for those who don’t know him. During that time, Hiddleston was dating Taylor Swift.)

2. A few weeks before the Tom Hiddleston incident, somebody approached me and told me how brave of me to reply sa barat na client  in a mellow way kahit nainis ako. The person even told me that he watched my Periscope about low paying clients, agreeing that we should be paid based on our skills, not where we come from.

Based on my experience, Facebook loves stories (UPDATE: Now it loves videos with uber-compelling stories). Even if I don’t get to share it to people face-to-face, Facebook lets other people know that I create stories every day.

That I am human.

Hindi ako robot na kailangan ng CAPTCHA.

At kinailangan kong kumain ng mahal na ice cream para makalimutan ko ang HiddleSwift.


This was originally published in Jomar Hilario Virtual Careers Facebook Group in 2016.

Pandesal Wisdom

Pandesal Wisdom

One Saturday morning, Mama instructed me to buy pandesal in one of the nearest stores in our area.

When I arrived at the store, I said “Pabili” (May I buy?). The store owner (a lady) went out. I said, “Pabili po ng bente pesos na pandesal.” (I’d like to buy twenty pesos worth of bread.) The lady gave me the bread, but she took long in giving me a change for fifty pesos.

While waiting, I saw two men – an adult and a teenager – riding a bike. They were approaching the store where I bought the pandesal. When they arrived, I learned that the adult man was the lady’s husband, the teenager the son. They came home from rationing pandesal from neighboring areas.

“O, bakit ang tagal mong mag-sukli? Naghihintay ang customer,” (What’s taking you so long to give change? The customer’s waiting.) I overheard the man say to the lady, gently yet with urgency.

“Naghahanap ako ng barya; naubos na kasi,” (I’m trying to get loose change) the lady said. She then came out of the store, gave me my change, and with a smile, said, “Eto na ang sukli. Pasensya na po, natagalan.” (Here’s your change. Sorry for the delay). I said no problem, and then went on my way.

An ordinary story? Not for me.

Here’s the thing: the family may be selling pandesal, yet they know to value a customer.

From afar, the man and the teenager saw me waiting. They were already sensing there must be something wrong with the customer engagement.

When they arrived, the man gently yet told his wife not to make a customer wait.

Their teenage son made sure their bikes were properly parked. If he won’t do it, their bikes would look not presentable (and in working condition!) to their other customers.

The lady who gave me the change gave an apologetic smile because of the delay.

So for me, they are not just selling morning bread.

They’re selling world-class pandesal.

And that, ladies and gents, is my pandesal wisdom.


How about you? How do you value your clients? Share them with me on the comments!

Investing in Yourself: Four Things I Learned While Passing Through NAIA Expressway

I attended one of Jomar Hilario’s Masterclass. My usual route going home is by bus. But I bought something in Glorietta so I decided to ride a van at Ayala Terminal. I paid P65.00 (Huh? P65.00? I thought fare’s only P50.00?) and waited for the van to arrive.

The van arrived and I sat at the passenger’s seat. I expected an ordinary route: EDSA, Mall of Asia, Macapagal Boulevard, and Coastal Road. Instead, the van turned right by the Skyway area going to C5.

On my mind I was like, “Ooohhhkkaaayyy. Am I sure I am on the RIGHT vehicle?”

By the Villamor Airbase Golf Course area, the van turned right. If my GPS is right, we left Skyway and went to another highway in the sky (I’m bad at names and locations).

This must be the NAIA Expressway, I thought. I realized: I am charting a new route going to Cavite.

What could have been another ordinary travel going home became a lesson-filled ride, especially on investing in yourself.

Here are the four things I learned on “investing in yourself” while passing through NAIA Expressway:

1. You should have a mentor.

I am conscious of the road that I pass by every time I travel. If I see an unusual landmark or place, my brains start freaking out. “Am I lost?” is the first question the pops into my mind. Second question is “Will I be able to get to my destination?” On my NAIA Expressway experience, the driver drove the vehicle from the Ayala Terminal to Cavite. He has the wheels. I (along with the other sleepy passengers) trust the driver.

In investing in yourself, you need to find mentors (we’re talking of speakers, authors, or any influential person in your life that you want to learn from). Allow them to teach you. They share their experiences (good or bad). Their strategies tried and tested. Trust them to bring you to where you want to go.

Investing in Yourself: Four Things I Learned While Passing Through NAIA Expressway

Jomar, you are one of my exceptional mentors. Thank you!

2. You see a different perspective.

My suspicion that I was passing through NAIA Expressway became clearer when I saw Marriot Hotel from afar. Moreover, it seemed that the said building wasn’t that tall. Eventually, I saw other buildings in the Resorts World Manila area — and wait, was that NAIA Terminal 3’s second level?!

Investing on yourself gives you a different perspective because you are standing on the shoulders of the giants. Mentors share what they know because they want us to prevent, if not eliminate, mistakes. They want us to become better. As you invest on yourself, you become a better version of yourself. If you are ready to unlearn and relearn, you’ll see the world in a different view.

Investing in Yourself: Four Things I Learned While Passing Through NAIA Expressway

Investing in yourself gives you a different perspective because you are standing on the shoulders of the giants.

3. It brings you where you want to go — faster.

A typical weekend travel time from Ayala, Makati to my home is one and a half hours by bus via EDSA. With NAIA Expressway, the travel from Ayala Terminal to Coastal Mall: 20 minutes. My total travel time: 45 minutes. I left Makati at 8:45 PM yet I saw myself in bed at 10:00 PM. That was mind-blowing!

Investing in yourself means you want to get to another situation — a better situation. If you are a student of learning, it’s possible that you’d get to your ideal situation faster.

4. Sometimes, you need to pay.

While passing through NAIA Expressway, I think we stopped at two toll gates. It was then I realized why I paid P65.00 for the fare: cut travel time from one and a half hours to 45 minutes and the road was smooth (no traffic!).

Sometimes, in investing yourself, you need to pay to learn.

Does this mean that you shouldn’t go for free learnings? I don’t think so. Some people start learning by borrowing books or going to YouTube to watch videos. Mentors everywhere provide valuable free content. This era is everything digital; learning is at the tip of your hands.

But there’s magic when you pay for investing in yourself. You have more responsibility to learn and feel more motivated (for some obligated, but I don’t mind that) to finish what you started.

Investing in Yourself: Four Things I Learned While Passing Through NAIA Expressway

Sometimes, in investing yourself, you need to pay to learn.

Here’s a reply that I shared on one of the Facebook groups I belong to, when investing in yourself was discussed:

QUESTION: I want your help. My client wanted me to learn these stuff that I know nothing about: Google Ad, Keyword Search and SEO! I know there are tutorials on YouTube but do you guys know if may free course online na pang beginners at tsaka very easy to understand?

MY REPLY: Check out Udemy or Shaw Academy for courses. Huwag pong matakot kung feeling mo expensive. Kasi pwede mong sabihin sa client eto: “I found this course [link] and I am excited to learn it so I could help your business. However, I could not afford it for now. Would you be kind enough to buy the course for me?”

Huwag din pong matakot na mag-ask sa client. Una sa lahat: hindi nakamamatay ang pagtatanong. (ang pagtawid sa expressway, yes)

For me, it is better to look for high end seminars kasi magiging malaki ang balik income (and skills) wise later on.

What you could consider later on is to start selling these new skills so you can charge higher rates. Google Ads? You don’t know how many doors will open for you. (Hint: if you know Google Ads, you can do Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn ads. They command higher rates.).


I thought the lessons were over once I stepped out of Jomar’s Masterclass that day. Discovering a new route made me recognize that I am still in for more lessons.

How has investing in yourself benefited you? Share it on the comments.


55 What #AlDub is teaching us about Marketing

What #AlDub is teaching us about Marketing

Okay, okay. I am going to confess: I have watched TV in the afternoons these past weeks.

My usual routine in the afternoon is going straight to the home office after a short nap. This time around, I am switching the television on to watch Eat Bulaga, a long-time variety show in the Philippines. If you were one of the attendees of the Date with Freedom: 2015 Virtual Careers Summit and Seminar, you may remember that I even suggested to study marketing instead of watch television. What happened to me? Continue reading

Realizations on My First Facebook Ad Experience

I still could not figure out what happened to my first Facebook ad. As I have mentioned in my earlier blog, I did not receive ANY notice whether my ad was disapproved or not. Moreover, since Facebook’s Power Editor confirmed that my Facebook ad was uploaded and completed, I thought it will start running as scheduled.

Well, I’d like to take it as my first Facebook Ad punk. Anyway, Facebook did not charge me anything, so I am moving on from this incident (you owe me, Mark Zuckerberg). 🙂 Continue reading

5 things I realized about work-from-home

A few days ago, I saw an e-mail in my Facebook. I was surprised to find out that it was from my mentor, Jomar Hilario. He asked my help to list down 5 things about working from home that I didn’t realize was possible before. Sir Jomar said it’s for his Monday webinar.

Being the Jedi student (or wait, should I say a Gryffindor student?) that I am, I listed them down. Sir Jomar replied a few hours later asking for permission to use the list for his upcoming book (finally! it’s long over due, I could say.). I replied with a YES.

Sir Jomar again asked for another help: a story out of one of the things that I listed down. Still, like the Gryffindor student (or a Jedi student? Sorry, I couldn’t make up my mind) that I am, I sent my story to his e-mail after a few minutes.

I’m posting down 5 things about working from home that I didn’t realize was possible before here in this post. Do you have the same things on your list? Let me know your thoughts on this by commenting below.

Jomar Hilario’s “How to Become a Virtual Assistant” Seminar is on March 16, 2013. Go to http://filipinova.com for more details.

Well, what do you think of my list? Fire away your comments!

Well, what do you think of my list? Fire away your comments!