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Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

First Webinar Guesting for 2017: Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

I was humbled and honored to a panelist of Jomar Hilario’s webinar on Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home. It was my first webinar guesting for 2017 and I’m with fellow virtual assistant friends!

Together with the motley crew Niño and Yuan Natividad, Eleazar Jose and Sheree Brizo, we answered questions that current virtual assistants experience.

Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home


Here were some of the questions during the webinar:

First Webinar Guesting for 2017: Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

First Webinar Guesting for 2017: Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

Here’s the video of the webinar:

Were you present on the webinar? Let me know in the comments what you have learned!


Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

Ask AEVA: Don't you miss your officemates

Ask AEVA: Don’t you miss your office mates?

A former office mate (and still a friend) asked me a question via Facebook Messenger.

Don’t you miss your office mates?

See my response in my screenshot (together with the comments that I got from other virtual assistant friends).

Ask AEVA: Don't you miss your officemates

Don’t you miss your officemates? My answer: Sometimes yes. Most of the time no.

Now, before you glare at me and scream “How ungrateful!”, “What a loner!”, or worse, “Mewling quim!” , let me explain.

As you saw by now in my response, I said, “Sometimes yes. Most of the time no.”

Let’s break it down:


I forged working relationships with the best mentors. I am forever grateful for their wonderful lessons that they gave to me.

I met exceptional people who became my friends until now. I am happy for their successes. And I hope they are happy for me, too.

I miss spending time with them. That’s why I try my best to catch up stories with them in any way possible.


I do not miss the times that I had to deal with toxic people. They are present in any office.

I do not miss the times when I had to be pitted or compared with someone else because that’s not the way it was supposed to be.

I do not miss the times when I heard office politics news because there was nothing else to talk about.

I’d rather be alone than be with others who sulk in sour graping and endure office politics. Honestly, there’s gotta be more to life than that.


I hope I set things straight and clear.

Cut yourself some slack

Cut yourself some slack.

Recently, I talked to another virtual professional and a good friend. As we were about to end our conversation, we talked about being busy with many things.

My friend has highly satisfied clients, expertise on chosen niche, and is able to reach monthly income goal. Seriously, my friend can ask for the moon.

However, sometimes, my friend feels there is just too much of everything.

Guess what, I feel the same way, too.

Before you switch to other posts, please get this: my friend and I are not complaining.

A few years back, we used to dream of becoming a person who works from home.

Now, I get to wake up without the worries of being stuck in traffic or having conversations with people who criticized me as if they knew me from
Adam. These are just two of the many experiences I have now. Believe me, I will not trade it for anything else (ohhkkayy, maybe an island of my own with unlimited Internet access will be an interesting offer).

Then came the thought. I told my friend, “I think we should cut ourselves some slack and let loose.”

I think we got too happy with our accomplishments yet we forgot to celebrate it.

Cut yourself some slack

A few years back, I used to dream of becoming a person who works from home.

Instead of saying just, “Yay!” I thought of, “Yay! I need to focus on being exceptional at this! I mean, I am too crazy to lose this!”

Instead of basking in the sun even for a few minutes, I say to myself, “I’ll finish this so I can see the stars instead.” Later on, I realized I never saw even the slightest of clouds nor the brightest stars.

That about-to-wind-down conversation was an early wakeup call.

Cut yourself some slack

One of the posts that my friend sent me via Facebook. Still waiting for the baked things.

We are all running towards big and small successes every day. Cutting ourselves some slack and let loose means, we need to run on our comfortable pace.

Because sometimes, when we think someone is chasing us, there is really none.

I tried locating the source of the two visual caption images through Google Images. But a lot has used the images, I could not find the original creator! If you know who created the images, please notify me so I can credit them formally.

I just shed a tear on live Internet

I just shed a tear on live Internet.

Believe me when I say that I am always grateful to my mentor, Jomar Hilario, every time he is giving me an opportunity to share my virtual professional journey.

Recently, I shared to the participants of his latest Ask Me Anything Marathon Webinar how I prepared our house, bedroom and family for my virtual career. Looking back, it was an exceptional journey. It never occurred to me that I would be able to experience preparing for my virtual career journey, let alone sharing it. I used to hear other virtual professionals prepared their house, bedroom and family for my virtual career.

I just shed a tear on live Internet.

This is one of the teaser posters for the marathon webinar.


I just shed a tear on live Internet.

Another one.


I just shed a tear on live Internet.

Aaannnddd another one.

Everything went on smoothly during my audio test with Isabelle Cuenco (one of Jomar’s virtual professionals) days before the webinar. However, nothing prepared me for the live webinar.

I think some of the webinar attendees forgot what my topic was about and remembered just one person: my Papa.

I just shed a tear on live Internet.

This is my father on my first Snapchat post of him.

I shared with the webinar participants some stories about my father, with the objective of allowing family members to know a little bit about what a virtual professional does (and bond with them as well).

I just shed a tear on live Internet.

Keep only the things (and people, if I may add) that spark joy.

Judging with the responses that Jomar released from his recent blog, a few shed a tear on my story. Here they are:

I just shed a tear on live Internet.

A screenshot of some of the responses from the webinar. I got this from Jomar’s email newsletter.

Eventually, as one of the participants shared why she cried, I (gasped!) found myself having a lump on my throat and water in my eyes.

Oh. My. God. Am I about to make myself cry?

And as you guessed it, I shed a tear of live Internet.

And as Jomar said, “Success leaves tracks.” So I guess the crying moment goes with that, too.

Not complaining, by the way.

I just shed a tear on live Internet.

Success leaves tracks.

Do you want to watch the whole Ask Me Anything Marathon Webinar? Nath Reyes and Anna Termulo also shared exceptional tips! Click here.

Jomar Hilario’s “How to Start Your Virtual Career Seminar”, the LIVE version, is on April 9, 2016! I heard it’s ALMOST FULL! Quick and save yourself a seat here: http://virtualcareersbook.com/seminar/

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.

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?


Have you found the book that can change your life?

I recently tweeted that I am now on my 15th book of the year!


I was happy to tweet that for many reasons: one, I am beyond my target of one book a month (12 books a year); two, I am reading more physical books you know, the one with paper and you hold it with your two hands?) than listening to audio books; three, as related to reason number two – is because I now have the time to read a physical book!

But out of the 15 books, I found two that are really life-changing. The two books are easy-to-read and easy-to-apply. If I will follow the instructions of the book, I will again see myself on a new adventure. But since it is not yet the end of the year, I will keep the book titles a secret (wink wink).

Indeed, reading books is not only expanding my horizon and imagination; it also lets me discover new things that can help me improve myself.

How about you? Have you found the book that can change your life?

If I may suggest, I recommend you to buy “Virtual Careers: Earn Dollars at Home, Eliminate Daily Stress, Embrace Your Family More”, the first-ever book of my mentor, Jomar Hilario. You will discover a secret formula that unlocks the steps to your virtual career, unique solutions to fix most online job problems and more.

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Screengrab from Jomar Hilario’s Facebook account.


Get a chance to peep on the stories of ordinary Filipinos who work from home (like moi). And for inspiration, the book also has wonderful freedom scenes that you will experience if you follow the instructions in the book!


Virtual Careers is the book version of the How to Become a Virtual Assistant Seminar that Jomar ran for many years. I have attended that seminar twice – one in a downloadable version (learn at your own pace) and one live event (where I got to share my experiences as a virtual professional). The seminar paved the way for me to become a virtual professional.

I am happy that the Virtual Careers book finally came out. It is one of the few books in the country that talks about virtual careers (because people think we don’t exist). I was able to attend a few live meet ups with Jomar where during our activity, he would write this book. I realized how hard it is to write a book, yet it inspired me to publish mine in the near future.

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We dropped by the Shepherd’s Voice Publications booth at the 36th Manila International Book Fair for the Virtual Careers book! Photo credit: Niña Lauren Mendoza


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Got my copy!


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From left: Jomar Hilario, Nath Reyes, Dha Teñoso, Jones Mancilla and I.


My mother has read the book right after I got home from buying it at the 36th Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center. She realized she reached the middle of the book! Go check her mid-book review.

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Screenshot of my recent Facebook status. My mom might finish the book tomorrow.

If you think this book is for you, then go get your copy at the 36th Manila International Book Fair happening at the SMX Convention Center from 16 to 20 September 2015. Go to the booth of Shepherd’s Voice Publications in Aisle K (K for Kerygma!). Who knows? You might get to talk to my mentor, too!

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You might want to check the blurb at the back cover of the book. 😉

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