Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Work At Home Jobs : Is it for you?

What is work at home jobs?  Wikipedia describes this as  :
Telecommuting, e-commuting, e-work, telework, working from home (WFH), or working at home (WAH) is a work arrangement in which employees enjoy flexibility in working location and hours. In other words, the daily commute to a central place of work is replaced by telecommunication links. Many work from home, while others, occasionally also referred to as nomad workers or web commuters utilize mobile telecommunications technology to work from coffee shops or myriad other locations.

I used to work abroad and decided to come back home to be with my kids.  Unfortunately, Philippines is one of those countries that could be biased with age when it comes to jobs.  So, armored with whatever knowledge I have in outsourcing, I decided to look for a work at home job.  Surprisingly, I got a nice work at home job a week after I got back from abroad, giving me a firm reason to finally decide to stay for good. 

Question, is work at home jobs for you? The key to working at home is time management.  In my own opinion, as a first time stay at home mom, it was difficult for me to just sit in front of the computer when there are tons of chores around you.  Or when the kids are overwhelmed with ideas and can't wait to share them with you.  Balancing time is essential otherwise, you would end up sacrificing either the tasks you need to do at work or the chores that needs to be done.  

Work at home jobs could sometimes be boring and would turn out to be a routine.  I would suggest that when the kids are in school, take some time to work in a coffee shop to change the atmosphere and the feel of your work.  It would give you a new environment and a new drive.  It works for me, I'm sure it would work for you.  

The most important tip I could give you is --- be brave enough to try new things.  Being traditional and conventional isn't bad but learning and opening yourself to new things and technology might be of benefit to you.  Be positive.  Work at home jobs works for a lot of people out there.  There are tons of high paying work at home jobs.  Be brave, be open --- you'll enjoy it.   

The perks of work at home jobs --- more time with your family, more time with your kids, the ability to go out anytime you want.  You can go on a vacation anywhere and anytime because you can actually take your job with you.  What more can you ask for? So, whether you are looking for a full time or a part time job, there is always a work at home jobs for you. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How To Train Your Dragon : A Good Watch!

My daughters and I were looking for something to do yesterday when we decided to watch a movie.  My eldest daughter declared to treat her little sister to a 3D movie (250 PHP) as a reward for being helpful to both of us.  Oh by the way, I work at home and my daughter is working as a part time email generator.  Since she got her first ever paycheck for the week (she earns 1,500 PHP for 20 hours a week work), she decided to treat her sister and I to the movies.

We all decided to watch the 3D movie, How To Train Your Dragon.  EAM and I had experienced 3D and 4D when we were in the US in 2008.  So this will be the first time that KIM would experience watching 3D and yes you bet, she enjoyed every bit of it.  

The movie effects and the graphics were amazing.  I have to admit, I enjoyed it as much as they did.  I felt like a young kid all over again -- What I loved most about the story was the morale of the story.  The 
lesson that is being conveyed was very nice.  I don't want to burst the bubble of excitement for those who haven't watched the movie so I would not go into exact detail.  This movie is a good movie to watch with the entire family.  Take your kids -- enjoy it with them -- feel great and feel young again.


Recognition Day

It's the end of the school year for the Philippines.  We normally start school in June and summer vacation starts sometime end of March.  At the end of each school year, we have what we call recognition day for students who made it to the honors list or awarding of medals for all non-academic awardees.  I am blessed with smart girls.  EAM, who's in freshman highschool (7th grade equivalent) got the 13th honor spot for her entire level with an average of 91.38 (yep, she's in the 13th spot...I wonder how well did the 1st do? hehehe -- just thinking).  Anyway, my daughter EAM has always been excellent with her academics.  In fact, she graduated as first honorable mention and is a full scholar in her freshman year in a private school.  Because of her achievement this year, she would still be a full scholar when she enters her sophomore year.

 (EAM's Certificate of Honors)
KIM on the other hand is as smart as her sister, EAM.  The only problem she encountered in school was her Filipino subject.  (FYI, my kids grew up in China and they grew up using English as their language -- well EAM used to speak and write Mandarin.  Up 'til the present, KIM can't speak the Filipino language making her get poor grades in Filipino subject).  Anyway, KIM got the GOLD in Math and Bronze in Christian Education.  

         (KIM showing off her two medals)         

 (KIM with best friend, Soowha)
 (KIM with their nanny for 3 years now)

It was difficult that day.  I have to be in two different places at the same time.  But with patience and time management, I was able to be with my girls to get their awards.  That day meant so much for my girls --- and it meant twice for me.  My happiness is overwhelming being blessed with two smart kids.  I am so grateful to have very good kids. 

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bond With Your Friends and Your Kids

Being a single parent involves a guilt trip when I go out with my friends -- maybe it's just me, but it's how I would feel most of the time.  So how do you spend time with your friends without the guilt trip? Simple, spend time with your friends AND with your kids.  Organize something that you and your friends would enjoy---and bring your kids with you so they can meet new friends and enjoy the day with you as well.  Yesterday, my friends (Sarah, Myra, Kit) and I organized a pool party for the kids ---
(L-R : Kit, me, Sarah, Myra) It was one of the best times I've ever spent with my friends, and it was one of the best pool parties my kids had in a long time.  EAM and KIM made new friends (Yanna, Andrea, Nina, Blue, and Jolo (and sorry ---didn't get his name :D).

Bond with your friends and your children.  There are ways to spend time with your friends and your kids at the same time.  It's never too late to feel young again.  Enjoy every bit of time ---- it's all worth it.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Durian Jam (in Thailand it's called Durian Guan)

Davao City is famous for its DURIAN. Most of my friends love it -- some don't. I would say, I'm in the middle. I'm not a huge fan of durian. I hate the smell of it but don't get me wrong, I would eat a lot when I'm craving for it.

Lately, my Dad's farm is producing too many durian that I need to find a way to preserve them instead of throwing them away. I surfed the internet and found this recipe for Durian Jam (Durian Guan). I've tried making it and it's just mouth-watering.  Try it --- happy jam (guan) making.

Durian Jam (Guan) from Joy's Thai food
1/2 kg. Ripe durian (pick the one that is very ripe)
8 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
Cooking Instructions:
1. Mix durian and sugar into the pan. Use low heat and stir until it gets thick.
2. Notice when you stick your finger on it, it won’t get on your finger.
The durian meat which is too ripe will have some juice that will help the jam not to get burn on the stove. Anyway, keep stirring and always use low heat.
Hard work, :) you will get a big arm muscle as a benefit.
3. When it is ready. Leave it cool off and pack in a container.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hot Summer Day in the Pool with Kimmy

One of the things that KIM misses most is swimming in the pool.  When I was away, she wasn't able to go swimming.  It was one hot day (March 18) that we have decided to take her swimming in the pool.  She loved every bit of it.  Enjoyed every moment. 

I am a work-at-home mom.  When I work, my girls would "work" with me.  Here's how our mini-office in our room looks like. EAM, who just turned 13, now enjoys working with me.  She helps me by doing a part time online job.  I share everything with my kids.  I love bonding with them.

Songspell and a proud mama

After being away from my girls for eight long months, I am again the active hands-on mom.  Songspell is one of the activities that my eldest EAM is crazy about.  It is a group of young kids and adult that has the passion for performing arts.  Proud as any mother can be, I am documenting this performance they had last March 22, 2010.

Documented here is also a video footage of one of their rehearsals.