Wednesday, March 28, 2018

How to Manage a Messy Car when Traveling with Kids

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. 

Do you remember the time when you and your partner boiled down the reasons for why and what kind of car will you two be purchasing? I remember when we decided to get the car we need, the budget was the main reason for it. Since we were just two at that time the convenience of getting the exact car model that fitted our budget became the main reason. But when we got kids, and extra space in the car starting to concern us, we traded our old car to a new one. And, that move was the best decision we made! 

Every time we travel with the kids, we spend the whole day preparing their things and stuff to be loaded into the car.

These consists of; a bag of diapers, extra clothes, food, toys, and again bags of clothes. Although we tend to pack light, you can never pack light when you have kids. I guess this concern will eventually become a little concern when they can manage themselves to pack their own things for travel.

Since we enjoy the concept of traveling because it gives the kids the sense of adventure and time to bond with each other in a compact space, kids need to get occupied while on the road. And, food is one of the best distraction for them. I know parents like me will agree on this. Food can be a mess when traveling. During the course and the experience we had traveling with kids, we somehow learned how to manage a messy car. The most common item that can cause this is food, spills of liquid food and drinks, crumbs, fruit peels, strong scent of a certain food and sometimes, soaked diapers and soiled clothing. 

A messy car can cause a lot of stress for both the parents and the kids. Here are some tips you can do to prevent a messy car:

  • always bring ziplock bags where you can dump food litters and trash, seal it every time to prevent leaking and also those unwanted smell. 
  • plan food to bring for the whole duration of the trip, use coolers to preserve food.
  • separate each bags for each kid, this will prevent food pieces to drop on the floor.
  • recycle old sheets to use and cover on top of the car seat.
  • use cups with lids, make sure they are secure and with non-spillage.
  • empty trash from time to time during the course of the trip.
  • do not overpack with food that might spoil.
  • teaching is the best discipline. :)
There's no reason for the family not to enjoy a good family trip, it can be messy but it's all worthwhile.
So, start packing things and hit the road...create memories for you and your family to treasure. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

How Do You Take Care of Your Hair?

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. 

Everyday routine for hair care can be overrated, with all the products in the market that can cater for every member of the family, one can't get that right and perfect product brand that you can stick too for a lifetime. We tend or always sort out for hair care products for so many reasons; a new brand that came out in the market, some celebrity endorsers, the price of the product, check out the product literature, chemically or organic based, etc. 

Imported and locally produced hair care products can be sold and purchased easily and options vary widely. Hair care products can be used to naturally grown hair or even to hair products such as hair wigs, hair extensions (curly, straight, or different kinds of braids like crochet braids and such). Divatress is one of the leading e-commerce company that caters thousands of hair care products and wigs, which you can use for party, aesthetic use and to achieve that everyday new look. Products from them are being used by professional stylists, make-up artists and even students which means affordability and high-quality of materials are to be expected.

Different hair care products you can use depending on your convenient time and of course practically aside for the money you can spend to buy a certain brand. You also need to consider things like chemically- treated hair and the type of hair strand. 

Shampoo, hair conditioner, hair serum, hair balms, hair wax, hair mousse, hair spray and dry shampoo -which I have not tried using it and of course curious about it. 

In my own personal experience, having a thin strand of hair which is due to aging and sun exposure, hair products are my go-to solution, volumizing hair and other hair care remedies to attain hair growth are always my consideration in picking haircare products. 

In buying hair products always check what is best for you, it doesn't have to be the same as your friends preferred brand name or your favorite celebrity endorser promotes. Choose what is right, and what your hair needs. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

BALDWIN CHAM VELASCO, Finance Executive, and aspiring Philanthropist

“You are defined by three things: your passion, your words, and your loyalty. In business, I always believe that a man is as good as his words. Business is not about scheming or going under the table, but rather, strategizing and being successful through merits and keeping your promises. Loyalty and trust are earned through time and lost in a minute. Business is an opportunity to create relationships wherein all stakeholders are happy, in the ideal world. When faced with inevitable challenges, strive to stay positive, optimistic and endure. Failures create opportunities for us to become better versions of ourselves. Everything is about having setting a goal and achieving it if circumstances do not lead you closer then it, then it only derails you. Always have a grateful heart and a purpose. These are the principles that I try to live by in business as well as in life.

As said so eloquently by the successful Executive Vice President of Filcredit Finance & Capital Development Corporation, Baldwin Cham Velasco, who has been with the company since May 2012. In just a span of 6 years, Velasco now manages a portfolio close to PHP500 million and manages all aspects of the financing company.

“I ensure the maximum recovery and collections of all regular, remedial, delinquent and bad accounts through negotiations, compromise, amicable settle and legal remedies. I make sure to exhaust all means necessary to collect through amicable settlements while maintaining good relations and proper documentation for the maximum security of Filcredit,” said Velasco.

Filcredit Finance and Capital Development Corporation (Filcredit) is a finance company that has been offering financial products and services since 1990. Filcredit provides a reliable source of working capital financing to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The company continues to further reinvent itself and is now diversifying their products, including micro-financing in its financial offerings. Composed of a team of highly-skilled professionals, Filcredit’s goal is to help companies better manage their cash flow so they can focus more on production, sales, business development, and of course, increase their bottom line.

As with any financial company, Velasco admits that constant creativity and resourcefulness are very important aspects which are needed to successfully manage the company’s treasury and renegotiate with the company’s non-cooperative accounts and convert them into cooperative compliant ones.

“I lead a very lean organization while ensuring to manage the treasury of the company the best way I know how. I create various business solutions and remedies for various SMEs to ensure their continued survival and further grow their business through financial partnering. I am very passionate about this and I believe that in business, as well as in life, there should always be a win-win solution, regardless of the situation,” added Velasco.

And to always achieve a win-win solution for both parties, Velasco says that it is crucial for people to always maintain good professional relationships with everyone around them, most importantly their banks and other financial institutions they are in business with. This way, their line of credit will always remain to be a viable option, should the need arises.

Velasco is in the business of managing relationships and as with this kind of business, relationship, being the operative word, is all about honesty, transparency, and trust. These three key traits comprise the secret to his success and continue to be the driving force behind his management style.

“I truly believe that my success really stems from these three innate qualities – being honest, transparent, and being trustworthy. I always try to incorporate these into the work environment that I am in and manifest itself in how I work with people and vice versa. By championing these traits, whether it be in the workplace or with my clients, I find that when the trust has been established, the sense of security is increased and people start feeling more empowered, thus leading to more productivity and a better outlook on life. Yes, over time, these priorities may change but what should never change, is my personal commitment to be as open, honest and be as transparent as possible, with the people I work with, and this I feel has made all the difference,” said Velasco.

As an aspiring philanthropist, It is Baldwin’s passion to also help the gay community and is a donor at the Sustained Health Initiatives of the Philippines, focusing on empowering HIV-positive occasional or habitual drug users who want to change by providing them with medications, assistance, counseling and other interventions that would help them have better lives.

Baldwin Cham Velasco took up Master of Arts in Psychology, Major in Industrial Organization, as well as Bachelor of Arts in Management Economics at Ateneo de Manila University. His works have been published including his research on LGBT Workplace Discrimination; provided research on Social Entrepreneurship entitled, “Pathways” and contributed content for the book, “For the People, With the People: Developing Social Enterprises in the Philippines”, which won the Cardinal Sin Catholic Best Book in Ministry during the Catholic Mass Media Awards in 2010. He was also the presenter for the Psychological Association of the Philippines for the research that he did on Social Entrepreneurship, Pathways in 2009.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Bong Tan : Every Bottle of Tanduay is Made from Green Intentions

Lucio "Bong" Tan, president of Tanduay Distillers, said: "“We understand the need to lessen our impact by making our operations cleaner and greener. We do not just want to make the best rhum in the Philippines, but we want everyone to know that our rhum is made with good intentions and we hope to improve our operations year after year,” Tan continued, adding that, they have started investing in solar energy as a cleaner alternative as well. “We want our consumers to know that every bottle of Tanduay that they drink is made from green intentions and green energy.

Tanduay president Lucio “Bong” Tan, Jr. has been actively supporting grassroots sports. Beyond sports, Tan is also passionate about green initiatives. He himself was on top of the transformation to a zero-waste facility of Absolut Distillers, Tanduay’s alcohol distillery based in Lian, Batangas. The facility bagged numerous environmental awards, including the prestigious Green Apple Awards, an annual international campaign to recognize, reward and promote environmental best practices around the world. Absolut Distillers is the only local distillery to have received this award up to this day. The company likewise has since been a recipient of awards by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for their outstanding environment conservation practices.

“We understand the need to lessen our impact by making our operations cleaner and greener. We do not just want to make the best rhum in the Philippines, but we want everyone to know that our rhum is made with good intentions and we hope to improve our operations year after year,” Tan continued, adding that, they have started investing in solar energy as a cleaner alternative as well. “We want our consumers to know that every bottle of Tanduay that they drink is made from green intentions and green energy.”

The Tanduay president further shared that the concern for the environment sprang from the knowledge that the distillery industry is considered as one of the dirtiest. “Before we took over Tanduay, there have been cases filed against its practices pertaining to pollution. We said, let us clean up first. We started investing in technologies that we are using in our Absolut distillery in Batangas in order to reduce our carbon footprint. It was a long process, and we did it.” 

Now, Tan would like to bring public attention to a project he started in 2011 to protect what little is left of the old Boracay. The island has been noted as one of the world’s top destinations, but it has encountered controversy lately due to the amount of pollution that has been plaguing the once-pristine paradise. There are talks of a government shutdown to tourists in order to rehabilitate the natural landscape. Tan pioneered the project “Roots for Boracay” to save the last mangroves in the island. “When we first got there, we already saw the amount of solid waste that lay among the mangroves. Before we started reforesting the area, we needed to have it cleaned up,” Tan revealed.

He noted that if the mangroves have not been cut down indiscriminately, the problems being faced by Boracay today would have been much lesser. There would be no need to set up expensive artificial waste treatment facilities for the island’s recovery, as the mangrove roots will naturally filter water waste. According to him, Boracay is far from any of his business interests, but the need to respond to an impending crisis was what drove him to act.

“It took awhile to bring together the various people who will help us in our quest to get hold of the right to implement our project to clean up and re-plant in order to stop the continuous degradation of the mangroves in that area of Boracay,” Tan further related.

But Tan had the right man on his side to make sure his visions will be realized. Gerry Tee is the chief operating officer of Absolut Distillers. He is the same person with whom his father Lucio Tan Sr. entrusted the green transformation of the Batangas alcohol distillery. With the help of Tee, they engaged the Tan Yan Kee Foundation led by Philip Sing to gather a 200-strong workforce that began the cleanup efforts in Barangay Manoc Manoc, where the mangroves are located. They have gathered four truckloads of garbage by the time they finish cleaning the mangroves area.

“To protect Boracay, it is important to go down to its roots. In this case, we seek the last frontier of Boracay – the mangroves. It is where the fish and other sea creatures get nutrients, it is where life starts. Without the mangroves, the island would also cease to exist, as it protects the island from typhoons. The beautiful fine white sand will go back to the sea because their roots are the ones holding the island together,” Tee explained.

He added that aside from building the infrastructures and replanting mangroves, the mission of the project is to showcase that part of Boracay that is often neglected so people can know what it takes to protect the beaches that tourists love so much.

The project had partnered with the local government unit, the DENR, and concerned non-government organizations to come up with a sustainable development in the area which involves the locals, educating them about the importance of the mangroves to their island. “So much has been cut down to make way for real estate, others cut them down for firewood. A portion is also dying out because a road development cut off the water supply. With Roots For Boracay, people have begun to understand what needs to be done,” said Tee.

The Tanduay executives underscored that it is not about the company, which has also instituted other environmental campaigns in partnership with the Tan Yang Kee Foundation such as The Canopy Project, which replants trees in the denuded forests in the North. “Boracay is only part of the market for Tanduay, we are more concerned about our legacy. It is not about Tanduay, it is about the locals – their subsistence, their livelihood, and their existence. Tanduay is just there as a vehicle to raise awareness,” Tee said.

They cautioned that if the lack of concern for the environment continues in the name of profit, Boracay will not be the only one. “If Boracay is closed down, people will move on to Palawan. This has happened before, just look at how Matabungkay deteriorated,” Tee admonished. “The issue is lack of awareness, and we are trying to address that with our project.”

They said that the plans of shutting down Boracay will hurt a lot, but from their perspective of what they have seen in the mangrove forest, it could be a one-step-backward, two-steps-forward situation. “It is about moving forward, and we can all help in our own little way, by doing things like picking up a cigarette butt and not throwing your garbage just anywhere,” Tee said.

“It was a directive from the Chairman, Mr. Lucio Tan to follow the concept of sustainable development, where we do not profit at the expense of the environment. We make sure that everything we do is about reducing our carbon footprint and become more independent from the environment where we do not use to dump our waste,“ Tee further shared.


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