Tuesday, 27 May 2014

EasyShop.ph Seller's Night a Roaring Success


San Juan City, Philippines - May 18, 2014 – EasyShop.ph’s pre-launch event called the “Sellers’ Night” drew a huge crowd Saturday evening as online sellers, bloggers and others in the web community joined the company’s officials and partners to celebrate the newest online marketplace based in the country at the Green Lounge Events Place at the BTTC Center in San Juan City, Philippines.



Nelson Liao, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of EasyShop Online Inc; Sam Gavino, web development head; and Jerry Pereda, marketing chief were present during the festivities and took turns in convincing the audience why EasyShop is the next big thing in the online buy-and-sell marketplace.

Also present were online bloggers numbering around a dozen, roughly 20-25 online plus other guests including supporters and partners of the fledgling company.

“The data as of May 16th is that we have 2,000 registered users in our website and around 5,000 products already posted,” proudly shared Liao during a roundtable with the bloggers.

The figures look promising indeed as the website’s official launch is still on June 15, 2014 but more importantly, Liao emphasized on the security of the site—using the phrase “scam-free” multiple times during interviews.

“Other online buy-and-sell sites, it’s just a platform; it is not engaged in the transactions of the buyer and seller so there are lots of scams or it’s open to potential scams. They open the platform and then leave the buyers and sellers to their business; that’s the problem they don’t have any sort of monitoring,” said Liao, a graduate of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in 2009.

“The main difference with us is that EasyShop is engaged with the transactions to assure that the money is secure. Unless the buyer has received the goods it’s only then that we release the money to the seller. On the other hand, sellers won’t have to worry about the payments since the money is already with EasyShop even before delivery.”

In between the discourse by the designated speakers for the night, prizes and freebies—from smartphones, tablets to a big screen LED TV-- were given away via a raffle for those who had signed-up in the website and attended the event.

Among the partners for the pre-launch event are SKK Mobile, Mogao BS Mobile, Michaela, CCK Mobile, Yousie and Epson.

EasyShop.ph has a partnership with Nelsoft Technology, Inc. and PoziHongkong Technology Ltd.—two reliable software development entities that handles the website.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

My TTC Journey : How I Won My Battle With PCOS

JLofied.com is all about celebrating and living life to the fullest, and that is why this blog post on my TTC journey back in 2002 deserves a special page in my new kingdom. If you cannot relate with what this post is all about, let me explain a bit.

TTC means "trying to conceive" and PCOS means "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome". Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition characterized by the accumulation of numerous cysts (fluid-filled sacs) on the ovaries associated with high male hormone levels, chronic anovulation (absent ovulation), and other metabolic disturbances.

When I found out that I have  PCOS in 2003, I decided to be pro active and take charge of my health. I started googling and did my own research on what  the syndrome is  all about and how can I have a full control over my body. I also followed some TTC bloggers on their journey which motivated me that I can win in my battle.

As my way of giving back, I am sharing my story on  what I've been through when I was still trying to conceive. 
Photo Credit : www.laparoscopy.blogs.com

Here is   my PCOS Diary.

December 2, 2002 - Its my 1st day of cycle after being delayed for 19 days. Finally! When I visited Dra. Macapagal 2 weeks ago, I told her about the possibility of not ovulating. With no blood work or any tests, she prescribed me Duphaston and Clomid right away and was advised to have TVS on cd12.

December 12, 2002 - I went to Healthway this afternoon just to inquire about the packages for TVS. My cousin Ellen advised me to seek for a second opinion and recommend Dra. Nelinda Pangilinan. She’s also affiliated with St. Lukes and accepts Medicard. So it’s fine with me. During the consultation she asked me the reason why I had my miscarriage last March. I really don’t know, all I know is that my Little MJ has fetal bradycardia. Dra. Pangilinan advised me to have a TVS on cd5, OGTT 75mg, FSH + Estrogen on cd2 to check if I have hormonal inbalance which she suspects right away after telling her I have irregular period. She also asked for my histophatology record and to stop taking Clomid.

January 3, 2003 - Its cd1! My period is not late and I have a 30 day cycle already. Maybe its because of the Dupasthon which I took last December. I did not respond to Clomid.


January 7, 2003 - Its cd5 and I had my TVS with Dra Pangilinan this afternoon. Inside the TVS room, I was praying that no tumor be seen inside my uterus or anywhere. I was in a state of shock when she told me that the reason why I am not ovulating and why I have irregular period  was because of polycysts. From the word cysts, I cant help but asked her how to treat it. Do I need to undergo operation? Confidently she answered me that there are medicines for this syndrome. She prescribed me Duphaston and was asked to have my OGTT test so she can give the right dosage of Metformin.

She’s very accomodating and she explained me well. But that doesn’t stop me with my depression.

January 11, 2003 - Finally I found time to have my OGTT test. No food or water for 12 hours and I was taken blood samples 4 times with 1 hour interval. The test was very stressful.


January 14, 2003 - Dra. Pangilinan saw the result of my OGTT and told me that I am insulin resistant with Hour 1 is above the normal. She advised me to start taking Metformin 500 mg 3x a day for 3 months. She also advised me to return to her on my cd1 to cd3 in March to check if we can stimulate ovulation.


January 18, 2003 -  I vomitted because of Metformin. I also started taking Duphaston for 10 days.

February 3, 2003 - Its cd1. Again it’s a regular period. Maybe I am responding now to Duphaston and Metformin because there were no more sharp pains, no heavy yellow discharge, and no more cramps, and the best of all no more hunger fangs.

February 4, 2003 - Its cd2. I took FSH and Estrogen. Hoping that the results are normal so I can start taking Clomid by March and be able to conceive very soon….


February 10, 2003 - Got the result of my FSH at 8.7 . Based from what I read, I think its normal because the normal value for follicular is 3-12 mlu/mL. No result yet for my estrogen. I was asked to get it tomorrow before my consultation.


February 11, 2003 - My Estradiol is below normal (13.55). That is the reason why the follicles do not reach maturity. I still need to  wait for the 15th day to check if I’m ovulating or not.

February 26, 2003 - I’ve watched Etc on infertility, it focused more on Artificial Insemination and IVF instead of medicines and other PCOS condition. Should I consider that as an option?

April 3, 2003 - It’s the 3rd month of my fertility treatment and I had my first CD. I reported right away to Dra Pangilinan because she advised me to visit her on my first CD. She prescribed me Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid) 100 mg to be taken daily in 5 days starting CD2. She also prescribed me folic acid to be taken daily for 14 days. I was scheduled on the 12th for my TVS to monitor the growth of my follicles. She will give me back-up on the 15th if in case there will be  no big developments.


April 6, 2003 - Its my 4th day of taking Clomid, and I felt a little dizzy and nauseated. I guess this is what Dra. Pangilinan is telling me once I started taking the Clomid / Metformin combination.

April 12, 2003 - Its my 10th cd and its my TVS schedule for follicle monitoring. My polycysts has been transformed into a follicle and I have already 1 dominant follicle which is ready to pop anytime. My uterine lining is so thin at .1 and Dra prescribed me progynova for 3x a day for 3 days. She told me to have my TVS again on April 15.


April 15, 2003 - I had my TVS at Laguna to monitor my follicles, 3 dominant follicles found and will pop anytime. Was advised to have sex of April 16 and 18…Will I have triplets? :-)


May 3, 2003 - My period is late. I have cramps and sharp pains on my breast. I might be pregnant already.


May 5, 2003 - I took the pregnancy test twice and its both POSITIVE. Finally, the long wait is over!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Feel Like A Star at the Movie Stars Cafe

What is it like performing on stage with Spiderman, Ironman and Green Goblin  and dance to the tune of your favorite 80's dance hits?  Ask me and I tell you, "I feel like a star and it's amazing!"

I had a chance to meet these characters from the big screen live in person when I had the opportunity to dine in at the Movie Stars Cafe located at By the Bay, Seaside Blvd, SM Mall of Asia last April 30.

With husband Mark and my eldest Janelle, together with friends Chris and Jojie, we braved the traffic to get on time with our 7 PM schedule. Shows starts at 7pm, so don't be late!



Chris, Jojie, JLo and Mark


About Movie Stars Cafe

Movie Stars Cafe showcases props from different movies and autographs that surround every corner of the restaurant. It's not just your ordinary restaurant but a place to live up your wild imagination where dreams become real.

Surrounded by your favorite movie characters come alive and interacts as they sing, dance and play their roles just like in a real movie while serving you with the best dining experience of your life.


Meet the Stars of the Movie Stars Cafe

Upon entering its beautifully crafted facade, you will be greeted by the Cast. My husband was so excited to take photos that night, he said that this is the best time to showcase his photography skills :-) 

Who's the Star of the Night? It's Wonderwoman! She's so gorgeous that Mark and Chris immediately asked for a photo op with her. Make sure you have selfies or groupies that is as much as you can with all these characters.





Entertainment 

Movie Stars Cafe has no waiters & waitresses; rather actors and actresses who are all set and ready to serve wearing your much loved Movie blockbusters characters' attire. Be ready to get entertained because you will be experiencing great shows and performances every 30 minutes. That night, the show opened with the performances of the dancing superheroes and villains and followed by performances from  Alodia sisters, Love Marie, Spiderman and the Lion King.


These two mimes really made our night. They produce this unknown squeaky sound that my daughter can't help laughing out loud. For me, they're the best performers of the night. Get to experience them at Movie Stars Cafe and you'll understand what I mean. Funny is an understatement.


If you are a fan of musicale or stage plays, then the Lion King is for you. Filipinos are world class artists, and watching them perform will makes you feel you are watching a musicale in CCP. World class singing from the 3 main characters of the Lion King. Thumbs up!



Dino Buffet or Ala Carte?

Movie Stars Cafe offers diners all-you-can-eat deluxe hamburgers, sandwiches and hotdogs to have been spotted by a screamingly fascinating life-sized T-REX at their Dino Buffet. The Dino Dinner Buffet (6PM - 10PM) costs 699 pesos while the Midnight Buffet (10PM-2AM) costs 599 pesos.

I was expecting more from the Dino Buffet that's why we opted to order selections from the Ala-Carte Menu which I think is more practical. We had the Jackson Five, Magnifico, Asian Cinema and Notebook which my husband loves.




Cosplay Kiddie Party anyone?

Having a hard time thinking of a theme for your kid's party? Then check out Movie Stars Cafe Children's Cosplay Party Packages. The packages comes with 4 to 6 cosplayers with shows already. I think the package is also great for an 18th Birthday Party for a young lady who loves anime.



Get Discounts!

Are you ready to experience Movie Stars Cafe? Then present this Promo Code and automatically get 10% off on you total bill when you dine it at Movie Stars Cafe. What are you waiting for? Visit them now and have fun!







Friday, 9 May 2014

I Love Being a Mom : The Wrap Up


It took me a while starting this wrap up post, it took me 2 days to be exact. After the event, I started uploading photos and I did not care that I need to do a blog post  about  the event right away. Yes, the #ibm2014 is just one of my CBSME Module 2 requirements, but it turned out to be more than just a school project.


Where do I begin?

I found myself having a steam bath at The Spa - Trinoma this afternoon after hearing an angel saying "for all your hard work, you need a tap on the back". Then I said to myself, yes of course! I deserve a little pampering, I deserve a 'me' time. This is also the best time to live by with the mantra that I am applying now "Work hard, Give More, and Play Harder", and it is Play Time baby! :-)

As I sip a hot ginger tea while I am having a foot scrub, I didn't noticed that I'm teary eyed. I closed my eyes and  thanked the Lord for giving me such a  comfortable life, a life that is far different from the girls of Nazareth.

The Girls of Nazareth


Not all people will be given a chance in their lifetime to work with this kind of project. Meeting the girls is an opportunity not just to help but also an opportune time to be thankful that we are blessed.

Nazareth Home provides expectant mothers with a holistic and rehabilitative service which includes food, shelter, medical care (pre-natal, childbirth, post-natal through the hospital), casework & counseling, value formation and spiritual growth, skills training & personality development, and family therapy. The counseling is focused on family preservation and permanency planning for the child. 

The I <3 Being a Mom Project

I knew from the start that the project is doable with the limited amount of time to work on it. I also knew  that I will face a lot of challenges, and there were times that my patience is being tested and I think I am getting good at it, but working with grace under pressure is harder 'tho.

The projects' main objective is to show that Social Media can be a platform for social change and anyone has the power to motivate others to give back to society.  And yes, objectives attained. 80% of the people who worked with me on this project I met only on the day of the event. I am really amazed  with the power of social media in generating the buzz about this project, call for bloggers, donors and sponsors were all done on-line.

My desire to come up with this kind of project started 20 years ago but never had the chance to. This project would never been possible without the help of all those who supported me in one way or another. I am fully convinced that volunteerism works.

MORALE BOOSTERS CBSME Mentors (Ms Janette Toral & Mr. Mark Delgado), CBSME Classmates and Friends, Jlofied.com followers, fans and  readers
SUPPLIER SPONSORS M Catering and Fine FoodsPartyboostersSister's SweetnessKing Sue HamKidiKraftTickled Moms
SOCIAL MEDIA PARTNER / COMMUNITY GROUPS DigitalFilipino, CBSME, Newlyweds@work, Mommy Bloggers Philippines, Pro-Life Philippine Foundation Inc.Ms. Mae Nagtalon of the Life Change Recovery Center, Dhol@work
MOMMY BLOGGERS Cheryl Chan - The Multi Tasking MomClarice - Tickled Mom ClariceDenise - BebengismsLeira - Pagaspas Family BlogJoy - Pinions and Plumage of LoveNadia - Nanay's TripBedalyn - Mami and FamilyNerissa, Camille, Juliet, Lani, Sella
INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS Atty. Ian and OCS Staff, Santos Family, Canoza Family, Porras Family, Lloren Family, Diaz Family

THE PROGRAM

I only envisioned it as an outreach program where a group of Mommy Bloggers will just blog about the institution after turning over the donations, but it turned out to be a baby shower, seminar on stress management and breastfeeding, and a mentoring program all in one.

Mommy Blogger Joy of Pinions and Plumage of Love leading the opening prayer

Ms. Cecile of Nazareth Homes gives the Opening Remarks and inform the bloggers about the services of
 Nazareth Homes for expectant mothers

Mommy JLo of Jlofied.com introduces the Mommy Bloggers of #ibm2014

Baby Shower Games
Ms. Mae Nagtalon of the Life Change Recovery Center talks about Stress Management and
 relaxation techniques
Mommy Blogger Cheryl Chan - Wong of the Multi - Tasking Mom talks about
Birth / Pregnancy and Breastfeeding 
Full catering service was  provided by our generous sponsor M Catering and Fine Foods

Baby Shower Party Details
Rainbow Cake from Sisters' Sweetness
Popcorn and Balloons Set-up from Party boosters
King Sue Ham Give-aways for Nazareth and Mommy Bloggers
Wooden Baskets from KidiKraft

Tickled Moms owner and Mommy blogger Clarice discuss with Ms. Cecile how to use the Cloth Diaper

Mentoring and Coaching - "Hakab"
Turn over of donations to Nazareth Homes

The Ladies of #ibm2014

Thank you dear Mommy Bloggers for helping me and let us continue to be a blessing to others. 

With all pride, let me share you dear readers the blog post of the ibm2014 Mommy bloggers about the event. 

The Multi - Tasking Mom  - http://www.themulti-tasking-mom.blogspot.com/2014/05/i-heart-being-mom-project-2014-update.html

Nanay's Trip - http://nanaystrip.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/i-love-being-a-mom-2014-an-open-letter-to-mommy-e-of-nazareth-home/

Pagaspas Family Bloghttp://www.pagaspas.com/2014/05/09/i-love-being-a-mom/

Pinions and Plumage of Love - http://www.pinionsandplumageoflove.blogspot.com/2014/05/i-heart-being-mom.html 

Bebengisms
http://www.bebengisms.com/2014/05/i-being-mom-project-at-nazareth-home.html

Wings on Earth
http://wingsonearth.weebly.com/1/post/2014/05/i-love-to-be-a-mom-moms-on-mission.html

Tickled Mom Clarice
http://tickledmomclarice.com/2014/05/21/i-love-being-a-mom/

*Last update May 21, 2014 11:00AM