Don’t Forget

When you’re a mom, you sometimes forget that your kids are always watching you. The best thing that you can do is to teach them the meaning of hope, desire, and courage.

Hope– there are opportunities and blessings everywhere if you’re willing to LOOK.

The desire to go against what everyone else is doing and simply DECIDE to go for it!

And courage…

Courage to think outside of the box, be a solution provider and create your own DREAM LIFE.

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How To Make Money After Quitting Your Job

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I just recently quit my job as a General Sales Manager at a car dealership in our area… now what? It was a sudden decision to quit but I’m happy about it. As far as the general public is concerned, what happens after the submission of a resignation letter is probably the most challenging phase.

I’m here to tell you that it’s not easy (supposing that you don’t have a career waiting for you already after the resignation); but with the advent of the Internet, you just opened a pool of opportunities for you to make money after quitting your job. I recently stumbled upon the blog of Michelle from Making Sense of Cents and I read one of her posts stating that she made roughly $91,000 in just one month of hustling online!

Holy cow! = mind blown

Here are some of the things that I did to make money after quitting my job (on different instances):

  • Social Media Management – this is what I’m currently working on ( I got clients already. Yay! ). I love social media; I recognize its importance especially in the business industry. Everyone is on social media now. If you are in a some type of a sales-related career path, you or your business should have a strong online presence to get more potential customers. Social media management is not just posting on the chosen platforms, rather, you have to maintain and create strategies to drive people in and encourage engagement with them.
  • Be a Freelancer – I personally love being a freelancer! I used to do freelance writing, hosting and sometimes events organizing. The beauty of being a freelance is that you’re not tied to a specific company so you can take on as many projects as you can (earning as much as you can,too)! Other things that you can do freelance are selling cars (brand new or second hand), real estate etc.
  • Sell things online – I started out selling my pre-loved clothes, bags and shoes on my personal Facebook account. The response was great, I was able to dispose and make money from the items that i didn’t want or needed anymore. I also went deeper by raiding flea markets and thrift shops to find items that I think were on demand online. I tried selling brand new merchandise on my online shop, too. You can sell on Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, Poshmark; Lazada, Shopee when you are in the Philippines. You can sell pretty much anything!
  • Tutor a subject – I made money from tutoring Koreans on the English language. I would take in a few hours of the day to tutor and I was doing it along with other freelance projects that I did. You may help someone work on their homework, prepare for an important exam etc.

Here are other ways to make money that I would like to try:

  • Organizing workshops – I have always been a fan and an advocate of continuous learning. One of the things that I like about being in Manila is the sea of workshops here and there, it’s something that I’d only see here in Iloilo once in a blue moon. Workshops can be on any topic, really.
  • Flipping houses – I started considering this after reading Robert Kiyosaki’s book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” back in junior high. It taught me the value of owning assets that produce income. Flipping houses is not always easy, not quick in ROI, may require a huge capital, but can be highly profitable.
  • Create a course and sell online – online courses are now getting much traction worldwide. I believe that each one of us has a certain topic that we have much (considerable?) knowledge, and i think that passing it on to someone who is thirsty for it is a good way to go. You can sell it through your blog or certain websites that offer a platform for you to do that.
  • Create ebooks – I follow enough people online who are earning big with selling their own ebook. It’s a great passive income because you can literally have sales while you’re sleeping! What’s great about it too is that you only make it once, but it gives you income over and over again.
  • Have & maintain a successful blog – there’s a blog and there’s a successful blog.  The successful blog gives income through sponsorship, people buying your digital products, hire your services, affiliate links, ads etc. I’m the first to admit that I fell off the blogging bandwagon couple of times and I regret it.But there’s always sunshine after the rain. 🙂

The ways to make money after quitting your job that I mentioned above are great transitions from one job to another. You can even replace a 9-5 job with those combined and make more money!

Did you have other ways to make money after quitting your job? 

Mom to Mom: Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

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Being a mom is one of the best things a woman can be blessed with; it’s momentous! Along with this high-flying experience comes the sleepless nights, exhaustion and overwhelming dramas. I see you nodding in there! To make it worse, most moms feel ashamed of getting help because of the supposed impression from other people of being “less of a mom” or lazy or she’s-not-cut-for-motherhood thing. I think it’s otherwise. Part of being a good mom (to say the least) is being able to take care of yourself; this will include your health & sanity! There should be a state of balance to achieve success in every thing, remember the yin yang?

Simply put, how can you take care of someone else when you can’t even take care of yourself ?  When you’re sick, unbalanced, unhappy and crazy?! I had to learn this the hard way.

We are human beings who get burned out and emotions play a big part of how we perceive things (the world, other people and our life in general)– whether we admit the latter or not. We all need that cup of coffee that we’re obsessed with, that good book to read, that beautiful and vibrant paint on the nails, those good times with girl friends to be able to see the good stuff this world has to offer. Although, ideally, we should always see the goodness no matter what our current circumstances are. But you get what I mean, right?

People around me are astonished (I’m also aware that some are not impressed at all. LOL) as to why I’m a mom to a young tot and yet I am able to go on business meetings, do my passions, have a cup of coffee with friends. Well, I love my kid so much that I know I need to keep my sanity to be able to function well and be there for her.

I have been blessed with wonderful parents and family who are always willing to help me out with taking care of Saehee. I assume that being a Filipino and especially living in the Philippines, I am fortunate to belong to a society where families are closely-knitted. We are large. Loud. Happy. Supportive.

It is apparent to me that in other countries, people pay other people per hour to take care of their kids while they’re at work or out for a segment of refreshment from life’s hustle and bustle. If you are fortunate like myself (doesn’t need to pay anyone for a few hours of their time so that I can do things that I have to do)grab the opportunity! You don’t know how many women all over the world who would “die” to be in our shoes!

Help can come from various sources and is not only limited to family members. If you have the extra fund to hire a good and trust-worthy nanny, I support it. You help your family get a balanced life and you also help the nanny to finance herself  and/or her family.  It’s a win-win situation. You can also ask help from your close & trusted friends; maybe you need to run an errand or be at a meeting of some sort, give it a shot! You can leave your child at their house or your friend goes to your house while you’re out and about. It depends on your agreement, you can always negotiate. I learned that in the US of A, this set up has become a popular one— why? It becomes a play date for the kids. There might be other ways of help that are available to you, go ahead and utilize it. Whatever works!

However, don’t be self-absorbed! Never forget to be always thankful and be willing to reciprocate the goodness of those people who help you. I make sure that I also help out in any way that I can–like helping my cousins do their home work, watch out for their kids when they need to do something and I also give tokens (if the finances permits, of course).

Don’t worry about what other people would think or say about it– chances are those people who think negatively of it are actually not parents! They have no idea what a handful it can be when you’re a parent.

Remember that it is your life that you’re living for yourself and you know what works out for you and your family. Chill out. Life is meant to be enjoyed at all times!

Don’t forget to give your thoughts at the comments section below! 

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Transition is God’s Way of Promotion

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I knew in my heart at a young age that I was meant to do something else other than being trapped in a 9-5 job; doing the same things over and over again. While I have nothing against employment, I just felt that I wasn’t cut for it (just like not everyone’s for entrepreneurship). I finally had my shot with operating a brick-and-mortar business a few months ago and it started good. But as with any  business, the start up phase is always the hardest— many adjustments, trials and errors, “testing the water” among others.

My first supplier of goods overpriced me which already accounted for loss income-wise, there was a misunderstanding with my space’s contract which also cost me money, the sale was slow for a few weeks prior, i have no employee at the shop because the last one had to terminate her job with us due to unexpected family issues— all of these contributed to delays of bill payments and as of this writing, some unpaid ones. And yes, coupled with personal challenges that I wish not to share in this post.

For someone who was always enveloped from the harsh realities of life, this was my first taste of big time stress! Wherever I look, personal or career, it seems that nothing has gone my way (or at least what I expected them to be).

Instead of sulking and feeling sorry for myself, I turned to listening more to motivational podcasts and my current favorite is Terri Savelle Foy (Christian book author, conference speaker and success coach); seems that her messages spoke right through me. I heard her say and I quote:

Transition is God’s way of promotion.

According to dictionary.com; transition means “movement” or “passage”. Whatever ‘transition’ is in your current circumstance, it’s God’s way of promoting you and your life. It may not seem to be the best, it might even be painful in the beginning, trust that it’s there to teach you something valuable to better you and your life. 

For me, it’s slapping me on the face that I need to get my horses together and gradually transition to being independent. I have always banked on my parents for everything, even after having Saehee (my daughter as a single mom), and now I realize that there’s more out there in the real world than just my overly-dependent self. I am at a point right now that I try not to ask anything from them anymore, not unless I really have to and I have no other choice. I know that they’re always willing to help, but I think that it’s time to lighten their load a bit after twenty eight long years of my dependency on them. It ain’t cool to be a leech, you know!

Also, this experience taught me to be more mindful of decisions and actions to take. I was an immature young lady who would make decisions out of emotion and most likely than not, I ended up regretting. What was even worse is that I wasn’t brave enough to face the consequences!

See, all these trials that I’m currently facing positioned me at my tipping point. It’s like God’s saying to me, “Wake up, Geline! It’s not what and where I want you to be. You are and you deserve more than that.”

Without these complications, I would not have worked on becoming the person that God wants me to be. There’s a motivational quote and I’m going to paraphrase it but the gist is that, “When you feel devastated, almost to a point of giving up, that’s when your miracle is about to happen.” So don’t give up! God is only preparing you for a higher position; He wants to make sure that you’re ready for the “job description”.

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How To Deal With Mommy Guilt

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Mommy guilt is absolute. I feel it, you feel it. It seems that no matter how hard we try to be the best mothers that we can be, it sticks to all of us. A year after I gave birth to Saehee, I went back to school studying another major. I was away for a couple of hours each weekday and sometimes even on Saturdays ’cause we had classes; I was in school all right, but my heart and my mind are back home, with my baby bear. When I got home from school, I would spend all the time that I have being beside her, leaving my school stuff for granted for the most part. Then, there would be days that I wouldn’t go to school at all! Geeeezzzz louise!

Being a hands-on mom was my goal since I knew that I was pregnant and it disappointed me when I had to be away and miss some more of her milestones. I’d come home and my mom would report to me something that Saehee did that was delightful; and secretly I felt jealous and it crushed me inside. Why didn’t I witness that?? This mom guilt drove me to a decision that I don’t want to be employed— I want to have the time freedom and subsequently reach financial freedom, as well. I mean, yeah, I never really liked being employed to start with because it bored me to follow company rules, follow the boss, being stuck in an office 9-5. Mom guilt heightened that eagerness to shy away from employment.

Though mom guilt gave me a bit of positive outcome (at least for me), it’s generally not a good feeling. Unchecked guilt can even be dangerous, leading to unhealthy behaviors and depression.

Understand that parenting and perfection is ridiculous. Get real. No one and nothing is perfect. Know that you’ll make mistakes and just be honest with your kids when that happens. They’re smarter than you think; and as I always do with Saehee, I make a quick remedy by forgiving myself first then give her a loving hug and butterfly kisses.

Stop judging yourself. Stop comparing yourself with Mom X Y Z. Your story is different from theirs and the beautiful thing about living this life is that we get to co-create it. Write your own story and stop attempting to star in someone else’s. Which will lead me to…

Avoid the bragging game. This one I might say is one of the hardest habits of parents to abolish. I mean of course, it’s our kid! I don’t know of any parent who isn’t proud of their children. Resist the urge to engage in such because comparison leads to feeling inadequate and guilt. The next time a mom attempts to compare how long you breastfed, how early the kids start walking or talking, politely change the topic. Remember, you and your child are unique— embrace the parent that you are and the child that you have.

Surround yourself with supportive people. And stay away from those who don’t or judge you. This is one of the reasons why I created Ilongga Mommies’ Nook, five months on motherhood— this is an online support group for Ilongga moms around the world. The thrust is to share information about motherhood, parenting and just about anything under the sun; and yes, being each other’s virtual support.

Laugh and don’t sweat the small stuff. Learn to laugh at your shortcomings and don’t sweat the small stuff. Breathe in, breathe out. Tomorrow is a new day!

And when faced with a disappointing fact that you are not capable of providing your children with everything that you want for them, remember that no child that grew up with love in their home ever felt wanting.

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5 Tips on Balancing Motherhood and Business

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Gone are the days when women are “for home-use only”— days when women were expected to ONLY stay at home to care for the children and keep the house tidy. At that time, when a mother wanted to work, she’s forced to choose between motherhood or career. Being a millennial myself, I’m fortunate to belong to an era that wavered from this concept. I, together with millions of other women, have taken matters on our hands and created a work-life balance by operating a business.

Though it’s extremely rewarding (earning money, doing your passion, ensuing creativity, recognition, accolades), it’s not all peaches and creams. Behind all of these shiny, shimmering, splendid lies blood, sweat, tears and guilt. Yes, guilt. “Am I not giving enough time for the kids? the business?” I know it because this has gone deep for me numerous times!

Albeit being fairly new in operating a brick and mortar business, I’ve somehow managed to create strategies that work for me; managing being a single mother (as of this time of writing) to a 4-year-old and handling the business.

Get organized & balance your time. Set goals for family and for business. Envision what exactly do you want in life; do you want to be a mother and also owning a business? Go for it. Follow through with your goals. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, points out in her book  Lean In, women need to approach their goals rather than pulling away; take that leap of faith. Also, when it’s time for the family, it should be family; when it’s for the business, then it is. I’m typically out around lunchtime to take care of the business and be back home at night; I make sure that I take care of Saehee’s (my daughter) morning stuff and play/bond with her before bedtime. It likewise helps waking up earlier in the morning than she does so I can have time to review goals for the day and set my self in the right track— ready to take on and make the day, my day.

Get children involved. Before opening the shop, I was already prepping Saehee’s mindset that mommy will be doing some things so we can have money to buy her food and be able to send her to school. Although her young mind was trying to comprehend, there were still instances that she would not let me go and ‘fight’ for attention. I decided to bring her to the shop so she can see what mommy is doing to earn the money; being the caring and diligent little girl that she is, she ended up insisting to help in small workloads like handing the plastic bags when customers purchase, arranging the clothes etc. Children love it when they feel that they’re a part of something; it might seem like play to them but they’re actually being taught at a young age some realities in life like earning money. Plus, it can be a good bonding time too!

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Hands me the clothes while mommy does product photography for online selling. #messyhairdontcare Haha! 🙂

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Mommy’s little helper

Get help. Asking for help in taking care of the kids while you work on the business does not make you less or a bad mother. It’s being smart. It’s cute to be a Superwoman but even she has to go back to her human persona and be, well, human. We are mortal beings. Mortals have limitation. Don’t be afraid of hiring a nanny or asking for a family or a friend to watch over the kids while you handle entrepreneurial concerns. Trying to do everything on your own, all at once, will drain your energy and your creativity/logical abilities will downgrade. I was in this situation recently and it wasn’t pretty.

Have & prioritize “Me Time”. Watching a movie, having a sip of coffee at a cafe, reading a good book, retail therapy (as long as it doesn’t hurt the bank account) or perhaps a bubble bath sounds good, yes? All of these, lady boss, should be enjoyed by YOU. Yourself. Alone. It’s important to do something that you love and enjoy (the type that doesn’t stress you) because it nourishes the soul. With the kind of environment that we have as mothers and business owners, the responsibilities at hand can take a toll on us. This is where Tip numero 4 also comes into play.

Love yourself. If you don’t love yourself, how can we give that to others?

Career moms are heroes among us who wear many hats. Whether they answer the call, “mommy” or “boss”, they are constantly on the go. Personally, I take pride in this path that I took because, at the end of the day, I look back and say, ” I wouldn’t have changed my life for a second”. Makes it all worth it!

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Mompreneur— Yay or Nay?

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I was in Manila from April 30- May 8 to:

1. Have a meeting with Ms. Ginger Arboleda, CEO of Manila Workshops, to discuss a venture that’s brewing (she’s freakin’ awesome, by the way! Yes, I’m fan-girling. Hihi!);

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With Ms. Ginger Arboleda, CEO of Manila Workshops; Content Creator at Mommy Ginger blog

2. Have some sort of a vacation…? Haha! And it was superb! Business mixed with pleasure, oh yeah!

Then, May 8 came and there was that feeling that I despise— I was torn between wanting to go back to Iloilo and staying in Manila. The reason? My little one, Saehee, is going to spend more time in the capital city upon my parents’ request. I had to go back to Iloilo because my shop’s waiting for me.

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I’m both a hands-on mom and a hands-on entrepreneur.

And the thing is, I want to succeed in both areas.

I was one of those little girls who would say, “When I grow up, I want to be like my mommy”; yes, also, literally being a mom. And I wanted it while I’m still young. I fancied ‘growing up’ with my kids. Haha! True enough, God graciously granted my heart’s desire for I brought Saehee into this world when I was 24 years old. Though it wasn’t in a favorable circumstance ’cause I was unmarried and financially not prepared for her arrival. However, having her is still one of the greatest blessings that happened in my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Seeing your heart beat outside of your body is just priceless!

In between those moments, I also envisioned myself as a successful business woman (I wasn’t acquainted to the term ‘entrepreneur’ back then). I remember being asked in a beauty pageant that I joined years ago the classic “how do you see yourself 10 years from now?” ; and I clearly remember my answer, “I see myself as a business tycoon and providing jobs to people”. So far, I still have a few years remaining when I started to provide jobs to people. Not yet a tycoon, though, but getting there. Haha!

 My goal is to be triumphant in both careers and I know that IT IS POSSIBLE.

Juggling through being a career mom entails good time management, sacrifices and [trying] to focus. A few weeks upon opening the shop, I had very little time spent with Saehee— I am at the shop from 11 AM to 8 PM or 9 PM tops and when I come home I would usually cut short our bonding time because I felt really exhausted and it’s her bed time. It’s a good thing that I managed to make Saehee stay with me at the shop now (since it’s summer vacation) and it’s wonderful that she gets to see (i also explain to her) how we earn the money; she likewise helps out with light work loads and if she gets bored or antsy, we have her books/coloring books/tab to shift her focus. I had to make changes with our arrangement so that there’s going to be a win-win [situation]. If you find yourself in a similar situation that I was, putting a few tweaks on your footing will yield you a favorable result.

Sacrifices. Hmmmmm.. where do I begin? Haha! Anyway, I was talking to my boyfriend before I proceeded writing this blog post and he was telling me that he will go to the cinema after we talk to watch Captain America: Civil War (he’s in Poland); I told him, “Lucky you! There were a few movies passed that I wanted to watch in the cinema but I haven’t seen any of them until now”.  Also, I own a thrift shop that sells second-hand clothes from abroad but my closet is in its “loose” stage as of the moment. Haha! I give away unused/unwanted clothing every Christmas to some family members or charity but for this time frame, I wasn’t able to refill because my priority is to make the business work. I have to be extra mindful of my spending since I’m still on the process of figuring out things in this business. And, sleep? What is that?? Haha! Seriously, I’m a self-confessed sleep deprived woman. I resume all my unfinished business after I put Saehee to sleep and that means less [sleep] for this momma.

If I’m in the shop or planning on how to make it forward, I try to be present in the moment. That means, I block myself from worrying about other things not related to the business. If I’m with Saehee, I try to give her as much of my undivided time and attention. I have to be honest that this is still the area that I need huge improvement on. Nevertheless, I do the best that I can to serve its purpose.

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.

This is the time that I’m mostly exhausted but I feel happy. I know that I’m finally accomplishing something not just for my family but for my goals, as well. I mingle with people from different walks in life, I (finally!) am learning and imposing how to be smart with money (yey Geline! Haha!), I get to be more creative, I pursue my passion and most importantly, little by little, help people by providing them jobs.

Being a mompreneur (mom + entrepreneur) is challenging, I’ll give you that. But if deep in your being you know that it’s what you’re set to do, give it a shot! Age doesn’t matter. Ray Kroc founded McDonalds when he was 52; Mary Kay Ash started Mary Kay at age 45. Even your status in the society won’t matter— Henry Sy, from a sari-sari store vendor to the “shopping mall king” of Asia; Lucio Tan who owns Philippine Airlines, Fortune 300 Tobacco (among 300 other businesses) are some of my favorites who have rags-to-riches stories.

It all boils down to YOU— what is it that you want? What are your goals? Start from there (we all need to start somewhere, don’t we?) and work your way up.

Tara! Let’s go for our dreams!

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The Best Productivity Tip

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Do you find yourself saying “24 hours is not enough in a day!”? Then, a day has passed and you haven’t finished an important project/responsibility that you aimed to finish at that date— now you’re bawling because other tasks are delayed.

I hear ya!

Been there, done that.

With that being said, I’ll be sharing to you THE best productivity tip that I have ever discovered and has saved my butt since I started implementing it!

And that is…

Do your Top 3 Tasks of the day before you start checking your email and your social media accounts.

Seriously, it’s that simple! I formulate my Top 3 Tasks [of the day] the night before and complete those as soon as I wake up (if can be done that way and does not require me to go somewhere to do the work at hand), and yes, before I start fiddling with any gadget. I used to grab my phone after saying my morning prayer and answer emails, messages on Facebook and not to forget, scroll my newsfeed thereafter. My alibi was “these are clients that I’m catering, they might have an important concern that needs to be addressed ASAP” blah blah. Way to go, Geline! Haha! 🙂

The next thing I know is that I spent at least an hour on my phone, a little one fighting for my attention and important obligations unfinished at the end of the day. However, when I started to discipline myself to prioritize my responsibilities before getting engrossed with answering stuff here and there via the world wide web, I have been more productive and I’ve managed my time well. I designate times of the day for all my online “customer care”; one is after lunch time and the last is during the night, after my little one is put to sleep. Also, I inform my clients of my designated times of answering concerns online so that if I don’t respond immediately, they already know what’s going on. Information to clients is key to keep them around and smitten with you.

So there it is! My best productivity tip.

Do you have other productivity tips that you can share? I’d love to get more insights!

Comment those below! 🙂

 

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Nails Glow Iloilo Spa Review

Had a bonding with my parents over a spa and a pedicure at Nails Glow Iloilo at SM City (beside the bingo area) this Sunday. It was just what I needed for my tired legs and feet! Besides, I can’t even remember the last time I had a legit pedicure.

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Some of the services that they offer.

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Availed this.

The whole place of Nails Glow Iloilo has this earthy and homey vibe due to the abundance of greens. It’s also very bright, as you can see in the photos. I was immediately catered by their receptionist/cashier upon entering their spa and was asked what service/s that I would like to avail. I chose the Premium Foot Spa package which has seven applications: Foot Soak, Foot Scrub, Foot Masque, Foot Cleanser, Foot Oil, Foot Butter and Foot Mist. I also chose one of the five extra varieties which is Aromatherapy. This costs 250 PHP. However, pedicure is not included so you have to pay an extra 180 PHP for it. I chose a teal color for my nail polish.

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Massage rooms

The whole process started with soaking my feet on a hot water; just the right amount of heat, of course. Right then and there, my feet felt relaxed. I also got my ‘Negosyo’ book by Joey Concepcion to keep me company, although Nails Glow Iloilo has a free WiFi connection for their customers, I chose to disconnect for the most part and just dive into the gold mine of information on Entrepreneurship this book has.

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Then the fun part begins…

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The massage was even more relaxing and I seriously wanted to sleep! There was just enough pressure applied by the masseuse and I couldn’t concentrate on the book that I was reading; the relaxation background music that they were playing wasn’t helping either. I guess this momma is just exhausted.

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Application of masque

I asked Jonessa (if I remember her name right) , the masseuse/pedicurist who handled me, the benefits of some of the seven applications included in the package. The masque is for moisturizing and skin lifting; the cleanser and massage is, of course, for relaxation. Jonessa spent quite some time getting rid of my callouses, seriously, they were too stubborn! It’s embarrassing. But heck, for the sake of this post and my credibility as a blogger, I’ll be blunt about it. Haha! 🙂

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Finished product 🙂

Jonessa even commented on how short my nails are! So, I told her that I prefer short nails because it’s easier to manage especially now that I’m a mom. Also, I don’t want Saehee (my daughter) to have scratches due to having long nails. Anyway, I like Jonessa because aside from doing a great job on my foot spa and pedicure, she is also bubbly and chatty. I was observing other employees of Nails Glow Iloilo and they all seemed nice and chatty, as well. It’s making their customers feel comfortable with their company.

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I particularly love this interior design of theirs!

The foot spa and pedicure lasted for about an hour. I wished it could have been longer because I just enjoyed the service and the experience! Anyway, the nail polish of one of my toenails got destroyed; prolly when we were still out and about  after the spa, and I only noticed it when we got home. *sad*

Nails Glow Iloilo spa has other services offered like body massage and eyelash stuff (perming and extension), but majority of what you can avail from them are nail care. They have gel and acrylic nail polishes and nail extensions, as well.

Overall, it was a lovely experience. If the whole place wasn’t too bright, I could have slept all through out the procedure. Haha! 🙂  I would like to try their other services sooner or later.

Thank you, Nails Glow Iloilo!

My rating for Nails Glow Iloilo: 8/10

Have you tried their services? Comment below! 🙂

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Mayonnaise Hair Treatment

Straightening and coloring simultaneously tortures our hair, like a lot. I made this mistake and has been left with dry hair for years. *crying* I’ve tried salon treatments to revive my brittle hair and they were okay but it’s not budget friendly. *crying again* That’s when I started to look for cheaper alternatives and the more natural, the better.

In this age when spas and expensive treatments rule the hair care industry, mayonnaise hair treatment is not only inexpensive but natural and safe too. Mayonnaise contains oils, eggs and other ingredients that nourish the hair. If your goal is softer, shinier, smoother feeling hair then mayonnaise might be a good match for you. Besides, Hollywood star Cameron Diaz swears by this!

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How to make a Mayonnaise Hair Treatment:

1. Choose a regular, full-fat mayonnaise because it has all the ingredients that nourish your hair and make it soft plus silky. Avoid mayonnaise that contain extra flavoring of herbs and spices because it may do more harm than good to your hair. If you can, go for an all-natural, organic mayonnaise because this type typically contains olive oil. It’s available in any grocery store.

2. Use approximately 1/2 cup of mayo, more or less depending on the length of your hair. Don’t use more than needed because it might be difficult to wash it all out. Apply mayonnaise to freshly cleansed, damp hair as you would with any conditioner. Focus on the ends since it’s the oldest part of the hair. Avoid the roots if you have thin or fine hair (like myself). You may want to use a wide-tooth comb to evenly distribute the mayo onto your hair.
3. Let the mayo sit from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on how much conditioning your hair needs or how much time that you have. I like to leave it overnight and wash it the following morning. Use a shower cap or any plastic bag to cover your hair; this will trap your body heat against your head and help the mayonnaise to get its work done of deep conditioning your hair.
4. Remove the cover and rinse your hair with warm water and a gentle shampoo (I use a baby shampoo). If you feel that there’s still some residue, you can cleanse again. Your hair should feel soft, not oily.
5. You can do this once a week or once a month. It all depends, again, on how much deep conditioning your hair needs.
No matter how healthy your hair is, we all need some timely caring and pampering for it.
Have you tried this Mayonnaise Hair Treatment? How is it for you?
Leave your comments below! 🙂
Thank you for sharing this post! 🙂
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