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Be Protected as a Freelancer

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Since I have given you opportunities about doing remote work, teleworking, telecommuting including freelancing, I believe it is also my responsibility to provide a list of websites from my research on how to protect yourself should you decide to be a freelancer aside from having your full-time job.

I found these articles very helpful. But just in case I encounter similar problems in one of my (future) freelancing stints, I believe I would need to sit-in in one of the Torts and Damages classes of my brother-in-law who is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines (Diliman) College of Law. πŸ˜€ He used to work as a company lawyer for Baker and Mckenzie, a multi-national law firm, and it would indeed be a privilege to learn from him given the opportunity. πŸ™‚

The following are the articles which you could read if you are a freelancer or just planning to become one:

However, if you’ve already experienced any drawback from your freelancing stint though you did the right thing, took the necessary steps, and followed the agreement, don’t be discouraged but take this verse by heart:

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes, and He is the one to whom we are accountable.” – Hebrews 4:13

Just pray, let go, and let God take the lead from there. The battle is not yours anymore but His to take. Be fearful of God and not of men – let God be the judge and be the one to give justice. πŸ™‚

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Consumerism These Days

I am currently hooked on business practices and everything related to it and after I did a couple of research here and there, one thought got stuck all throughout which is the wordΒ ‘consumerism.’

Business Dictionary defines it as:

1. Organized-efforts by individuals, groups, and governments to help protect consumers from policies and practices that infringe consumer rights to fair business practices.
2. Doctrine that ever-increasing consumption of goods and services forms the basis of a sound economy.
3. Continual expansion of one’s wants and needs for goods and services.

Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/consumerism.html

I’d like to explore items 2 and 3 but first, I’d like to raise a question:

“Is consumerism a negative thing?”

I primarily view this thought as somewhere in-between. I see consumerism as something good as it addresses our needs in order to make our lives convenient and easier (insert innovations in technology here as the forerunners). The downside of it though is accumulation or hoarding to the point of getting more than what is necessary, as far as materialism is concerned.

However, for as long as there is a consumer, there will always be a production of everything that a consumer will need and enjoy.Β Every one of us is a consumer from the clothing we wear to basically everything else we have. Businesses were put up for this very sole purpose. Just imagine if the production of diapers is put on hold and you have twin babies. That sounds like a whole lot of mess and hassle to deal with. Β πŸ˜€

I just can’t imagine myself living in the Stone Ages. Promise, I’d barely survive. Although the thought of how it all started with our ancestors sounds very intriguing. TheΒ Survivor game show just sparked my interest on this and other survival shows such asΒ Man vs. Wild;Β Man, Woman, Wild; Naked and Afraid among others.Β These shows only portrayed how living can be like devoid of all the things that make living easier by reenacting how our ancestors have made it through from the vastness of the wild to civilization.

Consumerism emerged from these needs and eventually more and more innovations and products will come out in the following years as more ideas sprung up out of the need for a convenient lifestyle.

Let’s say for one, the computers. If you were born in a generation like my parents (The Baby Boomers), most likely you’ll view this with a slight contempt (love you Dad and Mom, I’ll teach you how to FacebookΒ πŸ˜€). Demands during those times are far different from the demands of today’s generation. But for me who was born in a generation where I saw how it all started, I do get to appreciate how things are running now from how it was before computers got in the scene. Imagine typewriters (no errors, or else, you’d pretty much regret it), a huge waste on paperΒ (let’s save trees!), everything stored manually (oh dusty library catalogs) and other traditional system disadvantages.

If, however, we decide to stick to what is ‘old,’Β can we still go on living just like the old days? Yes, we may choose to not be at par with all these changes, but we must also consider how this will affect majority of how we do things from paying bills, buying stuff, etc. as every system will align itself to what is the common trend or what is more convenient.

But if you are to ask the older generations, the traditional methods of doing things helped them mostly in two things: endurance and patience. Does this mean though that today’s generation is more impatient, out of focus and unwilling to endure? Personally, I believe every generation has its own fair share of ups and downs and it is all just a matter of bridging those generation gaps. There are those who totally oppose and will continue to oppose these changes though and for sure they have their own valid reasons why. I am, on the other hand, always on the lookout for what is new out there to learn. These new ideas, innovations and discoveries were not meant for the destruction of mankind anyway.

Although I might have to add that in everything, striking the BALANCE is ALWAYS the key in making sure everything is getting and turning out to right where they should be. As they say, too much of everything is not just good for the holistic well-being of mankind. In the Christian context, the same can be applied. The bible has a lot to say about it actually. πŸ™‚

P.S.

I am currently in a new season career wise and I am praying for sustenance, guidance and instruction in order to meet deadlines, work cooperatively with team mates and provide an excellent output that will honor my God and the organization I am affiliated with. ❀

Yes, we are all workaholics and we work hard but PRAY HARDER. Lastly, always KEEP THE FAITH. πŸ˜‰

“For even when we were with you, we would give you this command:Β  If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

And to the man He said,

β€œSince you listened to your wife and ate from the tree

Β Β Β Β whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,

the ground is cursed because of you.

Β Β Β Β All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.

It will grow thorns and thistles for you,

Β Β Β Β though you will eat of its grains.

By the sweat of your brow

Β Β Β Β will you have food to eat

until you return to the ground

Β Β Β Β from which you were made.

For you were made from dust,

Β Β Β Β and to dust you will return.” – Genesis 3:17-19

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” – Colossians 3:23

[Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.”]Β – Exodus 20: 8-11

The Event That Was: BLOGAPALOOZA Seasons 2015

Finally attended one of the business and bloggers networking event the second time around last Sunday which is the Blogapalooza with this year’s theme “Seasons”Β  held at One Esplanade in Pasay City. But this time I already have a +1, my husband. πŸ˜‰

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Blogapalooza Seasons 2015

It always is fascinating to meet people who have same interests as you – writing for the love of writing. I have met several of my co-bloggers again whom I have met last year from different fields – church, work, friends, online, etc. It is amazing how an event can unite all using only one very popular medium of advertising, social media.

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Me and fellow blogger and WhenInManila writer, Rattus.
Photo courtesy of Rattus. πŸ™‚

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Me and Shiela, fellow blogger and church mate and her friend, Janine.
Photo courtesy of Shiela. πŸ™‚

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Bloggers and more bloggers.

This event was a great opportunity for businesses to promote their products through the bloggers. And as much as I’d like to keep this blog of mine advertisement-free, I still would mention some of the businesses that participated in the event and they were the following:

  • Eagle’s Wings Enterprises
  • Grand Videoke
  • Regrow
  • Breville
  • JB Music
  • Nanogen
  • SMDC Premier
  • Kensonic Inc.
  • Amada’s Leche Flan and Desserts
  • Food Panda
  • Ace Hotel and Suites
  • Emporia
  • Microtel by Wyndham
  • Chemworld Fragrance Factory
  • Flawless
  • Cebu Pacific

…and a whole lot of other brands and companies. A lot of opportunities were presented to the bloggers by the businesses in promoting the products including fun games, prizes and giveaways. Hubby dear sure had fun in his first Blogapalooza event. πŸ˜‰

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There he is fanning the prize away. πŸ˜‰

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Breville

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Breville

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More sponsors.

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Sponsor

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Bambu

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Amada’s Leche Flan

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#ShareTheDelight

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Free lunch and snacks.

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Photo Booth by JB Music

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Zombies attack!

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A taste of the upcoming Halloween.

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One final photo before going home.

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Freebies.

So stay tuned dear readers for the next Blogapalooza event next year, I might see you there too. πŸ˜€

P.S.

Still not used to using my new surname when signing up – Rome. πŸ˜‰

Here Comes Blogapalooza 2015!

Hey, hey, hey! It is that time of the year once again. πŸ˜€

If you are curious about the what, the where and the how, Blogapalooza 2015 is here to rock our town. YES. The country’s biggest blogapalooza event where bloggers and businesses converge nationwide to share and connect is now ready to once again give us the newest and the latest trends in the modern world today.

If you are a blogger or a business interested to join in this awesome event, sign up now by visiting our Blogapalooza 2015 website here:Β http://blogapalooza.ph/.

See you there! πŸ™‚

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“B” for Bonding with Bloggers and Businesses: BLOGAPALOOZA 2014

This is the first Blogapalooza event that I have attended and though I am sad I arrived late (4pm to be exact) as I have a previous engagement that I could not cancel, it still was a very exciting experience. Meeting all kinds of people is exciting. Especially fellow bloggers who have the same interest as you do – write about the things we like. πŸ™‚

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BLOGAPALOOZA 2014

Blogapalooza 2014 is a networking event sponsored by When In Manila.com along with Awesome Planet and other media partners as well as over 50 participating brands and exhibitors.

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I must say I am a bit exhausted already when I got to the event place at SM Aura in Taguig but I could not help lifting up a smile when I saw people buzzing here and there carrying loot bags and conversing with the exhibitors. Some are having fun playing the games including me. I was able to pop 2 pink balloons from Flawless and got two loot bags containing beauty products. More details of their products on my next articles. πŸ™‚

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Chef’s Noodles Booth

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Max’s

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Blue Water Day Spa

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Bloggers and Businesses

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Bloggers and Businesses

Unfortunately, some of the booths ran out of product giveaways already as it is already late but bloggers are still pouring in and signing up even later than I did. But there are still other booths that are giving away free stuff to try so the fun continues on. What I particularly loved about the event is that there are presentations happening simultaneously while bloggers go on with their stuff. Sometimes I stop for a bit when I hear something interesting from a speaker and check who’s presenting.

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WhenInManila.com Founder Mr. Vince Golangco with a guest speaker.

I was there to have a feel of the event and I must say I had a lot of fun and I definitely will be signing up for the next Blogapalooza event tagging along blogger friends. πŸ˜‰

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Loot bags and freebies.